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Media Bits & Bytes - Three Card Monte Edition

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Palestinians Blocked from Getting Smartphone Service; NSA Technology Simply Too Old to Search; Who Owns Your Data When You Die?; New Computing Physics Soon to Emerge from NASA-Google Partnership; GED Gets a Digital Makeover and Faces Competition

United States of Surveillance

Snuggly the Security Bear and Obama have been busier than we all thought in the United States of Surveillance. After the revelations by whistleblower Edward Snowden, we know more about the full extent of NSA domestic spying.
 

Statement from Edward Snowden in Moscow

Edward Snowden Common Dreams
Statement by Edward Snowden, whose attempt to gain safe passage to a destination country willing to offer him political asylum has become increasingly complex.

Media Bits & Bytes - Summer Beach Reading Edition

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US Army Blocks Access to Guardian Website, Americans Get More Leisure Time, Whether They Want It or Not; Ed Snowden Tries to Cool It to Stop Snooping; Paula Deen Hires DC's Real Fixer Queen; Big Tech And Gay Rights Arm-in-Arm; Fire Island Gets Switched to the Slow Lane on the Broadband Highway

New NSA Leaks Show How US Is Bugging Its European Allies

Ewen MacAskill and Julian Borger The Guardian
Germany's justice minister, Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger, demanded an explanation from Washington, saying that if confirmed, US behaviour "was reminiscent of the actions of enemies during the cold war".

Ten Thousand Urge Asylum for Snowden, Add Your Name

Oliver Stone, Noam Chomsky, Tom Hayden, Dean Baker
The government's crackdown on whistleblowers is a direct threat to our efforts to reform U.S. foreign policy to make it more just. Faced with the threat of persecution by the U.S., NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has applied to the government of Ecuador for political asylum. He has also called attention to the extent to which national security operations have been privatized. Join in urging President Correa to grant Snowden's asylum request by signing the petition below
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