This dynamic is obviously a direct result of racism. Too often, racism is seen as a social phenomenon that happens to black people. But it happens through black people as well. That is, the negative associations thrust upon black people and black culture can color how we black people view each other. Blacks and whites receive the same narratives and images that perpetuate stereotypes of black criminality and flippancy while synonymizing white culture with American values. It is to be expected that there will be an observable impact on black intragroup perceptions.
The construct of racism is efficiently designed to politically and socially subjugate a segment of the population. For the oppressed, a natural response is to advocate for conformity with the dominant culture as an appeal for equal treatment. If black people were only more respectable, one line of argument runs, they would be less subject to the ills of racism.
On one hand-
“These materials show, over a sustained period of time, the depth and rigor of NSA’s commitment to compliance,” read a statement on the NSA’s website. “By emphasizing accountability across all levels of the enterprise, and transparently reporting errors and violations to outside oversight authorities, NSA protects privacy and civil liberties while safeguarding the nation and our allies.”
On the other hand-
In one instance, an analyst who surveilled her own spouse was merely “advised to cease her activities.” In another, an analyst “mistakenly requested” surveillance “of his own personal identifier instead of the selector associated with a foreign intelligence target.” But the NSA maintained that employees who conducted improper surveillance were adequately held to account.
“Results returned from improper queries may be deleted, and the analyst who submitted the query may be subject to additional training or administrative action as appropriate,” the agency said.
But my favorite passage of all-
The USA Freedom Act, which would have ended the NSA’s controversial domestic call tracking program, died in the Senate earlier this year despite support from an unlikely alliance that included Facebook, the ACLU and the National Rifle Association.
Why my favorite? It best illustrates the fact that a consensus of the public wanted that bill passed, and that was thwarted despite the allegedly always overwhelming lobbying power of the NRA and the considerable academic and legal resources the ACLU
We got screwed. By now we understand so many of the claims these programs are “essential” but proof remains necessarily secret are the emperors clothes of our day. We heard this song before. Yes on our watch. But in the end this will just be another psych/attitude test. Nothing more as per the set up by the timing of the release.
After being amply demonstrated once again, should the “Streisand Effect” become “Streisand’s Law” as some at Rational Wiki suggest?
“The Interview,” the Sony Pictures film about a fictional plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, opened in more than 300 movie theaters across the United States on Christmas Day, drawing many sell-out audiences and statements by patrons that they were championing freedom of expression.
Co-directors Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen, who also co-stars in the low-brow comedy with James Franco, surprised moviegoers by appearing at the sold-out 12:30 a.m. PT screening of the movie at a theater in Los Angeles, where they briefly thanked fans for their support.
Sony Pictures this week backtracked from its original decision to cancel the release of the $44 million film after major U.S. theater chains pulled out because of threats of violence by Guardians of Peace, a computer hacking group that claimed responsibility for a destructive cyberattack on Sony last month.
A Queens man was arrested on Wednesday after he was overheard threatening to kill police officers, the police said, and a search of his home yielded a cache of weapons that included two guns.
The arrest of the man, Elvin Payamps, was at least the sixth the Police Department made this week in response to threats made against officers since the fatal shooting of two officers last Saturday by a man who had declared his intentions on social media.
The events that led to Mr. Payamps’s arrest began around 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, when a 54-year-old man called 911 to report that he had overheard a man saying on his cellphone that he was going to “kill police” with the guns at his home, the police said. The caller to 911 and the man later identified as Mr. Payamps were at a TD Bank branch on Metropolitan Avenue in Middle Village, Queens, the police said.
Pakistan officials, especially the un-named ones have been known to exagerate claims such as this in the past - 48 hour rule in effect, lets’ wait on other confirmations.
Security forces killed the alleged planner of the recent deadly attack on a school, and a suspected U.S. drone fired missiles at two compounds in Pakistan’s North Waziristan tribal region, killing at least seven alleged militants, Pakistani officials said.
A top government official in the Khyber tribal region said security forces, acting on intelligence information, conducted a raid in the Bara area late Thursday night, where they fought a gun battle with the militant commander known as Saddam and his accomplices, said Shahab Ali Shah, head of police administration in Khyber.
Shah said that Saddam was killed in the hour-long shootout, while his six accomplices were injured and arrested. He said Saddam helped plan the Peshawar school attack and was also involved in attacks on health workers giving polio vaccinations in the Peshawar valley.
A Turkish court has ordered the release from custody of a teenage boy arrested for allegedly insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. But he still faces up to four years in prison if convicted on the charges.
A court in the central Turkish city of Konya released the 16-year-old boy from police custody on Friday after dozens of lawyers petitioned for him to be freed, Turkish media said. He was met by his parents as he left the courthouse in Konya, according to the CNN-Turk channel.
The teenager was arrested by police at his school on Wednesday for reportedly delivering a speech at a student protest in which he accused Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and the ruling Justice and Development party (AKP) of corruption.
President Barack Obama marked the end of more than a decade of combat in Afghanistan by paying tribute to America’s military, telling troops on Christmas Day that their sacrifices have allowed for a more peaceful, prosperous world to emerge out of the ashes of 9/11.
At an oceanfront Marine Corps base in Hawaii, Obama told troops that while tough challenges remain for the U.S. military in hotspots like Iraq and West Africa, the world as a whole is better off because American troops put country first and served with distinction. He said Americans and their president could not be more thankful.
“Because of the extraordinary service of the men and women in the American armed forces, Afghanistan has a chance to rebuild its own country,” Obama said to applause from Marines and their families. “We are safer. It’s not going to be a source of terrorist attacks again.”
There’s no griefer like a Christmas griefer.
It’s getting there. Sony’s PlayStation networks were still down; Xbox is mostly up, but some functions are limited, their service websites said early Friday.
The buzz in the online gaming scene is that they could be all the way back up soon, after an iconic gamer claims to have intervened to end a alleged hack that inundated them.
Gamers eager to battle online opponents on Xbox and PSN networks tossed their consoles to the ground on Christmas Day — one of the busiest gaming days of the year — while two hacker groups allegedly duked it out on social media over the gaming systems’ connections.
One, Lizard Squad, said it fought to torpedo the networks. The other, The Finest, said it aimed to get them afloat again by exposing the aggressors to law enforcement.
Beachside memorials and religious services have been held across Asia to mark the 10th anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami that left more than a quarter of a million people dead in one of modern history’s worst natural disasters.
The devastating December 26th, 2004 tsunami struck a dozen countries around the Indian Ocean rim, eradicated entire coastal communities, decimated families and crashed over tourist-filled beaches, with survivors wading through a horror show of corpse-filled waters.
Survivors, politicians, diplomats and families of victims gathered in Indonesia, Thailand, Sri Lanka, India and elsewhere. Moments of silence were planned in several spots to mark the exact time the tsunami struck.
The disaster was triggered by a 9.1-magnitude earthquake, the region’s most powerful in 40 years, that tore open the seabed bed off of Indonesia’s Sumatran coast, displacing billions of tons of water and sending waves roaring across the Indian Ocean at jetliner speeds as far away as east Africa.