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Surveillance, empire and the future

No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State

by Glenn Greenwald
(Metropolitan Books,

Way back in July 2000, the Wall Street Journal, reporting on revelations and rumors about NSA snooping, offered the following: 

"The granddaddy of all bogus fears, though, is Echelon. If you believe some European Union parliamentarians, the United States and Britain operate an international network that monitors virtually all communications, and extracts choice nuggets with powerful computers that recognize key phrases in messages like 'assassination,' 'terrorist attack' or 'industrial secret.'"



CIA scandal reveals secret policy of torture and rendition in U.S.

Image: Lance Page / t r u t h o u t; Adapted: public domain / Wikimedia

"What keeps me up at night, candidly, is another attack against the United States," Sen. Dianne Feinstein said last month in what was, then, her routine defence of the mass global surveillance being conducted by the National Security Agency and other U.S. intelligence agencies. All that has changed now that she believes that the staff of the committee she chairs, the powerful, secretive Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, was spied on and lied to by the CIA. The committee was formed after the Watergate scandal engulfed the Nixon administration. The Church Committee, led by Idaho Democratic Sen. Frank Church, conducted a comprehensive investigation of abuses by U.S. intelligence agencies, of everything from spying on anti-war protesters to the assassination of foreign leaders.

| October 18, 2013

Why Edward Snowden's revelations are so significant

July 16, 2013
| In an interview recorded June 15, Professor Christopher Simpson details exactly what Edward Snowden revealed and why the U.S. government is so anxious to silence him.
Length: 14:01 minutes (12.84 MB)
Photo: Bernardo Londoy/Flickr
| March 18, 2013

Filibustering John Brennan's CIA nomination brings attention to U.S. drone killings

Photo: CSIS: Center for Strategic & International Studies/Flickr

You could say that a filibuster occurs when a senator drones on and on. The problem with the U.S. Senate was that there were too few senators speaking about drones this week.

Jimmy Carter
| October 30, 2012

The USA Manufactured the Arab Spring II

Linked from the original thread here, which was closed for unknown reasons.

The point was raised that it is seemingly illogical for the CIA or their ilk to instigate popular revolution, reason being that its course would be difficult to control. I challenge that notion. To use a narrative from my own story, I draw a parallel to the "People Power" or EDSA Revolutions of 1986 in the Philippines that ousted dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

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