Friday, August 18, 2017

Florida prisons — all of them — on lockdown



All of Florida’s 97,000 state prison inmates are on lockdown — and will remain confined to their dorms at least through the weekend — in response to unspecified threats about potential rioting, officials from the Florida Department of Corrections confirmed Thursday.

It appears to be the first time in memory that the Florida prison system has been locked down for an indefinite period of time.

The agency has not said specifically what led to the lockdown, other than that the department had received “credible intelligence’’ that “small groups’’ of inmates were planning to cause disturbances.

Florida is the nation’s third-largest prison system, behind California and Texas. FDC has 148 facilities, a budget of $2.4 billion, and more staff than any other state agency.

Florida prisons do not have air-conditioning.

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article167756842.html

Settlement Reached in C.I.A. Torture Case



A settlement in the lawsuit against two psychologists who helped devise the Central Intelligence Agency’s brutal interrogation program was announced on Thursday, bringing to an end an unusual effort to hold individuals accountable for the techniques the agency adopted after the Sept. 11 attacks.

Lawyers for the three plaintiffs in the suit, filed in 2015 in Federal District Court in Spokane, Wash., said the former prisoners were tortured at secret C.I.A. detention sites. The settlement with the psychologists, Dr. Bruce Jessen and Dr. James Mitchell, came after a judge last month urged resolving the case before it headed to a jury trial in early September.

The plaintiffs — two former detainees and the family of a third who died in custody — had sought unspecified punitive and compensatory damages. The terms of the settlement are confidential, and it is unclear whether a financial payout was involved. The parties agreed to a joint statement in which the psychologists said that they had advised the C.I.A. and that the plaintiffs had suffered abuses, but that they were not responsible.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/17/us/cia-torture-lawsuit-settlement.html

Thursday, August 17, 2017

No Agenda: Thursday (8-17-17) Episode 956 - Identitarian

Wasserman Schultz' ex-IT aide indicted on 4 counts



Imran Awan, a former IT aide for Democratic Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, was indicted Thursday on four counts including bank fraud and making false statements.

The indictment also includes his wife Hina Alvi.

The grand jury decision in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia comes roughly a month after Awan was arrested at Dulles airport in Virginia trying to board a plane to Pakistan, where his family is from.

Awan and other IT aides for House Democrats have been on investigators’ radar for months over concerns of possible double-billing, alleged equipment theft, and access to sensitive computer systems. Most lawmakers fired Awan in February, but Schultz had kept him on until his arrest in July.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/08/17/wasserman-schultz-ex-it-aide-indicted-on-4-counts.html

U.S. talks tough on trade deficit as NAFTA discussions begin



The United States drew a hard line for renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement on Wednesday, demanding major concessions aimed at slashing trade deficits with Mexico and Canada and boosting U.S. content for autos.

At the start of talks in Washington, U.S. President Donald Trump's top trade adviser, Robert Lighthizer, said Trump was not interested in "a mere tweaking" of the 23-year-old pact, which Trump has threatened to scrap without major changes.

"We feel that NAFTA has fundamentally failed many, many Americans and needs major improvement," Lighthizer, the U.S. trade representative, said at the start of the talks, which reflected Trump's relentless criticism that NAFTA has caused massive U.S. manufacturing job losses.


https://in.reuters.com/article/us-trade-nafta-idINKCN1AW09I

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Read Hunter S. Thompson’s correspondence with LBJ on their original letterhead



The O.G. (Original Gonzo) journalist Hunter S. Thompson wielded a way with words that cut through a lot of 20th-century America’s crap, and throughout the mythic course of his life, the moments in which he crossed the country’s police state were well-documented in his books and articles.

In some cases, these times also live on in the government’s filing cabinets, crumbs in the official record of a citizen concerned but good-humored. Materials living at the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library, for example, are characteristically stamped with the writer’s wry wit and the flair of life on the road, sixties-style. Though some of these materials have been published before, the original colorful copies are something special to see.

https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2017/aug/16/HST-LBJ-OMG/

Monday, August 14, 2017

Julian Assange, a Man Without a Country



From his tiny sanctum in London, the founder of WikiLeaks has interfered with the world’s most powerful institutions.

The Ecuadorian Embassy in London is situated at the end of a wide brick lane, next to the Harrods department store, in Knightsbridge. Sometimes plainclothes police officers, or vans with tinted windows, can be found outside the building. Sometimes there are throngs of people around it. Sometimes there is virtually no one, which was the case in June, 2012, when Julian Assange, the publisher of WikiLeaks, arrived, disguised as a motorcycle courier, to seek political asylum. In the five years since then, he has not set foot beyond the Embassy. Nonetheless, he has become a global influence, proving that with simple digital tools a single person can craft a new kind of power—a distributed, transnational power, which functions outside norms of state sovereignty that have held for centuries. Encouraged by millions of supporters, Assange has interfered with the world’s largest institutions. His releases have helped fuel democratic uprisings—notably in Tunisia, where a revolution sparked the Arab Spring—and they have been submitted as evidence in human-rights cases around the world. At the same time, Assange’s methodology and his motivations have increasingly come under suspicion. During the Presidential election last year, he published tens of thousands of hacked e-mails written by Democratic operatives, releasing them at pivotal moments in the campaign. They provoked strikingly disparate receptions. “I love WikiLeaks,” Donald Trump declared, in exultant gratitude. After the election, Hillary Clinton argued that the releases had been instrumental in keeping her from the Oval Office.

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/08/21/julian-assange-a-man-without-a-country

Reporter and Press Freedom Advocate James Risen to Join The Intercept and First Look Media



JAMES RISEN, who, as a best-selling author and New York Times reporter, has broken some of the biggest stories of the post-9/11 period, is joining The Intercept as our senior national security correspondent, based in Washington, D.C. Risen will write a reported column on national security and other national issues, as well as help to lead The Intercept’s investigative reporting efforts.

Risen was himself a target of the U.S. government’s crackdown on journalists and whistleblowers. He waged a seven-year battle, risking jail after the Bush administration and later the Obama administration sought to force him to testify and reveal his confidential sources in a leak investigation. Risen never gave in, and the government finally backed down.

As a New York Times reporter, Risen won the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for his stories about the National Security Agency’s domestic spying program, and he was a member of the reporting team that won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting for coverage of the Sept. 11 attacks and terrorism.

https://theintercept.com/2017/08/14/reporter-and-press-freedom-advocate-james-risen-to-join-the-intercept-and-first-look-media/

Sunday, August 13, 2017

No Agenda: Sunday (8-13-17) Episode 955 - Outrage Addition

Film: The Tiny West Virginia Town Haunted by an NSA Secret



Antennae at the NSA listening post, codenamed TIMBERLINE, were built to capture Soviet satellite messages as they bounced off the moon, imbuing a pristine stretch of Appalachia with a sort of cosmic gravity. Residents lived with the knowledge that something was hidden away on a hilltop above the town, even if it was something they could never know. TIMBERLINE’s mission has, to say the least, changed in the intervening years, as submarine-laid internet cables have become a greater priority for American spies than foreign satellite communication.

https://theintercept.com/2017/08/12/film-the-tiny-west-virginia-town-haunted-by-an-nsa-secret/

Friday, August 11, 2017

US Postal Service calls for price increases amid record losses



The US Postal Service has seen record losses as traditional mail is replaced by electronic means. Without enough money to pay for years of employee benefits, the agency is calling for legislation to enable them to raise their prices.

On Thursday, the USPS reported losses of $2.1 billion in the third fiscal quarter of 2017, compared to a $1.6 billion loss in the same quarter last year.

Over the past 10 years, the USPS has incurred a net loss of $63.3 billion and they project future losses without legislative and regulatory changes.

The agency also warned that it will likely have to default on $6.9 billion in payments for future retiree health benefits and pensions, according to the Associated Press. From 2012 to 2016, the USPS has defaulted on $33.9 billion in Postal Service Retiree Health Benefits Fund prefunding payments.

http://www.thedailysheeple.com/us-postal-service-calls-for-price-increases-amid-record-losses_082017

EMP's and How To Survive Them

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Judge orders new searches for Clinton Benghazi emails



Nine months after the presidential election was decided, a federal judge is ordering the State Department to try again to find emails Hillary Clinton wrote about the Benghazi attack.

U.S. District Court Judge Amit Mehta ruled that the State Department had not done enough to try to track down messages Clinton may have sent about the assault on the U.S. diplomatic compound on Sept. 11, 2012 — an attack that killed four Americans, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya.

"To date, State has searched only data compilations originating from outside sources — Secretary Clinton, her former aides, and the FBI. ... It has not, however, searched the one records system over which it has always had control and that is almost certain to contain some responsive records: the state.gov e-mail server," Mehta wrote.

"If Secretary Clinton sent an e-mail about Benghazi to Abedin, Mills, or Sullivan at his or her state.gov e-mail address, or if one of them sent an e-mail to Secretary Clinton using his or her state.gov account, then State’s server presumably would have captured and stored such an e-mail. Therefore, State has an obligation to search its own server for responsive records."

http://www.politico.com/blogs/under-the-radar/2017/08/09/judge-orders-searches-for-clinton-benghazi-emails-241470

WIKILEAKS RELEASE: CIA system for intercepting video chat and security camera streams



Today, August 10th 2017, WikiLeaks publishes the the User Guide for the CoachPotato project of the CIA. CouchPotato is a remote tool for collection against RTSP/H.264 video streams. It provides the ability to collect either the stream as a video file (AVI) or capture still images (JPG) of frames from the stream that are of significant change from a previously captured frame. It utilizes ffmpeg for video and image encoding and decoding as well as RTSP connectivity. CouchPotato relies on being launched in an ICE v3 Fire and Collect compatible loader.

https://wikileaks.org/vault7/releases/#CouchPotato

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

A First Look at the New JFK Assassination Documents



Rex Bradford is the president and archivist of the Mary Ferrell Foundation, a nonprofit entity that has collected millions of documents related to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and other major events.

Just last week the National Archives released another batch of such documents. By law, all the records related to the assassination have to be released later this year, unless President Donald Trump blocks their publication.

With this new release, 88% of the National Archives store of Kennedy assassination material is now available to the public. This consists of 3,369 documents, some previously released with portions redacted and 441 formerly withheld-in-full documents. Most of these documents originate from the FBI and CIA.


https://whowhatwhy.org/2017/08/04/first-look-new-jfk-assassination-documents/

Formerly Jailed CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou: Jeff Sessions Is Extending Obama's War on Leaks



Attorney General Jeff Sessions has announced that the FBI has formed a new team focused on investigating potential leaks to the press. During a press conference on Friday, Sessions said that leak investigations have tripled since President Donald Trump took office. Civil liberties groups criticized Sessions's remarks. Ben Wizner of the ACLU said, "A crackdown on leaks is a crackdown on the free press and on democracy as a whole." We speak with John Kiriakou, the former CIA analyst who exposed the Bush-era torture program and became the only official jailed in connection with it.

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/8/8/formerly_jailed_cia_whistleblower_john_kiriakou



The Atomic Bomb and the End of World War II - A Collection of Primary Sources



Updated National Security Archive Posting Marks 70th Anniversary of the Atomic Bombings of Japan and the End of World War II

Extensive Compilation of Primary Source Documents Explores Manhattan Project, Petitions Against Military Use of Atomic Weapons, Debates over Japanese Surrender Terms, Atomic Targeting Decisions, and Lagging Awareness of Radiation Effects

New Information Spotlights General Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Early Misgivings about First Nuclear Use

General Curtis Lemay's Report on the Firebombing of Tokyo, March 1945

Originally posted - August 5, 2005
First update - April 27, 2007
Second update - August 4, 2015

Latest update - 7 August 2017

http://nsarchive.gwu.edu/nukevault/ebb525-The-Atomic-Bomb-and-the-End-of-World-War-II/

Britain pressed US to join Iran coup against Mosaddegh



The British government in 1952 repeatedly asked the US to join in a coup aimed at toppling Mohammad Mosaddegh, Iran’s prime minister, according to newly declassified State Department documents.

The files offer “the first officially-released confirmation of Britain’s expressed aim in late 1952 to persuade Washington to help oust Mosaddegh,” according to two scholars affiliated with the National Security Archive, the private non-partisan research organisation that obtained the documents. 

The “Top Secret” State Department memoranda — including one entitled “British proposal to organise a coup d’├ętat in Iran” — also offer fresh insights into London’s assessment of Iranian politics and the threat to British interests that eventually led to the August 1953 coup. 

That anti-government uprising, backed by Britain and the US, toppled Mosaddegh, ushered in more than two decades of authoritarian rule by Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and embittered relations between Tehran and the west. 

https://www.ft.com/content/9ea5c5e0-7c50-11e7-9108-edda0bcbc928




Monday, August 7, 2017

New York State of Mind - Video Playlist

Evil lived here: Son of Sam arrested in Yonkers 40 years ago



YONKERS – After nights of murder in New York City, the killer commuted from his grisly, blood-puddled crime scenes to his apartment here on quiet Pine Street.

Here, the "Son of Sam” slept on a mattress laid flat on the floor. Here, he posted sheets over his windows to block out a postcard view of the Hudson River and Palisades cliffs. Here, he worked on the anonymous letters sent to taunt detectives on his trail, tease the press and terrorize neighbors.

“How dare you force me into the night to do your bidding,” said one letter to downstairs neighbor Craig Glassman. “True, I am the killer. But Craig, the killings are your command.”

It was here that cops finally arrested postal worker David Berkowitz 40 years ago, on Aug. 10, 1977.

In eight random attacks over the course of a year, he’d crept up on young victims late at night, then unloaded his .44 at close range. Six people died. One was paralyzed and another blinded. In total, he’d shot 13 people, all of them in New York City boroughs — the Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn.

http://www.lohud.com/story/news/crime/2017/08/02/son-of-sam-arrested-yonkers/486219001/

Pete Hamill: David Berkowitz was the phantom without a face



Sometimes the roads took him to work. He was a postal clerk in the Bronx General Post Office, a great, ugly building on the top of the slope at 149th St. and the Grand Concourse. In the wake of the killings, when murder fever was running through the city, David Berkowitz would sort mail in the bowels of this large, ugly building. He must have gone out to eat, but nobody remembered him.

I Never Seen the Guy

“I herd he came in here,” said a guy at the bar of the Glenroy Lunch & Tavern, across 149th St. from the Post Office. “But I don’t really know. I hear Tony seen him, inside there in the cafeteria. Ask him.” Tony was behind the counter in the cafeteria in the next room. “No,” he said. “I never seen the guy. I looked at the picture but I never seen the guy.”

It was the same in the Concourse Caffe and the gas station up the street. In Reed’s restaurant, the booths were crowded with young girls. Pretty girls. Girls with dark hair. But nobody who worked there remembered seeing David Berkowitz.

“Hey, listen,” the countermand said, “to me they’re all ham and eggs.”

David Berkowitz has a biography, of course, and there will be few secrets left about his life in the days to come. But when you rummage around the edges of his life, you see how little impact he had made on ordinary people in the ordinary course of his days. He was a zero. A zip. The cops have another word for him, that starts with an “s,” but it can’t be printed here.

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/hamill-son-sam-phantom-face-article-1.3362160

Parking ticket was the key to catching Son of Sam



It was a parking ticket. A simple, run of the mill $35 New York City parking ticket - one of eight million slapped underneath windshields each year - broke the case. This was the clue that led police to the Son of Sam at his filthy Yonkers studio where quilts were hung over light.

Just that piece of paper, signed by an unsuspecting cop, Michael [Cataneo], on the morning of July 31, when Son of Sam claimed the last of his victims. After the cops had pieced it all together, after a year of work, several million dollars in expenses, 13 victims and countless other lives shattered, it was that familiar piece of cardboard that led to the 1970 Galaxie that Son of Sam, who is David Berkowitz, 24, postal clerk, used on his murder runs.

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/clues-1-ticket-catch-son-sam-article-1.3370198

How a Son of Sam Detective Realized ‘This Has Got to Be the Guy’



James Justus remembers hanging up the telephone convinced that he had something.

It was Aug. 9, 1977. He was a police detective checking on parking summonses issued in Brooklyn on July 31, the night the gunman known as Son of Sam shot a couple in a car in Bath Beach. He was assigned to look for witnesses who might have seen the serial killer, who by then had taunted the police and tabloid columnists alike. Maybe whoever owned a Ford Galaxie with a parking ticket had seen something.

It turned out that the owner of the Galaxie had seen everything, for he was the one who had pushed the city’s fright level as high as it would go in those pre-color-coded days. Tensions were so high that Mayor Abraham D. Beame directed the police to shoo couples away from places where couples would go to be alone. Suddenly, the fear was that being in such places could make them targets.

Suddenly, women with long brown hair were dyeing it blond or cutting it short, thinking they would be less vulnerable.

How different the city seemed then — emotionally exhausted and almost broke. Crime had reached a new high, and jobs were disappearing. “Lightning, looting and lunatics have so far given New York a heavy, angry summer,” an editorial writer observed in August 1977. The first two L-words referred to the blackout in July, which had begun with lightning strikes and had set off looting in some neighborhoods. The last referred to the man with the .44-caliber revolver.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/06/nyregion/son-of-sam-killings-david-berkowitz.html

The Moment the ‘Son of Sam’ Was Captured by Police, Ending His Murder Spree: ‘You Got Me’



Four decades ago, a lowly postal worker from Yonkers held all of New York City in the grip of terror, carrying out a deadly string of late-night shootings that killed six and injured seven, triggering one of the largest police manhunts in the city’s history.

David Berkowitz — the self-proclaimed “Son of Sam” — evaded police for more than a year but was arrested on Aug. 10, 1977, outside his apartment building.

http://people.com/crime/son-of-sam-david-berkowitz-arrest-anniversary/

Sunday, August 6, 2017

An Alternative History of Al Qaeda: The 9/11 Intelligence ‘Failure’


ClandesTime 117 - The 9/11 Intelligence 'Failure' from Tom Secker on Vimeo.


In the five years running up to 9/11 the NSA were monitoring Osama Bin Laden’s satellite phone and Al Qaeda’s communication hub, and the CIA were closely following their key operatives, including to the so-called ‘9/11 summit’ in Malaysia. So why didn’t they prevent the attacks? This week we look at the ‘failure’ of the NSA, CIA and FBI to share important information and ask whether these intelligence failures were the result of deliberate decisions on the part of those responsible for preventing terrorist attacks.

http://www.spyculture.com/clandestime-117-alternative-history-al-qaeda-911-intelligence-failure/

No Agenda: Sunday (8-6-17) Episode 953 - His Name is Nimrod

Jim Marrs Tribute Show - Black Op Radio



Guests: John Armstrong / Dr. Cryril Wecht / Mark de Valk /
Robert Groden / Jim DiEugenio / Larry Hancock / Debra Conway / John Barbour
Comments: Malcolm Blunt / Oliver Stone / Lisa Pease

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iv4Fj_4SrVk

Friday, August 4, 2017

In Blackwater Case, Court Rejects a Murder Conviction and Voids 3 Sentences



A federal appeals court on Friday threw out lengthy prison sentences for three former Blackwater Worldwide security contractors and ordered a new trial for a fourth involved in a deadly 2007 shooting in Baghdad that became a symbol of unchecked, freewheeling American power in Iraq.

The shooting killed or injured at least 31 civilians when contractors unleashed a torrent of machine-gun fire and launched grenades into a crowded downtown Baghdad traffic circle from their heavily armored trucks. An F.B.I. agent once called it the “My Lai massacre of Iraq.”

The ruling is a setback to the effort — which now stretches across three presidential administrations — to demand stiff consequences for the shooting in Baghdad’s Nisour Square. Along with the massacre by Marines of 24 Iraqi civilians at Haditha and the abuses of Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison, it was among the war’s darkest moments and stained the reputation of the United States.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/04/world/middleeast/blackwater-contractors-iraq-sentences.html

How the CIA Came to Doubt the Official Story of JFK’s Murder



After the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in November 1963, the CIA appeared eager, even desperate, to embrace the version of events being offered by the FBI, the Secret Service and other parts of the government. The official story: that a delusional misfit and self-proclaimed Marxist named Lee Harvey Oswald killed the president in Dallas with his $21 mail-order rifle and there was no evidence of a conspiracy, foreign or domestic. Certainly, the CIA’s leaders told the Warren Commission, the independent panel that investigated the murder, there was no evidence of a conspiracy that the spy agency could have foiled.

But thousands of pages of long-secret, assassination-related documents released by the National Archives last week show that, within a few years of Kennedy’s murder, some in the CIA began to worry internally that the official story was wrong—an alarm the agency never sounded publicly.


Specifically, key CIA officials were concerned by the mid-1970s that the agency, the FBI, the Secret Service and the White House commission led by Chief Justice Earl Warren had never followed up on important clues about Oswald’s contact with foreign agents, including diplomats and spies for the Communist governments of Cuba and the Soviet Union, who might have been aware of his plans to kill Kennedy and even encouraged the plot. (There is no credible evidence cited in the documents released so far that Cuban leader Fidel Castro or other foreign leaders had any personal role in ordering Kennedy’s murder.)

http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/08/03/jfk-assassination-lone-gunman-cia-new-files-215449

WIKILEAKS RELEASE: CIA project 'Dumbo' to switch off security webcams and corrupt recordings to hide physical intrusions



Today, August 3rd 2017 WikiLeaks publishes documents from the Dumbo project of the CIA. Dumbo is a capability to suspend processes utilizing webcams and corrupt any video recordings that could compromise a PAG deployment. The PAG (Physical Access Group) is a special branch within the CCI (Center for Cyber Intelligence); its task is to gain and exploit physical access to target computers in CIA field operations.

Dumbo can identify, control and manipulate monitoring and detection systems on a target computer running the Microsoft Windows operating sytem. It identifies installed devices like webcams and microphones, either locally or connected by wireless (Bluetooth, WiFi) or wired networks. All processes related to the detected devices (usually recording, monitoring or detection of video/audio/network streams) are also identified and can be stopped by the operator. By deleting or manipulating recordings the operator is aided in creating fake or destroying actual evidence of the intrusion operation.

https://wikileaks.org/vault7/#Dumbo

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Jim Marrs - The Trillion-Dollar Conspiracy: How the New World Order, Man-Made Diseases, and Zombie Banks are Destroying America (2010)

Jim Marrs - Crossfire: The Plot that Killed Kennedy

Jim Marrs - Terror Conspiracy and 9/11

Jim Marrs - Secret Societies Exposed

Jim Marrs, Texas-based conspiracy theorist and author, dies at 73



Jim Marrs, best-known for his work researching the various theories surrounding the JFK assassination and UFOs and a guest on many talk shows, died this week at the age of 73.

According to his official Facebook page he died of a heart attack on Wednesday. He had recently been put on dialysis.

According to his online biography, Marrs was a former Fort Worth Star-Telegram staffer starting in 1968 and was a police reporter and general assignments reporter. After a stint serving in the Army in Vietnam he came back home and began writing about military and aerospace technology.

His 1989 book "Crossfire: The Plot That Killed Kennedy" was a New York Times Paperback Non-Fiction Best Seller and became a basis for the Oliver Stone film "JFK" in 1991. He served as a chief consultant for the film.

http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/texas/article/Jim-Marrs-JFK-conspiracy-theory-dead-at-73-11731000.php

No Agenda: Thursday (8-3-17) Episode 952 - iChip®

2017 JFK Document Release Shows Former Intelligence Analyst Got It Right



The passage of many days, months, or years may be necessary for information to be placed in the correct context and understood as being significant. The example of George Joannides, who was brought out of retirement to act as liaison between the Agency and the HSCA, is a case in point. Joannides’ role as the CIA case officer for the DRE (Revolutionary Student Directorate), an anti-Castro group with which Lee Harvey Oswald had interacted in the summer of 1963 in New Orleans, was withheld by the agency throughout the term of the HSCA which was investigating CIA connections to the group. When asked directly if Joannides could assist the HSCA by identifying the officer who had handled the DRE during the summer of 1963, he responded by saying, “I’ll look into that.” Perhaps the CIA did not feel that revealing Joannides’ true identity to the Committee investigators was “assassination-related.”

The official ARRB classification “assassination-related” was not limited to issues or evidence pertaining exclusively to the scene of the crime.

Dr. John Newman argues that real progress in solving the JFK assassination will not to come to those who await a smoking-gun revelation, but will be possible if we first have an understanding of the internal language of US government cryptonyms and pseudonyms. Only by establishing the true identities of the actors — and their locations and activities — can we hope to separate fact from fiction in this mystifying saga.

That has been his goal in a series of publications on America’s untold history over the last three decades. As a retired strategic intelligence cryptologic analyst for US Army Intelligence and the former military assistant to the director of the National Security Agency, Newman has some unique qualifications. His works on the cold war and America’s involvement in Vietnam have been recognized by many, including Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. and former CIA Director William Colby to be among the most authoritative and significant yet published. In past publications he correctly foretold what we are now seeing in the 2017 release of JFK records.

https://whowhatwhy.org/2017/08/03/2017-jfk-document-release-shows-former-intelligence-analyst-got-right/

Dallas Mayor During JFK Assassination Was CIA Asset



Here is the first major revelation from the historic release of previously withheld government records on the JFK Assassination: the mayor of Dallas when President John F. Kennedy was killed in that city was a CIA asset.

We were alerted to this salient fact by retired military intelligence officer and author John Newman, who is conducting a thorough analysis of the long-secret documents.

At the time of the assassination, Dallas Mayor Earle Cabell, brother of one-time Deputy Director of Central Intelligence Charles P. Cabell, had been a CIA asset since 1956.

It is worth noting that Kennedy dismissed CIA Director Allen Dulles in November 1961, and that Earle Cabell’s brother Charles left the CIA on January 31, 1962, after Kennedy forced him to resign. Thus, both Dulles and Charles Cabell were no longer working for the CIA on November 22, 1963, when Kennedy was killed.

Earle Cabell, who had been elected mayor of Dallas in May 1961, oversaw arrangements for Kennedy’s trip and motorcade, which took him through Dealey Plaza, a route that violated almost all standard rules for presidential safety — and where normal safeguards, such as sealing windows and placing sharpshooters, were ignored. This is of interest to researchers into the assassination, who have been collecting evidence of CIA ties to a host of individuals who figure in the events of 11/22/63 (see also WhoWhatWhy Editor-in-Chief Russ Baker’s Family of Secrets for more on this topic.)

https://whowhatwhy.org/2017/08/02/dallas-mayor-jfk-assassination-cia-asset/

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

If The FBI Has Your Biometrics, It Doesn't Have to Tell You


A new rule will prevent millions of people from finding out if their fingerprints, iris scans and other biometric information is stored in a massive federal database.

The FBI’s Next Generation Identification system stores the biometric records of people who have undergone background checks for jobs, volunteer positions and military service, as well as of those who have criminal records. Effective Aug. 31, that database will be exempt from certain parts of the Privacy Act, a law that allows people whose records are held by the federal government to request more information about which records those are.

The exemption means the FBI doesn't have to acknowledge if it is storing the biometric records of an individual in that database; the bureau has argued that notifying people that they were in the database could compromise investigations.

http://www.nextgov.com/cio-briefing/2017/08/if-fbi-has-your-biometrics-it-doesnt-have-tell-you/139952/

James Corbett on The Power Hour (8-2-17)



James Corbett returns to The Power Hour with new host Daniel Brigman for a wide-ranging conversation on tensions with North Korea, Russian sanctions, Chinese censorship, bitcoin, Afghanistan withdrawal, the AI takeover and Fukushima updates.

https://www.corbettreport.com/interview-1292-james-corbett-on-the-power-hour/

Jim Garrison’s incendiary JFK probe protected him from fraud charges



While popular media has often portrayed Jim Garrison, the New Orleans District Attorney behind the infamous Clay Shaw trial, as having been targeted by the federal government for retribution, a look at his FBI file reveals the exact opposite - according to the documents, Garrison’s investigation was considered so toxic and aggressive that Director J. Edgar Hoover ordered no agents have any contact with him. When third parties began providing the FBI with evidence that Garrison had engaged in fraud against the government, the Bureau cautioned against investigating him, precisely because of how Garrison would inevitably frame it.

As early as February 1967, the FBI Director had ordered the Bureau’s agents to avoid all contact with Garrison and his investigators. Just days before a KGB planted story would appear in the Italian newspaper Paese Sera and redirect Garrison’s investigation to obsess over CIA connections, Hoover identified Garrison as “a person not to be contacted without prior Bureau approval.” This was the explicit result of Garrison’s already inflammatory investigation and accusations.

https://www.muckrock.com/news/archives/2017/aug/02/jim-garrison-fbi-jfk/

Justice Dept. to Take On Affirmative Action in College Admissions



The Trump administration is preparing to redirect resources of the Justice Department’s civil rights division toward investigating and suing universities over affirmative action admissions policies deemed to discriminate against white applicants, according to a document obtained by The New York Times.

The document, an internal announcement to the civil rights division, seeks current lawyers interested in working for a new project on “investigations and possible litigation related to intentional race-based discrimination in college and university admissions.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/01/us/politics/trump-affirmative-action-universities.html?

NSA unlawfully surveiled Kim Dotcom in New Zealand: report



The National Security Agency (NSA) illegally used technology to spy on Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom, according to new documents from New Zealand's Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB).

The New Zealand Herald first reported that the GCSB told the nation's high court that it ceased all surveillance of Dotcom in early 2012, but that "limited" amounts of communications from Dotcom were later intercepted by its technology without the bureau's knowledge.

Dotcom was surveilled by the NSA and the GCSB in a joint intelligence operation named Operation Debut. According to the Herald, that surveillance was scheduled to end in January 2012, but the United States continued to use New Zealand's technology.

http://thehill.com/policy/cybersecurity/344742-nsa-unlawfully-surveiled-kim-dotcom-in-new-zealand

Audio: Seymour Hersh States Seth Rich Was WikiLeaks Source

In an audio recording provided to Big League Politics by a source that currently wishes to remain anonymous, journalist Seymour Hersh confirms that Seth Rich had contacted WikiLeaks with sample emails from the leak. Hersh cites an FBI document as proof for his claim.

http://bigleaguepolitics.com/audio-seymour-hersh-states-seth-rich-wikileaks-source/

Sunday, July 30, 2017

WIKILEAKS RELEASE: CIA project 'Imperial'. Trojans targeting Macs, Debian, Red Hat, Solaris, FreeBSD, Centos



Today, July 27th 2017, WikiLeaks publishes documents from the Imperial project of the CIA.

Achilles is a capability that provides an operator the ability to trojan an OS X disk image (.dmg) installer with one or more desired operator specified executables for a one-time execution.

Aeris is an automated implant written in C that supports a number of POSIX-based systems (Debian, RHEL, Solaris, FreeBSD, CentOS). It supports automated file exfiltration, configurable beacon interval and jitter, standalone and Collide-based HTTPS LP support and SMTP protocol support - all with TLS encrypted communications with mutual authentication. It is compatible with the NOD Cryptographic Specification and provides structured command and control that is similar to that used by several Windows implants.

SeaPea is an OS X Rootkit that provides stealth and tool launching capabilities. It hides files/directories, socket connections and/or processes. It runs on Mac OSX 10.6 and 10.7.

https://wikileaks.org/vault7/releases/#Imperial

New 9/11 Timeline Entries: President Bush’s Actions on September 11 and More


A large number of entries have been added to the Complete 9/11 Timeline at History Commons, most of which provide important details about the actions of President George W. Bush and his entourage on September 11, 2001.

President Bush Visited a School in Florida

President Bush received his daily intelligence briefing early in the morning of September 11, but the briefing included nothing about terrorism. A short time later, numerous members of his staff learned that a plane had crashed into the World Trade Center as his motorcade headed to the Emma E. Booker Elementary School in Sarasota, Florida, and yet no one told him what had happened at that time.

Bush was told about the crash for the first time by Deborah Loewer, director of the White House Situation Room, after his limousine arrived at the school. Subsequently, his senior adviser, Karl Rove, also told him about the crash. However, the president still took his time chatting with members of the official greeting party at the school, even though he was told he had to take an important call from National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice.

Secret Service agents who were with the president were unable to obtain any information about the crash at the WTC from their colleagues in Washington, DC, after they arrived at the school. Meanwhile, Mike Morell, Bush’s CIA briefer, called the CIA’s operations center when he reached the school and learned that the North Tower had been hit by a large commercial airliner. But personnel on Air Force One were unable to obtain precise information about what was happening, even after the second hijacked plane crashed into the WTC, at 9:03 a.m., and one officer wondered if a nation-state was behind the attacks.

Despite what had happened in New York, Bush decided to continue with the scheduled event at the school and at 9:02 a.m. entered a classroom to listen to the children there reading. A short time later, Andrew Card, his chief of staff, learned that a second plane had hit the WTC, and immediately thought Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda were responsible. Minutes later, Card entered the classroom and told the president that America was “under attack.”

White House press secretary Ari Fleischer then held up a message for the president, instructing him, “DON’T SAY ANYTHING YET.” Bush therefore remained seated and listened to the children reading a story about a pet goat for the next five minutes. Even after the children finished the story, Bush stayed in the classroom to ask them questions and talk to the school’s principal.

https://hcgroups.wordpress.com/2017/07/29/new-911-timeline-entries-president-bushs-actions-on-september-11-and-more/

http://911blogger.com/news/2017-07-29/new-911-timeline-entries-president-bushs-actions-september-11-and-more

No Agenda: Sunday (7-30-17) Episode 951- Hard Forking

Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the Pakistani IT Scammers



There’s more than bank fraud going on here.

Awan and his family cabal of fraudsters had access for years to the e-mails and other electronic files of members of the House’s Intelligence and Foreign Affairs Committees. It turns out they were accessing members’ computers without their knowledge, transferring files to remote servers, and stealing computer equipment — including hard drives that Awan & Co. smashed to bits of bytes before making tracks.

They were fired in February. All except Awan, that is. He continued in the employ of Wasserman Schultz, the Florida Democrat, former DNC chairwoman, and Clinton crony. She kept him in place at the United States Congress right up until he was nabbed at the airport on Monday.

This is not about bank fraud. The Awan family swindles are plentiful, but they are just window-dressing. This appears to be a real conspiracy, aimed at undermining American national security.

Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/449983/debbie-wasserman-schultz-pakistani-computer-guys-bank-fraud





False Flag Terrorism Isn’t a “Theory” … It’s ADMITTED and Widespread



Presidents, Prime Ministers, Congressmen, Generals, Spooks, Soldiers and Police ADMIT to False Flag Terror

In the following instances, officials in the government which carried out the attack (or seriously proposed an attack) admit to it, either orally, in writing, or through photographs or videos:

(1) Japanese troops set off a small explosion on a train track in 1931, and falsely blamed it on China in order to justify an invasion of Manchuria. This is known as the “Mukden Incident” or the “Manchurian Incident”. The Tokyo International Military Tribunal found: “Several of the participators in the plan, including Hashimoto [a high-ranking Japanese army officer], have on various occasions admitted their part in the plot and have stated that the object of the ‘Incident’ was to afford an excuse for the occupation of Manchuria by the Kwantung Army ….” And see this, this and this.

(2) A major with the Nazi SS admitted at the Nuremberg trials that – under orders from the chief of the Gestapo – he and some other Nazi operatives faked several attacks on their own people and resources which they blamed on the Poles, to justify the invasion of Poland.

Read Full Article: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2017/07/ff.html

Friday, July 28, 2017

Son of Sam, 40 Years Later



Nearly four decades later, we rounded up some less familiar details about the case:

The news media called the gunman the .44-caliber killer — for his weapon of choice — until he left a note at the site of one of the murders calling himself the Son of Sam. Mr. Berkowitz has said in interviews that Sam was a demonic spirit, inspired by his neighbor Sam Carr, who spoke to him through Sam’s black Labrador, Harvey.

With a fear of more killings, New Yorkers changed their behavior: Mr. Berkowitz’s victims were often women with long, dark hair and couples, so women began cutting their hair short while lovers’ lanes sat vacant.

In addition to the shootings, Mr. Berkowitz said he had set nearly 1,500 fires in and around New York City.

A parking ticket led to his arrest. A woman who was approached by a man holding an object on the night of the final murder told the police that parking tickets were being issued near the scene. The police eventually traced Mr. Berkowitz’s car to his apartment.

After a decade in prison, Mr. Berkowitz became an Evangelical Christian and rechristened himself the Son of Hope. He has written about his experience on his website and wrote a book, “Son of Hope: The Prison Journals of David Berkowitz.”



https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/28/nyregion/new-york-today-son-of-sam-40-years-later.html

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Newly declassified memos detail extent of improper Obama-era NSA spying



The National Security Agency and FBI violated specific civil liberty protections during the Obama administration by improperly searching and disseminating raw intelligence on Americans or failing to promptly delete unauthorized intercepts, according to newly declassified memos that provide some of the richest detail to date on the spy agencies’ ability to obey their own rules.

The memos reviewed by The Hill were publicly released on July 11 through Freedom of Information Act litigation by the American Civil Liberties Union.

They detail specific violations that the NSA or FBI disclosed to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court or the Justice Department's national security division during President Obama’s tenure between 2009 and 2016. The intelligence community isn't due to report on compliance issues for 2017, the first year under the Trump administration, until next spring.

http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/343785-newly-declassified-memos-detail-extent-of-improper-obama-era-nsa

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The Devil’s Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of the American Secret Government



Exactly 70 years ago today, President Harry S. Truman signed the National Security Act, creating the Department of Defense, the National Security Council, the Joint Chiefs of Staff — and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

Sixteen years later — just one month after the Kennedy assassination — Truman published a bombshell in The Washington Post: “I have never had any thought that when I set up the CIA that it would be injected into peacetime cloak-and-dagger operations… It has become an operational and at times a policy-making arm of Government… so removed from its intended role that it is being interpreted as a symbol of sinister and mysterious foreign intrigue.”

When it comes to behind-the-scenes intrigue, no one could out-sinister Allen Dulles, director of the CIA from 1953 to 1961. Dulles’s job, simply put, was to hijack the US government — for the benefit of the wealthy.

What he did, and how he did it, has never been more relevant, given the state of the nation in 2017. That’s why we are excerpting some revelatory chapters from David Talbot’s recent Dulles biography, “The Devil’s Chessboard.”

https://whowhatwhy.org/2017/07/26/devils-chessboard-allen-dulles-cia-rise-american-secret-government/

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Feds arrest IT staffer for Wasserman Schultz trying to leave country



A House IT staffer at the center of a congressional computer equipment scandal has been arrested by federal officials and charged with bank fraud, Fox News has learned.

Fox News is told officers and agents from the U.S. Capitol Police, the FBI and Customs and Border Protection were involved in the arrest of Imran Awan at Dulles International Airport.

Awan, 37, of Virginia, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to one count of bank fraud during his arraignment in federal court in Washington, D.C. He was released but will have to wear a GPS monitor and abide by a curfew.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/07/25/feds-arrest-it-staffer-for-wasserman-schultz-trying-to-leave-country.html

CIA Records On Josef Mengele: The Nazi Angel Of Death



The following are the records kept by the Central Intelligence Agency regarding the Nazi war criminal Josef Mengele.

Both archives are in PDF format. Box 1 [159MB] Box 2 [149MB]

https://covertwarfare.com/forum/showthread.php?tid=128

EXCLUSIVE: FBI Seized Smashed Hard Drives From Wasserman Schultz IT Aide’s Home



FBI agents seized smashed computer hard drives from the home of Florida Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s information technology (IT) administrator, according to two sources with knowledge of the investigation.

Pakistani-born Imran Awan, long-time right-hand IT aide to the former Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairwoman, has since desperately tried to get the hard drives back, an individual whom FBI investigators interviewed in the case told The Daily Caller News Foundation’s Investigative Group.

An additional source in Congress with direct knowledge of the case, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the probe, confirmed that the FBI has joined what Politico previously described as a Capitol Police criminal probe into “serious, potentially illegal, violations on the House IT network” by Imran and three of his relatives, who had access to the emails and files of the more than two dozen House Democrats who employed them on a part-time basis.

Capitol Police have also seized computer equipment tied to the Florida lawmaker.

Awan’s younger brothers, Abid and Jamal, his wife, Hina Alvi, and Rao Abbas, Imran’s best friend, are also under investigation. There have been no arrests in the case.

http://dailycaller.com/2017/07/23/exclusive-fbi-seized-smashed-hard-drives-from-wasserman-schultz-it-aides-home/




Tulsi Gabbard sides with Trump on dismantling CIA program to fund Al Qaeda and ISIS in Syria



Hawaii congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard has been very vocal on Syria, and Obama’s illegal regime change war, which involves the United States providing arms, training and money to Al Qaeda and ISIS in Syria, in what was a failed effort to overthrow the democratically elected government of Assad.

http://theduran.com/tulsi-gabbard-sides-with-trump-on-dismantling-cia-program-to-fund-al-qaeda-and-isis-in-syria-video/

Monday, July 24, 2017

JFK Assassination Records - 2017 Additional Documents Release



The National Archives and Records Administration is releasing documents previously withheld in accordance with the JFK Assassination Records Collection Act. The vast majority of the Collection (88%) has been open in full and released to the public since the late 1990s. The records at issue are documents previously identified as assassination records, but withheld in full or withheld in part. Learn more

This release consists of 3,810 documents, including 441 formerly withheld-in-full documents and 3,369 documents formerly released with portions redacted. The documents originate from FBI and CIA series identified by the Assassination Records Review Board as assassination records. More releases will follow.

https://www.archives.gov/research/jfk/2017-release

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Bracing for "Cyber 9/11"



As Al-CIA-da become the “good guys” (again), and I-CIA-SIS starts to crumble, and the latest boogeymen fail to strike a chord of panic in a boogeyman-weary public (remember the fearsome Khorasan Group, anyone?), it is safe to say that the old Global War on Terror (GWoT) paradigm is falling by the wayside. Lucky for the multi-trillion-dollar global terror-industrial complex, then, that the spiffy new cyberterror paradigm is waiting in the wings to take its place!

But just as the fading GWoT paradigm requires a steady stream of (perceived) threats in order to justify the bloated budgets of the US intelligence and security apparatus, so, too, does this new cyberterror paradigm require a constant flow of (perceived) online threats to justify the bloated budgets of the US cybersecurity forces. And just as in the GWoT, every “failure” of cyber-intelligence and every “inadvertent” proliferation of cyber-weaponry gives the newly-created US Cyber Command an excuse to expand its role and take even bolder action in its quest to “fight the net.”

The GWoT and all of its attendant ills have been built on the back of that “catalyzing event”— our “new Pearl Harbor,” 9/11. So, naturally, the new cybersecurity establishment is waiting breathlessly for the “cyber 9/11” that will justify the complete crackdown and government takeover of the internet.

https://steemit.com/news/@corbettreport/bracing-for-cyber-9-11

Secret Government Buries Deep Underground Command Centers 1 Mile Below

Intercepted podcast extra: Full-length interview with historian Alfred McCoy



The full-length interview with historian Alfred McCoy, Harrington Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

https://theintercept.com/2017/07/22/donald-trump-and-the-coming-fall-of-american-empire/

No Agenda: Sunday (7-23-17) Episode 949 - Bro_splosion

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

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Miami judge rules out FOIA trial, says FBI document on 9/11 funding to remain secret



Secret FBI information about who funded the 9/11 attacks will remain hidden indefinitely after a Miami federal judge reversed herself last week and decided that the FBI was not improperly withholding it from the public.

At the same time, Judge Cecilia Altonaga ruled out holding a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) trial to evaluate the need for such continued secrecy nearly 16 years after the 9/11 attacks. A trial would likely have included testimony from government witnesses in support of continued secrecy as well as others like Bob Graham, the former Florida senator who co-chaired Congress’s Joint Inquiry into 9/11 and believes the FBI documents should be made public.

http://www.floridabulldog.org/2017/07/miami-judge-rules-out-foia-trial/

http://911blogger.com/news/2017-07-17/fl-judge-rules-out-foia-trial-911-funding

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

James DiEugenio: The JFK Assassination in the Press & the Public Eye (2017)



Jim DiEugenio is a veteran author and researcher lately focusing on JFK's foreign policy. He's the author of Reclaiming Parkland and Destiny Betrayed: JFK, Cuba, and the Garrison Case, now in its second edition. He's a regular guest on Len Osanic's Black Op Radio, he writes for Robert Parry's Consortium News, and he's the principle behind one of the most active and important assassination websites, www.KennedysAndKing.com, which is constantly updated with new articles, book reviews, and important news about the assassinations of both JFK, RFK, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., among a lot of other interesting items.

http://ourhiddenhistory.org/entry/james-dieugenio-the-jfk-assassination-in-the-press-the-public-eye

A Q&A With CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou



Kiriakou went to prison after he publicly disclosed that the CIA used waterboarding in interrogations. He wrote about his experience in the new book “Doing Time Like a Spy: How the CIA Taught Me to Survive and Thrive in Prison.”

Kiriakou was an intelligence operative for the CIA for 14 years, from 1990 to 2004. After the World Trade Center attack of Sept. 11, 2001, he was involved in the capture of the third-highest ranking leader of al-Qaida in Pakistan. He blew the whistle on CIA torture in 2007 in an interview with ABC News.

After that, while working for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, he ran into trouble because of an interview with a New York Times reporter in which he revealed the name of a former non-covert CIA agent who talked about his job on social media. The disclosure led to Kiriakou’s prosecution in 2012 for violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act, a 1982 amendment to the National Security Act of 1947—a prosecution seen as payback for his admission to ABC that the United States waterboarded prisoners.

Kiriakou served more than two years behind bars. He was released in 2015 and now is working to reform the security state in America.

http://www.truthdig.com/avbooth/item/qa_with_john_kiriakou_ask_the_cia_whistleblower_a_question_20170718

Dennis Hastert released from prison after serving just 13 months behind bars for paying out hush money to hide his sexual abuse of young boys



Dennis Hastert was released from a federal prison in Minnesota on Monday after 13 months behind bars and returned home to Illinois.

The former Speaker of the House was sentence back in 2016 for paying $1.7 million to one of the five teenage boys he admittedly molested while working as a teacher and wrestling coach from 1965 to 1981 at Yorkville High Scool.

Hastert, 75, could not be charged for molesting these minors due to statute of limitation laws in the state, and was instead convicted of breaking federal banking laws.

He will now spend one month at a reentry facility in Chicago, records from the Federal Bureau of Prisons stating that he will be released on August 16 after serving 14 months of his 15 month sentence.

Hastert will then be placed on probation but will not be forced to register as a sex offender due to the fact that he was not charged with molesting his victims, but he will have to undergo sex offender treatment.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4707898/Dennis-Hastert-released-prison-sex-abuse-payout.html

Monday, July 17, 2017

U.S. appeals court upholds gag orders on FBI data surveillance



A U.S. federal appeals court on Monday upheld nondisclosure rules that allow the FBI to secretly issue surveillance orders for customer data to communications firms, a ruling that dealt a blow to privacy advocates.

A unanimous three-judge panel on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco sided with a lower court decision in finding that rules permitting the Federal Bureau of Investigation to send national security letters under gag orders are appropriate and do not violate the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution's free speech protections.

Content distribution firm Cloudflare and phone network operator CREDO Mobile had sued the government in order to notify customers of five national security letters, or NSLs, received between 2011 and 2013.

The FBI's use of NSLs has drawn increased scrutiny as new transparency laws have let companies publish some of the letters, which has shown the agency may have run afoul of rules restricting their use.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-surveillance-idUSKBN1A21XJ

Facial Recognition Coming to Police Body Cameras



Even if the cop who pulls you over doesn’t recognize you, the body camera on his chest eventually just might.

Device-maker Motorola will work with artificial intelligence software startup Neurala to build “real-time learning for a person of interest search” on products such as the Si500 body camera for police, the firm announced Monday.

Italian-born neuroscientist and Neurala founder Massimiliano Versace has created patent-pending image recognition and machine learning technology. It’s similar to other machine learning methods but far more scalable, so a device carried by that cop on his shoulder can learn to recognize shapes and — potentially faces — as quickly and reliably as a much larger and more powerful computer. It works by mimicking the mammalian brain, rather than the way computers have worked traditionally.

Versace’s research was funded, in part, by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency or DARPA under a program called SyNAPSE. In a 2010 paper for IEEE Spectrum, he describes the breakthrough. Basically, a tiny constellation of processors do the work of different parts of the brain — which is sometimes called neuromorphic computation — or “computation that can be divided up between hardware that processes like the body of a neuron and hardware that processes the way dendrites and axons do.” Versace’s research shows that AIs can learn in that environment using a lot less code.

http://www.defenseone.com/technology/2017/07/facial-recognition-coming-police-body-cameras/139472/

Sunday, July 16, 2017

"Freeway" Rick Ross on U.S. Gov't Ties to Drugs & Guidance from Minister Farrakhan

No Agenda: Sunday (7-16-17) Episode 947 - Mix Tape

Fishermen express fury as Fukushima plant set to release radioactive material into ocean



Local residents and environmental groups have condemned a plan to release radioactive tritium from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant into the Pacific Ocean.

Officials of Tokyo Electric Power Co., the operator of the plant, say tritium poses little risk to human health and is quickly diluted by the ocean.

In an interview with local media, Takashi Kawamura, chairman of TEPCO, said: "The decision has already been made." He added, however, that the utility is waiting for approval from the Japanese government before going ahead with the plan and is seeking the understanding of local residents.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/14/fishermen-express-fury-fukushima-plant-set-release-radioactive/


'But Sir, It’s an American Ship.' 'Never Mind, Hit Her!' When Israel Attacked USS Liberty



'The Americans have findings that show our pilots were aware the ship was American,' a newly published document by the State Archives says

Amid the jubilee celebrations for the Six-Day War, the tragic story of the American spy ship USS Liberty – which was bombed by an Israeli fighter jet and torpedo boats on June 8, 1967 in the eastern Mediterranean – was somewhat overlooked. Thirty-four American sailors were killed in the Israeli attack and many others were wounded.

Israel apologized and paid compensation to the victims’ families. Israeli and American commissions of inquiry found that the attack was a mistake. But naturally, as often happens in such events, to this day there are some who believe Israel attacked the ship with malicious intent.

read more: http://www.haaretz.com/us-news/1.800584?v=AF7AAD5905E60890FA4540545DAE1E3B

Pentagon secretly tested chemical weapons on US troops. Vets demand to know the cost



The Pentagon conducted a series of secret chemical and biological weapons tests involving military personnel in the 1960s and 1970s. Veterans groups and members of Congress are demanding to know exactly what happened – and who has suffered.

The tests, known as Project 112 and SHAD (Shipboard Hazard and Defense) involved some 6,000 military personnel between 1962 and 1974, the Vietnam War era. Most served in the Navy and Army. The purpose was to identify any weaknesses to U.S. ships and troops and develop a response plan for a chemical attack.

The tests involved nerve agents like Sarin and Vx, and bacteria such as E. Coli. Sarin and Vx are both lethal. According to DOD documents, death can occur within 10 to 15 minutes of exposure to a fatal dose of Vx.

“Veterans were exposed to some of the most extreme and hazardous agents... and they now suffer from debilitating health care conditions,” said Ken Wiseman, senior vice commander of the Virginia branch of The Veterans of Foreign Wars, one of the nation’s largest veterans groups, at a press conference outside the Capitol Wednesday. They want to know more about the extent to which service personnel were exposed.

The Pentagon did not immediately respond to request for comment.

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/news/nation-world/national/mcclatchys-america/article160998169.html

Gary Mack, Kennedy Assassination Expert, Dies at 68



Gary Mack, a Dallas broadcaster whose fascination with the Kennedy assassination led him to become a widely consulted expert on the event and, eventually, the curator of the Sixth Floor Museum, which is devoted to the assassination, died on Wednesday in Arlington, Tex. He was 68.

The museum said on its website that he had died after a long illness. The Dallas Morning News reported that his wife, Karin Strohbeck, said the cause was a rare and aggressive cancer.

https://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/17/us/gary-mack-kennedy-assassination-expert-dies-at-68.html

9/11 The Israel Connection - James Perloff



Yes, there really were hijackers on the 9/11 planes—but not the ones we were told. When it comes to resolving the mystery of how 9/11 was executed, the Truth Movement suffers from cognitive dissonance. 9/11 was an outside job, done by Israeli operatives, but with consent and cooperation at the highest levels of the U.S. government.

The five notorious “dancing Israelis” who filmed the Twin Towers’ destruction, after which they celebrated, high-fiving each other and even photographing themselves flicking a lighter against the backdrop of the smoking ruins. They were arrested after driving off in a van whose license number was reported by a neighbor. Later it was revealed that at least two of them were agents of Mossad, Israel’s intelligence service.

Michael Chertoff was put in charge of the Justice Department’s investigation of 9/11, despite his mother having been a Mossad agent, and Chertoff himself reportedly holding dual citizenship in Israel. Chertoff released hundreds of arrested Israelis back to Israel, including the notorious “dancing Israelis.”

”Lucky Larry” Silverstein, who became the new owner of the World Trade Center less than two months before the attacks, and earned an insurance payout of nearly $5 billion on his $124 million investment (after missing the disaster due to a fortuitous doctor’s appointment on the morning of 9/11) was such good friends with Benjamin Netanyahu that the Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported in November 2001: “Every Sunday afternoon, New York time, Netanyahu would call Silverstein. It made no difference what the subject was or where Netanyahu was, he would always call.”

http://freemantv.com/the-israel-911-connection-james-perloff/

https://jamesperloff.com/2017/06/30/911-simplified/

9/11 Research for Grown Ups

Saturday, July 15, 2017

FBI didn’t need warrant for stingray in attempted murder case, DOJ says



Weeks before a key hearing, federal prosecutors have submitted their formal opposition to an attempted murder suspect’s recent efforts to suppress evidence found through the warrantless use of an FBI cell-site simulator, better known as a stingray.

The Tuesday filing reiterates the government’s position in the case known as United States v. Ellis, setting the stage for a key upcoming hearing next month. DOJ officials say that law enforcement’s use of a stingray should not be considered an unreasonable search under the Fourth Amendment and, therefore, it never required a warrant.

Stingrays are surveillance tools that have become increasingly common nationwide. They essentially work by spoofing a cellphone tower and effectively tricking a handset into giving up its location. For years, law enforcement agencies big and small have tried to obscure their use, and the agencies have often been reluctant to release relevant public records. United States v. Ellis has been notable as it has begun to illuminate exactly how stingrays are used in day-to-day police work.

https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/07/fbi-didnt-need-warrant-for-stingray-in-attempted-murder-case-doj-says/

How CIA Agents Covertly Steal Data From Hacked Smartphones (Without Internet)



WikiLeaks has today published the 16th batch of its ongoing Vault 7 leak, this time instead of revealing new malware or hacking tool, the whistleblower organisation has unveiled how CIA operatives stealthy collect and forward stolen data from compromised smartphones.

Previously we have reported about several CIA hacking tools, malware and implants used by the agency to remotely infiltrate and steal data from the targeted systems or smartphones.

However, this time neither Wikileaks nor the leaked CIA manual clearly explains how the agency operatives were using this tool.

But, since we have been covering every CIA leak from the very first day, we have understood a possible scenario and have illustrated how this newly revealed tool was being used.

http://thehackernews.com/2017/07/cia-smartphone-hacking-tool.html

Friday, July 14, 2017

THE INTERNET RIPOFF YOU’RE NOT PROTESTING



If you care about open and fair internet access, you should be upset. The new FCC Chairman, Ajit Pai, has promised to roll back net neutrality—a decisive step that rolls back the commendable actions of his predecessor. A wide variety of protests targeting this issue are on tap throughout the day.

All of this net neutrality action involves just the very last part of the communications grid in the US — the “last mile,” or the part of the network that actually touches consumers. Former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler pushed through the relabeling of the “last mile” as a regulable service. That utility label needs to be retained, as I’ve often argued.

But there’s an even bigger and possibly more insidious policy in the works that will result in far greater woes for consumers. It involves the not terribly well-understood part of the system called the “middle mile.” As with the last mile, the new administration wants to avoid enforcing any legal protections. And it‘s doing this in a manner that just happens to benefit the powerful forces that take citizens’ money while denying them the best services.

https://www.wired.com/story/the-internet-ripoff-youre-not-protesting/

Whistleblowers Shouldn't Be Prosecuted Like Spies: Greenwald on Alleged NSA Leaker Reality Winner



The parent company of The Intercept—First Look Media—has announced that it will provide support for the legal defense of Reality Leigh Winner, the NSA contractor who stands accused of leaking a top-secret document to The Intercept. She faces up to 10 years in prison, if convicted. Winner, who remains in jail, was charged for allegedly leaking a top-secret document showing how Russian military intelligence attempted to hack into several states’ voting infrastructure. The Intercept’s handling of the story faced widespread scrutiny. The Department of Justice claimed in an affidavit and search warrant that it caught the leaker in part by actions taken by The Intercept. We speak with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald, co-founder of The Intercept.

https://www.democracynow.org/2017/7/13/whistleblowers_shouldnt_be_prosecuted_like_spies

Congress Trying to Sneak Through Major Giveaway to Defense Contractors



CONGRESS IS ON THE BRINK of a major giveaway to defense contractors, tucking language into a must-pass piece of legislation that would broadly expand their ability to gouge the federal government on sole-source contracts.

The National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, is practically the only bill Congress passes on time every year. The last 50 NDAA’s, which authorize funds and set policy for the Department of Defense, have reached the president’s desk without a holdup. Education, healthcare, and jobs can wait, but supporting the troops — actually, supporting the defense contractors who make the weapons — must never face a delay. The bill even goes through a regular process, with dozens of amendments and bipartisan votes. It’s like nothing else in Washington.

This year’s version of the NDAA, which authorizes $696 billion in military spending, includes a nice gift for contractors, particularly those that have monopolized a particular part the Pentagon needs. Buried in the NDAA, which is scheduled to pass the House Friday, is an increase in the amount of products which can be sold to the military without providing cost information — data about the price of manufacturing and labor. Without this information, monopoly contractors could enjoy a huge markup on their sales to the government without anyone knowing about it.

https://theintercept.com/2017/07/14/congress-trying-to-sneak-through-major-giveaway-to-defense-contractors/