Recently, governments have shifted their talking points from claiming they only use mass surveillance for “national security” purposes to the more nebulous “valid foreign intelligence purposes.” I suggest this committee consider that this rhetorical shift is a tacit acknowledgment by governments that they recognize they have crossed beyond the boundaries of justifiable activities. Every country believes its “foreign intelligence purposes” are “valid,” but that does not make it so. If we are prepared to condemn the economic spying of our competitors, we must be prepared to do the same of our allies. Lasting peace is founded upon fundamental fairness. —
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden answers written questions submitted by members of the European Parliament
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Government Dismisses Key Charges Against Barrett Brown: Great News For Journalists Since It Preserves The Right To Hyperlink
by Andy Stepanian
Today the US Government moved to dismiss 11 of the 17 charges levied against Barrett Brown. Reducing Barrett’s potential sentence from 105 years to something significantly less. Kevin M. Gallagher and the whole team over at Free Barrett Brown has run a stellar solidarity effort and the public pressure may be impacting the US Attorney’s office. Everyone please keep the pressure up until Barrett is home with his loved ones! You can read the .pdf of the government’s motion here courtesy of Andrew Blake.
Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff – This Is Happening Right Now
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Dirty Wars is a gripping journey into some of the most important and underreported stories of our time – secret kill lists, unauthorized war zones, drone strikes and targeted assassinations that stop short of no one, including our own.
With or without an Oscar nomination, this film is beyond beautiful, gut wrenching and nearly terrifying. But this type of recognition puts pressing foreign policy issues on the map, shining a national spotlight on the reality of these situations and spurring a public outcry for change.
Watch the trailer HERE