I’m guessing Pope Francis won’t be invited to address the Knesset any time soon!
http://democracynow.org – On Monday former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling was sentenced to 42 months in prison for leaking classified information to New York Times reporter James Risen about a failed U.S. effort to undermine Iran’s nuclear program. Risen later exposed how the risky operation could have actually aided the Iranian nuclear program. In January Sterling was convicted of nine felony counts, including espionage. He becomes the latest government employee jailed by the Obama administration for leaking information.
Manning believes the government should have to prove ‘intent to harm the nation or some person’ in order to convict someone of ‘espionage’. Should they?
When the courts ruled NSA domestic spying illegal last week, it was the plain fact of that surveillance that was most important. But it also means that whistleblower Ed Snowden, cast as a traitor and spy by his critics, is vindicated.
Former #CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling has been sentenced to three and a half years in prison over leaking classified information about Washington’s efforts to disrupt Iran’s nuclear program to a reporter.
From 1337 until 1945 the various European powers were pretty much in a constant state of war. During that time millions over many generations struggled and planned and supported the antiwar movement among them Emmanuel Kant in his famous essay “Perpetual Peace“. On 9 May 1950 French statesman Robert Schuman proposed the European Coal and Steel Community It would place the French-German production of coal and steel under a common High Authority, within an organization open to the participation of the other European countries. The Schuman Plan led to the creation of the European Coal and Steel Community (ECSC), which is at the origin of the current European Union. The EU has brought Europe not calm but cash too!
Since 9 May 1951 the European nations that had fought each other for so long have not fired so much as a spitball at each other. They now attack each other with brutal memos and vicious committee meetings.
The framework agreement the U.S. and its international partners reached with Iran that blocks Tehran’s pathways to building a nuclear bomb is barely a week old and yet the usual suspects have already denounced it as a “bad deal.” Sound Familiar?
This is a fine example of the world getting more and less scary at the same time. It give me hope!
The new generation of “maker” tools like 3-D printers and milling machines promises to let anyone make virtually anything—from prosthetic limbs to firearms—in the privacy and convenience of his or her own home. But first, those tools have to get to customers’ homes. That’s going to be difficult for at least one new machine with the potential to make homemade firearms, because FedEx is refusing to deliver it. http://go.shr.lc/1FU2PJj
You CAN”T make this stuff up!
If you would believe the logic the NRA has used to justify guns everywhere from inside capitol buildings to bars to schools, more guns equal more safety. With that premise, one would think an NRA convention – a place where thousands of gun-owners congregate to buy, sell, and talk weaponry – would be the safest place in the world. The NRA disagrees. In fact, they’d rather you kept your guns at home, please.
The NRA, America’s largest gun lobbying group, is planning to hold its annual convention this week in Nashville. According to planners, over 70,000 proud good guys (and girls) with guns are expected to show up. As always, attendees will hear talks from celebrities, politicians, former Alaskan half-term governors, and gun-rights advocates, while a massive arena will be filled with vendors.
Oddly, the NRA has decided that it wouldn’t feel safe allowing 70,000 people packing heat to mill about. According to local paper The Tennessean, the organization put together a plan that they say will keep people safe – namely, “no guns.”