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Ebola Two

pandemic or psychological warfare?

Is it Ebola or is it psychological warfare?

by Jon Rappoport

July 31, 2014

www.nomorefakenews.com

Now that the world has been put on notice about Ebola, it’s time to try facts instead of scare tactics.

The World Health Organization (WHO) is the primary reporting agency on case numbers and deaths. Taking their stats with a few grains of salt, but recognizing that mainstream accounts come from WHO, here is their July 25 update, “Ebola Virus Disease, West Africa”:

1201 total cases. 672 deaths. These numbers cover Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia—the Ebola focus areas.

Looking a little deeper, we see that WHO divides each number into categories: “confirmed,” “probable,” and “suspected.”

Diagnostic methods for IDing Ebola in those 3 countries are uncertain. Therefore, we should only consider the category labeled “confirmed,” and even then we should have doubts.

So let’s look at the total for confirmed Ebola case numbers in those countries.

It’s 814.

Confirmed number of deaths? 456.

Now consider another WHO report. This one is titled: “Influenza (Seasonal) World Health Organization,” dated April 2009.

It’s the WHO fact sheet on regular seasonal flu, the kind that is said to infect people globally, year after year, like clockwork.

Ready?

Annual number of severe cases: 3-5 million.

Annual number of deaths: between 250,000 and 500,000.

Remember, that’s every year—not a one-time shot.

When it comes to seasonal regular flu, the World Health Organization issues no scare reports, no dire warnings, and the press mentions nothing. Zero.

However, with 814 confirmed cases and 456 deaths from Ebola, the whole world is put on notice.

We hear about possible travel restrictions. In the US, portable disease-diagnosing machines have been passed out out to many local communities. There are murmurs aboutdetaining people who may have come in contact with somebody who may have Ebola.

Something is very wrong here. Something is upside down.

If you set aside the images and fear-mongering of the press, you begin to see this is a propaganda operation, there is a selective process at work—what disease to promote, what disease to ignore.

Imagine what would happen if WHO released a statement in which it substituted “Ebola” for “regular seasonal flu”:

“There are 3 to five million cases of Ebola worldwide. Between 250,000 and 500,000 people are dead.”

The world would go crazy.

But again, there ARE 3 to 5 million cases, every year, of regular seasonal flu, and according to WHO, between 250,000 and 500,000 people die from it.

And the world does nothing.

People would respond, “Oh, but you see, Ebola is different. People hemorrhage. They bleed out and die. It’s horrible.”

Now we’re talking about the process of dying, as if that really matters.

And, with flu, when people die, they often drown in their own mucus. Is that vivid enough to rank alongside Ebola?

Ebola is a propaganda operation.

Choices are being made: what to emphasize, what to ignore, what to use in order to invoke fear.

Producing fear, one way or another, is a standard element in exerting top-down control over the population.

When people are afraid, they’re compliant, they’re obedient to authority.

And that’s the agenda.

 

http://jonrappoport.wordpress.com/2014/07/31/is-it-ebola-or-is-it-psychological-warfare/

 

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http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/infectious-disease-topics/ebola 

(directory of the articles on Ebola currently at their web site)

Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP)
University of Minnesota
Academic Health Center
420 Delaware St SE
MMC 263
Minneapolis, MN 55455

(612) 626-6770 (Phone)
(612) 626-6783 (Fax)

http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/about-us/staff 

[N.B.: I have sent an e-mail to these people to ask if the current variant is transmissible by an airborne route.]

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A specially built isolated unit at Emory University in Atlanta will receive an American patient infected with the Ebola virus within the next few days, the facility announced Thursday.

 

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Ebola 2: here come the “global pandemic” promoters

by Jon Rappoport

July 31, 2014

www.nomorefakenews.com

Now in the UK, the government has absurdly decided it wants to hunt for 30,000 people who might have “come in contact” with air traveler Patrick Sawyer, who is said to have died from Ebola.

At first, the search was going to be aimed at only several hundred, but now they’ve multiplied the hysteria factor.

Here is one predictable outcome: at clinics and hospitals, frightened people who arrive with what are labeled “early signs” of Ebola will be labeled as probable cases. What are those symptoms? Fever, chill, sore throat, cough, headache, joint pain. Sound familiar? Normally, this would just be called the flu.

What’s (intentionally) missing in all this an understanding of the immune system. Generally speaking, a germ doesn’t stand a chance of causing serious illness when the immune system is strong.

Of course, you won’t hear about that. Instead, news accounts will feature shock and awe: “perfectly healthy people” who suddenly succumbed to the “killer germ.”

The fact is, unless a serious, honest, and highly competent practitioner does a complete workup on a patient, he has no idea whether that person is healthy and has a strong immune system.

While researching my first book in 1987, AIDS Inc., I read published summaries of “the first AIDS cases,” all of whom had been patients at UCLA Hospital. To a man, these patients were labeled “formerly otherwise healthy.” That was sheer propaganda. Nothing could have been further from the truth. The lists of their prior medical drugs put the lie to that in short order.

In areas of the world where severe malnutrition, starvation, lack of basic sanitation, contaminated water, overcrowding, heavy pollution are present, people fall ill and die routinely.

These conditions destroy the immune system—and then any germ that sweeps through the area causes illness and death, because body’s defenses are shot. That’s the real problem.

Here’s another point you won’t see discussed on the mainstream news: the reliability of tests used to diagnose Ebola.

Two of those tests—antibody and PCR—are notoriously unreliable.

Antibody tests will register positive for disease because they ping on factors that have nothing to do with the disease being looked for. And even when cross-reaction ping doesn’t occur, a positive test merely shows that the patient came in contact with the germ in question. It says nothing about whether he’s ill or is going to become ill.

In fact, before 1984, when the science was turned on its head, antibody-positive status was taken to mean the patient’s immune system had successfully warded off the germ.

The PCR test is a sophisticated way of amplifying tiny, tiny bits of what are assumed to be viral material, so they can be observed. The problem here is this: if only tiny bits of material could be found in the patient’s body in the first place, there is no reason to suppose they’re enough to cause disease. Very, very large amounts of virus are necessary to begin to suspect the patient is ill or is going to become ill.

Bottom line: huge numbers of people on whom these tests are done are going to be falsely diagnosed with Ebola.

And in a pandemic scare, diagnostic tests are going to be ignored altogether. “Eyeball” assessment becomes the order of the day.

This is exactly what happened in the US, in the summer of 2009, when the Swine Flu scare was at its height.

The Centers for Disease Control, without informing the public, just stopped doing tests and stopped counting numbers of American Swine Flu cases. Yet, on the basis of zero evidence, they claimed the disease was an expanding nightmare.

Sharyl Attkisson, star investigative reporter for CBS at the time, broke this story—and her network shut her off. There was much more she could have exposed, but it didn’t happen.

Here’s what did happen. The CDC, shaken to its core by Attkisson’s revelations, doubled down, employing a time honored strategy: if a lie doesn’t work, tell a much bigger lie.

The CDC suddenly claimed that its (unverified) total of tens of thousands of Swine Flu cases in America were really “tens of millions of cases.”

As the days and weeks pass, you’re going to hear and see all manner of outrageous propaganda about Ebola. “People of interest” and “possible carriers” and “people who might have come in contact with someone who has Ebola” will morph into “suspected cases of Ebola” and “victims of Ebola.”

The psyop warriors and their dupes will scream “global pandemic” every fifteen seconds.

To exert control over the population and obtain compliance (stay indoors, don’t travel, avoid contact with people who might be ill, etc.), they’ll say anything.

Every so-called “pandemic” is a test: how well will the population follow orders?

That’s the whole point.

The World Health Organization and the CDC are the spear points of the operation. They float the lies and the lies about lies.

The World Health Organization is also in charge of doing damage to national economies. “Shut down the airports. No planes should take off or land. Keep the ships in the harbors.”

Disruption, fear, damage.

Chaos—then new Order imposed on the chaos.

In 1987, I warned that medical propaganda ops are, in the long run, the most dangerous. They appear to be neutral. They wave no political banners. They claim to be science. For these reasons, they can accomplish the goals of overt fascism without arousing suspicion.

The “pandemic” is a high-value strategy in the medical psyop playbook.

The doctor is a foot soldier. In most cases, he has no idea how he’s being used. He’s learned his lessons well in medical school, where he’s also learned how to be arrogant and immune to uncomfortable truths.

http://jonrappoport.wordpress.com/2014/07/31/ebola-2-here-come-the-global-pandemic-promoters/ 

Ebola

 

Music video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=InATxcZO6KU (10:06)

 

July 28-29, 2014 — Update 1x. BREAKING NEWS. Ebola may be heading to Washington, DC 

Advance teams of media and diplomats and other government officials are beginning to arrive in Washington, DC for President Obama’s U.S.-Africa Leader’s Summit scheduled to be held in the nation’s capital August 5-6. Fifty African leaders are scheduled to meet with Obama, Cabinet officials, members of Congress, businessmen, and “civil society” leaders. In addition to Africa, representatives from Caribbean nations will attend various Summit events.

Many African leaders will arrive in their own presidential aircraft at Dulles International Airport in Virginia or at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland. Other staff, press, and other invitees will fly by commercial aircraft to Washington from Africa via Europe, New York’s JFK Airport, and New Jersey’s Newark International Airport.

A White House dinner will be held for all the visiting African heads of state and their spouses on the evening of August 5. Many African and U.S. delegates will commence the summit’s events with a Brookings Institution-sponsored U.S.-Africa Business Conference at the Willard Hotel on August 4. The Willard, across 14th Street from the National Press Building, lies in the midst of Washington’s political and business community, surrounded by office buildings and other hotels.

The Summit concludes with the Social Accountability Summit at the Washington Marriott Hotel on 22nd Street from August 7-8. The summit ends with a ball at the Capital Hilton Hotel. In addition, Michelle Obama is to hold a “Spousal Summit” with former First Lady Laura Bush and the spouses of the African leaders on August 6 at the Kennedy Center.

However, the Summit’s events may have another unwanted guest: the almost-always fatal and presently-incurable Ebola virus, which had already killed some 700 people in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. One of the recent fatalities was Liberian Ministry of Finance consultant Patrick Sawyer. A number of similar delegates, representing their countries’ finance ministries and central banks, are due to fly to Washington.

Sawyer died in Lagos from Ebola after flying from Monrovia, Liberia to Lagos with a brief stop in Lomé, Togo. Although Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone have supposedly implemented screening procedures at their airports to prevent Ebola sufferers from boarding aircraft, Sawyer showed no symptoms of the virus when he boarded the Arik Air flight from Monrovia to Lagos. Ebola has a variable incubation period of between 2 and 21 days and often carriers of the virus do not immediately show symptoms of associated with the virus. Initial symptoms of Ebola include a fever, fatigue, and sore throat not unlike the flu. However, symptoms soon worsen to include severe diarrhea and vomiting, as well as internal bleeding. Sawyer’s sister, who lived in Liberia, recently died from Ebola.

Since Sawyer’s death, Arik Air has suspended all service to Liberia and Sierra Leone and Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who is due to fly to Washington for the Africa summit, has closed all but three border crossings in her nation. However, Monrovia’s Roberts International Airport and James Spriggs Payne Airport will remain open.

An American doctor, Dr. Kent Brantly, has contracted the disease in Liberia and one of Liberia’s top doctors, Dr. Samuel Brisbane, recently died from the disease as did a Ugandan doctor in Liberia to assist in the treatment of Ebola patients. It has recently been reported that a second American aid worker in Liberia, Nancy Writebol, contracted Ebola. Writebol and Brantly both work for the North Carolina-based Samaritan’s Purse.

The potential looming health problem for the U.S-Africa Leader’s Summit is that with respect to diplomatic and government protocol, a number of attendees will not be required to pass through Ebola screening either at West African airports prior to their departure or at American airports on arrival. With the spread of the most deadly form of Ebola — the Zaire strain — in at least three West African countries, there is the distinct likelihood that the virulent Zaire Ebola strain could arrive in Washington, DC with one or more of the individuals attending or covering the summit. Any contact with bodily fluids from an Ebola sufferer spreads the virus, including fluids transmitted by sneezing and coughing on an airplane or in close vicinity to others not infected.

Joining Johnson Sirleaf and her staff in Washington will be delegations from the other countries where Ebola has been reported. Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, and Guinean President Alpha Conde, in addition to Johnson Sirleaf and Guinea-Bissau President José Mário Vaz, all from countries where there have been reported Ebola cases, are due to fly to Washington with their delegations.

Another question remains. Will departing delegates and their staffs be screened to ensure they are not carrying Ebola from a major infection vector in Washington to the rest of the world?

WMR has contacted the Department of Homeland Security and Centers for Disease Control Press Offices on special precautions being taken with individuals arriving from West Africa, most of them with diplomatic passports. We are awaiting their reply.

Update 1x. After the Ebola death of Liberian Finance Ministry official Patrick Sawyer, the Ministry of Finance in Monrovia has instituted the following regulations [will they also be instituted for the U.S.-Africa Summit in Washington?]:

• Absolutely, no clustering on the stairways

• No gathering of more than five persons except for meetings in conference spaces or spatial environment

• Absolutely no handshakes, hugging or other physical bodily contact

• Please report any suspicious illness or strange conditions amongst employees

• Only persons with genuine business dealings and transactions would be permitted on the premises

• All employees are further encouraged to wear long sleeve clothing to minimize any possible risk of exposure

http://www.waynemadsenreport.com/articles/20140728_3 

http://static.stuff.co.nz/files/Ebola.jpg

July 29-30, 2014 — No response from DHS and CDC on Ebola threat to U.S.-Africa Summit

A few hours after WMR reported the Ebola threat to the United States stemming from the arrival of hundreds of delegates, including presidents and their staffs, to next week’s U.S.-Africa Summit in Washington, DC, USA Today and NBC News practically ran the same story with the same headlines. USA Today’s headline: “Ebola only a plane ride away from USA: Ebola virus rapidly spreading in West Africa.” NBC News: “Little Risk: Ebola’s Just One Flight Away, But CDC Isn’t Too Worried.” The articles’ similar content appears to have been planted by the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta.

WMR contacted the Department of Homeland Security and the CDC. We asked them what special precautions are being taken to ensure that the hundreds of government officials, media, businessmen, and others arriving for the summit from the Ebola “hot zones” of Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea, as well as countries where cases have been reported. The latter include Nigeria and Guinea-Bissau.

The DHS and CDC did not respond to our inquiry, which is, incidentally, why WMR normally does not waste time with government press offices.

http://www.waynemadsenreport.com/articles/20140728_4  

July 30-31, 2014 — Update 1x. This updates our report from July 28-29, 2014. No response from DHS and CDC on Ebola threat to U.S.-Africa Summit

A few hours after WMR reported the Ebola threat to the United States stemming from the arrival of hundreds of delegates, including presidents and their staffs, to next week’s U.S.-Africa Summit in Washington, DC, USA Today and NBC News practically ran the same story with the same headlines. USA Today’s headline: “Ebola only a plane ride away from USA: Ebola virus rapidly spreading in West Africa.” NBC News: “Little Risk: Ebola’s Just One Flight Away, But CDC Isn’t Too Worried.” The articles’ similar content appears to have been planted by the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta.

WMR contacted the Department of Homeland Security and the CDC. We asked them what special precautions are being taken to ensure that the hundreds of government officials, media, businessmen, and others arriving for the summit from the Ebola “hot zones” of Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea, as well as countries where cases have been reported. The latter include Nigeria and Guinea-Bissau.

The DHS and CDC did not respond to our inquiry, which is, incidentally, why WMR normally does not waste time with government press offices.

Update 1x. As predicted in our report of July 28, the State Department diplomats are unwilling to put in place any special screening procedures to prevent someone with Ebola symptoms from arriving in the United States for the large number of events surrounding the U.S.-Africa Leader’s Summit during the first week of August. During a July 28 press conference, State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki said the State Department has adopted “a wait and see” attitude with regard to the spreading of Ebola and that the State Department see how things “shake out.”

Psaki said the State Department is taking the lead of the Centers for Disease Control on how to respond to the crisis. The CDC failed to respond to WMR’s inquiry about what measures were being taken to ensure that delegates and other guests arriving in Washington from countries affected by the Ebola epidemic are not carrying the virus.

Sierra Leone’s top doctor dealing with the epidemic is the latest victim of Ebola. His death follows that of Liberia’s top doctor. Two American medical workers in Liberia have contracted the almost-always fatal disease while a U.S. citizen, Patrick Sawyer, a consultant for the Liberian Finance Ministry in Monrovia, died from the disease in Lagos after flying to the populous Nigerian mega-city from Monrovia via Togo. Sawyer was due to return shortly to his native Coon Rapids, Minnesota. His widow said she fears Ebola could be transmitted to the United States.

Psaki said there are no plans to ban Americans from traveling to the affected West African countries, which at last count include Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Nigeria. Psaki also said there were no plans to restrict travel or otherwise screen travelers from West Africa to the various U.S.-Africa Summit events, including the first event, the Young African Leadership Initiative Summit scheduled for the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington on August 4. Could the State Department’s indifference to Ebola result in scenes like that to the left at the entrances of Washington’s conference hotels next week? Based on the worst-case scenario now playing out in West Africa, the answer to that question is “yes.”

One Ugandan-American active in Africa foreign policy issues told WMR that because of the risk associated with potential Ebola sufferers arriving from West Africa, he has canceled plans to participate in U.S.-Africa Summit events within the District of Columbia.

http://www.waynemadsenreport.com/articles/20140730_2 

 

 

Music videos:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbFi85piaEg (16:05)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0U6sWqfrnTs (16:16)

[this music, well-known pieces described in the notes at the links, generate theta waves in your brain which help you think and solve problems creatively]

 

 

 

SOURCE: SHTFPLAN via http://blacklistednews.com

The Department of Defense informed Congress that it has deployed biological diagnostic systems to National Guard support teams in all 50 states, according to a report published by the Committee on Armed Services. The report, published in April amid growing fears that the Ebola hemorrhagic fever virus might spread outside of West Africa, says that the portable systems are designed for “low probability, high consequence” scenarios.

Some 340 Joint Biological Agent Identification and Diagnostic System (JBAIDS) units have thus far been given to emergency response personnel. The systems are “rapid, reliable, and [provide] simultaneous identification of specific biological agents and pathogens,” says executive officer for the DOD’s Chemical and Biological Defense group Carmen J. Spencer.

The Chemical and Biological Defense Program has sharpened the DoD diagnostics portfolio by increasing the capability of our fielded system, some 340 of which have been provided to the Military Services.

The Joint Biological Agent Identification and Diagnostic System is a portable system capable of rapid, reliable, and simultaneous identification of specific biological agents and pathogens. By partnering with the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command and the Food and Drug Administration, we have made accessible additional diagnostic assays for high consequence, low probability biological threat agents for use during declared public health emergencies.

This collaboration has facilitated the availability of viral hemorrhagic fever diagnostic assays for use during a declared emergency and adds previously unavailable preparedness capabilities to this fielded system.

To address the need for a near term capability to combat emerging threat materials, we have already provided Domestic Response Capability kits to the National Guard weapons of mass destruction civil support teams resident in all 50 states.

These kits provide emerging threat mitigation capability that includes detection, personnel protection, and decontamination.

Full Congressional Report via POTR

According to manufacturer BioFire Diagnostics, the JBAID is capable of detecting a variety of infectious disease targets including Anthrax, Plague, Ricin, and various forms of influenza. The detection kits sent to National Guard units also include hemorrhagic fever detection capabilities, giving the military the ability to identify potential infections in as little as thirty minutes:

The ruggedized JBAIDS is an open platform that analyzes 32 samples in 30 minutes and is deployed in field hospitals, mobile analytical labs, shipboard medical labs, food and water safety test centers, research labs, and other mobile scenarios.

 


http://shtfplan.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/ebola-kit.jpg 

(Pictured: Joint Biological Agent Identification and Diagnostic System)

 

The Ebola threat recently popped up on the global radar when an infected individual traveled via airplane from Liberia to Nigeria’s capital of Lagos, alarming bio-specialists who say it could just be a plane ride away from U.S. shores.

As noted by Steve Quayle, Department of Defense planners had already taken steps to deliver the biodetectors to the National Guard before April of this year, suggesting that, while no infection of Ebola in North America has been confirmed, the military is already taking precautions.

The military has response plans in place for national emergency events that could include anything from a pandemic outbreak to economic collapse, both of which could lead to civil unrest.

Video Update (Provided by POTR)

It is unclear how real or imminent the threat may be, but it is clear that a massive surge of Governmental spending and preparedness has occurred since Hemorrhagic H7N9 Bird Flu came on the scene in 2013 and those preparedness activities are accelerating as EBOLA has started to gain momentum in Africa.

In that regard, spotting the field use of the biomedical equipment shown below is an extremely strong indicator that a Biodefense operation is underway. Pay special attention to the JBAIDS device shown below, its presence at any medical or field facility is prima facie evidence of a high risk medical event of disastrous proportion.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvcQbH8YfK4 (5:58)

 

http://pravda-team.ru/eng/image/article/2/8/1/53281.jpeg 

The Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) currently devastating communities in West Africa poses a potential threat to Europe. UK Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond today chairs an emergency meeting of COBRA in London to discuss options if the virus travels to Europe via aircraft passengers.

A national alert has been issued by the organization Public Health England to all doctors in the United Kingdom after the virus spread from Guinea, where it first appeared in February, to Liberia, Sierra Leone and now, Nigeria in the worst outbreak ever of this hemorrhagic fever.

Philip Hammond has declared that EVD is a “threat” to the United Kingdom, an opinion which has been backed by the British government’s chief scientist, Sir Mark Walport.

http://english.pravda.ru/news/health/30-07-2014/128187-ebola_alert-0/#.U9kpZ1b426Q

 

 

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-9sS9UlfXyTg/AAAAAAAAAAI/AAAAAAAAAN4/2HD5siRMjr8/photo.jpg

https://plus.google.com/105032040974072109467/posts

http://karidebbink.weebly.com (author’s bio)

http://www.pubfacts.com/author/Kari+Debbink (her publications list)

 

 

Ebola is a pandemic virus FAIL

http://decipherthescience.blogspot.com/2012/08/ebola-pandemic-virus-fail.html

 

This may just be me, but I try to make it a habit of NOT coming into contact with other peoples’ blood, vomit, and fecal matter

 

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-7QwxNsnV__w/UBs02KLkxqI/AAAAAAAAAME/d_Z0nKscBAw/s320/EBOLAVIRUS.jpg

 

 

CDC: Stopping deadly Ebola outbreak will be a ‘marathon’

By By Bahar Gholipour, Staff Writer @ http://www.livescience.com 

16 hours ago

http://news.yahoo.com/stopping-deadly-ebola-outbreak-marathon-cdc-says-014632885.html

 

 

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2710620/It-scares-Jesus-outta-Outrage-Nigerian-Nollywood-star-posts-image-wearing-ebola-mask-class-airport-lounge-flees-Liberia.html

 

 

Maybe someone can put some other folks in touch with Kari.

Image Intimacy and Telepresence

Music Video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCXBQFYlYOQ (5:53)

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Image Intimacy and Telepresence

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Coming Soon: “Digitial Resurrection” of Presidents and Campaign Holograms for 2016

(Re-Posted)

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 7:18 

Kevin Samson
Activist Post

Also known as “telepresence,” the use of holograms is on the rise. Instead of Princess Leia, the last 5 years have ushered in real-world holograms that have been used to resurrect dead musicians, to create new musical stars in Japan, and and to transport political analysts into the studio of their choice.

Yet there are many other uses for holograms that could have a far greater impact on our everyday world, as the following video chronology suggests.

In 2010, The Guardian announced that holographic communication had flickered into life in Arizona:

In a paper published today in Nature, they report the transmission of moving 3D images from one place to another in almost real time. This means it may eventually be possible to communicate with moving 3D images of friends or colleagues who are on the other side of the world. Surgeons will be able to use the technology to step into virtual operating theatres in other cities, and films will become ever more immersive. (Source)

Just a short while later Wired reported on U.S. military advancement toward battlefield holograms, and were already using holograms in some installations:

Early holograms are already a fixture in military headquarters, according to the Times article. A company called Zebra Imaging in Texas has been selling 2-by-3-foot plastic holographic maps to the Pentagon — its “main customer” — for $1,000 to $3,000 a pop.

The military “sends data in computer files to the company. Zebra then renders holographic displays of, for example, battlefields in Iraq and Afghanistan.” No goofy 3D glasses required, just a custom-made LED flashlight that “activates” the image encoded in the plastic. (Source)

Here is a demonstration of that system:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdSr7T5zVPg (1:05)

Here is a hologram projector that appeared at a military trade show:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XYy-bYhUglo (1:18)

 

Pretty basic, but things have become far more complex since. Fast-forward to 2011; The Independent issued a report about a new system of hologram security that would greet passengers at Manchester Airport:

 

 

The recordings of actual employees John Walsh and Julie Capper will appear as travellers enter the security search area at Terminal 1. They will explain the liquid restrictions and remind passengers to have their boarding cards ready.

 

Bosses at the airport say it has become the first in the world to introduce holograms as part of its passenger security preparation. (Source)

 

Here is the T1 hologram system in action:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uklp-bX4jUs (2:00)

Now we’re getting somewhere. But it wasn’t until Indian Prime Minister Shri Narenda Modi took to the virtual stage that a new reality presented itself in earnest: the holographic politician. The world’s largest election employed 3D holographic technology to reach the masses.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISSZE3K0wS4 (0:49)

It was such a success that Bloomberg Businessweek is reporting that the company which created Modi’s hologram, HologramUSA, is gearing up to do the same for the coming 2016 U.S. elections:

Several months after Narendra Modi rode a hologram-enhanced wave to electoral success in India, the groundwork is being laid to create virtual versions of Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz, and anyone else who wants to campaign for office via hologram. (emphasis added)

As if that is not scary enough for some, each political party could resurrect dead presidents to reinforce their policy points. Lobbyist Jeffrey Taylor will be in charge of creating some possibilities:

Taylor says his first calls will be to the Republican and Democratic National Committees. He envisions 2016 conventions where holograms of Ronald Reagan and John F. Kennedy address the party faithful. “This is not necessarily a partisan thing,” he says. Taylor also believes that campaigns will use holograms as a substitute for retail politics, much in the way Modi did. (emphasis added)

It would be easy to argue that politics is already a manipulated theater event – introducing virtual reality to an already questionable reality will distort events even further.

As with nearly all technology, however, there is misuse as well as the promise of powerful new ways to expand our knowledge and ability. The following video clearly shows how the use of holograms will only accelerate as the exponential growth of computing power dictates, while the real-world applications likely become irresistible.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIj2xEd_z78 (3:46)

 

http://beforeitsnews.com/alternative/2014/07/coming-soon-digitial-resurrection-of-presidents-and-campaign-holograms-for-2016-3002346.html 

 

 

 

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holography in politics

 

http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2014/01/giant-hologram-of-turkish-prime-minister-delivers-speech/283374/ 

 

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holographic applications for military use 

 

Selected items from the first 20 offerings when using the above phrase in a Google search:

Army Uses 3-D Holographic Technology to Detail Intel …

www.dodlive.mil/…/army-uses-3-d-holographic-technology-to-gather-in…

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Into the deep: 3-D holographic technology … – U.S. Army

www.army.mil › News Archives

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Holograms could improve military intelligence and …

defensesystems.com/…/holograms-under-development-for-militaryappli

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Fighting Shadows: Military Holograms | Defense Tech

defensetech.org

http://defensesystems.com/articles/2010/12/06/holograms-under-development-for-military-applications.aspx?admgarea=DS

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http://www.wired.com/2010/12/military-one-step-closer-to-battlefield-holograms/ 

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3D HOLOGRAM PRINTS INVADE MILITARY, COMMERCIAL DESIGN 

http://singularityhub.com/2010/12/16/3d-hologram-prints-invade-military-commercial-design-videos/

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Defense and Intelligence – Zebra Imaging

www.zebraimaging.com/defense/

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New Military Holograms: Is This Real Or Just Fantasy? Project Blue Beam By Gary Flynn

Saturday, August 25, 2012 23:27

http://beforeitsnews.com/alternative/2012/08/new-military-holograms-is-this-real-or-just-fantasy-project-blue-beam-by-gary-flynn-2457440.html 

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Psyops and holographic technology

This is a discussion on Psyops and holographic technology within the Space & Defense Technology forum

http://www.defencetalk.com/forums/space-defense-technology/psyops-holographic-technology-9604/#ixzz38tlkynAL 

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SeoH5G5Uv64 (3:29)

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Army, Air Force Get 3D Battle Planning Technology

DARPA designed the holographic display system to help military leaders plan initiatives in urban areas and other complex terrain.

http://www.informationweek.com/applications/army-air-force-get-3d-battle-planning-technology/d/d-id/1096848?

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Military Weaponized Holograms

By: Terrence Aym 

Published: December 12, 2010

http://www.worldissues360.com/index.php/military-weaponized-holograms-8914/ 

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Holographic Projection Technologies of the Future [this link was made inactive because, according to WordFence, it contains suspected malware]

http://worldthinktank.net/pdfs/holographictechnologies.pdf 

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TECH SPACE

Holographic Movies Show Promise For Medical, Military Applications

Dr. Garner’s holographic video system is based on complex optics principles, sophisticated computer programs, and a small computer chip covered with about a million tiny mirrors.

Dallas TX (SPX) June 14, 2005

http://www.spacedaily.com/news/3d-05g.html 

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The Parallax View: The Military Origins of Holography

http://www.academia.edu/1784560/The_parallax_view_the_military_origins_of_holography 

downloadable 30-page pdf from 2009

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http://io9.com/5648472/how-ghosts-superstitions-and-vampires-have-been-used-for-psychological-warfare 

Music Video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkADj0TPrJA (4:53)

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For three seconds (0:34-0:37)

Ghost Horse at Tahrir Square Egypt 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ygUIr-06qM (1:46)

‘Splainin’ “Lucy”: Transhumanism

‘Splainin’ “Lucy”:

An In-Depth look at the Besson/Johannsson vehicle and its  

Transhumanist ‘Enlightening’ Entertainment

 

The film “Lucy”, written and directed by Luc Besson, is breaking into box-office buzz this weekend.  The trailer has been out for at least two week, the film is now showing, and the reviews are popping up like sunflowers in Provence in summertime.

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-FpDn7n1aqbc/U8CEeznnxOI/AAAAAAABYUM/hFGh8oPIxlE/s800/Scarlett+Johansson+Lucy+movie+billboard.jpg

Dana Stevens, in Slate’s article Überfrau calls it “trippy transhumanist sci-fi fantasy”.

I haven’t seen the film, though I have watched the trailer. To “review” a film I haven’t seen is a bit audacious; call it remote viewing if necessary: I’m simply exercising my expanding synaptic junctions.

I will admit to some prejudicial opinion on several counts:

  • I am not a fan of Scarlett Johansson, despite much recognition of her as “one of Hollywood’s modern sex symbols”;
  • I’m immediately suspicious of a film that understands that its scientific under-pinnings are patently false (or at least that the audience will come to that conclusion); and
  • I am immediately alarmed by its premise that the human being and its brain can be accelerated through the use external agents.

Here are some essential links in the event that you have just beamed yourself back from some extra-terrestrial Club Med vacation spent scuba-diving in the Ligeia Mare.

Make what you will of your own first impressions.

http://www.lucymovie.com (official site)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2872732/ 

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

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

 

 

“… Lucy is also an extremely wacky, zippy action thriller that bats around a lot of big concepts without going too deep, which might just be a roundabout way of calling it dumb…. Time Out’s Keith Uhlich said the film spends way too much time on “Z-grade intellectual components” which left him “feeling shorn of grey matter.” …Amy Nicholson of the Village Voice said the movie “feigns at depth” filled with technical mumbo-jumbo to justify its nonsensical plot turns…..”

http://www.thewire.com/entertainment/2014/07/is-lucy-being-criticized-as-dumb-because-its-about-being-smart/375053/

“… The first image we see is that of a cell dividing; these days biology is as hot a discipline on-screen as off. The narrative itself cleaves between Lucy’s evolution and an exposition of science and pseudoscience that’s conveyed in a lecture-hall setting by a brain researcher named Prof. Samuel Norman “lending scientific and philosophical gravitas” [C. Orr in The Atlantic]. The professor is played, with honeyed orotundity, by Morgan Freeman, and his lecture on cerebral efficiency is illustrated with exuberant multimedia. Mr. Freeman [one of the NWO’s leading actors, along with Samuel L. Jackson] is an actor of such unassailable authority that he could make a case for two plus two equaling pi if the script required it…..

Ms. Johansson has played aspects of this role in the recent past—as the nameless, womanlike creature in “Under the Skin”; as Samantha, the vocal soul of a smartphone’s operating system in “Her” …”

http://online.wsj.com/articles/film-review-lucy-1406223686 

“The guy who narrates the Science Channel show “Through the Wormhole” must know what he’s talking about, right?” [WaPo]

“… We watch as an early hominid, Australopithecus, drinks water from a stream a few million years ago. In voiceover, Johansson asks us, “Life was given to us a billion years ago. What have we done with it?” [C. Orr in The Atlantic]

The film, by name and with its own early flickering tip of the cap, alludes to several hundred pieces of bone from the skeleton of a female Australopithecus afarensis, discovered Awash in Ethiopia.

“The skeleton shows evidence of small skull capacity akin to that of apes and of bipedal upright walk akin to that of humans, supporting the debated view that bipedalism preceded increase in brain size in human evolution.[5][6]

“In her Ethiopian homeland, Lucy is called “dinknesh,” which means “the wondrous one.”[7]

The discovery team “nicknamed the fossil AL 288-1 as Lucy, after the Beatles‘ song “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds“, which was being played loudly and repeatedly on a tape recorder in the camp.[3]”

Scientific historian Londa Schiebinger questions the claim that Johanson’s team made concerning Lucy’s gender, citing that they wrote “the pelvic opening in hominids has to be proportionately larger in females than in males to allow for the birth of larger-brained infants.” Contradicting this evidence was the timing of development of large hominid brains. Schiebinger continues to critique the assumptions made concerning Lucy’s gender based upon the skeleton’s size.[27]”

The team that found the upright hominid included “Donald Johanson, an American anthropologist and curator at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, who later became the Founding Director of Berkeley, California’s Institute of Human Origins, now part of Arizona State University [see https://iho.asu.edu]; Mary Leakey, the noted famous British archaeologist; and Yves Coppens, a French-born paleontologist now based at the Collège de France…..”

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucy_(Australopithecus) 

 

The film becomes “an attempt to chart humankind from its finite prehistoric age to the era of a fully evolved Homo sapien [sic] with 100% brain capacity — what Besson calls “the ultimate cell.”

“”We put a big piece of paper on the wall,” says Besson, “and we wrote 10%, 20%, 30%, all the way to 100% — and then I filled the entire paper with what she can do and can’t do at each level. It was almost like a checklist before you take off on a plane. So every morning when Scarlett knew which scene we were doing, she would just refer to the big piece of paper on the wall….”

http://www.rollingstone.com/movies/news/brain-storm-luc-besson-on-the-origins-of-lucy-20140723 

The movie “Lucy” might be seen as a metaphor for female empowerment — a globalist political movement these days — but the original “Lucy” might not have been female.

“Thank goodness that primitive woman has now evolved — into a bleached blonde, airheaded student of some sort, living in Taiwan.” (JOCELYN NOVECK AP National Writer @ ABC News)

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/1/14/Lucy_(2014_film)_poster.jpg 

The role of Lucy [IMDB] was first given to Jon Voight’s daughter, the internationalist spokesperson for refugees. CFR-member Angelina Jolie.

 

“Since its founding at the 2007 Clinton Global Initiative, Jolie has co-chaired the Education Partnership for Children of Conflict, which funds education programs for children affected by disaster.[104]In its first year, the partnership supported education projects for Iraqi refugee children, youth affected by the Darfur conflict, and girls in rural Afghanistan, among other affected groups.[104] The partnership has worked closely with the Council on Foreign Relations Center for Universal Education—founded by the partnership’s co-chair, noted economist Gene Sperling—to establish education policies, which resulted in recommendations made to UN agencies, G8 development agencies, and the World Bank.[105] Jolie joined the Council on Foreign Relations in June 2007.[106]

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

Jolie’s humanitarian work earned her further recognition when a species of trapdoor spiders “who seize their prey after leaping out of their burrows and inject it with venom was named after her.

Here’s her interview with an Israeli journalist about “the conflict in Israel”:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSQ1PvGEjPk (1:49)

And see these three articles by Debbie Schlussel, who gave “Lucy” “half a Reagan”:

http://www.debbieschlussel.com/32962/jon-voight-invites-anti-israel-daughter-angelina-jolie-to-israel/ 

http://www.debbieschlussel.com/62532/angelina-jolies-brca-gene-mutation-means-anti-israel-actress-likely-has-jewish-roots-heroine-obamacare-wont-cover-gene-test/ 

http://www.debbieschlussel.com/6134/angelina-jolie-and-oliver-stones-terrorist-problem/ 

And these two by the blog “Hollywood Jew” at the Jewish Journal

http://www.jewishjournal.com/hollywoodjew/item/angelina_jolie_and_brad_pitt_talk_to_israels_channel_10_during_a_visit_to_h 

http://www.jewishjournal.com/hollywoodjew/item/should_angelina_jolie_make_a_film_about_the_israeli-palestinian_conflict_20 

…. But this isn’t about Angelina Jolie.

Lucy is an English and French feminine given name derived from Latin masculine given name Lucius with the meaning as of light (born at dawn or daylight, maybe also shiny, or of light complexion)….

“… We looked back at a slew of movies built around this myth to find out all the things a human can do when full (fake) brain potential is achieved. Here’s what you can accomplish:

Finish writing a long-gestating book in four days. —Limitless

Develop algorithms to manipulate the stock market. —Limitless

Solve puzzles that previously vexed you. —Charly

Easily learn languages. —Limitless; Phenomenon; The Lawnmower Man; Lucy

Recall and execute Bruce Lee moves you watched on TV as a kid. —Limitless

Move sunglasses and pens around without touching them. —Phenomenon

Move people around without touching them. —Lucy

Speed read. —Phenomenon

Predict the future. —Phenomenon, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

Read minds. —The Lawnmower Man, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Lucy

Instantly change your hair color (without dye). —Lucy

Turn people into swirling balls of molecular mass. —The Lawnmower Man

Fight like a ninja. —Lucy

Realize the childishness of comic books. —The Lawnmower Man

Squeeze toothpaste with your mind. —The Lawnmower Man

Hack into people’s cell-phone calls and other magnetic wave disruptions. —Lucy

Retain knowledge of how to navigate all of space. —The Flight of the Navigator

Levitate. —Lucy

Stay awake forever.  —Defending Your Life

Manipulate your senses so food that taste like “horseshit” to dumb people, tastes good to you. —Defending Your Life

Throw blue balls of energy and fire, along with other general wizardry skills. —The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Teleport. —Lucy

Travel through time. —Lucy

See any person’s past, present, and future by touching them. —The Dead Zone

Find the error in the science that made you so smart and predict your own demise. —Charly

Feel everything. —Lucy

http://turntherightcorner.files.wordpress.com/2014/04/lucy-2014-movie-screenshot-lizard-eye.jpg 

“Besson’s augmented main character, having tapped into her full potential, is oddly inhuman for someone who’s supposed to be her fullest possible self.”

“Lucy can shoot a gun and learn languages instantly. She can read minds and see radio waves, levitate enemies, turn from blonde to brunette, type on two keyboards at once and make computers do things that, no matter your brain capacity, computers will never, ever do. As the movie progresses, a number flashes across the screen every time Lucy gains access to a larger percentage of her brain, basically leveling her up in the big video game of life.”

http://img2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20101130041135/peanuts/images/4/49/Lucy-van-pelt-1-.jpg 

“Besson-the-fantasist has delivered another serving of cartoonish female kickbutt jizz-whizz that uses a semi-imaginative, micro-cellular, La Femme Nikita-meets-Matrix-meets-2001 undercurrent about super-cranked brainpower and biological transcendence and, well, the myriad opportunities that such imaginings afford guys looking to jam-pack their films with knockout CG. Except you need to turn your brain off for at least half the running time to get through it.”

http://www.hollywood-elsewhere.com/2014/07/scarjo-kills-goons-reaches-transcendence/ 

CPH4

“How is it that a bunch of random Chinese ER doctors seem to know more about the power and perils of CPH4 than, say, the pharmaceutical industry, the military-industrial complex, and the actual global crime syndicate that is smuggling the drug around the world?”

http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2014/07/life-is-futile-so-heres-what-to-do-with-it-according-to-lucy-spoiler alert!

http://www.nature.com/nchembio/journal/v10/n2/images/nchembio.1426-F3.jpg 

http://www.nature.com/nchembio/journal/v10/n2/fig_tab/nchembio.1426_F3.html 

“… A real chemical produced by pregnant women, CPH4  is described as an “atom bomb” for babies during pregnancy, opening up their brain functions and development of their bones….”

http://mccoyonmovies.blogspot.com/2014/07/movie-of-week-72514-lucy.html 

“… the wonder drug begins to expand her human potential at an alarming rate. First, she’s transformed into a sexy Jason Bourne, out for revenge. Then she becomes Neo, a superhero with near omnipotence. And her ultimate destiny, before the high can wear off, might be complete transcendence.”

http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20483133_20807035,00.html 

“We upload our lives to the cloud, Google pours it into the Knowledge Graph to feed the algorithm, applies natural language parsing, and the Singularity, that moment when digital devices become more intelligent than humans, draws close.

But is the real story that machines and humans are meeting in the middle? Are we evolving to become plugged into the great digital cortex to become hybrid- humanoids? It’s a subject that’s fascinated Luc Besson, director of the new movie Lucy, for over a decade, and his film is astonishing.

Besson spent time with world-renowned neurologist Yves Agid, who co-founded the Brain & Spine Institute (ICM) in Paris, to learn how cells communicate with each other and what cerebral capacity could be unleashed if the human brain’s 86 billion densely packed neurons fired at once.,,, As her brain capacity increases, Lucy slips through the doors of perception and into the matrix, sees mobile telephony signals rendered in 3D, defies gravity, attains telepathy, telekinesis and control over mind, matter, and time travel…. Besson goes mystic as Lucy’s brain expands. She feels trees “grow,” senses peoples’ thoughts, and accesses their memory banks. We move, briefly, into the Buddhist realm of meditating monks who control their metabolism and experience infinite space…. Right now, performance-enhancing drugs like anabolic steroids contain synthetic forms of testosterone to build strength and increase muscle mass. People with depression are treated with mood-altering chemical combinations that target NMDA receptors in the brain, increasing serotonin levels. Parkinson’s disease can be managed with electrodes implanted in the brain to keep it firing smoothly. And a company called Neural Signals in Georgia does invasive brain-machine interfacing to allow “locked-in” paraplegics to control robotic arms.

Meanwhile, neuroscientist Michael Weisend Ph.D., uses trans-cranial direct current (TCDC) to effectively “shock” subjects with healthy brains to target preferred neural networks for specific tasks, thereby significantly enhancing motor skills. Partially funded by DARPA, studies showed increased accuracy in snipers hitting targets.

So if humans are becoming advanced through pharmaceuticals and modern electro-shock techniques, while digital devices achieve levels of sophistication in “understanding” through data-mining and natural language processing, are we not meeting in the middle?

The sticking point with scientists has always been how one defines consciousness. Ray Kurzweil, now Director of Engineering at Google, has always argued that machines and people are not so different.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PLYlLYBGSZJixBIaFgMhhsjciYg_DqwOdr&v=dUr8n4phuBo#t=116 (2:34)

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2461348,00.asp 

“… ”Lucy” hangs together, not only through sheer velocity, but from the unmistakable sense that this is no cynical product. It’s an honest expression of the filmmaker’s mind – his prurience, his paranoia, his grandiosity and his aspiration…..”

http://www.sfgate.com/entertainment/article/Lucy-review-Straight-up-action-with-serious-5644248.php

http://www.thenanoage.com/images/digital_fingerprint.jpg

“… importing that level of heavy-handed montaging onto a sci-fi film requires you to get your scientific theories straight, or at least have a great character as a foil. Unfortunately, the script is a weird tangle of evolutionary psychology and bootleg transhumanism, falling back on booming pseudo-profundities like “humans are more concerned with having than being” and “we never really die.”

http://www.theverge.com/entertainment/2014/7/24/5932837/lucy-review-scarlett-johansson-luc-besson 

Myth-use of the human brain:

http://powerlisting.wikia.com/wiki/Maximum_Brain_Capacity 

Neurologist Barry Gordon describes [the 10% of brain use] myth as laughably false, adding, “we use virtually every part of the brain, and that [most of] the brain is active almost all the time.”[1] Neuroscientist Barry Beyerstein sets out seven kinds of evidence refuting the ten percent myth:[12]

•Studies of brain damage: If 90% of the brain is normally unused, then damage to these areas should not impair performance. Instead, there is almost no area of the brain that can be damaged without loss of abilities. Even slight damage to small areas of the brain can have profound effects.

•Brain scans have shown that no matter what one is doing, brains are always active. Some areas are more active at any one time than others, but barring brain damage, there is no part of the brain that is absolutely not functioning.

•The brain is enormously costly to the rest of the body, in terms of oxygen and nutrient consumption. It can require up to 20% of the body’s energy—more than any other organ—despite making up only 2% of the human body by weight.[13][14] If 90% of it were unnecessary, there would be a large survival advantage to humans with smaller, more efficient brains. If this were true, the process of natural selection would have eliminated the inefficient brains. It is also highly unlikely that a brain with so much redundant matter would have evolved in the first place.

•Brain imaging: Technologies such as positron emission tomography (PET) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) allow the activity of the living brain to be monitored. They reveal that even during sleep, all parts of the brain show some level of activity. Only in the case of serious damage does a brain have “silent” areas.

•Localization of function: Rather than acting as a single mass, the brain has distinct regions for different kinds of information processing. Decades of research have gone into mapping functions onto areas of the brain, and no function-less areas have been found.

•Microstructural analysis: In the single-unit recording technique, researchers insert a tiny electrode into the brain to monitor the activity of a single cell. If 90% of cells were unused, then this technique would have revealed that.

•Neural disease: Brain cells that are not used have a tendency to degenerate. Hence if 90% of the brain were inactive, autopsy of adult brains would reveal large-scale degeneration.

Another argument is that, given the historical risk of death in childbirth associated with the large brain size (and therefore skull size) of humans,[15] there would be a strong selection pressure against such a large brain size if only 10% was actually in use.

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

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/do-people-only-use-10-percent-of-their-brains/ 

[Did you compare the two articles?!]

http://www.hudsonsculpture.com/china/images/thumb/beijing_olympic_sculpture_8.jpg

“… The plot rests on a premise that even director Luc Besson admits is bogus: that average humans use only 10 percent of their brain capacity.

“It’s one of the most popular misconceptions in biology,” Christof Koch, chief scientific officer for the Allen Institute for Brain Science, told NBC News…..

Researchers at the University of Oxford took the other side of the argument in a paper published Thursday by PLOS Genetics: Their computer analysis of genetic information from a variety of mammals suggested that only 8.2 percent of the more than 2 billion bits of chemical code in the human genome was functional…..

Every week seems to bring fresh findings about the role played by non-coding DNA. For example:

•A study in this week’s issue of Nature reports that non-coding mutations appear to have an impact on the development of colorectal cancer. “We applied this completely innovative methodology to colorectal cancer, but it can be applied to understand the genetic basis of all sorts of cancers,” the University of Geneva’s Emmanouil Dermitzakis said in a news release.

•A study in Genome Biology reports a linkage between activity in non-coding DNA and RNA and the development of brain tumors — suggesting that “junk DNA” may serve as a type of cellular long-term memory. “This could also explain explain why the health effects caused by exposure to hazardous environmental substances often do not emerge until years later,” Jörg Hackermüller of the Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research said in a news release…..”

http://www.nbcnews.com/science/science-news/beyond-lucy-10-percent-brain-myth-debunked-how-about-junk-n164286 

NPR’s review points out thata suspiciously well-informed Movie Doctor has the duty of explaining to ScarJo that the stuff in her system is in fact a synthetic version of a chemical expectant mothers produce naturally to nourish the babies in their wombs”, which extends the BS factor and adds to the tendency to think that improvement stems from pharmaceuticals (or experiences with street drugs like Ecstasy). [Astute observers understand that, in many cases, there is little difference between the way that designers drugs marketed and how new BigPharmaCeuticals are marketed; we should probably ask the former Wite House aide and SecDef (and top 9/11 suspect) aboutaspartame.]

“A survey last year by The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research found that 65 percent of Americans believe the myth is true, 5 percent more than those who believe in evolution. Even Mythbusters, which declared the statistic a myth a few years ago, further muddied the waters: The show merely increased the erroneous 10 percent figure and implied, incorrectly, that people use 35 percent of their brains. Like most legends, the origin of this fiction is unclear, though there are some clues. According to Sam Wang, a neuroscientist at Princeton and the author of Welcome to Your Brain, the catalyst may have been the self-help industry. In the early 1900s, William James, one of the most influential thinkers in modern psychology, famously said that humans have unused mental potential. This completely reasonable assertion was later revived, in mangled form, by the writer Lowell Thomas in his foreword to the 1936 self-help bible How To Win Friends And Influence People. “Professor William James of Harvard used to say that the average person develops only 10 percent of his latent mental ability,” Thomas wrote. It appears that he, or perhaps someone else in his day, simply plucked the golden number out of the sky.

The 10 percent claim is demonstrably false on a number of levels. First, the entire brain is active all the time. The brain is an organ. Its living neurons, and the cells that support them, are always doing something. (Where’s the “you only use 10 percent of your spleen” myth?) Joe LeDoux, a professor of neuroscience and psychology at NYU, thinks that people today may be thrown off by the “blobs”—the dispersed markers of high brain activity—seen in functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) of the human brain. These blobs are often what people are talking about when they refer to the brain “lighting up.”

Say you’re watching a movie in an fMRI scanner. Certain areas of your brain—the auditory and visual cortices, for instance—will be significantly more active than others; and that activity will show up as colored splotches when the fMRI images are later analyzed. These blobs of significant activity usually cover small portions of the brain image, often less than 10 percent, which could make it seem, to the casual observer, that the rest of the brain is idling. But, as LeDoux put it to me in an email, “the brain could be one hundred percent active during a task with only a small percentage of brain activity unique to the task….

[T]he 10-percent myth, compared with other fantasies, is especially pernicious. It has a distinct air of scientific plausibility—it’s a zippy one-liner with a nice round number, a virus with obvious vectors in pop-psychology books, easy to repeat at cocktail parties. The myth is also part of a larger way of thinking about the brain that is characterized by misleading simplifications—like the notion that the right side of the brain is creative and the left side rational. “Those kinds of ideas self-perpetuate,” LeDoux told me. “It’s like saying dopamine is responsible for pleasure and the amygdala makes fear. Both are wrong.”

Neuroscience is still in its adolescence, but it is all too often served to the public as a more mature field. …”

http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2014/07/you-already-use-way-way-more-than-10-percent-of-your-brain/374520/ 

http://i2.wp.com/vigilantcitizen.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/628911_8a81edcac3_m.jpg

Source of image: http://vigilantcitizen.com/musicbusiness/transhumanism-psychological-warfare-and-b-e-p-s-imma-be/

Slice from that article:

Transhumanism is the name of a movement that claims to support the use of all forms of technology to improve human beings.  It is far more than just a bunch of harmless and misguided techie nerds, dreaming of sci-fi movies and making robots.

It is a highly organized and well financed movement that is extremely focused on subverting and replacing every aspect of what we are as human beings – including our physical biology, the individuality of our minds and purposes of our lives – and the replacement of all existing religious and spiritual beliefs with a new religion of their own – which is actually not new at all.

For now, let’s just start at the start.

The Elitist Creators of Transhumanism and Eugenics

“The term ‘Transhumanism‘ was coined by biologist Julian Huxley in 1957, who defined it as “man remaining man, but trans­cending himself, by realizing new possibilities of and for his human nature.”

Julian Huxley was the brother of Aldous Huxley, who you may know was the author of the very famous book, “Brave New World“, which is a vision of the future that most people view as “The New World Order” (along with the book “1984“, by George Orwell) – a depressing future police-state world in which a one world government uses technology, such as surveillance cameras, psychological warfare (propaganda) and brutal military/police forces to control everyone and everything in this dystopian, fictional world.

The founders of Transhumanism, were highly educated and wealthy individuals of primarily British and European descent. These individuals were what we would call people of the elite, ruling class of society, and their views were absolutely elitist, if not outright totalitarian and fascist in nature.”

“Besson clearly understands that the film’s central myth endures because people are intrigued by the prospect of activating our whole heads. He runs with that idea full-tilt and at top speed, even if it means turning Lucy into a walking X-ray machine/broadcast network/telekinetic demigod. It’s possible to be swept away by the fun in all that, but only if you’re capable of silencing the messages bubbling through your own gray matter and ignoring the inevitable questions. Like this one: If Johansson’s Lucy has such command of her mental faculties that she is, essentially, the most enlightened being on the planet, shouldn’t she be able to figure out how to get what she wants without causing so much destruction and loss of life?”

http://www.washingtonpost.com/goingoutguide/lucy-movie-review-scarlett-johanssons-powerful-mind-unlocked-and-ready-to-kill

“… if Lucy can control movement and space and time, why can’t she expand the 24 hours? And really, why does she need to fly commercial to Paris?” (JOCELYN NOVECK AP National Writer @ ABC News)

http://enemyindustry.net/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/transhumanist-biopolitics.png

“… Scarlett Johansson as sublime portal to the posthuman future: That seems to be a thing lately, whether she’s playing a fast-evolving digital intelligence in Her, a deadly space alien disguised as a human being in Under the Skin, or whatever combination of Neo and the Terminator she’s supposed to embody here. It’s easy to see why one would cast Johansson in such a role. Her combination of earthy sensuality with cool, cerebral remove—not to mention the best husky female voice since Kathleen Turner—makes it entirely plausible that Johansson might, in fact, have been designed by alien overlords to lure men to their deaths in featureless black rooms, as her character does in the bone-chilling Under the Skin. But Besson’s Lucy, for all its whoa-dude-my-mind-is-blown aspirations, is too dumb to engage either Johansson’s intelligence or the viewer’s.”

http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/movies/2014/07/scarlett_johansson_in_luc_besson_s_fantasy_thriller_lucy_reviewed.html 

“[A]s a result of biomedical advances, we are facing the possibility of a future in which our humanity itself will be altered beyond recognition”, says Francis Fukuyama in Our Posthuman Future: Consequences of the Biotechnology Revolution; “he ability to manipulate the DNA of all of one person’s descendants will have profound, and potentially terrible, consequences for our political order, even if undertaken with the best of intentions.”

There is a one-hour book discussion on CSpan at

http://www.c-span.org/video/?170291-1/book-discussion-posthuman-future 

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Source of images: http://www.thenanoage.com/transhumanism-posthumanism.htm 

The urban dictionary has 86 entries for the meaning of that four-letter term “lucy”.

Finding Lucy: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/evolution/library/07/1/l_071_01.html 

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Interactive:

What Does It Mean To Be Human? Smithsonian

http://humanorigins.si.edu/evidence/human-fossils/fossils/al-288-1 (!!)

The Smithsonian Institution is established as a trust instrumentality by act of Congress, and it is functionally and legally a body of the U.S. government, but separate from the government’s federal legislative, executive, and judicial branches.

More than two-thirds of the Smithsonian’s workforce of some 6,300 persons are employees of the federal government. 

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

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Source of image: 

http://www.unmuseum.org/humanzee.htm 

Be sure to read about the controversial Russian biologist Ilya Ivanovich Ivanov 

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Singularity: Reading our genes like computer code 

9 December 2013 Last updated at 19:47 ET

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-25125574 

Biological life spreads in the biological-chemical world, computer codes can spread in the digital computer world. That is a rule – no self-replicator has ever overcome the digital-biological barrier. Until today. Here I show a method how a digital computer code can infect biological DNA, thus spread in the biological-chemical world. The method is mainly based on the fantastic research by the J. Craig Venter Institute on synthetic life, and might ask new questions about the definition of life itself.”

http://geekgirl.com.au/blog/category/uncategorized/ 

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Lucy DNA sequence quality and vector trimming tool

Lucy was designed and written at The Institute for Genomic Research (TIGR, now the J. Craig Venter Institute), and it has been used here for several years to clean sequence data from automated DNA sequencers prior to sequence assembly and other downstream uses.

The quality trimming portion of Lucy makes use of phred quality scores, such as those produced by many automated sequencers based on the Sanger sequencing method.  As such, Lucy’s quality trimming may not be appropriate for sequence data produced by some of the new “next-generation” sequencers.

Lucy is available in the form of a software download only.  I currently have no plans to create an open-source community development project for Lucy.  If you think that would be valuable, please contact me about it.  In the meantime, the download package includes the full source code, so feel free to customize it for your environment.

You can download the lucy distribution from our SourceForge,net project page.

Lucy is described in the following publication:

Hui-Hsien Chou and Michael H. Holmes (2001) DNA sequence quality trimming and vector removal. Bioinformatics 17: 1093-1104.

One of the authors of Lucy has developed Lucy2, which adds a GUI interface to Lucy.  It is available separately, here:

http://www.complex.iastate.edu/download/Lucy2/index.html

(Note that Lucy2 is not included with the lucy download package.)

http://lucy.sourceforge.net 

“… Lucy is a “humanzee”: half human, half bonobo. Lucy soon becomes a magnet for the controversy that has colored debates between creationists and evolutionists for decades, as well as an object of interest to a clandestine military think tank.”

http://www.amazon.com/Lucy-Laurence-Gonzales/dp/0307473902 

SIMON: Does the name Lucy mean what a lot of people will think it does, referring to what’s often identified as the first human Lucy?

Mr. GONZALES: Yeah. Actually, recently there was an older – 4.4 million, I believe, year-old skeleton found. So, Lucy’s been kicked off her throne. But the answer is twofold. One is in the book Lucy’s father says, I didn’t name you for that. I named you because Lucy means light. And so, that’s his reason.

My reason for choosing the name, however, is the Australopithecine that you’re referring to.

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=128427672 

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Here’s an indiewire write-up that attempts to sum it all up:

“… Love it or hate it — and you’ll have plenty of company either way — Luc Besson’s “Lucy,” which is predicted to capture the box office this weekend, is a singularly eccentric vision. Part of the fun of reading reviews of the movie is watching critics (including this one) try and describe what BuzzFeed’s Alison Willmore aptly calls “a future stoner classic.”

Wesley Morris, Grantland: “It’s as if Besson sat through a half-hour of Terrence Malick’s ‘The Tree of Life,’ hit fast-forward, and thought, I can do that but with drugs and guns and car chases.”

Chris Klimek, NPR: “‘Lucy’ does for recreational drugs what ‘The Fantastic Four’ did for Gamma Rays. If the overdose is massive enough and the dope powerful enough, it unlocks doors previously accessible only to those who’ve read ‘The Secret.’ Or ‘Flowers for Algernon.'”

David Edelstein, New York: “As our descendants evolve, colonize more of their own brains, and approach the man-machine singularity, filmmakers can continue to add onto ‘Lucy,’ and then some critic can add on to the end of this review because we’ll never evolve beyond movie criticism.”

Fortunately, director and co-writer Luc Besson has already come up with the perfect way to describe his movie, which he did at the script stage (via The Film Stage):

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Fortunatley, “‘Léon: The Professional‘ meets ‘Inception‘ meets ‘2001: A Space Odyssey,'” is not so easy to visualize, so you’ll just have to see “Lucy” yourself and make sure it finishes first. Movies this big and this weird don’t come along often.

http://blogs.indiewire.com/criticwire/this-luc-besson-description-of-lucy-renders-all-criticism-redundant-20140725 

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“Professor Norman advises Lucy that, as she approaches 100 percent capacity — and death — she should do something useful with all the precious knowledge she’s acquiring.”

http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/review-lucy-stretch-brain-capacity-24684088 

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“… Today, IBM Watson, the first cognitive computing system, is coming to Africa as part of a 10-year, $100 million initiative to address the fast-growing continent’s greatest business and societal challenges. With “Project Lucy”, IBM researchers in Africa, together with their business and academic partners, will use Watson and related cognitive technologies to learn and discover insights from Big Data and develop commercially viable solutions to Africa’s grand challenges in healthcare, education, water and sanitation, human mobility and agriculture.”

http://www.research.ibm.com/labs/africa/project-lucy.shtml 

[See the full infographic as well as the slide show entitled “City Lights”!!]

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Film, consciousness, and mystery

by Jon Rappoport

July 25, 2014

www.nomorefakenews.com

There is more mystery in two minutes of David Lynch’s Inland Empire than in all American films produced in the last 50 years.

The first films ever made registered like dreams with audiences, and they were made with that idea in mind.

Mystery. A priceless commodity which has no market.

I’m not talking traditional suspense, which depends on beginning, middle, and end, and clues sprinkled on the way to a satisfying resolution. That is organized mystery, a contradiction in terms.

The opposite of organization isn’t chaos, although many people believe it is. In the hands of filmmakers like Orson Welles (The Trial, Touch of Evil), Jean Cocteau (The Blood of a Poet, Beauty and the Beast), Luis Bunuel (Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie), and David Lynch (Mulholland Drive, Inland Empire), the opposite of organization is mystery; an atmosphere.

Word, image, character, motion, rhythm, tempo—somewhere in the films another previously unknown reality takes over. There are no labels for it.

Society is not attuned to it. People dedicated to living ordinary lives hate it.

“Well, he should have started the story with the theft. Then we would have known what he was talking about. And if he’d given the wife a few extra scenes, her relationship with her son would have been obvious, and the climax would have made sense…”

Organization.

Cut things down to their essentials. Sharpen the focus. Make the audience track with the storyline. Unequivocally deliver the punchline. Sell it.

In other words, eliminate any shred of mystery.

Perhaps someday, Hollywood will be able to make a film that transmits itself in two seconds, like an injection. The sequence of imparted emotions will substitute for content. Sensation A, followed by sensations B. C, D, E, and F. Done.

“I thought it was tremendous. How about you?”

Consciousness, freed from the web of social consensus, is hungry for mystery, a fluid in which gesture, language, and motion explore and invent the impossible; what could never be lived before.

To achieve a simulacrum, a vapid imitation, audiences will sit in a theater and watch “dream-buildings” collapse (Christopher Nolan, Inception), or some kind of assembly-line time-slipping “tour de force” (Cloud Atlas, Tom Twyker, the Wachowskis).

A person committed to an ordinary life will take an occasional leap and look at Possibility in the form of popcorn surrealism.

Film was supposed to be about something else, but it became chopped steak and cars and toasters and invading machines. In the early days, a few yutzes moved out to LA from New York and became moguls of schlock. Which their PR machines sold as culture.

The improvised Citizen Kane, Touch of Evil, and The Trial aren’t even stories. No need. They’re a walking talking series of low-angle black-and-white photographs of astral locales the usual kind of film noir can merely hint at.

By the time David Lynch reaches Inland Empire in his career, he’s doing a ballet of gesture, each movement advancing, with gills, through a bone-muscle-flesh undersea city of corruption only he could have come upon.

Cocteau used living paintings and papier mache as his medium; human characters were driven by impulses in dreams, from which they never awakened.

For all of Stanley Kubrick’s films, it was in Barry Lyndon where, for a minute here and a minute there, the audience was finally and ecstatically delivered whole to another time; the sensuous rooms of the 18th- century Lyndon estate in England. Mystery realized.

“A film is – or should be – more like music than like fiction. It should be a progression of moods and feelings. The theme, what’s behind the emotion, the meaning, all that comes later.” (Stanley Kubrick)

“A film is a ribbon of dreams. The camera is much more than a recording apparatus; it is a medium via which messages reach us from another world that is not ours and that brings us to the heart of a great secret. Here magic begins.” (Orson Welles)

“The image it [cinema] once held for us all, that of a dream we dreamt with our eyes open, has disappeared. Is it still possible that one thousand people might group together in the dark and experience the dream that a single individual has directed?” (Federico Fellini)

“Fortunately, somewhere between chance and mystery lies imagination, the only thing that protects our freedom, despite the fact that people keep trying to reduce it or kill it off altogether.” (Luis Bunuel)

In the journey into fertile mystery, you go knowing you’ll dispense with your navigational instruments. You’ll find new stars. You’ll follow and at the same time spontaneously draw another map. This is what consciousness wants, not the tired archetypes and cartoons of other minds. And when you come back, you’ll be refreshed, whole, and able to watch, with some degree of interest, people sculpt themselves into units of a highly organized cosmos.

The true power of film has just begun to be tapped.

Jon Rappoport

http://jonrappoport.wordpress.com/2014/07/25/film-consciousness-and-mystery/ 

Controlling people with social media

 This is a re-post of the entire article in toto without change.

Air Force research: How to use social media to control people like drones

“Containment control” model looks at how groups of influencers can manipulate people.

by  – July 17 2014, 7:45am EDT 

The same math that researchers use to control swarms of drones can be used, in theory, to control you on social media.

Facebook isn’t the only organization conducting research into how attitudes are affected by social media. The Department of Defense has invested millions of dollars over the past few years investigating social media, social networks, and how information spreads across them. While Facebook and Cornell University researchers manipulated what individuals saw in their social media streams, military-funded research—including projects funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) Social Media in Strategic Communications (SMISC) program—has looked primarily into how messages from influential members of social networks propagate.

One study, funded by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), has gone a step further. “A less investigated problem is once you’ve identified the network, how do you manipulate it toward an end,” said Warren Dixon, a Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering and director of the University of Florida’s Nonlinear Controls and Robotics research group. Dixon was the principal investigator on an Air Force Research Laboratory-funded project, which published its findings in February in a paper entitled “Containment Control for a Social Network with State-Dependent Connectivity.”

The research demonstrates that the mathematical principles used to control groups of autonomous robots can be applied to social networks in order to control human behavior. If properly calibrated, the mathematical models developed by Dixon and his fellow researchers could be used to sway the opinion of social networks toward a desired set of behaviors—perhaps in concert with some of the social media “effects” cyber-weaponry developed by the NSA and its British counterpart, GCHQ.

Soft Info-warfare

Military social network research has been ongoing over the past decade as part of the DOD’s efforts to leverage “open source intelligence” and use social network analysis (using mobile phone records, other electronic relationships, and physical-world relationships) to target manufacturers of improvised explosive devices and leaders of insurgent cells. Along the way, the research has shifted more toward “hearts and minds” goals than “search and destroy” ones.

DARPA launched its SMISC program in 2011 to examine ways social networks could be used for propaganda and what broadly falls under the euphemistic title of Military Information Support Operations (MISO), formerly known as psychological operations. Early in July, DARPA published a list of research projects funded by the SMISC program. They included studies that analyzed the Twitter followings of Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber among others; investigations into the spread of Internet memes; a study by the Georgia Tech Research Institute into automatically identifying deceptive content in social media with linguistic cues; and “Modeling User Attitude toward Controversial Topics in Online Social Media”—an IBM Research study that tapped into Twitter feeds to track responses to topics like “fracking” for natural gas.

The AFRL-sponsored research by Dixon, Zhen Kan, and Justin Klotz of University of Florida NCR group and Eduardo L. Pasiliao of AFRL’s Munitions Directorate at Eglin Air Force Base was prompted by a meeting Dixon attended while preparing a “think piece” for the Defense Science Study Group. “I heard a presentation by a computer scientist about examining behaviors of people based on social data. The language that was being used to mathematically describe the interactions [between people and products] was the same language we use in controlling groups of autonomous vehicles.”

The social drone graph

That language was Graph theory—the mathematical language that is the basis of Facebook’s Graph database and the “entity” databases at the heart of Google and Bing’s understanding of context around searches. It’s also become a fundamental part of control systems for directing swarms of autonomous robots. The connection inspired Dixon to want to investigate the connection further, he said. “Can you apply the same math to controlling autonomous people to groups of people?”

Dixon’s group had been doing other work for AFRL around robotics, and when he mentioned the idea to a contact there, he was connected with researchers within the same group at AFRL who were interested in social media topics. With funding in hand, the research team worked to model how collaboration between “key influencers” in social networks could affect the behavior of groups within the network by using the principle of “containment control.”

Dixon explained the concept this way: “There’s a group of leaders, each of which has their own objectives, and they have their own topic of emphasis. The goal is to have those people change the opinion or coerce the group of followers—people [who are] in the social group of these people but don’t know the high level objective.”

Using Graph theory, Dixon and his fellow researchers created a model to find the mathematics behind how much influence a social media “leader” needs in order to exert power and shift behavior. Dixon’s research, like many of the DARPA studies, did not perform real-world research to confirm findings—it was all simulation. And that’s a tripping point for taking this work further, one that Cornell Social Media Lab researchers hurdled with Facebook, creating an outcry in the process.

“The problem is, how do you perform a closed loop experiment? That’s something DARPA has struggled with,” said Dixon.

To that end, the SMISC program has pushed for experimental environments that use “closed” social networks. On the DARPA project page, the SMISC project team wrote, “SMISC researchers will create a closed and controlled environment where large amounts of data are collected, with experiments performed in support of development and testing. One example of such an environment might be a closed social media network of 2,000 to 5,000 people who have agreed to conduct social media-based activities in this network and agree to participate in required data collection and experiments. This network might be formed within a single organization, or span several. Another example might be a role-player game where use of social media is central to that game and where players have again agreed to participate in data collection and experiments.”

After initial reports linked the Facebook research to the military, DARPA published a fact sheet that not only denied a connection but also called the Facebook research to task.

“DARPA does not support research programs that aim to deceive unwitting people to see how they react (as the controversial Facebook study did). DARPA funds research on how groups form and influence each other and related dynamics—similar to social science research that has been conducted for decades with other kinds of communication,” a program representative wrote. “DARPA‐funded studies that have involved sending potentially deceptive information to see how people react have been conducted with closed groups of enrolled individuals who have volunteered/consented to be in social media studies. None of the social media data collected or analyzed by DARPA‐funded academic scientists is collected or saved by DARPA or the Government. Further, DARPA‐funded researchers must certify that no personally identifiable information (PII) is collected, stored or created in contravention to federal privacy laws, regulations or DOD policies, and SMISC researchers are not provided PII from any other government agency or outside source.”

Remote control

While DARPA’s research funding comes with specific ethical and legal constraints, it’s clear that there is other research being conducted in social media manipulation not happening with such oversight. As Ars reported earlier this week, documents provided to The Intercept’s Glenn Greenwald by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden show that the British intelligence agency GCHQ has developed tools specifically aimed at leveraging social media for “effects” operations. The organization has shared its methods with the NSA, and these capabilities have been used in Afghanistan and elsewhere to “shape” information available to members of targeted organizations online and via mobile phones.

The Defense Department already uses some social media manipulation techniques as part of its “information support” operations, targeting message boards and websites associated with foreign groups that are considered “extremist.” At least on one occasion, that’s resulted in some blowback in the United States. In 2012, a DOD contractor identified a website operated by a US citizen who immigrated from Somalia as being an “extremist” site associated with the Somali al-Shabab terrorist group, and the contractor recommended DOD use it to conduct “messaging” campaigns to amplify anti-al-Shabab opinions.

Social media subversion doesn’t stop with DOD or the intelligence community. In April, the Associated Press uncovered an effort by the US Agency for International Development (USAID) in 2009 to create ZunZuneo, a Twitter-like mobile social network aimed at undermining the Communist regime in Cuba. But the research that DOD is financing has much broader cultural implications than as a tool of information warfare against adversaries abroad.

“People don’t like to think they’re manipulated,” Dixon said. “But every day we’re being manipulated—by advertisements, by government leaders, religious leaders, and even into going to work.” He believes the mathematical models could be applied to everything from marketing to workforce management. “We’re working because we’re getting paid for the most part, but how much do I have to pay someone to work? If I give them a sporadic bonus, can I pay them less overall? How do I get people to buy Levis or Wranglers?”

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See also

Philosopher uses game theory to understand how words, actions acquire meaning


http://www.k-state.edu/media/newsreleases/jul14/wagner72114.html

what our boys are up to

This blog entry contains two recent reports from Wayne Madsen Reports, and an article from BlackListedNews, that detail “what our boys are up to”. 

The last is about how the CIA dealt with a CIA employee who used the FOIA mechanism to force secret files to the surface. 

The first is about how the FBI treated an agent who investigated 9/11 and found the “dancing Israelis”; note that I found it expedient to list only the links to numerous graphics with text from relevant reports. 

The report in the middle, along with further research by Silvija Germek, is about the use of the shadowy Orange Air LLC to “to ferry around the southwest thousands of illegal immigrant children largely from Honduras, Guatemala, and to a lesser extent, El Salvador” to waiting prison buses for transport to American holding sites.

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July 7-8, 2014 — SPECIAL REPORT. FBI retaliates against agent who investigated the 9/11 “Dancing Israelis”

Former FBI Special Agent Michael Dick is not the person one would suspect would be suing his old employer for damages resulting from a series of what Dick believes were a volley of retaliatory measures. Dick is not only a 17-year veteran of the FBI but an Army reserve officer who saw duty in some of the most dangerous areas in America’s battle against terrorists.

Michael Dick was a colleague of the late FBI chief of the New York Joint Terrorism Task Force John O’Neill. O’Neill was hired as a security officer for the World Trade Center days before the buildings were struck on 9/11. O’Neill died in the collapse of the North Tower.

In his aggressive pursuit of Al Qaeda, O’Neill, according to people who worked closely with him, began to have serious concerns over complicity by those inside the Clinton and Bush administrations. There was the mysterious theft in the summer of 2000 of his briefcase at a Tampa hotel during a retirement seminar where the only other participants were 150 other FBI agents. In the briefcase were a few classified emails and a classified document called the Annual Field Office Report, a summary of the New York FBI’s office counter-terrorist and counter-intelligence operations, including one very sensitive investigation being conducted by another New York counter-intelligence FBI special agent, Special Agent Dick. Although a lighter, cigar cutter, and expensive pen were stolen, the papers were all accounted for when the briefcase turned up 90 minutes later at another nearby hotel. Ninety minutes, of course, was sufficient time to photocopy the documents and discover what O’Neill knew about both Al Qaeda and their Israeli shadows.

Special Agent Dick, who worked closely with O’Neill, had discovered a troubling ring of Israeli movers operating in the New York and New Jersey areas. Furthermore, some of these Israelis not only had connections with Mossad and other Israeli intelligence agencies but were also shadowing Arab and Muslims that had been under investigation as potential terrorist cells. But the Israelis were acting independently and there was no effort made to inform the FBI or local police of any intelligence they were obtaining on their targets.

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East Rutherford police report on arrest of five Israelis seen celebrating as first plane struck World Trade Center on 9/11. The Israelis tried to blame 9/11 on the Palestinians. Not one Palestinian was involved in the 9/11 attack.

Further frustrating Dick’s counter-espionage activities against the Israelis was the fact that they were using communications methods that made it almost impossible to conduct communications surveillance: they used Verizon pre-paid cell phones, two-way Nextel walkie-talkies, and Internet cafes.

At the same time, the DEA had discovered a nationwide ring of Israeli “art students,” many of whom had past connections to Israeli intelligence and military demolition units, were operating in and around New York and New Jersey. What the DEA did not realize was that the art students were also shadowing the very same Arab cells that would later carry out the 9/11 attacks.

Dick was a first responder at the scene of the World Trade Center conflagration on September 11. His law suit against Attorney General Eric Holder, former FBI director Robert Mueller, and “other unknown defendants” states: “SA Dick was a first responder to the attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. He saw dead bodies, charred remains and the horrendous physical damages and human loss caused by the collapse of the twin towers. SA Dick also watched helplessly as people from the Towers plummeted to their death.”

Following the attacks, Dick headed the investigation to ascertain and prevent the likelihood of future terrorist attacks. He managed the Threat Assessment Operations Group (TAOG) which gathered information and evaluated imminent threats to the New York Metropolitan Area. Those threats included investigating the following incidents involving known members of Israeli intelligence:

▪On the afternoon of September 11, 2001, New Jersey police arrested five Israeli employees of Urban Moving Systems of Weehawken, New Jersey, which is nestled between Jersey City and Hoboken, near Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, adjacent to Secaucus. The Israelis were earlier seen celebrating, high-fiving, jumping up and down, and videotaping the first and second plane attacks on the World Trade Center. Eyewitnesses at Liberty State Park, where the Israelis were seen celebrating, said the Israelis set up their camera on a tripod before American Airlines 11 struck the North Tower. The five Israelis, one of which later told Israeli television that they were in New Jersey to “document the event,” referring to the 9/11 attack, were questioned at the New Jersey State Police sub-station at Giants Stadium by agents from the FBI’s Newark field office.

▪The five Israelis were later linked to an Israeli-owned office moving company called Urban Moving Systems headquartered in Weehawken, New Jersey at 3 West 18th Street. Another Urban Moving office was located on West 50thStreet in Manhattan. Urban Moving’s owner, Dominik Otto Suter, identified by the CIA and FBI as a Mossad officer, fled to Israel shortly before he was to be re-questioned by the FBI. The five Israelis, after being jailed for five months, were quietly deported to Israel without criminal charges being filed.

▪Information Spectrum, Inc. (ISI) of Cherry Hill, New Jersey, a subsidiary of the Fairfax, Virginia-based defense contractor, Anteon, took over the operation of the Jersey City police computer system that handled all incoming emergency phone calls on September 11 . . . According to Jersey City Police officials, after the emergency call system was changed from a Wang to a Windows environment, 8000 emergency 911 system calls registered on September 11 were scrubbed from the archives. In fact, archives dating back to 1989, including those dealing with the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center, were similarly affected.

▪In October 2000, an Israeli veteran of the Israel Defense Force overheard a conversation between three men in the Gomel Chesed Cemetery in Newark, New Jersey. The three men speaking in Hebrew were discussing the “planes hitting the twins,” a reference to the 9/11 attacks some 11 months later. The FBI Newark office was informed of the conversation. There was no follow-up by the FBI. Dick served in the Newark Field Office after joining the bureau in 1996. He was then transferred to the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division at FBI Headquarters in Washington.

 

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[Note: This above report from WCBS news chopper was believed by the FBI relevant to be relevant to the investigation of the “Dancing Israelis”].

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Special Agent Dick’s investigation of Israel’s role in 9/11 focused on this Weehawken, New Jersey warehouse leased by Urban Moving Systems, which was discovered to have been a Mossad front. Bomb making equipment and traces of anthrax were discovered in the warehouse by the FBI a few days after 9/11. Senior Justice Department officials and the Israeli-influenced corporate media suppressed the news about the Israelis and 9/11. The owner of Urban Moving Systems, Dominik Suter, identified as a Mossad agent, fled to Canada after being interviewed by the FBI. FBI files indicate an Urban Moving Systems van was spotted in Nashua, New Hampshire in the early afternoon, said to be heading to Boston with the driver somehow missing Boston and ending up in Nashua. Special Agent Dick was assigned the responsibility to tracking down the rapidly disappearing and constantly lying and obfuscating “dancing Israelis.”

Dick’s law suit describes his other work for the FBI:

“Dick also spearheaded efforts to investigate the abduction of Wall Street Journalist Daniel Pearl. Mr. Pearl was brutally beheaded by Khalid Sheik Mohammed. SA Dick helped track leads on the murder of Mr. Pearl and worked on several other highly classified terrorist attack cases. When the Diplomatic enclave in Islamabad, Pakistan was attacked and a church bombed, SA Dick responded to the church and saw the carnage that ensued when a suicide bomber detonated a number of grenades during a church service, which killed twenty-five people. SA Dick stayed in Pakistan on dangerous counterterrorism cases at great personal risk. He assisted in the return of a kidnapped Pakistani girl whose father was close to President Pervez Musharraf.”

 

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Special Agent Dick’s transfer to Pakistan to investigate Daniel Pearl’s kidnapping wasn’t a total waste. Dick was called off the Pearl investigation to rescue a young girl, Ambreen [center], the daughter of Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf’s best friend, a physician, from Taliban kidnappers. Dick [seated to the girl’s right] and agent “Bruce K” [seated left] attached a transponder to the ransom bag containing the cash for the kidnappers. Due to a leak from Pakistani law enforcement to the Taliban, the kidnappers discovered the FBI and police were on the way to the kidnapping location and they fled leaving the little girl unharmed.

WMR previously reported on Dick’s transfer as chief investigator of the Israeli involvement in the 9/11 attack to investigating Pearl’s abduction in Pakistan:

“He [Dick] pursued the Israeli angle but soon found himself transferred to Karachi, Pakistan to help rescue Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl who had been kidnapped by Al Qaeda functionaries. There was one hitch. The FBI was already aware that Pearl had been brutally murdered by his captors.”

In other words, Dick had been transferred to Pakistan not to rescue Pearl, whose gruesome death by beheading was already known to Dick’s superiors, but to put him in harm’s way in order to potentially eliminate an agent whose knowledge of Israeli involvement in 9/11 would prove too embarrassing to the Jewish state.

The suit continues: “In 2004, Special Agent Dick was promoted to Supervisory Special Agent. Among his duties was coordinating information received on potential terrorist threats. As part of his duties, SSA Dick was assigned to secure information from the Motley Rice Law Firm, which represented the families of 9-11 victims, who were pursuing a civil law suit against high ranking Saudi Arabian officials and bankers.”

In the interest of full disclosure, this editor also briefly worked as a researcher for the Motley Rice Law Firm in 2002, collecting financial and other information on Al Qaeda from Israeli intelligence sources in Tel Aviv, including a former chief of Mossad, as well as from Morocco, Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom, and Switzerland. It was clear at the time that any intelligence on Israeli involvement in 9/11 was not welcome to the law firm, which had also procured the services of a number of Jewish-American researchers known to have links to Israeli intelligence.

Dick’s law suit describes his role as only collecting the intelligence being procured by Rice Motley:

“SSA Dick was to collect information from the Motley Firm, but was not to disclose any information from the Bureau. SSA Dick scrupulously followed this policy. The flow of information was one way from the families’ attorneys to the Bureau.”

Dick soon discovered, as did this editor, that the Motley Rice firm dealt with a number of unsavory individuals. Dick’s law suit states:

“Private investigators held by the Motley Firm pursued investigative leads outside the United States, without being subject to the limitations imposed on government, federal law enforcement, the military or corporations on informants for federal agencies. The investigations led to the capture of a high level terrorist and a reward was given by the Department of Justice in the millions of dollars to the persons who assisted in that capture . . .

An investigator hired by the Motley Rice Firm, Michael Patrick Jost, because disgruntled when he was denied a portion of that award. Mr. Jost blamed SSA Dick for being excluded from the award. Mr. Jost began a campaign to malign SSA Dick with allegations that he had passed sensitive information to the families of victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and was receiving compensation from their attorneys. Mr. Jost began a fanciful tale of how SSA Dick had amassed riches as a result of using his FBI position for private gain.”

Dick learned that he had been fingered in an investigation as a result of Jost’s contact with the FBI. However, it should also be stated that Dick remained on the radar screen of groups like the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) as a result of the knowledge he possessed of Israel’s culpability in the 9/11 attack.

Dick’s law suit explains the background to the FBI’s allegations against him:

” In October 2005, Mr. Dick was mobilized by the U.S. Army as part of Operation Enduring Freedom. He served in combat operations until 2008. In April, 2006, while on active duty in the United States Army, Mr. Dick was informed that he was the subject of a criminal investigation based on Mr. Jost’s allegations. The FBI commenced an investigation. For two years, in 2005 and 2006, the Inspector General of the Department of Justice conducted a lengthy inquiry into Mr. Jost’s allegations. The IG determined that no criminal wrongdoing or violation of the Department of Justice policy occurred and declined the matter. In the spring of 2007, Mr. Dick was informed he was cleared by the OIG investigators of criminal misconduct.”

Believing the IG had cleared him, Dick was surprised to learn that the matter was still being pursued by the FBI. The law suit states:

“The matter was then apparently referred to the FBI Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR), which delayed action until November, 2007. On November 26, 2007, the FBI proposed SSA Dick’s dismissal contenting that he used improper investigation techniques, was derelict in his duties, disclosed classified or sensitive information and lacked candor under oath in responding to the Inspector General’s inquiry. At the time it proposed the dismissal, SA Dick was on active duty. The FBI contacted the Army regarding the proposed termination, as the proposal also led to Mr. Dick’s security clearance being suspended . . .

The Army then discharged Mr. Dick from active duty in April, 2008 based on the suspension of his security clearance, he remained a reservist.

OPR continued to conduct a prolonged two year investigation from 2007-2009. Mr. Dick opposed the proposed removal. In his opposition Mr. Dick meticulously attacked both the unauthorized disclosure allegation and the purported wrongfulness of sending the loan. [The loan was to a former FBI agent to pay for transport out of a dangerous area]. For example, in his defense, Mr. Dick pointed out that he had simply made a loan to a former Special Agent who was serving as a private contractor in the Middle East. That individual, with whom Mr. Dick has worked closely, called Mr. Dick to advise him his cover had been compromised and he could be killed. The individual pleaded for an immediate $10,000 loan to secure transport, Mr. Dick gave him the loan to protect him from capture, torture and death.

As to the alleged unauthorized disclosures, Mr. Dick pointed out that he had been authorized to send the communications he did on pre-approved electronic systems by his

supervisor, who had full prior knowledge of his conduct. He also pointed out that he had direct, actual supervisory approval for the manner in which the information was sent.

On April 29, 2008, FBI OPR determined that while Mr. Dick had not lacked candor and was not derelict in his duties, he nevertheless disclosed “sensitive information” and used ‘improper techniques.’ OPR contended Mr. Dick wrongfully used a private service to send sensitive information and improperly provided $10,000 to the civilian contractor. OPR mitigated the proposed termination to a 40 day suspension. Mr. Dick appealed the matter internally to the Disciplinary Review Board (DRB). The DRB is an internal appeal unit which applies a reasonable basis standard to its review. So long as OPR’s decision is reasonable, the DRB will not disturb the findings.

On November 3, 2008, the FBI, through its DRB, made a final determination. The Board determined that OPR’s finding on the most serious charge of disclosure of sensitive information was incorrect and that Mr. Dick provided proof of supervisory review and approval of his actions. As to the alleged improper loan, the Bureau found that while Mr. Dick had loaned money to a private investigator working overseas for the 9/11 families, in alleged contravention of a then existing Bureau policy regarding such loans, his motivation was to protect the life of the investigator who needed to leave the Middle Eastern country where he was working immediately or face capture, torture and death. Again, this investigator was a former FBI Agent.

The DRB also determined that that Mr. Dick made a de minimis administrative error in communications with Patrick Jost, when they discussed a protected source of information. The finding was made although Mr. Jost was already aware of the source, because the source had, themselves, made the disclosure of their status to Mr. Jost. The Bureau imposed a thirteen day suspension for the purported misconduct. Mr. Dick then appealed the suspension to the MSPB. A jurisdictional claim was raised since the

suspension was less than fourteen days and the MSPB generally lacks the authority to hear appeals from suspensions of less than 14 days. Prior to the resolution of the issues, the parties settled the case. Mr. Dick believed the issues with the Bureau were finally at rest.”

It is important to note that Dick’s “Catch 22” back-and-forth with the FBI mirrors the same sort of administrative warfare conducted by U.S. intelligence agencies that have targeted employees for retaliatory measures based on the information they acquired in the course of carrying out their tasks, especially information concerning 9/11 and the false intelligence that led to the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

Dick’s travails with the FBI were only just beginning. From his lawsuit:

“In January, 2011, SA Dick was interrogated by FBI investigators primarily on the same allegations raised by Patrick Jost that led to the prior disciplinary action. The interview occurred although Mr. Dick protested the interrogation. At the interrogation he claimed he was being denied due process and his right to have a representative present. The FBI had its own counsel participate in the interview.

In May, 2011, Special Agent Dick returned to active duty service with the U.S. Military. Mr. Dick was, at the time a Lieutenant Colonel assigned to Counter Terrorist Operations in the Special Operations Command. Mr. Dick remained on active duty service until August, 2011 when he was abruptly released. The FBI had contacted the U.S. Army and advised the Army that Mr. Dick was under investigation and that the military should ‘flag’ him and his clearance. A ‘flag’ represents notification of a limit on the official’s access to classified information. Since Mr. Dick’s Army position required classified access, the imposition of a flag ended Mr. Dick’s career and voided his pending promotion to Colonel. The U.S. Army discharged Mr. Dick from active duty and assigned him to the Inactive Ready Reserves. Mr. Dick returned to the FBI in August, 2011. He was initially told he would notbe rehired. When Mr. Dick threatened to bring a claim under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), he was reinstated.”

For Dick, there was no end to his problems with the FBI:

“On the same day he returned, SA Dick was informed he was subject to a new FBI OPR investigation, which largely consisted of same stale charges arising from the prior OPR action initiated in 2006. The Bureau also contended that SA Dick had violated FBI policy by maintaining a blind trust to pay for his prior legal defense. Such a move was obviously designed to punish Dick for opposing the Bureau and to intimidate any future legal representative or effort by Mr. Dick to raise funds for a legal defense. The Bureau, over the next two years, demanded information that went to the core of Mr. Dick’s relationship with attorneys at Holland and Knight and Joseph Smith, a private attorney, who had assisted Mr. Dick. The Bureau contended, without any citation to legal authority of any kind that Mr. Dick had committed fraud when his attorneys had agreed privately and separately to give him a portion of the Agency’s award of attorney’s fees to his counsel Joseph Smith.”

Dick protested that the FBI gained knowledge of privileged client-attorney communications:

“Mr. Dick protested that an agreement between him and his prior counsel over a reduction in fees and a return of a portion of those fees back to Mr. Dick was both privileged and not indicia of fraud. He stated there was no fraud because the Agency had agreed to pay the fees and that any agreement between Dick and his counsel about how to use those fees was privileged. There was and is no ‘fraud.’ The Agency agreed to pay a certain amount as part of a settlement. How Mr. Smith chose to use those funds is a matter between him and Mr. Dick. Mr. Dick argued that his attorney’s decision to reduce his own award and give a portion of it back to Mr. Dick was a private agreement that did not secure government payment through fraud. Further, Dick appropriately declared any payment he received on his income tax statements. The FBI has never stated what it determined with respect to these allegations despite the passage of 20 months, nor has it; despite repeated requests cited any law that would render such a payment fraudulent or at all illegal. The FBI has demanded and received, under protest, Mr. Dick’s tax returns, his communications with his counsel and additional financial information because the Bureau had threatened to discipline Mr. Dick if he did not comply.

Mr. Dick has never received any discipline from this second investigation nor has he been cleared of the charges. The FBI has simply maintained that he is under investigation since January 2011 to the present day. The duration of the investigation is extraordinary and troubling from several perspectives. If Mr. Dick had engaged in actionable misconduct, the Bureau’s delay in taking action is inexcusable since the Bureau had a duty to punish that misconduct appropriately. Mr. Dick believes the investigation is designed to actually never end and is merely a retaliatory tool.”

The FBI continued to harass Dick and the time frame of the personnel actions against Dick matches the Obama administration’s incessant harassment of a number of national security whistleblowers, including the National Security Agency’s former employees Thomas Drake, William Binney, Russ Tice, and Kirk Wiebe; the Central Intelligence Agency’s Jeffrey Sterling; the State Department’s Peter Van Buren; and a others, in addition to pressure by the Justice Department on The New York Times’s Jim Risen to reveal his national security sources.

From the Dick lawsuit:

“In August, 2011, in retaliation for his resistance to the Bureau’s harassment, Mr. Dick was transferred from FBI Headquarters to a desk position in Quantico, Virginia with few duties. Thus, the Bureau, out of spite, incapacitated an agent with ample military and FBI experience in counter terrorism in the Middle East. That transfer required Mr. Dick to make a 150 mile round trip commute each day from his home [in Annapolis, Maryland] to Quantico . . .

On September 18, 2012, in direct response to the MSPB Appeal, the FBI included a new charge of “obstruction and failure to cooperate in an administrative matter.” The basis of this allegation was that Mr. Dick could not provide names and contribution amount of contributions to his legal defense fund which had been set up as a ‘blind trust.’ That trust was created by William Roth, III, a private, licensed attorney who set himself served as Executor of the Trust.  By its terms and by law, the Blind Trust is exactly that. Mr. Dick did not and does not know who contributed what to his fund. If he were to invade the provisions of the trust to disclose contributors he would suffer possible tax and legal consequences. To avoid this, Special Agent Dick referred the investigators to the Trust Executor and noted that by Agency regulation, the Blind Trust was not a required financial disclosure. The Agents never met with the Executor, although the Executor made a special trip from overseas to the area for that purpose.

To alleviate the Bureau’s concerns, Special Agent Dick also prepared and presented financial documents, including tax return for seven years and all of his attorney fee

invoices. This was produced under objection. To date the Bureau has not stated any deficiencies in these documents nor has it acted on any matters addressed by them.

In addition to the above, the Agency denied Mr. Dick the possibility of external employment. Special Agents may conduct outside employment with Bureau approval, which is routinely granted. Yet, on August 22, 2012, Special Agent Dick was denied outside employment. No reason was given for this denial. On October 22, 2012, Mr. Dick was called in to provide a signed sworn statement to the allegations raised in July, 2012. Why the Bureau waited three months for this was never explained. Dick reported to the FBI Inspection Division at FBI Headquarters. Mr. Dick had his signed sworn statement in hand, which addressed each and every issue raised by the Bureau. Special Agent Lisa Locasico refused to accept Mr. Dick’s statement. Instead, she tried to hand Mr. Dick a pre-scripted statement she had drafted. When SA Dick refused to sign the statement that had been prepared for him, Agent Locasico became irate. She signaled to other Agents who then closed in on him in a ‘ready’ position, with their hands by their firearms. Dick was then forcibly removed from the building with Loscasio and other agents verbally deriding him in the process. Between November, 2012 and February 1, 2013, Mr. Dick litigated his USERRA claims before the MSPB [Merit System Promotion Board]. The MSPB issued its initial decision denying the appeal on jurisdictional grounds on February 1, 2012.

The MSPB Administrative Law Judge determined Congress had exempted FBI agents from raising USERRA claims externally outside the Bureau. The Administrative Law Judge, however, quoted language from Mr. Dick’s attorney, that the investigation of Mr. Dick had taken an ‘Orwellian and Kafkaesque’ nature. The Judge concluded, however, he had no authority to review the Bureau’s actions or address its investigatory efforts. Despite the intense pressure exhibited by the Bureau, SA Dick received a performance rating of ‘Excellent’ for 2012. Thus the Bureau could not allege any performance deficiencies.”

The harassment by the FBI of Dick took a bizarre turn last year:

“On May 7, 2013, SA Dick appeared at the firing range at approximately 8:30 a.m. at Quantico, Virginia for quarterly firearms qualifications. Firearms qualifications are an

essential function of a Special Agent as they relate to their ability to carry a firearm, which is part of their qualifications as an 1811 Series Law Enforcement Agent. While firing a Glock 22 semi-automatic pistol, SA Dick injured his right hand between this thumb and forefinger by the action of his weapon. A gash requiring stitches was made causing immediate and severe pain. SA Dick was immediately cleared by the instructor from the firing range and was directed to a location at the range where gauze was applied by a firearms instructor.

SA Dick then went to the Health Unit at Quantico for emergency treatment of his work related wound. Upon arrival, SA Dick was asked if he was an FBI employee. He was instructed by a clerk to fill out a questionnaire. SA Dick informed the clerk he could not do so because his writing hand was injured. Curiously, the clerk neither asked for medical personnel nor assisted Mr. Dick in having the form completed through alternative means. Instead, he was told the doctor could not see him until Mr. Dick physically completed the form. SA Dick responded ‘I am sorry ma’am that is not going to work.’ When no doctor or medical personnel appeared, Mr. Dick, who was in great pain, had no medication or treatment and needed immediate care, left the health unit. Fortunately for Mr. Dick, the firearms instructor asked him if he needed a ride to another location.

Mr. Dick’s injury and level of pain made his own ability to drive compromised. Nevertheless, he drove himself to the Ready Care Facility, a private provider in Stafford, Virginia. Once there, Special Agent Dick was advised his condition was too severe to be treated and directed to a nearby urgent care location. Once at the third location, SA Dick spoke to a receptionist who asked for his insurance. When the receptionist inquired as to whether this was a work related injury, which would be covered by an employer workman’s compensation provider, SA Dick gave the telephone number to the FBI Headquarters Switchboard and asked her to contact the Health Services Unit. For nearly 40 minutes, the receptionist sought approval from the Health Unit to provide treatment. Unable to obtain a response, the receptionist directed Mr. Dick to a nurse practitioner who cleaned his wound to deter infection.

During the cleaning, Mr. Dick passed out from the pain and the cleaning that exacerbated the pain. This happened at least three times and a second medical provider was called. A physician’s assistant then appeared and examined the wound. He noted it required stitches. The assistant stated the FBI had yet to grant approval for treatment.

Another half hour passed. The receptionist appeared, expressing frustration at her inability to obtain insurance and treatment approval for Mr. Dick, despite multiple  contacts with Bureau personnel. A doctor then appeared and stated he could not treat SA Dick until his employer authorized the treatment. The doctor stated his staff had done all they could and that SA Dick would have to get approval from the proper officials at the Bureau. SA Dick remained untreated and un-medicated for his wound. He used his left

hand to call the Health Services Unit. Mr. Dick was repeatedly transferred between Health Unit employees who appeared mystified by the request and offered no guidance on how to resolve it. On several occasions, SA Dick ended up in voicemail. SA Dick then called back and was shocked to hear a Health Unit employee laughing at him and his efforts to get answers. The employee appeared amused at SA Dick’s last name and provided a sexual reference. Mr. Dick demanded to speak with a supervisor but was simply transferred to voicemail again. Finally, Mr. Dick called and asked to speak to Mr. Bennett, the Assistant Director of Human Resources (who was later selected as the decision maker on the issue of whether to revoke Mr. Dick’s clearance). Instead Mr. Dick was sent to the Health Services Unit voicemail again. Mr. Dick then hung up and went back to the treatment room. Sometime later the Bureau, through the FBI Academy, finally submitted a facsimile approval for his treatment. Mr. Dick then received treatment, which included several painkiller shots and stitches. Mr. Dick was then given a prescription for antibiotics and was also prescribed a painkiller.

SA Dick was then forced to drive home 72 miles without the use of his right hand and while recovering from the suture treatment. The Bureau made no attempt to inquire as to his condition, to assist him with transportation or to document a clearly work related injury covered by federal insurance. The Bureau simply allowed Mr. Dick to seek self treatment and his own transportation, while injured, while in pain and while driving was extremely difficult if not hazardous. Mr. Dick went to a local pharmacy for his prescription medications. Despite it being in the middle of the workday (approximately 12:30-1:00 p.m.), the pharmacist could find no FBI employee to give authorization to fill the prescription, as the pharmacist claimed was required under federal workmen’s compensation. This delayed Mr. Dick’s receiving prescription medication for several more hours. Mr. Dick called the Health Services Unit again and was again transferred several

times. In intense pain and frustrated by the lack of appropriate response from the Bureau, Mr. Dick became agitated and stated he would personally come to the Bureau to straighten out the approval process. Mr. Dick expressed displeasure at AD Bennett personally because the Health Unit employee claimed that Mr. Bennett had limited their ability to communicate approval authority and had revoked issuance of cell phones to facilitate and address requests.”

Special Agent Dick, in a matter of minutes, went from “injured on duty” to an FBI “wanted man.”

On May 8, 2013, the FBI released a nationwide Be on the Lookout (BOLO) complete with a grim faced picture of Michael Dick. The FBI noted Mr. Dick as a ‘Subject of Interest, contended he possessed two weapons, including an AR-15. The BOLO claimed SA Dick could not enter FBI spaces, had expressed ‘discord and made indirect threats to several different members of varying divisions of both HQ and Quantico.'” The BOLO also claimed that SA Dick was on ‘administrative leave during a pending investigation.’ The BOLO then went on to say that SA Dick’s clearance was ‘suspended due to personal conduct.’ The BOLO contended that his access to FBI Headquarters had been revoked and that SA Dick had ‘made threats against his chain of command.’  The problem for the FBI is that none of the facts in the BOLO were true. Mr. Dick’s clearance was not suspended until May 9, 2013 when Robert Elliot and another agent came to Mr. Dick’s home, under the guise of delivering workmen’s compensation forms, to serve him the instant suspension notice. Second, Mr. Dick made threats against no one, direct or indirect. He was not on administrative leave at the time of the notice and the ‘investigation’ he was subject to, was, and is unclear.”

The BOLO issued on Dick apparently gained the interest of Fox news, the same network that was so quick to report on John O’Neill’s stolen briefcase in Tampa. Fox is owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation. Murdoch, who is of Australian Jewish descent, is a well-known supporter of Israeli and Zionist causes.

“Most importantly the BOLO leaves the distinct impression that Mr. Dick was armed, dangerous and then on the run. This was and is absurd. The FBI has known of Mr. Dick’s actions and whereabouts at all times, On May 7, 2013, May 8, 2013 and thereafter. The BOLO was issued nationwide to every conceivable local, state and federal law enforcement agency and garnered national press attention. The FBI only sheepishly corrected the BOLO in response to a Fox News story and only after Fox quoted the undersigned counsel dispelling the nonsensical, defamatory and dangerous implications of the BOLO and its aspersions on Special Agent Dick. Yet, the Bureau has yet to issue a nationwide recall of the BOLO or to correct its claims in any formal way. Instead the FBI has commented as follows:

FBI spokesman Paul Bresson told Fox News:

‘This was a personnel matter. There is no concern anymore. The BOLO expired a week ago. The individual was located shortly after BOLO was issued a week ago. Initially there were temporary concerns about him since his whereabouts were unknown. As I said this was resolved a week ago. There have been no issues since then.’

Frankly Mr. Bresson’s claims are patently untrue. There was never a reason to issue a BOLO, Mr. Dick’s whereabouts were always known to the Bureau and there were never any issues to begin with, other than those created by the FBI for its own ends.”

 

 

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The FBI’s “BOLO” was broadcast by Fox News, the same network that broadcast John O’Neill’s “stolen briefcase” story in 2000. Later, on May 17, 2013, Fox reported: 

An FBI bulletin telling Washington-are law enforcement — including the Secret Service — to be on the lookout for a disgruntled and armed agent was just a ‘personnel matter,’ an official said hours after FoxNews.com located the agent at his home. Late Thursday, the FBI widened a week-old ‘be on the lookout’ bulletin for Michael Dick, an agent with experience in counterintelligence who was under investigation for the allegedly threats. The FBI Police’s Intelligence and Liaison Office said Dick, who previously worked in the counterintelligence division, ‘threatened to come to [FBI headquarters] on May 8] despite his access being terminated,’ a bureau bulletin stated. ‘At this time there is no record that his Bureau weapon has been taken from him. At present he still has access to FBI space at Quantico.'”

 

Continuing from the lawsuit:

“On May 8, 2013, the Bureau suspended Mr. Dick’s clearance, thus effectively removing him from employment pending final adjudication. In, June 2013, Special Agent Dick, became aware, through his wife’s divorce attorney’s representation in Court, that his wife, was claiming she had received information from Bureau agents regarding Mr. Dick’s employment and his supposed lack of fitness and imminent termination, and was attempting to use that information in the divorce proceedings.”

Just as the NSA has used its medical and psychologist staff to deny it’s whistleblowers security access based on trumped up charges of mental unfitness, the FBI opted to go down the same route with Dick:

“. . . on June 18, 2013, the FBI sent Plaintiff a ‘Notice of Mandatory Fitness for Duty Examination’ of both a psychological and psychiatric nature. The Bureau has provided no details as to what specific behavior Plaintiff engaged in to warrant an investigation into his mental health. The Bureau has stated as grounds for its examination that Plaintiff made a ‘series of disturbing statements and threats against FBI employees.’ Despite multiple requests, it refuses to say what those statements or threats are. In reality, no such ‘threats’ were made and the Bureau is merely trying to cover its tracks for the improper BOLO. Even more ominously, the Bureau has claimed the right to contact Mr. Dick’s family members as part of any examination. This appears to be designed to give the Bureau a justification for contacting Mr. Dick’s wife or cover the fact the Bureau has already done so. Mr. Dick is seeking to oppose the fitness for duty through the Equal Employment Opportunity process, but must administratively exhaust his claims before proceeding to federal court and amending this suit.”

In summary, Dick’s suit against the FBI and Attorney General for violation of the Privacy Act contends the following:

“The Privacy Act prohibits the disclosure by a federal agency of any record contained in a system of records to any person or another agency unless the disclosure falls within a listed exception. The BOLO’s nationwide dissemination included not only false, malicious and misleading statements about Special Agent Dick, which were drawn from a personal record but it also, contained Mr. Dick’s date of birth, social security number and home address. The disclosure was intentional and willful and constituted an admitted failure by the FBI to follow its own rules and regulations or the law. The disclosure was massive and put Mr. Dick at immediate risk of physical harm or death. The nature of the report had Mr. Dick as armed, dangerous and a threat to public safety. Further, the BOLO relayed that Mr. Dick was a counterintelligence agent and as such it divulged information that persons opposed to such efforts could use and ostensibly locate Mr. Dick at his residence. As a result of the BOLO, Fox News released a headline that emphasized that the Bureau was ‘hunting’ for one of their own. Mr. Dick could easily have been subject to arrest or even being shot by law enforcement were he ‘located.’ An ominous looking picture accompanied the BOLO designed to enhance Mr. Dick’s purported menacing status.

As the facts above clearly illustrate, the Bureau has long sought to isolate, marginalize and punish Mr. Dick and to cast him as an unstable, deranged agent. The BOLO was done intentionally and willfully with an aim toward harming SA Dick both professionally and personally. Plaintiff took no action to contribute to or authorize this nationwide dissemination. Mr. Dick has been directly and proximately harmed by the disclosure. His subsequent suspension and fitness for duty examinations are direct by-products of the BOLO. Mr. Dick has lost all outside employment opportunities as a result of the BOLO. He has been shunned by neighbors and peers and the BOLO has been used as evidence in his divorce and child custody proceedings.

The Bureau’s actions also violate the Privacy Act in that it utterly failed to safeguard Plaintiff’s confidential protected personnel and employment information from being disseminated in a way that could cause ‘harm, embarrassment, inconvenience, or unfairness’ to Plaintiff. The Bureau, in fact, consciously disseminated the information to cause harm and then when confronted by its action, sheepishly contended it was a mistake on a personnel matter. The Plaintiff suffered action, cognizable harm and an adverse effect as a result of the violation.”

Michael Patrick Jost, the individual who first made a complaint against Dick, has maintained a murky relationship with the U.S. government. In 2003, Jost, a former researcher for the Department of Treasury, founded Rosetta Research and Consulting LLC, which advertised its services as follows: “[to] develop highly sensitive information regarding the funding of terrorist activities worldwide and to make commercial use of this information.” It is not surprising that the Rice Motley law firm would have struck a deal with Jost. The law firm had contracted the dubious services of Rita Katz of the Search for International Terrorist Entities (SITE) Institute, which she co-founded with a former Mossad official. Katz had also consulted with the Treasury Department.

According to court documents, “Rosetta sought and obtained millions of dollars of investments . . . “and developed relationships with high levels of officials in the FBI.” Rosetta assisted the FBI and Justice Department prosecutors initiate contact with Bashir Noorzai, an Afghan warlord involved in herion smuggling who the U.S. government later charged with heroin distribution in a federal indictment in New York City.” The FBI denied it had a contract with Rosetta and stated that Jost showed up at the Bureau trying to rent it a database of individuals in the Middle East.

Rosetta has allegedly bribed a number of Afghan, Pakistani, and United Arab Emirates officials, including Noorzai, for information about terrorist suspects. Noorzai, whose base of operations was southern Afghanistan, was also a well-known CIA source. It has been alleged that it was Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz and his boss, Donald Rumsfeld, who authorized payments of bribes to Noorzai in return for information on Al Qaeda figures.

Rosetta employees met with Noorzai in Dubai in 2005 and promised him safe passage to the United States in return for his handing over information on the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden. FBI agents who were to have sat in on the meeting in Dubai canceled their plans because they knew what was to happen to Noorzai upon his arrival in New York. When Noorzai arrived in the United States, he was arrested in New York by Drug Enforcement Administration agents. The transcripts of Noorzai’s conversations in Dubai with two Rosetta employees ended up in the hands of The New York Sun, a strongly pro-Israel and Zionist newspaper owned by Conrad Black before Black went to prison for insider stock manipulation. The Sun, which counted among its senior staff former editors of the Jewish periodical Forward, folded its print edition in 2008. While collecting intelligence for the Rice Motley law firm in Israel in 2002, this editor also ran into interference from pro-Israeli American Jewish journalists, most notably those with the neo-conservative National Review, as well as with an individual who would later join Rosetta.

Rosetta, which is now defunct, had all the markings of a Mossad front company, one that decided to target Special Agent Dick because of the knowledge he possessed of Israel’s undeniable role in helping to carry out the 9/11 attack.

Rosetta was based in Charleston, South Carolina, also the home base of Rice Motley. Charleston was also the home of the Nine Eleven, Finding Answers (NEFA) Foundation, which appears to have been a non-profit money-laundering operation established to “buy” information from various brokers and researchers. There are also links between Rosetta and Senator John McCain (R-AZ), In 2004, McCain staffer Chris Paul, tried to lean on FBI deputy director John Pistole to back off on an FBI investigation of Rosetta. However, Rosetta later came under investigation for repeated violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Rosetta was linked to ViaGlobal Group, the firm that helped “incubate” Rosetta and one where McCain had a number of friends.

It is also noteworthy that one of the reporters who investigated Noorzai’s ties to the Pentagon and CIA was Jim Risen of The New York Times, who continues to face prison if he fails to testify about his sources before a federal granr jury investigating former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling for leaks to the media.

Not surprisingly, the U.S. government has moved to dismiss Dick’s lawsuit.

What Special Agent Dick has experienced is worthy of a blockbuster Hollywood movie. But no one should hold their breath to see such a story play out on the big screen. Hollywood is controlled lock, stock, and barrel by the Zionists, including some who unabashedly proclaim their loyalty and past services for the Mossad. Mike Dick can only seek justice now in the court of public opinion, or at least the part of that court which has not been bought off by Israel and its deep-pocketed lobby in the United States.

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SPECIAL REPORT August 7, 2005 — THE ISRAELI “ART STUDENTS/MOVERS MYSTERY” SOLVED.

http://www.waynemadsenreport.com/articles/20140706 

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July 8-9, 2014 — New airline flying thousands of Central American children around U.S.

Emerging almost out of no where, a new charter airline, Orange Air LLC, has become one of the most active airlines in the American southwest. Orange Air’s plane, exactly one, with its stylized letter “O” is now almost as familiar a sight at San Antonio International Airport and Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport as the more numerous Southwest Airlines aircraft.

Orange Air, with almost no corporate history, has received a contract from the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) branch to ferry around the southwest thousands of illegal immigrant children largely from Honduras, Guatemala, and to a lesser extent, El Salvador, who have streamed across the U.S.-Mexican border based on a U.S. law that states they may remain in the U.S. as long as they hail from a non-contiguous country.

To read Orange Air’s website, one could be a bit confused about the sudden appearance of the firm’s single charter plane at airports throughout the southwest. Its website claims that the company, based at Sanford International Airport in Florida, has “supplied diverse aviation services and aircraft to various US government agencies, the United Nations, foreign governments, Fortune 100 companies, U.S. government officials, foreign dignitaries, royal families, prominent sports figures, and notable entertainers.” And now, if one were to believe the firm’s website, Orange’s planes, which have flown around kings and princesses and diplomats and wealthy CEOs is now transporting the most poorest of the poor young refugees from Central America. WMR has learned that Orange largely existed only on paper before it received the lucrative DHS/ICE contract. It was so under-capitalized, it initially expected its pilots to work for “IOUs” before its federal government cash flow spigot was turned on.

 

http://www.flyorangeair.com/images/Aircraft_img1.jpg 

Relative newcomer Orange Air is rumored by aviation industry insiders as having CIA connections. The firm’s executives have remained tight-lipped with the media about its operations.

One has to wonder how many princes and star quarterbacks Orange has flown since the firm’s website states the airline’s first “revenue flight” was on June 10, 2014. Orange received its Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification on June 3, 2014. It was during June that children from Central America first began crossing into the United States in massive numbers.

Orange’s website, although it claims to have flown celebrities and royalty, has a strange way of attracting customers. Orange’s website stresses: “We are a low cost airline offering flights of fancy and cruises through previously uncharted airwaves. We are not looking toward making it comfortable for you as your flight is your own, but we will provide you with everything that you may need for a complete journey. You are not expected to want to return, consequently we do not offer 2-way tickets nor do we ever fly to the same destination twice.”

Orange fleet of one airplane consists of a 32-year old MD-82 aircraft (N918AV). Although the airline is based at Sanford airport, its general counsel is located in Bethesda, Maryland. The firm was incorporated in Delaware. Some of Orange’s principals previously worked for Falcon Air Express, a Miami-based charter company with a secondary hub in Mesa, Arizona that offers service to Curacao under the name Dutch Antilles Express, and which is contracted to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Refugee children who disembark from the Orange aircraft at San Antonio are transported in prison buses to the San Antonio-Lackland Joint Base. Orange Air’s plane has been known to make as many as six trips in a single day. The aircraft’s stops have included McAllen, El Paso, Brownsville, and Houston [George Bush International], Texas; Lawton-Fort Sill, Oklahoma; Alexandria-Fort Polk, Louisiana; San Diego, California; and Tucson, Phoenix, and Mesa, Arizona.

http://www.waynemadsenreport.com/articles/20140708 

 

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From Silvia Germek (Sil (WA):

http://www.flyorangeair.com 

Orange Air, LLC is a FAR 121 Air Carrier located at the Orlando Sanford Int’l Airport in Sanford, FL which strives to be a leading service provider of passenger air charter for Commercial Customers, US and International Government Agencies and US Defense Contractors providing the safest, most reliable, highest quality service and to be the most competitive 121 non-scheduled airline in the industry.

http://www.airlineinfo.com/ostpdf88/147.pdf 

CEO of Orange Airways Fred Credno

[ http://www.intelius.com/results.php?ReportType=1&formname=name&qf=fred+&qmi=&qn=credno&qcs=&focusfirst=1 ]

also owns this other company:

http://www.capitalaviation.com 

Chip Credno also listed as owner of Zephyr Aviation which is suddenly out of business with BBB warning page online.

Note at the intellius link that he has worked for the United Nations in the past.

According to the above-linked pdf, Rick Aranha is the Director of Operations. On his LinkedIn page, he lists his past employer as Caribbean Sun Airlines.

According to Silvija (Sil WA):

“Here is a sample of what I found googling them: this link actually borrows from previous Wayne Madsen writings on Stanford and Antigua but our Orange Airways Director of Operations worked for these guys in the past – I think we can conclusively confirm that this Orange Airways Director of Ops also has connections to CIA Caribbean drug-running, too. Pirates of the Caribbean: Stanford, drugs and the CIA (updated).”

 

 

http://www.flyorangeair.com/images/RA.png 

Sil (WA) 

Here is more about the drug runnin’ and money laundering Aranha’s Caribbean Sun Airlines has been doing… before he took up babysitting for Obama’s imported Central America children. before he took up babysitting for Obama’s imported Central America children.

Sil (WA) 

Meet Tony Schoeneker, chief pilot of Orange Airlines. LINK

Sil (WA) 

Here is Wayne in 2009 on who and what Stanford is. LINK

Sil (WA) 

Robert Holder, past director of safety for Orange Airlines and Julie Acheson, director of in-flight services, both have a background with Capital Cargo, a wet lease company. Wet leases are CIA’s favorite way of doing renditions and other things they would prefer not to talk about –

HERE is Capital Cargo, the employer, at least 2 of whose key personnel are in power at Orange airlines now

HERE is what a wet lease is

Brief explanation how wet leases and CIA work together so beautifully and why HERE

Capital cargo lists Air Transport International as sister company. Per THIS wiki page, that is a Department of Defense cargo hauler….

That means that several employees of Orange Airways have a DOD/CIA background. When I researched their bios, I found that all of them had spent years in and around the Langley area in VA….

 

Sil (WA) 

Orange Airways “who we are” age – they fly around politicians, celebrities….and tens of thousands of Latin American children without parents?

Sil (WA) 

How to fast-track an airline into existence…..

Sil (WA) 

By all signs, this kiddie rendition caper is being run entirely out of Central Florida, mostly Orlando area – LINK.

 

SilWa: “… if anyone wants to pursue this, look into all names of officers, their past bios and affiliations of their past employers. On cursory exam, I see a lot of people working there with intel ties, their past employers being DoD and CIA fronts. There is also a noticeable presence of Latinos with Jewish last names popping up in all sorts of positions around this enterprise.

No doubt, this serves some policy purpose for Obama. But whenever I have dug into such intel efforts to collect children and move them to other countries, I am accustomed to also finding evidence of the collection sites for such highly vulnerable refugees becoming gathering sites for harvesting for all purposes – angry young men among them are often recruited to the military or train as mercs, kids for kiddie sex slave rings and kidney harvesting comes to mind as a common background for pictures such as this…there is more to this effort than just fulfilling some capricious Obama immigration agenda, I believe… The stories that these kids are kept under extreme secrecy at military bases and the airlines involved reeks of mil intel backgrounds does not help such thoughts….”

http://www.waynemadsenreport.com/articles/20140708_1 

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CIA EMPLOYEE ‘RUINED’ FOR EFFORTS TO DECLASSIFY AGENCY DOCS

SOURCE: COMMON DREAMS

In the controversy surrounding Edward Snowden’s decision to leak numerous classified National Security Agency documents, one of the repeated critiques levied by his critics is that the former intelligence contractor should have gone through “proper channels” to voice his concerns about the agency’s far-reaching—and what he judged unlawful—surveillance practices.

However, according to new reporting by the Washington Post‘s Greg Miller, a similarly concerned CIA agent who attempted to get information he thought the public had a right to know discovered just how difficult and perilous efforts to “work within the system” can be.

Miller’s report tells the tale of Jeffrey Scudder, a veteran CIA employee, whose career faltered after he made efforts to have long-classified agency materials—”a stack of articles, hundreds of histories of long-dormant conflicts and operations”—released to the public.

As part of his effort, Scudder submitted a completely lawful Freedom of Information Act request, which set off a “harrowing sequence” of events. According to Miller, Scudder “was confronted by supervisors and accused of mishandling classified information while assembling his FOIA request. His house was raided by the FBI and his family’s computers seized.” The fifty-one-year ultimately resigned after being threatened that if he did not, he risked losing portions of his pension.

“I submitted a FOIA and it basically destroyed my entire career,” Scudder told the Post in an interview. “What was this whole exercise for?”

What happened to Scudder, Miller points out,

highlights the risks to workers who take on their powerful spy-agency employers. Senior U.S. intelligence officials have repeatedly argued that Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor, should have done more to raise his concerns internally rather than exposing America’s espionage secrets to the world. Others who tried to do that have said they were punished.

Scudder’s actions appear to have posed no perceptible risk to national security, but he found himself in the cross hairs of the CIA and FBI.

As journalist Glenn Greenwald noted in response to the article:

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Here’s what happens to people in the intelligence community when they use “proper procedures” to disclose information

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