Thursday, September 21, 2017

THE VIETNAM WAR | EXPLICIT LANGUAGE VERSION : Episode 5 - This Is What We Do (July 1967-December 1967)



American casualties and enemy body counts mount as Marines face deadly North Vietnamese ambushes and artillery south of the DMZ and Army units chase an elusive enemy in the central highlands. Hanoi lays plans for a massive surprise offensive, and the Johnson Administration reassures the American public that victory is in sight.

http://www.pbs.org/video/this-is-what-we-do-july-1967-december-1967-3mi3sg/

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

WIKILEAKS RELEASE: Spy Files Russia



Today, September 19th 2017, WikiLeaks starts publishing the series "Spy Files Russia" with documents from the Russian company Петер-Сервис (PETER-SERVICE). This release includes 209 documents (34 base documents in different versions) dated between 2007 and 2015.

PETER-SERVICE was founded 1992 in St. Petersburg as a provider for billing solutions and soon became the major supplier of software for the mobile telecommunications industry in Russia. Today it has more than 1000 employees in different locations in Russia, and offices in major cities in Russia and Ukraine. The technologies developed and deployed by PETER-SERVICE today go far beyond the classical billing process and extend into the realms of surveillance and control. Although compliance to the strict surveillance laws is mandatory in Russia, rather than being forced to comply PETER-SERVICE appears to be quite actively pursuing partnership and commercial opportunities with the state intelligence apparatus.

As a matter of fact PETER-SERVICE is uniquely placed as a surveillance partner due to the remarkable visibility their products provide into the data of Russian subscribers of mobile operators, which expose to PETER-SERVICE valuable metadata, including phone and message records, device identifiers (IMEI, MAC addresses), network identifiers (IP addresses), cell tower information and much more. This enriched and aggregated metadata is of course of interest to Russian authorities, whose access became a core component of the system architecture.

https://wikileaks.org/spyfiles/russia/

THE VIETNAM WAR | EXPLICIT LANGUAGE VERSION : Episode 4 - Resolve (January 1966-June 1967)



Defying American airpower, North Vietnamese troops and materiel stream down the Ho Chi Minh Trail into the south, while Saigon struggles to “pacify the countryside.” As an antiwar movement builds back home, hundreds of thousands of soldiers and Marines discover that the war they are being asked to fight in Vietnam is nothing like their fathers’ war.

http://www.pbs.org/video/resolve-january-1966-june-1967-9ejs1c/

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The Senate’s Military Spending Increase Alone Is Enough to Make Public College Free



ONE OF THE most controversial proposals put forward by Sen. Bernie Sanders during the 2016 presidential campaign was a pledge to make tuition free at public colleges and universities. Critics from both parties howled that the pie-in-the-sky idea would bankrupt the country. Where, after all, would the money come from?

Those concerns were brushed aside Monday night, as the Senate overwhelmingly approved an $80 billion annual increase in military spending, enough to have fully satisfied Sanders’s campaign promise. Instead, the Senate handed President Donald Trump far more than the $54 billion he asked for. The lavish spending package gives Trump a major legislative victory, allowing him to boast about fulfilling his promise of a “great rebuilding of the armed services.”

The bill would set the U.S.’s annual military budget at around $700 billion, putting it within range of matching the spending level at the height of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

https://theintercept.com/2017/09/18/the-senates-military-spending-increase-alone-is-enough-to-make-public-college-free/

Exclusive: US government wiretapped former Trump campaign chairman



US investigators wiretapped former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort under secret court orders before and after the election, sources tell CNN, an extraordinary step involving a high-ranking campaign official now at the center of the Russia meddling probe.

The government snooping continued into early this year, including a period when Manafort was known to talk to President Donald Trump.

http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/18/politics/paul-manafort-government-wiretapped-fisa-russians/index.html

End Warrantless Deep State Spying: Don't Renew 702

Intelligence agencies that are run by Technocrats are data hoarders who are compelled to collect everything that is collectible, illegal or not. We have stated many times that American intelligence agencies have long-since gone rogue, becoming unresponsive to courts and legislators alike. They must be stopped, at all costs. This is not about intelligence to keep Americans safe, but rather about building a surveillance network that will eventually lead to Scientific Dictatorship. Listen to the video in this article! ⁃ TN Editor

The NSA gets its authority to spy on U.S. Citizens from Section 702 of the FISA Amendments Act. The law will expire this year after it hits its five-year sunset. Lawmakers will soon be deliberating over whether to renew Section 702 for another five or maybe even make it permanent.

https://www.technocracy.news/index.php/2017/09/13/reason-its-time-to-rein-in-warrantless-domestic-spying-before-its-too-late/

https://www.end702.com/

Monday, September 18, 2017

THE VIETNAM WAR | EXPLICIT LANGUAGE VERSION : Episode 3 - The River Styx (January 1964-December 1965)



With South Vietnam in chaos, hardliners in Hanoi seize the initiative and send combat troops to the south, accelerating the insurgency. Fearing Saigon’s collapse, President Johnson escalates America’s military commitment, authorizing sustained bombing of the north and deploying ground troops in the south.

http://www.pbs.org/video/the-river-styx-january-1964-december-1965-wayhiw/

Graeme MacQueen on 9/11: The Pentagon's B Movie - Our Interesting Times Podcast

Government by Goldman



Gary Cohn Is Giving Goldman Sachs Everything It Ever Wanted From the Trump Administration

STEVE BANNON was in the room the day Donald Trump first fell for Gary Cohn. So were Reince Priebus, Jared Kushner, and Trump’s pick for secretary of Treasury, Steve Mnuchin. It was the end of November, three weeks after Trump’s improbable victory, and Cohn, then still the president of Goldman Sachs, was at Trump Tower presumably at the invitation of Kushner, with whom he was friendly. Cohn was there to offer his views about jobs and the economy. But, like the man he was there to meet, he was at heart a salesman.

On the campaign trail, Trump had spoken often about the importance of investing in infrastructure. Yet the president-elect had apparently failed to appreciate that the government would need to come up with hundreds of billions of dollars to fund his plans. Cohn, brash and bold, wired to attack any moneymaking opportunity, pitched a fix that would put Wall Street firms at the center: Private-industry partners could help infrastructure get fixed, saving the federal government from going deeper into debt. The way the moment was captured by the New York Times, among other publications, Trump was dumbfounded. “Is this true?” he asked. Was a trillion-dollar infrastructure plan likely to increase the deficit by a trillion dollars? Confronted by nodding heads, an unhappy president-elect said, “Why did I have to wait to have this guy tell me?”

Within two weeks, the transition team announced that Cohn would take over as director of the president’s National Economic Council.

https://theintercept.com/2017/09/17/goldman-sachs-gary-cohn-donald-trump-administration/

http://www.theinvestigativefund.org/investigations/politicsandgovernment/2376/government_by_goldman/

Trump becomes third president to renew extraordinary post-9/11 powers



President Trump has become the third president to renew a post-9/11 emergency proclamation, stretching what was supposed to be a temporary state of national emergency after the 2001 terror attacks into its 17th year.

But the ongoing effects of that perpetual emergency aren't immediately clear, because the executive branch has ignored a law requiring it to report to Congress every six months on how much the president has spent under those extraordinary powers, USA TODAY has found.

Exactly 16 years ago Thursday, President Bush signed Proclamation 7463, giving himself sweeping powers to mobilize the military in the days following terrorist attacks that crashed planes into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a Pennsylvania field. It allowed him to call up National Guard and Reserve troops, hire and fire military officers, and bypass limits on the numbers of generals that could serve.

Presidents Bush and Obama renewed that emergency each year. And on Wednesday, Trump published a now-routine notice in the Federal Register extending the emergency for the 16th time, explaining simply that "the terrorist threat continues."

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/09/14/permanent-emergency-trump-becomes-third-president-renew-extraordinary-post-9-11-powers/661966001/

Merck's President Led a Biological Warfare Program Against Americans



Merck and Co created the HPV vaccine Gardasil, the MMR vaccine, and others.

During the peak of WWII, George W. Merck, president of Merck and Co was in charge of the War Research Service, the biological warfare division of the larger Federal Security Agency.

George W. Merck led the biological warfare department for almost half a decade, during the same years he was the president of Merck and Co. His trusting customers had no idea he was in charge of a secret biowarfare program. His War Research Service was in charge of Ft. Detrick.

Dozens of academic institutions in the US participated in the War Research Service: the same prestigious institutions that promoted eugenics during the decades leading up to World War II, such as Harvard and Stanford.

Ft. Detrick was a center of mad science that would culminate into biological warfare experiments on Americans: spraying San Francisco with the infertility causing bacteria Serratia marcescens. Their techniques were improved with the aid of paperclipped Nazi scientist Kurt Blome.

Kurt Blome was brought to the US from Nazi Germany to work at Ft. Detrick: he previously experimented on victims with the horrible Black Death, or Bubonic Plague.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=PvE_mP_I52U

THE VIETNAM WAR | EXPLICIT LANGUAGE VERSION: Episode 2 - Riding the Tiger (1961-1963)



President Kennedy inspires idealistic young Americans to serve their country and wrestles with how deeply to get involved in South Vietnam. As the increasingly autocratic Diem regime faces a growing communist insurgency and widespread Buddhist protests, a grave political crisis unfolds.

http://www.pbs.org/video/riding-the-tiger-1961-1963-p6r1uj/

Sunday, September 17, 2017

THE VIETNAM WAR | EXPLICIT LANGUAGE VERSION: Episode 1 - Déjà Vu (1858-1961)



After a long and brutal war, Vietnamese revolutionaries led by Ho Chi Minh end nearly a century of French colonial occupation. With the Cold War intensifying, Vietnam is divided in two at Geneva. Communists in the north aim to reunify the country, while America supports Ngo Dinh Diem’s untested regime in the south.

http://www.pbs.org/video/deja-vu-1858-1961-7tmfea/

Are the Shadow Brokers identical with the Second Source?



What a lot of people don't know, is that a range of classified documents from the NSA have not been attributed to Edward Snowden, which means that there was at least one other leaker inside the NSA.

Initially, this leaker was called the "second source", and although he was responsible for significant leaks, they got little attention in the US. More media coverage gained the release, since 2016, of NSA hacking tools by the mysterious "Shadow Brokers".

Now, a close look at documents published by the German magazine Der Spiegel in December 2013 provided new indications that the second source could be identical with the Shadow Brokers.

http://electrospaces.blogspot.com/2017/09/are-shadow-brokers-identical-with.html

'The Vietnam War': Inside Ken Burns' 18-Hour Doc on the Era-Defining Conflict



A decade in the making, The Vietnam War, a 10-episode, 18-hour, 360-degree documentary, which premieres on September 17th, isn't just a corrective to the fact that generations have grown up being taught little more about Vietnam than "we came, we lost, now forget about it." It's also the deepest exploration yet of the origins, the fighting and the fallout of a conflict that virtually defined the Sixties, and the first to let "the enemy" speak at length alongside familiar American voices, including Pentagon policy wonks, Army privates, anti-war protesters and grieving parents.

http://www.rollingstone.com/tv/features/the-vietnam-war-inside-ken-burns-definitive-18-hour-documentary-w503401

http://www.pbs.org/show/vietnam-war-not-edited/