SCAHILL, GREENWALD PROBING NSA LINK TO USA ‘ASSASSINATION PROGRAM’

September 29, 2013

Report from Common Dreams: “[Investigative] journalists Jeremy Scahill and Glenn Greenwald on Saturday night announced that they are now working together on joint investigation on how the U.S. National Security Agency has been involved in the wider overseas ‘assassination program’ run by the Obama administration.

“As the Associated Press reports from Rio de Janeiro—where Greenwald and Scahill attended the South American premiere of Dirty Wars, a documentary film based on Scahill’s book of the same name—the U.S. journalists ‘known for their investigations of the United States’ government’ have now ‘teamed up to report’ on how the vast surveillance network of the NSA operates in conjunction with clandestine operations run by the U.S. military or CIA.

“‘The connections between war and surveillance are clear. I don’t want to give too much away but Glenn and I are working on a project right now that has at its center how the National Security Agency plays a significant, central role in the U.S. assassination program,’ said Scahill, according to AP, while speaking at a roundtable discussion at the Rio Film Festival…”   (Link to report below)

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/09/29

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NSA GRAPHS US CITIZENS’ SOCIAL CONNECTIONS

September 29, 2013

NY Times report: “The spy agency [NSA} began allowing the analysis of phone call and e-mail logs in November 2010 to examine Americans’ networks of associations for foreign intelligence purposes after N.S.A. officials lifted restrictions on the practice, according to documents provided by Edward J. Snowden, the former N.S.A. contractor…” (Link below)

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/29/us/nsa-examines-social-networks-of-us-citizens.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

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AMERICAN JOURNALIST, FAMILY DETAINED & HARASSED AT US BORDER

September 24, 2013

REPORT:  “A producer with National Public Radio’s “On the Media” program says the US Customs and Border Patrol agents who interrogated her and her friends and family while they attempted to return to the States following a recent wedding in Toronto, Ontario were anything but courteous. Sarah Abdurrahman told NPR that she attempted to cross into the US at Niagara Falls earlier this month on Labor Day when CBP agents stopper her entire party and subjected them to around six hours of questioning. All six people in the car were American citizens, she said.” (Full story at link below) …

http://on.rt.com/kgp88t

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Journalist Anna Politkovskaya murder suspects linked to Forbes editor’s murder too.

September 19, 2013

Report from Russia: An ex-police officer sentenced in connection with the murder of prominent Russian journalist, Anna Politkovskaya, has told the Moscow City court that two people involved in that crime are also linked to the killing of Forbes’ editor, Paul Klebnikov. (link below)

http://rt.com/news/politkovskaya-klebnikov-forbes-murder-072/

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WHISTLEBLOWER SNOWDEN’S NEW LIFE IN RUSSIA

September 17, 2013

From report: “Apparently being shielded by Russia and its laws is no guarantee of safety. ‘I don’t think that is going to happen but we saw American special forces intervening in other countries. Also with regards to our own citizens – they get detained abroad and transferred to U.S. territory,’…  said Edward Snowden’s Russian attorney, Anatoly Kucherena..
“… One of the most crucial pieces of information Kucherena shared was that Snowden has more secrets to tell the world and that what happened before was only the beginning. (link to reportbelow)

http://rt.com/news/nsa-snowden-life-russia-954/

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MEDIA SHIELD LAW ADVANCES AS SENATE PANEL DEFINES ‘JOURNALIST’

September 13, 2013

FROM COMBINED NEWS REPORT: “Under the wording of the “Free Flow of Information Act,” the [Senate Judiciary Committee] considers a protected journalist to be an employee, contractor or agent of a group that disseminates news or information, who also must have held that position for at least one year within the last 20, or for three consecutive months during the previous five years.

“Additionally, safeguards are included so that a covered person could be a student journalist or a prolific freelancer. In instances of confusion, a federal judge would be in a position to use his or her best discretion to determine who’d be protected…

“Under the compromise, covered persons now include bloggers and freelancers both paid and unpaid who work with the primary intent to investigate events and procure material in order to disseminate to the public news or information.” …  (Link to story below)

http://rt.com/usa/media-shield-law-senate-781/

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CONCERNED INTELLECTUALS AS OBJECTS OF VIOLENT REPRESSION …

September 11, 2013

From Truthout and Henry Giroux — “These are people who work with ideas, but are out of place in a society that only values ideas that serve the interests of the market and the powerful and rich.  Their alleged wrongdoings as intellectuals and truth tellers is that they have revealed the illegalities, military abuses, sordid diplomacy and crimes committed by the United States government in the name of security. Moreover, as scholars, scientists, educators, artists and journalists, they represent what C. Wright Mills once called the ‘organized memory of society’ and refuse ‘to become hired technician[s] of the military machine.'”

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