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


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

by William Boardman
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published on, 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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If It’s All Kosher, NSA, Why Lie? by William Boardman

FISA - illegal domestic spying - feb 2001, BEFORE 9/11

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by William Boardman
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
Originally published on, June 22, 2013
June 29, 2013

Senator Ron Wyden, Democrat of Oregon: “Does the NSA collect any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans?”

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper: “No, sir.”

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Rachel Maddow: The Public Option + Sen. Ron Wyden + Reid Introduces His Opt-out Public Option Bill

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October 26, 2009

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MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow speaks with Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) about The Public Option

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