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Spyware used by governments poses as Firefox, and Mozilla is angry
Mozilla has sent a cease-and-desist letter to a company that sells spyware allegedly disguised as the Firefox browser to governments. The action follows a report by Citizen Lab, which identifies 36 countries (including the US) hosting command and control servers for FinFisher, a type of surveillance software. Also known as FinSpy, the software is sold by UK-based Gamma International to governments, which use it in criminal investigations and allegedly for spying on dissidents.

Spyware used by governments poses as Firefox, and Mozilla is angry

Mozilla has sent a cease-and-desist letter to a company that sells spyware allegedly disguised as the Firefox browser to governments. The action follows a report by Citizen Lab, which identifies 36 countries (including the US) hosting command and control servers for FinFisher, a type of surveillance software. Also known as FinSpy, the software is sold by UK-based Gamma International to governments, which use it in criminal investigations and allegedly for spying on dissidents.

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Contractors reap $138bn from Iraq war (Financial Times)

bostonreview:

Contractors reap $138bn from Iraq war (Financial Times)

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#Infowarspickuplines
This happening right now. Amazing.

#Infowarspickuplines

This happening right now. Amazing.

On the Boston Manhunt: 
I’m glad everyone is safe, the remaining criminal is apprehended, and the process of healing and getting justice can begin. But it’s troubling to see the various memes with: “You can’t mess with Boston" themes. Two criminals, one of which a teen, caused an entire major American city to have to hide in its homes, while an army of heavily armed police, FBI, DHS, and other agents patrolled house-to-house in armored vehicles. The attacks this week were cowardly, cruel, and unwarranted.  But now that it’s over, rather than celebrate and cheer on a lynch mob, we should also have an honest discussion about our response and what it means for our future.
It’s easy to dismiss the changes we’re seeing in America right now. Incidents like the Dorner manhunt don’t seem like they were only months ago. Instead, they feel like history; unrelated and safely behind us. I really - honestly - am not trying to sound alarmist or sensational, but we’re watching a very different and pivotal era envelop us.
And it feels like something worth talking about.

On the Boston Manhunt:

I’m glad everyone is safe, the remaining criminal is apprehended, and the process of healing and getting justice can begin.

But it’s troubling to see the various memes with: “You can’t mess with Boston" themes.

Two criminals, one of which a teen, caused an entire major American city to have to hide in its homes, while an army of heavily armed police, FBI, DHS, and other agents patrolled house-to-house in armored vehicles.

The attacks this week were cowardly, cruel, and unwarranted.

But now that it’s over, rather than celebrate and cheer on a lynch mob, we should also have an honest discussion about our response and what it means for our future.

It’s easy to dismiss the changes we’re seeing in America right now. Incidents like the Dorner manhunt don’t seem like they were only months ago. Instead, they feel like history; unrelated and safely behind us.

I really - honestly - am not trying to sound alarmist or sensational, but we’re watching a very different and pivotal era envelop us.

And it feels like something worth talking about.

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Reporter Asks White House if U.S. Airstrikes That Kill Afghan Civilians Qualify as ‘Terrorism’

UPDATE: The reporter who asked the question is Amina Ismail, a journalist at McClatchy. I urge you to thank her for asking it (her twitter handle is @AminaIsmail) because I can’t imagine it was easy given how extremely rare and frowned upon it is to challenge the dominant “war on terror” narrative, especially as a female reporter with an Arab-sounding name. And Amina, if you’re reading this, thanks for kicking ass!

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Matthew Keys, the social media editor at Reuters, posted audio of a reporter asking White House Press Secretary Jay Carney if U.S. bombings that kill innocent civilians in Afghanistan constitute an “act of terror” given the labeling of the Boston Marathon bombing as “terrorism”. She specifically refers to a U.S. airstrike earlier this month that killed 11 children, just the latest in a seemingly endless line of Afghan civilian deathsat the hands of the U.S. government.

Carney completely dodged the questions, pointing instead to the 9/11 terrorist attacks to justify U.S. bombings in Afghanistan. After a long-winded answer excusing U.S. conduct, Carney concludes, “ we take great care in the prosecution of this war.”

Transcript:

REPORTER: I send my deepest condolence to the victims and families in Boston. But President Obama said that what happened in Boston was an act of terrorism. I would like to ask, Do you consider the U.S. bombing on civilians in Afghanistan earlier this month that left 11 children and a woman killed a form of terrorism? Why or why not?

JAY CARNEY: Well, I would have to know more about the incident and then obviously the Department of Defense would have answers to your questions on this matter. We have more than 60,000 U.S. troops involved in a war in Afghanistan, a war that began when the United States was attacked, in an attack that was organized on the soil of Afghanistan by al Qaeda, by Osama bin laden and others and more than 3,000 people were killed in that attack. And it has been the President’s objective once he took office to make clear what our goals are in Afghanistan and that is to disrupt, dismantle and ultimately defeat al Qaeda. And with that as our objective to provide enough assistance to Afghan National Security Forces and the Afghan government to allow them to take over security for themselves. And that process is underway and the United States has withdrawn a substantial number of troops and we are in the process of drowning down further as we hand over security lead to Afghan forces. And it is certainly the case that I refer you to the defense department for details that we take great care in the prosecution of this war and we are very mindful of what our objectives are.

At the very least, this serves as another example of the utter meaninglessness of the word “terrorism”.

Truth.Too soon?

Truth.

Too soon?

(Source: warlikeparakeet88, via cultureofresistance)

I’m back!

Between moving, training, work, and basically just slacking off on Facebook and Twitter, I’ve been MIA for a few.

No worries. I’m back!

Anyone Hear of Presumption of Innocence: Exclusive Noam Chomsky Interview

And this is one area where the chickens have clearly come home to roost.

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Once we accepted the fact that it was alright to become the world’s premiere paramilitary / military police force, and denied foreigners the rights we’re sworn to defend… well, that shit’s trickled all the way down to our local police.

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Right after we determined that terrorists have no rights, we started treating criminals and those alleged to have committed crimes, like terrorists.

(Source: truth-out.org)

Think-Progress: Good use of time.

Think-Progress: Good use of time.

Republicans: Obama Said He Will Approve Keystone Pipeline
"Obama previously blocked the completion of the pipeline, citing environmental concerns. But Carson and other Republicans present at the meeting said they were told the White House would drop its objection.
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Rep. Darrell Issa said the toughest question asked came from Rep. Candice Miller, who asked Obama, “Why shut down White House tours instead of canceling the White House Christmas party?”
Come on fellow lefties… does this guy look anything remotely like the person we campaigned and voted for in 2008? Really? Seriously?

Republicans: Obama Said He Will Approve Keystone Pipeline

"Obama previously blocked the completion of the pipeline, citing environmental concerns. But Carson and other Republicans present at the meeting said they were told the White House would drop its objection.

Rep. Darrell Issa said the toughest question asked came from Rep. Candice Miller, who asked Obama, “Why shut down White House tours instead of canceling the White House Christmas party?”


Come on fellow lefties… does this guy look anything remotely like the person we campaigned and voted for in 2008? Really? Seriously?

think-progress:
Real life.

think-progress:

Real life.

Is The NYPD’s “Protect & Serve” Policy A Thing Of The Past?

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"WeAreChange recently got the opportunity to meet and Interview Joe Lozito, the selfless hero who put his life on the line to stop a serial killer. The story is only magnified when Joe finds out, that while being stabbed by the serial killer, the NYPD was standing by watching everything unfold from the safety of the conductors door. Currently in a legal suit, the NYPD and City of NY is arguing that the NYPD has NO duty to protect its own citizens.”

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