theintercept 2016-04-22: Judge Grants Torture Victims Their First Chance to Pursue Justice, by Jenna McLaughlin

William Bednarz: Apr. 22 2016, 5:39 p.m.
… of the entire administration of George W. Bush

Only those? Really?

MKUltra 2.0 is functioning full force out there:

I think it is about time the Intercept stops protecting those people that are doing such horrendous acts. Last time I checked torture (even of the “freedom loving”, “responsible” kind) is not only inhumane (I hear them laughing their heads off “‘inhumane’ should come from ‘humane’, right? What is that? How is that ‘humane’ thing billable?”), but illegal under domestic and international laws, as well as under professional regulations.

Unfortunately, for those of us tired of same old, same old mainstream stuff; the Intercept has become more and more a rhetorical venue. They talk as if computer algorithms and hardware were spying on people by themselves, at fault for the NSA’s reach; as if the agents actually behind those acts were living in some exclusive, separate moral and technical realm. As if we should respect them because they are “just mere mortals following orders” (again?!?)

Jan. 5 2016, 8:17 p.m.
On one hand, Glenn and the Freedom of the Press foundation are raising money to name and shame police officers that commit crimes and violate the rights of the citizenry.
All over the country, police agencies and local governments have been caught using secrecy to hide video evidence of crimes that officers commit. Independent journalists and local news organizations have been key in uncovering this evidence and holding the police accountable—including in the latest shocking case in Chicago.
This crowd-funding effort will help the journalists who forced the release of the Laquan McDonald video, and then fund similar lawsuits by local journalists to bring transparency to our nation’s police and city halls through Freedom of Information Act lawsuits.
On the other hand, Glenn is arguing that this kind of naming and shaming of intelligence officers is harassment and extra-judicial punishment without any value.
Which hand is sincere?

Accountability for individual agents of the government is the foundation of modern civil rights.
What little forward movement we have had on this front is because people didn’t listen when they were told that what they were doing was harassment, or extra-judicial punishment, or ineffective.
Accountability for individual agents of the government is the foundation of modern civil rights.
Which hand is sincere?

Glenn Greenwald -> thelastnamechosen
Jan. 6 2016, 6:31 a.m.
What do you envision would happen if we disclosed the names of low-level and mid-level career bureaucrats?
Tell me all the terrible things that have befallen the high-ranking officials who we did name as having constructed and implemented this surveillance system.
While you’re at at it, is there a list of all the terrible things that happened to the US officials named in the WikiLeaks documents for having been part of those acts and policies?
As I said, I’ve been ambivalent from the start about whether those names should be disclosed. I see both sides. But this fantasy that if only we would disclose these names, the public would rise up in fury over surveillance policies and smite these career bureaucrats is just that: utter fantasy.

If those kinds of people have “nothing to hide” (Isn’t that what they say to us? Shouldn’t they get a bit of their own medicine?) why is Glenn/TheIntercept protecting them? Glenn, like politicians, the NSA … those he apparently complains about, in a patronizing way, is standing in the way of letting other people have their own opinions about what they would themselves consider to be “‘utter’ fantasy”.

APA members who are against the “professional” use of torture by U.S. gov agencies, boldly redefined their purpose, but I haven’t heard of a single one of those “professionals” whose license have been revoked. Those are the kinds of people being “responsibly” protected by theintercept.

I am sure there is lots of “irresponsible”, non-rhetorical, directly, morally incriminating information in the Snowden leaks. Imagine if the Süddeutsche Zeitung or those hackers that exposed Ashley Madison wouldn’t have mentioned actual names and here we are talking about torture, not just about tax evasion and infidelity.

The Intercept has actually made public the information about some unbearably idiotic guy serving as “the Socrates of the NSA” some forceful metaphor! and some other British lady offering her “professional expertise” as part of the JTRIG torture programs. I am sure there is more, way more about those “‘patriotic’, professional collaborators”.

truth and peace and love,


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