June 2013

The NSA has a “brand new” technology that enables one billion cell phone calls a day to be redirected into its data hoards and stored, according to the Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald, who said that a new leak of Snowden’s documents was ‘coming soon.’ (more…)

Defense lawyer Mark Reichel said when contacted after the hearing: “This is a political prosecution, and the defendants should not be judged by a branch of the federal government but by a jury of their peers.”  (more…)

Juan Cole

It seems likely that suspicion is now falling on Cartwright because the NSA knows David Sanger’s phone number and has been looking at everyone he talked to on the phone in the months leading up to his article. We know that the NSA has been repeatedly requesting massive amounts of US phone information and storing it for easy search. (more…)

President Obama has reassured US citizens that ‘nobody is listening to your calls’, but it’s not the content of conversations that intelligence agencies crave

John Naughton Observer U.K.

…So in this business at least, content isn’t king. It’s the metadata – the call logs showing who called whom, from which location and for how long – that you want. Why? Because that’s the stuff that is machine-readable, and therefore searchable. (more…)

Ten Years of Hell
by ESAM AL-AMIN  Counterpunch

This month commemorates the sad tenth anniversary of the Abu Ali family’s nightmare. Their son’s ordeal began as one of the earliest and ugliest extraordinary rendition cases by the U.S. government. (more…)

A video (7 mins.) about Guantanamo Bay


A former agent of the Stasi, the much-feared East German communist secret police, has said that the recently revealed NSA spying program would have been his agency’s “dream come true” because it has collected “so much information, on so many people.” Wolfgang Schmidt, 78, said in an interview with McClatchy newspapers that it is “the height of naivete” to think that the information will never be used against U.S. citizens. (more…)

Glenn Greenwald  Guardian U.K.

Files show vast scale of current NSA metadata programs, with one stream alone celebrating ‘one trillion records processed’ (more…)

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