Checkout this awesome infographic titled “The Secrets Behind Intelligence Gathering.” It was developed by North American Investigations who states “If the recent NSA surveillance disclosures have piqued your interest in just how far our government is going to collect information, [Read more…]
This article was written by David Wallechinsky and originally published at AllGov.com
Many documents produced by the U.S. government are confidential and not released to the public for legitimate reasons of national security. Others, however, are kept secret for more questionable reasons. The fact that presidents and other government officials have the power to deem materials classified provides them with an opportunity to use national security as an excuse to suppress documents and reports that would reveal embarrassing or illegal activities. [Read more…]
As many nations try to regulate the internet, how far will governments go to censor online content? Engaged internet activists, Rebecca MacKinnon and Latoya Peterson, discuss the US proposed legislation called Stop Online Piracy ACT, SOPA, plus, one Austrian student’s battle against Facebook. [Read more…]
“Unmanned aerial vehicles are once again grabbing headlines as the UK government was forced to admit last week that an RAF drone killed four Afghan civilians and injured two others in an air strike in Helmsland earlier this year.”
June 20, 2011
by Paul Craig Roberts
While we were not watching, conspiracy theory has undergone Orwellian redefinition.
A “conspiracy theory” no longer means an event explained by a conspiracy. Instead, it now means any explanation, or even a fact, that is out of step with the government’s explanation and that of its media pimps. (emphasis added)
For example, online news broadcasts of RT have been equated with conspiracy theories by the New York Times simply because RT reports news and opinions that the New York Times does not report and the US government does not endorse.
In other words, as truth becomes uncomfortable for government and its Ministry of Propaganda, truth is redefined as conspiracy theory, by which is meant an absurd and laughable explanation that we should ignore. [Read more…]
This is hard to watch. Why? Because if this was my mother I’d be all over the TSA and cops. It is obvious this woman felt extremely sexually violated by the TSA agent who felt her up, and rather than remaining silent, her immediate reaction was one only a victim would feel. This TSA crap is out of control and it’s way past time for the silent public to speak up. No one deserves to be humiliated and violated for simply getting on an airplane for a vacation, business trip or get away.
This is a brave young man, respectful and polite as well, who stood his ground to simply photograph what he studies – trains.
What is alarming about this encounter is the use of what was sold to the public as a temporary act, the Patriot Act, as the reason for detaining this young man. This Act, recently extended for four more years by the Obama administration, is intentionally designed to intimidate and put the fear of God into innocent, harmless and law abiding American citizens. Why on earth are we allowing this?
The cops are clearly only doing what they have been directed to do. The blame for this unfortunate scene lies solely in the hands of Congress and the President and the people for allowing this law to be passed, yet again, not the cops and certainly not the young man.
Click link to watch Part 2 –http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JOFwbiI8fQ
By Susan Lindauer, former Asset covering Iraq & Libya and the second non-Arab American indicted on the Patriot Act
Many Americans think they understand the dangers of the Patriot Act, which Congress has vowed to extend 4 more years in a vote later this week. Trust me when I say, Americans are not nearly frightened enough.Ever wonder why the truth about 9/11 never got exposed? Why Americans don’t have a clue about leadership fraud surrounding the War on Terror? Why Americans don’t know if the 9/11 investigation was really successful? Why the Iraqi Peace Option draws a blank? Somebody has known the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden — or his grave—for the past 10 years. But nobody’s talking to the people.
In significant part, that’s because of the Patriot Act — a law that equates free speech with sedition. It’s got a big agenda, with 7,000 pages of Machiavellian code designed to interrupt individual questioning of government policy. In this brave new world, free speech under the Bill of Rights effectively has been declared a threat to government controls for maintaining stability. And the Patriot Act has become the premiere weapon to attack whistle blowers and dissidents who challenge the comfort of political leaders hiding inconvenient truths from the public. It’s all the rage on Capitol Hill, as leaders strive to score TV ratings, while demogauging their “outstanding leadership performance” on everything from national security to environmental policy. [Read more…]
And then there is this from Main Justice –
Three Republican Senate leaders introduced a measure late Thursday that would permanently extend three key provisions of the Patriot Act, rather than let them expire not quite three years from now, as an alternative Democratic proposal would do.
The Republicans — Sens. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the minority leader; Charles Grassley of Iowa, the ranking member of the Judiciary Committee, and Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, the top GOP member on the Intelligence Committee — described the changes as vital to national security.
“These three provisions are essential tools for our counterterrorism agents in the field. The threat of terrorism isn’t going away so we must provide our agents with the tools they need to get the job done,” Grassley said in a prepared statement. “Given that terrorist threats, including those from self-radicalized individuals, continue to evolve, we must ensure that our law enforcement agents are not burdened with new restrictions on existing authorities. We can’t afford to go back to a pre-9/11 mindset and tie the hands of our agents in the field.”
The measures at issue are roving wiretaps of terrorism suspects through phone and Internet records, the “lone wolf” provisions that can track a target regardless of affiliation with a specific group, and Section 215 orders allowing investigators to freely gather a suspect’s business records.
The provisions would otherwise expire on Feb. 28. Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) introduced an extension that would last until December 2013 for these three provisions last Wednesday.
The Senate will now debate which approach it will take on the Patriot Act, which has been at the center of a debate over how to balance national security against the right of privacy since it was enacted just weeks after the terrorist acts of Sept. 11, 2001.