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May282013

WATCH: Obama Gets Heckled Over Guantanamo

WHY USE GITMO WHEN YOU HAVE DRONES

For anyone who hasn't seen this yet, start watching at 18 seconds. The Droner-in-Chief is heckled by Code Pink protestor Medea Benjamin about shutting down GITMO during his speech at the National Defense University last Thursday.

 

 

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This is off topic but, funny how the MSM ignored all the anti Monsanto demonstrations. Do I detect a subject the armies of compromised corporate controlled journalists won't touch with a ten foot pole?
May 29, 2013 at 12:06 PM | Unregistered CommenterSagebrush
Obama looks like Bert getting heckled by Ernie in that screenshot...

From the handful of snippets I saw, the Monsanto protests looked like they were wide (global) but thin (a few hundred per city). I think the reason there wasn't any coverage, though, is that the protests were a one-off, and that doesn't work for a media that's not only concentrated in a few hands but also centrally scripted (as Jon Stewart has shown).

Think back to the Occupy protests. There was no coverage for the first 2 weeks. Then the movement was portrayed as a collection of ignorant liberal (or communist) kids who were angry about not getting what they wanted. That script was seemingly supported by footage from encampments around the U.S.

That script was untrue because it was wholly unrepresentative of what was actually happening. I say that having been to Occupy sites in 7 different cities (NYC, Boston, Charlotte, Louisville, Chicago, St. Louis, and Denver). For one thing, the median age was probably 30-35 and likely higher on the east coast. For another, the biggest complaint among protesters was a governement run by and for corporations. But how many news reports were about ordinary Americans overcoming their differences and uniting against fascism?

The point is that the 2-week radio silence in October 2011 gave the media time to brand the movement. The image the media chose was of stupid-sounding lefty youths whose appearances are objectionable in McMansionland. It could just as easily have been of highly articulate people protesting the Federal Reserve, but that would make the TV watchers feel insipid and dumb.

But ultimately you're right, Sage. The shorthand version of the Monsanto protests could have been: People Against Eating Poison. Any idiot would get that, but it might upset the advertisers.
May 29, 2013 at 1:48 PM | Registered CommenterCheyenne
To Cheyenne, you said that the media had falsely portrayed the Occupy Protesters as being "Ignorant liberal (Communist) kids", and that their average ages were higher on the east coast.
Fine so you don't think that "Ignorant liberal (communist) kids" can be in their thirties.
And your basic premise is that corporations are "Facist".
You are full of it, and this coming from a Detroit born Jazz performer, ( And Mensa member) who has witnessed his one time world-class Metropolis home town be destroyed by "Ignorant liberal Comunists", types such as your own "Ignorant liberal communist self.
May 29, 2013 at 2:07 PM | Unregistered CommenterJazzman
Jazzman, Those commies in China took your job and own much of the land in and around Detroit Do you think that the commies ran the jobs out, or the corporations. What about the textile jobs that were once up north, then south, that were moved to India and Jakarta. What about the technology jobs that were moved to China so that people who just love to work there in those factories, are now jumping out of them because they are so happy. Do you think the Corporations are moving the jobs to commie countries are moving them there because they love commies or because they can't stand a son of a bitch working dumb fuck like me to make a decent wage so that I can raise my kids here in this huge ass two bedroom rancher. Guess which one is the correct answer. Just a casual observation from a red neck in Maryland.
May 29, 2013 at 2:39 PM | Unregistered CommenterSKINFLINT
"Fine so you don't think that "Ignorant liberal (communist) kids" can be in their thirties."

I think saying that people in their 30s are not kids is reasonable.

"And your basic premise is that corporations are 'Facist' [sic]."

That was not my premise. Is reading comprehension [and spelling] not included in your Detroit curriculum? It's the merger of corporations AND GOVERNMENT that's fascist. Please pay attention.

As for Detroit's demise, I have bad news for you, rube. It was never world class. To the extent it failed to achieve any pretense as such, you can thank your corporate heroes who changed GM from a car company into a subprime credit card company, as well as the captains of industry who spearheaded Nafta.

Did you join Mensa before or after TV turned your brains into tuna fish?
May 29, 2013 at 3:53 PM | Registered CommenterCheyenne
Jazzman, what's your take on Too Big To Fail and the TRILLIONS of dollars the Obama administration has given to Wall St. the last few years? What about the total absence of prosecutions of investment bankers whose crimes are a matter of public record? What about the revolving door between Wall St., the US Treasury and the DOJ and white-shoe law firms? Just curious, because those are the things that concerned the Occupy folks. Are these things only the concern of "ignorant liberal communists" (whatever the hell that is), or can ordinary Americans not be concerned about these things?
May 29, 2013 at 4:40 PM | Unregistered CommenterDr. Pitchfork
When you consider that Obummer is a Bush boytoy, and the past four or maybe five presidents have been confirmed sex offenders, and you consider the 'lost parakeet macho' ideal that most American men strive for under these pieces of trash, whoever they are, Obummer (with the cabal) will stand up with the CFRtv and Rothschild's AP approval and lie his well greased ass off to maintain and sponsor further psychotic degradations against innocent people. This scene should not surprise you guys. Not one tiny bit. And I am sure it does not. This is what happens when healthy men lose their focus on what their duty is to their communities in favor of the self-centered pursuit of filthy lucre with the swine.
Back at the Boston marathon, the Chechnyan's back pack left behind is shown in numerous stills and video recordings INTACT, long after the crowd and confusion had gone. No one seems concerned about it still leaning there against the mailbox a few scant feet from where the bomb went off. Meanwhile, a black back pack is seen in shreds, and Wall Street and the banking system continue to be looted for The City of London,which is the main objective of these coordinated sacrifices and deceptions..

Here is one from left field. Was the funding of Yale Skull and Bones Society member Mao tse T'ung by the Rothschild bank to create a vast labor force under a strong loyal central authority just as an effort to sustain City of London Economic superiority, or has China thrown off the influence of the central bank? Was the destruction of the American economy and nation the goal by the disenfranchisement of America's conscientious professional labor force? Are Chechnyans lesser mortals, suitable for framing and thievery of their oil resource? Why send all the hard earned American capital to European drones in exchange for derivative based remunerations? Why the fuck do people tolerate this crap? Remember mom's four lies. You are perfect, safe, handsome(or pretty), and smart. The CFRtv is not your friend.
May 29, 2013 at 7:18 PM | Unregistered CommenterHoward T. Lewis III
Have we been coming here too long or what? I mean here we have a
New poster and instead of commenting and presenting a lucid arguement, we hurl invective at this person and run him the fuck outta here. Just classic.
May 29, 2013 at 7:30 PM | Unregistered CommenterSKINFLINT
What a fucking asshole. Obama I mean.

I've waited a couple of days to watch this only because I knew his condescending folksy bullshit would piss me off.

On another level, though, this was pretty fun to watch.
May 30, 2013 at 12:19 AM | Unregistered CommenterDr. Pitchfork
It wasn't as if he hadn't specifically promised to shut down Guantanamo during his election campaign- the protestor was completely correct: he believed then and knows now that it is not Congress tying his hands. After all, he doesn't bother to consult Congress when he decides to assassinate someone with one of his drones. Nietzsche talked about living at a time where there was a transvaluation of all values, and this is epitomized on this superficially affable person: He supposedly taught Constitutional law but with a silly smile tramples all over it. He selects and now supports the very antithesis of justice as his Secretary of Justice.Mainstream reporters are spied on and lack the courage to complain. He has nothing to say when the IRS claims the right to routinely open people's mail (email). He rams through a 2500 page "Affordable" medical care act which was not even read out in Congress, as required by law, beforehand. He is elected in the expectation that domestic needs will take priority, and does not cut the bloated defense budget a dime- in fact expands it. Record numbers are on food stamps but $16 trillion in debt, foreign aid is not cut, and even as food prices soar, inflation is said not to exist. He deplored George Bush's reckless deficit spending but proceeds to triple it (having also promised to cut it in half during his campaign.). Other than his marital vows, are there any promises he has kept?
May 30, 2013 at 12:53 AM | Unregistered CommenterRobert Tartell
RT--

To summarize: But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism...

Now where have I heard that? No matter. We have a new addition to your fine list, namely, Obama's appointment of James Comey to head the FBI.

http://www.cnn.com/2013/05/29/politics/fbi-director-nominee/index.html

Key quote: "Currently, Comey is a board member of HSBC Holdings..." HSBC, of course, is the criminal UK bank that the DOJ says is above criminal prosecution. Now, this criminal UK bank has been rewarded for its crimes with one of the loftiest positions in the DOJ. I wonder if the rubes among us might want to reconsider their opinions on American fascism.
May 30, 2013 at 11:36 AM | Registered CommenterCheyenne
Well Cheyenne just effin damnit. Holy effin shit. THE biggest money laundering drug dealing cartel is now head of the DOJ. Where is the justice in that?
May 30, 2013 at 12:03 PM | Unregistered CommenterSKINFLINT
Jesus Cheyenne.
May 30, 2013 at 12:29 PM | Unregistered CommenterJohn
"Currently, Comey is a board member of HSBC Holdings..."

Son of a b***!

"But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism..."

Hey, that sounds good! Is there more where that came from? Sounds like the author of that piece was leading up to making some kind of point. Something along the lines of, When such and such happens, these are the consequences. Wonder what he was getting on about?
May 30, 2013 at 12:34 PM | Unregistered CommenterDr. Pitchfork
I forgot to mention that Comey is a long-time advocate of warrantless wiretapping by the NSA...

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/may/30/james-comey-fbi-bush-nsa

So now we know what Obama's remedy is for the DOJ's secret subpoenas of press phone records: bypassing courts and warrants altogether with direct taps on private communications.

Now THAT's a change you can believe in.
May 30, 2013 at 1:45 PM | Registered CommenterCheyenne
The never ending hypocrisy of Barack Obama


Obama Declares Excessive Campaigning Causes Logjam Politics While At Campaign Fundraiser In Chicago



Obama - olitics doesn't work because people are doing EXACTLY what he is doing, campaigning too much. This is just UNBELIEVABLE!
http://www.isthatbaloney.com/obama-declares-excessive-campaigning-causes-logjam-politics-while-at-campaign-fundraiser-in-chicago/







www.isthatbaloney.com
May 30, 2013 at 1:47 PM | Unregistered CommenterBackgammon
The never ending hypocrisy of Barack Obama


Obama Declares Excessive Campaigning Causes Logjam Politics While At Campaign Fundraiser In Chicago



Obama - Politics doesn't work because people are doing EXACTLY what he is doing, campaigning too much. This is just UNBELIEVABLE!

http://www.isthatbaloney.com/obama-declares-excessive-campaigning-causes-logjam-politics-while-at-campaign-fundraiser-in-chicago/







www.isthatbaloney.com
May 30, 2013 at 1:48 PM | Unregistered CommenterBackgammon
If my fellow Amerikan'ts DON'T have the balls OR the stomach for VIOLENT REVOLUTION TO OVERTHROW this disgusting Wall St MEAT PUPPET, then the LEAST they can do is what this courageous woman did: HECKLE & INSULT this POS EVERYWHERE HE GOES!

Interrupt his speeches, THROW SHOES at him. Let the world see that we REJECT BOTH POLITICAL PARTIES.
May 30, 2013 at 2:59 PM | Unregistered CommenterRecoveryless Recovery
"Other than his marital vows, are there any promises he has kept?"

He keeps promises to his special interest employers and almost anyone willing to pour money on the D.C. politicians. It's the american way! Lie like hell to get elected then screw the voters anyway the special interests want them screwed. All the while amending the Constitution and Bill Of Rights to keep them powerless to do anything about it.
May 30, 2013 at 4:37 PM | Unregistered CommenterSagebrush
After reading about all the graft and corruption that have happened over the years in regards the dealing of drugs, money laundering, bank bail outs and ins and all the interest rate manipulations handled over cheap booze and crappy sandwiches does anyone even think that votes even matter. Personally I think that voting is just a show and that even our elections have been stolen. There is no honor anywhere in the system. WTH?
May 30, 2013 at 6:10 PM | Unregistered CommenterSKINFLINT
I came across a graph tonight that deep-fried my entire skull. What in the HELL happened to GSE-backed mortgages in late 2009 that caused them to drop off of cliff? Is this graph even real?

http://research.stlouisfed.org/fred2/series/AGSEBMPTCMAHDFS

I mean really. From $5+ trillion down to EXACTLY $1.00 trillion in the space of like a week or two? I know the Fed screws around a lot, but I'd like to think I'd have at least a vague recollection of a $4 trillion Copperfield job. Wtf???
Jun 1, 2013 at 2:37 AM | Registered CommenterCheyenne
Cheyenne, starting Q1 2010, Fannie and Freddie MBS were consolidated on Fannie and Freddie's balance sheets. I don't know why that takes them out of the graph you cite, though the notes to the tables should explain the calculations. Still, why make that change?
Jun 1, 2013 at 9:41 AM | Unregistered CommenterDr. Pitchfork
Did DB jump ship again and hide out in some tropical paradise?
Jun 1, 2013 at 10:21 AM | Unregistered CommenterSagebrush
A case of Bailout Interuptis or Dow Falls Syndrome!
Jun 1, 2013 at 11:08 AM | Unregistered CommenterBackgammon
Dr. Pitchfork and Backgammon--thanks. Frightening that the MBS move onto balance sheet worked an 80%+ drop, though I suppose it's not all that extreme in light of cases like Lehman (which paid out 8 or 9 cents on the dollar in bankruptcy). Whatever is behind the move, you can bet it's to screw ordinary people out of money to prop up the financial oligarchs. That's how it always turns out, no? It's like watching Charlie Brown trying to kick the football, only in Bailoutball the refs announce a new $1,000,000,000,000 fine every time CB whiffs at what turns out to be a hologram.

I feel certain that the collateral rehyopethecation game, coupled with the superpriority that collateralized derivatives counterparties enjoy over unsecured creditors (like bank depositors) will end the same way. All we need is some "event" to cause a blip in the markets to set off the collateral grab to end all collateral grabs (which the media will blame on people opposing bailouts, btw)...

Sage--if memory serves, DB did this last year. There was a long hiatus, followed by a return, followed by a mini-hiatus. At least I hope the last few days are a temporary thing.
Jun 1, 2013 at 12:14 PM | Registered CommenterCheyenne
Went on Hiatus after the Super Bowl and did not come back until March or April? Bilderburg perhaps. This week no?
Jun 1, 2013 at 6:58 PM | Unregistered CommenterSKINFLINT
As we go skipping merrily down the road to tyranny.

Instead of shorter leashes for the Constitution hating NY cops they're going to open season on people who stand up for their rightsf, and to protect you the government needs to hear everything you say on the phone.

http://rt.com/usa/us-police-harrassment-crime-308/


http://rt.com/usa/nasa-collecting-millions-verizon-records-291/
Jun 6, 2013 at 11:43 AM | Unregistered CommenterSagebrush
Sage. The NSA has been collecting every bit of communications electronically for years. If you talk on a land line, fax something, anything electronic. I guess now that humans are a limited resource, they will sift through at warp speed all manner of communications looking for key words or phrases etc. East Germany would be proud.
Jun 6, 2013 at 12:21 PM | Unregistered CommenterSKINFLINT
That is really something Sagebrush.
Jun 6, 2013 at 12:22 PM | Unregistered CommenterS. Gompers
Well written article, I am impressed by the author's style. Goes well brevity and meaning. Always enjoy reading these articles helps a lot to learn in the field of finance.
Jun 6, 2013 at 1:27 PM | Unregistered CommenterMarc
I have long thought the Mafia was involved in the Murder of President Jack Kennedy. One of his ladies, tells all.

Kennedy makes me long for a President who screws women rather than the Citizens.


"I lied when I said I was not a conduit between President Kennedy and the Mafia," says Judith Campbell Exner, the same woman who first shocked the nation 12 years ago with the revelation that she had had an affair with the President while he was in the White House. "I lied," Exner continues, "when I said that President Kennedy was unaware of my friendships with mobsters. He knew everything about my dealings with Sam Giancana and Johnny Roselli because I was seeing them for him. I wouldn't have been seeing them otherwise. And I would never have known mobsters if it hadn't been for Frank Sinatra.

"For the past 25 years I have been terrified to tell the truth about my relationship with Jack Kennedy," says Exner, speaking from a hotel room in Newport Beach, Calif. "In fact, I've gone to great lengths to keep the truth from ever coming out, which is probably the only reason I'm alive today. With the exception of Sinatra, all the key figures involved in my story have been murdered."

The Dark Side of Camelot - Affairs, Scandals & Feuds, John F ...

http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,2009837...

Feb 29, 1988 ... Former Lover of John Kennedy, Judith Campbell Exner, Tells at Last of Being a Courier to the Mob for the President.
Jun 6, 2013 at 7:26 PM | Unregistered CommenterBackgammon
This is paltry compared to Stellar Wind. The facility in Bluffdale, Utah can store 100 years worth of digital content, which it data-mines with the justification of a secret NSA-interpretation of the 4th amendment. Look up William Binney, please. Your 4th amendment rights don't exist anymore. This particular conspiracy is not a theory, it's proven.

If you're surprised, you're wildly uninformed of this administration's horrible practices. Tripwire is possibly even scarier, revealed via Wikileaks. Do some research about your wonderful government's practices and the now institutionalized forms of McCarthyism that exist.

William Binney

The Government is Profiling You: William Binney (former NSA) | ...

www.civic.mit.edu/blog/schock/the-government-is-profiling-you-william-binney-fo...

Nov 26, 2012 ... On Monday, November 19th, former NSA official William Binney gave a talk hosted by MIT's CIS Group, entitled The government is profiling you ...


NSA Whistleblower: Everyone in US under virtual surveillance, all ...


www.youtube.com/watch?v=TuET0kpHoyM

NSA Whistleblower William Binney Explains NSA Surveillance ...

www.businessinsider.com/nsa-whistleblower-william-binney-explains-nsa-surve...






Here's the link to a very good article on Bluffdale Data Center
http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/03/ff_nsadatacenter/
Jun 6, 2013 at 8:41 PM | Unregistered CommenterBackgammon
Nice one Backgammon, here is another one which originated at the NY Times.

http://investmentwatchblog.com/obama-presidency-is-in-meltdown-nyt-the-obama-administration-has-now-lost-all-credibility-the-huffington-posts-brutal-front-page-george-w-obama/


On that note, we (Barb and I) have been dogging a pretty significant development in our latest project. Over the last 2 weeks, My (Yahoo) e-mail correspondence has repeatedly been send back with an error message saying it took too long for the server to send it. I now have no doubt about what is going on and feel that the headline is too kind to this administration.

There are connections to a major broadband/media/renewable/petro-chemical/ aviation/concrete/banking and electronics company to a lot of this. This concern is definitely in partnership with gov dot com.
Jun 7, 2013 at 7:47 AM | Unregistered Commenterjohn
Thanks John, Good link.

Just a reminder:

Obama calls Bush Unpatriotic,& Irresponsible

http://youtu.be/3CMy2M32g4k


It took Bush 8 years to rack up 4 trillion in debt where Obama has added 7 trillion



2008: Obama vows to reverse Bush laws. Please watch the ease that Obama shows while outright lying!

http://youtu.be/AzgNf9iZ2Bo




Obama reminds us that he taught Constitutional Law.





65 Outrageous Lies by President Obama



http://youtu.be/kg9m1F8B2_c
Jun 7, 2013 at 8:37 AM | Unregistered CommenterBackgammon
Well John, that pretty much sums up the whole nut right there. Don't know if I shold continue to be paranoid or not. Maybe just accept this with grim resignation. Gads, even his own press buddies are calling him out. Sheesh.
Jun 7, 2013 at 9:06 AM | Unregistered CommenterSKINFLINT
Don't worry about it Skin ;) BTW, loved the Barclays link.
Jun 7, 2013 at 5:51 PM | Unregistered Commenterjohn
Jun 8, 2013 at 8:50 AM | Registered CommenterJohn
The United States of America: A Four-Branch-Police State

Long Running, Long-Known NSA Illegalities & Long-Ignored NSA Whistleblowers


http://www.boilingfrogspost.com/2013/06/07/the-united-states-of-america-a-four-branch-police-state/

[in toto]

Yesterday a long-known but long-covered up report on the extent of NSA’s illegal spying on millions of Americans was made public. Interestingly this outrageous American scandal was revealed and reported not by an American media outlet but by one outside the United States. That alone should tell you a lot.
The National Security Agency is currently collecting the telephone records of millions of US customers of Verizon, one of America’s largest telecoms providers, under a top secret court order issued in April.
The order, a copy of which has been obtained by the Guardian, requires Verizon on an “ongoing, daily basis” to give the NSA information on all telephone calls in its systems, both within the US and between the US and other countries. The document shows for the first time that under the Obama administration the communication records of millions of US citizens are being collected indiscriminately and in bulk – regardless of whether they are suspected of any wrongdoing.

I characterize the report as long-known and long-covered up because over eight years ago this scandal was exposed and related to the US Congress and media by long-ignored whistleblowers.
Interestingly, shamelessly, half-accurately, and indirectly the elected traitors known as the members of the US Congress have already admitted that much:
The leaders of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday said senators were informed of the administration’s sweeping surveillance practices, which they said have been going on since 2007.

“Everyone’s been aware of it for years, every member of the Senate,” said Sen. Saxby Chambliss (Ga.), the ranking Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee.

I say half-accurately because they have intentionally provided a wrong date. They have known about this particular illegal operation, in addition to several other equally explosive illegalities, since 2005; thanks to long-ignored truth-telling NSA whistleblowers.
As the founder and director of National Security Whistleblowers Coalition I became aware of at least two NSA truth-tellers who tried to alert Congress and the US media to these illegal government operations. I personally assisted them in their desperate attempts to reach and brief the appropriate congressional offices.
I can only divulge the identity of one of these NSA witnesses who courageously came forward publicly-and dearly paid the price for doing so. As for the others-their internal battles continue to date.
On December 22, 2005, I made public the following press release (the release was sent to all appropriate congressional offices and spineless members of the US mainstream media):
Former NSA Intelligence Analyst & Action Officer Urges to be Heard by Congress Regarding Unlawful Conduct by NSA
Russ Tice, former National Security Agency (NSA) intelligence analyst and action officer, has sent the following two letters to the chairs of the Senate and House Intelligence Committees. Mr. Tice intends to report to Congress probable unlawful and unconstitutional acts conducted while he was an intelligence officer with the National Security Agency (NSA) and with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). These acts involved the Director of the National Security Agency, the Deputies Chief of Staff for Air and Space Operations, and the U.S. Secretary of Defense, and were conducted via very highly sensitive intelligence programs and operations known as Special Access Programs (SAP). SAP programs and operations are more commonly referred to as “black world” programs and operations. Mr. Tice was a technical intelligence specialist dealing almost exclusively with SAP programs and operations at both NSA and DIA.
Mr. Tice stated: “As a Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) officer it is continually drilled into us that the very first law chiseled in the SIGINT equivalent of the Ten Commandments (USSID-18) is that Thou shall not spy on American persons without a court order from FISA. This law is continually drilled into each NSA intelligence officer throughout his or her career. The very people that lead the National Security Agency have violated this holy edict of SIGINT.” A pivotal question in this case is whether Americans were being spied on via a vacuum cleaner approach wherein vast amounts of information are sucked in. FISA warrants require a name of the target and would not cover such a mass approach. He also added: “In addition to knowing this fundamental commandment of not violating the civil rights of Americans, intelligence officers are required to take an oath to protect the United States Constitution from enemies both foreign and domestic. It is with my oath as a US intelligence officer weighing heavy on my mind that I wish to report to congress acts that I believe are unlawful and unconstitutional. The freedom of the American people cannot be protected when our constitutional liberties are ignored and our nation has decayed into a police state.”
“These actions by the current administration are a compulsion to secrecy, an expansive view of presidential authority, and reluctance to answer to the people and Congress. Woodrow Wilson, himself no novice concerning secrecy, claimed that it is a ‘fair presumption that secrecy means impropriety’. That is a presumption that we have been called upon to suspend in the name of national security, but with recent disclosures that suspended judgment appears to have been unwise. We urge the congress to hold hearings and let patriotic witnesses like Russ Tice testify,” stated Sibel Edmonds, the director of National Security Whistleblowers Coalition (NSWBC).

To read the entire press release and our letters to the US Congress Click Here
So what does all this tell us?
That the Executive Branch of the United States of America has been illegally and continuously engaged in surveillance of all its citizens.
That the United States Congress has been briefed and reported on this illegal-unconstitutional surveillance, and has readily gone along with it- as collaborators.
That the United States Federal Courts have been sitting on the side-lines, and allowing the continuation of the illegal-unconstitutional surveillance of United States Citizens.
That the media in the United States has firmly positioned itself as government- collaborators in this illegal-unconstitutional practice against the citizens of the United States.
And finally … that the citizens of the United States of America are in a position to decide to act or not to act against this Four-Branch-Police State.
Jun 8, 2013 at 8:56 AM | Registered CommenterJohn
Read this. (This is from 2005. The media reports that the NSA was doing this beginning in 2007.)

National Security Whistleblowers Coalition (NSWBC) press release re: Russ Tice.

http://nswbc.org/Press%20Releases/NSA-RussTice.htm


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE- December 22, 2005

Contact: Sibel Edmonds, National Security Whistleblowers Coalition, sedmonds@nswbc.org , Tel- (703) 519-3640 or Michael D. Ostrolenk, Liberty Coalition, mostrolenk@libertycoalition.net, Tel- (301) 717-0599

Former NSA Intelligence Analyst & Action Officer Urges to be Heard by Congress Regarding Unlawful Conduct by NSA


Russ Tice, former National Security Agency (NSA) intelligence analyst and action officer, has sent the following two letters to the chairs of the Senate and House Intelligence Committees. Mr. Tice intends to report to Congress probable unlawful and unconstitutional acts conducted while he was an intelligence officer with the National Security Agency (NSA) and with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). These acts involved the Director of the National Security Agency, the Deputies Chief of Staff for Air and Space Operations, and the U.S. Secretary of Defense, and were conducted via very highly sensitive intelligence programs and operations known as Special Access Programs (SAP). SAP programs and operations are more commonly referred to as “black world” programs and operations. Mr. Tice was a technical intelligence specialist dealing almost exclusively with SAP programs and operations at both NSA and DIA.

Mr. Tice stated: “As a Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) officer it is continually drilled into us that the very first law chiseled in the SIGINT equivalent of the Ten Commandments (USSID-18) is that Thou shall not spy on American persons without a court order from FISA. This law is continually drilled into each NSA intelligence officer throughout his or her career. The very people that lead the National Security Agency have violated this holy edict of SIGINT." A pivotal question in this case is whether Americans were being spied on via a vacuum cleaner approach wherein vast amounts of information are sucked in. FISA warrants require a name of the target and would not cover such a mass approach. He also added: “In addition to knowing this fundamental commandment of not violating the civil rights of Americans, intelligence officers are required to take an oath to protect the United States Constitution from enemies both foreign and domestic. It is with my oath as a US intelligence officer weighing heavy on my mind that I wish to report to congress acts that I believe are unlawful and unconstitutional. The freedom of the American people cannot be protected when our constitutional liberties are ignored and our nation has decayed into a police state.”

"These actions by the current administration are a compulsion to secrecy, an expansive view of presidential authority, and reluctance to answer to the people and Congress. Woodrow Wilson, himself no novice concerning secrecy, claimed that it is a 'fair presumption that secrecy means impropriety'. That is a presumption that we have been called upon to suspend in the name of national security, but with recent disclosures that suspended judgment appears to have been unwise. We urge the congress to hold hearings and let patriotic witnesses like Russ Tice testify,” stated Sibel Edmonds, the director of National Security Whistleblowers Coalition (NSWBC).

Michael Ostrolenk, National Director of the Liberty Coalition agrees with Mrs. Edmonds and stated further “I am glad to know that Mr. Tice takes his oath to the Constitution seriously. He obviously knows that his obligation is not to this or any Administration but to our Republican form of government with its proper checks and balances and to protect the rights it was instituted to secure.” He continued “This is less about a particular Administration and more about the natural tendency for government to become destructive to the very ends it was created to fulfill. I hope that Congress takes it oversight responsibilities seriously and investigates Mr. Tice’s allegations in an open and non-partisan manner.”

Here is the letter by Mr. Tice, sent on Dec 18, 2005, to the Senate & House Intelligence Committee:


Dear Chairman Roberts,

Under the provisions of the Intelligence Community Whistleblower Protection Act (ICWPA), I intend to report to Congress probable unlawful and unconstitutional acts conducted while I was an intelligence officer with the National Security Agency (NSA) and with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). These acts involve the Director of the National Security Agency, the Deputies Chief of Staff for Air and Space Operations, and the U.S. Secretary of Defense.
These probable unlawful and unconstitutional acts were conducted via very highly sensitive intelligence programs and operations known as Special Access Programs (SAP)s. I was a technical intelligence specialist dealing almost exclusively with SAP programs and operations at both NSA and DIA.
Due to the highly sensitive nature of these programs and operations, I will require assurances from your committee that the staffers and/or congressional members to participate retain the proper security clearances, and also have the appropriate SAP cleared facilities available for these discussions.
Please inform me when you require my appearance on Capitol Hill to conduct these discussions in relation to this ICWPA report.

Very Respectfully,


Russell D. Tice
Former Intelligence Officer, NSA


Tice, Russ; Former Intelligence Analyst & Action Officer, Air Force, Naval Intelligence, DIA and NSA
Russ Tice worked technical intelligence issues as an all-source analyst, systems instructor, special programs expert, technical missions operations action officer, tasking agent, field intelligence on-site analyst and liaison, and advanced capabilities officer. Known as a stickler for technical detailed analysis and “by the book” on security regs. After returning from a temporary overseas assignment in 2001, he observed that a DIA coworker exhibited the classic signs of involvement in espionage. After quietly reporting this, his suspicion was quickly dismissed by DIA’s counterintelligence (CI) office. He continued to observe activity to suggest there was a problem and reported such. He returned to the National Security Agency and, busy with the Iraqi War, dropped the issue. When noting a report that FBI CI agents availed secrets to a China source for sex, he questioned the FBI’s competence. NSA retaliated by having him declared crazy, revoking his security clearance, and terminating his employment in May 2005.

About National Security Whistleblowers Coalition
National Security Whistleblowers Coalition (NSWBC), founded in August 2004, is an independent and nonpartisan alliance of whistleblowers who have come forward to address our nation’s security weaknesses; to inform authorities of security vulnerabilities in our intelligence agencies, at nuclear power plants and weapon facilities, in airports, and at our nation’s borders and ports; to uncover government waste, fraud, abuse, and in some cases criminal conduct. The NSWBC is dedicated to aiding national security whistleblowers through a variety of methods, including advocacy of governmental and legal reform, educating the public concerning whistleblowing activity, provision of comfort and fellowship to national security whistleblowers suffering retaliation and other harms, and working with other public interest organizations to affect goals defined in the NSWBC mission statement. For more on NSWBC visit www.nswbc.org

About Liberty Coalition
The Liberty Coalition works to help organize, support, and coordinate transpartisan public policy activities related to civil liberties and basic human rights. We work in conjunction with groups of partner organizations that are interested in preserving the Bill of Rights, personal autonomy and individual privacy.
The Liberty Coalition is concerned about the threat to Americans' fundamental and inalienable rights. The Coalition is dedicated to upholding and protecting our basic rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. In order to accomplish our task, we seek to protect those freedoms as articulated in the Bill of Rights. We base our concerns on the fundamental values and principles of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution, particularly the separation of powers and federalism, and Bill of Rights. These are also embodied in the 14th amendment, especially the due process and privileges and immunities clauses.
www.libertycoalition.net


Jun 8, 2013 at 9:17 AM | Registered CommenterJohn
Here is an NPR interview with Glen Greenwald. I want everyone to remember that Russ Tice exposed this back in 2005 as proven in the NSWBC press release above in my last comment., meaning it went back even farther.

http://www.npr.org/2013/06/07/189430565/reports-nsa-mines-servers-of-u-s-internet-companies
Jun 8, 2013 at 9:42 AM | Registered CommenterJohn
John I remember reading about this a long while back. Playboy or Rolling Stone ran an article about the NSA. East Germany was the training ground here.
Jun 8, 2013 at 10:04 AM | Unregistered CommenterSKINFLINT
DB Where arrrrrrre youuuuuuu?
Jun 10, 2013 at 11:36 AM | Unregistered CommenterSagebrush
Is Edward Snowden a HERO or a TRAITOR?????


IMO

NSA employees involved in this should be fired and subject to criminal and civil legal penalties. FISA judges should be investigated and possibly impeached. Members of Congress and the Senate who knew about this and said nothing should be removed from office and the President should be impeached.

The 4th Amendment requires probable cause and a warrant describing the specific items to be seized. A program which collects data on all Americans is a blatant violation and must not go unpunished.

Give Snowden a medal. Arrest and prosecute the criminals in government.
Jun 10, 2013 at 6:43 PM | Unregistered CommenterBackgammon
Backgammon. There are a shitload of agencies doing this. They have been since the mid 80's when Burrelle's (now Burrelles Luce), a media monitoring concern that monitored ALL newspapers, magazines, radio, television and the internet (they developed the software that looked for key words in the early internet back in the late 80's) for customers that ranged from any individual who could afford it to the gov itself.

Cheyenne and Josie may of heard of them as a lot of customers had orders that looked for things like mis-use of copyrighted trademarks etc..

Right now I know they will get this and I will use the confines ascribed by them to include mere mention. (i:mm)... Here are a few examples:

(Burrelles, Burrelles) or (Burrelles, The company). Those words must be used in the same article or interview, the name mentioned twice or the name mentioned once and 'the company" (implication) . Sometimes they exclude mere mention to save the client money (at the clients request). Others may include photo's with story (PWS), or just a photo.


They will have this comment in a matter of minutes or hours but rest assured, this has been going on for decades. I am certain that they were the first to develop the software for media monitoring (internet in the mid to late 80's) but have been in the business of televison, radio, magazine and newspaper monitoring for decades.

How do I know this, during electricity de-regulation, I had to shut my business down and work for them 2 years.
Jun 10, 2013 at 8:06 PM | Unregistered Commenterjohn
Going on for decades does not make it RIGHT!

There were many people who voted for Obama because he was going to STOP this.
We know how that worked out.

This isn't about Obama per se. He's just the latest in a long line of functionaries doing the bidding of the leviathan, especially egregious only in the sense that he came to power specifically promising that he was going to reign in these type of excesses. Sadly, being a liar doesn't make him unique or special amongst our so called political elite- it merely makes him typical.


When a government just rubberstamps every document generated by the military or the spooks or the federal agencies or the executive branch as "classified," then they can operate in secret with impunity.

This guy revealed that government spooks are harvesting the cell phone data generated every day by every American with a cell phone. They are pretending that this is somehow for protection against "terrorism," but in truth it just gives them the ability to know who everyone in the country associates with, what they did at any given moment in the past and where they can be found in case the police want to pick them up.

Snowden learned about this, was sickened by it and found a way to let the American people know the truth. Americans who understand the Constitution in general and the 4th Amendment in particular should consider the guy a hero. The members of the Executive Branch and Congress who allowed the unconstitutional and laughably named Patriot Act go forward, and then FISA, are the real traitors here.

I am not quite ready to give up the 4th Amendment!
Jun 11, 2013 at 9:33 AM | Unregistered CommenterBackgammon

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