Archive for the month “Ιουλίου, 2013”

Chomsky praises Snowden and condemns US hypocrisy — Antony Loewenstein

http://antonyloewenstein.com/2013/07/29/chomsky-praises-snowden-and-condemns-us-hypocrisy/

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Major opinion shifts, in the US and Congress, on NSA surveillance and privacy | Glenn Greenwald

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Just as Democrats went from vehement critics of Bush’s due-process-free War on Terror policies to vocal cheerleaders of Obama’s drone kills and even Guantanamo imprisonments, the leading defenders of the NSA specifically and America’s Surveillance State generally are now found among self-identified Democrats. That was embodied by how one of the most vocal Democratic NSA critics during the Bush years – Nancy Pelosi – in almost single-handedly saved the NSA from last week’s House vote. If someone had said back in 2007 that the greatest support for NSA surveillance would be found among Democrats, many would find the very idea ludicrous. But such is life in the Age of Obama: one of his most enduring legacies is transforming his party from pretend-opponents of the permanent National Security State into its most enthusiastic supporters.»

http://m.guardiannews.com/commentisfree/2013/jul/29/poll-nsa-surveillance-privacy-pew

The July 28 news roundup podcast Ta Yp’ Opsin (Consider These)

This week on the podcast Ta Yp’ Opsin:
– where is the outrage for the surveillance and monitoring of communications?
– the next dramatic showdown between Republicans and the White House
– Detroit: the war of words between the city and its creditors
– Obamacare and a «cramped and confused understanding» of religious rights
– Greece focuses on the reforms demanded by the troika
– bloodshed plunges Egypt deeper into turmoil
– assassinations spur violent protests in Tunisia and Lybia
– release of more than 100 Palestinian prisoners split the Israeli cabinet
– Korean divide lives on 60 years after end of war

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Ta Yp’Opsin (Consider These) weekly podcast (in Greek) with Chicago journalists Elena Spilioti and George Zorbas. News, commentary and great music!

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For American Defectors To Russia, An Unhappy History : Parallels : NPR

If NSA leaker Edward Snowden is allowed to leave the Moscow airport and enter Russia, as some news reports suggest, he’ll join a fairly small group of Americans who have sought refuge there.So how did it work out for the others?
http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/2013/07/24/205121529/for-american-defectors-to-russia-an-unhappy-history

White House urges Congress to reject moves to curb NSA surveillance

The Obama administration alarmed by vote on ‘Amash amendment’ aimed at blocking blanket surveillance of phone records
http://m.guardiannews.com/world/2013/jul/24/nsa-surveillance-amash-amendment

Cold caps tested to prevent hair loss during chemo

http://www.apnews.com/ap/db_6407/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=ZTrBbnXS&src=cat&detailindex=1

Edward Snowden’ s statement

WikiLeaks has posted a long statement by Edward Snowden, dated July 12, 2013.
Here it is in full:Hello. My name is Ed Snowden. A little over one month ago, I had family, a home in paradise, and I lived in great comfort. I also had the capability without any warrant to search for, seize, and read your communications. Anyone’s communications at any time. That is the power to change people’s fates.It is also a serious violation of the law. The 4th and 5th Amendments to the Constitution of my country, Article 12 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and numerous statutes and treaties forbid such systems of massive, pervasive surveillance. While the US Constitution marks these programs as illegal, my government argues that secret court rulings, which the world is not permitted to see, somehow legitimize an illegal affair. These rulings simply corrupt the most basic notion of justice – that it must be seen to be done. The immoral cannot be made moral through the use of secret law.I believe in the principle declared at Nuremberg in 1945: «Individuals have international duties which transcend the national obligations of obedience. Therefore individual citizens have the duty to violate domestic laws to prevent crimes against peace and humanity from occurring.»Accordingly, I did what I believed right and began a campaign to correct this wrongdoing. I did not seek to enrich myself. I did not seek to sell US secrets. I did not partner with any foreign government to guarantee my safety. Instead, I took what I knew to the public, so what affects all of us can be discussed by all of us in the light of day, and I asked the world for justice.That moral decision to tell the public about spying that affects all of us has been costly, but it was the right thing to do and I have no regrets.Since that time, the government and intelligence services of the United States of America have attempted to make an example of me, a warning to all others who might speak out as I have. I have been made stateless and hounded for my act of political expression. The United States Government has placed me on no-fly lists. It demanded Hong Kong return me outside of the framework of its laws, in direct violation of the principle of non-refoulement – the Law of Nations. It has threatened with sanctions countries who would stand up for my human rights and the UN asylum system. It has even taken the unprecedented step of ordering military allies to ground a Latin American president’s plane in search for a political refugee. These dangerous escalations represent a threat not just to the dignity of Latin America, but to the basic rights shared by every person, every nation, to live free from persecution, and to seek and enjoy asylum.Yet even in the face of this historically disproportionate aggression, countries around the world have offered support and asylum. These nations, including Russia, Venezuela, Bolivia, Nicaragua, and Ecuador have my gratitude and respect for being the first to stand against human rights violations carried out by the powerful rather than the powerless. By refusing to compromise their principles in the face of intimidation, they have earned the respect of the world. It is my intention to travel to each of these countries to extend my personal thanks to their people and leaders.I announce today my formal acceptance of all offers of support or asylum I have been extended and all others that may be offered in the future. With, for example, the grant of asylum provided by Venezuela’s President Maduro, my asylee status is now formal, and no state has a basis by which to limit or interfere with my right to enjoy that asylum. As we have seen, however, some governments in Western European and North American states have demonstrated a willingness to act outside the law, and this behavior persists today. This unlawful threat makes it impossible for me to travel to Latin America and enjoy the asylum granted there in accordance with our shared rights.This willingness by powerful states to act extra-legally represents a threat to all of us, and must not be allowed to succeed. Accordingly, I ask for your assistance in requesting guarantees of safe passage from the relevant nations in securing my travel to Latin America, as well as requesting asylum in Russia until such time as these states accede to law and my legal travel is permitted. I will be submitting my request to Russia today, and hope it will be accepted favorably.If you have any questions, I will answer what I can.Thank you

A Coup Or Not In Egypt? $1.5 Billion In U.S. Aid At Stake : Parallels : NPR

http://www.npr.org/blogs/parallels/2013/07/09/200433411/a-coup-or-not-in-egypt-1-5-billion-in-u-s-aid-at-stake

Snowden: I never gave any information to Chinese or Russian governments l Glenn Greenwald

http://m.guardiannews.com/commentisfree/2013/jul/10/snowden-denies-information-russia-china

Europe opens trade talks with US amid ongoing tensions over spying

http://m.guardiannews.com/business/2013/jul/08/europe-opens-trade-talks-us-spying

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