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America’s Anti-Greenwald Hypocrisy: Is The New York Times A “Terrorist,” Too? - FPF/Salon

America’s anti-Greenwald hypocrisy: Is the New York Times a “terrorist,” too?
The UK government has just done to Glenn Greenwald's partner what the U.S. often condemns authoritarian regimes for.

BY TREVOR TIMM - Freedom of the Press Foundation/Salon
MONDAY, NOV 4, 2013 08:30 AM PST


In a shocking court filing this week, the U.K. government accused journalist Glenn Greenwald’s partner, David Miranda, of “terrorism” for allegedly transporting leaked (and heavily encrypted) NSA documents from documentarian Laura Poitras in Germany to Greenwald in Brazil, on a journalistic mission paid for by the Guardian newspaper.

In a statement that should send chills down the spine of every reporter, the government made the unbelievable claim that merely publishing information that has nothing to do with violence still “falls within the definition of terrorism.”

“Additionally the disclosure, or threat of disclosure, is designed to influence a government and is made for the purpose of promoting a political or ideological cause. This therefore falls within the definition of terrorism…”

Think about the sheer breadth of that statement. Not only are several Guardian reporters and editors also guilty of engaging in “terrorism” under the U.K. government’s logic, but so are New York Times or ProPublica journalists who have received the same news-worthy documents for publication. If publishing or threatening to publish information for the purpose of “promoting a political or ideological cause” is “terrorism,” then the U.K. government can lock up every major newspaper editorial board that dares write any opinion that strays from the official government line.

No matter one’s opinion on the NSA, the entire public should be disturbed by this attack on journalism. In fact, this is exactly the type of attack on press freedom the U.S. State Department regularly condemns in authoritarian countries, and we call on it to do the same in this case.

For example...


More: http://www.salon.com/2013/11/04/americas_anti_greenwald_hypocrisy_is_the_new_york_times_a_terrorist_too/

Hacking Is NSA's 'Growth Area,' Times Says In Agency Profile - CNET

Hacking is NSA's 'growth area,' Times says in agency profile
Drawing on thousands of leaked documents, The New York Times and the UK's Guardian offer up lengthy looks at the beleaguered spy agency.

by Edward Moyer - CNET
November 2, 2013 3:05 PM PDT


Hacking has become the US National Security Agency's "growth area." That's the word from The New York Times, which pulled from thousands of documents provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden to publish on Saturday a lengthy article it described as "a rich sampling of the agency's global operations and culture." The Times was joined by the UK's Guardian newspaper, which published its own version of the piece.

Discussing how an agency with 35,000 employees and an official annual budget of $10.8 billion has "an almost unlimited agenda," the Times reports that the NSA "spies routinely on friends as well as foes" not only to fight terrorism but also to "achieve 'diplomatic advantage' over such allies as France and Germany and 'economic advantage' over Japan and Brazil, among other countries."

(The Guardian adds several items to the agenda, with "support for US military in the field; gathering information about military technology; anticipating state instability; monitoring regional tensions; countering drug trafficking;...<and> ensuring a reliable energy supply for the US," and it cites a quote from the NSA itself in noting that the agency can scoop up info from "virtually every country."

Both pieces also offer a selection of specific examples of the agency's spying prowess, from real-time eavesdropping of terrorist communications during an attack on a hotel to the pinpointing of a sniper who was targeting American personnel inside the US "Green Zone" in Baghdad.

Both, too, note that despite such seemingly impressive accomplishments, the agency has its problems, from failing, as the Times puts it, "to produce a clear victory over a low-tech enemy" -- the Taliban in Afghanistan -- to the much-reported shortcomings in regard to ensuring the privacy of Americans' communications.

Not surprisingly -- given an agency that, as the Guardian reports, describes our new world of high-tech activities as the "digital battlefield" -- both articles discuss the NSA's technological chops. The "growth area" remark about hacking comes in a section of the Times piece that discusses NSA divisions known as Tailored Access Operations and the Transgression Branch.


Much More: http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-57610546-38/hacking-is-nsas-growth-area-times-says-in-agency-profile/

WOW !!! - Guardian Interactive - NSA Files Decoded - What The Revelations Mean For You.

Took a while to load on my laptop, but it's really impressive.

Link: http://www.theguardian.com/world/interactive/2013/nov/01/snowden-nsa-files-surveillance-revelations-decoded#section/1

How Republicans Have Trashed The Economy, In 1 Chart - HuffPo

How Republicans Have Trashed The Economy, In 1 Chart
The Huffington Post | By Mark Gongloff
Posted: 11/04/2013 1:06 pm EST


The next time a Republican tells you government spending is out of control, the chart below is all you need to prove otherwise.

The Financial Times has a story on Monday that is long and paywalled and not all that surprising to anybody who has been watching Republicans squeeze the life out of the economy for the past four years or so. Still, it's a story worth telling again and again, and it can be summed up in its opening paragraph: (Link to story: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/f0e71a16-4487-11e3-a751-00144feabdc0.html#slide0 )

"Public investment in the US has hit its lowest level since demobilisation after the second world war because of Republican success in stymieing President Barack Obama’s push for more spending on infrastructure, science and education," write Robin Harding, Richard McGregor and Gabriel Muller.

And they have a helpful chart to illustrate this, which I have reproduced here using data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis (story continues after chart):


More: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/04/republican-spending-cuts-economy_n_4213435.html?utm_hp_ref=business

Wow !!! - From CNBC No Less... 'Calls To Raise Taxes For The Rich Are Growing'

Wealthy didn't 'build that,' they 'rode it,' says Gross
By: Robert Frank - CNBC Reporter and Editor
Published: Monday, 4 Nov 2013 | 11:45 AM ET


In Colorado and New York, voters on Tuesday will be deciding on one of the most divisive issues of our time: taxing the wealthy. In New York, mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio is leading polls with a platform centered on hiking taxes on the city's wealthy—already among the highest taxed in the country.

"I think it's time that that they give us a little more so we can make the kind of investments we need for our future," De Blasio told reporters last month.

In Colorado, voters are set to decide on Amendment 66, which would replace a 4.63 percent flat tax with a tax of 5 percent for income up to $75,000 and 5.9 percent on income above $75,000. The added revenue from the tax would be used for education.

But it's the call to raise the federal taxes on the rich that seems to be rising in the media. Billionaire Bill Gross is the latest— and loudest—to weigh in. In his latest Investment Outlook, titled "Scrooge McDucks," the outspoken Pimco co-founder said that with tax reform back on the radar, the focus should be on taxing the wealthy. Yes, he knows the rich work hard. And yes, he knows they pay an outsized share of the taxes.

But Gross said the wealthy really didn't earn all of their wealth. They are lucky beneficiaries of a decades-long credit boom that poured money into the hands of the financially skilled.

"You did not, as President Obama averred, 'build that,' you did not create that wave," he wrote. "You rode it. And now it's time to kick out and share some of your good fortune by paying higher taxes or reforming them to favor economic growth and labor, as opposed to corporate profits and individual gazillions."

Specifically, he said the lower tax rate on capital gains should end...


More: http://www.cnbc.com/id/101167431

Republicans Struggle With Division And Big Changes In Crucial Virginia - MSNBC

Republicans struggle with division and big changes in crucial Virginia
By Jessica Taylor, NBC News


Democrats appear poised for another big electoral victory in Virginia on Tuesday as conservative and Tea Party Republicans face real questions about whether they can win again in this fast-changing state. The gubernatorial race between Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Ken Cuccinelli has remained unchanged for weeks, with McAuliffe holding a steady and sizable lead in most polls.

Those surveys tell a stark story: The GOP is losing not because the party failed to nominate the most conservative candidate -- but because they did.

Cuccinelli's attempts to fashion himself a jobs and business-centered candidate were largely ineffective. Instead, his vocal positioning against abortion and gay marriage, along with his record as state attorney general, haunted his candidacy.

Poll after poll demonstrated key weakness for Cuccinelli: a deficit with women voters as high as 20 points, and problems with independents and GOP voters partial to Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis.

"Virginia has changed and they haven't," former Virginia Rep. Tom Davis, a moderate Republican who represented the D.C. suburbs for 14 years, said of his party's controlling conservative wing. "They're an anachronism. They're losing young people, they're losing women, they're losing people moving in. You've got to adapt to that."


More: http://nbcpolitics.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/11/03/21296054-republicans-struggle-with-division-and-big-changes-in-crucial-virginia?lite

Whoa... Anybody Got A Second Source On This ???

The NSA surveillance controversy explained in five simple points
NOVEMBER 04, 2013 8:38AM


NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is preparing to testify in the Angela Merkel wiretapping case after meeting with a German MP in Moscow. Mr Snowden is set to give explosive testimony and according to the MP Hans-Christian Stroebele, it's "clear that he knows a lot" about the scandal involving the NSA and Ms Merkel, the German Chancellor. As Mr Snowden threatens to blow the case wide open, we take a closer look at the NSA. and explain the controversy over America's spying operations in five simple points.


The National Security Agency is one of America's largest intelligence organisations. Think of it as a less famous cousin of the FBI and CIA. It specialises in codemaking and codebreaking, and providing secret information to US political and military leaders.

The NSA outlines two broad "missions" on its website. Its "Information Assurance" mission is aimed at keeping stickybeaks out of America's business, while its "Signals Intelligence" mission gathers and processes information for "intelligence and counterintelligence" purposes.

The agency describes its vision as "Global Cryptologic Dominance through Responsive Presence and Network Advantage". Ironically, you would need to be a codebreaker yourself to make any sense of that.

Orwellian language aside, the NSA basically spies on people. But it can't conduct "human-source" intelligence gathering - everything's electronic. There are no James Bonds in the NSA.


More: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/the-nsa-surveillance-controversy-explained-in-five-simple-points/story-e6frg6n6-1226752489737

Forget It Jake, It's Chinatown... Part 2...

Pittsburgh man accused by witness of armed robbery released after surveillance video shows him elsewhere
By George Chidi - RawStory
Saturday, November 2, 2013 18:09 EST


Police didn’t want to hear DeAndre Brown’s alibi. They wanted him to confess to a crime instead. Never mind that he had no criminal record. A witness placed the 26-year-old Pittsburgh-area security guard at the scene, and that was good enough to lock him up for a month, despite the existence of a surveillance tape showing him at a training event somewhere else.

Prosecutors at the Allegheny County district attorney’s office withdrew charges against him Friday, once a member of the district attorney’s office reviewed the tape — something Brown’s attorney Patrick Nightingale says the investigating officer refused to do, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.

Police accused Brown of robbing Dana’s Bakery in Homewood, Pa., on Sept. 10. Brown was arrested on Sept. 17 and held until October 17. Authorities charged him with robbery and possessing a firearm.

Brown had a surveillance video showing him at the training session, along with a sign-in sheet and an alibi witness to support his claim, Nightingale told the Post-Gazette.


Link: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/11/02/pittsburgh-man-accused-by-witness-of-armed-robbery-released-after-surveillance-video-shows-him-elsewhere/

First one: http://www.democraticunderground.com/10023973080

Forget It Jake, It's Chinatown...

Florida sheriff acquitted after citing ‘Second Amendment’ to release armed drunk driver
By Scott Kaufman - RawStory
Sunday, November 3, 2013 10:30 EST


A Florida sheriff accused of releasing and altering the records of a suspected drunk driver arrested on a concealed weapon charge was acquitted of official misconduct by a six-person jury.

Sheriff Nick Finch was accused of helping Floyd Parrish, who had been pulled over on suspicion of driving under the influence and was subsequently arrested when it was discovered he was carrying a concealed weapon without a permit. Prosecutors allege that Parrish was booked and his mugshot taken, and that Sheriff Finch nullified the arrest and removed or destroyed evidence of it. Parrish’s name had been whited-out from the night’s arrest log, and tapes that would have captured the initial stages of his booking were, prosecutors claim, conveniently taped over.

In court, Finch claimed that the records he was accused of removing and destroying never existed, and the prosecution was never able to definitively prove otherwise. The case attracted national attention because Finch and his attorneys enlisted the aid of Second Amendment activists like the Oath Keepers and the John Birch Society. On the stand, state prosecutor John Campbell asked Finch, “Don’t you agree that the Second Amendment doesn’t give you the power to pick and choose which laws you’re going to enforce and which laws you’re going to not enforce?”

“The Second Amendment is very specific to keeping and bearing arms, Mr. Campbell,” Finch replied. “You’re talking about many laws. What I believe is the Second Amendment requires me to make a decision based on that Second Amendment as to whether I’m going to go forward with the state charges. Yes, I think the Constitution has to mean something at some point, Mr. Campbell.”

Finch was quickly returned to the elected office from which he’d been placed on leave after the arrest. “Sheriff Nick Finch will be reinstated immediately,” Governor Rick Scott said. “I would like to thank the members of the jury in Liberty County for their service in this trial. I would also like to thank Interim Sheriff Buddy Money for his service to the state of Florida.”


Link: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/11/03/florida-sheriff-acquitted-after-citing-second-amendment-to-release-armed-drunk-driver/

Interesting Reminders... '50 Years On, Finding Profit In 'Truth' On JFK Case' - Philly.com

50 years on, finding profit in 'truth' on JFK case
ALLEN G. BREED, The Associated Press/Philly.com
Posted: Sunday, November 3, 2013, 9:35 AM

This Nov. 19, 1964 image provided by the Warren Commission shows a reconstruction of the approximate view the assassin of President John Kennedy might have had through the telescopic sight of the rifle fired from the Texas School Book Depository Building on Nov. 22, 1963. (AP Photo/Warren Commission)


On the very day John F. Kennedy died, a cottage industry was born. Fifty years and hundreds of millions of dollars later, it's still thriving. Its product? The "truth" about the president's assassination.

"By the evening of November 22, 1963, I found myself being drawn into the case," Los Angeles businessman Ray Marcus wrote in "Addendum B," one of several self-published monographs he produced on the assassination. For him, authorities were just too quick and too pat with their conclusion. "The government was saying there was only one assassin; that there was no conspiracy. It was obvious that even if this subsequently turned out to be true, it could not have been known to be true at that time."

Most skeptics, including Marcus, didn't get rich by publishing their doubts and theories - and some have even bankrupted themselves chasing theirs. But for a select few, there's been good money in keeping the controversy alive. Best-selling books and blockbuster movies have raked in massive profits since 1963. And now, with the 50th anniversary of that horrible day in Dallas looming, a new generation is set to cash in.

Of course, the Warren Commission officially concluded in 1964 that Lee Harvey Oswald had acted alone - and issued 26 volumes of documents to support that determination. But rather than closing the book on JFK's death, the report merely served as fuel for an already kindled fire of doubt and suspicion.

Since then, even government investigators have stepped away from the lone assassin theory. In 1978, the U.S. House Select Committee on Assassinations ended its own lengthy inquiry by finding that JFK "was probably assassinated as a result of a conspiracy." That panel acknowledged it was "unable to identify the other gunman or the extent of the conspiracy." But armed with mountains of subsequently released documents, there has been no shortage of people willing to offer their own conclusions.

Among the leading suspects...


More: http://www.philly.com/philly/business/20131103_ap_eb1923e53a2d45d581ef53320dcb776d.html

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