Dragonfly. Photo by: joanneleon. August, 2013.
Dahlias. Photo by: joanneleon. August, 2013.
Dahlias. Photo by: joanneleon. August, 2013.
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I think Pres. Obama is the one who should be asking to see the dishes.
Obama Proposes FISA Reforms Amid Growing Concerns Over NSA Surveillance
"If you look at the reports ... what you're not reading about is the government actually abusing these programs ... what you're hearing about is the prospect that these could be abused," Obama said.
Thousands of Syrian refugees pour into IraqNot sure I buy this as the whole story.
UN reports surge in numbers of refugees fleeing Syria via newly constructed pontoon bridge over Tigris river
It is a picture all too familiar from Syria: the slender green span of a newly constructed pontoon bridge crossing the Tigris river from the Syrian bank to the Iraqi province of Dohuk almost invisible beneath the weight of refugees.
They stretch at least a dozen deep for hundreds of metres back into the evening light, the dust from the feet of the milling crowd on the far side, waiting to cross, lit up by the setting sun.
Ties With Egypt Army Constrain Washington
WASHINGTON — Most nations, including many close allies of the United States, require up to a week’s notice before American warplanes are allowed to cross their territory. Not Egypt, which offers near-automatic approval for military overflights, to resupply the war effort in Afghanistan or to carry out counterterrorism operations in the Middle East, Southwest Asia or the Horn of Africa.
Losing that route could significantly increase flight times to the region.
American warships are also allowed to cut to the front of the line through the Suez Canal in times of crisis, even when oil tankers are stacked up like cars on an interstate highway at rush hour. Without Egypt’s cooperation, military missions could take days longer.
Those are some of the largely invisible ways the Egyptian military has assisted the United States as it pursues its national security interests across the region — and why the generals now in charge in Cairo are not without their own leverage in dealing with Washington in the aftermath of President Obama’s condemnation Thursday of the military’s bloody crackdown on supporters of the former president, Mohamed Morsi.
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Edit blog: The breathtaking volume of NSA errors shows the danger of a huge operation with virtually no supervision. http://t.co/...— David Firestone (@fstonenyt) August 16, 2013
Scoop teasing RT @fstonenyt Wyden and Udall say the Post's revelations were the "tip of the iceberg,"— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) August 16, 2013
Wyden and Udall say the Post's revelations were the "tip of the iceberg," calling for stronger oversight by the FISC. http://t.co/...— David Firestone (@fstonenyt) August 16, 2013
Exactly. Much larger # MT @andrewperezdc: 'incidental' sweeps of Americans' comms aren't included in the 2,776 violations reported, right?— Barton Gellman (@bartongellman) August 16, 2013
ICYMI: Our bangin chart on FISA bills. Expect to have to update it the minute we get back from recess re: reporting http://t.co/...— Michelle Richardson (@Richardson_Mich) August 16, 2013
"3 govt officials said the number would be substantially higher if it included other NSA units" http://t.co/...— David Sirota (@davidsirota) August 16, 2013
When courts & Congress fail, oversight comes from brave whistleblowers & a free press. This is a constitutional moment. Exciting, historic.— Ben Wizner (@benwizner) August 16, 2013
POLITICO: "NSA questions hitting lawmakers on the home front" http://t.co/...— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) August 16, 2013
70 Year Old Court Clerk Fired For Helping Free Wrongly Convicted Man: 'I Would Do It Again' http://t.co/...— Loss of Privacy (@LossofPrivacy) August 17, 2013
Wikileaks releases three "insurance" torrents via their Facebook page, one includes a whopping 349 gigabytes of data http://t.co/...— Loss of Privacy (@LossofPrivacy) August 17, 2013
My beach reading: American Coup: How a Terrified Government Is Destroying the Constitution by William M. Arkin http://t.co/...— Dan Froomkin (@froomkin) August 17, 2013
#Egypt's government spokesman says death toll in Friday's clashes has risen to 173 nationwide— Jon Williams (@WilliamsJon) August 17, 2013
Fmr Def Sec Cohen tells CNN that if Pentagon cuts ties with Egypt, vacuum may be filled -- by Putin. Pressure to cut US aid rising, he says— Paul Richter (@richtpau) August 16, 2013
@dametzger AQAP's glossy online magazine. There have been multiple examples of people convicted in UK for having it on their computer.— emptywheel (@emptywheel) August 16, 2013
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