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Mike Luckovich "Voyeurism"

"One of the biggest surprises of these recent surveillance revelations is how surprised people are."

SUNDAY, JUL 7, 2013 02:00 PM PDT
Alan Moore: The revolution will be crowd-funded
The "Watchmen" creator talks about his new Kickstarter-funded film series, zombies and the surveillance state


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The surveillance state is nothing new: From Bentham’s panopticon to McGoohan’s Village to “V for Vendetta’s” streetcams to the NSA’s Prism.

To me, one of the biggest surprises of these recent surveillance revelations is how surprised people are. The level of surveillance we’ve had over here for the past 20 years now is ridiculous — and useless, I would add. Eerily enough, the security cameras on every street corner of Britain was instigated by the incoming Blair government in 1997, which was when I decided, back in 1982 or so, to set the first episode of “V for Vendetta,” which had cameras on every street corner. So yeah, we’ve had those for awhile; they’ve proliferated and multiplied for decades. More recently, there have been troops of police who have said that all these things are useful for is alienating the public. They are not actually useful in the prevention of crimes, or even actually apprehending their suspects.

Here’s the thing: If you’re monitoring every single thing that goes on in a given culture, if you have all the information that is there to be had, then that is the equivalent of having none of it. (Laughs])How are you going to process that amount of information? That’s when you get all these wonderful emerging paradoxes. Recently over here, there was a case where it was suspected that the people who monitor security screens were taking unnecessary toilet breaks and gossiping when they should be watching us. So it was decided that the only sensible thing to do was to put a security camera in the monitor room. (Laughs) This is answering the question that Juvenal asked so succinctly all those years ago: Who watches the watchmen? The answer is more watchmen! And yet more watchmen watch them, and of course it will eventually occur to them to ask: Can those people who are watching the people doing the watching really be trusted? Much better if they were under surveillance.

That’s the level of absurdity these Orwellian solutions bring to our increasingly complex world. George Orwell’s vision was 1947. Yes, the world was more complex than it had been, but nowhere near as complex as it was going to get. We currently have in Northampton — and I think we might be the first to have it — security cameras in some places that actually talk to you. “Pick that cigarette end up! Yes, you!” (Laughs) Which is so much like Patrick McGoohan’s vision for the Village in “The Prisoner,” all those years ago.


There Will Be "Blow Back" Sen Menendez: 'They Like to Stick it to the United States.'

Threats & Insults always work SO well
Don't they?


"I'm not surprised by the countries that are offering him asylum," Menendez said Sunday. "They like sticking it to the United States."

If Snowden does make it to any one of those countries and is accepted, Menendez said there could be repercussions for the nation's relationship with the United States.


Top Democrat Calls For Sanctions Against Countries Aiding NSA Leaker

Source: Think Progress

Top Democrat Calls For Sanctions Against Countries Aiding NSA Leaker
By Hayes Brown posted from ThinkProgress Security on Jul 7, 2013 at 2:30 pm

The head of the Senate’s foreign policy body on Sunday called for sanctions against any countries that elect to offer shelter to former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, who currently faces charges in the U.S. for leaking classified documents related to the NSA’s potential overreach in collecting information against American citizens.

At least three countries have offered to take Snowden in and grant him the political asylum he has applied for: Venezuela, Bolivia, and Nicaragua. Meet The Press host David Gregory asked Senate Foreign Relations Committee chair Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ) what the repercussions should be for those countries if they grant him asylum. “It’s very clear that any country that accepts Snowden, offers him political asylum, is taking a step against the United States,” Menendez replied. “I think you have to look whether it’s at trade preferences that may exist with these countries, other elements of our policy our aid, our trade.”

“Any acceptance of Snowden to any country — to these three countries or any other — puts them against the United States and they need to know that,” Menendez continued. Snowden is currently stuck in the “transit zone” of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport. From there, he has applied for asylum in more than a dozen countries around the world, many of whom have already elected to turn him down.

Menendez also told Gregory that he “wasn’t surprised” at the three countries who had currently offered to grant Snowden’s asylum requests, noting that the three like to “stick it” to the U.S. The three Latin American countries in question do all have varying degrees of antagonistic histories with the United States. The U.S. has particularly had a chaotic relationship with Venezuela in the past, due to the anti-American rhetoric former President Hugo Chavez often wielded. Since Chavez’s passing, current President Nicolas Maduro has seemed to tamp down on the fiery speeches Chavez was known for, but still needs the support of the base the long-time ruler left behind, something accepting Snowden would likely solidify.

Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/security/2013/07/07/2261771/menendez-snowden-sanctions/Link to source

"Now someone find me a goddam hippie to punch!"

Glitter & Macaroni

Tucker Carlson: "Cheap student loans keep people out of the labor market-This is a dangerous spiral"


“What’s going to happen to these young people and all their big student loans? The answer is very bad things,” he added. “The president has been buying lower unemployment rates by essentially providing very cheap student loans and keeping people out of the labor market.”

“Exactly,” Carlson agreed. “So, cheap student loans keep people out of the labor market. This is a dangerous spiral.”


"The Statute Of Liberty Reopens With Much-Needed Renovations"

Zimmerman Defense Attorney: ‘Trayvon Martin Did, In Fact, Cause His Own Death’

Treyvon caused his own death by being black and walking after dark, (in his own neighborhood) without Zimmerman's permission, and defending himself against the stranger who approached him with a gun.

truthfully, i am not watching any of this....


How the NSA Kept Us From Knowing About a Previous, Illegal Domestic Spy Program in 2006

How the NSA Kept Us From Knowing About a Previous, Illegal Domestic Spy Program in 2006
by WILL POTTER on JUNE 7, 2013


..........I wanted to highlight a little-known story of how the NSA narrowly averted a similar scandal involving illegal spying on protest groups in 2006.

At that time, members of the Earth Liberation Front were going to trial, as terrorists, for their role in a series of arsons. The threat of a life sentence was enough to convince them to snitch on their friends. A few of the defendants refused, though, and were facing even more prison time for not cooperating.

Then the attorneys for these non-cooperating defendants had a brilliant idea. On March 24, 2006, they served prosecutors with a request for all materials obtained through the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) or the NSA. The Bush administration NSA scandal was international news. And if the NSA was
illegally spying on environmentalists, it could have all the cases thrown out of court.

Here’s an excerpt from Green Is the New Red about what happened next:

.. ...............The Bush administration has fought hard to keep its spy programs secret. When the Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility began examining the role of government lawyers in the program, President Bush denied security clearances to investigators and shut them down. In an interview with the El Paso Times, National Intelligence Director Mike McConnell stated that to even question government spying threatens American lives. “So you’re saying that the reporting and the debate in Congress means that some Americans are going to die?,” the interviewer said, repeating McConnell’s statement. “That’s what I mean,” he replied. “Because we have made it so public. We used to do these things very differently, but for whatever reason, you know, it’s a democratic process and sunshine’s a good thing.”

If prosecutors hand over new information about the Terrorist Surveillance Program, it could prove suspicions that the government’s spying has extended far beyond Al Qaeda. It could lead to Congressional hearings, much like ones that dissolved SHAMROCK, MINARET, and COINTELPRO. Exposing NSA spying on the animal rights and environmental movements could dismantle the entire domestic spying apparatus, and the Bush administration along with it.

Two months later, Daniel McGowan’s attorney, Amanda Lee, quietly withdraws the NSA motion. Neither she nor Assistant U.S. Attorney Kirk Engdall will offer an explanation other than that it is “by reason of agreement with the government.” A week later, on November 9th, Daniel McGowan, Jonathan Paul, Nathan Block and Joyanna Zacher change their pleas to guilty. The pleas are part of an unusual non-cooperating plea agreement in which they will admit their guilt but not name names.

Neither the government nor defense attorneys will confirm a direct relationship between the withdrawal of the motion and the guilty pleas. But it is clear that both parties had a remarkable change of heart on positions they previously refused to compromise.

From the start prosecutors had said there were two options: snitch and receive a reduced sentence, or go to trial and risk life in prison. McGowan and his attorneys had organized the “non-cooperating defendants” and pushed for a special plea deal, but prosecutors said it was not open for discussion. While this agreement impedes investigation into other ELF crimes, the government avoids a national security investigation.

much more:

NSA: people are "normally selected for targeting" based on their "Facebook or webmail content."

Snowden Interview: NSA 'In Bed Together with the Germans'

In an interview, Edward Snowden accuses the National Security Agency of partnering with Germany and other governments in its spying activities. New information also indicates close working ties between the German foreign intelligence agency and the American authority.

In an interview to be published in this week's issue of SPIEGEL, American intelligence agency whistleblower Edward Snowden criticizes the methods and power of the National Security Agency. Snowden said the NSA people are "in bed together with the Germans." He added that the NSA's "Foreign Affairs Directorate" is responsible for partnerships with other countries. The partnerships are organized in a way that authorities in other countries can "insulate their political leaders from the backlash" in the event it becomes public "how grievously they're violating global privacy." Telecommunications companies partner with the NSA and people are "normally selected for targeting" based on their "Facebook or webmail content."

The interview was conducted by American cryptography expert Jacob Appelbaum and documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras with the help of encrypted e-mails shortly before Snowden became known globally for his whistleblowing.


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