A picture has emerged showing NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden grinning from ear to ear as he left Moscow airport on Thursday, after more than a month stranded at the terminal. The 30-year-old is seen positively beaming, flanked by his Russian lawyer Anatoly Kucherena and two unknown women, as he marches out of Sheremetyevo airport having been granted asylum by Vladimir Putin for a year. [Snip]The photograph, released by Russian TV station Russia24, comes after a member of the US Senate was caught trying to make a rather conspicuous edit to Edward Snowden´s Wikipedia page. In a move sure to grind
If you´re flying in a 2 engine aircraft, and one engine fails for some reason, the question is, which engine is critical? The answer is the remaining good engine. Similarly, the Obama Administration cannot keep Snowden from leaking the secrets. The horses have left the barn. What´s critical is to prevent any future leaks. I have zero faith that the Obama Administration can do it. I don´t even think they´ve identified the problem yet. By failing to ask the President tough questions on the topic makes the MSM complicit with Obama´s incompetant handling of foreign policy.
Echelon has been in existence for a much longer time. It was monitoring telephone,cable etc. long before the internet. The setup was/is in England and is basically what PRISM is; PRISM is considerably updated and more sophisticated. When the Dems were hollering about warrantless eavesdropping-----if it was overseas, blah, blah......what is being heard w/obama using the more sophisticated system, BUT spying on Everybody and permanently retaining ALL the records.
At this point what I have read and heard, Snowden´s releases have just made a LIAR, again, out of the fraud in the Whitehouse. All knew spying has been ongoing for decades upon decades----one country spying on the other. Most of us thought it was only on the "bad" buys and not the whole darn population. Snowden has brought this information front and center. Who leaked the info about the Seals on the bin Laden mission.......obama, biden, DOD, etc. all bent over backwards to give info to MOVIE PRODUCERS. What comments do we hear about those leakers. Look how many dead due to the Admin. boasting and outing the Seals. Make enough noise to no one hears anymore about Benghazi or the IRS...is that what the admin. is hoping? The ´traitor´ is sitting the the Oval Office with his feet propped on the desk.
Hopefully, there will be a future U.S. president, with an abiding commitment to civil liberties, who will issue an absolute pardon to Edward Snowden. Snowden will then be able to return to the U.S to a well-deserved hero´s welcome in appreciation of the sacrifice he´s made to restore our liberty to some extent.
Even after all this time,I´m still not sure what to think about Snowden.I guess if I had a president I cared about,I might be upset about it.One of the big bullet points that Obama ran on was transparency and instead has become the most secretive presidency ever.For breaking that promise,he deserves a national embarrassment like Snowden and Russia is doing.
Even charging a lack of transparency isn´t enough condemnation,he´s sent people out with lying story lines like Susan Rice after Benghazi.Him and Hillary made a tape for Pakistan,blaming the mock video and apologizing for it.Both knew all along what the Benghazi attack was really about.This is part of the reason for this alqueda wag the dog threat.
It won´t be long before athletes in this country are bullied into boycotting the winter Olympics next year,protesting Putin´s gay stance.
Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has largely kept out of the limelight since losing the election to Barack Obama last November. (I had the privilege of co-chairing Governor Romney´s working group on Europe.) Aside from an appearance at CPAC in February, he has rarely been seen in public. He gave one of his first major interviews since the presidential race to Sean Hannity’s show on Fox News last night. A remarkably humble man despite his considerable personal wealth, Romney is the first to admit that he made a number of mistakes during his campaign, and said some things he
America has learned a lot about itself during the shutdown. For one, it´s discovered that certain words have lost their meaning. Barack Obama said yesterday that he will compromise but he won´t negotiate, that he´s prepared to discuss the budget but won´t actually talk about it with the GOP. [Snip] Boehner was so confused that at his press conference he slurred a few of his words and swayed from side to side. Someone should buy the guy a beer. Another thing that Americans have found is that even when government has been shutdown it´s still too darn big. The shutdown
The leak of thousands of GCHQ files by CIA spy Edward Snowden was welcomed by Barack Obama, the Guardian has claimed, just a day after the head of MI5 warned the exposure was a ´gift´ to terrorists. [Snip] In August, Mr Obama said the leaking of the files had "put people at risk" and he had called for a "thorough review" of the operations before the leaks were made public in June. He admitted the leaks had prompted "a much more rapid and passionate response" than if he had just declared a review of the policies. But he insisted: "We
Frozen fruit and vegetables can be healthier, with higher levels of vitamins and cancer fighting antioxidants, than leafy ‘fresh’ produce. Two independent studies found more beneficial nutrients in everything from frozen broccoli florets and carrots to blueberries. In two out of three cases frozen fruit and vegetables scored better on antioxidant-type compounds--including Vitamin C, polyphenols, anthocyanins, lutein and beta-carotene. Consumption of these anti-oxidant compounds is considered beneficial in preventing cancer and supporting the working of the body, brain, skin and eyes. Produce bought from the supermarket greengrocer section is full of colour and crunch, while many stores even use fine
As the US government shutdown enters its ninth day the closure is threatening to leave America’s craft brewers nursing a serious hangover. While stores across the country will continue to stock a range of beers and ales on their shelves, the shutdown has closed an obscure agency, which quietly approves new breweries, recipes and labels. Its closure could halt the rapidly growing craft industry in its tracks, creating huge delays for customers who expect a constant supply of inventive and seasonal beers. The federal government shutdown began on October 1 after a group of House Republican lawmakers blocked a budget
Republican opposition to President Barack Obama´s healthcare law is at the heart of the government shutdown in the US. [Snip] Nearly 40% of the generic drugs used in the US now come from India, and industry insiders say sales will grow as the reforms collectively known as Obamacare roll out. Muralidharan Nair of Ernst and Young says Obamacare envisages savings of $150bn (£935m) per year from drug cost reductions. That is also the size of opportunity for people who work in the industry. "Obamacare will be a harbinger of a tectonic change in the way generic consumption is going to
Here´s the BBC news report (above) on the ferocious speech by new MI5 chief Andrew Parker about terrorists taking advantage of the Snowden leaks. It carries the byline of BBC security correspondent Frank Gardner. It begins: MI5 chief Andrew Parker warns of Islamist threat to UK public Thousands of Islamist extremists in the UK see the British public as a legitimate target for attacks, the director general of MI5 has warned. [Snip] Now it´s time for Gardner to mention, as we did in our report this morning, that the Snowden files were published by the Guardian, despite pleas from
If you get into an argument about press regulation this week, as the Privy Council unilaterally decides on the fate of the British press, I guarantee you this: it will be the Lefties among your acquaintances who will most vociferously champion state intrusion into the press, while the voices criticising such intrusion are far more likely to come from your Right-leaning mates. It’s been like this since the Leveson Inquiry was first set up in 2011. The Left not only cheered this modern-day Star Chamber stuffed with the great and the good dictating to the press what its “culture and ethics”
A new Rasmussen poll shows just how disillusioned Americans have become with the direction of their own country, over four and a half years since President Obama took office. According to Rasmussen, barely a third of US voters think the nation’s Founding Fathers would view the United States as a success today. 49 percent think the opposite: Abraham Lincoln famously declared at Gettysburg that the Founding Fathers "brought forth on this continent a new nation conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal." But half of Americans think the Founding Fathers would view the
Seven days into the government shutdown it has been revealed that the National Guard has bought a $47,000 mechanical bull. The National Guard contract was awarded to a Pennsylvania company tasked with supplying the device as a way to attract new recruits. But the decision to spend tens of thousands of dollars in a week when many government workers are going unpaid has been criticized. Details of the $47,174 contract were found in the General Services Administration listings, according to CNS News. The request came from Utah´s National Guard, which wanted a ´bull which needs to be durable and low maintenance´.
I’ve just watched Barack Obama’s press conference at the White House, where the president has been talking about the government shutdown and the possibility of a US default over the debt ceiling. It wasn’t a pretty sight. [Snip] This was a childish, as well as unpleasant, display of petulance by Mr. Obama, who treats elected officials as though they were puppets who should dance to his tune. It was followed by an embarrassing set of hand-picked questions from a largely subservient liberal-dominated media, none of which seriously challenged the president’s policies or his handling of the shutdown.
Will Congress blink first? Or will they hold out against Presidential demands to increase the federal government’s overdraft facility? If so, does holding down the US debt limit mean that the US government defaults on its debts? We cannot be sure how the political wrangling in Washington will play out. But what we do know is that the laws of mathematics--unlike those made by Congress--are universal and unyielding. Sooner or later, suggest the laws of maths, the US government is going to default on its debts. For a generation or so, the American government has been living far beyond its tax
Families of fallen military service members usually receive a "death gratuity" of $100,000 for interment and expenses within days, but not during government shutdown. They paid the ultimate price serving their country — but their government can’t spare a cent to cover their funerals. The stooges on Capitol Hill added insult to tragedy Tuesday when it was revealed that the families of four soldiers and a Marine who were killed in Afghanistan have not received a $100,000 “death gratuity” because of the government shutdown....
Over the first four days the new online health insurance exchanges were open last week, more than 8 million people visited them, according to the Obama administration. At the very least, this casts doubt on the Republican claim that Americans hate Obamacare and want it repealed. It seems millions of people desperately want the coverage the law will allow them to get, regardless of their medical histories. Alas, the administration managed to turn the experience for most of those visitors into a nightmare. Websites crashed, refused to load, or offered bizarre and incomprehensible choices. Even though the system was shut down
The Very Rev. Gary Hall, chief ecclesiastical leader and executive officer of the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., said in a sermon on Sunday that “homophobia” and “heterosexism” are sins. “In its wisdom, the church came to its senses and labeled both racism and sexism as sinful,” Hall said. “And now we find ourselves at the last barrier—call that barrier homophobia, call it heterosexism. “We must now have the courage to take the final step and call homophobia and heterosexism what they are,” Hall said. “They are sin. “Homophobia is a sin,” Hall said. “Heterosexism is a sin.
From its earliest days, the Obama Administration has operated from a “community organizer” worldview, characterized by an “us” against “them” perspective. The President has repeatedly and in a variety of circumstances said, “Elections have consequences, and I won” as an excuse for yet another executive order, non-Constitutional decision, or “in-your-face” arrogant action. The President goes through the motions of listening to others: he claims to be bipartisan; he hosts White House confabs and talks about the need for compromise, but he always ends up saying, “I won,” and ends any pretense of discussion or negotiation. He explains that, as President,
Tractor-trailer drivers will intentionally clog the inner loop of the Washington, D.C., beltway beginning on the morning of Oct. 11, according to a coordinator of the upcoming "Truckers Ride for the Constitution" rally. Organizers of the three-day ride want to call attention to a litany of trucker frustrations and express their disapproval of national political leaders. Earl Conlon, a Georgia trucker who is handling logistics for the protest, told U.S. News tractor-trailer drivers will circle the beltway "three lanes deep" as he rides with other participants to Congress to seek the arrest of congressmen
President Obama ordered the weekend raids that captured a top al Qaeda operative in Libya and failed to capture a senior leader of the al-Shabab terrorist network in Somalia, the White House said Monday. Presidential press secretary Jay Carney said the Libya raid, in which U.S. agents seized Abu Anas al-Libi, were carried out under authorization granted by Congress in 2001. It was a “rendition” of the kind that Mr. Obama railed against when he was a candidate for president. “This operation was made possible by the superb work and coordination across our national security agencies and the intelligence
I was at a dinner recently where I happened to be seated at a table with new acquaintances of the liberal political persuasion. We went around the table introducing ourselves. As I said that I work for a "conservative website," a man at the far end of the table made his displeasure known by booing. He wasn´t kidding. These were professional, accomplished, senior members of the community. They had never met a conservative before. Their first reaction was hostile. No one chided the man who booed, or apologized on his behalf for his rudeness, or laughed to break the tension.
Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney intends to buy a $9million Park City, Utah ski chalet to complement his family homes in California, Boston, and New Hampshire. The 8,730 foot vacation mansion is in the ski destination´s Deer Valley resort and, while it doesn´t have a $55,000 car elevator like Romney´s La Jolla home, the chalet does rest right on the slope and may be skied into and out of. The six bedroom home´s most noticeable features is its prevalence of wood. The lodge-like home features wooden floors, walls, and furniture that brokers call Utah rustic. The home was once featured
I’m tempted to call it a clown show but that would be insulting to clowns:(Snip for graphic) It ran for one hour and six minutes, with 12 different reporters being called on — although, notably, not Ed Henry of Fox News — and between them they couldn’t muster one question about the catastrophe that is Healthcare.gov or the spectacle of National Park Rangers locking senior-citizen tourists out of war memorials and/or inside their hotels. I admit that, near the end of it, when Twitter was already starting to buzz about the oh-fer on this week’s two unhappy topics, I started
WASHINGTON- The NFL is prepared to meet with an Indian tribe pushing for the Washington Redskins to drop the team´s nickname. Just not this week. As league owners gathered Monday in the nation´s capital for their fall meetings, the Oneida Indian Nation held a symposium across town to promote their "Change the Mascot" campaign. Oneida representative Ray Halbritter said the NFL was invited to attend. Instead, NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said, a meeting has been scheduled for next month - and could happen sooner. "We respect that people have differing views," McCarthy said.
Top political strategist turned CNN anchor, Stephanie Cutter is pregnant with her first child at the age of 44. The Washington Post notes that there is no early word on who the father is and the blonde is thought to be single. A source told the publication that Ms Cutter, due in March, is ´very excited´ about the prospect of motherhood and otherwise, ´not dishing about the details of the pregnancy at all.´ Ms Cutter apparently announced the news of her pregnancy to her CNN colleagues on Monday. She will take maternity leave and return to Crossfire next spring.
While the U.S. has always been a beacon of medical advancement for the world, American women today are expected to live shorter lives than their mothers. Two recent studies found that life expectancy for women have decreased the last two decades. ´Health care is far from the whole story,´ David Kindig, co-author of one of the studies, told the Atlantic. ´More and more people are beginning to realize that the non-health-care factors are at least as important.´ [Snip] Kindig said he was so shocked by it´s outcome, that he and his research partner went back and did the numbers again