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James R MacLean

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  • Snowden: Federal Spying makes us Less Secure
    • James R MacLean 10/14/2013 at 11:54 am

      Harm to US economy: a major source of US export revenue is digital services, including outsourced database management and cloud storage. The initial reaction of the Brazilian government (entirely understandable, mind you) was to insist that, hereafter, all Brazilian data would be stored on computers physically located in Brazil.

      Other forms of harm: telecom & information technology (TCIT) innovation has been practically the only globally competitive sector of the civilian US economy. That is definitely not going to be the case in the future.

      RE: "...I know of no one who has had relationships and associations limited, unless, of course, they were with terrorists who would do the US harm."

      Just because you don't know of anyone doesn't mean they don't exist.

      Please see the following story in _Forbes_:

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      Also, please consider the following: in the vast majority of cases where people acquire this sort of power, they have all manner of incentives to link whistleblowers (to corruption, ethics violations, violations of international law in regards to friendly powers) to terrorists.

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      In the above-linked case, the FBI evidently was seeking to revive COINTELPRO-style activities by blackmailing an American-born US citizen (whose parents are from Iran and who is a peace activist). They put him of the no-fly list and insisted he become an informant on anti-war groups (he has no links to jihadist groups).

      As you may be aware, COINTELPRO was highly secret when it was in force thirty years ago. People who were aware of it were routinely accused of being insane conspiracy theorists if they complained in public.

  • Obama Plays Hardball and Egypt's Morsi Folds
    • Minor detail: Gama'a al-Islamiyah formed a party in 2011, the Building and Development Party (Hizb al-Benaa wa al-Tanmiyah‎). This has 10 seats in the People's Assembly, or one twelfth of the total number of seats held by the Islamist Bloc (AKA the Salafists). The other member parties are Hizb al-Nour (111 seats) and Hizb al-Asala (3 seats).

      So the Islamist Bloc is >> Gama'a al-Islamiyah.

      The relationship between organizations like MB and Gama'a al-Islamiyah (OTOH) and their respective parties (OTO) is also complicated. In general, the parties are far more cohesive than the associations with which they are affiliated.

      Interesting topic for further thought: comparison of MB-FJP-Morsi relationship in Egypt with Nahdlatul Ulama-PKB-Gus Dur relationship in Indonesia.

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