DHS Announces Program to ILLEGALLY Scan Our Faces And They’re Forcing Us To Pay For It

Both Congress and the Department of Homeland Security have never justified the biometric scanners at airports that could cost Americans $1 billion in 2018.
As TSA agents continue to prove their incompetence in the ‘War on Terror,’ the Department of Homeland Security is now allocating $1 billion in taxpayer funding to create a facial recognition program that will illegally scan Americans’ faces.
A study conducted by Georgetown Law’s Center for Privacy and Technology looked at the biometric scanners that are creating an inventory of the faces of individuals leaving the country at airports across the United States. While they are only at certain major airports right now, the full implementation of these scanners could cost Americans up to $1 billion.
The study noted that while the ‘9/11 Response and Biometric Exit Account’ created by Congress has the funds for the program, ‘neither Congress nor DHS has ever justified the need for the program.’
In addition to the fact that Congress has never provided a reason why the system is needed in the U. S., the study claimed that DHS has ‘repeatedly questioned ‘the additional value biometric air exit would provide’ compared with the status quo and the ‘overall value and cost of a biometric air exit capability,’ even as it has worked to build it.’
Not only is a government agency pouring $1 billion into a program to increase the country’s security measures even though it lacks full confidence, and has no evidence that the program it is implementing will do so, there is also the fact that the program requires Americans to give up their civil liberties, and it has never been explicitly authorized by the government. As the researchers from Georgetown Law noted:

This post was published at shtfplan on December 28th, 2017.

Episode #215 – SUNDAY WIRE CHRISTMAS SPECIAL: ‘Shotgun Betty Meets Santa’ with guests Kris Kringle, Basil Valentine & Friends

Episode #215 of SUNDAY WIRE SHOW resumes on Dec 24th 2017 as host Patrick Henningsen brings you a very special LIVE Christmas Eve broadcast on the Alternate Current Radio Network (ACR) – covering all the top news stories worldwide…
This week the SUNDAY WIRE is broadcasting LIVE on Christmas Eve as host Patrick Henningsencovers this week’s top stories from the US, UK and internationally. This week’s show will be amazing as we will be pipe-in with friends of the show both at home, abroad and possible in the Middle East. This week we’ll be joined by special guests, Mike Robinson editor of the UK Column to look back at the year’s best stories including the recent antics of US Ambassador Nikki Haley at the United Nations and more. Also we’re 21WIRE editor Shawn Helton to discuss some of this years most talked about conspiracies including the CIA release of the JFK Files and the FBI’s surprise release of the 9/11 Pentagon images, as well his thoughts on the recent Guardian hit-piece against 21WIRE. We also go LIVE to Damascus to talk with journalistVanessa Beeley and Syrian witness Aysarr Medani to experience Christmas in Syria and why The Guardian and other mainstream outlet have been lying about the reality on the ground in Syria. We’ll unveil a special exclusive as ACR’s own Masterpiece Fake News Theatre presents a special appearance by none other than Saint Nicholas, Kris Kringle, aka Santa himself for a theatrical reading of ‘A Fake Christmas Story: When Shotgun Betty Met Santa’ – you don’t want to miss it. We’ll also be joined by our rover correspondent for culture & sport, Basil Valentine with updated odds on any snow this season as well as two special Christmas poems performed live for the SUNDAY WIRE, and ACR’s Hesher & Spore catch-up to talk about the year’s events and an analysis of the Star War genre. Enjoy the show…
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This post was published at 21st Century Wire on December 24, 2017.

Episode #215 – SUNDAY WIRE CHRISTMAS SPECIAL: ‘Shotgun Betty Meets Santa’ with guests Kris Kringle, Basil Valetine & Friends

Episode #215 of SUNDAY WIRE SHOW resumes on Dec 24th 2017 as host Patrick Henningsen brings you a very special LIVE Christmas Eve broadcast on the Alternate Current Radio Network (ACR) – covering all the top news stories worldwide…
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This week the SUNDAY WIRE is broadcasting LIVE on Christmas Eve as host Patrick Henningsencovers this week’s top stories from the US, UK and internationally. This week we will be piping-in with friends of the show both at home, abroad and possible in the Middle East. This week we’ll be joined by special guests, Mike Robinson editor of the UK Column and Hesher & Spore, to look back at the year’s best stories including the recent antics of US Ambassador Nikki Haley at the United Nations and more. Also we’re 21WIRE editor Shawn Helton to discuss some of this years most talked about conspiracies including the CIA release of the JFK Files and the FBI’s surprise release of the 9/11 Pentagon images, as well his thoughts on the recent Guardian hit-piece against 21WIRE. We’ll unveil a special exclusive as ACR’s own Masterpiece Fake News Theatre presents a special appearance by none other than Saint Nicholas, Kris Kringle, aka Santa himself for a theatrical reading of ‘A Fake Christmas Story: When Shotgun Betty Met Santa’ – you don’t want to miss it. We’ll also be joined by our rover correspondent for culture & sport, Basil Valentine with updated odds on any snow this season as well as a special Christmas poem performed live for the SUNDAY WIRE. Enjoy the show…
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This post was published at 21st Century Wire on DECEMBER 24, 2017.

A Bad Moon Is Rising In America

Authord by Alastair Crooke via The Strategic Culture Foundation,
It seems that we are coming to the crux: President Trump, like Reagan before him, was elected by ‘the people’ rather than by (what Paul Craig Roberts calls the ‘ruling interest groups’): ‘As a high official in Reagan’s government who was aligned with Reagan’s goals to end stagflation and the Cold War, I experienced first-hand, the cost of going against the powerful interest groups that are accustomed to ruling. We took away part of their rule from them, but now they have taken it back. And, they are now stronger than before’.
I too, experienced something of the panic that the end to the Cold War induced amongst the ‘ruling interest groups’ — after all, American policy in the Middle East (and western Europe) was entirely dominated by an unstoppable momentum to cleanse it of all Russian influence. And then – ‘pop’ – the Soviet enemy suddenly, was ‘enemy’ no more. Yet, the ‘ruling interest groups’ were, by then, fully committed to a globalized (i.e. a culturally non-nationalist, consumerist, life-style,) rules-based, political and financial, ‘world’, shaped by the US. Serendipitously, after 9/11, terrorism emerged served to underpin the perceived need for a common defence-based, NATO-esque, global ‘order’, as the glue to America’s unipolar moment.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Dec 18, 2017.

A Handy Summary of Incongruities About 9/11

Lew Rockwell ran a detailed article on these incongruities. It originally appeared on the Collective Evolution site.
The article makes a claim that half of Americans don’t believe the official story. This is certainly good news. It indicates that people are not so easily suckered. But something in the same percentage range applies also to Kennedy’s assassination. Within a year of the assassination, Mark Lane wrote his book debunking the Warren Commission report, and there have been hundreds of books since then that have been equally skeptical. This is not something new.
In contrast, the percentage of Americans who believe Franklin Roosevelt’s version of Pearl Harbor, which he delivered to Congress in his speech on December 8, 1941, remains high. Revisionist historians began going to work on the official story as early as 1946. But, even today, American history textbooks give no indication that the official story has always had gigantic holes in it. These holes have not been successfully patched. They have simply been ignored. Universities don’t teach anything except the official party line. In this respect, there has been an extraordinarily effective barrier to the truth regarding Pearl Harbor from the day after it took place.
The article on 9/11 contains lots of valuable information on the famous event. There are lots of such summaries online. There are lots of skeptical videos. A cursory examination of half a dozen of these exposs leads the typical person to conclude that there is no way that the official story that the government has pushed could possibly be true. The problem is this: there is nothing like a coherent alternative to the official narrative. We are back to the age-old problem: you can’t beat something with nothing.
THE VIETNAM WAR
There has been a fundamental change in public opinion ever since the Vietnam War. When young people began to turn against Lyndon Johnson when they began to get drafted to fight in that war, there was a loss of confidence in the federal government. The victims of conscription began to figure out that the official justifications of the war were illegitimate. This made them question the narrative regarding the 1964 Gulf of Tonkin and the supposed attack on American ships by the North Vietnamese. We know now that the story really was fake news.

This post was published at Gary North on December 18, 2017.

Ex-Spy Chief Admits Role In ‘Deep State’ Intelligence War On Trump

Light bulb goes off for former top CIA official: Maybe it wasn't a great idea to leak against, bash a new president. From @sbg1: pic.twitter.com/nPAe8ePwCg
— Byron York (@ByronYork) December 11, 2017

An ex-spy chief who spoke out publicly against Trump while inspiring other career intelligence figures to follow suit has admitted his leading role in the intelligence community waging political war against the president, describing his actions as something he didn’t “fully think through”. In a surprisingly frank interview, the CIA’s Michael Morell – who was longtime Deputy Director and former Acting Director of the nation’s most powerful intelligence agency – said that it wasn’t a great idea to leak against and bash a new president.
Morell had the dubious distinction of being George W. Bush’s personal daily briefer for the agency before and after 9/11, and also served under Obama until his retirement. In the summer of 2016 he took the unusual step (for a former intelligence chief) of openly endorsing Hillary Clinton in a New York Times op-ed entitled, I Ran the C. I. A. Now I’m Endorsing Hillary Clinton, after which he continued to be both an outspoken critic of Trump and an early CIA voice promoting the Russian collusion and election meddling narrative.
As Politico’s Susan Glasser put in a newly published interview, Morell “has emerged out of the shadows of the deep state”to become one of Trump’s foremost critics speaking within the intel community. However, Politico summarizes the interview as follows:

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Dec 11, 2017.

“You Grow Up Wanting To Be Luke Skywalker, Then Realize You’ve Become A Stormtrooper For The Empire”

You grew up wanting so bad to be Luke Skywalker, but you realize that you were basically a Stormtrooper, a faceless, nameless rifleman, carrying a spear for empire, and you start to accept the startlingly obvious truth that these are people like you.
Question: How do you Americans as a people walk around head held high, knowing that every few months your country is committing a 9/11 size atrocity to other people. Imagine if the 9/11 terror attacks were happening in America every few months. Again and again, innocent people dying all around you. Your brothers and sisters. For no reason.
Daniel Crimmins from U. S. Army 3rd Infantry Division answered:
Many of us are unable. Many of us watched 9/11, and accepted the government and media’s definition of the attack as a act of war rather than a criminal action. A smaller portion, drifting along passively thought a major war was coming, that people we knew were going to fight and die. Some of us maybe worried about our younger brother being drafted, despite being in college. Now, it seems stupid, but in the 72 hours after 9/11, some Americans, maybe suffering from depression, certainly with a mind shaped by comic books and action movies, ate up the ‘us vs. them’ good vs. evil rhetoric spouted by the cowboy in chief. After all, he was the president, and no matter how bright you might think yourself, you can still be swayed by passion and emotion, led to terrible decisions.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Dec 10, 2017.

5 “He Can’t Accept The Fact He Screwed Up” – Special Counsel Mueller’s Surprisingly Flawed Past

When he was named special counsel in May, Robert S. Mueller III was hailed as the ideal lawman – deeply experienced, strait-laced and nonpartisan – to investigate whether President Trump’s campaign had helped with Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
But, in a surprisingly ‘fair and balanced’ LA Times story, David Willman exposes the truth that, at 73, Mueller’s record also shows a man of fallible judgment who can be slow to alter his chosen course. At times, he has intimidated or provoked resentment among subordinates. And his tenacious yet linear approach to evaluating evidence led him to fumble the biggest U. S. terrorism investigation since 9/11.
Willmann points out the accolades squared with Mueller’s valor as a Marine rifle platoon commander in Vietnam and his integrity as a federal prosecutor, a senior Justice Department official and FBI director from 2001 to 2013, the longest tenure since J. Edgar Hoover.
He was praised by former courtroom allies and opponents, and by Democrats and Republicans in Congress.
But, as Willmann details, Mueller also is remembered for a headline-grabbing case that ended in failure.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on Nov 25, 2017.

20/11/17: Tallying the Costs: U.S. Wars in Iraq, Afghanistan & Pakistan

The folks at Brown University have carried out the most detailed assessment of the disastrous costs of the U. S. wars fought since 9/11. The details can be found here: These are a must read! While Russia stands accused by the U. S. of triggering the humanitarian crisis through its intervention in Syria (the civil war that started with the U. S. support and blessing), here is Brown University’s conclusion about the real refugees crisis:
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Not to say that one wrong (U. S.) makes another wrong right (Russia), but 10.1 million estimated refugees caused by the U. S. wars? This got to stand out, folks.
The U. S. has spent estimated USD5.6 trillion from 9/11 through fiscal year 2018 according to the study.

This post was published at True Economics on Tuesday, November 21, 2017.

19/11/17: Mainstream Media & Fake News: Twin Forces Behind Voter Behavior Biases

Behavioral biases come in all shapes and forms. Many of these, however, relate to the issue of imperfect information (e.g. asymmetric information, instances of costly information gathering and processing that can distort decision-making, incomplete information, etc).
A recent Quartz article on the balance of threats/risks arising from the ‘fake news’ phenomenon (the distortion of facts presented, sometimes, by alternative and mainstream media alike) and another informational asymmetry, namely selectivity biases (which apply to our propensity to select information either due to its proximity to us – e.g. referencing bias, or due to its ideological value to us – e.g. confirmation bias, etc). Note: Quartz article is available here: According to the article: “News sources aim to cover – in the words of the editor in chief of Reuters – the ‘facts [we] need to make good decisions.’” But, “As readers, we also suffer from what’s called confirmation bias: We tend to seek out news organizations and social media posts that confirm our views. Selective facts occur precisely for this reason.” In other words, confirmation bias is a part of our use and understanding of information. The author concludes that “Selective facts are worse than outright fake news because they’re pervasive and harder to question than clearly false statements.”

This post was published at True Economics on Sunday, November 19, 2017.

Top NSA Whistleblower Claims “Russiagate” A Fake To Increase War-Spending

William Binney is the mathematician and Russia-specialist, who quit the NSA in 2001 as its global Technical Director for geopolitical analysis, because of the lying about, and manipulations of, intelligence, that he saw – distortions of intelligence by the George W. Bush Administration – in order to ‘justify’ systematic, massive, and all-encompassing, Government snooping into all Americans’ private electronic communications. His, and some colleagues’, efforts to get the Inspector General of the US Department of Defense to investigate the matter, produced FBI raids into their homes, and seizures of their computers, so as to remove incriminating evidence they might have against higher-ups. According to Binney, NSA’s Director, Michael Hayden, had vetoed in August 2001 a far less intrusive and more effective system of signals-intelligence collection and analysis, which might have enabled the 9/11 attacks to be blocked – a more effective system that would have been less expensive, less intrusive, and not violated Americans’ Constitutional rights. Hayden went on to head the CIA, until the end of George W. Bush’s Presidency. Afterward, Hayden joined the Chertoff Group and other military-industrial-complex contractors of the US federal Government. There were no such rewards for any of the whistleblowers.

This post was published at Zero Hedge by Eric Zuesse via The Strategic Culture Foundation,/ Nov 19, 2017.

RETIRED FBI AGENT ACCUSES 9/11 COMMISSION OF LYING ABOUT SAUDI CONNECTIONS

Sworn testimony from a former FBI investigator claims the 9/11 Commission lied to the American public regarding the relationship between the hijackers and Saudi Arabia.
The question over exactly what role the Saudi Kingdom played in the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 is once again a hot topic. The Saudi Kingdom has long been suspected of financing the 9/11 hijackers. A fourteen-year-old lawsuit brought forth by the ‘9/11 Families and Survivors United for Justice Against Terrorism’ seeks to hold the Saudi Kingdom accountable for the attacks. Meanwhile, the Saudi government continues to deny any involvement and calls for the lawsuit’s dismissal.
Now, The Florida Bulldog reports that a new sworn statement from a former FBI agent has once again called attention to the involvement of the Saudi Kingdom. In a six-page statement provided as part of the lawsuit against Saudi Arabia, retired FBI agent Stephen K. Moore says the 9/11 Commission has provided the American public with incorrect statements regarding the FBI’s investigation. Moore is a 25-year veteran of the FBI who retired in 2008. He also led the FBI’s PENTTBOM, or ‘Pentagon/Twin Towers Bombing Investigation,’ a 400-member task force responsible for investigating the 9/11 attacks.

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on NOVEMBER 16, 2017.