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News and Opinion
President’s goal for NSA reform — no more Edward Snowdens
The Obama administration plans to overhaul the nation’s security clearance system to prevent future intelligence leaks like the one by former defense contractor Edward Snowden.
The changes, part of a package of reforms President Obama is expected to announce Friday during a speech at the Justice Department, will include more stringent — and more frequent — vetting of security clearances, according to sources familiar with the administration’s plans.
The president is embracing some of the proposals offered by an advisory panel he appointed.
The panel recommended security clearances become more highly differentiated and that a new clearance level be created to limit the sensitive material that information technology workers can access.
Those with security clearances may also be subject to “continuous monitoring,” with things like changes in credit ratings, arrests, or suspicious reports from fellow employees becoming incorporated regularly into a review of employees’ clearances.
Secret surveillance court judges oppose reform ideas
Judges on the federal government's secret surveillance court have strongly rejected any proposed changes to their review process, putting unexpected pressure on the White House on Tuesday as President Barack Obama prepares a speech aimed at bolstering public confidence in how the government collects intelligence.
In a blunt letter to the House and Senate intelligence and judiciary committees, U.S. District Judge John D. Bates made it clear that the 11 judges on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court are united in opposition to key recommendations by a presidential task force last month aimed at increasing transparency and judicial oversight, including at least one that Obama has tentatively endorsed.
The surveillance court judges have not previously gone public so it is difficult to gauge how much weight their opposition carries. But their skepticism adds to a list of hurdles for those advocating significant reforms following former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden's massive disclosures of domestic and foreign surveillance programs.
Most surprisingly, Bates said the judges opposed adding an independent advocate for privacy and civil liberties to the court's classified hearings, saying the proposal was "unnecessary - and could prove counterproductive." ...
Bates [argued] that "the participation of an advocate would neither create a truly adversarial process nor constructively assist the courts in assessing the facts, as the advocate would be unable to communicate with the target or conduct an independent investigation."
NSA review panel casts doubt on bulk data collection claims
The members of president Barack Obama’s surveillance review panel on Tuesday rejected some of the central contentions offered by the National Security Agency for its bulk collection of phone records, including the program’s potential usefulness in preventing the 9/11 attacks.
Testifying before the Senate judiciary committee, members of the panel said that restricting the NSA is necessary in order to rebalance the competing values of liberty and security.
Richard Clarke, who was the White House's counter-terrorism czar on 9/11, echoed the 9/11 Commission in saying that the biggest obstacle to preventing the terrorist attack was not the NSA collecting an insufficient amount of data, but a failure to share information already collected.
“If the information that the federal agencies had at the time had been shared among the agencies, then one of them, the FBI, could have gone to the Fisa Court and could have in a very timely manner gotten a warrant to monitor” US-based al-Qaida conspirators, Clarke told the Senate judiciary committee.
Similarly, Michael Morell, a former deputy CIA director, told the committee that so-called “metadata” about a phone conversation inherently entailed information about the substance of the communication. “There is quite a bit of content in metadata,” Morrell said. “There’s not a sharp distinction between metadata and content. It’s more of a continuum.”
Morrell added that the bulk collection of domestic phone data “has not played a significant role in preventing any terrorist attacks to this point.”
Edward Snowden To Join Daniel Ellsberg, Others on Freedom of the Press Foundation’s Board of DirectorsFrom the shameless bullshit department:
Freedom of the Press Foundation (FPF) is proud to announce NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden will join its board of directors.
“I am proud and honored to welcome Edward Snowden to Freedom of the Press Foundation’s board of directors. He is the quintessential American whistleblower, and a personal hero of mine,” said FPF’s co-founder Daniel Ellsberg. “Leaks are the lifeblood of the republic and, for the first time, the American public has been given the chance to debate democratically the NSA’s mass surveillance programs. Accountability journalism can’t be done without the courageous acts exemplified by Snowden, and we need more like him.”
Freedom of the Press Foundation was founded in 2012 in part to build a movement to support and strengthen the First Amendment and defend those who are on the front lines holding power to account. Its founding board members include Daniel Ellsberg, Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras, John Cusack, Xeni Jardin, and John Perry Barlow. The NSA revelations Mr. Snowden brought to light represent one of our generation's greatest threats to press freedom. Mr. Snowden is joining the board to be part of solution, to help protect today's journalists and inspire tomorrow’s watchdogs. ...
Freedom of the Press Foundation was founded in 2012 to support and defend aggressive, public-interest journalism dedicated to transparency and accountability. It has raised over $500,000 for such news organizations as WikiLeaks, MuckRock, National Security Archive, Bureau of Investigative Journalism, and Center for Public Integrity.
Snowden will officially join the board of directors in February 2014.
The NSA Can't Tell Bernie Sanders If It's Spying On Him, Because That Would Violate His Privacy
The National Security Agency has told Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) that it can not answer his question about whether it collects information on members of Congress because doing so would violate the law.
In a letter to Sanders, which was obtained by The Huffington Post, Gen. Keith Alexander, who heads the agency, insisted that nothing the NSA "does can fairly be characterized as 'spying on Members of Congress or American elected officials.'" But Alexander wouldn't go more in depth than that, arguing that he would be violating the civilian protections of the program if he did.
"Among those protections is the condition that NSA can query the metadata only based on phone numbers reasonably suspected to be associated with specific foreign terrorist groups," Alexander wrote. "For that reason, NSA cannot lawfully search to determine if any records NSA has received under the program have included metadata of the phone calls of any member of Congress, other American elected officials, or any other American without the predicate."
U.S. spy agency’s push for secrecy seen as another failing of Obama’s transparency pledge
Intelligence officials are pushing to classify as secret certain information about lie detectors that they believe U.S. adversaries might use to harm national security, even though much of it has been available to the public for decades. ...
The Defense Intelligence Agency wants the government academy that trains all federal polygraphers to “conceal most of what it does,” including its teachings and research on polygraph-beating techniques, according to internal academy documents obtained by McClatchy. The DIA cites the need to “deny adversaries of any information which might be used against U.S. interests,” the documents say. The DIA and 26 other federal agencies polygraph tens of thousands of people a year for jobs, security clearances and in some cases in criminal investigations. ...
“This is a fool’s errand,” warned Charles Honts, a former government polygraph researcher with the academy who is now a psychology professor at Boise State University. “It’s not only unwise, but it will do little to protect national security. You just can’t put this stuff back in the box.”
The controversy is the latest example of how the Obama administration has fallen short in its goal of “creating an unprecedented level of openness” in government. Despite President Barack Obama’s early pledge to increase transparency, the administration nonetheless has continued to assert the need for secrecy for publicly available, unclassified or routine information, especially in the realm of national security. ...
Steven Aftergood, director of the nonprofit Federation of American Scientists’ Project on Government Secrecy, said the information should not be classified because it is “manifestly outside the control of the government.” In his 2009 executive order, President Obama told agencies to classify information only if certain conditions are met, including that the information is “owned by” or “is under the control” of the U.S. government.
“This is the perfect illustration of the subjective nature of classification policy,” Aftergood said of the polygraph matter, adding that agencies’ decisions can be “arbitrary, self-serving and ineffective.”
Net neutrality is dead. Bow to Comcast and Verizon, your overlords
Advocates of a free and open Internet could see this coming, but today's ruling from a Washington appeals court striking down the FCC's rules protecting the open net was worse than the most dire forecasts. It was "even more emphatic and disastrous than anyone expected," in the words of one veteran advocate for network neutrality.
The Court of Appeals for the D.C. circuit thoroughly eviscerated the Federal Communications Commission's latest lame attempt to prevent Internet service providers from playing favorites among websites--awarding faster speeds to sites that pay a special fee, for example, or slowing or blocking sites and services that compete with favored affiliates.
Big cable operators like Comcast and telecommunications firms like Verizon, which brought the lawsuit on which the court ruled, will be free to pick winners and losers among websites and services. Their judgment will most likely be based on cold hard cash--Netflix wants to keep your Internet provider from slowing its data so its films look like hash? It will have to pay your provider the big bucks. But the governing factor need not be money. (Comcast remains committed to adhere to the net neutrality rules overturned today until January 2018, a condition placed on its 2011 merger with NBC Universal; after that, all bets are off.)
"AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast will be able to deliver some sites and services more quickly and reliably than others for any reason," telecommunications lawyer Marvin Ammori (he's the man quoted above) observed even before the ruling came down. "Whim. Envy. Ignorance. Competition. Vengeance. Whatever. Or, no reason at all." ...
This wouldn't be as much of a threat to the open Internet if there were genuine competition among providers, so you could take your business elsewhere if your ISP was turning the public Web into its own private garden. In the U.S., there's no practical competition. The vast majority of households essentially have a single broadband option, their local cable provider. Verizon and AT&T provide Internet service, too, but for most customers they're slower than the cable service. Some neighborhoods get telephone fiber services, but Verizon and AT&T have ceased the rollout of their FiOs and U-verse services--if you don't have it now, you're not getting it.
The FCC Can and Must Prevent a Separate-but-Unequal InternetKeyword = "may."
When the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit struck down the Federal Communications Commission’s Open Internet Order Tuesday—dealing what is being broadly interpreted as a fatal blow to net neutrality— it highlighted the urgent need for the FCC to develop a smarter and more assertive approach to protecting citizens and consumers in the digital age.
The court rejected a 2010 move by the FCC that was intended to prevent phone and cable conglomerates from subdividing the Internet in ways that block or interfere with communications. The commission’s attempt to reassert its authority—after a FCC dominated by appointees of former President George W. Bush had weakened it—was rejected on the grounds that the approach chosen by the FCC in 2010 was legally unsound.
The FCC classified broadband providers as information service providers rather than as telecommunications service providers. The move, widely criticized by consumer groups, created openings for legal challenges to regulations. ...
But the court has not said the FCC lacks authority to protect broadband Internet users.
In fact, if the FCC responds to the court ruling with a bold move to reclassify broadband Internet access as a telecommunications service that can be regulated in the public interest, it has the ability to do just that.
Fed may restrict bank ownership of commoditiesWhy does the "may" in the title of this article sound so much more likely than the "may" in the title of the article immediately above?
The Federal Reserve, in a surprise move, set the ball rolling late Tuesday for possible new limits on ownership of physical commodities by the large financial holding companies on Wall Street that it regulates.
The Fed’s advance notice of a proposed rulemaking came after months of pressure, following news reports that showed that Goldman Sachs & Co. and JP Morgan Chase & Co. were involved not just in the trading of financial contracts for delivery of commodities but actually had their feet in the physical markets where aluminum and copper are stored and delivered in the real economy.
Buyers of these products complained of market distortions, and the Fed said last summer that it was looking into the issue. On Tuesday it sought comment on greater regulation of this activity, giving interested parties until March 15 to provide a written response. ...
From a consumer standpoint, the concern with big banks owning or storing physical commodities such as barrels of oil or bushels of wheat is that they can artificially affect the supply of products, thus the final price, while potentially benefiting from the bets they’ve made in the futures market, where contracts for future delivery of commodities trade. Wall Street banks also could affect activity in the so-called dark markets, where huge private two-party bets are made about the future movement of commodity prices.
McClatchy in recent years has reported on how Wall Street’s recent and outsized involvement in the commodities markets may have raised the price of everything from gasoline to cotton and coffee.
Wall Street May Win As Federal Reserve Prepares To Punt On Physical Commodities
The Fed’s move to solicit public input on what it should do, rather than use its authority to regulate the activities of large financial institutions, is expected to be announced by Wednesday afternoon in advance of a Senate Banking Committee hearing on the issue. Some federal financial regulators said the move may be a way for the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors in Washington to evade calls to curb banks’ risk-taking. It would come despite years of internal warnings at the Fed that Wall Street’s expansion into metals and energy puts the U.S. economy at risk in the form of higher prices due to alleged market manipulation and endangers the financial system because of the possibility that a catastrophic incident such as an oil spill would lead counterparties to flee the affected bank and put it at risk of failure.
The Fed’s planned announcement comes as the central bank faces pressure from lawmakers such as Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and industrial companies to reduce big banks’ commodities activities. Some reports have alleged manipulation of some markets and have raised concerns that banks have too much control over key commodities. It’s likely to stoke criticism that the central bank, while taking some action to reduce the risks large lenders pose to the financial system, is shirking its responsibility to ensure financial stability.
“This is clearly an attempt to avoid dealing with the issues while pushing back against public pressure,” said Joshua Rosner, managing director at independent research firm Graham Fisher & Co. ...
The Fed has blessed banks’ expansion into commodities such as aluminum and natural gas through regulations and legal opinions. The actions effectively have allowed some financial institutions to transform from pure middlemen, matching buyers and sellers, or borrowers and savers, to commercial enterprises that refine, store, transport, and distribute physical commodities used to heat homes and produce beer cans.
JPMorgan Chase, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley now are among the nation’s biggest suppliers of energy, according to industry rankings and federal data.
Israel's defence minister apologises for 'offensive' Kerry remarks
Binyamin Netanyahu seeks to repair damage after Moshe Ya'alon dismisses US envoy as 'obsessive and messianic'
Israel's defence minister has been forced to apologise for "offensive and inappropriate" remarks, in which he described John Kerry as obsessive and messianic, after the ensuing diplomatic row engulfed the secretary of state's mission to broker a peace deal in the Middle East. ...
Shortly before midnight on Tuesday, Ya'alon's office issued a statement saying he "had no intention to cause any offence to the secretary, and he apologises if the secretary was offended by words attributed to the minister". ...
But according to some reports, Ya'alon was reflecting views widely held within the Israeli cabinet. "The voice is [Ya'alon's] voice – the thoughts are Netanyahu's," a senior official told Yedioth Ahronoth. "[Ya'alon] said out loud what Netanyahu would like to say … Kerry is a burden."
The paper quoted a high-ranking cabinet minister, who said privately: "Kerry is naive, obsessive, delusional and suffers from an extreme misunderstanding of the reality in the region. He wants to win the Nobel prize, and he doesn't mind gambling irresponsibly with our fate.
Senate Leaders Mum, But House May Vote on Iran Sanctions Soon
59 Senators are on board with the sanctions, which would effectively sabotage ongoing P5+1 diplomacy with Iran, the biggest pressure could come from the House of Representatives, where GOP leaders are hoping to have a vote soon, possibly later this month, on the same bill.
If the House passes the Senate’s bill first, the theory goes, the Senate’s leadership will be even more pressed to allow a vote, and only one Senator short of a filibuster-proof majority, would almost certainly pass.
President Obama has promised to veto any such bill, saying it would kill diplomacy and amounts to an attempt to force a war with Iran.
Biden assures Israel about core sanctions on Iran: U.S. official
Vice President Joe Biden assured Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday that the United States is committed to enforcing its "sanctions architecture" against Iran even as world powers provide it with some relief in pursuit of a final nuclear deal. ...
Netanyahu has been at odds with the Obama administration over its diplomatic engagement with Iran, and Washington has tried to ease Israeli concerns that Tehran is getting too much in return for too few concessions. ...
Biden's visit to Israel came just a day after the announcement that a six-month deal between Iran and six world powers, including the United States, to pave the way toward ending a long standoff over Tehran's nuclear ambitions will come into force on January 20.
Hillary Clinton has a shitlist on a spreadsheet
If Hillary Clinton is still favourite to become the next president of the US, there may be a few worried Democrats who vote Republican in 2016. The Clintons have long memories, you see, and, accoro a new book, they keep a spreadsheet listing everybody who has helped or betrayed them during their time in politics. The scale of the traitors' offences are said to be graded from one to seven, like a kind of Divine Comedy rewritten for Microsoft Excel. For instance, if the book is right, Hillary's election would be the end of the line for the secretary of state, John Kerry, who gets a place in the seventh circle of infamy for preferring Barack Obama.
Keeping a "shitlist", it must be said, is not associated with history's most lovable characters. Senator Joseph McCarthy made himself famous in 1950 by holding up what he claimed was a list of all the spies and communists then employed in the State Department. The list was never published in full, and McCarthy may well have been wrong anyway, but it helped to fuel the Red Scare, which ruined many careers. Richard Nixon was also discovered to have an "enemies list" in 1973. He may never have seen it personally, but it was drawn up by his aides with the express aim of trying to "use the available federal machinery to screw our political enemies".
Abortion clinic buffer zones challenged in US supreme court
For Teresa Roberts, a staff nurse with 14 years' experience at Planned Parenthood's Boston clinic, a 2007 Massachusetts law that created a buffer zone outside state abortion clinics to protect patients and staff from harassment has calmed the chaos and made her job easier. The law forced anti-abortion protesters to stay at least 35 feet from the clinic's entrance, making it a criminal offence to venture closer.
But in a case that is being closely watched by freedom of speech campaigners and other US states and cities that have similar provisions, the US supreme court will hear a challenge to the law in an hour of oral argument on Wednesday.
The case is being brought by seven Massachusetts anti-abortion protesters, who have demonstrated outside the state's three abortion facilities in Boston, Springfield and Worcester. They say the buffer zone is unconstitutional and violates their right to free speech. ...
In 2000 the supreme court upheld a different buffer zone, in Colorado, in a decision that some free speech advocates, who also support abortion rights, heavily criticised. Floyd Abrams, a prominent first amendment lawyer, recently described the decision in Hill v Colorado as "what may well be the most indefensible first amendment ruling so far this century". The three dissenting justices in that case — Anthony Kennedy, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas — remain on the court. Since then they have been joined by Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito, who may provide the two additional votes the protesters need to win their case.
The Evening Greens
West Virginia chemical spill shines spotlight on loose regulation
It sounds like a dangerous combination: massive tanks holding chemicals near a major water supply.
That was the setup in West Virginia last week when a chemical spill contaminated a river supplying water to hundreds of thousands of people. Officials say there wasn't much regulation at the site where the spill occurred and that little is known about the chemical that leaked. ...
State environmental officials said the facility had the only permit it was required to have: an industrial storm water permit. ...
An emergency official told CNN that when he saw the tank, it looked old.
"I would say the tank was antique," said C.W. Sigman, deputy director of emergency services in Kanawha County. ...
Elizabeth Scharman, West Virginia's poison control director, told CNN last week that the chemical inside the tanks had not been studied. ...
[Rep. Henry A. Waxman, D-California, and Rep. Paul D. Tonko, D-New York said in a letter Monday,] "It is critically important that we understand how the law allowed a potentially harmful chemical to remain virtually untested for nearly forty years. ... We should not have to wait for a major contamination event to learn the most basic information about a toxic chemical in commerce."
Corporate Deregulation To Blame for Toxic Spill in West Virginia
So the question is: how did this happen? How did a facility a mile and a half upstream from the drinking water plant that gets drinking water to 300,000 people have this leak happen? And the answer is: in my mind it's the coal and chemical industry in this state has fostered a culture of deregulation. They've captured the major institutions in the state, including the major media, except for The Charleston Gazette, which is doing an incredible job reporting on this. The major university systems, both political parties, are beholden to big coal and to the chemical industry.
And the result was predictable. And we've seen this over and over again with these kinds of disasters--in April 2010, the Massey Upper Big Branch explosion, Massey Energy mine, that killed 29 workers. And the Labor Department report found, you know, hundreds of violations.
Obviously, the companies aren't taking the violations seriously, 'cause if they were, they would clean up their act.
So we need in this state to upend the control, the corporate control of the institutions and bring back a sense of law and order for corporate West Virginia.
Sunday Shows To West Virginia: Drop Dead!
Some 300,000 residents of West Virginia are without safe drinking water this weekend after 7,500 gallons of 4-methylcyclohexane methanol leaked into the Elk River. It's a news story of great importance to ordinary human Americans, and so let's round up all of the coverage the Sunday shows gave to one of the most significant (and potentially scandalous) environmental disasters in America since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Oh, yeah, there was none.
John Boehner On West Virginia Chemical Spill: 'We Have Enough Regulations'
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Tuesday that no new regulations are needed after a chemical spill in West Virginia last week left more than 300,000 people without safe tap water. He suggested the incident was not the result of less environmental and energy regulation but of the Obama administration's failure to enforce existing rules.
"The issue is this: We have enough regulations on the books. And what the administration ought to be doing is actually doing their jobs," Boehner said at a press conference. "Why wasn't this plant inspected since 1991?"
"I am entirely confident that there are ample regulations already on the books to protect the health and safety of the American people," he added. "Somebody ought to be held accountable here. What we try to do is look at those regulations that we think are cumbersome, are over the top, and that are costing the economy jobs. That's where our focus continues to be."
Boehner's comments came in response to a question on whether the spill at a storage facility operated by Freedom Industries, which involved chemicals that are used to clean coal, was a "tradeoff" for the lax environmental and energy regulation favored among Republicans.
Leaked TPP 'Environment Chapter' Shows 'Corporate Agenda Wins'
US called main 'outlier' when it comes to strong protections; Leak comes as Obama tries to ram trade deal through Congress
Confirming the suspicions and fears of environmental campaigners and concerned individuals across the globe, Wikileaks on Wednesday released a draft version of the 'Environment Chapter' from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), exposing most of the so-called "environmental protections" as toothless policies that serve to protect corporate profit not Mother Earth. ...
"Today's WikiLeaks release shows that the public sweetner in the TPP is just media sugar water," said Wikileaks' publisher Julian Assange in a statement. "The fabled TPP environmental chapter turns out to be a toothless public relations exercise with no enforcement mechanism." ...
According to Jane Kelsey, a professor of environmental law at the University of Auckland in New Zealand, the leaked text of the agreement shows no balance between commercial interests and those of the environment.
"Instead of a 21st century standard of protection, the leaked text shows that the obligations are weak and compliance with them is unenforceable," she writes in a public statement (pdf) Wednesday. "Contrast that to other chapters that subordinate the environment, natural resources and indigenous rights to commercial objectives and business interests. The corporate agenda wins both ways."
Kelsey's review of the draft also points out that the main outlier on environmental protections is the United States.
Major California Drought Could Spell 'Catastrophe' for Nation's Food Supply
'Possibly hundreds of thousands of acres of land will go fallow' in California
A major and unyielding drought in California is causing concern in the nation's "food basket," as farmers there say the U.S. food supply could be hit hard if the conditions in their state don't rapidly improve, Al Jazeera America reports Tuesday.
"This is the driest year in 100 years,” grower Joe Del Bosque told Al Jazeera, expressing concern that the hundreds of workers he employs for each year's harvest could be without a job this season.
According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, 2013 was the driest on record for most areas of California, "smashing previous record dry years" across the state, including regions where approximately half the fruits, vegetables and nuts in the U.S. are grown.
Those conditions have not relented as 2014 begins with most of the state experiencing official 'severe' or 'extreme drought' conditions.
And as Al Jazeera reports, reservoirs, which store water that flows from the snow pack in the Sierra Nevada mountains, are at less than 50 percent capacity—20 percent below average for this time of year.
Blog Posts of Interest
Here are diaries and selected blog posts of interest on DailyKos and other blogs.What's Happenin' Is On Hiatus
A Little Night Music
Roy Book Binder - Rag Mama
Roy Book Binder - Electricity
Jimmy Murphy - Electricity
Roy Book Binder - I'm Goin' Home Someday
Roy Book Binder - Black Dog Blues
Roy Book Binder - Travellin' Man
Roy Bookbinder - Candyman
Roy Bookbinder - Mississippi Blues
Roy Book Binder - Cocaine Blues
Roy Bookbinder - Let's Get Drunk Again
Roy Bookbinder - Delia
Roy Book Binder - Davis-Travis Rag
Roy Book Binder - C C & O Blues
Roy Bookbinder - 1985 radio broadcast
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