Archive for December 9th, 2013

“The world’s leading technology companies have united to demand sweeping changes to US surveillance laws, urging an international ban on bulk collection of data to help preserve the public’s “trust in the internet”.

In their most concerted response yet to disclosures by the National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden, Apple, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Yahoo, LinkedIn, Twitter and AOL have published an open letter to Barack Obama and Congress on Monday, throwing their weight behind radical reforms already proposed by Washington politicians.”

“’The balance in many countries has tipped too far in favour of the state and away from the rights of the individual – rights that are enshrined in our constitution,” urges the letter signed by the eight US-based internet giants. “‘This undermines the freedoms we all cherish. It’s time for change.'”

The US government is doing far more with the NSA program than just illegally collecting data. According to the book State of War, by New York Times reporter James Risen, the government follows through on some of the information it illegally steals, then sends agents to burglarize the homes of US citizens without warrants, and download the contents of computers, among other things. This occurred to Brandon Mayfield, a Portland Oregon attorney. The Mayfield case was simply the top of the illegal scam. The government accidentally sent Mayfield the report on its own burglary of his home. That’s how he knew he’d been burglarized and the contents of his computer were downloaded by federal agents. Tens of thousands more citizens are likely victims of this breach of the US Constitution.

Here’s how far things have gone. The New York Times exposed the NSA spying program in 2004. Risen’s book came out in 2005, and hit the best seller lists. It’s in libraries all over the world. You can buy it off Amazon.com. The folks in the criminally corrupt Bush administration thought about bringing charges against the Times and Risen, but they didn’t have a case. Now Edward Snowden has exposed literally the exact same story, and raced out of the US for fear of his life. That’s how far the government has gone in its corruption.

Click on the link below for more on this case.

nsa-surveillance-tech-companies-demand-sweeping-changes-to-us-laws–the Guardian UK

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Police in Tailand Lay Down Their Weapons and Join the Protesters

The Police in Thailand laid down their shields and helmets and joined the protesters.

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