The end of privacy in the United States was brought about as much by technology as intention. Those who claim there is little new here — the government read the mail of and wiretapped the calls and conversations of Americans under COINTELPRO from 1956 to at least 1971, for example – do not fully understand the impact of technology.
|By: Peter Van Buren Tuesday October 28, 2014 10:00 am|
Two kinds of people are interested in Laura Pointras’ new documentary, CitizenFour, about Edward Snowden’s early contacts with journalists Glenn Greenwald, Ewen MacAskill and herself. Let’s have a review of the film for each group, the Haters and Everyone Else.
|By: Attaturk Monday September 22, 2014 1:30 am|
You would think after all these years of being demonstrably dishonest and the worst liars in Washington — which is a title like being the worst racist at a Klan rally — the CIA’s credibility would be somewhat suspect. Get a load of this one: Stung by the backlash over a German caught selling secrets [...]
|By: Peter Van Buren Tuesday August 26, 2014 2:24 pm|
Citing an endless river of filth, vacuous conversations, idiotic Tweets and endless cat videos, the NSA announced it is “freaking done” with spying on Americans.
|By: Peter Van Buren Tuesday August 5, 2014 7:50 am|
Using health care as a cover for U.S. espionage activities creates significant risks, not only for local populations but globally. Its execution is often clumsy, and it accomplishes little either for health or for intelligence needs.
|By: Attaturk Monday August 4, 2014 1:30 am|
A real trust circle.
Israel eavesdropped on US Secretary of State John Kerry during doomed peace talks with the Palestinians last year
|By: Peter Van Buren Friday August 1, 2014 8:15 am|
The German government will end its contract with Verizon. Brazil dumped Boeing for Swedish company Saab to replace its fighter jets. Sources told Bloomberg News“The NSA problem ruined it” for the U.S. defense contractor.
Unfettered NSA spying has cost U.S. companies up to $180 billion in lost overseas business. The number is expected to grow.
|By: Peterr Saturday July 19, 2014 8:59 am|
In 2000, the US ambassador to Germany said that the winning strategy of the US relationship with Germany was the manner in which the two nations work together as a team, in concert with each other in an open way of dealing with each other. Today, with continuing revelations of US spying inside the German government, the CIA station chief was sent home in humiliation. John Kerry, though, still says the two nations are “great friends” but it’s sounding more and more like the kind of friendship two folks have after they’ve broken up.
|By: Attaturk Friday July 18, 2014 1:30 am|
Hey, it was Angela Merkel’s 60th birthday yesterday — and it’s been a pretty good week for her. Die Mannschaft earned a fourth star on their shirts and she’s the most popular German politician since…well okay, enough about that.
Whatever the Obama Administration got her (I’m guessing it was not neck massage) I’m sure it was uncomfortably close to her browser history.
|By: cocktailhag Thursday July 3, 2014 8:00 pm|
Last night Rachel Maddow did a segment on the racist mobs that successfully turned back busloads of immigrant women and children in Merrieta, California. The scene was not unlike Little Rock, the Edmund Pettus bridge, or any garden variety racist atrocity, and Rachel was appropriately outraged.
Things then went rapidly downhill, though, when she brought on Homeland Security chief Jeh Johnson. Either not having watched or worse, not having been affected by the preceding clips, Johnson proceeded to drone on with all the passion of Charlie Brown’s teacher.