ISIS IS US?? (video preview of this week’s show)

Judicial Watch recently released a host of documents that implicate the Obama Administration in fostering ISIS to promote regime change in Syria. I don’t think the story ends there. Are we fighting ISIS on one hand while aiding it on the other? Why? What else is really going on? This is the video preview of this week’s show, Saturday 3-6PM ET on WSB.

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2012 Defense Intelligence Agency document: West will facilitate rise of Islamic State “in order to isolate the Syrian regime”

Originally posted on Levant Report:

https://levantreport.files.wordpress.com/2015/05/dia-2012-syria-islamic-state1.jpgOn Monday, May 18, the conservative government watchdog group Judicial Watch published a selection of formerly classified documents obtained from the U.S. Department of Defense and State Department through a federal lawsuit.

While initial mainstream media reporting is focused on the White House’s handling of the Benghazi consulate attack, a much “bigger picture” admission and confirmation is contained in one of the Defense Intelligence Agency documents circulated in 2012: that an ‘Islamic State’ is desired in Eastern Syria to effect the West’s policies in the region.

Astoundingly, the newly declassified report states that for “THE WEST, GULF COUNTRIES, AND TURKEY [WHO] SUPPORT THE [SYRIAN] OPPOSITION… THERE IS THE POSSIBILITY OF ESTABLISHING A DECLARED OR UNDECLARED SALAFIST PRINCIPALITY IN EASTERN SYRIA (HASAKA AND DER ZOR), AND THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT THE SUPPORTING POWERS TO THE OPPOSITION WANT, IN ORDER TO ISOLATE THE SYRIAN REGIME…”.

The DIA report, formerly classified “SECRET//NOFORN”…

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Are you a Truman? What’s a Swenson?

Two new additions to my glossary

Are you a Truman?

truman-still07 I met a friend for a drink at a restaurant recently and the fellow next to us chimed in with our conversation. He had heard me say something about the Germanwings crash and how I suspected the true story was being covered up for some reason, mainly because there had been numerous eyewitness reports of an explosion and smoke before the crash, plus a French Air Force report of a large piece of the plane found far from the crash site, both facts that would contradict the official story of a suicidal pilot. (For my reports on this subject, click here.)

I felt friendly enough toward the man interloping on our conversation until he started to condescend, saying, “Oo, tell me more…I never actually met one of these people who thinks everything is a hoax!” I said, “I don’t think it’s a hoax, I think it’s a cover-up.” He said, “Yes, but didn’t you hear, he was suicidal? He practiced the maneuver on a previous flight?” And on and on he went. Despite the fact that he had no actual evidence for the claims he was making, he just couldn’t conceive of the possibility that The Wall Street Journal or The New York Times or even CNN or Fox News could actually be wrong or worse. I myself have caught the mainstream media in MANY lies and inaccuracies, from the simplest things to big things, and in the Germanwings story itself. Once I realized that this guy truly believe the world was exactly as he is told it is in the mainstream media, down to the belief that the Republicans and the Democrats are ideologues fighting for their side with the same purity of purpose as the voters who put them in office, I realized I wasn’t going to learn much from this guy and I lost interest. He was a Truman–a term I coined for the occasion to describe a person like Truman Burbank, Jim Carrey’s character in the movie The Truman Show, who lives in a made up world that he believes to be real.

What’s a Swenson?

A friend of mine is Swedish and told me about an expression they have there, to be a Swenson. Swenson is the most common surname in Sweden and to be Swensons is to have two kids, to have tacos on Saturday, to have wine on Friday, to have the dad be a carpenter and the mom a nurse. It’s a comfortable, low-risk, dull existence. It actually doesn’t sound so bad to me, though my friend tells me that speaking one’s mind is not part of the Swenson model, so I guess I’m not qualified!

I only bring it up because I had a couple of callers recently wonder aloud that even if there is a shadow government and a plan from the top of instituting a fully controlled society, maybe it wouldn’t be so bad. I was thinking, hey, I don’t think being a Swenson would be so bad to tell the truth. The reality, unfortunately, in my opinion, is that even if that is the vision for now, the power imparted to that elite few of having a total surveillance, total police state would not let them stop at a world of Swensons…they could not resist the temptation of controlling the number of people, the way to allocate careers, wealth, movement, speech, etc. There would be conflict and the individual would lose. So being a Swenson might not be so bad, but being totally controlled wouldn’t stop there.

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USA FREEDOM ACT? Not so much…Podcast of May 16, 2015 Show

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Justin Amash Press Release on USA FREEDOM Act

Book review: PEACE: by the Wonderful People Who Brought You Korea & Viet Nam

Here is the 2006 USA Today article that fully disclosed the metadata collection program that The Wall Street Journal and every other mainstream media source I can think of falsely attributes disclosure of to Edward Snowden.

Click here for my past work on Edward Snowden.

Click here for more on my anarcho-capitalist epiphany.

UN Habitat I quote:

“Land…cannot be treated as an ordinary asset, controlled by individuals and subject to the pressures and inefficiencies of the market. Private land ownership is also a principal instrument of accumulation and concentration of wealth and therefore contributes to social injustice; if unchecked, it may become a major obstacle in the planning and implementation of development schemes. The provision of decent dwellings and healthy conditions for the people can only be achieved if land is used in the interests of society as a whole. Public control of land use is therefore indispensable….”
Henry Lamb, quoting UN Habitat I
More on this here: Vancouver Action Plan.

Zbigniew Brzezinski quotes:

“The technetronic era involves the gradual appearance of a more controlled society. Such a society would be dominated by an elite, unrestrained by traditional values. Soon it will be possible to assert almost continuous surveillance over every citizen and maintain up-to-date complete files containing even the most personal information about the citizen. These files will be subject to instantaneous retrieval by the authorities. ”
Between Two Ages: America’s Role in the Technetronic Era

“This regionalization is in keeping with the Tri-Lateral Plan which calls for a gradual convergence of East and West, ultimately leading toward the goal of one world government. National sovereignty is no longer a viable concept.”

Other News of the Week

A few things in the news this week that I had anticipated….Just thought I would point them out because it’s hard to get proof of an overarching strategy coming from the top – sometimes the only proof is in the pudding.

Morsi sentenced to death…my previous work on Morsi.

Tsarnaev sentenced to death…my previous work on Tsarnaev.

MH370 search continues…my previous work on MH370.

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Are you a PreCriminal?

pre_crimePredictive Policing has been in Atlanta since 2013…

PredPol’s website says this,

PredPol’s cloud-based software enables law enforcement agencies to better prevent crime in their communities by generating predictions on the places and times that future crimes are most likely to occur.

Dozens of communities across the US and overseas are experiencing dramatic reductions in crime thanks in large part to PredPol software technology.

Only three pieces of data are used to make predictions – type of crime, place of crime, and time of crime. No personal data is utilized in making these predictions.

That sounds pretty awesome but a bit too simplistic. Can’t a good cop do this with his gut? So where is this headed?

This paper discusses the advantages of folding in twitter feeds to enhance the analysis. http://ptl.sys.virginia.edu/ptl/sites/default/files/manuscript_gerber.pdf

In London, the “Datathon for Social Good” came up with a model that uses cellphone data and demographics (like ethnicity, gender, socio-economics) to get crime prediction down to a single block within a larger neighborhood. (I wouldn’t want to be sitting on a stoop on that block at the wrong time!)

http://motherboard.vice.com/read/mobile-phone-data-can-help-predict-crime-a-month-in-advance

The information, they say, has of course been “anonymized,” but does that give them a right to use it anymore than the TSA has a right to these pictures of us? (Yes, they still collect this raw data every time you get a body scan!)

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Do they keep the data? Do they discard the identified data and keep only the anonymized? Again I ask, where is this headed?

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Defending the First Amendment or Undermining It? Podcast of May 9, 2015 Show

I’m worried that the atmosphere created by the attack of a Mohammed-drawing contest in Garland, Texas, will add to the complacency with which we are accepting a renewal of the unconstitutional USA Patriot Act this month–14 years after 9/11.  The contest was organized by Pam Geller who claims she is taking a stand for the First Amendment. My fear is that she has undermined it instead. Of course I defend her right to free speech, but I question whether her stated purpose will really be served. Listen to the show to get all sides of the story.

Pamela-Geller

Don’t these guys look more like Blackwater than “SWAT”? Are they Garland SWAT? If so, why was a Garland Traffic Cop and an unarmed Garland School District Security Guard the ones to face and take down the two jihadis wearing body armor and firing assault weapons mere hours after the FBI warned them to be on the lookout for one of these guys? (But see Texas police deny specific threat warning from FBI at cartoon contest shooting.)

Favorite quote of the show:
“All your words are like flowers that make a beautiful sausage.”

Favorite tweet of the show:

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Here are links to some of the references made on the show this week…. Continue reading

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Interesting Conversation on the True Nature of the Constitution

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Here is an interesting conversation between James Corbett and Alfred Adask on the Constitution.  Their conversation touches on the most interesting sticking points in thinking about the Constitution and it addresses them well.

https://www.corbettreport.com/interview-1030-financial-survival-the-constitution-and-other-legal-fictions/

As a short introduction to the debate, I offer a few words on the differences between the works Conceived in Liberty, by the Great Murray Rothbard, and Our Enemy the State, by the (even greater?!) Albert Jay Nock. The impression these two anarchist powerhouses give of the founding of this country are quite different. Rothbard implies that this country was truly founded on principles of liberty as we are taught, while Nock points out that the modern state and all coercive monopoly government, including the United States since its very founding, exists for one purpose only, and that is to exploit citizens by violating their rights for the benefit of those to whom it bestows privilege. Nock even claims that the great American battle between the Federalists and the anti-Federalists was just a struggle between the emerging power (the city merchants) and the declining power (the landed gentry), with the emerging power winning and installing the more centralizing Constitution over the more decentralizing Articles of Confederation.

As a lifelong fan of Patrick Henry and a devotee of the anti-Federalists, I was shocked by Nock’s revelations, but I’m beginning to think they might be accurate, as Corbett apparently does. Corbett maintains that the Constitution was always meant to concentrate power in the hands of the government elite as Nock explains.

Adask, however, makes a good counter-argument, one I have made myself when faced with some very dark conspiracy theories about the US being one big corporation and our birth certificates making us chattle. Regardless of any legalistic support that theory might or might not have, I dismiss it with the same argument Adask uses to support the common understanding of the Constitution: regardless of the intention of the Founders or any technical legal interpretation of the Constitution, that foundational document represents a covenant among the people and the government, and like any contract, it is the understanding of the parties to the contract that determine its meaning. In other words, we the people have always thought and continue to think of the Constitution as a safeguard of our rights and an express limitation of the powers of government. Not only does that make the Constitution what we think it is, but it is our understanding of it as such that gives us the righteousness to defend what we hold it to stand for. Confused yet? Listen to these guys discussing it and I think it’ll be crystal clear.

On a side note…ever read the Articles of Confederation? Here’s the full text. It’s pretty cool. Some say the Constitution was a coup…that the delegates were called to amend the Articles of Confederation and that instead it was scrapped and a whole new foundational document put in it’s place in violation of the existing law as laid out in the Articles of Confederation. Here are a few takes on that debate:

Do you know that the Constitution is unconstitutional?

Men of Little Faith

Refutation of the Charge That The Framers Perpetrated a Coup d’etat

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