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Re: THE SPY DRONE MATRIX
« Reply #80 on: March 24, 2013, 08:40:23 PM »

.... interesting, kinda fun video:

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Drones for America! - A New York Times Op-Doc

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In this animated satire, a former K.G.B. agent welcomes a future in which Americans live under the watchful eyes of drones. Read the director's statement here: nytimes.com/2013/02/19/opinion/drones-for-america.html?_r=0

"How will these machines be regulated? Will they be weaponized? Will the National Rifle Association insist on the right of every American to have a drone to protect his or her family and home? None of this has been decided yet, but American lawmakers are pushing for drones to be in the skies over your head very soon. (Members of the Congressional Unmanned Systems Caucus — also known as the drone caucus — in the House of Representatives have received $8 million in contributions over the last four years from drone manufacturers.) How will flying drones affect the psychology of those living under them?"


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Re: THE SPY DRONE MATRIX
« Reply #81 on: March 28, 2013, 11:00:49 PM »


APRIL is the cruellest month, breeding   
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing   
Memory and desire, stirring   
Dull roots with spring rain.


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Anti-drones activists plan month of
protest over Obama's 'kill' policy


Organisers keen to build on renewed focus of president's
targeted killing programme by holding series of protests in April


Paul Harris in New York
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guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 27 March 2013 12.24 EDT

Military bases, universities and companies involved in Barack Obama's drones programme are to be targeted in a month-long series of protests by activists keen to build on the renewed public focus over the president's controversial policy.

Dubbed "April Days of Action" by participants, organisers are hoping to capitalise on a series of recent controversies that have thrust the use of drones – especially when it comes to targeted killings of suspected terrorists – into the heart of American political debate.

The protests will begin on April 3 with a rally in New York, followed by three days of protest outside the facilities of companies that make drones, including at San Diego-based General Atomics which makes Predator and Reaper drones.

Later in the month, protests will take place at universities and other institutions that conduct research into drones or help train drone pilots and operators. At the end of the month, rallies and demonstrations will target military bases in the US from where drones operate, including Hancock air base near Syracuse, New York.

"There is a tremendous amount of scepticism with the public about drone attacks in other countries. There is concern that innocent people are killed and enemies of the United States are being made," said Nick Mottern, founder of Know Drones, an educational organization that is helping co-ordinate the protests. Over the month the cities targeted by the campaign will also include Washington DC, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Honolulu, San Francisco, Sacramento, Minneapolis, Des Moines and others.

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.... in Pakistan alone 366 strikes have killed up to 3,581 people ...

READ ARTICLE HERE ~~~~> http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/mar/27/anti-drone-activists-protest-obama


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Re: THE SPY DRONE MATRIX
« Reply #82 on: April 14, 2013, 06:35:01 PM »

War Is Not A Video Game!

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Drones out of everywhere!
Washington march against US drone warfare


Published time: April 14, 2013 01:13

(With short video)



As Washington pushes to expand its drone warfare in Africa, hundreds have gathered in front of the White House to protest the “robotic killing machines” slaughtering thousands across the globe.

Organized by the ANSWER coalition, the movement is calling on the administration to stop the use of drones on foreign soil. The coalition urges its members to stop the US government as it “functions as a death squad government, permitting the president and military leaders to create secret ‘kill lists’ of people who have been selected for assassination.”  

On the organization’s website people have voiced their reasons behind their protest.

“No one should sit passively and allow our government to wage a ‘quiet war’ - an undeclared war but a real war in our name!” Rev. Graylan Hagler, a senior minister wrote.

“It's time we Americans join the rest of the world in condemning President Obama's barbaric drone killing spree, a policy that benefits the war profiteers but makes us hated around the world,” Medea Benjamin, Co-Founder of CODEPINK said in his post.

Protesters on the ground have confirmed the overall message of American frustration due to drone strikes worldwide.

MORE HERE ~~~>http://rt.com/usa/drone-warfare-protest-washington-825/
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Re: THE SPY DRONE MATRIX
« Reply #83 on: April 25, 2013, 04:56:16 PM »


Yemeni man brings the horror of drone
strikes home to US Senate





Instead of first experiencing America through a school or a hospital, most people in Wessab first experienced America through the terror of a drone strike. What radicals had previously failed to achieve in my village, one drone strike accomplished in an instant: there is now an intense anger and growing hatred of America


WEDNESDAY 24 APRIL 2013

Just six days after a US drone bombed his village, killing five militants in the process, a 23-year-old Yemeni writer named Farea Al-Muslimi travelled to Washington D.C. to tell the US Senate about the impact the strikes are having in his country.

In a powerful testimony to the assembled senators on Tuesday, excerpts of which are printed below, Mr Al-Muslimi said that rather than fighting terrorism, US drone strikes in his country were fuelling it. He told the committee that he owed much to America, having first visited as an exchange student during his school years, and later won a scholarship to study for a semester at a US college. But he came with a simple request: that the US stop bombing his country.

READ HIS TESTIMONY HERE~~~~> http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/yemeni-man-brings-the-horror-of-drone-strikes-home-to-us-senate-8586860.html

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Re: THE SPY DRONE MATRIX
« Reply #84 on: May 12, 2013, 10:42:50 AM »



Pakistani demonstrators shout slogans beside a burning US flag during a protest in
Multan on January 3, 2013, against the drone attacks in Pakistan's tribal areas. (AFP Photo)


US drone strikes illegal, govt should
stop them – Pakistani court



May 10, 2013

A high court in Pakistan has ruled that US drone strikes in the country's tribal belt should be considered war crimes and directed the government to use force to "protect the right to life" of its citizens.

The Peshawar High Court has recommended the Pakistani government advance a resolution against the attacks in the United Nations. The court issued its verdict on the CIA-run air strikes in response to four petitions charging the attacks killed civilians and caused “collateral damage.”

Chief Justice Dost Muhammad Khan heard the petitions, and ruled that drone strikes on sovereign Pakistani territory were illegal, inhumane and a violation of the UN charter on human rights.

“The government of Pakistan must ensure that no drone strike takes place in the future,” the court said on Thursday, according to the Press Trust of India. Khan also asked Pakistan's foreign ministry to file a resolution against the attacks in the UN.

The court also recommended that if the US rejects these findings in the UN, Pakistan should break off relations with Washington: “If the US vetoes the resolution, then the country should think about breaking diplomatic ties with the US.”

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"In view of the established facts, undeniable in nature, under the UN Charter and Conventions, the people of Pakistan have every right to ask the security forces either to prevent such strikes by force or to shoot down intruding drones," the court verdict said.

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Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, whose Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) party is considered the favorite in this Saturday's election, recently vowed that he would not permit drone attacks on Pakistani soil.

“Drone attacks are against the national sovereignty and a challenge for the country's autonomy and independence,” he said.

READ ARTICLE HERE ~~~> http://rt.com/news/pakistan-us-drone-illegal-093/
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Re: THE SPY DRONE MATRIX
« Reply #85 on: May 12, 2013, 11:39:20 PM »
I don't think people realize what is happening with Skynet.  In 10 years or so, drone mother ships will be able to stay in the skies for years at a time refueling other smaller drones.  The aliens are coming from within.


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Re: THE SPY DRONE MATRIX
« Reply #86 on: May 19, 2013, 12:32:56 PM »


Saturday, May 18, 2013 ~ Madison Ruppert

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House Judiciary Committee drone hearing:
one step closer to legislation restricting drone use


The House Committee on the Judiciary held a hearing yesterday examining the privacy implications of allowing aerial drones into domestic airspace, setting the stage for potential legislation restricting the use of drones.

While drones are already used across the U.S. by more entities than we know, by 2015 the airspace will be opened up to much more widespread use. That said, local law enforcement agencies, Customs and Border Protection, National Guard units, U.S. Marshals, the military, private entities, colleges and many more have already flown or are planning to fly drones domestically.

During the hearing, the participants referred to H.R. 637 introduced by Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas). Poe previously said that the Judiciary Committee could move to limit drone use and that it is looking increasingly likely.

H.R. 637, or the “Preserving American Privacy Act of 2013” was introduced on February 13, 2013 and would place at least some restrictions on drone use at the federal level. Meanwhile, legislation is being considered in states across the country. Multiple municipalities have passed anti-drone resolutions as well.

During the hearing, individuals from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Brookings Institution, Boston University School of Law and Pepperdine University School of Law raised many concerns surrounding drone use.

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The four experts were divided on what actions Congress should take to address the problems raised by drones, but as the Associated Press put it, “the four witnesses all agreed that drones raised new, often unprecedented questions about domestic surveillance.”

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Tracey Maclin, of the Boston University School of Law, also described surveillance cameras capable of thermal imaging, license plate reading, and facial recognition technology that can track individuals based on their height, age, gender or skin color.

Calabrese “concurred and took the argument one step further, explaining that such information can be tied to sensitive location data pinged from an individual’s cell phone – resulting in continuous, long-term monitoring,” as Sandra Fulton of the ACLU’s Washington Legislative Office pointed out.

Read Article Here ~~~> http://www.activistpost.com/2013/05/house-judiciary-committee-drone-hearing_18.html

Links:

    See the Committee Meeting ~~> http://thomas.loc.gov/video/house-committee/hsju/32947551

    Anti-surveillance Clothing ~~> http://endthelie.com/2013/01/09/new-york-artist-to-debut-drone-proof-anti-surveillance-clothing-line/

    Drone Capabilities ~~> http://endthelie.com/2013/02/07/new-faa-drone-list-reveals-over-20-more-public-entities-authorized-to-fly-drones-over-united-states/

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       ... from the ACLU ~~> 5/17/2013 Experts Discuss Surveillance Society at Domestic Drones Hearing

       http://www.aclu.org/blog/technology-and-liberty-national-security/experts-discuss-surveillance-society-

domestic-drones



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U.S. Surveillance Brings Privacy and Security to the Fore
« Reply #87 on: June 07, 2013, 12:37:19 PM »
U.S. intel chief blasts leaks on web, phone use tracking

WASHINGTON Moving to tamp down a public uproar spurred by the disclosure of two secret surveillance programs, the nation's top intelligence official is declassifying key details about one of the programs while insisting the efforts to collect Americans' phone records and the U.S. internet use of foreign nationals overseas were legal, limited in scope and necessary to detect terrorist threats.

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, in an unusual late-night statement Thursday, denounced the leaks of highly classified documents that revealed the programs and warned that America's security will suffer. He called the disclosure of a program that targets foreigners' Internet use "reprehensible," and said the leak of another program that lets the government collect Americans' phone records would change enemies' behavior and make it harder to understand their intentions.


"The unauthorized disclosure of a top secret U.S. court document threatens potentially long-lasting and irreversible harm to our ability to identify and respond to the many threats facing our nation," Clapper said of the phone-tracking program.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-250_162-57588168/u.s-intel-chief-blasts-leaks-on-web-phone-use-tracking/

U.S. Surveillance Brings Privacy and Security to the Fore


On the morning after the disclosure of the program, lawmakers in Washington, many of whom have been privately briefed on the secret surveillance efforts for years, sought to balance their public expressions of concern about the impact on privacy with the need to combat national security threats. Senator Angus King, a Maine independent who often votes with Democrats, said Friday morning that there needed to be a discussion about that balance.

“People ought to have at least a general idea of what’s going on,” Mr. King said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program. “It’s unfortunate that it has to come out in the form of leaks. The question is where’s the appropriate balance?”

He added: “It makes me nervous that all those phone records are in the possession of the National Security Agency.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/08/us/national-security-agency-surveillance.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
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Admit It, Rep. Sensenbrenner: You Were Wrong About the Patriot Act!!!
« Reply #88 on: June 07, 2013, 04:04:33 PM »


Admit It, Rep. Sensenbrenner: You Were Wrong About the Patriot Act

An author of the controversial legislation keeps defending it -- even though he's felt betrayed by related abuses three times.


Upon hearing that the FBI sought and received the phone data from millions of Verizon customers using Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act, Republican Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner expressed dismay.

"As the author of the Patriot Act, I am extremely disturbed by what appears to be an overbroad interpretation," he wrote in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder. "These reports are deeply concerning and raise questions about whether our constitutional rights are secure." He went on to argue that the Patriot Act was "a careful balancing" * of national-security interests and constitutional rights. "While I believe we found an appropriate balance, I have always worried about potential abuses of the Act," he wrote. "I do not believe the released FISA order is consistent with the requirements of the Patriot Act. How could the phone records of so many innocent Americans be relevant to an authorized investigation?"

Kudos to Sensenbrenner for speaking up on behalf of the Constitution (and showing how misleading it is for Director of National Intelligence James Clapper to claim that "members of Congress have been fully and repeatedly briefed" about the program and that it "has been authorized by all three branches of the Government." No, the White House shared the program with select members of Congress, some of whom were deeply alarmed but powerless to stop it.) The letter also casts doubt on the claim that what Team Obama has done was obviously legal.

But it is awfully suspect for Sensenbrenner claim that the Patriot Act struck an appropriate balance; that it had a worrisome potential for abuse; and that it has in fact been abused by Obama -- especially when the abuse in question is exactly the sort of thing critics warned against!

Yes, this is just a letter dashed off in a single news cycle. But Sensenbrenner has had ample cause to rethink the wisdom of the bill he authored on several previous occasions. He has a curious history of insisting that it is good law, then feeling "betrayed" by the people implementing it.

Consider this. Right from the start, civil libertarians warned that the Patriot Act would be used against innocent Americans. Here's a typical example from a 2005 Washington Post story that quotes an ACLU lawyer: "Although the House Judiciary Committee's base bill does not expand the Patriot Act in the unwise and unwarranted way the Senate Intelligence Committee proposed, it can and must be modified to ensure that Patriot powers are focused on terrorists and not ordinary Americans."

More here: http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2013/06/admit-it-rep-sensenbrenner-you-were-wrong-about-the-patriot-act/276638/
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Conspiracy-Theory Socialism
If there's central planning for ill, why not for good?
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conclusion:
The ability to construct the world just as we like — without unintended consequences — was at the heart of Marx and Engels’s idealized socialist future.  When classical liberals resort to conspiracy theorizing, they concede the possibility of such control and make it much too easy for their critics to ask why better people couldn’t do it right.  Conspiracy theories are among the weakest ways to defend freedom.  Freedom’s defenders should shun such beliefs and reaffirm our commitment to reason, logic, and the power of spontaneous-order explanations.
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Re: THE SPY DRONE MATRIX
« Reply #90 on: June 14, 2013, 01:44:30 PM »


~  D I R T Y    W A R S ~

Trailer:
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THE DRONE RANGER: OBAMA’S DIRTY WARS

GREG PALAST'S COLUMN
By Greg Palast

Around the time Barack Obama ordered the drone strike that killed Abdul-Rahman al-Awlaki, the 16-year-old American kid Facebooked his second-rate choice of hip-hop favourites. I say “second-rate” because Abdul was my son’s age, almost exactly, so I know the kind of crap they listen to.

Every Tuesday, President Obama personally checks off the names of people he wants killed. George Bush, a bit more squeamish than Obama, never did that; but Mr Obama felt those decisions were the president’s responsibility: he "want to keep his own finger on the trigger”, according to one report. A tidy, scheduled man, the President only picks his victims once a week, now called “Terror Tuesday”.

On October the 14th, 2011, Abdul went out with his cousins and friends for a good old US-style barbecue, when Obama’s drone fired a rocket, blowing the teenager to pieces. Or I should say “piece”. All that was left of Abdul was a piece of skull with long curly hair that allowed his relatives to identify this hunk of his head by his US-style haircut.

Obama didn’t order the killings (Abdul’s friends and cousins died, too) as a random act of crazy. No-Drama Obama doesn’t believe in random. Abdul’s problem was that his father was Anwar al-Awlaki. Obama killed Abdul’s dad as well. Daddy al-Awlaki, an American imam who voted for George Bush, had gone over to the side of the bad guys. And, after leaving the USA, broadcast pro-terrorism radio reports from Arabia.

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What could justify execution of Abdul? When asked, then-White House press spokesman, Robert Gibbs, said, “I would suggest that you should have a far more responsible father.”

Drones can’t kill them all. In 2009, a US cruise missile hit al Majala, a remote village of Bedouins in Yemen, killing a dozen herdsmen and three babies. Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh took responsibility, proudly, for killing supposed “terrorists”.

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However, a courageous Yemeni reporter, Abdulelah Haider Shaye, visited the site, photographed the remains of the US missile – and was promptly jailed.
http://www.thenation.com/article/166757/why-president-obama-keeping-journalist-prison-yemen

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By rocketing the children of those we fear, we are indeed teaching them a lesson. But what are they learning?
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Re: THE SPY DRONE MATRIX
« Reply #91 on: October 19, 2013, 10:59:27 PM »


... three stories:


#1 ... US drone attacks kill 12 in eastern Afghanistan

Three separate US killer drone attacks have claimed the lives of a dozen
people in eastern Afghanistan in less than 24 hours, Press TV reports.


Sat Oct 19, 2013



On Saturday, at least ten people were killed as two airstrikes ripped through the eastern Kunar Province, which lies near the border with Pakistan.

In a similar attack on Friday, two people lost their lives in Afghanistan's eastern province of Nuristan.

Many civilians have lost their lives in US-led airstrikes and operations in various parts of Afghanistan over the past decade, with Afghans becoming increasingly outraged at the seemingly endless number of the deadly assaults.

The United States uses its killer drones in a number of countries including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia, claiming the targets of the attacks are militants, but local officials and witnesses say civilians have been the main victims.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai has repeatedly questioned the legality of the US drone strikes and on numerous occasions has called on Washington to stop the attacks.

According to data released by the Pentagon in February, Afghanistan is becoming a “drone war” with a 72-percent increase in the number of drone strikes from 2011 to 2012. The United States carried out over 500 drone attacks in Afghanistan last year, the Pentagon said.

The United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan in 2001 as part of Washington’s so-called war on terror. The offensive removed the Taliban from power, but insecurity remains in the country.

~~~READ~~~~~> http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/10/19/330161/us-drone-attack-in-afghanistan-kills-3/

#2 ... Pakistan tells U.N. at least 400 civilians killed by drone strikes

By Michelle Nichols
UNITED NATIONS | Sat Oct 19, 2013

(Reuters) - Pakistan has confirmed that of some 2,200 people killed by drone strikes in the past decade, at least 400 were civilians and an additional 200 victims were deemed "probable non-combatants," a U.N. human rights investigator said on Friday.

Ben Emmerson, U.N. special rapporteur on human rights and counterterrorism, also urged the United States to release its own data on the number of civilian casualties caused by its drone strikes.

Emmerson said Pakistan's Foreign Ministry told him it had recorded at least 330 drone strikes in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, Pakistan's largely lawless region bordering Afghanistan, since 2004.

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"One consequence is that the United States has to date failed to reveal its own data on the level of civilian casualties inflicted through the use of remotely piloted aircraft in classified operations conducted in Pakistan and elsewhere."

~~~READ~~~~~> http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/10/18/uk-un-drones-idUKBRE99H17020131018


#3 ... US drone strikes supreme war crime: Kevin Barrett (w/VIDEO)

http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/10/19/330086/us-drone-strikes-is-supreme-war-crime/



Sat Oct 19, 2013

Dr. Kevin Barrett, who is one of the renowned US critics of Washington’s so-called war on terror, made the remarks in an interview with Press TV on Friday, a day after a United Nations report warned that the use of armed drones threatens global security and encourages more states to acquire unmanned weapons.

“These drone strikes are clearly examples of the supreme war crime under the Nuremberg principles, which is the crime of aggression. Attacking another country, that is in any situation other than to stop an imminent attack on one’s own country, is aggression, the supreme war crime,” Barrett said.

“So every single drone strike is an example of this supreme war crime, and I think this UN report is an example of too little too late. They are not coming out and calling it what it is -- the supreme war crime. They are simply claiming it is a misguided example of so-called global policing.

“But if some anti-American group would start using drones to blow up wedding parties in the US, it would be called terrorism and these people would be internationally considered outlaws.

“So the Americans who are using this cowardly means of slaughtering innocent civilians all over the world are terrorists and outlaws as well.”

The veteran commentator also said, “I do not think the UN is going to be able to stop these drone attackers from doing their evil deeds. I think it will probably happen gradually as the US Empire slowly loses its power.”

A US political commentator says CIA assassination drone strikes are a violation of international
law and constitute the supreme war crime under the Nuremberg principles.


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The report is the first of two major papers on drone strikes due to be debated at the UN General Assembly on October 25.

~~~READ~~~~~> http://www.presstv.ir/detail/2013/10/19/330086/us-drone-strikes-is-supreme-war-crime/

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Re: THE SPY DRONE MATRIX
« Reply #92 on: October 28, 2013, 10:38:01 PM »

'Wounds of Waziristan'
 
The Story of Drones As Told By The
People Who Live Under Them


By Alex Pasternack



WATCH FILM by MADIHA TAHIR
http://motherboard.vice.com/blog/wounds-of-waziristan-the-story-of-drones-by-the-people-who-live-under-them-video

FILM WEBSITE
http://woundsofwaziristan.com

The drone war is obscure by design. Operated by armchair pilots from clandestine bases across the American west, the Predators and Reapers fly over Afghanistan, Yemen, and Pakistan's Tribal Areas at invisible heights, where they are on orders from the CIA to kill "high value" targets with laser-guided "surgical" precision thousands of feet below. But because of where the Hellfire missiles land, and because the program is operated in secret, verifying their precision and their lasting effects isn't easy.

For years, US officials have downplayed the number of civilian deaths in particular, even as a chorus of independent reports have offered their own grim estimates. The latest, according to new research by the United Nations and Amnesty International: 58 civilians killed in Yemen, and up to nine hundred in Pakistan. In a speech in May, President Obama finally broke his silence on drones, acknowledging that civilians had been killed—he didn't say how many—and promising more transparency for the program. “Those deaths," added the President, "will haunt us for as long as we live."

For journalist Madiha Tahir, the numbers are important, but they're not the whole story. Her documentary "Wounds of Waziristan," which premieres above, features interviews with the people who live in the southern part of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, bordering Afghanistan, under the eyes of the drones, and in the wake of their destruction. The film switches up the typical calculus that drives the drone debate at home. Tahir, who grew up between Pakistan and the U.S., points out that drone strikes aren't just about the numbers of casualties, or the kinds of ethical arguments that arise around "just war" concepts like proportionality. The effects of the drone war have as much to do with the way those casualties rip apart communities and haunt the living, in distant places that ​exist on the fringes of law and order.



Pakistani protesters condemn a drone attack in Waziristan in May. (M. Abbass/AP)


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Re: THE SPY DRONE MATRIX
« Reply #93 on: November 17, 2013, 10:16:40 AM »


… the USA (and other Nations) are rushing
forward with the design and manufacture of
horrific 'autonomous drone' war machines …
and will no doubt defeat any and all oppostion
to their deployment in the near future.
   
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A former US Air Force general made an impassioned plea earlier this year for action on a treaty to ban the killer machines. Major General Robert Latiff wrote: Ceding godlike powers to robots reduces human beings to things with no more intrinsic value than any object. When robots rule warfare, utterly without empathy or compassion, humans retain less intrinsic worth than a toaster – which at least can be used for spare parts.



Robowar: The next generation of warfare revealed -
a general’s dream, but are they also humanity’s nightmare?


CAHAL MILMO Friday 15 November 2013

prey. After first sizing it up, it leaps, rolling and gripping its target until it is sufficiently chewed up and “dead”. Unlike a dog, the Crusher is capable of performing this feat on a line of parked cars.

More disturbingly, this six-tonne, six-wheeled monster developed for America’s Department of Defence and otherwise known as the Unmanned Ground Combat Vehicle, or UGV, can pounce without the intervention or say-so of a human operator. It is an ability which, in theory, can stretch to firing the machine-gun mounted on its roof.

The UGV is a forerunner of what many in the defence world believe is the next quantum leap in warfare – a generation of fully autonomous weapons which would be capable of crossing one of the great Rubicons of modern conflict by “deciding” for themselves when to take human life. In the words of one US general, they are the harbingers of an age where “death by algorithm is the ultimate indignity”.

But as a result of a decision taken in a Geneva conference room today, Crusher and its cousins – dubbed “killer robots” – could now be equally on the road to extinction after a vote by the United Nations Convention on Conventional Weapons (CWC) which would pave the way to a global ban on autonomous weapons.

The unanimous vote means a multi-nation assessment of the technology will now begin, with the aim of yielding a “pre-emptive” prohibition before prototypes such as the Crusher become fully authorised weapons rolling off production lines from Texas to Beijing.

READ ARTICLE HERE ~~~>http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/robowar-the-next-generation-of-warfare-revealed--a-generals-dream-but-are-they-also-humanitys-nightmare-8943161.html

~~~~~~~~~~~> FROM THE VARIOUS COUNTRIES:

USA:  http://defense-update.com/20071212_crusher-ugv.html

THE CRUSHER



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UK: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2268909/Taranis-Britains-deadly-superdrone-picks-targets.html

TARANIS - Celtic God of Thunder



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ISRAEL: http://www.armyrecognition.com/israel_israeli_wheeled_armoured_and_vehicle_uk/guardium_ugv_semi-autonomous_unmanned_ground_system_vehicle_g-nius_israeli_army_israel_pictures_tech.html

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Re: NSA Data Mining - Prism Prison - Verizon - Snowden Whistleblower
« Reply #94 on: March 13, 2014, 03:22:50 PM »
New study shows NSA phone metadata can reveal EVERYTHING about your life
http://dailycaller.com/2014/03/13/new-study-shows-nsa-phone-metadata-can-reveal-everything-about-your-life/
03/13/2014

New research published by Standford Univeristy Wednesday reveal phone and Internet metadata collected by the NSA can expose far more information about an individual than the agency admits, including, “medical conditions, financial and legal connections, and even whether they own a gun.”




US intelligence chief: NSA should have been more open about data collection
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/feb/18/us-intelligence-chief-nsa-open-bulk-phone-collection
18 February 2014

The US director of national intelligence has conceded that the US government ought to have told American citizens that the National Security Agency collects their phone data in bulk.

James Clapper, whose misleading testimony to the Senate about the mass surveillance now overshadows his nearly four years atop the US intelligence agencies, continued to defend the bulk domestic phone, fax and other “telephony” data collection, as well as his honesty.
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« Reply #95 on: March 14, 2014, 12:21:57 AM »
GCHQ helped NSA generate automated hacks
13 March 14 / by Liat Clark

Human oversight is being made redundant by an automated hacking system called TURBINE setup by the NSA -- with help from GCHQ -- which uses fake Facebook servers to infect users' systems. Former Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald has released detailed information on the network, which had already come to light last year, and the workings behind it on his site The Intercept.

In the report, Greenwald points to malware implants being tweaked by the agencies to "infect potentially millions of computers worldwide", using the agency's US, UK and Japanese bases to reach foreign data and phone networks. It went from a very deliberate assault using 100 or so malicious implants, to a massive network of tens of thousands being developed by a crack team of hackers. It was, essentially, an automated scaling up of existing tactics that went fully functional in 2010.

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« Reply #96 on: March 18, 2014, 12:31:15 PM »
NSA surveillance program reaches ‘into the past’ to retrieve, replay phone calls
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/nsa-surveillance-program-reaches-into-the-past-to-retrieve-replay-phone-calls/2014/03/18/226d2646-ade9-11e3-a49e-76adc9210f19_story.html

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In the initial deployment, collection systems are recording “every single” conversation nationwide, storing billions of them in a 30-day rolling buffer that clears the oldest calls as new ones arrive, according to a classified summary.

The call buffer opens a door “into the past,” the summary says, enabling users to “retrieve audio of interest that was not tasked at the time of the original call.” Analysts listen to only a fraction of 1 percent of the calls, but the absolute numbers are high. Each month, they send millions of voice clippings, or “cuts,” for processing and long-term storage.
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« Reply #97 on: March 18, 2014, 12:35:07 PM »
If Spying on Senate is So Bad, Why is it OK For Them To Spy On Us?
Ron Paul - Mar 16, 2014

The reaction of Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) to last week’s revelations that the CIA secretly searched Senate Intelligence Committee computers reveals much about what the elites in government think about the rest of us. “Spy on thee, but not on me!”

The hypocrisy of Sen. Feinstein is astounding. She is the biggest backer of the NSA spying on the rest of us, but when the tables are turned and her staff is the target she becomes irate. But there is more to it than that. There is an attitude in Washington that the laws Congress passes do not apply to Members. They can trample our civil liberties, they believe, but it should never affect their own freedom.

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John McAfee app DCentral1 will tell you what apps are doing on your devices:
http://www.whoismcafee.com/
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I downloaded the app to see how my own Android apps scored and what they found.  It was good that Alex brought up the score for the InfoWars app because McAfee that some of these things are required for services you would want.  First off any app that is sold on Google Play will want to use Google's licensing service so you need Internet permissions just for that.  In my apps it was useful for people to both use GPS and Maps so there are permissions for that.  For support they need to be able to send me an email so there are permissions for that.  IOW, it is difficult to tell with a lot of apps if these permissions are being used maliciously or not.  In some cases they are just required to make the app do what is desired.


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« Reply #100 on: May 28, 2014, 12:44:44 PM »
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2641269/I-trained-spy-Whistleblower-Edward-Snowden-rejects-claims-low-level-hacker-says-worked-undercover-CIA-NSA.html

'I was trained as a spy': Whistleblower Edward Snowden says he worked undercover for the CIA and NSA in first US interview

In his first ever interview with a U.S. TV network, the NSA whistlebower said many of the terms used to describe him were 'misleading'
Snowden said, he 'developed sources and methods for keeping our information and people secure in the most hostile environments'
A one-hour interview with NBC will air on Wednesday night

Nightly News anchor Brian Williams travelled to Moscow to meet him
By David Mccormack
Published: 21:50 EST, 27 May 2014 | Updated: 10:46 EST, 28 May 2014

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has hit back at claims made by the Obama administration that he was merely a low-level hacker and has claimed that he worked undercover for both the CIA and the National Security Agency.

‘I was trained as a spy in sort of the traditional sense of the word, in that I lived and worked undercover overseas - pretending to work in a job that I'm not - and even being assigned a name that was not mine,’ he told NBC News in his first interview with a U.S. TV network.

Snowden, who was granted temporary asylum in Russia after revealing details of U.S. spying activities to journalists, portrayed himself as ‘a technical specialist... a technical expert.’

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Glenn Greenwald Details The 'Fireworks Show' NSA Leak That He's Saving For Last

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May 27, 2014, 6:56 AM
   
“As with a fireworks show, you want to save your best for last,” Glenn Greenwald told GQ recently. “There's a story that from the beginning I thought would be our biggest, and I'm saving that. The last one is the one where the sky is all covered in spectacular multicolored hues."

That finale involves the names of U.S. citizens targeted by NSA surveillance, according to an interview Greenwald gave to the Sunday Times. He told GQ that the last of the big stories based on the documents he received from Edward Snowden would be published this summer.

"One of the big questions when it comes to domestic spying is, 'Who have been the NSA's specific targets?,'" Greenwald told The Sunday Times. "Are they political critics and dissidents and activists? Are they genuinely people we’d regard as terrorists? What are the metrics and calculations that go into choosing those targets and what is done with the surveillance that is conducted? Those are the kinds of questions that I want to still answer."

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http://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2014/05/26/greenwalds_finale_naming_victims_of_surveillance_122747.html
Greenwald's Finale: Naming Victims of Surveillance
By Toby Harnden - May 26, 2014

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His plan to publish names will further unnerve an American intelligence establishment already reeling from 11 months of revelations about US government surveillance activities.

Greenwald, who is promoting his book No Place To Hide and is trailed by a documentary crew wherever he goes, was speaking in a boutique hotel near Harvard, where he was to appear with Noam Chomsky, the octogenarian leftist academic.

“One of the big questions when it comes to domestic spying is, ‘Who have been the NSA’s specific targets?’," he said.

“Are they political critics and dissidents and activists? Are they genuinely people we’d regard as terrorists?

What are the metrics and calculations that go into choosing those targets and what is done with the surveillance that is conducted? Those are the kinds of questions that I want to still answer.”

Greenwald said the names would be published via The Intercept, a website funded by Pierre Omidyar, the billionaire founder and chairman of eBay. Greenwald left The Guardian, which published most of the Snowden revelations, last autumn to work for Omidyar.

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« Reply #101 on: May 28, 2014, 02:08:07 PM »
 The world is a Spy Glass and we are all under surveillance ---Snowden has just brought the facts to the light: what will happen now? That is anyone's guess!
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« Reply #102 on: May 30, 2014, 08:02:33 AM »


… these b***ards will NEVER stop:



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Can Killer Robots Learn to Follow the Rules of War?

Researchers have set out to learn whether military machines can be programmed to behave
morally, and if so, should have the authority to kill on their own


By Randy Rieland
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MAY 29, 2014 9:00AM

As Memorial Day reminds us every year, war doesn’t go away.

But it does change. And one of the more profound shifts we’ll see in coming years is to a military increasingly dependent on robots.  Drones get most of the attention now, but more and more of the Defense Department’s innovations are other kinds of unmanned machines, from experimental aircraft to on-the-ground soldiers.

It’s easy to understand the attraction. Using robots is potentially more efficient, more precise and less expensive than relying solely on humans in warfare. And it would also, of course, mean fewer human casualties.

But this transformation brings with it a complex challenge: Can military machines be programmed to make decisions?  Which leads to a stickier question: Can robots learn morality?

The U.S. Office of Naval Research thinks now is the time to find out.  Earlier this month, it announced a five-year, $7.5 million grant to fund research at Tufts, Brown, Yale and Georgetown universities and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) on whether machines can one day be able to choose right from wrong.

The Navy wants to avoid the situation Google’s driverless car now faces: having a technology that's released far ahead of any clarity on the legal and ethical issues it raises.  Before autonomous robots go out into the field, the military wants to know if they can actually learn to do the right thing.  

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If a machine is 90 percent sure that everyone in a vehicle it intends to shoot is a terrorist, is that sure enough? Would a robot be able to fire a weapon at a child if it determines it is the enemy? If something goes wrong and an autonomous robot mistakenly blows up a village, who's responsible?  The commander who ordered the operation?  The person who programmed the robot?  Or no one?
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ARTICLE HERE~~~>http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/can-killer-robots-learn-follow-rules-war-180951581/?no-ist

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Army prepares to replace thousands of troops with military robots
http://rt.com/usa/gen-cone-drone-army-050/

WTF?

US Navy funds morality lessons for robots

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"Our lab will develop unique algorithms and computational mechanisms integrated into an existing and proven architecture for autonomous robots," says Scheutz. "The augmented architecture will be flexible enough to ]allow for a robot's dynamic override of planned actions based on moral reasoning."

"We're talking about robots designed to be autonomous; hence the main purpose of building them in the first place is that you don't have to tell them what to do,"

ARTICLE:
http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2014-05/14/robo-ethics




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« Reply #103 on: June 04, 2014, 08:54:55 AM »
Ed S. Is he getting soft, or is the MSM slanting his words?
Last week Edward Snowden popped up from his exile in Moscow for an exclusive interview with NBC News anchor Brian Williams. Like much of the public narrative that has emerged since Snowden absconded with reams of classified documents from the National Security Agency, the interview further muddied the waters about what his historic leaks have revealed.

Snowden claimed, for example, that “the Constitution of the United States has been violated on a massive scale” and that “the Fourth Amendment as it was written —  no longer exists.” That’s simply not true.

He said the “government” had “gone too far and overreached.” That is true, but not in the way Snowden means. He described how metadata could be used to get a clear picture of someone’s life while failing to provide evidence that the U.S. government is compiling such comprehensive profiles of American citizens without legal permission.

Finally, he asked: If the U.S. government “can't show a single individual who's been harmed in any way by this reporting, is it really so grave?”

I ask you, private corps have access, can they use this information, can insurance companys, businesses, international corps, can the spooks set up dupes domestically using backgrounds, personell financial discolosures, the wall street gang- information to the highest bidder-the auction block of the supercorps...
  ED: "can the goverment show a single indivivudal who has been harmed", I ASK :can they show anyone who is not in harms way.
I don't like this remark Edy made...it reaks of no problem let em spy on us, they don't use it, just keep it filed, YAHH OK ed, 3 bags full.
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Re: NSA Data Mining - Prism Prison - Verizon - Snowden Whistleblower
« Reply #104 on: June 04, 2014, 11:13:24 AM »
Ed S. Is he getting soft, or is the MSM slanting his words?
Last week Edward Snowden popped up from his exile in Moscow for an exclusive interview with NBC News anchor Brian Williams. Like much of the public narrative that has emerged since Snowden absconded with reams of classified documents from the National Security Agency, the interview further muddied the waters about what his historic leaks have revealed.

Snowden claimed, for example, that “the Constitution of the United States has been violated on a massive scale” and that “the Fourth Amendment as it was written —  no longer exists.” That’s simply not true.

He said the “government” had “gone too far and overreached.” That is true, but not in the way Snowden means. He described how metadata could be used to get a clear picture of someone’s life while failing to provide evidence that the U.S. government is compiling such comprehensive profiles of American citizens without legal permission.

Finally, he asked: If the U.S. government “can't show a single individual who's been harmed in any way by this reporting, is it really so grave?”

I ask you, private corps have access, can they use this information, can insurance companys, businesses, international corps, can the spooks set up dupes domestically using backgrounds, personell financial discolosures, the wall street gang- information to the highest bidder-the auction block of the supercorps...
  ED: "can the goverment show a single indivivudal who has been harmed", I ASK :can they show anyone who is not in harms way.
I don't like this remark Edy made...it reaks of no problem let em spy on us, they don't use it, just keep it filed, YAHH OK ed, 3 bags full.
I'm dissapointed, or perhaps I'm not getting the whole deal.


Parsing (what he meant):

“Finally, he asked: If the U.S. government ‘can't show a single individual who's been harmed in any way by this reporting, is it really so grave?’”

“this reporting” refers to the leaked info exposing the PRISM program.

“Finally, he asked: If the U.S. government ‘can't show a single individual who's been harmed in any way by this reporting, is it really so grave?’”

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The highest security level. Information is classified Top Secret if unauthorized disclosure would cause "exceptionally grave damage" to national security.[14] It is believed that 1.4 million Americans have top secret clearances.
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The article points out that this statement could be turned around in defense of the NSA.

After the spin:

“this reporting” refers to the data collected on US citizens. Then goes on to say there is no proof of harm to individuals by conducting this program.

Snowden redefines the idea of “damage to national security” to the idea of “individual harm”. The government sees it as completely separate ideas.
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« Reply #105 on: July 12, 2014, 01:55:43 PM »
Like WE didn't know ... at least they got it in print now ...

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jul/11/the-ultimate-goal-of-the-nsa-is-total-population-control
The ultimate goal of the NSA is total population control

At least 80% of all audio calls, not just metadata, are recorded and stored in the US, says whistleblower William Binney – that's a 'totalitarian mentality'

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theguardian.com, Thursday 10 July 2014 19.54 EDT

William Binney is one of the highest-level whistleblowers to ever emerge from the NSA. He was a leading code-breaker against the Soviet Union during the Cold War but resigned soon after September 11, disgusted by Washington’s move towards mass surveillance.

On 5 July he spoke at a conference in London organised by the Centre for Investigative Journalism and revealed the extent of the surveillance programs unleashed by the Bush and Obama administrations.

“At least 80% of fibre-optic cables globally go via the US”, Binney said. “This is no accident and allows the US to view all communication coming in. At least 80% of all audio calls, not just metadata, are recorded and stored in the US. The NSA lies about what it stores.”

The NSA will soon be able to collect 966 exabytes a year, the total of internet traffic annually. Former Google head Eric Schmidt once argued that the entire amount of knowledge from the beginning of humankind until 2003 amount to only five exabytes.

Binney, who featured in a 2012 short film by Oscar-nominated US film-maker Laura Poitras, described a future where surveillance is ubiquitous and government intrusion unlimited.

“The ultimate goal of the NSA is total population control”, Binney said, “but I’m a little optimistic with some recent Supreme Court decisions, such as law enforcement mostly now needing a warrant before searching a smartphone.”
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How the NSA is Actively Helping Saudi Arabia to Crackdown on Dissent
« Reply #106 on: July 27, 2014, 11:16:55 AM »
How the NSA is Actively Helping Saudi Arabia to Crackdown on Dissent
Michael Krieger - Liberty Blitzkrieg - Jul 25, 2014

It is not an exaggeration to say Saudi Arabia is one of the most oppressive, authoritarian regimes on the planet. Despite having been the main foreign instigator pushing for conflict in Syria, as well as its increasingly disturbing ties to the attacks on 9/11, it remains one of the U.S. government’s closest allies.

I’ve covered some of the human rights abuses of the Saudi regime on several occasions due to the fact that it so clearly exposes the total hypocrisy of U.S. foreign policy. The most recent example was the recent sentencing of human rights lawyer and activist Waleed Abu Alkhair to 15 years in prison for “inciting public opinion,” i.e., effectively utilizing free speech. I covered this in detail in the post: Saudi Human Rights Lawyer and Activist Jailed for 15 Years for Free Speech Under New “Anti-Terror” Law.

Thanks to revelations from Edward Snowden, we now know that our taxpayer money is directly funding the ability of this autocratic regime to brutalize its citizenry. The Intercept reports that:

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The Saudi Ministry of Interior—referred to in the document as MOI— has been condemned for years as one of the most brutal human rights violators in the world. In 2013, the U.S. State Department reported that “Ministry of Interior officials sometimes subjected prisoners and detainees to torture and other physical abuse,” specifically mentioning a 2011 episode in which MOI agents allegedly “poured an antiseptic cleaning liquid down [the] throat” of one human rights activist. The report also notes the MOI’s use of invasive surveillance targeted at political and religious dissidents.

But as the State Department publicly catalogued those very abuses, the NSA worked to provide increased surveillance assistance to the ministry that perpetrated them. The move is part of the Obama Administration’s increasingly close ties with the Saudi regime; beyond the new cooperation with the MOI, the memo describes “a period of rejuvenation” for the NSA’s relationship with the Saudi Ministry of Defense.

In general, U.S. support for the Saudi regime is long-standing. One secret 2007 NSA memo lists Saudi Arabia as one of four countries where the U.S. “has [an] interest in regime continuity.”

But from the end of the 1991 Gulf War until recently, the memo says, the NSA had a “very limited” relationship with the Saudi kingdom. In December 2012, the U.S. director of national intelligence,James Clapper, authorized the agency to expand its “third party” relationship with Saudi Arabia to include the sharing of signals intelligence, or “SIGINT,” capability with the MOD’s Technical Affairs Directorate (TAD).

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« Reply #107 on: August 19, 2014, 05:39:09 PM »
very odd that both Assange and Snowden have recently indicated they would like to surrender and go to jail for life ...

Have they served they're intel purposes ?


http://www.today.com/news/edward-snowden-tells-wired-magazine-i-would-volunteer-prison-return-1D80056514
Edward Snowden: 'I'd volunteer for prison' to return to US

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the former National Security Agency contractor says in a new interview with WIRED magazine that he still clings to hope of returning home to the United States, even if it means living behind bars.


I told the government I’d volunteer for prison, as long as it served the right purpose,” Snowden said in the article released Wednesday. “I care more about the country than what happens to me. But we can’t allow the law to become a political weapon or agree to scare people away from standing up for their rights, no matter how good the deal. I’m not going to be part of that.”

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Described by WIRED as “the most wanted man in the world,” Snowden is being sought for leaking top-secret documents that unveiled widespread surveillance programs overseen by the federal government. He currently is hiding out in an undisclosed community in Russia, where he says he goes mostly unrecognized.
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WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange Says He'll Soon Leave Ecuador Embassy

Britain Says It Remains Committed to Extraditing Australian Activist to Sweden

LONDON—WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said he would soon leave the Ecuadorean embassy in London, where he has been holed up for two years to avoid extradition, though he declined to specify under what conditions.
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« Reply #108 on: September 09, 2014, 11:29:42 AM »
Snowden to Switzerland .... Octogon is here ....

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/switzerland-could-grant-edward-snowden-asylum-if-he-testifies-against-nsa-9718462.html
Switzerland 'could grant Edward Snowden asylum if he testifies against NSA'
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Monday 08 September 2014
 

Switzerland would grant Edward Snowden asylum if he revealed the extent of espionage activities by the US government, recommendations by the Swiss Attorney General reportedly conclude.

According to Swiss newspaper Sonntags Zeitung, an official has said that Mr Snowden should be guaranteed safe entry and residency in the country, in return for his knowledge on America’s intelligence activities.
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Mr Snowden’s participation could be part of criminal proceedings or as part of a parliamentary inquiry, Swiss paper Le Matin says, and that extradition would be rejected if the country thinks it is being sought on political grounds or if the former assistant at the CIA faces the death penalty at home.

The report also states that the Swiss Office of Attorney General's Ministry of Public Confederation (MPC) is investigating the activities of “foreign states in Switzerland” including activities such as espionage.

As reported by Der Bund, however, the report does acknowledge that “upper-level government commitments” could create an obstacle.

Mr Snowden’s Swiss lawyer Marcel Bosonnet reportedly welcomed the conclusions, saying: “The legal requirements for safe conduct are met”, and said that Mr Snowden is interested in applying for asylum.
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Re: NSA Data Mining - Prism Prison - Verizon - Snowden Whistleblower
« Reply #109 on: October 28, 2014, 07:09:28 PM »
Snowden as a wikileak frontman ...

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2811017/FBI-raids-home-second-Snowden-Feds-storm-Virginia-property-government-contractor-leaked-details-terror-watchlist.html

FBI raids home of 'second Snowden':
Feds 'storm Virginia property of government contractor who leaked details of US terror watchlist'
FBI is convinced a new leaker is supplying secrets to journalists
It follows the release of over a million names on the TIDE watchlist 
Journalist at heart of Snowden affair claims FBI raided a property in Northern Virginia
He says that a criminal investigation has also been launched
But there is a feeling Justice Department may not prosecute following criticism they have been over zealous in the past 
By Daniel Miller for MailOnline
Published: 08:32 EST, 28 October 2014 | Updated: 10:21 EST, 28 October 2014

FBI agents have reportedly raided the home of the 'second leaker' the individual thought to be a government contractor continuing the work of Edward Snowden by leaking classified documents to the press.
Investigators executed a search warrant at a property in Northern Virginia with federal prosecutors opening a criminal investigation, according to journalists at the heart of the Snowden affair who cite law enforcement and intelligence sources.
It follows the leaking of NSA documents listing over one million names collected on the government's secret terrorist watchlist called the Terrorist Identities Datamart Environment (TIDE).


The FBI obtained a federal warrant to identify the source of the TIDE documents which were published by The Intercept — an online publication set up by Glenn Greenwald.

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The TIDE documents were dated August 2013 - months after Snowden fled the United States, revealing the existence of the second leaker
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In the recent documentary 'Citizen Four' about the affair, Snowden acknowledges the existence of the second leaker and praises their courage.
Greenwald says in Citizenfour that the person is higher in rank than Snowden.
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Re: NSA Data Mining - Prism Prison - Verizon - Snowden Whistleblower
« Reply #110 on: October 28, 2014, 07:18:41 PM »
Give that man a medal.

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Re: THE SPY DRONE MATRIX
« Reply #111 on: December 10, 2014, 08:59:31 AM »

… they are operating FAR BEYOND the flimsy
little "DRONES" we hear about everyday, blasting
folks to Kingdom Come … no, many of those babies
could be brought down with a lucky shot from an AR.
The real action is here:


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Secret Spy Satellites Launched By The National Reconnaissance Office?
Atlas V Rocket Carries Classified Payload


By Charles Poladian
December 06 2013 11:44 AM

An Atlas V rocket was successfully launched from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base Thursday night at 11:15 p.m. PST. While a successful rocket launch is one thing, the fact the Atlas V was carrying a classified payload, and the involvement of the National Reconnaissance Office, has led many to speculate that the rocket was carrying spy satellites.

The launch itself was no secret; in fact, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence live tweeted the event. Vandenberg Air Force Base and the 30th Space Wing, which manages launches and testing for the Department of Defense, provided status updates of the launch on Facebook.

According to the ODNI, the NRO was founded in 1961 and "the agency in charge of designing, building, launching and maintaining America’s intelligence satellites." Per the office's tweets, the Atlas V rocket was carrying a classified payload as well as miniature satellites called CubeSats.

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NOW READ THIS ~~~>http://eventhorizonchronicle.blogspot.com/2013/12/who-really-runs-earth-is-it-united.html[/bold]

Who Really Runs The Earth?
Is It the “United Launch Alliance”?





…. more on the design of the emblems used
in the known/unknown National
Reconnaissance Office missions
against mankind:


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NRO’s new motto seems to be “better to have a more outlandish design than show actual details about the flight,” Pearlman says.

The Creepy, Kitschy and Geeky Patches of
US Spy Satellite Launches


There may be method to the madness behind the outlandish
designs of the National Reconnaissance Office mission patches


By Rachel Nuwer
SMITHSONIAN.COM
DECEMBER 9, 2014 12:00PM

A purple-haired sorceress holding a fireball. A three-headed dragon wrapping its claws around the world. A great raptor emerging from the flames.

No, these are not characters from a Magic: The Gathering deck. They are avatars depicted on the official mission patches made for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO). Just as NASA creates specially designed patches for each mission into space, NRO follows that tradition for its spy satellite launches. But while NASA patches tend to feature space ships and American flags, NRO prefers wizards, Vikings, teddy bears and the all-seeing eye. With these outlandish designs, a civilian would be justified in wondering if NRO is trolling.

Unfortunately, given the agency's extreme secrecy, it’s impossible to answer that question for sure. But based on information that has been leaked about some of the patches, it seems there may be a method to the artistic madness.

(Ed: 12/11/2014 Atlas V to Launch NROL-35 http://www.ulalaunch.com/atlas-v-to-launch-nrol35.aspx )
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Today NRO launches about four to six satellites per year, including the NROL-35 mission, with the patch seen above, slated to fly this Thursday. The public still doesn't know exactly what each satellite is doing, but for a couple decades now the agency has advertised the date and time of its launches—probably because, as Pearlman points out, “it’s hard to hide a rocket.”

In response, a subculture of fervent hobbyists has become committed to watching the skies at night, piecing together the satellites’ orbits. At some point, those hobbyists discovered that—just like NASA—NRO also issues mission patches. The agency didn’t seem to care if the patches were leaked, and eventually it even started publishing depictions of the patches along with launch announcements. Even so, for years knowledge of the patches largely remained confined to enthusiasts, especially in the days prior to widespread social media.


St. Augustine: “The truth is like a lion; you don't have to defend it.
Let it loose; it will defend itself."

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« Reply #112 on: January 01, 2015, 03:08:05 PM »
Big Brother NWO matrix systems are big big bucks this thread was launched to track their TRENDS and for 'accountability' per poses.  Add Your Own Please.
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(NOTE: These are the guys who created 'Argus' surveillance system.  Their disinfo press release says Argus operates at 17,000.  In actuality Argus operates at 60 - 120,000 ft.  So when the online disinfo bots CLAIM... "if argus was deployed in the USA, we would see it in the sky".  (Typical Snopes style disinfo) 

WORLD SURVEILLANCE GROUP INC.
The U.S. military has been making large investments in the development of the critical area of "Near Space", which is the area between 60,000 to 120,000 ft, above terrestrial communications networks and below satellite networks. Due to our military's increasing reliance on commercial and military satellites for transmitting everything from soldier e-mail to UAV and aircraft video images, our military is currently spending huge amounts of money for little bandwidth and "near real-time" communications.
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Re: Hot Stock List 2015
« Reply #113 on: January 01, 2015, 03:55:41 PM »
Vaccine / GMO Biotech 'BUBBLE' Stocks GROSSLY over inflated (i.e fracking & Oil Shale as well)
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5 Trends You Will See Intensify in 2015
http://preventdisease.com/news/14/123114_5-Trends-You-Will-See-Intensify-in-2015.shtml

DECEMBER 31, 2014 by MARCO TORRES & MICHAEL FORRESTER
5 Trends You Will See Intensify in 2015

We are creatures of habit and when things go wrong we play the blame game, whether it be directed to ourselves or others. The coming year will be shaped by an increased sense of personal responsibility and rising numbers of people divided on critical issues related to our food supply, our water, our medicine, our health and the planet itself.

All nations on Earth are now living in the times of change and accelerated chaos. Nothing is the same any more. The past few years alone have been a thorn in the side of Mr and Mrs. Consistency. In fact, the only thing that has been consistent is change. As each year passes, we see a greater contrast in shorter period of time.

Those who want change are putting their neck out and standing up for what they believe in. Others are satisfied with following the blind. Some claim the difference is being awakened while others suggest it's just our time for a major shift to shake what we believe to be normal.

The greatest divisions to separate our species are unfolding at this very moment and the trends that have defined the landscapes of societal values, political will and moral education are being challenged at unprecedented levels. Here are 5 trends that will intensify next year.

1) People Eating For Health Rather Than Fads

More people will begin eating for their health and not necessarily choosing a dietary strategy based on a moral decision. That means diet fads will eventually become obsolete as people become ultra informed on making decisions that best suit their metabolic type. The future of nutrition will be based on eating to "fuel" our body's cells and our engines of metabolism. As more people migrate to the foods that align with their own body, rather than a perceived ideal of what we "should" eat, we will see a growing contingency of healthy eaters who select foods based on the best possible choices for individualized nutrition. This means there will be two types of people moving forward: those who cannot move past their own ideology; and those that will. For those that will, it will mean a lesser extent of arguments, debates and anger directed towards specific dietary choices, regardless of whether somebody chooses vegan, raw, vegetarian, paleo, Mediterranean, junk food, etc. It won't matter as much as it used to. More people will be concerned about the purity of our food and water supply, the banning of GMOs, agricultural practices and so many other issues that will bind groups together towards a common goal. For those who cannot move past their dietary ideologies and accept those of others, they will detach from this growing contingency and unfortunately be left in the minority.


2) People Standing Against Toxins In Our Food

Growing numbers are also now uniformly rejecting toxic additives in our food supply. As the evidence continues to mount against artificial flavors/colors, enriched wheat, hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup, canola oil, aspartame and the abundance of other harmful preservatives, emulsifiers and artificial sweeteners, the public perception of food production is changing. We are on the precipice of discovering what our toxic food industry has done to our bodies and our environment. What used to be acceptable is no longer acceptable and people are speaking up. There is a heightened awareness and a sense of caution on the minds of most grocery shoppers. The length of time spent reading ingredient labels in between aisles has increased exponentially in the last decade. There will be growing interest in whole foods, fermented foods, non-gmo verification, superfoods, clean and affordable filtered water, sustainable food supplies among many other trends.


3) People Standing Against Toxins In Our Water Supply

The next two years will see more communities remove dangerous chemicals such as fluoride from their water supplies. Since 2010, 168 communities have rejected fluoride and those numbers will only continue to grow. More Americans will become informed on the fact that fluoride is one of the few openly admitted toxins by the US government, known to be harmful to our health, yet absolutely no action is being taken to restrict its use on a federal level. The evidence that fluoridation is more harmful than beneficial is now overwhelming and policy makers who avoid thoroughly reviewing recent data and banning the toxin will risk a huge backlash from the public as supporters for non-fluoridated communities rise.


4) People Standing Against Toxins In Medicine

Perhaps the most evident in this area will be among vaccines. There are simply no safe vaccines and there is no possibility at this time of making vaccines safer because manufacturers are unwilling to remove the toxins they claim are necessary within vaccine formulations. People are now listening more than ever and the message is spreading like wild fire. The evidence being highlighted is that the historical significance and effectiveness of vaccines is nothing more than repeated myths absent of any real-life data. Unless you don't have an opinion at all on vaccines, you likely fall into one of the five phases of awareness and awakening and the coming year will shift more people from being on the fence, to coming to terms with all the risks that outweigh the benefits. There are now millions of educated and informed groups of people that will stop at nothing to expose the dangers of vaccinations. Their numbers are growing by the day and as government and medical officials hold on to the vaccination fairy tale that it does no harm, the separation between those who continue to propagate this myth and those against it will only intensify in 2015. Among health care, there is also mass interest in alternative and complementary health methods which is now a multi billion dollar industry, especially as the skepticism of medical patients increases regarding conventional medicine, their methods and symptomatic short-term thinking which many believe has caused western nations great disservice regarding human health.


5) Personal Responsibility For Our Health

We can no longer hide from the disease epidemics nor face the consequences of sustaining a chronically ill population with ever-increasing health care costs. Fear has driven millions of people to submit to medical practitioners who can only provide symptomatic relief and inevitably prolong illness. This is changing and as we begin to honor the many great Physicians for their good will, we will also see the limitations of medical practice and its ability to heal.

We will soon stop blaming others for our personal failures regarding our state of health. We will begin taking a greater sense of responsibility in what we eat and how we move our bodies. We will pursue physical activity to a greater extent this year for enjoyment and health rather than fitness or weight loss. Constant, consistent physical movement throughout our daily lives is the single most important thingwe can do to be physically healthier and smarter, regardless of age. It's time for an new era in movement. Movement towards physical and mental health. As we align with physical activities that allow us to express our movement patterns, more people will benefit from increased cardiovascular and muscular health. Nutrition as well as our choice of health practitioners will also take on new experimentation in 2015 as we become more comfortable with giving our bodies personalized nutrients and care at the highest levels with experts that can provide guidance on how we can heal ourselves.
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http://www.dominicanajournal.org/give-us-barabbas/

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Re: Hot Stock List 2015
« Reply #114 on: January 01, 2015, 05:54:10 PM »
Geo and Big Agro engineering stock futures
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Funny thing the 'The Climate Corporation' does NOT let the public know that they are just MONSANTO hiding behind a different name on there website.   Hmmmm?

The Climate Corporation
http://www.climate.com

Propaganda ALERT!  Monsanto won't influence their data. NO REALLY HONEST!  ::)
Why the Climate Corporation Sold Itself to Monsanto
http://www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/why-the-climate-corporation-sold-itself-to-monsanto
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http://www.dominicanajournal.org/give-us-barabbas/

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Welcome to the Matrix: Enslaved by Technology and the Internet of Things
« Reply #115 on: January 07, 2015, 10:36:48 AM »
http://us4.campaign-archive1.com/?u=f6eb78f457b7b82887b643445&id=52f1844a6f&e=054e00beec

By John W. Whitehead
January 7, 2015

“There will come a time when it isn't ‘They’re spying on me through my phone’ anymore. Eventually, it will be ‘My phone is spying on me.’” ― Philip K. Dick

If ever Americans sell their birthright, it will be for the promise of expediency and comfort delivered by way of blazingly fast Internet, cell phone signals that never drop a call, thermostats that keep us at the perfect temperature without our having to raise a finger, and entertainment that can be simultaneously streamed to our TVs, tablets and cell phones.

Likewise, if ever we find ourselves in bondage, we will have only ourselves to blame for having forged the chains through our own lassitude, laziness and abject reliance on internet-connected gadgets and gizmos that render us wholly irrelevant.

Indeed, while most of us are consumed with our selfies and trying to keep up with what our so-called friends are posting on Facebook, the megacorporation Google has been busily partnering with the National Security Agency (NSA), the Pentagon, and other governmental agencies to develop a new “human” species, so to speak.

In other words, Google—a neural network that approximates a global brain—is fusing with the human mind in a phenomenon that is called “singularity,” and they’ve hired transhumanist scientist Ray Kurzweil to do just that. Google will know the answer to your question before you have asked it, Kurzweil said. “It will have read every email you will ever have written, every document, every idle thought you’ve ever tapped into a search-engine box. It will know you better than your intimate partner does. Better, perhaps, than even yourself.”

But here’s the catch: the NSA and all other government agencies will also know you better than yourself. As William Binney, one of the highest-level whistleblowers to ever emerge from the NSA said, “The ultimate goal of the NSA is total population control.”

Science fiction, thus, has become fact.

We’re fast approaching Philip K. Dick’s vision of the future as depicted in the film Minority Report. There, police agencies apprehend criminals before they can commit a crime, driverless cars populate the highways, and a person’s biometrics are constantly scanned and used to track their movements, target them for advertising, and keep them under perpetual surveillance.

Cue the dawning of the Age of the Internet of Things, in which internet-connected “things” will monitor your home, your health and your habits in order to keep your pantry stocked, your utilities regulated and your life under control and relatively worry-free.

The key word here, however, is control.

In the not-too-distant future, “just about every device you have — and even products like chairs, that you don’t normally expect to see technology in — will be connected and talking to each other.”

By 2018, it is estimated there will be 112 million wearable devices such as smartwatches, keeping users connected it real time to their phones, emails, text messages and the Internet. By 2020, there will be 152 million cars connected to the Internet and 100 million Internet-connected bulbs and lamps. By 2022, there will be 1.1 billion smart meters installed in homes, reporting real-time usage to utility companies and other interested parties.

This “connected” industry—estimated to add more than $14 trillion to the economy by 2020—is about to be the next big thing in terms of societal transformations, right up there with the Industrial Revolution, a watershed moment in technology and culture.

Between driverless cars that completely lacking a steering wheel, accelerator, or brake pedal, and smart pills embedded with computer chips, sensors, cameras and robots, we are poised to outpace the imaginations of science fiction writers such as Philip K. Dick and Isaac Asimov. By the way, there is no such thing as a driverless car. Someone or something will be driving, but it won’t be you.

The 2015 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is a glittering showcase for such Internet-connected techno gadgets as smart light bulbs that discourage burglars by making your house look occupied, smart thermostats that regulate the temperature of your home based on your activities, and smart doorbells that let you see who is at your front door without leaving the comfort of your couch.

Nest, Google’s $3 billion acquisition, has been at the forefront of the “connected” industry, with such technologically savvy conveniences as a smart lock that tells your thermostat who is home, what temperatures they like, and when your home is unoccupied; a home phone service system that interacts with your connected devices to “learn when you come and go” and alert you if your kids don’t come home; and a sleep system that will monitor when you fall asleep, when you wake up, and keep the house noises and temperature in a sleep-conducive state.

The aim of these internet-connected devices, as Nest proclaims, is to make “your house a more thoughtful and conscious home.” For example, your car can signal ahead that you’re on your way home, while Hue lights can flash on and off to get your attention if Nest Protect senses something’s wrong. Your coffeemaker, relying on data from fitness and sleep sensors, will brew a stronger pot of coffee for you if you’ve had a restless night.

It’s not just our homes that are being reordered and reimagined in this connected age: it’s our workplaces, our health systems, our government and our very bodies that are being plugged into a matrix over which we have no real control.

Moreover, given the speed and trajectory at which these technologies are developing, it won’t be long before these devices are operating entirely independent of their human creators, which poses a whole new set of worries. As technology expert Nicholas Carr notes, “As soon as you allow robots, or software programs, to act freely in the world, they’re going to run up against ethically fraught situations and face hard choices that can’t be resolved through statistical models. That will be true of self-driving cars, self-flying drones, and battlefield robots, just as it’s already true, on a lesser scale, with automated vacuum cleaners and lawnmowers.”

For instance, just as the robotic vacuum, Roomba, “makes no distinction between a dust bunny and an insect,” weaponized drones—poised to take to the skies en masse this year—will be incapable of distinguishing between a fleeing criminal and someone merely jogging down a street. For that matter, how do you defend yourself against a robotic cop—such as the Atlas android being developed by the Pentagon—that has been programmed to respond to any perceived threat with violence?

Unfortunately, in our race to the future, we have failed to consider what such dependence on technology might mean for our humanity, not to mention our freedoms.

Ingestible or implantable chips are a good example of how unprepared we are, morally and otherwise, to navigate this uncharted terrain. Hailed as revolutionary for their ability to access, analyze and manipulate your body from the inside, these smart pills can remind you to take your medication, search for cancer, and even send an alert to your doctor warning of an impending heart attack.

Sure, the technology could save lives, but is that all we need to know? Have we done our due diligence in asking all the questions that need to be asked before unleashing such awesome technology on an unsuspecting populace?

For example, asks Washington Post reporter Ariana Eunjung Cha:

What kind of warnings should users receive about the risks of implanting chip technology inside a body, for instance? How will patients be assured that the technology won’t be used to compel them to take medications they don’t really want to take? Could law enforcement obtain data that would reveal which individuals abuse drugs or sell them on the black market? Could what started as a voluntary experiment be turned into a compulsory government identification program that could erode civil liberties?

Let me put it another way. If you were shocked by Edward Snowden’s revelations about how NSA agents have used surveillance to spy on Americans’ phone calls, emails and text messages, can you imagine what unscrupulous government agents could do with access to your internet-connected car, home and medications? Imagine what a SWAT team could do with the ability to access, monitor and control your internet-connected home—locking you in, turning off the lights, activating alarms, etc.

Thus far, the public response to concerns about government surveillance has amounted to a collective shrug. After all, who cares if the government can track your whereabouts on your GPS-enabled device so long as it helps you find the fastest route from Point A to Point B? Who cares if the NSA is listening in on your phone calls and downloading your emails so long as you can get your phone calls and emails on the go and get lightning fast Internet on the fly? Who cares if the government can monitor your activities in your home by tapping into your internet-connected devices—thermostat, water, lights—so long as you can control those things with the flick of a finger, whether you’re across the house or across the country?

As for those still reeling from a year of police shootings of unarmed citizens, SWAT team raids, and community uprisings, the menace of government surveillance can’t begin to compare to bullet-riddled bodies, devastated survivors and traumatized children. However, both approaches are just as lethal to our freedoms if left unchecked.

Control is the key here. As I make clear in my book A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State, total control over every aspect of our lives, right down to our inner thoughts, is the objective of any totalitarian regime.

George Orwell understood this. His masterpiece, 1984, portrays a global society of total control in which people are not allowed to have thoughts that in any way disagree with the corporate state. There is no personal freedom, and advanced technology has become the driving force behind a surveillance-driven society. Snitches and cameras are everywhere. And people are subject to the Thought Police, who deal with anyone guilty of thought crimes. The government, or “Party,” is headed by Big Brother, who appears on posters everywhere with the words: “Big Brother is watching you.”

Make no mistake: the Internet of Things is just Big Brother in a more appealing disguise.

Even so, I’m not suggesting we all become Luddites. However, we need to be aware of how quickly a helpful device that makes our lives easier can become a harmful weapon that enslaves us.

This was the underlying lesson of The Matrix, the Wachowski brothers’ futuristic thriller about human beings enslaved by autonomous technological beings that call the shots. As Morpheus, one of the characters in The Matrix, explains:

The Matrix is everywhere. It is all around us. Even now, in this very room. You can see it when you look out your window or when you turn on your television. You can feel it when you go to work… when you go to church… when you pay your taxes. It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth.

“What truth?” asks Neo.

Morpheus leans in closer to Neo: “That you are a slave, Neo. Like everyone else you were born into bondage. Born into a prison that you cannot smell or taste or touch. A prison for your mind.”

WC: 1894
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Re: NSA Data Mining - Prism Prison - Verizon - Snowden Whistleblower
« Reply #116 on: January 09, 2015, 11:21:56 AM »
Morality is contraband in war.
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Pizza Hut delivery the new snitch army?
« Reply #118 on: January 23, 2015, 06:49:20 PM »
I have a friend who lives in Albany NY, and he works as a delivery guy for Pizza Hutt on weekends for extra cash.  We were chatting on skype this morning and he told me that the week day delivery guys and the other weekend one were called into a franchise owner ordered meeting on Wednesday. The guy running the meeting identified themselves as a DHS employee.  That person apparently gave them a 2 hour training session, complete with a slide show and a list of so called "red flags" that could indicate someone is a possible home grown terrorist, or anti government sympathizer such as answering the door wearing cammo (nothing specific.  They didn't differentiate between a civilian or soldier, which he found weird), answering the door with a holstered or slung gun, only paying cash, did they say anything bad about government, and various other things.

The strangest thing was that they were told not to write anything down.

Anyone have friends who work for Pizza Hutt who have had similar "training"?  It was really creepy to read it as he typed it.

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Re: Pizza Hut delivery the new snitch army?
« Reply #119 on: January 23, 2015, 06:50:22 PM »
Mods, if naming the company he works for is against the rules, please remove them.