Government flunkies sue Snowden for telling the truth

❝ The Department of Justice has filed a lawsuit against Edward Snowden alleging that his newly released memoir, Permanent Record, violates nondisclosure agreements he signed with the federal government. Justice Department lawyers say the U.S. is entitled to all of Snowden’s book profits.

The civil lawsuit filed Tuesday in Virginia names the former National Security Agency contractor and his New York-based publisher, Macmillan…

❝ Ben Wizner, an ACLU lawyer who represents Snowden, said the book does not contain government secrets that were not already publicly known.

“Had Mr. Snowden believed that the government would review his book in good faith, he would have submitted it for review. But the government continues to insist that facts that are known and discussed throughout the world are still somehow classified,” Wizner wrote in a statement.

The sort of illogic employed by government flunkies to justify their disreputable waste of taxpayer dollar$ on efforts to shutdown people who turn loose the truth, expose criminal activity by elected officials.

EU afraid to name USA as tax haven

❝ It sounded like a historical moment was in the offing. For the first time, Europe’s finance ministers were seriously planning on publicly denouncing tax havens by presenting a black list of countries that lure companies through tax-saving schemes. French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said the countries on the list were “not doing enough to fight tax evasion.” Fellow Frenchman Pierre Moscovici, the European Union’s commissioner for economic and monetary affairs, called for vigorous sanctions…

❝ Internal documents from the European Council working group responsible for the issue suggest that the United States ignored a late June deadline to avoid being included on the list. DER SPIEGEL has seen the (“EU restricted”) internal documents…

❝ One reason for the Europeans’ restraint could be the growing economic conflicts with the Trump administration. The U.S. president is assiduously threatening to apply punitive tariffs on car imports from the EU, and he is particularly angry at the French, who recently and unilaterally introduced a digital tax on large internet companies. Trump sees it as a hostile act against U.S. internet giants like Amazon and Google.

“Neutral” Europeans prove to be as chickenshit about taxing the wealthy as “loyalist” Republicans and a helluva lot of “centrist” Democrats.

What Republicans Do Best? DO NOTHING…

❝ Microphone in hand, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) had just finished remarking on the size of the crowd that was crammed tightly into the brick-covered main street of the Oregon District in Dayton, Ohio, on Sunday night when a single voice rang out.

“Do something!” the person shouted. Seconds later, another voice echoed the demand. Others quickly joined in, “Do something!” they yelled. Their cries grew louder with each iteration until what started as just a smattering of voices had morphed into a deafening chant that reverberated around the historic street near where nine people were killed and 27 injured in the weekend’s second mass shooting early Sunday morning.

The impassioned chanting, which interrupted Sunday’s vigil in Dayton, went viral on social media and represents yet another manifestation of the public’s frustration with elected officials in the wake of back-to-back massacres carried out by people armed with assault-type weapons…

#DoSomething you lazy-ass, corrupt, corporate political flunkies!