Links, 4/22/12

I was never able to keep up with my goal of doing daily link posts last year. That said, there’s so much out today that I want to at least note that I can’t keep up with my own posting unless I dump all these here.

Steven Aftergood notes that your elected representatives are clarmoring for more leak prosecutions.

The EU just caved to US demands for EU passenger data. With Israel dictating no fly lists to Europe and Julian Assange’s lawyer being placed an an “inhibited” list with no explanation, this probably will lead to the US unilaterally dictating who can fly where in this world.

The Guardian asked pastor Terry Jones whether he bears any responsibility for the deaths he may cause if he insists on conducting another Quran burning. The Guardian doesn’t appear to have asked DOD, which is trying to convince Jones not to conduct the burning, why it doesn’t first take responsibility for ending the anti-Muslim abuses and the Quran burning committed by some troops.

In addition to the cooperation with Libya in exposing refugees in the UK, the documents liberated in Libya last year also describe how MI6 collaborated with Moammar Qaddafi to set up a radical mosque in some Western European country to use as bait for Islamic extremists.

Obama just issued an Executive Order basically saying that Syria and Iran should not be able to use tech to crack down on the opposition in the same we the US does.

Apparently we don’t have enough spies so now DOD is rolling out a new (actually, newly renamed) Clandestine Service.

Micah Zenko addresses the stupidity behind refusing to acknowledged our Third War–the drone one–publicly.

As Jack Goldsmith notes in Charlie Savage’s piece describing Obama’s increasing reliance on executive orders to do the work of business, “This is what Presidents do.” Congress has, with its capitulation to big money and greed, basically turned itself into a rump institution doing no more than channeling money into DC’s main industry. I think Obama, with his congressional majority in 2008, might have been able to begin to reverse that if he had actually used his majority rather than pissing it away in a bid for bipartisan crap rather than effective legislation. But he didn’t.

Evgeny Morozov explains why Anonymous’ structure and disparate goals has led to increased surveillance rather than less. I think his analysis suffers from the classic chicken-and-egg fallacy, and fails to account for the degree to which these choices are probably being dictated by FBI-directed double agents. But it worthwhile analysis.

File this news–that half of Iran’s super-tanker capacity is sitting anchored in the gulf with no place to go–in the “whatever could go wrong?” file. If we’re lucky it will involve nothing more than pirates and not fully-laden tankers sunk and draining into the gulf.

Jose Padilla’s mom has appealed her suit against Donald Rumsfeld for torture to SCOTUS. This case is the best set of facts–but the least empathetic plaintiff–of several suits trying to hold the government accountable for torturing American citizens.

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10 Responses to Links, 4/22/12

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bmaz @WerlySportsLaw No, it is absolute horsemanure. Why should "major" programs be allowed to go squat in other territory? This is insane.
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bmaz Seems legit! And Roger Goodell's mother appearing at the end was a nice touch! https://t.co/bhZdLpAX4C
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JimWhiteGNV RT @JulieDiCaro: They have a statue of Ray Lewis outside their stadium. https://t.co/PQ3w7BacW2
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bmaz It is all hard, oh so hard, to tell if our NFL love has been in vain https://t.co/QuA7EwWpKh
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bmaz Hey maybe the @NFL didn't know about Ideal Gas Law+other serial infirmities in their case+Sent Clement in uninformed https://t.co/JZpSKjLY2L
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bmaz But, hey, being "The Worldwide Leader" means can carry @NFL's water and never be sorry https://t.co/uFtqCGfc0L
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bmaz And then had their lead reporter, @mortreport delete his tweet and refuse to ever apologize for his @NFL stenography https://t.co/JZpSKjLY2L
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bmaz For anybody watching @NFL draft, just know this is same dishonest+unrepentant news org that manufactured #Deflategate out of thin air.
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bmaz The beyond insane and ungodly idiotic hype that @ESPN gives to collegiate, and now even high school. sports is pukeworthy. #StopYouAssholes
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JimWhiteGNV RT @banditref: Urban Meyer says every player is the best he's ever coached, then he leaves money on the dresser, puts on his pants, and wal…
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bmaz And, tonight, is yet another craven symbiosis of money grubbing jackholery between @NFL + @ESPN #AlwaysCrapOverTruth https://t.co/nozTp5OP50
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bmaz Extremely malignant factors like @mortreport and @ESPN created, out of whole cloth,the malignant idiocy of #Deflategate. #Sickening
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