Over the years, the Obama and Bush Administrations have fiercely resisted disclosing the criteria for placing names on the databases—though the guidelines are officially labeled as unclassified. In May, Attorney General Eric Holder even invoked the state secrets privilege to prevent watchlisting guidelines from being disclosed in litigation launched by an American who was on the no fly list. In an affidavit, Holder called them a “clear roadmap” to the government’s terrorist-tracking apparatus, adding: “The Watchlisting Guidance, although unclassified, contains national
Several mainstream media sources are reporting jets being shot down by pro-Russian separatists and mentioning the Malaysian jetliner all in the same breath as if there is some correlation. Planes Are Still Being Shot Down in Ukraine Two Ukrainian military fighter jets were struck down Wednesday, according to the nation’s defense ministry.
By Marina Koren July 23, 2014
Nearly a week after a civilian jetliner went down over eastern Ukraine, the region's airspace remains deadly.
The Associated Press reports that two Ukrainian military fighter jets were shot down at 1:30 p.m. local time on Wednesday in the eastern area of Savur Mogila, according to Ukraine's Defense Ministry. The aircraft were Sukhoi-25 fighters, which were designed
Written by Raven Clabough Tuesday, 22 July 2014 16:50
The United Nations continues to attempt to exert its unfounded authority in the affairs of the United States, this time by involving itself in the border crisis.
On the southern border of the United States, an influx of thousands of illegal immigrants, including unaccompanied children, has been migrating from Central America and finding that housing facilities are overflowing. Local communities across the country, including in California and New York, have refused to permit overflow shelters to house the immigrant children to be opened.
The cost of the crisis for the American people is staggering. Taxpayer money is used to secure space for the detention and feeding of the illegal immigrants. In June, the White House announced a plan to spend millions by sending aide to governments in Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador to help reduce crime and violence in an "effort" to reduce immigration.
John Kerry Caught on Fox News Hot Mic Criticizing Israeli Strike
by Evan McMurry | 10:29 am, July 20th, 2014
Secretary of State John Kerry did the “full Ginsburg” Sunday morning, hitting all five political talk shows. In between tapings, while Kerry was on camera and miced up for Fox News Sunday, he had a phone conversation with an aide in which he sarcastically responded to news of an Israeli operation that was captured by the network.
“It’s a hell of a pinpoint operation, it’s a hell of a pinpoint operation,” Kerry said to an aide. “We’ve got to get over there. Thank you John. I think John, we ought to go tonight. I think it’s crazy to be sitting around.”
Host Chris Wallace played the clip for Kerry, calling it a “extraordinary moment of diplomacy,” and asked if Kerry thought Israel had gone too far.
“We support Israel’s right to defend itself,” Kerry said. “It’s tough. It’s tough to have this kind of operation. I reacted obviously in a way that anybody does with respect to young children and civilians.”
Kerry then called on Hamas to accept the Egyptian-proposed ceasefire.
Written by Warren Mass -- As a member of the “Gang of Eight,” McCain naturally has a soft spot for the “immigration reform” bill that his committee drafted. But the bill has received strong criticism from members of his own party. Shortly after the bill passed the Senate, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) sent an e-mail to his supporters reading, “This is urgent. We must stop this Gang of 8 immigration bill, which would give amnesty to an estimated 11 million illegal immigrants with no guarantee of a secure border.”
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R.-Ala.) also expressed sharp criticism of the “Gang of Eight” bill soon after it was filed: “It's hard to believe, but the Senate immigration bill is worse than we thought. Despite assurances, the border is not secured before almost everyone in the country illegally is given amnesty. The bill guarantees there will be a rush across the border to take advantage of massive amnesty.”
Edward Snowden: 'If I end up in chains in Guantánamo I can live with that' - video interview
Alan Rusbridger and Ewen MacAskill
theguardian.com, Thursday 17 July 2014 15.00 BST
During the seven hours of interview, Snowden:
• Said if he ended up in US detention in Guantánamo Bay he could live with it.
• Offered rare glimpses into his daily life in Russia, insisting that, contrary to reports that he is depressed, he is not sad and does not have any regrets. He rejected various conspiracy theories surrounding him, describing as "bullshit" suggestions he is a Russian spy.
• Said that, contrary to a claim he works for a Russian organisation, he was independently secure, living on savings, and money from
Written by Thomas R. Eddlem -- Sunday, 13 July 2014 17:45
After 9/11 they took one of the programs I had done — the back end of it — and started to use it to spy on everybody in this country. That was a program they created called STELLAR WIND. That was separate and compartmented from the regular activity that was ongoing because it was doing domestic spying.
It was because his software had been turned on American citizens that Binney took his protests public and resigned from the NSA on October 31, 2001. “The ultimate goal of the NSA is total population control,” Binney told the Guardian July 10, “but I’m a little optimistic with some recent Supreme Court decisions, such as law enforcement mostly now needing a warrant before searching a smartphone.”
Binney has never been charged with a crime, but that didn't stop the powers-that-be in Washington from trying to intimidate him. The FBI led a 2007 “dynamic entry” raid at Binney's house, and pointed drawn guns at him as he emerged from his shower. But Binney simply asked to get dressed and told the FBI agents that he had violated no laws. He added that he had evidence of serious crimes. When asked by the FBI agents what those crimes were, Binney, according to his testimony in a 2012 documentary, said: “George Bush, Dick Cheney, Tenet and Hayden conspired to subvert the Constitution, the constitutional process and any number of laws. And here is how they did it.”
Documents obtained from the Obama administration from an Associated Press FOIA request
Newly Obtained Emails Contradict Administration Claims on Guardian Laptop Destruction
By Glenn Greenwald 11 Jul 2014, 11:46 AM EDT
On July 20, 2013, agents of the U.K. government entered The Guardian newsroom in London and compelled them to physically destroy the computers they were using to report on the Edward Snowden archive. The Guardian reported this a month later after my partner, David Miranda, was detained at Heathrow Airport for 11 hours under a British terrorism law and had all of his electronic equipment seized. At the time, the Obama administration—while admitting that it was told in advance of the Heathrow detention—pretended that it knew nothing
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