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Vietnam -Rising Discontent over Corruption

Vietnam-Bankers

The global trend that is brewing against corruption is absolutely everywhere. Vietnam is dealing with rising public anger over corruption that has unfolded in and out of government. Duong Chi Dung (C-front), 56, is the former chairman of Vinalines, and his accomplices stand in the local People’s Court in Hanoi. The top two executives were sentenced to death for embezzlement as authorities try to allay rising public anger over corruption. Where US bankers got bonuses after 2007, the story is very different elsewhere.

Court and Senator Say NSA Has Violated Constitution

Historically, the NSA prided itself on its internal code of conduct. Something happened to this once moral agency. It crossed a line from following the law to violating it.

So says Senator Ron Wyden, talking about domestic intelligence collection by the NSA and the findings of the court (FISC) charged with overseeing NSA’s collection program:

“… on at least one occasion the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court held that some collection carried out pursuant to section 702 minimization procedures used by the government was unreasonable under the Fourth Amendment.”

We don’t know the details of the classified order, but it’s clear that it’s a very important aspect of the domestic spying apparatus that even the court overseeing the program found it straying into illegal territory, says Business Insider.

Here’s the relevant text of the amendment:

“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

Business Insider has written an article on this topic, including other sources of information about intelligence collection by the agency. You may read it by clicking the link below.

http://www.businessinsider.com/nsa-spying-violated-the-constituion-2013-6

DEA Agent Blows Whistle on CIA

“The more informed we are, the freer we are.” –Joe Madison

It is the job of the public to look for patterns of behavior that appear over and over again, demonstrating our government is not acting in the public’s best interest.

from the Montel Williams show

Are Scandals Pushing Obama to Start War?

From Tyler Durden at zerohedge.com:

At the moment when the Obama administration is feeling more heat than ever before, it starts another war. Suddenly everyone in the mainstream media is talking all about Syria and not about the IRS scandal, Benghazi, NSA snooping or any of the other political scandals that have popped up in recent weeks. As if on cue, Obama made headlines all over the globe on Thursday by claiming that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons against the rebels “multiple times”, and that the U.S. was now ready to do more to assist the rebels.

What I find intriguing is we fought al qaeda in Iraq and Afghanistan, but we are supplying  al qaeda–the rebels–in Syria.

Rep. Jeff Duncan Asks Why IRS Trains with AK-47s

Representative Jeff Duncan from South Carolina recently toured a Department of Homeland Security facility as part of his Congressional oversight committee duties. While at the DHS, Duncan observed Internal Revenue Service agents training with AK-47’s. Duncan is asking why the policing branch of the IRS needs, in the Congressman’s words, “standoff capabilities.”

Good question, Congressman. I’d like to know, too.

Here’s a copy of the Congressman’s Tweet on the topic.

Rep. Jeff Duncan@RepJeffDuncan9h

I’ll be on John Gibson’s radio program at 1:05 to discuss the #IRS training with semi-automatic weapons. #PJNET #tcot

Congressional Probe Hints IRS Targeting Has Larger Scope

Isn’t it interesting that our government keeps doing stupid things, lying about it, then getting caught telling lies. An example follows, excerpted from a longer article on Yahoo:

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional investigators are starting to see cracks in the Internal Revenue Service argument that a small group of agents in the Cincinnati office solely targeted conservative political groups.

. . . two agents in the IRS’s Cincinnati office say they believe their work was being closely monitored by higher-ups in Washington. One agent, Elizabeth Hofacre, complained to investigators that she was being micromanaged by Washington when she processed applications for tax-exempt status by tea party groups, according to a transcript of her interview with investigators.

Her interview suggests a long trail of emails that could support her claim. . . .