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Monday afternoon, word went out that a deal had been struck in the Senate. A meeting at the White House scheduled for 3pm between Pres. Obama and all of the House and Senate leaders was postponed.
Really weird that this happened Sep. 30 and is only getting attention now.
Louise Slaughter: Republican Rules Change 'An Atrocity' That Allows Shutdown To ContinueEzra Klein with details about the deal. Some minor changes to Obamacare and a
The Senate’s deal to end the shutdown is a deal to fight over sequestrationFelix Salmon.
The default has already begun--- Tuesday morning ---
Today is all about getting the House GOP to accept the Senate deal. Word is that the House will have changes. It's amazing that the markets have been so relatively calm. Either they are just desensitized to the Obama and Bush admins regular use of manufactured crises that get solved at the last minute, or the masters of the universe have inside information from the govt.
Yeah, they're back. At least three members of the Catfood Commission, from the Dems side, have been sent out to do media appearances. Durbin on Meet the Press, Bowles on CNBC and Alice Rivlin on NPR. And now the two Catfood stars are part of an ad campaign starting today.
Hey, wait a minute. Pete Peterson and his Catfood Commission and their ridiculous faux grassroots organization, Fix the Debt... they put together this ad campaign, and putting together an ad campaign is not trivial. What's curious is that they waited until this week, just a couple days before the 10/17 deadline to run these ads. How did they know that the shutdown would go on for this long? Why didn't they run some of their ads soon after the shutdown began?
Roll Call compares all of this to the TARP battle. I've made the same comparison during the past weeks. But TARP was also very different than this deal. As far as we know, TARP was not a manufactured crisis and it was based on a demand from the Treasury Secretary that was at the same time simple and profound and we all know the rest of it.
Echoes of TARP in Fiscal Fight, but Ties Have Soured
Leon Panetta goes off message and bloviates about the Clinton days.
Panetta rebukes Obama’s handling of shutdown
Don't call it a Super Committee or a Catfood Commission! Don't call it a Grand Bargain!
I have to redact myself on this one.
NSA collects millions of e-mail address books globallyDissemination of this information? Who are they giving it to? Anyway, that article is a must read, in full. Yahoo was also prepared for the publication of that article by Gellman. Before publishing, Gellman sent out this tweet to give Yahoo some help. Since their email and contact lists and whatever, are unencrypted by default, the government gets its biggest harvest from Yahoo mail. So before he published that detail, Gellman let Yahoo reassure their users that they'd be encrypting soon. Yahoo much have had a look at the article ahead of time. The article also says that Google switched to encrypted email delivery because they knew the govt was collecting. In the article, all the tech companies interviewed say they didn't know anything about it.
The National Security Agency is harvesting hundreds of millions of contact lists from personal e-mail and instant messaging accounts around the world, many of them belonging to Americans, according to senior intelligence officials and top secret documents provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
The collection program, which has not been disclosed before, intercepts e-mail address books and “buddy lists” from instant messaging services as they move across global data links. Online services often transmit those contacts when a user logs on, composes a message, or synchronizes a computer or mobile device with information stored on remote servers.
During a single day last year, the NSA’s Special Source Operations branch collected 444,743 e-mail address books from Yahoo, 105,068 from Hotmail, 82,857 from Facebook, 33,697 from Gmail and 22,881 from unspecified other providers, according to an internal NSA PowerPoint presentation. Those figures, described as a typical daily intake in the document, correspond to a rate of more than 250 million per year.
Each day, the presentation said, the NSA collects contacts from an estimated 500,000 buddy lists on live-chat services as well as from the “in-box” displays of Web-based e-mail accounts.
The NSA has not been authorized by Congress or the special intelligence court that oversees foreign surveillance to collect contact lists in bulk, and senior intelligence officials said it would be illegal to do so from facilities in the United States. The agency avoids the restrictions in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act by intercepting contact lists from access points “all over the world,” one official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss a classified program. “None of those are on U.S. territory.”
In this program, the NSA is obliged to make that case only to itself or others in the executive branch. With few exceptions, intelligence operations overseas fall solely within the president’s legal purview. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, enacted in 1978, imposes restrictions only on electronic surveillance that targets Americans or takes place on U.S. territory.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said in August that the committee has less information about, and conducts less oversight of, intelligence-gathering that relies solely on presidential authority . She said she planned to ask for more briefings on those programs.
Because the agency captures contact lists “on the fly” as they cross major Internet switches, rather than “at rest” on computer servers, the NSA has no need to notify the U.S. companies that host the information or to ask for help from them.
These are the slides that WaPo has published. At the link below, you'll find the slides in digital form with bookmarked sections that have sidebar explanations.
Hamilton Nolan, from Gawker.com, writes about Dianne Feinstein's op-ed in the WSJ (which is behind a paywall). Feinstein would have known, of course, about the WaPo article above and would have timed her op-ed to precede it by a half day or so. And after reading that WaPo article, it's easy to see why she'd want to try to defend herself, the NSA, and her oversight committee. She admits that she has known about the other programs that the NSA has, under executive order 12333, but she hasn't gotten around to asking questions or doing oversight on those. But she's planning on it!
Dianne Feinstein Can't Come Up With One Good Defense of the NSASnowden's statements after receiving the Sam Adams award.
She has, in her Wall Street Journal op-ed today, nothing but a mishmash of vagaries and downright illogical factoids. Let's take them one at a time.
1) The NSA program could have stopped 9/11. It's right there in the story's subhed: "If today's call-records program had been in place in before 9/11, the terrorist attacks likely would have been prevented." Odd, since Feinstein includes this paragraph right up front:In the summer of 2001, the CIA's then-director, George Tenet, painted a dire picture for members of the Senate Intelligence Committee when he testified about the terrorist threat posed by al Qaeda. As Mr. Tenet later told the 9/11 Commission, "the system was blinking red" and by late July of that year, it could not "get any worse."Huh. So... the CIA did issue dire warnings prior to 9/11, although the NSA's program was not in place at that time. This directly contradicts Feinstein's point about the necessity of the NSA's phone spying. Paging the editing department.
2) The NSA itself says the program works.
3) Al Qaeda is scary.
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Blog Posts and Tweets of Interest
What's Obamacare "income verification" & the "reinsurance tax"--and why are they in the new Senate deal? Answers here http://t.co/...— Jonathan Cohn (@CitizenCohn) October 15, 2013
Launching an awesome new @FreedomofPress project tomorrow. We're hoping it's really going to make some waves…— Trevor Timm (@trevortimm) October 15, 2013
RT @jbendery Top Sen aide confirms outlines of latest deal: Debt lim hike thru early Feb, govt funding thru early Jan, budget conf by Dec 15— Robert Costa (@robertcostaNRO) October 14, 2013
It looks like the Million Vet march organizers aren't happy with the wingnuts http://t.co/...— digby (@digby56) October 14, 2013
Poll--Wanker approval down to 21%, 74% disapproval. http://t.co/...— Bruce Bartlett (@BruceBartlett) October 14, 2013
"Today the invisible hand is not invisible because we cannot see it. It is because it is not there." http://t.co/...— Sarah Kendzior (@sarahkendzior) October 14, 2013
WP View: The pro-BP oil and pro-fracking industry ads on #MSNBC reveals the fact that they are not progressive in the least.— Watchdog Progressive (@Watchdogsniffer) October 14, 2013
Fracking comes to Saudi Arabia despite limited water resources | The Raw Story http://t.co/...— Watchdog Progressive (@Watchdogsniffer) October 14, 2013
Ryan's quiet/dogged effort to get Rs to rally behind budg conf as a prize worth celebrating will be tested tmw morn at conf...— Robert Costa (@robertcostaNRO) October 14, 2013
In 1973, US corporations invested 15 times as much cash as they distributed to shareholders. Today it's below 2 times http://t.co/...— Downtown Josh Brown (@ReformedBroker) October 14, 2013
High ranking member of the intelligence committee Diane Feinstein struggles to defend the NSA program http://t.co/...— Sarah Kay (@K_isanasshole) October 14, 2013
Just got my advance copy of @MaxBlumenthal 's Goliath - congratulations Max, it looks amazing!— Naomi Klein (@NaomiAKlein) October 11, 2013
"We live in a time of noblesse oblige without the oblige." http://t.co/...— Sarah Kendzior (@sarahkendzior) October 14, 2013
Fitch Ratings has 100 yr anniv party, w/ Niall Ferguson as Keynote & panelist Kissinger. Twitter mob commence: http://t.co/...— Jesse Eisinger (@eisingerj) October 14, 2013
If there's a grand bargain to re-open government, and everything's that has majority support is on the table, can we restore Glass-Steagall?— Bartlett Naylor (@BartNaylor) October 13, 2013
Lawyer Who Gave President Bush Legal Cover For Warrantless Wiretapping Now Claims We'll Come To Love An Intrusive NSA http://t.co/...— bmaz (@bmaz) October 14, 2013
We all know what 'bipartisanship' means in the era of Obama. It means more cuts 2 social security and medicare & an eventual "Grand Bargain.— #OccupyCleveland (@OccupyCleveland) October 14, 2013
Andrea Mitchell & Ruth Marcus right now bemoaning fact that O didn't forcefully push Simpson-Bowles when he had chance. #"lookwhathappened"— digby (@digby56) October 14, 2013
Man those grannies & disabled vets are really raking us over! COLA increases: 2009 0% 2010 0% 2011 3.6% 2012 1.7% 2013 1.5% #Scrooge— JoanneLeon (@joanneleon) October 14, 2013
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