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Video: Keiser Report: ‘Big Data’ Leaks (E1124)

Check Keiser Report website for more: http://www.maxkeiser.com/ Max and Stacy discuss 'big data' making the case for crypto by allowing for single point of...

Billionaire Betsy DeVos, Big Data, and the Public-Private Planned Economy

If cutting-edge educational technologies can scientifically maximize student learning, then why do so many Silicon Valley bigwigs at Google, Apple, Hewlett-Packard, and Yahoo! send...

When Big Data Becomes Bad Data

A recent ProPublica analysis of The Princeton Review's prices for online SAT tutoring shows that customers in areas with a high density of Asian...

New sensors will scoop up ‘big data’ on Chicago

David Heinzmann The curled metal fixtures set to go up on a handful of Michigan Avenue light poles later this summer may look like delicate...

Buying Your Vote – Dark Money and Big Data

Theodoric Meyer Cuomo Has Raised Millions Through Loophole He Pledged to Close The governor has called for closing a gap in the state’s campaign finance laws,...

Big data companies collect, mine and sell 75k personal details on each customer

While Americans debate how to rein in the National Security Agency’s domestic surveillance program, private companies are gathering massive amounts of data on individuals. According...

The White House Big Data Report: The Good, The Bad, and The Missing

Last week, the White House released its report on big data and its privacy implications, the result of a 90-day study commissioned by President Obama during...

White House ‘Big Data’ Report Excludes Critical Look at Surveillance State

Internal assessment admits some privacy reforms are needed, but proposes no aggressive overhauls Sarah Lazare The White House's internal report on 'Big Data' and privacy issues, released Thursday...

Beyond the NSA: What About Big Data Abuse by Corporations, Politicians?

John Nichols  RINF Alternative News  Taking steps to end, or at the very least to constrain, the federal government’s practice of storing information on the personal communications of...

Big Data + Big Pharma = Big Money

Need another reminder of how much drugmakers spend to discover what doctors are prescribing? Look no further than new documents from the leading keeper...

‘Big Data’ Dynamo: How Giant Tech Firms Help the Government to Spy on Americans

As the secret state continues trawling the electronic communications of hundreds of millions of Americans, lusting after what securocrats euphemistically call “actionable intelligence,”...

The Brave New World of Big Data

The Snowden leaks and ensuing debates about our government, big data, and privacy have led to more Orwell allusions than I’ve heard in all...

Millions in US tax dollars go to Big Data for wiretap capabilities

The US government uses American tax dollars to pay major Internet companies and telecommunications giants like Verizon and AT&T for unprecedented access into millions...

Bilderbergers talk “big data”

The 2013 meeting of the Bilderberg Group is currently underway, with the usual clampdown on media coverage, but it appears that Å“big data” is...

David Petraeus At Bilderberg to Craft “Big Data” Spy Grid

Former CIA Director David Petraeus is in attendance at the 2013 Bilderberg Group conference to help construct the “big data” spy grid, which is set to become the new frontier of clandestine statecraft as Internet connectivity becomes ubiquitous.
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Video: Big Tech Stole Our Data While Democracy Slept: Shoshana Zuboff on the Age...

https://democracynow.org - Corporations have created a new kind of marketplace out of our private human experiences. That is the conclusion of an explosive ... Via...

How does big-data harvesting affect the average Briton? RT UK finds out (VIDEO) —...

The Information Commissioner has been given a warrant to search Cambridge Analytica’s London office –...

The Biggest Data Leak in Swedish History was also the Most Avoidable

It’s been described as “the biggest leak in Swedish history”, and it’s easy to see why. Looking to cut costs, in 2015,...
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Video: Panama Papers’ Reporters Explain How the Biggest Leak in Data Journalism’s History Materialized

http://democracynow.org - Hundreds of journalists around the world pored over the 11.5 million files leaked last year by an anonymous source that reveal how...

Don’t use Charlie Hebdo to justify Big Brother data-slurp — Data protection MEP

The European Parliament’s data protection supremo says calls from national leaders to monitor all airline passengers are “playing into terrorists' hands”. German MEP Jan Philipp...

Big Retail Is Watching You: Exposing Walmart’s Massive Data Collection Schemes

Outside of its growing reputation for poverty wages, worker intimidation and an overall culture of employee repression, a new report released Wednesday reveals that...

The Data Hackers: Mining Your Information for Big Brother

Big Bro is watching you. Inside your mobile phone and hidden behind your web browser are little known software products marketed by contractors to...

Move over NSA, here comes the Obamacare Big Brother database

James S. Robbins Rare July 21, 2013 Would you trust thousands of low-level Federal bureaucrats and contractors with one-touch access to your private financial...

“Big Brother Obama” Systematic Spying on Americans: Unconstitutional US Data-Mining

On June 5, London’s Guardianreported part of it. “NSA collecting phone records of millions of Verizon customers daily,” it headlined.On June 6, a follow-up...

The great big DNA database fishing expedition

In London the Met police have been rounding up and arresting children as young as ten who have committed no crime, for the purpose...

UK Government Drops Big Brother ‘Database’ But Remains Big Brother

The UK government wants communications companies to keep records of our phone, text messages, e-mail and Internet traffic, but has dropped plans to keep this information stored...

UK data watchdog issues Big Brother warning

By Andrew Thomas THE UK INFORMATION COMMISSIONER'S OFFICE (ICO) has warned that bureaucrats share citizens' data with each other willy-nilly and citizens probably don't even...

NYC officials shut Orthodox Jewish daycare over measles data access — RT USA News

An Orthodox Jewish daycare has been shut by New York City's Health Department after it violated...

House Dems Slam Big Bank CEOs Over Pay Disparity

For the first time in a decade, CEOs of America’s mega-banks were summoned to Capitol Hill on April 10 to face scrutiny from lawmakers....

House Dems Slam Big Bank CEOs Over Pay Disparity

For the first time in a decade, CEOs of America’s mega-banks were summoned to Capitol Hill on April 10 to face scrutiny from lawmakers....

House Dems Slam Big Bank CEOs Over Pay Disparity

For the first time in a decade, CEOs of America’s mega-banks were summoned to Capitol Hill on April 10 to face scrutiny from lawmakers....

Teslas keep troves of drivers’ personal data, even after they’re scrapped – or resold...

A Tesla enthusiast hacker has discovered Tesla's onboard computers keep more data than they let on,...

Facebook reportedly under criminal investigation for secret data-sharing deals — RT USA News

Federal prosecutors are probing Facebook's illicit data-sharing partnerships, reportedly subpoenaing data from smartphone manufacturers as the...

Facebook reportedly under criminal investigation for secret data-sharing deals — RT USA News

Federal prosecutors are probing Facebook's illicit data-sharing partnerships, reportedly subpoenaing data from smartphone manufacturers as the...

Free Press Action and Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Release Proposed ‘Online...

WASHINGTON - On Monday, Free Press Action and the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law released model legislation for Congress to consider in...

Big-tech breakup? Elizabeth Warren takes on Amazon and Google — RT USA News

Presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren has unveiled plans to break up and regulate Amazon, Google, and Facebook....

This Time the Big Obstacle for Bernie Isn’t DNC Rigging – Consortiumnews

In the 2020 race it’s the reflexive corporate media spin against the candidate, writes Norman Solomon.  By Norman SolomonNormanSolomon.com Some people are attached...

Israel is Playing a Big Role in India’s Escalating Conflict with Pakistan

Photograph Source International Borders When I heard the first news report, I assumed it was an Israeli air raid on Gaza. Or Syria. Airstrikes on a “terrorist...

The Prisoner Says ‘No’ to Big Brother – Consortiumnews

The refusal by Australia’s foreign ministry to honor the UN’s declaration that Julian Assange is the victim of “arbitrary detention”...

Small Farmers Vs. Big Mining in Central America – Consortiumnews

Heavy-metals pollution threatens indigenous agriculture throughout the region, reports Edgardo Ayala. By Edgardo Ayalain San SalvadorInter Press Service Like an octopus, metals...

NY watchdog digs into Facebook amid reports it harvests intimate data from apps —...

The New York Department of Financial Services has requested documents from Facebook and developers of 11...

Nurse Builds Database of Women Murdered by Men

In February 2017, a school nurse in this Dallas suburb began counting women murdered by men. Seated at her desk, beside shelves of cookbooks, novels...

Trump & WH adviser Conway win big at Razzie worst film awards — RT...

Donald Trump was honored as the year’s worst actor at the 2019 Golden Raspberry awards –...

Thanks to GOP Tax Scam, Big Banks Made an Extra $28 Billion Last Year

While headlines continue to proliferate about average Americans discovering they will not receive the tax return they were expecting and in many cases, depending...

Philadelphia sues seven big banks for getting ‘money for nothing’ from bond collusion —...

The city of Philadelphia is suing Bank of America and six other major banks for conspiring...

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s War on Credit Scores Is a Big Deal

Credit scores: Everyone’s got one, even if they don’t know it — and these numbers can have a profound impact on the trajectory of...

‘Trump derangement syndrome’ or ‘ambiguous art’? Ivanka vacuuming exhibit sparks DEBATE — RT USA...

A new art exhibit in Washington, DC, that invites spectators to throw crumbs on the floor...

US military seeks contractor to turn 2 tons of top secret data ‘to ash’...

A US Navy warfare center is looking to hire a security-obsessed firm to burn two tons...

US telecoms sold precise user location data to bounty hunters & others for YEARS...

Telecom companies have been selling user location data for years, with some of their 'clients' making...

US Prisons Are Building Databases of Incarcerated People’s Voice Prints

This story was published in partnership with The Intercept.Roughly six months ago at New York’s Sing Sing prison, John Dukes says he was brought...

GDPR and Big Tech: The Cookie Monster Versus Joe Public

Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation which was implemented last summer has far-reaching privacy rules. Commonly referred as the , this is now the standard...

Newly-elected Omar draws accusations of ‘unbelievable’ bigotry and anti-Semitism — RT USA News

Newly-elected Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar found herself in the spotlight, not for passing legislation, but for...

Nigel Farage predicts new Brexit referendum would be won by even bigger ‘LEAVE’ vote...

A new referendum on Brexit, reportedly desired by the UK elite, would result in even...

Trump’s Biggest Lie?

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org INTRODUCTION (NOTE: Remarks from U.S. President Donald Trump that will be considered as representing possibly his biggest lie will here...

US telecoms ‘selling cellphone data showing user locations in real time’ — RT USA...

American telecommunications giants are selling access to their customers’ location data, leaving them exposed to being...

Ready for Big Brother? Americans increasingly accept unrestricted facial recognition tech — RT USA...

Americans are increasingly embracing Big Brother, according to a recent survey that found only one in...

150+ companies thrived on Facebook user data under secretive ‘partnership’ deals – reports —...

Adding to a growing backlash against Facebook, a New York Times report detailed how the social...

Senator buys (and drops) thousands in defense stock after pushing Trump for bigger military...

A Republican senator who chairs the Senate Armed Services Committee bought thousands of dollars-worth of stock...

Big mistake! Newspaper writes about Julia Roberts’ ‘holes’ in hilarious typo — RT USA...

A typo that changed a headline from being one about Julia Roberts’ acting roles to one...

Medical researchers still routinely hiding funding from Big Pharma — RT USA News

A huge proportion of scientists and doctors publishing in major medical magazines continue to conceal ties...

Energy Transfer and Big Banks Lost Billions From Dakota Access Pipeline

Roughly four years ago, Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) filed a federal application to build a 1,172 mile oil pipeline from North Dakota’s Bakken shale...

Docs dumped by UK show FB whitelisted user data collection for cherry-picked firms —...

Internal Facebook documents, previously seized by Britain, confirm that the tech giant made a habit...

BuzzFeed gets free biology lesson after promoting bra for big-boobed…‘PEOPLE’?! — RT US News

A BuzzFeed article pimping out a bra designed to provide much-needed relief to “big-breasted people” has...

The Government Has Reversed Its Policy on Silicon Valley Diversity Data

This story was originally published by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, a nonprofit news organization based in the San Francisco Bay Area....

Alexa, is that you? Amazon exposes user data in mystery breach, issues creepy non-explanation...

Amazon notified some customers their data had been exposed but refused to provide any information about...

One of the Biggest Media Hoaxes Ever?

‘Uncomfortable truth’? CNN’s Lemon defends claim that white men are the ‘biggest terror threat’...

Doubling down on his controversial statements earlier this week, CNN host Don Lemon has offered some...

CNN’s Don Lemon wants to ‘do something’ about white men, ‘the biggest terror threat’...

Demonstrating a complete failure to grasp the concept of irony, CNN’s Don Lemon urged Americans not...

Twitter & NATO think tank publish database of tweets, pics… and GIFs by ‘Russian...

Ahead of midterm elections, Twitter has reminded Americans that democracy is still under threat by releasing...

The biggest threat to U.S. national security is the U.S. Government.

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org A dictatorship does not represent the public but only the aristocracy that, behind the scenes, controls the government. Jonathan H....
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Video: US spent $216mn to improve Afghan women’s status… yet ‘no good data’ found

The much-touted 'PROMOTE' programme - was supposed to be the biggest womens support initiative in Afghanistan - but, according to a report by a...

Petrov & Boshirov mocked on Twitter, but Salisbury’s self-esteem the biggest victim — RT...

RT’s interview with the two Russian men accused of being behind the Skripal poisoning has...

White people now the biggest ethnic group arrested for terror offences in the UK...

White people arrested for suspected terrorist offences in the UK now outstrips those of Asian...

Apple to streamline user data request process for police — RT US News

Apple plans to make it easier for police to request and access its users’ data, and...

Trump teases about ‘big trade agreement’ with Mexico, says relations ‘getting closer by hour’...

Donald Trump has tweeted that a “big trade agreement” with Mexico could be coming soon and...

People are Abandoning Big Tech

Where do your Representatives Stand on the Influence of Big Money in Politics?

An essential feature of any representative democracy, like the United States, is that voters can elect candidates who will represent their constituents once elected....

Facebook wants US banks to share customers’ financial data – report — RT US...

Facebook has reportedly asked a number of US banks to share their customers’ personal financial information,...

Twitter suspends Ron Paul Institute executive’s account, one day after Big Tech blocks InfoWars...

Several Libertarian figures, including the Ron Paul Institute director, have found their Twitter accounts suspended. It...

Chilling precedent? InfoWars block exposes Big Tech as no friend of free speech —...

The US Constitution explicitly forbids government censorship. So the Silicon Valley big tech companies named themselves...

Thriving on Dark Web: The My Health Record and Data Insecurity

Data is rarely inert.  It moves, finds itself diverting, adjusting and adapting to users and distributors. Ultimately, as unspectacular and banal as it might...

Whatever Word We Use, Trump’s Entanglement With Russians Is a Big Deal

It shouldn’t be necessary to explain why it’s wrong, not to say potentially criminal, for a presidential candidate to work with a foreign power...

Release American pastor or face big sanctions, Trump threatens Turkey — RT US News

US President Donald Trump has lashed out at Turkey on Twitter, vowing to impose “large sanctions”...

UK commits troops to its biggest Afghan surge since 2014 ‘pullout’ — RT UK...

Ahead of the long-anticipated NATO summit in Brussels, the UK has committed to doubling its...

May appoints new Brexit secretary who once called feminists ‘obnoxious bigots’ — RT UK...

Theresa May has appointed Dominic Raab as the new Brexit secretary, whom she once had...

‘Data Needs to Serve a Public Safety Purpose’

Janine Jackson interviewed Tracy Rosenberg about ICE’s corporate collaborators for the June 29, 2018, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. ...

‘Biggest blaze in living memory’ sparks panic as fire destroys acres of land, homes...

The army is on standby as a fire rips through the Pennines, north of England,...

NSA moves top secret data to cloud developed by Amazon — RT US News

The US National Security Agency is “systematically moving” all its data to a cloud-computing service, the...

US has ‘experience taking down small islands,’ Pentagon bigwig says — RT US News

A top Pentagon official has apparently shrugged off China’s militarized, man-made islands in the South China...

Big Cats That Escaped German Zoo Have Been Found

Drone discovers animals still inside zoo in flooded western town of Lunebach Two lions, two tigers and a jaguar that escaped from...

Big Pay Gaps Are Bad for Business

Mattel is one of the largest toy-making companies on earth. Turns out it's one of the biggest manufacturers of income inequality, too. Last year, the...

Romanians are now the 2nd biggest migrant group in UK — RT UK News

After a surge in arrivals in recent years, Romanians are now officially the second most...

Trump, Musk, and now de Blasio? NYC mayor attacks Big Apple news media —...

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is standing by his criticism of the media, calling...

The Surprising List of Democrats Who Just — Gratuitously — Bowed to Big Finance

In a win for amnesia, Congress advanced a bipartisan bill on Tuesday deregulating the banking industry, just a decade after Wall Street triggered a financial crisis...

Big Pay Gaps Are Bad for Business

Mattel is one of the largest toy-making companies on earth. Turns out it’s one of the biggest manufacturers of income inequality, too. Last year, the...

Donald Trump’s “Big Pharma First” Agenda

Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with Jens Stoltenberg, secretary general of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), not pictured, in the Cabinet Room...

Organized crime is UK’s ‘biggest national security threat,’ damning report reveals — RT UK...

A new report has revealed the seriousness of gang violence in the United Kingdom. According...

Powerful 6.9 quake, numerous aftershocks hit Hawaii’s Big Island near erupting volcano — RT...

A powerful earthquake measuring magnitude 6.9 has struck just off the Big Island of Hawaii as...

Google, Big Tech and the US War Machine in the Global South

Photo by Robert Scoble | CC BY 2.0 The recent Facebook and Cambridge Analytica fiasco deepened public concern about the political power and allegiances of...

Social media executive grilled by MPs over data breaches — RT UK News

Facebook's chief technology officer could offer nothing but promises to do better as he was...

MPs call for HMRC to be investigated over refusal to probe ‘biggest’ Tory donor...

MPs have called for an investigation into HM Revenue & Customs after it turned down...

‘Very good news & big progress!’ Trump after Kim’s nuke test freeze announcement —...

Published time: 20 Apr, 2018 22:57 Edited time: 20 Apr, 2018 23:05 US President Donald Trump...

UK Digital Minister prepares for official showdown with Facebook over leaked data — RT...

Britain's own Digital Minister Matt Hancock plans to bring out the big guns when he...

Never mind Facebook, Google is the all-seeing ‘big brother’ you should know about —...

The Cambridge Analytica scandal put Facebook through the wringer in recent weeks, losing the company $100...

Going Backward in Trump Era, Big Bank Investment in World’s Dirtiest Energy Projects Surged...

Going backward in the era of Trump -- and despite international efforts to curb the climate crisis by reducing carbon emissions and reliance on...

While Workers Get Crumbs, GOP Tax Scam Analysis Details $25 Billion ‘Bonanza’ for Big...

"The oil and gas industry benefitted to the tune of billions of dollars from the Trump tax cut bill... And you didn't." "This oil company...

Big Brother Isn’t Watching You: You’re Watching Him!

President Trump speaks to guests during a Greek Independence Day celebration in the East Room of the White House, on March 22, 2018, in...

How Do Big Oil Companies Talk about Climate Science? Four Takeaways from a Day...

In front of a standing room only courtroom audience, the case of The People of California vs. B.P. P.L.C. et al. took an important...

#DeleteFacebook trending as users fume over Cambridge Analytica data harvesting scandal — RT US...

The hashtag #DeleteFacebook is trending, after it was revealed that Cambridge Analytica bought data harvested from...

Culture Secretary slams Facebook for data breach… right before he admits his own app...

Culture Secretary Matt Hancock has slammed Facebook for harvesting user data – although his own...

Top barrister claims to have ‘unambiguous’ confirmation that BBC codes negative Corbyn messages —...

A top UK barrister has claimed to be in possession of a letter that “unambiguously”...

Acceptable Bigotry and Scapegoating of Russia – Consortiumnews

The scapegoating of Russia has taken on an air of bigotry and ugliness, based largely on Cold War-era stereotypes. In...

Fixing Global Warming is Bigger Than Paris ‘15

The worldwide effort to harness, slow down, lessen, reduce, remove the threat of global warming is epitomized by the Paris ’15 climate accord. This...

Fixing Global Warming is Bigger Than Paris ‘15

Photo by NOAA Photo Library | CC BY 2.0 The worldwide effort to harness, slow down, lessen, reduce, remove the threat of global warming is...

U.S. Intel Misses Russia’s Big Advances in Nuclear Parity – Consortiumnews

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s announcement on Thursday of major technological advances in nuclear weapons delivery systems appears to have caught...

Paying Tribute to a Warrior Against Big Pharma: Zahara Heckscher

All of us at Public Citizen lift up in loving memory our dear friend and peaceful warrior Zahara Heckscher, who passed away on February...

Doctor shared kid patients’ data with pharmaceutical company to push costly drug they didn’t...

A pediatric cardiologist from Marietta, Georgia, has admitted illegally providing confidential patient data to US pharmaceutical...

Clinton & Obama’s ex-aide flamed for anti-migrant bigotry — RT US News

The former communications manager for both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama has been caught making vitriolic...

Nurses Rally in Defense of Unions as Supreme Court Prepares to Hear ‘Biggest Threat...

With the conservative-dominated Supreme Court set to hear a case that poses the "biggest threat to organized labor in years" next week, members of...

Big Money Spurs On an Intense Arizona Midterm Race

Big money is rolling into Arizona as a dramatic cast of candidates duke it out for Senator Jeff Flake's seat in the upcoming midterms. Nearly...

How the Washington Post Missed the Biggest Watergate Story of All – Consortiumnews

The Watergate scandal may have been rooted in Richard Nixon’s alleged efforts to sabotage the 1968 Paris peace talks, but...

Is Bigfoot Mueller’s Missing Link?

In an astonishing and defining moment both for cryptozoology and the Russian Collusion narrative, Independent Counsel Robert Mueller revealed today that massive hominid footprints...

Why Are More Cities Divesting From Big Oil? It’s Moral — and Practical

Thousands of New Yorkers came together for the #Sandy5 march on October 28, 2017, to commemorate the fifth anniversary of Superstorm Sandy. Participants demanded...

Biggest Nunes Memo Revelations Have Little To Do With Its Content – Consortiumnews

The most important revelations of the Nunes Memo relate not to its content, but the political establishment’s response to its...

Google’s parent company in talks to build massive data hubs in Saudi Arabia –...

Alphabet Inc. is reportedly negotiating a major deal with Saudi Arabia. The tech giant recently cracked...

No, Big Corporations Shouldn’t Get Tax Breaks to Create Jobs

Governors and mayors insist that giving our tax dollars to corporations to lure them to move to our cities is good public policy. The...

Brits plan ‘biggest protest in UK history’ against Donald Trump’s visit — RT UK...

Campaigners are rallying for the "biggest protest in British history" on London's streets against Donald...

Unpacking the Shadowy Outfit Behind 2017’s Biggest Fake News Story – Consortiumnews

In late 2016, about 200 websites – including Consortiumnews.com – were identified as “Russian propaganda outlets” by the dubious website...

Facial recognition database? Google’s new art selfie app sparks privacy concerns — RT US...

A new feature of Google’s Art & Culture app, which allows users to find their art...

A look back at Nigel’s clashes with EU bigwigs — RT UK News

Nigel Farage has been ruled out, crossed off, and repeatedly ignored during Brexit negotiations, but...

Niagara Falls ‘freezes’ as big chill grips Eastern US (PHOTOS, VIDEO) — RT US...

Published time: 30 Dec, 2017 19:07 North America is currently experiencing a particularly severe and protracted...

#GOPTaxScam Equals a Big Win for Investors in Mass Incarceration

Investors in the private prison industry in the U.S. will see major tax cuts under the new Republican tax law, making the unpopular law...

In Bid to Save Big Oil $900 Million, Trump Moves to Scrap Offshore Drilling...

Oil spreads through the waters of the Gulf of Mexico on June 1, 2010, 30 days after the Deepwater Horizon explosion. (Photo: Green Fire...

‘Big win for retail’ as US sales jump 4.9% over holiday, largest increase since...

Published time: 27 Dec, 2017 05:16 In a year that saw malls closing their doors across...

In Bid to Save Big Oil $900M, Trump Moves to Scrap Offshore Drilling Safety...

The oil and gas industry is poised to save hundreds of millions of dollars over the next decade thanks to a rollback of offshore...

‘Too big to fail’ bank rules targeted, as Senate panel rolls back Dodd–Frank Act...

Banks and credit unions may soon be relieved of regulations added after the 2007-2008 financial crisis,...

Big Money Pours Into Virginia’s Close Governor’s Race

Voters in two states will elect new governors next month. Given that the outcome of New Jersey's race appears to be a foregone conclusion...

John Kelly, Sgt. Johnson and the Big Lie

President Donald Trump (R) speaks to new White House Chief of Staff John Kelly after he was sworn in, in the Oval Office of...

Make Big Pharma Pay for the Opioid Crisis

Photo by Maryland GovPics | CC by 2.0 Big Pharma is the culprit for the opioid crisis we have today.  This is about crime in...

'Mexico's bigger than NAFTA': FM sends dire warning to US on free trade deal

US leaving the North American Free Trade Agreement “won’t be the end of the world,” Mexican...

The Biggest Crisis in Our Lifetime?

After Jim Rogers, who co-founded the Quantum Fund alongside George Soros, predicted that the “biggest crisis in his lifetime” is less than a year...

This Year's Poverty Data Looks a Lot Different When You Break It Down by...

Last week's Census release of data on income, poverty, and health insurance demonstrated two things: There are policies that work for people who are...

Sen. Warren Rips Anthem for Sending 'Bigger Tax Cuts or Else' Ransom Note

During a Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions hearing Thursday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) slammed the insurance giant Anthem for threatening to...

New Netflix Series Big Mouth Is Peak Weimerica

Sep 13, 2017 By Reinhard Wolff | redice.tv On September 29, Netflix will add a new series to its lineup: Big...

New Report Exposes "Big Ag's Gag Agenda"

A new report puts a spotlight on so-called "ag-gag" laws, offering a clear look at how these efforts to criminalize whistleblowing "are part of...

LA wildfire biggest in city’s history, now spans 5,800 acres (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

Published time: 3 Sep, 2017 11:28 The La Tuna bush fire is now the largest in...

Manafort and the Big Nothingburger

In a secretly taped video CNN’s Van Jones referred to the Trump-Russia story as a “big nothingburger.” Interesting that one of the network’s senior...

The CIA and Me: How I Learned Not to Love Big Brother

Photo by Andrea Yori | CC BY 2.0 In the wake of the 2001 terrorist attacks, Washington pursued its elusive enemies across the landscapes of...

Bannon's Ouster Welcomed, but Much Bigger Problem Remains in White House: Trump

White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference on February 23, 2017, in National Harbor, Maryland. (Photo: Michael Vadon) "The...

Trump condemns ‘display of hatred, bigotry & violence on many sides’ after Charlottesville clashes

President Trump has condemned the violent clashes and a car ramming incident in Charlottesville, Virginia, saying...

Donald Trump working on ‘big’ UK trade deal, takes a swipe at EU

Published time: 25 Jul, 2017 14:44 US President Donald Trump says he is working on...

Trump says he is working on ‘very big and exciting’ trade deal with UK

Donald Trump has said he is working on a “major” post-Brexit trade deal with the UK that could be “very big”.  The announcement in a...

Pound plunges before inflation data release, sparking fresh ‘leak’ concerns

A sharp fall in sterling just before surprisingly weak June inflation data was released has...

Govt ‘powerless’ to stop revolving door between civil service & big business – report

Whitehall bosses failed to stop any of their employees from joining the private sector for...

A Bigger Warning

(Yet another, will it help?) by T.P. Wilkinson / July 16th, 2017 In some casesone can seeanger comingfrom across the seaDestructivenesstravels no longerunder sailBut in data...

Payroll Data Shows Wider-Than-Average Gender Pay Gap in Trump White House

Days after the White House announced that it had ceased operations of its Council on Women and Girls, the Trump administration released data on...

The Latest London Terror Attack on Finsbury Park Mosque is Just Part-and-Parcel of Living...

My advice for the Muslim community is to carry on exactly as before. Get used to it guys: it's part and parcel...

Election scalps: Which political big hitters are facing the chop?  

Published time: 9 Jun, 2017 01:52 Edited time: 9 Jun, 2017 02:16 As the election...

The Arab Struggle Against Bigotry

For decades, Arabs in the United States have been the focus of bigotry that spikes after incidents of Islamist violence...

Trump: Surveillance & unmasking under Obama administration is ‘big story’

Published time: 1 Jun, 2017 16:10 Edited time: 2 Jun, 2017 18:04 Donald Trump says the...

Revealed! Big money bankrolling Tory campaign linked to claims of fraud, tax dodging

Theresa May’s Conservative Party has scooped almost three times more in cash donations than Jeremy...

Big Guns Work

By Erika Haas Bearing Arms May 20, 2017 A mother in Tennessee was forced to pull out the big guns Monday morning after a home intruder...

Trump Wants to Cut Energy Dept's Renewables Budget. Big Time.

The Trump administration is weighing putting the Energy Department's budget for its renewable energy and energy efficiency program on the chopping block with a...

Drones, lasers & more ships: Top US admiral dreams of bigger, better navy

To adequately perform its mission in face of global challenges, the US Navy needs to expand...

Victims paid WannaCry ransom hackers less than $70k, no data recovered – White House

WannaCry, the global cyber ransomware attack that infected more than 300,000 computers in 150 countries, yielded the hackers less than $70,000, and no federal...

UKIP in crisis? Biggest donor & party spokesman jump ship amid ‘war on Muslims’...

Not a full day had passed since the UK Independence Party (UKIP) launched its new...

NC Lawmakers Want to Shield Factory Farms from Big Damage Payments to Victims

Legislation moving through the North Carolina General Assembly would prevent people living near the state's numerous factory farms from recovering more than token damages...

Minnesota lawmakers take step to ban selling browser data

After the US Congress voted to loosen online privacy regulations, allowing internet providers to sell customers’...

DEA approves synthetic marijuana for big pharma company against legalization

A synthetic marijuana product could be available for commercialization after the DEA gave a newly approved...

Senate Might Let Internet Companies Sell User Data to 'Highest Bidder'

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Herewith, the four biggest right-wing lies about inequality, followed by the truth.

Lie number one: The rich and CEOs are America’s job creators. So we dare not tax them.

The truth is the middle class and poor are the job-creators through their purchases of goods and services. If they don’t have enough purchasing power because they’re not paid enough, companies won’t create more jobs and economy won’t grow.

We’ve endured the most anemic recovery on record because most Americans don’t have enough money to get the economy out of first gear. The economy is barely growing and real wages continue to drop.

We keep having false dawns. An average of 200,000 jobs were created in the United States over the last three months, but huge numbers of Americans continue to drop out of the labor force.

Lie number two: People are paid what they’re worth in the market. So we shouldn’t tamper with pay.

The facts contradict this. CEOs who got 30 times the pay of typical workers forty years ago now get 300 times their pay not because they’ve done such a great job but because they control their compensation committees and their stock options have ballooned.

Meanwhile, most American workers earn less today than they did forty years ago, adjusted for inflation, not because they’re working less hard now but because they don’t have strong unions bargaining for them.

More than a third of all workers in the private sector were unionized forty years ago; now, fewer than 7 percent belong to a union. 

Lie number three: Anyone can make it in America with enough guts, gumption, and intelligence. So we don’t need to do anything for poor and lower-middle class kids.

The truth is we do less than nothing for poor and lower-middle class  kids. Their schools don’t have enough teachers or staff, their textbooks are outdated, they lack science labs, their school buildings are falling apart.

We’re the only rich nation to spend less educating poor kids than we do educating kids from wealthy families. 

All told, 42 percent of children born to poor families will still be in poverty as adults – a higher percent than in any other advanced nation. 

Lie number four: Increasing the minimum wage will result in fewer jobs. So we shouldn’t raise it.

In fact, studies show that increases in the minimum wage put more money in the pockets of people who will spend it – resulting in more jobs, and counteracting any negative employment effects of an increase in the minimum. 

Three of my colleagues here at the University of California at Berkeley — Arindrajit Dube, T. William Lester, and Michael Reich – have compared adjacent counties and communities across the United States, some with higher minimum wages than others but similar in every other way.

They found no loss of jobs in those with the higher minimums.

The truth is, America’s lurch toward widening inequality can be reversed. But doing so will require bold political steps.

At the least, the rich must pay higher taxes in order to pay for better-quality education for kids from poor and middle-class families. Labor unions must be strengthened, especially in lower-wage occupations, in order to give workers the bargaining power they need to get better pay. And the minimum wage must be raised. 

Don’t listen to the right-wing lies about inequality. Know the truth, and act on it. 

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Sixteen of the world’s largest banks have been caught colluding to rig global interest rates.  Why are we doing business with a corrupt global banking cartel?

United States Attorney General Eric Holder has declared that the too-big-to-fail Wall Street banks are too big to prosecute.  But an outraged California jury might have different ideas. As noted in the California legal newspaper The Daily Journal:

California juries are not bashful – they have been known to render massive punitive damages awards that dwarf the award of compensatory (actual) damages.For example, in one securities fraud case jurors awarded $5.7 million in compensatory damages and $165 million in punitive damages. . . . And in a tobacco case with $5.5 million in compensatory damages, the jury awarded $3 billion in punitive damages . . . .

The question, then, is how to get Wall Street banks before a California jury. How about charging them with common law fraud and breach of contract?  That’s what the FDIC just did in its massive 24-count civil suit for damages for LIBOR manipulation, filed in March 2014 against sixteen of the world’s largest banks, including the three largest US banks – JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America and Citigroup.   

LIBOR (the London Interbank Offering Rate) is the benchmark rate at which banks themselves can borrow. It is a crucial rate involved in over $400 trillion in derivatives called interest-rate swaps, and it is set by the sixteen private megabanks behind closed doors.

The biggest victims of interest-rate swaps have been local governments, universities, pension funds, and other public entities. The banks have made renegotiating these deals prohibitively expensive, and renegotiation itself is an inadequate remedy. It is the equivalent of the grocer giving you an extra potato when you catch him cheating on the scales. A legal action for fraud is a more fitting and effective remedy. Fraud is grounds both for rescission (calling off the deal) as well as restitution (damages), and in appropriate cases punitive damages.

Trapped in a Fraud

Nationally, municipalities and other large non-profits are thought to have as much as $300 billion in outstanding swap contracts based on LIBOR, deals in which they are trapped due to prohibitive termination fees. According to a 2010 report by the SEIU (Service Employees International Union):

The overall effect is staggering. Banks are estimated to have collected as much as $28 billion in termination fees alone from state and local governments over the past two years. This does not even begin to account for the outsized net payments that state and local governments are now making to the banks. . . .

While the press have reported numerous stories of cities like Detroit, caught with high termination payments, the reality is there are hundreds (maybe even thousands) more cities, counties, utility districts, school districts and state governments with swap agreements [that] are causing cash strapped local and city governments to pay millions of dollars in unneeded fees directly to Wall Street.

All of these entities could have damage claims for fraud, breach of contract and rescission; and that is true whether or not they negotiated directly with one of the LIBOR-rigging banks.

To understand why, it is necessary to understand how swaps work. As explained in my last article here, interest-rate swaps are sold to parties who have taken out loans at variable interest rates, as insurance against rising rates. The most common swap is one where counterparty A (a university, municipal government, etc.) pays a fixed rate to counterparty B (the bank), while receiving from B a floating rate indexed to a reference rate such as LIBOR. If interest rates go up, the municipality gets paid more on the swap contract, offsetting its rising borrowing costs. If interest rates go down, the municipality owes money to the bank on the swap, but that extra charge is offset by the falling interest rate on its variable rate loan. The result is to fix borrowing costs at the lower variable rate.

At least, that is how they are supposed to work. The catch is that the swap is a separate financial agreement – essentially an ongoing bet on interest rates. The borrower owes both the interest onits variable rate loan and what it must pay on its separate swap deal. And the benchmarks for the two rates don’t necessarily track each other. The rate owed on the debt is based on something called the SIFMA municipal bond index.  The rate owed by the bank is based on the privately-fixed LIBOR rate.

As noted by Stephen Gandel on CNNMoney, when the rate-setting banks started manipulating LIBOR, the two rates decoupled, sometimes radically. Public entities wound up paying substantially more than the fixed rate they had bargained for – a failure of consideration constituting breach of contract. Breach of contract is grounds for rescission and damages.

Pain and Suffering in California

The SEIU report noted that no one has yet completely categorized all the outstanding swap deals entered into by local and state governments.  But in a sampling of swaps within California, involving ten cities and counties (San Francisco, Corcoran, Los Angeles, Menlo Park, Oakland, Oxnard, Pittsburgh, Richmond, Riverside, and Sacramento), one community college district, one utility district, one transportation authority, and the state itself, the collective tab was $365 million in swap payments annually, with total termination fees exceeding $1 billion.

Omitted from the sample was the University of California system, which alone is reported to have lost tens of millions of dollars on interest-rate swaps. According to an article in the Orange County Register on February 24, 2014, the swaps now cost the university system an estimated $6 million a year. University accountants estimate that the 10-campus system will lose as much as $136 million over the next 34 years if it remains locked into the deals, losses that would be reduced only if interest rates started to rise. According to the article:

Already officials have been forced to unwind a contract at UC Davis, requiring the university to pay $9 million in termination fees and other costs to several banks. That sum would have covered the tuition and fees of 682 undergraduates for a year.

The university is facing the losses at a time when it is under tremendous financial stress. Administrators have tripled the cost of tuition and fees in the past 10 years, but still can’t cover escalating expenses. Class sizes have increased. Families have been angered by the rising price of attending the university, which has left students in deeper debt.

Peter Taylor, the university’s Chief Financial Officer, defended the swaps, saying he was confident that interest rates would rise in coming years, reversing what the deals have lost. But for that to be true, rates would have to rise by multiples that would drive interest on the soaring federal debt to prohibitive levels, something the Federal Reserve is not likely to allow.

The Revolving Door

The UC’s dilemma is explored in a report titled “Swapping Our Future: How Students and Taxpayers Are Funding Risky UC Borrowing and Wall Street Profits.” The authors, a group called Public Sociologists of Berkeley, say that two factors were responsible for the precipitous decline in interest rates that drove up UC’s relative borrowing costs. One was the move by the Federal Reserve to push interest rates to record lows in order to stabilize the largest banks. The other was the illegal effort by major banks to manipulate LIBOR, which indexes interest rates on most bonds issued by UC.

Why, asked the authors, has UC’s management not tried to renegotiate the deals? They pointed to the revolving door between management and Wall Street. Unlike in earlier years, current and former business and finance executives now play a prominent role on the UC Board of Regents.

They include Chief Financial Officer Taylor, who walked through the revolving door from Lehman Brothers, where he was a top banker in Lehman’s municipal finance business in 2007. That was when the bank sold the university a swap related to debt at UCLA that has now become the source of its biggest swap losses. The university hired Taylor for his $400,000-a-year position in 2009, and he has continued to sign contracts for swaps on its behalf since.

Investigative reporter Peter Byrne notes that the UC regent’s investment committee controls $53 billion in Wall Street investments, and that historically it has been plagued by self-dealing. Byrne writes:

Several very wealthy, politically powerful men are fixtures on the regent’s investment committee, including Richard C. Blum (Wall Streeter, war contractor, and husband of U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein), and Paul Wachter (Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s long-time business partner and financial advisor). The probability of conflicts of interest inside this committee—as it moves billions of dollars between public and private companies and investment banks—is enormous.

Blum’s firm Blum Capital is also an adviser to CalPERS, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, which also got caught in the LIBOR-rigging scandal. “Once again,” said CalPERS Chief Investment Officer Joseph Dear of the LIBOR-rigging, “the financial services industry demonstrated that it cannot be trusted to make decisions in the long-term interests of investors.” If the financial services industry cannot be trusted, it needs to be replaced with something that can be.

Remedies

The Public Sociologists of Berkeley recommend renegotiation of the onerous interest rate swaps, which could save up to $200 million for the UC system; and evaluation of the university’s legal options concerning the manipulation of LIBOR. As demonstrated in the new FDIC suit, those options include not just renegotiating on better terms but rescission and damages for fraud and breach of contract. These are remedies that could be sought by local governments and public entities across the state and the nation.

The larger question is why our state and local governments continue to do business with a corrupt global banking cartel. There is an alternative. They could set up their own publicly-owned banks, on the model of the state-owned Bank of North Dakota. Fraud could be avoided, profits could be recaptured, and interest could become a much-needed source of public revenue. Credit could become a public utility, dispensed as needed to benefit local residents and local economies.

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Ellen Brown is an attorney, founder of the Public Banking Institute, and a candidate for California State Treasurer running on a state bank platform. She is the author of twelve books, including the best-selling Web of Debt and her latest book, The Public Bank Solution, which explores successful public banking models historically and globally.

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Requests for public records under the Connecticut Freedom of Information Act can result in threats of arrest under felony harassment charges. This is what former Florida State Trooper and school safety expert Wolfgang Halbig discovered after repeatedly telephoning and sending the series of emails, a portion of which appear below, to Newtown, Connecticut state and U.S. federal officials demanding more information on the Sandy Hook School massacre of December 14, 2012.

All of the requests below, spanning from records on Sandy Hook’s routine asbestos inspections to the key FBI crime report on the incident, have been met with almost complete silence. The non-responses from Connecticut and federal agencies were punctuated by two residential visits from local Lake County Sheriff’s deputies threatening to lock Halbig up if he persists in his pursuit of the truth. The most recent visit from law enforcement took place on Tuesday, February 18, when deputies questioned Halbig on his recent remarks to American Free Press’ David Gahary that he intended to travel to Newtown on a fact-finding mission in March.-JFT

From: Wolfgang Halbig
Fri, 27 Sep 2013 09:00:43 -0500
To: first.selectman@newtown-ct.gov
Cc: susan.marcinek@newtown-ct.gov
Subject: Mike Kehoe your Police Chief should be immediately fired for Negligence

Mrs Llordra:

I find this e-mail very difficult to write but as a Former Florida State Trooper and old now find the actions of your Police Chief very disturbing.

I have dedicated my life in public service and to read about your police chief giving Lt. George Sinko only a letter of reprimand for failing to respond to the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting on Dec 14, 2012

You should ask yourself as to how a Lt. working an off-duty detail at a construction site and making overtime money can ignore 911 calls and a Newtown police dispatcher requesting help from police officers for shots fired at The Sandy Hook Elementary School.

I cannot imagine any police officer ignoring emergency help requests when children and school staff lives are being threatened.  To sit in your car and listen to all those emergency calls go over the airwaves and do nothing is negligence.

For over two hours he sits and does absolutely nothing while children and school staff are being shot and killed.

Your Police Chief states in the newspaper that he is not a first responder.  He also states that he was off duty.

I can tell you and so can any other certified law enforcement officer when working an off-duty detail that you are never off-duty especially when lives of children and school staff are at stake.

We in law enforcement are on duty 24/7 always on call.

This Lt is  24 year veteran and if he does not know his responsibilities then he should also be immediately be fired along with the Police Chief.

This is a national embarrassment that clearly demonstrates negligence by both the Police Chief for not calling him to duty that morning and for the Lt not responding to this crisis.

We are all first responders even if you are a Lt.

How embarrassing for the City of Newtown Ct having a Lt. sit for over two hours and not respond and only be given a letter of reprimand.

I know that there is more to the story and I only hope that you use common sense in handling this huge embarrassment for your City.

Wolfgang W Halbig

From: Wolfgang Halbig
Date: Thu, 17 Oct 2013 14:11:53 -0500
To: Kathy June <junek@newtown.k12.ct.us>
Cc: “60m@cbsnews.com”  “brian.ross@abcnews.com”
Subject: Last try for Freedom of Information Act from your Interim Superintendent

Kathy;

Please tell your Interim School Superintendent that his response is total Horsepoop.

Hiding behind the safety of children and school staff in not releasing my information request is unprofessional if he is an educator.

I am simply asking for the Vendors name who you the school district or school hired to install the security system at Sandy Hook Elementary School with address and contact numbers

Just like Stanley Security Solutions has installed all of the security tools at the Sandy Hook replacement school.

They have donated over $100,000 thousand dollars in front door access control with CCTV CAMERA AND ACCESS BUTTON WITH CMAERA BEING A COLOR CAMERA.

THEY HAVE PROVIDED CARD READERS AT VARIOUS DOORS FOR STAFF USE.

THEY HAVE PROVIDEd YOUR SCHOOL WITH A NUMBER OF CCTV COLOR CAMERAS PLACED IN VARIOUS AREAS OF THE SCHOOL WHICH I DON’T WANT TO DISCLOSE SINCE IT MAY PLACE CHILDREN AND SCHOOL STAFF AT RISK.

What is wrong with your school district and your superintendents?  What are they afraid off?

I need the total cost of the project.

I need the date of completion.

I need the breakdown of the total cost as to what did the cameras cost? Are they color or just black and white?

I do not want to know the locations as I do know the placement of the cameras at the Sandy Hook replacement school and I promise not to ever hurt any child or staff in your school district.

Please comply with my FOIA as soon a possible since I have been waiting forever.

Wolfgang W Halbig

From: Wolfgang Halbig
Date: Tue, 29 Oct 2013 09:12:28 -0500
To: <joe.rios@newtown-ct.gov>
Cc: Kathy June <junek@newtown.k12.ct.us>, “Katersky, Aaron” <Aaron.Katersky@abc.com>, “brian.ross@abcnews.com”, “60m@cbsnews.com”
Subject: Freedom of Information Act for the State of Ct.

Captain Rios:

Please provide me with copies of the contracts  and costs for the Crime Scene Cleanup in Decontaminating and Sanitizing the Sandy Hook Elementary School after Dec 14, 2012 .

The School Districts was considering allowing children and school staff to return to the school and now they have decided just to tear it down.

Who was the company that you the police allowed in the school providing me with the start date and end date of removing all of the Bio-Hazard materials.

Copy of the licenses that the company provided to you for transporting Medical Waste.

They would have to remove all the blood, bodily fluids, brain matter, skull fragments and around 45-60 gallons of blood based on the number of children and school staff shot and killed that day.

I am the Chief Investigator for the Children’s Safety Institute and a School safety Expert which now requires this information to be made available since it has been 11 month and you have not even provided a simple police or incident report.

If you do not have that information then please direct me to the agency that would have been responsible for decontaminating the crime scene and Sanitizing it since you allowed them into the school to remove furniture.

My address is [address]

Wolfgang W halbig

From: Wolfgang Halbig
Date: Wed, 13 Nov 2013 11:00:41 -0500
To: Boston <Boston.Mail@ic.fbi.gov>
Subject: Re: Do I need to get arrested to show the FBI’s negligence in Sandy Hook?

Boston FBI Offices;You get things done.Boston Marathon Bombing and spectators killed and seriously  injured and you the Boston FBI in three days solve this heinous crime.Millions of people watching and with a President stating in a National Press Conference that he will use every resource in his office in solving this horrendous crime just as he stated during the Sandy Hook Press Conference.You are good and now I am being told that the FBI has NO jurisdiction in the Sandy Hook Elemenatry School Shooting. That only the CT State Troopers and the Dansbury State Attorney control this event yet I am told that you the FBI in New Haven are being told to retract your official report and that is why it is taking so long.I call this Bullshit.  Sorry for the profanity.I know the FBI since I worked with you guys in Miami, Florida as a Florida State Trooper and will never for get April 11, 1986 when two of your Agents were killed and five others were serioulsy injured.>We are law enforcment partners for life and after having to seen that crime scene my request for information and help should not be that difficult.I understand crime scenes and how we collect evidence but after 11 months and the failure of disclosing the truth has caused National Panic and Fear in all schools across this country and I can take you guys on a field trip and show it.Panic and fear should not drive school safety especially when we have not heard the truth.You act accordingly when knowing all the facts.Please help and I know it is New haven but they refuse to respond.Wolfgang W halbig

From: Wolfgang Halbig
Date: Wed, 13 Nov 2013 17:17:45 -0500
To: <newhaven@ic.fbi.gov>
Subject: Do I need to get arrested to make my point?

Newhaven FBI Field Offices:

In major crimes such at Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting multiple agencies work closely together is trying to solve a crime as quickly as possible so rummors don’t fly around and create panic and fear as it now has now at sandy Hook.

You are part of this huge problem because I know that President has the report on the Sandy Hook supposed incident.

I know that the Attorney General Eric Holder has the report of the supposed incident at Sandy Hook.  Why not the National Media and put this ever occurring Sandy Hook terms to bed.

Boston; FBI replied and this was my response back to them.

>You make things happen.

You get things done.

Boston Marathon Bombing in which spectators were killed and seriously  injured and you the Boston FBI in three days solve this heinous crime.

Millions of people watching and with a President stating in a National Press Conference that he will use every resource in his office in solving this horrendous crime just as he stated during the Sandy Hook Press Conference.

You are good and now I am being told that the FBI has NO jurisdiction in the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting. That only the CT State Troopers and the Dansbury State Attorney control this event yet I am told that you the FBI in New Haven are being told to retract your official report and that is why it is taking so long.

I call this Bullshit.  Sorry for the profanity.

I know the FBI since I worked with you guys in Miami, Florida as a Florida State Trooper and will never for get April 11, 1986 when two of your Agents were killed and five others were serioulsy injured.

We are law enforcment partners for life and after having to seen that crime scene my request for information and help should not be that difficult.

I understand crime scenes and how we collect evidence but after 11 months and the failure of disclosing the truth has caused National Panic and Fear in all schools across this country and I can take you guys on a field trip and show it.

Panic and fear should not drive school safety especially when we have not heard the truth.

You act accordingly when knowing all the facts.

Please help and I know it is New haven but they refuse to respond.

Wolfgang W Halbig

From: Wolfgang Halbig
Date: Thu, 14 Nov 2013 08:18:58 -0500
To: Kathy June <junek@newtown.k12.ct.us>
Subject: CT Freedom of Information Request again

Kathy;

You don’t return my phone calls and now I am requesting again the following which has nothing to do with the criminal investigation or places children and school staff at risk.

Please provide quickly.

Please provide me with copies of the contracts  and costs for the Crime Scene Cleanup in Decontaminating and Sanitizing the Sandy Hook Elementary School after Dec 14, 2012 .

The School Districts was considering allowing children and school staff to return to the school and now they have decided just to tear it down.

Who was the company that you the police allowed in the school providing me with the start date and end date of removing all of the Bio-Hazard materials.

Copy of the licenses that the company provided to you for transporting Medical Waste.

They would have to remove all the blood, bodily fluids, brain matter, skull fragments and around 45-60 gallons of blood based on the number of children and school staff shot and killed that day.

I am the Chief Investigator for the Children’s Safety Institute and a School safety Expert which now requires this information to be made available since it has been 11 month and you have not even provided a simple police or incident report.

If you do not have that information then please direct me to the agency that would have been responsible for decontaminating the crime scene and Sanitizing it since you allowed them into the school to remove furniture.

My address is [address]

Thanks

Wolfgang W halbig

From: Wolfgang Halbig
Date: Fri, 22 Nov 2013 08:38:07 -0500
To: “Rubio, Casework (Rubio)” <Casework_Rubio@rubio.senate.gov>
Subject: Re: Request a investigative copy if the Sandy Hook School shooting from President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder now.

Whoever the case worker is:

You just don;t get it do you?  This is as urgent as it can get.  I am a Florida constituent who needs the Senator to get off his ass and get the report on Sandy Hook from the President or Attorney General Eric Holder.

You have NO clue as to what is happening out here with panic and fear running wild in all of our schools and you just don’t get it.

If you wait until Dec 14, 2012 when it becomes the first year anniversary of the Sandy Hook Shooting we will only escalate this panic and fear.

Do your research you don’t wait 11 month and have no solutions to the shooting especially when the FBI was directed by the President to investigate.

I need to hear from you and that Senator quickly on this issue and don’t tell me that this not an urgent issue pleae.

Wolfgang W halbig

From: “Rubio, Casework (Rubio)” <Casework_Rubio@rubio.senate.gov>
Date: Thu, 21 Nov 2013 16:08:57 +0000
To: Wolfgang Halbig
Subject: RE: Request a investigative copy if the Sandy Hook School shooting from President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder now.

Dear Mr. Halbig,

Thank you for your comments. I will be sure to share them with the Senator. Please direct any future legislative comments via our website; http://www.rubio.senate.gov to ensure that a member of our legislative staff has an opportunity to respond to your concerns. This email account is reserved for Florida constituents who require immediate and direct assistance with a federal agency. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Sincerely,

David

From: Wolfgang Halbig
Date: Wed, 27 Nov 2013 20:22:37 -0500
To: <michael.kehoe@newtown-ct.gov>
Subject: Re: Criminal Investigation is now closed so please provide my FOIA request now.

You need to be fired and actually if it turns out to be a conspiracy you need to go to jail and loose your pension like so many others in this heinous crime.

You guys should be ashamed of what you have done.

Your Lt stay on an off-duty construction site detail for over two hours and you justify it by saying he is not a first responder. I hope when you do your speaking engagements you share that will all our other law enforcement police chiefs and officers so they can have a great laugh.

You and vance are at the head of the line and you know it.  The truth will get out sooner or later.

Hope you sleep well you coward.

wolfgang

From: “Kehoe, Michael”
Reply-To:
Date: Wed, 27 Nov 2013 12:39:28 -0500
To: Wolfgang Halbig
Subject: Fwd: Criminal Investigation is now closed so please provide my FOIA request now.

Sir
The items you seek under FOIA are exempt from disclosure under the same law.

Thank you!!

Chief Michael Kehoe
Newtown Police Department
3 Main Street
Newtown, CT 06470
203.270.4256

From: Wolfgang Halbig
Date: Tue, Nov 26, 2013 at 3:28 PM
Subject: Criminal Investigation is now closed so please provide my FOIA request now.

I need you and your school superintendent to honor my CT State FOIA request that have been requested three months ago.

I requesting again under the CT State FOIA request protocols the following;

Contractors name and business address and contact numbers who was hired by the Sandy Hook Elementary School or the Newtown School District in installing the security system at the old Sandy Hook Elementary School.

The cost of the total project
The cost broken down by line item such as door locks at the front door, camera system to monitor people at the door and the recording system costs.

The cost of CCTV cameras for the school and the recording device purchased.

I do not want to know the locations of those cameras for school safety reason,

You were provided a complete and free security system by Stanley Security K-12 which included card readers for school staff, front door access controal with video monitoring and color CCTV cameras throughout the school.

I even know were they are located but I do not care about that just provide the information for the old Sandy Hook School.

Second Request under the Ct State FOIA request procedures;

1.The company that you the Newtown School Board and the Director of Facilities contracted to decontaminate and Santize the Sandy Hook Elementary School of all Bio-Hazards rsulting from the Dec 14, 2012 school killings.

2. The start date of the project in removing all Bio-Hazards such as Blood, Bodily Fluids, brain matter, skull  fragments, blood stained carpets in room 8 and room 10, blood splatter on desks and walls and windows etc.

3. The ending date of the project and total cost for decontaminationg the Sandy Hook Elementary School since you were considering opening the school again.

4. A copy of the contractors certification that he is approved in conducting crime scene decontamination of all Bio-Hazards in the State of Ct.

Your secretary took my other request of the FOIA dealing with the Life Insurance that the school board had to pay to six school satff members beneficiaries when they were killed in the line of duty.

Also the workers Compensation death benefits paid by the school board to the school  staff members beneficiaries who were killed in the line of duty by the school district.

This is my research project for my Doctorate so please provide this information.

Thanks

Wolfgang W halbig
352——–
[address]

From: Wolfgang Halbig
Date: Mon, 02 Dec 2013 09:06:02 -0500
To: Kathy June <junek@newtown.k12.ct.us>
Subject: Ct Freedom of Information Act Request

Kathy;

This FOIA request is for the the name and all contact numbers of the Newtown School Districts licensed School Asbestos Inspector.

This request is also for all copies of all reinspections required every three years starting in 1997 through the demolition of the Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2013.

1997
2000
2003
2006
2009
2012

Please provide copies of written notification for each of the years listed to parents, school staff and employees organizations on an annual basis regarding the availability of the Sandy Hook Asbestos Management Plan.

Please provide training verification for your custodial Staff at Sandy Hook of the 14 hours of training and the two hours of training within the first 60 days of hire.

I hope that is not exempt as you always respond exempt.

Also do not make the Police Chief respond to my Newtown School District FOIA requests it is your responsibility.

I have forwarded my complaints to the Freedom of Information Commission for a response of your stone walling my requests.

Please mail all information requested to [address]

Thanks
Wolfgang w halbig
352———

From: Wolfgang Halbig
Date: Mon, 02 Dec 2013 08:43:53 -0500
To: Sally Cox <coxs@newtown.k12.ct.us>
Subject: SHS Parent Contact

I am a trainer for the US Justice Department COPS IN SCHOOL PROGRAM.

Are you a registered Nurse?

Why in the closet for four hours?

Why close your eyes when you have seen blood before you are a nurse?

Wolfgang W halbig

From: Wolfgang Halbig
Date: Mon, 23 Dec 2013 10:51:52 -0500
To: “Vance, Paul” <Paul.Vance@ct.gov>
Cc: “Kehoe, Michael” <michael.kehoe@newtown-ct.gov>, “Ross, Brian E.” “60m@cbsnews.com” “Tom Winter (Personal)”
Subject: CT Freedom of Information Act request again

Lt. Vance;

You are great at ignoring CT Freedom of Information requests which being a law enforcement officer makes you intentionally reposnible since you threatened others for posting false information.

You threatened people with arrest and yet you fail to comply with the laws of CT.

I am requesting againg the Flight log of Ct Trooper One Helicopter for Dec 13, 2012 and Dec 14, 2012 starting each day at 6:00 am and ending each of those days at 6:00 pm.

I am requesting the helicopter manifest as to who was on board and all copies of video that was shot and recorded for both days that are dated and time stamped for accuracy.

I am also requesting the company that was contracted to clean up all Bio-Hazards such as all the blood, brain matters, bone fragments, stained carpet with blood.  Bookbags and furniture that was contaminated and had to be sanitized.

These are simple questions that even you should understand and have this request processed urgently

The case is closed and I believe the information is not exempt form public records.

Please act accordingly as someone who is a PIO for the CT State Police.

Thanks

Wolfgang W halbig
[address]
352———

From: Wolfgang Halbig
Date: Tue, 28 Jan 2014 09:25:05 -0500
To: Kathy June <newtown.k12.ct.us>
Cc: “Ross, Brian E.” <Brian.E.Ross@abc.com>, “60m@cbsnews.com”
Subject: Asbestos in the Sandy Hook School

Kathy;

I am requesting under the CT Freedom of Information Act the Tri-annual Asbestos Inspection reports from a private individual certified in conducting this required inspections.

I want the name of the company ans contact numbers.

I need copies of the reports starting in 2002 through 2011.

I need copies of letetrs sent to parents and teachers informaing them of all of the Asbestos inside the Sandy Hook Elemenatry School.

There is NO doubt that Asbestos was present since I am providing you a picture of a company demolishing the scvhool and not using the proerr Asbestos removal protocol which is a serious federal violation.

Please provide this quickly since I have tried over and over again with NO return phone calls or repsonses to my Ct of Information Act requests.

Thanks again
Wolfgang W Halbig

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Sandy Hook: Free Homes and “Big Bucks” Incentives for Leaders and Players

By James H. Fetzer (with Wolfgang Halbig)

BREAKING NEWS! New Revelations expose the apparently corrupt motives of Newtown authorities and participants in the staged events at Sandy Hook, including free homes and a cut of $27 million (USD) in donations from a sympathetic but gullible public played for saps through the cynical manipulation of their subconscious fears.

Wolfgang

New research on Sandy Hook reveals powerful financial incentives that appear to implicate the highest officials of Newtown in a conspiracy to fabricate the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting, which extends to survivors of the “victims” and other participants who played key roles in conveying the impression of a massacre of children at Sandy Hook.

In addition, a new player, Wolfgang Halbig, has emerged who by background, experience and qualifications–as a former Florida State Trooper, former school principal and nationally recognized expert on school safety–has brought a new level of expertise to sorting out the illusion, where he is convinced it was a sham and that no one died at Sandy Hook.

These incentives include real estate transactions, whereby valuable homes were deeded to Newtown’s three Selectmen and to other participants for the sale price of $0 dollars on 25 December 2009, which may be the only real estate transactions on Christmas in the nation day, where they constituted very special and high-value-at-no-cost “Christmas presents”. The “survivors” have already raked in $27 million in donations to split. And now we have a new report that 200 Connecticut State Police are going to be rewarded for essentially “doing nothing”.

This information is so extraordinary that, as a journalist for Veterans Today, I have written to Newtown’s Selectmen, Patricia Llorda, William F.L. Rogers and James Gaston, Sr., to either confirm or deny that they were among the recipients of these extraordinary gifts. I am awaiting their replies. And, for the rest, in their eagerness to cash in on the hoax, they seem to have posted a United Way donation request 3 days early.

Who is Wolfgang Halbig?

A former Florida State Trooper, who spent 36 years as a school administrator (including as assistant principal and principal) and a nationally recognized authority on school safety (who also served as an expert witness in the Columbine shooting case), has an impressive biographical sketch, which I am providing here. He is by far the most highly qualified expert to address the questions raised by the Sandy Hook “event”:

The exceptional interview by Dave Gahary with Wolfgang Halbig has been posted on the America Free Press YouTube channel, where it has been drawing rave reviews and, as they say, has “gone viral”, perhaps especially because he has been threatened with prosecution for raising questions with Connecticut state officials. How could anyone of his credentials be threatened simply for asking questions about Sandy Hook?

David Gahary interviews Wolfgang Halbig

To listen to the interview of Wolfgang Halbig by David Gahary, click
Wolfgang on YouTube here

The fascinating questions that Wolfgang has raised include, “Why were 26 small Christmas Trees behind the Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire Department on 14 December 2012 and decorated on 15 December 2012?” They do not have, say, 60 or 100 trees because, if they did, it would be obvious that they would be having a Christmas tree sale. But instead we see that they have just 26 small trees all by themselves. That would seem to suggest there was a plan to have 26 “victims” whose deaths were to be observed, but before the event to be commemorated had taken place.

As he wrote of the Sandy Hook Research Group and others, “There are so many of you who have dedicated so much time and effort in seeking the truth which the CT State Police and the Danbury State Attorney refuses to share reminds me of Nazi Germany and East Berlin were many of my family members lived and died. My father spend four years in a Nazi prison camp so I know personally that if you or we ever stop asking questions and stop challenging those in power we the people are no longer free and will no longer be safe.”

Letter to the Newtown Selectmen

It was astonishing to discover that very unusual real estate transactions had taken place on 25 December 2009, where the homes of 15 of the 20 Sandy Hook child victims, 1-2 of the 7 adult victims, and all 6 of the Sandy Hook adult non-victims (the Phelps, Gene Rosen, the three Selectmen) have the mysterious sale date of Christmas Day and $0 sale price. Although not gifted on that same date, even the home of Nancy Lanza, the purported mother of the alleged shooter, Adam Lanza, was bestowed upon her for $0 on 8 February 2011:

Nancy Lanza's home

Nancy Lanza’s home

Altogether, some 35 homes were “gifted” for $0, where the data base for home sales is a matter of public record. These stunning transactions are so extraordinary and potentially explanatory that they are even being featured on YouTube, where I expect that they will now begin to receive the attention they deserve. I decided to write to the three Selectmen of Newtown, all of whom were recipients of this remarkable largess, for their verification. I had originally sent my inquiry to the members of the School Board, but noticed my mistake and corrected it:

From:James Fetzer
Date: Sat, Feb 15, 2014 at 1:17 PM
Subject: The strange purchase date and price of Sandy Hook homes
To: Patricia Llorda, William F.L. Rogers and James Gaston, Sr.
Cc: wolfgang halbig

Dear Newtown Selectmen,

This is to forward to you a message intended for you as well as the members of the Newtown School Board, since all of you have an interest in accurate and truthful reporting about Sandy Hook and such events as may have transpired at the elementary school.

I was struck by the recent article in which Selectman Llodra complimented the national press for its “respectful professionalism” in covering the observance of those events. Since I want to make sure I have my facts straight about a story that involves the three of you, I would appreciate having your comments on the article that I have just forwarded to the members of the School Board.

Thanks for a prompt response.

Jim

James H. Fetzer, Ph.D.
McKnight Professor Emeritus
University of Minnesota Duluth
http://www.d.umn.edu/~jfetzer/

———- Forwarded message ———-

From: James Fetzer
Date: Sat, Feb 15, 2014 at 1:17 PM
Subject: The strange purchase date and price of Sandy Hook homes
To: Debbie Leidlein, Laura Roche, Keith Alexander, John Vouros, David Freedman, Michelle Embree Ku, Kathy Hamilton
Cc: wolfgang halbig

Dear Newtown School Board Members,

While we are on the subject, I would like to invite your attention to an extremely disturbing article,

“The Strange Purchase Date and Price of Sandy Hook Homes”,  http://www.dcclothesline.com/2014/02/14/strange-purchase-date-price-sandy-hook-homes/

which I hope you can clarify for me because, as a journalist, I want to make sure I have things right. It lists some highly unusual real estate transactions on Christman Day of 2009, including these:

20. E. (Elin) Patricia Llodra, 70:

Llodra is the First Selectman and head of Newtown’s 3-member Board of Selectmen who supervise the administration of the town. Like the other two board members (#21 and #22 below), Llodra was elected to a 2-year term (12/1/2011 to 12/1/2013), which means the three were in charge of Newtown at the time of the Sandy Hook massacre. All three were recently reelected to another 2-year term (12/1/2013 to 12/1/2015).

A year ago, when I looked up Ellin P. Llodra on people search engines, her address was listed as 90 Riverside Rd, Sandy Hook, CT 06482.

VGS a year ago and today says Owner of Record: Robert M. & Ellin P. Llodra Ownership history: Sold to Robert M. & Ellin P. Llodra on 12/25/2009 for $0. Trulia has no price history on this property.

But when I look up Ellin Llodra on people search today, her address is listed as 3 Primrose St., Newtown, CT 06470, which is the address of the Newtown Municipal Center, and is owned by the Town of Newtown, with a sale date of12/25/2009 and a sale price of $0.

21. William Rodgers (2nd member of Newtown’s Board of Selectmen):

208 Hattertown Rd, Newtown, CT 06470 VGS says Owners: William & Moira Rodgers Ownership history: Sold to William & Moira Rodgers on 12/25/2009 for $0 Trulia’s price history: 4/22/1992 $362,000

22. James Gaston Sr. (3rd member of Newtown’s Board of Selectmen):

18 Main St., Newtown, CT 06470 VGS says Owner: Stephanie A. Gaston Ownership history: Sold to Stephanie A. Gaston on 12/25/2009 for $0 Trulia’s price history: 10/2/1992 $262,500

Frankly, I have never heard of anyone completing a real estate transaction on Christmas Day. The author summarizes his conclusions about these very strange transactions as follows:

“The homes of 15 of the 20 Sandy Hook child victims, 1-2 of the 7 adult victims, and all 6 of the Sandy Hook adult non-victims (the Phelps, Gene Rosen, the three Selectmen) have the mysterious sale date and $0 sale price.

“At the very least, that is interesting. The three Selectmen are especially interesting because if the hypothesis is that the massacre was a contrived event, then Newtown’s highest governing body would have to be “in the know.”

“Your guess is as good as mine as to what all those strange 12/25/2009 sale dates and $0 sale price mean. I’d appreciate input from readers of this blog who are in the real estate business and can shed some light of what the odd sale date and sale price mean.”

Since I am providing you with a link to this stunning article, whose contents you can confirm for yourselves, I would like to know if its author has anything wrong; and if his research is accurate, what in the world is going on? Homes in your area are extremely expensive. Why were you, the three selectmen, for example, deeded homes for $0 on 25 December 2009? Please do explain.

I will be publishing more articles about this and I want to make sure that I have my facts straight.

Thanks for a prompt response.

Jim

James H. Fetzer, Ph.D.
McKnight Professor Emeritus
University of Minnesota Duluth
http://www.d.umn.edu/~jfetzer/

P.S. An interview with Wolfgang Halbig is now up on YouTube. You don’t want to miss it:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6roDPt1WYYY&list=UUseEm_OTxRSzs8L_FTFP8Dg

Newtown official thanks media for covering Sandy Hook

Letter to the Newtown School Board

Learning that all three of the Newtown Selectmen, including Patricia Llodra, had received homes for $0 dollars shed light on the whole bizarre Sandy Hook experience, where it became obvious in retrospect that her expression of appreciation to the main stream media for their “respectful professionalism” in covering the observance was really an expression of appreciation for covering up what had actually happened. When Wolfgang wrote to the School Board, therefore, I sent my own follow up:

On Fri, Feb 14, 2014 at 9:23 AM, James Fetzer <jfetzer@d.umn.edu wrote:

Dear Newtown School Board Members,

As a former Marine Corps officer, retired university professor and especially as a journalist for Veterans Today, who has published several articles about the Sandy Hook event, I would like to have your response to what Wolfgang Halbig has addressed to you. Wolf is a former Florida State Trooper, a former school principal and a nationally recognized expert on school safety. Are you going to respond to his inquiries or will you pretend you never received them?

There are multiple indications that you, the Newtown School Board, have been participating in a cover up of what took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School. As we have observed in “Top Ten Reasons: Sandy Hook was an Elaborate Hoax” (with Vivian Lee, Sofia Smallstorm, James Tracy and other members of the Sandy Hook Research Group), the evidence is simply overwhelming that what happened was a carefully staged drill and not an actual shooting.

The questions that Wolfgang has raised are important ones, especially about the event itself but also about the building, which have been reported in articles that have appeared in the press, including “Widespread Haz-Mat Presence Would Have Hampered Sandy Hook Renovations” by John Voket (2 December 2013), which appeared in The Newtown Bee. And of course First Selectman Pat Llorda has been quoted thanking the press for its coverage of the Newtown event.

The questions that Wolfgang has raised about Sandy Hook Elementary School are obvious and elementary. As a journalist who has published and will continue to publish about this event, I want to be sure that I have my facts straight. So be sure to include me in your response to Wolfgang. And if you were not participating in a massive hoax to mislead the American people, inquiring minds want to know.

Thanks for a prompt response.

Jim

James H. Fetzer, Ph.D.
McKnight Professor Emeritus
University of Minnesota Duluth
http://www.d.umn.edu/~jfetzer/

From: Wolfgang Halbig
Date: Fri, 14 Feb 2014 07:38:20 -0500
To: Debbie Leidlein, Laura Roche, Keith Alexander, John Vouros, David Freedman, Michelle Embree Ku, Kathy Hamilton
Subject: Follow the CT Laws on the Ct Freedom of Information Act and please return phone calls

School Board Chairman and Board Members:

I have spend a lifetime as a Florida State Trooper In Miami, Florida from 1974 through 1977 and then realizing that I’m in the wrong profession.

When you work as a Law Enforcement Officer in Miami, Florida it seems as a lifetime even if it is only 3 years or less.

I was putting people in Jail instead of trying to prevent them from going to jail.

So I became a School Administrator for 36 school years.

I became a National School Safety Consultant after retiring form Education in 1999.

I was appointed by former Gov. Jeb Bush to the Florida Safe Schools Commission and confirmed by the Florida Senate.

I am asking you the Board Members to help me in getting your school superintendent to repsond to my Ct Freedom of Information Requests in a timely manner.

Your Facility Director does not even return phone calls after leaving a polite message.

My requests are simple requests and will not place your school district in any danger whatsoever.

I was an Expert witness in the Columbine shooting in 1999 and it causes me to ask the same questions.

I was in the Media Center three days after the shooting and I personally observed the horrific crime scene and I got to see it after they renovated the Media Center for School use again.

The incident at Sandy Hook Elementary School has caused nothing but panic and fear throughout all schools in our country and I believe you have a responsibility as Board Members to tell the truth as to:

Why were NO trauma Helicopters requested that morning when lives could have been saved?

Why No paramedics or EMT’S were allowed into the school building instead they were told to set up Triage?

Who declared all 24 school children and school staff legally dead within the first 11 minutes since only a Doctor can do that not a police officer per CT State Laws?

Two children supposedly died at the hospital which it took over an hour to transport. Why?

Who did the school board contract to remove all Bio-Hazards from the Sandy Hook Elementary School such as 45 to 65 gallons of blood, brain tissues and skull fragments, blood splatter, blood carpet removal etc just as they did at Columbine?

Who was the contractor who installed the security system at sandy Hook Elementary school and the total cost of the project?

Copies of the tri-annual Asbestos inspections that must be conducted by a Certified Inspector from outside the school system and that all parents must be notified of any asbestos, lead or any other dangerous substances that could cause harm to children and school staff on an annual basis.

I have requested those reports from 2002 through current year 2012. Now what is so difficult in providing me with those reports since parents of Sandy Hook should see those every school year?

Please comply.

I am asking you as a former educator and National School Safety Consultant to respond to my Ct Freedom of Information Act requests and return phone calls in a timely manner. You have had Dr. Ron Stephens National School Safety Center speak with you and he will give me a great reference if you check me out.

I will not stop asking as you will see until board members have the courage in sharing the truth.

How can a Lt. from the Newtown Police Department working an off-duty detail on Dec 14, 2012 and hearing that shots are fired at Sandy Hook Elementary School not leave his off duty job to repsond in saving children and school staff lives? He decided to stay until over two and a half hours passed to respond.

How can you [have] allowed that type of response from police in your community. He should be fired and not praised in your meetings?

Please have your school district respond to my requests.

Thanks.

Wolfgang W Halbig
352———
[address]

Sandy Hook School beyond rennovating

Wolfgang’s questions for The Newtown Bee

His letter to The Newtown Bee was so completely appropriate and reasonable that it seemed to me a bit more heat was deserved in this case, so I wrote a sequel in which I raised questions about an event as embarrassing relative to Sandy Hook as Jane Standley’s report of the “collapse” of WTC-7, which was broadcast 27 minutes early. So I asked about its very strange report of a phone call from the principal, Dawn Hochsprung, about the shooting, when she was said to be the first victim:

From: James Fetzer
Date: Sat, Feb 14, 2014 at 9:00 AM
Subject: About Wolfgang Halbig’s inquiries to The Newtown Bee
To: [Newtown Bee Staff]
Cc: wolfgang halbig

Dear Bee Editors and Staff,

As a former Marine Corps officer, retired university professor and especially as a journalist for Veterans Today, who has published several articles about the Sandy Hook event, I would like to have your response to what Wolfgang Halbig has addressed to you. Wolf is a former Florida State Trooper, a former school principal and a nationally recognized expert on school safety. Are you going to respond to his inquiries or pretend you never received them?

There are multiple indications that you, The Newtown Bee, have been participating in a cover up of what took place at Sandy Hook Elementary School. As we have observed in “Top Ten Reasons: Sandy Hook was an Elaborate Hoax” (with Vivian Lee, Sofia Smallstorm, James Tracy and other members of the Sandy Hook Research Group), you even published an interview with Dawn Hochsprung after she was officially dead:

Dawn Hochsprung—In an embarrassing fiction, The Newtown Bee reported on 14 December 2013 that Dawn Hochsprung, the Sandy Hook school principal, told the paper that a masked man had entered the school with a rifle and started shooting multiple shots – more than she could count – that went “on and on.” Of course, Dawn Hochsprung was allegedly killed by Adam Lanza and so could not easily have provided this statement. In fact, Dawn was said to have acted heroically, dying while lunging at the gunman—although one wonders who witnessed and reported this act of heroism. On 17 December 2013, The Bee retracted the report and apologized:

An early online report from the scene at the December 14 shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School quoted a woman who identified herself to our reporter as the principal of the school. The woman was not the school’s principal, Dawn Hochsprung, who was killed in the Friday morning attack. The quote was removed from subsequent online versions of the story, but the original story did remain in our online archive for three days before being deleted. We apologize for whatever confusion this may have caused our readers and for any pain or anguish it may have caused the Hochsprung family.

But how in the world could something like that have happened unless someone went off the script? Why in the world would anyone PRETEND TO BE THE PRINCIPAL OF AN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL AND CALL IN TO REPORT A SHOOTING? Surely you can see that your flimsy attempt to explain away an embarrassing gaff by The Newton Bee isn’t going to persuade anyone that you are not complicit in this massive deception and hoax? So be sure to include me in your response to Wolfgang, because I want to have my facts straight. And if you were not participating in a massive hoax to mislead the American people, inquiring minds want to know.

Thanks for a prompt response.

Jim

James H. Fetzer, Ph.D.
McKnight Professor Emeritus
University of Minnesota Duluth

http://www.d.umn.edu/~jfetzer

On Fri, Feb 14, 2014 at 7:43 AM, Wolfgang Halbig wrote:

Editor and reporters and Hicks:

How can you as a staff sit back in your offices and allow this to happen under your watch?

Your failure in placing every parent on notice before the Sandy Hook School Shooting about the serious high level of lead, asbestos and PCB’s in that school since it was built in 1956 should have been a warning sign long before they decided to tear it down.

Why did your News Paper not warn every parent and school board members of the serious exposures that every child and school staff member is confronted with on a daily basis and NO one warned the parents or school staff?

As you know by CT State and even Federal laws the Sandy Hook Elementary School is required to have a tri-annual Asbestos inspection by an outside certified asbestos inspector.

Those findings must be reported to parents of the children and school staff of Sandy Hook on an annual basis.

The school district must write a letter to very parent informing them of the high level of lead, Asbestos such as asbestos ceiling tiles, asbestos floor tiles and just as you finally reported before tearing down the school of how bad those Asbestos and Haz-Mat conditions where.

Children and school staff are working in classroom with high amounts of lead paint. Have you ever heard of allergies?

You call this a Vanguard School knowing that every child and school staff member who attended was being exposed to high levels of lead, serious Asbestos violations and many other Has-mat conditions such as PCB’s.

Why would any Elementary School parent allow their child to attend that school unless all those conditions were remediated long time ago?

These are serious conditions that a school district ignored and you must have known or maybe just an oversight in letting parents know of how bad those environmental conditions in that school where.

Did the school district on an annual basis write letters to every parent in informing them of these serious Haz-Mat and Asbestos conditions? You should find out because it is the law.

Wolfgang
352———

So what was Sandy Hook about?

Are the Newtown Selectmen going to move to make real estate records immune from public disclosure, just as the Newtown Clerk moved to keep children’s death certificates out of the public domain? Just how dumb are we supposed to be? As I explained in an earlier article, “Fusion and Fear in America: The Non-Existent Domestic Terrorist Threat”, on the basis of an extensive study by a subcommittee of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Intelligence, there appears to be no domestic terrorist threat, which may account for why we are subjected to contrived events, such as Sandy Hook and the Boston bombing:

“Despite reviewing 13 months’ worth of reporting originating from fusion centers from April 1, 2009 to April 30, 2010, the Subcommittee investigation could identify no reporting which uncovered a terrorist threat, nor could it identify a contribution such fusion center reporting made to disrupt an active terrorist plot.”–US Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

While this finding appears to be of the greatest importance to the American public, to the best of my knowledge, the mass media has ignored it completely. We know about the 300 or more FEMA camps distributed around the country. We know that Congress has authorized 30,000 drones to conduct surveillance on the American people. We know that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) had requisitioned 1.5 billion rounds of .40 calibre hollow-point ammunition, which is not permissible for use in warfare under the Geneva Conventions. And we know that Hitler, like Obama, promoted gun control in the name of “public safety”.

Since DHS does not conduct operations abroad, it must be acquiring that massive stock of ammo for use on us right here in the United States. That much is alarming enough all by itself. What we didn’t know is that DHS is some kind of monstrous joke, that it has been squandering billions of taxpayers’ dollars, and that it has turned up no evidence of any domestic terrorist threat! NONE! The situation is absurd. DHS has no financial oversight and cannot even identify how much it has spent, where there is more than $1 billion difference in its own estimates. So what precisely are we getting for our money?

Perhaps the biggest obstacle to the public’s acceptance of Sandy Hook fakery, in spite of a mountain of evidence that proves it, has been the question of motivation: What could possibly have induced so many to have lied so much about a matter of such immense significance, which has been parlayed into greater restrictions on gun control and new “mental health criteria” that entitle your physician to ask you about gun ownership? The answer, alas, should be obvious to everyone: free homes and free money from playing the American people for suckers. Don’t say no one ever told you, because we just did.

YouTube – Veterans Today -

Wolfgang Halbig, a former Florida State Trooper with 36 years of experience as a school administrator, is also a nationally recognized authority on school safety and has been threatened for asking questions about Sandy Hook.

Jim Fetzer, a former Marine Corps officer, is McKnight Professor Emeritus at the University of Minnesota Duluth and a journalist and editor for Veterans Today.

This article originally appeared at Veterans Today on February 16, 2014. It is republished here with permission.

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from the no-wonder-its-data-centers-are-bursting-into-flames dept Tim CushingTechDirtOctober 21, 2013 Another leak has been released from Edward Snowden's files,...

Towards a North American Homeland: U.S.-Canada “Cross-Border” Intelligence Sharing, Law Enforcement, Data Collection and...

Some of the corporate interests that are steering the U.S.-Canada Beyond the Border integration agenda are not quite satisfied with its progress so far...

In Big Win for Defense Industry, Obama Rolls Back Limits on Arms Exports

Black Hawk helicopters are among the items that may now be subject to fewer export restrictions (Image: Matt Hintsa/cc/flickr) Flickr)The United States is loosening...

Creative Protest Targets Massive NSA Data Center

Opponents of the National Security Agency's spying are using creative protest to bring attention to agency's dragnet surveillance and new data center in Utah. Restore...

Bigger Than That: (The Difficulty of) Looking at Climate Change

(Image: Earth sunrise via Shutterstock)Late last week, in the lobby of a particularly unglamorous downtown San Francisco building, a group of passionate but polite...

The US-EU Transatlantic Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA): Big Business Corporate Power Grab

The Transatlantic Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA) between the US and EU intends to create the world's largest free trade area, ‘protect' investment and remove...

EXPOSED: The iPhone and The Government Biometric Database

RINF Alternative News A recent video released by hacktivist group Anonymous presents compelling evidence which claims that Apple’s TouchID technology is linked to the FBI...

NSA’s Spying On Metadata Violates Our Freedom of Association

Why You Should You Care If the Government Spies On Your Metadata The government has sought to “reassure” us that it is only tracking “metadata”...

The Average American Family Pays $6,000 a Year in Subsidies to Big Business

The average American family pays $6,000 a year in subsidies to big business. That's over and above our payments to the big companies for energy...

Big Oil PR Pros, Lobbyists Dominate EDF Fracking “Study”

Alongside releasing its controversial findings on fugitive methane emissionscaused by hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) on September 16, University of Texas-Austin also unveiled an industry-stacked Steering...

MN State Rep Joins 17 Others In Suing State For Illegally Accessing Drivers License...

from the sorry-about-the-violations,-here's-someone-else's-money dept Tim Cushing TechDirt Sept. 18, 2013 You know you've gone too far in abusing access to the public's data when you've...

NSA gets data from Germany’s domestic security agency

rt.comSeptember 14, 2013 Germany' Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution regularly hands over classified...

Wall Street Banks Obtain Market Data Ten Minutes Before Everyone Else

A news scandal shows the markets are rigged. TRANSCRIPT: JESSICA DESVARIEUX, TRNN PRODUCER: Welcome to The Real News Network. I'm Jessica Desvarieux in Baltimore. And welcome...

Prop 37 Redux? BigAg Dumps Millions to Defeat GMO-Labeling in Wash.

Once again, a state is putting forth a ballot measure to label genetically modified foods, and once again, a familiar cast of characters is...

US shares raw NSA data with Israel

National Security Agency headquarters in Fort Meade, Md. The administration of US President Barack Obama shares with Israel the raw intelligence data vacuumed up...

US shares raw NSA data with Israel

National Security Agency headquarters in Fort Meade, Md. The administration of US President Barack Obama shares with Israel the raw intelligence data vacuumed up...

NSA shares raw intelligence including Americans’ data with Israel

Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras and Ewen MacAskillThe GuardianSept. 11, 2013 The National Security Agency routinely shares...

Apple iPhone 5S: Big Brother Dream Come True

The latest iPhone is an ode to biometrics, spying, and the Big Brother control grid. Anthony...

Apple iPhone 5S: Big Brother Dream Come True

The latest iPhone is an ode to biometrics, spying, and the Big Brother control grid. Anthony...

Apple iPhone 5S: Big Brother Dream Come True

The latest iPhone is an ode to biometrics, spying, and the Big Brother control grid. Anthony...

Steve Jobs Is ‘Big Brother’ And Smartphone Users Are ‘Zombies,’ According To NSA Cell...

from the the-NSA-hates-you-for-your-freedom dept Tim CushingTechDirt.comSept. 10, 2013 Just in case you're not convinced the intelligence community...

Australia Votes to Crush Carbon Tax and Big Government

Voters in Australia delivered a landslide victory for a more liberty-minded coalition on September 7 that ran on a market-friendly platform and vowed to...

NSA Can Spy on Smart Phone Data

SpiegelSeptember 8, 2013 The United States’ National Security Agency intelligence-gathering operation is capable of accessing user...

Walmart Workers Plan the Biggest Mobilization Since Black Friday

Josh Eidelson The Nation Sept. 4, 2013 Walmart workers and supporters plan to mount protests in fifteen cities Thursday, a mobilization that the union-backed...

DEA’s Hemisphere Project collects more phone data than NSA

By Thomas Gaist 4 September 2013 PowerPoint slides leaked to the New York Times this week contain information about the previously unknown Hemisphere Project, a federal-local partnership...

Is the big money exiting housing?

According to a report by Goldman Sachs, approximately 57 percent of the homes that were purchased in the first quarter of 2013 were all-cash...

Affordable Care Act’s Biggest Problem: Making Care Affordable

Judging by the Obama administration’s push to get people enrolled in the insurance exchanges of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), one would think that...

WHO Is Delaying Release of Iraqi Birth Defect Data?

Observers say they are on the cusp of getting the hard evidence needed to prove Iraqis are suffering from a disproportionate rate of birth...

Why The 2,776 NSA Violations Are No Big Deal

Ron Paul Thanks to more documents leaked by Edward Snowden, this time to the Washington Post, we learned last week that a...

Economy biggest worry of Americans: Poll

53% of Americans mention some economic issue as the most important problem.One in four Americans name the economy as the most important problem facing...

This Is The Biggest Cluster Of Hindenburg Omens Since The Last Stock Market Crash

Are we heading for a major stock market decline? Warnings about a crash of the financial markets are quite common these days, and usually...

S&P gives higher grades to big banks

Among US rating agencies, Standard and Poorâ„¢s has been given higher grades to Wall Street banks since the financial crisis to back its business,...

US indicts 4 Russians in biggest hacking

The United States has charged four Russian nationals and a Ukrainian with stealing and selling at least 160 million credit and debit card numbers...

570,000 Requests Made For Web & Phone Data

Almost 600,000 requests for supposedly confidential information like email and text messages have been made by UK authorities. This is between roughly 80,000 and 90,000 more requests made by the police and secret services than in 2011.

The Dangerous ObamaCare Data Hub

Under the guise of expanding Americans’ access to healthcare, “the federal government is planning to quietly enact what could be the largest consolidation of...

Using Outdated Data, FEMA Is Wrongly Placing Homeowners in Flood Zones

http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/using_outdated_data_fema_wrongly_placing_homeowners_flood_zones_20130722/ Posted on Jul 22, 2013 ...

Obamacare ‘Navigators’ will have unlimited access to personal data

21st Century Wire says… A new data-grabbing agency emerges… According to reports by the Government Accountability Office or (GOA), Obamacare ‘Navigators’ will have access to the Federal...

Ordering a Pizza in the ‘Federal Data Hub’ Future

Infowars.comJuly 21, 2013 Would you like to see what it might be like to order a...

10 Ways That The Iron Grip Of The Big Brother Prison Grid Is Tightening...

Do you ever feel trapped in an invisible control grid that is slowly but surely closing in all around you? Do you ever feel...

Big Sis 2.0: Congressional Pick For New DHS Head Supports Mass Surveillance

Ranking Democrat favorite supported CISPA spying bill Steve WatsonInfowars.comJuly 17, 2013A congressional pick for...

Anyone Traveling Into The UK Can Have Their Phones Seized And Data Downloaded Without...

Tim CushingTech DirtJuly 17, 2013 An independent review of the UK’s anti-terrorism laws has found that...

NSA data center will use 1.7M gallons of water per day to read your...

Ryan Whitwamgeek.com July 15, 2013 Data centers are notorious for using a lot of power and...

The 5 Biggest Obscenities of Capitalism Today

Committed capitalists don't seem to recognize that people depend on each other, and that individual success is a result of collaborative effort, usually over a long period of time.

How Big Is the Average Penis? You Might Be Surprised

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How a SELECTed Bad Study Became Big News

On July 10, 2013, major media headlines and news stories claimed "Too Much Fish Oil Might Boost Prostate Cancer Risk." Wow, that sure seems...

11 Big Myths About the Economy That Are Destroying America

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The Coming National DNA Database

A national DNA database is coming. Barack Obama has already said that he wants one. A major Supreme Court decision last month paved the...

Pentagon Orders Purge of Osama Bin Laden’s Death Files from Data Bank

A new wave of camouflage is underway at the Pentagon and the CIA. The bin Laden “death files” contained in the Pentagon’s  data bank...

U.S. Hypocrisy: We Claim To Defend Freedom, But We Spy On Our Friends And...

Why has the United States been bugging the offices of EU diplomats on both sides of the Atlantic? European officials are absolutely seething with...

Research Shows that Monsanto’s Big Claims for GMO Food Are Probably Wrong

Oops. The World Food Prize committee’s got a bit of egg on its face—genetically engineered egg. They just awarded the World Food Prize to three scientists, including one from Syngenta and one from Monsanto, who invented genetic engineering because, they say, the technology increases crop yields and decreases pesticide use.

Big Brother Bank Tracks Customers Phones

Millions of Barclays bank account holders will have their mobile devices tracked from October this year. The banking giant also plans to sell customer's purchasing information to third party companies or government departments, it has been revealed.

Big Brother Writ Large in America

Big Brother Writ Large in America by Stephen Lendman Spying on its citizenry reflects one of the most defining police state characteristics. Post-9/11, America crossed the...

NSA: If Your Data Is Encrypted, You Might Be Evil, So We’ll Keep It...

Mike MasnickTech DirtJune 22, 2013 There’s been plenty of commentary concerning the latest NSA leak concerning its FISA...

The Big Plunge

Normally, stocks don’t fall off a cliff unless the economic data suddenly turns south or there are signs of an emerging crisis, like a...

The Surveillance State: Big Brother Writ Large in America

Spying on its citizenry reflects one of the most defining police state characteristics. Post-9/11, America crossed the line. Unconstitutional mass surveillance became official US policy....

Farewell Bernanke — Thanks For Inflating The Biggest Bond Bubble The World Has Ever...

Michael SnyderEconomic CollapseJune 19, 2013 Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is on the way out the...

Big Brother alert: Cameras in the cable box to monitor TV viewers

Cheryl K. ChumleyWashington TimesJune 18, 2013 It hardly gets more Orwellian than this. New technology would...

GE Ex-CEO: IRS Revelations Support My Concerns About Unemployment Data

Washington Free BeaconJune 17, 2013 Former GE CEO Jack Welch said a big government bias among...

Excess Reserves at the Federal Reserve. One of The Biggest Financial Scams In History:...

Banks’ excess reserves at FED is one of the biggest scam by the FED and there is a conspiracy of silence as to its...

Excess Reserves at the Federal Reserve. One of The Biggest Financial Scams In History:...

Banks’ excess reserves at FED is one of the biggest scam by the FED and there is a conspiracy of silence as to its...

Despite Big Bloomberg Money, Veto Protects Gun Rights in Nevada

Despite a massive influx of funds from billionaire New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, an anti-gun extremist using his fortune to bankroll nationwide attacks...

Thousands Of Companies Have Been Handing Over Your Personal Data To The NSA

Michael SnyderEconomic CollapseJune 15, 2013 It isn’t just Internet and phone companies that are giving your...

Despite Big Bloomberg Money, Veto Protects Gun Rights in Nevada

Despite a massive influx of funds from billionaire New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, an anti-gun extremist using his fortune to bankroll nationwide attacks...

U.S. Agencies Said to Swap Data With Thousands of Firms

Michael RileyBloombergJune 14, 2013 Thousands of technology, finance and manufacturing companies are working closely with U.S....

The War on Metadata

Ideas are fashioned weapons. When applied to the right spot, their result can be immediate, overwhelming, collapsing. The pressing need for populations across countries...

The Frankendata Monster

So far, the biggest revelation of the NSA spying story is…that anyone actually thinks this story is a big revelation. A look back to 2006...