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Flag Karma_yeshe_dorje June 21, 2013 7:56 AM EDT
Flag Karma_yeshe_dorje June 23, 2013 12:25 PM EDT

Transit passenger.

The plane carrying whistleblower Edward Snowden has landed at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport. The former CIA contractor, who left Hong Kong in a bid to elude US extradition on espionage charges, is on his way to a ‘third country’ via Russia.

Interfax news agency is citing an unnamed source in Sheremetyevo airport management, saying that Snowden is still at the airport.

"Snowden is a transit passenger, his next flight is to Cuba, he remains in the airport complex – where he’s supposed to be, waiting for the next flight," the source said.

A source in the Aeroflot company told the agency that the whistleblower, who is accompanied by WikiLeaks representative, Sarah Harrison, has rented a suit at the airport’s «V-Express» Capsule Hotel.

“He arrived. But he can’t leave the terminal because he doesn’t have a Russian visa,” the source said.

Two cars with diplomatic license plates of Ecuador – the country named among Snowden’s possible destinations – were spotted at Sheremetyevo airport.

RT’s source reported a doctor from the Ecuadorian embassy in Moscow has examined Snowden on his arrival in the Russian capital.

Flag Karma_yeshe_dorje June 24, 2013 2:37 AM EDT

Oz won't do that.

Unable to resolve its concerns about a data retention regime, the committee declined to recommend it. It accepted that data retention would be of “significant utility” to national security agencies. However:

… a mandatory data retention regime raises fundamental privacy issues, and is arguably a significant extension of the power of the state over the citizen. No such regime should be enacted unless those privacy and civil liberties concerns are sufficiently addressed.”

Instead, the committee chose to lay out a possible limited scheme if a government decides to pursue one. The scheme would involve:

  • Telecommunications or meta-data data only (i.e. no content; where meta-data cannot be separated from content, it must be regarded as content and not retained)
  • No internet browsing data of any kind to be stored
  • All retained data to be encrypted
  • Data retained for a maximum of two years (no minimum was specified)
  • The (potentially significant) costs borne by government
  • Independent audits to check no content data is being stored
  • Agency access to be overseen by the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security and ombudsmen
  • Any legislation establishing a scheme be the subject of public consultation and oversight by JCIS as well, with annual report and triennial review requirements.

Coupled with a review to curb the number of entities that have access to meta-data (including, currently, organisations like the RSPCA), the data retention scheme outlined by the committee — but not recommended — would be highly limited, particularly given the limitation on internet browsing data, assuming any bill survived the process of scrutiny to which it would be subject

Flag Karma_yeshe_dorje June 24, 2013 8:52 AM EDT

How Yank officials quell constituent complaints.

A Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation deputy director warned a group of Maury County residents that unfounded complaints about water quality could be considered an “act of terrorism.”

“We take water quality very seriously. Very, very seriously,” said Sherwin Smith, deputy director of TDEC’s Division of Water Resources, according to audio recorded by attendees. “But you need to make sure that when you make water quality complaints you have a basis, because federally, if there’s no water quality issues, that can be considered under Homeland Security an act of terrorism.”

“Can you say that again, please?” an audience member can be heard asking on the audio.

Smith went on in the recording to repeat the claim almost verbatim.

Flag Karma_yeshe_dorje June 24, 2013 9:09 AM EDT

Another political refugee.

Ecuador's Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino is holding a press conference on former US National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden's asylum request.

Flag Karma_yeshe_dorje June 24, 2013 12:30 PM EDT

The Ecuadorian Foreign Minister read out the applicant's statement.

Manning has been subjected to cruel and inhuman treatment. The trial of Bradley Manning is taking place now and secret witnesses have been summoned to court and secret documents have been submitted.

The communication ends, Mr Snowden says: I think that because of the circumstances it is unlikely that I will have a fair trial or humane treatment before trial, and also I have the risk of life imprisonment or death.

Flag Karma_yeshe_dorje June 24, 2013 12:40 PM EDT

Ecuadorian Foreign Minister.

He stressed that the Ecuadorian government puts human rights above any other party’s interests. Patino also said it is “paradoxical” the person who revealed alleged rights violations is being persecuted.

“It should be asked, who betrayed whom,” Patino stressed as he questioned the correctness of calling Snowden’s leak a “treason.”

“Is this betraying the citizens of the world, or betraying some elites that are in power in a certain country?” the Minister asked.

The alleged US espionage plan would be violating the rights of “every citizen in the world,” Patino said, referring to Snowden’s claim that the US agencies are “intercepting the majority world’s communications.”

Flag Karma_yeshe_dorje June 24, 2013 2:04 PM EDT


"We are aware of where Mr. Snowden is. He's in a safe place, and his spirits are high," said Assange during a press call on Monday morning, confirming his legal team's role in helping the former intelligence contractor. Assange, however, refused to reveal Snowden's specific whereabouts, only adding that he's in a third country, on his way to Ecuador, where he requested asylum.

Flag teilhard June 24, 2013 9:30 PM EDT

(As if he NEEDED to do so) Julian Assange has now sealed HIS Fate with The U. S. Judicial System by actively aiding Ed Snowden ...

Jun 24, 2013 -- 2:04PM, Karma_yeshe_dorje wrote:


"We are aware of where Mr. Snowden is. He's in a safe place, and his spirits are high," said Assange during a press call on Monday morning, confirming his legal team's role in helping the former intelligence contractor. Assange, however, refused to reveal Snowden's specific whereabouts, only adding that he's in a third country, on his way to Ecuador, where he requested asylum.

Flag Karma_yeshe_dorje June 24, 2013 10:47 PM EDT

Dear teilhard:

Julian is not with the United States. And Edward is a hero!

A petition asking President Barack Obama to pardon admitted state secret leaker Edward Snowden has passed 100,000 signatures.

The petition posted on calls the former National Security Agency contractor a "national hero." It says he should immediately be pardoned for any crimes in "blowing the whistle" on classified government programs to collect phone records and online data.

Flag Karma_yeshe_dorje June 25, 2013 12:45 AM EDT


Obama’s assurances to Americans in the aftermath of the Edward Snowden revelations that “nobody is listening to your phone calls” have been shown to be patently false, while internet traffic has been captured on a global scale by US and UK agencies. Not merely was the scheme itself secret, but it was buttressed by secret legal opinions, a secret court, secret hearings and secret judicial decisions.

The result is that the only way accountability and transparency could be provided and debate instigated was via a whistleblower, not through normal channels.

Flag Karma_yeshe_dorje June 25, 2013 1:02 AM EDT

Historical precedent.

Full-time officers were posted to all major industrial plants (the extensiveness of any surveillance largely depended on how valuable a product was to the economy) and one tenant in every apartment building was designated as a watchdog reporting to an area representative of the Volkspolizei (Vopo). Spies reported every relative or friend who stayed the night at another's apartment. Tiny holes were drilled in apartment and hotel room walls through which Stasi agents filmed citizens with special video cameras. Schools, universities, and hospitals were extensively infiltrated.

Flag Karma_yeshe_dorje June 25, 2013 9:06 AM EDT

Pulitzer-winning journalist Chris Hedges.

What is new is that we as Americans essentially have no privacy left, no capacity to communicate without the eye of the government upon every form of communications that we make – that’s what’s new.

And that has nothing to do with terrorism, that has nothing to do with national security, that has to do with control of the population, as we see greater and greater effects - catastrophic effects - from climate change as the very fragile global economy again teeters on the brink of collapse, the security in surveillance state wants the capacity to shut down any form of dissent, and this mechanism of the wholesale surveillance gives them precisely that.

Flag Karma_yeshe_dorje June 25, 2013 9:19 AM EDT

Julian, on Edward's Ecuadorian refugee document.

“Snowden is not a traitor, he is not a spy he is a whistleblower who told the public the important truth,” Assange said.

He added that the investigation into WikiLeaks is “the biggest and most complicated investigation into journalists ever seen,” and the Obama administration “is attempting to make journalists criminally liable for what they report.”

Assange made particular reference to national security journalism in the US and voiced concerns that sources and whistleblowers have told him they are now too scared to speak out.

He also criticized the US Secretary of State John Kerry for what he said were “bullying” statements against Russia and China.

Assange called his comments “an attempt to intimidate any country, which upholds asylum law,” which should “not be tolerated”.

Flag Karma_yeshe_dorje June 25, 2013 12:03 PM EDT

Back to the Cold War.

Cisco Systems Inc. (CSCO) faces a backlash in China, where it generates about $2 billion in annual sales, after state-run media said the company poses a security threat and urged a shift toward domestic suppliers.

Flag Karma_yeshe_dorje June 25, 2013 12:12 PM EDT

Two Yank senators to spooktown central.

In our judgment, this inaccuracy is significant, as it portrays protections for Americans' privacy as being significantly stronger than they actually are.

Flag Karma_yeshe_dorje June 25, 2013 12:25 PM EDT

Yankistan stopped arresting journalists.

For similar reasons, the United States rose 15 places to 32nd, recovering a ranking more appropriate to the “country of the First Amendment.” Its previous year’s fall was due to the fact that the crackdown on the Occupy Wall Street movement did not spare reporters in the field.,1054...

Flag Dostojevsky June 26, 2013 6:41 AM EDT

He also criticized the US Secretary of State John Kerry for what he said were“bullying” statements against Russia and China."

John Kerry came down couple of notches,

now he is making 'request".

Flag Karma_yeshe_dorje June 27, 2013 6:51 AM EDT

John Pilger.

The power of truth-tellers like Bradley Manning, Assange, and Snowden is that they dispel a whole mythology carefully constructed by the corporate cinema, the corporate academy and the corporate media.

Flag Karma_yeshe_dorje June 27, 2013 9:45 AM EDT

Workers told to spy on each other!

The [Insider Threat] program could make it easier for the government stifle the flow of unclassified and potentially vital information to the public, while creating toxic work environments poisoned by unfounded suspicions and spurious investigations.

Flag Karma_yeshe_dorje June 27, 2013 10:05 PM EDT

Pommy spooks.

Unlike PRISM, Tempora taps the content of both phone calls and internet traffic, saving call content for three days and metadata for 30 days. The project is said to generate an avalanche of data: 21 million gigabytes per day, including 600 million phone calls.

Flag Karma_yeshe_dorje June 28, 2013 5:34 AM EDT

Chilling dissent.

As important as the revelations of Edward Snowden are, the bigger picture is the overwhelming drive by state power to pursue its own strategic designs, to promote the corporate and financial interests with which it is in league, and to protect itself from any threat from the general population to make government truly work for the public.

The independent journalist Jonathan Cook makes the same point (via Facebook, June 26, 2013) that this is the real significance of the recent shocking revelations about surveillance:

'I've been saying since the first Snowden revelations about the NSA that the goal of all this mass surveillance is not to foil terrorism; it's to prevent all challenges to, or efforts to hold accountable, the corporate elites who are plundering our communities and the planet to enrich themselves.'

Cook quotes from a Guardian article which reveals that a UK police unit called the National Domestic Extremism Unit is monitoring 9,000 political activists:

'In recent years the unit is known to have focused its resources on spying on environmental campaigners, particularly those engaged in direct action and civil disobedience to protest against climate change.'

Cook concludes:

'The tapping of our phone calls and internet activity is being used for exactly the same nefarious purposes: to ensure we remain either docile or intimidated as our political and financial elites grow ever more ostentatious in their depravity and corruption.'

Flag Karma_yeshe_dorje June 28, 2013 6:00 AM EDT

America is a criminal conspiracy.

The key question, as evf sees it, is whether “mass transfer” of personal data from to a foreign intelligence agency is legal under European law.  ”Many journalists have asked us in recent weeks if PRISM is legal from a EU perspective. We have looked at that a little closer. The result was – after consulting with legal experts – that it is very likely illegal under EU data protection laws, because of the corporate structure of the companies,” added Schrems.

Flag Karma_yeshe_dorje June 28, 2013 6:16 AM EDT

Yank military malware plagues the Internet.

The Times said Cartwright was one of the crucial players who had to break the news to Obama and vice-president Joe Biden that Stuxnet had escaped onto the internet.

An element of the program accidentally became public in the summer of 2010 because of a programming error that allowed it to escape Iran's Natanz plant and sent it out on the internet, the Times reported.

Flag Karma_yeshe_dorje June 28, 2013 6:42 AM EDT

Here is Rick Falkvinge, founder of the Swedish Pirate Party. This fascinating interview is well worth watching at the following URL. Yank spooks get first pick to rummage through your computer!

Flag Karma_yeshe_dorje June 28, 2013 8:01 AM EDT

Criminal government.

Assange released a statement to the Times, stating the Justice Department "and its accompanying FBI investigation are blinded by their zeal to get rid of publishers who speak truth to power." He added: "They believe US agencies can flout laws, coerce people into becoming informants, steal our property and detain our alleged sources without trial."

Flag Karma_yeshe_dorje June 28, 2013 12:49 PM EDT

More Yank censorship.

 The Army admitted Thursday to not only restricting access to The Guardian news website at the Presidio of Monterey, as reported in Thursday's Herald, but Armywide.

Presidio employees said the site had been blocked since The Guardian broke stories on data collection by the National Security Agency.

Flag Karma_yeshe_dorje June 28, 2013 1:19 PM EDT

Oz law.

The Senate spent only about an hour on the Public Interest Disclosure Bill, with its consequential amendments. Yet this legislation is the first to provide comprehensive whistleblower protections for Commonwealth public servants and contractors who reveal serious wrongdoing.

Flag Dostojevsky June 29, 2013 11:48 AM EDT

Jun 28, 2013 -- 1:19PM, Karma_yeshe_dorje wrote:

Oz law.

The Senate spent only about an hour on the Public Interest Disclosure Bill, with its consequential amendments. Yet this legislation is the first to provide comprehensive whistleblower protections for Commonwealth public servants and contractors who reveal serious wrongdoing.

Tha's one plus for Rudd just when i am oh so confused....

black is white and white is black from both sides.

Flag Karma_yeshe_dorje June 29, 2013 12:02 PM EDT


Here in bureaucrat city, I always found that observable fact was the opposite of policy!


Amid signs Quito was cooling with Snowden and irritated with Assange, Correa declared invalid a temporary travel document which could have helped extract Snowden from his reported location in Moscow.

Correa declared that the safe conduct pass issued by Ecuador's London consul – in collaboration with Assange – was unauthorised, after other Ecuadorean diplomats privately said the WikiLeaks founder could be perceived as "running the show".

Flag Karma_yeshe_dorje June 29, 2013 12:21 PM EDT

The Julian show.

ABC's "This Week" has landed an exclusive interview with Julian Assange, the WikiLeaks founder who has been helping NSA leaker Edward Snowden in his flight from U.S. authorities.

George Stephanopoulos will conduct the interview, which will air on Sunday morning's program.

Flag Karma_yeshe_dorje June 30, 2013 8:19 AM EDT

Yanks: the neighbours from Hell!

 According to a report in the German news magazine Der Spiegel, the US National Security Agency bugged institutions of the European Union. The magazine cited documents provided by whistle-blower Edward Snowden.

Spiegel reported in its Saturday online edition that the NSU used bugs, phone taps and cybermonitoring to obtain information from EU institutions in Washington, DC, New York and Brussels.

Flag teilhard June 30, 2013 2:33 PM EDT

WHAT a SHOCK ... !!!

Nations spy on each other ... ???

Who knew ... ???

Jun 30, 2013 -- 8:19AM, Karma_yeshe_dorje wrote:

Yanks: the neighbours from Hell!

 According to a report in the German news magazine Der Spiegel, the US National Security Agency bugged institutions of the European Union. The magazine cited documents provided by whistle-blower Edward Snowden.

Spiegel reported in its Saturday online edition that the NSU used bugs, phone taps and cybermonitoring to obtain information from EU institutions in Washington, DC, New York and Brussels.

Flag Dostojevsky July 1, 2013 6:34 AM EDT

"WHAT a SHOCK ... !!!

Nations spy on each other ... ???

Who knew ... ???'

You know what they say, with friends like that.....

Flag Karma_yeshe_dorje July 1, 2013 11:10 AM EDT

Yes, Dostojevsky:

Yankistan treats friends as enemies!

One document lists 38 embassies and missions, describing them as "targets". It details an extraordinary range of spying methods used against each target, from bugs implanted in electronic communications gear to taps into cables to the collection of transmissions with specialised antennae.

Along with traditional ideological adversaries and sensitive Middle Eastern countries, the list of targets includes the EU missions and the French, Italian and Greek embassies, as well as a number of other American allies, including Japan, Mexico, South Korea, India and Turkey.

Flag Karma_yeshe_dorje July 1, 2013 11:43 AM EDT

Subterfuge to prevent the Chagossians returning to Diego Garcia.

According to leaked diplomatic cables obtained by Wikileaks and released in 2010,[70] in a calculated move in 2009 to prevent re-settlement of the BIOT by native Chagossians, the UK proposed that the BIOT become a "marine reserve" with the aim of preventing the former inhabitants from returning to their lands. The summary of the diplomatic cable is as follows :

HMG would like to establish a “marine park” or “reserve” providing comprehensive environmental protection to the reefs and waters of the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT), a senior Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) official informed Polcouns on May 12. The official insisted that the establishment of a marine park -- the world’s largest -- would in no way impinge on USG use of the BIOT, including Diego Garcia, for military purposes. He agreed that the UK and U.S. should carefully negotiate the details of the marine reserve to assure that U.S. interests were safeguarded and the strategic value of BIOT was upheld. He said that the BIOT’s former inhabitants would find it difficult, if not impossible, to pursue their claim for resettlement on the islands if the entire Chagos Archipelago were a marine reserve.

Flag Karma_yeshe_dorje July 1, 2013 12:19 PM EDT

Julian defends the right to publish.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange warned the US that no matter what befalls Snowden NSA secrets will continue to be revealed to the public.

“There is no stopping the publishing process at this stage,” he told ABC News program 'This Week,' while holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.

"Great care has been taken to make sure Mr. Snowden cannot be pressured by any state to stop the publishing process," Assange added.

Flag Karma_yeshe_dorje July 1, 2013 3:10 PM EDT

Ecuador helps the ethically-impoverished United States.

Faced with several days of overt threats from the Obama Administration and top senators threatening to revoke a key US-Ecuador trade pact if they dare to grant asylum to Edward Snowden, the Ecuadoran government has told the US what they can do with their frozen broccoli and fresh cut flowers, and has cancelled the pact themselves.

President Rafael Correa said that his nation would not tolerate US blackmail and that the trade pact wasn’t worth the harm it would do to Ecuadoran sovereignty. With most of its neighbors getting free trade with the US, the loss of the pact may put Ecuador at an economic disadvantage.

But only really on the broccoli and the flowers. Though those are big exports to the US, they are dwarfed by Ecuador’s largest export, oil. And if Ecuador’s oil is no longer welcome in the US, that’s one commodity they can easily sell elsewhere.

And just in case there were any doubts of what Ecuador was telling the Obama Administration, the nation’s Communications Secretary, Fernando Alvarado, announced $23 million in Ecuadoran aid to the United States to provide “human rights training” to combat torture, illegal executions and “attacks on peoples’ privacy.”

Flag Karma_yeshe_dorje July 1, 2013 3:21 PM EDT

Shameless criminal Yankistan!

The bastards have something to hide and they are very worried it could come out. Their best hope is that there is no one with a conscience working in the secret services, but these days you can never be sure.

It is shocking, but it seems in this day and age, you just never know when someone will be gripped by an irresistible desire to do the right thing.

Flag Karma_yeshe_dorje July 1, 2013 4:14 PM EDT

Elmar Brok, chairman of the foreign affairs committee in the European Parliament.

The spying has reached dimensions that I didn't think were possible in a democratic country. Such behaviour among allies is intolerable. They have completely lost balance – George Orwell is nothing by comparison.

Flag Karma_yeshe_dorje July 1, 2013 4:39 PM EDT

German Green Party politician Malte Spitz.

When courts and judges negotiate secretly, when direct data transfers occur without limits, when huge data storage rather than targeted pursuit of individuals becomes the norm, all sense of proportionality and accountability is lost.

Flag Karma_yeshe_dorje July 2, 2013 12:28 AM EDT

Pervasive, chronic victimisation.

Today in Der Spiegel, the NSA’s surveillance activities in Germany were detailed, including the collection of 500 million “communications connections” inside the country monthly. Spiegel states explicitly that the information collected includes phone calls, digital messages such as email, and chat logs. [...]

The scale of the collection is exceptionally high in comparison to the German population: On January 7th, the NSA collected, according to Spiegel, “60 million communications connections.” Germany has roughly 80 million citizens.

Flag Karma_yeshe_dorje July 2, 2013 12:46 AM EDT


Another reason Americans will almost certainly do nothing about this outrage is that it’s not an outrage to them at all. We are blasé about the whole thing. We believe, to an alarming degree, that there’s nothing strange about some bureaucrat reading our email or listening to our phone calls; that this sort of thing has been happening for a long time; that it is in fact the nature of government to spy on its citizens.

Flag Karma_yeshe_dorje July 2, 2013 10:28 AM EDT

The revelation of the US secret service having allegedly spied against key European offices in Washington and New York now has the European Union threatening to drop the negotiations on a major free trade agreement with the United States.

Afsløringen af den amerikanske efterretningstjeneste angiveligt har spioneret mod centrale EU-kontorer i Washington og New York får nu EU til at true med at droppe forhandlingerne om en stor frihandelsaftale med USA.

Flag Karma_yeshe_dorje July 2, 2013 12:07 PM EDT

Leaving the back door open.

The National Security Agency (NSA) worked with Microsoft on the development of Windows 7, an agency official acknowledged yesterday during testimony before Congress.

Flag Karma_yeshe_dorje July 2, 2013 12:32 PM EDT

Yank spooks put a trapdoor in Swiss security gear.

For a company such as Crypto to rig an encryrption machine so that it hides the key in the encrypted text is like the manufacturer of an armored truck hiding a key to the strongbox in an out-of-sight spot under the hood. The driver, the guards and bank officials don't know about the key, so they assume their cash is safe. But robbers in league with the manufacturer can at any time lift the hood, snatch the key and help themselves to the loot.

Flag Karma_yeshe_dorje July 3, 2013 9:27 AM EDT

Diplomatic row after search for Snowden.

Bolivia accused Austria of an act of aggression and a violation of international law, and the country's UN Ambassador Sacha Llorenti Soliz, in New York told reporters in Geneva he had no doubt that the orders to divert Morales's plane came from the United States.

"We're talking about the president on an official trip after an official summit being kidnapped," said Mr Llorenti Soliz.

Flag Karma_yeshe_dorje July 3, 2013 6:44 PM EDT


The rerouting of the plane follows Correa’s revelation on Saturday that US vice-president Joe Biden asked Ecuador to turn down an asylum request from Snowden.

Flag Karma_yeshe_dorje July 3, 2013 6:53 PM EDT


The Secretary General of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) reported that regional bloc countries are preparing date and place to discuss the attack on the president of Bolivia, Evo Morales, who was banned from flying over or landing in several European countries.

Flag Karma_yeshe_dorje July 4, 2013 5:36 AM EDT

President Morales:

"I know that the empires have an espionage network and are against the so-called developing countries. And in particular, against those which are rich in natural resources," he added.

Flag Karma_yeshe_dorje July 4, 2013 8:06 AM EDT

MasterCard lifts its illegal blockade of WikiLeaks.

On April 24, 2013 WikiLeaks and DataCell won a lawsuit, which had been running for two years, against VALITOR for breach of contract and blockading WikiLeaks’ donations at the behest of VISA and MasterCard. The Icelandic Supreme Court ordered VALITOR to recommence processing donations to WikiLeaks.

VALITOR complied and reopened its payment gateway, but gave formal legal notice that it would terminate its contract and reclose the gateway on July 1, 2013, citing a unilateral termination clause in the contract.

VALITOR has now fully reversed its position and announces it will honor the contract with DataCell and process payments to WikiLeaks.

In a letter from VALITOR´s lawyers, VALITOR relates how it sought the opinions of MasterCard International and VISA on the proposed July 1 cut-off. In its response MasterCard made clear to VALITOR that it no longer desires to blockade WikiLeaks. VISA has not responded.

Donations by credit cards to WikiLeaks through are therefore fully re-instated as of Monday, July 1, 2013.

Flag Karma_yeshe_dorje July 4, 2013 8:28 AM EDT

Virtual Private Network.

Swedish payment service provider Payson received an email stating that VPN services are no longer allowed to accept Visa and MasterCard payments due to a recent policy change. ... The new policy went into effect on Monday, leaving customers with a two-day window to find a solution. While the email remains vague about why this drastic decision was taken, in a telephone call Payson confirmed that it was complying with an urgent requirement from Visa and MasterCard to stop accepting payments for VPN services. 'It means that U.S. companies are forcing non-American companies not to allow people to protest their privacy and be anonymous, and thus the NSA can spy even more.'

Flag Karma_yeshe_dorje July 4, 2013 11:35 AM EDT

European political fallout.

The European Parliament will vote on Thursday to adopt a resolution on measures against the U.S. government over the mass surveillance operation conducted by the National Security Agency.

In a plenary sitting in Strasbourg, numerous members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have called for the suspension of EU-U.S. trade talks, which are currently under way, until the picture surrounding the activities of the U.S.' intelligence activities becomes clearer.

Also on the cards is the suspension of crucial EU-U.S. agreements, such as the Terrorist Finance Tracking Programme (TFTP) and the Passenger Name Records (PNR), which could see flights suspended between the two continents.

Flag Karma_yeshe_dorje July 5, 2013 2:07 AM EDT

Le Monde.

An investigation by the French daily found that the DGSE, France's external intelligence agency, had spied on the French public's phone calls, emails and internet activity. The agency intercepted signals from computers and phones in France as well as between France and other countries, looking not so much at content but to create a map of "who is talking to whom", the paper said.

Le Monde said data from emails, text messages, phone records, accessing of Facebook and Twitter, and internet activity going through sites such as Google, Microsoft or Yahoo! was stocked for years on vast servers on three different floors in the basement of the DGSE headquarters.

The paper described the vast spying programme as secret, "outside any serious control" and illegal.

The metadata from phone and internet use was stocked in a "gigantic database" which could be consulted by six French intelligence and security agencies as well as the police.

Flag Karma_yeshe_dorje July 5, 2013 11:35 AM EDT

Four hundred and eighty three in favour, 98 against, and 65 abstentions.

The European Parliament voted in favor of a resolution that would back the Commission should it wish to suspend data sharing agreements with the U.S., such as the passenger name records system, in light of mass surveillance by the National Security Agency.

Flag Dostojevsky July 6, 2013 4:22 AM EDT

This is just amazing.

Wonder whether Snowden thought things would get this far.

If it was all about Islamic countries, they could cry 'terrorism'---

they still might.

Flag Karma_yeshe_dorje July 6, 2013 8:30 AM EDT

Hi Dostojevsky:

I don't see a great deal happening so far.

I have just watched We Steal Secrets. See my review in the Entertainment forum. I think this explores the characters involved.

Flag Karma_yeshe_dorje July 6, 2013 11:05 AM EDT

Another Yank policy flop!

After some days with an increasing number of rebuffs, it is now reported that Edward Snowden is being offered asylum by Venezuela and Nicaragua. It appears that the bizarre incident with Evo Morales' plane may have in fact had precisely the opposite effect to what the US administration was hoping for by provoking Latin American nations.

Flag Karma_yeshe_dorje July 6, 2013 1:20 PM EDT

Yank journalism is in the freezer!

At one level, this is all downright hilarious. But at another level, it isn't because it potentially intensifies a larger chilling effect on investigative journalism that is happening throughout the media.

Flag Karma_yeshe_dorje July 7, 2013 2:37 AM EDT

He deserves a Nobel!

State Duma deputy Alexander Sidyakin (United Russia party) believes that Russia should not extradite Edward Snowden who he thinks deserves the Nobel peace prize.

"I join the opinion that we by no means should expel him. I think Snowden is a great pacifist. This man has done no less to get the Nobel peace prize than U.S. President Barack Obama," Sidyakin said at a Monday roundtable at the Public Chamber on the situation involving former employee of the CIA Edward Snowden.

In Sidyakin's opinion, Snowden's role in modern world history of IT technologies and communications, "the victory of common sense over the military doctrine of our American colleagues deserves such a decision."

A member of the presidential Council for Human Rights Kirill Kabanov thinks that Snowden "tried to save the world."

"His motives were not material; his differences were not differences with the ideology of the United States. He defended his own constitution, the defended democracy in the United States," Kabanov said.

Flag Karma_yeshe_dorje July 7, 2013 12:26 PM EDT

Leaking democracy.

Ever since the Guardian started publishing its stories, the administration and Congress have been forced into an accountability corner. They've had to reveal even more about the surveillance programs, and we’re finally getting some transparency that the government has been steadfastly blocking for years. This is demonstrable proof that leaks are often vital to democracy and an informed public.

Flag Karma_yeshe_dorje July 7, 2013 2:21 PM EDT

Bradley is 16/1 for the Nobel Peace Prize. Edward is 80/1.

Flag Karma_yeshe_dorje July 11, 2013 3:42 AM EDT

Poms bugged Ecuadorian embassy.

Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño has confirmed a sophisticated listening device was found inside the office of then Ecuadorian ambassador to the United Kingdom, Ana Alban, two days before the Foreign Minister visited the embassy to meet with Mr Assange on June 16.

Mr Patiño added that the Ecuadorian authorities "have reason to believe that the bugging was being carried out by the company, the Surveillance Group Limited, ... one of the biggest private investigation and undercover surveillance companies in the United Kingdom."

Flag Karma_yeshe_dorje July 11, 2013 2:42 PM EDT


WikiLeaks’ major sponsor said that donations to the company surged to $1,285 a day, or about three times the rate before Snowden’s emergence, after the group offered financial support to the NSA whistleblower, according to Bloomberg.

Flag Dostojevsky July 12, 2013 10:14 AM EDT

Karma, does this mean we also are spied on from our own suburbs?

"Fugitive US National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden has revealed the extent of some of Australia’s participation in the giant surveillance programme that allegedly monitors internet as well as voice and SMS data worldwide.

PRISM slides provided to Brazilian news organisation O Globo by Glenn Greenwald, the Guardian journalist who broke the story of global surveillance, point to four Australian signals intelligence bases and the Waihopai facility taking part in the XKEYSCORE categorising and processing system.

According to Fairfax, the US-Australian Joint Defence Facility at Pine Gap, Alice Springs contribute to the XKEYSCORE system, along with the Darwin Shoal Bay Receiving Station, the Australian Defence Satellite Communications Facility at Geraldton and the HMAS Harman naval comms station outside Canberra."

Flag Karma_yeshe_dorje July 12, 2013 11:00 AM EDT

Dear Dostojevsky:

This evening I visited a late-night chemist. And I was surprised to not be challenged by a security guard. Then I saw him wandering back to the door, carrying a mug of hot drink!

Some years ago, a neighbour tried unsuccessfully to harass me. And a police officer told me that he had watched relevant shopping centre video recording--and I had done nothing wrong!

I have shot with security personnel. They said that watching TV monitors, was a boring job!

Here in Canberra, we have a new gigantic spook-hall. Its backup generator fuel tanks, were reported as being so vast as to constitute a fire risk to the surrounding community!

And long ago, I was told that a main telephony hub here, served as a monitoring station.

I have known socially, experts on security. But that isn't directly my field of interest.

Flag Karma_yeshe_dorje July 12, 2013 11:17 AM EDT

Greens Senator Scott Ludlam is questioning this.

Australian telecommunications giant Telstra has for a decade been storing huge volumes of electronic communications carried between Asia and America for surveillance by U.S. intelligence agencies. This includes not just the metadata, but the actual content of emails, online messages and phone calls. With the blessing of the Australian government Telstra agreed to route data through a 'U.S. point of contact through a secure storage facility on U.S. soil that was staffed exclusively by U.S. citizens.' The contract was prompted by Telstra's decision to expand its business in Asia by taking control of hundreds of kilometers of undersea telecommunications cables.

Flag Karma_yeshe_dorje July 12, 2013 11:48 AM EDT

Without the leaks, how would we find out about those crimes against children?

Pope Francis overhauled the laws that govern the Vatican City State on Thursday, criminalizing leaks of Vatican information

Flag Karma_yeshe_dorje July 18, 2013 4:39 AM EDT

The Fifth Estate.

A look at the relationship between WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and his early supporter and eventual colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg, and how the website's growth and influence led to an irreparable rift between the two friends.

Flag Dostojevsky July 18, 2013 8:43 AM EDT

Jul 18, 2013 -- 4:39AM, Karma_yeshe_dorje wrote:

The Fifth Estate.

A look at the relationship between WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and his early supporter and eventual colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg, and how the website's growth and influence led to an irreparable rift between the two friends.

Karma, is that the photo of Julian and Daniel?

 I had to laugh at the change; washed up scrubbed upSmile

Flag Karma_yeshe_dorje July 18, 2013 8:55 AM EDT

G'day Dostojevsky:

No, they're actors in a new movie being finished-up. Watch the trailer at the following URL.

Flag Karma_yeshe_dorje July 20, 2013 11:12 AM EDT

Julian addressed a Sydney electronic art convention.

The internet has been transformed into a militarily occupied state. When all of our private communications, the inner core of our life, communications between boyfriends and girlfriends, husbands and wives, sons and daughters, between business partners even between bureaucracies and states — all those communications are swept up, hoovered up into a vast collection apparatus, indexed and stored for all time and available only to a select few.

When that happens, we are in the situation that we [as good as] have a tank on the street, where we have a soldier under our bed listening to everything that we say.

Flag Karma_yeshe_dorje July 31, 2013 7:57 AM EDT

Authorities hate free speech.

Hard-line Saudi clerics have raised repeated objections to social media, including one prominent Islamic scholar describing Twitter as a path to hell.

Flag Karma_yeshe_dorje August 1, 2013 5:34 AM EDT

I thought wonton was a Chinese dumpling.

Manning was, however, found guilty of “wanton publication”.

Wanton publication” is a charge invented purely for this case by the US government.

Flag teilhard August 1, 2013 11:05 PM EDT

He purloined and *dumped* Documents RECKLESSLY ...

Aug 1, 2013 -- 5:34AM, Karma_yeshe_dorje wrote:

I thought wonton was a Chinese dumpling.

Manning was, however, found guilty of “wanton publication”.

Wanton publication” is a charge invented purely for this case by the US government.

Flag Karma_yeshe_dorje August 2, 2013 3:26 AM EDT

Public interest disclosures.

A public interest disclosure (PID) is a disclosure about suspected wrongdoing in the public sector.

Allegations about wrongdoing in the public sector, by public sector workers and members of the public, help to uncover corruption and other misuses of public resources.

Flag Dostojevsky August 2, 2013 10:10 AM EDT

Karma, I know we have Ombudsman in every city,

is this a new branch within the office of Om.?

Sunday 10.30 abc Meet the Press, Assange interview might like to watch;)

Flag Karma_yeshe_dorje August 3, 2013 2:29 AM EDT

Yes, Dostojevsky:

I cited the Queensland Ombudsman. I've used the services of their ACT equivalent.

Thanks for the TV schedule tip.

Flag Karma_yeshe_dorje August 3, 2013 9:36 AM EDT

The next movie about our hero, will screen in Oz on 7 November.

A dramatic thriller based on real events, THE FIFTH ESTATE reveals the quest to expose the deceptions and corruptions of power that turned an Internet upstart into the 21st century's most fiercely debated organization.

Flag Karma_yeshe_dorje August 4, 2013 3:58 AM EDT

At the following URL are an interview report and video clip. Julian is unkind to Canberra!

Flag Karma_yeshe_dorje August 4, 2013 4:21 AM EDT

At the following URL, Canberrans vent wrath at Julian's dismissal of this city!

Flag Karma_yeshe_dorje August 5, 2013 4:19 AM EDT

At the following URL is a video interview. Julian reflects on Bradley's sentencing.

Flag Karma_yeshe_dorje August 7, 2013 10:48 AM EDT

Historic spook surveillance video.

Flag Karma_yeshe_dorje August 8, 2013 8:16 AM EDT

Julian's party has a chance of a senator.

A poll published by The Monthly website in June conducted by Melbourne-based Roy Morgan Research found 21 percent of voters would consider voting for Assange’s party, with support greater among women (23 percent to 20). The poll was based on a telephone survey of 546 voters on June 4 — 6.

Flag Dostojevsky August 8, 2013 10:10 AM EDT

That is huge:)

He is not in SA.

Flag Karma_yeshe_dorje August 13, 2013 2:03 PM EDT

What Aussie spooks want.

Intelligence and law enforcement agencies recently expressed support for proposals to force internet service providers to store all data for up to two years.

Flag Dostojevsky August 14, 2013 5:05 AM EDT

Karma, where do we find names of politicians and their main

pro and con re social issues, law etc.

On Insight last night, Jenny could not get one politician to come and debate

against gay marriage.

Like it or not, many people would vote on that issue. 

Flag Karma_yeshe_dorje August 14, 2013 9:32 AM EDT

The following site has a test, that I recommend you take.

While the Rudd leadership is too new to assess, a tougher stand than his predecessor on immigration issues nudges his party closer to the Liberals on the social scale. On the other hand, we've also considered his declared acceptance of gay marriage. The Liberals, however, remain more socially conservative, putting them on a level peg with their rural twin. The National Party's ambivalent position on rural subsidies places them a tad further to the left or — perhaps more accurately -a tad further from the right.

Liberal leader, Tony Abbott, reflects the social values of his conservative strain of Catholicism, while party colleague Malcolm Turnbull's more socially liberal position will appeal to many younger economically conservative voters.

Pauline Hansen, true to form, wraps reactionary social policies with right wing economics together as naturally as fish and chips.

The Democrats, with their principled concerns for civil liberties and social justice, sit in a more moderate position.

It's lonely out there for the rest. Katter's Australian is an interesting mix of deeply conservative social views, with more than a whiff of old Labor's economics — particularly concerning protectionism and asset sales.

The Greens also offer some of Labor's discarded economic baggage, along with by far the the most socially liberal policies.

Flag Karma_yeshe_dorje August 30, 2013 6:47 AM EDT
The referenced article refers to a PDF of e-mail exchanges. These show that Julian autocratically favoured far-right parties. The manner in which he expressed that, alienated his far-left supporters!

A damning internal email trail from inside the WikiLeaks Party has revealed that Ecuadorian Embassy recluse Julian Assange was intimately involved in the Senate preference debacle that led to the party’s implosion.

Flag Karma_yeshe_dorje September 8, 2013 5:49 AM EDT
Julian's party flops!

With about two-thirds of Senate first preferences counted, the party picked up 0.62% of the national vote.

Its best showing was in Victoria, where Assange was the lead candidate for the Senate and where it garnered 1.18% of the primary vote.

In New South Wales it picked up 0.8% and in Western Australia 0.71%.

But none of these numbers were good enough to get its candidates elected.

Flag Karma_yeshe_dorje November 13, 2013 6:42 AM EST
I'm watching an interview of Julian. He explains that Yankistan has complete surveillance over South America's leadership!
Flag rangerken November 13, 2013 10:22 AM EST

Nov 13, 2013 -- 6:42AM, Karma_yeshe_dorje wrote:

I'm watching an interview of Julian. He explains that Yankistan has complete surveillance over South America's leadership!

I sincerely hope that any and all conversations had by any and all South American leaders are examined someplace in our intelligence community as they happen.

We should, of course, vehemently deny this,


Flag Karma_yeshe_dorje November 13, 2013 10:54 PM EST

Your country is of course characterised by peeping-tom liars!
Flag Karma_yeshe_dorje November 16, 2013 5:49 AM EST
I just watched The Fifth Estate. Concentrate on the destruction of character. Whereas the plot is mostly US propaganda!
Flag Karma_yeshe_dorje November 16, 2013 9:55 AM EST
I just watched Julian's Riposte: Mediastan. Although long-winded, it is definitely worth viewing, and interesting throughout. Its thesis is that the rich and powerful readily shut up any message embarrassing to them!
Flag Dostojevsky November 16, 2013 11:01 AM EST

Karma, was Fifth Estate on telly?

Can not download the rutube for some reason.

Have you seen Wikileaks release of files?


Flag Karma_yeshe_dorje November 16, 2013 11:17 AM EST
No, Dostojevsky:

The Fifth Estate is screening now in cinemas in Australia. Look up your local movie guide.

The Mediastan link here works fine! Just click it.

for some reason

This is too vague! Specifically what feedback (response) do you see? Visit the Beliefnet knowledgebase for technical support.

Flag Karma_yeshe_dorje November 16, 2013 11:27 AM EST

Event Cinemas Marion
10:30, 13:20, 16:00, 18:45, 21:25
Mitcham - Wallis Cinemas
10:20, 16:00, 18:40, 21:00
Palace Nova Eastend Cinemas
13:20, 16:00, 18:30, 21:00

Flag Dostojevsky November 17, 2013 8:34 AM EST


Just shows I am not movie theatre person.

Flag Karma_yeshe_dorje November 17, 2013 8:40 AM EST

I thought you were housebound in a nursing home!
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