“Standing” is a concept that is hard for us mere mortals to grasp, and extremely frustrating as a means to duck fundamental Constitutional issues.
Look at William B. Stephenson v. US, going back well over 40 years:
Richardson complained about the CIA budget being undisclosed, basing his complaint on Article I, Section 9, Clause 7 of the Constitution:
“No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law; and a regular Statement and Account of the Receipts and Expenditures of all public Money shall be published from time to time.”
“From time to time” may be like “with all due speed” in Brown v. Board of Education. Meaning maybe not in our lifetimes.
The frustrating part of the SCOTUS decision in Richardson’s case is essentially, who ya gonna call? If an average citizen sees a clear violation of the Constitution, how does that citizen get it fixed?
Cutting the Supremes some slack, they might have to hire a bunch of temps to handle the flood of cases if they changed to a friendlier definition of “standing”.
The prison guards’ union (California Correctional Peace Officers Association, or CCPOA) may be one of the bigger obstacles to reform.
rikkidoglake commented on the blog post Leaked NSA Memo: Fueling the Perception Snowden Did Not Work Alone & Is No Whistleblower
Old proverb often attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt:
“Great minds discuss ideas.
Average minds discuss events.
Small minds discuss people.”
Major media, no doubt on the urging of their marketing departments, target the lowest common denominator.
The media story, to the delight of the NSA, is all about Edward Snowden.
Meanwhile, the ideas (for any great minds out there) are things like the Constitution, a government of laws and not of men, and so on.
rikkidoglake commented on the diary post So Long, Pete & Toshi Seeger, It’s Been Amazingly Great to Know You (UPDATED with VIDEO) by solartopia.
Pete Seeger led a long and full life, and left quite a legacy. So it’s a sad day, but not as sad as the last notes on the Los Angeles Times obituary: http://www.latimes.com/obituaries/la-me-pete-seeger-20140128,0,2122566,full.story “Claudia Luther is a former Times staff writer. Former Times staff writer Valerie J. Nelson contributed to this report.” Nobody on staff [...]
rikkidoglake commented on the blog post Saturday Art: Van Gogh ‘Sunflowers’ on Exhibit Together
Bees like Sunflowers too:
From duckduckgo.com (less intrusive to the user than Google): http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2013/07/02/ecuadors-strange-journey-from-embracing-snowden-to-turning-him-away/ “Correa, in fact, said that he would punish Narvaez, saying that the official never had authorization to issue a safe-conduct pass. ” http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/jul/02/ecuador-rafael-correa-snowden-mistake “Correa . . . said the temporary travel document issued by his London consul on 22 June – and publicly disowned five [...]
Obama and Holder and Alexander and Clapper and their ilk promising Snowden that if he’ll just come home he’ll get due process and the rule of law — the unfunny equivalent of Lucy Van Pelt promising Charlie Brown that if he runs up very fast to kick the football, she won’t pull it away.
rikkidoglake commented on the blog post Snowden’s Case For Asylum Strengthens As US Officials Tell Press They Want To Murder Him
“casually poked by a passerby”:
rikkidoglake commented on the blog post More on the Press and the Question of Torture in the Army Field Manual
It’s worth noting that during the endless Republican presidential candidate debates a few years ago, two of them — Ron Paul and Jon Huntsman — explicitly stated that torture was wrong and should never be engaged in by Americans.
There were boos from the audience.
rikkidoglake commented on the blog post More Christie Aides Implicated In ‘Bridgegate’ Cover Up
Too bad Peter Capaldi has a contract to play Dr. Who.
Malcolm Tucker from “In The Loop” would be a perfect replacement for Drewniak.
Enviromine CEO Gary Southern lives on Hideaway Circle, where he may be currently not found.
rikkidoglake commented on the blog post The NSA Has Special Technology for Beaming Energy Into Computer Systems & You
Appelbaum has also posted a number of links to Der Spiegel stories on Risks Digest:
Aside from cognitive impairment, there’s the loneliness factor for the single elderly person.
The sharks are well aware of this, and exploit it to the maximum.
An elderly person living alone will listen to a telemarketer just for the socialization. And once the foot is in the door, literally or figuratively, it’s all over but the signing.
Had a family member purchase an “annuity” some years ago that didn’t start sending monthly checks until age 90-something. Severe early withdrawal penalties until then. Not what the average English-speaker would understand as an “annuity”.
Wrote to the insurance commission in two different states (the one issuing the policy, the one where it was sold), and got the response that it was the other state’s issue.
rikkidoglake commented on the diary post James Petras: Oligarchs, Demagogues and Mass Revolts . . . Against Democracy by GREYDOG.
A very informative summary of political machinations over a few millennia. Beyond the demagoguery, there is also an element of framing by deliberate choice of words, and subsequently having them echoed in the media. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-25534217 “Ms Yingluck has called snap elections for 2 February in a bid to defuse the crisis.” http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/12/28/uk-thailand-protest-idUKBRE9BR01T20131228 “The shooting came [...]
rikkidoglake commented on the blog post Interview with NSA Whistleblower Bill Binney: Afraid We’re Spreading Secret Government Around World
Thanks for another good post, Kevin, because somehow I missed the “parallel reconstruction” story when it broke in August.
“One of the Reuters articles that broke this story quotes DEA officials as saying that the ‘parallel construction’ tactic had been used by the agency ‘virtually every day since the 1990s.’ ”
“So secretive is the program, SOD requires that agents lie to the judges, prosecuting attorneys and defense attorneys involved in a trial of a defendant busted as a result of SOD surveillance—a complete and clear violation of every American’s right to due process, even when that American is a low-life drug dealer.”
This brings to mind Justice Felix Frankfurter’s opinion in United States v. Rabinowitz (1950):
“‘It is a fair summary of history ‘to say that the safeguards of liberty have frequently been forged in controversies involving not very nice people.”
The original Reuters article cited in the previous links”
Beyond the trashing of the Constitution, seems like there must be thousands (or even millions) of perjury charges that could be brought over this charade.
rikkidoglake commented on the blog post Diplomatic Abuse of Servants: Not Just for Indians
“These kinds of abuses have been going on for a long time.”
Yes. And the examples cited here aren’t new hires under BO or HRC.
Other than Gutman, most of these people were working for the State Department before January 2009.
“According to Linda Howard’s profile on the professional-networking website LinkedIn, . . . Howard worked as a manager for the State Department at the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo from 2008 to 2009. Before that, Howard worked for three years at the Embassy in Yemen.”
“The American driver of the SUV, Joshua Walde, was an information management officer at the
Joshua Walde Kenya Nairobi embassy when he got in the crash on his way home the evening of July 11th. He gave a statement to police, but because he has diplomatic immunity he was not detained.
Walde is an 11-year employee of the State Department who has worked in Kazakhstan, Uruguay, and Croatia. ”
“THURSDAY, JULY 20, 2006
Harold Countryman, a former Department of State agent, and his wife, Kimberly Countryman, a realtor in northern Virginia, pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting visa fraud, the Justice Department announced today. According to the plea agreement, Kimberly Countryman admitted to using the fraudulent visa to further the forced labor of a Cambodian woman in their employ.
Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 13, 2006, before U.S. District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee. As part of the plea agreement, the Countrymans are required to pay $50,000 in restitution and $50,000 in forfeiture. Visa fraud carries a statutory maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $250,000.
. . . According to court documents, the couple provided materially false information to the Department of State to obtain a visa on behalf of a Cambodian woman, who they then brought to the United States to work for them as a domestic servant for two years. In the plea agreement, Kimberly Countryman admitted that she procured the visa with reason to believe that the visa would be used to commit a felony, namely forced labor. As a result, Kimberly Countryman is subject to an increase in her sentence.”
“Donald L. Moore is a Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Counselor. Mr. Moore joined the Foreign Service in 1992 . . .
His first diplomatic assignment was in Milan from 1993 to 1995 as Consul. He then served at the State Department in Washington, D.C. from 1995-1997 in the Bureau of Consular Affairs, and as Consular Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Paris, France, from 1997-2001. He was the Consular Chief, at the U.S. Embassy in Tirana, Albania, from 2001 to 2003 and at the Consulate General in Milan, Italy from 2003-2007.
Mr. Moore has served most recently from 2007-2010 as Consul General at the U.S. Embassy in Port au Prince, Haiti.”
Moore has been replaced in the latter part of 2013:
“Chuck Lisenbee . . . became a regional security officer at the State Department in 1997″
“Gutman has long been active in Democratic politics, working on policy issues, speech writing, constituency work, legal representation, and media. He also has helped raise money for Democratic presidential, gubernatorial, and congressional candidates, including Al Gore’s presidential campaign in 2000. Gutman served on the legal team representing Gore in the Supreme Court case Bush v. Gore.”
Okay, Gutrman is one for whom cash contributions won an ambassador post. On the other hand, he followed the money.
“Among the media work Gutman performed during the 2008 U.S. presidential campaign, Gutman was a frequent contributor to Fox News.”
rikkidoglake commented on the blog post Google Funding Tea Party Group That Helped Shut Down Government
Likewise, since reading this:
“The second change is the search function. I changed the site’s search engine from Google to DuckDuckGo, which doesn’t even store IP addresses. Again, you have to trust them on that, but I’m inclined to. . . . Fighting against the massive amount of surveillance data collected about us as we surf the Internet is hard, and possibly even fruitless. But I think it’s important to try.”
Need maps? Try http://here.com/ . No Street View, but no tracking either.
rikkidoglake commented on the diary post 60 Minutes Benghazi Fiasco: There could have been so many more! by Barry Lando.
There may be a typo in the year of the squelched report. The case of the Marine guards at the embassy went to trial in 1987, not 1982.
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