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May 08 14:38

Prison, torture reform needs to happen now! - John Kiriakou

CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou is celebrating his first day of freedom following three months of house arrest and three years in federal prison. Activist group CodePink DC held a celebration, where Kiriakou discussed his pledge to reform torture and prisons in America.

May 08 13:42

Border Patrol Agent Tases, Tackles, Handcuffs Woman for Questioning his Authority

A 21-year-old criminal justice major with aspirations to become a Border Patrol Agent ended up tackled, tased and handcuffed at an immigration checkpoint in New York Thursday after she began demanding to know why they were detaining her.

The two agents told her they had ordered into the secondary checkpoint at Waddington, which lies on the border of Canada, because she “appeared nervous.”

But she didn’t sound nervous in the video she posted on Facebook as she peppered them with questions about her detainment.

Although they found no drugs in her car, she said she may now be charged with assault on a federal officer, even though it is clear from the video that he had attacked her.

May 08 12:41

Kentucky ‘free range’ family loses custody of 10 kids over apparent ‘unschooling’

entucky “off-grid” family had their 10 children seized this week by authorities, and their supporters say they were targeted “simply because the government disagrees with their lifestyle and their educational choices.”

An anonymous tip sent sheriff’s deputies Wednesday to the 26-acre rural Breckenridge County home of Joe and Nicole Naugler, who document their “back to basics” lifestyle on social media.

They believe the complaint was lodged by an acquaintance who threatened to report the family to Child Protective Services during a Facebook feud with Joe Naugler.

The father was away with eight of the couple’s children when deputies arrived, and Nicole Naugler – who is five months pregnant – tried to drive away with the couple’s two oldest sons, according to a fundraising page set up by the family.

Investigators attempted to question the teens away from their mother, and she was arrested for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest when deputies said she interfered.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I would almost be willing to bet that these kids spoke better, were better at critical thinking, and understanding math and science than most of their contemporaries in public school.

Some spelling bees across the country have banned home schooled kids because they do so much better than do their public school educated counterparts.

But when your children can be taken away from you simply because you educate differently, you no longer can be part of a free society or country.

May 08 12:14

Shock report about secret Obama treaty: “unlimited migration from Mexico… gun import bans… ammunition bans”

The Obama administration is feverishly working with foreign lawmakers and officials on a new Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement. Yet what may seem like business as usual is anything but.

May 08 12:06

IN A COP CULTURE, THE BILL OF RIGHTS DOESN’T AMOUNT TO MUCH

“In a democratic society,” observed Oakland police chief Sean Whent, “people have a say in how they are policed.”

Unfortunately, if you can be kicked, punched, tasered, shot, intimidated, harassed, stripped, searched, brutalized, terrorized, wrongfully arrested, and even killed by a police officer, and that officer is never held accountable for violating your rights and his oath of office to serve and protect, never forced to make amends, never told that what he did was wrong, and never made to change his modus operandi, then you don’t live in a constitutional republic.

You live in a police state.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I guess I am enormously lucky to have never, in almost 66 years on this planet, had a confrontation with a police officer. Yes, I have had some speeding tickets (which I earned) and some parking tickets at metered spaces, which I also earned.

But I have a hard time around wrapping my head around the reality that for many Americans, they are thought to be guilty until proven innocent, which is a throwback to French law under Code Napoleon. I can understand suspects running away from police, because they are terrified of getting killed, even for the slightest, most trumped up charge, of which they are totally innocent.

These are really dark, difficult days in which to be an American.

May 08 11:08

St. Louis Residents Fight to Keep Spy Agency From Taking Their Homes

The NGA, a lesser-known cousin of the National Security Agency, has long had facilities in South St. Louis located a short walk from the historic Anheuser-Busch Brewery. But the NGA is now looking to move and has narrowed its list of possible new locations to four, including one in North St. Louis that would require the demolition of 47 homes.

May 08 10:52

Shock Report About Secret Obama Treaty: "Unlimited Migration From Mexico...Gun Bans... Ammo Bans"

Call us fringe conspiracy theory lunatics, but given the secrecy surrounding the treaty one can only assume the worst.

May 08 10:28

Guns and Butter censored for first time in 11 years: show was about vaccine safety

Just to let you know, Bonnie Faulkner from Guns and Butter got word the other day from Pacifica KPFA that they would not be airing her interview with Gary Null about the recent vaccination bills currently floating around congress. The broadcast also discussed vaccine safety. This is the first time in 11 years that she has had a show censored.

Why, of all the controversial subjects she has handled over the years, are they going after her for a show on vaccines? This is outrageous as we have a couple of terrible bills that people should be educated about especially now before they become law.

Please call the station to complain about this censorship and demand they air it.

Thank you!

May 08 10:12

Vermont kidnaps and forcibly drugs teen after mother sought help for her anxiety

A simple visit to the hospital to help her daughter manage her anxiety has turned into a nightmare for Karen Maple and her child, Elissa. What should have been a trip to discuss possible options for Elissa led to the hospital's decision to whisk the Vermont teenager to a mental ward several hours away in Massachusetts.(1)

Understandably, Karen was upset to see such a drastic option unfold and, therefore, expressed her dissatisfaction over the decision. Apparently, that didn't set well with certain authorities; just like a page from Orwell's do-like-we-do-or-else book 1984, the Department of Children and Families (DCF) took over, assuming custody of Elissa.

May 08 09:57

5 Reasons Police Have Probably Started The Next Civil War

Police sure are crazy in Baltimore, huh? Trick question! Police are crazy pretty much everywhere -- including Canada, as I've previously discussed. In fact, relations between the police and the general public have gotten so out of hand that, in some ways, you could argue that it's taken on all of the major characteristics of a war.

May 08 09:56

Comcast accused of demanding customer silence in exchange for refund

Just two days after Comcast Corp. unveiled plans to overhaul its much-criticized customer service, 6ABC reported that the company offered a $600 refund to an overcharged customer but only if he agreed to sign a nondisclosure agreement.

The report says that Comcast overbilled three couples by hundreds of dollars for as long as five years for cable boxes they already returned. One of those couples John and Carol Lehman mentioned a voicemail requiring their silence in exchange for the refund. 6ABC has more, including a response from Comcast about the allegations.

May 08 09:41

IRS shocks federal judges with statement on targeting conservatives

According to critics of the Obama administration and the IRS, Americans must endure one of the most progressive and intrusive tax-collecting systems in the world. "It appears that the IRS which is supposed to be non-political has been turned into a 'sword' against anyone who dares to disagree with Obama's radical agenda," claims political strategist Mike Baker. "And while the IRS mercilessly pursues average Americans, they permit tax cheats such as Rev. Al Sharpton, who owes the IRS at least $4 million in taxes, to have access to the Obama White House and other parts of the administration. It's believed he's being let off because he has a TV show on MSNBC on which he echoes the Obama White House propaganda and talking points" Baker alleges.

May 08 09:31

A fantasy that explains Globalism

The Delaware state government suddenly passes a law saying that importers can buy shoes from the company in Indiana and bring them into Delaware for sale. There will be no import tariffs of any kind.

The citizens of Delaware protest. They point out that this law will kill the shoe company in Delaware. Their state government tells them; the law is the law.

And this whole Indiana-Delaware arrangement is mislabeled free-market capitalism or free trade.

It’s a market, but it isn’t free. The workers carrying the load in Indiana are under the gun. Nowhere in their state can they earn more than a few cents an hour.

This isn’t capitalism. It’s Globalism.

May 08 09:00

Courts Won't Stop Data-Hungry Feds

A federal appeals court in New York on Thursday ruled that the once-secret National Security Agency program that is systematically collecting Americans' phone records in bulk is illegal. The decision comes as a fight in Congress is intensifying over whether to end and replace the program, or to extend it without changes.

In a 97-page ruling, a three-judge panel for the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held that a provision of the USA Patriot Act known as Section 215 cannot be legitimately interpreted to allow the bulk collection of domestic calling records.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The court stopped short of ordering a stop to the practice, in effect admitting to the American people that the government is violating the 4th Amendment (and hence illegitimate) but will go on spying on you because, heck, what can YOU do about it!

May 08 08:58

132 Nations Join To End Rothschild Banking

Just a few weeks ago, 132 nations decided they’ve had enough of the ‘secret’ money jig we’ve all been dancing to. One of the largest coalitions of developing nations in history has urged Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon, to provide, “as soon as possible…alternative options for banking services.” 132 countries, including China are done with the funny money scheme.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So the official US Government Special High Interest Targets list now numbers 132?

May 08 08:53

Baltimore police wrongfully kept nearly 40 minors in jail during Freddie Gray protests

At least 49 children were arrested during three days of civil unrest and protest that engulfed Baltimore last week, nearly half of whom were never charged with an offence, the city’s Office of the Public Defender (OPD) has said.

May 08 07:38

The government is coming for your handmade soap

As if there weren’t more important things to be concerned about…

May 07 23:53

LAPD Cop Shoots Man to Death After Man Reached into Pocket to Provide Requested ID, Witness Says

A Los Angeles police officer demanded identification from a homeless man named Brandon Glenn Tuesday night, then shot him twice when the man reached into his pocket to provide that identification, according to a witness.

May 07 22:38

Idaho cops shoot pregnant woman.

Idaho police shoot pregnant woman, in 15 seconds, with an AR-15.

May 07 20:26

Police Responding to Home Invasion Call Shoot Home's Resident

OH! My God! A black guy with a gun. Shoot!

Police who were dispatched to a home invasion in South Carolina shot the resident, who now has "life-threatening" injuries, the Charleston County Sheriff's Office said today.

May 07 20:08

FRB Bail-ins: You Don’t Own Your Money

While shocking to some, the bail-in strategy is completely legal. Client account holders can only profess ignorance which – when it comes down to it – will not be enough to protect them. Knowingly, or unknowingly, account holders are investors and not savers.

The event in Cyprus is and will not be an isolated event. We know this because the outline for it happening elsewhere has already been clearly stated and put in writing. The G20 seems to be preparing for a normalization of bail-ins. In Canada, a bail-in regime was announced already in the 2013 budget.

This means that all bank issued debt instruments can be used to save the banks. Demand deposits and guaranteed investment certificates are debt instruments created by the banks which they can do whatever they feel with.

May 07 15:30

The motel and hotel industry is not only spying you, it is partnering with police.

Motels Sharing “Daily Guest List with Police” and Aiding Warrant Checks on Every Guest Without Their Knowledge...

Staying at Motel 6, and other chains pursuing similar policies, now includes a hidden guilty-until-proven innocent background check that puts ordinary travelers one step away from a call to police. From the Providence Journal:

City police have arrested four people staying at the Motel 6 on Jefferson Boulevard as a result of the hotel chain’s agreement to provide police with a daily guest list, Mayor Scott Avedisian said Tuesday.

Read more at SHTFplan.com

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May 07 14:23

Canadian MPs pass anti-terror Bill C-51 boosting spy agency powers

Despite nationwide protests across Canada, the lawmakers have passed the controversial anti-terrorism bill, known as Bill C-51, thus granting the country’s spy agency extra powers and carte blanche to operate overseas for the first time.

May 07 14:20

Imprisoned for sex on the beach

In Florida, a miscarriage of justice reveals the crisis of American criminal-defense lawyering

May 07 13:35

Seizing an alternative: Recognizing The Emperor’s New Clothes as THE STORY of today (1 of 7)

*hyperlinks live at source*

The following is my paper for the Claremont Colleges’ conference, Seizing an Alternative Toward an Ecological Civilization, with open registration to the public on June 4-7, 2015.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y6MAuQWnXfw

https://vimeo.com/5412622

Paper title:

‘Emperor’s New Clothes’ political collapse: Seizing an alternative to OBVIOUS unlawful wars, bankster looting, lying corporate media
I’ve divided the paper into sections:

Recognizing The Emperor’s New Clothes as THE STORY of today (1 of 7)

Obviously unlawful US/UK wars of the present (2 of 7)

Obviously unlawful Israel wars on Gaza (3 of 7)

War lies to hide obviously unlawful wars: propaganda as usual (4 of 7)

Bankster looting: fundamental fraud that “debt” is “money” (5 of 7)

Lying corporate media: required propaganda trying to hide naked empire (6 of 7)

Integrity for the whole truth, and nothing but the truth (7 of 7)

May 07 13:28

The New Corrupt Elite That Is Running Our Economy

Talking about old systems of power and corruption doesn't begin to capture new realities.

May 07 12:49

UN Bans Press from Panel-On Press Freedom

May 07 10:34

Denmark moves closer to a cashless society

Denmark has moved one step closer to becoming the world's first cashless society, as the government proposes scrapping the obligation for retailers to accept cash as payment.

The Danish government has said that as of next year, business such as clothing retailers, restaurants and petrol stations should no longer be legally bound to accept cash payments.

May 07 10:13

Canada passes anti-terror bill that's bad news for online privacy

An anti-terrorism bill with huge ramifications for online privacy has won over the Canadian House of Commons, despite all the protests held against it across the country. If it becomes a law, C-51, or the Anti-Terrorism Act, will give spy agencies the power to gather more information from its citizens than before. It'll even allow the government to monitor passport applications, since it also broadens authorities' rights to place names on the no-fly list. Further, it will allow sharing of its citizens' information across government agencies, departments and institutions -- and there are many, ranging from the Revenue Agency and the Armed Forces to Food Inspection and Public Health.

Worse, they can share people's info not just on grounds of national security, but also for reasons such as the "economic or financial stability of Canada."

May 07 09:29

WHY THE NEW WORLD ORDER WILL FAIL

When someone mentions “The New World Order,” it conjures up thoughts of conspiracy involving the Illuminati, the Freemasons, Skull and Bones, old privileged family wealth and royal lineage. Beneath that you think of the already bought and paid for world leaders and the secret agenda. And you might be right. When I think of the New World Order, I’m thinking of an idea. It’s an idea that’s as old as war itself. How many times must we keep hearing this same ideology? Every single empire from the beginning of man had this same dream. You know the one, the dream of controlling everything beneath the sky from horizon to horizon.

May 07 09:20

NORTH CAROLINA OFFICERS ARRESTED IN MAJOR DRUG BUST

More than a dozen law enforcement officers, including 11 in North Carolina, have been arrested in a government sting that included the FBI, the government announced Thursday. Thomas Walker, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District, said multiple people were arrested Thursday morning in a major sting of cocaine and heroin operations. Those arrested include five current members of the Northampton County sheriff's office. They were charged with trafficking cocaine and heroin up and down the I-95 corridor.

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May 07 09:16

MILLIONS OF CARS TRACKED ACROSS US IN 'MASSIVE' REAL-TIME DEA SPY PROGRAM

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is using license-plate reader technology to photograph motorists and passengers in the US as part of an official exercise to build a database on people’s lives. According to DEA documents published on Thursday by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the agency is capturing images of occupants in the front and rear seats of vehicles in a programme that monitors Americans’ travel patterns on a wider scale than previously thought.

May 07 09:08

Espionage affaire: Austria files complaint against German & US intelligence

Austria has filed a legal complaint against Germany’s BND and the United States’ NSA intelligence services alleging activities targeting its authorities and companies, the country’s interior minister said.

May 07 09:01

US appeals court: NSA phone record collection is excessive

The government's bulk collection of millions of Americans' telephone records after the Sept. 11 terror attacks exceeds what Congress has allowed, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday.

A three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan said the case brought by the American Civil Liberties Union illustrated the complexity of balancing privacy interests with the nation's security.

A lower court judge had thrown out the case. The appeals court said the lower court had erred in ruling that the phone records collection by the National Security Agency was legal.

However, the 2nd Circuit declined to block the program, saying it is now up to Congress to decide whether and under what conditions it should continue.

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May 07 08:40

Police union sues after officers had their cellphones searched without a warrant

Chalk this one up in the deliciously ironic category: a police union is suing the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey after several officers, during a criminal investigation, had their cellphones searched without a warrant.

May 07 08:31

Bill C-51 passes in House of Commons

The federal government's controversial new anti-terrorism bill has won the approval of the House of Commons.

The Anti-Terrorism Act, also known as Bill C-51, easily passed third reading by a margin of 183 to 96, thanks to the Conservative government's majority and the promised support of the third-party Liberals.

The legislation gives the Canadian Security Intelligence Service more power to thwart suspected terrorist plots — not just gather information about them.

May 07 08:30

Israeli-trained police invade Baltimore in crackdown on Black Lives Matter

For the second time in less than a year, an American city was transformed into a hypermilitarized police state to subdue growing resistance to anti-Black police violence.

Eight months ago, paramilitary forces barreled down the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, following the gruesome police killing of unarmed Black teenager Michael Brown.

Last week, martial law was imposed on the people of Baltimore, Maryland, in yet another crackdown aimed at crushing the Black Lives Matter uprising, galvanized this time by the police murder of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old Black man whose spinal cord was severed while in police custody.

May 07 07:27

MEET THE PATRIOT ACT 2.0

The U.S. government is on the verge of passing a surveillance bill that some are calling the Patriot Act 2.0. The Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, aka CISA, will double down on all the bulk data the government has already been collecting on you. Plus now it’ll allow businesses to share your personal info with the government and with each other – if they deem what you’re doing a threat. But we all know that’s open to interpretation.

May 07 05:35

CIA 'MISSION ACCOMPLISHED' IN AFGHANISTAN: AFGHAN POPPY FARMERS SAY NEW SEEDS WILL BOOST OPIUM OUTPUT

It's the cash crop of the Taliban and the scourge of Afghanistan — the country's intractable opium cultivation. This year, many Afghan poppy farmers are expecting a windfall as they get ready to harvest opium from a new variety of poppy seeds said to boost yield of the resin that produces heroin. The plants grow bigger, faster, use less water than seeds they've used before, and give up to double the amount of opium, they say.

May 07 05:32

WALL STREET TITANS WHO CRASHED GLOBAL ECONOMY IN 2008 GO BIG FOR TPP

Even as millions and millions of Americans—represented by thousands of labor, environmental, family farm, consumer, faith, Internet freedom and other advocacy organizations—continue to stand firmly in opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership, those backing the TPP, including President Obama and a large majority of the Republican caucus, still have two dedicated demographic groups pledging their allegiance to the cause and arguing the so-called "free trade agreement (FTA)" would be good for average workers and the economy overall: billionaires and Wall Street titans.

May 06 18:14

EU unveils plans for global investor court

The EU’s trade chief has unveiled plans to set up a global court to decide on disputes between investors and governments in a bid to defuse one of the main controversies in the ongoing EU-US trade talks. A "concept paper" published on Tuesday (May 5), drafted for trade commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom, stated that the EU should “pursue the creation of one permanent court,” to rule on so-called investor state dispute settlement (ISDS).

May 06 16:33

America’s Main Problem: Corruption

Government corruption has become rampant:

Senior SEC employees spent up to 8 hours a day surfing porn sites instead of cracking down on financial crimes

Nuclear Regulatory Commission workers watch porn instead of cracking down on unsafe conditions at nuclear plants

An EPA employee who downloaded 7,000 porn files, then spent 2-6 hours each workday watching porn. He’s been doing it for years … but the EPA never fired him. Another EPA employee harassed 16 women co-workers … and then was promoted to a higher-paying job with more responsibility, where he harassed more women

NSA spies pass around homemade sexual videos and pictures they’ve collected from spying on the American people

May 06 12:58

President Barack Obama: Monsanto's man in Washington

"Let folks know when their food is genetically modified, because Americans have a right to know what they're buying." (Barack Obama, 2007)

"Own the food supply, run the world. Decide who eats, who doesn't. Eliminate more and more small independent farmers and take over their land. That's the Globalist formula operating behind Monsanto." (The Underground, Jon Rappoport)

I have published this piece before. Since then, the global outcry against Monsanto and the other biotech giants has accelerated---but not a significant peep has emerged from the White House.

Barack Obama is a politician. Like Bush, Clinton, the other Bush, he's a liar. Different pols have different styles of lying. Some pretend they're your friend before they leave you in the dust.

May 06 12:56

Top NSA Official Who Created the Global Digital Surveillance System: Fire the U.S. Intelligence Agencies … Hire Anonymous to Protect Us, Instead

The Intelligence Apparatus No Longer Protects Our Country From Terrorism ... We Need Fresh Legs

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Yeah. the NSA certainly failed in Garland, Texas ... if you trust the official US Government story, that is!

May 06 12:28

Fifty-Seven Percent of Republicans Want to Undo the American Revolution

The United States is a Christian nation.

That's an idea former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has harped on time and time again during his political career.

And while he didn't explicitly talk about it today during his presidential announcement, it's bound to pop up some time during his campaign.

That's because most Republicans agree that the US is a Christian nation. In fact, according to one recent survey, 57 percent of them actually want to establish Christianity as the official state religion of our republic.

That's right - 57 percent of Republicans want to turn our democracy into a theocracy!

Thomas Jefferson must be rolling over in his grave.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"The government of the United States is not in any sense founded on the Christian religion." -- Treaty of Tripoli, passed in 1797

May 06 12:07

PENTAGON UNDERREPORTED SEXUAL ASSAULTS BY NOT COUNTING ATTACKS ON CIVILIAN WOMEN AND NON-MILITARY SPOUSES

A U.S. Senator has accused the Pentagon of covering up some sexual assaults by underreporting cases involving civilian women living near bases and the non-military spouses of service members. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York), a frequent critic of the military’s failure to adequately report and punish those who commit sexual assault, has issued a report that concluded theDepartment of Defense’s annual totals for these cases have been seriously underreported by leaving out civilian spouses of military personnel and those who live near military bases.

May 06 10:00

Alexa Caught Fixing Rankings to Target Anti-Obama News Sites?

Internal traffic data from Infowars.com suggests that Alexa is fixing its rankings system to target conservative and anti-Obama administration news websites while artificially boosting the rankings of pro-government leftist media outlets.

The controversy first arose last year when both Infowars and World Net Daily noticed that despite internal traffic reports from several different sources showing that traffic was on the increase, Alexa’s publicly available statistics showed a massive and unexplained drop-off in traffic from August 2014 onwards.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

We saw the same thing here as well.

May 06 09:42

A Camera Prevents An Arrest in Baltimore

Baltimore Police admit that camera presence during an interaction with a young man prevented his arrest.

May 06 09:10

Feds no longer need a warrant to search your phone location records, district court rules

In a reversal of a decision from last year, the Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled today that the government does not need a warrant to search wireless carriers' cellphone records.

May 06 08:41

NSA is so overwhelmed with data, it's no longer effective, says whistleblower

A former National Security Agency official turned whistleblower has spent almost a decade and a half in civilian life. And he says he's still "pissed" by what he's seen leak in the past two years.

In a lunch meeting hosted by Contrast Security founder Jeff Williams on Wednesday, William Binney, a former NSA official who spent more than three decades at the agency, said the US government's mass surveillance programs have become so engorged with data that they are no longer effective, losing vital intelligence in the fray.

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May 05 16:04

Seven bizarre conspiracy theories which turned out to be true

The government giving STIs to black men without their knowledge, police lying about the deaths of people who just went out to watch the football and an impostor who helped start a war are among these bizarre-sounding conspiracy theories that actually turned out to be true. Don’t read on if you ever want to trust anyone again.

May 05 16:01

Military Readies Mountain Fortress to “Shield Against EMP Attack”

The government powers that be are preparing for continuity under any conditions.

‘The grid is utterly unprotected from an EMP attack. It’s not adequately protected from cyber or physical sabotage,’ Pry told FOX. ‘It’s why North Korea and Iran want the bomb, have the bomb. North Korea has actually practiced this against the United States.’ (source)

Now, the military is making preparations to spend more than $1 billion to move vital equipment and personnel back to the Cheyenne Mountain bunker-fortress. Essential to Cold War contingencies and operations, today, the facility offers a place for continuity of government (COG) to take hold in case of the worst.

Read more at SHTFplan.com

May 05 15:49

French Law Forces Backdoors On ISPs

A translated post on OVH's statement shows some of the real dangerous of this law.

... Requiring French hosts to accept real-time capture of connection data and the establishment of "black boxes" with blurred in infrastructure, means giving French intelligence services access and visibility into all data traveling over networks. This unlimited access insinuate doubt among customers of hosting providers on the use of these "black boxes" and the protection of their personal data.
OVH.com

We can all argue in favor of end-to-end encryption, SSL everywhere, ... but that doesn't change the fact that your government is forcing the internet providers in your country to install and maintain a backdoor, so French law enforcement can intervene and spy at their own choosing.

It's a sad day for France and a sad day for ISPs and hosting providers in general.

May 05 15:47

THE COMPUTERS ARE LISTENING - HOW THE NSA CONVERTS SPOKEN WORDS INTO SEARCHABLE TEXT

Most people realize that emails and other digital communications they once considered private can now become part of their permanent record.

But even as they increasingly use apps that understand what they say, most people don’t realize that the words they speak are not so private anymore, either.

Top-secret documents from the archive of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden show the National Security Agency can now automatically recognize the content within phone calls by creating rough transcripts and phonetic representations that can be easily searched and stored.

The documents show NSA analysts celebrating the development of what they called “Google for Voice” nearly a decade ago.

May 05 15:42

Following "Terrorist-Fighting" Ban On Cash, France Passes "Le Patriot Act"

In its efforts to 'protect' its citizens from terrorists, France deemed it necessary in March to "fight against the use of cash and anonymity in the French economy," and drastically reduced the public's freedom and privacy to spend. Today, that freedom and privacy took another blow as the French government passed "Le Patriot Act" dramatically beefing up the government's spying powers.

May 05 15:18

24 Labour Day protesters arrested for ‘terror’ in Turkey

Two dozen people charged with belonging to a terrorist group after first mass protests since controversial new security bill came into place.

May 05 15:11

French lawmakers approve sweeping new spying powers

PARIS: French lawmakers overwhelmingly approved a new law on Tuesday granting the state sweeping powers to spy on its citizens despite criticism from rights groups that the bill is vague and intrusive.

The law has been in the works for some time but gained additional support after a jihadist killing spree in January that left 17 dead and saw the capital gripped with fear for three days.

France is still on high alert as it has received repeated threats from jihadist groups abroad and was reminded of the peril of homegrown extremism when police thwarted a planned attack on a church two weeks ago.

(*France sure has been working hard , to get this bill passed .
Working the BEX , that is .)

May 05 14:53

Here is Jeb Bush’s Cinco de Mayo message to Mexican-Americans

“Here in the U.S., Cinco de Mayo has become a day where we celebrate our ties with Mexico and the great contributions of the Mexican-American community in the U.S.,” he said in Spanish, with subtitles running underneath. “In my case, this relationship is very profound. My wife Columba was born in Mexico, my family has always had strong ties with Mexico and I have great respect and affection for our neighboring country.”

May 05 14:33

FLASHBACK - 9th Circuit Upholds Ban on Bus Ads About Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

In an editorial published Friday, the Los Angeles Times has lambasted the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals for upholding the decision of Seattle’s transit system to block ads that denounced the U.S. for supporting “Israeli war crimes”–and all ads relating to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

May 05 14:03

Florida county seeks independent review board after 97% of officer-involved shootings ‘justified’

A county commissioner in Palm Beach, Florida doesn’t want law enforcement agencies in the jurisdiction to be the only ones looking into their own officer-involved shootings and use-of-force incidents. She wants an independent board to investigate, too.

At a meeting Tuesday, Palm Beach County Commissioner Priscilla Taylor will ask the county to create an independent board that would review officer-involved shootings and use-of-force incidents alongside the police department. The review board would cover all law enforcement agencies in the county.

Taylor said she was spurred into action after reading about disturbing patterns of violence by sheriff’s deputies in Palm Beach County.

May 05 13:18

Patriot Act Reform: A Hoax

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