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Glenn Greenwald: Fascism’s Fellow Traveller

“When Glenn Greenwald castigates the dead Charlie Hebdo cartoonists for racism,” the writer Sam Harris observed recently, “he’s not only proving that he’s a moral imbecile; he’s participating in a global war of ideas over free speech – and he’s on the wrong side of it.”

Back in April, the short story writer Deborah Eisenberg took a rather different view. In her letter to PEN’s executive director Suzanne Nossel, Eisenberg included Greenwald on a shortlist of people she considered worthier of PEN’s annual Freedom of Expression Award for Courage than the dead and surviving Charlie Hebdo staff. Unlike the slain cartoonists, she wrote of her recommendations, “their courage has been fastidiously exercised for the good of humanity.”

All things considered, this was an extravagant claim to make on behalf of Greenwald’s valour and integrity, particularly at Charlie Hebdo’s expense. Greenwald – formerly of Salon and the Guardian and now co-founding editor at Pierre Omidyar’s campaigning blog, the Intercept – is most famous as the journalist to whom rogue NSA employee Edward Snowden leaked a vast cache of national security information before finding sanctuary in Putin’s Russia. Eisenberg stated that it was for his work on this story that she was recommending him as an honouree.

But Greenwald’s reputation as an unbending defender of free expression stretches back a good deal further than this. Before becoming a writer, he had worked as a litigator defending clients in a number of controversial First Amendment suits, and has since written several trenchant polemics defending the right to unconditional free speech. In January 2013, for example, Greenwald wrote the following for the Guardian as part of a response to a French government proposal to censor online hate speech...

http://quillette.com/2015/12/19/glenn-greenwald-fascisms-fellow-traveller/

Naturally, Glenn's acolytes have been in a tizzy on twitter... Very entertaining to watch.

OK, really dumb/obvious question here:

Why does the DNC have total control over separate campaign's voter data? I can understand the DNC controlling it once the primaries or election is over, but why isn't it up to the different camps to electronically manage their own data?

Newly discovered hack has U.S. fearing foreign infiltration

Source: CNN

Washington (CNN)A major breach at computer network company Juniper Networks has U.S. officials worried that hackers working for a foreign government were able to spy on the encrypted communications of the U.S. government and private companies for the past three years.

The FBI is investigating the breach, which involved hackers installing a back door on computer equipment, U.S. officials told CNN. Juniper disclosed the issue Thursday along with an emergency security patch that it urged customers to use to update their systems "with the highest priority."

The concern, U.S. officials said, is that sophisticated hackers who compromised the equipment could use their access to get into any company or government agency that used it. One U.S. official described it as akin to "stealing a master key to get into any government building."

The breach is believed to be the work of a foreign government, U.S. officials said, because of the sophistication involved. The U.S. officials said they are certain U.S. spy agencies themselves aren't behind the back door. China and Russia are among the top suspected governments, though officials cautioned the investigation hasn't reached conclusions.

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2015/12/18/politics/juniper-networks-us-government-security-hack/index.html



Greenwald and Snowden blah, blah blah... You know the rest...

FBI, U.S. Marshals join search for 'affluenza' teen

Source: USA Today

FORT WORTH — The U.S. Marshal's Service and the FBI have joined the search for the Texas teen whose attorneys used an "affluenza" defense at his trial, and his mother.

Couch was behind the wheel of his family's white pickup truck in June 2013 when it plowed into a group of good Samaritans trying to help a stranded driver. Nearly a dozen others were injured in the crash.

His “affluenza” defense — that he had grown up with a sense of entitlement and developed poor judgment after being coddled by his wealthy parents — and lack of jail time triggered an emotional reaction across the country.

Ethan and Tonya Couch disappeared sometime in early December, about the time a video hit Twitter appearing to show him laughing at a beer pong party. Terms of his probation forbid use of alcohol.

Read more: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2015/12/18/fbi-marshals-join-search-affluenza-teen-ethan-couch/77543858/



Yep... With enabling parents like these, no wonder their little special snowflake is never in trouble...

When he gets caught, his parents should be going right into the joint with him...

Did CounterPunch actually try to justify Munich?

Because Alison Weir is as revisionist as fuck...I know it's a year old; I just stumbled across it:




The Washington Post has published a moving article, “Russian Jews remember Israeli athletes murdered at 1972 Munich Olympic Games.” Unfortunately, it gets a few things wrong and provides a one-sided context for the tragedy.

Allow me to correct the report and fill in a few of the missing facts.

Just 23 years before the Olympic incident, Israel had been created through ethnically cleansing much of the indigenous Palestinian population.

This had been accomplished through at least 33 massacres and was maintained in the years following by still more acts of ethnic cleansing and additional massacres. (These included areas from which the Munich kidnappers came).

Five years before the Munich incident, Israel violently conquered even more Palestinian land (illegal under international law), pushing out another 325,000+ Palestinian men, women, and children, and killing at least 13,000 Arabs in all. About 800 Israelis died.

http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/02/11/do-only-some-massacres-matter/

Gun rights groups to stage mock mass shooting at Univ. of Texas

Gun rights activists in Texas are planning to stage a mock mass shooting at the University of Texas this weekend in protest of both gun-free zones and President Barack Obama's continued calls for tougher gun control legislation.

According to the website Statesman, gun rights supporters will begin the day by marching through Austin with loaded weapons and conclude their walk with a "theatrical performance."

A spokesman for the two participating gun rights groups, Come and Take It Texas and DontComply.com, told the site the event will involve using fake blood and bullhorns to mimic gun shot noises.

"In the wake of yet another gun free zone shooting, Obama is using it to aggressively push his gun confiscation agenda," a Facebook page for the event read. "Now is the time to stand up, take a walk, speak out against the lies and put an end to the gun free killing zones."

In June, state lawmakers made Texas the eighth state in the country to allow students to carry concealed weapons on campus grounds. Saturday's event comes amid ongoing concerns about the new law.

http://www.statesman.com/news/news/gun-rights-groups-to-stage-mock-mass-shooting-at-u/npf38/

http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/12/gun-activists-are-planning-stage-mock-mass-shooting

How the hell do university officials sign off on this??

Gun Activists Plan to Stage a Fake Mass Shooting This Weekend

Gun rights activists in Texas are planning to stage a mock mass shooting at the University of Texas this weekend in protest of both gun-free zones and President Barack Obama's continued calls for tougher gun control legislation.

According to the website Statesman, gun rights supporters will begin the day by marching through Austin with loaded weapons and conclude their walk with a "theatrical performance."

A spokesman for the two participating gun rights groups, Come and Take It Texas and DontComply.com, told the site the event will involve using fake blood and bullhorns to mimic gun shot noises.

"In the wake of yet another gun free zone shooting, Obama is using it to aggressively push his gun confiscation agenda," a Facebook page for the event read. "Now is the time to stand up, take a walk, speak out against the lies and put an end to the gun free killing zones."

In June, state lawmakers made Texas the eighth state in the country to allow students to carry concealed weapons on campus grounds. Saturday's event comes amid ongoing concerns about the new law.

"We want criminals to fear the public being armed," spokesman Matthew Short said. "An armed society is a polite society."

http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2015/12/gun-activists-are-planning-stage-mock-mass-shooting

http://www.statesman.com/news/news/gun-rights-groups-to-stage-mock-mass-shooting-at-u/npf38/

Elton John -- Con Artist...



http://viz.co.uk/elton-johns-national-lottery-syndicate-diddle/

Been awhile since we've had one of *these* threads...ugh

Man slaps girlfriend at the club, bouncers watch and do nothing
http://www.democraticunderground.com/10027431424

RT promo-propaganda that's too good not to post:

Utterly bizarre Russia Today video features an elderly Obama & Kerry fuming over Snowden becoming president:

https://twitter.com/maxseddon/status/672467435929366528





Anyone still want to defend them?
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