The Guardian, By Matthew Taylor and Nick Hopkins, December 9
• 500 signatories include five Nobel prize winners • Writers demand ‘digital bill of rights’ to curb abuses
More than 500 of the world’s leading authors, including five Nobel prize winners, have condemned the scale of state surveillance revealed by the whistleblower Edward Snowden and [...]
RT, December 9
The NSA and the UK’s GCHQ spying agencies have collected players’ charts and deployed real-life agents into online World of Warcraft and Second Life games, a new leak by whistleblower Edward Snowden has revealed.
An NSA document from 2008, titled “Exploiting Terrorist Use of Games & Virtual Environments,” [embedded PDF] was published [...]
Hersh’s story [Whose sarin?] was supposed to appear in the Washington Post, but … the Post passed on the story, saying it did not meet its standards. Hersh’s usual outlet, the New Yorker, also passed on the story. Jack Mirkinson, HuffPost, Dec 9
Seymour Hersh’s article, Whose sarin?, makes the case for a concerted [...]
U.S. Secretary of State and Russian Foreign Minister head for Geneva
Let’s make a deal: U.S Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Larov head to Geneva negotiations Friday night
Earlier today, reports said that Secretary of state John Kerry would not be joining the Geneva talks on the Iran-United States, [...]
2013 is proving to be a hectic year for corporate lobbyists and free trade advocates, as they frantically flit, like busy bees pollinating succulent orchids, from one global free trade conference to another. And at long last, it seems that their hard work appears to be paying off.
In the last month alone world leaders [...]
USA Today, By Bart Jansen and Carolyn Pesce, October 26
Washington — Thousands rallied against NSA surveillance on Saturday marching to the Capitol and calling for closer scrutiny of the agency as more details of its spying are leaked.
Holding signs that said “Stop mass surveillance,” “Thank you, Edward Snowden” and “No NSA mass spying,” [...]
It’s amazing that the United States government continues functioning. The lunacy of Congress over the shutdown and debt ceiling was compounded today when idiot in chief, House Speaker John Boehner, announced that the Republicans would be back at it with their nonsense when the debt ceiling needs to be raised in mid January. This is [...]
There’s this whole foofaraw this week about the US intelligence community gathering 70 million private phone calls in a month. In France.
FireDogLake, By Jim White, October 18
Edward Snowden’s revelations have shed much light on how secret government programs are collecting huge amounts of telephone, email and other electronic data generated by every US citizen even though, as Marcy has shown repeatedly, claims that collecting all of this data have enabled the capture of terrorists turn [...]
The attack on Syria by outside powers and their proxies has gone on for over two years. The rebels fighting to overturn the Assad regime are a mixed lot but we know one thing for sure. Were it not for outside aid and thousands of recruits from neighboring countries, the so-called civil war would have [...]
Alexander, who was rocked by Edward Snowden’s revelations, has formalized plans to leave by next March or April, officials say.
Reuters, October 16
The director of the National Security Agency and his deputy are expected to depart in the coming months, US officials said on Wednesday, in a development that could give President Obama a [...]
Journalist who broke stories about widespread NSA surveillance leaving to pursue ‘once-in-a-career journalistic opportunity’
The Guardian, October 15
Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who broke a string of stories about widespread electronic surveillance by the National Security Agency based on files leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden, has announced that he is leaving the Guardian.
In a [...]
“The British papers are the best in the world, and the worst in the world, sometimes in the same edition.” – Alistair Campbell, CNN October 7.
So on Oct 9, the Daily Mail lived up to Alistairs’ op-ed: Calls grow to prosecute Guardian over spy leaks: Now Clegg and May join condemnation of paper.
Before you dismiss the about to be released Jim Sensenbrenner (R-PA) bill on restricting NSA, it is important to look at some of the new law that it would put in place. Sensenbrenner is not exactly a champion of civil liberties. That doesn’t matter. What does matter is the opportunity presented by the legislation and [...]