by David Phinney
Friday July 12th 2024



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Snowden Update: Hong Kong Asylum Uncertain

Snowden Update: Hong Kong Asylum Uncertain

This from Reuters regarding Edward Snowden's chances for asylum in Hong Kong after he took credit on Sunday for revealing classified documents about and scope of U.S. electronic intelligence programs: Regina Ip, a Hong Kong lawmaker and former security secretary, said it would be wise for Snowden to leave Hong Kong. "We do have bilateral [...]

Edward Snowden Opens Can of Worms

Edward Snowden Opens Can of Worms

Today, Edward Snowden claimed he is responsible for leaking the goods on the architecture of the U.S. PRISM program, an international surveillance program that monitors Internet traffic en masse. The bold, ballsy admission opens a frothy can of wormy issues – from international relations between China and the U.S. to the nature of U.S. [...]

Rethinking My Methods of Communications

For years, I have ardently advocated the downsizing of the U.S. Postal Service. It is costly, slow, inefficient and, I thought, antiquated by electronic communications.... I am now reconsidering that whole notion given news from The Washington Post: "The National Security Agency and the FBI are tapping directly into the central servers of nine [...]

U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson “Soft” on Clinic Bombers

U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson “Soft” on Clinic Bombers

The U.S. judge who renewed the top secret court order demanding that Verizon provide information on all calls in its system to the National Security Agency “on an ongoing daily basis” was appointed to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court on May 4, 2006. His term ended just days after signing the order on May 18, 2013. U.S. Judge [...]

Tax Havens

Visit to Cayman Islands.... Seb Walker was fantastic on this story:

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UN on Mercenaries

Combating Trafficking for Forced Labor Purposes This year we noted several disturbing global trends which speak directly to the plight of labor trafficking victims. The first is the use of debt as a tool of coercion. In labor as well as sexual exploitation, illegal or illegitimate debt is increasingly used to keep people in [...]

rory mayberry

YouTube Oliver North Perhaps that’s because “one of the most highly regarded staffs on Capitol Hill” has a few problems of its own. In July, while “investigating” hiring “abuses” in the construction of the new U.S. embassy in Baghdad [...]

What a Difference Ten Years Makes

In September 1997, Linda Tripp began secretly began recording telephone conversations with her 24-year-old friend, Monica Lewinsky, regarding Lewinsky's Oval Office affair with President Clinton. Tripp handed those tapes over to Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr in January 1998 as unrelated evidence to the investigation of the Whitewater, a failed [...]

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