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The Sad Decline of '60 Minutes' Continues With This Week's NSA Whitewash
From: Paul Ferguson <fergdawgster () mykolab com>
Date: Sun, 15 Dec 2013 20:48:16 -0800

Wow, where to begin...

I love the subject line above, which I used from this 'The Nation' article:

http://www.thenation.com/blog/177598/sad-decline-60-minutes-continues-weeks-nsa-whitewash

I was unsurprisingly stunned tonight that CBS had sunk even lower than Fox News in their reporting on the NSA tonight -- nothing less than pro-NSA propaganda.

Here are a few initial thoughts that came out tonight -- and they will assuredly continue to roll in:

'How we know the 60 Minutes NSA interview was crap'
http://blog.erratasec.com/2013/12/how-we-know-60-minutes-nsa-interview.html

'60 Minutes': NSA Good, Snowden Bad
http://www.thewire.com/national/2013/12/60-minutes-nsa-good-snowden-bad/356174/

'Shame On Feinstein' Coalition Warns Of Silicon Valley Economic Impact From NSA Spying
http://www.siliconvalleywatcher.com/mt/archives/2013/12/shame_on_feinstein_co.php

One can only scratch their heads & wonder what CBS is doing here. Are they really this incompetent, or are they maneuvering somehow to support the Obama administration's attempt to only make 'cosmetic changes' to the NSA and FISA Court operations, and whitewash the NSA overreach?

I've already seen several main stream U.S. news organizations 'interpret' the leaked recommendations from the 'oversight board' as 'sweeping' when they are nothing more than cosmetic & business as usual.

See also:

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/dec/13/nsa-review-to-leave-spying-programs-largely-unchanged-reports-say

http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2013/12/16/131216fa_fact_lizza?currentPage=all

http://www.pogo.org/blog/2013/12/20131213-has-political-spending-defanged-intel-watchdogs-in-congress.html


No pun intended, but the NSA and the Obama Administration are pulling a "Snow Job" on the American People.

- ferg


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Paul Ferguson
PGP Public Key ID: 0x63546533

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