Daily Archives: June 10, 2013

BBC News – Egyptian warning over Ethiopia Nile dam

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-22850124
10 June 2013 Last updated at 18:12 ET .    Ethiopia recently started diverting the Blue Nile
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Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has said “all options are open” to deal with any threat to his country’s water supply posed by an Ethiopian dam.

Mr Morsi said he was not “calling for war”, but that he would not allow Egypt’s water supply to be endangered.

Egypt was apparently caught by surprise when Ethiopia started diverting the Blue Nile last month, amid works to construct a hydroelectric dam.

The river is a tributary of the Nile, on which Egypt is heavily dependent.

The Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam is a $4.7bn (£3.1bn) project that Ethiopia says will eventually provide 6,000 megawatts of power.

It says the Blue Nile will be slightly diverted but will then be able to follow its natural course.

“Egypt’s water security cannot be violated at all,” Mr Morsi said on Monday. “As president of the state, I confirm to you that all options are open.”

“If Egypt is the Nile’s gift, then the Nile is a gift to Egypt,” he said, quoting popular sayings about the river in an emotive televised speech.

“The lives of the Egyptians are connected around it… as one great people. If it diminishes by one drop then our blood is the alternative.”

Analysts say Mr Morsi could be using the issue to distract attention from severe domestic political and economic challenges.

Egypt is particularly dependant on water supply from the Nile, and its growing population has been placing that supply under increasing strain.

Sudan is also reliant on Nile waters.
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James Bamford Compares Obama Spying On ALL Americans To “East Germany During The Cold War”

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Privacy Rights Advocates Praise NSA Contractor Who Exposed US Surveillance Program

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Snowden leaks show NSA ‘routinely lies’ to Congress

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NSA Whistle-blower Interview – Hong Kong


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Published on Jun 10, 2013

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It’s the largest intelligence leak in a generation. PRISM whistle-blower Edward Snowden has exposed a secret world of US-sponsored digital snooping. Now he explains his motives and his fear of reprisal.

Edward Snowden is a wanted man: “all my options are bad” he mutters. And as a former NSA contracter with a decade of experience for the US Secret Services, he’s got a good idea of what to expect. “Yes, I could be rendered by the CIA. I could have people come after me. Or any of the third-party partners.” It may sound like paranoia. But Snowden knows that the biggest and most secretive surveillance organisation in America, the NSA, along with the most powerful government on the planet, is looking for him. Despite this, he decided it was a moral imperative that he reveal his identity. “I have no intention of hiding who I am because I have done nothing wrong.” Instead he hopes to add credibility to his claims through his decision to go public. As far as Snowden is concerned, the stakes are just too high. “They’ll say that because of the dangers that we face in the world, some new and unpredicted threat, we need more authority. We need more power. And there will be nothing the people can do at that point to oppose it. And it will be turn-key tyranny”.

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BBC News – US spy leaker Edward Snowden ‘missing’ in Hong Kong

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-22850901
10 June 2013 Last updated at 18:50 ET

Ed Snowden explains why he became a whistleblower (Video courtesy of The Guardian, Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras)

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An ex-CIA employee who leaked details of US top-secret phone and internet surveillance has disappeared from his hotel in Hong Kong.
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“A Massive Surveillance State”: Glenn Greenwald Exposes Covert NSA Program Collecting Calls, Emails


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Published on Jun 7, 2013

http://www.democracynow.org – We speak with Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald, who broke the story Thursday that the National Security Agency has obtained access the central servers of nine major internet companies — including Google, Microsoft, Apple, Yahoo and Facebook. The Guardian and the Washington Post revealed the top secret program, code-named PRISM, after they obtained several slides from a 41-page training presentation for senior intelligence analysts. It explains how PRISM allows them to access emails, documents, audio and video chats, photographs, documents and connection logs that allow them to track a person or trace their connections to others. One slide lists the companies by name and the date when each provider began participating over the past six years. “Hundreds of millions of Americans, and hundreds of millions — in fact billions of people around the world — essentially rely on the internet exclusively to communicate with one another,” Greenwald says. “Very few people use landline phones for much of anything. So when you talk about things like online chat, and social media messages, and emails, what you’re really talking about is the full extent of human communication.” This comes after Greenwald revealed Wednesday in another story that the NSA has been collecting the phone records of millions of Verizon customers. “They want to make sure that every single time human beings interact with one another … that they can watch it, and they can store it, and they can access it at any time.”

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Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, June 10


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Published on Jun 10, 2013

Visit http://www.democracynow.org to watch the entire independent, global news hour. This is a summary of news headlines from the United States and around the world as reported by Democracy Now! on Monday, June 10, 2013. Visit our website to read the complete transcript, search the vast news archive, or to make a donation to support our non-profit news program.

Series of programs on NSA surveillance:

http://www.democracynow.org/topics/nsa

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Glenn Greenwald: Edward Snowden “Carefully” Vetted Leaked NSA Docs to Ensure No Public Harm


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Published on Jun 10, 2013

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Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald tells Democracy Now! how NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden handed over the documents that informed Greenwald’s series of exposés on U.S. government surveillance. “[Snowden] had access to enormous sums of top-secret documents that would be incredibly harmful,” Greenwald says. “He went through and turned over only a small portion of those documents to us… Had it been his intention to harm the United States, he could have just uploaded these documents to the internet or found the most damaging ones and caused them to be published. He did the opposite. The NSA and the rest of the country owe him a huge debt of gratitude for all the work he has done to inform the American public without bringing about any harm to them.”

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NSA Whistleblower Ed Snowden Risks Freedom to Expose Extensive Government Spying


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Published on Jun 10, 2013

Michael Ratner: Citizens must demand an end to surveillance state and Obama admin’s war on whistle-blowers

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