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ALERT: Barack Obama’s Forced Integration Plan – Coming Soon To YOUR Neighborhood

July 25, 2013

via/DW Ulsterman

Yet another chilling move by the Obama administration and its bevy of Big Government socialists was put out on display this week.  This time, Dear Leader indicated his intention of punishing American neighborhoods his government deems not “inclusive” enough.  Punishments will be dealt out via withholding federal funding to local and state governments found to be just too darn WHITE.  This isn’t a joke readers – we actually have an American president communicating these very intentions.  It is centralized control of every facet of your lives, and it is being put in place right now.  Please share this one readers – it is a story that is particularly important and one that should alarm even some who remain ardent Obama supporters…

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Obama to Force Integration of Neighborhoods

President Obama appears set to move boldly beyond prosecuting discriminatory housing practices into an entirely new arena: holding state and local official responsible for integrating areas that don’t, in the eyes of the administration, have enough minorities.

Get ready folks. We’re moving from a society based on equal opportunity for all to one requiring equal results for all. And you think I’m overdoing when I say Obama is prodding us toward Socialism?

In a speech to the NAACP last week that is only now gaining attention, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan said the administration is letting neighborhoods know if they don’t have enough minorities:

“HUD is enhancing its enforcement techniques by initiating investigations on our own without waiting for individuals to file complaints . . .

For the first time ever, HUD is providing information, data to every single neighborhood in the nation, detailing what access African American families and other members of protected classes have to the community assets that I’m talking about – jobs, schools, transit.”
Here’s some additional reporting from Stirewalt on the Fox website

“The old way was to punish exclusion. The new way is to punish lack of inclusion.
The punishment is also different. Rather than fines and prosecutions for those who sought to keep minorities out, the new penalty would be a withholding of federal funds from local and state government agencies dependent on HUD grants if they fail to push greater diversity. The way those agencies interact with developers, realtors, homeowners associations and others would need to reflect the federal push for diversity.

The report card comes in the form of the new maps, which use Census data to score communities on their racial and ethnic concentrations, as well as income and community services.”

Wow. Officials will now be trying to protect themselves from losing out on federal funding by moving minorities into neighborhoods WHETHER THEY WANT TO BE THERE OR NOT. And – talk about unintended consequences – whether they can afford to be there or not. Unless – yes, my crystal ball, please – the government decides that minorities should be offered a special price for a home.

This type of social engineering has so much potential for abuse, unfairness, and interference in the normal workings of the economy that it’s almost impossible to believe the Obama and his commissars are serious. And yet, it seems they are.

Did you think Obama was going to stop at taking over your health care? It’s just the beginning, baby. Link

http://www.whitehousedossier.com/2013/07/23/obama-force-integration-neighborhoods/
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As I said in the comments above, please share this one far and wide. The stakes of 2014 are quickly increasing in importance all around us – this current administration is ready and more than willing to make a very strong push to implement all of its transformational plans upon the United States, and at present, as pathetic as they often are, the GOP is the only thing standing in the way of total domination toward that end. Sadly, it appears the world of DOMINATUS and TUMULTUS is appearing with increasing frequency all around us now… -UM
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Ah yes, fairness for all, and responsibility from all.

Sound familiar?

Marx

Okay, that video is satire. At least, for me it is. No I don’t think Obama is a Communist. But he has fundamental problems with the capitalist philosophy that has guided this country to greatness. Because, you know, it doesn’t spread the wealth around quite enough.

H/T to Gateway Pundit.

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Please check in frequently, as I will keep posting updates on our Brave American, Edward Snowden’s journey. One man who has auspiciously demonstrated “WHO WE ARE” and what it means to us to be an American!

Also, do not miss the sequel to Ulsterman’s first in a series of books
beginning with DOMINATUS. And Now TUMULTUS…

View link for previewing a few pages of Tumultus:

Tumultus

I for one, can tell you from what I have read so far, Tumultus is a book every American needs to read. If Edward Snowden has exposed a first look at Obama’s nefarious covert activities transforming America into a police state where we no longer enjoy our inalienable God given right to Privacy, Liberty and Freedom. Ulsterman has taken the time elaborating in his book based on what we already know is Obama’s blueprint for his vision of America. That trust me, after reading Tumultus you will have a true understanding of Obamas plans for America that will horrify you…

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17 Comments
  1. July 25, 2013 1:54 am

    Woops! … I posted a new page a few minutes ago… and we have a new non-development…

    In Russia, Edward Snowden’s bid to leave airport zone short-lived
    An offer to let Edward Snowden live in Russia while he waits to hear about his request for temporary asylum is quickly thwarted by ‘bureaucratic difficulties.

    Snowden

    Hmm.. now what bureaucratic difficulties could they possibly be? points for creativity… 🙂

  2. July 26, 2013 1:40 am

    Drip-Drip-Drip – New Obama Scandal Emerges At DOE – Drip-Drip – Whistleblowers Illegally Gagged – Drip-Drip-Drip
    July, 25, 2013

    I hear that Democrats think they’re going to pass amnesty for 11 million illegal immigrants by encouraging the House to pass whatever immigration bills it likes, then go to “conference” with the Senate bill.

    “Get us to a conference,” Menendez pleaded with the liberal activists, according to Slate’s Dave Weigel. “In a conference, we can negotiate the notion of bringing all those bills together and get to common ground.”

    As Breitbart News reported this weekend, conservatives fear that House Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor, and other members of GOP leadership, will use a conference committee, either advertently or inadvertently, to pass an amnesty.

    Why would Republicans allow themselves to dragged into passing another one of the Regime’s agenda items, when there are so many other things they need to be focused on? What’s the matter with these guys? I’m talking about Fast and Furious, Extortion 17, Benghazi, DOJ spying on media, IRS, NSA, State Dept war on whistleblowers, 4 EPA scandals, ObamaCare, Obamaphones, and now the latest scandal at the Department of Energy where officials have allegedly issued a gag order on employees during a congressional investigation – which is a crime according to Darrell Issa.

    U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) officials ordered subordinates not to talk to congressional investigators about their investigation into illicit hiring practices and related whistleblower retaliation allegations, according to House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Darell Issa (R-Calif.).

    Issa, in a letter obtained by the Washington Free Beacon, revealed that the deputy secretary of energy issued a gag order following the release of a highly critical inspector general report last week.

    The Bonneville Power Administration (BPA), a division of the DOE, allegedly violated DOE hiring guidelines in a manner than disadvantaged military veterans, according to the scathing IG report.

    The BPA employees who cooperated with the IG’s investigation were fired, suspended or disciplined in other ways, the report found.

    Further, Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman “verbally instructed Elliot Mainzer, the individual [Poneman] chose to serve as acting administrator of BPA, that no BPA employees were to talk with anyone regarding these allegations, including congressional investigators,” Issa wrote in a July 17 letter.

    Issa went on to warn that “obstructing a congressional investigation is a crime.”

    In an email to the Free Beacon, Stephen M. Kohn, the executive director of the National Whistleblower Center expressed similar concerns.

    He argued that any “attempt to ‘gag’ employees from communicating with Congress” represents a “gross violation of law.”

    The Regime is grossly violating the law *again* – that’s all.

    The more Obama and his flunkies whine about Republicans being distracted by “phony scandals”, the more Republicans should be relentlessly pursuing them. There’s more than enough to do just keeping track of all the scandals. I hate repeating myself, but they need to be the party of not just “No”, but “HELL NO”. Instead of working with the Democrats, they should be introducing legislation every day to undo the damage Regime has been doing to the economy..

    Senator Cruz is leading the way…

    Since the President took office, the average rate of annual economic growth has been a paltry 0.9 percent, compared to the historically normal rate of 3.3 percent. If President Obama truly cared about sparking economic growth and bringing opportunity to the American people, he would join the growing chorus of elected leaders calling for full defund of Obamacare – the single strongest step government can take to unshackle jobs, investment, and growth again in America. As James Hoffa of the Teamsters Union put it, Obamacare “will… destroy the foundation of the 40 hour work week that is the backbone of the American middle class.”

    I am working hard to help lead the effort to defund Obamacare in the next 68 days as part of the next Continuing Resolution, and I would urge the President and his party to join us in a real agenda for jobs and growth.

    Someone else who gets it: Chaffetz: My job is to “put some brakes” on administration’s policies:

    http://nicedeb.wordpress.com/2013/07/25/drip-drip-drip-new-obama-scandal-emerges-at-doe-drip-drip-whistleblowers-illegally-gagged-drip-drip-drip/

  3. July 26, 2013 8:25 pm

    25 July, 2013

    The Voice of Russia

    US officially demands Russia extradite Snowden

    Putin

    US has sent to Russia an official demand to extradite Edward Snowden, Russian newspaper Kommersant reports. Although there are no official agreements between the two countries that would oblige Russia to extradite people wanted in the US, the US’s letter that demands Snowden’s extradition was official, the newspaper says.

    “A document insistently requesting Russia to extradite the runaway [Snowden] to his home country has been sent [there is no Russia-U.S. extradition agreement but the letter is official],” the newspaper said.

    Kommersant also says, referring to a source close to the US administration, that Russia and the US are now discussing the situation with Snowden practically every day.

    The US’ letter unequivocally gives it to understand that if Russia grants political asylum to Snowden, this may aggravate the US-Russian relations.

    Snowden thanked everyone for support, but will stay in tranzit zone for now – Kucherena

    Edward Snowden won’t leave Sherevetyevo’s tranzit zone today since the paperwork is not ready yet said Anatoly Kucherena after a meeting with the whistleblower. Kucherena also claimed that a delay in asylum decision is caused by uniqueness of Snowden situation.

    A decision on whether or not former CIA employee Edward Snowden will be granted temporary asylum has not been made so far, lawyer Anatoly Kucherena said after they had had a meeting. “I have to tell you that a decision has not been made,” he told reporters in Sheremetyevo on Wednesday.

    The asylum application of Snowden “is being processed,” Kucherena said.

    Kucherena has explained the delay in granting asylum to former CIA employee Edward Snowden by citing the uniqueness of his situation.

    “This situation is unique for Russia and we must understand that. There have never been such cases or applications before. There is a certain procedure and the Federal Migration Service is obliged to comply with it,” Kucherena said after he met with the US whistleblower in the transit zone of the Sheremetyevo airport.

    “He is staying in the transit zone in accordance with the existent regulations. He is acting precisely within the regulations’ framework,” Kucherena added.

    The lawyer underlined that issuing Snowden asylum certificate won’t take long. Former CIA employee Edward Snowden may be issued with the temporary asylum certificate in the near future, Kucherena said.

    He said he didn’t know when exactly the decision might be made though. “We are waiting. I speak to the Migration Service every day. I was told at the FMS that the documents are being considered as there is a special procedure for that. They have a number of questions. And the migration service should be dealing with them. As soon as a decision is made I will tell you about it,” Kucherena told reporters.

    Kucherena shared a few details on his conversation with Snowden. “I can only reveal part of the conversation to you. Definitely we discussed the current issues – this is the reason why he invited me. He didn’t have the proper understanding of the situation he is in. He asked if he has any restrictions if he is granted asylum in Russia. I told him he wouldn’t have any restrictions to travel around Russia. As far as the books I brought him, I told him that he has to know who Raskolnikov is”.

    According to the lawyer, Snowden apologized that he could not give an interview in person. He cannot do it before his asylum request is processed due to security concerns.

    “I think you have to understand the situation Snowden is in. The issue of his security is his utmost priority. So even after he receives the status of refugee not thinking about his security would be wrong for him. We discussed the issue of communication with him – currently only he can contact me. I told him that he is free to call me anytime”, said the lawyer.

    Fugitive American will meet reporters after his position has been clarified. The lawyer added that Snowden contacts him and meets him on his own initiative.

    Snowden is thankful to Russia for not abandoning him and supporting him. He asked Kucherena to say hello to all the journalists that came here. He said many thanks to all the staff of Sheremetyevo and also thanked everyone who called him and who sent him some money.

    “As to how he is, he is more or less okay. He is looking forward to the solution of his problem. His mood is also more or less okay, normal, considering that he is practically being held under house arrest. So, let us cheer him up,” Kucherena said.

    Earlier, it was claimed that Edward Snowden may work in Russia if he obtains temporary asylum.

    Federal Migration Service website reported that “persons seeking refuge in Russia who obtain refugee status, political or temporary asylum, have an access to the domestic labor market. They may work without applying for a work permit.”

    The applicant is issued a certificate to confirm the processing of the asylum request. This document gives the applicant the right to stay in Russia during the request processing period.

    Snowden allowed to leave Moscow airport.

    Fugitive US intelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden is said to be allowed to leave the Sheremetyevo airport in the Russian capital of Moscow, where he has been stranded for over a month at an airside hotel, media say.

    Russia’s Immigration Service told reporters they had issued a document for Mr. Snowden saying his asylum request was being processed, which means he is now free to walk out of Sheremetyevo’s transit lounge.

    “A document was given to Mr. Snowden when he applied for asylum, allowing him to leave the transit area of Sheremetyevo’s airport if the border guards let him through,” a police source said.

    The US whistleblower allegedly lodged his asylum bid with the Federal Immigration Service on July 16, although the FMS has so far refused to comment.

    Moscow reminds US over Snowden affair that it refused to sign extradition deal.

    Moscow is surprised with statements by White House representatives that Russia has enough grounds to extradite former CIA employee Edward Snowden. It was the United States who refused to sign the extradition treaty with Russia.

    “We would not want to put our US partners in an awkward position, but, since they are saying such things, we are forced to say publicly that it was Washington that categorically declined numerous proposals by Russia to conclude an extradition treaty,” a source in the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

    Meanwhile, the Voice of Russia correspondent Polina Chernitsa is at Sheremetyevo Airport, where Edward Snowden is staying att he moment and which he is expected to leave Wednesday.

    Polina Chernitsa notes that there are fewer journalists at the airport then there were during the Snowden’s meeting with the Russian human rights activists, which took place on Friday, July 12.

    Russia raising online funds for Snowden

    A Russian political party has started an online campaign to raise funds for US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden. Over $3,000 (100,000 rubles) has been donated so far to help out the cash-stripped anti-surveillance whistleblower, who is stranded in the transit zone of a Moscow airport.

    “The Russian Internet Party has begun raising funds for Edward Snowden,” the party’s release read on Wednesday. “According to our data, his stay in Russia will last and he is in need of cash.”

    The statement said the cash started flowing in over the first 30 minutes after the announcement was published on the party’s official website on Monday. Over 70 people have donated so far.

    Snowden’s request for Russian citizenship will be processed – Kremlin

    A request for citizenship, if filed with the Russian authorities by any person, including ex-US special service contractor Edward Snowden, will be processed, said Kremlin spokesman on Edward Snowden.

    “Any application for citizenship, filed by any person, will be processed,” Peskov told the press.

    He also said that he knows nothing about ex-CIA contractor Edward Snowden’s plans to request Russian citizenship.

    Russia has no legal ground to extradite Snowden – lawyer

    Russia cannot extradite ex-CIA contractor Edward Snowden if his request for temporary asylum in Russia is rejected, said Anatoly Kucherena, the Russian Public Chamber member and a lawyer, who is currently consulting Snowden on Russian law.

    Edward Snowden revealed to mass media details of US surveillance schemes on people all over the globe. He fled the US, which considers his activity as treason, then flew to Hong Kong and ended up in Moscow on June 23.

    At the moment, Edward Snowden is in transit area at Sheremetyevo airport, which he cannot leave as his US passport is invalid.

    The Russian Federal Migration Service was reported to have received his request for temporary asylum and will deliberate on his application in accordance with Russian law.

    “Nobody can extradite him, there is no legal ground to extradite him,” Kucherena said, answering a question whether Russia could extradite Snowden if his request is rejected.

    He added that the ex-intelligence officer has the right to remain in the transit area of Sheremetyevo airport as long as he likes. Kucherena concluded that there hadn’t been any response to the request from the Federal Migration Service yet.

    Voice of Russia, RIA, Guardian, Interfax, Reuters, dpa, TASS

    Read more: http://english.ruvr.ru/news/2013_07_25/US-officially-demands-Russia-should-extradite-Snowden-newspaper-0765/

    Please access the above links for more in depth information. Information you are unlikely to see or hear on our trinity of Propagandist networks… or on CNN for the full magilla…

  4. July 26, 2013 9:44 pm

    Snowden’s father: Son better off now in Russia

    By MATTHEW BARAKAT
    Associated Press

    McLEAN, Va. (AP) — The father of National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden said Friday his son has been so vilified by the Obama administration and members of Congress that he is now better off staying in Russia.

    Lon Snowden of Allentown, Pa., had been working behind the scenes with lawyers to try to find a way his son could get a fair trial in the U.S. Edward Snowden has been charged in federal court in Alexandria with violating the Espionage Act by leaking details of NSA surveillance.

    But in a telephone interview with The Associated Press, the elder Snowden said he has lost faith in recent weeks that his son would be treated fairly by the Justice Department. He now thinks his 30-year-old son is better off avoiding the U.S. if possible until an administration that respects the Constitution comes into office.

    “If it were me, knowing what I know now, and listening to advice of sage people like (Pentagon Papers leaker) Daniel Ellsberg … I would attempt to find a safe haven,” Snowden said.

    As a military analyst more than four decades ago, Ellsberg leaked the Pentagon Papers, a secret study of America’s involvement in Vietnam, to major newspapers.

    The elder Snowden said he thinks Russia is probably the best place to seek asylum because it is most likely to withstand U.S. pressure. Edward Snowden applied for temporary asylum in Russia last week.

    Lon Snowden, a Coast Guard veteran who has worked on national security issues in his career, said he has tremendous faith in the American people and in the Constitution. He said that in a more subdued environment he feels confident that his son could get a fair trial, and the leak would be considered in context of his son’s desire to expose a surveillance program that he and others believe exceeds constitutional bounds.

    But he said the Justice Department’s efforts to pressure other countries to turn over Snowden, coupled with silence from President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder in the face of denunciations leveled by members of Congress who have labeled Snowden a traitor, have eroded his hope for a fair trial.

    Lon Snowden

    On NBC’s “Today” show Friday, Lon Snowden said there’s been a concerted effort by some members of Congress to “demonize” his son.

    Lon Snowden and his lawyer, Bruce Fein, released a letter Friday asking Obama to dismiss the criminal charges against Edward Snowden and to support legislation “to remedy the NSA surveillance abuses he revealed.”

    The elder Snowden and Fein said they were disgusted by Holder’s letter Friday to Russian officials promising that Snowden would not face the death penalty if he were extradited. They said it reflects a mindset that Snowden is presumed guilty and that a sentence of 30 years or life would be a reasonable punishment.

    In the phone interview with AP, Lon Snowden said he has had no direct contact with his son, and knows no more about his son’s day-to-day life in Moscow, where he is reportedly staying at an airport transit zone, than anyone else.

    More broadly, he expressed frustration that the story has become so focused on his son and his whereabouts and U.S. efforts to get him extradited, while the issues surrounding his son’s disclosures of extensive surveillance programs that he says disregard the Constitution have been swept aside.

    Lon Snowden said talking about the issues his son has raised allows him to connect to his son and keep the issues he raised in front of the American people. He and Fein are starting a nonprofit group called the Defense of the Constitution Foundation to promote those ideas.

    “In essence, he has passed on the torch of democracy,” Lon Snowden said of his son.

    Lon said he’s also focused on the issues rather than on his son’s personal situation in part because he isn’t sure there is much he can do to help him.

    “He sacrificed everything and gained nothing,” the elder Snowden said. “He’s done what he’s done. The consequences are unavoidable, and I don’t know if I can mitigate those.

    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_EDWARD_SNOWDEN_FATHER?SITE=7219&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2013-07-26-18-10-57
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    Mr Snowden, you raised a fine son. A son you can be proud of- Stepping up as a brave American doing something important for his country; something not many others would be willing to do- Bless your wonderful American son!

  5. July 26, 2013 10:05 pm

    Also heard Glen Greenwald is scheduled to testify before Congress. A word of advise to you, Mr. Greenwald. Make it a tele-conference. I wouldn’t put it past the O-administration having typed up an indictment against you as a co-conspirator helping Snowden. Having it in hand putting you under arrest as soon as you conclude your testimony; if you testify in person.

  6. July 26, 2013 10:45 pm

    Democratic establishment unmasked: Prime Defenders of NSA Bulk Spying

    NYT: “The Obama administration made common cause with the House Republican leadership.”

    One of the most vocal supporters of the Obama White House’s position on yesterday’s NSA debate: GOP Congresswoman Michele Bachmann of Minnesota.

    One of the worst myths Democratic partisans love to tell themselves – and everyone else – is that the GOP refuses to support President Obama no matter what he does. Like its close cousin – the massively deceitful inside-DC grievance that the two parties refuse to cooperate on anything – it’s hard to overstate how false this Democratic myth is. When it comes to foreign policy, war, assassinations, drones, surveillance, secrecy, and civil liberties, President Obama’s most stalwart, enthusiastic defenders are often found among the most radical precincts of the Republican Party.

    The rabidly pro-war and anti-Muslim GOP former Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, Peter King, has repeatedly lavished Obama with all sorts of praise and support for his policies in those areas. The Obama White House frequently needs, and receives, large amounts of GOP Congressional support to have its measures enacted or bills its dislikes defeated. The Obama DOJ often prevails before the US Supreme Court solely because the Roberts/Scalia/Thomas faction adopts its view while the Ginsburg/Sotomayor/Breyer faction rejects it (as happened in February when the Court, by a 5-4 ruling, dismissed a lawsuit brought by Amnesty and the ACLU which argued that the NSA’s domestic warrantless eavesdropping activities violate the Fourth Amendment; the Roberts/Scalia wing accepted the Obama DOJ’s argument that the plaintiffs lack standing to sue because the NSA successfully conceals the identity of which Americans are subjected to the surveillance). As Wired put it at the time about that NSA ruling:

    The 5-4 decision by Justice Samuel Alito was a clear victory for the President Barack Obama administration, which like its predecessor, argued that government wiretapping laws cannot be challenged in court.”

    The extraordinary events that took place in the House of Representatives yesterday are perhaps the most vivid illustration yet of this dynamic, and it independently reveals several other important trends. The House voted on an amendment sponsored by Justin Amash, the young Michigan lawyer elected in 2010 as a Tea Party candidate, and co-sponsored by John Conyers, the 24-term senior Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee. The amendment was simple. It would de-fund one single NSA program: the agency’s bulk collection of the telephone records of all Americans that we first revealed in this space, back on June 6. It accomplished this “by requiring the FISA court under Sec. 215 [of the Patriot Act] to order the production of records that pertain only to a person under investigation”.

    The amendment yesterday was defeated. But it lost by only 12 votes: 205-217. Given that the amendment sought to de-fund a major domestic surveillance program of the NSA, the very close vote was nothing short of shocking. In fact, in the post-9/11 world, amendments like this, which directly challenge the Surveillance and National Security States, almost never get votes at all. That the GOP House Leadership was forced to allow it to reach the floor was a sign of how much things have changed over the last seven weeks.

    More significant than the closeness of the vote was its breakdown. A majority of House Democrats supported the Amash/Conyers amendment, while a majority of Republicans voted against it:

    VOTE

    The full roll call vote is here. House Speaker John Boehner saved the Obama White House by voting against it and ensuring that his top leadership whipped against it. As the New York Times put it in its account of yesterday’s vote:
    Conservative Republicans leery of what they see as Obama administration abuses of power teamed up with liberal Democrats long opposed to intrusive intelligence programs. The Obama administration made common cause with the House Republican leadership to try to block it.
    In reality, the fate of the amendment was sealed when the Obama White House on Monday night announced its vehement opposition to it, and then sent NSA officials to the House to scare members that barring the NSA from collecting all phone records of all Americans would Help The Terrorists™.

    Using Orwellian language so extreme as to be darkly hilarious, this was the first line of the White House’s statement opposing the amendment: “In light of the recent unauthorized disclosures, the President has said that he welcomes a debate about how best to simultaneously safeguard both our national security and the privacy of our citizens” (i.e.: we welcome the debate that has been exclusively enabled by that vile traitor, the same debate we’ve spent years trying to prevent with rampant abuse of our secrecy powers that has kept even the most basic facts about our spying activities concealed from the American people).

    The White House then condemned Amash/Conyers this way: “This blunt approach is not the product of an informed, open, or deliberative process.” What a multi-level masterpiece of Orwellian political deceit that sentence is. The highly surgical Amash/Conyers amendment – which would eliminate a single, specific NSA program of indiscriminate domestic spying – is a “blunt approach”, but the Obama NSA’s bulk, indiscriminate collection of all Americans’ telephone records is not a “blunt approach”. Even worse: Amash/Conyers – a House bill debated in public and then voted on in public – is not an “open or deliberative process”, as opposed to the Obama administration’s secret spying activities and the secret court that blesses its secret interpretations of law, which is “open and deliberative”. That anyone can write a statement like the one that came from the Obama White House without dying of shame, or giggles, is impressive.

    Even more notable than the Obama White House’s defense of the NSA’s bulk domestic spying was the behavior of the House Democratic leadership. Not only did they all vote against de-funding the NSA bulk domestic spying program – that includes liberal icon House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, who voted to protect the NSA’s program – but Pelosi’s deputy, Steny Hoyer, whipped against the bill by channeling the warped language and mentality of Dick Cheney. This is the language the Democratic leadership circulated when telling their members to reject Amash/Conyers:

    “2) Amash/Conyers/Mulvaney/Polis/Massie Amendment – Bars the NSA and other agencies from using Section 215 of the Patriot Act (as codified by Section 501 of FISA) to collect records, including telephone call records, that pertain to persons who may be in communication with terrorist groups but are not already subject to an investigation under Section 215.”

    Remember when Democrats used to object so earnestly when Dick Cheney would scream “The Terrorists!” every time someone tried to rein in the National Security State just a bit and so modestly protect basic civil liberties? How well they have learned: now, a bill to ban the government from collecting the telephone records of all Americans, while expressly allowing it to collect the records of anyone for whom there is evidence of wrongdoing, is – in the language of the House Democratic Leadership – a bill to Protect The Terrorists.

    None of this should be surprising. Remember: this is the same Nancy Pelosi who spent years during the Bush administration pretending to be a vehement opponent of the illegal Bush NSA warrantless eavesdropping program after it was revealed by the New York Times, even though (just as was true of the Bush torture program) she was secretly briefed on it many years earlier when it was first implemented. At the end of June, we published the top secret draft report by the Inspector General’s office of the NSA that was required to provide a comprehensive history of the NSA warrantless eavesdropping program secretly ordered by Bush in late 2001. That report included this passage:

    “Within the first 30 days of the Program, over 190 people were cleared into the Program. This number included Senators Robert Graham and Richard Shelby, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, President George W. Bush, Vice President Richard Cheney, Counsel to the Vice President David Addington, and Presidential Assistant I. Lewis ‘Scooter’ Libby.”

    So the history of Democratic leaders such as Nancy Pelosi isn’t one of opposition to mass NSA spying when Bush was in office, only to change positions now that Obama is. The history is of ‘pretend opposition’ – of deceiving their supporters by feigning opposition – while actually supporting it.

    But the most notable aspect of yesterday’s events was the debate on the House floor. The most vocal defenders of the Obama White House’s position were Rep. Mike Rogers, the very hawkish GOP Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, and GOP Congresswoman Michele Bachmann. Echoing the Democratic House leadership, Bachmann repeatedly warned that NSA bulk spying was necessary to stop “Islamic jihadists”, and she attacked Republicans who supported de-funding for rendering the nation vulnerable to The Terrorists.

    Meanwhile, Amash led the debate against the NSA program and repeatedly assigned time to many of the House’s most iconic liberals to condemn in the harshest terms the NSA program defended by the Obama White House. Conyers repeatedly stood to denounce the NSA program as illegal, unconstitutional and extremist. Manhattan’s Jerry Nadler said that “no administration should be permitted to operate beyond the law, as they’ve been doing”. Newly elected Democrat Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, an Iraq War combat veteran considered a rising star in her party, said that she could not in good conscience take a single dollar from taxpayers to fund programs that infringe on exactly those constitutional rights our troops (such as herself) have risked their lives for; she told me after the vote, by Twitter direct message, that the “battle [was] lost today but war not over. We will continue to press on this issue.”

    In between these denunciations of the Obama NSA from House liberals, some of the most conservative members of the House stood to read from the Fourth Amendment. Perhaps the most amazing moment came when GOP Rep. James Sensenbrenner – the prime author of the Patriot Act back in 2001 and a long-time defender of War on Terror policies under both Bush and Obama – stood up to say that the NSA’s domestic bulk spying far exceeds the bounds of the law he wrote as well as his belief in the proper limits of domestic surveillance, and announced his support for Amash/Conyers. Sensenbrenner was then joined in voting to de-fund the NSA program by House liberals such as Barbara Lee, Rush Holt, James Clyburn, Nydia Velázquez, Alan Grayson, and Keith Ellison.

    Meanwhile, in the Senate, Democrat Ron Wyden continues to invoke unusually harsh language to condemn what the NSA is doing under Obama. Here is some of what he said in a speech this week at the Center for American Progress, (Soros’ pet think tank. ‘my addition’) as reported by the Hill:

    Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) on Tuesday urged the United States to revamp its surveillance laws and practices, warning that the country will ‘live to regret it’ if it fails to do so.

    “‘If we do not seize this unique moment in our constitutional history to reform our surveillance laws and practices, we will all live to regret it . . . The combination of increasingly advanced technology with a breakdown in the checks and balances that limit government action could lead us to a surveillance state that cannot be reversed,’ he added. . . .

    “The government has essentially kept people in the dark about their broad interpretations of the law, he said. Wyden tells constituents there are two Patriot Acts: One they read online at home and ‘the secret interpretation of the law that the government is actually relying upon.’

    “‘If Americans are not able to learn how their government is interpreting and executing the law then we have effectively eliminated the most important bulwark of our democracy,” he said. . . .

    “‘This means that the government’s authority to collect information on law-abiding American citizens is essentially limitless’, he said.”

    Wyden’s full speech – in which he makes clear that it is solely the disclosures of the last seven weeks that have enabled this debate and brought about a massive shift in public opinion – is remarkable and can be read here. That’s a senior Democrat and a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee sounding exactly like Edward Snowden – and the ACLU – in denouncing the abuses of the American Surveillance State. Meanwhile, as soon as the House vote was over, Rep. Rush Holt, a long-time Democratic member of the House Intelligence Committee, introduced “The Surveillance State Repeal Act” that would repeal the legislative foundation for this massive spying, including the once-and-now-again-controversial Patriot Act, which the Obama administration in 2011 successfully had renewed without a single reform (after Democrat Harry Reid accused opponents of its reform-free renewal of endangering the Nation to The Terrorists).

    To say that there is a major sea change underway – not just in terms of surveillance policy but broader issues of secrecy, trust in national security institutions, and civil liberties – is to state the obvious. But perhaps the most significant and enduring change will be the erosion of the trite, tired prism of partisan simplicity through which American politics has been understood over the last decade. What one sees in this debate is not Democrat v. Republican or left v. right. One sees authoritarianism v. individualism, fealty to The National Security State v. a belief in the need to constrain and check it, insider Washington loyalty v. outsider independence. ( in short, Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged”)

    That’s why the only defenders of the NSA at this point are the decaying establishment leadership of both political parties whose allegiance is to the sprawling permanent power faction in Washington and the private industry that owns and controls it. They’re aligned against long-time liberals, the new breed of small government conservatives, the ACLU and other civil liberties groups, many of their own members, and increasingly the American people, who have grown tired of, and immune to, the relentless fear-mongering.

    The sooner the myth of “intractable partisan warfare” is dispelled, the better. The establishment leadership of the two parties collaborate on far more than they fight. That is a basic truth that needs to be understood. As John Boehner joined with Nancy Peolsi, as Eric Cantor whipped support for the Obama White House, as Michele Bachmann and Peter King stood with Steny Hoyer to attack NSA critics as Terrorist-Lovers, yesterday was a significant step toward accomplishing that.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jul/25/democratic-establishment-nsa

  7. July 27, 2013 3:31 am

    HERE IT IS FOLKS- UNDER THE RADAR- LIKE A THIEF IN THE NIGHT! Phase I
    …………………………..

    Obama yields U.S. sovereignty to UN to disarm American citizens

    On Monday, Secretary of State John Kerry announced that he would sign the UN Pact on behalf of President Obama to bring the United States in compliance to enact a national gun registry. (Really?)

    Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday that the Obama administration would sign a controversial U.N. treaty on arms regulation, despite bipartisan resistance in Congress from members concerned it could lead to new gun control measures in the U.S.

    Kerry, releasing a written statement as the U.N. treaty opened for signature Monday, said the U.S. “welcomes” the next phase for the treaty, which the U.N. General Assembly approved on April 2.

    “We look forward to signing it as soon as the process of conforming the official translations is completed satisfactorily,” he said. Kerry called the treaty “an important contribution to efforts to stem the illicit trade in conventional weapons, which fuels conflict, empowers violent extremists, and contributes to violations of human rights.”

    The treaty would require countries that ratify it to establish national regulations to control the transfer of conventional arms and components and to regulate arms brokers, but it will not explicitly control the domestic use of weapons in any country. (not yet?- but when?)

    Still, gun-rights supporters on Capitol Hill warn the treaty could be used as the basis for additional gun regulations inside the U.S. and have threatened not to ratify.

    Last week, 130 members of Congress signed a letter to Obama and Kerry urging them to reject the measure for this and other reasons.

    “As your review of the treaty continues, we strongly encourage your administration to recognize its textual, inherent and procedural flaws, to uphold our country’s constitutional protections of civilian firearms ownership, and to defend the sovereignty of the United States, and thus to decide not to sign this treaty,” the lawmakers wrote.

    The chance of adoption by the U.S. is slim, even if Obama goes ahead and signs it — as early as Monday, or possibly months down the road. A majority of Senate members have come out against the treaty. A two-thirds majority would be needed in the Senate to ratify.

    What impact the treaty will have in curbing the estimated $60 billion global arms trade remains to be seen. The U.N. treaty will take effect after 50 countries ratify it, and a lot will depend on which ones ratify and which ones don’t, and how stringently it is implemented.

    The United Nations has organized a high-level signing ceremony at U.N. headquarters on Monday — a sign of the treaty’s global importance — and several dozen countries are expected to sign, the first step to ratification.

    The Control Arms Coalition, which includes hundreds of non-governmental organizations in more than 100 countries that promoted an Arms Trade Treaty, said it expects many of the world’s top arms exporters — including Britain, Germany and France — to sign alongside emerging exporters such as Brazil and Mexico. It said the United States is expected to sign later this year.

    The coalition noted that more than 500,000 people ( Chicago?) are killed by armed violence every year and predicted that “history will be made” when many U.N. members sign the treaty, which it says is designed “to protect millions living in daily fear of armed violence and at risk of rape, assault, displacement and death.”

    Many violence-wracked countries, including Congo and South Sudan, are also expected to sign. The coalition said their signature — and ratification — will make it more difficult for illicit arms to cross borders. (baloney!)

    The treaty covers battle tanks, armored combat vehicles, large-caliber artillery systems, combat aircraft, attack helicopters, warships, missiles and missile launchers, and small arms and light weapons.

    It prohibits states that ratify it from transferring conventional weapons if they violate arms embargoes or if they promote acts of genocide, crimes against humanity or war crimes. The treaty also prohibits the export of conventional arms if they could be used in attacks on civilians or civilian buildings such as schools and hospitals.

    In addition, the treaty requires countries to take measures to prevent the diversion of conventional weapons to the illicit market. This is among the provisions that gun-rights supporters in Congress are concerned about.

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/06/03/lawmakers-urge-obama-to-reject-un-arms-treaty-as-it-opens-for-signature/

  8. July 28, 2013 2:55 am

    Putin orders crackdown on Islamists, police detain 300 people

    (Reuters) – Russian police rounded up 300 people at a Muslim prayer room in Moscow on Friday after President Vladimir Putin ordered a crackdown on radical Islamists ahead of next year’s Winter Olympics in Sochi.

    Putin has put security forces on high alert to safeguard the Games in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, which lies near to mainly Muslim southern provinces where Russia is battling an Islamist insurgency that has targeted Moscow.

    “We must fight back hard against extremists who, under the banners of radicalism, nationalism and separatism, are trying to split our society,” Putin said.

    “The policy in the fight against corruption, crime and the insurgency has to be carried out harshly and consistently,” Putin told a meeting of security force officers.

    “The situation in the North Caucasus should be kept under particular control.”

    Friday’s raid, the third targeting Muslim places of worship in Moscow or St Petersburg this year, led to the detention of 300 people including 170 foreigners and the confiscation of Islamist literature to check for extremist content, Russian news agencies quoted the Federal Security Service (FSB) as saying.

    The FSB did not say why the people had been detained.

    Russia is keen to boost its counter-terrorism credentials after the deadly Boston Marathon bombing allegedly carried out by two ethnic Chechen men, one of whom spent time last year in the North Caucasus province of Dagestan that borders Chechnya.

    The Islamist insurgency, led by the ‘Caucasus Emirate’ group and Russia’s most wanted man Doku Umarov, is rooted in two post-Soviet wars between Moscow and Chechen rebels. The insurgents want to create an Islamic emirate in the North Caucasus region.

    Fears of Islamist militants in Moscow have risen since police killed two men and detained another two who allegedly belonged to an outlawed Islamist group that was plotting an attack during a major holiday earlier this year.

    Human rights activists say Russia’s Islamist insurgency is fuelled by a combination of religion, official corruption and strong arm tactics against suspected militants by local leaders.

    In Dagestan, which has become the focal point for insurgent violence, police disarmed two suicide bomber belts and detained two women, Interfax reported on Friday.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/06/07/us-russia-islamists-idUSBRE95613K20130607

  9. July 28, 2013 2:59 am

    SARAH SPEAKS…

  10. July 28, 2013 4:01 am

    Lawmakers Who Upheld NSA Phone Spying Received Double the Defense Industry Cash

    The numbers tell the story — in votes and dollars. On Wednesday, the House voted 217 to 205 not to rein in the NSA’s phone-spying dragnet. It turns out that those 217 “no” voters received twice as much campaign financing from the defense and intelligence industry as the 205 “yes” voters.

    That’s the upshot of a new analysis by MapLight, a Berkeley-based non-profit that performed the inquiry at WIRED’s request. The investigation shows that defense cash was a better predictor of a member’s vote on the Amash amendment than party affiliation. House members who voted to continue the massive phone-call-metadata spy program, on average, raked in 122 percent more money from defense contractors than those who voted to dismantle it.

    Overall, political action committees and employees from defense and intelligence firms such as Lockheed Martin, Boeing, United Technologies, Honeywell International, and others ponied up $12.97 million in donations for a two-year period ending December 31, 2012, according to the analysis, which MapLight performed with financing data from OpenSecrets. Lawmakers who voted to continue the NSA dragnet-surveillance program averaged $41,635 from the pot, whereas House members who voted to repeal authority averaged $18,765.

    Of the top 10 money getters, only one House member — Rep. Jim Moran (D-Virginia) — voted to end the program.

    VOTE

    “How can we trust legislators to vote in the public interest when they are dependent on industry campaign funding to get elected? Our broken money and politics system forces lawmakers into a conflict of interest between lawmakers’ voters and their donors,” said Daniel G. Newman, MapLight’s president and co-founder.

    The Guardian newspaper disclosed the phone-metadata spying last month with documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.

    The House voted 205-217 Wednesday and defeated an amendment to the roughly $600 billion Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2014 that would have ended authority for the once-secret spy program the White House insisted was necessary to protect national security.

    The amendment (.pdf) was proposed by Rep. Justin Amash (R-Michigan), who received a fraction of the money from the defense industry compared to top earners. For example, Amash got $1,400 — ranking him in the bottom 50 for the two-year period. On the flip side, Rep. Howard McKeon (R-California) scored $526,600 to lead the House in defense contributions. He voted against Amash.

    Of the 26 House members who voted and did not receive any defense financing, 16 voted for the Amash amendment.

    House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) voted against the measure. He ranked 15th in defense earnings with a $131,000 take. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-California) also voted against Amash. Pelosi took in $47,000 from defense firms over the two-year period.

    Ninety-four Republicans voted for the amendment as did 111 Democrats.

    The Amash amendment was in response to the disclosure of a leaked copy of a top-secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court opinion requiring Verizon Business to provide the National Security Agency the phone numbers of both parties involved in all calls, the international mobile subscriber identity (IMSI) number for mobile callers, calling card numbers used in the call, and the time and duration of the calls.

    The government confirmed the authenticity of the leak and last week suggested many more, or “certain telecommunication service providers” are required to fork over the same type of metadata. The government says it needs all the data to sift out terrorist needles in a haystack. The program began shortly after the 2001 terror attacks.

    The vote list follows. (A “no” vote is a vote to continue the NSA’s phone spying.)

    Congressional Voting list @ LINK

    http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2013/07/money-nsa-vote/

    Bribery out in the open and not a thing done about it- hmph!

  11. July 28, 2013 7:39 am

    As you all know, Jimmy Carter supported Obama in the 08′ Election… He understands quite clearly what is going on by the recent actions of the Obama WH. He explains in detail what Obama is doing to our Constitutional Rights is DANGEROUS and WRONG if we allow him to continue on his path of attacking and dismantling our Constitution.

    ………

    President Carter Supports Snowden, Says America Does Not Have A Functioning Democracy.

    Former President Jimmy Carter, in an interview with Der Spiegel, said he supported whistleblower Edward Snowden and that the NSA’s domestic spying program was against American values. Carter went on to say he does not believe that America currently has a functioning democracy.

    Former President Jimmy Carter announced support for NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden this week, saying that his uncovering of the agency’s massive surveillance programs had proven “beneficial.”

    Speaking at a closed-door event in Atlanta covered by German newspaper Der Spiegel, Carter also criticized the NSA’s domestic spying as damaging to the core of the nation’s principles. “America does not have a functioning democracy at this point in time,” Carter said, according to a translation by Inquisitr.

    A pretty amazing statement for a former president to make. Not to mention Carter has been working on human rights and election monitoring since leaving office so he has a fair amount of expertise on the subject of functional and dysfunctional democracies. Though, this is the first time Carter is claiming America is not a functioning democracy,

    In June, while Snowden was scrambling to send out asylum requests from an airport in Russia, Carter back the former NSA contractor’s efforts to remain out of U.S. custody.

    “He’s obviously violated the laws of America, for which he’s responsible, but I think the invasion of human rights and American privacy has gone too far,” he told CNN, saying that nations were within their right to offer asylum to Snowden. “I think that the secrecy that has been surrounding this invasion of privacy has been excessive, so I think that the bringing of it to the public notice has probably been, in the long term, beneficial.”

    The Obama Administration continues to push for Snowden’s extradition and attempts to prevent him for benefiting from the universal right of asylum. This while also defending mass surveillance on Americans after administration officials were caught lying to Congress about it. (what the Obama Administration says and does are two different things.)

    Doesn’t sound much like a functioning democracy to me.

    http://news.firedoglake.com/2013/07/19/president-carter-supports-snowden-says-america-does-not-have-a-functioning-democracy/

  12. July 28, 2013 4:42 pm

    Stephanopolous interview with Glenn Greenwald”:

    Glenn Greenwald: Low-Level NSA Analysts Have ‘Powerful and Invasive’ Search Tool

    Today on “This Week,” Glenn Greenwald – the reporter who broke the story about the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs – claimed that those NSA programs allowed even low-level analysts to search the private emails and phone calls of Americans.

    “The NSA has trillions of telephone calls and emails in their databases that they’ve collected over the last several years,” Greenwald told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos. “And what these programs are, are very simple screens, like the ones that supermarket clerks or shipping and receiving clerks use, where all an analyst has to do is enter an email address or an IP address, and it does two things. It searches that database and lets them listen to the calls or read the emails of everything that the NSA has stored, or look at the browsing histories or Google search terms that you’ve entered, and it also alerts them to any further activity that people connected to that email address or that IP address do in the future.”

    Greenwald explained that while there are “legal constraints” on surveillance that require approval by the FISA court, these programs still allow analysts to search through data with little court approval or supervision.

    “There are legal constraints for how you can spy on Americans,” Greenwald said. “You can’t target them without going to the FISA court. But these systems allow analysts to listen to whatever emails they want, whatever telephone calls, browsing histories, Microsoft Word documents.”

    “And it’s all done with no need to go to a court, with no need to even get supervisor approval on the part of the analyst,” he added.

    But the top Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee told Stephanopoulos he would be shocked if such programs existed.

    “It wouldn’t just surprise me, it would shock me,” Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Georgia, said on “This Week” Sunday.

    Chambliss said he recently spent time with NSA officials and was assured that the programs Greenwald describes have been exaggerated.

    “I was back out at NSA just last week, spent a couple hours out there with high and low level NSA officials,” Chambliss said. “And what I have been assured of is that there is no capability at NSA for anyone without a court order to listen to any telephone conversation or to monitor any e-mail.”

    Chambliss said that any monitoring of emails is purely “accidental.”

    “In fact, we don’t monitor emails. That’s what kind of assures me is that what the reporting is is not correct. Because no emails are monitored now,” Chambliss said. “They used to be, but that stopped two or three years ago. So I feel confident that there may have been some abuse, but if it was it was pure accidental.”

    But Greenwald said the existence of these analyst search programs are in line with the claims of Edward Snowden, who first leaked details of the NSA’s surveillance programs last month.

    “It’s an incredibly powerful and invasive tool, exactly of the type that Mr. Snowden described,” Greenwald said.

    …………………………………………..

    …………………………………………

    NSA Director Gen. Keith Alexander and House Intelligence leaders have previously downplayed Snowden’s access to NSA data. Greenwald said the revelation of this search capability deserves a response from NSA officials.

    “NSA officials are going to be testifying before the Senate on Wednesday, and I defy them to deny that these programs work exactly as I just said,” Greenwald said.

    Greenwald also called on lawmakers to push for more information about the NSA’s surveillance programs.

    “The real issue here is that what the NSA does is done in complete secrecy. Nobody really monitors who they are eavesdropping on,” Greenwald said. “So the question of abuse is one that the Congress ought to be investigating much more aggressively.”

    Snowden, the former NSA contractor who leaked information about two sweeping intelligence programs, has previously warned that they are open to abuse by those with access. In a video interview with The Guardian, he said, “Any analyst at any time can target anyone… I, sitting at my desk, had the authority to wiretap anyone, from you or your accountant to a federal judge to even the president if I had a personal email.”

    Snowden has been holed up in a Moscow airport for weeks. He is currently attempting to secure temporary asylum in Russia on the grounds that he would be tortured or face the death penalty if he returned to the United States.

    Attorney General Eric Holder responded to Snowden’s appeal last week, writing in a letter to the Russian government, “These claims are entirely without merit.”

    FULL COVERAGE: Edward Snowden

    Today, Greenwald told Stephanopoulos that Snowden’s petition is still pending, but the former NSA contractor prefers that the focus be elsewhere.

    “I think he’s content with having nothing happen so the focus isn’t on him, but is on the substance of the revelations that he came forward to shine light on,” Greenwald said.

    http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2013/07/glenn-greenwald-low-level-nsa-analysts-have-powerful-and-invasive-search-tool/

  13. July 29, 2013 3:05 am

  14. August 5, 2013 2:35 pm

    Edward Snowden has job offers galore and is safely ensconced in Russia- America needs more whistle blowers like him… Will loyal American citizens please raise their hands and fight the onslaught of the coming Obama Police State.
    ………………………

    Exclusive: U.S. directs agents to cover up program used to investigate Americans

    By John Shiffman and Kristina Cooke

    WASHINGTON | Mon Aug 5, 2013 9:11am EDT

    (Reuters) – A secretive U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration unit is funneling information from intelligence intercepts, wiretaps, informants and a massive database of telephone records to authorities across the nation to help them launch criminal investigations of Americans.

    Although these cases rarely involve national security issues, documents reviewed by Reuters show that law enforcement agents have been directed to conceal how such investigations truly begin – not only from defense lawyers but also sometimes from prosecutors and judges.

    The undated documents show that federal agents are trained to “recreate” the investigative trail to effectively cover up where the information originated, a practice that some experts say violates a defendant’s Constitutional right to a fair trial. If defendants don’t know how an investigation began, they cannot know to ask to review potential sources of exculpatory evidence – information that could reveal entrapment, mistakes or biased witnesses.

    “I have never heard of anything like this at all,” said Nancy Gertner, a Harvard Law School professor who served as a federal judge from 1994 to 2011. Gertner and other legal experts said the program sounds more troubling than recent disclosures that the National Security Agency has been collecting domestic phone records. The NSA effort is geared toward stopping terrorists; the DEA program targets common criminals, primarily drug dealers.

    “It is one thing to create special rules for national security,” Gertner said. “Ordinary crime is entirely different. It sounds like they are phonying up investigations.”

    THE SPECIAL OPERATIONS DIVISION

    The unit of the DEA that distributes the information is called the Special Operations Division, or SOD. Two dozen partner agencies comprise the unit, including the FBI, CIA, NSA, Internal Revenue Service and the Department of Homeland Security. It was created in 1994 to combat Latin American drug cartels and has grown from several dozen employees to several hundred.

    Today, much of the SOD’s work is classified, and officials asked that its precise location in Virginia not be revealed. The documents reviewed by Reuters are marked “Law Enforcement Sensitive,” a government categorization that is meant to keep them confidential.

    “Remember that the utilization of SOD cannot be revealed or discussed in any investigative function,” a document presented to agents reads. The document specifically directs agents to omit the SOD’s involvement from investigative reports, affidavits, discussions with prosecutors and courtroom testimony. Agents are instructed to then use “normal investigative techniques to recreate the information provided by SOD.”

    A spokesman with the Department of Justice, which oversees the DEA, declined to comment.

    But two senior DEA officials defended the program, and said trying to “recreate” an investigative trail is not only legal but a technique that is used almost daily.

    A former federal agent in the northeastern United States who received such tips from SOD described the process. “You’d be told only, ‘Be at a certain truck stop at a certain time and look for a certain vehicle.’ And so we’d alert the state police to find an excuse to stop that vehicle, and then have a drug dog search it,” the agent said.

    “PARALLEL CONSTRUCTION”

    After an arrest was made, agents then pretended that their investigation began with the traffic stop, not with the SOD tip, the former agent said. The training document reviewed by Reuters refers to this process as “parallel construction.”

    The two senior DEA officials, who spoke on behalf of the agency but only on condition of anonymity, said the process is kept secret to protect sources and investigative methods. “Parallel construction is a law enforcement technique we use every day,” one official said. “It’s decades old, a bedrock concept.”

    A dozen current or former federal agents interviewed by Reuters confirmed they had used parallel construction during their careers. Most defended the practice; some said they understood why those outside law enforcement might be concerned.

    “It’s just like laundering money – you work it backwards to make it clean,” said Finn Selander, a DEA agent from 1991 to 2008 and now a member of a group called Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, which advocates legalizing and regulating narcotics.

    Some defense lawyers and former prosecutors said that using “parallel construction” may be legal to establish probable cause for an arrest. But they said employing the practice as a means of disguising how an investigation began may violate pretrial discovery rules by burying evidence that could prove useful to criminal defendants.

    A QUESTION OF CONSTITUTIONALITY

    “That’s outrageous,” said Tampa attorney James Felman, a vice chairman of the criminal justice section of the American Bar Association. “It strikes me as indefensible.”

    Lawrence Lustberg, a New Jersey defense lawyer, said any systematic government effort to conceal the circumstances under which cases begin “would not only be alarming but pretty blatantly unconstitutional.”

    Lustberg and others said the government’s use of the SOD program skirts established court procedures by which judges privately examine sensitive information, such as an informant’s identity or classified evidence, to determine whether the information is relevant to the defense.

    “You can’t game the system,” said former federal prosecutor Henry E. Hockeimer Jr. “You can’t create this subterfuge. These are drug crimes, not national security cases. If you don’t draw the line here, where do you draw it?”

    Some lawyers say there can be legitimate reasons for not revealing sources. Robert Spelke, a former prosecutor who spent seven years as a senior DEA lawyer, said some sources are classified. But he also said there are few reasons why unclassified evidence should be concealed at trial.

    “It’s a balancing act, and they’ve doing it this way for years,” Spelke said. “Do I think it’s a good way to do it? No, because now that I’m a defense lawyer, I see how difficult it is to challenge.”

    CONCEALING A TIP

    One current federal prosecutor learned how agents were using SOD tips after a drug agent misled him, the prosecutor told Reuters. In a Florida drug case he was handling, the prosecutor said, a DEA agent told him the investigation of a U.S. citizen began with a tip from an informant. When the prosecutor pressed for more information, he said, a DEA supervisor intervened and revealed that the tip had actually come through the SOD and from an NSA intercept.

    “I was pissed,” the prosecutor said. “Lying about where the information came from is a bad start if you’re trying to comply with the law because it can lead to all kinds of problems with discovery and candor to the court.” The prosecutor never filed charges in the case because he lost confidence in the investigation, he said.

    A senior DEA official said he was not aware of the case but said the agent should not have misled the prosecutor. How often such misdirection occurs is unknown, even to the government; the DEA official said the agency does not track what happens with tips after the SOD sends them to agents in the field.

    The SOD’s role providing information to agents isn’t itself a secret. It is briefly mentioned by the DEA in budget documents, albeit without any reference to how that information is used or represented when cases go to court.

    The DEA has long publicly touted the SOD’s role in multi-jurisdictional and international investigations, connecting agents in separate cities who may be unwittingly investigating the same target and making sure undercover agents don’t accidentally try to arrest each other.

    SOD’S BIG SUCCESSES

    The unit also played a major role in a 2008 DEA sting in Thailand against Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout; he was sentenced in 2011 to 25 years in prison on charges of conspiring to sell weapons to the Colombian rebel group FARC. The SOD also recently coordinated Project Synergy, a crackdown against manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers of synthetic designer drugs that spanned 35 states and resulted in 227 arrests.

    Since its inception, the SOD’s mandate has expanded to include narco-terrorism, organized crime and gangs. A DEA spokesman declined to comment on the unit’s annual budget. A recent LinkedIn posting on the personal page of a senior SOD official estimated it to be $125 million.

    Today, the SOD offers at least three services to federal, state and local law enforcement agents: coordinating international investigations such as the Bout case; distributing tips from overseas NSA intercepts, informants, foreign law enforcement partners and domestic wiretaps; and circulating tips from a massive database known as DICE.

    The DICE database contains about 1 billion records, the senior DEA officials said. The majority of the records consist of phone log and Internet data gathered legally by the DEA through subpoenas, arrests and search warrants nationwide. Records are kept for about a year and then purged, the DEA officials said.

    About 10,000 federal, state and local law enforcement agents have access to the DICE database, records show. They can query it to try to link otherwise disparate clues. Recently, one of the DEA officials said, DICE linked a man who tried to smuggle $100,000 over the U.S. southwest border to a major drug case on the East Coast.

    “We use it to connect the dots,” the official said.

    “AN AMAZING TOOL”

    Wiretap tips forwarded by the SOD usually come from foreign governments, U.S. intelligence agencies or court-authorized domestic phone recordings. Because warrantless eavesdropping on Americans is illegal, tips from intelligence agencies are generally not forwarded to the SOD until a caller’s citizenship can be verified, according to one senior law enforcement official and one former U.S. military intelligence analyst.

    “They do a pretty good job of screening, but it can be a struggle to know for sure whether the person on a wiretap is American,” the senior law enforcement official said.

    Tips from domestic wiretaps typically occur when agents use information gleaned from a court-ordered wiretap in one case to start a second investigation.

    As a practical matter, law enforcement agents said they usually don’t worry that SOD’s involvement will be exposed in court. That’s because most drug-trafficking defendants plead guilty before trial and therefore never request to see the evidence against them. If cases did go to trial, current and former agents said, charges were sometimes dropped to avoid the risk of exposing SOD involvement.

    Current and former federal agents said SOD tips aren’t always helpful – one estimated their accuracy at 60 percent. But current and former agents said tips have enabled them to catch drug smugglers who might have gotten away.

    “It was an amazing tool,” said one recently retired federal agent. “Our big fear was that it wouldn’t stay secret.”

    DEA officials said that the SOD process has been reviewed internally. They declined to provide Reuters with a copy of their most recent review.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/08/05/us-dea-sod-idUSBRE97409R20130805

    …..

    If our forefathers knew enough to create safeguards, checks and balances put in place when they created our system of government; then what would stop anyone from doing what ES did as the alternative protecting our God given inalienable Rights and our Constitution? Expose the corrupt politicians in Congress who enable Obama’s ability to hijack our government with ease- Our People are tired of listening to the Lies and distortions coming from high ranking Republicans like Bohner, Graham, McCain and McConnell who have long forgotten how to do their jobs. Do something now before it is too late now that Obama has unleashed the ‘Hounds from Hell”, high level jihadist prisoners in the ME, who will be coming to your city or town from every direction. They don’t discriminate. If you are white, Christian, Catholic or a Jew you will lose your head equally and as easily as if you were a dispensable, disposable, woman.

    There is no longer any question in my mind, the time is here to stand for your country and your loved ones. If the politicians won’t do their jobs, then we are left to do it for them…

  15. August 5, 2013 3:56 pm

    It will be madness in America soon, Out of control
    Aug 03, 2013

    By: Michael_T_Bucci

    Politics

    I bought a copy of USA Today Weekend at the supermarket and wanted to gag. A front-page lead story showing a picture of Edward Snowden’s Russian permit was titled: “Welcome, Comrade Snowden” (Is John McCain now writing their headlines?). To read American mainstream news is to collide with an illusory but impenetrable wall of rigid propaganda (rah, rah, America #1; rah, rah, S&P 1700; rah, rah, Washington vs. a world of enemies). In short, the paper’s almost one-million readers were encouraged. In so many words, “Don’t worry about NSA. Congress has heard the American people and is now moving to reform it. Sleep well tonight, Senator Patrick Leahy is awake.”

    The mood is critically nervous among those who have written for years about America’s war atrocities, descent into post-democracy, vulture economics, systemic corruption and international lawlessness; they might be seeing their worst nightmares – the ones they wished to prevent – occurring, and ones worse becoming more probable.
    Why write for a people who appear to have done nothing to preempt their current security (police) state and growing despotism? Why write (or be a whistle-blower) to be demonized, criminalized and decapitated by the very people you are trying to warn? On one hand, writers might pay a heavy price for what they commit to print; on the other hand, they fulfill themselves and fulfill the First Amendment – they speak the truth as they see it. At this juncture, however, the time for using words freely, casually and directly might be changing.

    And the time for sustaining the juvenile notion of a world jealous of America’s wealth and liberty needs be long buried.

    Writer Paul Craig Roberts is correct this week in his vitriol:

    “The schizophrenic denizens of Washington have made Americans a hated people. Those with the foresight to know to escape from the growing tyranny also know that wherever they might seek refuge, they will be seen as vermin from the most hated nation and subjected to being scapegoated as spies and evil influences, and at risk of being decimated in reprisals against Washington’s latest atrocity.

    “Washington has destroyed the prospects of Americans both at home and abroad.”

    Not one person wants “the People” to share blame or wants to apply the word “fascism” to the American security-state. Yet, it is the majority of people in America who, for one reason or another, are responsible for their predicament, as the majority of German people during WWII were responsible for theirs and the Japanese people theirs. A democracy thrives from awake, alert individuals; an unbiased press; a tolerance of diverse opinions; and laws (the Constitution and international treaties). As it stands today, Americans have chosen authoritarianism over democracy; consumerism over citizenship; censorship over free-thought; militancy over diplomacy; financial oppression over equity. When they should have they didn’t force President Obama to close Gitmo; end the wars; constrain the FBI, CIA, NSA and Gen. Keith B. Alexander; indict financial CEOs and officers. They didn’t rebel over airport body scanners; RFID chips in passports; indefinite detentions; torture; state-sponsored assassinations; death squads; military war crimes; drones; Wall Street and corporate pillage of Main Street; or, for that matter, they didn’t criminalize anyone except those who “blew the whistle” or dissented. Mr. Obama’s constituents are “waking up” (after five years) if comments left at The New York Times over Snowden revelations are any indication. But I place much blame on “Obama people” who, on the one hand, voted for the president to reverse the tide of war and international disgrace generated by former President George W. Bush (or so they claimed); and on the other enabled if not cheered Mr. Obama as he perpetuated the same and worse practices. These are hypocrites.

    What destruction and death has been and is propagated by the United States armed forces against the world will now be visited on “the People”. What economic exploitation has been waged against the third world countries by American banks and investors will now be waged against “the People”. What civil wars the Pentagon and CIA have engineered in the Mid-East will now be applied at home. And if it takes a regime change in Washington, it too will be done. It will be madness in America from this point forward; the world is in its cross hairs and knows it.

    Some Americans will cheer a military coup, an assassination, a civil war, a de facto war against most of the planet. The world believed in a president who was never his own man; who sold out early; who relied on stage managers and PR to conceal his identity and conceal the identities of controllers from finance, the Pentagon and intelligence community. Since Snowden, the world has a clearer idea of the untrustworthiness of America’s leadership, its corporations and military.

    (I believe Mr. Obama might not continue as President, and believe a financial-military coup might have already occurred.)

    In this week’s Asia Times, Pepe Escobar concludes:

    “For the moment, what we have is an Orwellian/Panopticon complex that will persist with its unchecked powers; an aphasic populace; a quiet, invisible man in a Moscow multitude; and a POTUS consumed with boundless rage. Watch out. He may be tempted to wag the (war) dog.”

    It will be madness in America soon, out of control.

    http://www.marketoracle.co.uk/Article41708.html

  16. August 5, 2013 7:42 pm

    Americans offer to serve Manning’s prison term for him

    Manning

    Supporters of Bradley Manning are willing to put their life on the line and serve part of his potential 136-year prison sentence and are urging the military judge in charge of the case to consider this option.

    The online petition titled “I Will Proudly Serve Part of Bradley Manning’s Sentence,” has gathered more than 2,500 signatures out of 3000 needed to submit it to Major General Jeffrey S. Buchanan, who will review the sentence of Bradley Manning once the military judge Colonel Denise Lind makes the ruling.

    The petitioners in their request claim that “If we each volunteer to serve part of his sentence… it would bring attention to the amount of time this young man has been sentenced to and, hopefully reduce his sentence to time served.”

    In submitting their signatures, the petitioners must acknowledge that “Bradley Manning provided information to the American people which our own government would not provide. He did us all a favor and, in turn I am willing to serve part of his sentence.”

    If such a request is to get accepted by the US authorities, it would mean that each participant would serve less than a month, if divided into equal parts.

    Petitioners age from young to old. “I am age 68 and propose that, strictly as a practical matter, volunteers should serve Bradley’s sentence from oldest to youngest. I’d feel privileged to go first,” one responded posted under the petition.

    But most people agree that Manning’s leaks served the public good. “One day I hope my country won’t engage in the unwarranted massacre of civilians that was captured in the footage he released. He did us all a service by releasing that video,” one post stated.

    Truth

    Manning was convicted on 20 charges on Tuesday including several violations of the Espionage Act, but was acquitted of aiding the enemy, the most serious charge. The sentencing phase of Manning's trial began on Wednesday and is expected to take up to a month.

    http://rt.com/usa/manning-petition-serve-term-011/

  17. August 6, 2013 1:24 am

    With Sept 11th just around the corner, what makes you think they would pre-empt themselves with a catastrophic event on US soil now? The date to watch for is 9/11 their coveted prize.

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