Thursday, March 13, 2014



For a CULTURE OF PEACE, JUSTICE, and Ecology, Compiled by Dick Bennett.

 (#1 Jan. 28, 2008; #2 Jan. 22, 2011; #3 Oct. 25, 2011; #4 Jan. 31, 2012; #5 June 9, 2013; #6 July 22, 2013; #7 Sept. 11, 2013; #8 Oct. 18, 2013; #9 Jan. 5, 2014; #10 Feb. 7, 2014).

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Contents Nos. 8-10 at end

Contents of Surveillance/NSA Newsletter #11
Action: Support the USA Freedom Act
Hattem, Congress Asks Obama for Black Budgets of Federal
  Spy Agencies
Scahill and Greenwald, NSA and Assassinations
Paglen, Photos of US Intelligence Agencies
Hussain, More Secrecy Abuses
Greenwald, James Clapper, Obama’s Top Security Officer,
  Liar and Fear-Monger
Jim Hightower, NSA and Snowden
Greenwald, Poitras, Scahill: Welcome to The
  Intercept, New Online Magazine
  Dan Froomkin, Toll of Secrecy
  Terrah Baker, “The Intercept”
Chris Hedges, US Leaders Talk Democracy, Practice Repression

Contact President Obama
Contents of Nos. 8-10

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Thursday, February 13, 2014 12:21 PM

February 12, 2014, 03:53 pm
Lawmakers want to see the ‘black budget’

By Julian Hattem
Dozens of House lawmakers want the Obama administration to release the secret “black budget” used to fund intelligence agencies.

A bipartisan group of 62 members of Congress wrote President Obama a letter on Wednesday asking him to release the fiscal 2015 spending levels for 16 federal spy agencies when he delivers the rest of his budget to Congress on March 4.

“The current practice of providing no specificity whatsoever regarding the overall budget requests for each intelligence agency falls woefully short of basic accountability requirements,” the legislators wrote.

“As you develop your fiscal year 2015 budget, we strongly urge you to take a simple step toward much needed transparency by including the total amount requested for each of the sixteen intelligence agencies. We believe the top line number for each agency should be made public, with no risk to national security, for comparative purposes across all federal government agencies.”
Wednesday’s request was led by Reps. Peter Welch (D-Vt.) and Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.), who last month introduced the Intelligence Budget Transparency Act. The bill would require the administration to release basic details about the spy agencies’ budgets.

The federal government has disclosed the overall amount of money spent to fund the intelligence community since 2007, but has kept classified more specific details about the individual budgets of agencies like the CIA, FBI and National Security Agency (NSA).

Documents released by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden last year showed that the CIA has grown to eat up about 28 percent of the $52.6 billion spent in 2013. The $14.7 billion it received was about 50 percent more than the NSA’s funding. 

The White House did not immediately respond to an inquiry from The Hill about the lawmakers' request.
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The NSA’s Secret Role in the U.S. Assassination Program

By Jeremy Scahill and Glenn Greenwald10 Feb 2014
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The National Security Agency is using complex analysis of electronic surveillance, rather than human intelligence, as the primary method to locate targets for lethal drone strikes – an unreliable tactic that results in the deaths of innocent or unidentified people. Read more

New Photos of the NSA and Other Top Intelligence Agencies Revealed for First Time

By Trevor Paglen10 Feb 2014
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What does a surveillance state look like?
Over the past eight months, classified documents provided by Edward Snowden have exposed scores of secret government surveillance programs. Yet there is little visual material among the blizzard of code names, PowerPoint slides, court rulings and spreadsheets that have emerged from the National Security Agency’s files. Read more

Obama DOJ’s New Abuse of State-Secrets Privilege Revealed

By Murtaza Hussain14 Feb 2014
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For nine years, the U.S. government refused to let a Stanford PhD student named Rahinah Ibrahim back in the country after putting her on the no-fly list for no apparent reason. For eight years, U.S. government lawyers fought Ibrahim’s request that she be told why. Read more

Clapper Reads From the Bush/Cheney/Nixon Playbook to Fear-Monger Over Transparency

By Glenn Greenwald12 Feb 2014
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Featured photo - Clapper Reads From the Bush/Cheney/Nixon Playbook to Fear-Monger Over Transparency
James Clapper, President Obama’s top national security official, is probably best known for having been caught lying outright to Congress about NSA activities, behavior which (as some baseball players found out) happens to be a felony under federal law. Read more

jim Hightower, “Citizen Snowden: Why He Matters.”  The Hightower Lowdown (Feb./Mar 2014).


Who knew that1984 was a how-to manual? Of course, George Orwell did not intend for his novel about life in a dystopian, totalitarian society to be a blueprint for a secret surveillance state. Yet, unbeknownst to us supposedly sovereign US citizens, a cabal of militarists, corporate contractors, a handful of in-the-know politicos, and some Rambo-esque intelligence operatives appear to have been ripping pages right out of 1984 to guide their clandestine creation of just such a despotic mechanism deep within our own government.
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The Terrible Toll of Secrecy

By Dan Froomkin11 Feb 2014
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The Intercept’s inaugural exposé, by my colleagues Glenn Greenwald and Jeremy Scahill, illuminates the deeply flawed interaction between omnipresent electronic surveillance and targeted drone killings –- two of the three new, highly disruptive instruments of national power that President Obama has pursued with unanticipated enthusiasm. Read more

Terrah Baker.  “The Intercept Keeps Up With Leaked NSA Documents.”  The Free Weekly (2-20-14).   “The short-term mission is to provide a platform to report on the documents previously provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. . . .Their long-term mission is to produce fearless, adversarial journalism across a wide range of issues.”

Chris Hedges, Truthdig Op-Ed, NationofChange, Feb. 18, 2014: The government officials who, along with their courtiers in the press, castigate Snowden insist that congressional and judicial oversight, the right to privacy, the rule of law, right of the press and the right to express dissent remain inviolate. They use the old words and the old phrases, old laws and old constitutional allows our corporate totalitarianism a democratic veneer. They insist that the system works. They tell us we are still protected by the Fourth Amendment.

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Contents #8 Oct. 18, 2013
DC Stop Watching Us Rally October 26
Greenwald, End of Privacy
NSA Chief Admits Full Collection of GPS Cell Phone Data
NSA Reporting in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Calabrese and Harwood:  US National Surveillance State
Noam Chomsky
Risen and Poitras in NYT, NSA Spies on Social Relations
Obama Tries to Block Supreme Court Review of NSA Spying 
US Copies Stasi
Lazare, Oversight of NSA a Sham
Boadle: Brazil’s President Cancels Visit to US
Webb, US/UK Surveillance Partners
Peter Maass:  Laura Poitras and Glenn Greenwald
The Nation: Should Focus on Systems Not Individuals

Contents #9  Jan. 5, 2014
Abdo:  ACLU Sues, Larger Sweep of Snowden Documents Revealed
Cole, NSA on Trial
Glanz and Lehren,
NSA Stopped No Terror
Snowden’s Christmas Message
Three Reports:  Giant Tech Industries Ask Government to Limit Surveillance
Sesenbrenner,  NSA Budget vs. US Economy
To Kerry:  Reinstate Snowden’s Passport
Lisa Graves, NSA from Nixon to Obama [comprehensive]
Nader vs. US Corporate State of Surveillance
Reuters, Germany and Brazil Present Resolution to UN
Borger, European Spy Agencies
Engelhardt Tomgram, Surveillance State Scorecard
Cole, Limit Uncontrolled Electronic Surveillance of Foreigners
Greenwald, Surveillance Conformity

Contents #10 
Illegal, Unconstitutional NSA
Four on Tuesday Feb. 11 DAY WE FIGHT BACK
RootsAction,, Shalom Center, Free Press Action Fund

Cohn (National lawyers Guild): It’s Worse than Orwell Imagined
Sanger, NSA Implanted Software Around the World
Amy Goodman, FBI’s COINTELPRO, NSA, and Secrets Revealed
Jaffer and Toomey, Crimes on All Levels Snowden’s Evidence Reveals
Hedges, Control of US by Intelligence Services

OBAMA, NSA Speech, Other NSA Revelations
Senator Rand Paul Sues Obama Admin.: NSA Unconstitutional
Greenwald, Obama’s NSA “Reforms” Inadequate
Pew Research, Public Little Affected by Speech
Lizza, Obama Offers Cosmetic Changes to NSA’s Telephone Metadata
Carpenter, What Obama Didn’t Say, What He Will Do
Ackerman, Clapper Untruthful


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