Published on Apr 30, 2011
The National Security Agency is currently collecting the telephone records of millions of US customers of Verizon, one of America’s largest telecoms providers, under a top secret court order issued in April.
The order, a copy of which has been obtained by the Guardian, requires Verizon on an “ongoing, daily basis” to give the NSA information on all telephone calls in its systems, both within the US and between the US and other countries.
The document shows for the first time that under the Obama administration the communication records of millions of US citizens are being collected indiscriminately and in bulk – regardless of whether they are suspected of any wrongdoing.
The phrase “government monitoring” used to invoke an image of FBI agents in a van recording specific phone calls. That changed when Edward Snowden published documents revealing that the technology is now in place to monitor every conversation transmitted across our entire society and search through the results. These documents revealed mass searches by the United States government that violated the 4th amendment’s protection against unreasonable searches and seizures. This is a major failure of the oversight that keeps our government within the legal boundaries we have established …
Recent revelations of the NSA’s expansive surveillance programs harm user trust in the digital ecosystem, stifle innovation, and lead to a harmful balkanization of the Internet. Internet users around the world must be able to trust that their information, communications and documents are safe and secure. The alternative is a race to the bottom where only those users who seek out complex, bolt-on security tools get protected communications, or worse yet become reluctant to use digital communications and avoid services that both improve their lives and drive commerce. Those of us in the technology sector, citizens at home, and constituents globally are asking what can be done to regain user trust.
One obvious answer is to change U.S. law to limit the ability of the NSA to conduct such mass surveillance. The Freedom Act, introduced today in the U.S. House of Representatives by Congressman Sensenbrenner and in the U.S. Senate by Senator Leahy, does just that. The Freedom Act takes an important step toward rebuilding user trust by adding limitations on government collection of data in the name of national security.
The idea is simple. The NSA should not have a blank check to access user data from technology companies. …
A little over dramatized (typical “OWS” marketing strategy) but still a good video.
I wish Occupy movement/”General Assemblies” would spend some time devising a plan of action and reform. Or do the people with jobs have to pick up the slack while you have hacky-sack drum circles? Pointing out the same flaws in the system we’re all well aware of. Change starts with a plan people and a ton of hard work.
Thomas Jefferson once said a revolution is required every twenty years.
Which means were past due…
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“Operation Iraq liberation” was what “Operation Iraq Freedom” was until they realized the first spelled out ” O.I.L.
“Weapons of mass deception is pejorative expression used by some people to describe U.S. President George W. Bush’s claim that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction as justification for the war on Iraq.
“In a joint study by the Joan Shorenstein Center on Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University and the Project for Excellence in Journalism, the authors found disparate treatment by the three major cable channels of Republican and Democratic candidates during the earliest five months of presidential primaries in 2007: “The CNN programming studied tended to cast a negative light on Republican candidates—by a margin of three-to-one. Four-in-ten stories (41%) were clearly negative while just 14% were positive and 46% were neutral.”
The variation weapons of mass distraction has also been used by pundits and satirists. This punning alteration accuses the Bush administration of using the war in Iraq to draw the nation’s attention away from other problems, such as the economic recession of 2002. The meaning was later inverted to describe Bush’s alleged attempts to divert attention away from the war following a drop in public …
Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media (1992) is a multi award-winning documentary film that explores the political life and ideas of Noam Chomsky, a linguist, intellectual, and political activist. Created by two Canadian independent filmmakers, Mark Achbar and Peter Wintonick, it expands on the ideas of Chomsky’s earlier book, Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media, which he co-wrote with Edward S. Herman.
The film presents and illustrates Chomsky’s and Herman’s propaganda model, the thesis that corporate media, as profit-driven institutions, tend to serve and further the agendas of the interests of dominant, elite groups in the society. A centerpiece of the film is a long examination into the history of The New York Times’ coverage of the Indonesian occupation of East Timor, which Chomsky says exemplifies the media’s unwillingness to criticize an ally of the elite.
Until the release of The Corporation (2003), made by Mark Achbar, Jennifer Abbott and Joel Bakan, it was the most successful documentary in Canadian history, playing theatrically in over 300 cities around the world; winning 22 awards; appearing in more than 50 international film festivals; and being broadcast in over 30 markets. It has also been translated into a dozen …
In the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan, psychological operations tactics were employed to demoralize the Taliban and to win the sympathies of the Afghan population. At least six EC-130E Commando Solo aircraft were used to jam local radio transmissions and transmit replacement propaganda messages. Leaflets were also dropped throughout Afghanistan, offering rewards for Osama bin Laden and other individuals, portraying Americans as friends of Afghanistan and emphasizing various negative aspects of the Taliban. Another shows a picture of Mohammed Omar in a set of crosshairs with the words “We are watching.” This technique has been shown to be rather ineffective in terms of long term opinions change given current political and social conditions in Afghanistan.
US PSYOP pamphlet disseminated in Iraq. Text: “This is your future al-Zarqawi” and shows al-Qaeda fighter al-Zarqawi caught in a rat trap.
Iraq War This section is written like a personal reflection or essay and may require cleanup. Please help improve it by rewriting it in an encyclopedic style. (September 2010)
The United States and Iraq both employed propaganda during the Iraq War. The United States established campaigns towards the American people on the justifications of the war while using similar tactics …