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Fact-checking Hillary Clinton's comments on Edward Snowden and the NSA [2014]

Hillary Clinton made her first extended public remarks about Edward Snowden late last week, and unfortunately she misstated some basic facts about the NSA whistleblower and how events have played out in the last year. Here’s a breakdown of what she said and where she went wrong:

Clinton: “If he were concerned and wanted to be part of the American debate, he could have been… I don’t understand why he couldn’t have been part of the debate at home.”

This is one of the biggest misconceptions about Snowden that even NSA reform advocates have furthered. Edward Snowden could not be part of this debate at home, period.

First, as Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellbserg explained in the Washington Post, Snowden would likely be in a maximum security prison right now if he remained in the United States, unable to speak to the media. Second and more importantly, Snowden would likely be barred from making any of arguments claiming he was a whistleblower during his trial, since the government is charging him under the draconian Espionage Act of 1917. As we have pointed out repeatedly, lower court rulings in other cases against leakers have prevented defendants from telling a jury about their intent to inform the American public, the lack of harm their leaks caused, and the benefits to society. The government even tried to bar NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake from mentioning the words “whistleblower” or “First Amendment” during his trial.

Simply put, it would be impossible for Edward Snowden to participate in an informed debate in the public or the courtroom if he was in the United States.

Clinton: “When he emerged and when he absconded with all that material, I was puzzled, because we have all these protections for whistleblowers.”

What’s really puzzling is that Ms. Clinton—and President Obama (who has made similar remarks)—is not familiar with the current state of the law as it relates to whistleblowers. Contractors like Snowden lack the protections that federal employees are entitled to, and the government is free to retaliate against such people under the law. As Angela Canterbury, director of public policy at the Project on Government Oversight, has explained: “[T]here is a gaping loophole for intelligence community contractors. The riskiest whistle-blowing that you can possibly do on the government is as an intelligence contractor.”

Despite the risks, Snowden has said he repeatedly went his superiors with complaints and they were never acted upon. From his interview with Vanity Fair:

“The N.S.A. at this point not only knows I raised complaints, but that there is evidence that I made my concerns known to the N.S.A.’s lawyers, because I did some of it through e-mail. I directly challenge the N.S.A. to deny that I contacted N.S.A. oversight and compliance bodies directly via e-mail and that I specifically expressed concerns about their suspect interpretation of the law, and I welcome members of Congress to request a written answer to this question [from the N.S.A.].”

Clinton: “I have a hard time thinking that somebody who is a champion of privacy and liberty has taken refuge in Russia under Putin’s authority.”

Snowden did not “take refuge” in Russia at all, and in fact, it’s the fault of the United States government he was stuck there. Snowden’s legal adviser Ben Wizner put it best when asked about this on Meet the Press last year:

I actually think if there is one thing that we all should agree on, it’s that Edward Snowden shouldn’t be in Russia. The reason why he’s in Russia is that the United States revoked his passport when he was transiting through there. And I hope that the U.S. will– will see that it’s not in anybody’s best interests for him to be there, and that even if he isn’t going to return here, that there should be some other place where he can live.

Clinton: “I think turning over a lot of that material—intentionally or unintentionally, because of the way it can be drained—gave all kinds of information, not only to big countries, but to networks and terrorist groups and the like.”

Snowden has repeatedly stated he did not turn over information to anyone besides journalists, he did not even take any data with him to Russia, and the US government has not put forth any evidence that a foreign government has gained access to information that is not in the public record. Thankfully, Snowden is highly trained in protecting data in high-risk places, as he even once taught a DIA course in the subject to other diplomats.

Ms. Clinton is widely considered the front-runner for the Democratic nomination for President in 2016. It’s very possible she was just testing the waters about how to react to the issue of NSA surveillance. We hope she will takes these facts into consideration and adjust her opinion accordingly. Bill Clinton was much more conciliatory and nuanced about people’s anger over the NSA when he made comments a few weeks ago, so it would be easy for her to switch gears. And if these tweets are any indication, privacy could be a more important election issue than ever.

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Protests turn violent in wake of Freddie Gray death

A protest over the death of Freddie Gray, who was critically injured in police custody, started peacefully with thousands marching through downtown streets before the demonstration turned violent and volatile.

The chaotic scene Saturday night prompted the first public remarks from Freddie Gray’s twin sister, who pleaded for peace at a news conference alongside the mayor.

Just before nightfall, groups of protesters marched from City Hall to the Camden Yards baseball stadium, where the Baltimore Orioles played the Boston Red Sox. Fans were told to briefly stay inside the stadium until the police were able to clear an intersection outside of the venue. (AP)

Photo credits: REUTERS/Sait Serkan Gurbuz (3), REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton (3)

See more protest photos and our other slideshows on Yahoo News.

anonymous asked:

(Lights camera Helsa) Soon the next morning pictures of them are all over the tabloids questioning their relationship. Elsa runs to Hans, terrified this might ruin her reputation. "Any publicity is good publicity, baby" Hans remarks bitterly before slamming the door in her face.

Um… my heart just broke.

Hans curses himself for acting like such a jerk. So loudly that he can’t hear Elsa tearing up and whispering, “but… I love you,” on the other side of the door. Heartbroken. She leaves and tells the other guy she needs a new date to the awards. She doesn’t even love him because she so stuck on Hans but it’s clear he’s never going to feel the same about her.

[Cornel] West has been brilliant on that in terms of his analysis. But calling Obama “a global George Zimmerman?” No. No. You obscure the point you’re making. So the NSA, the drones, the security state, all of this should bother anybody who’s committed to the fundamental processes of democracy, to anybody who believes we have a right to question our government, and to challenge our government. Even when the president is black. Even when the head of the American empire is an African American, and the major Moses, the law giver, is Eric Holder, a fine and remarkable public servant, who also has come under serious critique for his view points about Wall Street and the like.
George W. Bush Bashes Obama on Middle East

In a closed-door meeting with Jewish Donors Saturday night, former President George W. Bush delivered his harshest public criticisms to date against his successor on foreign policy, saying that President Barack Obama is being naïve about Iran and the pending nuclear deal and losing the war against the Islamic State.

One attendee at the Republican Jewish Coalition session, held at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas with owner Sheldon Adelson in attendance, transcribed large portions of Bush’s remarks. The former president, who rarely ever criticizes Obama in public, at first remarked that the idea of re-entering the political arena was something he didn’t want to do. He then proceeded to explain why Obama, in his view, was placing the U.S. in “retreat" around the world. He also said Obama was misreading Iran’s intentions while relaxing sanctions on Tehran too easily. 

According to the attendee’s transcription, Bush noted that Iran has a new president, Hassan Rouhani. “He’s smooth,” Bush said. “And you’ve got to ask yourself, is there a new policy or did they just change the spokesman?”

Bush said that Obama’s plan to lift sanctions on Iran with a promise that they could snap back in place at any time was not plausible. He also said the deal would be bad for American national security in the long term: “You think the Middle East is chaotic now? Imagine what it looks like for our grandchildren. That’s how Americans should view the deal.”  

Bush then went into a detailed criticism of Obama’s policies in fighting the Islamic State and dealing with the chaos in Iraq. On Obama’s decision to withdraw all U.S. troops in Iraq at the end of 2011, he quoted Senator Lindsey Graham calling it a “strategic blunder.” Bush signed an agreement with the Iraqi government to withdraw those troops, but the idea had been to negotiate a new status of forces agreement to keep U.S. forces there past 2011. The Obama administration tried and failed to negotiate such an agreement.

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http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2015-04-27/george-w-bush-bashes-obama-on-middle-east

anonymous asked:

Wow a misandrist getting exactly the kind of reaction she wants because she makes blatantly sexist remarks on public forum, then using them to whine about why she still needs feminism. Grow up boo, you aren't nearly as tough as you think you are.

This is awkward because I’m actually four months old. Haven’t grown up yet. I’ll let you know when I do.

How do you spell idiot 

protecting private property 

protecting capital and capitalism with your body

This woman put her body on the line to protect corporate private property i.e. the religion of Amerika

Long live the idiot

Long live Amerika


In first remarks, Freddie Gray’s sister asks protesters to stop violence

A woman pleaded with protestors to stop breaking restaurant windows during a rally for Freddie Gray in Baltimore on Saturday.

ASSOCIATED PRESS  APRIL 26, 2015

BALTIMORE — In her first public remarks, Freddie Gray’s sister appealed to Baltimore protesters to stop the violence.

Fredericka Gray, his twin sister, appealed for calm as she appeared with the mayor at a news conference.

‘‘My family wants to say, can you all please, please stop the violence? Freddie Gray would not want this. Freddie’s father and mother did not want nobody … Violence does not get justice.’’

Thousands of protesters took to the streets Saturday in the largest Freddie Gray rally yet, and after hours of peaceful demonstrations, pockets of protesters smashed out police car windows and storefronts. At least two people were hurt in the mayhem and three people were detained.

Gray died April 19 after suffering a fatal spinal injury while in custody. Authorities have not explained how or when Gray’s spine was injured. Video showed him being dragged into a police van and police have said he rode in it for about 30 minutes before paramedics were called.


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UPDATE 10:10 p.m. EST: BALTIMORE (AP) - In her first public remarks, Freddie Gray’s sister appeals for Baltimore protesters to stop violence. — UPDATE 10:05 p.m. EST: BALTIMORE (TheBlaze/AP) - The Freddie Gray protesters blocked an intersection near Oriole Park at Camden Yards for several hours and…

George W. Bush finally bashes Obama

(BLOOMBERGVIEW) — In a closed-door meeting with Jewish Donors Saturday night, former President George W. Bush delivered his harshest public criticisms to date against his successor on foreign policy, saying that President Barack Obama is being naïve about Iran and the pending nuclear deal and losing the war against the Islamic State.

One attendee at the Republican Jewish Coalition session, held at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas with owner Sheldon Adelson in attendance, transcribed large portions of Bush’s remarks. The former president, who rarely ever criticizes Obama in public, at first remarked that the idea of re-entering the political arena was something he didn’t want to do. He then proceeded to explain why Obama, in his view, was placing the U.S. in “retreat” around the world. He also said Obama was misreading Iran’s intentions while relaxing sanctions on Tehran too easily.

According to the attendee’s transcription, Bush noted that Iran has a new president, Hassan Rouhani. “He’s smooth,” Bush said. “And you’ve got to ask yourself, is there a new policy or did they just change the spokesman?”


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Obama: ‘Absolutely true’ that the US underestimated the rise of ISIS

Obama: ‘Absolutely true’ that the US underestimated the rise of ISIS

@intelwire how do you underestimate something you didn’t even see coming?

— Jim Gourley (@jim_gourley) September 28, 2014

#BREAKING #CONFIRMED Obama Says U.S. Underestimated the Rise of ISIS http://t.co/hoDrfq41jW

— J.M. Berger (@intelwire) September 28, 2014

According to the New York Times:

In some of his most candid public remarks on the subject, Mr. Obama says in the interview with the CBS…

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Altaf’s Remarks against Military are Disgusting, to be Pursed Legally - DG ISPR

Altaf’s Remarks against Military are Disgusting, to be Pursed Legally – DG ISPR

Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General Major General Asim Bajwa condemned Altaf Hussain’s remarks against military leadership by using social media, DG-ISPR said that MQM chief Altaf Hussain’s remarks were uncalled and disgusting against army leadership and rising people of Pakistan against state would be pursed legally.

Reacting over Altaf Hussain’s speech to his party workers,…

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George W. Bush finally bashes Obama

(BLOOMBERGVIEW) — In a closed-door meeting with Jewish Donors Saturday night, former President George W. Bush delivered his harshest public criticisms to date against his successor on foreign policy, saying that President Barack Obama is being naïve about Iran and the pending nuclear deal and losing the war against the Islamic State.

One attendee at the Republican Jewish Coalition session, held at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas with owner Sheldon Adelson in attendance, transcribed large portions of Bush’s remarks. The former president, who rarely ever criticizes Obama in public, at first remarked that the idea of re-entering the political arena was something he didn’t want to do. He then proceeded to explain why Obama, in his view, was placing the U.S. in “retreat” around the world. He also said Obama was misreading Iran’s intentions while relaxing sanctions on Tehran too easily.

According to the attendee’s transcription, Bush noted that Iran has a new president, Hassan Rouhani. “He’s smooth,” Bush said. “And you’ve got to ask yourself, is there a new policy or did they just change the spokesman?”


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George W. Bush finally bashes Obama

(BLOOMBERGVIEW) — In a closed-door meeting with Jewish Donors Saturday night, former President George W. Bush delivered his harshest public criticisms to date against his successor on foreign policy, saying that President Barack Obama is being naïve about Iran and the pending nuclear deal and losing the war against the Islamic State.

One attendee at the Republican Jewish Coalition session, held at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas with owner Sheldon Adelson in attendance, transcribed large portions of Bush’s remarks. The former president, who rarely ever criticizes Obama in public, at first remarked that the idea of re-entering the political arena was something he didn’t want to do. He then proceeded to explain why Obama, in his view, was placing the U.S. in “retreat” around the world. He also said Obama was misreading Iran’s intentions while relaxing sanctions on Tehran too easily.

According to the attendee’s transcription, Bush noted that Iran has a new president, Hassan Rouhani. “He’s smooth,” Bush said. “And you’ve got to ask yourself, is there a new policy or did they just change the spokesman?”


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George W. Bush finally bashes Obama

(BLOOMBERGVIEW) — In a closed-door meeting with Jewish Donors Saturday night, former President George W. Bush delivered his harshest public criticisms to date against his successor on foreign policy, saying that President Barack Obama is being naïve about Iran and the pending nuclear deal and losing the war against the Islamic State.

One attendee at the Republican Jewish Coalition session, held at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas with owner Sheldon Adelson in attendance, transcribed large portions of Bush’s remarks. The former president, who rarely ever criticizes Obama in public, at first remarked that the idea of re-entering the political arena was something he didn’t want to do. He then proceeded to explain why Obama, in his view, was placing the U.S. in “retreat” around the world. He also said Obama was misreading Iran’s intentions while relaxing sanctions on Tehran too easily.

According to the attendee’s transcription, Bush noted that Iran has a new president, Hassan Rouhani. “He’s smooth,” Bush said. “And you’ve got to ask yourself, is there a new policy or did they just change the spokesman?”

George W. Bush finally bashes Obama

(BLOOMBERGVIEW) — In a closed-door meeting with Jewish Donors Saturday night, former President George W. Bush delivered his harshest public criticisms to date against his successor on foreign policy, saying that President Barack Obama is being naïve about Iran and the pending nuclear deal and losing the war against the Islamic State.

One attendee at the Republican Jewish Coalition session, held at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas with owner Sheldon Adelson in attendance, transcribed large portions of Bush’s remarks. The former president, who rarely ever criticizes Obama in public, at first remarked that the idea of re-entering the political arena was something he didn’t want to do. He then proceeded to explain why Obama, in his view, was placing the U.S. in “retreat” around the world. He also said Obama was misreading Iran’s intentions while relaxing sanctions on Tehran too easily.

According to the attendee’s transcription, Bush noted that Iran has a new president, Hassan Rouhani. “He’s smooth,” Bush said. “And you’ve got to ask yourself, is there a new policy or did they just change the spokesman?”


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Fed eyes ability of asset managers to repay in a panic

The Fed is particularly worried about whether the booming asset management industry can withstand a run of redemptions in a financial crisis. Chief among the Fed’s concerns, increasingly voiced in public remarks, is that certain funds held by individuals and institutions will not have the underlying assets sufficient to back investors cashing out in a panic. The amount of Treasury securities in circulation also has dropped after the Fed’s three rounds of bond purchases. The Fed’s nightmare scenario is in surprising markets, exposing investors to the liquidity risks it fears, and causing a spike in borrowing costs that hurts economic growth. http://q.gs/8DMFi

Fed eyes ability of asset managers to repay in a panic

By Michael Flaherty and Jonathan Spicer

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Sections of the U.S. financial system that may be vulnerable to investor panic are raising concerns inside the Federal Reserve, as policymakers preparing for the first interest-rate hike in nearly a decade seek to ensure that the market is ready and able to handle it whenever it happens.

The Fed is particularly worried about whether the booming asset management industry can withstand a run of redemptions in a financial crisis.

Chief among the Fed’s concerns, increasingly voiced in public remarks, is that certain funds held by individuals and institutions will not have the underlying assets sufficient to back investors cashing out in a panic. The lack of liquidity would expose investors and the economy to sharp price swings.

Bond inventories at primary dealers have plunged due to bank regulations. The amount of Treasury securities in circulation also has dropped after the Fed’s three rounds of bond purchases.

The fall in liquidity across portions of the bond market comes amid a jump in volatility, making it more important for Fed officials to telegraph their tightening plans well ahead of time.

The Fed’s nightmare scenario is in surprising markets, exposing investors to the liquidity risks it fears, and causing a spike in borrowing costs that hurts economic growth.
“Some open-ended mutual funds offer daily withdrawal privileges but invest in assets that take longer to sell and settle,” Fed Vice Chair Stanley Fischer said in a speech last month. Fed Governor Daniel Tarullo and Atlanta Fed

President Dennis Lockhart have offered similar warnings about liquidity in the last few months.
Asset managers have said they are systemically safe. But Fed officials have noted a surge in asset management
inflows and concentration. One example is fixed income exchange-traded-fund assets, which reached $246 billion in 2013 from their inception in 2002, according to Greenwich Associates.

New York Fed President William Dudley has warned that investors are less inclined to hold liquid assets as memories of the 2008 crisis fade.

The Fed could slow or delay rate hikes “if financial conditions were to tighten a lot,” Dudley said this week. Still, the Fed will be as clear as possible. “I’ll be very surprised if, whenever normalization occurs, it will be a big surprise to anyone – if we’re doing our job properly,” he added.

TANTRUM WORRIES
The Fed has kept interest rates near zero since Dec. 2008 and embarked on three rounds of large scale bond purchases to stimulate the U.S. economic recovery following the 2007-9 financial crisis.

While the Fed could hike rates in June, the economy’s weak winter performance has pushed expectations of a hike more toward September. Futures traders are betting on a move as late as December.

That disconnect sets up a potential collision if the central bank hikes faster than expected, a collision that could send ripples across the asset management industry.

“Part of what’s going on is (investors are) not being convinced that we’re going to raise interest rates,” Loretta Mester, president of the Cleveland Fed, told economists last week.

Bond markets are still susceptible to another “taper tantrum” such as the one that happened in 2013 when then Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke caught investors off guard by suggesting the central bank could trim bond purchases earlier than the market expected.

Deutsche Bank (XETRA:DBKGn) pointed out in an April note that the volume of primary transactions in the Treasury market has dropped relative to the overall scale of the notes held by the public, though it also said the bank does not see “broad market impairment.”

“But liquid markets could quickly turn illiquid in response to a shift in Fed policy or some other shock, which could amplify any adverse market response, as occurred during the taper tantrum,” according to the note.

Source: Reuters
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