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Domestic security is getting pretty complicated, what with miliarized police operations, cameras documenting events that were previously unaccessible, "non-lethal" weapons that aren't really, and a really extensive internal security system. Marcy Wheeler and digby discuss these issues. Marcy summarizes the current understanding of who and how American citizens are being surveilled. Digby has been on the taser front from the beginning.
Crime rates are way down. Incarceration rates are an embarrassment, pointlessly ruining the lives of millions of Americans. Police departments are more diverse, especially in urban centers. A consensus against the drug war seems to be growing--but the Feds and the local asset seizure programs don't want to acknowledge that consensus.
Understanding US public policy, both domestic and foreign, is impossible without considering the role of intelligence operations, government, contracted to government and private. The roles of domestic surveillance, foreign infilitration, and exploits directed at US assets are not reported in traditional media unless the breaches are yawning.
Marcy Wheeler is on this beat, and reports upon it at emptywheel.net. We discuss espionage and its role in contemporary policy making.
from Wiki: 'Human Intelligence (frequently abbreviated HUMINT) is intelligence gathered by means of interpersonal contact, as opposed to the more technical intelligence gathering disciplines such as signals intelligence (SIGINT), imagery intelligence (IMINT) and measurement and signature intelligence (MASINT).'
Four days of mayhem in a Mitch McConnell led Senate. Commentary from Joan McCarter, Marcy Wheeler, politcal satire from Culture of Truth. Jay Ackroyd moderates. Follow @emptywheel @JoanMcCarter @JayAckroyd @Bobblespeak
The 2015 Virtually Speaking Media Panel: Andrew Jerrell Jones, Avedon Carol, Cliff Schecter, David Dayen, Dave Johnson, David Waldman, digby, Gaius Publius, Joan McCarter, Marcy Wheeler, RJ Eskow, Stuart Zechman Alternates: Isaiah Poole, Susan Madrak, Sara Robinson, Spocko, Charles Lenchner
USA Freedom Act: passed by relative landslide this week in GOP House, awaiting Senate action, reportedly ends direct state bulk collection of phone records revealed (again) by Snowden, forces telecoms into bulk collection role
Second Circuit Appeals court ruled this month that the Patriot Act did not, in fact, authorize the massive vacuuming up of people's communication data undertaken by U.S. spy agencies, despite ubiquitous, off-record claims to the contrary by "the intelligence community"
Court records can give the public some idea as to how the telecom oligopolies are responding to both of these events, indications being that a likely scenario is the largely unabated supply of communications information to the government
On May 31st of this year, Section 215 of the Patriot Act --used to support claims that nationwide, communications dragnet collection is authorized by law-- is expiring
Cyberwar-- NSA's dual responsibility of defending US networks and acquiring offensive capability for exploits like Stuxnet.
Commentary from Marcy Wheeler, Stuart Zechman and Jay Ackroyd. Political satire from Culture of Truth.
The 2015 Virtually Speaking Media Panel: Andrew Jerrell Jones, Avedon Carol, Cliff Schecter, David Dayen, Dave Johnson, David Waldman, digby, Gaius Publius, Joan McCarter, Marcy Wheeler, RJ Eskow, Stuart Zechman. Alternates: Susan Madrak, Sara Robinson, Spocko, Charles Lenchner
Marcy Wheeler, one of America's premiere investigative journalists focusing on civil liberties, the military/intelligence and other national security issues is the author of the definitive book on the Scooter Libby trial: Anatomy of Deceipt. On EmptyWheel, she routinely breaks news on the intelligence and surveillance topics, and is very influential on these beats in the national press
Patrick Eddington is a former CIA officer, and former intelligence staffer to Rush Holt (D-NJ). His memoir Long Strange Journey covers his time as an intelligence officer.
We'll discuss the intelligence community's nature and effectiveness, with a particular focus on Congressional oversight of the intelligence services.
Bengazi, Obamnesty (Immigration). Dems going forward. Political satirist Culture of Truth on the Sunday morning talk shows. Gaius Publius, Marcy Wheeler Jay Ackroyd moderates. Links
John Cassidy summarizes Obama's immigration speech
LA TImes on the GOP positions
Benghazi report - rumor mill
Chris Mooney on the jet stream theory for buffalo.
Gaius reports from Washington DC
The 2014 Virtually Speaking Media Panel: Andrew Jerrell Jones, Avedon Carol, Cliff Schecter, David Dayen, Dave Johnson, David Waldman, digby, Gaius Publius, Joan McCarter, Marcy Wheeler, RJ Eskow, Stuart Zechman
The role of intelligence in U.S. domestic and foreign policy, a conversation beween investigative journalist Marcy Wheeler and Jay Ackroyd. One of a series of conversations about surveilllance, national security, NSA, CIA, and Congressional oversight.
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Balance of powers: SCOTUS restricting executive power and Congress refusing to act. Are GOP seats really so safe that letting everything go to hell is a viable strategy? From Dept of Nat'l Security: CIA and NSA update. Joan McCarter & Marcy Wheeler plus Culture of Truth. Jay Ackroyd too. Follow @emptywheel @JoanMcCarter @Bobblespeak @JayAckroyd
The 2014 Virtually Speaking Media Panel: Avedon Carol, Cliff Schecter, David Dayen, Dave Johnson, David Waldman, digby, Gaius Publius, Joan McCarter, Marcy Wheeler, RJ Eskow, Stuart Zechman
1. Email scandals - what's important here?
2. Iran, Bibi & the Israeli elections.
3. Selma, Cops and Ferguson. The prosecutorial mentality in the U.S.
Marcy Wheeler & David Dayen & Jay Ackroyd offer a counter point to the Sunday morning talk shows. Plus political satire from Culture of Truth.
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The VS Media Panel: Avedon Carol, Cliff Schecter, Dave Dayen, Dave Johnson, Dave Waldman, Digby, Gaius Publius, Joan McCarter, Marcy Wheeler & Stuart Zechman.
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