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Senate fails to advance legislation on NSA reform

Senate fails to advance legislation on NSA reform | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The legislation would put limits on the so-called bulk collection of Americans’ records by the NSA.
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Should the government be collecting information on us simply because we are part of society? This offends my most basic values as an American. It represents the military-industrial-espionage complex running amok. 

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US sent Latin youth undercover in anti-Cuba ploy

US sent Latin youth undercover in anti-Cuba ploy | Upsetment | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON (AP) — An Obama administration program secretly dispatched young Latin Americans to Cuba using the cover of health and civic programs to provoke political change, a clandestine operation that put those foreigners in danger even after a U.S. contractor was hauled away to a Cuban jail.
Beginning as early as October 2009, a project overseen by the U.S. Agency for International Development sent Venezuelan, Costa Rican and Peruvian young people to Cuba in hopes of ginning up rebellion. The travelers worked undercover, often posing as tourists, and traveled around the island scouting for people they could turn into political activists.
In one case, the workers formed an HIV-prevention workshop that memos called "the perfect excuse" for the program's political goals — a gambit that could undermine America's efforts to improve health globally.


Hector Baranda, who was a college student in Cuba when he was befriended by a group of traveling Venezuelans, said he was surprised to hear from the AP they were working for the U.S. government and had profiled him.
"How would you feel if you offered your sincere friendship and received this kind of news?" Baranda asked.

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This is wrong and stupid on so many levels as to only have been hatched in the lowest bowels of the American espionage community. As an American I am embarrassed by this level of stupidity and especially disgusted by the disrespect of real humanitarian efforts, which will obviously now be seen as potential political operations. That young and unsophisticated people from other countries were hired for the job makes it even less acceptable. That is called preying on poverty and on youth.  

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‘Over My Dead Body’: Spies Fight Obama Push to Downsize Terror War

‘Over My Dead Body’: Spies Fight Obama Push to Downsize Terror War | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The Obama administration concluded in 2012 that al Qaeda posed no direct threat to the U.S.—and has sought to scale back the fight ever since, over intel officials’ rising objections.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

Some basic truths:
My enemies enemies are my friends - so all terrorists will tend to be friends as long as we are their enemy.
Religion binds friends and separates enemies - As long as we give terrorists common cause, we give them reason to paper over religious differences and share common belief; but if we no longer give them focus, we allow their religious differences to splinter them.
It is easier to connect to our brothers in their pain than to our brothers in their happiness - Poverty allows for more affinity among terrorist groups than the improvement of life in the countries in which they now exist.

The same symptom may be the result of many diseases - We need to identify the root causes  and issues in each community and nation, not assume that all terrorists are motivated by the same long-term desires (beyond power and economic strength).

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Iranian parliament pursuing lawsuit against CIA for 1953 coup

Iranian parliament pursuing lawsuit against CIA for 1953 coup | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A week after declassified CIA documents came to light verifying that the U.S.
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Just another example of how badly the CIA has served America. There has never been a good reason for trying to run the world from Langley, Virginia.

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After an errant drone strike in Yemen, a trail of secret meetings and U.S. cash

After an errant drone strike in Yemen, a trail of secret meetings and U.S. cash | Upsetment | Scoop.it

 dAfter a 2012 drone strike on a village in Yemen, a Yemeni civil servant held an unusual meeting with two of President Barack Obama's national security aides, asking for compensation. Did that meeting lead to "condolence payments" in the form of a bag of cash?

Kenneth Weene's insight:

Why does the CIA so often operate like the Mob? Under the table compensation? "Well, yeah, we whacked the wrong guy, so's we're sending a little somethin' for the funeral." Maybe we should do it publicly, so the voters can see just how destructive the Military-Industrial-Espionage complex is.

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10 Conspiracy Theories That Turned Out To Be True - ODDEE

10 Conspiracy Theories That Turned Out To Be True - ODDEE | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Don't let them fool you: conspiracy theories aren't always some wackadoodle notions without merit or evidence. In fact, sometimes they turn out to be dead on. Here are 10 you may or may not be familiar with that turned out to be true...
Kenneth Weene's insight:

Here's the thing, good and democratic government requires oversight, which in turn requires transparency or what the Russians called glasnost. Too often what we have been given instead is secrecy and manipulation. That is why a free press with good investigative reporters and protection for whistle-blowers is so important. Here are some prime examples, and they don't even mention the manufactured evidence that Colin Powell gave at the U.N.

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CIA Says It Will No Longer Use Vaccine Programs As Cover

CIA Says It Will No Longer Use Vaccine Programs As Cover | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Answering health experts' complaints that using vaccinations for spying had hurt international efforts to fight disease, the CIA says it has stopped the practice.
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Isn't that nice? How bad an idea was it to begin with? How many health professionals have died as a result? How many people have gone un-vaccinated? The American espionage services must be contained for they assuredly have no capacity to restrain themselves.

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NSA broke privacy rules thousands of times per year, audit finds

NSA broke privacy rules thousands of times per year, audit finds | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Agency also has overstepped legal authority since Congress gave it broad new power in 2008.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

The nature of bureaucracy is to take over and expand not to be self-critical and to follow rules. If power corrupts, bureaucracy desensitizes. That is why I keep speaking out against the military-industrial-espionage complex.

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