“Intelligence, Secrecy & Power”, N. 623, Summary Version

Intelligence, Secrecy & Power                                     ISSN 1245-2122
N. 623, 16 September 2013
Every Two to Three Weeks
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Intelligence, Secrecy & Power, N. 623, 16 September 2013

WORLD MEDIA – 31 AUGUST-13 SEPTEMBER 2013 REPORTS, PLUS STATISTICS & ESSENTIAL ENTRIES

Following the number 622 “back to work/back to school” issue which covers from 27 July to 30 August (35 days), this number 623 issue covers 31 August-13 September 2013 and includes 17 pages of date, with 178 entries in 8,966 words, and 16 noteworthy entries marked *. The numbers for specific entries are: 83 Egy (Egypt, down from 74 following the military coup but now in first instead of second place), 36 Syr (Syria, down from  47, now second place but previously fourth), 26 Pol (US domestic politics, significantly up from 12), 17 Asia (up from 14), 16 Spy (US NSA-Snowden eavesdropping scandal, scientifically down from 83 and formerly number one), 16* (significant reports, see just below), 11 FBI (FBI and US internal security, down from 26), 9 Afr (Africa, down from 49), 7 Pak (Pakistan, down from 20), 7 Eco (Economics, previously 12), 6 Isr (Israel/Palestine, down from 19), 6 Afgh (Afghanistan, down from 12), 3 West (Western Europe, down from 9), 3 DOD (US Department of Defense, previously 8), 3 Tech (Technology and global topics), 2 Iran (previously 9 because of election results), 2 Iraq (14 previously), 2 Amer (Latin America, 5 previously), 2 Env (Environment, previously 4), 1 CIA (CIA and US foreign intelligence, 7 previously), 1 Mide (Middle East, previously 26 as the Syrian civil war spilt over), 1 East (Eastern Europe, previously 2). Guns, US Torture policy and Lebanon disappeared or were integrated into other topics in our preceding issue.

This issue’s significant entries are:

SPY
• 0831 NYT/ Budget leak reveal US spending on intelligence – The most detailed disclosure of US intelligence spending in history shows a surprisingly dominant role for the Central Intelligence Agency … was obtained by the Washington Post from the former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden and published in part on its Web site on Thursday [so Snowden trusts the WP more than the NYT, probably a good choice at this time].
• 0909 Tech Central/ Schneier on NSA’s encryption defeating efforts – Trust no one [aggressive NSA cracking and eavesdropping have always been the NSA job, so why cry now that the Internet is the target instead of other electronic means]
• 0909 NYT/ A Journalist-Agitator Facing Prison Over a Link – Barrett Brown makes for a pretty complicated victim [since no law considers URL addresses classified information, the government’s trial of Brown is nothing less than intelligence services trying to classify URL addresses without a law, which means it is unlawful]
• 0910 AP/ New details in how the feds take laptops at border – the Homeland Security Department’s practice of seizing and searching electronic devices at the border without showing reasonable suspicion of a crime or getting a judge’s approval [as with criminalizing/classifying URL address, the US intelligence community wants to get around the law in seizing and harassing its “enemies”]
• 0911 Gua/ NSA shares raw intelligence including Americans’ data with Israel – Secret deal places no legal limits on use of data by Israelis – Only official US government communications protected [detailed report]
• 0912 Salon/ Why doesn’t NSA spy on Wall Street – The government claims NSA conducts surveillance to avert financial crises. Seems like they have the wrong suspects [or the spies aren’t doing their jobs correctly, or they are simply working for Wall Street, and of course the same can be said of the FBI that didn’t keep 911 or the crash from taking place]

POLITICS
• 0903 NYT/ Vote on Syria Sets up Foreign Policy Clash between 2 Wings of GOP [this type of political cat fight could be just what Obama wants inside the GOP]
• 0909 IPS/ Obama’s Case for Syria Didn’t Reflect Intel Consensus [Bush/Iraq, Obama/Syria – presidents pass but bureaucracies — and intelligence services — rest]

0909 Salon-WP/ Why Is the New York Times Once Again Swallowing Government Propaganda on a War [it’s just a bad habit at the New York Times, but not any worse than what the Washington Post often does and Salon doesn’t talk about it]

FBI
0901 Salon/ NYPD secrets – How the cops launched a spy shop to rival CIA – After 9/11, the NYPD wanted an intelligence unit to investigate threats to the city – This is how it began – Adapted from “Enemies Within” [in depth report]

AFRICA
0913 BBC/ Somali Islamic scholars denounce al-Shabab in fatwa [so now al-Shabab is just a group of local war lords, has they have always been, even when hiding behind the label of Islam]

SYRIA
0906 News 24/ 4 Russian ships head for Syria [Russia may be looking for a chance to test its anti-cruise missile defense systems]

IRAN
0906 BBC/ Iran foreign minister Zarif tweets happy Jewish new year – Iran’s foreign minister has confirmed he sent a message on Twitter wishing Jews a happy new year – Mohammad Javad Zarif told Tasnim news agency that he sent a tweet saying: “Happy Rosh Hashana”

PAKISTAN
0903 WP/ Top-secret US intelligence files show new levels of distrust of Pakistan [which is quite normal since no one wants nuclear weapons in the hands of jihaist of which there are many in positions of power in Pakistan]

ECONOMICS
0911 Salon/ The jerks got away with it – 5 years after economic collapse, they’re still smiling – Five years ago this week, titans of finance wrecked the American economy – Here’s why they’re still happy as ever (id depth analysis]

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DAILY MEDIA DATA ENTRIES – 31 AUGUST-13 SEPTEMBER 2013

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“Intelligence, Secrecy & Power”, N. 622, Summary Version

Intelligence, Secrecy & Power                                     ISSN 1245-2122
N. 622, 2 September 2013
Every Two to Three Weeks
Next issue, 16 September 2013
(Special Summer issue)

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Intelligence, Secrecy & Power, N. 622, 2 September 2013

WORLD MEDIA – 27 JULY-30 AUGUST 2013 REPORTS, PLUS STATISTICS & ESSENTIAL ENTRIES

Following the special ISP 621 summer issue, that covered from 6 July to 26 July 2013, this is the number 622 “back to work/back to school” issue which covers from 27 July to 30 August (35 days) and includes 38 pages of data, with 460 entries 321 entries in 20,164 words, and 37 noteworthy entries marked *. The numbers for specific entries are: 83 Spy (US NSA-Snowden eavesdropping scandal, formerly “Verion”, up from 50 and still in first place), 74 Egy (Egypt, up from 33 because of the military coup and previously in third place), 49 Afr (Africa, up from 25 because of elections in Zimbabwe), 47 Syr (Syria, up from  13 because of the gas attack), 37* (significant reports, see just below), 26 Mide (Middle East, previously 9, as the Syrian civil war spills over), 26 FBI (FBI and US internal security, down from 39), 20 Pak (Pakistan, previously 14), 19 Isr (Israel/Palestine, previously 10), 14 Iraq (7 previously), 14 Asia (previously 18), 12 Afgh (Afghanistan, previously 11), 12 Pol (US domestic politics, previously 14), 12 Eco (Economics, previously 10), 9 West (Western Europe, down from 33), 9 Iran (previously 2, because of election results), 8 DOD (US Department of Defense, previously 4), 8 Tech (Technology and global topics), 7 CIA (CIA and US foreign intelligence, 7 previously), 5 Amer (Latin America, 6 previously), 4 Env (Environment, previously 5), 2 East (Eastern Europe, previously 7). Guns, US Torture policy and Lebanon have disappeared or been integrated into other topics.

This issue’s significant entries are:

SPY (NSA & Snowden) 11X, previously 12X
• 0805 Reu/ Exclusive – US directs agents to cover up program used to investigate Americans – A secretive US Drug Enforcement Administration unit is funneling information from intelligence intercepts, wiretaps, informants and a massive database of telephone records to authorities across the nation to help them launch criminal investigations of Americans
• 0807 BBC/ Russia “disappointed” bilateral talks with US cancelled [and Obama stated that the Snowden case was “minor”, so he wasn’t telling the truth]
• 0808 McClatchy/ Broad US Terror Alert Mystifies Experts – “It’s Crazy Pants” One Says [but closing embassies saves money and makes Americans think they’re threatened and need NSA spying and protection]
• 0808 NYT/ Ties Fraying, Obama Drops Putin Meeting – The sides have been at loggerheads over arms control, missile defense, Syria, trade and human rights, and Obama aides said Moscow was no longer responding to their proposals [why doesn’t the NYT mention NSA spying which has clearly been pointed out as the reason Obama canceled the meeting]
• 0817 NYT/ NSA Calls Violations of Privacy ‘Minuscule’ – John DeLong, the agency’s director of compliance, said that the overwhelming majority of “incidents” shown in an internal audit were the result of unintentional human or technical errors [so to prove the NSA is right, the full data should be made available for review at least by Congress]
• 0820 NYT/ How Laura Poitras Helped Snowden Spill His Secrets [lengthy and detailed story of Snowden made his successful “coming out”]
• 0821 Gua/ Miranda’s Rights – How Europe Can Learn From Latin America’s Independence – The British government proved its first loyalty once again by detaining Glenn Greenwald’s Brazilian partner, David Miranda, under the UK’s Terrorism Act 2000 as he passed through London’s Heathrow airport on Sunday – He was interrogated for the maximum of 9 hours, and his laptop, cell phone, and other stores of digital information were seized
• 0821 NYT/ British Newspaper [Guardian] Has Advantages in Battle With Government Over Secrets – The Guardian’s global presence means that some of the tactics that might intimidate other British journalists have less effect on it [what the NYT avoids stating clearly is that the British GCHQ would never have forced the British police to act if it weren’t working “full time” for the NSA]
• 0824 Ind/ UK’s secret Middle East Internet surveillance base revealed in Edward Snowden leaks [and all intelligence is passed on to the NSA under the UKUSA agreement]
• 0826 RT/ NSA bugged UN headquarters – The US National Security Agency (NSA) successfully cracked the encryption code protecting the United Nations’ internal videoconferencing system, according to documents seen by Germany’s Der Spiegel
• 0830 FT/ Miranda documents were risk to national security, court told – Some 58,000 “highly classified” documents seized from the partner of a Guardian journalist at Heathrow airport could “do serious damage to UK national security and ultimately risk lives” if disclosed, according to court papers [but were they classified under British law or were they just embarrassing for the British government and that’s “national security”]

EGYPT 9X, previously 2X
• 0803 USA Today/ Al-Qaida leader says Egypt’s Morsi abandoned jihad [with cheerleaders like that, the Muslim Brotherhood does not need enemies]
• 0813 Ahram Online/ Egypt’s Brotherhood figures to stand trial in Sept on torture charges [rather difficulty to call the charges “trumped up” when Amnesty International backs the accusations]
• 0814 Ahram Online/ Minister of Interior – Egypt clashes leave 43 security personnel killed
• 0815 Catholic News Service/ Catholic spokesman defends Egyptian army crackdown against protesters [so it doesn’t look like everybody thinks the army has been too hard on islamists]
• 0815 NYT/ Hundreds Die as Egyptian Forces Attack Islamist Protesters – The scale and brutality of the attack on supporters of the ousted president, Mohamed Morsi, was the clearest sign yet that the old Egyptian police state was re-emerging in full force [NYT’s rather negative evaluation of the situation that corresponds closely with that of the White House instead of a more impartial “let’s wait and see”]
• 0816 NYT/ Islamists Debate Their Next Move in Tense Cairo [that they have little or no public support outside their ranks doesn’t seem to bother islamists who want to impose their reign on everybody including Copts and Catholics]
• 0817 IPS/ Egypt – Revenge Rises From Sinai – Sinai has witnessed daily attacks on police stations and security checkpoints since the overthrow of Morsi and militants declare that the violence will continue until the military coup ceases [here is something Egypt and Israel can agree on — eliminating jihadists]
• 0817 NYT/ Attacks on Protesters in Cairo Were Calculated to Provoke, Some Say – The ferocity of the attacks appears to have been a deliberate calculation of the military-appointed government to provoke violence from the Muslim Brotherhood and its allies, historians said Friday [quite true that a provocation could have been used, and it could have been intended to push the islamists into armed action before the latter — who may have been preparing for armed opposition — were ready for armed rebellion]
• 0817 The National/ Saudi king calls on Arabs to back Cairo – Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah pledged his country’s support to Egypt in its fight against “terrorism”, saying it was the military-backed government’s “legitimate right”

POL (US domestic politics) 4X, previously 1X
• 0730 The Nation/ Billionaire Gets New Sports Arena in Bankrupt Detroit [it worked in Rome — “give them bread and games” — until the empire fell apart]
• 0806 NYT/ Amazon’s Founder [Jeffrey P. Bezos] to Buy the Washington Post [will that hopefully get the WP out of the hands of the neoconservative who backed the invasion of Iraq]
• 0829 Real News Network/ Greg Palast – New Orleans Lost Half Its Black Population since Hurricane Katrina [using a natural disaster and government incompetence to carry out massive urban renewal without consulting those directly involved]
• 0830 NYT/ Obama Set for Limited Strike on Syria as British Vote No [the importance of this difference between US and UK reactions is far more important than the actual decision to bomb or not to bomb Syria]

DOD (US Department of Defense) 3X
• 0730 Truthout/ Manning Found Not Guilty of Aiding the Enemy, Guilty on 19 Counts [great, so informing the US public isn’t aiding the enemy and that was considered a legitimate question in a democracy]
• 0808 NYT/ Lawyer Says Fort Hood Defendant’s Goal Is Death – The former lead defense lawyer for Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan told the judge that the defendant’s goal was to receive the death sentence, violating the team’s ethical obligations [death is the best outcome a jihadist can wish for]
• 0813 NYT/ Fort Hood Gunman Told Panel That Death Would Make Him a Martyr [so the real question is becoming how did military intelligence miss noting that Hasan had become a jihadist]

AFRICA 2X
• 0802 Africa Confidential/ Zimbabwe – Fury follows calm elections [just like last time, and with the same people which may be Mugabe’s last mistake]
• 0808 BBC/ British [volunteer teacher] women attacked with acid in Zanzibar [when it’s not jihadist bombs, it’s acid in your face]

WESTERN EUROPE 2X
• 0808 BBC/ UK – Wanted [Italian] mafia boss Domenico Rancadore in court after [London] arrest – A mafia boss wanted in Italy since the 1990s has been arrested in London but may be released because of “significant deficiencies” with his arrest warrant [very strange that no such “significant deficiencies” were discovered in the accusations against WikiLeaks’ Julien Assange]
• 0808 FT/ UK – SFO reveals loss of data from BAE Systems case – A highly sensitive and potentially explosive cache of documents relating to the UK Serious Fraud Office’s blocked investigation into BAE Systems’ arms deal with Saudi Arabia were accidentally lost by the agency [shouldn’t “accidentally lost” be put in italics or quotation marks]

ECONOMICS
• 0812 Salon/ Your mortgage documents are fake – If you know about foreclosure fraud, the mass fabrication of mortgage documents in state courts by banks attempting to foreclose on homeowners, you may have one nagging question: Why did banks have to resort to this illegal scheme [the real question is “will anyone at the banks go to jail for this”]

ISR (Israel/Palestine)
• 0809 JP/ IAF drone strikes jihadist rocket launcher in Sinai, killing 4 terrorists

SYRIA
• 0808 CTV/ Syrian rebels shell upscale neighbourhood in Damascus, close to Assad

IRAN
• 0806 BBC/ Iran’s new leader Rouhani urges ‘serious’ nuclear talks [which of course means Iranian talks up to now haven’t been “serious”]

MIDDLE EAST
• 0808 UN/ UN – Individuals “loosely linked” to al-Qaida are a growing threat – A report by the United Nations panel monitoring sanctions against al-Qaida says local affiliated groups are becoming more sophisticated and are a growing terror threat

PAKISTAN
• 0807 VOA/ 11 Killed in Karachi Bombing – A bomb has killed 11 people, including some children, in the Pakistani city of Karachi – Local officials said the blast took place after a football (soccer) game at a crowded market in Karachi’s Lyari district [in Pakistan, if you don’t like it, you bomb it]

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DAILY MEDIA DATA ENTRIES – 27 JULY-30 AUGUST 2013
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“Intelligence, Secrecy & Power”, N. 621, Summary Version

Intelligence, Secrecy & Power                                     ISSN 1245-2122
N. 621, 29 July 2013
Every Two to Three Weeks
Next issue, 2 September 2013
(Special Summer issue)

We wish our readers an enjoyable summer vacation.

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Intelligence, Secrecy & Power, N. 621, 29 July 2013

WORLD MEDIA – 6 JULY-26 JULY 2013 REPORTS, PLUS STATISTICS & ESSENTIAL ENTRIES

ISP 621, covering from 6 July to 26 July 2013 (21 days), includes 321 entries, 13,975 words, 32 pages and 25 noteworthy entries marked *. The numbers for specific entries are: 50 Spy (formerly “Verion”, US NSA-Snowden eavesdropping scandal, down from 73), 39 FBI (FBI and US internal security, up from 7 because of the Zimmerman trial), 33 Egy (Egypt, down from 59), 25* (significant reports, see just below), 33 West (Western Europe, up from 15), 25 Afr (Africa, up from 10), 18 Asia (up from 8), 14 Pak (Pakistan, up from  9), 14 Pol (US domestic politics, up from 6), 13 Syr (Syria, previously 10), 11 Afgh (Afghanistan, previously 9), 10 Isr (Israel/Palestine, previusly 6), 10 Eco (Economics, previously 2), 9 Mide (Middle East, previously 3, but noz includes Turkey), 7 CIA (CIA and US foreign intelligence, 0 previously), 7 Iraq (4 previously), 7 East (Eastern Europe, previously 1), 6 Amer (Latin America, 3 previously), 5 Env (Environment, stable), 5 Tech (Technology and global topics), 4 DOD (US Department of Defense, previously 6), 3 Tor (US torture policy, previously 1),  2 Iran (stable), 2 Leb (Lebanon, 4 previoiusly), 1 Guns (USA and guns).

This issue’s significant entries are:

SPY (NSA & Snowden) 12X
• 0706 Gua/ NSA Leaks – UK Blocks Crucial Espionage Talks Between US and Europe [the UK doesn’t want the EU to be officially informed that UK eavesdropping is run and paid for by the NSA]
• 0708 Truthout/ The Snowden Accompaniment Flytilla to Political Asylum in Venezuela, Robert Naiman – A Snowden accompaniment flotilla of prominent and peace-loving Americans could assemble at the Moscow airport and fly together from Moscow to Caracas [getting to the Occupied Territories is as hard as avoiding US highjacking]
• 0709 Buzz Flash/ Whistleblower Snowden’s Explosive South-of-the-Border Disclosures – Brazilian newspaper O Globo, confirms that the NSA has collected data on millions of telephone and e-mail conversations in the South American nation [it’s well known that Brazil is covered with terrorists that have to be spied on]
• 0712 USA Today/ Obama disappointed with China over Snowden – China’s decision to let Edward Snowden fly from Hong Kong to Russia last month is still resented in Washington [sounds like the security complex is now running American foreign policy]
• 0712 CBC/ Russia orders typewriters to prevent data leaks [so NSA and the Internet are leading us backwards technologically]
• 0717 AFP/ UK – MPS – UK spy agency did not illegally use US data [maybe didn’t illegally “use” but did they illegally eavesdrop for the NAS]
• 0718 NYT/ Obama May Cancel Moscow Trip as Tensions Build Over Leaker [so someone was lying when the White House stated that the Snowden case was a “minor incident”]
• 0718 Truthout/ Telecom Companies Implicated in NSA Spying Unite to Lobby Congress on Digital Privacy [“image management” is part of “business as usual”, particularly after being caught in a major scandal]
• 0718 WBEZ/ Snowden Asylum – Where’s the “Irony” – Latin America scholars are critical of the coverage of the Snowden affair [it’s only been ten years since Cheney-Bush-Rumsfeld invaded Iraq, and already no one rememembers that US defence and intelligence “doesn’t do irony”]
• 0719 Buzz Flash/ Homeland Security Threatens to Punish Staff for Reading Washington Post NSA Articles – [Yes, yes, yes, America’s most informed specialists should need a security clearance to read a national newspaper]
• 0719 NYT/ Officials Say Obama May Cancel Moscow Trip Over Snowden [which proves that the Snowden case “isn’t important”]
• 0725 WP/ Senate bill authorizes sanctions on Russia or any other country offering Snowden asylum [Bye bye “Land of the Free”]

FBI 3X
• 0712 Think Progress/ As Alabama Cuts Benefits, Desperate Man ‘Robs’ Bank To Get Food, Shelter In Jail [American politics makes prison the only social “saftey net” available]
• 0716 NYT/ Zimmerman Juror Discusses How Verdict Was Reached – George Zimmerman was guilty of nothing more than “bad judgment,” one of six jurors to find the neighborhood watchman not guilty said Monday night [“bad judgment” will get young black men killed every time in America]
• 0718 Daily Take/ Does the NRA Want African-American Men to Stand Their Ground – If the NRA is serious about the right to bear arms, then the group needs to announce a new program to give guns to young African-Americans to protect themselves [the Black Panthers tried that and were largely eliminated by the FBI and local police]

EGYPT 2X
• 0707 NYT/ Morsi Spurned Deals, Seeing Military as Tamed [for islamists, once you have the power, there no reason to share it]
• 0711 NYT/ Sudden Improvements in Egypt Suggest a Campaign to Undermine Morsi, Ben Hubbard and David D. Kirkpatrick [this is a very strange “cry baby” story by the NYT since Morsi and islamist uncompropisizing pressure on functionning Egyptian institutions seems to be the primary cause of the massive blockage, and implying otherwise is similar to saying that resisting a dictator is “a campaign to undermine” the government]

PAKISTAN 2X
• 0715 Time/ Pakistan’s Malala Problem – Teen Activist’s Global Celebrity Not Matched at Home [because part of the Pakistani establishment is islamist and backs the Taliban]
• 0717 BBC/ Senior Pakistani Taliban leader ‘shocked’ by Malala attack [so why isn’t the shooter deciplined or turned over to authorities, and the Taliban state that girls can go to school]

ECONOMICS 2X
• 0720 NYT/ Billions in Debt, Detroit Tumbles Into Insolvency – The city, the cradle of America’s automobile industry and once the nation’s fourth-most populous, is the largest American city ever to take such a course [and of course General Motors, Ford and Chrysler can’t be considered in any way implicated, involved or responsible for this “Motor City” problem]
• 0725 Detroit News/ GOP Senators Seek to Prevent Detroit Bailout [you don’t bailout major industrial cities, only big profitable banks merit bailouts]

TECH
• 0415 AFPPP/ Cyber tops community’s 2013 global threat assessment, C. Pell – National security threats are more diverse, interconnected and viral than at any time in history, the director of national intelligence [James R. Clapper] said last week in a statement for the record delivered to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. … At the top of the US intelligence community’s 2013 assessment of global threats is cyber, followed by terrorism and transnational organized crime, weapons of mass destruction proliferation, counterintelligence and space activities, insecurity and competition for natural resources, health and pandemic threats, and mass atrocities [which means they completely missed “internal security” or “counter-intelligence” and Snowden and other potential whisle-blowers as “threats” to what Clapper and the intelligence community call “security”]

POL (US domestic politics)
• 0713 NYT/ Missing – The Food Stamp Program – By brutally stripping food aid from its farm bill, the House ended a tradition of decency [so now the US “saftey net” is rob a bank, go to prison and get free medical care, food and lodgings]

CIA
• 0718 BBC/ Ex-CIA Milan chief [Robert Seldon Lady] held in Panama over cleric abduction – A former CIA station chief convicted by an Italian court of kidnapping a terror suspect has been detained in Panama, Italian officials say [isn’t something wrong here – the CIA is supposed to be above the law in America’s “own backyard”]

ISR (Israel/Palestine)
• 0725 Bloomberg/ An American General Warns the Israeli Right – Last weekend, Marine Corps General James Mattis, the recently retired leader of US Central Command and a man known inside the White House for his sharp opinions (which is one reason he’s no longer leading Central Command) issued a very sharp opinion about Israel’s future. & Speaking at a security conference in Aspen, Colorado, Mattis warned Israel that time was running out for it to reverse its West Bank settlement project. & “We have got to find a way to make the two-state solution that Democrat and Republican administrations have supported, we’ve got to get there,” he said. “And the chances for it, as the king of Jordan has pointed out, are starting to ebb because of the settlements and where they’re at, are going to make it impossible to maintain the two-state option.” & After blaming the lack of peace squarely on the settlements, he went a step further, and raised the incendiary question of apartheid: “If I’m Jerusalem and I put 500 Jewish settlers out here to the east and there’s 10,000 Arab settlers in here, if we draw the border to include them, either it ceases to be a Jewish state or you say the Arabs don’t get to vote — apartheid. That didn’t work too well the last time I saw that practiced in a country.”

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DAILY MEDIA DATA ENTRIES – 6 JULY-26 JULY 2013

Intelligence, Secrecy & Power, N. 621, 29 July 2013

US WORLDWIDE SPYING, ZIMMERMAN TRIAL & EGYPT COUP FALLOUT
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