GOP and Feinstein join to fulfill Obama’s demand for renewed warrantless eavesdropping

by Glenn Greenwald, Guardian

To this day, many people identify mid-2008 as the time they realized what type of politician Barack Obama actually is. Six months before, when seeking the Democratic nomination, then-Sen. Obama unambiguously vowed that he would filibuster “any bill” that retroactively immunized the telecom industry for having participated in the illegal Bush NSA warrantless eavesdropping program.

But in July 2008, once he had secured the nomination, a bill came before the Senate that did exactly that – the FISA Amendments Act of 2008 – and Obama not only failed to filibuster as promised, but far worse, he voted against the filibuster brought by other Senators, and then voted in favor of enacting the bill itself. That blatant, unblinking violation of his own clear promise – actively supporting a bill he had sworn months earlier he would block from a vote – caused a serious rift even in the middle of an election year between Obama and his own supporters.

Critically, the FISA Amendments Act of 2008 did much more than shield lawbreaking telecoms from all forms of legal accountability. Jointly written by Dick Cheney and then-Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Jay Rockefeller, it also legalized vast new, sweeping and almost certainly unconstitutional forms of warrantless government eavesdropping.

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Sandy Hook Shootings: No Motive for Your Psyop? Try “the EVIL Gene”

by Scott Creighton (H/T Stan)

‘Physician, heal thyself’

After various failed attempts to lie to the general public about a possible motive for the Sandy Hook massacre, it looks like they are going to try another approach: junk science and “The EVIL Gene

I got an idea: let’s toss James Holmes in a lake. If he swims to the side and survives he’s guilty and he gets burned at the stake otherwise he’s still guilty and we save some matches.

When a reader here tipped me off to this Daily Mail story I thought it had to be a joke. No joke.

At a time when forensic science is being called into question for running “problematic” investigations which could have led to tens of thousands of wrongful convictions, that whacky medical examiner from Newtown has a great idea: he has asked for a ground breaking study to find “the evil gene” to answer that nagging question about motive (you know, the fact that Adam Lanza, James Holmes and William Spengler didn’t have any motive for the spate of 2nd amendment nixing crimes attributed to them).

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