"It's the oldest trick in the book,
Police using tasers on those who dare to demonstrate against the American New World Order System. [Please see our article, “The Development of a New National Security Apparatus in the United States and What It Will Mean to You – Part 3”]
Or perhaps Madame Clinton has been served with a National Security Letter that arrives with its own built-in, permanent gag order, had her organization infiltrated by provocateurs, been the focus of "spear phishing" attacks by a secret state agency, say the FBI or one of their private contractors, who've implanted surveillance software on her laptop or smart phone, or summoned by subpoena to appear before a Star Chamber-like grand jury?
The Secretary's hypocrisy and mendacity would be amusing if the American people hadn't already lived through a decade where the cheapening of constitutional rights, particularly First and Fourth Amendment guarantees, hadn't been eroded to the point of savage annihilation by all branches of government and by both political parties.
After all, in the filthy Washington trough where money rules, "liberal" Democrats and "conservative" Republicans alike are joined at the hip and outdo one another in paying obeisance to the National Security State.
Indeed, just a hop, skip and a jump across the icy Potomac, an Alexandria courthouse witnessed the regime's Justice Department move to seize the contents of private Twitter accounts, including those of left-wing Icelandic parliamentarian Birgitta Jonsdottir, and other WikiLeaks supporters. [Please see our article, "Julian Assange: Hunted by the US Government."]
While Mrs. Clinton hypocritically praised the role of social networking sites in helping to bring down torture-friendly, corrupt regimes in Egypt and Tunisia (close U.S. allies in the multibillion dollar kabuki dance known as the "War on Terror"), a grand jury was investigating whether there are grounds for filing criminal charges against WikiLeaks, its founder Julian Assange, and the heroic Bradley Manning, the incarcerated Army private suspected of leaking compromising files to the organization.
NOTE: It should be noted that the Brits have okayed Assange's extradition to Sweden where it is supposed by almost everyone that he will be "rendered" to one of America's BLACK SITES.
Extraordinary renditions—the transfer of a person, i.e., an enemy of the American super-state from one country to another country—is practiced with regularity by the United States. At best, most Americans have only a tertiary understanding of extraordinary renditions, informed by magazine articles, newspaper editorials and the odd television interview.
On the other hand, Julian Assange has lived and breathed the dark side of the United States, even prior to October 2006 when he founded WikiLeaks. He has pored over hundreds of thousands of cables that detail illicit U.S. activities. If anyone has reason to fear the United States, it is Julian Assange. Assange has continuously expressed his fear of being renditioned to Guantanamo Bay. Mitch McConnell, Sarah Palin, and Mike Huckabee have all referred to Assange as a terrorist for releasing information such as the MURDER of Reuter reporters in Iraq (see below).
Denouncing the government's latest assault, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) argued that forcing Twitter to turn over users' data to the government would hand the state a veritable road map of people connected to WikiLeaks, including journalists who may have communicated with the group, and would seriously chill free speech.
EFF Legal Director Cindy Cohn pointed out that -
"Twitter is a publication and communication service, so the information sought by the government relates to what these individuals said and where they were when they said it. This raises serious First and Fourth Amendment concerns. It is especially troubling since the request seeks information about all statements made by these people, regardless of whether their speech relates to WikiLeaks."
Public knowledge of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder's criminal probe into WikiLeaks recently surfaced when U.S. Magistrate Theresa Carroll Buchanan, granted a motion by three Twitter clients that partially unsealed some government filings in the case.
NOTE: Please see our article, "What's Happening Now in Egypt" for an idea of how Holder has been working with neo-conservatives to hide not only the Bush Administration's, but also the Clinton and Obama administrations' records of working with repressive regimes the world over; one cannot help but be astounded by the "working relationship" that Carl Rove and Eric Holder have had with regard to this matter — AND ALL THIS DESPITE THE EFFORT BY HOLDER TO PASS HIMSELF OFF AS A CHAMPION OF HUMAN RIGHTS.
Plaintiffs' attorneys argued that Buchanan should overturn her earlier ruling ordering Twitter "to disclose its clients' data, as well as unseal documents in the case, including requests from prosecutors to get information from other technology companies," The Washington Post reported. When news of the federal government's fishing expedition first broke in January, The New York Times reported that what made the case unusual weren't de rigueur secret state subpoenas, but the fact that Twitter challenged the Justice Department's gag order "and won the right to inform the people whose records the government was seeking."
The Times noted that —
"WikiLeaks says it suspects that other large sites like Google and Facebook have received similar requests and simply went along with the government."
Such demands, and long-suspected capitulation by internet behemoths Google and Facebook, are at the heart of current debates over data retention. As security analyst and surveillance critic Christopher Soghoian pointed out last month,
"The hypocrisy of the government's push for such data retention is clear when compared to the extreme efforts that government agencies go to in order to shield their own communications, documents and other records from the American people."
Particularly when lawbreaking by favored contractors are cloaked by bogus claims of "national security."
One sordid example of the double standard employed by the government among hundreds of similar cases which have come to light was recently uncovered by The New York Times. Investigative journalists Eric Lichtblau and James Risen disclosed that for "eight years, government officials turned to Dennis Montgomery, a California computer programmer, for eye-popping technology that he said could catch terrorists."
LEFT: Eric Lichtblau; RIGHT: James Risen
Montgomery's "eye-popping technology" was a fraud, a multimillion dollar grift that bamboozled the Pentagon's Special Operations Command and other secret state agencies and almost resulted in the 2003 shoot-down of passenger planes heading towards the U.S.
Hardly the "smartest guy in the room," Montgomery is awaiting trial in Nevada on charges "of trying to pass $1.8 million in bad checks at casinos." However, "he has not been charged with wrongdoing in the federal contracts, nor has the government tried to get back any of the money it paid."
In the last few months the Justice Department, Lichtblau and Risen inform us, have "gotten protective orders from two federal judges keeping details of the technology out of court," and "says it is guarding state secrets that would threaten national security if disclosed."
According to the Times, the software suite Montgomery sold the Pentagon was chock-a-block with snake-oil claims that it "could find terrorist plots hidden in broadcasts of the Arab network Al Jazeera; identify terrorists from Predator drone videos; and detect noise from hostile submarines."
These claims "prompted an international false alarm that led President George W. Bush to order airliners to turn around over the Atlantic Ocean in 2003."
In a famous incident of Bush administration fear mongering that coincided with the Christmas holidays for maximum effect, and hyped of course by the media as the latest in a series of "grave threats" to the heimat, Montgomery reported the alarming news to his CIA contacts.
"... chosen the Christmas holiday to wage a campaign of fear and intimidation. Its ultimate objective consists in manipulating Americans into accepting a de facto military government, as a means to 'protect their civil liberties."
Chossudovsky averred, and facts that came to light years later proved beyond all reasonable doubt that "the terrorist alert was fabricated by the CIA." A cynical deceit facilitated by "War on Terror" fraudster Montgomery.
According to the Times, Montgomery had claimed that "hidden in the crawl bars broadcast by Al Jazeera, someone had planted information about specific American-bound flights from Britain, France and Mexico that were hijacking targets."
CIA officials then "rushed the information to Mr. Bush, who ordered those flights to be turned around or grounded before they could enter American airspace."
Senior administration officials, the Times revealed,
"... even talked about shooting down planes identified as targets because they feared that supposed hijackers would use the planes to attack the United States, according to a former senior intelligence official who was at a meeting where the idea was discussed."
While the anonymous official later called the idea "crazy," nevertheless snake-oil salesman Montgomery had convinced intelligence officials that the fabricated threat was "real and credible."
Despite the fact the United States was a hair's breath from blasting commercial airliners from the skies and killing hundreds of innocent people, the CIA "never did an assessment to determine how a ruse had turned into a full-blown international incident," officials said, nor was anyone held accountable.
This is a program patch from the National Reconnaissance Office, the United States' "black" space agency. It gives one an insight into the "mindset" that governs the NRO.
"Nobody was blamed," a former CIA official told the Times. "They acted like it never happened."
Kerr, a long-time fixture in the national security establishment, was formerly an executive vice president with the Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). After serving as the CIA's Deputy Director for Science and Technology, he was rewarded for his role in the "planes incident" fiasco with an appointment by Bush as the Director of the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), the top secret Pentagon satrapy that flies America's fleet of intelligence satellites. And since being well-connected means never having to say your sorry, Kerr is currently the Deputy Director of U.S. National Intelligence where he continues to labor mightily to "keep us safe."
Despite serious misgivings about Montgomery's firm, eTreppid Technologies, the secret state was eager to buy his company's dodgy software. Why? As it turns out, Montgomery was, as they say, juiced.
Along with partner Warren Trepp, described as a former top trader for the junk-bond king [and convicted fraudster] Michael Milken, Montgomery's company "with the help of Representative Jim Gibbons, a Republican who would become Nevada's governor and was a longtime friend of Mr. Trepp's, the company won the attention of intelligence officials in Washington."
Some of Montgomery's "friends" also included "Edra Blixseth, a onetime billionaire who with her former husband had run the Yellowstone Club in Montana." She and her "friends" (see "NOTE" below) provided the juice for Montgomery and later prevented an investigation into the "Montgomery Affair."
Back in October, the Associated Press reported that the FBI had opened a criminal probe (which has since mysteriously "disappeared") and was investigating the former co-owner (i.e., Blixseth) of the swank Yellowstone Club, whose members include Bill Gates and former Vice President Dan Quayle, over charges that she bilked creditors at the time of her messy divorce.
BOTH CONSERVATIVE AND LIBERAL
The so-called SHIELD Act, which has been introduced in both Houses of Congress, would amend the Espionage Act of 1917 to make it a crime for any person knowingly and willfully to disseminate, in any manner prejudicial to the safety or interest of the United States."
Last week, the Muslim-hating Rep. Peter King (R-NY) introduced the SHIELD Act in the House, a pernicious piece of legislative flotsam that would amend the Espionage Act and make publishing classified information, and investigative journalism, a criminal offense.
Also last week, legislation was introduced in the Senate that "would broadly criminalize leaks of classified information," Secrecy News reported.
Sponsored by Senator Benjamin Cardin (D-MD), the bill (S. 355) "would make it a felony for a government employee or contractor who has authorized access to classified information to disclose such information to an unauthorized person in violation of his or her nondisclosure agreement," Secrecy News disclosed.
In an Orwellian twist, Cardin, who received some $385,000 in campaign swag from free speech advocates such as Constellation Energy, Goldman Sachs and Patton Boggs (Mubarak's chief lobbyist in Washington) according to OpenSecrets.org, said that the bill would "promote Federal whistleblower protection statutes and regulations"!
As Secrecy News points out, the bill "does not provide for a 'public interest' defense, i.e. an argument that any damage to national security was outweighed by a benefit to the nation." In other words, you don't need to know about government high crimes and misdemeanors. Why? Because we say so.
In November, shortly after WikiLeaks began publishing Cablegate files, King fired off a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Attorney General Eric Holder demanding that WikiLeaks be declared a "foreign terrorist organization" and the group's founder declared a "terrorist ringleader."
As the United States sinks ever-deeper into a lawless abyss where the corporate state is lowering the boom on democracy altogether, is the day far off when Madam Clinton's avowal that we ought not "tell people how to use any public square, whether it's Tahrir Square or Times Square," come back with a vengeance to haunt America's venal ruling class?
For those of you who remain mystified by the fact that both the liberal and conservative elites are involved essentially in the "same game," we URGE you to see our article, "The Elites, Money and the End of Days" for a discussion of what the elites are really all about: To be sure, there are differences between the two — i.e., liberals and conservatives — but those differences exist only insofar as their populist followers are concerned; they do not really affect the thinking of the economic elites — whether conservative or liberal.
Again, please see our article, "The Elites, Money and the End of Days."
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