Saturday, August 31, 2013

Medals for bravery

In case you were still wondering for whom Wars For The Jews are fought:  "Jewish Press Unleash Hatred against Britain"  The British government should give medals - for bravery! - to every single Member of Parliament who voted down this latest travesty.

I have no doubt that the Syrian chemical attack, if in fact there was a chemical attack (and Barry's haste to attack may just be a way of ensuring we never find out), was a false flag, but I am also absolutely convinced such an attack would require very sophisticated military capabilities, and if the Syrian rebels were involved, they must have had help.  It is much more likely that the attack was by mercenary agents - experts on chemical warfare - working for a Western government (and the document trail still points to the British).

Logical, but mischievous, M K Bhadrakumar:  "Iran can help Obama finesse his legacy".  With the NSA scandal and now this, Barry seems to be in a hurry to ruin his presidency.  Note how the US 'left' is trying very hard not to notice.  The United States entering into yet another war is no longer a 'news' story, but just something on Barry's to-do list.

"Snowden impersonated NSA officials, sources say"  This strongly backs up the idea that Snowden is an asset of the CIA.  (Some might say this can't be true as he disclosed the CIA's ridiculous budget.)

"Saudis offer Russia secret oil deal if it drops Syria"  Every word in this article must be a lie.  The Americans would never go along with some massive oil deal for the Russians, and, as evil as Bandar Bush clearly is, an express threat by him against the Olympics is preposterous.  I don't know how many times I've read false stories planted to make it seem Russia is abandoning Assad.

"A note from Roger Waters to Abe Foxman"  Masterful!

Friday, August 30, 2013

Three letters

The plan from Kerry and the gruesome twosome is clearly to make an American escape from another War For The Jews impossible without Barry losing face.  Why else would they make unequivocal statements of blame at a time when they admit the evidence has not been gathered?

See how the Americans bungled the attempt at misusing the UN inspectors:  "In Rush to Strike Syria, U.S. Tried to Derail U.N. Probe".  This is particularly evil when you consider how Assad's immediate agreement to allow the inspectors was deemed by Kerry as being 'too late'.  Don't bother the Americans with the facts.  World Jewry never gives up, and it is clear that Kerry and the gruesome twosome are on the Zionist Express.

All the 'evidence' they have:  "Lies upon Lies: US “Evidence” for “Chemical Attack” based upon “Israeli Intercept”"

"Another question"  Plan B?

"Most Grotesque Op-Ed Syria Slaughter Shill"  Fuck international law.  Here's the author working the escaped serial killer look.

"In Syria, America Loses if Either Side Wins" by Edward N. Luttwak.  Yinon.

January 26, 1998 letter to Clinton.

September 20, 2001 letter to Bush.

"Neocons Push Obama to Go Beyond a Punitive Strike in Syria"




Thursday, August 29, 2013

Vive la révolution

The first vote against Jewslavery in a large western power for decades: "David Cameron loses Commons vote on Syria action". For that is what it was. Much, much, much more work needs to be done, and we are all still abject slaves, but a start is a start.

Most likely scenario

If you combine:
  1. "New York Times Puts Launch Point of Chem Weapons Rockets Inside Rebel Contested Area";
  2. "INSIGHT - military intervention in Syria, post withdrawal status of forces" ("They dont believe air intervention would happen unless there was enough media attention on a massacre, like the Ghadafi move against Benghazi. They think the US would have a high tolerance for killings as long as it doesn't reach that very public stage."); and
  3. "Britain’s Daily Mail: U.S. ‘backed plan to launch chemical weapon attack on Syria”" ("It is our understanding that the Daily Mail report was removed following a libel suit launched by Britam Defense and Intelligence against the Daily Mail") and "Deleted Daily Mail Online Article: “US Backed Plan for Chemical Weapon Attack in Syria to Be Blamed on Assad”"
you could be forgiven for coming to the conclusion that by far the most likely scenario for the chemical attack in Syria - if in fact there was a chemical attack - is an American-British false-flag operation run by the British using Ukrainian mercenary chemical weapons experts.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Moral clarity

Looking on the bright side, an American/British/French attack (organized by Bibi and Bandar Bush, and imposed on their cowering slave Barry by the Jewish billionaires) will make it crystal clear, both in Syria and in the rest of the world, that the Assad government is the only legitimate government of Syria, and the only force fighting the forces of Zionist/Western colonialism and their lung-eating rebel stooges.  A few cruise missiles is the best thing that could happen for Assad, so much so that you have to wonder if the secret plan is to help Assad.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The Bandar/Barry/Bibi obscenity

Superb and sufficiently cynical summary of the current Bandar/Barry/Bibi obscenity by Pepe Escobar:  "Obama set for holy Tomahawk war":
"The Obama administration has ruled that Assad allowed UN chemical weapons inspectors into Syria, and to celebrate their arrival unleashed a chemical weapons attack mostly against women and children only 15 kilometers away from the inspectors' hotel. If you don't believe it, you subscribe to a conspiracy theory.

Evidence? Who cares about evidence? Assad's offer of access for the inspectors came ''too late''. Anyway, the UN team is only mandated to determine whether chemical weapons were deployed - but not by who, according to UN secretary-general Ban Ki-moon's spokesman.

As far as the Obama administration and UK Prime Minister David ''of Arabia'' Cameron are concerned - supported by a barrage of corporate media missiles - that's irrelevant; Obama's ''red line'' has been crossed by Assad, period. Washington and London are in no-holds-barred mode to dismiss any facts contradicting the decision. Newspeak - of the R2A kind - rules. If this all looks like Iraq 2.0 that's because it is. Time to fix the facts around the policy - all over again. Time for weapons of mass deception - all over again.

The window of opportunity for war is now. Assad's forces were winning from Qusayr to Homs; pounding ''rebel'' remnants out of the periphery of Damascus; deploying around Der'ah to counterpunch CIA-trained ''rebels'' with advanced weapons crossing the Syrian-Jordanian border; and organizing a push to expel ''rebels'' and jihadis from suburbs of Aleppo.

Now, Israel and Saudi Arabia are oh so excited because they are getting exactly what they dream just by good ol' Wag the Dog methods. Tel Aviv has even telegraphed how it wants it: this Monday, the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper headlined with ''On the Way to Attack'' and even printed the ideal Order of Battle."
I'd add that the propaganda concerning the alleged chemical attack started before the attack is said to have occurred.

The timing is because Assad is doing too well on the battlefield, meaning he has no reason to grant concessions to the rebels in the imposed negotiations.  Some cruise missile attacks against his military establishments - which one would hope have been completely cleared out of personnel and weapons - is supposed to even the playing field. 

Of course, the long-term plan directed to Barry by the Jewish billionaires - with the propaganda coming directly from Israel - is still Yinon - weaken Assad and Syria permanently by turning the country into an ungovernable mess of warring statelets, at absolutely horrific cost to the civilian population (cheered on by the Western 'left' who are breaking their arms patting themselves on the back for their 'humanitarianism').

You'll note we are being set up for World War III:  "Syria: If US Attacks Us, We'll Attack Israel".  One rocket lobbed in the general direction of Israel by an unknown party but immediately blamed on Assad will be enough to allow World Jewry to attempt to capture a 'buffer zone' in Syria around the Golan Heights.  Once that effort starts, a larger conflagration will be unstoppable.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Pristine on the inside

"Can We Stop This?"

"'Military Intervention In Syria', US Training 'Rebels' Since 2011 And The Complete Grand Plan - The March 2012 Leak"  One of the Stratfor memos released by Wikileaks:
"They dont believe air intervention would happen unless there was enough media attention on a massacre, like the Ghadafi move against Benghazi. They think the US would have a high tolerance for killings as long as it doesn't reach that very public stage."
The links I posted on Saturday answer the false-flagger assertion that the Syrian rebels wouldn't be capable of a large-scale chemical attack:  "Deleted Daily Mail Online Article: “US Backed Plan for Chemical Weapon Attack in Syria to Be Blamed on Assad”"  "Is UK Defense Contractor Planning Syrian WMD False Flag?"

"Pentagon bracing for public dissent over climate and energy shocks" And 'economic crisis'.

"His Story Repeats Itself" "This abandoned underwater strip club is pristine on the inside"  "Israeli Firm Builds Mall on Concentration Camp Site"

A short guide to the Middle East

"A short guide to the Middle East"

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Great title

"Google and the NSA: Who’s holding the ‘shit-bag’ now?" by Julian Assange:
"Two months after my meeting with Eric Schmidt, WikiLeaks had a legal reason to call Hilary Clinton and to document that we were calling her. It’s interesting that if you call the front desk of the State Department and ask for Hillary Clinton, you can actually get pretty close, and we’ve become quite good at this. Anyone who has seen Doctor Strangelove may remember the fantastic scene when Peter Sellers calls the White House from a payphone on the army base and is put on hold as his call gradually moves through the levels. Well WikiLeaks journalist Sarah Harrison, pretending to be my PA, put through our call to the State Department, and like Peter Sellers we started moving through the levels, and eventually we got up to Hillary Clinton’s senior legal advisor, who said that we would be called back.
Shortly afterwards another one of our people, WikiLeaks’ ambassador Joseph Farrell, received a call back, not from the State Department, but from Lisa Shields, the then girlfriend of Eric Schmidt, who does not formally work for the US State Department. So let’s reprise this situation: The Chairman of Google’s girlfriend was being used as a back channel for Hillary Clinton. This is illustrative. It shows that at this level of US society, as in other corporate states, it is all musical chairs."
Read the whole thing.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

The false-flag era

I suppose we should take some hope in that they still think they have to spend so much effort to fool us.

'Wars for Oil' is the default position of Jews fearing that revealing the truth behind all these many, many, many ruinously expensive Wars For The Jews might not be Good For The Jews.  The facts are always very inconvenient:  "Libya Losing Control of Oil Fields To Jihadist Groups".

Note lite Zionist Blumenthal's attack on real anti-Zionist Atzmon:
"And one person--I think one of the leading anti-Semitic critics of Israel--you couldn't even call him a critic of Israel. He's an ex-Israeli who pretends to be an anti-Zionist but is actually just a pure anti-Semite and who believes that all of the problems of Israel flow not from colonialism but from Judaism, is Gilad Atzmon"
Blumenthal does some good work, and you can't really blame anyone who grows up in a violent racist supremacist environment for being incapable of facing the truth.  Still, we shouldn't be fooled by their self-deception.  Noam's anti-colonialist model is the only kosher understanding of Israel and Zionism, and the very few like Atzmon who don't conform are not only incorrect, but are positively evil.  The vehemence and emotionalism of the attacks on Atzmon should be telling.  They wouldn't give so much away if they just said they think he might be incorrect.

"Yes, Of Course The NSA Pays Tech Companies For Surveillance Efforts"  "Snowden Induced Mea Culpas"  The war on drugs, the prison-industrial complex, the military-industrial complex (Wars For The Jews), the Global War On Terror (institutionalized Islamophobia), and the NSA spying Panopticon - they all start off as one thing and rapidly metastasize into profit centers for the 1%, which means they continue to expand even after every sane person has reached the obvious conclusion that they are completely ridiculous and completely harmful.

After it became obvious that the optics of having Clapper secretly investigate himself were less than perfect, we see Plan B:  "Advocate of Secret Infiltration, Cass Sunstein, on Obama’s “Committee To Make Us Trust the Dragnet”"

Meanwhile the ol' ball and chain continues to keep out of trouble:  "UN Ambassador Samantha Power missed emergency meeting on Syria 'because she was on a personal trip to Ireland'".  It was 'long-planned', you see.  The concentration camp guard loves both her and the false-flag chemical weapons attack:  "Samantha Power on the Duty to Intervene"

"Deleted Daily Mail Online Article: “US Backed Plan for Chemical Weapon Attack in Syria to Be Blamed on Assad”"  "Is UK Defense Contractor Planning Syrian WMD False Flag?"

"Materials implicating Syrian govt in chemical attack prepared before incident – Russia" "picture of Syrian children"

"Neocon Princelings Kristol, Kagan Split on Egypt"  The Jews have completely lost the confidence that they have a magical connection to the answer of what to do (or what to force the Americans to do) in every situation.  Similarly, note the reporting in Ha'aretz of official Israeli government lies followed by the long-list of common-sense doubts: "Following alleged sarin attack || Defense Minister: Assad used chemical weapons multiple times in Syria".

This is the information equivalent of a false-flag:  "Snowden: UK government now leaking documents about itself"

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Hastings, sober and afraid they would tamper with his car

Despite the intentionally misleading headlines:
  1. "Journalist Michael Hastings had drugs in system when he died, coroner’s report says"
  2. "Journalist Michael Hastings had drugs in his system at time of high-speed crash: autopsy"
  3. "Coroner, family link Michael Hastings to drug use at time of death"
  4. "Michael Hastings' family reportedly planned 'detox' at time of crash"
the coroner determined that neither drugs nor alcohol played any role in the crash that resulted in the death of Michael Hastings.  Some might call being "passed out" at 12:30 a.m."sleeping".  A comment from Alnik to a Slate article:
"All of the "METH FREEEEK" proclaimers should probably slow their roll. MDMA ("ecstasy") is an amphetamine. Ritalin is an amphetamine. Adderall is an amphetamine. Dexedrine is an amphetamine. Desoxyn is a methamphetamine. There are a slew of other drugs that provide false positives in tests for amphetamines.

From the autopsy report: "Toxicology shows a small amount of amphetamine in the blood, consistent with possible intake of methamphetamine many hours before death..."

That's all it says, you judgmental blowhards.
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And then there is this: "Michael Hastings' Dangerous Mind: Journalistic Star Was Loved, Feared and Haunted":
"Hastings was intensely interested in government surveillance of journalists. In May, the story broke about the Department of Justice obtaining the phone records of Associated Press reporters. A couple weeks later, Edward Snowden's revelations about the National Security Agency's massive surveillance program became public. Hastings was convinced he was a target.
His behavior grew increasingly erratic. Helicopters often circle over the hills, but Hastings believed there were more of them around whenever he was at home, keeping an eye on him. He came to believe his Mercedes was being tampered with. "Nothing I could say could console him," Thigpen says.
One night in June, he came to Thigpen's apartment after midnight and urgently asked to borrow her Volvo. He said he was afraid to drive his own car. She declined, telling him her car was having mechanical problems.
"He was scared, and he wanted to leave town," she says.
The next day, around 11:15 a.m., she got a call from her landlord, who told her Hastings had died early that morning. His car had crashed into a palm tree at 75 mph and exploded in a ball of fire."
Despite the fact that high speeds continue to be added to stories by 'journalists', Hastings was not driving that fast (and note what Brennan has been up to):  "UPDATED: CIA Director Brennan Confirmed as Reporter Michael Hastings Next Target"

Here's the surveillance video.  Note that the car lights go out before the first bright blast of light, followed by the second bigger blast of light.  Did the lights go out when they took control of the car?  Or when the car hit the tree?  The second bigger blast of light is presumably the bomb they planted in his car, and occurs far too quickly after the first blast of light.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

How quaint

Groklaw:
 ". . . one resource was excerpts from a book by Janna Malamud Smith,"Private Matters: In Defense of the Personal Life", and I encourage you to read it. I encourage the President and the NSA to read it too. I know. They aren't listening to me. Not that way, anyhow. But it's important, because the point of the book is that privacy is vital to being human, which is why one of the worst punishments there is is total surveillance:
One way of beginning to understand privacy is by looking at what happens to people in extreme situations where it is absent. Recalling his time in Auschwitz, Primo Levi observed that "solitude in a Camp is more precious and rare than bread." Solitude is one state of privacy, and even amidst the overwhelming death, starvation, and horror of the camps, Levi knew he missed it.... Levi spent much of his life finding words for his camp experience. How, he wonders aloud in Survival in Auschwitz, do you describe "the demolition of a man," an offense for which "our language lacks words."... One function of privacy is to provide a safe space away from terror or other assaultive experiences. When you remove a person's ability to sequester herself, or intimate information about herself, you make her extremely vulnerable....
The totalitarian state watches everyone, but keeps its own plans secret. Privacy is seen as dangerous because it enhances resistance. Constantly spying and then confronting people with what are often petty transgressions is a way of maintaining social control and unnerving and disempowering opposition....
And even when one shakes real pursuers, it is often hard to rid oneself of the feeling of being watched -- which is why surveillance is an extremely powerful way to control people. The mind's tendency to still feel observed when alone... can be inhibiting. ... Feeling watched, but not knowing for sure, nor knowing if, when, or how the hostile surveyor may strike, people often become fearful, constricted, and distracted.
I've quoted from that book before, back when the CNET reporters' emails were read by HP. We thought that was awful. And it was. HP ended up giving them money to try to make it up to them. Little did we know. Ms. Smith continues:
Safe privacy is an important component of autonomy, freedom, and thus psychological well-being, in any society that values individuals. ... Summed up briefly, a statement of "how not to dehumanize people" might read: Don't terrorize or humiliate. Don't starve, freeze, exhaust. Don't demean or impose degrading submission. Don't force separation from loved ones. Don't make demands in an incomprehensible language. Don't refuse to listen closely. Don't destroy privacy. Terrorists of all sorts destroy privacy both by corrupting it into secrecy and by using hostile surveillance to undo its useful sanctuary. But if we describe a standard for treating people humanely, why does stripping privacy violate it? And what is privacy? In his landmark book, Privacy and Freedom, Alan Westin names four states of privacy: solitude, anonymity, reserve, and intimacy. The reasons for valuing privacy become more apparent as we explore these states....
The essence of solitude, and all privacy, is a sense of choice and control. You control who watches or learns about you. You choose to leave and return. ...
Intimacy is a private state because in it people relax their public front either physically or emotionally or, occasionally, both. They tell personal stories, exchange looks, or touch privately. They may ignore each other without offending. They may have sex. They may speak frankly using words they would not use in front of others, expressing ideas and feelings -- positive or negative -- that are unacceptable in public. (I don't think I ever got over his death. She seems unable to stop lying to her mother. He looks flabby in those running shorts. I feel horny. In spite of everything, I still long to see them. I am so angry at you I could scream. That joke is disgusting, but it's really funny.) Shielded from forced exposure, a person often feels more able to expose himself.
I hope that makes it clear why I can't continue. There is now no shield from forced exposure. Nothing in that parenthetical thought list is terrorism-related, but no one can feel protected enough from forced exposure any more to say anything the least bit like that to anyone in an email, particularly from the US out or to the US in, but really anywhere. You don't expect a stranger to read your private communications to a friend. And once you know they can, what is there to say? Constricted and distracted. That's it exactly. That's how I feel. So. There we are. The foundation of Groklaw is over. I can't do Groklaw without your input. I was never exaggerating about that when we won awards. It really was a collaborative effort, and there is now no private way, evidently, to collaborate.
I'm really sorry that it's so. I loved doing Groklaw, and I believe we really made a significant contribution. But even that turns out to be less than we thought, or less than I hoped for, anyway. My hope was always to show you that there is beauty and safety in the rule of law, that civilization actually depends on it. How quaint.
If you have to stay on the Internet, my research indicates that the short term safety from surveillance, to the degree that is even possible, is to use a service like Kolab for email, which is located in Switzerland, and hence is under different laws than the US, laws which attempt to afford more privacy to citizens. I have now gotten for myself an email there, p.jones at mykolab.com in case anyone wishes to contact me over something really important and feels squeamish about writing to an email address on a server in the US. But both emails still work. It's your choice.
My personal decision is to get off of the Internet to the degree it's possible. I'm just an ordinary person. But I really know, after all my research and some serious thinking things through, that I can't stay online personally without losing my humanness, now that I know that ensuring privacy online is impossible. I find myself unable to write. I've always been a private person. That's why I never wanted to be a celebrity and why I fought hard to maintain both my privacy and yours.
Oddly, if everyone did that, leap off the Internet, the world's economy would collapse, I suppose. I can't really hope for that. But for me, the Internet is over.
So this is the last Groklaw article. I won't turn on comments. Thank you for all you've done. I will never forget you and our work together. I hope you'll remember me too. I'm sorry I can't overcome these feelings, but I yam what I yam, and I tried, but I can't."
"NSA surveillance said to be broader than initially believed"

"[OPINION] The NSA: ‘The Abyss From Which There Is No Return’":
"We now find ourselves operating in a strange paradigm where the government not only views the citizenry as suspects but treats them as suspects, as well. Thus, the news that the National Security Agency (NSA) is routinely operating outside of the law and overstepping its legal authority by carrying out surveillance on American citizens is not really much of a surprise. This is what happens when you give the government broad powers and allow government agencies to routinely sidestep the Constitution.

. . .

The big deal is simply this: once you allow the government to start breaking the law, no matter how seemingly justifiable the reason, you relinquish the contract between you and the government which establishes that the government works for and obeys you, the citizen—the employer—the master. And once the government starts operating outside the law, answerable to no one but itself, there’s no way to rein it back in, short of revolution."
"Obama, the secrets of the state, and the persecution of Edward Snowden":
"For Obama, it is never a matter of upholding the law as defined by the Constitution, let alone prosecuting those responsible for an abuse of the people’s democratic rights. The task of the president, as understood by the present White House occupant, is to change public opinion without impinging upon the power and prerogatives of the vast state intelligence-gathering agencies."
"The next moves in the Spooks v. News cold war" (this has already happened):
"Just as large multinational corporations can seek the country with the most friendly regime for tax purposes, so too can news agencies seek out the most permissive legal environment. (In the light of this item, it should come as no surprise to note that David Miranda is a Brazilian citizen and Glen Greenwald lives in Brazil much of the time. Brazil is not party to the UKUSA joint intelligence sharing treaty and has no dog in the wikileaks fight.)
The spooks are not stupid. There are two ways they can respond to this in a manner consistent with their current objectives. They can try to shut down the press — a distinct possibility within the UK, but still incredibly dangerous — or they can shut down the open internet, in order to stop the information leakage over that channel and, more ambitiously, to stop the public reading undesirable news."
I've been thinking about the plight of the Muslim Brotherhood, a sitting duck for attacks by the Egyptian dictatorship.  Yet it, and groups to the religious right of it, have overwhelming political support in Egypt (despite the Tamarod's - and btw, isn't this weird? - propaganda and trickery).  If they called a general strike, they could shut down the Egyptian economy immediately and cause massive losses for the Egyptian/international 1% for which the Egyptian dictators work.  The MB regards itself as a conservative movement also tied to the 1%, and therefore won't/can't do the only thing that can save itself.

On the other hand, each of us could easily drop eBay, Facebook, Google, etc - there wouldn't even be any hardship involved, in fact, it would make life easier and better - and do our own little general strike against Barry and his perception management.  This movement would probably have to start outside of the United States.

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.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

The Evil Demons

"Egypt’s Army Crosses the Rubicon" by Patrick J. Buchanan:
"The die is cast. The Egyptian army has crossed the Rubicon.

Egypt’s generals cannot now hold elections that a coalition of the Brotherhood and Salafis might win. Were that to happen, many of them could wind up like the shah’s generals, on trays in the morgue."
"The Army Pulled The Trigger, But The West Loaded The Gun"  "Egypt: Paging Samantha Power!"  "The Konyism of Samantha Power, US Ambassador to the United Nations"

The Unwitting Agents of the Imperial Order: “The Wishful Thinking Left” by Jean Bricmont (Bricmont is always spot on):
"The latest example of these tactics is the attempt by Western governments to use the LGBT community as ideological storm troopers against Russia and the Winter Olympics, in a transparent effort to deflect public attention from the embarrassing fact that, in the Snowden affair, it is Russia and not the U.S. that is on the side of freedom. It is to be feared that the humanitarian interventionist Left will jump on the bandwagon of this new crusade. Yet, as Gilad Atzmon has pointed out, with his usual slightly provocative style, it is unlikely that this will do any good to the LGBT community in Russia, since this sort of support allows their opponents to brand them as bearers of foreign influence. It is not a good idea for any minority, anywhere in the world, to be seen as agents of a foreign power, and least of all, of a government so hated for its arrogance and its interventionism as the present U.S. administration. And incidentally, the people who call for boycott of the Winter games in Russia had no objection to holding the Olympic games in London, which implies that, in their eyes, taking anti-gay measures is a serious crime, whereas wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are mere peccadillos."
The Jews are upset with Putin for various reasons, hence the completely ridiculous Gay/Jew attack on the Olympics, doomed to fail as the 1% make so much money on having people watch drug addicts run around in circles so more diabetes-causing beverages can be sold.  It is simply outrageous to read Americans embarrassing themselves by complaining about gay-bashing!

"The Many Hats of Washington’s Favorite Rat- A Lobbyist, A Presidential Campaign Advisor, A Snitch, An Attorney, A Civil-Rights Activist …You Name It!" A 'Lobby'-ist . . .

"Inside the Decision to Shut Down Silent Mail"  Silent Mail shut down before it was under government attack in order to preempt having to disclose the data of its customers.  It is now so bad that moral people have to anticipate illegal and unconstitutional American government actions.

The problem of the undetectability of the 'evil demon' (the problem of no longer being able to deliver on promises of security, thus leading customers to a false sense of security):
  1.  "Open Letter to Phil Zimmermann and Jon Callas of Silent Circle, On The Closure of the “Silent Mail” Service"
  2. "Reply to Zooko"
Outstanding list:  "You Won’t BELIEVE What’s Going On with Government Spying on Americans"

"The NSA Is Commandeering the Internet" by Bruce Schneier.  The problem with this is that Schneier assumes the companies involved would want to fight.  We've seen all the biggest ones fall all over themselves to comply, and even volunteer to assist the NSA before they are asked.

"Exclusive: U.S. directs agents to cover up program used to investigate Americans"  The DEA has an official program to sanitize illegal searches by making up a story of how the data was obtained legally, a program which includes lying to judges.

Who are the dinosaurs now?

Barry thinks the olds are too befuddled by the cell phones and the internets and the Facespaces and shit that this NSA stuff will go right over their alzheimered little heads:
  1. "Barack Obama's lost youth";
  2. "Manning, Snowden, Assange and The Rise of the Internet Generation"
  3. "Chomsky Says Young People Don't Care About Surveillance — Is He Right?" ("Perhaps Chomsky failed to recognize that it's one thing not to be shocked, and another entirely not to be 'bothered.'")
  4. "Young people, by 60% to 34%, think that the NSA leak serves the public interest. Americans 30 and older are divided (46% serves vs. 47% harms)."
It is fashionable for the 'left' to think that the Republicans are doomed dinosaurs, but in a two-party system, with Barry condescendingly shitting all over his own party, who are the young voters of tomorrow going to turn to?

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Reset

Somebody in the White House or Pentagon is monitoring the internet guffaws and amending the most ridiculous lies:  "Terrorists turn to online chat rooms to evade US" (my emphasis in red):
"Al-Qaida fighters have been using secretive chat rooms and encrypted Internet message boards for planning and coordinating attacks — including the threatened if vague plot that U.S. officials say closed 19 diplomatic posts across Africa and the Middle East for more than a week.
It's highly unlikely that al-Qaida's top leader, Ayman al-Zawahri, or his chief lieutenant in Yemen, Nasser al-Wahishi, were personally part of the Internet chatter or, given the intense manhunt for both by U.S. spy agencies, that they ever go online or pick up the phone to discuss terror plots, experts say."
and the guffaws continue:
"Exactly how U.S. spy systems picked up the latest threat is classified, and Shawn Turner, spokesman for U.S. National Intelligence Director James Clapper, refused to confirm or deny Katz's analysis on how it might have happened. Intelligence officials have suggested that the plot was detected, in part at least, through NSA surveillance programs that have been under harsh worldwide criticism for privacy intrusions in the name of national security.
It's not clear, however, that even the powerful U.S. spy systems would be able to crack jihadists' encrypted messages without help from the inside."
"Why Have Police In America Turned Into Such Ruthless Thugs?" Canada too: "Did Sammy Yatim beg for chance to call his dad?" Policing is a culture of extreme violence and lawless impunity.

Always remember that you have full constitutional rights, including freedom of speech and freedom of assembly, unless they conflict with violent Jewish supremacism:  "“Boycott Israel” activist banned from Toronto university"  'Trespass' is the most blatant assertion of the dominance of the 1% over the rest of us, and is only used in a university context to prevent freedom of expression.  York University might as well spell it out and declare itself to be part of Israeli territory.

"Feinstein wants to limit who can be a journalist" If you are paid, you are on the payroll, a 'journalist', and can be trusted to be discrete.  Then, if the government runs into a real journalist who does his or her job despite being paid not to, it just stages an 'accident' or 'suicide'.

I've been thinking more about how incredible it is that with tens of thousands of people involved, including many outside contractors, nobody before Snowden talked about the full scope of NSA snooping.  We have to reset our thinking on all conspiracies in the face of this clear evidence that the conspirators can hide anything, even with large numbers of witnesses/participants.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

'Somebody would have talked' versus the NSA facts

"Has anyone mentioned this yet?" by Delicate-Flower (applies to all the big conspiracies where people say 'somebody would have talked'):
"One of the main reasons people say 9/11 could not have been an inside job is because so many people would have needed to be involved that someone would spill the beans.
However lets look at the recent developments with NSA spying on tbe world as an example of just how many people can know something that the rest would label a conspiracy before it is uncovered to be actual truth.
How many companies knew about the NSA spying programs? How many individuals at those companies knew what was happening years ago ... getting close to a decade. Look how long it took for one single individual to step forth and break the news to the rest of us. "News" that a seemingly large amount of people not only knew about but were also helping to facilitate.
And it continues. The Lavabit owner making statements like - to paraphrase - "if the American people knew what I know about email they wouldn't use it." Okay well fucking tell us already! Quit beating around the bush.
Same with the reporter - I forget his name - that has unbelievable info to share ... IN TEN DAYS! What is he waiting for?
I know people are scared and/or complacent but it seems clear now that the idea that someone will always be there to immediately spill the beans is a fantasy.
Hats off to Snowden for doing what hundreds and maybe thousands could have also done but chose otherwise. He is imo a true patriot."
Snowden (I don't know where he gets the idea of recovery):
"After 9/11, many of the most important news outlets in America abdicated their role as a check to power — the journalistic responsibility to challenge the excesses of government — for fear of being seen as unpatriotic and punished in the market during a period of heightened nationalism. From a business perspective, this was the obvious strategy, but what benefited the institutions ended up costing the public dearly. The major outlets are still only beginning to recover from this cold period."
"The adventures of a Libyan weapons dealer in Syria"  "CIA Gun-running, Qatar-Libya-Syria." "Whistleblower Attorney: Benghazi Attack Was About 400 SAM Missiles Stolen by Some ‘Very Ugly People’"  "400 US surface-to-air missiles were 'STOLEN' from Libya during the Benghazi attack and are 'now in the hands of Al Qaeda', claims whistleblower" (keep pounding on this and you just might avoid President Hillary):
"Today diGenova and Toensnig, a former chief counsel for the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee, represent Gregory Hicks, the deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Libya at the time of the Benghazi attacks; and Mark Thompson, a former Marine who serves as Deputy Coordinator for Operations in the State Department's Counterterrorism Bureau.

The attorneys say Hicks' and Thompson's superiors subjected them to an intimidation campaign after then-Secretary Hillary Clinton's Accountability Review Board ignored their accounts of the Benghazi attack.

Toensing told Fox News in April that one of the two men was warned about the impact on his career if he cooperated with Republican investigators in Congress.

'It's frightening, and they're doing some very despicable threats to people,' Toensing said.

'Not "we're going to kill you," or not "we're going to prosecute you tomorrow," but they're taking career people and making them well aware that their careers will be over.'

President Obama has said he is unaware of any witnesses from Benghazi who have been prohibited from working with Congress. Secretary of State John Kerry has attributed such stories to 'an enormous amount of misinformation.'

In a May 30 letter, CIA Director John Brennan told Benghazi-stationed personnel that they were free to speak with Congress, but that they should involve their chain of command and follow specific procedures.

That measure was seen in some circles as a subtle warning that CIA agents must not approach lawmakers on their own.

Renewed interest in Middle Eastern terrorism appeared in Washington last week, as the State Department shuttered 19 embassies across the region, following what the administration said was a credible terrorist threat articulated by someone high in the command structure of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

diGenova said Monday that he knows what that threat may have involved.

The loss of the 400 surface-to-air missiles, he told WMAL's audience, 'is why we shut down the 19 embassies recently.'

'They were afraid that there was going to be a missile attack on one of the embassies. Remember, you can take a shoulder-held missile and shoot it into an embassy. Not just into the sky.'

'That's what this was all about,' he insisted. 'That's why they're so worried. That's why they have lied repeatedly about what happened in Benghazi, because they are now responsible for all of the stepchildren of violence that happens as a result of this. This is a very serious matter.'"

"White House Changing Its Story On James Clapper's Role In Independent Surveillance Review"   More lies, but at least somebody in the White House is concerned about the perception that appointing one of the guys most responsible for the problem to investigate himself and then report secretly to a President who loves the NSA exactly as it is may not be the best procedure.  Not that they intend to actually change the procedure.

"Spies for Europe."  France, with its own intelligence sources, didn't have to rely on the lies fed to it by the Americans on Iraq.

"The Blip" It is comforting, as your politicians make increasingly and consistently dumb decisions, to regard your accelerating decline as inevitable.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Brennan, Clapper, Chertoff, Hayden

"President Obama orders intelligence chief accused of lying to Congress to lead NSA review"  "Confessed Liar To Congress, James Clapper, Gets To Set Up The 'Independent' Review Over NSA Surveillance"  It's like Barry has decided to mock the American people.

"Michael Hayden, Bob Schieffer and the media's reverence of national security officials" by Glenn Greenwald:
" . . . how much of a huge financial stake the  Group has in scaring the nation about cyber threats and obtaining large NSA contracts relating to cyber-warfare. Hayden's bio at the Chertoff Group says that his focus includes "technological intelligence and counterintelligence (communications and data networks)" and "brief[ing] clients on intelligence matters worldwide – including developments in cybersecurity – that may affect their businesses."

In other words, Hayden has a clear financial stake in the very NSA debates he's put on television to adjudicate. And while he's sometimes identified as a principal of the Chertoff Group, what that means - the conflicts of interest it creates in the very debates in which he's participating - is almost never mentioned."
"CIA Director Brennan Confirmed as Reporter Michael Hastings Next Target":
"This week Elise Jordan, wife of famed journalist Michael Hastings, who recently died under suspicious circumstances, corroborated this reporter's sources that CIA Director, John Brennan was Hastings next exposé project (CNN clip).
Last month a source provided San Diego 6 News with an alarming email hacked from super secret CIA contractor Stratfor’s President Fred Burton. The email (link here) was posted on WikiLeaks and alleged that then Obama counter-terrorism Czar Brennan, was in charge of the government's continued crackdown or witch-hunt on investigative journalists.

...

The release of a new surveillance video from a nearby Italian restaurant by Michael Krikorian, an author, freelance blogger who also writes for LA Weekly, reveals a lot of information about Hastings’ final seconds.
An SDSU professor Morteza M. Mehrabadi, Professor and Interim Chair Areas of Specialization: Mechanics of Materials told San Diego 6 News that calculating the speed of Hastings car follows a simple mathematic equation. By using the video and the distance traveled (195 feet) as well as the seconds that lapsed prior to the explosion – in his opinion, the car was traveling roughly 35 mph.
That revelation is important because Jose, an employee of ALSCO a nearby business, and a witness to the accident told KTLA/Loud Labs (Scott Lane) the car was traveling at a high rate of speed and he saw sparks coming from the car and saw it explode BEFORE hitting the tree.
The pre-explosion could possibly explain the flash of light on the video that preceded the appearance of the car in the video. The pre-explosion and slower speed could also explain the minimal damage to the palm tree and the facts the rear tires rested against the curb. It also provides an explanation for the location of the engine and drive train at more than 100 feet from the tree impact area."
"On the Strange Death of Michael Hastings: Was the Reporter Car-Hacked or Bombed?":
"As Hasting's colleagues -- and a growing online community of skeptics -- sifted through the evidence, there seemed to be increasing reason to doubt the "official story" -- i.e., that Hasting's speeding car had caught fire after swerving and crashing into a palm tree in the median of the divided suburban roadway.
There were just too many troubling inconsistencies. There were no skid marks. Local residents reported hearing one or more loud explosions.
The vehicle was engulfed in an extremely fierce torch-like inferno that some critics claimed was unlike a gasoline-fed fire -- and more like the kind of blaze associated with burning thermite or plastic explosives.
The bomb scenario would certainly explain how the car's engine came to be blasted out of the vehicle and wound up down the road, 100 feet from the flaming wreckage.
Furthermore, the damage to the car was inconsistent with a simple crash. There was a debris field that covered a good part of the block. Instead of splaying out around the palm tree, metal and plastic parts from the Mercedes were scattered down the roadway -- a great distance past the point where the auto struck the tree.
The car's front left wheel somehow wound up nearly 100 feet away from the wrecked car -- on a sidewalk on the other side of the street. The car's engine and transmission had been hurled into the sky and wound up 200 feet down the roadway.
And, inexplicably, the vehicle's hood (which should have born the brunt of the head-on impact) could be seen resting near the far side of the palm, intact and uncrumpled. It appeared as though the hood had separated from the Mercedes before the impact and landed, relatively unscathed, alongside the tree.
The more one examines the video and next-day photos of the wrecked car, the more it appears that the vehicle was destroyed, not by a front-end impact but from a powerful explosion that occurred beneath the vehicle. The front of the car is missing and the roof is torn open like a sardine can. The rear of the car (which would not have been damaged in a front-end collision) also shows extensive damage.
One of the most disturbing photos was taken hours after accident. It shows a team of police gathered around the crime scene in full sunshine. The police are guarding a tarp draped over the vehicle. But Hastings' charred body had been removed from the burned-out car hours. So what are the police hiding? The tarp is covering the front half of the car -- effectively shielding it from view by the public and the press. If the tarp were removed, it would have revealed the extensive damage sustained by the Mercedes -- the kind of horrific explosive mangling that could only be created by a bomb, not a palm.
The Mercedes is a well-built car. It is known for not exploding -- even in high-speed crashes on Germany's autobahn. In an odd piece of public relations, Mercedes-Benz officials withheld comment, choosing instead to defer to the LAPD.
There was another oddity about the crash scene. A small geyser of water could be seen near the burning car. At first, it was assumed the car had clipped a fire hydrant. But that would have caused a much higher plume of water. On closer inspection, the water could be seen springing from the ground near the cement caps of a water-access point. But the cement caps were undamaged. Something had apparently caused a portion of the buried waterlines to rupture underground.
What might cause such unusual damage? Only two explanations come to mind: (1) an earthquake or (2) a powerful blast violently shaking the ground."
"Reading 'Born Again' in Jail" by Barrett Brown

Monday, August 12, 2013

A failed Presidency

I knew that Obama wasn't going to reduce the NSA spying in any way shape or form - it is now too bound up with the entire American political and economic system, not to mention the wealth and position of the 1% - but what surprises me is the sheer artlessness in his attempt to disguise the fact he is not doing anything.  The 1% can usually count on a certain quality of bullshit from Barry, but on this file it appears to be all he can do from screaming at anyone who even slightly questions what is going on (and Snowden obviously drives him completely out of his mind). The condescension, always near the surface when he deigns to speak on any subject, fairly bubbles over.  What happened to that silver-tongued devil?

If you wade through the crap, you will see that his big solution to the problem is to add, 'in appropriate cases', some sort of 'civil liberties advocate' to present the opposing case to the rubber stamp to the FISA court, just before the rubber stamp comes down (and remember this is a 'court' which the NSA doesn't even feel compelled to visit for a rubber stamp most of the time).  It is ludicrous, and insulting to the American people.  Even more insulting is his assertion that he was working on this before anyone had heard of Snowden (in secret, naturally, and his statement that he was working on it is obviously a bare-faced lie), and Snowden's revelations just buggered up what would have been his most excellent solution.

Obama's inability to deal with this - and I must ask if he is being blackmailed by the NSA - is going to define his failed Presidency.

Friday, August 09, 2013

Fick

Sometimes it seems like it is just one big conspiracy.

"Altman: Afghan politician seeks Jill Kelley's help"  "Tampa socialite Jill Kelley: The saga continues" (my emphasis in red):
"Allen and Kelley exchanged 3,000 e-mails from July 2010 to July 2012, according to Rep. Jackie Speier, the California Democrat on the Armed Services Committee. She was briefed by the inspector general on the report but not shown the document. Of those e-mails, 41 were reviewed more thoroughly, Speier was told.
Speier wants Allen to divulge e-mails from his private account to Kelley. He refused to provide them to the inspector general, Speier said."
"Gen John Allen investigated for 'inappropriate communications' to Jill Kelley" "Gen. John Allen cleared in misconduct inquiry" "Gen. John Allen intends to retire, decline military’s top post in Europe"

"Gen. John Allen appointed U.S. security envoy in peace process"  (this is where I have to take a short pause, and laugh)

"Jill Kelley (Khawam). The Lebanese Mata Hari?"  It remains rather astonishing that this Maronite Christian (Maronite Christians are the best friends of Zionism, and another prominent Maronite Christian is Carlos Slim) took down not one, but two top American generals, after taking up the 'hobby' of living close to an air force base and hosting expensive parties she couldn't really afford for prominent military men.

Afghanistan, the graveyard of military careers:
  1. "McKiernan Assumes Command of NATO Forces in Afghanistan"
  2. "Press Conference with Secretary Gates and Adm. Mullen on Leadership Changes in Afghanistan From the Pentagon"
  3. "Obama Relieves McChrystal Over Critical Remarks, Names Petraeus as Replacement"  "Michael Hastings' Takedown Of Stanley McChrystal Is Filled With Insights That Will Be Relevant For Years"
  4. Petraeus (taken down by Kelley)
  5. Allen (taken down by Kelley)
  6. Joseph F. Dunford, Jr. (who really better watch his back).
"'Something To Die For'" "More 'Lies Borne Out By Facts, If Not The Truth'"

Comment by Guy Montag to Antiwar obit of Hastings (and his comments that follow):
"In his 2012 book “The Operators” Michael Hastings responded to criticism of of profile: ”The investigation reads comically. It is the last whitewash of McChrystal’s military career. … Pentagon officials would privately tell journalists that the intent of the investigation wasn’t even to find wrongdoing; it was to “damage” my credibility.”

In an interview Hastings was asked the question: “are there individual reporters whom you want to call out publicly for their sort of following the Pentagon line and not doing their job?” He replied, “Yeah. I saw a pretty egregious example with the New York Times Pentagon correspondent [Thom Shanker] who literally just published the Pentagon spokesperson's anonymous quotes when he was reporting on my stories. And he didn't bother to call Rolling Stone for a comment, of course, because, well, he's got the official line from the Pentagon.”"

"Michael Hastings researching Jill Kelley case before death"  "Michael Hastings was not working on Jill Kelley story, wife says"  The original story came from 'a person close to Kelley' (which doesn't mean it is wrong).

Interview with Peter Ludlow (look at my emphasis in red - an important expert on this?  Barnaby Jack):
"PETER LUDLOW: —things like Endgame Systems, for example. Yeah, Endgame is a very interesting thing. I mean, Endgame is this kind of very secretive private intelligence company. And you even see in the HBGary hack, you see these messages where someone from Endgame says in an email, "We don’t ever want to see our name in a press release from you guys." And what makes it particularly interesting is, if you read the search warrant that’s issued to Barrett when he’s busted, it says, "Well, we’re looking for stuff related to HBGary and Endgame Systems." You know, like, why Endgame Systems?
And this is a corporation that’s involved in what are called "zero-day exploits." Now, what’s a zero-day exploit? Basically, what that means is that there are certain security flaws in the software that we have and that we use, and sometimes the company doesn’t know about it. Sometimes it’s known about it for seven days, and they’ve had seven days to work on it. A zero-day exploit is one that the software company doesn’t know about. And Endgame Systems packages these things and sells them. So, for example, they have one where you get—it’s a subscription for like $2.5 million a year, and you get these exploits. So it’s things that a hacker would do, but because they’re a business and they’re making money for it, it’s—apparently it’s OK, right? And it seems that the Justice Department is kind of running interference for these guys. And there’s a—I mean, you don’t have to take my word for it. There’s a great article in Businessweek on this in which they talk about the guys from Endgame, you know, running—setting up slides and showing you targets in airports, telling you what the computers are running there, and what kind of the—what the vulnerabilities are and so forth.
JUAN GONZÁLEZ: And who runs Endgame? Where are they based?
PETER LUDLOW: They’re based in Atlanta, Georgia, I believe. Someone recently posted a video on YouTube in which he walked into the place and—just to see what was going on there. And the people—I think it’s an ex—it’s started by an ex-intelligence person and by a security guy at IBM.
AMY GOODMAN: And, very quickly, Project PM?
PETER LUDLOW: Yeah. Project PM is basically Barrett’s—I mean, one of the genius things about Barrett was that he wanted to crowdsource all this information, because you get a hack of Stratfor and it’s five million emails, and how do you sort through all that? So he had a number of friends and acquaintances, including Michael Hastings, by the way, who were members of Project PM.
AMY GOODMAN: Michael Hastings, the reporter who just died in a fiery car crash.
PETER LUDLOW: The reporter who just died in the suspicious car accident, yeah, exactly right. And so, they would—he would basically crowdsource this. And so, the case where he copied that link, he was basically notifying the members of Project PM where they could find the information from the Stratfor hack."

"Nathaniel Fick, Former CNAS Chief, Heads Cyber Targeting Firm" They made a TV series about his unit: "Generation Kill" Who made it? David Simon.

"HBGary's leaked e-mail ain't getting boring yet":  "The service sounds a lot like Metlstorm's "low hanging kiwi fruit"* project from a couple of years ago . . . "  Scroll down for the "Do your fruit hang low?" talk by Metlstorm aka Adam Boileau (the economics starts about 5:25). 

"Greek wiretapping case 2004–05" (pioneer)

"Connections Between Michael Hastings, Edward Snowden and Barrett Brown—The War With the Security State":
"The fact that he planned to interview Brown was corroborated by documentarian Vivien Weisman, who told WhoWhatWhy that she spoke to Hastings about it at a Los Angeles book signing for “Dirty Wars” in May 2013. And the editor of Buzzfeed reportedly confirmed that Hastings was in the midst of working on the Brown expose at the time of his death.
Knowing this prompts the question: what angle of the PPM research was Hastings about to tackle?
The evidence seems to point to another shadowy project revealed in the cache of hacked emails that PPM was sifting through: Romas/COIN.
Gallagher, who was briefed on the last discussion Hastings had with Brown before the planned interview, says, “Hastings had specifically asked about Romas/COIN.”
Romas/COIN was the name given to a program through which the U.S had been conducting “a secretive and immensely sophisticated campaign of mass surveillance and data mining against the Arab world,” according to emails hacked from the cybersecurity firm HBGary Federal. Evidently, this program allows the intelligence community to “monitor the habits, conversations, and activity of millions of individuals at once.”
Over the course of a year, Aaron Barr, CEO of HBGary Federal, sought out various companies to form a consortium that could wrest control of Romas/COIN from the current contract holder, Northrop Grumman. Eventually the consortium included no less than 12 different firms — ranging from niche software companies to behemoths like Google, Apple, and even Disney.
From the emails, it’s clear that “mobile phone software and applications constitute a major component of the program,” concludes the entry in ProjectPM. Periodic references to “semantic analysis,” “Latent Semantic Indexing,” and “specialized linguistics” indicate that the government agency overseeing the contract was clearly interested in automated dissection of spoken or written communication. This is the hallmark of NSA surveillance.
Is it possible that this consortium planned on developing mobile phone software and applications with bugs that would allow the US government to hack into targets’ phones and give it access to all of the communications within?"
and (my emphasis in red; Kelley, now a privacy advocate, may know some things about what is going on at MacDill, things that Hastings might have wanted to write about):
"One look at Endgame’s product line explains a lot about their wariness. Their premier software, “Bonesaw,” shows what a powerful asset the corporation has become to America’s intelligence agencies.
Bonesaw is a targeting application that tracks servers and routers around the world. It maps out all the hardware attached to the Internet. Through these access points, NSA and Cyber Command can hack into or launch attacks against adversaries. The Bonesaw program functions essentially as a user-friendly map.
That map has at its disposal the geolocation and Internet address of every device connected to the Internet around the globe. By designating a country and city — like Beijing, China for example — and the name or address of a target — say, a People’s Liberation Army research facility — a user can find out what software is running on all of the computers inside the facility, what entry points to those computers exist, and a menu of custom exploits that can be used to sneak in.
Other clues as to what ProjectPM-related material may have led the FBI to investigate Michael Hastings can be found in his published work.
In a May 18, 2012, article on propaganda efforts by the State Department, Hastings referred to a “program being developed by the Pentagon [that] would design software to create “sock puppets” on social media outlets.” The HBGary emails are littered with references to this type of “persona management” technology. Principal among these was a June 2010 United States Air Force (USAF) contract from the 6th Contracting Squadron at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida. It sought providers of “persona management software” that would allow 50 users to control up to 500 fictional personae.
These sock puppets were required to be “replete with background, history, supporting details, and cyber presences that are technically, culturally, and geographically consistent.” In other words, avatars so convincing they could fool the people with whom they were interacting into believing they were real.
MacDill Air Force Base is home to the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), the section of the military that oversees and coordinates all special-forces activity globally. USSOCOM lists under its “core activities” the employment of psychological operations (PSYOPS) and information operations (IO)—exactly the type of activity this “sockpuppeting” technology would be employed in.
To put it another way: a clone army for future psywars."
Romas/COIN:  "A sinister cyber-surveillance scheme exposed" by Barrett Brown (you'll note that this is exactly what Snowden is talking about, except the larger spying now points to the United States):
"The programme appears to allow for the large-scale monitoring of social networks by way of such things as natural language processing, semantic analysis, latent semantic indexing and IT intrusion. At the same time, it also entails the dissemination of some unknown degree of information to a given population through a variety of means – without any hint that the actual source is US intelligence. Scattered discussions of Arab translation services may indicate that the programme targets the Middle East."

"Project PM Leaks Dirt on Romas/COIN Classified Intelligence Mass Surveillance"

Conspiracy commonalities:
  1. the NSA;
  2. private contractors (HBGary, Endgame, Booz Allen);
  3. use and sale of 0-day exploits for snooping (but scum like Microsoft do their 'patriotic duty' and give them away for free, presumably for favorable government treatment);
  4. MacDill Air Force Base.

"We don't have a domestic spying program."

Lavabit:
"I have been forced to make a difficult decision: to become complicit in crimes against the American people or walk away from nearly ten years of hard work by shutting down Lavabit. After significant soul searching, I have decided to suspend operations. I wish that I could legally share with you the events that led to my decision. I cannot. I feel you deserve to know what’s going on--the first amendment is supposed to guarantee me the freedom to speak out in situations like this. Unfortunately, Congress has passed laws that say otherwise. As things currently stand, I cannot share my experiences over the last six weeks, even though I have twice made the appropriate requests.
What’s going to happen now? We’ve already started preparing the paperwork needed to continue to fight for the Constitution in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. A favorable decision would allow me resurrect Lavabit as an American company.
This experience has taught me one very important lesson: without congressional action or a strong judicial precedent, I would _strongly_ recommend against anyone trusting their private data to a company with physical ties to the United States.
Sincerely,
Ladar Levison
Owner and Operator, Lavabit LLC"
"Lavabit Encrypted Email Service Shuts Down, Can’t Say Why"

Short history of some recent American Presidents (Barry's entire Presidency summed up in one sentence):
  1. ". . . I had no prior knowledge of the Watergate break-in; I neither took part in nor knew about any of the subsequent coverup activities; I neither authorized nor encouraged subordinates to engage in illegal or improper campaign tactics."  (also:  "I am not a crook.")
  2. "I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky."
  3. "Intelligence gathered by this and other governments leaves no doubt that the Iraq regime continues to possess and conceal some of the most lethal weapons ever devised."
  4. "We don't have a domestic spying program."
"Israeli colonel proudly admits war crime"

Sharia - bad (and a big imminent threat) in Tennessee, not so bad in Syria:  "Western groupies of the Syrian "revolution" know no limits: they even defend the implementation of Shari`ah"

"Israel will never be a 'normal' state" "If you think I’m a racist, then Israel is a racist state"

Hastings:
". . . if this was not an accident I would be far more concerned about security types working for individuals at Endgame or perhaps even more about the companies that might have contracted Endgame. After all Endgame is in business, has offices and offers stated services - even if they are spooky. But sometimes the customers of such services have a lot more to hide than the contractor itself. I was surprised to see the Chamber of Commerce show up in the story. Just speculation of course but folks working for a squeaky clean outfit might be far more worried about their image - and careers - than a service provider like Endgame itself. After all, Endgame just builds its reputation by doing spectacular cyber warfare stuff. Its customers might have a lot more to conceal."

Thursday, August 08, 2013

We've never been safer.

"That TOR Exploit Probably Wasn't the NSA After All"  The headline is lousy - all we know is that it was probably SAIK working for somebody, we can't possibly know that it 'probably wasn't the NSA'.  It is completely irrelevant which American government agency was involved.

"Did the CIA Just Run an Intel Operation on the Daily Beast?"  A mega al Qaeda conference call, either before or after the Snowden revelations, is difficult to believe.  The entire convenient threat is bullshit, and the reason for optimism is that it was such obvious bullshit that nobody believes it.  If we go back to the idea that Snowden was a CIA attack on the NSA/Pentagon, maybe the CIA just ran an intel operation on the NSA, creating a scenario so ridiculous that the NSA (and their bff Barry) would be further weakened by relying on it.

"What If the Tor Takedown Relates to the Yemeni Alert?"  Sometimes you can over-think things.

"Indictment of Iran for ’94 Terror Bombing Relied on MEK"  Everybody in Argentina now knows that Iran has been framed.

We've never been safer.

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

The Political West

"McClatchy Editor Defends Publishing Al Qaeda Detail CNN, NY Times Held Back" They held it back because the full story is too obviously bullshit.  Government liars tend to overreach.  Part of the job of the mainstream media is to fix the Official Lies so they have at least a tiny chance at being semi-plausible.

"Foreign Affairs Forgets To Mention Douglas Feith Was Investigated for Bush-Era Torture"  Feith works on his get-out-of-jail-free card.

Hastings (more and more unbelievable):
"Last night, Hastings' widow appeared on Piers Morgan's vile show, making her first public statements in the flesh since Hastings died.

Unforunately, Hastings' wife is getting ripped to shreds for her "in my gut" it was "an accident" and her minimizing statements that "Michael was ALWAYS working on 5 stories...." since this reflects an about-face from her.

Is she scared? Has she gone into "grief overload" as some survivors do (as did the Kennedys), or was she a mole?

But she's now being accused of being a femme fatale.

Hopefully not, but it's been pointed out that:

Elise Jordan served as a director for communications in the National Security Council from 2008-09. She worked for the Commanding General's Strategic Advisory Group in both Iraq and afghanistan.

Hastings releases his story on Stanley McChrystal in 2010

She married Hastings in May 2011.

June 2013 Hastings says hes working on his BIGGEST story EVER

Soon after he is dead

Could hastings have made the fatal mistake of telling his wife, Elise Jordan, what he was working on ?
"
Greenwald/Koch

Big picture (maybe too big):  "Edward Snowden and the Political West"

The theory that Snowden and Assange are working for some kind of New Reich run out of Germany!:  "Snowden’s Ride, Part 9: Catherine Ashton, EU Defense and Intelligence Structure and the Muslim Brotherhood" (and other stories in the links therein).  "“Anti-Fascist Researcher” Dave Emory is a Bumbling McCarthyite & the CIA’s Useful Idiot - by Alex Constantine" "Dave Emory is the CIA's Useful Idiot"  Emory could get a job writing for DEBKAfile.

"The Ecuadorian Library" by Bruce Sterling

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Newspapers, Tor, NSA, SAIC, Chertoff

"3 groups say they topped Henry’s bid for Globe"  "Why Didn't the Boston Globe Sell to the Highest Bidder?"  Henry is the front man.  I think the mystery is solved by the fact they really sold the Globe to Tom Werner (the expected Jewish billionaire, à la Bezos - you don't think these simultaneous sales are a coincidence, do you?).  Werner's name never appears - it is always just Henry described as the new owner, although some reference is made to a holding company - but Werner is briefly mentioned as one of a number of 'possible investors'.  If you read carefully, you can see references to the fact that Henry's main investments have been in big trouble in recent years.  I guess World Jewry is growing tired of the fact it is so incredibly obvious that they control all the media solely for their violent group supremacist purposes.

Tor:  "There we go"  Not the FBI, but the NSA, using a military contractor, SAIC.  "Washington's $8 Billion Shadow"  "Michael Hayden, Privacy and Counterterrorism Frugality Champion"  "Carlyle, Kissinger, SAIC and Halliburton: A 9/11 Convergence"  "SAIC Whistleblower: Offices Empty On The Morning Of 9/11"  "SAIC in Iraq: A Closer Look" (note the 'staggering failures' with the NSA and FBI).

Also:  "PsyOps"  If people become too worried, they will stop trying to be anonymous.

"Michael Hayden, after Escaping Justice, Calls for Other Criminals to Be Made Examples"  Hayden, the go-to guy for comments on the legality and morality of Snowden, works for the Chertoff Group.  You have to laugh.

"Intelligence Officials Can't Keep Story Straight: Snowden Both Did And Did Not Get Key NSA Secrets"  "Crying Wolf, Wolf, Wolf" (Moon of Alabama).  "Snowden Didn't Exactly Wreck the NSA, New Terror Warning Shows"