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According to Mother Jones magazine, the Obama administration intends to send New York Times reporter James Risen to prison for failing to reveal his sources of information in his 2006 book and best seller State of War.

In his classic work, Risen exposed the illegal NSA spying program, a feat duplicated seven years later by Edward Snowden, which sent him scurrying to Russia as a political refugee. One has to wonder why Snowden had to flee for his life for revealing something that had been exposed seven years earlier in book form, had been a New York Times best seller, and can found be found in any public library. In addition, President George W. Bush didn’t feel obliged to chase Risen and the New York Times editors all the way to Russia. My, how times have changed.

Anyway, Risen’s classic work also exposed other stealthy going’s on in the Bush administration. Check out the link below on those things.

Obama May Soon Send This Reporter to Jail. Here Are the Embarrassing Secrets He Exposed. Mother Jones

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Edward Snowden’s Legal Counsel Talks About the Future of Our Dragnet State (via Moyers & Company)

On Monday, via teleconference, whistleblower Edward Snowden addressed a crowd at SXSW, the South by Southwest Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas. Speaking from Russia, it was Snowden’s first public address to people in the United States since he…

Here’s something to ponder. The corporate propaganda media has been telling hogwash stories about how the fourth amendment to the US does not apply to electronic communications because they are everywhere, in an effort to get us to believe that this is so. This is called manufacturing consent. The fourth amendment is below.

“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

Apparently if you are a college student, and you type a paper, and then send it via email to your professor, the corporate propaganda machine will have you believe that the government can seize it, look at it, without “probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

I say hogwash, that the US Constitution allows your papers to be secure via the US mail, in your house, or via the Internet, and the fourth amendment is supposed to protect us from government illegal surveillance.

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The title of this headline says it all. Edward Snowden has a shot at the Nobel Peace Prize for letting us know about the unlawful surveillence program of the US government, which it has also used to spy on our international allies.

Snowden’s revellation was the third time the program has been revealed. In December 2005 the New York Times revealed the program on its front page. The following month, New York Times reporter James Risen’s book, State of War, was released. It revealed the extensive illegal NSA spy program, which had been initiated by the Bush regime. State of War made it to the best seller lists, and is in most public libraries. The Bush regime refused to press any charges against the Times or Risen.

The Obama regime has chased Snowden out of the nation for revealing an illegal activity by the government that was already outed by Risen and the Times. By some strange and unknown logic, the Obama administration has refused to press charges against Risen and the Times.

Go check out State of War at your local library, and then tell your neighbors that Edward Snowden is on the run from your government for revealing to the public an illegal government activity that you just read about in a book you found at the public library.

This strongly suggests the USA police state has arrived, and that the US Constitution has become a meaningless scrap of paper. In other words, both politically and economically, the game has been completely rigged against the 99 percent because the US government has been completely corrupted.

US Hero Edward Snowden Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize–Guardian UK

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Form the Guardian newspaper.

“A federal judge in Washington ruled on Monday that the bulk collection of Americans’ telephone records by the National Security Agency is likely to violate the US constitution, in the most significant legal setback for the agency since the publication of the first surveillance disclosures by the whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Judge Richard Leon declared that the mass collection of metadata probably violates the fourth amendment, which prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures, and was “almost Orwellian” in its scope. In a judgment replete with literary swipes against the NSA, he said James Madison, the architect of the US constitution, would be “aghast” at the scope of the agency’s collection of Americans’ communications data.”

This program is blatantly illegal and in violation of the Fourth Amendment. However, the program redistributes billions of dollars of taxpayer money to rich political contributers via the contracting of these illegal activities. Therefore, it is possible President Obama will ignore this ruling, and any further rulings, and simply pretend the program no longer exists. In that way, the money can continued to be redistributed to the 1 percent. This program is the epitomy of political corruption in the United States.

nsa-phone-surveillance-likely-unconstitutional-judge–The Guardian UK

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“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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Google and the NSA

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Writing in Der Spiegel, more than 50 high-profile Germans add to increasing calls for Berlin to welcome NSA whistleblower.

Heiner Geissler, former general secretary of Angela Merkel‘s Christian Democrats Party, said, “Snowden has done the western world a great service. It is now up to us to help him.”

By now, everybody knows the US government has been engaging in illegal spying against its citizens and allies. When Snowden revealed the program, the Obama regime “initiated an unprecedented smear campaign. They intimidated journalists and criminalised the publication of the truth.”

The US government continues to understate the extent of its illegal spy program. It’s illegal regardless of how understated it is.

Stunningly, many on the political right in the United States, such as House Republican leader John Boehner, stand behind Obama’s illegal program and have branded Snowden a “traitor.” Perhaps that’s because the incompetent hard right winger and worst president in the history of the United States, George W. Bush, initiated the illegal program.

But it’s more than likely the right supports Obama in this matter because much of the spy program is privatized. Billions of tax payer dollars every year goes into corporate pockets to help the NSA spy on American citizens without warrants. People in high places are getting rich in this illegal activity. In other words, it’s a wonderful and highly profitable corporate welfare program for the 1 percent, at the expense of the 99 percent.

This is probably why President Obama is coming down hard on whistle blowers in general. The last thing this president wants is for people to know of the illegal activity the leader of our nation is engaging in.

Support Edward Snowden: he’s an American Hero.

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