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Destroying the Right to Be Left Alone

Christopher Calabrese and Matthew Harwood Tom Dispatch.com
Tomgram: As Christopher Calabrese and Matthew Harwood indicate today, however, gigantic as the NSA’s intrusions on privacy might be, they are only part of an uncomfortably large story in which many U.S. agencies and outfits feel free to take possession of our lives in ever more technologically advanced and intrusive ways.

Inside the Mind of NSA Chief General Keith Alexander

Glenn Greenwald The Guardian
Any casual review of human history proves how deeply irrational it is to believe that powerful factions can be trusted to exercise vast surveillance power with little accountability or transparency. But the more they proudly flaunt their warped imperial hubris, the more irrational it becomes.

Media Bits & Bytes - Follow the Money Edition

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Tech Companies Get Millions from Us for PRISM; EFF Takes Down FISA; Kochs Loose Interest In Tribune; FCC Slashes Prison Phone Rates; Zuckerberg Launches New Initiative for Global Internet Access

Tidbits - August 22, 2013

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Reader Comments: Chelsea Manning Sentencing; Egypt; Koch Bros.; Kerry and the Mideast Peace Process; Petition to Hold Kerry Accountable; False History; Labor Unions At Another Crossroad-Exchange (Martin Morand & Bill Fletcher); Dawkins Dresses Up Bigotry; Announcement: Encore-The Blacklisting of Hope Foye - Los Angeles-Aug 24 Resources: The Unfinished Dream - The March on Washington & the Radical Legacy of Martin Luther King

Obama: I Was Going to Do That

The president insists he would have implemented NSA oversight even without Edward Snowden’s leaks. (Ann Telnaes / The Washington Post)

NSU, NSA and other Embarrassments

Victor Grossman Portside
The hot, seemingly untroubled vacation days were disturbed only mildly by two abbreviations, NSU and NSA – not to be confused!
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