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Citizen Snowden


Dave Emory’s entire life­time of work is avail­able on a flash drive that can be obtained here. [2] (The flash drive includes the anti-fascist books avail­able on this site.)

COMMENT: As information emerges concerning Edward J. Snowden, the apparent leaker in the NSA/PRISM story [3], a number of points of information stand out:

The New York Times; 6/11/2013; p. A13. [23]

EXCERPT: . . . . It is not clear how Mr. Snowden managed to extract the secret documents, and the portrait of his transformation from a trusted National Security Agency contractor to a leaker is still impressionistic.

Last year, he donated money to the campaign of Ron Paul the libertarian -leaning Republican presidential candidate who was long critical of government’s growing reach. . . .

“How the U.S. Uses Technology to Mine More Data More Quickly” by James Risen and Eric Lichtblau; The New York Times; 6/8/2013. [14]

EXCERPT: When American analysts hunting terrorists sought new ways to comb through the troves of phone records, e-mails and other data piling up as digital communications exploded over the past decade, they turned to Silicon Valley computer experts who had developed complex equations to thwart Russian mobsters intent on credit card fraud.

The partnership between the intelligence community and Palantir Technologies, a Palo Alto, Calif., company founded by a group of inventors from PayPal, is just one of many that the National Security Agency and other agencies have forged as they have rushed to unlock the secrets of “Big Data.” . . . .

“C.I.A. to Get First Woman in No. 2 Job” by Scott Shane; The New York Times; 6/12/2013. [9]

EXCERPT: The C.I.A.’s deputy direc­tor, Michael J. Morell, is retir­ing after 33 years at the agency and will be replaced by Avril D. Haines, the top lawyer at the National Secu­rity Coun­cil, the C.I.A.’s direc­tor, John O. Bren­nan, announced Wednes­day.

The switch will put a woman in one of the agency’s top two jobs for the first time. Ms. Haines is an unusual choice because she is not an intel­li­gence pro­fes­sional, though in her two years at the White House she has been deeply involved in intel­li­gence pro­grams and got to know Mr. Bren­nan when he was Pres­i­dent Obama’s coun­tert­er­ror­ism adviser.

In April, the pres­i­dent had nom­i­nated Ms. Haines to become the legal adviser at the State Depart­ment, a job in which she would also have been the first woman. But with Mr. Morell’s depar­ture, he evi­dently decided to shift her to the C.I.A. post.

The agency’s deputy direc­tor is not sub­ject to Sen­ate confirmation.

Mr. Morell, 54, is leav­ing vol­un­tar­ily, offi­cials said, after a full career that has included two recent stints as act­ing direc­tor of the spy agency, first after the depar­ture of Leon E. Panetta in 2011 and then after the res­ig­na­tion of David H. Petraeus last year over a sex scan­dal. . . .

. . . . Mr. Morell, a career intel­li­gence ana­lyst and for­mer pres­i­den­tial briefer, pre­vi­ously over­saw the agency’s ana­lytic efforts, which are sep­a­rate from the clan­des­tine ser­vice that sends spies over­seas. He is viewed as a com­pe­tent and well-liked man­ager who has rarely made waves with the pub­lic, though in recent months he drew atten­tion for his role in help­ing to draft the administration’s dis­puted “talk­ing points” on the lethal attack in Sep­tem­ber on the Amer­i­can diplo­matic com­pound in Beng­hazi, Libya.

In a state­ment, Mr. Morell recalled that he was at Pres­i­dent George W. Bush’s side as his intel­li­gence briefer when Al Qaeda struck on Sept. 11, 2001, and with Mr. Obama dur­ing the 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden. . . .

“Republican IRS Agent Says Cincinnati Began ‘Tea Party’ Inquiries” by David Morgan and Kim Dixon [Reuters]; Yahoo News; 6/9/2013. [19]

EXCERPT: A U.S. Internal Revenue Service manager, who described himself as a conservative Republican, told congressional investigators that he and a local colleague decided to give conservative groups the extra scrutiny that has prompted weeks of political controversy.

In an official interview transcript released on Sunday by Democratic Representative Elijah Cummings, the manager said he and an underling set aside “Tea Party” and “patriot” groups that had applied for tax-exempt status because the organizations appeared to pose a new precedent that could affect future IRS filings.

Cummings, top Democrat on the House of Representatives Oversight and Government Reform Committee conducting the probe, told CNN’s “State of the Union” program that the manager’s comments provided evidence that politics was not behind IRS actions that have fueled a month-long furor in Washington.

“He is a conservative Republican working for the IRS. I think this interview and these statements go a long way toward showing that the White House was not involved in this,” Cummings told CNN’s “State of the Union” program. . . .