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The U.S. Government’s Secret Plans to Spy for American Corporations - By Glenn Greenwald

The U.S. Government’s Secret Plans to Spy
for American Corporations
By Glenn Greenwald
The Intercept
09/05/2014 6:47 AM

Throughout the last year, the U.S. government has repeatedly insisted that it does not engage in economic and industrial espionage, in an effort to distinguish its own spying from China’s infiltrations of Google, Nortel, and other corporate targets. So critical is this denial to the U.S. government that last August, an NSA spokesperson emailed The Washington Post to say (emphasis in original): “The department does **not** engage in economic espionage in any domain, including cyber.”

After that categorical statement to the Post, the NSA was caught spying on plainly financial targets such as the Brazilian oil giant Petrobras; economic summits; international credit card and banking systems; the EU antitrust commissioner investigating Google, Microsoft, and Intel; and the International Monetary Fund and World Bank. In response, the U.S. modified its denial to acknowledge that it does engage in economic spying, but unlike China, the spying is never done to benefit American corporations.

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, for instance, responded to the Petrobras revelations by claiming: “It is not a secret that the Intelligence Community collects information about economic and financial matters…. What we do not do, as we have said many times, is use our foreign intelligence capabilities to steal the trade secrets of foreign companies on behalf of—or give intelligence we collect to—U.S. companies to enhance their international competitiveness or increase their bottom line...”



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One of the principal threats raised in the report is a scenario “in which the United States’ technological and innovative edge slips”— in particular, “that the technological capacity of foreign multinational corporations could outstrip that of U.S. corporations.” Such a development, the report says “could put the United States at a growing—and potentially permanent—disadvantage in crucial areas such as energy, nanotechnology, medicine, and information technology.”

How could U.S. intelligence agencies solve that problem? The report recommends “a multi-pronged, systematic effort to gather open source and proprietary information through overt means, clandestine penetration (through physical and cyber means), and counterintelligence” (emphasis added). In particular, the DNI’s report envisions “cyber operations” to penetrate “covert centers of innovation” such as R&D facilities.

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MORE:https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2014/09/05/us-governments-plans-use-economic-espionage-benefit-american-corporations/

"I’m Not That Guy"



“I was doing a job and a guy pulled up and said ‘I seen you.’ I asked ‘do you need anything?’ He says ‘I see you come out of my house last night.’

Then he called the police on me and the next thing, the police came and arrested me and gave me a charge. I later found out that the guy didn’t see no one. I found out it was his wife that said she saw a guy on a bicycle that looked like me with a backpack… but I ain’t got no backpack.

I went to jail and they let me go after 3 months because the lady didn’t show up in court. They took 3 months of my life… I lost a lot of customers after that. People I was working with for years… people that left me at their house and everything.

I work for a living. I’m an honest person.”


— Harbert Ave. | Memphis, TN


MORE:
http://www.upworthy.com/you-probably-dont-think-youre-racist-but-even-you-can-make-wrong-assumptions-these-photos-might-prove-it?c=fea

TX: Child Care Center "Withholds Water From Babies To AVOID Diaper Changes"

DALLAS - A Texas child care center accused of duct-taping children to mats at nap time also withheld water from children to avoid frequent diaper changes, according to an investigation by the state's regulatory agency for child care licensing.

Texas Department of Family and Protective Services said the Heart2Heart Montessori Academy near Fort Worth was likely negligent in proper care giving, a spokeswoman said on Thursday.

"The caregivers were withholding water from the children to avoid diaper changes," it said in a letter to the center without offering further details. The center did not respond to a request to comment

http://www.torontosun.com/2014/09/04/daycare-accused-of-withholding-water-to-keep-diapers-dry

Federal Inquiry of Ferguson Police Will Include Apparent Racial Profiling

Federal Inquiry of Ferguson Police Will Include Apparent Racial Profiling
By MATT APUZZOSEPT. 4, 2014


WASHINGTON — The Justice Department’s civil rights investigation into the police department in Ferguson, Mo., will focus on whether officers there made discriminatory traffic stops, mistreated prisoners or used excessive force in the years before last month’s fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white officer, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said on Thursday.

Mr. Holder said the decision to open the inquiry was influenced by his trip to Ferguson after the shooting of the teenager, Michael Brown, 18, led to protests and confrontations with heavily armed police officers. Residents complained that the police had abused their authority for years and disproportionately targeted African-Americans for stops and searches.

“These anecdotal accounts underscored the history of mistrust of law enforcement in Ferguson,” Mr. Holder said.




http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/05/us/racial-profiling-by-ferguson-police-to-be-part-of-federal-inquiry.html

Letter from the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway by Zach Dorfman

Fascinating article about how the virulently racist Robert Moses, who effectively controlled all transportaion planning for many decades, turned the New York City metro area into the land of the car, fighting rail right of ways every place he could: Letter from the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway by Zach Dorfman

Moses even deliberately made the overpasses on Long Island too low to accommodate buses, to keep the low-lifes from being able to get to the beaches easily.

HERE:
http://lareviewofbooks.org/essay/letter-brooklyn-queens-expressway

Food fight! Ted Cruz calls Paul Ryan a liar.

Ted Cruz Dings Paul Ryan For Calling Shutdown “Suicide Mission” In His Book


Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz says Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan’s comments that the government shutdown in 2013 was a “suicide mission” by Republicans aren’t “beneficial.”

“I like Paul Ryan, he’s a good man,” Cruz in an interview with the Tea Party News Network. “I will say I don’t think it is beneficial when Republican leadership throws rocks at conservatives — at conservative activists across this country.”

Cruz calls it a “lie” that is “simply not true” that Republican shut down the government.


http://www.buzzfeed.com/andrewkaczynski/ted-cruz-dings-paul-ryan-for-calling-shutdown-suicide-missio#1ufhses

love them or hate them...



they made us laugh sometimes

Judge Rules BP Was ‘Grossly Negligent’ in Gulf Oil Spill

Source: Insurance Journal

BP acted with gross negligence in setting off the biggest offshore oil spill in U.S. history, a federal judge ruled, handing down a long-awaited decision that may force the energy company to pay billions of dollars more for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico disaster.

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier held a trial without a jury over who was at fault for the environmental catastrophe, which killed 11 people and spewed oil for almost three months into waters that touch the shores of five states. The case also included Transocean Ltd., Halliburton Co., though the judge didn’t find them as responsible for the spill as BP.

“BP’s conduct was reckless,” Barbier wrote in a decision today in New Orleans federal court. “Transocean’s conduct was negligent. Halliburton’s conduct was negligent.”

Barbier apportioned fault at 67 percent for BP, 30 percent for Transocean and 3 percent for Halliburton. BP shares rose 1.9 pounds to 485.65 at 3 p.m. London time.

Read more: http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2014/09/04/339605.htm

Republican-21st Century Thinking

21st Century Thinking

Maine Governor LePage points to Great Wall of China as instructive example of effective border control.

— Josh Marshall

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/21st-century-thinking

Home Depot Sales Of Ladders Spike.....

BREAKING: Federal Appeals Court Withdraws Decision Defunding Obamacare

Source: Think Progress

In July, two Republican judges on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit handed down a decision defunding much of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This effort to implement Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) top policy priority from the bench was withdrawn on Thursday by the DC Circuit, and the case will be reheard by the full court — a panel that will most likely include 13 judges. In practical terms, this means that July’s judgment cutting off subsidies to consumers who buy insurance plans in federally-operated health exchanges is no more. It has ceased to be. It is, in fact, an ex-judgment.

The reason why this matters is because the plaintiffs in this lawsuit, known as Halbig v. Burwell, are hustling to try to convince the GOP-dominated Supreme Court to hear this case, where they no doubt believe that they have a greater chance of succeeding than in the DC Circuit, as a majority of the active judges in the DC Circuit are Democrats. The Supreme Court takes only a tiny fraction of the cases brought to their attention by parties who lost in a lower court — a study of the Court’s 2005 term, for example, found that the justices granted a full argument to only 78 of the 8,517 petitions seeking the high Court’s review that term. The justices, however, are particularly likely to hear cases where two federal appeals courts disagree about the same question of law.

Two hours after the divided DC Circuit panel released its opinion attempted to defund Obamacare, a unanimous panel of the Fourth Circuit upheld the health subsidies that are at issue in Halbig. Thus, so long as both decisions remained in effect, Supreme Court review was very likely. Now that the full DC Circuit has vacated the two Republican judges’ July judgement, Supreme Court review is much less likely.

Although it is possible that the full DC Circuit could agree with the two judges who voted to cut off health subsidies to millions of Americans, this outcome is unlikely. The plaintiffs’ arguments in this case are weak and are unlikely to move judges who do not have a partisan stake in undermining the Affordable Care Act.

Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/09/04/3477801/breaking-federal-appeals-court-withdraws-decision-defunding-obamacare/
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