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Glenn Greenwald: How Microsoft handed the NSA access to encrypted messages
In brief: The NSA PRISM surveillance program has complete access to:
- Outlook.com, including Hotmail
- The Microsoft cloud storage service SkyDrive
- All Skype calls
Information from PRISM is routinely shared with the FBI and CIA.
Microsoft says it’s not true, but they can’t offer any evidence because they don’t want to violate the NSA’s privacy.
Glenn Greenwald has a detailed account of how the Obama administration has moved incrementally to make sure that no one is prosecuted for violations of laws against torture and even torture-related homicide.
Thursday, Attorney General Eric Holder announced the closing without charges of the only two cases under investigation relating to the US torture program: one that resulted in the 2002 death of an Afghan detainee at a secret CIA prison near Kabul, and the other the 2003 death of an Iraqi citizen while in CIA custody at Abu Ghraib. This decision, says the New York Times Friday, “eliminat[es] the last possibility that any criminal charges will be brought as a result of the brutal interrogations carried out by the CIA”.
Note: more than 100 detainees were reported to have died in custody, many after being tortured. Only two cases were investigated by the Obama DOJ.
Meanwhile, President Obama’s highly original “look forward not backward” approach to law enforcement does not apply to whistle-blowers. As Friday’s Times article on Holder’s announcement pointedly notes:
“While no one has been prosecuted for the harsh interrogations, a former CIA officer who helped hunt members of al-Qaida in Pakistan and later spoke publicly about waterboarding, John C Kiriakou, is awaiting trial on criminal charges that he disclosed to journalists the identity of other CIA officers who participated in the interrogations.”
While everyone is rightly focused on the lackluster economy recovery, the DOJ’s announcement that torturers now have immunity from prosecution (at least in the U.S.) represents another major failure of the Obama administration.
WikiLeaks Debate: Glenn Greenwald Schools CNN’s Jessica Yellin and Former Bush Advisor Fran Townsend
CNN, December 27, 2010
Despite what cable TV news tells us every single day, Julian Assange and WikiLeaks have not been charged with any crimes. Unless you work for the government, it is not in fact against U.S. law to publish classified information – the New York Times does it all the time. WikiLeaks has not indiscriminately dumped documents onto the Web without regard to the consequences – that is another lie.
We owe Glenn Greenwald a debt of gratitude for standing up for the truth. He even tried to shame Jessica Yellin, who once admitted that her corporate bosses pressured reporters to support President Bush in the run-up to the illegal invasion of Iraq.
Publishing classified information is what journalists do, and I can’t believe that anyone in the field of journalism such as yourself would say that he [Julian Assange] should go to prison for doing what reporters are supposed to do, which is inform people about what the government is doing.
Of course, former Bush Homeland Security Advisor Fran Townsend has no shame. Why did CNN hire her?
If one thinks about it, there’s something quite surreal about sitting there listening to a CNN anchor and her fellow CNN employee angrily proclaim that Julian Assange is a “terrorist” and a “criminal” when the CNN employee doing that is . . . . George W. Bush’s Homeland Security and Terrorism adviser. Fran Townsend was a high-level national security official for a President who destroyed another nation with an illegal, lie-fueled military attack that killed well over 100,000 innocent people, created a worldwide torture regime, illegally spied on his own citizens without warrants, disappeared people to CIA “black sites,” and erected a due-process-free gulag where scores of knowingly innocent people were put in cages for years. Julian Assange never did any of those things, or anything like them. But it’s Assange who is the “terrorist” and the “criminal.”
Related One Utah post:
WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange In His Own Words (December 23)
UPDATE: It turns out that Fran Townsend is a strong supporter of terrorism. Yet CNN refuses to fire her.