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Mr. Edward Snowden Wins Prestigious Integrity In Intelligence Award

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Below from http://www.consortiumnews.com,


Snowden Honored by Ex-Intel Officials
July 8, 2013


Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence, an organization of former national security officials, has honored NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, praising his decision to reveal the extent of U.S. government electronic surveillance of people in the United States and around the world.

Edward Snowden, an ex-contractor for the National Security Agency, has been named recipient of this year’s award for truth-telling given by Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence, the group announced Monday.

Most of the Sam Adams Associates are former senior national security officials who, with the other members, understand fully the need to keep legitimate secrets. Each of the U.S. members took a solemn oath “to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic.”

When secrecy is misused to hide unconstitutional activities, fealty to that oath – and higher duty as citizens of conscience – dictate support for truth-tellers who summon the courage to blow the whistle. Edward Snowden’s disclosures fit the classic definition of whistle-blowing.


From what I have read the so-called Patriot Act (2001) is nothing more than a domestic spying act.

Research this subject and write or call Congress with your opinion, we need your opinion!


‘I agree with you, I want to do it, now make me do it’

Franklin D. Roosevelt

If civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the science of human relationships — the ability of all peoples, of all kinds, to live together, in the same world at peace






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What Is More Important The Messenger ? Or The Message?

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The message –

Snowden: “I sitting at my desk certainly have the authorities to wire tap anyone…even the President”


The message is , in so many words, surveillance methods  in the NSA indeed in the USA, have  ” run amok.”

 So, what is more important Mr. Snowden and his whereabouts? or perhaps a full discussion of what methods are being used for surveillance in the US,

 and what are the policies guiding them,

and have congress and the President been kept fully informed of such activities- for if they were not, then there is  no oversight currently of domestic spying.   AMOK-dom !


Below from http://www.kcci.com


Grassley corners FBI on drone use inside U.S.

UPDATED 10:15 AM CDT Jun 20, 2013


WASHINGTON, D.C. —Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley questioned the FBI director Wednesday about the agency’s use of drones for surveillance inside the U.S.



“So instead of asking a question, I think I can assume since you do use drones that the FBI has developed a set of policies, procedures and operational limits on the use of drones,” said Grassley.

“We are in the initial stages of doing that and I, I will tell you that our footprint is very small,” said Mueller.

Grassley told CNN this is the first time the agency has admitted using drones in the U.S.




So far as Russia and China not responding favorably to the US requests to return Mr. Snowden, they are not our enemies anymore as far as I can tell – they are global neighbors with whom we are having a civil productive disagreement  with.  They aren’t saying that they hate us, they are saying,

 I beg to differ on this ONE issue.  This means we are currently living in the beginnings of a GLOBAL DEMOCRACY !!





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How To Decipher The NSA Scandals

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“It’s dozens of terrorist events that these have helped prevent.”

Gen. Keith B. Alexander, NSA director, tells senators.Wall Street Journal June 13 2013

Listen to the premise of the statements -Example,

these programs have helped us foil plots.

The real question is , can the same data found be gathered without removing the privacy and freedoms of US citizens? And using less money ?

800  million projected cost to date to create mass surveillance sites to carry out data collection,


NSA Building $860 Million Data Center in Maryland

By: Rich MillerJ une 6th, 2013

As its current data collection makes headlines, the National Security Agency is continuing to expand its data storage and processing capabilities. The agency recently broke ground on an $860 million data center at Fort Meade, Maryland that will span more than 600,000 square feet, including 70,000 square feet of technical space.

Last month the NSA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began building the High Performance Computing Center-2, an NSA-run facility that will be located on base at Fort Meade, which is home to much of the agency’s existing data center operations. The data center will be supported by 60 megawatts of power capacity, and will use both air-cooled and liquid-cooled equipment.

The NSA is already building a massive data center in Utah, investing up to $1.5 billion in  a project that will feature up to 1 million square feet of facilities.


(For full article)


Does dragnet surveillance using drones, gathering email and phone records work?


would a Serpico type of investigation targeted and warranted, work as well or better and cost less?

These are the questions we need to ask when freedoms are removed in the name of security.


LISTEN, FULL STORY: http://www.bradblog.com/?p=10067

Thu Jun 13, 2013, 08:00 PM

‘We’re in the Abyss’: My KPFK ‘BradCast’ Interview with Daniel Ellsberg on Edward Snowden

_EXCLUSIVE: Legendary ‘Pentagon Papers’ whistleblower offers frank comment on the NSA whistleblower; the dangers of our privatized surveillance state; the failure of Congressional oversight; and journalists ‘discrediting their professions’…

In his column over the weekend, lauding the “conscience and patriotism” of NSA contractor-turned-whistleblower Edward Snowden, legendary “Pentagon Papers” whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg cited a 1975 warning about the NSA from Sen. Frank Church (D-ID), chairman of the U.S. Senate Select Committee tasked with investigating unlawful intelligence gathering by the NSA, CIA and FBI following the Watergate scandal.

“I know the capacity that is there to make tyranny total in America,” Church said, “and we must see to it that this agency and all agencies that possess this technology operate within the law and under proper supervision, so that we never cross over that abyss. That is the abyss from which there is no return.”

On Wednesday, during a fascinating interview on The BradCast on KPFK/Pacifica Radio, Ellsberg said directly, in the wake of Snowden’s disclosures: “We’re in the abyss. What he feared has come to pass”.

See www.democraticunderground.com for full article


Further info,

Ryan Grim


 Mike Gravel, Senator Who Disclosed Pentagon Papers, Backs Edward Snowden

Posted: 06/14/2013 7:34 am EDT  |  Updated: 06/14/2013 8:34 am EDT

WASHINGTON — Mike Gravel, the former Alaskan senator who publicly released Daniel Ellsberg’s Pentagon Papers by placing them into the congressional record in 1971, told HuffPost he supports Edward Snowden’s release of National Security Agency secrets, but he worries that little reform will come of the disclosure.

Ellsberg has suggested Congress dig into the matter of NSA surveillance of Americans, but Gravel, while noting his deep admiration for Ellsberg, said he didn’t see the point.

“It’s just a waste of time when you see the reaction of [Intelligence chair Dianne] Feinstein, of Harry Reid, the Republican leadership, the Democratic leadership.” he said. “Anything that would come out of a select committee wouldn’t be worth the powder to blow it to hell.”

Gravel served in counter-intelligence in Europe while in the military, and said that the “cult of secrecy” has gotten out of the control of the public. I can understand [Wikileaks leaker Bradley] Manning and Snowden and admire them both,” he said. “They have started a dialogue and they’re going to pay a price for it.”

Does anyone else feel this is becoming a star wars moment in time?


” You are my son. ”                  ( NSA current version)


” Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo….!  ”      (US public)


PEACE To All  and happy Friday!


May the force be with you…..




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Did You Ever Fall Asleep While Working At Your Keyboard?

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Below from http://www.ecotimes.indiatimes.com


German banker naps on keyboard, transfers millions

AFPJun 12, 2013, 04.00AM IST

BERLIN: An obviously tired German bank employee fell asleep on his keyboard and accidentally transformed a minor transfer into a $293-million order, a court heard on Tuesday.

The Hessen labour court heard that the man was supposed to transfer just 62.40 from a bank account belonging to a retiree, but instead fell asleep for an instant while pushing onto the number 2 key on the keyboard, making it a huge 222,222,222.22 order.


Haven’t we all been there?

I heard that the NSA is working on a device that while monitoring you at your computer, if  detected that you are sleepy – you will receive a mild taser jolt!



( just kidding…..)



***  ( “The Sleeping Hermaphroditus” at the Louvre Museum in Paris )



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