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Snowden sez British GCHQ worse than the NSA

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British intelligence is permitted to go further in surveillance than similar agencies in other Western countries, according to former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who spoke of GCHQ's lack of oversight in a recent interview to the Guardian.

Snowden believes the powers of the British intelligence are not restricted effectively enough by "law or policy". Despite the UK government publicly claiming that regulations over the spy activity are strict, GCHQ's private documents suggest the opposite is true.

"You've got their own admission in their own documents that 'we've got a much lighter oversight regime than we should have,' full stop," Snowden said. "That's what they're talking about. They enjoy authorities that they really shouldn't be entitled to."

The lack of legal restrictions leads to UK intelligence being able to target more people than is necessary.

"Tempora [GCHQ's internet surveillance program] is really proof ... that GCHQ has much less-strict legal restrictions than other Western government intelligence."
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Snowden is happy with life in Russia

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Although he is "probably three steps from death" considering his way of living, former NSA contractor Edward Snowden is quite happy and leading a "pretty open life" and not feeling any "oppressive surveillance" in Russia, he told The Guardian.

"There's actually not that much difference," Snowden said in an interview with the Guardian when asked about the year he spent in Russia. "I don't live in absolute secrecy. I live a pretty open life." Those wondering are most likely just hoping to see him sad, Snowden added. "And they're going to continue to be disappointed."

Snowden said he's been working hard recently, not eating well and keeping a weird schedule, which is why he is probably "three steps from death," he jokes. He never mentioned what kind of work he is busy with, but hinted it has nothing to do with Russian intelligence community, once again stressing that he never brought a single piece of classified material with him to Russia.
Bad Guys

Blame game continues: Ukrainians argue over crash site evidence while US-EU politicians threaten Putin

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An armed man looks at charred debris at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 near the village of Hrabove, eastern Ukraine, Sunday, July 20, 2014. Armed rebels forced emergency workers to hand over all 196 bodies recovered from the Malaysia Airlines crash site and had them loaded Sunday onto refrigerated train cars bound for a rebel-held city, Ukrainian officials and monitors said.
Ukraine accused Russia and pro-Moscow rebels on Saturday of destroying evidence to cover up their guilt in the shooting down of a Malaysian airliner that has accelerated a showdown between the Kremlin and Western powers.

As militants kept international monitors away from wreckage and scores of bodies festered for a third day, Russian President Vladimir Putin urged the rebels to cooperate and insisted that a U.N.-mandated investigation must not leap to conclusions. Moscow denies involvement and has pointed a finger at Kiev's military.

The Dutch government, whose citizens made up most of the 298 aboard MH17 from Amsterdam, said it was "furious" at the manhandling of corpses strewn for miles over open country and asked Ukraine's president for help to bring "our people" home.

After U.S. President Barack Obama said the loss of the Kuala Lumpur-bound flight showed it was time to end the conflict, Germany called it Moscow's last chance to cooperate.

European powers seemed to swing behind Washington's belief Russia's separatist allies were to blame. That might speed new trade sanctions on Moscow, without waiting for definitive proof.

Comment: The rebels are guarding the area because they know well that any evidence that might implicate the US led puppet-government in Kiev will be decimated by pro-Western investigators.

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Attention

OSCE: Kiev has butchered over 250 civilians in Lugansk in last 2 months

People in Lugansk
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People in Lugansk after an artillery attack on July 18, 2014.
At least 250 civilians were killed and over 850 wounded in June and July in the opposition-controlled city of Lugansk, which is besieged by the Ukrainian military, the daily report by the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission said.

According to the report, the observers met with members of Lugansk emergency first aid brigade on Thursday.

"The doctors said that in June and July alone there were 250 killed and 850 wounded in the Lugansk region," the document published Saturday said.

The figures didn't include civilians killed in close vicinity of combat zones outside the city as well as causalities among those involved in fighting, the report pointed.

The medics also told the Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) that "increasingly more people were being killed by booby traps and mines."

The situation in Lugansk and Donetsk Regions "remained tense with on-going fighting around the city of Luhansk," the observers said.

The report says the "SMM heard the sound of a shell hitting a garage," while patrolling the center of Lugansk.

When the mission arrived on the scene, they found "one man killed lying on the pavement; the garage and a car were totally demolished."

On Saturday night, air sirens started off in Lugansk as a fighter jet was spotted in the skies following a brief mortar shelling. Friday attacks took 15 lives while over 50 more were injured, local authorities said.

Red Flag

Emergency workers sift through Malaysia Airlines debris field

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Victims by the truckload are removed from crash site.
We're back at the debris field of Malaysia Airlines MH 17 as the sun is setting.

The bodies are gone and the emergency workers established a perimeter, only to abandon it less than an hour later. We weren't immediately allowed to get up to the wreck like before, but it is now totally unguarded.

The rebels were even off in their tent and not patrolling the area.

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Ukrainian coal miners search for crash victims.
We watched local emergency workers sift through the wreckage, lifting and moving pieces of debris. Coal miners who were brought in to comb the field for remains clamored about the wreckage, lifting up debris and taking pictures with their phones.

To my untrained eye, this looks like exactly the type of thing investigators would not want -- evidence being moved.

7:43 a.m. -- Maybe the light is better this morning, maybe we dare look more, but we're seeing body parts everywhere today in .

All of the bodies we spotted Friday were still laying among the wreckage nearly 48 hours after the crash.

It's been raining. The smell is different today.

Less jet fuel. More like a butcher shop.

It's worse.
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Passersby explore unprotected crash site.
Anywhere else in the world, this crash site would be sealed off and crawling with investigators.

Journalists, rebels and a few emergency workers are the only ones here this morning.

As we pulled away, investigators arrived to begin removing the bodies.

Comment: Interesting way to conduct an investigation...buck-a-bag, anyone? Or is it more advantageous to contaminate the evidence?

Sherlock

Common sense cooperation: Germany and Russia agree to international investigation into downing of MH17

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin have agreed for an international investigation into the downing of a Malaysian Airlines plane over Ukraine, Berlin said on Saturday.

The two leaders, who spoke on the telephone, "agreed that an international, independent commission under the direction of ICAO (UN's International Civil Aviation Organization) should quickly have access to the site of the accident... to shed light on the circumstances of the crash and move the victims," said a German government statement.

A Kremlin statement on the same phone call said that "both sides stressed the importance of a thorough and objective investigation of all circumstances relating to what has happened" and said Merkel gave a "positive assessment of Russia's readiness to send its representative to participate in the investigation."
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Berlin considering expanding criminal prosecution to include American handlers of German spies

German Minister Heiko Maas
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German Justice Minister Heiko Maas
Criminal prosecution is likely to be expanded on Americans involved in recruiting and supervising activities of German officials spying for the US intelligence, Germany's Justice Minister Heiko Maas told Welt am Sonntag.

If investigators find a body of evidence that alleged double agents in Germany's federal intelligence service and Defense Ministry have been spying to the benefit of American intelligence, "the investigation would extend on their feasible patrons," Maas declared.

According to Welt am Sonntag, the alleged spymaster is the US citizen Andrew M., a 52-year-old international political consultant, who allegedly received confidential military documents from the Germans.

"The law applies to everyone without discrimination," Maas said, stressing that intelligence security laws apply on friendly states either. "Those who do not abide by the law in this country may have to face criminal prosecution," he said.

"Spying among friends is like breaching a diplomatic dam," Maas said.

"The evidence for espionage activities is very strong," an anonymous security officer closely familiar with the case told the paper. "If I were the federal prosecutor, I would press charges."

An unceasing row of intelligence scandals, that started over a year ago with revelations of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who have revealed that the US has been extensively eavesdropping Germans, Chancellor Angela Merkel included, for years now.

Comment: It will be interesting to see how far the German government is willing to go in retaliation over US spying.

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Bad Guys

'Killary' Clinton urges the EU to use the MH17 disaster to dump Gazprom

Ah, now the agenda is starting to make a bit more sense. Hillary Clinton doesn't want a good crisis to go to waste. She told Charlie Rose that her recommendation to the European Union is to take advantage of the shot-down MH17 tragedy to "Immediately accelerate efforts to find alternatives to Gazprom."

Light Saber

'Stop the genocide': South American leaders condemn the extermination of Palestinians in Gaza

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Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro
The presidents of Venezuela and Bolivia have decried the IDF's incursion into Gaza as genocide and called for the UN to condemn Israel. President Nicolas Maduro likened the latest operation, which has claimed over 350 lives, to an "extermination."

Venezuela called for an emergency session of the UN's Human Rights Council to address Israel's ongoing military incursion in Gaza, on Saturday. The South American nation's government reiterated its support for the Palestinian people and warned the Israel had "initiated a higher phase of its policy of genocide and extermination with the ground invasion of Palestinian territory, killing innocent men, women, girls and boys."

"President Nicolas Maduro has instructed the Ambassador to the UN Jorge Valera to call for an emergency session of the Human Rights Council," said an official statement on Saturday, adding the UN should address the "systematic violation of the Human Rights of the Palestinian population in Gaza by the State of Israel and adopt the necessary measures to halt those violations."

Venezuela has been a staunch supporter of Palestinian statehood, with the previous president, the late Hugo Chavez, severing relations with Israel after he compared its 2009 military incursion into Gaza to the Holocaust.
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Downing of Flight MH17 compares to WWII submarine attacks on passenger liners

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An armed pro-Russian separatist stands on part of the wreckage of MH17
Air routes in the eastern Ukraine were shut down yesterday after the shock destruction of ­Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 from a missile attack, but questions remain about whether authorities should have closed the route sooner.

Europe's Eurocontrol said Ukrainian authorities had informed it that routes through Dnipropetrovsk Flight Information Region (FIR) were closed until further notice and flight plans filed for the routes were now being ­rejected.

The influential Flight Safety Foundation has already called for an immediate independent international investigation into the ­incident and there are calls for a new body to better estimate the risk posed by global trouble spots.

University of Central Queensland aviation specialist Ron Bishop, who spent 23 years with US Air Force special operations, said a better notification system for global hotspots was needed.
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