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Republican Candidates are Paying a Fossil Fuels Conglomerate for Voter Data Mining

Photo Source DonkeyHotey | CC BY 2.0 Koch Industries is a fossil fuels conglomerate with estimated revenues of more than $100 billion annually and 130,000...

UK investigators raid Cambridge Analytica offices in Facebook data mining probe — RT UK...

Investigators from the Information Commissioner’s Office have searched the London offices of Cambridge Analytica and...
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Video: British govt caught up in Facebook data mining scandal

The UK defence ministry has been caught up in the scandal surrounding Cambridge Analytica. The firm allegedly harvested the personal data of millions of...

Parent Alert! NSF Awards Grant for Data Mining Children

Diane Ravitch The National Science Foundation has awarded grants of $4.8 million to several prominent research universities to advance the use of Big Data in...

Expert Explores Link Between Federal Data Mining and Common Core

In an exclusive studio interview with The New American magazine's Dr. Duke Pesta, Heartland Institute Education Research Fellow Joy Pullmann outlined the crucial link...

Counterterrorist Data Mining Needs Privacy Protection

A National Research Council report represents an attempt to address privacy concerns that have dogged past counterterrorist data mining programs like Total Information Awareness. By...

Data Mining Your Life

By Carlton Meyer | Few Americans pay attention to the Bush administration’s effort to better monitor terrorist communications. In short, federal authorities want to...

VIDEO: Giuliani Making Millions From Data Mining

Olbermann discusses with Arianna Huffington the millions Rudy Giuliani has made by more unsavory business tactics. His connections with terrorist countries, indicted aides and...

Data mining; FBI cast wide net for info

AP FBI demands to telecommunications companies went beyond requesting phone records of customers under suspicion to include analyses of their broader patterns of communication with...

Facebook’s data-mining woes deepen as company suspends another analytics firm — RT US News

Cambridge Analytica was not an isolated incident: Facebook has suspended another data analytics firm for collecting...

Pentagon Funds New Data-Mining Tools to Track and Kill Activists

Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed The US Department of Defense (DoD) is funding a multimillion dollar university research program to develop new data mining and analysis tools for...

Hospitals Are Mining Patients’ Credit Card Data to Predict Who Will Get Sick

Shannon Pettypiece and Jordan Robertson  Imagine getting a call from your doctor if you let your gym membership lapse, make a habit of buying candy bars at...

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...

New federal consumer ‘protection’ bureau data-mining Americans’ private financial records

Richard PollockWashington ExaminerSeptember 10, 2013 Serious allegations are being raised in the legal community that the...

“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...

NSA Mining Data of Nine Internet Companies, Post Reports

The NSA and FBI are "tapping directly into the central servers of nine leading U.S. Internet companies, extracting audio, video, photographs, e-mails, documents and...

U.S. mining data from 9 leading Internet firms; companies deny knowledge

Barton Gellman and Laura PoitrasWashington PostJune 7, 2013 The National Security Agency and the FBI are...

Brazil to Open Indigenous Reserves to Mining Without Indigenous Consent

An industrial mining operation in Brazil. Note the forest at the edge of the open pit mine.Norsk Hydro ASA via VisualHunt.com / CC BY-NC-SAFor...

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...

Ron Paul blasts Bolton, Pompeo for undermining Trump — RT USA News

Former Congressman Ron Paul has come out swinging against neoconservative voices in President Trump’s cabinet. John...
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Video: Colonial Data & Election Thieves Strategic Communication Labs SCL & Palantir – Christopher...

Christopher Wylie – former SCL employee: data mining, and getting around electoral law to covertly fund politics; SCL as modern colonialism – how they...

Facebook believes ‘most’ of its 2bn users had their data improperly mined & misused...

The personal information of 87mn users was improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica, the social media giant...

Facebook says it will cease cooperation with all third-party data collectors — RT US...

Facebook has said it will no longer offer an advertising option that exploits personal data provided...

#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...

US Federal Trade Commission to probe Facebook for use of personal data – Bloomberg...

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is expected to probe Facebook for its use of personal...

Before the US Approves New Uranium Mining, Consider Its Toxic Legacy

Uranium -- the raw material for nuclear power and nuclear weapons -- is having a moment in the spotlight. Companies such as Energy Fuels, Inc. have played well-publicized...

Brexiteers slammed for undermining Northern Ireland peace treaty — RT UK News

A number of of hardline Brexiteers have been criticized for comments suggesting that the Good...

BBC again accused of undermining Britain with anti-Brexit coverage

Published time: 19 Sep, 2017 15:49 The BBC once again stands accused of bias against...

‘In a trance’: New database to record ‘zombie’ effects of illegal designer drugs

A national database listing the effects of so-called ‘zombie’ drugs has been created for doctors...

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...

Police Are Using Facebook and Apple to Data-Mine Accounts of Trump Protest Arrestees

(Photo: Gilles Lambert; Edited: LW / TO) The Trump administration has made it clear that dissent will not be tolerated -- and that's why we're...

Terrorism Undermining Merkel

The bloody truck attack on Berlin’s Christmas market is a reminder how the West’s destabilization of the Mideast and North...

FBI gains access to tweet-mining app despite Twitter snooping ban

The FBI has gained access to Twitter-linked analytics tool Dataminr, citing the use of Twitter by terrorist organizations. But that appears to violate Twitter's...

“Aiding” Canada’s Mining Companies

Significant sums in Canadian “aid” are spent promoting international mining initiatives. In a press release last week Ontario-based Carube Copper said it acquired “over 500...

Media Undermine Democracy by Speculating Wildly About Undermining Democracy

The relentless drumbeat of Trump–as–Russian agent takes hasn’t ceased since the news broke of a likely Russian hack of the Democratic National Committee in...

Brexit fallout: Labour insiders leak documents, accuse Corbyn of undermining Remain campaign

Multiple sources within the Labour party claim Jeremy Corbyn and his team worked against the...

41 Secret Service agents punished for breaching congressman’s private data

Congressman Jason Chaffetz’s rejected 2003 application to join the Secret Service leaked last year, and now...

Twitter Claims To Block Intel Agencies From Tweet-Mining Service

Twitter Claims To Block Intel Agencies From Tweet-Mining Service Peter Van Buren, May 11, 2016 Twitter claims it does not want...

‘Terrorism investigation’ Court lets NSA collect telephone records data

In its first ruling regarding phone records since the passage of the USA Freedom Act, the...

Leaked NSA doc reveals ‘sheer luck’ needed to find useful info in sea of...

The NSA didn’t know it was already sitting on a “goldmine” of data on one of its targets until one of its analysts discovered...

Mining job cuts: The destructive anarchy of the capitalist market

Nick Beams Friday’s announcement by two major global mining companies that they plan to slash tens of thousands of jobs points to the gathering crisis...

Facebook hit with class action lawsuit over facial recognition data

A new class action lawsuit claims Facebook violated its users' privacy rights in acquiring what it describes as the largest privately held database of facial...

Google is ‘distorting’ and undermining EC privacy ruling — EU Justice Commissioner

Google and other prolific search engines are “distorting” and undermining the European High Court’s recent ‘Right to be Forgotten’ ruling, the European Commission’s (EC)...

Canada’s telecoms aid state surveillance by handing over personal data

Ed Patrick As part of a vast expansion of the Canadian surveillance state, federal government police agencies are requesting personal subscriber information from the country’s...

NYPD Running License Plates, Examining Cellphone Transmissions, Collecting DNA in Brooklyn Bridge White Flags...

Investigators are running license plate numbers, scouring social media, examining cellphone transmissions and collecting DNA as part of their investigation into who climbed the...

Global warming? Government’s own data says US in decade-long cooling period

New government data suggests that the average temperature in the United States has cooled by approximately 0.7 degrees Fahrenheit during the last decade. The statistics...

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...

The FBI’s Facial Recognition Database Combines Lo-Res Photos With Zero Civil Liberties Consideration

Another FOIA lawsuit brought against the government by the EFF has resulted in the release of previously withheld documents. The papers cut loose this time...

Senate Intelligence head accuses CIA of undermining US “constitutional framework”

Barry Grey  RINF Alternative News In an extraordinary speech delivered Tuesday on the floor of the US Senate, the chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Dianne...

Forget Metadata … The NSA Is Spying On EVERYTHING

Don’t Get Too Distracted By The Details … The Government Is Spying On ALL Of Your Digital Communications Reprinted with permission The NSA’s spying on everyone’s...

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...

Think metadata isn’t intrusive?

Metadata surveillance is extremely powerful, and we are all subject to it, constantly.You've probably heard politicians or pundits say that Å“metadata doesn't matter.” They...

NSA Solution to Private Communication Data: Corporations Hold It, We’ll Exploit It

As the debate over the NSA's massive mining of the personal communication records of Americans continues and as pressure builds for legislative curbs to...

Pentagon Data on Student Testing Program Rife with Errors and Contradictions

Pat Elder RINF Alternative News In late December, 2013 the Department of Defense released a database on the military's controversial Student Testing Program in 11,700...

Federal Judge Rules NSA Phone Data Collection is Legal and Justified by the 9/11...

Patrick Martin A federal judge in New York City ruled that the National Security Agency (NSA) program that collects the telephone metadata for every call...

NSA’s telephone meta-data program

The Review Group concluded that NSA had not proved necessary to the prevention of any planned terrorist attack since the program's inception in 2006.In...

Obama Review Panel: Strip NSA of Power to Collect Phone Data Records

The National Security Agency should be banned from attempting to undermine the security of the internet and stripped of its power to collect telephone...

Globalization and the Police State: CIA Pays AT&T to Spy on Phone Data

The report Thursday of a CIA-AT&T operation exposes a whole new layer of state-corporate spying on the people of the United States and the...

CIA pays AT&T to spy on phone data

By Bill Van Auken8 November 2013 The report Thursday of a CIA-AT&T operation exposes a whole new layer of state-corporate spying on the people...

NSA secretly accessed Yahoo, Google data centers to collect information

Despite having front-door access to communications transmitted across the biggest Internet companies on Earth, the National Security Agency has been secretly tapping into the...

Another Obamacare glitch: Data center shuts down

ReutersOctober 28, 2013 A data center critical for allowing uninsured Americans to buy health coverage...

Alongside Common Core, Feds Will Vacuum Up Data on Kids (Video)

Alongside the highly controversial nationalization of education via the Obama administration-backed “Common Core,” the federal government is bribing and bullying state governments into collecting...

Healthcare.gov exposed as data-gathering honey pot

To shamelessly harvest private consumer data and turn it over to the NSA Mike AdamsNatural NewsOctober...

Healthcare.gov exposed as data-gathering honey pot

To shamelessly harvest private consumer data and turn it over to the NSA Mike Adams Natural News October 25, 2013 The pieces of the puzzle...

CIA-Funded Software Company Manages Private Data For Healthcare.gov

In-Q-Tel made “strategic investment” into software company involved in Obamacare enrollment Kit Daniels A software company funded by the Central Intelligence Agency is...

TSA accessing government and private databases to pre-screen everyone

Jetsetters, take note: According to a front page article in Tuesday's edition of the New York Times, the United State Transportation Security Administration (TSA)...

Google’s wide net of data-fishing could land it whopping fines

Google may be facing its toughest fight yet, as a series of court cases involving the company's casual wiretapping of the world's e-mails and...

NSA Metadata Collection Puts Journalists’ Sources at Risk

(Image: CNET)U.S. government surveillance of Americans' metadata threatens confidentiality and protection of journalists' sources, warns Phil Zimmermann, the creator of the email encryption software...

NSA Collecting Private Data to Socially-Profile Americans

New reporting by independent journalists Laura Poitras, working with the New York Times' James Risen, shows that the National Intelligence Agency is using its...

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”...

Gov Estimates Pandemic Would Kill At Least 2 Million: “Completely Realistic and Based on...

In early 1918 the Spanish flu was nowhere on the radar. A couple years later, by the end of 1920 over 500 million people...

Inequality for All: Robert Reich Warns Record Income Gap Is Undermining Our Democracy

Five years ago this weekend, the Wall Street giant Lehman Brothers collapsed triggering the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. Today, the divide...

NSA feeds raw intelligence data to Israel

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NSA feeds raw intelligence data to Israel

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Haiti: Grassroots Groups Afraid “Attractive” Mining Law Could Open Country Up to Systematic Pillage

As the government works on preparing “an attractive law that will entice investors,” Haitian popular organizations are mobilizing and forming networks to resist mining in their country.

‘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...

'Reading Your Diary': Ten Years of Internet Metadata Scoured by NSA

For two years, the Obama Administration conducted "bulk collections" of internet metadata on Americans and foreigners alike, information akin to 'reading ones diary,' according...

No Canadian NSA connection, but very own data snooping program

Canada does not use the US NSA’s top secret surveillance PRISM program, officials revealed. Instead, it has a spying platform of its own that...

“Digital Blackwater”: Meet the Contractors Who Analyze Your Personal Data

Private companies are getting rich examining...

US irked by ‘theft’ of key weapons data

A confidential US military report has again accused China of stealing the designs for some of the nationâ„¢s most sensitive and sophisticated weapons systems...

Five Great Online Tools for Mining Public Records

This post first appeared on the Project On Government Oversight blog.

Thanks to our open records laws, you can find a treasure trove of information on the Web — everything from details about publically traded companies to where stimulus funds are going. You can even submit Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests online.

Take some time this week to educate yourself about the information and data available from government websites. Below are five great online tools that you can use to help hold government accountable.

FOIA Online

FOIA Online allows anyone to submit a Freedom of Information Act request online, track their request, and search past FOIA requests. Currently the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Department of Commerce, Federal Labor Regulations Authority, Merit System Protections Board, and the National Archives and Records Administration use FOIA Online.

One of the great things about FOIA Online is that you do not have to be registered to submit or search FOIA requests. This makes it incredibly easy for anyone to begin research into what is going on in different agencies and departments of the U.S. government.

Recovery.gov

Recovery.gov was established by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, commonly known as the “Stimulus,” and is managed by the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board. It shows the distribution of all Recovery funds and how each agency is spending the money. Agencies involved must submit weekly financial reports that describe how the funds allotted to them are being distributed, and those who received contracts, grants, and loan awards of Recovery funds must submit similar reports four times per year.

Recovery.gov not only allows the public to view, research, and review the information, but it offers the ability to report suspected fraud, waste or abuse that relates to the Stimulus.

The Consumer Complaint Database

The Consumer Complaint Database displays information from consumer credit card complaints that are reported to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

The data allows people to gain insight on other users’ experiences with different credit card companies. The website has also been designed so web developers can pull data and other information to create other online tools.

SEC’s Electronic Data-Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval System (EDGAR)

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) requires that all publically traded domestic companies file necessary forms on EDGAR. Its purpose is to increase efficiency and fairness of the securities market by speeding up the analysis of the required forms.

EDGAR also allows the public to view statements of income, cash flow, shareholder equity, and operations. This leads to safer, more reliable investments, as well as giving the public the ability to research earnings of specific companies.

Ethics.gov

Ethics.gov put records and data from throughout the federal government into one place. It contains Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) records, Lobbying Disclosure Reports, Federal Election Commission (FEC) candidates and contributions, Office of Government Ethics (OGE) travel reports, and White House visitors.

It allows people to review information on candidates and campaign financing. You can see who has been visiting the White House and review payments to lobbyists and see what issues they’ve worked on.

Anonymised data doesn’t guarantee your privacy

Data anonymisation does not have to provide a 100 per cent guarantee to individuals' privacy in order for it to be lawful for organisations...

Police investigated in private data scandal

KENT Police is under investigation over claims it is storing personal information on everyone arrested, even if no charges are brought. The force is said...

FTC: Companies need to obtain consent before collecting biometric data

Grant Gross | Web companies using facial recognition technology should avoid identifying anonymous images of consumers to someone who could not otherwise identify them, unless...

Whistleblower: US illegally collecting citizen data

Paul Harris | guardian.co.uk | Bill Binney believes he helped create a monster. Sitting in the innocuous surroundings of an Olive Garden in the Baltimore suburbs, the former senior...

Security expert reveals personal data risks

This is Gloucestershire | THE recent story by the BBC concerning the security measures taken on Tesco's website and the subsequent investigation by the UK's...

Security services eye personal data

Privacy campaigners are already protesting the idea to use personal data to for 'pre-emptive surveillance'. By William Maclean | CCTV cameras will play a big part...

New Search Tool for Mining Government Documents

New Search Engine Highlights EFF's Transparency Efforts During Sunshine Week San Francisco - In celebration of Sunshine Week, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today launched...

Data From Checkpoints To Be Kept for 15 Years

By Ellen Nakashima | The federal government has been using its system of border checkpoints to greatly expand a database on travelers entering the country...

MI5 Wants Oyster Card Travel Data

Counter-terrorism experts call it a 'force multiplier': an attack combining slaughter and electronic chaos. Now Britain's security services want total access to commuters' travel...

Faceless: Chasing the Data Shadow

Remote-controlled UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) scan the city for anti-social behaviour. Talking cameras scold people for littering the streets (in children’s voices). Biometric data...

DNA database swabs over 100,000

More than 100,000 people in Kent have been added to the DNA database in the last five years it has been revealed. According to...

FBI’s data gathering went far beyond target suspect

Records were analyzed of people in wide network, documents show By ERIC LICHTBLAU The FBI cast a much wider net in its terrorism investigations than it...

Is the “Common Core” Educational Standards Initiative Part of a Domestic Spy Program? The...

Timothy Alexander Guzman, Silent Crow News – In 2009, US President Barack Obama and the Secretary of Education Arne Duncan had announced the “Race to the Top” initiative to reform the American education system. But there is a lot more to know about the new education standards known as the ‘Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI).’ It is not about educating students for a better life or for a successful career, it sounds more like a domestic spy program. In a 2010, Arne Duncan gave a speech on Obama’s education agenda at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris and said:

The North Star guiding the alignment of our cradle-to-career education agenda is President Obama’s goal that, by the end of the decade, America will once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world. That goal can only be achieved by creating a strong cradle-to-career continuum that starts with early childhood learning and extends all the way to college and careers 

It is bizarre just to think that the government may want to continue to monitor your progress after high school right through your first job or career.  What happens if you don’t get along with the manager? Will they send you to a re-education camp? Of course I am being sarcastic, but with Washington’s growing police state, who knows? The Department of Education (DOE) released in October 2012 an “Issue Brief” titled ‘Enhancing, Teaching and Learning through Educational Data Mining and Learning Analytics.’ The Educational data mining procedures were described as a program to track student’s progress through their behavioural patterns so that school officials can predict which career path they will most likely choose or if there is enough evidence to suggest that they were most likely to drop out of school. The Issue Brief clearly states how data mining technology would operate:

A student learning database (or other big data repository) stores time-stamped student input and behaviors captured as students work within the system” and “A predictive model combines demographic data (from an external student information system) and learning/behavior data from the student learning database to track a student’s progress and make predictions about his or her future behaviors or performance, such as future course outcomes and dropouts

The US Department of Education’s Common Core standards does raise an important question. Why does the federal government want student’s personal information in order to achieve educational success? The DOE’s “Issue Brief” also stated how predictions must be proven. If they cannot prove that their assessment is correct, then they may collect even more data on the student’s behalf if necessary:

Policymakers bear an ethical responsibility to investigate the validity of any predictive model that is used to make consequential decisions about students. Policymakers must be able to explain the evidence for predictions and the actions taken by the computer system on the basis of learning analytics. Analysts conducting data mining may discover patterns or associations that were previously unknown and that involve sensitive information (e.g., teacher performance or student’s family situation), and validating them with external observations and further data collection will be needed

The 2009 Stimulus bill included the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund (SFSF) which offered governors bailout money for state educational purposes such as the ‘Race to the Top’ program. Competitive grants were offered as an incentive for states to accept Common Core standards for their schools.  To be eligible, states had to adopt standards and assessment procedures provided by the DOE to prepare students for success in college and in their chosen careers after they graduate from high school. It requires states to build student databases such as the Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems (SLDS) to track over “400 data points” including behavior, disciplinary history, family problems, interests and other personal information. Data will then be given to the “Smarter Balanced consortium” which is a state-led consortium working in collaboration with educators, researchers, policymakers, community groups and government bureaucrats to develop assessments that measures student progress toward college and their chosen careers. It is part of the national testing standards that sends completed assessments to the Department of Education so that they can share data with public and private interests.  One particular area concerning the State Fiscal Stabilization Fund’s recommendation is to establish a student data system starting from pre-K. Then States would be eligible to receive funds if they followed the basic requirements:

As part of its application for initial funding, the state must assure that it will take actions to: (a) increase teacher effectiveness and address inequities in the distribution of highly qualified teachers; (b) establish and use pre-K-through-college and career data systems to track progress and foster continuous improvement; (c) make progress toward rigorous college- and career-ready standards and high-quality assessments; and (d) support targeted, intensive support and effective interventions to turn around schools identified for corrective action and restructuring

The standards focus on concepts and procedures of certain areas of concentration for example, English or math. However, each standard is labeled with an alphanumeric code for identification purposes, which is then used to identify which standards are successfully met by the lessons taught to the student. By using a coding system it allows them to track which standards were applied to the student whether in the classroom or through online learning (where third party apps can also keep a record). It can also track how much time was spent on each standard.

Who is behind “Common Core”? 

Common Core Standards was supported and funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Pearson Publishing Company, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, several Governors and school officials from various states. It is also funded by Rupert Murdock’s News Corp called ‘Amplify Education.’ In 2012, Bob Corcoran of General Electric donated more than $33 million to the Common Core project. In 2013, Reuters reported who funded the $100 million project in an article titled ‘K-12 student database jazzes tech startups, spooks parents’:

The database is a joint project of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which provided most of the funding, the Carnegie Corporation of New York and school officials from several states. Amplify Education, a division of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp, built the infrastructure over the past 18 months. When it was ready, the Gates Foundation turned the database over to a newly created nonprofit, inBloom Inc, which will run it.

States and school districts can choose whether they want to input their student records into the system; the service is free for now, though inBloom officials say they will likely start to charge fees in 2015. So far, seven states – Colorado, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, North Carolina, and Massachusetts – have committed to enter data from select school districts. Louisiana and New York will be entering nearly all student records statewide

The article also stated how the database would operate on a local and federal level:

But the most influential new product may be the least flashy: a $100 million database built to chart the academic paths of public school students from kindergarten through high school. In operation just three months, the database already holds files on millions of children identified by name, address and sometimes social security number. Learning disabilities are documented, test scores recorded, attendance noted. In some cases, the database tracks student hobbies, career goals, attitudes toward school – even homework completion.

Local education officials retain legal control over their students’ information. But federal law allows them to share files in their portion of the database with private companies selling educational products and services

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and their ‘inBloom’ database were one of the data mining programs associated with Common Core. But it has recently failed because New York state legislature forced its state education bureaucrats to shut down the Gates-funded project amid growing opposition of parents and privacy advocates. It was designed to collect student data and store the information in a cloud service and make it available to commercial vendors and apps so that teachers can eventually track student’s progress. Bill Gates and his project has failed and that is only one battle both parents and privacy advocates has won and that is a good start. But it is only one battle, with many more to come. Although the Bill Gates project inBloom has failed, the DOE will still manage to track students.

Collecting Data from “Pre-K through workforce”

Common Core standards require an invasion of privacy in order to educate students, but it comes at a cost. It should concern both students and their families. Will Estrada, director of federal relations for the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) told World Net Daily what common core’s data collection is capable of achieving once it is fully implemented. He said “It’s their likes and dislikes, grade-point average all the way through school, their home situation, health questions,” he said. “It’s an incredibly invasive collection of information that they are trying to collect in what they call P-20, or pre-K through workforce.”

Private interests in Washington decided back in 2007 to move full force in an attempt to nationalize educational standards and curriculums, which started the early development of the Common Core project. After the stimulus bill was signed in 2009, the DOE’s “Race to the Top” program was born.  The DOE made ‘Race to the Top’ grants competitive so that states would jump aboard rapidly and agree to implement Common Core standards that would be aligned with mandatory national tests. Most US states adopted Common Core for federal money without any approval or votes from legislators’ and without public knowledge.  Parents and communities were not even aware that their states and their elected representatives had adopted Common Core in the first place.  Besides data collection, the education Common Core provides is based on rigorous test taking procedures and memorization. Parents in Brooklyn, New York pulled their children in protest against the standardized tests saying that it brought unnecessary stress onto their children.

Washington’s goal is for Common Core to be implemented in every state by 2015. So far 44 states adopted Common Core standards although it has been an uphill battle for Washington’s education plan, especially when it comes to privacy concerns regarding students’ personal data. With a majority of states adopting Common Core Standards, it seems that there is an uphill battle for the growing anti-common core movement as well. Will parents, privacy advocates and even teachers who oppose Common Core continue the battle well into the future? I believe they will, especially when it involves their children’s education. What is the real agenda behind Common Core? Does collecting personal data so that bureaucrats can analyze your progress over a period of time improve your chances of getting a better education and a career?  After all, they can barely create any new jobs for recent college graduates, yet Secretary Duncan says the US will have the “highest proportion of college graduates” in the world. With NSA revelations spying on the entire planet, it would not surprise me that the Department of Education is setting the stage for a domestic spy program on a personal level.

Are All Those Guns and Ammunition for Obama’s Civilian National Security Force?

Mac Slavo
February 4th, 2013
SHTFplan.com

Read by 31,925 people

Civilian Security Force
(Image courtesy of DaleToons)

Speculation abounds surrounding the 2 billion rounds of ammunition purchased by the Department of Homeland Security and other national alphabet agencies in recent years. Moreover, as the White House and their cohorts in Congress contemplate the disarming of American citizens, the very assault weapons purported to be so dangerous in the hands of law abiding gun owners are being purchased in mass quantities by local and federal law enforcement agencies.

So what is the purpose and motivation behind the government’s continued efforts to stockpile so much firepower?

One frightening theory could explain what the President and his national security apparatus are up to.

Many of you will remember a story I broke a long time ago – about presidential candidate Barack Obama’s little-noticed announcement that, if elected in 2008, he wanted to create a “civilian national security force” as big, as strong and as well-funded as the Defense Department.

Here’s what he actually said at a campaign stop in Colorado July 2, 2008:

“We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.”

Could what we see happening now in the Department of Homeland Security be the beginning of Obama’s dream and our constitutional nightmare?

We never heard another mention of Obama’s “civilian national security force” again. Not in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 or 2012.

But that brings us up to 2013 and the highly unusual stockpiling of firearms and ammo by Homeland Security – firearms and ammo that Obama would like to deny to ordinary citizens who are not members of his domestic army.

Well, I hate to say it, but I may have predicted this, too.

In a Halloween column last fall, I stated that, if re-elected, Obama would “declare a full-scale war on his domestic opposition.”

I wasn’t joking. I was deadly serious – so serious, in fact, that I did something I pledged I would never do: Vote for Mitt Romney. It was a matter of self-defense and self-preservation. I said then that a second term of Obama might mean we would never see another free and fair election in America. (I’m not even sure we saw one in 2012.) I suggested due process would go the way of the horse and buggy. I said I expected Obama would move to shut down or destroy all independent media. I even speculated that his biggest critics would eventually be rounded up in the name of national security.

Think about it.

Why does the civilian Department of Homeland Security need billions of rounds of ammunition?

This is the agency that is responsible for policing the border. But it doesn’t.

This is the agency that is responsible for catching terrorists. But it doesn’t.

So why does Homeland Security need so many weapons and enough hollow-point rounds to plug every American six times?

Excerpted from Josefph Farah of WND

The official explanation?

Target practice.

As for concern about the type of bullets — hollow points, which expand upon impact — the statement said the type is “standard issue” and is used during “mandatory quarterly firearms qualifications and other training sessions.” (link)

While the majority of Americans will take this explanation at face value, there are some key facts that suggest the Department of Homeland Security is mobilizing for a significant future action against the American people.

  • The US military has been actively war-gaming worst-case scenarios that include economic collapse and civil unrest, going so far as to simulate wide-scale food riots. 
  • Just last month the military deployed gunships over Miami and executed a training exercise with local police departments. A few days later, similar exercises were held in Houston, TX. Last year these “exercises” also included ground forces, armored personnel carriers and tanks on the streets of St. Louis.
  • Despite overwhelming opposition, there is an overt and focused movement to disarm Americans of their right to bear semi-automatic personal defense rifles and any other firearms deemed dangerous to the public. Those calling for this disarmament qualify their positions by claiming these weapons are not necessary for sporting, hunting, or personal defense. As if this provision of the US Constitution doesn’t even exist, there is a total blackout on the fundamental intent of the Second Amendment, which allows for citizens to bear arms to protect themselves against tyrannical government.
  • Heavily armored vehicles have been spotted all over the country, and many local law enforcement agencies have taken possession of these vehicles, normally reserved for military engagements, and have put them to use in neighborhoods and communities around America.
  • Congress has authorized the deployment of some 30,000 surveillance drones in the skies of America, to be available for use by intelligence agencies by 2015.
  • The National Security Agency is building a massive spy center capable of recording, aggregating and analyzing every digital interaction on the planet – phones, internet, purchasing patterns, travel, and even what we say in the privacy of our own homes. A 30 year veteran of the NSA says the data mining program is so vast it will “create an Orwellian state.”
  • The US government, in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks, has created legislation that directly targets American citizens. The Patriot Act makes it possible for anyone who is identified as attempting to subvert government legitimacy as a terrorist, and also allows for the warrantless wiretapping of everyone for any reason. Under the Patriot Act and expanded government definitions, just about anyone now qualifies as a domestic terrorist.
  • The National Defense Authorization Act takes the Patriot Act even further, allowing the government to detain anyone suspected of being a terrorist indefinitely and without trial – this includes American citizens living in the United States.
  • And, as Joseph Farah points out, the President specifically claimed he would create a civilian national security police force as large as the US military. If he meant it, then we’re talking about 2 million or so civilians that will be armed, deputized and backed by the government. To do what? We’re not quite sure, but apparently we need these civilians for something important, or else the President wouldn’t have brought it up.

These are but a few examples of what our government has been up to. There are hundreds of others.

Now put all those together and the complete puzzle begins to emerge.

This surveillance infrastructure and control grid are being designed not for foreign terrorists or rogue nations that may do harm to America. They have been designed for you.

You, my fellow American, are the enemy.

Author: Mac Slavo
Views: Read by 31,925 people
Date: February 4th, 2013
Website: www.SHTFplan.com

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Are All Those Guns and Ammunition for Obama’s Civilian National Security Force?

Mac Slavo
February 4th, 2013
SHTFplan.com

Read by 18,138 people

Civilian Security Force
(Image courtesy of DaleToons)

Speculation abounds surrounding the 2 billion rounds of ammunition purchased by the Department of Homeland Security and other national alphabet agencies in recent years. Moreover, as the White House and their cohorts in Congress contemplate the disarming of American citizens, the very assault weapons purported to be so dangerous in the hands of law abiding gun owners are being purchased in mass quantities by local and federal law enforcement agencies.

So what is the purpose and motivation behind the government’s continued efforts to stockpile so much firepower?

One frightening theory could explain what the President and his national security apparatus are up to.

Many of you will remember a story I broke a long time ago – about presidential candidate Barack Obama’s little-noticed announcement that, if elected in 2008, he wanted to create a “civilian national security force” as big, as strong and as well-funded as the Defense Department.

Here’s what he actually said at a campaign stop in Colorado July 2, 2008:

“We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives we’ve set. We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.”

Could what we see happening now in the Department of Homeland Security be the beginning of Obama’s dream and our constitutional nightmare?

We never heard another mention of Obama’s “civilian national security force” again. Not in 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 or 2012.

But that brings us up to 2013 and the highly unusual stockpiling of firearms and ammo by Homeland Security – firearms and ammo that Obama would like to deny to ordinary citizens who are not members of his domestic army.

Well, I hate to say it, but I may have predicted this, too.

In a Halloween column last fall, I stated that, if re-elected, Obama would “declare a full-scale war on his domestic opposition.”

I wasn’t joking. I was deadly serious – so serious, in fact, that I did something I pledged I would never do: Vote for Mitt Romney. It was a matter of self-defense and self-preservation. I said then that a second term of Obama might mean we would never see another free and fair election in America. (I’m not even sure we saw one in 2012.) I suggested due process would go the way of the horse and buggy. I said I expected Obama would move to shut down or destroy all independent media. I even speculated that his biggest critics would eventually be rounded up in the name of national security.

Think about it.

Why does the civilian Department of Homeland Security need billions of rounds of ammunition?

This is the agency that is responsible for policing the border. But it doesn’t.

This is the agency that is responsible for catching terrorists. But it doesn’t.

So why does Homeland Security need so many weapons and enough hollow-point rounds to plug every American six times?

Excerpted from Josefph Farah of WND

The official explanation?

Target practice.

As for concern about the type of bullets — hollow points, which expand upon impact — the statement said the type is “standard issue” and is used during “mandatory quarterly firearms qualifications and other training sessions.” (link)

While the majority of Americans will take this explanation at face value, there are some key facts that suggest the Department of Homeland Security is mobilizing for a significant future action against the American people.

  • The US military has been actively war-gaming worst-case scenarios that include economic collapse and civil unrest, going so far as to simulate wide-scale food riots. 
  • Just last month the military deployed gunships over Miami and executed a training exercise with local police departments. A few days later, similar exercises were held in Houston, TX. Last year these “exercises” also included ground forces, armored personnel carriers and tanks on the streets of St. Louis.
  • Despite overwhelming opposition, there is an overt and focused movement to disarm Americans of their right to bear semi-automatic personal defense rifles and any other firearms deemed dangerous to the public. Those calling for this disarmament qualify their positions by claiming these weapons are not necessary for sporting, hunting, or personal defense. As if this provision of the US Constitution doesn’t even exist, there is a total blackout on the fundamental intent of the Second Amendment, which allows for citizens to bear arms to protect themselves against tyrannical government.
  • Heavily armored vehicles have been spotted all over the country, and many local law enforcement agencies have taken possession of these vehicles, normally reserved for military engagements, and have put them to use in neighborhoods and communities around America.
  • Congress has authorized the deployment of some 30,000 surveillance drones in the skies of America, to be available for use by intelligence agencies by 2015.
  • The National Security Agency is building a massive spy center capable of recording, aggregating and analyzing every digital interaction on the planet – phones, internet, purchasing patterns, travel, and even what we say in the privacy of our own homes. A 30 year veteran of the NSA says the data mining program is so vast it will “create an Orwellian state.”
  • The US government, in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks, has created legislation that directly targets American citizens. The Patriot Act makes it possible for anyone who is identified as attempting to subvert government legitimacy as a terrorist, and also allows for the warrantless wiretapping of everyone for any reason. Under the Patriot Act and expanded government definitions, just about anyone now qualifies as a domestic terrorist.
  • The National Defense Authorization Act takes the Patriot Act even further, allowing the government to detain anyone suspected of being a terrorist indefinitely and without trial – this includes American citizens living in the United States.
  • And, as Joseph Farah points out, the President specifically claimed he would create a civilian national security police force as large as the US military. If he meant it, then we’re talking about 2 million or so civilians that will be armed, deputized and backed by the government. To do what? We’re not quite sure, but apparently we need these civilians for something important, or else the President wouldn’t have brought it up.

These are but a few examples of what our government has been up to. There are hundreds of others.

Now put all those together and the complete puzzle begins to emerge.

This surveillance infrastructure and control grid are being designed not for foreign terrorists or rogue nations that may do harm to America. They have been designed for you.

You, my fellow American, are the enemy.

Author: Mac Slavo
Views: Read by 18,138 people
Date: February 4th, 2013
Website: www.SHTFplan.com

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Meet the Contractors Turning America’s Police Into a Paramilitary Force

The national security state has an annual budget of around $1 trillion. Of that huge pile of money, large amounts go to private companies the federal government awards contracts to. Some, like Lockheed Martin or Boeing, are household names, but many of the contractors fly just under the public's radar. What follows are three companies you should know about (because some of them can learn a lot about you with their spy technologies).

L3 Communications

L3 is everywhere. Those night-vision goggles the JSOC team in Zero Dark Thirty uses? That's L3. The new machines that are replacing the naked scanners at the airport? That's L3. Torture at Abu Ghraib? A former subsidiary of L3 was recently ordered to pay $5.28 million to 71 Iraqis who had been held in the awful prison.

Oh, and drones? L3 is on it. Reprieve, a UK-based human rights organization, earlier this month wrote on its Web site:

“L-3 Communications is one of the main subcontractors involved with production of the US’s lethal Predator since the inception of the programme. Predators are used by the CIA to kill ‘suspected militants’ and terrorise entire populations in Pakistan and Yemen. Drone strikes have escalated under the Obama administration and 2013 has already seen six strikes in the two countries.”

Unsurprisingly, L3 Communications is well connected beyond the national security community. Its chief financial officer recently spoke at Goldman Sachs, at what the financial titan hilariously refers to as a “fireside chat.”

L3 also supplies local law enforcement with its night-vision products and makes a license-plate recognition (LPR) device, a machine with disturbing implications. LPR can be mounted on cop cruisers or statically positioned at busy intersections and can run potentially thousands of license plates through law enforcement databases in a matter of hours. In some parts of the country LPR readers can track your location for miles. As the Wall Street Journal noted, surveillance of even “mundane” activities of people not accused of any crime is now “the default rather than the exception.”

L3 Communications embodies the totality of the national security and surveillance state. There is only minimal distinction between its military products and police products. Its night-vision line is sold to both military and law enforcement. Its participation in the drone program is now, as far as we know, limited to countries in the Middle East and North Africa. But in the words of the New York Times editorial board, “[i]t is not a question of whether drones will appear in the skies above the United States but how soon.” The NYT estimates the domestic drone market at $5 billion, likely a conservative estimate, and contractors will vie for that money in the public and private sphere. L3's venture into airports, the border of where domestic policy meets foreign policy in the name of national security, is therefore significant both symbolically and materially.

In many ways, that is the most important story of the post-9/11 United States: the complete evaporation of the separation of foreign and domestic polices. Whether we're talking about paramilitarized police, warrantless wiretapping, inhumane prison conditions, or drone surveillance, there exist few differences between a United States perpetually at war and a United States determined to police and imprison its people in unacceptable ways and at unacceptable rates.

Harris Corporation: Stingray “IMSI catcher”

Harris Corp. is a huge provider of national security and communications technology to federal and local law enforcement agencies. Though many people have never heard of it, Harris is a major player in the beltway National Security community. President and CEO William M. Brown was recently appointed to the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee, and in 2009 the Secret Service offered Harris a contract to train its agents in the use of Harris' Stingray line. The Secret Service awarded the company additional contracts in 2012.

If you've heard of Harris at all, it's likely been because its controversial Stingray product has been getting attention as an information-gathering tool with major privacy implications. The Stingray allows law enforcement to cast a kilometers' wide digital net over an area to determine the location of a single cell phone signal – and in the process collect cell data on potentially hundreds of people who aren't suspected of any crimes. EFF claims the device is a modern version of British soldiers canvassing the pre-Revolutionary colonies, searching people's homes without probable cause – exactly what the Fourth Amendment was created to prevent. EFF describes the process this way:

“A Stingray works by masquerading as a cell phone tower—to which your mobile phone sends signals to every 7 to 15 seconds whether you are on a call or not— and tricks your phone into connecting to it. As a result, the government can figure out who, when and to where you are calling, the precise location of every device within the range, and with some devices, even capture the content of your conversations.”

According to the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC),the FBI has been using similar technology since 1995. But a recent federal case, United States v. Rigmaiden, has raised Fourth Amendment questions regarding whether law enforcement officials need to obtain a warrant before employing a Stingray. The judge in that case determined that the government hadn't provided enough information about how the devices work, and ordered that the information collected in Rigmaiden couldn't be used in court.

What's especially troubling about Stingrays is that the government either won't say, or doesn't understand, how the technology works. The WSJ reported that the US Attorney making the requests “seemed to have trouble explaining the technology.”

And it's not just the federal government that uses Stingrays. As Slate notes,referencing FOIA documents recently obtained by EPIC, “the feds have procedures in place for loaning electronic surveillance devices (like the Stingray) to state police. This suggests the technology may have been used in cases across the United States, in line with a stellar investigation by LA Weekly last year, which reported that state cops in California, Florida, Texas, and Arizona had obtained Stingrays.”

Harris has been tightlipped about the Rigmaiden case, but expect to be hearing a lot about Stingrays in the future.

BI2 Technologies

BI2 makes a fine pitch. Its iris-scanning technology can be made to sound very appealing. Iris scans are relatively non-invasive, there's no touching involved so the likelihood of spreading disease is reduced, and as B12 states on its Web site, "there are no lasers, strong lights or any kind of harmful beams.” It also claims that iris scanning is "strictly opt-in," and that a “user" (who in most cases would be better described as an “arrestee”) “must consciously elect to participate” in the scanning. (When I was arrested by the NYPD while covering a protest, the scan was voluntary -- though the NYPD didn't tell me that, a protester did. But if I refused to submit to it I could have been punished with an extra night in jail.)

Reuters reported that BI2's iPhone-based iris scanner -- called MORIS -- is capable of taking an accurate scan from four feet away, “potentially without the person being aware of it.” MORIS has drawn harsh condemnation from the ACLU. The primary concern from privacy advocates is that law enforcement will deploy this technology in an overly broad way. ACLU senior policy analyst Jay Stanley told Reuters that he didn't want the police “using them routinely on the general public, collecting biometric information on innocent people.”

MORIS isn't just for irises; it also scans faces. In 2011, the Wall Street Journal reported that the sheriff's office in Pinellas County, Florida, “uses digital cameras to take pictures of people, download the pictures to laptops, then use facial-recognition technologies to search for matching faces.” New database technology like Trapwire, a data mining system that analyzes “suspicious behavior” in purported attempts to predict terrorist behavior, makes face scanning potentially more worrisome. Trapwire uses at least “CCTV, license-plate readers, and open-source databases” as input sources, and although it doesn't employ facial-recognition software, the incentives to combine these types of technology is clear.

Beginning in 2014, BI2 will manage a national iris-scan database for the FBI, called Next-Generation Identification (NGI).Lockheed Martin is also involved in building the database.Much of BI2's iris data comes from inmates in 47 states, and despite BI2's claims that iris scanning can't be gamed, that is not the case. Experts showed last summer that the iris can be “reverse-engineered” to fool the scanners, which are generally thought to be more accurate than fingerprinting.

The usual suspects lamented in 2011 that iris scanning isn't used at airports or borders, but security creep is difficult to combat, especially once “national security” is invoked. Just days ago it was reported that the FBI is teaming with the Department of Homeland Security to ramp up iris scanning at US borders. AlterNet has previously reported that the Department of Defense scans the irises of people arriving at and departing from Afghanistan.

The story of BI2 is important because the initial technology is superficially appealing. The company's first projects were called the Child Project, designed to help locate missing children; and Senior Safety Net, developed to identify missing seniors suffering from Alzheimer's. According to B12's Web site, sheriffs' departments in 47 states use the BI2 iris-scanning device and database, which makes it easy to mobilize support to facilitate the safe return of children and seniors.

While the desire to find missing children and seniors is perfectly legitimate, the collection of biometric data is a pandora's box. Once it's opened, it's proven difficult if not impossible to limit.

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‘NSA set up program to survey planet’

Press TV has conducted an interview with Alfred Lambremont Webre, international lawyer, from Kuala Lumpur, about payments by the NSA to Internet companies to...

Glimmerglass Intercepts Undersea Cable Traffic for Spy Agencies

Glimmerglass, a northern California company that sells optical fiber technology, offers government agencies a software product called “CyberSweep” to intercept signals on undersea cables....

Obama Appoints Spy Chief to Head NSA Investigation

Obama Appoints Spy Chief to Head NSA Investigation by Stephen Lendman You can't make this stuff up. It sounds like a bad film plot. The fix...

EU a Key NSA Target

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NSA Spying: Worse Than You Think

NSA Spying: Worse Than You Think by Stephen Lendman It's ugly. It's lawless. It's out-of-control. It''s worse than most people think. It's not getting better. It's...

Obama Spurns NSA Spying Reform

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Connections Between Michael Hastings, Edward Snowden And Barrett Brown–The War With The Security State

At the time of his death in a mysterious one-car crash and explosion, journalist Michael Hastings was researching a story that threatened to expose powerful entities and government-connected figures. That story intersected with the work of two controversial government critics—the hacker Barrett Brown and the on-the-run surveillance whistleblower Edward Snowden.

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Glenn Greenwald Mocks ‘Robust Oversight’ Of NSA Spying

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Fake Washington Terror Threat

Fake Washington Terror Threat by Stephen Lendman They're in various forms. They repeat with disturbing regularity. America's war on terror targets Islam. At issue is duplicitous...

XKeyscore: Instrument of Mass Surveillance

XKeyscore: Instrument of Mass Surveillance by Stephen Lendman Evidence mounts. America crossed the line. It operates lawlessly. It reflects police state ruthlessness. Big Brother's real. It's...

The Gentleman Whistleblower

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Obama’s Fanaticism Over Secrecy, Surveillance and Repression

If the US were not engaged in actions and policies that are illegal, immoral, aggressive, war-provoking, and therefore, it is fair to say, evil,...

The Secret Link Between Germany and the NSA

SpiegelJuly 22, 2013 It was a busy two days for the surveillance specialists of the Bundesnachrichtendienst...

Spying on Americans, Cellphones, Emails: The NSA is on the Line – All of...

When intelligence historian Matthew Aid read the USA Today story last Thursday about how the National Security Agency was collecting millions of phone call...

Obama’s Praetorian Guard of Capitalism

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The Government Is Spying On ALL Americans’ Digital and Old-Fashioned Communications

Washington’s Blog July 12, 2013 Even now — after all of the revelations by Edward Snowden and other whistleblowers — spying apologists say...

Indignation Across Europe At Revelations of US Spying on Its Citizens

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Government’s “Secret Interpretation” of Patriot Act: “EVERYTHING” Is Relevant … So Spy on EVERYONE

Senators Wyden and Udall – both on the Senate Intelligence Committee, with full access to information on the spying program – have said that for at least 2 years that the government was using a “secret interpretation” of the Patriot Act which would shock Americans, because it provides a breathtakingly wide program of spying

The Fact that Mass Surveillance Doesn’t Keep Us Safe Goes Mainstream

Washington’s BlogJuly 9, 2013 The fact that mass spying on Americans isn’t necessary to keep us...

10 Most Shocking Things the FBI Has Done Since 9/11

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Poll: Germans trust in US plummets

Germansâ„¢ trust in the United States has plummeted following the disclosure by intelligence contractor Edward Snowden of its spying and surveillance activities, a poll...

New Documents Shed Light on NSA’s Dragnet Surveillance

With the Obama administration in full damage control mode over revelations of blanket surveillance of global electronic communications, new documents published by The...

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: NSA of the Financial World

While the National Security Agency’s (NSA) unconstitutional spying on Americans’ communications has been getting most of the press lately, another federal agency has been...

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: NSA of the Financial World

While the National Security Agency’s (NSA) unconstitutional spying on Americans’ communications has been getting most of the press lately, another federal agency has been...

The Government’s Mass Spying Is An Affront To Democratic Values

Top Terrorism Experts Say that Mass Spying Doesn’t Work to Prevent Terrorism Never mind the fact that — if the government’s spying was really only...

The Government’s Mass Spying Is An Affront To Democratic Values. Let’s Also Not Pretend...

Washington’s BlogJune 29, 2013 Never mind the fact that — if the government’s spying was really...

The Snowden Affair

Political Washington is in a fit over the Snowden affair. It is little disturbed by PRISM, Tempera and related abuses against the Republic. Therein...

'Reading Your Diary': Latest NSA Revelations Show Decade of Bulk Internet Spying

For two years, the Obama Administration conducted "bulk collections" of internet metadata–information akin to 'reading ones diary'–on Americans and foreigners alike, according to secret...

An Age of Democratic Ferment?

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Follow the Money: The Secret Heart of the Secret State. The Deeper Implications of...

No one, anywhere, has been writing about the deeper and wider implications of the Snowden revelations than Arthur Silber. (I hope you’re not surprised...

Spying on Americans: The Bush and Obama Administrations’ Justification for Mass Surveillance

The Government Actually DID Spy On the Bad Guys Before 9/11 … and the Boston Bombing Preface: The Bush and Obama administrations both claimed that...

Communications of Millions Subject to US-UK Spying

Whistleblower Edward Snowden revealed on Friday that the UK intelligence agency GCHQ and the NSA record the content of phone calls, email messages, Facebook...

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Things Fall Apart

The conspicuously nonsensical efforts by President Barack Obama and NSA spy chief Alexander to assure Americans massive corporate-government spy operations had prevented terrorist attacks...

Things Fall Apart

The conspicuously nonsensical efforts by President Barack Obama and NSA spy chief Alexander to assure Americans massive corporate-government spy operations had prevented terrorist attacks...

Militarizing Capitalism

America is going through the worst of days under the fiction (aka false consciousness) of these being the best of days. We learn only...

Cranking Up the Washington Lie Machine

Just for the sake of argument, let’s suspend our disbelief for a moment and pretend (I know it’s a stretch) that the Obama administration...

The Lies of Empire: Don’t Believe a Word They Say — Washington is the...

The U.S. reprises Iraq, inventing a WMD threat from Syria. The FBI concocts home-grown terror through stings, while the NSA claims it has secretly...

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The Terror Con, Booz Allen Hamilton and the NSA

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The Making of a Global Security State

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The Terror Con

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Media, Government Denounce Snowden as “Traitor” and “Chinese Spy”

Representatives of the national security apparatus, including former Vice President Dick Cheney, appeared on the Sunday morning news programs to denounce Edward Snowden as...

Police State Canada: Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC) Runs Massive Domestic Spying Program

On the basis of secret government directives, Canada’s national security apparatus is conducting mass surveillance of Canadians parallel to, if not directly patterned after,...

Unprecedented Coalition Pushes Back on Government’s Domestic Spying

The national security establishment’s latest domestic spying scandal has galvanized a lightning-fast response where nearly 100 civil liberties-minded advocacy groups and technology companies are...

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A New Balance Toward Liberty

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Former CIA Employee Snowden, Blows Whistle on NSA’s Dragnet Surveillance

 Just as Bradley Manning’s court-martial was getting underway, another brave whistleblower dropped a bombshell into the media: The Obama administration is collecting data on...

Government Spying on Americans … and then Giving Info to Giant Corporations

You’ve heard that the government spies on all Americans. But you might not know that the government shares some of that information with big corporations. In...

It’s High Time We Abolished the Department of Homeland Security

The surveillance state is even bigger, and scarier, than we thought.

Government Spying on Americans … and then Giving Info to Giant Corporations

You’ve heard that the government spies on all Americans. But you might not know that the government shares some of that information with big corporations.

Journalist on NSA leak case: More to be revealed

There will be more ‘significant information’ exposed in the near future, AP cites the journalist who revealed classified US surveillance programs leaked by an American defense contractor.

State of Emergency and “Continuity of Government”: What is the Real Reason the Government...

Are Emergency Plans Meant Only for Nuclear War the Real Justification for Spying? To understand the scope, extent and reason that the government spies on...

You can’t go home again: The uncertain fate of Edward Snowden

Holed up in a hotel room in Hong Kong, Edward Snowden, the man who blew the lid on the NSA’s PRISM program, lamented he...

Edward Snowden: Profile in Courage

Edward Snowden may go down inhistory as one of this nation’s most important whistleblowers. He is certainly one of the bravest.  The 29-year-old former...

Whistleblower hunt: NSA launches criminal inquiry into PRISM leak

The National Security Agency (NSA) has requested a criminal probe to track down those responsible for the leak of the PRISM global internet surveillance...

It's time to do away with Homeland Security

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Surveillance USA

Ever since The Patriot Act came into being, the body of liberties citizens cherish have been chipped away by a bloated security state keen to find nourishment.

How the Chinese Exploited the Shady Relationship Between US Spymasters and Google

Silicon Valley is now ground zero of the biggest espionage struggles facing the United States since the height of the Cold War.

We’re Being Watched: How Corporations and Law Enforcement Are Spying on Environmentalists

(Photo illustrations Nadia Khastagir / Design Action)In February 2010 Tom Jiunta and a small group of residents in northeastern Pennsylvania formed the Gas Drilling...

Corporate Spying on Environmental Groups

In February 2010 Tom Jiunta and a small group of residents in northeastern Pennsylvania formed the Gas Drilling Awareness Coalition (GDAC), an environmental organization...

‘Woolwich-style attacks to become one of the main ways people protest’

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Why Is Tumblr Worth $1.1 Billion to Yahoo? You

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Digital Grab: Corporate Power Has Seized the Internet

If your daily routine took you from one homegrown organic garden to another, bypassing vast fields choked with pesticides, you might feel pretty good about the current state of agriculture. If your daily routine takes you from one noncommercial progre...

New eavesdropping plan will create a ‘digital fishing net’

Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Pinterest: all of them could be the source of valuable intelligence that the UK's intelligence agencies want to know about...

Romney Knows Election Fraud Begins With Investing in eVoting Machines

Susanne Posel, Occupy Corporatism | Mail-in ballots are showed that disillusioned Americans are not thrilled with having just two choices when it comes to the 2012 elections. Forty percent...

Fusion centers violate civil liberties

Ms. Smith, Networkworld | After two years of investigations, a 141-page bipartisan Senate report blasts DHS fusion centers for wasting money, violating civil liberties, having 'useless'...

The Psychology Of Search Engines And Dentistry

The way in which people relate to the internet is a study in psychology that is so interesting that endless theories of the human...

Officials Claim Wiretaps Were of Limited Value

While the Bush administration had defended its program of wiretapping without warrants as a vital tool that saved lives, a new government review released...

The New Thought Police

The NSA Wants to Know How You Think - Maybe Even What You Think By James Bamford  The National Security Agency (NSA) is developing a tool that...

Memo to the President

It's basically what you would expect: Appoint a national cyber security advisor, invest in math and science education, establish standards for critical infrastructure, spend...

25 USA Military Officers Challenge Official 9/11 Account

Pakistan Daily | Twenty-five former U.S. military officers have severely criticized the official account of 9/11 and called for a new investigation. They include...

Is It Impossible to Protect Your Privacy?

By Alexandra Marks | Individuals might treasure their personal data like Social Security and credit-card numbers, but identity thieves can buy them cheap and in bulk...

America can now spy on British motorists

By Toby Helm and Christopher Hope | Routine journeys carried out by millions of British motorists can be monitored by authorities in the United...

How Psychiatry Is Medicating a Nation

By Onnesha Roychoudhuri Author Charles Barber discusses Americans' unrealistic notions about happiness. We've medicalized a lot of life issues that aren't mental illnesses. While we've now...

Business spies for FBI eyes

By Jerry Mazza In George Bush’s mania to outdo George Orwell’s 1984, we bring you more than 23,000 members of private industry working quietly with...

Check your privacy

If your organisation is using CCTV, substance-abuse testing, or checking staff email chat, maybe you should do a Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA). So the...

U.S. Government Checking Amazon Customer Records

Big Brother U.S. Government Subpoenaed Amazon.com to Obtain Book Purchasing Records of Customers Mike Adams Newly unsealed court records have revealed that the U.S. government issued...

Bringing the War on Terrorism Home

Congress Considers Methods to Disrupt Movements in the United States Bringing the War on Terrorism Home: Congress Considers How to ‘Disrupt’ Radical Movements in the...

The Programming Language for Mass Surveillance

According to government documents studied by The New York Times, the FBI asked several phone companies to analyze phone-call patterns of Americans using a...

Gitmo lawyer worries about being wiretapped

A Vermont lawyer representing a client being held at Guantanamo, Cuba, is worried that his phone is being tapped by the federal government. He ought...

Reviewing Naomi Klein’s “The Shock Doctrine”

By Stephen Lendman RINF Alternative News Naomi Klein is an award-winning Canadian journalist, author, documentary filmmaker and activist. She writes a regular column for The Nation...

FOIA Documents Detail FBI Surveillance Network

By Ryan Singel The FBI has quietly built a sophisticated, point-and-click surveillance system that performs instant wiretaps on almost any communications device, according to...

Liberal Democrats launch attack on Brown’s ‘surveillance society’

By Colin Brown Liberal Democrat leaders are to mount an attack on Britain's "surveillance society'' that threatens to wreck Gordon Brown's hopes of a cross-party...

America under surveillance

Granted new power to spy inside the U.S., the Bush administration may be doing more than eavesdropping on phone calls -- it could be...

Facebook – the CIA conspiracy

By Matt Greenop  Facebook has 20 million users worldwide, is worth billions of dollars and, if internet sources are to be believed, was started by...

Court Ruling that NSA Wiretapping is Illegal Drives Emergency Push for New Spy Powers,...

By Ryan Singel The Bush Administration's hard press for emergency wiretapping powers from Congress before the August break now has an explanation: a secret court...

MSM defends ‘extremely accurate’ Russiagate coverage despite Mueller report — RT USA News

Even with the ‘Russian collusion’ narrative buried by the Mueller report, some mainstream journalists have come...

Mueller report takes ‘Russian meddling’ for granted, offers no actual evidence — RT USA...

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s ‘Russiagate’ report has cleared Donald Trump of ‘collusion’ charges but maintains that...

New York’s Yemeni bodegas called to boycott NY Post as row over Ilhan Omar’s...

The Yemeni American Merchants Association has called on all the community – which runs quite a...

London police fire shots & seal off Ukrainian Embassy after ‘ramming attack’ on envoy’s...

Police “discharged firearms” and sealed off a street in the western Holland Park area of...

AG Barr forms team to probe FBI’s Trump-Russia collusion probe for bias – report...

Attorney General William Barr has reportedly formed a team to review long-standing allegations that the FBI...

UK govt trying to control online free speech is ‘very serious and sinister’ –...

Plans by the UK government to regulate the internet with an independent watchdog, apparently due...

‘A Lot of That Science They Point to Is Science They Paid For’ –...

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Hundreds of women secretly filmed undressing for treatment at San Diego hospital — RT...

A San Diego hospital secretly filmed 1,800 women undressing, giving birth and undergoing gynaecological procedures using...

Russiagate narrative’s peddlers to be held accountable? — RT USA News

The Democrats and mass media should be held accountable for weaponizing the Mueller probe against Trump,...

4 mosques attacked with SLEDGEHAMMERS in Birmingham (VIDEOS) — RT UK News

Mosques have been targeted in overnight attacks in Birmingham, police have confirmed. Counter-terrorism officers are...

4 mosques attacked with SLEDGEHAMMERS in Birmingham (VIDEOS) — RT UK News

Mosques have been targeted in overnight attacks in Birmingham, police have confirmed. Counter-terrorism officers are...

Trump’s simple trick to getting budget past Democrats? Label everything ‘confronting Russia’ — RT...

US President Donald Trump may have found a way to get Democrats in the House to...

Transgender woman arrested for hate crime spree in NYC (VIDEOS) — RT USA News

A transgender woman has been arrested for a slew of random ambush attacks involving some form...

Tory Minister Rudd branded ‘disgraceful’ after referring to black people as ‘colored’ — RT...

Amber Rudd, the work and pensions secretary, has been lambasted after referring to black people...

Report Exposes ‘Devastating’ Economic, Public Health, and Environmental Impacts of Trump’s Industry Giveaways

A new study out Tuesday backs up a series of legal challenges launched by Democratic state attorneys general alarmed by President Donald Trump's deregulatory...

School stops LGBT lessons after backlash from angry parents — RT UK News

A primary school in Birmingham, England, has halted LGBT lessons after 600 pupils were reportedly...

Corbyn egging incident sparks ‘Nazi’ Twitter row — RT UK News

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn being assaulted with an egg at a London mosque has sparked...

CNN analyst claims Trump’s speech sounded like HITLER’s, but script was written by… PUTIN?!...

A CNN analyst and adviser at the Biden Institute has showcased her unmatched skill to roll...

Push Intensifies for Democrats to Use Cohen Testimony to Subpoena Trump Tax Returns

Tax justice groups on Friday called on Democrats to make use of the most illuminating parts of Michael Cohen's testimony at a House Oversight...

What States Can Do to Reduce Poverty and Inequality Through Tax Policy

States have an opportunity to act to close the loopholes that hide and protect the wealth of the top 1%, remedy the impact of...

Pelosi warns national emergency can be used for gun control in future — RT...

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said that by invoking a national emergency to build a...

Trump official who mocked ‘Clinton News Network’ hired by CNN to assist with 2020...

Trump-phobic journalists – including CNN employees – are up in arms over CNN’s decision to hire...

Twitter reacts to #LabourSplit as 7 MPs jump ship over Corbyn leadership — RT...

Twitter has been rocked by the sudden departure of seven Labour MPs to form their...

New Evidence Emerges of Possible Wrongdoing by Trump Inaugural Committee

Federal prosecutors in New York are circling Donald Trump’s inaugural committee as part of a wide-ranging investigation into possible money laundering, illegal contributions and...

Royal Parks to fight ‘harmful’ London Holocaust memorial saying it will spoil ‘relaxed’ location...

A charity that manages eight landmark London green spaces has challenged the government over plans...

NASA announces plans to return to the Moon for good — RT USA News

NASA’s chief has laid out the space agency’s ambitious plan to go back to the Moon...

MAGA teen gearing up to sue dozens of media outlets, celebrities in ‘landmark’ libel...

More than 50 media outlets, celebrities and public figures could be targeted in a libel suit...

Elizabeth Warren digs herself even deeper hole in ‘Native American’ ancestry row — RT...

As Elizabeth Warren offers a public apology to the Cherokee Nation for identifying as a Native...

Prosecutors subpoena Trump’s inaugural committee, looking for ‘donations by foreign nationals’ — RT USA...

Federal prosecutors in New York have issued a subpoena looking for documents from President Trump’s inaugural...

Virginia’s Lt. Governor facing #MeToo moment as his boss refuses to resign over blackface...

As Virginia Governor Ralph Northam refuses to resign over a 30-year-old blackface scandal, Justin Fairfax, the...

Man bites dog & FBI agent in naked rampage — RT USA News

A drug-addled Virginia man sank his teeth into his dog - and later an FBI agent...

Stone pleads not guilty to obstruction, lying to Congress in Mueller probe — RT...

Roger Stone has entered a not guilty plea in federal court in Washington, DC. The former...

How Russia-gate Rationalized Censorship – Consortiumnews

From the Archives: Russia-gate mania spread beyond a strategy for neutralizing Donald Trump or removing him from office into an excuse...

Hollywood doctor who prescribed pot cookies to 4-year-old loses license — RT USA News

A US physician specializing in alternative medicine has lost his license over a case of diagnosing...

HALF of Facebook accounts fake, says Zuckerberg’s Harvard classmate — RT USA News

As many as half of Facebook's two billion accounts are fake or duplicates, according to a...

Facebook struggled with complaints that kids blow fortunes on online games — RT USA...

Facebook was bombarded with complaints that minors spent large sums of money playing games like Angry...

‘Land of censorship & home of the fake’ Facebook is getting into the local...

Facebook is investing $300 million in local newsrooms and training initiatives for regional journalists over the...

Twitter erupts after NYT reveals FBI probe into Trump-Russia links that lead… nowhere —...

Russiagate disciples are squealing with joy after the New York Times wrote about the FBI apparently...

‘I’m not a person of color!’ DNA test haunts Warren as she kicks off...

It seems like Sen. Elizabeth Warren will never be able to catch a break from being...

MH17 TURNABOUT: Ukraine’s Guilt Now PROVEN

Ukraine Downed MH17 Malaysian Airliner in 2014. Conclusive Evidence Suppressed by Western Media. Blatant Misrepresentations in Sanctions on Russia. Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org Finally, a clear...

A New Study Spells Trouble

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Outrage as US-Saudi Coalition Undermines UN Resolution Endorsing Yemen Ceasefire

“The US should be doing everything we can to support the ceasefire, not undermining it. Disgusting!” That was how Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) responded to...

Judge backs BuzzFeed in Russian’s lawsuit over Steele dossier — RT USA News

A federal judge in Florida ruled for BuzzFeed in a defamation lawsuit brought by a Russian...

I Went Dungeness Crabbing in Washington. Here’s Why I’m Concerned About Increased Shipping From...

As someone who is part of a family that has made our living off of healthy stocks of seafood in the Pacific Northwest, I...

Sex professor points ‘MeToo’ finger at God over Virgin Mary — RT USA News

A Minnesota professor has taken aim at Christmas, putting the Bible under the MeToo spotlight by...

FBI raids home of whistleblower who had ‘dirt’ on Clinton Foundation, Mueller — RT...

More than a dozen FBI agents searched for six hours the house of a contractor who...

NASA pushing for continuous manned presence on moon ‘within 10yrs’ — RT US News

Longer-term lunar residents look increasingly likely after NASA revealed plans to establish a “continuous manned presence”...

Insurance Industry Readies Propaganda Blitz as Medicare for All Gains Traction

Medicare for All is rapidly surging in popularity among the American public and gaining momentum in Congress, but private insurance interests and Big Pharma...

US military academy embarrassed after cadets kidnap & injure rivals’ mascot falcon — RT...

The US Military Academy at West Point has apologized for cadets who pulled off a daring...

33 Trillion More Reasons Why The New York Times Gets it Wrong on Russia-gate...

New research shows The New York Times was even further off the mark in blaming Russian social media for Trump’s win,...

Blaming ‘Both Sides’ for Hate Plays Into Hands of Right-Wing Media

Antisemitic cartoonist Ben Garrison depicts “$oros”-funded refugees trampling Uncle Sam. Media coverage of tragedies like shootings and bombings is frequently politicized, particularly when jihadism is...

FBI detains mail bomb suspect, seizes white van with pro-Trump posters (VIDEO) — RT...

Federal agents have arrested and detained a suspect in connection with a string of suspicious packages...

New evacuation at Time Warner Center, home of CNN HQ, over ‘suspicious package’ —...

Police briefly evacuated the Time Warner Center in New York for a second time in two...

Labour MPs attack ex-PM after refusal to cut ties with Riyadh — RT UK...

Tony Blair has been urged by a Labour MP to cut ties with the Saudi...

Sunday Times’ Liddle accused of ‘inciting violence’ after telling Islamists to ‘blow themselves up’...

Sunday Times columnist, Rod Liddle has caused a furore on social media after penning an...

Why Is Russiagate Rumbling Into the 2018 Midterms?

New Yorker (10/1/18) The November 6 midterms are fast approaching, yet much of the media is still looking back to the 2016 elections, and specifically...

Marijuana legalization linked to spike in car crashes, studies reveal — RT US News

Marijuana legalization hit another milestone this week as Canada lifted its ban on the drug. But...

Israel’s 50-Year Time Bomb – Consortiumnews

In the quest to change Israel’s very nature, the Netanyahu government is pushing Palestinians to the edge – with the...

Israel’s 50-Year Time Bomb – Consortiumnews

In the quest to change Israel’s very nature, the Netanyahu government is pushing Palestinians to the edge – with the...

Israel’s 50-Year Time Bomb – Consortiumnews

In the quest to change Israel’s very nature, the Netanyahu government is pushing Palestinians to the edge – with the...

Armed policeman ‘deliberately mowed down by car’ in Leicester city center — RT UK...

An armed police officer is in hospital with head injuries after he was “deliberately driven...

UK Foreign Secretary likens EU to both Soviet Union and a prison, brings down...

Whether it was the impact of Russia or a desire to get out a good...

Highlights from Kavanaugh’s accuser’s testimony — RT US News

Professor Christine Blasey Ford has given emotional testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee about her allegations...

UK’s May tells ministers to hold their nerve over Brexit — RT UK News

British Prime Minister Theresa May told her ministers that they must hold their nerve, as...

22% of people in the US & half living in its largest cities don’t...

More than 66 million people in the US speak a ‘foreign’ language at home, the Center...

Senate passes anti-opioid bill as overdoses ravage America — RT US News

The Senate has passed a bill aimed at combating the influx of synthetic opioids into the...

Destroying Trump – LewRockwell

The “Resistance” has morphed into the “Lynch Mob.” Having successfully been gaslit into believing Donald Trump is everything from a bad joke to a...

Trump says ‘no reason’ for costly war games with South Korea, blames China for...

US President Donald Trump has blamed Beijing for the lack of progress on North Korea’s denuclearization,...

Trump ‘abandoning’ American youth, student loan watchdog says in resignation letter — RT US...

The federal student loan ombudsman for the US government has resigned, blaming the Trump administration for...

US slams EU’s $20mn development aid to Iran as sending ‘wrong message at the...

Washington said the EU’s latest Iran development aid package of €18 million is “sending the wrong...

Modern Censorship – LewRockwell

The DNC -Leaks, Hacks, and Beyond Treason

Summary: People have been divided about the DNC hack-leak ever since the story began with the Chalupa-Isikoff article. These divisions run so deep they...

India and the State of Independence: British Colonialism Replaced by a New Hegemony

India celebrates its independence from Britain on 15 August. However, the system of British colonial dominance has been replaced by a new hegemony based...

Only Communism Will Protect Our Waters

Photo source Jeffrey Putney | CC BY 2.0 PolyMet is trying the Donald Trump approach to mining here in Minnesota. Their philosophy: I’ve never mined...

Openly anti-Trump academics hired to fix Twitter’s ‘conversational health’ – the Right not impressed...

For the sake of "healthy conversation," Twitter has put together a research team to combat prejudice...

GOP likely to lock down majority as Rand Paul lends support to nominee Kavanaugh...

Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) has lent his support to President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh,...

India Mortgaged? Forced-Fed Illness and the Neoliberal Food Regime

Like many countries, India's food system was essentially clean just a generation or two ago but is now being comprehensively contaminated with sugar, bad...

‘Quiet Skies’ TSA surveillance team targets Americans on domestic flights without warrant – report...

If you board late or change your appearance before a domestic flight, the TSA might have...

The Utility of the RussiaGate Conspiracy

The election of Donald Trump came as a shock to many (Independent, 11/5/16). To the shock of many, Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential elections,...

The Sanctification of NATO

To the Guardian (7/10/18), NATO “ushered in a democratic, liberal world order.” Claims that US President Donald Trump is undermining the North Atlantic Treaty Organization...

Fancy Bear Exposed Ukraine is Behind the Hacking Group

  Just one other thing....... Have you heard of Fancy Bear and Cozy Bear? Of course, you have. Everybody has. And we've heard time and again...

Memo to the President Ahead of Monday’s Summit – Consortiumnews

Ray McGovern and Bill Binney have written an open letter to President Trump ahead of Monday’s summit.  With Friday’s indictments of...

Elon Musk faces online wrath after being exposed as Republican PAC donor — RT...

SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk is facing criticism over his environmental stance after donating $38,900...

The Intercept’s Greenwald attacked by MSM after Moscow trip — RT US News

The Intercept’s Glenn Greenwald, who said his visit to Russia was partially meant to combat a...

Trump nominates Brett Kavanaugh to US Supreme Court, Democrats outraged — RT US News

President Donald Trump has nominated Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court. Democrats are alarmed that...

Agrarian Crisis and Climate Catastrophe: Forged in India, Made in Washington

India is under siege from international capital. It is on course not only to be permanently beholden to US state-corporate interests but is heading towards...

At Home and Abroad, Trump Abandons Human Rights

In January 1941, with the prospect looming of US involvement in another European war, President Franklin Roosevelt spoke of America’s purpose in the world:...

British democracy under ‘threat,’ electoral watchdog says as it calls for urgent reform —...

The Electoral Commission has warned that British democracy is “at threat,” demanding a major overhaul...

Did the U.S. Supreme Court Just Nullify the U.S. Constitution?

On June 26th, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its 5-4 majority decision in the landmark case of “Trump v. Hawaii”, about President Trump’s commonly...

Media Today Must Cover Yemen and Trump Policy, Not Get Distracted by Tweets

JUAN GONZÁLEZ: “Our Country’s biggest enemy is the Fake News.” Those were the words of President Trump last week. It was just his latest attack on...

White House Vows New Nominee Will Continue to Gut Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

After the White House announced Saturday that President Donald Trump will nominate Kathy Kraninger to take over the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), critics...

Public angry after comedian Maher says ‘bring on recession’ even ‘if it hurts people’...

Comedian Bill Maher has called for a recession, explaining that it’s a way to get rid...

The Truth About ‘Sanctuary Cities’

In a recent White House meeting on “sanctuary cities,” President Trump called some undocumented immigrants “animals” — a disturbing new low even for someone...

Someone tell Boris that Babchenko’s alive! Putin critics are catnip for Britain’s Foreign Secretary...

24 hours after it was revealed that rumors of the death of Russian journalist Arkady...

Tesla ‘on autopilot’ smashes into parked police car (PHOTO) — RT US News

A Tesla Model S crashed into a parked police vehicle while reportedly driving on autopilot in...

Bolton Trying to Convince Trump to Topple Iran – Consortiumnews

John Bolton may have backed off wanting to bomb Iran, saying he’s not the one to decide, but he’s hardly...

Republican lawmakers call for special counsel over FBI and DoJ abuses in Trump probe...

Seventeen GOP lawmakers have introduced a resolution accusing the Justice Department and the FBI of misconduct...

Justice Department IG finishes report on Clinton email case, Comey & Co. brace for...

The Justice Department Inspector General has finished its report into law enforcement’s handling of the Hillary...

Dangerous Liaison: Industrial Agriculture and the Reductionist Mindset

Food and agriculture across the world is in crisis. Food is becoming denutrified and unhealthy and diets less diverse. There is a loss of biodiversity, which threatens food security,...

Dozens of Indigenous and Frontline Community Representatives Call for an End to Bank Financing...

PLANO, TEXAS - The quickly growing international campaign pressuring JPMorgan Chase to end its massive funding of extreme fossil fuels continued to escalate today...

Social Media – LewRockwell

The Existential Question of Whom to Trust – Consortiumnews

With the fallout from the White House Correspondent’s dinner still swirling, and as we continue to celebrate Bob Parry’s life,...

The Tragedy of Benjamin Netanyahu – Consortiumnews

In presenting no new information about Iran’s alleged nuclear weapons program, the Israeli prime minister is actually undermining his own...

Aleksandr Kogan seeks to play down scandal in fake-news inquiry — RT UK News

Cambridge University researcher Aleksandr Kogan, creator of the app that harvested data from the accounts...

Western Media Shorthand on Venezuela Conveys and Conceals So Much

Reuters (4/19/18) reports on EU officials “accusing Maduro’s government of breaches of human rights and undermining democracy.”A Reuters article (4/18/18) reports that the...

For 15 Years, Energy Transfer Partners Pipelines Leaked an Average of Once Every 11...

An aerial view shows a natural gas liquids pipeline under construction October 26, 2017 in Smith Township, Washington County, Pennsylvania. (Photo: Robert Nickelsberg /...

Jawsome! School of 1,400 basking sharks spotted off US North Atlantic coast — RT...

Marine biologists have been left baffled by the appearance of large schools, comprised of up to...

Strike Against Syria Would Be Illegal – Consortiumnews

In this statement released Wednesday, a group of international law experts warn that a U.S. military strike on Syria would...

Bellingcat blogger slammed on Twitter for refusing to debate MIT professor on Syria claims...

Amateur war-crimes investigator and full-time blogger at the Bellingcat website, Eliot Higgins, has turned down an...

Who Will Take on the 21st Century Tech and Media Monopolies?

Facebook “failed to alert users and took only limited steps to recover and secure the private information of more than 50 million individuals” (London...

Mueller goes after reported Clinton donor Victor Pinchuk — RT US News

The Twitterverse has mocked the latest Trump-Russia collusion bombshell as a desperate dud, after a Ukrainian...

Call Bullshit on Apartheid Schools in the Nation’s Capital

“The realization of common opportunities for all within a single society… will require a commitment to national action – compassionate, massive, and sustained,...

UK Foreign Office denies claiming nerve agent from Russia, despite tweet and Boris Johnson...

The UK Foreign Office denies claiming the nerve agent used in the Salisbury poisoning of...

Times’ lead article questioning govt’s ‘alliance against Russia’ vanishes, but URL remains (VIDEO) —...

The Times’ lead article from Wednesday, suggesting Theresa May is struggling to hold together an...

Zuckerberg plans ‘Supreme Court’ body to police Facebook — RT US News

Could an independent 'Supreme Court’ help weed out abusive and inappropriate content on Facebook? Mark Zuckerberg...

Mass Deception and the Prelude to World War

In Libya, NATO bombed a path to Tripoli to help its proxy forces on the ground oust Gaddafi. Tens of thousands lost their lives...

Vote Leave campaigners branded ‘criminals’ amid allegations of ‘cheating’ in Brexit referendum — RT...

Vote Leave has been blasted on social media for a “subversion of democracy,” as an...

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...

Crime and Punishment? – Consortiumnews

Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy is under investigation for allegedly receiving millions of euros in illegal election campaign funding from Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi. This...

‘Trump lining up war cabinet’? Bolton’s elevation to NSC adviser fuels alarm — RT...

Donald Trump’s cabinet reshuffles have fueled concerns, not least after the latest appointment of hawkish John...

1 injured in another Texas blast that seems ‘unrelated’ to Austin serial bombing —...

One person has been seriously injured by an “incendiary device” in Austin, Texas, on Tuesday evening....

Assange agrees to share ‘evidence’ in Cambridge Analytica probe by British MPs — RT...

WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange may soon give evidence to a Parliamentary Committee about Cambridge Analytica,...

Trump eyeing punitive tariffs on $60bn of Chinese imports, tech – report — RT...

The Trump administration is looking to impose additional tariffs on Chinese goods and plans to target...

Congressmen call for ‘foreign agent’ tag for Al Jazeera as it ‘digs into pro-Israel...

A group of congressmen has called for Al Jazeera to be designated a “foreign agent” for...

Westminster’s systemic bullying culture revealed — RT UK News

The British parliament is in disarray after complaints emerged that Westminster staff were bullied and...

Researchers ‘Staggered’ by ‘Crazy, Crazy’ Record-Setting Warm Winter in Arctic

This past winter has set a worrying record in the Arctic, as scientists examining the effects of climate crisis continue to express dismay at...

How Liars in U.S. ‘News’-Media Build on Lies in U.S. ‘News’

Eric Zuesse (originally published abridged by Strategic Culture Foundation) The means by which the vast majority of Americans are deceived to believe fake ‘news’ that’s...

Still Meddling in Venezuela

Photo by Joka Madruga | CC BY 2.0 In recent weeks, the Trump administration has stepped up its efforts at “regime change” in Venezuela. In the past,...

The Leaked Rule That Could Ban Immigrants Based on Income, Explained by Experts

The US-Mexico border fence just south of San Diego, California. (Photo: Tony Webster; Edited: LW / Truthout) This article was originally published on TalkPoverty.org. In February, leaked...

‘Maybe we’ll give it a shot,’ Trump reportedly said of China’s presumed ‘lifelong presidency’...

US President Donald Trump has again invoked wrath online after reports that he praised the Chinese...

The War Against Alternative Information – Consortiumnews

From the Archive: The State Department is reportedly spending $40 million to bolster the Global Engagement Center’s efforts to crack...

Notes on the Capitalist Origins of Racial Oppression in the United States

Photo by Tony Webster | CC BY 2.0 When white people shed exculpatory myths and acknowledge the truth about slavery, they’ve arrived at what descendants...

How the Anti-Democracy Movement Used Media to Command the Narrative

An excerpt from Daring Democracy: Igniting Power, Meaning and Connection for the America We Want (Beacon Press, 2017).  As far back as 1835, perhaps our nation’s...

Banned News: Rapid Movement Now Toward Global Nuclear War

U.S. Preparations to Conquer Soon Donbass, N. Korea, & Syria world news compiled by Eric Zuesse —— https://freeukrainenow.org/2018/01/19/fearing-peace-the-u-s-humiliates-south-korea-threatens-north-korea-japanese-and-u-s-historical-aggression-against-korea/#more-6950 Fearing peace, the U.S. humiliates South Korea, threatens North Korea....

Intel-for-Hire Undermines U.S. Intelligence (Part 2) – Consortiumnews

Intel-for-Hire is a multilayered phenomenon that’s undermining the integrity of U.S. intelligence, argues George Eliason. In this installment, he looks at...

UK Police investigating ‘incident’ at parliament

The Metropolitan Police are investigating an "incident" in parliament, according to reports. Officers are understood...

White House announces $1.5 trillion infrastructure package — RT US News

President Donald Trump has announced a sweeping infrastructure plan worth $1.5 trillion. It is part of...

U.S. Intelligence Crisis Poses a Threat to the World – Consortiumnews

Privatized and politicized intelligence is undermining the mission of providing unbiased information to both high-level decision makers and the American...

Leading ‘Russiagate’ proponent revealed to have links to lobbyist of Russian billionaire — RT...

With allegations of collusion with Russia mounting in the US, even the staunchest Russia-bashers seem to...

Boris Johnson under fire for allowing ban on same-sex marriage — RT UK News

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has been accused of undermining LGBT rights after he allowed the...

Champions Of Democracy: From Fake News To Imposed Insanity

Open a corporate media website on any given day and you will find someone, somewhere blaming social media for something. No claim is too...

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...

The Lucky 1 Percent Get Trump’s Speech, CNBC’s Devotion—and Nearly All Global Growth

TVNewser (1/22/18) “The World Economic Forum is lucky to have addressing them,” says CNBC host Becky Quick. Quick told industry journal TVNewser (1/22/18) that...

Bayou Bridge Pipeline Faces Mounting Legal Challenges in Louisiana

Dean Wilson in the Atchafalaya Basin in front of a cypress tree in the proposed path of the Bayou Bridge pipeline. (All photos by...

191 LA homeless camps are in high fire hazard areas — RT US News

A Los Angeles task force has found evidence of 191 homeless encampments on 58 parcels of...

Don’t Give the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau a Single Dime, Mulvaney Tells Fed

White House Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, President Donald Trump's pick for acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, walks back to the White...

Corporate Monopolies Will Accelerate the Globalisation of Bad Food, Poor Health and Environmental Catastrophe

By Rosemary Mason and Colin Todhunter If the proposed Monsanto-Bayer merger goes through, the new company would control more than 25 per cent of the...

Spending at Trump properties raise questions about conflicts of interest – report — RT...

Dozens of foreign governments, trade groups are using Trump properties for accommodation and events, raising questions...

Embattled Trump Nominee Inadvertently Draws Attention to Radiation in Drinking Water

(Photo: Delwin; Edited: LW / TO) This story has been updated.  Kathleen Hartnett White, President Trump's pick to run the White House Council on Environmental Quality,...

Oxford researchers give TB vaccine to African babies, despite drug killing 5 monkeys during...

Oxford University researchers have been accused of acting unethically after they gave an anti-tuberculosis vaccine...

Shamed Toby Young ‘attended secret eugenics conference with neo-nazis and pedophiles’ — RT UK...

A probe into a lecture series on genetics and race intelligence has been launched after...

FBI director slams strong encryption as ‘urgent public safety issue’ — RT US News

Published time: 10 Jan, 2018 02:13 Edited time: 10 Jan, 2018 08:38 In another blast at...

Chlorpyrifos Pesticide Harms Salmon and Orcas, Government Report Says | Earthjustice

Seattle, WA - A group of three widely used agricultural pesticides jeopardizes the survival of endangered salmon, according to a National Marine Fisheries...

Regulators kill Trump proposal to subsidize coal & nuclear plants — RT US News

Federal regulators rejected Energy Secretary Rick Perry’s proposal to rewrite energy market regulations that would subsidize...

GMOs, Global Agribusiness and the Destruction of Choice

One of the myths perpetuated by the pro-GMO (genetically modified organisms) lobby is that critics of GMOs in agriculture are denying choice to farmers...

NYT’s ‘Trump Effect’ Mainly the Effect of Higher Oil Prices

The New York Times (1/1/18) claims that “a wave of optimism has swept over American business leaders… inspired by the Trump administration’s regulatory pullback.”...

Bitcoin Exchange CEO Kidnapped Leaving Office

Being a "Bitcoin Billionaire" just got a bit more complicated after reports surfaced that the CEO of EXMO, a UK-based Bitcoin exchange,...

Social media smears GOP Rep Rooney as Russian stooge after call to ‘purge’ FBI...

Published time: 27 Dec, 2017 18:16 Edited time: 28 Dec, 2017 10:11 Representative Francis Rooney (R-Florida)...

The GOP Tax Bill Is an Attack on Those With Disabilities

President Donald Trump speaks about the passage of tax reform legislation on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, December 20,...

Who Can Clean Up the FCC’s Net Neutrality Mess? | By Michael Macleod-Ball

Last week, the Federal Communications Commission took the long anticipated, widely disparaged step of doing away with net neutrality protections, over the objections of...

Justice Dept asks FBI to explain evidence found in Clinton-facilitated Uranium One deal –...

Published time: 21 Dec, 2017 17:41 FBI agents have been asked to explain evidence regarding the...

Accused child rapist walks free after police are caught keeping evidence from lawyers… again...

An accused child rapist has walked free after police were caught withholding crucial evidence from...

Scientist slams study identifying ‘oldest fossils ever discovered’ — RT US News

Researchers have identified a series of fossils which they believe are the oldest living organisms ever...

The Trump Administration Word Ban Extends to Other Federal Agencies. Its Ongoing Assault on...

A word ban extends beyond the CDC, the Washington Post reported last night, including at another, unnamed HHS agency that was told how to...

Net Neutrality Repeal Is Only Part of Trump’s Surrender to Corporate Media

The FCC is under attack—and so too is the First Amendment. As the primary regulator of how media and information gets to our nation’s...

Trump foe Flake rejects president’s attacks on ‘sick’ & ‘rigged’ US system — RT...

Published time: 9 Dec, 2017 17:34 A Republican senator has attacked Donald Trump’s characterization of the...

Hackers swipe over $64mn in Bitcoin from cryptocurrency marketplace NiceHash — RT US News

Published time: 7 Dec, 2017 01:27 After a mysterious 12-hour service outage, the popular cryptocurrency mining...

Medical examiners quit over claims of sheriff’s interference — RT US News

Two medical examiners in San Joaquin County, California have quit over claims the sheriff had interfered...

Trump’s Attack on Bears Ears Could Alter the Course of American Land Conservation

The Valley of the Gods in Bears Ears National Monument. (Photo: John Fowler) We reported in July on Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's re-evalution of the...

How Russia-gate Rationalizes Censorship – Consortiumnews

Special Report: The Russia-gate hysteria has spread beyond simply a strategy for neutralizing Donald Trump or even removing him from...

Mueller booted FBI agent off Russian election meddling probe over ‘anti-Trump texts’ – reports...

Robert Mueller removed an FBI agent from his investigation into alleged Russian election meddling, people briefed...

US Outrage Grows at Risk of Honduran Election Theft, 50 Groups Join Call

Outraged at the possibility of the theft of Honduras’ election by the discredited current administration, 50 US rights groups have joined call to urge...

36% of govt websites fail ‘important’ security tests – study — RT US News

Analysts who studied hundreds of federal websites found more than one-third did not have security measures...

Backlash as Prince Harry announces he is about to marry a TV star —...

Published time: 27 Nov, 2017 16:07 News that Prince Harry and his fiancée Meghan Markle...

How the FCC’s reversal of net neutrality may affect you — RT US News

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced plans to repeal net neutrality regulations, putting the Federal...

Report about Rep. Conyers puts Congress under sexual harassment microscope — RT US News

The avalanche of sexual harassment and abuse claims has reached the US Congress, with the latest...

Moon landing PHOTOS reignite conspiracy theories… again — RT US News

A UFO conspiracist has uncovered what he believes is proof that the moon landings were fake,...

House Democrats Introduce Articles of Impeachment Against Trump

Rep. Steve Cohen (D-Tennessee) and Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Illinois) introduce Articles of Impeachment against President Donald Trump during a press conference at the US...

Children Sue Trump Admin for ‘Reckless and Deliberate Indifference’ to Climate Threat

Two Pennsylvania children and a Philadelphia-based environmental organization filed suit on Monday against the Trump administration for its gutting of climate regulations, laws, and...

The Times hails Belgian royal’s conservation of the Congo – a place ravaged by...

“Why would a Belgian royal risk his life to save a Congolese wilderness?” reads a...

Former Trump campaign aide lied to FBI agents

Published time: 30 Oct, 2017 14:53 Edited time: 30 Oct, 2017 15:31 A former Trump campaign...

$300mn electricity deal between US energy company & Puerto Rico agency under fire —...

Puerto Rico’s electricity agency and a two-year-old small-scale US company are under investigation by two House...

FBI & CIA left Trump ‘no choice’ but to delay long-awaited JFK assassination docs...

Published time: 26 Oct, 2017 23:52 Edited time: 27 Oct, 2017 00:20 Some of the highly...

House Republicans open investigation into Russia uranium deal — RT US News

Two US House committees will conduct a formal investigation into a 2010 deal that saw 20...

Rolling Back the Tide of Pesticide Poison, Corruption and Looming Mass Extinction   

An anthropogenic mass extinction is underway that will affect all life on the planet and humans will struggle to survive the phenomenon. So claims...