My old theme was killing me. I don’t know why, but I just didn’t like it. I’m hoping that I like this theme a little better. If you have some ideas on how you would want the blog to look please let me know.
For reasons that are unclear, I wandered into my blog roll. I’m not sure why I did that. Many links were dead. Pam’s House Blend had moved to FireDogLake. I didn’t know that. Then Pam closed the blog due to health reasons, I think. She was a wonderful voice on the internet. She will be missed. Glenn Greenwald has moved from Salon to the Guardian. Some blogs, I have no idea what happened. Those blogs had long gone cold, so I deleted them.
Anyway, I will be playing with the look of the blog over the next several days. I appreciate your input and your patience.
This is the Errington Thompson Show. I interviewed the Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald who has been in the news after revealing that the NSA was listening in (or is that databasing?) all of our calls back in 2008. Check it out.
Today’s show is full of extra special goodness. I have Glenn Greenwald as my special guest. We discuss his book, Great American Hypocrites. Interestingly, we talk about Bush, the FISA court and telecompanies helping the government listen in on our conversations. This is a great interview. I also cover President Bush’s attack on Senator Barack Obama, as well as his “sacrifice” of golf for the troops.
Leaks and who gets to leak – Snowden and many others have now said that these leaks are important and justified because the public needs to decide whether this is being done in their name. Basically I disagree with that (the justification for the leak). But it does raise a basic point that it is inherently difficult for the public to make fully informed decisions about intelligence work done in its name. Yet, who gets to do this? Snowden says it’s up to the public. But it’s really more like Snowden and Greenwald have made that decision on the public’s behalf.
Edward Snowden is the source – The individual responsible for one of the most significant leaks in US political history is Edward Snowden, a 29-year-old former technical assistant for the CIA and current employee of the defence contractor Booz Allen Hamilton. Snowden has been working at the National Security Agency for the last four years as an employee of various outside contractors, including Booz Allen and Dell. The Guardian, after several days of interviews, is revealing his identity at his request. From the moment he decided to disclose numerous top-secret documents to the public, he was determined not to opt for the protection of anonymity. “I have no intention of hiding who I am because I know I have done nothing wrong,” he said. Continue reading News Roundup – Leaks, Edward Snowden, Jobs (Update – Chad goes to jail)→