Sunday, February 7, 2016(6 comments)
"I'd bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding" -- Trump at debates
Trump in November said he does not care if torture doesn't work, because "they deserve it anyway." On Saturday, he continued in the same vein. "I'll tell you what, in the Middle East, we have people chopping the heads off Christians. We have people chopping the heads off many other people. We have things that we have never seen before. I'd bring back waterboarding and I'd bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding."
Sunday, October 18, 2015(16 comments)
"I would have stopped 9/11" says Trump. He's "pathetic" and "an actor," retorts Jeb Bush
The spat between two leading GOP candidates has sunk to a new low, as Donald Trump and Jeb Bush spent the entire weekend throwing barbs at each other, with Bush forced to defend his family honor over 9/11. The feud heated up on Friday, when Trump appeared to imply that George W. Bush was at least partly at fault for the 2001 attacks that brought down the World Trade Center, as they happened on his watch.
Sunday, September 13, 2015 Ellsberg: Israel's persecution of nuke whistleblower Vanunu a relic of British colonialism
After 18 years in prison, the man who exposed Israel's nuclear weapons program to the world, Mordechai Vanunu, remains restricted under obsolete principles contradicting the UN Charter on Human Rights. Daniel Ellsberg stressed that Israel must recognize, for its own good, what Vanunu did was right and come clean about the existence of its nuclear weapons program.
Tuesday, June 16, 2015(5 comments)
"I have to work a lot harder" in Russia than at NSA -- Edward Snowden
Snowden addressed the ethics of whistleblowing, reminding his audience that he never published a single document himself, but always worked alongside journalists. The involvement of reporters also allowed the employment of a system of checks and balances while making the revelations, he said.
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 Chelsea Manning rewrites the Espionage Act
Former intelligence analyst Manning has drafted a 31-page bill to re-establish protections for freedom of speech and the press that have been challenged by the Justice Department. The bill would amend sections of the Freedom of Information Act, the Uniform Code of Military Justice, the Espionage Act, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, Federal Disclosure Rules for Journalists.
Monday, April 13, 2015 RT premieres "Terminal F" Snowden documentary in Russia
Two award-winning journalists have shed light on the story of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden's journey to Hong Kong and Moscow, when his revelations on US government surveillance shook the world, in a new documentary presented in Moscow by RT.
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 Female Palestinian MP snatched by IDF, held without charge for 6 months
Khalida Jarrar, 52, is a senior political leader of the left-wing Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), a faction of the Palestine Liberation Organization. She was seized by a squad of some 50 IDF troops in the middle of the night last week, as they stormed into her house in Ramallah.
Friday, March 13, 2015(3 comments)
"Most significant break between Germany and US since WWII"
The Germans for the first time in 70 years now are sort of coming out of adolescence into adulthood and are willing to stand up to the US and say: "Look, our interests are not the same as yours. We don't want a war in Central Europe, and we're going to prevent it!" That translates into intelligence cooperation, as well.
Sunday, March 1, 2015 Venezuela imposes mandatory visas for all US citizens, bans for Bush & Cheney
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced a new mandatory visa requirement for all Americans visiting the country. The leader also called to review and downsize the number of US embassy staff in Caracas. Also, George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Republican Congress members Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Robert Menendez, and Marco Rubio will be denied visas into the country. He labeled Bush and Cheney as "terrorists."
Tuesday, December 30, 2014(7 comments)
Florida congressman barred from seeing classified sections of 9/11 inquiry - report
A request by US Rep. Alan Grayson to access a portion of a 2002 congressional report on the Sept 11, 2001 attacks was denied by the House Intelligence Committee based on political reasons. Grayson's request pertains to 28 pages of Congress' Joint Inquiry that were ordered to be redacted by then-President George W. Bush.
Sunday, November 23, 2014(4 comments)
Western sanctions are aimed at regime change in Russia -- Lavrov
If the US pursues leadership not out of a false perception that it has a God-given burden to take responsibility for everybody, but by developing the skill to form a consensus, Moscow would be the first to back Washington. But now Washington is bullying other nations into toeing their line, and few dare to object publicly out of fear of reprisal, while complaining in private.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014(1 comments)
Putin: "US wants to subdue Russia, but no one did or ever will"
The US has no plans to humiliate Russia, but instead wants to subdue it, Russian President Vladimir Putin has said, adding that no one had ever succeeded in doing so -- and never will. The Russian leader said that history was not about to change, and that no one would manage to suppress the country.
Thursday, November 6, 2014(2 comments)
"Anonymous to wake up US citizens"
Are we being snooped on, are we being eavesdropped on? Of course we are. Is it against our constitution? Yes, it is against our constitution. But there are ways to encipher your communications and there are ways used by highly technical people like Anonymous to defeat surveillance or to counter-surveil and cause mischief.
Monday, October 27, 2014 FBI reportedly raids home of "Second Snowden"
In "Citizen Four," a documentary about the Snowden saga currently being screened at select theaters in the US, Greenwald and fellow Intercept journalist Jeremy Scahill acknowledge that a new source has provided the reporters with information in the wake of the NSA leaks.
Saturday, September 13, 2014(3 comments)
NSA denies whistleblower Snowden "raised concerns" in emails
In response to a Freedom of Information request, the NSA denies that its former NSA contractor-turned whistleblower Edward Snowden ever raised concerns in emails to colleagues to his colleagues over the agency's surveillance work.
Thursday, August 7, 2014(1 comments)
Obama authorizes airstrikes in Iraq "to protect US personnel"
President Obama announced on Thursday that he has authorized the use of airstrikes in Iraq if they are necessary to protect American personnel. He also stated that humanitarian air drops have been made to help besieged religious minorities in the country.
Sunday, August 3, 2014(2 comments)
Israel wiretapped Kerry's calls during peace talks
Israeli agents were eavesdropping on US Secretary of State John Kerry as he was mediating last year's futile Middle East peace talks, German magazine Der Spiegel has revealed. The German magazine said the revelations could hurt already tense US-Israeli relations amid the ongoing offensive in the Gaza Strip.
Saturday, August 2, 2014(4 comments)
"Here are the missiles!" US Congress passes emergency funding for Israel's Iron Dome
Congress overwhelmingly approved an emergency measure on Friday to grant $225 million in additional revenue to Israel for the country's Iron Dome missile defense system. The package will put nearly a quarter of a billion dollars towards Israel's missile defense system, which is jointly built by US defense giant Raytheon.
Sunday, July 20, 2014(9 comments)
Malaysia MH17 crash: 10 questions Russia wants Ukraine to answer
Russia's Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov has criticized Western countries for jumping to conclusions just "24 hours after the crash" while there is no evidence. Antonov said, "It seems to me that this is part of information warfare which has been started against the Russian Federation and armed forces."
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 Palestinians subjected to apartheid treatment
The world is watching in horror as Israel is conducting the latest stage in its seemingly endless and relentless campaign of extermination aimed at the population of the Gaza strip. The majority of the mainstream media across the globe, in contrast, appears willfully unaware of the actual circumstances on the ground and publicly supports Israel's "right to defend itself."
Monday, July 14, 2014 Thousands of civilians flee Gaza, Palestinian death toll surpasses 160
Over the past 24 hours, UNRWA has opened a number of its schools as emergency shelters for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), the organization said on its website. Five shelters have been open in Gaza since 8 a.m. local time, and 2,000 people have already sought refuge.
Thursday, June 26, 2014(6 comments)
Assange lawyers demand end to arrest warrant, release of evidence
Julian Assange's lawyers are demanding Swedish prosecutors reveal texts from the woman in the "rape" scandal, currently hanging over the WikiLeaks founder. Changes in the law allow this and the defense team is appealing to cancel the arrest warrant.
Monday, June 23, 2014(1 comments)
Russell Brand "Con-Dems" MSM blackout of 50,000-strong anti-austerity march
Brand, best known for his work as an actor, comedian, television personality and self-effacing Messiah, has become a high-profile poster boy for the disaffected with his anti-system rants and calls for revolution. When asked if he still wanted a revolution to take place, Brand, who has predicted a "peaceful, effortless, joyful revolution," said, "Yes."
Sunday, June 22, 2014(7 comments)
Mass graves filled with remains of immigrants discovered in Texas
Anthropologists uncovered a series of mass graves filled with the human remains of immigrants stuffed into shopping and garbage bags in a county-owned section of a cemetery in South Texas. In those plots, they found the remains of multiple people instead of just one. Now, a local politician is calling for an inquiry.
Thursday, June 19, 2014 2 Russian journalists killed in Ukraine military shelling
Kiev's army shelling near Lugansk, eastern Ukraine, took the lives of two Russian journalists -- Igor Kornelyuk and Anton Voloshin, who were filming refugees leaving the scene when a shell hit amidst their small group.
Sunday, June 8, 2014 Flight MH370 families start fund to uncover truth about vanished jet
Not satisfied with the lack of progress being made on locating Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, relatives of passengers are planning to launch a $5 million fundraising campaign aimed at triggering another investigation. The campaign has been dubbed "Reward MH370: The Search for the Truth," and will officially launch on Monday through the crowd-funding website Indiegogo.
Saturday, May 31, 2014(1 comments)
Snowden's latest interview corroborates good intentions, says attorney
Current and former NSA officials have blasted Snowden for supposedly failing to take his complaints to his supervisors and instead leak so much information to the press. The US government published documents one day after Snowden's interview with NBC, though, indicating that the former contractor did, in fact, communicate some of his concerns to NSA bosses.
Thursday, May 22, 2014(12 comments)
"World moving away from American financial hegemony"
With the China-Russia deal conducted outside the dollar system we see the beginning of the de-dollarization and de-Americanization of the world, former assistant Secretary of the Treasury Paul Craig Roberts told RT.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014(3 comments)
WikiLeaks ignores "deaths" warning, threatens to name NSA-targeted country
When Greenwald defended his decision to publish the names of four countries where telephony metadata is collected by the NSA but withhold a fifth where content is recorded as well, WikiLeaks said it could be interpreted as meaning that the unknown country doesn't deserve to know they're being surveilled. Greenwald said The Intercept was "very convinced" it could lead to deaths. Later, WikiLeaks equated this as racism.
Tuesday, May 13, 2014(2 comments)
Russia should ignore Washington's "new Cold War"
Washington wants a Cold War; they need it. They've been defeated in Afghanistan, they were blocked from attacking Syria and Iran, so they've got to keep the military-security complex funded, because that's where an important part of their campaign contributions comes from.
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 Putin calls for end to Kiev's military op, postponing referendum in E. Ukraine
President Vladimir Putin also said that Russia has withdrawn its troops from the Ukrainian border.
"We have been told that our troops on the Ukrainian border are a concern -- we have withdrawn them. They are now not on Ukrainian territory, but at locations where they conduct regular drills at ranges," he said.
Friday, May 2, 2014(2 comments)
Supreme Court refuses to stop indefinite detention of Americans under NDAA
The United States Supreme Court this week effectively ended all efforts to overturn a controversial 2012 law that grants the government the power to indefinitely detain American citizens without due process. The high court said it won't weigh in on a challenge filed by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges and a bevy of co-plaintiffs against US President Barack Obama.
Thursday, May 1, 2014 BP pipeline sprays "oily mist" over 33 acres of Alaskan tundra
Alaska state officials confirmed Wednesday that an oily mist sprung from a compromised oil pipeline and sprayed into the wind without stopping for at least two hours, covering 33 acres of the frozen snow field in the oil well's vicinity. The cause is still under investigation, according to the Associated Press, but officials know that the mist was made up of a mixture of gas, crude oil, and water.
Saturday, April 19, 2014(2 comments)
"Letter to Jews" which Kerry cited, appears to be fake
Following the four-side meeting on the Ukrainian crisis in Geneva on Wednesday, John Kerry lashed out at a letter that was allegedly sent to Jewish citizens in Ukraine's eastern town of Donetsk, asking them to register and report all their property, or be stripped of citizenship and face expulsion. The US appears to be relying on information from Kiev, while ignoring alternative points of view.
Thursday, April 17, 2014(3 comments)
Snowden asks Putin LIVE: Does Russia intercept millions of citizens' data?
President Vladimir Putin, after he was asked a surprise question by whistleblower Edward Snowden at his Q&A session, adding "our surveillance activities are strictly controlled by the law."President Vladimir Putin, after he was asked a surprise question by whistleblower Edward Snowden at his Q&A session, added "our surveillance activities are strictly controlled by the law."
Tuesday, April 8, 2014(2 comments)
Nuke talks collapsing as US opposes Iran's pick for UN envoy
Washington and Tehran are again at odds after the United States Senate voted this week to ban the Iranian diplomat nominated to serve as his country's ambassador to the United Nations from entering the US. The Republican-controlled House is expected to soon vote in favor of the ban as well, but the effort is being considered largely a symbolic one since only the White House is authorized to approve such sanctions.
Sunday, April 6, 2014 Metadata monitoring more intrusive than eavesdropping, Snowden and Greenwald warn
Whistleblower Edward Snowden and journalist Glenn Greenwald joined forces via video link at an Amnesty International event in the US to speak to a packed hotel ballroom about the dangers of government metadata collection. Both stated that governmental collection of metadata--that is, monitoring timings of calls, to whom calls were made, and how long they lasted--is much more intrusive than listening in on calls directly.
Saturday, April 5, 2014 Relax and do some yoga, Moscow tells sanctions-waving US leaders
The public part of the sanctions, which include travel bans and foreign assets freezes, targets Russian politicians and businessmen, who the US considers part of President Putin's inner circle. So far, sanctions have only managed to provoke sarcastic requests from Russian politicians, not included in the US blacklist, to add them as well.
Sunday, March 30, 2014(2 comments)
Obama announces overhaul of NSA metadata collection
The Obama administration is set to release a new proposal that would change the way the National Security Agency accesses consumers' phone data. Changes would include no longer allowing the NSA to store phone call "metadata," and would require the agency to access the data from phone company servers instead.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 Snowden at SXSW: "The Constitution was being violated on a massive scale"
Snowden -- speaking in front of a green screen digitally altered to display Article 1 of the US Constitution -- said he would "absolutely" disclose documents all over again, even though his actions thus far have branded him a fugitive and traitor by many. "I took an oath to support and defend the Constitution and I saw that the Constitution was being violated on a massive scale," he said.
Sunday, March 9, 2014 Ron Paul on Liz Wahl's claim: What RT reported was exactly what I said
Former US Congressman Ron Paul responds to allegations voiced by the channel's ex-host Liz Wahl that RT censored his interview, in which he criticized foreign intervention in Ukraine. "I thought was very fair. I listened to the replay of the whole thing," Paul said on his official online channel on March 6. "I didn't think it was slanted in any way. I thought what they reported was exactly what I said," he added.
Saturday, March 1, 2014(2 comments)
Limit surveillance to "terrorist communication," says outgoing NSA boss
Alexander's testimony seemed to indicate that the scenario the administration is taking most seriously is leaving the trove metadata with the phone company, with the NSA only forcing the company to handover information about numbers thought to be involved in a web of terrorism.
Thursday, February 27, 2014 New Mexico nuclear plant workers exposed to radiation
Positive results for radiation exposure were found in 13 workers following a leak at the United States' first underground nuclear waste repository near Carlsbad, New Mexico. Nuclear Waste Partnership spokesman Donavan Mager said the number of people exposed to radiation could not be confirmed due to the privacy rule under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 Good advice, wrong address: Russia responds to Susan Rice "no tanks to Ukraine" warning
Russia sees merit in the advice against use of force in Ukraine which US National Security Adviser Susan Rice voiced, but believes it was wrongly directed towards Moscow. Washington would be a more appropriate recipient of the piece of wisdom. Washington justifies its interventions on humanitarian reasons and the obligation to depose repressive governments.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014(1 comments)
Sen Rand Paul sues President Obama over NSA call surveillance
US Senator Rand Paul has filed a class-action lawsuit against the Obama administration and the National Security Agency seeking to halt the NSA's vast data-surveillance program. The suit challenges the constitutionality of the NSA program that collects metadata on US citizens' phone calls.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014(4 comments)
"The day we fight back": 6,000 websites protest surveillance, honor Aaron Swartz
More than 6,000 websites, including Reddit, Tumblr, Mozilla, are taking part in an online protest against government surveillance. The action marks two years since website blackouts against SOPA and PIPA and commemorates Aaron Swartz's death. Civil liberties advocates are now pushing for Congress to reform the anti-hacking law the government used to pursue Swartz.
Saturday, February 8, 2014 The Snowden Files: How to turn another hero into a villain
From newspapers to TV, internet, radio, and magazines and books, media in the West is becoming a commodity no different to sausages or killer drones, bought and sold for profit to the highest bidder, and he who pays the piper calls the tune. There is eventually no wriggle room left for criticism of the power elite these media barons are part of. The same criminal elite, perhaps, that Edward Snowden is blowing the whistle on?
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 "Assange won’t come": Swedish MPs urge end to whistleblower case
Swedish MPs are calling on the prosecutors in the Julian Assange sexual assault case to travel to London and question the WikiLeaks founder at the Ecuadorian embassy, where he has been taking refuge since June 2012. The operation to monitor the embassy in order to apprehend Assange should he emerge from it reportedly costs British taxpayers 6 million pounds a year.
Tuesday, February 4, 2014(1 comments)
Toxic carcinogens from tar sands oil production underestimated - report
Production of crude oil in western Canada emits more harmful carcinogens into the environment than official estimates let on. The Keystone XL pipeline would move tar sands oil from Alberta through the US to Texas. A new study by the University of Toronto-Scarborough reported that Canadian officials may have underestimated emissions of harmful carcinogens known as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)from Alberta tar sands.
Monday, February 3, 2014(2 comments)
WikiLeaks, Greenwald blast Guardian journalist's book on "FSB prisoner" Snowden
WikiLeaks has excoriated a new book by Guardian foreign correspondent Luke Harding, who claims former NSA contractor Edward Snowden is being kept hostage by the Russian security agency, the FSB. Harding says from the very start of Snowden's stay in Russia the former CIA employee has been surrounded by "minders" from the FSB, with even his trusted lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, being an FSB-handpicked "person of the system."
Sunday, February 2, 2014(1 comments)
Israeli security minister slams Kerry over boycott threat, warns IDF may invade Gaza
Kerry is hoping to create a framework for the establishment of a lasting peace between Israel and Palestine by the end of 2014. Martin Indyk, the State Department's lead envoy to the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, told Jewish leaders that the new framework will address controversial issues such as the settlements and Palestinian statehood.