The FBI Is Outraged: Google and Apple Have Locked Them Out.

It is an outrage. That’s the official word from the J. Edgar Hoover Building.
FBI Director James B. Comey sharply criticized Apple and Google on Thursday for developing forms of smartphone encryption so secure that law enforcement officials cannot easily gain access to information stored on the devices – even when they have valid search warrants.
His comments were the most forceful yet from a top government official but echo a chorus of denunciation from law enforcement officials nationwide. Police have said that the ability to search photos, messages and Web histories on smartphones is essential to solving a range of serious crimes, including murder, child pornography and attempted terrorist attacks…

This post was published at Tea Party Economist on September 26, 2014.

The Airwaves Are Still Heaving With Spin Two Days After US Airstrikes Against Syria

Undoubtedly the attacks were timed to occur on the eve of the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations, so ‘Coalition’ partners could cluster behind the decision to bomb a sovereign state, uninvited. The irony, of course, is that they are doing so at the UN – the global political body that pledges to uphold international law, peace and stability, and the sanctity of the nation-state unit. The goal this week will be to keep the ‘momentum’ on a ‘narrative’ until it sinks in. On day one, heads of state from Turkey, Jordan, Qatar, the UK and France were paraded onto the podium to drum in the urgency of American strikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), Jabhat al-Nusra and other militant groups inside Syria. Every American official – past and present – in the White House rolodex was hooked up to a microphone to deliver canned sound bites and drive home those ‘messages.’ In between, video-game-quality footage of US strikes hitting their targets was aired on the hour; clips of sleek fighter jets refueling midair and the lone Arab female fighter pilot were dropped calculatingly into social media networks. The global crew of journalists that descends annually on the UN for this star-studded political event, enthused over US President Barak Obama’s ability to forge a coalition that included five Arab Sunni states – Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan, Bahrain and the UAE. Few mentioned that these partners are a mere fig leaf for Obama, providing his Syria campaign with Arab and Muslim legitimacy where he otherwise would have none. Not that any of these five monarchies enjoy ‘legitimacy’ in their own kingdoms – kings and emirs aren’t elected after all – and two of these Wahhabi states are directly responsible for the growth and proliferation of the Wahhabi-style extremism targeted by US missiles. Even fewer spent time dissecting the legality of US attacks on Syria or on details of the US ‘mission’ – as in, ‘what next?’

This post was published at Ron Paul Institute on September 26, 2014.

Gun Rights Victory in New Jersey!

Last year, a Philadelphia woman was charged with violating New Jersey gun laws while visiting Atlantic City.
Shaneen Allen, a mother of two, was stopped for a routine traffic violation on the Atlantic City Expressway.
She was arrested after voluntarily telling a state trooper that her purse contained a legally registered .38-caliber Bersa Thunder handgun.
Allen, 27, is a concealed carry permit holder who purchased her gun after being robbed twice and beaten in her neighborhood last year.
She told the state trooper that she didn’t know she couldn’t legally carry her weapon into New Jersey. In that state, average citizens are not allowed to carry concealed weapons, even if they are legally registered.
Allen, a single mother, was arrested and jailed for 46 days.
She faced serious charges.
From New Jersey Law Journal:
Her lawyer, Eatontown, N. J.-based solo Evan Nappen, said Allen, if convicted, could have been sentenced to prison for as long as 10 years and would have had to spend at least three-and-a-half years behind bars under New Jersey’s Graves Act, which sets mandatory minimum jail time for gun-related crimes, including unlawful simple possession.

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on September 26th, 2014.

The Curious Item the Chinese Can’t get Enough of(It’s not what you think)

Most folks at our Truth HQ already know of the growing influence that ‘parts East’ are exerting upon our world right now. This, of course, is no accident, as their governments have planned for this for many years. It’s also happening though, because of the laws of economics: when a nation produces a great deal more than it consumes, it leads to wealth and prosperity. The inverse of that, is that a people who is spoiled, entitled, and greedy will find themselves ‘holding out the tin cup’ so quickly, they’ll be wondering where the good times went.
The latter is a snapshot of what has been playing out in the West. As the American Empire begins its umpteenth illegal, undeclared war in Syria, while undermining any and all reasons to be productive in its heartland, it has led many here to wonder whether the ‘good times’ are indeed a thing of the past. After all, when leeching off the labor of others pays better than doing the producing, all that ‘work by the sweat of your brow’ stuff, suddenly seems like it’s just for chumps. Doesn’t it? It’s simply easier to ride in the wagon, than to pull it.
This anti-lifestyle(because it’s not a life), and these anti-values exhibited in much of the West are hollowing us out. Some of that is by design from the string-pullers, no doubt, but much of it is just self-inflicted. Nevertheless, there are real-world consequences for living like that.

This post was published at The Wealth Watchman on SEPTEMBER 26, 2014.

Parliament and Congress Have No Power to Legalize War

Congress has fled town to avoid voting for or against a new war. Many of the big donors to Congressional campaigns would want Yes votes. Many voters would want No votes, if not immediately, then as soon as the panic induced by the beheading videos wears off, which could be within the next month. Better to just avoid displeasing anyone – other than people who notice you running away.
The standard for legal-ish cosmopolitan respectability in the U. S. now has become getting five kings and dictators to say their on your side as you start bombing a new country.
But the British Parliament is still at the level of believing an actual vote by a legislature is appropriate. Do Americans remember that their beloved founding fathers put war powers in the hands of the legislature because of the ugly history of royal wars in Britain? Times have changed.
But if we want to actually comply with the law, we have to admit that neither Parliament nor Congress has the power to legalize attacking Syria. This is because both the U. S. and the U. K. are parties to the United Nations Charter, which bans war with very narrow exceptions – exceptions that have not been in any way met.

This post was published at Washingtons Blog on September 26, 2014.

FBI Criticizes Tech Giants Apple and Google for Encrypting Phones

FBI director James Comey has taken Apple and Google to the woodshed for introducing encryption on their devices making it impossible for police to gain access to them. Comey’s remarks follow criticism by the Justice Department after Apple encrypted iMessage texting and FaceTime calling.
Law enforcement officials and government have criticized the companies for making it virtually impossible to view web histories, photos and videos on locked smart phones. Last week Apple and Google announced they would introduce technology making it difficult for police to search phones.
‘All of a sudden, a for-profit company has decided, ‘We’re going to step in and be the first line of defense for customers against their own government,” Brian Pascal, a fellow at Stanford University, told The Wall Street Journal.

This post was published at Info Wars on SEPTEMBER 26, 2014.

Bombing of the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, Eric Holder Quits, Russia Counters Sanctions

The following video was published by Greg Hunter on Sep 25, 2014
The U. S. promises a ‘Long Campaign,’ with the bombing of the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. The Obama Administration has the support of other Arab nations, but the most important support comes from Saudi Arabia. Remember last year when the Obama Administration backed out of bombing Syria. Top Saudi officials were quoted as saying that they were ‘stabbed in the back’ by President Obama. Fast forward to today and rumors of Saudi Arabia to stop using the petro dollar when selling oil. No doubt the Saudis threatened to pull the plug on the dollar. Now, it looks like this bombing deal in Syria will prolong the use of the dollar when buying and selling oil, at least for a while.
Eric Holder announced he is quitting his job as Attorney General. My question is why now? I guess it could be any number of things such as the ‘Contempt of Congress’ case that is proceeding. It could also be the ‘Fast and Furious’ case that a federal judge just ruled that there can be no more delays with providing records. It may also be the IRS targeting that, in reality, is felony First Amendment criminal activity to suppress political opponents.
The top commander of NATO says there is cease-fire in Ukraine in ‘name only.’ You have not heard much on this subject, but it too, is far from over. Russia is now drafting some new laws in response to the sanctions from the West over Ukraine. Russian lawmakers want to seize property of foreign companies inside Russia.

The Real Reasons For U.S. Airstrikes In Syria – Breaking The Assad Regime

With the recent and ongoing airstrikes launched against Syria by the United States and its ‘regional’ and NATO allies, a number of questions have arisen from a variety of quarters who remain entirely confused as to the ongoing angles of the players involved in the Syrian crisis. Confusion, of course, is a natural state resulting from the mainstream media’s attempt to conceal the fact that the United States and NATO/GCC are entirely responsible for the Syrian crisis to begin with as well as for the massive seizure of territory across Iraq and Syria by ISIS militants. These same media outlets have also played a major role in the obfuscation of the understanding of the crisis by providing false delineations and name changes bound to confuse an American population already afflicted with a short attention span.
With even the basic facts surrounding the Syrian crisis forced into obscurity by mass ignorance of their existence, the facts surrounding the recent US bombing of Syria have also given way to more questions.
For that reason, a number of points must be made regarding the recent events and those that will unfold in the future inside Syria.
Information Does Not Equal Coordination
The recent airstrikes by the United States and its allies allegedly against ISIS positions in Syria have been soundly condemned by both Iran and Russia. Both countries have accurately pointed out that the airstrikes were a violation of Syria’s national sovereignty and a violation of international law. Syria, however, has refrained from outrage and has even stated that the United States informed it of the attacks before they took place.
Syria’s reaction has caused many to believe one of two things: First, that the United States truly is focused on eliminating ISIS; and, second that the United States and Syria are now working together to achieve this end.

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on September 25th, 2014.

Will Russia and China Hold Their Fire Until War Is the Only Alternative? – Paul Craig Roberts

Obama’s September 24 speech at the UN is the most absurd thing I have heard in my entire life. It is absolutely amazing that the president of the United States would stand before the entire world and tell what everyone knows are blatant lies while simultaneously demonstrating Washington’s double standards and belief that Washington alone, because the US is exceptional and indispensable, has the right to violate all law.
It is even more amazing that every person present did not get up and walk out of the assembly.
The diplomats of the world actually sat there and listened to blatant lies from the world’s worst terrorist. They even clapped their approval.
The rest of the speech was just utter bullshit: ‘We stand at a crossroads,’ ‘signposts of progress,’ ‘reduced chance of war between major powers,’ ‘hundreds of millions lifted from poverty,’ and while ebola ravages Africa ‘we’ve learned how to cure disease and harness the power of the wind and the sun.’ We are now God. ‘We’ is comprised of the ‘exceptional people’ – Americans. No one else counts. ‘We’ are it.
It is impossible to pick the most absurd statement in Obama’s speech or the most outrageous lie. Is it this one? ‘Russian aggression in Europe recalls the days when large nations trampled small ones in pursuit of territorial ambition.’
Or is it this one? ‘After the people of Ukraine mobilized popular protests and calls for reform, their corrupt president fled. Against the will of the government in Kiev, Crimea was annexed. Russia poured arms into eastern Ukraine, fueling violent separatists and a conflict that has killed thousands. When a civilian airliner was shot down from areas that these proxies controlled, they refused to allow access to the crash for days. When Ukraine started to reassert control over its territory, Russia gave up the pretense of merely supporting the separatists, and moved troops across the border.’
The entire world knows that Washington overthrew the elected Ukrainian government, that Washington refuses to release its satellite photos of the destruction of the Malaysian airliner, that Ukraine refuses to release its air traffic control instructions to the airliner, that Washington has prevented a real investigation of the airliner’s destruction, that European experts on the scene have testified that both sides of the airliner’s cockpit demonstrate machine gun fire, an indication that the airliner was shot down by the Ukrainian jets that were following it. Indeed, there has been no explanation why Ukrainian jets were close on the heels of an airliner directed by Ukrainian air traffic control.
The entire world knows that if Russia had territorial ambitions, when the Russian military defeated the American trained and supplied Georgian army that attacked South Ossetia, Russia would have kept Georgia and reincorporated it within Russia where it resided for centuries.

This post was published at Paul Craig Roberts on September 25, 2014.

New Scandal Coming? Eric Holder Jumps Ship, Resigns as Attorney General

We can only imagine what scandal is brewing behind the scenes. For someone this high-up the Obama food chain to jump ship before the mid-term elections, means something very damaging for the White House may be coming down the pipeline…
Eric Holder (photo, below) announced today that he will be resigning as US Attorney General and head of the US Department of Justice. Holder says he’ll be staying on until a successor is confirmed.
Holder, known as ‘Obama’s legal pit bull’, has served as attorney general since 2009, and is regarded as the President’s closest person friend in the administration.

With so much open law-breaking being done by the Federal government, and with much of it covered-up and contained by the Department of Justice, it’s anyone’s guess what has prompted Holder’s exit this week.

This post was published at 21st Century Wire on SEPTEMBER 25, 2014.

Legal Basis for War in Syria? Amazing Three-Point Logic!

The hypocrisy of the US is on full display. We have imposed preposterous sanctions on Russia following its takeover of Crimea. Given that Crimea actually had a vote, and the vote was overwhelming, one can legitimately argue the Crimea takeover was democracy in action. Rigged or not, it’s 100% certain the vote would have gone in favor of Russia. Votes? Constitutions? Who Gives a Damn?Who gives a damn about votes? Some claim the vote was illegal by Ukraine’s constitution. But what good are constitutions anyway?The US doesn’t give a damn about the US constitution let alone the constitution of any other nations (unless of course it serves our purpose). Legal Basis for Troops in Iraq?On September 5th, the Guardian commented on the legality of US troops in Iraq: Legal basis for Iraq troop deployment called into question as days wear on.
The legal basis for the recent introduction of more than 1,000 US ground troops in Iraq was called into question on Friday, after the White House confirmed that it does not consider itself bound by time limits that usually constrain such deployments.
Under the terms of the 1973 War Powers Resolution, troop deployments into war zones may not last longer than 60 days, unless Congress explicitly authorises military force.
As no congressional authorisation yet exists – Congress returns from its August recess next week – lawyers have wondered about the solidity of the legal grounding for the latest US war in Iraq.
Obama’s ISIS Plan Legal?

This post was published at Global Economic Analysis on September 25, 2014.

Australian Senate Kills Civil Liberties with Draconian New Anti-Terror Law in Orwellian Orgy of Baseless Fear-Mongering

Understanding how the power structure thinks, and how it intentionally manipulates the emotions of the masses, is key to overcoming and rolling back totalitarian ambitions. I have spent the last few posts talking about how instilling fear throughout the general populace is one of their primary tactics. Indeed, to borrow a term from Glenn Greenwald, ‘fear-manufacturing’ has been in overdrive across the Five Eyes nations over the past several weeks. In the UK, we saw it used to convince elderly Scots to overwhelming vote against independence, thus swaying the result decisively to the NO side. In the USA, we have seen it used to drum up support for another pointless war in the Middle East, which will benefit nobody except for the military/intelligence-industrial complex.
While these examples are bad enough, nowhere is fear being used in a more clownish and absurd manner to strip the local citizenry of its civil liberties than in Australia. This should come as no surprise, considering that nation’s Prime Minister is a certified raging lunatic. In fact, Tony Abbott is such a little nazi in disguise, I dedicated a post to him back in June titled: Video of the Day – Meet Australia’s Creepy Prime Minister, Tony Abbott.
Remember, when the power structure sees a meme is working they double and triple down on it. With the beheading videos effectively pushing the American public back into a post-9/11 fetal position, it became clear that the fear of ‘beheadings’ is enough to send the Western public into a total panic state. Then, suddenly a plot emerges that ISIS related terrorists were planning to publicly behead an Australian citizen in the middle of Sydney. As usual, mainstream media rushed to scare the shit out of everyone. NBC reported the following:

This post was published at Liberty Blitzkrieg on Sep 25, 2014.

Russia Asset Freeze Threat Sends European, US Stocks Reeling

Germany’s DAX is tumbling this morning (and back in the red for 2014) as The Moscow Times reports Russian courts could get the green light to seize foreign assets on Russian territory under a draft law intended as a response to Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis. Whether this isretaliation at Italian tax police seizing 30m in assets, including a luxury hotel in Rome and two villas in Sardinia, controlled by Arkady Rotenberg, is unclear, but the timing is highly coincidental and Rotenberg has been a longtime ally of Russian president Vladimir Putin.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 09/25/2014.

Blue Ribbon for Sanction Craziness: Italy Seizes Hotel of Putin Ally; Russia Threatens Law Allowing Seizure of Foreign Assets

What’s Russia to do? Stand back and let the US and Europe escalate sanction after sanction, or respond in kind?
Either way, Russia loses. I believe Europe has the worst of it, but both suffer.
Hope for Sanity Appears to Be Lost Cause
By responding in kind, Russia hopes to put some sanity in the heads of US and EU officials. But with brains as dense as Obama, McCain, and various EU officials, hope for sanity appears to be a lost cause.
Sanction Madness Escalates: Italy Seizes Hotel of Putin Ally
Two days ago sanction madness hit a new extreme: Italy seizes Putin ally Arkady Rotenberg’s property assets.
The Italian tax police have seized 30m in assets, including a luxury hotel in Rome and two villas in Sardinia, controlled by Arkady Rotenberg, a longtime ally of Russian president Vladimir Putin targeted by US and EU sanctions.
The move comes amid continued tensions between Russia and the EU over Ukraine, and ahead of a possible visit by Mr Putin to Milan next month for a summit with European and Asian leaders that could offer a chance to rebuild some bridges…

This post was published at Global Economic Analysis on September 25, 2014.

Russia Asset Freeze Threat Sends DAX Reeling

Germany’s DAX is tumbling this morning (and back in the red for 2014) as The Moscow Times reports Russian courts could get the green light to seize foreign assets on Russian territory under a draft law intended as a response to Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis. Whether this is retaliation at Italian tax police seizing 30m in assets, including a luxury hotel in Rome and two villas in Sardinia, controlled by Arkady Rotenberg, is unclear, but the timing is highly coincidental and Rotenberg has been a longtime ally of Russian president Vladimir Putin.
DAX is sliding notably… (not helped by chatter about Russia “throttling” gas supplies to Europe)

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 09/25/2014.

Law of Excuses: It’s Always Something (But Never the Right Thing)!

The out-of-the-blue excuses countries come up with for not making budget deficit targets are rather amusing.
For example and via translation from La Vanguardia, France Blames Deficit on Jihadist Terrorism, Lack of Inflation.
French Prime Minister, Manuel Valls, said today that his country’s military missions against jihadist terrorism, along with public investment in education and security make it difficult to meet deficit limits.
“If we reduce our military budget, where are we going?”
In regards to “where are we going?”, I have a proposal: If France would cut public spending in general, by a third, reduce taxes by as much, and roll back all socialist regulations, I suggest “up”, and in a very dramatic fashion.

This post was published at Global Economic Analysis on September 24, 2014.

Students Protest School Reeducation Policies, Rewriting U.S. History to Downplay Civil Disobendience

Following a teacher ‘sick out’ that shut down two Denver area high schools, hundreds of students walked out of their classrooms in protest Tuesday over a school board proposal to supposedly support ‘patriotism’ and ‘respect for authority’ but ‘downplay civil disobedience’ in their history curriculum.
Via Fox News:
The school board proposal that triggered the walkouts in Jefferson County calls of instructional materials that present positive aspects of the nation and its heritage. It would establish a committee to regularly review texts and course plans, starting with Advanced Placement history, to make sure materials ‘promote citizenship, patriotism, essentials and benefits of the free-market system, respect for authority and respect for individual rights’ and don’t ‘encourage or condone civil disorder, social strike or disregard of the law.’
Students organized the mass protest via social media. Some carried signs that read, ‘History wasn’t meant to be hidden’ and ‘You can’t change history.’

This post was published at The Daily Sheeple on September 24th, 2014.

Weeks of U.S. Strikes Fail to Dislodge ISIS in Iraq

After six weeks of American airstrikes, the Iraqi government’s forces have scarcely budged the Sunni extremists of the Islamic State from their hold on more than a quarter of the country, in part because many critical Sunni tribes remain on the sidelines.
Although the airstrikes appear to have stopped the extremists’ march toward Baghdad, the Islamic State is still dealing humiliating blows to the Iraqi Army. On Monday, the government acknowledged that it had lost control of the small town of Sichar and lost contact with several hundred of its soldiers who had been besieged for nearly a week at a camp north of the Islamic State stronghold of Falluja, in Anbar Province.
By midday, there were reports that hundreds of soldiers had been killed there in battle or mass executions. Ali Bedairi, a lawmaker from the governing alliance, said more than 300 soldiers had died after the loss of the base, Camp Saqlawiya. The prime minister ordered the arrest of the responsible officers, although a military spokesman put the death toll at just 40 and said 68 were missing.

This post was published at NY Times

Germany’s Largest Export: Hypocrisy?

Who is the world’s No. 3 arms exporter, after the United States and Russia? Surprise. It is Germany, a country bound by law to supply only allies and peaceable folks like (neutral) Switzerland or Sweden. Off limits are ‘areas of tension’ – bad neighborhoods that actually need the stuff.
Yet somehow, Israel and Saudi Arabia, both living in the world’s powder keg, are among Germany’s best customers. So are Algeria, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.
What doesn’t go directly finds its way on the international arms bazaar. Consider, no self-respecting drug czar – Russian or Mexican – would flaunt a Czech-made ‘Skorpion.’ It has to be a Heckler & Koch MP-5, also much beloved by U. S. Special Operations forces.

This post was published at Zero Hedge on 09/23/2014.