Please Rise: The Securocrats have found you guilty of PRECRIME

Big brother is not coming.  Big brother is already here and any rights you thought you may have had are gone.  Dust in the wind.  We only need to look at how the War on Terrorism has morphed into the war on “domestic terror”.  All rights under the constitution have been rescinded.  I don’t know about you, but I never remember voting on that?  Do you?  But consider the following information compiled by  Antifascist Calling – Tom Burghardt.

Not since AT&T whistleblower Marc Klein’s 2006 revelations that U.S. telecommunications giants were secretly collaborating with the government to spy on Americans, has a story driven home the point that we are confronted by a daunting set of invisible enemies: the security and intelligence firms constellating the dark skies of the National Security State.

As echoes from last month’s disclosures by the cyber-guerrilla collective Anonymous continue to reverberate, leaked HBGary emails and documents are providing tantalizing insight into just how little daylight there is between private companies and the government. The latest front in the ongoing war against civil liberties and privacy rights is the Pentagon’s interest in “persona management software.” A euphemism for a suite of high-tech tools that equip an operative–military or corporate, take your pick–with multiple avatars or sock puppets, our latter day shadow warriors hope to achieve a leg up on their opponents in the “war of ideas” through stealthy propaganda campaigns rebranded as “information operations.”

A Pervasive Surveillance State

The signs of a pervasive surveillance state are all around us. From the “persistent cookies” that track our every move across the internet to indexing dissidents already preemptively detained in public and private data bases: threats to our freedom to speak out without harassment, or worse, have never been greater. As constitutional scholar Jack Balkin warned, the transformation of what was once a democratic republic based on the rule of law into a “National Surveillance State,” feature “huge investments in electronic surveillance and various end runs around traditional Bill of Rights protections and expectations about procedure.”

“These end runs,” Balkin wrote, “included public private cooperation in surveillance and exchange of information, expansion of the state secrets doctrine, expansion of administrative warrants and national security letters, a system of preventive detention, expanded use of military prisons, extraordinary rendition to other countries, and aggressive interrogation techniques outside of those countenanced by the traditional laws of war.”

Continuing the civil liberties’ onslaught, The Wall Street Journal reported last week that Barack Obama’s “change” regime has issued new rules that “allow investigators to hold domestic-terror suspects longer than others without giving them a Miranda warning, significantly expanding exceptions to the instructions that have governed the handling of criminal suspects for more than four decades.”  The Journal points out that the administrative “revision” of long-standing rules and case law “marks another step back from [Obama’s] pre-election criticism of unorthodox counterterror methods.”

Also last week, The Raw Story revealed that the FBI has plans to “embark on a $1 billion biometrics project and construct an advanced biometrics facility to be shared with the Pentagon.” The Bureau’s new biometrics center, part of which is already operating in Clarksburg, West Virginia, “will be based on a system constructed by defense contractor Lockheed Martin.” “Starting with fingerprints,” The Raw Story disclosed, the center will function as “a global law enforcement database for the sharing of those biometric images.” Once ramped-up “the system is slated to expand outward, eventually encompassing facial mapping and other advanced forms of computer-aided identification.”

The transformation of the FBI into a political Department of Precrime is underscored by moves to gift state and local police agencies with electronic fingerprint scanners. Local cops would be “empowered to capture prints from any suspect, even if they haven’t been arrested or convicted of a crime.” “In such a context,” Stephen Graham cautions in Cities Under Siege, “Western security and military doctrine is being rapidly imagined in ways that dramatically blur the juridical and operational separation between policing, intelligence and the military; distinctions between war and peace; and those between local, national and global operations.”

“Last October,” Secrecy News reported, “the DNI revealed that the FY2010 budget for the National Intelligence Program (NIP) was $53.1 billion. And the Secretary of Defense revealed that the FY2010 budget for the Military Intelligence Program (MIP) was $27.0 billion, the first time the MIP budget had been disclosed, for an aggregate total intelligence budget of $80.1 billion for FY 2010.” This excludes of course, the CIA and Pentagon’s black budget that hides a welter of top secret and above Special Access Programs under a dizzying array of code names and acronyms. In February, Wired disclosed that the black budget “appears to be about $56 billion, the same as last year,” but this “may only be the tip of an iceberg of secret funds.”

“Operation MetalGear”
While media have focused, rightly so, on the sleazy campaign proposed to Bank of America and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce by the high-powered law firm and lobby shop Hunton & Williams (H&W) to bring down WikiLeaks and tar Chamber critics, the treasure trove of emails leaked by Anonymous also revealed a host of Pentagon programs pointed directly at the heart of our freedom to communicate. In proposals sent to H&W, a firm recommended to Bank of America by a Justice Department insider, “Team Themis said they would ‘leverage their extensive knowledge of Palantir’s development and data integration environments’ allowing all of the data collected to be ‘seamlessly integrated into the Palantir analysis framework to enhance link and artifact analysis’.”

Following the sting of HBGary Federal and parent company HBGary, Anonymous disclosed on-going interest and contract bids between those firms, Booz Allen Hamilton and the U.S. Air Force to develop software that will allow cyber-warriors to create fake personas that help “manage” Pentagon interventions into social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and blogs. Dubbed “Operation MetalGear”, Anonymous believes that the program “involves an army of fake cyber personalities immersed in social networking websites for the purposes of manipulating the mass population via influence, crawling information from major online communities (such as Facebook), and identifying anonymous personalities via correlating stored information from multiple sources to establish connections between separate online accounts, using this information to arrest dissidents and activists who work anonymously.”

According to a solicitation (RTB220610) found on the FedBizOpps.Gov web site, under the Orwellian tag “Freedom of Information Act Support,” the Air Force is seeking software that “will allow 10 personas per user, replete with background, history, supporting details, and cyber presences that are technically, culturally and geographically consistent.” Creepily, “personas must be able to appear to originate in nearly any part of the world and can interact through conventional online services and social media platforms. The service includes a user friendly application environment to maximize the user’s situational awareness by displaying real-time local information.” Aiming for maximum opacity, the RFI demands that the licence “protects the identity of government agencies and enterprise organizations.” An “enterprise organization” is a euphemism for a private contractor hired by the government to do its dirty work.

Corporate Cut-Outs

Following up on last month’s revelations, The Guardian disclosed that a “Californian corporation has been awarded a contract with United States Central Command (Centcom), which oversees US armed operations in the Middle East and Central Asia, to develop what is described as an ‘online persona management service’ that will allow one US serviceman or woman to control up to 10 separate identities based all over the world.” That firm, a shadowy Los Angeles-based outfit called Ntrepid is devoid of information on its corporate web site although a company profile avers that the firm “provides national security and law enforcement customers with software, hardware, and managed services for cyber operations, analytics, linguistics, and tagging & tracking.”

According to Guardian reporters Nick Fielding and Ian Cobain, Ntrepid was awarded a $2.76M contract by CENTCOM, which refused to disclose “whether the multiple persona project is already in operation or discuss any related contracts.” Blurring corporate lines of accountability even further, The Tech Herald revealed that Ntrepid may be nothing more than a “ghost corporation,” a cut-out wholly owned and operated by Cubic Corporation.  A San Diego-based firm describing itself as “a global leader in defense and transportation systems and services” that “is emerging as an international supplier of smart cards and RFID solutions,” Cubic clocks in at No. 75 on Washington Technology’s list of 2010 Top Government Contractors.

With some $1 billion in 2009 revenue largely derived from the Defense Department, the company’s “Cyber Solutions” division “provides specialized cyber security products and solutions for defense, intelligence and homeland security customers.” The RFI for the Air Force disclosed by Anonymous Ragan reports, “was written for Anonymizer, a company acquired in 2008 by intelligence contractor Abraxas Corporation. The reasoning is that they had existing persona management software and abilities.” In turn, Abraxas was purchased by Cubic in 2010 for $124 million, an acquisition which Washington Technology described as one of the “best intelligence-related” deals of the year.

Amongst the Security Services offered by the firm we learn that “Cubic subsidiaries are working individually and in concert to develop a wide range of security solutions” that include: “C4ISR data links for homeland security intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions;” a Cubic Virtual Analysis Center which promises to deliver “superior situational awareness to decision makers in government, industry and nonprofit organizations,” human behavior pattern analysis, and other areas lusted after by securocrats. While CENTCOM’s then-commander, General David Petraeus told the Senate Armed Services Committee last year that the program was designed to “counter extremist ideology and propaganda,” in light of HBGary revelations, one must ask whether firms involved in the dirty tricks campaign against WikiLeaks have deployed versions of “persona management software” against domestic opponents.

We have been following these activities for a few years now and what amazes me is that we seem to accept this as a reality.  We come to believe that these are necessary trades for security.  Really?  How much more are you willing to accept?  Euthanasia for the good of the country maybe?

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Finally, Maybe Some Justice.

As we wrote in this blog over a year ago, it is certainly odd that not one banker, hedge fund manager (real hedge fund managers, not dear Bernie’s ponzi scheme), or one regulator, or member or employee of the Fed has been indicted for criminal behavior or been sued for neglect, unless you count the $550 million settlement by Goldman Sachs to avoid a criminal investigation.  At least we know the going price for “sticky” legal problems of that magnitude to get “resolved”.

I suggested then that the entire blue pinstriped suit bankster crowd all get projected against the RICO Act because I suspect they would test “positive.  What do you think?  Well, we might just get a chance to see that happen.  All I can say is finally someone with some guts. I am speaking of Patrick Byrne, CEO of Overstock.com.

Speaking on the Salt TV Network recently, President and CEO of Overstock.com (NASDAQ: OSTK) Patrick Byrne referred to his company as “bold” and revealed that, in November 2010, after four years of fighting, a judge forced Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS) to turn over some documents that prompted Overstock to re-file its suit against Goldman as a RICO [Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations] action. The case went before a hearing and it has been approved.

“The laws that got written in the ’80s to allow the feds to go after organized crime – the lawyers can now look at what they did,” said Byrne. “There is nothing about RICO that says you have got to use a gun. This was a highly organized crime.”

Byrne went on to say that he feels Americans are living in an oligarchy. “There are two power centers in this country – Wall Street and Washington D.C., and Wall Street has really got Washington D.C. under its thumb,” said Byrne. “Five years ago, people thought I was a lunatic to say that, and now it is trivially obvious. That means that you can’t count on Washington. You cannot count on the regulators, you cannot count on the Senate Banking Committee, and you cannot count on the New York-based financial press. The only thing that is going to fix this is to get them in front of 12 Americans in a jury room. That is the only thing they cannot buy in America.”

The case will be heard before a jury on December 5, 2011. “It is going to be the OJ Simpson trial of the financial world,” said Byrne. “It will be heard in California, in San Francisco. It will be exciting. I have said publically that I will not settle. It would be treason for me to settle. It would be like asking a Jewish person, how much would you settle with Hitler for? There is really no number. It is not that complicated a case. I am hearing that it is only going to take a few weeks. It is very simple. There are emails and a bunch of data – it is just about presenting it all to a jury.”

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2011/03/16/benzinga930498.DTL#ixzz1H7hfkBzh

Goldman Sachs’s opportunistic moves do not always pan out. Take Litton Loan Servicing which Goldman bought in 2007 when it was trying to obtain as many sub-prime mortgages as it could in order to concoct those CDOs that it foisted on unsuspecting buyers before the financial meltdown in 2008. Goldman Sachs is now considering selling this company.

I do not wonder why they are selling it: Litton serviced $9.7 billion in mortgages and had a delinquency rate of 43% in 2009. Goldman Sachs halted 23,000 foreclosures in order “to sort out affidavits that were signed without a review of the documentation.”

Goldman Sachs’s actions surrounding Litton lie at the heart of the fraud that Goldman Sachs perpetrated, not only on the homeowners of the US but also on the pensions and savings funds that bought the highly rated CDOs that Goldman Sachs touted.

Goldman Sachs had to buy a less-than-sterling company in the hopes of keeping its CDOs rolling along and raking in the money but Litton proved to be a horror show for hundreds of the homeowners who were caught in its snare. Customers who were unfortunate enough to buy their mortgages through Litton have a great deal to complain about. See the hundreds of complaints against Litton listed here.

So there are both ends of the string, now it is up to the courts to unravel the knots to determine if indeed Goldman Sachs conspired to defraud investors.  [you are supposed to looked shocked here] This show will start in San Francisco on December 5th.  I’ll bring the popcorn, you can get the sodas, cause this is going to be a really good show!  I have visions of little rats jumping ship!

It’s Time for Some Honest Disclosure

For those who are both internet savvy and like conspiracy theories, it has been postulated for a long time that the PTB and world leaders have known about coming events and the concern over 2012 is very real.  The Mayan Calendar, the Hopi Prophecies, the Bible, especially the Book of Revelations, and several other ancient texts seem to point to this conclusion.

In addition, there are the predictions of Nostradamus, Edgar Cayce, and Mother Shipton and several others that also point to this time as a time of great change or in fact, the end.  So what is real and what is just wild speculation and sensationalism?  What are the facts?

Well, I am going to try and present what I think may be closest to the truth.  We live in a dynamic and sometimes violent universe.  To first understand the dynamics, we need to understand a few numbers.  First, the earth is rotating at about 1790 miles per hour (MPH), then the earth is orbiting the sun at about 65,000 MPH, and finally the sun is orbiting the Galaxy at about 475,000 MPH.  In short, we are really zipping through space at about .0073 the speed of light!

Secondly, we need to understand the electromagnetic forces at play.  We understand these forces on earth as gravity, but in reality that is the smallest of EM forces we experience.  A much larger force is exerted on the planet from electromagnetic forces resulting from coronal mass ejections (CMEs) from our sun, and finally EM forces being exerted on us from the center of the galaxy and any other incoming forces from nearby novas and other violent cosmic events.

Finally, we are being bombarded by all kinds of energetic forces such as x-rays and comic energies of all sorts, some so small and moving so fast that they can pass entirely through our planet and never collide with any particles as a result.  This is an important element of the equation to understand, because it is this energy that may be the most significant element to understand.

We all seem to know the famous equation of Einstein, E=MC2.  Generally, we also understand that formula to mean that energy is created when matter is accelerated to the speed of light squared.  Beyond that, most of us do not understand the real meaning of this significant discovery.  Think of it in this manner, if energy is created by accelerating mass to very high speed, then matter can be created as a result of energy being slowed dramatically.  This is the element of the equation that even most physicists do not factor.  The reality here is that if the energy is being “captured” by the earth, where is it going?  The fact is the earth is growing all the time.  The core of the planet is converting the energy captured to matter and the planet is getting bigger all the time! We are an expanding planet. A very good explanation can be found here, Expando Planet.

As we have seen in the recent Japanese earthquake, the planet is NOT terra firma, but is instead floating plates that can move and sometimes can do so violently.  The earthquake in Japan moved the entire island of Japan 13 feet to the east!  The entire island!

Ok, now this is what I think we need to understand.  First the earth is careening through the universe at amazing speeds, and is at the same time absorbing tremendous amounts of energy, enough energy that the earth is accumulating mass over time.  As the earth accumulates mass, it expands.  Most of the time, this process is very slow and we experience earthquakes and volcanoes, but certainly not at the pace that we would even notice, except to read about them.

However, sometimes, events converge which can create a situation (about every 330,000 years) where this process is greatly accelerated, even considered sudden.  That is where we are right now.  We are moving through a highly energetic “cloud” in space at the same time we are experiencing one of the largest solar maximums that we are aware of at the same time we are moving through the galactic plane where we experience the strongest gravitational pull from the center of the galaxy.

To put things in perspective, we normally experience 6.0 or greater earthquakes between 50-100 per year.  We have experienced 50 in the last week!  Volcanic activity is accelerating dramatically and solar activity has really ratcheted up in the last 60 days.  In short, our beautiful little blue planet is getting slammed from all sides.  If I were a pilot right now, I would tell you to return to your seats and buckle up as we are headed into some strong turbulence.  To put another way, we are racing at the Daytona 500 and the “big wreck” just happened in front of us and now we are hoping to get through the wreckage without wrecking ourselves.  Unfortunately our “spotters” (our governments and those in the know) have chosen not to talk us through it.

Consider what you are seeing in Japan and ask yourself one question.  Are you ready to survive for two to three months without anything more than you have in your home right at this moment?  If not, get prepared.  Water, food, temporary shelter, and protective clothing from the elements are the essentials.  Talk with your family on where and how you communicate and gather.  These are simple things to achieve.  Do it now, there is more coming and soon.

Also you should pay attention to solar activity and here is a good place to do that, Solar Cycle 24. You should also monitor earthquake activity and here is a good place to do that Recent World Earthquakes.  Finally, you can watch real time the forces the sun is exerting on the earth here, Real Time Magnetosphere Simulation.

Watch 25 March as a special date, especially if you live on the West Coast of the US or in the Mississippi Valley.

PLEASE.

From the Currency Warfront; A Major Battle May Be Brewing!

There are several events that seem to be merging over the next two weeks that point to the world economy teetering over the edge.  Last article I posted  a clearly illustrated piece that the world’s major governments are printing money willy-nilly. This can do nothing but push hyperinflation, or one would think.  Indeed world food prices are skyrocketing.

Then we hear that Bernanke et all have announced QE3.  This is another push to hyperinflation.  However, the most dangerous events unfolding are related to world’s oil prices, which are pushing $115.00/Barrel.

Lastly, the Federal Government, although they kicked the can down the road for two weeks, will face the harsh realities related to the Federal Government’s budget and deficit.  All these elements coming together within the next two weeks are the ingredients for the perfect storm in currency markets.

According to Gonzalo Lira today—Wednesday, March 2, 2011—is a key date: Over the next eight trading days, we will see if the dollar rebounds above 77 on the index, or if it bounces back up.  If it bounces back up, we’ve kicked the can down the road a bit.  But if it breaks lower, then this is the beginning of the death-slide of the dollar.

These events are not factored by the obvious natural incidents that are occurring in the US, Australia, Bangladesh, and New Zealand, just to name a few.  These add up to billions of dollars of damages that governments did not factor at all in their budgets.

Also not factored is the number of planned job cuts announced by U.S.-based companies increased for the second consecutive month in February, rising to 50,702, the highest total since March 2010, according to the latest report on monthly job cuts released Wednesday by global outplacement consultancy Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc. The 50,702 job cuts announced last month was up 32 percent from January’s 38,519. It was 20 percent higher than the 42,090 planned layoffs announced in February 2010.

Those of you in large market positions better pay attention on an hourly basis for the next 14 days.  The rest of us poor smucks just have to figure out how we get to work for the week when gas hits $5 bucks a gallon and it will within the next 45 days.  Sooner, if things go to hell in a hand basket in the ME.    So far, The Saudi’s have stepped production to try and keep a cap on oil prices, but if the planned demonstrations go off in Saudi next week as rumors have it, then all bets are off as to how high oil prices could go.

So check the supplies one more time and let’s hope I am absolutely screwed up and too pessimistic.  However, like the farmer, I smell a bad storm acoming.