Silicon Valley Will Not Save You from the Surveillance State by David Swanson

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by David Swanson
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Let’s Try Democracy
July 6, 2018

There was something quite odd about the very welcome news that some Google employees were objecting to a military contract, namely all the other Google military contracts. My sense of the oddness of this was heightened by reading Yasha Levine’s new book, Surveillance Valley: The Secret Military History of the Internet.

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Industrializing Class War by William Bowles

George Orwell's 1984

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by William Bowles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Investigating Imperialism
London, England
February 3, 2018

Have you noticed that it’s no longer PC Dixon of Dock Green who mediates the relationship between the state and its citizens as he goes about his beat in your neighbourhood? Instead, it’s a Kevlar-armoured, video-monitored, taser-equipped, drone-surveilled, spit-masked supplied soldier, straight out of Star Wars, who now staggers along under the weight of an industrialized capitalism, visibly physically disconnected from the citizens they monitor by their bullet-proof uniforms, that more resemble a rack of tools in your local hardware store than the Bobby on the beat.

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Thomas Drake: From 9/11 to Mass Surveillance, The Man Who Knew Too Much (must-see)

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Previously posted Aug. 7, 2015 (good discussion in the comment section)

with Thomas Drake

Part 1

TheRealNews on Aug 2, 2015

On Reality Asserts Itself, former NSA senior executive Mr. Drake and host Paul Jay talk about the “dark state” and how 9/11 opens up disturbing questions about power, who we are, who’s in charge and the secret subversion of the U.S. constitution.

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With Friends Like These (Who Needs Allies?) by Greg Maybury

Scott Ludlam visits Pine Gap

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by Greg Maybury
Guest Writer, Dandelion Salad
Pox Amerikana
August 4, 2017

‘[For us] it is one thing to remain a good friend, but too close an embrace will lead Americans and others to resurrect the “deputy sheriff” tag. The Americans have always put their own interests first and will continue to do so; we should follow their example. American interests will not always be the same as Australian and vice versa. The bottom line, however, is the domestic political one. Australians are afraid of the outside world and convinced of their inability to cope with it. Any Australian government which suggested that we do without a great and powerful friend to look after us would have to consider the electoral implications.’ — Source: Cavan Hogue — fmr. Ambassador and Dep. Permanent Representative when Australia was last on the UN Security Council. He has also served as head of mission in Mexico, Kuala Lumpur, Moscow and Bangkok, along with other posts. He is an Adjunct Professor in International Communication at Macquarie University, Sydney.

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Edward Snowden: If We Are Going To Protect The Rights Of Anyone, We Have To Be Able To Protect The Rights Of Everyone

HERO

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Edward Snowden talks about FBI’s COINTELPRO, CIA’s MK-ULTRA and Black Lives Matters

acTVism Munich on Jan 17, 2017

In this interview with NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden we talk about the history of intelligence agencies and some notable whistleblowers.

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Obama Expands Surveillance Powers on His Way Out by Kate Tummarello (Action Alert)

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

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by Kate Tummarello
Electronic Frontier Foundation, Jan. 12, 2017
January 14, 2017

With mere days left before President-elect Donald Trump takes the White House, President Barack Obama’s administration just finalized rules to make it easier for the nation’s intelligence agencies to share unfiltered information about innocent people.

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Chris Hedges: Trump Will Crush Dissent With Even Greater Violence and Savagery (#NDAA) + Hedges: The Surrender of the Left to Neoliberalism Gave Us Proto-fascism

Detachment-88 Shock Troops

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with Chris Hedges

TheRealNews on Nov 10, 2016

The tools of state repression that will end up in the hands of a Trump administration were built by both Republicans and Democrats, says the Pulitzer prize-winning journalist.

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The Stimulator: Come Home to Roost

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from subMedia.tv on Aug. 1, 2016

In this week’s sedition, we take a look at the so-called “War on Cops” in the United Snakes, simmering anti-cop sentiment in the UK and the fallout stemming from Turkey’s recent failed coup.

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Chris Hedges: We Bomb Them, They Bomb Us

Brussels 23 March 2016 - Gathering at the Bourse

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with Chris Hedges

TheRealNews on Mar 24, 2016

On Tuesday, March 22, a couple of explosions rocked Brussels Airport, killing 11 people. Another blast struck near the European Union headquarters an hour later, leaving approximately 20 people dead in the Belgian capital. The Islamic State has taken responsibility for the attack, and two of the suicide bombers have now been identified as Belgian nationals.

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Thomas Drake: From 9/11 to Mass Surveillance, The Man Who Knew Too Much (must-see)

2013 DC Rally Against Mass Surveillance 14

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with Thomas Drake

Part 1

TheRealNews on Aug 2, 2015

On Reality Asserts Itself, former NSA senior executive Mr. Drake and host Paul Jay talk about the “dark state” and how 9/11 opens up disturbing questions about power, who we are, who’s in charge and the secret subversion of the U.S. constitution.

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Robert Scheer and Chris Hedges: They Know Everything About You, Part 3

DC Rally Against Mass Surveillance

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with Chris Hedges

TheRealNews on May 15, 2015

Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges and Truthdig editor in chief Robert Scheer continue their discussion about surveillance, corporate power, and the national security state.

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TrapWire: American cities under total surveillance?

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Domestic Spying

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Aug 14, 2012 by

It’s been revealed that the U.S. government is secretly spying on its citizens using an advanced surveillance programme. Software called TrapWire allegedly has access to all security cameras across the country. Documents revealed through Wikileaks claim the software uses the collected data to monitor people via facial recognition. Censorship and technology campaigner Aaron Swartz says people’s every move online and on the street is now being watched.

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Massive US Surveillance On Iran Draws Yet Another Nuclear Blank by Finian Cunningham

by Finian Cunningham
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
East Africa
April 9, 2012

Washington’s Real Agenda is Not Global Security, It’s Regime Change

A “surge” in US secret surveillance of Iran’s nuclear programme over the past three years, involving “hundreds” of spy drone flights, has not produced the slightest evidence to support Washington’s much-vaunted fears that the Islamic Republic is building a nuclear weapon.

The complete lack of gun, never mind smoking gun, comes days before the resumed P5 + 1 talks in Istanbul in which the US-led Western nuclear powers will no doubt try to browbeat Iran over its entirely legal and legitimate civilian nuclear programme.

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Julia Davis: The Terror Within, interviewed by Peter B. Collins and Sibel Edmonds

by Peter B. Collins and Sibel Edmonds
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
Originally published by Boiling Frogs Post
July 8, 2011

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Julia Davis joins us to discuss her experience with the Department of Homeland Security as a federal officer, her discovery and reporting of serious security lapses within the department, and the unprecedented magnitude of retaliation and abuses she suffered as a whistleblower. She talks about the recently screened documentary on her plight, The Terror Within , how the DHS spent their money on aerial surveillance with a Blackhawk helicopter and a fixed-wing airplane, warrantless surveillance, wiretaps, sneak and peek burglaries, Internet monitoring and On-Star tracking of her and her family, the mainstream media, and more!

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The Rubber Stamping Crooked Judges of the FISA Court by Sibel Edmonds

by Sibel Edmonds
Featured Writer
Dandelion Salad
Originally published by Boiling Frogs Post
May 11, 2011

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I would like you to consider the following hypothetical case: There is a court in X county of Y state with eleven judges. During the past one year 1500 cases of various big corporations vs. the people have been brought before these judges. In every single case, the judges have ruled pro corporation. In every single case. 1500 rulings favoring corporations. 1500 orders against the people. Wouldn’t you expect to see a major uproar and media coverage in this hypothetical case? Wouldn’t you expect that the judges and their lives would become intensely scrutinized? Wouldn’t you suspect some sort of bribery and or extortion in play here?

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