Jul 31, 2013

1. Department of Homeland Security Fusion Centers regaining steam with the House Homeland Security Committee Report on National Network of Fusion Centers.

023-0216144320-info_fusionThe ACLU has even come out and admitted that these are completely unconstitutional “spying centers”, similar to the Stasi of East Germany, except worse.

By 2012, congressional investigators agreed, finding that fusion center personnel produced “‘intelligence’ of uneven quality – oftentimes shoddy, rarely timely, sometimes endangering citizens’ civil liberties and Privacy Act protections, occasionally taken from already-published public sources, and more often than not unrelated to terrorism.

2. “Thought crimes” introduced into the public consciousness.

 

“This strain of libertarianism that’s going through both parties right now and making big headlines I think is a very dangerous thought,” the New Jersey GOP governor said on Thursday at a Republican governors forum in Aspen, Colo…
“These esoteric, intellectual debates — I want them to come to New Jersey and sit across from the widows and the orphans (9/11 family members) and have that conversation. And they won’t, because that’s a much tougher conversation to have,” Christie said.

imagesNH Police View Peaceful Libertarian and Occupy Activists as Terrorists

3. Child Prostitution/Sexual crimes skyrocketing.

The FBI last week apparently recovered 105 “sex trafficking victims” in a nationwide sting called “Operation Cross Country” which busted 150 pimps who were using girls as young as 9 for child prostitution.

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Unfortunately, with these raids (and others like them) being connected to adult escort sites such as CraigsList or Backpage, it’s not long before the Fusion Centers start sharing info with each other about men who are simply seeking a prostitute not-underage, as well. An attempted prostitution charge on a married male who has children at home will turn that Regular Joe into an informant for the FBI or ICE.

Task force operations usually begin as local enforcement actions that target truck stops, casinos, street “tracks,” and websites that advertise dating or escort services, based on intelligence gathered by officers working in their respective jurisdictions. Initial arrests are often violations of local and state laws relating to prostitution or solicitation. Information gleaned from those arrested frequently uncovers organized efforts to prostitute women and children across many states. FBI agents further develop this evidence in partnership with U.S. Attorney’s Offices and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section so that prosecutors can help bring federal charges in those cities where child prostitution occurs.

rsz_couchmanMSNBC elaborated:

The pimps preyed in particular on troubled children, authorities said. In some of the cases, they used a popular online classified site, Backpage, to sell the children for sex, authorities said.
“From a parent’s point of view, from a law enforcement professional’s point of view, it would be enough to look through the eyes of these children and think or say, ‘Nobody cares about me,’” Hosko said.

Business Insider reveals the obvious implications of the Feds either working with/setting up prostitution stings through these sites:

What makes Backpage.com unusual is its adult services, including escort and body-rub advertising, which represented $2.1 million in revenue in November alone, according to AimGroup.com. For a struggling newspaper business that gives away many of its products for free, that’s significant.
But the service is also onto its second controversy of late 2011. First, there was criticism over concerns of underage prostitution being facilitated by the site, which ended up with VVM snared in a weird quarrel with Ashton Kutcher. (VVM said only 14% of the site’s advertising is adult-related.)
Now, the site is being investigated in connection to the deaths of four women in Detroit last weekend. Three of them had escort profiles on Backpage.com.

Monica-Conteras-with-her-face-blurred-via-screencap-615x345Las Vegas woman sexually assaulted by court officer, then arrested when trying to report it

Ariel Castro’s son: Prison is where dad belongs

 University of Southern California faces scrutiny over ‘hostile’ response to rape allegations

Soldier at Colorado army base accused of sex with 14-year-old girl

Paterno spokesman: McQueary testimony casts more doubt on report

Penn State ex-officials face trial over Sandusky abuse

4. More Americans are realizing that the economy isn’t just going to get better, and that our infrastructure is crumbling.

washington-bridge-collapse-210 Signs That US Infrastructure Is A Disaster

“Now we have a compromise with President Obama’s proposal to lower corporate tax rates in exchange for a badly needed investment in our infrastructure,” Mr. Israel said before the meeting with the president. “Republicans get their priority: tax cuts for corporations. We get our priority: more jobs for the middle class.”

 Help Wanted: Who Should Lead the Fed?

The Federal Reserve Is Bailing Out Foreign Banks … More than the American People or Economy

One buyer reportedly bought 30 properties recently, and other buyers say that they want to purchase even more homes than that…
And it appears to be translating into real interest; Caroline Chen, a real estate broker in Troy, Michigan, says she’s received “tons of calls” from people in mainland China.
“I have people calling and saying, ‘I’m serious—I wanna buy 100, 200 properties,’” she tells Quartz, noting that one of her colleagues recently sold 30 properties to a Chinese buyer. “They say ‘We don’t need to see them. Just pick the good ones.’”
detroit-street-400x266Meanwhile, according to the New York Times, dozens of Chinese companies are moving into the city…
Dozens of companies from China are putting down roots in Detroit, part of the country’s steady push into the American auto industry.
Chinese-owned companies are investing in American businesses and new vehicle technology, selling everything from seat belts to shock absorbers in retail stores, and hiring experienced engineers and designers in an effort to soak up the talent and expertise of domestic automakers and their suppliers.
While starting with batteries and auto parts, the spread of Chinese business is expected to result eventually in the sale of Chinese cars in the United States.
Of course this is not just happening in Detroit.  The truth is that the Chinese are buying up real estate, businesses and natural resources all over the country.
They lied, cheated, stole and deceived thousands of people into believing that their pensions would be safe and waiting for them when they needed them, and now the people who voted for them and trusted them have drastically reduced pensions and no recourse.
The fact of the matter is that you simply can’t spend more than you take in and keep borrowing to make up the difference and when the treasury is empty and nobody will loan you any more money, you finally have to face the fact that the party is over and profligate fiscal policies have claimed another victim.
Socialistic entitlement policies make for great politics and have continued to get their proponents elected in local and national elections – but, now the tipping point has been reached and the dominos are starting to fall, Detroit being just the first in line of major cities and entire states that succumbed to the siren call of “we can please everybody” politics.
The quality of life in Detroit has declined until just about everybody who can afford to has fled the city with just over seven hundred thousand people living in the town that was, just a few short decades ago, held up as the model of American industrial might.

How Rich is the US Congress?

Rising rates zap pending US home sales momentum

Rates keep mortgage applicants away for 7th straight week

Bank of America whistleblowers say they were told to lie about mortgages

FLECKENSTEIN: The Stock Market Could Plunge 25% In A 3-Day Period

unemployment-economyUnemployment Rates Rise in 90 Percent of US Cities

35 Facts To Scare A Baby Boomer

80% Of US Adults Are Near Poverty, Rely On Welfare, Or Are Unemployed

Depression, anxiety plague moms who can’t afford diapers, research shows

5. Racism being brought into the media’s talking points in huge doses, even when it seems as if they’re trying to fight it.

White Man Told ‘This Is For Trayvon Martin’ As Three Black Men Mug Him, Will Media Report It?

Black Self-Sabotage

There’s an organization called NeighborhoodScout. Using 2011 population data from the U.S. Census Bureau, 2011 crime statistics from the FBI and information from 17,000 local law enforcement agencies in the country, it came up with a report titled “Top 25 Most Dangerous Neighborhoods in America.” (http://tinyurl.com/cdqrev4) They include neighborhoods in Detroit, Chicago, Houston, St. Louis and other major cities. What’s common to all 25 neighborhoods is that their makeup is described as “Black” or “Mostly Black.” The high crime rates have several outcomes that are not in the best interests of the overwhelmingly law-abiding people in these neighborhoods. There can’t be much economic development. Property has a lower value, but worst of all, people can’t live with the kind of personal security that most Americans enjoy.

6. Increased police brutality and militarization with broader federal agency powers.

Pittsburgh SWAT sued for ‘terrorizing’ young family at gunpoint

Report: TSA employee misconduct up 26% in 3 years

Psychosis in the Sky?

Oaklandsurveillance-camera-pole-300x300 moves forward with citywide surveillance center despite data collection, privacy controversy

New Hampshire’s Union Leader newspaper also reported:

In its grant application to DHS, the police department said New Hampshire’s experience with terrorism “slants primarily towards the domestic type,” and said “the threat is real and here.”
“Groups such as the Sovereign Citizens, Free Staters and Occupy New Hampshire are active and present daily challenges,” the application stated. In addition to organized groups, it cited “several homegrown clusters that are anti-government and pose problems for law enforcement agencies.”

7. Increase in random violence.

Eight-arrested-after-crowd-violence-following-swimming-meet-KABC-TV8 arrested as Huntington Beach surfing crowd trashes porta-potties after event

A large fight broke out between some people in a crowd after the contest ended. When officers tried to break it up, the mob surged downtown, police Lt. John Domingo told KNX-AM on Monday.
The crowd pulled down a stop sign, and a man used it to smash the front window of a bicycle shop, which was then looted. Other people brawled, threw bottles, toppled portable toilets, rocked a city truck and threw a chair into a fountain.

 Police search for assault suspect in Denver

Police: Arrest made in connection with Denver bus stop hit-and-run

Don’t go to LoDo between 1-3am if you’re ever in Denver

Middlesex deputy sheriff, prisoner shot in struggle for gun at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary emergency room

Deputies: NM man, granddaughter both shot in head near Route 66 Casino

images38. “Immigration Reform” becoming key to funding the USA spy grid and militarization of the border.

“A comprehensive immigration reform proposal must include three essential elements; it must secure our borders and provide for effective enforcement of our immigration laws, it must contribute to the economic growth of our country, and it must be compassionate in keeping families together,” Coffman said….
“We have people on the right who say, ‘I’m not going to support anything,’ and there are people on the left who say, ‘unless it has everything, I’m not going to support it,’ ” Coffman said.
“There may be something in the middle just to get something done to improve what is really a broken system,” Coffman said.

Eric Holder Takes the Fight for Voting Rights to Texas

Time to Kill The Immigration Bill

9. Gun confiscation a matter of course, instead of cause for mass alarm.

Sheriff’s team working to seize guns from thousands in Illinois

FOID cards are meant to protect the public from gun owners who suffer from mental illness; felonies and protection orders also are grounds for the state to revoke the holders’ FOID cards.  It’s illegal to buy guns or ammunition without one, the Sun-Times reports.
In one case, the team recovered more than 35 firearms, including four AR-15 assault rifles, from a suicidal man whose card was revoked. Many times, the team gets the FOID card, but not the gun.

Then-Sen. Obama co-sponsored ‘stand your ground’ law in 2004 in Illinois

images4Waffle House patron opens fire on would-be robber

Colorado gun laws afford rights to those shooting in self-defense

10. Relentless natural disasters in the country for the last several years, causing massive economic destruction. And instead of blaming Multi-national corporations and big banking cartels for the crimes they commit, the global government (UN) has decided to blame the average person and through Agenda 21, punish them for said crimes.

Holey Toledo – Two Dangerous Sinkholes in One Month

dead-zone-july-2013.jpg1375198255Halliburton Pleads Guilty to Destroying Gulf Oil Spill Evidence

Halliburton Admits Destroying Evidence in ‘Grim Sorting Out’ of Gulf Spill Blame

Gulf ‘Dead Zone’ Above Average but Not Near Record

Large Gulf Dead Zone, but Smaller Than Predicted

Experts: Gas in Gulf blowout is less damaging

 New EPA chief: Can we stop talking about regulations killing jobs, please?

John Oliver rips Halliburton for destroying the Gulf of Mexico: They can go eat a bag of dicks

OceanLayersFire marshal official rules out anything criminal in central Florida propane plant explosion

Military drill goes awry when US fighter jets drop bombs on Australia’s fragile Great Barrier Reef

Each degree of global warming might ultimately raise global sea levels by more than 2 meters

arctic-sea-iceStudy: Sea-level rise threatens 1,400 U.S. cities

When would global warming destroy life on Earth? Study hazards a guess.

Arctic Methane Claims Questioned

Runaway Greenhouse More Likely to Occur on Earth than Previously Believed

Skies open, roads close, airport stalls

Flossie: Alaska Air cancels Hawaii flights, waives fees

Arizona Flood Sweeps Tour Bus from Road

Tropical Storm Flossie rages through Hawaiian Islands: 6,000 lose power

Agenda 21 and the Transnational Interlocking Corporate Kingdom

Future Earth: Agenda 21′s ‘Forbidden Zones’

20130728__20130729_A4_CD29PCOSUMMITDAY3~p111. Instead of seeing our sold-out nation for what it is, people are becoming increasingly more paranoid and religious, with division tearing apart states by the county, and country by the state (albeit deservedly).

Allen West says GOP should stop “playing checkers” with liberals

goods producing jobs12. Biggest employer: U.S.A., Inc.

13. Petty drug crime being treated as a major criminal offense, with treatment beyond what any human rights attorney would argue a violation of human rights.

Student Jailed 5 Days Without Food Or Water Awarded $4.1 Million Settlement From DEA

The Heartbreaking Story Of A Harmless Deadhead Sentenced To Die In Prison

Bread and Circuses14. Bread, Circuses, and tax-free weekends keep the masses stupefied, dumbed-down, and slowly easing their resistance to tyranny.

Gasoline prices continue to fall in Denver

Comcast Profit Tops Estimates on Subscriber Additions

Simon Property Group results top expectations

Facebook Will Sell 15-Second Video Ads For $2.5 Million A Day

RealNetworks buys Slingo for $15.6M as it doubles down on social casino games

How to have fun in Denver on a cheap budget

iphone_2561776bIs Facebook Actually Making Communication About Products and Brands More Interesting?

Apple’s new iPhone ‘has fingerprint sensor’

“Smart” Houses Added to List of Hacker Threats

Hackers take full advantage of social media sharing: security experts

Under New Proposed Internet Laws, We Will All Be Felons

Around the first of the year, Facebook suspended the accounts of activists Michael Rivero and Jon Rappoport presumably because they did not follow some obscure Facebook editorial policy. And if that was not bad enough, now the DOJ wants to go facebook7-300x218after Facebook users who break Facebook rules and they want to prosecute violations of Facebook policy as a felony, especially if one uses a name other than their real name. The intent is obvious. The dossier being prepared and updated daily by the NSA on your personal threat matrix score will not be as accurate as they desire if you use aliases in the social media arena. Big Brother has to know where you are at all times and what you are up to or the police state surveillance grid will be compromised if you are allowed to use an alias….
If you submitted a slightly embellished resume to a prospective employer, via the Internet, you could soon go to jail as a felon under the new proposed DOJ rules.
Technically, under this proposal, if a male lied to a female about loving her in an email, solely for the accused purpose of having sexual relations, the male could soon be guilty of a felony.
Under this new proposal, anyone lying on any website could go to jail no matter how innocent the “white” lie….
nsa-password-110527_1_610x410Assume you were a dissenter and becoming an annoyance to the administration. To get you out of the way, all they would need to do is to assign a small team of Internet forensics investigators who would investigate your behavior for every site you have ever visited. And one day, voila, they discover that you used a copyright protected downloaded Google image for an article you wrote and you are busted. This is the very bad news.
Subsequently, the selective prosecution team of the DOJ knocks down your door in a SWAT team raid, seizes all of your computers and takes you to prison after running you through a kangaroo trial. Federal trials end up in over 90% conviction rates. During the time you are railroaded through the legal process, additional charges of domestic terrorism are added for what you have written on the Internet, thus increasing your prison time served. This is the very, very bad news and it will have a chilling effect on all citizen journalism on the Internet.
How pervasive could this DOJ approach to selectively persecuting journalists be? Just ask yourself how many times you have read an article by a popular journalist regarding government corruption, and their YouTube video has subsequently been taken down for a violation of copyright or for some other specified reason that is listed as a dead link within the article? Under this new approach, that event just made a felon out of the journalist. And if you as a website operator, who routinely runs articles related to government corruption, publishes an article from a contributor who knowingly, or unknowingly, has violated some service agreement somewhere along the line, you have become an accomplice to a felony and you would be charged with facilitating a felony . . . you would be facing up to five years in a federal prison. These are the goals of the DOJ.

mccain_clinton_paul_ap15. A back-up plan is in effect: Clinton vs. Paul in 2016 a total psyop to either accept socialism or fascism as the model for the next round of global rape by the New World Order.

 Rand Paul makes dramatic pivot, now ‘happy’ to ‘ratchet down’ feud with Christie

John McCain on Hillary Clinton or Rand Paul? ‘Tough choice’

McCain calls hypothetical ’16 Clinton-vs.-Paul race ‘a tough choice’

The Rand Paul-Chris Christie Fight Is Getting Nasty

NBC to air Hillary Clinton miniseries

Huma Abedin to take break from job with Hillary Clinton

Huma Abedin, Hillary Clinton’s transition office chief and the wife of embattled New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner, is expected to take extended vacation time from her job with the former first lady in the coming days, sources told POLITICO.

weiner-pickle-small16. Crude jokes reminiscent of a high school locker room have replaced actual media coverage of world events.

New York media calls on Anthony Weiner to pull out of mayoral race

EXCLUSIVE: Weiner’s mistress reveals the secrets of their affair, his fetish for high heel shoes, their daily dirty phone calls and how she found his online pseudonym Carlos Danger ‘creepy’

Scientists no longer believe sex addiction exists –and that’s bad news for Anthony Weiner

San Diego Sues Its Own Mayor In Sex Harassment Case

68970641_68970636 17. Journalists, whistleblowers, activists and hacktivists are turning up dead and being set up by criminal elements in ICE and other agencies.

Barnaby Jack, World’s Most Elite Computer Hacker, Dead At 35

Swartz’s Father Speaks Out: ‘MIT Played A Central Role In Aaron’s Suicide’

The 52008-photo-of-Aaron-Swartz-via-Wikipedia-615x345 most shocking revelations about the government’s prosecution of Aaron Swartz you haven’t heard

Senate panel looking at limits on surveillance

US declassifies phone-snooping order

Leaked documents give new insight into NSA’s searches
The Obama Stasi Rolls On

DOJWireTappingCellTracking_610x426Feds tell Web firms to turn over user account passwords

Enemy of the state: Your cell phone is now a tracking device for NSA to hunt you down

Federal Court Says Phone Location Records Aren’t Protected By The Constitution

U.S. Army Cyber Attack Cycle Awareness Guide and Threat Vignettes

USArmy-CyberThreatVignettesWays: Adversaries gain intelligence and access via cyberspace in order to:
• Recruit insiders (subversion)
• Commit acts of sabotage (stop Army missions; crash networks, electric power, water facilities)
• Harm Army personnel, families, units, and operations
• Commit criminal actions against Army installations, facilities, units, personnel, and/or family members
• Enable conventional threat capabilities
• Identify U.S. vulnerabilities in weapons systems, facilities, and tactics, techniques, and procedures
Means: To do this, adversaries tactics include:
• Exploiting people’s trust through Phishing attacks
• Infiltrating Malware to perform unauthorized and often surreptitious actions on computers
• Exploiting Social Media through false personas
• Gathering open source information from online postings
images41• Using infected thumb drives, CDs, DVDs, or other computer memory products to transfer attack mechanisms
• Tampering with cell phones and laptops (both personal and official) especially while personnel are traveling overseas
• Exfiltrating information that enables sabotage and other harmful actions

Car Key Immobilizer Hack Revelations Blocked By UK Court

Modern Cars Can Be Hacked — Boats and Planes Next?

Public gets first look at once-secret court order on NSA surveillance

nsa-prism1Where Is the Money Going? Conyers wants NSA funding pulled

NSA’s ‘Widest-Reaching’ System Could Read Facebook Chats And Private Messages

X-Keyscore: NSA tool collects ‘nearly everything a user does on the internet’

US declassifies surveillance order amid snooping debate

Former lead Obama auto adviser Steven Rattner: ‘Glenn Greenwald is not a journalist’

We’ve already seen a surprisingly successful, but ultimately failed, attempt to limit NSA surveillance in the House.

Furthermore, a recent Pew poll shows that 56 percent of Americans believe that federal courts do not provide adequate limits on the telephone and internet data collected by government.

2_photoEven more notable, however, is the fact that 70 percent of Americans believe that the government uses the data they collect for purposes other than investigating terrorism.

A whopping 63 percent believe that the government is also collecting what is being said in phone calls and emails, with only 18 percent believing the Obama administration’s claims that they’re only collecting metadata.

Perhaps most shocking of all, 27 percent of Americans believe that the government has either listened to or read their emails.

Still, 50 percent of Americans have a positive view of the program overall, though views on the government’s anti-terror policies in general have changed significantly over time.

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Wyden: Patriot Act overreach wasn’t envisioned by ‘anachronistic’ 1970s FISA law

“Illegal Orders” in the Military, War Crimes and the Trial of Bradley Manning

Bradley Manning: Whistle-blower or traitor? He awaits judge’s verdict

Military death row: More than 50 years and no executions

General: No Soldiers Killed Due To Bradley Manning Data Release to WikiLeaks

Whistleblowers, Prison, and More…

The Moral Verdict on Bradley Manning: A Conviction of Love in Action

1375233102000-oppose-1307302113_4_3Manning not guilty of aiding the enemy, faces 130+ yrs in jail on other charges

JULIAN ASSANGE: Bradley Manning Verdict Is ‘National Security Extremism’

us-ripped-flag1-400x21018. The rest of the world hates us, not for our freedom, but for our mental slavery to a military industrial complex that starts endless wars throughout the planet and has killed millions of people in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other Middle Eastern countries just since 9/11. And when empires expand beyond their own reach, they eventually implode, which is what’s happening now.

America: Super-Bully Nation

 US classifies who it’s at war with

US Military Aid to Egypt

Massacre in Egypt: US-Backed Junta Kills Scores, Wounds Thousands of People

Thousands of Syrian Police who joined the Rebels are on U.S. Payroll

The Hiroshima Myth. Unaccountable War Crimes and the Lies of US Military History

Rethink 9/11: Did you Know that a Third Tower Fell on 9/11?

Cornel West Calls Obama ‘The Drone President’

Booz Allen Shares Just Spiked

Excerpt From Marine’s Speech Proves Little Has Changed In 80 Years

hpv19. While the country is being imploded, the government will also do everything in its’ power to:

a. diminish parental rights and secure as many of the children in foster care as they can.

b. kill off the “useless” eaters of society with soft-kill weapons (including the disabled and elderly).

Deceptive ‘Parental Rights Amendment’ to hand over control of your children to federal government: Tell your reps to oppose!

water wikiThe fattening of America – Is water fluoridation to blame?

286112-sleep-baby20. We are starting to contemplate murdering babies who’ve already been born.

MSNBC host says newborn infants don’t count as ‘alive’ unless parents decide they do; infanticide is the new abortion

Abortion backer Melissa Harris-Perry: Life begins whenever you feel like it does

Noting the worldwide excitement surrounding Kate Middleton’s pregnancy, MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry compared the hoopla surrounding the British royal birth to Texas abortion politics, and then offered her own definition of viability:
“When does life begin? I submit the answer depends an awful lot on the feeling of the parents. A powerful feeling – but not science,” Harris-Perry said on her show Sunday.

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