Jail reckless bankers, standards commission urges. Eric Holder has this under control, so no worries. Hahahahahahaha. The article is about a British commission. And may I add, nice timing. I mean, what is the statute of limitations on the actions leading up to and causing the man-made fiscal crisis? That is, are these ongoing crimes? Because there are fairly tight statutes of limitations period in this country. Just saying.
More Americans see man who leaked NSA secrets as 'patriot' than traitor. Obama has a problem. Good, he earned it. I bet I'm not the only person on the left who wouldn't care if the republicans wanted to impeach him over this. Hell, I'd support it. But they won't, because they want that power when the next republican is in the White House, which, after all of the damage Obama has done to the democratic brand, will be in 2016. Unless...?
Edward Snowden: the whistleblower behind the NSA surveillance revelations. This is how a hero thinks: In a note accompanying the first set of documents he provided, he wrote: "I understand that I will be made to suffer for my actions," but "I will be satisfied if the federation of secret law, unequal pardon and irresistible executive powers that rule the world that I love are revealed even for an instant."
The Guardian adds: But he believed that the value of the internet, along with basic privacy, is being rapidly destroyed by ubiquitous surveillance. "I don't see myself as a hero," he said, "because what I'm doing is self-interested: I don't want to live in a world where there's no privacy and therefore no room for intellectual exploration and creativity."
I understand that democratic senators Wyden and Udall have attempted to get the word out about this filthy overreaching by NSA and the Obama administration despite being subject limitations due to material being classified as top secret. This happened under W with Sen. Rockefeller. Long and short, when your government is engaging in criminal acts that undermine the Constitution, any attempt to punish the whistleblower for reporting what is happening is itself criminal. Senators Wyden and Udall, step forward and help this brave man. The people, they are watching.
The Logic of the Surveillance State. You start noticing that certain western states suddenly agree that putting up cameras all around various cities are a good way to, allegedly, fight crime. Yeah, after the fact. It doesn't stop crime, but it is an excellent way to monitor everyone. And, as Welsh points out, as pattern recognition becomes better, the elites can have their datamining fine tuned to watch those who may cause them discomfort. In the end, this will fail, but as much as I know it is going on, and given that I've never bought the American exceptionalism argument, I am still shocked that people aren't absolutely outraged by this unprecedented instrusion by the government. Notice that I said "the" government and not "our" government, because it's not our government any more.
The Bill of Rights Exists: An Open Letter to Dianne Feinstein. The special people aren't worried because they think they get a pass because they are elite. But none of them know how to code or hack to do any of the things the NSA is doing every fucking minute. Maybe when one of them gets their tit in a ringer things will change.
The entire letter is worth a read, but these two sentences are particularly powerful: Whoever leaked the four-page Surveillance Court document to Glenn Greenwald at The Guardian deserves a medal and an honorary parade down Pennsylvania Avenue in the Nation’s Capital. The only “threats” assisted by disclosure of that document are the possibilities of meaningful public discourse and informed consent of the governed.
By the way, if the NSA collected every communication since 9/11, more or less, then it should have access to all trades and communications by Goldman Sachs, right? Oh wait, they gave early money to Obama. Lloyd Blankfein sleeps securely at night.
I read somewhere that two of the companies assisting the NSA in violating our constitutional rights were Israeli corporations. So the NSA is using foreign nationals to violate the rights of citizens? Outrageous. And dangerous. If this doesn't offend you, replace "Israel" with "Germany" or "Saudi Arabia" or whatever country you don't trust and think about it.
Hey, isn't the government official(s) who orders this wholescale violation of every American's constitutional rights--or allows it to continue on his watch--committing an impeachable offense? Because harvesting everyone fucking citizen's e-mail (and everyone else too, no doubt) without so much as a warrant must be an unlawful search and seizure under the fourth amendment, right?
Where are the tea baggers on this one? Because if they start screaming bloody murder about the violation of their constitutional rights, I've got their back on this one issue.
Finally, how do we punish the companies that went along? Boycott, yes, but it's not that easy when every other person has an iPhone or Android based phone. I wonder if there is something in the user agreement that opens all of these companies to law suits by customers who are outraged that their private communications were harvested without a warrant. I bet there are more than a few law firms smacking their lips over this one. Until, of course, congress passes FISA II, giving all the bad actors a pass. And that's when I note that the reason I did not vote for Obama the first time was because of his vote in favor of FISA. I didn't the second time because I don't vote for monsters.