Daily Archives: December 21, 2013

إحالة مرسي والقرضاوي وعناصر من “حماس” وحزب الله” إلى الجنايات بقضية “الهروب من سجن وادي النطرون

القرضاوي طلب من مرسي قطع العلاقات مع سوريا

أمر المستشار حسن سمير قاضي التحقيق المنتدب من وزير العدل المصري، بإحالة كل من الرئيس العزول محمد مرسي و132 آخرين من قيادات جماعة الإخوان وتنظيم حزب الله وحركة حماس الفلسطينية، إلى محكمة الجنايات، وذلك على ذمة القضية المعروفة إعلاميًا بقضية “الهروب من سجن وادي النطرون”، واقتحام السجون وخطف وقتل الجنود وضباط الشرطة فى رفح. وتضمن قرار الإحالة الصادر يوم 21 ديسمبر/كانون الأول أن من بين الـ132 متهما المحالين للجنايات، 68 عنصرا بحركة “حماس” أبرزهم أيمن أحمد عبد الله نوفل، ومحمدالهادى، ومن بين عناصر “حزب الله” سامي شهاب، بالإضافة إلى رمزي موافي، أمير تنظيم القاعدة في شبه جزيرة سيناء، وآخرين. كما تضمن قرار الإحالة، محمد سعد الكتاتني، رئيس مجلس الشعب المنحل، ويوسف القرضاوي رئيس ما يسمى الاتحاد العالمي لعلماء المسلمين، ومحيي حامد، مستشار الرئيس السابق، وسعد الحسينى، محافظ كفر الشيخ السابق، وصبحى صالح وعصام العريان القياديين بالإخوان. ويواجه مرسي والبقية اتهامات بالاشتراك مع “حزب الله” وحركة “حماس” وجيش الإسلام الفلسطيني والحركات الجهادية والتكفيرية بشبه جزيرة سيناء، لإشاعة الفوضى في البلاد والإتلاف عمدا لمنشآت عامة منها سجون وادي النطرون وأبو زعبل والمرج وأقسام الشرطة، والاشترك عمدا عن طريق الاتفاق والاشتراك والمساعدة في تهريب 11161 سجينا من العناصر الخطرة والمسجلين بهدف إشاعة الفوضى في البلاد، ما ترتب عليه مقتل وإصابة العشرات من سجناء وضباط وأفراد الشرطة. وكشفت التحقيقات أن الأجهزة الأمنية المصرية ومنها جهاز المخابرات والأمن الوطني رصدت اتصالات تمت بين بدو من سيناء وقيادات بجماعة الإخوان، وتسللت مئات العناصر الأجنبية من حماس وحزب الله والقسام، إلى البلاد في نهاية شهر يناير/كانون الثاني عام 2011 وانضموا إلى عناصر من البدو، واعتدوا على جميع النقاط الأمنية للشرطة والجيش

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Obama in Hawaii: “Gay sex for coke, dressed in drag, and a total pathological liar”

The Muslim Brotherhood supporting Barack HUSSEIN Obama is known only as foreign born Barry Soetoro by his high school friends from Hawaii. The name was changed later on to create a new image for himself. Obama’s friends from Hawaii has come out to describe what Obama was truly like while living in Hawaii.

Over the years investigations have uncovered some interesting points so while trying to understand how Obama could get elected as a U.S. president when his own relatives insisted he was born abroad. Obama’s election was strange to anyone who remember it. He was suddenly “in the lead” in the presidential campaign before anyone had even heard of him, knew anything about his policies or who he actually was. It was all very sudden and strange. To be in the lead Obama would have had to have majority support. To gain majority support, people would at least have had to know who he was. But very few knew who he was and had never even heard of him.

Obama’s teacher, sister and friends insist he was always known as a practicing Muslim. They were surprised when Obama was portrayed as a Christian during election campaigns.
Obama’s real father was not a Kenyan of African origin but communist writer Frank Marshall Davis (Obama looks like him too; same bone structure). Barack Obama senior was his steph-dad.
Obama is intent to bring in 100 million Muslims into the United States during his presidency.
Obama swore to the Foreign Minister of Egyptian Ahmad Abu-Reik in a private meeting in January 2010 that he is a Muslim and is the son of a Muslim.
Obama’s (steph) father and (steph) grandfather were both Sunni Muslim.
Obama was educated in a madrasa in Indonesia until the age of 11.
Obama’s residential addresses were investigated from his school years. There are 49 addresses and 16 different Social Security numbers listed for a person whose name is spelled Barack Obama, Barack H, Barack Hussein Obama.
The one Social Security number Obama most frequently used, the one beginning with 042, is a number issued in Connecticut sometime during 1976-1977, yet there is no record of Obama ever living or working in Connecticut.
Social security number 042-68-4425 frequently used by Obama as the President of the United States belongs to a Connecticut man born in 1890. Why is Obama using it?
Obama had attended Occidental College on a scholarship for foreign students. Obama’s college transcripts show that a student “under the name Barry Soetoro, received financial aid as a foreign student from Indonesia as an undergraduate at the school”.
Obama was able to gain admission to Harvard through Saudi connections. Khalid Al-Mansour, an advisor to Saudi prince Al-Walid bin Talah (CAIR donor), told Manhattan Borough president, Percy Sutton, that he was raising money for Obama’s Harvard tuition. Obama managed to graduate, with the lowest marks in the schools history.
Israeli writer Avi Lipkin’s Egyptian wife heard broadcasting in Arabic in 2006 declaring a Muslim would be elected into the White House in 2008. How did they know?
Although Obama is a graduate of Columbia University, students from Obama’s class say they never even once saw him there, or at class.
All of Obama’s birth, State, College and University records are sealed from public view.
Obama hid his Muslim, foreign and gay background to become president.
A prominent member of Chicago’s homosexual community claims Barack Obama’s participation in the “gay” bar and bathhouse scene was so well known that many who were aware of his lifestyle were shocked when he ran for president and finally won the White House.
Obama Was Member Of Gay Bath House”Mans Country”In Chicago. WND also spoke with a member of the East Bank Club in Chicago, who confirmed Obama was a member there and was known to be a homosexual.

And now comes more details about Obama Hussein from friends of his from Hawaii. Mia Maria Pope who lived in Honolulu knew Obama as Barry Seotoro when he was a high school student.

Obama identified him as a foreigner, not American.
Obama had no interest in girls. He was gay.
Obama was a ‘constant pathological liar, always egotistically boost himself’ and incapable of telling the truth about anything.
Obama bragged that he used freebased cocaine and crack.
Obama would hang out with gay white men (for sex) to procure drugs.
His friends contacted the FBI about Obama’s frequent use of fake social security numbers. They never got back to them.
Larry Sinclair said he had a gay sex relation with Obama and they smoked crack cocaine.

Friends On Obama: ‘A pathological liar, exchanged gay sex for coke’

Obama’s father was abusive, his half-brother says

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(CNN)Barack Obama’s father was more abusive and violent than the president was aware of, according to his half-brother, who has written a memoir about their father.

Mark Obama Ndesandjo, who is several years younger than the President, described their father as a brilliant man. But he was also an alcoholic, a “social failure” and an abusive husband, he said.

“I remember the sounds of my mothers’ screams and I remember the sounds of breaking, things breaking,” he told CNN. “And I remember that I couldn’t protect her. That’s something that no child ever forgets.”

He said he especially remembered a violent episode when he was 6 or 7.

“My father actually broke — came in the door, against the restraining order, and held a knife to my mother’s throat,” he said.

Barack Obama apparently met their father once because his parents got divorced soon after he was born. Ndesandjo and the president have the same father, but Obama’s mother was the second wife while Ndesandjo’s mother was his third wife.

Unlike Obama, Ndesandjo grew up with his father.

The president is lucky he never lived with his father, according to David Maraniss, author of “Barack Obama: The Story.”

“It would have been a much more difficult upbringing,” he said.

Divergent views of family history have caused some strain among Obama relatives, according to Ndesandjo.

“Barack I don’t think accepts — or at least does not want to know — the details of the beatings that occurred in our family,” he said. “I love my brother. He’s a great president. Sometimes he’s a lousy brother.”

The White House did not respond to e-mails and phone calls Thursday about the president’s half-brother’s book. But in a 2009 interview with CNN, the president said he was not blind to the flaws of his father.

“It’s no secret that my father was a troubled person. Anybody who has read my first book, “Dreams from My Father,” knows that, you know, he had an alcoholism problem, that he didn’t treat his families very well,” he said. “Obviously it’s a sad part of my history and my background. But it’s not something that I spend a lot of time brooding over.”

Ndesandjo and Obama have several things in common: similar good looks, biracial ethnicity, the same father and each had an American mother.

Despite their similarities, this is not the first time the two have been at odds.

When they first met in Kenya in the 1980s, Ndesandjo was growing up there and trying to connect with his American roots, he said.

At the time, Obama came from America and was “really looking for that African side of him, and was trying to find more about himself and his identity. And I respect that. But I also felt that there was a rejection of a lot of Western culture,” Ndesandjo said.

“I felt that my brother — at that time – felt that I was too white,” he said. “And I thought he was too black.”

When they first met, Ndesandjo said, his half-brother came on strong. “That imposing voice, and also that commanding presence — he was almost like a barracuda with his questions,” Ndesandjo said.

But even if their diverging views of the Obama family’s history sometimes put the two siblings at odds, Ndesandjo said there were also things he was grateful for. His brother’s example, he said, helped him re-embrace the Obama name that he had long shunned.

And some years ago, when they met after 20 years of separation, they shared some good times.

“We laughed, and we hugged, and that was one of the most wonderful moments of my life. And Barack made it possible,” he said.

Ndesandjo, who lives near Hong Kong, hopes to raise awareness of domestic violence when the book is published in February. Some of the proceeds, he said, will go to his foundation for disadvantaged children.

Obama’s father was abusive, his half-brother says – CNN.com.

نصر الله يتوعد اسرائيل بالانتقام لمقتل اللقيس

اتهم الامين العام لحزب الله حسن نصر الله اسرائيل باغتيال القيادي في الحزب حسان اللقيس، متوعدا بالانتقام منها لمقتله. وأعلن نصر الله في الحفل التأبيني لحسان اللقيس ان “إغتياله ليس حادثة عابرة، هناك حساب قديم، واذا الاسرائيلي يظن ان موضوع التوقيت وأن حزب الله مضغوط، اقول للإسرائيلي انتم مخطؤون، والقتلة سيحاسبون عاجلا ام آجلا، ودماء شهدائنا لن تذهب هدرا”، مؤكدا أن “الذين قتلوا إخواننا لن يأمنوا في أي مكان في العالم، والقصاص آت، ونحن أولياء دم نقتص من القتلة الحقيقيين”. كل المؤشرات والقرائن تدل على مسؤولية اسرائيل وأكد نصر الله في كلمته من مجمع سيد الشهداء في الضاحية الجنوبية لبيروت ان “كل المؤشرات والقرائن تدل على اتهامنا الأول الذي وجهناه الى العدو الاسرائيلي (…) والاتهام ليس اتهاما سياسيا، انما يعتمد على قرائن”. ونوه بأن “هناك عددا كبيرا من الكوادر والنخبة والشباب يعملون لتكون المقاومة في افضل جهوزية لمواجهة العدو الاسرائيلي، وهذا همهم في الليل والنهار، وواحد منهم كان حسان اللقيس، والعدو يعرف هذا، وهناك افرقاء يعتقدون أن حزب الله همه 14 آذار، ولكن جزء كبيرا من حزب الله لا يهمه ابدا موضوع 14 آذار، انما اول همه وثاني همه هو هذا العدو”. نصر الله يؤكد ضرورة تشكيل حكومة وطنية ولفت الى ضرورة تشكيل حكومة لبنانبة وطنية جامعة “لأن حكومة الحياد هي حكومة خداع، ولا ننصح احدا بتشكيل حكومة امر واقع، وبديل الفراغ هو تشكيل حكومة المصلحة الوطنية، الحكومة الجامعة التي لا تقصي احداً، والشجاع من يشكل حكومة جامعة ويتحدى الدول الاقليمية ويضع السعودية عند حدها”. وعن قول السفير الفرنسي انه يفضل التمديد للرئيس على الفراغ في رئاسة الجمهورية، تساءل السيد نصر “ما دخل فرنسا في الموضوع؟، واين السياديون من هذا التصريح؟، فإذا استطعنا ان يكون لنا قرارنا الذاتي من دون أن نتعرض لأي ضغط، يكون هذا تأسيس حقيقي لحياة سياسية جديدة، واستطيع أن اقول إن فعلنا ذلك في 25 ايار، سيكون 25 ايار ليس عيدا للمقاومة والتحرير بل عيدا للسيادة والاستقلال”. نصر الله: المعركة في سورية هي معركة وجود وفي موضوع الاتهامات لحزب الله على خلفية قتاله في سورية، قال نصر الله “من يعتبرون أن كل ما يحصل في لبنان، من تعطيل تشكيل الحكومة ومن غرق نفق طريق المطار وكل المشاكل في البلد سببه قتال حزب الله في سورية، هذا دجل (…) وعندما قاتلنا اسرائيل اتهمونا بالإرهاب وضغطوا علينا ولم يهمنا، والآن لا أحد يستطيع التأثير علينا في موضوع سورية، لأن المعركة في سورية هي معركة وجود ليس فقط لحزب الله أو للبنان، بل لسورية ولبنان وفلسطين”. وتابع قوله أن “هذا التكفير لا يستهدف فقط الأقليات، الم تسمعوا بقتال جبهة النصرة وداعش، وهم ينتمون الى جبهة واحدة، وهم ينهبون بعضهم البعض ويسبون بعضهم البعض ويقتلون بعضهم البعض؟، وانا اتحدث عن من ينتمي الى فكر واحد ومشروع واحد، ونحن لسنا بحاجة الى دليل فكل شيء مصور”. واشار الى انه في “في عدرا قتلوا علويين ومسيحيين، ولكنهم قتلوا سنة ايضا، وجزء كبير من الجيش السوري الذي يقاتل هو من الطائفة السنية، والمعركة ليست طائفية، بل معركة تكفيرية ضد كل من يختلف معهم

http://arabic.rt.com/news/638172/ :روسيا اليوم

 

Officials’ defenses of NSA phone program may be unraveling

From the moment the government’s massive database of citizens’ call records was exposed this year, U.S. officials have clung to two main lines of defense: The secret surveillance program was constitutional and critical to keeping the nation safe.

But six months into the controversy triggered by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, the viability of those claims is no longer clear.

In a three-day span, those rationales were upended by a federal judge who declared that the program was probably unconstitutional and the release of a report by a White House panel utterly unconvinced that stockpiling such data had played any meaningful role in preventing terrorist attacks.

Either of those developments would have been enough to ratchet up the pressure on President Obama, who must decide whether to stand behind the sweeping collection or dismantle it and risk blame if there is a terrorist attack.

Beyond that dilemma for the president, the decision by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon and the recommendations from the review panel shifted the footing of almost every major player in the surveillance debate.

NSA officials, who rarely miss a chance to cite Snowden’s status as a fugitive from the law, now stand accused of presiding over a program whose capabilities were deemed by the judge to be “Orwellian” and likely illegal. Snowden’s defenders, on the other hand, have new ammunition to argue that he is more whistleblower than traitor.

Similarly, U.S. officials who have dismissed NSA critics as naive about the true nature of the terrorist threat now face the findings of a panel handpicked by Obama and with access to classified files. Among its members were former deputy CIA director Michael J. Morrell and former White House counterterrorism adviser Richard A. Clarke, both of whom spent years immersed in intelligence reports on al-Qaeda.

A day after the panel’s report was made public, U.S. officials said its findings had stunned senior officials at the White House as well as at U.S. intelligence services, prompting a scramble to assess the potential effect of its proposals as well as to calculate its political fallout.

The president is “faced with a program that has intelligence value but also has political liabilities,” said Mark M. Lowenthal, a former senior CIA official. “Now that he has a set of recommendations from a panel he appointed, if he doesn’t follow them people are going to say, ‘are they just for show?’ Or if he does follow them, he scales back a program that he supported.”

Members of the panel met with Obama on Wednesday and said he was receptive to the group’s findings.

“Obama didn’t say, we accept this on the spot,” Clarke said in an interview. “But we didn’t get a lot of negative feedback. They’re going to talk to the agencies and see what the agencies’ objections are and then make their decisions.”

White House officials declined to comment on specific recommendations Thursday, but press secretary Jay Carney signaled that the administration remains reluctant to dismantle the data-collection program. “The program is an important tool in our efforts to combat threats against the United States and the American people,” Carney said.

Several current and former U.S. officials sought to downplay the impact of the court case and the review panel, saying that their influence is likely to be offset by the work of an internal White House group made up of national security officials who are regular consumers of NSA intercepts and may be more cautious about curtailing the agency’s capabilities.

The controversial program to amass the call records of millions of Americans also continues to have influential supporters on Capitol Hill, including Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

“It’s just an advisory report,” said former acting CIA director John E. McLaughlin. Obama “can take credit for having turned some smart people loose to independently look at this issue. And he can say at the end of the day, . . . ‘I’m the president. I’m responsible for the security of this country. Here’s where I come out.’ ”

However, the developments this week were a reminder that the outcome may be beyond Obama’s control. Leon’s ruling set in motion a legal battle that may culminate in a ruling by the Supreme Court. The panel’s findings gave new momentum to lawmakers who have introduced legislation that would bring an end to the NSA’s bulk collection of phone records.

As part of their initial research, members of the review panel spent a day at NSA headquarters in Fort Meade, Md. But officials said that neither the NSA chief, Gen. Keith B. Alexander, nor Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper was given a copy of the report in advance or a chance to comment on its findings.

A DNI spokesman declined to comment, but officials said U.S. intelligence officials would evaluate the panel’s proposals and prepare material for the White House on the potential effects of implementing its recommendations.

That effort will likely focus on the panel’s push for new legislation that “terminates the storage of bulk telephony metadata by the government,” requiring those records to be held by phone and Internet companies, and searched only when the government has a court order.

Technology leaders met with Obama at the White House on Tuesday. Although industry reaction to the review board’s report has been muted, officials see it as largely in line with their goals.

The proposal to no longer allow the NSA to store domestic records, one of the panel’s 46 recommendations, would end an arrangement that has enabled the agency to stockpile call “metadata”: billions of records on virtually every phone customer in the United States, including records of the numbers dialed and durations of calls, but not their contents.

The NSA is allowed to retain those records for five years, and officials have repeatedly described the program as a critical safeguard against terror plots, allowing the NSA and FBI to establish links between terrorism suspects overseas and potential accomplices in the United States.

In congressional testimony, Alexander has credited the program with helping to detect dozens of plots both in the United States and overseas. The developments this week cut deeply into the credibility of those claims.

Leon’s opinion said that the government had failed to “cite a single instance in which analysis of the NSA’s bulk metadata collection actually stopped an imminent attack.”

The review panel said the program “was not essential to preventing attacks and could readily have been obtained in a timely manner using conventional [court] orders.”

Officials’ defenses of NSA phone program may be unraveling – The Washington Post.

Obama defends NSA programs during rare White House press conference

United States President Barack defended the surveillance tactics used by the National Security Agency during a rare press conference from the White House on Friday in which he denied allegations that the NSA has abused those programs.

Earlier this week an independent review panel selected by the president to audit the NSA’s operations in the midst of a far-reaching surveillance scandal supplied the White House with a report containing 46 recommendations for the intelligence agency.

“Over the next several weeks I’m going to assess, based on conversations not just with the intelligence community but others in government and outside of government, how we might apply and incorporate their recommendations,” Pres. Obama said Friday afternoon during his last scheduled press conference of 2013.

“I think they did an excellent job,” he said of the five-person Review Group.

The president will wait until January to decide what suggestions, if any, the NSA should heed, however, but during his exchange with journalists on Friday he again dismissed accusations that the spy agency has unlawfully conducted surveillance operations.

Compelling telecommunication companies daily for the phone data pertaining to millions of Americans is not on par with “domestic surveillance,” the president said, instead insisting that “having that data in one place and retained for a certain period of time” is a crucial counterterrorism tool. Among the recommendations made in the Review Group’s 208-page report are relying on the telecoms or another third-party to hold into that data, which the president said on Friday “is possible.”

“I think it’s important to note that in all the reviews of this program that have been done, in fact, there have not been actual instances where it’s been alleged that the NSA in some ways acted inappropriately in the use of this data,” Obama continued. “But what is also clear is from the public debate, people are concerned about the prospect, the possibility of abuse.”

On the contrary, though, a federal judge in Washington, DC wrote earlier this week that the dragnet collection of telephony metadata is likely unconstitutional and that the plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed against the Obama administration can have an injunction protecting themselves from having their own phone records collected by the NSA. And despite the president’s claim, in another instance the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court — the body that approves these programs — accused the NSA of having NSA “frequently and systematically violated” its own oversight requirements,

Should the White House agree to reform that and other practices, the president said the intelligence community would be without a tool that’s been hailed by proponents of the agency’s operations as critical for national security.

“The question we’re going to have to ask is can we accomplish the same goals that this program is intended to accomplish in ways that give the public more confidence that in fact the NSA is doing what it’s supposed to be doing,” Obama said. “I have confidence in the fact that the NSA is not engaging in domestic surveillance or snooping around, but I also recognize that as technologies change and people can start running algorithms and programs that map out all the information that we’re downloading on a daily basis into our telephones and our computers that we may have to refine this further to give people more confidence. And I’m going to be working very hard on doing that.”

Fox reporter Ed Henry was quick to follow up the president’s remark by reminding the commander-in-chief that just six months earlier he said his administration struck “the right balance” between security and privacy concerns with regards to the NSA’s operations.

“You can complain about Big Brother and how this is a potential program run amok, but when you actually look at the details, then I think we’ve struck the right balance,” Henry quoted from a statement made by the president on June 7 — two days after the media began to report on the NSA’s metadata collection program due to leaked documents disclosed by former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden.

“That was only six months ago,” Henry said. “Now, there’s judges are saying no; your own panel is saying no; even you’re saying no, we haven’t really struck the right balance, perhaps, that changes have to be made.”

“My question is, were you wrong then because you were not fully read in, not just on these programs, but on other programs, outside of the ones you just talked about, where we were potentially listening in on the German leaders, the Brazilian leaders and others, that suggest there were abuses, number one?” he asked. “On surveillance, you looked the American people in the eye six months ago and said, we’ve got the right balance. And six months later, you’re saying, maybe not.”

“What is absolutely clear to me,” the president responded, “is that given the public debate that’s taken place and the disclosures that have taken place over the last several months that this is only going to work if the American people have confidence and trust.”

That confidence could come through way of reform, the president suggested, which some say would not have been possible without Snowden sharing those files with the media.

 

 

Putin: I envy Obama, because he can ‘spy’ and get away with it

“I envy Obama because he can spy on his allies without any consequences,” said Putin when asked about how his relations had changed with the US following Snowden’s espionage revelations.

During an annual question-and-answer session with journalists, Putin praised Edward Snowden’s actions, saying that he was working for a “noble cause.” At the same time he accepted the importance of espionage programs in the fight against global terrorism, but said the NSA needed guidelines to limit its powers.

“There is nothing to be upset about and nothing to be proud of, spying has always been and is one of the oldest professions,” said Putin.

Referring to the vast amounts of metadata gathered on citizens by the NSA, Putin said it is impossible to sift through all of that information. It is “useless” to look at the analysis of spy agencies because it is the opinion of analysts and not facts and as such can be misleading.

“You need to know the people who analyze them, I know, I did it,” said Putin, harking back to his career as a KGB agent.

The Russian president described Snowden as a “curious character” and said it was not clear why the former CIA contractor had decided to blow the whistle on the NSA’s international espionage program at such a young age.

Russia is not working with Snowden and has not received classified documents from him, Putin said. The whistleblower has been allowed to reside in Russia but only on the condition he does not “engage in anti-American propaganda.”

Snowden fled to Russia from Hong Kong back in June after leaking a trove of classified information on Washington’s espionage activities. He disseminated the documents to international media outlets who published them in articles blowing the whistle on the NSA’s espionage activities.

The spy revelations triggered massive diplomatic backlash and have had an adverse effect on the Obama administration’s foreign policy. Europe in particular reacted angrily after it was found that the NSA had been monitoring high-ranking political figures, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties and Home Affairs met Wednesday to discuss what action the EU should take in the wake of the spy revelations. Glenn Greenwald, the former Guardian journalist renowned for publishing Edward Snowden’s leaks, testified at the meeting. Greenwald claimed that the NSA’s activities had nothing to do with the fight against terrorism and are instead aimed at the elimination of privacy worldwide.

“What a lot of this spying is about has nothing to do with terrorism and national security. That is the pretext. It is about diplomatic manipulation and economic advantage,” said Greenwald.

In the wake of the spy scandal Washington has defended the NSA, saying their work has foiled over 50 terror plots in the US and EU.

Putin: I envy Obama, because he can ‘spy’ and get away with it — RT News.

Hagel shares concerns with Al-Sisi

US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel discussed the political transition in Egypt and the upcoming constitutional referendum with Defense Minister Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi, in a phone call on Thursday morning.

A readout of the call was provided by Pentagon Press Secretary

Rear Admiral John Kirby. During the call Hagel conveyed the US’s commitment to “US-Egypt strategic relationship” and added that the US wishes to “continue working with Egypt to support a stable inclusive political transition.”

The US Defence Secretary however expressed his concerns regarding the recent charges brought against former president Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood.

On Wednesday, Prosecutor General Hisham Barakat ordered the referral of Morsi and several prominent Brotherhood figures to criminal court for charges of “espionage.” A statement from Barakat’s office on the decision was titled, “the largest case of espionage in the history of Egypt.”

Hagel was also concerned at “recent violence” against an NGO, in reference to the police raid of the office of the Egyptian Centre for Economic and Social Rights during the late hours of Wednesday.

Hagel said “that civil society organizations play a vital role in any democracy” adding that “incidences such as these can undermine confidence in the interim government’s commitment to a non-violent, inclusive and sustainable democratic transition.”

The defense secretary indicated that the US was looking forward to the constitutional referendum, which is scheduled to take place, from 14 and 15 January. “They discussed the importance of a transparent process, in which freedom of expression is guaranteed for all citizens during the campaign period, regardless of whether they support or oppose the constitution,” the readout said.

On his recent visit to the Gulf, Hagel told Al-Sisi that he encouraged regional partners to play a constructive role in Egypt’s transition as well as to continue “playing a role in improving Egypt’s economy.”

While in Bahrain earlier this month, Hagel had met with Egypt’s Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy on the sidelines of the Ninth International Institute for Strategic Studies Manama Dialogue. The two discussed regional and international issues related to Middle East security.