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Silenced: Three Whistleblowers Talk

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Thomas Drake—John Kiriakou—Jesselyn Radack

image - SilencedCatherine J. Frompovich
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Before I tell you about the new movie highlighting three famous U.S. whistleblowers that opened in April 2014 at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City, please know that one of its main characters, CIA-torture-whistleblower John Kiriakou, now in prison, has experienced more harassment at the hands of those in charge at the federal prison in Loretto, Pennsylvania, and a concerted effort is being launched now to spare John Kiriakou any more such treatment.

Here’s the deal! Friday, May 9th, 2014, is designated as the day of action for John Kiriakou. Instead of my rewriting the story, I’d like to cut and paste what I received from Brian Sonenstein at FireDogLake.com regarding what happened to prompt an organized grand-scale, citizen action to get John relief from prison officials’ harassment:
John Kiriakou's wife and 3 youngest children left at 5:00 in the morning to drive 210 miles to see him.When they arrived, prison officials told them to leave because the visitation room was 'too crowded.' John's family only gets to visit once a month, and he writes that, "My 7- year-old daughter and 2-year-old son cried all the way out the door."1Of course, the room wasn't actually crowded; aside from the fact that his family was among those who had travelled the furthest [sic] to see him, there were plenty of empty seats around the room. But then again, this isn't about, as John writes, "the petty daily inconveniences that are a normal part of life here." This is about a conscious effort to punish John Kiriakou for exercising his first amendment rights.On Friday, May 9th, Firedoglake is organizing a Day of Action for John Kiriakou. We're asking supporters to take a moment to drop by the local offices of their elected representatives and ask that they contact the Bureau of Prisons on John's behalf.

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I’ve included the link http://www.contactingthecongress.org/ where any member of the U.S. Congress can be contacted. When you click on your Congressperson’s name, his or her webpage opens. As you scroll down it, you can see the Congressperson’s Washington, DC and district office addresses that you can arrange to stop by and visit on May 9th. I’m planning on visiting mine. Will you?
Can you pledge to take a moment on May 9th to stop by your representatives' local offices?>>YES, I'll visit my representatives' offices in support of John Kiriakou.>>I can't make it, but I still want to help.The Bureau of Prisons' extralegal campaign to punish John Kiriakou for his free speech has gone on for far too long already. It's time to get the BOP's overseers in Congress involved in the fight for John's fair treatment.We've come up with a list of members of the House and Senate who we think might be willing to speak to the BOP on John's behalf. They include members of the Judiciary and Appropriations committees that oversee the BOP; members of the influential Intelligence committees who have recently spoken out in support of whistleblowers and against the torture program John helped expose, and others. A few politicians like Ralph Nader, Rep. Jim Moran and Rep. Lloyd Doggett have already spoken out on John's behalf, but we need many more to do the same.The Bureau of Prisons could have honored their agreement to move him to a halfway house closer to home for the final 9 months of his sentence. Instead, it has opted to essentially -- and repeatedly -- spit in his face, offering him a mere 86 days alongside surprise cell searches, threats of 'diesel therapy' and fruitless attempts to turn fellow prisoners against him.When John began speaking out about the Bureau's shameless dishonesty, prison officials began a campaign of retaliation that has not let up despite direct appeals made by thousands of his supporters. If the Bureau of Prisons won't listen to us, we'll work to make sure they hear from their overseers in the federal government.From the baseless use of the Espionage act to force him to enter a plea agreement, to the systematic destruction of his life to the unjust abuse he now faces regularly in prison, it's no wonder why whistleblowers like Edward Snowden have opted to flee the country. This is what happens when whistleblowers 'face the music' in America.We only have a few weeks left to convince the Bureau of Prisons to grant John Kiriakou his full 9 months in the halfway house. After that, every day he spends in prison is a day he could have been closer to his family had the BOP kept up their end of the deal.Can you pledge to take a moment on May 9th to stop by your representatives' local offices?>>YES, I'll visit my representatives' offices in support of John Kiriakou.Please read John’s Letter from Loretto, “Bureau of Prisons Throws CIA Torture Whistleblower John Kiriakou’s Children Out of Visitors Room” documenting how his family was treated.

The Movie

Now to the movie "Silenced" that opened to rave reviews. Coincidentally, the day that I’m writing this blog, I received a letter from John telling me “Tonight [4-20-14] is the premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival of the documentary “Silenced,” which is about Tom Drake, Jesselyn Radack, and me. I can’t wait to read the reviews, and my wife said the early press on the film includes Oscar buzz.”

In his letter to me, John mentioned that CodePink also have been working on John’s behalf. I signed the petition CodePink emailed to me.

Free Speech Zone with Alyona Mink interviewed the director of “Silenced,” James Spione and two of the main characters: Thomas Drake and Jesselyn Radack. Of course, John could not be on the interview set although he is spotlighted in “Silenced.” John’s story is the heart of the film, as he’s the one serving time in the federal pen at Loretto, Pennsylvania.

The movie tells interesting human stories about the three and what makes them tick. They are intimate stories about what they suffered at the hands of the U.S. government. Whistleblowers must become extinct, according to the federal government! Accordingly, and to make impressionable examples of how whistleblowers are treated, ‘enemies of the state’ are charged with the Espionage Act that is used as a lever, as in John’s case – and it works!

During the interview several things are pointed out:
  • Torture is now referred to as “enhanced interrogation.”
  • Freedom of the press might be at stake!
  • The mainstream press had a very schizophrenic view of whistleblowers. However, the press is starting to wake up.
  • The federal government has instituted the “Insider Threat Program” that jeopardizes any government employee who “talks” to anyone without government approval. Employees will lose their jobs and be prevented from working for the government. 
What’s happened to the USA?


2014 Tribeca Film Festival – the movie Silenced

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Catherine J Frompovich (website) is a retired natural nutritionist who earned advanced degrees in Nutrition and Holistic Health Sciences, Certification in Orthomolecular Theory and Practice plus Paralegal Studies. Her work has been published in national and airline magazines since the early 1980s. Catherine authored numerous books on health issues along with co-authoring papers and monographs with physicians, nurses, and holistic healthcare professionals. She has been a consumer healthcare researcher 35 years and counting.

Catherine’s latest book, published October 4, 2013, is Vaccination Voodoo, What YOU Don’t Know About Vaccines, available on Amazon.com.

Her 2012 book A Cancer Answer, Holistic BREAST Cancer Management, A Guide to Effective & Non-Toxic Treatments, is available on Amazon.com and as a Kindle eBook.

Two of Catherine’s more recent books on Amazon.com are Our Chemical Lives And The Hijacking Of Our DNA, A Probe Into What’s Probably Making Us Sick (2009) and Lord, How Can I Make It Through Grieving My Loss, An Inspirational Guide Through the Grieving Process (2008).

An Unprecedented Plague Has Hit Oranges And Another Has Hit Bananas

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Michael Snyder
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What is causing all of these plagues to hit our food supply? Have you heard of citrus greening disease? Probably not, but it has already gotten so bad that it is being projected that Florida’s orange harvest will be the smallest in 30 years. Have you heard of TR4? Probably not, but it has become such a nightmare that some analysts believe that it could eventually wipe out the entire global supply of the type of bananas that Americans eat. In addition, another major plague is killing millions of our pigs, and a crippling drought that never seems to end is absolutely devastating agricultural production in the state of California. Are we just having bad luck, or is there something else to all of this?

Citrus greening disease has been a steadily growing problem that has reached epidemic levels this year. Because of this disease, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is projecting that orange production in the U.S. this year will be down 18 percent compared to last year. Here is more on this horrible plague from Yahoo News
A citrus disease spread by a tiny insect has devastated Florida’s orange crop, which is expected to be the worst in nearly 30 years, and sent juice prices soaring on New York markets. The culprit? The gnat-sized Asian citrus psyllid, which is infecting citrus trees across the Sunshine State with huanglongbing, or citrus greening disease, which causes fruit to taste bitter and fall from trees too soon. “It feels we are losing the fight,” said Ellis Hunt, the head of a family-run citrus farm spread over about 5,000 acres (2,000 hectares) in the central Florida town of Lake Wales.
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Another horrifying disease is threatening the global supply of bananas. In fact, according to a recent CNBC article, the kind of bananas that we eat today could eventually be totally eliminated by the TR4 fungus…
Banana lovers take note: The world’s supply of the fruit is under attack from a fungus strain that could wipe out the popular variety that Americans eat.“It’s a very serious situation,” said Randy Ploetz, a professor of plant pathology at the University of Florida who in 1989 originally discovered a strain of Panama disease, called TR4, that may be growing into a serious threat to U.S. supplies of the fruit and Latin American producers.“There’s nothing at this point that really keeps the fungus from spreading,” he said in an interview with CNBC.While there are nearly 1,000 varieties of bananas, the most popular is the Cavendish, which accounts for 45 percent of the fruit’s global crop—and the one Americans mostly find in their supermarkets.Another plague that is affecting our food supply is a virus known as porcine epidemic diarrhea. It has already spread to 27 different U.S. states and has already killed up to 6 million pigs since first being spotted in the U.S. last May.

As a result of this virus, pork production is going to be down substantially this year, and it is being estimated that Americans could pay up to 20 percent more for pork by the end of the year.

And of course perhaps the worst plague of all that we are experiencing at the moment is the nightmarish drought in California that never seems to end. Conditions are so dry that it is being estimated that California farmers may leave up to 800,000 acres fallow this year. In other words, they are not going to grow anything at all.

Needless to say, this is going to result in much smaller overall harvests. Just check out these numbers from the New York Times
A recent report on prospective planting from the federal Department of Agriculture forecast a 20 percent decline in California’s rice crop and a 35 percent decline in cotton this year from last year’s crop.And it isn’t just rice and cotton that we need to be concerned about. In a previous article, I included the following information which shows how dependent the rest of the U.S. is on fruits and vegetables grown in the state of California
The state produces 99 percent of the artichokes grown in the US, 44 percent of asparagus, a fifth of cabbage, two-thirds of carrots, half of bell peppers, 89 percent of cauliflower, 94 percent of broccoli, and 95 percent of celery. Leafy greens? California’s got the market cornered: 90 percent of the leaf lettuce we consume, along with and 83 percent of Romaine lettuce and 83 percent of fresh spinach, come from the big state on the left side of the map. Cali also cranks a third of total fresh tomatoes consumed in the U.S.—and 95 percent of ones destined for cans and other processing purposes. As for fruit, I get that 86 percent of lemons and a quarter of oranges come from there; its sunny climate makes it perfect for citrus, and lemons store relatively well. Ninety percentof avocados? Fine. But 84 percent of peaches, 88 percent of fresh strawberries, and 97 percent of fresh plums? Come on. Surely the other 49 states can do better.The lack of fresh produce is already being felt in California. Usually, fresh produce accounts for about half of the food handed out at food banks in the state, but these days fresh produce is in short supply
The effects of California’s drought could soon hit the state’s food banks, which serve 2 million of its poorest residents. Fresh produce accounts for more than half the handouts at Bay Area food banks, but with an estimated minimum of 500,000 acres to be fallowed in California, growers will have fewer fruits and vegetables to donate. With less local supply, food prices will spike, increasing as much as 34 percent for a head of lettuce and 18 percent for tomatoes, according to an Arizona State University study released last week. With fewer fields planted, there could be as many as 20,000 unemployed agricultural workers who will need more food handouts, especially in the Central Valley.By themselves, each one of these plagues is very serious.

Taken together, they represent an emerging “perfect storm” which could have a dramatic impact on our food supply.

So why is all of this happening?

Why is our food supply being hit with so many plagues?

Please feel free to share your thoughts by posting a comment below…

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USAID Top Scientist: "For the first time food production will be limited on a global scale"

This article first appeared here at the American Dream.  Michael Snyder is a writer, speaker and activist who writes and edits his own blogs The American Dream and Economic Collapse Blog. Follow him on Twitter here.

DNA Editing: Curing Disease or Causing It?

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2014 Is Turning Out To Be Eerily Similar To 2007

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Michael Snyder
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The similarities between 2007 and 2014 continue to pile up. As you are about to see, U.S. home sales fell dramatically throughout 2007 even as the mainstream media, our politicians and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke promised us that everything was going to be just fine and that we definitely were not going to experience a recession. Of course we remember precisely what followed. It was the worst economic crisis since the days of the Great Depression.

And you know what they say - if we do not learn from history we are doomed to repeat it. Just like seven years ago, the stock market has soared to all-time high after all-time high. Just like seven years ago, the authorities are telling us that there is nothing to worry about. 

Unfortunately, just like seven years ago, a housing bubble is imploding and another great economic crisis is rapidly approaching.

Posted below is a chart of existing home sales in the United States during 2007. As you can see, existing home sales declined precipitously throughout the year...

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Now look at this chart which shows what has happened to existing home sales in the United States in recent months. If you compare the two charts, you will see that the numbers are eerily similar...

New home sales are also following a similar pattern. In fact, we just learned that new home sales have collapsed to an 8 month low...
Sales of new single-family homes dropped sharply last month as severe winter weather and higher mortgage rates continued to slow the housing recovery.New home sales fell 14.5% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 385,000, down from February's revised pace of 449,000, the Census Bureau said.Once again, this is so similar to what we witnessed back in 2007. The following is a chart that shows how new home sales declined dramatically throughout that year...

And this chart shows what has happened to new homes sales during the past several months. Sadly, we have never even gotten close to returning to the level that we were at back in 2007. But even the modest "recovery" that we have experienced is now quickly unraveling...

If history does repeat, then what we are witnessing right now is a very troubling sign for the months to come. As you can see from this chart, new home sales usually start going down before a recession begins.
And don't expect these housing numbers to rebound any time soon. The demand for mortgages has dropped through the floor. Just check out the following excerpt from a recent article by Michael Lombardi...
One of the key indicators I follow in respect to the state of the housing market is mortgage originations. This data gives me an idea about demand for homes, as rising demand for mortgages means more people are buying homes. And as demand increases, prices should be increasing.But the opposite is happening…In the first quarter of 2014, mortgage originations at Citigroup Inc. (NYSE/C) declined 71% from the same period a year ago. The bank issued $5.2 billion in mortgages in the first quarter of 2014, compared to $8.3 billion in the previous quarter and $18.0 billion in the first quarter of 2013. (Source: Citigroup Inc. web site, last accessed April 14, 2014.)Total mortgage origination volume at JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE/JPM) declined by 68% in the first quarter of 2014 from the same period a year ago. At JPMorgan, in the first quarter of 2014, $17.0 billion worth of mortgages were issued, compared to $52.7 billion in the same period a year ago. (Source: JPMorgan Chase & Co. web site, last accessed April 14, 2014.)It is almost as if we are watching a replay of 2007 all over again, and yet nobody is talking about this.

Everyone wants to believe that this time will be different.

The human capacity for self-delusion is absolutely amazing.

There are a lot of other similarities between 2007 and today as well.

Just the other day, I noted that retail stores are closing in the United States at the fastest pace that we have seen since the collapse of Lehman Brothers.

Back in 2007, we saw margin debt on Wall Street spike dramatically and help fuel a remarkable run in the stock market. Just check out the chart in this article. But that spike in margin debt also made the eventual stock market collapse much worse than it had to be.

And just like 2007, consumer credit is totally out of control. As I noted inone recent article, during the fourth quarter of 2013 we witnessed the biggest increase in consumer debt in the U.S. that we have seen since 2007. Total consumer credit in the U.S. has risen by 22 percent over the past three years, and 56 percent of all Americans have "subprime credit" at this point.

Are you starting to get the picture? It is only 7 years later, and the same things that happened just prior to the last great financial crisis are happening again. Only this time we are in much worse shape to handle an economic meltdown. The following is a brief excerpt from my recent article entitled "We Are In FAR Worse Shape Than We Were Just Prior To The Last Great Financial Crisis"...
None of the problems that caused the last financial crisis have been fixed. In fact, they have all gotten worse. The total amount of debt in the world has grown by more than 40 percent since 2007, the too big to fail banks have gotten 37 percent larger, and the colossal derivatives bubble has spiraled so far out of control that the only thing left to do is to watch the spectacular crash landing that is inevitably coming.You can read the rest of that article right here.

For a long time, I have been convinced that this two year time period is going to represent a major "turning point" for America.

Right now, 2014 is turning out to be eerily similar to 2007.

Will 2015 turn out to be a repeat of 2008?

Please feel free to share what you think by posting a comment below...

This article first appeared here at the Economic Collapse Blog.  Michael Snyder is a writer, speaker and activist who writes and edits his own blogs The American Dream and Economic Collapse Blog. Follow him on Twitter here.

Second Amendment Victory: Georgia Governor Signs Historic Gun Rights Bill

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Lily Dane
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Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed into law today what supporters call a historic victory for the Second Amendment.

The new law, called the “Safe Carry Protection Act”, vastly expands where guns will be allowed in the state.

As of July 1st, licensed gun owners in Georgia and visitors from 28 other states will be allowed to bring a gun into a bar without restrictions and carry a firearm into some government buildings. Under the law, school districts will be able to decide whether they want some employees to carry a firearm, and religious leaders can decide whether to allow licensed gun owners to carry guns into their church, synagogue or mosque.

Deal said the following about the bill:
People who follow the rules can protect themselves and their families from people who don’t follow the rules. The Second Amendment should never be an afterthought. It should reside at the forefronts of our minds.
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While signing the bill, he said:
Our state has some of the best protections for gun owners in the United States. And today we strengthen those rights protected by our nation’s most revered founding document.In addition to allowing licensed owners to carry in more places than ever, the bill also eliminates the fingerprinting requirement for renewing weapons carry licenses, prohibits the state from creating and maintaining a database of licensed weapons carriers, and repeals the state-required license for firearms dealers.

Lily Dane is a staff writer for The Daily Sheeple, where this first appeared. Her goal is to help people to “Wake the Flock Up!”

'Watch_Dogs' Game, Chicago: Hack People's Lives, Cameras Are Your Friend

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Amanda Warren
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"What will you do...with that kind of power?"

There are no words to describe a personal reaction to this extended video game preview for Watch_Dogs, available on multiple systems, May 27th, by Ubisoft. Video games, for years now, have been a great covert way to train young ones into military jobs like drone operation or crime units hunting for "domestic terrorists." But now everyone gets a chance to be a paranoid, trenchcoat-mask-wearing hacker vigilante - there's something hiding in everyone...Security cameras are your friends...

“For the first time, cameras are your friend. You can hack them to attract enemies and start messing around with them to bring people to where you want...," explained the creative director, last year.

Game description, see more:
Set in Chicago, where a central network of computers connects everyone and everything, Watch_Dogs explores the impact of technology within our society. Using the city as your weapon, you will embark on a personal mission to inflict your own brand of justice. Chicago's overarching network is known as the Central Operating System (ctOS), and it controls almost all of the city's technology and information - including key data on all of the city's residents. You play as Aiden Pearce, a brilliant hacker and former thug, whose criminal past led to a violent family tragedy. While seeking justice for those events, you'll monitor and hack those around you by manipulating the ctOS from the palm of your hand. You'll access omnipresent security cameras, download personal information to locate a target, control traffic lights and public transportation to stop the enemy... and more.
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It appears that other people playing this game can also, in a sense...hack you. Other players can be lurkers too, and move into your role-playing reality game in real time and mess with you. "Anyone can be your enemy." In this oxymoronic storyline, you enlist the help of other thug criminals for justice to help you take out the enemy, downloading everyone's information along the way. What's difficult to ascertain exactly, is just who is the enemy is in this rated M for Mature game.

The "Welcome to Chicago" trailer boasts:
Everything and everyone is connected. You can hack into anyone's life. Tap their phones, their music, their accounts...Identify criminals, disrupt communications, roadways. Infiltrate private homes. [...] You have control over a vast digital network [shows main character remotely causing city to black out]At the same time, people will react intelligently to your choices and the police and media won't like what you're doing.

The character has a lengthy and tragic backstory which is supposed to explain his obsession with surveillance...

A viral marketing scheme is underway called "Digital Shadow" that, with your permission, "hacks" into your Facebook account, collects all your activity and builds a complete dossier of you, as if you were an assassin's target, explains HuffingtonPost.

The game has been ostensibly highly anticipated for awhile, but it's a little strange that it's not only set in Chicago, but that the trailers for it are going viral in the wake of Chicago's emerging pre-crime surveillance lists and the "bloody Easter" shooting spree, with the announcement of a new federal crime unit. This game isn't exactly a marketing ploy for Chicago, which attempts to boast of questionable "steep declines" in crime rates, but is painted in the game as the backdrop for festering criminality.

Is this game supposed to give vicarious power to individuals who may feel powerless living among random crime and trusting their lives to militarized law enforcement? Can you make heads or tails of the psychologically mixed messages of a game that dehumanizes the people you manipulate or kill (but know everything about their unique identity) and says, "the city is our weapon"?

This is what I was met with when I went to the game site for more info. No thank you.

The game and character logo - nothing to see here, folks - just random symbols:

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Predictive Programming in "Homefront Occupation" Video Game Trailer?

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Pre-Crime Systems Now Actively Monitoring the Internet

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"The Computer Algorithm Learns the Pattern and Produces a Prediction"

Mac Slavo
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With revelations that the National Security Agency has collected some 20 trillion phone calls and emails via an expansive nationwide surveillance network, most Americans have already come to the realization that everything they do is being monitored.

But many shrug off Big Brother’s prying eyes by suggesting that, since they aren’t doing anything wrong, they have nothing to worry about.

That may have been true several years ago, but the digital surveillance systems of today are far more advanced than most people understand. No longer are these machines simply recording the data and storing them in some historical archive to be pulled at a later date should the government ever have reason to take a closer look at your personal life.

The next generation of systems are being used to actively monitor your digital interactions, surfing habits, conversations and daily sentiment in an effort to predict your future behavior. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the systems currently operating within the social media sphere.

Researchers at the University of Virginia funded by the U.S. Army recently demonstrated that they can not only gather information from your personal Twitter account just like the NSA, but also aggregate and analyze that information with advanced predictive algorithms designed to determine what you’re going to do next. In this case, the researches focused specifically on predicting crime by individuals, as well as in crime “hot spots” around the country.

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Here’s the kicker. The algorithms being used don’t just look for obvious keyword phrases associated with criminal activity like “I’m going to kill you” or “meet me later and we’ll give him a beat down,” but focus in on routine activities, geo-location, and aggregate historical information to calculate the chance of a particular individual being involved in a crime at some point in the future.
Researchers at the University of Virginia demonstrated tweets could predict certain kinds of crimes if the correct analysis is applied.A research paper published in the scientific journal Decision Support Systems last month said the analysis of geo-tagged tweets can be useful in predicting 19 to 25 kinds of crimes, especially for offenses such as stalking, thefts and certain kinds of assault.The results are surprising, especially when one considers that people rarely tweet about crimes directly, said lead researcher Matthew Gerber of the university’s Predictive Technology Lab.Gerber said even tweets that have no direct link to crimes may contain information about activities often associated with them. […]Gerber said Twitter data can be relatively easy to use because tweets are publicly available, and many of them are tagged with location information.In addition, researchers, themselves, do not need to go into the high-crime areas to study the information.Instead, “I send our algorithms to these locations and see what people are talking about,” Gerber said.“The computer algorithm learns the pattern and produces a prediction.”The study was funded by the US Army, which Gerber said uses similar techniques to determine threats in places such as Iraq and Afghanistan.It’s no surprise then, that police departments all over the country are interested in the new technology. The New York Police Department has already asked for a demonstration.

To give you an idea of how this technology can be used to not only predict traditional crimes but domestic terrorism related activity, consider an earlier report out of Auburn, NY which indicates that the Department of Homeland Security is asking local businesses to keep an eye out for terrorists going so far as to provide retailers with a shopping list of possible items a terrorist might purchase such as MRE’s (Meals Ready to Eat), flashlights and other products readily available at local surplus shops and camping stores. The implications of these new algorithms, which will be taught that anyone discussing the purchase or ownership of these types of items should be flagged for review and visited by Homeland Security personnel as a person of interest, are staggering.

With the definitions for domestic terrorism being expanded to include everyone from kids making gun-like gestures with their hands to Americans joining a large protest against government over-reach, it’s only a matter of time before just about every American with a gripe or opposing view is flagged, investigated and incarcerated for a “crime” that they “may” commit in the future.

Though the notion may seem far fetched to some, this technology is being designed for a reason. Given the ever expanding intervention and interference of government into our lives on every level by way of relentlessly supplanting our protections under the U.S. Constitution, are we to believe these developing technologies won’t be used strike fear and compliance into the hearts and minds of Americans?

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You can read more from Mac Slavo at his site SHTFplan.com, where this first appeared.

West Blames Assad For Chemical Weapons Attack . . . Again

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Brandon Turbeville
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In what is now the latest of chemical weapons attacks to have taken place inside Syria and blamed on the Syrian government by the Western media, the recent chlorine-based gas attack in Kfar Zeita has prompted the Anglo-European propaganda machine to once again begin greasing up its gears to accuse Bashar al-Assad of crimes against humanity and justify some form of humanitarian intervention in Syria by NATO forces.

The attacks come shortly before the completion of the transfer and destruction of Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile.

Predictably, the recent attacks are being promoted by Western outlets as an example of how a chemical weapons free Syria is still capable of deploying chemical weapons against civilians due to a loophole allowing for the production of chlorine gas.
State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki has already seized upon the reports, having stated “We have indications of the use of a toxic industrial chemical — probably chlorine — in Syria this month in the opposition-dominated village of Kfar Zeita ... We’re examining allegations that the government was responsible. We take all allegations of the use of chemicals in combat use very seriously.”

However, what is being completely ignored by these outlets is both the possibility and high probability that the Syrian government was not responsible for the chlorine gas attacks to being with.

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Indeed, there are several reasons to doubt the claims made by Western governments and Western media outlets, aside from the fact that both of these institutions have lied on repeated occasions regarding the use of chemical weapons in Syria.

First, after Syria’s near miss with the chemical weapons controversy in Ghouta, it would be absolutely foolish for the Syrian government to launch a chemical weapons attack against civilians. Having avoided the catastrophe of a Western invasion in August only due to a deal brokered by the Russians at the very last minute, the Assad government is not likely to be so incompetent as to put itself in the same position. (Note: The Assad government had not put itself in this position the first time, since it was the death squads who were responsible for the chemical weapons attacks.)

Since the Ghouta chemical weapons attack drew Syria to the brink of war with the United States and NATO. Why would Assad use chemical weapons after that experience?

Why would Assad use chemical weapons when he is clearly winning? Indeed, this was one of the main questions surrounding the flawed reasoning that sought to blame Assad for the Ghouta chemical weapons attack. Yet the Syrian military is even better off militarily now than it was during the Ghouta controversy, thus making any attempt to blame the Syrian government for the deployment of chemical weapons in Kafr Zeita even more implausible.

Second, although corporate media outlets such as TIME and ABC confidently report that Assad is the most likely culprit in terms of the Kafr Zeita gas attacks, the fact is that there is no evidence for these claims whatsoever.

In fact, the entirety of the evidence cited by these mainstream outlets revolve around information provided by pro-death squad NGOs or by the death squad operatives themselves. Clearly, these sources are hardly impartial observers.

Nevertheless, death squad forces uploaded a series of videos to YouTube that included footage of civilians suffering from what appears to be the inhalation of toxic gas as well as one young boy who has allegedly died from the chemicals. None of this footage, however, shows anything incriminating to the Assad government.

Perhaps the most important fact surrounding the recent chemical attack is that the death squads operating in Syria have a history of using not only chemical weapons in general but chlorine gas specifically.

In March, 2013, after Khan al-Assal was attacked by the death squads using what appeared to be chlorine gas, it was reported by Alex Thomson of The Telegraph that the likelihood of the chemicals having been used by the Syrian government was quite low. Instead, it was the death squads (aka “rebels”) who were heavily implicated in the attack. Thomson wrote,
The Syrian military is said to believe that a home-made locally-manufactured rocket was fired, containing a form of chlorine known as CL17, easily available as a swimming pool cleaner. They claim that the warhead contained a quantity of the gas, dissolved in saline solution. [...]CL17 is normal chlorine for swimming pools or industrial purposes. It is rated as Level 2 under the chemical weapons convention, which means it is dual purpose - it can be used as a weapon as well as for industrial or domestic purposes. Level 1 agents are chemicals whose sole use is as weapons, such as the nerve agents sarin or tabun. There has been extensive experimentation by insurgents in Iraq in the use of chlorine, which is harmful when mixed with water to form hydrochloric acid. It vapourises quickly, meaning that in a big explosion it will evaporate; in a small blast - for instance, one delivered by a home-made rocket - it will turn into airborne droplets before dispersing quickly. So it is likely only to produce limited casualties. In this case there were only 26 fatalities, far fewer than would be expected from a full chemical weapon attack. In short, it is easily improvised into a chemical device but not one that would be used by an army seeking mass-casualty effects. [emphasis added]Back in December of 2012, after the death squads managed to capture a chlorine factory inside Syria, the Syrian government actually issued a warning that the death squads might attempt to use chemical weapons of this nature in their battle to overthrow and oppress the government and people of Syria respectively. The Syrian Foreign Ministry stated, “Terrorist groups may resort to using chemical weapons against the Syrian people ... after having gained control of a toxic chlorine factory.”

In the end, the latest chemical weapons attack will be cast in such a light by Western media outlets as to suggest that the Assad government is the most plausible suspect. Like all of the other chemical weapons attacks before it, the Kafr Zeita attacks will be used in order to justify some type of military adventure by NATO in Syria.

One can only hope that the American people have grown immune to such propaganda as the tired line of “chemical weapons attacks” and crimes against humanity has been repeated so many times in the past, only to find shortly thereafter that it was the so-called “rebels” who were responsible.

What is plain to see, however, is that, no matter how bumpy the road may get, the Anglo-European powers have no plans to stray from the Path to Persia.
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Top Climate Researcher Urges Nuclear Power to Thwart Geoengineering

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Geoengineering vs. nuclear power is like watching two grim reapers playing chess.

Dees IllustrationKevin Samson
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It is becoming increasingly difficult to write off geonengineering as conspiracy. We already have numerous White Papers from think tanks, official documents admitting to climate control plans, and many public admissions from scientists and politicians alike.

This week geoengineering has been launched further into the mainstream. First we saw Riley Duren, a Chief Systems Engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Labs, caution against rogue geoengineers and mad scientists using climate control as a potential weapon. Curiously this is the exact same concern that was expressed by geoengineering's leading proponent, Harvard climate scientist, David Keith. Keith likened geoengineering to nuclear weapons ... and the subsequent race to acquire that technology. These concerns are centered around structuring the proper international governance to ensure that geoengineering is carried out correctly.

Ironically enough, after the parallel drawn between the power of weather modification to the power of nuclear weapons, one of the "foremost climate researchers" is also confirming the reality of geoengineering, while reinforcing the "rogue geoengineer" meme; but he is suggesting that nuclear power is the solution to the inevitable need for geoengineering.

We are seeing an emerging spin being put to geoengineering that is preparing it for mass media rollout. This new meme is that we have a developing race among nations and individuals to solve the urgent global climate problem. In so doing, it is a de facto way for the establishment to claim victory in the debate over whether or not there is even a problem to be solved. Instead, we are directed toward the "inevitability" of a threatening climate, with an additional spin to the story that weather modification is only in its conceptual phase and no one has any idea who will be in charge of such initiatives when they are fully introduced, so we need global governance to handle these issues.

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A government study recently emerged to set the tone. The report, "Geoengineering: Governance and Technology Policy" phrases this global race towards geoengineering as a potential "free for all." It opens the door for a global framework to address not only the possible dangers of geoengineering itself, but also the danger of leaving the power in the hands of local governments to test and impose their own solutions. As Derrick Broze reported:
According to a recent congressional report: “The term “geoengineering” describes this array of technologies that aim, through large-scale and deliberate modifications of the Earth’s energy balance, to reduce temperatures and counteract anthropogenic climate change. Most of these technologies are at the conceptual and research stages, and their effectiveness at reducing global temperatures has yet to be proven. Moreover, very few studies have been published that document the cost, environmental effects, socio-political impacts, and legal implications of geoengineering. If geoengineering technologies were to be deployed, they are expected to have the potential to cause significant transboundary effects. (Source)The politicizing of the climate is an interesting one to observe, as it is instructive to see which powers are attempting to get to the forefront. We of course had Al Gore and his banking buddies' carbon tax schemes; we have international bodies indicating that they are prepared to usurp states and nations for the greater good and global security; and as you'll see below we also have the nuclear industry using climate change to push their own agenda.

The following excerpt from a Bulletin of Atomic Scientists press release takes the approach that geonengineering is an extreme measure, and is one that does have major consequences, but that through nuclear energy we may be able to avert the programs being discussed. The language is interesting, as it shows both that geongineering is already widely discussed among scientists (though clearly still thought of as tin-foil hat material by the corporate media), as well as an assertion that there could be "enormous unforeseen consequences" if such climate-saving measures are employed.
"I think one can argue that if we were to follow a strong nuclear energy pathway—as well as doing everything else that we can—then we can solve the climate problem without doing geoengineering." So says Tom Wigley, one of the world's foremost climate researchers, in the current issue of Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, published by SAGE. Refusing to take significant action on climate change now makes it more likely that geoengineering will eventually be needed to address the problem, Wigley explains in an exclusive Bulletin interview. In the interview, Wigley, a scientist at the University of Adelaide, Australia and at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in Boulder, Colorado, explains the two basic geoengineering strategies to reduce climate change: injecting aerosols such as sulfates into the stratosphere to block a portion of the sun's radiation and thereby cool the Earth, much as volcanic emissions do; and the large-scale removal of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. The aerosol-injection approach is much more likely to be pursued at current stages of technological development. To avoid the need for geoengineering, which could have enormous unforeseen consequences, the international community should pursue increased deployment of nuclear power plants, which do not emit carbon dioxide, to address the climate crisis, Wigley says. He contends that many of his colleagues in climate science are generally supportive of nuclear engineering and less fearful of it than they are of geoengineering. But his pro-nuclear stance has already sparked a public backlash from climate scientists who oppose nuclear power, geoengineering, or both those methods of dealing with climate change. "When I talk to people from any walk of life, I do talk about geoengineering," Wigley says. "But I mostly push nuclear. Because I think one can argue that if we were to follow a strong nuclear energy pathway—as well as doing everything else that we can—then we can solve the climate problem without doing geoengineering." (emphasis added)To illustrate the intellectual conflict within such "science" the official bio of The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists spells it out quite clearly:
The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists informs the public about threats to the survival and development of humanity from nuclear weapons, climate change, and emerging technologies in the life sciences. Scientists, engineers, and other experts who had created the atomic bomb as part of the Manhattan Project established the Bulletin in 1945. http://bos.sagepub.comYes, this eminent group was spawned from its own threat to civilization - very comforting to know where the solutions are coming from. In the wake of Fukushima and the other apparently "unforeseen consequences" of that event, and the impact of many others, geoengineering vs. nuclear power is like watching two grim reapers playing chess.

The fact that geoengineering is emerging into the open indicates that the threat level has increased. When we look at the possibilities, we must see only two: geoengineering either has been hidden for nefarious purposes, or these "experts" are completely delusional - both possibilities are grave threats to humanity.

Let's take this new openness by the establishment as an opportunity to engage the newly aware and offer the history behind both of these "solutions" as nothing more than an ongoing potential extinction-level event. Let's begin seeking true open-source energy solutions, as well as free up research into currently fringe ideas such as free energy and the wonders of new materials such as graphene or the Navy's method to turn seawater into clean fuel. These solutions will go beyond the divide-and-conquer strategies of "climate science" and get to the heart of the matter: low-cost, safe, clean energy solutions that equally benefit humans, nature, and the planet.

 Geoengineering (chemtrails): for background please consider the following sources...
Nuclear Power

There are few better sources discussing the threat of nuclear power than Dr. Richard Wilcox who resides in Tokyo and has been documenting what he sees on the ground - politically and physically - as a result of the Fukushima meltdown.  His body of work can be found at Rense.com and earlier articles are archived on his own site here.

Please feel free to add your own sources to the comment section below.


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No-Fly List Under Fire as Evidence Shows it was Used to Recruit Snitches

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Earlier in the year a Malaysian woman became the first to successfully contest having been put on the U.S. secretive No-Fly list. In that case, Rahinah Ibrahim, a student at Stanford in 2005, was detained at San Francisco Airport while en route to Kona, Hawaii as part of a Ph.D. program in architecture and design. She was detained, interrogated, then released after two hours, but subsequently ended up on the No-Fly List . . . for 7 years.

After a lengthy battle, it was admitted that a clerical error led to her addition to the list and that, worse still, the government knew early on that it was a mistake and tried to conceal the error. Ibrahim is still battling over the legal fees in that case, which has revealed yet more potential deception on the part of the U.S. government.

It has been suspected that Ibrahim's victory would have wider ramifications, as it seemed that the "clerical mishap" was a bit too convenient amid the FBI's "mosque outreach program" involving Bay Area Muslims and Sikhs. (Source)

In fact, much like other FBI-based informant programs such as the Demographics Unit of the NYPD, the No-Fly list seems to have a component that is anything but arbitrary.

The Guardian reports on another example of someone who found themselves on the No-Fly list:
Naveed Shinwari hasn’t seen his wife in 26 months. He suspects it’s because he refused to become an informant for the FBI. In February 2012 Shinwari, who has lived in the US since he was 14, flew to Afghanistan to get married. He says that before he could get home to Omaha, Nebraska, he was twice detained and questioned by FBI agents who wanted to know if he knew anything about national security threats. A third FBI visit followed when he got home. The following month, after Shinwari bought another plane ticket for a temporary job in Connecticut, he couldn’t get a boarding pass. Police told him he had been placed on the US no-fly list, although he had never in his life been accused of breaking any law. Another FBI visit soon followed, with agents wanting to know about the “local Omaha community, did I know anyone who’s a threat”, he says. “I’m just very frustrated, [and I said] what can I do to clear my name?” recalls Shinwari, 30. “And that’s where it was mentioned to me: you help us, we help you. We know you don’t have a job; we’ll give you money.”
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A lawsuit has now been filed against the FBI on Shinwari's behalf and four other American Muslims who believe they are part of an instititunalized intimidation to become informants based on the imposed travel restrictions of the No-Fly list.

Vice.com returns to the case of Rahinah Ibrahim to show the real reason why she (and her daughter) might have found themselves on the No-Fly list, as well as being entered into the greater Terrorist Screening Database that exists:
She belongs to a women’s economic organisation called Jamaah Islah Malaysia – there have been rumours that the FBI confused this with the terrorist group Jemaah Islamiyah.With such a possible connection, she would have been added to the list as a possible informant, even if she wasn't concluded to be a direct threat. Vice adds another known case to the list that has spurred a challenge:
Gulet Mohamed, a US citizen of Somali descent, is also currently challenging his placement on a no-fly list. Mohamed has not been charged with any crime, but his placement on the list left him stranded in Kuwait for a month from December 2010 to January 2011. His designation prevented him from flying home. During his confinement, US authorities grilled him about his travels in Somalia and Yemen, but Mohamed denied having contact with militants. Mohamed, then still a teenager, says he was beaten and that federal agents made him an offer of becoming an informant, which he turned down. Ultimately, he was allowed back into the US in January 2011. This January, a federal judge ruled that he had a right to challenge his placement on the list.The FBI's use of informants and patsies should underscore the reason why the secrecy of the No-Fly list needs to disappear. The FBI has been known to let informants commit crimes, have been involved with cartels in the Fast and Furious gun-running scandal, create terror plots, target activists to inform on one another and even classify prepping as "suspicious activity." When observed in total, this organization is likely the top U.S. terror group.

And now they are being implicated once again at the heart of a system that has not proven to have found a single terrorist, but has only served to impose widespread terror on innocent Americans and foreigners alike.
Filed on Tuesday night in the US district court for the southern district of New York, the case accuses the US attorney general, Eric Holder, the FBI director, James Comey, the homeland security secretary, Jeh Johnson, and two dozen FBI agents of creating an atmosphere in which Muslims who are not accused of wrongdoing are forbidden from flying, apparently as leverage to get them snitching on their communities.All of the familiar suspects.

In light of the many ways that ordinary Americans can be put on terror watch lists, even without getting on an airplane, this latest information is only making it clearer that a culture of fear and suspicion is being purposely cultivated:
Shinwari said his placement on the no-fly list and his dealings with the FBI had a chilling effect. “I don’t want to open up to people any more, or express myself politically or otherwise. It’s definitely had an effect on me participating in my local mosque,” he said.These are the identical sentiments expressed in the case of the NYPD Demographics Unit:
Linda Sarsour of the Arab American Association of New York stated it most aptly: "The Demographics Unit created psychological warfare in our community."Before we give in to intimidation, we must win this element of psychological warfare. One major step toward doing that is the realization of who is the true threat to freedom. With the official narrative of the terror threat expanding to include everyone, not just a specific group, we can read these developments as great news. The veil is lifting; without division, there will be nothing left for tyranny to conquer.


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Gearing Up For War: Russia Conducts War Games On Ukraine Border As US Troops Enter Poland

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Paul Lawrance
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On Wednesday Russia conducted military exercises in its southeastern Rostov region, which borders Ukraine, a spokesman for Russia’s southern military district told Reuters.

The spokesman denied comment on any details of the exercises, but television footage shot by Reuters reportedly showed a hefty gathering of military vehicles and weaponry including jeeps, armored personnel carriers, mobile multiple rocket launchers, and mobile surface-to-air missile launchers.

At the same time US troops have set foot in Poland for military exercises that are a part of the US’s attempt to “shore up” America’s Eastern European allies in the face of Russian tampering in Ukraine.

According to a press secretary at the Pentagon, 600 troops are set to enter countries bordering Russia and Ukraine over the next month.

Since the uprisings began in Ukraine over President Viktor Yanukovych’s decision to abandon an agreement that would have strengthened ties with the European Union and instead sought closer cooperation with Moscow late last year, the country has been ripped apart by geopolitical big wigs in the West, causing tension to build among the people of Ukraine and the Russian government.

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The Crimean referendum in March set the stage for US Russian tensions that has now slowly inched the two military powers closer to militarized conflict.

As analysis comes to the conclusion that Vladimir Putin is likely to keep pushing ahead in Ukraine, it is uncertain whether or not this conflict can stay cold between the US and Russia.

Hypocrisy reeks from the US’s justification for the show of force. As the leaked phone call between US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and US Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt showed us, there is a tug-of-war behind all the propaganda over the destiny of Ukraine.

War is unpopular in the United States, but the around-the-world militarization ceases to stop. This conflict, if further military action is taken, is one that can potentially send political shockwaves through the war-tired USA.

Paul Lawrance writes for Eyes Open Report where this first appeared.

Agenda 21: The BLM Land Grabbing Endgame

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Michael Snyder
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Why is the federal government so obsessed with grabbing more land? After all, the federal government already owns more than 40 percent of the land in 9 different U.S. states. Why are federal bureaucrats so determined to grab even more?

 Well, the truth is that this all becomes much clearer once you understand that there is a very twisted philosophy behind what they are doing. It is commonly known as Agenda 21, although many names and labels are used for this particular philosophy. Basically, those that hold to this form of radical environmentalism believe that humanity is utterly destroying the planet, and therefore the goal should be to create a world where literally everything that we do is tightly monitored and controlled by control freak bureaucrats in the name of “sustainable development”. In their vision of the future, the human population will be greatly reduced and human activity will be limited to strictly regulated urban areas and travel corridors. The rest of the planet will be left to nature. To achieve this goal, a massive transfer of land from private landowners to the federal government will be necessary.

So the conflict between Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and the BLM is really just the tip of the iceberg. The reality is that the BLM has their eyes on much bigger prizes.

For example, Breitbart is reporting that the BLM is looking at grabbing 90,000 privately-held acres along the Texas/Oklahoma border…
After the recent Bundy Ranch episode by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Texans are becoming more concerned about the BLM’s focus on 90,000 acres along a 116 mile stretch of the Texas/Oklahoma boundary. The BLM is reviewing the possible federal takeover and ownership of privately-held lands which have been deeded property for generations of Texas landowners. Sid Miller, former Texas State Representative and Republican candidate for Texas Agriculture Commissioner, has since made the matter a campaign issue to Breitbart Texas. “In Texas,” Miller says, “the BLM is attempting a repeat of an action taken over 30 years ago along the Red River when Tommy Henderson lost a federal lawsuit. The Bureau of Land Management took 140 acres of his property and didn’t pay him one cent.”

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Needless to say, officials down in Texas are not pleased about this. In fact, just check out what the attorney general of Texas is saying
Gen. Abbott sent a strongly-worded letter to BLM Director Neil Kornze, asking for answers to a series of questions related to the potential land grab. “I am deeply concerned about the notion that the Bureau of Land Management believes the federal government has the authority to swoop in and take land that has been owned and cultivated by Texas landowners for generations,” General Abbott wrote. “The BLM’s newly asserted claims to land along the Red River threaten to upset long-settled private property rights and undermine fundamental principles—including the rule of law—that form the foundation of our democracy. Yet, the BLM has failed to disclose either its full intentions or the legal justification for its proposed actions. Decisions of this magnitude must not be made inside a bureaucratic black box." In an exclusive interview with Breitbart Texas, General Abbott said, “This is the latest line of attack by the Obama Administration where it seems like they have a complete disregard for the rule of law in this country …And now they’ve crossed the line quite literally by coming into the State of Texas and trying to claim Texas land as federal land. And, as the Attorney General of Texas I am not going to allow this.”Does the federal government actually need more land?

As I mentioned above, the feds already own more than 40 percent of the land in 9 different U.S. states
  1. Nevada: 84.5 percent
  2. Alaska: 69.1 percent
  3. Utah: 57.4 percent
  4. Oregon: 53.1 percent
  5. Idaho: 50.2 percent
  6. Arizona: 48.1 percent
  7. California: 45.3 percent
  8. Wyoming: 42.4 percent
  9. New Mexico: 41.8 percent
The federal government does not need more land. But there is an obsession to grab more so that the dictates of Agenda 21 can be implemented.

The map that I have posted below is a simulation of what the endgame of Agenda 21 might look like. If these radical environmentalists get their way, the only areas that will be allocated for normal human use will be the areas in green…

If you do not go along with the “sustainable development” agenda, you risk being labeled a “threat” to be dealt with.

For example, Senator Harry Reid has used the label “domestic terrorists” to describe those that showed up to support Cliven Bundy at his ranch.

Reid could have used lots of other labels. But he specifically chose to call them terrorists. And considering what the law allows the feds to do to “terrorists”, that is quite chilling.

And don’t think that if you just stay quiet that you won’t get labeled as a “terrorist”. In fact, there is a very good chance that you already fit several government criteria for being a terrorist. Just check out the list below. It comes from my previous article entitled "72 Types Of Americans That Are Considered ‘Potential Terrorists’ In Official Government Documents"…

1. Those that talk about “individual liberties”

2. Those that advocate for states’ rights

3. Those that want “to make the world a better place”

4. “The colonists who sought to free themselves from British rule”

5. Those that are interested in “defeating the Communists”

6. Those that believe “that the interests of one’s own nation areseparate from the interests of other nations or the common interest of all nations”

7. Anyone that holds a “political ideology that considers the state to be unnecessary, harmful,or undesirable”

8. Anyone that possesses an “intolerance toward other religions”

9. Those that “take action to fight against the exploitation of theenvironment and/or animals”

10. “Anti-Gay”

11. “Anti-Immigrant”

12. “Anti-Muslim”

13. “The Patriot Movement”

14. “Opposition to equal rights for gays and lesbians”

15. Members of the Family Research Council

16. Members of the American Family Association

17. Those that believe that Mexico, Canada and the United States “are secretly planning to merge into a European Union-like entity that will be known as the ‘North American Union’”

18. Members of the American Border Patrol/American Patrol

19. Members of the Federation for American Immigration Reform

20. Members of the Tennessee Freedom Coalition

21. Members of the Christian Action Network

22. Anyone that is “opposed to the New World Order”

23. Anyone that is engaged in “conspiracy theorizing”

24. Anyone that is opposed to Agenda 21

25. Anyone that is concerned about FEMA camps

26. Anyone that “fears impending gun control or weapons confiscations”

27. The militia movement

28. The sovereign citizen movement

29. Those that “don’t think they should have to pay taxes”

30. Anyone that “complains about bias”

31. Anyone that “believes in government conspiracies to the point of paranoia”

32. Anyone that “is frustrated with mainstream ideologies”

33. Anyone that “visits extremist websites/blogs”

34. Anyone that “establishes website/blog to display extremist views”

35. Anyone that “attends rallies for extremist causes”

36. Anyone that “exhibits extreme religious intolerance”

37. Anyone that “is personally connected with a grievance”

38. Anyone that “suddenly acquires weapons”

39. Anyone that “organizes protests inspired by extremist ideology”

40. “Militia or unorganized militia”

41. “General right-wing extremist”

42. Citizens that have “bumper stickers” that are patriotic or anti-U.N.

43. Those that refer to an “Army of God”

44. Those that are “fiercely nationalistic (as opposed to universal and international in orientation)”

45. Those that are “anti-global”

46. Those that are “suspicious of centralized federal authority”

47. Those that are “reverent of individual liberty”

48. Those that “believe in conspiracy theories”

49. Those that have “a belief that one’s personal and/or national ‘way of life’ is under attack”

50. Those that possess “a belief in the need to be prepared for an attack either by participating in paramilitary preparations and training or survivalism”

51. Those that would “impose strict religious tenets or laws on society (fundamentalists)”

52. Those that would “insert religion into the political sphere”

53. Anyone that would “seek to politicize religion”

54. Those that have “supported political movements for autonomy”

55. Anyone that is “anti-abortion”

56. Anyone that is “anti-Catholic”

57. Anyone that is “anti-nuclear”

58. “Rightwing extremists”

59. “Returning veterans”

60. Those concerned about “illegal immigration”

61. Those that “believe in the right to bear arms”

62. Anyone that is engaged in “ammunition stockpiling”

63. Anyone that exhibits “fear of Communist regimes”

64. “Anti-abortion activists”

65. Those that are against illegal immigration

66. Those that talk about “the New World Order” in a “derogatory” manner

67. Those that have a negative view of the United Nations

68. Those that are opposed “to the collection of federal income taxes”

69. Those that supported former presidential candidates Ron Paul, Chuck Baldwin and Bob Barr

70. Those that display the Gadsden Flag (“Don’t Tread On Me”)

71. Those that believe in “end times” prophecies

72. Evangelical Christians

Do any of those criteria apply to you?

If so, then you are a “potential terrorist” according to the U.S. government.

We live at a time when the federal government is becoming increasingly oppressive. Just consider the following excerpt from a recent article by John W. Whitehead
It’s not just the Cliven Bundys of the world who are being dealt with in this manner. Don Miller, a 91-year-old antiques collector, recently had his Indiana home raided by the FBI, ostensibly because it might be in the nation’s best interest if the rare and valuable antiques and artifacts Miller had collected over the course of 80 years were cared for by the government. Such tactics carried out by anyone other than the government would be considered grand larceny, and yet the government gets a free pass. In the same way, the government insists it can carry out all manner of surveillance on us—listen in on our phone calls, read our emails and text messages, track our movements, photograph our license plates, even enter our biometric information into DNA databases—but those who dare to return the favor, even a little, by filming potential police misconduct, get roughed up by the police, arrested, charged with violating various and sundry crimes.This was not what our founders intended.

Our liberties and freedoms are being eroded a little bit more with each passing day, and most Americans don’t even seem to care.

In the end, we will pay a great price for our apathy.

About the author: Michael T. Snyder is a former Washington D.C. attorney who now publishes The Truth. His new thriller entitled “The Beginning Of The End” is now available on Amazon.com.

West Visits Newly Installed Regime in Kiev

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Tony Cartalucci
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The BBC reported in their article, “Ukraine crisis: Biden to meet Kiev leaders in show of support,” that:
US Vice-President Joe Biden is to meet Ukraine’s new leaders in a show of support for the pro-Western government. Mr Biden is due to discuss the forthcoming elections with the country’s interim prime minister and president during his visit to Kiev. A phone conversation between the US secretary of state and Russia’s foreign minister earlier led to both sides blaming the other over the crisis.Biden’s visit is not the first time Western representatives have traveled to Kiev in direct support of the “Euromaidan” protests and the subsequent unelected regime that violently seized power. US Senator John McCain would literally take the stage with the ultra-right, Neo-Nazi Svoboda Party leaders as well as meet with “Fatherland Party” member and future “prime minister,” Arseniy Yatsenyuk.

In mid-April, CIA director John Brennan was confirmed to have traveled to Kiev. Forbes in their article, “Why CIA Director Brennan Visited Kiev: In Ukraine The Covert War Has Begun,” reported that:
Over the weekend, CIA director John Brennan traveled to Kiev, nobody knows exactly why, but some speculate that he intends to open US intelligence resources to Ukrainian leaders about real-time Russian military maneuvers. The US has, thus far, refrained from sharing such knowledge because Moscow is believed to have penetrated much of Ukraine’s communications systems – and Washington isn’t about to hand over its surveillance secrets to the Russians.

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Forbes would continue by suggesting arrangements were being made to prepare Ukraine for a possible proxy war with Russia – describing the shortcomings of Western backing during another proxy confrontation with Russia, the Georgia-Russia conflict in 2008 where Western-equipped Georgian troops were humiliated after invading South Ossetia and incurring a counterattack by superior Russian forces.

US Roadshow to Cover for Kiev’s Nonexistent Legitimacy 

First McCain’s and now Biden’s trip to Kiev is meant to lend the “Euromaidan” derived regime international recognition and – Washington hopes – the illusion of legitimacy. However, the “Euromaidan” protests were led by a toxic mixture of Neo-Nazis, bigots, racists, and anti-Semites, many of whom were armed and conducted a campaign of violence to overthrow the elected government of President Viktor Yanukovych.

These included the Neo-Nazi Svoboda Party, the “Fatherland Party,” and the admittedly armed Neo-Nazi “Right Sector” movement. The BBC would even concede that armed Neo-Nazis spearheaded the violence that ultimately overthrew the Ukrainian government in a short video report titled, “Neo-Nazi threat in new Ukraine,” which showed Neo-Nazis occupying the vandalized, ransacked offices of the ultra-right’s political enemies.

That the current regime has afforded top ministry positions to Neo-Nazi parties like Svoboda is particularly troubling. The Daily Caller in an article titled, “Ukraine party accused of anti-Semitism receives top positions in new government,” would admit:
As the fires die down from the turmoil in Kiev, a political party that has been accused of promoting anti-Semitism and xenophobia is set to reap the benefits of the new government arrangement. The Svoboda Party will take control of not one, but three ministries in the interim government. These posts include the deputy prime minister and the heads of the agriculture and environmental ministries. In addition to these positions, a Svoboda lawmaker was appointed the new prosecutor general in the interim government.If the nature of Svoboda is widely known, having been reported on for years by both the Western media and Western human rights organizations, then surely the United States and the European Union are well aware of the true nature of the new regime in Kiev. McCain and Biden’s rush to lend support for the regime is an attempt not to bolster leadership in Ukraine that represents the alleged values of the West, but to cover up the fact that the regime in Kiev represents the very antithesis of these values.

And of course, the very fact that the regime came to power through a violent coup, and not “democratic elections” as the West has repeatedly claimed is the only way a legitimate government can come to power, further undermines both the legitimacy of the regime, and those that seek to now back it – particularly the United States government and the European Union.

Tony Cartalucci, Bangkok-based geopolitical researcher and writer, especially for the online magazine New Eastern Outlook”, where this article first appeared.

The Middle Class In Canada Is Now Doing Better Than The Middle Class In America

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Dees IllustrationMichael Snyder
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For most of Canada's existence, it has been regarded as the weak neighbor to the north by most Americans. Well, that has changed dramatically over the past decade or so. Back in the year 2000, middle class Canadians were earning much less than middle class Americans, but since then there has been a dramatic shift. At this point, middle class Canadians are actually earning more than middle class Americans are. The Canadian economy has been booming thanks to a rapidly growing oil industry, and meanwhile the U.S. middle class has been steadily shrinking. If current trends continue, a whole bunch of other countries are going to start passing us too.

 The era of the "great U.S. middle class" is rapidly coming to a bitter end.

In recent years, I have been up to Canada frequently, and I am always amazed at how much nicer things are up there. The stores and streets are cleaner, the people are more polite and it seems like almost everyone that wants to work has a job.

But despite knowing all this, I was still surprised when the New York Times reported this week that middle class incomes in Canada have now surpassed middle class incomes in the United States...
After-tax middle-class incomes in Canada — substantially behind in 2000 — now appear to be higher than in the United States. The poor in much of Europe earn more than poor Americans.

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And things are particularly dire for those in the U.S. on the low end of the scale...
The struggles of the poor in the United States are even starker than those of the middle class. A family at the 20th percentile of the income distribution in this country makes significantly less money than a similar family in Canada, Sweden, Norway, Finland or the Netherlands. Thirty-five years ago, the reverse was true.Even while our politicians and the media continue to proclaim that everything is "just fine", the U.S. middle class continues to slide toward oblivion.

The biggest reason for this is the lack of middle class jobs. Millions of good jobs have been shipped overseas, and millions of other good jobs have been replaced by technology.

The value of our labor is declining with each passing day, and this has forced millions upon millions of very qualified Americans to take whatever they can get. As NBC News recently noted, this is a big reason why the temp industry has been booming...
For Americans who can't find jobs, the booming demand for temp workers has been a path out of unemployment, but now many fear it's a dead-end route. With full-time work hard to find, these workers have built temping into a de facto career, minus vacation, sick days or insurance. The assignments might be temporary — a few months here, a year there — but labor economists warn that companies' growing hunger for a workforce they can switch on and off could do permanent damage to these workers' career trajectories and retirement plans. "It seems to be the new norm in the working world," said Kelly Sibla, 54. The computer systems engineer has been looking for a full-time job for four years now, but the Amherst, Ohio, resident said she has to take whatever she can find.It has been estimated that one out of every ten jobs is now filled by a temp agency. I have worked for temp agencies myself in the past. Big companies like the idea of having "disposable workers", and this is a trend that is likely to only grow in the years ahead.

But temp jobs and part-time jobs don't pay as well as normal jobs. And those kinds of jobs generally cannot support middle class families.

At this point, nine out of the top ten occupations in the United States pay an average wage of less than $35,000 a year.

That is absolutely stunning.

These days most families are barely scraping by, and they don't have much extra money to go shopping with.

This is a big reason for the "retail apocalypse" that we are now witnessing. This week we learned that retail stores in the United States are closing at the fastest pace that we have seen since the collapse of Lehman Brothers. But you won't hear much about that on the mainstream news.

You can find lots of "space available" signs and empty buildings in formerly middle class neighborhoods all over the country. For example, one of my readers recently shot the following YouTube video in Scottsdale, Arizona. As you can see, empty commercial buildings are all over the place...

As the middle class shrinks, more families are being forced to take in family members that can't find decent work. I have written previously about the huge rise in the number of young adults that are moving back in with their parents. But this is not just happening to young people. As the Los Angeles Times recently detailed, the number of Americans 50 and older that are moving in with their parents has absolutely soared in recent years...
For seven years through 2012, the number of Californians aged 50 to 64 who live in their parents' homes swelled 67.6% to about 194,000, according to the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and the Insight Center for Community Economic Development. The jump is almost exclusively the result of financial hardship caused by the recession rather than for other reasons, such as the need to care for aging parents, said Steven P. Wallace, a UCLA professor of public health who crunched the data. "The numbers are pretty amazing," Wallace said. "It's an age group that you normally think of as pretty financially stable. They're mid-career. They may be thinking ahead toward retirement. They've got a nest egg going. And then all of a sudden you see this huge push back into their parents' homes."The U.S. economy is slowly but steadily falling apart, and more people fall out of the middle class every single day.

A recent Gallup survey found that 14 percent of all Americans would experience "significant financial hardship" within one week of a job loss.

An additional 29 percent of all Americans would experience "significant financial hardship" within one month of a job loss.

That means that 43 percent of the entire country is living right on the edge.

It is no wonder why only about 30 percent of all Americans believe that we are moving in the right direction as a nation.

Most people know deep down that something is seriously wrong. But most people can't explain exactly what that is or how to fix it.

Meanwhile, the politicians and the media keep telling us that if we just keep doing the same old things that everything will work out okay somehow. The blind are leading the blind, and we are rapidly marching toward disaster.

This article first appeared here at the Economic Collapse Blog.  Michael Snyder is a writer, speaker and activist who writes and edits his own blogs The American Dream and Economic Collapse Blog. Follow him on Twitter here.

Bitcoin for an Efficient Open-Source Government?

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Eric Blair
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Bitcoin, the currency, remains controversial, but the possibilities of its technology as an automated public ledger is beginning to gain universal respect.  A technology that allows trading value instantly without the friction of requiring third-party trust and is impossible to counterfeit the results has many obvious uses, including government. In fact, cryptocurrency technology could actually make governments a whole lot more transparent.

While it's true that bitcoin transactions are 'anonymous' because senders and receivers are represented by long strings of numbers (wallet addresses) instead of personal data, its public ledger logs every transaction to provide ultimate transparency. Don't confuse anonymity with privacy: anonymity means 'we know what you're doing but we don't know who you are', while privacy means 'we know who you are but we don't know what you're doing'.

The U.S. government seems to be increasingly outlawing both anonymity and privacy for citizens while it simultaneously becomes more secretive. This path is truly the antithesis of a free society. Yet, this lack of transparency for government and privacy for average citizens can be reversed if the government embraced bitcoin technology.

For example, imagine paying at the gas pump and the funds are immediately dispersed to the proper accounts; to the gas station's wallet, $.20 per gallon to the federal government roads' wallet, and about $.30 per gallon to your state's road wallet (exact fuel taxes here). Not only is this far more efficient than current systems, but let's follow this through a bit more. Now imagine that the government's wallets are public where anyone can view income and expenditures in real time. Talk about transparency!

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On a larger scale, imagine if the income tax was replaced by a flat sales tax. All taxes would be collected and accounted for instantly and efficiently at the point of purchase. Tax evasion would be impossible, so there would be no need for the State to spy on the private financial transactions of free people, nor to selectively enforce their policies in an unfair manner.  Additionally, if each agency's wallet is public, cronyism and corruption is likely to diminish greatly and even disappear altogether over time.

Yes, I know, it sounds Utopian, idealistic, and makes too much sense to believe government would ever adopt this. A system that relies on waste, cronyism, corruption and control would obviously oppose this level of transparency no matter what the public benefits are.

Another possible application for this technology as it pertains to governing is voting. Projects like BitGov are seeking ways to use a decentralized consensus network for elections and referendums. Theoretically, all voters would get a "votecoin" that they transfer to their preferred politician's name on election day. The algorithm's security and public ledger would make voter fraud a thing of the past.

On an even bigger level, if a government adopted a cryptocurrency as its national currency, it could provide complete transparency for governments, and it'd be impossible to finance wars, private industry bailouts, or a massive surveillance and police state without the consent of the governed because the supply of money is fixed. In short, it would eliminate bribery.

Stefan Molyneux explains in the video below, that the war on terror costs more than all of the world's gold put together. Without the Fed's ability to print endless sums of money, the war machine would die because there is very little market demand for war.

What do you think, are we ready for an open-source government?

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Man’s House Gets Broken Into, Cop Responds and Shoots Family Dog

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Lily Dane
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A Texas man called police to report that his home had been burglarized. The responding deputy arrived and promptly shot the man’s dog.

Last Friday morning, Cole Middleton arrived home around 11 to find that his home had been broken into. His guns and iPad were stolen, along with his wife’s jewelry. He called 911.

Middleton, a farmer and cattle rancher, decided to help his grandfather harvest silage during the 2.5 hour wait for the police to arrive.

When Rains County Deputy Jerred Dooley finally showed up, Middleton and his father were working in a nearby field. The family’s three-year-old Blue Heeler dog, Candy, ran to see who arrived on their property, like dogs typically do.

Middleton told KLTV what happened next:
She’s barking when he pulls into the driveway letting me know someone’s at our house, an intruder is here, or a person who she would think was an intruder that she’s unfamiliar with. She’s barking. The officer gets out of his car, and all the while we’re headed up [there]. He gets out of his car and shoots my dog in my front yard.

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Middleton and his father both witnessed Dooley’s arrival on their property. They say the deputy stuck his head inside the door of the house, which was about 40 yards away from the field in which the men were working. Candy jumped out of the back of the pickup truck she was sitting in, and ran towards the house, barking.

By the time Middleton and his father caught up with her, it was too late. She was dying of a gunshot wound to the head.

“I shot your dog, sorry,” said Dooley.

Middleton said Candy was shot behind her ear, which he believes means she was not facing the deputy.

That wound didn’t kill Candy, though, as Middleton explains:
I was so upset. I went over there to her and she was still alive and I begged and pleaded with him to please shoot her again because I don’t have any firearms. They got stolen. He went and got in his vehicle and backed out of my driveway. And then I had to do the unthinkable, the otherwise unthinkable. I had to kill my dog with my bare hands and put her out of her suffering, praying for this to be over with.Dooley went to his car and called for backup, and ordered Middleton and his father “do not approach” his vehicle.

PoliceStateUSA described what happened next:
According to the rancher’s account, 3 additional police officers arrived in separate vehicles. A state trooper named Hayes allegedly pulled up and immediately threatened the grieving family with a drawn taser. Middleton described the four officers as “very intimidating” and decided that documentation was necessary and began filming the encounter with his cell phone. Video shows Trooper Hayes, with his weapon still drawn, mocking the victim by looking into the camera, saying: “Hi mom! Hi Channel 8! How you doing?” “He pulls up to my place and shoots my damn cow dog,” an upset Mr. Middleton told the other officers. “The man pulled up without cause and shoots my dog.” “I had no choice. I wasn’t gonna get bit,” Dooley attempted to explain. Middleton documented the incident in a detailed Facebook account. “When we call on peace officers for their help and assistance we expect them to serve and protect us, especially if we are the victims,” he wrote. “Serve and Protect? More like Invade and Attack.”Middleton and his wife Jayna buried Candy at the foot of a tree where they had spent time together.
“It’s just terrible,” Middleton said.Rains County Sheriff David Traylor refused an on-camera interview with KLTV. He said the case is now being investigated by the Texas Rangers.

When it comes to family pets, it seems that many law enforcement officers use the “Shoot first, ask questions later” approach.

Why are cops so afraid of family dogs? There is not a single documented case of a law enforcement officer being killed by a dog. Yet, some groups have attempted to count how often dogs are killed by cops, and they estimate that a dog is shot by law enforcement every 98 minutes.

I’m sorry” just doesn’t cut it. How about training officers how to peacefully handle family dogs, or at least teaching them how to differentiate between threatening and normal canine behavior?

Lily Dane is a staff writer for The Daily Sheeple, where this first appeared. Her goal is to help people to “Wake the Flock Up!”

A New Federal Crime Unit in Wake of Chicago Shootings

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Amanda Warren
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Chicago rides on the coattails of a created solution - a quick, crackdown on gun crime via a new special federal unit to deal with violence after this past Easter weekend's shooting spree which injured at least 35 people and killed 9, including children as young as 11 years old.

This is not an in-depth analysis of information of the new measure - perhaps you, the reader will catch more than meets the eye? A few important points arise upon the news:

1) The date the unit was launched. Very important.

2) What the unit actually is, and its budget.

3) Anticipated blame on guns themselves and some major statistical sleight-of-hand.

So, elephant in the room. What is to blame for the recent increased shootings in the city which boasts the strictest gun control laws, yet surpassed New York City as having the highest amount of murders in the U.S. in 2012 despite having only one-third of that amount of people?

GUNS. That's right, we need to crack down...harder?

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The problem according to Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, is:
we are drinking from a fire hose. More guns than any city in the country every single year and it can be dealt with, it can be dealt with easily,” he said, calling for laws that require gun owners to report the loss, theft or transfer of all firearms, a prime way in which criminals get their hands on guns. He also called for tough prosecution of people caught with guns and “real jail time” for caught with illegal fire arms.“We need help with the gun laws, because the national averages for gun violence, we are way above it as far as murder by gunshot goes,” he said. “So until such time as we stem the flow of those guns coming into the city and people start going to jail for it, we can make progress, which we’ve made, but we’re not going to fix this problem without some help from Springfield.”The media keeps stressing these dramatic dips and steep gun violence crimes since McCarthy became Police Superintendent in 2011 when there was more "crackdown." But is that really so?

Firstly, a drop in a hundred dead and a few hundred shootings in one year (after becoming #1 in America for murder body count)  is not exactly a boast-worthy dip. Even McCarthy doesn't ostensibly soak up the accolades, but calls it progress; and after the shooting said they would "keep doing what we are doing, which is having an impact on what’s happening." Really? What is that? Keep reading.

Yet, a certain presentation of the numbers using percentages and averages made the decline look miraculous. Secondly, if you actually try to dig for gun assault crimes and/or deaths in Chicago by year (not just homicides) you will run into a couple snags.

My own time constraints and frustrations hindered my finding specific Chicago crime statistics. Meaning, just violent shootings/shooting deaths by year in Chicago (not general homicides or crime and not in a region beyond Chicago). Turns out, I'd be wrong anyway. After all, how can your statistics be accurate when the very definition of homicide was reclassified in Chicago in 2013? A special continuing report by Chicago Mag is showing why those steep declines in crime probably didn't happen. There were even murders "airbrushed away" that were retroactively considered "death investigations." So Chicago's definitions of murder were blurred and are called into question.

MSNBC continues,
The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Monday that it will step up its efforts to diminish violent crime in the city, in the form of a specialized new unit staffed by more than a dozen prosecutors tasked with using federal law as a crime-fighting weapon. “This is putting a group of talented attorneys together and telling them that their mission is to help the city and the district tamp down violent crime … and to use all the tools and strategies at their disposal that are going accomplish that mission,” Randall Samborn, spokesman for U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon, told The Chicago Tribune.But wait...
The new unit, The Violent Crimes section, launched earlier this month and boasts 16 prosecutors on staff. The unit was formed as part of a restructuring of the U.S. Attorney’s Chicago office, which consists of 160 prosecutors and enjoys a budget of nearly $35 million. Members of the unit were pulled from the larger narcotics and gang unit.Launched earlier this month? As in before this past Easter weekend? Yes, operations for this federal unit began April 1. How could knowledge of this horrible tragedy have preceded this unit's formation? Oh, maybe it's coincidental and a good thing they had some forethought. But then why are the corporate media touting that this unit was formed in the wake of "bloody Easter"? I guess this is one way to quickly have a solution ready and "step it up" a notch after a tragedy.

This was just a quick perusal and compilation of some points with some questions about things that just don't sit right.

Do you have some deeper thoughts on this story or its sources? Please share them with us and our readers.

It does look like an incident in Chicago is the rationale for a new federal crackdown that was preemptively created...just waiting for their perfect introduction.

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