The time is now:

https://www.eff.org/press/releases/eff-hails-court-ruling-rejecting-nsa-bulk-collection-americans-phone-records

EFF Hails Court Ruling Rejecting NSA Bulk Collection of Americans’ Phone Records

Appeals Court Decision Should Push Congress to Strengthen Protections Against Mass Surveillance, EFF Says

San Francisco – A federal appeals court today ruled that the NSA’s bulk collection of phone records is illegal, saying Congress didn’t authorize collection of a ”staggering” amount of information on Americans. The decision by a three-judge panel of the U.S.Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit overturns a judge’s ruling dismissing ACLU’s challenge to Section 215 of the Patriot Act, ACLU v. Clapper.

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http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/may/12/rand-paul-and-ron-wyden-to-work-together-to-block-patriot-act-renewal?CMP=edit_2221

Rand Paul and Ron Wyden to work together to block Patriot Act renewal

Senators from Kentucky and Oregon launch bipartisan filibuster to prevent a vote on extending the law without amendment

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Reminder: spy agencies are desperate to keep their spying secret because they fear legal challenges, not terrorism

Why a federal court decision vindicates Edward Snowden’s most famous leak

 

Eyes on Egregious Excuses for Evil

Evil is at the door of each man’s heart, don’t let the torturers  get away with hardening your hearts. The truth will set you free. Look! and shun these liars who boldly look us in the eye and dredge up 9-11 to justify their heinous priggish dark and evil torturers against men, women, and children.  These workers of iniquity and their perpetration of horrors against mankind must be stopped and brought to justice!

Featured photo - Civil Rights Groups Call for Prosecution of Torture Architects

Photo AP/Luis M. Alvarez

“those responsible for signing off on [abuse] are still being feted on book tours and talk shows. We are still a long way from acknowledging the horrors of the CIA’s torture program, and achieving real accountability.”

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https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20141209/14122029374/former-cia-director-hayden-we-didnt-lie-about-interrogation-program-torture-report-yeah-you-did-repeatedly.shtml

Former CIA Director Hayden: We Didn’t Lie About Interrogation Program. Torture Report: Yeah, You Did. REPEATEDLY.

from the I-swear-I-thought-you’d-never-find-out! dept ,

by Tim Cushing

Former CIA director Michael Hayden warned anyone who would listen that the release of the Torture Report would turn our enemies against us… or further against us, or something. He also claimed that he and the CIA had been generally forthright and open about this program over the past several years.

“To say that we relentlessly, over an expanded period of time, lied to everyone about a program that wasn’t doing any good, that beggars the imagination,” Hayden said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

Briefings to the full Committee beginning on September 6, 2006, also contained numerous inaccuracies, including inaccurate descriptions of how interrogation techniques were applied and what information was obtained from CIA detainees. The CIA misrepresented the views of members of Congress on a number of occasions. After multiple senators had been critical of the program and written letters expressing concerns to CIA Director Michael Hayden, Director Hayden nonetheless told a meeting of foreign ambassadors to the United States that every Committee member was “fully briefed,” and that “[t]his is not CIA’s program. This is not the President’s program. This is America’s program.” The CIA also provided inaccurate information describing the views of U.S. senators about the program to the Department of Justice.

A February 2007 report from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), which the CIA acting general counsel initially stated “actually does not sound that far removed from the reality” was also criticized. CIA officers prepared documents indicating that “critical portions of the Report are patently false or misleading, especially certain key factual claims. CIA Director Hayden testified to the Committee that “numerous false allegations of physical and threatened abuse and faulty legal assumptions and analysis in the [ICRC] report undermine its overall credibility.'”

The committee has given us instead a one-sided study marred by errors of fact and interpretation—essentially a poorly done and partisan attack on the agency that has done the most to protect America after the 9/11 attacks.

In December 2003, a CIA Station overseeing CIA detention operations in Country [x] informed CIA Headquarters that it had made the “unsettling discovery” that the CIA was “holding a number of detainees about whom” it knew “very little,” Nearly five years later, in late 2008, the CIA attempted to determine how many individuals the CIA had detained. At the completion of the review, CIA leaders, including CIA Director Michael Hayden, were informed that the review found that the CIA had detained at least 112 individuals, and possibly more.

CIA Director Hayden typically described the program as holding “fewer than a hundred” detainees. For example, in testimony before the Committee on February 4, 2008, in response to a question from Chairman Rockefeller during an open hearing, Hayden stated, “[i]n the life of the CIA detention program we have held fewer than a hundred people.” {See DTS #2008-1140.) Specific references to “98” detainees were included in a May 5, 2006, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) report on Renditions, Detentions and Interrogations.

According to tlie CIA’s June 2013 Response, “Hayden did not view the discrepancy, if it existed, as particularly significant given that, if true, it would increase the total number by just over 10 percent.”

According to an email summarizing the meeting, CIA Director Hayden instructed a CIA officer to devise a way to keep the number of CIA detainees at the same number the CIA had previously briefed to Congress. The email, which the briefer sent only to himself, stated:

“I briefed the additional CIA detainees that could be included in RDI numbers. DCIA instructed me to keep the detainee number at 98 ~ pick whatever date i [sic] needed to make that happen but the number is 98.”

Contrary to statements later made by CIA Director Michael Hayden and other CIA officials that “[a]ll those involved in the questioning of detainees are carefully chosen and screened for demonstrated professional judgment and maturity, CIA records suggest that the vetting sought by [redacted] did not take place.

In testimony on April 12, 2007, CIA Director Michael Hayden referenced medical care of detainees in the context of the ICRC report on CIA detentions. Hayden testified to the Committee; “The medical section of the ICRC report concludes that the association of CIA medical officers with the interrogation program is ‘contrary to international standards of medical ethics.’ That is just wrong. The role of CIA medical officers in the detainee program is and always has been and always will be to ensure the safety and the well-being of the detainee. The placement of medical officers during the interrogation techniques represents an extra measure of caution. Our medical officers do not recommend the employment or continuation of any procedures or techniques. The allegation in the report that a CIA medical officer threatened a detainee, stating that medical care was conditional on cooperation is blatantly false. Healthcare has always been administered based upon detainee needs. It’s neither policy nor practice to link medical care to any other aspect of the detainee program.” This testimony was incongruent with CIA records.

CIA Director Hayden prepared a statement that relayed, “despite what you have heard or read in a variety of public fora, these [enhanced interrogation] techniques and this program did work.” The prepared materials included inaccurate information on the operation and management of the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program, as well as the same set of examples of the “effectiveness” of the CIA’s enhanced interrogation techniques that the CIA had provided to policymakers over several years. The examples provided were nearly entirely inaccurate.

Similarly, CIA Director Michael Hayden represented to the Committee on April 12, 2007, that “KSM also provided the first lead to an operative known as ‘Issa al-Hindi,’ with other detainees giving additional identifying information.” The CIA provided similar inaccurate representations regarding the thwarting of the United Kingdom Urban Targets Plot and the identification and/or arrest of Dhiren Barot, aka Abu Issa al-Hindi, in 17 of the 20 documents provided to policymakers and the Department of Justice between July 2003 and March 2009.

The CIA represented that CIA detainee Abu Zubaydah provided “important” and “vital” information by identifying Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM) as the mastermind behind the attacks of September 11, 2001 CIA Director Hayden told the Committee on April 12, 2007, that:

“..it was Abu Zubaydah, early in his detention, who identified KSM as the mastermind of 9/11. Until that time, KSM did not even appear in our chart of key al-Qa’ida members and associates.”

On at least two prominent occasions, the CIA represented, inaccurately, that Abu Zubaydah provided this information after the use of the CIA’s enhanced interrogation techniques.

On November 16, 2006, CIA Director Hayden briefed the Committee. The briefing included inaccurate information, including on the CIA’s use of dietary manipulation and nudity, as well as the effects of sleep deprivation.

Director Hayden testified that detainees were never provided fewer than 1,000 calories a day. This is inaccurate. There were no calorie requirements until May 2004, and draft OMS guidelines from March 2003 indicated that “[b]rief periods in which food is withheld(1-2 days), as an adjunct to interrogations are acceptable.”

Director Hayden testified that detainees were “not paraded [nude] in front of anyone,” whereas a CIA interrogator told the inspector general that nude detainees were “kept a center area outside the interrogation room,” and were “‘walked around’ by guards.'”

February 14, 2007, during a hearing on CIA renditions, Director Hayden provided inaccurate information to the Committee, to include inaccurate information on the number of detainees held by the CIA.

At the April 12, 2007, hearing, Director Hayden verbally provided extensive inaccurate information on, among other topics: (1) the interrogation of Abu Zubaydah, (2) the application of Department of Defense survival school practices to the program, (3) detainees’ counter-interrogation training, (4) the backgrounds of CIA interrogators, (5) the role of other members of the interrogation teams, (6) the number of CIA detainees and their intelligence production, (7) the role of CIA detainee reporting in the captures of terrorist suspects, (8) the interrogation process, (9) the use of detainee reporting, (10) the purported relationship between Islam and the need to use the CIA’s enhanced interrogation techniques, (11) threats against detainees’ families, (12) the punching and kicking of detainees, (13) detainee hygiene, (14) denial of medical care, (15) dietary manipulation, (16) the use of waterboarding and its effectiveness, and (17) the injury and death of detainees.

At the CIA briefing to the Committee on December 11, 2007, Director Hayden testified about: (1) the information provided to the White House regarding the videotapes, (2) what the tapes revealed, (3) what was not on the tapes, (4) the reasons for their destruction, (5) the legal basis for the use of the waterboard, and (6) the effectiveness of the CIA’s waterboard interrogation technique. Much of this testimony was inaccurate or incomplete.

He lied to protect a program he thought was valuable, even when the CIA’s own documents and findings contradicted this belief. The pendulum swings toward “incompetent,” but doesn’t quite make it that far. There’s far too much calculation lying below the obfuscation to believe Hayden didn’t know exactly what he was doing when he spent briefing after briefing and hearing after hearing lying to his overseers about the extent of the program and the hideous details he was actively hiding from them.

It would almost seem as though Hayden’s concerns about the safety of the country are simply a projection of his concerns about what the report reveals about him. This is the guy who wants the public to believe the CIA was screwed by a partisan hatchet job and that domestic surveillance programs are every bit as necessary as torture when it comes to hunting down terrorists. But his own words and actions show he shouldn’t be trusted with an op-ed, much less the safety of American people.

https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20141209/14122029374/former-cia-director-hayden-we-didnt-lie-about-interrogation-program-torture-report-yeah-you-did-repeatedly.shtml

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Featured photo - Torture, ‘Meet the Press’ and Cheney’s Quest for Revenge

Torture, ‘Meet the Press’ and Cheney’s Quest for Revenge

Dick Cheney gave no ground in his “Meet the Press” interview on Sunday, but he did something arguably even better: He bared his twisted soul.

Parrying questions from Chuck Todd with what he must have figured were winning talking points about the 9/11 terror attacks, Cheney unwittingly demonstrated how profoundly he has renounced fundamental American concepts of morality and justice.

Cheney’s most telling response was to Todd’s questions about people who were detained completely by mistake but who were nevertheless tortured — in at least one case to death.

You have to be something other than a normal human being not to be troubled by that.

But Cheney’s response was: “I’m more concerned with bad guys who got out and released than I am with a few that, in fact, were innocent.”

And he would famously do it all again. “I have no problem as long as we achieve our objective,” he said. “‘I’d do it again in a minute.”

What Cheney was saying is basically: If you have a goal and you kill innocent people while you’re at it, tough shit. That is how terrorists think; it’s not how moral people think — or at least are supposed to think.

I suspect that in the not-too-distant future, the defense of “rectal feeding” will become as signature a moment in torture apology as Cheney’s famous prediction that U.S. troops would be “greeted as liberators” has become to the false case for war in Iraq.

Any normal human being would be appalled by Todd’s question about how “Majid Khan’s lunch tray consisting of hummus, pasta, sauce, nuts and raisins was pureed and rectally infused.”

But not Cheney. “I believe it was done for medical reasons,” he said.

(“Rectal feeding” is not a medical procedure; it is a particularly sick and brutal form of abuse that in at least one case left a victim diagnosed as suffering from “an anal fissure and symptomatic rectal prolapse.”)

After listening to him on Sunday, it has never been clearer that to Cheney the interrogation of detainees was all about revenge — and about having, feeling and exercising power after feeling impotent in the face of an attack on the homeland. (After all, if he or anyone else in a position of power in the White House had paid an iota of attention to the issue before 9/11, the attack could likely have been averted.)

For Cheney, however, his “Meet the Press” appearance was still a win – at least in the short term, until history passes a more considered verdict.

Because our elite political media is unwilling to call out the morally abhorrent self-interested ravings of a torturer, Cheney’s statements effectively push the envelope for what is treated as legitimate debate.

So while we finally have this long-awaited Senate Intelligence Committee report, full of achingly detailed descriptions of abuse and lies even more depraved and duplicitous than any of us had imagined, the media just sees the “revisiting of a debate” about torture.

Last year, a bipartisan, blue-ribbon commission established by the Constitution Project did a good job of explaining how absurd it is that we are actually still arguing about any of this.

The blame for that rests in two places.

One is the Obama administration, for covering up what happened and trying to stifle any sort of national conversation on the topic.

The other is the media, for splitting the difference between the facts and the plainly specious, morally defective arguments led by Dick Cheney.

Photo: NBCNews.com

https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2014/12/15/torture-meet-press-cheneys-quest-revenge/

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https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2014/12/16/u-s-tv-media-gives-ample-platform-american-torturers-victims/

U.S. TV Provides Ample Platform for American Torturers, But None to Their Victims

 

 

 

http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2014/12/torture-911-evil-last-13-years.html

Torture Architect Tries to Justify Program … Fails Miserably

To Be Free

https://twitter.com/hashtag/assange

https://newmatilda.com/2014/11/17/siege-julian-assange-farce

Britain WikiLeaks

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Richard Stallman:Edward Snowdon: Julian Assange (July 2013)

https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2014/12/02/x-things-keep-mind-ever-get-read-torture-report/

https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2014/12/03/us-supported-egypt-188-protesters-sentenced-die-days-mubarak-freed/

https://twitter.com/rustyrockets

http://blogs.cfr.org/zenko/2014/11/21/americas-500th-drone-strike/

http://www.reprieve.org/uploads/2/6/3/3/26338131/2014_11_24_pub_you_never_die_twice_-_multiple_kills_in_the_us_drone_program.pdf

Key findings of the report include:

  • In Pakistan, 24 men were reported as killed or targeted multiple times. Missed strikes on these men killed 874 people, including 142 children.
  • In Yemen, 17 men were reported killed or targeted multiple times. Missile strikes on these men killed 273 others and accounted for almost half of all confirmed civilian casualties and 100% of all recorded child deaths.
  • In targeting Ayman al Zawahiri, the CIA killed 76 children and 29 adults. They failed twice, and Ayman al Zawahiri is reportedly still alive.
  • It took the US six attempts to kill Qari Hussain, a Pakistani target. During these attempts, 128 people were killed, including 13 children.
  • Each assassination target on the US government’s so-called Kill List ‘died’ on average more than three times before their actual death.

The US government’s drone programme has come under increasing scrutiny after a number of strikes that hit large numbers of civilians by mistake. It was recently revealed – as a result of investigations by Reprieve – that the US government compensates civilian victims of drone strikes in Yemen.

Jennifer Gibson, Staff Attorney at Reprieve who compiled the report, said: “These ‘high value targets’ appear to be doing the impossible – dying not once, not twice, but as many as six times. At the same time, hundreds of unknown men, women and children are also caught in the crosshairs. President Obama continues to insist drone strikes are ‘precise’, but when targeting one person instead kills as many as 128 others, there’s only one conclusion that can be drawn – there’s nothing targeted about the US drone programme.”

http://www.reprieve.org/us-drone-strikes-kill-28-unknown-people-for-every-intended-target-new-reprieve-report-reveals.html

 

World War 1 Lessons and Musings

Revolting…..all the fanfare for “The Queen” surveying the handiwork of WW1

I understand the “Poppy” symbolism as popularly supposed.

However I cannot help my visceral reaction of revulsion to seeing that horrid bloody picture of them surrounding that cruel Tower of London.

To my mind it is a tribute to the powers of the world to kill, cripple, and enslave individual humans.

I do not see any sympathy for those represented by those cold red ceramic false flowers.

Rather I see the enshrinement of world governments’ “right of rule” over earth.

Bloody Hell!

Yes, that is what this little human being sees in this gross display.

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http://www.globalresearch.ca/world-war-i-lessons-from-the-christmas-truce-of-1914/5361162

“World War I: Lessons from the Christmas Truce of 1914

Neoconservatives and Neoliberals Lust After Syrian Intervention

“If these photographs are authentic,”

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/22/world/middleeast/photo-archive-is-said-to-show-widespread-torture-in-syria.html?action=click&contentCollection=Technology&region=Footer&module=TopNews&pgtype=Blogs

Photo Archive Is Said to Show Widespread Torture in Syria

By BEN HUBBARD and DAVID D. KIRKPATRICKJAN. 21, 2014

 

“If these photographs are authentic,”

“I feel like we have had at least one or two Srebrenica moments in Syria already,” said Robert Kagan, a scholar at the Brookings Institution who has pushed for American action. “The White House has completely hardened itself to whatever horrendous news might come out of Syria because the president doesn’t want to get involved.”   Robert Kagan;  (partial history of this establishment careerist )

 

http://www.infowars.com/us-feigns-horror-over-cooked-up-report-on-syrian-war-they-engineered/

US Feigns “Horror” Over Cooked-Up Report on Syrian War They Engineered   Land Destroyer
January 22, 2014

Update: Further details have emerged regarding the authors of the report. It was produced by British law firm Carter-Ruck on behalf of Qatar who funded it (CNN). Carter-Ruck had in the past defended Saudis suspected of funding Al Qaeda.

January 22, 2014 (LD) – As with every Western-backed conference assembled regarding Syria, dramtic fabrications revealed just ahead of proceedings are intended to give them and their predetermined outcomes both gravity and “urgency.” Upcoming “peace talks” to be held in Switzerland are no exception. A report cooked up by the unelected dictatorship in Qatar is based on an anonymous source, codename “Caesar,” and remains admittedly unverified.

Of course, spokesman for UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay would admit the report remains unverified (emphasis added):

Rupert Colville, spokesman for UN human rights chief Navi Pillay, told AFP: “This report is extremely alarming, and the alleged scale of the deaths in detention, if verified, is truly horrifying.

Codename Caesar, Codename Curveball

Image: From Independent’s “Man whose WMD lies led to 100,000 deaths confesses all: Defector tells how US officials ‘sexed up’ his fictions to make the case for 2003 invasion.”
Image: From Independent’s “Man whose WMD lies led to 100,000 deaths confesses all: Defector tells how US officials ‘sexed up’ his fictions to make the case for 2003 invasion.”

In retrospect, the corporate-media has no problem admitting the insidious lies that were told to justify the invasion and occupation of Iraq – the lead up to the war was another story. A verbatim repeat of these admitted lies are being directed at Syria amidst the West’s failure to overthrow the government with terrorist proxies.

http://www.blacklistednews.com/America’s_Israel_Lobby_Demands_“Direct_Militery_Strikes”_Against_Syria/28547/0/38/38/Y/M.html

The names of the “experts” seeking a “decisive response” against Syria:

Karl Rove
Senator Joseph I. Lieberman
Ammar Abdulhamid
Ambassador Robert G. Joseph Elliott Abrams
Dr. Robert Kagan
Dr. Fouad Ajami
Lawrence F. Kaplan
Michael Allen
James Kirchick
Dr. Michael Auslin
Irina Krasovskaya
Gary Bauer
Dr. William Kristol
Paul Berman
Bernard-Henri Levy
Max Boot
Dr. Robert J. Lieber
Ellen Bork
Ambassador L. Paul Bremer
Tod Lindberg
Matthew R. J. Brodsky
Mary Beth Long
Dr. Eliot A. Cohen
Dr. Thomas G. Mahnken
Senator Norm Coleman
Dr. Michael Makovsky
Ambassador William Courtney
Ann Marlowe
Seth Cropsey
Clifford D. May
James S. Denton
Dr. Alan Mendoza
Paula A. DeSutter
David A. Merkel
Dr. Larry Diamond
Dr. Joshua Muravchik
Dr. Paula J. Dobriansky
Ambassador Andrew Natsios
Thomas Donnelly
Governor Tim Pawlenty
Dr. Michael Doran
Martin Peretz
Mark Dubowitz
Danielle Pletka
Dr. Colin Dueck
Dr. David Pollock
Dr. Nicholas Eberstadt
Arch Puddington
Ambassador Eric S. Edelman
Douglas J. Feith
Randy Scheunemann
Reuel Marc Gerecht
Dan Senor
Abe Greenwald
Ambassador John Shattuck
Christopher J. Griffin
Lee Smith
John P. Hannah
Henry D. Sokolski
Dr. Jeffrey Herf
James Traub
Peter R. Huessy
Ambassador Mark D. Wallace
Dr. William Inboden
Michael Weiss
Bruce Pitcairn Jackson
Leon Wieseltier
Ash JainKhawla
Yusuf Dr. Kenneth Jensen
Robert Zarate
Allison Johnson
Dr. Radwan Ziadeh

Source

The list above corresponds closely with the PNAC signatories whom demanded war on Iraq:

Persons associated with the PNAC

Project directors

[as listed on the PNAC website:]William Kristol, Co-founder and Chairman[1]
Robert Kagan, Co-founder[1]
Bruce P. Jackson[1] Mark Gerson[1]
Randy Scheunemann[1]

Project staffEllen Bork, Deputy Director[1]
Gary Schmitt, Senior Fellow[1][51]
Thomas Donnelly, Senior Fellow[1]
Reuel Marc Gerecht, Senior Fellow[1] Mitch Jackson, Senior Fellow
Timothy Lehmann, Assistant Director[1]
Michael Goldfarb, Research Associate[1]

Former directors and staff
Daniel McKivergan, Deputy Director[52]

Signatories to Statement of PrinciplesElliott Abrams[5]
Gary Bauer[5]
William J. Bennett[5]
John Ellis “Jeb” Bush[5]
Richard B. Cheney[5]
Eliot A. Cohen[5]
Midge Decter[5]
Paula Dobriansky[5]
Steve Forbes[5]
Aaron Friedberg[5]
Francis Fukuyama[5]
Frank Gaffney[5]
Fred C. Ikle[5] Donald Kagan[5]
Zalmay Khalilzad[5]
I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby[5]
Norman Podhoretz[5]
J. Danforth Quayle[5]
Peter W. Rodman[5]
Stephen P. Rosen[5]
Henry S. Rowen[5]
Donald Rumsfeld[5]
Vin Weber[5]
George Weigel[5]
Paul Wolfowitz[5]

Signatories or contributors to other significant letters or reports[15]Elliott Abrams[9][11]
Kenneth Adelman[53]
Richard V. Allen[19]
Richard L. Armitage[11]
Gary Bauer[19][53]
Jeffrey Bell[19][53]
William J. Bennett[9][11][19][53]
Jeffrey Bergner[9][11][19]
John Bolton[9][11]
Ellen Bork[53]
Rudy Boschwitz[19]
Linda Chavez[53]
Eliot Cohen[14][19][53]
Seth Cropsey[19]
Midge Decter[19][53]
Paula Dobriansky[9][11]
Thomas Donnelly[14][19][53]
Nicholas Eberstadt,[19][53][54]
Hillel Fradkin[19][53][55]
Aaron Friedberg[19]
Francis Fukuyama[9][11][19]
Frank Gaffney[19][53]
Jeffrey Gedmin[19][53]
Reuel Marc Gerecht[19][53]
Charles Hill[19][53]
Bruce P. Jackson[19][53]
Eli S. Jacobs[19]
Michael Joyce[19]
Donald Kagan[14][19][53]
Robert Kagan[9][11][14][19][53]
Stephen Kantany
Zalmay Khalilzad[9][11] Jeane Kirkpatrick[19]
Charles Krauthammer[19]
William Kristol[9][11][14][19]
John Lehman[19][53]
I. Lewis Libby[14]
Tod Lindberg[53][56]
Rich Lowry[53]
Clifford May[19][53]
John McCain[57]
Joshua Muravchik[53]
Michael O’Hanlon [58][59]
Martin Peretz[19][53]
Richard Perle[9][11][19][53]
Daniel Pipes[53]
Norman Podhoretz[19][53]
Peter W. Rodman[9][11][19]
Stephen P. Rosen[14][19][53]
Donald Rumsfeld[9][11]
Randy Scheunemann[19][53]
Gary Schmitt[14][19][51][53]
William Schneider, Jr.[9][11][19][53]
Richard H. Shultz[19][60]
Henry Sokolski[19]
Stephen J. Solarz[19]
Vin Weber[9][11][19]
Leon Wieseltier[19]
Marshall Wittmann[19][53]
Paul Wolfowitz[9][11][14]
R. James Woolsey[9][11][53]
Dov Zakheim[14][61]
Robert B. Zoellick[9][11]

 

 

http://www.weeklystandard.com/articles/what-catastrophe_773268.html?nopager=1

What Catastrophe?

MIT’s Richard Lindzen, the unalarmed climate scientist

Weekly Standard, Jan 13, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 17 • By ETHAN EPSTEIN
When you first meet Richard Lindzen, the Alfred P. Sloan professor of meteorology at MIT, senior fellow at the Cato Institute, leading climate “skeptic,” and all-around scourge of James Hansen, Bill McKibben, Al Gore, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and sundry other climate “alarmists,” as Lindzen calls them, you may find yourself a bit surprised. If you know Lindzen only from the way his opponents characterize him—variously, a liar, a lunatic, a charlatan, a denier, a shyster, a crazy person, corrupt—you might expect a spittle-flecked, wild-eyed loon. But in person, Lindzen cuts a rather different figure. With his gray beard, thick glasses, gentle laugh, and disarmingly soft voice, he comes across as nothing short of grandfatherly.

Back Doors

Update: illustration from

http://www.spiegel.de/netzwelt/netzpolitik/interaktive-grafik-hier-sitzen-die-spaeh-werkzeuge-der-nsa-a-941030.html

 

 

 

30c3: To Protect And Infect, Part 2

Published on Dec 30, 2013

by: Jacob “@ioerror” Applebaum

rights

Judge: NSA’s collecting of phone records is probably unconstitutional

http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/judge-nsas-collecting-of-phone-records-is-likely-unconstitutional/2013/12/16/6e098eda-6688-11e3-a0b9-249bbb34602c_story.html

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TV(KMOX/Michael Calhoun/File) East St Louis Police
TV(KMOX/Michael Calhoun/File) East St Louis Police
XKS screen capture of p.11
XKS screen capture of p.11

 

NSA collection of phone data is lawful, federal judge rules

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/nsa-collection-of-phone-data-is-lawful-federal-judge-rules/2013/12/27/4b99d96a-6f19-11e3-a523-fe73f0ff6b8d_story.html?clsrd

Veterans are being sent letters that state they are "incompetent" to bear arms without  judicial hearing with evidence being offered to prove to a judge that the person is indeed incompetent
Veterans are being sent letters that state they are “incompetent” to bear arms without judicial hearing with evidence being offered to prove to a judge that the person is indeed incompetent

 

Big Agri-business of Developed Countries use WTO to Squeeze Small Farmers in the Developing World

http://fpif.org/spineless-bali/
Rep. Walden Bello Philippine House of Representatives, ” the Philippines—and most other developing countries—lost out by joining the WTO nearly 20 years ago. Our agriculture and industry are now on their last legs”

Developed countries are still using the WTO to squeeze small farmers in the developing world–and developing world governments are going along with the charade.

http://fpif.org/spineless-bali/