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December 2014

2014: The Erosion of Democracy and Accountability

The year 2014 began in the wake of seven months of revelations sourced by the whistleblower Edward Snowden who had exposed the illegal mass surveillance of the Worlds' public by ECHELON, a global signals intelligence (SIGINT) network operated by Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States (US). The information that was subsequently released by numerous media outlets throughout the World identified the UK's Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) and the US's National Security Agency (NSA) as the rogue agencies primarily responsible for the illegal intrusion into the private lives of the people.

Seven weeks earlier, on 7 November 2013, the UK's Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) of Parliament had held its first ever public hearing into the issues raised by the reports. The 90 minute charade that ensued was clearly intended to both mislead and placate the general public as an analysis of the event demonstrates. Over in the US, on 17 January 2014, while the Congressional Intelligence Committee (CIC), which includes members of the Senate and the House of Representatives, were continuing with their combative stance on the debacle, Obama launched into a verbose dictum offering a recipe of non-change change:

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 27 December 2014


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Denmark to Exploit its Former Colony Greenland

Earlier this week the Kingdom of Denmark, in collaboration with its former colony but now an autonomous country, Greenland, lodged yet another application with the United Nations Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (UNCLCS) to extend their territorial rights: this time it was for a large swathe of the Arctic continental shelf.

In the words of Martin Lidegaard, the Danish foreign minister:

The submission of our claim to the continental shelf north of Greenland is a historic and important milestone for the Kingdom of Denmark. The objective of this huge project is to define the outer limits of the borders for our continental shelf and thereby - ultimately - the Kingdom of Denmark.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 20 December 2014


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Harper's Regime Exports Western Neo-Fascism to Ukraine

On Monday 8 December 2014 the Canadian Defence Minister Rob Nicholson and his Ukrainian counterpart Stepan Poltorak signed a Declaration of Intent between the Minister of National Defence for the Department of National Defence of Canada and the Minister of Defence for the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine.

The document, a brief one-page missive short on detail but long on rhetoric, and without any legal standing in Canada, Ukraine or in international law, seeks to mask the duplicitous and malevolent nature of the Western Empire's agenda as a detailed examination clearly shows:

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 13 December 2014


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An Economic Basket Case: The UK Under the Cameron Regime

On Wednesday 3 December 2014 George Osborne, the UK's Chancellor of the Exchequer (COE), Second Lord of the Treasury (aka. Minister of Finance or Secretary of the Treasury) and financial functionary of the David Cameron regime was extolling the virtues of the UK economy in his Annual Autumn Statement:

1. The UK has the fastest growth among the G7 economies.
2. There are more people in work than ever before.
3. The (structural) deficit is forecast to have fallen by half by the end of 2014-15.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 6 December 2014


November 2014

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Merkel's Intimidation, Humiliation and Failed Subjugation of Ukraine

On Monday 17 November 2014, the day after the G20 Heads of State had finished their mutual appreciation fest in Brisbane, Australia, Angela Merkel gave the annual lecture of the Lowy Institute in Sydney. The address, mostly a vacuous diatribe for the assembled functionaries gathered therein, detailed her regimes proposal, in the guise of the European Union's (EU) approach, to the issue of Ukraine:

First of all, we are supporting Ukraine both politically and economically.
Secondly, we will make every effort to reach a diplomatic solution to the conflict by talking to Russia.
Thirdly, we have imposed economic sanctions on Russia on the necessary scale and for the requisite duration.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 29 November 2014


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The G20's Fiscal Failures: North America and Western Europe

On the 15-16 November 2014 the G20, an international forum of representatives from 19 nation states and 1 regional authority, arbitrarily chosen by Caio Koch-Weser and Timothy Geithner in 1998, representing over 80% of world trade, met in Brisbane, Australia to ponder the latest initiatives aimed at the international coordination of economic policy. The meeting, having migrated from its original format of Finance Ministers in 1999 to Heads of State in 2008, is little more than a stage managed and choreographed event aimed at broadcasting the initiatives that have already been agreed by numerous officials and other functionaries in a draft communiqué usually issued weeks earlier.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 22 November 2014


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Warmongers: NATO and the Western Industrial Military Complex

On the 4-5 September 2014, the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) held a Summit in Newport, Wales for both Heads of State and the Heads of Government, ostensibly a meeting to discuss current issues of mutual concern and to make strategic plans for the future. The event, as it was reported by most of the mainstream media, turned out to be nothing more than a pyrrhic victory for the West: not because of its vacuous warmongering threats to Russia who have steadfastly pushed back against the neo-imperial economic and military expansionism of NATO and its allies in both Europe and the Middle East but because it committed its member states to spend money they can ill afford, and currently don't have, on an imaginary foe that does not, and never will, exist.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 15 November 2014


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Khalifa Haftar: The West's Power Broker in Libya

On the 17 February 2011, the Arab Spring finally arrived in Libya after starting in neighbouring Tunisia and transiting through Algeria, Jordan, Oman, Egypt, Yemen, Djibouti, Somalia, Sudan, Iraq and Bahrain. This revolutionary wave of demonstrations, protests, riots and civil wars were primarily fueled by the dissatisfaction and disaffection of the people with their respective governments and the subversive activities of Western regimes and their intelligence agencies. For Libya, the death and destruction of its CIA and MI6 inspired civil war finally culminated in a victory by the rebel forces on 23 October 2011, just eight months after the initial anti-government protests had began. The subsequent grandstanding by both Cameron and Sarkozy a little over a month earlier, who were clearly seen to be basking in the glory of having facilitated a regime change and extolling the virtues of a liberal democracy, failed to mention that over 30,000 Libyan's lost their lives in the conflict.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 8 November 2014


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Merkel Complicit in Mass Surveillance of Germans

When the German Bundestag Parliamentary Committee of Inquiry into the NSA (aka. Untersuchungsausschus ("NSA")) (BTPCI-NSA) began its investigations on the 20 March 2014 their remit was clearly detailed in an inquiry establishment document that identified three key tasks to be addressed:

I. Whether, in what way and on what scale the intelligence services of the “Five Eyes” states (United States of America, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand) collected or are collecting data on communication activities (including content-related, subscriber and traffic data), their content and other data-processing actions (including internet use and stored address directories) from, to and in Germany for data retention or used or are using such data collected by public companies or private third parties and to what extent federal agencies, in particular the Federal Government, intelligence services or the Federal Office for Information Security had knowledge of such practices, were involved in them, combated them or possibly exploited them.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 1 November 2014


October 2014

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Corporate America's Desperate Bid to Retain Global Economic Supremacy

In 1832, a United States (US) politician named William Marcy coined the phrase: to the victor belong the spoils, a doctrine that is the very antithesis of a merit based system of rebuke and reward.

The significance of this term, which encapsulates the notion of political patronage to an excessive degree, is to define the practice of the political party that wins an election and subsequently gains office, and then goes on to appoint relatives, friends and supporters to positions of power and authority as a reward for their labour. In the US, in particular, this process has changed very little to this day as the current regime continues to nominate and appoint its own particular group of victors to a disparate array of positions of favour.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 25 October 2014


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Obama Entraps Coalition Partners in Operation Inherent Resolve

On Thursday 28 August 2014, as the international border between Syria and Iraq continued to dissolve into a red mist of death and destruction at the hands of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), Barack Obama finally pronounced on the issue, saying:

We don't have a strategy yet.

This rather short but nonetheless accurate phrase was an Obama euphemism: we created this monster to subvert the Syrian government but lost control of them some time ago. Of course, they are not a serious threat to US interests in the region so we don't have, or need, a plan for them.

That Obama's non-plan plan was a ruse to recruit and entrap coalition partners in joining the fray is obvious. What is not so obvious is the mission creep that will ensue once the US mid-term elections are over in November.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 18 October 2014


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Scottish Independence Successfully Subverted, For Now

In late May, early June 2012, the primary belligerents in the fight for an independent Scotland formally joined battle. Both the Yes Scotland and the Better Together organisations officially began the task of campaigning for, and against respectively, an independent Scotland. As the campaign ebbed and flowed, among evidence of media bias and dirty tricks by MI5, most of the polling organisations reported that the final result would be very close. However, what the media did not report was that the result had already been decided back in May 2011, even before the launch of the official campaigns, when the Scottish National Party (SNP) won an overall majority in the Scottish Parliament general election.

Scotland was thus deprived of its independence by electoral fraud, but by who, how and why?

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 11 October 2014


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UK Foreign Policy: Eviction, Dispossession, Ethnic Cleansing & Cultural Genocide

In the late 1960's and early 70's, the once mighty but withering British Empire (BE), carried out an egregious injustice upon the native peoples' of the Chagos Archipelago; the people were forcibly evicted from their native islands of over two hundred years in an act of ethnic cleansing, dispossessed of their homes, lands and title and subjected to cultural genocide. The fact that the military base subsequently established on the island of Diego Garcia was named Camp Justice is in itself a perverse contradiction of events, although it does serve to epitomise the very antithesis of the nefarious activities of both the UK and US regimes in not only achieving this objective, but much more.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 4 October 2014


September 2014

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Eternal Conflict: The Aim of Western Intervention in the Middle East

In the latter half of 1979 the US, with the help of Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and others, started arming, funding and training the Mujahideen of Afghanistan. The purpose of this mission was to counter the former United Soviet Socialist Republic's (USSR) influence throughout the region and assert US geo-political and economic authority in eastern Asia.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 27 September 2014


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Harper Commits Canadians to Penury & Servitude

On Saturday 8 September 2012 at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting in Vladivostok, Russia, the Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, and his Minister of International Trade, Ed Last, signed a foreign investment agreement with China, the Canada China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA). The agreement, fundamentally flawed for its lack of respect for, and protection of, national sovereignty and the environment, also committed its people to 31 years of penury and servitude. However, given the public furore that ensued and the justifiable concerns raised at the time, it was not immediately ratified. As Diane Francis of the Financial Post said of the agreement:

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 20 September 2014


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Abbott Condemns Asia to a Nuclear Arms Race

On Friday 5 September 2014 Tony Abbott signed a deal with the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, to supply uranium, aka. Yellowcake, in direct contravention of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), to which Australia is a signatory.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 13 September 2014


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Operation Volte-Face: The Nation State of Kurdistan

In the latest machinations of the Evil Empire (eEmpire), the US and its vassal states, the UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand plus its third-party cohorts in the West, have completed the political equivalent of a gymnastic Tkachev Salto, by calling Operation Volte-Face on the Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 6 September 2014


August 2014

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New Zealand PM Runs Black-Ops Against Political Opponents

On Saturday 20 September 2014 New Zealand will hold a general election and, in a repeat of the circumstances surrounding the demise of the previous Nationals leader Don Brash, the present incumbent, John Key, looks set to disappear in a similar manner.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 30 August 2014


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MH17 Collateral Damage in Botched False Flag Operation

On the 17 July 2014 Malaysian flight MH17, en-route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, was shot down over eastern Ukraine killing all 283 passengers and 15 crew on board. The flight was collateral damage, a euphemism coined by the US during the Vietnam War describing the intentional killing of non-combatants, this time by the Ukrainian military on behalf of their paymasters in the West who are building their geo-political empire in the Balkans.

Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 23 August 2014


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ECHELON Grooms Voyeurs & Future Sexual Predators

On the 19 July 2014, the Guardian posted a transcript of a meeting between its Editor in Chief, Rushbridger and its defence and intelligence correspondent, MacAskill, with the whistleblower Snowden. The meeting, held in a secret location in Moscow, focused on Snowden's life working for the NSA, its culture, his life in Russia and the future of communications.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 16 August 2014


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UN Security Council a Global Arms Bazaar

On the 20 May 2014 the online Communities Digital News (CDN) organisation ran a report about five of the largest arms dealers in the World: China, France, Russia, UK and the US. Their focus on this group of nations was intentional: they are also the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) whose primary responsibility in this role is the maintenance of international peace and security.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 9 August 2014


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Australia to Succumb to Mass Surveillance

On the 12 December 2013, a little over six months after the first revelations about GCHQ and NSA mass surveillance were simultaneously aired by the Washington Post and the UK's Guardian, the Australian Senate launched an inquiry into internet and phone surveillance by Australia’s security agencies.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 2 August 2014


July 2014

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Poland's Blood: Gone But Not Forgotten

In June 1989, Poland held its first partially free democratic parliamentary elections since the Parliamentary Legislative and Senate elections of 1922. The event was triggered by the rise in political force of the Solidarity trade union led by Lech Wałęsa, a former electrician at the Gdańsk Shipyards. As the union's power gained momentum, aided by a major strike in the summer of 1988, the ruling Polish United Workers' Party (PUWP) were forced into negotiating a power sharing deal with Solidarity. The results of the elections were emphatic, the former union, now a political party, had won all but one of the seats available to it and was swept into government in August 1989. Wałęsa, the party's charismatic leader, was subsequently elected as President of Poland in the country's newly reinstated presidency in December 1990.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 26 July 2014


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Canadian SIGINT Agency Illegally Tracks Nationals

On the 30 January 2014, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) reported that the Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC) had been tracking users of the free Wi-Fi services at a major airport for days after they had left the terminal building.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 19 July 2014


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US Repositories: All that Glisters is not Gold

The Gold Standard, in its various forms and guises, has been around for thousands of years assuming the role of a monetary system and an economic unit of account for people all over the world. That is until the 20th Century, or so we were led to believe.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 12 July 2014


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MI5 Subversion of State Power in Scotland

There is something quintessentially English about the tradecraft of spying, as history reminds us of events not too dissimilar to those in play today.

In the late 1560's Francis Walsingham began his career in subterfuge working with William Cecil to thwart the plots against the then English monarch, Elizabeth I. Later, in 1572 as the Principal Secretary to Elizabeth and her chief spymaster, his earlier work in preventing the subversion of state power became mere opening gambits in a craft that would include the interception of mail, the use of informants and even torture, amongst others.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 5 July 2014


June 2014

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Al Jazeera: On the Cusp of Eternal Serfdom

On Monday 23 June 2014, Mohamed Fadel Fahmy, Peter Greste and Baher Mohamed from Al Jazeera English of Qatar, were convicted on charges of collaborating with terrorists in the Egyptian Torah Mahkoum Prison court in Cairo and sentenced to seven and ten years in jail respectively.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 28 June 2014


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In-Flight "La Gazza Ladra" By GCHQ

On 31 May 1817 Gioachino Rossini and Giovanni Gherardini's opera La Gazza Ladra, aka. The Thieving Magpie, premiered at La Scala, Milan to rapturous applause. It was one of many of Rosinni's musical masterpieces, this time accompanied by Gherardini's libretto, that went on to win world wide acclaim, playing in Pesaro, Naples, Paris, London and New Orleans (US).

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 21 June 2014


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Pseudologia Fantastica: A Pandemic Among Western Politicians

In 1891 Anton Delbrueck described in medical literature the condition of pseudologia fantastica, aka. mythomania, pathological lying, habitual or compulsive lying. The behaviour of the individual who exhibits this condition may be aware they are lying, or may believe they are telling the truth, being unaware that they are relating fantasies.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 14 June 2014


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EU Adopts Freedom of Expression Guidelines as US Constitutional Erosion Continues

While the First Amendment of the US Constitution is under attack across the pond, the Council of the European Union (EU) in Brussels have recently adopted the 'Guidelines on Freedom of Expression - Online-Offline' for its twenty-seven member states.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 7 June 2014


May 2014

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Afghanistan Mission Complete: Next Stop Ukraine

As the western military complex winds down in Afghanistan and the opportunity for direct intervention in Syria has been excluded, both the UK and US regimes have now re-focused their attention on their loss of geo-political supremacy in the Ukraine.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 31 May 2014


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EU ECJ Rules on Search Engines as the Visually Impaired MSM Misreports

On Tuesday 13 May the European Union's (EU) Court of Justice (ECJ) published its ruling on Case C-131/12 in favour of the plaintiff against the defendants in a judgement woefully misreported by the MSM.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 24 May 2014


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MI6 and CIA at Work: State Sponsored Subversion, Insurgency, Terrorism and Torture

Underneath an invisibility cloak of respectability, willingly provided by the United Kingdom's Department for International Development (DFID) and the United States Department for International Development (USAID), both the UK's Secret Intelligence Service (aka. MI6) and the CIA continue to engage in their illegal tradecraft of State sponsored subversion, insurgency, terrorism and torture.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 17 May 2014


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Dissembling, Deceit and Obfuscation: Merkel's Trust Deficit

There is little doubt that Merkel's election to a third term in office was dependent, to some degree, in pandering to the electorate on the issue of German complicity in NSA mass surveillance

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 10 May 2014


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Corporate America: Throwing Good Money After Bad

Akin to Isaac Newton's Third Law of Motion, for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, Google has been vigorously defending its gMail and Street View services from multiple law suits having trampled on the privacy of the public for years.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 3 May 2014


April 2014

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Australia: A Thief By Any Other Name Would Be As Villainous

As the fledgling nation of Timor Leste regained its independence from Indonesia in 1999, with the help of an Australian led international peacekeeping force, it had little reason to suspect that the very same nation, Australia, would engage in nefarious practices to secure an unfair treaty of its sovereign assets.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 26 April 2014


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Heartbleed: NSA's Bloodletting of Vulnerabilities

The notion that the OpenSSL bug called Heartbleed is somhow analogous to a medical condition of the heart is not simply a misplaced metaphor but the hallmark of further nefarious activities by the NSA and GCHQ.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 19 April 2014


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GCHQ's New Tool: Obfuscation and Obstruction by Proxy

GCHQ has added a new tool to its burgeoning toolbox: it has successfully used obfuscation and obstruction by proxy of any meaningful review of its activities in meeting its compliance obligations under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) 2000.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 12 April 2014


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The Cognitive Dissonance of the MSM

Leon Festinger's cognitive dissonance theory in social psychology is often cited as holding two or more contradictory beliefs, ideas, or values at the same time. The condition is known to cause mental stress and discomfort and is often used in the psychological manipulation of individuals or groups to achieve social engineering goals.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 5 April 2014


March 2014

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Bulk Collection is Dead, Long Live Bulk Collection

As the much anticipated demise of bulk collection of phone data in the US approached the New York Times floated an early analysis of the White House's legislative proposal.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 29 March 2014


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ICANN Can't and Won't

On Friday 14 March the US National Telecommunications & Information Administration (NTIA) announced its "intent to transition key internet domain name functions to the global multistakeholder community".

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 22 March 2014


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In Flagrante Delicto: The BND and the NSA

On 7 July 2013, just one month after the Guardian first disclosed the NSA's PRISM operation to the world, der Spiegel (dS) printed an allegation by the whistleblower Edward Snowden that the German foreign intelligence service, the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), knew all along about the activities of the NSA in Germany.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 15 March 2014


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Optic Nerve: From Unwilling Accomplices to Adversaries

If the corollary of using a mobile phone is to be geolocated then the acquiescence of millions of unwilling accomplices is to total surveillance.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 8 March 2014


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A Digital Habeas Corpus Arises Amongst a Dysfunctional Pandemic

Eight months after the Guardian printed its first story about the material sourced by whistleblower Edward Snowden the European Union's (EU) Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs committee (LIBE) published its final report on the US NSA Surveillance Programme.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 1 March 2014


February 2014

Sabbatical


January 2014

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Watching the Watchers

In a June 2011 post by the Guardian, the Chairman of the UK Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) Malcolm Rifkind stated the need for a "root and branch inquiry" into the failure of the committee.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 25 January 2014


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Nostalgia, Deceit and Lies: The Tradecraft of Obama

In a display of seemingly wistful affection for the past Obama opened his speech of the 17 January 2014 on his restrictions to NSA surveillance bedecked with nostalgic references.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 18 January 2014


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GCHQ & NSA: The World is Our Haystack

As revelations continue to emerge in the media from the files sourced by whistleblower Edward Snowden, the pervasive reach of the NSA and GCHQ demonstrates their omnipresence in the worlds' haystack of electronic data.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 11 January 2014


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The Facade of Representative Parliamentary Democratic Accountability

The Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament and Security Chiefs engaged in a dual of non-content content verbiage, mindful that neither side should lower their lance and despatch the other.

By Ann-Marie de Veer
Saturday 4 January 2014


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By Ann-Marie de Veer
Wednesday 1 January 2014