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Las Vegas (CNN) Donald Trump has won the Nevada Republican caucuses, expanding his dominance in the early GOP contests despite the well-organized campaigns of his two chief rivals: Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio.
Featured:Donald Trump Just Won Nevada: Here’s What That MeansATTN
In Depth:Latinos Caucus in Nevada Where Trump Projected as WinnerNBCNews.com
Live Updating:Nevada Caucus Live-Blog: Trump Declares Victory, Love for Poorly Educated VotersSlate Magazine (blog)
Just Before Voting Closes in Nevada, Rubio Affair Scandal Surfaces —Records are publicly searchable on The Florida Times-Union website. | 23 Feb 2016 | As the Nevada GOP primary caucus is underway, reports of an extramarital affair Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) had with a Washington, D.C., lobbyist have surfaced. Per sources in Florida, Marco Rubio while serving as the Speaker of the Florida State House of Representatives – used an American Express credit card from the Florida Republican Party to pay for AT LEAST 17 separate trips for Rubio and lobbyist Amber Stoner. Strangely, she would frequently end up in the same destinations, at the same time.
[Ed.: One wonders if this is not some form of inoculation against numerous and recent reports of Rubio’s involvement in homosexual events/prostitution.]
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“… All wars are based on deception and Big Lies – no exceptions. Hard truths expose them – why they’re zealously suppressed in the mainstream.
Propaganda works. Managed news misinformation and Big Lies repeated enough get most people to believe them – how America gets away with mass murder, raping and destroying one country after another, responsible for millions of deaths post-9/11 alone.
Tim Anderson’s important new book, titled “The Dirty War on Syria: Washington, Regime Change and Resistance” is must reading, explaining what everyone needs to know.
Obama’s war continues “rel(ying) on a level of mass disinformation not seen in living memory,” Anderson stresses – endless Big Lies on steroids…..”
Apple, FBI, and the Burden of Forensic Methodology
Posted on February 18, 2016
Recently, FBI got a court order that compels Apple to create a forensics tool; this tool would let FBI brute force the PIN on a suspect’s device. But lets look at the difference between this and simply bringing a phone to Apple; maybe you’ll start to see the difference of why this is so significant, not to mention underhanded.
First, let me preface this with the fact that I am speaking from my own personal experience both in the courtroom and working in law enforcement forensics circles since around 2008. You can find my CV here. I’ve testified as an expert in three cases in California, and many others have pleaded out or had other outcomes not requiring my testimony. I’ve spent considerable time training law enforcement agencies around the world specifically in iOS forensics, met LEOs in the middle of the night to work on cases right off of airplanes, gone through the forensics validation process and clearance processes, and dealt with red tape and all the other terrible aspects of forensics that you don’t see on CSI. It was a lot of fun but was also an incredibly sobering experience, as I have not been trained to deal with the evidence (images, voicemail, messages, etc) that I’ve been exposed to like LEOs have; my faith has kept me grounded. I’ve developed an amazing amount of respect for what they do.
More Support for Justice Department Than for Apple in Dispute Over Unlocking iPhone Pew Research Center (Chuck L). I have not had time to read the survey instrument. Pew is not as unbiased as its reputation would have you believe. On economic surveys, it often shades the wording of its questions or their order to favor conservative outcomes.
When Will Republicans Start Recognizing How Screwed They Are? New Republic. Not so sure about that. Reslic says: “I am voting bernie in NC primary. I will vote Trump over Clinton LLC.” Other people I regard as very hard core leftists are saying the same thing.
Nor a Lender Be: Hillary Clinton, liberal virtue, and the cult of the microloan Thomas Frank, Harpers. Today’s must read. Brutal.
In yet another example of the elitist oligarchy mocking the intelligence of the people, Bill Gates — whose Microsoft systems for the people have more “back doors” than a community of deeps woods shanties in Appalachia— says, in the age of the Panopticon, “the government should not be blind”.
WordPress-Delivered Ransomware and Hacked Linux Distributions
Apple faces at least a dozen other demands by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to assist in accessing iPhones, according to a recent filing with a New York federal court.
Those 12 cases are in addition to the one involving an iPhone used by Syed Rizwan Farook, who with his wife Tafsheen Malik, killed 14 in San Bernardino, Calif., on Dec. 2 before they died in a shootout with police. Apple is fighting a court order that compels it to help the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) conduct a brute-force passcode attack on Farook’s iPhone by creating a modified version of iOS.
In all 12 other cases, the government cited the 1789 All Writs Act as the basis for its demand, as it has with the San Bernardino iPhone.
Eleven of those cases were laid out in a Feb. 17 letter to U.S. Magistrate Judge James Orenstein, who is hearing a case that also involves the All Writs Act. In that letter, Marc Zwillinger, an outside attorney for Apple, listed nine cases in which authorities asked for the company’s assistance during the time when the New York case was pending a decision by Orenstein, from Oct. 8, 2015 to Feb. 9, 2016. Two other All Writs orders, said Zwillinger, were made shortly before that span, on Sept. 24 and Oct. 6.
A twelfth order was pointed out by the government in its own letter to Orenstein Monday.
Gates ‘disappointed’ by reports he backs FBI over Apple
Jing Cao Bloomberg
U.S. Marshals secretly tracked 6,000 cellphones | 23 Feb 2016 | Federal marshals have secretly used powerful cellphone surveillance tools to hunt nearly 6,000 suspects throughout the United States, according to newly-disclosed records in which the agency inadvertently identified itself as the nation’s most prolific known user of phone-tracking devices. The fact that the U.S. Marshals Service uses cellphone trackers, commonly known as StingRays, has long been among law enforcement’s worst-kept secrets, though the agency still refuses to acknowledge it. The Marshals Service confirmed its use of the devices to USA TODAY only in the process of trying to keep it secret, rejecting a Freedom of Information Act request for a copy of its log of cases in which agents had used StingRays. The Marshals Service’s response to that request included an almost totally censored spreadsheet listing its StingRay cases, with information about the cases stripped out line by line, which made it possible to count the number of entries the agency had made on its log of StingRay uses.
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[Ed.: Please check my spelling on the word “sardonic”.]
Michael Hayden’s Book Chapter on Edward Snowden
February 23, 2016
Judge Andrew Napolitano warned that if the Justice Department is successful in forcing Apple to break the encryption of the iPhone, the Chinese will have the ability to do it too “in less than a week.”
In an interview Tuesday on “Fox & Friends” with Anna Kooiman Napolitano said that once the encryption is broken “forget about it, nothing will be private, nothing will be sacred.”
Asked if Apple should be charged with treason if they do not help the FBI unlock the encryption to the iPhone used by the San Bernardino terrorists, Napolitano insisted, “I think it’s extraordinarily extreme. I mean, Apple’s behavior here is the opposite of treason, it’s patriotism. It’s refusing to permit the government to force it to do something against it’s will.”
“Look, if Apple had a key in a vault, and the FBI needed the key, they could subpoena the key and get it,” Napolitano said. “But the FBI wants Apple to create something that doesn’t yet exist. And this thing once created, once it’s on the internet, once it’s used can be used by all sorts of people to break into all kinds of people’s private security of their data.”
Explaining the practical argument, Napolitano said “a former high ranking NSA official told me very recently once this is out there, the Chinese will have it in less than a week. Not that the FBI will give it to them, but they’ll find a why to acquire it.”
The legal argument on the side of Apple’s refusal to assist the FBI is “that the government can’t force you to work for them. They can force you to tell them what you know. They can force you to give up documents that you have. But they can’t force you to create something at your expense, that doesn’t exist, which will destroy your business model,” Napolitano said.
“Well, when we have an attack on our homeland by Muslim extremists like with the San Bernardino attack out in California, it pulls on our heart strings,” Kooiman said. “But do you think this is a slippery slope, if the government forces Apple to do this could the government force other companies to do something that, you know, doesn’t have as large of a ramification?”
“Right now, we all keep all kinds of private information on the iPhones and mobile devices because we’re aware of the encryption that Apple uses to protect us and other companies use it as well. Once that paradigm is broken, forget about it, nothing will be private, nothing will be sacred,” Napolitano insisted.
“The people who want to cause us harm, who are very adept at using the internet, ISIS and those monsters are extremely adept at using the internet, they’re rooting for the FBI. They want this stuff exposed so that they can tap into it,” Napolitano speculated. “I don’t know that personally. I’m suggesting it because I’m aware of how adept they are at using the internet to harm people.”
“The courts are asking Apple to do this… will they have to do it, will they break into their own phone,” Kooiman asked.
“I think this will go all the way to the Supreme Court and I think Apple has the stronger argument,” Napolitano said. “There’s simply no authority for the courts to force Apple to work for the government.”
“… President Barack Obama today announced a detailed plan to close the facility, 14 years after it was first inaugurated by President George W. Bush. Among other measures, the plan calls for a number of Guantánamo prisoners to be transferred into permanent custody in the United States. This component of the government’s plan has alarmed many legal experts, who say that it would create a dangerous precedent for indefinite detention without trial in the United States.
“The infamy of Guantánamo has never been its physical location but the legal regime of indefinite detention without charge that underpins it,” said Omar Shakir, a lawyer with the Center for Constitutional Rights. “The administration’s proposal contains a number of measures that we have long advocated.
But importing indefinite detention to the United States is not a plan to ‘close Guantánamo.’ It’s a plan to move Guantánamo to another ZIP code.” …
Posted on February 23, 2016
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2016
“Turkey Backs Down From Invasion Rhetoric”
“Turkey is screwed. And it’s all US fault (corrected text)” The only way this is going to work is if the Syrian Kurds end up with a province in federal Syria, and the Iraqi Kurds end up with a province in federal Iraq.
It is amusing how the Wahhabists have to cloak their attack in the guise of the usual support for the oppressed: “‘Democratic Confederalism’ or Counter-Revolution?”
“Syria: Does This “Cessation Of Hostilities” Allow Attacks On Jaish al-Fatah?” Brilliant diplomacy! I assume a product of Russian minds, as Americans aren’t up to this level. It allows Barry to take a document back to the Jews who tell him what to do, while the Russians can carry on the de-terrorizing procedure unimpeded. It is vague in the critical places which allow it to be interpreted as needed (remembering always that the Americans aren’t really upset with the Russian actions in Syria but have to pretend to be for their Jewish masters).
With 100% control by our very oppressive Jewish supremacist masters, direct action is all we have left: “Israeli fury at unofficial ads on London Underground”
“Britain’s Jewish Communist Traitors”
“Nor a Lender Be” On how Hillary monetizes vague liberal platitudes.
A POLICY PAPER issued by the Air Force Research Laboratory, titled Countering Violent Extremism: Scientific Methods & Strategies, includes a chapter setting forth controversial and unsubstantiated theories of radicalization, including the idea that support for militant groups is driven by “sexual deprivation” and that headscarves worn by Muslim women represent a form of “passive terrorism.”
The paper, first published in 2011, was reissued by the Air Force lab this past summer following President Obama’s announcement of a national counter-extremism strategy. This January, the revised copy was published online by the open source research website Public Intelligence. A preface for the revised report cites a summit convened by Obama on extremism as a reason for revisiting the subject, adding that “the wisdom contained in this paper collection is more relevant than ever.”
Many of the articles contained in the document have scholarly merit and are written by academics and researchers in the field of counterterrorism. But a chapter titled “A Strategic Plan to Defeat Radical Islam,” written by Dr. Tawfik Hamid, a self-described former Islamic extremist and fellow at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, contains a number of bizarre prescriptions for how to defeat terrorism, few of which appear to be supported by empirical evidence.
Among Hamid’s claims are that support for militancy is primarily a product of sexual deprivation and that terrorism bears relation to religious dress. His ideas for combating terrorism thus include “addressing the factors underlying [sexual] deprivation” among young men, as well as “weakening the hijab phenomenon.” Hamid further claims that, along with fundamentalist ideology, the “hijab contribute[s] to the idea of passive terrorism” and represents an implicit refusal to “speak against or actively resist terrorism.”
Hamid does not make clear how he reaches these conclusions.
By Spencer S. Hsu February 23 at 4:02 PM
A federal judge on Tuesday ruled that State Department officials and top aides to Hillary Clinton should be questioned under oath about whether they intentionally thwarted federal open records laws by using or allowing the use of a private email server throughout Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state from 2009 to 2013.
“… Clinton’s claim that her brinksmanship “brought Iran to the table” over its “nuclear weapons program” is particularly deceptive. It was in fact Secretary Clinton and President Obama who refused to take “Yes” for an answer in 2010, after Iran agreed to what was originally a U.S. proposal relayed by Turkey and Brazil. Clinton and Obama chose instead to keep ratcheting up sanctions and U.S. and Israeli threats. This was a textbook case of dangerous brinksmanship that was finally resolved by real diplomacy (and real diplomats like Kerry, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif) before it led to war.
That Clinton can peddle such deceptive rhetoric to national prime-time television audiences and yet still be considered trustworthy on foreign policy by many Americans is a sad indictment of the U.S. corporate media’s coverage of foreign policy, including a willful failure to distinguish between diplomacy and brinksmanship…..”
[Ed.: The recently released “music” heard during the NASA visit to the moon was left on the cutting room floor for good reason.]
Suppressed new book exposes dangerous relationship between WWF and Monsanto
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[Ed.: Tomorrow the Globalist Propaganda Service, now in charge of all GPS systems, is going to have these islands re-named as the Hegemony Islands.]
The original source of this article is paulcraigroberts.org
(in: GENERAL ARCHIVES February 2016)
Feb 21, 2016
Presidio County is the perfect place to botch an investigation of the death of a senior US Supreme Court justice.
Scalia murdered? Sealed his fate 4 days before his death?
by Jon Rappoport
February 17, 2016
Four days before he died, Supreme Court Justice Scalia voted to stall Obama’s plan to force drastic climate-change rules on the American economy. The vote was 5-4.
With Scalia now gone, the vote would be 4-4.
With a new Obama Supreme Court appointee, if Obama could ram his choice through, the vote would be 5-4 in the President’s favor. Ditto, if the next President shares Obama’s position. And the climate-change agenda would roll ahead.
We’re not talking about small climate-change rules. We’re talking about the Big Ones.
And note: such rules could very well dovetail with the Brave New World spelled out in the upcoming TPP (the Trans-Pacific Partnership).
It’s a wedge formation, a squeeze play, a pincer movement featuring new EPA climate-change regulations on one side, and new draconian possibilities embedded in the TPP.
If Scalia was murdered, the above agenda was sufficient reason, because the climate agenda has the force to transform life on the planet.
If Scalia’s murder were a movie, he would have been told, as a warning: “You have no idea how big this thing is; you really don’t understand the forces you’re messing with.”
Of course, most Americans don’t believe a political murder along this line could happen in real life. They can only accept it in a movie, where it makes perfect sense. That tells you something about the schizoid nature of the public mind.
Adrenaline-driven in front of a screen; tranquilized and programmed to be passive and accepting of recognized authority, otherwise.
“Don’t be silly. Scalia, murdered, and murdered for that reason? It couldn’t happen. That’s so…barbaric. We’re civilized.” That opinion and $6 will get you a rainbow smoothie.
Obama’s climate-change plan uses the EPA to act out international agreements signed at the recent Paris summit. But in order to, yes, scam these agreements into force in the US, the EPA has to stretch and bend and distort already-existing US law. And it has done so.
However, a number of states have sued to stop the EPA, which wants to make all states cut CO2 emissions from electrical power production by 32% in the next 15 years. Aimed mainly at coal-burning plants, these regulations would create deep reductions in the overall US energy supply and output—a primary mission of the economy-wrecking Rockefeller Globalists.
The US Supreme Court, four days before Scalia’s death, with his vote, declared a narrow 5-4 halt to the Obama plan, pending a lower-court decision on the issue. The 5-4 vote didn’t knock out the plan, but it stalled it. And if Scalia had stayed alive, his vote going forward on the Obama plan could have remained crucial.
The pending TPP, another Globalist trade treaty, contains a section that allows endless changes and additions in the text as years pass. In other words, the passion for cutting energy production for the US, and the rest of the planet, can easily be expressed and ratified by the member nations.
The TPP also reveals a cynical attitude toward the “humanitarian goal of saving the planet from CO2 death.” Major corporations that burn coal and employ other ways of releasing CO2 can relocate to far-off lands (e.g., Vietnam) and spew CO2 to their hearts’ content, without messy environmental controls.
In other words, the true underlying Globalist scheme, vis-à-vis climate change has nothing to do with messianic rescue: it has to do with lowering energy production.
Drive economies further into despair. Move more jobs out of industrialized countries.
Create further poverty and chaos.
And then bring new order in behind that—one planet, under the tight rein of one worldwide political and economic management system.
That’s the true meaning of the climate-change agenda, notwithstanding solemn promises and heraldic pronouncements about replacing lost energy with new renewable technologies.
“I have an idea. Let’s cut our electricity-use in our home by 30%, while we figure out how to replace it with some new source. That’ll work. I’m sure of it.”
On top of all this, the entire manmade-warming hypothesis is riddled with fraud and guesswork dressed up to look like United Nations science. A hypothesis is supposed to be able to make useful and specific predictions. The warming hypothesis is a dud in this regard. It was never meant to be science—it was always a strategy designed to cut energy production on planet Earth, torpedo economies, heighten human suffering, and usher in an elite Globalist triumph.
This is what Justice Scalia was going up against.
If he was murdered, there was sufficient reason.
The FBI can do two kinds of investigations, depending on the orders of the Attorney General: heavy or lite.
Heavy means leaving no stone unturned. It means taking control of the Scalia’s body now and doing whatever can be done with it, in its embalmed state, to determine cause of death. It means raking wackaloon Judge Guevara over the coals, along with US marshals, to find out exactly how the verdict of “natural causes” was reached. It means extensive interviews with everyone at Poindexter’s ranch. Wall to wall forensic analysis of rooms and spaces at the ranch. And so forth and so on.
Lite means a brush-off, meant to avoid any disruption in the present scenario.
So far, from what I see, the FBI is doing Lite. Scalia’s body should already be on an autopsy table.
There continues to be no uproar inside the Beltway about the absurd, insane, useless declaration of death by “natural causes.”
And there is something else going on. It’s the convenient mind-control program that says, “Mustn’t disturb the dead. Don’t interrupt the expressions of sadness at his passing. Don’t dishonor the man by raising questions about his possible murder. Give the family their privacy during this period of grief.”
It’s the passivity of the obedient mind. Whatever induced mood, fabrication, lie, omission can feed and expand that passivity…is deployed:
“We need to be more accepting. He was an old man in ill-heath. He passed away. Natural causes. The great cycle of life. Be gentle. Nothing to see. Move along, slowly.”
“Possible murder of a US Supreme Court Justice? Please, not at this time. It’s a discordant idea. Unharmonious. Let the man go gently into that good night.”
Truth be told, this whole country has been subject to a “no-disturb” sign for a long, long time. Don’t think; agree. Don’t investigate; obey.
The “don’t-disturb-the-dead” program is really about the whole population. The implication is: “we’re all dead already; don’t disturb us.”
The lesson? Just because other people are mired in a hypnotic state, you aren’t obliged to pander to them. Their trance is their own.
Whether you’re alive and awake and alert and have power is a choice. Yours.
Here’s a bothersome trend that seems quite fitting for the smoke and mirrors driven, celebrity obsessed, hologram society that America has become. A company known as Crowds on Demand is actually in the business of providing fake protesters for causes, fake entourages for wanna be celebrities and seemingly even fake supporters for unpopular corporate activities.
This just furthers my feeling that action is far more important than traditional protests in the 21st Century. They key to getting out of the mess we are in is to actively create a parallel economy and even monetary system adjacent to the current terminal one. That way, when this one blows up, we already have the infrastructure in place to move to another paradigm. One characterized by peaceful, voluntary human interaction and dominated by decentralization in virtually all aspects of human existence.
– From the 2013 post: Protesters for Hire: For a Few Thousand Dollars We’ll Buy You a Small Entourage
I first highlighted the company Crowds on Demand over two years ago in the above post. Turns out it’s much worse than I could have imagined.
“The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant disaster may go down as one of history’s boundless tragedies and not just because of a nuclear meltdown, but rather the tragic loss of a nation’s soul…..”
“… All of which begs the question of who does the dirty work? According to Michel Chossudovsky, director of Centre for Research on Globalization (Canada), Japan’s organized crime syndicate Yakusa is actively involved in recruitment. Personnel who qualify for radioactive cleanup work include underemployed, impoverished, indigent, unemployed, homeless, hard up, down-and-out, and poverty-stricken individuals, as well as non-destitute people willing to undertake under-paid, high-risk work. The nameless are shoe-ins…..”
American culture contextualizes failure in individualistic terms: the system didn’t fail–you failed. Never mind the system is set up to fail many (if not most) participants: the cultural narrative is that failure to succeed, failure to get ahead, and failure to fit in all boils down to personal failure: failure to follow the rules, work harder, please your boss, transition to a new career, extricate yourself from dysfunctional situations, and so on.
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