Glenn Greenwald: CIA and Edward Snowden

Decent people see tragedy and barbarism when viewing a terrorism attack. American politicians and intelligence officials see something else: opportunity.Bodies were still lying in the streets of Paris when CIA operatives began exploiting the resulting fear and anger to advance long-standing political agendas. They and their congressional allies instantly attempted to heap blame for the atrocity not on Islamic State but on several preexisting adversaries: Internet encryption, Silicon Valley’s privacy policies and Edward Snowden.

Source: Glenn Greenwald: Why the CIA is smearing Edward Snowden after the Paris attacks – LA Times

Military Contractors

[pullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]In 2008, the Government Accountability Office found that 2,435 former generals were employed at 52 of the biggest defense contractors as senior executives and acquisition officers. ~ The Empire Files[/pullquote]

Rich and powerful

[pullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]It is to be regretted that the rich and powerful too often bend the acts of government to their own selfish purposes. ~ Andrew Jackson[/pullquote]

16th Amendment


The Sixteenth Amendment (Amendment XVI) to the United States Constitution allows the Congress to levy an income tax without apportioning it among the states or basing it on the United States Census. This amendment exempted income taxes from the constitutional requirements regarding direct taxes, after income taxes on rents, dividends, and interest were ruled to be direct taxes in the court case of Pollock v. Farmers’ Loan & Trust Co. (1895). The amendment was adopted on February 3, 1913.