The Naked Empire

by Robert C Koehler (June 28 2013) America, America ... Certainly Edward Snowden's crime is one of public relations. In this day and age, power ain't just jackboots, tanks and missiles. What he did by outing the NSA and its gargantuan surveillance operation was mess hugely with the American image - … Continue reading The Naked Empire

Why the Ruling Class is So Upset About Edward Snowden

"The Damage to Our Intelligence is Gut-Wrenching to See" by Gary Leupp CounterPunch (June 26 2013) I don't have a weak stomach, but I confess that watching TV news does get me nauseated. So I do so sparingly. I have of course been following the coverage of the Edward Snowden story, just to see how … Continue reading Why the Ruling Class is So Upset About Edward Snowden

US Agencies Said to Swap Data With Thousands of Firms

by Michael Riley Bloomberg (June 15 2013) NOTE: This article is good but it seems to omit carefully any mention of the US government or US corporations misusing the information they get to give US corporations unfair advantage competing with foreign companies, to spy on or sabotage foreign governments or corporations, or to blackmail foreign … Continue reading US Agencies Said to Swap Data With Thousands of Firms

America Feeds the Rich

by Leo Gerard (June 17 2013) The Farm Bill that is expected to pass the US House this week explains income inequality in America. The Republican-sponsored proposal slashes food stamps for poor children and pads farm subsidies for wealthy agri-businessmen. This comes just a week after Senate Republicans refused to protect the poorest … Continue reading America Feeds the Rich

Corporatizing National Security

What It Means by Ralph Nader (June 20 2013) Privacy is a sacred word to many Americans, as demonstrated by the recent uproar over the brazen invasion of it by the Patriot Act-enabled National Security Agency (NSA). The information about dragnet data-collecting of telephone and internet records leaked by Edward Snowden has opened the … Continue reading Corporatizing National Security