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Perhaps the greatest irony of this past year has been the mind numbing and irrational anti-free speech wave that swept across facets of so-called “liberal” America.
This regressive movement was most readily apparent on college campuses, where hordes of sheltered and emotionally stunted students demanded restrictions on free speech in order to prevent themselves from being offended by an ever expanding list of unhappy thoughts and words. However, what is far more troubling, albeit much less public, are attempts by two fascist academic authoritarians, to convince the American citizenry to relinquish their First Amendment rights in the name of fighting ISIS. One of these men is a close advisor to President Obama.
Glenn Greenwald does a great job of calling both of them out over at the Intercept. Here are a few excerpts from his article:
– Obama Issues Statement On The Death Of Saudi King Abdullah, Praises “Vision”, US-Saudi Relationship (ZeroHedge, Jan 22, 2015):
Just released by the White House:
Statement by the President on the Death of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz
It is with deep respect that I express my personal condolences and the sympathies of the American people to the family of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz and to the people of Saudi Arabia.
King Abdullah’s life spanned from before the birth of modern Saudi Arabia through its emergence as a critical force within the global economy and a leader among Arab and Islamic nations. He took bold steps in advancing the Arab Peace Initiative, an endeavor that will outlive him as an enduring contribution to the search for peace in the region. At home, King Abdullah’s vision was dedicated to the education of his people and to greater engagement with the world.
As our countries worked together to confront many challenges, I always valued King Abdullah’s perspective and appreciated our genuine and warm friendship. As a leader, he was always candid and had the courage of his convictions. One of those convictions was his steadfast and passionate belief in the importance of the U.S.-Saudi relationship as a force for stability and security in the Middle East and beyond. The closeness and strength of the partnership between our two countries is part of King Abdullah’s legacy.
May God grant him peace.
And while Obama was impressed by Abdullah’s vision to the “education of his people” he had no comment on the one US “ally” which has beheaded a record number of people in recent years making even ISIS blush by comarpison, as reported in US Ally, Saudi Arabia Beheads 87 In 2014, Up Over 10% From 2013 and also Record Beheadings And The Mass Arrest Of Christians.
American politicians and mainstream media are falling all over themselves praising the late Saudi King Abdullah.
King Abdullah was a man of wisdom & vision. US has lost a friend & Kingdom of #SaudiArabia, Middle East, and world has lost a revered leader
— John Kerry (@JohnKerry) January 23, 2015
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) January 23, 2015
President Obama on the death of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz. pic.twitter.com/8wXmZp6EGU
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) January 23, 2015
” Wolf Blitzer and Fareed Zakaria are almost as devastated as the sons of the King” http://t.co/8DGKRxnLDC
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) January 23, 2015
Other Western leaders are singing from the same hymn sheet.
UK orders flags flown at half-mast for King Abdullah. Will return to lecturing the world about democracy tomorrow https://t.co/cebtl55gem
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) January 23, 2015
— Channel 4 News (@Channel4News) January 23, 2015
— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) January 22, 2015
“He was loved by his people and will be deeply missed.” Tony Blair on the death of King Abdullah. http://t.co/BT9f5DbZpN
— Tony Blair Office (@tonyblairoffice) January 23, 2015
– Cash, Weapons and Surveillance: the U.S. is a Key Party to Every Israeli Attack (The Intercept Aug, 4, 2014)
So the Obama administration does not require “concrete facts” or “irrefutable evidence” to brand Americans or foreigners as suspected terrorists.
Does the Obama administration then also not require “concrete facts” or “irrefutable evidence” to put somebody on Obama’s assassination list and dispatch an assassination team or drone under Obama’s assassination program?
– U.S. Government Doesn’t Need Evidence to Call You a Terrorist (truthdig, July 24, 2014):
A key government document obtained by The Intercept confirms that the Obama administration does not require “concrete facts” or “irrefutable evidence” to brand Americans or foreigners as suspected terrorists.
Journalists Jeremy Scahill and Ryan Devereaux reported Wednesday:
NBC Pulls Veteran Reporter After Witness To Gaza Kids Murder
Democracy Now interview with Glenn Greenwald
– Reporter Exposing War Crimes Gets Pulled From NBC News (Veterans Today, July 19, 2014):
NBC is facing questions over its decision to pull veteran news correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin out of Gaza just after he personally witnessed the Israeli military’s killing of four Palestinian boys on a Gaza beach. Mohyeldin was kicking a soccer ball around with the boys just minutes before they died.
He is a longtime reporter in the region. In his coverage, he reports on the Gaza conflict in the context of the Israeli occupation, sparking criticism from some supporters of the Israeli offensive.
– Greenwald’s Finale: Naming Victims of Surveillance (Real Clear Politics, May 26, 2014):
The man who helped bring about the most significant leak in American intelligence history is to reveal names of US citizens targeted by their own government in what he promises will be the “biggest” revelation from nearly 2m classified files.
Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who received the trove of documents from Edward Snowden, a former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor, told The Sunday Times that Snowden’s legacy would be “shaped in large part” by this “finishing piece” still to come.
His plan to publish names will further unnerve an American intelligence establishment already reeling from 11 months of revelations about US government surveillance activities.
– Snowden, Greenwald, Appelbaum, WikiLeaks ‘blacklisted’ from Stockholm Internet Forum (RT, May 27, 2014):
Key digital rights activists – including Edward Snowden and hacker Jacob Appelbaum – have been blacklisted from the Stockholm Internet Forum (SIF) on internet openness and freedom. The move has caused a stir at the gathering and outraged Twitter users.
– Glenn Greenwald debates former NSA director Michael Hayden on state surveillance (RT, May 2, 2014)
– Greenwald goads NSA over ‘staged leaks’ (RT, March 31, 2014):
Reeling from the leak of classified data, NSA officials have anticipated future leaks by sometimes announcing them to the media preemptively, a minimization tactic according to one of the journalists still holding the intel agency’s documents.
Glenn Greenwald, formerly of The Guardian and now of First Look Media, penned a column Monday criticizing both US National Security Agency brass and what he sees as complicit reporters for their role in repeating unverified claims about the intelligence agency.
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– Reddit Censors Big Story About Government Manipulation and Disruption of the Internet (Washington’s Blog, Feb 25, 2014):
The moderators at the giant r/news reddit (with over 2 million readers) repeatedly killed the Greenwald/Snowden story on government manipulation and disruption of the Internet … widely acknowledged to be one of the most important stories ever leaked by Snowden.
Similarly, the moderators at the even bigger r/worldnews reddit (over 5 million readers) repeatedly deleted the story, so that each new post had to start over at zero.
For example, here are a number of posts deleted from r/news (click any image for much larger/clearer version):
In the annals of internet conspiracy theories, none is more pervasive than the one speculating paid government plants infiltrate websites, social network sites, and comment sections with an intent to sow discord, troll, and generally manipulate, deceive and destroy reputations. Guess what: it was all true.
And this time we have a pretty slideshow of formerly confidential data prepared by the UK NSA equivalent, the GCHQ, to confirm it, and Edward Snowden to thank for disclosing it. The messenger in this case is Glenn Greenwald, who has released the data in an article in his new website, firstlook.org, which he summarizes as follows: “by publishing these stories one by one, our NBC reporting highlighted some of the key, discrete revelations: the monitoring of YouTube and Blogger, the targeting of Anonymous with the very same DDoS attacks they accuse “hacktivists” of using, the use of “honey traps” (luring people into compromising situations using sex) and destructive viruses. But, here, I want to focus and elaborate on the overarching point revealed by all of these documents: namely, that these agencies are attempting to control, infiltrate, manipulate, and warp online discourse, and in doing so, are compromising the integrity of the internet itself.” Call it Stasi for “Generation Internet.”
Greenwald’s latest revelation focuses on GCHQ’s previously secret unit, the JTRIG (Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group).
– The NSA’s Secret Role in the U.S. Assassination Program (The Intercept, Feb 10, 2014):
By Jeremy Scahill and Glenn Greenwald
The National Security Agency is using complex analysis of electronic surveillance, rather than human intelligence, as the primary method to locate targets for lethal drone strikes – an unreliable tactic that results in the deaths of innocent or unidentified people.
According to a former drone operator for the military’s Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) who also worked with the NSA, the agency often identifies targets based on controversial metadata analysis and cell-phone tracking technologies. Rather than confirming a target’s identity with operatives or informants on the ground, the CIA or the U.S. military then orders a strike based on the activity and location of the mobile phone a person is believed to be using.
– Dept of Justice official admits NSA ‘probably’ spying on members of Congress (RT, Feb 4, 2014):
The US National Security Agency likely collects intelligence on congressional lawmakers and members of their staff, a Justice Department official admitted at a committee hearing on Tuesday.
Deputy Attorney General James Cole of the US Department of Justice testified during a House Judiciary Committee hearing which was examining proposals to reform the NSA surveillance policies that have been revealed in an ongoing series of disclosures since June. Among the most damning revelations leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden was the realization that the NSA indiscriminately forces companies to provide phone records belonging to millions of Americans.
– Obama’s NSA ‘reforms’ are little more than a PR attempt to mollify the public (Guardian, Jan 17, 2014):
In response to political scandal and public outrage, official Washington repeatedly uses the same well-worn tactic. It is the one that has been hauled out over decades in response to many of America’s most significant political scandals. Predictably, it is the same one that shaped President Obama’s much-heralded Friday speech to announce his proposals for “reforming” the National Security Agency in the wake of seven months of intense worldwide controversy.
The crux of this tactic is that US political leaders pretend to validate and even channel public anger by acknowledging that there are “serious questions that have been raised”. They vow changes to fix the system and ensure these problems never happen again. And they then set out, with their actions, to do exactly the opposite: to make the system prettier and more politically palatable with empty, cosmetic “reforms” so as to placate public anger while leaving the system fundamentally unchanged, even more immune than before to serious challenge.
This is how the elitists do it …
… as described in John Perkin’s book …
@Amazon.com: Confessions of an Economic Hit Man
They send an economic hitman which offers new leaders of foreign countries $200 million (… or more if deemed necessary; It’s probably much more today, because of inflation.) for their ‘cooperation’.
If they refuse to ‘cooperate’ here come the jackals.
So Glenn Greenwald may well have had to choose been $250 million or death.
Understandably he took the money.
He unlike some South American leaders that did resist the U.S. (… and died!!!) has not even a security apparatus behind him that could possibly protect him from the NSA & the CIA.
– Greenwald’s big mysterious PayPal payday (Brasscheck TV):
I guess alternative journalism does pay
NSA crusader may have something to hide
The speakers here are Sibel Edmonds, Guillermo Jimenez, and James Corbett
Why has one of the chief shareholders of PayPal – a company known to cooperate with the NSA – given Glenn Greenwald and friends $250 million – yes one quarter of a billion dollars – to start a new news agency?
With all due respect to Greenwald, why is he so sensitive about the matter and unwilling to discuss the rather obvious conflict of interest openly?
There’s nothing wrong with making money. Nothing wrong with making a lot of money. But this is a little weird to say the least.
– More Israel disclosures in Snowden’s trove of ‘significant stories’ – Greenwald (RT, Jan 7, 2013):
Glenn Greenwald, the investigative journalist who first published Edward Snowden leaks, said that the NSA whistleblower still has “a huge number of very significant stories to reveal,” including those relating to Israel.
“There definitely are stories left that involve the Middle East, that involve Israel. The reporting is going to continue at roughly the same pace that has been happening,” the former Guardian journalist said in an interview with Channel 10 television station that aired Monday night.
– Appelbaum: ‘Scary’ NSA will spy on you – every which way they can (RT, Dec 30, 2013):
Security researcher Jacob Appelbaum revealed what he calls “wrist-slitting depressing” details about the National Security Agency’s spy programs at a computer conference in Germany on Monday where he presented previously unpublished NSA files.
Appelbaum is among the small group of experts, activists and journalists who have seen classified United States intelligence documents taken earlier this year by former contractor Edward Snowden, and previously he represented transparency group WikiLeaks at an American hacker conference in 2010. Those conditions alone should suffice in proving to most anybody that Appelbaum has been around more than his fair share of sensitive information, and during his presentation at the thirtieth annual Chaos Communication Congress in Hamburg on Monday he spilled his guts about some of the shadiest spy tactics seen yet through leaked documents.
November 27, 2013 BBC News<
– Hands Off Glenn Greenwald! (Antiwar, Oct 25, 2013):
Let him return to the United States
A pall of fear hangs over American journalists, one that threatens to smother the feeble flame of investigative reporting and insulate government officials against any sort of accountability. The Obama regime is taking a hard line against “leakers,” and their penchant for secrecy out-does even Richard Nixon at his most paranoid. This administration, which came to power on a pledge of greater “transparency,” has prosecuted more whistleblowers under the terms of the draconian Espionage Act of 1917 than all other Presidents combined. And it doesn’t stop there.
The Department of Justice is currently going after New York Times reporter James Risen for allegedly receiving classified information from former CIA employee Jeffrey Sterling. Risen, who is refusing to testify in the case – citing his right to keep his sources confidential – is reportedly taking his appeal to the Supreme Court.
Obama’s henchmen have not been shy about targeting the administration’s perceived enemies in the Fourth Estate: they went after a Fox News reporter – James Rosen, Fox’s White House correspondent – obtaining his phone records in their investigation of a rather insubstantial “leak.” They also seized months of phone records from an entire battery of Associated Press reporters – just as if the United States were some banana republic somewhere.
Which is precisely what we are becoming.
Bilderberg David Cameron is only doing what he is told to do.
“We are grateful to the Washington Post, The New York Times, Time Magazine and other great publications whose directors have attended our meetings and respected their promises of discretion for almost forty years.
It would have been impossible for us to develop our plan for the world if we had been subjected to the lights of publicity during those years. But, the world is now more sophisticated and prepared to march towards a world government. The supranational sovereignty of an intellectual elite and world bankers is surely preferable to the national auto-determination practiced in past centuries.“
– David Rockefeller, Bilderberg meeting 1991
– UK PM David Cameron wanted the Guardian’s Edward Snowden files destroyed or returned (AFP, Aug 22, 2013):
PRIME Minister David Cameron faced calls to address parliament on why Britain’s top civil servant pressured the Guardian newspaper to destroy Edward Snowden’s leaked files.
– UK Prime Minister Urges Investigation Of The Guardian Over Snowden Leaks; There Shall Be No Free Press (Techdirt, Oct 17, 2013):
While freedom of the press is fairly deeply engrained in the US, that’s not so true elsewhere — and that became abundantly clear with the absurd theatrics of UK officials forcing the Guardian to destroy a computer in the basement for no reason at all. And now UK Prime Minister David Cameron is ratcheting things up, urging Parliament to investigate The Guardian to see if it broke any laws:
David Cameron has encouraged a Commons select committee to investigate whether the Guardian has broken the law or damaged national security by publishing secrets leaked by the National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden.
He made his proposal in response to a question from former defence secretary Liam Fox, saying the Guardian had been guilty of double standards for exposing the scandal of phone hacking by newspapers and yet had gone on to publish secrets from the NSA taken by Snowden.
I’ve read that statement over and over and over again, and I still don’t see what the double standard is. Both involve reporting on things of public interest, which, last I checked, is exactly what news organizations are supposed to do.