At Least 17 Fake Cellphone Towers Capable of Invasive Spying Have Been Discovered Across America

When Lee Goldsmith drives by one of the many fake cellphone towers being discovered throughout the U. S., his $3,500 CryptoPhone 500 will immediately display the warning message in the thumbnail image to the left.
When you drive by the same fake towers, known as ‘interceptors,’ your run of the mill iPhone or Samsung Galaxy won’t alert you to any potential security breach. And that’s exactly how those people who installed these interceptors, whoever they are, like it.
I’ve seen headlines about these fake cell towers over the past several days, but didn’t investigate the matter until today. It appears Popular Science broke the story in late August with the piece: Mysterious Phony Cell Towers Could Be Intercepting Your Calls. The article focuses on the revelations of Lee Goldsmith, CEO of ESD America, which makes ultra-expensive and ultra-secure cellphones (another player in this market is Silent Circle with its Blackphone) . What Lee Goldsmith and other users of the CryptoPhone 500 have discovered while driving across part of America will shock and disturb you.
We learn from Computer World that:

This post was published at Liberty Blitzkrieg on Sept 4, 2014.

Obama Is Defeated in Ukraine: CNN Finally Talks to Our Regime’s Victims There

Obama has definitely been defeated in Ukraine, and this is now clear because the news reports and videos and photos of our victims there, which were previously available only online and outside America, are starting to be communicated even via CNN, which is one of the U. S. regime’s major mouthpieces.
Those earlier reports from victims, which were always being suppressed inside the U. S., include, for examples, this, and this, and this, and this. So, the coverage abroad was extensive, and has been going on for many months now.
Americans, and people in U. S.-controlled or ‘NATO’ countries, used not to get to hear about this war, the war that America started in Ukraine, from the standpoint of its victims. But now, CNN broadcasts this (1:38 onward there); and, so, now the reality of this is going to gradually sink in, even to Americans. Obama’s responsibility for this, and even earlier for this, will come to be known by people in ‘the West,’ from whom it had previously been hidden by our ‘news’ media.
America’s having a President like this, after having had one like George W. Bush (who, of course, lied America into invading Iraq – likewise with assistance from America’s ‘news’ media), will change the way that this country is viewed around the world.

This post was published at Washingtons Blog on September 4, 2014.

Is This Putin’s Ukraine Strategy?

“The West is afraid of a major war and Putin is exploiting that,” says one former Kremlin adviser, adding that “his end goal is a Ukraine that is a buffer state between Russia and the West.” After the recent rebel offensive, it’s now militarily possible to gain full control of Donetsk and Luhansk and to create a ‘land bridge’ to Crimea, and “without help, Russian troops can roll ever-deeper into Ukraine.” As Bloomberg reports, Vladimir Putin will continue his shadow war until he’s created quasi statelets in Ukraine’s easternmost regions with veto power over the country’s future, five current and former Russian officials and advisers said.
As Bloomberg summarizes, Putin’s strategy appears to be…
[He] won’t settle for less than broad autonomy for Ukraine’s mainly Russian-speaking regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, including the right to reject key decisions at the national level such as joining NATO, according to the people. Putin is willing to wait until November, after Ukraine elects a new parliament and the heating season starts, to ensure his goals are met, in part by extending a natural gas cutoff to force a compromise if needed, one official said on condition of anonymity after speaking with Putin last week.

‘Putin’s goal is to force Ukraine to its knees,’ said Stanislav Belkovsky, a Kremlin adviser during Putin’s first term who heads the Institute for National Strategy in Moscow. ‘He wants a federal structure to put part of the country under Moscow’s informal control and block NATO membership.’

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 09/04/2014.

Russian General Demands Preemptive Nuclear Strike Doctrine Against NATO

While NATO is contemplating its existential purpose in a world where the Cold War has suddenly come back with a vengeance, and the military alliance has found itself woefully unprepared to deal with a Russia which no longer accepts the supremacy of the west (appropriately enough NATO is doing this on a golf course) Russia is also strategizing, only instead of issuing “sharply-worded catchphrases” and hashtags, a Russian general has called for Russia to revamp its military doctrine, last updated in 2010, to clearly identify the U. S. and its NATO allies as Moscow’s enemy number one. That in itself is not disturbing: we reported as much yesterday and is merely more rhetorical posturing. Where things, however, get very problematic is that the general demands that Russia spell out the conditions under which the country would launch a preemptive nuclear strike against the 28-member military alliance.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 09/04/2014.

HealthCare.gov Hacked

Just when one thought the embarrassment for Obamacare, and its epically flawed, bloated portal, Healthcare.gov, which according to some accounts has over 100 million lines of code, the vast majority of which did not work as it is after all a government project, could not get any worse, it just did following a report in the WSJ that the website which is reasonably expected to be the safest in the world – and at a price of over $500 million it should be the safest in the world – considering it holds not only the financial but personal and healthcare data of millions of Americans, has been hacked.
According to the WSJ, a hacker broke into part of the HealthCare.gov insurance enrollment website in July and uploaded malicious software.
Naturally, the spin doctors have been promptly activated because the last thing a scandal-ridden administration needs is a reminder of the worst website roll-out in history, and supposedly investigators found no evidence that consumers’ personal data was taken in the breach, federal officials said. “The hacker appears only to have accessed a server used to test code for HealthCare.gov. The Department of Health and Human Services discovered the attack last week.“
So… the website was hacked in July, and nobody learned about it until two months later? But that’s ok, because “investigators” are confident nothing important was taken. Mmmk.
The humor continues:

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 09/04/2014.

Hey Joe Biden: Who’s ‘We,’ White Man?

When you believe something, facts become inconvenient obstacles – Andy Hall, ‘God of oil trading,’ who is betting huge against the oil shale fairytale (correctly, in my view)
Apparently Joe Biden, in a preview of his bid to take over the White House in 2016 (I can’t think of a better criminal to take over the seat) gave a speech today in New Hampshire in which he warned ISIS that ‘we would follow them to the gates of hell’ (link with video).
To that I say, ‘go ahead Joe, pick up a rifle and put your own fucking boots on the ground in Iraq.’
The U. S. Government/Pentagon/CIA started the mess in Iraq, so let the people in those comfy offices sitting behind desks go clean it up themselves. The inconvenient obstacle of truth is that, if in fact ISIS really is what the U. S. propagandists want us to believe it is, then it’s the biggest CIA/NSA/Dept of Defense of fuck up in the history of the country. The NSA knows when Angela Merkel farts. So they are telling me that they had no idea there was a large, nascent Islamic military organization that was well funded with $100′s of millions in banks all over the world and heavily armed with sophisticated weapons?

This post was published at Investment Research Dynamics on September 4, 2014.

Justin Raimondo: Our Cold War with Russia Could Turn Hot

As the NATO summit approaches, and Ukraine’s ruthless war on its eastern provinces sets off an exodus of nearly a million refugees to Russia, war hysteria in the West is reaching epic proportions. The pundits are up in arms: miffed that the long-awaited Russia invasion has failed to materialize, they are now declaring it happened anyway – it’s a "stealth" invasion, i.e. the kind only a neocon can see. There has to have been a Russian invasion, because, after all, the Ukrainians are losing, and it can’t be because their soldiers are deserting in droves or turning tail and running at the prospect of having to shoot their fellow countrymen
Democratic Senator Bob Menendez, who doesn’t realize that even the most expansive estimates of the number of Russians fighting in Ukraine put it at a mere one-thousand, says it’s a "direct invasion" in which "thousands" of Russkies are overrunning the place. He wants us to arm the Ukrainians with "defensive" weapons – although Anne Applebaum’s somewhat overwrought contention that Moscow is planning to nuke Kiev makes Menendez look like a piker. The Amazonian Applebaum is demanding “total war.”

This post was published at Anti War

Medvedev Names Moscow’s Terms for Resumption of Gas Cooperation with Ukraine

Moscow will resume gas cooperation with Ukraine only when Kiev repays its “astronomical” debt to Russia in full and agrees to the average annual price of $385 per 1,000 cubic meters of gas, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Wednesday.
“We are ready to discuss ways to resume our gas cooperation with Ukraine, a country that owes us. However, two preconditions must be fulfilled. Firstly, the existing debt, which has already risen to astronomical figures, must be repaid in full. And, secondly, even if the price is subject to seasonal revisions, the average annual price with a $100 discount… must be $385 per 1,000 cubic meters,” Medvedev told reporters, commenting on a recent statement by his Ukrainian counterpart Arseniy Yatsenyuk.

This post was published at RAI Novosti

Finland Most Vulnerable to Russian Gas Cutoff

Finland would experience gas shortages even if Russia cut off exports just for one month, while other EU countries would last between three to nine months without Russian gas, according to a German study.
"A Russian gas export embargo during the winter of 2014/15 lasting for more than 6 months would cause supply shortfalls in many European countries, in particular, in central and eastern Europe, including Germany," according to a study published Wednesday (3 September) by the Institute of Energy Economics at the University of Cologne.
Based on a computer simulation of European pipelines, storage facilities and liquefied natural gas (LNG) infrastructure, the study explores what would happen if Russia would cut off the gas for one, three, six or nine months.

This post was published at EU Observer

EU Targets Bank Loans, World Cup in Russia Sanctions Talks

EU ambassadors are holding talks in Brussels on new proposals for Russia sanctions – seen by EUobserver – with ideas including “action” to block its 2018 World Cup.
The talks are taking place amid news of a “ceasefire process” agreed between Kiev and Moscow, which EU diplomats regard with caution.
According to an options paper tabled by the European Commission and the E.U. diplomatic service, "there are two possible avenues for stepping up economic pressure" to make Russia cease hostilities.

This post was published at EU Observer

France Folds (Again): Reconsiders Mistral Warship Sale To Russia

Various US Senators applauded French President Hollande’s decision to suspend the Mistralk delivery to Russia. However, they may be disappointed today as, having clearly been reminded of the huge potential penalties that his nation would face (let alone lost revenue/rebates) if it were to cancel the delivery of 2 Mistral warships to Russia, Hollande “explained” today that the contract for the Mistral sale to Russia “is not broken or suspended” but will instead depend on events in the coming weeks. Ironically, the Russians may actually be pleased if the deal is canceled as they avoid overpaying for the ships and benefit from France’s weakening.
The US was very excited… U. S. Senators Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N. H.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), and Edward Markey (D-Mass.) released the following statement regarding French President Francois Hollande’s decision to suspend warship delivery to Russia:
We commend President Hollande’s decision to suspend delivery of a Mistral-class warship to Russia. This announcement sends another clear message to Russia that its continued violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty will lead to severe consequences from the international community. As noted in our letter to President Hollande this summer, the delivery of two Mistral-class warships to the Russian Navy would enhance Russia’s ability to further intimidate neighboring countries and illegally seize sovereign territory. We will continue to urge President Hollande to end cooperation on future construction and sales of these warships to the Russian military. Together we must send an unwavering message to the Russian Federation that its illegal acts of aggression will not be tolerated.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 09/04/2014.

BP Faces $18 Billion Fine For “Gross Negligence” In Gulf Of Mexico Spill

U. S. District Judge Carl Barbier in New Orleans ruled today that BP was “grossly negligent” in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon rig explosion and may face up to $18 billion in civil penalties, according to The WSJ. In addition, Transocean and Halliburton were found ‘negligent’ – a lessor offense – (fines up to $1,100 per barrel for ‘negligence’, $4,300 for ‘gross negligence’). This result comes 2 years after BP agreed to accept criminal responsibility for the disaster and to pay $4.5 billion in fines and restitution. BP quickly issued a statement that it will appeal the decision and believes the findings “are not supported by evidence at trial.”
As Bloomberg reports,
In a turning point after four years of legal wrangling over responsibility, U. S. District Judge Carl Barbier’s ruling laid the bulk of the blame on BP for the explosion, which killed 11 men and caused the largest offshore oil spill in U. S. history. BP, which has spent more than $28 billion on the accident so far, is exposed to as much as $18 billion in additional government fines and penalties.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 09/04/2014.

Keiser Report: Mortgage Crisis 2.0 (E649)

The following video was published by RT on Sep 4, 2014
In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert discuss the impending second wave of the lastest mortgage crisis, this time due to Helocs (Home equity lines of credit) and HAMP (Home Affordable Modification Program) interest rate resets. In the second half, Max interviews Aaron Krowne on the true state of the housing market across America – from home ownership rates to mortgage arrears.

PERFECT TIMING: CAMERON OPENS DOOR TO SYRIA AIR STRIKES 48 HOURS AFTER ISIS BEHEADING THREAT

The ISIS threat to behead British hostage David Haines couldn’t have been more impeccably timed for David Cameron, arriving less than 48 hours before a speech by the British Prime Minister in which he began to build a case for air strikes targeting Syria.
Haines appeared at the end of a video released on Tuesday which purported to show the beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff. The ISIS militant in the footage threatens to kill Haines if the US and the UK do not ‘back off’ from fighting ISIS.
At the start of the NATO summit in Wales this morning, Cameron cited the video as one of the reasons why air strikes on Syria cannot be ruled out, as he began re-building a case for military aggression that failed last year following dubious claims about who was responsible for the Ghouta chemical weapons attack.
For Cameron, who has been struggling to build political support for air strikes on ISIS, the threat to behead Haines couldn’t have been more timely.
And therein lies the completely illogical foundation of the alleged beheading videos. The release of the footage does nothing to encourage the US and the UK to ‘back off’ fighting ISIS, it achieves the exact opposite, creating a casus belli for expanded western military operations in the middle east.


This post was published at Info Wars by PAUL JOSEPH WATSON | SEPTEMBER 4, 2014.

ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT RELATED PANDEMIC DISEASES ARE APPEARING IN THE US

Three months ago, people like Dr. Jane Orient, myself and anonymous Border Patrol agents began to call for quarantine, for the purpose of health screening all immigrants. Many people laughed and said there was no real threat. The invasion of our country, the very invasion that people said was not real, has just endangered the entire country. We are sitting on the beginning of a series of pandemic outbreaks.
Prominent Health Officials Have Called for Quarantining All Illegal Immigrants for Health Reasons In June, one of Arizona’s most prominent physicians, Dr. Jane Orient, called for proper health screening as she thought the unbridled and unconditioned entry of illegal immigrants into the country was problematic.
Dr. Austin King, head of the Texas Medical Association, is now calling out Texas Governor Rick Perry and President Barrack Obama to allow doctors to screen all of the unaccompanied children who have been coming across the border from Honduras and El Salvador. The President has remained silent with regard to the request.
Dr. King expressed the view that in order for more doctors to go down to the border, emergency funding would likely need to be approved, and ICE would have to change some policies in order to allow everyone coming across to be screened.

This post was published at The Common Sense Show on September 4, 2014.

Top Aide Of ISIS Leader Allegedly Killed In Air Strike

Now that the US is just bombing Iraq just for the hell of it, having long since dropped the veil of doing so for “humanitarian” reasons which was the original pretext given a month ago, it needs to start showing positive results. Moments ago it may have gotten the first validation that its strategy of bombing runs is working following an Al Arabiya report that the aide of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed after a strike on the ISIS-held city of Mosul, in northern Iraq, citing the Iraqi defense ministry said Thursday. Another ISIS figure was also declared dead, the ministry added.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 09/04/2014.

Powerful Trend: Cannabis Decriminalization Emerges From a Do-Nothing US Congress

Current Congress might be history’s worst at passing laws … It seems like there’s not a whole lot being accomplished in the Capitol with the current group of legislators. The current Congress is on track to be the worst ever at passing laws since modern record-keeping began, with three of its lawmakers failing to introduce a single bill, The Post has learned. The divided House and Senate have managed to pass just 163 laws that garnered President Obama’s signature since the two-year term began in January 2013. At this rate, Congress will have no problem beating the previous record set during the 2011-2013 session in which 284 laws were passed. That was down from 385 laws passed in the 2009-2011 session. – The New York Post
Dominant Social Theme: We need more laws as soon as possible, and make them good ones.
Free-Market Analysis: This article appeared on September 1, and perhaps the editorial staff of the New York Post intended to use the paper’s “bully pulpit” to remind federal legislators that they had three more months to accomplish something significant.
There is however, one encouraging “activist” trend that runs counter to our general position that the less the US Congress does, the better.
More on that below.
First, let’s concentrate on why Congressional inaction is probably a good thing. Look at the US today and ask if the political system at local, state or federal levels has proven successful in ensuring US prosperity or building on the dominance that the US once enjoyed after World War II. The answer is obvious, and negative.
The US is in terrible shape, with moribund employment, serial wars sapping resources, a confrontation with Russia brewing, a Southern border that is being determinedly turned into a kind of regional sieve by an administration that wants to essentially merge Mexico and the US or so it seems.

This post was published at The Daily Bell on September 04, 2014.

The Battle For Strategic Mariupol Begins As NATO Vows To Do “Whatever It Takes”

Shelling is reported to have started on the eastern outskirts of Mariupol, Ukraine, according to local reporters on social media. This crucial city, due to its standing as the last major city standing in the way of a land connection to Crimea (from Russia) across the Southern border. Furthermore, Mariupol’s strategic importance as a port and major industrial city is crucial to Kiev who are reinforcing the city after losing Novoazovsk last week, with the Ukrainian army on full alert. NATO has been actively sabre-rattling this morning, pulling a full Draghi by threatening to do “whatever it takes” to defend ourselves and our allies, and offering training and support for Ukraine (as they report over 3,000 Russian troops in Ukraine). Escalation?

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 09/04/2014.