I spent a big chunk of my book Surveillance Valley looking at how various spy adjacent parts of the U.S. empire have underwritten the international Internet privacy movement, fund popular privacy technologies like Tor and Signal and even bankrolling the activists themselves.
And -- this just in:
Biden-Putin Teleconference: Putin Rejects Biden’s Demand That U.S. Take Control Over Negotiations Between Ukraine and Its Former Donbass Region
By Eric Zuesse - December 9, 2021
Great stuff Yasha. Much thanks 👍
Thank you for writing about this. I stumbled on the encryption story you wrote for The Baffler somewhat recently while trying to clean up my use of technology and support better companies, and it connected a lot of dots for me regarding some of the experiences I've had while trying to report on certain tech topics. I found your blog and subscribed. For the sake of argument, I'd just like to make the point that what gets covered is not entirely up to journalists -- there are gatekeepers, and even if someone tries to write about certain things, those types of pitches often get rejected, or sources that you think will be helpful end up stonewalling or trying to spin it. It's an underlying catch-22 that feels exhausting and it's almost impossible to overcome. But either way, thank you. I'm going to order Surveillance Valley and read it after the holidays.
Good piece. Liked.
https://youtu.be/VchYQBGKwbQ Here is one video that relates closely to this post “How the US Runs Taiwan's Government & Why It Must Stop”
Thank you - an excellent article and link. Reading it I remembered an alarming detail several years ago:
A news item that Deep State has penetrated and monitor transactions in block-chain systems -- that already resulted in arrests, etc.
I never again read about it but if true all this independency and anonymity claims in block-chain transactions are an illusion. We live in a CONTINUUM.
FBI and Edgar Hoover’s crimes and surveillance === CIA-FBI and St. Obama, Clapper, Brennan, Hayden === SAME despicable dangerous bastards.
Remember unspeakable horrors in Indonesia started shortly after CIA's assassination of JFK.
Unlike Vietnam -- in Indonesia the US victory was total - "The Jakarta Method" is now used globally -- Indonesia's population is terrorized to this day...
And Obama’s mother, as a honey pot to Suharto’s colonel, was a part of this horror…
The Murderous History and Deceitful Function of the CIA
https://youtu.be/ugiIlj_olkg More on weaponized immigrants…this is DOS/USAID/EU funded (in that order) and the whole legend/mythology of Varian Fry and rescuing people like Chagall and Hannah Arendt (I believe you last deprogrammed immigrant has something to do with the Hanna Arendt center) all went through this organization
Just stumbled on this today: https://apnews.com/article/technology-business-united-arab-emirates-hacking-apple-inc-5f50aa937209f9d72bc1f7bccadfe14c
And this: https://apnews.com/article/technology-business-lifestyle-software-apple-inc-aed3cc628fc602079b100757974c8f01
Yasha, I know it's getting a lot more coverage now, but if you had a unique personal 'spin' on the Assange story, I think it might make for enlightening/entertaining reading material.
See the work of Brian Berletic aka The New Atlas. Coincidentally while looking earlier at the US backed Sunflower/Umbrella movements in HK and Taiwan earlier (Ming Sho Ho’s book) anarchist David Graeber was discussed.