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Jul 17 09:31

FLASHBACK - Are the Israelis Planning Another 9-11 Using the Missing Boeing 777

THE ISRAELI TWIN - Why would Israel have a plane identical to the missing Malaysia Airlines plane in storage in Tel Aviv? The plane in this photo is Boeing 777 2H6(ER) first flown in July 1998, Construction No. 28416* (Original Reg. No. 9M-MRI), an identical twin of the missing plane, which was given a new registration number (N105GT) and flown to Israel in November 2013. - See more at: http://www.bollyn.com/are-the-israelis-planning-another-9-11-using-the...

Jul 17 08:07

Video Shows Cops Execute 4 Men On The Ground Surrendered! Then They Steal From The Bodies!

Jul 17 07:35

Central Bankers Are Now Defending The Reserve Status Of The Dollar

Jul 17 07:34

Hawks Hint at Expanding Use of Never-Ending War 'Slush Fund'

A proposal for supplemental war funding was under scrutiny Wednesday at a Congressional hearing, where Defense Department officials hinted that there is no end in sight to the need for this counterterrorism "war chest."

At issue is nearly $60 billion proposed last month by the White House for Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) funds for the 2015 budget. The pot for OCO, which until 2009 was called Global War on Terrorism, is on top of the base budget for the Defense Department, which for the 2015 proposal is nearly $500 billion.

Mattea Kramer of the National Priorities Project has pointed out that the OCO budget "isn’t subject to caps or cuts or any restrictions at all." This has led some, like Stephen Miles, coalition coordinator for Win Without War, to refer to it as "a massive slush fund to avoid fiscal discipline."

Jul 17 07:34

Support Builds for Friday March to End Water Shutoff

Support is growing from labor, community, clergy, and environmental activists, along with those attending the national Netroots Nation convention in Detroit this week for a march and rally Friday July 18 to call for an immediate moratorium on the water shutoffs.
National Nurses United, the lead sponsor of the event, and the dozens of groups and activists organizations supporting the action, call the shutoff a public health emergency and a major violation of human rights. NNU is the largest U.S. organization of nurses.
Among the broad and growing list of local, national, and international endorsers are the International Union United Automobile, Aerospace & Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW AFL-CIO), Michigan Sierra Club, People’s Water Board, Food and Water Watch, Netroots Nation, Metropolitan Detroit AFL-CIO, Michigan Nurses Association, Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions, We the People of Detroit, Moratorium Now!,and Michigan Welfare Rights Organization.

Jul 17 07:23

Saying That You're Not Concerned Because The NSA Isn't Interested In You Is Obnoxious And Dangerous

It's easy to claim that you're not worried when you're the one out there supporting those in power. It becomes a lot trickier when you're either criticizing those in power, or communicating with those who challenge the power structure. Suddenly, it's not so easy to sit on the sidelines and say "Meh, no one's going to care about me..." And that should be a major concern. The way we keep a strong democracy is by having people who are able and willing to challenge the status quo and those in power. And yes, the US is much more forgiving than many, many other countries to such people, but there are clear biases and clear cases where they are not at all accepting of such things. And the more of a chilling effect the government creates around those things, the more dangerous it becomes to stand up for what you believe in.

Jul 17 07:14

U.S. Army Training to Fight Black Americans

A promotional video touting FEMA’s emergency response capabilities shows U.S. National Guard troops training to detain unruly African-American citizens in prison camps before handing them over to police.

Jul 17 06:46

Four in Ten Bostonians Skeptical of Official Marathon Bombing Account

Kevin Cullen of the Boston Globe recently expressed surprise about the poll’s results in a column in which he wrote: “Call me Pollyanna, but I’m shocked they were able to find the 42 percent who don’t think he’s guilty.”

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"I mean, look how hard we worked to make them think he is guilty!" -- ABCNNBBCBSFOX

Jul 17 06:07

Authoritarian Library Demands Censorship After Publication of Anti-Clinton Files

Proving once again that libraries are vestiges of Soviet thinking, an administrator at the University of Arkansas is insisting that a news outlet stop publishing files from university archives that paint Hillary Clinton in a bad light.

Earlier this week, the Washington Free Beacon published some Clinton audio files that it obtained from a University of Arkansas library collection. The files were located in a public library and freely handed over to the Free Beacon. They include a recording of Clinton joking about an accused rapist she once represented as a public defender and would seem to reflect poorly on the likely Democratic presidential candidate.

Jul 17 05:40

Chaos Computer Club bolsters NSA spying complaint with Tor snooping evidence

The German Chaos Computer Club said Wednesday that it has added to its legal complaint about U.S. spying on German citizens evidence that the NSA allegedly snooped on at least one of its Tor servers.

The CCC filed a complaint with Germany’s federal prosecutor, Harald Range, in February, demanding an investigation into the German government’s alleged involvement in the U.S. National Security Agency’s mass surveillance of German citizens.

However, while Range started an investigation into the alleged tapping of Merkel’s phone by the NSA in June, he said there wasn’t enough evidence to start a similar investigation into the widely reported mass surveillance of German citizens.

The CCC hopes that new publications exposing data collection explicitly targeting servers that are used to connect to The Onion Router (Tor) network, a network that encrypts data traffic through random servers in order to obscure users’ identities, will change Range’s mind.

Jul 16 23:06

U.S. incarceration rate second only to guess who? (With Infographic)

When it comes to living in the land of the free, how free are we really? How does America’s incarceration rate reflect on our liberty? -- The U.S. ranks number one in the world for the largest prison population. 25% of the world’s prisoners live right here in our great land of liberty. That’s staggering! In America, even as crime decreases, prison populations continue to increase. Look around at all of your friends and neighbors…how many would you consider to be “bad people” deserving of prison time?

Jul 16 21:51

EXCLUSIVE: Released Alien from Border Crisis Arrested for Alleged Murder, Kidnapping in Texas

LUBBOCK, Texas—An illegal immigrant who was released by U.S. authorities with a Notice to Appear has been arrested for the alleged murder of a woman and kidnapping of children on U.S. soil. The alleged crimes occurred after the man was released.

The arrest was first reported by the Associated Press (AP), but Breitbart Texas has exclusively confirmed that the man was part of the Obama Administration’s catch and release policy for family groups from Central America.

Jul 16 18:25

What I Don’t Like About Life in the American Police State

I plan to keep fighting, writing, speaking up, speaking out, shouting if necessary, filing lawsuits, challenging the status quo, writing letters to the editor, holding my representatives accountable, thinking nationally but acting locally, and generally raising a ruckus anytime the government attempts to undermine the Constitution and ride roughshod over the rights of the citizenry.

Jul 16 17:26

Australian bill sees whistleblowing on intel ops punishable by up to 10 years in jail

a person could be put on trial for disclosing information on a “special intelligence operation” he never knew about

Jul 16 15:10

Company sets limit on length of bathroom breaks

Spend more than 6 minutes a day in the bathroom at Chicago’s WaterSaver Faucet company and you’ll face disciplinary measures. -- That’s what a union contends the manufacturer is pulling: timing bathroom breaks and warning employees when they can’t beat the clock.

Jul 16 15:02

Armed Homeland Security Agents in ‘Community Outreach’ to “Let People Know They’re in the Area”

The visible presence of armed federal agents for no other reason than to represent a show of force will only deepen concerns that the Department of Homeland Security is becoming America’s domestic standing army, a notion posited by the Rutherford Institute’s John Whitehead in a widely circulated article last month.

Jul 16 14:57

The Potential Killers All Around Us

in so many cases where some unarmed person is shot by police, the result is death

Jul 16 14:44

UN: Nations hide rise in private digital snooping

Governments on every continent are hiding an increasing reliance on private companies to snoop on citizens’ digital lives, the U.N. human rights office said Wednesday.

Stepping into a fierce debate over digital privacy rights, the U.N. office says it has strong evidence of a growing complicity among private companies in government spying. It says governments around the world are using both the law and covert methods to access private content and metadata.

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said the lack of transparency and tactics extend to governments’ ”de facto coercion of companies to gain broad access to information and data on citizens without them knowing.”

Jul 16 13:28

Detroit residents continue protest to remain in homes

Standing on West Grand Boulevard last week, Detroit resident Sheree Bass held up a sign that said, “Stop the racket. Pay the taxes.” Underneath the phrase, she had taped a copy of the Wayne County tax statement for the home she’s lived in for years. Total amount due: $7,939.11

The problem, Bass says, is she doesn’t own the home located near Eastern Market. It’s actually owned by Oakland County developer Peter Barclae.

Bass is currently locked in a legal battle in Wayne County Circuit Court, along with a dozen other Detroiters who say Barclae is trying to sling homes they should’ve owned by now. Barclae, of West Bloomfield Township, contends otherwise.

Jul 16 10:20

FLASHBACK - Rivero challenges the NSA

Nobody got this. The coffee mug is still in the box. I am batting 1000 against the NSA's cryptographers! My first NSA challenge came out over a year ago. Had I been a real terrorist, I would have had ample time to carry out my nefarious plans.

This proves that the NSA cannot and does not track real criminals and terrorists, but exists to spy on law-abiding Americans citizens on behalf of a government grown paranoid over public awareness of their crimes and corruption.

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I decided to reprise this post, which is the history of the 6 challenges I hurled at the NSA over this last year to break a code created by an average human being.

Obviously the NSA would be well-motivated to break one of my codes to discourage other people from deciding to create their own encryption, but they never did. Even the claimed "Quantum Computer" which the NSA claimed could break any code failed.

The point is that the NSA's massive spying apparatus is incapable of finding and tracking real criminals or terrorists who have the resources needed to create and code their own encryption methods. I am not an expert cryptographer. I am only (after years of being away from it) a moderate C programmer. Yet I batted 1000 against the NSA fort an entire year.

Thus we are left with the conclusion that the NSA's massive spying operation is not about fighting terror, or even locating criminals, but about keeping watch on law-abiding Americans to deter us from thinking those double-plus ungood thoughts. That has not worked very well, in hindsight. No better than the NSA's ability to find the cyber-criminals planting ransomeware on your computers. Given that the NSA is desperate for some good publicity, you would think they would love to be able to put the head of a cyber-crook on a spike over the gates to their data center, but they haven't been able to manage that, which only reinforces my point.

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Jul 16 09:50

Overwhelmed FCC Extends Deadline For Commenting On Net Neutrality

Today was supposed to be the deadline for filing comments with the FCC about its pending net neutrality proposal. But the Commission has just announced that, due to a surge in responses that is once again overwhelming its commenting system, the deadline has been extended to Friday.

“[W]e have seen an overwhelming surge in traffic on our website that is making it difficult for many people to file comments through our Electronic Comment
Filing System,” writes the FCC press secretary, who explains that the Commission “is committed to making sure that everyone trying to submit comments will have their views entered into the record.”

Thus, the deadline has been extended until midnight (presumably ET) Friday, July 18.

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"At which point the FCC will carefully tabulate all the comments, discard the results, and do what they have been told to do all along." -- Official White Horse Souse

Jul 16 09:46

Florida inmate still on death row despite DNA proof of innocence discovered years ago

Years of legal wrangling over conclusive DNA evidence proving his innocence led the Florida Supreme Court to overturn Paul Hildwin’s murder conviction and death sentence two weeks ago. Yet Hildwin remains on death row.

Twenty-eight years after his conviction for a 1985 murder, Hildwin, 54, must wait - possibly for several months - for state prosecutors to decide whether to retry the case or drop the charges.

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Common sense says let the guy go, but I am sure the Prosecutors don;t want an "overturn" on their score card or face the resulting civil suit for wrongful imprisonment. And, jokes about rabid wombats aside, this is why I cannot support the death penalty. The system makes mistakes. It punishes the wrong people either through mistake or political corruption (the current Tsarnaev trial being a good example.) And until we can restore life to those it is wrongfully taken from, we should not take it in the first place.

Jul 16 09:43

Mothers tried to prevent sendings their children for the war on the Ukraine

Jul 16 08:48

Pope Francis Calls on U.S. to Welcome Illegal Immigrants

The Roman Catholic Church is complicit in this invasion.They are Obama's accomplices in the destruction of America. Time to start prosecuting these child molesting bastards IMHO!

In his message to the “Mexico/Holy See Colloquium on Migration and Development,” Pope Francis characterized the tens of thousands of illegal immigrants that have crossed the U.S. southern border as a product of globalization, suggesting that the phenomenon is happening worldwide.

Jul 16 08:10

State police now fingerprinting every Texan

The Texas Department of Public Safety has quietly embarked on a project to take the fingerprints of every Texan old enough to drive over the next 12 years, and add them to a statewide criminal history database.

Not only has the department made that momentous decision on its own, it doesn’t even have clear legal authority to do so.

The credit for breaking the news on those two items goes to consumer affairs columnist Dave Lieber of the Dallas Morning News, whose long-running “Watchdog” column often shows up in my Google Alerts, for obvious reasons.

As an old-school columnist, Lieber tends to keep his opinions subdued, and he doesn’t generally call people dishonest. But I have no problem with doing that, so I’d like to point out that the DPS spokesman he quotes at length is less than straightforward about his department’s legal authority.

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This is Code Napoleon Law writ large, which assumes every person is guilty until proven innocent; this is the absolute antithesis of American law, which presumes that every person is innocent until proven guilty.

And to put this info into a criminal data base?!?!? Heck, I don't even have an overdue library book!!

Jul 16 08:01

Journalist is stopped by TSA agent who thought District of Columbia was a different country!

A Washington, DC TV reporter was stopped on his way into the Orlando airport by a TSA agent who thought the District of Columbia was in a different country.

Justin Gray told WFTV he was confused at first when the agent looked at his driver's license and asked to see a passport.

But when he realized what was going on, his confusion turned to concern about the caliber of TSA employees working to ensure the safety of those who fly out of Orlando International Airport.

Jul 16 07:16

Microsoft COO tells partners to get with the cloud program now

Microsoft channel partners need to urgently redefine and evolve their businesses so that they can resell the company’s cloud computing products, according to Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner.

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"Really; it's just too much work for the NSA to break into your desktop and home computers. You really need to push your customers to use our cloud servers ... or the terrorists will win!" -- Microblorch

Jul 16 07:08

Militarized Cops

Radley Balko (author of "Rise of the Warrior Cop") discusses the militarization of police with Matt Welch and Kennedy of The Independents. (video)

Jul 16 06:03

State police now fingerprinting every Texan: Is this legal?

The Texas Department of Public Safety has quietly embarked on a project to take the fingerprints of every Texan old enough to drive over the next 12 years, and add them to a statewide criminal history database.

Not only has the department made that momentous decision on its own, it doesn’t even have clear legal authority to do so.

The credit for breaking the news on those two items goes to consumer affairs columnist Dave Lieber of the Dallas Morning News, whose long-running “Watchdog” column often shows up in my Google Alerts, for obvious reasons.

As an old-school columnist, Lieber tends to keep his opinions subdued, and he doesn’t generally call people dishonest. But I have no problem with doing that, so I’d like to point out that the DPS spokesman he quotes at length is less than straightforward about his department’s legal authority.

Jul 16 04:28

A Guilty Verdict In Silk Road Case Could Doom Internet Freedoms

Ross Ulbricht, the 30-year-old American who allegedly created the online black marketplace Silk Road, was unsuccessful last week in convincing a federal judge that he is not the notorious hacker Dread Pirate Roberts and did not conspire to deal illegal narcotics and launder money, sparking concern among privacy advocates that Internet freedoms may be nearing an end.

Digital rights advocates argue that Ulbricht failing to fight charges such as narcotics trafficking, computer hacking, money laundering, and criminal enterprise engagement for his alleged role in setting up Silk Road, will be used by lawmakers and intelligence officials as evidence that there is a need to create legislation to eliminate the “dark side” of the Internet, which has become a breeding ground for illegal activity.

Jul 16 00:47

Councilman Wants ID Cards for Seattle Residents

Seattle City Councilmember Bruce Harrell is proposing the City of Seattle create a municipal ID card. He said some immigrants and refugees have asked for such a card because, he said, getting a driver’s license or state ID card can be difficult.

Harrell said this would “simplify the process by which immigrants or people without forms of ID can get an ID,” and make it easier for immigrants and the homeless to access social services, cash checks or get a library card. However, Washington is already one of the few states where a person does not have to prove they are in the country legally to get a driver’s license or ID

Jul 15 21:21

Britain: “Secret Service Infiltrated Paedophile Group to ‘Blackmail Establishment’”

BRITISH security services infiltrated and funded the notorious Paedophile Information Exchange in a covert operation to identify and possibly blackmail establishment figures, a Home Office whistleblower alleges.

Jul 15 21:13

US Dollar’s Days Are Numbered as BRICS Meet

A summit of major emerging “BRICS” economies in Brazil is the latest sign of the decline of the US dollar as the standard global currency for reserves and trading, James Rickards, author of Currency Wars told RIA Novosti.

“We see the BRICS’ desire to shift away from the dollar, a unified Eurozone with a sovereign bond market waiting in the wings and a requirement on the International Monetary Fund to re-liquefy the world when the next financial crisis hits,” Rickards said.

“Put all that together and you see that the dollar’s days are numbered,” he added.

Jul 15 20:50

Texas Plans to Fingerprint EVERYONE within the Next 12 Years

The Texas Department of Public Safety might as well be called the Texas Department of Public Invasiveness.

They've launched a plan to fingerprint every single person of driving age in the state, after which they will add the person's prints to the criminal database.

Is it just me or is that a rather Dystopian plan?

Jul 15 17:12

Academics: UK 'Drip' data law changes are 'serious expansion of surveillance'

In an open letter to the full House of Commons, 15 experts in technology law express concern at the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers bill (Drip) which, they say, will increase government access to communications data and content and are being unnecessarily rushed through Parliament.

"The legislation goes far beyond simply authorising data retention in the UK," the letter states. "In fact, Drip attempts to extend the territorial reach of the British interception powers, expanding the UK’s ability to mandate the interception of communications content across the globe. It introduces powers that are not only completely novel in the United Kingdom, they are some of the first of their kind globally."

The academics, who include Professor Ian Brown of the Oxford Internet Institute, Professor Lilian Edwards of the University of Strathclyde, Dr Subhajit Basu of the University of Leeds and legal expert Julia Powles of Cambridge University.

Jul 15 14:40

U.N. chief slammed for taking photo-op, not responsibility for Cholera epidemic

IT’S “AN INSULT TO ALL HAITIANS,” SAID MARIO JOSEPH, MANAGING ATTORNEY OF THE BUREAU DES AVOCATS INTERNATIONAUX

Jul 15 14:08

Millions of Americans installing 'perfect spying device' in their own living rooms: Amazon Fire TV monitors and records your conversations

With Fire TV, Amazon may have already displaced Google as the internet company that knows more about your psyche than anyone else. And Amazon is the company that's now building the CIA's new cloud computing center.

Gives you something to ponder, doesn't it?

Jul 15 13:32

Obama Administration Defends 'Almost-Orwellian' NSA in Federal Court

In his December 2013 opinion in Klayman v. Obama, Judge Richard Leon of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that the "almost-Orwellian technology that enables the government to store and analyze the phone metadata of every telephone user in the United States" not only sounds like the stuff of dystopian science fiction, it "almost certainly does violate a reasonable expectation of privacy" under the Fourth Amendment. It was the first major legal defeat for the NSA.

Jul 15 12:46

Clashes in Paris as thousands march against Israel offensive

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The people who started throwing the rocks have been identified as Israel supporters who started the confrontation then ran and hid in a synagogue.

Jul 15 12:01

NSA may be putting Israeli security interests above U.S., new document reveals

Greenwald, who published many of Snowden's revelations over the last year, released his book "No Place to Hide"on Wednesday. Concurrently with the release of the book, Greenwald made public slides that Snowden obtained from the NSA. One of them deals with intelligence relations with Israel.

"Balancing the SIGINT exchange equally between U.S. and Israeli needs has been a constant challenge in the last decade; it arguably tilted heavily in favor of Israeli security concerns. 9/11 came, and went, with NSA's only true Third Party CT relationship being driven almost totally by the needs of the partner," one slide reads.

Another slide states, "The Israelis are extraordinarily good SIGINT partners for us, but … they target us to learn our positions on Middle East problems. A NIE [National Intelligence Estimate] ranked them as the third most aggressive intelligence service against the U.S."

Jul 15 10:56

False Flag Attack Coming against Police Coming to Demonize the Patriots?

While we have the ADL training our police to have the public be against them and the possibility of these online rants being government trolls hired to post these comments and content promoting violence against the police on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook. We are seeing it in TV programming where the situation is a patriot, the veteran or gun owners as the villain. The Federal government is perceived as the saviors to rescue the country from these people who love liberty. They are working hard to prepare the narrative against the liberty movement as the blame for the violence against the police.

Jul 15 10:19

This Is What Happens When You Call The Cops *Video*

This testament to the plight of Americans across the country shows that color, creed and socio-economic background often make no difference once you’ve been targeted by heavily militarized law enforcement agents.

Jul 15 10:09

Police open fire on Palestine solidarity activists at Los Angeles rally for Israel

An officer with the Department of Homeland Security opened fire on Palestine solidarity activists as they drove away from a pro-Israel rally in front of the Federal Building in Westwood in Los Angeles on Sunday. The activists have also complained that they were attacked by Israel supporters.

The Electronic Intifada’s Ali Abunimah was attacked by Los Angeles police in the same area while filming a pro-Israel rally last week.

After being shot at, the men were detained by the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department and then smeared by various media outlets as violent members of Hamas.

Jul 15 09:38

Bill Maher Blasts 'Useless Obama Hacks without a Shred of Intellectual Honesty'

Bill Maher went after the left over NSA spying on Friday night; specifically, liberals who have refused to criticize surveillance under President Obama as opposed to, you know, when George Bush did it. Maher said, "If this was happening under Bush, liberals would be apoplectic. I'm sorry, but liberals are just sometimes useless Obama hacks without a shred of intellectual honesty."

Congresswoman Donna Edwards jumped in to make clear she's very apoplectic, saying Congress needs to set more limits on the NSA's dragnet and arguing for more privacy advocates who can take on the government in the name of individual liberties.

Ron Suskind added that for years, the government kept sneering at critics and asking where their proof is, and so the one great thing Snowden did was provide the proof.

Jul 15 09:12

Surprise! FEC employee who admitted violating the Hatch Act suffers mysterious hard drive crash

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) on Monday made yet another request to the federal government for details about a crashed hard drive that may have contained information allowing criminal charges to be brought against a federal official.

Issa’s newest letter concerns the hard drive of April Sands, a former employee at the Federal Election Commission who resigned in the spring after admitting to violations of the Hatch Act. That law puts restrictions on the ability of government officials to conduct political activities while on the job, or from government offices.

Issa noted that while Sands admitted to violating the law, the FEC just recently told Congress that it could not recover her hard drive, which made it impossible to seek criminal charges against her.

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Jul 15 08:15

Over a single eleven-month period, 129 Rikers inmates were beaten so severely by prison guards that their injuries were “beyond the capacity of doctors at the jail’s clinics to treat.”

Torture and death in America’s prisons:A large share of those who are killed or tortured in US prisons are mentally ill or handicapped.

Jul 15 06:49

And now: The criminalization of parenthood

A couple of themes we explore here at The Watch are the increasing criminalization of just about everything and the use of the criminal justice system to address problems that were once (and better) handled by families, friends, communities and other institutions. A few examples from recent headlines show those themes intersecting with parenthood.

The first story comes from South Carolina, where a mother was jailed and charged with “unlawful conduct toward a child” for . . . leaving her 9-year-old daughter alone to play in a park.

Jul 15 06:40

Reporting on Blackwater Operations in Iraq: Journalist James Risen Must Be Shielded from Department Of Justice Prosecution

By David Harris, Global Research,

We Support James Risen Because We Support a Free Press

Jul 15 06:39

Bank Failures in Portugal and Bulgaria - Nothing to See Here

Podcast Summary:

CNN Money outlines why the Portuguese bank default is no reason to worry:

Jul 15 06:37

The Numbers are so Artificial Now, It Wouldn’t Take Much for the “Beach Ball” to Pop-Up

Maybe excess profit taxes come into play and since you don’t have paperwork for something you bought, the IRS might say “Oh, ok, your basis price is zero, and therefore, everything you’re selling it for has to be reported as 100% capital gains. Therefore, we are going to tax you at 50, 60, 70%” or Whatever you do that is excess profit taxes for all of these social misfits and terrorists that dare to try to hedge and protect themselves from a financial system that is teetering on the edge. I have every expectation that we are going to have excess profit taxes (on precious metals). ~Eric Dubin

Jul 15 06:28

On Israeli Defeat and the Future of Jewish Politics

Alimuddin Usmani: After “Cast lead” in 2009 and “Pillar of Defense” in 2012, the Israeli army has launched operation “Protective Edge” in July 2014 against Gaza. What is the purpose of these repeated large scale military operations?

Gilad Atzmon: It is important to note that Israel hasn’t won a single military battle since 1973. True, it has killed many Arabs, but it hasn’t managed to achieve any of its military objectives.

Jul 15 06:28

Animal Rights Activists Indicted on Federal Terrorism Charges

Two animal rights activists who allegedly released thousands of animals from a mink farm

Jul 15 06:18

The Real Purpose Of The IMF

The International Monetary Fund was set up in 1945, describing itself as an “organization of 188 countries, working to foster global monetary cooperation, secure financial stability, facilitate international trade, promote high employment and sustainable economic growth, and reduce poverty around the world.”

This all sounds very laudable, but in reality the IMF has a very different purpose from that which is stated. If you look at the history of the IMF’s intervention in countries around the world you will see a trail of disaster and looting that repeats time and time again wherever they go.

Jul 15 06:04

US House of Representatives edited the Alex Jones Wikipedia Page

AND WHO ELSE'S?

@Congressedits tweets anonymous Wikipedia edits from Capitol Hill

@Congressedits tweets anonymous Wikipedia edits from Capitol Hill

Jul 15 05:43

Latest Snowden Leak - Internet trolling and manipulation by government is no longer conspiracy theory

GCHQ has tools to manipulate online information, leaked documents show
Documents leaked by Edward Snowden reveal programs to track targets, spread information and manipulate online debates

Jul 15 05:39

Professor compares California’s ‘one-party rule’ to Mexico PRI

LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – Low voter turnout, increasing corruption and a lack of fresh ideas all can be contributed to California’s “one party rule,” according to a recent column.

On Tuesday CityWatch, a Los Angeles opinion and news website, posted a column authored by Joel Kotkin, a fellow in urban studies at Chapman University, in which he compares California’s current political climate to that of Mexico’s 40 years ago, when the country suffered under a one-party dictatorship – Partido Revolucionario Institucional.

Kotkin

In his column, “One Party Rule is No Party in California,” Kotkin writes that while the reformed Mexico used to be hobbled by slow growth, soaring inequality, endemic corruption and dead politics, California, in contrast, was considered a model American state, with a highly regarded Legislature, relatively clean politics, a competitive political process and a soaring economy.

Jul 15 05:03

US standards for software may allow 'back doors' for the NSA: Experts

A panel of top independent experts says US government standards for software may enable the National Security Agency to have a back door for its spying programs.

The experts, which published their conclusion on Monday, were hired by The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), which is legally required to consult with the NSA to get security software approved.

Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden revealed in September that the NSA detects back doors to circumvent the software’s efficacy and doesn't report it back to the institute.

The software programs are widely used coding formulas designed to prevent interception and hacking. The board of Independent experts has concluded that the NIST needs to review its obligation to confer with the NSA and seek legal changes.

Jul 14 23:13

Visit to the Mount Carmel Branch Davidian Massacre Site, July 14, 2014

I first visited the site of the Branch Davidian Massacre in 2008. My wife and I were in the Waco area this morning so we stopped by once again and took some video of the current site of the 'Waco' tragedy, for a virtual tour of what the place looks like 21 years after the siege. Upon our arrival we were greeted by two very nice labs.
On April 19, 1993 the government slaughtered 82 innocent men, women, and children at the property. One year later, the survivors were acquitted of all murder charges in the deaths of four federal agents. The jury found that the Davidians acted in self defense. This is a little known fact by the general public, who are basically told that a pervert child molester and his cult group committed mass suicide.

Jul 14 17:47

Florida inmate was gassed to death while locked in solitary confinement

An inmate was locked in solitary confinement and repeatedly sprayed with mustard-colored gas until he died, an investigation has uncovered. Officials then allegedly covered up the death and claimed it was due to natural causes.

Jul 14 17:38

Awaken slaves! - How The Private Central Bank Ponzi Scheme Trapped And Destroyed America

Private Central Banking is not about banking, or even about money. It is about Control. Private Central Banking is about rule by enforced servitude to artificially created debt. No different from other hoaxes played by the rich on the poor, such as Rule by Divine Right, or Rule by Chattel Ownership of your Body (slavery). As a human civilization we have outgrown these hoaxes and realize they are illegitimate forms of governance. So too shall it be with Rule by Debt. Those previous systems only worked as long as the subjugated population believed that those systems were real; the way the world was supposed to be. When the people broke free of the slavery of belief, those forms of enslavement collapsed. For the few to feel rich, everyone else must be poor.

Jul 14 17:14

Eglin Air Force Base Busted Gaming Reddit

Check out this blog post with reddit statistics. Notice Eglin Air Force Base as the “most addicted” city. This is about a year ago, so reddit has been getting heavily sh!tp0sted by government employees for at least this long.

Here is a paper funded by Eglin AFB studying how to establish majority views, social control, influence conversations, contain unwanted information. Eglin AFB is a major hub for Pentagon domestic manipulation programs online.

A lot of this got established right when the war on terror started. Then in 2012 the Smith-Mundt Modernization Act legalized Pentagon / other agency domestic propaganda. That’s not to say what we think of as ‘propaganda’ or manipulation wasn’t going on before – just that they no longer have to plausibly believe the narrative they try to trick you into buying.

Jul 14 16:50

Hacking Online Polls and Other Ways British Spies Seek to Control the Internet

The secretive British spy agency GCHQ has developed covert tools to seed the internet with false information, including the ability to manipulate the results of online polls, artificially inflate pageview counts on web sites, “amplif[y]” sanctioned messages on YouTube, and censor video content judged to be “extremist.” The capabilities, detailed in documents provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, even include an old standby for pre-adolescent prank callers everywhere: A way to connect two unsuspecting phone users together in a call.

Jul 14 16:02

Obama administration says the world’s servers are ours

US says global reach needed to gut "fraudsters," "hackers," and "drug dealers."

Jul 14 15:52

Video: DHS Agent Opens Fire During Rally

The Los Angeles Police Department confirmed Sunday evening that a Department of Homeland Security agent opened fire during a pro-Israel rally in front of the Westwood Federal Building.

Jul 14 15:51

Video: Cop killer's wife says her husband should've killed more cops

(people are pissed off)

Jul 14 15:43

Online Rants Scaring Pigs - GOOD!

anti-government radicals fuel fear of U.S. cop killings

Jul 14 15:42

EU Bail-Ins Coming As Germany OKs Depositor Bail-In

Bail-ins are coming to the EU as Germany has quietly OK’d depositor bail-ins under the cover of World Cup fever.

Germany’s cabinet Wednesday approved plans to force creditors into propping up struggling banks beginning in 2015, one year earlier than required under European-wide plans that set rules for failing financial institutions.

The new bail-in rules are part of a package of German legislation on the European banking union–an ambitious project to centralize bank supervision in the euro zone and, when banks fail, to organize their rescue or winding-up at a European level.

Germany plans to force creditors into propping up struggling banks beginning in 2015, one year earlier than required under European-wide plans that set rules for failing financial institutions, according to a senior German finance ministry official.

Jul 14 15:11

What I Don’t Like About Life in the American Police State

There’s a lot to love about America and its people: their pioneering spirit, their entrepreneurship, their ability to think outside the box, their passion for the arts, etc. Increasingly, however, as time goes by, I find the things I don’t like about living in a nation that has long since ceased to be a sanctuary for freedom are beginning to outnumber the things I love.

Here’s what I don’t like about living in the American police state: I don’t like being treated as if my only value to the government is as a source of labor and funds. I don’t like being viewed as a consumer and bits of data. I don’t like being spied on and treated as if I have no right to privacy, especially in my own home....

Jul 14 15:02

Gun Buying & Alleged Legal Marijuana Usage, Do You Feel Lucky?

Gun owners and future gun owners of Colorado, Cqalifornia and now Washington State need to be very careful. Also all the drug-vacationers who are pouring in from out of state to Colorado had better be prudent about what they post online. If you legally buy a firearm in Oklahoma after legally smoking marijuana in Colorado, this could get you a Federal violation conviction. Do you feel lucky?

Jul 14 14:36

2nd Amendment Erosion: Hunting and Self-defense

Restrictions on the 2nd Amendment Right (2AR) are piling up, one after another. The result is that bearing arms — owning and using a firearm — becomes ever more difficult. The goal of many of these laws seems to me to be a deliberate infringement (or a full denial) of the 2AR. Many politicians have decided that it would be better if no one possessed a firearm other than police and military. They have rejected a Constitutional Right.

Jul 14 14:31

Alabama attorney general says county commissions cannot ban guns at polls

Following friction between Alabama poll officials and open carriers in recent elections, the state attorney general is telling county commissions they do not have the authority to forbid guns at polling places.

Jul 14 14:20

George Soros and the Shadow Party Behind Crises to Take Down America

From undermining the Second Amendment and influencing elections to sponsoring color revolutions in Eastern Europe and the Middle East, the ominous footprint of George Soros is everywhere.

Jul 14 13:45

The Kingdom Of Shylock

Plutocracy is more despotic then monarchy; more insolent than aristocracy; more selfish than bureaucracy. It accumulates by conscious fraud more money than it can use, and denounces as public enemies all who question its methods or throw a light upon its crimes.

(W. J. Bryan, New York Reception, 1906).

All undertakings in the field of industry are now dependent upon the consent of the banker.

The Stock Exchange activities of the banks are becoming more and more the controlling force in every department of economic life.

Modern capitalism is the child of money-lending

Money-lending contains the root idea of capitalism

In money there is no thought of production

In money-lending economic activity has no meaning

—Werner Sombart in “The Jews and Modern Capitalism.”

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Online version of the book, "The Kingdom of Shylock."

Jul 14 13:39

NSA: Releasing Snowden E-mails Would Invade His Privacy

It is laughable that the NSA claims it cares about someone’s privacy considering that the spy agency shows absolutely no respect for the privacy of millions of Americans it monitors every day.

Jul 14 13:19

Deputy Tries To Shoot Dog, Misses And Hits 10-Year-Old

A ten-year-old boy was shot by a Coffee County deputy last Thursday after the deputy had aimed to shoot a dog during a manhunt.

Police were searching for 19-year-old Christopher Barnett, who had allegedly shot a police officer following a robbery at a gas station earlier in the day. Barnett had made his way to a trailer park in Douglas and was followed by police. Dakota Corbitt was in the front yard of his home in the trailer park during the police search for Barnett.

According to Coffee County Sheriff Doyle Wooten, a deputy went onto the property where Corbitt lives and claimed that a dog ran up to him. The deputy fired on the dog, but somehow missed and shot Corbitt in the back of the leg.

Jul 14 12:48

US Congressmen threatened by Israeli lobby: Bruce Gagnon

US lawmakers are threatened by the Israeli lobby not to talk about Israel’s atrocities against Palestinians with losing their jobs in the Congress, an American political analyst says.

“Our Congress has been taken over by people who are afraid of Israel and many people in the United States Congress are threatened by the Israeli lobby and told that if they don’t support Israel, they will be thrown out of office,” Bruce Gagnon from Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space told Press TV on Sunday.

“There have been several cases of congressional representatives who stood up to Israel and then there was a tremendous outpouring of money and lies in their next campaign for election where they’re defeated. So, this has frightened many people inside the Congress who now will never say anything bad about Israel because they’re afraid they lose their jobs,” he added.

Jul 14 12:26

New Snowden Docs: British Spies Seed the Internet with False Information, Including the Ability to Manipulate the Results of Online Polls,

The secretive British spy agency GCHQ has developed covert tools to seed the internet with false information, including the ability to manipulate the results of online polls, artificially inflate pageview counts on web sites, “amplif[y]” sanctioned messages on YouTube, and censor video content judged to be “extremist.” The capabilities, detailed in documents provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, even include an old standby for pre-adolescent prank callers everywhere: A way to connect two unsuspecting phone users together in a call.

Jul 14 12:10

Government Will Control EVERYTHING on Net by 2025

Is the internet turning into BIG BROTHER? Everything we read, watch and buy online will be controlled by government by 2025, claim expert

Jul 14 11:57

Yahoo! News Equates Videotaping Cops With Wanting to Kill Them

A Yahoo! News story published today equates concerns about police brutality, the militarization of law enforcement and videotaping cops with wanting to carry out violent murders of police officers.

Jul 14 10:32

Omens of a Derivatives Meltdown (Part 1)

Published on Jul 10, 2014

Part 1 of this series explains the colossal size of the derivatives market and the heads-Wall Street-wins / tails-Main Street-loses nature of this painstakingly rigged casino.

Do you think derivatives are unregulated? They are--until a series of bets goes bad and starts toppling a bank, at which point rules materialize out of nowhere and meticulously provide for the looting of your checking and savings accounts to pay off the bad bets made by your bank.

When (not if) the derivatives chain of dominoes starts to teeter, it's going to be Open Season on your bank accounts. Say, what interest rate is your bank paying you to take on such a huge risk, anyhow?

Jul 14 10:09

The Emperor’s New Clothes: The Naked Truth About the American Police State

“The most dangerous man, to any government, is the man who is able to think things out for himself…Almost inevitably, he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane, and intolerable.”—H.L. Mencken, American journalist

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Examination of the "Common Core" curriculum shows it is intended to raise a generation of Americans not only unable to think things out for themselves, but disinclined to do so!

Jul 14 09:40

RESULTS OF ISRAELI TRAINED HOMELAND SECURITY OFFICERS

During the rally, at least three men waving Palestinian flags and carrying wooden sticks arrived at the rally and allegedly hit some of the protesters, according to the Jewish Journal.

The men, who told the newspaper that they were Palestinians living in Anaheim, returned to their truck and drove off after the melee was broken up.

As they left, a Department of Homeland Security officer fired his gun in the direction of the truck, Brian Thomas of the LAPD West Los Angeles Patrol Division, told the Jewish Journal.

Jul 14 09:22

German NSA inquiry considers typewriters

The head of Germany's parliamentary inquiry into the NSA spying scandal has suggested the government return to using typewriters to protect national secrets from prying eyes.

Jul 14 08:45

TSA Lets Illegals Fly Without ID, Harasses Mom Over Breast Milk

While the TSA is perfectly content to let illegal aliens (and by extension potential terrorists) fly without any proper form of ID, American moms like Nicole Moberg are being harassed over their breast milk.

On Friday it emerged that the TSA was allowing illegal aliens to fly on commercial airliners inside the U.S. without verifiable identification. As long as the individual was able to produce a Notice to Appear form, they were allowed to board the plane.

A TSA spokesperson immediately took to social media to deny the report, claiming media outlet Breitbart had lied about the story. However, the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) obtained a statement from the Border Patrol union which revealed that the TSA had reversed the policy in the aftermath of the Breitbart story.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Any government which so consistently and perniciously harasses innocent people, and consistently lies about its actions has delegitimized itself to the point of being thoroughly unworthy of support by its citizens.

And that, unfortunately, is precisely what the government of the United States of America has become; a sociopathic, morally and fiscally broken, dictatorial, third-world banana republic, with nuclear weapons.

Jul 14 08:29

Picturing The March Of Tyranny

Well-known libertarian cartoonist Ben Garrison has previously summarized the state of the States perfectly in this image. As he describes it - the cartoon "shows how the banking and corporate masters (crony capitalist fascists) control both major parties behind the scenes. They keep us distracted with left vs. right while giving us the illusion that voting for one of the other parties will solve things. It won't." It appears his 'prophecy' has grown more and more the reality in the past years...

Jul 14 08:26

Robbing Peter

On 16th March 2013, the banks of Cyprus, with the approval of the Cyprus Government, the European Commission, the European Central Bank, and the International Monetary Fund, confiscated private savings of accounts exceeding €100,000.

At the time, there were two readings of the unanimous approval by four bodies. As the confiscation was presented to the public, the unanimous approval implied that the confiscation was above board. To those who looked a bit deeper, however, the unanimous approval meant that, not only had the four bodies clearly been working on the plan for some time, behind closed doors, but it also demonstrated that all four bodies colluded to steal a significant amount of privately owned money.

Jul 14 08:13

Britain Buys Water Cannons; Fears Civil Unrest From Government Workers

he British government has just invested in water cannons because they are fearing the rising tide of civil unrest as austerity is forcing the reduction of state workers and their pensions. I have been warning that unemployment will rise, but this time it is going to flow more so from the state and municipal workers. In the UK, hundreds of thousands have took to the streets to protest against the austerity measures of the government. Prime Minister Cameron has no choice for this is the collapse of socialism. Those who think I am anti-poor or whatever, are missing the point. It is the rising cost of government that is out of control and NO LEVEL of tax increase can reverse this trend.

Jul 14 08:03

More “Rolling Facism” In SC Upstate

Last fall Upstate television station WSPA TV 7 (CBS – Greenville-Spartanburg) ran an interesting story on “Operation Rolling Thunder,” a so-called countywide “traffic enforcement blitz” that’s really nothing but a shameless shakedown of motorists.

According to WSPA’s report, Spartanburg sheriff’s deputies “seized nearly $100,000 during the operation … and will collect thousands more from fines levied against the nearly 1,300 traffic cases.

The $100,000 was obtained via “civil asset forfeiture,” in which cops simply take your cash and force you to go to court to retrieve it – knowing full well the lengthy, costly effort to get the money back isn’t worth the effort. Oh, and they don’t even have to route that money back to county government – it goes straight into their bank accounts.

That’s theft, people …

Jul 14 07:39

Weaponized Military Grades of BS

It is a momentous occurrence whenever the scepter is passed from one regent to the next. Each of them brings with their rule a general state of appearances. Pol Pot brought one. Peter the Great another and Queen Victoria something else. It is true that whatever came to pass was somewhat influenced by the people it came to pass upon but I can show you comparative levels of brutality in each of these. I can show you (in these very days) and you can find; scenes of elegant opulence and all manner of plenty with total want and despair only a short distance away.

Jul 14 07:19

Proof that NSA Is Still Lying About Spying on AmericansJuly 13th, 2014

The NSA has been caught in lie after lie about its surveillance on Americans. This is nothing new. An NSA whistleblower told Washington’s Blog:

They were asked 40 years ago whether NSA had bugged Congress. And, of course, they lied. They lied through their teeth.”

Two of NSA’s current lies are:

(1) NSA only accidentally and incidentally collects information about Americans, and it is really only focused on foreigners;

and

(2) NSA only spies on Americans’ metadata … not content

But high-level NSA whistleblowers Bill Binney, Thomas Drake and Russell Tice have all told Washington’s Blog that the NSA is spying on the content of Americans’ phone calls and emails.

And it is clear that the NSA – and other government agencies – have been spying on – and retaininginformation on – all Americans.

Jul 14 07:09

Parade Float Insults Obama, Department of Justice Initiates Investigation

The DoJ has determined that the greatest potential threat to the Constitution, our national security and personal freedoms is... a parade float that pokes fun at President Obama. The threatening float consisted of an outhouse labeled “Obama Presidential Library”. Omaha.com reports:

The U.S. Department of Justice has joined the discussions over a controversial float in the Norfolk Independence Day parade.

The department sent a member of its Community Relations Service team, which gets involved in discrimination disputes, to a Thursday meeting about the issue.

Jul 14 05:54

Fliers to pay higher TSA fee to help pay down deficit

The so-called Sept. 11 security fee that was intended to fund the Transportation Security Administration is about to increase. The TSA, however, says it won’t necessarily benefit from the extra revenue.

The fee hike could increase the cost of air travel by as little as 60 cents or as much as $22.40 or more, depending on the number of layovers and length of the stops.

TSA critics and the airlines are fuming about the hike.

Jul 13 20:30

Released Occupy Activist Cecily McMillan: "There's No Sense in Prison"

McMillan was released from Rikers Island after 58 days. She'd been sentenced to 90 days for felony second-degree assault for elbowing a police officer, Grantley Bovell, who was attempting to arrest her as Zuccotti Park

Jul 13 18:36

Edward Snowden condemns Britain's emergency surveillance bill

The NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has condemned the new surveillance bill being pushed through the UK's parliament this week, expressing concern about the speed at which it is being done, lack of public debate, fear-mongering and what he described as increased powers of intrusion.

In an exclusive interview with the Guardian in Moscow, Snowden said it was very unusual for a public body to pass an emergency law such as this in circumstances other than a time of total war. "I mean we don't have bombs falling. We don't have U-boats in the harbour."

Suddenly it is a priority, he said, after the government had ignored it for an entire year. "It defies belief."

Jul 13 15:54

Israel has barred UN investigators in the occupied Palestinian Territories

Israel has barred UNRWA’s Commissioner-General, Pierre Kraehenbuehl and the UN’s Coordinator of Humanitarian Affairs in the occupied Palestinian Territories James Rowley from entering the Gaza Strip

Jul 13 14:14

New Edward Snowden Video: Rush to pass British surveillance law is extraordinary

The NSA whistleblower questions the need for emergency legislation in an exclusive Guardian interview,

Jul 13 13:21

Israeli jets destroying Gaza water and sewage systems, Oxfam estimates 90% of Gaza water unsafe to drink

according to Saed al-Din Atbash, head of water facilities at Gaza Municipality.

Atbash told reporters in Gaza City that Israel is deliberately targeting the wells

Jul 13 13:11

Detroiters Put Bodies on the Line to Stop Privatization of Their Water

At 6:45 on Thursday morning, the Reverend Bill Wylie-Kellerman of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Detroit sat down with nine othersblocking the entrance of the facility where Homrich Wrecking’s water shutoff trucks were set to leave for the day. By 8 a.m., the “Detroit Water 10” had been charged with disorderly conduct

Jul 13 09:29

Ethiopia slides deeper into repression

Graham Peebles argues that the arrest of Ethiopian opposition leader Andargachew Tsige should be the catalyst to unite the people in collective, non-violent action to end repression and dictatorship in Ethiopia.

Jul 13 07:17

Putin: The 21st century world is globalized and interdependent

Just another NWO Stooge. Out of his own mouth!

VLADIMIR PUTIN: The 21st century world is globalized and interdependent. Therefore, no state or group of countries can unilaterally tackle major international problems and any attempts to build a separate “oasis of stability and security” are doomed to failure.

In order to meet numerous challenges and threats we have to stop trying to impose development models on other countries. This approach has repeatedly proven its ineffectiveness. It does not just fail to facilitate conflict resolution, but leads to instability and chaos in international affairs.

Today, it is especially important to consolidate the international community’s efforts to ensure equal and indivisible security, as well as to resolve disputes trough the application of international law and with the central coordinating role of the UN.

Jul 13 06:55

The Future Of Americas Shopping Malls In Pictures

And they made a wasteland of America!

(Rocket 24) Hundreds of shopping malls across the U.S. have been forced to shut down following years of debilitating declines in consumer traffic.

In many cases, the shuttered malls are left to decay for years before developers or local governments raise the funds to bulldoze or renovate the space.

Pseudonymous photographer Seph Lawless traveled the country for years to find these forgotten malls and document their decay from the inside.

The photos he captured are haunting and apocalyptic, featuring dead trees and abandoned shopping carts against landscapes of broken glass and crumbling walls.

He compiled the photographs in a new book, “Black Friday: The Collapse of the American Shopping Mall,” and shared some of them with Business Insider.

Jul 13 06:31

78 Year Old Man Beaten and Pepper sprayed by Cop on Ride Home From Church

A 78 year old man was recently pulled over by police on his way home from church. The officer apparently pulled the old man over because he was driving on the wrong side of the road.

According to 78 year old Charles Griffith and his wife Joy, the situation was hostile from the minute he was pulled over.

When Charles was pulled over he wasn't exactly sure what to do because he had never been in trouble before, so he got out of the car to wait for the officer. The officer then approached the car aggressively ordering him to get back into the car.

"He come up there and said, 'get back in the car,' and I did. He wanted to see my driver's license and he just started saying he was going to take me to jail and this kind of stuff. I hadn't did anything wrong... I had never been in trouble or nothing" Griffith told reporters after the incident.

Jul 13 05:51

Top Tory's devastating attack on our loss of privacy: This data law has nothing to do with catching terrorists - and everything to do with a lust for power

The last time the main parties got together in a closed room, did a deal and told the country there was a need to act urgently, we were on the edge of abandoning 300 years of press freedom.

This time our privacy is under threat. In the name of security, the Government is fast-tracking legislation through Parliament that will allow it to collect huge quantities of our personal data.

We would do well to remember the advice of Ben Franklin: ‘Those who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.’

The Government has engineered a ‘theatrical emergency’ – in this case terrorism and hidden paedophile rings – to ram the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill through Parliament without proper debate.

It is an insult to the supremacy of Parliament, to democracy and to the trust of the public.

Jul 13 04:51

The Senate is giving more power to the NSA, in secret. Everyone should fight it

One of the most underrated benefits of Edward Snowden's leaks was how they forced the US Congress to shelve the dangerous, privacy-destroying legislation– then known as Cispa – that so many politicians had been so eager to pass under the guise of "cybersecurity". Now a version of the bill is back, and apparently its authors want to keep you in the dark about it for as long as possible.

Now it's called the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (Cisa), and it is a nightmare for civil liberties. Indeed, it's unclear how this kind of law would even improve cybersecurity. The bill was marked up and modified by the Senate intelligence committee in complete secrecy this week, and only afterward was the public allowed to see many of the provisions passed under its name.

Jul 13 02:29

The return of George Orwell and Big Brother’s war on Palestine, Ukraine and the truth - John Pilger

The other night, I saw George Orwells's '1984' performed on the London stage. Although crying out for a contemporary interpretation, Orwell's warning about the future was presented as a period piece: remote, unthreatening, almost reassuring. It was as if Edward Snowden had revealed nothing, Big Brother was not now a digital eavesdropper and Orwell himself had never said, "To be corrupted by totalitarianism, one does not have to live in a totalitarian country."

Jul 13 02:02

Whistleblower: NSA stores 80% of all phone calls, not just metadata

At least 80 percent of all audio calls are gathered and stored by the NSA, whistleblower William Binney has revealed. -- The former code-breaker says the spy agency’s ultimate aim is no less than total population control.

Jul 12 17:27

Given US/UK/Israel wars and lust for more, what do two ‘supreme Law’ treaties say about lawful and unlawful war?

*hyperlinks live at source*
The short answer is war is lawful only in self-defense from armed attack by another nation’s government, and lawful response is to arrest US/UK/Israel leaderships for unlawful Wars of Aggression.

Background history: It’s easy to document the US as a neocolonial empire; offspring of Europe’s lust for material wealth that spawned two world wars in the century within which all current adults were born.

All of our families sacrificed through those wars. Please take a moment to feel what they went through. Please take a moment to experience the cumulative costs inflicted by “developed” nations’ imperialism and wars, including Israel’s escalating unlawful War of Aggression on Palestine that make Gaza the world’s largest concentration camp.

Jul 12 16:17

Percentage of Uninsured Americans Lowest Ever

Obamacare’s Dramatic Impact On The Uninsured

Jul 12 16:09

Blaming the Gun, Not the Shooter — Especially if He's a Cop

Alas, guns aren’t reliably benign even in the consecrated hands of the state’s duly commissioned agents of officially sanctioned violence.

Jul 12 15:57

The Senate is giving more power to the NSA, in secret. Everyone should fight it

One of the most underrated benefits of Edward Snowden's leaks was how they forced the US Congress to shelve the dangerous, privacy-destroying legislation– then known as Cispa – that so many politicians had been so eager to pass under the guise of "cybersecurity". Now a version of the bill is back, and apparently its authors want to keep you in the dark about it for as long as possible.

Now it's called the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (Cisa), and it is a nightmare for civil liberties. Indeed, it's unclear how this kind of law would even improve cybersecurity. The bill was marked up and modified by the Senate intelligence committee in complete secrecy this week, and only afterward was the public allowed to see many of the provisions passed under its name.

Jul 12 15:55

Cops pummel, tase, shoot suspect with bean bags in video — but no investigation done

The two-hour-long video shows two Bellingham police officers strike him repeatedly with their batons and doused with pepper spray

Jul 12 14:56

Facebook Comments Protected Under The First Amendment, Wisconsin Judge Rules

In Smith’s profanity-filled comments he called the officers “f****** racist basturds [sic]” and likened them to male genitalia.

Poor little piggies feelings got hurt

Jul 12 14:55

Homeland Security Secretary visits the FLETC facility

Created: 07/11/2014 6:13 PM
By: Lauren Hansard, KOB Eyewitness News 4

President Obama’s multi-billion dollar plan to end the immigration crisis is hung up in Congress. A 2008 law allows each of those children a hearing, but Republicans want the law repealed and the children deported ASAP.

400 Central American women and children are now living at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Artesia. And just about everyone in Artesia has an opinion about it.

"I can say I don't want them here," said Shelley Choate.

“Well, I feel like they’re already broke the law why should we have to pay to set them up too," said Valeria Kathryn Perry.

“If they know how to get in, then they know how to get out so it's scary, it's scary," said Janie Smith.

Jul 12 14:38

Worst than Nixon:

poll shows that the public believes Barack Obama is the worst president since World War II

Jul 12 13:45

CA Bill Would Allow Secret Seizure of Firearms Based on Just One Complaint

A controversial bill currently before the California state Senate would allow the secret seizure of a state resident’s firearms based on a single complaint that they pose a risk of committing an act of violence made by “an immediate family member, licensed therapist, or licensed health care provider.”

Jul 12 11:43

William Binney: The NSA’s Ultimate Goal is Total Population Control

“The ultimate goal of the NSA is total population control,” said Binney, who believes the government is fighting for a future where surveillance is ubiquitous and government intrusion unlimited.

Jul 12 10:26

UN Security Council Calls For Ceasefire!

Saturday, July 12
16:56 GMT:

The UN Security Council has called for a ceasefire between Israel and Palestine, citing serious concerns about the protection of civilians on both sides.

"The Security Council members called for de-escalation of the situation, restoration of calm, and reinstitution of the November 2012 ceasefire," the 15-member body said in a statement.

Jul 12 10:21

Trent Franks Blasts Obama's Cowardly, Unprecedented Betrayal of Israel

Politicians like this betray America IMHO!

Earlier this week Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) blasted the Obama administration's handling of the unfolding military crisis developing between Israel and Palestine saying "I thought nothing this president could ever say or do would surprise me anymore, but this flushed and breathless rush to embrase terrorists launching rockets at Israeli children is an unprecedented act of cowardice and betrayal"

Jul 12 09:48

Police faked 9-1-1 phone calls to warrantlessly search homes

Officers entered properties by claiming emergency calls were made, except they weren't. A dubious police tactic has come to light, in which officers used falsified information in order to gain ‘consent’ to search private properties without a warrant.

Officers in Durham have apparently discovered that they can create the legal pretext for a search by lying about calls to 9-1-1 emergency services that never actually took place. The tactic is apparently legal — and commonplace — according to an officer’s sworn statements.

Jul 12 09:02

Jean-Claude Juncker tells Britain: There is NO hope of limiting immigrants into UK

Jean-Claude Juncker said EU member states could combat abuse of their systems but the basic right of workers to be able to move around the union was fundamental and not up for negotiation.

He was quizzed in the European Parliament by members of the UK Independence Party and its sister eurosceptic parties including from Italy and Sweden as part of his campaign to win MEPs' support as next Commission president.

David Cameron last month tried to block Mr Juncker's nomination for the post by the EU's 28 member governments, arguing the former Luxembourg PM was a politician of the past and a pro-centraliser who could not deliver the reforms Europe needed.

Jul 12 09:00

Diego Garcia: Investigation into Government complicity in CIA programme is 'expedient on grounds of national security', says senior MP

A senior MP has called for a far reaching investigation into the extent of British complicity in the CIA’s extraordinary rendition programme, following the revelation that flight records from the Indian Ocean territory of Diego Garcia have been lost.

Andrew Tyrie, a leading campaigner for British accountability on extraordinary rendition, said the admission on Wednesday by the Foreign Office that flight logs for American aircraft using the UK-owned island had been destroyed meant the “full truth” of whether there was British knowledge of the practice may now never be known.

The Conservative MP and chairman of the Commons’ Treasury select committee tabled the question which lead to FCO ministers admitting that flight records for 2002 - the only year in which Washington has admitted extraordinary rendition flights landed in Diego Garcia - had been partially lost due to “water damage”.

Jul 12 08:32

Constitutional Threat Assessment

“Under the powers delegated by these statutes, the President may: seize property; organize and control the means of production; seize commodities; assign military forces abroad; institute martial law; seize and control all transportation and communication; regulate the operation of private enterprise; restrict travel; and, in a plethora of particular ways, control the lives of all American citizens.”

Jul 12 07:42

Beware the Dangers of Congress’ Latest Cybersecurity Bill

A new cybersecurity bill poses serious threats to our privacy, gives the government extraordinary powers to silence potential whistleblowers, and exempts these dangerous new powers from transparency laws.

The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2014 ("CISA") was scheduled to be marked up by the Senate Intelligence Committee yesterday but has been delayed until after next week's congressional recess. The response to the proposed legislation from the privacy, civil liberties, tech, and open government communities was quick and unequivocal – this bill must not go through.

The bill would create a massive loophole in our existing privacy laws by allowing the government to ask companies for "voluntary" cooperation in sharing information, including the content of our communications, for cybersecurity purposes. But the definition they are using for the so-called "cybersecurity information" is so broad it could sweep up huge amounts of innocent Americans' personal data.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

What we absolutely do NOT have in this country is "cybersecurity"; what we do have is industrial-strength cyberinsecurity. This means nothng gets typed into your computer that you do not want the entire world, or universe, to read, and you do not say anythng on your phone that you do now want broadcast for the world to hear.

Of course, the really bad guys are already encrypted against this; it is just normal, innocent, ordinary working Americans who have to be concerned about this pernicious breach of privacy, should this bill get passed.

Jul 12 07:41

“Why did you shoot me? I was reading a book”: The new warrior cop is out of control

Sal Culosi is dead because he bet on a football game — but it wasn’t a bookie or a loan shark who killed him. His local government killed him, ostensibly to protect him from his gambling habit.

Jul 12 05:57

Cops Rethink Plan To Give Teen A Boner For Justice

"Police in Virginia will not proceed with controversial plans to photograph a 17-year-old boy's genitalia as evidence in a sexting case against him.

Jul 12 05:55

'Militarized' SWAT Teams Under Scrutiny as Toddler Recovers From Grenade

Police SWAT teams are coming under growing pressure after a 19-month-old boy was critically injured by a SWAT grenade in his crib in Georgia.

The boy, Bounkham Phonesavanh — known as Bou — is undergoing rehabilitation back home in Wisconsin this week after he was released from an Atlanta-area hospital following more than a month of treatment, which included putting him in a medically induced coma.

** Warning ** Graphic photos

Jul 12 05:55

Video: Feds, state and county agencies deploy small army (and air force) to town of 850 to detain man on child pornography charges.

Black Hawk choppers used to arrest a pervert in Livingston, Ill.

Jul 12 05:53

Wall Street Teams Up with U.S. Intelligence Cronies in Bid to Form Fascist “Cyber War Council”

Want to hear the worst idea in the history of horrible ideas?

How about we take the industry responsible for destroying the U.S. economy and wrecking the lives of tens of millions of people, and then allow it to create a “government-industry cyber war council.”

It appears that trillions in taxpayer bailouts simply wasn’t enough for Wall Street.

Recognizing that it can seemingly get whatever it wants whenever it wants, the industry is now positioning itself to overtly control U.S. “cyber” policy.
What could go wrong?

Jul 12 05:34

"There's a table of doctors sitting right next to him and none of them are doing shit

Newly released emergency dispatch tapes reveal further details about efforts to revive a Vietnam veteran

who collapsed with a heart attack in a Veterans Affairs hospital

Jul 12 05:17

US Gov hired 76,735 new employees in 2013

FOR WHAT?

a drop of more than 14.5 percent compared to the previous year.

36.2 percent of new hires are filling jobs at Department of Defense agencies

Jul 12 04:03

Coming to America: Mercenary Justice

There is as yet no legal barrier to wholesale deployment of mercenary soldiers to U.S. cities. Such forces occupied New Orleans in 2005, two years before Blackwater troops massacred Iraqi civilians in Baghdad’s Nisoor Square. Could Times Square be next?

Jul 12 02:38

Spain passes watered down 'anti-protest' law

The draft Citizen Security Law was greeted with outrage by many when it was unveiled in November 2013.

Jul 11 10:58

FEDS Set Up Tiny Free Speech Zones Once Again – Are They Insane?

Almost hysterically, the Federal government has once again set up TINY ‘free speech zones’ in Murrietta, Texas, despicably forgetting that THE ENTIRE COUNTRY is a ‘free speech zone’ in accordance with the 1st Amendment and the United States Constitution.

Seemingly attempting to set up another ‘Bundy Ranch’ situation in which Americans put the FEDS in their proper place when it comes to WHEN AND WHERE ‘free speech’ takes place, are they actually TRYING to set-up another Bundy Ranch situation, where the 2nd Amendment once again comes to the rescue of the 1st? Will ANYONE down in the border region of Texas actually FALL FOR THESE SAD TRICKS that the federal government is attempting to impose upon the people of America? When will the federal government REMEMBER that they are merely SERVANTS TO the American people?

Jul 11 09:06

Huge public sector strikes hit Britain

Webmaster's Commentary: 

When you choose to live a simpler life, that is austerity. When the government orders you to live a simpler life, that is DICTATORSHIP!

Jul 11 08:55

Man Sues Feds After They Target Him for Photographing Rainbow Art

When 86-year-old photographer James Prigoff paused to photograph a natural gas storage tank in Boston 10 years ago, he was simply doing what countless of tourists have done before. The colorful tank, painted with a rainbow-like design, is a popular photo op. He had no reason to suspect his snapshot would prompt an ominous visit by a federal agent months later and the addition of his name to a government database of suspicious activity.

But his case is hardly unique. Similar circumstances have befallen four other people, who are suing the government over so-called suspicious activity reports, or SARs, filed against them.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Apparently, the collective paranoia of this government knows no bounds, under Obama's watch.

I really hope this lawsuit is stunningly successful.

Jul 11 08:44

Justice declines to pursue allegations that CIA monitored Senate Intel staff

The Justice Department has decided not to pursue accusations that the CIA spied on the Senate Intelligence Committee and allegations that committee staff slipped classified documents from a secure agency facility, McClatchy has confirmed.

"The department carefully reviewed the matters referred to us and did not find sufficient evidence to warrant a criminal investigation," said Justice Department spokesman Peter Carr.

The news marks an apparent end to an extraordinary feud that spilled into the public forum in early March over the committee’s report on the agency’s post-9/11 enhanced interrogation program. The dispute included competing Justice Department referrals, with both the CIA and the Senate Intelligence Committee accusing the other side of criminal conduct throughout the course of the interrogation study.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

It is obvious that Obama's "Justice" department did not want to have the report on "enhanced interrogation" (translation: torture) see the light of day.

Jul 11 08:41

Facebook is spying on your mom, your relationships and your political views

Facebook has been spying on users' ethnicities, political views, romantic partners, and even how they talk to their children. (Unlike the mood study, the Facebook studies listed below are observational; they don't attempt to change users' behavior.)

It's unlikely Facebook users have heard about most of these studies, they've consented to them; the social network's Data Use Policy states: "We may use the information we receive about you…for internal operations, including troubleshooting, data analysis, testing, research and service improvement."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

THIS is why you keep your face book page absolutely vanilla, and do not say anything you don't want broadcast to either the entire world, or the technoids doing these kinds of studies.

Jul 10 18:26

MS-13 Actively Recruiting Illegal Alien Minors at U.S. Shelters

The nation’s most violent street gangs—including Mara Salvatrucha—are actively recruiting new members at U.S. shelters housing illegal immigrant minors and they’re using Red Cross phones to communicate, a Homeland Security source tells Judicial Watch.

Jul 10 17:41

When They Say The US Federal Reserve Note Is Based On Nothing , Even That Is A Whitewashing

When They Say The US Federal Reserve Note Is Based On Nothing , Even That Is A Whitewashing .

(*It's Based On Killing People .)

Jul 10 13:47

Breaking: Greenwald Reveals 5 Americans Targeted By NSA

On Wednesday, journalist Glenn Greenwald has finally named names. And those names, as reported by The Intercept, include five politically active Muslim-Americans, who didn’t actually pose threats to national security.

These American citizens were targeted for surveillance between 2002 and 2008 due to their political activity.

Jul 10 13:05

EPA claims it has the power to garnish wages without court approval

The Environmental Protection Agency has quietly claimed that it has the authority to unilaterally garnish the wages of individuals who have been accused of violating its rules.

According to The Washington Times, the agency announced the plan to enhance its purview last week in a notice in the Federal Register. The notice claimed that federal law allows the EPA to "garnish non-Federal wages to collect delinquent non-tax debts owed the United States without first obtaining a court order."

Jul 10 10:54

Arrivederci Bolzano

The following is a farewell note from the owners of Bolzano Artisan meats:

By this point, you already know how we were forced to shut down because of actions by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, but now the financial damage has forced us to close our doors on our plant on Holton Street for good. We are working behind the scenes to relaunch the company, perhaps with the help of other great local food innovators in our state. It might take months, it might take many years - we just can't tell at this point.

Even though it's the end for Bolzano Artisan Meats production at our little plant, our love of great heirloom pork, sustainable farming, and the history and science of dry curing will continue in some form or another. We might be teaching classes, making podcasts, working on political issues that effect artisan food processors, or just sharing our passion for good farming and great eating with all of you.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"You will eat your corporate produced GMO-laced wood-pulp-filled Soylent Brown AND YOU WILL LIKE IT!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Jul 10 10:32

Zionism Unmasked: “Anti-Semitic” – the label that stops criticism

In 2004, the US Congress passed the Global Anti-Semitism Review Act. The Act defines a person as being anti-Semitic for holding any of a number of beliefs.

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Jul 10 10:32

Exclusive: More Military Bases Asked to Provide Facilities for Illegal Aliens

As the border crisis continues, the Department of Defense is requesting that additional military bases make housing facilities and land available to accommodate a continued influx of illegal alien children.

According to information provided exclusively to Breitbart through a source requesting anonymity, Major General John T. Winters has specifically requested installation support for the Department of Homeland Security to provide temporary housing to unaccompanied alien children. The request requires bases to report any facilities across the U.S. that meet the following minimum specifications: a 24,000 square foot building, 15 acres of land "level and clear," and access to utilities. The information is due to be reported by Wednesday afternoon, July 9. As the border crisis continues, the Department of Defense is requesting that additional military bases make housing facilities and land available to accommodate a continued influx of illegal alien children.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The reason for housing these illegal immigrants on military encampments is simple; should reporters, or, God forbid, members of congress actually want to inspect these facilities to find out what is really going on, they can be rebuffed in the name of "national security"

Unfortunately, however, the United States of American HAS no "national security", courtesy of a deliberate Obama administration decision to completely leave our Southern borders undefended.

They are now undefended against disease; against possible "terrorists" sneaking in; and this economy will crash, because the US government doesn't have the money to pay for all of the services these illegal aliens will require.

But perhaps a "controlled economic crash" is precisely what the White House wants to have happen. As reported in zerohedge.com two days ago:

So just maybe the Fed fully intends on heeding the advice of the BIS, and is strategically positioning itself as a stalwart dove to shield itself from the public fallout of it’s orchestrated financial calamity. A particularly sound play from a political perspective in the event that things don’t go as smoothly as planned. One thing is certain at this point: An intentionally orchestrated crash is the direct recommendation of the BIS, per it’s annual report. That this action exists as a potential policy measure is now confirmed. The remaining question is: Would the Federal Reserve pursue such a policy measure openly, or behind the same curtains from which most of their historic policies were enacted. As we re-think Mrs. Yellen’s speech to the IMF, we are less certain that the Fed is as unwilling to intervene as Mrs Yellen would have us believe. Bringing forward the next leg of the cycle, may well be on the Fed’s agenda.

Jul 10 07:47

Germany Blesses “Bail-In” Deposit Confiscation Plan For Failing EU Banks

One year earlier than required, the German government approved plans to force creditors into propping up struggling banks across Europe. As WSJ reports, Germany “leads the way” in Europe by implementing European rules quickly and “creates instruments that allow the winding-down of big systemically relevant institutions without putting the financial stability at risk.” What this means is that taxpayers (theoretically) will not be on the hook (though in reality we are sure the mutually assured destruction defense will be played – especially if Deutsche runs into problems) but as German authorities explain, “This ensures that in times of crisis mainly owners and creditors will contribute to solving the crisis, and not taxpayers.” As a gentle reminder – creditors includes depositors… remember Cyprus?

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"Hey, if the FED can take our gold, then the banks can take your savings accounts! Fair is fair!!"

Jul 09 13:48

U.S. officials played a role in Chilean killings following 1973 coup, says Chilean judge

It happened 41 years ago, but the aftershocks of an event known in Chile as “el once” continue to reverberate still.

Pronounced “el own-say,” the phrase means “the eleventh,” and it refers to the military coup on September 11, 1973, that overthrew the democratically elected government of Marxist president Salvador Allende, replacing it with 17 years of harsh dictatorial rule under Gen. Augusto Pinochet.

You may have seen the 1982 movie about the coup and its aftermath, entitled Missing, directed by Constantin Costa-Gavras, and starring Jack Lemmon and Sissy Spacek.

The film depicts events surrounding the capture and execution of two Americans – Charles Horman, 31, and Frank Teruggi, 24 – a crime carried out by Chilean security forces in the wake of the U.S-backed coup.

Jul 09 12:05

Cops Use Traffic Stops To Seize Millions From Drivers Never Charged With A Crime

A deputy for the Humboldt County’s Sheriff Office in rural Nevada has been accused of confiscating over $60,000 from drivers who were never charged with a crime. These cash seizures are now the subject of two federal lawsuits and are the latest to spotlight a little-known police practice called civil forfeiture.

Jul 09 11:31

Think Tank Proposes $3.3 Trillion Tax Hike

America is undertaxed, and the result is underfunding of public investments that would improve our economy and the overall welfare of Americans. Fortunately, Congress has several straightforward policy options to raise revenue, mostly by closing or limiting loopholes and special subsidies imbedded in the tax code that benefit wealthy individuals and profitable businesses.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

BULL BISCUITS! America is taxed to the point of paralysis! This think tank is operating from the mindset that all problems are solved by taking more away from the people, apparently clueless that We The People cannot pay these higher taxes in an age where wages and salaries are being hammered into the ground and 90 million Americans cannot find a job at all!

It must be nice living in a little bubble of fantasy where you make huge bucks for fairy-tale solutions to real-world problems!

Jul 09 10:56

Finance and the Holy See: creating a central bank

The Vatican is setting up a ‘central bank’ as part of an overhaul of its finances.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Rather odd thing for a church that used to forbid usury!

Jul 09 10:36

NSA Experts: 'National Security Has Become a State Religion'

For more than a year now, the world has closely followed revelations disclosed by former American intelligence worker Edward Snowden. The documents from the whistleblower's archive have fueled an at times fierce debate over the sense and legality of the National Security Agency's (NSA) sheer greed for data.

In its current issue, SPIEGEL conducted two interviews it hopes will contribute to the debate. The first is with two major critics of the NSA's work -- human rights activist and lawyer Jesselyn Radack, who represents Snowden, and former spy Thomas Drake. The second interview is with John Podesta, a special advisor to United States President Barack Obama.

Jul 09 09:29

Second US Spy Busted In Germany In One Week

It just hasn't been a good week for the CIA. A year after Edward Snowden revealed that the US was bugging Angela Merkel's cell phone, first one then, moments ago, Suddeutsche Zeitung revealed that a second "spy case" involving the US (read CIA) have been revealed. According to SZ, an unidentified man working in military-related area likely to be questioned today over suspicion of spying for a U.S. intelligence service in Germany. The home and office of the suspect were being searched in Berlin area. SZ adds that the case is more serious than unrelated allegations against double agent at BND Federal Intelligence Service that emerged last week.

Jul 09 07:57

Escalating Domestic Warfare

Last month, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) released a report titled “War Comes Home: The Excessive Militarization of American Policing,” shedding much needed light on the emergence of a militarist ethos in policing across the nation.

In a review of public records, such as incident reports, requested from more than 260 law enforcement agencies in 25 states and the District of Columbia, the ACLU found that, from the responses received, 818 SWAT operations from 20 local law enforcement agencies located in 11 states fully met their research criteria, which took geographic diversity into account, among other factors. The SWAT incidents that were analyzed fell in the time period between July 2010 and last October.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And a war against American citizens, courtesy of the Federal government, is precisely what we have going on right now. The ever-escalating police violence against Americans is only one symptom of the systemic problems with which we are dealing.

Good jobs continue to get offshored/outsourced with a vengeance; the US government is broke from these illegal and immoral wars; our education system is completely dysfunctional, save for a handful of private schools; between the Patriot Act, the Homeland Security Act, and the NDAA, the Constitution and Bill of Rights have been eviscerated; and homeless Veterans sleep in our streets, many times with zero ability to get the medical care they desperately need when they need it. Many of the people in Detroit have had their water turned off, but the US government has billions to fork out to Israel, even though this is illegal under the Symington amendment, because Israel is a nuclear armed nation which refuses to join the NNPT or have its nuclear sites inspected.

And Congress?!? Completely zero credibility these days, consisting mostly millionaires at this point, who don't give a damn about the citizens they allegedly represent, but spend all their time courting the large corporations which fund their election cycles.

This just...bites, and I frankly do not see any way out of it, short of either a complete economic collapse in the US, or a world war. Not a pleasant alternative either way.

Jul 09 07:44

Big Banks Want Power to Declare Cyber War

Wall Street’s biggest trade group has proposed a government-industry cyber war council to stave off terrorist attacks that could trigger financial panic by temporarily wiping out account balances, according to an internal document.

The proposal by the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association, known as Sifma, calls for a committee of executives and deputy-level representatives from at least eight U.S. agencies including the Treasury Department, the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security, all led by a senior White House official.

The trade association also reveals in the document that Sifma has retained former NSA director Keith Alexander to “facilitate” the joint effort with the government. Alexander, in turn, has brought in Michael Chertoff, the former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, and his firm, Chertoff Group.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

More than ever before, please do NOT have any more money in your personal bank account than you absolutely need with which to pay your bills.

This is not only a lousy idea, but also, the charges depositors will ultimately face will be epically nasty. IF these services will cost one million dollars per month, you can bet your sweet bippy that it will not be the banks absorbing those costs at all.

Jul 09 06:44

Jeffrey Goldberg Is an Idiot (No, ISIS Hasn’t Captured Saddam’s Hidden WMD)

It was unclear from Goldberg’s tweet alone whether this was simply a stupid joke — or whether Goldberg genuinely believed this shows we’ve discovered Saddam’s hidden stockpile of chemical weapons, thus proving George W. Bush (and Jeffrey Goldberg) right at long last.

However, Goldberg then retweeted three other people (this, this and this) who seem to believe it was the latter; i.e., that we’ve now learned Iraq did have WMD. So apparently Goldberg believes this as well.

Here’s what’s actually going on:

Jul 09 06:37

Power grab: EPA wants to garnish wages of polluters

The Environmental Protection Agency has quietly floated a rule claiming authority to bypass the courts and unilaterally garnish paychecks of those accused of violating its rules, a power currently used by agencies such as the Internal Revenue Service.

Jul 09 06:31

US ‘kidnaps’ Russian MP’s son to ‘exchange him for Snowden’

A Russian MP claims the US kidnapped his son from the Maldives on bogus cyber-fraud charges and may be preparing to offer him as bait in a swap deal for Edward Snowden.

Jul 09 06:31

"Holocaust Survivor" warns concerned schoolkids: Iran must be stopped

An alleged "holocaust survivor" named Norbert Bikales who goes around New Jersey speaking to schoolkids has warned them that Iran must not acquire nuclear power. In the past it was "nuclear weapons" that the zionists alleged Iran was making, but they appear to now have eased the requirements of preemptive war to merely "nuclear power" when acquired by potential enemies.

The Central Jersey Register-News reports: BORDENTOWN: Middle school hosts Holocaust survivor:

"When asked if there is anything going on in the world today that looks like a holocaust could happen again, Mr. Bikales said, “We need to take a serious look at the nuclear power that Iran may have. The world powers need to stop Iran from gaining nuclear power and using it."

Many schools across the United States indoctrinate their schoolkids with grossly exagerated and unsubstanciated fables of the holohoax.

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