National Security Agency (NSA) at Fort Meade, Maryland (AFP Photo / Jim Watson)
A White House-appointed task force is to recommend an overhaul of the National Security Agency, including changing the controversial bulk phone record collection and giving it civilian leadership, according to a Wall Street Journal report.
The panel of experts called the Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technology was called in August in response to the public revelations of the NSA’s mass electronic surveillance by whistleblower Edward Snowden.
The five-strong task force is to submit its recommendations to the Obama administration on Saturday, but the document is not yet finalized, and it’s not clear how much of it the White House chooses to make public.
The newspaper was given an overview of the panel’s recommendations by four people familiar with the draft. If the US administration chooses to follow on the non-binding suggestions, it would mean a lot of changes for how the key US intelligence agency works.
The experts recommended forbidding the US from collecting and storing millions of phone call records of Americans. Instead the records would be held by phone companies or a third party, with NSA receiving access to select data after meeting a new higher standard
Some of the most respected prognosticators in the financial world are warning that what is coming in 2014 and beyond is going to shake America to the core. Many of the quotes that you are about to read are from individuals that actually predicted the subprime mortgage meltdown and the financial crisis of 2008 ahead of time. So they have a track record of being right. Does that guarantee that they will be right about what is coming in 2014? Of course not. In fact, as you will see below, not all of them agree about exactly what is coming next. But without a doubt, all of their forecasts are quite ominous. The following are quotes from Harry Dent, Marc Faber, Gerald Celente, Mike Maloney, Jim Rogers and nine other respected economic experts about what they believe is coming in 2014 and beyond…
-Harry Dent, author of The Great Depression Ahead: “Our best long-term and intermediate cycles suggest another slowdown and stock crash accelerating between very early 2014 and early 2015, and possibly lasting well into 2015 or even 2016. The worst economic trends due to demographics will hit between 2014 and 2019. The U.S. economy is likely to suffer
By Madison Ruppert
Editor of End the Lie
Pastor Saeed Abedini (Image credit: pubsecrets.wordpress.com)
The wife of the Rev. Saeed Abedini, a naturalized U.S. citizen currently imprisoned in Iran, continues to call on the Obama administration to demand her husband’s release after 444 days in captivity.
While his wife Naghmeh Abedini said she was “thankful” that Obama expressed “concern” for her husband, she said that the U.S. government “has abandoned him.”
Christianity in Iran is not afforded the same level of government protection as Islam, seen most recently in the case of Christians being sentenced to 80 lashes for drinking wine as part of communion. While the government claims to give Christians equal rights, the human rights record speaks for itself.
Naghmeh Abedini said she feels abandoned because the Obama administration has yet to publicly demand the release of her husband during a House Foreign Affairs joint subcommittee hearing on Thursday, according to The Washington Times.
She said that she was “devastated” when she learned that Obama did not demand the release of her husband as a condition for negotiations surrounding the economic sanctions on Iran related to the short-term nuclear deal.
Planet Infowars | Entirely unnecessary act of raw violence..
Planet Infowars | Well done, America.
ap.org | Swedish professor Ake Sellstrom did not determine whether the government or opposition were responsible for the alleged attacks.
Reuters | Report follows article by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh indicating al-Nusra was behind sarin attacks in Syria.
Scott Shackford | Change comes at the speed of government.
ap.org | CIA was slow to respond to Levinson’s disappearance and spent the first several months denying any involvement.
Marine Major General Michael Lehnert. (AFP Photo / Peter Muhly)
The American general in charge of opening the Guantanamo Bay prison camp in Cuba has come out in favor of closing the facility, declaring, “the entire detention and interrogation strategy was wrong.”
Writing in the Detroit Free Press, Marine Major General Michael Lehnert stated the time has come to close Guantanamo, and that the prison “should never have been opened.”
Lehnert was the leader of the 2002 Joint Task Force charged with constructing a prison in Guantanamo Bay. He said the facility was created out of fear caused by the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center, when the U.S. believed those detained would offer a “treasure trove” if intelligence.
Soon after Guantanamo opened, however, Lehnert decided the operation was a mistake. Most of the individuals captured did not have much information, he said, nor was there adequate evidence connecting them to war crimes.
“We squandered the goodwill of the world after we were attacked by our actions in Guantanamo, both in terms of detention and torture,” Lehnert wrote in his column. “Our decision to keep Guantanamo open has helped our enemies because it validates every negative perception of the United States.”