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Why haven't we read this news item in the WPM - Western Propaganda Media?

Syrian Al-Nusra Caught with Sarin Gas in Turkey

Why haven't we read this news item in the WPM - Western Propaganda Media?

Police foil al-Nusra bomb attack planned for Adana

ADANA, Turkey (Today's Zaman) May 30, 2013 - Seven members of Syria's militant al-Nusra group were detained after police found sarin gas, which was reportedly going to be used in a bomb attack, during a search of the suspects' homes, Turkish media have reported.

Newspapers claimed that two kilograms of sarin gas, which is usually used for making bombs and was banned by the UN in 1991, had been found in the homes of suspects detained in the southern provinces of Adana and Mersin. Twelve suspects were caught by the police. The reports claimed that the al-Nusra members had been planning a bomb attack in Adana but that the attack was averted when the police caught the suspects.


Posted earlier @BooMan Tribune - Syrian Opposition Forces Caught with Sarin Gas in Turkey.

Workin' in the data mine...by Tom the Dancing Bug

The NSA Horse Left The Barn...Years Ago...

Into the Wayback Machine
by BooMan
Thu Jun 13th, 2013 at 12:21:51 AM EST

Here is the beginning of the hearing on the National Security Agency held by the Church Committee which occurred on October 29th, 1975. The Chairman was Frank Church, a Democratic senator from Idaho who had presidential aspirations. He makes it clear at the outset that, at the time, the NSA was so secretive that almost no Americans had ever heard of it, despite its huge employee base and enormous budget. It had no statutory basis and no oversight.


Dems Unveil Bill To Block Congressional Pay If Debt Ceiling Isn’t Raised

Source: Talking Points Memo

Dems Unveil Bill To Block Congressional Pay If Debt Ceiling Isn’t Raised


Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) introduced legislation Wednesday to withhold pay for members of Congress if the government fails to raise the debt ceiling in time.

Modeled on the GOP's "no budget, no pay" legislation, the funds would be placed into an escrow account and paid to members in full once the debt limit is increased.

Announcing their legislation in the Capitol, Boxer and McDermott took turns excoriating Republicans for threatening not to raise the debt ceiling unless Democrats offer ideological concessions such as spending cuts in return.

"Republicans seem to want to hurt America first, by leaving our people unpaid and going ahead and paying China first," Boxer said, referring to GOP legislation to prioritize payments to creditors and Social Security recipients first if the debt limit is broached. "What country to these guys represent anyway?"

Read more: http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/dem-lawmakers-unveil-bill-to-block-congressional-pay?ref=fpb

Snowden saw what I saw: surveillance criminally subverting the constitution

Snowden saw what I saw: surveillance criminally subverting the constitution
So we refused to be part of the NSA's dark blanket. That is why whistleblowers pay the price for being the backstop of democracy


........... none of this is new to me. The difference between what the Bush administration was doing in 2001, right after 9/11, and what the Obama administration is doing today is that the system is now under the cover and color of law. Yet, what Snowden has revealed is still the tip of the iceberg.

General Michael Hayden, who was head of the NSA when I worked there, and then director of the CIA, said, "We need to own the net." And that is what they're implementing here. They have this extraordinary system: in effect, a 24/7 panopticon on a vast scale that it is gazing at you with an all-seeing eye.

I lived with that dirty knowledge for years. Before 9/11, the prime directive at the NSA was that you don't spy on Americans without a warrant; to do so was against the law – and, in particular, was a criminal violation of Fisa. My concern was that we were more than an accessory; this was a crime and we were subverting the constitution.

I differed as a whistleblower to Snowden only in this respect: in accordance with the Intelligence Community Whistleblower Protection Act, I took my concerns up within the chain of command, to the very highest levels at the NSA, and then to Congress and the Department of Defense. I understand why Snowden has taken his course of action, because he's been following this for years: he's seen what's happened to other whistleblowers like me.


NSA did NOT have To Snoop Around For Info-They simply ASKED Corporations who are already gathering

WED JUN 12, 2013 AT 04:24 AM PDT
The conversation we should be having about private data
by brooklynbadboy

Employers want a 10 year background check, a credit check, and access to your social media accounts. Phone companies want your social security number and location information. The local drug retailer wants your phone number and your address. Landlords want to know how many children you have, their names and what schools they go to. Video game vendors now need your banking information. Your home security company knows right down to the second every time your front door opens and closes or which window you open and for how long. Credit reporting agencies want to know everything. Even political campaigns want to know how we plan to vote and when. They want to keep all this data for their own use at their discretion. All of these things we provide to them without any regulator or watchdog ever asking why they need these things or what they are doing with it. It simply means a click of a box and acceptance of whatever perfectly legal self-regulation one must accept.

The NSA data-gathering 'scandal' is being used a proxy for all sorts of other political fights, from Obama Sucks to ending the War on Terror to smearing whistleblowers. But the real scandal is how completely unregulated data gathering is generally. In truth, the NSA didn't go snooping around in the computers of private individuals to obtain metadata. They simply asked for it from the corporations who are gathering it in the first place. Corporations who had less choice in delivering it than you did in providing it. There are little to no regulations on 'terms of service' agreements or in what you can be asked to disclose about yourself. The technological revolution in information gathering is changing the nature of what privacy means and who has a rightful claim to it. But the proxy political fight over the NSA is obscuring the real conversation we ought to be having.

Because surely, someone, anyone, needs to be asking about these reams of data and how they are being used. Or why certain data needs to be kept in the first place. For what purpose is AT&T collecting data on my daily movements? Why is my local grocer keeping track of my buying habits? What is really happening when I haven't moved or touched my phone in day or two, yet there it is sending and receiving streams and streams of I-don't-know-what. We need a modern conversation about life in the modern world and what the boundaries are. With respect to privacy, we should be talking about what privacy means in a world where everyone, or just about everyone, is walking around with listening and watching devices. Everyone can spy on everyone else. It is literally to the point of seeing videos published of people secretly recorded having sexual relations in their own homes, making a private moment a global event.

Google is right now developing a pair of glasses that will record anything seen by the naked eye and heard by the ear. They look funky now, but surely a Chinese made copycat will emerge that looks exactly like a normal pair of glasses and activated by a series of winks. What then for privacy? Who will regulate such things if needed? Denigrating leakers or proxy-fighting over political beefs wont solve or give some clarity to life in information age. That new life, and the boundaries between us, our institutions, our commercial society and our government is what we should be talking about.


MIT's Solution to NSA overreach – put people in charge of their own data

Solution to NSA overreach – put people in charge of their own data
Massive US surveillance of phone records and Internet data disclosed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden should prompt a public debate on the balance between privacy and the use of personal data. A 'new deal on data' should put people in charge of their own communication.


Because of the scale and connectedness of data collection and the inability of today’s institutions to squarely face the privacy issues involved, we strongly back a new approach to data privacy that we’re working on here at MIT’s Media Lab. It puts individuals in control of their personal data, allowing them to determine who can possess their data, how it can be shared, redistributed, and disposed of.

Each citizen would have a personal data store, like an email inbox, that would let them see where data about them goes and how it is being used. The NSA could still get a court order allowing it to use a person’s metadata to track terrorists, but at least an individual could see that something is happening – rather like seeing a police cruiser patrolling the neighborhood. The big difference from now is that individuals could see which companies or government agencies were using data about them, and control these groups’ access to that data.



Colbert on NSA snooping: We must find the courage ‘to stay scared sh-tless’

“Folks, the fact is, we had this debate,” Colbert said. “And we surrendered our rights back when we were properly in the grip of fear. I know it won’t be easy, but we’ve gotta dig down deep and somehow find the courage to stay scared shitless.”

- See more at: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/06/12/colbert-on-nsa-snooping-we-must-find-the-courage-to-stay-scared-sh-tless/#sthash.0tmZdWK0.dpuf

Reid Finally Gets Enough Balls To Call Out Lawmakers CLAIMING They Were NOT Briefed On NSA Spying

Reid: Senators Have Only Themselves To Blame For Not Knowing About NSA Programs

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said Tuesday that he doesn't have much patience for lawmakers who have claimed they weren't briefed on the National Security Agency's surveillance programs, contending that those elected officials need only look in a mirror if they want someone to blame.

"For senators to complain that 'I didn't know this was happening,' we've had many, many meetings that have been both classified and unclassified that members have been invited to," Reid said during a briefing with reporters, as quoted by the Huffington Post.

He added: "If they don't come and take advantage of this, I can't say enough to say they shouldn't come and say 'I wasn't aware of this,' because they've had every opportunity to be aware of these programs."

Following the reports of the classified NSA programs, Capitol Hill has seemingly been divided between lawmakers who say they were blindsided by the revelations and those who dismissed the details as old news. Sen. John Thune (R-SD) said Monday that "most members of Congress" likely didn't know the breadth of the programs, while Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA) said last week that the NSA surveillance "has been going on for seven years."


Traders Said to Rig Currency Rates to Profit Off Clients

Traders Said to Rig Currency Rates to Profit Off Clients
By Liam Vaughan, Gavin Finch & Ambereen Choudhury

Jun 11, 2013 7:00 PM ET

Traders at some of the world’s biggest banks manipulated benchmark foreign-exchange rates used to set the value of trillions of dollars of investments, according to five dealers with knowledge of the practice.

Employees have been front-running client orders and rigging WM/Reuters rates by pushing through trades before and during the 60-second windows when the benchmarks are set, said the current and former traders, who requested anonymity because the practice is controversial. Dealers colluded with counterparts to boost chances of moving the rates, said two of the people, who worked in the industry for a total of more than 20 years...


...The behavior occurred daily in the spot foreign-exchange market and has been going on for at least a decade, affecting the value of funds and derivatives, the two traders said. The Financial Conduct Authority, Britain’s markets supervisor, is considering opening a probe into potential manipulation of the rates, according to a person briefed on the matter.

“The FX market is like the Wild West,” said James McGeehan, who spent 12 years at banks before co-founding Framingham, Massachusetts-based FX Transparency LLC, which advises companies on foreign-exchange trading, in 2009. “It’s buyer beware.”...The $4.7-trillion-a-day currency market, the biggest in the financial system, is one of the least regulated. The inherent conflict banks face between executing client orders and profiting from their own trades is exacerbated because most currency trading takes place away from exchanges...

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