Archive for Dezember 22nd, 2013

22. Dezember 2013

Bush-era surveillance documents declassified

The surveillance efforts were launched beginning on Oct. 4, 2001, according to the ODNI, wheThe surveillance efforts were launched beginning on Oct. 4, 2001, according to the ODNI, when Bush authorized some monitoring as part of the Terrorist Surveillance Program.

Bush allowed government officials to collect the contents of some international communications and bulk records about phone and Internet use, known as metadata. Metadata is general information about the communications, like numbers dialed and length of phone calls, but not the content of the communications themselves.

In 2006 and 2007, oversight of some of those activities was transferred to the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which is tasked with providing a check on the executive branch’s surveillance efforts.n Bush authorized some monitoring as part of the Terrorist Surveillance Program.

http://thehill.com/blogs/hillicon-valley/technology/193818-feds-declassify-bush-era-surveillance-details

Bush allowed government officials to collect the contents of some international communications and bulk records about phone and Internet use, known as metadata. Metadata is general information about the communications, like numbers dialed and length of phone calls, but not the content of the communications themselves.

In 2006 and 2007, oversight of some of those activities was transferred to the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which is tasked with providing a check on the executive branch’s surveillance efforts.

22. Dezember 2013

Who dares to bring a motion against UN General Secretary for not investigating the West’s crimes

There is little point in pointing fingers at Ban Ki Moon – he is only a figure head reading out scripts prepared for him. An organization that is mandated to secure peace and ensure fair and equal justice we have to question how far the UN and its Secretary General has been both fair and just. Third World together or the super powers of Russia and China must request the UN to end the impunity for US and NATO crimes being committed in every corner of the world overtly and covertly and seek investigations of these crimes. A motion must be brought against the UN Secretary General for the manner he is abusing his mandate.

 


22. Dezember 2013

Japan Times – Abe’s second strike agains

Japan Times – Abe’s second strike against freedoms

The Abe administration has reportedly started preparations for introducing the “crime of conspiracy” by revising the law on the punishment of organized crime and the control of proceeds resulting from crime.

Although it has not been decided when a revision bill will be submitted to the Diet, there is the danger that it will give the government a strong weapon to control civic movements, especially those that oppose government policies.

The recently enacted state secrets law will not only greatly limit people’s access to government information but also punish those who try to get secret information even if they didn’t know it was designated as secret. The introduction of the crime of conspiracy will further weaken freedoms that have already been hollowed out by the secrecy law. So it is important for citizens to start a widely based action to stop this move by the administration.

If the crime of conspiracy is introduced, one could be punished for joining others to plan a crime even if it is not actually carried out or even if no concrete preparations have been made — a huge departure from the current principle that arrests can be made only when a crime has actually been committed or attempted.
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/opinion/2013/12/22/editorials/abes-second-strike-against-freedoms/#.Urc8TLQbQS8

22. Dezember 2013

Film on ex-Japanese hostages in Iraq explores ‘personal responsibility’

Film on ex-Japanese hostages in Iraq explores ‘personal responsibility’

A documentary film being shown across the country revisits Japanese civilians who were taken hostage by a militant group in Iraq in 2004, and received a hostile reception after being freed and returning home.

In making the film, director Megumi Ito interviewed two of the three former Japanese hostages, Nahoko Takato and Noriaki Imai.

Titled “Fallujah–War in Iraq, Japanese hostages and …,” the film also poses a question about the meaning of “personal responsibility,” which the hostages were criticized for lacking by politicians and the public. Based in Jordan, Takato is an aid worker in Iraq. To film her work, Ito accompanied her on a visit to Fallujah, where Takato, who was then helping Baghdad street children, was held hostage.

In the city, Ito filmed Takato studying newborn babies with congenital abnormalities, believed to be a result of exposure to depleted uranium. http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/social_affairs/AJ201312210013

22. Dezember 2013

Based in Jordan, Takato is an aid worker in Iraq.

Based in Jordan, Takato is an aid worker in Iraq. To film her work, Ito accompanied her on a visit to Fallujah, where Takato, who was then helping Baghdad street children, was held hostage.

In the city, Ito filmed Takato studying newborn babies with congenital abnormalities, believed to be a result of exposure to depleted uranium.

22. Dezember 2013

WHO hilft beim Verschleiern von Kriegsfolgen

WHO hilft beim Verschleiern von Kriegsfolgen – Seit Mitte der 1990er Jahre beobachten Ärzte im Süden Iraks eine erhebliche Zunahme von Leukämie und anderen Krebsarten, Fehlgeburten und schweren Mißbildungen bei Neugeborenen. Die Fälle häuften sich besonders dort, wo 1991 US-amerikanische Truppen während des ersten Irakkrieges in großen Mengen Geschosse aus abgereichertem Uran (engl. Depleted Uranium, DU) abgefeuert hatten. Da die Häufung bestimmter Krebsarten und Geburtsfehler starke Ähnlichkeiten mit der in Gebieten hat, die radioaktiv verseucht wurden, lag die Vermutung nahe, daß sie zum großen Teil auf die Kontamination mit dem giftigen, radioaktiven Schwermetall zurückzuführen sind. http://www.sopos.org/aufsaetze/52a72a90ddda9/1.phtml

22. Dezember 2013

Whistleblower & eBay-Gründer – in erster Investitionsrunde 50 Mio. Dollar

Whistleblower & eBay-Gründer – in erster Investitionsrunde 50 Mio. Dollar
Omidyar: Erste Details zu First Look Media
Im Oktober kündigte eBay-Gründer Pierre Omidyar an, ein neues Nachrichtenportal gründen zu wollen, das unabhängigen Journalismus vorantreiben soll. Als redaktionellen Kopf verpflichtete er den Guardian-Journalisten Glenn Greenwald, der die Dokumente von Whistleblower Edward Snowden publik machte. Jetzt hat Omidyar erste Details zum neuen Projekt bekannt gegeben. First Look Media soll in einer ersten Finanzierungsrunde mit 50 Millionen US-Dollar starten. http://meedia.de/internet/omidyar-erste-details-zu-first-look-media/2013/12/20.html

22. Dezember 2013

Snowden-Leaks: Telefonnetz von Berliner Ministerien abgehört

Snowden-Leaks: Telefonnetz von Berliner Ministerien abgehört – Wie der Spiegel in Kooperation mit der New York Times und The Guardian berichtet, hat der britische Geheimdienst GCHQ angeblich den EU-Wettbewerbskommissar, das Behörden- und Ministerien-Telefonnetz in Berlin sowie mindestens eine deutsche Botschaft abgehört. Die Nachrichtenseiten berufen sich auf durch Edward Snowden bereitgestellte Dokumente. http://www.gulli.com/news/23018-snowden-leaks-telefonnetz-von-berliner-ministerien-abgehoert-2013-12-22

22. Dezember 2013

TENSE: Chinese Military Lashes Out at Japanese Defense Plan…

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2013-12/21/c_125893931.htm

Chinese military on Friday accused Japan of using the pretext of safeguarding its own national security and regional peace for military expansion.

The Japanese government approved its first national security strategy on Tuesday. Based on it, new defense program guidelines and a mid-term defense buildup plan were also adopted.

„China is firmly opposed to Japan’s relevant actions,“ said Defense Ministry spokesman Geng Yansheng in a statement.

He said the three documents aimed at playing up the „China’s military threat“, increasing regional tensions and using the pretext of safeguarding Japan’s own national security and regional peace for its military expansion.

On the one hand, Japan claimed that it is a peace-loving country, and that it adheres to a defensive defense policy and will not be a military power. On the other hand, Japan is peddling the so-called „proactive pacifism“, said Geng.

In its new defense program guidelines, Japan gave up the policy of building of a moderate self-defense force and proposed to revise the „Three Principles on Arms Exports“.

Japan also planned to purchase advanced armament like F-35 stealth fighters, surveillance drone fleet and Aegis destroyers and tried to form a fast-response-amphibious unit, said Geng.

Where is Japan’s military and security policy going? Geng questioned, adding that it causes great concerns from Japan’s Asian neighbors and international society.

On the one hand, Japan claimed that it respects freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law, but on the other hand, it repeatedly denied its history of aggression during the Second World War, challenged the post-war international order and hurt the feeling of the people of the war-victim countries, he said.

As a nation that can not reflect on its history, what qualification does Japan have to speak about freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law? How can the country make contributions to the world peace? Geng said.

Japan has on the one hand claimed to strengthen international coordination, safeguard peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region, and make efforts to ensure security and prosperity of the international community, but on the other hand it sticked to the Cold War mentality and beefed up military alliance with relevant countries, he said.

Japan also tried to woo other countries to create regional confrontation and roil the regional situation, he said, noting that Japan’s actions run counter to the trend of the times featuring peaceful development and win-win cooperation, said the spokesman.

„We urged Japan to make deep introspection on its history, honor its commitment to peaceful development, and try to improve its relations with Asian neighbors with concrete actions, so as to play a constructive role in safeguarding regional peace and stability,“ Geng said.  http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2013-12/21/c_125893931.htm.

 

22. Dezember 2013

RT // Snowden ally Applebaum says his Berlin apartment subject to raids

Jacob Appelbaum, a Berlin-based US journalist with access to some of Edward Snowden’s documents, claims there have been a series of raids on his apartment, saying he suspects possible US involvement.

In an interview with “Berliner Zeitung” published on Saturday he described strange scenarios which have been haunting him. “When I flew away for an appointment, I installed four alarm systems in my apartment,” Appelbaum said.

“When I returned, three of them had been turned off. The fourth, however, had registered that somebody was in my flat – although I’m the only one with a key. Some of my effects – the positions of which I carefully note – were indeed askew. My computers had been turned on and off,” he added.

http://rt.com/news/appelbaum-snowden-berlin-raid-618/

22. Dezember 2013

[Guardian] MI6 `turned blind eye` to torture of rendered detainees, finds Gibson report

[Guardian]
MI6 `turned blind eye` to torture of rendered detainees, finds Gibson report
MI6 officers were under no obligation to report breaches of the Geneva conventions and turned a „blind eye“ to the torture of detainees in foreign jails, according to the report into Britain`s involvement in the rendition of terror suspects. Even when individual MI6 and MI5 officers expressed concerns about the abuse of detainees they did not pass on their thoughts for fear of offending the US, Britain`s closest intelligence partner. British officials were reluctant to question sleep deprivation, hooding, and waterboarding for „fear of damaging liaison relationships“ — an unmistakable reference to the CIA. http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/dec/19/gibson-report-mi6-detainees-torture-cooperated

22. Dezember 2013

[Consortium News] Snowden’s Leaks Doom NSA’s Snooping

[Consortium News]
Snowden’s Leaks Doom NSA’s Snooping
After long claiming to welcome a robust debate on NSA surveillance, President Obama found the debate more robust – and more substantive – than he expected, especially after the leaks by Edward Snowden, as Danny Schechter explains. http://consortiumnews.com/2013/12/21/snowdens-leaks-doom-nsas-snooping/

22. Dezember 2013

[Consortium News] No War Over Rocks U.S. foreign policy remains captive to unipolar hubris

[Consortium News]
No War Over Rocks
U.S. foreign policy remains captive to unipolar hubris, enforced by neocon pundits who demand military interventions to solve the world’s problems. But this is particularly crazy when applied to Asian disputes over rocks far at sea. http://consortiumnews.com/2013/12/18/no-war-over-rocks/

22. Dezember 2013

[Gegenmeinung] Die Ukraine: Ein Staat im Osten, den die NATO gern vereinnahmen möchte

[Gegenmeinung]
Die Ukraine: Ein Staat im Osten, den die NATO gern vereinnahmen möchte
Seit der die Welt mit seinen Hedgefonds ausraubende George Soros im Bündnis mit dem CIA-Strategen Gene Sharp als Demokratiebewegungen getarnte, manipulierte Unzufriedene auf den Straßen anfälliger Staaten gegen die jeweilige Regierung demonstrieren lässt, weil die Neokonservativen der USA mit ihrem „Project for the New American Century“ (dem Projekt für ein neues US-amerikanisches Jahrhundert,) die ganze Welt unterjochen wollen, richtet die interventionistische US-Außenpolitik auch schon begehrliche Blicke auf die Ukraine. http://principiis-obsta.blogspot.se/2013/12/die-ukraine-ein-staat-im-osten-den-die.html

22. Dezember 2013

Chomsky: Stoppt den US-Terrorkrieg der Kampfdrohnen / Stoppt die Totalüberwachung

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