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The military's top brass in Canberra runs a deliberate policy of censorship based on spurious "operational security" grounds, according to a former commander in Afghanistan.

Colonel Stuart Yeaman, who was the Commanding Officer of Reconstruction Task Force number four in Oruzgan province, said the policy meant that the real story of the achievements of Australian troops in Australia's longest ever war might never be told.

"There is a deliberate policy from the top down to prevent information getting out for operational security reasons," Colonel Yeaman said.

"But mostly there is no operational security issue and therefore no reason why people back at home can't know it."

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Microsoft and Google announced Friday they are going forward with a lawsuit against the US government for the right to reveal more information about official requests for customer data by American intelligence.

The companies originally filed suits in June following revelations provided by Edward Snowden of their relationship with the National Security Agency and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which oversees the government’s requests of the companies’ systems.

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After over two years of unrest, Syria’s civil war has seemingly reached its climax.

On the heels of a reported chemical weapons attack that left 100 civilians dead, both the U.S. and British governments are considering an attack on the embattled nation whose government has vowed to defend itself from any aggression.

Similar to Egypt’s revolution and the Arab Spring before it, social media has played an important role in Syria’s civil war.

Both pro- and anti-government propaganda are rife on websites like YouTube.
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In the mid-70s, when de-Nixonification was a national priority, a not yet spineless Congress made it possible for Americans to access the files that their government kept on their activities.  Over the years, Administrations intent on keeping their foul deeds secret did their best to water down that right.  But it has never been rescinded, and is therefore still in effect.

All you have to do, if you think you might have been spied on or otherwise investigated, is request your file — and wait.  Then, if you are lucky, in the fullness of time, you will be sent some heavily redacted version of what the authorities have on you.

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Huffington Post Union of Bloggers (HPUB) / The Neocon March on Damascus
« on: August 29, 2013, 05:48:46 PM »
Here we go again. As Americans prepare to march on Washington, Washington is preparing to march on Damascus. As part of the buildup to war, a chorus of liberal hawks and neoconservatives has issued a new manifesto in—where else?—the Weekly Standard calling upon President Obama to engage in regime change in Syria. Just as they demanded military action to topple Saddam Hussein, so they now are insisting upon the removal of Bashar al-Assad.

Yet if anything might be calculated to give Obama pause before he embarks upon a bombing campaign, it should be this truculent letter, whose signatories include Fouad Ajami, Elliott Abrams, Paul Berman, Eliot A. Cohen, Robert Kagan, William Kristol, Bernard-Henri Levy, Tim Palwenty, James Traub, Eric Edelman, Karl Rove, Dan Senor, Martin Peretz and Leon Wieseltier. (At Politico, Dylan Byers astutely notes that the presence of Wieseltier and Peretz should come as no surprise because, "Wieseltier et al. aren't emissaries from the 'new' New Republic, they're stalwarts of the Old Republic. Wieseltier served on the Committee for the Liberation of Iraq and Peretz led the magazine's call for military intervention there (he still thinks it was a good idea)." So there you go. The very same crew, by and large, that declared that Iraq could be transformed into a blossoming democracy in 2003. Now it wants to duplicate its roaring success.


Freedom of the Press Doesn’t Apply to Anonymous Commenting Over at the Huffington Post.
Agree or disagree??

As the New York Times tried to wrestle back control of its website, AOL Inc. and Twitter Inc. quickly locked down parts of their own slate of domain addresses. But many other major websites continued to maintain limited security Wednesday morning.

The Syrian Electronic Army hacking group claimed responsibility for a hack Tuesday that sent some visitors of to a hacker-controlled website. The hackers had secured the log-in information for a U.S. sales partner of domain name registrar Melbourne IT and then used the information to breach the company’s administrative interface. Once inside, they were able to change two strings of text that caused those trying to access the New York Times website to be redirected elsewhere.

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The Supreme Administrative Court in Finland ruled today that Finnish police didn't break the law when a famous anti-censorship website was added to its censorship list.
Back in 2006 Finland implemented a censorship legislation that targeted websites distributing child pornography. Legislation handed the National Bureau of Investigation rights to add child porn sites to its secret block list which national ISPs would then implement and enforce.

As the process of blocking the sites is done in secret and the list of blocked sites has never been officially made public, an individual, Matti Nikki, decided to create a site called (translates as child porn dot info) criticizing the secretive process and the fact that there's no way to make an official complaint about one's site being listed on such block list. He also hosted on his site a list of sites known to be on the list, but didn't contain any child porn material whatsoever.

[url]Read more here[/url]

After 9/11, President George W. Bush turned to Civil War precedents to create military tribunals for trying alleged “terrorists.” But in applying those draconian rules to a worldwide battlefield, he created the nightmarish potential for a global totalitarianism, as retired U.S. Army JAG officer Todd E. Pierce explains.

By Todd E. Pierce

Edward Snowden, the admitted U.S. National Security Agency whistleblower, is charged with violations of the U.S. Espionage Act of 1917, codified under Chapter 37, “Espionage and Censorship.” It is seemingly not an oversight that Chapter 37 is entitled “Espionage and Censorship,” as censorship is the effect, in part, of this chapter.

In fact, the amendment of §793 that added subsection (e) was part of the Subversive Activities Control Act of 1950, which was, in turn, Title I of the Internal Security Act of 1950. In addition, these statutes were initially passed as the U.S. was entering World War I, with what was called the Sedition Act of 1918 added as amendments to the Espionage Act in short order.

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Arriana Huffington / Arrianna Huffington's Courageous Move
« on: August 26, 2013, 06:27:58 AM »
Arianna Huffington's announcement that the Huffington Post will add three new sections including: “Impact”, “Good News” and “What is Working” is a courageous decision to move her media properties toward what the industry as a whole should be doing on a worldwide basis.

Instead of just making more gold doubloons for a tiny few .5%ers to store in their already bulging basement shelters, media should be actually participating in making our culture work for the vast majority of their readers, the 99%ers, by reporting “what people are doing to change and improve our sick cultures” and what is working throughout the world.

AOL Purchase / Arrianna Huffington's Courageous Move
« on: August 26, 2013, 06:26:27 AM »
Arianna Huffington's announcement that the Huffington Post will add three new sections including: “Impact”, “Good News” and “What is Working” is a courageous decision to move her media properties toward what the industry as a whole should be doing on a worldwide basis.

Instead of just making more gold doubloons for a tiny few .5%ers to store in their already bulging basement shelters, media should be actually participating in making our culture work for the vast majority of their readers, the 99%ers, by reporting “what people are doing to change and improve our sick cultures” and what is working throughout the world.

This is the Year of the Immigrant Worker.

As we all know, Congress is deeply engaged in the first serious chance for comprehensive immigration law reform since the 1980s.

Foreign born workers, in part due to their numbers, in part due to their employment skewed toward above average injury risk jobs, sustain a large share of the nation’s annual three million work injuries.

In 2012, there were 25 million foreign-born persons in the U.S. labor force, comprising 16% of the total workforce. Hispanics accounted for 48% of the foreign-born labor force in 2012, and Asians accounted for 24%. (Recently Asians have been entering the U.S. at higher levels than Hispanics.) Undocumented workers account overall for about 5% of the nation’s total workforce and roughly one third of foreign-born workers.

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The late Howard Zinn, historian, social activist and teacher, authored a book called "A People's History of the United States" that is required reading in various American high schools and universities.

After realizing that fact upon reading Zinn's obituary in 2010, then-Gov. Mitch Daniels became concerned about the possibility that Indiana students were reading the book.

He sent an email to then-Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett relaying his fear, referring to the book as "a truly execrable, anti-factual piece of dis-information that misstates American history on every page."

The email by Daniels, now president of Purdue University, regarding Zinn's book was published July 15 by the Associated Press, resulting in an upsurge of readership of the "execrable, anti-factual piece of dis-information."

Nothing like an attempt at censorship to attract interest!

The views of Singaporeans on social issues have become more diverse – diverging mainly between the old vs young and the higher vs lower income groups.
This was among the main findings in the latest Our Singapore Conversation (OSC) survey report, which involved interviews with 4,000 Singaporeans.
Younger Singaporeans, for example, showed a stronger preference for less censorship, while older Singaporeans were reflected as placing more value in censorship to protect public interest.
While acknowledging that there remains a “significant consensus” among Singaporeans, Associate Professor Tan Ern Ser of the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) added they also found “a diversity of orientations towards several key policy areas.”
This, he said, reveals a “sense of the dilemmas that we face as a society going forward.”

The President, the head of the National Security Agency (NSA), the Department of Justice, the House and Senate Intelligence Committees, and the Judiciary, are intentionally keeping massive amounts of information about surveillance of US and other people secret from voters.

Additionally, some are, to say it politely, not being factually accurate in what they are telling the public.  These inaccurate statements are either intentional lies meant to mislead the public or they are evidence that the people who are supposed to be in charge of oversight do not know what they are supposed to be overseeing.  The most recent revelations from the Washington Post, by way of Edward Snowden, indicate the NSA breaks privacy rules or overstep its legal authority thousands of times each year.   Whether people are lying or do not know what they are doing, either way, this is a significant crisis.  Here are thirteen examples.

One.  The Government seizes and searches all internet and text communications which enter or leave the US

On August 8, 2013, the New York Times reported that the NSA secretly collects virtually all international email and text communications which cross the US borders in or out.   As the ACLU says, “the NSA thinks it’s okay to intercept and then read Americans’ emails, so long as it does so really quickly.  But that is not how the Fourth Amendment works…the invasion of Americans’ privacy is real and immediate.”

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