This video from the USA says about itself:
Number of Plots Thwarted by NSA Spying Suddenly Changed
June 18, 2013
“Some of the most senior intelligence and law enforcement officials in the United States strongly defended the National Security Agency’s broad surveillance efforts on Tuesday, saying they had disrupted more than 50 terrorist plots around the world.”*
NSA Director Keith Alexander seems to be wavering on his answer when speaking about the extent of the NSA surveillance programs and how useful this program actually is. What are the real answers, and did Alexander perjure himself? Cenk Uygur and Sam Seder (Host, Majority Report) discuss.
*Read more from The Guardian: here.
From daily The Morning Star in Britain:
Ecuador refuses to bow to US pressure over Snowden
Friday 28 June 2013
by Our Foreign Desk
Communications Minister Fernando Alvarez told a news conference that the trade deal had become “a new instrument of blackmail.
“In consequence,” Mr Alvarez said, “Ecuador unilaterally and irrevocably renounces said preferences.”
The angry minister said that said his country “does not accept threats from anybody, and does not trade in principles or submit to mercantile interests, as important as they may be.”
“Snowden is a fugitive who has endangered the national security of the US. His actions merit prosecution, not praise,” Sen Menendez snarled.
“If Snowden is granted asylum in Ecuador, I will lead the effort to prevent the renewal of Ecuador’s duty-free access and will also make sure there is no chance for renewal of the Andean Trade Promotion and Drug Eradication Act.”
Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa … warned on Wednesday that media coverage of National Security Agency whistleblower Mr Snowden is distracting the world from the surveillance programmes that he exposed.
Mr Correa made his strongest comments to date in response to a Washington Post editorial that had referred to him as “the autocratic leader of tiny, impoverished Ecuador” and accused him of a double standard for welcoming a whistleblower while allegedly stifling critics at home.
“They’ve managed to focus attention on Mr Snowden and on the ‘wicked’ countries that ‘support’ him, making us forget the terrible things against the US people and the whole world that he denounced,” tweeted Mr Correa.
“The world order isn’t only unjust, it’s immoral,” he continued.
Meanwhile, CIA director John Brennan launched a new campaign pressing CIA officers to keep the intelligence agency’s dirty washing secret.
In a memo to the CIA workforce this week, Mr Brennan puffed that the “Honour the Oath” campaign is intended to “reinforce our corporate culture of secrecy.”
A former agent of the Stasi, the much-feared East German communist secret police, has said that the recently revealed NSA spying program would have been his agency’s “dream come true” because it has collected “so much information, on so many people”: here.
ECUADOR charged on Monday that US scientists had taken thousands of unauthorised blood samples from indigenous Huaorani Indians — and sold them: here.
Ecuador: WikiLeaks exposes how US sought to stop democratic process: here.
- Ecuador to US: We Won’t Be ‘Blackmailed’ over Snowden (commondreams.org)
- Ecuador breaks US trade pact to thwart ‘blackmail’ over Edward Snowden (guardian.co.uk)
- Ecuador ‘may take weeks’ to decide on NSA whistleblower’s asylum request (indiavision.com)