Tuesday, September 24, 2013

13-09-24 Greenwald/Snowden update: NSA - an anti-terrorism agency, or a global terrorist agency itself?

NSA Stories Around The World
Revelations continue to produce outcomes on multiple levels in numerous countries around the world
By Glenn Greenwald 
September 24, 2013 "Information Clearing House - "The Guardian" - I'm still working at trying to get the next set of NSA stories published. That, combined with a rapidly approaching book deadline, will make non-NSA-article postings difficult for the next couple of weeks. Until then, here are a few items to note regarding a point I have often tried to make: namely, one of the most overlooked aspects of the NSA reporting in the US has been just how global of a story this has become.

13-09-24 US Supreme Court may strike new blow to campaign funding laws

As recently stated by Senator Warren (MA), the SCOTUS is fast becoming a subsidiary of US corporations... jz

The Supreme Court, in a new campaign funding case, may lift a lid on the total the wealthy can give to all candidates and parties.

Supreme Court
WASHINGTON — In what may be Act 2 in the decline and fall of campaign funding laws, the Supreme Court appears poised to lift the lid on the total amount the wealthy can give directly to all candidates and political parties.
Increasingly, the money that funds election races forCongress and the presidency comes from a small sliver of the very rich, what the Sunlight Foundation called the "elite class that serves as gatekeepers of public office in the United States." The nonpartisan group has tracked how a growing share of election money comes from the top 1% of the wealthiest Americans.
In the first major case of its new term, the court could give those donors even more clout with lawmakers and their parties. The issue is whether federal limits, not on contributions to individual races but on how much a donor can give to all candidates for Congress or party committees in a particular election cycle, violate the right of free speech.

13-09-24 US State Department Is Keeping Pakistani Drone Victim's Lawyer Out of the Country So Survivors Won't Testify in Front of Members Of Congress


State Department Is Keeping Pakistani Drone Victim's Lawyer Out of the Country So Survivors Won't Testify in Front of Members Of Congress (with Video and Petition)

Don Hazen, AlterNet

The lawyer challenging US-led drone warfare in Pakistan has been blocked by the U.S. Department of State from appearing before Congress. 

13-09-24 Obama's Freedom of the Press - yet another hoax!

Obama's Justice Department: Trumpeting a New Victory in War on Freedom of the Press

By Norman Solomon

While mouthing platitudes about respecting press freedom, the president has overseen methodical actions to undermine it. 

13-09-24 American gulag!

By Bill Quigley   
This insanity must be stopped. 

By Daniel G.J.  
State and local governments have signed contracts that obligate them to keep a certain number of people in jail (with numbers around 96% occupancy) to bolster the profits of privately run prisons, a survey indicates. 

13-09-24 Sighting: Drones over San Diego, California

Saturday, September 28th & Sunday, September 29th
Regional Anti-War Protest and Conference
End Drone Warfare! No War on Syria!
with Iraq Veterans Against the War, US Palestinian Community Network, Syrian American Forum, ANSWER Chicago, & Anti-War Committee – Chicago
Midwest Action Against Drones...See More

13-09-24 Stanley Fischer's little noticed latest career move - CFR fellow...

Stanley Fischer, Former Bank of Israel Governor and Former IMF and World Bank Official, Joins CFR as Distinguished Fellow

September 9, 2013
Council on Foreign Relations
Stanley Fischer, former governor of the Bank of Israel and a former top official at both the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, joins the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) this month as a distinguished fellow. Fischer, a CFR member since 1994, is based at the organization's New York headquarters.

13-09-24 13-09-24 Brazil state visit to the White House and NSA spying - Reuters versus CNN reporting

US media bend over backwards every possible way.  I am surprised tha CNN did not ay the state visit was "allegedly postpoined", that would have been even more appropriate... jz
  1. Brazil's Rousseff calls off state visit to U.S. over spying | Reuters 

    7 days ago - Brazil's Rousseff calls off state visit to U.S. over spying ... The decision to cancel the visit to Washington will add tensions to the U.S.-Brazilian ...

    1. Brazilian president's U.S. state visit postponed over alleged spying ... 

      7 days ago - The United States and Brazil jointly agreed on Tuesday to postponeBrazilian President Dilma Rousseff's state visit to Washington next month ...