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Source: Mike Malloy

From http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGD2t2iegSY: Edward Snowden: .Constitution being violated on massive scale..
Edward Snowden: .Constitution being violated on massive scale..
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Want to find out what Edward Snowden's fight for privacy rights and the world's biggest banana company have in common? No, seriously. Here are some crib notes... 

First, from The Guardian:

"The whistleblower Edward Snowden accused the chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee of double standards on Tuesday, pointing out that her outrage at evidence her staff were spied on by the CIA was not matched by concern about widespread surveillance of ordinary citizens. Snowden, the former contractor whose disclosures to journalists revealed widespread surveillance by the National Security Agency, was responding to an explosive statement by Senator Dianne Feinstein about the CIA's attempts to undermine a congressional investigation into interrogation and detention.

"In a surprisingly combative statement on the Senate floor on Tuesday, Feinstein, who has been widely criticised by privacy experts for failing to hold the NSA to account, accused the CIA of conducting potentially unconstitutional and criminal searches on computers used by her staff. In a statement to NBC News, Snowden said: "It's clear the CIA was trying to play 'keep away' with documents relevant to an investigation by their overseers in Congress, and that's a serious constitutional concern.

"Snowden, who is in Russia on temporary asylum, added: 'But it's equally if not more concerning that we're seeing another 'Merkel effect,' where an elected official does not care at all that the rights of millions of ordinary citizens are violated by our spies, but suddenly it's a scandal when a politician finds out the same thing happens to them.'"

And now to the bananas, from The Australian: 

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"CHIQUITA Brands International, the 144-year-old fruit supplier that extolled the health benefits of bananas to post-war America, has agreed to merge with Irish tropical-fruit company Fyffes to create the world's largest banana company. 

"Chiquita's past isn't without controversy. In 2007, the company paid a $US25 million fine to resolve US Justice Department charges after it admitted to paying protection money to armies fighting a guerilla war in Colombia, where one of Chiquita's most-profitable subsidiaries operated. 

"The payments were illegal because the groups that Chiquita paid were on the US State Department's list of terrorist groups."

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