“I’m neither traitor nor hero. I’m an American.”Edward Snowden

“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.”  – Samuel Adams


There are weeks that change the course of human history. There are weeks when people must choose sides. There are weeks that expose the real American traitors. There is no middle ground in this debate. You are either on the side of freedom, liberty, truth, transparency and the U.S. Constitution or you are on the side of mindless obedience, oppression, deception, corruption and tyranny. A courageous young Millennial named Edward Snowden has risked his life and his future to expose the illegal, surreptitious surveillance programs being conducted by the United States government in clear violation of the 4th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The NSA, with the full knowledge of Barack Obama and Congress, has been covertly collecting phone and internet records on millions of Americans with the full cooperation of Verizon and other mega media/data corporations. Our owners have been using the U.S. Constitution to wipe their asses. The 4th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is so unambiguous that any intelligent politician, bright journalist or fifth grader in Miss Sabatini’s history class could interpret its meaning and intention. Our founding fathers believed in truth, clarity and simplicity. The traitorous sociopaths in control of our government today believe in obfuscation, ambiguity and complexity.

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Living Constitution?

Do you believe the mass collection of metadata information from millions of Americans with no probable cause is an unreasonable search as defined by the 4th Amendment? Do you believe the complete lockdown of one of the biggest metropolitan areas in the country and the door to door search by heavily armed government security thugs for one wounded teenager, without warrants or probable cause, was a violation of the 4th Amendment? Do you believe secretive governmental agencies have the right to partner with the biggest internet/communications/mass media corporations in the world to record your phone calls, read your emails, and monitor your internet communications under the bogus justification of the War on Terror (you are more likely to be struck by lightning twice than to be killed by a terrorist)?  Do you believe that government agencies tasked with revenue collection can be used to create an enemies list based upon whether you donated to the Ron Paul campaign, believe in liberty, or belong to a Tea Party organization? Do you believe allowing minimum wage government drones to molest little old ladies, paraplegics and three year old children, while conducting full body scans on all airline passengers really makes you safer from phantom terrorists? Do you believe having 30,000 high tech surveillance drones that can see you picking your nose in your driveway from 25,000 feet are not a violation of your privacy rights?

Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

If you answered in the affirmative to any or all of the questions above you are either a government apparatchik, someone dependent upon the surveillance state for your paycheck, a victim of decades of mind control through corporate mass media propaganda, or one of the willfully ignorant masses. Of course the ignorant masses will not be reading these questions as they are focused on the inbred royal family saga, Kim Kardashian’s bastard child pregnancy, and the upcoming episodes of Honey Boo Boo, Teen Mom, I Didn’t Know I Was Pregnant, Duck Dynasty, Real Housewives of Idiocracy or paying $200 on their plastic debt accumulator to watch multi-millionaire freaks of nature play children’s games. Those who argue the U.S. Constitution is a living document open to interpretation by the interchangeable corporate fascist parties that control the reins of power at Versailles on the Potomac are nothing but apologists for the corrupt status quo. The American people are provided the illusion of choice by their owners, but the major policies are kept intact – never ending war, never ending currency debasement, and never ending screwing of the middle class.

The revelations by Millennial martyr, Edward Snowden, about the PRISM program and the fact that the NSA harvests data directly from the servers of Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Apple, Yahoo and other corporate co-conspirators came just days after disclosure that our Orwellian trained keepers had been shredding the 1st Amendment. The Obama administration has continuously flaunted the Bill of Rights when they interfere with their mission to create a centrally planned welfare/warfare state. Republicans don’t resist Obama’s efforts on Constitutional grounds, as they have no love for its constraints either. The seizure of AP reporter phone records in an effort to uncover leaks and to intimidate the free press, monitoring of reporter James Rosen using false information to obtain a warrant, and the computer hacking of lead Benghazi CBS reporter Cheryl Attkisson are clearly violations of the 1st Amendment.

There has been faux outrage among those in the establishment. It’s nothing but a game to entertain their rabid disciples. There is virtually no difference between the pretend parties who alternately operate as figurehead leadership in Washington D.C. Both parties cooperated to crush the peaceable assembly of young people exercising their right to petition the government about the blatant criminality of Wall Street bankers. The supposed Soros inspired OWS movement was subdued by Democratic mayors using their local military police hooligans, supported by the Federal surveillance state, in cooperation with the very same criminal Wall Street banks who had destroyed the worldwide financial system in their ransacking of the nation’s wealth through a well planned and executed control fraud.

The cheerleading of this disgusting display of fascist tactics by Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News and the likes of CNN, MSNBC, and Bloomberg News told me everything I needed to know. Those within the status quo will circle the wagons whenever there is a threat to their wealth, power and control. If you make it onto the establishment’s enemies list, the Constitution will not protect you. The only true free speech is being exercised on the internet, for now. The plutocracy of wealthy corporate elite and their captured puppet politicians are attempting to crush dissent and free speech by restricting access to anti-establishment websites, introducing legislation to control the internet and as we now know hacking into sites considered enemies of the state. The guarantee of 1st Amendment protection has increasingly becoming a quaint old fashion notion in this fascist state.

First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

The Constitution has been increasingly treated as an optional instructional manual by what passes for leadership in this country. An all-out assault has been waged on the 2nd Amendment by the control freaks who want to create a national gun registry so they know where to send their military assault teams when the time comes. Every assault on our liberties, rights and freedoms is done on behalf of the children. Sinclair Lewis once declared:

“When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.”

He was wrong. Fascism has come to America, wrapped in fiat currency, carrying a child as a prop, in the name of the War on Terrorism. Presidents have been flaunting their disdain for Article One, Section Eight of the Constitution since World War II. The Imperial American Empire has been militarily enforcing its hegemony over the world since the 1950’s without Congress ever declaring war, as required by the Constitution. Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and now Syria are just the latest victims of our hypocritical interventionist state. Our predator drones roam the skies above foreign countries murdering suspected bad guys at the whim of PS3 trained gutless techno geeks sipping a decaf on their 9 to 5 shift.  The corrupt spineless swine in Congress expose themselves as nothing more than bought off acolytes of the military industrial complex warned about by Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1961:

“This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence — economic, political, even spiritual — is felt in every city, every State house, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society. In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.”

The citizens of this country have failed to heed his warning. We have not been alert and to describe the narcissistic, delusional, math challenged, willfully ignorant sheep, bleating for their safety and security as knowledgeable is beyond laughable. Security and liberty have not prospered together. The arms dealers formed an unholy alliance with the Too Big To Trust Wall Street banks, their sugar daddy Federal Reserve, easily bought off feckless political class, and sociopathic government bureaucrats to create this corporate fascist welfare/warfare state that has subverted our liberty while obscenely enriching the .1% who have used their unwarranted influence in a traitorous manner. The disastrous consequences for the world continue to build like the dome of a volcano before it detonates and destroys everything in a fiery swath of lava.

New Boss Same As The Old Boss

“If people can’t trust not only the executive branch, but also don’t trust Congress and don’t trust federal judges to make sure that we’re abiding by the Constitution, due process and rule of law, then we’re going to have some problems here.” – Barack Obama


The nattering classes who dominate the boob tube spin the storylines of their corporate clients on a daily basis, but the uncovering of the deceitful activities of the ruling establishment by Edward Snowden have exposed the truth about who runs this country. Republicans, Democrats, neo-cons, ultra-liberals, Fox News, MSNBC, the New York Times, Bloomberg, the Wall Street Journal, military generals, and the government drones who monitor our phone calls, texts, emails and internet postings have all shown their true colors in the last week. They don’t care about truth, justice, or the American people. James Clapper lied during sworn testimony before Congress about spying on millions of Americans because he didn’t think he’d be caught. He was caught red handed. And no one is calling for his apprehension and imprisonment.

We are lied to, misled, misinformed, and inundated with falsehoods and propaganda on a daily basis by our leaders. The proof that we live in a plutocracy dominated by two corrupt political parties (with 250 millionaires in Congress), six Wall Street banks (JP Morgan, Bank of America, Citigroup, Wells Fargo, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley), six mass media companies (Comcast, Google, Walt Disney, News Corp., Time Warner, Viacom), seven arm dealers (Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Northrup Grumman, General Dynamics, Raytheon, L-3 Communications, United Technologies), a few politically connected mega-corporations (Exxon, General Electric, Verizon, Microsoft, Wal-Mart, General Motors, Apple, Berkshire Hathaway, IBM), and a few hundred shadowy billionaires is how they have unequivocally declared that Edward Snowden is a filthy high school dropout traitor. He has revealed secrets about how the lords of the manor keep the serfs and peasants under surveillance. Here is a smattering of the vitriol spewed about this American patriot:

“America is now a less safe place. The world is a less safe place because of what Mr. Snowden unilaterally did. He deserves to be prosecuted. I hope they find him in the hole that he’s hiding in in Hong Kong and bring him home and try him.” – Karl Rove

“I hope we follow Mr. Snowden to the ends of the earth to bring him to justice.” – Lindsey Graham

“For this, some, including my colleague John Cassidy, are hailing him as a hero and a whistle-blower. He is neither. He is, rather, a grandiose narcissist who deserves to be in prison.”Jeffrey Toobin – The New Yorker

“What he did was an act of treason.”Diane Feinstein

“He’s a traitor.” – John Boehner

“I think he should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. I consider him right now to be a defector.” – Peter King

“There is an obligation both moral, but also legal, I believe, against a reporter disclosing something which would so severely compromise national security.” – Peter King

“I can assure you, this is not about spying on the American people.” – Al Franken

“For me it is literally, not figuratively, literally, gut-wrenching to see this happen, because of the huge, grave damage it does to our intelligence capabilities.”James Clapper (Perjurer)

“We do not see a tradeoff between security and liberty.” – Keith Alexander – NSA Director

“The national security of the United States has been damaged as a result those leaks. The safety of the American people and the safety of people who reside in allied nations have been put at risk as a result of these leaks.” – Eric Holder

“I think he’s a traitor. I’m suspicious because he went to China. That’s not a place where you would ordinarily want to go if you are interested in freedom, liberty and so forth. It raises questions whether or not he had that kind of connection before he did this.” Dick Cheney – The Dark Lord

“And I hope that he is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.” – Mitch McConnell

“Now you’ve got this 29-year-old high school dropout whistleblower making foreign policy for our country, our security policy. It’s sad, Brian. We’ve made treason cool. Betraying your country is kind of a fashion statement. He wants to be the national security Kim Kardashian. He cites Bradley Manning as a hero. I mean, we need to get very, very serious about treason. And oh by the way, for treason — as in the case of Bradley Manning or Edwards Snowden — you bring back the death penalty.”Fox and Friends

“Can intelligence operate effectively if every starry-eyed analyst feels entitled to be a self-appointed whistle-blower?” – Gary RosenThe Wall Street Journal

“Edward Snowden should go to jail, as quickly and for as long as possible.” – John Yoo – The National Review.

“I think on three scores—that is leaking the Patriot Act section 215, FISA 702, and the president’s classified cyber operations’ directive—on the strength of leaking that, yes, that would be a prosecutable offense. I think that he should be prosecuted.” – Nancy Pelosi

“Who is a journalist is a question we need to ask ourselves. Is any blogger out there saying anything – do they deserve First Amendment protection? These are the issues of our times.” – Lindsey Graham

“This lens makes you more likely to share the distinct strands of libertarianism that are blossoming in this fragmenting age: the deep suspicion of authority, the strong belief that hierarchies and organizations are suspect, the fervent devotion to transparency, the assumption that individual preference should be supreme. You’re more likely to donate to the Ron Paul for president campaign, as Snowden did. But Big Brother is not the only danger facing the country. Another is the rising tide of distrust, the corrosive spread of cynicism, the fraying of the social fabric and the rise of people who are so individualistic in their outlook that they have no real understanding of how to knit others together and look after the common good.” – David Brooks

It seems the ruling oligarchs, their mouthpieces in the mainstream media (both conservative & liberal), Machiavellian politicians on both sides of the aisle, unscrupulous military commanders and deceitful government bureaucrats have all rallied to shield their existing perverted surveillance state. These people actually believe that what is best for their own personal interests is best for the citizens of this country. There is only one Party – the Establishment Party. The smear campaign against Edward Snowden began immediately. The vitriolic accusations, venomous scorn, malicious ridicule and pathetic attempts to discredit Edward Snowden for sacrificing everything on behalf of the country he loves has revealed more truth about how the real world operates than the thousands of articles written by supposed “conspiracy theorists” over the last decade. Anyone with their eyes open and mind not controlled by the regime know the real criminals in this tragedy. Leon Trotsky, who also participated in a brutal fascist surveillance state, put it best:

“The real criminals hide under the cloak of the accusers.”

In a country where those in power encourage and participate in the plundering of people’s bank accounts by billionaires, the largest financial control fraud in world history by the biggest Wall Street banks, treating every citizen as a suspect until proven otherwise under the auspices of the ironically named Patriot Act, creating an Orwellian surveillance state of cameras, drones and snitches, torturing suspected enemies, conducting military exercises in the skies above our cities, seizing reporters’ personal records, using government agencies to harass political opponents, listening to our phone calls with warrantless wiretaps, reading our emails and texts, brutally crushing peaceful protests, attempting to disarm us, locking down an entire city and kicking doors down while searching for a hapless wounded teenager, appropriating our DNA, detaining us without charges, assassinating suspected dissidents, regulating what we can eat, drink or smoke, passing 2,500 page corporate lobbyist written bills that no one has read, using laws to enhance the wealth of the .1%, creating a tax code designed to minimize the burden on the .1%, the feeding of economic information by the Fed and Federal government to connected crony banks minutes before the public so they can pre-program their HFT computers to profit at the expense of the muppets, conducting cyber-attacks on sovereign countries and then feigning outrage when the favor is returned, and militarily intervening around the world under the false guise of strategic interests, we are supposed to trust the establishment? As we descend further into tyranny, I don’t know which is sadder – the pure evil of these men or the apathy and complacent acquiescence of the willfully ignorant masses to the methods employed by their owners. The numerous laws passed by those in power are just more proof of how corrupt our society has become.

 “The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.” – Tacitus

The threat of tyranny was still raw in 1975, after the Watergate cover-up, when Senator Frank Church warned about the National Security Agency:

“I know the capacity that is there to make tyranny total in America, and we must see to it that this agency and all agencies that possess this technology operate within the law and under proper supervision, so that we never cross over that abyss. That is the abyss from which there is no return.”

Again, we failed to heed his warning. We’ve crossed over the abyss and the vision of our future will be the boot of a DHS thug stomping on the face of an American citizen – forever.

True Ruling Power of Our Country

“When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.” – Thomas Jefferson


Whenever I would use the term oligarchs, ruling elite, powers that be, owners, .1%, or ruling class, it always sounded too conspiratorial. But after years of reading the writings of Edward Bernays, Aldous Huxley, George Orwell, Ron Paul, George Carlin and a number of other “crazy” bloggers, while witnessing with my own two eyes what is happening in this country, I’ve come to the conclusion that our country is run by an invisible government consisting of a small cadre of rich powerful men who manipulate, obfuscate, eliminate and fabricate in their insatiable greed for glory, riches, power and control. They thought they had perfected the art of propaganda:

“The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. …We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society. …In almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons…who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind.” – Edward Bernays

The disclosure of the unholy alliance of corporations and the government to secretly spy on millions of Americans, while attempting to intimidate journalists and crush dissent from political opponents, is throwing the master plan of the ruling elite into disarray. The conspiracy of silence and denial is fraying at the edges as the truth continues to leak out:

“The contents of a phone call could be accessed simply based on an analyst deciding that. If the NSA wants to listen to the phone, an analyst’s decision is sufficient, without any other legal authorization required.” – Democratic Rep Jerrold Nadler

There have been a few lone voices in the wilderness warning about the rise of this corporate fascist surveillance one party state, but they have been scorned, ridiculed, marginalized and ignored. It seems the libertarian minded men and women of this country have been right all along.

“We’ve slipped away from a true republic. Now we’re slipping into a fascist system where it’s a combination of government, big business and authoritarian rule, and the suppression of the individual rights of each and every American citizen. When it comes to any significant differences on foreign policy, economic intervention, the Federal Reserve, a strong executive branch, a welfarism mixed with corporatism, both parties are very much alike.  The major arguments in hotly contested presidential races are mostly for public consumption to convince the people they actually have a choice.” – Ron Paul

True liberty minded Americans and those who value freedom and the Constitution have rallied to the defense of a true patriot. “We the People” must reclaim this country from the unelected .1% who has conducted a silent coup while we were pre-occupied with our techno-narcissism and consumed by the urge to consume. We have an omnipotent outlaw government with concentrated overwhelming power. The out of control bureaucracy devouring treasure, the blood of our young, civil rights, and the Constitution will not yield of its own volition. When the government tyrants classify all of us as enemies of the state, it is time to dismantle the state and water the tree of liberty with some blood, if that is what is required.

“Perfect safety is not the purpose of government. What we want from government is to enforce the law to protect our liberties. The government does not need to know more about what we are doing. We need to know more about what the government is doing. We need to turn the cameras on the police and on the government, not the other way around. We should be thankful for writers like Glenn Greenwald, who broke last week’s story, for taking risks to let us know what the government is doing. There are calls for the persecution of Greenwald and the other whistle-blowers and reporters. They should be defended, as their work defends our freedom.” Ron Paul

The country is being run like a mafia crime family. The Don and his lieutenants operate in secrecy, eliminating their opponents, buying off the press, bribing the police for protection, running the rackets, and collecting their tribute from those that want to do business with them. They go to war against the other families whenever they want to expand their turf. The country has been captured by an organized crime syndicate and it will require an Elliot Ness type character with many strident Constitutionalists to rid the land of these evil, lawless, egocentric men. One of those evil men slithered out of his lair onto the neo-con network – Fox News – to declare Edward Snowden a traitor and spy. Mr. Snowden responded to chicken-hawk Dick “Deferment” Cheney during another freedom of the press in a foreign country event:

“Further, it’s important to bear in mind I’m being called a traitor by men like former Vice President Dick Cheney. This is a man who gave us the warrantless wiretapping scheme as a kind of atrocity warm-up on the way to deceitfully engineering a conflict that has killed over 4,400 and maimed nearly 32,000 Americans, as well as leaving over 100,000 Iraqis dead. Being called a traitor by Dick Cheney is the highest honor you can give an American, and the more panicked talk we hear from people like him, Feinstein, and King, the better off we all are. If they had taught a class on how to be the kind of citizen Dick Cheney worries about, I would have finished high school.

Who has done more to shred the Constitution and strip us of rights, liberties and freedoms in the last thirteen years – Cheney or Snowden?

This brings us to the question of our times. Who are the patriots and who are the traitors? Those in power have been using the Bernaysian propaganda technique of conscious and intelligent manipulation of the public mind by using the corporate media to convince the distracted ignorant masses that Edward Snowden has committed treason against his country and should be punished for his crime. Interestingly enough, treason is addressed in Article III Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution:

Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court. 

At the same time it would make sense to define the term patriot:

A person who vigorously supports their country and is prepared to defend it against enemies or detractors.

Does Edward Snowden fit the definition of a traitor as described in the Constitution? The shallow vacuous pundits in the corporate mainstream media complex blather on about treason while focusing their in-depth journalism on pictures of Snowden’s girlfriend from her Facebook page. This is what passes for journalism in America today. A man uncovers the largest spying conspiracy in human history and highly paid mouthpieces for the establishment focus on pole dancing. The last time I checked, Congress hadn’t declared war on anyone, so Snowden isn’t a traitor under that clause. He must be providing aid and comfort to our enemies. Who are the enemies today? They seem to change on a daily basis. I guess since we are considered potential enemies of the state, his revelations were giving the citizens of the United States aid and comfort.

On the other hand, a patriot is someone who vigorously supports their country and is prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice on its behalf against those who would damage or hurt that country. The government of the United States (President, Congress, Judiciary), in conjunction with their corporate, banking and media co-conspirators have knowingly and willingly subverted the Constitution of the United States and have therefore committed treasonous acts that have endangered the rights, freedoms and liberties of the people. A corrupt regime will use their thousands of laws to ensnare anyone in some violation of those laws. But at the end of the day a critical thinking individual knows right from wrong without being told by a government bureaucrat. Edward Snowden is a patriot of the highest order. His act of heroism, knowing he would be despised, attacked and hunted down by the American Thugocracy, is on par with the actions of our Founding Fathers who knew they would be hung if their Revolution failed. A true patriot must be ready to defend his country against a tyrannical government. Edward Snowden just dumped the tea into the Boston Harbor.

Edward Snowden is standing up to the autocratic powers that have seized control of our Constitutional Republic. Other patriots (Thomas Drake, William Binney, J. Kirk Wiebe, Bradley Manning, Julian Assange, Aaron Swartz, Daniel Ellsberg) have sacrificed their careers and lives to reveal the truth about government corruption and malfeasance.  Ben Franklin pondered whether we could keep the Republic they had given us. He understood human nature and the likelihood that we as a people would become corrupted, vote for people who promised us the most, and would willingly sacrifice our independence, freedom, liberty and rights for the presumed safety and security of a despotic government:

“In these sentiments, sir, I agree to this Constitution with all its faults; if they are such; because I think a general government necessary for us, and there is no form of government but what may be a blessing to the people if well administered; and I believe, further, that this is likely to be well administered for a course of years, and can only end in despotism, as other forms have done before it, when the people shall become so corrupted as to need despotic government, being incapable of any other.”

Words of a Traitor?

“…I can’t in good conscience allow the US government to destroy privacy, internet freedom and basic liberties for people around the world with this massive surveillance machine they’re secretly building.”Edward Snowden

The key terms are “good conscience” and “secretly”. Doing what is right does not mean doing what the authorities declare to be the law. Edward Snowden has a conscience. Barack Obama, Dick Cheney, James Clapper, John McCain, Diane Feinstein, Ben Bernanke, Jon Corzine, Jamie Dimon and the rest of the sociopathic criminal governing class have no conscience. Their souls are blackened with their crimes and misdeeds. In our Bizarro world, Nobel Peace Prize winners slaughter Muslim children indiscriminately with their squadrons of killer drones. Those in power are allowed to operate in the shadows, hiding anything that might incriminate them and secretly spying on millions of citizens without probable cause, while we the people have no right to privacy or freedom from surveillance in this plutocracy. We are all suspects in the eyes of the state and can be terminated at the whim of a government apparatchik:

“Because even if you’re not doing anything wrong you’re being watched and recorded. And the storage capability of these systems increases every year consistently by orders of magnitude … to where it’s getting to the point where you don’t have to have done anything wrong. You simply have to eventually fall under suspicion from somebody – even by a wrong call. And then they can use this system to go back in time and scrutinize every decision you’ve ever made, every friend you’ve ever discussed something with. And attack you on that basis to sort to derive suspicion from an innocent life and paint anyone in the context of a wrongdoer.” – Edward Snowden

Our greatest fear at this point in history is the continued apathy, ignorance, slothfulness, and delusional thinking of our narcissistic populace regarding the most important issue of our time – freedom or tyranny? Will enough people stand and fight the encroaching surveillance state and the evil men pulling the levers? Change will not happen through the ballots box, as the system is rigged and the democratic process has been subverted. It will require patriots taking to the streets and more people like Edward Snowden stepping forward to lead us back out of the abyss into which we have fallen. Time is growing short. Will we rise to the occasion or will we cower and wait until the satanic Eye of Sauron turns in our direction?

“The great fear that I have regarding the outcome for America of these disclosures is that nothing will change. [People] won’t be willing to take the risks necessary to stand up and fight to change things… And in the months ahead, the years ahead, it’s only going to get worse. [The NSA will] say that… because of the crisis, the dangers that we face in the world, some new and unpredicted threat, we need more authority, we need more power, and there will be nothing the people can do at that point to oppose it. And it will be turnkey tyranny.” Edward Snowden


“I do not expect to see home again.” Edward Snowden

Over the course of decades we have allowed ourselves to be corrupted by the love of material possessions, the lure of a debt based faux wealth, the money for nothing entitlement promises of dishonorable politicians, the evil of currency debasement, the effectiveness of mass media propaganda, and the belief that we could sacrifice freedom and liberty for promises of safety and security made by a cabal of powerful rich men. Power has been concentrated into the hands of the few, who operate in secrecy and despise the people. They don’t want transparency or open debate. Freedom of speech is nothing but a thorn in their side. They believe they are smarter than the serfs and have no morality when it comes to committing illegal acts and disregarding the Constitution. They are not acting in the public interest. Their abuse of power and looting of the national wealth have put us on a path towards a bloody revolution. This is not a time for conformity, obedience or submission. It’s time to stand up and expose the evil doers. It’s time to rally around those who care about this country. Who are the real traitors? You know the answer. What are you going to do about it?

“The issue boils down to this: do we care about freedom? Do we care about responsibility and accountability? Do we care that our government and media have been bought and paid for? Do we care that average Americans are being looted in order to subsidize the fattest of cats on Wall Street and in government? Do we care? When the chips are down, will we stand up and fight, even if it means standing up against every stripe of fashionable opinion in politics and the media? Times like these have a way of telling us what kind of a people we are, and what kind of country we shall be.” – Ron Paul


WARNING: The National Security Agency is likely recording and storing this communication as part of its unlawful spying programs on all Americans … and people worldwide. The people who created the NSA spying program say that this communication – and any responses – can and will be used against the American people at any time in the future should folks in government decide to go after us for political reasons. And private information in digital communications may be given to big companies by the government.

146 thoughts on “WHO ARE THE REAL TRAITORS?”

  1. Nice stake in the ground, Jim. I — and I assume most of your readers — will stand on the side of liberty over tyranny. We need to channel our anger as you have, exposing hypocrisy and calling for greater adherence to the Constitution.

    Let them come for us if they will. Throughout history, there have been Americans who have fought for our freedom and rights. Let us join them, if we must.

  2. Jim wrote:

    “‘We the People’ must reclaim this country from the unelected .1% who has conducted a silent coup while we were pre-occupied with our techno-narcissism and consumed by the urge to consume.”

    Well SAID! I CONCUR!

  3. I have seen on a few occasions, the following proudly proclaimed in bold lettering, on the walls of the atrium of various Federal enclaves:

    “In God we trust, all others we monitor”, And these are not your intelligence outfits.

    The program has metastasized into the entire Federal beast.

    Makes you feel all warm and fuzzy, here in the “Land of the free”

  4. There comes a point where we must stake a flag in the ground…this feels like one of those times. And I wish I was sitting in front of Dick Cheney…I would tell him this, “DICK, I am a THIRTEENER and the great great great grandchild of a man who helped to start the Republican party…in other words, you wouldn’t know Republican values, so GO FUCK YOURSELF! YOU are a traitor!!

  5. Well done Jim.

    Well done.

    Up is down, day is night, wrong is right and being monitored and recorded 24/7 is freedom.

    What truly amazes me is that anyone still thought they had secrecy, or were free. Tons and tons and tons of proof to the contrary.

    For years now, the internet providers have provided the “activities” of people WITHOUT warrants. Under the guise of protecting children from child porn – even when the “porn” is nothing but a dumb kid taking a topless pic to send to her boyfriend. And even when the government ruins the teens life FOREVER. We have to sacrifice and kill a few futures to protect a few other futures.

    The hypocrisy, bullshit, misinformation has reached epic proportions.

    And it isn’t just this shit, it is everything from vaccinations to statins to “education” to, well, everything.

    We left common sense sitting along side the Constitution long ago.

    Really, anyone that learns the truth of the Civil War figured much of this out long ago.

    It wasn’t about human rights – as we were taught – it was about destroying the very fabric that made this nation great, and destroying any chance for a state of patriots to leave.

    Same as this spying has NOTHING to do with terrorism, and everything to do with eliminating the middle class and then enslaving those of us left with taxes and jails and regulations and thefts.

    I so wish there was somewhere to go, somewhere to escape, someplace left with some semblance of dignity and basic human rights.

    With the reach of the US gubment, I truly don’t think such a place exists anywhere, at least not anymore.

    Scary days are here, doubt we can even imagine what the worst of these days will look like.

      1. “We hardly need to be reminded that we are living in an age of confusion — a lot of us have traded in our beliefs for bitterness and cynicism or for a heavy package of despair, or even a quivering portion of hysteria. Opinions can be picked up cheap in the market place while such commodities as courage and fortitude and faith are in alarmingly short supply.”

        Edward R. Murrow

  6. Any notions anyone still has left concerning any real differences between our major political parties ought to be put to rest by now. The Demothugs and Republithugs are both branches of the same party.

    They both pander to both the ruling oligarchy.

    They both support the expansion of the welfare state and are both working to enable our ruling oligarchy to profit from it, at the expense of our remaining taxpayers.

    They both support the military-intelligence-crony capitalist complex.

    They both support secrecy in government and the Surveillance State.

    They have both worked doggedly to cancel our remaining rights and liberties. Rememember, Bush 2 and a Republican Congress & Senate passed the blatantly unconstitutional USAPATRIOT Act, and the Democrats, including warmongers Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, enthusiastically supported it.

    And, worst of all, the overwhelming majority of our population supports all of the above, at least to some degree, and always has. Those of you who weren’t born before 1980 do not remember the paranoia, sheepish conformity and worship of authority of the 50s, when J Edgar Hoover was keeping a file on every public figure, no matter how insignificant he or she might of been, suspected of being a communist, an anarchist, a homosexual, or anyone who spoke, thought, or lived differently than the milquetoast middle majority of ranch-house-dwelling, church-going, right-thinking middle class conformists. I recall the famous experiment in the late 60s in which college students were sent out to go door to door to solicit the opinions of average American citizens on the Bill of Rights. About 65% of them thought that it was a “subversive” document. Surveillance was taken for granted- if you didn’t have anything to hide, you shouldn’t worry, was the dominant attitude.

  7. “Being called a traitor by Dick Cheney is the highest honor you can give an American” -Snowden

    DAMN! I gotta make that a bumper sticker! Living in the predominantly Conservative-Central Valley of California I’m sure I’d turn some heads!

  8. Outstanding piece Jim. Careful-you are treading on dangerous ground here. But you already know that. Thanks, I’m with you.

  9. Admin – Powerful, yet challenging read. This is what I alluded to last week in my post, “What am I gonna do?” I read this post, and I ask myself again, “What am I gonna do?”

    So, on the one hand, I fully fall into the side of patriot. I believe everything you wrote, and it falls in line with my value system. (ie, freedom, liberty, etc)

    Yet, on the other hand, I mentioned, I’ve got three young kids to raise. I’ve got to put their best interests first. And, I should be more clear. I mean their best interests in terms of daddy bringing home a paycheck so that momma can buy and put groceries on the table, and we can have a home with clothes, etc.

    I’m not sure I’m the guy to stand up to the system. Does that make me a pussy? Maybe so. I question this frequently. If the goon squad ends up in El Paso, searching door-to-door for a cartel member they suspect in my vicinity, what am I gonna do? Probably the path of least resistance. Which is where, I think, most of America will do.

    I’ve seen the videos of the people who assert their rights at the border patrol checkpoints. I cross those checkpoints frequently, and I always just answer “Yes, I’m an American citizen” because it’s easiest. And, usually, I’m with my kids because we’re going camping. So, who wants the goon squad to harass my kids?

    I shop on Amazon. I’ll probably keep shopping on Amazon. I spend time on the internet. I read TBP and listen to Survival Podcast. I have a couple of blogs I hope to develop. I have a track they can follow.

    I voted for Ron Paul. I vote for Libertarians in all the local elections. How am I going to impact or make any changes when, ultimately, I’m a sheeple??

  10. Jim, I STILL haven’t finished reading your article yet I’ve already commented 2, now 3 times. It would be a travesty if by the 3rd comment I hadn’t said THANK YOU! Leave it to TBP and Admin to succinctly put into words what I have been wrestling with since Snowden’s decision. The fate of mankind is in Americans hands…I am unsure how I feel about that right now…

    bb said “Path towards bloody revolution?…..can’t get most to vote”

    You make a sad point….however, if we remember how Jim began this article, it was with a Sam Adams quote that I had never really understood until recently
    “If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.” – Samuel Adams

    Who cares what others are doing, what are you going to do when the time comes when you WILL have to make a conscious choice?

  11. Who’s still voting for the Republicrats? Who’s ready for a General Strike? Who’s ready to get shot?

    Who is ready to shelter and feed those that are?

    Get yer fuckin’ minds right.

  12. We will know them by their actions!


    “You know I taught constitutional law for 10 years at the University of Chicago, so…um…your next President will actually believe in the Constitution which you can’t say about your current President. [applause]

    In today’s environment in particular I want Supreme Court Justices who are vigilant about civil liberties. Because I think that when people are afraid — and terrorism has created fear — then that’s when the greatest danger to civil liberties happens. It’s easy to be for civil liberties when there are no threats. It’s when there are threats that you start seeing civil liberties chipped away at. So I want a President…I want a Supreme Court that is not just giving the President a blank check for whatever power grab he or she is engaging in.

    By the way that also means that when I’m President one of the first things I’m going to do is call in my attorney general and say to him or her I want you to review every executive order that’s been issued by George Bush — whether it relates to warrantless wiretaps, or detaining people or reading e-mails, or whatever it is — I want you to go through every single one of them and if they are unconstitutional or they are encroaching on civil liberties unnecessarily we are going to overturn them…we are going to change them.” -Candidate Obama 2007
    Oh how short the memory and attention span of the average brainwashed American must be to forget what he said and what he Promised! CHANGE?! GTFOOH!!!

    All Heil our Traitor and Chief!


  13. Great post Admin!

    What frustrates me the most in this debate are the people who say ‘it’s okay the govt is spying on me because I have nothing to hide.’ Anyone who believes that is a fool – they’re probably also not reading your blog though. There are over 4,000 federal criminal offenses, hundreds of thousands of federal regulations that carry the force of law, and tens of thousands of state and local laws… the actual number of laws an American must abide by is literally unknowable.

    In his book on this topic, Harvey Silverglate estimates the average American commits three felonies a day – though I think this is on the low side.

    Given what is known about our surveillance state, it’s not hard to imagine most of us already have full ‘dossiers’ that can and will be produced by our owners if/when needed. What to do then?

    Snowden is a hero, I just hope he’s not too late.

  14. The Utah Data center is going to have a brother at Camp Williams.

    “The National Security Agency (NSA) is building the $1.5 billion Community Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative Data Center at Camp Williams, the first in a series of data centers required for the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative.[2][3][4] The 1.5 million square foot facility built on 200 acres is expected to store 1 yottabyte of data by 2015.[5][6][7] The facility which is expected to be completed in October 2013 will use 65 megawatts and will cost another $2 billion for hardware, software, and maintenance.[5]”

    A series of data centers? This isn’t for the U.S. this is for running a world empire.

    Only a truly pathetic people would engage in this. Our economy is rotting away, our military outside of the Navy is a joke. We lost the last two fights we were in against people who live in mud houses and walk around barefoot. Do you know how sad that is? This is a reprise of what happened to the Italians in Somalia. The guys who guard the president are a bunch of booze and whore hounds who think it’s Animal House 24×7. Our spooks are a bunch of civil service carteer parasites who with a trillion dollars spent on the latest technology couldn’t stop two pot heads with pressure cookers from blowing some people up in Boston. And when they aren’t fucking up, they’re violating the Constitution like a molester rapes a woman.

  15. When Pelosi, Mc Connell, Feinstein, Graham, Cheney & Al Franken all agree on something it is very disturbing. The forces of the universe have caused the world to spin backwards. Bipartisanship seems to congeal when it comes to confiscating liberty

  16. crazyivan:

    You must at least entertain that thought to complete your due diligence; however, like I said on another post, Propagandameister Goebbel’s knew that timing was “key.” Sometimes truth is propaganda as well; depending how the truth is seen and ingested; then digested.

    Check out “Knowledge and Propaganda” by Goebbels.

    It’s a speech translated from German to English in which Goebbels spoke to fellow party-members even before Hitler’s election.

  17. Great, absolutely great Jim.

    Sadly, the people of this country have proven, most recently by the lack of rational response to these reveals, that Americans are unwilling and unable to perform the necessary tasks of maintaining a democracy.

    Freedom and a free country based on democratic principles requires the people to do certain things. Americans stopped doing those things decades ago.

    There just are not enough people who still think, who still care, who still put forth the effort necessary to process the plain truth in front of our eyes, for us to possibly avoid our fate. If there were, when the economy hit the first wall in 2008, the people would’ve demanded a different path. The people didn’t; business as usual was rewarded with re-election.

    When the next, much worse catastrophe hits, be it economic, warfare on our turf, terrorism inducing mass casualties on our turf, or a natural biologic plague, it will be too late. We as a nation have missed so many wake-up calls, including the most recent NSA bullshit; the cheering of the next horribly wrong action will make the cheering of the Patriot Act and the march to the phony Iraq war look like measured wisdom by comparison.

    No, this week will not be the week that changes our path. The only change in human history that might be initiated this week is if they spark off WW3 in Syria. This is just another of a dozen missed opportunities in this century alone, for our nation to right itself; another wake-up call snoozed through, obliviously.

  18. “Come sail with me. The measure of our country is no more than the measure of ourselves”

    John Paul Jones

  19. taken from http://www.calvin.edu/academic/cas/gpa/goeb54.htm
    Knowledge and Power by Goebbels

    “At the moment a movement or party wins control of the state, its worldview becomes the state and its party becomes the nation. The nation is not the 60 million people who live in it. That is a confused mixture. One says yea, the other nay. That is not a nation. A nation is characterized by consciousness.” Goebbels

    Adolf Hitler rightly answered the court in Munich in this way when he was asked: “How could you think of establishing a dictatorship over sixty million with such a tiny minority?” His reply: “If an entire nation has become cowardly, and there are only a thousand left who want something great, and who have to power to transform the state, then these thousand people are the nation.” If the others let a minority conquer the state, then they must also accept the fact that we will establish a dictatorship.

    The same is true of a movement. If a movement has the strength to take over the state, than it has the power to transform the state. I am the last to complain that the Marxists rule us today. As long as we do not have the strength to overcome them, they have the political right to rule us. I am surprised how little they use that right. I would do things differently. That is their tragic misunderstanding of their own worldview. I do not complain that the gentlemen of the Berlin Police use their power against us, only that they call themselves democrats and claim that they allow freedom of thought and of speech. That is nonsense. That is lying hypocrisy, for in truth these gentlemen are dictators.

    Now, it is certainly true that the modern German cultural establishment produces every manner of nonsense. I know that this nonsense is poisoning the German national soul. There are those who say: “Something has to happen. You have to do something. If you want to fight the movie industry, you must build your own theater, even if it at first has only the most primitive equipment. And if you see that the children are being poisoned by what they read in school, you must begin to win children’s souls and give them the antidote.” My reply is simple: You can spend ten years giving the antidote to the poison that is produced by a badly led cultural establishment, but a single decree from the Ministry of Culture can destroy all your work. If you had spent that ten years winning fighters for the movement, the movement would have conquered the Ministry of Culture! Everything else is mere piecework.

    Winning people over to something that I have recognized as right, that is what we call propaganda.

    No one is willing to die for the 8-hour day. But people are willing to die so that Germany will belong to the Germans. The time is coming when people will not ask us what we think about the 8-hour day; but rather when Germany is seized with desperation they will ask: “Can you give us back faith?”

    Some critics complain: “All you do is criticize! You only complain. You can’t do things any better yourselves!” Others say that “the Angriff [Goebbels’s newspaper in Berlin] is entirely negative. Say something positive for a change.” Well, I am not in a position to say anything positive about Isidor Weiss [the Jewish Vice Chief of Police in Berlin, and a regular Goebbels target]. I can only be negative. And there is nothing positive I can say about the Republic. There is nothing positive about it. I can say something positive only when I eliminate the negative. The most brilliant statesman on earth could do nothing with this Republic. And Marxism preached only the negative for sixty years. The result was that it took over the state on 9 November 1918. Hitler once said: “Keep those know-it-alls who always want to do something positive away from me.” We can do something positive only when we have first gotten rid of the negative.

    THE similarities are shocking!

  20. Jim, TBP went down for me for the 2nd day in a row with a “Database Non-Connection” Error. Your site is definitely Under Siege. Back up now, but it’s getting more frequent.

    I just openned a New Board on the Diner, the Guerrilla Internet Free Speech Board. It’s open so all can read about any Breaking Newz on Blogs, Forums and Alternative Newz sources that get taken offline by the Gestapo.

    Bookmark it gang. Long as the Boys in the Black Cadillac Escalades don’t shut me down also and ship me off to GITMO to share a Cell with Jimbo (what a NIGHTMARE! lol), we’ll get up any Newz fast as we can.



  21. What this whole Snowden thing boils down to is an attempt by the telecommunications industry to slow bandwidth use.

    It will probably work for a while.

  22. @crazyivan

    I seriously doubt they want to slow bandwith use. My buddy rents a modem through Comcast and he received a letter in the mail telling him some GOOD NEWS! Comcast said that since they upgraded the speeds to their Blast! internet service and the current modem he had was an older model modem, that he wasnt utilizing all the available bandwith…..so they offered to upgrade his modem at NO COST! IF telecommunications industry giant Comcast is worried about my buddy not utilizing all his bandwith; I think the internet will be JUST FINE with the traffic usage.

    I wondered if Comcast and da Gubermint wanted to be able to “mirror” or copy info that my buddy might be transmitting or receiving and his older modem wasn’t allowing for the speeds of download because of slowage due to low bandwith……

    Doesn’t sound so crazy considering what Snowden leaked!

  23. First and foremost: Warning duly noted……I plead the Fifth.

    Kunlangeta is a word Yupik Eskimos apply to “a man who . . . repeatedly lies and cheats and steals things and . . . takes sexual advantage of many women — someone who does not pay attention to reprimands and who is always being brought to the elders for punishment.” In a Harvard University study conducted by anthropologist Jane M. Murphy in 1976, an Eskimo man was asked how his people might deal with a Kunlangeta, to which he replied, “Somebody would have pushed him off the ice when nobody else was looking.”

    My question: Is this, bottom line, an issue of ‘Who are the real Traitors’? or ‘Who are the real Psychopaths’?

    Our government, and well…pretty much most other country’s governments have their type of authority masked by various identities like: democracy, communist, dictatorship, republic, etc. But, they can all be boiled down to probably the most accurate characterization of what is really going on, and that is Pathocracy.

    pathocracy (n). A system of government created by a small pathological minority that takes control over a society of normal people. A pathocracy is created by psychopaths.

    “Psychopaths enjoy a perverse advantage over normal people in ascending pyramids of power. Unfettered by conscience, empathy, morality…some might say, without the weight of a soul, psychopaths readily rise to the top in a society turned upside down by pathocracy. Lying, cheating, stealing, backstabbing – without remorse, psychopaths can claw for power in ways that make a person with a conscience recoil.

    It’s not so much that power corrupts as that the corrupt seek power. ”

    “Those with the power and wealth who control our country do not concern themselves with quaint concepts like good and evil, right and wrong, or moral and immoral. Sociopaths see no obligation to society, humanity, or posterity. They only care about themselves, their wealth, their status, their reputation, and their control of others. They are incapable of feeling shame or remorse. They blindly march forward towards their own and society’s self-destruction.” ~ IS THERE NO SHAME? Posted on 13th June 2012 – The Burning Platform

    The following extracted from Administrator’s current post:

    We are lied to, misled, misinformed, and inundated with falsehoods and propaganda…

    …those in power encourage and participate in the plundering…

    …conducting cyber-attacks on sovereign countries and then feigning outrage when the favor is returned, and militarily intervening around the world under the false guise of strategic interests,

    …our country is run by an invisible government consisting of a small cadre of rich powerful men who manipulate, obfuscate, eliminate and fabricate in their insatiable greed for glory, riches, power and control.

    …voices in the wilderness warning about the rise of this corporate fascist surveillance one party state, but they have been scorned, ridiculed, marginalized and ignored.

    …criminals operate in secrecy…

    Political Ponerology: A Science on the Nature of Evil Adjusted for Political Purposes by Andrzej Łobaczewski


    Andrzej Łobaczewski (1921–2007)
    A Polish psychiatrist who synthesized the research of a group of underground Eastern European scientists that included Kazimierz Dąbrowski, Stefan Szuman, and Stefan Błachowski, among many other anonymous contributors. Their work was a scientific study of a system of government they came to call pathocracy, in which individuals with personality disorders (especially psychopathy) occupy positions of power and influence. The result is a totalitarian system characterized by a government turned against its own people. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andrzej_Łobaczewski)

    Mr. Łobaczewski had an honorable yet difficult history:

    He was born in 1921 and grew up on a rural estate in the piedmont vicinity of Poland. Under the Nazi occupation of Poland he worked on the family farm, was an apiarist, and then a soldier of the Home Army, an underground Polish resistance organization. After the Soviet invasion of Poland, the family estate was confiscated and the Łobaczewski family was driven from their ancient home.

    Łobaczewski’s desire to learn psychology grew during World War II, and after the war he attended Yagiellonian University in Cracow while working to support himself and his studies. The conditions under Communist rule turned his attention to the matters of psychopathology, especially to the role of psychopathic persons in such a governmental system. As his investigations proceeded, he learned that he was not the first such researcher to follow this line of thinking. As others became aware of his questions, it was made known to him that a similar work was already underway, having been begun by a secret agreement of scientists of the older generation which included Kazimierz Dąbrowski. Łobaczewski joined this effort, but the network of scientific collaborators, and their work, was soon destroyed by the Communist Secret Police. Łobaczewski undertook the task of completing the work and putting it in writing.

    “Working in a mental hospital, then a general hospital, and finally in the open mental health service, Łobaczewski improved his skills in clinical diagnosis and psychotherapy. Finally, when suspected by the political authorities of knowing too much about the pathological nature of the system, he was forced to burn the manuscript of the collected research only a few minutes ahead of a search by the Communist Secret Police. After this disaster, he painfully assembled a second version of the manuscript which he sent to the Vatican in care of a tourist acting as courier. No word was ever received about the fate of this document. In 1977, the Roman correspondent to Radio Free Europe, to whom Łobaczewski had spoken about the work, denounced him to the Polish authorities. He was forced to emigrate in 1977, and all his papers, books, and research materials were confiscated.

    In the USA, his efforts to bring the results of this research were stymied by the activities of communism in the United States both in academia and in the publishing industry. In spite of very difficult opposition, he re-wrote the manuscript – the research into psychopathy and other psychopathologies and how they dominate totalitarian government systems – as best he could from memory in New York in 1984. All attempts to publish this book at this time failed. A small printing of copies for academics was the only result, and these soon faded from view.”

    What is interesting is who played a part in the failure of publishing his book. The following is from an interview with Andrzej Łobaczewski:

    A: …And finally I wanted to publish it in America. Mr Zbigniew Brzezinski read it. He was full of enthusiasm both towards the book itself and its translation. He said that the translator had done an excellent job and that he would take care of its publication. And so I believed him in my naivete.

    Q: I would personally not believe him so easily…

    A: Unfortunately, I believed him. And then some strange difficulties occurred… He started to answer me somewhat negatively. Something was happening. I was writing letters; I have an entire file of correspondence with him. Eventually, only his secretary answered me, and then I reached him and he said, “Pity that it did not work out”, in other words…

    Q: It did not succeed.

    A: …he strangled the matter, treacherously.

    Q: Either he or somebody else behind him.

    FYI: Zbigniew Brzezinski is one of “Them”…..oh, and a dick.


    “In the West, the formal recognition of psychopaths goes back at least as far as Theophrastus, a student of Aristotle, whose study of the Unscrupulous Man defines the basic characteristics of psychopathy. Much later this condition came to be referred to as manie sans délire (“insanity without delirium”), a term that by the 1830s evolved into moral insanity, the key symptom of which is a “defective conscience.”

    By 1900 the label was changed to psychopathic personality, but it wasn’t until 1941 that psychiatrist Dr. Hervey M. Cleckley of the Medical College of Georgia systematically defined the condition.”

    “…..a psychopath is a person without conscience, empathy or even an ability to experience the range of human emotions. Their ability to feel is confined to a narrow range of primitive proto-emotions such as anger, frustration and rage. Psychopaths will tend to be pathological liars and expert manipulators …”

    “In reality they may be completely indifferent to the acute suffering of someone right in front of them, and can remain cold and unmoved by all sorts of things that what would emotionally affect most people. On the other hand, insignificant matters that most would react to with minor annoyance can greatly enrage them.”

    “The researcher pressed the psychopath to describe his own fear and asked how he would feel if the gun were pointed at him. The convict responded that he might hand over the money, get the hell out or find a way to turn the tables. “Those were responses,” the researcher said. “How would you feel?”

    “Feel? Why would I feel?”

    Very good article at this link:


    {A small minority of people are born psychopaths; they inherit a genetic deviance linked to certain structural abnormalities of their social brain.

    The physical dynamic that exposes psychopaths is a reduction of gray matter in the anterior rostral prefrontal cortex and temporal poles. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is able to image this deviation fundamental to psychopathy. Potential benefits to humanity are immense; imagine something like a TSA screening (without the bureaucracy, groping and humiliation) to keep psychopaths from boarding the flight to power.

    Politics and investment banking are prime waters for psychopaths to school. If people enjoying great power over others were screened for social-brain deviations with an MRI scan, and the psychopaths were weeded out, renaissance might occupy Capital Hill and Wall Street. Judging from our current state of politics and financialization, there certainly would be many vacancies to fill in such a furthering of the humane.

    It truly is right in our hands, an opportunity we may never see again.

    But…possessing the means of physically detecting psychopathy and correcting the blight of psychopathic “leadership” may be irrelevant in the face of pathocracy fully entrenched. Psychopaths in power would never volunteer to have their social-brain deviations revealed, would never allow legislation regarding a brain MRI as a prerequisite to holding any elective office.

    Perhaps it’s true, “where there’s a will, there’s a way”. Technology offers us the way – the key to identifying the human brain’s physical roots of psychopathy. The question becomes whether or not the American public has the will to force holders of great power over others, and seekers of such power, to bare their soul…or lack thereof.

    Legislation requiring some “newfangled, junk-science” brain scan for leaders could only be forced from below. But our influence down here in the 99.99% is withering toward nothing but voting for a red psychopath, or a blue one, in elections controlled by unlimited corporate cash, and fraud.

    And there’s: “Either with us, or against us”. Criminalization of dissent is plodding toward any questioning of entrenched pathocracy becoming “domestic terrorism”.} – or being called a Traitor.

    What are you going to do about it?

    Ummm….MRI’s for anyone that wants to be the boss of you? Or the boss of us, a corporation, city, bank, country?

    We know who the Traitors are…they’re psychological anomalies…who happen to be running the world. They hate being found out so exposure is a great weapon. Knowing our enemy, particularly how they behave will put us on good footing.

    “Their abuse of power and looting of the national wealth have put us on a path towards a bloody revolution.”

    Yes, there will be blood, anyone that doesn’t understand that is in denial. With any luck……we’ll be able to push at least some of them off the ice when nobody else is looking.

  24. I was talking about main pipeline bandwidth.

    It must be getting expensive.

    “Let’s slow these freaks down”

    “Scare them”

  25. They’ve got us. Let’s face it. I’ve got a family. They’re in danger. You’re in danger. We all are. Bush crossed the Rubicon in 2001 and killed our Republic. Now Octavian (Obama) will finish the task, wrapping the mantle of empire across the fragments of a broken world, and calling it what? The New World Order? The Globalist System of Peace and Constructive Development of Humankind? Does it really matter? They have won, and you have lost. Think of your family, of your kids. Do you care about them? Then find a way to stay out of the FEMA camps by doing your part to promote the new goals of a new polity and a new people. Yes, a new people. The future will be forever different and you must find your place within it. Accommodation is the act of a reasoning mind, violence and destruction that of a despairing and suicidal mindset having no hope for the future or its possibility. Which are you?

  26. ” They have won, and you have lost.”-Jim


    So your Solution here is to acquiesce to the Fascist State, GIVE UP the FIGHT?

    Sorry, The Fat Lady is not yet Singing.


    Still got Options. Would Josey Wales QUIT when it looks like you are gonna LOSE. NO! That is when you get PLAIN MAD DOG MEAN!



  27. I will reject the system in small, but to me meaningful, ways:

    I have already left Chase Bank for a credit union.
    I am going to dump my Verizon cell phone for a trac phone or something similar.
    I will no longer purchase books on Amazon; I’ll go to the local Barnes/Noble and pay cash.
    I will stop using my debit card for any transactions unless absolutely necessary.
    I will no longer contribute to my church with a check; I’ll give up my tax deduction to use cash.
    I will change voter registration to Independent.
    I refuse to participate in retailer profiling by signing up for “courtesy cards” that track and profile me, except for one grocery chain where I don’t often shop.
    I rarely watch television or mainstream news (I sometimes watch Fox because I want to see how they will spin something).
    If I need to use a credit card,I will only use the one attached to my credit union.
    I will attend city council meetings.
    I will swallow hard and go to (infiltrate?) the local Tea Party meetings to try to talk to people about the phony two party system (they still don’t get it).
    I am going to pray for courage for the days ahead.
    I will channel my rage into positive action.

    These are little things I can do in my small sphere of influence, but do them I will. I will also keep participating in this blog, which is lately becoming yet another point of resistance.

    Thanks Admin for another great piece.

  28. I’d rather hang out (or just plain hang, I suppose) w/ Gayle than Jim (above). A coward dies a thousand deaths, a hero but one-do what you can. If you need to keep your head down and a low profile, I get that. But in my mind, Jim’s “accommodation” sounds a lot like Churchill’s “appeaser”. The Hangman loves accommodation.

  29. Defer to SSS.

    There are lots of peeps who simply want to keep us safe.

    Props to them.

    All of this is quite simply out of my league…

  30. Damn – really good post; I can not find one sentence I disagree with. These warmongering / constitution burning scum need to be dragged out into the streets to the nearest guillotine.

    1. “100% Security”: Obama’s Cradle-to-Grave Surveillance

      By Ian Huyett on June 18, 2013 .

      At a congressional hearing in March, Senator Ron Wyden asked the question that a leaked FISC order answered weeks ago. “Does the NSA collect any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans?”

      “No sir,” replied James Clapper, the NSA’s Director of National Intelligence. “Not wittingly.”

      This was, needless to say, a lie; the NSA is trampling upon the Fourth Amendment on an appalling scale, collecting all of Verizon’s phone records on “an ongoing, daily basis.”

      For the past few weeks, our public servants have tried to assure us that all is well. It would be comforting to believe these reassurances; nobody wants to think that our government has become intrinsically malevolent. The NSA’s deception, however, leaves us with little reason to trust them. It seems probable that Edward Snowden’s revelation is only the tip of the iceberg.

      Even from the programs we know about, it’s apparent that the Obama Administration is ushering in an era of cradle-to-grave surveillance. Absent a severe course-correction, a child born today will be tracked for his entire life in a litany of ways.

      The Common Core initiative, for instance, will mine data from public schools, indexing students’ income, religious affiliation, and blood type. The Orwellian program will track students’ homework completion, “appreciation for diversity” and “cultural awareness and competence.”

      Moreover – thanks to a recent Supreme Court ruling – police may take DNA samples from people who they arrest for any reason. Americans who have never even received a speeding ticket may now have their genetic material permanently stored in a state database.

      Perhaps the most ominous of these new programs is the Obama Administration’s Federal Data Services Hub. In the near future, this database will collect reports about Americans from government-approved health insurance providers. The IRS will monitor these reports and cross-check them against tax returns. Given recent events, I can hardly be blamed for speculating that the IRS might use this new power to persecute its political enemies.

      President Obama says (correctly) that “you can’t have 100% security and also then have 100% privacy” – and its clear which option he’s chosen for us. His policies are propelling us towards a dystopian future in which government intrusion has left the reasoned constraints of a republic far behind.

      1. Rand Paul: Clapper lied to Congress

        By Aaron Blake, Updated: June 18, 2013

        Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee during the annual open hearing on worldwide threats on Capitol Hill in Washington on March 12, 2013. (Susan Walsh/AP)

        Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said Tuesday that Director of National Intelligence James Clapper lied to Congress during a March hearing.

        “What I’m saying is that the Director of National Intelligence, in March, did directly lie to Congress, which is against the law,” Paul said on CNN, according to a transcript. “He said that they were not collecting any data on American citizens.”
        Clapper’s testimony has been put under the microscope following recent revelations about National Security Agency surveillance programs, which collect vast amounts of data from phone companies.

        Clapper responded to a question about whether the government was collecting “any type of data at all on millions of Americans” by saying, “No, sir.”

        Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), who asked the question, has also called Clapper’s comments into question, noting that he was given the question in advance and was allowed to amend it after the hearing.

        Paul stopped shy of saying that Clapper should be tried for perjury or that he should resign, only saying that Clapper has hurt his credibility and that, if Paul were president, Paul would ask him to resign.

        “When you’re doing this and when you have the ability to completely destroy people’s lives — you have the ability to actually kill people overseas — I would think that you really have to have the utmost trust,” Paul said. “And I think he’s lost our trust by lying to us.”

  31. That photo of Ron Paul is so striking to me. It illustrates how alone he was in this criminal operation calling itself government in speaking out for truth, common sense, and liberty. I wonder if someone could use that photo and put Ghandi’s quote on it about the truth is still the truth even if you are in a minority of one. The pic and that quote would be a nice one to spread about.

    Great article and that list of quotes helps us to identify the enemies of liberty and justice.

  32. Outstanding post Jim,
    I re-posted it on my site and this article will be forwarded to all of my friends.
    I would include my neo-con friends but after the last 2-3 years of interaction I don’t seem to have any.

  33. Jim: Terrific stuff. Extremely well-researched and well-written.
    Thank you for all you do to help sustain liberty….what’s left of it.

  34. “The country is being run like a mafia crime family. The Don and his lieutenants operate in secrecy, eliminating their opponents, buying off the press, bribing the police for protection, running the rackets, and collecting their tribute from those that want to do business with them. They go to war against the other families whenever they want to expand their turf. The country has been captured by an organized crime syndicate and it will require an Elliot Ness type character with many strident Constitutionalists to rid the land of these evil, lawless, egocentric men.”

    It’s getting to where I have to say “your best column to date” rather frequently, Admin. The above passage is your best illustration yet (even better than Bernanke as the Captain of the Titanic) of our current reality.

  35. “Who has done more to shred the Constitution and strip us of rights, liberties and freedoms in the last thirteen years – Cheney or Snowden?”

    One sentence that speaks volumes……

    1. The Christian Science Monitor notes today:

      According to officials at the House Intelligence hearing, this plan was caught when the NSA was using its Internet intercept authority to monitor the communications of a known extremist in Yemen.

      This suspect, in turn, was in contact with an individual in the United States named Khalid Ouazzani. Thus warned, the FBI investigated Mr. Ouazzani through traditional law enforcement methods, and discovered a burgeoning plot to bomb the NYSE.

      “Ouazzani had been providing information and support to this plot,” FBI Deputy Director Sean Joyce told lawmakers.

      However, Mr. Ouazzani pleaded guilty to providing material support – in his case, money – to Al Qaeda, not to terror planning. His May 2010 plea agreement makes no mention of anything related to the New York Stock Exchange, or any bomb plot, notes David Kravets in Wired magazine.

      Plus, Ouazzani’s defense attorney said Tuesday the stock market allegation was news to him.

      “Khalid Ouazzani was not involved in any plot to bomb the New York Stock Exchange,” attorney Robin Fowler told Wired.

      How much did this bad guy give Al Qaeda? $23,000 total.

  36. “Paul stopped shy of saying that Clapper should be tried for perjury or that he should resign, only saying that Clapper has hurt his credibility and that, if Paul were president, Paul would ask him to resign.”

    As we say in NJ, “Yeah, it’s a crime. But who’s gonna sign the warrant?”

    That, my friends is the problem. Admin, you are absolutely right about the corruption and lies that permeate our society. Snowden is a Patriot, not for the opinion he holds, but for his actions he takes.

    By now, nearly 50% of the American population KNOWS they are being lied to by Big Gov. They KNOW they cannot trust their elected “leaders”, the media and corporate shills.

    They KNOW these corporatism/fascists/globalists have destroyed the world economy, the rule of law and hundreds of millions of lives.

    Yet, these criminals remain free. They are so brazen at this point they simply do not care what we think. They are “in control”.

    Their attitude wreaks of, “What are ya gonna do about, huh?”

    As long as the 50% who know the truth refuse to act on their convictions – like you are keeping TBP alive – then the tyranny and looting will continue.

    You are right, Jim. A criminal enterprise has captured our government – what, exactly are we going to do about it?

  37. @Admin This is what happens when the rule of law is not enforced. Joyce KNEW he could lie – and get away with it. So he did.

    Who is gonna sign the freak’in warrant???

    1. Drones Are Used For Domestic Surveillance, FBI Director Admits

      Submitted by Tyler Durden on 06/19/2013 11:04 -0400

      Not sure if this one fits with the “fairness doctrine” or the “inconvenience” paradigm (where the government is here to protect you in exchange for ceding all those pesky constitutional amendments), but moments ago yet another “conspiracy theory” become fact when the FBI director Robert Mueller admitted to the domestic use of drones for surveillance purposes.

      From RT:

      The FBI uses drones for domestic surveillance purposes, the head of the agency told Congress early Wednesday.

      Robert Mueller, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, confirmed to lawmakers that the FBI owns several unmanned aerial vehicles, but has not adopted any strict policies or guidelines yet to govern the use of the controversial aircraft.

      “Does the FBI use drones for surveillance on US soil?” Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) asked Mr. Mueller during an oversight hearing on Capitol Hill Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

      “Yes,” Mueller responded bluntly, adding that the FBI’s operation of drones is “very seldom.”

      Well as long as it’s very seldom… The good thing about the rabbit hole is, it never really ends.

  38. Jim

    Only if you think the possibility of “them” targeting you is stronger than the effects of peak oil + inflation.

  39. I was awaken from a deep sleep with a sense of foreboding, I made my way to the window and peered into the cloudy mist. A chorus of thundering voices talked over each other somewhere just out of sight. Being hungover from the Kool-Aid I had been provided since childhood made decrement of the world outside almost impossible. What’s real and whats an illusion? Who’s speaking truth and who’s telling lies? Who are the patriots and who are the traitors?
    For all the question I have……. of this I am certain.
    Sacrifice and blood will be the price of our negligence and time will be the final arbiter of all.

    Thanks JIm for the light in a dark place.


  40. Great article man, that may have been the best one yet. Inspired me to write this song.

    Three hundred million people
    With three hundred million thoughts
    On how to run a system that’s already been bought,
    By the bankers I mean gangsters
    And one tenth of one percent,
    Of the people on this planet,
    Who use the government:
    To tell us who to hate,
    To tell us what to think,
    To spy on every action,
    To take us to the brink,
    Of tyranny, oppression,
    Ruling oligarchy,
    Enriching all their friends
    Should we try to stop them and fight for liberty?
    Or should we just accept their turnkey tyranny?

    Three hundred million people who look the other way,
    A country apathetic, to what the critics say,
    Whistleblowers whistle, politicians cry,
    They can’t expose our secrets, and no one wonders why,
    The government can watch us but we cannot watch them,
    They’ll label you a traitor if you commit the sin,
    Of showing what their up to, exposing what they do,
    Pulling back the curtain, so we can all see who
    Tells us who to hate,
    Tells us what to think,
    Spies on every action,
    Takes us to the brink,
    Of tyranny, oppression,
    Ruling oligarchy,
    Enriching all their friends
    Should we try to stop them and fight for liberty?
    Or should we just accept their turnkey tyranny?

    Three hundred million people who all should be ashamed
    For being apathetic, while the statist go insane,
    And destroy the fourth amendment, Eviscerate the first,
    It’s just a piece of paper, our founding father’s curse.
    The thing you must remember, when they wrote the bill of rights,
    The world was run by tyrants, that our founders chose to fight,
    They tried to make a system, that was structured to prevent,
    Tyranny emerging, within our government,
    They warned us not to trade an ounce of liberty,
    For the comfort of the promise of false security,
    Collectivist would rule us, every day and every where
    The question we must ask, is simply do we care?

    Tell us who to hate,
    Tell us what to think,
    Spy on every action,
    Take us to the brink,
    Of tyranny, oppression,
    Ruling oligarchy,
    Enriching all their friends
    Should we try to stop them and fight for liberty?
    Or should we just accept their turnkey tyranny?

  41. Revolution, or likely civil war. Kind of like the first time around which we weren’t really taught about in great detail back in public school. Great article admin. I’ll repost on my facebook page so it makes it easier for the NSA to figure out who I am.

  42. Great story, you pulled out all the stops.

    It’s truly amazing how bad things are, and truly amazing how little anybody cares.

    Some off the cuff comparisons:

    We have more people in jail than Stalinist Russia
    We have more lawyers than any other country in history
    We have a gestapo/police state larger than Nazi Germany
    We have more surveillance than Stasi E. Germany
    We have more people on welfare than the entire population of Germany
    We have more debt than any country in history
    The Nazis and Stalin could only dream of the spying being done here
    The Nazis and Stalin created “enemies of the state”, so has Obama: conservatives and tea party members, and soon to be any citizen that disagrees with Obama.

    Instead of coming after Jews, they will come after conservatives, libertarians, and freedom minded people.

    Instead of killing Jews, our government, the media, Wall Street, Banks, Billionaires, and many corporations are owned and controlled by Jews, who are liberal progressives, love Obama and are afraid of patriots.

    The masses won’t revolt, not until the economy collapses and they can’t get their SNAP steaks, pork rinds and cases of Coke any longer. When the direct deposit cash stops flowing to 110 million welfare and disability recipients, then something might happen.

    The government has bought off the masses, the majority, the unions, the government employee party members. The people that work for a living are getting fewer and fewer every year. It’s so much like Rome, just like Rome, the endless wars, the wasting, selling off, and destroying productive people and assets, the corruption, the fascism, the controlling elites that milk the people until they are dead. The hate mongers that use fear to control and surveille the masses.

    It really is amazing how far down the socialist fascist rabbit hole we have gone, and it’s just getting started. As you said, the battle lines have been drawn. And now the criminal politicians are cornered, and will start WW3 as a distraction. One step over the line, and mankind is finished. It will be the biggest folly yet of our evil criminal leaders. They’ll be in their bunkers, watching what they have wrought.

  43. Jim, above wrote:

    “They have won; you have lost.”

    RE, and others have countered that statement.

    I agree with Jim; however, I do not disagree with RE. I seek to reconcile their consecutive posts with a small, but significant addition, which I think fairly describes the current reality.

    They have won. We have lost. But, IT AIN’T FUCKING OVER!!!

    Jim is 100% correct. The They have fucking won. Not winning, won. They have the power. As Professor Goebbels suggest, they are the fucking nation.

    But it ain’t over.

    That formulation, as to who is the nation, is a useful one. A free nation, based on democratic principles, is responsive to the voice, needs, will of the people. Other nations, respond to the needs and will of a much smaller constituency. You pick a description for what we are today, and tell me who the current winners and losers are.

    As a metaphor, it ain’t one game. A seven game series. The Miami Heat have won game six, but it ain’t over. Or a metaphor of the battles/campaigns (of multiple battles) in a war. The Confederacy won McClellan’s campaign(s) to conquer Northern Virginia. But it wasn’t fucking over. Richmond/Jeff Davis/The Confederacy were the rulers of Virginia, late summer 1862, and ready to launch an invasion of the Union.

    Do not easily dismiss Jim’s point that ‘they have won’. Because although it indicates finality, it also indicates the reality of the overwhelming position of the forces of the them, and the impotence of the mass of americans. A self-imposed impotence, but the passive surrender of all power and control to the them, literally over a span of decades, is a harsh fact that can be quite succinctly captured with that phrase, ‘they have won, we have lost’.

    For now. Cause it ain’t over. (until, well, you know when. Like Yogi sed.)

  44. The burden of maintaining a Democracy is just that – a burden – and it is not an easy one – circumventing the Constitution thru secrecy and backdoor deals in the dead of night have no place now or ever!

    Just to be clear on this – History will prove that Snowden is a true patriot and the current oligarchs will be disgraced in the history books!

  45. GW says: “… to be clear on this – History will prove that Snowden is a true patriot and the current oligarchs will be disgraced in the history books!”

    Sadly GW, history will only “prove” this if right win. Never forget that history, at least the history taught in public schools by the department of education, is written by the winners.

    If the status quo “wins,” he’ll go down as a traitor in the taught and published history books.

    It will be people like us that will still whisper his story as a true Patriot in the dead of night.

    More than likely not online though. Cause if Snowden loses, we more than likely will lose places like this right along with his life/freedom.

  46. Who are the real traitors?

    30 million union government drone parasites making $125,000 per year (on average, with benefits) to warm a desk


  47. Cynical and admin, I can’t wait to hear what you come up with Cyn, please do have fun with it and create a vid to accompany it. I’m working on ways to actually make money with my writing, if you help me out and I can get some funding you will be rewarded. I can make no promises, but I’m doing to to somehow make money at it and share with any and all who helped.

  48. I don’t just distrust those that are in favor of the NSA. My biggest concern are ignorant people with that much access to the NSA information. It is dangerous to be internet stalked like this. It is even more dangerous for your information to be in the hands of stupid people. It is a skill to be able to look at information and make sense of it. That is why Edward Snowden got the best of the government. They thought he was an uneducated high school drop out that wouldn’t know how valuable the information he was looking at. Oh how wrong they were. My greatest concern are those looking at my information that jump to conclusions. Like some bad 70’s sitcom misdirection episode.

    Right now through what I have recently researched for articles to write I could be portrayed as a Islamist militant, libertartian Ron Paul fan, who has a knowledge of weapons (I barely know the differences of rifles in real life) that looks up Nazi information, hates Obama, wants to blow up the Federal Reserve, and an Anonymous hacker that follows banking and economics. Based on my own search history and new visits I could be put in jail today for some type on conspiracy. That is what is scary. Having your internet history wrongly interrupted.

    What we all should be more scared that anybody on the internet could look guilty about anything with the NSA keeping files on us.

  49. “Do you think I should trade my Honda Insight in for a bullet proof Hummer?”-Admin

    Not sure about the Hummer, but I would stay away from Small Planes and Hunting Trips with Dick Cheney.



  50. I just gotta post this again. Shows what a lying sack of shit Obama is. He’s now “doubling down” on spying, and the fucking MSM is tripping over themselves to show the benefits of NSA spying. It’s unbelievable. The bought and paid for mouthpieces will never give up the propaganda, the brainwashing and lies.


  51. Ya wanna know what’s going to happen with the whole Snowden deal?

    Soon, after much ado, the CIA is going to be confronted by the NSA in regards to Agent Snowden.

    So…. we all throw up our arms in disgust and yell “What the fuck is this? CIA vs. NSA? ”

    Well yes it is.


    1. “There is something on earth greater than arbitrary or despotic power. The lightning has its power, and the whirlwind has its power, and the earthquake has its power; but there is something among men more capable of shaking despotic thrones than lightning, whirlwind, or earthquake, and that is, the excited and aroused indignation of the whole civilized world.”

      Daniel Webster

  52. Good call Ivan,

    I was watching PBS the other day and was watching an interview from some douche from the CIA bashing the NSA because of its leaks! This was before Snowden came out as the leak! I was thinking to myself as I watched this guy continue to trash the NSA that what I was witnessing was the beginning of a war between two factions, both found within the NSA and CIA! An internal coup perhaps?! Survival of the fittest or most backstabbing organization will prevail! Although neither should!

  53. Most of us are not stupid enough to do what Snowden did. He’s fucked, and the media white-washed it just as JQ said. It’s easy for us to go about our daily lives and admire his self-destruction. His action will be forgotten before the summer is over. That’s why JQ is using his free speech rights which haven’t been taken away yet, rather than ruin his family’s lives. Bloggers like JQ, who are encouraging us to vote for free-thinking guys who care about rights and freedom are what’s needed. The information age is being used effectively against us in ways most people don’t understand. Will citizens of this country win or lose against the powerful? Time will tell whether or not the masses wake up before it’s too late, and put the right people into positions of power.

  54. howard in nyc beat me to it with the baseball analogy.

    Last evening, my neighbor the Frenchman, an admirer of our Constitution, said ruefully, “~They~ have won.”

    Not so, I replied. Winning, yes, but (he discovered the joys of baseball a few years ago) think of it as one of those baseball games that turns as fast as a New York minute in the 9th inning. And then the underdog wins the day.

  55. Admin;
    Transportation should be no problem for you as long as a Kennedy isn’t driving of the vehicle (plane, boat or car)

  56. The United Snakes of America.

    Every possible advantage.

    Have completely forgotten the act of genocide that it took to create the place.

    WON’T allow themselves to be adequately compensated for tripling their GDP in the
    last forty years.

    WILL allow themselves to be polluted to death.

    WILL allow their law enforcement to be randomly shot at BECAUSE

    *GUNS made us GREAT
    *Discussion of population control is a SIN
    *LAWS are for the little people

    ooooooo…..ain’t we special

    What bunch of goddamn pussies.

  57. Taibbi: The Last Mystery of the Financial Crisis

    Again, how ironic that the truth is coming out, slowly, but certainly not in the mainstream media, which is covering itself in shame.

    The financial crisis was not something that just happened. It was nothing like an act of God.

    It was a despicable fraud perpetrated by the biggest Banks, and their enablers, over a long period of time.

    And many are complicit in the coverup. It is the credibility trap.

    The Last Mystery of the Financial Crisis
    It’s long been suspected that ratings agencies like Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s helped trigger the meltdown. A new trove of embarrassing documents shows how they did it
    by Matt Taibbi
    JUNE 19, 2013

    What about the ratings agencies?

    That’s what “they” always say about the financial crisis and the teeming rat’s nest of corruption it left behind. Everybody else got plenty of blame: the greed-fattened banks, the sleeping regulators, the unscrupulous mortgage hucksters like spray-tanned Countrywide ex-CEO Angelo Mozilo.

    But what about the ratings agencies? Isn’t it true that almost none of the fraud that’s swallowed Wall Street in the past decade could have taken place without companies like Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s rubber-stamping it? Aren’t they guilty, too?

    Man, are they ever. And a lot more than even the least generous of us suspected.

    Thanks to a mountain of evidence gathered for a pair of major lawsuits, documents that for the most part have never been seen by the general public, we now know that the nation’s two top ratings companies, Moody’s and S&P, have for many years been shameless tools for the banks, willing to give just about anything a high rating in exchange for cash.

    In incriminating e-mail after incriminating e-mail, executives and analysts from these companies are caught admitting their entire business model is crooked.

    “Lord help our fucking scam . . . this has to be the stupidest place I have worked at,” writes one Standard & Poor’s executive. “As you know, I had difficulties explaining ‘HOW’ we got to those numbers since there is no science behind it,” confesses a high-ranking S&P analyst. “If we are just going to make it up in order to rate deals, then quants [quantitative analysts] are of precious little value,” complains another senior S&P man. “Let’s hope we are all wealthy and retired by the time this house of card[s] falters,” ruminates one more.

    Ratings agencies are the glue that ostensibly holds the entire financial industry together. These gigantic companies – also known as Nationally Recognized Statistical Rating Organizations, or NRSROs – have teams of examiners who analyze companies, cities, towns, countries, mortgage borrowers, anybody or anything that takes on debt or creates an investment vehicle.

    Their primary function is to help define what’s safe to buy, and what isn’t. A triple-A rating is to the financial world what the USDA seal of approval is to a meat-eater, or virginity is to a Catholic. It’s supposed to be sacrosanct, inviolable: According to Moody’s own reports, AAA investments “should survive the equivalent of the U.S. Great Depression.”

    It’s not a stretch to say the whole financial industry revolves around the compass point of the absolutely safe AAA rating. But the financial crisis happened because AAA ratings stopped being something that had to be earned and turned into something that could be paid for.

    That this happened is even more amazing because these companies naturally have powerful leverage over their clients, as they are part of a quasi-protected industry that enjoys massive de facto state subsidies. Largely that’s because government agencies like the Securities and Exchange Commission often force private companies to fulfill regulatory requirements by retaining or keeping in reserve certain fixed quantities of assets – bonds, securities, whatever – that have been rated highly by a “Nationally Recognized” ratings agency, like the “Big Three” of Moody’s, S&P and Fitch. So while they’re not quite part of the official regulatory infrastructure, they might as well be…

    Read the rest of this article here.

    Posted by Jesse

  58. We may appear to be underground for the time being, but we are by no means gone.

    “Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.”
    ― Mahatma Gandhi

    “You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is like an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.”
    ― Mahatma Gandhi

  59. NSA Secret Warrantless Spying Rules Revealed

    Submitted by Tyler Durden on 06/20/2013 18:44 -0400

    The Guardian has done it once again, this time presenting two July 2009 documents signed by none other than Eric Holder which lay out under what conditions the NSA is allowed to make use of information “inadvertently” collected from domestic US communications without a warrant. The documents detail the procedures the NSA is required to follow to target “non-US persons” under its foreign intelligence powers and what the agency does to minimize data collected on US citizens and residents in the course of that surveillance. “The documents show that even under authorities governing the collection of foreign intelligence from foreign targets, US communications can still be collected, retained and used.”

    To the NSA’s credit, the disclosure shows that data collected on US persons under the foreign intelligence authority must be destroyed, and the extensive steps analysts must take to try to check targets are outside the US, and reveals how US call records are used to help remove US citizens and residents from data collection. The problems are when one sees the cornucopia of FISA court-approved loopholes that can be exploited. Among them:

    •Keep data that could potentially contain details of US persons for up to five years;
    •Retain and make use of “inadvertently acquired” domestic communications if they contain usable intelligence, information on criminal activity, threat of harm to people or property, are encrypted, or are believed to contain any information relevant to cybersecurity;
    •Preserve “foreign intelligence information” contained within attorney-client communications;
    •Access the content of communications gathered from “U.S. based machine[s]” or phone numbers in order to establish if targets are located in the US, for the purposes of ceasing further surveillance.
    As the Guardian’s Greenwald notes, “The broad scope of the court orders, and the nature of the procedures set out in the documents, appear to clash with assurances from President Obama and senior intelligence officials that the NSA could not access Americans’ call or email information without warrants.” And more importantly, “The documents also show that discretion as to who is actually targeted under the NSA’s foreign surveillance powers lies directly with its own analysts, without recourse to courts or superiors – though a percentage of targeting decisions are reviewed by internal audit teams on a regular basis.”

    Where it gets more interesting is the disclosure about bulk data collection:

    Section 702 of the Fisa Amendments Act (FAA), which was renewed for five years last December, is the authority under which the NSA is allowed to collect large-scale data, including foreign communications and also communications between the US and other countries, provided the target is overseas.

    FAA warrants are issued by the Fisa court for up to 12 months at a time, and authorise the collection of bulk information – some of which can include communications of US citizens, or people inside the US. To intentionally target either of those groups requires an individual warrant.

    One such warrant seen by the Guardian shows that they do not contain detailed legal rulings or explanation. Instead, the one-paragraph order, signed by a Fisa court judge in 2010, declares that the procedures submitted by the attorney general on behalf of the NSA are consistent with US law and the fourth amendment.

    Those procedures state that the “NSA determines whether a person is a non-United States person reasonably believed to be outside the United States in light of the totality of the circumstances based on the information available with respect to that person, including information concerning the communications facility or facilities used by that person”.

    It includes information that the NSA analyst uses to make this determination – including IP addresses, statements made by the potential target, and other information in the NSA databases, which can include public information and data collected by other agencies.

    Where the NSA has no specific information on a person’s location, analysts are free to presume they are overseas, the document continues.

    And it is here that the biggest NSA loophole emerges: “In the absence of specific information regarding whether a target is a United States person, a person reasonably believed to be located outside the United States or whose location is not known will be presumed to be a non-United States person unless such person can be positively identified as a United States person.”

    Of course, the “specific information” could be just one google search away, which the analyst determines is irrelevant, and thus no information – specific or otherwise – is available to prevent the cascading series of steps that allow further inquiry into the US citizen’s life. Among these are the following:

    If it later appears that a target is in fact located in the US, analysts are permitted to look at the content of messages, or listen to phone calls, to establish if this is indeed the case.

    Referring to steps taken to prevent intentional collection of telephone content of those inside the US, the document states: “NSA analysts may analyze content for indications that a foreign target has entered or intends to enter the United States. Such content analysis will be conducted according to analytic and intelligence requirements and priorities.”

    Details set out in the “minimization procedures”, regularly referred to in House and Senate hearings, as well as public statements in recent weeks, also raise questions as to the extent of monitoring of US citizens and residents.

    NSA minimization procedures signed by Holder in 2009 set out that once a target is confirmed to be within the US, interception must stop immediately. However, these circumstances do not apply to large-scale data where the NSA claims it is unable to filter US communications from non-US ones.

    The NSA is empowered to retain data for up to five years and the policy states “communications which may be retained include electronic communications acquired because of limitations on the NSA’s ability to filter communications”.

    Even if upon examination a communication is found to be domestic – entirely within the US – the NSA can appeal to its director to keep what it has found if it contains “significant foreign intelligence information”, “evidence of a crime”, “technical data base information” (such as encrypted communications), or “information pertaining to a threat of serious harm to life or property”.

    In other words: the determination is purely subjective and entirely in the eye of the beholder, or in this case in the brain of the Holder’s analyst. Such as this:

    A transcript of a 2008 briefing on FAA from the NSA’s general counsel sets out how much discretion NSA analysts possess when it comes to the specifics of targeting, and making decisions on who they believe is a non-US person. Referring to a situation where there has been a suggestion a target is within the US.

    “Once again, the standard here is a reasonable belief that your target is outside the United States. What does that mean when you get information that might lead you to believe the contrary? It means you can’t ignore it. You can’t turn a blind eye to somebody saying: ‘Hey, I think so and so is in the United States.’ You can’t ignore that. Does it mean you have to completely turn off collection the minute you hear that? No, it means you have to do some sort of investigation: ‘Is that guy right? Is my target here?” he says.

    “But, if everything else you have says ‘no’ (he talked yesterday, I saw him on TV yesterday, even, depending on the target, he was in Baghdad) you can still continue targeting but you have to keep that in mind. You can’t put it aside. You have to investigate it and, once again, with that new information in mind, what is your reasonable belief about your target’s location?”

    “Keep in mind” that you are breaking the constitution? Just kidding: after all they are just “protecting” everyone.

    The final step in chain of events:

    Once armed with these general orders, the NSA is empowered to compel telephone and internet companies to turn over to it the communications of any individual identified by the NSA. The Fisa court plays no role in the selection of those individuals, nor does it monitor who is selected by the NSA.

    And that is how, contrary to the administration’s lies, virtually anyone can be an NSA target, and absolutely every single American can be spied on without limitation.

    Finally, the Eric Holder signed documents can be found here and here for readers’ perusal.

  60. Thank you to the 9 people (who are obviously intelligent and adept at critical thinking) who gave me thumbs-up on my comment. I have finally been freed from the pink shadow of discredit, and cast into the sunshiny yellow light of credibility.

    To the 3 cowards (in that they did not offer a counter-point) who gave me the Roman symbol of Death…….uh, hmm….did I get a little too close for comfort for you? Did you see the comment as a mirror being held up to you….and you didn’t like your reflection?
    I could say I’m sorry…..but there’s no chance in hell I would mean it, because I have no reason to be sorry for your issues. There. I feel better. Venting is good for the soul.

  61. A lot of this would have stopped dead in its tracks had the American people stopping flying en masse when they began the boarding searches. That would have been the foot in the sand.

    It’s much like needing a license to get married. Think about that, the state (read: your master) determines who you spend your life with.

  62. T4C

    The ‘thumbs’ are a game. Some people whine and rail about the downs, and sometimes they get them not because of their message but … just because.

    Once, not long ago, a former Big Dog, self-assessed, who contributed much, let his hubris overtake his common sense, and departed in a huff. (Not a German sports car.) Falling on your sword for the wrong reason is a waste.

  63. It Appears that Snowden only Uncovered the Tip of the Iceburg – The Rest is Totally Unbelievable!

    Corporate Surveillance and the Intelligence Community
    Submitted by testosteronepit on 06/21/2013 13:14 -0400

    Wolf Richter http://www.testosteronepit.com

    Surveillance of billions of people around the world, grabbing their data, all their data, every last bit, where they went to dinner, who they met there, what they ate, and who they ended up spending the night with – if both have a smartphone – is hard work. But it’s the bread and butter of an entire US industry, a vibrant one that is hiring and creating jobs, with lots of startups, and with companies like Google and Facebook that are loaded with money and can buy some of these startups for eye-popping amounts, in cool laid-back places like San Francisco and Silicon Valley, or in Boston, or anywhere.

    These companies are developing technologies to grab more data, make sense of it, combine it, analyze it, “mine” it, and monetize it. Because in the end, data is money. People who aren’t psychotically careful about communications and internet activities, or people who have a smartphone, no longer have any privacy. Instead, their privacy has been transferred to a new asset class that is now swelling up corporate balance sheets [here is my tongue-in-cheek take…. Google Spy Drones For Street View?]


  64. “Those who argue the U.S. Constitution is a living document open to interpretation by the interchangeable corporate fascist parties that control the reins of power at Versailles on the Potomac are nothing but apologists for the corrupt status quo.”
    —-Admin, from his article

    And that would be people like Al Gore, whose entire family was totally captive to Occidental Oil.

  65. This is perhaps one of the most thoughtful articles and threads ever posted on TBP. As a full-fledged member of the Society of Government Drones, I thought it best to post my comments on a Friday night, where they will be quickly forgotten, buried and ignored by Monday morning.

    As a rank amateur of constitutional law, I have sad news. The Constitution CAN be argued as a “living document.” Now for the good news. Nearly EVERY single decision of the Supreme Court that has reflected the “will of society” reflecting the living document theory has turned out to be a total disaster.

    Poster Child #1. The Dred Scott decision in 1855, which affirmed slaves as property of their owners. All to placate the overwhelming will of nearly all citizens of southern states and quite a few in the border and northern states. Delayed the Civil War by 6 years. Meh.

    Poster Child #2. Plessy vs. Ferguson in 1896. Established the “separate but equal” doctrine to placate nearly 100% of the white population of the country in keeping themselves and their children away from “those people.” That includes everyone in Boston, not just Birmingham. The Supreme Court gave the people exactly what they wanted. A living interpretation of the Constitution. Overturned later in 1954 by Brown vs. the Board of Education. Chaos follows.

    Poster Child #3. The 1942 Japanese-American internment program of WWII. At the time, nearly EVERY American hated the evil Japs, citizen or not. The Supreme Court, the Department of Justice, and the President turned their backs on nearly 100,000 American citizens, solely based on their ancestry. These innocent citizens were rounded up, deprived of liberty and property, and sent off to dozens of internment camps from California to Arkansas. It took over 2 years before the Supreme Court found its backbone.

    So what is the relevance of the above to the article, which quoted the 4th Amendment, “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized?”

    Well, there is no relevance if you’re looking for security and cannot connect the dots in what I’ve said. But there is relevance if you’re looking for liberty. So watch carefully on the way these scandals of the IRS (1st Amendment), the DOJ (1st Amendment), and NSA (4th Amendment) play out. All have the potential to be landmark Supreme Court decisions. And all have the potential to be decided badly.

  66. Mike M.

    Most Americans are so self-absorbed it is unthinkable for them do something for the common good like protesting the TSA or DHS en-mass.

    Look, the Feds and big business actually conned them into wearing a tracking and listening device 7x24x365 a year – it’s called a cell phone and paying for it as well. Now the f**kers can’t live without them.

    Business conned them into spilling their collective guts on Facebook and other social media sites.

    Everyday we’re getting more like England” with cameras omnipresentl a thuggish and violent police force that is the enemy of the people and the Bill of Rights; our schools have declared war against White male children for showing the even the slightest bit of aggression; a government whose elites and agenda run counter to the well being of the people and the nation.

  67. flash

    ” I’d really like to see the results of that vetting.” Huh. So Jon requires a high standard for WaPo and the Guardian. I have my own standard, which doesn’t include Jon _telling_ me what someone else said. Where are the cites, the links to verifiable direct quotes? After all, Jon can make reference to another who supports his agenda, albeit without links but easily found.

    Then you have speculation built atop hypothesis, all generated from experts ‘on the outside’ who know exactly how secret organizations work. The frosting on the cake, the cute G20 scenario.

    Mulder was right: Trust no one. Heh.

  68. “I have a hard time wrapping my head around #1 (Dred Scott decision) because only 5% of Southrons owned slaves. The rest didn’t have skin in the game.”
    —-Novista @ SSS

    I did some math, Novista. The population of the South (includes KY, MD, and MO) in 1860 was 10,140,000, of which nearly 4,000,000 (!!!!) were slaves. That leaves 6,140,000 mostly whites because many of the southern Indian tribes (the census of 1860 also included Indians) had been forcefully relocated to Oklahoma.

    Let’s go with your 5% figure, which means 307,000 people owned an average of nearly 11 slaves. Now, who do think owned those slaves and called the shots in state politics, including who got into elective office? Slave owners, pure and simple. It costs MONEY to both buy and maintain a slave, who will require food and shelter for life. Not to mention offspring.

    Slave owners were not just plantation owners, but wealthy or well-to-do merchants and businessmen who not only owned slaves, but provided hundreds of thousands of jobs to those whites of lesser means. So your “5%” probably translated into 80-90% in terms of political power.

    The Supreme Court’s Dred Scott decision addressed that reality. It was NOT based on the Constitution, but rather a flaw in 18th Century American society that was never addressed during the 1787 Constitutional Convention, nor any subsequent Congress or presidency. A flaw that cost nearly 600,000 citizens their lives.

  69. SSS

    Well reasoned, good math. Thanks.

    I had to go look at some numbers, too. 1860 census, roughly works out to about 21 million damnyankees, including 450,000 abolitionists, vs 307 thousand slave owner bloc. That’s a helluva concentrated power to get a bad decision.

    Praxeology would suggest another influence was also in play. Thoughts?

  70. Kim Kardashian and reality TV is part of the beard and circuses our plutocracy doles out to keep us distracted from what is happening to Edward Snowden. Ad hominem attacks against children are wrong.

  71. “Praxeology would suggest another influence was also in play (in the Supreme Court’s Dred Scott decision). Thoughts?”
    —-Novista @ SSS

    Holy shit. Another homework assignment. I don’t even know what praxeology means and had to look it up. I hate homework!!!! Here’s a def from Wiki.

    “Coinage of the word praxeology is often credited to Louis Bourdeaux, the French author of a classification of the sciences, which he published in his Plan de Science intégrale in 1882.

    On account of their dual natures of specialty and generality, these functions should be the subject of a separate science. Some of its parts have been studied for a long time, because this kind of research, in which man could be the main subject, has always presented the greatest interest. Physiology, hygiene, medicine, psychology, animal history, human history, political economy, morality, etc. represent fragments of a science that we would like to establish, but as fragments scattered and uncoordinated have remained until now only parts of particular sciences. They should be joined together and made whole in order to highlight the order of the whole and its unity. Now you have a science, so far unnamed, which we propose to call Praxeology.”

    I STILL DON’T KNOW WHAT THE FUCK IT IS, MAINLY BECAUSE SOME FRENCHMAN MADE IT UP. Nobody can understand the French anyway, but I’ll take a stab at answering Novi’s question.

    Yes, something else was at play. States rights as defined under the 10th Amendment to the Constitution.

    Slavery was not prohibited by the Constitution. Ergo, Southern states argued that they had every right to own slaves. The Abolitionists in the North said otherwise, and many Northern states had outlawed slavery. Both sides were correct. Under the Constitution as written before the Civil War, you could pick sides and be constitutionally correct.

    The defeated South stuck with their hardline “States Rights” doctrine right up to and including opposition to the 1964 Civil Rights Act and on through to today on many issues. For many decades, this opposition was racially based, but today the South is fighting a losing battle against overreaching federalism and the absolute shredding of the 10th Amendment by the Supreme Court, which began shortly after the Civil War, btw (see “The Slaughterhouse Cases” in the 1870s).

    Hope that answers your question, Novi.

  72. Speaking of Southrons and sparks that flicker about the cranium..

    Tragedy and Farce

    Fleshing out a Twitter thought from last night. I have a killer idea for a television series. Radical congressmen and a radical administration declare martial law on the heartland of the nation, most of whose citizens have been deemed “the enemy.” Federal shock troops fan out to almost every town. The first four Amendments are curtailed. Freedom of speech is subdued. Gun ownership is discouraged. Troops are quartered in citizens’ homes. Illegal searches and seizures are rampant. Property is confiscated.

    Most of the humble, Tea Party type citizenry are stripped of their right to vote, and to run for office. A smaller group, who are for the most part illiterate, and ignorant of American history, vote themselves into office, there to plunder federal coffers with the radical congressmen. Those citizens who dare to strike back, usually under cover of darkness for protection, are labeled terrorists, and hunted down. The reign of terror lasts for 12 years.

    I’m setting it in 1867. And I’m calling it Reconstruction.


  73. I was just reading something for my psych class and it made me think. A study found that individuals’ consumption patterns (what they buy) often dictate whether they have something in common with each other rather than political or religious ideology…This makes sense as to why the government and private companies want you to have their “rewards cards” so that they can track and categorize people into groups of “consumers”…

  74. The only way to take this country back now is by force,as that is all that the Establishment understands,but it is not quite time yet.We need to let them “show their cards first”,then we react,with full intentions of refreshing the tree of liberty with the blood of tyrants.It was only 3% that fought the British,and only 10% that supported them.But they succeeded in bringing about the Republic.The bill of rights tells us what we,the Patriots must do to return the Republic.I know a lot of ya’ll will say what can we do against the big bad establishment?Well a lot of countries have been forced out of countries they are fighting to take over,by guerrilla warfare,as a matter of fact our country went through this in Vietnam.Once something like this is kicked off,I feel that a lot of the military will leave and join the resistance as they will not obey Unconstitutional orders.The alphabet agencies will fight back along with NATO,and UN troops being called in,for a National Emergency.But this is our home,they don’t live here,and who knows our territory better than us?The reason I write this,is because I don’t know how ya’ll feel but I am not going to die a slave,and that is just what they are pushing for us to become,that is the real reason for the push on gun control,to disarm us so we can’t fight back.Ya’ll know the reason why gun control was not passed?Because there was so much uproar,that insurrection could have started then,but they don’t want it to look like they are the bad guys,they want to be able to pin it on the Patriots,to where they can throw everything they have at us!But it will be a tough fight,but 200 million gun owners is a formidable army to deal with.Yes there will be a lot killed on both sides but like I said I don’t want to be a slave,do ya’ll?Be prepared and ready.Keep your powder dry.

  75. Andy, I don’t know there are 200 million gun owners, nor does it matter. There is definitely a formidable number who have learned that a domestic insurgency can prevail.

    I can see a shock and awe move when push comes to shove, with plenty of media coverage, and many will be cowed — but the people have the numbers. Maybe one million active duty military within the U.S. (Stratfor’s estimate) and even some of those will remember their oath when it’s the government against the people. The alphabet agencies will add some number and some of those will opt outm too.

    As for the LEOs, we already see a divide, doesn’t matter. When things get worse, some of those who side with the government will remember family comes first and act accordingly. It will be chaotic.

    That shock and awe I fully expect will be the government’s biggest blunder. It will be like the many mistakes rolled into one, when they took the wrong tack in Iraq. Brute force thuggery only empowered the insurgency there.

    Government is force, in the end, it’s all they know. But when it starts in the ‘homeland’, it will be a whole new ballgame and we’re the home teams.

  76. When all the flags come out for 4th of July outside the homes of citizens, they should be flown upside down to indicate the state of crisis our nation is currently in.

  77. TheCynic said to Mike M: “Most Americans are so self-absorbed it is unthinkable for them do something for the common good like protesting the TSA or DHS en-mass.”

    We see comments like this constantly–lamenting that everyone is a couch potato and won’t “do anything” or protest the current state of affairs. My belief is that Americans are far too fractured as a culture to band together in any form of mass protest. With all the different nationalities that now make up America, there is hardly any “common consensus” that would bring a majority together. We are not like Brazil or Turkey or Greece with respect to likemindedness.

    The government prefers this situation, I’m sure.

  78. “Do you believe the mass collection of metadata information from millions of Americans with no probable cause is an unreasonable search as defined by the 4th Amendment?…..
    If you answered in the affirmative to any or all of the questions above you are either a government apparatchik, someone dependent upon the surveillance state for your paycheck, a victim of decades of mind control through corporate mass media propaganda, or one of the willfully ignorant masses. ”

    Huh??? So if you believe this collecting of data is an unreasonable search, your a government lackey. Think you need to reread what you wrote there

  79. The concept that the sheep being led to the slaughter fail to comprehend is this: The nation is NOT the same as the government.

    We are a nation of, by, and for the people. Government is a tool of, by, and for the political class. The political class is never the same as the country class.

    Every time we rely upon the political class for solutions, all we get is more disasters. And for any sheep that are still reading, I have one final question for you to ponder:

    If government is the source of solutions, then why has every proposed government solution to the current recession not worked?

    And to any sheep that got past the last question, you have one more to answer: If any government solution HAS worked, then why is a new one always being proposed by government apparatchiks to solve the same problem?

  80. “Secrecy is the keystone to all tyranny. Not force, but secrecy and censorship. When any government or church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects, “This you may not read, this you must not know,” the end result is tyranny and oppression, no matter how holy the motives. Mighty little force is needed to control a man who has been hoodwinked in this fashion; contrariwise, no amount of force can control a free man, whose mind is free. No, not the rack nor the atomic bomb, not anything. You can’t conquer a free man; the most you can do is kill him.”

    ― Robert A. Heinlein

  81. “Do you believe the mass collection of metadata information from millions of Americans with no probable cause is an unreasonable search as defined by the 4th Amendment?”

    “Do you believe the complete lockdown of one of the biggest metropolitan areas in the country and the door to door search by heavily armed government security thugs for one wounded teenager, without warrants or probable cause, was a violation of the 4th Amendment?”

    “Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution:

    The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

    “If you answered in the affirmative to any or all of the questions above you are either a government apparatchik, someone dependent upon the surveillance state for your paycheck, a victim of decades of mind control through corporate mass media propaganda, or one of the willfully ignorant masses.”

    Then, are you saying that the two questions above are in fact typos in how they are written because those two questions as written are indeed violations to the Fourth Amendment, and the laws meant to codify it would be laws in violation rather than in pursuance of the US Constitution.

    To repeat the questions as written
    “Do you believe the mass collection of metadata information from millions of Americans with no probable cause is an unreasonable search as defined by the 4th Amendment? Do you believe the complete lockdown of one of the biggest metropolitan areas in the country and the door to door search by heavily armed government security thugs for one wounded teenager, without warrants or probable cause, was a violation of the 4th Amendment?”

    Is mass collection without probable cause an unreasonable search? Yes, it’s an unreasonable search and thus a violation.

    Is ‘shelter in place’ and door to door searches a violation also? Yes, it is.

    How precisely do these violations mean that I’m brainwashed or such in answering in the affirmative that they are indeed violations of the Fourth Amendment?

    Otherwise, this is a very good article, which I must admit seems to be a forte of yours.

    Jim says:
    “They have won, and you have lost. Think of your family, of your kids. Do you care about them?”

    Aren’t you the same one who was able to post Submit and Obey?

    I have some questions for you then:
    First some background, this system effectively and essentially dissolves property rights, and this means that your body is in fact owned by the government as a resource and capital. Bismarkianism encourages its concluding stage of authoritarianism, totalitarianism, and/or despotism by what is termed ‘little Caesar powers’ enabling the oppressors to abuse the oppressed upon their whim be it financially, resources, and/or sexually. This is designed to encourage obedience among the populace as well as encourage more people to attempt climbing the hierarchy and transition from abused oppressed to the abusing oppressor as a form of reward/penalty system.
    This begs many questions in relation to your own questions:
    1). Are you prepared to watch your family and children raped and brutalized upon the whim or whims of the governmental enforcers who enforce obedience to not just the government but their own authority themselves aka encouraged authority by leaderships of these agencies who protect them through ‘little Caesar powers’ granting them said authorities with a smile and a thank you sir/ma’am?

    2). Would you also aid in these governmental enforcers in pursuing such whims?

    3). Didn’t you stop to think this far ahead with the total destruction through past precedent and codification from rights, liberties, and freedoms beyond the reach of government and natural transition into civil privileges revokable at any time by said government?

    4). Did you really think about your safety as well as the safety of your family and children?

    5). Or, did you calculate that it’s riskier to attempt turning the tide that you miss calculated overall safety through assimilation, which if you can’t do either of those two things and even be willing to climb the hierarchy and do the same thing that you’d by definition be resisting and determined a target for much, much worse?

    “The future will be forever different and you must find your place within it. Accommodation is the act of a reasoning mind, violence and destruction that of a despairing and suicidal mindset having no hope for the future or its possibility. Which are you?”

    Actually, this is largely propaganda based on relativism underlined in the misevaluation of civilized society:
    First, the premise is that civilization popularized predominantly by Hubbes through social contract hold nature aka chaos at bay.
    Second, it largely ignores civilization is in and of itself a synthetic construct created by people to enable larger than settlements largely immobile and non-nomadic human dwelling.
    Third, it also ignores above all government isn’t reason, it isn’t logic, and it isn’t benevolent. It is force from at the point of a knife, sword, spear, and a barrel of a gun.
    Fourth, it ignores that force does two things: it either discourages opposition and resistance by promoting fear of more and worse or effectively forces the opposition and resistance exhaustion and drained and easy prey to destruction.

    To put it another way, ‘it is better to be violent if there is violence in our hearts than to put on the cloak of non-violence to cover impotence’.

  82. After spending half of my adult life in Los Angeles, California, I have returned to my hometown in northern Indiana.

    I just couldn’t help but notice an incredible absence of Monarch butterflies, Lightning Bugs, and salamanders.

    Betcha’ all think that you can escape this shit.

    Good Luck with that.

    1. Welshman

      This was written in June. I just brought it forward because I thought it fit well with the Hunger Games articles.

  83. From the Alinsky book:

    Rules for Radicals.

    Top down–Bottom up—Inside out

    How to disassemble the United States, and it has been, and is being done right now under our noses….

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