A satelite photograph shows the enormous size of typhoon Haiyan as it strikes the Philippines on Nov. 8 (Japan Metrological Agency / Hand / EPA)
JULIE BORT - BusinessInsider
NOV. 8, 2013, 7:53 PM
Click on it, and it takes you to a page that extols the NSA's virtues as an employer.
Our favorite part? That bit in the corner that says: "Go mobile." The NSA released a new mobile Android app in October, available in Google Play.
The app, it says, will "deliver everything you need to explore a career with NSA right to your device plus more!"
Installing an app from the NSA onto your smartphone what could possibly go wrong?
And guess what? According the NSA's Facebook page: it's now available for the iPhone, too.
UK journalist's lawyers advise against returning home after working with NSA whistleblower, says statement on WikiLeaks
Philip Oltermann in Berlin - The Guardian
Wednesday 6 November 2013 14.45 EST
UK WikiLeaks journalist Sarah Harrison with Edward Snowden in Moscow in October. Photograph: Sunshine Press/Getty Images
Sarah Harrison, the British journalist and WikiLeaks staffer who has been working with Edward Snowden since his arrival in Moscow, has left Russia and joined the growing band of net activists stranded in Berlin.
A statement released on the WikiLeaks website, attributed to Harrison, states that she arrived in Germany on Saturday and has been advised by her lawyers that it is "not safe to return home" to the UK.
Harrison joins a growing group of journalists and activists who were involved in the publication of Snowden's files and are now living in the German capital "in effective exile", including Laura Poitras and Jacob Applebaum.
The statement, which is also quoted on Spiegel website, accused the US and UK governments of using "aggressive tactics" against journalists who have reported on unethical surveillance practices.
"It should be fanciful to suggest that national security journalism which has the purpose of producing honest government or enforcing basic privacy rights should be called 'terrorism', but that is how the UK is choosing to interpret this law."
Senator Feinstein's bill is a big step backwards for privacy. In contrast, the USA Freedom Act would stop intelligence abuses
Michelle Richardson - theguardian.com
Friday 8 November 2013 09.30 EST
Members of Congress have introduced almost 30 separate bills to rein in NSA spying, increase transparency, or rework the secret court process that has sanctioned these programs. Two pieces of legislation, however, have momentum, and they couldn't be more different.
The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence the body charged with oversight of these very programs advanced legislation introduced by its chair, Senator Dianne Feinstein (Democrat from California), last week that would entrench the current spying programs and give them explicit Congressional authorization to continue.
The legislation would make clear in no uncertain terms that communication records like phone, email, and internet data can be collected without even an ounce of suspicion, pursuant to the so-called privacy rules already in place. Being silent on other types of data like location information or financial records, it passively condones their collection too, but without even the benefit of the paltry protections in place now. For the first time in history, Congress would explicitly and intentionally authorize dragnet domestic spying programs targeting every day Americans.
The Feinstein bill also makes the current situation even worse. It gives the government a 72-hour grace period to warrantlessly spy on foreigners who enter the US, without even the attorney general approval that is currently required in emergency situations. It explicitly states that none of its provisions should be read to prevent law enforcement from digging through massive NSA databases for evidence of criminal activity. By doing so, it authorizes that specific practice in a roundabout way. Finally, it sets up the prospect of all members of Congress accessing important court orders and other information, but then undercuts this requirement by endorsing current rules and practices that have been used to prevent members of the House from reading foundational documents that could inform the votes they must make on whether to continue these programs.
The counterproposal is called the USA Freedom Act. Introduced by Rep James Sensenbrenner (a Wisconsin Republican) and Senator Patrick Leahy (a Vermont Democrat) of the powerful House and Senate Judiciary Committees, the bill has...
Following his appearance on Newsnight, the comedian explains why he believes there are alternatives to our current regime
Russell Brand - The Guardian
Tuesday 5 November 2013 12.57 EST
The less privileged among us are already living in the apocalypse, the thousands of street sleepers in our country, the refugees and the exploited underclass across our planet daily confront what we would regard as the end of the world. No money, no home, no friends, no support, no hand of friendship reaching out, just acculturated and inculcated condemnation.
When I first got a few quid it was like an anaesthetic that made me forget what was important but now I've woken up. I can't deny that I've done a lot of daft things while I was under the capitalist fugue, some silly telly, soppy scandals, movies better left unmade. I've also become rich. I don't hate rich people; Che Guevara was a rich person. I don't hate anyone, I judge no one, that's not my job, I'm a comedian and my job is to say whatever I like to whoever I want if I'm prepared to take the consequences. Well I am.
If we all collude and collaborate together we can design a new system that makes the current one obsolete. The reality is there are alternatives. That is the terrifying truth that the media, government and big business work so hard to conceal. Even the outlet that printed this will tomorrow print a couple of columns saying what a naïve wanker I am, or try to find ways that I've fucked up. Well I am naïve and I have fucked up but I tell you something else. I believe in change. I don't mind getting my hands dirty because my hands are dirty already. I don't mind giving my life to this because I'm only alive because of the compassion and love of others. Men and women strong enough to defy this system and live according to higher laws. This is a journey we can all go on together, all of us. We can include everyone and fear no one. A system that serves the planet and the people. I'd vote for that.
Near the turn of the 20th century the states wanted a direct election of senators, and Nebraska was the first state to call for an Article V. Convention in 1893. By 1913 the movement had come within one state of reaching the necessary 2/3 threshold that would force a convention. When it became clear to Congress that the 17th Amendment was going to happen one way or another they decided to preempt a convention by passing it themselves. The threat of a convention is the strongest message we can send and the most effective way to restore our democracy in the United States. This can and must be done in a far shorter time period then it took for the 17th Amendment, then again, they didn't have the power of the internet and other technology we will be using in this battle.
By Ellen Nakashima - WaPo
Published: November 6
The Obama administration is considering ending a controversial policy that since 2010 has placed one military official at the head of both the nations largest spy agency and its cyber-operations command, U.S. officials said.
National Security Council officials are scheduled to meet soon to discuss the issue of separating the leadership of the National Security Agency and Cyber Command, a shift that some officials say would help avoid an undue concentration of power in one individual and separate entities with two fundamentally different missions: spying and conducting military attacks.
The administration is also discussing whether the NSA should be led by a civilian.
Officials said privately that the changes could help tamp the current furor over the NSAs sweeping powers by narrowing the authorities assigned to its director. Because of heightened political sensitivities, what might ordinarily be an internal Defense Department policy matter is now being coordinated by the White House, said officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.
The White House sees an opportunity to address the issue with the NSAs director, Gen. Keith Alexander, due to retire in March. Alexander has led the NSA since 2005 and Cyber Command since its full launch in 2010. He was nominated by President Obama in 2009 to head the command, which defends Pentagon networks and, when directed, attacks adversaries computers.
Administration officials say...
How many of you have heard about Wolf-Pac ???
They've actually had a number of statehouses introduce this.
Seems the local state legislators are sick of the money dance, and are actually a lot more for Democracy than their National counter-parts.
Take a look around.
Thanks for having the first part correct.
But I have a couple of questions regarding the "long view":
1) How long... is the long view?
Do I get to live long enough to see the benefits of the long view? (I turn 58 on Saturday) Does my immediate family, and their children, the children I taught back in the 80's, their children... their childrens children ???
2) How much suffering is incurred during the "long view"?
How many starve, get sick and die, get ripped off, lose their jobs, their homes, their marriages, their kids, their very own lives... DURING the long view?
Thanks in advance.
(And no, I won't provide the link... wouldn't want to get in trouble.)
And listen to how far they've gotten so far.