My meta data information sharing gift to all interested cyber surfing bloggers. Hello. Wave ~~~~~.
If you use the internet,
if you use a smart phone,
if you use any phone,
if you use social media,
if you use an iPod,
if you use any electronic device,
if you use a credit card,
NSA is collecting intel.
Isn’t the digital age a blast?
Does the News Matter to You? You bet your ass it does–even if you’re ignoring it, even if you don’t like it, even if you think it doesn’t pertain to you.
Today’s news coverage on Democracy Now! is so interesting, intriguing and issue raising that I’m sharing it today for any interested parties who have not yet discovered this Independent News information source at http://www.democracynow.org/ <<< where you can read/listen to today’s headlines and the entire broadcast–and get access to past coverage.
It does not matter if you agree or disagree with the opinions expressed by anyone on this daily news show. What matters is the information that Amy Goodman and the rest of the Democracy Now! team provides. It matters that we all have access to information and news from sources independent of government and corporate control.
Democracy Now! December 19, 2013– Two focus pieces today which I found exceptionally interesting:
Vindication for Snowden? Obama Panel Backs Curbs On NSA Surveillance Phone Record Data Mining
Published on Dec 19, 2013
http://www.democracynow.org - A White House-appointed task force has proposed a series of curbs on key National Security Agency surveillance operations exposed by Edward Snowden. On Thursday, the panel recommended the NSA halt its bulk collection of billions of U.S. phone call records, citing “potential risks to public trust, personal privacy, and civil liberty.” The panel says telecommunications providers or a private third party should store the records instead. The panel also calls for banning the NSA from “undermining encryption” and criticizes its use of computer programming flaws to mount cyber-attacks. And it backs the creation of an independent review board to monitor government programs for potential violations of civil liberties. We discuss the panel’s findings with two guests: Ben Wizner, Snowden’s legal advisor and director of the Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project at the American Civil Liberties Union; and Kirk Wiebe, a retired National Security Agency official who worked there for over 32 years. During his tenure, Wiebe was an NSA whistleblower on matters of privacy involving massive electronic surveillance.
NSA Whistleblower Kirk Wiebe details Government Retaliation After Helping Expose Gross Mismanagement – And there’s a LOT more information explained in this piece which is of interest to ALL of us.
Published on Dec 19, 2013
http://www.democracynow.org - Veteran National Security Agency official Kirk Wiebe helped develop the data processing system ThinThread, which he believed could have potentially prevented the 9/11 attacks. But the NSA sidelined ThinThread instead of the problem-plagued experimental program Trailblazer, which cost taxpayers billions of dollars. Wiebe was among the NSA officials to face retaliation for blowing the whistle on Trailblazer. During his career he received honors, including the NSA’s second highest award, the Meritorious Civilian Service Award, the Director of CIA’s Meritorious Unit Award, and a Letter of Commendation from the secretary of the Air Force. Wiebe joins us to tell his story and to respond to the White House-appointed panel to recommend NSA reforms. We also speak with Ben Wizner, an attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union who is helping to coordinate Edward Snowden’s legal defense.
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