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Docs Reveal US Used Denmark for Rendition Flight Waiting to Kidnap Snowden


A U.S. rendition plane was ready and waiting in Copenhagen in June 2013 to nab National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden, a Danish news website reported this week...At the time, Snowden had fled Hong Kong and was stuck at the airport in Moscow.

Documents obtained by Denfri.dk from Denmark's Ministry of Justice, and which back previous claims, show that Danish authorities approved a request from the United States for a specific aircraft to fly over and in Danish territory "for state purposes of a non-commercial nature," and indicate that the aircraft did, in fact, land in Copenhagen.

That aircraft, with registration number N977GA, has been used in CIA and Department of Justice kidnappings, The Register reported in 2014.

Denfri.dk received the documents, many heavily redacted, following Freedom of Information requests it had sent in August 2015 "regarding requests from the U.S. government to Denmark and other countries that they arrest and extradite Snowden if he set foot in their country," Sputnik reports.


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I am disgusted with this, and those that perpetrated it
Posted by ErisDiscordia | Sun Jan 31, 2016, 04:21 PM (1 replies)

What is the Clintons’ longtime consigliere doing hawking passports to tiny island nations?

Lanny Davis's Caribbean Adventure


Lanny Davis, the longtime D.C. fixer, lawyer, lobbyist, crisis-manager, influence-peddler, and professional friend-of-the-Clintons,... to talk about the purchase of citizenship. For a variable fee, beginning at just $250,000, you, too, can become a citizen of St. Kitts & Nevis. For even less you can buy your way into Grenada ($200,000) or Dominica ($100,000). We, the influencers of Washington—that is, a few dozen of Davis’s very important friends, plus a large contingent of befuddled media—have gathered over cocktails to learn about this prospect; to launch a “digital magazine” about Caribbean second-citizenship programs, called Belong; and to dispel any pesky misconceptions people might have...Perhaps the idea of buying yourself a new passport sounds, on its face, a little exotic—sleazy, even. That’s OK! We are here to educate.


Last year, the U.S. Treasury Department issued an advisory to financial institutions warning about the risk that investor-purchased St. Kitts passports might be “used to facilitate financial crime.” But that was before (St. Kitts Prime Minister) Harris was elected, and he assures us he has cleaned house.


...in the absence, to the right’s chagrin, of any major Benghazi-related revelations, perhaps the most disturbing thing to be gleaned from the emails has been the overwhelming level of sycophancy Clinton either encouraged or tolerated from virtually everyone around her. Yet Davis—he has appeared 43 times in the emails released to date—outdoes all the other Clinton hangers-on.

... he affects nonchalance: “We’ve been close friends since her last name was Rodham,” he says. “So I didn’t mind.” Did you know Lanny Davis attended Yale Law School with Bill and Hillary Clinton?

More than you ever wanted to know about Lanny Davis, St. Kitts, and the Clintons....He also authored this POS: http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/presidential-campaign/266947-5-questions-sanders-owes-it-to-democratic-party

Posted by ErisDiscordia | Sun Jan 31, 2016, 02:10 PM (6 replies)

New app sends push notifications whenever police kill someone

At last, a use for smart phones!


At least 986 people were killed by the police in 2015. More than 11 deaths have already been reported this year in the U.S.—and now there’s an app that will send you a notification every time that number gets bigger.

Josh Begley, a Web developer who specializes in data visualization, announced the new app Archives + Absences through his Twitter account this week. The app sends users a push notification with the name of the person killed and it also has a map tab that displays the incident's location.


Begley has dedicated his latest work to addressing police killings and issues regarding the relationship between the community and law enforcement. One of his most recent projects, Officer Involved, shows hundreds of aerial images showcasing the exact location where an individual was killed by police. Begley calls it a “visualization of police violence” on his website.

Begley created a similar app in 2012 that sends users a notification every time there is a U.S drone strike around the world. The new app is already available in the App Store for free.
Posted by ErisDiscordia | Sun Jan 31, 2016, 01:38 PM (0 replies)

How Wall Street Came to Own the Clintons and the Democratic Party By Michael Krieger


Former FX trader at Citigroup, Chris Arnade, just penned a poignant and entertaining Op-ed at The Guardian detailing how Wall Street came to own the Democratic Party via the Clintons over the course of his career. While anyone reading this already knows how completely bought and paid for the Clintons are by the big financial interests, the article provides some interesting anecdotes as well as a classic quote about a young Larry Summers.

Here are some choice excerpts from the piece:

I owe almost my entire Wall Street career to the Clintons. I am not alone; most bankers owe their careers, and their wealth, to them. Over the last 25 years they – with the Clintons it is never just Bill or Hillary – implemented policies that placed Wall Street at the center of the Democratic economic agenda, turning it from a party against Wall Street to a party of Wall Street.

That is why when I recently went to see Hillary Clinton campaign for president and speak about reforming Wall Street I was skeptical. What I heard hasn’t changed that skepticism. The policies she offers are mid-course corrections. In the Clintons’ world, Wall Street stays at the center, economically and politically. Given Wall Street’s power and influence, that is a dangerous place to leave them.

The administration’s economic policy took shape as trickle down, Democratic style. They championed free trade, pushing Nafta. They reformed welfare, buying into the conservative view that poverty was about dependency, not about situation. They threw the old left a few bones, repealing prior tax cuts on the rich, but used the increased revenues mostly on Wall Street’s favorite issue: cutting the debt

Most importantly, when faced with their first financial crisis, they bailed out Wall Street...
Posted by ErisDiscordia | Sun Jan 31, 2016, 12:42 PM (2 replies)

You would think...in a person of sound judgment

that the prospect of earning his and her impeachments from a GOP-controlled Congress would have dissuaded the Clintons from embarking on this latest (and goddess help us, hopefully last) campaign.

Or maybe Bill's impeachment just rolled off their psyches like water off a duck?

Imagine the GOP puffed up by this chance for a second impeachment, and more likely than not, able to go all the way to removal from office. The stuff that oppo research is turning up about Hillary's time in the State Dept. is not so easily dismissed or ignored, and is a good indicator of how her presidency would operate. For all that the Clintons know more about the use (and abuse) of power than Obama ever will, there's nothing in their characters to prevent the kind of overreach that will lead us all down that merry path again.

Personally, I don't want to have to endure such antics. Once was too much.
Posted by ErisDiscordia | Sun Jan 31, 2016, 05:21 AM (4 replies)

Flint: Let Them Drink Pollution?


By James Boyce, professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and co-founder of Econ4: Economics for People, the Planet, and the Future. His most recent book is Economics, the Environment and Our Common Wealth.

The tragic crisis in Flint, Michigan, where residents have been poisoned by lead contamination, is not just about drinking water. And it’s not just about Flint. It’s about race and class, and the stark contradiction between the American dream of equal rights and opportunity for all and the American nightmare of metastasizing inequality of wealth and power.

The link between environmental quality and economic inequality was spelled out more than two decades ago in a memorandum signed by Lawrence Summers, then chief economist of the World Bank, excerpts of which appeared in The Economist under the provocative title, “Let them eat pollution.” Starting from the premise that the costs of pollution depend on “the forgone earnings from increased morbidity and mortality,” Summers concluded that “the economic logic of dumping a load of toxic waste in the lowest-wage country is impeccable and we should face up to that.”

A different logic is supposed to underpin U.S. environmental policies. The Federal Water Pollution Control Act mandates that water quality standards should “protect the public health” – period. Its aim, as former EPA administrator Douglas Costle once put it, is “protection of the health of all Americans.” Under the law, clean water is a right, not something to be provided only insofar as justified by the purchasing power of the community in question. Even when cost-benefit calculations are brought to bear on environmental policy, the EPA uses a single “value of a statistical life” – currently around $8.7 million – for every person in the country, rather than differentiating across individuals on the basis of income or other attributes.

In practice, however, the role of costs and benefits in shaping public policies often depends on the power of those to whom they accrue. When those on the receiving end are poor, their interests – and their lives – often count for less, much as the Summers memo recommended. And when they are racial and ethnic minorities, the political process often discounts their well-being even more...

Posted by ErisDiscordia | Sat Jan 30, 2016, 11:16 AM (1 replies)

The economic losers are in revolt against the elites Martin Wolf


Losers have votes, too. That is what democracy means — and rightly so. If they feel sufficiently cheated and humiliated, they will vote for Donald Trump, a candidate for the Republican party’s presidential nomination in the US, Marine Le Pen of the National Front in France or Nigel Farage of the UK Independence party. There are those, particularly the native working class, who are seduced by the siren song of politicians who combine the nativism of the hard right, the statism of the hard left and the authoritarianism of both.

Above all, they reject the elites that dominate the economic and cultural lives of their countries: those assembled last week in Davos for the World Economic Forum. The potential consequences are frightening. Elites need to work out intelligent responses. It might already be too late to do so.

The projects of the rightwing elite have long been low marginal tax rates, liberal immigration, globalisation, curbs on costly “entitlement programmes”, deregulated labour markets and maximisation of shareholder value. The projects of the leftwing elite have been liberal immigration (again), multiculturalism, secularism, diversity, choice on abortion, and racial and gender equality. Libertarians embrace the causes of the elites of both sides; that is why they are a tiny minority.

In the process, elites have become detached from domestic loyalties and concerns, forming instead a global super-elite. It is not hard to see why ordinary people, notably native-born men, are alienated. They are losers, at least relatively; they do not share equally in the gains. They feel used and abused. After the financial crisis and slow recovery in standards of living, they see elites as incompetent and predatory. The surprise is not that many are angry but that so many are not...Nativist populists must not win. We know that story: it ends very badly. In the case of the US, the outcome would have grave global significance. America was the founder and remains guarantor of our global liberal order. The world desperately needs well-informed US leadership. Mr Trump cannot provide this. The results could be catastrophic.

not even a mention of Bernie, the other populist, but then, the Bernie Blackout is global. They don't even know he's running! We should be grateful that this paper didn't lump Bernie in with Trump, as others have done.
Posted by ErisDiscordia | Sat Jan 30, 2016, 09:52 AM (0 replies)

After Embarrassing Hacks, Feds Roll Out New Government Agency


A new government agency is going to take over the process of performing background checks of existing and potential government employees. The news comes about six months after it was revealed that hackers had broken into the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) computers and stolen the sensitive personal information of nearly 22 million past and current federal employees, a scandal that cost former OPM Director Katherine Archuleta her job.

"This is primarily about recognizing the evolving threats and national security importance of the background investigation systems and data," Samuel J. Schumach, OPM's press secretary, told the New York Times. "Utilizing what DOD can provide—a large and trained cybersecurity work force to protect against and respond to cyberintrusions, and a strong focus on national security—is the right step to take."

The new agency will be called the National Background Investigations Bureau (NBIB), according to Federal New Radio, and it will take over the Federal Investigative Services, a bureau of the personnel agency that has been responsible for running most background checks. The Department of Defense will design and build the new agency's information technology and cybersecurity systems, Federal News Radio reports, and will also operate the data storage and security of the system. The NBIB and its staff will still work within the Office of Personnel Management, but a presidential appointee will run it, notes Engadget. It's unclear when the agency will get off the ground, but work on the project will begin this year.

The new agency is the result of a 90-day review of the government's information security policies and practices that President Barack Obama ordered in July. The president will ask for an additional $95 million in his 2017 budget to pay for the new agency...
Posted by ErisDiscordia | Sat Jan 30, 2016, 09:44 AM (4 replies)

Note to Hillary: Clintonomics Was a Disaster for Most Americans By Robert Pollin/The Nation


Under Bill Clinton, Wall Street created a ruinous bubble, while workers lost wages and power...
Posted by ErisDiscordia | Sat Jan 30, 2016, 09:39 AM (50 replies)

Why Is There a Media Blackout on Bernie Beating Trump in the Polls?

just part of the blackout of Bernie entirely, one would think


Major corporate media outlets in the United States are reporting on a new viability for Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign, based on his rise in the polls nationally and in Iowa and New Hampshire -- and possibly, though this goes largely unmentioned, based on his big new advertising purchases from major corporate media outlets. In independent progressive media as well, there's a small flood of maybe-he-can-really-win articles.

Whether or not this goes any further, something remarkable has happened. The Donald Trump campaign (in many ways outlandish and uniquely dangerous) more or less fits the usual mold in terms of media success; the data are very clear that the media gave Trump vastly disproportionate media coverage, following which he rose in the polls—the same polls later used to justify the coverage. This was the story of how the media created Howard Dean's success before tearing him down in 2004, and it has been the story of most candidates, successful and otherwise: the polling closely follows the coverage, not the other way around.

Bernie is something new. The major media has given him ridiculously little coverage, and belittled him in most of that coverage. Yet he has surged in the polls, in volunteers, in small-donor fundraising, and in real world events. While television news has shunted aside actual events, crises, social movements, the state of the natural environment, any number of wars, countless injustices, and most legislative activities in order to focus more than ever on the next election, and has done so ever since it was nearly two years away, the media has also given wildly disparate attention to certain candidates, in a way that bears no correlation to polling or internet searching or donors or any such factor. As of last fall, Bernie Sanders had received a total of 8 minutes of coverage from broadcast evening news, less than Mitt Romney or Joe Biden got for deciding not to enter the race.

And yet, Bernie polls better against Donald Trump (now that a pollster finally asked that question and released the results) than does Hillary Clinton. And Bernie is gradually catching up to Clinton in polls of Democrats. If he wins New Hampshire (very likely) and Iowa (pretty likely), all sorts of bandwagon jumpers could switch their support to him, and uninspired voters become inspired to vote in the next several primary states, snowballing the magical force of "momentum" into an upset victory with great media ratings, even if horrifying political implications from the point of view of major media outlets' corporate owners.


Posted by ErisDiscordia | Sat Jan 30, 2016, 09:34 AM (1 replies)
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