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CIA joins NSA in hot seat. Obama to protect them.

11 April, 2014

A leak of a list of findings by the Senate Intelligence Committee HERE indicates that the CIA lied, denied its use of brutality during interrogations, misled the press, the public and the government, and spied on the the Committee’s members who were assessing the program itself , in addition to brutalizing many more detainees than it has admitted to.

Dianne Feinstein has asked the White House to release the report to the public so that we may know what has been done in “our name.” but the White House seems to be balking. In fact:

the White House announced last week that the CIA will lead the executive-branch panel that will recommend how much of the Senate report’s executive summary, findings and recommendations to make public, a decision blasted by human-rights groups and intelligence scholars as a conflict of interest. HERE [EMPHASIS MINE]

A lawyer who would appoint the suspect to investigate himself becomes suspect by his actions, but evidently Obama feels no need to justify himself nor to protect the Constitution. I wonder where his true allegiance lies.

One thing is certain: things have certainly changed in the U.S.

Oregon family blames cat for its own behaviour

12 March, 2014

The story of a 22 pound Himalyan which trapped its owners and their seven month old baby in their bedroom HERE was brought to my attention by my daughter last night Today, I listened to the recording of the husband’s emergency call and discovered that he had misrepresented the facts. According to the original story, the baby had pulled the cat’s tail and the cat had responded (as most cats will) by slashing at her attacker. According to the father, the boy had only one or two tiny scratches on his forehead.

However, the father reacted in a rather violent manner himself by kicking the cat hard and the cat became enraged thereafter going after the parents.

I have throughout my lifetime owned cats and dogs and know that they can sometimes inflect slight wounds when threatened, but I also know that cats can be gently distracted when threatened. Nowhere did I find a reference indicating that the animal handler who answered the emergency call was attacked.

In this instance, the owners of the cat indicated that the animal had a history of violence. So I wonder why they kept the violent cat, allowed it to have access to a seven-month child. Would they have kicked an older child if it had scratched the baby in retaliation?

I have in my life lived with cats and dogs and for many years with children present as well. Right now, I have a five year old grandchild, a dog, a 3 cats. The child respects the animals and they respect her. Occasionally, the animals inflict a minor scratch on us but none of us has ever responded by kicking the animal. They know by a simple “no” or a
word of pain, “ouch,” that they have done wrong. It’s about training and patience and if you don’t have any, don’t live with animal.

At present the owners are trying to decide what to do with the cat. The only real options are to “to put it down” or to put it up for adoption. Please, please someone step forward and offer this cat a home where it can live out it’s life. Some kindness and training might reveal another sweeter side of its character.

Anyone else agree?

President Obomba

10 March, 2014

While reading a story about the UN special rapporteur on human rights calling on states to assume greater responsibility for the death of civilians during drone strikes, I found this paragraph:

“At the time of writing, there have been no reported drone strikes during 2014, the longest pause since President Obama took office,” Emmerson said. HERE

Of course, it was no surprise, since we all know that our President has admitted to being very good at killing people, HERE

The report is part of a Human Rights Commission attempt to require inquiries whenever civilians have been endangered, injured, or killed as a result of a drone attack. Most of the attacks cited in the story were carried out by U.S. drones, but Israel was also cited for its attacks in Gaza.

Pakistan asked the U.S. to stop its drone attacks because the government felt that civilian deaths were creating a backlash of anger and that the attacks were doing more harm than good. According to Emmerson, when the attacks in Pakistan stopped there was an increase in the number of attacks in Afghanistan.

Guess the U.S. can’t have those drones going unused; the President’s kill rate might to down.

Distopia is Upon Us

27 February, 2014

Some psychopath(s) must have read 1984* as a guidebook to a disutopian future rather than as a warning or an insight into the dangerous possibility of one and decided to put it into existence. I don’t claim to know who it is/was or when it began but the existence of an us or them outlook, the “western” nations vs. the “eastern” nations, the constant state of war, the increasing poverty in even the “wealthiest” nations and the recognition that the wealth of those nations is held by small percentage of its population as well as the increase of “new speak” are frightening indicators of how far we have progressed along the path toward Oceania. [*available on the main page heading at Why News Speak?]

The recent revelations from the files Edward Snowden released to The Guardian’s former writer Glen Greenwald have shown us how much further along the process is than many of us suspected. It was implicit that Nations spied upon one another under certain circumstances, but the few of us suspected that our own governments were actually spying on us, accumulating personal data from our emails, phone calls, browsing habits, GPS, tablets and that we did not need to be a “person-of-interest” for this to be true. In the past few days, we have also been told that our web cams can not only be viewed when we are using them, but that they can be turned on remotely and that photos of us can be taken and stored indefinitely, run through face recognition software and shared with possible “suspects.”

Glen Greenwald has also told us

that western intelligence agencies are attempting to manipulate and control online discourse with extreme tactics of deception and reputation-destruction. HERE

In the article cited above, Greenwald provides links to four documents published in a series he wrote for NBC as well as another in the article he is writing for These documents should arouse fear and anger at the lengths the NSA and GCHQ have gone to subvert the freedoms of its own citizens, using tactics that were once used against the enemies of those freedoms, including Germany during WWII and the USSR during the Cold War.

It is not enough to be a terrorist nor a criminal to bring the intelligence community into your life, and the fact that you have done nothing wrong is clearly not going to save you from being spied upon.

If only Orwell had provided a primer for how to prevent or to bring down this subversion of our liberties, freedom, and daily lives.

Why does Jamie Dimon deserve 20 million dollars for last year’s work?

24 January, 2014

Here is the story in The Guardian.

And Here is a post I wrote in 2009.  Dimon made special friends when he was “exiled” to Chicago.  Guess who they were and how they helped him.


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