Obama is draping the banner of change over the NSA status quo. Bulk surveillance that caused such outrage will remain in place by Glenn Greenwald In response to political scandal and public outrage, official Washington repeatedly uses the same well-worn tactic. It is the one that has been hauled out over decades in response to many of America's most significant political scandals. Predictably, it is the same one that shaped President Obama's much-heralded Friday speech to announce his proposals for "reforming" the National Security Agency in the [...]
The travesty calling itself "the Bradley Manning court-martial", the kangaroo tribunal calling itself "the FISA court", and the emptiness of what the Obama DOJ calls "your constitutional rights".
A Prime Aim of the Growing Surveillance State by Glenn Greenwald Several weeks ago, a New York Times article by Noam Cohen examined the case of Aaron Swartz, the 24-year-old copyright reform advocate who was arrested in July, after allegedly uploading academic articles that had been placed behind a paywall, thus making them available for free online. Swartz is now being prosecuted by the DOJ with obscene over-zealousness. Despite not profiting (or trying to profit) in any way -- the motive was making academic discourse available to the world [...]
Map of National Security Buildings Since 2001 Government Locations 2,164 Company Locations 6,944 An estimated 854,000 people, nearly 1.5 times as many people as live in Washington, D.C., hold top-secret security clearances. The Real US Government By Glenn Greenwald https://projects.washingtonpost.com/top-secret-america/ https://axisoflogic.com/artman/publish/Article_60680.shtml The Washington Post’s Dana Priest demonstrates once again why she’s easily one of the best investigative journalists in the nation -- if not the best -- with the publication of Part I of her series, co-written with William Arkin, detailing the sprawling, unaccountable, inexorably growing secret [...]
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