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  • When it is Feinstein being Spied on, Suddenly she Squawks
    • Two observations: (1), pure speculation: Is Sen Feinstein's sudden indignation and alarm merely a function of her being spied on by the CIA, or is it a response to what may be anger and a potential revolt by her own staff at being attacked by the CIA?; (2), the Panetta Review should be published widely; it is the Pentagon Papers of today.

  • The Cheapening of American Politics: Why did Obama reward O'Reilly with an Interview?
    • note last evenings broadcast of "Sherlock" for a comparable figure to Murdoch with his blackmailing of political figures in Britain; and also J. Edgar Hoover

  • Former Iranian President Slams Syria for Gassing own People: Sign of deep Divisions in Tehran
    • Editing and selection in foreign policy decision making is paramount.
      It might be useful to be reminded that while this is the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, it is also the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Missle Crisis. What was both remarkable at a critical juncture during the crisis, and a valuable opportunity and resource to turn off the then imminent threat of nuclear war, was Nikita Krushchev's sending two - contradictory - messages to Kennedy: one threatening war, the other calling for restraint and peace. While JC may correctly point to the internal divisions within the current Iranian power structure, more to the point is that what we may be seeing -in the divergent recent statements by Rouhani, coupled with Rafsanjani's critique of Syria and the use of chemical weapons, and Ali Khamenei's UN representative (Khazaei) - is a potential opportunity to select which of the divergent messages to respond to. Obama's failure has been his narrowly tactical vision of what diplpmacy is and entails. If he were to reach out to Iran - as did Krushchev - and embrace diplomacy over war threats and military strikes, he could strengthen the hand of Iranian "moderates"; he could undercut the hawks in the US and elsewhere bent on attack and imperial dominance. The recent British undercutting of a ready bought-and-paid-for US attack coalition, and a political delay by Obama to entangle the Congress in his project, may be just the opportunity for Obama to forge a different, potentially more robust and peaceful path that that advanced by his advisors and the military. He just might create a game changer scenario that would recast the global political terrain, enable efforts for peace and reconsiliation, provide room for maneuver domestically, and justify his too early awarding of the Nobel Prize for Peace.

  • Who you Call is Far more Revealing than what you Say: Landau on Gov't Spying (Democracy Now!)
    • Recently I looked for pants at an online shopping website. A short while later I was looking at a Hungarian website and there was an add for the very pants company I had previously looked at. Which is to say that most of the discussion we hear about "data mining" and "metadata" has been off the mark and misses the real point. Data mining and metadata are marketing tools that use "network analysis" to build up a picture of what a buyer's interests, desires, and behaviors are. By aggregating not only the many - many - sites, books, journals, newpapers, articles we go to, read, and listen to in any day; and by linking these to who we contact by pnone, email, etc., all these allow a point by point picture or 3 dimensional scupture to be constructed of what any individual thinks and acts on - we can easily see who that person is. The surveilance state - the panopticon - is now able to create profiles of potentially "dangerous". We are being "profiled", and sadly we are readily acquiescing in that project.

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