peace activists–“domestic terrorists” according to the NSA!

how orwellian!  in “1984” the ministry of peace managed the wars and the ministry of truth managed the lies…

“Anti-war activists who were infiltrated and spied on by the military for years have now been placed on the domestic terrorist list, they announced Monday. The shocking revelation comes as the activists prepare to sue the U.S. military for unlawful spying.”

https://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/06/24-9

Government Surveillance of Occupy Movement

edward snowden, william binney, and others have explained to us how the corporate/state entity we used to know as “the united states government” uses invasive, unlawful, unconstitutional, secret, and very effective methods to spy into citizens’ private lives.  the stated rationale for this overweening surveillance is “national security,” ie, the security of the citizens of the nation. nothing could be further from the truth. if you will read the wikipedia articles about sibel edmonds and about william binney, you will understand that the government declined to act on hard intelligence (reported to the FBI in april, 2001) that al qaeda terrorists were planning multiple attacks on major us cities using commercial airliners and some of the terrorists were probably already in-country (sibel edmonds); and declined to use a more efficient, cheaper, more effective surveillance system that better targeted al qaeda and terrorist targets and opted instead for a more expensive system that was less useful against terrorism abroad but more intrusively scooped up data on americans at home [and made “legal” only by extraordinary contortions of opaque laws with secret interpretations approved by secret courts — and even then still found in violation of the fourth amendment by the secret FISA court – but continuing anyway!] (william binney-not all this is in wikipedia–use duckduckgo to seach for the rest…).  the government’s interest in preventing terrorism just doesn’t appear to be that keen.  on the other hand, the surveillance state the corporate/state entity has constructed DOES protect its OWN interests….

here’s an example of “counter-terrorism” protecting wall street and the banks:

http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/Government_Surveillance_of_Occupy_Movement

 

 

 

where is edward snowden?

edward snowden seems to have disappeared. according to the chair of the senate intelligence committee, he was last seen getting into a car at moscow airport; his baggage went in a different car. he was accompanied from hong kong by wikileaks activist sarah harrison. it was announced that he would fly this morning to cuba, thence to either venezuela or ecuador. his plane seat to cuba was empty this morning. he hasn’t been seen. alternative arrangements for travel? ecuador’s foreign minister has read publicly a letter from ed snowden to the president of ecuador, seeking asylum. russia had promised not to detain snowden before he left hong kong, according to a wikileaks lawyer. be safe, edward snowden!

meanwhile, bradley manning’s trial is ongoing; the government refused to allow him to plead guilty to charges that would result in a 20 year sentence: they want him in prison for life. it is apparently ok for the united states government (corporate/state entity) to know every secret of every citizen of this nation — but not ok for citizens to know the secrets of those whom we “consent” to be governed by. not because such knowledge would be a threat to “national security” (the citizens) but because such knowledge would be a threat to the corporate/state entity (the “government”).

by the way, when you turn on the radio or the television — that’s “the corporate/state entity.”
here is the news source for the above:

http://www.democracynow.org/

Booz Allen’s Role in N.S.A. Case Puts Spotlight on Carlyle

the elites shun publicity but this article came out in one of the financial sections of the ny times yesterday. i am sharing it under the fair use policy…


DealBook – A Financial News Service of The New York Times
June 10, 2013, 11:39 am
Booz Allen’s Role in N.S.A. Case Puts Spotlight on Carlyle
By MICHAEL J. DE LA MERCED

For years, the Carlyle Group has tried to shed its former reputation as a second home for government officials and a specialist in buying defense companies.

But the recent fracas over the National Security Agency‘s surveillance programs highlights the private equity giant’s remaining ties to government work: its majority stake in Booz Allen Hamilton, the employer of the whistle-blower, Edward J. Snowden.

Shares of Booz Allen were down about 4 percent in midmorning trading on Monday, at $17.24. That values the government consultancy at about $2.6 billion. (That’s still above $17, the price at which the firm went public two-and-a-half years ago.)

Still, the controversy over Mr. Snowden and his leaks of highly confidential surveillance work at the N.S.A. — where he worked on assignment — has brought some attention to Booz Allen’s majority owner, Carlyle.

The buyout firm bought Booz Allen’s government contracting arm for $2.5 billion in 2008, when the consultancy separated the business from its commercial arm. The investment has worked out well for Carlyle so far, with Booz Allen having paid out more than $612 million in special dividends before its 2010 initial public offering.

Carlyle held a roughly 67 percent stake in Booz Allen as of March 31, and still holds three seats on the firm’s board.

The consultancy has posted fairly steady growth over recent years, including $219 million in net income on $5.8 billion in revenue for the year ended March 31. Nearly all of that has been because of its ties to a very important customer, the federal government.

As The New York Times noted:

The government has sharply increased spending on high-tech intelligence gathering since 2001, and both the Bush and Obama administrations have chosen to rely on private contractors like Booz Allen for much of the resulting work.

Thousands of people formerly employed by the government, and still approved to deal with classified information, now do essentially the same work for private companies. Mr. Snowden, who revealed on Sunday that he provided the recent leak of national security documents, is among them.

As evidence of the company’s close relationship with government, the Obama administration’s chief intelligence official, James R. Clapper Jr., is a former Booz Allen executive. The official who held that post in the Bush administration, John M. McConnell, now works for Booz Allen.

Yet Carlyle has worked hard over the past decade to put questions about its influence over the government to rest. The firm was once known for hiring former politicians like George H. W. Bush and James A. Baker III, the onetime secretary of state, as advisers and for focusing on government contractors.

Now Carlyle is known as a global investment powerhouse, with over $176 billion in assets under management in a wide variety of sectors. The private equity firm even devotes a portion of its frequently asked questions to addressing the firm’s past:

Do former senior government officials work at Carlyle?

From the late-1980s through the mid-1990s, several former senior government officials worked at Carlyle in various advisory and other capacities. Most have since retired from the firm. Today, Carlyle boasts a group of former C-level corporate executives, each with an average of 40 years’ experience, who serve as Operating Executives. These executives assist our investment teams in analyzing industries, sourcing transactions, creating value, mentoring portfolio company management and generating returns for our investors.

A Carlyle spokesman declined to comment on the firm’s Booz Allen investment.

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http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2013/06/10/booz-allens-role-in-n-s-a-saga-casts-spotlight-on-carlyle/?nl=business&emc=edit_dlbkpm_20130610

 

what privacy? NSA!

yesterday it was revealed that verizon has been ordered by a federal court to release all metadata about all phone calls from all phone numbers from all its subscribers in the united states for three months.  here’s the link

today’s news is even bigger and scarier and MORE outrageous!

“The National Security Agency and the FBI are tapping directly into the central servers of nine leading U.S. Internet companies, extracting audio and video chats, photographs, e-mails, documents, and connection logs that enable analysts to track one target or trace a whole network of associates, according to a top-secret document obtained by The Washington Post.”

read it here