Thoughts on The Intercept’s new Leak Policy

While box office receipts for Oliver Stone’s upcoming biopic may prove me wrong, Greenwald and Snowden no longer matter, however hard they try.  By my reckoning, the only people who are still interested is a smattering of careerists and spooks in the emerging privacy industry; the cargo cult of dipshits that never tire of hearing the same story over and over again, framed each time as a “scoop”; and a gaggle of ostensible detractors who continue to beat the drum about releasing more  of these dull, unsurprising, and old documents to more people.

Bullshit calls on this nonsense are doomed to become as repetitive and pointless as the scoops themselves. To the extent that they legitimize the leaks via demands for more of them, they’re downright idiotic, and maybe even a little pernicious. I admit there was a time when I took the bait and demanded more leaks, but as I so often do when I read old blog posts, I marvel at my lack of skepticism and my faith in the disruptive power of information. This shit is phony baloney from tip to tail, either by design or by way of its managers.

For the fans that expect me to weigh in, this is the best I can do almost a full three years since Snowden came on the scene:  Greenwald announced blah blah blah, which contradicts his previous claim that blah blah blah. Meanwhile, The Intercept is redacting blah blah blah, and consulting with the NSA on blah blah blah. True to form, The Intercept has cherry-picked empire-friendly blah blah blah. Blah blah compliance as defiance blah blah blah.

While I erred on the quality of the leaks, I otherwise had this thing’s number three years’ ago, almost from day one, when I called out Snowden for the not-Manning schtick that showed his hand. If you’re still taking any of this shit at face value, God help you.  Short of a comprehensive analysis of the whole show, or a rundown of how right all the early detractors got everything, it’s not even interesting as a limited hangout anymore. But feel free to mine my archives if you still care. I also recommend my buddy Lorenzo’s excellent post on the “diminishing returns of info-spectacles.” They’re far more interesting than anything in The Intercept’s stupid, done-to-death trove.

 

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48 Responses to Thoughts on The Intercept’s new Leak Policy

  1. roastyagain says:

    I’m seeing hipsters here in Seattle that have emulated the Snowden look, and I saw a bumpersticker that said “Snowden for President 2020” the other day. Never before have we needed more impetus to burn down celebrity in all it’s forms.

  2. davidly says:

    “Others contain obvious errors or mindless parroting of public source material.”
    Indeed.

  3. robertmstahl says:

    A field is not structure (which is phenomenological)
    More or less from Arthur Silber: The Internet (the one-and-only). Assume the electronic age, then, the electrons. Field or structure?

    The Intercept, I conclude, is without structure by design. But, since evil is a 50/50 proposition all-too-often, this was worth it to me to have read. Any comments, that is was not worth the read?

    https://theintercept.com/2016/05/09/barrett-brown-dean-rusk-also-missing-feared-dead/

  4. wendyedavis says:

    Thanks, Tarzie. The ‘new’ leaks may be about promoting the movie, who knows? But I admit this batch strikes me seriously funny, especially by way of this from telesur english:

    Documents leaked by whistle-blower Edward Snowden show the United States was training spies to influence events in the Americas.

    The latest batch of National Security Agency documents revealed by whistleblower Edward Snowden on Monday show that the NSA offered tailored training to staff on national security issues in Latin America in an effort to steer the region toward U.S. interests.

    A June 2003 edition of the SIDtoday newsletter, an internal publication run by the Signals Intelligence Directorate, the electronic eavesdropping division that The Intercept describes as “arguably the NSA’s most important,” announced a training opportunity for NSA staffers on Latin American strategic intelligence issues.

    http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/NSA-Spies-Sought-to-Push-Latin-America-Toward-US-Objectives-20160516-0035.html

    Now given that they’re claiming ‘most important’, and that GG is in Brazil, and that there are ongoing soft coups galore in the global south, wouldn’t one think it’s embarrassing to make that claim and still have held onto those docs all this time? Not that there hasn’t been adequate evidence of CIA -cover NGOs wreaking all kinds of astroturf havoc already, but still: what bullshit. I guess the ‘reading room’ they’d set up for actual journalists didn’t pan out as expected? Pffffft.

    By the way, do any of you know how many journalists they have in their organization now?

    Chelsea’s acceptance speech for the 2016 Blueprint Enduring Impact Whistleblowing Prize.

    View story at Medium.com

    • Tarzie says:

      Now given that they’re claiming ‘most important’, and that GG is in Brazil, and that there are ongoing soft coups galore in the global south, wouldn’t one think it’s embarrassing to make that claim and still have held onto those docs all this time?

      That’s a great observation, Wendy, but you forgot that Greenwald has flipped the journalistic pyramid, and that the fireworks are saved for last. Presumably that’s why they’re starting with the oldest newsletters instead of the ones that might bear more specifically on the present. It is at first glance a great mystery why the people who don’t guffaw at this shit aren’t concerned about the lengthy delays. But we’re dealing with a cargo cult, and it long ago became apparent that responding to the disclosures in a meaningful way is the furthest thing from their minds. Hence timing on this is trivial.

      Once again, I’m wondering what they think we think spy agencies are for. Our spy agencies meddle in South America to advance US interests? The devil you say!!!

      It’s depressing that Greenwald and co can confidently assume that these half-wits are too ignorant to know just how perfectly banal and stale these disclosures are, while smarter folks play along. Depressing that Telesur is in this latter group, just as they were when we heard — for the second time — the shocking news that the NSA took a keen interest in Venezuela’s oil industry. At least they said “U.S. meddling in Latin American affairs is commonplace.”

      The Intercept’s “most intriguing” stories list is interesting only in its blatant disingenuousness. Pure coincidence that North Korea featured in one and a Russian mobster featured in another. Cool how they resuscitated the Jessica Lynch story too, as if its fraudulence weren’t established ages ago.

      As to Manning, interesting she admits, that, “as a military prisoner, [her] public persona is carefully controlled and enforced.” You’d think this too would be self-evident, but The Dipshit Cult has trouble with that one too. The rest of the speech is thoroughly unremarkable, just as you’d expect from a persona that is “enforced” by the military that put her in a cage.

      • davidly says:

        I might amend that the triviality of the timing is part of the timing. Their admitted key concept to their m.o. of releasing info — timing & framing — drips with irony that would appear to be designed as a mechanism for insider taunting thinly veiled behind the useful dipshit tools who advocate it.
        For timing & framing are really quite important, and the timing & framing of this, from go, has been counterproductive to most of the stated purposes (obviously quite productive when you parse it out, purpose by ulterior purpose).
        And while I believe that from a journalistic standpoint it is important that the covert-ish on-doings in Latin America be catalog’d and printed (or vice-versa), it should be in a ho-hum dotting-the-i’s way, simply factual back-up to what’s long known — not as breaking info with an ostensible ignorance of everything that preceded it.
        So far as I can tell, TI is just like any other corporately funded media outlet that publishes loads of useless-to-misleading turds with nuggets of useful truth-hiding-in-plain-sight if one bothers to look before flushing.
        But here I go, pretty much writing what anyone reading already knows. So the irony is on me, I guess.

      • Tarzie says:

        But here I go, pretty much writing what anyone reading already knows.

        Nah. I overshrugged and this is a good corrective.

        And while I believe that from a journalistic standpoint it is important that the covert-ish on-doings in Latin America be catalog’d and printed (or vice-versa), it should be in a ho-hum dotting-the-i’s way, simply factual back-up to what’s long known — not as breaking info with an ostensible ignorance of everything that preceded it.

        You’ve got it exactly right.

      • wendyedavis says:

        Yes, the ‘Rocket’s Red Glare’ never did come, did it, and yes, I missed that timing angle. And yeah; ‘There’s gambling going on in this gin joint? I’m shocked!’, although I Hadn’t realized the ‘knowns’ stretched as far back as 1950. I’m still learning about the Dulles Brothers, for instance, and the origins of the security state under Truman.

        I try not to fault Telesur too much, as they cover the beleaguered ‘turning back the pink tide’ nations news, and even now the editors may hope for any juice that can discredit the coup-plotters’ direct ties to the Imperium, but yes, I get your drift. But then again, they me as naive as I used to be: I covered the various leaks at my.Firedoglake for a time, and was incensed at the NSA’s spying on Petrobras and their ‘proprietary secrets’, yada yada. ‘Parallel construction’ was a special fave of mine.

        Over time, your critiques and those of others like Chris Floyd, a couple e-friends, plus watching that infernal ‘town hall’ broadcast in NZ w/ GG, Snowden, Dotcom, and Assange-on-a-screen, finally tipped me waaaay over the cynicism edge. They even smacked Assange on the ‘bad whistleblower’ dreck. Wish I could remember what he did the next day to demonstrate that he wasn’t altogether pleased with it…but I can’t. Come to think of it, GG’s ‘I’m so tired of this NSA stuff’ may have been the clincher. It demonstrated to me that they weren’t even very interested in reigning in the NSA ‘too far’ because ‘some surveillance’, yada, yada. I haven’t kept up, but aren’t the New Remedies Laws even worse than before?

        But my intro to the new rubbish of ‘broadening access to the files, here’s why’ article featured the same ‘we carefully redacted’ and all the blah blahs you cited, and a few graphs later was the Wikileaks reporting was superb…but…different strokes for different sources, same old schtick, just…more hidden. It also seemed disingenous to do all that careful redacting, tra la la, write up a few (not) gems you’ve mentioned, then say others may find more pithy stories cuz they know their home countries better. Pffft. Thanks for naming the three crap non-news stories, I hadn’t clicked into that portion. Ye gods and little fishes, the format of the place about gives me brain-bleed (and yes, I have compromised grey matter, obviously). Shadowfax does the same to me; guess that’s the new Silicon Valley *cool*.

        So if the Dipshit Club doesn’t get the joke, is there some sort of pay-off they expect for this recent 166 and ‘more years to come’ stuff? There’s an op-ed at RT about how sick the ‘come vacation at Gitmo for a week’ dreck in the newsletter I scanned, but does the NSA really need discrediting for sport? OTOH, few know what USAID, NED, Centre UA, Avaaz, et.al. really are about, nor NATO/Africom, for that matter. Those organizations really are scary biscuits for me, and growing as fast and hard as they’re able now. Because: Russia an China, of course.

        It seems that my favorite comment on your Snowden film trailer post was just right; close to: “Isn’t it over yet?”

        Yes on Chelsea’s handling and suppression, bless her heart. And great comment, Davidly. Dang it’ cold here; I need to go start a fire. Oh, and re: the Panama Papers yawn? Seems it’s purpose was to allow the Imperium and puppets to pretend to care about tax avoidance in the least of the tax-sheltering venues…for about fifteen minutes. But hey! There’ an election coming up in the USA, that’s what matters!

      • Tarzie says:

        Lots of great commenting here.

        I misspoke if I said “known since the fifties.” I just know that meddling in Latin America was well underway by then, and even if there weren’t hard evidence for it, one can infer simply from the NSA and CIA start dates. I mean, what else are these agencies for?

        When did GG say he was tired of the NSA? I remember he said he would kill himself if this was still going on etc.

        Few know what USAID, NED, Centre UA, Avaaz, et.al. really are about, nor NATO/Africom, for that matter. Those organizations really are scary biscuits for me, and growing as fast and hard as they’re able now. Because: Russia an China, of course.

        I agree completely. This raises the question as to whether or not the leaks have ever shown intelligence ties to USAID and soft imperialist NGOs. I venture they haven’t and won’t, especially given that the Omidyar Network and USAID are joined at the hip. It’s shit like focusing on old newsletters rather than these shady outfits, alongside the most gentle treatment of the CIA, that makes this a limited hangout regardless of whether it started that way. I wonder what the Cablegate trove discloses about USAID etc. Know anything?

        So if the Dipshit Club doesn’t get the joke, is there some sort of pay-off they expect for this recent 166

        Since we know they’re insipid, status-conscious twits, I reckon drama and continued membership in the knowing knowers community suffices. For the cargo cult with a mystical regard for whistleblowing, the disclosure of state secrets is an end in itself. Each disclosure brings us closer to…something.

        I think the parallel construction disclosure *is* important. But that, like the important disclosures about spy planes, wasn’t from Snowden, was it?

        Agree I was too hard on Telesur.

  5. Spy Culture says:

    “Greenwald announced blah blah blah, which contradicts his previous claim that blah blah blah. Meanwhile, The Intercept is redacting blah blah blah, and consulting with the NSA on blah blah blah. True to form, The Intercept has cherry-picked empire-friendly blah blah blah. Compliance as defiance blah blah blah.” – This is very funny. And accurate. But mostly funny.

  6. wendyedavis says:

    No more nested room above, Tarzie. I’ll come back later, I’m just jammed in RL today. I found it; it was actually “Glenn Greenwald: ‘…it’s just kind of time for me to do other things’, some time before July 15, 2014. eeep, that earl?. Anyhoo, (and it looks as though I’d even mentioned the fireworks, O, poor memory mine):

    https://cafe-babylon.net/2014/07/15/glenn-greenwald-its-just-kind-of-time-for-me-to-do-other-things/

    • wendyedavis says:

      I expect you’re right on the ‘since the fifties’. I’ll trust your memory over mine, but I’d thought Pierre was Centre UA, but maybe both, yes? Remember his micro-loans in India that allegedly left so many defaultees committing suicide? Now the Omidyar Network is into ‘micro-insurance’, swear to the goddess. All kinds of self-congratulatory ‘bold new visions and curative economic dreams’ for the Rabble (even Africans!) on his twitter account; almost surreal. My stars, he and his friends are high on each other.

      I remember using Wikicables for lots of diaries about USAID meddling, and I just went and checked the start of my series on Compromised NGOs (human rights ones, NED/OTI, USAID, and loads of the ‘philanthropic orgs’ Cory Morningstar calls the ‘non-profit industrial complex’ (Gates, Clintons, so many more). As far as I can see scanning, unless they’re in hyperlinks, no Cables. But I let my fingers do the walking and found almost too many hits, but this one at Jacobin is great: ‘The Latin America WikiLeaks Files; US diplomatic cables reveal a coordinated assault against Latin America’s left-wing governments.’

      https://www.jacobinmag.com/2015/09/latin-america-wikileaks-hugo-chavez-rafael-correa-obama-venezuela-intervention/

      Now I’d have to go back and look, but my (crap) memory says ‘parallel construction’ was via Snowden, but that also proved how many security agencies share info, in any event. And the FBI just ramped up its power to snoop.

      “For the cargo cult with a mystical regard for whistleblowing, the disclosure of state secrets is an end in itself. Each disclosure brings us closer to…something.” Ouch.

      Ah well, sorry to go on, but all this stuff really gets my knickers in a knot. Oh, Morningstar put up a cool interview w/ Philip Agee talking about being CIA in Latin America back in the day, and I borrowed it. I remember your fondness for him.

      • Tarzie says:

        I expect you’re right on the ‘since the fifties’.

        It’s easily enough confirmed online. Among other things, The CIA began working against Allende in Chile in 1958.

        I’ll trust your memory over mine, but I’d thought Pierre was Centre UA, but maybe both, yes?

        It’s not either/or. Both Omidyar Network and USAID provided funding to Centre UA according to Mark Ames.

        There’s also this:

        Omidyar Network, The Rockefeller Foundation, and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced today a collaboration to promote impact investing…Together the partners have committed $6.5 million to support the [Global Impact Investing Network’s] work to increase the accessibility of impact investing.

        and finally there’s the Global Innovation Fund where Omidyar Network and USAID are also in partnership. Omidyar Network is the only NGO in the fund.

        It was Reuters, not the leak keepers, that broke the parallel construction story with no mention of Snowden as the source. Since it’s something that deeply implicates another agency, actually tells us something new and affects the socially marginal, it makes sense that Snowden had nothing to do with it.

        It’s become routine to credit Snowden with every new piece of spy information, even though good reporting on the intelligence establishment was already commonplace. All the best scoops about intelligence in the past few years had nothing to do with Snowden, though stories based on his old documents helpfully drowned them out.

      • Bitman says:

        A encyclopedia read on the deep background of CIA’s campaign of destruction in South America is “Thy WIll Be Done,” by Gerard Colby and Charlotte Dennett. Details the imbrication of CIA and major foundations in using religious/fundamentalist groups to destabilize opposition to Western oligarchical conquest of the Amazon region and, ultimately, destroy indigenous societies.

        I remember it being a behemoth, me picking it up and putting it down many times. Need to read it again in light of recent events. Some horrific stories in there, also much that has been published elsewhere (e.g CIA’s role overthrowing of Arbenz, other participation in coups).

        http://www.amazon.com/Thy-Will-Done-Rockefeller-Evangelism/dp/0060927232/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8
        http://educate-yourself.org/lte/rockefellerandevangelism16apr08.shtml

  7. wendyedavis says:

    For tonight i’m feelin’ srsly rode hard ‘n put up wet, but can i sing a Pierre lullaby? i do have another take on ‘parallel construction after looking at my image files; small matter, i reckon.

    ♪ Lullaby and goodnight,
    With roses bedight,
    With lilies o’er spread
    Go fuck…yourself tonight ♪

    • Tarzie says:

      Ha ha.

      He really is a nefarious character, isn’t he? That’s one of the features of the whole Snowden/Intercept event. Everyone and everything shows themselves to be far worse than even their harshest critics would have predicted. I mean Omidyar is a particularly shady billionaire.

      I’m curious about the provenance of the parallel construction story, so if you have contrary info, lay it on me. Reuters never even hinted at the source. Perhaps they were using a leaked leak and couldn’t say it was Snowden since he hadn’t given it to them. However, considering that spook journalism is possible without Snowden, and often better for it, I can’t see a reason to credit him based on speculation.

      By the way, according to Tarzie fan club president bmaz at emptywheel, parallel construction was old news. too.

      • wendyedavis says:

        “Tarzie fan club president bmaz…” ha and ha. but okay, this is a bit complicated, and concerns the various ways I gaslight myownself with my downhill-sliding mental capabilities, but I’ll spare you the parallel construction beadcrumb image trails I took. I compared dates from Reuters, Muckrock, bmaz’s, etc. when a light came on. Zo…I went to see if Shadowfax kept my diary about it. How nice they did, although it may get us more in the weeds.

        First, your Reuters link contained this: THE SPECIAL OPERATIONS DIVISION

        ‘The unit of the DEA that distributes the information is called the Special Operations Division, or SOD. Two dozen partner agencies comprise the unit, including the FBI, CIA, NSA, Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Homeland Security. It was created in 1994 to combat Latin American drug cartels and has grown from several dozen employees to several hundred.’

        Anyhoo, according to that diary, I’d scored the story from Bruce Dixon at BAR concerning ‘newly procured FOIAed documents that he called ‘a smoking gun’ in the DEA manuals of ‘parallel reconstruction’ of phony chains of evidence that began with NSA and likely other security state acronym agencies funneled to law enforcement agencies. He lauded Snowden highly; perhaps that’s why I’d thought the following bolded parts? My Reuters link is the one you’ve given. Was there an advance announcement? If so, I can’t find it online, sooo, I’m at a loss, and it’s likely that you’re correct.

        wd: “You will likely remember that in August of last year Reuters had announced that it had seen Snowden files that showed the same thing, including the fact that the wiretaps, call data, any and all bulk collected information, were about spying on Americans, which blew out of the water the lies that we weren’t being spied upon.

        The documents showed quite clearly that law enforcement was to go to great lengths to hide the provenance of the tips, clues, etc., as to how the ‘investigations’ had begun, from not only defense attorneys, but often prosecutors and judges, even though the cases rarely involved national security issues .”

        Oopsie; I’d even quoted the prez of your fan club at Emptywheel, noting what the Reuters piece said about the multiple acronyms of the SOD. Anyway, I have no idea why I’d (sloppily) thought that Reuters had seen Snowden docs, not just DEA docs.

        https://shadowproof.com/2014/02/10/dea-parallel-construction-manuals-available-now-online/

        Pierre is a piece of work, and his lies about not knowing that PayPal had blockaded WikiLeaks was grotesque, as were GGs claims that (as a fearless journalist) he’d never looked into Pierre’s finances. Pfffft. His twitter spats with Alexa O’brien were creepy. But she’s still cookin’, although I confess I haven’t been reading. So many ways for our heads to swivel, my stars.

        http://alexaobrien.com/archives/3246

  8. So Far Right... says:

    And The Intercept has jumped the shark. Unclassified chit chat newsletters that are at least a decade old. I guess PO and the national surveillance apparatus decided they needed to spice up TI with something more than foreclosure sob stories.

  9. b-psycho says:

    They’re even so cutesy about it as to act like humanizing spies is equivalent to showing why they should be opposed. Ridiculous.
    No, information is not in and of itself power. Unless the info shows a path to sabotage, it’s just “well, they do this”.
    …people that oppose it already know that. People that don’t aren’t going to care. That which does not lead to destruction is just gossip.

  10. wendyedavis says:

    Thanks for the links, bitman. sickening as hell just on scanning. my, those rockefellers still have their hands in, even now, via their ‘glorious’ foundation funding.

    Cynthia McKinney gave it a good try in her recent ‘‘Edward Snowden’s data dump: Where’s the beef?’, although her ending is a mite weak.

    https://www.rt.com/op-edge/343993-edward-snowdens-data-dump-intercept/

    • Maybe Cory Morningstar’s site would also be of interest?

      Main: The Art of Annihilation.

      Also: Avaaz: Imperialist Pimps of Militarism, Protectors of the Oligarchy, Trusted Facilitators of War | Part I

      The non-profit industrial complex must be understood as a mainspring and the instrument of power, the very support and foundation of imperial domination.

      • Tarzie says:

        Good recommendations. I’ve followed Wrong Kind of Green off and on for a good while now.

      • wendyedavis says:

        Thank you, Greyson Smythe. I put up a series on compromised NGOs and fake philanthropic foundations, partially with their authors’ help and photos some time ago. For one reason or another, I never made it past Part II, and the next part was to be devoted solely to the Dem and capitalism climate change gatekeeper Bill McKibben and friends.

        They had a photo or one like one I’d lost when one of my laptops crashed and burned, bless their hearts. It featured one of the movie marquee-sized glassed-in posters in which Amnesty Int’l was thanking NATO for rescuing the women of Afghanistan. Another I’d had was an apparently ubiquitous similar poster in Libya.

        The site has some new essays/exposés by Jay Taber, but I haven’t taken the time to read them with all that’s on my plate in RL. I ran into a newish site Clinton Foundation exposés of the Clinton Foundation yesterday, and haven’t had time to read them, either, so I’m unable to declare them worthy.

        Fun stuff, thrombrogan, but I had to duck-duck ‘Chris Kyle’, proving your point. (smile)

        Speaking of assholish fake philanthropic foundations, Bill Gates crashed my laptop this a.m. and uploaded Windows 10 against my express wishes. It’s apparently common now, and the ‘fixes’ I could find to roll it back were deemed iffy by users. The OS has sincerely mooked up many of my files, most especially my many Word documents, grrrr. His hair and teeth should all fall out tomorrow, yes?

      • wendyedavis says:

        I hope it’s not inappropriate to post these links (I’ll do one at a time s as not to trip Tarzie’s discussion moderation settings). But as Tarzie seems to be taking a well-deserved rest,,,I’ll take my chances. (smile)

        https://cafe-babylon.net/2016/02/03/exploring-compromised-ngos-part-i/

      • wendyedavis says:

        Welcome, Greyson. Kinda nice to have a lot of WKOG’s research compiled, plusa few extras I’d found. But in the ‘same shit, different day’ song, we’ve been watching Eritrea be increasingly in the cross-hairs of the Imperium’s guns at the Café. @cordeliers had retweeted this yesterday:

        One annoying aspect of the ‘humanitarian NGOs’ is that sometimes they manage to get it right.

      • Hummus says:

        Wendy, what do you mean that they sometimes “get it right?”

        The Western narrative on Eritrea is total bullshit and has been since the start.

      • wendyedavis says:

        Hummus, I’d meant that occasionally some of the human rights NGO;s get it right on some issues, in some locations. I looked at HRW’s account just now, only good call-out I saw was on the EU/Turkey refugee agreement. But one of the organizations offers criticism of Israeli deeds against the Palestinians, though that may be when something is even too much for them to bear; I can’t say.

        This may be weak, but I’m glad they noted it:

        But yeah on Eritrea lies; it’s been going on since the Dulles Bros. era, apparently, at least according to a Tweet I stuck on my new ‘Eritreans in the Diaspora Strike Back’, or close. Can’t have no de facto socialistic governments left standing, yanno?

        The world doesn’t seem to care about Kashmiris being killed, imprisoned or disappeared either. They’re trying at the very least to get the UN to force India and the fascist Modi (the Imperium’s new BFF) repeal the (now codified in law) ‘Armed Forces Special Powers Act’, and oy; is it ‘special’.

  11. thombrogan says:

    The Intercept just broke some life-altering news:

    Chris Kyle was only awarded four medals of valor and not seven!

    Now this might be meaningless to critics and enemies of imperialism and it might be equally meaningless to people hold the late Mr. Kyle in high regard, but think of what it could mean to people who didn’t give a shit either which way!

    What’s next to shake us to our core and shatter more paradigms?

    Choosey mothers don’t give a fuck about Jif?

    Grover Clevland avidly penned erotic fan fiction depicting Sacajawea and Benedict Arnold as sex ninjas?

    The Wiggles was made in Australia to hide its ties to MK Ultra?

    • Tarzie says:

      That’s truly pathetic. They think something becomes interesting when its prepended with “Documents acquired by the Intercept reveal…” If their point is to distract, disinform and self-mythologize, can they at least be a tiny bit interesting pleeeze?

      At least you wrung some good laughs from it.

      • So Far Right says:

        Any time you hear “documents acquired by the XXXX” in a conspiriatorial tone it generally means a FOIA request or that they were publicly available. And yep, that’s what the TI is pushing.

        Kyle was half nuts, and probably inflated his medal counts, but it could be a paperwork mixup or something that he did on classified missions that didn’t make it out the SEAL command structure.

    • davidly says:

      “Now this might be meaningless to critics and enemies of imperialism and it might be equally meaningless to people hold the late Mr. Kyle in high regard, but think of what it could mean to people who didn’t give a shit either which way!”
      😀

  12. Apropos of nothing in particular but their juxtaposition in my head:

    Empire Burlesque: Love and Desire: The Truest Resistance to Terror and Power

    Among the “peoples of the Abrahamic faiths” — and among all those who seek to control and dominate others for power and profit — there is nothing more disturbing, more enraging, more frightening than human love and desire. It dissolves barriers, tears down walls, disobeys laws, is fluid, flowing, uncontrollable. For that reason, we should honor it and support it, now more than ever. It is a form of true dissent, a true — perhaps the truest — expression of resistance against all the forces that seek to extinguish the human spirit.

    New York Times: Why We Dance: Photos From the ‘Radical Queer Underground’, By Quito Ziegler

    It is a messed-up world we live in, but we dance our way through it because, as Audre Lorde once wrote, we are survivors who “were never meant to survive.”

    We dance for the future we create together through our radical rewrite of love.

    (…also recalls to me a scene from the movie 1984, where the protagonists get sexy for a bit of revolutionary finger throwing).

    I dunno; I’ve thought that maybe standing outside the fire is more revolutionary, but the chthonian image that the Chris Floyd evokes must be terrifying to TPTB.

  13. wendyedavis says:

    Tarzie, I know we’re all hoping that your absence isn’t due to some major darkening of your live, or of those you love. Here’s hoping this isn’t inappropriate in that eventuality. But if you’re in a space where you could use a good chuckle, you might like Mark Epstein’s ‘Language and Revolution: a Modestly Proposed (No Futures) Exchange’.

    It’s an hilarious parody of Bernie asking Noam Chomsky, another Elite who will vote Clinton to Stop Trump™ . Well, allow him correct me, please:

    “The following is a remarkable exchange we recorded for the Unipolar Oligarchical Observer in our very popular “Principles of the Sell-Out: Sell it as Principled” section, popularly known as “Adapt (and Publish) or Perish.” Both protagonists are remarkable in their own right, and certainly need no further introduction: Snarly Blanders, the Dependent Senator from [Ver]mont, known for his groundbreaking slogans “political revolution” and “a lack of future to believe in” and Foam Stompsky, the indispensable nation’s indispensable intellectual, a professional blinguist, who will help educate our readers in today’s most important universal principle: language is always more important than reality.”, etc. It’s long, given the bloviation factor, but finishing isn’t required. (smile)

    http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/07/20/language-and-revolution-a-modestly-proposed-no-futures-exchange/

    Thank you for the links, Greyson Smythe, especially Floyd’s (on spec), but I’ll try to get to both.

    • Tarzie says:

      Hi Wendy:

      I’m always up for a good chuckle, even in, perhaps even especially in, dark times

      But as it happens, I’m more fine than I ever was when I was tweeting and blogging all the time. I don’t hate blogging the way I have come to hate Twitter, but lately I can’t convince myself its worth the effort either.

      Thanks for sharing the link. It’s nice to see more people calling chomsky a charlatan. It’s long overdue.

      • wendyedavis says:

        I’m so glad to hear it, Tarzie. The Twitter trolls must sap a person’s sanity, and I hear you on ‘the effort’ of blogging that may not bear any appreciable fruit. I reckon for me it’s by way of another safety valve, so…I keep it up. And who knows who may be lurking (smile)?

        So kewl to read he’s scared so witless by the other Chump that he advises voting for the Red Queen. I’m liking seeing push-back to that meme, as well.

        But yeppers: spare us from the Elite Intelligentsia. Good on you for following your protecting your mental/spiritual health, and likely bodily health as well. Thanks for responding, and my best (our best, I’m sure) to you and yours..

  14. cossa68 says:

    Well said, Tarzie. I hope all is well
    Jack (cossa)

  15. Tarzie says:

    Perhaps of interest to people in this comment thread:

    The Tarzan Snowden Reader

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