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Fisa judge: Snowden's NSA disclosures triggered important spying debate

Source: The Guardian

Fisa judge: Snowden's NSA disclosures triggered important spying debate
Dennis Saylor orders government to review rules on surveillance and says further declassification would protect court's integrity

The court that oversees US surveillance has ordered the government to review for declassification a set of secret rulings about the National Security Agency's bulk trawls of Americans' phone records, acknowledging that disclosures by the whistleblower Edward Snowden had triggered an important public debate.

The Fisa court ordered the Justice Department to identify the court's own rulings after May 2011 that concern a section of the Patriot Act used by the NSA to justify its mass database of American phone data. The ruling was a significant step towards their publication.

It is the second time in a week that a US court has ordered the disclosure of secret intelligence rulings. On Tuesday, a federal court in New York compelled the government to declassify numerous documents that revealed substantial tension between federal authorities and the surveillance court over the years.

On Thursday, James Clapper, pictured, the director of national intelligence, conceded that the NSA is likely to lose at least some of its broad powers to collect data on Americans.

Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/sep/13/edward-snowden-nsa-disclosures-judge


Yes, it’s been messy. A more cautious president would have ducked it.

Andrew Sullivan:


"I'm tired of the eye-rolling and the easy nit-picking of the president's leadership on this over the last few weeks. The truth is: his threat of war galvanized the world and America, raised the profile of the issue of chemical weapons more powerfully than ever before, ensured that this atrocity would not be easily ignored and fostered a diplomatic initiative to resolve the issue without use of arms."

Yes, it’s been messy. A more cautious president would have ducked it. Knowing full well it could scramble his presidency, Obama nonetheless believed that stopping chemical weapons use is worth it – for the long run, and for Americans as well as Syrians. Putin understands this as well. Those chemical weapons, if uncontrolled, could easily slip into the hands of rebels whose second target, after Assad and the Alawites and the Christians, would be Russia.

This emphatically does not solve the Syria implosion. But Obama has never promised to.

What it does offer is a nonviolent way toward taking the chemical weapons issue off the table. Just because we cannot solve everything does not mean we cannot solve something. And the core truth is that without Obama’s willingness to go out on a precarious limb, we would not have that opportunity.



What if Sheldon Adelson and AIPAC Gave a War and No One Came?

What if Sheldon Adelson and AIPAC Gave a War and No One Came?

AIPAC endorsed the idea of airstrikes early in this debate, and it moved not a single member of Congress. Ha'aretz noticed that, asking whether "the American Jewish establishment" had dealt itself permanent damage by revealing its total lack of influence on this issue. It's just not clear than any lobbying would have worked; too many members of Congress worry that displacing a secular tyranny will mean installing an Islamic one, and worry about the fate of millions of Syrian Christians. That's overwhelming the worry about Israel. It might be a watershed moment.


RT: Intl experts have strong proof images of chemical victims fabricated

Intl experts have strong proof images of chemical victims fabricated – Moscow
Published time: September 10, 2013 08:09
Edited time: September 10, 2013 10:00

Footage and photos of the alleged chemical attack in Syria, which the US cites as the reason for a planned military intervention, had been fabricated in advance, speakers told a UN human rights conference in Geneva.


Evidence for the Russian case, including numerous eyewitness reports and results of investigations of the chemical weapon incident by activists, was handed over to a UN commission of experts probing the Syrian crisis, the ministry said.





President Obama mentioned The Constitution Tonight

But I'm also the president of the world's oldest constitutional democracy. So even though I possessed the authority to order military strikes, I believed it was right, in the absence of a direct or imminent threat to our security, to take this debate to Congress. I believe our democracy is stronger when the president acts with the support of Congress, and I believe that America acts more effectively abroad when we stand together.


and he did not say it was a goddammed piece of paper
that is a win in my book, peace, kp

Human Rights Watch NEW REPORT-"Evidence-Syria Government Likely Culprit in Chemical Attack"

The Human Rights Watch is the gold standard as far as I am concerned. They got it right about Guatemala when no one else did. They were the first ones to report--early on--that the government was responsible for the atrocities there instead of the rebels--years before the Gerardi Report and the UN Truth Commission.

Syria: Government Likely Culprit in Chemical Attack
New Evidence based on Rocket Analysis, Witness Accounts

SEPTEMBER 10, 2013

(New York) – Available evidence strongly suggests that Syrian government forces were responsible for chemical weapons attacks on two Damascus suburbs on August 21, 2013. These attacks, which killed hundreds of civilians including many children, appeared to use a weapons-grade nerve agent, most likely Sarin.

The 22-page report, “Attacks on Ghouta: Analysis of Alleged Use of Chemical Weapons in Syria,” documents two alleged chemical weapons attacks on the opposition-controlled suburbs of Eastern and Western Ghouta, located 16 kilometers apart, in the early hours of August 21. Human Rights Watch analyzed witness accounts of the rocket attacks, information on the likely source of the attacks, the physical remnants of the weapon systems used, and the medical symptoms exhibited by the victims as documented by medical staff.

“Rocket debris and symptoms of the victims from the August 21 attacks on Ghouta provide telltale evidence about the weapon systems used,” said Peter Bouckaert, emergencies director at Human Rights Watch and author of the report. “This evidence strongly suggests that Syrian government troops launched rockets carrying chemical warheads into the Damascus suburbs that terrible morning.”

The evidence concerning the type of rockets and launchers used in these attacks strongly suggests that these are weapon systems known and documented to be only in the possession of, and used by, Syrian government armed forces, Human Rights Watch said.

from a sterling source:

Cal Worthington-RIP

Cal Worthington Dead: Car Dealer Was Known For His TV Commercials

so many memories, wow...

Turns out POTUS talked w Putin about this Russian plan last week in their 20-min pull aside at G20.

gwen ifill ✔ @gwenifill
Turns out POTUS talked w Putin about this Russian plan last week in their 20-min pull aside at G20. #Syria



Obama did not explain why neither he nor his aides chose not to publicly promote Putin’s idea until today, after Kerry’s remarks.

“This doesn’t solve the underlying terrible conflict inside of Syria,” Obama added to CNN. “But if we can accomplish this limited goal without taking military action, that would be my preference.”

Read more: http://swampland.time.com/2013/09/09/in-media-blitz-obama-says-russian-proposal-could-avert-syria-strike/#ixzz2eSKrxiks


so, Kerry has been playing "bad cop"?

Without the threat of military action hanging in the air, do you think Russia and Syria would've "agreed" to Kerry's "proposal"?

help me fill in the blanks DU!

Peace, i can smell it now,
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