A month ago Philip Giraldi, a former CIA officer, wrote about CIA analysts who threatened to resign over the Obama administration allegations about the use of chemical weapons in Syria by the Syrian government:
With all evidence considered, the intelligence community found itself with numerous skeptics in the ranks, leading to sharp exchanges with the Director of Central Intelligence John Brennan and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. A number of analysts threatened to resign as a group if their strong dissent was not noted in any report released to the public, forcing both Brennan and Clapper to back down.
A Canadian asked and Will Wilkinson responded with the most obvious follow up question: Why not Mexico, too?
Such a merger makes perfect sense. No two countries on Earth are as socially and economically integrated as the U.S. and Canada. They share geography, values and a gigantic border. Their populations study, travel and do business together and intermarry in great numbers. If they were corporations (or European states), they would have merged a long time ago. And each has what the other needs: The U.S. has capital, manpower, technology and the world's strongest military; Canada has vast reserves of undeveloped resources.
Canadians have traditionally bristled at the thought of falling under the sway of the U.S., but without a...
Ok, ok, who among us has not driven past a front-loader waiting empty overnight and thought, "I wonder if they left the keys in that?" The same impulse to collect heavy equipment perhaps motivated the thieves who got an extra bonus when they van-jacked what looked like a nicely tricked out vehicle with a heavy lift platform....Pendajos!
All those creepy Muslim organization names look the same to me, and in this case, a woman's foundation probably came within 2 letters of being a terror org - which is within 1 or 2 degrees of freedom, so Ban Her! She's a Witch!
Yes, the plot looks remarkably like Terry Gilliam's Brazil, except they haven't whisked her off to Gitmo (yet) to drill her teeth in an interrogation room.
But as a caveat to those who think metadata doesn't matter, yes, government fuckups have wings that fly far. History notes that government surveillance usually errs in ways beneficial to them, not in ways beneficial to the public or their targets. "Err on the side of caution" doesn't bode well for this lady's rights, and as is typical, the government doesn...
By Garance Franke-Ruta, TheAtlantic.com, Dec. 4, 2013
There's no heartbreak like the heartbreak of first love, and when it comes to politics, no disappointment more bitter than that of a young person who grows up to realize her one-time idol is all too human.