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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Classic sexist attack from CIA sector

Michael Hayden, former chief of both the CIA and the NSA, sparked a firestorm by appealing to male pride and dissing Sen. Dianne Feinstein as 'emotional.'

The fact that he is now in the private sector doesn't entirely insulate the CIA from his attack, as he has been vigorous in his defense of the intelligence sector as a person still highly networked with the intelligence establishment.

Feinstein deserves quite a bit of criticism for her overly protective attitude toward Constitution-busting surveillance policies. But whether she might or might not react to certain issues emotionally is not in this case the issue. The issue is the arrogant contempt shown by spook chiefs toward true congressional oversight.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

SanD  says... by Alan Cupton...

A new blog on San Diego and West Coast concerns:

Of tumblers and temblors

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Barred from commenting on Greenwald column

When I tried to post a comment on Greenwald's column concerning hypocritical party liners who zig-zagged on the release of the Bin Laden death photos and those who zig-zag concerning NSA controls, I was barred, with this falsehood:

"Duplicate comment detected; it looks as though you’ve already said that!"

This sort of thing is an ongoing problem found at various media outlets.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

NSA's Facebook denial
clashes with leaked files

Why not use a web monitoring service such as ChangeDetection to keep track of the Intercept's NSA exposes?

Friday, March 7, 2014

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Prosecutors drop hyperlink case
against Texas internet journalist

Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

Federal prosecutors in Texas have moved to dismiss 11 of 12 fraud charges against Barrett Brown, an internet activist and columnist.

Brown was originally charged with several crimes after posting a hyperlink to materials obtained from a hacked computer in a public Internet chat room. Brown linked to a website that included 860,000 email addresses and the credit card information of more than 60,000 people.

However, as laid out in a legal memorandum, Brown’s attorneys believed the hyperlink charges were too vague, were in violation of his First Amendment right to free speech, and would have a chilling effect on internet activity.

“Republishing a hyperlink does not itself move, convey, select, place or otherwise transfer, a file or document from one location to another.” Brown’s attorney had argued in a motion to dismiss the charges filed last week, before the government took that action on its own today. “The government only alleges that Mr. Brown transferred a hyperlink containing directions to where the Stratfor [Strategic Forecasting, Inc.] file was already placed by another person.”

Brown’s case had become of great interest to the news media, First Amendment lawyers, and others who feared a conviction could essentially criminalize the use of hyperlinks when sensitive information is involved, as well as chill linking online altogether.

Brown has been in federal custody since 2012, and still faces five additional charges in two other federal cases.

[The other charges concern "terroristic threats" that appear to have been the result of the extreme duress of federal actions against him. In one case, it appears that he may have been inebriated, but that feds decided to slap him with charges anyway.]

CIA chief blasts senators
as Feinstein confirms probe
But spook does not directly deny that lawmakers were spied on
Brennan decries Senate oversight,
preferring oversight by unnamed 'authorities;'
CIA defies White House, refuses to issue torture report summary;
Rogue agency acts independently of President and Congress

Spooks blocked lawmakers from oversight
based on apparent computer surveillance

Was this a sly trick to catch feds in unethical activity?