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Dec 11 16:19

CRomnibus gridlock as Congress goes on surprise recess with government shutdown looming

The United States House of Representatives has been in an emergency recess since 2 p.m. as dissent on both sides of the aisle grows for the "CRomnibus" spending bill.

Dec 11 15:43

We Need to Talk About Sandy Hook Video - Investigation of Sandy Hook showing How and Why Sandy Hook did not Happen as Portrayed.

This video is a collaboration of 10 of us, who have investigated Sandy Hook. It is a long video but it goes through the whole Sandy Hook reasons of WHY it could not have happened as it was portrayed.

It reveals all the information in one video and the slips of tongues besides the lies and characters involved.

Dec 11 15:22

FBI’s Police State

Your local police force isn’t the only government agency attempting to lock down our country and take away your rights… the FBI has been getting in on the action as well!

Dec 11 15:01

US Army and French Gendarmes Prepare for Mass Unrest

Molotov cocktails explode and tear gas fill the streets as U.S. Marines from SPMAGTF Crisis Response – Africa and French gendarmes with Mobile Gendarmerie Armored Group try to control a crowd of rioters in a city street.

Dec 11 14:04

Would You Rather Get Your Water From Your City Government - or From a Corporation?

In this uncertain economy, whether you think the glass is half full or half empty, you probably take for granted the fact you can fill it by turning on the tap. Last summer, that basic service vanished for Detroit’s working-class households: neighborhoods awoke to the humiliating reality that in the world’s richest nation, this impoverished city’s water had run dry—the city’s stopgap “emergency” response to fiscal collapse.

Dec 11 13:48

SURPRISE: THE CONGRESSMAN WHO JUST DESTROYED DC’S MARIJUANA PLANS IS BOUGHT OFF BY BIG PHARMA

Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD) is comprehensively outed as a Big Pharma shill by attn: Earlier today, we published a story about Rep. Andy Harris from Maryland who just led the charge to overturn the will of Washington D.C. voters by inserting language into Congress’ spending bill that prevents the District from implementing the referendum they passed to legalize recreational marijuana in the 2014 midterm election. That referendum, by the way, passed with 70% of the vote on Election Day.

Dec 11 13:48

Protecting the Public from the Police? Will U.S. Law Enforcement Use Body Cameras to Monitor Themselves?

Protests in US cities and towns has continued to make headlines over the acquittal of the police officers involved in the unjustified homicides in Ferguson, Missouri involving the shooting death of Michael Brown and in New York City where Eric Garner’s death was the result of a chokehold by the NYPD. Now the Obama Administration and police departments across the US are in agreement to have the police wear body cameras to record their actions when they interact with the public. Eric Garner’s death was recorded by the public, but the police officers responsible for his death were still aquitted by the jury. But since the tragic deaths of both Micheal Brown and Eric Garner, the Obama administration, police departments across the U.S. and the public want police officers to carry body cameras so that any wrongdoing by the police can be recorded for evidence.

Dec 11 12:31

Rescuing Diplomacy in an Age of Demagogy

Does America always live up to its ideals? If by American ideals we mean human rights and the rule of law, then the obvious answer would be “no.”

In the very recent past, as the Senate Report on Torture reveals, such ideals were massively violated at Guantanamo Bay and at various black sites all over the world. But they were also violated during America’s dirty wars in Central America; and during the Phoenix Program in Vietnam; and during America’s blood-stained imperial conquest of the Philippines. And of course, still earlier, during America’s violation of countless treaties with its native peoples …

Dec 11 11:50

U.S. ARMY BUILDS DRONE AIRPORT IN TEXAS

An airport designed for only two kinds of drones is set to be built in the US State of Texas. At $33 million cost, the project demonstrates America’s unprecedented drive toward the use of unmanned aerial systems. A 150-acre drone launch and recovery complex, which will be “fenced and secured,” is to be built only for two drones – ‘Gray Eagle’ and ‘Shadow’ – at Fort Bliss, the Defense Systems website reported on Wednesday.

Dec 11 11:27

The Root of Police Militarization

Ben Swann takes a look at the root of police militarization and why even if military equipment is removed from police departments across the nation, militarization will not come to an end.

Dec 11 11:27

FORMER POLICE CHIEF: POLICE HAVE AN “OCCUPATIONAL FORCE MENTALITY”

As protests erupt over police killings of unarmed African-Americans, one former police chief is experiencing a painful case of déjà vu. ?Norm Stamper’s concern about the abuse of power by law enforcement is rooted in personal experience: He resigned as Seattle’s police chief after the 1999 World Trade Organization talks in that city exploded into violent confrontations between police and protestors. “I’ll take to my grave the way I handled that,” said Stamper, who served as a police officer in San Diego and Seattle for 34 years. He is the author of “Breaking Rank: A Top Cop’s Exposé of the Dark Side of American Policing.”

Dec 11 11:03

$1 trillion spending bill barely hangs on in first test vote

The $1.1 trillion spending bill narrowly survived its first test Thursday when the House approved rules for debate, bringing the bill to the floor and setting up an afternoon showdown that will expose just how deep the divisions run within the Democratic Party.

Senate Democrats were pleading for the bill’s passage, saying it was the best deal possible in divided government, but a House Democratic leader said the bill was so bad it would “fundamentally change our republic” because it altered campaign finance laws and made changes to how banks can trade derivatives.

Dec 11 10:41

Rescuing Diplomacy in an Age of Demagogy

Does America always live up to its ideals? If by American ideals we mean human rights and the rule of law, then the obvious answer would be “no.”

In the very recent past, as the Senate Report on Torture reveals, such ideals were massively violated at Guantanamo Bay and at various black sites all over the world. But they were also violated during America’s dirty wars in Central America; and during the Phoenix Program in Vietnam; and during America’s blood-stained imperial conquest of the Philippines. And of course, still earlier, during America’s violation of countless treaties with its native peoples …

Dec 11 09:35

THE WRH BANKER ARTICLES: ALL IN ONE CHUNK

I have received many emails regarding the various articles I have written about the problems with the current economic system of being forced to borrow all currency at interest from a privately-owned central bank. This is, of course, the very system of banking the United States fought a revolution to be free of, only to be sold back into said banker slavery not just once, but three times by corrupted congresses and corrupted presidents.

I have been asked to collect all those articles into a single page to make it easier for people to send to their friends, and this collection is the result.

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Dec 11 09:14

Ebola Has Not Gone Away – Only The ‘News’

While you might think that Ebola has gone away – because it’s no longer reported in the mainstream – it is still raging in Western Africa. -- It was widely reported after the Dallas Ebola case that the govt advised their media outlets to hush their Ebola reporting due to concerns of widespread panic among Americans. The media outlets promptly complied and we no longer hear about it.

Dec 11 09:11

James Carroll: The Pentagon as President Obama's Great White Whale

There's finally good news when it comes to the renewal of the Faith. I'm talking, of course, about the nuclear faith. In case you happen to have forgotten, that's the Cold War belief that a U.S. arsenal big enough to destroy several Earth-sized planets and on a hair-trigger alert remains crucial to the preservation of the American way of life and, at a more mundane level, that an Air Force career as a "missileer" isn't a dead-end path in a terrorism obsessed century.

Dec 11 08:48

Leadership courts centrist support for $1.1T spending bill as shutdown looms

Congressional leaders were trying to hold the center in the run-up to Thursday’s government shutdown deadline, with Senate Democrats and House Republicans pleading for their troops to back a $1.1 trillion spending bill that had those on both extremes of the ideological spectrum fuming.

House Republican leaders touted dents to the Internal Revenue Service budget and Environmental Protection Agency staffing levels, language that stalls some of President Obama’s plans to battle climate change, and the chance to fight the White House’s deportation amnesty next year as reasons to get behind the massive 1,600-page bill.

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THIS IS A CALL TO KEYBOARDS FOR ALL RIVERO'S RANGERS!

Wherever you see any articles, posts, or blogs about raising the debt ceiling, please post the above graphic, or quote the following...

"The question Americans should be asking is not whether to raise the debt ceiling, but rather why the Federal Government, which is authorized by the Constitution to create and issue interest-free money, instead borrows that money at interest from a privately owned central bank, thereby plunging future generations into debt slavery to that bank? THAT is the real question Americans should be asking!"

This quote is already making the rounds but we need to put this in front of the eyes of every American that we can over the next week as Congress debates just how much further they will sell us all into the slavery of the private central bankers.

Dec 11 08:22

Jeb Bush Has a Mitt Romney Problem

Over the last several months, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush has been giving speeches, campaigning for candidates, appearing at public forums, and meeting with wealthy donors, which has led many people to believe that he may soon enter the race to become the next Republican presidential nominee. On Dec.?1, Bush told a gathering of business leaders at the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington that he would make a decision about his political future “in short order.” But Bush’s recent business ventures reveal that he shares a number of liabilities with the last nominee, Mitt Romney, whose career in private equity proved so politically damaging that it sunk his candidacy.

Dec 11 07:26

CIA Cited Israeli Court Rulings to Justify Torture

The report revealed that the Agency’s lawyers used the rulings from Israel's Supreme Court to construct a legal case to justify the illegal interrogation methods.

The controversial report published Tuesday by the United States Senate Intelligence Committee on the torture methods used by the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) revealed that the Agency’s lawyers used the rulings from Israel’s Supreme Court to construct a legal case to justify the illegal interrogation methods.

Dec 11 07:16

John Michael Greer: Dark Age America - The Sharp Edge of the Shell

Many of my readers will recall Bill Nye the Science Guy, the star of a television program on science in the 1990s and still a vocal and entertaining proponent of science education. In a recent interview, Nye was asked why he doesn’t support the happy-go-lucky attitude toward dumping genetically modified organisms into the environment that’s standard in the United States and a few other countries these days. His answer is that their impact on ecosystems is a significant issue that hasn’t been adequately addressed. Those who know their way around today’s pseudoskeptic scene won’t be surprised by the reaction from one of Discover Magazine’s bloggers: a tar and feathers party, more or less, full of the standard GMO industry talking points and little else.

Nye’s point, as it happens, is as sensible as it is scientific: ecosystems are complex wholes that can be thrown out of balance by relatively subtle shifts, and since human beings depend for their survival and prosperity on the products of natural ecosystems, avoiding unnecessary disruption to those systems is arguably a good idea. This eminently rational sort of thinking, though, is not welcomed in corporate boardrooms just now.

Dec 11 06:42

Shielding Israel’s Secret Nukes

You know something doesn’t wash when the contrary views are as overwhelmingly held as on this matter. The resolution passed on a vote of 161-5.

Neither Israel nor the United States says publicly that Israel has nuclear weapons, but just about everyone else in the world takes it as a given that it does, which would make it the only state in the Middle East that does.

The stated rationale for the United States casting last Tuesday one of the very lonely votes it sometimes casts at the United Nations General Assembly, on matters on which almost the entire world sees things differently, warrants some reflection.

The resolution in question this time endorsed the creation of a nuclear weapons-free zone in the Middle East and called on Israel to join the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, to renounce any possession of nuclear weapons, and to put its nuclear facilities under the safeguards of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Dec 11 06:18

FLASHBACK: CIA Director Patreaus RESIGNS

WEBMASTER ADDITION: If people in DC resigned for having extra-marital affairs, the city would be empty. I suspect Patreus wanted to get out before the scale of the torture scandal became known and war crimes trials started.

Dec 11 06:14

Symbolic European gestures of state recognition won’t advance the Palestinian cause

If George Washington could revisit us today he would say that America's passionate attachment for Israel has produced the variety of evils he described in his 1796 address.

At the time of writing there is a French initiative underway. Its purpose is, it seems, to get a new Security Council resolution in which the Arab Peace Initiative of 2002 would be a key component…

Will Obama administration veto this new peace initiative ?

Dec 10 21:52

Congress Unanimously Passes Bill Confirming American Subservience to Israel

In an open display of Jewish Supremacist power over Congress, that body has unanimously passed a bill which ties America to Israel even more closely than before, promising increased financial and military aid—even though America is technically bankrupt and unprecedented millions of Americans are on welfare.

The news that Congress unanimously passed the US-Israel Strategic Partnership Act, promoted by the Jewish Supremacist senator Barbara Boxer, has not surprisingly been almost completely suppressed by the Zio-media dominated media aimed at non-Jewish readers.

Dec 10 19:42

President who vowed to end war, now seeks sweeping power to expand it

Secretary of State John F. Kerry told Congress Tuesday that President Obama wants expansive war powers to pursue the Islamic State terrorists wherever and however he deems necessary, stunning lawmakers by requesting a war authorization that would even allow the Pentagon to commit American combat troops to the fight.

Dec 10 19:30

US Budget Bill Stealthily Allows Banks to Use Federal Deposit Insurance to Cover Swaps and Derivates

Congress has agreed to use federal deposit insurance, which was designed to protect the savings accounts of consumers, to cover risky trading by the nation’s biggest banks. In a small provision in the budget bill, Congress agreed to allow banks to house their trading of swaps and derivatives alongside customer deposits, which are insured by the federal government against losses. Note: This destroys the last remaining albeit (limp wristed) protection Americans had left when they deposit their funds in these banks! If banks fail again, you'll never see your money.

Dec 10 18:02

The Only CIA Officer Charged for the CIA Torture Program is the Whistleblower

The only person charged with a prison sentence, so far, has been John Kiriakou, a former CIA official, the man accused of releasing classified information to unintended parties. Kiriakou was charged with a 30-month prison sentence.

Dec 10 17:53

CIA struggled to keep rationalizing brutal interrogations, report shows

When CIA interrogators waterboarded their first prisoner, Al Qaeda operative Abu Zubaydah, on Aug. 4, 2002, they justified the simulated drowning as a vital tool to extract secrets about future attacks against the United States. -- But after 20 days of round-the-clock interrogation at a secret prison in Thailand, during which Zubaydah was repeatedly waterboarded in long sessions, slammed against walls, slapped, confined in a coffin-size box for 266 hours and chained in “stress positions,” the interrogators concluded the Saudi-born operative knew nothing about new plots.

Dec 10 17:47

Lawsuit: Cops Confiscate Guns From Home After False Arrest

After falsely arresting a concealed carry permit holder nearly four months ago, Bakersfield, Calif., police confiscated all the guns from his home and never returned them, according to a lawsuit filed this week.

Dec 10 17:38

YOU WILL OBEY

Dec 10 17:34

Spy Wars: CIA vs. Congress (VIDEO)

Why is it okay to spy on U.S. citizens but not government officials?

Dec 10 16:40

How the Fed Grows Government

We are told that elections are important, but the most powerful state institution, the central bank, is totally out of reach of the voter.

Dec 10 16:18

Protests Across America: Will Obama Step Down?

Brandon Turbeville
Activist Post

According to U.S. leaders, “peaceful protests” across ??Syria? were enough to warrant calls for Assad to step down. Such civil unrest was reason enough to demand that Assad “face the reality of the complete rejection of his regime by the Syrian people.” So with massive civil unrest taking place all across the U.S., one must ask the question, is the logical response to demand that Obama step down?...

Dec 10 16:09

Welcome to the Recovery – McKinsey Survey Shows 40% of Americans Living Paycheck to Paycheck, Up From 31% in 2012

Nothing screams economic recovery like 2 out of every 5 Americans living paycheck to paycheck. Especially when that number has reportedly increased by 33% since 2012.

Dec 10 16:01

The CIA Tortured More Than ‘Some Folks’–And Now The MSM Invites The Perpetrators To Lie, Again

“We tortured some folks,” Barack Obama admitted recently, still downplaying war crimes committed in America’s name. But we now know those statements do not even begin to do justice to the horrific activities carried out by the CIA for years – atrocities that now have been exposed by the US Senate’s historic report on the CIA’s torture program, finally released on Tuesday after years of delay.

Dec 10 15:57

Symbolic European gestures of state recognition won't advance the Palestinian cause

Alan Hart says Europe needs to go beyond gestures towards Palestine and submit a Security Council resolution with an ultimatum for Israel to withdraw from the Palestinian territories or face international sanctions.

Dec 10 15:37

Taped Phone Call to Dept of Justice on Trustee Gary F Seitz Chapter 7 Abuse.

From yesterday:

http://mortgagemovies.blogspot.com/2014/12/kingcastmortgage-movies-and...

Wait for the taped phone call in a moment, but note first that former Eckert, Seamans Attorney Margaret England (more info) now works for the same law firm as Gary F. Seitz. England is a racist who called La Mar Gunn a nigger, as noted in a recent Federal Trial that Mr. Gunn won, pro se. So now we have discrimination against a Philipino family, nice.

In this case, the pro se Blanco family tried to file a Chapter 13 but checked the wrong box. Should be a simple matter to convert, right? I mean you know, seeing as they are trying to pay, rather than to extinguish a debt, right?

Dec 10 14:54

Trade ministers beg Brussels to remove more national sovereignty

Prime Ministers blame Brussels for, well, everything, But trade ministers have just written to EU President Juncker insisting he removes more of their national sovereignty through secret corporate courts.

Conflict rages in Brussels between those seeking to salvage the embattled EU/US trade pact (TTIP) by dropping ISDS as its most controversial aspect, and those who still want to push through the whole project in the face of mounting public opposition.

The ‘investor-state dispute settlement system’ (ISDS) would allow investors and corporations to sue governments in private international tribunals for any policy they deem “unfair” or which could affect their “legitimate profit expectations”.

Dec 10 14:36

It’s Not the Law, But Prosecutors, That Give Immunity to Killer Cops

Black Americans know all about “law and order”: the term, itself, is code for the state-wielded hammer that is relentlessly deployed against us. No people on earth are more conditioned to concentrated bludgeoning under “color of law” than African Americans, who account for one out of out eight of the world’s prison inmates. Black males are 21 times more likely than their white peers to be killed by U.S. lawmen, and make up a clear majority of young police shooting victims under the most draconian law and order regime on the planet. Of all the world’s peoples, none have been so unremittingly inculcated with the lessons of crime and punishment – especially punishment, whether merited or not.

Dec 10 12:58

Hagel’s Fall from Grace

Whether he was fired or only encouraged to resign from his position as secretary of defense, Charles Timothy “Chuck” Hagel’s departure was seen by many in Washington as inevitable. It underscored the disturbing reality of chaos, which has plagued the White House’s foreign policy of late.

Dec 10 12:55

Is Your Town ‘Too White’?

Federal bureaucrats believe they know better than you what your neighborhood should look like. It’s all part of a major initiative called “Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing” (AFFH) that seeks to integrate minorities from urban areas into predominantly white suburbs for the sake of promoting “diversity.” Plans to make this social-engineering project more effective are expected to be finalized before the end of this year.

Dec 10 11:11

Will Lawmakers Sneak a Gift to Wall Street into the Spending Bill?

Under cover of legislative chaos, lawmakers from both parties are working this week to preserve taxpayer-backing for some of Wall Street’s riskiest activities.

The deal taking shape would be slipped into the catch-all federal spending bill that is meant to finance the government in 2015, according to Capitol Hill sources who are not authorized to speak publicly. It would effectively repeal a plank of the Dodd-Frank financial reform law that would force big banks to conduct their most speculative derivatives trades in separately-capitalized subsidiaries, where they would be ineligible for federal deposit insurance, Federal Reserve assistance or other taxpayer-provided support.

The point of the law is to end the “heads I win, tails you lose,” game on Wall Street, in which the biggest banks keep the lavish winnings from their bets while pushing catastrophic losses onto the public, as happened in the financial crisis.

Dec 10 10:27

US court extends NSA surveillance rules in current form

A U.S. secret court has extended the authorization of the National Security Agency to continue surveillance of phone records in its current form after a reform bill ran into difficulties in the Senate.

Besides stopping the NSA from collecting bulk phone records of Americans from phone companies, the USA Freedom Act aimed to restrict the NSA’s access to these records by requiring the use of targeted selection terms.

Dec 10 10:05

TALIBAN USING JIHADIST TEXTBOOKS…SUPPLIED BY THE U.S.

As part of the U.S. campaign to undermine Soviet control over the country, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) oversaw the creation of school books in local Afghan languages that taught children how to become jihadists. The books, such as The Alphabet for Jihad Literacy, were produced for USAID by the University of Nebraska Omaha (which, years later, was apparently paid $6.5 million for a similar book contract, according to First Lady Laura Bush during her appearance with Afghan leader Hamid Karzai in 2002). The books were reportedly smuggled into Afghanistan with the help of the CIA and the ISI, the Pakistani military intelligence organization.

Dec 10 08:19

The ''Thin Blue Line'' Serves No Purpose

Brandon Smith
Activist Post

Like many people, I grew up watching numerous television shows and mainstream movies depicting a world in which the common police officer stood as a sentinel of civilized society against a seething underbelly of violence and chaos just beneath the surface of the world around us. Through public schooling, we were indoctrinated to fear the drug culture as a breeding ground of gangland destruction and to worship law enforcement officials as the only barrier between us and a cocaine-frosted wasteland. We were led to believe that every day police were holding back a tide of crime and terrorism. The so-called “thin blue line” was an indispensable part of a safe and prosperous nation.

To criticize or present opposition to the institution of state and federally funded law enforcement is often considered tantamount to treason – or, at the very least, it is considered unpatriotic...

Dec 10 08:02

Google to Back Hillary in 2016

Dec 10 07:53

Ellen Brown-5 Big Banks will Survive Next Financial Calamity-Everybody Else Bankrupt

When a financial crash does happen, you can forget about getting immediate access to your money. Ellen Brown of The Web of Debt Blog says, “The banks will say, well, we don’t have it.

Dec 10 07:37

TRADE AGREEMENT BRINGS FRANKENFOODS TO EUROPE; BIOTECH LOBBY BACKS PROPOSAL TO ALLOW STATES TO BLOCK GMO CROPS WITH SPECIAL PERMITS

Under the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), genetically modified foods could flood Europe where harsh opposition to America’s “dirty” food is prevalent. As the Washington Post reports, the TTIP is a globalization “milestone” that will bring in an additional 800 million consumers to multinational corporations. Jean Cabaret, an organic farmer in France, told the Post that “In France, food is about pleasure, about taste. But in the United States, they put anything in their mouths. No, this must be stopped.”

Dec 10 06:37

Republican Party Leaders Offered Free Trip to Israel Next Year

Several potential Republican Presidential candidates have already taken advantage of the trips. Members of the Republican National Committee will be treated early next year to a weeklong all-expenses-paid trip to Israel, according to an email from chairman Reince Priebus obtained by TIME.

Dec 10 05:09

U.S. Dept. of Health offers legal immunity to Ebola vaccine makers

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Tuesday offered liability protections to drugmakers rushing to develop Ebola vaccines and urged other countries to follow suit. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Burwell made the announcement as part of the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness (PREP) Act in a move aimed at encouraging the development and availability of experimental Ebola vaccines.

Dec 09 22:07

Netherlands rejects MH17 relatives’ request for UN investigation

The Netherlands has rejected a demand to allow the UN to replace Dutch experts at the helm of the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 investigation. The proposal was made by relatives of the plane’s passengers.

Dec 09 19:34

President Obama charges taxpayers $1.7 MILLION for one-night hotel stay at G20 summit in Australia

President Obama's one-night stay in Brisbane for the G20 summit cost taxpayers $1.7 million, a report has revealed.

The cost is said to have covered 4,096 rooms at three separate hotels for his entourage of security guards and assistants on November 15.

According to the Justification document published by the White House, it was 'fair and reasonable based on the pricing available across the city of Brisbane at the time of the visit'.

Dec 09 18:48

Missouri Legislation Will Change Constitution to Allow Vote on Marijuana Legalization

Shane Trejo
Activist Post

The Missouri state legislature will consider a constitutional amendment that would allow the voters to decide on the legalization of marijuana for recreational purposes during the 2015 session, effectively nullifying the unconstitutional federal prohibition of the same...

Dec 09 18:48

Massachusetts Man Files Lawsuit over Arrest for Recording, Deletion of Footage

George Thompson was shoved to the ground and arrested in January by a Massachusetts cop for the crime of standing on his porch and recording a police officer with his iPhone. The cops then deleted his footage. -- Now it’s payback time.

Dec 09 17:54

The CIA Torture Report Was Finally Released, and Boy, Is It Disturbing

The Senate Intelligence Committee has finally released a 500 page redacted version of the executive summary of its investigation of the CIA’s detention and interrogation program.

The 6,300 page report took four years to produce and is based on more than six million internal agency documents. The full report was not released due to security concerns raised by the CIA. Earlier this year, a compromise between the committee and the White House was reached to release the redacted version.

The findings revealed that the CIA's "interrogation techniques" were more brutal than we previously were told and were used more extensively.

Dec 09 16:47

Remember, CIA officer and whistleblower, John Kiriakou, is the only reason why we learned of waterboarding in the first place

Former CIA officer John Kiriakou is the only CIA employee connected to its interrogation program to go to prison. But he was prosecuted for providing information to reporters, not for anything connected to waterboarding or other actions that today’s Senate Intelligence Committee report calls “torture.” No other person connected to the program has been charged with a crime, after the Justice Department said their actions had been approved legally or that there was not sufficient admissible evidence in a couple cases of potential wrongdoing, even in light of the death of two detainees in the early 2000s.

Dec 09 16:28

Horrific Torture Report Shows Why Much Of The World Considers America To Be The Nazis Of The 21st Century

Good guys do not sadistically torture people. Good guys do not threaten to sexually abuse the family members of their prisoners, and they certainly do not forcibly ram things up the rear ends of those in their custody. One of the greatest dangers that our country is facing is the fact that we are not passing on what it means to be “American” to future generations.

Dec 09 15:52

Obama’s immigration taunt: Next president won’t dare reverse my executive action

Speaking at a town-hall meeting in Nashville, the president said it’s “theoretically” possible that the next administration could undo the amnesty Mr. Obama has granted to more than 4 million illegal immigrants, but he assured a crowd of undocumented Americans that such a step it is extremely unlikely.

Dec 09 15:46

New Illinois Eavesdropping Act Still Seems Designed to Protect Cops From Scrutiny

In March the Illinois Supreme Court unanimously overturned that state’s draconian Eavesdropping Act, finding that it “criminalizes a wide range of innocent conduct” and “burdens substantially more speech than is necessary to serve a legitimate state interest in protecting conversational privacy.”

Dec 09 15:31

Trade Agreement Brings Frankenfoods to Europe

Under the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), genetically modified foods could flood Europe where harsh opposition to America’s “dirty” food is prevalent.

Dec 09 15:12

MIT Prof. Gruber: Just Trying to “Look Smart” by Calling Americans Stupid

Dr. Jonathan Gruber, a MIT professor who received his Ph.D from Harvard, claimed he was just trying to “look smart” when he called American voters “stupid.” -- In a congressional hearing today, the Obamacare architect was asked by Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) what he meant when he said Obamacare passed due to the “stupidity of the American voter.”

Dec 09 14:45

GRUBER: I Wasn't Lying I Was CONJECTURING

Dec 09 14:23

Massive Federal Land Grab Hidden In This Year's NDAA

Eric Blair
Activist Post

The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) seems to be the catalyst each year for passing tyrannical laws that couldn't stand on their own without its cover of "defense."

Previous NDAAs gave us an open declaration of war on US citizens, indefinite detention without due process, and funding for the domestic spy grid and police militarization.

Buried deep in this year's 1600-page NDAA (likely that not one lawmaker even read) is a massive federal land grab for special interests...

Dec 09 14:03

Court and U.S. Chapter 7 Trustee Gary F. Seitz Caught Trying to Steal Property Instead of Allowing Chapter 13.


Wait for the taped phone call in a moment, but note first that former Eckert, Seamans Attorney Margaret England (more info) now works for the same law firm as Gary F. Seitz. England is a racist who called La Mar Gunn a nigger, as noted in a recent Federal Trial that Mr. Gunn won, pro se. So now we have discrimination against a Philipino family, nice.

In this case, the pro se Blanco family tried to file a Chapter 13 but checked the wrong box. Should be a simple matter to convert, right? I mean you know, seeing as they are trying to pay, rather than to extinguish a debt, right?

Dec 09 13:32

THE MOST VIOLENT POLICE FORCE IN U.S.: ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO

The most violent police force in the country isn’t in New York, Chicago or Los Angeles. It patrols Albuquerque, New Mexico. “There’s no accountability here. There’s no justice. There’s no respect,” resident Mike Gomez told AlterNet. “There’s no humanity here. There’s nothing. It’s so disgusting that they get away with it.” Gomez has reason to be angry at the police department. An off-duty officer shot and killed his son, Alan, who was holding nothing more than a spoon at the time.
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Dec 09 12:53

Beloit Police Want to Search Homes for Guns Without Warrants

A police boss in Wisconsin expects residents to allow gun searches by police without a court issued warrant

Dec 09 12:48

There Is No Such Thing As a Gun-Free Zone

To appreciate the similarity between believing in unicorns and working towards a “gun-free” world, let’s travel to the country where gunpowder began: the People’s Republic of China. Anti-gunners often hold up this civil rights black hole as the paragon of gun-free zone virtue. T’ain’t necessarily so. Check this dispatch from gulftoday.ae . . .

Dec 09 12:24

More D.C. Lies on Debts and Spending

Interest payments and entitlement payments will soon skyrocket. The next recession will bring about more stimulus packages. Politicians will buy votes by adding new spending programs to the budget and will be reluctant to pay for their spending with additional tax revenues. We will again see record budget deficits.

Dec 09 12:22

Chicago police incite protesters, blasting ‘Confederate anthem’ on loudspeaker from squad car *Video*

Four “Grinning” “white or Latino” cops in an unmarked squad car were witnessed rolling through Garfield Park

Dec 09 12:03

What a Reserve Currency Should Look Like

If the Fed wants the dollar to remain the world’s reserve currency of choice, it must raise interest rates rather than create more money and the government must slash its spending to avoid imposing higher taxes. If it chooses neither of these, or in such small increments as to make little difference, then I fear the dollar is doomed as the world’s primary reserve currency.

Dec 09 11:26

CrossTalk: Arab Spring Mirage

With the judicial exoneration of Egypt’s former President Mubarak, we are forced to consider the condition of the so-called Arab Spring. Or even ponder if there was even such a thing. And whether Washington actually prefers dictators and monarchs in the region, notes Peter Lavelle.

CrossTalking with David Ottaway, Wael Eskandar and Hafsa Kara-Mustapha.

Interesting that they are only just beginning to wake up to the farce. Its like calling the Kiev coup a revolution. This is what analyst Soraya Sepahpour-Ulrich told RT almost four years ago about the uprisings “wrong to call it Arab Spring, that was a term used by Western journalists to justify the Iraq invasion and imply ‘democracy’ would spread!”

Dec 09 11:20

Russia, Turkey pivot across Eurasia

This is what the New Great Game in Eurasia is all about.

The latest, spectacular “Exit South Stream, Enter Turk Stream” Pipelinistan gambit will be sending big geopolitical shockwaves all across Eurasia for quite some time. This is what the New Great Game in Eurasia is all about.

In a nutshell, a few years ago Russia devised North Stream – fully operational – and South Stream – still a project – to bypass unreliable Ukraine as a gas transit nation. Now Russia devises a new sweet deal with Turkey to bypass the “non-constructive” (Putin’s words) approach of the European Commission (EC) concerning the European “Third Energy Package”, which prohibits one company from controlling the full cycle of extraction, transportation and sale of energy resources.

Dec 09 11:17

UN Reveals Israeli Links With Syrian Rebels

Why is Israel supporting Syrian Rebels?

Reports by UN observers in the Golan submitted to 15 members of Security Council detail regular contact between IDF officers and armed Syrian opposition figures at the border.

Reports by UN observers in the Golan Heights over the past 18 months reveal the type and extent of cooperation between Israel and Syrian opposition figures. The reports, submitted to the 15 members of the UN Security Council and available on the UN’s website, detail regular contacts held on the border between IDF officers and soldiers and Syrian rebels.

Dec 09 11:13

Don’t Risk War With Russia

Washington rushes to court open conflict with Moscow against every rational interest.It is not wise to provoke a powerful enemy unless a vital national interest is at stake, which is not the case with Ukraine and Crimea.

Today, more than 20 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, there are many indications that Washington is slipping into a new and completely unnecessary confrontation with Moscow, only this time it is not being run largely out of sight by the CIA. Much of the new conflict is being conducted openly, with sanctions and resolutions by Congress, regular appearances in unstable regions overseas by senior state department officials and politicians, and trainings in new media political organizing funded by quasi non-governmental organizations like the National Endowment for Democracy (NED).

Dec 09 10:42

Cash Register Politics Destroys Democracy

“The mid-term elections are over. After spending hundreds of millions of business dollars, the Republicans now control the Senate and hold on to the House of Representatives. It is amazing that the Democrats did not do worse.” If those sentences ring familiar, it’s because I wrote them in 2002 in response to that year’s midterm elections, although they could easily apply today.

Dec 09 10:28

HAWAII UNDER MARTIAL LAW WAS LIKE ‘MILITARY DICTATORSHIP’ (1941-1944)

Islanders suffered under nearly three years of martial law from 1941-1944; so oppressive that it was later described by a federal judge as a “military dictatorship.” All manner of civilian liberties were replaced by oppressive military orders enforced by American soldiers. The dark period of Hawaiian history began on December 7, 1941, with the massive surprise attack of Japanese bombers on the U.S. Naval Base Pearl Harbor. The air raid successfully sunk or grounded 18 ships and killed 2,403 Americans. As the smoke billowed from the harbor, Lieutenant General Walter Short met with Territorial Governor Joseph Poindexter to convince him to declare martial law. Being coerced through tactics discussed below, Gov. Poindexter reluctantly ceded power to the military — temporarily, or so he thought.

Dec 09 09:38

Top NSA Whistleblower: Federal Government Has Gone Rogue

Binney, a 36-year veteran of the NSA, detailed multiple aspects of the agency’s current agenda, including its “treasonous” role in lying to judges in order to get unconstitutional domestic spying programs legitimized.

“When the government gets boxed into a corner, where they’re threatened by the test of a constitutionality of any of the programs they’re running, they lie to the courts,” Binney said. “And the courts are letting them get away with it.”

Dec 09 09:31

Old Tricks, Old Dogs: Israeli Attacks on Syria

Tony Cartalucci
Activist Post

Israel has once again conducted air strikes against the Syrian government and its people, in yet another act of unprovoked aggression and international criminality.

Strikes hit government facilities in the capital as well as Damascus International Airport. One must wonder why Israel attacks what it has called “regional threats” in Damascus when it allows terrorist groups including Al Qaeda’s Al Nusra Front to park tanks along its borders...

Dec 09 09:13

Jonathan Gruber apologizes to Congress for ‘inexcusable’ political comments about Obamacare

Jonathan Gruber, the man at the center of Obamacare’s troubled public image, apologized to Congress for “glib” and “thoughtless” comments about the stupidity of the American voters and how the health overhaul passed, arguing he is no political expert and shouldn’t have posed as one in speeches around the country.

Dec 09 09:06

Exploring the impact of TASERs in the UK

Activist Post

Social Scientists at the University of Exeter have called for a greater comparative analysis of the impact of TASERs used in law enforcement. The next generation of the electric-shock weapon used by police forces in England and Wales is currently under review...

Dec 09 08:43

Obamacare Creates Boom for Federal Contractors

The new money is buying medical-record software, insurance websites, claims processing, data analysis, computer system overhauls, consumer education and consulting expertise to control costs and identify fraud.

True, it’s a fraction of the $200 billion-plus the Pentagon spent on planes, bombs and other purchases in fiscal 2014. But thanks largely to automatic cuts set in 2011, defense contracting has dipped by more than a third since 2008 despite continuing conflict in Afghanistan and the Middle East.

Dec 09 08:29

MEET THE RICH WHITE GUY WHO IS RUNNING THE UNITED BLACK OUT BOYCOTT OF CAPITALISM

There’s a white, rich dude running the black boycott capitalism movement known as United Blackout. His name is Michael Latt and he is the marketing director of United Blackout. “Control how Black money is spent and you win the game,” says United Blackout’s campaign video. And Latt seeks to deliver.

Dec 09 08:20

LEBRON JAMES LEADS THE WAY IN 'I CAN'T BREATHE' T-SHIRT AS HUNDREDS OF ANTI-POLICE PROTESTERS MOB NBA GAME ATTENDED BY WILLIAM AND KATE

Hundreds of Eric Garner protesters descended on the Brooklyn's Barclays Center hosting the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge on Monday night in the fifth day of protests. Star players including LeBron James and Kyrie Irving joined the demonstration by wearing 'I Can't Breathe' shirts as they warm up for a game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Brooklyn Nets. And pop royalty Jay Z supported the statement by posing for a picture with four Nets players wearing the customized shirts. The protest, dubbed #RoyalShutdown, comes almost a week after a grand jury refused to indict white police officer Daniel Pantaleo for the chokehold that killed black father-of-six Eric Garner.

Dec 09 08:10

The elite of the world (exposed on video)

For decades, a shadowy and secret elite organization called the Bilderberg Group has plotted policy together that subjugates humanity under the cover of darkness. Now WeAreChange.org expose them, this is real journalism you won’t see anywhere else.

Dec 09 07:58

US Supreme Court = the echo chamber (a possible explanation for their continual destruction of our rights)

snips:
“Business can pay for the best counsel money can buy. The average citizen cannot,” Ginsburg said. “That’s just a reality.”
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“It has become a guild, a narrow group of elite justices and elite counsel talking to each other,” Luttig said. The court and its bar have grown “detached and isolated from the real world, ultimately at the price of the healthy and proper development of the law.”
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In these cases, the elite lawyers were three times more likely to petition the court on behalf of businesses. And the appeals brought by a leading attorney were six times more likely to be heard than those that were not.
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Dec 09 07:54

MEASURE ALLOWING ROTHSCHILD'S RIO TINTO TO OPEN A MASSIVE COPPER MINING PROJECT ON SACRED APACHE LAND SLIPPED INTO NDAA

The leader of the San Carlos Apache Tribe is asking the Senate not to vote on the annual National Defense Authorization Act until a provision that would allow a massive copper mining project on sacred land is removed. The House approved a bill on December 4 that gives 2,400 acres of sacred Apach eland to a giant international mining corporation, then sent it to the Senate for a fast vote in a process that won’t allow amendments to be made. The Senate is expected to act on it this week.

Dec 09 07:52

Rothschild Bankers Lobby Congress To Force Taxpayers To Insure $TRILLIONS$ Of Fraudulent Bank Derivatives!!

As Michael Snyder notes, JP Morgan Chase, Goldman Sachs, Citibank, Bank of America, Morgan Stanley, and plenty of others have manipulated the market with these derivative bets, and have at least $40 trillion in derivatives exposure. If Congress passes FDIC protection for these controversial and complex financial instruments, it could dwarf existing debt held by the federal government and cost taxpayers an absolutely insurmountable sum, all while letting the bankers walk away free, and with their other winnings in hand.

Dec 08 19:22

Bush Joins Bid to Block Senate Release of CIA Torture Report; Blasts Report Even Before its Release

Current and past U.S. officials, including former President George W. Bush, have mounted a campaign to try to block the release tomorrow of a Senate report detailing harsh interrogation tactics previously used by the CIA on suspected terrorists. The opposition comes as Democrats on the Senate intelligence committee plan to release an executive summary of the 6,200-page report, which found the CIA used extreme interrogation methods at secret prisons more often than legally authorized and failed to disclose all the activities to lawmakers and other officials.

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