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Ex-NSA analyst describes the depths of NSA surveillance as "Stasi on steroids"

The complexity of the National Security Agency's spying programs has made some of its ex-technical experts the most dangerous critics since they are among the few who understand the potential totalitarian risks involved, as ex-NSA analyst William Binney showed in an interview with journalist Lars Schall.

William Binney, who spent 36 years in the National Security Agency rising to become the NSA's technical director for intelligence, has emerged as one of the most knowledgeable critics of excesses in the NSA's spying programs, some of which he says managed to both violate the U.S. Constitution and prove inefficient in tracking terrorists.

Binney has been described as one of the best analysts in NSA's history combining expertise in intelligence analysis, traffic analysis, systems analysis, knowledge management and mathematics (including set theory, number theory and probability). He resigned in October 2001 and has since criticized the NSA's massive monitoring programs. After leaving the NSA, he co-founded Entity Mapping, LLC, a private intelligence agency, together with fellow NSA whistleblower J. Kirk Wiebe.
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Don't trust the FCC to regulate the internet -- they'll only screw it up

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The principle of net neutrality is easy to understand and support; to treat the delivery all data equally. This has been the status quo. Works great. Few oppose that, but supporting the principle of net neutrality is not the same thing as supporting the government's plan to enforce that principle.

The alleged problem that the government claims needs fixing is that Internet service providers (ISPs) want to charge different rates to websites for different levels of data usage, often referred to as fast lanes. Simply put, ISPs want the opposite of net neutrality and the corporate-run FCC supports this plan.

Comment: Classic problem >reaction >solution: create a false problem that concerns your constituents who beg for your assistance thereby allowing you to sell a solution you would have never been able to get away with before.

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Russia ready to supply electric power to Ukraine but 'There is a question of price, a question of payments'

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Russia ready to supply electric power to Ukraine
Ukraine is considering starting buying Russian electric power, but a final decision has not been made yet
Russia is ready to supply electric power to Ukraine, but payments for supplies are at question, Deputy Energy Minister Kirill Molodtsov told reporters on Thursday."There is a question of price, a question of payments. We are ready to supply gas, electric power and coal, if there is such necessity. The relationship between the sides is a point," he said.


Comment: Spoken like a good capitalist. Any intelligent businessman would be wary of selling to a customer with such a dodgy credit record.

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NSA chief: Chinese cyber attacks could shut U.S. infrastructure

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China and "probably one or two" other countries have the ability to invade and possibly shut down computer systems of U.S. power utilities, aviation networks and financial companies, Admiral Mike Rogers, the director of the U.S. National Security Agency, said on Thursday.

Testifying to the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee on cyber threats, Rogers said digital attackers have been able to penetrate such systems and perform "reconnaissance" missions to determine how the networks are put together.

"What concerns us is that access, that capability can be used by nation-states, groups or individuals to take down that capability," he said.

Rogers said China was one of the countries with that capability, but that there were others.

"There's probably one or two others," he said, declining to elaborate in a public setting.
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Hungary vows commitment to Russia: GazProm's South Stream gas pipeline project will go forward

Two senior Hungarian officials, one at home and the other on a foreign trip, have expressed their country's firm commitment to Russia's ambitious gas pipeline project to bring natural gas to Europe via a southern route bypassing restive and unreliable Ukraine.
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Hungary wants to resume negotiations on the South Stream pipeline
Hungary's Foreign Minister Peter Sijjarto, currently in Moscow on a visit said Budapest hoped Russia and the European Union would resume talks on the project, stalled since last autumn due EU objections.

"We do hope that the negotiations will resume and proceed fast," Sijjarto said after talks with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov on Wednesday. "South Stream serves the purpose of diversifying gas supplies to Europe. We are for South Stream's full compliance with the EU requirements."

Earlier in the day, Hungary's energy affairs state secretary, Andras Aradszki, stated in Budapest that his country was firm in its intention to start laying its stretch of the South Stream gas pipeline despite European and US opposition, because it saw the project as the sole fuel supply option available at this point.

Comment: Hungary, other former East-bloc members such as Bulgaria and even some EU countries are becoming acutely aware of the dangers of being drawn into the Empire's web. Striking out for energy independence is a major step in avoiding the trap.

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Dutch government refuses to reveal details of secret pact into MH17 crash probe

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Emergencies Ministry members walk at the site of a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 plane crash, MH17, near the settlement of Grabovo in the Donetsk region, July 17, 2014.
The Dutch government has refused to reveal details of a secret pact between members of the Joint Investigation Team examining the downed Flight MH17. If the participants, including Ukraine, don't want information to be released, it will be kept secret.

The respected Dutch publication Elsevier made a request to the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice under the Freedom of Information Act to disclose the Joint Investigation Team (JIT) agreement, along with 16 other documents. The JIT consists of four countries - the Netherlands, Belgium, Australia and Ukraine - who are carrying out an investigation into the MH17 disaster, but not Malaysia. Malaysian Airlines, who operated the flight, has been criticized for flying through a war zone.

Part of the agreement between the four countries and the Dutch Public Prosecution Service, ensures that all these parties have the right to secrecy. This means that if any of the countries involved believe that some of the evidence may be damaging to them, they have the right to keep this secret.

"Of course [it is] an incredible situation: how can Ukraine, one of the two suspected parties, ever be offered such an agreement?" Dutch citizen Jan Fluitketel wrote in the newspaper Malaysia Today.

Comment: SOTT Exclusive: Ex-Russian intel officer - 'U.S. lying about MH17, using ISIS to destabilize Russia'

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Putin: The West's support of Russophobia in Ukraine will lead to catastrophe

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Russian President Vladimir Putin answers questions of ARD channel's representative Hubert Seipel during an interview to the channel
The West should not wait for Russia to solve the Ukraine crisis, but should instead try to influence the extreme policies of its "clients" in Kiev, Russian President Vladimir Putin told Hubert Seipel of the German channel ARD ahead of the G20 summit.

Hubert Seipel: Good afternoon, Mr President. You are the only Russian President who has ever given a speech at the Bundestag. This happened in 2001. Your speech was a success. You spoke about relations between Russia and Germany, building Europe in cooperation with Russia, but you also gave a warning. You said that the Cold War ideas had to be eradicated. You also noted that we share the same values, yet we do not trust each other. Why were you being a little pessimistic back then?

Vladimir Putin: First of all, I gave no warnings or admonitions and I was not being pessimistic. I was just trying to analyse the preceding period in the development of the situation in the world and in Europe after the collapse of the Soviet Union. I also took the liberty of predicting the situation based on different development scenarios.

Naturally, it reflected the situation as we see it, through the prism, as diplomats would put it, from Russia's point of view, but still, I think it was a rather objective analysis.

I reiterate: there was no pessimism whatsoever. None. On the contrary, I was trying to make my speech sound optimistic. I assumed that having acknowledged all the problems of the past, we must move towards a much more comfortable and mutually advantageous relationship-building process in the future.

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Israel shows its hand: How the Israel lobby helped protect the neo-Nazis of Ukraine

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Somewhere in the chambers of the Israel lobby they could have been overheard saying, "Well, as long as these neo-Nazi groups are setting the stage for us, who gives a flying fig what they think or what they're saying?"

Rep. John Conyers wanted to block U.S. funding to neo-Nazis in Ukraine. But the ADL and Simon Wiesenthal Center refused to help.


AlterNet has learned that an amendment to the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would have forbidden US assistance, training and weapons to neo-Nazis and other extremists in Ukraine was kept out of the final bill by the Republican-led House Rules Committee. Introduced by Democratic Representative John Conyers, the amendment was intended to help tamp down on violent confrontations between Ukrainian forces and Russian separatists. (Full text of the amendment embedded at the end of this article).

A USA Today/Pew poll conducted in April while the NDAA was being debated found that Americans opposed by more than 2 to 1 providing the Ukrainian government with arms or other forms of military assistance.

If passed, Conyers' amendment would have explicitly barred those found to have offered "praise or glorification of Nazism or its collaborators, including through the use of white supremacist, neo-Nazi, or other similar symbols" from receiving any form of support from the US Department of Defense.

Comment: Yet another reminder of just how powerful the Israel lobby in the U.S. is; that they're not supporting such an obviously sensible amendment as Conyer proposed could actually prevent it from getting passed. But far more than this, these facts further reveal just how incredibly ambitious and ruthless the psychopathic cabal in Israel is in its quest for geopolitical power.

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'Blackmail': EU trying to force Serbia into Russia sanctions club, says senior MP

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Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Foreign Affairs Alexei Pushkov
The EU's attempts to coerce Serbia into joining anti-Russian sanctions are nothing but blackmail, says the head of the State Duma Foreign Affairs Committee.

"Presently the European Union is trying to force Serbia, which is not an EU member, to join their sanctions program. They are practically blackmailing Serbia: either it joins the sanctions against Russia or [the bloc] won't see it as a country with a chance of joining the EU," MP Aleksey Pushkov (United Russia) told reporters at a Thursday press conference in Moscow.

"The problem for Serbia is that in any case it has no prospects for joining the EU anytime soon. Even if they join the anti-Russian sanctions now, they would simply succumb to blackmailers and no one would accept them in the EU in one year for doing this," he added.

Comment: Because the former Yugoslavia had implemented economic and social policies that made it a model for the entire world, the anglo-American empire fomented "civil war" in the country with the US of proxy mercenaries, and then bombed it to "protect" it. The result was the break up of Yugoslavia into smaller, more 'manageable' states. The anglo-American empire builders are in no mood to see any part of their 'creation' move out of the Western sphere of influence, and will use any and all methods to prevent any Baltic state from doing so.

See the excellent documentary The Weight of Chains for the inside story on Yugoslavia and why is posed such a threat to the Empire that it had to be destroyed.

Evil Rays

'EU foreign missions open to abuse, bribery, financial crime' says Kosovo prosecutor

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Maria Bamieh, the prosecutor who shed light on the crimes within the EULEX program
The EU's biggest foreign crisis mission, expected to tackle corruption in troubled Kosovo, has itself become a target of bribe-taking allegations. Maria Bamieh, the prosecutor who shed light on the crimes within the EULEX program, is on SophieCo today, to talk about who's to blame and why the EU still hasn't properly investigated her revelations.


Sophie Shevarnadze: Prosecutor, member of the EU Rule of Law Mission to Kosovo Maria Bamieh. Welcome to the show, it's great to have you with us. Now, you accused top officials who were part of the EULEX mission in Kosovo of corruption and taking bribes. Did you confront them right away?

Maria Bamieh: No, I didn't. I confronted one of them in 2012 as I was reporting the evidence that I've found to the Head of Justice. Myself and my direct manager, line manager both went to see him as a result of the interceptions that I came by innocently, and one of the perpetrators was in his room and I was made to confront her directly. The main perpetrator, Judge Florit (former chairman of EULEX' Assembly of Judges - RT), I didn't confront directly. I thought EULEX were investigating the matter, but I subsequently found out they weren't, but recently on KTV in Kosovo I confronted the other perpetrator directly.

Comment: Maria Bamieh would greatly benefit from reading "Political Ponerology", to understand the role that pathological deviants play in our society and how pervasive it is. The parasites are thoroughly entrenched in the vital organs of the societal body for all with eyes to see.

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