Monday, August 19, 2013

Treasure trove

"PROTON, CLEARWATER and Lexis-Nexis"

"Focusing on the Core Harms of Surveillance"  I would think that the fact that we don't know if any given politician is being blackmailed using information obtained by private contractors (thus impugning the entire concept of democracy), or the fact that the entire economic system is compromised through the use of insider information obtained by illegal surveillance, would also rate as problems.

Silent Circle appears to have been afraid of being forced into a situation like Lavabit, coerced by the NSA to compromise security, keep quiet about it, and stay open in order to serve as an NSA trap for people expecting privacy.

Acting like an entitled little bitch (Barry stamping his feet in a Snowden temper tantrum and churlishly refusing to meet with Putin), or having your Euroweeny allies force down and search Evo Morales's plane, or this charming incident of British servility/Orwellianism - doesn't make you look strong, it makes you look weak.  Speaking of weakness:  "Who Dictates U.S. Policies On Egypt?"

Despite the fact the Jews are instructing the Americans on what to do (as usual), the Jews themselves just have to watch and convince themselves they are running things:  "Isabel Kershner's style of propaganda about Israel"  The big shift in the Middle East that we're not supposed to notice is that Israel is now always passive, never active.

"How American Hopes for a Deal in Egypt Were Undercut":

"When Senator Rand Paul, Republican of Kentucky, proposed an amendment halting military aid to Egypt, the influential American Israel Public Affairs Committee sent a letter to senators on July 31 opposing it, saying it “could increase instability in Egypt and undermine important U.S. interests and negatively impact our Israeli ally.” Statements from influential lawmakers echoed the letter, and the Senate defeated the measure, 86 to 13, later that day."
"John F. Kennedy Opposed Israel’s Power"

"Lies and Truths"

"Coca Cola plans to run its very first ad defending aspartame and the safety of artificial sweeteners."

"War on the Border" (links removed; my emphasis in red):

"In 2012, a majority of the more than 364,000 people arrested by Border Patrol agents nationwide were migrant workers crossing the border. Agents did not capture or arrest a single international terrorist.

. . .

The Republican senators Bob Corker of Tennessee and John Hoeven of North Dakota added a proposal to the immigration bill that would provide about $40 billion in financing for extra agents and 700 miles of fencing along the United States’ southern boundary, which Senator John McCain, Republican of Arizona, noted would become “the most militarized border since the fall of the Berlin Wall.” Indeed, if the Senate’s bill, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act, passes in the House, the Border Patrol will swell to 40,000 agents, making it the size of a small army.

In recent years, we have built up our boundary and immigration policing apparatus with great speed. Founded in 1924, the Border Patrol deployed just over 4,000 agents in 1993. In only 20 years the agency’s ranks have more than quintupled, and if the reform passes it will increase its size tenfold.

The Border Patrol buildup in the aftermath of 9/11 was unparalleled. In the 10-year period following 9/11, the United States spent a staggering $90 billion on border enforcement.

In 2012, the Migration Policy Institute reported that immigration and border enforcement spending totaled almost $18 billion. That is 24 percent more than the $14.4 billion combined budgets in the last fiscal year of the F.B.I., the Secret Service, the Drug Enforcement Agency, the Marshals Service and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Add the billions anticipated in the Senate bill, and you have what the trade publication Homeland Security Today calls a “treasure trove” for contractors in the border security industry.

Projected as an approximately $19 billion industry in 2013, defense contractors seem, in the words of one representative from a small surveillance technology company hoping to jump into the border security market, to be “bringing the battlefield to the border.”

In 1999, the anthropologist Josiah Heyman wrote that the Southwest was becoming a “militarized border society, where more and more people either work for the watchers, or are watched by the state.”

There is nowhere else in the country with such extensive and concentrated surveillance technology; nor is there any part of the United States in which people are as clearly divided between the police and the policed."
This is particularly hilarious when you take into account that the many, many more Mexicans are leaving the United States to return home than are trying to sneak in, due to the complete, and officially unnoticed, collapse of the American economy caused in large part by the ruinous expenses on Homeland Security and other Wars For The Jews.

More insane dysfunction connected to the profits of the 1%:  "The Top Five Special Interest Groups Lobbying To Keep Marijuana Illegal"

It seems extremely unlikely at a time when the Muslim Brotherhood is struggling for its very survival that it would decide to kill Christians, thus confirming to the American audience the Egyptian Army assertions that the extreme violence against civilians is necessary as it is fighting 'terrorists':  "Sisi agents in Egypt"

"Yglesias counts up Jewish Fed chairmen"  The concept is 'Jew counting'.

"TIME Senior US Correspondent Tweets Statement Advocating Julian Assange Being Killed By A Drone Strike"  It is not just the celebration of political murder by a 'journalist', or the partisan advocacy by someone who is supposed to have a degree of impartiality, but the clear and concise description of the sausage-making process of 'journalism', as he anticipates some editor asking him to produce propaganda on demand to excuse the actions of the American government.  Note also that he immediately notes the 'anti-Semitic stuff' while we are supposed not to notice the extreme relevancy of his Jewishness.

"Scotland Yard examines new information on death of Diana, Princess of Wales"  This makes no sense.
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