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Archive for September 23rd, 2009

Obama Stands Behind Use of ‘State Secrets’ in Warrantless Surveillance Lawsuit

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

In case your local media hasn’t made this clear (which is more than likely), when it comes to civil liberties there is very little daylight between Obama’s policies and those of his predecessor.

Related: Obama Backs Extending Patriot Act Spy Provisions | Bill would give president emergency control of Internet | Bush’s Search Policy For Travelers Is Kept | ACLU Sues US Department of Homeland Security over Border Laptop Searches | US Federal Judge Tosses Telecom Spy Suits | Showdown in NSA Wiretap Case: Judge Threatens Sanctions Against Justice Department | NSA Surveillance Exploding, Americans Wiretapped Beyond Congressional Limits | Put NSA in Charge of Cyber Security, Or the Power Grid Gets It | Following Bush lead, Obama moves to block challenge to wiretapping program | NSA Dominance of Cybersecurity Would Lead to ‘Grave Peril’, Ex-Cyber Chief Tells Congress | Obama tries to kill lawsuit challenging wiretapping program, fails | New law to give police access to online exchanges | Whistleblower: NSA even collected credit card records | RCMP to helm a Canadian “cyber-security strategy” | Big brother to track all emails, internet history and telephone calls under UK plan | Bush approves surveillance bill | Sweden approves wiretapping law | Secretive Canadian spy agency to get $62-million HQ | Whistle-Blower: Feds Have a Backdoor Into Wireless Carrier – Congress Reacts

David Kravets, Wired.com
September 23, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO — Hours after the Justice Department announced it would limit its use of the state secrets privilege in new cases, the administration appeared before a federal judge here Wednesday and continued to invoke that defense in a closely watched spy case.

The litigation at issue, now five years old, tests whether a sitting president may bypass Congress and adopt a warrantless surveillance program, as President Bush did in the wake of the 2001 terror attacks.

“We need to protect information concerning the manner and methods by which we seek to detect and prevent a terrorist attack,” Justice Department special counsel Anthony Coppolino said Wednesday while arguing to a federal judge to dismiss the case on the basis of state secrets.

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Precrime: Artificially Intelligent CCTV could prevent crimes before they happen

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

This is EU funded, and nexuses in to the previous story posted in this category. Are people really going to take this? We have only this generation to decide. Because when your kids grow up under this system, they will never have tasted freedom. And it will be you will have betrayed them.

Flashback: EU Plans Massive Surveillance Panopticon That Would Monitor “Abnormal Behavior” | Volunteer snitches man cameras in Lancaster, PA. | UK Schoolkids Protest CCTV, Hidden Microphones in Class | Toronto police board challenges chief on CCTV deterrence, demands ‘phase-in’ | Let’s face it, soon Big Brother will have no trouble recognising you | Military challenge: Make spy data more accessible | Billboards that look back | When Surveillance Cameras Talk

Richard Alleyne, The Telegraph
September 23, 2009


A new generation of Minority Report-style security cameras that can detect criminals before they strike could be in operation across Britain within five years, scientists claim.

The CCTV technology identifies suspicious individuals and behaviour and then acts to stamp out crimes before they happen.

When a crime looks like it is going to occur, the system will verbally warn the perpetrator and then if necessary alert the nearest police officer.

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Report: Massive FBI database set to quadruple in size

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

Flashback: EU Plans Massive Surveillance Panopticon That Would Monitor “Abnormal Behavior” | US Police to get access to classified military intelligence | Obama Backs Extending Patriot Act Spy Provisions | US Federal Judge Tosses Telecom Spy Suits | Showdown in NSA Wiretap Case: Judge Threatens Sanctions Against Justice Department | NSA Surveillance Exploding, Americans Wiretapped Beyond Congressional Limits | Put NSA in Charge of Cyber Security, Or the Power Grid Gets It | Following Bush lead, Obama moves to block challenge to wiretapping program | NSA Dominance of Cybersecurity Would Lead to ‘Grave Peril’, Ex-Cyber Chief Tells Congress | Obama tries to kill lawsuit challenging wiretapping program, fails | New law to give police access to online exchanges | Whistleblower: NSA even collected credit card records | RCMP to helm a Canadian “cyber-security strategy” | Big brother to track all emails, internet history and telephone calls under UK plan | Bush approves surveillance bill | Sweden approves wiretapping law | UK plans to integrate ‘cybersecurity’ centre with US, Canada | Secretive Canadian spy agency to get $62-million HQ | Whistle-Blower: Feds Have a Backdoor Into Wireless Carrier – Congress Reacts

Daniel Tencer, RawStory.com
September 23, 2009

‘Unclear’ how FBI got thousands of hotel, car rental, shopping records

In the months after 9/11, the Pentagon’s research arm launched a controversial project known as “Total Information Awareness” — a massive database collating every available bit of digital information about, well, everything. After a public outcry, Congress defunded the project in 2003.

But now, it looks like it’s back, and this time in the hands of the FBI, under the name National Security Branch Analysis Center, or NSAC. A news report at Wired magazine says the NSAC has now collected more than 1.5 billion pieces of information, much of it from the private sector.

And the data is being used “in hacker and domestic criminal investigations, and now contains tens of thousands of records from private corporate databases,” Wired reports.

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Seasonal flu shot may increase H1N1 risk

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

Anecdotal evidence indicates that some of those receiving the regular flu shot actually contract the flu. Is this an indication of immunosuppression as a result of the way it manipulates your immune system? Typically, when a flu virus enters your body, it has to go through the respiratory system, which has its own defences. Injection into the blood stream bypasses adenoids, tonsils, etc. The implication of a possible binary interaction with the H1N1 vaccine is troubling.

Flashback: Swine flu death rate similar to seasonal flu: expert | Swine flu unlikely to become superbug | UK: Half of all pregnant women will refuse swine flu jab, poll reveals | Flu vaccine plan will be too slow: CMAJ | Swine flu jab link to killer nerve disease: Leaked letter reveals concern of neurologists over 25 deaths in America | Canada to order 50.4 million H1N1 vaccine doses – with adjuvant additive | Genetically modified Swine Flu hybrid may provide vaccine yield solution | Washington Post: Swine Flu Vaccine Will Contain Mercury | UK Government Swine Flu Advisor On Vaccine Maker Payroll | Fast-tracked swine flu vaccine will be safe, officials insist | Swine flu: How scared should we be? | Top Epidemiologist Slams Swine Flu Fearmongering | Legal immunity set for swine flu vaccine makers | Lessons of 1976: swine flu, fear, mass vaccinations, wasted millions | ‘Accidental’ Contamination Of Vaccine With Live Avian Flu Virus Virtually Impossible | Officials investigate how bird flu contaminated vaccines in Europe

CBC News
September 23, 2009

Preliminary research suggests the seasonal flu shot may put people at greater risk for getting swine flu, CBC News has learned.

“This is some evidence that has been floated. It hasn’t been validated yet, it’s very preliminary,” cautioned Dr. Don Low, microbiologist-in-chief at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto.

“This is obviously important data to help guide policy decisions. How can we best protect people against influenza?”

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Obama tells UN new era demands global unity

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

To those of you still stuck in the dualism of left and right. Particularly those on the left – do you remember how you used to be against globalization? Your messiah isn’t taking the occasion of his first speech to the UN to simply suggest everyone get along. He is announcing a new world order, a new era in which nations are bound together, like the branches of the Roman fasces, under the threat of crises and a new international economic system. Now what say ye? From The Guardian: “The choice is ours. We can be remembered as a generation that chose to drag the arguments of the 20th century into the 21st — we can be a generation that chooses to see the shoreline beyond the rough waters ahead; that comes together to serve the common interests of human beings, and finally gives meaning to the promise embedded in the name given to this institution: the United Nations.”

Flashback: Gordon Brown urges EU to back new economic order | A year after financial crisis, a new world order emerges | UN wants new global currency to replace dollar | UK PM reveals G20 plan to boost IMF by $1 trillion, hails new world order (again) | World Bank President Admits Agenda For Global Government | Gordon Brown chooses pulpit as latest platform to push New World Order | US backing for world currency stuns markets | Gordon Brown’s amazing patent cure-all globalization deal | Volcker sees crisis leading to global regulation | Gordon Brown seeks sweeping reforms to give IMF global ’surveillance role’ | Kissinger Calls for a New World Order | Kissinger Calls For New International System Out Of World Crises | Financial Times: And now for a world government | Gordon Brown calls for new world order to beat recession | Baron Rothschild tags along with Gordon Brown, expects new world order | Hope for Obama’s US and Europe to drive a ‘new deal’ for a ‘new world’: Barroso, Brown | ‘Stick together or sink together’: European Commission president invokes ‘global governance’ | Paul Martin calls for ‘global solution’ | Towards a new world order: Canada-EU trade proposal rivals scope of NAFTA | Paul Martin promoting a new League of Nations on the road | The Resurgent Idea of World Government

CBC News
September 23, 2009

World leaders must work together to address global challenges in the 21st century because “power is no longer a zero sum game,” U.S. President Barack Obama told the UN Wednesday.

“Nothing is easier than blaming others for our troubles and absolving ourselves of responsibility for our choices and our actions. Anyone can do that,” he said in his first speech to the United Nations General Assembly in New York. “Responsibility and leadership in the 21st century demand more.”

While Obama’s speech stressed co-operation, Wednesday’s speeches from world leaders at the assembly provided a window into the divisiveness that remains a hallmark of the international organization.

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Maximum Alert: U.S. Troops Now Occupying America

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

What do you think is going on in Vancouver? Canada is under NORTHCOM as well. Better check out what that is if you haven’t heard of it.

Flashback: More troops on the streets: U.S. terror alert expands to transit and stadiums | US Police to get access to classified military intelligence | Police training to forcibly take blood in Texas, Idaho | Sonic weapons used in Iraq positioned at congressional townhall meetings in San Diego county | Military helicopters over downtown Montreal for exercise | Ground broken on $3.4 billion Homeland Security complex | Border guards resorting to force more often | Alabama County May Call In Troops To Perform Law Enforcement Duties | US Military To Work With FEMA During Swine Flu Pandemic | Government of Canada Participates in Major US Homeland Security Exercise | US FEMA emergency management, Israeli IDF team up for martial law exercises | British Army to Police Medicine Hat During Urban Warfare Drills | Afghan front lines take mental toll on military and RCMP | Urban warfare drills coming to Medicine Hat | Military may patrol bar zone in Barrie | British Secret Service, Army Alert on Bank Riots | Military readies reservists for threats to ‘domestic front’ | US Urban Warfare Drills Linked To Coming Economic Rage | Military and police practice integration during Olympic security exercises | Canadian military getting 1,300 new heavily armoured trucks for ‘domestic use’ | Army ‘Strategic Shock’ Report Says Troops May Be Needed To Quell U.S. Civil Unrest | Troops in the Streets: Army Brigades Standing By to Assist in Disasters, Help Quell Dissent | Canada, U.S. agree to use each other’s troops in civil emergencies

Paul Joseph Watson, PrisonPlanet.com
September 23, 2009

Military readies checkpoints for swine flu pandemic after citizens are acclimated to accept presence of uniformed soldiers undertaking law enforcement duties

Under the pretext of “helping” local communities short of police in difficult economic times, as well as preparations for a potential swine flu pandemic, U.S. troops are now occupying America as the country sinks into a state of de facto martial law.

We have been inundated with reports over the last few weeks of uniformed soldiers and National Guardsmen running internal checkpoints all over the country as a frightening “Red Dawn” scenario unfolds not with a bang but with a whimper.

The military are now being called upon to undertake roles normally designated to police as Americans are incrementally acclimated to accept the presence of troops on the streets as an everyday occurrence.

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More troops on the streets: U.S. terror alert expands to transit and stadiums

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

This is what a police state looks like. International banking interests have collapsed the economy, and are staging a military coup right under people’s noses. It’s not quite ready to roll out yet, but the chains are being welded shut. The evidence is incontrovertible. And the continent is, collectively, sitting on the couch watching ‘Reality TV’. No wonder The Comedian laughed. Someone has to get this sick joke.

Flashback: Media hypes terror plot, despite the fact no one is charged with terror | US Police to get access to classified military intelligence | Police training to forcibly take blood in Texas, Idaho | Sonic weapons used in Iraq positioned at congressional townhall meetings in San Diego county | Military helicopters over downtown Montreal for exercise | Ground broken on $3.4 billion Homeland Security complex | Border guards resorting to force more often | Alabama County May Call In Troops To Perform Law Enforcement Duties | US Military To Work With FEMA During Swine Flu Pandemic | Government of Canada Participates in Major US Homeland Security Exercise | US FEMA emergency management, Israeli IDF team up for martial law exercises | British Army to Police Medicine Hat During Urban Warfare Drills | Afghan front lines take mental toll on military and RCMP | Urban warfare drills coming to Medicine Hat | Military may patrol bar zone in Barrie | British Secret Service, Army Alert on Bank Riots | Military readies reservists for threats to ‘domestic front’ | US Urban Warfare Drills Linked To Coming Economic Rage | Military and police practice integration during Olympic security exercises | Canadian military getting 1,300 new heavily armoured trucks for ‘domestic use’ | Army ‘Strategic Shock’ Report Says Troops May Be Needed To Quell U.S. Civil Unrest | Troops in the Streets: Army Brigades Standing By to Assist in Disasters, Help Quell Dissent | Canada, U.S. agree to use each other’s troops in civil emergencies

CBC News
September 23, 2009

The U.S. government expanded a terrorism warning from transit systems to sports stadiums, hotels and entertainment complexes this week, as federal investigators look into a possible plot to set off bombs hidden in backpacks.

Federal bulletins were sent to police departments this week saying that while no specific plots against stadiums and other entertainment venues were known, police officers and private companies were cautioned to be vigilant.

The warnings come after the arrest on Saturday of three men, including Najibullah Zazi, a 24-year-old Denver airport-shuttle driver who authorities say received al-Qaeda training in Pakistan and who was found entering New York City two weeks ago with bomb-making instructions on his computer.

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