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Comedian Helps Former NSA Chief Re-brand the Spy Agency

Written by on April 28, 2014 in Government, Spying and Surveillance with 0 Comments
Comedian Helps Former NSA Chief Re-brand the Spy Agency

In a hilariously pointed interview with comedian John Oliver on Last Week Tonight, Former NSA Chief General Keith Alexander gets a little help with rebranding the much-loathed agency.

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Princeton Study Finds the General Public Has Virtually No Influence on Governmental Policy

Written by on April 24, 2014 in Government with 0 Comments
Princeton Study Finds the General Public Has Virtually No Influence on Governmental Policy

Princeton University researchers Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page discovered that economic elites virtually determine governmental policy and “the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.” Read more: Princeton Concludes What Kind of Government America Really Has, and It’s Not a Democracy

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SILENCED – Whistleblower Documentary w. Thomas Andrew Drake, Jesselyn Raddack, and James Spione

Written by on April 24, 2014 in Government, Whistleblower with 0 Comments
SILENCED – Whistleblower Documentary w. Thomas Andrew Drake, Jesselyn Raddack, and James Spione

Whistleblower documentary SILENCED sheds light on government secrets and the legal war being waged to protect them. From 9/11 on there has been a STASI-state of intelligence in the US, and we discuss it, along with the film with retired NSA executive Thomas Andrew Drake, former DOJ Ethics Advisor Jesselyn Raddack, and SILENCED director James Spione-including uncensored footage from the film, direct from the 2014 Tribeca Film Fest.

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Pre-Crime Systems Now Actively Monitoring the Internet

Written by on April 23, 2014 in Government, Spying and Surveillance with 1 Comment
Pre-Crime Systems Now Actively Monitoring the Internet

The digital surveillance systems of today are far more advanced than most people understand. No longer are these machines simply recording the data and storing them in some historical archive to be pulled at a later date should the government ever have reason to take a closer look at your personal life. The next generation of systems are being used to actively monitor your digital interactions, surfing habits, conversations and daily sentiment in an effort to predict your future behavior. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the systems currently operating within the social media sphere.

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Ben Swann: Is Confronting Federal Power an Act of Domestic Terrorism?

Written by on April 23, 2014 in Government with 0 Comments
Ben Swann: Is Confronting Federal Power an Act of Domestic Terrorism?

Ben Swann: Senator Harry Reid calls Bundy protestors domestic terrorists. But what act of terrorism did they commit? Meanwhile, the President’s adviser on Homeland Security says that families and communities can recognize homegrown terrorism by looking out for a “confrontational child.” Is that the definition of domestic terrorism: confrontation? It turns out, if you look at what happened in Nevada, the answer may be, yes.

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Obama Ordered To Divulge Legal Basis For Killing Americans With Drones

Written by on April 22, 2014 in Military with 0 Comments
Obama Ordered To Divulge Legal Basis For Killing Americans With Drones

The Obama administration must disclose the legal basis for targeting Americans with drones, a federal appeals court ruled Monday in overturning a lower court decision. The Second US Circuit Court of Appeals, ruling in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) claim by The New York Times and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), said the administration must disclose the legal rationale behind its claims that it may kill enemies who are Americans overseas.

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Ron Paul: Nevada Standoff a Symptom of Increasing Government Authoritarianism

Written by on April 21, 2014 in Government with 0 Comments
Ron Paul: Nevada Standoff a Symptom of Increasing Government Authoritarianism

A government that continually violates our rights of property and contract can fairly be descried as authoritarian. How else do you describe a government that forbids Americans from grazing cattle on land they have used for over a century, from buying health insurance that does not meet Obamacare’s standards, from trading with Cuba, or even from drinking raw milk!

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People Standing for Justice – Foster Gamble

Written by on April 21, 2014 in Agencies & Systems, Government with 0 Comments
People Standing for Justice – Foster Gamble

Foster Gamble: From one perspective, people are trying to use the government and the court system to stand up for their rights. Ideally, from my perspective, none of this begging for rights from authoritarian rulers or frequently co-opted courts should be necessary because no person or organization should have rights that all people don’t have. I believe that any individual or corporation that is violating any person, their privacy, or their property should be prosecuted and need to provide restitution. These legislative wins that I refer to are examples of that Stage, of bringing as much integrity to our existing institutions as we can while we’re transforming our society to a free one. As we learn to move into self-ownership and self-governance, where there are defensive rules to protect against aggression and fraud, hopefully we’re going to look back at the obvious evidence showing government to be the most lethal concept in human history with over 200 million deaths just within our governments’ own so-called jurisdiction in the 20th century alone. People who want others to rule them can set up their own special colonies for self-selected coercion, but the rest of us, following the principle of the non-initiation of force, will be free to love, to prosper, and to thrive.

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Cold War 2.0 and the Threat of Nuclear Warfare – James Corbett

Written by on April 20, 2014 in Government, Military, Politics with 4 Comments
Cold War 2.0 and the Threat of Nuclear Warfare – James Corbett

The rhetoric that has been spewed in recent years about nuclear disarmament is, of course, was always just that: rhetoric. The US government has never seriously considered giving up its nuclear stockpile, or even renouncing a first-use nuclear doctrine. As Dr. Yuki Tanaka of Hiroshima University explains, the Obama administration has not simply continued the aggressive Bush-era stance on America’s nuclear arsenal, but actually extended it. In reality, the Obama administration has simply reaffirmed and even extended the existing US nuclear policy allowing for a first-strike, offensive nuclear war against its enemies. Find out more about the nuclear threat in the new cold war in this week’s GRTV Backgrounder with James Corbett. TRANSCRIPT AND SOURCES: http://www.corbettreport.com/?p=9084

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Paul Krugman: Worried About Oligarchy? You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet

Written by on April 18, 2014 in Government with 0 Comments
Paul Krugman: Worried About Oligarchy? You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet

Even people who are now employing the rhetoric of the “1% versus the 99%” do not fully appreciate the disaster that global wealth inequality is causing. Modern capitalism has put the world “on the road not just to a highly unequal society, but to a society of an oligarchy—a society of inherited wealth.” We are becoming very much the kind of society we imagine we’re nothing like.

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Sen. Harry Reid: Bundy Ranch Supporters Are “Domestic Terrorists”

Written by on April 17, 2014 in Government with 0 Comments
Sen. Harry Reid: Bundy Ranch Supporters Are “Domestic Terrorists”

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said that the supporters who rallied around Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy in his fight against the federal government are “domestic terrorists.” Said Reid: “They’re nothing more than domestic terrorists. I repeat: what happened there was domestic terrorism.” READ MORE: Sen. Reid calls supporters of Nevada rancher Bundy ‘domestic terrorists’

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Matt Taibbi: Who Does, and Who Doesn’t, Go to Prison in America

Written by on April 17, 2014 in Agencies & Systems, Government with 0 Comments
Matt Taibbi: Who Does, and Who Doesn’t, Go to Prison in America

In this interview with former Rolling Stone journalist Matt Taibbi, he compares the non-enforcement of socially destructive white-collar crime with the highly aggressive law enforcement tactics applied to virtually everyone else in America.

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Abby Martin’s Personal Tribute to Investigative Journalist Michael C. Ruppert

Written by on April 15, 2014 in Government, Whistleblower with 2 Comments
Abby Martin’s Personal Tribute to Investigative Journalist Michael C. Ruppert

Abby Martin gives a heartfelt tribute to investigative journalist and former LAPD detective, Michael C. Ruppert, highlighting his career from exposing CIA drug trafficking to his groundbreaking research on ‘Peak Energy’ and remember his sincere devotion to truth and justice. Read more: CollapseNet’s Founder, Michael C. Ruppert, Has Committed Suicide

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Hurrah! Social Security Admin to STOP Seizing Tax Refunds

Written by on April 15, 2014 in Government with 0 Comments
Hurrah! Social Security Admin to STOP Seizing Tax Refunds

On the heels of an alarming Washington Post report, the government will stop trying to seize federal and state tax refunds from Americans whose relatives had old debts with the Social Security agency.

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Harry Reid: “It’s Not Over”; Sheriff Richard Mack: Feds Are Planning to Raid Bundy Ranch

Written by on April 15, 2014 in Government with 1 Comment
Harry Reid: “It’s Not Over”; Sheriff Richard Mack: Feds Are Planning to Raid Bundy Ranch

Regarding the situation at Bundy Ranch with Cliven Bundy and the BLM, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid stated: “Well, it’s not over. We can’t have an American people that violate the law and then just walk away from it. So it’s not over.” In Ben’s Swann’s exclusive interview with Sheriff Richard Mack, Mack told Ben that his sources inside the BLM and Las Vegas Metro say that there is “no question” that the Feds are preparing for a raid on the Bundy Ranch.

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