Other Enemies of Freedom

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Lenin Nightingale 
RINF Alternative News

The System Lords do not enslave you as conquerors in battle, but by ink and stealth. When Lord Obama was elected as President of the Fascist State of America, he did not campaign on instigating the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). What a good piece of legislation the duped may say, trying to make those tax dodging corporations pay their dues.

Yet, this legislation is a smoke-screen, for it is nothing to do with Lord Obama’s string-pullers, the multi-billion dollar corporations that dictate his every policy, who may pay what tax they like, it is everything to do with enslaving that most dangerous of species – that American citizen who has somehow escaped the talons of the I.R.S., and has more than $50,000 in a European bank account. The underlying assumption being that they must be avoiding tax, selling drugs, or dealing in arms, that is, they must be doing what large corporations do.

American provinces that have agreed to implement FATCA are Belgium, France, Germany, Japan, and the UK – leading cheerleaders of the Ruling World Corporatocracy that is fronted by America. Within Europe, the adoption of FATCA means that European law is replaced by dictatorial power. European banks will also be forced into revealing all transactions in and out of accounts of less than $50,000 if they are used over a certain (unknown) number of times. Banks which fail to follow this dictate face the possible withdrawal of their banking license in America. These agreements are in breach of Directive 95/46/EC of the European Parliament, which is enshrined in the national laws of member states, and which has been ‘suspended’ to allow America ‘access’ to its citizens – martial law replacing judicial law.

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Those under scrutiny are subject to their cellphone being tracked, revealing their precise location, a tactic already widely used by State spymasters, and their social media activities being monitored. Such revalation is only gained through unforseen ‘leaks’, you are asked to believe, but not a bit of it. They want you to know of the comprehensive dossier being built on you, apeing the East German Stasi tactic of old. The real point of mass data collection is to give government blackmail capability over its citizens, which is dangled over peoples’ heads like the Sword of Damocles. You have to know about it to fear it.

The American ‘suspect’, fresh from stashing ill-gotten gains in a European bank, returns to their homeland, but not without their name, address, telephone number, date of birth, passport and credit card number, being transmitted to the spymasters, that is, the same information is collected on them as on any European citizen travelling to America. Such blanket surveillance is to combat crime and terrorism, of course, although terrorism is usually the activity of an extremely small percentage of young Muslim males, who account for 99.999% of all acts of terror.

Mass collection of metadata as a means of preventing any criminal activity is of limited worth. American District Judge Richard Leon, ruled in June, 2014, against the NSA, saying “the government does not cite a single instance in which analysis of the NSA’s bulk metadata collection actually stopped an imminent attack, or otherwise aided the government in achieving any objective that was time-sensitive in nature”. This judgement covered seven years of metadata collection. The judge’s pronouncement was confirmed by members of Lord Obama’s committee to assess surveillance efforts, which reported: ‘there has been no instance in which NSA could say with confidence that the outcome would have been different without the section 215 telephony meta-data program’. In contrast, NSA Director Keith Alexander has claimed its programs have helped “prevent over 50 potential terrorist events”, and Lord Obama’s committee agreed, when applied to surveillance programs that record (unlike metadata) ‘the actual content of communications’. The operative word is helped. The 9/11 Commission reported that the CIA had plenty of information on one of the attackers. In similar circumstances today, it could apply to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court for permission to access specific records through CIA computer servers. Telephone companies do not have to know what data is being accessed. It is naeve to believe that Intelligence Services do not have dossiers on ‘suspects’ obtained by traditional means (spies on the ground, in chat rooms and ‘darknets’, etc.), which can trigger specific surveillance of communication.

The data collected by bulk surveillance was originally encrypted, the American government having to obtain a search warrant based upon ‘probability’ before a suspect’s communications could be decrypted. Such data is no longer encrypted, and is very expensive to analyse, that is, very profitable for those firms engaged in analysis. The problem is a human one, based on perceptions about what is important in the data, the intentions and capabilities of those being assessed.

Mass collection of unencrypted data is an attempt to aid analysis by using algorithms (predictive computer programs that compare data patterns between various sources: phone, credit card, email, etc.), to suggest what might be important. The program, however, is only as good as the programmer, and it is doubtful that many criminals have been caught by algorithm analysis alone. It is also naeve to believe that mass surveillance techniques are unknown to the criminal or terrorist, who take every measure to avoid the algorithm trap. Those with rudimentary forsight use chat hosts with encrypted chatting plugins, phones that communicate with others on the same encrypted network, search engines that encrypt searches, and claim not to store your IP address. They might fondly believe they are veiled behind a ‘dark’ (honeytrap) ‘net’. The more intelligent, the most serious ‘adversaries’, are able to remain hidden. The ineffectiveness of the costly mass collection and analysis of data has been reported on in the Wall Street Journal.

Corporations which control governments inform them of your communications. Everything you write on Facebook or Gmail, say on Google Talk, or Skype chats, is recorded in real time. Corporations have tracked user metadata for years – location, search, skype, and phone history – in order to market products. It rings hollow that corporations are ‘forced’ to share data with governments, but that is the lie of it. UK citizens are asked to believe that the (rushed through Parliament) Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Bill is necessary to ‘force’ phone and internet companies to retain communications data, following a European court ruling that it infringed human rights. This is but theatre for the masses, a farce played in front of a gullible audience by political puppets.

The Washington Post’s (2011) reported on PRISM – a surveillance program in which the American National Security Agency (NSA) and the FBI allegedly have direct access to the servers of Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, AOL, Skype, YouTube and Apple. The term direct access is the pivot of deceit, for if a search engine had a special mailbox (server), where requested files are placed, prior to being sent to the NSA via secure FTP, then, technically, the NSA and FBI have no direct access to the main servers of this company. Who owns these (hypothetical) mail boxes? – essentially storage spaces. If a corporation has sold them to the surveillance agencies, they are not technically partners of an internal government intranet. It is like selling a gun that shoots a victim – the seller is not the shooter. Most political lies are technical ones.

The Washington Post claimed: ‘Ordinary Internet users, American and non-American alike, far outnumber legally targeted foreigners in the communications intercepted by the National Security Agency from U.S. digital networks’. It added: ‘Many other files, described as useless by the analysts but nonetheless retained, have a startlingly intimate, even voyeuristic quality. They tell stories of love and heartbreak, illicit sexual liaisons, mental-health crises, political and religious conversions, financial anxieties and disappointed hopes. The daily lives of more than 10,000 account holders (in one batch of data) who were not targeted are catalogued and recorded nevertheless’. Such files have a blackmail agenda.

Suspects of any nationality may be arrested by the American Stasi anywhere in the world (under the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act), thrown into military gulags, and held indefinitely without judicial protection, including that of habeas corpus. Although, many people would tolerate the use of such treatment of those genuinely suspected of engaging in, or intending to engage in, acts of terror, most would oppose similar treatment of those whose views simply clashed with the Ruling Corporatocracy.

Thomas Paine was not popular with the British Establishment of the 18th century. His book ‘Common Sense’ was about why America should be free of its British Imperialist Lords, the silk-dressed descendants of a ‘French bastard’ (William the Conqueror), who dictated every wretched condition of those who served them, and imprisoned those who expressed opposition, by either word or pamphlet. The internet is the pamphlet of today. So, when Twitter censors tweets at the request of any government or corporation, it is a travesty of the principles enshrined in the American Constitution, which owes much to Thomas Paine, and which allows for freedom of expression, and, as naturally follows, freedom of association. Yet, at a recent (2014) rally organized by Veterans for Peace (VFP), at New York City’s Vietnam Memorial, protestors were met by police from the Technical Assistance Response Unit (TARU), with three protestors being arrested and led away in plastic handcuffs, on the pretext that the site of the rally closed at 10pm. It was the politics being expressed that smothered the right of assembly and free speech: A past president of Ashville, N.C. VFP chapter, said he was protesting at the vast sums America spends on war: “That money could be used for the poor. Meanwhile, the number of homeless veterans is multiplying – the number of veterans committing suicide is multiplying … This country is so militaristic, so totally devoted to the wealthy 1 percent that Occupy spoke about”.

The irony is that American military intervention in countries run by dictators has been sold on the lie of bringing freedom to those ‘liberated’, a freedom denied to those who did the ‘liberating’ on their return to America.

Any country is subject to American law if its computer server is located on American territory, allowing the American government to directly capture data. Yankee America is sovereign over all its Western puppet regimes. This is further shown in the implementation of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), under which American companies can complain against a state that denies them exploitative rights to their markets, whether that is for drilling of shale gas, or selling food that does not meet EU requirements. American companies can also complain about EU ‘social standards’ (employment rights) that lessen their profit. American companies can take their complaints to the International Centre for Settlement of Investment disputes (ICSID), which is akin to a mafia mobster taking his complaint to his Godfather in Sicily – the ICSID is governed by the World Bank, and is based in Washington.

A review of Jeffrey Grupp’s 2008 book (Corporatism: The Secret Government of the New World Order), states: ‘This book is an existential, empirical, economic, and psychological study of how corporations dominate the globe to the point that humanity worldwide is reduced to little more than a crushed, defeated mob of uneducated, brainwashed, and tormented beings – who are often tricked into believing they are free’. I can only add that many English settlers of America escaped the yoke of tyranny by supporting the American Revolution, and it may take a second one to free their descendants of the yoke of another set of fascist tyrants; this being their true name, the review of Jeffrey Grupp’s book continuing: ‘In the near future America may become a full-fledged prison nation that will ultimately merge into the corporatist global ‘prison planet’ that Hitler was initially attempting to set up, and which is now called the New World Order.’

It is neither mass data collection nor terrorists you need fear.
Unite in the spirit of Thomas Paine: ‘He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from opposition; for if he violates this duty he establishes a precedent that will reach himself’.
Unite under the Battlecry of Freedom!

lenin nightingale 2014