The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden could be in talks to return to the U.S., Bolivian authorities find tons of cocaine packaged as tea, Kenya’s president destroys $30 million in confiscated ivory, and Syrian pharmacists look to herbal remedies to treat patients as supply shortages continue.
Former CIA analyst and The first Secretary of Homeland Security joins MidPoint to provide commentary on the possibility of Edward Snowden returning to America to be prosecuted. What damage did he do to our intelligence? What is the best outcome for the U.S. in this situation? Plus Martin Dempsey “We need boots on the ground in Syria” and Libya’s request for U.N. arms, jets and tanks.
Edward Snowden, wanted by the United States for leaking extensive secrets of its electronic surveillance programmes, has been awarded Sweden’s Right Livelihood Honorary Award often referred to as the “Alternative Nobel Prize”.
With the US on the edge of war in the Middle East, according to Pentagon Papers leaker Daniel Ellsberg, the country needs the type of whistleblowers that didn’t exist during the Vietnam and Iraq wars. Speaking to RT’s Ameera David at the National Press Club, the famed activist warned about the increasing crackdown on whistleblowers, while calling for more Edward Snowdens and Chelsea Mannings to come forward.
WASHINGTON — We’ve yet to see the full impact of former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden’s unauthorized downloading of highly classified intelligence documents.
Among the roughly 1.7 million documents he walked away with — the vast majority of which have not been made public — are highly sensitive, specific intelligence reports, as well as current and historic requirements the White House has given the agency to guide its collection activities, according to a senior government official with knowledge of the situation.
The latter category involves about 2,000 unique taskings that can run to 20 pages each and give reasons for selective targeting to NSA collectors and analysts. These orders alone may run 31,500 pages. . . . Read Complete Report
You may remember the old adage, “Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth.” Most don’t know what it means since we’ve generally lost touch with the land and nature as a society, but when purchasing a horse the teeth are very important to check regarding the health, age and well being of the animal. Horses also often have identifying tattoos in their mouths.
The saying basically has come to mean, if something is a freely given gift, don’t inspect it.
Another of those “sayings” that’s used for social programming.
But what about the story of the Trojan horse? If they had looked in its mouth before letting it within the gates of the city they would have discovered it was filled with soldiers intent on conquering them. The worst of evils befall us when we let our guards down. And it can happen in a minute…or over long periods of time. . . . Read Complete Report
When the mainstream media shows you something with their right hand, watch what the left hand is doing.
Image: Free Syrian Army soldiers being transported by pick up truck (20 August 2012).CREDIT: Voice of America News: Rudi Bakhtiar traveled for VOA to Syria. SOURCE: Wikipedia Commons. (Public Domain)
Image: A Syrian soldier manning a Checkpoint at Damascus’ edge; the capital is ringed by restive towns. Jan. 14, 2012. Photo taken by VOA Middle East correspondent Elizabeth Arrott while traveling through Damascus with government escort. SOURCE: Wikipedia Commons. (Public Domain)