RLM News Show Podcast Blog – August 15, 2013

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“There is no better illustration of that crisis than the fact that the president is openly violating our nation’s laws by authorizing the NSA to engage in warrantless surveillance of U.S. citizens.”
John Conyers (January 20, 2006 talking about G.W. Bush)

“As we have all said, we understand that electronic surveillance is a vital tool in the war on terror. We all want to know when Osama bin Laden is calling: when he is calling, who he is calling, and what he is saying.”
Chris Van Hollen

“There will come a time when it isn’t ‘They’re spying on me through my phone’ anymore. Eventually, it will be ‘My phone is spying on me’.”
Philip K. Dick

“The world is not sliding, but galloping into a new transnational dystopia. This development has not been properly recognized outside of national security circles. It has been hidden by secrecy, complexity and scale. The internet, our greatest tool of emancipation, has been transformed into the most dangerous facilitator of totalitarianism we have ever seen. The internet is a threat to human civilization.”
Julian Assange

“Big Brother in the form of an increasingly powerful government and in an increasingly powerful private sector will pile the records high with reasons why privacy should give way to national security, to law and order […] and the like.”
William O. Douglas – Points of rebellion – 1970

“We are rapidly entering the age of no privacy, where everyone is open to surveillance at all times; where there are no secrets from government.”
William O. Douglas – Dissenting, Osborn v. United States, 385 U.S. 323, 341 (1966)

“It’s very, very difficult I think for us to have a transparent debate about secret programs approved by a secret court issuing secret court orders based on secret interpretations of the law.”
Tom Udall

“For those who believe executive branch officials will voluntarily interpret their surveillance authorities with restraint, I believe it is more likely that I will achieve my life-long dream of playing in the NBA.”
Ron Wyden

These are the links to the stories covered on the RLM News Show – August 15, 2013

Georgia teen denied life-saving heart transplant due to ‘non-compliance’
Georgia teen denied life-saving heart transplant due to ‘non-compliance’

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Gold Gone? Germany baffled as Fed bars access to bullion

The world is losing trust in the dollar as a safe haven. A major blow came after Germany’s Bundesbank demanded the repatriation of a big chunk of its gold being held in the US. Because as RT’s Gayane Chichakyan reports, some are concerned the assets of foreign nations in the Federal Reserve are not secure or even there. The Germans were infuriated when the US Federal reserve didn’t even let them examine their own assets properly. Peter Boehringer, the founder and chairman of ‘German Precious Metal Association’, says that’s a bad sign.

Links to other Important Stories I didn’t have time to cover on the show

More Fast and Furious guns surface at crimes in Mexico
More Fast and Furious guns surface at crimes in Mexico

The Resident: American Revolution 2.0 has begun

As more and more Americans get fed up with headlines about their government over-regulating, spying, or otherwise being invasive, they’re starting to take it upon themselves to opt out of systems where the government has stepped in. Project Meshnet intends on forming a new internet from scratch, which could offer an escape from the NSA’s prying eyes. Occupy Money Cooperative hopes to offer another banking system that isn’t fueld by Wall St and government corruption and greed. And there are many other examples. With all of these movements starting, is it safe to say a new kind of American Revolution has begun? The Resident (aka Lori Harfenist) discusses.

Barrett Brown: 100 Years in Prison for Posting a Link? | Brainwash Update

Abby Martin talks in depth about the curious case of Barrett Brown, the hacktivist/journalist who is facing 105 years in prison for posting a link.

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