Shooting the Messenger

Chris Hedges TruthDig.com http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/shooting_the_messenger_20131208 There is a deeply misguided attempt to sacrifice Julian Assange, WikiLeaks, Chelsea Manning and Jeremy Hammond on the altar of the security and surveillance state to justify the leaks made by Edward Snowden. It is argued that Snowden, in exposing the National Security Agency’s global spying operation, judiciously...

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The War on Democracy: How Corporations and Spy Agencies Use ‘Security’ to Defend Profiteering and Crush Activism

Nafeez Ahmed The Guardian/UK http://www.theguardian.com/environment/earth-insight/2013/nov/28/war-on-democracy-corporations-spy-profit-activism A stunning new report compiles extensive evidence showing how some of the world’s largest corporations have partnered with private intelligence firms and government intelligence agencies to spy on activist and nonprofit groups. Environmental activism is a prominent though not exclusive focus of these activities. The report by the Center...

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Mistaking Omniscience for Omnipotence

Tom Engelhardt TomDispatch.com http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/175771/tomgram%3A_engelhardt%2C_a_surveillance_state_scorecard/ Given how similar they sound and how easy it is to imagine one leading to the other, confusing omniscience (having total knowledge) with omnipotence (having total power) is easy enough.  It’s a reasonable supposition that, before the Snowden revelations hit, America’s spymasters had made just that mistake.  If...

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It’s Time to Finally Admit We’re an Empire

David Sirota AlterNet http://www.alternet.org/world/its-time-finally-admit-were-empire?paging=off&current_page=1#bookmark Is America an empire or not? It is a loaded question because in the modern age, that word — empire — is not a moniker citizens proudly embrace in the way we might imagine the Ottomans or the Romans did during their reigns. Instead, the word...

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‘Sending a Message’: What the US and UK Are Attempting To Do

Glenn Greenwald The Guardian/UK http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/aug/21/sending-message-miranda-gchq-nsa Guardian editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger on Monday night disclosed the remarkable news that UK authorities, several weeks ago, threatened the Guardian UK with prior restraint if they did not destroy all of their materials provided by Edward Snowden, and then sent agents to the basement of the paper’s offices to...

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