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NSA Data Mining has Nothing to do with Terrorism

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Electronic Frontier Foundation: NSA’s Vast Surveillance Powers Extend Far Beyond Counterterrorism, Despite Misleading Government Claims“:Time and again we’ve seen the National Security Agency (NSA) defend its vast surveillance apparatus by invoking the spectre of terrorism, discussing its spying powers as a method to keep America safe.  Yet, the truth is that counterterrorism is only a fraction of their far broader authority to seek ‘foreign intelligence information,’ a menacing sounding term that actually encapsulates all sorts of innocuous, everyday conversation. The New York Times demonstrated this disconnect last week, reporting, ‘the [leaked NSA] documents make clear, the focus on counterterrorism is a misleadingly narrow sales pitch for an agency with an almost unlimited agenda. Its scale and aggressiveness are breathtaking.’ … ”

images (1)Huffington Post, Nov 1, 2013:America as Economic Spy: NSA’s Mission Is Self-Aggrandizement, Not Fighting Terrorism“: “Back in June, Gen. Keith Alexander claimed that NSA’s bulk collection of call records and internet activity disrupted 54 ‘terror plots.’ In October, the Senate Judiciary Committee got Alexander to admit that this claim was wrong and misleading.Sens. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Mark Udall (D-CO) said the NSA dragnet call data program ‘played little or no role‘ in these 54 cases. It’s not just the lies about this spying having foiled terror plots. NSA conducts surveillance that could not conceivably have anything to do with fighting terrorists.”

Huffington Post, Oct 23, 2013: The NSA’s Big Terrorism Claim Doesn’t Hold Up,”
Panorama.am: “NSA practices cannot be excused as ‘fighting terrorism‘”: “The NSA has attacked key European institutions such as the EU parliament and banking system, using malware to find out all there is to know about other countries in a power game … “
TruthDig: “NSA Spying: It’s About the Money, Honey“: “European Union Commissioner for Justice Viviane Reding says the NSA surveillance of top allies has nothing to do with terrorism, and may instead be an effort to seek advantages for American corporations. … “
CNN (blog):Does the NSA thwart terrorist attacks?” [Re Keith Alexander’s lies to congress concerning the number of terrorist attacks averted by NSA data mining].

NSA Spying has Nothing to do with Terrorism, Greenwald tells Amanpour

“Is Angela Merkel a terrorist? Are sixty or seventy million Spanish or French citizens terrorists? Are there terrorists at Petrobras?” he asked rhetorically. “This is clearly about political power and economic espionage, and the claim that this is all about terrorism is seen around the world as what it is, which is pure deceit.”

By Mick Krever, CNN

October 28, 2013

nsa-damage-controlSpying by America’s National Security Agency does not have “anything to do with terrorism,” Glenn Greenwald, the activist journalist who broke the story, told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Monday.

The latest revelations of American spying involve the alleged taping of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s personal mobile phone and that the U.S. gathered data about 60 million Spanish phone calls in a single month, which comes after similar reports from France. …

“It is not true that every country intercepts the personal communications of their democratically elected allies,” Greenwald told Amanpour, referring to the oft-repeated criticism put forward by true believers that “everyone does it.”

“And it’s definitely not the case that every country mass, bulk collects the communications of millions of innocent people in virtually every country in the world. It’s something that the world didn’t know, and now they do know, and that’s the reason why U.S. officials are so angry,” he said. “Not because it damaged national security but because it damages their reputation and credibility around the world.”

Greenwald also rebuffed the criticism that he is recklessly putting people’s lives in danger by revealing America’s spying tactics.

He said that Snowden had asked him to be “very scrutinizing and judicious,” and that he had only made public about 200 or 250 documents out of a total of “many, many, many thousands.”

“Ever since 9/11, British and American officials have screamed terrorism over and over and over every time they get caught doing bad things they shouldn’t do,” Greenwald said. “Every terrorist who’s capable of tying their own shoes has long known that the U.S. government and the U.K. government are trying to monitor their communications in every way that they can.”

“What we revealed is that the spying system is largely devoted not to terrorists but is directed at innocent people around the world.” …

“As a journalist, my question is not ‘How can I best help the U.S. government,” he told Amanpour. “My question is, ‘How do I best inform people around the world of the things they should know.’”

Far too many journalists, he said, are willing to leave their reporting at “’American officials told me yesterday.’” …

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http://amanpour.blogs.cnn.com/2013/10/28/nsa-spying-has-nothing-to-do-with-terrorism-greenwald-tells-amanpour/

 

“In the absence of any alternatives and under the influence of the powerful government propaganda machine, Russian society is sliding dangerously toward fascism, with all of its classic features: state-sponsored violence, xenophobic hysteria and an authoritarian regime.”

November 6, 2013

As I watched neo-Nazis shouting fascist slogans at the annual Russian March in Moscow on Monday, I was reminded of when I was attacked by nationalist extremists during a recent political protest supporting a leftist political agenda. I was suddenly surrounded by 15 people in masks who appeared out of nowhere and shouted “Death to the red plague!” and “White power!” before attacking us. An all-out brawl ensued. Some fell to the pavement, while others ran off. I remember pandemonium, fear and confusion. Although we were outnumbered, we managed to nab one assailant. His friends quickly disappeared into the crowd.

When we tried to hand him over to the police, the officers turned away and refused to write up a report. A few minutes later, a black Volga pulled up bearing two men in suits and dark glasses in the front seat. They claimed to be journalists and suggested we release the man.

The close relationship that intelligence agencies and the police maintain with the far right has never been a secret in Russia. Those ties have always been considered something unpleasant, even a little embarrassing, but nothing dangerous. That is, until now.

download (3)Russian authorities responded to the street protests in 2011-2012 by stepping up repression. They filed criminal charges against several prominent activists and opposition leaders. Officials sent Pussy Riot members off to labor camps and then arrested almost 30 organizers and participants of the May 6. 2012, mass street rally against President Vladimir Putin. The victims of that crackdown included Left Front leader Sergei Udaltsov and well-known anti-fascist Alexei Gaskarov. The authorities imposed a ban on the Left Front organization and brought repressive measures to bear against other groups that oppose nationalism and xenophobia, paralyzing their activities.

Two weeks ago, a crowd of people chanting racist slogans rioted in Biryulyovo, one of the poorest districts in Moscow. They were protesting the alleged murder of a Russian man by a migrant from Azerbaijan. The family of the deceased warned of the danger of exploiting their son’s death to fuel anti-migrant sentiments. Their primary complaint was directed against the  corruption of local authorities. Yet the police not only permitted far-right activists to wage their riot, but blithely looked on as the mob ransacked a street market run by migrants. In the end, the police released most of the few rioters they had detained.

This is no different than the latter era of tsarist Russia 100 years ago when the police provoked ethnic pogroms and then used the results for their own propaganda purposes. Today, the state-controlled media depicts how the police have cracked down on illegal migrants. The authorities first stoke the public’s xenophobic fears and then exploit them by rallying the people around the image of a powerful Kremlin that can protect them from the migrants with the help of repression and force.

The problem is that this type of propaganda comes at a very high price. The level of xenophobia and intolerance has risen significantly. Seven years ago, only 14 percent of the population supported the annual Russian March by nationalist extremists. Now, a recent Levada poll indicates that the figure has grown to 40 percent.

In the absence of any alternatives and under the influence of the powerful government propaganda machine, Russian society is sliding dangerously toward fascism, with all of its classic features: state-sponsored violence, xenophobic hysteria and an authoritarian regime.

To halt Russia’s downward spiral, the ruling class must stop using repression as a means of persuasion and those forces within Russian society that naturally resist nationalism and dictatorship must shake off their paralysis, resist and join the protests.

Alexei Sakhnin, a political activist from the Left Front movement, is living in exile in Sweden.

http://www.themoscowtimes.com/opinion/article/downfall-toward-fascism/489100.html#ixzz2kSXXQ5t7 
The Moscow Times

A Koch brothers company is piling huge mounds of toxic petcoke—the black, dusty remnants of tar sands oil—along the Calumet River. Chicagoans (obviously) want it out of there.

November 4, 2013

(This article was originally published by Midwest Energy News.)

Community activists on Chicago’s Southeast Side are always on the lookout for signs of new pollution, dumping, or other threats to the environment and quality of life in this heavily industrialized swath of the city. In recent years community opposition helped torpedo proposals for a coal gasification plant, a police shooting range, and new landfills. So members of the Southeast Environmental Task Force were highly disturbed earlier this year when, on a boat trip to check out other potential pollution sources, they saw towering mounds of fine, jet-black material lining the banks of the Calumet River.

Coal, crushed limestone, slag from steel mills, and other bulk materials have long been stored along the river, shipped in and out on barges. But these piles, they suspected, were petroleum coke, or “petcoke,” the byproduct of refining heavy tar sands oil.

In July piles of petcoke made bi-national headlines as dark clouds swirled over the Detroit River by the Ambassador Bridge leading to Canada. That petcoke was from the Marathon Detroit Oil refinery, which has expanded to process tar sands oil. In August, Southeast Chicago residents saw similar clouds themselves. One local resident posted a photo on Facebook after an August 30 wind storm, showing a billowing thick black haze.

The pile rises about five stories high, while more black grit fills barges moored in the river.

As in Detroit, the Chicago piles are part of the business empire of the Koch brothers, earning the nickname “PetKoch.” KCBX, an affiliate of Koch Carbon which is a subsidiary of Koch Industries, owns large parcels of land along the Calumet River. An industry website says the commodities handled at KCBX are typically 80 percent coal and 20 percent petcoke.

In response to questions about the amount and origin of petcoke on their site, Koch Companies Public Sector LLC spokesman Paul Baltzer said, “KCBX Terminals Co. has been handling various bulk products, including pet coke, in Chicago for more than 20 years.”

In December 2012, KCBX expanded its presence along the river with the purchase of the Chicago Fuels Terminal formerly owned by DTE Energy. Between KCBX’s parcels is a terminal owned by the long-time family company Beemsterboer Slag Corp., whose officials did not return calls to Midwest Energy News.

Altogether, about a mile and a half of the Calumet River shoreline holds big black piles. On Beemsterboer’s land, next to an old General Mills grain elevator, the pile rises about five stories high, while more black grit fills barges moored in the river.

Locals say the amount of petcoke has skyrocketed as BP Whiting’s refinery just across the border in Indiana nears completion of a $3.8 billion upgrade to process more tar sands oil. Still in the works is the refinery’s new coker, which will be the second largest in the world and process 102,000 barrels of oil per day, creating petcoke as the tar sands are heated to 900 degrees F.

“It’s growing by leaps and bounds,” said Southeast Environmental Task Force member Tom Shepherd, gazing at the piles from the 106th Street bridge on a recent afternoon. “It’s coming at a breathtaking rate.”

Chicago-petcoke-pileThe Natural Resources Defense Council (which publishes OnEarth) is investigatingpermits for the KCBX and Beemsterboer facilities and the origin of the material on the sites, said Meleah Geertsma, an attorney in the NRDC’s climate and clean air program. She said the facilities would be subject to permitting requirements related to fugitive dust and to any run-off into the river, but stricter state and federal requirements specifically for such piles are needed. “In the past state permits have been written very vaguely to leave a whole lot of discretion up to the company, to essentially make them unenforceable,” she said. “They’re saying things like ‘apply water as needed’–instead of apply water four times a day.”

Baltzer said that “KCBX employees are committed to regulatory compliance and managing operations in a manner that protects the health and safety of employees, the community, and the environment.” He added that at the former DTE Energy site, KCBX “is in the final stages of constructing more than $10 million in upgrades, including state-of-the-art dust suppression capabilities.”

Petcoke looks similar to coal but is considered more environmentally noxious, since it has significantly higher carbon content and blows off piles more easily. “Petcoke tends to have higher metal content than coal–like nickel, vanadium and selenium,” added Geertsma. “Coal can have higher mercury content, so they’re both bad in terms of toxic heavy metals content.”

A 2013 study by the group Price of Oil calls petcoke “coal hiding in the tar sands,” and said that the increasing availability of petcoke—which can be burned like coal but is cheaper—helps dirty coal-fired plants stay open. The report says that in 2011, U.S. refineries produced 61.5 million tons of petcoke, enough to fire 50 coal plants for a year. It also says that Canadian exports of petcoke to the U.S. more than doubled between 2010 and 2012, and BP Whiting’s expansion will triple its petcoke production to 6,000 tons per day.

Detroit’s Marathon refinery wasn’t producing petcoke before its expansion, according to the report, but now produces 1,720 tons per day while the Phillips 66 refineryin Wood River, Illinois, is increasing its petcoke output from 1,300 to 5,700 tons per day.

After Mayor Dave Bing ordered the Detroit petcoke piles gone and Michigan legislators introduced bills, the Detroit piles were reportedly moved to Ohio. The New York Times revealed that some petcoke from Detroit is being shipped to power plants in Nova Scotia in what it called “something resembling a bottle return program”—since the tar sands came from Canada. According to the Timesone of the world’s largest dealers of petcoke is the Oxbow Corporation, owned by William Koch.

Ultimately much petcoke is exported to Latin America and Asia for power plants or highly-polluting cement kilns. Petcoke can also power gasification plants–the coal gasification plant proposed in Chicago would have been powered partially by petcoke and located on the same Beemsterboer land where piles are now rising.

Environmental Law and Policy Center executive director Howard Learner said that while he could not comment on the specific piles on the Southeast Side, he sees itinerant petcoke as a major problem. The ELPC is mulling legal options regarding the Southeast Side piles.

“You have companies buying petcoke to burn in facilities that are highly polluting, desperately searching for places to pile up their petcoke toxic material, hoping communities either don’t notice or are willing to put up with the mess,” Learner said. “No one would want this in their community.”

Southeast Environmental Task Force members have been in touch with the Illinois Attorney General’s office and have taken elected officials on tours of the site. Shepherd said that after the August 30 wind storm, the task force got calls from both Beemsterboer and KCBX asking to meet with the group. He said several group members did meet with KCBX officials, but they were frustrated that the company officials did not allow them to bring an attorney and the group members felt they didn’t get much detailed or meaningful information.

At the task force office recently, Shepherd leafed through a blue binder full of color photos of dust clouds, black piles, and black grit accumulated in streets and parking lots–the result, he thinks, of rain washing petcoke off the piles. On an aerial map of the area, another group member pointed out unused parcels along the river–including a former limestone crushing operation–and worried they could be taken over for petcoke storage.

Environmental advocates say the Environmental Protection Agency and state regulators need to develop specific policies for petcoke, as more and more refineries process tar sands. If the Keystone XL pipeline is built, Gulf Coast refineries will also increasingly process tar sands and hence produce millions of tons of petcoke that must be stored.

Citizens and advocates are also calling on companies to be more transparent about the amount and origin of petcoke. Since the Koch companies are privately held, Geertsma noted, it is extremely difficult to get information about their operations.

“We’re really concerned about what’s going on in our backyard on the Southeast Side, but this is also an issue throughout the Great Lakes and across the nation,” said NRDC spokesman Josh Mogerman. “It’s going to become a bigger and bigger problem, and it’s not going away.”

http://www.onearth.org/articles/2013/10/toxic-petcoke-makes-its-way-from-canadas-tar-sands-to-chicago-south-side

November 10, 2013

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Repeatedly chanting “kick him out!”, demonstrators gathered outside the Queens home of reputed Nazi war criminal Jakiw Palij on Sunday. Palij worked as an armed guard at an SS slave labor camp for Jews in Nazi-occupied Poland during World War II and helped keep prisoners from escaping, according to court documents. He has denied the accusations.

As 1010 WINS’ Roger Stern reported, Palij has been stripped of his U.S. citizenship, but the government has been unable to deport him.

State Assemblyman Dov Hikind, D-Brooklyn, told a group of protesters Sunday that more must be done to get Palij out of the country.

“He is responsible for the murder of at least 6,000 Jews at a notorious Nazi camp,” Hikind said. “He lives in our community. That is unacceptable.”

Hikind said Palij entered the United States by telling immigration officials he was a farmer.

“We found out that was a lie — that he worked at a concentration camp, that he participated in mass murder,” Hikind told Stern. “We’ve tried to get rid of him. Nobody wants to take him. We’ve got to do everything in the world to make sure that justice happens.”

The demonstration was timed to coincide with the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht, which marked the beginning of the Nazi extermination of six million Jews.

One of Palij’s neighbors said the protesters are going too far.

“They need to leave the man alone,” a woman said. “They don’t know him. They weren’t there when this happened. Yes, it was a terrible tragedy, but they need to teach their children to make sure it never happens again.”

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2013/11/10/protesters-call-for-ouster-of-reputed-nazi-war-criminal-living-in-queens/