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Why the poll saying 56% of Americans support NSA is wrong

I’ve seen several interviews today and yesterday where the corporate news anchor, in one case Oprah’s friend Gayle on Good Morning America and in the other Piers Morgan, use a recent Pew Research poll to argue that 56% of Americans approve of the NSA spying. With only 41% of Americans opposing the spying.

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Edward Snowden’s important distinction between policy and law

While the Obama Administration will certainly not win any awards in the realm of transparency NSA whistleblower Snowden makes an important distinction about the potential capability that currently lies dormant in the existing data collection program named Prism. I see several potential chains of events that lay on the horizon that could unlock the extraordinary abuse of such a program’s capability.

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Bin laden killing frames presidential foreign policy debate

The back and forth between Obama and Romney regarding the killing of Osama bin Laden has framed the foreign policy debate for this presidential election cycle.

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The intolerable threat of Iran remaining a sovereign nation

The 20 percent enriched uranium is the closest Iran has come to weapons grade uranium and it is still not any where near the 90% enriched uranium needed for a nuclear weapon.

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US surgical strikes off the table with Iran’s mountain nuclear facility

With the development of the Iran’s nuclear enrichment site underneath a mountain, surgical strikes to end Iran’s enrichment program may be off the table. And the rhetoric out of Washington may shift to overt regime change.

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Historical example of US intervention endangering Israel

The recent passing of Kim Jung Ill in North Korea and the current debate in the GOP primary over US aid and support for Israel reminded me of a historical event that ties the three countries together.

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Pentagon says Iran concerned primarily with deterring an attack

The document goes on to state in a key statement, “Iran’s nuclear program and its willingness to keep open the possibility of developing nuclear weapons is a central part of its deterrent strategy.”

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If US or elements of the West attack Syria, Assad says a Syrian attack on Israel is likely

Assad has also stated that should a US strike take place against Syria, “All these events(striking Tel Aviv, calling on Hezbollah to strike northern Israel) will happen in three hours, but in the second three hours, Iran will attack the U.S. warships in the Persian Gulf and the U.S. and European interests will be targeted simultaneously.”

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Chinese yuan could soon take center stage

The Chinese yuan and it’s lack of appreciation could begin to attract interest in the United States.

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He might not know it but Herman Cain is a neocon

Herman Cain shied away from the neocon label during his questioning on Meet the Press, but the former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza said he would defer to military brass regarding decisions about troop movements. Given the option of keeping troops in the foreign theater, military leadership will always find a reason not to end an [...]

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