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Posts tagged freent
WikiLeaks has again published a massive trove of documents, this time from a private intelligence firm known as Stratfor. In addition to painting a picture of Stratfor as a runaway, rogue private intelligence firm with close ties to government-intelligence agencies serving both corporate and U.S. military clients, the emails support the growing awareness that the Obama administration, far from diverging from the secrecy of the Bush/Cheney era, is obsessed with secrecy, and is aggressively opposed to transparency.
Already revealed by the documents are the close, and potentially illegal, connections between Stratfor employees and government-intelligence and law-enforcement officials. Stratfor also is hired by multinational corporations to glean “intelligence” about critics. Among companies using Stratfor were Dow Chemical, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon and Coca-Cola.
Michael Ratner, legal adviser to Assange and WikiLeaks, told me, “The Obama administration has gone after six people under the Espionage Act. That’s more cases than happened since the Espionage Act was actually begun in 1917. … What this is about is the United States wanting to suppress the truth.”
The Obama administration is seeking authority from Congress that would compel internet service providers (ISPs) to turn over records of an individual’s internet activity for use in secretive FBI probes.
The threat to democratic rights goes far beyond anything envisioned by the Bush administration. The goal is to make all forms of electronic communication that use the Internet subject to wiretapping and interception by federal police agencies.
In another instance where Americans are urged to trust their political minders, The Washington Post reported last month that “the administration wants to add just four words—‘electronic communication transactional records’—to a list of items that the law says the FBI may demand without a judge’s approval.”
“This report concludes that ACTA’s harm greatly exceeds its potential benefits. Given ACTA’s corrosive effect on transparency in international negotiations, the damage to international intellectual property institutions, the exclusion of the majority of the developing world from the ambit of the agreement, the potentially dangerous substantive provisions, and the uncertain benefits in countering counterfeiting, there are ample reasons for the public and politicians to reject the agreement in its current form. In doing so, governments would help restore confidence in the global intellectual property system and open the door to a new round of negotiations premised on transparency, inclusion, and evidence-based policy-making.”
- The POTUS personally calls the young lady being picked on by a deranged troll, how sweet. Obama is one big fail in progress, destroying the Internet, using private intelligence gathering (not responsive to FOIAs) and wearing out the espionage act. There is evidence that Obama is one more sick fuck, just like Limbaugh. We do not need people like Limbaugh policed or sanctioned. Simply choose to listen to someone else, at least as long as some ass wipe like Obama does not take the multitude of voices away. Like FUCK! Which is worse? An idiot talking crap or no transparency in government, no government whistleblowers and no freedom of speech on the Internet. By comparison Limbaugh is an old crank and Obama is consummate evil!