Cheat-Sheet On Spying

Congress Is Holding Hearings on Government Spying … Here’s a Cheat Sheet

If you’ve been too busy to catch up on the details of the spying scandal, here’s an overview:

  • IT and security professionals are quite concerned about government spying
  • A Congressman noted that – even if a mass surveillance program is started for good purposes – it will inevitably turn into a witch hunt
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  • Bonita Coffee

    Senators Wyden and Udall have said there is is a secret interpretation of the Patriot Act which they cannot share with others. So if the government creates secret interpretations of other laws we can essentially rid ourselves of the US Constitution and Bill of Rights and no one would be the wiser. After all, whoever knows about these secret interpretations couldn’t blow the whistle because they are secret. And if you tell anyone about a government secret you would become a traitor and go to jail.

    So…the oath to uphold the US Constitution is just a mouth full of words that can be overruled so long as secret interpretations of laws are established by our supreme leaders. The Constitution is merely a nice museum artifact to be read (if you can read cursive) by visitors to D.C.

    • Johnny Shiloh

      If what you say is true, then let’s face it we are truly becoming like the Nazis. I often think of that World War 2 quote that ends with, “Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak for me.” It’s time we all studied the seven 1942 leaflets of The White Rose by three youth who were trying to awaken the German people from their apathy while Hitler hijacked the German nation. You will see the obvious and striking parallels.

  • Carroll Price

    Now that the wars are winding down, spying on the entire world appears to be the latest method used for funneling taxpayer money into the defense industry.

  • Gorak

    I might be mistaken, but doesn’t every network card compatible with TCP/IP (or other protocols) use a proprietary IBM design? Doesn’t the ability to process simultaneous Network Control Blocks imply that network cards comprise native CPU and memory that interface directly with the ISA/EISA/PCI/whatever bus? Get real people, you’ve been sold down the river. Nothing you do on your computer is private. Wake the bleep up.

  • Chris

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  • Johnny Shiloh

    I can never figure this out: If we no longer have a functioning democracy, if the administration commits high treason as when a high Obama administration official told reporters, “We are going to kill the dollars,” if the secret spying court is nothing but a kangaroo court, if the spying program is illegal, if our Constitution has been shredded and we have been increasingly stripped of our civil liberties, if we are no longer a free society, if Obama has criminalized investigative reporting, if his presidency has been defined by by “kill lists,” the murder of civilians in secret drone strikes, the assassination of American citizens, tapping journalists’ phones, and championing of warrantless surveillance of American citizens, if the national debt has been driven “from $7.8 trillion to $16.7 trillion in less than five years, a 110% increase,” accumulating “more debt in half a year than we did cumulatively over the first 182 years of our existence as a country,” – if one or all of these things be true, then why are not impeachment proceedings commenced immediately?! I honestly don’t understand it. I guess every one is just going to stand by until the country becomes a full blown dictatorship, and riots and starvation are rampant. I don’t understand what everyone is thinking.

    • terry1956

      Did Obama really say that about the dollar, when and which dollar, the Federal Reserve Dollar or the Constitutional US Dollar (90% silver and 10% copper)?
      In 1932 the last year before the federal reserve dollar became illegal ” legal tender” it took the melt market value of 5 US dollars to equal the market value of a non ” legal tender” federal reserve dollar.
      In 1933 the FSD was illegally made legal tender ( of course the federal government had no legal authority to make anything legal tender including the US dollar which the silver mining lobby from the 1880s and later the free silver cross of gold movement was glad the federal government performed a clearly illegal unconstitutional act in making US mint coins such as the US dollar ” legal tender.
      Since FDR took office it appears that the federal reserve dollar has lost around 99% of its value against the US dollar but check on the latest at
      coinflation.com

      • Johnny Shiloh

        “Did Obama really say that about the dollar” – yes, Google it. It’s all over the place —>

        Senior Obama Official: “We Are Going To Kill The Dollar” And that is high treason!

        • Bev

          Off topic except that everything needs to be repaired. Better is a Permanently Circulating Money that is a Public/Government Debt-Free, Interest-Free Money pushed into jobs to fix and create new infrastructure to help our economic and physical survivability. But, be careful that the new money is not another Debt money . See: http://moneyaswealth.blogspot.com/2010/04/new-100-federal-reserve-note-same-old.html
          New 100 Federal Reserve Note Same Old Debt
          hint: If it says “Note” on it, it is a debt instrument.
          Each one of these in circulation represents more debt than there is money to pay it off.

          For Solution See: http://www.monetary.org/2013-conference
          The American Monetary Institute is pleased to announce its 9th Annual AMI Monetary Reform Conference
          September 19-22, 2013, at University Center, Chicago
          Register by phone at (224) 805-2200
          ………….

          http://www.monetary.org/
          http://www.monetary.org/american-money-scene-5-august-16-2009/2009/08

          Historical experience has taught us what we need to do:

          1. Put the Federal Reserve System into the U.S. Treasury.

          2. Stop the banking system creating any part of the money supply.

          3. Create new money as needed by spending it on public infrastructure,
          including human infrastructure, e.g. education and health care.

          These 3 elements must all be done together, and are all in draft legislative
          form as the proposed American Monetary Act [In September 2011,
          Congressman Dennis Kucinich introduced the National Emergency Employment Defense (NEED) Act, HR 2990, into Congress. View details here
          http://www.monetary.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/HR-2990_KucinichVideos.pdf ].

          The correct action is for Congress to fulfil its constitutional responsibilities to furnish the nation with its money by making the American Monetary Act law.

          The correct action for the States is to insist on this Federal action!

          Genuine monetary reform is the solution to the nation’s fiscal problems, and that can only be achieved at the national level.

          snip

          We don’t need any more diversions.

          We citizens have only so much energy and time to devote to changing our
          world for the better. Diverting good people into nonsense condemns us
          to continue suffering unnecessarily. This time of crisis must be used
          for real reform, not diversions.

          So what is the solution?

          It’s the monetary system which must be changed to end the fiscal crisis, and
          State governments cannot do this – it’s a matter for the Federal Government.

          Under present constitutional and legal conventions, the only institutions
          that can create money without debt are national treasuries and/or central banks. State governments within a federal nation cannot do this– the problem can only be solved at the national level.

          Proposals promoting anything else would require a constitutional amendment, which is not necessary.

          ………

          http://moneyaswealth.blogspot.com/2009/04/bankruptcies-no-end-in-sight.html

          Bankruptcies – No End In Sight.

          Don’t you wonder what happens to the money that was borrowed and then spent into the economy, when a person goes bankrupt?

          The money is now “out” in the economy, right? It did not get paid back to the bank, right?

          That is the money, that the rest of the “customers” of this scam the banking system is running on the world, use to pay their interest. As you know, there is no mechanism in the system, to create money to pay interest, the way it is set up now.

          We should change that so that we have a system that works without requiring bankruptcies, fraud and money laundering – just to function.

          ……………

          http://www.monetary.org/how-the-economists-facilitated-the-crisis-and-how-hr-6550-solves-it/2011/06

          How the Economists Facilitated the Crisis and How HR 6550* Solves it (Note: this Bill needs to be reintroduced by Congress)

          snip
          Economist Jamie Galbraith in testimony to the Senate Crime subcommittee on May 4th, 2010:

          “I write to you from a disgraced profession. Economic theory, as widely taught since the 1980s, failed miserably to understand the forces behind the financial crisis.”

          With rare exceptions, those in control of the World’s monetary/economic agenda and the theories supporting it have helped bring the world to its knees. Shouldn’t they (and their theories) be held accountable? The challenge will be for “youngsters” like yourselves, to bring your chosen profession to its senses.

          False “monetary” beliefs (some call them theories) have misdirected public policy decisions for decades, with devastating effect! Errors of Concept, methodology and factual errors led to disastrous outcomes for our nation and have the potential to gradually take America down into an unprecedented abyss of lawlessness and deprivation. Consider the present insane calls for austerity. Economists have allowed the idea to prevail that a government has to be run the way a shopkeepers runs his store. These times call for greater care and some heroism among economists; and cowardice is no longer tolerable among those who do understand.

          Which particular monetary errors? Most importantly, economists have not understood or appreciated the difference between money and credit. That using credit for money is dangerous, harmful and unnecessary. Can’t they read Knapp’s “State Theory of Money, available in English since the early 1920s, to understand credit is just one type of money system, and not a good one at that? Even Minsky who pointed out that such a fractional reserve system always collapses, regarded that as a problem inherent in “Capitalism, and didn’t consider eradicating it but merely called for government providing jobs when the credit structure was in collapse. A solution that one of AMIs researchers said was like “trimming poison ivy!”

          Many economists have falsely concluded that “all money is debt,” and while most money in our particular mis structured system is debt, this attitude ignores the possibility and necessity to define a better system based on government money, not private debt. This failure to understand the concept of government money as opposed to private credit, has had immense and deadly repercussions. The Great Henry Simons summed it up in one magnificent sentence in the 1930s:

          “The mistake … lies in fearing money and trusting debt.”

          Henry Simons, (Economic Policy for a Free Society, 1930s, P.199)

          This fundamental error has allowed the most egregious banking and money system to dominate our society for a century. It has caused immense damage:

          For example: The privatization of our monetary system, with control over public policy being in unelected hands, for whoever controls the money system, over time will control the nation.

          And look what they have done with that power:

          * They’ve given special privilege to create money to some, and disadvantage to others; which has led to an obscene concentration of wealth and a corresponding poverty! This has encouraged lawlessness and corruption among the privileged; pushing them to diseased excess for acquisition, and ignoring those among us in great need.

          * They’ve turned economics into a primitive religion, and worshipped the “market” as a god, despite all evidence to the contrary. A primary tool they use is to denigrate and ignore evidence. “Anecdotal” was the description Greenspan used for real evidence that challenges their theories. A fundamental sin of poor methodology.

          * They have placed an unnecessary ball and chain on the leg of every producer by having the money supply itself bear an unnecessary interest cost to society.

          * They’ve foisted a “fractional reserve” system on us prone to periodic collapse. Credit will collapse during a crisis. Money does not collapse. Credit will collapse during a crisis. Money does not collapse. Money does not collapse.

          In our present system most of what we use for money – more accurately
          purchasing media – comes into existence as an interest bearing debt, when banks make loans. In that sense, most money in our fractional reserve system – is debt. But economists can’t seem to grasp that those rules can and must be changed. Afraid to confront their paymasters, who are benefitting from the injustice, they can’t conceive of practical ways we can use real government issued money for money instead of substituting private debt for it. They ignore previous attempts such as the Chicago Plan of the 1930s; and smear prior periods when such real money was used successfully.

          Errors of methodology regarding money include refusal to examine the facts and a tendency to ignore history where the monetary facts are found. This leads to the silliest errors of fact regarding monetary history including:

          * Being unaware of the colonial periods’ excellent experience with government money.

          * The Continental Currency – they are generally unaware they were destroyed by Brit counterfeiting.

          * The Greenbacks – which is mistakenly characterized as worthless paper money, ignoring that they ultimately exchanged one for one with gold.

          * The French Assignats – where they have again ignored Brit counterfeiting and enshrined the propaganda book written by a banking heir as unbiased fact (White’s Fiat Money in France)!

          * The German Hyperinflation is not recognized as occurring under a privately owned and privately controlled Reichsbank!

          * Regarding the FED as part of the government!

          * The Free banking Schools misidentify the Free banking period because New York’s “Free Banking Law” gave better results. But despite its title it imposed much stronger requirements and regulations and was the opposite of free banking!

          Jamie Galbraith ended his testimony to the Senate’s Crime Subcommittee with this warning: “But you have to act. The true alternative is a failure extending over time from the economic to the political system. Just as too few predicted the financial crisis, it may be that too few are today speaking frankly about where a failure to deal with the aftermath may lead.

          In this situation, let me suggest, the country faces an existential threat. Either the legal system must do its work, or the market system cannot be restored. There must be a thorough, transparent, effective, radical cleaning of the financial sector and also of those public officials who failed the public trust. The financiers must be made to feel, in their bones, the power of the law. And the public, which lives by the law, must see very clearly and unambiguously that this is the case. Thank you.”

          James K. Galbraith to the Subcommittee on Crime, Senate Judiciary Committee, May 4, 2010.
          …………

          You and your country can be wealthy in minerals and resources, but it will not help if your currency is DEBT. Debt beats out even gold.

          http://moneyaswealth.blogspot.com/2009/01/hyperinflation-zimbabwe-myth-and.html

          Hyperinflation and Zimbabwe – Myth, Misinformation and the “Expert”

          Austrians say the problem is too much paper. Keynesians say the government should spend more. Neither camp has a solid grasp on the effects of interest and both groups are in denial, when it comes to fully understanding debt.

          In fact, in macroeconomic terms, you can hardly find a model that illustrates this: the money needed to pay interest is never created inside the system and that principal is extinguished from circulation when a payment of principal is made.

          snip

          NEWS FLASH: Hyperinflation is not caused by paper money. It is not caused by too much money. It is caused by unpayable interest rates.

          snip

          This did not happen to Zimbabwe because they did not have enough gold.

          This did not happen to Zimbabwe because they did not have enough natural resources.

          This did not happen to Zimbabwe because the government spent too little.

          This did not happen to Zimbabwe because they had too much paper money.

          This happened because they had too much debt and the unpayable interest is destroying them.

          Say, aren’t the people dependent on bank loans for a medium of exchange and don’t the banks set the interest rates on their loaned money?

          When the banks hike the interest rates to manipulate the money supply to the point that only 15% of the people can work, the medium of exchange is destroyed and the banks end up with the gold, is that financial terrorism?

          Read more at http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2013/01/modern-monetary-theory-bears-2-0-style.html#h5HWsH5YdA0kmYyb.99

          • Johnny Shiloh

            Thank you, Bev, very interesting! It would be very interesting also to get your take on this video:

            Dr. Jim Willie: Out of Control Chaos Coming with Shortages of Gold, Silver, Food, Gasoline and More

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpGal69RwUo#at=141

          • Bev

            If politicians are not brave like Washington, Lincoln and Kennedy who took debt-money creation away from bankers in favor of a public/government debt-free, interest-free money spent into society for jobs and research to advance infrastructure, education, health care and survivability, then what Dr. Willie describes will be much more likely.

            I think monetary.org and its proposed American Monetary Act has the best chance of preventing a terrible future. Support and protect all politicians who do this for all of us. And, those politicians who protect us by reclaiming our rights.

          • Bev

            We have to try to fix Fukushima, safely now. Below Gaius Publius states that Japan has the same relationship to Tepco as the U.S. has to BP. Corporations are ruling governments. Isn’t that Fascism?
            See: http://truth-out.org/news/item/19073-risky-repair-of-fukushima-could-spill-15000-times-the-radiation-of-hiroshima-create-85-chernobyls

            Risky Repair of Fukushima Could Spill 15,000 Times the Radiation of Hiroshima, Create 85 Chernobyls By Gaius Publius, America Blog |

            UPDATE: I spoke about this issue with Nicole Sandler on the Nicole Sandler Show. That discussion is here http://radioornot.com/blog/we-almost-lost-detroit-still-could-lose-japan/ …Advance (player) to 26:54….

            Does the planned November 2013 removal of the spent fuel rods stored at Fukushima’s heavily damaged Reactor 4 need a global intervention, or should TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Co., a for-profit company) be allowed to go it alone?

            So far, the Japanese government is allowing TEPCO to handle it. Why should you care? Read on.
            ………………..

            Also posted at: http://www.citizenvox.org/2013/09/20/epa-pollution-standards-power-plants-climate-consumers/#comment-10430

            comment: I was wondering whether the following idea has any merit. Could all people on the planet incorporate to regain their “human” rights and become a bigger corporation than all other corporations in which case, would politicians then work for the peoples’ corporation? It could be called Public Citizens’ Incorporated Human Rights…or something better.

            Could you incorporate everyone automatically based on assumptions that everyone across the board might agree on, or assumed to agree on, such as: No irradiating the people of the planet for careless, underfunded, sloppy jobs on nuclear power plants; No poisoning of people in addition to water, land, air; Return property rights by rebuilding the property chain of title which the banks’ corporation MERS and derivatives destroyed on purpose; Return to a debt-free, interest-free public/government money for the common good not bankers’ profit, see monetary.org ; No GMO crops with genetic code that if released into the general plant population means one season’s growth and no regeneration ever after, and which are human health hazards; Return a Human Bill of Rights; No blanket surveillance in any way of billions of innocent people to control, blackmail, for profit and perversion; No torture to people or animal life; No propaganda and so a return to true information with a return to the Fairness Doctrine and independent media; Real, high-level Education which includes civics, science, arts, higher order thinking skills, not the intentional by policy to Dumb Down Americans and all others; No corporate removal of Democracy with e-voting, e-scanning, e-tabulating machine which remove real physical evidence of hand-counted paper ballots publicly counted and posted in precinct on election night, see ( http://www.bradblog.com/?p=8889 ); and many others that all across the spectrum might agree on.

            Can the world’s people incorporate to save ourselves, each other and our planet from rapacious profiteers? How? Now would be the time.

            At: EPA Standards for New Power Plants a Welcome Step for Climate, Consumers

            By: Robert Weissman

            ……..

            To repeat: At some level you know what it means to have real physical evidence (hand counted paper ballots) hidden or removed by e-voting, e-scanning, and e-tabulating machines owned and operated by right wing gop, corporate, fundamentalists authoritarians.

            http://www.bradblog.com/?p=8889

            By Brad Friedman
            Recommended #OWS Demand: Let ALL Citizens 18 and Older Vote, On Paper Ballots, Count Them in Public

            I offer the following simple “demand” for consideration by OWS, as this one likely underscores almost every other. Or, at least, without it, all other demands may ultimately be rendered moot.

            Here it is. One demand that seems simple enough — and is as non-partisan as can (be)— for your consideration:

            Every U.S. citizen 18 years of age or older who wishes to vote, gets to vote. Period. Those votes, on hand-marked paper ballots, will be counted publicly, by hand, on Election Night, at the precinct, in front of all observers and video cameras.

            Please help spread this to the Occupiers if you agree its important. For example, Tweet it (or a link to this article) like mad (with #ows in the text), and/or spread it via Facebook and/or print it out and take it to a General Assembly at an Occupation near you!
            …………

            We need the money now:

            http://www.monetary.org/
            http://www.monetary.org/american-money-scene-5-august-16-2009/2009/08

            Historical experience has taught us what we need to do:

            1. Put the Federal Reserve System into the U.S. Treasury.

            2. Stop the banking system creating any part of the money supply.

            3. Create new money as needed by spending it on public infrastructure, including human infrastructure, e.g. education and health care.

            These 3 elements must all be done together, and are all in draft legislative form as the proposed American Monetary Act [In September 2011, Congressman Dennis Kucinich introduced the National Emergency Employment Defense (NEED) Act, HR 2990, into Congress.
            ……..

            This bill needs to be re-introduced now here and in Japan. All these things become possible if we work together to safely repair Fukushima. We will have set a pattern to help each other and ourselves.

          • Bev

            Quoting Harvey Wasserman: “We are now within two months of what may
            be humankind’s most dangerous moment since the Cuban Missile
            Crisis.Fukushima’s badly damaged Unit 4. There is no excuse for not acting. All the resources our species can muster must be focused on the fuel pool at Fukushima Unit 4.”

            Arnie Gundersen’s website: http://fairewinds.com/
            An interview, start at 24:30 to hear Arnie Gundersen a nuclear engineer, a licensed reactor operator, holder of a nuclear safety patent, and former nuclear industry senior vice president:

            http://fairewinds.org/media/radio/olympic-insanity-gundersen-charge-fukushima

            Olympic Insanity + If Gundersen were in Charge at Fukushima

            Libbe HaLevy from Nuclear Hotseat radio interviewed Arnie Gundersen
            about the current state of problems at Fukushima Daiichi and asks what
            he would do if he were in charge of the disaster site.
            ………

            Open letter to Ban Ki-Moon

            Seventeen international scientists and experts, including Fairewinds’
            Arnie Gundersen, wrote to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon urging
            international action on the Fukushima Daiichi crisis. Read their letter here

            http://www.nirs.org/fukushima/expert-ltr-bankimoon-09-2013.pdf

            from : http://fairewinds.com/

            September 26, 2013
            Bridging the News Gap, with Professor Matt Noyes
            http://fairewinds.org/podcast/

            About This Podcast This week Fairewinds had the
            opportunity to speak with Matt Noyes, a professor at Meiji University in
            Tokyo and a longtime Tokyo resident. Matt talked with us about his
            experiences…

            …………….

            Harvey Wasserman references Arnie Gundersen and makes strong demands to do this correctly in his following article. See:

            http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/09/20-1
            Published on Friday, September 20, 2013 by Common Dreams

            The Crisis at Fukushima’s Unit 4 Demands a Global Take-Over

            by Harvey Wasserman

            We are now within two months of what may be humankind’s most
            dangerous moment since the Cuban Missile Crisis.Fukushima’s badly
            damaged Unit 4.

            There is no excuse for not acting. All the resources our species can
            muster must be focused on the fuel pool at Fukushima Unit 4.

            Fukushima’s owner, Tokyo Electric (Tepco), says that within as few as
            60 days it may begin trying to remove more than 1300 spent fuel rods
            from a badly damaged pool perched 100 feet in the air. The pool rests on
            a badly damaged building that is tilting, sinking and could easily come
            down in the next earthquake, if not on its own.

            Some 400 tons of fuel in that pool could spew out more than 15,000 times as much radiation as was released at Hiroshima.

            The one thing certain about this crisis is that Tepco does not have
            the scientific, engineering or financial resources to handle it. Nor
            does the Japanese government. The situation demands a coordinated
            worldwide effort of the best scientists and engineers our species can
            muster.

            Why is this so serious?

            We already know that thousands of tons of heavily contaminated water
            are pouring through the Fukushima site, carrying a devil’s brew of
            long-lived poisonous isotopes into the Pacific. Tuna irradiated with
            fallout traceable to Fukushima have already been caught off the coast of
            California. We can expect far worse.

            Tepco continues to pour more water onto the proximate site of three
            melted reactor cores it must somehow keep cool. Steam plumes indicate
            fission may still be going on somewhere underground. But nobody knows
            exactly where those cores actually are.

            Much of that irradiated water now sits in roughly a thousand huge but
            fragile tanks that have been quickly assembled and strewn around the
            site. Many are already leaking. All could shatter in the next
            earthquake, releasing thousands of tons of permanent poisons into the
            Pacific. (Note: A relatively small earthquake struck Fukushima
            prefecture on Thursday, an indication of the inevitable occurrence of
            larger future ones in the area.)

            The water flowing through the site is also undermining the remnant
            structures at Fukushima, including the one supporting the fuel pool at
            Unit Four.

            More than 6,000 fuel assemblies now sit in a common pool just 50
            meters from Unit Four. Some contain plutonium. The pool has no
            containment over it. It’s vulnerable to loss of coolant, the collapse of
            a nearby building, another earthquake, another tsunami and more.

            Overall, more than 11,000 fuel assemblies are scattered around the
            Fukushima site. According to long-time expert and former Department of
            Energy official Robert Alvarez, there is more than 85 times as much
            lethal cesium on site as was released at Chernobyl.

            Radioactive hot spots continue to be found around Japan. There are
            indications of heightened rates of thyroid damage among local children.

            The immediate bottom line is that those fuel rods must somehow come safely out of the Unit Four fuel pool as soon as possible.

            Just prior to the 2011 earthquake and tsunami that shattered the
            Fukushima site, the core of Unit Four was removed for routine
            maintenance and refueling. Like some two dozen reactors in the US and
            too many more around the world, the General Electric-designed pool into
            which that core now sits is 100 feet in the air.

            Spent fuel must somehow be kept under water. It’s clad in zirconium
            alloy which will spontaneously ignite when exposed to air. Long used in
            flash bulbs for cameras, zirconium burns with an extremely bright hot
            flame.

            Each uncovered rod emits enough radiation to kill someone standing
            nearby in a matter of minutes. A conflagration could force all personnel
            to flee the site and render electronic machinery unworkable.

            According to Arnie Gundersen, a nuclear engineer with forty years in
            an industry for which he once manufactured fuel rods, the ones in the
            Unit 4 core are bent, damaged and embrittled to the point of crumbling.
            Cameras have shown troubling quantities of debris in the fuel pool,
            which itself is damaged.

            The engineering and scientific barriers to emptying the Unit Four
            fuel pool are unique and daunting, says Gundersen. But it must be done
            to 100% perfection.

            Should the attempt fail, the rods could be exposed to air and catch
            fire, releasing horrific quantities of radiation into the atmosphere.
            The pool could come crashing to the ground, dumping the rods together
            into a pile that could fission and possibly explode. The resulting
            radioactive cloud would threaten the health and safety of all us.

            Chernobyl’s first 1986 fallout reached California within ten days.
            Fukushima’s in 2011 arrived in less than a week. A new fuel fire at Unit
            4 would pour out a continuous stream of lethal radioactive poisons for
            centuries.

            Former Ambassador Mitsuhei Murata says full-scale releases from
            Fukushima “would destroy the world environment and our civilization.
            This is not rocket science, nor does it connect to the pugilistic debate
            over nuclear power plants. This is an issue of human survival.”

            Neither Tokyo Electric nor the government of Japan can go this alone.
            There is no excuse for deploying anything less than a coordinated team
            of the planet’s best scientists and engineers.

            We have two months or less to act.

            For now, we are petitioning the United Nations and President Obama to
            mobilize the global scientific and engineering community to take charge
            at Fukushima and the job of moving these fuel rods to safety.

            If you have a better idea, please follow it. But do something and do it now.

            The clock is ticking. The hand of global nuclear disaster is painfully close to midnight.

            This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License

            Harvey Wasserman

            …………

            Arnie Gundersen on a visit to Japan was told that Japan does not have
            the money to fix the problem the correct, safest way. This is a world
            problem, not just Japan’s. We all need to help.

            In order to have the public/government Debt-free, Interest-free money
            to fix Fukushima, I think the American Monetary Institute has the best
            solution. The site is at http://www.monetary.org/ and is headed by Stephen Zarlenga, Director, along with former U.S. Representative Dennis Kucinich. A past supporter is current U.S. Representative John Conyers. This topic should be foremost to the politicians most affected: U.S. Senators from California, Oregon and Washington need to be interviewed, called, emailed, visited about a bill that needs to be re-introduced before the end of the next 2 months, HR 2990, see: http://www.monetary.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/HR-2990.pdf

            And, a similar bill should be passed in Japan.

            ………..

          • Bev

            In another article Jim Willie describes two different and opposite futures. Curiously, while describing one as a Bizarre Conclusion, he also says there is double sourcing for its validity. I cannot verify. I would rather trust our fate to the good idea and historically proven as beneficial public/government money as per Monetary.org.

            http://www.silverdoctors.com/jim-willie-extreme-gold-market-supply-vs-demand/

            Jim Willie: Extreme Gold Market: Supply vs Demand
            July 29, 2013 By The Doc

            Soon the bank derivatives market will be ruined.
            Equilibrium is not a concept germane to this cockeyed vaporous
            foundation that stands in the ether, supporting the entire banking
            system with nothing tangible at all. Compare to the Unobtainium in
            planet Pandora on the movie set for Avatar. The gold market bust is in
            progress, exposing the derivatives, sure to release the evils from
            Pandora’s Box, the remaining Spirit of Hope in Elpis (think Gold) to
            come later. The bank system insolvency is profound and wretched, and
            universal. If implemented, the Basel III rules are soon to force
            adequate capital to stand in order to address unspeakable insolvency.
            The new rules are designed to collapse the entire financial and economic
            system, and permit the onset of Western banker fascism, a basic
            totalitarian mega-state where bankers can impose rule modeled after the
            old nazis (their grandfathers), with justice, murder, mayhem, pillage,
            and thefts the prime directive, maybe even human organ trafficking in
            the camps. The various and sundry derivative contracts are destined to
            turn toxic and create a Black Hole the size of which the world has never
            observed before.

            BIZARRE CONCLUSION

            Many are the Gold Inversion Signals which lurk, such as the negative Gold
            Forward Rates and the Backwardized Gold futures contracts. The
            physical gold shortages are creating a gigantic problem for the big
            bullion banks, primarily located in New York and London. They are
            running out of locations to steal gold from. Africa seems like ripe
            ground for future thefts, passing as colonialism, but more like the next
            stage of predatory wars. The Congo has been a fertile ground for gold
            smuggling (bars & dust), the volumes for which are astounding. The
            future might include secretive arrests of bankers, starting with middle
            level bankers who know too much but lack sufficient rank for protection.
            The agenda has been agreed for mass arrests. Rumors abound concerning
            an undersea prison in the Caribbean. It is confirmed by two independent
            sources. Its capacity is 5000 people, recently expanded to accommodate
            the growing banker criminal class. The way to earn liberty from the
            secured remote prison, so told, is to flip and cooperate to bring down
            banker executives from Western sites. My heart-felt suggestion is for
            the bankers in the enclosed system prison to create their own currency
            system among themselves for internal trade, not for export. Let their
            unit of currency be human teeth, which they would supply. Let history
            repeat itself in reverse.

            Prepare for numerous shocking stories, shocking revelations, shocking
            developments, and shocking new systems put in place that lift the Gold
            price to $5000 and then $7000 per ounce, and the Silver price to $150
            and then $250 per ounce. It is coming. The sellers today are the fools
            of tomorrow, because they react to a stated price of Gold that bears no
            connection to the true Gold price. Hint: the bank syndicate captains own
            personal hidden bank accounts, many located in the Carlyle Group.

          • Bev

            http://www.bradblog.com/?p=10109
            KPFK ‘BradCast': Illegal NSA Surveillance Programs 101
            By Brad Friedman on 7/3/2013
            Rumold was my guest this week on the KPFK/Pacifica Radio BradCast where my hope was to strip away all of the nonsense “controversy” about Snowden and Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald in order to focus on the actual disclosures, what we know about them, what we don’t, and what we know about the lies told by the Administration about them (especially those by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.)

            COMMENT #4 [Permalink]
            Joyce McCloy said on 7/5/2013 @ 4:30 pm PT…
            Consider how this spying can be used for blackmailing officials, judges,
            and or reporters? Consider how the spying could be used for insider
            trading and market manipulation?

            The NSA collects ALL digital data. Or should I say Booz Allen Hamilton/Carlyle Group collects all data. And they can collect it in live time.

            There is NO transparency, NO oversight and it IS illegal and dangerous to all of our freedoms.

            I’m sure there is even more and worse revelations to come.

            COMMENT #3 [Permalink]
            Ernest A. Canning said on 7/4/2013 @ 10:00 am PT…
            James Clapper, the retired Air Force General and former Booz Allen exec, who now serves as the Director of National Intelligence, has now moved from his claim that he responded with the “least untruthful manner” to a claim that he “misunderstood” the question posed by Sen. Wyden ( “Does the NSA collect any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans?”).

            Tom Calazza, a member of Wyden’s staff, said that, shortly after Clapper testified, their office contacted Clapper’s office (the Office of the Director of National Intelligence “ONDI”) and that:

            The ODNI acknowledged that the statement was inaccurate but refused to correct the public record when given the opportunity.

            It took Snowden’s revelations to bring about that correction, first with the chiseling “least untruthful manner” followed now by the ridiculous claim that he didn’t understand a direct and unambiguous question.

          • Bev

            When people say gold is moving from West to East…where or who in the East?

          • Bev

            Last line of Jim Willie’s article above is:
            “Hint: the bank syndicate captains own personal hidden bank accounts, many located in the Carlyle Group.”
            ………

            The UNPAYABLE DEBT of 1.44 Quadrillion Dollars of Derivatives may have been created/foisted upon us by the same people that hope “the medium of exchange is destroyed and the banks end up with the gold…”

            See above:
            Hyperinflation and Zimbabwe – Myth, Misinformation and the “Expert”

            And, also:
            http://www.monetary.org/how-the-economists-facilitated-the-crisis-and-how-hr-6550-solves-it/2011/06

            James K. Galbraith to the Subcommittee on Crime, Senate Judiciary Committee, May 4, 2010.

            Prof. Galbraith rightfully identifies confronting and punishing the criminal element as a matter of national survival! The AMI agrees and then goes to a more fundamental level. Regulation alone will not work in a money system which unfairly concentrates wealth to obscene levels because that concentration of money and power, can and will eventually overcome the regulators.

            This in fact is what is happening, going back to the Carter, and Reagan administrations where airlines, trucking, and savings and loans were de-regulated leading to the Savings and Loan Crisis. Accelerating under Clinton where Gramm-Leach-Bliley repealed part of Glass Steagall and the Gramm Commodity Futures act of 2000 exempted OTC Derivatives from regulation. The Great Brooksly Born was forced out of the CFTC Chairmanship and replaced by Gramm’s wife! Where NAFTA was approved, attacking American jobs and where the law allowing media concentration was passed which has kept any reasonable discussion of the monetary and economic travesties off the airwaves until the banker’s malfeasance broke onto the front pages! A media that has promoted a divisive, even treasonous politics of hatred.

            This slow moving “Coup d’état” reached the US Supreme Court, which
            installed a president who twice could not be elected; and their recent
            obscene decision allowing corporations to dominate our electoral process.

            Our malformed money and banking system is at the bottom of these travesties and therefore must face fundamental reform.

            ……….

            And, the following gives insight:

            http://www.monetary.org/war-and-debt/2013/08

            War and Debt
            On August 19, 2013,
            by AMI

            Is our current debt-based money system a leading motivator for our country to go to war?

            Robert Poteat, leading expert on America’s money system and Senior Advisor to the American Monetary Institute, introduces War and Debt, a Powerpoint presentation that examines:

            ▪ How our debt-based money system promotes war, and warfare then promotes more debt.

            ▪ How HR 2990, introduced into the last Congress by Rep. Dennis Kucinich solves these critical monetary problems.

          • Bev

            More on derivatives: http://www.vice.com/en.uk/read/larry-summers-and-the-secret-end-game-memo

            The Confidential Memo at the Heart of the Global Financial Crisis

            by Greg Palast

            The Memo confirmed every conspiracy freak’s fantasy: that in the late 1990s, the top US Treasury officials secretly conspired with a small cabal of banker bit-shots to rip apart financial regulation across the planet. When you see 26.3 percent unemployment in Spain, desperation and hunger in Greece, riots in Indonesia and Detroit in bankruptcy, go back to this End Game memo, the genesis of the blood and tears.
            snip

            The year was 1997. US Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin was pushing hard to de-regulate banks. That required, first, repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act to dismantle the barrier between commercial banks and investments banks. It was like replacing bank vaults with roulette wheels.

            Second, the banks wanted the right to play a new high-risk game: “derivatives trading”.

            snip
            Deputy Treasury Secretary Summers (soon to replace Rubin as Secretary) body-blocked any attempt to control derivatives.

            But what was the use of turning US banks into derivatives casinos if money would flee to nations with safer banking laws?

            The answer conceived by the Big Bank Five: eliminate controls on banks in every nation on the planet”in one single move. It was as brilliant as it was insanely dangerous.

            snipUntil the bankers began their play, the WTO agreements dealt simply with trade in goods–that is, my cars for your bananas. The new rules devised by Summers and the banks would force all nations to accept trade in “bads”–toxic assets like financial derivatives.

            more

          • Bev

            I still need to read the following:

            http://www.deepcapture.com/the-miscreants-global-bust-out-chapter-1-was-the-united-states-attacked-by-financial-terrorists/

            The Miscreants’ Global Bust-Out

            Preface
            1. United States Attacked by Financial Terrorists?
            2. The “Money Weapon”
            3. The BCCI Enterprise and The Financial Jihad
            4. The BCCI Enterprise: Prelude to Our Present Predicament
            5. Mozer al-Kassar, Model Citizen
            6. An Oligarchical-Organized Crime and Terrorism Syndicate (and Some Stock Promoters)
            7. Michael Milken and the “Insider Trading” Network (as of 2013)
            8. Boris Berezovksy and the “nexus” Between Organized Crime, Terrorism, and the Global Oligarchy

  • Bev

    From: http://legalschnauzer.blogspot.com/2013/07/was-fiery-death-of-journalist-michael.html

    Was The Fiery Death Of Journalist Michael Hastings Connected To Atlanta Security Firm Called Endgame?

    At the time of his death in a fiery car crash on June 18, journalist Michael Hastings was working on a story about alleged Anonymous leader Barrett Brown. Currently under federal indictment on charges related to computer hacking, Brown is the journalist who first reported on a shadowy private security firm in Atlanta called Endgame.

    The Web site freebarrettbrown.org reports that Hastings was planning to interview Brown in late June and had announced to his followers, “Get ready for your mind to be blown.”

    A Hastings/Brown interview almost certainly would have included questions about Brown’s research on “black hat” private security firms that work with the official U.S. intelligence community. Some of these outfits also have powerful ties to corporate America via the U.S.Chamber of Commerce. Primary among such firms is Endgame….

    Before the interview could take place, Hastings was killed when his car exploded, with the engine blown some sixty feet from the wreckage ona Los Angeles street. Were individuals connected to Endgame and the U.S.Chamber–fearing possible exposure in government-sponsored wrongdoing–involved in Michael Hastings’ death?

    We don’t have a solid answer to that question? But a report last week from Alabama attorney Jill Simpson and election-integrity specialist Jim March presents perhaps the most disturbing revelations yet about Endgame and similar private security firms. The report, dated June 24,2013, is titled “Black Hat Versus White Hat: The Other Side of the Snowden/Hastings/Barrett Brown Cases.”

    Here is how March summarizes the report in a piece at OpEd News:

    This is a look into the world of the private contractors that work in
    alliance with the official US intelligence community and appear to be
    state-sanctioned to commit crimes. We focus on one of these shady
    contractors, Endgame–an Atlanta GA corporation that both Barrett Brown
    and Michael Hastings were looking at. We show who they are, what they
    do, what their founders did before, who funds them and who they are
    connected to. We even filmed and photographed their building and lobby.

    Simpson is best known as a former Republican operative who became a whistleblower in the political prosecution of former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman. March is on the board of directors of blackboxvoting.org and is a former board member for the Southern Arizona chapter of the ACLU.

    They note the ominous meanings behind the term “Endgame” and provide background on the firm’s early days.

    more

    http://legalschnauzer.blogspot.com/2013/07/was-fiery-death-of-journalist-michael.html

  • Bev

    FROM: http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/08/06/is-the-secret-court-constitutional/

    American Star Chamber
    Is the Secret FISA Court Constitutional?
    by CHRISTOPHER H. PYLE

    Americans are just beginning to discover that a secret court has been quietly erasing their constitutional right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures. They are also learning that this court is made up primarily of conservative activists from the Republican Party (Note: same spectrum who own and operate the evidence removing computerized e-voting, scanning and tabulating machines pushed through by the Help America Vote Act HAVA sponsored by congressman Rush Holt, D-NJ) who have no respect for the original intent of the Constitution’s framers.

    With the blessing of this secret court, the National Security Agency (and well-paid companies like Booz Allen) have recorded billions of phone calls and e-mails belonging to nearly all Americans, with the intent of searching them later.

    Under the Fourth Amendment, the NSA and its contractors are supposed to obtain specific judicial authority before seizing anyone’s communications. But, where NSA’s spying is concerned, no judicial
    warrants based on probable cause and authorizing targeted searches are required. Quite the contrary. The secret “warrant” that Edward Snowden disclosed permits bulk seizures and subsequent searches without probable cause to believe that the targets of these computer searches are terrorists, criminals, or foreign agents. It is the very sort of general warrant that triggered the American Revolution and inspired the Fourth Amendment.

    When the secret court was created in 1978, it was meant to authorize targeted searches, but sometime around 2004 it began, in secret, to issue general warrants for bulk seizures of communications. And it secretly coerced telephone companies and Internet servers to betray their customers’ privacy, without telling them.

    According to Snowden, the agency’s analysts can use their super-computers to search anyone’s records within these vast caches at their own discretion. The government denies this, but then, it has a long history of lying about its intelligence activities.

    They say we shouldn’t worry about these secret searches because the government never does anything wrong. But officials can use the results of these searches to punish their critics or intimidate employees and reporters from blowing the whistle on government waste, fraud, law-breaking, kidnapping, torture, cruel detentions, or the killing of citizens by drone in foreign lands. Embarrassing information can also be used to destroy the reputations of whistleblowers like Daniel Ellsberg
    and anti-Wall Street politicians like New York Governor Eliot Spitzer.

    All this is perfectly legal, Obama’s lawyers say, because a secret court says it is. But the judicial power of the United States only extends to cases and controversies arising under the Constitution and
    laws of the United States. Are general warrants secretly issued in one-sided hearings the kind of “cases” that the framers had in mind? Did they intend to vest the judicial power in a secret court that only listens to the government and never gives the people any opportunity to challenge its decisions?
    ……………

    For emphasis from your link above, and another bill to recommend which follows:
    http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2013/06/nsa-whistleblower-nsa-spying-on-and-blackmailing-high-level-government-officials-and-military-officers.html

    NSA Whistleblower: NSA Spying On–and Blackmailing–Top Government Officials and Military Officers
    Whistleblower Says Spy Agency Targeting Top American Leaders

    NSA whistleblower Russel Tice – a key source in the 2005 New York Times report that blew the lid off the Bush administration’s use of warrantless wiretapping – told Peter B. Collins on Boiling Frogs Post (the website of FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds):

    Tice: Okay. They went after–and I know this because I had my hands literally on the paperwork for these sort of things–they went after high-ranking military officers; they went after members of Congress, both Senate and the House, especially on the intelligence committees andon the armed services committees and some of the–and judicial. But theywent after other ones, too. They went after lawyers and law firms. All kinds of–heaps of lawyers and law firms. They went after judges. One of the judges is now sitting on the Supreme Court that I had his wiretap information in my hand. Two are former FISA court judges. They went after State Department officials. They went after people in the executive service that were part of the White House–their own people. They went after antiwar groups. They went after U.S. international–U.S. companies that that do international business, you know, business around the world. They went after U.S. banking firms and financial firms that do international business. They went after NGOs that–like the Red Cross, people like that that go overseas and do humanitarian work. They went after a few antiwar civil rights groups. So, you know, don’t tell me that there’s no abuse, because I’ve had this stuff in my hand and looked at it. And in some cases, I literally was involved in the technology that was going after this stuff.

    snip

    Now here’s the big one. I haven’t given you any names. This was is summer of 2004. One of the papers that I held in my hand was to wiretap a bunch of numbers associated with, with a 40-something-year-old wannabe senator from Illinois. You wouldn’t happen to know where that guy lives right now, would you? It’s a big white house in Washington, DC. That’s who they went after. And that’s the president of the United States now.

    from:
    http://www.boilingfrogspost.com/2013/06/19/podcast-show-112-nsa-whistleblower-goes-on-record-reveals-new-information-names-culprits/

    Podcast Show #112: NSA Whistleblower Goes on Record -Reveals New Information & Names Culprits!

    Wednesday, 19. June 2013

    The Boiling Frogs Show Presents Russ Tice
    – See more at:
    http://www.boilingfrogspost.com/2013/06/19/podcast-show-112-nsa-whistleblower-goes-on-record-reveals-new-information-names-culprits/#sthash.mksbq6Q3.dpuf

    In comments at washingtonsblog article:

    coleenrowley
    This was always the real danger of the massive dragnet “total information awareness” type surveillance. If there are no filters or distinctions made between spying on ordinary Americans “who have nothing to hide” and congresspersons, judges, NGO officials, military officials, agency heads, etc. (those with some power and who often do have much to hide) this tips the balance of power built into the Constitution in favor of the group and the branch who’s collecting the information because information is power. J. Edgar Hoover was just one of many historical figures who gained power over
    government officials through his spying and collection of information (and selectively handing it over to HUAC).

    Snowden however, has indicated in one of his responses that some kind of filter may have been put on the NSA surveillance to shield Congress members — that may have happened, I’m guessing, in the 2007-2008 period when the Bush Admin was pressuring Congress to approve its warrantless
    surveillance program and give immunity to the telecoms. It seems inconceivable to me that none of the smarter congresspersons would not have realized this danger, that they would themselves be targeted, and consequently demanded that some kind of mechanism be put in to shield themselves from surveillance. (I actually warned our MN Sen Amy Klobuchar about this when she voted for the first “emergency” extension of Bush’s warrantless monitoring in August 2007 when they all caved the first time. It was like a midnight vote before recess and they were pressured that a terrorist act could occur unless they gave Bush the authority to continue his illegal monitoring so Klobuchar and most of
    the others caved.)
    ……………

    Is Congress shielded? Or, do they just think they are? If Congress has something that works (and how do/can they confirm that?), would it work for the public, and so should be included in any legislation.

    Additional legislation I think the entire political, economic spectrum can get behind is the following bipartisan bill which attempts to control all this spying: Rep. John Conyers and Rep. Justin Amash bill H.R. 2399, the “Limiting Internet and Blanket Electronic Review of Telecommunications and Email
    Act,” or the LIBERT-E Act for short.

    http://firedoglake.com/2013/07/06/come-saturday-morning-reclaiming-our-libert-e/

    Come Saturday Morning: Reclaiming Our LIBERT-E
    By: Phoenix Woman Saturday July 6, 2013

    Democratic United States Representative John Conyers and his Republican colleague Justin Amash don’t agree on a lot of things. But they are, like most of us, united in being aghast at all the government snooping being done to us, for us, against us, and on everyone else in the world. Unlike most of us, they’re in a position to do something about it — or at the very least shame those Beltway officials who would perpetuate this snooping.

    To that end, they’ve introduced H.R. 2399, the “Limiting Internet and Blanket Electronic Review of Telecommunications and Email Act,” or the LIBERT-E Act for short.

    Read more at http://www.maxkeiser.com/2013/07/is-barrett-brown-a-political-prisoner-of-the-information-revolution/#VkhszlS1qrDmvLXR.99

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