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Obama’s Foul/Frantic/Failed Attempt to ‘Rendition’ Snowden

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.

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Obama's NSA Speech: Review Without Review, Reform Without Reform

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 below the fold...

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How strange is too strange for bedfellows?

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.

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US tech companies hamstrung by US surveillance

American tech companies are sharing their data with the US government, and that may end up severely limiting their market elsewhere.

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STOP NSA! Authoritarianism Ending Individualism!

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 below the fold...

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U.S. spying on Americans: Unpopular, and unlikely to end

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.

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WCW 6/19/13 NYC Emergency Forum Re NSA-Part 1 of 3

WCW 6/19/13 NYC EMERGENCY Forum Re NSA-Part 2 of 3
WCW 6/19/13 NYC EMERGENCY Forum Re NSA-Part 3 of 3

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 below the fold...

10 Thoughts Re Unlawful Mass Surveillance (w/out snips)

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 below the fold...

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Yes, Congress and the president are responsible for the surveillance state

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.

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Libby's Stew: Holy Sh*t Surveillance!

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).

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James Rosen, irresponsible journalism and untrustworthy governance

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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:
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Obama, the F-word, & the Criminalization of News-Gathering

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.

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Why Mass Citizen Indifference to the US Police State Monster?

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 below the fold...

Bill Quigley on the Obama Civil Liberties “F” Report Card

Bill Quigley has taken a hard and well-researched look at Obama’s continuation and escalation of what Quigley terms the “draconian domestic civil liberties intrusions pioneered under the Bush administration” (involving freedoms of speech, of assembly of association, to privacy, to a fair trial, of religion, etc.).

Quigley's article is a strong rejoinder to so much of the myopic, Obamacrat hype about Obama being the lesser of two evils. He only appears to be the lesser of two evils in the hypocritical talk Obama talks and guaranteed will be talking much more of in his ever-intensifying “Lucy and the football” campaign mode. Read below the fold...

Social networking sites being used to determine if someone's a good credit risk

You'd better have good credit "Myspace Tom!"

Creditcards.com:

In their quest to identify creditworthy customers, some are tapping into the information you and your friends reveal in the virtual stratosphere.

[...]According to Nielsen Online, 67 percent of the global online population uses Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin or a similar social media network to stay in touch with friends, grow their business or just have fun. If you’re among them and your settings are turned to “public,” who you’re talking to and what you’re discussing is available to those wanting to sell their wares — and that includes banks and other credit issuers.

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