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Stephen Cook: Not sure that I totally believe this new public line by the ‘threatened’ big tech companies. If companies this big, rich and popular don’t want to do something, they don’t; they can’t throw the whole company in jail! And there’s a big difference between ‘pushing’ for certain information to be released and seriously coming forth with full details of how far this surveillance really goes. Nevertheless it shows how much the NSA wants to keep its privacy invasion secrets secret.
By Dominic Rushe in San Francisco, The Guardian – September 12, 2013
Marissa Mayer, the CEO of Yahoo, and Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook struck back on Wednesday at critics who have charged tech companies with doing too little to fight off NSA surveillance. Mayer said executives faced jail if they revealed government secrets.
Yahoo and Facebook, along with other tech firms, are pushing for the right to be allowed to publish the number of requests they receive from the spy agency. Companies are forbidden by law to disclose how much data they provide. Read the rest of this entry
Financial Relationships Revealed: NSA Paid Millions to Google, Yahoo, Facebook, Microsoft for PRISM Compliance
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Stephen Cook: OK, here we go…a new round of increasingly-damaging revelations about the NSA’s secret surveillance program PRISM – this time showing the existence of financial relationships with the major global online and social media providers. Unsurprisingly, they were all compliant – in sharing our private conversations, information, emails, data and more – for top dollar.
• Top-secret files show first evidence of financial relationship • Prism companies include Google and Yahoo, says NSA • Costs were incurred after 2011 FISA court ruling
By Ewen MacAskill in New York, The Guardian – August 23, 2013
The material provides the first evidence of a financial relationship between the tech companies and the NSA.
The National Security Agency paid millions of dollars to cover the costs of major internet companies involved in the Prism surveillance program after a court ruled that some of the agency’s activities were unconstitutional, according to top-secret material passed to the Guardian. Read the rest of this entry
Rebecca Rosen at The Atlantic called it “self-service history” and Nona Willis Aronowitz of Good said it was “the best populist message” produced on the left end of the political spectrum in years. Among other things, We Are the 99 Percent has helped to put a human face on an otherwise ill-defined political movement. It’s even spawned a competitor blog, spearheaded by high-profile conservatives such as RedState’s Erick Erickson and Josh Trevino of the Texas Public Policy Foundation–We Are the 53 Percent–that chides the 99 percenters for not taking enough personal responsibility for their circumstances. Read the rest of this entry
The popular protests that began last month in lower Manhattan before spreading across the country have generally been characterized, at least in the media’s short-hand, as “anti-Wall Street” — driven by anger about the financial industry recklessness and greed that helped tank the economy.
Given the “Occupy Wall Street” name, and the site of the movement’s seminal demonstration, that’s hardly surprising. Still, it’s a misreading of what’s happening — and one with important consequences.
That’s because Occupy Wall Street isn’t really about Wall Street at all. It’s about much broader economic trends that extend far beyond the financial sector, and have been playing out since well before Goldman Sachs ever got into the subprime mortgage business. We’re seeing an echo of this important point now, as demonstrations have spread beyond the nation’s financial capital and across the country. Read the rest of this entry
It seems some violence has broken out in Egypt. Hopefully we are not seeing another case of cabal-initiated violence based on a perceived seperation of people. Religious conflicts have always been based on seperation, and it is crucial that we learn as a collective that we are not different, we are one grand soul experiencing many unique and different aspects of itself, and therefore seperation cannot survive. However it was initiated, this violence is big news. Hopefully we will see in the time ahead that these lower issues get resolved, perhaps it is something our dear Archangel Michael is working on.
CAIRO (AP) — Flames lit up downtown Cairo, where massive clashes raged Sunday, drawing Christians angry over a recent church attack, Muslims and Egyptian security forces. At least 24 people were killed and more than 200 injured in the worst sectarian violence since the uprising that ousted Hosni Mubarak in February.
The rioting lasted late into the night, bringing out a deployment of more than 1,000 security forces and armored vehicles to defend the state television building along the Nile, where the trouble began. The military clamped a curfew on the area until 7 a.m.
The clashes spread to nearby Tahrir Square, drawing thousands of people to the vast plaza that served as the epicenter of the protests that ousted Mubarak. On Sunday night, they battled each other with rocks and firebombs, some tearing up pavement for ammunition and others collecting stones in boxes.
At one point, an armored security van sped into the crowd, striking a half-dozen protesters and throwing some into the air. Protesters retaliated by setting fire to military vehicles, a bus and private cars, sending flames rising into the night sky.
After midnight, mobs roamed downtown streets, attacking cars they suspected had Christian passengers. In many areas, there was no visible police or army presence to confront or stop them. Read the rest of this entry
Well, hopefully you all haven’t been paying too much attention (as I was) to the ‘conflict’ Peirs Morgan (former news of the world employee) was trying to encite between Seth McFarlane and Jon Stewart relating to a phone call in 2008, as this news is much more important. Here we have more mainstream coverage on the Wall Street protests, from Yahoo! Reporter Zachary Roth. It seems as if the goal in this coverage so far is still to make it seem that the protesters have no goals, which in this article comes about through a quote from one of the protesters: “We don’t have demans, but we’re building a process to get demands” Now, obviously many people who read this are going to think in the wrong direction about it. Check out the article “7 Core demans from the Occupy Wall Street Movement” on here, on Steve Beckow’s site and probably on many other places. These protests are not baseless. The people protesting are protesting for something real, to once and for all end the corruption in government, on wall st and everywhere else that makes the rich richer and the poor poorer. This article is not completely biased however, and for that I say thank you to Zachary Roth.
“More and more people are joining the Wall Street occupation,” an article in the Occupied Wall Street Journal, the new house organ of the nascent protest movement, reports.”They can tell you about their homes being foreclosed, months of grinding unemployment, or minimum-wage dead-end jobs, staggering student debt loans, or trying to live without decent healthcare.”
Those are issues that The Lookout has covered closely over the last year, as America’s bleak economic climate has endured. If a social movement can help draw attention to problems such as joblessness, wage stagnation, and growing inequality, we’re interested. But despite the newspaper’s assurances, few of the several hundred mostly young protesters in Zuccotti Park Wednesday morning seemed to have kitchen-table issues on their minds.
“This is a great group of young people, isn’t it?” asked one older man who was handing out copies of “1917: The Journal of the International Bolshevik Tendency.” “It makes me feel like I felt during the Vietnam War.” Read the rest of this entry