Thursday, March 31, 2016

Common Dreams:
"Bernie Sanders claimed three resounding victories on Saturday as caucus-goers in Alaska, Hawaii, and Washington overwhelmingly backed the Vermont senator, proving that his campaign has the 'momentum' to battle Democratic rival Hillary Clinton all the way to the convention.

While Sanders was predicted to win in Alaska and Washington, as CNN reports, 'the real news is in the sheer size of his victory.'

Indeed, Sanders bested Clinton by more than sixty points in Alaska, where he took 81.6 percent to her 18.4 percent. In Hawaii, he won 70.6 percent to 29.2 percent and in the delegate-heavy Washington, Sanders beat Clinton 72.7 percent to 27.1 percent." 

-->The NYT didn't report these victories at all, preferring to run more stories about Donald Trump. Our newspaper of record just prints what Wall Street wants it to, and Bernie is scaring the billionaires. You can tell that from the NYT's failure to even cover the Sanders campaign. 

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Guardian UK:
"CIA photographed detainees naked before sending them to be tortured. Classified pictures showing CIA captives bruised, blindfolded and bound raise new questions about US’s willingness to use ‘sexual humiliation’ on suspects

A former US official who had seen some of the photographs described them as 'very gruesome'. The naked imagery of CIA captives raises new questions about the seeming willingness of the US to use what one medical and human rights expert called 'sexual humiliation' in its post-9/11 captivity of terrorism suspects. Some human rights campaigners described the act of naked photography on unwilling detainees as a potential war crime.

Unlike video evidence of CIA torture at its undocumented 'black site' prisons that were destroyed in 2005 by a senior official, the CIA is said to retain the photographs.
In some of the photos, which remain classified, CIA captives are blindfolded, bound and show visible bruises. Some photographs also show people believed to be CIA officials or contractors alongside the naked detainees."

-->The NYT, to its shame, has not printed this article. Is it just me, or is the NYT becoming a second rate paper, willing to sell out quite easily to the National Security State. Of course, no other major news outlet in the US covered this story either. What a sorry state our corporate media is in.

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Common Dreams:
"What is privacy and what is an individual's right to it? 

That is the question that renowned linguist and MIT professor Noam Chomsky, National Security Agency (NSA) whistleblower Edward Snowden, and Intercept co-founding editor Glenn Greenwald sought to answer on Friday evening as the three (virtually) shared a stage for a panel discussion at the University of Arizona in Tuscon.

Coming amid the FBI's public battle against Apple as well as days after the bombings in Brussels last week, which have spurred another round of calls for heightened security and surveillance, the conversation challenged the rhetoric that national security requires that governments can access individual communications.

'Should our government be omniscient?' asked Snowden, who took part in the discussion via satellite from Russia. 'That has value, of course, in thwarting nefarious and criminal behavior. But the public has a right to know if the government is going to be omniscient. As it stands, this decision has been made by a few people behind closed doors. That is the problem.' "

-->The NYT joined almost all of the mainstream media in avoiding this discussion by some of our nation's most important intellectuals. One has to read alternative media in the US to know what our government is really up to. It takes some intellectual curiosity, of course, but the truth is relatively easy to find on the Internet. If you don't look, however, you are sure to remain ignorant.

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