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Governors Get Together

February 24, 2014 by  
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Governors Get Together (via Repost Video News)

The nation’s Governors with President Obama at the White House to discuss a “Year of Action”.

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Washington calls for ‘technocratic’ govt in Ukraine

February 24, 2014 by  
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Washington calls for ‘technocratic’ govt in Ukraine (via AFP)

The United States Monday stopped short of fully endorsing Ukraine’s interim leader Oleksandr Turchynov as its legitimate ruler, but called for a technocratic government in Kiev to promote early elections. White House spokesman Jay Carney noted that…

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White House counters attacks on free trade deals

February 20, 2014 by  
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White House counters attacks on free trade deals (via AFP)

The White House moved Tuesday to fend off liberal criticism of its efforts to seal two new giant free trade pacts, saying the deals would benefit US workers and protect the environment. Under attack from its core liberal support base over the Trans-…

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Report undermines US Iran sanctions push

February 20, 2014 by  
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Report undermines US Iran sanctions push (via AFP)

A new non-partisan report by top foreign policy experts largely backs White House warnings that imposing new sanctions on Iran could seriously complicate, if not derail, hopes of a final nuclear deal with Tehran. The study by the Iran Project assesses…

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Report undermines US Iran sanctions push

February 18, 2014 by  
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Report undermines US Iran sanctions push (via AFP)

A new non-partisan report by top foreign policy experts largely backs White House warnings that imposing new sanctions on Iran could seriously complicate, if not derail, hopes of a final nuclear deal with Tehran. The study by the Iran Project assesses…

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Report undermines US Iran sanctions push

February 18, 2014 by  
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Report undermines US Iran sanctions push (via AFP)

A new non-partisan report by top foreign policy experts largely backs White House warnings that imposing new sanctions on Iran could seriously complicate, if not derail, hopes of a final nuclear deal with Tehran. The study by the Iran Project assesses…

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Infographic of Obamacare changes and delays aka ‘it’s good to be the king’!

February 17, 2014 by  
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Infographic of Obamacare changes and delays aka ‘it’s good to be the king’! (via The Political Commentator)

If you were under the impression that laws or legislation that was passed by the Congress and signed by the President were written in stone you are apparently incorrect! Because while that actually is the case the current occupant of the White House…

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So you want to sue the White House

February 17, 2014 by  
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So you want to sue the White House? (via PostTV – The Washington Post)

Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul is just the latest lawmaker to try to take President Obama to court. Here’s a look at three lawsuits the Obama administration has faced in recent years.

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Connie Picciotto has kept vigil near the White House for 32 years. Why, and at what cost?

September 13, 2013 by  
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source:washington post

The little old woman with the wig glued to her helmet is talking to three men in suits about war.

It’s sweltering in the August sunshine, and everything about these men — their designer sunglasses, unsheathed BlackBerrys, stiff postures — conveys a desire to escape the conversation. The woman keeps talking.

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Connie stands near one of her signs. (Bill O’Leary)

“This is very important,” she is saying, her voice an emphatic falsetto. “We’ve got to stop Iran.”

She turns abruptly and shuffles back to her encampment, an old patio umbrella draped in a white plastic sheet secured with binder clips. It is flanked by two large boards with messages in capital letters: BAN ALL NUCLEAR WEAPONS OR HAVE A NICE DOOMSDAY and LIVE BY THE BOMB, DIE BY THE BOMB.

This rudimentary shelter has been positioned outside the White House for more than three decades. It is a monument itself now, widely considered the longest-running act of political protest in the United States, and this woman, Concepcion Picciotto — Connie, as she’s known to many — is its longest-running caretaker.

“I’ve seen her here for many years,” one of the men says quietly.

Connie returns and presses a booklet into his hand. “The Untold Story,” the title reads.

“This is important,” she says again.

“All right, thank you, ma’am,” the man says. He slips the pamphlet into his suit pocket. Within minutes, he deposits it in a trash can at the perimeter of Lafayette Square.

Connie is little, not quite 5 feet tall. She has the face of a woman who has lived on the street; her skin browned and scarred; her mouth a hard line, revealing only a few teeth when she speaks or smiles. When she first joined the vigil at the park, President Ronald Reagan had just taken his oath of office. Connie remained outside the White House gates throughout his presidency and the presidencies of those who followed: George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama.

read more:http://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/feature/wp/2013/05/02/connie-picciotto-has-kept-vigil-near-the-white-house-for-32-years-why-and-at-what-cost/

Advocate of Secret Infiltration, Cass Sunstein, on Obama’s “Committee To Make Us Trust the Dragnet” – See more at: http://www.emptywheel.net/2013/08/22/advocate-of-secret-infiltration-cass-sunstein-on-obamas-committee-to-make-us-trust-the-dragnet/#sthash.Y4EdpPNC.dpuf

August 24, 2013 by  
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source:emptywheel

ABC reports that, along with former CIA Deputy Director Mike Morell, former Homeland Security Czar Richard Clarke, and former Obama special assistant for economic policy Peter Swire, the White House (or James Clapper — who knows at this point) has picked Cass Sunstein for its Review Committee on NSA programs.

Frankly, a lot of people are investing misplaced confidence that Richard Clarke will make this committee useful. While he’s good on a lot of issues, he’s as hawkish on cybersecurity as anyone else in this country. And as I keep pointing out, these programs are really about cybersecurity. Richard Clarke is not going to do a damned thing to rein in a program that increasingly serves to surveil US Internet data to protect against cyberthreats.

But Sunstein? Really?

As Glenn Greenwald (yeah — that Glenn; did they really think no one would raise this point?) reported back in 2010, Sunstein wrote a paper in 2008 advocating very creepy stealth measures against “conspiracy theories.”

In 2008, while at Harvard Law School, Sunstein co-wrote a truly pernicious paper proposing that the U.S. Government employ teams of covert agents and pseudo-”independent” advocates to “cognitively infiltrate” online groups and websites — as well as other activist groups — which advocate views that Sunstein deems “false conspiracy theories” about the Government.  This would be designed to increase citizens’ faith in government officials and undermine the credibility of conspiracists.  The paper’s abstract can be read, and the full paper downloaded, here.

Sunstein advocates that the Government’s stealth infiltration should be accomplished by sending covert agents into “chat rooms, online social networks, or even real-space groups.”  He also proposes that the Government make secret payments to so-called “independent” credible voices to bolster the Government’s messaging (on the ground that those who don’t believe government sources will be more inclined to listen to those who appear independent while secretly acting on behalf of the Government).   This program would target those advocating false “conspiracy theories,” which they define to mean: “an attempt to explain an event or practice by reference to the machinations of powerful people, who have also managed to conceal their role.”

And remember, a big mandate for this committee is not to review the programs to see if we can make them more privacy-protective, but simply to increase our trust in them. Which goes to the core of what Sunstein was talking about in his paper: using covert government propaganda to, in this case, better sell covert government spying.

Well, if Obama and Clapper’s rollout hadn’t already discredited this committee, Sunstein’s selection sure does.

Update: Adding some quotes from Sunstein’s paper.

The importance of undermining conspiracy theories is especially important with terrorism.

Our main though far from exclusive focus – our running example – involves conspiracy theories relating to terrorism, especially theories that arise from and post-date the 9/11 attacks. These theories exist within the United States and, even more virulently, in foreign countries, especially Muslim countries. The existence of both domestic and foreign conspiracy theories, we suggest, is no trivial matter, posing real risks to the government’s antiterrorism policies, whatever the latter may be. Terrorism-related theories are thus a crucial testing ground for the significance, causes, and policy implications of widespread conspiracy theorizing.

True conspiracy theories shouldn’t be undermined.

Of course some conspiracy theories, under our definition, have turned out to be true. The Watergate hotel room used by Democratic National Committee was, in fact, bugged by Republican officials, operating at the behest of the White House. In the 1950s, the Central Intelligence Agency did, in fact, administer LSD and related drugs under Project MKULTRA, in an effort to investigate the possibility of “mind control.” Operation Northwoods, a rumored plan by the Department of Defense to simulate acts of terrorism and to blame them on Cuba, really was proposed by high-level officials (though the plan never went into effect).13 In 1947, space aliens did, in fact, land in Roswell, New Mexico, and the government covered it all up. (Well, maybe not.) Our focus throughout is on false conspiracy theories, not true ones. Our ultimate goal is to explore how public officials might undermine such theories, and as a general rule, true accounts should not be undermined. [my emphasis]

– See more at: http://www.emptywheel.net/2013/08/22/advocate-of-secret-infiltration-cass-sunstein-on-obamas-committee-to-make-us-trust-the-dragnet/#sthash.Y4EdpPNC.dpuf

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