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04.07.14

Links: Privacy Erosion and Other Technological Erosions of Rights

Posted in News Roundup at 7:52 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

With technological transitions come the powers to emancipate or to oppress

Privacy

NSA/GCHQ

Germany

Europe

  • US Criticises European Anti-Spying Internet Proposals
  • A difficult breakup between US, internet

    It could be a difficult breakup between the US government and the internet.

    A plan unveiled last month would see the US relinquish its key oversight role for the internet, handing that over to “the global multistakeholder community”.

    US officials say the move is part of a longstanding effort to privatise the technical oversight of the internet.

  • US claims EU plans to build ring-fenced network may ‘break global trade rules’

    European Union plans to build a separate communications network to prevent data from passing over US networks is being opposed by the US, which claims that it would breach international trade laws.

    The opposition of the US to the plans comes at a delicate stage of negotiation between the US and EU over a trade treaty that would give more power to multinational organisations – including communications companies – to sue national governments over claimed breaches of trade rules.

Snowden

CIA

  • Former CIA Director Calls Female Senator Too ‘Emotional’ On Torture Report

    Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) has chaired the Senate’s Intelligence Committee for five years. So when she suggested last month that investigators should make public a report on the U.S.’s interrogation techniques because it would “ensure that an un-American, brutal program of detention and interrogation will never again be considered or permitted,” one might have seen it as the strong words and fair assessment of a person who has deep experience on the issue.

  • Hayden Faults Administration, Not CIA, on Benghazi Talking Points

    Former deputy CIA director Michael Morell told the House Intelligence Committee this week that despite reports from the chief of station in Libya that no protests occurred outside the American diplomatic facility in Benghazi prior to the September 11, 2012, terrorist attack on it, he edited the administration’s talking points to include references to such protests. His CIA analysts in Washington believed they had occurred, and the station chief, after all, was 500 miles away in Tripoli.

  • When the barrels of guns are lifted, truth vanishes – Kristinn Hrafnsson

    For the public revelations that the CIA and NSA were spying on the committee that was supposed to have oversight of their activities should be of great concern as it is a major breakdown in the system of checks and balances that should be inherently present in a healthy democracy. Despite all of the Snowden revelations there is also no indication that the NSA has changed its practices or made changes to how they carry out operations. By not publishing information that the public has the right to know the media has also failed and according to WikiLeaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson, it is: “… an absolutely disgusting break with all the basic principles of journalism that I know of. And they claim that this is done upon the request of the US authorities for the security concerns. That is not acceptable.” Unfortunately today, he says: “We have submissive and lame editorial boards that will simply do as they are told.”

Venezuela, Cuba

  • Low Intensity War Challenges National Independence of Venezuela

    Over the past six weeks the so called salida ya [exit now] strategy launched by the Venezuelan opposition has developed, in part, into a low intensity war against the democratically elected government of President Nicolas Maduro. This essay will examine two strategic objectives of the Bolivarian revolution that serve as pillars of resistance to the anti-democratic elements of the counter revolution: the struggle to preserve national independence and the campaign to develop and expand the communal structures that are the organized expressions of popular power.

  • Report: US Agency Created ‘Cuban Twitter’ To Foster Dissent

Syria

Torture

Drones

Racism

Censorship

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