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Gupta writes: "Any attempt to rein in the vast US surveillance apparatus exposed by Edward Snowden's whistleblowing will be for naught unless government and corporations alike are subject to greater oversight."

Gupta: 'Brown made a splash in February 2011 by helping to uncover 'Team Themis.'' (photo: unknown)
Gupta: 'Brown made a splash in February 2011 by helping to uncover 'Team Themis.'' (photo: unknown)


Barrett Brown's Revelations Every Bit As Explosive As Edward Snowden's

By Arun Gupta, Guardian UK

28 June 13

 

rown is not a household name like Edward Snowden or Bradley Manning. But after helping expose a dirty tricks plot, he faces jail

Any attempt to rein in the vast US surveillance apparatus exposed by Edward Snowden's whistleblowing will be for naught unless government and corporations alike are subject to greater oversight. The case of journalist and activist Barrett Brown is a case in point.

Brown made a splash in February 2011 by helping to uncover "Team Themis", a project by intelligence contractors retained by Bank of America to demolish the hacker society known as Anonymous and silence sympathetic journalists like Glenn Greenwald (now with the Guardian, though then with Salon). The campaign reportedly involved a menagerie of contractors: Booz Allen Hamilton, a billion-dollar intelligence industry player and Snowden's former employer; Palantir, a PayPal-inspired and -funded outfit that sells "data-mining and analysis software that maps out human social networks for counterintelligence purposes"; and HBGary Federal, an aspirant consultancy in the intelligence sector.

The Team Themis story began in late 2010, when Julian Assange warned WikiLeaks would release documents outlining an "ecosystem of corruption [that] could take down a bank or two." Anticipating that it might be in Assange's sights, Bank of America went into damage-control mode and, as the New York Times reported, assembled "a team of 15 to 20 top Bank of America officials … scouring thousands of documents in the event that they become public." To oversee the review, Bank of American brought in Booz Allen Hamilton.

Days later, Bank of America retained the well-connected law firm of Hunton & Williams, which was reportedly recommended by the Department of Justice. Hunton & Williams promptly emailed HBGary Federal, Palantir and Berico; they, in turn, "proposed various schemes to attack" WikiLeaks and Greenwald. In fact, Hunton & Williams had first contacted the three tech firms in October 2010, at the behest of the Chamber of Commerce to find out if it was being attacked by labor union-backed campaigners.

The final cast member, Aaron Barr, then CEO of HBGary Federal, started creating personal dossiers on Hunton & Williams employees to display his prowess as a social media ninja – his way of convincing the law firm that he could train them in the perils of social media. Barr was anxious to generate income for his struggling subsidiary.

According to the Team Themis proposal, its partners suggested creating false documents and fake personas to damage progressive organizations such as "ThinkProgress, the labor coalition called Change to Win, the SEIU, US Chamber Watch, and StopTheChamber.com". According to reporting by Wired, the three companies hoped to bill the Chamber of Commerce for $2m a month. But while (as leaked emails showed) the parties in the plan went back and forth over how to apportion the spoils, nothing was forthcoming.

Then Hunton & Williams submitted the Bank of America proposal, and HBGary Federal, Palantir and Berico swung into action. On 2 December, just three days after Assange's warning, Aaron Barr crafted the plan to launch "cyber attacks" on WikiLeaks.

The tech companies' emails – which Anonymous hacked and Barrett Brown helped publicize – listed planned tactics:

"Feed[ing] the fuel between the feuding groups. Disinformation. Create messages around actions to sabotage or discredit the opposing organization. Submit fake documents and then call out the error."

They also proposed "cyber attacks", using social media "to profile and identify risky behavior of employees", and "get people to understand that if they support the organization we will come after them", implying threats. There was also email chatter about attacking journalists with "a liberal bent", specifically naming Greenwald. Some aspects of the Team Themis proposal were reminiscent of a leaked 2008 Pentagon counterintelligence plan against WikiLeaks.

In early January, email messages from HBGary Federal show plans for a meeting with Booz Allen Hamilton, apparently regarding Barr's plans against WikiLeaks and Anonymous. At this point, no one was buying Barr's scheme – even as he bragged to the Financial Times, on 4 February 2012, that he had used Facebook, Twitter and other social media to identify the "leaders" of Anonymous.

Barr believed that had piqued the interest of the "FBI, the Director of National Intelligence, and the US military". In fact, it had merely made him a marked man: two days later, as Wired reported, Anonymous "took down [HBGary Federal's] website, stole his emails, deleted the company's backup data, trashed Barr's Twitter account and remotely wiped his iPad." For his part, Brown created Project PM, "a crowd-sourced wiki focused on government intelligence contractors" to delve through the tens of thousands of emails taken from HBGary Federal's servers.

A critical element in the story concerns the fact that, according to one of the leaked emails, the companies were hoping that "if they can show that WikiLeaks is hosting data in certain countries it will make prosecution easier." The hacked emails also revealed, Forbes reported, that Barr was hoping to sell the information on Anonymous members to the FBI. The fact that Barr was stoking interest among security agencies with a dossier of supposed Anonymous members containing incorrect names meant that innocent people might have been jailed if he had succeeded in his scheme.

Barr resigned and HBGary Federal was subsequently shuttered. But the story doesn't end there. In July 2011, the Anonymous-linked "AntiSec" raided Booz Allen Hamilton and made off with 90,000 emails. One allegation that emerged from the cache was that BAH had been working with HBGary Federal "to develop software that would allow for the creation of multiple fake social media profiles to infiltrate discussion groups and manipulate opinion on the sites and discredit people, as well as to match personas online with offline identities."

Within days of the Team Themis scandal, Palantir issued a statement announcing that it was cutting ties with HBGary Federal and issued an apology to Greenwald. Its reputation was at stake: in 2011, it scored $250m in sales and its customers included the CIA, FBI, US Special Operations Command, army, marines, air force, LAPD and NYPD. Tim Shorrock, an intelligence industry analyst, believes that with an immigration bill working its way through Congress that will provide billions of dollars for border enforcement, Palantir is also well-positioned to win new clients like ICE and the DEA. Along with Booz Allen Hamilton, Palantir is reportedly being paid by the government to mine social media for "terrorists".

They are just a few of the nearly 2,000 private companies involved in the US counterterrorism, homeland security and intelligence apparatus. Even as HBGary Federal has disappeared, the privatized surveillance state continues to expand. The privatized intelligence budget alone is estimated at $56bn.

Given the revelations about domestic surveillance, Brown could speak volumes about the nexus between corporations and the state – except that he's been cooling his heels in a jail outside Dallas, Texas, for 290 days, awaiting two separate trials that could put him on ice for more than 100 years. The US government has slapped Brown with 17 counts that include identity theft, stealing thousands of credit card numbers, concealing evidence, and "internet threats".

Ahmed Ghappour, attorney for Brown, calls the charges "prosecutorial overreach", and maintains most are related to legitimate journalistic practices, such as cutting-and-pasting a link and refusing to give the FBI access to his sources on a laptop, "a modern-day notebook". In contrast to the FBI's aggressive pursuit of Brown, no probe of the Team Themis project was launched – despite a call from 17 US House representatives to investigate a possible conspiracy to violate federal laws, including forgery, mail and wire fraud, and fraud and related activity in connection with computers. Ghappour asks:

"What length will the government go to prosecute journalists reporting on intelligence contractors? Brown was one of the first to report on the plan to take down Glenn Greenwald.

"It was clear Booz Allen Hamilton [whistleblower Edward Snowden's former employer] was consulting with the NSA, at least supporting their mass-surveillance program, and this was one of the leads Barrett was chasing at the time of the arrest."

Team Themis also demonstrates that HBGary Federal tried to ramp up official fear of leakers and freedom of information activists for commercial ends. And it's hardly the only one. Recent episodes involve Wall Street banks encouraging police forces to target Occupy Wall Street activists, private security firms earning money by hyping threats of environmental activists, and chemical companies plotting to intimidate scientists and public officials. Because corporations lack public oversight, privatizing critical public functions allows government to conduct dirty tricks with less scrutiny, while businesses can warp the very fabric of society by manufacturing threats in order to boost revenues and profits. As Ghappour asks again:

"Who's policing the corporations? Who's holding them accountable to the same standards as our government? And we need to question those standards given incidents like the Obama administration seizing the phone records of the AP."

On Christmas day 2011, the intelligence-analysis firm Stratfor, which Anonymous accused of running a wide-ranging spying operation, was hacked. Brown was the one who alerted the mainstream media to the hack: among the millions of files released were thousands of credit-card names and numbers. Like many, Brown posted a link to the files; it was this that the government would seize on to indict Brown for credit-card theft. According to Ghappour:

"That link was accessible to anyone in the world with an internet connection. That link was shared hundreds or even thousands of times that day but Barrett was the only one that was indicted."

On 6 March 2012, the FBI raided Brown, looking for among other things "records related to HBGary [Federal]". Under growing pressure, Brown posted a YouTube rant in September 2012, in which he spoke of his opiate use and made reference to the Zetas, a ruthless Mexican drug cartel. Speaking to his computer screen, Brown warned that "any armed officials of the US government, particularly the FBI, will be regarded as potential Zeta assassin squads and … I will shoot all of them and kill them." Clearly, Brown felt persecuted, but it was an ill-advised statement, which has led to jail without bail for nine months and a harsh list of indictments.

Ghappour asserts there is a logic why the government is keen to prosecute private contractor whistleblowers and activist journalists like Brown:

"The problem is you have companies doing very sensitive intelligence work for the government. It follows that the enemies of those companies are your own [enemies]. And it would be in their interest to silence or prosecute journalists investigating those companies."

Because of his role as a muckraking reporter, Brown has attracted defenders like Glenn Greenwald and Rolling Stones' Michael Hastings, who died last week in a car accident. Yet, perhaps because he wasn't as high-profile as Bradley Manning or as unassailable as Aaron Swartz, Brown hasn't attracted the type of support that can effectively pressure the government. But with the light thrown on the privatised national security state by the leaks from former BAH contractor for the NSA Edward Snowden, there is renewed interest in Brown's plight and the campaign for justice in his case.

 

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+84 # Activista 2013-06-28 13:46
"Disinformation . Create messages around actions to sabotage or discredit the opposing organization. Submit fake documents and then call out the error."
perfect definition of USA mass media "reporting"
 
 
+87 # DLT888 2013-06-28 14:05
The media is the first to go when closing down an open society.
 
 
+6 # Walter J Smith 2013-06-29 15:03
Of course, the industrial propaganda media, like ABC, CNN, FOX, NBC, CBS, CNBC, CNN, et. al., are doing pretty much what Activista said.

They are the criminals.

Everybody telling the truth is a terrorist, a spy, or worse, in their eyes, in Wall Street's eyes, and, therefore, in Obama's eyes.
 
 
+3 # Activista 2013-07-01 12:30
Submit fake documents and then call ...
Prime example is "Syria used chemical weapons .." .."crossed red lines .." on these premises we are arming "rebels" - Kerry asked for bombing ..
Problems is that there is NO evidence - the Syrian government using chemical weapons is fake .. like golden cakes from Niger to Iraq ..
 
 
-155 # arquebus 2013-06-28 14:08
Let me see if I understand this. It is OK...good in fact...for guys like Greenwald and others to attack the Bank of America and other companies, but it is wrong for these companies to attack in return.

I'm not a fan of B of A or any of the big banks, but to deny them the ability to retaliate against those that attack them...well, not much of a sense of fair play. What's good for the goose (BofA) is good for the gander (Wikileaks et al).

The worshipers of these people (Bradley, Snowden et al) maintain that no damage was done to the US...no increased danger. Yet, it was reported yesterday that al Queda and other terrorist groups are already modifying and changing their communication methods thanks to the info released by these two.
 
 
+4 # tingletlc 2013-06-28 15:38
>>Let me see if I understand this.
 
 
+1 # tingletlc 2013-06-28 22:14
I'll try again.

>>Let me see if I understand this.
 
 
+9 # tingletlc 2013-06-29 09:52
And one last attempt before I admit to myself that it's all just noise:

>>Let me see if I understand this.//

Trust me, you don't.

>>It is OK...good in fact...for guys like Greenwald and others to attack the Bank of America and other companies, but it is wrong for these companies to attack in return. I'm not a fan of B of A or any of the big banks, but to deny them the ability to retaliate against those that attack them...well, not much of a sense of fair play. What's good for the goose (BofA) is good for the gander (Wikileaks et al).//

Consider the asymmetry.

>>The worshipers of these people (Bradley, Snowden et al) maintain that no damage was done to the US...no increased danger. Yet, it was reported yesterday that al Queda and other terrorist groups are already modifying and changing their communication methods thanks to the info released by these two.//

Right! In yet another security leak, this one from the Feds to CNN (Barbara Starr), revealing to al Qaeda even more immediately and explicitly than Snowden did, that we can see them RIGHT NOW. You prefer official leakers in the secret government to Snowden? Barbara Starr to Glenn Greenwald? CNN to The Guardian?

Why?
 
 
0 # Walter J Smith 2013-06-29 15:05
He's an Obama troll?
 
 
+34 # Linwood 2013-06-28 16:49
[quote name="arquebus" ]Let me see if I understand this. You don't.
 
 
+27 # heraldmage 2013-06-28 17:32
Our government has been lying to us for decades probably even longer.
Why should we believe anything they say?
If terrorist groups have recently changed their communication it’s more than likely part of their routine security practice.
We have ~17 months until the 2014 elections, we must start now to identify independent candidates for every elected position in the USA from town counsel to President of USA. Candidates that have no corporate campaign ties or political experience. It’s time to eliminate politics as usual. With grass roots support we can do it. The ruling parties would never expect, they wouldn't even consider that candidates backed only by the people with homemade posters, local news reports of rallies & door to door get out the vote campaigns could beat their billion $ corporate campaigns. But if get can get the same % of people out to vote who voted in Iran over 70% we win by a landslide, considering that election turnout in the USA over the past couple decades is ~40%. We also need to remind people that there is still one place of absolute privacy left in the USA "the voting booth". It is a secret ballot & the election pollsters can be easily misled.
It's time to end our oppressive government that for money has sold our republic and start the transition to a true democracy.
 
 
+10 # Regina 2013-06-29 14:27
Just wait till the Republicans get through their rush campaign -- now that they have the Supreme Court's green light -- to instigate all sorts of encumbrances to voting. The "privacy left in the USA voting booth" will be available exclusively to the pre-approved.
 
 
+46 # Billsy 2013-06-28 19:16
Banks are not chartered to engage in espionage, lies & subterfuge. Banks traditionally traded in fiduciary responsibility and sought to merit our trust. They certainly weren't attacked, they were criticized and exposed by Greenwald et al and that scarcely justifies them engaging in the manufacture of slander.
 
 
+18 # RODNOX 2013-06-28 22:09
and why are they our enemies ? dont have to look too far--our banks --our corporations--- our military--and essentially both our shadow govt and our FACADE govt all have a worldwide agenda of empiracle dimensions and wreak havoc everywhere they can make a profit---at everyones expense but their own........can we call it a morally void movement ???? yes it is time to take them all down and rub their noses in it .
 
 
+9 # JJS 2013-06-29 07:01
arquebus, maybe you are one of those ".....creation( s) of multiple fake social media profiles to infiltrate discussion groups and manipulate opinion on the sites and discredit people, as well as to match personas online with offline identities."??? ???
 
 
+13 # Sandy 2013-06-29 09:45
Quoting arquebus:
Let me see if I understand this. It is OK...good in fact...for guys like Greenwald and others to attack the Bank of America and other companies, but it is wrong for these companies to attack in return.
*Correct, if you consider exposing wrongdoing as an 'attack'* (completely different from BofA plans for dirty war tactics against whistle blowers).

I'm not a fan of B of A or any of the big banks, but to deny them the ability to retaliate against those that attack them...well, not much of a sense of fair play. What's good for the goose (BofA) is good for the gander (Wikileaks et al).
*One big DUH for you - look at how you are defining 'attack' and think about whether what BofA was doing in the first place was bad enough to be justifiably exposed. If you stop a rape by knocking the rapist to the ground, are you just as 'guilty' as the rapist...??*

The worshipers of these people (Bradley, Snowden et al) maintain that no damage was done to the US...no increased danger. Yet, it was reported yesterday that al Queda and other terrorist groups are already modifying and changing their communication methods thanks to the info released by these two.

*Double DUH for you - do you think al Queda operatives, et al, didn't already assume communication risks? The big awakening here is how thoroughly everyday Americans are being surveilled, and how weak the restrictions are on this invasion of our privacy.*
 
 
+69 # wantrealdemocracy 2013-06-28 14:33
Day after day we learn more about just how rotten the government of the United States is. We live in a plutocracy and the clink in the amour of the beast is Congress. The corrupt creatures who hold the seats of Honored Members of Congress have no honor at all. They sold their souls for a well paying job with incredible benefits and prestige. We must change this rotten government. Instead check out their voting record. With all the horrors we are now learning we must kick them all out and start over fresh. Do not stick with that 'lesser of two evils' baloney. Ds and Rs are tied for first place as being the most evil.
 
 
+29 # Vardoz 2013-06-28 14:57
They are going for the throat and it's a corporate coup. It;s a very scary situaion.
 
 
+36 # Granny Weatherwax 2013-06-28 17:25
Some have. Warren for President.
 
 
+3 # kochadoodledoo 2013-06-29 06:35
The president can't accomplish much without cooperation from the other two branches of government.
 
 
+2 # Walter J Smith 2013-06-29 15:10
As long as he's in Wall Street's pocket, as was Bill CLinton, GWB, and as is BH Obama, Congress will go along with everything he really wants to accomplish.

Everything else BHO says is red meat (i. e., his recent "environmental initiative" which is about his third of fourth attempt to make it politically safe for his approval of the tar sands pipeline) for the lefties who love his rhetoric and pay no attention to his chronic treasonous criminality.
 
 
+49 # dick 2013-06-28 14:41
Corporations have figured how to get PAID to do the spying on us they commissioned the govt to do. And there's NO going back. Be discreet w/ digital toys.
 
 
+54 # Archie1954 2013-06-28 14:54
The Bush and Obama administrations have to be the worst in many years. Their hypocrisy was/is breathtaking. They believe they can do every illegal act that they accuse the hackers of doing and not have to worry about judicial ramifications. Totally disgusting.
 
 
+32 # giraffee2012 2013-06-28 17:29
Quoting Archie1954:
The Bush and Obama administrations have to be the worst in many years. Their hypocrisy was/is breathtaking. They believe they can do every illegal act that they accuse the hackers of doing and not have to worry about judicial ramifications. Totally disgusting.

Quoting Archie1954:
The Bush and Obama administrations have to be the worst in many years. Their hypocrisy was/is breathtaking. They believe they can do every illegal act that they accuse the hackers of doing and not have to worry about judicial ramifications. Totally disgusting.

Don't forget the Supremes who allowed corporations to be people to "secret [sic]super pac" large amounts of $ by secret contributors to allow our "elected" government to do their evil for profit (for the 1%)
 
 
+3 # Walter J Smith 2013-06-29 15:11
Don't forget Bill Clinton who destroyed Glass-Steagall.
 
 
+46 # Vardoz 2013-06-28 14:55
Oh my god, our nation is such a horror show. As children go to bed hungry, schools close down, and thousands of services slashed that hurt tens of millions of Americans, Clmate Change that costs states tens of billion, all our so called representative govt cares about is protecting banks and special interests. Nothing else matters. Our nation has lost all caring for the people, our childen and our health, safety and welfare or the health of our economy. All it cares about is portecting the rich. Richard Clark told that our super spy system was over bloated and he was right.
 
 
+29 # EternalTruth 2013-06-28 16:06
I just want to make clear to those who keep an eye on subversive sites such as RSN (NSA, FBI, CIA, contractors, etc.); I read these articles strictly for entertainment purposes and in no way believe that the US government acts to stifle dissent, persecute protestors, censor information, or spy on law abiding citizens. We are a free, informed democracy. Please remember this when you start rounding up RSN subscribers. God bless the USA!
 
 
+17 # tonenotvolume 2013-06-28 18:24
Whoa, that is truly funny! I hope others see the humor, especially your Big Brothers: Stifle, Persecute, Censor, and Spy. See you inside.
 
 
+8 # RODNOX 2013-06-28 22:14
i ocasionally say hi to the vermin who watch us and remind them that someone is watching them too............ ...
 
 
+6 # 666 2013-06-28 21:03
i get the joke, but can't manage to summon a laugh...
 
 
+14 # hillwright 2013-06-28 16:43
There is an old saying that, "no President has ever been better than the one before."
There seems to be a pattern here, at least in the past 50-years.
 
 
+11 # Inspired Citizen 2013-06-28 17:00
Anybody who does not understand that the U.S. government has become an evil empire needs to read the excellent piece, "World's Most Evil and Lawless Institution? The Executive Branch of the U.S. Government."

http://www.alternet.org/investigations/executive-branch-evil-and-lawless

It will make you sick, and hopefully determined to take on the evil empire, starting with the impeachment of Obama. But, as this article shows, the forces of evil are as wide as they are deep. We also need to neuter the corporations that are raking millions of $$ from this vicious empire.
 
 
+1 # LAellie33 2013-06-29 05:00
Posts concerned with "impeaching" Obama lose all credibility.
 
 
0 # Inspired Citizen 2013-06-29 15:41
In other words, you do not believe that the Constitution is valid any longer.

http://www.sharethisurlaboutglennbeck.com/2013/05/president-obamas-speech-on-drones-and.html
 
 
+11 # kochadoodledoo 2013-06-29 06:42
Obama should be impeached only after Bush, Cheney, et al are prosecuted.
 
 
+1 # Inspired Citizen 2013-06-29 15:42
There is no priority here. "Only after" means that you have no interest in defending the Constitution.

"Only after" means never mind.
 
 
+10 # CarolynScarr 2013-06-28 17:40
I don't think I necessarily have to believe that Brown posted the YouTube rant mentioned in the article. Would be easy enough to fake.
 
 
+13 # seeuingoa 2013-06-28 19:59
WOW ! What a world.

Bernhard and Elizabeth on the same ticket
in 2016 is no longer a wish but a must.

You don´t need campaign money, you
will be flushed in.
 
 
+13 # Replicounts 2013-06-28 22:20
We must never forget or abandon people like Barrett Brown, who has made such important contributions to the fight to defend an open society. We need to remember and support them for as long as it takes.
 
 
+6 # Milarepa 2013-06-29 01:00
In mental perception the US is a darkening world of shadows and fog. Nothing is as it seems, there are only shifting outlines, insubstantial figures. Now and then real flesh-and-blood humans pass through the mist, causing shock and stir in perception. There is distant rumbling as of a great battle slowly approaching. And it's getting darker ...
 
 
+16 # TheCoyote 2013-06-29 10:26
I realized, to my horror, that I, a veteran, a teacher, a volunteer worker in various organizations, in other words a kind of model citizen now hesitate before I voice my opinion about our country's descent into, at best, plutocracy, and at worst, fascism.
I hesitate because I know know, thanks to Brown and Snowden and others more courageous than I, that somewhere a governmental someone, may be recording my comments in a dossier that could have an impact on my life, or worse, the lives of my friends or my family.
Truely, this is not the country that I fought for.
 
 
+1 # Activista 2013-07-01 00:05
"somewhere a governmental someone, may be recording my comments in a dossier that could have an impact on my life, or worse, the lives of my friends or my family."
yes this is totality ... fear, keep quiet so your child would be accepted to the decent school, your wife gets a security clearance and job, and in future a passport to travel ... I lived through it in the different country, escaped ... now the same symptoms I see here .. PEOPLE WAKE UP .. save the next generation ..
 
 
+5 # jwb110 2013-06-29 10:30
My father, who worked undercover for the FBI said before he died at 93, that the very people he had worked for, the conservative cabal, were setting this country up for a Marxist Revolution.
That is saying a lot from a died in the wool Republican.
 
 
-13 # arquebus 2013-06-29 13:10
What I get from reading all of this is that there are a lot of contributors and readers on this site that obviously hate the United States and wish for its demise. So be it.
 
 
+10 # Salus Populi 2013-06-29 20:20
Well, "arquebus," it seems that you identify "the United States" -- a country of over 300 million individual citizens, many of whom are horrified at the actions of our corporate-milit ary-government- authoritarian police state-panoptico n nexus -- with the couple of million of its treasonous overlords, sub-prefects, majordomos and enforcers who are in fact murdering millions of innocents around the world -- up to 25 or 30 million since WWII, according to some estimates -- and compiling Stasi-style dossiers for the purpose of blackmail on the entire rest of the population.

Since these despicable scum are using the Bill of Rights and the Constitution itself as toilet paper, your smearing the entire population for those actions which are directed *against* all of us constitutes not only a slander, but a blood libel against the country itself.

Do *you* hate the United States so much that you consider the erection of a surveillance state that defecates on the "decent respect for the opinions of mankind," that routinely carries out aggressive war, the "crime of crimes" for which the Nazi and Imperial Japanese leadership were condemned to the gallows, to be what the drafters of the First Amendment had in mind, and to represent the ideals for which the Revolution was fought? How cynical is *that*?
 
 
+9 # Kathymoi 2013-06-29 15:31
What is coming out more and more openly day by day is the web of connection between government and big corporations, and also the complete lack of integrity in both of those camps.
And, the government money spent to promote and safeguard the profitability of these huge and inhumane corporations. While claiming that the government can not continue to pay social security and medicare at the present rate, and that student loan rates need to be raised---the privatized surveillance state continues to expand. The privatized intelligence budget alone is estimated at $56bn. That's the government that we have and that we elect, even though none of us want that government. We need another option.
 

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