Snowden, Merkel, Obama, and King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail”

By: Monday January 20, 2014 3:21 pm

President Obama has said that Martin Luther King Jr’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” is a favorite of his, but again and again, he seems not to understand what King was saying.

Edward Snowden and Angela Merkel are giving him an opportunity to reread it and try once more to get the point.

 

US Intelligence Chiefs Unwilling to Establish a ‘No Spying’ Agreement with Germany

By: Tuesday November 12, 2013 9:38 am

The German officials met with NSA director Gen. Keith Alexander and CIA director John Brennan. Neither would agree to any meaningful agreement to not spy on Germany.

NSA, GCHQ Spied on Oil Cartel, OPEC, According to Documents From Snowden

By: Monday November 11, 2013 3:30 pm

One wonders how the FISC decided to spy on Saudi Arabia’s OPEC governor and what pretext the NSA used to gain authorization. The authorization would likely demonstrate the broad power granted by the court to the NSA to collect “foreign intelligence” for “national security” purposes.

NSA Successfully Figured Out How to Tap Into VISA’s ‘Complex Transaction Network’

By: Sunday September 15, 2013 12:00 pm

While The Guardian has published the most scoops from former NSA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden, the German newspaper, Der Spiegel, has posted its share of revelations from documents Snowden took with him from the NSA. The latest story shows the NSA managed to figure out how to infiltrate and search records of international VISA credit card customers.

NSA Reportedly Bugged EU’s DC Office

By: Sunday June 30, 2013 6:30 pm

Ah, Washington, DC. There has not been a dull moment in the fifty years and counting that I’ve lived here. (Don’t get me started on local politics in particular, where you are accused of “playing the race card” if you point out that race exists.) For instance, forty years ago “all the President’s men” bugged the offices of the Democratic Party, and were exposed by Robert Redford Bob Woodward and Dustin Hoffman Carl Bernstein of the Washington Post, acting on a tip from Linda Lovelace Mark Felt of the FBI. The President himself had to resign in the following year.

German Prosecutor Would Have Filed Indictments for CIA Rendition Had US Provided Information

By: Monday February 18, 2013 3:42 pm

The German newspaper Spiegel has an interview with a German prosecutor, who ultimately decided not to file indictments in the case of Egyptian Muslim cleric Abu Omar. Omar was kidnapped in a CIA operation in Italy and rendered to Germany and then Egypt, where he was tortured.

OpenLeaks Founder Destroys Cache of Unreleased WikiLeaks Documents

By: Sunday August 21, 2011 6:00 pm

Daniel Domscheit-Berg (DDB), founder of OpenLeaks who defected from the media organization WikiLeaks last year, has apparently destroyed a cache of documents he stole from WikiLeaks when he left the organization. According to reporter Holger Stark of the German news organization Der Spiegel, Domscheit-Berg told Stark some time on August 20 that the cache was gone forever.

50 Years After the Start of the Berlin Wall, We’re Still Building Walls

By: Saturday August 13, 2011 9:00 am

Fifty years ago today, East German soldiers began overseeing the construction of the Berlin Wall. That wall came down in 1989, but as Der Spiegel reminds us, other walls remain elsewhere in the world.

Even more insidious, though, are the invisible walls we build with money and defend with lawyers, all in an attempt to defend the status quo and nail things down as they are right now.

Sorry, but life is like a river, and you can’t nail it down. Count me among those who yearn for life without such walls.

Wingnut Pastors, Hate-Filled Soldiers, and a Scandal Greater than Abu Ghraib

By: Saturday April 2, 2011 9:00 am

The anti-Muslim hate industry in the US poisons more than just those who hear their venom. When those infected with it join the military and are posted to an Islamic country, all hell breaks loose. For a description of that hell, let me direct your attention to a video documentary by Der Spiegel of the members of a “kill team” from the 5th Stryker Brigade in Afghanistan.

The hate industry at home created the monsters, and the military trained them, gave them weapons and put them in situations to act on their hate. The price for this is being paid for this by Afghan civilians, other US soldiers, UN aid workers, and others. Enough.

Winning Hearts and Minds Made Nearly Impossible by Situation Typical to Most Wars

By: Thursday March 24, 2011 5:30 pm

Yesterday, army specialist Jeremy Morlock was sentenced to 24 years for taking part in a “kill team” that would slaughter Afghan civilians for fun, and then take trophy photos with their victims.

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