This week's Glenn Greenwald revelation
is that Britain's GCHQ JTRIG intelligence organization offers its agents and planners tools
with abilities to increase the search ranking of chosen web sites, “change outcome of online polls”, “masquerade Facebook Wall Posts for individuals or entire countries”, and accomplish “amplification of a given message, normally video, on popular multimedia websites (Youtube).” [more inside]
A confidential Justice Department memo
concludes that the U.S. government can order the killing of American citizens if they are believed to be “senior operational leaders” of al-Qaida or “an associated force” -- even if there is no intelligence indicating they are engaged in an active plot to attack the U.S.
China's secret plot to tame Tibet.
"Internal Communist party documents have revealed that China is planning a programme of harsh political repression in Tibet despite a public show of moderation to win over world opinion before the Olympic Games next month." Meanwhile, the military has sealed off
several monasteries in Lhasa
, keeping over 1,000 monks locked up. Another 1,000 monks have mysteriously disappeared
, and may have been sent to prisons in a neighbouring province
to keep them silent through the Olympics.
Sounds of America
is a new monthly streaming audio program, a collaboration between the National Museum of American History
and Smithsonian Global Sound
. Up now are 3 episodes: African-American music in New Orleans, Women in American Music, and Freedom Songs of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement.
Portraits of the Freedom Riders
Eric Etheridge has been taking pictures
of people who participated in the Freedom Rides
) to accompany the people's 1961 mug shots. Some of the photos
were in the July 2 issue of the New York Times Magazine
there are more photos
at his web site. Also, an excerpt
from a recent book
about the rides. [via]
we have a Martin Luther King Day. What an amazing speech. [Coral cache][via]
The 1940s Again?
While this in't to internment level yet, I find it terrifying. What to do about this government? This article was originally LA Times, but has been reposted to Common Dreams....
Do you have too much Freedom?
Might be interesting to all except for the ideology sales pitch at the end. Here is where the warning that it is a Harry Browne/Libertarian penned article goes. George Bush is a Communitarian?