Tuesday, May 31, 2016

William Cooper - NSA Report (all 4 parts) 1996

William Cooper - The Porterville Presentation 1997 (FULL)

The Untold Story Behind Saudi Arabia’s 41-Year U.S. Debt Secret

How a legendary bond trader from Salomon Brothers brokered a do-or-die deal that reshaped U.S.-Saudi relations for generations.

The basic framework was strikingly simple. The U.S. would buy oil from Saudi Arabia and provide the kingdom military aid and equipment. In return, the Saudis would plow billions of their petrodollar revenue back into Treasuries and finance America’s spending.

It took several discreet follow-up meetings to iron out all the details, Parsky said. But at the end of months of negotiations, there remained one small, yet crucial, catch: King Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud demanded the country’s Treasury purchases stay “strictly secret,” according to a diplomatic cable obtained by Bloomberg from the National Archives database.

With a handful of Treasury and Federal Reserve officials, the secret was kept for more than four decades—until now. In response to a Freedom-of-Information-Act request submitted by Bloomberg News, the Treasury broke out Saudi Arabia’s holdings for the first time this month after “concluding that it was consistent with transparency and the law to disclose the data,” according to spokeswoman Whitney Smith. The $117 billion trove makes the kingdom one of America’s largest foreign creditors.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2016-05-30/the-untold-story-behind-saudi-arabia-s-41-year-u-s-debt-secret

Nearly 46 Million People Trapped in Modern Slavery, Report Finds

Nearly 46 million people across the globe are living in modern slavery, a system of exploitation that governments and businesses must do more to end, according to the Walk Free Foundation.

The Australia-based rights group on Tuesday released its global slavery index, which tracks the number of people stuck in "situations of exploitation that a person cannot refuse or leave because of threats, violence, coercion, abuse of power or deception." The instances include forced labor in farming, fishing and manufacturing, commercial sex work and forced marriage.

The survey, which was based on 42,000 interviews conducted in 25 countries, found that Asian countries were home to nearly 60 percent of the world’s modern slaves. India was the country with the highest number, 18.3 million, while North Korea had the highest proportion, with 4.3 percent of the population thought to be enslaved, the survey found. Vikas Swarup, a spokesman for India’s Foreign Ministry, declined to comment on the report.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-05-31/nearly-46-million-people-trapped-in-modern-slavery-report-finds

Four Cold War Covert Actions to be Disclosed

The Central Intelligence Agency said that it will disclose four previously unacknowledged Cold War covert actions. The four have not yet been publicly identified, but they will be addressed in forthcoming editions of the U.S. State Department’s official Foreign Relations of the United States (FRUS) series.

“In 2015 [CIA] agreed to acknowledge four covert actions that will be documented in future volumes (of FRUS),” according to a new annual report from the State Department Advisory Committee on Historical Diplomatic Documentation for calendar year 2015.

CIA spokesperson Ryan Trapani declined to say what those four covert actions are.

“CA [covert action] programs are not officially declassified until done so by FRUS, so you have to wait for its formal announcement,” Mr. Trapani said by email.

The FRUS series has been a significant driver of the national security declassification program, particularly since a 1991 statute required that FRUS must present a “thorough, accurate, and reliable” documentary history of U.S. foreign relations — which necessarily includes information that was classified at the time — within 30 years of the events in question.

The State Department has never yet complied with that 30 year deadline, but the new Advisory Committee report indicates the situation is improving. “It is likely that HO [the State Department Office of the Historian] will finally meet its statutory thirty-year timeline as it publishes more volumes in the Reagan administration series over the next few years.”

http://fas.org/blogs/secrecy/2016/05/four-covert-actions/

Appeals Court Delivers Devastating Blow to Cellphone-Privacy Advocates

COURTS ACROSS THE COUNTRY are grappling with a key question for the information age: When law enforcement asks a company for cellphone records to track location data in an investigation, is that a search under the Fourth Amendment?

By a 12-3 vote, appellate court judges in Richmond, Virginia on Monday ruled that it is not — and therefore does not require a warrant.

The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld what is known as the third-party doctrine: a legal theory suggesting that consumers who knowingly and willingly surrender information to third parties therefore have “no reasonable expectation of privacy” in that information — regardless of how much information there is, or how revealing it is.

Research clearly shows that cell site location data collected over time can reveal a tremendous amount of personal information — like where you live, where you work, when you travel, who you meet with, who you sleep with. And it’s impossible to make a call without giving up your location to the cellphone company.

“Supreme Court precedent mandates this conclusion,” Judge Diana Motz wrote in the majority opinion. “For the Court has long held that an individual enjoys no Fourth Amendment protection ‘in information he voluntarily turns over to [a] third part[y].’” The quote was from the 1979 Supreme Court case Smith V. Maryland.

https://theintercept.com/2016/05/31/appeals-court-delivers-devastating-blow-to-cell-phone-privacy-advocates/

Monday, May 30, 2016

An Insider’s Look at the Dulles 9/11 Video

The strongest evidence linking the alleged hijackers to 9/11 was a video said to be from the closed circuit TV (CCTV) system at Dulles International Airport in Washington DC. The video was not made available until the day before the 9/11 Commission Report was released, in 2004, and it helped to pave the way for widespread acceptance of the official account. Since the other evidence against the accused hijackers was dubious and suspiciously convenient for the FBI, which provided it, the Dulles video should be examined closely.

Doing so has led some independent 9/11 investigators to conclude that the Dulles video contains “no information to link its images to AA 77.” Reasons include that:

None of the Dulles airport staff remembered seeing the alleged hijackers at the airport
Dulles had over 300 cameras but no footage was released except for portions of this one video (and no video was available from the other airports)
The alleged Dulles video contains no date, time stamp, or camera identification
The video was shot at a rate of 30 frames per second (fps), which the investigators said is not typical of CCTV videos
The video appears to be an edited composite of shots taken from different angles

Additionally, it has been noticed that the airport screeners in the Dulles video did not perform their duties according to airport requirements. An attorney representing 9/11 victims’ families stated that security agents in the video screened the suspects in ways that were not like those required in Dulles training videos.

Could the video be fraudulent?

http://911blogger.com/news/2016-05-30/insider-s-look-dulles-911-video

https://digwithin.net/2016/05/30/dulles_video/

All Wars Are Bankers' Wars

'War is a Racket' by Major General Smedley Butler



http://www.ratical.org/ratville/CAH/warisaracket.html

Remember... An alternative view of Memorial Day

Where MKUltra Subproject 68 Happened

Governments Turn to Commercial Spyware to Intimidate Dissidents

It used to be that only a handful of countries had access to sophisticated hacking and spying tools. But these days, nearly all kinds of countries, be they small, oil-rich nations like the Emirates, or poor but populous countries like Ethiopia, are buying commercial spyware or hiring and training programmers to develop their own hacking and surveillance tools.

The barriers to join the global surveillance apparatus have never been lower. Dozens of companies, ranging from NSO Group and Cellebrite in Israel to Finfisher in Germany and Hacking Team in Italy, sell digital spy tools to governments.

A number of companies in the United States are training foreign law enforcement and intelligence officials to code their own surveillance tools. In many cases these tools are able to circumvent security measures like encryption. Some countries are using them to watch dissidents. Others are using them to aggressively silence and punish their critics, inside and outside their borders.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/30/technology/governments-turn-to-commercial-spyware-to-intimidate-dissidents.html

Police are secretly using 'VACCINE' to spy on community events, public transportation etc., Part 3


'Visual Analytics for Command, Control and Interoperability Environments (VACCINE) is co-led by Purdue and Rutgers University. The above video reveals how eager university professors and students are to help DHS spy on Americans.

Just like 'STINGRAY', police and Fusion Centers are secretly using VACCINE to spy on Americans.

"In 2012, VACCINE entered into a Memorandum of Agreement with the Ohio Fusion Center, managed by the Ohio State Highway Patrol (OSHP) and Ohio Homeland Security."

Keeping VACCINE a secret is what police and Fusion Center spying is all about. Check out the excerpt from page 26 of VACCINE's 2013 Annual Report.

"VACCINE has a well-established process for entering into Memorandums of Understanding and Non-Disclosure Agreements to ensure protection of the parties and data involved."

DHS is running a non-profit to spy on Americans.

http://massprivatei.blogspot.com/2016/05/police-are-secretly-using-vaccine-to.html

Sunday, May 29, 2016

The Church Committee Final Reports - Audio Books



The Church Committee Final Reports as audio books. The Church Committee was a US Senate body that investigated the activities and abuses of the CIA, FBI, NSA and other government intelligence agencies.

The committee investigated a variety of topics - COINTELPRO, the CIA manipulation of the media, the 1973 coup in Chile, assassination attempts against Fidel Castro, Patrice Lumumba, and other leaders, CIA mind-control projects like MKULTRA, the FBI's war against Martin Luther King, Jr, the New Left, and the Black Panther Party and free speech and dissent in general.

The Church Committee released five books of final reports, which we are recreating (in sections over time) as audio books. These five books are:

(B1) Foreign and Military Intelligence
(B2) Intelligence Activities and the Rights of Americans
(B3) Intelligence Activities and the Rights of Americans Staff Reports
(B4) Supplementary Reports
(B5) The Intelligence Agencies and the Investigation of the JFK Assassination

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLBINnEpNu5u5DDKZr3zRDb9v_Q2pV55dA

Saturday, May 28, 2016

The NYPD's Records of Its Own Misbehavior Have Mysteriously Vanished

Just as lawyers for New York City are preparing for a hearing in federal court to close the books on lawsuits over the New York Police Department's secret and illegal surveillance of Muslims, a lesser-known lawsuit that concluded Monday reveals that the police department's records of its own ugly history of unconstitutional domestic surveillance, which it was required to preserve for posterity, have mysteriously gone missing.


Younger New Yorkers are probably familiar with the NYPD's Muslim surveillance program, its infiltration of Occupy Wall Street with undercover officers, and its unconstitutional mass-arrests of protesters and bystanders during the 2004 Republican National Convention. But the history of NYPD surveillance and harassment of citizens based on their political, religious, or ethnic identities stretches back considerably farther. In the early years of the last century, special NYPD squads targeted Italians, anarchists, and communists. With the onset of the Great Depression, the NYPD's "Radical Bureau" took up the surveillance of communist New Yorkers. By the 1960s, the Radical Bureau had been renamed Bureau of Special Services, and it was going after groups that included CORE, the ACLU, the NAACP, and the Black Panthers.

Some of the people targeted for political surveillance by the NYPD filed a class action suit in 1971, alleging that the police behavior violated constitutional rights to free speech and assembly, their right to due process, and their protection from unreasonable search and seizure. The suit dragged on for more than a decade, ultimately resulting in a consent decree named after the lead plaintiff, Barbara Handschu. The Handschu decree, which still governs NYPD behavior today, in modified form, is best known for committing the police not to investigate anyone's political, ideological, or religious behavior unless they have reason to believe that person is engaged in a crime. But another section of the consent decree also required the NYPD to follow the New York City Charter and Freedom of Information Law with regard to its archive of surveillance files.

Judge Charles S. Haight Jr., who presided over the Handschu decree, specified that this meant that:

The upshot of the settlement is that no intelligence or political files, pre-1955 or post-1955, can be destroyed without the express approval of the City's commissioner of records and information services, who is specifically charged by the Charter to base his determination 'on the potential administrative, fiscal legal, research, or historical value of the record'.... I will not assume that the police commissioner would disregard the law by disposing of police records without seeking the requisite approval.

http://www.villagevoice.com/news/the-nypds-records-of-its-own-misbehavior-have-mysteriously-vanished-8639201

First Deposition Testimony from Clinton Email Discovery Released

Judicial Watch today released the deposition transcript of Ambassador Lewis Lukens, former deputy assistant secretary of state and executive director of the State Department’s executive secretariat. The transcript is available here. Amb. Lukens was deposed last week as part of the discovery granted to Judicial Watch by U.S. District Court Judge Emmet G. Sullivan in response to its Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit involving former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s unsecured, non-government email system (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:13-cv-01363)).

Lukens is the first of seven depositions of former Clinton top aides and State Department officials that Judicial Watch has scheduled over the next four weeks. Also to be deposed are Cheryl Mills and Huma Abedin, as well as top State Department official Patrick Kennedy, and former State IT employee Bryan Pagliano.

http://www.judicialwatch.org/press-room/press-releases/first-deposition-testimony-clinton-email-discovery-released/

First "Shocking" Deposition In Clinton Email Case Reveals She Did Not Use A Password

U.S. Ambassador Lewis Lukens’s sworn testimony in the case of Hillary Clinton’s privatization of the U.S. Secretary of State’s email is the first evidence to be released in the Clinton email cases, and it was published on May 26th at the website of Judicial Watch, the organization that originally brought the suit. Headlining "First Deposition Testimony from Clinton Email Discovery Released”, it reported that:

Judicial Watch today released the deposition transcript of Ambassador Lewis Lukens, former deputy assistant secretary of state and executive director of the State Department’s executive secretariat. The transcript is available here. Amb. Lukens was deposed last week as part of the discovery granted to Judicial Watch by U.S. District Court Judge Emmet G. Sullivan in response to its Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit involving former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s unsecured, non-government email system (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:13-cv-01363)).

Lukens is the first of seven depositions of former Clinton top aides and State Department officials that Judicial Watch has scheduled over the next four weeks. Also to be deposed are Cheryl Mills and Huma Abedin, as well as top State Department official Patrick Kennedy, and former State IT employee Bryan Pagliano.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-05-27/first-shocking-deposition-clinton-email-case-reveals-she-did-not-use-password

Mark Lane in Memoriam - Black Op Radio (5-19-16)

Guests: Jim DiEugenio , Donald Freed , John Barbour , Joseph McBride , Cyril Wecht
Robert Tanenbaum , Joan Mellen , David Lifton , Steve Jaffe
Topics: Mark Lane (February 24, 1927 – May 10, 2016)

http://www.blackopradio.com/archives2016.html

Friday, May 27, 2016

MPs warn voters being 'conned' as Brussels keeps plans for EU army secret until after referendum

British voters are being “conned” by Brussels officials who are keeping plans for a European army secret until after the referendum, leading Tories have claimed.

Liam Fox, the former defence secretary who served under David Cameron, told The Telegraph that the ambitions showed the EU is wedded to the “dangerous fantasy” of creating a single defence force.

Another eurosceptic Tory MP said voters were being “deceived” and “hoodwinked” about the true scale of the EU’s drive to create a single army.

The backlash came as it emerged plans to move towards the creation of a European army are being kept secret from British voters until the day after next month’s referendum.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/05/26/plans-to-create-an-eu-army-kept-secret-from-voters/

6 Giant Corporations Control The Media, And Americans Consume 10 Hours Of ‘Programming’ A Day

There are just six giant corporations that account for almost all of the programming that we receive through our televisions. Below is a list of these six corporations along with a sampling of the various media properties that they own…

Comcast

NBC
Telemundo
Universal Pictures
Focus Features
USA Network
Bravo
CNBC
The Weather Channel
MSNBC
Syfy
NBCSN
Golf Channel
Esquire Network
E!
Cloo
Chiller
Universal HD
Comcast SportsNet
Universal Parks & Resorts
Universal Studio Home Video

The Walt Disney Company

ABC Television Network
ESPN
The Disney Channel
A&E
Lifetime
Marvel Entertainment
Lucasfilm
Walt Disney Pictures
Pixar Animation Studios
Disney Mobile
Disney Consumer Products
Interactive Media
Disney Theme Parks
Disney Records
Hollywood Records
Miramax Films
Touchstone Pictures

News Corporation

Fox Broadcasting Company
Fox News Channel
Fox Business Network
Fox Sports 1
Fox Sports 2
National Geographic
Nat Geo Wild
FX
FXX
FX Movie Channel
Fox Sports Networks
The Wall Street Journal
The New York Post
Barron’s
SmartMoney
HarperCollins
20th Century Fox
Fox Searchlight Pictures
Blue Sky Studios
Beliefnet
Zondervan

Time Warner

CNN
The CW
HBO
Cinemax
Cartoon Network
HLN
NBA TV
TBS
TNT
TruTV
Turner Classic Movies
Warner Bros.
Castle Rock
DC Comics
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
New Line Cinema
Sports Illustrated
Fortune
Marie Claire
People Magazine

Viacom

MTV
Nickelodeon
VH1
BET
Comedy Central
Paramount Pictures
Paramount Home Entertainment
Country Music Television (CMT)
Spike TV
The Movie Channel
TV Land

CBS Corporation

CBS Television Network
The CW (along with Time Warner)
CBS Sports Network
Showtime
TVGN
CBS Radio, Inc.
CBS Television Studios
Simon & Schuster
Infinity Broadcasting
Westwood One Radio Network

Fortunately, those enormous media conglomerates do not have quite the same monopoly over the Internet, but we are starting to see a tremendous amount of consolidation in the online world as well. Just check out these numbers…

Overall, the top 10 publishers — together owning around 60 news sites — account for 47% of total online traffic to news content last year, with the next-biggest 140 publishers accounting for most of the other half, SimilarWeb found.

The biggest online news publisher for the U.S. audience was MSN, owner of MSN.com, with just over 27 billion combined page views across mobile and desktop, followed by Disney Media Networks, owner of ESPN and ABC News, with 25.9 billion.

http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/6-giant-corporations-control-the-media-and-americans-consume-10-hours-of-programming-a-day

Facebook begins tracking non-users around the internet

Facebook will now display ads to web users who are not members of its social network, the company announced Thursday, in a bid to significantly expand its online ad network. As The Wall Street Journal reports, Facebook will use cookies, "like" buttons, and other plug-ins embedded on third-party sites to track members and non-members alike. The company says it will be able to better target non-Facebook users and serve relevant ads to them, though its practices have come under criticism from regulators in Europe over privacy concerns. Facebook began displaying a banner notification at the top of its News Feed for users in Europe today, alerting them to its use of cookies as mandated under an EU directive.

http://www.theverge.com/2016/5/27/11795248/facebook-ad-network-non-users-cookies-plug-ins

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Secret Text in Senate Bill Would Give FBI Warrantless Access to Email Records

A PROVISION SNUCK INTO the still-secret text of the Senate’s annual intelligence authorization would give the FBI the ability to demand individuals’ email data and possibly web-surfing history from their service providers without a warrant and in complete secrecy.

If passed, the change would expand the reach of the FBI’s already highly controversial national security letters. The FBI is currently allowed to get certain types of information with NSLs — most commonly, information about the name, address, and call data associated with a phone number or details about a bank account.

Since a 2008 Justice Department legal opinion, the FBI has not been allowed to use NSLs to demand “electronic communication transactional records,” such as email subject lines and other metadata, or URLs visited.

The spy bill passed the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, with the provision in it. The lone no vote came from Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., who wrote in a statement that one of the bill’s provisions “would allow any FBI field office to demand email records without a court order, a major expansion of federal surveillance powers.”

https://theintercept.com/2016/05/26/secret-text-in-senate-bill-would-give-fbi-warrantless-access-to-email-records/

Trade in Services Agreement

Today, Wednesday, 25 May 2016, 11:30am CEST, WikiLeaks releases new secret documents from the huge Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) which is being negotiated by the US, EU and 22 other countries that account for 2/3rds of global GDP.

This release includes a previously unknown annex to the TiSA core chapter on "State Owned Enterprises" (SOEs), which imposes unprecedented restrictions on SOEs and will force majority owned SOEs to operate like private sector businesses. This corporatisation of public services - to nearly the same extent as demanded by the recently signed TPP - is a next step to privatisation of SOEs on the neoliberal agenda behind the "Big Three" (TTIP,TiSA,TPP).

Other documents in todays release cover updated versions of annexes to TiSA core chapters that were published by WikiLeaks in previous releases; these updates show the advances in the confidential negotiations between the TiSA parties on the issues of Domestic Regulation, New Provisions, Transparency, Electronic Commerce, Financial Services, Telecommunication Services, Professional Services and the Movement of Natural Persons. WikiLeaks is also publishing expert analyses on some of these documents.

The annexes on Domestic Regulation, Transparency and New Provisions have further advanced towards the "deregulation" objectives of big corporations entering overseas markets. Local regulations like store size restrictions or hours of operations are considered an obstacle to achieve "operating efficiencies" of large-scale retailing, disregarding their public benefit that foster livable neighbors and reasonable hours of work for employees. The TiSA provisions in their current form will establish a wide range of new grounds for domestic regulations to be challenged by corporations - even those without a local presence in that country.

https://wikileaks.org/tisa/

WikiLeaks Exposes Text from Secretly Negotiated TISA Trade Deal

The classified annex to the draft "core text" of the Trade in Services Agreement is part of what is being secretly negotiated by the U.S., EU and 22 countries.

The website WikiLeaks released on Wednesday classified documents from the Trade in Services Agreement, or TISA, which is a huge trade agreement being negotiated in secret by the United States, the European Union and 22 other countries.

The documents include a previously unknown annex to the TISA core chapter on "State Owned Enterprises," which imposes unprecedented restrictions on SOEs and will force majority owned SOEs to operate like private sector businesses.

The leaked documents show how stipulations outlined in the TISA documents advanced the "deregulation" of big corporations entering overseas markets.

According to the leaked documents, the TISA rules would also restrict governments’ ability to determine the size or growth of certain economic activities and entities, preventing nations from limiting the size of foreign companies in the market.

http://www.telesurtv.net/english/news/WikiLeaks-Exposes-Text-from-Secretly-Negotiated-TiSA-Trade-Deal-20160525-0013.html

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

US military uses 8-inch floppy disks to coordinate nuclear force operations

The U.S. Defense Department is still using — after several decades — 8-inch floppy disks in a computer system that coordinates the operational functions of the nation's nuclear forces, a jaw-dropping new report reveals.

The Defense Department's 1970s-era IBM Series/1 Computer and long-outdated floppy disks handle functions related to intercontinental ballistic missiles, nuclear bombers and tanker support aircraft, according to the new Government Accountability Office report.

The department's outdated "Strategic Automated Command and Control System" is one of 10 of the oldest information technology investments or systems detailed in the sobering GAO report, which calls for a number of federal agencies "to address aging legacy systems."

The report shows that creaky IT systems are being used to handle important functions related to the nation's taxpayers, federal prisoners and military veterans, as well as to the America's nuclear umbrella.

http://www.cnbc.com/2016/05/25/us-military-uses-8-inch-floppy-disks-to-coordinate-nuclear-force-operations.html

School kids from K-12 are being indoctrinated into accepting DHS's 'VACCINE' spying program, Part 2

DHS's 'Visual Analytics for Command, Control and Interoperability Environments' or VACCINE as it's commonly referred to, is being taught to school kids across the country. Teachers instructed by DHS are teaching K-12 students that spying on innocent Americans is ok.

"VACCINE’s mission is to educate current homeland security stakeholders and the next generation of talent... Our educational initiatives span the entire career development pipeline ranging from K-12 programs through undergraduate and graduate level work, to professional education and training programs." (for more info. see the Teacher Tutorial section below)

Since 2010, DHS has been using a national "front" program called the "Career Development Program" to indoctrinate our school kids. DHS has even created a Mentoring Program designed to indoctrinate susceptible school kids.

"DHS Mentoring Programs are formal programs that provide enriching experiences through reciprocal relationships and opportunities for personal and professional growth while sharing knowledge, leveraging skills and cultivating talent."

Would you want your kids to be mentored by a DHS agent?

And if that wasn't bad enough, DHS has also created a 'Pathways Program' designed to indoctrinate students into accepting VACCINE, etc.

http://massprivatei.blogspot.com/2016/05/school-kids-from-k-12-are-being.html

DHS/Police are turning public CCTV cameras into surveillance cameras, Part 1

Thanks to Purdue University and Homeland Security, police can now access public CCTV cameras anywhere.

Purdue researchers have developed a prototype system called 'Visual Analytics for Command, Control and Interoperability Environments' (VACCINE) which allows law enforcement to tap into thousands of CCTV cameras. This means police can spy on you in parking garages, college campuses, national parks, highways etc., no place is safe from Big Brother.

http://massprivatei.blogspot.com/2016/05/dhspolice-are-turning-public-cctv.html

State Dept. watchdog: Clinton violated email rules

A State Department watchdog concluded that Hillary Clinton failed to comply with the agency’s policies on records while using a personal email server that was not approved by agency officials, according to a report released to lawmakers on Wednesday.

The long-awaited findings from the agency's inspector general, which also revealed Clinton expressing reluctance about using an official email account, even as it confirmed apparent hacking attempts on her private server, were shared with Capitol Hill Wednesday, a copy of which was obtained by POLITICO.

It's the latest turn in the headache-inducing saga that has dogged Clinton's campaign. While the report concludes that the agency suffers from "longstanding, systemic weaknesses" with records that "go well beyond the tenure of any one Secretary of State,” it specifically dings Clinton for her exclusive use of private email during her four years at the agency.

“Secretary Clinton should have preserved any Federal records she created and received on her personal account by printing and filing those records with the related files in the Office of the Secretary,” the report states. “At a minimum, Secretary Clinton should have surrendered all emails dealing with Department business before leaving government service and, because she did not do so, she did not comply with the Department’s policies that were implemented in accordance with the Federal Records Act."

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/05/hillary-clinton-email-inspector-general-report-223553

Former 9/11 Commissioner Won’t Rule Out Saudi Royal Family Foreknowledge of 9/11 Plot

A former member of the 9/11 Commission on Tuesday left open the possibility that the Saudi Royal family knew about the 9/11 terror plot before it happened.

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., asked members of the panel at a House Foreign Relations subcommittee hearing to raise their hands in response to this question:

“How many of you there believe that the royal family of Saudi Arabia did not know and was unaware that there was a terrorist plot being implemented that would result in an historic terrorist attack in the United States, in the lead up to 9/11?”

Two of the four panelists raised their hands, but Tim Roemer, 9/11 Commission member and a former congressman from Indiana, did not. Neither did Simon Henderson, director of the Gulf and Energy Policy Program at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

“Congressman, that is just too difficult a question for someone to raise their hand or put their hand down,” Roemer explained. He then suggested Rohrabacher read 28 classified pages of the 9/11-Commission report that describe overseas support for the 9/11 attackers.



https://theintercept.com/2016/05/25/former-911-commissioner-wont-rule-out-saudi-royal-family-foreknowledge-of-911-plot/

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Fearing a Last-Minute Obstacle in a Push to Release 9/11 Findings

After years of frustration, proponents of releasing 28 classified pages of a congressional inquiry into the Sept. 11 attacks were seeing real progress in their push for disclosure of findings that are said to show high-level Saudi Arabian support for the hijackers.

“We seem to be coming to a point of decision as to whether to release it or not and in what form,” said Bob Graham, the former Democratic senator from Florida, who served as a co-chairman of the 2002 inquiry and has made disclosure of the pages a personal cause since leaving Congress.

But last-minute obstacles, often by design, have a way of cropping up in Washington and slowing things down. Mr. Graham hopes he is not seeing an example of that, he said, after suggestions from James R. Clapper Jr., the director of national intelligence, that Congress will ultimately be left to decide what to do with the pages once intelligence officials finish a review as early as next month.

That approach — first raised in a private meeting last week among Mr. Clapper, Mr. Graham and lawmakers — took Mr. Graham by surprise. It threatens to add a new layer of complexity to a process that those backing the release thought was reaching its long-sought end.

“No one has ever questioned that this is a decision that rests at the White House,” said Mr. Graham, who noted that Congress had long ago moved to release the pages, only to be stopped by President George W. Bush. “The idea of adding another elongated, contentious step to the process is befuddling.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/24/us/politics/9-11-attacks-declassified-documents-saudi-arabia.html

US Federal Court: Private Lawsuit Can Bring 16 of the World’s Largest Criminal Banks to Their Knees

In 2007, more than a dozen of the world’s largest banks colluded to deliberately depress the rate at which they paid out on investments. This rate is known as the London Interbank Offered Rate (Libor), which is the average of interest rates estimated by each of the leading banks in London that it would be charged were it to borrow from other banks.

Financial institutions, mortgage lenders, and credit card agencies around the world, set their own rates relative to it, and at least $350 trillion in derivatives and other financial products are tied to the Libor. These mega banks suppressed Libor, during the beginning of the collapse, to boost earnings and make their bottom lines appear healthier.

This banking conspiracy to rig Libor was one of the key factors in bringing about the financial collapse of 2008. The scandal was so large, in fact, that it nearly bankrupt the planet.

After the dust had cleared, multiple investors launched lawsuits against these megabanks. However, in March of 2013, U.S. District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald dismissed much, though not all, of this class action lawsuit directed at the banks.
Buchwald argued in favor of the banks, saying that since the LIBOR-setting process was never meant to be competitive, the suppression of that process was not anti-competitive.

This ruling was a huge win for the banks. However, a new ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has overturned that win.

“Appellants sustained their burden of showing injury by alleging that they paid artificially fixed higher prices,” Circuit Judge Dennis Jacobs wrote for a three-judge appeals court panel.

The revived antitrust lawsuit, according to the appeals court, could be devastating to these 16 banks, including Deutsche Bank AG, Royal Bank of Canada, Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc, UBS AG, HSBC Holdings Plc, Barclays Plc, Credit Suisse Group AG, Bank of America Corp, Citigroup Inc., and JPMorgan Chase & Co.

http://thefreethoughtproject.com/federal-court-private-lawsuit-bring-16-worlds-largest-criminal-banks-knees/

Bank of America $1.27 billion U.S. mortgage penalty is voided

A U.S. appeals court on Monday threw out a jury's finding that Bank of America Corp was liable for mortgage fraud leading up to the 2008 financial crisis, voiding a $1.27 billion penalty and dealing the U.S. Department of Justice a major setback.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York found insufficient proof under federal fraud statutes to establish Bank of America's liability over a mortgage program called "Hustle" run by the former Countrywide Financial Corp.

The Justice Department claimed Countrywide, which Bank of America bought in July 2008, defrauded government-sponsored mortgage financiers Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac by selling them thousands of toxic loans.

But in a 3-0 decision, U.S. Circuit Judge Richard Wesley said the evidence at most showed that Countrywide breached contracts to sell investment-quality loans, and that there was no proof it intended any deception.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-bank-of-america-fraud-idUSKCN0YE20S

Here’s the Full List of Companies & Organizations That Paid Hillary Clinton From 2013-2015

In its article titled, How Corporate America Bought Hillary Clinton for $21M, The New York Post details the companies and organizations that paid Hillary in speaking fees from 2013-2015.


http://libertyblitzkrieg.com/2016/05/23/heres-the-full-list-of-companies-organizations-that-paid-hillary-clinton-from-2013-2015/


Here’s how much Hillary Clinton was paid for her 2013-2015 speeches:

4/18/2013, Morgan Stanley, Washington, DC: $225,000
4/24/2013, Deutsche Bank, Washington, DC: $225,000
4/24/2013, National Multi Housing Council, Dallas, Texas: $225,000
4/30/2013, Fidelity Investments, Naples, Fla.: $225,000
5/8/2013, Gap Inc., San Francisco, Calif.: $225,000
5/14/2013, Apollo Management Holdings LP, New York, NY: $225,000
5/16/2013, Itau BBA USA Securities, New York, NY: $225,000
5/21/2013, Vexizon Communications Inc., Washington, DC: $225,000
5/29/2013, Sanford C. Bernstein and Co. LLC, New York, NY: $225,000
6/4/2013, The Goldman Sachs Group, Palmetto Bluffs, SC: $225,000
6/6/2013, Spencer Stuart, New York, NY: $225,000
6/16/2013, Society for Human Resource Management, Chicago, Ill.: $285,000
6/17/2013, Economic Club of Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids, Mich.: $225,000
6/20/2013, Boston Consulting Group Inc., Boston, Mass.: $225,000
6/20/2013, Let’s Talk Entertainment Inc., Toronto, Canada: $250,000
6/24/2013, American Jewish University, Universal City, Calif.: $225,000
6/24/2013, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and Company LP, Palos Verdes, Calif.: $225,000
7/11/2013, UBS Wealth Management, New York, NY: $225,000
8/7/2013, Global Business Travel Association, San Diego, Calif.: $225,000
8/12/2013, National Association of Chain Drug Stores, Las Vegas, Nev.: $225,000
9/18/2013, American Society for Clinical Pathology, Chicago, Ill.: $225,000
9/19/2013, American Society of Travel Agents Inc., Miami, Fla.: $225,000
10/4/2013, Long Island Association, Long Island, NY: $225,000
10/15/2013, National Association of Convenience Stores, Atlanta, Ga.: $265,000
10/23/2013, SAP Global Marketing Inc., New York, NY: $225,000
10/24/2013, Accenture, New York, NY: $225,000
10/24/2013, The Goldman Sachs Group, New York, NY: $225,000
10/27/2013, Beth El Synagogue, Minneapolis, Minn.: $225,000
10/28/2013, Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, Chicago, Ill.: $400,000
10/29/2013, The Goldman Sachs Group, Tuscon, Ariz.: $225,000
11/4/2013, Mase Productions Inc., Orlando, Fla.: $225,000
11/4/2013, London Drugs Ltd., Mississauga, Canada: $225,000
11/6/2013, Beaumont Health System, Troy, Mich.: $305,000
11/7/2013, Golden Tree Asset Management, New York, NY: $275,000
11/9/2013, National Association of Realtors, San Francisco, Calif.: $225,000
11/13/2013, Mediacorp Canada Inc., Toronto, Canada: $225,000
11/13/2013, Bank of America, Bluffton, SC: $225,000
11/14/2013, CB Richard Ellis Inc., New York, NY: $250,000
11/18/2013, CIIE Group, Naples, Fla.: $225,000
11/18/2013, Press Ganey, Orlando, Fla.: $225,000
11/21/2013, U.S. Green Building Council, Philadelphia, Pa.: $225,000
01/06/2014, GE, Boca Raton, Fla.: $225,500
01/27/2014, National Automobile Dealers Association, New Orleans, La.: $325,500
01/27/2014, Premier Health Alliance, Miami, Fla.: $225,500
02/06/2014, Salesforce.com, Las Vegas, Nev.: $225,500
02/17/2014, Novo Nordisk A/S, Mexico City, Mexico: $125,000
02/26/2014, Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, Orlando, Fla.: $225,500
02/27/2014, A&E Television Networks, New York, NY: $280,000
03/04/2014, Association of Corporate Counsel – Southern California, Los Angeles, Calif.: $225,500
03/05/2014, The Vancouver Board of Trade, Vancouver, Canada: $275,500
03/06/2014, tinePublic Inc., Calgary, Canada: $225,500
03/13/2014, Pharmaceutical Care Management Association, Orlando, Fla.: $225,500
03/13/2014, Drug Chemical and Associated Technologies, New York, NY: $250,000
03/18/2014, Xerox Corporation, New York, NY: $225,000
03/18/2014, Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal, Montreal, Canada: $275,000
03/24/2014, Academic Partnerships, Dallas, Texas: $225,500
04/08/2014, Market° Inc., San Francisco, Calif.: $225,500
04/08/2014, World Affairs Council, Portland, Ore.: $250,500
04/10/2014, Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries Inc., Las Vegas, Nev.: $225,500
04/10/2014, Lees Talk Entertainment, San Jose, Calif.: $265,000
04/11/2014, California Medical Association (via satellite), San Diego, Calif.: $100,000
05/06/2014, National Council for Behavioral Healthcare, Washington, DC: $225,500
06/02/2014, International Deli-Dairy-Bakery Association, Denver, Colo.: $225,500
06/02/2014, Lees Talk Entertainment, Denver, Colo.: $265,000
06/10/2014, United Fresh Produce Association, Chicago, Ill.: $225,000
06/16/2014, tinePublic Inc., Toronto, Canada: $150,000
06/18/2014, tinePublic Inc., Edmonton, Canada: $100,000
06/20/2014, Innovation Arts and Entertainment, Austin, Texas: $150,000
06/25/2014, Biotechnology Industry Organization, San Diego, Calif.: $335,000
06/25/2014, Innovation Arts and Entertainment, San Francisco, Calif.: $150,000
06/26/2014, GTCR, Chicago, Ill.: $280,000
07/22/2014, Knewton Inc., San Francisco, Calif.: $225,500
07/26/2014, Ameriprise, Boston, Mass.: $225,500
07/29/2014, Coming Inc., Coming, NY: $225,500
08/28/2014, Nexenta Systems Inc., San Francisco, Calif.: $300,000
08/28/2014, Cisco, Las Vegas, Nev.: $325,000
09/04/2014, Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd LLP, San Diego, Calif.: $225,500
09/15/2014, Caridovascular Research Foundation, Washington, DC: $275,000
10/02/2014, Commercial Real Estate Women Network, Miami Beach, Fla.: $225,500
10/06/2014, Canada 2020, Ottawa, Canada: $215,500
10/07/2014, Deutsche Bank AG, New York, NY: $280,000
10/08/2014, Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed), Chicago, Ill.: $265,000
10/13/2014, Council of Insurance Agents and Brokers, Colorado Springs, Colo.: $225,500
10/14/2014, Salesforce.com, San Francisco, Calif.: $225,500
10/14/2014, Qualcomm Incorporated, San Diego, Calif.: $335,000
12/04/2014, Massachusetts Conference for Women, Boston, Mass.: $205,500
01/21/2015, tinePublic Inc., Winnipeg, Canada: $262,000
01/21/2015, tinePublic Inc., Saskatoon, Canada: $262,500
01/22/2015, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Whistler, Canada: $150,000
02/24/2015, Watermark Silicon Valley Conference for Women, Santa Clara, Calif.: $225,500
03/11/2015, eBay Inc., San Jose, Calif.: $315,000
03/19/2015, American Camping Association, Atlantic City, NJ: $260,000

Total: $21,667,000

Monday, May 23, 2016

Source Reveals How Pentagon Ruined Whistleblower's Life and Set Stage for Snowden's Leaks

In a Democracy Now! broadcast exclusive, we speak with a former senior Pentagon official about how his superiors broke the law to punish a key National Security Agency whistleblower for leaking information about waste, mismanagement and surveillance. His account sheds light on how and why Edward Snowden revealed how the government was spying on hundreds of millions of people around the world. John Crane worked 25 years for the Department of Defense Office of Inspector General, which helps federal employees expose abuse. He now says whistleblowers have little choice but to go outside the system, and is speaking out about what happened to NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake, who revealed the existence of a widespread illegal program of domestic surveillance. Crane describes how in December 2010 Drake’s lawyers filed a complaint with the inspector general alleging he had been punished in retaliation for his whistleblowing, and that the crimes Drake was later charged with were "based in part, or entirely," on information he provided to the Pentagon inspector general. Mark Hertsgaard recounts Crane’s story in his new book, "Bravehearts: Whistle-Blowing in the Age of Snowden," and shows how Drake’s persecution sent an unmistakable message to Edward Snowden: Raising concerns within the system meant he would be targeted next. Edward Snowden has responded to Crane’s revelations by calling for a complete overhaul of U.S. whistleblower protections. "To me, the main issue is: Can we have a workable system that lets whistleblowers follow their own principled dissent without having them destroyed in the process?" asks John Crane. We are also joined by Mark Hertsgaard.

http://www.democracynow.org/2016/5/23/exclusive_source_reveals_how_pentagon_ruined





You are being followed: The business of social media surveillance

LittleSis is partnering with MuckRock to investigate how police across the country are monitoring, tracking, and archiving public social media posts. To plug into our work, follow this link to file a freedom of information request using MuckRock’s platform.

In keeping with our mission to monitor and track the powers that be, we at LittleSis turned the surveillance gaze back onto the local forces monitoring social media. We not only dug into the corporate profiles of some of the companies police contract to snoop on your Tweets and Facebook rants, we also filed freedom of information requests to twenty police departments across the country to find out how, when, and why they monitor social media.

http://littlesis.org/news/2016/05/18/you-are-being-followed-the-business-of-social-media-surveillance/

Snowden calls for whistleblower shield after claims by new Pentagon source

Edward Snowden has called for a complete overhaul of US whistleblower protections after a new source from deep inside the Pentagon came forward with a startling account of how the system became a “trap” for those seeking to expose wrongdoing.

The account of John Crane, a former senior Pentagon investigator, appears to undermine Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and other major establishment figures who argue that there were established routes for Snowden other than leaking to the media.

Crane, a longtime assistant inspector general at the Pentagon, has accused his old office of retaliating against a major surveillance whistleblower, Thomas Drake, in an episode that helps explain Snowden’s 2013 National Security Agency disclosures. Not only did Pentagon officials provide Drake’s name to criminal investigators, Crane told the Guardian, they destroyed documents relevant to his defence.

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/may/22/snowden-whistleblower-protections-john-crane

Exclusive: Pentagon source goes on record against whistleblower program



A former Pentagon investigator has spoken on record to the Guardian about major privacy and security lapses within the government’s whistleblower program. John Crane, who for 25 years worked for the Department of Defense inspector general’s office, which helps federal employees expose abuse and corruption, says whistleblowers like Edward Snowden had little choice but to go outside the system. His revelations can now be made public for the first time

http://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2016/may/22/pentagon-government-whistleblower-thomas-drake-edward-snowden-video

Sunday, May 22, 2016

How the Pentagon punished NSA whistleblowers

y now, almost everyone knows what Edward Snowden did. He leaked top-secret documents revealing that the National Security Agency was spying on hundreds of millions of people across the world, collecting the phone calls and emails of virtually everyone on Earth who used a mobile phone or the internet. When this newspaper began publishing the NSA documents in June 2013, it ignited a fierce political debate that continues to this day – about government surveillance, but also about the morality, legality and civic value of whistleblowing.

But if you want to know why Snowden did it, and the way he did it, you have to know the stories of two other men.

The first is Thomas Drake, who blew the whistle on the very same NSA activities 10 years before Snowden did. Drake was a much higher-ranking NSA official than Snowden, and he obeyed US whistleblower laws, raising his concerns through official channels. And he got crushed.

Drake was fired, arrested at dawn by gun-wielding FBI agents, stripped of his security clearance, charged with crimes that could have sent him to prison for the rest of his life, and all but ruined financially and professionally. The only job he could find afterwards was working in an Apple store in suburban Washington, where he remains today. Adding insult to injury, his warnings about the dangers of the NSA’s surveillance programme were largely ignored.

“The government spent many years trying to break me, and the more I resisted, the nastier they got,” Drake told me.

Drake’s story has since been told – and in fact, it had a profound impact on Snowden, who told an interviewer in 2015 that: “It’s fair to say that if there hadn’t been a Thomas Drake, there wouldn’t have been an Edward Snowden.”

But there is another man whose story has never been told before, who is speaking out publicly for the first time here. His name is John Crane, and he was a senior official in the Department of Defense who fought to provide fair treatment for whistleblowers such as Thomas Drake – until Crane himself was forced out of his job and became a whistleblower as well.

His testimony reveals a crucial new chapter in the Snowden story – and Crane’s failed battle to protect earlier whistleblowers should now make it very clear that Snowden had good reasons to go public with his revelations.

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/may/22/how-pentagon-punished-nsa-whistleblowers

Friday, May 20, 2016

Rikers Island Guards and a Cook Took Bribes, Officials Say

In another blemish on New York City’s troubled jail system, two Rikers Island correction officers and a cook accepted bribes from inmates to smuggle in contraband such as scalpels, synthetic marijuana and tobacco, officials said on Thursday.

The city employees were among 17 people, including six inmates, who have been indicted in three smuggling operations uncovered at Rikers since September. The indictments, which were made public on Thursday, were the result of a monthslong inquiry by the New York City Department of Investigation and the office of the Bronx district attorney, Darcel D. Clark. Mark G. Peters, the commissioner of the Investigation Department, called it “the largest contraband smuggling takedown in more than a decade at Rikers Island.”

Criticism of Rikers Island has intensified in recent years as a spate of slashings, stabbings and beatings among inmates and correction officers has highlighted what many see as a culture of violence and corruption at Rikers, the city’s main jail complex. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, a Democrat, and other critics have called for the closing of Rikers, which consists of nine operating jails that house a total of about 8,000 inmates.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/20/nyregion/rikers-island-guards-and-a-cook-took-bribes-officials-say.html

American Politics: Owned by Transnational Corporations



The six minute video, produced by an NBC affiliate in Atlanta, is a rare piece of investigative journalism covering meetings held by the American Legislative Exchange Council and corporate executives at posh resorts where legislation favorable to corporations is hammered out behind closed doors.

According to its website, ALEC “works to advance the fundamental principles of free-market enterprise, limited government, and federalism at the state level through a nonpartisan public-private partnership of America’s state legislators, members of the private sector and the general public,” when in fact it is little more than a bill mill controlled by corporations.
Liberals have criticized ALEC because it is supposedly “conservative.” However, liberal Democrats are owned by corporate and financial interests as well. At the top of the list is New York Senator Charles Schumer, a permanent fixture in Washington (two terms in the Senate, nine in the House). He defended Wall Street and the financial class right up to the 2008 crash and has raked in more cash from the banksters than any other member of Congress. Senator Harry Reid, the Democrat leader of the Senate, is on the take by casino and gambling interests, while Senator Barbara Boxer (who recently said she feared for her life from Bernie supporters) is owned by transnational entertainment corporations such as Time Warner and Disney.

It is common knowledge Hillary Clinton takes millions from Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, Time Warner, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley and other financial class and corporate interests—in addition to the money sucked up by the Clinton Foundation—but despite this public knowledge, Clinton hits the campaign trial declaring “If I become your president, I will be your champion in the White House—and you will have a seat at the table.” Of course, she made this “promise” to union workers controlled by corporate unions little different than the corporations they supposedly oppose. Few buy such empty rhetoric beyond easily fooled Democrats and the Communist Party USA. For some inexplicable reason, a large number of working class Democrats have completely forgotten that Hillary’s husband sold them down the river when he negotiated and signed NAFTA.

“Since Nixon, income, wealth, and privilege have continued to shift toward the elite no matter which party has been in power. The magnitude of this shift has few parallels in American history. Since 1980, net worth for the bottom 60 percent of households has fallen by nearly $10 trillion, while the richest 10 percent have seen their wealth increase by almost $30 trillion,” writes Jon Wisman, Professor of Economics at American University in Washington, DC. “The result of the political system being hijacked by the economic elite has been near unanimous support for pro-wealthy, pro-business policies, like TPP. As the rich use these policies to become richer and more politically powerful, our democracy is being replaced by plutocracy.”
So corrupt is the system and so pervasive the infection of bankster and corporate interest, state run and managed elections are incapable of preventing the rot and stopping the slide into a full-blown “public-private” (a euphemism for corporatism or fascism) police state.

Even if declared socialist radical Bernie Sanders won the election or political outlier Donald Trump managed to overcome the efforts of the elite to prevent him from entering the White House, there are 535 collaborators (give or take a handful of brave souls) in Congress bought and sold by the corporate elite. There is a massive and well-entrenched federal, state and local government bureaucracy providing millions of jobs and doling out trillions of dollars to people who will vote for the plutocracy’s frontmen. Sincere change is virtually impossible using a rigged political system. Increasingly, political activity outside of that corrupt system is deemed criminal behavior.

Kurt Nimmo | Infowars.com http://www.infowars.com/american-politics-owned-by-transnational-corporations/

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Surveillance Chills Speech—As New Studies Show—And Free Association Suffers

Visiting an art exhibit featuring works about the U.S. war on terror or going to a lecture about Islam wouldn’t be cause for worry—unless you found out that the government was monitoring and keeping track of attendees. At that point, some people would be spooked and stay away, sacrificing their interests and curiosity to protect their privacy, not look suspicious, or stay off a list some intelligence agency might be keeping.

Government surveillance has that chilling effect—on our activities, choices and communications—and carries serious consequences. We argue in our lawsuit First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles, et al v. NSA that the government’s collection of phone records violates the First Amendment rights of our clients—churches and civil and human rights organizations—by discouraging members and constituents from associating and communicating with them for fear of being spied on.

Now two new studies examining the use of Facebook and Wikipedia show that this chilling effect is real. Both studies demonstrate that government surveillance discourages speech and access to information and knowledge on the Internet. What happens is that people begin to self-police their communications: they are more likely to avoid associating with certain groups or individuals, or looking at websites or articles, when they think the government is watching them or the groups/people with whom they connect. This hurts our democracy and society as a whole.

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2016/05/when-surveillance-chills-speech-new-studies-show-our-rights-free-association

NYPD sued over cell-tracking ‘Stingray’ device

The New York Civil Liberties Union is suing the NYPD for information because of privacy concerns over portable cell phone tracking devices called “Stingrays.”

In response to a previous request the NYPD has already said that cops have used Stingrays over 1,000 times since 2008 for investigations into robberies, drug cases and other legal matters.

The suit, filed in Manhattan Supreme Court Thursday, says the NYPD has no written policy governing the use of the “controversial, military grade technology” that has the “potential to implicate the privacy of countless innocent New Yorkers.” NYCLU won a similar suit against the Erie County Sheriff’s Office last year.

http://nypost.com/2016/05/19/nypd-sued-over-cell-tracking-stringray-device/

New Surveillance System May Let Cops Use All of the Cameras

THE 30 MILLION or so surveillance cameras peering into nearly every corner of American life might freak you out a bit, but you could always tell yourself that no one can access them all. Until now.

Computer scientists have created a way of letting law enforcement tap any camera that isn’t password protected so they can determine where to send help or how to respond to a crime. “It’s a way to help people take advantage of information that’s out there,” says David Ebert, an electrical and computer engineer at Purdue University.

The system, which is just a proof of concept, alarms privacy advocates who worry that prudent surveillance could easily lead to government overreach, or worse, unauthorized use. It relies upon two tools developed independently at Purdue. The Visual Analytics Law Enforcement Toolkit superimposes the rate and location of crimes and the location of police surveillance cameras. CAM2 reveals the location and orientation of public network cameras, like the one outside your apartment. You could do the same thing with a search engine like Shodan, but CAM2 makes the job far easier, which is the scary part. Aggregating all these individual feeds makes it potentially much more invasive.

https://www.wired.com/2016/05/new-surveillance-system-let-cops-use-cameras/

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Face recognition app taking Russia by storm may bring end to public anonymity

If the founders of a new face recognition app get their way, anonymity in public could soon be a thing of the past. FindFace, launched two months ago and currently taking Russia by storm, allows users to photograph people in a crowd and work out their identities, with 70% reliability.

It works by comparing photographs to profile pictures on Vkontakte, a social network popular in Russia and the former Soviet Union, with more than 200 million accounts. In future, the designers imagine a world where people walking past you on the street could find your social network profile by sneaking a photograph of you, and shops, advertisers and the police could pick your face out of crowds and track you down via social networks.

Unlike other face recognition technology, their algorithm allows quick searches in big data sets. “Three million searches in a database of nearly 1bn photographs: that’s hundreds of trillions of comparisons, and all on four normal servers. With this algorithm, you can search through a billion photographs in less than a second from a normal computer,” said Kabakov, during an interview at the company’s modest central Moscow office. The app will give you the most likely match to the face that is uploaded, as well as 10 people it thinks look similar.

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/may/17/findface-face-recognition-app-end-public-anonymity-vkontakte

Who The Hell is Bilderberg? (2016)

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

U.S. judge strikes down D.C. concealed-carry gun law as probably unconstitutional

A federal judge ruled Tuesday that a key provision of the District’s new gun law is probably unconstitutional, ordering D.C. police to stop requiring individuals to show “good reason” to obtain a permit to carry a firearm on the streets of the nation’s capital.

U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon found that the law violates the “core right of self-defense” granted in the Second Amendment, setting aside arguments from District officials that the regulation is needed to prevent crime and protect the public.

“The enshrinement of constitutional rights necessarily takes certain policy choices off the table,” Leon wrote in a 46-page opinion, quoting a 5-to-4 Supreme Court decision in 2008 in another District case that established a constitutional right to keep firearms inside one’s home.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/us-judge-strikes-down-dc-concealed-carry-gun-law-as-likely-unconstitutional/2016/05/17/d36d35dc-1c49-11e6-8c7b-6931e66333e7_story.html

EMP White Paper: THE THREAT TO CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE MITIGATION STRATEGIES AND POLICY REVIEW

Electromagnetic pulses (EMPs) are a little understood phenomenon that many believe could pose a serious threat to our nation’s critical infrastructure. EMPs may sound like something out of a science fiction novel: a nuclear blast at high altitude or particles from a solar storm interacting with the Earth’s magnetic field to cause disruption or damage to the electrical grid and electronics. This paper will outline the EMP threat, and provide an overview of current and potential mitigations, including the state of legislative and policy activity. It draws on the 2008 report from the
Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from Electromagnetic Pulse Attack
, reputable open-source resources, and interviews with subject matter experts in government and private industry

http://consumersresearch.org/emp-white-paper/

Memos on Alleged Saudi-Affiliated Support of the 9/11 Attacks

The National Archives released a series of memos written by Sept. 11 Commission staff members, a compilation of numerous possible connections between the hijackers and Saudis inside the United States. The document appears to be a glimpse into what is still contained in the classified 28 pages of the congressional inquiry into the 2001 attacks.

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/05/17/us/document-saudi-memos-9-11.html

Senate passes bill allowing 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia

The U.S. Senate passed legislation on Tuesday that would allow families of Sept. 11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia's government for damages, setting up a potential showdown with the White House, which has threatened a veto.

The Saudis, who deny responsibility for the 2001 attacks, strongly object to the bill. They had said they might sell up to $750 billion in U.S. securities and other American assets in retaliation if it became law.

The "Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act," or JASTA, passed the Senate by unanimous voice vote. It must next be taken up by the U.S. House of Representatives, where the Judiciary Committee intends to hold a hearing on the measure in the near future, a committee aide said.

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-saudi-usa-congress-idUSKCN0Y8239

Monday, May 16, 2016

Senate report on CIA torture is one step closer to disappearing

The CIA inspector general’s office — the spy agency’s internal watchdog — has acknowledged it “mistakenly” destroyed its only copy of a mammoth Senate torture report at the same time lawyers for the Justice Department were assuring a federal judge that copies of the document were being preserved, Yahoo News has learned.

While another copy of the report exists elsewhere at the CIA, the erasure of the controversial document by the office charged with policing agency conduct has alarmed the U.S. senator who oversaw the torture investigation and reignited a behind-the-scenes battle over whether the full unabridged report should ever be released, according to multiple intelligence community sources familiar with the incident.

The deletion of the document has been portrayed by agency officials to Senate investigators as an “inadvertent” foul-up by the inspector general. In what one intelligence community source described as a series of errors straight “out of the Keystone Cops,” CIA inspector general officials deleted an uploaded computer file with the report and then accidentally destroyed a disk that also contained the document, filled with thousands of secret files about the CIA’s use of “enhanced” interrogation methods.

“It’s breathtaking that this could have happened, especially in the inspector general’s office — they’re the ones that are supposed to be providing accountability within the agency itself,” said Douglas Cox, a City University of New York School of Law professor who specializes in tracking the preservation of federal records. “It makes you wonder what was going on over there?”

https://www.yahoo.com/news/senate-report-on-cia-torture-1429636113023030.html

The Most Intriguing Spy Stories From 166 Internal NSA Reports

IN THE EARLY months of 2003, the National Security Agency saw demand for its services spike as a new war in Iraq, as well as ongoing and profound changes in how people used the internet, added to a torrent of new agency work related to the war on terror, according to a review of 166 articles from a restricted agency newsletter.

The Intercept today is releasing the first three months of SIDtoday, March 31 through the end of June 2003, using files provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. In addition, we are releasing any subsequent 2003 installments of SIDtoday series that began during this period. The files are available for download here.

We combed through these files with help from other writers and editors with an eye toward finding the most interesting stories, among other concerns.

https://theintercept.com/2016/05/16/the-most-intriguing-spy-stories-from-166-internal-nsa-reports/

NSA Closely Involved in Guantánamo Interrogations, Documents Show

PERSONNEL FROM THE National Security Agency worked alongside the military, CIA, and other agencies on interrogations at Guantánamo in the early days of the war on terror, new documents show.

Entries from an internal NSA publication, which were among the documents provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden, described staffers’ deployments to Guantánamo Bay during a time period when prisoners were subjected to brutal questioning and mistreatment. An NSA employee also described participation in a rendition, when U.S. forces seized six men in Bosnia and secreted them off to Cuba.

In October 2003, a post in SIDtoday, the online newsletter of the NSA’s Signals Intelligence Directorate, or SID, advertised the “chance to get to GITMO for 90 days!

https://theintercept.com/2016/05/16/nsa-closely-involved-in-guantanamo-interrogations-documents-show/

SNOWDEN ARCHIVE ——THE SIDTODAY FILES

SIDtoday is the internal newsletter for the NSA’s most important division, the Signals Intelligence Directorate. After editorial review, The Intercept is releasing nine years’ worth of newsletters in batches, starting with 2003. The agency’s spies explain a surprising amount about what they were doing, how they were doing it, and why.

https://theintercept.com/snowden-sidtoday/

THE IRISH SLAVE TRADE ~ THE WHITE SLAVES THE SLAVES THAT TIME FORGOT

King James II and Charles I also led a continued effort to enslave the Irish. Britain’s famed Oliver Cromwell furthered this practice of dehumanizing one’s next door neighbor.

The Irish slave trade began when James II sold 30,000 Irish prisoners as slaves to the New World.
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His Proclamation of 1625 required Irish political prisoners be sent overseas and sold to English settlers in the West Indies.
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By the mid 1600s, the Irish were the main slaves sold to Antigua and Montserrat. At that time, 70% of the total population of Montserrat were Irish slaves.
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Ireland quickly became the biggest source of human livestock for English merchants. The majority of the early slaves to the New World were actually white.
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From 1641 to 1652, over 500,000 Irish were killed by the English and another 300,000 were sold as slaves.

Ireland’s population fell from about 1,500,000 to 600,000 in one single decade.

https://dublinsmickdotcom.wordpress.com/2016/05/14/the-irish-slave-trade-the-white-slaves-the-slaves-that-time-forgot/

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Everything We Know About How the FBI Hacks People

RECENT HEADLINES WARN that the government now has greater authority to hack your computers, in and outside the US. Changes to federal criminal court procedures known as Rule 41 are to blame; they vastly expand how and whom the FBI can legally hack. But just like the NSA’s hacking operations, FBI hacking isn’t new. In fact, the bureau has a long history of surreptitiously hacking us, going back two decades.

That history is almost impossible to document, however, because the hacking happens mostly in secret. Search warrants granting permission to hack get issued using vague, obtuse language that hides what’s really happening, and defense attorneys rarely challenge the hacking tools and techniques in court. There’s also no public accounting of how often the government hacks people. Although federal and state judges have to submit a report to Congress tracking the number and nature of wiretap requests they process each year, no similar requirement exists for hacking tools. As a result, little is known about the invasive tools the bureau, and other law enforcement agencies, use or how they use them. But occasionally, tidbits of information do leak out in court cases and news stories.

A look at a few of these cases offers a glimpse at how FBI computer intrusion techniques have developed over the years. Note that the government takes issue with the word “hacking,” since this implies unauthorized access, and the government’s hacking is court-sanctioned. Instead it prefers the terms “remote access searches” and Network Investigative Techniques, or NIT. By whatever name, however, the activity is growing.

https://www.wired.com/2016/05/history-fbis-hacking/

The FBI is secretly storing your biometric data—and there’s nothing you can do about it

The FBI doesn’t want Americans knowing if their biometric data is stored in its Next Generation Identification system, replete with finger and palm prints, iris and facial scans. And despite concerns from privacy and civil liberties groups that the Bureau is collecting this information through unsavory means, it can keep these records secret.

On May 5, the Justice Department submitted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to the federal register, publicly exempting the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s NGI system from several provisions of the Privacy Act, which requires federal agencies to share a subject’s files so that the information can be verified or corrected. According to the submission, the FBI seeks exemption because disclosing that the information exists could interfere with the Bureau’s ability to “detect, deter, and prosecute crimes.”

Why then, nearly two years after the current version of NGI was implemented, has the Justice Department now made this submission to the federal register?

“It’s possible that someone woke up and realized that they needed to do this in order to bring their actions that they were already carrying out into conformity with the law,” says Jay Stanley, a senior policy analyst at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

http://www.dailydot.com/politics/fbi-ngi-privacy-act-exemption/

Jeremy Corbyn: 9/11 was 'manipulated'

Jeremy Corbyn has claimed that 9/11 was "manipulated" to make it look like Osama Bin Laden was responsible to allow the West to go to war in Afghanistan.

In comments that will raise questions about his suitability to lead the Labour Party, Mr Corbyn appeared to blame George Bush and Tony Blair for using the September 11 attacks in New York to allow them to go to war.

In a series of further articles, Mr Corbyn also appears to endorse controversial conspiracy theories about a “New World Order”.

In an article for “Labour Briefing” in 1991, Mr Corbyn wrote: “We now know that the Gulf War was a curtain-raiser for the New World Order: the rich and powerful, white and western will be able to maintain the present economic order with free use of all the weapons they wish for.”

That same year, he said in Socialist Campaign Group News: “The aim of the war machine of the United States is to maintain a world order dominated by the banks and multinational companies of Europe and North America.”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/Jeremy_Corbyn/11892383/Jeremy-Corbyn-911-was-manipulated.html

Friday, May 13, 2016

Judicial Watch: New Clinton Emails Reveal Clinton Knew about Security Risk of Private Blackberry, Avoided Use of Secure Phone

Judicial Watch today released 296 pages of new State Department documents, including a February 27, 2009, email in which the former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton apologized to health care activist/physician Mark Hyman for failing to respond to a message because, “no blackberry contact permitted in my office.”

The new documents also contain a February 22, 2009, email exchange between Clinton and her then-Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills, trying to communicate over a secure line after Clinton returned from a trip (evidently to Asia). Unable to set up a secure communication, Clinton told Mills, “I called ops and they gave me your ‘secure’ cells… but only got a high-pitched whining sound.”  When Mills suggested that Clinton try the secure line again, the former secretary wrote back, “I give up.  Call me on my home #.”

http://www.judicialwatch.org/press-room/press-releases/judicial-watch-new-clinton-emails-reveal-clinton-knew-about-security-risk-of-private-blackberry-avoided-use-of-secure-phone/

Judge Allowed Destruction of Evidence in 9/11 Case, Defense Says

The government has secretly destroyed evidence that is relevant to the death penalty trial of the five Guantánamo Bay detainees accused of aiding the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, two defense lawyers for Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the self-described architect of those attacks, said on Wednesday.

The dispute appears likely to add a new chapter to the problems that have plagued the effort to bring the case before a military commission, which has been bogged down for years in pretrial proceedings. The defense lawyers are asking for the judge overseeing the case, Col. James Pohl of the Army, and the prosecution team, led by Brig. Gen. Mark S. Martins, to be recused from further involvement, and for the case to be shut down.

The defense lawyers, David Nevin and Maj. Derek Poteet, said they were not permitted to say what the evidence was, or what exactly had happened to it, because the underlying issue was classified. But Mr. Nevin characterized it as “favorable” to the defendants, and Major Poteet said it was “important or even critical” to an eventual trial, including in terms of weighing what sort of punishment should be imposed if the defendants were convicted.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/12/us/evidence-in-khalid-shaikh-mohammed-9-11-case.html

The Militarization Of America's Police: Despite Obama Promises, War-Weapon Spending Soared In 2014/15

The militarization of America's police has been a topic of concern for years (most openly since The Boston Marathon bombing in 2013) but reached a crescendo in 2014 amid Ferguson's riots when the average joe was exposed to MRAPs up close and personal. In October 2014, President Obama began planning to increase funding for military equipment transfers to the police, but then in May 2015, he flip-flopped - proclaiming his goal to de-militarize the police. However, this was another lie. As Forbes reports, despite Obama's pledge to demilitarize the police new federal data shows that 2014 and 2015 were peak years for shipments of surplus military gear to local police departments across America.

As we detailed previously, there is no doubt that the American police force has been drastically militarized...


http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-05-11/militarization-americas-police-despite-obama-promises-war-weapon-spending-soared-201

The NSA’s stunning 9/11 failure: How big-money contractors made us more vulnerable to attack

On September 12, 2001, Bill Binney snuck back into work at the NSA dressed like cleaning staff so he could try to help understand who had attacked the United States. A top NSA mathematician, Binney had rolled out a sophisticated metadata analysis system called ThinThread, only to have it canceled less than a month before 9/11. Top executives at the agency had decided a clunky program called Trailblazer, contracted out to the intelligence contractor giant SAIC, would be NSA’s future, not the cheaper, more effective and privacy-protective ThinThread.

While NSA Director General Michael Hayden had sent most NSA staffers home on 9/11 and the day after —hence Binney’s disguise — the contractors were hard at work. As Binney describes in “A Good American“ — a documentary about Binney due for wider release in September — some contractors working in his unit had gotten a warning. “While I was in there trying to look at the material on my computer, the president of the contracting group that I had working on ThinThread came over to me and said that he’d just been in a contractor meeting” with a former top SAIC official who moved back to NSA, supporting Trailblazer. The contractors, it turns out, were warned not to embarrass companies like SAIC, which (the implication is) had just failed to warn about the biggest attack on the United States since Pearl Harbor. “Do not embarrass large companies,” the former SAIC manager, according to Binney, said to the other contractor. “You do your part, you’ll get your share, there’s plenty for everybody.” Stay quiet about the failures that led to 9/11, and you’ll be financially rewarded.

It turns out there was plenty for SAIC and the NSA executives who had backed them to be embarrassed about. Binney and a bunch of close associates quit NSA when the Administration rolled out a new, illegal wiretap program called Stellar Wind in the weeks after 9/11. But another senior NSA official, Thomas Drake — an ally of Binney’s — decided to run the data already in NSA’s possession against ThinThread some months later to see whether ThinThread could reveal anything about the attack. Let’s “find out if there’s any information of the 9/11 attack that we should have known about but didn’t,” in Drake’s words.

http://www.salon.com/2016/05/12/the_nsas_stunning_911_failure_how_big_money_contractors_made_us_more_vulnerable_to_attack/

DEEP HISTORY AND THE GLOBAL DRUG CONNECTION, PART 4: ENTER AL-QAEDA

Professor Peter Dale Scott sees what the rest of us miss. His decades-long investigation of the connections between the hugely lucrative and unstoppable global drug trade and the national security apparatus is unparalleled. The details are also highly complex and a challenge to absorb. Nevertheless, they demand our attention.

In this excerpt from his new book, Scott focuses on the troubling relationship between Ronald Reagan’s CIA director, William Casey, and BCCI, a still-mysterious “outlaw bank” with tentacles everywhere, and extensive ties to the drug economy.

This is Part 4 of a 5-part series. To see Parts 1, 2, and 3, please go here, here, and here.

Excerpt from American War Machine: Deep Politics, the CIA Global Drug Connection, and the Road to Afghanistan ( Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2014), Introduction. Deep History and the Global Drug Connection:

http://whowhatwhy.org/2016/05/12/deep-history-global-drug-connection-part-4-enter-al-qaeda/

Dean Skelos Is Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison in Corruption Case

Dean G. Skelos, the once powerful Republican majority leader of the New York State Senate who was convicted with his son in December on federal corruption charges, was sentenced on Thursday to five years in prison.

The sentencing of Mr. Skelos was the second instance in 10 days in which a former senior New York lawmaker was sent to prison for abusing his office. It concluded an extraordinary chapter during which two trials, held a block apart at almost the same time last year, exposed a culture of kickbacks, secret deals and nepotism in the State Capitol in Albany.

But while the crimes and the 12-year prison term of Sheldon Silver, the former Democratic speaker of the State Assembly, exceeded those of Mr. Skelos and his son, Adam B. Skelos, the Skeloses’ trial stood out for the gritty, unvarnished look it offered of the personal and political dealings of a family immersed in Albany’s back channels.

The evidence against the Skeloses, who were convicted of bribery, extortion and conspiracy, laid bare schemes that were remarkable for both their brazenness and their familial motivation: The father seemed willing to do anything for his son.

Before he was sentenced, Dean Skelos asked the judge in the case, Kimba M. Wood of Federal District Court in Manhattan, to show mercy to his son. “Somehow I let things go off the rails, and for that I apologize to Adam,” Mr. Skelos said. “I love Adam and pray that we have better days together.” Adam Skelos was sentenced to six and a half years in prison.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/13/nyregion/dean-skelos-is-sentenced-to-5-years-in-prison-in-corruption-case.html

9/11 Commissioner Calls For New Inquiry.. Says Government Is Covering Up Saudi Involvement

"HOW DOES THE PROCESS OF KILLING SOMEONE WITH A DRONE BEGIN?"

The FBI Is Keeping 80,000 Secret Files on the Saudis and 9/11



The secret ‘28 pages’ are just the start. The FBI has another 80,000 classified documents, many of which deal with Saudi connections to the 9/11 terror plot. What’s the Bureau got?

The Obama administration may soon release 28 classified pages from a congressional investigation that allegedly links Saudis in the United States to the 9/11 attackers. A former Republican member of the 9/11 Commission alleged Thursday that there was “clear evidence” of support for the hijackers from Saudi officials.

But in Florida, a federal judge is weighing whether to declassify portions of some 80,000 classified pages that could reveal far more about the hijackers’ Saudis connections and their activities in the weeks preceding the worst attack on U.S. soil.

The still-secret files speak to one of the strangest and most enduring mysteries of the 9/11 attacks.

Why did the Saudi occupants of a posh house in gated community in Sarasota, Florida, suddenly vanish in the two weeks prior to the attacks? And had they been in touch with the leader of the operation, Mohamed Atta, and two of his co-conspirators?

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/05/12/the-fbi-is-keeping-80-000-secret-files-on-the-saudis-and-9-11.html

Federal judge rules Obamacare is being funded unconstitutionally

House Republicans won Round 2 in a potentially historic lawsuit Thursday when a federal judge declared the Obama administration was unconstitutionally spending money to subsidize health insurers without obtaining an appropriation from Congress.

Last year, U.S. District Court Judge Rosemary Collyer broke new ground by ruling the GOP-controlled House of Representatives had legal standing to sue the president over how he was enforcing his signature healthcare law.

On Thursday, she ruled the administration is violating a provision of the law by paying promised reimbursements to health insurers who provide coverage at reduced costs to low-income Americans.

The judge's ruling, while a setback for the administration, was put on hold immediately and stands a good chance of being overturned on appeal.

But the 38-page opinion highlights the repeated complaint from Republicans that Obama and his administration have ignored constitutional limits on their authority.

The Constitution says "No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law," Collyer noted, but the administration has continued to pay billions to insurers for their extra cost of providing health coverage.

"Paying [those] reimbursements without an appropriation thus violates the Constitution," she wrote. "Congress is the only source for such an appropriation, and no public money can be spent without one."

http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-obamacare-court-ruling-20160512-snap-story.html

Former senator blasts CIA chief over secret 9/11 pages

A former senator and ex-chairman of the Intelligence Committee is blasting CIA Director John Brennan over his resistance to releasing 28 missing pages from a congressional report into the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

Former Sen. Bob Graham (D-Fla.), an author of the report who has been the most vocal supporter of releasing the classified pages, focused on Brennan’s claim that the pages contain “inaccurate” information.

“With all due respect, that argument is an affront not only to the American public in general but also to all those who lost family members, loved ones and friends on that fateful September day in 2001,” Graham wrote in an op-ed in The Washington Post Wednesday evening. “Americans are fully capable of reviewing the 28 pages and making up their own minds about their significance.”

http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/279644-former-senator-criticizes-cia-over-secret-9-11-pages

Rush to Judgment (1966)

A 1966 Film by JFK Assassination Researcher Mark Lane.

Mark Lane speaking at UCLA 10/7/1966

Oswald Innocent ? — A Lawyer’s Brief ... A Report to the Warren Commission by Mark Lane

In an analysis of the civil liberties aspects of the assassination of Lee Harvey Oswald, the American Civil Liberties Union said the “public interest” would be served if the commission named by President Johnson were to make “a thorough examination of the treatment accorded Oswald, including his right to counsel, the nature of the interrogation, his physical security while under arrest, and the effect of pretrial publicity on Oswald’s right to a fair trial.”

In the public interest the GUARDIAN has devoted one-half of its issue this week to a lawyer’s brief in the Oswald case which has been sent by the author to Justice Earl Warren as head of the fact-finding commission inquiring into the circumstances of the assassination of President Kennedy. The author is Mark Lane, a well known New York defense attorney, who has represented almost all the civil rights demonstrators arrested in New York. He has also served as defense counsel in a number of murder cases involving young persons.

In 1959, he helped organize the Reform Democrats in New York, an insurgent movement within the Democratic Party, was the first candidate of the movement to be nominated to the New York State Legislature and was elected in 1960.

In his letter to Justice Warren accompanying the brief, Lane urged that defense counsel be named for Oswald so that all aspects of the case might be vigorously pursued, particularly since Oswald was denied a trial during his lifetime. It is an ironic note, as the ACLU statement said, that “if Oswald had lived to stand trial and were convicted, the courts would very likely have reversed the conviction because of the prejudicial pretrial publicity.”

The GUARDIAN’S publication of Lane’s brief presumes only one thing: a man’s innocence, under U.S. law, unless or until proved guilty. It is the right of any accused, whether his name is Oswald, Ruby, or Byron de la Beckwith, the man charged with the murder of Medgar Evers in Mississippi. A presumption of innocence is the rock upon which American jurisprudence rests. Surely it ought to apply in the “crime of the century” as in the meanest back-alley felony.

We ask all our readers to study this document, show it to as many persons as you can (extra copies are available on request) and send us your comment. Any information or analysis based on fact that can assist the Warren Commission is in the public interest—an interest which demands that everything possible be done to establish the facts in this case.
—THE GUARDIAN

http://www.ratical.org/ratville/JFK/OI-ALB.html