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Citizen Snowden


Dave Emory’s entire life­time of work is avail­able on a flash dri­ve that can be obtained here. [1] (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 [2], a num­ber of points of infor­ma­tion stand out:

The New York Times; 6/11/2013; p. A13. [21]

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. [12]

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. [7]

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. [17]

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. . . .