|Times of India||US sending missiles, drones to Iraq to battle al-QaidaTimes of India
WASHINGTON: The United States is quietly rushing dozens of Hellfire missiles and low-tech surveillance drones to Iraq to help government forces combat an explosion of violence by a Qaida-backed insurgency that is gaining territory in both western Iraq and …
In an attempt to beat back gains by Al-Qaeda-linked insurgents, the United States is moving “dozens” of Hellfire missiles and surveillance drones into Iraq.
December 26, 2013
Supreme Court restricts right to remain silent
Corrente Wire – You must speak up to claim your Fifth Amendment rights, and only then can you be silent. Scotusblog:
Because merely keeping quiet when police ask damaging questions is not claiming a right to silence, the Supreme Court ruled Monday, prosecutors may use that silence against the suspect at the trial. If an individual is voluntarily talking to the police, he or she must claim the Fifth Amendment right of silence, or lose it; simply saying nothing won’t do, according to the ruling.
The Court had taken on the case of Salinas v. Texas to decide whether it violates the Fifth Amendment for prosecutors to use pre-arrest silence as evidence of guilt. But the Court did not reach that issue, since it said that one must say something that invokes the Amendment’s protection, or else it does not apply. Prosecutors’ use of the silence is then permitted, it ruled.
“A witness’s constitutional right to refuse to answer questions depends on his reasons for doing so, and courts need to know those reasons to evaluate the merits of a Fifth Amendment claim,” Justices Samuel A. Alito, Jr., wrote. The Court rejected the argument that, because suspects do not know the law, their silence should be understood as a Fifth Amendment plea.
- David Gregory sources his wife on NSA reporting. Gregory is a clown masquerading as a journalist. He managed to turn “Meet the Press” into “Press the Meat.”
New Revelation: AG Eric Holder Is Protecting JPMorgan Chase NYC From Criminal Investigation
From http://cryptome.org/ :
Omidyar’s First Look Media Incorporation
December 26, 2013
Omidyar’s First Look Media Trademark
December 26, 2013
Omidyar’s First Look Media Discussed
December 26, 2013
Snowden National Medal of Tech and Innovation
December 26, 2013
Selling Edward Snowden Mirror
December 26, 2013
“9/11 is one of the most written about, speculated about and researched as any event in the history of the world. What is it going to take for the American people by the tens of millions demanding the truth about that day?”
A New 9/11 Revelation – Cover Up Continues
By Devvy Kidd 12-23-13
“While America has been focused on Christmas shopping, parties and the Duck Dynasty controversy, a new revelation about 9/11 slipped quietly past the notice of not only the American people, but every major “news” outlet from the “Big 3” to all the cable networks (FOX, CNN & MSNBC) who to this day are enablers of the U.S. government’s blatant lies about 9/11.”
The NDAA Legalizes The Use Of Propaganda On The US Public
The newest version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) includes an amendment that would legalize the use of propaganda on the American public, reports Michael Hastings of BuzzFeed.
The amendment — proposed by Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) and Adam Smith (D-Wash.) and passed in the House last Friday afternoon — would effectively nullify the Smith-Mundt Act of 1948, which explicitly forbids information and psychological operations aimed at influencing U.S. public opinion.
Thornberry said that the current law “ties the hands of America’s diplomatic officials, military, and others by inhibiting our ability to effectively communicate in a credible way,” according to Buzzfeed.
The vote came two days after a federal judged ruled that an indefinite detention provision in the annual defense bill was unconstitutional.
Lt. Col. Daniel Davis, who released a highly critical report regarding the distortion of truth by senior military officials in Iraq and Afghanistan, dedicated a section of his report to Information Operations (IO) and states that after Desert Storm the military wanted to transform IO “into a core military competency on a par with air, ground, maritime and special operations.”
Davis defines IO as “the integrated employment of electronic warfare (EW), computer network operations (CNO), psychological operations (PSYOP), military deception (MILDEC), and operations security (OPSEC), in concert with specified supporting and related capabilities, to influence, disrupt, corrupt or usurp adversarial human and automated decision making while protecting our own.”
IO are primarily used to target foreign audiences, but Davis cites numerous senior leaders who want to (in the words of Colonel Richard B. Leap) “protect a key friendly center of gravity, to wit US national will” by repealing the Smith-Mundt Act to allow the direct deployment of these tactics on the American public.
Davis quotes Brigadier General Ralph O. Baker — the Pentagon officer responsible for the Department of Defense’s Joint Force Development (i.e. Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines) — who defines IO as activities undertaken to “shape the essential narrative of a conflict or situation and thus affect the attitudes and behaviors of the targeted audience” and equates descriptions of combat operations with standard marketing strategies:
For years, commercial advertisers have based their advertisement strategies on the premise that there is a positive correlation between the number of times a consumer is exposed to product advertisement and that consumer’s inclination to sample the new product. The very same principle applies to how we influence our target audiences when we conduct COIN.
Davis subsequently explains the “cumulative failure of our nation’s major media in every category” as they continually interviewed only those senior U.S. officials who had top-level access, even as the officials given that clearance were required to stick to “talking points” given to them by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.
If the NDAA goes into effect in its current form, the State Department and Pentagon can go beyond manipulating mainstream media outlets and directly disseminate campaigns of misinformation to the U.S. public.
Debunking the “The Saudis did 9-11” nonsense!
Military Exercises in Cyberspace; Anonymous attack comes from unidentified direction
Wednesday, December 25, 2013 9:19
War Games in Cyberspace: NATO’s Cyber Defense Exercises Coincide with “Anonymous” Cyber Attacks against Ukraine
December 26th, 2013
The remarkable thing here is that he was busted.
Via: Medical Daily:
Iowa State University researcher, Dr. Dong-Pyou Han, resigned after news broke of an investigation into the validity of his AIDS research. Han is believed to have tampered with research results for a possible AIDS vaccine.
“At Iowa State’s request, the research samples in question were examined by researchers at another university; they confirmed samples had been spiked,” ISU spokesman John McCarroll wrote in an email to the Des Moines Register. “He later admitted responsibility and resigned from Iowa State, effective Oct. 4, 2013.”
Dual-citizen nominee’s lifetime benefit to Israel comes at a heavy cost to America
by Grant F. Smith / December 26th, 2013
The rushed campaign to insert Stanley Fischer straight from his position leading Israel’s central bank into the number two spot at the Federal Reserve has allowed little time for research into the appointee’s career or for informed public debate about his record. Like the failed recent Obama administration-Israel lobby pincer move to ram approval for U.S. military strikes on Syria through Congress, avoiding such due diligence through velocity may actually be the only means for successful Senate confirmation.
Some of Fischer’s accomplishments – from co-authoring a seminal textbook on macroeconomics to handling economic crisis at …
New World Next Year – 2014
This week we look back at 2013 for the biggest stories of the year and look forward to 2014 with our picks for important trends for the new year:
Pilato’s 2013 Story: The End of Money
‘What is Bitcoin’ Among Top US Google Searches in 2013
Media Monarchy: Bitcoin Story Archive
Cyber Space War: Bitcoin Story Archive
Media Monarchy: Interview w/ David Wolman on ‘The End of Money’
Bitcoin Value Sinks After China’s Exchange Move
JP Morgan Patents Bitcoin-Like Payment System – Dec
Who Owns the World’s Biggest Bitcoin Wallet? The FBI
Federal Reserve – 100 Years of Failure
Gavin Andresen CIA Visit Presentation
CFR mentions Bitcoin as a possible replacement for the USD
Corbett’s 2013 Story: False Flag Consciousness
Google Trends – “False Flag”
Brzezinski: ‘Global Political Awakening’ Making Syrian War Difficult
Pilato’s 2014 Trend: Do It Ourselves
It’s Time For A Do-It-Ourselves Revolution
Honorable Mention: Absolute Majority of Americans Want GMO Food To Be Labeled
Corbett’s 2014 Trend: Popping the Fiscal Bubble
The Taper Morning After: A Full Summary Of What “They” Are Saying
Prime Minister to push G20 for global tax reform
HealthCare.gov contract: Politics not a factor, but neither were firm’s ties to failed projects
by Jerry Markon and Alice Crites, Published: December 22
[via Emmett Harris at http://www.strike-the-root.com/ ]
Assault on Christianity can be traced back to Jewish-initiated lawsuits
By Keith Johnson for American Free Press Newspaper
Whether it’s Charles Dickens’ Ebenezer Scrooge or Dr. Seuss’ Grinch, the fictional villains of Christmas past pale in comparison to their real-world counterparts.
Among the more notorious enemies of today’s sacred holiday is an organization known as American Atheists (AA) which is now celebrating its 50th anniversary with a fresh new attack on the Christian faith.
Founded in 1963, AA has, over the years, used the myth of a “separation of church and state” as a pretext to eradicate Christianity wherever it can be found. Though lawsuits and intimidation have been their standard modus operandi for many decades, glitzy propaganda campaigns have become this season’s weapon of choice.
As evidence, the group recently put their anti-Christian message in big bright lights over New York City’s Time Square. According to CBS NewYork, “The 40-by-40 digital billboard uses motion graphics to display an animated message beginning with the words, ‘Who needs Christ during Christmas?’ A hand crosses out the word ‘Christ,’ and the word ‘nobody’ then appears the group American Atheists explained.”
American Free Press is no stranger to AA. In December, 2012, AFP reporter Dave Gahary connected the group to the abolishment of a one-block-long Nativity scene in Santa Monica, California that dates back to 1953. More recently, Gahary interviewed AA Public Relations Director Dave Muscato to determine why the group opposed a Princeton, New Jersey fire station that wanted to display a steel beam from the World Trade Center with a small cross cut into it.
Though AA claims to be opposed to all religions, their roots are distinctively Jewish. In a recent interview with this AFP reporter, Dr. E. Michael Jones—author, historian, former college professor and current editor of “Culture Wars” magazine—said that the contemporary assault on Christianity can be traced back to Jewish-initiated lawsuits that just so happen to coincide with the birth of AA.
“There were two Supreme Court decisions in the late 1950s and early 1960s that were orchestrated by the American Jewish Committee (AJC),” said Dr. Jones. “Both Engel v. Vitali and Abington School District v. Schempp codified the assault on Christianity by outlawing Bible readings and prayer in public schools. This eventually morphed into the whole attack on Christmas and any manifestation of Christianity.”
In fact, it was the Jewish American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) attorney and AJC counsel Leo Pfeffer who popularized the words “separation of church and state”—a phrase that can be found in the former Soviet Union’s Constitution but has never appeared in the United States Constitution or any official government document.
The term “separation of church and state” owes its origins from a letter that Thomas Jefferson wrote to the Danbury Baptist Association of Connecticut, who in October 1801, wrote to the president, voicing concerns about religious freedom. Jefferson’s January 1, 1802 letter is reproduced below and in instructive in understanding the past and current state of affairs. Note how Jefferson closes out his letter by referencing God:
To Messrs. Nehemiah Dodge and Others, a Committee of the Danbury Baptist Association, in the State of Connecticut
The affectionate sentiments of esteem and approbation which you are so good as to express towards me, on behalf of the Danbury Baptist Association, give me the highest satisfaction. My duties dictate a faithful and zealous pursuit of the interests of my constituents, and in proportion as they are persuaded of my fidelity to those duties, the discharge of them becomes more and more pleasing.
Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legislative powers of government reach actions only, and not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof thus building a wall of separation between church and State. Adhering to this expression of the supreme will of the nation in behalf of the rights of conscience, I shall see with sincere satisfaction the progress of those sentiments which tend to restore to man all his natural rights, convinced he has no natural right in opposition to his social duties.
I reciprocate your kind prayers for the protection and blessing of the common Father and Creator of man, and tender you for yourselves and your religious association, assurances of my high respect and esteem.
January 1, 1802
Pfeffer was a chief strategist for Abington—a case opposing Bible readings in public schools—that was argued on the floor of the U.S. Supreme Court alongside a similar lawsuit, entitled Murray v. Curlett. It just so happens that the founder of AA, Madalyn Murray O’Hair, was the plaintiff in that civil action.
In July of 1963, Supreme Court justices ruled 8-1 in favor of the petitioners in both lawsuits to declare that state-mandated prayer and Bible readings were a violation of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
Emboldened by this decision, AA opened their doors that same year and have since been a leading force in the war against Christianity. Over the years, the group has targeted a number of sacred American traditions, including weekly religious services in the White House, the phrase “In God We Trust” on U.S. currency and especially Nativity scenes and other Christian symbols displayed during the Christmas season.
And Ann Coulter will tell you about Kwanzaa
“…the result of any media experience throughout history has been a change in the reader, viewer, or interactor’s ideas and actions in the world, even if in subtle ways” (Bogost, 2008, p. 16).
Bogost, I. (2008). Fine Processing. Persuasive Technology (pp. 13-22). Oulu: Springer.
Courtesy of Sam Smith and ProRev at 12/24/2013:
1960s video of Tom Lehrer’s Copenhagen performance
An agnostic atheist born to a Jewish family in Manhattan, Lehrer is a graduate of the Horace Mann School, then Harvard, and worked as a researcher at the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory. He served in the U.S. Army from 1955 to 1957, working at the National Security Agency. (Lehrer has stated that he invented the Jell-O Shot during this time, as a means of circumventing liquor restrictions.)
See aangirfan on the Horace Mann School:
I am not only a socialist but also a bit leftist, a communist. In terms of social economy theory, I am a Marxist. I think I am farther to the left than the Chinese leaders. [Bursts out laughing.] They are capitalists. [Laughs again.]
He reports hearing of communism when he was very young, but only in the context of the destruction of Communist Mongolia. It was only when he went on his trip to Beijing that he studied Marxist theory. At that time, he reports, “I was so attracted to Marxism, I even expressed my wish to become a Communist Party member”, citing his favorite concepts of self-sufficiency and equal distribution of wealth. He does not believe that China implemented “true Marxist policy”, and thinks the historical communist states such as the Soviet Union “were far more concerned with their narrow national interests than with the Workers’ International“. Of capitalism, he said that in China, “millions of people’s living standards improved”, but that it “is only how to make profits”, whereas Marxism has “moral ethics”.
“Of all the modern economic theories, the economic system of Marxism is founded on moral principles, while capitalism is concerned only with gain and profitability. Marxism is concerned with the distribution of wealth on an equal basis and the equitable utilisation of the means of production. It is also concerned with the fate of the working classes—that is, the majority—as well as with the fate of those who are underprivileged and in need, and Marxism cares about the victims of minority-imposed exploitation. For those reasons the system appeals to me, and it seems fair. I just recently read an article in a paper where His Holiness the Pope also pointed out some positive aspects of Marxism.”
“I think the major flaw of the Marxist regimes is that they have placed too much emphasis on the need to destroy the ruling class, on class struggle, and this causes them to encourage hatred and to neglect compassion. Although their initial aim might have been to serve the cause of the majority, when they try to implement it all their energy is deflected into destructive activities. Once the revolution is over and the ruling class is destroyed, there is not much left to offer the people; at this point the entire country is impoverished and unfortunately it is almost as if the initial aim were to become poor. I think that this is due to the lack of human solidarity and compassion. The principal disadvantage of such a regime is the insistence placed on hatred to the detriment of compassion.”
In October 1998, the Dalai Lama’s administration acknowledged that it received $1.7 million a year in the 1960s from the U.S. government through the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). When asked by CIA officer John Kenneth Knaus in 1995 to comment on the CIA Tibetan program, the Dalai Lama replied that though it helped the morale of those resisting the Chinese, “thousands of lives were lost in the resistance” and further, that “the U.S. Government had involved itself in his country’s affairs not to help Tibet but only as a Cold War tactic to challenge the Chinese.”
In his autobiography Freedom in Exile, the Dalai Lama criticized the CIA again for supporting the Tibetan independence movement “not because they (the CIA) cared about Tibetan independence, but as part of their worldwide efforts to destabilize all communist governments“.
In 1999, the Dalai Lama admitted that the CIA Tibetan program had been harmful for Tibet because it was primarily aimed at serving American interests, and “once the American policy toward China changed, they stopped their help”.