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February 23, 2015

Citizenfour: Inside Story of NSA Leaker Edward Snowden Captured in New Film by Laura Poitras

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“At this stage I can offer nothing more than my word. I am a senior government employee in the intelligence community. I hope you understand that contacting you is extremely high risk … This will not be a waste of your time.” This was one of the first messages Edward Snowden wrote to filmmaker Laura Poitras beginning an exchange that helped expose the massive surveillance apparatus set up by the National Security Agency. Months later, Poitras would meet Snowden for the first time in a Hong Kong hotel room. Poitras filmed more than 20 hours of footage as Snowden debriefed reporters Glenn Greenwald and Ewen MacAskill. That footage — most unseen until now — forms the backbone of Poitras’ new film, “Citizenfour.” She joins us to talk about the film and her own experience with government surveillance. The film is the third installment of her 9/11 trilogy that also includes “My Country, My Country” about the Iraq War and “The Oath” about the U.S. military base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. Poitras’ NSA reporting contributed to a Pulitzer Prize for Public Service awarded to The Guardian and The Washington Post. We also speak with Jeremy Scahill, who appears in the film reporting on recent disclosures about NSA surveillance from a new, anonymous government source. Scahill, along with Poitras and Greenwald, founded The Intercept, a new media venture to continue investigating whistleblower leaks.

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How To Maintain A Healthy Level Of Insanity in retirement.

1. At Lunch Time, Sit In Your Parked Car With Sunglasses on and point a Hair Dryer At Passing Cars…watch ’em Slow Down! 

 

2. On all your cheque stubs, write ‘For Marijuana’!

 

3. Skip down the street Rather Than Walk and see how many looks you get.

 

4. Order a Diet Water whenever you go out to eat, with a serious face.

 

5. Sing Along At The Opera.

 

6. When The Money Comes Out of The ATM, Scream ‘I Won! I Won!’

 

7. When Leaving the Zoo, start Running towards the Car Park, Yelling ‘Run For Your Lives! They’re Loose!’

 

8. Tell Your Children over dinner: ‘Due to the economy,we are going to have to let one of you go…

 

9. PICK UP A BOX OF CONDOMS AT THE PHARMACY, GO TO THE COUNTER AND ASK WHERE THE FITTING ROOM IS.

 

And The Final Way To Keep A Healthy Level Of Insanity: my favorite.

 

10. Go to a large Department store’s fitting room, drop your drawers to your ankles and yell out: “THERE IS NO PAPER IN HERE”!

 

Send This E-mail To Someone To Make Them Smile. It’s called “THERAPY” !!!!!

 

Mohamed Fahmy hits out at al-Jazeera over its protection of journalists

Reporter jailed last June with Peter Greste and Baher Mohamed says network had own political agenda during reign of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood

Al-Jazeera journalist Mohamed Fahmy says the network left him and his Egypt-based colleagues unprotected.
 Al-Jazeera journalist Mohamed Fahmy says the network left him and his Egypt-based colleagues unprotected. Photograph: Hasan Mohamed/AFP/Getty

The al-Jazeera journalist Mohamed Fahmy, who is awaiting retrial after more than a year in an Egyptian prison, has accused the network of “epic negligence” and said it was partially to blame for his arrest and imprisonment. 

Fahmy called it naive and misleading to see the case purely as a crackdown on press freedom because Qatar, which funds the al-Jazeera network, used it to “wage a media war” against Cairo.

Fahmy, who had both Egyptian and Canadian nationality before giving up his Egyptian passport in an attempt to speed up his deportation in December, and Baher Mohamed, an Egyptian, are due back in court next week following the release of their Australian colleague, Peter Greste, earlier this month. The three al-Jazeera English (AJE) employees were jailed last June on trumped-up charges of helping terrorists and spreading false news.

Fahmy’s comments follow several attempts to present his case in a more favourable light to the Cairo establishment in recent months, including an opinion piece in Egypt’s leading private broadsheet that expressed his support for the army’s overthrow of ex-president Mohamed Morsi.

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