1. NSA news update
Common Dreams analysis of Gellman's WashPost piece
Ezra Klein, commenting on Obama's role:
"At his press conference, Obama tried to calm the furor over these programs by positing the absence of information about abuses as proof of the absence of abuses. It’s nothing of the kind."
Here's what coming (next-bombshell alert):
What happened so far
US ties to Egypt military constrain us:
Timeline (note the Nov 22 & 29 items):
3. The State, who is it, who runs it, etc. —
■ Who controls the State? (A real question; I have a Clinton quote where he says he's not in charge; term of art "deep state"). Re Clinton, true the context is a UFO question and I can't find a date.
Q: Is Obama in charge, or is he fronting for the State, a pitchman, when he defends NSA in language that's patently false?
Deep State: http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2013/07/the-deep-state-the-permanent-campaign-and-the-frayed-fabric-of-american-democracy/277828/
The Clinton quote:
Bill Clinton, quoted by Sarah McClendon, a senior White House reporter: "Sarah, there's a government inside the government, and I don't control it." - Bill Clinton
■ How widespread is the domestic spying? Very
■ How widespread is the data sharing? Very
■ Ways this could be (is being) corrupted. No one really talks about this broadly. The list of ways is many:
Misuse internally to the NSA: Gellman story on internal "violations" (Common Dreams analysis)
NSA is really leaky (Myrddin story, a must read; he's a cyber-security consultant)
Wide overuse by other govt agencies
Wide use by "friends of friends" (no one is talking about this one, but it's what always happens, esp w cops and prosecutors)
Political use against:
■ What's the exit for us? (Marcy's thoughts from my NN interview with her, up next week)
4. Gov't Shutdown update — Renewal of calls for Bargain, timeline uncertain, Dem reaction uncertain, SSW type groups gearing up for another benefits fight.
Time permitting: Dave's thoughts on the Gettyburg Address.