Global Events

Jul 022013
 

Breaking the Set presenter Abby Martin talks to Susan Lindauer, former CIA asset, and author of ‘Extreme Prejudice’, about her experience being scapegoated under the Patriot Act for blowing the whistle about 9/11 foreknowledge and Iraq.

Susan Lindauer Chief CIA asset covering Iraq and Libia in the UN from 1995 to 2003, gave advance warning of the 911 attack. Lindauer tried to testify through the ‘proper channels’ which lead to her arrest under the patriot act. She was deprived of the right to a trial, hit with secret charges, secret evidence, secret grand jury testimony. She was not allowed to know who has accused her of what crime, the government had no obligation to provide any evidence that a crime ever occurred. Lindauer was held in prison for a year, held under indictment for 5 years with no trial, and said she was forced to court with no attorney.

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Jul 022013
 

“Ultimately history will judge the decisions I made, I won’t be around because its going to take a while for the objective historians to show up” Said former president George W. Bush in an interview to CNN.

An interesting comment – its going to take a while for the objective historians to show up… Does this means there are NO objective historians around now? Where have they all gone? He also seems confident that they are not going to show up any time soon. Why is that? Anything to do with the programs he put in place? Or the bumping off of those Icaruses who dare fly close to the truth?

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Jul 022013
 

6/29 June 2013

NSA slides explain the PRISM data-collection program

The top-secret PRISM program allows the U.S. intelligence community to gain access from nine Internet companies to a wide range of digital information, including e-mails and stored data, on foreign targets operating outside the United States. The program is court-approved but does not require individual warrants. Instead, it operates under a broader authorization from federal judges who oversee the use of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). Some documents describing the program were first released by The Washington Post on June 6. The newly released documents below give additional details about how the program operates, including the levels of review and supervisory control at the NSA and FBI. The documents also show how the program interacts with the Internet companies. These slides, annotated by The Post, represent a selection from the overall document, and certain portions are redacted.

Read related article: washingtonpost.com | guardian.co.uk

27 Jun 2013

Justice Department and NSA memos proposing broader powers for NSA to collect data
Memo to attorney general Michael Mukasey in 2007 requesting permission for the NSA to expand its ‘contact chains’ deeper into Americans’ email records

20 Jun 2013

Procedures used by NSA to target non-US persons: Exhibit A – full document
Top-secret documents show Fisa judges have signed off on broad orders allowing the NSA to make use of information ‘inadvertently’ collected from domestic US communications without a warrant

20 Jun 2013

Procedures used by NSA to minimize data collection from US persons: Exhibit B – full document
The documents detail the procedures the NSA is required to follow to target ‘non-US persons’ under its foreign intelligence powers – and what the agency does to minimize data collected on US citizens and residents

8 Jun 2013

Boundless Informant: NSA explainer – full document text
View the three-page explanation document, which showed the NSA collected almost 3 billion pieces of intelligence from US computer networks over a 30-day period ending in March

8 Jun 2013

The top-secret Boundless Informant tool details and maps by country the voluminous amount of information it collects from computer and telephone networks

5 Jun 2013

Verizon forced to hand over telephone data – full court ruling

The US government is collecting the telephone records of millions of US customers of Verizon under a top secret court order
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/the-nsa-files+content/document
Jun 232013
 

Glenn Greenwald on ‘Meet the Press’, msn NBCNews.com

David Gregory interviews Glenn Greenwald the Guardian columnist  about his association with Edward Snowden the NSA whistleblower, and the danger to individuals who shed light on classified government programs. He asked: “Why shouldn’t you, Mr. Greenwald, be charged with a crime?”

Glenn Greenwald interviewed Edward Snowden the NSA whistleblower in Kowloon hotel, Hong Kong. Their first meeting took place on the 1 June 2013 and a video interview was published by the guardian on the 9th of June 3013.

 

David Gregory & Glenn Greenwald  Interview Transcript

David Gregory: Would that would meet the criteria for what you’ve outlined this morning on where he’d like to be?

Glenn Greenwald:  Right. Well, venezuela has a democratically elected government, though it has lots of problems in its political system and i think the real question is why should an american who joined the U.S. military, worked for the CIA, worked for the NSA, why does he feel that he has to flee the United States simply because he stepped forward in a very careful way, goes to newspapers, reveals wrongdoing on the part of government officials? Why does he feel he has to flee? The McClatchy article answered that question; It said the Obama administration has been unprecedentedly aggressive and vindictive in how it punishes whistleblowers as enemies of the state. Why are whistleblowers being treated in this fashion?

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Jun 152013
 

“we have no privacy whatsoever. And once we have no privacy on the internet we then lose any sense of freedom to express ourselves openly. We lose our freedom to download information and ingest information openly. So we lose free society. Free thought requires free media.” Says Annie Machon, former MI5 officer.

 In an interview on RT, href=”http://rt.com/op-edge/nsa-leak-snowden-whistleblowing-444/” target=”_blank”>Annie Machon talks about Edward Snowden, Whistleblowing, and the effect lack of privacy may have on a free society.

Machon left MI5 along with David Shayler to helped him blow the whistle on the intelligence agencies. Machon published her first book, Spies, Lies and Whistleblowers: MI5, MI6 and the Shayler Affair In 2005.As well as being a a writer, she is also a public speaker and is a Director of LEAP ‘Law Enforcement Against Prohibition’.

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