Tag Archives: national security complex

How to Shift Power From the Police to the People, ACLU

A Community Control Over Police Surveillance (CCOPS) law in St. Louis would shift control over the use of surveillance technologies from law enforcement to the people and their elected representatives.

WikiLeaks Julian Assange Press Conference On CIA Hacking “Dark matter”(3/23/2017) (Video)

Political analysis comes after first 10 minutes or so of technical information.

Evergreene Digest | Tom Engelhardt | Washington’s 15-Year Air War

Bombs Away! 
Their Precision Weaponry and Ours Perhaps this September 11th, it’s finally time for Americans to begin to focus on our endless air war in the Greater Middle East, our very own disastrous Fifteen Years’ War. Otherwise, the first explosions from the Thirty Years’ version of the same will be on the horizon before we […]

Tomgram: Engelhardt, Campaign 2016 as a Demobilizing Spectacle

As the American people were demobilized from war and left, in the post-9/11 era, with the single duty of eternally thanking and praising our “warriors” (or our “wounded warriors”), war itself was being transformed into a new kind of American entertainment spectacle. In the 1980s, in response to the Vietnam experience, the Pentagon began to take responsibility not just for making war but for producing it.

Section 215 of the Patriot Act Expires in June. Is Congress Ready?

You may have heard that the Patriot Act is set to expire soon. That’s not quite the case. The Patriot Act was a large bill, as were the reauthorizations that followed in 2005 and 2006. Not all of it sunsets. But three provisions do expire on June 1st: Section 215, the “Lone Wolf provision,” and the “roving wiretap” provision.

FBI Really Doesn’t Want Anyone To Know About “Stingray” Use By Local Police

“It’s remarkable to see collusion by state and federal agencies to undermine public records requests, which are clearly aimed at keeping the public in the dark about the use of Stingray technology.”

▶ “When you collect everything, you understand nothing” – Snowden

“Democracy is about participation…we take risks. We dare,” he said. “Sometimes we do right and sometimes we do wrong, even if we intended to do right.” He suggested that expressing disagreement with the government is the right course of action when its behavior is perceived as“morally unjustifiable.”

Chris Hedges: The Imperative of Revolt

The endless election cycles, he said, are an example of politics without politics, driven not by substantive issues but manufactured political personalities and opinion polls. There is no national institution in the United States “that can be described as democratic,” [Wolin] said.   Protesters chant as they are arrested at the intersection of Wall Street and […]

Glenn Greenwald: UN Report Finds Mass Surveillance Violates International Treaties and Privacy Rights

“The hard truth is that the use of mass surveillance technology effectively does away with the right to privacy of communications on the Internet altogether,” the report concluded.    By Glenn Greenwald  The Intercept  First Look Media  15 October 2014 The United Nations’ top official for counter-terrorism and human rights (known as the “Special Rapporteur”) […]

Tomgram: Engelhardt, Inside the American Terrordome

ISIS in Washington: America’s Soundtrack of Hysteria     By Tom Engelhardt October 7, 2014 It happened so fast that, at first, I didn’t even take it in. Two Saturdays ago, a friend and I were heading into the Phillips Museum in Washington, D.C., to catch a show of neo-Impressionist art when we ran into someone he knew, heading […]

▶ NBC Censors Snowden’s Critical 9/11 Comments from Prime Time Audience

“They found that we had all of the information we needed as an intelligence community… to detect this plot” Subscribe or “Follow” us on RiseUpTimes.org. Rise Up Times is also on Facebook! Check the Rise Up Times page for posts from this blog and more! “Like” our page today. Rise Up Times is also on  Pinterest, Google+ and Tumblr. Find us on […]

What You Need to Know About the FISA Court—and How it Needs to Change

Should interpretation of the laws and Constitution of the United States take place in one-sided secretive courts, away from the public eye? A look at the history and procedures of the FISC make it clear: real reform is needed now.  BY NADIA KAYYALI   EFF.org   AUGUST 15, 2014 Should interpretation of the laws and Constitution of […]

Norman Solomon: Does Uncle Sam Have a God Complex?

Binney explained: “At least 80 percent of fiber-optic cables globally go via the U.S. This is no accident and allows the U.S. to view all communication coming in. At least 80 percent of all audio calls, not just metadata, are recorded and stored in the U.S. The NSA lies about what it stores.” by Norman Solomon  Common […]

▶ Glenn Greenwald: No Place to Hide

In his new book, No Place to Hide, Glenn Greenwald traces the discovery and extent of the massive surveillance apparatus constructed by the National Security Agency.   Published on May 15, 2014 Audio-only version: http://www.cato.org/multimedia/daily-… Subscribe or “Follow” us on RiseUpTimes.org. Rise Up Times is also on Facebook!  Check the Rise Up Times page for posts from this blog […]

Daniel Ellsberg: Don’t Do What I Did

This billboard is now outside the U.S. State Department, saying “don’t wait until thousands more have died, before you tell the truth…” RootsAction.org Subscribe or “Follow” us on RiseUpTimes.org. Rise Up Times is also on Facebook!  Check the Rise Up Times page for posts from this blog and more! “Like” our page today.  Rise Up Times is also […]

Glenn Greenwald: The Snowden Saga Begins, “I Have Been to the Darkest Corners of Government, and What They Fear Is Light”

Tomgram: Glenn Greenwald, How I Met Edward Snowden By Glenn Greenwald  Tom Dispatch.com  May 13, 2014 Read Tom Englehardt’s introduction here. [This essay is a shortened and adapted version of Chapter 1 of Glenn Greenwald’s new book, No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Security State, and appears at TomDispatch.com with the kind permission of […]

Glenn Greenwald: Keith Alexander Unplugged — on Bush/Obama, 1.7 million stolen documents and other matters

The just-retired long-time NSA chief, Gen. Keith Alexander, recently traveled to Australia to give a remarkably long and wide-ranging interview with an extremely sycophantic “interviewer” with The Australian Financial Review.  By Glenn Greenwald  The Intercept  8 May 2014 Photo credit: Evan Vucci/AP The resulting 17,000-word transcript andaccompanying article form a model of uncritical stenography journalism, but Alexander clearly chose to […]

▶ Chris Hedges at Oxford University: Is Edward Snowden a Hero?

Photo by OxfordUnion/YouTube Posted on Mar 22, 2014 An Oxford debate in late February posed the question: Is Edward Snowden a hero? In an impassioned defense of a patriotism that courageously stands against the abuse of state power, Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges said yes, and by a vote of the those present, won the contest. Seven others […]

Bamford> Connecting the Dots on PRISM, Phone Surveillance, and the NSA’s Massive Spy Center

An aerial view of the NSA’s Utah Data Center in Bluffdale, Utah. The government is secretly collecting the telephone records of millions of Verizon customers and gathering data from tech companies including Apple, Microsoft and Google. The Obama Administration defends the National Security Agency’s need to collect such records, but critics call it a huge […]

Dissent or Terror: New Report Details How Counter Terrorism Apparatus Was Used to Monitor Occupy Movement Nationwide | PR Watch

While small glimpses into the governmental monitoring of the Occupy Wall Street movement have emerged in the past, there has not been any reporting — until now — that details the breadth and depth of the degree to which the nation’s post-September 11, 2001 counter terrorism apparatus has been applied to politically engaged citizens exercising […]