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Tuesday, August 21

21-Aug Digest: Surveillance, Whistle-blowers, New American Revolution, Pussy Riot, Anonymous, Legitimate Rape, WTC, Atheists, DHS, Woody Guthrie

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The New Totalitarianism of Surveillance Technology

software engineer in my Facebook community wrote recently about his outrage that when he visited Disneyland, and went on a ride, the theme park offered him the photo of himself and his girlfriend to buy – with his credit card information already linked to it. He noted that he had never entered his name or information into anything at the theme park, or indicated that he wanted a photo, or alerted the humans at the ride to who he and his girlfriend were – so, he said, based on his professional experience, the system had to be using facial recognition technology. He had never signed an agreement allowing them to do so, and he declared that this use was illegal.

Wimpish In America
Only a country can create currency for its people as stipulated in its constitution unless the peoples’ representatives have given that right to private banks that are based on profit and usury; that is the case in the United States when the Congress created the Federal Reserve System in 1913. In effect Congress gave the American citizens rights and their tax dollars to those who borrow from the Federal Reserve while these private bankers make enormous profits through interest (usury) and the issuance of money they do not hold in reserve for which they charge interest, all backed by the taxes of the people of America. Thus are the people of the United States and their children held hostage to a corrupt system.

Festive Psychological Torture In Gaza
I’ve been back in Gaza 4 days now and now hear the familiar roar of a Zionist warplane over Deir al Balah where I live. I was wondering where they were, knew they hadn’t gone away. Now, with the passing war-roar, things seem sickeningly normal here.

You Say You Want A Revolution of Values?
War engages me because of its unique relationship to morality.  Killing is a long-standing taboo.  Killing is often if not always the worst thing that can be done to someone.  But killing on a larger scale, organizing numerous people to kill numerous other people is often treated very differently.  When a government kills its own people, that's generally considered an outrage.  But when a government kills another nation's people, that's not always viewed as a moral problem.

Washington Eyes Iran Proxy War through Israel
Strangely, western and Israeli media aggrandize the military prowess of Israel to the skies and underestimate that of Iran. Playing on a paradoxical plane, the US-led psyops against Iran are geared towards inflating the Iranian nuclear threat and manufacturing a nuclear illusion over Iran while the same authors of anti-Iran plots relegate the country's military might to such a pitiful minimum that Iran will eventually have no choice but to buckle under the military might of the Zionist regime.

Insight: At Guantanamo tribunals, don't mention the "T" word

Prosecutors say every utterance of the alleged al Qaeda murderers, and what their lawyers in turn pass on to the court, must be strictly monitored precisely because of the defendants' intimate personal knowledge of highly classified CIA interrogation methods they endured in the agency's clandestine overseas prisons.

UN Investigator to US: End 'Conspiracy of Silence' on Drone Strikes

The secrecy surrounding the U.S. use of drone attacks must end, and each drone strike carried out by the U.S. should be independently investigated, London barrister and UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Counter-Terrorism Ben Emmerson said Sunday. 

US drone strikes target rescuers in Pakistan – and the west stays silent
Attacking rescuers – a tactic long deemed by the US a hallmark of terrorism – is now routinely used by the Obama administration

The Government Can Track You by Your Cell Phone Without a Warrant

Should police and the government be able to track you by your cell phone GPS without obtaining a search warrant? A federal appeals court appears to believe so, and recently ruled that tracking suspected criminals by their cell phones is similar to tailing their car or tracking their scent with police dogs.

Romney's Race-Based Initiative

The GOP presidential candidate's latest line of attacks against the president plays on stereotypes about the social-safety net.

Akin Unmasks the Pro-Life Movement

The myth that women can't get pregnant from rape stems from basic assumptions anti-choicers make about women.

Guantanamo Detainees, Defense Lawyers Continually Gagged in Military Tribunals: Report

Guantanamo detainees currently on trial, and the lawyers defending them at the Guantanamo Bay military tribunals, are not allowed to talk about the defendant's torture while in the secretive prison, according to a new analysis by Reuters. Defense attorneys and civil rights groups say far reaching restrictions regarding "classified" information, have greatly undermined the ability of defense lawyers to do their job in court.

Jewish Settler Attacks on Palestinians Named 'Terrorist Incidents' for First Time by US

- Common Dreams staff
A recent US State Department terrorism report listed violence by Jewish settlers on Palestinians in the West Bank as "terrorist incidents," for the first time, following a recent upsurge in such attacks.

Pussy Riot, The Unfortunate Dupes of Amerikan Hegemony
My heart goes out to the three Russian women who comprise the Russian rock band, Pussy Riot. They were brutally deceived and used by the Washington-financed NGOs that have infiltrated Russia. Pussy Riot was sent on a mission that was clearly illegal under statutory law.

Amerika’s Future is Death
Conspiracy theories have now blossomed into what the smug presstitute media calls a “conspiracy culture.” According to the presstitutes, Americans have to find some explanation for their frustrations and failings, so Americans shift the blame to the Bilderbergers, the Rothschilds, the New World Order and so forth and so on.

Anonymous Billionaires Are Stealing Your Election

t would be bad enough, as I reported last week, that 47 billionaires were responsible for the lion's share of individual Super PAC contributions. It turns out that the Super PACs aren't even the biggest players.
The biggest players are the dark money PACs, which do not have to reveal the sources of their funding.

Unravelling TrapWire: The CIA-Connected Global Suspicious Activity Surveillance System

Hacked emails from the private intelligence firm Stratfor shed light on a global suspicious activity surveillance system called TrapWire that is reportedly in use in locations around the world from the London Stock Exchange to the White House.  The emails, which were released yesterday by WikiLeaks, provide information on the extent and operations of a system designed to correlate suspicious activity reports and other evidence that may indicate surveillance connected with a potential terrorist attack.

Confirmed: New Nationwide “Trapwire” Surveillance System Is Actively Recording, Monitoring Everything

If you didn’t believe that everything you do is monitored before today, this latest confirmation should seal the deal. The information, of course, was not officially released, but when hackers gained access to highly secure emails at global analysis firm Stratfor earlier this year the cat came out of the bag.

Anonymous wages war on TrapWire ‘big brother’ surveillance system
The hacktivist collective known as Anonymous is waging war against the recently exposed counter-terrorism domestic surveillance system known as TrapWire, deployed as a part of the United States’ ever-growing intelligence apparatus.
The release Thursday of an alleged email between Stratfor vice president of intelligence Fred Burton and a company employee revealed alleged ties between the private intelligence firm and TrapWire.

Why People Believe Conspiracy Theories
Why people who believe in one conspiracy are prone to believe others

Akin's "Legitimate Rape" Comment Latest Declaration That Women Are Liars Or Sluts

Akins is by no means the first politician to claim that women can somehow perform some sort of biological hormonal self-defense to prevent conception when it comes to a sexual attack.

Atheists See World Trade Center Cross as Battle Over Equal Rights

As of Monday, August 13, 2012, the attorneys representing The World Trade Center Memorial Foundation (WTCMF) said in papers filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan that the 20-foot-tall beam will be displayed as a historical object because it tells part of the story of the rescue and recovery effort after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. According to news reports, the judge in this case is poised to throw the case out.

Occupy has occasionally been able to produce crowds in 2012, but it is off the front pages. Occupy Wall Street members promised a strong return and even an escalation in the spring centered on a May Day “general strike,” but there was no general strike. Occupy activists sought to establish new occupations in Manhattan and elsewhere, but these efforts have not approached the scale and impact of the initial round of occupations nor found a new course. 

The US Must End Its War on Whistleblowers

To the people of the United States, the United Kingdom, Sweden and Australia who have supported me in strength while their governments have not. And to those wiser heads in government who are still fighting for justice. Your day will come.

Sex, Lies and Julian Assange
Four Corners reporter Andrew Fowler examines in detail what happened in those crucial weeks while Julian Assange was in Sweden. What was the nature of his relationship with the two women who claim he assaulted them? And what did they tell police that led the authorities to seek his arrest?

How Russia transformed Pussy Riot into international cause célèbre (+video)

Few people took much note of Russia's Pussy Riot punk band before it was put on trial for blasphemy. Now even Putin supporters are sympathizing with the young women.

Senate Candidate and Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) told a local television station on Sunday that “legitimate rape” rarely produces pregnancy because “the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” Akin cited conversations with unnamed doctors for the bizarre claim. Watch it:

DHS Documents Show Big Sis Spying On Infowars!

Alex Jones reports on DHS spying documents


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