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Megaphone

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor thinks Americans should be concerned about "Orwellian" world involving widespread use of drones and surveillance

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© Getty ImagesJustice Sonia Sotomayor
US Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has voiced concerns that, without sufficient protections, the age of unmanned drones and ubiquitous surveillance will usher in an "Orwellian world."

Sotomayor told faculty and students at Oklahoma City University last week that technological capabilities allow devices to monitor "your conversations from miles away and through your walls."

"We are in that brave new world, and we are capable of being in that Orwellian world, too," she added, in a nod to George Orwell's seminal authoritarian-dystopia novel '1984.'

Sotomayor also discussed the rise of drone use in wider society. "There are drones flying over the air randomly that are recording everything that's happening on what we consider our private property," Sotomayor said, according to the Wall Street Journal.

"That type of technology has to stimulate us to think about what is it that we cherish in privacy and how far we want to protect it and from whom. Because people think that it should be protected just against government intrusion, but I don't like the fact that someone I don't know...can pick up, if they're a private citizen, one of these drones and fly it over my property."

Bandaid

UK court to rule on threat mass surveillance has on journalism

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The London-based Bureau of Investigative Journalism has filed a case with the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg challenging current UK legislation on mass surveillance and its threat to journalism.

The case, which seeks to determine if current UK legislation properly protects journalists' sources and communications from government scrutiny and mass surveillance, was filed on Friday.

If the court rules in favor of the application, it will force the British government to review regulations around the mass collection of communications data.


Comment: They will "review regulations", but don't think that they will stop any of the mass surveillance. It will be changed, altered, deleted, redacted, and whatever else psychopathic governments do to cover up their illegal activities.


"We understand why the government feels the need to have the power of interception," the Bureau's Christopher Hird said.

"But our concern is that the existing regulatory regime to control the interception of communications data, such as phone calls and emails, by organizations such as GCHQ, does not provide sufficient safeguards to ensure the protection of journalists' sources, and as a result is a restriction on the operation of a free press."


Comment: What about the right to privacy? Is that not a concern? They're quibbling over a nonexistent "free press", which, by the way, is a press that has been bought and paid for by the very same government that is spying, and are ignoring the much bigger issue of the erosion of citizens' right to privacy.


The collection of data by authorities is handled by the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act, known as RIPA. Communications can include emails, phone calls as well as the use of Dropbox, Google docs and communications platforms such as Skype.

Comment: It's easy to see why this kind of surveillance exists. If journalists cannot rely on privacy, then no one will be willing to blow the whistle on any number of illegal activities currently engaged in by both Big Business and governments. If someone actually is courageous enough to talk to a journalist, they can easily be identified and "handled." It's a perfect scenario for the psychopathic UK government.


USA

Liberation through devastation: A third decade of bombing Iraq

Bombing ISIS amounts to attacking a symptom rather than finding a cure. But the cure would require addressing politically sensitive issues, such as Israel oppressing Palestinians and Saudi Arabia financing Islamic extremism. So the U.S. does what it knows best - blowing stuff up - as Nat Parry observes.
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The great American tradition of bombing Iraq - now in its third decade - has recently been revived by the "hope and change" presidency of Barack Obama, the fourth consecutive U.S. Commander-in-Chief to launch strikes against the beleaguered Middle East nation. Iraq may be alone in the world in being able to claim such a dubious distinction.

I remember the first time the U.S. bombed Iraq, in January 1991. I was a sophomore in high school and Wilson Phillip's "Hold On" was at the top of the charts. I didn't really know what to think about it, but a lot of people were tying yellow ribbons to trees and wearing "Operation Desert Storm" t-shirts with bald eagles and American flags on them, so it seemed like a good idea. Plus, there was the whole babies-being-pulled-from-incubators story, which turned out to be a complete fabrication, but we didn't know that at the time, so the war's justification seemed pretty solid.

It wasn't until later when I started learning more about U.S. foreign policy in general and the lies that accompanied the build-up to Operation Desert Storm in particular that I started to question these policies, and by the late 1990s, I became actively opposed to the sanctions regime and the periodic bombings of Baghdad.The first time I protested a U.S. bombing campaign of Iraq was in 1998. It was in the midst of Congress's efforts to impeach President Bill Clinton for lying about his illicit affair with Monica Lewinsky, and the day after his announcement of the Operation Desert Fox bombing campaign, I joined a picket in front of the White House holding a hand-made sign reading "IMPEACH HIM FOR WAR CRIMES."

Comment: Terrorism is a profitable business and a great tool for fear-mongering. ISIS is manufactured psy-op complete with its own chaos, fear and drama. It comes to you courtesy of the psychopaths in power who care only about increasing their power and their draconian, Orwellian policies across the globe.


War Whore

Canada joins the psychopathic and idiotic 'coalition of the willing' - signs up for Washington's Mideast war

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With the full support of the country's ruling business elite, Canada has joined the new "coalition of the willing" that US imperialism has organized to wage war in Iraq, Syria and beyond.

Launched in the name of degrading and defeating ISIS (the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria), this war is the continuation and expansion of the wars the US has waged over the past quarter-century in the Middle East, Central Asia and North Africa. Its predatory aim is to secure unfettered US strategic hegemony over the Middle East, far and away the world's most important oil-exporting region.

Specifically, it is aimed at propping up the US client regime that was installed in Baghdad as a result of the illegal 2003 invasion of Iraq and at intensifying the US campaign for "regime change" in Syria.

US President Barack Obama announced Wednesday evening that the US will now intervene directly in the war in Syria - initially with air strikes - and step up its efforts to arm, train, and logistically support the insurgency the US and its allies, including Saudi Arabia, Turkey and Qatar, have fomented in Syria.

At a parliamentary hearing Tuesday, Canada's Conservative government admitted that Canadian Armed Forces' special forces are already on the ground in northern Iraq.

These are the first of what the government has said will be a deployment of up to one hundred members of the Canadian Special Operations Regiment tasked with providing training to the Peshmerga - Kurdish militia forces that are currently allied with the government in Baghdad.

Comment: As just another member of the pathocracy, Canada is also assisting with the war crimes in Ukraine.

Assisting war crimes: NATO member Canada will start to send military equipment to Ukraine


Quenelle

Glenn Greenwald exposes rampant New Zealand spying on its citizens, prompting swift denials from government

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US journalist Glenn Greenwald, who broke the story on NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, said New Zealand officials are spying on their citizens, a charge that has provoked a harsh response from NZ Prime Minister John Key.

Greenwald, who is in New Zealand to attend Kim Dotcom's much anticipated "Moment of Truth" event Monday, said the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) had been snooping on New Zealanders as part of the so-called Five Eyes pact between the US, the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

In June 2013, Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras were given thousands of classified NSA documents from former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden. Greenwald said he has spent several months pouring over the files in an effort to determine whether GCSB broke the law and spied on citizens.

Greenwald told the Nation television program: "The government does engage in extraordinary amounts of analysis of metadata - meaning who's talking to who, for how long, where they are when they speak - on a massive indiscriminate scale, not just internationally but of New Zealanders as well."

According to Greenwald, New Zealand spends a disproportional part of its budget on electronic surveillance.

"Every single thing that the NSA does... involves NZ directly," he said.


Star of David

Israeli intelligence agents speak the truth: 'We routinely targeted innocent Palestinians'

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Three veterans from one of Israel's most secretive intelligence units speak out about questionable surveillance tactics used against Palestinians. The men, along with 40 other reservists, past and present, have signed a public letter refusing to serve in operations involving the occupied Palestinian territories. They allege the widespread use of monitoring and oppressive tactics against innocent Palestinians

Comment: Those who shoot Palestinian children for sport are heroes yet these Israelis are considered criminals. This is because, as Lobaczewski pointed out in the work, "Political Ponerology (A Science on the Nature of Evil Adjusted for Political Purposes)":
"Within this system, the common man is blamed for not having been born a psychopath, and is considered good for nothing except hard work, fighting and dying to protect a system of government he can neither sufficiently comprehend nor ever consider to be his own."
See also: Genocide in Gaza: Viable Palestinian strategic options in the face of Israeli tactics


Top Secret

Flashback America's dirty little secret in Ukraine is 70 years of Nazi collaboration and support

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© Reuters/Maxim ZmeyevThe Ukrainian nationalist party Svoboda holds a rally in Kiev, January 1, 2014.

Comment: The below article is an excellent illustration of the true nature of the American government, and how its supposed interest in "freedom", "democracy", and "human rights" are merely propaganda tools to hide the fact that it is a murderous, evil, and corrupt group that only cares about furthering its own self-interest. If that means supporting Nazis, they will do it and attempt to cover it up.


This article is a joint publication of TheNation.com and Foreign Policy In Focus.

As the Ukrainian crisis has unfolded over the past few weeks, it's hard for Americans not to see Vladimir Putin as the big villain. But the history of the region is a history of competing villains vying against one another; and one school of villains - the Nazis - have a long history of engagement with the United States, mostly below the radar, but occasionally exposed, as they were by Russ Bellant in his book Old Nazis, the New Right, and the Republican Party (South End Press, 1991).

Bellant's exposure of émigré Nazi leaders from Germany's World War II allies in the 1988 Bush presidential campaign was the driving force in the announced resignation of nine individuals, two of them from Ukraine, which is why he was the logical choice to illuminate the scattered mentions of Nazi and fascist elements among the Ukrainian nationalists, which somehow never seems to warrant further comment or explanation. Of course most Ukrainians aren't Nazis or fascists - all the more reason to illuminate those who would hide their true natures in the shadows...or even behind the momentary glare of the spotlight.

Q: Your book, Old Nazis, the New Right, and the Republican Party, exposed the deep involvement in the Republican Party of Nazi elements from Central and Eastern Europe, including Ukrainians, dating back to World War II and even before. As the Ukrainian crisis unfolded in the last few weeks, there have been scattered mentions of a fascist or neo-fascist element, but somehow that never seems to warrant further comment or explanation. I can't think of anyone better to shed light on what's not being said about that element. The danger of Russian belligerence is increasingly obvious, but this unexamined fascist element poses dangers of its own. What can you tell us about this element and those dangers?

The element has a long history, of a long record that speaks for itself, when that record is actually known and elaborated on. The key organization in the coup that took place here recently was the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists [OUN], or a specific branch of it known as the Banderas [OUN-B]. They're the group behind the Svoboda party, which got a number of key positions in the new interim regime. The OUN goes back to the 1920s, when they split off from other groups, and, especially in the 1930s, began a campaign of assassinating and otherwise terrorizing people who didn't agree with them.

Propaganda

Propaganda alert! "Putin makes a website for westerners to apologize to him"

Translated by es.Sott.net


Comment: Remember the letter we published yesterday?
Dear Putin: A letter from Westerners apologizing for their corrupt governments and media

Well Spanish 'newspaper,' ABC, being the good little disinfo media that it is, has published an article about it which, if it weren't so sad, might even be laughable. Read on for the analysis that they couldn't be bothered to carry out:


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© dearputin.comWeb image of the letter of apology to Putin
A letter in which the Russian President settles scores with the "pathological western criminals"

Russian president Vladimir Putin believes the west should apologize to him so he's created a web page with a letter which any western citizen can sign.


Comment: Wrong! The origins of this letter are no secret. ABC doesn't explain why there are so many signatures. Maybe Putin himself also signed it? Though we doubt he has even read it yet...


Translated into various languages, it's a letter addressed to Putin as well as the Russian people, and the opening lines get straight to the point: "Please accept our apologies for the behavior of our Governments and Media." So far, according to the website, 23,649 people have signed it.

Comment: No, in fact, there aren't. The whole world will likely be consumed in flames if more people don't help Putin stand up against the pathologicals leading us all off the cliff.

Note that ABC neglected to include a link to the letter. Maybe they're afraid people will want to sign it?

Read and sign the letter of apology to Putin and Russia on behalf of Western citizens here.

Here are the supporting links ABC 'forgot' to include...

Sources:
  1. Is Putin incorruptible? U.S. insider's view of the Russian president's character and his country's transformation
  2. Putin is trying to save the world from war by Paul Craig Roberts
  3. Putin Blamed for #MH17 to Launch Attack on BRICS World Bank
  4. Commencement Address at American University, June 10, 1963
  5. Political Ponerology (A Science on the Nature of Evil Adjusted for Political Purposes) by Andrew M. Lobaczewski
  6. The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism by Naomi Klein
  7. JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters by James W. Douglass
  8. The President and the Press, April 27, 1961
  9. An open letter from the Netherlands to President Putin
  10. The NATO Syndrome, the EU's Eastern Partnership Program, and the EAU
  11. No-Bluff Putin - Anyone who says Russia is losing in Ukraine doesn't understand how this game is played.
  12. Putin: Ukraine is a Battlefield for the New World Order
  13. Global Pathocracy, Authoritarian Followers and the Hope of the World
  14. Download PDF (English)
This isn't the first time ABC journalists have been caught distorting news in the interests of power elites.. This very weekend they were caught red-handed doing the Spanish oligarchy's propaganda work for them.

ABC journalist Romualdo Maestre triggered a scandal on social media networks after having "tweaked" certain images to depict Catalonian demonstrations in favor of independence from Madrid as "not Spanish".

The implied message to ABC readers was, 'Look! Muslim terrorists want secession from Spain! And we don't like Muslim terrorists, do we?'

His racist picture was spotted by a reader who promptly posted the original. Both are attached below for your perusal:
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Photoshopped image provided by ABC and underneath, the original supplied by a Twitter member
Another photoshopped picture courtesy of ABC was this one below along with the original:
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More of ABC's Photoshop creations



Vader

Obama's 'Operation Doubletalk' - lying us into Iraq War III

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Logic
How the War Party did an end run around the American people - and got its way in Syria

In the run-up to World War II, Franklin Roosevelt played the role of the reluctant warmonger. Rather than initiating the action, he took care to be always responding to the war cries of his hopped up left-wing supporters - who were demanding US intervention on behalf of the beleaguered Soviet Union. The American people wanted to stay out of the European war, and the President had to ever-so-cautiously lead them down the primrose path, deceiving them every step of the way while he and Winston Churchill plotted behind their backs to get us into the war.

As the 1940 campaign came down to the wire, Roosevelt intoned: "I have said this before, but I shall say it again and again and again: Your boys are not going to be sent into any foreign wars."

A year later, in alliance with "Uncle" Joe Stalin, we were at war on two fronts.

Back then, it took the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the death of 2,400 service members and civilians to get us into a world war. Today it takes a video of the horrific deaths of two American journalists traveling in a war zone, played over and over in an infinite loop of orchestrated hysteria. If they'd only had YouTube in Roosevelt's day he would've succeeded in lying us into war much sooner.

In an age where imagery takes the place of text - and of rational thought - the ISIS public relations department certainly knows its business. If the whole point of using social media to transmit horrific images of their deeds is to lure us into re-invading Iraq, then they succeeded beyond their wildest dreams. While it seems like only yesterday that the President disdained ISIS as "junior varsity," today he is mobilizing a mighty worldwide "coalition" to wipe out a group he claims is capable of attacking the United States.


Comment: The actions of congresscreatures are, and will continue to be, irrelevant. Those that pull the strings behind the "government" want a war and will do everything possible to get it. That's why Vladimir Putin is being smeared in the Western media. He stymied the first attempt to subjugate Syria, and he will never be forgiven for that.


Chess

SOTT Focus: Divide and Conquer in Latin America: Sabotaging BRICS in 'our backyard'

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Since the beginning of the Western-engineered crisis in Ukraine, the world has been bombarded with propaganda about how Evil Russia is. Yet, despite what we're all being asked to believe, there was no "Russian invasion", MH17 was not shot down by Russia, and Ukraine has de facto split in two. While these manipulated events on Russia's borders grab the headlines, let's take a look at what is going on behind the scenes in "America's backyard", as John Kerry shamelessly described Latin America in April this year.

The century-long pretense upheld by American leaders that their country is a Republic is betrayed by Kerry's imperious language, and he obviously needs diplomacy (not to mention geography) lessons. Besides, he was clearly referring to Latin America, even though, technically, the US is also part of the "Western Hemisphere".

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Anyway, you've also probably heard about President Putin's visit to Latin America and the BRICS's Summit in Brazil. The existential danger that BRICS presents for the Western 'elite' is obvious; the alliance between Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa represents a serious political and economic alternative to the current US system of global hegemony. And it's growing, with countries like Argentina, Venezuela, Iran, Mongolia, Malaysia and others interested in joining. Currently, BRICS represents almost half of the world population and close to a third of the global GDP.