Do you feel comfortable having supersized defense contractor Lockheed Martin managing the Department of Defense’s global data network? Too bad. They already do. As announced on October 3 and after overcoming an appeal filed by a competing bidder, the Pentagon awarded the Virginia-based company the $4.6-billion Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) contract. DISA provides information technology (IT) and communications support to the president, vice president, secretary of defense, every branch of the U.S. military, and the overseas combat commands.

A former employee of the National Security Agency (NSA) has released information revealing that the U.S. government has been extracting vast amounts of personal data from its citizens. While working at the agency, NSA whistleblower William Binney managed the development of a covert software program called ThinThread, engineered to address “national security” concerns following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

In a move that should surprise no one aware of the increasing size, scope, and sophistication of the U.S. surveillance state, the House of Representatives voted to approve a five-year extension of the snooping scheme created by George W. Bush in the wake of the attacks of September 11, 2001.

The White House is currently drafting an executive order giving the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) power to establish standards of cybersecurity purportedly protecting the “U.S. power grid from electronic attacks.”

BusinessWeek describes the new program as a “a council that would work with the National Institute of Standards and Technology to establish the cybersecurity standards.”

 On Thursday, September 6, supporters of Bradley Manning are planning to hold several nonviolent demonstrations around the country. The protests are timed to occur at the same time President Obama delivers his acceptance speech at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.

The secretive conferences where delegates are hammering out the details of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) are effectively rewriting the law for the United States, particularly in the area of intellectual property.  

The TPP is an international trade treaty currently being negotiated behind closed doors by nine nations located along the Pacific Rim (Mexico and Canada have been invited to join and would bring the total number of participants to 11) The 14th round of talks will be held on September 6-15 in Leesburg, Virginia.

 JBS CEO Art Thompson's weekly video news update for August 27 - September 2, 2012. In this week's video news update JBS CEO Art Thompson discusses: Immigration Agents Sue Obama Administration; Ecuadorian head seeks support from other communists in Assange case; South African mine workers retain tribal differences; and Germany headed for referendum on tighter integration into the EU.

 Metro London police are standing down and will not be storming Ecuador’s embassy according to a statement made by Ecuador’s President Rafeal Correa. "We consider this unfortunate incident over, after a grave diplomatic error by the British in which they said they would enter our embassy," Correa said on Saturday in a weekly media address.

A circuit court judge in Virginia ordered the release on August 23 of Brandon J. Raub, a Chesterfield man held involuntarily as a psychiatric patient at the Salem Veterans Affairs hospital in Virginia over anti-government postings on his Facebook page.

JBS CEO Art Thompson's weekly video news update for August 20-26, 2012. In this weekly news update for August 20-26, 2012, JBS CEO Art Thompson discusses: how the West Nile virus has struck a JBS official; how instability is rising in the Middle East while our dependence on oil from the region rises as well; how South African violence will be used to control their people; how China is moving in on African news bureaus; and how Assange of Wikileaks has been given asylum by communist-led Ecuador.

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