Thursday, January 18, 2018

No Agenda: Thursday (1-18-18) Episode 1000 - Hijab Hoax

NSA Unleashed - Unfilter 265



In an amazing display of bipartisan cooperation the US Federal Government is fast tracking the reauthorization & institutionalizing the NSA’s favorite spying loophole, Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. With Trump onboard the National Security Agency’s warrantless internet surveillance program seems to be better protected than ever.

http://www.jupiterbroadcasting.com/121632/nsa-unleashed-unfilter-265/

Scientist Flip-Flop: Worst-Case Global Warming Scenarios Are Not Credible



BY: AFP

Some global warming scientists are back-peddling on their most extreme predictions on global warming, but still refuse to abandon the premise that man is is the primary cause of global warming, or that the earth is most likely headed into a cooling cycle. This Technocrat position is essentially anti-human because humans always end up taking the blame for whatever happens. ⁃ TN Editor

Earth’s surface will almost certainly not warm up four or five degrees Celsius by 2100, according to a study released Wednesday which, if correct, voids worst-case UN climate change predictions.

A revised calculation of how greenhouse gases drive up the planet’s temperature reduces the range of possible end-of-century outcomes by more than half, researchers said in the report, published in the journal Nature.

“Our study all but rules out very low and very high climate sensitivities,” said lead author Peter Cox, a professor at the University of Exeter.

https://www.technocracy.news/index.php/2018/01/18/scientists-worst-case-global-warming-scenarios-not-credible/

The Highly-Anticipated 2017 Fake News Awards



2017 was a year of unrelenting bias, unfair news coverage, and even downright fake news. Studies have shown that over 90% of the media’s coverage of President Trump is negative.

Below are the winners of the 2017 Fake News Awards.

1. The New York Times’ Paul Krugman claimed on the day of President Trump’s historic, landslide victory that the economy would never recover.

2. ABC News' Brian Ross CHOKES and sends markets in a downward spiral with false report.

3. CNN FALSELY reported that candidate Donald Trump and his son Donald J. Trump, Jr. had access to hacked documents from WikiLeaks.

Read full article: https://gop.com/the-highly-anticipated-2017-fake-news-awards/






House Spending Bill Changes Law To Let Trump Administration Secretly Shift Intelligence Money



THE HOUSE SPENDING bill released Wednesday would allow President Trump, or people under him, to secretly shift money to fund intelligence programs, a break with 70 years of governing tradition.

Since 1947, section 504 of the National Security Act has mandated that the administration inform Congress if it intends to shift money from one intelligence project to another, if the new project has not been authorized by Congress. That notification can be — and almost always is — done in secret, but it is at least a minimal check on executive power.

The spending bill currently under consideration, known as a continuing resolution, or CR, breaks with that tradition, allowing funds to “be obligated and expended notwithstanding section 504(a)(1) of the National Security Act of 1947.”

https://theintercept.com/2018/01/17/section-504-house-spending-bill-changes-law-to-let-trump-administration-secretly-shift-intelligence-money/

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

FBI Investigating Millions Of Illegal ‘Charity’ Dollars Funneled From Australian Govt To Clinton Foundation



An Australian investigative journalist who is a retired police detective said Tuesday he has been asked to provide the FBI with details about multiple allegations of mishandling millions of dollars contributed to the Clinton Foundation by the Aussie government.

“I have been asked to provide the FBI with further and better particulars about allegations regarding improper donations to the CF funded by Australian taxpayers,” Michael Smith told LifeZette.

At the center of Smith’s complaints are former President Bill Clinton, former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, and multiple Australian government officials, including senior diplomat Alexander Downer, that government’s high commissioner to the United Kingdom.

https://www.lifezette.com/polizette/aussie-complaints-to-be-filed-with-fbi-on-clinton-foundations-dealing-down-under/

Senate, Rebuffing Privacy Concerns, Clears Path to Extend Surveillance Law



The Senate cleared the path on Tuesday for Congress to extend the National Security Agency’s warrantless surveillance program for six years with minimal changes, rejecting bipartisan calls to first vote on amendments that would have imposed significant new privacy protections when the program sweeps up Americans’ emails.

The vote, 60 to 38, narrowly overcame a procedural obstacle to an up-or-down vote on the surveillance extension bill, showing that there is probably sufficient support in the Senate to give it final approval and send it to President Trump’s desk this week.

The bill passed last week in the House, which first rejected an amendment that would have required government officials to get warrants in most instances to search for Americans’ messages in the program’s repository.

The vote centered on a law known as Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act. It permits the government to, without a warrant, collect from American companies, like AT&T and Google, the emails, phone calls, text messages and other communications of foreigners abroad who have been targeted for intelligence surveillance — even when they communicate with Americans.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/16/us/politics/senate-vote-section-702-fisa-amendments-surveillance.html

It Wasn’t Just Republicans — Democrats Also Voted to Shut Down Debate on Trump Administration’s Surveillance Powers



A CRITICAL MASS of Senate Democrats voted with Republicans on Tuesday to shut down any further debate on a bill that strengthens the government’s spying powers. The bill would renew a key surveillance authority for the National Security Agency until 2023 and consolidate the FBI’s power to search Americans’ digital communications without a warrant.

The motion, which passed 60-38, virtually guarantees that the final bill will pass likely later this week and quashes any opportunity to debate whether protections should be added. Eighteen Democrats — including Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who had previously proposed an amendment to restrict the FBI’s surveillance authority — voted in support of the motion. They were joined by 41 Republicans and one independent, Angus King, giving the pro-surveillance bloc the supermajority needed to push the bill forward. Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Dan Sullivan, R-Ala., did not vote.

Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Intelligence Committee, lobbied for the bill’s passage on the Senate floor alongside his Republican counterpart from North Carolina, Richard Burr, and Republican leader Mitch McConnell. Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats stood outside the Senate chamber; he had come in person to convince any skeptics of the bill’s merits, Burr said.

https://theintercept.com/2018/01/17/fisa-section-702-nsa-internet-surveillance-senate/

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Ex-C.I.A. Officer Suspected of Compromising Chinese Informants Is Arrested



A former C.I.A. officer suspected by investigators of helping China dismantle United States spying operations and identify informants has been arrested, the Justice Department said on Tuesday. The collapse of the spy network was one of the American government’s worst intelligence failures in recent years.

The arrest of the former officer, Jerry Chun Shing Lee, 53, capped an intense F.B.I. inquiry that began around 2012, two years after the C.I.A. began losing its informants in China. Investigators confronted an enduring mystery: How did the names of so many C.I.A. sources, among the agency’s most dearly held secrets, end up in Chinese hands?

Some intelligence officials believed that a mole inside the C.I.A. was exposing its roster of informants. Others thought that the Chinese government had hacked the C.I.A.’s covert communications used to talk to foreign sources of information.

Still other former intelligence officials have also argued that the spy network might have been crippled by a combination of both, as well as sloppy tradecraft by agency officers in China. The counterintelligence investigation into how the Chinese managed to hunt down American agents was a source of friction between the C.I.A. and F.B.I.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/16/us/politics/cia-china-mole-arrest-jerry-chun-shing-lee.html

Are You Awake?

Fast food restaurants to use facial recognition to spy on customers



In the not too distant future, customers will have the pleasure of experiencing corporate spying in a disturbing new way.

Fast food restaurants want customers to use facial recognition kiosks to place their orders.

A company called BiteKiosk (Bite) wants fast food restaurants to use their self-service facial recognition kiosks.

"Bite recognizes each guest, and identifies whether it’s their 1st or 10th time visiting. There’s no barcode to scan or app to download."

Fast food restaurants claim that they will make more money by replacing staff with self-service facial recognition kiosks.

"As we see the rising costs of labor, it just makes sense" to consider adding new automated technology, CEO Leonard Comma said Tuesday at the ICR Conference.

Are other fast food chains following Jack In The Box's lead?

According to an article in the Business Insider, McDonald's and Wendy's are also considering using self-service kiosks.

Why would customers allow private corporations to use facial recognition?

https://massprivatei.blogspot.com/2018/01/fast-food-restaurants-to-use-facial.html


The 10 Companies That Dominate the Global Arms Trade




Rank Company Country Arms sales (2016) Arms as % of sales
#1 Lockheed Martin USA $40.8B 86%
#2 Boeing USA $29.5B 31%
#3 Raytheon USA $22.9B 95%
#4 BAE Systems UK $22.8B 95%
#5 Northrop Grumman USA $21.4B 87%
#6 General Dynamics USA $19.2B 61%
#7 Airbus Group EU $12.5B 17%
#8 BAE Systems (U.S.) USA $9.3B 93%
#9 L3 Technologies USA $8.9B 85%
#10 Leonardo Italy $8.5B 64%

http://www.visualcapitalist.com/companies-dominating-global-arms-trade/

Monday, January 15, 2018

Martin Luther King Jr. Spent the Last Year of His Life Detested by the Liberal Establishment



IN 1999, THE polling agency Gallup set out to determine the individuals Americans most admired in the 20th century.

Mother Teresa came in first, with 49 percent of Americans putting her at the top; the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., ranked second, with 34 percent placing him on the same list. But, the polling agency would later write, “King was far from universally revered during his lifetime.” They noted that in 1966, 63 percent of Americans held a negative view of the civil rights leader, while just 32 percent held a positive one. This was a marked reversal from five years earlier, when 41 percent of Americans gave King a positive rating and 37 percent a negative one.

King’s slide in popularity coincided with his activism taking a turn from what Americans largely know him for — his campaign for civil rights in the American South — to a much more radical one aimed at the war in Vietnam and poverty.

For years, King had been troubled by the war in Vietnam and raised it privately in conversations with the Democratic President Lyndon Johnson. As the conflict dragged on, King felt he had no choice but to publicly denounce the war.

In an April 1967 speech at Riverside Church in New York City, the civil rights leader publicly denounced American involvement in Indochina.

https://theintercept.com/2018/01/15/martin-luther-king-jr-mlk-day-2018/

Sunday, January 14, 2018

William Pepper on The Plot to Kill King



Dr. William Pepper's remarkable 40 year investigation into the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. is summarized in his equally remarkable book, "The Plot to Kill King: The Truth Behind the Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr." In this conversation we discuss Dr. Pepper's relationship with Dr. King, the mind-blowing evidence that destroys the official story of the assassination, who really killed MLK, and the complete media blackout that has served to keep this information from the public for half a century.

The Assassination of MLK - Evidence of Revision - Part 6