The Five Eyes surveillance cabal, established at the end of World War 2, includes the US, UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand. The agreement covers how intelligence is shared. And that’s about all we know about it.
Description: Abby Martin takes a closer look at a recent NSA leak which links the US, UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand as an international intelligence partnership focused on surveillance of each other’s citizens.
Is The Five Eyes Alliance watching you? – Truthloader
Edward Snowden’s whistleblowing has revealed the secret snooping conducted by the NSA, GCHQ and other western intelligence agencies. But this sort of signal intelligence sharing goes back way further than you might think – Truthloader looked into The Five Eyes Alliance (the US, the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand) and another secret project named ECHELON.
Moving swiftly, US eases travel and trade rules on Cuba
AP By BRADLEY KLAPPER and MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN January 16, 2015 9:52 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration, following through on its declaration of warming ties with Cuba, has eased travel restrictions and opened a wide range of new export opportunities with the communist island.
The series of executive branch moves, taken together, have had the effect of punching a large hole in America’s half-century-old embargo, although only Congress has the authority to fully end the 54-year embargo. President Barack Obama announced last month that he would soften the restrictions, and a new set of government regulations took effect Friday. . . . Read Complete Report
By Emily Lenihan, News 4 Digital ProducerPublished: Updated:
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is putting a large dent in the U.S. embargo against Cuba as of Friday, significantly loosening restrictions on American trade and investment.
The new rules also open up the communist island to greater American travel and allow U.S. citizens to start bringing home small amounts of Cuban cigars after more than a half-century ban. . . . Read Complete Report
A US drone strike kills seven in Yemen. A U-S drone strike kills six in Pakistan. US drone strikes in Afghanistan continues. Does the U-S have legal rights or mandate to conduct these strikes? A US govt. spokesperson has said that the U-S drone war could last forever. In this edition of the debate, we’ll discuss US’s drone wars, many aspects of which are shrouded in secrecy, and why does it continue only in Muslim countries. And when it comes to Afghanistan, we’ll ask our guests why it continues in that country when the US had stated it would end that war this year.
Nearly one-quarter of US residents would consider their state seceding from the US, according to a new poll from Reuters and Ipsos. Asked about how they view the idea of forming an independent country, 23.9 percent of respondents either strongly or generally supported the move, but 53 percent strongly oppose any such action. Among supporters, Obamacare, foreign policy and political gridlock were frequently cited. RT’s Ameera David has more on the surprising numbers.
A Little Hidden History: Rick Osmon on “Expanded Perspectives”
A recent podcast about hidden history and some hypothesis regarding precolumbian transatlantic commerce and colonization. Rick Osmon appeared on “Expanded Perspectives” to discuss his research into who might have left behind various ancient works in North America (and a few other places). Also, why is such research so controversial?
Is there a deeply rooted and concerted effort to suppress some evidence of ancient colonization from the Old World in North America? Is the US following suit of previous regimes to hide something that would impact the “legal status” of US sovereignty? Some of the sites were ideal terrain for military emplacements and were described as such by 18th and 19th antiquarians, but today’s crop of anthropologists and archaeologists totally ignore the militant aspects in favor of “ceremonial” descriptions. Is there some secret they simply can’t afford to let loose?
Drug Enforcement Administration agents and Justice Department officials met in secret over 50 times with members of a Mexican drug cartel, according to an investigative report by a Mexican news agency. . . . from description published with video.
From Westport (CT) News By PETER ORSI, Associated Press Updated 3:56 pm, Wednesday, January 8, 2014
HAVANA (AP) — Cuban and U.S. representatives are set to meet in Havana for a new round of restarted migration talks on Thursday, a signal of the longtime Cold War foes’ recent willingness to engage in areas of mutual interest but unlikely to be a harbinger of a major thaw in relations. . . . Read Complete Report
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
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