Archive for the ‘NSA’ Category

“If we knew everything then that we know now, one week after it happened, I think that would have been really devastating to [Obama’s reelection] campaign,” says former CBS reporter, Sharyl Attkisson, referencing the 2012 Benghazi terrorists attacks. Recently revealed White House emails suggest that the Obama administration may have attempted to mislead the American public by placing the blame on an Internet video and not Islamic terrorists, which would have raised questions about Obama’s foreign policy strategy.

Attkisson, an award winning investigative reporter, was one of the few journalists who continued pursuing the Benghazi story long after many in the main stream media lost interest. According to Attkisson, her bosses at CBS wanted her to drop the story. As a result, she left CBS, her employer for two decades, this past March over what she claims is “liberal bias” at the network and a lack of serious devotion to investigative reporting.

She goes on to say that many in her field are frustrated by the decline of hard-hitting investigative reporting endemic at all networks and not just CBS. The congealing of corporate, news, and political interests at networks have made investigative journalism a relic of the past.

“As one whistleblower put it to me: things have never been worse for people who try to speak the truth inside the government about illegalities and wrong doing. In their view, and I tend to agree, every administration is more clamped down and closed than the one before it. And the next one starts at the finishing point. It’s very hard to make it go backwards. There are rules being implemented now against journalists and the type of work that we do that I think will be very hard to unwind.”

Attkisson sat down with Reason TV’s Nick Gillespie to discuss her reporting on Benghazi, Fast and Furious, and the decline of investigative journalism in America.

via Former CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson: Emails Reveal White House Hid Truths About Benghazi Attack – YouTube.

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Part One: Taking Fame and Casting Blame

Zo examines a liberal meme that blames conservatives and credits liberals for a list of policies and issues in American history.

Zo also points to the cowardice of democrats trying to throw people off the scent of their rotten history by trying to switch labels to stigmatize conservatives. Are you going to let democrats twist and paint what conservatism is?

Part Two: Switching Labels and Telling Fables

Zo continues with his examination of a liberal meme that blames conservatives and credits liberals for a list of policies and issues in American history.

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Part Three: It’s the Republicans Fault That Democrats Oppress You

This is part 3 of 4 of Zo’s examination of a liberal meme that blames conservatives and credits liberals for a list of policies and issues in American history. Zo also points out more of the cowardice of democrats trying to throw people off the scent of their rotten history by trying to switch labels to stigmatize conservatives. Are you going to let democrats twist and paint what conservatism is? Here more in this ZoNation!

Part Four: ‘Hey Democrats–I Can Still See You Behind You Label Switching

Zo wraps up his examination of a liberal meme that is as close as Zo wants to get to a colonoscopy (considering how full of crap this meme is). Its a meme that blames conservatives and credits liberals for a list of policies and issues in American history. Zo also points the cowardice of democrats trying to throw people off the scent of their rotten history by trying to switch labels to stigmatize conservatives. Are you going to let democrats twist and paint what conservatism is? Here more in this ZoNation!

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The US Income tax code has over 70,000 pages, the IRS has proven itself to be a politically driven weapon utilized by political hacks and manned by goonion members whose one ambition is arguably to expand their influence over the lives of its “subjects” while milking the public in order to provide for the bloated, oppressive agency modeled of “The Sheriff of Nottingham”. (The “truth” about Robin Hood is that he stole from tax receipients toreturn to the taxed)

Here is an add that inadvertently presents an excellent case for The Fair Tax,

Remy updates the Alanis Morissette hit for a certain senior senator from California. Written by Remy. Video and animation by Meredith Bragg. Music performed, produced, recorded, mixed and mastered by Ben Karlstrom.Approximately 2 minutes.

Lyrics:

A Senator lady

Got the news one day

The country’s being spied onby the NSA

So she went out defendingon each TV set

but when she found out she’d been snooped on

she got all upset

And isn’t it ironic?

I mean, don’t you think?It’s like you’re at Chris Brown’s

and there’s punch in the fridge

or if The Bachelor passed a geography quiz

Learning Ted Kennedy happened to be good at bridge.

And who would have thought? It figures. Senator, this may surprise youa nd the irony bites but Congresspeople ain’t the only ones

with 4th Amendment rights

It’s like a minimalist

who does their laundry with All

or if Woody Allen liked to watch Kids in the Hall

it’s like FDR got locked in a Honda Accord

a cheap healthcare plan that you just can’t afford

If Oscar Pistorius really hated The Doors

and who would have thought?

It figures. I heard the government is sneaking up on you.

Life has a funny, funny wayof calling you out, calling you out.

via Isn't it Ironic: Government Surveillance Version with Remy – YouTube.

Where I see it going is toward a totalitarian state,\” says William Binney. \”You\’ve got the NSA doing all this collecting of material on all of its citizens – that\’s what the SS, the Gestapo, the Stasi, the KGB, and the NKVD did.\”

Binney is talking about the collection of various forms of personal data on American citizens by the National Security Agency (NSA), where he worked for 30 years before quitting in 2001 from his high-placed post as technical leader for intelligence. A registered Republican for most of his life, Binney volunteered for military service during the Vietnam War, which led to his being hired by the NSA in the early \’70s.

In 2002 – long before the revelations of Edward Snowden rocked the world – Binney and several former colleagues went to Congress and the Department of Defense, asking that the NSA be investigated. Not only was the super-secretive agency wasting taxpayer dollars on ineffective programs, they argued, it was broadly violating constitutional guarantees to privacy and due process.

The government didn\’t just turn a blind eye to the agency\’s activities; it later accused the whistleblowers of leaking state secrets. A federal investigation of Binney – including an FBI search and seizure of his home and office computers that destroyed his consulting business – exonerated him on all charges.

\”We are a clear example that [going through] the proper channels doesn\’t work,\” says Binney, who approves of Edward Snowden\’s strategy of going straight to the media. At the same time, Binney criticizes Snowden\’s leaking of documents not directly related to the NSA\’s surveillance of American citizens and violation of constitutional rights. Binney believes that the NSA is vital to national security but has been become unmoored due to technological advances that vastly extend its capabilities and leadership that has no use for limits on government power. \”They took that program designed [to prevent terrorist attacks] and used it to spy on American citizens and everyone else in the world,\” flatly declares Binney (33:30).

Binney sat down with Reason TV\’s Nick Gillespie to discuss \”Trailblazer\”, a data-collection program which was used on American citizens (1:00), why he thinks the NSA had the capability to stop the 9/11 attacks (7:00), his experience being raided by the FBI in 2007 (12:50), and why former President Gerald Ford, usually regarded as a hapless time-server, is one of his personal villians (41:25).

Approx. 50 minutes.

via Edward Snowden, v 1.0: NSA Whistleblower William Binney Tells All – YouTube.

The full statement is as follows:

The death of Trayvon Martin was a tragedy. Not just for his family, or for any one community, but for America. I know this case has elicited strong passions. And in the wake of the verdict, I know those passions may be running even higher. But we are a nation of laws, and a jury has spoken. I now ask every American to respect the call for calm reflection from two parents who lost their young son. And as we do, we should ask ourselves if we’re doing all we can to widen the circle of compassion and understanding in our own communities. We should ask ourselves if we’re doing all we can to stem the tide of gun violence that claims too many lives across this country on a daily basis. We should ask ourselves, as individuals and as a society, how we can prevent future tragedies like this. As citizens, that’s a job for all of us. That’s the way to honor Trayvon Martin.

Since the jury decided that the tragedy was a result of justifiable self defense, the “future tragedies” will not be the attacker but the attacked. Does that sound better to anyone other than attackers, muggers, rapists, thieves and/or wannabe tyrannical government?

Yeah I know adding government was redundant to the prior description of what government has become, but, I’m going to leave it there.

As a veteran and long time (since 1978) Libertarian whose brand of libertarianism was relabeled as Neolibertarian (a description I heartedly embraced) by the crew at QandO back in 2004, I believe that Sarah-Cuda just laid out why we need a strong revolt from the self-privileged, self-entitled, thieves, poltroons and con-men of the political class.

On America’s News HQ, Sarah Palin criticized both Republicans and Democrats who “caved” in to President Obama’s “wishes to legalize illegal aliens.”

Palin slammed the bill and its supporters, saying “it’s a matter of a lack of principle and respect the law.” She even called it a “betrayal” to law-abiding Americans and legal immigrants. “It doesn’t solve any of the problems that we may have with immigration.”

When it comes to NSA leaker Edward Snowden, Palin said he needs to face the consequences of his actions if he did indeed violate the law. “We are still a nation that respects the rule of law, right, even though amnesty bill just sort of thwarted all that.”

via Sarah Palin: Immigration Bill Supporters 'Betrayed' Americans – YouTube.