"Snowden’s revelation that Washington has used Google, Facebook, Apple and other giants of consumer technology to spy on almost everyone is further evidence of a modern form of fascism. Having nurtured oldfashioned fascists around the world – from Latin America to Africa and Indonesia – the genie has risen at home. Understanding this is as important as understanding the criminal abuse of technology.The American Stasi:"This Really is Big Brother: The Leak Nobody's Noticed" by Digby.
Fred Branfman, who exposed the “secret” destruction of tiny Laos by the US air force in the 1960s and 1970s, provides an answer to those who still wonder how a liberal African-American president, a professor of constitutional law, can command such lawlessness. “Under Mr Obama, America is still far from being a classic police-state . . .” he wrote. “But no president has done more to create the infrastructure for a possible future police state.” Why? Because Obama understands that his role is not to indulge those who voted for him but to expand “the most powerful institution in the history of the world, one that has killed, wounded or made homeless well over 20 million human beings, mostly civilians, since 1962”.
In the new American cyberpower, only the revolving doors have changed. The director of Google Ideas, Jared Cohen, was an adviser to Condoleezza Rice, the former secretary of state in the Bush administration who lied that Saddam Hussein could attack the US with nuclear weapons. Cohen and Google’s executive chairman, Eric Schmidt – they met in the ruins of Iraq – have co-authored a book, The New Digital Age, endorsed as visionary by the former CIA director Michael Hayden and the war criminals Henry Kissinger and Tony Blair. The authors make no mention of the Prism spying programme, revealed by Snowden, that provides the NSA with access to all of us who use Google.
Control and dominance are the two words that make sense of this. These are exercised by political, economic and military design, of which mass surveillance is an essential part, but also by insinuating propaganda into the public consciousness."
"The Stunning Hypocrisy of the U.S. Government" Barry is giving the complicated self-serving mythology of Americans and their government a thorough beating.
"Our man in Quito" by Pepe Escobar:
"Among all the excitement provoked by this thriller, one should not lose focus; the most crucial aspect of the story is Obama and spy supremo Keith Alexander swearing that the Orwellian privatized intelligence-corporate-industrial complex is essential to prevent terrorism. It is not. This is a monumental lie - and Obama is complicit."
"The NSA's metastasised intelligence-industrial complex is ripe for abuse" by (ha!) Valerie Plame Wilson and Joe Wilson. Note that they state that "there are no J Edgar Hoover-like 'enemy lists' … yet", almost certainly not true generally, and certainly not true for Muslims.
"The Strange Case of Barrett Brown" You can see that all that Brown did was establish internet mechanisms for analyzing already publicly available information.
"Norman Finkelstein Throws Wrench In Anti-Israel Movement’s Claim To A Rights-Based Agenda" Finkelstein has always been a snake in the grass.
"US and Israel are accused of manipulating Hague to acquit accused Serb and Croat leaders" "Judge who acquitted war criminals at Hague had ‘close and confidential relations’ with U.S. gov’t" "Theodor Meron’s ’67 memo provided legal rationale for settlements" (very early use of the idea that the occupied territories are 'disputed', thus allowing Jewish settlement to establish 'facts on the ground' to be used when the issue is settled). Note the unexpected ways in which the sheer evil that is Zionism pops up.