Is Mass Spying Being Used to Make Some People Rich?

How Much Are Intelligence Analysts Front Running Markets?

We’ve previously documented that the government has been giving our private information to big companies so they can make money. And see this.

The Wall Street Journal reported that the NSA spies on Americans’ credit card transactions.  Many other agencies are doing the same. In fact, virtually all U.S. intelligence agencies – including the CIA and NSA – are going to spy on Americans’ finances. The IRS will also be spying on Americans’ shopping records, travel, social interactions, health records and files from other government investigators.

Not only can the NSA intercept and store virtually all digital communications on the Internet, but private contractors can also view all of your data (and the government isn’t keeping track of which contractors see your data and which don’t). And because background checks regarding some contractors are falsified, it is hard to know the types of people that might have your information.

In an articled entitled “How Much Are the NSA and CIA Front Running Markets?”, Naked Capitalism reports:

A 2008 paper [which was subsequently published in the prestigious Oxford Quarterly Journal of Economics] by Arindrajit Dube, Ethan Kaplan, and Suresh Naidu  …  found evidence that the CIA and/or members of the Executive branch either disclosed or acted on information about top-secret authorizations of coups. Stocks in “highly exposed” firms rose more in the pre-coup authorization phase than they did when the coup was actually launched.

Here’s how the dataset was developed:

We selected our sample of coups on the following basis: (1.) a CIA timeline of events or a secondary timeline based upon an original CIA document existed, (2.) the coup contained secret planning events including at least one covert authorization of a coup attempt by a national intelligence agency and/or a head of state, and (3.) the coup authorization was against a government which nationalized property of at least one sufficiently exposed multinational firm with publicly traded shares.

Out of this, the authors found four coup attempts that met their criteria: the ouster of Muhammed Mossadegh in Iran in 1953, two programs in Guatemala in 1952 and 1954 that eventually removed Jacobo Arbenz Guzman; the unsuccessful effort to topple Castro in 1961, and an operation that began in Chile in 1970 and culminated in overthrow of Salvador Allende. Then they chose companies:

We apply 3 criteria to select our sample of companies. First, a company must be publicly traded, so that we can observe a stock price. Secondly, the company must be “well-connected”, in terms of being linked to the CIA. Finally, the company should be highly exposed to political changes in the affected country, in the sense that a large fraction of a company’s assets are in that country.

They used these criteria to devise two samples (based on different definitions of “highly exposed”) and tested both.

Their conclusions:

Covert operations organized and abetted by foreign governments have played a sub- stantial role in the political and economic development of poorer countries around the world. We look at CIA-backed coups against governments which had nationalized a considerable amount of foreign investment. Using an event-study methodology, we find that private information regarding coup authorizations and planning by the U.S. government increased the stock prices of expropriated multinationals that stood to benefit from the regime change. The presence of these abnormal returns suggests that there were leaks from the CIA or others in the executive branch of government to asset traders or that government officials with access to this information themselves traded upon it. Consistent with theories of asset price determination under private information, this information took some time to be fully reflected in the stock price. Moreover, the evidence we find suggests that coup authorization information was only present in large, politically connected companies which were also highly exposed.

We find that coup authorizations, on net, contributed more to stock price rises of highly exposed and well connected companies than the coup events themselves. These price changes reflect sizeable shifts in beliefs about the probability of coup occurrence.

Our results are robust across countries, except Cuba, as well as to a variety of controls for alternate sources of information, including public events and newspaper articles. The anomalous results for Cuba are consistent with the information leaks and inad- equate organization that surrounded that particular coup attempt.

Now sports fans, given the fact that there’s reason to believe that people in the intelligence with access to privileged information weren’t above leaking it to people who could take advantage of it, why should we expect things to be different now? And given what has already been revealed about the NSA’s data gathering, if you were a clever trader and had access to this information, how would you mine it? How would you go about finding patterns or events to exploit?

Given that the U.S. has been recently been involved in military actions and/or training exercises in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Pakistan and up to 35 African nations (and see this), there is  opportunity for people who know what military forces will be deployed where to make money.

And because companies will pay a lot of money to get financial data early, information gleaned through spying could be very valuable.

And someone who knew (one way or another) what the Federal Reserve was going to do could make a bundle. Indeed, even knowing what powerful government officials are reading could be valuable.

And since data on consumers is worth a lot of money, someone who had access to consumers’ spending patterns, habits, preferences and other private data could sell the information.

And due to the fact that large companies spend huge sums of money to conduct industrial espionage on their rivals, information gained through spying could be invaluable. Especially since the NSA closely spies on  the European Union, the European Parliament, Germany,  the G20 summit and Chinese universities.

And several financial and economic experts – such as Jim Rickards, Max Keiser, German central bank president Ernst Welteke, Swiss economists Remo Crameri, Marc Chesney, Loriano Mancini and Bill Bergman (senior financial markets policy analyst for the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago for 13 years) – also say that there were insider trades right before 9/11 by people who knew the attacks were coming … people  with “no conceivable ties to al-Qaeda” according to the 9/11 Commission.

You don’t have to believe that 9/11 was an inside job to believe that this theory is at least possible. After all, 9/11 was foreseeable to people in intelligence services worldwide … as was Al Qaeda flying planes into the World Trade Center and Pentagon.

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  • HS

    “And several financial and economic experts – such as Jim
    Rickards, Max Keiser, German central bank president Ernst Welteke,
    Swiss economists Remo Crameri, Marc Chesney, Loriano Mancini and Bill Bergman
    (senior financial markets policy analyst for the Federal Reserve Bank
    of Chicago for 13 years) – also say that there were insider trades right
    before 9/11 by people who knew the attacks were coming … people with “no conceivable ties to al-Qaeda” according to the 9/11 Commission.”

    Damn, son, you’re on your game today. Specifically, put volumes on underlying airline equities spiked in the days prior to 9/11. Many of those trades originated from Deutsch Bank, who promptly fired the head of global directives, Mayo Shattuck III, on 9-12-01. Shattuck III’s former boss at Alex Brown and Sons, which was assimilated by DB, was Alvin “Buzzy” Krongard, the executive director of the CIA. Thus, it’s pretty clear Krongard tipped off Shattuck III about 9/11 and Shattuck III passed on the info to DB’s clients, if he didn’t act on it personally. When the DB’s OberFührers got wind of it, they filled their britches and canned Shattuck III.

    While this may sound implausible, you have to understand what a complete, fucking idiot that Shattuck III is. After this stunt, he laid low and when the put trades were swept under the rug by the FBI, he went on to become the head of Constellation Energy. He damn near bankrupted Constellation, by essentially duplicating Enron’s derivative trading practices. It was like he read the first half of “The Smartest Guys in the Room” and then threw the book away. In 2008, he convinced Buffet to save him and when it finally occurred to him that Buffet doesn’t suffer fools, Shattuck III pulled the plug on deal, which allowed Buffet to bend Constellation’s shareholders over with a sizable termination penalty clause. I actually knew people in Constellation, while he was there, and the stories from their accounting department were interesting to say the least. By all accounts, Shattuck III didn’t really understand derivatives, accounting, or electricity and allowed his underlings to handle all those pesky details, while he spent his time trying to get into the panties of attractive subordinates. The only reason that he got where he did was that he is in the club that George Carlin so eloquently described.

    As far as the goal of all of this surveillance, I can’t see how it’s any different from everything else the US gov’t does, which is further enrich the elite. In fact, I’m starting to think that Snowden is a bullshit PR campaign, much like Boston, run for the same reason that Walmart installs decoy surveillance cameras. Why does the MSM cover Snowden extensively, yet suppress Sibel Edmonds’s revelations? I believe Occam’s Razor applies to this situation.

  • 12 trees

    Addendum: facial recognition software makes it possible to spy on cash transactions too. If one bothers to look around while paying cash, you are likely to see a security camera pointed at you. One large chain actually tries to get you to donate a phone number when you pay with cash.
    There are no transaction fees on cash — the PTB want to eliminate it. Once we all are cash free and totally dependent on credit cards, everyone will be in a state of abject vulnerability. Suddenly the new terrorism will be credit card theft, so we will all need to be chipped, for our own good. The newest chipping system looks just like a tattoo, done with nano implants. These implants will read personal biological status in real time and connect to forecasting algorithms used for “crime prevention” “Prediction and control” — the aims of Behaviorism as stated by B. F. Skinner. Coming to a body part near you.

  • gozounlimited

    Remember this? SEC: Government Destroyed Documents Regarding Pre-9/11 Put Options
    http://georgewashington2.blogspot.com/2010/06/sec-government-destroyed-documents.html

    9-11 & Sears Tower Plot of Goldman Sachs,Kroll,& AIG: NO bomb, infiltrate,Silverstein link
    http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2006/06/341515.shtml

    Goldman Sachs link to 9/11 ….. http://redactednews.blogspot.com/2010/04/goldman-sachs-link-to-911.html

    • Bev

      http://existentialistcowboy.blogspot.com/2012/01/aa-exposes-bushs-big-lie-flight-11-did.html

      AA Exposes Bush’s ‘Big Lie’: Flight 11 DID NOT FLY on 911!
      by Len Hart, The Existentialist Cowboy

      American Airlines is the source for information that AA Flights 11
      (North Tower) and 77 (Pentagon) did not fly on 911. If neither flew on
      911, the Bush ‘theory’ is a lie. If the Bush ‘theory’ is a lie, there
      remains only one explanation and that is: 911 was an inside job given a
      green-light by Bush himself.

      These flights are critical to the the government’s crumbling cover
      up! (SNIP)

      The Bush Conspiracy Theory is impossible! And it is a Lie!

  • Blair T. Longley

    It is ALL about the money, as the symbol of social power. One has to become convinced that 9/11 MUST have been an inside job, false flag attack, in order to begin to comprehend how bad things really are, and why.

    One should go THROUGH the looking glass of our Bizarro Mirror World, to understand that human civilization is nothing but organized systems of lies, operating organized robberies. Governments evolved from the War Kings, and were covertly taken over by the Fraud Kings, who are intending to consolidate their powers to be able to legally counterfeit the public money supply, while continuing to control governments to force everyone else to accept that fraud.

    The THEORY of a democratic republic is supposed to be divisions of powers, with checks and balances that would enable better dynamic equilibria of the different systems of organized lies and robberies, operated by different groups of people. HOWEVER, in practice, the government of the USA has been almost totally captured through the application of the methods of bribery, intimidation and assassination, to result in political puppets enacting laws to give away the power to make money out of nothing, as debts, to private banks. That power has been on an automatic exponential rate of runaway towards numbers which have become debt insanities.

    The global banksters are setting up their systems, which are supposed to be able to impose martial law on Americans, as well as start more genocidal wars, as part of the overall plan of consolidating those banksters’ triumphant frauds, which are backed by the force of governments. Since the banksters already gained control over the public money supply long ago, it has been easy for them to leverage more control over the school systems and mass media.

    Therefore, today, it is relatively easy to continue brainwash the vast majority of people to believe in bullshit social stories. For example, the official story about what happened on 9/11/2001 is ridiculously absurd, and to believe it one has to ignore basic common sense, and the well-known properties of steel, in order to be able to believe that the World Trade Centre buildings could suddenly collapse the way that they did, without there necessarily being some kind of mechanism to cause controlled demolitions.

    It is plainly obvious to common sense science that 9/11 MUST have been some kind of inside job, false flag attack. However, in order to understand that one has to comprehend how the banksters ALREADY controlled the government, and the mass media, long, long ago, and therefore, ARE in a position to continue to consolidate their power. The government of the USA is already systems of LEGALIZED LIES, BACKED BY LEGALIZED VIOLENCE, that are automatically getting worse …

    Each of the excellent articles that appear on George Washington’s blog present another analysis of the more recent steps, which are getting so blatantly bad that the mainstream of society is starting to notice. However, there is still nowhere near enough paradigm shifting in political science to be able to integrate those perceptions into an alternative system.

    As this article outlines, the same things which were happening decades ago, if not Centuries ago, are happening even more now than ever! Neolithic Civilization is based on relatively small groups of ruling classes keeping everyone else ignorant and afraid, so that they can be controlled and exploited. Progress in science and technology have amplified that basic system by trillions of times …

    The ONLY possible solutions are to go through profound paradigm changes in politics, to match those in physics, and so forth. We should understand the ways that the biggest bullies have biased “science” itself. The most crucial way that was done was when an arbitrary minus sign was inserted into the entropy equations, so that measurements of power and information would end up having positive values, rather than negative values.

    The mathematics itself says that all power and information exists inside of systems of lies and robbery. The realities of human energy systems are ALWAYS dynamic equilibria of those different systems of lies and robbery. The problem is that too many people have become too brainwashed to believe in the biggest bullies’ bullshit about society and government. Therefore, instead of most people going “of course” this article above is correct, too many people still doubt that it was always about the money, and that money was always backed by murder.

    The fiat money made out of nothing, as debts, that the private banks are empowered to create, in order to enslave the entire population, ONLY has value because governments FORCE people to pay their taxes with that FRAUDULENT “money.” Since the vast majority of people do not understand that, and do not want to understand that, due to the ways that their real lives have been conditioned by the established social systems based on ignorance and fear, we are now inside of a RUNAWAY system, being astronomically amplified trillions of times by technologies, which are used to do that same evil things that Neolithic Civilizations have always been doing. Therefore, computer systems which are capable of handling trillions of times more information are primarily harnessed to make “money.”

    This kind of article should take for granted the “Art of War,” as the oldest book about militarism, which starts by saying that “success in warfare is based on deceit,” and ends by saying that “spies are the most important soldiers.” There is nothing truly new here, except the technologies becoming trillions of times more able to do those things! The only genuine solutions require that we put our political science through proportional paradigm shifts, as have already happened in physics, etc.! The Big Problem is the growing gap between still controlling civilization through legalized lies, and legalized robbery, while the technologies that are able to use to do that are becoming trillions of times more powerful …

    Of course, spying is all about the money, because money is based on murder, and the combined money/murder systems ARE necessarily systems of organized lies, operating organized robbery. THAT can not be changed. We can only, perhaps, evolve better dynamic equilibria between those systems. However, at the present time, the majority of Americans have been reduced to Zombie Sheeple, who believe in all those lies far too much to begin to have clue what is really going on, or what they should do about that.

    To become convinced that the events on 9/11/2001 MUST have been some kind of “inside job” is only to begin to scratch the surface of how deep the almost infinite tunnels of deceits go. Indeed, the genuine solutions are only possible after we go THROUGH the looking glass of our Bizarro Mirror World. We need to stop using false fundamental dichotomies, and relying on their matching impossible ideals, as somehow being adequate to understand our problems and to resolve them!

    IT IS PROFOUNDLY CORRECT TO COMPREHEND THE DEGREE TO WHICH EVERYTHING WE SAW AND THOUGHT WAS BACKWARDS!

    • Guest

      “…and the well-known properties of steel, in order to be able to believe
      that the World Trade Centre buildings could suddenly collapse the way
      that they did, without there necessarily being some kind of mechanism to
      cause controlled demolitions.”

    • HS

      “….and the well-known properties of steel, in order to be able to believe
      that the World Trade Centre buildings could suddenly collapse the way
      that they did, without there necessarily being some kind of mechanism to
      cause controlled demolitions.”

      Funny, you should mention that. I recently had the opportunity to spend several months in a hot steel mill and came to some very similar conclusions. Considering that steel billets, that are significantly smaller in volume than the structural members of the WTCs, must be heated at 2100º F for 8 hours prior to milling (deformation) it became clear that jet fuel (kerosene) could never make this happen in an hour.

      I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. 9/11 was the first battle in the War on the American People and we lost huge.

      • Blair T. Longley

        Yes, HS, unfortunately, I have to agree with your last sentence. The degree of the dominance of the best professional liars, and immaculate hypocrites, over the already established systems make it almost impossible to imagine how these kinds of runaway social insanities could be ameliorated, before they got way worse first!

        One can watch archival videos about how the steel-frame Trade Towers were constructed, and then watch many other videos about how they collapsed, and also consider many other sources of information, to come to the conviction that it was obviously IMPOSSIBLE for those three buildings to just suddenly collapse they way that the did, without there being some sort of controlled demolition to cause that!

        I am NOT sure about how that controlled demolition was done. There are different plausible theories. However, since the physical evidence was mostly destroyed as soon as possible, and no proper legal investigations were ever allowed to be done, when they should have been (according to many laws, that should have been followed) we may now never be able to know for sure how those controlled demolitions were done, nor by whom.

        Indeed, some of the indubitable public facts are about the particular people who had the legal duty to do proper legal investigations of the New York 9/11 mass murder crimes, but instead obstructed justice, and summarily destroyed evidence, and so on and so forth …

        Of course, as many other Washingtons Blog articles have chronicled since then, it now seems horribly routine for the “rule of law” to no longer be applied by the government of the USA against the biggest criminals, such as the banksters, etc., since they effectively control the government itself.

        In my view, the financial crises of 2008 were also a kind of “inside job,” as a documentary with that title has shown. Indeed, the blatant problem revealed by this article above is that this runaway destruction of the “rule of law,” resulting in the government of the USA being taken over and run by the biggest criminals, for their benefit, against the interests of the vast majority of Americans, as well as the people of those countries that had their governments overthrown, appears now to be a RUNAWAY FASCIST PLUTOCRACY JUGGERNAUT, that is going to turn most of us into its road kill.

        I can not figure out any plausible ways to fix these problems, since there are no practical methods to overcome those who already covertly control the government, to be able to get away with assassinations and mass murders, and appear to routinely resort to more of that, against anybody who is significant enough to become a target.

        Just learning about this kind of information does nothing, since too few people will bother to also do so, and even IF they did, then there are no practical political means to change anything, since it appears extremely probable that anyone who became a serious threat to the established systems would end up being assassinated before they could do anything effective to change that situation.

        9/11 was used as the excuse to enact a bunch of laws which enable the most criminal corporations to have impunity to make more money from being more criminal, while hiding behind “national security.” The concept of “national security” manifests in our Bizarro Mirror World as itself being the greatest possible threat to true national security there could be. Nobody guards the guardians!!!

        The privatization of the power to make money out of nothing is more and more being taken advantage of by people who have effectively privatized “national security.” Those crazy and corrupt privatizations of public powers are looping around and around to reinforce each other. As this article above indicates, it is mind boggling to try to imagine just how insane society becomes after the sovereign powers of “We the People” end up being more than 99% privatized, to the point where the combined money/murder systems are fragmenting into more and more broken pieces …

        This article reveals the undeniable degree to which the concept of “national security” has become completely psychotic … BUT, I can not come up with any practical solutions, given that it appears we have to see this be pushed through a series of psychotic breakdowns, before we MIGHT emerge on the other side to reintegrate something saner.

        As I suggested in my first post, THE PROBLEM is that there is, and must necessarily be, some death controls … However, history has selected those to be actually done through the maximum possible deceits. Therefore, our technologies are pumping up the previous social insanities, due to historical success in warfare depending upon deceits, to become TRILLIONS OF TIMES BIGGER!

        At the present time, 9/11 is the most salient symbol of those processes. In that context, it is not surprising to me to learn from this article above about well-researched details regarding how the spying done under the umbrella of the public powers of government has ended up being primarily done by private corporations, to covertly serve private profits.

        • HS

          The crisis of 2008 was most definitely foreseeable and therefore, I have to believe it was intentional. (Hell, my 93 yo grandmother called it in 2004.) Fannie Mae and Freddie blew the real estate bubble buy securitizing the majority of home loans in the country and it’s abundantly clear that they knew the many of the loans were crap. Every bubble (including the current one) is a wealth transfer mechanism to the 1%.

      • Blair T. Longley

        Yes, HS, unfortunately, I have to agree with your last sentence. The degree of the dominance of the best professional liars, and immaculate hypocrites, over the already established systems make it almost impossible to imagine how these kinds of runaway social insanities could be ameliorated, before they got way worse first!

        One can watch archival videos about how the steel-frame Trade Towers were constructed, and then watch many other videos about how they collapsed, and also consider many other sources of information, to come to the conviction that it was obviously IMPOSSIBLE for those three buildings to just suddenly collapse they way that the did, without there being some sort of controlled demolition to cause that!

        I am NOT sure about how that controlled demolition was done. There are different plausible theories. However, since the physical evidence was mostly destroyed as soon as possible, and no proper legal investigations were ever allowed to be done, when they should have been (according to many laws, that should have been followed) we may now never be able to know for sure how those controlled demolitions were done, nor by whom.

        Indeed, some of the indubitable public facts are about the particular people who had the legal duty to do proper legal investigations of the New York 9/11 mass murder crimes, but instead obstructed justice, and summarily destroyed evidence, and so on and so forth …

        Of course, as many other Washingtons Blog articles have chronicled since then, it now seems horribly routine for the “rule of law” to no longer be applied by the government of the USA against the biggest criminals, such as the banksters, etc., since they effectively control the government itself.

        In my view, the financial crises of 2008 were also a kind of “inside job,” as a documentary with that title has shown. Indeed, the blatant problem revealed by this article above is that this runaway destruction of the “rule of law,” resulting in the government of the USA being taken over and run by the biggest criminals, for their benefit, against the interests of the vast majority of Americans, as well as the people of those countries that had their governments overthrown, appears now to be a RUNAWAY FASCIST PLUTOCRACY JUGGERNAUT, that is going to turn most of us into its road kill.

        I can not figure out any plausible ways to fix these problems, since there are no practical methods to overcome those who already covertly control the government, to be able to get away with assassinations and mass murders, and appear to routinely resort to more of that, against anybody who is significant enough to become a target.

        Just learning about this kind of information does nothing, since too few people will bother to also do so, and even IF they did, then there are no practical political means to change anything, since it appears extremely probable that anyone who became a serious threat to the established systems would end up being assassinated before they could do anything effective to change that situation.

        9/11 was used as the excuse to enact a bunch of laws which enable the most criminal corporations to have impunity to make more money from being more criminal, while hiding behind “national security.” The concept of “national security” manifests in our Bizarro Mirror World as itself being the greatest possible threat to true national security there could be. Nobody guards the guardians!!!

        The privatization of the power to make money out of nothing is more and more being taken advantage of by people who have effectively privatized “national security.” Those crazy and corrupt privatizations of public powers are looping around and around to reinforce each other. As this article above indicates, it is mind boggling to try to imagine just how insane society becomes after the sovereign powers of “We the People” end up being more than 99% privatized, to the point where the combined money/murder systems are fragmenting into more and more broken pieces …

        This article reveals the undeniable degree to which the concept of “national security” has become completely psychotic … BUT, I can not come up with any practical solutions, given that it appears we have to see this be pushed through a series of psychotic breakdowns, before we MIGHT emerge on the other side to reintegrate something saner.

        As I suggested in my first post, THE PROBLEM is that there is, and must necessarily be, some death controls … However, history has selected those to be actually done through the maximum possible deceits. Therefore, our technologies are pumping up the previous social insanities, due to historical success in warfare depending upon deceits, to become TRILLIONS OF TIMES BIGGER!

        At the present time, 9/11 is the most salient symbol of those processes. In that context, it is not surprising to me to learn from this article above about well-researched details regarding how the spying done under the umbrella of the public powers of government has ended up being primarily done by private corporations, to covertly serve private profits.

    • Anonymous

      Yes…Its an evil world out there, you see. I am afraid if the world would turn into one like the ‘Elysium’ movie. You are one experienced person who gone through degrees of hardship.

  • Michael McNew

    My biggest gripe is that the left that champions the “right to privacy” in regards to abortion is more than willing to ignore the violations of the 4th Amendment to the US Constitution when Obama is doing the spying and lying. Here is a psychological explanation in regards to the cultish attitudes these people have for their leader: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzFM1IXOqlQ

  • Eric Hodgdon

    Obit
    An Outer Limits episode from the 60′s

    • http://www.wholesalewigs.org/ ChristaJocelyn

      Excellent article. I just came across this post and I am so glad that I did. Very well done!

      http://apprev1.wordpress.com/

  • http://charlesfrith.blogspot.com/ Charles Frith

    The Spooks are a criminal syndicate and have always had a hand in financial markets and banking.

  • http://charlesfrith.blogspot.com/ Charles Frith

    The Spooks are a criminal syndicate and have always had a hand in financial markets and banking.

  • Bev

    trying to post again…a Legal Schnauzer article that until truthdig, did not post.

    http://www.truthdig.com/avbooth/item/greenwald_promises_another_bombshell_nsa_revelation_20130702/

    Greenwald Promises Another Bombshell NSA Revelation

    Glenn Greenwald told Fox News during an interview Tuesday that “the world will be shocked” by his next big story about the National Security Agency.

    “You’re going to have to wait along with everybody else,” the Guardian columnist coyly responded to Eric Bolling when pressed about the information he was planning to detail. “I will say that there are vast programs, both domestic and international spying, that the world will be shocked to learn about, that the NSA is engaged in with no democratic accountability and that’s what driving our reporting.”

    Greenwald also ripped President Obama for the U.S.’ pursuit of NSA leaker Edward Snowden, claiming the administration was trying to “intimidate future whistle-blowers from coming forward.”

    “I think what the Obama administration wants and has been trying to establish for almost five years now with the unprecedented war on whistle-blowers that it is waging is to make it so that everybody is petrified of coming forward with information about what our political officials are doing in the dark that is deceitful, illegal or corrupt,” he said. “They don’t care about Edward Snowden at this point. He can no longer do anything that he hasn’t already done.”
    ……….

    Different sites have speculated whether all this spying among other things was for profit to frontrun the stock market. And the following Legal Schnauzer article makes me think that elections too are being frontrun ( the e-voting, scanning, tabulating computers which strip out hard evidence, look to be built for such a purpose). A commenter suggests the company has connections with the Bushs. How would it benefit the Bushs for Obama and not Romney to be in office? Does this help who will run next?

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

    July 1, 2013

    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, which is based on the seventh floor of the former Biltmore Hotel building in Atlanta.

    Before the interview could take place, Hastings was killed when his car
    exploded, with the engine blown some sixty feet from the wreckage on a
    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 at
    http://legalschnauzer.blogspot.com/2013/07/was-fiery-death-of-journalist-michael.html

    • Bev

      Above the fold: Different sites have speculated whether all this spying among other things was for profit to frontrun the stock market. And the following Legal Schnauzer article makes me think that elections too are being frontrun ( the e-voting, scanning, tabulating computers which strip out hard evidence, look to be built for such a purpose). A commenter suggests the company has connections with the Bushs. How would it benefit the Bushs for Obama and not Romney to be in office? Does this help who will run next?

      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 on a 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

  • GrumpyOne

    Sort of leaves you feeling a little naked, eh?

    The guv’ment has taken all of my money and now has all my secrets!

    Nothing is sacred anymore..

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  • Bev

    With spying devices in TVs, computers, phones, even dvd players are being considered, all of this is for profit, blackmail, control, and because some of this ends up in peoples’ bedrooms, add perversion. So, Congress….

 

 

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