Monday, February 10, 2014

BREAKING: First Story Is Up At New Glenn Greenwald Site; It's A Whopper is up. Glenn Greenwald writes:
The NSA’s Secret Role in the U.S. Assassination Program

The National Security Agency is using complex analysis of electronic surveillance, rather than human intelligence, as the primary method to locate targets for lethal drone strikes – an unreliable tactic that results in the deaths of innocent or unidentified people.

According to a former drone operator for the military’s Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) who also worked with the NSA, the agency often identifies targets based on controversial metadata analysis and cell-phone tracking technologies. Rather than confirming a target’s identity with operatives or informants on the ground, the CIA or the U.S. military then orders a strike based on the activity and location of the mobile phone a person is believed to be using.

Read the rest here.


  1. Great link RW, you beat Drudge and everyone else but Glenn.

  2. Those sociopathic Americans who merely shrug at dead brown muslim women and children deserve everything coming their way.
    dumb asses.

    1. Exactly and how many of these people say with a straight face that they're pro-life? I'm willing to bet at least 85%

  3. Many of you may be familiar with the musings of Daniel Kuehn.

    Posted by dkuehn:

    Glenn Greenwald bothers me in a really deep, genuine way...
    ...and I'm always a little shocked that a lot of people don't see it that way.

    1. Leftists who took the moral high ground against bush for civil liberties and war hate seeing their false nobel peace prize bubble burst. They just can't stand greenwald for exposing Obama and most of the left as being even worse than the neo cons! They also tend to be fans of Wilson, fdr, Truman, Lincoln, lbj, etc and never seem to make the connection at the war mongering history of the left.

      That is why Glenn bothers him so much; he doesn't just say "unite blue" and ignore the facts like most on the left including that idiot brad Delong.

    2. Here I am coming to the defense of DK. I think DK's statism is more nuanced and complex than being a hack for Obama. I think that he thinks that he's constructing some type of rapprochement between the Austrians and Keynesians and that his foreign policy views are centrist-reasonable.

      He's often polite to Austrians. However, he is not particularly fond of me.

      I once criticized his paper which criticized Tom Woods and the Austrian view of the 1920 depression.

    3. Bob. Let's walk this back a little. Earlier in the thread you had said that I celebrated the indiscriminate power of the state to murder people. This was in a post about police beating a homeless man to death. You are NOT a pleasant person. The evidence is right in front of you. You say awful, unhinged things about other people. You are a vile person. If you have a problem with people observing that in you, you should probably stop treating people so badly.

      Anonymous - I don't know you (obviously), and you don't seem to know me. Obama is fair enough relative to the alternatives we've got and he is not a complete disaster. But the idea that I just want people to support him on everything is ridiculous. I've taken exception to Obama on health reform, on macroeconomic policy, on the minimum wage, and on several aspects of foreign/security policy including NSA wiretapping. You may see me as an indiscriminately supporting him because my disagreement doesn't always align with someone like Bob Roddis or Robert Wenzel.

      And it's true, there are some national security policies I'm fine with that you guys may not be. I am fine with targeted killings, I am fine the use of drones. I am fine with Guantanamo (I am not fine with various constitutional violations at Guantanamo, but I don't mind having a prison on a beach in Cuba and I don't see why it has to be closed). But I never criticized Bush for any of that stuff. I criticized him for Iraq, for much of the Patriot act, for abuses at Guantanamo. You never heard a peep out of me with Bush on drones. Why? Because my view on that policy has nothing to do with me having any particular affinity for Obama.

    4. Daniel,

      Just to clarify: You are saying that you're "fine" with summary execution as formal policy? You see no problem with the President - or persons acting on the President's authority - acting as judge, jury & executioner all rolled into one? or are you somehow comforted by the absurd pretense of "accountability" ascribed to the whole process?

      Considering that you also admit that you "don't mind" your government having a detention center purposely situated in legal limbo, where the political class can persecute those it deems undesirables without being inconvenienced with such quaint, trivial notions as due process, habeus corpus, or basic human rights, then I'd say no answer is necessary to the previous inquiries. I already know.

  4. Who are Bob Roddis and Daniel Kuehn, and why am I supposed to care what either thinks?