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Are Today’s Social Media Machines of Socialist/Collectivist Warfare?

One of the topics and web sites that caught my eye when I first conceived this tri-blog was Media Psychology 101.  I immediately set up an RSS feed. There are two primary authors: Ken Heller and Lisa Peyton (bios noted below). Check out the “who’s who?” link below as well as the archives.

The blog addresses issues that I feel are important enough to pay attention to in our world because we live in a heavily-media-drenched culture (not just newspapers and magazines and TV anymore, but now Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest et alia, the so-called social media). I’ve found a few others but I’ll dive in with this one.

In two parts, here is

“the first article in a short series examining what types of psychological effects can be expected from the insertion of Western ICT into a collective environment devoid of such equipment; whether changes in cultures might be observed, and if so how might they manifest themselves and how long might that take; and how religious beliefs may impact the insertion of ICT.”

http://mediapsychology101.com/2013/11/13/zuckerbergs-dream-of-connecting-the-world-what-can-we-expect-part-1/ 

http://mediapsychology101.com/2013/11/28/zuckerbergs-dream-of-connecting-the-world-what-can-we-expect-part-2/ 

Note the references and links at the end too.

From the paired set linked above:

In August, Mark Zuckerberg, the chief executive officer of Facebook, published a white paper entitled Is Connectivity a Human Right and shortly afterwards established a nonprofit organization called Interent.org. This consortium is made up of major corporations that include Nokia, Samsung, and Ericsson (handset makers), Opera (a browser manufacturer), and both Qualcomm and MediaTek which are both infrastructure manufacturers (Levy, 2013; Zuckerberg, 2013). Their collective goal is to connect the remaining 5 billion inhabitants of the planet to the Internet who are not now connected and to establish the foundation of a “global knowledge economy” which “encourages worldwide prosperity” (Zuckerberg, 2013, p. 2).  More precisely, Zuckerberg states that “by bringing everyone online, we’ll not only improve billions of lives, but we’ll also improve our own as we benefit from the ideas and productivity they contribute to the world” while also acknowledging that a profitable model will have to be established to facilitate the work (Zuckerberg, 2013, p. 3). He also points out that the Internet is growing by less than 9% a year and that rate is expected to slow even more in the near future (Internet.org, 2013). Here’s a promotional video from Internet.org calling upon a speech by John F. Kennedy which may elicit other psychological connotations:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdWaZkvAJfM (1:09)

Portions of the targeted group may be familiar with Western psychology, but others may fall prey to well-designed effects driven by the use of computers as persuasive technology (captology) that could involve an integrated cultural spin to ease the reception of a message—an inoculator of sorts (Fogg, Cuellar, & Danielson, 2002).

Marsella (1998) cautioned about the potential impact of ICT on collective-based cultures as they join a “cybersociety that stretches across the globe transcending national and natural borders” based on the Western senses of consumerism, materialism, individualism, competition and rapid change (p. 1288). This audience will have little knowledge or experience with topics such as privacy, piracy, net neutrality or mass interpersonal persuasion as found and practiced on Facebook (Fogg, 2008).

Last, we should ask if Zuckerberg’s vision of social change, the good life and good society are congruent with that of the five billion people he wishes to hook to the Internet to build a global knowledge economy (Zuckerberg, 2013). …”

Read the article in full and check out the links below.

http://mediapsychology101.com

http://mediapsychology101.com/about/ 

http://mediapsychology101.com/blogs/ 

http://mediapsychology101.com/whos-who/ 

http://mediapsychology101.com/taxonomy/ 

 

Some of the questions this article (and prior such commentary) raises  in my mind are:

What did the real John F. Kennedy stand for?  Everyone is familiar with many of his formal speeches and other policy expressions.  Was he a liberal, a progressive, a conservative, an idealist, his own man, his father’s crafted entity, a neo-neo-conservative, an agent for something else? To what extent have John Kennedy’s ideals, imagery, myth  and life been hijacked by others to suit their own purposes?

Is the insertion of Western values and technology noted by the blog media psychology 101 really just an extension of the Hegelian dialectic?

Is the intent to create and extend more “machines de guerre” for the extension of the continuation of that American fraternité at Yale known as Skulls and Bones, itself an extension of clubs in 18th century Bavaria?

 

“Why don’t you look up a book on the history of Skull and Bones which was written in 1933 entitled THE CONTINUATION OF THE HISTORY OF OUR ORDER FOR THE CENTURY CELEBRATION. This was compiled by F.O. Matthieson–and there are others, one of which is simply labeled SKULL AND BONES. (Dr. Antony Sutton). By the way, Mr. Matthieson was a prominent Marxist and a link between the old line communists of the 1930’s and the new progressives of the 1960’s…..”

http://abundanthope.net/pages/Phoenix_Journals_61/PJ-22-MATTER—ANTI-MATTER-chapter-7-8_printer.shtml 

Citation for the above, aside from the link, include “The Phoenix Letter” of December 1989 (Volume 8, Number 12) by Anthony Sutton, which talks about the Nazi iconography in S&B’s clubhouse and cites the Louisville Courier-Journal magazine of Sunday 10/8/1989, and that text can also be found on pages 140-141 of “Fleshing Out Skull and Bones”, edited by Kris Millegan for his own publishing house Trine-Day.  You can call 1-800-556-201 to order this and many other fascinating and related books, and it is possible that Kris himself will answer the phone. Engage him in a conversation; he doesn’t have much time, but if you’re questions are focused, you’ll at least get a good suggestion as to which books to read.  On this topic, I’ve read (and strongly recommend) these two:

 http://www.trineday.com/paypal_store/product_pages/Fleshing_Out1.html 

http://www.trineday.com/paypal_store/product_pages/perfectibilists.html 

Google for F. O. Matthiessen, or check the Wikipedia entry.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F._O._Matthiessen 

Here is the broader text:

BEGIN QUOTE

MODUS OPERANDI OF THE ORDER

I shall quote a portion from a book: AMERICA’S SECRET ESTABLISH­MENT, An Introduction to the Order of Skull & Bones.

The activities of the Order are directed towards changing our society, changing the world to bring about a New World Order. This will be a planned order with heavily restricted individual freedom, without Constitutional protection, without national boundaries or cultural distinction.

We deduce this objective by examining and then summing up the actions of individual members; there has been a consistent pattern of activity over one hundred years. Part of this activity has been in cooperation with the Group, with its parallel and recorded objectives.

Now IF, for example, we found that the dominant interest of members was raising ducks, that they wrote articles about ducks, bred ducks, sold ducks, formed duck-studying councils, developed a philosophy of ducks, then it would be reasonable to conclude that they had an objective concerning ducks, that this is not mere random activity.

Historically, operations of  The Order have concentrated on society, how to change society in a specific manner towards a specific goal: a New World Order. If we know the elements in society that will have to be changed in order to bring about this New World Order, we can then examine the Order’s actions in this context.

More or less these elements would have to be:

EDUCATION – how the population will behave,

MONEY – the means of holding wealth and exchanging goods,

LAW – the authority to enforce the will of the state, a world law and a world court is needed for a world state,

POLITICS – the direction of the state,

ECONOMY – the creation of wealth,

HISTORY – what people believe happened in the past,

PSYCHOLOGY – the means of controlling how people think,

PHILANTHROPY – so that people think well of the controllers,

MEDICINE – the power over health, life, and death,

RELIGION- people’s spiritual beliefs, the spur to action for many,

MEDIA – what people know and learn about current events,

CONTINUITY – the power to appoint who follows in your footsteps.

– – – Daniel Coit Gilman, President of Johns Hopkins University, im­ported Wundt psychological methods from Germany, then welded education and psychology in the U.S., established laboratories, brought these educational laboratories into major Universities and generated hundreds of PhD’s to teach the new educational conditioning system. One of the first of these Johns Hopkins doctorates was John Dewey. The result we well know. The educational morass of the ’80’s where most kids–not all–can’t spell, read or write, yet can be programmed into mass behavior channels.

The Order’s next move was to control the Foundations. They got all the big ones–Carnegie, Ford, Peabody, Slater, Russell Sage and so on. That’s the topic of another volume. As in education, the modus operandi of The Order was to get in FIRST and set the stage for the future. The initial objective was to establish a direction in an organization. Selection of managers, intuitive or amoral enough to catch on to the direction, kept the momentum going. In the case of Foundations, The Order has usually maintained a continuing presence over decades.

When it comes to activities by individual members, at first sight the pattern is confusing and superficially inconsistent. Let’s give some examples:

*Andrew Carnegie profited from war through his vast steel holdings, but under the guidance of member Daniel Coit Gilman, Carnegie was also an enthusiastic president and financial backer of the American Peace Society. This is seemingly inconsistent. Could Carnegie be for war and peace at the same time?

*The League to Enforce the Peace, founded by members William H. Taft and Theodore Marburg, was promoting peace, yet active in urging U.S. participation in World War One. How could the League be for war and peace at the same time?

*In the 1920’s W. Averell Harriman was a prime supporter of the Soviets with finance and diplomatic assistance, at a time when such aid was against State Department regulations. Harriman participated in RUSKOMBANK, the first Soviet commercial bank. Vice-President Max May of Guaranty Trust, dominated by the Harriman-Morgan interest, became the FIRST Vice-President of RUSKOMBANK in charge of its foreign operations. In brief, an American banker under guidance of a member of The Order had a key post in a Soviet bank! But we also find that Averell Harriman, his brother Roland Harriman, and members E.S. James and Knight Woolley, through the Union Bank (in which they held a major interest) were prime financial backers of HITLER.

*Now our textbooks tell us the Nazis and Soviets were bitter enemies and their systems are opposites. How could a rational man support Soviets AND Nazis at the same time? Is Harriman irrational or is the inconsistency explainable?

* The Bundy family gives us another example of seeming inconsistency. William Bundy was with the Central Intelligence Agency for a decade. Mc­George Bundy was National Security Assistant to Presidents Kennedy AND Johnson. So the Bundys presumably support U.S. European policy which is pro-NATO. Yet the Bundys have been linked to activities and organizations which are anti-NATO and, indeed, pro-MARXISTfor example, the Insti­tute for Policy Studies. Are the Bundys inconsistent?

* Among individual members of The Order we find a wide variety of publicly proclaimed beliefs, ideologies and politics. William Buckley periodically chews out the Soviets. On the other hand, member John Burtt has been a member of a dozen communist front groups. Member William S. Coffin, Jr. spent three years with the CIA and then became a leader of anti-Vietnam War activity through the National Conference for a New Politics, and Clergy and Laymen Concerned about Vietnam. In fact, Coffin was one of the Boston Five charged and indicted for conspiracy to violate Federal laws. And, of course, W. Averell Harriman is elder statesman of the Democratic Party.

Quite a mixture of beliefs and activities. Do they reflect inconsistent philosophies? How can The Order have a consistent objective with this potpourri of individual actions?

The answer is, they are not at all inconsistent: Because the objective of The Order is above and beyond these actions and in fact needs these seeming contradictions.

THE STATE IS ABSOLUTE

How can there exist a common objective when members are apparently’ acting in opposition to one another?

Probably the most difficult task in this work will be to get across to the reader what is really an elementary observation: That the OBJECTIVE of The Order is neither “left” nor “right”. “Left” and “Right” are artificial devices to bring about change, and the extremes of political left and political right are vital elements in the process of controlled change.

The answer to this seeming political puzzle lies in Hegelianism. That brings screams of intellectual anguish from Marxists and Nazis, but is well known to any student of political systems.

The dialectical process did NOT ORIGINATE WITH MARX as Marxists claim, but with Fichte and Hegel in the late 18th and early 19th Century Germany. (Just after the creation of the terms “JEW”, “Zionists” and Israel (not israel). In the dialectical process a clash of opposites brings about a synthesis. For example, a clash of political right and political left brings about another political system, a synthesis of the two, neither left nor right. This conflict of opposites is essential to bring about change. Today this process can be identified in the literature of the Trilateral Commission where “change” is promoted and “conflict management” is termed the means to bring about this change.

In the Hegelian system conflict is essential. Furthermore, for Hegel and systems based on Hegel, the STATE IS ABSOLUTE. The State requires complete obedience from the individual citizen. An individual does not exist for himself in these so called organic systems but only to perform a role in the operation of the State. There was no freedom in Hitler’s Germany, there was not freedom for the individual under Marxism, neither will there be in the NEW WORLD ORDER. And if it sounds like George Orwell’s 1984–IT IS.

In brief, the State is supreme and conflict is used to bring about the ideal society. Individuals find freedom in obedience to the rulers.

So who or what is the State? OBVIOUSLY IT’S A SELF APPOINTED ELITE. It is interesting that Fichte, who developed these ideas before Hegel, was a Freemason, almost certainly Illuminati, and certainly was promoted by the Illuminati. For example, Johann Wolfgang Goethe pushed Fichte for an appointment at Jena University.

Furthermore, the Illuminati principle that the “end justifies the means”, a principle that Quigley scores as immoral and used by both The Group and The Order, is rooted in verse in Memorandum Three observed this principle at work on the YALE CAMPUS.

This, then, is a vital part of our explanation of The Order. When its co­founder, William Russell, was in Germany in 1831-2, there was no way he could have avoided Hegelian theory and discussion. It was the talk of the campus. It swept intellectual Germany like a Pac Man craze. Most Americans haven’t heard of it. And those who have don’t want to hear any more about it. Why? Because its assumptions are completely at variance with our sense of individual freedom and Constitutional guarantees. Most of us believe THE STATE exists to serve the individual, not vice versa.

The Order believes the opposite to most of us. This is crucial to under­standing what they are about. So any discussion between left and right, while essential to promote change, is never allowed to develop into a discussion along the lines of Jeffersonian “Republic” “democracy” i.e., the best gov­ernment is the least government. The discussion and the funding is always towards more STATE power, use of state power and away from individual rights. So it does not matter from the viewpoint of The Order whether it is termed left, right, Democratic, Republican, secular or religious–so long as the discussion is kept within the framework of the STATE and the POWER OF THE STATE.

This is the common feature between the seemingly dissimilar positions taken by members-they have a higher common objective in which clash of ideas is es­sential. So long as rights of the individual are not introduced into the discus­sion the clash of ideas generates the conflict necessary for change.

As the objective is global control, emphasis is placed on global thinking, i.e. internationalism. This is done through world organizations and world law. The great contribution of the Tafts to The Order was on the world court sys­tem and world law–to the internationalist aspect of THE NEW WORLD ORDER.

END QUOTE

http://abundanthope.net/pages/Phoenix_Journals_61/PJ-22-MATTER—ANTI-MATTER-chapter-7-8_printer.shtml 

The only other mention of the book title THE CONTINUATION OF THE HISTORY OF OUR ORDER FOR THE CENTURY CELEBRATION when you Google it is here:

http://paul.rutgers.edu/~mcgrew/ufo/don.allen/phoenix 

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Montaigne [whose “Essays” were recommended reading for Weishaupt’s Perfectibilists, his published Bode being one of the Illiuminati *] “used reason as a weapon, a machine de guerre (war machine), in his critique of cultural institutions and human habits.  The sharp edge of reason served very well to destroy, deconstruct, or dismantle the world of supposed givens.  It unmasked the incoherencies, the contradictions, the rationally unjustified dogmatisms and ingrained habits, the foolishness that characterized human behavior and society.  Unfortunately, it did not seem to Montaigne that reason provided a positive basis on which to create a new social, political, and cultural structure.  Reason was destructive rather than constructive.  It could not create a new world.”

[ http://wolfweb.unr.edu/homepage/nickles/wthonors/montaigne.htm ]

* See pages 183, 262 and 473 of Melanson’s Perfectibilists

“ … Is it our fault if Western humanism is flawed because it is also a war machine? And if Marxist company has been able to survive in changing character?”

That’s the Google translation of the text from Merleau Ponty’s Humanisme et Terreur (Paris, 1947), p. 203 as noted here (footnote #3):

http://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/marcuse/works/1965/socialist-humanism.htm

 

See also page 127 of “Marxism and the interpretation of culture”

[ books.google.com/books?isbn=0252014014 ] ,

edited by Cray Nelson and Lawrence Grossberg, published in 1988 by the University of Illinois Press, which identifies Mille Plateux

[ ? A Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Thousand_Plateaus ]

[ http://projectlamar.com/media/A-Thousand-Plateaus.pdf ] 

as an

“earlier project of defining the abstract machines that govern the functioning of social formations [and which] becomes centered on the specification of two figures, the state and nomadism. Very crudely, the opposition between these is the difference between an agent or force of territorialization and a force or movement of deterritorialization. The nomad is the figure of deterritorialization par excellence, inventor and realizer of a machine de guerre that is implacably hostile to the state.”

The actions, often and well-described by Naomi Klein

[ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naomi_Klein ]

in her book “The Shock Doctrine”

[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Shock_Doctrine:_The_Rise_of_Disaster_Capitalism ],

extant in older and more modern Operation Gladio’s, as well as in the attacks upon Syria, Libya, Egypt, Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere, are examples of deterritorialization.

In today’s news:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/30/world/middleeast/united-nations-syrian-refugee-children.html?_r=0 

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A Mercenary Approach To Botnets

Posted by Soulskill on Friday November 29, 2013 @06:09PM

from the highest-bidder-gets-your-grandma’s-bank-account dept.

CowboyRobot writes

“The incentives are high for many businesses and government agencies to not be too heavy handed in combating the global botnet pandemic. There’s money to be had and, with each passing day, more interesting ways are being uncovered in how to package the data, and how to employ it. It used to be that the worlds of bug hunters and malware analysts were separate and far between. In the last couple of years the ability to analyze malware samples and identify exploitable vulnerabilities in them has become very important. Given that some botnets have a bigger pool of victims than many commercial software vendors have licensed customers, the value of an exploit that grants reliable remote control of a popular malware agent is rising in value. In many ways, botnets have become a golden goose to those charged with gathering intelligence on the populations of foreign entities. The bulk of the victim’s data is useful for mapping populations, communication profiles, and as egress points for counter intelligence exercises. Then, given how many botnet victims there are, the probability that a few ‘interesting’ computers will have succumbed along the way is similarly high — providing direct insight in to a pool of high value targets.”

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Computer Model Reveals Escape Plan From Poverty’s Vicious Circle

Posted by Soulskill on Friday November 29, 2013 @01:04PM

from the stop-buying-lottery-tickets dept.

KentuckyFC writes

“Infectious disease condemns poor countries to an endless cycle of ill health and poverty. Now a powerful new model of the link between disease and economic growth has revealed why some escape plans work while others just make matters worse. The problem is that when workers suffer from poor health, economic output goes down. And if economic output goes down, there is less to spend on healthcare. And if spending on healthcare drops, workers become less healthy. And so on. So an obvious solution is for a country to spend more on healthcare. But the new model says governments must take care since the cost to a poor country can send the economy spiraling into long term decline. By contrast, an injection of capital from outside the country allows spending on healthcare to increase without any drop in economic output. ‘We find that a large influx of capital is successful in escaping the poverty trap, but increasing health spending alone is not,’ say the authors. And the amount required is relatively little. The model suggests that long-term investment needs only to be more than 15 per cent of the cost of healthcare. But anything less than this cannot prevent the vicious circle of decline.”

Read the 172 comments

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Google Wants To Write Your Social Media Responses For You

Posted by samzenpus on Thursday November 28, 2013 @07:32PM

from the taking-the-words-out-of-my-mouth dept.

taikedz writes

“A new patent has been filed by Google that tries to analyze your past communications to then construct responses to the overwhelming amount of posts you receive. From the article: ‘Essentially, the program analyzes the messages a user makes through social networks, email, text messaging, microblogging, and other systems. Then, the program offers suggestions for responses, where the original messages are displayed, with information about others reactions to the same messages, and then the user can send the suggested messages in response to those users. The more the user utilizes the program and uses the responses, the more the bot can narrow down the types of responses you make.'”

Read the 156 comments

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32 Privacy Destroying Technologies That Are Systematically Transforming America Into A Giant Prison

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Donald Sutherland wants to stir revolt. A real revolt. A youth-led uprising against injustice that will overturn the US as we know it and usher in a kinder, better way. “I hope that they will take action because it’s getting drastic in this country.” Drone strikes. Corporate tax dodging. Racism. The Keystone oil pipeline. Denying food stamps to “starving Americans”. It’s all going to pot. “It’s not right. It’s not right.”

Millennials need awakening from slumber. “You know the young people of this society have not moved in the last 30 years.” With the exception of Occupy, a minority movement, passivity reigns. “They have been consumed with telephones.” The voice hardens. “Tweeting.”

… he is quite serious about the call to arms. “We did it in ’68.”

The Canadian actor has a venerable record of leftwing activism dating back to support for the Black Panthers and opposition to the Vietnam war, but this latest foray into subversion dovetails with promoting The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the second instalment in a series of four films based on Suzanne Collins’s bestselling novels for young adults. It takes forward the story of Katniss, played by Jennifer Lawrence, who must fight other oppressed proles to the death as part of a tyrannical government’s strategy of rule through fear. The dystopia, called Panem, is built on the ashes of the US, and Sutherland wants young audiences to respond to the allegory. “Hopefully they will see this film and the next film and the next film and then maybe organise. Stand up.”

[Snip]

His own generation’s rebelliousness lapsed into bumper sticker slogans and today’s young are too fretful about finding jobs to change society, he laments. “I just think they’re not organised. It’s not something that’s happening in the universities, which is normally the breeding ground for that kind of activity.” Does he despair of the young? The famous drooping, pale blue eyes widen. “No, no, no. Otherwise there would be no point making this film. I have great hope and faith in them. I know because I talk to my children.”

More at the link below:

http://www.theguardian.com/film/2013/nov/19/donald-sutherland-hunger-games-catching-fire 

Link to video: Jennifer Lawrence on The Hunger Games: Catching Fire  

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http://www.yesmagazine.org/happiness/the-hunger-games-are-real/Untitled2.jpg/image 

The Hunger Games Are Real: Teenage Fans Remind the World What Katniss Is Really Fighting For 

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“Time brings data,” said The Searcher, a woman of early, fierce middle-age. “Trajectory of information. Got to keep track of what the citizens are consuming. Immense! I preside over a mere twig on the Tree of Knowledge.  Or rather, Tree of Information.”

Ecce Mortis: The Infocracy: How They Kill Curious

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The mass act of buying goods, we are told, is inherently individualistic. Consumerism supposedly atomizes society. It turns us all into beings alienated from each other, only concerned with owning or buying the latest trinkets.

Consumerism as a Social ActA Left-wing Defense of Consumerism

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“…. Writing in Federalist #46, James Madison gave us a blueprint on how to deal with situations like this…..

Here’s what Madison recommended:

Should an unwarrantable measure of the federal government be unpopular in particular States, which would seldom fail to be the case, or even a warrantable measure be so, which may sometimes be the case, the means of opposition to it are powerful and at hand. The disquietude of the people; their repugnance and, perhaps, refusal to co-operate with the officers of the Union; the frowns of the executive magistracy of the State; the embarrassments created by legislative devices, which would often be added on such occasions, would oppose, in any State, difficulties not to be despised; would form, in a large State, very serious impediments; and where the sentiments of several adjoining States happened to be in unison, would present obstructions which the federal government would hardly be willing to encounter.

Madison tells us the solution to federal overreach is to push back at the state and local level rather than lobbying despots to reduce their own power…..”

http://beforeitsnews.com/alternative/2013/11/turning-them-off-the-plan-to-beat-nsa-spying-at-the-state-and-local-levels-2836028.html

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Interview 776 – Tjeerd Andringa on Geopolitics and CognitionNovember 27th, 2013

Today on The Corbett Report we are joined by Tjeerd Andringa, Associate Professor in Auditory Cognition at the University of Groningen. Today we discuss his work at GeopoliticsAndCognition.com  […]

 

http://www.geopoliticsandcognition.com

‘Authority’ and ‘Agency’ as core concepts of cognitive science and politics

Andringa’s work on Operation Gladio

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As an aside, I did succeed in finding a copy of that movie “Unknown” starring Liam Neeson [based on the book Hors de Moi by Didier Van Cauwelaert ] and I fully recommend its viewing (two hours of your time) if you are interested in understanding more about acting in the middle of crises, false flag attacks and drills, and how people are able to show up and disappear from them.

More curious may be its relationships — if any — to mind control (dissociative identity disorder) and its purposeful or high-end use by intelligence agencies, and the background of Didier Van Cauwelaert, a French author of Belgian descent born in Nice. 

“At times, Unknown stretches plausibility to the near breaking point….” 

Does that make it like deniable plausibility?

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The Long-Awaited Death of the “Legitimate News”

Posted on November 28, 2013 by therearenosunglasses

CNN and MSNBC Lose Almost Half Their Viewers in One Year

It’s a War Out There

Compare and contrast, as they used to say on those old school exams, the increasing lack of anonymity on the Internet (i.e., the embedded means of tracking who you are by e-mail, social media, et al) with the well-worn news (propaganda) habit of citing “unnamed sources” as the leverage for floating more governmental lies.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Social Logins for Government Services Profile User’s Identity

Who wants Facebook and fingerprints for government ID?

Julie Beal

Activist Post

The current transition to electronic government (“e-gov”) means ditching all the paper + telephones + offices, and digitising everything, within the next few years. Driving licences, health records, prescriptions, taxes, benefits, voting, money … all of them will be digital. To access these services, each citizen must get a smart-chip to identify themselves to the government via an Identity Provider, such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, PayPal, LinkedIn or Microsoft.

The chip, called a secure element, can either be in a card, or a mobile phone, and you’ll have to hang onto it for dear life, because without it, your life would fall apart. This global smart ID is about to make its debut – using ‘social login’.

 

 

http://www.arthurdurkee.net/images/Qwerty5061ws.jpg

http://artdurkee.blogspot.com/2010/06/nightwords.html 

 

 

Some years back, I took the opportunity to see James Douglass in person when he was touring to promote his book “JFK and the Unspeakable”.

Here, saved from the archives, is the write-up I did back then.

A Parable of TurningSeeing James Douglass last night was a memorable event. From his entrance on crutches, in worn clothes, with long hair around a balding head, he lacked perhaps only the donkey and the palms. If that sounds totally inappropriate to say, let me explain. What I think I glimpsed for a too short time was a man whose very life was an attempt to be like He who Douglass obviously reveres, and he is well along the way. As the founder of Mary’s House, a facility dedicated to serving the poor elderly in need of health care, part of the Catholic Worker movement, and as a peace and social justice movement leader, active in anti-nuclear non-violent protest, he has walked the walk.I came to the event having read not only JFKU but also his “Resistance and Contemplation”: I mistakenly ordered two copies, gave one to a friend and misplaced the other, and then bought a used version and re-read parts of it on the way. So I had some familiarity with the man who sat before me, microphone in hand, in some small way.

 

His remarks for the evening, I discovered after the fact, were based in great part on the Afterword that appears in the new Simon and Schuster version of the book that is regarded by many critical JFK researchers as the best and most recent definitive answer to why JFK died, how that came to pass (and at whose hands), and why it matters to you and I. True to his reverence, he spoke of miracles, and turned the tale of the death of our President, the first Catholic president, on its head by describing it (and, by later direct and indirect inference, the events of 9/11) as a miracle that opens the way in our own understanding and our own action. Twice, Douglass gave thanks that we were able to meet in this room on this day, for if it had not been Kennedy’s success in standing down the generals in the Cuban Missile crisis, “this all be would radioactive rubble”.John Kennedy, he said, lived with The Raven on his shoulder, having battled a number of illnesses and near-death experiences. Death was always just a step away. Douglass repeated many of the elements of the story from his book, noting especially Lincoln’s quote in JFK’s handwriting “I knew there is a God, and I see a storm coming. If He has a place for me, I believe I am ready.” Since World War II, there has been a gun to the head of the world in the form of nuclear weapons, and it is also a gun to the head of the President of the United States.Douglass also recounted the tale of Merton’s perception that every President would have his Bay of Pigs moment in which he was challenged by the military-intelligence apparatus with a covert op. Kennedy fired Dulles after that; Douglass says the Warren Commission was misnamed and should have been the Dulles Commission. The confrontation with US Steel was his second; Luce’s Fortune magazine responded with a shot across Kennedy’s bow entitled “Steel: The Ides of April”. Douglass also recounted the dinner with Dorothy Day in which they and others talked deep into the night “of war and peace, of man and state”, and Kennedy’s confrontations with the generals around the issue of sending troops to Vietnam (a parallel he drew with Obama, Petraeus and McChrystal), of Khrushchev the atheist and the Pope and the idea that the Ark needed to retain its buoyancy and successfully complete its cruise with the clean and the unclean gathered together in its hold.

 

Douglass mentioned the American University commencement address, its parallel to King’s Riverside speech, both marking out each of them for their assassination, and of that poignant dramatic turning point the book’s study guide asks us to revisit in which the five-year old Caroline, having interrupted her father in White House Rose Garden, recites to the National Security Council the poem her parents taught her to memorize: http://www.bartleby.com/104/121.html . He tells us what we know: that, in the end, Kennedy stood his ground and took the bullets.I went armed with questions which I never got to ask. I am left to infer his answers based on his remarks, the background of “Resistance and Contemplation”, the text of the book and the study questions and the answered questions for the author at the conclusion of the Simon and Schuster edition.I wanted to ask:

Who gave the order?

What role, if any, did the role of the Israeli efforts to attain nuclear power with the assistance and imprimatur of the President play in his death?

What role was played by the confrontation with the Federal Reserve play? Was this another “Bay of Pigs moment”, like the confrontation with Big Steel and its warning of the Ideas of April?

 

I wanted to ask what reactions and thoughts he had to Obama’s looking the other way at Israeli’s nuclear posture, the testing recently conducted by the US, and his involvement with the current Federal Reserve issues, the Wall Street bailouts, BP and the Gulf of Mexico.I wanted to ask if he was aware of the allegations by Pilger and Madsen that Obama had been brought along by the people of the Grand Chessboard, and the CIA, and had been an instrument of theirs?I wanted to ask of politics today, the left-right paradigm, of Obama as the last hope for change.

I wanted to ask of biowar, cyberwar, weather warfare, assassination squads, and extrajudicial shenanigans, and of the empowerment of corporate and military squads engaged in their own mini-evils.

 

In the back pages of the Simon and Schuster edition, there are 15 study questions. I have selected four for the reader’s contemplation.The first asks us “How does the government’s doctrine of plausible deniability rely on personal denial of responsibility for the Unspeakable?” I would add “How does it assist the citizens in simply accepting their own denial by enabling this doctrine to be used to create doubt and uncertainty about real events?”The second of my inclusions asks ‘If JFK had been assassinated on 11/2/63 in Chicago on November 2nd rather than Dallas on 11/22/63, LHO would be an unknown and Thomas Arthur Vallee would be notorious. What were the similarities between the two?’

Douglass wrote “Understanding that the CIA coordinated the assassination does not mean that we can limit the responsibility to the CIA. To tell the truth at the heart of darkness in this story, one must see and accept a responsibility that goes deeper and far beyond the CIA.” How much deeper and far beyond? What is the truth at the heart of darkness in this story?

Finally, what are the implications of state murders that target not just visionaries, but the fulfillment of their visions as well?

 

In the same back pages, Douglass is asked what surprises he discovered in doing his research. Douglass answers, “I was surprised by John Kennedy…. The grace within his struggle was the big surprise….”In responding to a question about the time pressures in completing the book, he notes “Patience is a revolutionary virtue.”He is asked if there is anything left uncovered and says he included only that which could be backed up with solid sources (footnoted) that the reader could check out. Yet he says “There is far more than this beneath the surface. Yet we know enough, and have known enough for a long time, to see the truth. I believe that what is written here about the assassination is only a tiny, visible piece of a systemic evil that continues to reach into the depths of our world.”

The work of Vincent Salandria and E. Martin Schotz is noted by Douglass in the dedication, acknowledgments and end notes.

See http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/JFKsalandria.htm and

http://www.maryferrell.org/wiki/index.php/Unredacted_-_Episode_5

 

Mr. Douglass was introduced by Michael True, the director of the Center for Nonviolent Solutions (see www.nonviolentsolutions.org ), a cause in general to which Douglass is committed. He said that “our job is to open our ears and hear”, and that “change will come not from Washington but when we bring change to Washington”. And so I suspect Douglass’ answer would have been couched in terms of massed nonviolent resistance… there was a good deal of discussion about Gandhi and Reverend King, as well … and I thought back to his parable of the turning and the need to bring change to Washington.I wanted to ask him of the posture of the Unspeakable in its procedures of mass unrest, infiltration and detention of protesters, the militarization of civil authority, the Empire itself. In this unspoken exchange, I could only listen to the words of his talk and reflect back on the book he’d written long ago on resistance and contemplation, and how the doorway to the jail cell was the path to freedom, the way of the Cross.In the question-and-answer period, for which there was only limited time, the conversation turned. Many there were also interested in the questions of 9/11 and when my question about David Ray Griffin elicited comment and more questions, Douglass has this to say (and I will do my best to paraphrase with integrity):

‘If they can get away with killing JFK in broad daylight, and get away with it for over forty years, what is not possible for them to do? If they can get away with bringing down the Towers on national TV for a decade, what is next? Is there anything that will not do?’

“… one prays every step of the way for patience and the Spirit.”

posted Oct 6 2010, 03:05 PM

 

 

 

A Chart of the ObamaCare health care system

Posted back in July 2010

chart link:

http://www.jec.senate.gov/republicans/public/?a=Files.Serve&File_id=5ee16e0f-6ee6-4643-980e-b4d5f1d7759a

 The Media’s Sexualization of Young Girlshttp://www.alternet.org/story/85977/

 

 

 

 

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http://jfklancer.com/pdf/Paine.pdf 

 

 

http://www.dailypaul.com/306410/cnn-anchors-laugh-about-new-spy-revelations 

The jocular acceptance by the mainstream entertainment news — where they dared to note it — of the admission by the executive producer of “JFK” that, as I have noted for years, yes indeed he was a highly-ranked-and-regarded arms dealer for Israel who was instrumental in helping them achieve nuclear warhead capability, indicates their widespread acceptance of the political hegemony of the small number of the elitist extremist self-chosen.  I’m surprised that few even raise an eyebrow that the fellow who shipped nuclear triggers and probably nuclear materials covertly to Israel was the fellow who put up the money for our culture’s leading Hollywood treatment of the assassination of the young President who dared to oppose publicly and diplomatically the Israeli move to be a nuclear power. The media’s treatment of this obvious yet glaringly absent fact was also yet another obvious and bold signal that we out in the cheap seats should simply role over and accept our role as servants, chattel, goyim.

Or, as the secretive friend of the Mossad once known on the Internet as “Joisy Guy” (ex-Brooklynite who moved out beyond Hackensack, now selling on E-Bay repackaged old Betty Page photographs and pix of celebrities to fawning idiots willing to part with their cash) once said (with symbol of marca registrada): “Da Fix is In”.

 

 

CONE OF CONSPIRACY

 

 

I found this old link from 2009 about the NSA [ http://www.cryptogon.com/?p=11964 ] in the archives, the last paragraph of which reads as follows:

Amy Kudwa, a Homeland Security Department spokeswoman, said that while NSA does provide “technical expertise” to DHS in connection with its cyber-security responsibilities, details of this assistance are classified. She said that although Alexander was present for the opening of the NCCIC, it was her information that the spy agency would not have representatives seated in the command center on a daily basis. She said that private sector companies eventually will be invited to assign personnel to work in the command center.

Perhaps this dovetails nicely with the notes I scribbled as I sat and watched a small slice of a CSPAN-3 show on Cyber Attacks and Espionage today [the 85-minute video is accessible here: http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/315047-1], taped remarks of a panel of three at the Asia Society on 11/16/13.

I needed to run out the door to pick up the antipasto for Thanksgiving but tarried long enough to note the names of William Plummer, Vice President of Huawei [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huawei ] , as well as Thomas Rid, the author “Cyber War Will Not Take Place”.  The fellow whose graphic identity was superimposed on the image of him was the one who caught my attention: Chad Sweet, currently the CEO (and noted as a founder) of The Chertoff Group: http://chertoffgroup.com/bios/chad-sweet.php

Previous Government and Private Sector Service:

  • Chief of Staff, Department of Homeland Security (2007 – 2009)
  • Vice President, Goldman Sachs (1996 – 2006)
  • Investment Banker, Morgan Stanley (1994 – 1996)
  • Directorate of Operations, Central Intelligence Agency (1990, 1991 – 1993)

So there you have it, a snapshot of the revolving door blurring of lines between Wall Street, the Fed, the CIA, and business intelligence, economic espionage, national security and defense, and cybersecurity.

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A Fierce Domain: Conflict in Cyberspace 1986 to 2012Four key recommendations, if implemented, may improve our ability to learn from cyber conflict history.

1. The White House must encourage the military and Intelligence Community to declassify information on past cyber conflicts;

2. The National Intelligence University, Center for Cryptologic History, or Center for the Study of Intelligence should begin a parallel effort to develop a classified history, the lessons of which must be declassified;

3. The DoD, DHS, and others must teach cyber conflict history to both the newer cyber cadres and senior decision-makers. Professional historians need to become more involved. And cyber conflict should be taught in classes in both Cyberspace Engineering and International Security.

4. University history departments, historians, and other researchers must recognize cyber conflict as an area with a rich history, waiting to be mined. (Perhaps this might even offer better prospects for publication than other, long exploited areas of military or national security history. Trust me, you can make far more as a historian if you specialize in cyberspace than in the advantages or disadvantages of the phalanx.) Hopefully, once more cyber conflict history is revealed, new students, policymakers, and cyber practitioners will learn that the dynamics of cyber conflict are not as mystifying as they have been led to believe.

2013-1561.htm         A Fierce Domain: Cyberspace Conflict 1986-2012   November 11, 2013

 

 

“… make no mistake about it, the final battles in the war over freedom of thought are going to be fought in cyberspace.”

http://www2.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB177/index.htm 

 

The Weaponized Internet

November 16th, 2013

Via: Wired:

The internet backbone — the infrastructure of networks upon which internet traffic travels — went from being a passive infrastructure for communication to an active weapon for attacks.

According to revelations about the QUANTUM program, the NSA can “shoot” (their words) an exploit at any target it desires as his or her traffic passes across the backbone. It appears that the NSA and GCHQ were the first to turn the internet backbone into a weapon; absent Snowdens of their own, other countries may do the same and then say, “It wasn’t us. And even if it was, you started it.”

Here’s how it works.

The QUANTUM codename is deliciously apt for a technique known as “packet injection,” which spoofs or forges packets to intercept them. The NSA’s wiretaps don’t even need to be silent; they just need to send a message that arrives at the target first. It works by examining requests and injecting a forged reply that appears to come from the real recipient so the victim acts on it.

Posted in Covert Operations, Infrastructure, Surveillance, Technology, War

 

 “Information Operations: Doctrine, Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures”Field Manual No. 3-13 Headquarters, Department of the Army

Washington, DC, 28 November 2003

http://www.iwar.org.uk/iwar/resources/doctrine/fm-3-13.pdf 

As an addendum to the document “Information Roadmap”, there are some interesting comments to be found within a very interesting post at http://cryptogon.com/?p=834“In mindwar, which is what this is, the battlespace is littered with bullshit and honeypots. Getting outside the boxes lands you inside other boxes. It is like planning an ambush far in advance. When the enemy (you and me) walks along the path and starts taking fire, we leap into the bushes for cover… and land in a mine field.Another analogy. The Internet is like a safety valve on a pressure cooker. If the thing is getting dangerous, dissidents and activists of EVERY possible description can meet up with the handfull of other people who share similar interests, sit in front of their computers, and spend a lot of time accomplishing nothing. In the meantime, valuable intelligence may be gleaned about us via the methods I discuss above, and probably techniques we can’t begin to imagine.

When I studied information warfare in college, this now long forgotten essay was a big deal, but twelve years later, have we learned anything?

The Internet could also be used offensively as an additional medium in psychological operations campaigns and to help achieve unconventional warfare objectives. Used creatively as an integral asset, the Internet can facilitate many DoD operations and activities.

Strategic Assessment: The Internet

http://www.fas.org/cp/swett.html

Prepared by Mr. Charles Swett

Assistant for Strategic Assessment

Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense

for Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict

July 1995

 

Have you seen their playbook, the manual of their tactics, techniques and procedures?”Offensive IO destroy, degrade, disrupt, deny, deceive, exploit, and influence adversary decisionmakers and others who can affect the success of friendly operations.Defensive IO protect and defend friendly information…

Listed under threat capabilities and sources is 1-13. Activist Nonstate Actors. Including social activists who” use the international news media to attempt to influence global public opinion and shape decisionmaker perceptions.”

1-15. Foreign Information Operations Activities “mimic those activities of

hackers, terrorists, and activist including nonstate actors. Foreign IO activities take advantage of the anonymity offered by computer bulletin boards to hide organized collection or disruption activities. Some also masquerade as unorganized hackers. Their primary targets are often commercial and scientific, rather than military, INFOSYS. In addition, adversaries use IO capabilities— both low-tech and high-tech—to attempt to shape the information environment in their favor.”

1-18. Information Fratricide.

“… a well-funded nonstate actor can pose a greater threat than some less sophisticated foreign intelligence services. Information fratricide also threatens IO success during peace and crisis. Effective staff work is essential to ensure that the activities and messages of all forces and agencies are synchronized to achieve national objectives.”

1-27. Perception Management. Perception management consists of actions to convey and/or deny selected information and indicators to foreign audiences to influence their emotions, motives, and objective reasoning; and to intelligence systems and leaders at all levels to influence official estimates, ultimately resulting in foreign behaviors and official actions favorable to the originator’s objectives. In various ways, perception management combines truth projection, operations security, cover, deception, and psychological operations (JP 3-13). Some adversaries will target friendly forces and interests with perception management activities, such as propaganda and deception, to undermine their will to fight or resist. These activities can take many forms, from civilian media broadcasts to special operations forces strikes.

1-28. Propaganda seeks to shape the information environment in the adversary’s favor. Strategic propaganda supports adversary strategic or operational objectives by influencing the opinions, emotions, attitudes, or behavior of people who can affect friendly operations. Operational and tactical propaganda seeks to incite opposition to friendly operations by targeting audiences in the area of operations (AO).

Policy and Public Opinion

1-32. The global expanse of the information environment allows news reports and analyses to rapidly influence public opinion and decisions concerning military operations. Audiences include the US public, decisionmakers, multinational partners, other nations, and international organizations. It also includes potential or actual adversaries. The news media will likely provide 24-hour coverage of, and diverse perspectives on, any future operation.

1-33. Global visibility of operations can also affect strategic or operational deterrence and affect commanders’ decisions. Stories in the global information environment may be inaccurate, incomplete, or presented out of context. They may be based on rumor or be the result of intentional disinformation efforts. In such circumstances, commanders may be tempted to act in haste, make emotional decisions, or make choices inconsistent with the real situation. Effective commanders anticipate how adversaries might attempt to shape the information environment. Preventing adversaries from setting the terms of a conflict in the public arena is a form of maintaining the initiative and a fundamental aspect of perception management.

Because the human dimension includes families and communities as well as soldiers, a commander’s battlespace includes home station (see FM 3-0). Bad news, misinterpretations, misinformation, and disinformation can affect morale there and indirectly undermine the will of the force.

1-36. The Army defines information superiority as the operational advantage derived from the ability to collect, process, and disseminate an uninterrupted flow of information while exploiting or denying an adversary’s ability to do the same (FM 3-0).

1-53. Information operations is the employment of the core capabilities of electronic warfare, computer network operations, psychological operations, military deception, and operations security, in concert with specified supporting and related capabilities, to affect or defend information and information systems, and to influence decisionmaking.

1-76. During peace, commanders conduct IO to shape the strategic environment or to prepare for operations during crisis and war. Normally IO are part of a combatant commander’s theater engagement plan. The majority of peacetime preparation is done at home station or during training exercises. Using contingency plans to focus their efforts, commanders prepare databases for each IO element. These databases contain information on possible adversaries and other significant actors. At the strategic and operational levels, databases focus on one or more of the following target sets:

• Political leadership.

• Information capabilities and vulnerabilities, including military and civilian communication networks, and domestic and foreign media.

• Military operations, leadership, and infrastructure, and their vulnerabilities at the strategic, operational, and tactical levels.

• Economic factors that affect an actor’s ability to mount and sustain military operations, and those that affect the morale of the population and its leadership. This set includes the infrastructure that supports economic activity.

• Social effects of ethnic, racial, and historical animosities and alliances.

1-77. The first four of these target sets coincide with the instruments of national power. The last target set addresses aspects of the information environment that commanders consider when conducting IO. Examples of information that databases may include are—

• People and groups who wield influence, both within states and nonstate actors.

• Decisionmakers, both within states and nonstate actors.

• People and groups sympathetic to US interests.

• People and groups hostile to US interests.

• People and groups vulnerable to US influence.

• Themes that appeal to specific audiences.

• Attributes of states that make them stable or unstable.

• States and nonstate actors that either accept or reject US economic or military support.

• Religious, ethnic, and cultural customs, norms, and values.

“Information Operations: Doctrine, Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures”

Field Manual No. 3-13 

Headquarters, Department of the Army

Washington, DC, 28 November 2003

http://www.iwar.org.uk/iwar/resources/doctrine/fm-3-13.pdf 

 

 

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Seen elsewhere:

“Spend 12 hours in the real world, offline and away from TV and other mediated reality, and you miss the entire rise and fall of a false narrative that grips the world.” 

“Psy-ops is more like humidity than a douche. And TV plus movies are the moist fog that most Americans stand in and breath deeply.” 

 

 

 

 

Music Video: The FreeBees

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAkWNxhBWjs (3:24) 

 

 

The only difference between the days of JFK and 911 is the time line you choose in which to enter the rabbit hole. They all lead to the same interstate. 

— The Arkansas Dirt Devil, 3/31/10

 

 

A Keene Eye for the Truth9/11: Time for a Second Look[written and posted online shortly after the presentation– soon after I returned from from my 14-month sabbatical in West Virginia]

 

Griffin specifically mentioned that the EPA had been ordered to lie about the quality of the air post-collapse (see below), noted that 60% of the Ground Zero workers are ill, and that their future and too-soon deaths are predicted to exceed the original death toll.He further noted that Zelikow [the fellow who, prior to being named as the Executive Director of the 9/11 Commission, authored a treatise on the need for pre-emptive warfare as a result of 9/11] told staffers on the 9/11 Commission not to return calls from commissioners (an order later rescinded), and that he pre-wrote an outline with sub-outlines and sub-sub-outlines of the final report, and kept that secret from his staff.Griffin also pointed out that NIST (an arm of the Department of Commerce run by a Bush appointee) had ‘fully hijacked the 9/11 investigation from the scientific realm into the political realm’, that the NIST reports had to be approved by both the OMB and the NSA.

Such eye-rolling contempt, he noted, also does not recognize the new shape of the 9/11 movement. George Monbiot referred to it as “a bunch of idiots”. Alexander Cockburn called the movement’s members nuts, and described it as “an ascendancy of magic over common sense and reason”. Griffin himself has been described as the high priest or guru of a religiously based movement and, that, as a professor of theology, he was qualified only to discuss myths and fairy tales, to which Griffin retorts “then that makes me eminently qualified to discuss the 9/11 Commission Report”.

 

Griffin points to a shift towards new and stronger intellectual, scientific and professional support, and reviewed the growing list of professional associations devoted to 9/11 truth (pilots, engineers, architects, intelligence officials, lawyers, community officials, medical professionals and others). As Griffin points out, these are not people who can or will be easily dismissed.The weight of scientific evidence is now overwhelmingly against the official theory’, said Griffin, and discussed the independent nature of the groups, unlike that of the Commission and NIST. He noted an Old Sinclair Lewis quote: “It is difficult for a man to understand something when his salary depends on him not understanding it.”Griffin spoke of several times in which the FBI itself actually quietly blew holes in the official story, first in its proclamation that Ussama bin Laden, while wanted for terrorism, is not wanted for anything related to 9/11 [‘there is no evidence’, said their spokesman], and also in its testimony in the trial of Zaccarias Moussaoui, and further noted that Barb Olsen (whose famous cell phone call was the only time the word boxcutters was ever used in an “official story” element) made two attempted calls, one of which was never connected and the second of which lasted 0 seconds. He noted as well that no major media outlet finds these kinds of things newsworthy.

Griffin noted that OBL’s death is recorded in mid-December of 2001; watch for Griffin’s forthcoming book “OBL: Dead or Alive?”, as well as another soon to be delivered to the publishing house entitled “The Mysterious Collapse of WTC7”… He described –as Jimiray has often pointed out — that the WTC7 collapse is the Achilles Heel of the official story.

 

Griffin noted the frequent and repeated delays of the NIST report but that , in the end, it inadvertently reveals the truth while ignoring physical evidence (example: the presence in the dust of particles which could only have been formed in extreme heat — over 5000 degrees Fahrenheit –, or the nano-thermitic material. Griffin noted that the NIST did not check the dust ‘because there was no evidence’ for it – isn’t that the reason you check? – and that ‘if you’re looking for something that isn’t there, you’re wasting time and taxpayers’ money’.Griffin then proceeded to recount the tale of one Barry Jennings and his colleague Michael Hess and their reports of their activities inside WTC7. It involves BBC interviews… I did not catch all the details; I’ll have to do some more homework and reading… but the tale ends with the mysterious death of Jennings, the man who claimed to have heard and experienced explosions, and the elevation to the Vice Presidency of Giuliani’s consulting business after he supported Giuliani’s re-hash of the timeline.Griffin also recounted how NIST was forced to accept the idea that the WTC7 was in full, uninterrupted free fall when confronted with the proof put forth by a high school physics teacher, a circumstance Griffin described as an absolute contradiction with its own official conclusion and thus the ultimate self-destruction of the official fairy tale.

Griffin recalled his book about the 100 Omissions and Commissions of the 9/11 Commission Report and noted that, if he was writing the book today, the number would be over 200.

 

He urged a wholesale re-visitation of the research, evidence and facts surrounding 9/11 so that President Obama might be given the political, intellectual, legal and religious support he needed in order to feel comfortable moving toward a re-investigation. In the first question in the audience Q&A, he was asked when his first audience with the President would be. Griffin noted Obama’s pledge that his administration would be based on sound science, reviewed the presence of scientific fraud in the 9/11 investigations, and said that, with Bush/Cheney, there was no chance for re-opening the investigation but that, with Obama, there was a 10% chance. He noted this as a singular and outstanding improvement.In his response to another question about Dallas 11/22/63, Griffin noted that the truth in the case of 9/11 was even more obvious than it was in the JFK assassination and, furthermore, that there is a prompt, large, global movement addressing 9/11. He noted that every major country and every major US city had a 9/11 coalition or committee of some sort. He said the objective was to get the 9/11-based policies reversed, and to get back to a rule of law.I stood in line at the microphone and asked him to tell us, in the context of the high degree of world change currently being experienced (he’d already mentioned the environmental issues), the media blackout and the Bernaysian propaganda, the power of the military-industrial complex, peak oil, the severe economic crisis, and the possibility of nuclear war, and as a Christian theologian on the weekend in which the world celebrated the execution of another truth-teller at the hands of the money-changers, whether we should concentrate on a legal/investigative/forensic approach, a political approach, or a spiritual approach. His answer (predictably): all three.

 

Asked if he’d ever been threatened, he said “no”.In a follow-up question as to whether he was afraid, he said “no”.‘They wouldn’t likely bring harm to me because my five [soon seven] books would all leap to the best-sellers’ lists.”

He said that we needed to push for and create a media professionals for 9/11 truth (the subject briefly of our pizza discussion), and noted that his book on 9/11 contradictions had been nailed to most members of Congress with only two replies: “We have received your book. Thank you.”

Griffin, in response to another question about the 800-lb. Gorilla in the room, said that we had to recognize the facts: we live in a plutocracy, a government of the rich for the rich, and that we had to move to repeal corporate personhood that allowed corporations to outvote tens of millions of citizens.

He further noted that, while the Founding Fathers had written a Constitution that was designed to protect against the eventual controlling evolution of a special interest group, they themselves were rich, never saw themselves as a special interest group, and thus never wrote any protection into the Constitution that would protect the nation against the eventual control of the special interest group of the rich.

Seen on the way by to somewhere else:“the corrupt pigs who have gamed the system into their own little perpetual ATM machine “

 

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photo courtesy of rkramer62 via http://www.strike-the-root.com/

 

When cold gas failed to flush Chris Dorner out of a remote cabin, San Bernardino County (Calif.) Sheriff’s SWAT deputies used hot gas, an incendiary tool that could have caused the fire that engulfed the cabin.

A law enforcement official told the Los Angeles Times deputies deployed hot gas, a more intense chemical agent that has been known to inadvertently cause fires inside dwellings.

Several media outlets, including the United Kingdom-based Mirror, have reported that SWAT officers can be heard yelling “Burn it down” on news audio clips from the incident. However, burning down the cabin may not have been the officers’ intention, Robert O’Brien, a retired Cleveland SWAT commander, told POLICE Magazine.

Christopher Dorner 

 

“The complete failure of the military-intelligence-banking leadership to persuade the American people that John F. Kennedy was killed by a lone assassin is testimony to the efforts by thousands of Americans to document and share their individual pieces of the jigsaw puzzle that constituted the invisible coup d’etat that occurred with Kennedy’s death.

A European reporter sent me an interview he had done of a historian who has focused his research on the Kennedy assassination. The historian said he had counted over 1,000 people who had died mysteriously in the process of bringing to light the facts of Kennedy’s death. Is that number of killings possible? Based on my experience, yes it is.

By Catherine Austin Fitts

He Who Archives Writes History 

Surveillance

What follows is a file of information on the topic of surveillance that was collected over the course of the last two weeks or so. 

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Spies worry over ‘doomsday’ cache stashed by ex-NSA contractor Snowden 25 Nov 2013 British and U.S. intelligence officials say they are worried about a “doomsday” cache of highly classified, heavily encrypted material they believe former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden has stored on a data cloud. The cache contains documents generated by the NSA and other agencies and includes names of U.S. and allied intelligence personnel, seven current and former U.S. officials and other sources briefed on the matter said. The data is protected with sophisticated encryption, and multiple passwords are needed to open it, said two of the sources, who like the others spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss intelligence matters.

Report: NSA director offered resignation 25 Nov 2013 The National Security Agency’s director, Gen. Keith Alexander, offered to resign from his post shortly after Edward Snowden began leaking classified government documents, according to The Wall Street Journal. According to the report, the Obama administration rejected his offer. Snowden, a former NSA contractor, began disclosing documents detailing the agency’s surveillance programs in June.

@ http://www.legitgov.org/

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23 November 2013NSA TreasureMap

 

http://cryptome.org/2013/11/nsa-treasuremap.htm

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http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2013/11/21/the_obscure_fbi_team_that_does_the_nsa_dirty_work 

A slice: 

The heart of the FBI’s signals intelligence activities is an obscure organization called the Data Intercept Technology Unit, or DITU (pronounced DEE-too). The handful of news articles that mentioned it prior to revelations of NSA surveillance this summer did so mostly in passing. It has barely been discussed in congressional testimony. An NSA PowerPoint presentation given to journalists by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden hints at DITU’s pivotal role in the NSA’s Prism system — it appears as a nondescript box on a flowchart showing how the NSA “task[s]” information to be collected, which is then gathered and delivered by the DITU.

But interviews with current and former law enforcement officials, as well as technology industry representatives, reveal that the unit is the FBI’s equivalent of the National Security Agency and the primary liaison between the spy agency and many of America’s most important technology companies, including Google, Facebook, YouTube, and Apple.”

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DARPA’s iXo A.I. Control Grid: ‘The Official Version’

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MuTIyBvfcHs&feature=player_embedded 

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http://xymphora.blogspot.com/2013/08/newspapers-tor-nsa-saic-chertoff.html 

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American government enabling of terrorists and gangsters: “Schneier tells Washington NSA broke Internet’s security for everyone”:

“At a presentation in a conference room inside the US Capitol on Friday, Schneier—who has been helping The Guardian review the trove of documents provided by Snowden—said that in its haste to “weaponize” the Internet, the NSA has broken its mechanisms of security. And those breaks—including the backdoors that the NSA convinced or coerced software developers to put into the implementations of their encryption and other security products, are so severe that it is now just a matter of time before others with less-noble causes than fighting terrorism will be able to exploit the holes the NSA has created.”

AT 11/20/2013 04:48:00 AM

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http://rinf.com/alt-news/breaking-news/supreme-court-denies-bid-against-nsa/ 

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NSA Boundless Informant explicated – for moar efficient flat databases of all yr phone records

Submitted by HongPong on Tue, 2013-11-26 01:21

Just had to crosspost this relatively down-to-earth explanation of how all the cell phone data is hoarded in the NSA mass data mining system. What this lacks in documentation it makes up for with relative plausibility & general lack of fancifulness.

SOURCE: Cryptome.org : http://cryptome.org/2013/11/nsa-boundless-informant-explicated.htm

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Private Firms Selling Mass Surveillance Systems Around World

November 19th, 2013

Via: Guardian:

Private firms are selling spying tools and mass surveillance technologies to developing countries with promises that “off the shelf” equipment will allow them to snoop on millions of emails, text messages and phone calls, according to a cache of documents published on Monday.

The papers show how firms, including dozens from Britain, tout the capabilities at private trade fairs aimed at offering nations in Africa, Asia and the Middle East the kind of powerful capabilities that are usually associated with government agencies such as GCHQ and its US counterpart, the National Security Agency.

Posted in Covert Operations, Dictatorship, Infrastructure, Surveillance, Technology

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NSA Links to St Petersburg Florida Drug Ring

November 17th, 2013

Via: Mad Cow Morning News:

Skyway Global LLC, the St. Petersburg, FL company that owned the DC-9 airline busted in Mexico carrying 5.5 tons of cocaine, made its headquarters in a 79,000 sq ft building owned by Verint Systems (NASDAQ: VRNT), a foreign tele-communications company with a contract to wiretap the U.S. for the NSA through the communication lines of Verizon, which handles almost half of all landline and cell phone calls in the U.S.

Verint’s founder and CEO, Jacob “Kobi” Alexander, is a former Israeli intelligence officer who is today a fugitive from justice living in Namibia, where he has for several years been fighting extradition to the U.S.

On Verint’s Board of Directors is Lieutenant General Kenneth A. Minihan, former director of the NSA, which has led to speculation that the company today is a joint NSA-Mossad operation. 

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Americans’ Personal Data Shared with CIA, IRS, Others in Security Probe

November 14th, 2013

Via: McClatchy:

U.S. agencies collected and shared the personal information of thousands of Americans in an attempt to root out untrustworthy federal workers that ended up scrutinizing people who had no direct ties to the U.S. government and simply had purchased certain books.

Federal officials gathered the information from the customer records of two men who were under criminal investigation for purportedly teaching people how to pass lie detector tests. The officials then distributed a list of 4,904 people – along with many of their Social Security numbers, addresses and professions – to nearly 30 federal agencies, including the Internal Revenue Service, the CIA, the National Security Agency and the Food and Drug Administration. Although the polygraph-beating techniques are unproven, authorities hoped to find government employees or applicants who might have tried to use them to lie during the tests required for security clearances. Officials with multiple agencies confirmed that they’d checked the names in their databases and planned to retain the list in case any of those named take polygraphs for federal jobs or criminal investigations.

It turned out, however, that many people on the list worked outside the federal government and lived across the country. Among the people whose personal details were collected were nurses, firefighters, police officers and private attorneys, McClatchy learned. Also included: a psychologist, a cancer researcher and employees of Rite Aid, Paramount Pictures, the American Red Cross and Georgetown University.

Moreover, many of them had only bought books or DVDs from one of the men being investigated and didn’t receive the one-on-one training that investigators had suspected. In one case, a Washington lawyer was listed even though he’d never contacted the instructors. Dozens of others had wanted to pass a polygraph not for a job, but for a personal reason: The test was demanded by spouses who suspected infidelity.

The unprecedented creation of such a list and decision to disseminate it widely demonstrate the ease with which the federal government can collect and share Americans’ personal information, even when there’s no clear reason for doing so.

The case comes to light amid revelations that the NSA, in an effort to track foreign terrorists, has for years been stockpiling the data of the daily telephone and Internet communications of tens of millions of ordinary Americans. Though nowhere near as massive as the NSA programs, the polygraph inquiry is another example of the federal government’s vast appetite for Americans’ personal information and the sweeping legal authority it wields in the name of national security.

“This is increasingly happening – data is being collected by the federal government for one use and then being entirely repurposed for other uses and shared,” said Fred Cate, an Indiana University-Bloomington law professor who specializes in information privacy and national security. “Yet there is no constitutional protection for sharing data within the government.”

Posted in Books, Dictatorship, Surveillance

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Las Vegas Installs “Intellistreets” Light Fixtures Capable Of Audio Recording

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http://www.dailypaul.com/305137/snowden-level-breaking-news-tsa-dhs-has-realtime-voice-print-spy-grid-seattle-city-govt-confirms 

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Important stuff

http://beforeitsnews.com/alternative/2013/11/google-tracks-everything-you-do-even-offline-2820826.html 

http://www.virtualthreat.com/2013/08/03/nsa-surveillance-tool-allows-real-time-access/ 

http://www.virtualthreat.com

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Scared Silent: NSA Surveillance has ‘Chilling Effect’ on American Writers

http://rinf.com/alt-news/breaking-news/scared-silent-nsa-surveillance-has-chilling-effect-on-american-writers/ 

Recent disclosures of the NSA‘s widespread dragnet program coupled with its frequent targeting of journalists are having a ‘chilling effect’ on American writers, stifling their freedom of expression at great detriment to society, says a new report Chilling Effects: NSA Surveillance Drives U.S. Writers to Self Censor.

Published Tuesday by the group PEN America—an organization of writers dedicated to advancing literature and promoting free speech for writers around the world—surveyed 520 American writers and found they are “not only overwhelmingly worried about government surveillance, but are engaging in self-censorship as a result.”

More at the link…

http://www.pen.org/sites/default/files/Chilling%20Effects_PEN%20American.pdf 

http://www.pen.org

640K ought to be enough for anyone. — Bill Gates, 1981 

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November 11-12, 2013 — The NSA backdoor into the PLO’s encrypted communications

Although National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden’s revelations about the agency’s “back doors” into encryption systems, along with the signals intelligence (SIGINT) sharing relationship between NSA and the Israel SIGINT National Unit or “Unit 8200,” recently grabbed headlines, the NSA-Israeli relationship has even older roots, according to a former U.S. intelligence agency source.

Long before NSA had the capability to decrypt encrypted communications, including that which relied on the RSA encryption system, through its BULLRUN program, NSA relied on earlier back doors installed in electro-mechanical Crypto AG encryption units manufactured in Switzerland. The UK Government Communications Headquarters’s (GCHQ) version of the BULLRUN back door program is code named EDGEHILL.

After the Palestine Liberation Organization was expelled from Lebanon in 1982 after Israeli forces invaded and occupied the country, the PLO re-established its headquarters in Tunis, the capital of Tunisia. The government of then-Tunisian President Habib Bourguiba arranged for the PLO to use spare Crypto AG equipment that had been in use by the Tunisian government to encrypt its sensitive diplomatic and military communications.

The PLO not only used the Crypto AG equipment while it was headquartered in Tunis but continued to use it after relocating its headquarters to Ramallah on the West Bank in 1993 up until PLO president Yasir Arafat’s death in November 2004. A Swiss scientific examination of Arafat’s remains strongly indicates that the Palestinian leader was poisoned by radioactive polonium and Palestinian officials claim only Israel had the means and the access to Arafat’s compound in Ramallah to assassinate him by radioactive poisoning.

According to our source, NSA was able to decrypt and read all the PLO’s communications traffic during the 1980s and some of the SIGINT on the PLO was shared with Israel’s Unit 8200. On October 1, 1985, the Israelis launched Operation Wooden Leg, an air attack on PLO headquarters in Tunis. By reading the PLO’s classified traffic, the Israelis hoped to kill as many senior PLO leaders as possible. Sixty people, mostly PLO officials, were killed in the attack, but PLO chairman Yasir Arafat escaped assassination then by the Israelis.

NSA and Israel had back door access into Yasir Arafat’s encrypted communications from his Ramallah headquarters, providing Israel with the necessary sensitive information facilitating the assassination of the Nobel Peace Prize laureate in a radioactive polonium attack.

However, the Palestinian Authority’s continued use of the tampered Crypto AG equipment provided to it by Tunisia, gave the NSA and Israelis the back door access required to penetrate whatever classified internal security measures Arafat relied upon while he was trapped by the surrounding Israeli military forces in his Ramallah compound.

The editor broke the Crypto AG back door story in the late 1990s:

“The secret Crypto A.G. – NSA relationship remained relatively covert until March 1992 when Hans Buehler, Crypto A.G.’s Swiss marketing representative for Iran, was arrested in Teheran on his twenty-fifth sales trip and charged with espionage by the Iranian military counter-intelligence service. His Iranian captors accused the tall, fiftyish businessman and former radio officer in the Swiss merchant marine, of spying for the ‘intelligence services of the Federal Republic of Germany and the United States of America.’ Buehler denied all of the Iranian charges.

Buehler, who spent nine months blindfolded in solitary confinement in a Teheran prison  was questioned daily by his Iranian interrogators for five months. The Iranians claimed to know that Crypto A.G. was a ‘spy center’ and that the company worked together with foreign intelligence services. They also claimed that Crypto’s cipher machines were manipulated in some way to make it easy for them to be decrypted . . .

The Iranians, had, for some time, suspected a problem with their Crypto cipher units. Based on previous Libyan and Syrian suspicions concerning the security of their Crypto A.G. equipment, the Iranians had ample reason to believe that their units had somehow been rigged. Iran first became suspicious about their cipher units when it was reported, in 1987, that the NSA had intercepted coded Iranian diplomatic cables between Teheran and the Hezbollah (Party of God) terrorist group in Lebanon via Iran’s embassies in Beirut and Damascus. U.S. officials revealed that the intercepts yielded ‘conclusive evidence that Iran ordered the kidnapping’ of ABC News Beirut correspondent Charles Glass . . .

Some Crypto A.G. engineers contend that NSA prevailed on Crypto A.G. to sell their cipher machines to Iran not only because NSA wanted to be able to listen in on encrypted Iranian government communications but also because they viewed Crypto A.G. as a ready, willing, and very cooperative re-engineering ‘pass through.’  Pakistan was allegedly granted American military credits with only one provision, that it buy its encryption equipment from Crypto A.G.

One former Crypto A.G. chief engineer stated that he knew that the German and American SIGINT agencies were involved in manipulating Crypto cipher machines and that NSA used one of its major contractors, Motorola, to perform the actual technical alterations. He also said that he was personally involved in the manipulation process. Juerg Spoerndli, another former Crypto A.G. engineer who was responsible for designing encryption equipment, said that in the late 1970s he weakened the strength of his cipher units. He stated he was ‘ordered to change algorithms under mysterious circumstances.’

Spoerndli’s contentions are supported by American cryptographic experts. One former Racal cryptographer confided that such NSA manipulation of commercial encryption equipment is widespread, affecting not only Crypto A.G. gear but also that of his old firm, Racal. This should come as no surprise considering that firm’s close ties with GCHQ. The former Racal specialist claims that the NSA manipulation is very formal and consists of the following steps:

1. NSA schedules to have its personnel come to the site of the cryptographic company to conduct an inspection of new encryption equipment.

2. NSA cryptographic experts examine each cryptographic application including algorithms.

3. NSA approves each algorithm for use.

4. NSA technicians record encrypted sessions, including cryptographic key exchanges.

5. When NSA feels that it is able to decrypt the communications of the encryption unit in question, it permits export.

NSA ensures that its ‘tampered’ products receive favorable treatment in the granting of U.S. Foreign Military Sales to the armed services of other countries. According to the Racal engineer, the NSA forced U.S. contractors to use Crypto A.G. equipment in the Saudi Navy Expansion Program, giving NSA a back door into future Saudi encrypted naval communications.

From the German side, Siemens Defense Electronics Group also provided technical assistance for the machine manipulation process. In fact, Crypto A.G. has been called a ‘secret Siemens daughter’ by a previous director of the encryption firm. The manipulated cipher machines were apparently rigged so that when some 120 countries that were Crypto A.G. customers used them, the random encryption key could be automatically and clandestinely transmitted with the enciphered message.

The BND and NSA codebreakers then used the transmitted key to decrypt the message. In older, mechanical cipher machines an extra lever allows the secret key to be sent with the encrypted message. These messages were easily decrypted by NSA and BND. One previous Crypto A.G. employee contends that all developmental Crypto A.G. equipment had to be sent to the German Central Cipher Bureau (Zentralstelle für Chiffrierung [ZfCH]), now the Federal Information Security Agency (Bundesamt für Sicherheit in der Informationstechnik [BSI] which is also Department 62 of the BND) in Bad Godesburg near Bonn and NSA for approval . . .

The NSA and GCHQ were  cooperating in the secret Crypto A.G. manipulation program. Apparently, GCHQ was intercepting coded Egyptian traffic from Cairo’s embassy in London as early as 1958. It also turns out that the Egyptians were using Crypto A.G. cipher machines. GCHQ cryptanalysts in Cheltenham were able to detect new settings on ciphers at the Egyptian embassy in London through a process called ‘leading the machine. ENGULF was the code name assigned to the GCHQ special program that collected technical  cryptographic intelligence on cipher machines, including those of  Crypto A.G. NSA was still deciphering Egyptian government communications after President Anwar Sadat steered Egypt firmly into the western camp. During the transition between the Carter and Reagan administrations, outgoing CIA director Stansfield Turner told his successor, William Casey, that ‘the NSA had the Egyptian government wired electronically.’

GCHQ’s technical collection program benefited from the work of Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service or MI6 in positioning listening equipment in key locations throughout GCHQ’s area of coverage, especially in the Middle East. SIS microwave wiretaps in Libya during the 1960s enabled GCHQ and NSA to listen in on all the telephone conversations of Libya’s King Idris. During the same time period., hidden microphones installed in China’s new embassy in Mogadishu, Somalia and the Soviet embassy in Khartoum,  Sudan, courtesy of less than attentive local security services in both countries, permitted the analysts at GCHQ and NSA to gauge the geopolitical intentions of both Communist countries in the volatile Middle East.

Aware that in the early 1980s the Irish government had purchased cipher equipment from Crypto A.G., the GCHQ began intercepting messages from the Irish embassy in London to the Foreign Ministry in Dublin. During sensitive bilateral negotiations that led to the signing of the Anglo-Irish Agreement in November 1985, GCHQ intercepted encrypted Irish government messages and passed the plaintext on to senior British officials in the Foreign Office, the Northern Ireland Office and No.10 Downing Street. The Irish government, being tipped off about the hole in their cryptographic security, began to send classified information between London and Dublin either by diplomatic courier or by Aer Lingus pilots . . .

The Swiss government apparently went along with the BND-NSA-Crypto A.G. manipulation operation so long as Crypto A.G. did not sell bugged units to Swiss government agencies. BND and NSA apparently agreed to this demand and Crypto received permission to sell ‘clean’ encryption units, for example, to the Swiss army.

The procedure by which NSA and their BND counterpart manipulated the Crypto cipher units is considered clever from an engineering viewpoint. The manipulated equipment automatically broadcasts to NSA and the BND the user’s cipher keys and computer settings within the encrypted text of the message. When they obtained the key settings, the NSA and BND could decrypt the message and read its contents. Although Crypto A.G. officially denied this, it seems to be a continuation of the original deal made between [NSA lead cryptographer William] Friedman and [Crypto AG founder Boris] Hagelin, Sr. in the 1950s.”

http://www.waynemadsenreport.com/articles/20131110 

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Big Brother’s New Crystal Ball: Washington Develops Online Data Mining Program to Predict Global Political Unrest

Posted on November 11, 2013 by rowan wolf

By Cyril Mychalejko. Republished from Towards Freedom.

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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2013

The Dark Road from the Clipper Chip to PRISM Reveals ‘Crypto Wars’ Never Ended 

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Israel Pulling Strings of NSA Surveillance Program

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Snowden’s “Doomsday” Cache

November 26th, 2013Via: Reuters:

British and U.S. intelligence officials say they are worried about a “doomsday” cache of highly classified, heavily encrypted material they believe former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden has stored on a data cloud.

The cache contains documents generated by the NSA and other agencies and includes names of U.S. and allied intelligence personnel, seven current and former U.S. officials and other sources briefed on the matter said.

The data is protected with sophisticated encryption, and multiple passwords are needed to open it, said two of the sources, who like the others spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss intelligence matters.

The passwords are in the possession of at least three different people and are valid for only a brief time window each day, they said. The identities of persons who might have the passwords are unknown.

Spokespeople for both NSA and the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence declined to comment.

One source described the cache of still unpublished material as Snowden’s “insurance policy” against arrest or physical harm.

U.S. officials and other sources said only a small proportion of the classified material Snowden downloaded during stints as a contract systems administrator for NSA has been made public. Some Obama Administration officials have said privately that Snowden downloaded enough material to fuel two more years of news stories.

“The worst is yet to come,” said one former U.S. official who follows the investigation closely.

JFK: The Second Half-Century of Compartmentalized Chicanery

I’d been mostly off-line and without online outlet (save for some comments at Kenny’s blog) in the all-important run-up to the 50th anniversary of the day they gunned down a promising young President in the middle of a strangely-shaped-and-manipulated plaza in Dallas. I’d been packing away entries biding my time while I worked out the details of this new blog. Much of this you may have seen; much of it lots of people don’t want you to see.  I said something about creating “pop-up” informational packages for future generations; here’s the first payment in that coupon book.  

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Source of image: http://jfkfacts.org/assassination/news/ex-flame-says-jack-ruby-had-no-choice-but-to-kill-oswald/

tip of the cap to http://xymphora.blogspot ]

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There are those who know that Oswald did it, those who know that he didn’t, and those who think we will never know.

http://www.veteranstoday.com/2013/11/25/the-jfk-war-welcome-coverage-from-cbs-and-the-santa-barbara-independent/

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Some crazy JFK conspiracy theorists

And the two at the top of the list are notable  for not knowing

where they were when JFK was shot

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Troves of files on JFK assassination remain secret

By Bryan Bender |  GLOBE STAFF     NOVEMBER 25, 2013

http://www.bostonglobe.com/2013/11/25/government-still-withholding-thousands-documents-jfk-assassination/PvBM2PCgW1H11vadQ4Wp4H/story.html 

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Air Force One Radio Recordings Updated 

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?list=UU7TvL4GlQyMBLlUsTrN_C4Q&v=oJFzhbNd1EI 

Published on Nov 15, 2013

TRANSCRIPT AND SOURCES: http://www.corbettreport.com/?p=8257

In this week’s special documentary episode of the podcast, we explore the life and legend of Lee Harvey Oswald. Was he a poor, disgruntled loner or an overachieving marine? A presidential assassin or a sheep-dipped patsy? Find out in this week’s edition of The Corbett Report.

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“ I have never found anyone informed of the facts who could refute them, nor am I aware of any publication that honestly accounts for these facts that even attempts to refute them.”

http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/11/jfk-assassinated-us-1-war-criminals-4-powerful-learning-resources.html

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Who Killed JFK?

October 12, 2013 — Dean Henderson

http://deanhenderson.wordpress.com/2013/10/12/who-killed-jfk/#more-1406 

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http://www.john-friend.net/2013/11/was-israel-involved-in-jfk.html 

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“The mainstream totally controlled media is making an all out attack on the sensibilities of the American people during this 50th anniversary of the assassination. I have the feeling that they want this to be the end of the discussion, the climax and then the letdown.

MORE

http://rockthetruth2.blogspot.com/2013/11/the-globes-jfk-junk.html 

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“… The most obvious hallmark of the ‘execution’ of the assassination plot is that it was a classic CIA implementation plan. Whoever it was necessary to directly involve in the conspiracy to murder JFK was inserted into this extremely compartmentalized operation, and done so on a strictly need-to-know basis. This same modus operandi applies to the coverup as well…..”

http://www.thepeoplesvoice.org/TPV3/Voices.php/2013/11/22/jfk-assassination-classic-cia-execution-

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http://alethonews.wordpress.com/2013/11/22/conspiracy-vs-facts-who-killed-jfk/ 

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Those who want to know already know. Those who cannot face the music will never be able to confront the facts regardless of what I or anyone else writes or reveals.

http://www.a-w-i-p.com/index.php/2013/11/22/the-kennedy-assassination-50-years

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http://robinwestenra.blogspot.com/2013/11/jfk-assassination-50-years.html 

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http://en.ria.ru/video/20131122/184872902/A-Presidents-Life-Cut-Short-Archive-Footage-on-the-50th-Anniversary-of-JFK-Assassination.html 

(wait for the video to load, it comes all the way from Russia

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JFK nephew names ‘rogue CIA’ in JFK assassination plot 09 Nov 2013 Journalist Russ Baker, author of the best-selling “Family of Secrets: The Bush Dynasty, America’s Invisible Government,” has unearthed the startling coincidence that Lee Harvey Oswald’s principle handler, after he arrived back in the states from self-imposed exile in the Soviet Union, was George de Mohrenschildt, and that De Mohrenschildt’s nephew had roomed with George H. W. Bush at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts… An unusual assortment of national political figures were in or around Dallas on the day of the assassination or the day prior to it, including J. Edgar Hoover, according to William Penn Jones, an Army Brigadier General and owner of the Midlothian Mirror, Richard Nixon, according to a Pepsi Cola executive whose convention Nixon spoke at the night before, and George HW Bush, at that time a CIA operative. Nixon’s recollections of the day have been inconsistent, and HW Bush initially said that he did not recall where he was on that day, although Russ Baker shows that he was in Dallas but concocting elaborate “alibis.”

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Jekyll Island, The JFK Assassination And 911. Three American Coups

Posted on November 21, 2013

by horse237

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The Late Bill Hicks on The JFK Assassination

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LcvNM7oc7k (6:06) 

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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2013

Remembering Jack Kennedy

Killing JFK, RFK, MLK, and Malcom X “decapitat(ed) America’s left,” said Fetzer. In the 1970s, the nation began shifting right. Progressive charismatic leaders were gone.

None exist today. Their absence is sorely missed. It lets America get away with murder and then some

Dark forces run things. War on humanity persists. Peacemakers aren’t around to stop it. Survival hangs in the balance.

More by Steve Lendman @ 12:07 AM

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What happened to JFK–and why it matters today

An extensive, thorough and detailed explanation of what happened to

JFK, how it was covered up, who was responsible and how it changed the

course of American history. Presented on 22 November 2011, the

occasion of the 48th observance of the death of our 35th President at

the University of Wisconsin-Madison under the sponsorship of the

Sifting and Winnowing Club. The speaker, Jim Fetzer, a former Marine

Corps officer and McKnight Professor Emeritus at the University of

Minnesota Duluth, has chaired or co-chaired four national conferences

on JFK and edited three books on the subject as well as giving

hundreds of interviews, including three on JFK on “Coast to Coast AM”.

http://vimeo.com/34444597 (1:50:58)

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http://xymphora.blogspot.com/2013/02/jfkcrownbarry.html 

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Posted by Rocker  Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Sideshow Soothes Anger Over JFK Slaying

I was boiling when I saw this on a Sunday morning:

“JFK” would prove to be the master template for all assassination conspiracy theories, right down to those 50th anniversary books being published this month. Such elaborate fantasies would be nation-destroying if they were true. Yet, ironically, they offer us a rescue of the moral order — an insistence that massive social and political heartbreak must be the result of intentional design. 

Look, even FDR said nothing happens by chance in the world of politics.

In their own way, these conspiracy theories prepared the soil in which took root the broad distrust in government that curses the nation to this day

Oh, it is the FAULT of the PEOPLE TRYING to FIND the TRUTH, not a lying and looting government.

More than that, conspiracy-mindedness undercuts the civic maturity that is necessary for a commonwealth to function responsibly

Yeah, just be a little lemming and accept whatever plate of steaming, stinking shit the government and its mouthpiece media present to you. Who cares about lies that lead to wars?!

All this from the Boston Globe’s resident left-liberal peacenik.

Every tug in the direction of conspiracy — “they” did this! — is a signal of the test we have been failing. The compulsion to keep asking the question “why?”, replying to every answer with another “why?”, until the final conjuring of a satisfactory explanation is forced, is a mark of childhood.

Oh, right, we are all a bunch of children. What condescending arrogance!

More recent conspiracy theories, from the supposed murder of Vince Foster to “9/11 was an inside job” to insinuations about missing birth certificates, are also rooted in a callow refusal to get real.”

Look at him try and tarnish those other two with the birther fraud. 

As for the refusal to get real, nothing epitomizes such a thing as the self-delusion of the propaganda pre$$. 

I was further angered by all the “Oswald did it” shows on the cable and network shows these past couple of weeks. My feeling on the matter is that even if you accept all the government BS regarding Oswald, the scope on the gun was defective. It is worse than shooting in the dark, and he would have had to have had the greatest luck in the history of the world to kill Kennedy that way. 

Of course, the new shows are trying to say the pristine bullet wasn’t that pristine, posing silly theories such as the Secret Service agent with a rifle in the car behind Kennedy, etc, etc. Fancy computer programs can line up Kennedy and Connally’s bodies, but use your common sense.

Anyhow, I was still seething when I came upon this passage in a very poignant post:

“Many in the controlled media are still working overtime to try and maintain the official story. Conspiracy advocates are still continuously called names in ad hominem attacks instead of logical debate. We know better and will never forget or forgive

Then the anger just washed away, folks. 

MORE–”

Beyond relating that tremendously personal experience he is doing some superlative work over there regarding the upcoming anniversary and I would advise you to take a look

Posted by Rocker at 9:01 PM

Labels: JFK, MSM, U.S.

http://rockthetruth.blogspot.com/2013/11/sideshow-soothes-anger-over-jfk-slaying.html 

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David Rockefeller Busted as 911 and JFK Cover-Up Mole

http://therebel.org/news/nodisinfo/david-rockefeller-busted-as-911-and-jfk-cover-up-mole/ 

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Allen Dulles and Jackie Kennedy’s mother, Janet Auchincloss, October 1961

http://whowhatwhy.com/2013/11/20/bush-and-the-jfk-hit-part-10-after-camelot/ 

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http://www.whale.to/b/kingkill_33.html 

http://www.whale.to/b/hoffman_m_h.html 

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November 20-21, 2013 — On the Trail of the Assassins — Second Stop, New Orleans 

When New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison said that Lee Harvey Oswald, who shared a now-demolished office building, called the Newman Building, with retired FBI agent and noted right-winger Guy Banister, ran his “Fair Play for Cuba” Committee smack dab in the middle fo the U.S Federal government presence in New Orleans, he wasn’t kidding

Banister, who was close to FBI director J. Edgar Hoover and various right-wing politicians in New Orleans, maintained the office for his private investigative firm at 531 Lafayette Street. In the same building, but using a different entrance on 544 Camp Street, just around the corner, was Oswald’s Fair Play for Cuba Committee. It is clear that Oswald, from the outset, was a CIA operative who took part in a “fake defect” program that saw a number of U.S. Marine Corps veterans like Oswald, as well as those from the Army and Air Force, “defect: to the USSR and East Germany, Many, like Oswald, later returned to the U.S. where they faced no prosecution. Some of the fake defectors, as was the case with Oswald, brought home Russian wives.

Not only was 544 Camp the location for the “pro-Fidel Castro” Fair Play for Cuba Committee but it had previously served as the office for the anti-Castro Cuban Revolutionary Council headed by Carlos Bringuier, an old friend of Oswald who helped stage a “confrontation” between anti-Castro Cuban “pedestrians” and Oswald as the former Marine handed out Fair Play for Cuba leaflets on Canal Street. It was clear that Banister was establishing Oswald as a noted “Marxist” for some future operation. Garrison caught on quickly, however, the district attorney was subjected to a barrage of personal attacks by those who wanted to cover up the CIA’s and mob’s role in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Some of the assassins present on Dealey Plaza had passed through New Orleans, where they purchased rifles with the cash handed to them by Santo Trafficante in Tampa. The guns were bought at a gun store in Slidell, north of the city and across Lake Pontchartrain. While briefly in New Orleans, the gunmen were under the protection of New Orleans crime boss Carlos Marcello.

Oswald also used an alias for his Fair Play for Cuba leaflets, “A.J. Hidell,” or Alex James Hidell.” Oswald maintained a post office box in New Orleans under “A.J. Hidell.” However, other Fair Play for Cuba leaflets listed Oswald as “L.H. Oswald, 4907 Magazine Street.” The Magazine Street address is several blocks due west of the Banister/Oswald/federal government enclave surrounding Lafayette Park. Also located within the Lafayette Park sphere was the W. B. Reily Coffee Company. Oswald worked at the company’s headquarters, located at 640 Magazine Street, just a few blocks from 544 Camp and the Newman Building — all within the shadows of the U.S. federal building, where the CIA, FBI, Secret Service, and Office of Naval Intelligence maintained offices, and the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Ironically, the Newman Building at 544 Camp and 531 Lafayette has been torn down. Reily Coffee, founded at the turn of the last century by Bastrop, Louisiana businessman William Reily. In addition to selling coffee and tea, the company was rumored to allow the CIA to use its premises for certain covert activities.

Standing in its place is the one-block Hale Boggs Federal Building and U.S. Court House. The building is located at 500 Poydras Street and is bounded by Poydras, Camp, and Magazine Streets. Boggs was one of three dissenting members of the Warren Commission who doubted the commission’s conclusion that Oswald was the sole gunman who killed President Kennedy. Boggs, the House Majority Leader, died in a mysterious plane crash over Alaska in October 1972, weeks before the presidential election pitting Richard Nixon against George McGovern.

The editor asked a couple of federal security guards about the history of the Boggs building, including when it was built. They were clearly unwilling to say anything about the building with one of the guards telling me that there were two Camp and Lafayette intersections, when, in fact, there was only one where the Newman Building had been located. I was under the distinct impression that they had both been pre-briefed by their superiors on anyone asking questions about the infamous 544 Camp/531 Lafayette address. The guards were totally uncooperative and were suspicious of the questions. Fifty years later, New Orleans continues to keep its ugly secrets about 1963.

One businessman from St. Louis I met near the old location of 544 Camp — who will remain nameless because he was a one-time colleague of former HealthSouth chairman Richard Scrushy (Scrushy was jailed, along with Alabama Governor Don Siegelman, in a trumped up GOP political pogrom) said he was 19 years old and in the Army stationed at Fort Belvoir in November 1963. He recounted how all students at the command were dismissed and sent back to their barracks only to be called to an all-hands formation on the morning of November 23. The commanding general announced that Lyndon Baines Johnson was now president and commander-in-chief. There were no prayers for Kennedy and not even a mention of his name. Fort Belvoir was the location of a number of U.S. Army Intelligence and CIA activities. Former Colonel Fletcher Prouty always contended that the conspirators who killed the president included a number of Pentagon special operations personnel, including his boss General Edward Landsdale.

Garrison’s major quarry was centered on the suspected CIA activities of Clay Shaw, a key member of New Orleans wealthy and influential gay community, and a colleague of Canadian Jewish businessman and noted Zionist and Israel supporter Louis Bloomfield. Shaw, who was also known as Clay Bertrand and Clem Bertrand, was associated with Oswald and two others who were part of Oswald’s immediate circle, David Ferrie, a bizarre and hairless homosexual who conducted “cancer research” on caged rats and mice at his rundown apartment at 3330 Louisiana Avenue, and Perry Raymond Russo.

Although Garrison’s prosecution of Shaw for involvement in JFK’s assassination ended in a jury acquittal in 1967, the presiding judge, James Haggerty, never bought the jury decision. Speaking of Shaw and his friends, Haggerty said, “I am personally convinced that — from people I’ve spoken to and what I’ve heard over two years — I am convinced that Shaw knew Ferrie. I am convinced  . . .  queers know queers! In New Orleans — they’ve got a clique better than the CIA.

Hoover did everything he could to derail Garrison’s investigation, even planting FBI confidential informants within Garrison’s team of investigators. Although it is not known whether Garrison knew Hoover was a closeted homosexual — few in federal law enforcement were unaware of that fact in 1963 — nothing was apparently done by Garrison to link Hoover to Shaw’s “Queen Network” in New Orleans. In any event, Hoover was too powerful to come under investigation by a city D.A. like Garrison.

[I’ve left out the geographic indicators, phots, and their descriptions.]

http://www.waynemadsenreport.com/articles/20131120_2 

[But, given the chain of inference that runs from Melanson’s Perfectibilists — which documents that the Illuminati were a Marxist/Rothschildian “machine de guerre” — through Millegan’s “Fleshing Out Skull and Bones” (citing Anthony Sutton, among others) — where Skull&Bones is widely seen as a foreign agent or branch of the Perfectibilists-turned-Illuminati–, isn’t there a component of the CIA – born out of Yale and Skull and Bones nee the OSS, in the era of Zionist/Jewish support for Truman and the creation of the US security state hand-in-glove with the creation of the Zionist state of Israel, isn’t at least some part of the CIA, the Secret Service, the FBI et alia  — all heavily influenced by Johnson (“the first Jewish President”), Rockefeller (arguably an S&B/Rothschild operative) — also masqueraring as machines de guerre for Communism?]

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http://xymphora.blogspot.com/2013/02/jfkcrownbarry.html  

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SPOTLESS HISTORY

DALLAS (AP) – The ‘X’s that mark the spots on the street where President John F. Kennedy was assassinated are gone.

The disappearance of the marks came as Dallas prepares for Friday’s events that will solemnly commemorate the 50th anniversary of JFK being assassinated. Kennedy’s motorcade was passing through Dealey Plaza when shots rang out on Nov. 22, 1963.

The markings on Elm Street are not done by city, nor does the city know who does it.

City spokesman Frank Librio said workers are laying asphalt to level out the street and remove any trip hazards. He adds that “with thousands visiting the area this week we think that is prudent.”

http://xfinity.comcast.net/articles/news-national/20131120/spot.JFK.shot.removed/

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Jacqueline Kennedy’s bloodstained pink suit http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/jacqueline-kennedys-bloodstained-pink-suit-preserved-at-the-national-archives/2013/11/19/b57d2288-506a-11e3-9e2c-e1d01116fd98_story.html was sent to the National Archives with instructions not to display it for 100 years. It is still stored in a “custom made acid-free box”.

Isn’t this the same organization to which the her husband’s brain was consigned? Will it re-appear in another 50 years? And how interesting it is that Caroline presented her credentials after a horse-drawn carriage ride through Tokyo as the new ambassador to Japan.

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In the week-long run-up to the long-forecast-and-awaited 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, isn’t it fascinating, amusing and revolting how many pro-LBJ and pro-LadyBird TV shows and documentaries there were to be found up and down the TV dial?

Watching NBC Nightly News on Monday,  November 18, Scott Pelley, the anchor, asked (just before the commercial break, of course)  if there wasn’t something the JFK war that fateful day almost 50 years ago that contributed to his death

“IT WAS AN EASY SHOT.”
– Bob Schieffer lying about Lee Harvey Oswald’s role in the assassination of JFK, “Face the Nation,” November 17, 2013

After the break, Bob Schieffer, interviewing Dr. Saulnier,  advanced the doctor’s thesis that the back brace that JFK wore kept him up right after the neck wound and thus available to the fatal head shot from LHO’s rifle.

Isn’t it fascinating how subtly the disinformation is presented?

Skipping up to MSNBC, we found Chris Matthews with Howard Fineman, the latter proclaiming that Obama must run a 3rd campaign to re-tell and re-sell his story (with Axelrod’s help) to reorient the success of his role as POTUS  and in the face of the meltdown of Obamacare.  David Corn from Mother Jones offered that “it was about deliverables”, and Matthews himself said that Obama has to recruit an army of senators and others to speak to his message and that he has asked for help.  This after being elected to a 2nd term and being eleven months into his second term, and declared an orator par excellence, the master of the tele-prompter, and possibly http://www.pennypresslv.com/Obama’s_Use_of_Hidden_Hypnosis_techniques_in_His_Speeches.pdf someone who uses hidden hypnotic and mind control techniques in his speeches.

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http://rinf.com/alt-news/breaking-news/stabilized-footage-of-jfk-assassination-shows-car-slowed-down-before-head-shot/ 

http://www.veteransnewsnow.com/2013/11/17/230147who-killed-kennedy-cia-lbj-or-the-truly-unspeakable/ 

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Barry Seal, the CIA camp in Lacombe, & the JFK Assassination

http://www.madcowprod.com/2013/11/20/barry-seal-the-cias-secret-camp-in-lacombe-the-jfk-assassination/ 

Barry Seal, the Dallas get-away plane, and the JFK assassination

Posted on November 22, 2013 by Daniel Hopsicker

http://www.madcowprod.com/2013/11/22/barry-seal-the-dallas-get-away-plane-the-jfk-assassination/#more-5265 

[tip of the cap to http://www.t-room.us/ ]

(Is it true that some see  Daniel Hopsicker  as ‘controlled opposition’ or disinformationalist?)

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The Man Who Shot JFK & The Chicago Connection

JFK and 9-11: Henry Crown and the Cover-Ups of Our Time 

James Crown: The Israeli Connection in the Madoff Scam

Chicago Thuggery: The Jewish Mob & Obama

http://www.bollyn.com/home/

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The Most Revealing Wink of Last Century

http://www.rense.com/general41/wew.htm 

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‘That bullet came from out of nowhere and just reamed through the President’s skull exploding through to the other side, and then we witnessed both the government and the Constitution slowly begin to collapse mostly due to public empathy because the disinformation was just too intense.’

 

Note that — in a moment of typographical mindlessness — I typed empathy instead of apathy. But then I thought that maybe empathy was the right word after all, because were fed a steady diet of imagery — the funeral cortege, little John-John’s salute, and more — 50 years of keeping our focus on the victimized family and not the event, its implications or the perpetrators.

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http://www.rense.com/general42/enemies.htm 

{It’s something about Bronfman, Lansky, James Jesus Angleton, Ben-Gurion, and a handsome ex-war hero from the Bay State…} 

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Just Another One of those Co-inky-Dinkies

http://aferrismoon.blogspot.com/2013/11/caul-my-bluff.html 

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The truth about
Kennedy’s death
is submerged in
conspiratorial chaos.

http://www.ctrl.org/essay2/MCIJFKA2.html

And check the index at the bottom of the page….

[tip of the cap to pharmer]

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“For in the final analysis, our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s futures. And we are all mortal.”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_University_speech

On Television

From the archives:

” Like blackbirds in flight, packs of reporters darken the sky, moving in swarms at the same speed and in predictable trajectory. When one lands, they all land. When one leaves, they all leave. The programmers and channel controllers from all the stations are part of the same well–paid elite, steeped in the same values, committed to the mission of maximizing audience share and profits. They are chosen for their ability to play the game and not challenge the audience with too many controversial ideas or critical perspectives. It’s no surprise that they circulate easily within the commanding heights of media power, moving from company to company and job to job. A kind of group think corporate consensus, steeped in market logic and deeply inbred by an un–brave news culture, breeds conscience–free conformity and self–censorship. This makes frightening sense in a globalized economy where consumerism is more desired than active citizenship, where power is increasingly concentrated and the public is increasingly unwelcome in a public discourse defined by the powerful. If your goal is to numb people and drive them away from active participation, then TV as “weapon of mass distraction” and wall to wall entertainment makes sense. Shut up and shop is the now the message, one that makes sense to advertiser dominated media outlets… “– Danny Schechter, Dung on all their Houses, Toward Freedom magazine, December / January 2000
Big Brother’s got that ju-ju, Gaia’s got the blues — hologram, carry me home

By Joe Bageant, Ajijic, Mexico

I’ve spent most of this week watching American television and movies. I leave the TV on all night long. I toss and turn with my bad back, and bad lungs, catch a rerun episode of Two and a Half Men, or CSI, and conk out again. Then I awaken to the U.S. morning talk shows. It’s a grueling regimen, only for the strong. Or the lonely. For periodic relief, I switch to Mexican television (be patient, I really am going somewhere with this). Mexican TV is not one iota better than US television, but is veeerrry heavy on the booty. More than heavy. Astronomical. Think all-but-bare tits and ass close-ups every fifteen seconds, straight through commercials, dramas, comedy shows, history shows, and even the news where possible. Every show but the bullfights and that old nun who comes on at ten PM, who invariably drives me back to the U.S. channels.

Ahhhh … Safely in the American national illusion, where all the world’s a shopping expedition. Or a terrorist threat. No matter, as long as it is colorful and wiggles on the theater state’s 400 million screens. Plug in and be lit up by the American Hologram.

This great loom of media images, and images of images, is so many layers deep that it has replaced reality. No one can remember the original imprint. If there was one. The hologram is a hermetic snow globe, a self-referential circuitry of images, and a Möbius loop from which there is no logical escape. Logic has zilch to do with what is going on. The smallest part holographically recapitulates the whole, and vice versa. No thinking required, we just cycle and recycle through an aural dimension. Not all that bad, I guess, if it were not generated by forces out to fuck every last pair of eyeballs and mind plugged into it.

The investing class has put thousands of billions into movies, TV and other media to keep the hologram lit up over the past six decades. Which is to say, keep the public in an entertained stupor, awed, mislead, and most importantly, distracted. But the payoff probably runs in the trillions.

For the clear-eyed citizen, there is a growing inner horror and despair in all this, with nowhere to turn but the Internet. The Net is a cyber reality, no more real than the hologram, and indeed a part of the hologram, though not quite yet absorbed and co-opted by capitalism. We take what relief we can find.

However, for the unquestioning rest, the hologram, taken in its entirety, constitutes the American collective consciousness. Awareness. It enshrouds every citizen, defining through its permeation the daily world in which we all operate. Whether we love or hate it, there is no escape. Go live in a shack in the woods. Call that escape. But everything in the outside world continues to run in accordance with the humming energy of the hologram. There is no cutting our umbilical link to the womb of this illusion, this mass hallucination. There is only getting a longer umbilical cord, closing your eyes, and pretending that what the rest of the nation does has no effect on you. We were all born and raised in that womb. We can no more divorce the neurochemistry and consciousness it shaped in us, than we can deny that we had an earthly mother and are of her tissue. Our consciousness is born of the hologram’s connective neural and electrical tissue.

That common womb of American consciousness is dying. Slowly or rapidly, depending on how you assess the global ecocide and peak everything, it is dying. There will be resuscitations along the way, more massive infusions of money, fear and the rawest sort of fantasy fed to a mood and commodity drugged public. Still, its condition is terminal, because the hyperdrive consumer culture it was built to sustain, is itself unsustainable. Its appetite ate the world. In fact, so voracious is its appetite that even if our “consumer economy,” (legalized feudal theft) sees a recovery, and resumes the level of growth required just to keep capitalism alive, it will die just that much faster. It is not in capitalism’s DNA to care about the death of the earth. Nor is it in the brain chemistry of an American satiated on prime beef and sailing across the landscape at 70 miles per hour in a $40,000, steel exoskeleton from General Motors, to care. Hominid gratification is what it is — hard wired — and there is no circumventing it.

The system has just begun its crash, and already we are seeing an armed infantilized nation wail, hurl blame and do horrific things, the worst of which we do to one another (excluding sending predator drones after Middle Eastern school kids). Surveillance, witch hunts, destruction of civil liberties, and the government inching toward star chamber trials for those who do not display correct traits. Citizens embracing totalitarianism as stability in the face of the ultimate instability — the death of the planet.

The political regime or philosophy does not exist which can turn this scenario around. Slow it down, maybe, but put things in reverse, nope. Not when six billion mouths are munching at one end of the last noodle, and at the other end a fraction of a billion well armed technological people want the entire noodle. Not when life is already so damned cheap you can buy a girl slave in Haiti for twelve bucks, or 50 child slaves for your Asian sweatshop for less than the cost of a new car. Or an American working man for half of what it takes to support a family, then throw his ass over the company fence when he’s no longer needed. Or bury him in mines as he cries out in Jesus’ name, blow him up in Iraq, and Stelazine his kids minds and souls under the hot lights of the hologram, readying them for “the labor market.” Schenectady or Soweto, life is dirt-cheap and getting cheaper everywhere on the planet.

Meanwhile, gangster capitalism needs that hologram to maintain the illusion that life is not cheap, and that Jennifer Anniston’s ass can be yours in mind and dream (Personally, I’m a Julianna Margulies fan — The Good Wife”). And most of all, “The Gram” is required to keep its captives deluded and sated enough to remain productive and consuming — not to mention hating the right people — right up to the last moment before total collapse, and they are no longer needed. The higher owning/investing class is safe, no matter what happens. Oh sure, as Edward Bellamy wrote, a few of them topple from their high perch on humanity’s coach during the hell bent journey, but their class remains.

What happens to the rest of us in that great, sweating, moaning throng who have drawn the coach these centuries? What will remain for us on ruined plains of collapse?

Here is what I believe will remain. Reality and the truth, and the opportunity for spiritual evolution, which, in the end, I think will include most people. And much suffering. The reality of the world has always involved suffering. Despite the ballyhoo of modern science and technology, just as much suffering remains, more actually, given our increased numbers on the planet. Suffering happens to individual human beings and there are far more of those now. Of course, fat cat NGOs and governments deal in percentages and rates, so they will not have to account for the increased millions of miserable beings. We have more humans suffering — and not just from poverty either, think of depleted uranium, toxic waste, sweatshop slavery — than we had humans on earth a couple hundred years ago.

The hologram has, and still does, prevent Americans from grasping any of this. Instead, the hologram allows us to believe that life can exist without suffering. We actually achieved that state for a while, too, by forcing the suffering on unseen people elsewhere. We accepted the hologram’s one voice to the many as truth (not that we had much choice, The ‘Gram was all we knew), then let our souls and national character necrotize in the warm bath of self-gratification and statist hubris.

Nasty picture ain’t it? One surely painted by a bitter, sick old man who hates America. Years ago, my fellow countrymen used to ask if I hated America. They finally quit asking me when I started answering, “Hell fucking yes!” But I don’t hate Americans. In fact, while I do not believe in “hope” — that superstitious, childish wishing upon a star — I do believe America is once again, for all the wrong reasons, the last best hope of the world. If we do not succeed in destroying it first.

Clearly, we have taken an unimaginably disastrous course, and intend to take everyone else out with us. Yet we have only done what most of the world’s nations would have done, given such brute power and wealth for such a time. Perhaps more accurately, done what most of the world’s governments and leadership would have. So long as nations have hierarchical leadership, they will have escalating hierarchical greed, power hunger and destructive folly — and therefore, eventually approach hierarchical evil at some point. It may be an old saw, but power does corrupt.

Study us. See how an essentially good people (although the Native Americans would never agree) went wrong. After all, we were born the same unblemished child as everywhere else on the planet. And even now, given what has happened, one cannot fully indict all the “little people,” past or present. My granddad was a decent guy until the day he died. So were my dad and mom. And I try to be. But all of us can be rendered blind by faceless machines not entirely of our own creation, and then made submissive beasts to the coarsest among us. Ask any German. Or Hutu. We can be manipulated to believe that the rules do not apply to us, as in the cult of American exceptionalism. Arrogance is experiential and environmental in cause. I’ve been there and back several times in my life, and I am sure of that. Human experience can make and unmake arrogance. Ours is about to get unmade.

Inside most Americans is a globally brattish child. Thanks to our endowed natural resources (since squandered) and to armed national theft abroad, the American has not suffered enough to become a responsible adult on the planet. I suggest that others learn from our example and do differently while they still have the chance. Take heart that they may yet live in a country where capitalism’s nihilistic dynamo has not built up such a head of steam. There are still some left, but as near as I can tell — and mind you, I don’t know shit — their leadership is caught up in the same elite games and traps. National leadership is its own moral and spiritual trap.

Who am I to give advice? Nobody. But this is the Internet, and any dick brain with a keyboard may do so.

My advice is to resist pride in anything said to be national, whether it be prosperity, healthcare, culture, competence, social cohesion and identity, or whatever. Pride and courage do not live in the same house. Courage, which has little to do with blood and guts, but everything to do with sacrifice, chooses to dwell alongside humility.

Again, what will be left after the big collapse? Perhaps after a period of terror, violence and chaos, when the undeniable on-the-ground truth becomes apparent, through ecological disaster, war and other events, a more positive national cathexis will occur. If it does, it probably will not resemble anything we can conceive of in these times. If we can get past the terror involved from our present apprehensive vantage point, it is easy to see why positive national, even global cathexis may be unavoidable.

Cause for well-reasoned optimism exists. Its way the fuck out there, but it’s there. Not that it is something to cling to, or even pursue. Clinging and desire are the cause of all suffering in the first place. Doing so only prolongs suffering, personal, national or planetary. The Buddhists are right about that one. So are the Baptists when they say “The world gets right when the people get right.”

The big problem at the moment though, for us as sentient beings, is:

What to do when I get out of bed each day? Give money to the Democrats? Move out of the country? Stay and fight the bastards?

Throwing money at frauds and fools doesn’t work. Moving to Mexico or Canada takes money in a time when money and jobs are scarce everywhere. As for staying and fighting, really fighting, there is not one person reading this who is going to go strangle the sleazy fucks having martinis on Wall Street with their pet Senator. Nobody reading this is going to instill genuine physical fear, which is the only thing such lizards might respond to. We are left to work within the system, as per the hologram’s directive. Their system. Ha!

The answer, to me at least, is to do the most obvious thing first. And I do mean obvious in the most mundane sense. Like fixing breakfast with all the contemplative awareness possible. Seriously. The tiniest right action, the action in complete unself-conscious natural awareness, connects to all the rightness in the universe. And the universe is always right. Because it owns all of our asses, plus black holes, and those teensy pinholes in time that physicist say make you an immediate neighbor of Shakespeare and mastodons — only you don’t know it. It owns the molecules of the ages. Everything.

This proposition is unappealing to Americans and just about everyone else in the western world. To be perfectly honest, a big screen TV, the Internet, and tickets to a Rams game are more accessible and immediately gratifying. Right action in the moment does not light up your neural pleasure centers like cheap sex or jalapeno Doritos. However, I am trying to do it anyway, at least until the opportunity for cheap sex presents itself. When it does, it will most likely be the right action for that moment. Funny how things work.

In any case, by the mundane right action of breakfast, I mean fixing breakfast to locate one’s heart in that particular day. Then proceeding toward the least harm one can discern to do, with full knowledge that we always do harm, whether we intend to or not (the world is full of subtle unintended violence). Eliminate whatever suffering in sentient beings one encounters, whether it be in bums, dogs, kids, plants, or the rich fucker next door moaning over his enormous tax bill. To him that is suffering. There’s no sliding scale about this shit. I once worked for a guy who bawled when some kid keyed his Porsche. Misery is relative. Compassion is sublime.

Besides, this is what the heart is designed for — to serve as a compass for the spirit, regardless of how one defines spirit or denies its existence. What the hell, we gotta call the best in ourselves and in our species something, so we can connect with it. The mind has some terrible limitations in doing that sort of thing. As in, it cannot. Necessary as rationalization is for survival, reason ain’t everything. In the big picture, it is a small ingredient. Merely an asset, a monkey tool.

Even thinking seems ultimately to lead to the value of non-thinking, which is to say, pure human existence and consciousness. Pure unadulterated duration. This is the most fearless plain, the one on which all things are manifest as they really are, in their purest form, before social and personal hallucinations settle over them like a shroud.

In such times as these, that hard bright plain is bitch to find, much less travel. For sure it starts with the moment called now.

And right now, good god, it’s two AM! Time for the nightly Law and Order rerun on Mexican TV.

Hologram take me home.

http://www.joebageant.com/joe/2010/05/lost-on.html =

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“… Sage Publications’ American Behavioral Scientist (Volume 53, No. 6, 783-794)(February 2010) (ISSN 0002-7642)(J201), Sense Making Under “Holographic” Conditions: Framing SCAD Research.

Comprising six separate articles (listed below), it is a powerful, passionate, well-researched addition to the literature of “state crimes against democracy” (SCAD)…..

Holographic State is defined by Matthew Witt and Lance deHaven-Smith as“an emergent governmental praxis” [that] “manifests the capacity to render “realities” and policy prescriptions [to be] profoundly illusory – profoundly “holographic”.”

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5 ways your TV is slowly killing you

Too much boob tube also makes you weaker, research shows

By Linda Carroll

msnbc.com contributor

updated 8:11 a.m. ET, Fri., March. 5, 2010

 

 http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/35646508/ns/health-behavior/

 

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“Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business”

by Neil Postman (1985)

From the author of “Teaching as a Subversive Activity” comes a sustained, withering and thought-provoking attack on television and what it is doing to us. Postman’s theme is the decline of the printed word and the ascendancy of the “tube” with its tendency to present everything — murder, mayhem, politics, weather — as entertainment. The ultimate effect, as Postman sees it, is the shrivelling of public discourse as TV degrades our conception of what constitutes news, political debate, art, even religious thought. Early chapters trace America’s one-time love affair with the printed word, from colonial pamphlets to the publication of the Lincoln-Douglas debates. There’s a biting analysis of TV commercials as a form of “instant therapy” based on the assumption that human problems are easily solvable. Postman goes further than other critics in demonstrating that television represents a hostile attack on literate culture.

 

http://www.amazon.com/Amusing-Ourselves-Death-Discourse-Business/dp/0140094385?tag=5336432715-20

Of course, there are multiple reviews at the link.Here are some sample excerpts:”Postman’s thesis in this brief but articulate book consists of two tenets: (1) The form of communication, to some extent, determines (or is biased toward certain types of) content; (2) Television, as our modern-day uber-form of communication, has biases which are destructive toward the rational mind. TV teaches us to expect life to be entertaining, rather than interesting; it teaches us to expect 8-minute durations of anything and everything (anything else is beyond our attention span); it teach us to be suspicious of argument and discussion, and instead to accept facts at face value.

Furthermore – and, by far, the most important discovery Postman makes in this book – TV teaches us to live a decontextualized life. Just as a TV program has nothing to do with anything before or after it, nor the commericals inside it, we learn to view life as a series of unconnected, random events which are entertaining at best, and bear no significance toward any larger picture.

As a culture, America has lost its ability to integrate experiences into a larger whole; and Postman’s explaination for part (not all) of this problem’s development makes perfect sense. It certainly is true that the vast majority of Americans are perfectly happy not to develop any sort of framework or philosophy; life is simply life, and one doesn’t need to consider it.”

“Postman shows how the electronic media’s presentation of facts and fcition in an entertaining fashion diverts us, channeling our attention, money, and energies in ways that make us much more susceptible to social, political and economic manipulation and eventual subjugation.”

 

“Postman binds your interest by illustrating and documenting how the rise of the elecrtonic media and its manipulation of what you see in way of news and entertainment has inexorably changed the meanings,purposes and ultimate uses of politics, economics, and technology. As Huxley himslef warned, totalitarian societies need not arise through violent overthrow of the democracies using brutality, cruelty and violence, but can also occur whenever the citizenry is successfully deluded into apathy by petty diversions and entertainments, as well. Postman shows how the electronic media’s presentation of facts and fcition in an entertaining fashion diverts us, channeling our attention, money, and energies in ways that make us much more susceptible to social, political and economic manipulation and eventual subjugation.”

 

“Television has in the course of the last fifty years become such a potent force of the infinite possibilities of mass mind control and public manipulation that there is no way that the government could possibly ignore it as a tool to either suppress ideas and dissent or to manufacture consent and compliance as well as to destroy the will and the intellect of the people. It has been used by both corporate and government forces, by the former to sell an illusion that generates consumerism and by the latter to domesticate or otherwise distract, it is used by institutionalized religion to spread a militant fundamentalist version of Christianity. The television explosion has been accompanied by directly proportional explosions of mental health problems, violence, debt and most importantly of all, ignorance.””The coming of the 1980’s, Ronald Reagan (product as president) and emerging technologies that would be able to prolong the mental assault 24/7 the American public slowly began to accept televised illusions as real life, revisionist historical entertainment as fact, the glorification of wealth over all else as attainable and realistic and the myth of Rambo as a realistic personification of American foreign policy. I do not have enough time or space to look at this topic here so as to do it justice. The 1980’s saw the spread of corporate nationalist propaganda delivered over hundreds of channels, each appealing to a particular segmentation of a populace too mired in the pathetic quality of the daily grind of their boring and irrelevant lives. Now whenever they needed a fix, the ability to click the little button on the black remote and to be transported into a different world, a world of escape from the drudgery, a world where they could collectively bond with role models test marketed to appeal to their particular fancies, to be politically socialized by talking heads spewing radical ideologies, unencumbered by the Fairness Doctrine which was repealed under Reagan and which would forever change their way of thinking as well as to demonize what had been the real America prior to January 20 1981. They were given everything and anything in order to keep them tuned in so that the propagandists could keep the stimulation applied, the indoctrination process could continue uninterrupted, the herd could be brought to order and shepherded in directions that were desirable to their masters.”

 

“Today more people vote on cheese talent shows like American Idol than in most elections.Television also creates insecurity and mental illness, viewers of too much television are often unable to make the differentiation between fantasy and reality, look at the rise in school shootings and generally deviant violent behavior. They live vicariously through the imagery designed to sell them caricatures of a lifestyle that they in turn believe that must be lived up to in order to be ‘normal’. The barrage of imagery as well as its calculated usage to influence the psyche by those whose craft is manipulation has a devastating effect on Americans. The inability to detach oneself from television worlds breeds violence, insecurity, greed and other such undesirable behavior. This is especially true for children who are very impressionable, there are highly paid marketing firms who specialize in trying to get the products and or ideas of those who pay them seared into the minds of kids from the earliest age possible in order to create lifetime customers. Is this evil? If not outright evil it is certainly devoid of any sort of decent ethical principle but then again isn’t this exactly the sort of deviant behavior that unchecked capitalism is intended to produce?Will there be a time when television fantasy, physical reality and dreams become indistinguishable to some? Is that time already here? The psychological dependence on television to create identity and loyalty should be a national shame. Generations that have been born into the cable television era have become more violent, more superficial, more unquestioning and most importantly, far dumber than those who were their predecessors.

The rise to power of the evil regime of Hitler was borne on the wings of massive public rallies, fantastic gatherings steeped in the power of nationalism, symbolism, fire, resentment and demagogic ravings of destiny. The most famous of the state sponsored bacchanalia being the 1934 Nuremberg rally, meticulously choreographed and captured on film by Leni Riefenstahl, Triumph of the Will would become the benchmark for all German propaganda. The national madness of the German people can be seen in these rallies and films, the unraveling and descent of a sophisticated society into primal and pure evil was facilitated by them.

With television there is no need for mass rallies, the demagoguery and imagery can be delivered directly into your very own living room.”

 

Originally:http://stationcharon.blogspot.com/2005/09/…lassdarkly.htmlUpdated:

http://stationcharon.blogspot.com/2009/08/…nd-control.html

 

How Television Affects the Mind

http://www.turnoffyourtv.com/reviews/tubemovie.html

 

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“The thing that frightens me is the way that an eroding public school system . . . and television on all over the place is leading to a steady dumbing down of the American public and a corrosion of basic critical thinking in the population.”

— Jamie Raskin, American University law professor, November 2004 on the Democracy Now! radio program

http://www.fourwinds10.com/siterun_data/he…hp?q=1245099855

 

A Nation of Morons

I. Entitlement of Consumption

II. Individual Superiority

III. Acceptance of Stupidity

http://www.turnoffyourtv.com/commentary/morons/stupid.html

 

Happy Thanksgiving

http://www.turnoffyourtv.com/index.html#TOC

The book “Television and the Quality of Life: How Viewing Shapes Everyday Experience” examines how people actually use and experience television — and how television viewing both contributes to and detracts from the quality of everyday life. Studied within the natural context of everyday living, and drawing comparisons between television viewing and a variety of other daily activities and leisure pursuits, this unusual book explores whether television is a boon or a detriment to family life; how people feel and think before, during, and after television viewing; what causes television habits to develop; and what causes heavy viewing — and what heavy viewing causes — in the short and long term.“one of the most intense and empirical studies of how people relate to television”

 

###Have You Fallen for these 7 Negative Attitudes Pushed by the Media?by John Place

August 10, 2007

http://www.turnoffyourtv.com/commentary/ne…veYouFallen.htm

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The Perils of Punditry and Propaganda

http://www.turnoffyourtv.com/commentary/el…ection2004.html

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Television’s Hidden Agenda

“One of the basic troubles with radio and television news is that both instruments have grown up as an incompatible combination of show business, advertising and news. Each of the three is a rather bizarre and demanding profession. And when you get all three under one roof, the dust never settles…. “This instrument can teach, it can illuminate; yes, and it can even inspire. But it can do so only to the extent that humans are determined to use it to those ends. Otherwise it is merely wires and lights in a box. There is a great and perhaps decisive battle to be fought against ignorance, intolerance and indifference. This weapon of television could be useful.”

Television, however, has not been used for the altruistic undertakings of which Edward R. Murrow spoke.

“What is the hidden agenda of television? Well, it is no different from an amoeba or any other basic life form. Television’s ultimate goal is self-preservation. All of television is focused on maintaining and consolidating profits and power. To this end, viewers of TV must adhere to a strict regimen of obedience and habit. TV watchers must continue to watch TV.”

Stay tuned.

http://www.turnoffyourtv.com/commentary/hi…nda/agenda.html

 

Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television

http://www.amazon.com/Arguments-Elimination-Television-Jerry-Mander/dp/0688082742?tag=5336432715-20

This book is the first ever to advocate that the medium is not reformable. Its problems are inherent in the technology itself and are so dangerous — to personal health and sanity, to the environment, and to democratic processes — that TV ought to be eliminated forever.

Weaving personal experiences through meticulous research, the author ranges widely over aspects of television that have rarely been examined and never before joined together, allowing an entirely new, frightening image to emerge. The idea that all technologies are “neutral,” benign instruments that can be used well or badly, is thrown open to profound doubt.

The author holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Economics, spent 15 years in the advertising business, including five as president and partner of Freeman, Mander & Gossage, San Francisco, one of the most celebrated agencies in the country. After quitting commercial advertising, he achieved national fame for his public service campaigns, leading the Wall Street Journal to call him “the Ralph Nader of advertising.”

The Four Arguments:

(1)Television as a poor mediator of experience;

(2)television as a way to influence audiences’ perceptions en masse;

(3)the “dumbing-down” effects of TV on the human being; and

(4)the inherent biases of television and how they limit real information flow.

The first couple of arguments are more attacks on capitalism and the development of television as a capitalist tool, but overall, they are solid statements that stand on their own.

Written by a former “big six” ad executive, “Four Arguments” is a book that CONSIDERS the long term effects of television and other post industrial revolution technologies on:

1. The critical thinking skills of human beings

2. Our relationship to natural environments.

3. The physical and mental health of human beings.

4. The knowledge/power balance in a democratic society.

“Only the most determined of readers will be able to reject all of ideas presented in this book, and unfortunately this book offers a bleak but well painted picture of our predicament. Blue pill enthusiasts beware.”

 

“From The People’s Court and Judge Judy (not to mention Judge Christine, Judge Joe Brown, Judge Lynn Toler, Extreme Justice, Texas Justice, and so on) to American Idol, Who’s Hot/Who’s Not, and Elimidate; from Dr. Laura to Jerry Springer to Maury Povitch; from Oprah to Dr. Phil: Over the last decade, these and similar programs have brought an unprecedented banality to broadcast television. The programs are popular because they are essentially Hegelian passion plays of the Master-Slave dialectic, where We, the American People, gather ritualistically to be reassured of our place in the social order of symbolic signification. Here is the charade and spectacle where we are judged but never tried, diagnosed but never helped; teary mea culpa you can set your watch to performed before this or that pretentiously benevolent Master and Expert Signifiers (all authority figures, most marqueed with first names only); melodrama bookended by commercial breaks punctuating this streaming symbolic order every 12 minutes or so, at higher frequency closer to the end of the hour.Many would claim the rise of so-called “reality TV” is the conjunctive by-product of so many “transgressions against modernism” (cf. Baudrillard, 2002; Jervis 1999), whereby broadcast banality has become the central ring and, ipso facto, midwife of an ascending symbolic order; the headline act for instantiating otherwise untethered floating signifiers bracketing the social construction of reality du jour, a steaming hyperdrama of Baudrillardian simulacra; infinitely regressive copies of nothing real. Media insiders would, in a candid moment, insist that reality TV is actually the by-product of far less exotic, prosaic market algorithm: Requiring no paid actors and minimal production costs, reality TV is a simple formula for recovering media profit margins in an expanded cable broadcast market under increasingly narrowed and centralized media ownership.

The role played by performance art in constructing and contesting the symbolic order is hardly new, or newly discovered. Street theater was around long before rap idiom; vaudeville was the site of cultural contest and symbolic assimilation long before critical theory or poststructuralism. Blackface minstrelsy originated as a venue for lower class Whites to instantiate their place in America’s wickedly illusive class hierarchy (Cullen 1996/2002). As James Scott (1990) diligently chronicles, “domination and the arts of resistance” are as old as the hills.

What is new within today’s symbolic order is the quickening of consequences from the globalization of economic, political, and cultural forces that are now unleashed and ascendant. This is the portion of “the spectacle” eclipsed by the fictive claims of “reality” television that intensify rather than deconstruct the Master’s dominance over popular constructions of the real. Thus, reality TV stages a passion play homologous to a New World order where massive employment dislocation, flight of capital, and cartel leagues among state and corporate actors all stage the stampeding disenfranchisement of working classes and emasculation of professional codes of ethics everywhere (Chossudovsky, 2003; Keen, 2007; Sassen, 1998). Displaced and divested from their communities and systematically weaned of hope for self-determination, the masses predictably gather to bear witness to caricatured enactment of their plight, where there but for the grace of a higher power they would find themselves. Gone begging for more insight is how the ritualized bearing-of-witness to these charades intensifies the impulse to pin upon a disparaged other why our collective fate is somehow forestalled or upended. “Look at those idiots! Can you believe how stupid they are? What a mess!”

And so the laboring masses are ritualistically subjected to messages pinning consequences entirely beyond their control to their own missteps, gullibility, or low character (e.g., blaming the poor who lived below sea level in New Orleans) while they are simultaneously being bombarded by evocations of an exotic external threat (terrorism) whose magnitude is inversely proportional to how remote and murky is its animus and location. While this farcical inversion of Old Testament morals drama replays interminably, those who transgress the moral order higher up the chain of signification are permitted to do so with impunity, magically beyond the glare of judicious (aka “professional”) scrutiny. Scandalously reckless mortgage lending and predatory loan sales (targeting moistly poor people of color) triggering a world financial crisis are permitted free plays while public administrators and policy makers (never mind scholars) claim they never saw the consequences coming until after the fact….”

References for the above excerpt:

Baudrillard, J. (2002) Screened out (C. Turner, Trans.) London: Verso.

Chossudovsky, M. (2003). The globalization of poverty and the New World Order (2nd ed.). Pincourt, Quebec, Canada: Global Research.

Cullen, J. (1996/2002). The art of democracy: A concise history of popular culture in the United States. New York: Monthly Review Press.

Jervis, J. (1999). Transgressing the modern: Explorations in the Western experience of otherness. London: Blackwell.

Keen, A. (2007), The Cult of the Amateur: How today’s Internet is killing our culture and assaulting our economy. London: Nicholas Brealey.

Sassen, S. (1998). Globalization and its discontents: Essays on the new mobility of people and money. New York: New Press.

Scott, J. (1990). Domination and the arts of resistance, New Haven, VT: Yale University Press.

An excerpt from “Pretending Not to See or Hear, Refusing to Signify: The Farce and Tragedy of Geocentric Public Affairs Scholarship” by Matthew Witt, Ph.D., associate professor of public administration at the University of La Verne), in American Behavioral Scientist, 56(6) 921-939, Sage Publications.

Author’s permission via e-mail retained in files.

 

Stand Together

Stand Together Now Or You Will End Up Facing the Police State Alone …

Originally Posted on November 4, 2013 by WashingtonsBlog

Hiding Your Head In the Sand Doesn’t Work …

Preface: German pastor Martin Niemöller initially supported Hitler. But he later opposed him, and was imprisoned in the Dachau concentration camp for years.

Niemöller learned the hard way that keep your head down doesn’t keep one out of trouble … in the long run, it increases the danger to all of us.

Niemöller wrote a brilliant poem – First They Came – about the manner in which Germans allowed Nazi abuses by failing to protest the abuse of “others” … first gypsies, gays, communists, and Jews, then Catholics … and eventually everyone.

This is my modern interpretation of Niemöller’s poem …

First they tortured a U.S. citizen and gang member
I remained silent;
I wasn’t a criminal

Then they tortured a U.S. citizen, whistleblower and navy veteran
I remained silent;
I wasn’t a whistleblower

Then they locked up an attorney for representing accused criminals …
I remained silent;
I wasn’t a defense attorney

Then they arrested a young father walking with his son simply because he told Dick Cheney that he disagreed with his policies
I remained silent;
I’ve never talked to an important politician

Then they said an entertainer should be killed because she questioned the government’s version of an important historical event
I remained silent;
I wasn’t an entertainer

Then they arrested people for demanding that Congress hold the President to the Constitution
I did not speak out;
I’ve never protested in Washington

Then they arrested a man for holding a sign
I held my tongue;
I’ve never held that kind of sign

Then they broke a minister’s leg because he wanted to speak at a public event …
I said nothing;
I wasn’t a religious leader

Then they shot a student with a taser gun and arrested him for asking a question of a politician at a public event …
I remained silent;
I wasn’t a student

Then they started labeling virtually every innocent and normal behavior as marking Americans as “potential terrorists”
I remained silent;
I didn’t want to be called a terrorist

Then they threw political dissenters in psychiatric wards
I remained silent;
I didn’t want to be seen as crazy

Then they declared that they could label U.S. citizens living on U.S. soil as “unlawful enemy combatants” and imprison them indefinitely without access to any attorney …
I remained silent;
I didn’t want to be labeled an enemy

Then they assassinated an American citizen without any court trial
And they killed his son because he should have had a “far more responsible father”
I remained silent;
I live on American soil

Then they declared that they could assassinate U.S. citizens living on U.S. soil without any due process of law (update) …
I remained silent;
I didn’t want to be on the list

Then they forced down the airplane carrying the president of a sovereign nation, because they were looking for a whistleblower
I remained silent;
I’m not a foreign leader

Then they called for the founder of an independent publisher to be killed by drone
I remained silent;
I don’t want to worry about drone strikes against me

Then they started spying on all Americans, even though top experts say that doesn’t protect us from terrorism
I remained silent;
I didn’t want to call even more attention to myself from the spies

Then they charged the partner of an investigative journalist with terrorism for transporting whistleblowing documents to the journalist regarding illegal NSA spying
I remained silent;
My wife isn’t a journalist

When they came for me,
Everyone was silent;
there was no one left to speak out.

Involvement

John Donne (1572-1631), Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions, Meditation XVII: Nunc Lento Sonitu Dicunt, Morieris:

“Perchance he for whom this bell tolls may be so ill, as that he knows not it tolls for him; and perchance I may think myself so much better than I am, as that they who are about me, and see my state, may have caused it to toll for me, and I know not that.

No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend’s or of thine own were: any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee.”

Donne lived in Tudor and Stewart England, and at that time the tolling of church bells to mark various events was an important feature of daily life. The tolling referred to in the quotation is, of course, that of funeral bells. Donne’s view, which has, oddly for a 17th century Christian, much in common with 21st century eastern religions, was that all people are socially and spiritually interconnected; for example, the contemporary Buddhist view is demonstrated by the reply given by the Dalai Lama, when asked during a visit to Northern Ireland how the warring Protestants and Catholics could co-exist: “Remember we are all one – all the same”. Donne seems to be saying that whatever affects one affects us all. This is highlighted by the famous ‘no man is an island’ line at the beginning of the ‘for whom the bells tolls’ paragraph.

Donne’s Meditations concern man’s spiritual and social functioning, especially with regard to illness and death. They are somewhat mystical and difficult to interpret, especially without the benefit of experience of the nuances of the social and religious sensibilities of a 17th century Englishman. It is a testament to Donne’s insight that the work contains much that strikes deep chords with people living and dying today.

There’s some debate about what precisely what was meant. Some think that Donne was simply pointing out people’s mortality and that when a funeral bell was heard it was a reminder that we are nearer death each day, i.e. the bell is tolling for us. Others view it more mystically and argue that Donne is saying we are all one and that, when one dies, we all die a little. This isn’t as bleak as it might sound, as the counterpoint would be that there is some part of the living in the dead and that we continue a form of life after death.

Hemingway adapted the novel as the screenplay to a successful 1943 film of the same title, starring Gary Cooper and Ingrid Bergman.