Don't be fooled. This is not retreat. It's retooling. But it is also a recognition that they got caught. Now the police state is trying to rectify their image after being exposed by Snowden and other whistleblowers.
The National Security Agency announced Friday it would end its controversial practice of sweeping up any email or text message an American exchanges with someone overseas that makes reference to a real target of NSA surveillance.
Why? Because it feeds the military-industrial-complex.
While the U.S. maintains a vast empire of military installations around the world, with huge — and hard to miss — complexes throughout Europe and Asia, bases in Africa have been far better hidden. And if you listened only to AFRICOM officials, you might even assume that the U.S. military’s footprint in Africa will soon be eclipsed by that of the Chinese or the Russians.
The Guardian reported former MI6 agent Christopher Steele’s infamous dossier about possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia was first given to the UK intelligence services. These documents reportedly contain records of payments from the Trump campaign to banks of Russian cyber trolls tasked with spreading disinformation ahead of the 2016 election.
Maybe that's why Obama became president. He knew, just the Clintons, that he would cash-in once when he left office:
Former President Barack Obama is making the most of his first 100 days out of office and is already set to make at least $800,000 from just two speeches this year.
President Trump will give a speech at the National Rifle Association’s annual gathering in Atlanta later today. The NRA has fought tirelessly to make sure that gun owners can take their guns anywhere. But ironically, conference attendees won’t be able to hold onto the rock-hard steel of their sensuous guns as they watch Donald Trump’s speech.
Americans are struggling to get out of the red.
Republicans are beginning to turn on Trump. Impeachment is not far behind:
George W Bush's chief ethics lawyer has called for Donald Trump to be impeached if he doesn't comply with Congress's demand to release documents relating to Michael Flynn.
The trend towards government stamping out dissent continues unabated:
So far, lawmakers in at least 18 states have proposed legislation that would make it harder to protest, create harsher penalties for protestors who are arrested, and, in two states, remove liability from drivers who accidentally injure protesters on roadways.
This is the behavior of gangsters. And in society ruled by corporations they can claim anything and almost get away with it every time:
Former United Airlines passenger Dr. David Dao is being blamed for his own injuries sustained while being forcibly removed from his seat and dragged down the aisle of the plane.