Fred Reed in “Cometh the Censor” has some grave predictions about eventual and total internet censorship:
I see with no surprise that Washington is stepping up its campaign to censor the internet. It had to come, and will succeed. It will put paid forever to America’s flirtation with freedom.
The country was never really a democracy, meaning a polity in which final power rested with the people. The voters have always been too remote from the levers of power to have much influence.
http://www.bstu.bund.de/DE/Home/home_node.html (must translate - German to English)
First, two important considerations:
From the Oxford Dictionary:
rendition (also extraordinary rendition): The practice of sending a foreign criminal or terrorist suspect covertly to be interrogated in a country with less rigorous regulations for the humane treatment of prisoners.
Obama’s speech on intelligence gathering was the full on horseshit performance many of us thought it would be.
Obama began with a revisionist, some might say tortured, reworking of American history which placed the NSA in the tradition of Paul Revere and the Sons of Liberty. I guess what they say is true, that patriotism is the last refuge of scoundrels and Obama’s wrapping the NSA’s war on the Constitution up in the flag certainly qualifies.
But it is when Obama arrives at 9/11 that he really goes off the rails and dispenses with any semblance of reality. Read more about Obama's NSA Speech: Review Without Review, Reform Without Reform
Several new groups are calling for reform of of resistance to the surveillance state. Liberals might want to be careful about joining forces with them, though.
Cross posted from Pruning Shears. Read more about How strange is too strange for bedfellows?
Re the NSA scandal, Obama postures that he wants to open a CRIMINAL investigation of what amounts to an information leakage on his own CRIMINALITY in defying our first, fourth and fifth amendment rights. His along with the other two branches of our government.
Fascistic enough for you? It is for me.
Norman Solomon in “Obama’s Willing Executioners of the Fourth Amendment”: Read more about STOP NSA! Authoritarianism Ending Individualism!
The ongoing revelations about the government's spying programs have changed public opinion on the issue, but the institutions responsible for reining them in have no incentive to act.
Last Wednesday night, June 19, 2013, I attended an enlightening and motivating "emergency" forum for "citizens of conscience" at The Great Hall of Cooper Union in NYC entitled: NO Government Spying on Whole Populations/Hands off Snowden & Manning/Close Guantanamo NOW Read more about WCW 6/19/13 NYC Emergency Forum Re NSA-Part 1 of 3
Edward Snowden is risking his welfare in order to expose illegitimate surveillance of millions of Americans and foreign peoples who are innocent of any wrongdoing.
Edward Snowden has revealed the betrayal and incompetence of our Congress and judicial system, both unable to watch-dog and prevent such anti-4th amendment over-reach of the executive branch’s intelligence and security operations. Read more about 10 Thoughts Re Unlawful Mass Surveillance (w/out snips)
Several commentators have recently said that the public is to blame for the recent NSA spying revelations. That may end up being true in the long run, but for now the blame lies with the leaders who built out the apparatus.
Joseph Kishore in “Obama administration collecting phone records of tens of millions of Americans”
The Obama administration is engaged in a secret and illegal dragnet to accumulate detailed phone records of tens and perhaps hundreds of millions of US residents in a program organized by the National Security Agency (NSA).
Earlier this week I had a brief and unproductive Twitter exchange with Libby Spencer over leaks, whistleblowers and journalists. It was prompted by this from BooMan:
Read more about James Rosen, irresponsible journalism and untrustworthy governance
The f-word is fascism.
The first amendment matters. Should matter. Apparently not so much to the Justice Department and Democratic President Barack Obama.
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
James Petras and Robin Eastman Abaya in “The Rise of the Police State and the Absence of Mass Opposition” take on the tragic phenomenon of our ever-expanding police state first under Bush and now Obama, along with why so many Americans have remained, especially under Obama, so very passive about the ominous threat to all of us and/or our progeny. Read more about Why Mass Citizen Indifference to the US Police State Monster?