#IRS #NSA #Verizon #FISA – The #PRISM Of Obama Corruption

Update II: Is this the music for Obama Dimocrats PRISM spy scandal? It certainly fits lovelorn Big Media as it sings to the object of adulation – Barack:



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Update: In California today the Peking Duck is meeting with the Lame Duck on of all things “cyber-security”. Maybe China will fight for our freedoms? But forget the ducks. We want to know what came first in this chicken or the egg story:

“The President has put in place an organization with the kind of database that no one has ever seen before in life,” Representative Maxine Waters told Roland Martin on Monday. “That’s going to be very, very powerful,” Waters said. “That database will have information about everything on every individual on ways that it’s never been done before and whoever runs for President on the Democratic ticket has to deal with that. They’re going to go down with that database and the concerns of those people because they can’t get around it. And he’s [President Obama] been very smart. It’s very powerful what he’s leaving in place.”

Did the NSA in any way help Obama CREEP in 2012? What did Google know and when did Google know it? The denials from internet companies and the Obama government are increasingly revealed as lies if we are to believe the latest report from Britain’s The Guardian: PRISM “collection directly from the servers”. What did Obama and his allies at Google know and when did he and they know it? Inquiring minds want to know.

National security matters but terrorist attacks in this country have been thwarted by regular citizens like those former Vietnam War guys in Times Square who alerted the police (which mostly stood by oblivious to the threat while collecting their pay). Ditto the Boston Bombing and the Muslim Tsarnaev Killers – PRISM did not help catch the killers.

This NSA scandal is like the national gun registry we continue to hear derided as a “conspiracy theory”. In this case however we are all in the registry for crimes to be determined in the future.

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On November 13, 2008 we wrote the article that can be found at the top of the left hand column of this website. That November 13, 2008 article is titled Obama Is The Third Bush Term. Our critique in that article included Obama’s promise to oppose FISA (indeed Obama promised to lead a filibuster against FISA) legislation during the presidential campaign but once the nomination was assured Obama voted FOR FISA.


Obama Is The Third Bush Term

We followed that Obama Is The Third Bush Term article with one titled Obama Is The Third Bush Term, Part II Guantanamo. We wrote, “The third George W. Bush term – starring Barack W. Obama – will be just as exciting, more corrupt, inept, dangerous and debilitating.” We pointed out Obama’s history of lies on this issue and that no facts or political realities had changed once he became president. Obama flim flammed on this issue and the corrupt left and the corrupt Dimocratic Party went along with the lies.

We wrote Obama Is The Third Bush Term, Part III – The Day The Planes Hit:

“It is well past time for Republicans to recognize how they hurt the country when they abandoned their alleged principles with unwavering support of irresponsible, if not criminal, George W. Bush policies and begin to intelligently oppose Barack Obama.

Democrats, Dimocrats, and Republican must realize the essential facts about Obama: (1) Obama is a flim-flam man; (2) Obama is a confidence artist who only cares about his advancement; (3) Obama race-baited his way, with help from powerful Dimocrats like Dean/Brazile/Pelosi/Kennedy/Kerry to the Democratic nomination; (4) It was only disgust with George W. Bush and the massive economic crisis during the last month of the election that allowed Obama to overcome John McCain’s lead; (5) Obama employs distraction as a key weapon to forswear responsibility; (6) Obama never takes responsiblity. Further, Democrats, Dimocrats, and Republicans must realize that

Obama simply cannot be trusted. Obama cannot be trusted on any issue. Obama cannot be trusted by his friends. Obama cannot be trusted by his enemies. Obama cannot be trusted.

We were able to write what was apparent to anyone not willfully shutting their eyes because we stuck to our principles, not our party in 2008. If America is to survive Barack H. Obama it will do so only if principled Independents, principled Republicans and the few remaining principled Democrats and Dimocrats unite to oppose Barack H. Obama and drive him and his Chicago hoods from office.

It won’t be easy to stick to principles. We know. We’ve lost a lot of friends and a lot of opportunities for speaking out and opposing Barack Obama.


Obama Is The Third Bush Term

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In January 2009 we posted five pictures of Obama morphing into George W. Bush on the lower right column of this website. Some of our commenters protested and asked we take the pictures down. Other commenters voted to keep the pictures up. The protests were mostly for esthetic reasons. Most of our commenters understood that Obama flim flammed and lied and that he was Bush without the decency.

By January 2009 it was apparent that Barack H. Obama was Barack W. Obama. Even one Big Media outlet in June 2009 admitted as much:

“In stark legal turnaround, Obama now resembles Bush

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama is morphing into George W. Bush, as administration attorneys repeatedly adopt the executive-authority and national-security rationales that their Republican predecessors preferred.

In courtroom battles and freedom-of-information fights from Washington, D.C., to California, Obama’s legal arguments repeatedly mirror Bush’s: White House turf is to be protected, secrets must be retained and dire warnings are wielded as weapons.

“It’s putting up a veritable wall around the White House, and it’s so at odds with Obama’s campaign commitment to more open government,” said Anne Weismann, chief counsel for Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a legal watchdog group.”

Of course we now realize our morph pictures and “Obama is the third Bush term” messaging is unfair – to George W. Bush. As detestable as we at the time found George W. Bush to be we have to admit there was a degree of integrity and honesty to what he said that is entirely missing in anything Barack Obama says/reads/writes.

George W. Bush took responsibility and called himself the “decider” whereas Barack Obama seeks to blame someone (often George W. Bush) else or as on his recent drone speech pretends he is not in charge. Obama’s “this is not who we are” platitudes on drones or forced feedings are substitutes for not stopping policies which he has the authority to stop.

Much of the left and those that used to be part of what was once known as the Democratic Party continue to make excuses for Barack Obama. Sure, recently some noise has been made to protest. Huff n’ Puff after years of shilling for Barack Obama today even posted the morph picture we have featured since January 2009. Five years too late.


Obama Is The Third Bush Term

Likewise Ron Fournier, formerly of AP roused himself to state “. Welcome to the Bush-Obama White House: They’re Spying on Us The “Bush-Obama era” will be long remembered for curbing the Constitution“. At Politico, which has quarterbacked for Obama for years the realization hit that we are in ‘Bush’s 4th term’.

The New York Times continues to weasel. At first the useless birdcage liner declared that “The administration“, not Barack Obama but “The administration”, has “lost all credibility.” Later “on this issue” was added to further weaken the condemnation. It was even worse on other Big Media sites.

William Saletan at Slate declared the latest scandal to be much ado about nothing. Hypocrite Saletan shrugged his shoulders and declared “telephony metadata” was nothing to get worked up over. Jane Mayer of The New Yorker explains why metadata is so dangerous for the government to have:

“The gist of the defense was that, in contrast to what took place under the Bush Administration, this form of secret domestic surveillance was legitimate because Congress had authorized it, and the judicial branch had ratified it, and the actual words spoken by one American to another were still private. So how bad could it be?

The answer, according to the mathematician and former Sun Microsystems engineer Susan Landau, whom I interviewed while reporting on the plight of the former N.S.A. whistleblower Thomas Drake and who is also the author of “Surveillance or Security?,” is that it’s worse than many might think.

“The public doesn’t understand,” she told me, speaking about so-called metadata. “It’s much more intrusive than content.” She explained that the government can learn immense amounts of proprietary information by studying “who you call, and who they call. If you can track that, you know exactly what is happening—you don’t need the content.”

For example, she said, in the world of business, a pattern of phone calls from key executives can reveal impending corporate takeovers. Personal phone calls can also reveal sensitive medical information: “You can see a call to a gynecologist, and then a call to an oncologist, and then a call to close family members.” And information from cell-phone towers can reveal the caller’s location. Metadata, she pointed out, can be so revelatory about whom reporters talk to in order to get sensitive stories that it can make more traditional tools in leak investigations, like search warrants and subpoenas, look quaint. “You can see the sources,” she said. When the F.B.I. obtains such records from news agencies, the Attorney General is required to sign off on each invasion of privacy. When the N.S.A. sweeps up millions of records a minute, it’s unclear if any such brakes are applied.

Metadata, Landau noted, can also reveal sensitive political information, showing, for instance, if opposition leaders are meeting, who is involved, where they gather, and for how long. Such data can reveal, too, who is romantically involved with whom, by tracking the locations of cell phones at night. [snip]

Binney, who considered himself a conservative, feared that the N.S.A.’s data-mining program was so extensive that it could help “create an Orwellian state.”

As he told me at the time, wiretap surveillance requires trained human operators, but data mining is an automated process, which means that the entire country can be watched. Conceivably, the government could “monitor the Tea Party, or reporters, whatever group or organization you want to target,” he said. “It’s exactly what the Founding Fathers never wanted.”


Obama Is The Third Bush Term

It’s not enough to be upset or outraged over this latest scandal. One “progressive” thinks protest squeaks need to be emitted:

“We have arrived at a defining moment for the progressive movement in this nation.

The New York Times editorial board, which has generally given this president a lot of leeway throughout his career, wrote a scathing denunciation Friday of the Obama administration’s use of data mining, claiming that “the administration has now lost all credibility” on the issue of balancing civil rights with national security.

Every progressive with even a shred of moral consistency should side with the New York Times against the White House.

The events of the past month – from the Associated Press subpoena to the James Rosen search warrant to the revelation that our government has been indiscriminately collecting phone records data – have forced liberals to make a choice between complacency and outrage, between keeping silent because one of our own is in the White House and calling him out on betraying the principles for which we have fought for so long.

Consistency has never been the fiber of political discourse but it is nonetheless a vital ingredient of credibility.

Progressives rightly denounced the overreach of the Bush administration when it came to abuses of the Patriot Act. We should just as strongly denounce the expansion of those abuses by this administration.

Many of us did not buy the previous administration’s excuse that overreaching infringement upon the civil rights of ordinary Americans was a necessary step in keeping those same ordinary Americans safe. We should not buy it from this administration now, simply because this president is ostensibly one of us. [snip]

Progressives should stand with the Times on this. Otherwise, we are just rooting for the name on the jersey, and not for the values that the jersey represents.”

That “denunciation” is so weak we can barely rouse a yawn. The “progressives”, which we once fancied ourselves to belong to, had their test in 2007/2008 and failed. There’s not much value in these diluted protests even though Barack Obama cannot be happy to see these clowns pouting and weeping.

For those that think we are looking a gift horse in the mouth consider this:

“The National Security Agency pushed for the government to “rethink” the Fourth Amendment when it argued in a classified memo that it needed new authorities and capabilities for the information age.

The 2001 memo, later declassified and posted online by George Washington University’s National Security Archive, makes a case to the incoming George W. Bush administration that the NSA needs new authorities and technology to adapt to the Internet era. [snip]

Americans learned about one upshot of NSA’s philosophy this week when Washington acknowledged two of its subsequent surveillance programs: One that tracks the phone records of millions of Americans and one that accesses the servers of several major Internet companies, including Facebook, Google and Apple. The revelations were first reported by Britain’s Guardian newspaper and the Washington Post. [snip]

NSA’s phone-tracking program and its PRISM Internet monitoring program both suggest U.S. officials continue to take to heart NSA’s “rethought” interpretation of the Fourth Amendment. Rather than tracking only Americans suspected of crimes or involved with terrorism, since 2006 NSA has collected the records of everyone, then returned to a secret federal court to get authorization to target specific individuals more closely.

President Barack Obama defended the surveillance on Friday on his visit to California to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping.”

So according to Obama: If you can’t trust government to follow the Constitution while spying, we’re going to have some problems. The problem is that the Constitution is not a hindrance to these gangsters from Chicago.


Obama Is The Third Bush Term

Barack Obama and his gang of Chicago hoods have attacked the First Amendment, the Second Amendment, the Fourth Amendment, the Tenth Amendment and hidden behind the Fifth Amendment.

Barack Obama and his Chicago hoods cannot be trusted. They are a threat to the Constitution:

“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 foreign targets, according to a top-secret document obtained by The Washington Post.

The program, code-named PRISM, has not been made public until now. It may be the first of its kind. [snip]

PRISM was launched from the ashes of President George W. Bush’s secret program of warrantless domestic surveillance in 2007, after news media disclosures, lawsuits and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court forced the president to look for new authority.

Congress obliged with the Protect America Act in 2007 and the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, which immunized private companies that cooperated voluntarily with U.S. intelligence collection. PRISM recruited its first partner, Microsoft, and began six years of rapidly growing data collection beneath the surface of a roiling national debate on surveillance and privacy. Late last year, when critics in Congress sought changes in the FISA Amendments Act, the only lawmakers who knew about PRISM were bound by oaths of office to hold their tongues. [snip]

Firsthand experience with these systems, and horror at their capabilities, is what drove a career intelligence officer to provide PowerPoint slides about PRISM and supporting materials to The Washington Post in order to expose what he believes to be a gross intrusion on privacy. “They quite literally can watch your ideas form as you type,” the officer said.”

What we have learned recently is that the IRS cannot be trusted. Not only did the IRS target political viewpoints for abuse, the IRS also provided names of donors to political organizations to the opponents of those organizations. Now we are told to trust the NSA.

This is not time to trust and verify. It is time to investigate and impeach. These recently uncovered Obama scandals (none by American Big Media) are a signal of the deep corruption that has moved from Chicago to the nation’s capital.

We concluded our previous article by stating, If you think things are bad now, on the economy and foreign policy, they are about to get worse. On civil liberties, freedom, liberty, and the Constitution things just got a whole lot worse. The latest scandals are dangerous and worthy of revolutionary uprising.

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212 thoughts on “#IRS #NSA #Verizon #FISA – The #PRISM Of Obama Corruption

  1. The good news from this series of latest Obama scandals:

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2013/06/06/-obamas-agenda-lost-in-firestorm/2398881/

    Analysis: Obama’s agenda scorched in firestorm

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/dougschoen/2013/06/07/the-obama-administration-doubles-down-while-in-crisis/

    The result has been that Obama’s agenda is essentially dead in the water. His days, and his administration’s days, are now spent playing defense – in press conferences, in hearings and elsewhere.

  2. There was never any doubt in my mind that Obama would be Bush III. Nor was there any doubt that the sequel would be worse than the first two chapter. He was transparent in that respect to anyone with eyes to see and ears to hear. I could not stand to watch so many sucker line up and fall for it. It caused me to experience a crisis of faith in the American People which abides to this day. And the only thing I know for sure is that nothing short of personal pain which touches them in their own lives will be enough to restore their senses. Obamacare may be the catalyst that does it. Or, it may not happen at all, because when it comes to politics this generation of Americans is just plain gullible.

  3. SHV, this will impress David Corn and cohort because they only listen to their “authorities” and this is a big one:

    http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2013/06/07/prism_hurts_us_internet_freedom_rankings_freedom_house_to_downgrade_america.html

    If you thought the astounding (and ongoing) revelations about the NSA’s PRISM regime were going to hurt America’s reputation, it appears you were right. Freedom House just made it official.

    In an exclusive statement to Future Tense, the internationally renowned rights watchdog said it’s going to downgrade the U.S. in its annual Internet freedom rankings.

    “The revelation of this program will weaken the United States’ score on the survey,” the organization told me in an email.

    The United States will now rank below Russia!

  4. More follow the money, Silicon Valley likely got a large cut of >$2 billion

    (snip)
    “Under construction by contractors with top-secret clearances, the blandly named Utah Data Center is being built for the National Security Agency. A project of immense secrecy, it is the final piece in a complex puzzle assembled over the past decade. Its purpose: to intercept, decipher, analyze, and store vast swaths of the world’s communications as they zap down from satellites and zip through the underground and undersea cables of international, foreign, and domestic networks. The heavily fortified $2 billion center should be up and running in September 2013. Flowing through its servers and routers and stored in near-bottomless databases will be all forms of communication, including the complete contents of private emails, cell phone calls, and Google searches, as well as all sorts of personal data trails—parking receipts, travel itineraries, bookstore purchases, and other digital “pocket litter.” It is, in some measure, the realization of the “total information awareness” program created during the first term of the Bush administration—an effort that was killed by Congress in 2003 after it caused an outcry over its potential for invading Americans’ privacy.

    But “this is more than just a data center,” says one senior intelligence official who until recently was involved with the program. The mammoth Bluffdale center will have another important and far more secret role that until now has gone unrevealed. It is also critical, he says, for breaking codes. And code-breaking is crucial, because much of the data that the center will handle—financial information, stock transactions, business deals, foreign military and diplomatic secrets, legal documents, confidential personal communications—will be heavily encrypted. According to another top official also involved with the program, the NSA made an enormous breakthrough several years ago in its ability to cryptanalyze, or break, unfathomably complex encryption systems employed by not only governments around the world but also many average computer users in the US. The upshot, according to this official: “Everybody’s a target; everybody with communication.”
    (snip)

    http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/03/ff_nsadatacenter/

  5. Doug Schoen–

    Just a few months ago, President Obama declared “this is the most transparent administration in history” during a Google Plus “Fireside” hangout. To be sure, transparency was one of the President’s biggest campaign promises and a featured element of his first four years in office.

    But these recent scandals call into question the authenticity of Obama’s statement.

    From Benghazi to the IRS to the latest news on the NSA it is quite clear that Obama’s administration is failing to keep their word on this issue.

    The result has been that Obama’s agenda is essentially dead in the water. His days, and his administration’s days, are now spent playing defense – in press conferences, in hearings and elsewhere.

    What’s more, the appointments of Ambassador Susan Rice as his new national security advisor and Samantha Power to replace Susan Rice as UN Ambassador indicate that the administration is doubling down, not reaching out.

    At a time when the president should be doing all he can to reach across the aisle and to quell American’s fears that he is not the man he said he was, he is just plodding along business as usual.

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2013/06/07/obama-administration-is-in-crisis-with-no-answers/?intcmp=HPBucket#ixzz2VaHbyQ1c

  6. SHV
    June 7, 2013 at 9:09 pm
    When Obot David Corn at Mother Jones start asking questions; Obama has got trouble.

    “Justice Department Fights Release of Secret Court Opinion Finding Unconstitutional Surveillance”

    http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2013/06/justice-department-electronic-frontier-foundation-fisa-court-opinion
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    even when the so called ‘progressives’ begin to ask questions or point a finger at O…they do it with such kid gloves and with so many excuses and rationalizations…they just cannot get their head around the idea that he has snookered them, bamboozeled them…used them for suckers…when they all thought they were part of his “in” crowd and his “friends”

    …they just cannot understand how much more dangerous and how much more damage their “friend” can cause because he has their TRUST AND LOYALTY…the perfect set-up…it reminds me of a ponzi scheme…or the family member that defects and screws their own family…and everyone is left shocked, simply shocked…they cannot believe that he would do that to ‘them’

    the left is so sucked in that they are more than willing and happy to support the “name on the jersey”…the collective group of the O media does not have the guts or courage to break from the crowd in any meaningful way…they will actually put him above country and principles…they will…such cowards…

    as I mentioned, I do respect Glenn Greenwald, Matt Apuzzo, J Turely…and i will keep an open mind towards Fournier…yesterday I tweeted Dylan Ratigan and told him now would be a good time for him to get his voice and presence back in the game…his organic farm will survive…

    beyond that…I hate to concur, but the O media have no cojones…they really are sheep…pathetic sheep…

  7. A creep show if there ever was one:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_E._Schmidt

    In some ways, he reminds me of the kind of scientists who rose to prominence after World War II. Some of them came out of the Manhattan Project. They were so fixated on weapons production, that they never stepped back and asked themselves is what I am doing really good for humanity, really ethical. I knew three of them who were like that, and it was not until later in their lives that they reconsidered the virtue of what they had devoted their lives to.

    I look at geeks like Schmidt, Ellison from a respectable distance, see their alliance with a sociopath like Obama and find much to fear and little to admire. I think I know where this fusion will ultimately lead, and I am quite certain that they do not, and will not, until it is too late. Big brother is being built before our eyes by a group of people who are essentially amoral, and it is swept under the rug with the veneer of good works, as it is with Soros.

  8. maybe add Greta to that list of honest reporters or investigators…she asks a lot of hard questions…she does not buy into the BS…but it just doesn’t seem to ever go anywhere…

    There is a clip of Glenn on Politico (I could not figure out on to bring it here) – I worry for him…he is basically just telling it like it is…this is a pursuit to have global control…to eliminate privacy in the world…

    put that together with what ADMIN quotes above from Jane Mayer’s piece and it is easy to see how there is a power structure being set up to monitor everything that is going on in the world…business dealings, personal dealings, private matters, terrorists, etc…everything will be watched and known by the US power structure at all times…trends will be known, perhaps sabatoged…it is limitless what this kind of intrusion can create…

    http://www.politico.com/story/2013/06/glenn-greenwald-us-privacy-92400.html?hp=l1

    but don’t count on the progressives to save us…because if this were George Bush, or Romney, or McCain, or one of the Clintons…all hell would be breaking loose and they would be starting a revolution…but not O…they are so timid…

    it is so disgusting to watch them on CNN and MSNBC do cartwheels to make excuses for O and scream their heads off to protect him or just shrug their shoulders, like stepford followers…for the same things they would be freaking out over if it were anyone else…

  9. Mind boggling that all the wheels have come off the Hope Train at once. Barry is trying to let it slide on by in silence, while the metal wheels screech and spit fire as it blazes down that smoke filled tunnel of no return.

    How many scandals of this proportion can he try to hide at once?

    How many can he deny knowing about?

    How long can Dimocrats stand by this thief that has ruined their party and is destroying our constitution? – Oh yes, Barry is supposedly a ‘constitutional scholar’…what a load of @rap.

    GREAT POST ADMIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. “even when the so called ‘progressives’ begin to ask questions or point a finger at O…they do it with such kid gloves and with so many excuses and rationalizations…they just cannot get their head around the idea that he has snookered them, bamboozeled them…used them for suckers…when they all thought they were part of his “in” crowd and his “friends”
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    I was thinking the same thing when I read the Corn article, no mention of Obama, Holder, etc., it’s like this shit happens Ex nihilo.

    Same reason I removed my ACLU card from my wallet a year after Obama was elected, it was always “Obama was getting bad advice or it was the White House that did it”….never Obama

  11. SHV
    June 7, 2013 at 10:26 pm

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    SHV…even it they are forced to look at this issue, as now with these current scandals…the progressives always deflect from O and then go pull in the bogeyman, Bush for blame…

    they cannot stay focused on O…or the fact that Bush was years ago…O was supposedly elected to be different from Bush…and damn it, because Bush did it, does not excuse and pave the way for O to do it and go even further in the wrong direction…

    they don’t seem to understand the concept ‘two wrongs do not make a right’

    I was just on Twitter looking comments at the Bradblog and comments from Eric Boehlert from Media Matters…and they are PERFECT examples…they will not take any responsibility for the NOW…for O’s actions NOW…they all continue to go back years and years ago to reflect on what they were so vehemently against in those days…but those were the Bush days…they will not acknowledge O and the NOW…

    such hypcrites and cowards…

  12. I wonder how many of the friends I have lost and people I work for/with will look back on what I tried to warn them about after I got back from Denver in 2008 and was livid about what happened before and at the Convention. So many of them probably though I was a crackpot in saying how corrupt Barry and his gang were.

    Too many of these people want to believe that the Republican’s are the only bad guys, so they will stick their heads in the sand until they can no longer hold their breath.

  13. In fact, this is the article the progressives and Eric’s group refer to in the twitter conversation …

    http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/news/washington/2006-05-10-nsa_x.htm?POE=NEWISVA

    funny, there is no mention that in those days, progressives were fighting against this …in fact, here are some quotes from the article from Dems during that time (notice all the similarities…Bush WH = O WH response):

    REACTION

    From the Bush White House:

    The White House defended its overall eavesdropping program and said no domestic surveillance is conducted without court approval.

    ”The intelligence activities undertaken by the United States government are lawful, necessary and required to protect Americans from terrorist attacks,” said Dana Perino, the deputy White House press secretary, who added that appropriate members of Congress have been briefed on intelligence activities.

    From Capitol Hill:

    Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said he would call the phone companies to appear before the panel ”to find out exactly what is going on.”

    Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, the ranking Democrat on the panel, sounded incredulous about the latest report and railed against what he called a lack of congressional oversight. He argued that the media was doing the job of Congress.

    ”Are you telling me that tens of millions of Americans are involved with al Qaeda?” Leahy asked. ”These are tens of millions of Americans who are not suspected of anything … Where does it stop?”

    The Democrat, who at one point held up a copy of the newspaper, added: ”Shame on us for being so far behind and being so willing to rubber stamp anything this administration does. We ought to fold our tents.”

    The report came as the former NSA director, Gen. Michael Hayden – Bush’s choice to take over leadership of the CIA – had been scheduled to visit lawmakers on Capitol Hill Thursday. However, the meetings with Republican Sens. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska were postponed at the request of the White House, said congressional aides in the two Senate offices.

    snip

    Attorney General Alberto Gonzales: “Only international communications are authorized for interception under this program. That is, communications between a foreign country and this country. …

    “To protect the privacy of Americans still further, the NSA employs safeguards to minimize the unnecessary collection and dissemination of information about U.S. persons.”

    Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del.: “I don’t understand why you would limit your eavesdropping only to foreign conversations. …”

    Gonzales: “I believe it’s because of trying to balance concerns that might arise that, in fact, the NSA was engaged in electronic surveillance with respect to domestic calls.”

    Source: The Associated Press

    NSA SURVEILLANCE

    Opinion: Congress in the dark | Specter: My bill would provide light

    ACLU, NSA to head to court

    VP pressured panel, Specter says

    Senators won’t grill phone companies

    FCC: NSA probe impossible

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    IRONIC, huh? Bush = O same old, same old…except in those days the Progressives were screaming and against this…now…ah, so blase…whatever!

  14. …one last thing…if you look at that article above…the one Eric Boehlert and his buddies are using to rationalize things now adays…

    we can all see that as bad as Bush was, the Bush Admin was to monitor International calls…now with O…it is just so matter of fact, that O’s admin is monitoring every single DOMESTIC phone call OF AMERICAN CITIZENS…plus all the internet, skype, social media, etc…

    plus spying on the AP reporters and their land and cell phones, plus Fox reporter Rosen and his parents, plus NYT reporter, David Sanger and CBS correspondent, Sharyl Attkisson

    ……

    and Media Matters just does cartwheels to pooh pooh the O admin’s actions in real time…

  15. Off topic:
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    I took my 13 year old Shih Tzu for his physical today and was devasted when the veterinarian said he has a rectal tumor. They did some blood work which will come back Monday . Doctor said I would have to go to surgeon to have it aspirated and removed. If cancerous, staging would be important and chemo attempted. I blame myself as for months whenever I bathed him I felt a lump but thought it was just his anal gland. Has any pet owners here have any advice? He is showing no signs of pain, had a great appetite, and I am praying he will be ok.

  16. Shadowfax, at what point will we find out that some of this data was provided to the Obama campaign in 2012?

  17. admin
    June 7, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    Shadowfax, at what point will we find out that some of this data was provided to the Obama campaign in 2012?
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    That is yet another piece of “top secret” information. It can’t be made public, ya know, because of like national security, or like, whatever.

  18. bstonesfan
    June 7, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    Off topic:
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    I took my 13 year old Shih Tzu for his physical today and was devasted when the veterinarian said he has a rectal tumor.
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    Poor pooch. What is his name? We’ll pray for him.

    Many of my cats (and one dog) lived well into their 14+ years, but at the end, cancer is what did them in. Yes, they had full lives, but you hate that they have to suffer.

    If you can afford the treatments, go for it.

    Sometimes, the best choice is to put them down, if things are too far gone and the critter feels miserable most of the time.

    It really is on a case-by-case basis, and the situation can change quickly. We’d think “Hey, let’s keep an eye on this…”, and sometimes it suddenly turns quite bad.

    Best to you and your nice doggie.

  19. I betcha a lot of the info Admin.

    This PRISM stuff started in 2007 (?) and that’s the year everything started to go wacky. By 2008 corruption was in full swing. The inmates were already running the asylum by the time Barry had to do a retake on his swearing in ceremony.
    And yes, Silicone valley threw a lot of money at his campaign in ’08 and ’12.

    Normally geeks are all for freedom of the internets, so to have this kind of free, backdoor access…either the CEO’s were promised the moon, or they had no clue of the security holes on their servers. IMO

  20. S
    June 7, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    we can all see that as bad as Bush was, the Bush Admin was to monitor International calls…now with O…it is just so matter of fact, that O’s admin is monitoring every single DOMESTIC phone call OF AMERICAN CITIZENS…plus all the internet, skype, social media, etc…
    &&&&&&

    I sometimes wonder if our alphbet soup snoop agencies couldn’t spend more time focusing on real dangers rather than “fishing the ocean”.

    I am starting to enjoy cheetos munchers starting to slowly awake from their six year hopium binge, and say, “Hey, wait the fuckin’ minute, isn’t Obama acting like Bush??”.

    Ah, yeah, dummies. You trolled our site in 2008, mocked us out. Go back and look at your own posts from them, you shitheads.

  21. I wouldn’t doubt that this backdoor snooping did Mitt’s campaign in too. Like that one woman explained, it isn’t necessary the conversation that reveals the info, it’s the tail that paints the picture-

    IE:

    Woman calls her OBGYN
    Later call Oncology Dept.
    Later calls close members of her family.

    We also only have the bare minimum of info on this situation now, we don’t know exactly what kind of info is free to them.

    I pretty much live on the computer, both at work and home, so if I were a ‘person of interest’, there would be no secrets. Heck, just reading Big Pink pretty much says it all.

  22. Shadowfax
    June 7, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    I wonder how many of the friends I have lost and people I work for/with will look back on what I tried to warn them about after I got back from Denver in 2008 and was livid about what happened before and at the Convention. So many of them probably though I was a crackpot in saying how corrupt Barry and his gang were.
    &&&&&&&

    I think if those were “friends”, and they’re stupid, they may not be worth associating with.

    Having a whole bunch of acquaintances who are of little value may not be worth the trouble. I think a tighter circle of trusted people makes for better parties and a better life.

    Maybe they’re waking up now, and saying, “I remember so and so way back then warning me that Obama was a plague on wheels…”. But you’d have been lonnnnng gone by then.

  23. SHV
    June 7, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    even when the so called ‘progressives’ begin to ask questions or point a finger at O…they do it with such kid gloves and with so many excuses and rationalizations…they just cannot get their head around the idea that he has snookered them, bamboozeled them…used them for suckers…when they all thought they were part of his “in” crowd and his “friends”
    &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&

    The former Oturd supporters now starting to question their King in a most genteel manner are stuck with the swamp-front property they bought, mosquitoes and disposed tires in all. They were promised beach front property with a lovely view, the pool, the margaritas. They gave thousands of dollars up front. They drove down there to find they were scammed.

    So you may not want to admit, “I WAS SCAMMED!!! How could I be so stupid”.

    Instead, “Well, it’s not as lovely as we thought…”.

    Suck on it.

  24. rgb44hrc

    True about ‘trusted’ friends, these were my trusted friends in 2008…had been for years.

    Where I live and work, I can still count on ONE hand the people that I was close to that didn’t by the Hope and Change BS. I am totally serious.

    I didn’t really find sanity on the situation until I started blogging and found Hillary’s site, Big Pink, PUMA Pac and many others.

  25. The former Oturd supporters now starting to question their King in a most genteel manner are stuck with the swamp-front property they bought, mosquitoes and disposed tires in all. They were promised beach front property with a lovely view, the pool, the margaritas.

    😆

    Yup, just like the property in Obama’s district when he was a ‘voting present’ senator.

  26. Another question that seems to be gaining traction is “What the fuck was Obama doing in NYC, when he was allegedly attending Colunbia Univ.? If fear of retaliation is weakening, govt workers will leak and more and more people will ask “Who is Barack Obama”, probably the one question that he fears the most.

  27. How odd is this world? Even Ben Smith is off the cheap gossip and attacking Obama realists in order to do some real life, if somewhat borrowed reporting. Et tu Ben Smith?:

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/bensmith/public-documents-contradict-claim-email-spying-foiled-terror

    Public Documents Contradict Claim Email Spying Foiled Terror Plot

    Defenders of “PRISM” say it stopped subway bombings. But British and American court documents suggest old-fashioned police work nabbed Zazi.

    Defenders of the American government’s online spying program known as “PRISM” claimed Friday that the suddenly controversial secret effort had saved New York City’s subways from a 2009 terrorist plot led by a young Afghan-American, Najibullah Zazi.

    But British and American legal documents from 2010 and 2011 contradict that claim, which appears to be the latest in a long line of attempts to defend secret programs by making, at best, misleading claims that they were central to stopping terror plots. While the court documents don’t exclude the possibility that PRISM was somehow employed in the Zazi case, the documents show that old-fashioned police work, not data mining, was the tool that led counterterrorism agents to arrest Zazi. The public documents confirm doubts raised by the blogger Marcy Wheeler and the AP’s Adam Goldman, and call into question a defense of PRISM first floated by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, who suggested that PRISM had stopped a key terror plot. [snip]

    The details of terror investigations are not always laid out this clearly in public; but they appear to belie the notion, advanced by anonymous government officials Friday, that sweeping access to millions of email accounts played an important roil in foiling the subway attack.

  28. even when the so called ‘progressives’ begin to ask questions or point a finger at O…they do it with such kid gloves and with so many excuses and rationalizations
    ——————–
    They find themselves between

    a rock (their past support for Obama, which they reveled in)

    and a hard place (their belated discovery that he is the antithesis of what they thought he was).

    They know they have been deceived, but they cannot bring themselves to admit it.

    Look into the pewter pot
    And see Barack as Barack is not
    For faith tis pleasant til tis past
    The lying prick he will not last

  29. Look into the pewter pot
    And see Barack as Barack is not
    For faith tis pleasant til tis past
    The lying prick he will not last
    ———————
    Here is what I am afraid of with the dizzy electorate:

    Obama’s adjusted numbers:

    Economy: 0

    Foreign Affairs: 0

    Better off today than 5 years ago: 0

    Overall approval rate: 52%

    (Connecting the dots is for squares)

  30. Wbboei, we join you in saying “hey” to Norma Desmond. Also, sorry about your furry friend JBStonesFan.

  31. Another question that seems to be gaining traction is “What the fuck was Obama doing in NYC, when he was allegedly attending Colunbia Univ.? If fear of retaliation is weakening, govt workers will leak and more and more people will ask “Who is Barack Obama”, probably the one question that he fears the most.
    ———————–
    Let us hope that it leads to a game of charades where every demimonde, every dowager, and every rum ridden debutramp is keen to solve this mystery. Is he real, is he the Scarlett Pimpernel, the Manchurian candidate, The Man Who Never Was, this spinly armed pretender to the throne? We need to know now. To have to hear it in installments would be unendurable.

  32. Sounds like the great state of Illinois will be paying Jessee Jackson III’s rent for the next four years. You might say it was a Bad Man’s Blunder, courtesy of the Kingston Trio. At the allocution JJIII was heard to say this whole thing has sure been a lesson to me . . .

  33. Barack is so fixated on what he told Hillary at the convention, i.e. I can make them believe ANYTHING I want them to believe, that he fails to realize that leading this nation requires moral authority and his is melting faster than a cube of ice in the Arizona sun. If the analysis of him by the world’s premier authority on narcissism is correct, then the ossified child Obama will soon take center stage, and he will enter the act out stage of his pathology. Unless his handler can keep that cadaver locked up in the closet. You will know that is happening when you cease seeing is mug on the front page of the newspaper every day.

  34. SHV

    June 8, 2013 at 12:27 am

    Another question that seems to be gaining traction is “What the fuck was Obama doing in NYC, when he was allegedly attending Colunbia Univ.? If fear of retaliation is weakening, govt workers will leak and more and more people will ask “Who is Barack Obama”, probably the one question that he fears the most.

  35. Obama’s Harvard Years: Saudi Funded

    By Kenneth R. Timmerman
    http://www.newsmax.com/timmerman/
    obama_harvard_/2008/09/23/133199.html
    September 23, 2008

    How exactly did Barack Obama pay for his Harvard Law School education?

    The way the Obama campaign has answered the question was simply hard work and student loans.

    But new questions have been raised about Obama’s student loans and Obama’s ties to a radical Muslim activist who reportedly was raising money for Obama’s Harvard studies during the years 1988 to 1991.

    The allegations first surfaced in late March, when former Manhattan Borough president Percy Sutton told a New York cable channel that a former business partner who was “raising money” for Obama had approached him in 1988 to help Obama get into Harvard Law School.

    In the interview, Sutton says he first heard of Obama about twenty years ago from Khalid Al-Mansour, a Black Muslim and Black Nationalist who was a “mentor” to the founders of the Black Panther party at the time the party was founded in the early 1960s.

    Sutton described al-Mansour as advisor to “one of the world’s richest men,” Saudi prince Alwaleed bin Talal.

    Prince Alwaleed catapulted to fame in the United States after the September 11 attacks, when New York mayor Rudy Guiliani refused his $10 million check to help rebuild Manhattan, because the Saudi prince hinted publicly that America’s pro-Israel policies were to blame for the attacks.

    Sutton knew Al-Mansour well, since the two men had been business partners and served on several corporate boards together.

    As Sutton remembered, Al-Mansour was raising money for Obama’s education and seeking recommendations for him to attend Harvard Law School.

    “I was introduced to (Obama) by a friend who was raising money for him,” Sutton told NY1 city hall reporter Dominic Carter. “The friend’s name is Dr. Khalid al-Mansour, from Texas.”

    Obama spokesman Ben LaBolt told Newsmax that Sutton’s account was “bogus” and a “fabrication that has been retracted” by a spokesman for the Sutton family.

    He referred Newsmax to a pro-Obama blog published on Politico.com by reporter Ben Smith.

  36. Dr. Khalid Abdullah Tariq al-Mansour, described as “an internationally acknowledged adviser to heads of state and business leaders in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and North America.”

    Apparently, al-Mansour serves on the Board of, among others, Saudi African Bank and was responsible for the Africa investment activities of Kingdom Holdings, Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal’s investment company.

    Two other details argue for this al-Mansour’s involvement in Obama’s academic and literary careers. He has been a guest lecturer at Harvard University and has authored 24 books.

    In short, al-Mansour fits the profile of the political godfather. When I was speculating whose “purposeful intervention” had steered Obama’s career through its rough spots, I could not have imagined a more likely candidate.

    Caution is warranted here. This story is still developing, not in the major media of course, but in the blogosphere, where just about all serious reporting now takes place.

    Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2008/08/73649/#9wVkgwvFVIl0r0Uh.99

  37. Gamers have been one of the groups most foolish in living in their virtual Obama-love-land. Idiots:

    http://dailycaller.com/2013/06/07/new-xbox-by-nsa-partner-microsoft-will-watch-you-247/#ixzz2VYZSDzox

    Possible privacy violations by Microsoft’s upcoming Xbox One have come under new scrutiny since it was revealed Thursday that the tech giant was a crucial partner in an expansive Internet surveillance program conducted by the National Security Agency and involving Silicon Valley’s biggest players.

    One of the console’s key features is the full integration of the Kinect, a motion sensing camera that allows users to play games, scroll through menus, and generally operate the Xbox just using hand gestures. Microsoft has touted the camera as the hallmark of a new era of interactivity in gaming.

    What Microsoft has not promoted, however, is the fact that you will not be able to power on the console without first enabling the Kinect, designed to detect both heartbeats and eye movement. and positioning yourself in front of it.

    Disturbingly, a recently published Microsoft patent reveals the Kinect has the capability to determine exactly when users are viewing ads broadcast by the Xbox through its eye movement tracking. Consistent ad viewers would be granted rewards, according to the patent.

    Perhaps the feature most worryisome to privacy advocates is the requirement that the Xbox connect to the Internet at least once every 24 hours. Many critics have asserted that Microsoft will follow the lead of other Silicon Valley companies and use their console to gather data about its users, particularly through the Kinect, and collect it through the online connection users can’t avoid.

    Microsoft has promised that customers will be able to “pause” the camera’s function, but have put off questions on the precise specifics of their privacy policies.

  38. British MOD has issued a D-Notice on reporting of Prism, i wonder who told them to do that….

    http://www.andmagazine.com/content/phoenix/13003.html

    A D-notice means the UK press can not report or discuss in anyway PRISM….

    D-Notice, June 7, 2013

    Private and Confidential: Not for publication, broadcast or use on social media.

    Defence Advisory Notice

    There have been a number of articles recently in connection with some of the ways in which the UK Intelligence Services obtain information from foreign sources.

    Although none of these recent articles has contravened any of the guidelines contained within the Defence Advisory Notice System, the intelligence services are concerned that further developments of this same theme may begin to jeopardize both national security and possibly UK personnel…

    Circling the wagons…someone wants this leak stopped immediately.

  39. I’ve heard people wonder why the latest scandals are all being broken by the British media. Well, maybe they know something about him.

    Just saying.
    *****

    British records show Obama was born in Kenya in 1961

    Records at the British National Archives (BNA) show that Barack Obama Sr. had a son born in Kenya in 1961 which is the same year in which the current U.S. president was born. BNA is an executive agency of the government of the United Kingdom and is an official archive containing 1,000 years of records and documents.

    http://www.examiner.com/article/british-records-show-obama-was-born-kenya

  40. ISAF: Three American soldiers killed in apparent insider attack in eastern Afghanistan

    So much for training those Afghans……

  41. Dr. Khalid Abdullah Tariq al-Mansour, described as “an internationally acknowledged adviser to heads of state and business leaders in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and North America.”

    Apparently, al-Mansour serves on the Board of, among others, Saudi African Bank and was responsible for the Africa investment activities of Kingdom Holdings, Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal’s investment company.

    Two other details argue for this al-Mansour’s involvement in Obama’s academic and literary careers. He has been a guest lecturer at Harvard University and has authored 24 books.

    In short, al-Mansour fits the profile of the political godfather. When I was speculating whose “purposeful intervention” had steered Obama’s career through its rough spots, I could not have imagined a more likely candidate.
    ———————–
    Will the ignoranti ever put 2+2 together and understand why Obama bows to his wait to the Saudi King? Why he is so devoted to pushing Islam in this country and around the world? Why he is determined to be a world figure not just the apple of the eve of every swinging dick in big media. Or is it too great of a quantum leap for their widdil heads to deal with? And then there is that quip by Root about his class reunion, the failure of Obama to show up, no one in his graduating class ever remembering him, yet 90% of that best and brightest brigade were mad about the boy, voted for this pig in a poke twice and told themselves that by this magnanmous act their were clearing their conscience of the stain of racism. There is one word for these doctors, lawyer, bankers and other scions of the upper crust: rubes. No actually two words: fucking rubes. These best and the brightest. Mention the word Republican and they krinkle their widdle noses. Question the bona fides of Obama, and you will be politely asked to leave. Mention his twice in any disparaging way and they will be sending for the butler, whom on his days off works as a bouncer. That is the way it is in my town. Will it change? Not while the heads of Costco, Microsoft, Nordstroms and others persist in their delusion. The most annoying part is that because of their money they dabble in things they do not understand, like politics.

  42. Seriously would anyone else get this sort of deal from prosecutors…..

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-jesse-jackson-sentence-20130607,0,6826223.story

    Federal prosecutors urged today that former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. be sent to prison for four years and his wife, Sandi Jackson, be incarcerated for 18 months.

    In making the recommendation, prosecutors suggested the prison terms could be structured so that the Jacksons, who have two children ages 9 and 13, are not behind bars at the same time.

    Prosecutors asked that Sandi Jackson be imprisoned first. If she is given an 18-month sentence and gets credit for satisfactory behavior while behind bars, they said, “she will be back with her children, on home confinement, a little more than a year after the date of her surrender.”

    Jackson Jr. would serve his sentence next, under their scenario.

    Prosecutors announced their view of the appropriate punishment in a memorandum that was sent to the judge who will sentence the Jacksons. The sentencing will take place on July 3, not July 1, according to a change announced by the court today.

    The government also recommended that Jackson Jr. pay $750,000 in restitution to his campaign, that he pay an additional $750,000 forfeiture and that he be placed on supervised release for three years after leaving prison.

    [Snip]

    Jackson Jr., 48, pleaded guilty to a spending binge that involved pilfering about $750,000 from his campaign treasury and using the money for a Rolex watch, furs, vacations, celebrity memorabilia and other items.

    Sandi Jackson, 49, pleaded guilty in a related case for failing to report about $600,000 of income on tax returns.

    ………………..

    Since when did sentencing accommodate the lifestyles of the family…..send the kids to the grandparents and jail them both immediately.

  43. I love iowahawk blog…

    Maybe PRISM wouldn’t be necessary if the government blocked shitbags like the Tsarnaevs from entering in the first place?

    Government has a secret citizen surveillance program because government refuses to deny student visas to Yemenis.

    Govt has to scrape all your phone calls and emails because govt forgot to enforce immigration law on 20 expired visas in 2001.

    Govt has to give your grandma a full-body xray & prison patdown because govt doesn’t want to deny Chechen “refugees” welfare benefits.

  44. In this town, and in most major cities across the north, it has been the secret handshake of the elites to be blindly and passionately pro-Obama. In some ways they see themselves in him–the Harvard part plus the eloquence and the glamour, plus their pretense of moral superiority for helping the nation overcome its racist pass without them having to lift another finger. The glamourizing of MO has been part of this charade. And since the stock market has risen during his tenure thanks to an unprecedented round of printing, their portfolios has prospered. In short, they are untouched by the consequences of his actions, so they can persist in their pink haze of illusion, never questioning whether parts of it or all of it have any relationship to reality.

    I was reading the biography of Coco Chanel. It described her romantic interludes with Nazi figures at her suite at The Ritz during the German occupation. When France was liberated, the suspected collaborators were rounded up by vigilantes and subjected to drumshead justice. Many of those people were innocent, or the victim of circumstances, but the beast made no such distinctions. An estimated 40,000 of these people were executed by the mob. But Coco who had more to answer for than most of them was spared from the hand of fate and went on to promote her product. Churchill and other you see, intervened on her behalf. This is part of what Thomas Crown was deploring in this essay on the rich trial lawyer whom Pelosi tricked the system for vs. the dying child whom she would not. And it is not just luberack or Madame DeFarge HHS. It is the whole problem of the elites vs. the rest of us.

  45. Since when did sentencing accommodate the lifestyles of the family…..send the kids to the grandparents and jail them both immediately.
    ————————–
    Surely you are not questioning the premise of affirmative action?

    The proposition makes sense, but if it is applied to him, then it should be incorporated into the sentencing guidelines. I understand the state was spared a trial, and the risk of acquittal. I suspect that offer came from Jackson’s lawyer, and the prosecutors accepted it. Am I sure of this? No. Why? Because I know how politics works in Cook County and Illinois. It is a hotbed of corruption.

  46. One of the questions somebody should be asking is whether the forces of systemic corruption which immigrated to Washington along with Obama–the 52nd ward that Kass described in one of his essays has sunk deep enough roots into the beltway soil to survive a change in administrations. If so, then the only way to uproot these poisonous weeds is through a change of parties, which replaces the old crooks with new ones. And what a cheerful thought that is.

  47. The proposition makes sense, but if it is applied to him, then it should be incorporated into the sentencing guidelines. I understand the state was spared a trial, and the risk of acquittal. I suspect that offer came from Jackson’s lawyer, and the prosecutors accepted it. Am I sure of this? No. Why? Because I know how politics works in Cook County and Illinois. It is a hotbed of corruption.
    ———————-
    Upon reflection, I think this was a mistake. The prosecutors underestimated their leverage. If the rationale for this was to avoid a trial, then the plain fact of the matter is Jackson had more to fear from a trial than the prosecutor did. Factually, this was a slam dunk case. Hence the prosecutor would have won. But Jackson would have been screwed. Why? Because in that case, every detail of JJIII’s corruption would have been plastered across the front page of the Chicago newspapers every day, thus foreclosing any hope he might have to re-enter the political picture at some future time. This way, he can learn a trade–license plate making, and can run for mayor after he has paid his debt to society.

  48. Maybe PRISM wouldn’t be necessary if the government blocked shitbags like the Tsarnaevs from entering in the first place?
    —————————-
    What this suggests is that there was more than one purpose for PRISM. The putative purpose is to catch terrorists. The secondary purpose was and is to control the American People, ad Congressman Dingel so aptly put it in the case of Obamacare. When it comes to control, why stop with just the body, when you can also control the mind. And even if that were not the case, the IRS case suggest that where the capacity to do bad things exists, at some point the will to do so will follow. With the expansion of technology on every front we face that question frequently now, like in human cloning, and the ethicists are flummoxed.

  49. ooooooh

    NSA Whistleblower: Obama Took Down General Petraeus with Surveillance Program

    http://www.breitbart.com/Breitbart-TV/2013/06/07/NSA-Whistle-blower-Obama-Took-Down-General-Petraeus-With-Surveillance-Program

    William Binney, whistleblower and former NSA crypto-mathematician who served in the agency for decades, said the David Petraeus sex scandal was most likely exposed using illegal surveillance of his email.

    ………………………….

    I think we can guess where Obama is getting all his blackmail material from then.

  50. Obama graduated from Columbia in 1983. But nobody in that class remembers him. Racist right wing tea party non-intellectual conspiracy nuts have suggested that this does not add up. But the truth is simple and straightforward. He was enrolled in a home study program.

  51. The WSWS analysis of the latest “Jobs Report” that the MSM reported as good economic news.

    (snip)
    The US has recovered only six million out of the 8.5 million jobs lost during the recession. However since the beginning of the economic “recovery” in 2010, the working age population has increased by six million, meaning that the gain in jobs relative to population growth has been essentially zero.

    The share of the US population that is employed remained at 58.6 percent in May, largely unchanged from what it has been since 2009 and down from 62.7 percent in December 2007.”
    (snip)

    Obama is truly finished if/when NPR, MSNBC, etc. start reporting the truth about the US/World economy.

  52. Reichsminister Schutz is the head of Google. I remember this guy from the campaign. He pretended to be a Hillary supporter, but was secretly conspiring with Obama. That came out later of course. You may remember his glowing endorsement of Hillary that Women of Google ceremony. Now we see him playing a big role in constructing big brother, and a permanent Obama campaign organization. Greenwald blames the right wing for this overreach. But Silicon Valley assholes like Schultz are lefties through and through. So I would say the honors here are about equal.

  53. Obama is truly finished if/when NPR, MSNBC, etc. start reporting the truth about the US/World economy.
    ——————————
    Can they afford to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth about Obama, including the pivotal role they played in nominating and electing him?

    Does a cat bark?

  54. Thank you Admin for another great article. It took a lot of Obama screw-ups and outright violations in order for media to begin to open at least, one eye. With both eyes blinded and swollen shut from the silver cloud of Obama pixie dust, swirling about their heads since 2008, it was a monumental task. It will be interesting to see how his staunchest, least stable defenders react. I’m guessing Tingles’ head will explode, and that Soledad has already taken to her bed, mortified at the “racism”. Some are already beginning to try to recover a bit of lost credibility. Ben Smith can forget it. He and the rest of the journolisters should make like Elvis, and leave the building.

    Admin, I applaud your call for patriotic Indys, Pubs, and Dems to come together, to defend the constitution, and begin to undo the damage done by this president, who clearly feels antipathy for this country. This is imperative. It is the perfect call to action, and the best hope we have of recovering from the reign of Barack, which as we know, is a long way from being over. No doubts, there are other dark secrets, cover-ups, and scandals that soon will emerge. My concern is that with his administration finally receiving some overdue criticism, Barack will choose not to scale back his efforts and reign in his cronies. He may decide his best course is to ratchet up his efforts, and reek as much havoc as he can, in the time he has left. This country may not have seen the worst of Obama, as yet.

    Thankfully, some people, most of them Hillary supporters, like Admin and the people who comment here, along with a few other Hillary blogs, saw the light of day early on. Some of us Dems and former Dems chose to see the truth about the Democratic Party, and refused to fall in line, while others submitted to the will of the DNC and Barack. Those who chose not to see the plain, clear truth, should question their own judgement, and go into self-imposed exile in their homes, or another place of their choosing, resolving not to emerge until they have sufficiently educated themselves. They might want to start by reading every article posted on this blog. The progressive Dems who actively supported Obama’s efforts to “transform America” might want to think about moving to Europe. They will find things more to their liking there. Or, they might want to select a nice piece of property in Kenya on which to make their homes.

    One of the most obvious lessons from the whole Barack experience, is that moderation is the only way to go. We cannot survive and progress by following the right wing no government – except in your bedrooms and your wombs – philosophy. Nor can we survive by embracing the left wing progressive path. Our best hope as Americans, is to demand that those who govern follow the moderate path, respect the constitution, and place country before party. We should also boycott the biased media, both on the left and the right. Both sides – the left wing media in their blind adoration of Barack, and the right wing harpies, with their faux outrage and E over I (to use Admin’s term), which repels thinking people – are guilty of facilitating Barack’s Gangstaocracy.

  55. This is breaking news and should go viral immediately!!

    The National Report was raided by DOJ within a couple of hours after publishing an on-line report about Obama’s fraudulent BC

    Here is the link to the story by National Report (revealing Obama BC fraud):

    http://nationalreport.net/obamas-birth-certificate-created-in-adobe-illustrator-obama-guilty-of-committing-the-biggest-crime-in-american-presidential-history/

    Here is the subsequent report re. DOJ raid:

    http://nationalreport.net/doj-fbi-raid-news-media-offices-after-releasing-an-alarming-story-on-president-obama/

  56. good show this morning – Cavuto on Business…the in house panel, Charles Payne, Charlie Gasparino, Ben Stein, can’t recall the woman’s name and Julian Epstein on remote…

    Neil and in house panel are all talking about what we here were discussing last night…and their word was “dismiss”…how the O MSM just “dismisses” all these serous privacy issues, IRS, etc…and then Neil went to Julian for comment…

    funny, I used to love Julian back in the day…but he was doing EXACTLY what we have all been discussing here … just deflecting and rationalizing away…

    got to say…he was representing the so called progressives…and it was embarrassing, disgusting, reprehensible…pure baloney…

    Neil freaked out…he was having nothing of the evasive BS Julian was speaking…

    it was a great clip that clearly showed that the so called progressives will do anything to protect O…regardless if it severely goes against what so called progressives are supposed to stand for…

    and one cannot help but wonder what Julian would be saying if instead of O as president, it had been Bush or anyone else who was doing what O admin is doing…it is so OBVIOUS…

    they have no freaking vision…they will give away all our freedom for the sake of protecting O…it doesn’t matter who gets elected next and what power they are now relinquishing without a whimper…they have lost all perspective on principles…

    the progressive party that exists today is full of totatilitarians

    I looked up the meaning of totalitarinism to make sure I wasn’t exagerating…here it is…

    Totalitarianism (or totalitarian rule) (Wikipedia) is a political system in which the state holds total authority over the society and seeks to control all aspects of public and private life whenever necessary.[1]

    Definition of TOTALITARIANISM (Webster)
    1
    : centralized control by an autocratic authority
    2
    : the political concept that the citizen should be totally subject to an absolute state authority

    …this is where the democrats and progressives are leading us…when I have to listen to Ari Fleicher and Karen Finney agree with Bush doctrines and give a green light for O to completely expand and do whatever the hell he wants and in the meantime go prosecute any whistleblowers who might want to clue in the American people to what is happening to them…and all in secrecy…

    …then we are in trouble…i feel really sorry for the very young growing up in this kind of USA…and the democrats are complicit

    again, Glenn Greenwald said it best…saw him last night on Anderson Cooper and debating Ari Fleicher…Glenn cuts thru the spin so beautifully…essentially he is saying…the govt can still protect the country…can still spy on suspects…that does not give them carte blanche to spy on everyone all the time…the dragnet, so to speak…it is a ruse…canard…

  57. “What is this…a fucking police state, its getting to be in all but name.”
    ******
    What is going on now may be our last chance to change course. A government’s desire to “know” has always been a part of society but the means to know everything has only been technically possible for about 20 years. Perhaps the culmination of the “old” was the Stazi and the warehouses of paper files documenting the mundane lives of East German citizens, compared to the massive electronic complexes of our ‘Stazi”, the NSA. The current NSA programs have been on going for a long time but it’s during Bush/Obama that the true nature of what is possible has been revealed.

    If there is a turning point in public opinion, I think that the spark was the Obama thugs over-reach with the IRS. That has tuned opinion of “conservatives” who were willing to sacrifice personal freedom for a false sense of security; the lefts rationalizations for the Obama Police state is ephemeral. A side effect of this mess is to give a sense of reality to the assertion by “paranoid kooks” that the 2nd amendment is the final check on a govt that is out of control.

  58. The inventor of the World Wide Web said the internet is facing a “major” threat from “people who want to control it on the sly” through “worrying laws” such as SOPA, the US anti-piracy act, and through the actions of internet giants.

    “If you can control [the internet], if you can start tweaking what people say, or intercepting communications, it’s very, very powerful…it’s the sort of power that if you give it to a corrupt government, you give them the ability to stay in power forever.”

    Sir Tim was speaking as it emerged that the US government has been collecting huge amounts of personal information from Google, Facebook, Apple and other internet companies.

    There have also been reports that British spies have been gathering intelligence from the internet giants “through a covertly run operation set up by America’s top spy agency”

    “Unwarranted government surveillance is an intrusion on basic human rights that threatens the very foundations of a democratic society,” Sir Tim said. “I call on all web users to demand better legal protection and due process safeguards for the privacy of their online communications, including their right to be informed when someone requests or stores their data.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/internet/10107784/Web-inventor-Berners-Lee-warns-forces-are-trying-to-take-control.html

  59. http://www.businessinsider.com/glenn-greenwald-nsa-phone-spying-prism-piers-morgan-cnn-2013-6?op=1

    well worth taking a look at the Greenwald clip

    Greenwald jump-started Thursday’s discussion over civil liberties and government surveillance with a report late Wednesday night that detailed the NSA’s collection of data from millions of Americans’ phone records.

    “It’s well past time that we have a debate about whether that’s the kind of country and world in which we want to live,” Greenwald said on CNN. “We haven’t had that debate because it’s all done in secrecy and the Obama administration has been very aggressive about bullying and threatening anybody who thinks about exposing it or writing about it or even doing journalism about it. It’s well past time that that come to an end.”

    this is world wide…all in secrecy…and no accountability…

    be well and be safe Glenn

  60. I was just thinking that perhaps the ultimate political irony is that the successors to Paul Wellstone and perhaps Russ Feingold are Ted Cruz and Rand Paul.

  61. The Dam is breaking……notice these are leaking to the british press and not the US press because whoever is dropping knows Holder would crucify them.

    Obama orders US to draw up overseas target list for cyber-attacks

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/07/obama-china-targets-cyber-overseas

    Obama orders US to draw up overseas target list for cyber-attacks

    Exclusive: Top-secret directive steps up offensive cyber capabilities to ‘advance US objectives around the world’

  62. I strongly suspect Obama has finally pissed off the wrong people and its payback is a bitch time. These leaks are being dripped by a thousand cuts.

  63. “it’s the sort of power that if you give it to a corrupt government, you give them the ability to stay in power forever.”……”There have also been reports that British spies have been gathering intelligence from the internet giants “through a covertly run operation set up by America’s top spy agency”
    *******
    “Boom! D-notice On Prism”

    “D-Notice: A government “request” (unlawful order) to the media to not report specific pieces of information. Private and Confidential: Not for publication, broadcast or use on social media. Defence Advisory Notice There have been a number of articles recently in connection with some of the ways in which the UK Intelligence Services obtain information from foreign sources.”

    http://beforeitsnews.com/eu/2013/06/boom-d-notice-on-prism-2524166.html

    At least in the UK, prior restraint on the media is “above board”; in the US, it’s Obama/Holder using intimidation, fear, punishment, the IRS and the Espionage Act, etc.

  64. …can’t make this stuff up…

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2337824/Horrible-timing-National-Security-Agency-lists-Digital-Network-Exploitation-Analyst-internship-opening-controversy-swirls-digital-snooping-scandal.html

    It’s either a cruel joke or the world’s worst timing: An internship listing for a ‘Digital Network Exploitation Analyst’ appeared Thursday on the National Security Agency’s job-opening Twitter feed, just as the cyber spy directorate was caught up in an international scandal involving snooping on millions of telephone, email and social networking accounts.

    The program, based at the NSA’s Fort Meade, Maryland headquarters, promises to hire successful applicants ‘who can perform discovery and target technology analysis of digital network and mobile communications.’

    ‘The three-year intern program combines training (SIGINT Discovery/Analysis), operational assignments (in the SIGINT Directorate) and a technical report to enhance the skills of an individual. There is a one year commitment to the SIGINT Directorate upon graduation from the Development Program.’

    SCROLL DOWN FOR VIDEO

    snip

    ‘They should probably outsource this internship to the Chinese,’ Miniter quipped. ‘I hear they’ve got special expertise in cracking into computers and reading other people’s mail.’

    The NSA was exposed on Thursday in a British news report for working with Verizon Wireless, the largest U.S. mobile phone company, which has been providing day-to-day data dumps of its customers’ phone records.

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    and such irony that O is now talking to the Chinese Prez about cybersecurity

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323844804578530870019687216.html

    Cybersecurity in Focus as Obama Meets Chinese Leader

    snip

    There are differences between China’s reported cyberattacks against U.S. interests and the Obama administration’s court-approved domestic surveillance program. But both illustrate the technological and, in some cases, legal powers that governments have to access information covertly from individuals, companies and other governments.

  65. admin
    June 8, 2013 at 4:54 am
    Gamers have been one of the groups most foolish in living in their virtual Obama-love-land. Idiots

    ———–
    Yes Admin, and also many savvy PC users (more so than Mac users) have sites they visit for movies, tv shows, music and games that the Feds could gather info for the RIAA and other suits.

    Many blue tooth (I don’t use it so I am not that up on it) their cell phones, computers and tv together, so ain’t it cool that they can be caught on everything at the same time if technology is that invasive with PRISM?

    No one in the general public knows the tech threat better than these folks and they voted for the man that may end up sending some of them to court or beyond.

    FISA was their warning, and they still believed their little Barry would never hurt them.

    Dumbshits.

  66. wbboei
    June 8, 2013 at 10:42 am
    Obama graduated from Columbia in 1983. But nobody in that class remembers him. Racist right wing tea party non-intellectual conspiracy nuts have suggested that this does not add up. But the truth is simple and straightforward. He was enrolled in a home study program.

    ———
    I think it’s worse than that Wbb. Just like Barry was not a professor at Harvard, only a ‘lecturer’, which is a Ph.D. student that teaches at least ONE class FOR another Professor. The Professor is the faculty of record. Barry would have only gotten a reduction of student fees or some units for the class.
    My guess is that he was being groomed for the job he has now, and his backers were part of the faculty at Harvard that ‘pushed him though’ with almost no concern for his living up to any student academic standards. Why else are his college records sealed and scrubbed off the internt?

  67. Hot seat ramping up……

    Guardian: PRISM “collection directly from the servers”

    http://hotair.com/archives/2013/06/08/guardian-prism-collection-directly-from-the-servers/

    Well, golly, this might be just a tad inconvenient for the establishment spin on PRISM, if true. After the Washington Post and then the Guardian exposed the NSA’s Internet snooping program, a few of the named Internet companies denied giving the NSA any access to their servers. Instead, they told the New York Times that they provided blocks of information pursuant to FISA court orders and placed them in virtual dropboxes for the agency to access. That would, as Red Alert Politics notes, make the program legal and narrower than originally thought, although still a worrisome development for privacy.

    However, now the Guardian says that this is just spin, because new slides from the internal PRISM presentation claim to have direct access to the servers after all. Oh, and PRISM and BLARNEY weren’t the only NSA programs involved, either:

    Some articles have claimed that Prism is not a tool used for the collection of information from US companies, but is instead an internal tool used to analyse such information.

    Others have speculated – in the light of denials from technology companies about granting “direct access” to servers – that Prism operates through interception of communication cables.

    Both of these theories appear to be contradicted by internal NSA documents.

    In the interests of aiding the debate over how Prism works, the Guardian is publishing an additional slide from the 41-slide presentation which details Prism and its operation. We have redacted some program names.

    The slide, below, details different methods of data collection under the FISA Amendment Act of 2008 (which was renewed in December 2012). It clearly distinguishes Prism, which involves data collection from servers, as distinct from four different programs involving data collection from “fiber cables and infrastructure as data flows past”.

    …………………………..

    This is intolerable

  68. And if Barry graduated with a Ph.D. in law, why did he end up just being a flunky ‘community organizer’?

    He went to work for a law firm that had MO assigned as his mentor and later his ‘beard’?

  69. Also, was Bill Ayers a professor at Harvard when Barry was there??? Maybe Ayers was the faculty of record in teaching his class???

  70. Most likely got a P.hd in law and has no idea about the law, in other words, handed to him. Thats why he’s never held a job down and moved on quick before he gets rumbled.

  71. Update: In California today the Peking Duck is meeting with the Lame Duck on of all things “cyber-security”. Maybe China will fight for our freedoms? But forget the ducks. We want to know what came first in this chicken or the egg story:

    “The President has put in place an organization with the kind of database that no one has ever seen before in life,” Representative Maxine Waters told Roland Martin on Monday. “That’s going to be very, very powerful,” Waters said. “That database will have information about everything on every individual on ways that it’s never been done before and whoever runs for President on the Democratic ticket has to deal with that. They’re going to go down with that database and the concerns of those people because they can’t get around it. And he’s [President Obama] been very smart. It’s very powerful what he’s leaving in place.”

    Did the NSA in any way help Obama CREEP in 2012? What did Google know and when did Google know it? The denials from internet companies and the Obama government are increasingly revealed as lies if we are to believe the latest report from Britain’s The Guardian: PRISM “collection directly from the servers”. What did Obama and his allies at Google know and when did he and they know it? Inquiring minds want to know.

    National security matters but terrorist attacks in this country have been thwarted by regular citizens like those former Vietnam War guys in Times Square who alerted the police (which mostly stood by oblivious to the threat while collecting their pay). Ditto the Boston Bombing and the Muslim Tsarnaev Killers – PRISM did not help catch the killers.

    This NSA scandal is like the national gun registry we continue to hear derided as a “conspiracy theory”. In this case however we are all in the registry for crimes to be determined in the future.

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  72. ” a few of the named Internet companies denied giving the NSA any access to their servers.”
    ********
    They are lying but can you blame them? With the evolving picture of what is going on, is there any question of the amount of legal trouble that the Bush/Obama could drop on the CEOs and their companies? On the other hand, I doubt that their motives for lying are purely fear; they have been major donors and supporters of the Chicago Jesus and in return have benefited with huge financial returns from the govt.

  73. Shadowfax, we did not think about the illegal downloading when we referenced gamers (a.k.a. idiots who think they are bright but they can’t be bright if they believe Obama and voted for him).

    But you are right. The government could now check to see who broke the law and arrest them all or make them pay billions to the Hollywood dream factory which gives money to Obama. Potentially, when you include porn sites and everything else that the government can concoct, everyone is a criminal and can be legally charged with a crime. The evidence is in PRISM waiting to be fished out.

  74. http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/350505/no-copbad-cop-mark-steyn

    How did all these Tsarnaevs-in-waiting wind up living in the United States? They were let in by the government, and many of them were let in in the years since 9/11, when we were supposedly on permanent “orange alert.” The same bureaucracy that takes the terror threat so seriously that it needs the phone and Internet records of hundreds of millions of law-abiding persons would never dream of doing a little more pre-screening in its immigration system — by, say, according a graduate of a Yemeni madrassah a little more scrutiny than a Slovene or Fijian. The president has unilaterally suspended the immigration laws of the United States, and his attorney general prosecutes those states such as Arizona who remain quaintly attached to them. The ID three of the 9/11 hijackers acquired in the 7-Eleven parking lot in Falls Church, Virginia and used to board the plane that day is part of a vast ongoing subversion of American sovereignty with which many states and so-called “sanctuary cities” actively collude.

    As for Major Hasan, who needs surveillance? He put “Soldier of Allah” on his business card and gave a PowerPoint presentation to his military colleagues on what he’d like to do to infidels — and nobody said a word, lest they got tied up in sensitivity-training hell for six months.

    Jack will forgive me when I say this is less good cop/bad cop than no cop/bad cop. Because the formal, visible state has been neutered by political correctness, the dark, furtive shadow state has to expand massively to make, in secret, the judgment calls that can no longer be made in public.

  75. http://blogs.reuters.com/jackshafer/2013/06/08/the-spy-who-came-in-for-your-soul/

    snip

    Friday afternoon, Greenwald and MacAskill dropped another bombshell about Obama’s cyberattack plans in the Guardian. These aren’t leaks. This is a flood.

    Bank records, credit history, travel records, credit card records, EZPass data, GPS phone data, license-plate reader databases, Social Security and Internal Revenue Service records, facial-recognition databases at the Department of Motor Vehicles and elsewhere, even 7-Eleven surveillance videos comprise information lodes that are of equal or greater value to the national security establishment than phone and Web files. It doesn’t sound paranoid to conclude that the government has reused, or will reuse, the interpretation of the Patriot Act it presented to the secret FISA court in its phone record and Prism data requests to grab these other data troves.

    Lest I sound like a Fourth Amendment hysteric, I understand there’s nothing automatically sacrosanct about any of the digital trails we leave behind. Lawful subpoenas can liberate all sorts records about you, electronic or otherwise.

    What’s breathtaking about these two government surveillance programs that the Guardian and the Washington Post have revealed is that they’re vast collections of data about hundreds of millions of people suspected of no wrongdoing and not part of any civil action. Defending the phone-record cull, National Intelligence Director James R. Clapper explained this week that smaller sets of information aren’t very useful in screening for and identifying “terrorism-related communications,” hence all must collected.

    Besides, as the government and its supporters insist, phone-record metadata does not include the names of individuals or organizations connected to the phone numbers (and government eavesdropping isn’t part of the operation).

    I won’t belabor the point made better in scores of venues this week about how massive phone-record sets can be manipulated to produce revelatory information about individuals. Not even a saint could resist the siren call to combine data sets and use them in impermissible ways for “the good of the people.”

    Even before governments start to combine data, it knows too much about you. Once it gets started, it can know practically everything worth knowing. A former NSA employee captured the grand scheme succinctly last year when he told Wired magazine, “We are, like, that far from a turnkey totalitarian state.”

  76. Yup Admin, and I am sure there are coders that are working their fingers to the bone to but up road blocks from the feds, more so than they already have.

    People could also be blackmailed to avoid prosecution from the wrath of the Feds.

    The war has begun.

  77. admin
    June 8, 2013 at 2:53 pm
    The video:

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    Admin, could you please make the video not run to other stories and keep going?

  78. admin
    June 8, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    ******************************************************************

    excellent, excellent comment…and great tie in…this is getting at the crux of the matter…this is where the WH and spying meets the proverbial rubber meets the road…

    and then connect that with all the statements O made during the primaries about “Who are these people?” “these people need to be investigated” “these people and foreign money” and then link to all the statements made by democratic senators to literally go after ‘tea party’…Levin, Al Franken…and threats to create legislation against political opposition…and the ‘T’ word takes on more prominance…

    it is all interwoven…

  79. I’m out of the loop these days on decent Hacker sites to find out what the ‘boyz’ are doing with this recent news, and ran across this, just by googling…

    Ask HN: Is there a news startup for collating sources?

    With the Prism story there was a hugely complexity of sources. Different news services had obtained information from both government insiders and the companies. There were also lots of direct primary source like companies or employees putting out statements.
    Because of the complexity and the fact the sources were all over the place it made it close to impossible for anyone to stay on-top of the story fully.

    It seems like in the future this will happen more often (for example stories breaking with live reporting on twitter) so we need a better way to track primary sources.

    Is there a startup working on this ?

  80. And if Barry graduated with a Ph.D. in law, why did he end up just being a flunky ‘community organizer’?
    ****
    Hopefully with enough blood in the water, there will be sharks who will try and find out who is Barack Obama. After “graduating” from Columbia in 1983, Barry was working in NYC for two years, then went to Chicago for for a few years as community organizer, etc. Admitted to Harvard Law in 1988. After graduation went back Chicago and went to work with Allison Davis doing “community law” ie crooked real estate deals; I think it was around this time that he met Valerie, etc.

    He was a lecturer at Chicago Law School teaching a couple of BS law courses. A lecturer at Chicago is an adjunct position; he was later given the title of Senior Lecturer, which is considered a faculty position and by a “stretch” a Professor.

    When Obama met Ayers and Ayers jump started Barry’s political career, Ayers was a Full Professor at the Univ. Chicago College of Education.

    His whole persona and career is based on smoke and mirrors but once the threats and fear are not longer effective, the real picture shouldn’t be too difficult to put together. I suspect that there are a lot of people who would like to talk.

  81. SHV

    Thanks for the rundown. I guess different schools have different titles for teaching and criteria.

  82. “SHV

    Thanks for the rundown.”
    *****
    The “Gold Medal” in journalism, greater than “Wood/stein’s” Watergate would be exposure of the people behind the Fraud. One think that has become clear over the past five years is that Barack Obama is no political genius and he is too lazy and stupid to have been the force behind his career. I think Barry, on his own, was responsible for his humiliating defeat against Bobby Rush. After that, he had smart people running his campaigns who would use every legal and illegal method to win. And the rest is history. (How a sociopath with a huge ego dealt with that first political beating and then having his career handled by others, would be interesting to know)

  83. http://abcnews.go.com/m/story?id=19350973

    imagined apology to GB from O

    snip

    And now for the purpose of this letter (I know you are rolling your eyes and saying, “just get to the point,” but you know me: I can be a little long-winded at times): I wanted to say I am sorry.

    I am sorry that, as a United States senator and presidential candidate, I was critical of you about so many things I now, myself, am doing.

    I am sorry about saying Guantanamo would be closed immediately and it was a blight on America. It is still wide open for business.

    I am sorry for criticizing you and your administration for intrusions on American’s privacy and invasions into personal liberties. My NSA took what you did and put it on steroids.

    I am sorry for criticizing the way you waged the war on terror. I have personally approved a number of drone strikes and actually have said it is OK to kill an American on foreign soil without due process. I know you are probably saying, “Aren’t you the expert on the Constitution?” but, as you know, being president is hard work.

    And, by the way, between you and me, I know your vice president was probably upset my administration got Osama Bin Laden (I get the sense he might have some anger issues and I sure wish he would have kept quiet like you have), but it was really thanks to you and my continuation of your national security policies.

    I am sorry for all my overheated rhetoric about your administration not being transparent and saying my administration would be the most transparent in history and most open to the media. Boy, was I off on that one, and certain reporters at the Associated Press and Fox News don’t seem to understand why we might put them under secret scrutiny.

    Well, George, that is probably all you have time for, and I hope you accept my apology. You can take heart that, even though I am a Democrat, I decided to keep going nearly all your vision and plans on national security and even take it to all-new levels.

    One day, I hope someone can follow a path as president that doesn’t constantly use the ends to justify the means, but that is going to take a leader strong enough to be more compassionate and follow the principles of your and my buddy JC. Can you believe his “love your enemies” line??? With our luck, it will probably be a woman who finally does that as president.

    Take care, and hope you will stay quiet until I leave office because Bill never stops talking.

    Sincerely, Barack Obama

    P.S. You will be happy to know The New York Times is now attacking me for all the same stuff I attacked you on. Crazy.

    The opinions expressed by Matthew Dowd are his alone and not those of ABC News.

  84. Hey, Baracko ain’t no Roger Moore, but I’m sure Tingles thinks Barry is the bestest.

    We do need a hero…who’s that knockin’?

    Trey! 😉

  85. Tyranny By Stealth

    The recent scandals on far reaching and intrusive data gathering are far more serious and pervasive than most Americans dream.

    The NSA and the FBI have been caught out mining internet providers for private data on millions of Americans, and coercing telecom giants like Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T to over data on every call, text, e-amail or other internet usage to them.

    The private data of millions of Americans was scanned and almost certainly digitally archived. …

    (Snip)

    …Meanwhile,Obama’s Department of Justice is fighting tooth and nail to keep secret an 86-page court opinion that determined that the government had violated federal surveillance laws and engaged in unconstitutional spying.

    What we are seeing is no less than progressive fascists resorting to type. It is tyranny by stealth.

    Take a few minutes and go to the above link. It may ring some bells.

    I’ll have more on this later.

    http://joshuapundit.blogspot.com/2013/06/tyranny-by-stealth.html

  86. Hello all! Great post admin! These are the days that I glibly tell all my obot family members and obot friends – I F—ING TOLD YOU SO!!!!! Right about now, I am a poor sport. Even though we are all going down in flames with this neophyte at the helm, I can and do tell them LOUDLY that their irresponsible love for making a statement has doomed us all. My votes for McCain and Romney were not wasted.

    Sorry. Had to get that out.

    I haven’t read all the posts yet so this might have been posted earlier. If not, PLEASE take an hour or two out of your lives to watch this PBS Frontline special if you already haven’t.

    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/topsecretamerica/

    This 2011 documentary identifies how and when this scourge of signals intel originated and how widespread it is. The 2013 update deals with Obama’s continued role in this whole mess. Bush DID start us down this path in the worst way. Rumsfeld is featured prominently as well. Don’t let the MSM lead you to believe that the Utah facility is the only one. This thing is an entire America separate from what is seen everywhere hidden in plain sight.

    Furthermore, take note of the congresscriters in support of this type of spying. They are just as much at fault for this mess as Bush and Bumbles. The caveat of all this being THERE WAS AN ATTACK IN BOSTON THAT WAS NOT STOPPED BY THESE MEASURES!!! Evidence in a jail in Boston shows that it doesnt work. The absolute worst outcome of all this is that Bumbles will somehow try to tie this to Hillary, and therefore deprive the United States of a quality leader. I say that knowing that her hands are probably not completely clean either. President Clinton had to know about Bush’s actions in realtime, and I assume then that so did Hillary. There is nothing to say she would have completely STOPPED the second America, but I’m sure she would have CURBED it such that it would not be this out of control. That said, just like in ’08, if she decides to run, I’ll work my finger to the bone for her here in TX.

    In other news, we just can’t stop killing those Pakistanis, can we? Even after they TOLD us to stop…

    http://news.yahoo.com/pakistans-answer-u-drone-defiance-172524157.html

    This may not be very welcome here, but my new pontiff is a HUGE improvement from the last one. In Benedict’s defense, he must have known in his heart that he was no good for the position and therefore recused himself before his death. An unheard of decision to make, which does show his strength of character. Will bumbles do the same? (After writing that, I laughed so hard, I pee’d a little…)

    http://news.yahoo.com/francis-gets-personal-didnt-want-pope-114411206.html

    Again, take some time to watch the Frontline special (at least part 1, both if you can). The information is incredible.

    Hillary 2016

  87. Writing from mainland China five years ago, one of our original commentors, Paddy4Hill, saw much of this coming. What has become of her, like many who have crossed our path I am sad to say I do not know. But as I read through her essay now, it becomes obvious that one of the people she was describing was Google Chief, data miner, and supporter of the Obama permanent campaign, whom by his own admission runs a revolving door operation between Obama for America and Google which is collecting all the information on everyone as the Representative from Watts noted. Reichsmisiter Eric Schmidt is not the politically naive software engineer I posited yesterday. . In the context of history Schmidt is Speer, Hitler’s architect, builder of an oppressive new world order in which liberty is like that delicate desert flower described by Orsen Wells in the Magnum Opus. Seig Heil Obama. And seig heil to you as well, Eric Schmidt. Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.
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    paddy4Hill Says:
    March 26th, 2008 at 5:04 am
    The Rise (and Fall) of the Neo-libs

    When and where did the neo-libs come from? One might say that the first sightings of what would eventually evolve into the neo-libs were the various state level Green Party organizations that sprung up in the early 1990s. These were Americanized copies of similar groupings in Europe, mainly white university liberal arts graduates from upper middle class families. The Greens were strongly anti-establishment and radical environmentalists. Their slogan was “think globally, act locally”, and were the ones to first coin the “global village” concept.

    They never made it into the mainstream and peaked with the Green Party candidacy for President of Ralph Nader. It didn’t matter much. Although they themselves did not hit the big time, their ideas lived on. For soon, most of their political positions had been usurped by a new radicalized youth who began protesting against the global status quo at international gatherings. And unlike the more pacifist Greens, the protests grew more and more violent, culminating in the notorious Seattle riots. Lacking an organizational base, financial support and a cadre of capable leaders, these protests may have just faded into the haze of yesterday’s news headlines as just another of those leisure-time indulgences undertaken by the spoiled offspring of well-off families. But something else was simultaneously happening that would alter the landscape of political America. The very global system that the protesters were rebelling against was creating one of the biggest wealth transfers the world had ever witnessed.

    Globalization resulted in vast amounts of wealth moving to the United States. This wealth though was not distributed evenly among the general population, but instead enriched a new group of younger, well educated, liberal minded, high tech savvy, entrepreneurs and highly paid professionals, now often described as middle-class millionaires. They made their fortunes using new asset classes of investment such as hedge funds, private equity and venture capital, most out of the reach of the average investor. This group of new rich left stood in stark contrast with old money that had long identified with the conservative faction of the Republican Party. The new class, who described themselves as progressives, was for the most part well-heeled political clones of the radical student protesters. Hence they were very internationalist in focus, taking extreme positions on the environment, human rights, global working conditions, and a collection of various causes such as Tibetan independence, organic farming, fair trade, and opposition to international organizations such as the World Bank and IMF. There was then a marriage of convenience between the two. Sharing similar goals as to what the world should look like, the new rich left differed from their radical student soul-mates in that they had money and lots of it to achieve their political goals. On the other hand their student ideological allies would be the ones that would supply the manpower. As the old saying goes, “if you’ve got the money honey, I’ve got the time.”

    Its was this convergence of what was left of the Greens, the radicalized youth and the new rich left, that gave birth to what I am calling the neo-libs. This name was chosen deliberately to draw on the similarities between the neo-libs and the neo-cons who occupy the opposite end of the political spectrum. Both hold views that are not at this point part of mainstream American politics, both are by themselves small factions within the two major parties, both are more concerned about international than domestic affairs, both advocate interventionism, including the use of force if necessary, to obtain their political objectives, both pose a grave danger to world peace and security.

    But major distinctions exist between the neo-libs and neo-cons. The neo-libs actively seek to dominate the newest and fastest growing form of information, the internet, through the use of coercion and e-violence. The student wing because their comfortable life styles and affluence allows them the time and finances, is employed to contain opposition to their movement. A variety of intimidation tactics ranging from the use of gross profanity on anti-neo-lib blog entries, posting crude and rude comments on sites running unfavorable news articles, conducting web searches on active opposition bloggers in order to find personal information that can be used on-line in ugly ways, and even death threats on the web against political opponents, are becoming commonplace. The majority of political blog sites are controlled by the neo-libs and most use strict censorship to screen out entries they consider unfriendly.

    Political intimidation tactics are not confined to the internet. Polling organizations have close connections to the neo-libs and many poll results are obvious attempts to mislead the public to disguise real voter sentiment. During the Democratic caucuses, it was common place for neo-lib student radicals to intimidate voters into voting for their candidate Senator Obama. The censorship of anti-Obama stories in the media and their near worshiping of his holiness has been so obvious that a famous late-night comedy program started a series of skits poking fun if it. Such a wide range of political intimidation and information control has not been seen in western developed countries since the early days of the National Socialist movement in Germany. This kind of worshiping of a political leader by followers and media alike is also too reminiscent of the National Socialist Adolf Hitler to be comfortable. While the neo-cons were able to take advantage of the weak Bush conservative administration to give us such things as the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the neo-libs promise to give us much worse if they ever come to power. The neo-libs are no lovers of freedom.

    Grounded in the transformed Green agenda, relying on an infantry of radicalized youth from upper middle class families, and powered by the big bucks of the new rich left, the neo-libs as a coherent movement made their initial foray into the political mainstream in 2004 by backing their first candidate, the former governor of Vermont Howard Dean, in the Democratic presidential primary. Although not a neo-lib himself but a member of the ageing-liberal wing of the Party, he nonetheless utilized neo-lib support on an anti-war platform to run as an “outsider,” distinguishing himself from the ageing-liberal Kerry and the moderate Edwards. They failed miserably; Dean did not win one contest. The neo-libs ended up reluctantly backing as second choice John Kerry, who like all previous liberal Democrats before him, went down to political defeat in the general election.

    The neo-libs extracted as the price for backing Kerry ageing-liberal support in giving the leadership of the Democratic National Committee to Howard Dean. Next, the unpopular war in Iraq resulted in the crushing defeat of the Republicans in the congressional elections in 2006, encouraging the ageing- liberals to try one more time to get into the White House even if it meant doing so through the back door. The key to that door would be resurrecting the coalition with the neo-libs. This time it would be a neo-lib that would head the ticket, and for this they anointed the African-American junior Senator from Illinois, Barak Obama. Their strategy was clear from the outset. The ageing-liberals would not run anyone from their own ranks to oppose Obama in the primaries and would provide the necessary Democrat establishment backing the neo-libs lacked. For their part, the neo-libs would implement an improved version of the Dean 2004 campaign strategy. The new rich left would bankroll the operation, with the radicalized youth serving as foot soldiers for the campaign and running interference on the web and at the caucuses. They would enjoy the added bonus of the African-American vote going for a favorite son. The media, dominated by either ageing-liberals or younger neo-libs, would serve as the organs of Obama’s propaganda. Their goal: to prevent the moderates from re-taking control of the Democratic Party and defeat of the unpopular Republicans in the general election.

    But globalization had not only created the new rich left, but also one of the widest gaps between the haves and haves not in American history. The pain resulting from the global economic restructuring was creating great difficulties for the middle classes. In a final act of desperation for one last chance at gaining the White House in alliance with the neo-libs, the ageing-liberals, once their champions, deserted the middle class. As for the neo-libs, they have little sympathy for the average working American. They, along with the old money Republicans, see no need for government programs that benefit the middle class. They already have it all. They can afford the best doctors, their children attend the finest schools, and they are going to retire in comfort. Hence they are more interested in Tibetan independence, human rights in Kosovo, and the Kyoto climate pact, than universal healthcare, better public schools or meaningful social security reform.

    The so-called Regan democrats, who have been pushed out of the Republican Party by the costly foreign adventures of the neo-cons and the rigid moral positions of the religious right, found themselves stranded in a political no-mans’ land. That was until the moderate faction of the Democratic Party launched a challenge on their behalf in the candidacy of New York Senator Hillary Clinton. Their strategy was just as ingenious as the neo-libs. Clinton as the candidate of the moderates would represent not only the former Regan Democrats now re-termed Lunch Bucket Democrats, but also Latinos, Asian Americans, Jewish Americans and carry the additional punch of being the first serious female contender for the White House in American history. The moderates under Clinton have still many allies within the Party, those who refuse to surrender it to the neo-lib bullies.

    It is odd that the African-American voters can not see the obvious fact that they are being used. The neo-libs will have no use for them if they ever come to power. They should realize what more and more middle class Americans already have. The new rich left will continue to use international capital to enrich themselves at the expense of the common folks. The current economic mess that began with the sub-prime meltdown was created by them as they attempted to maximize the return on their investments by upping the risk factors. And with their wealth they will seek to use the government to remold global economic and political conditions to their liking, much like neo-cons on the right. It is just that the agenda will change slightly. They will send the country’s youth of all colors to liberate Tibet, to free some far-off country like Burma or Sudan from their oppressors, force the price of goods up for the average consumers via international environmental taxes, fair trade quotas and product boycotts, and increase international tension. After waiting patiently eight years for the nightmare of the Bush administration to end, the world might have to endure eight more years of worse mistakes, this time from a new tyranny of the left and not the right. And it could be worse than before. The neo-libs have already shown brown-shirt like tendencies in a willingness to use the radicalized youth as a force to achieve their goals. They feel so strongly that they are right that any means will justify the ends. Many in the political and working classes have already fallen prey to the sweet sounds of the neo-lib propaganda, that a world built on their principals will be one of peace and prosperity. What they don’t tell you is that the peace and prosperity will be built on the backs of the working people and that the benefits will go disproportionately to themselves for they already control the purse strings of international capital.

    As for this election, the neo-libs would rather win the nomination and lose the general election than lose the nomination. If they secure the nomination, they remain in control of the Party until the next round. This will allow them to bring in more of their own people and dominate the agenda for years to come. After all, it has already been eight years since moderates under Bill Clinton held the reigns of power in the Party. Many of his people will be leaving political life in the next few years as they retire. The neo-libs and ageing-liberals want to replace as many of them as possible with their own. If Senator Clinton and the moderates win, this will keep the neo-libs out and ensure that the Party is one that occupies the political center.
    The neo-lib alliance does indeed want to win the general election too if they can, even though that seems remote at this point given the new problems of their candidate. Then they could exercise complete mastery of the Party. With both houses of congress at their disposal, especially the House under the ageing-liberal ally Pelosi, they can re-make the world according to their own image without restraints. But since the White House is looking increasing difficult to take for Obama, the last thing they want is to lose the nomination to Clinton, because then they lose everything. If she does win the nomination, the moderates will control the Party no matter which party is victorious in November. This is why the neo-lib duet of Obama and Dean, and the ageing-liberals leadership under Kennedy, Kerry, and Pelosi, are so desperate to win the primary election at all costs, even if it means losing the general election. It is the nomination that counts most for now and for the future direction of the Party. It is better to have half the pie than none.

    As Senator Clinton often correctly points out, America has never faced such challenges as it does at the present. The stakes have never been higher. The Republican leadership for too long believed that the biggest challenge to their ideals came from Senator Clinton. They are now belatedly realizing that a much more serious threat, this time to the vital interests of the United States, is coming from the neo-libs. Better late than never. At the same time, many have decided that the Democratic Party is worth fighting for. And the great masses of the American middle class are finally awaking to the fact that the only way to avoid a mistake of catastrophic proportion for both the world and their own economic interest, lies is the election of Democrat Senator Clinton as President.

  88. Got another one in moderation. I’m not sure what the spam filter caught this time 🙁 Maybe it was PRISM that got me!!!!! 😀

  89. Bilderberger Eric Schmidt resume

    Early career

    Early in his career, Schmidt held a series of technical positions with IT companies including Byzromotti Design, Bell Labs (in research and development),[9] Zilog, and Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Center (PARC).
    From Sun to Google

    Schmidt joined Sun Microsystems in 1983 as its first software manager.[9] He rose to become director of software engineering, vice president and general manager of the software products division, vice president of the general systems group, and president of Sun Technology Enterprises.[26]

    During his time at Sun, he was the recipient of two notable April Fool’s Day pranks[27][28][29]. In the first, his office was taken apart and rebuilt on a platform in the middle of a pond complete with a working phone. The next year, a working Volkswagen Beetle was taken apart and re-assembled in his office.

    In April 1997, he became the CEO and chairman of the board of Novell and departed after the acquisition of Cambridge Technology Partners.

    Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin interviewed Schmidt. Impressed by him,[30] they recruited Schmidt to run their company in 2001 under the guidance of venture capitalists John Doerr and Michael Moritz.
    Google

    Schmidt joined Google’s board of directors as chairman in March 2001 and became the company’s CEO in August 2001. At Google, Schmidt shared responsibility for Google’s daily operations with founders Page and Brin, and the three ran Google as a triumvirate.[31] Schmidt had legal responsibilities typically assigned to the CEO of a public company and focused on the management of the vice presidents and the sales organization.

    According to Google’s website, Schmidt also focuses on “building the corporate infrastructure needed to maintain Google’s rapid growth as a company and on ensuring that quality remains high while the product development cycle times are kept to a minimum.”[32]

    In 2007, PC World ranked Schmidt as the first on its list of the 50 most important people on the Web, along with Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin.[33]

    In 2009, Schmidt was considered one of the TopGun CEOs by Brendan Wood International, an advisory agency.[34][35]

    On January 20, 2011, Google announced that Schmidt would step down as the CEO of Google but continue as the executive chairman of the company and act as an adviser to co-founders Page and Brin. Page replaced Schmidt as the CEO on April 4, 2011.[36]

    In January 2013, Schmidt visited North Korea with his daughter Sophie[37] and former New Mexico governor Bill Richardson.[38][39]

    Eric Schmidt was ousted from the role of CEO of Google and succeeded by Larry Page and removed from the day to day operations of Google, Inc. in 2011. Eric sent a tweet on the day of his removal regarding Larry Page stating “day-to-day adult supervision is no longer needed” citing “friction at the top,” along with remarks that Larry Page is finally “ready” to be CEO. Industry Analysts commented he left Google in a similar situation to his departure from Novell. [40]
    Apple

    Schmidt was elected to Apple’s board of directors on August 28, 2006.[41] On August 3, 2009, it was announced that Schmidt would resign from the board of directors at Apple due to conflicts of interest amid the growing competition between Google and Apple.[4]
    Innovation Endeavors

    Founded in 2010 by Schmidt and Dror Berman, Innovation Endeavors is an early-stage venture fund that purports to focus on advancing the world by providing high-impact entrepreneurs with the capital, coaching, and networking to build game-changing ventures. The fund, based in Palo Alto, California, has invested in more than 30 companies around the world in various industries such as Mashape, Uber (company), Quixey, Gogobot, and BillGuard.[citation needed] [42]
    President Barack Obama

    Schmidt was a campaign advisor and major donor to Barack Obama. And when he announced he was leaving that perch, he planned to remain at the forefront of Google’s government relations team. Obama has considered him for Commerce Secretary.[43] Schmidt was an informal advisor to the Obama presidential campaign and began campaigning the week of October 19, 2008, on behalf of the candidate.[44] He was mentioned as a possible candidate for the chief technology officer position, which Obama created in his administration.[45] After Obama won, Schmidt became a member of President Obama’s transition advisory board. He proposed that the easiest way to solve all of the problems of the United States at once, at least in domestic policies, is by a stimulus program that rewards renewable energy and, over time, attempts to replace fossil fuels with renewable energy.[46] He has since become a new member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology PCAST.[47]
    New America Foundation

    The New America Foundation is a non-profit public-policy institute and think tank, founded in 1999. Schmidt is its current chairman of the board of directors. He succeeded founding chairman James Fallows in 2008.[48]
    Compensation

    Upon being hired at Google, Eric Schmidt was paid a salary of US$250,000 and an annual performance bonus. He was granted 14,331,703 shares of Class B common stock at 30 US cents per share and 426,892 shares of Series C preferred stock at purchase price of US$2.34.[49]

    Schmidt and the Google founders agreed to a base salary of US$1 in 2004 (which continued through 2010) with other compensation of US$557,465 in 2006,[50] US$508,763 in 2008, and US$243,661 in 2009. He did not receive any additional stock or options in 2009 or 2010.[51][52] Most of his compensation was for “personal security” and charters of private aircraft.[52]

    Schmidt is one of few people who became billionaires (in United States dollars) based on stock options received as employees in corporations of which they were neither the founders nor relatives of the founders.[53] In its 2011 ‘World’s Billionaires’ list, Forbes ranked Schmidt as the 136th-richest person in the world, with an estimated wealth of US$7 billion.[2] Google gave him a US$100 million equity award in 2011 when he stepped down as CEO.[54]

    According to insider transaction data available at Yahoo Finance, Schmidt sold Google Stock worth more than $6 billion in January to May 2013.[55]
    Privacy

    During an interview aired on December 3, 2009, on the CNBC documentary “Inside the Mind of Google,” Schmidt was asked, “People are treating Google like their most trusted friend. Should they be?” He replied: “I think judgment matters. If you have something that you don’t want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn’t be doing it in the first place. But if you really need that kind of privacy, the reality is that search engines, including Google, do retain this information for some time. And it’s important, for example, that we are all subject in the United States to the Patriot Act. It is possible that that information could be made available to the authorities.”[56][57]

    At the Techonomy conference on August 4, 2010, Schmidt expressed that technology is good. And he said that the only way to manage the challenges is “much greater transparency and no anonymity.” Schmidt also stated that in an era of asymmetric threats, “true anonymity is too dangerous.”[58]

    According to PCWorld, in 2012 Schmidt also expressed: “if you don’t have anything to hide, you have nothing to fear”.[59] However, at the 2013 Hay Festival, Schmidt expressed concern that sharing of personal information was too rampant and could have a negative effect, particularly on teenagers, stating that “we have never had a generation with a full photographic, digital record of what they did” and that “here are situations in life that it’s better that they don’t exist.” [60]
    Network neutrality

    In August 2010, Schmidt clarified his company’s views on network neutrality: “I want to be clear what we mean by Net neutrality: What we mean is if you have one data type like video, you don’t discriminate against one person’s video in favor of another. But it’s okay to discriminate across different types. So you could prioritize voice over video. And there is general agreement with Verizon and Google on that issue.”[61]
    The Schmidt Family Foundation

    The Schmidt Family Foundation was established in 2006 by Schmidt and his wife Wendy to address issues of sustainability and the responsible use of natural resources.[62] The Schmidts, working with Heart Howerton, a San Francisco architectural firm that specializes in large-scale land use, have inaugurated several projects on the island of Nantucket that seek to sustain the unique character of the island and to minimize the impact of seasonal visitation on the island’s core community. Ms. Schmidt offered the prize purse of the Wendy Schmidt Oil Cleanup X CHALLENGE, a challenge award for the efficient capturing of crude oil from seawater motivated by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.[63]
    Outside interests

    Eric Schmidt was on the list of ARTnews’s 200 top art collectors in 2008.[64] He is also a member of the Bilderberg Group and attended the Swiss 2011 Bilderberg conference in St. Moritz, Switzerland.[65][66]
    Influence of Internet usage in North Korea

    In January 2013, Schmidt used Uri Tours to visit North Korea; one of the only companies in America that provides tours to North Korea.[67][68] The trip was highly publicized and controversial due to the ongoing tension between North Korea and America. Several media outlets including Tumblr, a high-profile social-blogging site, featured a page called “Eric Schmidt looking at things” that parodied sites (themselves parodies) featuring the country’s leaders earnestly inspecting livestock, soldiers, or leather insoles. (Mr. Schmidt is shown looking intently at computer screens, “the back of a North Korean Student.”).[69]
    See also

  90. Obama and Google Swap Staffs
    Washington Examiner

    Washington’s think tanks often serve as incubators for administrations-in-waiting. Leave the White House when Democrats take over, spend four or eight years waiting at Heritage or American Enterprise Institute. Lose your Treasury job thanks to a Republican winning, sit tight at Brookings. Sure enough, Obama found a ton of appointees among the ranks of the Center for American Progress, and at least a few have left the Obama administration for CAP.

    But it seems the Obama administration also swaps staff with Google.

    Bloomberg reports that Obama 2012′s data team has moved to Google. But it’s not a buyout out of nowhere. Google CEO Eric Schmidt was part of the Obama campaign all along, according to this Bloomberg story:

    During the 2012 campaign, Barack Obama’s reelection team had an underappreciated asset: Google’s (GOOG)executive chairman, Eric Schmidt. He helped recruit talent, choose technology, and coach the campaign manager, Jim Messina, on the finer points of leading a large organization. “On election night he was in our boiler room in Chicago,” says David Plouffe, then a senior White House adviser…

    This may surprise you if you believed Obama’s campaign rhetoric about him fighting against big business and wealthy executives. But the Google-Obama alliance is long-lasting and intimate.

  91. The World Eric Schmidt Would Bring About.

    A world of perfect order, state control and no freedom.

    Freedom is always dangerous to an entrenched elite:

  92. S
    Thanks for your above post that let to an article on Wired. I forgot about that mag and site, and lookie what they have posted there:

    The NSA Is Building the Country’s Biggest Spy Center (Watch What You Say)

    [snip]

    a massive complex so large that it necessitated expanding the town’s boundaries. Once built, it will be more than five times the size of the US Capitol.

    Rather than Bibles, prophets, and worshippers, this temple will be filled with servers, computer intelligence experts, and armed guards. And instead of listening for words flowing down from heaven, these newcomers will be secretly capturing, storing, and analyzing vast quantities of words and images hurtling through the world’s telecommunications networks. In the little town of Bluffdale, Big Love and Big Brother have become uneasy neighbors.

    The NSA has become the largest, most covert, and potentially most intrusive intelligence agency ever.
    Under construction by contractors with top-secret clearances, the blandly named Utah Data Center is being built for the National Security Agency. A project of immense secrecy, it is the final piece in a complex puzzle assembled over the past decade. Its purpose: to intercept, decipher, analyze, and store vast swaths of the world’s communications as they zap down from satellites and zip through the underground and undersea cables of international, foreign, and domestic networks. The heavily fortified $2 billion center should be up and running in September 2013. Flowing through its servers and routers and stored in near-bottomless databases will be all forms of communication, including the complete contents of private emails, cell phone calls, and Google searches, as well as all sorts of personal data trails—parking receipts, travel itineraries, bookstore purchases, and other digital “pocket litter.” It is, in some measure, the realization of the “total information awareness” program created during the first term of the Bush administration—an effort that was killed by Congress in 2003 after it caused an outcry over its potential for invading Americans’ privacy.

    But “this is more than just a data center,” says one senior intelligence official who until recently was involved with the program. The mammoth Bluffdale center will have another important and far more secret role that until now has gone unrevealed. It is also critical, he says, for breaking codes. And code-breaking is crucial, because much of the data that the center will handle—financial information, stock transactions, business deals, foreign military and diplomatic secrets, legal documents, confidential personal communications—will be heavily encrypted. According to another top official also involved with the program, the NSA made an enormous breakthrough several years ago in its ability to cryptanalyze, or break, unfathomably complex encryption systems employed by not only governments around the world but also many average computer users in the US. The upshot, according to this official: “Everybody’s a target; everybody with communication is a target.”

    For the NSA, overflowing with tens of billions of dollars in post-9/11 budget awards, the cryptanalysis breakthrough came at a time of explosive growth, in size as well as in power. Established as an arm of the Department of Defense following Pearl Harbor, with the primary purpose of preventing another surprise assault, the NSA suffered a series of humiliations in the post-Cold War years. Caught offguard by an escalating series of terrorist attacks—the first World Trade Center bombing, the blowing up of US embassies in East Africa, the attack on the USS Cole in Yemen, and finally the devastation of 9/11—some began questioning the agency’s very reason for being. In response, the NSA has quietly been reborn. And while there is little indication that its actual effectiveness has improved—after all, despite numerous pieces of evidence and intelligence-gathering opportunities, it missed the near-disastrous attempted attacks by the underwear bomber on a flight to Detroit in 2009 and by the car bomber in Times Square in 2010—there is no doubt that it has transformed itself into the largest, most covert, and potentially most intrusive intelligence agency ever created.

    In the process—and for the first time since Watergate and the other scandals of the Nixon administration—the NSA has turned its surveillance apparatus on the US and its citizens. It has established listening posts throughout the nation to collect and sift through billions of email messages and phone calls, whether they originate within the country or overseas. It has created a supercomputer of almost unimaginable speed to look for patterns and unscramble codes. Finally, the agency has begun building a place to store all the trillions of words and thoughts and whispers captured in its electronic net. And, of course, it’s all being done in secret. To those on the inside, the old adage that NSA stands for Never Say Anything applies more than ever.

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    http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/03/ff_nsadatacenter/

  93. ” the president seemed to predict his own impeachment, saying he “will leave office sometime in the next three and half years.”
    *******
    IMO, it’s important for the future of this country that this President leave office in Jan. 2017 based on the 22nd amendment of the US Constitution. Impeachment or resignation would create the scenario for the POS to be a martyr for a significant percentage of the population. The full extent of the corruption and criminal behavior of this President and his administration needs to be exposed over the next 3 1/2 years inorder for this Country to have any chance of avoiding a future as an authoritarian police state.

  94. Cross Examination of Eric Holder

    Senator Kirk: can you assure this committee that no member of Congress and no member of the Supreme Court has been spied upon under this government program?

    Holder: this is not the forum for me to address that question

    Senator Murkoswsi: lets ask these questions in secret

    Senator Kirk: repeats the question

    Holder: I can assure you that there was no INTENTION to spy on the Supreme Court or Congress.

    In short, his answer was non responsive. The question was not whether there was an intention to spy on them. The question was whether it happened. He did not want to answer that question in public.

  95. It’s been going on for a long time.
    ***

    NSA Built Back Door In All Windows Software by 1999

    Government Built Spy-Access Into Most Popular Consumer Program Before 9/11
    In researching the stunning pervasiveness of spying by the government (it’s much more wide spread than you’ve heard even now), we ran across the fact that the FBI wants software programmers to install a backdoor in all software.

    Digging a little further, we found a 1999 article by leading European computer publication Heise which noted that the NSA had already built a backdoor into all Windows software:

    http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/06/microsoft-programmed-in-nsa-backdoor-in-windows-by-1999.html

  96. Jeeze, the info on that Wired site about the ‘Utah Data Center’ sounds like science fiction, but it’s Big Brother on steroids.

    I am still reading it…

  97. More from that article:

    [snip]

    The data stored in Bluffdale will naturally go far beyond the world’s billions of public web pages. The NSA is more interested in the so-called invisible web, also known as the deep web or deepnet—data beyond the reach of the public. This includes password-protected data, US and foreign government communications, and noncommercial file-sharing between trusted peers. “The deep web contains government reports, databases, and other sources of information of high value to DOD and the intelligence community,” according to a 2010 Defense Science Board report. “Alternative tools are needed to find and index data in the deep web … Stealing the classified secrets of a potential adversary is where the [intelligence] community is most comfortable.” With its new Utah Data Center, the NSA will at last have the technical capability to store, and rummage through, all those stolen secrets. The question, of course, is how the agency defines who is, and who is not, “a potential adversary.”

    (bottom paragraph)

    http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/03/ff_nsadatacenter/2/

  98. foxyladi14
    June 8, 2013 at 6:55 pm

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    thanks Foxi…that is the clip I was referreing to on the Cavuto show i watched this morning…

    don’t know if the rest of you are also hearing some other stuff that keep playing over in the background…

    ************************************************************************

    yes Shadowfax…that conglomeration in Utah is where it is all going down…and i believe that is the place where at least 4-5 other departments or groups of who knows what are going to be overseeing all aspects of Ocare and the thousands of regulations Ocare has created…

    …and then all of them combine the info they find on all of us through Ocare and bring it there…people and businesses of all ilk are going to be analyzed and spied on up the gazoo…

    I am not kidding when I say no one is going to be able to breathe without our government knowing the most personal and confidential information in our lives…

    it is unbelieveable what is coming…

  99. Is America in such danger that we actually have to forfeit our ‘freedoms’ to stay safe from terrorism, pilfering our banks electronically, and alike???

    I am pretty freaked out and need to stick my head in the sand a little.

  100. What a damn shame that humanity invents something so wonderful like the internet, that lets millions of people communicate like we are here at Big Pink, from all corners of the plant. Then in a very short time, that wonderful creation is taken down such a road of ugliness that we have this monster that folks like Bush and Barry are creating.

    Makes me sick to my stomach, and disgusted with mankind.

  101. One more part of the rant that is building up inside me…

    If Russia, Iran or any other country was building a monster like this to spy on our country be able to crack the codes of all that is important to us…would we just sit by and let them get away with it or would we bomb the bajesus out of them???

    I see a big fat red target painted on this entire project.

  102. geesh, i got so caught up in the spy drama i missed watching the Belmont race…just caught a clip…the odds were about 15-1 for the winner…have to go find a few more clips to watch…darn it!

  103. yes…fitting name…good race…sorry i missed the build up…love watching them parade in one by one, etc…

  104. Leno at long last free to show the way:

    http://newsbusters.org/blogs/noel-sheppard/2013/06/08/leno-we-wanted-president-listens-all-americans-now-we-have-one#ixzz2VeJG7N2P

    Leno: ‘We Wanted a President That Listens to All Americans – Now We Have One

    JAY LENO: Well, let’s see what’s going on. Hey, Snoop is back in the news. Not Snoop Dogg, Snoop Obama. Yeah, Snoop Obama. A big change at the White House today. They closed the gift shop and opened a Verizon store. Yeah.

    Well, this has become a huge controversy after it was revealed that the National Security Agency seized millions of Verizon phone records, and of course this has caused a panic among civil libertarians, constitutional scholars and cheating husbands everywhere. Oh my God.

    How ironic is that? We wanted a president that listens to all Americans – now we have one. Yeah.

    Actually, President Obama clarified the situation today. He said no one is listening to your phone calls. The president said it’s not what the program is all about. You know, like the IRS isn’t about targeting certain political groups. That’s not what it’s about!

    I mean what’s going on? The White House has looked into our phone records, checking our computers, monitoring our e-mails. When did the government suddenly become our psycho ex-girlfriend? When did that happen? When did that happen? When did that happen?

    You know, I’ll tell you, if Obama wants to put this snooping thing to good use, how about spying on the IRS next time they throw a $4 million party. Why don’t you do that one? Yes, exactly, exactly. Find out about that. Yeah.

    As you know by now, the IRS has taken some heat for reportedly spending $4 million on a conference in Anaheim last year where employees took dancing lessons. One of the dances they learned? Tap dancing around the issues. Yes, that was very good, be able to tap dance

    Well, the latest one that came out today. You see this one? They’re saying the IRS paid an artist $17,000 to paint portraits of Abraham Lincoln to help inspire the IRS agents. You know, if they want to see a picture of Lincoln for inspiration, take out a $5 bill and save the taxpayers $16,995. Exactly. That’s what they said. They said.

    Oh, the hearings have been unbelievable this week. Congressional investigators say the IRS basically threw a $4 million party for themselves. But in fairness, who else is going to throw a party for the IRS? Really? Now, a going away party, I think we’d all chip in. I would chip in! I would chip in! There you are, no problem. I would pay for that.

  105. “Shadowfax
    June 8, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    Jeeze, the info on that Wired site about the ‘Utah Data Center’ sounds like science fiction, but it’s Big Brother on steroids.

    I am still reading it…8
    *****
    Here is a highly educated “guess” about what they are doing and how they are doing it. Two pages, worth a read.

    “PRISM: Here’s how the NSA wiretapped the Internet”

    http://www.zdnet.com/prism-heres-how-the-nsa-wiretapped-the-internet_p2-7000016565/

    (snip)
    However, based on this leaked material so far, we strongly suspect that the leaked PowerPoint slides are probably not written by technical people. It’s likely that these slides were prepared as a internal marketing tool for new recruits. So, when the slides say: “direct access to servers,” that statement may well be an oversimplification of the facts, and we, the media, are latching too much onto it.

    The “direct” server data from these named companies may well be retrieved from cached copies maintained by the content delivery networks, which are located in the Tier 1 provider’s datacenter.

    Because the infrastructure required to deliver media and Web applications, for instance, from these content delivery networks worldwide is so immense, many of them need to lease datacenter space offered by Tier 1 providers, such as AT&T and Verizon.

    It’s possible that a network equipment maker has built a router that looks indistinguishable from other core routers in that datacenters, which contains a beam splitter that literally splits the Tier 1 fiber connection — with one split beam passing a copy of that data to an external NSA datacenter or storage.

    (snip)
    “Verizon Business was at the heart of a FISC order that invoked Section 215 of the Patriot Act [PDF] which forced the company to hand over any “tangible things,” which was effectively anything it had.

    Verizon Business Network Services, or simply “Verizon Business,” is what is known as a Tier 1 network provider, after it acquired a number of firms during the late-1990s and early 2000s. It offers Tier 1 services under the brand UUNET.

    We believe the FISA court order authorized the NSA to place a wiretap device on Verizon Business’ Tier 1 network, which effectively vacuumed up every bit and byte of data that flowed through its networks. If this is the case, Verizon would have been forced to comply, with no grounds to appeal.

    The key to this is what a Tier 1 network actually does, how it works, and which companies use it. Because all of the aforementioned companies use Tier 1 networks, and as a result they may have unknowingly had their customers’ data siphoned off simply by being connected to the Internet.”
    (snip)
    “There are only just over a dozen Tier 1 network providers in the world, including AT&T, Level 3, and Sprint in the U.S.; Deutsche Telekom in Germany; NTT Communications in Japan; and Telefonica in Spain, just to name a few major brand names. Verizon Business is, of course, also on that list as a U.S.-based Tier 1 network provider.
    (snip)
    “The chances are that the aforementioned companies have indeed had their customers’ data intercepted by the NSA. It is almost entirely the case that these companies had no idea about PRISM before it broke in the media, as their respective statements have claimed, or that any data was passed by these companies directly to the NSA or any other intelligence agency.

    The easiest way to acquire this data — with as few people know about it — would be to simply wiretap the data as it’s traveling along the Tier 1 optical carrier lines.”
    (snip)

    “And why should you believe this? It’s been done before

    In 2006, Room 641A became headline news. It was inside a building in San Francisco that AT&T owned, which fed in fiber optic cables from other telecoms switch buildings carrying Internet backbone traffic. Though this building was only three floors high, it had “the capability to enable surveillance and analysis of internet content on a massive scale, including both overseas and purely domestic traffic,” according to Internet expert J. Scott Marcus at the time.

    The “beam splitter” was used to — quite simply — split the fiber optic beam to redirect duplicate copies of all phone calls, Web traffic and email content into the clandestine room. That copied data was then handed to the NSA. According to the EFF, one expert said: “This isn’t a wiretap. It’s a country-tap.”

    It was effectively a gigantic wiretap on a huge portion of the Internet flowing in and out of the U.S. This led to an almighty class action lawsuit led by the EFF. Perhaps the more worrying part of this is that the wiretap included vast amounts of U.S. resident data, which falls in breach of FISA. Obama said on Thursday: “With respect to the Internet and emails, this does not apply to U.S. citizens and it does not apply to people living in the United States.”

    The nature of a beam splitter — a “prism” — therefore seems like an apt name for what appears to be a logical progression of Room 641A.”

    etc., etc.

    One area that I think this article, as frightening as it is, is “off base” is that it is framed with in the assumption that the US govt is working within the legal frame work of FISA, etc. From behavior that has been recently exposed, I find that assumption to be highly doubtful.

  106. a very good, bottom line, read…

    http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2013/06/all-the-infrastructure-a-tyrant-would-need-courtesy-of-bush-and-obama/276635/

    All the Infrastructure a Tyrant Would Need, Courtesy of Bush and Obama
    More and more, we’re counting on having angels in office and making ourselves vulnerable to devils.

    Conor Friedersdorf Jun 7 2013, 9:45 AM ET

    Let’s assume that George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, Barack Obama, Joe Biden, their staffers, and every member of Congress for the last dozen years has always acted with pure motives in the realm of national security. Say they’ve used the power they’ve claimed, the technology they’ve developed, and the precedents they’ve established exclusively to fight al-Qaeda terrorists intent on killing us, that they’ve succeeded in disrupting what would’ve been successful attacks, and that Americans are lucky to have had men and women so moral, prudent, and incorruptible in charge.

    Few Americans believe all of that to be so. Combining the people who didn’t trust Bush and the ones who don’t trust Obama adds up to a sizable part of the citizenry. But even if all the critics were proved wrong, even if the CIA, NSA, FBI, and every other branch of the federal government had been improbably filled, top to bottom, with incorruptible patriots constitutionally incapable of wrongdoing, this would still be so: The American people have no idea who the president will be in 2017. Nor do we know who’ll sit on key Senate oversight committees, who will head the various national-security agencies, or whether the moral character of the people doing so, individually or in aggregate, will more closely resemble George Washington, Woodrow Wilson, FDR, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, John Yoo, or Vladimir Putin.

    What we know is that the people in charge will possess the capacity to be tyrants — to use power oppressively and unjustly — to a degree that Americans in 1960, 1970, 1980, 1990, or 2000 could’ve scarcely imagined. To an increasing degree, we’re counting on having angels in office and making ourselves vulnerable to devils. Bush and Obama have built infrastructure any devil would lust after. Behold the items on an aspiring tyrant’s checklist that they’ve provided their successors:

    •A precedent that allows the president to kill citizens in secret without prior judicial or legislative review
    •The power to detain prisoners indefinitely without charges or trial
    •Ongoing warrantless surveillance on millions of Americans accused of no wrongdoing, converted into a permanent database so that data of innocents spied upon in 2007 can be accessed in 2027
    •Using ethnic profiling to choose the targets of secret spying, as the NYPD did with John Brennan’s blessing

    •Normalizing situations in which the law itself is secret — and whatever mischief is hiding in those secret interpretations
    •The permissibility of droning to death people whose identities are not even known to those doing the killing
    •The ability to collect DNA swabs of people who have been arrested even if they haven’t been convicted of anything
    •A torture program that could be restarted with an executive order

    Even if you think Bush and Obama exercised those extraordinary powers responsibly, what makes you think every president would? How can anyone fail to see the huge potential for abuses?

    I am not saying no one would resist a tyrant. Perhaps Congress would assert itself. Perhaps the people would rise up. Then again, perhaps it would be too late by the time the abuses were evident. (America has had horrific abuses of power in the past under weaker executives who were less empowered by technology; and numerous other countries haven’t recognized tyrants until it was too late.) Part of the problem is how much the Bush-Obama paradigm permits the executive to do in secret. Take that paradigm, add another successful 9/11-style attack, even after many years of very little terrorism, and who knows what would happen?

    No one does.

    You’ll never be held accountable.

    This isn’t a argument about how tyranny is inevitable. It is an attempt to grab America by the shoulders, give it a good shake, and say: Yes, it could happen here, with enough historical amnesia, carelessness, and bad luck. We’re not special. Our voters won’t always pick good men and women to represent us. Some good women will be corrupted by power, and some bad men will slip through. Other democracies have degraded into quasi-authoritarian states; they didn’t expect that to happen until it was too late to stop. We have safeguards to prevent us from following in their footstep. Stop casting them off because you fear al-Qaeda. Stop tempting fate.

    Stop acting like the president takes an oath to keep us safe, when his job is to protect and defend the Constitution. Doing so keeps the American project safe. Past generations fought monarchies, slaveholders, and Nazis to win, expand, and protect that project. And we’re so risk-averse — not that we’re actually minimizing risk — that we’re “balancing” the very rights in our Constitution against a threat with an infinitesimal chance of killing any one of us? That makes about as much sense as the 5,000 American lives lost when the same ruling class that built the national-security state found it prudent to preempt a perceived threat from Iraq. And we still trust them?

    “We have suffered several thousand casualties from 9/11 through today. Suppose we had a 9/11-level attack with 3,000 casualties per year every year. Each person reading this would face a probability of death from this source of about 0.001% each year,” Jim Manzi once pointed out at National Review. This is why we’re letting the government build an Orwellian spy state more sophisticated than any in history?

    Manzi went on:

    To demand that the government “keep us safe” by doing things out of our sight that we have refused to do in much more serious situations so that we can avoid such a risk is weak and pathetic.

    He was speaking of torture, but the logic applies more generally.

    I am not saying that terrorism poses no threat — of course it does. Of course we ought to dedicate substantial resources to preventing all the attacks that can be stopped without violating our founding documents, laws, values, or sense of proportion. For the national-security state, loosed of the Constitution’s safeguards, is a far bigger threat to liberty than al-Qaeda will ever be. Vesting it with more power every year — expanding its size, power, and functions in secret without any debate about the wisdom of the particulars — is an invitation to horrific abuses, and it renders the concept of government by the people a joke. The ruling class is trying to keep us ignorant of what it’s doing on behalf of us, because it doesn’t want us to object!

    You’d think, listening to those who defend the national security state’s expansion, that the excesses detailed in the Church Committee report never happened; that the horrific abuses of our own era never happened; that the FBI and the CIA have unblemished records respecting the rights of Americans. In fact, America always overestimates its ability to anticipate and preempt abuses.

    Yet Americans think they’re special. If you doubt that, ask yourself what the average American would say if they heard about China pulling call records on millions of innocent Chinese people.

    “Those authoritarian Communists.”

    We go easier on our own.

    America has stepped back from the brink in the past when wars ended. But we’ve never had a “war” go on this long — and there’s no end in sight. It’s time for the people to pressure their elected representatives, so that, through Congress, we can dismantle the infrastructure Bush and Obama have built. In less than four years, an unknown person will start presiding over the national-security state. He or she will be an ambitious power seeker who will guiltlessly misrepresent his or her character to appeal to different voters, lie countless times on the campaign trail, and break numerous promises while in office. That’s a best-case scenario that happens every time!

    For once, let’s preempt that threat.

  107. The New York times sacrifices its credibility on the Obama altar

    By: Dan Spencer (Diary) | June 7th, 2013 at 07:00 PM | 28

    RESIZE: AAA

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    Yesterday, the New York Times published a blistering editorial taking President Obama to task for the massive amounts of data that the federal government routinely collects about our phone calls:

    Within hours of the disclosure that the federal authorities routinely collect data on phone calls Americans make, regardless of whether they have any bearing on a counterterrorism investigation, the Obama administration issued the same platitude it has offered every time President Obama has been caught overreaching in the use of his powers: Terrorists are a real menace and you should just trust us to deal with them because we have internal mechanisms (that we are not going to tell you about) to make sure we do not violate your rights.

    Those reassurances have never been persuasive — whether on secret warrants to scoop up a news agency’s phone records or secret orders to kill an American suspected of terrorism — especially coming from a president who once promised transparency and accountability. The administration has now lost all credibility. Mr. Obama is proving the truism that the executive will use any power it is given and very likely abuse it. [Emphasis added.]

    Shortly after it was published, the editorial, which had been called “damning,” was toned down. I was fortunate to have snipped a copy of the original version which is displayed above. The softened version changed the highlighted sentence to “The administration has now lost all credibility on this issue [emphasis added].” That change makes a huge difference in meaning and tone. In making the change, which the Times has yet to disclose or acknowledge, the editorial board sacrificed its credibility for Obama’s. One can only imagine the phone call between the editorial board and the White House (and maybe the National Security Agency (NSA) eavesdropping).

    We should not expect more from the Times. After all, when the Times first revealed the NSA terrorist surveillance program, it did so after sitting on the story for a year. Senator John Cornyn accused the Times of endangering American security to help James Risen sell his new book. And the Washington Post similarly took the Times to task.

    Back in those days I wasn’t particularly bothered by the NSA’s secret program to intercept al Qaeda communications. I don’t think the program described by Attorney General Gonzales would bother me much even today. According to Gonzales, President Bush authorized a program that made electronic intercepts of contents of communications only where one party to the communication is outside the United States. That program was limited to situations where there was a reasonable basis to conclude that one party to the communication was a member of al Qaeda, affiliated with al Qaeda, or a member of an organization affiliated with al Qaeda, or working in support of al Qaeda.

    The untargeted and overbroad collection the telephone records of millions of US customers of Verizon revealed by The Guardian is a whole different matter that I cannot accept.

    Obama disagrees. Today he defended his government’s phone spying program.:

    I came in with a healthy skepticism about these programs. My team evaluated them. We scrubbed them thoroughly. We actually expanded some of the oversight, increased some of the safeguards, But my assessment and my team’s assessment was that they help us prevent terrorist attacks. And the modest encroachments on privacy that are involved in getting phone numbers or duration without a name attached and not looking at content, that on net, it was worth us doing.

    Some other folks may have a different assessment of that, but I think it’s important to recognize that you can’t have 100% security and also then have 100% privacy, and zero inconvenience. We’re going to have to make some choices as a society.

    You can watch Obama defend his phone spying program in this video.

    Two things about Obama’s weak defense of his telephone spy program. First, we can not make choices about balancing security versus privacy if everything is top secret. Second, Obama said during his first inaugural address that “we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals.” How can he square that with what he said today?

  108. Juli Emanuel. I have heard about this guy. He is an intimidating type. Read that he physically accosted somebody in public for not returning his calls. Try that with the wrong guy and he will be sorry he tried. After seeing the video dust up he had with Neil Cavuto, I suspect he is sorry he tried to use the word conflate, when he really meant confluence and crawled away like a wounded animal licking his wounds. His mike should have been cut from the very beginning. Other than the fact that he is the brother of the former chief of staff of this administration, it is hard to understand how a Hollywood fixer like him should be called up to the front line in this battle. On the other hand, since this whole presidency is a fairy tale, perhaps it is not so unfathomable after all.

  109. http://boingboing.net/2013/02/15/jacob-appelbaums-29c3-keynot.html

    Jacob Appelbaum’s keynote from 29C3 — last December’s Chaos Communications Congress in Hamburg — is a riveting hour on surveillance, freedom, and the wild, criminal lawlessness of the NSA and other spy agencies. Jacob’s factual, methodical laying out of the growth of American surveillance is brilliant, terrifying and enraging, and it left me wanting to rush to a barricade. Jacob’s insights into how we are coping with the surveillance state and why that needs to change are terrific.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNsePZj_Yks

    Jacob Appelbaum 29C3 Keynote: Not My Department

    an hour long utube of keynote on surveillance, freedom and wild lawlessness of NSA

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    haven’t watched all of this yet, but plan to

  110. President Obama arrived in the Bay Area on Thursday for his umpty-umpteenth round of fundraisers with big-money donors, this time to benefit the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

    His first stop at the home of multi-millionaire tech entrepreneur Michael McCue in an upscale suburban corner of Palo Alto didn’t go quite as planned when protesters showed up and made a ruckus, despite the White House’s determined attempts to keep the location of the fundraiser secret

    Che Guevara, Frida Kahlo (with her hammer-and-sickle) and Bradley Manning buttons to the Obama supporters.

    Does that clear things up for you? Or is your head just spinning?

    Yes, Palo Alto is one of those few places in America densely populated by the kind of citizens that don’t fit in to the traditional political framework: Rich radicals. These are not your hardcore Berkeley ideologues nor your violent Oakland revolutionaries nor even your smug San Francisco ironic hipsters. Nor are they top-hat wearing high society cigar-smoking paleo-Republicans. No, these are postmodern hypocritical millionaires motivated by a desire to not feel guilty about living their lives of luxury. And the easiest way to assuage that guilt is Vote and Donate Obama.

    These people are not supposed to exist according to any standard model of the American landscape, but in fact they are Obama’s core constituency and what they lack in demographic heft they more than make up for in campaign contributions.

    Stung by criticism that he had once again swooped over Northern California to drain it of cash without so much as making even a speech (much less holding a public event), Obama hastily scheduled a press conference this morning in San Jose . . . where the big take-away news is that his handlers forgot to place a pre-printed speech in front of him, and without a teleprompter or notes, Obama was essentially tongue-tied and unable to speak extemporaneously:

    http://pjmedia.com/zombie/2013/06/07/obama-in-palo-alto-fundraising-with-the-rich-radicals/

  111. Another liar who parses his words: “We don’t WITTINGLY” spy on Americans. When you throw out a dragnet and it sweeps in millions of innocent people, is that really an unwitting act? Or is it perchance a wilful one. The answer is obvious–to you, to me and to Admiral Clapper. The plain meaning of what he said is we do not do it. Hence, like Holder, he lied.
    ——————————
    http://pjmedia.com/tatler/2013/06/06/clapper-to-committee-in-march-nsa-does-not-wittingly-collect-data-on-americans/

  112. Here is a more recent article about the Utah Data Center. It will be complete in October.
    ****

    Inside America’s $1.9billion data mine: How all your private details will soon be stored in this vast NSA nerve center in Utah Valley

    Government will complete its data storing facility in Utah this October

    Concerns about what personal information will be stored there as it emerged the government has been extracting data from big companies

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2337420/Utah-Data-Center-The-million-square-foot-Utah-data-mining-facility-built-NSA.html

  113. I’m gonna be back in Belfast for the 17th June right as Obama arrives for the G8, i wish i could stick up some Hillary posters or a great big “This is Clinton Country” posters, wonder if i can get a great big Billboard stuck up for his driveby, lol. …………Damn i wish i had the time to get it organized.

    The security is so damn tight, the whole country goes on lockdown basically from the 14th.

  114. What The Obama Triplets Have In Common

    It’s becoming evident that the name “Obama” is synonymous with terrorists, starting with Malik Obama, Sarah Obama, and the Obama some call Commander in Chief.

    President Omar Al-Bashir, better known as the butcher of Sudan, established the Islamic Da’wa Organization; and Barack Obama’s half-brother Malik Obama and his step grandmother conveniently started two tax exempt foundations primarily funded by Americans.

    Both foundations are well hidden under a bunch of humanitarian jargon. Mamma Sarah’s Foundation is a devious scheme to turn Kenyan children into Wahhabist Muslims. Malik Obama, secretary of the IDO, makes his livelihood working for terrorists and funnels his foundation money to the Islamic Da’wa Organization. Islamic slavery in Sudan is alive and well. FYI most of the money for the foundations come from America.

    http://www.westernjournalism.com/what-the-obama-triplets-have-in-common/

  115. The Obama-Bilderberg Connection

    Obama, Petraeus, the FBI, the NSA involved in a conspiracy (an illusion so vast that it boggles the mind)?

    Yes.

    That is exactly what we are saying.

    That Obama, Petraeus, the FBI, NSA, CIA, and dozens of other government agencies created an illusion and still are creating illusions to control the gullible masses.

    From June 6 through June 9, the secretive Bilderberg group is meeting in Watsford, England. Bankers and billionaires, politicians and media heads, and yes, former heads of the CIA.

    David Petraeus, former head of the CIA, will attend this secretive confab that will decide what the world will be like in the next couple of decades. And that world will be a scary place.

    What will be David Petraeus’ input? Petraeus, along with Google’s Eric Schmidt, also attending (whose mega-corporation is at the top of the list of the PRISM program), are working on developing a spy grid that makes the PRISM program, makes 1984, and makes our own 2013 look like child’s play.

    A group of elites setting up a surveillance state­a surveillance world­where every single move, every single word, every single potential thought is surveilled?

    To quote a famous Alaskan: “You betcha!”

    Read More –
    http://www.westernjournalism.com/the-obama-bilderberg-connection/

  116. Assange: US rule of law suffering ‘calamitous collapse’ 8 June 2013
    “…They are going for Bradley Manning to erect a precedent that if any person in the US government speaks to a journalist, they are then speaking to the public, they are then speaking to Al-Qaeda.
    “They’re trying to erect a precedent that speaking to the media is the communicating with the enemy — a death penalty offence.” Critics say the Obama administration has launched an unprecedented war on government officials who leak information to the media, prosecuting more whistleblowers under the Espionage Act than all previous administrations combined. “This is an absolutely runaway process,” Assange said….
    http://www.france24.com/en/20130608-assange-us-rule-law-suffering-calamitous-collapse

  117. Assange: US rule of law suffering ‘calamitous collapse’

    AFP – WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said Friday that the US justice system was suffering from a “calamitous collapse in the rule of law”, as Washington reeled from the sensational exposure of vast spy agency surveillance programmes.

    Speaking in an interview with AFP at Ecuador’s London embassy, where he has been holed up for almost a year, the founder of the whistleblowing website accused the US government of trying to “launder” its activities with regard to the far-reaching electronic spying effort revealed on Thursday.

    “The US administration has the phone records of everyone in the United States and is receiving them daily from carriers to the National Security Agency under secret agreements. That’s what’s come out,” said the 41-year-old Australian. . . .

    http://www.france24.com/en/20130608-assange-us-rule-law-suffering-calamitous-collapse

  118. Keep HOAP alive! Some good news:

    http://dyn.politico.com/printstory.cfm?uuid=81182946-D079-4074-84E2-3B5B55B400FF

    House Republicans are planning a coordinated messaging operation against Obamacare starting this summer.

    They call it HOAP — the House Obamacare Accountability Project.

    The effort will target the negative effects the GOP says the law will have on jobs, health costs and access to health care. It starts as the White House and the Democrats begin their own massive effort to encourage people to enroll in the new health coverage options starting Oct. 1.

    “We have to win the debate on the consequences of the bill,” said Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas), a member of the group. “Because for patients, for families, for local businesses, for health care providers, there is an awful lot of anxiety and fear. … We’re going to focus on shining a bright light on the new law and what it means to people.”

    House Republican Whip Kevin McCarthy of California and Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington state have organized about 25 members for HOAP — pronounced “hope” or “ho-ep” by some. They’ve met twice so far, and the messaging strategy is in the early stages of development, according to several lawmakers involved.

  119. Nobody has offered a credible explanation as to why this cascade of scandals has had no discernible impact on the polls. Of course, whenever I think about that question I marvel at the sheer stupidity of the electorate, and note as others have that there is no cure for stupid. Morris on the other hand–the man who predicted a Romney landslide claims that if his party could just do amnesty and be nicer to gays, illegals and single women, that they would fall in love with the Republican Party, because, at the end of the day, people like McConnell and Boehner are just so loveable. Well, you can either believe that one, or you can believe your lying eyes. It seems to me that everything now depends on survival, and unless you are close enough to the ragged edge then you cannot know how it feels. If you find yourself in that position, whether through circumstances beyond your control, then you will instinctively reach for a sugar daddy, if the labor market offer you no option. That is the real challenge facing the Republican Party. As long as they cannot jump start the American economy, they have nothing of substance to sell, other than theory. You could console yourself by saying the Democrats cannot continued down this path forever either, but the indifference those people have shown to the deficits and the future of this country, is not just appalling, if gives you no reason to believe that they will do anything more to address the problem and will be content to simply ride it into the ground, to preserve their power. I can think of no better example of this autrocity than Schumer. My deepest concern is this: in order for the system to be reformed, it must first crash, in order to shake loose all the parasities who have attached themselves to the carcus of the body politic, and cannot be dislodged through more conventional medicine.

  120. Greenwald has more shoes to drop, look what he just tweeted……

    Glenn Greenwald ‏@ggreenwald 36m ago

    Clapper: leaks “literally gut-wrenching” – “huge, grave damage” – save some melodrama and rhetoric for coming stories. You’ll need it.

    …………………..

    Sounds like he is giving them enough rope and the best is yet to come.

  121. http://pjmedia.com/instapundit/170416/

    SO I JUST WATCHED AN NYC LOCAL NEWS STORY (PIX 11 NEWS) ON THE SANTA MONICA SHOOTING, and they never mentioned the shooter’s name, which is John Zawahri. Instead they spent a lot of time talking about guns.

    UPDATE: A reader emails: “I don’t know how significant the ‘Middle Eastern’ness of the last name really is. Most Arabs in America are Christian. The first names of the brothers ‘John’ and ‘Chris’ are not very Islamic.”

    Yeah, but the point is what the press doesn’t think we should know.

  122. wbboei
    June 9, 2013 at 10:38 am

    Nobody has offered a credible explanation as to why this cascade of scandals has had no discernible impact on the polls.
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    For one thing, polls are manipulable and the Obama machine manipulates. Gallup changed their polling method right in the middle of the 2008 presidential election, to favor Obama. The did not announce it either, but PUMAPAC caught them and Fox picked it up. Gallup admitted it. Rasmussen made adjustments after the 2012 election. We live in the age of fake.

    I only give marginal credence to polls and I do think they are going down for the fake.

  123. holdthemaccountable
    June 9, 2013 at 8:14 am

    Leanora. Incredible.
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    It certainly is. I just noticed.

  124. Now the hounds are after the PRISM whistle blower:

    NSA Launches Probe into PRISM Leaker

    The NSA has requested a criminal probe into who was the whistle blower leaked information about their massive surveillance operation known as PRISM. A “crimes report has been filed,” said Shawn Turner, a spokesman for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
    James Clapper, director of National Intelligence said in a statement “Over the last week we have seen reckless disclosures of intelligence community measures used to keep Americans safe.”
    Clapper also said that the surveillance efforts reported in the media were lawful and approved by Congress. There were “significant misimpressions” in the media reports, Clapper stated.
    Parts of the PRISM program were recently declassified. Clapper said he declassified the information “in hope that it will help dispel some of the myths and add necessary context to what has been published” about government surveillance of Americans’ phone records and foreigners’ Internet use.
    The “crimes report” will go to the Justice Department to decide whether an investigation should begin.
    I am going to take a guess on this and say that embarrassing intelligence leaks happen when the intelligence community is thrown under the bus for things like Benghazi. Just a hunch.

    http://www.breitbart.com/InstaBlog/2013/06/09/Priorities-Priorities-NSA-Launches-Probe-into-PRISM-Leaker

  125. I am going to take a guess on this and say that embarrassing intelligence leaks happen when the intelligence community is thrown under the bus for things like Benghazi. Just a hunch.

    ………………………………………………………………

    Oh yes, smells like a CIA “You fucked us so we’ve Fucked You” exercise, and who can blame them.

  126. THE LEAK CAME FROM THE CIA WITHIN NSA

    MEET OUR SOURCE, in his own words: Edward Snowden: the whistleblower behind revelations of NSA surveillance

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/09/edward-snowden-nsa-whistleblower-surveillance

    OMG it was CIA.

    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.

  127. 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.

    In a note accompanying the first set of documents he provided, he wrote: “I understand that I will be made to suffer for my actions,” but “I will be satisfied if the federation of secret law, unequal pardon and irresistible executive powers that rule the world that I love are revealed even for an instant.”

    Despite his determination to be publicly unveiled, he repeatedly insisted that he wants to avoid the media spotlight. “I don’t want public attention because I don’t want the story to be about me. I want it to be about what the US government is doing.”

    He does not fear the consequences of going public, he said, only that doing so will distract attention from the issues raised by his disclosures. “I know the media likes to personalise political debates, and I know the government will demonise me.”

    Despite these fears, he remained hopeful his outing will not divert attention from the substance of his disclosures. “I really want the focus to be on these documents and the debate which I hope this will trigger among citizens around the globe about what kind of world we want to live in.” He added: “My sole motive is to inform the public as to that which is done in their name and that which is done against them.”

    He has had “a very comfortable life” that included a salary of roughly $200,000, a girlfriend with whom he shared a home in Hawaii, a stable career, and a family he loves. “I’m willing to sacrifice all of that because I can’t in good conscience allow the US government to destroy privacy, internet freedom and basic liberties for people around the world with this massive surveillance machine they’re secretly building.”
    ‘I am not afraid, because this is the choice I’ve made’

  128. I think it is very important to put this guy Eric Schmidt and his organization Google under a microscope. It is obvious that they are at the center of the data collection activities of the federal government and the Obama campaign which violate the privacy of the American People. He is the kind of scientist and technocrat who lends his services to tyrannical government and becomes an accomplice to their malevolent schemes. We have seen his like before.

    Schmidt and his co-conspirators are creating a world where the elites know everything there is to know about us, and we know absolutely nothing about them. As Obama mines every detail of our professional and personal lives, through Schmidt, he refuses to answer any questions about himself or what his government is doing. But when we ask questions of Obama and his henchmen what do we get? Lies, evasion and obstruction of justice. This asymetry of power is incompatible with the constitution. It is the path to serfdom.

    Billionaire, Builderberger Schmidt is the moral monster at the center of all this. He is the dark mover behind this entire scene of iniquity. He needs to be brought out of the shadows, and explain himself to the American People. And we need to ignore the good works and other facades that he like Soros rely upon to distract us from what they are really up to. It may be that the current and future disclosures of the handful of honest effective journalists will shed further light on what Schmidt and his people are up to. If not then we must find some other lawful way to unearth this information.

  129. Also, there is this sense among many people in the high tech industry that we are the vanguard of the future, and the rest of you are obsolete. It comes across in their attitudes and in their politics. A doctor I know send his children to the same school as Microsoft parents do. In their class, every child buy one supported Obama. 1 out of 25 supported Romney. Vendors who serve the Microsoft campus in Redmond remark about how aloof their employees are. Dead from the neck down is how it was expressed to me by one of those vendors. In some respects, they are a cult. Therefore, it is hardly surprising that their politics would follow suit.

  130. I was one of those who sided with Microsoft in the anti trust suit which was brought against them. Apres Microsoft le deluge I told myself. This was a combination of ignorance and the 100 shares of their stock which I held at that time. I cannot defend the indefensible on any other grounds. But since that time, I have been getting signals, which grow stronger with the passage of time, that what that company and others in that industry have done to make our lives more enjoyable, and our horizons more vast, would eventually be turned against us. I see that momentum now, loud and clear. The question is not whether I saw it then, or now, but whether enough other people do to reign some of it in. Unless there are safeguards, and the Constitution is the only one we have there will be trouble. And as we have seen most recently, and as Justice Jacksons said, the Constitution is what the Supreme Court says it is, and the head of that court is a very weak man.

  131. He has had “a very comfortable life” that included a salary of roughly $200,000, a girlfriend with whom he shared a home in Hawaii, a stable career, and a family he loves. “I’m willing to sacrifice all of that because I can’t in good conscience allow the US government to destroy privacy, internet freedom and basic liberties for people around the world with this massive surveillance machine they’re secretly building.”
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    Admirable. Very.

    This guy is what so many posturing liberals like Robert Redford would love to be.

    But Redford could never put it all on the line like this guy has.

    That would giving up his mountain chalet in Vail.

    After all, man does not live by bread alone.

  132. foxyladi14
    June 9, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    Well my Grandma used to say about a stain.

    It will all come out in the Wash. 🙂
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    assuming the relevant details do not get scrubbed.

  133. I think they could do a sequel to A Beautiful Mind, in honor of this guy.

    Too bad Hollywood has its nose nine miles up Obama’s ass.

    Think what kind of a role model he could provide for young people.

    Think how much better model it would be than the one they have now, Trojan Horse Obama.

  134. This will flummox Obama. As long as the whistle blower stayed in the shadows, Obama could cast him as evil incarnate. Now that he has stepped forward into the limelight, Obama is in trouble. Why? Because the whistle blower is a man of principle and he is 29 years old. Young people have been the target of Obama’s marketing efforts and he owes his election to them. Now, they have one of their own challenging his actions based on principles they believe in–privacy, freedom of the internet, it will adversely affect their support for Obama going forward. In no way, shape or form is he their friend. Now perhaps they will see it.

  135. Obama says he wants a debate over security vs. liberty.

    Do you really believe he wants a debate.

    If so, then there are many who would be glad to oblige him.

    All he wants is to feed talking points to NYT and WashPo.

    That is what he calls a debate.

  136. The more Obama is forced to debate the issue of security vs liberty, the more likely he is to lose large chunks of his base.

    He says the welcomes a debate.

    Then I say, so should we–because he will lose.

  137. Looks like Issa is drawing blood. Kwalija claims we know every thing there is to know about the IRS scandal, time to move on. This does not pass the smell test. On the contrary, it suggests that the dims are afraid of what remains to be uncovered.
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    I strongly disagree with … Cummings’ assertion that we know everything we need to know,” Issa said in a statement. “His extreme and reckless assertions are a signal that his true motivation is stopping needed congressional oversight and he has no genuine interest in working, on a bipartisan basis, to expose the full truth.”

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/06/09/cumming-issa-squashing-info-on-irs-probe-approach-is-accuse-then-prove/#ixzz2VktOa8Vz

  138. By Kwalija’s logic, there is no need to recall Leaner, no need to call Ingrham, no need to call Bauer or anyone else, no need to recall Schulman. In fact, there is really no need to know anything more than we know now, which is little. Why doesn’t Kwalija step aside and let someone who is interested in the truth take it from here. Obstuctionism by the ranking member is unseemly, unpatriotic and indefensible.

  139. Thanks for the kind words regarding my dog “Monster”. We will get some blood work
    back tomorrow and meet with surgeon for consult hopefully this week. This is my first dog and really is my best friend.

  140. FYI…

    there is now a #IStandwithEdwardSnowden on twitter

    I read that he said…he could not believe what was going on but believed that when O came in he would start showing restraint and pull back on the massive surviellence but ES saw that it got worse under O…so he became hardened and could not stand by any longer…his conscience…a lost phenomenon these days…got to him…

    so wonderful to see younger people believing in something again besides just “making it”…that Applebaum above is another example…also young…

    these people have courage and believe in what they are doing is worth the risk they are putting themselves at…so refreshing and inspiring after years and years of the O robot media…

  141. S
    June 9, 2013 at 5:51 pm
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    Could this be wake up call for millions of other young people who bought the Obama myth hook line and sinker?

    If so, then perhaps the next three years can be devoted to his demythologization.

    He was never anything more or anything less–brand Obama spun from the dream factories of wall street to distract us from their efforts to dismantle of our republic, and to loot our coffers.

  142. wbboei…

    let’s hope so…maybe it is the wake up call that their own lives and what they believe in and what they really want for their future and the future of their children is more important that propping up the image of O…

    …maybe they are beginning to come to grips with the reality that O does not represent what he ran on…that he read a lot of words about hope and change and transparency from a teleprompter and has down a 180 on them…and he will be gone in three years…what kind of legacy will O leave them stuck with?

    Is propping O up really worth all that? they have some soul searching to do…

  143. However, Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings, the committee’s highest-ranking Democrat, says the body won’t release a transcript in which a self-described “conservative Republican” IRS manager tells investigators that nobody at the White House directed the tax collection agency to target Tea Party groups or other politically conservative organizations.

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/06/09/cumming-issa-squashing-info-on-irs-probe-approach-is-accuse-then-prove/#ixzz2VlKNLvh2
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    I do not think Kwalaija has a wooden leg to stand on here

    How would an IRS manager in Cincinnati know if the White House is involved or not.

    Isn’t a decision of that nature made, if at all, well above his pay grade?

    And what the hell does his conservative republican political view have to do with it?

    That kind of thinking is what created this mess in the first place.

    This suggests that Kwalaji’s only goal is to clear the White House.

    It may well be that Issa’s goal is to tie the White House into this, but he is also seeking to find the truth.

  144. S
    June 9, 2013 at 6:58 pm
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    When Obama campaigned to the left in the primary and the right in the general election, the star struck youngsters forgave him. They figured that what he said in the primary was the truth and what he said in the general election he had to say in order to get those over thirty to vote for him. Nevetheless it sets up the famous question on cross examination which big media categorically refused to ask: when a witness has told two conflicting accounts of a material fact: were you lying then, are you lying now, or you not in fact a chronic and habitual liar? For me it has always been door 3 where he is concerned. And behind door 3 is the face of George Orwell, or Eric Schmidt in drag.

  145. As I sign off for this day, I depart with a question: Is it even remotely conceivable that Obama used Prism to help with his re-election? Knowing what kind of guy he is is all I’m going on here. Doubt I’ll be back on before the next sunrise. FWIW.

  146. wbboei

    June 9, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    However, Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings, the committee’s highest-ranking Democrat, says the body won’t release a transcript in which a self-described “conservative Republican” IRS manager tells investigators that nobody at the White House directed the tax collection agency to target Tea Party groups or other politically conservative organizations.
    ____________________________________________________

    So, we are to believe from the highest-ranking Democrat that a “conservative” Republican said nope, no White House involvement….but we aren’t releasing the transcript to PROVE THIS?

    Good Lord.

  147. As I sign off for this day, I depart with a question: Is it even remotely conceivable that Obama used Prism to help with his re-election? Knowing what kind of guy he is is all I’m going on here. Doubt I’ll be back on before the next sunrise. FWIW.
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    When you consider the fact that i)Schmidt was involved in the PRISM program, ii) Schmidt was technological adviser to the Obama campaign, and iii) there was a substantial sharing of information and personnel between the Obama campaign and Google, how could it be otherwise? This would be of great value on the issue of campaign messaging. In 2008, some friends of mine had a mathematician from Claremont College who was the leading expert in the country on the science of correlating polling results with campaign messaging. We offered him to Mark Penn repeatedly, and were rebuffed. When he finally relented, Mark spent a few minutes with him and then dismissed him. The Obama campaign apparently has made far better use of such information and resources that we did. Again, I was just a volunteer.

  148. VotingHillary
    June 9, 2013 at 7:23 pm
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    The way I read it, Cummings want that information released. He wants to argue that if a conservative republican (as opposed to an Obama supporter) says there was no White House involvement then that settles the issue, and because there is no other issue in the case, it is time to go home. You are right however. Cumming’s position is erroneous, absurd and preposterous. I rather suspect it is motivated by pressure he is now receiving from the White House, because with everything that is going on and that albatross Holder deciding he will hang around to further embarrass the president, they are hoping to put out at least one fire.

  149. …also getting ready to sign off to view the Tonys…however had to say…

    by chance caught a segment with don lemon on CNN – he was playing the clip of Edward Snowden and discussing with a panel…

    Wbboei…one was Jeffery Toobin…what a kiss ass jerk he is…He is “so appalled at what this man has does” bla, bla, bla..

    after the commercial, Lemon had Daniel Ellsburg on alone…if anyone can get that clip…ADMIN if you can find it …it is so worth posting…he left Lemon with his mouth open…Daniel Ellsburg was amazing…

    I will try to find clip later…but when you here someone speak the truth after all this nonstop spin and blather we get these days…it give you a chill…

    later…

  150. Seeing as its the day for it…..amazing but this woman should be jailed now, old or not, this was a huge case in the day and brought a Govt down.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2338338/I-betrayed-country-Fifty-years-John-Profumos-resignation-Christine-Keeler-reveals-played-role-passing-secrets-Russians.html

    The woman at the centre of one of Britain’s most notorious Cold War spy scandals has admitted for the first time that she betrayed her country.

    Fifty years after the Profumo affair erupted, Christine Keeler, now 71, has confessed she played a role in a high-placed spy ring.

    Keeler claims she helped her friend, osteopath Stephen Ward – whose clients included Winston Churchill, Frank Sinatra and Elizabeth Taylor – ­uncover secrets about missile ­movements in the West that were later passed to the Soviets.

    In a new book, she says: ‘However I dress it up, I was a spy and I am not proud of it. The truth is that I betrayed my country.

    ‘I tried to block it out – I was too scared. Just by admitting that for the first time I have freed myself of an ­enormously heavy emotional ­burden.’

    The scandal hit the headlines after seven shots were fired at a house in a quiet Marylebone mews by a jilted boyfriend of Keeler in December 1962.

    It then emerged the then 19-year-old Keeler had been sleeping with former Secretary of State for War John Profumo, then 48, and a handsome Russian spy Yevgeny Ivanov.

  151. wbboei
    June 9, 2013 at 7:36 pm
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    Much appreciated that you gave teeth to the thought.

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