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Wall Street, Banks, and American Foreign Policy
In light of this main stream news article admitting things i've known for years it is probably time to move this from "it's a plot" to the news section.

Quote:Everything Is Rigged: The Biggest Price-Fixing Scandal Ever
The Illuminati were amateurs. The second huge financial scandal of the year reveals the real international conspiracy: There's no price the big banks can't fix

By Matt Taibbi
April 25, 2013 1:00 PM ET
Conspiracy theorists of the world, believers in the hidden hands of the Rothschilds and the Masons and the Illuminati, we skeptics owe you an apology. You were right. The players may be a little different, but your basic premise is correct: The world is a rigged game. We found this out in recent months, when a series of related corruption stories spilled out of the financial sector, suggesting the world's largest banks may be fixing the prices of, well, just about everything.

You may have heard of the Libor scandal, in which at least three – and perhaps as many as 16 – of the name-brand too-big-to-fail banks have been manipulating global interest rates, in the process messing around with the prices of upward of $500 trillion (that's trillion, with a "t") worth of financial instruments. When that sprawling con burst into public view last year, it was easily the biggest financial scandal in history – MIT professor Andrew Lo even said it "dwarfs by orders of magnitude any financial scam in the history of markets."

That was bad enough, but now Libor may have a twin brother. Word has leaked out that the London-based firm ICAP, the world's largest broker of interest-rate swaps, is being investigated by American authorities for behavior that sounds eerily reminiscent of the Libor mess. Regulators are looking into whether or not a small group of brokers at ICAP may have worked with up to 15 of the world's largest banks to manipulate ISDAfix, a benchmark number used around the world to calculate the prices of interest-rate swaps.

Interest-rate swaps are a tool used by big cities, major corporations and sovereign governments to manage their debt, and the scale of their use is almost unimaginably massive. It's about a $379 trillion market, meaning that any manipulation would affect a pile of assets about 100 times the size of the United States federal budget.

It should surprise no one that among the players implicated in this scheme to fix the prices of interest-rate swaps are the same megabanks – including Barclays, UBS, Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase and the Royal Bank of Scotland – that serve on the Libor panel that sets global interest rates. In fact, in recent years many of these banks have already paid multimillion-dollar settlements for anti-competitive manipulation of one form or another (in addition to Libor, some were caught up in an anti-competitive scheme, detailed in Rolling Stone last year, to rig municipal-debt service auctions). Though the jumble of financial acronyms sounds like gibberish to the layperson, the fact that there may now be price-fixing scandals involving both Libor and ISDAfix suggests a single, giant mushrooming conspiracy of collusion and price-fixing hovering under the ostensibly competitive veneer of Wall Street culture.

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Why? Because Libor already affects the prices of interest-rate swaps, making this a manipulation-on-manipulation situation. If the allegations prove to be right, that will mean that swap customers have been paying for two different layers of price-fixing corruption. If you can imagine paying 20 bucks for a crappy PB&J because some evil cabal of agribusiness companies colluded to fix the prices of both peanuts and peanut butter, you come close to grasping the lunacy of financial markets where both interest rates and interest-rate swaps are being manipulated at the same time, often by the same banks.

"It's a double conspiracy," says an amazed Michael Greenberger, a former director of the trading and markets division at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and now a professor at the University of Maryland. "It's the height of criminality."

The bad news didn't stop with swaps and interest rates. In March, it also came out that two regulators – the CFTC here in the U.S. and the Madrid-based International Organization of Securities Commissions – were spurred by the Libor revelations to investigate the possibility of collusive manipulation of gold and silver prices. "Given the clubby manipulation efforts we saw in Libor benchmarks, I assume other benchmarks – many other benchmarks – are legit areas of inquiry," CFTC Commissioner Bart Chilton said.

But the biggest shock came out of a federal courtroom at the end of March – though if you follow these matters closely, it may not have been so shocking at all – when a landmark class-action civil lawsuit against the banks for Libor-related offenses was dismissed. In that case, a federal judge accepted the banker-defendants' incredible argument: If cities and towns and other investors lost money because of Libor manipulation, that was their own fault for ever thinking the banks were competing in the first place.

"A farce," was one antitrust lawyer's response to the eyebrow-raising dismissal.

"Incredible," says Sylvia Sokol, an attorney for Constantine Cannon, a firm that specializes in antitrust cases.

All of these stories collectively pointed to the same thing: These banks, which already possess enormous power just by virtue of their financial holdings – in the United States, the top six banks, many of them the same names you see on the Libor and ISDAfix panels, own assets equivalent to 60 percent of the nation's GDP – are beginning to realize the awesome possibilities for increased profit and political might that would come with colluding instead of competing. Moreover, it's increasingly clear that both the criminal justice system and the civil courts may be impotent to stop them, even when they do get caught working together to game the system.

If true, that would leave us living in an era of undisguised, real-world conspiracy, in which the prices of currencies, commodities like gold and silver, even interest rates and the value of money itself, can be and may already have been dictated from above. And those who are doing it can get away with it. Forget the Illuminati – this is the real thing, and it's no secret. You can stare right at it, anytime you want.
But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards...
this will collapse before November. Probably a lot sooner.

If you have money invested in any kind of "paper asset" get it in your hand while you can, before it is too late.

You have been warned.
But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards...
So the banks are screwing governments over their debt management actions:- biting the hand that feeds them. Libor was bad enough but this could be one fraud too far, the bursting of their bubble.
EDIT: **it is important to note, the word inflation means a rise in the supply of money, or expansion of credit (the same thing in our monetary system) in the post below, not a rise in prices. Deflation likewise is a shrinking of the money supply or credit outstanding, either by paying it off or default. While it is true that prices generally rise when more money goes into circulation it is not always so, and prices do not always fall when the money supply shrinks.**

The goal is a 1933 type devaluation of the currency again, but there is no way to do so in the heavy handed, confiscatory way Roosevelt did it.

Aside from which the American people don't have any money anyway, all they have is debt in a very real sense.

This is incredibly dangerous for the baby boomer generation more than even mine.

What they will take is the 401k plans, the pensions and any other type of paper portfolio assets.

It's impossible to predict the exact day, or the exact "event" that will cause it but there are a number of very plausible scenarios setting up at this time.

Japan is determined to print till they can over come "deflation", however their deflation is defined as a "shrinking of credit and falling prices". The Japanese are psychologically and culturally adverse to debt, they refuse to take on the kinds of loans Americans do, yet that drive is exactly what the BoJ is "fighting". They are determined to print until prices rise and people can't live within their means anymore, no matter how humbly, so they have to take on debt. If the people refuse to capitulate this will lead to a Wiemar style hyper inflation.

The Euro is falling apart. The entire point of the EU and Eurozone was to allow free flow of people and capital across international boarders, a contrived and controlled simulation of the classical gold standard period of before WW1. The problem is the Politicians and bureaucrats had no intention of allowing people to be free, instead they have created a monster where not all Euros are of equal value and they now have capital controls and price controls in place in southern Europe completely destroying the purpose of the project. Now it's morphed into a "one size fits Germany" economy where Germany exports to everyone else and there is almost no economy left in the periphery nations to buy the imports with. It's turning Europe into a giant 3rd world economy where in there are some very rich and everyone else is dirt poor.....

The Eurozone will break up, or there will be massive defaults or both. This is incredibly deflationary no matter how much the ECB prints. Credit will collapse and so will money velocity, the only way for people to get by will be barter or some kind of currency outside the system. This will be a gradual process, not a major political event like Japan will suffer. In the Japan problem it will happen all at once, in a period of weeks that prices will rise astronomically, not so in Europe. In Europe everything will continue to decline at an ever quickening but never hyper accelerated pace until the entire economy grinds to a halt. The Euro will still have value, but no one will have jobs so they won't be able to earn any Euros in the first place.

This brings us back to the Good ol USA. We are the devil in the details, the driving force destroying these once prosperous nations. Our fate resemble Europe at a slower pace, but with a major caveat that will in fact turn out to be a ticking time bomb.

The USA is in deflation, in spite of the fact that gas goes up and so does food. If we weren't in deflation, with the amount of money pumped into the system, we'd be seeing massive across the board inflation. For those wanting to see the system continue as is they would wish for inflation and a lot of it because the retiring of the boomers is going to sink us. They are going to attempt to retire on fixed income and fixed income investments at the exact same time that either Europe or Japan is going to blow sky high or maybe both. Why does this matter? It will obliterate the stock market (50% loss) and probably several if not all of the "too big to fail banks" when one or both crumbles.

The USA could handle that just fine, and i am serious when i say that. It won't be any worse really than 2007-8 by itself, but here's the catch: this time it will take the pensions with it. Hedge funds, 401k funds, pension funds are all loaded up on sovereign debt and not just ours. This will give them the image of being viable to save, when they are already empty in terms of real value not nominal value. What will the government do? it will go all in when the stock half of these portfolios are wiped out, they will roll these into a "national retirement fund", similar to social security and then devalue from there. This is a very appealing prospect and has been proposed very seriously by some of the top economists in the country as a solution to both the problem of under funding our banks (most have an investment side holding the liability end of the pensions) and to how to devalue the currency.

The people will cheer for it and beg for it. The older generation will rejoice, their retirements are saved, they will get their dollars! However such solution will be illusion. Prices of real value assets will soar, much like the prices of food and gas are going up even in an economy suffering a credit deflation, only much worse. We could wind up with price controls or simply high inflation for every day goods but capital and large goods like houses, cars, gold (and silver) will increase dramatically. Meanwhile the dollars will shrink as they do now.

If i was my mother's age i would have followed the advice i gave her in 1999 and bought gold, it's at least 5 times more than it was then even on it's worst day. If i was heavily invested in a 401k i would cash out today, pay the penalties and buy farm land. When the value of the dollar is adjusted down, either through inflation or through decree as it was in 1933, the price of that gold or that farm will go up and it's value will be preserved. Those leaving money in a 401k will be left with an empty account and a monthly check from the government that buys less every day.

As i said i do not know the exact scenario, i do know this will be done before the entire system collapses. To be honest it's also worth noting that i am simplifying very complex events into an overview or summary, some of this is very general where the specifics are very nuanced but the outcome will be the same.

We live in a ponzi scheme economy, if it ever stops expanding it will collapse in on itself.

It is impossible for it to start expanding again, there is no where to go from here but down.
But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards...
Thought so >
Quote:Submitted by Mark McHugh from Across The Street

Jamie Dimon Has Issues

When just one firm accounts for 99.3% of the physical gold sales at the COMEX in the last three months it’s not what most of us on this side of the rainbow would consider “broad-based” selling.  Of course discovering this kind of relevant information requires an internet connection, 2nd grade math and reading skills, and the desire to do a teeny-weeny bit of reporting.  Sadly they’ve wandered so far down the rabbit hole that the concept of “physical demand” (i.e. people actually wanting to take possession of the stuff) is puzzling to them because the vast majority of the world’s so-called “gold-trading” takes place in the realm of make believe (which is their natural habitat).  It’s all fun and games until somebody loses their metal and “somebody” has lost one hell of a lot of metal in the last 90 days.
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(04-27-2013, 12:58 AM)Morbius link Wrote:EDIT: **it........down.
Let me ask you this. Businesses that operate soley in the US vs international. Wouldnt the local guys end up getting a boost? As they are only operating on the inside. Yes, many places rely upon things imported, but many do not.
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In the short term yes it will boost local sales, but of what, in what quantities and to whom i don't know.

I honestly don't know how much though. It should result in a continued deflationary pressure simply because everything made in the USA has a huge tax and labor cost component.

More American products will, and in fact already are selling, but the thing is they sell to a much poorer consumer at a much higher price so fewer of them sell.

This compounds the issue by being both deflationary and slowing the velocity of money.
But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object, evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards...
Quote:I had the opportunity yesterday to speak with one of the western world’s most courageous and astute women, Karen Hudes, Former Senior Counsel to the World Bank—now turned whistle-blower.

It was a powerful conversation, as Karen spent 20 years with the World Bank as an attorney and economist, before being “let-go” after reporting internal fraud and corruption.

During the interview Karen indicated that the world is rapidly changing, with western power structures breaking down, economic & political influence gravitating to BRICs nations, all amid a pending currency transition which will highly favor precious metals.

Starting out by discussing the shocking centralized power she witnessed while working at the World Bank, Karen explained that, “A study done by three [Swiss] systems analysts who used mathematical modeling [shows] how the [world's] 43,000 transnational corporations were being controlled through interlocking corporate directorates. There’s a group of 147 companies, most of them are financial institutions, and what they’ve done, is through the interlocking directorates, they control 40% of the net worth of these [43k] companies, and 60% of their earnings…so that group has been using the presidency of the World Bank as kind of a puppet to dominate the world—that’s [now] finished.”

A major shock to that centralized power base, according to Karen, was the recent move by BRICs nations leaders to bypass the World Bank for their financing needs, by establishing their own development bank. “As the BRICs [nations] economic power grows,” she explained, “they’re not going to be strangled anymore through the grabbing [of] their resources…So their decision to start their own development bank was their way of letting [world] governments know…that its time to end this corruption.”

Major moves toward monetary independence are also being made by growing numbers of U.S. states, Karen added. She explained that, “The states are starting to have legislation recognizing gold and silver bullion as legal currency. This is [also] a very strong signal the states are sending to the federal government, that the time to get serious about ending the corruption in the financial system is now here.”

When asked her thoughts on what this all means for the world monetary system, Karen said, “What’s going to happen, is we’re going to have all the countries of the world, sit down and figure out what’s going to be the best, most orderly transition from the current system that we have, [which has] profound imbalance and unsustainable deficits…[this change] is going to happen as each country makes its preference known, because the system we have now is not transparent, and the biggest change [in the new system], is that there’s going to be transparency.”

That transparency may be found through a gold-backed currency system, Karen noted, as, “All of the countries of the world are going to allow precious metals to serve as currency, and this will be an underpinning for paper currency, [as] we’ll have both systems at the same time. This is my guess, as I mentioned—I am an economist.”

As a final comment speaking towards her difficult journey as a World Bank whistle-blower, Karen said, “I’ve been struggling now for years, to tell the American public what’s [been] going on. I haven’t gotten through, because this [financial] group has bought up the press and has been spreading disinformation systematically. That undermines the whole point of a democracy. How can voters vote without an informed opinion, without the information that they’re entitled too? So this strangle-hold on information is going to end in very short order.”

This was a powerful interview conducted with a great American patriot and honorable world citizen. Karen is setting an example for the history books, and her interview is required listening for global thinkers and market students.

To listen to the interview, left click the following link and/or right click and “save target as” or “save link as” to to your desktop:

>>Interview with Karen Hudes (MP3)

To learn more about Karen and support her work, visit:
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Russia Not to Tolerate Further Israeli Attacks on Damascus
Quote:TEHRAN (FNA)- Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, while in Shanghai, was given a sharp dressing-down by Russian President Vladimir Putin, a warning that Russia would not tolerate further Israeli attacks on Damascus and would respond. 

Putin did not say how, but he did announce he had ordered the acceleration of highly advanced Russian weapons supplies to Syria.

Israeli Debkafile's military sources disclosed that the Russian leader was referring to S-300 anti-air systems and the nuclear-capable 9K720 Iskander (NATO named SS-26 Stone) surface missiles, which are precise enough to hit a target within a 5-7 meter radius at a distance of 280 kilometers.

In his phone call to Netanyahu, the Russian leader advised the prime minister to make sure to keep this in mind.

Since Syrian air defense teams have already trained in Russia on the handling of the S-300 interceptor batteries, they can go into service as soon as they are landed by one of Russia's daily airlifts to Syria. Russian air defense officials will supervise their deployment and prepare them for operation.

Moscow is retaliating not just for Israel's air operations against Syria but in anticipation of the Obama administration's impending decision to send the first US arms shipments to the Syrian rebels.

Intelligence agencies in Moscow and the Middle-East take it for granted that by the time Washington goes public on this decision, some of the Syrian rebel factions will already be armed with American weapons.

That the measure was in the works was signified by the introduction Monday by chairman of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee Bob Menendez of legislation allowing the US to provide arms and military training to the Syrian rebels.

US military instructors have been working with Syrian rebels at training camps in Jordan and Turkey for some months. So putting the arms in their hands only awaited a decision in Washington, the Israeli website alleged.
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Quote:Barack Hussein Obama had served 14-State Governors in the United States, National Security Letters (NSLs) warning that the Governor’s actions in attempting to form “State Defense Forces” needs to be halted “immediately” or they will face arrest for the crime of treason. The employment of NSLs was authorized by the Patriot Act introduced by George W. Bush. Contained within the section related to these letters, it is forbidden for anyone receiving a NSL warning to even acknowledge the existence of said communication.

Obama is angered by the several State Governors who have reestablished “State Defense Forces.” These forces are described as: “State Defense Forces (also known as State Guards, State Military Reserves, State Militias) in the United States are military units that operate under the sole authority of a state government; they are not regulated by the National Guard Bureau nor are they part of the Army National Guard of the United States. State Defense Forces are authorized by state and federal law and are under the command of the governor of each state. State Defense Forces are distinct from their state’s National Guard in that they cannot become federal entities.”

Mr. Obama is fearful of these State Defense Forces, in that he does not have control of said forces, and with the U.S. Military stretched to near breaking from multiple deployments and theatre actions in Iraq and Afghanistan, these State military forces would be under the direct command and authority of the Governors in which states have said forces. In essence, the Governors would have “de facto control” of the United States.

The two Governors leading this move are: Tim Pawlenty, Governor of Minnesota; and Rick Perry, Governor of Texas. Both of these State Governors stated they have: “…deep fear the President is destroying their Nation.” Governor Pawlenty’s fear of Obama is that since Obama took office he has appeased America’s enemies and has shunned some of America’s strongest allies, especially Israel. Governor Perry has declared that Obama is punishing his State of Texas by dumping tens-of-thousands of illegal Mexican immigrants into the cities and small towns of Texas. Governor Perry further recently stated: “If Barack Obama’s Washington doesn’t stop being so oppressive, Texans might feel compelled to renounce their American citizenry and secede from the union.”

Obama fearing a revolution against him by the states, has moved swiftly by nationalizing nearly all National Guard Forces in multiple states; Georgia, Alabama, Kansas, Minnesota, Tennessee, Virginia, Louisiana, South Carolina – to name a few. The Governors of the Great States of Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia still have under their Command-and-Control the State Defense Forces to go against U.S. Federal forces should the need arise. Also important to note: There are NO U.S. laws prohibiting National Guard troops from also joining their State’s Defense Forces. This dilemma occurred during the Civil War with many “citizen soldiers” choosing to serve their states instead of the Federal Government.

This is a fluid and still developing situation that warrants close attention.
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Quote:Shell and BP raided in probe into petrol price fixing: Oil firms investigated over claims they manipulated cost for more than a decade
European Commission launched inquiry into price manipulation
Fear prices have been driven up at the pumps for millions of motorists
Commission suspects firms 'had colluded in reporting distorted prices'
Tory MP Robert Halfon called for 'urgent action' in the UK
The AA said it had repeatedly warned about the issue since 2005

By Rob Davies
PUBLISHED1638 EST, 14 May 2013| UPDATED:18:41 EST, 14 May 2013

BP and Shell are being investigated over allegations that they have fixed petrol prices for more than a decade.

European Commission investigators raided the offices of several major oil companies yesterday as they launched a far-reaching probe into price manipulation.

They fear prices have been driven up at the pumps for millions of motorists. The AA responded to news of the swoop by declaring: ‘The lid is about to be blown off.
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Quote:Dept. of Homeland Security freezes accounts between Dwolla and bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox
By Michael Carney
On May 14, 2013

In the first governmental action against bitcoins, the Department of Homeland Security served the Dwolla mobile payment service with a court order requiring it to immediately cease all account activities with the Mt. Gox bitcoin exchange. Dwolla has complied with this order.

The news was first reported by Betabeat citing an email that OkCupid co-founder Chris Coyne received from the Dwolla and posted to Twitter. Other users have subsequently reported receiving similar communications from the federal agency and having difficulty accessing funds transferred to Mt. Gox from Dwolla in the last 24 hours.

There are certainly more questions than answers at this stage. We are prompted to wonder whether this is this the first of a series of governmental assaults on the exchanges? That’s what they’d target if they want to put the kibosh on bitcoin. Or, is this a case where DHS is investigating some individual or organization who may have used bitcoins, via Dwolla, for some potentially nefarious or terroristic reasons?

Members of the PandoDaily team have spoken to sources close to the bitcoin ecosystem and have been hearing that it’s likely the former.

As Adam Penenberg wrote recently:

It’s conceivable the government will try to either regulate or destroy it if it becomes widely adopted. With more than $1 billion worth of Bitcoins in circulation that could happen any time now. In the past the government has aggressively fought back threats to the U.S. dollar’s preeminence. There’s the lesson of Bernard von Nothaus, a “monetary architect” who created his own currency based on precious metals called the “Liberty Dollar.” After von Mothaus managed to inject some $60 million of his homemade currency into circulation, a government prosecutor accused him of “domestic terrorism” for attempting to undermine the government. Unlike with Liberty Dollars and Wikileaks, there’s no single person identified with the movement.

The cryptographic currency has gained popularity at a dramatic rate in the last six months, with more than $1 billion worth bitcoin now in circulation and with an explosion in the number of physical and digital businesses accepting it as a form of payment. Japan-based Mt.Gox is the largest exchange in the ecosystem handling roughly 63 percent of all bitcoin transactions in April 2013. Despite the rapid growth – or perhaps as a consequence of it – things haven’t always been easy, with a number of security breaches in critical ecosystem infrastructure and several post-speculative sell-offs.

Most recently, just 10 days ago US-based bitcoin exchange startup CoinLab sued Mt. Gox for $75 million alledging breach of contract related to a partnership between the two companies. According to the lawsuit, CoinLab entered an agreement to license Mt. Gox’s technology, including “exclusive right to certain intellectual property” to exclusively provide exchange services Mt. Gox’s North American customers. The plaintiff, which is backed by Tim Draper, Geoff Entress, Peter Vessenes, and others, claims that Mt. Gox breached this agreement by dealing with North American customers directly and failing to share data as stipulated under this agreement.

There’s no immediate link connecting the Coinlab lawsuit to today’s Department of Homeland Security action regarding Dwolla, but the timing of both events raises some questions.

The IRS and Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) have also been looking closely at the bitcoin ecosystem and the adherence – or lack-thereof – of leading companies in the space to relevant tax laws. Numerous companies have started offering to pay employees in bitcoin, and small businesses are accepting the virtual currency for the purchase of goods and services. While bitcoin is popular for its pseudo-anonymity, Uncle Sam is obviously less than pleased with the idea of being cut out of the payment loop.

FinCEN regulations state that bitcoin exchanges and miners must register as Money Services Businesses (MSBs) and comply with anti-money laundering regulations, although everyday bitcoin users do not. Whether today’s action has any connection to these inquiries is currently unclear, but even if not, such action is likely to come shortly.

We have reached out to a number of bitcoin investors, entrepreneurs, and otherwise informed observers for their thoughts on today’s events. This is obviously an evolving situation and we will strive to update the situation as more information becomes available.
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Quote: trio of Obama scandals has forced the corporate media admit its own reports are nothing more than the government-controlled talking points and not the product of a free and open press.

If you have been following the news lately you’ll notice there are 3 government scandals that the media is focusing on 1) The DOJ spying on the AP reporters 2) Benghazi gate 3) IRS targeting of activist groups.

While each of these are truly a damning indictment of the widespread corruption in our now gone rogue federal government, combing these three stories reveals an even bigger story which is recurring open admission by the media that the news they report is being controlled government.

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These three scandals have led the media to rebel against the Obama administration in a way that it has not done in the past while at the same time forcing the media to admit some damning facts about the way news is truly originated in America.

The media’s reporting on the scandals has provided the public insights into the operations of the incestuous relationship between the press and the government.

Such revelations clearly suggest the corporate media is telegraphing to the public the American government has just gone way too far out of control.

These three scandals forced the corporate media to admit openly what has long been dismissed as merely conspiracy theory —  that the corporate media is now openly admitting that they are in fact controlled stenographers that do nothing more than echo pre-scripted narratives outlined in talking points created by the rulers of America’s shadow government.

To be absolutely clear, that is not hyperbole nor is it speculation. It’s a fact that the corporate media is now openly admitting their reporting on the Benghazi scandal over the last 8 months has been merely the parroting of statements given by government officials who were merely echoing talking points issued by the CIA.

By now just about every news organization has repeatedly reported the story about how those CIA issued talking points were edited 12 times by various people in the shadow government before they were given to figureheads to relay to the press who in turned echoed them to the masses.

This is a direct admission that the false narrative about Benghazi that has been shoved down our throat as fact by the corporate media was nothing more than CIA issued talking points.

Since subliminal manipulation the consciousness of the masses is now a science that the government has completely mastered, let make make sure you have been deprogrammed before continuing.

Wake up – Every news outlet in the country is admitting 8 months of news reports about Benghazi were nothing more than the parroting of CIA issued talking points.


Let it sink in.

This is not hyperbole and not sensationalism.

The entire corporate media is now openly admitting what they presented to us as objective independent news reports was nothing more than echoing of list CIA talking points.

Does that not at all disturb anyone?

Most people that are disturbed are merely disturbed by the fact the talking points were lies.

That is what the media is telling us the scandal is.

But the real scandal here, and the one no one seems to have a problem with, is that the media is echoing an actual list government talking points to the public and manipulating the public into believing those talking points were the result of objective independently verified investigative journalism.

Yes the real scandal is that the government is entirely controlling the news and the media is doing nothing more regurgitating an official narrative crafted by spooks in the shadow government.

Those spooks operate in secret and disseminate their propaganda operation instructions to public figure heads behind the scenes who in turn relay that information to the media who then relays it to the public.

Information Operations, Google it.

But the media wants us to believe that the scandal is that CIA’s talking points were lies and that’s the only scandal the media wants you to see.

The media not dare look in the mirror and point onto itself.

Surely they represent themselves to the public as fact checkers who vet and verify all information in their reports.

But nothing can be further from the truth because as we clearly see here even an amateur who made a measly attempt to independently verify the statements issued by the government would have easily outed the falsehoods in their claims.

Instead, the only scandal the media sees here is the fact the CIA’s talking points were deliberately falsified so Obama didn’t catch heat  sothat he could be reelected.

Now look, I don’t disagree that is in fact a scandal and the media by all rights should continue to investigate and expose the truth about that scandal.

But for the well-being of this nation and the protection of its citizen’s that media needs to be held just as accountable because if they didn’t take the government at its word despite a continual track record of lies and deception America would be a much safer place today and the citizens of this nation and humanity as a whole would have a much brighter, safer and secure future.

Instead the media’s incestuous relationship with the government has lead to illegal overseas wars and ongoing bombings in several nations that have claimed the lives of an untold number of numerous people all being perpetuated by an ever-expanding police state that looks more and more like an Orwellian totalitarian nightmare with each day that passes.

Of course the damage the media has allowed to occur will continue to reverberate destructive echoes of carnage upon the masses for generations to come.

The IRS scandal illustrates this point even further. The media has ignored for years complaints from activist groups saying they were unfairly being shaken down by the IRS. Those complaints were ignored even while members of congress of provided evidence to back up the allegations. But what we saw was a corporate media controlled by the American Gestapo that dared not step off script and report anything beside the talking points the government gave them. The same goes with the destruction of the constitution through an escalating campaign of post 9/11 hogwash from the Patriot Act, the NDAA, and drones to draconian measure containing to be pushed by the propaganda machine to implement measures such as CISPA, real-time total surveillance, and the inevitable disarming of the public.

The reason for this is clear but I fear if those in the media do not find the courage to be brave now it wil soon be too late.

News organizations know if they step out of line they their access to their “inside sources” and be blacklisted by the government. For individuals in those organization committing such acts of bravery are career ending moves. When the media steps out of line and reports anything that contradicts official government narrative we see them get targeted by the government, both covertly and overtly. We saw it with the coalition of journalist that sued the government for being targeted through the NDAA and with WikiLeaks.

This of course ties into the third scandal which is the Associated Press being spied on by the Gestapo for daring to report information that wasn’t explicitly authorized in talking points issued by the shadow government.

Yes, every now and then we see outlets such as the Associated Press, The New York Times, or the Washington Post do so-called investigative journalism that adds we are supposed to believe steps outside the boundaries and conflicts with the official narrative. But don’t be fooled. Yes the media reports them as “leaks” coming from “inside sources speaking on the condition of anonymity” but nothing could be further from the truth. Those reports are nothing more than statements given by officials from the same Gestapo who are quoted on the condition of anonymity and those leaks are authorized.

Just look at what is happening to the Associated Press right now. They dared contradict the talking points narrative. Instead they implicated the CIA as being involved in planning a Yemen based terror plot which Al Qaeda operatives were going to attack American airplanes and now they are being targeted by the Gestapo for leaking that information.

Look at the reporting on Benghazi. I did several investigative reports which debunked the government’s narrative soon after the attacks. Many of the details I uncovered in my reporting still to this day are not being discussed by the corporate media so even the reports we are now being given by corporate media about the scandal are still being controlled by talking points or we would hearing much different information about the scandal from the media.

Of course this is typical of a media that simply echoes government talking points. Just look at the reporting on drone strikes, which in every case echoes government statements that militants were killed despite hundreds of foreign news reports on the bombings showing drone bombings repeatedly kill innocent woman and children. The examples are numerous. Iraq’s WMDs, Libya, the BP oil spill, Fukushima and even now we see the same thing in Syria.

Despite the corporate media’s track record, be it unwittingly or knowingly or some combination thereof for various reasons, of acting as an obedient mouthpiece in the propaganda machine this all appears to be changing in the wake of the latest scandals rocking the Obama administration.

This is all evidenced by the fact the media is admitting its reporting is based on government generated talking points which as stated before was never before admitted or discussed openly beyond what has long been labeled the fringe conspiracy theorist crowd.

What is being signaled by this revelation to the public is the government has gone far too rogue and we ought to be wary that what we once accepted as credible news is nothing more than a well-orchestrated campaign of propaganda.

Yet even in the wake of the media’s rebellion we should not get to overzealous as government handlers will soon work to stamp out those who are working to resist the machine.

Mass media news organizations will be forced in one way or another to get their reporting back on script.

For those in the media who read this, the time to act is now. We cannot continue to allow the information that is communicated to the masses by the media, which is the public’s tool to keep the government in check and prevent it from becoming overbearing on the people, to be controlled by a few rich and powerful figureheads working as icy manipulators of a well oiled propaganda machine that for a secret shadow government.
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Quote:Kansas recently passed legislation designed to preempt confiscation of firearms under federal law, which, said state legislation declares as unconstitutional.  The Kansas legislation even goes so far as to say that zero infringement on the 2nd Article of the Bill of Rights is the standard in reference to any and all firearms manufactured within its sovereign territory.

Other states such as Missouri have passed similar legislation which is now the law in those sovereign states.  So, are the pro 2nd Article states making the appropriate moves to put the communist insurgency in checkmate in reference to the right of we the people to own and bear arms?  Well, not quite. 

Department of Defense regulations in reference to Defense Support of Civilian Law Enforcement Agencies published April 12, 2013 went into effect May 13, 2013.  The new regulations authorize the implementation of statutory requirements for the Department of Defense to support civilian law enforcement agencies: federal, state, tribal, and local, including response to civil disturbances within the United States.

These new regulations represent a complete dismissal of the Posse Comitatus Act.  The regulations authorize the President to employ the armed forces of the United States to suppress insurrections, rebellions, and domestic violence under various conditions and circumstances and shall be implemented through executive order, directing the Secretary of Defense to provide for the restoration of law and order in a specific state or locality.

Civil disturbances are defined as: group acts of violence and disorder prejudicial to public law and order.

Domestic emergencies are defined in part as: emergencies affecting the public welfare and occurring within the 50 states as a result of enemy attack, civil disturbance (civil disobedience), earthquake, fire, or other public disasters or equivalent emergencies that endanger life and property or disrupt the usual process of government.

Emergency authority is defined as: a federal military commander’s authority in extraordinary emergency circumstances where prior authorization by the president is impossible and duly constituted local authorities are unable to control the situation to engage temporarily in activities that are necessary to quell large scale, unexpected, civil disturbances because:
1.Such activities are necessary to prevent significant loss of life or wanton destruction of property and are necessary to restore governmental function and public order: or
2.Duly constituted federal, state, or local authorities are unable or decline to provide adequate protection for federal property or federal governmental functions.

Commanders of US Northern Command: [US NORTHCOM], US Pacific Command [USPACOM], and US Special Operations Command, through the CJCS and in addition to the responsibilities in paragraph GNJ in this section shall:

1.Serve as DoD planning agents for support of civilian law enforcement activities, including CDO following the guidance ASC [HD&ASA] and in accordance with CJCS.
2.Lead planning activities for support of civilian law enforcement activities including CDO of the DoD components in accordance with Sect. 182.6 [b][3].

These new directives, coupled with Sections 1021 and 1022 of the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act, represent full blown martial law, destined to be implemented within the states that have made violation of the 2nd Article to our Bill of Rights a crime, said laws to be enforced by the state in defiance of unconstitutional federal law.  Which law do you think these federal troops are going to enforce?  The state’s or the fed’s?

The push for gun confiscation is coming at us at full force while the mainstream propaganda machine has us chasing butterflies in the form of government scandals, the consequences of which will have no meaning to a people enslaved under a totalitarian military dictatorship.

All patriot forces be advised.  The communists are locked and loaded and have begun their advance.  Get out your shovels and start digging in.  The time for conflict is closer than you think.

God bless the Republic, death to the international corporate mafia, we shall prevail.

(Thanks to chris for sending me the DoD regs.)
I don't give a god damn, I'm the President and the Commander-in-Chief. Do it my way. Stop throwing the Constitution in my face, it's just a god damn piece of paper!" George W. Bush 
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Quote:48c. The Bonus March

Bonus Marchers
World War I veterans block the steps of the Capitol during the Bonus March, July 5, 1932.

Many in America wondered if the nation would survive.

Although the United States had little history of massive social upheaval or coup attempts against the government, hunger has an ominous way of stirring those passions among any population. As bread riots and shantytowns grew in number, many began to seek alternatives to the status quo. Demonstrations in the nation's capital increased, as Americans grew increasingly weary with President Hoover's perceived inaction. The demonstration that drew the most national attention was the Bonus Army march of 1932.

In 1924, Congress rewarded veterans of World War I with certificates redeemable in 1945 for $1,000 each. By 1932, many of these former servicemen had lost their jobs and fortunes in the early days of the Depression. They asked Congress to redeem their Bonus certificates early.

Workers on Strike
Workers and their unions fought poor working conditions by walking off the job. Violence often erupted when factory owners tried to break the "strike." These broken windows are a result of the Flint, Michigan, sit-down strike of 1936-37.

Led by Walter Waters of Oregon, the so-called Bonus Expeditionary Force set out for the nation's capital. Hitching rides, hopping trains, and hiking finally brought the Bonus Army, now 15,000 strong, into the capital in June 1932. Although President Hoover refused to address them, the veterans did find an audience with a congressional delegation. Soon a debate began in the Congress over whether to meet the demonstrators' demands.

As deliberation continued on Capitol Hill, the Bonus Army built a shantytown across the Potomac River in Anacostia Flats. When the Senate rejected their demands on June 17, most of the veterans dejectedly returned home. But several thousand remained in the capital with their families. Many had nowhere else to go. The Bonus Army conducted itself with decorum and spent their vigil unarmed.

Apples for sale in Detroit
Conditions during the Depression were so bad that some city governments devised programs that had the unemployed selling apples to make a living. This man was one of nearly 700 apple vendors in Detroit.

However, many believed them a threat to national security. On July 28, Washington police began to clear the demonstrators out of the capital. Two men were killed as tear gas and bayonets assailed the Bonus Marchers. Fearing rising disorder, Hoover ordered an army regiment into the city, under the leadership of General Douglas MacArthur. The army, complete with infantry, cavalry, and tanks, rolled into Anacostia Flats forcing the Bonus Army to flee. MacArthur then ordered the shanty settlements burned.

Many Americans were outraged. How could the army treat veterans of the Great War with such disrespect? Hoover maintained that political agitators, anarchists, and communists dominated the mob. But facts contradict his claims. Nine out of ten Bonus Marchers were indeed veterans, and 20% were disabled. Despite the fact that the Bonus Army was the largest march on Washington up to that point in history, Hoover and MacArthur clearly overestimated the threat posed to national security. As Hoover campaigned for reelection that summer, his actions turned an already sour public opinion of him even further bottomward.
America sank deeper in Depression.
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Quote:In a move considered aggressive by US and European officials, Russia has sent at least 12 warships to patrol waters near its naval base in Tartous, Syria.

The deployment appears to be a warning to Israeli and Western officials against military intervention in Syria’s bloody civil war, which has now claimed the lives of over 80,000 people.

Russia’s increased presence in the region — which began raising eyebrows in the US three months ago — represents one of its largest sustained naval deployments since the Cold War, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.

Russian warships enter Mediterranean to form permanent task force

Warships from Russia’s Pacific Fleet have entered the Mediterranean for the first time in decades. Russia’s Navy Chief says the task force may be reinforced with nuclear submarines, as the country starts building up a permanent fleet in the region.

“The task force has successfully passed through the Suez Canal and entered the Mediterranean. It is the first time in decades that Pacific Fleet warships have entered this region,” the Pacific Fleet spokesman, Capt. First Rank Roman Martov told RIA Novosti.

The vessels are now heading to Cyprus and will make a port call in the city of Limassol, he added.
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Quote:(PP)- Friday a White House press release was inadvertently distributed early to news organizations announcing that President Barack Hussein Obama had signed an executive order giving himself a pay raise to $500,000 annually.

White House staff failed to squash the story as the press release was intended to be distributed late in the day on Friday, after the deadline when most news agencies are able to publish breaking news stories.

Critics of the President’s executive order say the move makes Obama seem “politically tone deaf” because he gave himself a raise at a time when the federal government is arbitrarily cutting services and benefits due to sequestration.
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White House Shakeup: Susan Rice to National Security Advisor, Samantha Power to UN Ambassador
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Dylan Ratigan, correctly, schools some liberals who think that the answer to the economic mess is destroying it with printing and lending more money to corporation and banks to save Obama's ass for 20102 - 2017.

Obama and all of Congress are bought and paid for and if Obama would take his head out of his rump, go against the big bankers and corporations and side with the people, he'd go down in history as the President who saved the country, not destroyed it. He wouldn't get a second term but he'd be remembered for an eternity in a positive light.

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Quote:Erdogan backers join protests, see threat of emerging dictatorship

Special to

ANKARA — For the first time, longtime supporters of Prime Minister
Recep Erdogan have joined anti-government protests in Turkey.

Political sources and analysts have reported the increasing presence of
voters of Erdogan’s ruling Justice and Development Party, known as AKP, at
anti-government rallies. They said both voters as well as Erdogan’s allies
have expressed concern that the prime minister was turning into the dictator
of the NATO state.

Anti-government protesters try to protect themselves from a water cannon as riot police disperse them during a protest in Ankara on June 5. /Reuters
Anti-government protesters try to protect themselves from a water cannon as riot police disperse them during a protest in Ankara on June 5. /Reuters

“The rallies have included a number of AKP voters, suggesting that these are not the same as the old anti-AKP secular rallies,” Turkish analyst Soner Cagaptay, a director at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, said.
“This is the Turks’ way of saying to the AKP: “We may vote for you, but it does not mean we will support all your policies.’ ”

Erdogan’s allies have questioned the prime minister’s confrontational style with his opposition in which more than 3,000 people were injured over the last 10 days. They said Erdogan tolerated massive police brutality and
baited young demonstrators in what led to the spread of protests from an Istanbul park to cities around Turkey.

“We need to act smart and see the smallest problems as very big, and we
need to handle them in a smart way,” Fethullah Gulen, who heads one of the
largest Islamist movements in Turkey, said. “If you are facing an invasion
of ants, you can’t disregard it thinking that they are ants
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Quote:Even the Warriors Say the Wars Make Us Less Safe


By davidswanson - Posted on 11 June 2013

Experts Say U.S. Executive Secret War Harming U.S. National Security
collected by Fred Branfman

Admiral Dennis Blair, Former Director Of National Intelligence

“Admiral Dennis Blair, the former director of National Intelligence (in the) New York Times [49]: While “drone attacks did help reduce the Qaeda leadership in Pakistan,” he wrote, “they also increased hatred of America.” He said the drone has also damaged “our ability to work with Pakistan [in] eliminating Taliban sanctuaries, encouraging Indian-Pakistani dialogue, and making Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal more secure.””

--"The Petraeus Projection, Part I: The CIA Director's Record Since The Surge [50] - Hero Worship Hides The Military Failures Of The CIA Director's 'Global Killing Machine'", by Fred Branfman, Salon, October 3, 2011

Michael Boyle, Former Obama Counter-Terrorism Adviser

“Michael Boyle, who was on Obama's counter-terrorism group in the run-up to his election in 2008, said the US administration's growing reliance on drone technology was having "adverse strategic effects that have not been properly weighed against the tactical gains associated with killing terrorists … The vast increase in the number of deaths of low-ranking operatives has deepened political resistance to the US programme in Pakistan, Yemen and other countries."

--"US Drone Attacks 'Counter-Productive', Former Obama Security Adviser Claims,” January 7, 2013, The Guardian

General James Cartwright, former Vice-Chair, Joint Chiefs of Staff

“Gen. James E. Cartwright, the former vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and a favored adviser during Mr. Obama’s first term, expressed concern in a speech here on Thursday that America’s aggressive campaign of drone strikes could be undermining long-term efforts to battle extremism. ‘We’re seeing that blowback. If you’re trying to kill your way to a solution, no matter how precise you are, you’re going to upset people even if they’re not targeted.’”

--“As New Drone Policy Is Weighed, Few Practical Effects Are Seen”, NYT, March 22, 2013

CIA Station Chief in Islamabad

"The CIA station chief in Islamabad thought the drone strikes in 2005 and 2006 — which, while infrequent at that time, were often based on bad intelligence and had resulted in many civilian casualties — had done little except fuel hatred for the United States inside Pakistan and put Pakistani officials in the uncomfortable position of having to lie about the strikes."

-- The Way of the Knife, Mark Mazetti, Kindle loc. 2275

Council On Foreign Relations

"There appears to be a strong correlation in Yemen between increased targeted killings since December 2009 and heightened anger toward the United States and sympathy with or allegiance to AQAP ... One former senior military official closely involved in U.S. targeted killings argued that `drone strikes are just a signal of arrogance that will boomerang against America' ... A world characterized by the proliferation of armed drones ... would undermine core U.S. interests, such as preventing armed conflict, promoting human rights, and strengthening international legal regimes." Because of drones' inherent advantages over other weapons platforms, states and nonstate actors would be much more likely to use lethal force against the United States and its allies."

-- "Reforming U.S.Drone Strike Policies," January 2013, Micah Zenko, Council on Foreign Relations

Sherard Cowper-Coles, Former U.K. Special Representative To Afghanistan

“Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles, close ally Britain's Special Representative to Afghanistan, stated that David Petraeus should be "ashamed of himself," explaining that "he has increased the violence (and) trebled the number of special forces raids." As Cowper-Coles has explained [51], "for every dead Pashtun warrior, there will be 10 pledged to revenge."“

--"Obama's Secret Wars: How Our Shady Counter-Terrorism Policies Are More Dangerous Than Terrorism", by Fred Branfman, AlterNet, July 11, 2011

Muhammed Daudzai, Karzai Chief Of Staff

Muhammed Daudzai, chief of staff for Afghan president Hamid Karzai, said [52] “when we do those night raids the enemy will get stronger and stronger in numbers.”

----"The Petraeus Projection, Part I: The CIA Director's Record Since The Surge [50] - Hero Worship Hides The Military Failures Of The CIA Director's 'Global Killing Machine'", by Fred Branfman, Salon, October 3, 2011

Director of National Intelligence’s National Intelligence Estimate

"The final report concluded that Iraq had become a '"cause célèbre" for jihadists, breeding a deep resentment of U.S. involvement in the Muslim world and cultivating supporters for the global jihadist movement.' ...  The report predicted that an increasingly decentralized global jihad movement would splinter even further, with regional militant groups proliferating. "

-- The Way of the Knife, Mark Mazetti, Kindle loc. 1945

Andrew Exum, ex-Army Ranger, Fellow, Center for a New American  Security

"We were so focused on getting these high value targets ... I think we ended up exacerbating a lot of the drivers of conflict and exacerbating the insurgency ... It doesn't take a genius to realize that by dragging people out of their homes in the middle of the night ... could inflame tensions, how this could actually exacerbate drivers of conflict,"

-- from Dirty Wars, Jeremy Scahill, Kindle Loc. 3171

Farea al-Muslimi, Yemeni Villager

“Now, however, when they think of America, they think of the fear they feel at the drones over their heads. What the violent militants had failed to achieve, one drone strike accomplished in an instant.”

--Testimony, Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Human Rights, quoted in “Drone Strikes Turn Allies Into Enemies, Yemeni Says”, NYT, April 23, 2013

Robert Grenier, Former Head Of The Cia Counterrorism Center

“The mentality behind counterrorism has been described by former head of the CIA Counterterrorism Center in 2005-6, Robert Grenier [53] … has explained that "it's not just a matter of numbers of militants who are operating in that area, it also effects the motivations of those militants ... They now see themselves as part of a global Jihad. They are not just focused on helping oppressed Muslims in Kashmir or trying to fight the NATO and the Americans in Afghanistan, they see themselves as part of a global struggle, and therefore are a much broader threat than they were previously. So in a sense, yes, we have helped to bring about the situation that we most fear." (Emphasis added)

--"Obama's Secret Wars: How Our Shady Counter-Terrorism Policies Are More Dangerous Than Terrorism", by Fred Branfman Alternet, July 11, 2011

“We have gone a long way down the road of creating a situation where we are creating more enemies than we are removing from the battlefield. We are already there with regards to Pakistan and Afghanistan,"

--“Drone Attacks Create Terrorist Safe Havens, Warns Former CIA Official”, Guardian, 6-5-12

Michael Hayden, Former Cia Director

“Former CIA Director Michael Hayden has openly criticized the Obama’s administration use of pilot-less drones to assassinate suspected militants around the world. Hayden said, "Right now, there isn’t a government on the planet that agrees with our legal rationale for these operations, except for Afghanistan and maybe Israel." The drone program began under President George W. Bush but has rapidly expanded under Obama. So far, the Obama administration has carried out drone strikes in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Ethiopia and Libya. Hayden also criticized the U.S. assassination of the U.S. born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen. Hayden said, "We needed a court order to eavesdrop on him, but we didn’t need a court order to kill him. Isn’t that something?"

--”Former CIA Director Hayden Slams Obama Drone Program”, Democracy Now, February 7, 2012

Mathew Hoh, ex-Combat Vet, Top Civilian Official in Afghanistan Province

"I think we're engendering more hostility. We're wasting a lot of very good assets going after midlevel guys who don't threaten the United States or have no capacity to threaten the United States,"

-- from Dirty Wars, Jeremy Scahill, Kindle Loc. 7393

David Ignatius, Washington Post Columnist

“My quick reaction, as a journalist who has chronicled the growing use of drones, is that this extension to the Libyan theater is a mistake. It brings a weapon that has become for many Muslims a symbol of the arrogance of U.S. power into a theater next door to the Egyptian and Tunisian revolutions, the most promising events in a generation. It projects American power in the most negative possible way.”

--“Drone attacks in Libya: A mistake”, Washington Post, 4-21-11

ISI - The Pakistan Interservices Intelligence Agency

“The Wall Street Journal reported [54]: Pakistan's main spy agency says homegrown Islamist militants have overtaken the Indian army as the greatest threat to national security ... for the first time in 63 years.

Yes, that's right. Pakistani military intelligence now rates domestic insurgency a greater threat than India for the first time since Pakistan was created -- largely as a result of U.S. actions.”

-- "'Beyond Madness': Obama's War on Terror Setting Nuclear-Armed Pakistan on Fire", Fred Branfman, Alternet, November 3, 2010

Gregory Johnson, Princeton Yemen Expert

“The most enduring policy legacy of the past four years may well turn out to be an approach to counterterrorism that American officials call the “Yemen model,” a mixture of drone strikes and Special Forces raids targeting Al Qaeda leaders … Testimonies from Qaeda fighters and interviews I and local journalists have conducted across Yemen attest to the centrality of civilian casualties in explaining Al Qaeda’s rapid growth there. The United States is killing women, children and members of key tribes. “Each time they kill a tribesman, they create more fighters for Al Qaeda,” one Yemeni explained to me over tea in Sana, the capital, last month. Another told CNN, after a failed strike, “I would not be surprised if a hundred tribesmen joined Al Qaeda as a result of the latest drone mistake.”

--“The Wrong Man for the C.I.A.”, by Gregory Johnson, N.Y. Times, 11-19-12

David Kilcullen, Former Petraeus Counterinsurgency Advisor

“David Kilcullen, Petraeus’ own counterinsurgency adviser in Iraq, has characterized U.S. policy [55] as a fundamental “strategic error ... our insistence on personalizing this conflict with Al Qaeda and the Taliban, devoting time and resources toward killing or capturing ‘high-value’ targets ... distracts us from larger problems.” As Kilcullen had noted earlier [56], these “larger problems” include the potential “collapse of the Pakistani state,” which he called a calamity that in light of the country’s size, strategic location and nuclear stockpile would “dwarf” all other dangers in the region … Kilcullen has warned [55] that the drone war “has created a siege mentality among Pakistani civilians ... [is] now exciting visceral opposition across a broad spectrum of Pakistani opinion in Punjab and Sindh, the nation’s two most populous provinces.” Kilcullen has noted [55],“Al Qaeda and its Taliban allies must be defeated by indigenous forces—not from the United States, and not even from Punjab, but from the parts of Pakistan in which they now hide. Drone strikes make this harder, not easier.”

--From “Replace Petraeus,” by Fred Branfman, Truthdig, June 2, 2009

Colonel David Kilcullen, a key Petraeus advisor in Iraq, who testified to the House Foreign Affairs Committee [57] on May 23, 2009, that, "Since 2006, we've killed 14 senior Al Qaeda leaders using drone strikes; in the same time period, we've killed 700 Pakistani civilians in the same area. We need to call off the drones."

--"Mass Assassinations Lie at the Heart of America's Military Strategy in the Muslim World",  by Fred Branfman, Alternet, August 24, 2010

Emile Nakhleh, Senior CIA Analyst

"We are not generating good will in these operations," Emile Nakhleh ... We might target radicals and potential radicals, but unfortunately...other things and other people are being destroyed or killed. So, in the long run ... these operations will not necessarily help to  deradicalize potential recruits ..."

-- from Dirty Wars, Jeremy Scahill, Kindle Loc. 9824

General Stanley McChrystal

"[General McChrystal says that] for every innocent person you kill, you create 10 new enemies."

-- " [58]The Runaway General [58]," Rolling Stone [58], 6/22/10

”There’s widespread resentment against drone strikes in Pakistan, says the former commander of US and Nato forces in Afghanistan, Gen Stanley McChrystal. At the launching ceremony of his book, “My Share of the Task”, on Friday evening, the retired general repeated what he had said earlier that US drone strikes were “hated on a visceral level”. He warned that too many drone strikes in Pakistan without identifying suspected militants individually can be a bad thing. Gen McChrystal said he understood why Pakistanis, even in the areas not affected by the drones, reacted negatively against the strikes. He asked the Americans how they would react if a neighbouring country like Mexico started firing drone missiles at targets in Texas. The Pakistanis, he said, saw the drones as a demonstration of America’s might against their nation and reacted accordingly. “What scares me about drone strikes is how they are perceived around the world,” Gen McChrystal said in an earlier interview. “The resentment created by American use of unmanned strikes … is much greater than the average American appreciates. They are hated on a visceral level, even by people who’ve never seen one or seen the effects of one.””

--“McChrystal opposes drone strikes [59]”, Dawn, 2-10-13

Cameron Munter, Former U.S. Ambassador To Pakistan

“The problem is the political fallout … Do you want to win a few battles and lose the war? … The definition is a male between the ages of 20 and 40 … My feeling is one man’s combatant is another man’s—well, a chump who went to a meeting.”

--“A Former Ambassador to Pakistan Speaks Out”, Daily Beast, Nov 20, 2012

Anne Patterson , Ex-U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan

“Patterson’s cables also reveal that U.S. leaders know that present policy is destabilizing Pakistan, thus making a nuclear disaster more likely. Referring to U.S. “unilateral operations” in northwest Pakistan (such as drone strikes, ground assassination and other infringements of Pakistani sovereignty), she wrote that “increased unilateral operations in these areas risk destabilizing the Pakistani state, alienating both the civilian government and military leadership, and provoking a broader governance crisis in Pakistan without finally achieving the goal.” She then added that “to be effective, we must extend the writ of the Pakistani state into the FATA [Federally Administered Tribal Areas] in such a way that Taliban groups can no longer offer effective protection to al-Qaeda from Pakistan’s own security and law enforcement agencies in these areas” (9-23-09 cable) [60].

--"WikiLeaks Exposes the Danger of Pakistan’s Nukes", Fred Branfman, Truthdig, January 13, 2011

Bruce Riedel, Obama “AfPak” Advisor

The evidence is mounting that U.S. assassinations are so ineffective they are actually strengthening anti-American forces in Pakistan. Bruce Riedel, a counterinsurgency expert who coordinated the Afghan review for President Obama, said: [61] "The pressure we've put on (jihadist forces) in the past year has also drawn them together, meaning that the network of alliances is growing stronger not weaker."

--"Mass Assassinations Lie at the Heart of America's Military Strategy in the Muslim World", Fred Branfman, Alternet, August 24, 2010

Jeremy Scahill, Author, Dirty Wars, On Somalia

"Many seasoned Somalia analysts believed that a handful of radicals in the country could have been contained and that the central aim of stabilizing the country should have been to disarm an disemplower the warlords. Instead, Washington directly supported an expansion their power and, in the process, caused a radical backlash in Somalia, opening the doors wide for al Qaeda to step in... Al Shabab's meteoric rise in Somalia, and the legacy of terror it wrought, was a direct response to a decade of disastrous US policy, which had strengthened the very threat it was intended to crush."

-- from Dirty Wars, Jeremy Scahill, Kindle Loc. 2689

Michael Scheueur, Former CIA Counterterrorism Operative

“Former CIA counterrorism operative Michael Scheuer has stated [51] that "Petraeus's 'decapitation' approach was also unlikely to work. 'The Red Army tried that for 10 years, and they were far more ruthless and cruel about it than us, and it didn't work so well for them.'"

--"Obama's Secret Wars: How Our Shady Counter-Terrorism Policies Are More Dangerous Than Terrorism", by Fred Branfman, Alternet, July 11, 2011
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Quote:Revealed: secret European deals to hand over private data to America
June 29, 2013 by Admin

Germany ‘among countries offering intelligence’ according to new claims by former US defence analyst

At least six European Union countries in addition to Britain have been colluding with the US over the mass harvesting of personal communications data, according to a former contractor to America’s National Security Agency, who said the public should not be “kept in the dark”.

Wayne Madsen, a former US navy lieutenant who first worked for the NSA in 1985 and over the next 12 years held several sensitive positions within the agency, names Denmark, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Spain and Italy as having secret deals with the US.

Madsen said the countries had “formal second and third party status” under signal intelligence (Sigint) agreements that compels them to hand over data, including mobile phone and internet information to the NSA if requested.

Under international intelligence agreements, confirmed by declassified documents, nations are categorised by the US according to their trust level. The US is first party while the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand enjoy second party relationships. Germany and France have third party relationships.

In an interview published last night on the blog, Madsen, who has been attacked for holding controversial views on espionage issues, said he had decided to speak out after becoming concerned about the “half story” told by EU politicians regarding the extent of the NSA’s activities in Europe.

He said that under the agreements, which were drawn up after the second world war, the “NSA gets the lion’s share” of the Sigint “take”. In return, the third parties to the NSA agreements received “highly sanitised intelligence”.

Madsen said he was alarmed at the “sanctimonious outcry” of political leaders who were “feigning shock” about the spying operations while staying silent about their own arrangements with the US, and was particularly concerned that senior German politicians had accused the UK of spying when their country had a similar third party deal with the NSA.

Although the level of co-operation provided by other European countries to the NSA is not on the same scale as that provided by the UK, the allegations are potentially embarrassing.

“I can’t understand how Angela Merkel can keep a straight face, demanding assurances from Obama and the UK while Germany has entered into those exact relationships,” Madsen said.

The Liberal Democrat MEP Baroness Ludford, a senior member of the European parliament’s civil liberties, justice and home affairs committee, said Madsen’s allegations confirmed that …read more

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[quote]The Army admitted Thursday to not only restricting access to The Guardian news website at the Presidio of Monterey, as reported in Thursday's Herald, but Armywide.

Presidio employees said the site had been blocked since The Guardian broke stories on data collection by the National Security Agency.

Gordon Van Vleet, an Arizona-based spokesman for the Army Network Enterprise Technology Command, or NETCOM, said in an email the Army is filtering "some access to press coverage and online content about the NSA leaks."

He wrote it is routine for the Department of Defense to take preventative "network hygiene" measures to mitigate unauthorized disclosures of classified information.

"We make every effort to balance the need to preserve information access with operational security," he wrote, "however, there are strict policies and directives in place regarding protecting and handling classified information."

In a later phone call, Van Vleet said the filter of classified information on public websites was "Armywide" and did not originate at the Presidio.

Presidio employees described how they could access the U.S. site,, but were blocked from articles, such as those about the NSA, that redirected to the British site.
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Quote:In this age where politics is presented as entertainment, it's the most entertaining politicians who ascend.

As we all sit behind the desk and the theme tune begins to play, I regard the faces of my fellow panellists. Apprehensive, like me. In makeup, like me. Whenever we see David Cameron or Barack Obama on the box – knitted brows, index finger and thumb of dominant hand pinched in that contemporary rhetorical fist, powerful but not too powerful – they, in spite of what they're telling us, are always covering something up: their true faces.
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The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized. -- The Fourth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States
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He represents the worst of rogue governance. He does so lawlessly. He serves monied interests. They own him. Whatever they want they get.

He violates core rule of law principles. He mocks democratic rule.

He's waging multiple imperial wars. He's doing so on humanity. He plans others.

He looted the nation's wealth. He handed it to Wall Street, war profiteers, and other corporate crooks.

He wrecked the economy. He lets popular needs go begging. He ignores growing poverty, unemployment, hunger, homelessness and despair.

He governs by diktat. He permits lawless torture. Global renditions persist on his watch.

He institutionalized tyranny. He authorized indefinitely detaining anyone called a national security threat without charge or trial (including US citizens).

He heads America's Murder, Inc. agenda. He prioritizes targeted assassinations anywhere. He authorized killing US citizens abroad. He deployed special forces death squads globally. They operate covertly in 120 or more countries.

He destroyed hard won labor rights. He's commodifying education. He wants it made another business profit center.

He's waging war on freedom. He wants it destroyed on his watch. He targets Muslims, Latinos, African Americans, environmental activists, animal rights defenders, truth-tellers and whistleblowers.

He pronounced Bradley Manning guilty by accusation. Doing so assures conviction. His trial continues secretly. It reflects the worst of kangaroo court justice. It violates constitutional law. The Sixth Amendment states:

"In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence."

The Constitution mandates ALL criminal prosecutions. Pentagon ones aren't exempt. High-profile ones are especially important. They attract world attention.

Laws are made to be obeyed. Obama spurns them. He does so with impunity. He targets anyone challenging rogue state power. He wants whistleblowers silenced. He wants Edward Snowden arrested, extradited and imprisoned.

He threatens retaliation against nations willing to help him. The 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations lets diplomats function freely. They can do so without coercion, harassment or interference. Host countries are mandated to protect them.

It's the basis of diplomatic immunity. It's considered milestone international relations legislation. Through June 2013, it has 189 signatories.

Host countries must grant all foreign officials free movement and travel throughout their territory. Treating them with respect is required.

All appropriate steps must be taken to do so. Inviolable law must be obeyed. No exceptions are permitted.

Article 29 states:

"The person of a diplomatic agent shall be inviolable. He shall not be liable to any form of arrest or detention. The receiving State shall treat him with due respect and shall take all appropriate steps to prevent any attack on his person, freedom or dignity."

If states want their diplomats treated lawfully, they're obligated to treat foreign officials the same way. International law mandates it.

Washington spurns it with impunity. It violates core constitutional and US statute law provisions. It operates extrajudicially. It does so unapologetically.

On July 2, London's Guardian headlined "Bolivian president's jet rerouted amid suspicions Edward Snowden on board."

Evo Morales attended Moscow's second Gas Exporting Countries Forum (GECF). He said he's "ready to give political asylum to people who expose spying activities.If we receive a request, we are willing to consider it."

He's targeted for saying so. Bolivia expressed outrage. Morales' plane was diverted to Vienna. Bolivian Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca said:

"We don't know who invented this lie. We want to denounce to the international community this injustice with the plane of President Evo Morales."

France and Portugal cancelled air permits, he explained. "They say it was due to technical issues, but after getting explanations from some authorities we found that there appeared to be some unfounded suspicions that Mr. Snowden was on the plane."

Their decision "put at risk the life of the president."

Bolivian Vice President Alvaro Garcia held a midnight press conference. He said Italy and Spain refused airspace passage rights.

Morales was "kidnapped by imperialism," he added. He blamed EU complicity with Washington.

According to Defense Minister Ruben Saavedra:

"The ambassador for Spain in Austria has just informed us that there is no authorization to fly over Spanish territory, and that at 9AM Wednesday they would be in contact with us again."

Spain's government made "revision of the presidential plane" a condition for granting free passage.

Saavedra was aboard the flight. He was unequivocal. He pointed fingers the right way, saying:

"This is a hostile act by the United States State Department which has used various European governments."

Later he said France and Portugal reconsidered. They "changed their positions." Italy and Spain remained hardline.

"We will patiently seek to resolve the negative position taken by Italy and Spain, according to international norms," he added.

Early Wednesday, Bolivian officials rescheduled flight plans. They did so to return home. Obama officials were silent. Behind the scenes pressure targeted Morales. Complicit EU allies obliged. They did so disgracefully. They acted lawlessly.

Snowden's father Lon defended his son. He did so jointly with attorney Bruce Fein. They wrote Edward by open letter. It said in part:

"Thomas Paine, the voice of the American Revolution, trumpeted that a patriot saves his country from his government."

"You have forced onto the national agenda the question of whether the American people prefer the right to be left alone from government snooping absent probable cause to believe crime is afoot to vassalage in hopes of a risk-free existence."

"You are a modern day Paul Revere summoning the American people to confront the growing danger of tyranny and one branch government."

He exposed Director of National Intelligence James Clapper's lies. He committed perjury. He told Congress NSA doesn't spy on Americans. Obama let him get away with it without comment.

Lon Snowden and Fein continued, saying:

"We leave it to the American people to decide whether you or Director Clapper is the superior patriot."

"The history of civilization is a history of brave men and women refusing to bow to government wrongdoing or injustice, and exalting knowledge, virtue, wisdom, and selflessness over creature comforts as the North Star of life."

"We believe your actions fall within that honorable tradition, a conviction we believe is shared by many."

"As regards your reduction to de facto statelessness occasioned by the Executive Branch to penalize your alleged violations of the Espionage Act, the United States Supreme Court lectured in Trop v. Dulles (1958):"

"The civilized nations of the world are in virtual unanimity that statelessness is not to be imposed as punishment for crime."

"(W)e will be unflagging in efforts to educate the American people about the impending ruination of the Constitution and the rule of law unless they abandon their complacency or indifference."

"Your actions are making our challenge easier."

"We encourage you to engage us in regular exchanges of ideas or thoughts about approaches to curing or mitigating the hugely suboptimal political culture of the United States."

"Nothing less is required to pay homage to Valley Forge, Cemetery Ridge, Omaha Beach, and other places of great sacrifice."

Very truly yours,

Bruce Fein

Counsel for Lon Snowden

Lon Snowden

At 11:30AM Vienna time, Morales' plane (FAB1) departed. London's Guardian provided realtime radar tracking heading home.

A Final Comment

Obama breaches inviolable international principles egregiously. He does so with impunity. None remain too sacred not to violate. Targeting patriots like Manning and Snowden reflect the worst of rogue state governance.

Endangering Evo Morales' life shows he'll stop at nothing to force universal compliance. Obey Washington diktats or else. Failure risks isolation, targeted assassinations or war.

Snowden remains in limbo. Washington revoked his passport. It did so maliciously. He's stateless. He's a man without a country. No nation so far offered him asylum. Whether any will remains unknown.

He's punished for doing the right thing. Media scoundrels march in lockstep with lawlessness. They back ruthless Obama persecution. They do so disgracefully. They're apologists for injustice.

On July 1, Washington Post editors headlined "Plugging the leaks in the Edward Snowden case."

They called him a "naive hacker." Stop him at all costs, they urged. Prevent him "from leaking information that harms efforts to fight terrorism and conduct legitimate operations."

Fact check

Snowden acted honorably, courageously and legally. He exposed lawless NSA spying. Doing so revealed what everyone needs to know. Washington doesn't fight terrorism. It commits it at home and abroad.

New York Times editors stopped short of accusing Snowden of treason. They want him punished for disclosing classified information.

Civil disobedience means "accepting the consequences of one's actions," they said. Resisting tyranny's a universal right. Times editors didn't explain.

Separately they called spying on EU allies "perfectly legal under United States law." Jurists call it espionage. It's done for political, economic or military advantage.

US law prohibits it except when legitimately protecting national security. America has no enemies. EU nations are allies. Times editors exclude what readers most need to know.

Wall Street Journal editors want Snowden's head. "(N)othing prevents him from returning to the US to demonstrate the courage of his transparency convictions," they said.

Mercy isn't in Washington's vocabulary. Media scoundrels condemn what deserves praise. Snowden's on his own for justice. It’s elusive. It remains for one or more world leaders to help. None officially did so.

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Quote:"Clearly Snowden is reporting serious crimes that took place on German soil and may even have been directed against people in office," said Peter Gauweiler, parliamentarian for the Christian Social Union, Bavarian sister party to Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union.

Speaking to the Süddeutsche Zeitung, Gauweiler said that federal state prosecutors are already obliged to investigate the US spying that Snowden has uncovered, since they are responsible for the protection of state secrets.

"Edward Snowden should be questioned as a witness," he said. "That man has vital evidence."

He said the German judiciary has the power to grant Snowden safe passage if he is being called as a witness, at least for a limited amount of time. This would take the matter out of the hands of the government, which denied the whistleblower political asylum on Tuesday evening.
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