Friday, July 31, 2015

The NSA’s 9/11 Cover-Up

General Hayden Told a Lie, and It’s a Whopper

Magicians wield secrecy on the theater stage in the service of illusions. Spies likewise wield illusion on the world stage in the service of secrecy. So it is with the events behind the attacks of 9/11 where those who question the official story are derided as conspiracy theorists. Thanks to the investigative digging of reporter James Bamford, with the assistance of NSA whistleblowers like Thomas Drake and Kirk Wiebe, the 9/11 crowd can now point to a conspiracy fact: an incredible cover-up that goes all the way to the top of the American intelligence community.

In a recent piece published by Foreign Policy Bamford examines a phone call to a clandestine operations center run by Osama bin Laden in Yemen during March of 2000. The phone call was dialed by one of the 9/11 hijackers, Khalid al-Mihdhar, from his apartment in San Diego. In fact, there were a number of such phone calls made by 9/11 hijackers living in San Diego. Why didn’t our security services immediately launch investigations?

http://dissidentvoice.org/2015/07/the-nsas-911-cover-up/?

10 Top Secret Military Bases the Government Doesn’t Want You to Know About



It should come as no surprise that with an annual military budget of over $610 billion, the United States invests in some gargantuan black ops and top-secret facilities. These include warfare testing, nuclear bunkers, chemical experimentation, Continuity of Government (COG) command centers, and a wide variety of both known and unknown contingency preparation. Some of the facilities, like the infamous Area 51, are well-branded into our collective imagination; other are less known and considerably more vexing. It stirs and scares the mind to think about an entire underground network of tunnels connecting giant government facilities. Yet they are out there, down there, controlling this nation’s future military responses and engaging in technological and weapons testing that most of us cannot even begin to fathom.

Mount Weather & the Underground Continuity of Government (COG)


Mount Weather is another “above top secret” military base cocooned within a hollowed out mountain, this time in Berryville, Virginia. There was a time when this facility was the biggest secret since the Manhattan Project. Like many other top secret military bases, Mount Weather is tasked with protecting military elite in the event of a major disaster. This one is perhaps the ultimate bomb shelter. During the September 11, 2001 attacks, many high level officials, including Vice President Cheney, took refuge here.

In addition to its numerous living quarters and recreational facilities, Mount Weather also has a crematorium and a radio and television station.

It has long been rumored that this military base hosts officials and commanders from an alternate chain of command—a parallel government so to speak—that would take over in the unlikely event that the entire presidential line of command is killed or turned into zombies.


http://www.activistpost.com/2015/07/10-top-secret-military-bases-government.html

Target Tokyo

Today, Friday 31 July 2015, 9am CEST, WikiLeaks publishes "Target Tokyo", 35 Top Secret NSA targets in Japan including the Japanese cabinet and Japanese companies such as Mitsubishi, together with intercepts relating to US-Japan relations, trade negotiations and sensitive climate change strategy.

The list indicates that NSA spying on Japanese conglomerates, government officials, ministries and senior advisers extends back at least as far as the first administration of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, which lasted from September 2006 until September 2007. The telephone interception target list includes the switchboard for the Japanese Cabinet Office; the executive secretary to the Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga; a line described as "Government VIP Line"; numerous officials within the Japanese Central Bank, including Governor Haruhiko Kuroda; the home phone number of at least one Central Bank official; numerous numbers within the Japanese Finance Ministry; the Japanese Minister for Economy, Trade and Industry Yoichi Miyazawa; the Natural Gas Division of Mitsubishi; and the Petroleum Division of Mitsui.

Today's publication also contains NSA reports from intercepts of senior Japanese government officials. Four of the reports are classified TOP SECRET. One of the reports is marked "REL TO USA, AUS, CAN, GBR, NZL", meaning it has been formally authorised to be released to the United States' "Five Eyes" intelligence partners: Australia, Canada, Great Britain and New Zealand.

The reports demonstrate the depth of US surveillance of the Japanese government, indicating that intelligence was gathered and processed from numerous Japanese government ministries and offices. The documents demonstrate intimate knowledge of internal Japanese deliberations on such issues as: agricultural imports and trade disputes; negotiating positions in the Doha Round of the World Trade Organization; Japanese technical development plans, climate change policy, nuclear and energy policy and carbon emissions schemes; correspondence with international bodies such as the International Energy Agency (IEA); strategy planning and draft talking points memoranda concerning the management of diplomatic relations with the United States and the European Union; and the content of a confidential Prime Ministerial briefing that took place at Shinzo Abe's official residence.

https://wikileaks.org/nsa-japan/

WikiLeaks alleges widespread U.S. spying on Japanese government, major companies

Anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks released a trove of documents Friday titled “Target Tokyo” detailing alleged U.S. National Security Agency’s snooping on the Japanese government and businesses — just as negotiators from 12 nations, including Japan and the U.S., hope to wrap up the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

In a press release, WikiLeaks claimed to publish a tranche of what appeared to be four NSA reports marked top secret that reveal Japanese talks on climate change issues and international trade.

“In these documents we see the Japanese government worrying in private about how much or how little to tell the United States . . .” WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said in an accompanying statement.

One of the reports appears to note that it was shared with the United States’ “Five Eyes” intelligence partners, a grouping comprised of Australia, Canada, the U.K. and New Zealand.

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/07/31/national/wikileaks-alleges-widespread-u-s-spying-on-japanese-government-major-companies/#.Vbv4SflVhBc

Bombshell: CDC destroyed vaccine documents, Congressman reveals

“…the [CDC] co-authors scheduled a meeting to destroy documents related to the [MMR vaccine] study. The remaining four co-authors all met and brought a big garbage can into the meeting room and reviewed and went through all the hard copy documents that we had thought we should discard and put them in a huge garbage can.” (William Thompson, CDC researcher)

On July 29, US Congressman Bill Posey made his last stand on the floor of the House. Granted five minutes to speak, he laid bare the lying of the CDC in a now-famous 2004 study that exonerated the MMR vaccine and claimed it had no connection to autism.

“No connection to autism” was the lie.

Congressman Posey read a statement from long-time CDC researcher William Thompson, one of the authors of the 2004 Pediatrics study designed to determine, once and for all, whether the Measles-Mumps-Rubella vaccine could cause autism.

Thompson saw and participated in violating the protocol of the study. He was there. He helped his co-authors destroy documents that would have shown an MMR-autism link.

https://jonrappoport.wordpress.com/2015/07/31/bombshell-cdc-destroyed-vaccine-documents-congressman-reveals/

Thursday, July 30, 2015

CISA: the dirty deal between Google and the NSA that no one is talking about



CISA is an out and out surveillance bill masquerading as a cybersecurity bill. It won’t stop hackers. Instead, it essentially legalizes all forms of government and corporate spying.

Here’s how it works. Companies would be given new authority to monitor their users -- on their own systems as well as those of any other entity -- and then, in order to get immunity from virtually all existing surveillance laws, they would be encouraged to share vaguely defined “cyber threat indicators” with the government. This could be anything from email content, to passwords, IP addresses, or personal information associated with an account. The language of the bill is written to encourage companies to share liberally and include as many personal details as possible.

That information could then be used to further exploit a loophole in surveillance laws that gives the government legal authority for their holy grail -- “upstream” collection of domestic data directly from the cables and switches that make up the Internet.

Thanks to Edwards Snowden, we know that the NSA, FBI, and CIA have already been conducting this type of upstream surveillance on suspected hackers. CISA would give the government tons of new domestic cyber threat indicators to use for their upstream collection of information that passes over the Internet. This means they will be gathering not just data on the alleged threat, but also all of the sensitive data that may have been hacked as part of the threat. So if someone hacks all of Gmail, the hacker doesn’t just get those emails, so does the U.S. government.

http://thehill.com/blogs/congress-blog/technology/249521-cisa-the-dirty-deal-between-google-and-the-nsa-that-no-one-is

Secret Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) Treaty: State-Owned Enterprises (SOE) Issues for Ministerial Guidance

Today, 29 July 2015, WikiLeaks releases a secret letter from the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP or TPPA) Ministerial Meeting in December 2013, along with a comprehensive expert analysis of the document.

Download the TPP SOE Ministerial Guidance in PDF or read below.

Download the expert analysis on TPP SOE Ministerial Guidance in PDF or read the HTML.

The letter indicates a wide-ranging privatisation and globalisation strategy within the Agreement which aims to severely restrict "state-owned enterprises" (SOEs). Even an SOE that exists to fulfil a public function neglected by the market or which is a natural monopoly would nevertheless be forced to act "on the basis of commercial considerations" and would be prohibited from discriminating in favour of local businesses in purchases and sales. Foreign companies would be given standing to sue SOEs in domestic courts for perceived departures from the strictures of the TPP, and countries could even be sued by other TPP countries, or by private companies from those countries. Developing countries such as Vietnam, which employs a large number of SOEs as part of its economic infrastructure, would be affected most. SOEs continue to fulfil vital public functions in even the most privatised countries, such as Canada and Australia.

The TPP is the world's largest economic trade agreement and will, if it comes into force, encompass more than 40 per cent of the world's GDP. Despite its wide-ranging effects on the global population, the TPP is currently being negotiated in total secrecy by 12 countries. Few people, even within the negotiating countries' governments, have access to the full text of the draft agreement, and the public – who it will affect most – none at all. Large corporations, however, are able to see portions of the text, generating a powerful lobby to effect changes on behalf of these groups and bringing developing countries reduced force, while the public at large gets no say.

The TPP is part of the TPP-TISA-TTIP mega-treaty package, which together proposes to encompass more than two-thirds of global GDP.

WikiLeaks' editor, Julian Assange, said: "The TPP erects a 'one size fits all' economic system designed to advantage the largest transnational corporations. In this leak we see the radical effects the TPP will have, not only on developing countries, but on states very close to the centre of the Western system. If we are to restructure our societies into an ultra-neoliberal legal and economic bloc that will last for the next 50 years then this should be said openly and debated."

https://wikileaks.org/tpp-soe-minister/

New Leak Confirms the Secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership Is a Horrorshow

At a luxury hotel in Maui, representatives from the 12 countries participating in the highly controversial and secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal are negotiating behind closed doors. Thanks to a secret letter from a 2013 meeting, released today by WikiLeaks, we now have a clearer idea of what they’re discussing.

Unsurprisingly, based on what we know about the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, so far, the letter is mostly about limiting the power of government in favour of private commercial development.

The TPP is a massive free trade deal that is set to impact everything from the cost of medicine in Australia, to milk production in Canada, to internet governance the world over. The letter was drafted for a ministerial meeting of the TPP countries in early December, 2013, and seeks guidance on key topics relating to the negotiations. Namely, how state-owned enterprises (SOEs) should be treated under the trade deal.

According to the letter, “the majority of TPP countries” support obligations for these companies—which can include public utilities, telecommunication providers, mining companies, and state-run investment firms—that “go beyond existing obligations” laid out in existing free trade agreements and by the World Trade Organization.

http://motherboard.vice.com/read/new-leak-confirms-the-secretive-trans-pacific-partnership-is-a-horrorshow

NSA Requested Warrantless Surveillance BEFORE 9/11

Report: Bush administration used blackmailed judges to approve NSA spying

Officials of the National Security Agency requested warrantless wiretapping from the chairman of the President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Council (NSTAC) at a meeting at NSA headquarters on February 27, 2001, seven months before the 9/11 attack.

This stunning revelation was made by the former NSTAC chairman, Joseph Nacchio, who cited court documents from the government’s retaliatory 2005 case against him for insider trading. Nacchio made his remarks at a Newsmaker press conference at the National Press Club on July 29.

In response to NSA’s request, Nacchio asked the agency representatives if they had a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court warrant. The reply was no. Nacchio then asked them if they had presidential executive authority. The answer was again no. Although Nacchio also served as chairman and CEO of Qwest Communications, his refusal to provide NSA with warrantless wiretapping of Qwest lines was made more significant in his role as NSTAC chairman. Other NSTAC members quickly followed suit in rejecting NSA’s request. They included AT&T, SBC Communications, Sprint, Bell South, Verizon, WorldCom, and others.

The Bush administration retaliated against Nacchio by indicting him for insider trading in 2005, five days before the expiration of the statute of limitations. Rather than try Nacchio in the Southern District of New York, where the alleged trades were made, or the Northern District of New Jersey, where Nacchio resided, the Department of Justice went judge shopping and decided to indict in Denver, the location of Qwest’s corporate headquarters. George Nottingham, the judge chosen was in a blackmailable position.

http://www.infowars.com/nsa-requested-warrantless-surveillance-before-911/

http://waynemadsenreport.com/

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Oligarchy In D.C. To Create Insidious New DHS Gov Agency: Countering Violent Extremism (CVE)

CVE will become the American Gestapo – a Federal agency that will target Christians, Conservatives, and anti-Establishment/Big Government organizations and groups. But not Muslims.

Remember the IRS targeting of Conservative groups that got no media attention? Remember the 2009 DHS Terror Assessment that lists “Right wing” Christians, Conservatives, Vets and anti-establishment groups as Domestic Terrorists,but made no mention of Islam or Jihad?

Well, this is the IRS scandal on steroids and INSTITUTIONALIZED. House Bill 2899 establishes a permanent agency under the umbrella of DHS, tasked with ‘countering violent extremism’. What that really means is that this agency will be charged to go after, shut down and eliminate any and all opposition to the Oligarchy, the Imperial Executive and their PC agendas in Washington. This all being done under the guise that they are countering ‘dangerous violent extremism’, except that they do not define what ‘dangerous violent extremism’ is outside of simply stating that that ‘violent extremism’ is ideologically motivated terrorist activities – leaving which ideologies that will be targeted ‘open to interpretation’ of what groups pose a threat to the nation.

http://investmentwatchblog.com/oligarchy-in-d-c-to-create-insidious-new-dhs-gov-agency-countering-violent-extremism-cve/

WILL THE INTERNET LISTEN TO YOUR PRIVATE CONVERSATIONS?

Other increasingly popular forms of voice-recognition services include Apple's Siri assistant on mobile devices, Microsoft's Cortana and the "OK Google" feature for speaking to Google's search engine. Spoken commands can also be used to find something to watch on some TVs, and an upcoming Barbie doll will include an Internet-connected microphone to hear what's being said.

These innovations will confront people with a choice pitting convenience against privacy as they decide whether to open another digital peephole into their lives for a growing number of devices equipped with Internet-connected microphones and cameras.

The phenomenon, dubbed the "Internet of Things," promises to usher in an era of automated homes outfitted with locks, lights, thermostats, entertainment systems and servants such as the Echo that respond to spoken words.

It's also raising the specter of Internet-connected microphones being secretly used as a wiretap, either by a company providing a digital service, government officials with court orders or intruders that seize control of the equipment.

"We are on the trajectory of a future filled with voice-assisted apps and voice-assisted devices," Forrester Research analyst Fatemeh Khatibloo says. "This is going to require finding the fine balance between creating a really great user experience and something that's creepy."

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_TEC_THE_INTERNET_IS_LISTENING

Negative Views of Supreme Court at Record High

Following major, end-of-term rulings on the Affordable Care Act and same-sex marriage, unfavorable opinions of the Supreme Court have reached a 30-year high. And opinions about the court and its ideology have never been more politically divided.

Currently, 48% of Americans have a favorable impression of the Supreme Court, while 43% view the court unfavorably. Unfavorable opinions of the court, while up only modestly since March (39%), are the highest recorded since 1985.

The latest national survey by Pew Research Center, conducted July 14-20 among 2,002 adults, finds that most of the increase in unfavorable views of the Supreme Court has come among Republicans.

Just 33% of Republicans have a favorable opinion of the court, while 61% have an unfavorable view. Since March, the share of Republicans viewing the court favorably has fallen 17 percentage points (from 50% to 33%), while the share with an unfavorable impression has jumped 21 percentage points (from 40% to 61%). Republicans’ views of the Supreme Court are now more negative than at any point in the past three decades.

In contrast, Democrats’ views of the Supreme Court have become more positive since March, though the change has not been as dramatic. Currently, 62% of Democrats have a favorable impression of the court, up from 54% four months ago.

http://www.people-press.org/2015/07/29/negative-views-of-supreme-court-at-record-high-driven-by-republican-dissatisfaction/

Spy for Israel Jonathan Pollard granted parole

Convicted spy for Israel Jonathan Pollard has been granted parole and will be released from an American jail on Nov. 21, his lawyer announced Tuesday.

Pollard's release -- exactly 30 years after his arrest -- could help ease the tensions between the United States and Israel that have grown over the Iran nuclear deal, which President Barack Obama supports and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vehemently opposes. Netanyahu has long sought Pollard's release, and the prospect has surfaced many times in discussions between the U.S. and Israel.

The White House has said it won't challenge the granting of parole for Pollard but denied his release was in any way connected to the Iran deal.

http://www.cnn.com/2015/07/28/politics/jonathan-pollard-parole-israel-spy/

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

SSCI Report Reveals CIA Torture Program Originated in Same Department as MKULTRA

The release of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) executive summary(PDF) to their report, “Committee Study of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Detention and Interrogation Program,” has rightly gotten a wide amount of press coverage.

The sheer brutality of the program’s use of torture is overwhelming, from the use of forced enemas on detainees — the CIA called it “rectal hydration” and “rectal feeding” — to intense use of solitary confinement, threats to kill prisoners’ families, homicide, and more. Revelations from this report will continue to be reported and absorbed into the world’s understanding of the criminal extent of the U.S. torture program for months or years to come.

But one revelation has gone notably unreported. The man associated with implementing the most brutal part of the interrogation program was drawn out of the same division of the CIA that some decades ago had been responsible for the notorious MKULTRA program. As a CIA history of OTS explains, MKULTRA “involved Agency funding for the testing and use of chemical and biological agents and other means of controlling or modifying human behavior” (p. 19).

http://firedoglake.com/2014/12/11/ssci-report-reveals-cia-torture-program-originated-in-same-department-as-mkultra/

The CIA’s Secret Files on Jim Garrison

The CIA retains two secret files on New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison, the crusading prosecutor who inspired Oliver Stone’s hit movie “JFK.”

The files–whose existence is reported here for the first time– are among the 3,600 secret U.S. government records related to JFK’s assassination that are scheduled to be released in October 2017. Earlier this week, Politico and NOLA,com reported on the existence of the 3,600 records, which was first disclosed on May 12 by JFK Facts.

The Garrison files contain 16 pages of undated and unclassified material, according to the National Archives’ online database of JFK assassination records

One file– labelled “CIA File on Garrison, James”–contains ten pages of material. The other–described as “Illegible Document, Garrison Investigation”–has six pages.


The CIA says that both files are “Not Believed Relevant” to the JFK’s assassination.

How a CIA file on Jim Garrison could not be relevant to the JFK story is one of those questions that only the metaphysicians of Langley can answer.

http://jfkfacts.org/assassination/news/the-cia-is-hiding-two-secret-files-on-jim-garrison-the-prosecutor-celebrated-in-the-jfk-movie/

Monday, July 27, 2015

NSA to Destroy Phone Records it Illegally Collected

ONE MONTH AFTER a law was passed ending the NSA’s bulk collection of US phone records, the director of intelligence announced today that records previously collected by the spy agency will be destroyed, according to the Associated Press.

The director of national intelligence did not say when the records would be destroyed, but noted that they must be retained as long as lawsuits around the collection program are ongoing.

After the program was ruled illegal by a court in May, lawmakers passed a bill last month that put an end to the NSA’s bulk phone data collection by having telecoms store the records instead. The legislation would still allow the government to access the records, by obtaining a court order from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act any time it wishes to view them, but would limit this access to records that are relevant to a national security investigation.

http://www.wired.com/2015/07/nsa-destroy-phone-records-illegally-collected/

A Terrorism Expert's Secret Relationship with the FBI


EVAN KOHLMANN IS the U.S. government’s go-to expert witness in terrorism prosecutions. Since 2004, Kohlmann has been asked to testify as an expert about terrorist organizations, radicalization and homegrown threats in more than 30 trials.

It’s well-paying work — as much as $400 per hour. In all, the U.S. government has paid Kohlmann and his company at least $1.4 million for testifying in trials around the country, assisting with FBI investigations and consulting with agencies ranging from the Defense Department to the Internal Revenue Service. He has also received another benefit, Uncle Sam’s mark of credibility, which has allowed him to work for NBC News and its cable sibling, MSNBC, for more than a decade as an on-air “terrorism analyst.”

Kohlmann’s claimed expertise is his ability to explore the dark corners of the Internet — the so-called deep web, which isn’t indexed by commercial search engines — and monitor what the Islamic State, al Qaeda and their sympathizers are saying, as well as network the relationships among these various actors. Kohlmann doesn’t speak Arabic, however, and aside from a few days each in Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Dubai and Qatar, has hardly any experience in the Arab world. Kohlmann’s research is gleaned primarily from the Internet.

Indeed, Kohlmann is not a traditional expert. Much of his research is not peer-reviewed. Kohlmann’s key theory, to which he has testified several times on the witness stand, involves a series of indicators that he claims determine whether someone is likely a homegrown terrorist. Yet he has never tested the theory against a randomly selected control group to account for bias or coincidence.

For these and other reasons, Kohlmann’s critics describe him as a huckster.

https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2015/07/27/doogie-huckster-terrorism-experts-secret-relationship-fbi/

The torture centre: Northern Ireland’s ‘hooded men’

In 1971 the British army took 14 men to a secret location in rural Co Derry and subjected them to a horrific interrogation from which they have never recovered. Nine of the surviving ‘hooded men’ are still seeking justice for what they say was torture – and they have the human-rights lawyer Amal Clooney on their side

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/crime-and-law/the-torture-centre-northern-ireland-s-hooded-men-1.2296152

After 8 Yrs., $360 Mil Border Drones Fail; DHS Asks Congress for Another $443 Mil

Drones used by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to “guard” the U.S. border for nearly a decade are ineffective even though the agency has blown hundreds of millions of dollars on the failed program and wants Congress to keep funding it.

It’s yet another example of what government does best; waste money. In this case the frontline DHS agency—U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP)—that operates the Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAC) is actually requesting more money from Congress to keep the futile drone experiment going. Imagine a private business that for years blew huge sums on a failed enterprise asking investors to pour more cash into the same useless project.

That’s pretty much what DHS is doing and the details are offered in an audit published this month by the agency’s inspector general. The Border Patrol has used drones for around eight years, the audit reveals, at a cost of about $360 million. In fiscal year 2013 alone the agency spent $62.5 million to operate the program, or about $12,255 per hour. It gets better. DHS has lied about the cost of operating the drones, the inspector general writes in its report, by drastically downplaying the real figures. The “calculation of $2,468 per flight hour does not include operating costs, such as the costs of pilots, equipment, and overhead,” the report says. “By not including all operating costs, CBP also cannot accurately assess the program’s cost effectiveness or make informed decisions about program expansion.”

http://www.judicialwatch.org/blog/2015/07/after-8-yrs-360-mil-border-drones-fail-dhs-asks-congress-for-another-443-mil/

Report: DEA Gives Workers' Comp to Questionable Drug Informants

A new report has found that drug informants are often poorly vetted and some get workers' compensation benefits from the government despite questionable qualifications, The Washington Post reported.

The Justice Department watchdog found that the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) did not do a thorough job of monitoring at least 240 informants, some of whom continued to carry out illegal activities and were being investigated by other authorities.

According to the Post, investigators discovered that the DEA paid more than $1 million in benefits in 2014 to 17 informants or their dependents without conducting due diligence.

The DEA used "over 240 confidential sources without rigorous review," investigators said in a report which was released last week, according to the Post. "This created a significant risk that improper relationships between government handlers and sources could be allowed to continue over many years, potentially resulting in the divulging of sensitive information or other adverse consequences for the government."

In some cases the arrangements with the agency continued for years, using informants that were involved in criminal activity, some of whom were considered high-risk.

http://www.newsmax.com/US/drugs-dea-informants-workers-comp/2015/07/27/id/659051/

Sunday, July 26, 2015

The Republic's Dissident Youth: Ireland's Young Warriors

Earlier this year, VICE News filmed with a republican youth movement in Ireland called Na Fianna Éireann ("Warriors of Ireland" in English), a small group of around 30 boys considered to be hardline dissidents. They support a violent IRA splinter group known as the Continuity IRA, and believe that a renewed armed struggle is needed to free Ireland from British occupation in the North.

Considered "junior terrorists" by some, the Na Fianna sees itself simply as Ireland's true republican boy scouts, training with the main aim of being ready for a new resistance — a fight that they believe is inevitable.

VICE News followed Na Fianna members as they carried out "bush training" in the mountains, and attended their Easter Rising march through Dublin, to get an idea of what the young face of dissident republicanism looks like, in an age where support for political violence in Ireland has all but ended.

https://news.vice.com/video/the-republics-dissident-youth-irelands-young-warriors

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Why Everything You Think You Know About the Lincoln Assassination is Wrong

“Wanted” posters issued by the War Department were wildly, and probably deliberately, inaccurate. John Surratt’s and David Herold’s names were both spelled incorrectly, the photo of Herold was of him as a schoolboy, which clearly wasn’t an accurate representation of how he looked circa 1865, and the photo of Surratt wasn’t John Surratt at all. In a blatant act of historical revisionism, corrected posters were issued much later. One widely circulated poster that was issued after Lewis Paine was already in custody inexplicably offered a reward for Paine and contained a richly detailed 160-word description of the already incarcerated suspect, along with a mere 42-word description of the guy who was still at large, John Wilkes Booth.



http://www.davesweb.cnchost.com/index.html
Part 12 July 20, 2015


Clintons' charities got £50million of British aid cash: UK government accused of trying to buy influence with US power family

Tens of millions of pounds of UK aid money has been siphoned through charities linked to Hillary Clinton, it emerged last night.

British politicians – including Gordon Brown – stand accused of diverting huge amounts of cash through the organisations after falling under the spell of the US presidential candidate and her husband Bill.

At least £50 million of taxpayer-funded foreign aid money has gone to Clinton charities, which are at the centre of allegations in the US that foreign governments used donations to buy influence.

The UK is one of the biggest donors, handing over more than £20 million last year alone to the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), an organisation chaired by former President Bill, 68, and whose board includes the couple's daughter Chelsea, 35. Since 2011, a total of £48.9 million has gone into the coffers of this charity alone.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3174033/Clintons-charities-got-50million-British-aid-cash-UK-government-accused-trying-buy-influence-power-family.html

Military exercise Black Dart to tackle nightmare drone scenario

Sweat the small stuff.

That’s the unofficial motto for this year’s edition of the military exercise Black Dart, a two-week test of tactics and technologies to combat hostile drones that begins Monday on the Point Mugu range at Naval Base Ventura County in California.

The military categorizes Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) by size and capability, from Group 5 drones that weigh more than 1,320 pounds and can fly above 18,000 feet like the Reaper, down to Group 1, mini- and micro-drones less than 20 pounds that fly lower than 1,200 feet. Previous Black Darts have covered threats to troops overseas and targets at home posed by drones of all sizes.

But small drones are this year’s focus, said the director of this 14th edition of Black Dart, Air Force Maj. Scott Gregg, because of worrisome incidents since the last exercise.

http://nypost.com/2015/07/25/military-operation-black-dart-to-tackle-nightmare-drone-scenario/

Clinton may testify to Benghazi committee in October

Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign said Saturday that she will testify on Oct. 22 before the House select committee investigating her role in connection with the deaths of four Americans in Benghazi, Libya — an assertion that was almost immediately challenged by a spokesman for the committee.

Clinton campaign spokesman Nick Merrill announced the date and said her testimony would be public.

But Jamal Ware, a spokesman for the committee, said the timing is not set because of ongoing negotiations with Clinton’s lawyer over ground rules.

The wrangling is of a piece with months of back-and-forth between the Republican-led committee and Clinton, whose allies accuse the panel of conducting a fishing expedition for damaging material that might be used against her as she runs for president in 2016.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2015/07/25/clinton-to-testify-to-benghazi-committee-in-october/

New Photos Show Bush Administration Reaction to 9/11 Attacks


In never-before-released photographs taken on Sept. 11, 2001, the shock, horror and gravity of the terrorist attacks can be read on the faces of President George Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, their wives Laura and Lynne, National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, CIA Director George Tenet and other senior Bush and Cheney staffers.

The photos were released in response to a Freedom of Information Act request filed by Colette Neirouz Hanna, coordinating producer for the Kirk Documentary Group, which covered the Bush administration in many films for FRONTLINE, including Bush’s War, Cheney’s Law and The Dark Side.

The full set can be seen here.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/government-elections-politics/new-photos-show-bush-administration-reaction-to-911-attacks/

Hundreds of never-before-seen photos of Bush and Cheney on 9/11 released by National Archives


The National Archives on Friday released more than 350 never-before seen photos of former President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, along with top members of the Bush administration, on Sept. 11, 2001, as they reacted to the most deadly attack in terrorism in American history.

The photos, all collected on a Flickr page from the National Archives, are the most exhaustive look yet into how President Bush and his colleagues handled a tragedy beyond imagination.

The photos emerged thanks to a Freedom of Information Act request from Colette Neirouz Hanna, a Boston-based producer connected to PBS’ “Frontline.”

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/photos-911-bush-cheney-article-1.2303936

Friday, July 24, 2015

How The NYPD Abused Citizens In The Name Of Data, And How One Cop Exposed It

“Crime By The Numbers,” a short documentary directed by Don Argott for FiveThirtyEight and ESPN Films’ Signals series, tells the story of Adrian Schoolcraft. Schoolcraft, as a New York Police Department officer, blew the whistle on the NYPD’s abuse and misuse of CompStat, a system to track crime trends in New York City.

But in trying to fix the injustices of New York’s policing system, Schoolcraft experienced that injustice personally.

http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/how-the-nypd-abused-citizens-in-the-name-of-data-and-how-one-cop-exposed-it-all/

Report predicts drones and supersoldiers are the future of warfare

ROBOTS calling the shots in the skies, while technologically advanced supersoldiers patrol the ground — this is the future of warfare according to a new report predicting combat over the coming decades.

The report, Visualizing the Tactical Ground Battlefield in the Year 2050, was the result of a workshop held with leaders from the US Defence Department, Army Research Lab, Institute for Defence Analysis and a select number of academia.

In the world envisioned, armed drones will patrol the skies searching for enemy targets to eliminate.

The use of drones in the current military landscape dictates it is always a human that decides to pull the trigger, but the report suggests soldiers may only have limited control over the smart-robots of the future.

“The difference being that in the former, human decisions are a required step in a process and thus humans are exercising positive control,” the report stated.

“While in the latter, humans can only observe the behaviours that are taking place, but they can only act after the fact or in anticipation of expected behaviours.”

http://www.news.com.au/technology/innovation/report-predicts-drones-and-supersoldiers-are-the-future-of-warfare/story-fnpjxnlk-1227456027308

U.K. Police Confirm Ongoing Criminal Probe of Snowden Leak Journalists

A secretive British police investigation focusing on journalists working with Edward Snowden’s leaked documents remains ongoing two years after it was quietly launched, The Intercept can reveal.

London’s Metropolitan Police Service has admitted it is still carrying out the probe, which is being led by its counterterrorism department, after previously refusing to confirm or deny its existence on the grounds that doing so could be “detrimental to national security.”

The disclosure was made by police in a letter sent to this reporter Tuesday, concluding a seven-month freedom of information battle that saw the London force repeatedly attempt to withhold basic details about the status of the case. It reversed its position this week only after an intervention from the Information Commissioner’s Office, the public body that enforces the U.K.’s freedom of information laws.

Following Snowden’s disclosures from the National Security Agency in 2013, the Metropolitan Police and a lawyer for the British government separately stated that a criminal investigation had been opened into the leaks. One of the London force’s most senior officers acknowledged during a parliamentary hearing that the investigation was looking at whether reporters at The Guardian had committed criminal offenses for their role in revealing secret surveillance operations exposed in the Snowden documents.

https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2015/07/24/uk-met-police-snowden-investigation-journalists/

Criminal Inquiry Sought in Hillary Clinton’s Use of Email

Two inspectors general have asked the Justice Department to open a criminal investigation into whether Hillary Rodham Clinton mishandled sensitive government information on a private email account she used as secretary of state, senior government officials said Thursday.

The request follows an assessment in a June 29 memo by the inspectors general for the State Department and the intelligence agencies that Mrs. Clinton’s private account contained “hundreds of potentially classified emails.” The memo was written to Patrick F. Kennedy, the under secretary of state for management.

It is not clear if any of the information in the emails was marked as classified by the State Department when Mrs. Clinton sent or received them.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/24/us/politics/criminal-inquiry-sought-in-hillary-clintons-use-of-email.html

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Whistleblower William Binney on Dark Motive of NSA Snooping


On this episode of Blue Republican Radio, Robin Koerner interviews former high level intelligence official from the NSA who became whitleblower, William Binney, to elicit his views on the true and dark motivations of Presidents George W Bush’s and Barack Obama’s schemes to expand and violate the Fourth Amendment’s protection to be secure from warrantless and pervasive snooping at the hands of the STATE.

Before Edward Snowden shocked the world with the truth about the NSA and wholly dismantled their nationalist propaganda, William Binney sought to expose the national security state’s wanton abuse through internal channels within the government to wit is one talking point used by propagandists who seek to question the patriotism of Edward Snowden.

http://libertytalk.fm/william-binney-nsa-snooping-dark-motive/

New Documents Show IRS Used Donor Lists to Target Audits

Judicial Watch announced today that it has obtained documents from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) that confirm that the IRS used donor lists to tax-exempt organizations to target those donors for audits. The documents also show IRS officials specifically highlighted how the U.S. Chamber of Commerce may come under “high scrutiny” from the IRS. The IRS produced the records in a Freedom of Information lawsuit seeking documents about selection of individuals for audit-based application information on donor lists submitted by Tea Party and other 501(c)(4) tax-exempt organizations (Judicial Watch v. Internal Revenue Service (No. 1:15-cv-00220)).

http://www.judicialwatch.org/press-room/press-releases/judicial-watch-new-irs-documents-used-donor-lists-to-target-audits/

House passes bill blocking states from requiring GMO labels on food

The House on Thursday passed hotly contested legislation that would keep states from issuing mandatory labeling laws for foods that contain genetically modified organisms, often called GMOs.

The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015, which passed 275-150, would instead create a federal standard for the voluntary labeling of foods with GMO ingredients.

Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.), who authored the bill, called mandatory labeling laws — which have already passed in Vermont, Connecticut and Maine — unnecessarily costly given that GMOs have been deemed safe by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

“Precisely zero pieces of credible evidence have been presented that foods produced with biotechnology pose any risk to our health and safety,” Pompeo said. “We should not raise prices on consumers based on the wishes of a handful of activists.”
Opponents have pushed back against the legislation, saying it will keep consumers from knowing what’s in their food and stop FDA from crafting a national GMO-labeling solution.

http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/house/248974-house-passes-gmo-labeling-reform-bill

D.E.A. in Disguise: Who Really Arrested El Chapo Back in 2014?

In the wake of drug kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán’s sensational escape from Mexican prison on July 11, explosive new allegations have emerged about the circumstances of the February 2014 arrest in the resort town of Mazatlán that landed him behind bars. For more than a year, the official story of El Chapo’s arrest has placed elite Mexican marines at the head of the operation, with U.S. federal agencies playing a crucial intelligence support role. However, a new report citing U.S. government sources claims that account is false.

According to leading Mexican investigative newsmagazine Proceso, the agents who arrested Guzmán weren’t Mexican at all — they were Americans, members of the Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Marshals Service, dressed as Mexican marines, working alongside one or more unidentified U.S. intelligence agencies.

Government officials from Mexico and the U.S. have yet to dispute the accuracy of the story, published in the magazine’s July 18 issue, eight days after the world’s most powerful drug trafficker escaped from Mexico’s top maximum security prison, though former officials from both sides of the border expressed their doubts to The Intercept. The magazine’s special features are behind a paywall online.

The Proceso article, by J. Jesús Esquivel, a veteran reporter who has written two books on the history of the DEA and CIA in Mexico, follows anonymous claims from U.S. officials to U.S. media outlets asserting that Guzman’s escape was foretold in warnings provided to authorities in Mexico. Mexican officials have denied these claims.

https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2015/07/23/dea-in-disguise-who-really-arrested-el-chapo/

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Missed Calls: Is the NSA lying about its failure to prevent 9/11?

BY JAMES BAMFORD

On March 20, 2000, as part of a trip to South Asia, U.S. President Bill Clinton was scheduled to land his helicopter in the desperately poor village of Joypura, Bangladesh, and speak to locals under a 150-year-old banyan tree. At the last minute, though, the visit was canceled; U.S. intelligence agencies had discovered an assassination plot. In a lengthy email, London-based members of the International Islamic Front for Jihad Against Jews and Crusaders, a terrorist group established by Osama bin Laden, urged al Qaeda supporters to “Send Clinton Back in a Coffin” by firing a shoulder-launched missile at the president’s chopper.

The same day that Clinton was supposed to visit Joypura, the phone rang at bin Laden’s operations center in Sanaa, Yemen. To counterterrorism specialists at the National Security Agency (NSA) in Fort Meade, Maryland, the Yemeni number—967-1-200-578—was at the pinnacle of their target list. They monitored the line 24/7. But at the time, the agency now claims, it had no technical way of knowing who was placing the call. The culprit, it would later be revealed, was Khalid al-Mihdhar, one of the men bin Laden had picked months earlier to lead the forthcoming 9/11 attacks. He was calling from his apartment in San Diego, California.

The NSA knew about Mihdhar’s connection to bin Laden and had earlier linked his name with the operations center. Had they known he was now reaching out to bin Laden’s switchboard from a U.S. number, on the day an al Qaeda-linked assassination plot was planned, the agency could have legally obtained an order to tap the San Diego phone line. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, in fact, approves eavesdropping on suspected terrorists and spies in the United States. By monitoring Mihdhar’s domestic calls, the agency certainly would have discovered links to the 9/11 hijackers living on the East Coast, including Mohamed Atta.

It’s likely, in other words, that 9/11 would have been stopped in its tracks.

http://foreignpolicy.com/2015/07/21/missed-calls-nsa-terrorism-osama-bin-laden-mihdhar/

Report: Escaped Drug Lord “El Chapo” Helped by Mexican Government

by WAYNE MADSEN | INFOWARS.COM | JULY 22, 2015

Joaquin Guzman Loera, also known as “El Chapo” (“Shorty”), the feared and elusive chieftain of the Mexican Sinaloa narcotics cartel, was a guest of honor at the 2011 Mexican state governors’ conference held in Mazatlan, according to a well-placed source who contacted the Wayne Madsen Report.

On July 11, 2015, the drug kingpin escaped for the second time from Altiplano prison, a supposedly maximum-security facility located west of Mexico City. El Chapo’s escape came 13 years after he escaped from another maximum security prison, Puente Grande, in Jalisco state. In both cases, El Chapo had help from the inside.

When El Chapo was incarcerated at Puente Grande, he was actually using the prison to run his worldwide drug trafficking empire. The entire prison staff was on El Chapo’s payroll and his easy escape in 2001 was reportedly arranged by then-President Vicente Fox in exchange for a hefty bribe.

WMR’s source, who was visiting the posh Pueblo Bonito Emerald Bay resort in Mazatlan, stated that in late June, 2011 guests of the hotel arrived to find Federal police armed with AK-47 assault rifles and black Humvees ringing the grounds and the entrance gate. The police checked all who entered the hotel. Upon entering the lobby, our source noticed a large group of distinguished looking men in suits with one of them, a tall and menacing-looking man, clearly the center of attention.

The man who was attracting all of the attention was the governor of Sinaloa state, Mario López Valdez of the National Action Party (PAN). Ironically, the man who Lopez Valdez defeated in 2010, Jesus Vizcarra Calderon of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), was linked to the Sinaloa Cartel, particularly Ismael Zambada García, who is on the FBI’s “Most Wanted List” and runs Sinaloa drug smuggling operations in Sinaloa and Durango in western Mexico, in addition to Quintana Roo and Cancun on the east coast and Nuevo Leon in the northeast, near Texas.

http://www.infowars.com/report-escaped-drug-lord-el-chapo-helped-by-mexican-government/

13 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Planned Parenthood Founder Margaret Sanger

Planned Parenthood, engulfed in a scandal following the release of two undercover videos, is the largest abortion provider in the United States.

On its website, the organization compliments Margaret Sanger as one of the pro-choice movement’s “great heroes.” Sanger started the American Birth Control League in 1921; it became part of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America in 1942.

Planned Parenthood praises Sanger for “providing contraception and other health services” and “advancing access to family planning in the United States and around the world.”

In addition to Planned Parenthood, Sanger also founded the Birth Control Review, a journal about contraception and population control.

Here are 13 things Sanger said during her lifetime.

http://dailysignal.com/2015/07/22/13-things-you-probably-dont-know-about-planned-parenthood-founder-margaret-sanger/

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

John McCain and the POW Cover-Up

[Earlier today, CNN carried the national headline:

"John McCain: Donald Trump owes POW families an apology"

As a consequence, I'm republishing Pulitzer Prize winner Sydney Schanberg's stunning expose on that topic, which I had originally run as a cover story at The American Conservative a few years ago.

John McCain, who has risen to political prominence on his image as a Vietnam POW war hero, has, inexplicably, worked very hard to hide from the public stunning information about American prisoners in Vietnam who, unlike him, didn’t return home. Throughout his Senate career, McCain has quietly sponsored and pushed into federal law a set of prohibitions that keep the most revealing information about these men buried as classified documents. Thus the war hero who people would logically imagine as a determined crusader for the interests of POWs and their families became instead the strange champion of hiding the evidence and closing the books.

Almost as striking is the manner in which the mainstream press has shied from reporting the POW story and McCain’s role in it, even as the Republican Party has made McCain’s military service the focus of his presidential campaign. Reporters who had covered the Vietnam War turned their heads and walked in other directions. McCain doesn’t talk about the missing men, and the press never asks him about them.

The sum of the secrets McCain has sought to hide is not small. There exists a telling mass of official documents, radio intercepts, witness depositions, satellite photos of rescue symbols that pilots were trained to use, electronic messages from the ground containing the individual code numbers given to airmen, a rescue mission by a special forces unit that was aborted twice by Washington—and even sworn testimony by two Defense secretaries that “men were left behind.” This imposing body of evidence suggests that a large number—the documents indicate probably hundreds—of the U.S. prisoners held by Vietnam were not returned when the peace treaty was signed in January 1973 and Hanoi released 591 men, among them Navy combat pilot John S. McCain.

http://www.unz.com/article/mccain-and-the-pow-cover-up/

Inside the Shadowy Business of Prison Phone Calls

An IBTimes investigation into the secretive world of selling phone calls to inmates and their families.

ERIC MARKOWITZ

Over the last decade, the prison phone business has become a scandalous industry, characterized by lawsuits, exorbitant fees, high phone rates and monopolistic relationships between public jails and private companies that openly offer kickbacks to local sheriffs. In May 2015, Foster Campbell, the Louisiana Public Service commissioner, described the prison phone business in his state as “worse than any payday loan scheme.”

“Regardless of what they’re using the money for, this is about shifting the cost of the police state onto the backs of the poor people being policed,” says Paul Wright, executive director of Human Rights Defense Center and a longtime advocate for more affordable prison phone rates.

In June, Jones provided International Business Times with her Securus-related bills.

Even a cursory examination of the documents reveals several questionable fees, including a $3.99 “wireless administration fee,” and a $7.95 payment processing fee every time she loads money into Nate’s commissary account. At Hays County jail, where her son is incarcerated, a 25-minute video call costs $7.99, which is actually a pretty good price compared to the the $20 (for a 20-minute call) she paid Securus when he was locked up in nearby Bastrop County Jail. A 15-minute phone call, also operated by Securus, costs $9.29, plus tax. Ironically, because of recent Federal Communications Commission regulations, out-of-state calls should be a little bit cheaper, but because Jones has a Texas area code on her cell phone, the calls are more expensive.

http://atavist.ibtimes.com/fcc-prison-telecom-industry

Facebook must hand over New York users' info to prosecutors, court rules

Facebook Inc cannot challenge search warrants New York prosecutors used to get information from its site on hundreds of users suspected of Social Security fraud, a state appeals court said on Tuesday, in a decision likely making it harder for New Yorkers to keep their digital lives private.

The warrants, which applied to 381 users' photos, private messages and other account information, could only be challenged by individual defendants after prosecutors gathered evidence, the Manhattan-based court unanimously ruled.

Facebook was backed in the case by a group of large Internet companies including Google Inc and Microsoft Corp, which argued the case could set a troubling precedent giving prosecutors access to all kinds of digital information.

Internet companies are pushing back broadly against U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies' demands for customer data, in the wake of revelations by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden of wide-ranging online surveillance.

The Manhattan District Attorney's office served the warrants on Facebook in 2013, seeking information on dozens of people later indicted for Social Security fraud, including police officers and firefighters who allegedly feigned illness in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/07/21/us-facebook-privacy-warrants-idUSKCN0PV27D20150721

FBI Quietly Declassified Secret Files Attesting Hitler Fled to Argentina in 1945

Recently released FBI documents are beginning to show that not only was Hitler and Eva Braun’s suicide faked, the infamous pair might have had help from the Swiss Director of the United States OSS himself, Allen Dulles.

In one FBI document from Los Angles, it is revealed that the agency was well aware of a mysterious submarine making its way up the Argentinian coast dropping off high level Nazi officials. What is even more astonishing is the fact that the FBI knew he was in fact living in the foothills of the Andes.

Who is the Mysterious Informant?

In a Los Angeles letter to the Bureau in August of 1945, an unidentified informant agreed to exchange information for political asylum. What he told agents was stunning.

The informant not only knew Hitler was in Argentina, he was one of the confirmed four men who had met the German submarine. Apparently, two submarines had landed on the Argentinian coast, and Hitler with Eva Braun was on board the second.

The Argentinian government not only welcomed the former German dictator, but also aided in his hiding. The informant went on to not only give detailed directions to the villages that Hitler and his party had passed through, but also credible physical details concerning Hitler.

While for obvious reasons the informant is never named in the FBI papers, he was credible enough to be believed by some agents.

The FBI Tried to Hide Hitler’s Whereabouts

http://www.disclose.tv/news/fist_the_queen_now_this_fbi_quietly_declassified_secret_files_attesting_hitler_fled_to_argentina_in_1945/120726

Monday, July 20, 2015

WikiLeaks: NSA monitored Germany’s discussions on CIA torture

Secret-spilling organization WikiLeaks has published new evidence of what the group says shows the extent of the National Security Agency’s longstanding surveillance of top German officials.

The latest release from the anti-secrecy group, published Monday on its website, includes a list of 20 targets, all pertaining to German politicians, who had been supposedly singled out by the NSA for the purpose of gathering intelligence on behalf of the U.S. government.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/jul/20/wikileaks-nsa-monitored-germanys-discussions-cia-t/

SPIEGEL Interview with Julian Assange: 'We Are Drowning in Material'

SPIEGEL: Mr. Assange, WikiLeaks is back -- releasing documents proving United States surveillance of the French government, publishing Saudi diplomatic cables and posting evidence of the massive surveillance of the German government by US secret services. What are the reasons for this comeback?


Assange: Yes, WikiLeaks has been publishing a lot of material in the last few months. We have been publishing right through, but sometimes it has been material which does not concern the West and the Western media -- documents about Syria, for example. But you have to consider that there was, and still is, a conflict with the United States government which started in earnest in 2010 after we began publishing a variety of classified US documents.

SPIEGEL: What did this mean for you and for WikiLeaks?

Assange: The result was a series of legal cases, blockades, PR attacks and so on. With a banking blockade, WikiLeaks had been cut off from more than 90 percent of its finances. The blockade happened in a completely extrajudicial manner. We took legal measures against the blockade and we have been victorious in the courts, so people can send us donations again.

http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/spiegel-interview-with-wikileaks-head-julian-assange-a-1044399.html

Report: 2.5 million illegal immigrants under Obama, 400,000 yearly

Some 2.5 million illegal immigrants have flowed into the United States under President Obama, with 790,000 rushing in since 2013, according to a new analysis.

Calculations from the Center for Migration Studies and the Pew Research Center indicate 1.5 to 1.7 million aliens joined the illegal population from 2009 to 2013 — either overstaying a temporary visa or sneaking into the country, according to a Center for Immigration Studies report out Monday morning.

The immigration watchdog's analysis of Census Bureau data also showed that an additional 790,000 illegals entered from the middle of 2013 to May of 2015, for a total of 2.5 million new illegal immigrants since Obama took office in January of 2009. That is a rate of 300,000 to 400,000 a year.

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/report-2.5m-illegal-immigrants-under-obama-400k-yearly/article/2568566

The DOJ is investing millions of dollars in research to spy on students at public schools nationwide

The Department of Justice's National Institute for Justice funds law enforcement research to the tune of tens of millions of dollars each year. The full list of grants, posted each year, is a valuable insight into future of law enforcement trends in the United States. NIJ funding for 2014 appears to have primarily focused on two issue areas: school safety and clearing DNA backlogs at police departments across the country.

Among the dozens of projects that focus on school safety, there are some that appear progressive, at least judging from the limited amount of information available online. But while a slice of the funding explicitly aims to examine and interrupt the school to prison pipeline using restorative justice methodologies, a lot of the money is going toward research that will probably further entrench disparate outcomes based on race in the criminalizing trend in school discipline.

One of those projects is a City of Chicago Board of Education program called "Connect and Redirect to Respect (CRR)," which aims "to use social media monitoring to identify and connect youth to behavioral interventions." In other words, the DOJ is giving $2.1 million dollars to the Chicago public schools to conduct research on how spying on student social media can impact school discipline. In New York, police spying on youth social media has resulted in the criminalization of speech.

https://privacysos.org/node/1777

Hack Brief: Attackers Spill User Data From Cheating Site Ashley Madison

WHEN A DATING website’s slogan invites users to “have an affair,” its user database is a blackmailer’s dream. Now hackers have stolen that sensitive personal information from the “cheating” site AshleyMadison.com, and they’re using it to blackmail not the site’s users, but to demand the shutdown of the site itself.

On Sunday Avid Life Media, owner of the social network for married people seeking to have affairs known as AshleyMadison.com, admitted in a statement that it had been the target of a serious hacker intrusion. According to KrebsonSecurity, which broke the news, the hackers have published samples of stolen data, which appears to include information on the site’s nearly 40 million users, company financial data such as salary figures, and even maps of the company’s internal network.

http://www.wired.com/2015/07/hack-brief-attackers-spill-user-data-cheating-site-ashley-madison/

U.S., Cuba Restore Full Diplomatic Ties After 5 Decades

Cuba's blue, red and white-starred flag was hoisted Monday at the country's embassy in Washington in a symbolic move signaling the start of a new post-Cold War era in U.S.-Cuba relations.

Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez presided over the flag-raising ceremony hours after full diplomatic relations with the United States were restored at the stroke of midnight, when an agreement to resume normal ties on July 20 took effect. Earlier, without ceremony, the Cuban flag was hung in the lobby of the State Department alongside those of other countries with which the U.S. has diplomatic ties. U.S. and Cuban diplomats in Washington and Havana had also noted the upgrade in social media posts.

Several hundred people gathered on the street outside the embassy, cheering as the Cuban national anthem was played and three Cuban soldiers in dress uniforms stood at the base of the flagpole and raised the flag.

The United States and Cuba severed diplomatic relations in 1961 and since the 1970s had been represented in each other's capitals by limited service interests sections. Their conversion to embassies tolled a knell for policy approaches spawned and hardened over the five decades since President John F. Kennedy first tangled with youthful revolutionary Fidel Castro over Soviet expansion in the Americas.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/us-cuba-diplomatic-relations_55ac7645e4b065dfe89ea12a

Stephen Hawking announces $100 million hunt for alien life

On Monday, famed physicist Stephen Hawking and Russian tycoon Yuri Milner held a news conference in London to announce their new project: injecting $100 million and a whole lot of brain power into the search for intelligent extraterrestrial life, an endeavor they're calling Breakthrough Listen.

"We believe that life arose spontaneously on Earth," Hawking said at Monday's news conference, "So in an infinite universe, there must be other occurrences of life."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2015/07/20/stephen-hawking-announces-100-million-hunt-for-alien-life/

Wesley Clark Calls for Internment Camps for "Radicalized" Americans

Retired general and former Democratic presidential candidate Wesley Clark on Friday called for World War II-style internment camps to be revived for “disloyal Americans.” In an interview with MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts in the wake of the mass shooting in Chatanooga, Tennessee, Clark said that during World War II, “if someone supported Nazi Germany at the expense of the United States, we didn’t say that was freedom of speech, we put him in a camp, they were prisoners of war.”

He called for a revival of internment camps to help combat Muslim extremism, saying, “If these people are radicalized and they don’t support the United States and they are disloyal to the United States as a matter of principle, fine. It’s their right and it’s our right and obligation to segregate them from the normal community for the duration of the conflict.”

https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2015/07/20/chattanooga-wesley-clark-calls-internment-camps-disloyal-americans/

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Narco State: Inside Mexico’s Drug Labs

In this Sky News special report, one of Mexico's most infamous cartels gives correspondent Stuart Ramsay unprecedented access to its industrial-scale drug labs.


CHARLOTTE ISERBYT'S STATEMENT ON S1177 PASSAGE

CHARLOTTE ISERBYT'S WARNING ON S1177 PASSAGE 7-18-15

Charlotte Iserbyt's Warning On S1177 Passage

http://rense.gsradio.net:8080/rense/special/rense_Iserbyt_071715.mp3

From Charlotte Iserbyt 7-18-15 All information regarding this bill is at abcsofdumbdown.blogspot.com (the last two posts) and at Rense.com, scroll to "America's Tragedy" and "Death of Local Control". S1177, the Every Child Achieves Act, received 81 yes votes, 17 no votes, and 2 not voting. The following Senators voted NO: Blunt, R/ MO; Booker, D/ NJ; Crapo, R/ID; Cruz, R/TX; Daines, R/MT; Flake, R/AZ; Lee, R/UT; Moran, R/KS; Murphy, D/CT; Paul, R/KY; Riseh, R/ID; Rubio, R/FL; Sasse, R/NE; Scott, R/SC; Shelby, R/AL; Vitter, R/LA; Warren, D/MA; NOT voting were Graham, R/SC, Nelson, D/FL We should thank those voting NO since S1177 is NOT an education bill. We should also thank the thousands of grassroots Americans who did everything possible to get a NO vote on both Rep. Kline's HR5 and Sen. Alexander's S1177 legislation. We almost killed HR 5; lost by 5 votes. I personally, for the grassroots, want to thank Jeff Rense for allowing the grassroots NO WAY ESEA message to get out. Without Jeff, we would never have come so close to defeating HR 5. HR 5 and S1177 ARE NOT EDUCATION BILLS. THEY ARE COMMUNIST LIMITED LEARNING FOR LIFELONG LABOR BILLS! which originated in Carnegie Corp. books (1934), in the United Nations, UNESCO and the Office of Economic Cooperation and Development, Paris, France. They are part of UN Agenda 21. The global workforce training agenda was resurrected during the Reagan and Bush Administrations, later supported by Clinton and Bush,Jr. and now Obama. Workforce training is a major part of the world government/UNAgenda 21 plan. As C.S. Lewis said: When training beats education civilization dies. The goal is to use the world's children to spin off profits for the global elite. This international workforce training agenda is for ALL children on this planet. Homeschooled children are targetted in original New American School Development Corp documents related to charter schools. This agenda is supported by the national and international chambers of commerce, the CFR, the multinational corporations, both political parties at the top, the leadership of teachers unions (not teachers) and neoconservative organizations. The Archbishop of Omaha, Nebraska, George . bishop, Chairman, Committee on Catholic education, in an address to House of Representatives, and in a letter dated 2/23/15, recommended passage of Republican Rep. Kline's HR 5, the Student Success Act. Other Protestant religious groups, etc. have expressed support for these bills. The National Alliance of Business in the nineties called for Kindergarten-Age 80 workforce training and community service. S1177 includes, aside from workforce training, a heavy emphasis on Communist Core Marxist curriculum and testing. THE TRADITIONAL ACADEMIC CURRICULUM HAS BEEN REDUCED TO 10% OF WHAT IT ORIGINALLY WAS. I BELIEVE THE COMMON CORE IS THE LATE UN UNDERSECRETARY ROBERT MULLER'S WORLD CORE (NEW AGE) CURRICULUM. S1177 includes provision of all community services (lifelong), especially mental health services (brainwashing for correct political values) birth through death, and "Soviet-style" early childhood education, under the unelected school superintendent. These hub of community schools are going in all over the country. They are Hillary Clinton's "It Takes A village to Raise a Child" philosophy. Google Georgia Visions. S1177 includes extensive privacy-invading data collection related to Communist Core Assessment/mental health remediation. This data will be used for employment and other purposes. The unelected council form of government (regionalism/communism) is a requirement. The call for tax-funded school choice and charters with unelected boards is found throughout S1177. Tax-funded school choice and charters without elected school boards are necessary for the workforce plan to be implemented. Tax-funded school choice and charters are also international and are found all over the world. The call is also being made, in other prominent circles, (Marc Tucker, Carnegie) to move education funding from the local property tax to the state level to be administered by unelected council, and to get rid of locally elected school boards; recommendation to move decision making to the state level. STATE EDUCATION CONTROL IS MORE DANGEROUS NOW THAN FEDERAL CONTROL. HR. 5 AND S1177 ARE BOTH ABOUT GIVING POWER TO THE STATE DEPTS OF EDUCATION, UNELECTED WORKFORCE TRAINING BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS. THIS MAKES MUCH SENSE IF EDUCATION IS NO LONGER EDUCATION, BUT IS WORKFORCE TRAINING WHICH HAS TO BE MANAGED FROM THE STATE LEVEL WITH COOPERATION OF CORPORATIONS AND UNELECTED COUNCILS. Neoconservative organizations withheld their opposition to HR 5 and S1177 until the very last minute when they felt the bills might be killed. Their coming on board at last minute was simply to take credit for killing them. HR 5 passed by only 5 votes!!!!!!!I understand the same neoconservative organizations that did not oppose HR5 and S1177 until the very last minute are planning a campaign to abolish the U.S. Dept. of Education. Why now when the federal Dept. of Education, after 35 years, has accomplished its job of funding and controlling all the State Depts of Education? Where were these groups in the early 80s when Reagan was supposed to abolish the Department of Education? Why now when most power has been shifted to the states? DO NOT RESPOND TO THEIR SLICK PLEAS FOR DONATIONS TO BRING DOWN THE U.S. DEPT. OF EDUCATION. Here is a partial list of neocon groups: Heritage, Eagle Forum, Heartland, Freedom Works, American Principles, Women on the Wall, Pioneer, et al. Many of them funded by the Koch Brothers. These are Trotskyite organizations. Trotsky was a communist, not a conservative. Americans must cease their affiliation with and financial support for the neoconservative organizations that support tax-funded school choice and charter schools with unelected boards and the school-to-work agenda. Concerned Americans must work as individuals, NOT in a group that can be infiltrated. That does not mean you cannot have a very loose knit organization that cannot be identified. Please contact me for help on this score. Concerned Americans should focus instead on getting legislation passed in their states to abolish their State Departments of Education which have been financially and politically enabled since 1965. They take their orders from the Carnegie Corporation, the National Governors Association, the Education Commission of the States, and many other lesser known associations. LOCAL CONTROL IS NOT STATE CONTROL. SENATE HEARINGS ON S1177 INCLUDED MULTIPLE COMMENTS FROM SENATORS TO EFFECT POWER MUST BE RETURNED TO THE STATE LEVEL. STATE LEVEL IS NOT LOCAL LEVEL. KEEP IT THAT WAY. GET LEGISLATION PASSED IN YOUR STATES TO ABOLISH YOUR STATE'S DEPT. OF EDUCATION!!!! KEEP EDUCATION AT THE LOCAL, LOCAL LEVEL WITH ELECTED BOARDS AND FUNDING THROUGH THE PROPERTY TAX. http://abcsofdumbdown.blogspot.com/2015/07/charlotte-iserbyts-statement-on-s1177.html

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Their Royal Heilnesses: Secret 1933 film shows Edward VIII teaching this Nazi salute to the Queen

THE Queen and Queen Mum raise a Nazi salute in an astonishing home movie shot at Balmoral and seen today for the first time.

The film shows the then Princess Elizabeth, just seven, larking about in 1933.

Egging on her sister Princess Margaret, three, is their uncle Prince Edward, Prince of Wales. He was a sympathiser towards Hitler’s Nazi Germany and became King Edward VIII.

The stunning film footage of the Queen performing a Nazi salute is today revealed by The Sun.

The astonishing clip lay hidden for eight decades. The grainy home movie is thought to have been shot in 1933 or 1934, as Hitler rose to supreme power in Germany.

http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/royals/6548665/Their-Royal-Heilnesses.html

New Search Engine Filters Out CIA's Mainstream Media

A new search engine GoodGopher.com is now available for the average truth seeker and critical thinker to enjoy a clean, unbiased search of a topic without interference and contamination with CIA's mainstream media, mental junk food, propaganda "news". This fresh new approach to searching online for information will now catch news infected with mainstream media and purge it out of the search engine system to keep your news options clear and focused on what actually happened.



http://www.activistpost.com/2015/07/new-search-engine-filters-out-cias.html

Hacking Team and Boeing Subsidiary Envisioned Drones Deploying Spyware

There are lots of ways that government spies can attack your computer, but a U.S. drone company is scheming to offer them one more. Boeing subsidiary Insitu would like to be able to deliver spyware via drone.

The plan is described in internal emails from the Italian company Hacking Team, which makes off-the-shelf software that can remotely infect a suspect’s computer or smartphone, accessing files and recording calls, chats, emails and more. A hacker attacked the Milan-based firm earlier this month and released hundreds of gigabytes of company information online.

Among the emails is a recap of a meeting in June of this year, which gives a “roadmap” of projects that Hacking Team’s engineers have underway.

https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2015/07/18/hacking-team-wanted-infect-computers-drone/

Concealed Carry Permits Skyrocket, While Crime Plummets – Study Shows More Guns = Less Crime

According to a recent study by the Crime Prevention Research Center, the election of Barrack Obama may have played a significant part in reducing crime in the U.S. – but not in a way he is likely to brag about. In short, the election of Obama, a very vocal advocate of “gun control, has persuaded more and more Americans that they should keep and bear arms themselves. And that has, in turn, led to significantly lower crime rates.

Each year from 1999 to 2007, a little under a quarter of a million new permits were issued to Americans, allowing them to legally carry concealed firearms. In the four years after that, during Obama’s first term, the rate of new permits being issued more than tripled, and has continued to grow since then. In 2007, about 4.6 million Americans already had concealed-carry permits. Now that number is over 12.8 million, with more new permits being issued to women and minorities than to white males.

That’s a lot of average citizens carrying guns, and these numbers don’t even include those who live in the eight states where one can legally carry a concealed firearm without a permit.

http://thefreethoughtproject.com/guns-means-murder-study-shows-decrease-gun-crime/

Obama collecting personal data for a secret race database

A key part of President Obama’s legacy will be the fed’s unprecedented collection of sensitive data on Americans by race. The government is prying into our most personal information at the most local levels, all for the purpose of “racial and economic justice.”

Unbeknown to most Americans, Obama’s racial bean counters are furiously mining data on their health, home loans, credit cards, places of work, neighborhoods, even how their kids are disciplined in school — all to document “inequalities” between minorities and whites.

This Orwellian-style stockpile of statistics includes a vast and permanent network of discrimination databases, which Obama already is using to make “disparate impact” cases against: banks that don’t make enough prime loans to minorities; schools that suspend too many blacks; cities that don’t offer enough Section 8 and other low-income housing for minorities; and employers who turn down African-Americans for jobs due to criminal backgrounds.

Big Brother Barack wants the databases operational before he leaves office, and much of the data in them will be posted online.
So civil-rights attorneys and urban activist groups will be able to exploit them to show patterns of “racial disparities” and “segregation,” even if no other evidence of discrimination exists.

http://nypost.com/2015/07/18/obama-has-been-collecting-personal-data-for-a-secret-race-database/

Friday, July 17, 2015

Nineteen Bronx cops hit with administrative charges for downgrading crime reports: officials

Nineteen Bronx cops downgraded more than 50 crime reports last year, leading to an inflated statistical drop in crime, officials said Friday.

The NYPD’s Department Advocate is filing charges against one lieutenant, eight sergeants, nine police officers and one detective, police said. The 40th Precinct’s commanding officer was transferred from his post because of the findings.

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/19-bronx-cops-downgraded-crime-reports-officials-article-1.2295772

19 Officers in NYPD's 40th Pct Face Charges for Underreporting Crime Stats

More than a dozen members of the 40th Precinct face departmental charges for underreporting crime statistics, NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton announced Friday afternoon.

An audit of 1,558 of the precinct's complaint reports and a review of radio activity revealed 55 instances in which officers failed to properly process crime complaints during a four-month period in 2014, mainly in the categories of petit larceny, lost property, misdemeanor assault, criminal mischief and criminal trespassing.

Overall crime stats for the precinct have been recalculated. Instead of a 14 percent drop in crime, the number dropped to 11.4 percent, according to Bratton.

Deputy Inspector Lorenzo Johnson, the commanding officer of the precinct, has been transferred, and the officers facing charges include one lieutenant, eight sergeants, nine police officers and one detective, according to the NYPD.

http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20150717/mott-haven/19-officers-nypds-40th-pct-face-charges-for-underreporting-crime-stats

The First Light of Trinity

The light of a nuclear explosion is unlike anything else on Earth. This is because the heat of a nuclear explosion is unlike anything else on Earth. Seventy years ago today, when the first atomic weapon was tested, they called its light cosmic. Where else, except in the interiors of stars, do the temperatures reach into the tens of millions of degrees? It is that blistering radiation, released in a reaction that takes about a millionth of a second to complete, that makes the light so unearthly, that gives it the strength to burn through photographic paper and wound human eyes. The heat is such that the air around it becomes luminous and incandescent and then opaque; for a moment, the brightness hides itself. Then the air expands outward, shedding its energy at the speed of sound—the blast wave that destroys houses, hospitals, schools, cities.

The test was given the evocative code name of Trinity, although no one seems to know precisely why. One theory is that J. Robert Oppenheimer, the head of the U.S. government’s laboratory in Los Alamos, New Mexico, and the director of science for the Manhattan Project, which designed and built the bomb, chose the name as an allusion to the poetry of John Donne. Oppenheimer’s former mistress, Jean Tatlock, a student at the University of California, Berkeley, when he was a professor there, had introduced him to Donne’s work before she committed suicide, in early 1944. But Oppenheimer later claimed not to recall where the name came from.

The operation was designated as top secret, which was a problem, since the whole point was to create an explosion that could be heard for a hundred miles around and seen for two hundred. How to keep such a spectacle under wraps? Oppenheimer and his colleagues considered several sites, including a patch of desert around two hundred miles east of Los Angeles, an island eighty miles southwest of Santa Monica, and a series of sand bars ten miles off the Texas coast. Eventually, they chose a place much closer to home, near Alamogordo, New Mexico, on an Army Air Forces bombing range in a valley called the Jornada del Muerto (“Journey of the Dead Man,” an indication of its unforgiving landscape). Freshwater had to be driven in, seven hundred gallons at a time, from a town forty miles away. To wire the site for a telephone connection required laying four miles of cable. The most expensive single line item in the budget was for the construction of bomb-proof shelters, which would protect some of the more than two hundred and fifty observers of the test.

http://www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/the-first-light-of-the-trinity-atomic-test

U.S. Officials Gave Eerily Prophetic Warnings of an Attack in the Days Before 9/11

A number of senior officials in the United States government and military gave warnings in the week before September 11, 2001, or early on the morning of September 11, that seem to have predicted the 9/11 attacks with chilling accuracy.

These men--as is described below--voiced concerns that Osama bin Laden would carry out an attack in the U.S. in the near future; warned that an al-Qaeda attack that resulted in the deaths of hundreds of Americans could happen "at any time"; expressed concern that terrorists would attack the World Trade Center; warned about a "seminal event" occurring in the U.S. in which "hundreds, if not thousands" of Americans would be killed; said that "someone [is] going to attack us in a fashion we did not anticipate"; warned that "something big" was about to happen; and suggested the possibility of an attack taking place that would be equivalent to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, in which over 2,400 Americans died.

The six officials who issued these warnings were Charles Nemfakos, deputy under secretary of the Navy; Tommy Franks, head of the U.S. Central Command; John O'Neill, head of security at the World Trade Center who had previously been a senior FBI agent; Richard Clarke, the White House counterterrorism chief; Kirk Lippold, commander of the USS Cole when it was attacked by terrorists in October 2000; and Donald Rumsfeld, the secretary of defense.

The accuracy of these men's warnings and the fact that the warnings were given so soon before 9/11 certainly appears suspicious. We need to consider, therefore, if the content and timing of the warnings, in relation to the 9/11 attacks, was just a coincidence or the result of something more sinister. Were the men who gave the warnings perhaps just very perceptive? Or did at least some of them know that a major attack was about to take place?

If any of these officials knew in advance that a terrorist attack was going to take place in the U.S. on September 11, the imminent catastrophe would surely have been on their minds in the days leading up to it. They may therefore have been inclined to--perhaps inadvertently--make indirect references to what they knew was about to happen and this could be why they gave warnings that appear to have been prescient of the 9/11 attacks.

http://911blogger.com/news/2015-07-17/us-officials-gave-eerily-prophetic-warnings-attack-days-911

http://shoestring911.blogspot.com/2015/07/us-officials-gave-eerily-prophetic.html