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Brazilian legislators fear for columnist Glenn Greenwald’s safety, urging that he and his partner be protected by federal police as they prepare to testify regarding the illegal, unconstitutional NSA spying.

Sunday’s revelations seemed to be a direct result of the extended  detention of Miranda at London’s Heathrow Airport in mid-August.  Miranda, a Brazilian national who lives in Rio de Janeiro with  Greenwald, was held by officers for nine hours. His electronic  equipment was confiscated by authorities. Believing the incident  was an attempt at intimidation, Greenwald then indicated that his  reporting on Snowden’s leaks would only pick up pace.

Greenwald first broke the news in June of this year detailing just how massive the illegal NSA spy program, which was reported by the subservient New York Times (which sat on the story for a year at the behest of the White House, which feared the news might prevent Bush from stealing the 2004 election like he did the one in 2000).  Since then, he, his partner David Miranda, and NSA leaker Edward Snowden have been the targets of corporate-owned-media criticism, threats of prosecution and worse by government officials, and attempts at intimidation.

Snowden himself is hiding in Russia, an exile from his own country, which wants to give him the same treatment it gave Bradley Manning, who leaked the war crimes committed by U.S. soldiers in Iraq.  Manning, who has come out as a female in a man’s body, was imprisoned, subjected to torture, declared guilty before his military show trial even began, and ultimately convicted and sentenced to thirty-five years in prison, stripped of his rank as an Army private.

Julian Assange, a founding member of the independent news site Wikileaks, has been holed up in the Ecuadoran embassy in London, England, for well over a year in an attempt to avoid extradition to Sweden to face questionable sexual misconduct charges, where he understandably fears being shipped off to the U.S. to face similar treatment.  British police wait 24-7 outside to arrest him if he dares leave the building.  This effectively makes him a prisoner already, unable to do his job of reporting.

When reporting the high crimes of government to the public becomes a crime in and of itself, people, that means you are ruled by criminals.  This is fact.

In the Poetic Justice department, a confessed rapist may have contracted HIV from the woman he violated as she slept, and convicted rapist Ariel Castro, who held three women prisoner in his Cleveland, Ohio home for over a decade, was found dead in his cell having apparently taken his own life.  A talking head has speculated that Castro, who was sentenced to life in prison plus a whole freakin’ millennium, may have sought to thwart justice.

Finally, it seems that Richard III, that much-maligned English king made infamous in William Shakespeare’s immortal play, was not only really crippled but infested with parasitic worms.  Attempts to link the late monarch’s recently-rediscovered remains to those of two bodies believed to have been his nephews, whom he is accused of having had imprisoned and later murdered in order to steal the right to occupy the English throne, have so far been stymied.  But it’s actually been questioned as to whether Richard did the bloody deed, or was falsely blamed for it by supporters of the alleged real murderer, Henry VII, whose family took the crown for themselves.  Terry Jones of Monty Python fame has argued in his Documentary series, Medieval Lives, that Richard III received a lot of bad press following his death in battle in 1485, and that Shakespeare, who served as the Tudors’ chief literary propagandist, kept to the official spin and thus libeled a dead monarch to such a degree that centuries later his name still lies in ruins.  Yet there is enough circumstantial evidence of Richard’s guilt that the mystery may never be fully or truly solved.

Just some random thoughts this morning.