Intelligence, Secrecy & Power, N. 620, 8 July 2013, Summary Version

Intelligence, Secrecy & Power                                     ISSN 1245-2122
N. 620, 8 July 2013
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Intelligence, Secrecy & Power, N. 620, 8 July 2013


ISP 620, covering from 22 June to 6 July 2013 (14 days), includes 213 entries, 10,700 words, 20 pages. In our previous issue, we continued with the two previous new “kids on the block” from the N. 618 issue of ISP: “Tur” (Turkey riots), “Ver” (Verizon , FBI, NSA eavesdropping scandal) and “Leb” (Lebanon spillover from Syria’s civil war). However, here the oriinal “Ver” lable has been changed to the more appropriate “Spy”. However “Tur” has only three entries and “Leb” only four and will probably both be regrouped under “Mide” in our next issue.

The numbers for specific entries are: 73 Spy (formerly “Verion”, US eavesdropping scandal), 59 Egy (Egypt, greatly increased), 27* (significant reports, see just below), 15 West (Western Europe), 10 Syr (Syria), 10 Afr (Africa), 9 Afgh (Afghanistan), 9 Pak (Pakistan, increased), 8 Asia, 7 FBI (FBI and US internal security, decreased),6 Pol (US domestic politics), 6 Isr (Israel/Palestine), 6 DOD (US Department of Defense),  5 Env (Environment), 4 Iraq, 4 Leb (Lebanon, increased), 3 Tur (Turkey, greatly decreased), 3 Mide (Middle East), 3 Amer (Latin America), 2 Iran (greatly decreased), 2 Eco (Economics), 2 Tech (Technology and global topics), 1 Tor (US torture policy), 1 East (Eastern Europe), 1 Can (Canada).

This issue’s significant entries are:

SPY 19 X
• Spy 06 24 NYT/ Offering Snowden Aid, WikiLeaks Gets Back in the Game [the NYT didn’t get it right – Wikileaks is not “back in”, but Washington had simply declared “game over” and the NYT and the rest of the press believed it]
• Spy 0623 Gua/ US politicians issue warning to Russia as Edward Snowden arrives in Moscow [how ridiculous – the “Land of the Free” wants a guy arrested in Russia where he has commited no crime and where there is no extradition agreement with the US – in short, to not respect the law and kidnap Snowden]
• Spy 0623 Informed Comment/ So When will Dick Cheney be charged with Espionage – His Crime was the Same as Snowden’s, Juan Cole
• Spy 0624 Buzz Flash/ Glenn Greenwald Tells Comcast and DOJ Lackey David Gregory to Shove It [it sounds more and more like the media is divided between lackeys to power and those who dare criticize of power]
• Spy 0624 Gua/ The NSA’s metastasised intelligence-industrial complex is ripe for abuse, Valerie Plame Wilson and Joe Wilson [it looks like the Wilson’s have decided that getting the truth out in the press works better in a British and not an American newspaper]
• Spy 0624 NYT/ NSA Leak Puts Focus on System Administrators – From government agencies to corporate America, there is a renewed emphasis on thwarting the rogue IT employee [“thwarting” translates to “stopping whistle blowers” denouncing abuses or illegal activity]
• Spy 0625 NYT/ Leaker’s Flight Raises Tension Between US and 3 Nations [what better indicator of the decline in American political values and American political power]
• Spy 0626 Gua/ Liberal icon Frank Church on the NSA, Glenn Greenwald [time to dust of the Church Report and read it again]
• Spy 0626 Truthout/ Confronting the Growing National (In)Security State – The US is caught in a spiral of military intervention and international spying that is run by fear and misinformation. While many risk their lives to expose this endless state of perpetual war, our government works just as hard to preserve it [the military-industrial-security complex has taken over]
• Spy 0627 NYT/ Ecuador Hints at Slow Process on Snowden Asylum [liberty is only part of the formula because US economic blackmail can have a major impact on Ecuador]
• Spy 0627 Reu/ Ecuador offers US rights aid, waives trade benefits [human rights training for US officials seems like a good idea and someone should propose Cheney, Bush and Rumsfeld as the first trainees, followed by Obama]
• Spy 0627 Reu/ Obama jabs Russia, China on failure to extradite Snowden [he’s a lawyers and he has US law on his side, so what’s wrong]
• Spy 0701 NYT/ Report of US Spying Angers European Allies [the US believes in free markets and free spying but not in free individuals with human rights]
• Spy 0702 NYT/ Feinstein’s Support for NSA Defies Liberal Critics and Repute [she couldn’t be chairwoman of the Intelligence Committee without “being in the pocket” of the intelligence community]
• Spy 0702 NYT/ Snowden Is Said to Claim US Is Blocking Asylum Bids [of course, what is politics about – being friendly?]
• Spy 0703 ABC/ Kim Dotcom Debates New Zealand Leader Over Spying [since NZ is a member of the secret UKUSA spying alliance, its government has no choice other than backing US-NSA spy policy]
• Spy 0703 Buzz Flash/ Evo Morales, the President of Bolivia, Accuses the White House of Kidnapping Him by Getting European Allies to Force-Land His Plane in Austria
• Spy 0703 NYT/ New Rumor of Snowden Flight Raises Tensions [the long arms of the US security establishment]
• Spy 0704 The Age/ WikiLeaks attacks Obama’s ‘thin-skinned vindictiveness’ in Snowden row [does anyone still believe that Sweden would not send Assange to the US to be put in prison for life or to be executed]

• Egy 0624 NYT/ Egyptian General Warns against Violence as Anniversary Approaches [this is the second recent serious warning by the military, so Morsi should better move away from the islamists quickly]
• Egy 0702 Bloomberg/ Egypt Stocks Rally Most in 2013 on Bets Army Move to End Impasse [poor Mursi, even the markets want him to go]
• Egy 0703 NBC/ Morsi ousted, under house arrest, as crowds celebrate in Cairo
• Egy 0703 NYT/ Depth of Discontent Threatens Muslim Brotherhood and Its Leader [theology just doesn’t solve problems such as employment, economics and development]

• FBI 0623 Huff Post/ Michael Hastings Sent Email About FBI Probe Hours Before Death: Hours before dying in a fiery car crash, award-winning journalist Michael Hastings sent an email to his colleagues, warning that federal authorities were interviewing his friends and that he needed to go “off the rada[r]” for a bit. § The email was sent around 1 p.m. on Monday, June 17. At 4:20 a.m. the following morning, Hastings died when his Mercedes, traveling at high speeds, smashed into a tree and caught on fire. He was 33 [this is supposed to happen only in the movies].
• FBI 0627 NYT/ Bill to Expand US Database to Verify Hires: The immigration overhaul making its way through the Senate contains an employment eligibility rule that could one day affect every American who takes a new job [the FBI will be very happy to handle or contribute to this data base].

• Pak 0701 Reu/ Pakistan angers Afghans by suggesting Taliban share power – minister: Pakistan has floated the concept of an Afghan power-sharing arrangement between Kabul and the Taliban as part of a peace talks “end game”, Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister Ershad Ahmadi said on Monday, a suggestion met with outrage in Kabul [the Taliban have always been the Pakistani pawn keeping Afghanistan from being a sovereign state, and now Pakistan wants it to be made official].
• Pak 0703 BBC/ Afghan army chief: ‘Pakistan controls Taliban’: Fighting in Afghanistan could be stopped “in weeks” if Pakistan told the Taliban to end the insurgency, the head of the Afghan army has told the BBC [and all specialists know this].



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