Britain unveil public electronic surveillance

 

British authorities unveil plan for mass electronic surveillance:

British authorities unveil plan for mass electronic surveillance

British authorities unveil plan for mass electronic surveillance

British authorities on Thursday unveiled an ambitious plan to log details about every email, phone call and text message in the U.K. And in a sharply worded editorial, the nation’s top law enforcement official accused those worried about the surveillance program of being either criminals or conspiracy theorists. Officials insist they’re not after content. They promise not to read emails or eavesdrop on phone calls without a warrant. But the surveillance proposed in the government’s 118-page draft bill would provide British authorities a remarkably rich picture of their citizens’ day-to-day lives. Home Office Secretary Theresa May said in an editorial published ahead of the bill’s unveiling that only evildoers should be frightened. “Our proposals are sensible and limited,” she wrote in the Sun, a mass-market daily. “They will give the police and some other agencies access to data about online communications to tackle crime, exactly as they do now with mobile phone calls and texts. Unless you are a criminal, then you’ve nothing to worry about from this new law.” Yet plenty of people were worried, including a senior lawmaker from Ms. May’s ruling Conservative Party. “This is a huge amount of information, very intrusive to collect on people,” lawmaker David Davis, one of the proposal’s most outspoken critics, told BBC radio. “It’s not content, but it’s incredibly intrusive.” Authorities and civil libertarians have been debating the plan for weeks, but Thursday marked the first time that the government itemized exactly what kinds of communication it wants to track, and how it plans to. The bill would force communications providers – companies such as the BT Group PLC or Virgin Media Inc. – to gather a wealth of information on their customers. Providers would log where emails, tweets, Skype calls and other messages were sent from, who they were sent to, and how large they were. Details of file transfers, phone calls, text messages and instant conversations, such as those carried over BlackBerry Messenger, also would be recorded. The bill also demands that providers collect IP addresses, details of customers’ electronic hardware, and subscriber information including names, addresses and payment information. Even physical communications would be monitored: Address details written on envelopes would be copied; parcel tracking information would be logged as well. All the data would be kept for up to a year or longer if it was the subject of legal proceedings. The measure remains a draft bill, which means it’s subject to change before it is presented to Parliament.

 

Sea Treaty Force US to Share Wealth

Rumsfeld Says Sea Treaty Would Force US to Share Wealth:

Rumsfeld Says Sea Treaty Would Force US to Share Wealth.

Rumsfeld Says Sea Treaty Would Force US to Share Wealth.

Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld urged U.S. senators to reject the Law of the Sea Treaty backed by the Obama administration because it would force rich countries to give to poorer ones. “I do not believe the United States should endorse a treaty that makes it a legal obligation for productive countries to pay royalties to less productive countries, based on rhetoric about the common heritage of mankind,” Rumsfeld said today in testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The Obama administration says ratifying the 30-year-old treaty is key to exerting U.S. influence in the Asia-Pacific region, a focus of the revamped global strategy the Pentagon presented in January. Rumsfeld’s position puts him at odds with President Barack Obama and also former President George W. Bush, whom Rumsfeld served as secretary of defense for six years. He resigned in 2006 amid a political backlash against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Rumsfeld, 79, said in his testimony that a system of royalty payments under the United Nations treaty compels countries such as the U.S. to make payments to developing countries without making their own “sovereign choice.” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Martin Dempsey all appeared before the Senate panel last month, urging ratification of the treaty. The administration says the accord is needed to counter China and maintain influence in Asia. The treaty was signed in 1994 by President Bill Clinton and subsequently endorsed by Bush. It has twice failed to win Senate ratification due to opposition from some conservatives who pressed the argument on sovereignty that Rumsfeld voiced today. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce supports the treaty, as do companies including Lockheed Martin Corp. and Exxon Mobil Corp. Business supporters say the treaty offers a stronger legal foundation for activities such as offshore oil drilling, metal harvesting and undersea cable operations. Rumsfeld’s criticism centered on the treaty’s creation of an International Seabed Authority that would be involved in commercial activity in international waters, including mining and gas exploration. The U.S. would have to transfer to the authority a big share of all royalties generated by U.S. companies. He said the system could set a precedent for outer-space resources in the future. ‘Enormous Consequences’ “This, in my view, is a new idea of enormous consequence,” Rumsfeld said. “It establishes a way of looking at industry, investment, talent, risk and good fortune that argues in favor of distributing a significant portion of the value of minerals in the deep sea beds to developing countries,” he said. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry, a Massachusetts Democrat, rejected the notion that the authority is an “out of control” entity and said there are numerous misperceptions about its structure. “It’s totally separate from the United Nations,” he said. Kerry has said he’ll wait until after the November elections to advance the treaty, which also is supported by the committee’s top Republican, Senator Richard Lugar of Indiana. Underscoring the political sensitivity for Republicans, Lugar lost his May Republican primary to Indiana state Treasurer Richard Mourdock after facing criticism for past votes, including his leading role in pushing a treaty with Russia through the Senate in 2010.

Eurozone crisis worse Dodgy bailouts

The Eurozone Crisis Is Getting Worse. And The Dodgy Bailout Of Spanish Banks Isn’t Helping:

The Eurozone Crisis Is Getting Worse. And The Dodgy Bailout Of Spanish Banks Isn’t Helping

The Eurozone Crisis Is Getting Worse. And The Dodgy Bailout Of Spanish Banks Isn’t Helping

Mario Lopez writes from Madrid: ‘The 100 billion euro loan is a victory for the euro,’ declared Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy,  before setting off for Gdansk to cheer on the national team against Italy. The game ended in a disappointing 1 -1 draw for the European champions. They could have easily lost. Rajoy’s victory cry is in the same groove: far from being a victory it is turning into a defeat. The markets had an hour or two of euphoria until the reality check kicked in: we’ve been had people, it’s a con! Some middle class families in Madrid are going to Red Cross centres to collect food hand-outs. That is the harsh reality of Spain today. Miners continue to block motorways and every interest group hopes that by demonstrating it can reverse the cuts in government expenditure. Common sense dictates otherwise. Spain has increased its national debt by about 10 per cent by adding another 100 billion euros. The government is recapitalising second tier banks and is determined to let none fail. So the government is taking over banks which in turn own government debt. Most states are trying to put distance between themselves and the banks. They are trying to offload as much of their sovereign debt as possible. Spain is going the other way. What happens when the rescued banks find that their assets have declined due to the economic recession? Madrid will automatically suffer further losses. The banking sector in Spain is three times larger than the national economy. There is no way it can cover the losses of its banks by itself. The country has reached a point when it can no longer go to the international markets for money. However, it will need to borrow billions to service its debts over the next few years. The worst case scenario is that Spain may need up to 500 billion euros to recapitalise its banks and defer debt obligations for a few years. So the way ahead is to allow capitalism to start functioning normally. Bad banks will have to be allowed to fail and private bondholders suffer a loss. Depositors will have to be protected. Spain needs fewer but more well run banks. The big three: Santander, BBVA and La Caixa will have to help the weaker brethren. Finland is demanding Spanish collateral in exchange for contributing to the 100 billion bailout. This raises the spectre of the Finns owning valuable property in Madrid and elsewhere. One can envisage a situation in which Spain, in order to secure the money it needs, will have to mortgage the whole country to foreigners. Cyprus now needs a bailout but it is so small that this will go through on the nod. The elephant in the room is Italy. Yields on its bonds have been creeping up towards the dangerous 6.5 per cent. The nightmare scenario would be for Rome to request a bailout because it could not borrow from the markets. If Syriza wins the Greek election on Sunday it will consign the austerity pact to the dustbin. It will also demand a handout from Brussels and Berlin to stay in the euro. No wonder the eurocrats are suffering from a headache which may develop into a migraine.

Forced abortion China causes uproar

Graphic photo of alleged forced abortion from China causes uproar:

Graphic photo of alleged forced abortion from China causes uproar

Graphic photo of alleged forced abortion from China causes uproar

Graphic images posted online showing the bloody corpse of a baby whose mother was allegedly forced to terminate her pregnancy at seven months have caused an uproar in China. Rights groups say authorities in north China’s Shaanxi province forced Feng Jianmei to abort her pregnancy on June 2 because she was unable to pay a 40,000 yuan ($6,270) fine for exceeding China’s “one-child” population control policy. Authorities in Zhenping county, where the abortion took place, said that Feng had agreed to the procedure, but a relative told AFP that she and her husband had opposed the abortion. The relative, who asked not to be named, also confirmed the authenticity of a photograph posted online of Feng on a hospital bed next to the blood-smeared body of her baby. Outraged Chinese web users expressed doubt that Feng had agreed to the abortion, and even state-run media outlets condemned the procedure. “Who would ever drop a bleeding baby beside its mother?” posted one Chinese web user on Internet news portal Netease.com. “This is what they say the Japanese devils and Nazis did. But it’s happening in reality and it is by no means the only case… They (the officials) should be executed.” Another web user, posting on popular forum clubkdnet.net, said China’s family planning system had been “openly killing people for years in the name of national policy” adding: “What is wrong with society?” China has implemented its draconian family planning policy since the late 1970s in an effort to control a population that has grown to 1.3 billion people, the world’s largest. Under the policy, urban families are generally allowed to have one child, while rural families can give birth to two children if the first is a girl. “Feng Jianmei’s story demonstrates how the one-child policy continues to sanction violence against women every day,” said Chai Ling, head of the US-based rights group All Girls Allowed. China’s official media also condemned the case, but said the controversial family planning policy should remain in place. A commentary in the state-run Global Times newspaper said in English that late-term forced abortions should be “condemned and banned,” but that they “shouldn’t be a reason for refuting the whole (one child) policy”. Officials at Zhenping county hospital, where the abortion allegedly took place, refused comment when repeatedly contacted by AFP.

30 GM babies born

World’s first GM babies born:

World's first GM babies born

World’s first GM babies born

The world’s first genetically modified humans have been created, it was revealed last night. The disclosure that 30 healthy babies were born after a series of experiments in the United States provoked another furious debate about ethics. So far, two of the babies have been tested and have been found to contain genes from three ‘parents’. Fifteen of the children were born in the past three years as a result of one experimental programme at the Institute for Reproductive Medicine and Science of St Barnabas in New Jersey. The babies were born to women who had problems conceiving. Extra genes from a female donor were inserted into their eggs before they were fertilised in an attempt to enable them to conceive. Genetic fingerprint tests on two one-year- old children confirm that they have inherited DNA from three adults –two women and one man. The fact that the children have inherited the extra genes and incorporated them into their ‘germline’ means that they will, in turn, be able to pass them on to their own offspring. Altering the human germline – in effect tinkering with the very make-up of our species – is a technique shunned by the vast majority of the world’s scientists. Geneticists fear that one day this method could be used to create new races of humans with extra, desired characteristics such as strength or high intelligence. Writing in the journal Human Reproduction, the researchers, led by fertility pioneer Professor Jacques Cohen, say that this ‘is the first case of human germline genetic modification resulting in normal healthy children’. Some experts severely criticised the experiments. Lord Winston, of the Hammersmith Hospital in West London, told the BBC yesterday: ‘Regarding the treat-ment of the infertile, there is no evidence that this technique is worth doing . . . I am very surprised that it was even carried out at this stage. It would certainly not be allowed in Britain.’ John Smeaton, national director of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children, said: ‘One has tremendous sympathy for couples who suffer infertility problems. But this seems to be a further illustration of the fact that the whole process of in vitro fertilisation as a means of conceiving babies leads to babies being regarded as objects on a production line. ‘It is a further and very worrying step down the wrong road for humanity.’ Professor Cohen and his colleagues diagnosed that the women were infertile because they had defects in tiny structures in their egg cells, called mitochondria. They took eggs from donors and, using a fine needle, sucked some of the internal material – containing ‘healthy’ mitochondria – and injected it into eggs from the women wanting to conceive. Because mitochondria contain genes, the babies resulting from the treatment have inherited DNA from both women. These genes can now be passed down the germline along the maternal line. A spokesman for the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), which regulates ‘assisted reproduction’ technology in Britain, said that it would not license the technique here because it involved altering the germline. Jacques Cohen is regarded as a brilliant but controversial scientist who has pushed the boundaries of assisted reproduction technologies. He developed a technique which allows infertile men to have their own children, by injecting sperm DNA straight into the egg in the lab. Prior to this, only infertile women were able to conceive using IVF. Last year, Professor Cohen said that his expertise would allow him to clone children –a prospect treated with horror by the mainstream scientific community. ‘It would be an afternoon’s work for one of my students,’ he said, adding that he had been approached by ‘at least three’ individuals wishing to create a cloned child, but had turned down their requests.

U.S. troop suicide one a day in 2012

 

Suicides among U.S. troops averaging one a day in 2012:

Suicides among U.S. troops averaging one a day in 2012

Suicides among U.S. troops averaging one a day in 2012

Suicides are surging among America’s troops, averaging nearly one a day this year — the fastest pace in the nation’s decade of war. The 154 suicides for active-duty troops in the first 155 days of the year far outdistance the U.S. forces killed in action in Afghanistan — about 50% more — according to Pentagon statistics obtained by the Associated Press. The numbers reflect a military burdened with wartime demands from Iraq and Afghanistan that have taken a greater toll than foreseen a decade ago. The military also is struggling with increased sexual assaults, alcohol abuse, domestic violence and other misbehavior. Because suicides had leveled off in 2010 and 2011, this year’s upswing has caught some officials by surprise. The reasons for the increase are not fully understood. Among explanations, studies have pointed to combat exposure, post-traumatic stress, misuse of prescription medications and personal financial problems. Army data suggest soldiers with multiple combat tours are at greater risk of committing suicide, although a substantial proportion of Army suicides are committed by soldiers who never deployed. The unpopular war in Afghanistan is winding down with the last combat troops scheduled to leave at the end of 2014. But this year has seen record numbers of soldiers being killed by Afghan troops, and there also have been several scandals involving U.S. troop misconduct. The 2012 active-duty suicide total of 154 through June 3 compares to 130 in the same period last year, an 18% increase. And it’s more than the 136.2 suicides that the Pentagon had projected for this period based on the trend from 2001-2011. This year’s January-May total is up 25% from two years ago, and it is 16% ahead of the pace for 2009, which ended with the highest yearly total thus far. Suicide totals have exceeded U.S. combat deaths in Afghanistan in earlier periods, including for the full years 2008 and 2009. The suicide pattern varies over the course of a year, but in each of the past five years the trend through May was a reliable predictor for the full year, according to a chart based on figures provided by the Armed Forces Medical Examiner. The numbers are rising among the 1.4 million active-duty military personnel despite years of effort to encourage troops to seek help with mental health problems. Many in the military believe that going for help is seen as a sign of weakness and thus a potential threat to advancement. Kim Ruocco, widow of Marine Maj. John Ruocco, a helicopter pilot who hanged himself in 2005 between Iraq deployments, said he was unable to bring himself to go for help. “He was so afraid of how people would view him once he went for help,” she said in an interview at her home in suburban Boston. “He thought that people would think he was weak, that people would think he was just trying to get out of redeploying or trying to get out of service, or that he just couldn’t hack it — when, in reality, he was sick. He had suffered injury in combat and he had also suffered from depression and let it go untreated for years. And because of that, he’s dead today.” Ruocco is currently director of suicide prevention programs for the military support organization Tragedy Assistance Programs, or TAPS. She joined the group after her husband’s suicide, and she organized its first program focused on support for families of suicide victims. Jackie Garrick, head of a newly established Defense Suicide Prevention Office at the Pentagon, said in an interview Thursday that the suicide numbers this year are troubling. “We are very concerned at this point that we are seeing a high number of suicides at a point in time where we were expecting to see a lower number of suicides,” she said, adding that the weak U.S. economy may be confounding preventive efforts even as the pace of military deployments eases. Garrick said experts are still struggling to understand suicidal behavior. “What makes one person become suicidal and another not is truly an unknown,” she said. Dr. Stephen N. Xenakis, a retired Army brigadier general and a practicing psychiatrist, said the suicides reflect the level of tension as the U.S. eases out of Afghanistan though violence continues. “It’s a sign in general of the stress the Army has been under over the 10 years of war,” he said in an interview. “We’ve seen before that these signs show up even more dramatically when the fighting seems to go down and the Army is returning to garrison.” But Xenakis said he worries that many senior military officers do not grasp the nature of the suicide problem. A glaring example of that became public when a senior Army general recently told soldiers considering suicide to “act like an adult.” Maj. Gen. Dana Pittard, commander of the 1st Armored Division, last month retracted — but did not apologize for — a statement in his Army blog in January. He had written, “I have now come to the conclusion that suicide is an absolutely selfish act.” He also wrote, “”I am personally fed up with soldiers who are choosing to take their own lives so that others can clean up their mess. Be an adult, act like an adult, and deal with your real-life problems like the rest of us.” He did also counsel soldiers to seek help. His remarks drew a public rebuke from the Army, which has the highest number of suicides and called his assertions “clearly wrong.” Last week the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, said he disagrees with Pittard “in the strongest possible terms.” The military services have set up confidential telephone hotlines, placed more mental health specialists on the battlefield, added training in stress management, invested more in research on mental health risk and taken other measures. The Marines established a counseling service dubbed “DStress line,” a toll-free number that troubled Marines can call anonymously. They also can use a Marine website to chat online anonymously with a counselor. The Marines arguably have had the most success recently in lowering their suicide numbers, which are up slightly this year but are roughly in line with levels of the past four years. The Army’s numbers also are up slightly. The Air Force has seen a spike, to 32 through June 3 compared to 23 at the same point last year. The Navy is slightly above its 10-year trend line but down a bit from 2011. As part of its prevention strategy, the Navy has published a list of “truths” about suicide. “Most suicidal people are not psychotic or insane,” it says. “They might be upset, grief-stricken, depressed or despairing.” In a report published in January, the Army said the true impact of its prevention programs is unknown. “What is known is that all Army populations … are under increased stress after a decade of war,” it said, adding that if not for prevention efforts the Army’s suicide totals might have been as much as four times as high. Marine Sgt. Maj. Bryan Battaglia, the senior enlisted adviser to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, recently issued a video message to all military members in which he noted that suicides “are sadly on the rise.” “From private to general, we shoulder an obligation to look and listen for signs and we stand ready to intervene and assist our follow service member or battle buddy in time of need,” Battaglia said. The suicide numbers began surging in 2006. They soared in 2009 and then leveled off before climbing again this year. The statistics include only active-duty troops, not veterans who returned to civilian life after fighting in Iraq or Afghanistan. Nor does the Pentagon’s tally include non-mobilized National Guard or Reserve members. The renewed surge in suicides has caught the attention of Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. Last month he sent an internal memo to the Pentagon’s top civilian and military leaders in which he called suicide “one of the most complex and urgent problems” facing the Defense Department, according to a copy provided to the AP. Panetta touched on one of the most sensitive aspects of the problem: the stigma associated seeking help for mental distress. This is particularly acute in the military. “We must continue to fight to eliminate the stigma from those with post-traumatic stress and other mental health issues,” Panetta wrote, adding that commanders “cannot tolerate any actions that belittle, haze, humiliate or ostracize any individual, especially those who require or are responsibly seeking professional services.”

 

Freedom-killing bill become law – ‘No Speech Zones’

Freedom-killing bill has just become law in USA – say hello to ‘No Speech Zones’:

Freedom-killing bill has just become law in USA - say hello to 'No Speech Zones

Freedom-killing bill has just become law in USA – say hello to ‘No Speech Zones

Those of you who still believe the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment guarantees freedom of speech, your faith is about to be shattered by a new law that likely will lead to, in essence, “no speech zones.” And, as is the case with most freedom-robbing legislation, this law is being justified in the name of security or, more appropriately, security for a select few. The measure, called the Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act, was signed into law by President Obama March 8 after it passed in the Senate following minor modifications made in the House. Critics are knocking the measure because, essentially, it restricts protests near the president. According to a “fact check” of the legislation, the current measure actually updates an original law passed in 1971 that “already restricted access to areas around the president, vice president and any other governmental official protected by the Secret Service, according to Thomas.gov,” the Florida Times-Union reported. The old version made it a federal crime to “willfully and knowingly” violate certain restricted areas, such as the White House grounds and the vice president’s residence and grounds. The updated law changes it to just “knowingly,” and there is where legal analysts differ on the law’s actual meaning and application. A spokesman for U.S. Rep. Thomas J. Rooney, R-Fla., who introduced House Resolution 347, the law’s congressional designation, the Secret Service requested legislation that would clarify some jurisdictional issues for agents assigned to protect the president. For instance, the spokesman said, “[I]f someone were to jump the fence at the White House, the Secret Service would not have jurisdiction over the trespasser.” Critics say that by dropping the term “willfully,” the updated law gives the Secret Service unprecedented power to define what constitutes “restricted areas.” They say the law could chill the free speech rights of Tea Party or Occupy Wall Street protesters who are demonstrating in places where the president is present. “This is the state of mind the government has to prove you had to establish your guilt [the ‘intent standard’]. ‘Willfully and knowingly’ means that you need to know you’re committing a crime. ‘Knowingly’ just means you need to be aware you’re in a restricted zone, but not necessarily that it’s unlawful,” writes Gabe Rottman of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). “H.R. 347 doesn’t create any new crimes, or directly apply to the Occupy protests. […]” he said. Not so fast, say the critics. Former New Jersey Superior Court Judge Andrew Napolitano, who is a current legal analyst for Fox News, disagrees. He says he believes the law will directly affect the first amendment rights of Americans who want to peacefully assemble and present their point of view. “Permitting people to express publicly their opinions to the president only at a time and in a place and manner such that he cannot hear them violates the First Amendment because it guarantees the right to useful speech; and unheard political speech is politically useless,” Napolitano said during a recent Fox News segment. Adds Russell Smith, a blogger for the New York Law School‘s Program in Law and Journalism, “[…] Since police can arrest and remove anyone in violation of [someone jumping the White House fence], the government doesn’t need H.R. 347 in order to protect its property from damage and its officials from intruders.” Rottman says that, on the surface, there may not be much to worry about. But the devil, as usual, is in the details. “Any time the government lowers the intent requirement, it makes it easier for a prosecutor to prove her case, and it gives law enforcement more discretion when enforcing the law. To be sure, this is of concern to the ACLU. We will monitor the implementation of H.R. 347 for any abuse or misuse,” he said.

Psychiatric Manual Labels non conformers Mentally ill

Psychiatric Manual DSM-IV-TR Labels free Thinkers, non conformers as Mentally Ill:

Psychiatric Manual DSM-IV-TR Labels free Thinkers, non conformers as Mentally Ill

Psychiatric Manual DSM-IV-TR Labels free Thinkers, non conformers as Mentally Ill

It is now confirmed by USWGO News that the DSM-IV-TR Manual labels free thinkers, non conformers, civil disobedient advocates, those that question authority, and people considered hostile toward the government (aka Oath keepers and local militias) as mentally ill with the illness titled “oppositional defiant disorder” or ODD. It was reported on October 8 2010 from OffTheGrid News that anybody who is disobedient, defiant, a free thinker, or even considered hostile toward authority was to be labeled by psychiatrists as ‘Mentally Ill’. The ebook version of the year 2000 version of the ‘Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders DSM-IV-TR Fourth Edition (Text Revision) By the American Psychiatric Association version DSM-TV-TR (The non TR Version was said to be older and so the newer one which had the information that Off The Grid News warned about). Now search up the keywords “oppositional defiant disorder” on adobe reader finding exactly what Off The Grid News was talking about. So it is now Confirmed basically that anyone who disobeys authority or even questions authority is now considered mentally ill and can be thrown in a prison-like mental institution under tax payers dollars.

U.S. security state watching you online

6 Government Surveillance Programs Designed to Watch What You Do Online:

6 Government Surveillance Programs Designed to Watch What You Do Online

6 Government Surveillance Programs Designed to Watch What You Do Online

President Eisenhower was right on point about the military-industrial complex, but he could not have predicted the emergence of the massive surveillance state — combining the government and private sector — that bolsters it. Sadly, neither President Obama nor his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, has the desire or moral courage to fight the growing power and influence of the Corporate Security State. We are witnessing the integration of spying on two levels, the government level (federal, state and local) and the corporate level (via telecom providers, web services and credit card companies). If you are a user of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, Craigslist or another popular site, the U.S. security state is watching you. An increasing number of federal agencies are employing sophisticated means to monitor Americans’ use of social networking sites. Federal entities from the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Defense Department to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to even the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) are involved in developing programs to track the American public online. Here is a brief summary of some of the other programs:

1. Justice Department. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) released a report from the DOJ’s Computer Crime and Intellectual Property section, “Obtaining and Using Evidence from Social Networking Sites,” that describes how evidence from social networking sites can reveal personal communications that might help “establish motives and personal relationships.” It reports that monitored data from such sites can provide location information and “prove and disprove alibis.” Perhaps most illuminating, it advises agents that “going undercover” on social media sites can enable law enforcement to communicate with suspects and targets, gain access to nonpublic information and map social relationships. The DOJ document notes that Twitter retains the last login IP address, but does not preserve data unless legally required to do so. 

2. The IRS uses a variety of social media sites like Facebook, Google, Twitter, MySpace, YouTube and Second Life to investigate taxpayers. It seems to have started this practice in 2009, providing agents with special training on social networking. The EFF posted the IRS’ 38-page training that offers detailed tips to agents on how to conduct searches, locate relevant taxpayer information, narrow down and refine results. 

3. The Office of the Director of National Intelligence is seeking a tool that integrates all online information, including web searches, Wikipedia edits and traffic webcams.

4. The Defense Department has solicited proposals through DARPA for a $42 million “Social Media Strategic Communications” (SMISC) program, a tool that tracks social media and weeds out information. It has set four goals for the project: (i) to detect, classify and measure the development of ideas, concepts in hidden social media messages; (ii) specify the structure of the campaign and influence in social media sites and the community they create; (iii) identify the participants and intention in conducting a social media campaign of persuasion and measure its effect; and (iv) develop an effective counter-message to an identified campaign carried out against the enemy. 

5. The FBI is soliciting a bid for a program that seems very similar to the DHS social-network monitoring program. Dubbed the “FBI Social Media Application,” the program would have “[the ability] to rapidly assemble critical open source information and intelligence … to quickly vet, identify and geo-locate breaking events, incidents and emerging threats.”

Bilderberg Gold Treaty funds Extraterrestrial Projects

Trillion dollar lawsuit exposes secret Bilderberg Gold Treaty & funding of extraterrestrial projects:

Trillion dollar lawsuit exposes secret Bilderberg Gold Treaty & funding of extraterrestrial projects

Trillion dollar lawsuit exposes secret Bilderberg Gold Treaty & funding of extraterrestrial projects

A mysterious trillion dollar lawsuit filed on November 23, 2011 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, claims that 145.5 billion dollars worth of gold was secretly given to the U.S. government in the mid-1930s by the then Nationalist government of China for safekeeping.  The lawsuit claims that 1934 U.S. Federal Reserve notes were issued to the Chinese government, and the gold transferred to the Federal Reserve Bank.  It is claimed that a total sum of almost one trillion dollars representing both the principal and accumulated interest of the 1934 Federal Reserve notes was fraudulently taken from the plaintiff, Neil Keenan, an agent for the owners, a mysterious Asian entity called “The Dragon Family.” What makes the lawsuit worth paying attention to is that involves the unresolved June 2009 “Chiasso incident” where two Japanese citizens were caught on a train in Italy near the Swiss border town of Chiasso, while traveling with 134.5 billion dollars in US Federal Reserve notes, bonds and other financial instruments.  The “Chiasso incident” involves a separate but complementary set of high denomination US Federal Reserve notes that have a similar origin, history and ownership. The U.S. District Court lawsuit supports claims by David Guyatt, author of The Secret Gold Treaty, that missing World War II era national gold reserves have been intentionally kept out of public circulation (“black gold”). Furthermore, the lawsuit reveals a coordinated international effort to launder, trade and defraud owners or investors of bonds and other financial instruments issued against the “black gold”. At the heart of this internationally coordinated effort, according to Guyatt, is the Bilderberg Group – which in 1954 played a key role in the passage of a Secret Gold Treaty. What this paper will show is that what lies behind the Bilderberg Group’s involvement with “black gold” is to provide long-term funding for a globally coordinated ‘second’ Manhattan Project. The ultimate goal of this globally coordinated project is to comprehensively deal with a subject so vast and complex as to dwarf the resources of any one nation – extraterrestrial life and technology.

American Government and Monsanto’s Tyranny kill bee’s

Illinois Department of Agriculture secretly destroys beekeeper’s bees and 15 years of research proving Monsanto’s Roundup kills bees:

Monsanto's Roundup kills bees

Monsanto’s Roundup kills bees

An Illinois beekeeper with more than a decade’s worth of expertise about how to successfully raise organic, chemical-free bees is the latest victim of flagrant government tyranny. According to the Prairie Advocate, Terrence “Terry” Ingram of Apple River, Ill., owner of Apple Creek Apiaries, recently had his bees and beehives stolen from him by the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDofA), as well as more than 15 years’ worth of research proving Monsanto’s Roundup to be the cause of Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) destroyed. It began last summer when Ingram, who teaches children about natural beekeeping, gave a sample of his honeycomb to IDofA inspector Susan Kivikko at a beekeeper’s picnic. Ingram explained that his bees would not touch the comb, and asked Kivikko if it could be tested for chemical contamination. Kivikko told him that IDofA does not test for chemicals, presumably because its policy is to actively promote them, and instead took the comb and had it tested for “foulbrood,” a disease that Ingram says is greatly overblown. When the test allegedly came back positive, Kivikko proceeded to get the ball rolling on a witch hunt that would eventually lead to the illegal seizure and destruction of Ingram’s personal property. Not only did Kivikko, as well as her colleague Eleanor Balson and superior Steven D. Chard, break the law by trespassing Ingram’s property on numerous occasions without a warrant, but they also committed numerous crimes by stealing his hives and equipment and destroying pertinent evidence before a hearing, which Ingram believes may have ultimately been rooted in a deliberate conspiracy by the state to hide the truth about Roundup, and subsequently steal his most vibrant bees. IDofA appears to have targeted Ingram for his research linking Roundup to CCD. Of particular interest was Ingram’s extensive research on Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, which began several years ago when hundreds of Ingram’s hives had died. He later determined that Roundup sprayings near his property were to blame, which prompted him to actively research the subject and closely monitor his hives in conjunction with this research from that point onward. What he gathered, and subsequently taught to others, was concrete evidence that Roundup kills bees. He also used this information and his many years of experience to develop and refine ways of growing strong, chemical-free bees in spite of Roundup sprayings, a move that apparently upset IDofA, which operates primarily to serve the interests of chemical companies rather than the interests of the people. “Is Illinois becoming a police state, where citizens do not have rights?” asked Ingram, who has been deliberately denied his rights, to the Prairie Advocate. “Knowing that Monsanto and the Department of Agriculture are in bed together, one has to wonder if Monsanto was behind the theft to ruin my research that may prove Roundup was, and is, killing honeybees.”

Telepathy machine repeats your thoughts

Your thoughts may not be private for long: New machine can turn your inner dialogue into speech just by monitoring brain waves:

Telepathy machine reads your mind

Telepathy machine reads your mind

Imagine being able to read other people’s thoughts, to hear their inner dialogue. It’s a fantasy that has inspired superhero comic books, movies and science fiction novels, but so far scientists have been unable to prove that such psychic or telepathic powers really exist. Or at least, they have yet to prove that humans are capable of them. Machines are another story. In fact, scientists are currently on the verge of inventing a telepathic machine that can read your mind just by looking at a scan of your brainwaves, then repeat back to you in an electronic voice exactly what you were thinking, according to a report by New Scientist. The technology could be a breakthrough for people like Stephen Hawking, who suffers from Lou Gehrig’s disease, or people made mute through paralysis or locked-in syndrome, since it can translate the brain waves that we create when we think something into speech. Of course, some others may also be concerned that the technology could one day be used to make our private thoughts not-so-private anymore. Here’s how it works. A team of researchers led by Brian Pasley by the University of California at Berkeley first pinpointed key areas in the brain where speech and sound is processed and generated. They then studied the way that certain neurons are uniquely triggered depending on the frequency of the sound that is heard. “Simply put, one spot [of neurons] might only care about a frequency range of 1000 hertz and doesn’t care about anything else. Another spot might care about a frequency of 5000 hertz,” said Pasley. “We can look at their activity and identify what frequency they care about. From that we can assume that when that spot’s activity is increasing there was a sound that had that frequency in it.” Because they were interested in reconstructing speech sounds specifically, such as spoken words and sentences, the researchers didn’t just study the neural activity of sound frequency. They also considered other important aspects of speech sounds such as the rhythm of syllables and fluctuations of frequencies. They were then able to train an algorithm to interpret the neural activity and then ‘translate’ that neural activity back into the sound that was originally heard. The reason this makes the machine telepathic is that brain activity is believed to be virtually the same whether we hear a sentence or whether we think it. In other words, the algorithm can turn even your inner thoughts into spoken speech using exactly the same method. So far tests on the machine have revealed rudimentary, but promising, results. While the concept behind the machine and the algorithm is fairly basic, real thoughts are extremely complex neurological entities, and will take a lot more effort to fully ‘decode’ into audible speech.