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New NSA Revelations Another Limited Hangout Whitewash Paul Joseph Watson December 4, 2013

Mainstream media still refuses to acknowledge Echelon has listened in on all communications since 1990′s In unveiling new Edward Snowden revelations about NSA spying, the Washington Post has once again whitewashed the fact that the content of all our communications have been stored and analyzed under the Echelon program since the 1990′s. The new details concern how, “The National Security Agency is gathering nearly 5 billion records a day on the whereabouts of cellphones around the world.” However, the report reveals itself to be little more than an exercise in soft-peddling when it claims that, “The NSA does not target Americans’ location data by design, but the agency acquires a substantial amount of information on the whereabouts of domestic cellphones “incidentally.” This notion that the NSA just accidentally happens to record the locations of Americans using data from their cellphones, and is not deliberately engaging in domestic surveillance, is yet another example of damage control by the establishment. The new revelations once again pale in comparison to what we have known since the 90′s – that the NSA is deliberately storing the content of all our phone calls, emails and other data under the Echelon program. In 1999, the Australian government admitted that they were part of an NSA-led global intercept and surveillance program called Echelon in alliance with the US and Britain that could listen to “every international telephone call, fax, e-mail, or radio transmission,” on the planet. In addition, a 2001 European Parliament report stated that “within Europe all e-mail, telephone and fax communications are routinely intercepted” by the NSA. As former NSA employee turned whistleblower William Binney has emphasized on multiple occasions, the space required to store mere metadata and not actual content of conversations is minimal. The reason the NSA is building huge data centers which cover 1.5 million square feet, like the facility in Bluffdale, Utah, is because the agency is storing actual content of phone calls, online chats and conversations. Indeed, according to Binney, the NSA is analyzing conversations in real time and has a Google-style search capability for all our

communications. Binney’s revelations were for more hardcore than anything Edward Snowden released yet he was largely ignored by the mainstream media, whereas Snowden has attracted an infinitely greater amount of attention. Although Snowden’s revelations are an important part of the NSA spying puzzle, their content routinely allows the mainstream media to spin, sideline and downplay the true scope of mass domestic surveillance.

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UK Police Threaten Guardian Editor With

Terrorism Charges Over Snowden Leaks RT December 4, 2013

British police have launched an investigation into whether the Guardian committed “potential” terrorism offenses by publishing the incriminating NSA and GCHQ documents leaked earlier this year by Edward Snowden. Alan Rusbridger, editor of the British paper, was testifying in front of a British parliamentary committeeTuesday when lawmakers suggested that the Guardian had helped terrorists by revealing the clandestine activity conducted by the American and British intelligence agencies. Scotland Yard assistant commissioner Cressida Dick told the MPs Tuesday that is appears “possible that some people may have committed offenses” in connection with the material seized from David Miranda’s laptop earlier this year. Miranda, journalist Glenn Greenwald’s partner, was detained for hours at London’s Heathrow Airport and authorities confiscated his computer, cell phone, and other devices, some of which allegedly held material related to Snowden’s disclosures. UK officials claim that Snowden’s trove of data included information about British spies and that the information’s publication puts lives in direct danger. Rusbridger said his paper would not publish any such information and that Guardian editors have not even looked at some of the information Snowden provided regarding the Iraq war. Lawmakers also threatened Rusbridger by implying Guardian staff had violated Section 58A of the Terrorism Act, which stipulates that it is against the law to publish or even transmit any information regarding members of the armed forces or intelligence employees. “It isn’t only about what you’ve published, it’s about what you’ve communicated,” committee member Michael Ellis said. “That is what amounts, or can amount, to a criminal offense.” Ellis later asked assistant commissioner Dick if investigators were also looking into possible infractions under Section 58A. “Yes, we are indeed looking at that,” she said. “We need to establish whether they have or they haven’t.” British authorities have previously raided the Guardian’s London office and destroyed hard drives that Rusbridger said contained documents that had already been sent to the paper’s New York office. Rusbridger has consistently defended his legal and moral right to publish the documents, saying the government activity they detail should be left up to the public. The ongoing series of articles has revealed that the US, UK, and a number of other countries monitor phone, email, and social media activity of citizens not suspected of any wrongdoing.

“We have published I think 26 documents out of the 58,000 we’ve seen, or 58,000 plus. So we have made very selective judgments about what to print,” the editor said. “We have published no names and we have lost control of no names.” Critics have already compared the MPs line of questioning to the infamous anti-communism hearings conducted by US Senator Joseph McCarthy at the height of the Cold War. Writing in the Guardian, Ben Emmerson, the UN special rapporteur on counter-terrorism, said Tuesday’s hearing was disheartening for those hoping for less surveillance in the future. “The astonishing suggestion that this sort of journalism can be equated with aiding and abetting terrorism needs to be scotched decisively,” he wrote. “Attacking the Guardian is an attempt to do the bidding of the services themselves, by distracting attention from the real issues. It is the roles of a free press to hold government to account, and yet there have even been outrageous suggestions from some conservative MPs that the Guardian should face a criminal investigation.”

Mother of Sandy Hook Victim: Background Checks Wouldn’t Have Prevented Tragedy Tony Lee December 4, 2013 Nicole Hockley, whose child was tragically murdered at Sandy Hook last year, said that background checks would not have prevented shooter Adam Lanza from getting the guns he used to carry out the atrocities. She also stated that the 911 tapes from that day should not be released. Appearing on MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell Reports on Tuesday, Hockley and Mitchell both conceded tha background checks would not have prevented Lanza's mother from purchasing the guns Lanza eventually used at Sandy Hook. Hockley said Lanza's mother should have been more responsible with her guns and noted that Lanza's mental illness made the situation a "perfect storm" for the tragedy. Hockley, who lobbied for more gun control legislation after the Sandy Hook tragedy, said it was "disappointing" that Congress could not pass gun control legislation that called for more background checks and said gun control advocates are now committed "to make further changes happen" by "changing the hearts and minds" of those in their communities. She said legislation is not the only answer to making "further changes" happen regarding gun control. She also said the ban on plastic guns, which will expire on December 9, should stay in place. She also hoped the Sandy Hook families would protect their children from hearing the 911 tapes that will be released on Wednesday.


New NSA Revelations Another Limited Hangout Whitewash  
New NSA Revelations Another Limited Hangout Whitewash  

Mainstream media still refuses to acknowledge Echelon has listened in on all communications since 1990′s