Being called a traitor by Dick Cheney is the highest honor you can give an American, and the more panicked talk we hear from people like him, Feinstein, and King, the better off we all are. If they had taught a class on how to be the kind of citizen Dick Cheney worries about, I would have finished high school. – Edward Snowden Today’s post will focus on the political environment I’d like to see, not in my ideal fantasy world, but within the context of the system we have today. As things stand, we’re being bombarded relentlessly about how divided we are as a people and how these divisions have become insurmountable. By constantly focusing on genuinely divisive social issues, the media creates a self-fulfilling prophesy, which merely serves to divide us further. Allowing ourselves to be pitted against one another redirects much of our political energy, and ensures we will never unite and face the real existential threats to the nation. The truth of the matter is this. We as Americans have a legacy that consists of certain key principles enshrined in our Constitution. The most important of these are the first ten amendments to our founding document, known as the Bill of Rights. These simple yet timeless passages inform us we posses certain liberties that should never be infringed upon no matter what emotional state the public or politicians happen to be in at any given moment. They protect us not just from the government, but also from the periodic unrestrained, authoritarian passions of each other.
California Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher met with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange Wednesday in an effort to obtain information about the source of a leak of Democratic officials’ emails. Rohrabacher told The Daily Caller in an exclusive interview Thursday that Assange is hoping to leave the Ecuadorian embassy in London where he is currently in asylum, and that during the meeting they explored ‘what might be necessary to get him out.’ The congressman told TheDC that ‘if [Assange] is going to give us a big favor, he would obviously have to be pardoned to leave the Ecuadorian embassy.’ Assange took asylum in the embassy in August 2012 after facing sexual assault charges in Sweden. The Justice Department also reportedly wants to charge Assange for helping Edward Snowden, a former NSA analyst, leak thousands of classified documents. ‘He has information that will be of dramatic importance to the United States and the people of our country as well as to our government,’ Rohrabacher said. ‘Thus if he comes up with that, you know he’s going to expect something in return. He can’t even leave the embassy to get out to Washington to talk to anybody if he doesn’t have a pardon. Obviously there is an issue there that needs to be dealt with, but we haven’t come to any conclusion yet.’
The NSA is also in bed with major corporations and the idea of defending the economy has turned into defending corporations. In the ‘Quadrennial Intelligence Community Review Final Report’ published by the US Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) in April 2009, the report recommended that the US intelligence services should put ‘a multi-pronged, systematic effort to gather open source and proprietary information through overt means, clandestine penetration (through physical and cyber means), and counterintelligence’. This was one of the hidden pieces from the Snowden files. It explains also why there is some cooperation between big corps and the NSA. Armstrong Economics
Comey is as guilty as Hillary for treating government work product including top secret information as personal. Comey, just like Hillary, claimed the memos were all ‘personal’ that he made talking to Trump because he did not trust him (contrary to his trust for Clintons). There is no such ‘personal’ qualification and he leaked those memos to the New York Times which he admitted openly in Congress. But those memos contained classified information and that was a CRIME for him to leak them no less pretend they were he ‘personal’ property. Every FBI agent signed a confidentiality agreement as do traders working for a bank. The agreement signed by Comey states plainly: ‘all information acquired by me in connection with my official duties with the FBI and all official material to which I have access remain the property of the United States of America.’ This means (1) he stole government documents obstructing any investigation of him, and (2) he then leaked classified information to the New York Times. Let’s see; they say Snowden should be indicted for the same thing. Curious! This is why Comey never recorded Hillary’s ‘interview’ before the FBI to ensure she could never be charged as Martha Stuart was for ‘lying to the FBI’ in such an interview and sent to prison. Comey wrote private memos when talking to Trump, but not Hillary, and then leaked classified information to the New York Times releasing his memos. Legally, he should be prosecuted as they prosecuted Lewis ‘Scooter’ Libby who was Dick Cheney’s chief of staff for leaking information.
Director Oliver Stone, who’s recently released series ‘The Putin Interviews’ stirred up controversy among liberals who accused him of being a Russian propagandist, appeared on the Liberty Report with former Texas Congressman Ron Paul to discuss the documentary, his views about former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, and why the US’s aggressive approach to containing the purported threat posed by Russia has led to a breakdown in relations between the two powers. Stone said he’s been ‘interested’ in Russia since being raised as a conservative in New York City, claiming that his father instilled a ‘fear’ of Communism and Russians in him at a young age. In the early 1980s, Stone visited the country for the first time as a screenwriter with the idea of interviewing several dissidents. He has returned several times since. In particular, Stone has become interested in the case of Snowden, whom he praised as ‘the most American of patriots.’
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jun 30, 2017.
So let’s start with two obvious points about the whole Russia fiasco… Namely, there is no ‘there, there.’ First off, the president has the power to declassify secret documents at will. But in this instance he could also do that without compromising intelligence community (IC) ‘sources and methods’ in the slightest. That’s because after Edward Snowden’s revelations in 2013, the whole world was put on notice – and most especially Washington’s adversaries – that it collects every single electronic digit that passes through the worldwide web and related communications grids. Washington essentially has universal and omniscient SIGINT (signals intelligence). Acknowledging that fact by publishing the Russia-Trump intercepts would provide new knowledge to exactly no one. Nor would it jeopardize the lives of any American spy or agent (HUMINT). It would just document the unconstitutional interference in the election process that had been committed by the U.S. intelligence agencies and political operatives in the Obama White House.
So let’s start with an obvious point about the whole Russia fiasco… Namely, there is no ‘there, there.’ First off, the president has the power to declassify secret documents at will. But in this instance he could also do that without compromising intelligence community (IC) ‘sources and methods’ in the slightest. That’s because after Edward Snowden’s revelations in 2013, the whole world was put on notice – and most especially Washington’s adversaries – that it collects every single electronic digit that passes through the worldwide web and related communications grids. Washington essentially has universal and omniscient SIGINT (signals intelligence). Acknowledging that fact by publishing the Russia-Trump intercepts would provide new knowledge to exactly no one.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jun 23, 2017.
One of the profound revelations from the data released by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden was that in addition to spying on its own citizens, the NSA engaged in aggressive espionage on some of America’s closest allies, most notably Angela Merkel and her Blackberry. It now turns out that Germany had been returning the favor. According to Germany’s Spiegel, Germany’s foreign intelligence service had long spied on numerous official and business targets in the United States, including the White House. The magazine said it had seen documents showing that the intelligence service, the BND, had a list of some 4,000 so-called selector keywords for surveillance between 1998 and 2006. These included telephone or fax numbers, as well as email addresses at the White House as well as the US finance and foreign ministries.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jun 22, 2017.
In a discussion with Edward Snowden on his weekly ‘Liberty Report,” Ron Paul and the former NSA contractor trace the genesis of the so-called Deep State, and discuss how the US intelligence community uses covert programs like those exposed by Snowden in 2013 to trample individual freedoms. The most sinister quality of the Deep State, Snowden says, is its ability to mask its very existence from the public, allowing it to undermine President Donald Trump while remaining largely hidden from scrutiny. ‘Generally, when we’re talking about the Deep State, what we’re talking about is a mass of government that survives beyond administrations, but that is not responding to the politics of the people. This belongs not to a particular political party, but it serves across parties. Across administrations.’ The Deep State’s culture of secrecy convinces employees that they won’t ever be held accountable for their actions, Snowden said, since even routine communications between employees at the CIA and NSA are classified.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jun 21, 2017.
‘Saying you don’t care about privacy because you have nothing to hide is like saying you don’t care about free speech because you have nothing to say.’ -Edward Snowden ‘Privacy is the fountainhead of all rights,’ Edward Snowden said during his livestream at a panel discussion on privacy at the University of Arizona. Without privacy (an extension of property rights), all other rights eventually fall by the wayside. When governments begin to ski down that slippery slope by violating the privacy of its subjects (see: citizens), it’s hard to reverse the course. Fortunately, you have a say in the matter. You have options for permissionless privacy to protect what’s yours. Today, along this vein, we’re going to show you a FREE way to guarantee your privacy online today – in less than five minutes. The First Amendment is the Right to Privacy Privacy isn’t about having something to hide, said Snowden. It’s about having something to protect: ‘That’s who you are. That’s what you believe in. Privacy is the right to a self. Privacy is what gives you the ability to share with the world who you are on your own terms. For them to understand what you’re trying to be and to protect for yourself the parts of you you’re not sure about, that you’re still experimenting with.
Oliver Stone’s 4-hour ShowTime documentary interview with Vladimir Putin is probably the most important interview with Putin for Russian/American relations ever filmed. Both Batchelor and Cohen introduce this broadcast interview with Oliver Stone with a variation of this statement. Cohen adds that for the first time Americans can see Putin, the man, and judge for themselves whether he is the great danger described by the Washington establishment. We are also rewarded because the emphasis here is not about ‘what it felt like for Oliver to interview Putin’; we are treated instead to Mr. Stone’s analysis of character and how the interview revealed this Russian leader’s views about the world. The topics of the whole documentary cover two years of various crises and Russian responses to NATO expansion, the Ukrainian Coup repercussions and civil war, the Donald Cook event (when Stone watched Putin react in the War Room), the Syrian Civil War, the vilification of Putin process, and the growing belief in existence of the U.S. Deep State. Mr. Stone goes on to describe how American perceptions of their politics differ from those of the Russian public and why. Inevitably Russia Gate is also covered including the cyber warfare component. Mr. Stone is as mystified by the hysteria surrounding this so-called cyber warfare claim as Putin is. And Mr. Stone raises some serious questions about the Clinton accusations about being ‘hacked’ and all the intelligence agencies using this nonsense to attack Trump. He even uses the term ‘Manchurian Candidate’ in his discussion. It is very clear that everyone at the table has a firm grasp of these events and appreciate how unprecedented and damaging to America they are. Stephen Cohen also speculates about how well Trump can keep the U.S. out of crisis with Russia with the present impediments he is suffering under. And finally Mr. Stone brings up the cyber war aspect using the U.S. cyber attack on Iran in 2007, ’08 and ’09. He goes on to explain that there is a treaty/agreement pending between Russia and the US regarding cyber warfare, but it is presently held in limbo. Continuing on there is mention of the movie ‘Snowden’, directed by Mr. Stone – one of a long line of political docudramas that are important efforts to focus the American public on the rocky road of American politics. In the final segment Cohen wades in on some of the statements Putin made that he found interesting, and also commented about Putin’s demeanour in the documentary. Did, for example, Putin offer Russia up to join NATO? And Stephen also found it remarkable that Putin, except for one exceptional event, never showed resentment over the treatment of Washington and its MSM. The exceptional event, the Chechnya War, Batchelor made the point that this discussion resulted in a very important response from Putin. Even then, Mr. Stone commented, that it was unclear who was in charge, the CIA or president Bush. For Cohen the whole problem between Washington and Russia is summed up in that Washington ‘does not consider that Russia has a national interest’.
Vladimir Putin trolled the US on Thursday, when speaking in a live call-in show with the Russian nation, the Russian president likened Comey to Edward Snowden, who was granted asylum in Russia in 2013, and scoffed at James Comey’s disclosure of his conversations with U. S. President Donald Trump, saying the move has made Comey eligible for political asylum in Russia. “It looks weird when the chief of a security agency records his conversation with the commander-in-chief and then hands it over to media via his friend,” Putin was quoted by Russia’s Tass. ‘This is strange. What is the difference then between the FBI director and Mr. Snowden? He is not a head of the special services, but a human rights activist.’ The trolling concluded when Putin said that “by the way, if he (Comey) is subject to any sort of persecution in connection with this, we will be ready to give him political asylum in Russia. And he should know about this.”
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jun 15, 2017.
The idea that the #GrenfellTower tragedy was preventable is shattering. The neglect here is just inhuman. pic.twitter.com/jGx9M0JKqO — Edward Snowden (@Snowden) June 14, 2017
Grenfell Tower waited – in essence, a tinderbox keen to be put alight – until the apparent right moment early Wednesday morning, when flames promptly engulfed the 1,000-unit building, killing six, and injuring scores. But it could have been prevented. In fact, London officials apparently possessed renovative guidelines excoriating the tower’s lack of compliance with imperative fire safety regulations – for at least four years. According to The Mirror, Prime Minister Theresa May’s new chief of staff – like many in a succession of 72 housing officials – sat on a report condemning high rise complexes had numerous vulnerabilities to fire. U. S. surveillance whistleblower Edward Snowden tweeted The Mirror article with the caption, ‘The idea that the #GrenfellTower tragedy was preventable is shattering. The neglect here is just inhuman.’
Last week, 25-year-old Reality Winner (yes, somehow that is her real name) was arrested for allegedly leaking classified information on ‘Russian Hacking’ to The Intercept: Winner is a contractor with Pluribus International Corporation assigned to a U. S. government agency facility in Georgia. She has been employed at the facility since on or about February 13, and has held a Top Secret clearance during that time. On or about May 9, Winner printed and improperly removed classified intelligence reporting, which contained classified national defense information from an intelligence community agency, and unlawfully retained it. Approximately a few days later, Winner unlawfully transmitted by mail the intelligence reporting to an online news outlet. In spite of her overt and obvious political leanings (against President Trump and the right, and towards Bernie Sanders and the left), characterizing the mainstream media’s reporting on the leaker’s partisan beliefs would actually be putting it nicely: By characterizing Winner as a staunch Sanders fan, legacy media encouraged alienation between groups that had begun to collaborate against vested interests in the media and establishment. Winner’s primary political affiliation according to the social media she left for the public appears to represent primarily a visceral hatred for President Donald Trump.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jun 13, 2017.
Most people have been aware of Edward Snowden’s case that made world headlines when he made public the actions taken by the U. S. government and the alphabet agencies to spy on the average American citizen. The camp is divided, with many labeling Snowden as a traitor while others call him a hero for releasing the information. The division sees those against him as ‘procedural’ adherents who believe in keeping to the contract regardless of the harm the corporation is doing. Those who are behind his efforts see that he compromised his entire life with great risk to himself to expose something that is unconstitutional and therefore illegal, regardless of how our government masques it under the ‘color of law.’ Since then we have had the Wikileaks avalanche of released information. Julian Assange is wanted by the U. S. government for the same reason that Snowden is wanted: for exposing information damning to an authoritarian regime/empire. Now we are seeing a continuance of those releases, as an independent contractor by the name of Montgomery has informed all parties involved of a trove of information that may prove larger than Snowden’s. It runs deep: the intrusion has been fostered even longer than the last eight years under Obama. Conservative Tribune released an article on this week entitled Supreme Court Set to Rule on Massive Cell Phone Privacy Case, and here is an excerpt of that article: ‘On Monday [6/5/17], the Supreme Court announced it will be taking up a case on the issue of cell phone location data, Politico reported. At stake is whether or not police and other law enforcement agencies will be required to obtain a warrant showing probable cause before they retrieve cell phone location data off a person’s phone from a phone company.’
This post was published at shtfplan on June 9th, 2017.
[This article was updated to include more background information on Dennis Montgomery.] A former intelligence contractor has filed a lawsuit against former FBI Director James Comey and other U. S. officials for allegedly covering up evidence showing widespread illegal surveillance on Americans, Circa reports. The contractor, Dennis Montgomery, said he left his job with over 600 million classified documents stored on some 47 hard drives from the NSA and the CIA which he says prove the illicit surveillance took place, possibly a larger quantity of documents than Edward Snowden obtained in his now-infamous 2013 breach. The suit was filed on Monday and was assigned to a federal judge who has already ruled against some of the NSA’s surveillance practices, concluding in a separate case that the agency’s collection of Americans’ data has violated the Fourth Amendment.