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Welcome to The Intercept

By Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras and Jeremy Scahill ..
As soon as we resolved to build The Intercept, we set out to recruit many of the journalists whose work we have long respected and admired: those who have a proven track record of breaking boundaries, taking risks, and producing innovative, rigorous journalism. We have assembled a team of experienced and independent journalists and editors (see our masthead here). Our central mission is to hold the most powerful governmental and corporate factions accountable .. Being able to work with highly accomplished writers like Liliana Segura, Dan Froomkin, Peter Maass and Marcy Wheeler, along with a team of young and aggressive reporters such as Murtaza Hussain, Ryan Gallagher and Ryan Devereaux, is truly emboldening. For our reporting, we have both technical expertise in the form of Micah Lee, and legal expertise from Daniel Novack
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Posted by , Thursday, February 13, 2014

Obama staffer wants ‘cognitive infiltration’ of 9/11 conspiracy groups

from Raw Story via Glenn Greenwald's twitter feed ..
In a 2008 academic paper, President Barack Obama’s appointee to head the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs advocated “cognitive infiltration” of groups that advocate “conspiracy theories” like the ones surrounding 9/11. Cass Sunstein, a Harvard law professor, co-wrote an academic article entitled “Conspiracy Theories: Causes and Cures,” in which he argued that the government should stealthily infiltrate groups that pose alternative theories on historical events via “chat rooms, online social networks, or even real-space groups and attempt to undermine” those groups
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Posted by , Sunday, February 2, 2014

Rap News! The News on the News feat. Sage Francis

Posted by , Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Washingtons Blog: MLK ASSASSINATED BY US GOVT – King Family civil trial verdict

WB ..
The overwhelming evidence of government complicity introduced and agreed as comprehensively valid by the jury includes: US 111th Military Intelligence Group were at Dr. King’s location during the assassination; 20th Special Forces Group had an 8-man sniper team at the assassination location on that day; Usual Memphis Police special body guards were advised they “weren’t needed” on the day of the assassination; Regular and constant police protection for Dr. King was removed from protecting Dr. King an hour before the assassination; Military Intelligence set-up photographers on a roof of a fire station with a clear view to Dr. King’s balcony; Dr. King’s room was changed from a secure 1st-floor room to an exposed balcony room; Memphis police ordered the scene where multiple witnesses reported as the source of shooting cut down of their bushes that would have hid a sniper; Along with sanitizing a crime scene, police abandoned investigative procedure to interview witnesses who lived by the scene of the shooting; The rifle Mr. Ray delivered was not matched to the bullet that killed Dr. King, and was not sighted to accurately shoot
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Posted by , Monday, January 20, 2014

Glenn Greenwald: Obama’s NSA ‘reforms’ are little more than a PR attempt to mollify the public

Glenzilla (back at The Guardian for a day) ..
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
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Posted by , Saturday, January 18, 2014

“It Was Time to Do More Than Protest”: Activists Admit to 1971 FBI Burglary That Exposed COINTELPRO

Posted by , Thursday, January 9, 2014

Peace Activists Admit to Role in FBI Burglary That Exposed COINTELPRO

from Democracy Now ..
One of the great mysteries of the Vietnam War era has been solved. In 1971, a group of peace activists broke into an FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania, and lifted files that helped reveal the FBI’s elaborate program of illegally spying on political groups. The documents, given to journalists at the time, provided the first hints of a secret counter intelligence program, or COINTELPRO, the FBI’s secret program to infiltrate, monitor and disrupt social movements. The burglars called themselves the Citizens’ Commission to Investigate the FBI. They were never caught. But decades later, a number of them are coming forward for the first time. The idea for the burglary came from William Davidon, a physics professor and leader of civil disobedience against the Vietnam War. Davidon died last year. Also involved were a social worker named Bob Williamson and John and Bonnie Raines, a married couple with children
also here's the NYT story about it .. read more
Posted by , Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Taibbi: Yuppie Prohibition League Denounces Pot Legalization

Matt T in RS ..
With all the other nonsense going on in this country, it's amazing (but of course expected) that anyone with other things to do would find the time to denounce Colorado's legal marijuana experiment. Yet here they come, luminaries like MSNBC host Joe Scarborough, publishing mogul Tina Brown, and Yale blowhard-in-residence David Brooks, all hot to build a Wall of Decency around the New American Menace. They are the 21st-century version of the Anti-Saloon League, gathering now to denounce the perils of the legal recreational joint. Brown put it this way, in a tweet:
. . . legal weed contributes to us being a fatter, dumber, sleepier nation even less able to compete with the Chinese
Right. Because marijuana, not China's bottomless supply of slave labor, is what's responsible for the West's growing trade imbalance.
Brooks I would expect. Tina Brown?? Used to think she was ok.... read more
Posted by , Saturday, January 4, 2014

Robert Parry: NYT Backs Off Its Syria-Sarin Analysis

Parry in Consortium News ..
In Sunday’s article – the one below the fold on page 8 – the Times reported that a new analysis by two military experts concluded that the Aug. 21 rockets had a range of about three kilometers, or less than one-third the distance needed to intersect at the Syrian military base northwest of Damascus. The report’s authors were Theodore A. Postol, a professor of science, technology and national security policy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Richard M. Lloyd, an analyst at the military contractor Tesla Laboratories. The Times noted that “the authors said that their findings could help pinpoint accountability for the most lethal chemical warfare attack in decades, but that they also raised questions about the American government’s claims about the locations of launching points, and the technical intelligence behind them. The analysis could also lead to calls for more transparency from the White House, as Dr. Postol said it undermined the Obama administration’s assertions about the rockets’ launch points.”
drip drip .. read more
Posted by , Monday, December 30, 2013

Seymour Hersh: Whose Sarin?

Hersh in the London Review of Books ..
Barack Obama did not tell the whole story this autumn when he tried to make the case that Bashar al-Assad was responsible for the chemical weapons attack near Damascus on 21 August. In some instances, he omitted important intelligence, and in others he presented assumptions as facts. Most significant, he failed to acknowledge something known to the US intelligence community: that the Syrian army is not the only party in the country’s civil war with access to sarin, the nerve agent that a UN study concluded – without assessing responsibility – had been used in the rocket attack. In the months before the attack, the American intelligence agencies produced a series of highly classified reports, culminating in a formal Operations Order – a planning document that precedes a ground invasion – citing evidence that the al-Nusra Front, a jihadi group affiliated with al-Qaida, had mastered the mechanics of creating sarin and was capable of manufacturing it in quantity. When the attack occurred al-Nusra should have been a suspect, but the administration cherry-picked intelligence to justify a strike against Assad
also read here how Hersh pitched the story to the Wash Post and New Yorker and they both "passed" .. read more
Posted by , Monday, December 9, 2013

Rap News: WHISTLEBLOWER – feat. Edward Snowden

Posted by , Monday, July 8, 2013

Valerie Plame and Joe Wilson: The NSA’s metastasised intelligence-industrial complex is ripe for abuse

Plame/Wilson in The Guardian ..
On this spying business, officials from Director of National Intelligence James Clapper to self-important senators are, in effect, telling Americans not to worry: it's not that big a deal, and "trust us" because they're keeping US citizens safe. This position must be turned on its head and opened up to a genuine discussion about the necessary, dynamic tension between security and privacy. As it now stands, these programs are ripe for abuse unless we establish ground rules and barriers between authentic national security interests and potential political chicanery
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Posted by , Sunday, June 23, 2013

Michael Hastings’ Wife Obliterates New York Times For Dismissive Obituary

Hastings' wife Elise Jordan via the Huff Post ..
Unfortunately, the mischaracterization in the obituary reflects a longstanding -– and ongoing –- misrepresentation of the facts in and surrounding this story by the Times. Your archived story of the Pentagon report, for example, still carries the headline: “Pentagon Inquiry Into Article Clears McChrystal and Aides,” even though the report did no such thing. Insufficient evidence to prosecute is not the same as “clearing” someone of a misdeed. It is as if a district attorney had found no witnesses to prosecute a suspected murderer – the only other witnesses being his accomplices -– and the Times ran a story headlined, “DA Clears Alleged Killer.”
and of course the question has to be asked .. was Hastings murdered by the CIA?? worried for Glenzilla right now .. read more
Posted by , Thursday, June 20, 2013

The Guardian: Snowden Reveals America and Britain Spied On G20 Members

Glenzilla hits the big time ..
Foreign politicians and officials who took part in two G20 summit meetings in London in 2009 had their computers monitored and their phone calls intercepted on the instructions of their British government hosts, according to documents seen by the Guardian/[Glenzilla]. Some delegates were tricked into using internet cafes which had been set up by British intelligence agencies to read their email traffic
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Posted by , Monday, June 17, 2013

Democracy Now: Chris Pyle, Whistleblower on CIA Domestic Spying in 70s, Says Be Wary of Attacks on NSA’s Critics

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Posted by , Thursday, June 13, 2013

Corey Robin: David Brooks, The Last Stalinist

Robin ..
Snowden’s actions, Brooks says, are a betrayal of virtually every commitment and connection Snowden has ever made ... In the long history of state tyranny, it is often those who are bound by close ties of personal connection to family and friends that are most likely to cooperate with the government: that is, not to “betray” their oaths to a repressive regime, not to oppose or challenge authoritarian rule. Precisely because those ties are levers that the regime can pull in order to engineer an individual’s collaboration and consent. Take the Soviet Union under Stalin. Though there’s a venerable tradition in social thought that sees Soviet totalitarianism as the product of atomized individuals, one of the factors that made Stalinism possible was precisely that men and women were connected to each other, that they were in families and felt bound to protect each other. To protect each other by cooperating with rather than opposing Stalin
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Posted by , Wednesday, June 12, 2013

David Sirota: Rethinking American Exceptionalism

Sirota ..
America[] has an exceptional economy. GDP-wise, it is the largest in the world, making it the planet’s most powerful engine of technological innovation and wealth creation. At the same time, the economy is exceptional for creating the industrialized world’s most financially unequal society; producing one of the industrialized world’s highest rates of childhood poverty; and mandating the industrialized world’s least amount of off time (paid sick days, maternity leave, etc.)
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Posted by , Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Glenn Greenwald: Edward Snowden, the whistleblower behind the NSA surveillance revelations

Glenzilla (who broke the NSA story) ..
The individual responsible for one of the most significant leaks in US political history is Edward Snowden, a 29-year-old former technical assistant for the CIA and current employee of the defence contractor Booz Allen Hamilton. Snowden has been working at the National Security Agency for the last four years as an employee of various outside contractors, including Booz Allen and Dell. The Guardian, after several days of interviews, is revealing his identity at his request. From the moment he decided to disclose numerous top-secret documents to the public, he was determined not to opt for the protection of anonymity. "I have no intention of hiding who I am because I know I have done nothing wrong," he said. Snowden will go down in history as one of America's most consequential whistleblowers, alongside Daniel Ellsberg and Bradley Manning. He is responsible for handing over material from one of the world's most secretive organisations – the NSA.
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Posted by , Monday, June 10, 2013

Democracy Now: Glenn Greenwald Exposes Massive NSA Program Collecting Calls, Emails

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Posted by , Friday, June 7, 2013

WSJ Editorial Board Member Furious With “All Powerful Bike Lobby”

via Firedoglake - my gripe re the bike share program is the Citibank corporate ownership, yet another corp logo to confront you everywhere you go .. why not make it a non-profit venture?? nonetheless, this WSJ video is frickin hilarious!
Posted by , Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Richard Eskow: The ‘Truman Show’ Economy

Eskow in Common Dreams ..
A Northern Ireland county made news this week when it literally created a false front of prosperity for dignitaries in town for the G8 conference. The Irish Times reports that County Fermanagh spent roughly £300,000 ($456,000 at today’s exchange rates) to conceal the shuttered storefronts and empty buildings left behind by economy-killing austerity cuts
words .. at a loss for words .. read more
Posted by , Monday, June 3, 2013

Washingtonsblog: A Proxy War Is Raging In Syria

George ..
Right now inside Syria, Hezbollah terrorist fighters – backed by the Syrian government, Iran and Lebanon – are fighting Al Qaeda, Hamas and Muslim Brotherhood terrorist fighters – backed by the U.S., Israel, the Eurozone, Saudi Arabia and Qatar .. Not only did the U.S., Israel and Saudi Arabia largely create, sponsor and fund Al Qaeda, but also two other groups fighting on the side of the Syrian rebels: Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood. This is a proxy war. [] the U.S., Israel, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and their allies back the Sunni jihadists against Shia Muslims. Indeed, the U.S. is involved in a religious war – between the two factions of Islam (and is actually backing the most violent elements) – as part of a geopolitical strategy to exert control over the natural gas market
yeah you can pretty much boil the whole "War on Terra" down to Sunni v Shia .. read more
Posted by , Friday, May 31, 2013

Democracy Now: Did Public Television Commit Self-Censorship to Appease Billionaire Funder David Koch?

Posted by , Thursday, May 30, 2013

Alexa O’Brien: A review of Alex Gibney’s ‘We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks’

O'Brien ..
The public needs an accurate accounting of the "facts" concerning the Manning's prosecution and the criminal probe into Julian Assange and WikiLeaks-- certainly more than we need Hollywood scripts by documentarians, like Gibney, or the former editors of major newspapers, like the Guardian and the New York Times, who haven't bothered to show up to the legal proceedings, which are underway for more than a year and a half-- proceedings, I might add, which are now the subject of their creative fancy and economic enterprise. If "We Steal Secrets" or the subsequent Q & A with director, Alex Gibney, revealed anything, it's that the filmmaker is quite uninformed about the trial of Bradley Manning. He can barely speak on the topic or on that of the largest criminal probe of a publisher and its source in history. Which begs the question: What was Gibney relying on for his costly 'string of pearls' reportage, beyond his hackneyed entourage of unexamined glory-boats, bearing witness on the silver screen to their privileged punditry-- that is, talking about themselves amongst themselves for their own benefit-- certainly not the public's-- or future generations?
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Posted by , Sunday, May 26, 2013

Kevin Gosztola: ‘We Steal Secrets’ Documentary is a Wikileaks Hit Piece

Gosztola on FDL ...
Overall, the film makes the choice to be about the personalities of Assange and Manning rather than a film that truly explores what it has been like for those involved in the release of over a half million documents to be targeted by the most powerful country in the world. WikiLeaks forced state secrets revealing corruption, crimes, fraud, misconduct, etc, into the open for the world to see, but, rather than telling a lesser known story about the backlash led by the US government against the organization, Gibney opts to highlight Manning’s struggle with his gender identity and how Assange’s egotistical personal battles have been a drag on WikiLeaks, which have been covered extensively by establishment media
and in a related story, see "WikiLeaks Leaks Transcript of "Anti-WikiLeaks Documentary" @ Common Dreams - i haven't seen Gibney's other film "Taxi to the Dark Side" but can only imagine that among its tepid, hand-wringing criticism of torture that it narrows the debate with the typical "but Teh Terrorists attacked us" line of bullshittery .. read more
Posted by , Saturday, May 25, 2013