26 U.S. Senators Accuse Government Of Using ‘Secret Law’ To Collect Americans’ Data

Senators accuse government of using ‘secret law’ to collect Americans’ data (Guardian, June 28, 2013):

A bipartisan group of 26 US senators has written to intelligence chiefs to complain that the administration is relying on a “secret body of law” to collect massive amounts of data on US citizens.

The senators accuse officials of making misleading statements and demand that the director of national intelligence James Clapper answer a series of specific questions on the scale of domestic surveillance as well as the legal justification for it.

In their strongly-worded letter to Clapper, the senators said they believed the government may be misinterpreting existing legislation to justify the sweeping collection of telephone and internet data revealed by the Guardian.

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State Department Debunks Iranian Latin American Terrorism Links (Veterans Today)

State Department Debunks Iranian Latin American Terrorism Links (Veterans Today, June 28, 2013):

False anti-Iranian accusations persist. They’re longstanding. Claims about alleged nuclear bomb development don’t wash. Nor do well publicized terror attack charges.

The Islamic Republic’s maliciously vilified. False accusations follow earlier ones. A disturbing pattern repeats. Iran’s sovereignty is challenged. Its independence is threatened.

Washington wants pro-Western stooges everywhere. It wants rival states eliminated. It wants unchallenged global dominance. Everything’s fair game to achieve it. Duplicitous misinformation proliferates.

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Veterans Today: “Infowars.com BLOCKED From Sharing on Facebook”

Infowars.com BLOCKED From Sharing on Facebook (Veterans Today, June 26, 2013):

”When they come for our guns, the time has come to use them!”–Jim Fetzer

In another stunning display of the power and arrogance of the national security state, when I attempted to “share” the below article from about a new legislative proposal for internment camps around the county, should there be an emergency need for them, I was blocked by the following notice:

What more proof do we need that we are already in the grip of the national security state, that we are no longer “the home of the brave and the land of the free” and that heavily-armed soldiers supported by light tanks and using assault weapons will soon be knocking at our door to confiscate any weapons we may have.

Permanent Link to Concentration Camps Revisited: National Emergency Centers Establishment Act 2013 Infowars.com – June 25, 2013


On Tuesday, a caller to the Alex Jones Show brought up H.R.390, the National Emergency Centers Establishment Act, introduced in the House of Representatives on January 23 of this year by Florida Democrat Alcee L. Hastings.

The bill – submitted to the Subcommittee on Intelligence, Emerging Threats & Capabilities – is a reformulation of an earlier bill going by the same name, H.R. 645, introduced in 2009. That bill was referred to committee and subsequently died there.

If it had made it out of committee, the earlier legislation would direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to do the following:

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Former STASI Lieutenant Colonel On NSA Surveillance: “You Know, For Us, This Would Have Been A Dream Come True”

See also:

German News Magazine DER SPIEGEL On The NSA Spying Scandal: “National Security Is At Stake”



Protestors greeted President Obama when he visited in June. They are upset over the NSA spying.

Memories of Stasi color Germans’ view of U.S. surveillance programs (McClatchy, June 26, 2013):

BERLIN — Wolfgang Schmidt was seated in Berlin’s 1,200-foot-high TV tower, one of the few remaining landmarks left from the former East Germany. Peering out over the city that lived in fear when the communist party ruled it, he pondered the magnitude of domestic spying in the United States under the Obama administration. A smile spread across his face.

“You know, for us, this would have been a dream come true,” he said, recalling the days when he was a lieutenant colonel in the defunct communist country’s secret police, the Stasi.

In those days, his department was limited to tapping 40 phones at a time, he recalled. Decide to spy on a new victim and an old one had to be dropped, because of a lack of equipment. He finds breathtaking the idea that the U.S. government receives daily reports on the cellphone usage of millions of Americans and can monitor the Internet traffic of millions more.

“So much information, on so many people,” he said.

East Germany’s Stasi has long been considered the standard of police state surveillance during the Cold War years, a monitoring regime so vile and so intrusive that agents even noted when their subjects were overheard engaging in sexual intercourse. Against that backdrop, Germans have greeted with disappointment, verging on anger, the news that somewhere in a U.S. government databank are the records of where millions of people were when they made phone calls or what video content they streamed on their computers in the privacy of their homes.

Even Schmidt, 73, who headed one of the more infamous departments in the infamous Stasi, called himself appalled. The dark side to gathering such a broad, seemingly untargeted, amount of information is obvious, he said.

“It is the height of naivete to think that once collected this information won’t be used,” he said. “This is the nature of secret government organizations. The only way to protect the people’s privacy is not to allow the government to collect their information in the first place.”

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Closed To The Public, Open To Activists: Obama’s Climate Change Speech

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Obama’s Climate Change Speech: Closed to the Public, Open to Activists (National Journal, June 25, 2013):

President Obama’s big climate speech on Tuesday is closed to the public — depending on your definition of public.

Several special-interest representatives were invited to the closed-door speech, including Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club; Gene Karpinski, president of the League of Conservation Voters; Christine McEntee, executive director of the American Geophysical Union; and Michael Bradley, executive director of the Clean Energy Group, a consortium of clean-burning utilities.

In response to a question about the speech being closed to the public, a senior White House official said Obama “will deliver remarks before several hundred stakeholders active in leading the efforts to address climate change by reducing carbon pollution, including business leaders, environmental organizations, faith leaders, scientists, and students.”

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Over $30 Million Spent Last Year On Lobbying To Keep GMOs Hidden In Foods

Over $30M spent last year on lobbying to keep GMOs hidden in foods (Natural News, June 27, 2013):

Guess who spends the most money lobbying on agricultural lobbying? If you answered, “Monsanto,” you’re correct. Most of their efforts, of course, are focused on lobbying for GMOs — to keep them legal and keep them hidden in foods.

Do you know how much money Monsanto spent on lobbying in 2012?

The answer is nearly $6 million!

And in a close second, the American Farm Bureau spent $5.7 million on lobbying in 2012.

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Canada: Mounted Police Confiscate Guns From Flooded Homes Without Search Warrants (Video)

Canadian Mounted Police Confiscate Guns From Flooded Homes Without Search Warrants (ZeroHedge, June 28, 2013):

“We just want to make sure that all of those things are in a spot that we control, simply because of what they are,” is the ‘excuse’ that the Canadian Mounties are using to seize a “substantial amount” of firearms from homes in the evacuated town of High River. That news didn’t sit well with a crowd of frustrated residents, as The Calgary Herald reports, who found it “absolutely incredible that [the Mounties] have the right to go into a person’s belongings out of their home,” warning that “when people find out about this there’s going to be untold hell to pay.” About 30 RCMP officers set up a blockade at the checkpoint, preventing 50 residents from walking into the town which sent the crowd of residents into a rage, “What’s next? Tear gas?” shouted one resident, “it’s just like Nazi Germany, just taking orders,” shouted another, “this is the reason the U.S. has the right to bear arms.”

Via The Calgary Herald,

RCMP revealed Thursday that officers have seized a “substantial amount” of firearms from homes in the evacuated town of High River.

“We just want to make sure that all of those things are in a spot that we control, simply because of what they are,” said Sgt. Brian Topham.

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NASA’s Voyager 1 Discovers Bizarre And Baffling Region At Edge Of Solar System


A model of the solar system’s edge using recent data. Voyager 1′s latest findings will likely rewrite this image, as soon as scientists figure out exactly what they mean. NASA/JPL/JHUAPL

Voyager 1 Discovers Bizarre and Baffling Region at Edge of Solar System (Wired, June 27, 2013):

Not content with simply being the man-made object to travel farthest from Earth, NASA’s Voyager 1 spacecraft recently entered a bizarre new region at the solar system’s edge that has physicists baffled. Their theories don’t predict anything like it.

Launched 36 years ago, Voyager 1 and its twin Voyager 2 made an unprecedented tour of the outer planets, returning spectacular data from their journey. The first Voyager sped out of the solar system in 1980 and it has since been edging closer and closer to interstellar space. The probe is currently out more than 120 times the distance between the Earth and the sun.

Scientists initially thought that Voyager’s transition into this new realm, where effects from the rest of the galaxy become more pronounced, would be gradual and unexciting. But it’s proven to be far more complicated than anything researchers had imagined, with the spacecraft now encountering a strange region that scientists are struggling to make sense of.

“The models that have been thought to predict what should happen are all incorrect,” said physicist Stamatios Krimigis of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, who is lead author of one of three new papers on Voyager appearing in Science on June 27. “We essentially have absolutely no reliable roadmap of what to expect at this point.”

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