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If Spying on Senate Is So Bad, Why Is It OK to Spy On Us?

Sunday March 16, 2014

The reaction of Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) to last week’s revelations that the CIA secretly searched Senate Intelligence Committee computers reveals much about what the elites in government think about the rest of us. “Spy on thee, but not on me!”

The hypocrisy of Sen. Feinstein is astounding. She is the biggest backer of the NSA spying on the rest of us, but when the tables are turned and her staff is the target she becomes irate. But there is more to it than that. There is an attitude in Washington that the laws Congress passes do not apply to Members. They can trample our civil liberties, they believe, but it should never affect their own freedom.

Remember that much of this started when politicians rushed to pass the PATRIOT Act after 9/11. Those of us who warned that such new powers granted to the state would be used against us someday were criticized as alarmist and worse. The violations happened just as we warned, but when political leaders discovered the breach of our civil liberties they did nothing about it. It was not until whistleblowers like Edward Snowden and others informed us of the abuses that the “debate” over surveillance that President Obama claimed to welcome could even begin to take place! Left to politicians like Dianne Feinstein, Mike Rogers, and President Obama, we would never have that debate because we would not know.

Washington does not care about our privacy. When serious violations are discovered they most often rush to protect the status quo instead of defending the Constitution. Senator Feinstein did just that as the NSA spying revelations began to create pressure on the intelligence community. Her NSA reform legislation was nothing but a smokescreen: under the guise of “reform” it would have codified in law the violations already taking place. When that fact became too obvious to deny, the Senate was forced to let the legislation die in the committee.

What is interesting, and buried in the accusations and denials, is that the alleged CIA monitoring was over an expected 6,000 page Senate Intelligence Committee report on the shameful and un-American recent CIA history of torture at the “gulag archipelago” of secret prisons it set up across the world after the attacks of 9/11. We can understand why the CIA might have been afraid of that information getting out.

When CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou exposed the CIA’s role in torturing prisoners he was sent to prison for nearly three years. But Senator Feinstein and her colleagues didn’t lift a finger to support him. So again you have the double standards and hypocrisy.

The essence of this problem has to do with the difficulty in managing the US empire. When the government behaves as an empire rather than as a republic, lying to the rest of us is permissible. They spy on everybody because they don’t trust anybody. The answer is obvious: rein in the CIA; remove its authority to conduct these kinds of covert actions. Rein in government. Lawmakers should not defend Fourth Amendment rights only when their staffs have been violated. They should do it all the time for all of us. The people’s branch of government must stand up for the people. Let’s hope that Sen. Feinstein has had her wake-up call and will now finally start defending the rest of us against a government that increasingly sees us as the enemy.

The Truthseeker: NGO Documents Plan Ukraine War

Published on YouTube Mar 8, 2014

Hawaii Political Info introduction: According to the following program, Amnesty International is an adjunct to the U.S. State Department, the International Committee of the Red Cross has been infiltrated by the CIA, and Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors without Borders) has been penetrated by French intelligence agents. Further, claims the RT host, NGOs pay protesters $35 to show up and $500-$2,000 for violence. One man who says for the record that he was a protest organizer for NGOs states the pay was $1 million. The strategy was for the U.S. to go after smaller countries like Belarus and Ukraine, paving the way to go after Russia.

Russia Today introduction: NGOs caught forging documents for war, insider warns all NGOs infiltrated; 'Independent military observers' for EU-based group OSCE again turned away in Crimea, OSCE branded one more 'vulgar instrument' for foreign interests; and CNN buys the latest State Department hoax.

Seek truth from facts with Illinois University Professor of International Law and former Amnesty board member Francis Boyle; Infowars Editor Paul Joseph Watson; Eric Draitser of Boiling Frogs Post; Ron Paul Institute Executive Director Daniel McAdams; Ukraine protest organizers; Sliman Bouchuiguir, whose NGO fabricated the claims against Libya; and Asst. Secretary of State Vic Nuland.


Transcript

Western Media Waging Campaign against Russia Today

Boiling Frogs Post

By Mahdi Darius Nazemroaya

March 14, 2014

Waging Information Wars Through the Use of Mass Media Communication

Governments and major corporations control or, at least, try to manipulate public opinion and discursive processes through mass media communication. They also wage information wars through the use of mass media communication. Like other geopolitical events, this is the case concerning the Ukrainian anti-government protests and the proceeding February 2014 coup in Kiev. This information war is a contest where the international news networks and major newspapers act as armies, the weapons being used are the media, and the frontline is the interactive space known as the public sphere. Radio frequencies, air waves, satellite feeds, social media, cellular or mobile phone uploads, communication networks, and the internet are all part of the war.

What is an Information War?

Different technologies and modes of communication are used to enforce certain themes in the conflict. Language, selective words, particular expressions, specific pictures, multimedia presentations, and communication are all the ammunition for the war.

The aims of information warfare are to use discourse to influence populations across the world and to establish a total monopoly on the flow of information, the perceptions of audiences, and the discursive processes shaping the modern world. At its basis power and relationships are being realized through mass media communication.

Read more . . .

Victoria Nuland's Father Passes Away

Hawaii Political Info introduction: Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland's father has passed away. A look at his obituary throws some light on her background. Victoria was caught choosing Ukraine's soon-to-be leader Arseniy Yatsenyuk as a top man for the anticipated new government in a recorded phone conversation with U.S. Ambassador to the Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt. Yatsenyuk was quickly named prime minister. He, like Victoria, is Jewish.

Victoria is a member of a powerful family that has been prominent in politics for many years. Her husband Robert Kagan (a Jew), is a powerful man in Washington, a CFR member and a co-founder with top Jewish power broker William Kristol of the Project for the New American Century, whose core members, such as Richard Perle, Paul Wolfowitz, Elliot Abrams, and John Bolton, all Jews, worked to promote regime change and military action in the Clinton and younger Bush administrations.

The PNAC's January 16, 1998 letter to President Clinton, urging him to remove Saddam Hussein from power, and the large numbers of the PNAC appointed to the George W. Bush administration, are evidence that PNAC members were instrumental before 9/11 in the decision to invade Iraq.

The PNAC came to an end in 2006, while Bush was still President.

Her brother-in-law, Frederick Kagan, Robert's younger brother, is credited with being one of the architects of the Iraq War surge plan. Frederick's wife is Kimberly Kagan, who heads the Institute for the Study of War and is influential in government military circles.

Victoria Nuland's father-in-law is Donald Kagan, a recently retired Yale professor of history. Donald was born into a Lithuanian Jewish family that immigrated to the U.S. when he was two. He has been active in promoting the world views of his sons Robert and Frederick.

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The New York Times

Sherwin B. Nuland, Author of ‘How We Die,’ Is Dead at 83

By Denise Gellenmarch

March 4, 2014

Dr. Sherwin B. Nuland, a surgeon and author who drew on more than 35 years in medicine and a childhood buffeted by illness in writing “How We Die,” an award-winning book that sought to dispel the notion of death with dignity and fueled a national conversation about end-of-life decisions, died on Monday at his home in Hamden, Conn. He was 83.

The cause was prostate cancer, his daughter Amelia Nuland said.

To Dr. Nuland, death was messy and frequently humiliating, and he believed that seeking the good death was pointless and an exercise in self-deception. He maintained that only an uncommon few, through a lucky confluence of circumstances, reached life’s end before the destructiveness of dying eroded their humanity.

Read more . . .

US Senators in Ukraine to Continue March of Folly to War

Russia is unlikely to back down on the EU and US attempted takeover of all of Ukraine with their puppet government.

Nelson Rockefeller: The Butcher of Attica

Real News introduction: Michael Ratner tells Paul Jay that Gov. Nelson Rockefeller ordered the 1971 massacre of rebelling black prisoners to send a message throughout the US prison system.

March 10, 2014


Transcript

Gerald Celente: Banker Suicides and Their Connection to U.S. and World Crisis

But the people don't get it, even with the evidence staring them in the face, if they care to look

Webster Tarpley on US and EU Criminal Mugging of Ukraine

Historian Webster Griffin Tarpley on the Jeff Rense program, March 5 2014

U.S. Playing the Part of the Mad Emperor in Ukraine

March 13, 2014

THE FAILURE OF GERMAN LEADERSHIP
Merkel Whores For Washington

By Paul Craig Roberts

Washington, enabled by its compliant but stupid NATO puppets, is pushing the Ukrainian situation closer to war.

German Chancellor Merkel has failed her country, Europe, and world peace. Germany is the strength of the EU and NATO. Had Merkel said “No” to sanctions on Russia, that would have been the end of the crisis that Washington is brewing, a crisis unlikely to be ended short of war.

But Merkel has signed away the sovereignty of the German nation and assigned the fate of Germany to a province in the American Empire. Thus has Merkel and the weak German leadership consigned the world to war. Already blamed for World War 1 and World War 2, now Germany will be blamed for World War 3.

Read more . . .

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Putin Scorns Kerry’s Threats [Real Jew News] Mar 14, 2014

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