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Welcome! "The Evening Blues" is a casual community diary (published Monday - Friday, 8:00 PM Eastern) where we hang out, share and talk about news, music, photography and other things of interest to the community.  

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This evening's music features blues saxman A.C. Reed.  Enjoy!

A.C. Reed - Reedman's Boogie

“Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.”

  -- Franklin D. Roosevelt

News and Opinion

Massacre in Cairo deepens Egypt crisis

"Massacre" in Egypt Destroys Hope for Peaceful Transition

More than 40 people are reported dead and hundreds wounded in Cairo on Monday following pre-dawn violence in which supporters of Mohammed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood were fired upon by Egyptian military and security personnel outside the military barracks where the ousted president is being held.

Witnesses at the scene describe differing accounts of what led to the shootings, but the violence is a troubling sign that tensions are likely to increase as the country seeks to negotiate its way out of a complex political crisis.

The military removed Morsi from power last week following the largest popular protests in Egypt's modern history. While many welcomed his ouster, including members of Egypt's pro-democracy left, the fear of deepening violence and instability has left many on edge as the country's military council has reasserted its authority.

Egypt Descends Into "Spiral of Violence and Retribution" After Morsi’s Ouster

"We're Not Leaving": Opposing Factions Face Off in Cairo

Tensions in Egypt continued to escalate Sunday as factions on both sides of the ideological divide gathered in Cairo, both groups digging in their heels to preserve—what they believe to be—the goals of the 2011 revolution.

Reporting from Cairo University, Al Jazeera's Hoda Abdel Hamid said she had seen crowds moving towards Tahrir Square, carrying Egyptian flags and chanting slogans in favor of the armed forces and against the Muslim Brotherhood.

The youth-led Rebellion Movement which was behind the protests that sparked the ouster of former President Mohammed Morsi have dubbed Sunday's rally in Tahrir the "Dawaran Shubra" march to protect the gains of the revolution.

Meanwhile, a crowd of thousands of Morsi supporters have begun to assemble in Nasr City while approximately 1,000 regime supporters have completely blocked Salah Salem, the main artery that connects the city to the airport, reports Al Jazeera's Matthew Cassel.

Egypt: 8 Wounded in Clashes as Salafi Fundamentalists Object to Elbaradei as PM

Amid a general calming on Saturday in Egypt, the Sinai Peninsula remained a hot spot, when a gas pipeline was bombed, probably by Muslim radicals who have announced an insurrection against the military after it deposed President Muhammad Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood. Likewise in Sinai, a Coptic Christian priest was shot dead. Some Muslim radicals unfairly blame the Coptic Christian minority for the overthrow of Morsi. ...

Interim appointed president Adly Mansour attempted to make Mohamed Elbaradei his prime minister on Saturday, but put the process on hold when the ultra-fundamentalist Salafi Nur Party objected.

Nur said that Elbaradei is too ‘secular’.

Spies & Lies vs Money: EU & US line up huge trade deal amid espionage scandal

Turkey: Protesters Face Tear Gas, Water Cannons, and Machete-Wielding Assailants in Taksim Park

Tear gas and water cannons rained down on roughly 3000 protesters Saturday as Turkish police attacked a group of demonstrators assembled in Istanbul's Taksim Square.

The demonstrators were attempting to enter the adjacent Gezi Park, a section of green space that the government had planned to raze and replace with a shopping center sparking a month of protests and fierce backlash by law enforcement.

According to AFP, Saturday's organizers were planning to break through police cordons of the park and serve a notice to authorities of a court decision that has annulled the redevelopment plans—what many are considering a victory for the protests, though the court's decision is not yet final.

AFP continues:

The nationwide protests have largely dwindled although thousands of demonstrators have been gathering at Taksim every Saturday for the past three weeks, demanding justice for a protester who was killed by police fire.

This time, some protesters argued with police standing guard at the entrance of Gezi Park. Police then pushed protesters away from the square with pressurized water and tear gas. They also chased protesters down two main streets off Taksim, firing tear gas.

Thug Politics - Greece

State Dept. whistleblower’s lawyers targeted by ‘Watergate-style’ break-ins

Two burglars spent last weekend repeatedly breaking into a Dallas law firm and stealing three computers while leaving other valuables behind. The attorneys said Sunday that this was no ordinary break-in: it may have been politically motivated.

The law firm targeted is Schulman & Mathias, which represents State Department whistleblower Aurelia Fedenisn, formerly with the department’s office of inspector general. Fedenisn revealed to CBS News earlier this year that she’d seen internal investigations called off or misdirected by higher ups, drawing a rapid and terrifying response from law enforcement, with a specific focus on her family and children.

In an email to Foreign Policy, the State Department accused her of removing “highly sensitive, internal documents” containing “personal information and unsubstantiated allegations,” and explained that it was working to secure the documents once again.

Then, last weekend, security cameras caught two unknown people repeatedly burglarizing Fedenisn’s attorney’s office in north Dallas. ... Speaking to Foreign Policy on Sunday, attorney Cary Schulman said he suspects the crime was political in nature.

Denouncing US 'Empire' Latin American Leaders Step Up to Protect Snowden

Two South American nations, Venezuela and Nicaragua, indicated Friday that there may be some relief for NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, who for the past 14 days has unsuccessfully sought political asylum from a number of nations, all the while remaining trapped in the purgutory of Moscow's Sheremetyevo International Airport.

"As head of state of the Bolivarian republic of Venezuela, I have decided to offer humanitarian asylum to the young Snowden [...] to protect this young man from the persecution launched by the most powerful empire in the world," Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said—alluding to the United States—during an independence day speech in Caracas on Friday.

"I announced to the friendly governments of the world that we have decided to offer this international human right to protect this young man," he continued, adding that several other Latin American governments have also expressed their intention of taking a similar stance by offering asylum for the cause of "dignity," AP reports.

The speech followed an earlier statement by Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega during which he announced: "We are open, respectful of the right to asylum, and it is clear that if circumstances permit it, we would receive Snowden with pleasure and give him asylum here in Nicaragua."

Snowden strikes again: NSA 'in bed' with Germany & Most of Europe

How Do You Know When President Obama is Lying?

So there I was watching Obama’s lips move about NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden at a June 27 press conference. Saying he wouldn’t be “scrambling military jets to go after a 29-year-old hacker,” Obama added that he would not “start wheeling and dealing and trading on a whole host of other issues, simply to get a guy extradited.”

I didn’t believe a word of it. ...

As his lips were moving, Obama knew well that he would go to extreme lengths to prevent this articulate young man from securing asylum in some Latin American country, where he could continue to inform the world’s media about the Surveillance State that has blossomed alongside the Warfare State under the Bush and Obama administrations.  

That Obama wasn’t truthful became clear when the U.S. campaign of “wheeling and dealing” led to possible asylum countries retreating in fear one after another (Vice President Biden was deployed to pressure Ecuador’s president by phone). And even clearer with last week’s outrageous, international law-breaking that effectively forced down the presidential plane of Bolivian President Evo Morales.

And if Obama eventually does scramble jets to force down a plane with Snowden on board, the commander-in-chief will be applauded for taking bold and decisive action by mainstream TV talking heads, “national security” experts and the opposition he seems most intent on pleasing: conservatives. Criticism from civil libertarian and peace voices (or unions and environmentalists, for that matter) has rarely daunted Obama.

Glenn Greenwald: "Rogue" Actions of U.S. in Snowden Row Yield Latin American Offers of Asylum

Forcing down Evo Morales's plane was an act of air piracy

Imagine the aircraft of the president of France being forced down in Latin America on "suspicion" that it was carrying a political refugee to safety – and not just any refugee but someone who has provided the people of the world with proof of criminal activity on an epic scale.

Imagine the response from Paris, let alone the "international community", as the governments of the west call themselves. To a chorus of baying indignation from Whitehall to Washington, Brussels to Madrid, heroic special forces would be dispatched to rescue their leader and, as sport, smash up the source of such flagrant international gangsterism. Editorials would cheer them on, perhaps reminding readers that this kind of piracy was exhibited by the German Reich in the 1930s.

The forcing down of Bolivian President Evo Morales's plane – denied airspace by France, Spain and Portugal, followed by his 14-hour confinement while Austrian officials demanded to "inspect" his aircraft for the "fugitive" Edward Snowden – was an act of air piracy and state terrorism. It was a metaphor for the gangsterism that now rules the world and the cowardice and hypocrisy of bystanders who dare not speak its name.

U.S. Allies Violate Int. Law Pursuing Snowden

Snowden fate in balance as Cuba backs asylum bid

US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden won support from Cuba for his bid to seek asylum in Latin America as he began his third week in limbo at a Moscow airport on Monday.

Cuba, a key transit point from Russia on the way to Latin America, supported the leaders of Bolivia, Venezuela and Nicaragua, who have offered the 30-year-old fugitive a possible lifeline as he remains marooned without documents in the transit area of a Moscow airport.

“We support the sovereign rights of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and all the regional states to grant asylum to those who are being persecuted for their ideals or their fight for democratic rights, in accordance with our traditions,” Cuban leader Raul Castro said on Sunday.

Speaking to Cuba’s national assembly, Castro did not say whether his country, which has been showing signs of mending ties with Washington, would itself offer refuge to Snowden.

France snoops on citizens while slamming US over spying

NSA and GCHQ spy programmes face legal challenge

Privacy campaigners file claim saying laws used to justify data trawling by Prism and Tempora programmes are being abused

The British and US spy programmes that allow intelligence agencies to gather, store and share data on millions of people have been challenged in a legal claim brought by privacy campaigners.

Papers filed on Monday call for an immediate suspension of Britain's use of material from the Prism programme, which is run by America's National Security Agency.

They also demand a temporary injunction to the Tempora programme, which allows Britain's spy centre GCHQ to harvest millions of emails, phone calls and Skype conversations from the undersea cables that carry internet traffic in and out of the country.

Lawyers acting for the UK charity Privacy International say the programme is not necessary or proportionate. They say the laws being used to justify mass data trawling are being abused by intelligence officials and ministers, and need to be urgently reviewed.

Privacy International has submitted a claim to the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT), which is supposed to review all complaints about the conduct of Britain's spy agencies. The organisation hopes for a public hearing and early rulings because of the seriousness of the situation.

How The FBI Is Destroying Our Privacy

America, Passive Nation -- Why Can't We Stand Up for Ourselves When Our Rights Are Stolen?

America's founders would be horrified at our United States of Surveillance.

I'm a longtime subscriber to an Internet mail list that features items from smart, thoughtful people. The list editor forwards items he personally finds interesting, often related to technology and/or civil liberties. Not long after the Guardian and Washington Post first started publishing the leaks describing the National Security Agency's vast surveillancedragnet, an item appeared about a White House petition urging President Obama to pardon Edward Snowden. The post brought this reply, among others:

"Once upon a time I would have signed a White House petition to this administration with no qualms. Now, however, a chilling thought occurs: what 'watch lists' will signing a petition like this put me on? NSA? IRS? It's not a paranoid question anymore, in the United States of Surveillance." ...
As we Americans watch our parades and fire up our grills this 4 July, the 237th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence – the seminal document of the United States – we should take the time to ask ourselves some related questions: how did we come to this state of mind and behavior? How did we become so fearful and timid that we've given away essential liberties? Do we realize what we're giving up? What would the nation's founders think of us?
Chicago sees stunning 72 shootings over Fourth of July weekend

The Fourth of July weekend was an especially bloody time in Chicago this year, where 72 people were shot over the course of just four days according to local media.

Of that 72, NBC Chicago reported that 12 men were killed. A 5-year-old boy and a 7-year-old boy were also seriously injured in separate events, as was a 72-year-old woman who was reportedly shot in the ankle.

Many of the shootings appear to have been the result of gang violence and NBC Chicago noted that at least three individuals who took bullets over the weekend are refusing to cooperate with police.

The Chicago Sun-Times observed over the weekend that 64 of the shootings had already taken place by Saturday.

Lac-Mégantic: Environmental impact impossible to predict

MONTREAL — As the human toll of the explosion in Lac-Mégantic remains uncertain, so too does the environmental impact.

While Urgence Québec has confirmed that both the town’s namesake lake and the Chaudière River have been contaminated, an assessment of the impact isn’t possible without knowing what type of oil the 72-car train was carrying to an Irving refinery in Saint John, N.B., said Steven Guilbeault, co-founder and deputy director of environmental group Équiterre.

“We suspect that the oil is coming from North Dakota, and that would means it’s shale oil,” he said. “It’s not the oil people are used to. Beyond that, (it’s a question of whether) it’s light crude or heavy crude. ... Depending on the type of crude oil, the environmental impacts, safety issues, decontamination issues are very different because of what’s in the oil.”

Concerns over an environmental disaster have followed a recent boom in rail-transported oil that has taken place over the last five years. Meaghan LaSala is a member of 350 Maine, a group based in that state that raises awareness for climate change. On June 27, the group blockaded a railway passing through Fairfield, Me., that, similar to the line passing through Lac-Mégantic, carried crude oil to the Irving refinery.

“We wanted to call attention to the safety risk that we believe transporting this stuff by rail posed, which now, devastatingly and tragically, has been shown to be a real concern,” said LaSala.

“We know that the rails are not properly maintained,” she added. “The pressure to transport this stuff, because of the oil boom that has been taking place in the last few years, has really exceeded the infrastructure that exists to transport it safely.”

Blog Posts of Interest

Here are diaries and selected blog posts of interest on DailyKos and other blogs.
What's Happenin'

You Will Never Find A More Wretched Hive Of Scum And Villainy.

Waiting on the Lunch Express

New Snowden video interview plus der Spiegel interview

Fighting porn in the Australian military

I read the news today. Oh boy.

A Little Night Music

Albert Collins & A.C. Reed - Instrumental Jam

A. C. Reed - I Am Fed Up

Junior Wells, Buddy Guy, Phil Guy, A.C. Reed - Mystery Train

A.C. Reed - I Can't Go On This Way

A.C. Reed (Feat. Stevie Ray Vaughn) - Miami Strut

A.C. Reed - Talkin' Bout My Friends

A.C.Reed & Bonnie Raitt - She`s Fine

A. C. Reed - Boogalo Tramp

A C Reed - My Baby's Been Cheating

AC Reed - Big Woman

A.C. Reed - Junk Food

A.C. Reed - I Got Money To Burn

A.C. Reed - Oh Wee...These Blues is Killing Me!

AC Reed + Maurice John Vaughn - I got money

A.C. Reed & Big Wheeler - I'm a Jealous Man

A.C. Reed - Roadhouse Blues

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Originally posted to DFH writers group on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 05:00 PM PDT.

Also republished by Team DFH.


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  •  evening everyone. very busy all week (6+ / 0-)

    but I knew I'd find an update on Snowden here.

    I'm a little worried he isn't safe yet. Yes, Cuba's statement hints they would let him fly into Havana. But there's also comments how the plane could be grounded once over EU airspace. I am not expert in flight paths or laws.

    As a member of Courtesy Kos, I am dedicated to civility and respect for all kossacks, regardless of their opinions, affiliations, or cliques.

    by joedemocrat on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 05:09:06 PM PDT

    •  evening joe d... (4+ / 0-)

      it's a busy week all over the world, it seems. B)

      i am certain that mr. obama will be in quite a petulant frenzy about snowden being welcome in south america and will do everything in his power to bully every nation that america has influence with to prevent snowden from exercising his human right to seek and obtain asylum.  frankly, i don't think that it is going to play well and is going to make america either a laughingstock or a pariah or both.

      i shouldn't be surprised if several european nations joined in obama's snit at snowden, given that their security services have been outed and they've been caught with their eyes at the keyhole.

      i'm part of the 99% - america's largest minority

      by joe shikspack on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 05:15:51 PM PDT

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    •  Yes, I'm very nervous, too. (3+ / 0-)

      Especially after the Russians seem to imply that he has to leave soon or they'll extradite him to the US.

      Tyrion Lannister: "It's not easy being drunk all the time. Everyone would do it if it were easy."

      by psychodrew on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 05:28:48 PM PDT

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  •  Welcome back, joe (8+ / 0-)

    Hope you had a restful few days off.  Blockbuster diary you've put together here!  Before I start reading, I'll contribute this:

    Snowden Honored by Ex-Intel Officials

    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.

  •  Good evening, Joe. (5+ / 0-)

    New diary: Fighting porn in the Australian military.

    Not a very good title for a complicated story.

  •  Evening, joe (10+ / 0-)

    and good people.

    I had to go for a walk in eye exam today because I broke my glasses beyond repair and couldn't super glue them again like I've done about 10 times already.

    I ended up getting fitted for contact lenses, which I haven't worn in years.  They are toric lenses.  I didn't wear them home because I had to get the drops and all that, so starting tomorrow morning I'll give that a try.  The new eyeglasses will take a week or so.  This should be interesting. Until then I'm flying blind, have the font up very large and am leaning over to be able to see the screen. If there are a lot of typos, I'll probably never see 'em, lol.

    And now I've got to go see what has become of my diary on the new Snowden interviews, which walt starr hijacked 4 minutes after I published the damn thing and a couple dozen people encouraged him by uprated and just continued the hijack and continued to encourage people like starr and duhban and the usual people who like to troll diaries of people they don't like.  The rest of them are undermining community moderation. People have been trying to deal with the starr hijacks for weeks now but people keep encouraging him.

    CroneWit posted a help desk complaint and a number of others have weighed in there, attesting to the way that he and others have been destroying the comment section of diaries about Snowden and the NSA Files project. If you want to weigh in, here is the link:

    What pisses me off is that my diary did not express any opinion.  It was straight reporting, not flame bait, nothing. I spent an hour transcribing that video, and additional time putting the diary together, collecting the two new big interviews today, adding the transcript to add value, and just presenting it to make it easier for people in the community to keep up with what's going on.  It was strictly a service to the community kind of thing, a one stop place for people to find the stuff.  I found the youtube version of the video and embedded it, the two-part der Spiegel interview, etc.  And the same people who troll and wreck diaries all the time just totally fucked the comment section. You have to scroll a hundred times to get to any reasonable on topic discussion.  Somebody said that reading it on their mobile phone was a bloody mess.  And there were people who immediately tried to moderate and get it under control but a whole bunch of other vindictive people came in and undermined that.  

    If we did something like that in a big pro Obama diary, they would scream bloody murder and stage a boycott of the site and flood the admins with complaints and write 50 diaries about it and troll rate us to oblivion. But oh, that's right, we don't f'ing do that to their diaries. It really pisses me off. Anyway I'm headed back over to see how much of a bloody mess it has become since I last looked a few hours ago, other than one peek, which still found duhban crapping up the threads bickering with whoever he can find to bicker with (the same duhban, btw, who, by the way, told me never to comment to him again some months ago but who shows up in every freaking diary that I write, except the morning diaries, and picks fights and trolls).  

    "Justice is a commodity"

    by joanneleon on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 05:20:46 PM PDT

    •  evening joanne... (3+ / 0-)
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      joedemocrat, joanneleon, dharmafarmer

      i got to the party late, but i saw the mess.  with any luck, since the threadjacking was so blatant and has been a consistent pattern, the abuser can be ejected.  i saw some familiar typefaces in your diary who often visit my diaries and add little to the conversation.  

      i'm part of the 99% - america's largest minority

      by joe shikspack on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 05:41:40 PM PDT

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    •  Walt Star and duhban are jerks (3+ / 0-)
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      joe shikspack, dharmafarmer, tardis10

      I went to the help link and made a comment about Walt Star

      one thing is that arguments by the Obama & NSA supporters are getting weaker and weaker

      and they have done so much thread jacking that more people have figured out their game

      the NSA story has been incredible. The empire comes to face its bad behavior to its citizens and the whole world.

      they have handled their response badly and each day there is more stuff that comes out

      the international flap cannot be handled by beltway propaganda

      Latin America is standing up to the US for the first time since the early 1800's according to my historian friend.

      American may even learn what the rest of the world has known for years about who we are

    •  The National Security State (4+ / 0-)

      has plenty of defenders, it's all they've ever known. I love the way they go on about "our enemies," our enemies this, our enemies that, it never seems to occur to them that we wouldn't have so many enemies if we weren't such assholes.

      The free market is not the solution, the free market is the problem.

      by Azazello on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 06:30:28 PM PDT

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      •  and the enemies are OWS, eco protesters, etc. (3+ / 0-)
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        Azazello, joe shikspack, Funkygal

        probably include efforts to unionize WalMart

        As Marcy Wheeler pointed out, our industrial policy is military so lots of jobs depend on the defense budget

        Steny Hoyer was just on C-Span talking about the 10% budget cut in discretionary spending, NIH, center for disease control, pell grants, etc., and the money going to the military

        this is really sick and our country does not realize how much it costs to support this effort

      •  evening azazello... (2+ / 0-)
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        it's our divine right to be assholes.  we're the last standing superpower, for chrissakes!

        it's pretty amazing that there would be so many people on an allegedly progressive site that are so into authoritarian rule.  

        i'm part of the 99% - america's largest minority

        by joe shikspack on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 07:05:09 PM PDT

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  •  Good evening, Joe. (4+ / 0-)

    It's depressing seeing so many on the left lining up behind the administration and against Edward Snowden. Makes me very sad for my country.

    Tyrion Lannister: "It's not easy being drunk all the time. Everyone would do it if it were easy."

    by psychodrew on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 05:28:03 PM PDT

    •  evening andrew... (3+ / 0-)
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      dharmafarmer, psychodrew, tardis10

      it is a little surprising.  i would have thought that there would be a certain number of partisans who would keep mum because their guy was in office, but i really am quite surprised at how few liberals and progressives seem to have consistent principles.  i am hopeful, though that young people, who are particularly sensitive to internet issues may take this issue up when there is something concrete to get involved in.

      i'm part of the 99% - america's largest minority

      by joe shikspack on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 05:47:00 PM PDT

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  •  Evening, joe and all (4+ / 0-)

    Another one to read that blew my mind today

    Somali American caught up in a shadowy Pentagon counterpropaganda campaign  

    In a May 2012 report, the contractor, the Northern Virginia-based Navanti Group, branded the Web site “extremist” and asserted that its “chief goal is to disseminate propaganda supportive” of al-Shabab, an Islamist militia in Somalia that the U.S. government considers a terrorist group. The contractor then delivered a copy of its dossier — including Warsame’s Minnesota home address and phone number — to the FBI. A few days later, federal agents knocked on the webmaster’s door

    Although he did not know it, Warsame had been caught up in a shadowy Defense Department counterpropaganda operation, according to public record.


    The Pentagon is legally prohibited from conducting psychological operations at home or targeting U.S. audiences with propaganda, except during “domestic emergencies.” Defense Department rules also forbid the military from using psychological operations to “target U.S. citizens at any time, in any location globally, or under any circumstances.”

    Last year, however, two USA Today journalists were targeted in an online propaganda campaign after they revealed that the Pentagon’s top propaganda contractor in Afghanistan owed millions of dollars in back taxes. A co-owner of the firm later admitted that he established fake Web sites and used social media to attack the journalists anonymously

    Hattip to Garrett for linking to this earlier.

    Society is like a stew. If you don't stir it up every once in a while then a layer of scum floats to the top. ~Edward Abbey

    by cosmic debris on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 05:38:06 PM PDT

    •  evening cosmic... (2+ / 0-)
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      i saw that this morning, that is at once not surprising (in that one never really expects an unsupervised bureaucracy to exhibit scruples) and mind-blowing (in that it is just so wrong.

      it's certainly a story that is worth making some noise about, perhaps somebody like alan grayson could take this up and make the government pay attention.

      i'm part of the 99% - america's largest minority

      by joe shikspack on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 05:51:46 PM PDT

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  •  Forgot a couple more (5+ / 0-)

    From Juan Cole
    Has NSA Spying Killed US “Cloud” services, Email in Europe, Brazil?

    Which isn't new to readers here, but in the comments this came up that made me go hmmmm

    EuroFrank 07/08/2013 at 6:03 am
    Dear Professor Cole

    It gets worse for the US.

    Many of the modern IT security programs designed to overcome Advanced persistent threats and Polymorphic malware are funded by US Venture capitalsists.

    Such programs if you buy them have access to everythin in your network.

    If they have a backdoor built in for the NSA then all our IPR and negotiating positions leak to the US.

    I think I see an emerging European Security Applications market.

    And this one just pissed me off

    Geithner joins top table of public speakers with lucrative appearances

    Tim Geithner, the former US Treasury secretary, has been elevated to the highest rank of public speakers, alongside former world leaders Bill Clinton and Tony Blair, after receiving about $400,000 for three speaking engagements.

    A speech at a Deutsche Bank conference last month netted him about $200,000, according to people familiar with the situation, underscoring the lucrative fees that former public officials can receive.

    There was a funny twitter feed #whatwillgeithnerbuy with snarky suggestions. All I can come up with are a slew of expletives.

    Society is like a stew. If you don't stir it up every once in a while then a layer of scum floats to the top. ~Edward Abbey

    by cosmic debris on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 05:48:17 PM PDT

    •  i wonder if the nsa has killed off the cloud... (4+ / 0-)

      generally.  i know some students at a local university which contracted out to google to provide student email services.  they are really not so thrilled about google having access to their email any more.

      so, it looks like that chiseling little bastard, geithner is getting his payoff from the banksters for services rendered.  there is not a part of hell that is hot enough for timmeh.

      i'm part of the 99% - america's largest minority

      by joe shikspack on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 05:59:05 PM PDT

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  •  Hey Joe & Bluesters! (6+ / 0-)

    I found another rose garden, this is my favourite:
    "Pristine" Hybrid Tea

    "Pristine" Hybrid Tea, Empress Hotel Rose Garden

    Reading more about Lac Megantic. There is some speculation that the layoffs by the railroad company as they tried to move towards electronic monitoring in order to cut staff, are at the root of this catastrophe.

    To thine ownself be true

    by Agathena on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 05:48:43 PM PDT

    •  evening agathena... (2+ / 0-)
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      that's another particularly nice rose!  

      it is a bit concerning that with the sudden boom in oil and gas production, the current (aging) pipeline infrastructure can't keep up with the ambitions greed of the industry and rail is going to increasingly be used to fill in the gap.  it's a shame that we can't seem to elect a government that will take climate change more seriously than the energy industry's bribes.

      i'm part of the 99% - america's largest minority

      by joe shikspack on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 06:04:23 PM PDT

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  •  Projection on the U.S. Embassy in Berlin today: (2+ / 0-)
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  •  This put a smile on my face. (3+ / 0-)
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    Tyrion Lannister: "It's not easy being drunk all the time. Everyone would do it if it were easy."

    by psychodrew on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 05:58:10 PM PDT

  •  40 people killed in Pro-Morsi protests? (1+ / 0-)
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    joe shikspack

    I believe 29 children were burned alive in Nigeria by Islamic extremists who objected to the fact that they were receiving an education at a Catholic boarding school.  

    I'm willing to let Egypt settle this thing out, and yes, people will be killed.  They will be killed either way.

    Cause he gets up in the morning, And he goes to work at nine, And he comes back home at five-thirty, Gets the same train every time.

    by Keith930 on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 06:53:50 PM PDT

  •  Jumping the shark on the Front Page (1+ / 0-)
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    Oh Noes because the sequester has cut defense the guise of caring about workers.  Sorry...but who can't foresee a future Laura Clawson diary decrying the cuts in NSA workers should anyone succeed in reigning in that agency?

    Cause he gets up in the morning, And he goes to work at nine, And he comes back home at five-thirty, Gets the same train every time.

    by Keith930 on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 06:58:43 PM PDT

    •  oh, don't worry, laura... (0+ / 0-)

      they'll come up with the money to hire private sector workers to cover the shortfall in output created by furloughs of public workers.

      i'm part of the 99% - america's largest minority

      by joe shikspack on Mon Jul 08, 2013 at 07:10:58 PM PDT

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