Shortly after former FBI Director Robert Mueller was announced as the special counsel for the Russia investigation, the screeching hordes of America’s ‘always wrong about everything’ punditry class cheered in near unison, lauding the man as some sort of second coming. This sort of thing should always be seen as a red flag, and thanks to an excellent article written by retired FBI special agent Coleen Rowley, everyone can now know exactly why. But first, who is Coleen Rowley? Coleen Rowley, a retired FBI special agent and division legal counsel whose May 2002 memo to then-FBI Director Robert Mueller exposed some of the FBI’s pre-9/11 failures, was named one of TIME magazine’s ‘Persons of the Year’ in 2002. Her 2003 letter to Robert Mueller in opposition to launching the Iraq War is archived in full text on the NYT and her 2013 op-ed entitled ‘Questions for the FBI Nominee’ was published on the day of James Comey’s confirmation hearing. It’s important to be aware of that background as you read the following excerpts from the excellent post published at CounterPunch titled, Comey and Mueller: Russiagate’s Mythical Heroes: Mainstream commentators display amnesia when they describe former FBI Directors Robert Mueller and James Comey as stellar and credible law enforcement figures. Perhaps if they included J. Edgar Hoover, such fulsome praise could be put into proper perspective.
While former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney was burnishing his credentials as a master of the corporate turnaround during the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, US intelligence agencies were testing out their capabilities for mass electronic surveillance according to a recent Associated Press report. Ex-NSA spy Thomas Drake has alleged as much in a statement filed in support of a lawsuit brought by former Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson. Anderson has said that the lawsuit is designed to get more information about what he calls covert, illegal operations. Drake wrote in the declaration, released Friday, that the NSA collected and stored virtually all electronic communications going into or out of Salt Lake, including contents of texts and emails, something which another famous NSA whistleblower and former senior NSA crypto-mathematician, William Binney, alleged back in 201, long before Edward Snowden emerged on the scene, when he explained how the NSA’s Utah Data Center soaks up and retains every form of electronic communication, also known as the NSa’s Project Stellar Wind.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jun 3, 2017.
Authored by Chris Menahan via InformationLiberation.com, NSA whistleblower William Binney told Tucker Carlson on Friday that the NSA is spying on “all the members of the Supreme Court, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Congress, both House and Senate, as well as the White House.” Binney, who served the NSA for 30 years before blowing the whistle on domestic spying in 2001, told Tucker he firmly believes that Trump was spied on. “They’re taking in fundamentally the entire fiber network inside the United States and collecting all that data and storing it, in a program they call Stellar Wind,” Binney said. “That’s the domestic collection of data on US citizens, US citizens to other US citizens,” he said. “Everything we’re doing, phone calls, emails and then financial transactions, credit cards, things like that, all of it.”
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Mar 25, 2017.
M Just one day after the bitter mainstreamers at ABC/WaPo and CNN used their “oversamples” of Democrats to rig polls showing an unprecedented unfavorable rating of the incoming President-elect (see “New ABC / WaPo Poll Shows Drop In Trump Favorability Courtesy Of Aggressive ‘Oversamples’“), those same outlets have used those same methodologies to engineer stellar approval ratings for Obama…shocking. Just like yesterday’s polls, both ABC / Wapo and CNN used an aggressive, 8-point “oversample” of Democrats to lavish praise on their chose party and candidate. Apparently, ABC / WaPo believes that only 23% of registered voters are Republican… …while CNN stretched to 24% Republicans but still maintained their 8-point Democrat oversample by just adding more dems to the pool. A total of 1,000 adults were interviewed by telephone nationwide by live interviewers calling both landline and cell phones. Among the entire sample, 32% described themselves as Democrats, 24% described themselves as Republicans, and 44% described themselves as independents or members of another party
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Jan 18, 2017.
Virtually the whole planet holds its collective breath at the prospect of Hillary Clinton possibly becoming the next President of the United States (POTUS). How’s that humanly possible, as the (daily) Bonfire of The Scandals – relentlessly fed by WikiLeaks revelations and now converging FBI investigations – can now be seen from interstellar space? It’s possible because Hillary Clinton, slouching through a paroxysm of manufactured hysteria, is supported by virtually the whole US establishment, a consensual neocon/neoliberalcon War Party/Wall Street/corporate media axis. But History has a tendency to show us there’s always a straw that breaks the camel’s back.
This post was published at Zero Hedge on Nov 3, 2016.
John and Chris of The Afternoon Commute delve into another stellar discussion with preeminent researcher, Jay Dyer. Topics include: The Orlando Gay Nightclub Shooting, Psychological Operations, Christina Grimme Murder, Manufactured Terror, The East West Dialectic, Top Secret America, Weaponized Culture and more. From Crisis Actors to Col. L. Fletcher Prouty’s Secret Team, we cover it all in this macro-scale breakdown, which also includes: Stagecraft, Perception Management, Limited Hangouts, CIA Chefs, The Rachael Ray Show, Unrealistic Kill Rates, Action Films, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and The Great Manipulator.
June 2016 – WASHINGTON – When President Obama signs into law the new two-year budget deal Monday, his action will bring into sharper focus a part of his legacy that he doesn’t like to talk about: He is the $20 trillion man. Mr. Obama’s spending agreement with Congress will suspend the nation’s debt limit and allow the Treasury to borrow another $1.5 trillion or so by the end of his presidency in 2017. Added to the current total national debt of more than $18.15 trillion, the red ink will likely be crowding the $20 trillion mark right around the time Mr. Obama leaves the White House. President Barrack Obama will likely go down as one of the worse presidents in U. S. history. His legacy is less than stellar. When Mr. Obama took over in January 2009, the total national debt stood at $10.6 trillion. That means the debt will have very nearly doubled during his eight years in office, and there is much more debt ahead with the abandonment of ‘sequestration’ spending caps enacted in 2011. -Washington Post
There’s one thing that all gun grabbing politicians have in common. They are all quite adamant that they don’t want to take your guns. They’ll tell you over and over again that all they want is a few reasonable regulations. Every once in a blue moon they’ll let their guard down in front of an reporter, and reveal their true long-term intentions, but by and large they’re always trying to put a reassuring face on their gun grabbing agenda. Obama for instance, has consistently claimed throughout his presidency that all he wants is a few ‘reasonable’ restrictions, and that all he intends to do is keep guns out of the hands of ‘bad guys.’ Whenever he talks about it however, you can read between the lines and find his ulterior motives. At a recent Town Hall meeting, Obama was put on the spot by gun store owner, who asked him why he wants to restrict gun use for law-abiding citizens. The video has since gone viral among liberals who think that the president gave a stellar response. In reality, he merely showed us his true colors.
I got a couple emails that asked me, ‘Hey, don’t you think we NEED a military?! What are we going to do if we’re attacked?!’ Very well. I’ll play. Pay attention, boys and girls. Get up and make coffee and settle in for a nice winter’s chat. NUMBER ONE: The reason we end up being ‘attacked’ in this day and age is because we stick our rather big nose into everyone else’s business. Listen, we all cannot stand neighbors that do that, so how much more would another country hate that behavior? Especially when it comes in the form of killing their citizens for vague political objectives none of them signed up for, wanted, or asked for. Most people on this planet want the following: Food, clean water, shelter, and safety. Ok, now, if Bashar al-Assad provides all of that, so what is that to us? We didn’t vote for the man, but the Syrians did. So butt out of it. There’s a lot to be said for minding your own business. Every war we’ve been into could have been avoided had we done so. I wonder how many MILLIONS of lives would have been saved had we just minded our own business? Right, we’re always the poor, innocent little waif minding his own business and we got blindsided. Sure. But when America does that, we call it a ‘decapitation strike’ and high-five all the way to the press conference where we gloat about it for weeks. Or we call it a ‘pre-emptive strike’ as if we’ve got The Psychic Hitline, er, Hotline working for us in the Pentagon. NUMBER TWO: This isn’t a re-make of ‘Red Dawn’ over here, got that? No one is going to invade America. Not when we have enough nuclear weapons to literally destroy the entire planet and have enough left over to work on obliterating the entire solar system itself, just for kicks. The interstellar Circle K’s would be talking about that for eons. Extraterrestrial rockhounds would be collecting pieces of the Earth for their collections for billions of years to come.
This post was published at Lew Rockwell on December 31, 2015.
There are few more self-destructive things a human can undertake than denying provable facts. Only a few things qualify as “provable facts”, and it is important to separate out hypothesis, theory and opinion from fact. Mathematics and physics are two areas of discipline that have massive amounts of their subject matter within the realm of provable facts. Honest people call the parts of these disciplines that are within the ability to prove laws. Unlike laws made by men that are often ignored these are simply inviolate — period. The laws of thermodynamics prohibit a “free lunch”, basically; they state that while energy may be transformed from one type to another, and other parts of physics make clear that matter and energy can also be transformed you never get out everything you put in; there is always loss to the environment that you can neither use or avoid. Newton’s laws of motion tell us how momentum, mass, force and velocity interact; how energy, in short, is carried and dissipated in an object that moves or is contacted by one that is moving. Likewise the laws of mathematics tell us that 2 2 = 4, that 2(x 3) = 2x 6, that the square root of 9 is 3 and more. These are called laws because every single time the same result will be obtained — here, there, on Mars or somewhere in Interstellar space. Here’s the reality of money: Money is only valuable because it is, in relative terms, scarce. Money is really nothing more than a unit of accounting that’s convenient in the physical world. We could (and perhaps should) account for production in the physical world, and its value, in some invariant physical unit. I happen to like BTUs (or Joules) of energy required to produce a thing or contained within a thing, because it is an invariant and therefore not subject to tampering. Accounting for it under production rather than the recoverable (e.g. “stored”) energy in a good or service means that improvements in productivity (e.g. discovery of a new, “cheaper” way to make gasoline, for example) makes the value of each unit (a gallon, for example) less and accessibility greater. This is what productivity improvement is supposed to do — it advances the common benefit to everyone because it makes useful goods and services more accessible to everyone.
It’s always nice to be reminded of how far we’ve come since the dark days of 2008/09 , when American plebs involuntarily bailed out the oligarchy generally, and Wall Street specifically, to the tune of trillions. Sure, all the gains went to the 0.001%, but the wounds have healed, and we’re in the midst of a stellar economic recovery. The latest proof of how far we’ve come was laid bare by an article in the Wall Street Journal: Mortgage-finance companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac could be at risk of needing more government bailouts, a watchdog said in a report set to be released Wednesday. The report from the inspector general for the Federal Housing Finance Agency, which regulates Fannie and Freddie, warns that the companies’ declining profits and capital cushions could leave them vulnerable in the event of an economic downturn. The U. S. government took over Fannie and Freddie in 2008, eventually injecting $187.5 billion in bailout money into the two. But Fannie and Freddie last month reported weak earnings for the fourth quarter. Fannie recorded net income of $1.3 billion, compared with $6.5 billion in the same quarter a year earlier. Freddie posted a profit of $227 million, down from $8.6 billion. The disappointing results were mainly due to the accounting treatment of the companies’ derivatives as well as fewer one-time items to bolster income.
Looks like U.S. President Barack Obama made a royal mess of what his mentor Dr. Zbigniew "Grand Chessboard" Brzezinski taught him. Dr. Zbig always quotes Sir Halford John Mackinder's three grand imperatives of imperial geostrategy; to prevent collusion and maintain security dependence among the vassals; to keep tributaries pliant and protected; and to keep the barbarians from coming together. After dabbling briefly with "leading from behind" – a non-starter – Obama finally went Mackinderesque with his stellar "Don't Do Stupid Stuff" foreign policy doctrine. Nevertheless, an always alert former secretary of state Hillary Clinton said "Don't do Stupid Stuff" isn't a "foreign policy organizing principle". Yet "Stupid Stuff" is all that the Obama foreign policy team knows how to do.