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OPINION: Media have chance to look in mirror as Trump continues attacks

By Walter Bird Jr. – February 18, 2017

It is beyond easy to assail Donald Trump’s position on the news media. His war with “the enemy” is filled with so much bombast, so much rhetoric, it takes neither a Pulitzer Prize winner nor a seasoned journalist to note just how ridiculous his war is.

It also takes attention away from a very real and disturbing truth: some in the media, long before Donald Trump every became president, were cheaters. Liars. Fabricators. Plagiarists.

To suggest the media as a whole have been beacons of purity, whose sole mission is to inform the people who consume their product, is beyond foolish. It is flat out wrong.

And if we in the media ourselves cannot hold ourselves accountable for the myriad ways in which we have sullied our profession, then did we not, in some way, create the juice for the anti-media venom now flowing so freely from our 45th president?

It is not to say the entire news media universe indulges in “fake news.” But the list of utter falsehoods initially passed off as truths by many respected media sources is, indeed, not a short one. Worse still, in some of the cases, there were very real and tragic consequences of the false reporting.

•As Dale Jacquette wrote in, “Journalistic Ethics: Moral Responsibility in the Media,” Newsweek, in May 2005 published a story in which it was reported that soldiers at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, had placed copies of the Koran on toilets, in one cases flushing a copy down. That story turned out to be baseless and unsubstantiated. The damage, however, had been done. Several Islamic protests broke out. In Afghanistan, Jacquette wrote, citing the Associated Press, 14 people died in one such protest.

•Jayson Blair in 2003 resigned as a reporter at The New York Times after it was found he had fabricated or plagiarized in a number of his stories. He has done nothing of relevance as a writer since, outside of a memoir that fared rather poorly.

•In 2004, the Boston Globe published pictures from a porn web site, and passed them off as images of U.S. soldiers raping Iraqi women. The photos were quickly exposed as fake.

•Janet Cooke won the Pulitzer Prize for her 1980 story in The Washington Post about an 8-year-old heroin addict. The day after she received her award, she admitted she had made up the youthful subject of the story, “Jimmy.”

•Dan Rather reported in 2004 that George W. Bush had failed to fulfill his service to the National Guard. His report was based on documents that were later found to have been forged. Rather ended up retiring a year earlier than planned.

•Doris Kearns Goodwin was found to have plagiarized several parts of her bestselling book, “The Fitzgeralds and the Kennedys.”

•Former Boston Globe columnist Mike Barnicle resigned in 1998 after some of the facts and words in two of his columns came into question. In one, a few lines were similar to those in George Carlin’s 1997 book, “Brain Droppings.”

(Note: some of the above information was culled from the Huffington Post and Boston Globe.)

It is fair to say the “fake” in “fake news” was there long before Trump became president. What the new president has done, however, is sought to lump almost all mainstream news media into one giant pot of falsehoods and corruption. He has found among his base a rabid distrust of the media; rather, he has put together a recipe that has cooked up a hatred and disdain for many of us in the media.

The unpleasant reality is Trump is not wrong in that there are more than just the above examples of fraudulent journalism and misplaced ethics. One need not go too far back in time to see that. Donna Brazile resigned from CNN last year after leaked emails showed she had fed debate questions ahead of time to Hillary Clinton.

Where Trump falters is his blanket generalization of “fake news.” He is hardly the first to paint with a broad brush, but just as there were serious consequences as a result of some of those who committed the cardinal sin of plagiarizing or making up stories, so too is there the risk of serious damage to the public’s right to know by Trump’s no-holds-barred verbal assault on the press.

Trump would be wise to tone down the rhetoric, stop with the generalizations and not try to divide the news media and the very people they have been keeping informed for years.

At the same time, many of us in the media would do just as well to come down off our high horses, look in the mirror and admit that, on many occasions, we have lived in glass houses.

The very fate of journalism and the continued and unfettered dissemination of information to the public may well hang in the balance.

https://worcestermag.com/2017/02/18/opinion-media-chance-look-mirror-trump-continues-attacks/49475 

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Why Americans Don’t Trust Main Stream Media

THE MSM MUST DEAL WITH A PRESIDENT WHO CALLED THEM OUT ON THEIR “FAKE NEWS”

February 20, 2017 Frosty Wooldridge

The MSM is becoming irrelevant as more and more Americans turn to alternative media to get the real story on issues that concern them

After 30 years of slanted, biased and false news reporting from major players in the Main Stream Media (MSM) —Americans turn toward more reliable sources—such as citizen journalists writing for Internet news services.  Social media features speakers like British speaker Pat Condell telling hungry audiences what’s really happening with the Muslim invasion of Europe.

Whistleblowers such as Julian Assange and Edward Snowden exposed deeper layers of fraud and deception continuing in Washington DC and in Europe.

One look at the talking heads at CBS, NBC, ABC, NPR and CNN shows untenable bias and false reporting on multiple levels.  In the past 20 months, prominent news anchors pretty much cut off their noses to spite their faces.  Their election polls showed Hillary Clinton winning the White House while major pundits predicted Trump’s collapse.

Pelley, Muir and Holt downplayed Islamic terrorism in America by reporting “lone wolf” Muslims as mentally ill or suffering from depression—when in fact, those terrorists followed the dictates of the Quran while exacting violence.  Similar examples abound everyday in the USA and Europe, i.e., rapes, honor killings, female genital mutilation, gay killings and arranged marriages.

For the past 15 years, the anchors at NBC, CBS, ABC, NPR told the American people that 11,000,000 illegal aliens inhabited the United States.  After extensive research as to U.S. Census Bureau data by Ann Coulter in her book, Adios Amigo, she noted 31,000,000 (million) illegal migrants living, working and violating America’s laws.

All the while, Dr. Steven Camarata, researcher for Center for Immigration Studies,www.cis.org, discovered that 500,000 illegal aliens jump America’s borders annually.  His research shows the illegal population in America exceeds anything the mainstream press purports.

Additionally, while the MSM hounded General Flynn out of a job as National Security Advisor, they decline to report on 22 Islamic terrorist training camps operating in America from New York through Michigan and on to Oregon and California. Would you like to hear about these training camps concerning your family’s protection?

Host Bill O’Reilly reports explicit footages of 22 Islamic jihadist training camps in the USA in this video:

100% Video Proof of Radical Muslim Terrorist Training Camps in America – Bill O’Reilly

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M37z1MBvT7k [six minutes]

[Ed.: Note too that the video is posted on the channel of Forida Guns Classified.]

Clarion Project: http://www.clarionproject.org 

 

You would never hear about those terror camps from NBC, CBS, ABC, NPR or CNN.  Those camps train terrorists to kill you and your family— in your own country.  Of course, once they strike and kill countless Americans in Orlando, San Bernardino, Chattanooga or Ohio State, the MSM reports the aftermath of the massacres.

Notice the Boston Marathon bombings:  those two Tsarnaev brothers enjoyed major support from other Muslims and the imams at their Boston Mosque, but the MSM assured that no one knew anything about the brothers’ support team.

“Opposition to Islam is no different than opposition to communism, fascism, Nazism or any other belief system that seeks to control human conduct. Every American/Canadian (indeed, every human being on Earth) has basic human rights — the unalienable rights to life, liberty, and property — and every belief system with principles that violate these rights is unjust. In short, anti-communism, anti-fascism, and anti-Islam are the logical justice, whether in America/Canada or anywhere else in the world.” ~ Paul Pauker ~

While we face upwards of 31 million illegal aliens costing taxpayers $113,000,000,000.00 (billion) annually across 15 federal agencies, the MSM refuses to report on thousands of rapes, house break-ins, homicides, drug gangs, shoplifting into the millions of dollars daily, drunk driving deaths and sex-trafficking across this nation.  Do you recall MSM regularly reporting on widespread crime committed by illegal migrants?  Of course not!

Have you seen investigative journalism exposing employers of illegals such as: Chipotle’s, McDonald’s, Marriott Hotels, Tyson Chicken, Hormel Foods, Holiday Inns and restaurants because somebody pays big bucks to keep the laws from being enforced?  How much money keeps mouths shut?

As to the Syrian refugees, you won’t hear anything other than “puff” pieces by 60 Minutes or David Muir or Lester Holt, but average communities like Lewiston, Maine and Minneapolis, Minnesota all the way to Twin Falls, Idaho face massive financial and sociological impact in their cities via violent, illiterate and welfare-abusing immigrants.

Much like the false bias in the election polls showing Trump losing the presidential election, after only 30 days in office, Chuck Todd of “Meet the Press” gleefully showed 79 percent stressed democrats and 59 percent stressed republicans as to our nation’s situation.  Chuck Todd, pretending to be a journalist, demonstrates his bias at every juncture.

On “Face the Nation”, John Dickerson repeatedly reported chaos in the White House by choosing “they” and “other sources” to depict Trump as inept.  Reince Priebus, chief of staff, sternly corrected Dickerson for giving unnamed sources for such false and hollow stories.

“The real disunity is between a doomed Status Quo and those willing to deal with reality. Right now those willing to deal with reality are few, but they have the distinct advantage of reality on their side, while the Status Quo has only propaganda, artifice, phony political theater and empty promises….Every attempt to lead the public toward the realization that the present is unsustainable will be crushed by a frantic assault of the fiefdoms, cartels and players who will lose power and profits when the Status Quo crumbles under its own weight.”—Charles Hugh Smith “The Shape of Things To Come”

The MSM continues its directive to undermine, delegitimize and destabilize the Trump administration.  A report this past week indicated that Trump suffers from mental illness.  Intriguing statement, when in fact, President Trump accomplished ten major items of his campaign promises.

President Trump’s first four weeks proved the most active in recent history:

▪Executive order to stop Muslim immigration loaded with jihadists coming into America. Creating extreme vetting.

▪Stopped the Trans Pacific Partnership.

▪Put coal miners back to work.

▪Met with three top foreign leaders.

▪Started the process for building a wall to stop illegal drugs and migrants from crossing U.S. border with Mexico.

▪Increased the Border Patrol by 5,000 agents to stop the $50,000,000,000.00 (billion) in drugs crossing our borders annually from Mexico and 500,000 illegal migrants.

▪Negotiated with top CEOs to keep jobs in America.

▪Created confidence so much so the Stock Market stands at its highest in months.

▪Started rounding up and deporting criminal illegal aliens as promised.

▪Moved to replace the failed Obamacare health system that would have collapsed within several years.

▪Carried through on his promise to stop funding cities who maintain sanctuary status for illegal alien migrants.

▪Selected Neil Gorsuch for Supreme Court Judge.

When you look at the big picture, Congress and the ruling elite of DC enjoyed so much easy corruption for the past 30 years, they think it’s normal to make big bucks and cheat American taxpayers out of money and jobs. They failed to enforce our immigration laws, never passed beneficial trade laws for American jobs and did little for African-Americans as to jobs, education and training.

The elites in Congress failed to stop 350,000 anchor babies being born annually at our expense for food, housing and K-12 education.  They cried job creation while pumping 1,000,000 legal and 500,000 illegal immigrants into our country annually without rescinding the 1965 Immigration Reform Act.  Meanwhile, they jumped our federal debt to $19.5 trillion.

All of a sudden, they must deal with a president who called them out on their “fake news”.   To reporter Jim Acosta of CNN, “…very fake news.”  The American people call out those in the MSM to report the facts to us or find yourselves irrelevant.

This is what the press said about President Lincoln in 1861:  “Had we any respect for Mr. Lincoln, as a man, or as President-elect of the United States…the final escapade by which he reached the capital would have utterly demolished it…. He might have entered Willard’s Hotel with a headspring and a summersault, and the clown’s merry greeting to Gen. Scott. Here we are! And we should care nothing about it, personally. We do not believe the Presidency can ever be more degraded by any of his successors than it has by him, even before his inauguration.” November 21, 1861

In reality, Trump proves himself a workaholic for the American people.  When they tore down Lincoln, he remained steadfast for the immense mayhem of those times.  President Trump remains dedicated to the task ahead.

© Copyright by Frosty Wooldridge, 2017. All rights reserved.

http://www.capitolhilloutsider.com/americans-dont-trust-main-stream-media/ 

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[Ed.: Triangulate the convergence of Doug Valentine’s remarks on Operation Phoenix, the George Webb video series with respect to Dyncorp, and the articles on Palantir et al in “Nexus”.]

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HOW PETER THIEL’S PALANTIR HELPED THE NSA SPY ON THE WHOLE WORLD

Sam Biddle

February 22 2017, 6:06 a.m.

DONALD TRUMP HAS inherited the most powerful machine for spying ever devised. How this petty, vengeful man might wield and expand the sprawling American spy apparatus, already vulnerable to abuse, is disturbing enough on its own. But the outlook is even worse considering Trump’s vast preference for private sector expertise and new strategic friendship with Silicon Valley billionaire investor Peter Thiel, whose controversial (and opaque) company Palantir has long sought to sell governments an unmatched power to sift and exploit information of any kind. Thiel represents a perfect nexus of government clout with the kind of corporate swagger Trump loves. The Intercept can now reveal that Palantir has worked for years to boost the global dragnet of the NSA and its international partners, and was in fact co-created with American spies.

Peter Thiel became one of the American political mainstream’s most notorious figures in 2016 (when it emerged he was bankrolling a lawsuit against Gawker Media, my former employer) even before he won a direct line to the White House. Now he brings to his role as presidential adviser decades of experience as kingly investor and token nonliberal on Facebook’s board of directors, a Rolodex of software luminaries, and a decidedly Trumpian devotion to controversy and contrarianism. But perhaps the most appealing asset Thiel can offer our bewildered new president will be Palantir Technologies, which Thiel founded with Alex Karp and Joe Lonsdale in 2004.

Palantir has never masked its ambitions, in particular the desire to sell its services to the U.S. government — the CIA itself was an early investor in the startup through In-Q-Tel, the agency’s venture capital branch. But Palantir refuses to discuss or even name its government clientele, despite landing “at least $1.2 billion” in federal contracts since 2009, according to an August 2016 report in Politico. The company was last valued at $20 billion and is expected to pursue an IPO in the near future. In a 2012 interview with TechCrunch, while boasting of ties to the intelligence community, Karp said nondisclosure contracts prevent him from speaking about Palantir’s government work.

“Palantir” is generally used interchangeably to refer to both Thiel and Karp’s company and the software that company creates. Its two main products are Palantir Gotham and Palantir Metropolis, more geeky winks from a company whose Tolkien namesake is a type of magical sphere used by the evil lord Sauron to surveil, trick, and threaten his enemies across Middle Earth. While Palantir Metropolis is pegged to quantitative analysis for Wall Street banks and hedge funds, Gotham (formerly Palantir Government) is designed for the needs of intelligence, law enforcement, and homeland security customers. Gotham works by importing large reams of “structured” data (like spreadsheets) and “unstructured” data (like images) into one centralized database, where all of the information can be visualized and analyzed in one workspace. For example, a 2010 demo showed how Palantir Government could be used to chart the flow of weapons throughout the Middle East by importing disparate data sources like equipment lot numbers, manufacturer data, and the locations of Hezbollah training camps. Palantir’s chief appeal is that it’s not designed to do any single thing in particular, but is flexible and powerful enough to accommodate the requirements of any organization that needs to process large amounts of both personal and abstract data.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yAJv0EvHt_I

Palantir government 3.0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yAJv0EvHt_I 

Despite all the grandstanding about lucrative, shadowy government contracts, co-founder Karp does not shy away from taking a stand in the debate over government surveillance. In a Forbes profile in 2013, he played privacy lamb, saying, “I didn’t sign up for the government to know when I smoke a joint or have an affair. … We have to find places that we protect away from government so that we can all be the unique and interesting and, in my case, somewhat deviant people we’d like to be.” In that same article, Thiel lays out Palantir’s mission with privacy in mind: to “reduce terrorism while preserving civil liberties.” After the first wave of revelations spurred by the whistleblower Edward Snowden, Palantir was quick to deny that it had any connection to the NSA spy program known as PRISM, which shared an unfortunate code name with one of its own software products. The current iteration of Palantir’s website includes an entire section dedicated to “Privacy & Civil Liberties,” proclaiming the company’s support of both:

Palantir Technologies is a mission-driven company, and a core component of that mission is protecting our fundamental rights to privacy and civil liberties. …

Some argue that society must “balance” freedom and safety, and that in order to better protect ourselves from those who would do us harm, we have to give up some of our liberties. We believe that this is a false choice in many areas. Particularly in the world of data analysis, liberty does not have to be sacrificed to enhance security. Palantir is constantly looking for ways to protect privacy and individual liberty through its technology while enabling the powerful analysis necessary to generate the actionable intelligence that our law enforcement and intelligence agencies need to fulfill their missions.

It’s hard to square this purported commitment to privacy with proof, garnered from documents provided by Edward Snowden, that Palantir has helped expand and accelerate the NSA’s global spy network, which is jointly administered with allied foreign agencies around the world. Notably, the partnership has included building software specifically to facilitate, augment, and accelerate the use of XKEYSCORE, one of the most expansive and potentially intrusive tools in the NSA’s arsenal.

According to Snowden documents published by The Guardian in 2013, XKEYSCORE is by the NSA’s own admission its “widest reaching” program, capturing “nearly everything a typical user does on the internet.” A subsequent report by The Intercept showed that XKEYSCORE’s “collected communications not only include emails, chats, and web-browsing traffic, but also pictures, documents, voice calls, webcam photos, web searches, advertising analytics traffic, social media traffic, botnet traffic, logged keystrokes, computer network exploitation targeting, intercepted username and password pairs, file uploads to online services, Skype sessions, and more.” For the NSA and its global partners, XKEYSCORE makes all of this as searchable as a hotel reservation site.

But how do you make so much data comprehensible for human spies? As the additional documents published with this article demonstrate, Palantir sold its services to make one of the most powerful surveillance systems ever devised even more powerful, bringing clarity and slick visuals to an ocean of surveillance data.

PALANTIR’S RELATIONSHIP WITH government spy agencies appears to date back to at least 2008, when representatives from the U.K.’s signals intelligence agency, Government Communications Headquarters, joined their American peers at VisWeek, an annual data visualization and computing conference organized by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology. Attendees from throughout government and academia gather to network with members of the private sector at the event, where they compete in teams to solve hypothetical data-based puzzles as part of the Visual Analytics Science and Technology (VAST) Challenge. As described in a document saved by GCHQ, Palantir fielded a team in 2008 and tackled one such scenario using its own software. It was a powerful marketing opportunity at a conference filled with potential buyers.

In the demo, Palantir engineers showed how their software could be used to identify Wikipedia users who belonged to a fictional radical religious sect and graph their social relationships. In Palantir’s pitch, its approach to the VAST Challenge involved using software to enable “many analysts working together [to] truly leverage their collective mind.” The fake scenario’s target, a cartoonishly sinister religious sect called “the Paraiso Movement,” was suspected of a terrorist bombing, but the unmentioned and obvious subtext of the experiment was the fact that such techniques could be applied to de-anonymize and track members of any political or ideological group. Among a litany of other conclusions, Palantir determined the group was prone to violence because its “Manifesto’s intellectual influences include ‘Pancho Villa, Che Guevara, Leon Trotsky, [and] Cuban revolutionary Jose Martí,’ a list of military commanders and revolutionaries with a history of violent actions.”

The delegation from GCHQ returned from VisWeek excited and impressed. In a classified report from those who attended, Palantir’s potential for aiding the spy agency was described in breathless terms. “Palantir are a relatively new Silicon Valley startup who are sponsored by the CIA,” the report began. “They claim to have significant involvement with the US intelligence community, although none yet at NSA.” GCHQ noted that Palantir “has been developed closely internally with intelligence community users (unspecified, but likely to be the CIA given the funding).” The report described Palantir’s demo as “so significant” that it warranted its own entry in GCHQ’s classified internal wiki, calling the software “extremely sophisticated and mature. … We were very impressed. You need to see it to believe it.”

The report conceded, however, that “it would take an enormous effort for an in-house developed GCHQ system to get to the same level of sophistication” as Palantir. The GCHQ briefers also expressed hesitation over the price tag, noting that “adoption would have [a] huge monetary … cost,” and over the implications of essentially outsourcing intelligence analysis software to the private sector, thus making the agency “utterly dependent on a commercial product.” Finally, the report added that “it is possible there may be concerns over security — the company have published a lot of information on their website about how their product is used in intelligence analysis, some of which we feel very uncomfortable about.”

Click on link:

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A page from Palantir’s “Executive Summary” document, provided to government clients.

However anxious British intelligence was about Palantir’s self-promotion, the worry must not have lasted very long. Within two years, documents show that at least three members of the “Five Eyes” spy alliance between the United States, the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, and Canada were employing Palantir to help gather and process data from around the world. Palantir excels at making connections between enormous, separate databases, pulling big buckets of information (call records, IP addresses, financial transactions, names, conversations, travel records) into one centralized heap and visualizing them coherently, thus solving one of the persistent problems of modern intelligence gathering: data overload.

A GCHQ wiki page titled “Visualisation,” outlining different ways “to provide insight into some set of data,” puts succinctly Palantir’s intelligence value:

Palantir is an information management platform for analysis developed by Palantir Technologies. It integrates structured and unstructured data, provides search and discovery capabilities, knowledge management, and collaborative features. The goal is to offer the infrastructure, or ‘full stack,’ that intelligence organizations require for analysis.

Bullet-pointed features of note included a “Graph View,” “Timelining capabilities,” and “Geo View.”

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A GCHQ diagram indicates how Palantir could be used as part of a computer network attack.

Under the Five Eyes arrangement, member countries collect and pool enormous streams of data and metadata collected through tools like XKEYSCORE, amounting to tens of billions of records. The alliance is constantly devising (or attempting) new, experimental methods of prying data out of closed and private sources, including by hacking into computers and networks in non-Five Eyes countries and infecting them with malware.

A 2011 PowerPoint presentation from GCHQ’s Network Defence Intelligence & Security Team (NDIST) — which, as The Intercept has previously reported, “worked to subvert anti-virus and other security software in order to track users and infiltrate networks” — mentioned Palantir as a tool for processing data gathered in the course of its malware-oriented work. Palantir’s software was described as an “analyst workspace [for] pulling together disparate information and displaying it in novel ways,” and was used closely in conjunction with other intelligence software tools, like the NSA’s notorious XKEYSCORE search system. The novel ways of using Palantir for spying seemed open-ended, even imaginative: A 2010 presentation on the joint NSA-GCHQ “Mastering the Internet” surveillance program mentioned the prospect of running Palantir software on “Android handsets” as part of a SIGINT-based “augmented reality” experience. It’s unclear what exactly this means or could even look like.

Above all, these documents depict Palantir’s software as a sort of consolidating agent, allowing Five Eyes analysts to make sense of tremendous amounts of data that might have been otherwise unintelligible or highly time-consuming to digest. In a 2011 presentation to the NSA, classified top secret, an NDIST operative noted the “good collection” of personal data among the Five Eyes alliance but lamented the “poor analytics,” and described the attempt to find new tools for SIGINT analysis, in which it “conducted a review of 14 different systems that might work.” The review considered services from Lockheed Martin and Detica (a subsidiary of BAE Systems) but decided on the up-and-comer from Palo Alto.

Palantir is described as having been funded not only by In-Q-Tel, the CIA’s venture capital branch, but furthermore created “through [an] iterative collaboration between Palantir computer scientists and analysts from various intelligence agencies over the course of nearly three years.” While it’s long been known that Palantir got on its feet with the intelligence community’s money, it has not been previously reported that the intelligence community actually helped build the software. The continuous praise seen in these documents shows that the collaboration paid off. Under the new “Palantir Model,” “data can come from anywhere” and can be “asked whatever the analyst wants.”

 

Along with Palantir’s ability to pull in “direct XKS Results,” the presentation boasted that the software was already connected to 10 other secret Five Eyes and GCHQ programs and was highly popular among analysts. It even offered testimonials (TWO FACE appears to be a code name for the implementation of Palantir):

[Palantir] is the best tool I have ever worked with. It’s intuitive, i.e. idiot-proof, and can do a lot you never even dreamt of doing.

This morning, using TWO FACE rather than XKS to review the activity of the last 3 days. It reduced the initial analysis time by at least 50%.

Enthusiasm runs throughout the PowerPoint: A slide titled “Unexpected Benefits” reads like a marketing brochure, exclaiming that Palantir “interacts with anything!” including Google Earth, and “You can even use it on a iphone or laptop.” The next slide, on “Potential Downsides,” is really more praise in disguise: Palantir “Looks expensive” but “isn’t as expensive as expected.” The answer to “What can’t it do?” is revealing: “However we ask, Palantir answer,” indicating that the collaboration between spies and startup didn’t end with Palantir’s CIA-funded origins, but that the company was willing to create new features for the intelligence community by request.

On GCHQ’s internal wiki page for TWO FACE, analysts were offered a “how to” guide for incorporating Palantir into their daily routine, covering introductory topics like “How do I … Get Data from XKS in Palantir,” “How do I … Run a bulk search,” and “How do I … Run bulk operations over my objects in Palantir.” For anyone in need of a hand, “training is currently offered as 1-2-1 desk based training with a Palantir trainer. This gives you the opportunity to quickly apply Palantir to your current work task.” Palantir often sends “forward deployed engineers,” or FDEs, to work alongside clients at their offices and provide assistance and engineering services, though the typical client does not have access to the world’s largest troves of personal information. For analysts interested in tinkering with Palantir, there was even a dedicated instant message chat room open to anyone for “informally” discussing the software.

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The GCHQ wiki includes links to classified webpages describing Palantir’s use by the Australian Defence Signals Directorate (now called the Australian Signals Directorate) and to a Palantir entry on the NSA’s internal “Intellipedia,” though The Intercept does not have access to copies of the linked sites. However, embedded within Intellipedia HTML files available to The Intercept are references to a variety of NSA-Palantir programs, including “Palantir Classification Helper,” “[Target Knowledge Base] to Palantir PXML,” and “PalantirAuthService.” (Internal Palantir documents obtained by TechCrunch in 2013 provide additional confirmation of the NSA’s relationship with the company.)

One Palantir program used by GCHQ, a software plug-in named “Kite,” was preserved almost in its entirety among documents provided to The Intercept. An analysis of Kite’s source code shows just how much flexibility the company afforded Five Eyes spies. Developers and analysts could ingest data locally using either Palantir’s “Workspace” application or Kite. When they were satisfied the process was working properly, they could push it into a Palantir data repository where other Workspace users could also access it, almost akin to a Google Spreadsheets collaboration. When analysts were at their Palantir workstation, they could perform simple imports of static data, but when they wanted to perform more complicated tasks like import databases or set up recurring automatic imports, they turned to Kite.

Kite worked by importing intelligence data and converting it into an XML file that could be loaded into a Palantir data repository. Out of the box, Kite was able to handle a variety of types of data (including dates, images, geolocations, etc.), but GCHQ was free to extend it by writing custom fields for complicated types of data the agency might need to analyze. The import tools were designed to handle a variety of use cases, including static data sets, databases that were updated frequently, and data stores controlled by third parties to which GCHQ was able to gain access.

This collaborative environment also produced a piece of software called “XKEYSCORE Helper,” a tool programmed with Palantir (and thoroughly stamped with its logo) that allowed analysts to essentially import data from the NSA’s pipeline, investigate and visualize it through Palantir, and then presumably pass it to fellow analysts or Five Eyes intelligence partners. One of XKEYSCORE’s only apparent failings is that it’s so incredibly powerful, so effective at vacuuming personal metadata from the entire internet, that the volume of information it extracts can be overwhelming. Imagine trying to search your Gmail account, only the results are pulled from every Gmail inbox in the world.

 

MAKING XKEYSCORE MORE intelligible — and thus much more effective — appears to have been one of Palantir’s chief successes. The helper tool, documented in a GCHQ PDF guide, provided a means of transferring data captured by the NSA’s XKEYSCORE directly into Palantir, where presumably it would be far easier to analyze for, say, specific people and places. An analyst using XKEYSCORE could pull every IP address in Moscow and Tehran that visited a given website or made a Skype call at 14:15 Eastern Time, for example, and then import the resulting data set into Palantir in order to identify additional connections between the addresses or plot their positions using Google Earth.

Palantir was also used as part of a GCHQ project code-named LOVELY HORSE, which sought to improve the agency’s ability to collect so-called open source intelligence — data available on the public internet, like tweets, blog posts, and news articles. Given the “unstructured” nature of this kind of data, Palantir was cited as “an enrichment to existing [LOVELY HORSE] investigations … the content should then be viewable in a human readable format within Palantir.”

Palantir’s impressive data-mining abilities are well-documented, but so too is the potential for misuse. Palantir software is designed to make it easy to sift through piles of information that would be completely inscrutable to a human alone, but the human driving the computer is still responsible for making judgments, good or bad.

A 2011 document by GCHQ’s SIGINT Development Steering Group, a staff committee dedicated to implementing new spy methods, listed some of these worries. In a table listing “risks & challenges,” the SDSG expressed a “concern that [Palantir] gives the analyst greater potential for going down too many analytical paths which could distract from the intelligence requirement.” What it could mean for analysts to distract themselves by going down extraneous “paths” while browsing the world’s most advanced spy machine is left unsaid. But Palantir’s data-mining abilities were such that the SDSG wondered if its spies should be blocked from having full access right off the bat and suggested configuring Palantir software so that parts would “unlock … based on analysts skill level, hiding buttons and features until needed and capable of utilising.” If Palantir succeeded in fixing the intelligence problem of being overwhelmed with data, it may have created a problem of over-analysis — the company’s software offers such a multitude of ways to visualize and explore massive data sets that analysts could get lost in the funhouse of infographics, rather than simply being overwhelmed by the scale of their task.

If Palantir’s potential for misuse occurred to the company’s spy clients, surely it must have occurred to Palantir itself, especially given the company’s aforementioned “commitment” to privacy and civil liberties. Sure enough, in 2012 the company announced the formation of the Palantir Council of Advisors on Privacy and Civil Liberties, a committee of academics and consultants with expertise in those fields. Palantir claimed that convening the PCAP had “provided us with invaluable guidance as we try to responsibly navigate the often ill-defined legal, political, technological, and ethical frameworks that sometimes govern the various activities of our customers,” and continued to discuss the privacy and civil liberties “implications of product developments and to suggest potential ways to mitigate any negative effects.” Still, Palantir made clear that the “PCAP is advisory only — any decisions that we make after consulting with the PCAP are entirely our own.”

What would a privacy-minded conversation about privacy-breaching software look like? How had a privacy and civil liberties council navigated the fact that Palantir’s clientele had directly engaged in one of the greatest privacy and civil liberties breaches of all time? It’s hard to find an answer.

Palantir wrote that it structured the nondisclosure agreement signed by PCAP members so that they “will be free to discuss anything that they learn in working with us unless we clearly designate information as proprietary or otherwise confidential (something that we have rarely found necessary except on very limited occasions).” But despite this assurance of transparency, all but one of the PCAP’s former and current members either did not return a request for comment for this article or declined to comment citing the NDA.

The former PCAP member who did respond, Stanford privacy scholar Omer Tene, told The Intercept that he was unaware of “any specific relationship, agreement, or project that you’re referring to,” and said he was not permitted to answer whether Palantir’s work with the intelligence community was ever a source of tension with the PCAP. He declined to comment on either the NSA or GCHQ specifically. “In general,” Tene said, “the role of the PCAP was to hear about client engagement or new products and offerings that the company was about to launch, and to opine as to the way they should be set up or delivered in order to minimize privacy and civil liberties concerns.” But without any further detail, it’s unclear whether the PCAP was ever briefed on the company’s work for spy agencies, or whether such work was a matter of debate.

There’s little detail to be found on archived versions of Palantir’s privacy and civil liberties-focused blog, which appears to have been deleted sometime after the PCAP was formed. Palantir spokesperson Matt Long told The Intercept to contact the Palantir media team for questions regarding the vanished blog at the same email address used to reach Long in the first place. Palantir did not respond to additional repeated requests for comment and clarification.

A GCHQ spokesperson provided a boilerplate statement reiterating the agency’s “longstanding policy” against commenting on intelligence matters and asserted that all its activities are “carried out in accordance with a strict legal and policy framework.” The NSA did not provide a response.

Anyone worried that the most powerful spy agencies on Earth might use Palantir software to violate the privacy or civil rights of the vast number of people under constant surveillance may derive some cold comfort in a portion of the user agreement language Palantir provided for the Kite plug-in, which stipulates that the user will not violate “any applicable law” or the privacy or the rights “of any third party.” The world will just have to hope Palantir’s most powerful customers follow the rules.

Documents published with this article:

GCHQ VisWeek 2008 Conference Report

Palantir Executive Summary

NDIST Cyber Defence

Mastering the Internet

The Tale of Two Sources

TWO FACE on GCHQ Wiki

XKEYSCORE Helper Notes

SDSG Integrated Analytics Workshop

https://theintercept.com/2017/02/22/how-peter-thiels-palantir-helped-the-nsa-spy-on-the-whole-world/ 

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See also the previous entries here at The Sullen Bell which have discussed Palantir. 

See also

from February 2014

Peter Thiel’s Newest Obsession: Nanotechnology

https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/231660 

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WAYNE MADSEN | 24.02.2017 | OPINION

The Three Trump Administrations

Foreign and national defense ministries around the world, as well as embassies in Washington, DC, are struggling to ascertain who is actually in charge of the U.S. government one month after Donald Trump was sworn in as president of the United States. It is a fair question, considering the conflicting statements issuing forth from the White House, State Department, and the Pentagon.

Suffice to say, there are, essentially, three Trump administrations, all with varying degrees of power.

The first administration and the most visibly powerful is Trump’s inner circle. At the present time, this consists of Trump, chief strategist Stephen Bannon, Trump daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner, special assistant to the president Stephen Miller, and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Although Bannon came to Trump from the presidential campaign of Senator Ted Cruz, the former Breitbart News publisher has become a virtual «Svengali», influencing Trump on foreign and domestic policies.

The second administration represents the establishment Republicans who endorsed Trump after he secured the Republican presidential nomination. This circle includes White House chief of staff Reince Priebus, the former Republican National Committee chairman, and Sean Spicer, Trump’s press secretary who had the same job at the Republican National Committee under Priebus. Trump’s counselor and former presidential campaign manager Kellyanne Conway, who, like Bannon, came from the Cruz campaign, funds herself often on the outside of the Trump inner circle and more in the company of establishment Republicans Priebus and Spicer. Priebus and Conway, and, to a lesser extent, Spicer, are the eyes and ears of congressional Republicans like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Speaker of the House of Representatives Paul Ryan in the White House.

The third administration represents the longtime «deep state» interests and is a combination of George W. Bush/Ronald Reagan administration neoconservative activists and powerful Wall Street and Houston/Dallas oil business moguls traditionally linked to Republican politics. While the neocons and business interests do not agree on much, they are taking advantage of the disorganization of the Trump administration to secure their own power centers. Recently, officials of this «third» administration were seen vying for influence and stature at the 2017 Munich Security Conference.

It is clear that the third Trump administration is the one that hopes to take the reins of power if either Trump is forced out of the presidency as a result of impeachment and conviction or ill-health. Representing the international status quo, the third Trump administration, represented chiefly by Vice President Mike Pence and Defense Secretary James Mattis, was very active in promoting NATO, the European Union, and continued sanctions on Russia at Munich. The statements by Pence and Mattis ran counter to the opinions previously aired by Trump. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, opting not to attend the Munich conference, attended a G20 foreign ministers’ summit in Bonn held before the gathering in Munich. This leg of the Trump triad is the one with which the global elites feel most comfortable.

Tillerson, a Texas native and friend of the Bush family and former Secretary of State James Baker, showed that the neocons continue to have clout inside the Trump administration when he dared propose Elliott Abrams, an Iran-contra felon from the Reagan administration, to be his deputy Secretary of State. Abrams’s campaign rhetoric, in which he criticized Trump, resulted in the president vetoing Abrams for the State Department’s number two position. But that did not stop another arch-neocon, the never-confirmed former U.S. ambassador to the UN John Bolton, from being considered for number two at State and, more recently, as Trump’s national security adviser.

Tillerson’s ambassador to the United Nations, former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, has publicly condemned Russia over the Ukraine situation, even though Trump has indicated he wants a rapprochement with Russia. The third Trump administration is full of similar contradictions, with paleo-conservatives like Tillerson willing to hire on neocons like Abrams. Other deep state players within this third leg of the Trump triad include Central Intelligence Agency director Mike Pompeo, who wasted no time traveling to Turkey and Saudi Arabia to pay homage to the vested political interests of both nations, and Director of National Intelligence director-designate, former Senator Dan Coats of Indiana, a longtime friend of Pence.

Former national security adviser Michael Flynn, the former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency and a retired three-star general, was never a member of the Trump inner circle. In fact, Flynn was closer to the neocons worming their way into the Trump administration. Flynn was the co-author of the book titled «The Field of Flight: How We Can Win the Global War Against Radical Islam and Its Allies», with one of the most dangerous neocons around, Michael Ledeen, an Iran-contra co-conspirator of Abrams and another neocon vying for influence in the Trump White House, Frank Gaffney.

Ensconced with Pence and Mattis in Munich were the two most hawkish Republican senators who would have Trump adopt even more drastic sanctions against Russia: Senators John McCain, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and fellow committee member Lindsey Graham. McCain used Munich to not only bash Russia but also Trump, while his close friend Graham promised that 2017 would be «the year of kicking Russia in the ass.» The mere fact that McCain and Graham were permitted to represent at Munich a hawkish policy at loggerheads with that of Trump, while Pence remained silent and Mattis championed America’s commitments to NATO and the EU, shows the world that the United States government now speaks through different voices. Joining McCain and Graham to reinforce U.S. defense and financial commitments was Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman Bob Corker and former NATO commander and proposed Trump national security adviser General David Petraeus, previously disgraced by a sex scandal.

Munich provided the third Trump administration with a platform from which to reinforce the «world order» that Trump campaigned against. Governments that had donated handsomely to the Clinton Foundation and made no secret of their abhorrence of Trump as a candidate, were on hand in Munich to warmly embrace Pence and Mattis. Among those in attendance were Saudi Arabia’s wily anti-Iranian foreign minister and former ambassador in Washington Adel bin Ahmed al-Jubeir, Saudi Arabia’s more slyer former intelligence chief Prince Turki al-Faisal bin Abdulaziz, Qatari foreign minister Shaikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani and defense minister Khalid bin Mohammed al-Attiyah, Bahraini foreign minister Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohammed al-Khalifa, Kuwaiti deputy prime minister Shaikh Khaled al Jarrah al-Sabah, and Moroccan royal cabinet minister Youssef Amrani and the Moroccan king’s counselor André Azoulay. Undoubtedly, these Arab potentates will soon bestow their largesse upon members and corporate contrivances of the Trump family.

Pence and Mattis also rubbed shoulders at Munich with such influential anti-Trump personages as Bono, the U-2 rock band celebrity; former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright; former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff; Ohio Governor John Kasich; former Defense Secretary William Cohen; Microsoft founder Bill Gates; Woodrow Wilson Center director Jane Harman; Robert Kagan of the Brookings Institution and his wife and chief architect of the 2014 Ukrainian Coup Victoria Nuland; former Senator Joseph Lieberman; International Rescue Committee director David Miliband; Nebraska Republican Senator Ben Sasse; ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff; and Frank Wisner, Jr., a longtime U.S. diplomat with deep state ties and the son of Frank Wisner, Sr., the CIA’s original crafter of «fake news», CIA propaganda disguised as actual news.

And if Trump’s avid anti-globalist supporters believe that their president is «draining the swamp» of their bitterest of foes, they might be surprised that Pence and Mattis were in the company in Munich of Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild, Trilateral Commission deputy chairman Michael Fuchs, and global political troublemaker George Soros.

The third Trump administration of Pence, Mattis, and Tillerson signaled the world that the actual Trump administration, the one representing America’s «deep state», will continue to run the U.S. government. This is the part of the Trump administration that will continue to conspire with the world’s elite at places like Bilderberg, Davos, Bohemian Grove, Cernobbio, APEC, and G-7. Trump has not «drained the swamp» as he promised. He has merely joined the reptiles already in it. In fact, Eric and Donald Trump Jr., who now head up the Trump Organization, recently opened a luxurious Trump golf course in Dubai. That set the ground for a very amiable meeting at the G20 meeting in Bonn between Tillerson and his counterpart from the United Arab Emirates. The French have a saying for Trump’s «revolution» – «plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose» or «the more things change, the more they stay the same».

http://www.strategic-culture.org/news/2017/02/24/three-trump-administrations.html 

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pni_kDv9BsU 

Published on Feb 9, 2016

In this participatory session, you will learn how to tell when someone is lying. Really. As a former CIA Officer with more than 20 years of experience in interviewing, interrogation and polygraph examination, Susan has seen her share of truth avoiders. She has, in fact, developed behavioral screening programs that are used by the federal government. Don’t miss out on learning her methodologies in spotting deception.

Speaker:

Susan Carnicero, Author of Spy the Lie and founding partner, Qverity

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US Military Megacity Pacification and Assault Planning Videos (for educational purposes of course)

Posted on February 24, 2017 by willyloman

by Scott Creighton

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https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/location_reviews.png 

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https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrQ-wHKVi0JDWjQGcuoYnew 

[Ed.: I’ve caught up through Day 123; have you?.

If you need to go back to go forward, you can start at the bottom of investigative pointillism.]

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From 2008:

“U.S. warfighters are finding that human intelligence, or HUMINT, is more important than ever in the war on terrorism. The Defense HUMINT Management Office (DHMO) is working to produce new technologies to aid the warfighter in the quest for effective HUMINT collection and dissemination.

Trench coats have given way to optical collectors.

Intelligence technology research normally focused on electronics-related disciplines increasingly is being applied to improving human intelligence capabilities. These capabilities, which range from intelligence collection to distribution, define human intelligence activities in the war on terrorism.

Human intelligence, or HUMINT, is increasing in importance as allied forces in Iraq and Afghanistan deal with terror networks moving about the general populace. Preventing attacks on innocent civilians in Southwest Asia as well as the West may depend on being able to gather information using HUMINT assets and techniques.

The U.S. Defense Department has organized its Defense HUMINT Management Office (DHMO) to support HUMINT operators in the field. Much of this support includes tapping conventional and nontraditional sources for technologies that aid HUMINT collection, processing and dissemination.

Drew Bewick is the chief of technology tradecraft at the DHMO. Bewick’s office represents the HUMINT elements in the military services, the combatant commands and the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). He is tasked with finding new HUMINT technologies and capabilities and speeding them to the field in the war on terrorism.

“To win this war on terrorism and to find people, HUMINT is first among equals,” Bewick declares.

The DHMO has four organizational pillars: plans and policies; operations and assessments; training, including training standards and career paths; and technology tradecraft. For its activities, the office has two focus areas. One is to develop key technologies that enable the department to penetrate difficult targets. The other is to integrate HUMINT data into the joint and coalition intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) picture. This requires correlating HUMINT data with that of signals intelligence (SIGINT), geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) and measurement and signatures intelligence (MASINT), for example. How the HUMINT data helps the commander in the field is a key criterion for generating the right knowledge, Bewick allows.

The DHMO is aiming to improve collection, processing and dissemination equally as it strives to apply technologies for better HUMINT. For example, Bewick relates that as DHMO personnel visit the commands in the field, they often find that HUMINT technology tool sets are nothing more than stubby pencils and paper. Even improving how HUMINT data is reported will have a major effect. “You didn’t see James Bond writing too many reports,” he analogizes. “Yet, HUMINTers in the Defense Department spend an awful lot of time writing reports.” Providing new capabilities to help them report data is vital to the success of HUMINT, he declares.

“If it were possible to develop only capabilities for HUMINT collectors in the field, that would be awesome—that would help them do their job of penetrating difficult targets,” he continues. “But equally, to help them share that data with whomever needs it is just as important.”

HUMINT comprises a broad spectrum of activities and data. The result is a story that often is in the form of textual information, Bewick offers. That may change as intelligence takes new forms. The office has established a limited partnership with In-Q-Tel (SIGNAL Magazine, April 2001) that Bewick describes as “terrific.” Through In-Q-Tel, the DHMO invested in the video game company Destineer, based in Plymouth, Minnesota. The DHMO is seeking modeling and simulation for teaching tactics, techniques and procedures, especially for integrating HUMINT data. Finding people involves social network analysis, but when HUMINT data is correlated with other data, the information that results is no longer textual.

The DHMO’s team works with In-Q-Tel and with partners in other corporations and government agencies to find the talent that can offer solutions to its technology needs. Many entrepreneurs have good ideas that the DHMO wants to leverage.

“What we really do is save the lives of good ideas,” he declares.

Bewick continues that his office wanted to adapt the In-Q-Tel approach to its own operating environment. So it added a venture capital model that focuses on understanding the warfighter. The DHMO formed working groups of a user board, and these groups are queried when the office encounters a potential solution. These users may offer a way of altering the innovative technology to make it more effective.

The DHMO’s efforts already have borne fruit. One technology that has been accelerated is the mobile immersive video-ground, or MID-G. It comprises a 360-degree full-motion video capability that can collect visual information from all directions simultaneously. Bewick offers that it helps with mission planning for attacking terrorist objectives. “There are places that we are asked to go to that are dangerous; we only want to go once and get as much information as we can. It is incredibly valuable, when operationalizing our human capabilities, to get an understanding of what it feels and looks like on the ground from the human perspective.

“You couldn’t do this before.”

The DHMO currently is testing MID-G and transferring it to the field. Bewick notes that the office has driven its commercial cost down by a factor of 10 in only eight months. He adds that for every dollar invested by the office through In-Q-Tel, anywhere from $8 to $11 are matched by the venture capital community. That sustainment by the commercial marketplace is vastly different from the traditional government contracting model, he points out.

 

Among the vital HUMINT technologies that the DHMO is speeding to the field are handheld Arabic-to-English translation devices.

Another key technology comes from Palantir Technologies Incorporated, Palo Alto, California. The founders of this company are the original developers of PayPal, the online payment system acquired by eBay. Having developed algorithms to detect fraud, they have been asked by the DHMO to develop a means to discover information about a social network—largely to help find people.

This touches upon the vitally important task of understanding network threats. It encompasses how people are connected and through what kind of structures, as well as how a group stays cohesive.

On a more esoteric level, some technology basic research can lead to improvements in HUMINT collection capabilities. One important area is microfluidic lenses. Imagery collection, from ubiquitous picture cell phones to specialized advanced sensing systems, largely uses mechanical lenses. A small microfluidic lens can change its shape to be telescopic and zoom in on a distant object. The DHMO has found several companies working on this technology, which may first emerge commercially in picture cell phones.

But an emerging technology need not have an immediate battlefield impact to serve the defense HUMINT community. “Our measure of success is not that everything we make an investment in has a high mission impact,” Bewick offers. “If it were, my concern would be that we were not setting ourselves up for the next conflict.

“So the metric I have is that 50 percent of our portfolio should be high mission impact, and 50 percent of our portfolio should involve taking some risks. Our CENTCOM [U.S. Central Command] executors don’t want to hear what we’ll be giving them two years from now; they want to know what we have that will help them now. But the hypothesis is that while we have to do that, we also have to get ready for the next kinds of challenges that we will have to face,” he concludes.

Among the risky technologies is identity management. Bewick cites the need for a mobile DNA fingerprinting capability to ensure proper identification of terrorists among innocents. This can make the difference between detaining a terrorist and inadvertently freeing one.

Not all technologies involve laboratory technologies. Bewick observes that operators using HUMINT databases can benefit from knowledge discovery search engines that turn up vital information. The DHMO has worked with Endeca Technologies Incorporated, Cambridge, Massachusetts—which is an In-Q-Tel company that has a guided navigation capability used by Walmart.com and BarnesandNoble.com—to develop a search capability for finding information already collected. It already has been adopted by the DIA, he notes. “You see knowledge immediately,” he explains. “This has been remarkably powerful, and we are moving it out to the field.”

The DHMO’s technology tradecraft office also has an objective to operationalize HUMINT. This will require synchronizing HUMINT activities, which is a capability that is lacking today. A synchronization matrix capability must be developed to correlate with other intelligence so that a commander in the field can see the time frame for earliest value and least value for intelligence. This has been attained for other intelligence disciplines, but it has not been achieved for HUMINT. The DHMO is accelerating its development, and Bewick is hopeful that this will produce some capability next year.

With the DHMO’s focus on operators in the field, the near-term technology that is most prominent on the office’s radar is communications. Bewick notes a sense of urgency for near person-to-person links or over-the-horizon connectivity. Interoperability is a must, which affects whether other government communications technologies can be transferred to defense HUMINT.

For the longer term, nanotechnology looms large in potential HUMINT applications. The mobile DNA fingerprinting capability, for example, could be optimized by nanotechnologies. Other biometric technologies as well as communications could benefit. The DHMO also is investing in alternative power sources, Bewick relates.

The other focus area, data integration, is no less important than technology-driven collection. “Our challenge is to convert data into knowledge rapidly,” Bewick says. “Given what we’re asked to do, we must integrate human intelligence data like we never did before.” This requires joint and coalition ISR interoperability. HUMINT now is being integrated into the Global Information Grid (GIG). So, the DHMO is emphasizing the need to plan for HUMINT data in building the GIG. As Joint Intelligence Operations Centers are emerging at the theater level (SIGNAL Magazine, October 2005, page 44), the office must integrate human data at that level. This supplements existing data integration efforts at joint task force level and below.

“Our mission is from tactical to national,” Bewick says. “We take a departmental level view, not only of the research and development effort but also of the interoperability picture for the department.”

This effort also sends the office to other government agencies to determine how they would use HUMINT data. Bewick cites the Joint Improvised Explosive Device (IED) Defeat Organization, which is designed to overcome IEDs. The DHMO is determining whether it can contribute its own science and technology or add its data to be integrated with other intelligence data.

“What we find ourselves doing is building bridges,” he says. “We are trying to bridge this valley of death where we are finding [that] technologies are dying on the vine.” Many organizations develop technologies and capabilities in their science and technology elements that reach a certain stage but progress no further. The DHMO has “boots on the ground” and communities reaching out to these other organizations.

The office has established a JointDefensewideHUMINTInnovationCenter structure that is based on finding technologies and capabilities developed among businesses or other government organizations. This portfolio management approach is based on “the serendipity of finding what has been developed elsewhere for the end user who says, ‘I need it, I’ll do an operational test of it, I’ll even commit to putting it in my POM [program objective memorandum] if you can get it to me right now.’ That’s kind of the value add that we have,” Bewick states.

 

The DHMO is embedding support personnel at select commands and agencies—such as those that are adept at tagging, communications or data management— who can transfer solutions to the field. Combined with user groups, these experts can help speed new technologies to the operator.

Bewick relates that recently the I Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF) in Iraq sent the DHMO an urgent-need statement for language translation capabilities. Within 24 hours, the office and its partners tapped existing expertise to provide the MEF with a solution that came with operational instruction on how to use the capability. The user never knew that this capability existed and was obtainable off the shelf until the DHMO provided it.

The DHMO established a Defense Department tradecraft technology board in March 2005, and it included representatives from the combatant commands, the DIA and the military services. The office asked this board to define the most critical challenges facing HUMINT operatives in the field. While this query was framed in a technology perspective, it emerged in a capability perspective.

The DHMO compared those responses, and when a similar—hence a joint—problem was apparent, the office made it a DHMO problem set. A total of nine problem sets were established, including biometrics, tagging, communications, language translation, data management, remote sensing and novel power sources.

For integrating HUMINT data and sharing information, the undersecretary of defense for intelligence asked the office to establish a HUMINT integrated product team (IPT) under the Distributed Common Ground Surface System, which is the collection system for intelligence at joint task force and below. Bewick chairs this HUMINT IPT, which also includes representatives from the services and the commands.

Among the points that emerged from these two efforts was that the DHMO would take a portfolio management approach to these targeted areas. So, the DHMO established two paths. In one would go capabilities that the department already does well but can do better. The other would comprise capabilities that are not done or are not done well today but that must be available in the next few years. Among these are biometrics and person location through a social network, Bewick offers. The office is issuing its first Defense Department HUMINT metadata standards, which are emerging in part from work performed with SAIC at the JointDefensewideHUMINTInnovationCenter. People who need to find HUMINT will be able to generate a user-defined operating picture. “Our measure for interoperability will be to make HUMINT data accessible, visible, available to whomever has a need for it wherever they are [and] whenever they need it,” Bewick declares.

The DHMO also established its own metric for determining whether an innovation is worthy of investment. This metric entails assessing the return on intelligence based on a predictive mission impact measure. Bewick explains that the DHMO frames it in terms of values and risk tradeoff.

The values it keys on are military advantage; end-user urgency or enthusiasm, especially where users have requested this type of innovation or have existing related programs of record; jointness, particularly whether there is more than one user among the services and the commands; and strategic policy alignment.

For risk assessment, the office considers operational risk. If someone uses a capability, might it fail and result in friendly fatalities? The office seeks to determine the effects if it does not work as well as its defined uncertainty. Another risk involves the defense infrastructure—will it require considerable changing? A solution must be compatible—and interoperable—with the existing infrastructure.

And, technological functional risk is an issue. A technology solution may require new unproven innovations. While this and the other issues weigh heavily in the decision, alone they do not necessarily determine the adoption of a solution, Bewick notes.

 

Web Resources

Destineer: www.destineerstudios.com

Palantir Technologies: www.palantirtech.com

Endeca: http://endeca.com

http://www.afcea.org/content/?q=defense-humint-needs-technology-too 

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THE DARK NEXUS OF MIND CONTROL AND ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

Published: January 30, 2015

Is Alice’s nightmare world becoming a reality? Note that Alice in Resident Evil is subjected to mind control and genetic manipulation by a secretive corporation that controls governments, the Umbrella Corp.

In researching the MK ULTRA programs and their various offshoots, I came across an interesting connection to the coming SmartGrid.  Under Dr. Ewan Cameron, a prison tracking device known as the Schwitzgebel Machine was utilized to monitor inmates locations, heart rate and other personal details that were reciprocally transmitted to the good doctors.  What comes to the fore is the similarity with the development of the Smartphone and its new capabilities for monitoring heart rate, health, etc., as well as basically anything else.  Is there a connection between mind control and the coming A.I. takeover?  While this may sound like the ultimate paranoiac tin foliage, I suspect more at work here.

In my analysis, the rollout of the great technological utopia we are being sold was not the result of mere organic market forces that competed to produce harder, better, faster and stronger products.  The average libertarian, for example, believes this deception, presuming the “invisible hand” of the market results in a natural advancement, while any other economic model retarded growth and “progress.”  On the contrary, much of the technological progress we have seen in the last few decades is not the result of independent, competing ideas, but is rather the strategically timed and intentional release of the military industrial tech complex, given to an idiot public for the purpose of long term enslavement and depopulation.

The connection to MK ULTRA arises in relation to experiments with jc manipulation which I have already highlighted in regard to Dr. Michael Aquino and his infamous essay, “From PSYOP to MindWar: The Psychology of Victory,” where the combination of ELF/VLF and various RF manipulation is discussed in detail towards the end.  A Nexus Magazine article “Techniques Used by Governments for Mind Control,” by Sid Taylor outlines the RF experimentation in the MK programs:

“MK ULTRA SUBPROJECT-68

This was Dr. Cameron’s ongoing “attempts to establish lasting effects in a patient’s behaviour” using a combination of particularly intensive electroshock, intensive repetition of prearranged verbal signals, partial sensory isolation, and repression of the driving period carried out by inducing continuous sleep for seven to ten days at the end of the treatment period. During research on sensor deprivation, Cameron experimented with the use of Curare, (the deadly poison used by South American Indians to tip their arrow heads), to immobilise his patients.

After one test he noted: “Although the patient was prepared by both prolonged sensory isolation (35 days) and by repeated depatterning, and although she received 101 days of positive driving, no favourable results were obtained.” Patients were regularly treated with hallucinogenic drugs, long periods in the “sleep room”, and testing in the Radio Telemetry Laboratory that was built by Rubinstein under Dr. Cameron’s direction. Here, patients were exposed to a range of RF and electromagnetic signals and monitored for changes in behaviour. It was later stated by other staff members who had worked at the Institute that not one patient sent to the Radio Telemetry Lab showed any signs of improvement afterwards.”

When we consider the intersect with drug experimentation, the cocktail of brainwashing, “imprinting” and RF frequency technology becomes clear as something engineered by design.  Taylor continues, echoing something akin to a mondo Faces of Death flick:

“There were an enormous number of MKUltra operations. The project farmed out work to eighty institutions, of which forty-four were colleges or universities, fifteen research facilities or private companies, twelve hospitals and three prisons. The estimated total cost of the operation was 10-25 million dollars.

Prisoners were used in experiments conducted at the California Medical Facility in Vacaville State Prison by Dr. James Hamilton. Funded by another chain of front organisations, Dr. Hamilton conducted “clinical testing of behavioural control materials.” In New Jersey, testing was conducted by Dr. Carl Pfieffer at the Borden Reformatory, on similar materials. At Holmesburg State Prison in Philadelphia volunteers were used to test a particularly violent incapacitating drug. Around the same time as these tests were being conducted by the CIA the US Army initiated two projects, THIRD CHANCE and DERBY HAT. They conducted experiments both home and abroad, and at one time the New York State Psychiatric Institute was conducting research under contract to the Army. Between 1955 and 1958 the Army also tested LSD on 1,000 volunteer US servicemen at Fort Bragg and the Army’s Chemical Warfare Laboratories at Edgewood….

In this MKSearch sub-project the isolation chamber that had been constructed earlier by Dr. Cameron at the Allan Memorial Institute was rebuilt at a laboratory of the National Institutes of Mental Health. This time, instead of humans, apes were to be subjected to a cruel combination of treatments. After first being lobotomised, the animals were kept in total isolation. The radio telemetry techniques developed earlier by Leonard Rubenstein were adapted so that radio frequency energy could be beamed into the brains of the highly disturbed animals. Many were then decapitated and their heads would be transplanted onto another body to see if the RF energy would bring them back to life. The apes that were not killed in this way were later bombarded with radio waves until they fell unconscious. Autopsies revealed that their brain tissue had literally been fried. These experiments were conducted around 1965/66, so it is a frightening reality that it is around 25 years since intelligence agencies covertly started experimenting with the use of radiated energy to control behavior….

THE SCHWITZGEBEL MACHINE

After consultation with the DCI, Richard Helms, Dr. Gottlieb hired the former director of the Agency’s Office of Scientific Intelligence, Dr. Stephen Aldrich, and set him up in a safe house where a KGB defector had recently been interrogated and tortured continuously for almost three years, so that he could experiment with a device known as the Schwitzgebel Machine. This was a ‘Behavioural Transmitter-Reinforcer’ (BT-R) fitted to a body belt that received signals from, and transmitted signals to, a radio module. The machine was “linked to a missile tracking device which graphs the wearer’s location and displays it on a screen.” It was developed by Ralph K. Schwitzgebel in the Laboratory of Community Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. [ https://www.abebooks.com/book-search/author/schwitzgebel-ralph/ ]His brother, Robert, subsequently modified the prototype into a more refined final product. The machine drew enthusiastic praise from criminologists who were supportive of ORD’s concepts for the intelligence techniques of the new world order. [ https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3508334-psychotechnology-electronic-control-of-mind-and-behavior ]

On December 10th 1972, Helmes cancelled Operation Often. The memo sent to Dr. Gottlieb to notify him was marked READ DESTROY. Dr Gottlieb resigned from the agency in January 1973. Before he left he was ordered by Helmes to shred all records from MKUltra – MKSearch.

130 boxes would later be discovered in the Langley archives that inexplicably, Dr Gottlieb had failed to destroy. It was thought that the records had been misfiled and would have been destroyed if Helms and Gottlieb had been aware of them.”

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With all that madness in mind, when we consider the Smartphone, we see a device that utilizes RF and tracks your every move, desire and taste, with all of that data being transferred to mysterious third parties which are sold and stored in vast data centers around the globe.  In line with JC Collins’ thought, as well as NSA whistleblower William Binney, I have opined that this is all being stored with the intent of a global SmartGrid control system.  While it is true that one level competition between Silicon Valley tech companies may be permitted, the reality was elucidated years ago in former CIA operative Melissa Mahle’s 2004 autobiography, Denial and Deception: An Insider’s View of the CIA, where she explained the origins of In-Q-Tel:

“Rather than run a full in-house R&D program, Tenet authorized the directorate to create a technology-incubation organization, In-Q-Tel, to serve as an information technology portal from the private sector to the intelligence community…With an initial funding of 28.5 million in CIA funds, the venture focused on building productive relationships with small firms involved in IT innovation, In-Q-Tel concentrated on technologies that integrate Internet technology and applications to intelligence work, that develop new security and privacy technologies, and nurture data-mining technologies to take better advantage of the CIA’s vast storehouse of records, and modernize the CIA’s computer systems. (pg. 267)

In-Q-Tel was also instrumental in some other names you might recognize, like Google and Facebook.  James Corbett’s piece on this connection gives an excellent summary of these pseudo-free market firms:

For decades, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, has been the American governmental body tasked with conducting high-risk, high-payoff research into cutting edge science and technology. Responsible most famously for developing the world’s first operational packet switching network that eventually became the core of the Internet, DARPA tends to garner headlines these days for some of its more outlandish research proposals and is generally looked upon a a blue-sky research agency whose endeavours only occasionally bear fruit….

Two of the names that come up most often in connection with In-Q-Tel, however, need no introduction: Google and Facebook.

The publicly available record on the Facebook/In-Q-Tel connection is tenuous. Facebook received $12.7 million in venture capital from Accel, whose manager, James Breyer, now sits on their board. He was formerly the chairman of the National Venture Capital Association, whose board included Gilman Louie, then the CEO of In-Q-Tel. The connection is indirect, but the suggestion of CIA involvement with Facebook, however tangential, is disturbing in the light of Facebook’s history of violating the privacy of its users….

Google’s connection to In-Q-Tel is more straightforward, if officially denied. In 2006, ex-CIA officer Robert David Steele told Homeland Security Today that Google “has been taking money and direction for elements of the US Intelligence Community, including the Office of Research and Development at the Central Intelligence Agency, In-Q-Tel, and in all probability, both the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Army’s Intelligence and Security Command.” Later that year, a blogger claimed that an official Google spokesman had denied the claims, but no official press statement was released.”

So what about my claims about the same strategic goal associating all of this with mind control?  You’ll note that much of the very secret covert work pertains to nanotechnology, cancer and producing human resistance to the radioactive effects of all of this frequency pollution.  According to Business Insider, CIA startups are intimately connected to WiFi R&D, as well as with transhumanist Bilderberg attendee, Peter Thiel, stating:

“We’ve talked about Palantir before and the impact it is having on the Army intelligence community.  What we didn’t go into as much was the fact that In-Q-Tel was an early investor in the technology on behalf of the Central Intelligence Agency.  Palantir makes software that integrates data together from a wide array of resources and databases.

It’s one of the best programs at coordinating the vast databases accumulated by the U.S. intelligence apparatus. It assembles comprehensive dossiers on objects of interest, collated from the sprawling databases of intelligence agencies.”

And Corbett makes this connect to nanotech and bio-engineering and biometrics, illustrating further the danger these corporate-government mergers represent (operating under the guise of being private sector):

“The In-Q-Tel website currently lists two “practice areas,” “Information and Communication Technologies” and “Physical and Biological Technologies.” The latter field consists of “capabilities of interest” such as “The on-site determination of individual human traits for IC purposes” and “Tracking and/or authentication of both individuals and objects.” In-Q-Tel also lists two areas that are “on its radar” when it comes to biotech: Nano-bio Convergence and Physiological Intelligence. Detailed breakdowns of each area explain that the intelligence community is interested in, amongst other things, self-assembling batteries, single molecule detectors, targeted drug delivery platforms, and sensors that can tell where a person has been and what substances he has been handling from “biomarkers” like trace compounds in the breath or samples of skin.”

Thus the intersect of advanced technology, intelligence agencies and mind control is not far-fetched.  The reality is, all of this is war gamed and planned for implementation by an establishment that long ago adopted the panopticism model of Jeremy Bentham and the Malthusian Royal Society.  The goals have nothing to do with creating a tech utopia for you and your progeny, where you will fly off to floating moonbases and partake of Elysium-style healing machines with Matt Damon.

The same establishment that is publicly determined to destroy humanity en masse and implement the A.I. kill grid is rolling out their designs even faster than we “conspiracy theorists” expected!  In fact, this week mainstream news is reporting that IBM’s Watson, the famed Jeopardy-playing A.I. bot will play a role in determining health care!

Forbes writes, trying to dissuade fears of the bots making the decision on your care, but this ignores an important fact – the article itself touts Watson’s superiority to human decision making, which will inevitably lead to the conclusion the bots are a better option than the human, and on top of that, the establishment interested in fostering all this are committed to dysgenics (not actually eugenics), which is the destruction of the human genome:

“Watson has made huge strides in its medical prowess in two short years. In May 2011 IBM had already trained Watson to have the knowledge of a second-year medical student. In March 2012 IBM struck a deal with Memorial Sloan Kettering to ingest and analyze tens of thousands of the renowned cancer center’s patient records and histories, as well as all the publicly available clinical research it can get its hard drives on. Today Watson has analyzed 605,000 pieces of medical evidence, 2 million pages of text, 25,000 training cases and had the assist of 14,700 clinician hours fine-tuning its decision accuracy. Six “instances” of Watson have already been installed in the last 12 months.”

If you played Nintendo in the 80s like I did as a kid, you’ll recall Mother Brain, the ill-tempered A.I. behemoth from Metroid.

Metroid was actually far more accurate in its description of the actual “Mother” that is being erected and sold as a sexy Scarlett Johansson (as in Spike Jonze’s Her).  Mother Brain, like the Red Queen in Resident Evil and Skynet in Terminator is given a distinctly feminine quality because she functions as a synthetic anima mundi.  The system is selling her as sexy, but I assure you, this is anything but. [See https://qz.com/911681/we-tested-apples-siri-amazon-echos-alexa-microsofts-cortana-and-googles-google-home-to-see-which-personal-assistant-bots-stand-up-for-themselves-in-the-face-of-sexual-harassment/ ]

This week the BBC is reporting that a Swedish firm is offering employees to be RF microchipped, and the wage slaves willingly complied.  I have highlighted the microchipping plan as something decades old, which shows the rollout of all this is clearly planned years in advance and is not an organic market development.  It is with the microchip that we can see the clear connection between the mind control programs of MK ULTRA and the rise of the A.I. grid, as well as the mind control of marketing employed in selling everyone on this trap.  As I outlined in numerous previous analyses (and here), when we consider the T Phage nanotech the Royal Society finds appealing,  one wonders if the T Virus and the Red Queen aren’t real, and out for blood.

http://www.blacklistednews.com/The_Dark_Nexus_of_Mind_Control_and_Artificial_Intelligence 

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The audio of Wednesday night’s 9/11 and Other Deep State Crimes Teleconference is available here:

http://houston911truth.net/audio/22217.mp3

It features, amoing other things, a presentation by Doug Valentine a definitive study of the infamous “Phoenix Program,” responsible for the deaths of so many innocent victims in Vietnam but, according to Doug, refined and used as a template ever since in various forms. That book and this excellent article in Thursday’s Huffington Post provides readers a good sense of Doug’s work and influence.

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Published on Feb 22, 2017

The next gen of vaccine horror is here. You better pay EXTREMELY close attention to this conversation. ‘Science’ has announced that vaccines are moving away from traditional formats and will now be composed of viruses that will carry entirely new forms of DNA right into your cells where they will REPLACE or join your body’s existing, God-given NATURAL DNA with this new SYNTHETIC DNA. This new DNA will allegedly confirm protection on you from various viruses that each new DNA type is created to kill. However, this new virus-delivered  SYNTHETIC DNA can be created to do almost ANYTHING to you…permanently and forever. This fake DNA can CHANGE ANY PART OF YOUR BEING…from intellectual and emotional processes to all physical traits that are created and regulated by our natural DNA. We are entirely governed by our birth DNA but soon, according to one scientist, ‘EVERYONE WILL HAVE SYNTHETIC DNA.’ We are talking about ABSOLUTE CONTROL of the human species through synthetic, DNA. This is a monumentally important video.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7aMlMs-51Y 

[45 minutes]

investigative pointillism?

investigative pointillism?

We live in a world that is basted regularly in the electric media which, given a shortened attention span on the part of its viewers, must elevate and conflate in order to keep you tuned in — http://www.inquisitr.com/3916823/lena-nersesian-sex-tape-photos-video-of-youtube-star-lena-the-plug-go-viral-after-her-promise-to-fans/  — so you’ll buy the messages and the content and the Kool-Aid. 

[I wonder how many people are aware of the patented technology for the transmission of silent sound in HD TV transmissions. What are they whispering into our subconsciousness by opening our built-in filter door with brain-wave technologies?]

So when Sports Illustrated uses the already-controversial New England Patriots (because the franchise and its QB are the chosen target of the NFL) to bash Donald Trump some more—  http://www.si.com/nfl/2017/01/24/tom-brady-donald-trump-friendship-electionif you want to know more about Time, Inc., the folks who own SI, then read Kris Millegan’s “Fleshing Out Skull and Bones” and George Michael Evica’s “A Certain Arrogance” (especially the part about C. D. Jackson and Time’s role in the cover-up of the assassination of the man who gave a speech warning the press about “a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies on covert means for expanding its sphere of influence”  —  it becames necessary to throw some cold water on your face in the hopes that you will snap out of your stupor

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‘Scientology knock-off’: Whistleblower exposes ‘cult’ that thinks ‘children are sexy’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Published time: 25 Jan, 2017 09:26

Edited time: 25 Jan, 2017 13:45

“… Speaking exclusively to RT, one ex-Accessory, known here as Jane, says the group “programs its members to think like robots.” She says Access works to change its members’ “points of references” on ingrained ideas around sex, intimacy and family.

Members who ask too many questions can be rebuked, Jane says.

“You are trapped and you are afraid to say anything that is seen as judgement of Access.

“It is very clever how it is done. Because it’s not like any other ‘cult’ but it is mind control, very much mind control, and it’s very much, ‘Do as I tell you although I’m not telling you.’”

“People think that they are free, but mentally they are not free.”….”

More in this long, multi-video, multi-media article:

https://www.rt.com/uk/375002-access-consciousness-scientology-cult/ 

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George Orwell Explains How “Newspeak” Works, the Official Language of His Totalitarian Dystopia in 1984

in Literature| January 25th, 2017

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7Pkcg3DdOY 

 

As we noted yesterday, and you likely noticed elsewhere, George Orwell’s classic dystopian novel 1984 shot to the top of the charts—or the Amazon bestseller list—in the wake of “alternative facts,” the latest Orwellian coinage for bald-faced lying. The ridiculous phrase immediately produced a barrage of parodies, hashtags, and memes; healthy ways of venting rage and disbelief. But maybe there is a danger there too, letting such words sink into the discourse, lest they become what Orwell called “Newspeak.”

It’s easy to hear “Newspeak,” the “official language of Oceania,” as “news speak.” This is perfectly reasonable, but it gives us the impression that it relates strictly to its appearance in mass media. Orwell obviously intended the ambiguity—it is the language of official propaganda after all—but the portmanteau actually comes from the words “new speak”—and it has been created to supersede “Oldspeak,” Orwell writes, “or Standard English, as we should call it.”

In other words, Newspeak isn’t just a set of buzzwords, but the deliberate replacement of one set of words in the language for another. The transition is still in progress in the fictional 1984, but is expected to be completed “by about the year 2050.” Students of history and linguistics will recognize that this is a ludicrously accelerated pace for the complete replacement of one vocabulary and syntax by another. (We might call Orwell’s English Socialists “accelerationsts.”) Newspeak appears not through history or social change but through the will of the Party.

The purpose of Newspeak was not only to provide a medium of expression for the world-view and mental habits proper to the devotees of Ingsoc, but to make all other modes of thought impossible.

It’s entirely plausible that “alternative facts,” or “altfacts,” would fit right into the “Ninth and Tenth Editions of the Newspeak Dictionary,” though it might easily fall out of favor and “be suppressed later.” No telling if it would make the cut for “the final, perfected version” of Newspeak, “as embodied in the Eleventh Edition of the Dictionary.”

These quotations come not from the main text of 1984 but from an appendix called “The Principles of Newspeak,” which you can hear read at the top of the post. Here, Orwell dispassionately discusses the “perfected” form of Newspeak, including its grammatical “peculiarities,” such as “an almost complete interchangeability between different parts of speech” (an issue current translators have encountered). He then introduces its vocabulary, divided into “three distinct classes,” A, B, and C.

The A class contains “everyday life” words that have been mutated with cumbersome prefixes and intensifiers: “uncold” for warm, “pluscold and doublepluscold” for “very cold” and “superlatively cold.” The B class contains the compound words: sinister doublethink coinages like “joycamp (forced-labor camp)” and “Minipax (Ministry of Peace, i.e. Ministry of War).” These, Orwell explains, are similar to “the characteristic features of political language… in totalitarian countries” of the early 20th century.

The citizen of Oceana, Orwell tells us, must have “an outlook similar to that of the ancient Hebrew who knew, without knowing much else, that all nations other than his own worshipped ‘false gods’…. His sexual life, for example, was entirely regulated by the two Newspeak words sexcrime (sexual immorality) and goodsex (chastity).” The latter included only “intercourse between man and wife, for the sole purpose of begetting children, and without physical pleasure on the part of he woman: all else was sexcrime.

The C class of words may be the most insidious of all. While it “consisted entirely of scientific and technical terms” that “resembled the scientific terms in use today,” the Party took care “to define them rigidly and strip them of undesirable meanings.” For example,

There was no vocabulary expressing the function of Science as a habit of mind, or a method of thought irrespective of its particular branches. There was, indeed, no word for ‘Science,’ any meaning that it could possibly bear being already sufficiently covered by the word Ingsoc.

Orwell then goes on to discuss the difficulty of translating the work of the past into Newspeak. He uses as an example the Declaration of Independence: “All mans are equal was a possible Newspeak sentence,” but only in that “it expressed a palpable untruth—i.e. that all men are of equal size, weight, or strength.” As for the rest of Thomas Jefferson’s rousing preamble, “it would have been quite impossible to render this into Newspeak,” writes Orwell. “The nearest one could come to doing so would be to swallow the whole passage up in the single word crimethink.”

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REVERSE ENGINEERING: THE (INFORMATION) REBELLION’S ONLY ROAD TO VICTORY

Posted by   IRIS HQ   |   Categories :   Rebel News

IRIS · ir-is.org · January 28, 2017

Here’s how you can not win a war against a propaganda and war machine that can rely on endless supplies of funding and resources:

First. You can’t win from within. You can’t change the system on the inside. It was built to operate the way it does now. So any attempt to install a new president – for instance – who is allegedly on the side of the people makes great content for bedtime stories – but nothing more.

Second. You can’t be posting your great ideas in public forums and in online discussions on social media websites and networks. It doesn’t work like that. Any such communication will result in the co-opting of your idea and your following. You don’t give the specific details of any strategy or technique that you have. You keep it secret or at least communicate about it away from public eyes. Email at least puts a layer of secrecy, although not an ideal solution when you are planning to take down an entire government for instance. Although governments HAVE been toppled largely through Twitter messaging. Lessons have been learned from that since at least 2009 during OP Iran.

Here’s how you CAN win:

You build a new society. Parallel with today’s global civilization. You limit or ban altogether any links with it. For instance, you do not connect your banking system with SWIFT or VISA or MasterCard and so on. This is one of the reasons why Bitcoin and all other similar crypto currencies will never be truly decentralized and independent. Any real crypto currency that seeks unconditional autonomy for the people MUST stay away from the central banks and all the currencies that these banks print. The same goes for any other branch of your new and parallel society. You HAVE TO keep it sterile. Allowing even one gateway into your new system – your new society – will render it compromised eventually. All of this is, however, pretty much contemplating about an utopia since a completely detached new society would have to be started away from the internet, which  would seriously limit the number of people who would know about it or can contribute to it. Although there are options available that keep this utopia a potential and not an impossibility.

Setting the former aside for now, since we are going to be locked within the current system anyway for many years more, there is a way that we can tip the balance of justice in our favor.

There is a way we too  – as a rebellion – can actually perpetually exist and be victorious at least as many times and to at least the same extents as the powers that want to be, instead of constantly losing battles and losing ground as has been happening during the past decades. During which the international rebellion has effectively been reduced to, relatively, a handful of pockets of resistance that never work together as a destructive force of nature. The potential is there though. It has just never been utilized to its full capacities.

The key to both that new parallel system, as described above, and a successful rebellion is reverse engineering.

We have to reverse engineer our current society and we have to reverse engineer the powers that want to be and their power structure and information and hot war arsenals.

Their system is all around us. Their news and entertainment media. Their internet. Their banking. Their military. Their clans and their dynasties. Their schools. Their governments. Their taxes. Their industry. Their rules. Their history. Their future.

What about OUR news and entertainment media? OUR internet. OUR banking. OUR military. OUR clans and OUR dynasties. OUR schools. OUR governments. OUR taxes. OUR industry. OUR rules. OUR history. OUR future.

Reverse engineering on this scale is of course an enormous task that we would put on our shoulders but it is the only way forward for us if we are even remotely serious about what we are doing and saying as a rebellion.

Reverse engineering an entire society and propaganda and war machine is what we must do. It can be done.

They have spent hundreds of years crafting their oppressive system so it will at least take the same time and double the efforts from us to merely counter theirs. Let alone topple and remove it altogether.

That is why we haven’t got a minute to waste. What are YOU waiting for?

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Recently at Occurrences, I noted the continuous updating of George Webb’s previously-noted video series on the saga of Eric Braverman; here’s the link to his channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrQ-wHKVi0JDWjQGcuoYnew

Note how he has changed the title as progress in research was made. 

Note too that he now updates his list of sources and his slides are archived here on at least an occasional new video.

Here’s a time-saving tip: Click on the wheel just to the right of “CC” and change the playback speed to 1.25x or even 1.5x. The speech is still understandable. 

The video noted in my recent news digest has been updated several times; the description of how the CIA harnesses religious groups can be seen historically in George Michael Evica’s book “A Certain Arrogance”.  The description — starting at the 14-minute mark — of the means for a slow and silent assassination technique was chilling. [See this as an example. ] 

I’m spent a good part of the weekend catching up with the series.

I went back six days to the end of day 90 for this demonstration of how he used a software package for collaboration to document things. He provides a mechanism for others to add content: 

https://trello.com/b/RMx1r5dG 

On Day 91 (Part 1), after the 8-minute mark, there are some dots connected, but here’s the question: Is this entire series by Webb a masterpiece of citizen investigation journalism in which he has taken dot-connecting to the level of pointillism? 

Some quotes:

“This is happening on a massive [industrial] scale.” 

“All this stuff got started in NATO.”

“This is not a Hillary witch hunt.”

“It’s all one thing….”

“We’re going in a bad direction….”

Day 91, part 3 puts teddy bears in a new category.

“This is a blood network…”  “There’s always a big move that covers a small move.” 

Day 91, part 3 puts costume in a new category.

Day 92(1): Ehud Barak ties to Epstein’s island… 

Day 92(2): Was “invasion by disaster” what happened during Katrina? 

Here’s the discussion on Team Rubicon.

Was the flyover used of incapacitating agent first tested during the infamous le pain maudit” event that was linked to the death of Olson?

From 8:05 through 14:00, an explanation of Palantir, the tracking of “quantum dots” by satellite… 

Is the same “eye of God” mentioned at the end of 92(2) the same “eye of God” that is being fitted into F35 jet aircraft?

Day 92(3): Is the multi-phase process what is envisioned for the military troops being assembled on the borders of Russia?

Day 92(4): He explains that the numbering system he uses has been changed by someone else.

Day 93(2): Sanctuary cities?

Here I jumped ahead. but I will go back and fill in the gaps.

Day 97(2):  Homan Square? Mining. 

Day 97(3): Last summary to date. Chicago, Boston, Baltimore, Philadelphia named as future centers for organ harvesting. [The same cities that have seen urban riots in the past?]

 

 

Update: 

George Webb has a great series where he’s figured out what’s actually going on. This is part 8 of “cliff notes” on George Webb’s video series. This is my attempt to drink from the firehose of George Webb’s material by taking notes on it. https://www.reddit.com/r/conspiracy/comments/5qsubd/part_8_cliff_notes_on_george_webbs_series/

Here are previous versions:

algocracy

algocracy

Algorithm warfare is literally everywhere nowadays yet most people haven’t got the slightest idea what is going on or what they are being exposed to.

Most of us can relate to Allan Weisbecker’s example of how Yahoo mail served him an ‘associated’ advertisement when one day he mentioned “walking the dog” as he wrote an email.

“This one came up as I was signing ‘allan.’ 

Coincidence? Pu-lease. My point is the lightning speed with which Yahoo’s algorithm worked. Like two seconds was all it took to analyze ‘walking the dog’ then nail me with a dog-related ad – what shocked me was the speed, considering all the cyber-details that had to go through the system. This is what Yahoo uses on a casual daily basis. Imagine the algorithm NSA has grinding away at Fort Meade, to keep track of what you’re thinking and doing.”

More:

http://ir-is.org/2017/01/23/algorithm-warfare-when-ad-slots-become-weaponized-information-windows/ 

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two rival swarms of critters wage a non-stop war for the space

source of featured image: http://www.cellfighter.com/conway-life-screensaver.html

music:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0nAsk7cwZBk

The Algorithm of Jazz @Yale: Matt Griffith ’14 performs Artie Shaw Concerto for Clarinet

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“… The reality is that the gap between mainstream and alternative media outlets has artificially been reduced by co-opting the alternative media and their audiences. Countless examples of this exist. At least 9 out of 10 alt media outlets are pretty much carbon copies of each other and have during the last 5 years been putting their weight behind government policies that would have been exposed and debunked years earlier.

For instance, the false war on islam terror is widely accepted now by guys like Alex Jones, Steve Quayle and Doug Hagmann. All of them are also buying into and spreading other zionist scams, lies and propaganda fluff. For sure these characters are the best of all to put on mainstream news broadcasts – where they belong. They go into suicidal funks when they can parrot Netanyahu’s insane waffling.

The conditioning was, it now seems, planned to climax all along when a type like Trump came into the White House. It is also at this very moment that all of this is being suggested right as zionist puppet Trump is “reshaping” the press room in Washington. How convenient. Likely the NSA algorithms didn’t see this one coming. Riiiight….

Shockingly, well – not really, Hodges’ suggestions are greatly welcomed by his following, when we observe the feedback he gets for it.

Well folks, wish Dave Hodges good luck. Wish him a fruitful career at CNN, ABC or NBC because that’s where he is planning to apply.

It looks like they have come full circle at the transparent alternative media. What once was a platform or niche for alleged dissent has now officially turned into a mergers and acquisitions business model…..”

http://ir-is.org/2017/01/23/the-power-of-a-trump-deception-alternative-media-broadcaster-suggests-mainstream-media-should-survive-by-merging-with-alternative-media/ 

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music:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LSHZ_b05W7o (Daddy’s Car, three minutes)

a song composed by Artificial Intelligence – in the style of the Beatles 

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Hierarchical Temporal Memory algorithms for understanding asymmetric warfare

Conference Paper:  (PDF Available) April 2009

Abstract

There is a problem in combat modeling when it comes to accurately representing asymmetric warfare. The roots of this problem stem from the ways in which warfare has evolved over the last century from force-on-force combat to the network-centric warfare (NCW) that has emerged today in its most exemplary fashion in the Middle East, especially in the context of Joint Urban Operations (JUO). Therefore, this paper focuses on some of the previous attempts as a means to motivate the need for a new technique that understands the interactions on which an accurate representation of NCW rests. Given the difficulties of previous modeling attempts, this work then focuses on the profound impact that human behavior has on the modeling of NCW. Furthermore, with such attention to human behavior, the discussion of modeling NCW shifts to the human brain and its impact on behavior in such an environment. Thus the topic of this paper turns towards what results from neuroscience are useful for understanding NCW and how those facts can be translated into use on modern computers, via the use of hierarchical temporal memory (HTM) algorithms; finally, the inherent issues with such a task shall then be discussed.

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/224407873_Hierarchical_Temporal_Memory_algorithms__for_understanding_asymmetric_warfare 

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From the single desk of a startup hedge fund to the gilded halls of Goldman Sachs, computer code is now responsible for most of the activity on Wall Street.

AUTHOR: FELIX SALMON AND JON STOKES.

 DATE OF PUBLICATION: 12.27.10.

ALGORITHMS TAKE CONTROL OF WALL STREET

https://www.wired.com/2010/12/ff_ai_flashtrading/ 

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https://www.yahoo.com/news/cyberwarfare-isis-blow-global-finance-152124337.html?ref=gs 

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music:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cbb08ifTzUk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cbb08ifTzUk 

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https://britcruise.files.wordpress.com/2010/03/emotionmap_expression.jpg 

https://consumerist.com/2016/10/17/sony-algorithm-will-compose-new-music-based-on-songs-you-like/ 

https://consumerist.com/2016/10/17/sony-algorithm-will-compose-new-music-based-on-songs-you-like/ 

http://algorithmicjazz.com/p5js/jazz_1/windex.html 

http://algorithmicjazz.com/p5js/coj/cojindex.html A jazz melody algorithm. Click, hold, and move the cursor around on the screen.

http://algorithmicjazz.com/p5js/ct4/windex.html 

source of image:

https://britcruise.com/2010/05/31/strategy-for-emotion-control-in-an-algorithmic-music-composition-engine/ 

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Page created January 20, 2017 – Last updated January 24, 2017

Algorithm warfare is a very complex topic that needs to be introduced to the world, not the least due to the present and future dangers that it poses.

Algorithm warfare includes more than just the deployment of analytical, defensive and conditioning or offensive (hostile) algorithms by commercial entities and government agencies. It is also about constantly creating floods of fresh mineable data; analyzing, exploiting and manipulating financial markets, perceptions and public opinions; and the eventual creation and deployment of self-perpetuating loops of algorithmic artificial intelligences that can steer a planetary populace on autopilot.

Although the basic concept of algorithms is understood by the general public, the advances and potential capabilities in the field are far less understood. It is therein that the dangers lay.

In our introductory articles [1, 2, 3, 4] the concept of algorithm warfare has already been explained with practical examples but a clear overview of who and what the major players are for instance, who the centerpieces are if you will, had yet to be created.

This page will also serve that purpose, to list those involved directly and indirectly. The longer the list becomes the clearer the bigger picture will become on where algorithm warfare is coming from and where it is heading.

ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING

Enhanced PROMIS Contract (Inslaw)

Insider Trading 9/11: Substantial Profits in Financial Markets

http://ir-is.org/algorithm-warfare-in-the-21st-century/ 

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“Psychological warfare (PSYWAR), or the basic aspects of modern psychological operations (PSYOP), have been … used “to denote any action which is practiced mainly by psychological methods with the aim of evoking a planned psychological reaction in other people.” 

Various techniques are used, and are aimed at influencing a target audience’s value system, belief system, emotions, motives, reasoning, or behavior

It is used to induce confessions or reinforce attitudes and behaviors favorable to the originator’s objectives, and are sometimes combined with black operations or false flag tactics. 

It is also used to destroy the morale of enemies through tactics that aim to depress troops’ psychological states. 

Target audiences can be governments, organizations, groups, and individuals, and is not just limited to soldiers. 

Civilians of foreign territories can also be targeted by technology and media so as to cause an effect in the government of their country…..”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychological_warfare 

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https://warfareplugins.com/future-social-warfare-wordpress-plugin/ 

The co-founder & lead developer for Warfare Plugins is a WordPress enthusiast and U.S. Army Reserves Psychological Operations Sergeant.

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This article was published by Jeff Gates for Foreign Policy Journal on August 28, 2009.  It was included on the IRIS website because it provides a perspective that is completely in line with their algorithm warfare sensitization campaigns and it explains an aspect of it from a specific point of view that interlocks with our previous report titled “Israeli Intelligence Deploys New ‘Anti-Semitism’ Identification System“.

http://ir-is.org/2017/01/23/algorithm-warfare-how-israel-wages-game-theory-warfare/ 

“… Israeli game theorists operate not from the Center for Morality or the Center for Justice but from the Center for Rationality. As modeled by Zionist war planners, game theory is devoid of all values except one: the ability to anticipate—within an acceptable range of probabilities—how “the mark” will react when provoked. Thus we see the force-multiplier potential for those who wage war with well-planned provocations and well-timed crises.

Israeli behavior is often immoral and unjust but that does not mean it is irrational. For Colonial Zionists committed to the pursuit of an expansionist agenda, even murderous provocations are rational because the response can be mathematically modeled, ensuring the results are reasonably foreseeable. That alone is sufficient for a people who, as God’s chosen, consider it their right to operate above the rule of law.”

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“… already points to a future in which intelligence-gathering, assessment and military action, including the calculation of who can legally be killed, will largely be performed by machines based upon an ever-expanding database of aggregated information. As such, this transition to execution by algorithm is not simply a continuation of killing at ever greater distances inaugurated by the invention of the bow and arrow that separated warrior and foe, as many have suggested. [3] It is also a consequence of the ongoing automation of warfare, which can be traced back to the cybernetic coupling of Claude Shannon’s mathematical theory of information with Norbert Wiener’s wartime research into feedback loops and communication control systems. [4] As this new era of intelligent weapons systems progresses, operational control and decision-making are increasingly being outsourced to machines…..”

“…. When one poses the question, under what conditions is it morally acceptable to deliberately kill a human being, one is not, in this case, asking whether the law permits such an act for reasons of imminent threat, self-defence or even empathy for someone who is in extreme pain or in a non-responsive vegetative state. The moral register around the decision to kill operates according to a different ethical framework: one that doesn’t necessarily bind the individual to a contract enacted between the citizen and the state. Moral positions can be specific to individual values and beliefs whereas legal frameworks permit actions in our collective name as citizens contracted to a democratically elected body that acts on our behalf but with which we might be in political disagreement. ….”

https://www.radicalphilosophy.com/commentary/deadly-algorithms 

Click here to download the PDF of this item 

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JANUARY 19, 2016

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the most expensive weapons program ever, won’t justify its price tag by outmaneuvering other jets (it can’t), flying particularly fast, or even by carrying munitions in a stealthy bomb bay. Instead, the U.S. military is banking on an emerging technology called cognitive electronic warfare to give the jet an almost-living ability to sniff out new hard-to-detect air defenses and invent ways to foil them on the fly.

While the specifics of the jet’s electronic warfare, or EW, package remain opaque, scientists, program watchers and military leaders close to the program say it will be key to the jet’s evolution and its survival against the future’s most advanced airplane-killing technology. In short, cognitive EW is the most important feature on the world’s most sophisticated warplane…..

Read “interaction” in that context to mean the critical moment when an adversary, perhaps a single lowly radar operator, detects a U.S. military aircraft on a covert operation. That moment of detection is the sort of world-changing event that happens, literally, in the blink of an eye.

Just before the study came out, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, established the Adaptive Radar Countermeasures program to “enable U.S. airborne EW systems to automatically generate effective countermeasures against new, unknown and adaptive radars in real-time in the field.”

The goal: EW software that can perceive new waveforms and attacks as quickly and as clearly as a living being can hear leaves rustle or see a predator crouching in the distance, then respond creatively to the threat: can I outrun that? Can I fight it? Should I do anything at all? It’s a problem of artificial intelligence: creating a living intelligence in code….”

The full article is here:

http://www.defenseone.com/technology/2016/01/most-important-technology-f-35/125228/ 

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“What we’ve done with the 5th Generation [aircraft] is the computer takes all those sensory inputs, fuses it into information. The pilot sees a beautiful God’s eye view of what’s going on. […] It’s a stunning amount of information.”

—Gen. Mike Hostage, Commander, Air Combat Command, U.S. Air Force

https://www.f35.com/about/capabilities/electronicwarfare 

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Algocracy

Posted May 23, 2015 by Danny Crichton (@DannyCrichton), Contributor

“… Algorithms are not just determining who lives, but also who dies. The Defense Department, taking advantage of incredible advancements in autonomous technologies, is increasingly advocating for self-flying drones. The hope is that machine learning and better algorithms can reduce the human error in drone-based assassinations, potentially allowing these technologies to make the decision to shoot without human intervention.

Ever since the development of computers in the mid–20th century, algorithms have been used to increase business efficiency. Today, algorithms run our world. UPS and FedEx use algorithms to optimize the routes of its drivers, Procter & Gamble and Walmart use learning algorithms to ensure that sufficient products are on store shelves, and banks use algorithms not only for securities trading but also to predict cash flows…..”

“… There is an objective quality about the computer that is lacking in a human being, even though they are both ultimately political. It is just that the human seems political at the time the decision is made, while the algorithm was political when it was designed and implemented…..”

“… There is a belief that moving such decisions away from humans and into the machine-learning black box is the solution to many of our political problems. That is precisely wrong. We aren’t avoiding the politics of our decisions, but rather giving up human agency itself to allow the computer to make it for us. This is the fundamental difference between first and second generation algorithms.

Developing policies in our society is the forcing function to ensure that we come together, debate, and ultimately work toward a usable consensus on how we want our government to function. The more we give up on those sorts of arenas for debate, the more we will increasingly find that our society simply cannot work together whatsoever.

Algocracy?

Algorithms will not save us. They cannot make the decisions we have to make any easier, and in fact, can massively increase the level of polarization that takes place in our country. Using an algorithm in immigration to predict economic performance may sound like a way to avoid a hard debate about immigration, but that is precisely why it is so dangerous. Who exactly do we want to allow into our country? Computer code can’t make us content…..

I still believe that when the algorithms themselves are part of the political debate, we can increase the efficiency of government while also improving the lives of citizens.

Ultimately, we live with each other in a human society. We should never give up our seat at the table in order to allow the algorithms to just do their work. The data we allow them to use and the models we allow them to calculate should all be areas where humans have a voice. Our politicians need to see the algorithm as where politics is increasingly centered, and engage with them accordingly.”

https://techcrunch.com/2015/05/23/algocracy/

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QUESTION:

“HOW DOES ONE ARRIVE AT THE OFFICIAL FBI CODE NAME ‘PENTTBOM’ (PENTAGON/TWIN TOWERS BOMBING INVESTIGATION) WHEN ONLY AIRPLANES WERE USED TO DESTROY THE TWIN TOWERS AT THE WTC AND PARTIALLY THE FACADE OF THE PENTAGON? IN OTHER WORDS: HOW DOES ONE COME TO THE CONCLUSION THAT THE WORD ‘BOMBING’ MUST BE INCLUDED IN THIS PROMINENT CASE’S CODE NAME?”

For this occasion the comment section will be opened below. 

http://ir-is.org/2017/01/24/911-conspiracy-the-question-for-all-skeptics-and-inside-job-deniers/

landscape gardening (with new addenda)

 landscape gardening

I guess it’s a fantasy of mine, perhaps a quixotic aspect of my inexorable aging, that some form of collaborative effort could address the issues noted in the articles noted in this blog entry and the comments I added after I posted it.

They describe the recent (and ongoing?) battles between entrenched ideologies, mainstream media and the alternative media with regard to truth, truthiness, and fake news. 

I wrote to a few people about this idea and thought I’d write to a few more, but I decided to write this blog entry and then send them a link.  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=crkbFnAIz7U

Geoff Lowe – Bass

Pat Bitautas – Drums

Tom Tallman – Flugelhorn

Rich Moore – Tenor Saxophone 

My creeping paranoia tells me that Google saw to it that my e-mails were never delivered; my more realistic sense tells me that the recipients have been busy and pre-occupied with work, health, life and their own priorities, or perhaps that they were not quite ready to take on an entrenched authority that quite obviously has no problem killing people. I understand; such courage is difficult to summon.

I envisioned (fantasized about) some means of communicating across time and distance with an online meeting, symposium or teleconference that was devoted to strengthening the alternative media. (There are lots of technologies, including our own inherent ability to project thought to other people located far away.)  

There are probably several sub-sets of “breakouts” in some form of larger “meeting” that involve teaching and learning discernment, or how to tell “crap” from 18-karat fact and insight, or how to determine the validity, veracity and verifiability of information and sources. 

My own “crap detector” (as Hemingway called it) has been through a great deal on the last fifteen years and is probably due for some “detailing” and re-buffing. But I’ve assembled and posted files on information warfare and a lot of related topics. I’m a grizzle (or maybe grisly) veteran with scars, stripes, and a commendation or two. 

I mused about a group process that would not get bogged down, as so many do and have, in inertia, minutiae, interference or apathy, or become vulnerable to destruction from inside or outside. 

What I dreamt about (and be careful, for last night I dreamt about forgetting to go to an important job interview, though I’ve been disabled/retired for almost a decade) was the crossroads of investigative journalism, reality, high perception or awareness, and rhizomatic progression.

http://www.riponlandscapes.co.uk/images/laying-turf600.jpg

I saw an organized approach by many to 

  • develop a multi-media library that would teach about known methods of dissimulation, propaganda, information warfare, mind control, et al.;
  • build a toolchest that would enable individuals, groups and organizations to learn about methods used in legal research, archival research, and investigative journalism;
  • create a living database of media outlets that was fed by a cloud of information about their validity, authenticity, transparency and accountability.

I envisioned a process by which more and more people could get together to talk about and learn informational technologies, cybersecurity, media production skills, new methods for information dissemination (ex.: live-streaming), etc.

http://www.dfwchild.com/images/features/fw%20garden%20web%201.jpg

I envisoned a gathering that featured guest appearances by people like Wayne Madsen, Jon Rappaport, Kris Millegan, Joachim Hagopian, Wendy Painting (lonewolf research), and others. A list needs to be built of who has this kind of expertise so we can tap it, reward it, and replicate it. You can start by doing a search for tools for journalistic verification, and finding organizations devoted to the development of investigative journalists.  

https://media-cdn.tripadvisor.com/media/photo-s/02/ba/92/fb/coastal-maine-botanical.jpg

I envisioned a process and an organization that would direct, nurture and nourish this on an ongoing basis. 

We could call it the society of truth horticulture; it’s a form of landscape gardening. 

 

 

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“… These top notch open source web conferencing software tools are proof that you don’t need to pay a bundle to get the features and functions you need. Due to the fact that they are free, you can take the opportunity to try out a few and choose the best match for your eLearning team. Keep in mind that free does not always mean better, however. If you discover that the learning curve is just too steep for your eLearning team or online users, you may want to consider going with another tool that offers the features you need combined with a user-friendly interface, even if that means sacrificing some more advanced functions. ….

https://elearningindustry.com/top-6-open-source-web-conferencing-software-tools-elearning-professionals 

Want to get more information about the various video conferencing fee structures to choose from? Read the article The Insider’s Guide To Video Conferencing Pricing Models to learn about the most common pricing models that you should keep in mind when choosing your next virtual meeting tool.”

via

https://solari.com/blog/ 

neoliberal global war

neoliberal global war

The text below is an English summary of Prof. Michel Chossudovsky’s Presentation, National Autonomous University of Nicaragua, May 17, 2016. This presentation took place following the granting of a Doctor Honoris Causa in Humanities to Professor Chossudovsky by the National Autonomous University of Nicaragua (UNAN)

The original source of this article is Global Research

Copyright © Prof Michel Chossudovsky, Global Research, 2016

Neoliberalism and The Globalization of War. America’s Hegemonic Project

By Prof Michel Chossudovsky

Global Research, June 16, 2016

The world is at a dangerous crossroads.  The United States and its allies have launched a military adventure which threatens the future of humanity. Major military and covert intelligence operations are being undertaken simultaneously in the Middle East, Eastern Europe, sub-Saharan Africa, Central Asia and the Far East. The US-NATO military agenda combines both major theater operations as well as covert actions geared towards destabilizing sovereign states.

America’s hegemonic project is to destabilize and destroy countries through acts of war, covert operations in support of terrorist organizations, regime change and economic warfare. The latter includes the imposition of deadly macro-economic reforms on indebted countries as well the manipulation of financial markets, the engineered  collapse of national currencies, the privatization of State property, the imposition of economic sanctions, the triggering of inflation and black markets.

The economic dimensions of  this military agenda must be clearly understood. War and Globalization are intimately related. These military and intelligence operations are implemented alongside a process of economic and political destabilization targeting specific countries in all major regions of World.

Neoliberalism is an integral part of this foreign policy agenda. It constitutes an all encompassing mechanism of  economic destabilization. Since the 1997 Asian crisis, the IMF-World Bank structural adjustment program (SAP) has evolved towards a broader framework which consists in ultimately undermining national governments’ ability to formulate and implement national economic and social policies.

In turn, the demise of national sovereignty was also facilitated by the instatement of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 1995, evolving towards the global trading agreements (TTIP and TPP) which (if adopted) would essentially transfer state policy entirely into the hands of corporations. In recent years, neoliberalism has extend its grip from the so-called developing countries to the developed countries of both Eastern and Western Europe. Bankruptcy programs have been set in motion. Island, Portugal, Greece, Ireland, etc, have been the target of  sweeping austerity measures coupled with the privatization of key sectors of the national economy.

The global economic crisis is intimately related to America’s hegemonic agenda. In the US and the EU, a  spiralling defense budget backlashes on the civilian sectors of economic activity. “War is Good for Business”: the powerful financial groups which routinely manipulate stock markets, currency and commodity markets, are also promoting the continuation and escalation of the Middle East war. A worldwide process of impoverishment is an integral part of the New World Order agenda.

Beyond the Globalization of Poverty 

Historically, impoverishment of large sectors of the World population has been engineered through the imposition of IMF-style macro-economic reforms. Yet, in the course of the last 15 years, a new destructive phase has been set in motion. The World has moved beyond the “globalization of poverty”: countries are transformed in open territories,

State institutions collapse, schools and hospitals are closed down, the legal system disintegrates, borders are redefined, broad sectors of economic activity including agriculture and manufacturing are precipitated into bankruptcy,  all of which ultimately leads to a process of social collapse, exclusion and destruction of human life including the outbreak of famines, the displacement of entire populations (refugee crisis).

This “second stage” goes beyond the process of impoverishment instigated in the early 1980s by creditors and international financial institutions. In this regard, mass poverty resulting from macro-economic reform sets the stage of  a process of outright destruction of human life.

In turn, under conditions of widespread unemployment, the costs of labor in developing countries has plummeted. The driving force of the global economy is luxury consumption and the weapons industry.

The New World Order

Broadly speaking, the main corporate actors of the New World Order are

• Wall Street and the Western banking conglomerates including its offshore money laundering facilities, tax havens, hedge funds and secret accounts,

• the Military Industrial Complex regrouping major “defense contractors”, security and mercenary companies, intelligence outfits, on contract to the Pentagon;

• the Anglo-American Oil and Energy Giants,

• The Biotech Conglomerates, which increasingly control agriculture and the food chain;

• Big Pharma,

• The Communication Giants  and Media conglomerates, which constitute the propaganda arm of the New World Order.

There is of course overlap, between Big Pharma and the Weapons industry, the oil conglomerates and Wall Street, etc.

These various corporate entities interact with government bodies, international financial institutions, US intelligence.  The state structure has evolved towards what Peter Dale Scott calls the “Deep State”, integrated by covert intelligence bodies, think tanks, secret councils and consultative bodies, where important New World Order decisions are ultimately reached on behalf of powerful corporate interests.

In turn, intelligence operatives increasingly permeate the United Nations including its specialized agencies, nongovernmental organizations, trade unions, political parties.

What this means is that the executive and legislature constitute a smokescreen, a mechanism for providing political legitimacy to decisions taken by the corporate establishment behind closed doors.

Media Propaganda

The corporate  media, which constitutes the propaganda arm of the New World Order, has a long history whereby intelligence ops oversee the news chain. In turn, the corporate media serves the useful purpose of obfuscating war crimes, of presenting a humanitarian narrative which upholds the legitimacy of politicians in high office.

Acts of war and economic destabilization are granted legitimacy. War is presented as a peace-keeping undertaking.

Both the global economy as well as the political fabric of Western capitalism have become criminalized. The judicial apparatus at a national level as well the various international human rights tribunals and criminal courts serve the useful function of upholding the legitimacy of US-NATO led wars and human rights violations.

Destabilizing Competing Poles of Capitalist Development

There are of course significant divisions and capitalist rivalry within the corporate establishment. In the post Cold War era, the US hegemonic project consists in destabilizing competing poles of capitalist development including China, Russia and Iran as well as countries such as India, Brazil and Argentina.

In recent developments, the US has also exerted pressure on the capitalist structures of the member states of the European Union. Washington exerts influence in the election of heads of State including Germany and France, which are increasingly aligned with Washington.

The monetary dimensions are crucial. The international financial system established under Bretton Woods prevails. The global financial apparatus is dollarized. The powers of money creation are used as a mechanism to appropriate real economy assets. Speculative financial trade has become an instrument of enrichment at the expense of the real economy. Excess corporate profits and multibillion dollar speculative earnings (deposited in tax free corporate charities) are also recycled towards the corporate control of politicians, civil society organizations, not to mention scientists and intellectuals. It’s called corruption, co-optation, fraud.

Latin America: The Transition towards a “Democratic Dictatorship”

In Latin America, the military dictatorships of the 1960s and 1970s have in large part been replaced by US proxy regimes, i.e. a democratic dictatorship has been installed which ensures continuity. At the same time the ruling elites in Latin America have remoulded. They have become increasingly integrated into the logic of global capitalism, requiring an acceptance of the US hegemonic project.

Macro-economic reform has been conducive to the impoverishment of  the entire Latin america region.

In the course of the last 40 years, impoverishment has been triggered by hyperinflation, starting with the 1973 military coup in Chile and the devastating reforms of the 1980s and early 1990s.

The implementation of these deadly economic reforms including sweeping privatization, trade deregulation, etc. is coordinated in liaison with US intelligence ops, including the “Dirty war” and Operation Condor, the Contra insurrection in Nicaragua, etc.

The development of a new and privileged elite integrated into the structures of Western investment and consumerism has emerged. Regime change has been launched against a number of Latin American countries.

Any attempt to introduce reforms which departs from the neoliberal consensus is the object of “dirty tricks” including acts of infiltration, smear campaigns, political assassinations, interference in national elections and covert operations to foment social divisions. This process inevitably requires corruption and cooptation at the highest levels of government as well as within the corporate and financial establishment. In some countries of the region it hinges on the criminalization of the state, the legitimacy of money laundering and the protection of the drug trade.

http://www.globalresearch.ca/neoliberalism-and-the-globalization-of-war-americas-hegemonic-project/5531125 

A Modest Proposal

A modest proposal is made, and a call for nominations issued, for the first annual Crystal awards.

The Crystal Awards are intended to honor the exceptional efforts made, individually, by production teams, designers, writers, and others, in a new category of multimedia/multiculturalproduction.

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Some of these efforts are by amateurs and, while the standard by which judgment is made might be different, no slight shall be given to those whose efforts demonstrate initiative and innovation. But mostly the Crystal Awards are given to recognize those who have risen to at least a “semi-pro” level of gloss and polish.

Originally I had intended to name them the Poppers, and then I started tinkering with the idea of the Fleischmanns, but I thought those references were too obscure and unworthy of the weightiness of the honor.

While nominations can be made by any member of the public, the formal nominating process for the Crystal Awards should be overseen by a select and representative group of people who study the body of work in question, and study it in depth.

Mimicking and drawing upon the well-known awards given to members of a certain academy of arts and sciences (and closely related to that field), the Crystal Awards draws its name and inspiration from a book by the New York-Viennese shepherd of enlightened despotism, a book used and endorsed by that fellow Goebbels in many of the campaigns to shift political opinion during the Nazi era.

I speak of so-called “false flag” events, epsecially those used in the recent past to advance a gun control agenda.

While we are increasingly aware of false flag events as international incidents of violence against state actors and symbols using “actors” wearing the uniforms or under the “flag” of someone whom someone wants to “paint” as a violent enemy and thus deserving of our contempt, hatred and revenge (set your search engines for the terms “false flag terrorism”, as well as “crisis actors”), we’ve recently been subjected to an accelerating tempo of “shootings” which appear to be lies perpetrated upon the sheeple. Hence my initial thoughts about using the term shepherd in the name of this new award.

Examples of eligible events include: the live broadcast Alison Parker and Adam Ward … er…production; the Tucson event in 2011 involving Gabrielle Giffords and Judge John Roll; Sandy Hook; the 2012 Aurora theater “Dark Knight” incident; the Texas cartoon shootings; the LAX event; the Santa Barbara event; Columbine; the Charleston church shooting; the Washington Navy Yard incident; the Boston Marathon bombing; the Charlie Hebdo event in Paris ; the Lafayette, LA movie theater shooting; the ISIS execution videos; the Parliament Hill, Canada incident; the  7/7 London bombings; and, of course, 9/11.

This list is not intended to be complete or inclusive.  It is also clear that much work must be done in defining and deciding categories. (I personally think that 9/11 should be declared ineligible for such awards. It belongs in a category by itself.)

Clearly the more recent events are more tightly focused on moving public opinion toward gun control, or the outcome desired, and are clearly not on a scale of 9/11 in terms of complexity, audacity, or heinousness (though 9/11 did introduce us to “Harley Man” in an important walk-on roll).

Though there may be others, the categories for consideration for awards include the following:

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

BEST LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

BEST SOUND MIXING

SOUND EDITING

BEST MEDIA SUPPORT (Single)

BEST MEDIA SUPPORT (Long-term)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

BEST EDITING

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

BEST DIRECTOR

BEST ACTRESS

BEST ACTOR

BEST TOTAL EVENT PRODUCTION

Surely Robbie Parker must be an almost-automatic nominee.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0wHeekgPqk

[This just in, for the amateur category: An officer’s story of a gunman shooting at him, causing him to crash before his cruiser caught fire was “fabricated,”…. according to police ]

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This line of inquiry may lead necessarily to discussions about the role of the media; here is a recent article that looks at the convergence of the television medium with social media and here and here is an extended review in two parts of a book written by someone connected with the London School of Economics years before the televised events of 9/11.

Aside from the nominations themselves, your suggestions are wanted for a guiding board of directors from within the conspiracy theory research community in four sub-groups:

  • investigative journalists;
  • major alternative media (ex: James Tracy; James Fetzer);
  • bloggers;
  • video columnists (ex: DAHBOO777).

Join me in inviting Professors Fetzer and Tracy to jump-start and head up this effort by sending your suggestions and nominations to them:

Tracy: http://memoryholeblog.com/contact-2/

Fetzer: https://www.blogger.com/profile/05539733121153973439

Oh, and don’t  forget to add your best ideas for which celebrity should host the awards ceremony.

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Picking Up the Rhetorical Stave

Why 9-11 Truth is the Only Option

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IaxHV7DsKg&feature=youtu.be (8:08)

Christopher Bollyn, author of Solving 9-11, picks up his media stave and explains why he thinks 9-11 Truth is the most important political issue of our time. As long as the government and mass media suppress and conceal the truth about what happened on 9-11 the American people will suffer under a criminal regime that lurches from crisis to crisis; from conflict to conflict.

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[The video link above was received by e-mail from an unknown source, probably to escape the NSA censors and tinkerers — that’s the world we live in now. I’m posting the video in full knowledge that you the reader may have received your own copy, or that you have seen the video already.

But some of you may not have, and we need an army of rhetorical spear-carriers.

I’m not offended by the apparent but soon clarified anonymity of the e-mail; I’ve been an advocate of close examination of the issues of 9/11 for over a decade now, and that has been regular stated in my blogs for all those years.

Under “medical professionals”, I am signatory here: http://patriotsquestion911.com .

The security state has had me on their radar for 30 years or longer; I was a co-author of the Physicians for Social Responsibility statement about the Civilian-Military Contingency Hospital System (the Pentagon’s plan for how they were going to care for the victims of a limited nuclear war against massed Soviet tanks coming through the Fulda Gap (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fulda_Gap); some people would erroneously assume that I wanted the Russkies to conquer Europe or that I was otherwise soft on Communism.  I lost two successive jobs as a result.

 

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http://www.fuldagap.com

I had studied military tactics through military war-gaming (see http://www.thesullenbell.com/2014/02/28/playing-at-war/ and then http://www.strategypage.com/articles/default.asp?target=WARGHIS2.htm ) and was intensely interested in the challenges of doing the most good for the most people in situations of mass casualties.

The Pentagon’s own theoretical profile of victims included people with radiation burns who would be air-lifted  into East Coast medical transportation and intake networks where demands for intensive nursing and blood supplies would overwhelm the civilian system and bring it to its knees.

It — and its accompanying population relocation plans — were a glimpse into a military decision-making system that was deeply flawed, and was eerily similar to the idea of a missile shield enabling our own first strike.

Sometime later, I had talked to someone in the CIA; they called when they discovered that I had read — in an open intelligence manner — about the use of simulation gaming to train for armored warfare in the run-up to Desert Storm; I simply reached to my bookshelf and gave them the author, the chapter and the book to document the fact that it wasn’t I who had broken the secrecy. (Isn’t it ironic that I went to work for the same fellows after they left that project?)  The security state had probably been tracking me ever since I left the Bay State Special Forces, a volunteer ROTC unit in 1967; hell, given what I know now, they were probably tracking me while I was in the unit as a snot-nosed turnip off the farm truck.

The final line in the first video linked above — it kicks over automatically to book-hawking, and perhaps more — predicates action on our part.

It is one answer — and probably a very important answer — to the question I posed here:

http://www.thesullenbell.com/2014/05/16/meaningful-action-re-burgeoning-tyranny/.

It requires that I re-double my efforts, sharpen the tip of my rhetorical bokken, and make an effort to reach out to my Senators, Congresswoman, local officials in the political supply chain, and most importantly to the media. 

And I’ll have to lead with Bollyn’s last point: 

“Either they stand up for 9/11 Truth or they are complicit in the cover-up.”

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFekGGggMlw (8:47)

 

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/first-american-revolution-ray-raphael/1102419275?ean=9781595587343 

 

They carried only bow staves, or large wooden sticks — the sort used as braces in large casks or handles for hoes — and they marched to musick. 

 

 

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http://www.historynet.com/the-spirit-of-74.htm 

http://www.revolution1774.org 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rOzSVszabVc (3:18)

 

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Speaking of rhetorical knocks on the head, see

WEDNESDAY, MAY 21, 2014

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