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"Please tell me how leaking intelligence to Terrorist Organizations is a Good thing?"

More Snowden leaks - and this time Al Qaeda is the surveillance target (+video)

".. But what caught my eye in one of the unredacted slides was the mention of Al Qaeda in Iraq being a particular target of the NSA's efforts. The slide reads: "Visual Communicator – Free application that combines Instant Messaging, Photo-Messaging, and Push2Talk capabilities on a mobile platform. VC used on GPRS or 3G networks." The next five words were what the Times tried and failed to redact: "heavily used in AQI Mosul Network."

The aim as described in the documents is to target mobile phone apps that can give away a target's physical location. The utility of this in tracking terrorists hardly needs to be stated. The document describes a program focusing on clear security interests – Al Qaeda in Iraq, now calling itself Al Qaeda in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) – killed thousands in Iraq during the US-led war there and continues to carry out suicide bombings and attacks on civilians there on a weekly basis. ISIS is also deeply involved in the civil war in Syria, and the groups ties to Al Qaeda make it an obvious security concern for the US.."


"..But his claim that "none of this has anything to do with terrorism" is not reasonable. That's pure nonsense -- as is his attempt to suggest that any revelations of eavesdropping techniques can't do any harm because terrorists already know all about it. Terrorists may know that the US is trying to spy on them as best it can (just as Germany and France know that). But knowing the precise method is another thing altogether."



Thank you, Paul Rieckhoff

Thanks Oilem.. from your link.. "Greenwald sets up a false dichotomy between.. " Shocking!

“… if you’re going to talk about how far we’ve come when it comes to porn, if you’re going to posit Paul “Max Hardcore” Little as the latest victim of the Bush administration, if you’re going to lament one more strike against your First Amendment rights, you should bear witness as to what a porn star drenched in vomit looks like.”

"..That’s a quote from (link is to a NSFW site) Susannah Breslin, in her response to a Salon column by Glenn Greenwald. Greenwald sets up a false dichotomy between the DoJ’s prosecution of pornographer Max Hardcore, and governmental performance and perpetuation of torture. After making the fairly obvious point that torture is wrong, Greenwald repeatedly asserts that Hardcore’s actions are “fictional” and says that “no real pain was inflicted.” Yet Breslin says the following about Hardcore’s ouvre:


"At the same time, it couldn’t be more clear that Greenwald couldn’t care less about the real women who were harmed by Hardcore’s pornography production. By dismissing what happened to them as “fiction” he is promulgating the view that pornography performers are lying whores who deserve whatever bad things happen to them. Torture is only wrong when it happens to men, apparently."

"I apologize for linking to Glenn Greenwald"


(Update: I have been asked to preface this post with a warning that readers may find it disturbing.)

"When I posted a link to Glenn Greenwald’s column the other day, I was unaware of his history as an advocate for torturers. Greenwald has vigorously championed torturers’ rights, has explicitly privileged their version of events over that of their victims, and has asserted — in agreement with the torturers — that “no real pain was inflicted” on the victims.

Of course these aren’t the torturers at Gitmo or Abu Ghraib. It’s the film company of “Max Hardcore,” an extreme pornographer who grossly abused women while filming the proceedings for the entertainment of other men. Hardcore claims his victims were thrilled to be tortured, and Greenwald accepts this point of view unquestioningly."

Amazing what a difference gender makes, huh?


Such an "honorable man".. not.

Super Obvious.. from EarlG back when this was in the news..

We need a brand new "media" .. one that doesn't trot out dead wrong people to give their views on

why they weren't wrong.. everyone else is.. wahwahwah

Thanks napkinz!

Tiger Beat, of course!

thanks Tarheel via Whisp!

Greenwald on the bush admin back in the day..

Greenwald on the Bush Admin

I had not abandoned my trust in the Bush administration. Between the president’s performance in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, the swift removal of the Taliban in Afghanistan, and the fact that I wanted the president to succeed, because my loyalty is to my country and he was the leader of my country, I still gave the administration the benefit of the doubt. I believed then that the president was entitled to have his national security judgment deferred to, and to the extent that I was able to develop a definitive view, I accepted his judgment that American security really would be enhanced by the invasion of this sovereign country.


freakin' hypocrite.

Wonder if GG likes this about fox "news"?

PolitiFact ✔ @PolitiFact
Fox News pundit claims Barack Obama set ISIS leader free in 2009. False, @PunditFact finds. http://ow.ly/yeT1h

12:16 PM - 19 Jun 2014
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I hope this comes to pass.. that Samson does give christy to Fishman..

“Don’t underestimate what Wildstein has on Christie,” says one source. “And Wildstein and Baroni have both turned on Samson. If Samson doesn’t give Fishman Christie, Samson is toast.”

What a snarling rats' nest. What's with the "Jimmy Fallon and his viewers"? Are they saying Christy is home free?

From your link.. when smirk was still smirking..

"The Koch boys"

What a difference a year makes.. Mahalo Segami

That one graphic with the monsters laughing at "people are actually blaming Obama" needs to be

qualified.. The so called "people" blaming Pres Obama are the braindead idiots who bought bush's LIES in the first place.

Thank you, napkinz!

Of course he is..

"What the president is focused on is a comprehensive strategy, not just a quick military response," a senior administration official said. "While there may potentially be a military component to it, it's a much broader effort."

thanks bigtree
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