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MSNBC host Ari Melber took aim at President Barack Obama, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, and the “surveillance industrial complex” in a scathing editorial segment on Wednesday’s The Cycle. He blasted the president for an “Orwellian” use of the word “transparent” to describe the decisions made in secret by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act courts which serve as a check on the National Security Agency’s communications monitoring programs.
Melber hit Obama for conflating what the NSA’s telephonic monitoring programs target with the electronic communications monitoring program, PRISM, when he said that the FISA courts have overseen every federal request. He said that PRIMS nets 3 billion pieces of intelligence from computers in one month.
“Potentially 35 billion pieces in a year,” Melber said. “There aren’t 35 billion court orders for that.”
Later, Melber slammed Obama for saying the NSA’s process of obtaining intelligence is transparent because they go through the FISA courts.
“No,” Melber shot back. “You cannot invoke a secret court for transparency.”
“It’s not transparent. That’s why it meets in secret,” he continued.
Melber mocked the notion that the FISA courts were independent because they have almost never denied a request from the federal government to monitor a suspect. “I’d say that’s pretty rubber stampy,” Melber observed.
He linked this to the fact that Justice Roberts appoints every FISA judge. “This secret court now has one of the most monolithic, one party, right-wing benches in American history,” Melber declared. He said that changes can and should be made, but power-hungry politicians and profitable surveillance companies would oppose any changes to that system.
Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint appeared on Fox News’s “Your World with Neil Cavuto” this afternoon to challenge the Congressional Budget Office’s report that immigration reform will boost the economy.
“People are projecting without any data,” DeMint said. “This bill is going to cost Americans trillions of dollars.”
DeMint said that despite claims by the Gang of Eight, Republicans did not lose the 2012 election because of immigration reform. They lost because they did not inspire the Hispanic voting base.
“Republicans lost the election because they ran a negative campaign,” DeMint said. “We’ll win their vote when we show that we care about them and that we want to make their lives better.”
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Arianna Huffington, Richard Branson, and twelve other CEOs and past business executives are uniting in an effort to remake free enterprise by creating a “better version of capitalism, one that prioritizes people and planet over profit.”
The new group calls itself “the B team.”
“Plan A—the pursuit of short-term profit at the exclusion of everything else—isn’t working for anyone,” writes Huffington. “This is a moment of great possibility and opportunity for all of us to play our part in course-correcting, and leveraging the best parts of the spirit of business and entrepreneurship to bring about fundamental changes to the ways we do business—for the benefit of individuals, communities, and companies.”
Huffington’s involvement in the group’s effort to alter capitalism by putting people ahead of profits is likely to recall the 2011 progressive uproar that occurred when Huffington leveraged the work of her mostly unpaid thousands of bloggers and cashed out by selling the website to AOL. Union organizers and Huffington Post bloggers slapped Arianna Huffington with a $ 105 million class action lawsuit and vowed to make her “a pariah in the progressive community.”
“In my view, the Huffington Post’s bloggers have essentially been turned into modern-day slaves on Arianna Huffington‘s plantation,” said labor activist and former Huffington Post blogger Jonathan Tasini.
Tasini added: “She wants to pocket the tens of millions of dollars she reaped from the hard work of those bloggers….This all could have been avoided had Arianna Huffington not acted like the Wal-Marts, the Waltons, Lloyd Blankfein, which is basically to say, ‘Go screw yourselves, this is my money.’”
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