The Biggest Assault on Our Democracy Is Coming from the Executive Branch of the U.S. Government by Fred Branfman

by Fred Branfman
Writer, Dandelion Salad
originally published on Alternet, September 4, 2013
September 7, 2013

Democracy is Dead

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The Executive justifies its actions, like all authoritarian institutions, on the grounds that it is protecting us. We must reverse the tide.

“America no longer has a functioning democracy. This invasion of privacy has been excessive, so bringing it to public notice has probably been beneficial —President Jimmy Carter

Millions of Americans will face a basic question in the coming decade: how much loyalty do we owe a U.S. Executive Branch which extracts huge sums from us to spy upon and lie to us, on the false grounds that doing so is protecting us? Or do we owe our moral allegiance to the ideal of democracy, which requires us to fight the Executive which is its enemy?

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Glenn Greenwald on Secret NSA Program to Crack Online Encryption + Bruce Schneier on NSA’s Secret Online Spying

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democracynow on Sep 6, 2013

www.democracynow.org – A new exposé based on the leaks of Edward Snowden have revealed the National Security Agency has developed methods to crack online encryption used to protect emails, banking and medical records. “Encryption is really the system that lets the internet function as an important commercial instrument all around the world,” says Glenn Greenwald of The Guardian, which collaborated with The New York Times and ProPublica on the reporting. “It’s what lets you enter your credit card number, check your banking records, buy and sell things online, get your medical tests online, engage in private communications, it’s what protects the sanctity of the internet.” Documents leaked by Snowden reveal the NSA spends $250 million a year on a program which, among other goals, works with technology companies to “covertly influence” their product designs. “The entire system is now being compromised by the NSA and their British counterpart, the GCHQ,” Greenwald says. “Systematic efforts to ensure that there is no form of human commerce, human electronic communication, that is ever invulnerable to their prying eyes.”

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Daniel Ellsberg: NSA Has Your Entire Digital Record. That’s The Infrastructure of A Police State + Enemy Of The State

Domestic Spying

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TheRevealingNews on Aug 23, 2013

August 22, 2013 Russia Today News

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UK Orders Guardian Hard Drives Destroyed To Gag Snowden Leaks

Edward Snowden

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RussiaToday on Aug 19, 2013

UK authorities reportedly raided the Guardian’s office in London to destroy hard drives in an effort to stop future publications of leaks from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. To discuss this, RT talks to lawyer and journalist Eva Golinger.

READ MORE: http://on.rt.com/85u9ex

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Spy on Me, I’m Innocent! by David Swanson

Stop and Frisk Police State

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
warisacrime.org
August 16, 2013

You’ve heard people say they want to be spied on, as long as it means that other people will be spied on too.  I know you’ve heard people say this, and which people it was, and how your face looked when you heard it, and what your next telephone call was.  Or, rather, I could know all of that if I were one of the thousands and thousands of low-level snoops it will take for our government to accomplish its surveillance goals.

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Background on the President’s Statement on Reforms to NSA Programs + NSA Twists Words To Fit Agenda + Jennifer Hoelzer on Secret Laws, Domestic Spying and Obama’s NSA Reforms

TIME TO PULL THE PLUG ON KING OBAMA

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Propaganda Alert!

The White House

Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
August 9, 2013

President Obama believes that there should be increased transparency and reforms in our intelligence programs in order to give the public confidence that these programs have strong oversight and clear protections against abuse. That is what he has pursued as President, and today he is announcing several initiatives that will move that effort forward.

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Chris Hedges and Cornel West Speak Out For Whistleblower Bradley Manning + Q&A

Mass demonstration for Bradley Manning at Fort Meade. June 1, 2013.

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with Chris Hedges
Writer, Dandelion Salad
August 9, 2013

SaveBradley on Aug 8, 2013

Army whistleblower Bradley Manning was acquitted of ‘Aiding the enemy,’ on July 30, 2013, while convicted of 20 other charges. On August 4 Cornel West was joined by former NYT correspondent Chris Hedges and members of the Bradley Manning Support Network for a discussion of the threat to whistleblowers and government transparency posed by Bradley Manning’s trial.

Visit http://www.bradleymanning.org for more information. The event took place at the Friends Meeting of Washington D.C.

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Obama Tantrum and US Global Terror Alert Belie Washington’s Inner Panic over Russia and Snowden by Finian Cunningham

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by Finian Cunningham
Writer, Dandelion Salad
East Africa
Crossposted from www.strategic-culture.org
August 9, 2013

It’s the diplomatic equivalent of the proverbial spoiled child picking up the ball and walking off in a huff – because the others “won’t play by my rules”.

After weeks of threatening to cancel the G20 one-to-one meeting with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, the White House has finally gone into full temper tantrum mode. The day after US President Barack Obama appeared on a TV chat show earlier this week complaining about Putin “slipping into Cold War mentality”, the White House announced that the planned bilateral meeting between the two leaders will not now be taking place.

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Why Are We Talking About Having Any Kind of Police State? by William Boardman

by William Boardman
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published on readersupportednews.org, August 3, 2013
August 7, 2013

Restore the Fourth march on Market St on Fourth of July

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With much of the country aware of the extent of government spying on and lying to American citizens, there is now a limited public discussion of what kind of country we want ours to be. The limits of that discussion are illustrated by recent public utterances of two Democratic Senators, Diane Feinstein of California and Ron Wyden of Oregon.

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Glenn Greenwald: Is U.S. Exaggerating Threat to Embassies to Silence Critics of NSA Domestic Surveillance?

Restore the Fourth rally at Justin Herman Plaza on Fourth of July

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Edward Snowden Leaves the Moscow Airport + XKeyscore: #NSA Program Tracking Real-Time Internet Use Exposed

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As Edward Snowden Wins 1-Year Asylum in Russia, NSA Program Tracking Real-Time Internet Use Exposed

democracynow on Aug 1, 2013

www.democracynow.org – National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden has been given one year temporary political asylum in Russia. Snowden has reportedly already left the Moscow airport where he has been holed up for over a month. On Wednesday, The Guardian newspaper revealed details about another secret NSA program based on leaked documents provided by Snowden. The program, XKeyscore, allows analysts to search with no prior authorization through vast databases containing emails, online chats and the browsing histories of millions of individuals giving NSA analysts real-time access to “nearly everything a typical user does on the internet.” To discuss these latest developments, we’re joined by Spencer Ackerman, national security editor at The Guardian.

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XKeyscore, The Scariest NSA Program Revealed By Edward Snowden So Far + Glenn Greenwald: If you allow this kind of surveillance, it will be abused

Restore the Fourth march on Market St on Fourth of July

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David Seaman on Jul 31, 2013

David explains XKeyscore, the completely terrifying “new” NSA Internet spying program that was revealed to the public by additional Edward Snowden documents earlier today.

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The End of Freedom of the Press by Graham Peebles

by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London
July 25, 2013

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As millions take to the streets demanding political participation, social justice and freedom, opponents to change – governments and reactionary forces worldwide – centralise power, tighten control of civil society and the media and trample on democratic ideals. The dangerous accumulation of powers, “legislative, executive, and judiciary” that the “father of the [American] constitution” James Madison wrote,[i] “in the same hands whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny.”

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Chris Hedges: The Empire Is Imploding + Q&A

by Chris Hedges
Writer, Dandelion Salad
July 27, 2013

Resolution opposing indefinite detention under NDAA introduced at San Francisco Board of Supervisors

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ciwebvideos on Jul 24, 2013

Chris Hedges spoke at Friday’s Interfaith Lecture in the Hall of Philosophy. He was the last to speak on the week’s theme, “Markets and Morals.” His lecture traced the demise of liberal values in America since World War I and emphasized the importance of social movements in maintaining democracy.

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Why the U.S. Executive Branch Is a Clear and Present Danger to Our Democracy by Fred Branfman

by Fred Branfman
Writer, Dandelion Salad
originally published on Alternet, July 16, 2013
July 21, 2013

The Bug Stops Here

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Edward Snowden’s revelations have illuminated the most critical political issue facing America today: how an authoritarian U.S. Executive Branch which has focused on war abroad for the last 50 years now devotes increasing resources to surveillance, information management, and population control at home, posing a far greater threat to Americans’ liberties than any conceivable foreign foe.

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