Category National Security Complex

The “Steele Dossier” on … Me: Why I won’t praise the FBI lie and spy machine by Greg Palast

Singer has slipped secret, poisoned dossiers to media outlets to destroy the reputations of elected officials from Argentina to the Congo — all to make another billion.

The controversial Numes Memo with progressive views by The Nation, The Intercept, Consortium News, AntiMedia and the Real News Network

“Discrediting law enforcement is the memo’s transparent purpose and why it has been embraced by President Trump,” argued a Washington Post editorial that condemned Ryan’s choice.

FINDING YOUR VOICE: Voice Recognition Technology and the NSA

The former government official noted that raw voice data could be stored with private companies and accessed by the NSA through secret agreements…

It wasn’t just Republicans, Democrats also voted to shut down debate on Trump administration’s surveillance powers

Restriction aside, critics have said the bill does more harm than good because it codifies a legally questionable practice into law.

State of Surveillance (Video)

[Snowden] illustrates how the innards of every phone can act as pathways through which institutions can track your every move.

James Kiriakou | James Comey, a Whistleblower, Really?

… the truth is that Comey is the enemy of whistleblowers, or at least of national security whistleblowers.

The Intercept: Standing Rock documents expose inner workings of “surveillance-industrial complex”

Surveillance Reports Paint Protesters as Desperate and Deviant

The Intercept | Trial and Terror

An in-depth report by The Intercept on US government pursuit of terrorism by the intelligence community.

As U.S. Preps Arrest Warrant for Assange, Glenn Greenwald Says Prosecuting WikiLeaks Threatens Press Freedom for All

AMY GOODMAN: CNN is reporting the Trump administration has prepared an arrest warrant for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Trump and the Deep State

As we know now, the real power is exercised by the deep states that have the upper hand on the press, the judiciary, the army and the intelligence services. The French deep state is also closely connected with its US counterpart.    This cartoon came to Rise Up Times via Linked In from France.   Arnaud […]

Jeremy Scahill’s Intercepted: Snowden vs. Trump

Democracy is not an inheritance but our challenge.

Chris Hedges | The Return of American Race Laws

The central tenet of fascism is always that war cleanses society and that the “virtues” that war inculcates in its combatants and survivors provide a new moral vigor.

Greenwald and Reed | Secret Docs Reveal: President Trump Has Inherited an FBI with Vast Hidden Powers

The revealing, once-secret FBI documents The Intercept is today reporting on, and publishing, demonstrate why protecting press freedom is more critical than ever.

Mapping Reveals Rising Use of Social Media Monitoring Tools by Cities Nationwide

The technology can be used to monitor political and social justice movements, posing risks to First Amendment-protected activity.

Glenn Greenwald | Three New Scandals Show How Pervasive and Dangerous Mass Surveillance Is in the West, Vindicating Snowden

…three major events prove how widespread, and dangerous, mass surveillance has become in the West.

Edward Snowden: We Are Never Farther Than a Single Election Away From a Change in Government

Snowden expressed concern about the global erosion of privacy.

U.S. Military Operations Are Biggest Motivation for Homegrown Terrorists, FBI Study Finds

Sageman says that the shortcomings of CVE models reflect a misapprehension of what drives political violence.

Coleen Rowley | FBI Stings: Down the Slippery Slope

It cannot be known with any degree of certainty what percentage of FBI “stings” consist of targeted individuals who were induced or “entrapped” to agree to commit crimes and who would not have otherwise committed such crimes, but in my opinion it’s a large majority.

Revival Of US Cold War-Era Committee To Echo McCarthy Fear Tactics

Instead of hunting legitimate terror and espionage threats, the group was much more likely to focus its efforts on trying to intimidate, slander and discredit law-abiding organizations that promote cooperation and dialogue between Washington and Moscow…

Civil Liberties Groups Express Concern Over Dramatic Growth of Individuals on Terror Watch Lists

The system has grown so large and complex that Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said this week that the Senate will vote “with almost no one understanding how these lists are put together, how they’re adjudicated, how you get off of them.” He added: “The terror watch list is not what people think it is .?.?. and there’s 11 different lists.”