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  •  is it our right to know budgets of govnt agencies? (12+ / 0-)

    one would think so

    not everyone is into everything that is going on, but the agencies that spy on us should have transparent budgets

    and the president who "promised" to have the most transparent administration ever surely will take the initiative to publish the budgets and make sure that we, the citizens (note, citizens are not the same as consumers in a neo liberal economy), are informed so we can democratically participate in what is the quaint notion of the rule of law

    The actual funding lines for America’s spy agencies have been a matter of secrecy until recently, when the Washington Post obtained a $53 billion “black budget” list for fiscal year 2013 from Edward Snowden. That document, reported the Post, mapped “a bureaucratic and operational landscape that has never been subject to public scrutiny." The Post noted that while the government has released its overall intelligence spending every year since 2007, "it has not divulged how it uses the money or how it performs against the goals set by the president and Congress.” In particular, the black budget showed major increases in funding for the CIA and the NSA.
    Obama Would Have To Unveil 'Black Budget' For Spy Agencies Under New Bipartisan Bill
    •  :-) Heh.... (6+ / 0-)

      Oh, please, ohpleaseohpleaseohplease... for once in the last 15 years, I hope the Cretinous Congress Critters don't quibble about disclosing the "black budget" money.

      It is OUR tax dollars that are funding their illegal and unconstitutional actions, after all (which makes me feel embarrassed and ashamed to call myself an American because of the illegal and unconstitutional actions of our politicians).

      We need full disclosure on all of that information..., or we need to elect new senators and representatives who will give us our rights back and abide by their oaths of office.

      Good catch, and thanks for sharing the info!

      I'm sick of attempts to steer this nation from principles evolved in The Age of Reason to hallucinations derived from illiterate herdsmen. ~ Crashing Vor

      by NonnyO on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 05:40:13 AM PST

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      •  journalists attack Snowden - but black budget (6+ / 0-)

        as noted above the WA Post article used Snowden documents to expose the black budgets

        is this a legitimate story?

        my comment was inspired by some tweets from Glenn you know who

        he now has over 310,000 followers

        by contrast, daily kos has less than 150,00 followers

        that may be an unfair comparison. But when glenn started publishing his stories 7 months ago he has gone from something like 130,000 followers to the current number and it continues to grow. In the same time period, DK has been constant.

        This may be an unfair comparison. The Snowden story is the biggest political story of my lifetime and Glenn is in the middle of it. On the other hand, DK twitter had a several year lead time to get up to the stable number that it has. I don't follow DK twitter, I just go there to check up on its numbers.

        Glenn Greenwald ‏@ggreenwald 20m

        Many journalists attacking specific NSA stories as reckless are too cowardly to attack NYT or WP for publishing them, so they attack Snowden

        Glenn Greenwald ‏@ggreenwald 25m

        .@onekade Look at how some journalists sound like Joe McCarthy now when they discuss newspaper articles & sources https://twitter.com/...

        here is the tweet linked

         

        Dan Murphy ‏@bungdan

        Both Russia and China, those bastions of freedom and respect for the individual, are even more in Mr. Snowden's debt today.

        •  The numbers on the DK Twitter... (1+ / 0-)
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          NonnyO

          ...might be also affected by people who follow individual front pagers and certain diarists, like I do. I don't follow the actual DK twitter feed. Anyone else do that?

          The Grand Bargain must be stopped at all costs to protect the 99%.

          by cybrestrike on Wed Jan 15, 2014 at 10:55:32 AM PST

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