Standing with Ed | Unfilter 58

Standing with Ed | Unfilter 58

New leaks give us a better picture of how the NSA vacuums up your Internet traffic, and leverages their relationships with telecom companies to take what they want.

Then Latin America stands with Edward Snowden as multiple offers of asylum come in, we’ll bring you up to date on the hunt for Edward Snowden and discuss his latest revelations.

Plus on the eve of new talks with China the US is caught in another hypocritical scandal, a look at the explosive situation in Egypt, your feedback, and much much more.

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— Show Notes —

Is Broccoli-Gate The Media Having a Laugh at the Public?

The president’s answer places him in direct odds with former President George H.W. Bush, who famously declared in 1990 that he hated broccoli.

“And I haven’t liked it since I was a little kid and my mother made me eat it. And I’m president of the United States, and I’m not going to eat any more broccoli!” he said.

Egypt Headed for Civil War?

Egypt lurched into dangerous new terrain Monday as an angry and bloodied Muslim Brotherhood called for an “uprising” against the new order, and the head of Egypt’s top Islamic authority warned that the country was headed toward “civil war,” after security forces opened fire on supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi in the early morning hours.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) on Sunday said the U.S. could use its foreign aid package for Egypt as “leverage” to push the country back to democracy, days after the military ousted elected President Mohamed Morsi.

What do we actually give to Egypt? Between 1948 and 2011, the United States has given Egypt about $71.6 billion in bilateral military and economic aid. That’s more than we’ve given to any other country over that time frame save for Israel.

A recent report (pdf) from the Congressional Research Service lays out the details. The biggest chunk is military aid, averaging about $1.3 billion per year since 1987, with much of that military equipment. For instance, Egypt plans to acquire 1,200 M1A1 Abrams Battle tanks from the United States. The components are jointly manufactured in both countries and shipped to Egypt for final assembly. This year, the United States is also shipping 20 F–16 fighter jets overseas. Plus there’s money for border security along the Sinai Peninsula.

Egypt also gets a few special financing provisions, says CRS, including the ability to deposit its funds at an interest-bearing account at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. The nation also gets to engage in cash-flow financing to pay for military equipment, a special provision not available to most recipients, and one that allows Egypt to negotiate bigger arms purchases.

The Obama administration has insisted that aid to Egypt is crucial to avoiding broader problems. “A hold up of aid might contribute to the chaos that may ensue because of their collapsing economy, said Secretary of State John Kerry in January. ”Their biggest problem is a collapsing economy."

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Latest Leaks

A classified NSA slide obtained by The Washington Post and published here for the first time lists “Two Types of Collection.”

One is PRISM, the NSA program that collects information from technology companies, which was first revealed in reports by the Post and Britain’s Guardian newspaper last month. The slide also shows a separate category labeled “Upstream,” described as accessing “communications on fiber cables and infrastructure as data flows past.”

Colombia is considered a top military and diplomatic ally in the region following a decade of joint operations against Marxist rebels and drug trafficking gangs that have caused harm to both countries’ economies.

“In rejecting the acts of espionage that violate people’s rights and intimacy as well as the international conventions on telecommunication, Colombia requests the corresponding explanations from the United States government through its ambassador to Colombia,” the foreign ministry said in the statement.

A majority of U.S. registered voters
consider Edward Snowden a whistle-blower, not a traitor, and a
plurality says government anti-terrorism efforts have gone too
far in restricting civil liberties, a poll released today shows.

Fifty-five percent said Snowden was a whistle-blower in
leaking details about top-secret U.S. programs that collect
telephone and Internet data, in the survey

“The fact that there is little difference now along party lines about the overall anti-terrorism effort and civil liberties and about Snowden is in itself unusual in a country sharply divided along political lines about almost everything,”

Peter Brown, assistant director of Quinnipiac’s polling institute.

Where in the World is Snowden

In the second part of an exclusive interview with Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras, former NSA contractor Edward Snowden contemplates the reaction from the US government to his revelations of top-secret documents regarding its spying operations on domestic and foreign internet traffic, email and phone use. This interview was recorded in Hong Kong on 6 June 2013

Should NSA leaker Edward Snowden decide to accept Venezuela’s offer of asylum, the tricky thing will be figuring how to get there from Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport. His big problem is that after the strange saga of Bolivian President Evo Morales’s flight over Europe, which included an unexpected stopover in Austria where the presidential plane may have been searched, Snowden might want to avoid flying over any countries friendly to the United States.

He appears to have, generally speaking, five options, each of which carries significant risk.

Dinner with China:

US Vice President Joe Biden has urged China to end its “outright” theft through hacking and to improve human rights as the world’s two largest economies began annual strategic talks.

Treasury Secretary Lew tells Fareed Zakaria how Chinese cyber theft is different from NSA surveillance.

Citing documents leaked by Edward Snowden, the fugitive former American intelligence contractor, O Globo newspaper said the NSA programs went beyond military affairs to what it termed “commercial secrets.”

These included petroleum in Venezuela and energy in Mexico, according to a graphic O Globo identified as being from the NSA and dated February of this year.


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