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A perfect post-9/11 headline

From Bloomberg:

JPMorgan Goes to War

The bank is building a new facility near the NSA’s headquarters to attract new talent

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“Convinced that it faces threats from governments in China, Iran, and Russia, and that the U.S.

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Because the Spook-Surveillance State doesn't work

From CBSnews.com:

How did “Jihadi John” slip through the cracks?

But of equal, if not greater long-term importance, the British government needs to answer questions about what drove a boy from West London to become the front-man for a terror group’s atrocities, and how he managed — in spite at least five years of monitoring by security services — to reach ISIS territory.

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I would like marketers and the Spooks to 'let us alone'

From here:

In his Olmstead v. US (1928) dissent objecting to government wiretapping, Justice Louis Brandeis celebrated the “right to be let alone—the most comprehensive of rights and the right most valued by civilized men.”

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I can't see how this could possibly go wrong

Headline from the Huffpo:

U.S. To Allow Export Of Armed Military Drones

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Recipient countries would be required to sign end-use statements certifying that the drones would not be used for unlawful surveillance or force against domestic populations and would only be used in internationally sanctioned military operations, such as self-defense.

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Amazon will drone-stuff yer ass with crap wherever you are!!!

From here:

“Prime Air is trying to get as close as possible to real teleportation — without breaking the laws of physics.”

Prime Air’s purpose, he says, is to be able to get people things they want without them having to make any effort.

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Put George W., Satan-Cheney, Rumsfeld, and Lieberman in Guantanamo

From the Guardian here:

Senator Tom Cotton, an Iraq and Afghanistan war veteran and rising GOP star, called Guantánamo’s only problem “too many empty cells”.

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Things I learned watching the Snowden documentary

1.  He doesn’t act like a spy.  Or a narcissist.   Or a sociopath. Or as hating America.  Or a traitor.  Or a liar.

2.  He says straight up that he did what he did because he saw the surveillance growing to the point where it would be impossible to meaningfully oppose those in power. 34 more words

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