Joe Nacchio Feature

Joseph P. Nacchio

I wanted to mention that I found a convenient site, SCOTUSblog, that provides free electronic copies of major appellate filings in your case. In case you might find it helpful to be able to pass on to others, here is the best one: http://www.scotusblog.com/2009/06/petitions-to-watch-conference-of-62509/. Attached below also is a column on the same site by Lyle Denniston, the country’s most senior reporter covering the Supreme Court. I know him a little bit, and will invite him to stop by one of your sessions.

U.S. Supreme Court, http://www.supremecourt.gov/Search.aspx?FileName=/docketfiles/08-1172.htm
Title: Nacchio v. United States
Issue: Whether the district court correctly instructed the jury on materiality, whether the district court properly excluded the testimony of a witness under Fed. R. Evid. 702, and whether there was sufficient evidence to support the jury’s finding that the defendant knowingly failed to disclose material information on insider trading.     
No. 08-1172       

 


Feds Crushed Telecom CEO Who Protected Customer Data from NSA Snoops…But He’s Back, Protesting New ‘Reform’ Law

Washington, DC — Long before 9/11 in 2001 or reformist surveillance law signed last month, one of the nation’s top telecom executives followed traditional business and legal principles regarding government requests for electronic data.

Qwest Chairman and CEO Joseph P. Nacchio reminded federal officials they needed court approval before his company could hand over en masse private data customer data to the National Security Agency (NSA). Nacchio’s company provided local services in 14 Western states. Also, he chaired two national telecom advisory councils under the then-new Bush administration.

He next endured a long nightmare of reprisal highly relevant to the supposed protections of the USA Freedom Act  signed last month to protect the public by trusting private companies to protect their customers’ data.

Authorities cancelled hundreds of millions of dollars in contracts for Qwest to provide services for federal agencies. Amid the general decline in telecom in 2001 and factors specific to Qwest, the company’s stock price promptly spiraled down from $38 to $2.

Even worse for Nacchio, he then received a six-year sentence on highly dubious federal insider trading convictions along with a $19 million fine and an additional $44 million in forfeiture penalties.

The punishment came from what appears to have been a political prosecution unique in U.S. securities law history. A federal judge hiding a secret sex scandal facilitated the government’s case, thereby raising the question of whether the married judge was under pressure from his secret shame of being a big spender on prostitutes and strippers.

Whatever the answer on that, Chief U.S. District Judge George Nottingham of Denver (now off the bench in disgrace after his wife blew the whistle) denied Nacchio basic fair trial safeguards.

For example, Nottingham (later sustained by a divided appellate court) forbade University of Chicago law professor Daniel Fischel, Nacchio’s main defense witness, from testify about industry-wide norms for CEOs handling confidential information and trading the shares that were Nacchio’s main form of compensation following his three decades in telecom.

If there’s ever a time to use a cliché once more this is it:

Nacchio was down, but not out.

Next week, the son of a New York City bartender who rose to the top of the telecom world returns to the nation’s capital for two hard-hitting presentations debunking the reform law.

First, the National Press Club hosts Nacchio at 10 a.m. in its prestigious “Newsmaker” series. The Press Club moderator will be journalist Michael Smith, who previewed the session for the club’s announcement by writing under the headline, “Will NSA Surveillance Reform Protect Public?”  

Nacchio, the leader of the regional Bell provider for 14 Western states, plans to argue that one of the greatest threats to American freedom comes from the U.S. government. Government surveillance that violates the Constitution’s Fourth Amendment “chills” free speech under the First Amendment, he says. Also, he argues that America faces over-criminalization of its justice system and inappropriate political criteria used to determine which targets to prosecute.

Nacchio holds a rare position to comment, particularly on the surveillance reforms in the new law that positions private companies as a protector of customer data from potential government over-reach. Details: https://www.press.org/events/will-nsa-surveillance-reform-protect-public-0.   

Next, Nacchio receives at 4 p.m. a “corporate courage” human rights award at the annual Whistle Blowers Summit on Capitol Hill. He then joins the panel "Political Prosecutions and the Danger to Democracy" with two other speakers who share first-hand experiences fighting injustice on issues of historic importance. They are:

•    Abraham Bolden, 80, (via Skype because of his age), recruited by President John F. Kennedy to become the first African American Secret Service officer guarding a president. In Bolden’s memoir “The Echo from Dealey Plaza,” he alleged gross Secret Service misconduct. Details: http://ow.ly/PWbEe

•    Former HealthSouth founder/CEO Richard Scrushy, co-defendant with former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman in one of the most widely condemned federal prosecutions in recent U.S. history. Scrushy, president/CEO of  the consultancy 7venth Power, last year published, “When Building A Billion Dollar Company” and is motivational speaker who will advise reformers and litigants on coping with the legal hardships that many whistleblowers must endure. Details: http://ow.ly/Q3DPu.  

The moderator is Justice Integrity Project editor Andrew Kreig, an attorney and author who has written extensively, in his forthcoming book Presidential Puppetry 2016, about all three men and the history-making importance of their causes regarding protection of the public, presidents, and the political process of campaign finance, elections, and due process under the law.  

Free registration for the Summit begins at 9 a.m. at the Stewart Mott House, 122 Maryland Ave, NE. Nacchio speaks also at a 10 a.m. news conference and Scrushy at a 6:30 p.m. dinner, both at the National Press Club, 529 14th St., NW. The Dutch-treat dinner is open to the public.

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National Press Club, Will NSA Surveillance Reform Protect Public? Michael Smith, July 29, 2015.

Washington, DC – Joseph P. Nacchio, the former chairman/CEO of Qwest Communications International and of two national commissions on security and infrastructure, will speak at a National Press Club Newsmaker news conference on Wednesday, July 29 – to explain why he believes the USA Freedom Act signed into law last month provides inadequate protection against National Security Agency’s (NSA) bulk data collection of the public’s electronic communications.

Nacchio, the leader of the regional Bell provider for 14 Western states, plans to argue that one of the greatest threats to American freedom comes from the U.S. government. Government surveillance that violates the Constitution’s Fourth Amendment “chills” free speech under the First Amendment, he says. Also, he argues that America faces over-criminalization of its justice system and inappropriate political criteria used to determine which targets to prosecute.

Nacchio holds a rare position to comment, particularly on the surveillance reforms in the new law that positions private companies as a protector of customer data from potential government over-reach. In early 2001 before 9/11, Nacchio declined the Bush administration’s request to cooperate in the warrantless monitoring of customer data. Although many details remain classified, he has been widely reported as the only top telecom executive to demand a court order or approval under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to turn over records to the NSA.

At the time, Nacchio also chaired two national commissions under the administration of President George W. Bush. One was the presidentially appointed National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee. Also, FCC Chairman Michael Powell appointed Nacchio to chair the Network Reliability and Interoperability Committee. The Bush administration later cancelled large numbers of federal contracts for Qwest services and obtained a six-year prison sentence on charges of insider trading by Nacchio, who lost his appellate and Supreme Court claims that the criminal charges were based on reprisal.

Later on July 29, he receives a human rights “corporate courage” award at the annual Whistle Blowers Summit on Capitol Hill.

This NPC Newsmakers news conference is scheduled for Wednesday, July 29 at 10 a.m. in the club’s Peter Zenger Room, on the 13th Floor of the National Press Building at 529 14th St., NW, Washington, D.C.

Like all Newsmakers events, this news conference is open to credentialed media and NPC members, free of charge. No advance registration is required.

 
 
 
 
 
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National Press Club, Will NSA Surveillance Reform Protect Public? Michael Smith, July 29, 2015. Washington, DC – Joseph P. Nacchio, the former chairman/CEO of Qwest Communications International and of two national commissions on security and infrastructure, will speak at a National Press Club Newsmaker news conference on Wednesday, July 29 – to explain why he believes the USA Freedom Act signed into law last month provides inadequate protection against National Security Agency’s (NSA) bulk data collection of the public’s electronic communications. Nacchio, the leader of the regional Bell provider for 14 Western states, plans to argue that one of the greatest threats to American freedom comes from the U.S. government. Government surveillance that violates the Constitution’s Fourth Amendment “chills” free speech under the First Amendment, he says. Also, he argues that America faces over-criminalization of its justice system and inappropriate political criteria used to determine which targets to prosecute. Nacchio holds a rare position to comment, particularly on the surveillance reforms in the new law that positions private companies as a protector of customer data from potential government over-reach. In early 2001 before 9/11, Nacchio declined the Bush administration’s request to cooperate in the warrantless monitoring of customer data. Although many details remain classified, he has been widely reported as the only top telecom executive to demand a court order or approval under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to turn over records to the NSA.

Washington Post, With court approval, NSA resumes bulk collection of phone data, Ellen Nakashima, June 30, 2015. A secret surveillance court says the government can resume collection for a 180-day transition period. The National Security Agency on Tuesday restarted its bulk collection of Americans’ phone records for a temporary period, following a federal court ruling this week that gave it the green light. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court on Monday ruled that the NSA could resume gathering millions of Americans’ phone metadata — call times, dates and durations — to scan for links to foreign terrorists. [Court’s opinion.] But the resumption is good for only 180 days — or until Nov. 29, in compliance with the USA Freedom Act. That law, which President Obama signed June 2 after a contentious congressional debate, will end the government’s bulk collection of metadata. It provided, however, for a transition period to allow the NSA time to set up an alternative system in which the data is stored by the phone companies. After the law took effect, the government immediately applied to the surveillance court to restart its collection. Because Congress passed the bill a day after the underlying statute authorizing the NSA program had expired, there was a question as to whether lawmakers had authorized the government’s temporary harvesting of phone records.

Time Magazine, Gary Hart: America’s Founding Principles Are in Danger of Corruption, Gary Hart, June 26, 2015. Gary Hart is a former United States senator and presidential candidate and the author of 21 books. This essay is excerpted from his latest book, The Republic of Conscience

Can anyone seriously doubt that our republic, our government, is corrupt? There have been Teapot Domes and financial scandals of one kind or another throughout our nation’s history. There has never been a time, however, when the government of the United States was so perversely and systematically dedicated to special interests, earmarks, side deals, log-rolling, vote-trading, and sweetheart deals of one kind or another.

What brought us to this? A sinister system combining staggering campaign costs, political contributions, political action committees, special interest payments for access, and, most of all, the rise of the lobbying class. Worst of all, the army of lobbyists that started relatively small in the mid-twentieth century has now grown to big battalions of law firms and lobbying firms of the right, left, and an amalgam of both. And that gargantuan, if not reptilian, industry now takes on board former members of the House and the Senate and their personal and committee staffs. And they are all getting fabulously rich.

This development in recent years has been so insidious that it now goes without notice. The key word is not quid-pro-quo bribery, the key word is access. In exchange for a few moments of the senator’s time and many more moments of her committee staff’s time, fund-raising events with the promise of tens, even hundreds, of thousands of dollars are delivered. Corruption in a federated republic such as ours operates vertically as well as horizontally. Seeing how business is conducted in Washington, it did not take long for governors of both parties across the country to subscribe to the special-interest state. Both the Republican and Democratic governors’ associations formed “social welfare” organizations composed of wealthy interests and corporate executives to raise money for their respective parties in exchange for close, personal access to individual governors, governors who almost surely could render executive decisions favorable to those corporate interests.

A series of judicial decisions enabled these “social welfare” groups, supposedly barred from political activity, to channel virtually unlimited amounts of money to governors in exchange for access, the political coin of the realm in the corrupted republic, and to do so out of sight of the American people.

Daily Beast, Hackers Stole Secrets of U.S. Government Workers’ Sex Lives, Shane Harris, June 24, 2015. Infidelity. Sexual fetishes. Drug abuse. Crushing debt. They’re the most intimate secrets of U.S. government workers. And now they’re in the hands of foreign hackers. It was already being described as the worst hack of the U.S. government in history. And it just got much worse. A senior U.S. official has confirmed that foreign hackers compromised the intimate personal details of an untold number of government workers. Likely included in the hackers’ haul: information about workers’ sexual partners, drug and alcohol abuse, debts, gambling compulsions, marital troubles, and any criminal activity. Those details, which are now presumed to be in the hands of Chinese spies, are found in the so-called “adjudication information” that U.S. investigators compile on government employees and contractors who are applying for security clearances. The exposure suggests that the massive computer breach at the Office of Personnel Management is more significant and potentially damaging to national security than officials have previously said. Three former U.S. intelligence officials told The Daily Beast that the adjudication information would effectively provide dossiers on current and former government employees, as well as contractors. It gives foreign intelligence agencies a roadmap for finding people with access to the government’s most highly classified secrets.

AP via New York Times, WikiLeaks Files Said to Show N.S.A. Spied on French Leaders, Staff report, June 23, 2015. WikiLeaks published documents late Tuesday that it says shows the United States National Security President Obama and President Hollande Press Conference Feb. 11, 2014Agency eavesdropped on the last three French presidents. President Obama and his national security team have insisted that broad surveillance powers are vital to tracking terrorist threats. Claudine Ripert-Landler, a senior spokeswoman for President François Hollande of France, said on Tuesday night that Mr. Hollande would convene “the Defense Council to evaluate the nature of the information reported in the media and draw the necessary conclusions.” An aide to Mr. Hollande’s predecessor, Nicolas Sarkozy, said the former president considered these methods unacceptable, generally speaking and especially from an ally. The aide was not authorized to be publicly identified. Obama and Hollande are shown at a press conference in February 2014.

Washington Post, Hackers warned the Internet would be a security disaster, Craig Timberg, June 22, 2015. Little was done. As the Web arrived in the ’90s, tech giants churned out flawed products, unleashing bugs that persist today.

AP via Washington Post, Man who landed gyrocopter at the US Capitol rejects deal, Jessica Gresko, June 22, 2015. A man who flew a gyrocopter through some of America's most restricted airspace before landing outside the U.S. Capitol said Monday that he's rejected a plea deal that would have involved several years in prison.

New York Times, Cables Released by WikiLeaks Reveal Saudis' Checkbook Diplomacy, Ben Hubbard, June 20, 2015. Revelations appear in a trove of documents said to have come from inside the Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs and released on Friday by the group WikiLeaks. While the documents appear to contain no shocking revelations about Saudi Arabia, say, eavesdropping on the United States or shipping bags of cash to militant groups, they contain enough detail to shed light on the diplomacy of a deeply private country and to embarrass Saudi officials and those who lobby them for financial aid. And they allow the curious to get a glimpse of the often complex interactions between a kingdom seen by many as the rich uncle of Middle East and its clients, from Africa to Australia. The documents also indicate concerted Saudi efforts to shape news media coverage, both inside and outside the kingdom.

OpEdNews, WikiLeaks publishes the Saudi Cables, WikiLeaks Staff, June 20, 2015. On June 19 at 1pm GMT, WikiLeaks began publishing "The Saudi Cables," more than half a million cables and other documents from the Saudi Foreign Ministry that contain secret communications from various Saudi Embassies around the world. The publication includes "Top Secret" reports from other Saudi State institutions, including the Ministry of Interior and the Kingdom's General Intelligence Services. The massive cache of data also contains a large number of email communications between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and foreign entities. The Saudi Cables are being published in tranches of tens of thousands of documents at a time over the coming weeks. WikiLeaks is releasing around 70,000 documents from the trove as the first tranche. Julian Assange, WikiLeaks publisher, said: "The Saudi Cables lift the lid on a increasingly erratic and secretive dictatorship that has not only celebrated its 100th beheading this year, but which has also become a menace to its neighbours and itself."

Just Security, The CIA Can’t Keep Its Drone Propaganda Straight, Jameel Jaffer and Brett Max Kaufman, June 20, 2015. On Tuesday, hardly before the dust in Yemen had settled [on a CIA drone strike], Bloomberg’s Eli Lake and Josh Rogin, relying on information provided by anonymous sources, supplied the public with one narrative. In this version, the CIA killed Nasir al-Wuhayshi, “general manager” of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, “by building a methodical case on his whereabouts over months from information collected through technical means.” On Thursday, the Washington Post’s Greg Miller, also relying on information provided by anonymous officials, supplied the second narrative. Rarely do the rival motives of anonymous officials come so nakedly into view, and conflict, around a single event. They can’t all be right, and their competing stories serve as another reminder — in case any were needed — that the statements of anonymous intelligence officials are often efforts to mislead and manipulate, and that much of the “information” the government has provided the public about the drone program is merely propaganda.

Newsweek, FBI Agent: The CIA Could Have Stopped 9/11, Jeff Stein, June 19, 2015. Mark Rossini, a former FBI special agent at the center of an enduring mystery related to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, says he is “appalled” by the newly declassified statements by former CIA Director George Tenet defending the spy agency’s efforts to detect and stop the plot. Rossini, who was assigned to the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center (CTC) at the time of the attacks, has long maintained that the U.S. government has covered up secret relations between the spy agency and Saudi individuals who may have abetted the plot. Fifteen of the 19 hijackers who flew commercial airliners into the World Trade Center towers, the Pentagon, and a failed effort to crash into the U.S. Capitol, were Saudis. A heavily redacted 2005 CIA inspector general’s report, parts of which had previously been released, was further declassified earlier this month. It found that agency investigators "encountered no evidence" that the government of Saudi Arabia "knowingly and willingly supported" Al-Qaeda terrorists. It added that some CIA officers had “speculated” that “dissident sympathizers within the government” may have supported Osama bin Laden but that “the reporting was too sparse to determine with any accuracy such support.”

 

Guardian, Julian Assange says Swedish prosecutor is 'reckless' for scrapping interview, Ben Quinn and David Crouch, June 17, 2015. A Swedish prosecutor has cancelled an appointment to interview Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, according to the Wikileaks founder, who has been living in the building for nearly three years to avoid extradition. Assange said Marianne Ny had led his lawyers to believe that an appointment to take a statement from him would take place on Wednesday and described the cancellation as reckless. But Ny said the meeting would have to be called off because she had not received official permission from Ecuador to enter its London embassy.

June 16

Donald Watkins Facebook, A News Exclusive --The Straw That Broke Mark Fuller’s Back, Donald V. Watkins, June 16, 2015. Yes, federal judge Mark Fuller is a wife beater. But, it was Fuller’s appetite for sex with a young Donald Watkinswoman who was not his wife that forced his resignation. Last August, Mark Fuller’s second wife, Kelli Fuller, told police that her husband became violent after she accused him of having an affair with a law clerk in his Montgomery office. Our Facebook news team has learned that Kelli was right when she accused Fuller of cheating. In fact, Fuller and his young paramour were caught in a compromising position in his office one night by Judge Mark Fullera custodian in the courthouse. Federal investigators for the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals’ judicial investigatory panel confirmed the affair and this sexual encounter. Editor's Note: Donald Watkins, shown in his Facebook photo, is a prominent Alabama attorney and businessman who took the lead amongst members in the Deep South bar in calling for the impeachment of U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller, who presided over the controversial imprisonment of Watkins client Richard Scrushy on corruption charges. Under pressure from many sources, Fuller (shown in a photo from one of his courtroom appearances as a defendant) offered to resign his lifetime appointment effective Aug. 1.

Huffington Post, ‘Rat Cop' Joe Crystal Shunned From Baltimore Police Department After Reporting Officer Brutality, Sebastian Murdock, June 16, 2015. Former Detective Joe Crystal sat at a back table in Martin’s West Ballroom last Thursday, scanning the room filled with police officers for any friends he still had left. Under glowing chandeliers, more than 500 law enforcement officials and their families mingled prior to an awards ceremony honoring Baltimore’s finest. Crystal, 34, was one of the people up for an award, though few had expected him to show. He was a pariah. He had informed on two other cops who engaged in police brutality. And it had cost him his livelihood. The threats and intimidation -- which included someone putting a dead rat on Crystal's windshield -- are outlined in a multimillion-dollar lawsuit that Crystal filed against Commissioner Anthony Batts and the Baltimore Police Department.

OpEdNews, Hollywood Filmmakers To Be Honored at Annual Whistle Blower Summit on Capitol Hill, Michael McCray, June 16, 2015. Over the last eight years members from the Make it Safe Coalition (MISC) have arranged Michael McCrayan assembly of whistleblowers in Washington, DC each year for an annual conference originally known as Washington Whistleblower's Week. Host committee members -- ACORN 8, Coalition for Change (C4C), Project Censored, Justice Integrity Project and Federally Employed Women Legal Education Fund (FEW-LEF), will co-host this year's Whistle Blower Summit for Civil & Human Rights on Capitol Hill. The theme for the annual conference this year is Black Lives Matter--This Is The Movement!

Telegraph, Perhaps the world's conspiracy theorists have been right all along, Alex Proud, June 15, 2015. We used to laugh at conspiracy theorists, but from Fifa to banking scandals and the Iraq War, it seems they might have been on to something after all, says Alex Proud. Editor's note: The Telegraph is one of London's most conservative dailies.

World Beyond War, Ukraine and the Apocalyptic Risk of Propagandized Ignorance, David Swanson, June 16, 2015. I’m not sure if there’s been a better written book published yet this year than Ukraine: Zbig’s Grand Chessboard and How the West Was Checkmated, but I’m confident there’s not been a more important one. With some 17,000 nuclear bombs in the world, the United States and Russia have about 16,000 of them. The United States is aggressively flirting with World War III, the people of the United States have not the foggiest notion of how or why, and authors Natylie Baldwin and Kermit Heartsong explain it all quite clearly. Go ahead and tell me there’s nothing you’re now spending your time on that’s less important than this. This book may very well be the best written one I’ve read this year. It puts all the relevant facts — those I knew and many I didn’t — together concisely and with perfect organization. It does it with an informed worldview.

June 15

Jeffrey SterlingFireDogLake, Bureau of Prisons Puts CIA Whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling in Prison Around 900 Miles from Wife & Family, Kevin Gosztola, June 15, 2015. CIA whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling (shown above) was notified at the end of last week that he will serve his prison sentence of three and a half years at Federal Correctional Institution Englewood, a medium-security facility in Littleton, Colorado, that is around 900 miles away from where his wife and family live in St. Louis. That is at least a 12-hour drive. Sterling was convicted of committing Espionage Act violations and other offenses after the government convinced a jury, through largely circumstantial evidence, that he had leaked information on a top secret CIA operation to New York Times reporter James Risen. He begins his sentence on June 16.

“I am certainly devastated beyond belief that I won’t be near my wife and family,” Sterling stated. “My wife, family, and friends have been an important support system for me and being so far away is like a wedge being driven between me and those who continue to love, support, and believe in me.”

“The government likes to isolate whistleblowers from their natural allies, and now the Bureau of Prisons is trying to isolate them from their families,” declared Jesselyn Radack, the director of the Government Accountability Project’s National Security and Human Rights Division. “Once again, the Bureau of Prisons proves that ‘rehabilitation’ is not their priority or else they’d place prisoners near their families.”

Reuters, Swedish prosecutors plan to question Assange in June or July, Daniel Dickson, June 15, 2015. Swedish prosecutors plan to question WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (shown in a file photo) at Ecuador's embassy in London in June or Julian Assange 2014July, the prosecutor said on Monday. The prosecutors have submitted a request for legal assistance to the English authorities and a request to Ecuador for permission to interview Assange during those two months, the prosecutor said in a statement. The 43-year-old Australian has been in the embassy building since June 2012 to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted for questioning over allegations of sexual assault against two women in 2010. He denies the accusations. Prosecutors first insisted Assange should travel to Sweden for questioning, but in a U-turn in March agreed to conduct the interview in London.

Editor's note: Assange has not been charged with any offense by Sweden during his long legal ordeal. Speculation in legal circles is that the most relevant five-year statute of limitations are likely to expire this summer and so authorities feel pressure to justify their huge expenses in investigating him.

Center for Public Integrity, 12 things to know about Jeb Bush, Carrie Levine and Jared Bennett, June 15, 2015. Part of a series on money-in-politics resources about 2016 hopefuls:
Republican Jeb Bush is finally going to answer to "candidate." Bush has built a formidable operation that includes a roster of well-known campaign operatives, a super PAC named Right to Rise and an accompanying nonprofit group that will reportedly concentrate on policy. Here's more on Bush's political and financial history.

Huffington Post, The Bushes Are Back, Howard Fineman, June 15, 2015. America’s founders hated what Thomas Jefferson called “an artificial aristocracy founded on wealth and birth.” Is Jeb Bush “artificial” and thus doomed to be resented and dismissed by average (Jeffersonian) American voters? Is he the kind of aristocrat -- self-made of his own “virtues and talents” -- that Jefferson praised and that American voters often have elected? We’re about to find out. Bush unveiled his campaign slogan Monday and it was one word and an exclamation point -- "Jeb!" -- with no mention of "Bush."

War is a Crime, Human Experimentation: a CIA Habit, David Swanson, June 15, 2015. The Guardian on Monday made public a CIA document allowing the agency's director to "approve, modify, or disapprove all proposals pertaining to human subject research." Human what? At Guantanamo, the CIA gave huge doses of the terror-inducing drug mefloquine to prisoners without their consent. Non-consensual experimentation on institutionalized children and adults was common in the United States before, during, and even more so after the U.S. and its allies prosecuted Nazis for the practice in 1947, sentencing many to prison and seven to be hanged. The tribunal created the Nuremberg Code, standards for medical practice that were immediately ignored back home. Some American doctors considered it "a good code for barbarians." Thus far, the United States has never really accepted the Nuremberg Code. While the code was being created, the U.S. was giving people syphilis in Guatemala. It did the same at Tuskegee. Also during the Nuremberg trial, children at the Pennhurst school in southeastern Pennsylvania were given hepatitis-laced feces to eat.

OpEdNews, Debunking Magna Carta Leads Back To Serfdom, Paul Craig Roberts, June 15, 2015. The Magna Carta is the most important document in Anglo-American history. It launched a long struggle culminating in the Glorious Revolution in the 17th century. The Magna Carta gave Americans the Constitution and Bill of Rights. These are massive human achievements. The rule of law is a shield of the people. Rule by decrees is a weapon in the hand of tyranny.

Guardian, CIA torture appears to have broken spy agency rule on human experimentation, Spencer Ackerman, June 15, 2015. Watchdogs shocked at ‘disconnect’ between doctors who oversaw interrogation and guidelines that gave CIA director power over medical ethics. The Central Intelligence Agency had explicit guidelines for “human experimentation” – before, during and after its post-9/11 torture of terrorism detainees – that raise new questions about the limits on the agency’s in-house and contracted medical research. 'Human experimentation' and the CIA: read the previously classified document. Sections of a previously classified CIA document, made public by the Guardian on Monday, empower the agency’s director to “approve, modify, or disapprove all proposals pertaining to human subject research.”

June 14

Washington Post, On the eve of a presidential run, Jeb Bush becomes just ‘Jeb!,’ Robert Costa, June 14, 2015. Now “Jeb!” is back. Jeb Bush revealed Sunday on Twitter that he’s reviving his “Seinfeld”-era old-school Jeb Bush logoinsignia to be the symbol of his bid for the Republican presidential nomination, which he will announce Monday in Miami. This time, the colors have been flipped: ruby characters over white, underlined by “2016” in navy blue. The choice was perhaps a natural one for Bush, 62, recalling his early tenure in Tallahassee, long before the rise of the tea party, when he was the definition of a national conservative star and his family was as popular as ever with GOP voters.

Washington Post, After initial loss, ‘wandering’ years led to a new Bush, Karen Tumulty, June 14, 2015. Humbled by defeat the first time he ran for office in Florida, Jeb Bush evolved from a “head-banging conservative” view to an approach that includes human faces and personal stories. “I learned tone,” the presidential hopeful said. Humbled by defeat the first time he ran for office, Bush spent the mid-1990s broadening and deepening his knowledge of how his state worked, forging relationships that softened his profile and striving to talk about what he believed in a way that would bring people together. “I learned tone,” Bush said in an interview. “You can say the same thing that represents your core beliefs in a way that draws people toward your message, rather than pushes people away. “And that’s a lesson in 2016,” he added. “To win, you’ve got to get to 50. To get to 50, you draw people toward your message, not use language that makes the dramatic point, which is effective in political discourse but turns some people away.”

Washington Post, Clinton calls on Obama to negotiate a better trade deal, Philip Rucker, June 14, 2015. The presidential candidate said she sides with House Democrats who want better protections Nancy Pelosi for American workers. If the president doesn’t get them, she said, “there should be no deal.” Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton broke weeks of silence on the trade debate that has deeply divided her party, telling a crowd here Sunday that she sides with House Democrats who led a rebellion against President Obama's trade agenda. Clinton called on Obama to listen to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and the Democratic rank and file in Congress who want the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement to include better protections for American workers. See also, Politico, Clinton addresses trade deal controversy; She urges a resolution of the matter, Kyle Cheney, June 14, 2015. Hillary Clinton, facing criticism from rivals for her silence on a stalled international trade agreement, spoke out Sunday during a campaign stop in Iowa, urging President Barack Obama to collaborate with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (shown in an official photo).

AFP via Yahoo! News, Yemen rebels head to Geneva talks as forces gain ground, Jamal al-Jabiri with Fawaz al-Haidari, June 14, 2015. After repeatedly delaying their departure, the delegation left from the capital Sanaa aboard a UN plane for the Swiss city, where the talks are due to start on Monday, a day late. The rebels, supported by military units loyal to ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh, have seized control of large parts of the country including Sanaa, forcing Hadi to flee to Saudi Arabia.

Info Wars, Bilderberg Media Mogul Confronted at Airport, Members of elite confab grilled on Bilderberg secrecy, Paul Joseph Watson, June 14, 2015. Austrian media mogul Oscar Bronner, along with several other Bilderberg members were confronted by Infowars reporters as they arrived at Innsbruck Airport after the conclusion of the secretive conference. Bronner, publisher of Der Standard, a major national daily broadsheet newspaper published in Vienna, spent the last few days meeting with influential power brokers from the world of politics, media, academia, business and banking at the elitist confab in Telfs, Austria, safely enclosed behind a huge security operation enforced by over 2,000 police. Bronner stated, “It was a very interesting meeting,” before referring to the Bilderberg Group’s official website for the list of topics that were discussed (the topics are so vague as to be almost meaningless).

June 13

New York Times, U.S. Poised to Put Heavy Weaponry in East Europe, Eric Schmitt and Steven Lee Myers, June 13, 2015. In a significant move to deter possible Russian aggression in Europe, the Pentagon is poised to store battle tanks, infantry fighting vehicles and other heavy weapons for as many as 5,000 American troops in several Baltic and Eastern European countries, American and allied officials say. The proposal, if approved, would represent the first time since the end of the Cold War that the United States has stationed heavy military equipment in the newer NATO member nations in Eastern Europe that had once been part of the Soviet sphere of influence. The idea of moving prepositioned weapons and materials to the Baltics and Eastern Europe has been discussed Vladimir Putin Il Corriere Della Serabefore, but never carried out because it would be viewed by the Kremlin as a violation of the spirit of the 1997 agreement between NATO and Russia that laid the foundation for cooperation.

In an interview before a visit to Italy this week, Mr. Putin dismissed fears of any Russian attack on NATO. “I think that only an insane person and only in a dream can imagine that Russia would suddenly attack NATO,” he told the newspaper Corriere Della Sera (which published his photo). “I think some countries are simply taking advantage of people’s fears with regard to Russia,” he said, as quoted in Vladimir Putin Interview: The Italian newspaper Il Corriere della Sera Ahead of his visit to Italy.

OpEd News, Has the U.S. Learned Anything From Edward Snowden's NSA Revelations? David Sirota (shown in a file photo), June 13, 2015. While Snowden's critics say he should come back to the United States to air out his grievances in open David Sirotacourt, journalist Glenn Greenwald notes: "He's barred under the Espionage Act even from arguing that his leaks were justified; he wouldn't be permitted to utter a word about that."

OpEd News, American dreaming, from G1 to Bilderberg, Pepe Escobar, Neocons — with Obama in tow — knock themselves out dreaming that Russia has become "isolated" from the rest of the world because of their sanctions. Since then Moscow has signed major economic/strategic contracts with at least 20 nations. Next month, Russia will host the BRICS summit — 45 percent of the world's population.

June 12

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Wayne Madsen Report logoWayne Madsen Report (WMR), Jeb Bush received comprehensive CIA briefing when he worked for bank in Caracas, Wayne Madsen Report, June 12, 2015 (Subscription required, $7 per month or $30 per year). WMR has obtained a copy of a letter sent to the Central Intelligence Agency by Jeb Bush (shown in a file photo) when he served as the top official of Texas Commerce Bank in Caracas, Venezuela. Editor's note: The Wayne Madsen Jeb Bush report has unearthed from CIA files a 1977 letter from the young Jeb Bush thanking the CIA's director of security for a "comprehensive" briefing before Bush began what Madsen reports as covert intelligence work under the cover of a bank vice presidency. The Justice Integrity Project can confirm the relevant document as authentic.

Washington Post, Secret CIA effort in Syria faces large funding cut, Greg Miller and Karen DeYoung, June 12, 2015. Key lawmakers have moved to slash funding of a secret CIA operation to train and arm rebels in Syria, a Adam Schiffmove that U.S. officials said reflects rising skepticism of the effectiveness of the agency program and the Obama administration’s strategy in the Middle East. The House Intelligence Committee recently voted unanimously to cut as much as 20 percent of the classified funds flowing into a CIA program that U.S. officials said has become one the agency’s largest covert operations, with a budget approaching $1 billion a year. “There is a great deal of concern on a very bipartisan basis with our strategy in Syria,” said Rep. Adam B. Schiff (Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the intelligence panel. Shown in a file photo, he declined to comment on specific provisions of the committee’s bill but cited growing pessimism that the United States will be in a position “to help shape the aftermath” of Syria’s civil war.

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