(25 comments) SHARE Sunday, March 18, 2012 Senators terrified with abuse of Patriot Act's secret laws
In a joint letter to Attorney General Eric Holder sent Thursday, Senators Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) and Mark Udall (D-Colorado) plead with the government to provide the American people with the facts behind what the Patriot Act can let America's top investigators do.
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, January 18, 2014 Pope Francis shakes up Vatican Bank supervisory board
Pope Francis has vowed to reform the bank or close it down completely after a series of scandals that tainted the reputation of the Holy See and the institution responsible for its charity around the globe. In October 2013, for the first time in its 125-year history, the Vatican bank disclosed its annual financial report to the public, showing a total of 4.98 billion euros in assets and 769 million euros in equity funds.
(7 comments) SHARE Tuesday, June 7, 2016 Google involved with Clinton campaign, controls information flow -- Assange
American tech giant Google is closely cooperating with Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign to promote the candidate, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said in a televised address to an international media forum. Assange believes that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is predictable and will constitute a problem for freedom of speech in the US if elected.
(18 comments) SHARE Friday, August 23, 2013 DOJ wants Bush, senior cabinet members exempt from Iraq War trial
Chief counsel Comar wrote on the War Is a Crime website explaining that, "The DoJ claims that in planning and waging the Iraq War, ex-President Bush and key members of his Administration were acting within the legitimate scope of their employment and are thus immune from suit."
(12 comments) SHARE Thursday, May 22, 2014 "World moving away from American financial hegemony"
With the China-Russia deal conducted outside the dollar system we see the beginning of the de-dollarization and de-Americanization of the world, former assistant Secretary of the Treasury Paul Craig Roberts told RT.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, April 28, 2013 Fracking Debris Considered Too Radioactive Even For Waste Site
The consequences of long-term exposure to Radium 226 are known, but the effects of specially formulated chemicals used at US fracking sites still remain widely unknown. With the Obama administration overlooking environmental concerns and distributing oil drilling rights without a comprehensive review of fracking, it is difficult to know just how much radiation the sites produce.
(7 comments) SHARE Tuesday, December 30, 2014 Florida congressman barred from seeing classified sections of 9/11 inquiry - report
A request by US Rep. Alan Grayson to access a portion of a 2002 congressional report on the Sept 11, 2001 attacks was denied by the House Intelligence Committee based on political reasons. Grayson's request pertains to 28 pages of Congress' Joint Inquiry that were ordered to be redacted by then-President George W. Bush.
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, May 29, 2013 Attorney General Holder under investigation on perjury suspicions
Responding to NBC's investigation on the Rosen case, a statement provided by the DOJ acknowledged that the search warrant application was approved "at the highest levels" of the agency, including "discussions" with Holder himself. Even more noteworthy, that affidavit also labeled Rosen as a "possible co-conspirator" in a crime.
(12 comments) SHARE Monday, January 13, 2014 Supreme Court hands Monsanto victory over farmers on GMO seed patents, ability to sue
In a June 2013 ruling, the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, DC said it was inevitable, as the farmers' argued, that contamination from Monsanto's products would occur. Yet the appeals panel also said the plaintiffs do not have standing to prohibit Monsanto from suing them should the company's genetic traits end up on their holdings.
(8 comments) SHARE Wednesday, December 25, 2013 "Tracked everywhere you go": Snowden delivers Xmas message on govt spying
As a former US Central Intelligence Agency employee, US National Security Agency contractor, and the person behind the biggest security leak in US history, Snowden gives his assessment of the classic bogey model of the Orwellian state as "nothing compared" to today's surveillance methods.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, April 14, 2012 Assange Show Premiere: Time to Watch "The World Tomorrow" (PHOTOS)
Julian Assange. The World Tomorrow. Arguably the most anticipated news show of 2012 premieres next week on RT. Dateline--Tuesday, April 17. Timeline--15:30 Moscow time, 11:30 GMT, 07:30 am in New York and 21:30 in Sydney. The world will be watching "The World Tomorrow." The first episode, with a notorious guest who's identity is still under wraps, will coincide with the 500th day of financial blockade on Wikileaks.
SHARE Sunday, March 9, 2014 Ron Paul on Liz Wahl's claim: What RT reported was exactly what I said
Former US Congressman Ron Paul responds to allegations voiced by the channel's ex-host Liz Wahl that RT censored his interview, in which he criticized foreign intervention in Ukraine. "I thought was very fair. I listened to the replay of the whole thing," Paul said on his official online channel on March 6. "I didn't think it was slanted in any way. I thought what they reported was exactly what I said," he added.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, March 13, 2015 "Most significant break between Germany and US since WWII"
The Germans for the first time in 70 years now are sort of coming out of adolescence into adulthood and are willing to stand up to the US and say: "Look, our interests are not the same as yours. We don't want a war in Central Europe, and we're going to prevent it!" That translates into intelligence cooperation, as well.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, October 17, 2016 "US media ignores Clinton stealing Democratic nomination, engages in Russia-bashing instead"
During a news conference at the 2016 BRICS summit for five major emerging economies, Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed Washington's latest threat to launch a cyber-attack against Russia based on unsubstantiated claims that Russia had somehow interfered in the 2016 presidential election, which is already being called the most scandal-filled contest in American political history
(9 comments) SHARE Sunday, July 20, 2014 Malaysia MH17 crash: 10 questions Russia wants Ukraine to answer
Russia's Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov has criticized Western countries for jumping to conclusions just "24 hours after the crash" while there is no evidence. Antonov said, "It seems to me that this is part of information warfare which has been started against the Russian Federation and armed forces."
(10 comments) SHARE Wednesday, August 28, 2013 Bombing Syria Would Make US Pilots "Al-Qaeda's Air Force" -- Kucinich
While US Secretary of State John Kerry has pointed to "undeniable" evidence of Assad's involvement in the chemical attack in Damascus, and White House spokesman Jay Carney has accused Assad of violating "an international standard," a number of US lawmakers have questioned spoken military strikes on Syria without the issue being brought before Congress.
(9 comments) SHARE Thursday, July 18, 2013 US preparing for military action in Syria, top US general says
President Barack Obama is considering using military force in Syria, and the Pentagon has prepared various scenarios for possible United States intervention. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the Obama administration is deliberating whether or not it should use the brute of the US military in Syria during a Thursday morning Senate hearing.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, December 23, 2016 "Snowden warned Americans of 'turnkey tyranny' that opens door to illegal search & seizures"
Edward Snowden has responded to a damning House Intelligence report analyzing his life and possible motives for revealing NSA surveillance. According to the report, Snowden has been in contact with Russian intelligence agencies since his arrival in Moscow. Snowden denied the accusation, saying in a Tweet "they claim without evidence I'm in cahoots with Russian intel. Everyone knows this is false.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, July 29, 2013 Fukushima radiation levels as high as 2011
Water samples taken at an underground passage below the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant contain alarming levels of radiation which are comparable to those taken immediately after the catastrophe. According to a statement by Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), the tested water contains 2.35 billion becquerels of cesium per liter, and the radioactive water is now seeping into the sea.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, August 14, 2016 "Ex-CIA Director's 'kill Russians in Syria' comment reveals neocon influence"
Morell has proposed the US change tactics in Syria by targeting President Bashar Assad's allies, adding that killing Russians should be done covertly. Two former CIA officials turned whistleblowers, Ray McGovern and John Kiriakou, appeared on RT's "Watching the Hawks" program to give their analysis on the disturbing comments, as well as other tantalizing bits of information.
SHARE Monday, April 13, 2015 RT premieres "Terminal F" Snowden documentary in Russia
Two award-winning journalists have shed light on the story of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden's journey to Hong Kong and Moscow, when his revelations on US government surveillance shook the world, in a new documentary presented in Moscow by RT.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, November 6, 2014 "Anonymous to wake up US citizens"
Are we being snooped on, are we being eavesdropped on? Of course we are. Is it against our constitution? Yes, it is against our constitution. But there are ways to encipher your communications and there are ways used by highly technical people like Anonymous to defeat surveillance or to counter-surveil and cause mischief.
(3 comments) SHARE Wednesday, May 21, 2014 WikiLeaks ignores "deaths" warning, threatens to name NSA-targeted country
When Greenwald defended his decision to publish the names of four countries where telephony metadata is collected by the NSA but withhold a fifth where content is recorded as well, WikiLeaks said it could be interpreted as meaning that the unknown country doesn't deserve to know they're being surveilled. Greenwald said The Intercept was "very convinced" it could lead to deaths. Later, WikiLeaks equated this as racism.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, February 4, 2014 Toxic carcinogens from tar sands oil production underestimated - report
Production of crude oil in western Canada emits more harmful carcinogens into the environment than official estimates let on. The Keystone XL pipeline would move tar sands oil from Alberta through the US to Texas. A new study by the University of Toronto-Scarborough reported that Canadian officials may have underestimated emissions of harmful carcinogens known as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)from Alberta tar sands.
(6 comments) SHARE Tuesday, November 26, 2013 US, UK officials worry Snowden still has "doomsday" collection of classified material
US and British intelligence officials say they are concerned about a "doomsday" collection of highly classified, heavily encrypted materials they believe former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden may have stored away. The cache supposedly contains documents with names of US and allied intelligence personnel, seven current and former US officials and other sources.
(6 comments) SHARE Thursday, June 26, 2014 Assange lawyers demand end to arrest warrant, release of evidence
Julian Assange's lawyers are demanding Swedish prosecutors reveal texts from the woman in the "rape" scandal, currently hanging over the WikiLeaks founder. Changes in the law allow this and the defense team is appealing to cancel the arrest warrant.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, November 23, 2013 Latest Snowden leak reveals NSA's goal to continually expand surveillance abilities
The five-page document brought to light Friday by the New York Times reveals the intelligence agency's intention to "aggressively pursue legal authorities and a policy framework mapped more fully to the information age." The spy agency sought the ability to trace "anyone, anywhere, anytime," according to its 2012 mission statement.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, December 31, 2013 NSA spying is just the beginning, a far greater threat lies ahead
The US National Security Agency (NSA) is building the foundation for a global police state. The current massive cyber surveillance of the worlds' people and institutions is only the beginning of the threat from the NSA and its allied US government agencies. Unrestricted information technology (IT) power in the hands of the US government is a future threat which dwarfs anything the NSA has done to date.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 9, 2013 Hero Fukushima ex-manager who foiled nuclear disaster dies of cancer
Masao Yoshida, 58, former Fukushima supervisor of damage control works at the tsunami-devastated nuclear power plant has died of cancer. His decision not to follow a corporate order prevented Chernobyl-like explosions of overheated Fukushima reactors. Yoshida is believed to have prevented the world's worst atomic accident in 25 years after the Chernobyl catastrophe in 1986.
(3 comments) SHARE Friday, November 22, 2013 Bob Woodward questions Washington Post colleagues' handling of Snowden affair
oodward said he would have preferred it if the source responsible for what has become perhaps the biggest story since Watergate would have approached him for assistance first, a remark that was immediately taken by many as a jab at The Guardian journalists who first detailed Snowden's National Security Agency leaks and their colleagues at, among other outlets, his own Washington Post.
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 5, 2013 IAEA suggests Fukushima consider "controlled discharge" of toxic water into ocean
Radioactive water has been leaking from the damaged reactors and mixing with groundwater since an earthquake and tsunami in 2011 destroyed the plant's power and cooling systems, causing three reactors to melt and damaging a fourth reactor building. Leaks and other flaws found in several tanks earlier this year have raised concerns about more failures, especially if another earthquake or typhoon were to hit the area.
SHARE Wednesday, May 13, 2015 Chelsea Manning rewrites the Espionage Act
Former intelligence analyst Manning has drafted a 31-page bill to re-establish protections for freedom of speech and the press that have been challenged by the Justice Department. The bill would amend sections of the Freedom of Information Act, the Uniform Code of Military Justice, the Espionage Act, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, Federal Disclosure Rules for Journalists.
SHARE Sunday, May 29, 2016 "Snowden's two goals -- alert people of mass spying, encourage future whistleblowers"
These new revelations coming from John Crane, the former Assistant Inspector General at the Pentagon tell us in quite specific detail how high-up Pentagon officials repeatedly broke the law in their handling of Thomas Drake's whistleblowing case, including by withholding and destroying documents, and lying to a Federal judge and other clear crimes and felonies. So, that is really what has come to light this week.
SHARE Sunday, March 1, 2015 Venezuela imposes mandatory visas for all US citizens, bans for Bush & Cheney
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced a new mandatory visa requirement for all Americans visiting the country. The leader also called to review and downsize the number of US embassy staff in Caracas. Also, George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Republican Congress members Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Robert Menendez, and Marco Rubio will be denied visas into the country. He labeled Bush and Cheney as "terrorists."
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, September 15, 2013 Endless Fukushima catastrophe: 2020 Olympics under contamination threat
Scientific estimates predict that the radioactive plume travelling east across the Pacific will likely hit the shores of Oregon, Washington State and Canada early next year. California will probably be impacted later that year. Because the ongoing flow of water from the reactor site will be virtually impossible to stop, a radioactive plume will continue to migrate across the Pacific for many decades.
SHARE Wednesday, April 8, 2015 Female Palestinian MP snatched by IDF, held without charge for 6 months
Khalida Jarrar, 52, is a senior political leader of the left-wing Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), a faction of the Palestine Liberation Organization. She was seized by a squad of some 50 IDF troops in the middle of the night last week, as they stormed into her house in Ramallah.
(5 comments) SHARE Thursday, June 27, 2013 Wanted: Russia And China As Villain In Snowden Affair
Judging by the one-fruity-flavor variety of US media chewing points, Russia has been typecast -- no plot spoiler here -- as the villainous antagonist that pits a lonely whistleblower from the National Security Agency against the very government -- and even girlfriend -- he betrayed.
And as if to purposely taunt his imperial pursuer, Snowden has
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(4 comments) SHARE Monday, September 30, 2013 New Snowden leak: NSA is monitoring the Internet histories of millions of Americans
New NSA documents leaked by former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden suggest the NSA is collecting information on the Internet habits of millions of innocent Americans never suspected of criminal involvement, without issuing search warrants or opening investigations into people. The information is obtained using a program codenamed Marina.
SHARE Sunday, November 3, 2013 Earthquake hits close to Fukushima, tremors felt as far as Tokyo
A 5.0 earthquake was registered on Japan's east cost in a prefecture neighboring Fukushima. It comes as a top Japanese politician called for acknowledgement of the fact that some Fukushima evacuees would never be able to return to the area. Sunday's tremors were felt as far away as Tokyo, but no casualties or damage reports were released at the time.
SHARE Tuesday, November 12, 2013 Radioactive leak found in reactor at S. Carolina nuclear plant, one of largest in US
A reactor at one of the nation's largest nuclear power plants has been taken offline due to a radioactive leak within a containment building. "Out of an abundance of caution," service was temporarily removed from Unit 1 at the Oconee Nuclear Station in western South Carolina early Monday. The leak has been reported to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
(2 comments) SHARE Friday, May 2, 2014 Supreme Court refuses to stop indefinite detention of Americans under NDAA
The United States Supreme Court this week effectively ended all efforts to overturn a controversial 2012 law that grants the government the power to indefinitely detain American citizens without due process. The high court said it won't weigh in on a challenge filed by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges and a bevy of co-plaintiffs against US President Barack Obama.
(8 comments) SHARE Saturday, August 17, 2013 Assange: "I Am A Big Admirer Of Ron Paul"
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange praised United States Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) and his father, Dr. Ron Paul, during an interview Friday in which he said the family has been among the biggest supporters his whistleblowing group has in Congress. The Paul family, added Assange, have been "the strongest supporters of the fight against the US attack on WikiLeaks and on me."
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, July 6, 2013 Bugged by US spying, EU may sever ties with American internet providers
Crucial European positions in the trade talks may already be compromised due to the wide-scale surveillance. EU officials do not want the issue of America's covert spy program to be the elephant in the room which nobody talks about. Britain may also have some explaining to do on the sidelines of next week's trade talks. It has had access to the US internet monitoring program since at least June 2010.
SHARE Monday, October 27, 2014 FBI reportedly raids home of "Second Snowden"
In "Citizen Four," a documentary about the Snowden saga currently being screened at select theaters in the US, Greenwald and fellow Intercept journalist Jeremy Scahill acknowledge that a new source has provided the reporters with information in the wake of the NSA leaks.
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, December 29, 2013 Greenwald: US, British media are servants of security apparatus
Greenwald said the established media continues to reject the notion that government officials spew lies. Snowden's NSA documents have exposed those fibs on more than one occasion, he noted, yet reporters around the world continue to take the word of officials as fact rather than dig from the truth. "Their role is not to be adversarial, but to be loyal spokespeople to those powerful factions they pretend to exercise oversight."
(6 comments) SHARE Saturday, December 28, 2013 Hundreds of teens go on "trashing" spree in NYC mall
Hundreds of aggressive teenagers stormed a New York mall, trashing stores, assaulting security guards and terrifying customers and personnel. Some teens allegedly took part in a game of "knockout." The mall briefly shut down in response to the violence. Wild "knockout" attacks -- when people randomly approach strangers on the street to punch them -- have been recently spreading like wildfire across the US.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, November 25, 2013 Military hand-me-downs: US police getting leftover armored trucks from Iraq
The ACLU has been investigating the use of military equipment in US police forces since 2012 as part of their campaign against the militarization of law enforcement under the slogan: "Towns don't need tanks." On its website, the NGO records examples of occasions when police have used military equipment in situations when it was unnecessary, disproportionate or counterproductive.
(10 comments) SHARE Sunday, November 3, 2013 Snowden "may meet whoever he wants" over Merkel phone hack -- Kremlin
Snowden may serve as key witness in the investigation, and may testify in person, if Berlin guarantees that he would be safe from arrest and deportation to the US. Several top German officials, including Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich, said they thought that bringing the whistleblower to the country would greatly benefit the investigation.
(6 comments) SHARE Sunday, August 11, 2013 Assange blasts Obama for denying Snowden's role in NSA reforms
While praising President Obama's Friday surveillance reforms as a "victory of sorts for Edward Snowden," WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange delivered a written blow to the administration for its "hypocritical" treatment of the subject. He said "the President and people of the United States and around the world owe Edward Snowden a debt of gratitude."
(7 comments) SHARE Saturday, September 14, 2013 McCain baffles Russian communists promising to respond to Putin's op-ed in Pravda
McCain's spokesman Brian Rogers said that McCain "would be glad to write something for Pravda, so we'll be reaching out to Dmitry with a submission." He said McCain would most likely want to address such issues as democracy and human rights in Russia, "and certainly Putin's regime aiding and abetting of the Syrian regime, which has killed 100,000 of its own people."
SHARE Saturday, February 8, 2014 The Snowden Files: How to turn another hero into a villain
From newspapers to TV, internet, radio, and magazines and books, media in the West is becoming a commodity no different to sausages or killer drones, bought and sold for profit to the highest bidder, and he who pays the piper calls the tune. There is eventually no wriggle room left for criticism of the power elite these media barons are part of. The same criminal elite, perhaps, that Edward Snowden is blowing the whistle on?
SHARE Wednesday, June 19, 2013 Protesters Rally Against Gitmo At US Embassy In Yemen (PHOTOS)
The demonstrators, many of whom were relatives of Gitmo prisoners highlighted the failure of the US government to fulfill its obligations to close the prison in Cuba. Activists have also gathered to draw attention to the deteriorating state of health of many prisoners who have been on hunger strike since February.
(4 comments) SHARE Tuesday, February 11, 2014 "The day we fight back": 6,000 websites protest surveillance, honor Aaron Swartz
More than 6,000 websites, including Reddit, Tumblr, Mozilla, are taking part in an online protest against government surveillance. The action marks two years since website blackouts against SOPA and PIPA and commemorates Aaron Swartz's death. Civil liberties advocates are now pushing for Congress to reform the anti-hacking law the government used to pursue Swartz.
(4 comments) SHARE Sunday, August 18, 2013 WikiLeaks posts 400 gigabytes of encrypted "insurance" data online
The practice of encoding data and then later releasing the key is not uncommon for WikiLeaks, but the sheer size of the files has attracted considerable attention. WikiLeaks followers on Facebook and Twitter speculated on what the documents might contain, and also that the key would be released if anything should happen to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange or NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.
(5 comments) SHARE Tuesday, June 16, 2015 "I have to work a lot harder" in Russia than at NSA -- Edward Snowden
Snowden addressed the ethics of whistleblowing, reminding his audience that he never published a single document himself, but always worked alongside journalists. The involvement of reporters also allowed the employment of a system of checks and balances while making the revelations, he said.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, July 28, 2013 Low-level NSA analysts can spy on Americans -- Greenwald
Following Snowden's revelations on NSA surveillance, President Barack Obama assured US citizens in June that "nobody is listening to [their] telephone calls." He added that America is "going to have to make some choices" between privacy and security, warning that the highly publicized programs will make it harder to target terrorists.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, October 15, 2013 Losing faith: Global financiers look to de-Americanize
A US debt default could hit on Thursday, and world leaders are second guessing the dominant role America plays in finance. Regardless of the final decision in Washington, confidence and credibility in the US has already eroded. The country that has long provided a sturdy backbone to the global economy is now teetering on a mass default.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, February 3, 2014 WikiLeaks, Greenwald blast Guardian journalist's book on "FSB prisoner" Snowden
WikiLeaks has excoriated a new book by Guardian foreign correspondent Luke Harding, who claims former NSA contractor Edward Snowden is being kept hostage by the Russian security agency, the FSB. Harding says from the very start of Snowden's stay in Russia the former CIA employee has been surrounded by "minders" from the FSB, with even his trusted lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, being an FSB-handpicked "person of the system."
SHARE Sunday, October 27, 2013 With Assad in, and Ahmadinejad out, where does that leave Netanyahu?
If war in Iran is the endgame, as many observers suspect it is, then Israel's objectives in the region have been seriously upset by Obama's flip-flopping on the question of military action in Syria. That is because in the event that Israel -- unilaterally or otherwise -- decides to launch any sort of pre-emptive strike on Iran's nuclear facilities, it will certainly not want its flanks exposed to Syrian and Hezbollah forces.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, February 12, 2014 Sen Rand Paul sues President Obama over NSA call surveillance
US Senator Rand Paul has filed a class-action lawsuit against the Obama administration and the National Security Agency seeking to halt the NSA's vast data-surveillance program. The suit challenges the constitutionality of the NSA program that collects metadata on US citizens' phone calls.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, October 4, 2016 Assange: WikiLeaks will publish all US election docs by Nov. 8
Assange denied that any of WikiLeaks' publications are aimed at damaging the image of US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, saying that some of his statements in this regard had been misquoted. He said the documents released or to be released by the organization "are revealing, but also the government/state reactions to the releases are revealing also."
SHARE Tuesday, March 11, 2014 Snowden at SXSW: "The Constitution was being violated on a massive scale"
Snowden -- speaking in front of a green screen digitally altered to display Article 1 of the US Constitution -- said he would "absolutely" disclose documents all over again, even though his actions thus far have branded him a fugitive and traitor by many. "I took an oath to support and defend the Constitution and I saw that the Constitution was being violated on a massive scale," he said.
(4 comments) SHARE Friday, October 25, 2013 Fukushima Whistleblower Exposes Yakuza Connections, Exploitation Of Cleanup Workers
The cleanup has a upcoming operation in November. Any mistake could result in a catastrophe bigger than Chernobyl, says Christopher Busby, an expert on the health effects of ionizing radiation and Scientific Secretary of the European Committee on Radiation Risk. The combined radioactive yield of the fuel rods is more than that of the nuclear bomb dropped on Hiroshima.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, September 3, 2013 Assange Requests Investigation Into US Actions Against WikiLeaks
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange submitted a complaint to the Swedish police, seeking an investigation into reports of US illegal activity in Europe against WikiLeaks and himself, including seizure of personal property containing evidence of a war crime.
SHARE Sunday, June 9, 2013 Assange On PRISM: US Justice System In "Calamitous" Collapse
Critics of the Obama Administration have accused it of an unprecedented crackdown on whistleblowers -- more government officials are being prosecuted for leaks under Obama than all previous administrations combined. News of PRISM comes just after reports that the Justice Department secretly obtained two months of AP reporters' telephone records and tapped Fox News reporter James Rosen's private email.
SHARE Saturday, June 29, 2013 Greenwald On "Coming" Leak: NSA Can Obtain One Billion Cell Phone Calls A Day, Store Them And Listen
Greenwald called Friday's scandal over the US army's blocking of the Guardian website a prize of "a significant level above" a Pulitzer of a Peabody, pointing out the seeming contradiction that soldiers fighting for the country were considered mature and responsible enough to put their lives on the line, but clearly weren't "mature" enough to be exposed to the same information that the rest of the world was accessing.
(9 comments) SHARE Monday, July 1, 2013 "No stopping" more Snowden revelations -- Assange
NSA leaks will continue to be revealed, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has warned the US government, no matter what happens to Edward Snowden, who is stuck in diplomatic limbo in Russia as he is seeking asylum in Ecuador. Assange warned that measures have been implemented to hinder any attempt by Washington to try and stop the publication of more classified material.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, June 23, 2014 Russell Brand "Con-Dems" MSM blackout of 50,000-strong anti-austerity march
Brand, best known for his work as an actor, comedian, television personality and self-effacing Messiah, has become a high-profile poster boy for the disaffected with his anti-system rants and calls for revolution. When asked if he still wanted a revolution to take place, Brand, who has predicted a "peaceful, effortless, joyful revolution," said, "Yes."
SHARE Saturday, August 10, 2013 John Kerry's Israeli-Palestinian talks are a cover for aggression and annexation
Whatever the reasons are behind the renewal of the futile talks between Tel Aviv and the PA, the US government and Israel are not interested in a just resolution. Neither the talks nor the negotiators nor the US government, as a broker, are genuine. The Obama Administration is merely pursuing its own interests in the wider Middle East.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, February 2, 2014 Israeli security minister slams Kerry over boycott threat, warns IDF may invade Gaza
Kerry is hoping to create a framework for the establishment of a lasting peace between Israel and Palestine by the end of 2014. Martin Indyk, the State Department's lead envoy to the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, told Jewish leaders that the new framework will address controversial issues such as the settlements and Palestinian statehood.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, December 24, 2013 "No conception of privacy": Snowden to deliver alternative TV Christmas message
Edward Snowden will deliver an "Alternative Christmas Message' on British TV on Wednesday. In his pre-recorded address, the whistleblower calls for an end to mass spying by governments, stating that a child born today will have "no conception of privacy." Snowden says that British author George Orwell's warnings of data collection in his classic dystopian novel "1984" are "nothing compared to what we have available today."
(9 comments) SHARE Wednesday, August 14, 2013 Snowden: American Media "Abdicated Their Role As Check To Power"
"After 9/11, many of the most important news outlets in America abdicated their role as a check to power -- the journalistic responsibility to challenge the excesses of government -- for fear of being seen as unpatriotic and punished in the market during a period of heightened nationalism," the NY Times reported Snowden as saying.
(16 comments) SHARE Sunday, October 18, 2015 "I would have stopped 9/11" says Trump. He's "pathetic" and "an actor," retorts Jeb Bush
The spat between two leading GOP candidates has sunk to a new low, as Donald Trump and Jeb Bush spent the entire weekend throwing barbs at each other, with Bush forced to defend his family honor over 9/11. The feud heated up on Friday, when Trump appeared to imply that George W. Bush was at least partly at fault for the 2001 attacks that brought down the World Trade Center, as they happened on his watch.
(2 comments) SHARE Monday, September 9, 2013 "CIA fabricated evidence to lure US into war with Syria"
According to our information, is that the President is being given cooked-up intelligence because John Brennan, the head of the CIA, and James Clapper, the confessed perjurer, have thought it in their best interests to cater to the wishes of the White House, which have been very clear: "this time, we want to strike Syria." It's a terrible situation, it's a political sort of thing now.
SHARE Saturday, April 5, 2014 Relax and do some yoga, Moscow tells sanctions-waving US leaders
The public part of the sanctions, which include travel bans and foreign assets freezes, targets Russian politicians and businessmen, who the US considers part of President Putin's inner circle. So far, sanctions have only managed to provoke sarcastic requests from Russian politicians, not included in the US blacklist, to add them as well.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, November 19, 2014 Putin: "US wants to subdue Russia, but no one did or ever will"
The US has no plans to humiliate Russia, but instead wants to subdue it, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said, adding that no one had ever succeeded in doing so -- and never will. The Russian leader said that history was not about to change, and that no one would manage to suppress the country.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, October 5, 2013 Intel union: Spy agency heads won't roll with US and UK allied
he only protection against a slide towards totalitarianism is a free media that allows a free transfer of ideas between people without the need to self-censor. The global US military-security complex is embedded into the DNA of the internet. We cannot rely on the USA to voluntarily hand back the powers it has grabbed.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, December 3, 2013 Red-herring "inquisition": Guardian editor robustly defends Snowden leaks to UK MPs
Responding to MPs, The Guardian's editor-in-chief insisted that national security was never breached and that what his newspaper had published was in the public interest. He said the UK government's response to the Snowden revelations about NSA and GCHQ spying and its attitude to The Guardian had dismayed many people around the world who believe in a free press.
SHARE Friday, June 21, 2013 WikiLeaks May Publish More Revelations Promised By Snowden -- Assange
WikiLeaks may publish further revelations promised by NSA leaker Edward Snowden, Julian Assange hinted during a conference call with journalists. He reiterated that his legal team is helping Snowden in his quest for asylum in Iceland. "We don't speak about investigations or upcoming publications," Assange repeated several times, but hinted that "significant material will be published in coming weeks."
(4 comments) SHARE Tuesday, October 15, 2013 Greenwald quits Guardian for independent news project
Guardian reporter Glenn Greenwald, who was one of the first journalists to break the NSA surveillance story, is leaving the British newspaper for a "once-in-a-career dream journalistic opportunity." He pointed out that his plans were leaked prematurely, so he is unable to reveal any more information at this time.
(4 comments) SHARE Thursday, October 24, 2013 Occupy "Pepper-Spray Cop" Awarded $38k Settlement
UC Davis agreed to spend roughly $1 million to compensate current and former students who became victims in the Nov. 2011 incident, dishing out $30,000 settlements apiece to 21 plaintiffs, and another $6,666 to 15 others that stepped up later. The deal reached between UC Davis and Pike's attorneys will award him a larger settlement than any of those targeted in the attack.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, July 4, 2013 Bugged: Ecuador Reveals Details On London Embassy Surveillance
An image of the hidden microphone used to bug an office in Ecuador's London embassy, where WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been living for over a year, was revealed by Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino during a press conference Wednesday. WikiLeaks tweeted a close-up image of the device, which Patino said held a SIM card and was designed to transmit private conversations from inside the embassy.
(5 comments) SHARE Sunday, November 24, 2013 "Historic mistake": Netanyahu says world is "more dangerous place" after Iran deal
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has slammed the international deal over Iran's nuclear program, branding it a "historic mistake." He told his Cabinet, "Israel is not committed by this agreement. The regime in Iran is committed to destroying Israel. [But] Israel has the right and obligation to defend itself from any threat."
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 12, 2013 American who vanished in Iran was on unsanctioned CIA mission
The retired FBI agent who seemed to vanish in Iran seven years ago was on a strange unauthorized mission for the CIA that was organized by intelligence agents who did not have the authority to do so, a shocking new report has revealed. Robert Levinson, a former DEA and FBI employee who gathered intelligence in Latin America for the CIA after leaving the bureau, was long believed to have flown to an Iranian resort in 2007.
(4 comments) SHARE Saturday, August 2, 2014 "Here are the missiles!" US Congress passes emergency funding for Israel's Iron Dome
Congress overwhelmingly approved an emergency measure on Friday to grant $225 million in additional revenue to Israel for the country's Iron Dome missile defense system. The package will put nearly a quarter of a billion dollars towards Israel's missile defense system, which is jointly built by US defense giant Raytheon.
SHARE Thursday, May 1, 2014 BP pipeline sprays "oily mist" over 33 acres of Alaskan tundra
Alaska state officials confirmed Wednesday that an oily mist sprung from a compromised oil pipeline and sprayed into the wind without stopping for at least two hours, covering 33 acres of the frozen snow field in the oil well's vicinity. The cause is still under investigation, according to the Associated Press, but officials know that the mist was made up of a mixture of gas, crude oil, and water.
SHARE Sunday, September 29, 2013 No. 2 US nuke chief suspended over gambling probe
The general in charge of all US nuclear offensive forces has suspended his deputy, Navy Vice Adm. Tim Giardina, over his suspected role in a casino scandal that involved "a significant monetary amount" of counterfeit gambling chips. Air Force Gen. Robert Kehler suspended Giardina on September 3 without publicly announcing the move.
SHARE Tuesday, November 12, 2013 Japan plans to borrow $30 billion for Fukushima cleanup
Japan's government is allegedly finalizing plans to borrow some $30 billion for the cumbersome cleanup of the Fukushima nuclear power plant and the surrounding region, as well as compensating evacuees, Reuters reports. But it now appears that more funds are necessary for the multi-billion dollar effort. Targets for reducing radiation levels and eradicating nuclear fallout in the areas have likewise not been met.
SHARE Sunday, January 26, 2014 NSA is after industrial spying -- Snowden to German TV
Edward Snowden disavowed participation in any future publications of the documents he withdrew from the NSA databanks, saying in the same interview that he no longer possesses any NSA data. The information has been distributed among a number of trustworthy journalists, who are going to decide for themselves what to make public and in what sequence.
SHARE Monday, January 20, 2014 Iran invitation puts Syria peace talks at risk
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov supported the UN decision to invite Iran, saying that without the country the talks would be "profane." He said
"Around 40 countries have been invited to the conference, including Australia, Mexico, Korea, Brazil, India and Indonesia. If Iran were not on the list, that would seem profane."
(4 comments) SHARE Sunday, November 23, 2014 Western sanctions are aimed at regime change in Russia -- Lavrov
If the US pursues leadership not out of a false perception that it has a God-given burden to take responsibility for everybody, but by developing the skill to form a consensus, Moscow would be the first to back Washington. But now Washington is bullying other nations into toeing their line, and few dare to object publicly out of fear of reprisal, while complaining in private.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, December 3, 2013 Over 700,000 people on US watch list: Once you get on, there's no way off
More than 12 years after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, federal agencies continue to keep lists on hand containing names of individuals of interest: people who often end up un-cleared to enter or exit the US due to an array of activity that could be considered suspicious or terrorist-related to government officials.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, January 19, 2014 Industry powers with access to TPP plans lavish money on Congress
Among the contentious issues in the TPP is that the agreement stipulates new powers for multinationals that would allow them to challenge country laws in privately run international courts. Washington has endorsed such powers in previous trade deals such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), but conditions in the TPP could grant multinational more powers to challenge a wider range of laws.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, March 1, 2014 Limit surveillance to "terrorist communication," says outgoing NSA boss
Alexander's testimony seemed to indicate that the scenario the administration is taking most seriously is leaving the trove metadata with the phone company, with the NSA only forcing the company to handover information about numbers thought to be involved in a web of terrorism.
(7 comments) SHARE Sunday, June 22, 2014 Mass graves filled with remains of immigrants discovered in Texas
Anthropologists uncovered a series of mass graves filled with the human remains of immigrants stuffed into shopping and garbage bags in a county-owned section of a cemetery in South Texas. In those plots, they found the remains of multiple people instead of just one. Now, a local politician is calling for an inquiry.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 29, 2014 NYT improperly redacted latest NSA leak doc, revealing name of agent and a target
The Times published Monday the latest revelation stemming from leaks supplied by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, that US spy agency and its UK cohort, GCHQ, have the ability to harvest sensitive personal data from phone apps that transmit users' data across the web, such as the extremely popular Angry Birds game.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, March 30, 2014 Obama announces overhaul of NSA metadata collection
The Obama administration is set to release a new proposal that would change the way the National Security Agency accesses consumers' phone data. Changes would include no longer allowing the NSA to store phone call "metadata," and would require the agency to access the data from phone company servers instead.
SHARE Tuesday, February 25, 2014 Good advice, wrong address: Russia responds to Susan Rice "no tanks to Ukraine" warning
Russia sees merit in the advice against use of force in Ukraine which US National Security Adviser Susan Rice voiced, but believes it was wrongly directed towards Moscow. Washington would be a more appropriate recipient of the piece of wisdom. Washington justifies its interventions on humanitarian reasons and the obligation to depose repressive governments.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, August 27, 2013 US "Pressured" Cuba Not To Let Snowden In
Edward Snowden was forced to stay in Russia after the US threatened Cuba with "adverse consequences" should he get on board Aeroflot's Moscow-Havana flight. Under US pressure the Cuban authorities informed Moscow the Aeroflot plane would not be able to land in Havana. One of the sources close to the US State Department stated that Cuba was one of the countries warned of "adverse consequences" if it helped Snowden.
(3 comments) SHARE Saturday, September 13, 2014 NSA denies whistleblower Snowden "raised concerns" in emails
In response to a Freedom of Information request, the NSA denies that its former NSA contractor-turned whistleblower Edward Snowden ever raised concerns in emails to colleagues to his colleagues over the agency's surveillance work.
(6 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 16, 2013 Putin: Snowden will leave Russia at earliest opportunity
Putin said that Russia has no desire to assist Snowden as long as he refuses to cease "political" activity.
Although Snowden said last Friday that he might apply for political asylum in Russia, no application has yet been received by the Russian government.
SHARE Wednesday, May 22, 2013 "Don't interact, don't talk, they are not humans" -- Gitmo guard's basic orders
One of the methods used to extract information from Muslim inmates in Guantanamo was to apply sexual interrogation techniques a former guard at the camp said. Such degradation methods were used on innocent men. He claims that it is the inmates' religious perseverance in the face of pain and humiliation that convinced him the US was not fighting for the right cause.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, December 13, 2013 Spirit of deal "violated": Iran quits nuclear talks after US sanctions move
Iran has halted fraught nuclear talks with the West, saying that Washington has acted contrary to the spirit of a "landmark agreement" established last month. The US has widened its blacklists, adding further people and companies under current sanctions. US administration officials insisted that the timing was coincidental.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, April 19, 2014 "Letter to Jews" which Kerry cited, appears to be fake
Following the four-side meeting on the Ukrainian crisis in Geneva on Wednesday, John Kerry lashed out at a letter that was allegedly sent to Jewish citizens in Ukraine's eastern town of Donetsk, asking them to register and report all their property, or be stripped of citizenship and face expulsion. The US appears to be relying on information from Kiev, while ignoring alternative points of view.
SHARE Sunday, September 13, 2015 Ellsberg: Israel's persecution of nuke whistleblower Vanunu a relic of British colonialism
After 18 years in prison, the man who exposed Israel's nuclear weapons program to the world, Mordechai Vanunu, remains restricted under obsolete principles contradicting the UN Charter on Human Rights. Daniel Ellsberg stressed that Israel must recognize, for its own good, what Vanunu did was right and come clean about the existence of its nuclear weapons program.
SHARE Thursday, November 21, 2013 Stuxnet evolution: NSA input turned stealth weapon into internet-roaming spyware
The earlier Stuxnet took control of that protection system and tricked it into building up the pressure just enough to speed up erosion of the centrifuges, but not allowing a catastrophic failure. It had to be manually installed to controller systems at the facility by a knowing agent, while the latter version was designed to self-replicate and spread through USB-drives and laptops of unwitting engineers.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, January 23, 2014 "No way I can come home and make my case to a jury" -- Snowden
Former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden said on Thursday that whistleblower protection laws in the United States are greatly flawed and in need of serious reform. Snowden, who fled the US last year after leaking classified documents taken from the National Security Agency, was answering questions from the public over the internet on Thursday when he made the remarks.
SHARE Friday, January 3, 2014 NSA stands for "No Such Amendment": Intelligence agency violates US Constitution
For the first time in history, all three branches of the US government are complicit in violating the Fourth Amendment of the US Constitution by facilitating illegal surveillance said former CIA officer Ray McGovern. The NSA has been dubbed "No Such Amendment" for its bulk surveillance, which is in violation of the US Constitution's Fourth Amendment which prohibits groundless and warrantless searches and seizures.
(1 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 7, 2014 Obama authorizes airstrikes in Iraq "to protect US personnel"
President Obama announced on Thursday that he has authorized the use of airstrikes in Iraq if they are necessary to protect American personnel. He also stated that humanitarian air drops have been made to help besieged religious minorities in the country.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, June 5, 2013 "Ridiculous Manning Trial Proves Demand For Whistleblowers"
Kristinn Hrafnsson, Wikileaks spokesman, says Manning should be set free. "He's suffered enough after three years in prison and one year almost under torturous conditions. nformation that was revealed by WikiLeaks was information on war crimes and corruption and information that should be in the public domain. There's not a single report or claim that life has been harmed as a result of these leaks."
SHARE Monday, June 17, 2013 US Arms Will Lead To "Uncontrolled Sectarian Violence" In Syria
US allies have been pushing the US and Obama in particular towards this decision. Obama has been under pressure domestically as well. In the past week, former President Clinton's comments describing Obama as a "fool" if he didn't intervene in Syria really hurt Obama's pride, and it's possible he made this decision against the background of both domestic and foreign pressures.
(4 comments) SHARE Sunday, August 4, 2013 US Embassies To Remain Closed Over Most Serious al-Qaeda Threat In Years
The US will extend its embassy closures through August 10. The al-Qaeda threat that forced US and European embassies in the Middle East and North Africa to shut down is the most serious in years according to a US lawmaker. Although some US diplomatic posts are scheduled to reopen on Monday, including those in Kabul, Baghdad and Algiers, most of 22 US embassies that were shut down on Sunday will remain closed for another week.
(2 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 29, 2014 Norwegian MPs nominate Snowden for Nobel Peace Prize
Edward Snowden has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by two Norwegian lawmakers, who say the NSA whistleblower contributed to "transparency and global stability" by revealing the depth and sophistication of the global surveillance apparatus.
SHARE Wednesday, February 5, 2014 "Assange won’t come": Swedish MPs urge end to whistleblower case
Swedish MPs are calling on the prosecutors in the Julian Assange sexual assault case to travel to London and question the WikiLeaks founder at the Ecuadorian embassy, where he has been taking refuge since June 2012. The operation to monitor the embassy in order to apprehend Assange should he emerge from it reportedly costs British taxpayers 6 million pounds a year.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, September 5, 2013 US Congress speaker refuses to meet Russian delegation
The speaker of the US House of Representatives has turned down a proposal to meet with Russian MPs to discuss the situation in Syria. The Duma members plan to visit Washington next week to persuade their American counterparts not to attack Syria. But Russian MPs plan to pay a visit to the Capitol Hill anyway and are currently busy verifying who exactly will be in the delegation.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, May 26, 2016 "Anti-Trump protests do what US media failed to -- hold him accountable"
Max Blumentyhal: Trump is calling for people's deportation and bringing people from the outside, primarily a white anti-immigrant audience to cheer him on. So, I think Trump should have expected this kind of response and in many ways these protesters are doing what the American media failed to do -- which is to hold Trump accountable.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, October 23, 2013 "Unacceptable": Merkel calls Obama over suspicion US monitored her cell phone
In June, during Obama's visit to Berlin, Merkel said she was surprised by the scope of the American data collection efforts, but admitted that Germany was "dependent" on cooperation with US agencies. She said that it was thanks to "tips from American sources" that an Islamic terror plot in Germany was foiled in 2007.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, May 13, 2014 Russia should ignore Washington's "new Cold War"
Washington wants a Cold War; they need it. They've been defeated in Afghanistan, they were blocked from attacking Syria and Iran, so they've got to keep the military-security complex funded, because that's where an important part of their campaign contributions comes from.
SHARE Friday, December 20, 2013 NSA, GCHQ spied on Israel, Germany, UN and others - new Snowden leaks
While the US has long admitted to collecting signals intelligence pertaining to foreign governments, the latest documents show that several UN missions in Geneva were targeted by the NSA, including the United Nations Children's Fund, or Unicef, and the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, July 10, 2013 London's costs spiral upwards as Assange stakeout sees no end
Despite the round-the-clock picket by London police, Patino stated that his country had no intention of trying to whisk away the WikiLeaks founder through subterfuge. Assange stated that he would likely not leave the west London embassy even if Sweden were to drop its extradition orders against him, convinced that the US would instead transport him stateside to face espionage charges.
SHARE Thursday, February 27, 2014 New Mexico nuclear plant workers exposed to radiation
Positive results for radiation exposure were found in 13 workers following a leak at the United States' first underground nuclear waste repository near Carlsbad, New Mexico. Nuclear Waste Partnership spokesman Donavan Mager said the number of people exposed to radiation could not be confirmed due to the privacy rule under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, May 31, 2014 Snowden's latest interview corroborates good intentions, says attorney
Current and former NSA officials have blasted Snowden for supposedly failing to take his complaints to his supervisors and instead leak so much information to the press. The US government published documents one day after Snowden's interview with NBC, though, indicating that the former contractor did, in fact, communicate some of his concerns to NSA bosses.
SHARE Friday, January 31, 2014 Bombshell? Ex-aide alleges Christie was behind NJ bridge closing scheme
David Wildstein resigned from the Port Authority before news broke that he was the one who personally oversaw the September lane closing on George Washington bridge. A letter released by Wildstein's lawyer to the New York Times Friday now says the decision to shut down three lanes of the busiest bridge in the US, which is under New Jersey's domain, was "the Christie administration's order."
SHARE Sunday, June 8, 2014 Flight MH370 families start fund to uncover truth about vanished jet
Not satisfied with the lack of progress being made on locating Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, relatives of passengers are planning to launch a $5 million fundraising campaign aimed at triggering another investigation. The campaign has been dubbed "Reward MH370: The Search for the Truth," and will officially launch on Monday through the crowd-funding website Indiegogo.
SHARE Thursday, October 3, 2013 Monsanto buys big data weather company to boost yields and profit
In the three quarters preceding August, the company lost $249 million -- exactly 20 million more than the same time last year. While being an industry leader, Monsanto has been the subject of a great number of lawsuits from farmers and social discontent revolving around its development of genetically-modified seeds, as well as policies that take away from farmers' pockets.
(6 comments) SHARE Saturday, January 11, 2014 Ex-Israeli PM Ariel Sharon dies at 85
In mid-2005, Sharon ended 38 years of military control of the Gaza Strip after directing a unilateral withdrawal of Israeli troops and settlers from the territory, a shock for those who supported Sharon's championing of the construction of Israeli settlements in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
SHARE Sunday, January 12, 2014 Iran, world powers agree to start implementing nuclear deal on Jan. 20
Tehran and the six world powers, the P5+1, have agreed to implement a nuclear deal reached in Geneva in November starting from January 20, says EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton. US President Barack Obama has welcomed the agreement to implement the nuclear deal. He added that he would veto "any legislation enacting new sanctions during the negotiation of the long-term agreement with Iran."
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 22, 2014 I acted alone: Snowden trashes "absurd" Russian spy claim accusations
NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden dismissed as "absurd" accusations from US lawmakers he might have spied on behalf of Russia when taking troves of classified US government documents, insisting he acted alone in a rare interview with the New Yorker. Snowden told the magazine via encrypted means from Moscow that he "clearly and unambiguously acted alone, with no assistance from anyone, much less a government."
(6 comments) SHARE Sunday, February 7, 2016 "I'd bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding" -- Trump at debates
Trump in November said he does not care if torture doesn't work, because "they deserve it anyway." On Saturday, he continued in the same vein. "I'll tell you what, in the Middle East, we have people chopping the heads off Christians. We have people chopping the heads off many other people. We have things that we have never seen before. I'd bring back waterboarding and I'd bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding."
SHARE Sunday, April 6, 2014 Metadata monitoring more intrusive than eavesdropping, Snowden and Greenwald warn
Whistleblower Edward Snowden and journalist Glenn Greenwald joined forces via video link at an Amnesty International event in the US to speak to a packed hotel ballroom about the dangers of government metadata collection. Both stated that governmental collection of metadata--that is, monitoring timings of calls, to whom calls were made, and how long they lasted--is much more intrusive than listening in on calls directly.
SHARE Thursday, July 25, 2013 Assange launches WikiLeaks Party, to run for Senate "to keep politicians honest"
Should the WikiLeaks Party be successful in the polls, Assange would have to take his seat within one year of being elected, according to Australian law. Technically, the senate could also grant him an extension. It has been a point of controversy as to whether the US and the UK would stop their persecution of Assange if he wins an Australian Senate seat, granting him protection by the country's parliamentary privilege rules.
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 19, 2013 Putin: I envy Obama, because he can "spy" and get away with it
During an annual question-and-answer session with journalists, Putin praised Edward Snowden's actions, saying that he was working for a "noble cause." At the same time he accepted the importance of espionage programs in the fight against global terrorism, but said the NSA needed guidelines to limit its powers.
SHARE Wednesday, August 7, 2013 The "No State" Solution: Palestinian Peace Talks Are Set-Up To Fail, Again
The West and Israel have been dangling the dream of an independent Palestinian state over the negotiating table for decades now, and with every successive round of talks, the idea of a "Two-State Solution" seems to be become more and more hamstrung, not least because of further colonial expansion and occupation by Israel itself.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, August 3, 2014 Israel wiretapped Kerry's calls during peace talks
Israeli agents were eavesdropping on US Secretary of State John Kerry as he was mediating last year's futile Middle East peace talks, German magazine Der Spiegel has revealed. The German magazine said the revelations could hurt already tense US-Israeli relations amid the ongoing offensive in the Gaza Strip.
SHARE Tuesday, June 18, 2013 365 Days On Ice: Assange Still Holed Up In Ecuador's London Embassy
Assange's detractors believe he is using his notoriety to escape the Swedish justice system. Assange, in writing to Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa one year ago, said he was being persecuted and could not return to his native Australia, fearing he could be extradited to "a foreign country that applies the death penalty for the crime of espionage and sedition."
SHARE Thursday, January 16, 2014 NSA collects millions of SMS messages worldwide
The NSA has been gathering 5 billion records a day detailing the whereabouts of cellphones around the globe. And while the latest leak has unearthed two new programs used to track down cell-based location information, top-secret documents indicate that Dishfire and Prefer provide both the NSA and GCHQ with tools unmatched by any operations previously disclosed.
SHARE Tuesday, July 30, 2013 Will Moscow say "Da" to Snowden?
There will be no shortage of interesting developments as the Snowden case develops and concludes, but in order to move past the current diplomatic stalemate that Moscow and Washington find themselves in, the Obama administration must engage in something it hates doing -- showing mutual respect to Russian authorities in the context of an equal and inclusive partnership.
SHARE Tuesday, August 6, 2013 Washington Post sold to billionaire Amazon CEO
News of the Washington Post's sale to Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos for $250 million sent ripples across US media on Monday, with many already wondering whether the billionaire's personal politics may affect the paper's coverage in the future.
SHARE Sunday, November 24, 2013 Escobar: Spin war started in Geneva, but world needs to follow deal
World powers and Iran have reached an historic nuclear deal -- ending a decade-long deadlock over Tehran's nuclear ambitions. The breakthrough came on the fifth day of intense talks -- after the Foreign Ministers from all six negotiating countries and Iran narrowed down the remaining obstacles in Geneva.
SHARE Tuesday, August 20, 2013 Greenwald Partner Sues Home Office As UK Defends "Miranda Op"
David Miranda, the partner of US journalist Glenn Greenwald, was questioned for nine hours in London's Heathrow airport on Sunday under Schedule 7 of the UK's anti-terrorism law. Miranda's lawyer, Gwendolen Morgan, said her client was seeking a judicial review of the legal basis for his detention and wanted assurances that the property seized from him by police would not be examined.
SHARE Tuesday, December 17, 2013 Snowden offers to help Brazil investigate NSA spying when he's given asylum
Snowden said that the NSA's spy programs are not motivated by the fight against terrorism, but rather "economic espionage, social control and diplomatic manipulation." He said,
"When all of us band together against injustices and in defense of privacy and basic human rights, we can defend ourselves from even the most powerful systems."
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, January 30, 2013 "Russia Is Ending Its Dependency On The Global Superpower" -- Pushkov
The ongoing atmosphere of animosity between the two former Cold War rivals shows that relations between Moscow and Washington have entered a cooling period. It also shows that Russia is less willing to depend on the United States for services that it can afford on its own.
(4 comments) SHARE Thursday, August 1, 2013 White House "evaluating utility" of summit with Russia after Snowden granted asylum
Snowden was granted temporary asylum in Russia and was allowed to enter the country's territory. According to the issued documents, the former CIA employee who broke PRISM spying scandal to the world is free to stay in Russia until at least July 31, 2014. Then the asylum status may be extended. Snowden cannot be handed over to the US authorities, even if Washington files an official request.
(10 comments) SHARE Sunday, July 21, 2013 Netanyahu: Palestinians Must Make Concessions At "Tough Talks"
Benjamin Netanyahu said his two principal goals in the negotiations would be maintaining a Jewish majority in Israel and avoiding creation of an Iran-backed "terrorist state" on its borders. "Our negotiating partners will have to make concessions that enable us to preserve our security and crucial national interests," he explained to his cabinet at a Sunday morning meeting.
SHARE Wednesday, July 16, 2014 Palestinians subjected to apartheid treatment
The world is watching in horror as Israel is conducting the latest stage in its seemingly endless and relentless campaign of extermination aimed at the population of the Gaza strip. The majority of the mainstream media across the globe, in contrast, appears willfully unaware of the actual circumstances on the ground and publicly supports Israel's "right to defend itself."
SHARE Thursday, June 6, 2013 Fellow Soldiers Testify On Manning's Beliefs At Trial
The quick pace of this week's proceedings contrasted sharply with how the trial has progressed in the months -- and years -- leading up to this week. The court-martial began Monday at Ft. Meade outside of Baltimore, but not before Manning spent more than 1,100 days in pretrial confinement. The trial is scheduled to continue for another 11 weeks.
(1 comments) SHARE Friday, November 8, 2013 US May Split Cyber Command And NSA
The White House is reportedly considering a structural change that would task two separate officials with overseeing the United States National Security Agency and the US Cyber Command when Gen. Keith Alexander, the man currently in charge of both operations retires next year.
(2 comments) SHARE Tuesday, April 8, 2014 Nuke talks collapsing as US opposes Iran's pick for UN envoy
Washington and Tehran are again at odds after the United States Senate voted this week to ban the Iranian diplomat nominated to serve as his country's ambassador to the United Nations from entering the US. The Republican-controlled House is expected to soon vote in favor of the ban as well, but the effort is being considered largely a symbolic one since only the White House is authorized to approve such sanctions.
SHARE Tuesday, September 24, 2013 Former FBI agent to plead guilty in AP leak case
A former FBI agent has agreed to plead guilty to divulging secret government information about a supposed bomb plot in Yemen to the Associated Press, the US Department of Justice said Monday.
Donald John Sachtleben agreed to a sentence of three years and seven months for the leak, as part of a plea agreement filed in the US District Court in Indiana. A separate sentence for unrelated child pornography charges was included.
(3 comments) SHARE Thursday, April 17, 2014 Snowden asks Putin LIVE: Does Russia intercept millions of citizens' data?
President Vladimir Putin, after he was asked a surprise question by whistleblower Edward Snowden at his Q&A session, adding "our surveillance activities are strictly controlled by the law."President Vladimir Putin, after he was asked a surprise question by whistleblower Edward Snowden at his Q&A session, added "our surveillance activities are strictly controlled by the law."
SHARE Tuesday, October 1, 2013 Snowden urges EU parliament to protect whistleblowers
Edward Snowden has been nominated for this year's Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. Snowden is wanted in the US on espionage charges, after leaking secret documents revealing the US surveillance program PRISM used to gather private data. In August, he was granted temporary asylum in Russia, where he currently resides.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 5, 2013 Iconic anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela dies at 95
South African anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela has died aged 95 at his Johannesburg home, family and friends had gathered to pay their last respects to the iconic figure that inspired millions around the world. Mandela's daughter Makaziwe said earlier that her father was fighting from his "deathbed."
SHARE Friday, January 17, 2014 Obama announces NSA programs overhaul
Revelations that the NSA had tapped the personal phones of foreign leaders like German Chancellor Angela Merkel caused outrage around the world last year, but on Friday's speech Mr. Obama said that the US is the "world's only superpower" and must continue to conduct operations allies are not able to accomplish on their own.
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, August 21, 2013 Bradley Manning Sentenced To 35 Years In Prison
Manning's lawyer David E. Coombs had previously asked the judge for leniency, requesting a sentence that did not "rob him of his youth." Coombs argued that Manning's leaks had not endangered the US. The prosecution had sought a 60-year sentence, arguing the stiff term would deter others from leaking classified information.