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When a journalist for Univision asked President Obama last week why he hasn’t fired Attorney General Eric Holder over the “Fast and Furious” gun walking fiasco, the reporter, it turns out, had an inside scoop that added urgency to the question.
At 7 p.m. on Sunday, Univision says it’ll air a blockbuster investigation detailing the impact of the deeply flawed gunrunning investigation, which operated between Oct. 2009 and January 2011.
The Spanish-language channel says the “Aqui y Ahora” program will expose the true deadly toll of a covert program where US officials allowed over 2,000 high-powered rifles to “walk” into the hands of violent Mexican cartels. Expecting American interest, Univision will caption the program in English.
In the US, “Fast and Furious” is most noted for its ties to the death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and for political fallout over the extent of involvement of the Obama administration, including Attorney General Holder. But in Mexico, the program may reignite furor over how a US government that had promised to try to halt the border gun traffic instead covertly contributed to
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The American Civil Liberties Union will go to court on Thursday in an attempt to get the CIA to hand over documents related to President Barack Obama's controversial "targeted killing" programme that uses unmanned drones to strike suspected Islamic militants.
The programme has been repeatedly referenced in public by numerous senior officials, including by Obama himself and defence secretary Leon Panetta, but the spy agency has refused to comply with a Freedom of Information Act request from the civil liberties group because it says it will not confirm the secretive use of drones.
As a result the ACLU has gone to court to argue that the CIA cannot deny the existence of a programme that has been so widely reported, including in great detail in off-the-record briefings by administration and agency officials. Jameel Jaffer, the deputy legal director of the ACLU, said: "It is preposterous. The assertion that this programme is a secret is nothing short of absurd.
"For more than two years, senior officials have been making claims about the programme both on the record and off. They've claimed that the programme is effective, lawful and closely supervised. If they can make these claims, there is no reason why they should not be required to respond to [FOIA] requests."
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http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/sep/19/aclu-us-drone-programme-courtThe American Civil Liberties Union will go to court on Thursday in an attempt to get... more
Before 9/11, George W. Bush was destined for a middling legacy. There was no great indication his administration would become the clustercoitus it became. His biggest “accomplishment” was a cut-em’-in-half, Solomonaic decision to ban stem cell testing while using up the existing supply of “the unborn”. When he delivered his announcement, he had that deer in the headlights squint that would become so familiar and ridiculed in the years to come.Before 9/11, George W. Bush was destined for a middling legacy. There was no great... more
Two weeks ago at the Republican National Convention, former Bush administration National Security Advisor Condi Rice attacked the Obama administration for not taking action in Syria.Two weeks ago at the Republican National Convention, former Bush administration... more
Hacker says he’s got Romney’s tax returns
U.S. Marines probed for hate crime in beating outside California gay bar
GIRL SPENT 8 HOURS BENEATH BODIES IN FRENCH ALPS
EVIDENCE OF WIDER US WATERBOARDING and other nasty stuffHacker says he’s got Romney’s tax returns
U.S. Marines probed for hate... more
Take a break from presidential politics for one of the most important stories you'll read this week...
TrapWire is a surveillance system designed by former high-ranking government officials now working for an entity called Abraxas, which utilizes footage from CCTV cameras located all over the country. The video footage is then downloaded to a secure server and analyzed as a means to predict crimes or criminal behavior before they happen. It’s all very Minority Report, and as that film reminded us, altogether dangerous.
http://veracitystew.com/?p=41447Take a break from presidential politics for one of the most important stories... more
A team of 200 U.S. Marines have begun patrolling Guatemala's western coast in an unprecedented operation to combat drug trafficking in Central America, the AP reports.
Operation Martillo (i.e. Hammer) will target fast power boats and self-propelled "narco-submarines," primarily those of the Zeta cartel, along Central America's Pacific coast with the help of four UH-1 "Huey" helicopters.
The U.S.-led operation involves troops or law enforcement agents from Belize, Britain, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, France, Guatemala, Honduras, the Netherlands, Nicaragua, Panama and Spain.
"This is the first Marine deployment that directly supports countering transnational crime in this area, and it's certainly the largest footprint we've had in that area in quite some time," Marine Staff Sgt. Earnest Barnes of U.S. Southern Command told AP.
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What a crock of sh!t! Our tax dollars paying to fight coke and weed? Who cares? Obviously not liberal hypocrites! Remember Iran Contra? The CIA runs drugs worldwide!A team of 200 U.S. Marines have begun patrolling Guatemala's western coast in an... more
Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. announced Thursday that no one would be prosecuted for the deaths of a prisoner in Afghanistan in 2002 and another in Iraq in 2003, eliminating the last possibility that any criminal charges will be brought as a result of the brutal interrogations carried out by the C.I.A.Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. announced Thursday that no one would be prosecuted... more
The rightwing transparency group, Judicial Watch, released Tuesday a new batch of documents showing how eagerly the Obama administration shoveled information to Hollywood film-makers about the Bin Laden raid. Obama officials did so to enable the production of a politically beneficial pre-election film about that "heroic" killing, even as administration lawyers insisted to federal courts and media outlets that no disclosure was permissible because the raid was classified.
Thanks to prior disclosures from Judicial Watch of documents it obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, this is old news. That's what the Obama administration chronically does: it manipulates secrecy powers to prevent accountability in a court of law, while leaking at will about the same programs in order to glorify the president.
But what is news in this disclosure are the newly released emails between Mark Mazzetti, the New York Times's national security and intelligence reporter, and CIA spokeswoman Marie Harf. The CIA had evidently heard that Maureen Dowd was planning to write a column on the CIA's role in pumping the film-makers with information about the Bin Laden raid in order to boost Obama's re-election chances, and was apparently worried about how Dowd's column would reflect on them. On 5 August 2011 (a Friday night), Harf wrote an email to Mazzetti with the subject line: "Any word??", suggesting, obviously, that she and Mazzetti had already discussed Dowd's impending column and she was expecting an update from the NYT reporter.
A mere two minutes after the CIA spokeswoman sent this Friday night inquiry, Mazzetti responded. He promised her that he was "going to see a version before it gets filed", and assured her that there was likely nothing to worry about:
"My sense is there a very brief mention at bottom of column about CIA ceremony, but that [screenwriter Mark] Boal also got high level access at Pentagon."
She then replied with this instruction to Mazzetti: "keep me posted", adding that she "really appreciate[d] it".
Moments later, Mazzetti forwarded the draft of Dowd's unpublished column to the CIA spokeswoman (it was published the following night online by the Times, and two days later in the print edition). At the top of that email, Mazzetti wrote: "this didn't come from me … and please delete after you read." He then proudly told her that his assurances turned out to be true:
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http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/aug/29/correspondence-collusion-new-york-times-cia?commentpage=last#end-of-commentsThe rightwing transparency group, Judicial Watch, released Tuesday a new batch of... more
When Julian Assange arrived in Sweden in August 2010 he was greeted like a conquering hero. But within weeks there was a warrant out for his arrest and he was being investigated for rape and sexual molestation. Today he is taking sanctuary in the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, arguing he won't receive justice if he's taken to Sweden and that US authorities are building a case for his extradition.
Next, Four Corners reporter Andrew Fowler examines in detail what happened in those crucial weeks while Julian Assange was in Sweden. What was the nature of his relationship with the two women who claim he assaulted them? And what did they tell police that led the authorities to seek his arrest?
There is a very interesting, informative and enlightening video on that web-page which I strongly recommend..When Julian Assange arrived in Sweden in August 2010 he was greeted like a conquering... more
Metaphysical and psychic phenomena have long existed on the fringes of conventional science and academia. ESP, Clairvoyance, Telekinesis and Astral traveling have all been relegated to the back seat of mainstream, accepted belief systems in spite of an extensive mention of these practices down the ages, across myriad cultures. It has always been challenging for practitioners of the science to be validated by the prevailing status quo.
That however changed in 1995 when the CIA declassified a top secret program that had been training individuals in the esoteric science of ’Remote Viewing’ in which, it was claimed, people were able to envision ongoing activities in distant places and future events.
Although reminiscent of a Sci-Fi yarn, Remote viewing was tested and deployed under rigorous scientific conditions to obtain data about foreign espionage activities, counter terrorism efforts, secret military bases abroad and hidden missiles. It recognized the inherent psychic potential in humans and attempted to harness these special faculties or ’powers’ for the purposes of intelligence gathering, often of a vital nature.
The initial testing was done at the Stanford Research Institute (SRI) where extensive investigations were carried out into the human mind’s capacity to transcend all bounds of time and space. SRI’s research was supported by the CIA and other government agencies for over two decades.
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They say we only use about 10% of our brain...not if you were trained in remote viewing.Metaphysical and psychic phenomena have long existed on the fringes of conventional... more
Is the United States supporting al Qaeda in Syria? Reality Check looked at a report by Reuters last week that indicates the answer is yes.
So why did an Irish journalist claim that Ben was supporting pro-Syrian President Bashar al Assad propaganda?
Ben has the Reality Check you won't see anywhere else.
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http://www.fox19.com/story/19232163/reality-check-the-us-government-actually-created-al-qaedaIs the United States supporting al Qaeda in Syria? Reality Check looked at a report by... more
Police in Florida are asking for the public's help in the unusual case of Roy Antigua, a 52-year-old man who was found in possession of a cache of fake IDs—including CIA, Coast Guard and hospital badges—medical paraphernalia and a NASA flight suit and space helmet.
"In 20 years, I've never seen anything this elaborate," New Port Richey police Detective Michael Anderson said at a news conference on Monday.
On July 31, police stopped Antigua's black Cadillac Escalade, which had tinted windows, a Department of Homeland Security registration sticker and Coast Guard decals. He was cited for driving with a suspended license. During questioning, Antigua showed police a military ID that turned out to be fake.
A subsequent search of two homes uncovered about 200 suspicious items, New Port Richey Police Chief James Steffens told CNN, including "diplomatic license plates and dozens of fake identification cards from the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Department of Defense, CIA and NASA," as well as "access badges to hospitals around Florida, doctor and nurse scrubs, a respiratory technician badge, police blue lights and access stickers to Coast Guard bases." Antigua also had at least six Boy Scout uniforms.
"The question remains," WTSP-TV said. "Is Roy Antigua a true threat, a possible danger with the approaching Republican National Convention? Did he have devious plans with all the paraphernalia he possessed? Or was he just living a fantasy?"
"He's definitely strange," Steffens said. "But we need to know if he's truly dangerous."
Steffens said that Antigua, dressed in a Coast Guard uniform, approached him in May during a Memorial Day event. "He blended in and even introduced himself," the Steffens said. "We never knew."
He added: "The best case scenario is he just liked to dress up and wear outfits."
According to Fox's Tampa Bay affiliate, local police are working with the Secret Service to determine where Antigua's CIA badge came from.
Antigua—a native of Cuba—is being held in Pasco County Jail for an unrelated probation violation, giving police time to solve the mystery.
"We just want to know what this individual has been involved in," Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco said at the news conference. "Has he been committing crimes? What kind of individual would want to dress up like this? That is why we need the public's help."Uhh...WTF?!?
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In Google’s Brave New World, all of your money will be in the “cloud” – a metaphor for data stored and retrieved over the internet – and you will pay for stuff with a swipe of a mobile device.
Google rolled out this “service” in 2011 and calls it “Google Wallet.” It stores credit and debit card information on Google’s servers. Google has partnered with the multinational banksters at Citigroup and the scheme currently works with MasterCard and Visa. It works with 300,000 plus merchants using Sprint’s Nexus S 4G phones. Google has announced it will partner with all vendors of non-Android phones, including Apple, RIM, and Microsoft.
Imagine all your credit card and debit data sitting on the CIA’s servers. Now imagine some time in the not too distant future when you become an enemy of the state – maybe it was that post critical of the Pentagon on Facebook or that scathing email you sent to your congress critter – and suddenly you can no longer access your money because you are locked out of the “cloud.”
If you think Google wouldn’t do this, think again. It is a key component of the global elite’s control grid, now rolling out at breakneck speed.
Back in 2006, we reported on Google’s relationship with the CIA. Robert Steele, a 20-year Marine Corps infantry and intelligence officer and a former clandestine services case officer with the CIA, told Alex Jones the CIA helped bankroll Google from the very start.
“I think Google took money from the CIA when it was poor and it was starting up and unfortunately our system right now floods money into spying and other illegal and largely unethical activities, and it doesn’t fund what I call the open source world,” said Steele, citing “trusted individuals” as his sources for the claim.
“They’ve been together for quite a while,” added Steele.
Google, moreover, is a key player in the military-industrial complex. “Google is linked to the U.S. spy and military systems through its Google Earth software venture. The technology behind this software was originally developed by Keyhole Inc., a company funded by In-Q-Tel, a venture capital firm which is in turn openly funded and operated on behalf of the CIA,” writes Eric Sommer.
“Moreover, Googles’ connection with the CIA and its venture capital firm extends to sharing at least one key member of personnel. In 2004, the Director of Technology Assessment at In-Q-Tel, Rob Painter, moved from his old job directly serving the CIA to become ‘Senior Federal Manager’ at Google,” Sommer continues.
Now that millions are addicted to mobile devices, the trick is to get them to agree to put their money in the cloud and use their phones to pay for everything.
Total control can’t be far behind.
Not far behind indeed!In Google’s Brave New World, all of your money will be in the... more
Washington gives Israel billions of dollars in aid annually , the latest weapons and technology , and numerous other special privileges . In return , it steals US state and civilian secrets .Washington gives Israel billions of dollars in aid annually , the latest weapons and... more
The Central Intelligence Agency’s involvement in drug trafficking is back in the media spotlight after a spokesman for the violence-plagued Mexican state of Chihuahua became the latest high-profile individual to accuse the CIA, which has been linked to narcotics trafficking for decades, of ongoing efforts to “manage the drug trade.” The infamous American spy agency refused to comment.
In a recent interview, Chihuahua state spokesman Guillermo Terrazas Villanueva told Al Jazeera that the CIA and other international “security” outfits "don't fight drug traffickers." Instead, Villanueva argued, they try to control and manage the illegal drug market for their own benefit.
"It's like pest control companies, they only control," Villanueva told the Qatar-based media outlet last month at his office in Juarez. "If you finish off the pests, you are out of a job. If they finish the drug business, they finish their jobs."
Another Mexican official, apparently a mid-level officer with Mexico’s equivalent of the U.S. Department of “Homeland Security,” echoed those remarks, saying he knew that the allegations against the CIA were correct based on talks with American agents in Mexico. "It's true, they want to control it," the official told Al Jazeera on condition of anonymity.
Credibility issues with employees of the notoriously corrupt Mexican government aside, the latest accusations were hardly earth shattering — the American espionage agency has been implicated in drug trafficking from Afghanistan to Vietnam to Latin America and everywhere in between. Similar allegations of drug running have been made against the CIA for decades by former agents, American officials, lawmakers, investigators, and even drug traffickers themselves.
Some of the most prominent officials to level charges of CIA drug trafficking include the former head of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Robert Bonner. During an interview with CBS, Bonner accused the American “intelligence” outfit of unlawfully importing a ton of cocaine into the U.S. in collaboration with the Venezuelan government.
Even the New York Times eventually covered part of the scandal in a piece entitled "Anti-Drug Unit of C.I.A. Sent Ton of Cocaine to U.S. in 1990." And the agency’s Inspector General, Frederick Hitz, was eventually forced to concede to a congressional committee that the CIA has indeed worked with drug traffickers and obtained a waiver from the Department of Justice in the 1980s allowing it to conceal its contractors’ illicit dealings.
Full SDtory: http://thenewamerican.com/usnews/crime/item/12247-cia-%E2%80%9Cmanages%E2%80%9D-drug-trade-mexican-official-saysThe Central Intelligence Agency’s involvement in drug trafficking is back in the... more
An expose of Yale's super secretive and elite Order of Skull & Bones.
This chronicle of espionage, drug smuggling, and elitism in Yale University's Skull & Bones society offers rare glimpses into this secret world with previously unpublished documents, photographs, and articles that delve into issues such as racism, financial ties to the Nazi party, and illegal corporate dealings. Contributors include Antony Sutton, author of America's Secret Establishment; Dr. Ralph Bunch, professor emeritus of political science at Portland State University; Webster Griffin Tarpley and Anton Chaitkin, authors and historians; and Howard Altman, editor of the Philadelphia City Paper.
Fleshing Out Skull & Bones
Great interview for those who want to really know what's going on!!
An expose of Yale's super secretive and elite Order of Skull & Bones.... more
The previously postponed and much-awaited visit of the new head of Inter-Services Intelligence, Lieutenant General Zaheerul Islam, has finally arrived. He will meet the U.S. intelligence officials in a three-day visit from August 1st to 3rd in Washington, D.C. The visit was delayed due to some “pressing commitments” the newly-appointed ISI chief had to handle at home. Without doubting that there must be some tactical reasons behind the postponement to get some kind of an edge, the visit is laden with hopes.
This is the first time the new ISI chief is making a visit to the U.S. since assuming office in March this year. May be he might prove to be a better strategist than the previous one. The ISI chief will discuss matters on counter-terror cooperation and intelligence sharing. If any end is to be put in the Afghanistan’s story, it is important that the military officials of the U.S. and Pakistan work cordially. Thousands of Pakistani civilians and soldiers have been killed in this War on Terror for Pakistan’s less appreciated role as the frontline state. The U.S. has accepted its mistake and presented a “near apology” for the notorious Salala incident, which killed 28 Pakistani soldiers at the two army checkpoints in November last year.
Keeping in mind the context of the recent tensions for the U.S. that have developed especially due to the seven-month blockade the NATO supplies in Afghanistan faced and the sentencing of Dr. Shakil Afridi, the doctor responsible for aiding the CIA to locate Osama bin Laden, this visit is expected to bring in some change in the attitudes on both sides and bridge the ever-growing gulf in relations and trust between Pakistan and the United States. The area where the diplomats should succeed in maintaining and fostering of ties, but have failed to bring the two nations together, may be the ISI could talk some sense into this game of a tic-tac-toe which does not offer many moves on the table.
Amidst all this, the U.S. drone strikes continue with the same frequency that harm and kill Pakistani civilians, despite being requested and then demanded by Pakistan to stop the air strikes. Thus, going into this visit, the emphasis would again be laid by the ISI chief on stopping these drone attacks and this time the ISI chief is being looked upon to seal the deal once and for all.
The U.S. again got away with having a kind of an upper hand by reopening of the NATO supplies to Afghanistan. The strategies which would be presented from Pakistan’s side in this visit have already been discussed by the civil and military leaders of the country in a meeting. Now what the civil-military leadership of Pakistan wants is again a kind of a compromise or a mid-way where “new options” would be “explored” as an “alternative for drone attacks”.
This “alternative” is being reported as some kind of a replacement for the U.S. drone attacks that Pakistan would propose. It would also be better for military cooperation that the drone technology be shared with Pakistan too. The main idea that Pakistani military officials are propounding is that the U.S. pinpoints a target and inform Pakistani military and intelligence command. The target would then be destroyed by the ISI itself. Such an intelligence sharing requires high-levels of trust between the two countries. The main aim is to basically avoid collateral damage and the grievances that results amongst the Pakistani nation, thus harbouring anti-US sentiments in people.The previously postponed and much-awaited visit of the new head of Inter-Services... more