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Ed Snowden, the Spy Industry's Bernie Madoff ~ Class War on the Government Front
Bernie Madoff committed the cardinal sin of stealing from the Private Funds of the Rich ~ Edward Snowden committed the cardinal sin of divulging the Privatization of our Intelligence Agencies. While Public Sector Bank Robbers, Saboteurs and Hostage Takers operate with impunity.
How Spy Agency Contractors Have Already Abused Their Power
Lee Fang on June 11, 2013 - 1:45 AM ET
Read more: How Spy Agency Contractors Have Already Abused Their Power | The Nation http://www.thenation.com/blog/174741/how-spy-agency-contractors-have-already-abused-their-power#ixzz2WW8JD1ef Follow us: @thenation on Twitter | TheNationMagazine on Facebook
War On Government | Randi Rhodes | WWW.RANDIRHODES.COM
Jun 14, 2013
Tea Party senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) says that "restoring faith in government" is "the wrong solution." Well then by all means, keep talking, Senator. Instead, Johnson says "we need to engender that healthy distrust, that healthy distrust that our Founders found with government." Is Ron Johnson aware that our Founders didn't found a corporation? They founded a government. The Founders didn't mistrust government. Most of our Founders gladly took important posts in the government that they created. The difference between the Founders and Ron Johnson is that the Founders weren't working to undermine the government.
Our Founders didn't mistrust government. They realized that government has a function but that it needs to be carefully monitored and regulated… kind of like how they felt about firearms. But then that's lost on these idiots as well. If our Founders hated the idea of government, they had an entire continent full of people living in tribal societies that they could have fled to. But then John Adams never chucked it all to go the Great Plains and hunt buffalo from horseback, did he?
US intelligence agencies routinely swap data ( http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-06-14/u-s-agencies-said-to-swap-data-with-thousands-of-firms.html ) with thousands of private firms. Hardware and software makers, banks, and internet security firms all provide our spy agencies with data and equipment specifications that help them infiltrate foreign computers. The spy agencies are corporate-assisted hackers! It would be like spy agencies trying to gain access to your home… with the help of your home security provider and the company who made the locks on your doors.
Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) says that the surveillance programs that have been exposed are "just the tip of the iceberg." ( http://thehill.com/video/house/305047-dem-rep-lawmakers-learned-significantly-more-about-surveillance-programs-in-nsa-briefing ). And if you want to see the rest of it, you have to enter some pretty icy waters. House lawmakers were briefed by intelligence officials about the surveillance programs. The good news is that, as far as we know, nobody left the meeting and immediately cancelled their internet and cell phone service.
Congresswoman Sanchez said of the spying "I think it's just broader than most people even realize." Let's just hope that it's not any broader than a lot of people fear. According to Sanchez, the scope of the surveillance "astounded most of us." Yes, unfortunately, the reaction of some of them will be just to hit up Booz Allen for campaign contributions.
Randi Rhodes | Jun 17, 2013
It seems that everybody wants to know what's been going on at the NSA. Everybody, that is, except for 53 US Senators. Last week Senators were given a briefing by high-ranking intelligence officials about the surveillance programs. Only 47 Senators showed up. That's not even half—and as we all know, it actually takes 60 Senators to do anything at all.
Well, Dick Cheney is all for spying—but then that's no surprise, coming from a man who likes to spend "time in the shadows," if you will. Cheney called Edward Snowden a traitor who might be working for China. Under Dick Cheney, we sent countless jobs to China, and our debt to them skyrocketed. If China wants someone who really works for their interests they couldn't do better than Dick Cheney.
Even as the NSA scandal continues to play out, the bogus IRS "scandal" is pretty much already played out. Republicans have been unable to find any evidence to support their allegations that the White House was involved in IRS targeting of conservative groups. So they just decided to pretend that their allegations were facts.
Meanwhile, Glenn Beck is telling his listeners that this time we really are at the end times. The amazing thing is how a person so shallow can still go off the deep end. Beck told his staff and listeners "we are at the end." It's not clear if Glenn has gone completely insane, or if he's just doing a paid tie-in to the new Seth Rogan/James Franco movie "This Is the End." I don't know if the movie is funny, but it can't possibly be as funny as Glenn Beck.
Investigate Booz Allen Hamilton, not Edward Snowden
The firm that formerly employed both the director of national intelligence and the NSA whistleblower merits closer scrutiny
Pratap Chatterjee | guardian.co.uk, Friday 14 June 2013 09.00 EDT
Lawmakers planning bill to limit contractor access to NSA secrets
By Carlo Muñoz - 06/13/13 04:06 PM ET
Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/defcon-hill/policy-and-strategy/305465-feinstein-congress-to-block-contractor-access-to-highly-classified-information-#ixzz2WWEZAoTf Follow us: @thehill on Twitter | TheHill on Facebook
Pentagon bracing for public dissent over climate and energy shocks
NSA Prism is motivated in part by fears that environmentally-linked disasters could spur anti-government activism
By Afeez Ahmed | the guardian
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden was a computer systems administrator for Booz Allen Hamilton, where he directly handled the NSA's IT systems, including the Prism surveillance system. According to Booz Allen's 2011 Annual Report, the corporation has overseen Unified Quest "for more than a decade" to help "military and civilian leaders envision the future."
The latest war games, the report reveals, focused on "detailed, realistic scenarios with hypothetical 'roads to crisis'", including "homeland operations" resulting from "a high-magnitude natural disaster" among other scenarios, in the context of:
"... converging global trends [which] may change the current security landscape and future operating environment... At the end of the two-day event, senior leaders were better prepared to understand new required capabilities and force design requirements to make homeland operations more effective."
It is therefore not surprising that the increasing privatisation of intelligence has coincided with the proliferation of domestic surveillance operations against political activists, particularly those linked to environmental and social justice protest groups.
Department of Homeland Security documents released in April prove a "systematic effort" by the agency "to surveil and disrupt peaceful demonstrations" linked to Occupy Wall Street, according to the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF).
A University of Bath study citing the Kennedy case, and based on confidential sources, found that a whole range of corporations - such as McDonald's, Nestle and the oil major Shell, "use covert methods to gather intelligence on activist groups, counter criticism of their strategies and practices, and evade accountability."
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