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‘Subversive’ NSA forced to back down over cyber encryption techniques

Published time: 22 Sep, 2017 16:29 Edited time: 23 Sep, 2017 18:21 US allies, distrustful of...

Chainsaw-wielding nun helps clear Irma destruction (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Published time: 13 Sep, 2017 14:45 Miami was spared the worst of Hurricane Irma’s wrath but...

Bill in Congress to Fund CIA and NSA Outlaws Wikileaks

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org The bill in Congress to fund U.S. intelligence services includes a provision, Sec. 623, which states: SEC. 623. SENSE OF...

'Huge' prison riot reported in Kansas, multiple law enforcement agencies responding

Published time: 6 Sep, 2017 06:00 Edited time: 6 Sep, 2017 06:36 A riot has reportedly...
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Video: W.H.O. is right? World Health Organisation argues Monsanto uses cancerogenics

The GM foods giant Monsanto is calling for an investigation into an agency of the World Health Organisation. That's after the body published a...

Why Google Made the NSA

Read Part I Mass surveillance is about control. It’s promulgators may well claim, and even believe, that it is about control for the greater good,...

Viral Sensation Slams Fake Race War

The Stomach-churning Violence of Monsanto, Bayer and the Agrochemical Oligopoly

As humans, we have evolved with the natural environment over millennia. We have learned what to eat and what not to eat, what to...

'Historic' flash floods in Kansas City leave people stranded

Published time: 22 Aug, 2017 16:33 Edited time: 22 Aug, 2017 16:33 Flash flooding caused by...

Soil, Monsanto and the Agribusiness Giants: Conning the World with Snake Oil and Doughnuts

In their rush to readily promote neoliberal dogma and corporate-inspired PR, many government officials, scientists and journalists take as given that profit-driven transnational corporations...

Catholic Church ‘exploits legal loophole’ to avoid compensating child sex victims – report

The Catholic Church and local authorities have come under fire for reportedly exploiting a loophole...

What the fork? ATM stolen with heavy machinery in Arkansas (VIDEO)

Published time: 20 Aug, 2017 20:25 A daring early hour heist has seen an outdoor ATM...

Planned Parenthood has no right to Medicaid funds in Arkansas, US appeals court rules

Published time: 17 Aug, 2017 00:33 Edited time: 17 Aug, 2017 07:05 A US appeals court...

3 prison guards trapped as inmates seize area of Arkansas maximum security prison

Published time: 8 Aug, 2017 00:18 Edited time: 8 Aug, 2017 00:30 Six inmates trapped three...
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Video: Weeding Out Critics: Monsanto tries to influence media over weedkiller

Secret documents show that the American agricultural chemical giant Monsanto tried to influence media and science reports over its popular weed-killer ... Via Youtube

Monsanto leaks suggest it tried to ‘kill’ cancer research about notorious weed killer

Controversial agricultural giant Monsanto attempted to ‘kill’ research on Roundup weed killer, which is suspected of...

Insane policy towards North Korea

This year we commemorate the 72nd anniversary of the unjustifiable US use of nuclear weapons against civilians in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Those two attacks...

US accuses China of unsafe mid-air encounter

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Delaware allows corporations to use blockchain to create & maintain transaction records

The “corporate capital of the world” has just made it legal for corporations to use blockchain...

Switzerland Chainsaw Attack: Five Hurt in Schaffhausen

Five people have been injured, two seriously, in an attack by a man armed with a chainsaw in the Swiss town of...

‘Not the best time’ for creating Russia-US cybersecurity body – NSA Chief

Published time: 22 Jul, 2017 21:57 Establishing a joint Russia-US cybersecurity body is not a very...

Codex Alimentarius and Monsanto’s Toxic Relations

“Our soils are sick from greed-based, irresponsible agricultural practices, pesticides, chemical fertilizers, erosion and mineral depletion, all of which stop or reduce adequate microbial...

Your People of the South Wind: Kansas

When we’re young, we think we are the only species worth knowing. But the more I come to know people, the better I like...
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Video: Whistleblowers Shouldn’t Be Prosecuted Like Spies: Greenwald on Alleged NSA Leaker Reality Winner

https://democracynow.org - The parent company of The Intercept—First Look Media—has announced that it will provide support for the legal defense of Reality ... Via Youtube
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Video: ‘Insane’: Russian Prosecutors’ Office denies link to Trump Jr. meeting with Russian lawyer

The Russian Prosecutor General's Office had nothing to do with the meeting of private Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya with Donald Trump Jr., its official...

Rights Groups Prepare for Fight Against Arkansas' Man-Approved Abortion Law

A hearing is scheduled for Thursday in the American Civil Liberties Union's suit to block several new anti-reproductive rights laws that have passed in...

When Will Co-opted Figures and Board Members of Companies like Monsanto and Bayer Be...

The public is being poisoned, disease rates are spiralling, waterways are contaminated, soil is being degraded, insects, birds, invertebrates and plant diversity are in...

17 victims in 'mass shooting' at night club in Little Rock, Arkansas – police

Published time: 1 Jul, 2017 11:21 Edited time: 1 Jul, 2017 12:26 At least 17 people...

Soy seeds sales surge, giving Monsanto better-than-expected 3rd quarter

Monsanto has reported better-than-expected quarterly profits after record soybean sales lifted the company above analysts’ estimates....

Monsanto battle: California to add glyphosate to its cancer-causing chemicals list

The state of California has moved ahead in its ongoing legal battle with agribusiness giant Monsanto,...

US releases photos showing ‘unsafe’ intercept by Russian jet over Baltic

Published time: 23 Jun, 2017 16:26 Edited time: 25 Jun, 2017 08:05 New photos released by...

US city celebrates 80th anniversary of first ever (63 hour!) transarctic flight by Soviet...

Amid new tensions between the US and Russia, Vancouver, Washington, where Valery Chkalov ended his record-breaking...

Kansas' Tax Cuts Are a Spectacular Failure. Meanwhile, in California

Republican legislators in Kansas did the unthinkable this month: They voted to raise income taxes, ending a painful five-year experiment with an extreme anti-tax...

Swiss company ordered to pay billions in reparations to Kansas farmers over GMO corn

A US district court has ordered Swiss agrochemical company, Syngenta, to pay out US$217.7 million to Kansas farmers who say the company commercialized...

Of Mice, Monsanto and a Mysterious Tumor

Call it the case of the mysterious mouse tumor. It's been 34 years since Monsanto Co. presented US regulators with a seemingly routine study analyzing...
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Video: NSA accuse Russia of election hacking, try to cover Clinton theft of the...

Russians accused of hacking US election NSA trying to cover their own theft of the Democratic nomination Russians accused of meddling in America's 2016...
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Video: ‘Amazing you created sensation out of nothing to fight president’ – Putin to...

Vladimir Putin's given an interview to NBC's Megyn Kelly, where he touched upon allegations about Russian interference in the US election. RT's Emily Sue...

Hey Intercept, Something Is Very Wrong With Reality Winner and the NSA Leak

An NSA document purporting to show Russian military hacker attempts to access a Florida company which makes voter registration software is sent anonymously to...
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Video: NSA Contractor Charged for Leak After Intercept Exposé Reveals Russian Cyberattack of 2016...

https://democracynow.org - A military intelligence contractor has been arrested and charged with leaking a top-secret NSA report to the media that reveals ... Via Youtube

Edward Snowden Comes to Defense of Jailed NSA Contractor Reality Winner

A day after her arrest was announced publicly by the U.S. Justice Department, Reality Winner, the 25-year-old alleged source of a leaked National Security...

Assange wants support for NSA whistleblower as WikiLeaks offers $10k reward to ‘expose’ reporter

Published time: 6 Jun, 2017 12:37 WikiLeaks Editor Julian Assange is calling for the woman who...
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Video: CrossTalk: Transatlantic Divorce?

The German Chancellor Angela Merkel says: 'We Europeans truly have to take our fate into our own hands,' adding, 'we have to fight for...

Toxic Relations: Stop Colluding with Monsanto and the Agrochemical Industry!   

By Rosemary Mason and Colin Todhunter Environmental campaigner Dr Rosemary Mason has just written to the UK’s Policy Advisor Nigel Chadwick at the Chemicals Regulation...

’Unsafe intercept’: US officials accuse China of buzzing spy plane

Published time: 26 May, 2017 17:58 Edited time: 27 May, 2017 08:44 Two Chinese jets got...

NSA Spying On Americans ‘Widespread’ – Let Sec. 702 Expire!

In October, 2016, the NSA was forced to admit that it had misused Sec. 702 of the FISA Amendments to...

FISA court finds NSA violated search restrictions, spied on Americans

Intelligence agencies under former President Barack Obama routinely violated privacy rights, conducted illegal searches and gathered...

‘Nothing speculative about it’: Wikimedia-led lawsuit against NSA restored by court

A federal appeals court has revived part of a lawsuit against the National Security Agency filed...

How NSA Can Secretly Aid Criminal Cases

From the Archive: Official Washington is thrilled by the choice of ex-FBI Director Mueller as Russia-gate special counsel, hailing him...

Hacker group that leaked NSA spy tools likely includes a U.S. insider, experts say

Cybersecurity experts believe the hacker who leaked the potent software tool that powered last week’s global ransomware attacks is an American – perhaps a...

‘Like letting Tomahawk missiles get stolen’: Microsoft slams NSA mishandling of exploits

Microsoft has criticized the NSA for their major role in spreading the WannaCry ransomware epidemic which paralyzed hundreds of thousands of computers worldwide. The...
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Video: NHS cyberattack: follow NSA means, money & motive + German police on trail...

Today's cyberattack on the NHS, just follow the money – mass surveillance, data mining, Peter Thiel and Palantir criminal data mining firm - NSA...

Leaked NSA exploit blamed for global ransomware cyberattack

A zero-day vulnerability tool, covertly exploited by US intelligence agencies and exposed by the Shadow Brokers...

US warned France of Russian ‘cyber penetration’ ahead of presidential elections ‒ NSA chief

The United States needs to publicly “out” Russia for its alleged interference in the US and...

Meet the Arkansas Judge Who Faces Impeachment for Protesting Against the Death Penalty

We go now to Arkansas, where the state executed four men in April, marking the first executions in Arkansas since 2005. Arkansas had initially...
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Video: Exclusive: Meet the Arkansas Judge Who Faces Impeachment for Protesting Against the Death...

http://democracynow.org - We go now to Arkansas, where the state executed four men in April, marking the first executions in Arkansas since 2005. Arkansas...

Making People Go Insane

The most effective way to change the world if you have kids is to treat them right. Everything could change in one generation if...
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Video: Listening In: NSA collected & stored 151 million call records in 2016

An annual report from the director of national intelligence has revealed the NSA was authorized by a court to access the phone calls of...
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Video: ‘Let nothing go’: Monsanto accused of hiring Internet trolls to stop online...

Biotech giant Monsanto is being accused of hiring, through third parties, an army of Internet trolls to counter negative comments, while citing positive ... Via...

US faces ‘nationwide drinking water crisis,’ 77mn exposed to unsafe water in 2015 –...

Up to 77 million Americans were serviced in 2015 by unsafe drinking water systems, with 18...

Don’t Fall for the Latest NSA Falsehood

“You had to live—did live, from habit that became instinct—in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every...

NSA collected over 151mn phone records in 2016 despite surveillance law changes

The NSA collected over 151 million phone records from Americans last year, while having warrants for...

Monsanto accused of hiring army of trolls to silence online dissent – court papers

Biotech giant Monsanto is being accused of hiring, through third parties, an army of Internet trolls...
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Video: ‘Horrifying’ – Witnesses describe latest string of prisoner executions in Arkansas

"Horrifying" is how witnesses have described the latest in a string of executions in the American state of Arkansas. Convicted murderer Kenneth Williams was...

'Partial Fix': NSA Scraps Part of Warrantless Surveillance

The National Security Agency (NSA) has been forced to scrap one of its controversial surveillance practices, the New York Times reports Friday, a development...

NSA to stop collecting Americans' emails, texts about foreign surveillance targets

Published time: 28 Apr, 2017 20:25 The National Security Agency says it will halt the warrantless collection...
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Video: ‘Unsafe position’: Washington slams Turkey over airstrikes near US military personnel in Syria,...

The Pentagon has also criticized Turkey's recent airstrikes on Kurdish positions in Syria and Iraq, saying they're putting US military personnel at risk. Turkey's...
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Video: Witnesses to Double Execution in Arkansas Say Inmates May Have Suffered Botched, Painful...

http://democracynow.org - We speak with The Guardian's chief reporter Ed Pilkington about the shocking double execution Arkansas carried out Monday night, ... Via Youtube

Witnesses to Double Execution in Arkansas Say Prisoners May Have Suffered Painful Death

We speak with The Guardian's chief reporter Ed Pilkington about the shocking double execution Arkansas carried out Monday night, marking the first time in...

Arkansas double-execution planned tonight as part of unprecedented killing spree

A federal district judge in Arkansas declined on Friday to block the lethal injections of two death row inmates scheduled to die tonight in...

Arkansas double-execution the first in US since 2000

Arkansas is set to put to death two men convicted of rape and murder, after their last-ditch efforts appealing to the US Supreme Court...

From Earth Day to the Monsanto Tribunal, Capitalism on Trial

World Environment Day (WED) occurs on 5 June every year. Promoted by the United Nations, its aim is to encourage global awareness and action for...
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Video: Former Arkansas Death Row Inmate Damien Echols Calls on State to Halt Plans...

http://democracynow.org - In this web exclusive, we continue our conversation with Damien Echols, who was freed from Arkansas's death row in 2011. Over the...

Serving the Rich, Elite and Criminally Insane Capitalists: The Unsilencing of Intellect

One of the toughest things I’ve been facing is the bald-faced collective delusion of fellow Americans. From the rank and file social worker, to...
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Video: Legal Chaos in Arkansas as Judges Halt State Plan to Carry Out Unprecedented...

http://democracynow.org - Arkansas's plan to carry out an unprecedented series of executions has been thrown into chaos, after judges ruled to temporarily halt ... Via...
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Video: NSA was allegedly hacked, loses financial hacking arsenal to the Dark Web

Hacking group Shadow Brokers released a data dump allegedly stolen from NSA that details the agency's ability to hack international banks, SWIFT network, via...

Snowden Says Cyberweapons Dump Underscores NSA Hacking Tools Are Not Secure

Lauren McCauley, staff writerHackers and security experts are raising alarm over a massive cyberweapons dump that they say underscores the danger of government spy...

Federal Judge Blocks Arkansas' Execution Spree

A federal judge on Saturday issued an injunction blocking Arkansas from its rush to carry out 6 executions in less than two weeks, siding...

Judge blocks 6 executions in Arkansas after drugmaker protests lethal injection

Published time: 15 Apr, 2017 02:35 As many as eight state executions scheduled to begin next week...

Migrant who tried to rape woman granted £27,000 compensation

A migrant convicted of attempting to rape a woman was awarded £27,000 ($33,600) compensation by the High Court after the Home Office held him...

Kansas special election puts Trump, Republicans to test

President Donald Trump himself is getting involved in a special election in Kansas, as Republicans face...

Canadian Insanity: Nurse Fined $26,000 for Facebook Post

The surreal extent of Canada’s far-left nanny-state culture has been illustrated with a fine of $26,000 dished out to a nurse who...

Arkansas plows ahead with plans to execute 7 death row inmates in April

One of the eight inmates scheduled to be executed this month in Arkansas has been given...

Shadow Brokers hackers release NSA hacking tools to punish Trump for ‘abandoning’ his base

Hacking group Shadow Brokers has released the password to a trove of NSA exploits in what...

Making Democracy Unsafe for the World

This originally appeared on USA Today. This week is the 100th anniversary of President Woodrow Wilson’s speech to Congress seeking a declaration of war against...

From Syria to Monsanto: A Moribund System of Deceit and Destruction

Today, as the dominant global power, the US rolls out its brand of unfettered capitalism across the world. US citizens constitute just five percent...

Prison company carried out illegal surveillance on Kansas inmates ‒ federal investigators

A prison company in Kansas allegedly shared secretly recorded videotapes and audio exchanges between prisoners and...

Hundreds Arrested as Unsanctioned Anti-Corruption Protests Erupt Across Russia

Hundreds of people, including a key opposition leader, were arrested in Russia on Sunday as thousands participated in unsanctioned protests against corruption and the...

Arkansas, short of volunteer witnesses, seeks to rush through 8 executions in 10 days...

The state of Arkansas is struggling to find enough volunteers to witness eight inmate executions scheduled...

Monsanto’s Violence in India: The Sacred and the Profane

From Hinduism and Paganism to Thor, Woden and Monsanto, humans have lost their ancient beliefs, practices and connection with nature. The old practices, so...

McCain versus Paul: The New Red Scare Masks US Foreign Policy Insanity

On March 15, US Senator John McCain (R-AZ) revealed just how ridiculous the American political establishment’s reliance on Vladimir Putin as boogeyman has become. McCain,...
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Video: Obama used NSA & FBI to spy on Trump – veteran CIA officer

The mighty CIA has fallen victim to a major breach, with WikiLeaks revealing the true scope of the Agency's ability for cyber-espionage. Its tools...

‘Stop breaking the law’: Snowden raises ‘red flag’ over testimony of NSA and FBI...

Published time: 20 Mar, 2017 21:25 Edward Snowden has reacted to the testimony from the directors of...

Arkansas to separate Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert E. Lee holidays

The state of Arkansas is about to split the holidays commemorating civil rights icon Martin Luther...

Behind a Corporate Monster: How Monsanto Pushes Agricultural Domination

A farmhand loads genetically modified corn seed into a planter on Bo Stone's farm in Rowland, North Carolina, April 20, 2016. (Photo: Jeremy M....
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Video: ‘Sensationalized headlines’: Media scandal erupts over Flynn’s paid speech for RT in Dec...

Neither Flynn nor RT ever made a secret of his paid appearance at the conference, which was not only transparent but also broadcasted widely...
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Video: Arkansas Rushes to Execute 8 Men Using Drug Linked to Painful, Botched Executions

http://democracynow.org - The state of Arkansas is planning to execute eight men within a 10-day period in April—that's nearly a quarter of its entire...

Kansas senator compares Planned Parenthood to Nazi concentration camp

A $25 donation made to Planned Parenthood in the name of a Republican Kansas state senator resulted in the lawmaker contacting the organization and...

Monsanto attempt to block glyphosate from California cancer list tossed by judge

Published time: 13 Mar, 2017 22:07 A California state court has dismissed a legal challenge by multinational...

The Insane Dream

In 1961, senior Pentagon consultants drafted a 33-page blueprint for initiating — and winning — a nuclear war against the Soviet Union. It was...
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Video: Most insane firecrackers? Mexican ‘explosive’ national fireworks day

A pyrotechnic bull roared through the town of Tultepec on Wednesday, spraying a cascade of sparks into crowds of San Juan de Dios festival...

Tornadoes hit Kansas City, hundreds of homes damaged (PHOTOS)

Published time: 7 Mar, 2017 18:21 At least two tornadoes touched down in Missouri, accompanied by severe...

Hill and Bill’s Insatiable Lust

Once the shock of Hillary Clinton election loss passed, the blame game began. But FBI Director Comey’s decision to reopen the investigation into Hillary’s emails...

Arkansas lawmaker wants to remove Clinton name from airport

The Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport in Little Rock could be renamed if an Arkansas...

A Deconstruction of Whiteness: Unsafe Among My Own Kind

Photo by ResistFromDay1 | CC BY 2.0 In previous submissions to CounterPunch, I refer to our little Cafe/coffee shop in Utica, New York  as “a...

Suspect in fatal Kansas shooting thought Indian victims were Iranian – 911 call

The chief suspect in a fatal shooting in Kansas thought his two Indian victims were Iranian,...

British ISIS suicide bomber was ex-Gitmo detainee who won £1mn compensation

Suicide bomber Abu-Zakariya al-Britani detonated a car bomb outside an Iraqi military base southwest of Mosul, 12 years after winning £1 million ($1.25 million)...

Lock up England in Jail or an Insane Asylum!

Here it goes again! The same old tired and predictable tune, the same recognizable chorus. Once again the world is told what to think...
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Video: British ISIS suicide bomber was ex-Gitmo detainee who won £1mn compensation

Suicide bomber Abu-Zakariya al-Britani detonated a car bomb outside an Iraqi military base southwest of Mosul, 12 years after winning £1 million ($1.25 million)...

Obama Expanded NSA Powers Just Before Leaving Office

This story, from the Jan. 12, 2017, edition of the New York Times, was little-remarked upon at the time, but suddenly has taken...

Tree surgeon killed by his own chainsaw in south London

A tree surgeon was fatally injured on Wednesday in a chainsaw accident while working in...

Monsanto and GMO Propagandists Softening-up UK Public for GM After Brexit

On the back of Brexit, the UK government is planning what could be a disastrous trade deal with the Trump administration. It would likely...

Monsanto’s Communications Guru to Visit the UK: Instead of Promoting GM, Take Responsibility for...

Monsanto is preparing a fresh effort to promote genetically modified (GM) crops to the UK public, according to a piece in The Scottish Farmer. The...

New Arkansas law allows rapists to sue victims seeking abortion

A pregnant woman’s husband will be able to sue to prevent his wife from having an...
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Video: Insane Clown President Fear and Loathing on Trumps Campaign Trail

Watch full ep now: https://youtu.be/maCSmmiy3gU Award-winning Rolling Stone journalist and author Matt Taibbi, followed the Trump campaign tornado as it ... Via Youtube

‘Insane Clown President’ journalist won’t take US intel at their word on ‘Russian hacks’...

The US mainstream media has allowed itself to be baited by President Donald Trump into a...
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Video: Insane Clown President Trump & the End of Corbyn (Going Underground)

RT's Going Underground talks to Rolling Stone's Matt Taibbi and a member of Trump's transition team, and when all else fails, vote UKIP. Plus,...

The British Government Has Colluded with Monsanto and Should Be Held Accountable in the...

“The British Government has colluded with Monsanto and should be held accountable in the International Criminal Court in The Hague for crimes against humanity...

‘Insane & extreme’: Tribes, farmers react to Trump’s pipeline decree

Native Americans and environmental activists voiced their alarm over President Donald Trump’s decision to advance work...

Total Insanity: Brits should learn Polish, Punjabi, & Urdu to make immigrants feel welcome...

British people should learn immigrants’ languages to be more welcoming, according to a Cambridge professor, who says integration is a “two way street.” University of...
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Video: Insane Clown President: Matt Taibbi Chronicles Election of “Billionaire Hedonist” Donald Trump

http://democracynow.org - As a new study by Oxfam finds the world's eight richest men control as much wealth as the poorest half of humanity,...

Spinning Sensations

by Scott Thomas Outlar / January 15th, 2017 These days were growing shorter,colder, and dare I say, lonelierof late,leading my spirit inwardtoward the spaces of...

Snowden speechless: NSA whistleblower overwhelmed by push for presidential pardon

More than 1 million signatures have been delivered to the White House calling on outgoing President...

Obama expands NSA spying

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New rules grant FBI, DEA & CIA access to raw NSA surveillance data

In virtually its last gasp, the Obama administration has quietly given the National Security Agency wider...

CIA, FBI and NSA produce joint report, jointly prove nothing

The recent hysteria surrounding Russia’s alleged interference with the November presidential elections saw another episode after an intelligence report, jointly elaborated by the CIA,...

‘Insane, ridiculous, embarrassing’: Abby Martin blasts RT ‘bashing’ by ODNI report and NYT

Former RT journalist Abby Martin has blasted the US intelligence agencies’ ODNI report along with the New York Times for publishing “egregious lies” about...

9 year jail term for Arkansas employee who helped swindle $6.1 million from kids...

A 16-year veteran Arkansas state employee has been sentenced to 9 years in prison after admitting...

Car crash driver bolts after sticking an insane vertical landing (VIDEOS)

A driver in California fled the scene of an astounding crash that left their car standing...

Arkansas teacher resigns after racist anti-Obama rant online

An Arkansas teacher who made a series of racist comments about Michelle and Barack Obama has...

No refills: Last remaining Arkansas death penalty drugs expire soon

After waiting 11 years to die, 35 death row inmates in Arkansas are likely to be...

The Fight to Rein in NSA Surveillance: 2016 in Review

It's been a busy year on a number of fronts as we continue to fight to rein in the National Security Agency's sweeping surveillance...

Arkansas police offer reward for man who killed 3yo boy in road rage shooting

Police in Arkansas are offering a $40,000 reward for finding the man who killed a three-year-old...

Video of Kansas cop tasing 91-yo man with Alzheimer's released

Video footage of a Kansas undersherrif tasing a 91-year-old man has been made public. The incident,...
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Video: Berlin attack & Merkel policies: LIVE debate (Mo Ansar vs Maximilian Krah)

Political & social commentator Mo Ansar and AfD member Maximilian Krah who quit CDU over Merkel's policies discuss latest tragedy at Berlin Christmas ... Via...

America Goes Insane

The charge of ‘fake news’ currently at the fore of American political chatter is held forward on its own and is tied to the...

Bomb threat forces Lufthansa emergency landing at JFK, 500 evacuated

A Lufthansa plane was forced to make an emergency landing at New York's JFK Airport after...
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Video: ‘More money on outside’: NSA’s best leave due to ‘low morale’ – former...

Wiretapping and spying on foreign governments might be a dream job for some, but America's National Security Agency is struggling to keep hold of...

Washington state sues Monsanto over ‘omnipresent and terrifically toxic material’

PCB pollution is in “every waterway in the state,” Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson said as...

NSA workers leaving in ‘increasingly large numbers’ following Snowden leaks – former director

Employees working for the National Security Agency are leaving their posts in “increasingly large numbers” following...

‘Insane’ Boris Johnson still wants to ‘give illegal immigrants amnesty after Brexit’

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has called for illegal immigrants to be granted amnesty after Brexit,...

‘Journalistic garbage’: Greenwald & others slam WaPo for ‘insane’ Russian propaganda story

Glenn Greenwald, along with other journalists, has unleashed a torrent of criticism at The Washington Post...

Mysterious NYC skyscraper owned by AT&T nerve center of NSA mass surveillance programs –...

Built to endure a nuclear attack, a New York City skyscraper known as the AT&T Long...

Judge orders CIA, FBI & NSA to disclose whether they spied on Occupy Philadelphia...

The FBI, CIA and NSA must release any potential evidence that they spied on Occupy Philadelphia protesters back in 2011, a federal judge has...

Monsanto’s ‘less-volatile’ dicamba herbicide receives quiet EPA approval

The EPA has quietly approved the usage of Monsanto’s brand new herbicide, which the company says is less “volatile” than all alternative dicamba-based compounds...

Obama’s humility: ‘We really are an indispensable nation’

Humility in foreign policy “is useful trait,” outgoing President Barack Obama said, adding that America is...

Air Cocaine: the Wild, True Story of Drug-Running, Arms Smuggling and Contras at a...

On March 16, 1986, President Ronald Reagan went on national television to make a desperate pitch for the restoration of congressional aid to the...

UKIP’s descent into ‘full-blown insanity’ could cost it funding, says major donor

UKIP has descended into “full-blown insanity,” warns insurance tycoon Arron Banks, who has donated more...

Evacuation underway in Atchison, Kansas after large chemical spill (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Published time: 21 Oct, 2016 15:16 Emergency services alerted residents of Atchison, Kansas there has been a...

Lament for an Indispensable America

America’s "exceptionalism" is alive and well. It’s resurfaced wearing a wig in current presidential politics. Clinton speaks about America the "indispensable" nation....

Slouching from Insanity, Words Like Acrylic

Outsider artistsavant, held to insideceremonies, cutting imagesthrough corridors of twenty-fourhour pacing, moments frozennow old man, four-yearold, cowering, towering oldman pummeling, neverknowing beatingsmight capture silver-toneprint...
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Video: ‘Maybe I said something wrong’: Blackout as Putin talks about NSA surveillance at...

Commenting on US Vice President Joe Biden's statement on the possibility of cyberattacks against Russia, Vladimir Putin said it's the first time that Washington...
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Video: Snowden 2.0: NSA contractor arrested for stealing malware

The FBI 'secretly arrested' a National Security Agency contractor on suspicion of stealing and revealing malware the NSA used to hack foreign governments, the...

5 Insanities of Hillary

Given the strong link between leadership and psychopathy, questioning the sanity of our future leaders might not be so preposterous. One study, for example,...

Baby’s insanely fluffy bouffant hair breaks the internet (VIDEO)

Two-month old Junior Cox-Noon attracts so much attention with his impressive mane of hair it...

Arkansas State Rep. who pushed for law to film police, arrested for filming police...

An Arkansas politician who helped pass state legislation protecting people who film the police, has been...
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Video: Dangers of the Proposed Bayer-Monsanto Merger

The resulting merger will push a model of agriculture that forgoes advantageous local ecological practices and jeopardizes the livelihoods of small-scale farmers ... Via Youtube

Kansas police officer dodges charges after fatally shooting mentally ill man

A Kansas police officer, who shot and killed a mentally ill man he pulled over for...

Monsanto and Bayer: Why Food and Agriculture Just Took a Turn For The Worse

defotoberg | Shutterstock.com News broke this week that Monsanto accepted a $66 billion takeover bid from Bayer. The new company would control more than 25 per cent of...
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Video: What Would Happen to NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden If He Is Tried Under...

http://democracynow.org - In Part 2 of our debate about whether National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden should be pardoned, we examine ... Via Youtube
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Video: Debate: Should Obama Pardon NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden?

http://democracynow.org - It has been three years since National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden released classified NSA files to media outlets ... Via Youtube

Insatiable: the Democrats Must Attack Democracy to Serve Corporate Power

You might think that pervasive election fraud, the conversion of mass media into propaganda, and the already insignificant role that everyday people play in...
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Video: ‘Entirely new name’ for ‘Monsanto’: Bayer buys leading GMO maker for $66bn

The deal is the largest corporate takeover in almost two decades for a German company. German pharmaceuticals giant Bayer has agreed to buy American...

Monsanto and Bayer: Why Food And Agriculture Just Took A Turn For The Worse

Colin Todhunter News broke this week that Monsanto accepted a $66 billion takeover bid from Bayer. The new company would control more than 25 per cent...
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Video: Jon Rappoport “Obama Has Been A Superlobbyist For Monsanto In His 8 Year...

Please Support The Show – http://richieallen.co.uk/ https://www.facebook.com/therichieallenshow http://www.youtube.com/RichieAllenShowMedia Tune in at ... Via Youtube

Reich up your street: Viral sensation ‘Hitler House’ available to rent

Swansea’s notorious ‘Hitler house,’ an unassuming property on a busy thoroughfare that became a tourist...

‘I’d rather be in jail’: Kansas man robs a bank to flee ‘situation’ with...

Family life has pushed a Kansas man over the edge. After robbing a bank to get...

WARgrams released: How NSA used Iraq War as springboard for global intel gathering

Newly published documents from the beginning of the Iraq invasion reveal how the NSA used the...
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Leaks by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden have revealed how his former employer used the US spy base at Menwith Hill in Yorkshire to conduct...

Word Games: What the NSA Means by "Targeted" Surveillance Under Section 702

We all know that the NSA uses word games to hide and downplay its activities. Words like "collect," "conversations," "communications," and even "surveillance" have...
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Video: CONFIRMED: NSA Hacked, Information Auctioned At 1 Million Bitcoin

In this video Luke Rudkowski covers the latest news of how the offensive branch of the NSA was recently hacked and the information is...

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Leaks by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden have revealed how his former employer used the US...

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There is insufficient evidence to prove that antibacterial soaps are superior to plain soap and water...
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Video: Is an Arkansas Town Town Operating a “Hot Check” Court as an Illegal...

http://democracynow.org - A woman in Sherwood, Arkansas, just spent 35 days in a county jail after she accidentally bounced a $29 check five years...

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An unnamed whistleblower responsible for exposing Monsanto’s shady deals involving Roundup products to the federal government...
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Video: Flash floods ravage Kansas City

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As the UN Finally Admits Role in Haiti Cholera Outbreak, Here Is How Victims...

The United Nations has, at long last, accepted some responsibility that it played a part in a cholera epidemic that broke out in Haiti...

Veterans rage at war trauma scheme they say aims to deny them compensation

British military veterans are incensed at a government mental injury compensation scheme they say is...

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Newly liberated NSA files from whistleblower Edward Snowden remove any doubt that the “ShadowBrokers” hack on...

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Monsanto to face court for intentionally mislabelling toxic chemicals

Monsanto misled the public into thinking its pesticides are safe and do not cause cancer when it knew that it does, Sharon Lerner from...

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A statement by the ‘Shadow Brokers’ hacking collective, claiming they have hacked an NSA affiliate and...

‘You’re welcome’: Snowden casts light on NSA hack

The files released by a hacker group that claims to have breached the NSA are authentic,...

Father & 7yo daughter held at gunpoint by ‘insane & violent’ police officer

A father and his young daughter claim they were terrorized by a highway patrolman in Arizona...

Widespread crop damage – brought to you by Monsanto

Farmers in Missouri, Arkansas, and Tennessee are confronting widespread crop damage and bracing for lower yields as a result of agrichemical giant Monsanto’s botched...
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Video: Kansas City cops kill family dog

Read story here. https://photographyisnotacrime.com/2016/08/04/missouri-cops-caught-camera-killing-family-dog/ Via Youtube
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Video: Drone captures devastation of Kinsabba after Syrian govt forces liberate town

Drone footage released on Tuesday shows the ruins of Kinsabba after the town was retaken by Syrian government forces and allied Shia militia last...

12-yo boy dies on world’s tallest waterslide in Kansas waterpark

A 12-year-old boy was killed in an accident on the world’s tallest waterslide at Schlitterbahn Waterpark...

SWAT team destroys man’s home, offers no compensation or apology

A manhunt for a shoplifting suspect turned disastrous for one homeowner who committed no crime other...

Monsanto in India: Meet the New Boss – Same as the Old Boss?

In capitalism, the state’s primary role is to secure the interests of private capital. The institutions of globalised capitalism - from the World Bank,...

Arkansas lethal injection drug likely from Pfizer subsidiary

Arkansas’ secrecy laws didn’t keep photos of a drug used in the state’s lethal injection protocol...
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Video: Arkansas Cop Tasers Man in Back, Then Tells Him He’s Under Arrest

Read story here. https://photographyisnotacrime.com/2016/07/23/watch-arkansas-cop-tasers-man-back-tells-hes-arrest/ Via Youtube

Kansas attorney-general sues DoD over Guantanamo Bay relocation records

Kansas' attorney-general filed suit against the US Defense Department, claiming it failed to produce records related...

In the Shadow of Monsanto: GMO Regulation and the Right to Know

Colin Todhunter The GMO agritech sector and food companies have spent tens of millions of dollars in the US to prevent the labelling of foods containing genetically...
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Video: Strategic Takeover: Syrian Arab Army recaptures Kinsabba in Latakia

The Syrian Arab Army recaptured the town of Kinsabba in northern Latakia, Saturday. The army used tanks, heavy machine guns and artillery in an...

Monsanto, Bayer and the Push for Corporate Cannabis

(Photo: Adria Vidal) California's "Adult Use of Marijuana Act" (AUMA) is a voter initiative characterized as legalizing marijuana use. But critics warn that...

Monsanto, Bayer, and the Push for Corporate Cannabis

California’s “Adult Use of Marijuana Act” (AUMA) is a voter initiative characterized as legalizing marijuana use. But critics warn that it will actually make...

Clinton Backs Monsanto’s Case

That to Be Anti Monsanto Is to Be Pro Global-Warming Eric Zuesse On June 27th, I reported Hillary Clinton’s having privately told GMO industry lobbyists, on...
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Video: What We Saw At The Insane Bilderberg Group Meeting

In this video Luke Rudkowski documents everything he is saying throughout the 1st day of the Bilderberg meeting, taking place in Dresden Germany. While...

The War on Weed is Winding Down, But Will Monsanto Emerge the Winner?

360b | Shutterstock.com   In April, Pennsylvania became the 24th state to legalize medical cannabis, a form of the plant popularly known as marijuana. That makes nearly half...

Monsanto, the USA’s Monster

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wcLtZJVmoNw Few corporations in the world are as loathed -- and as sinister -- as Monsanto. But the threat it poses to people and planet...

Here's What's the Matter With Kansas

Gov. Sam Brownback of Kansas speaks at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference in National Harbor, Maryland, on February 28, 2015. (Photo:...

Insane media proclaims Sweden 'goodest' country in the world

Jun 24, 2016 By Reinhard Wolff | redice.tv Sweden is a blissful utopia and only a hateful racist would think otherwise....

The War on Weed Is Winding Down But Will Monsanto Be the Winner?

The war on cannabis that began in the 1930s seems to be coming to an end. Research shows that this natural plant, rather than...

Modi, Monsanto, Bayer and Cargill: Doing Business or Corporate Imperialism?  

Colin Todhunter Describing itself as a major ‘global communications, stakeholder engagement and business strategy’ company, APCO Worldwide is a lobby/PR agency with firm links to the Wall...

Insane – Marriage with non-Jews now carries prison sentence in Israel

Israeli marriage law makes it a two-year prison offence for any Jew marrying outside of the rabbinical authorities in that country, it has emerged...
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Video: The Government’s Insane War On Tiny Homes and Humanity

In this video Luke Rudkowski travels to Compton, California to talk to Elvis Summers, the main behind the " Tiny Houses For The Homeless...

Forget the FBI and NSA

The NSA was too busy spying on your family to stop the Orlando gunman. But why aren’t night clubs keeping tabs on people who walk...

NSA learning how to snoop on pacemakers

The NSA is seeking new ways to satisfy its hunger for raw data by exploiting the...

Snowden leak: GCHQ & America’s NSA regularly intercept British MPs emails

American spies and the UK’s listening post GCHQ regularly intercept the emails of British MPs...

Nine Out of 10 Americans Tested Positive for Monsanto’s Cancer-Linked Weedkiller Glyphosate

If you participated in the glyphosate test project launched last year by the Detox Project (formerly Feed The World) and Organic Consumers Association, you probably failed. A staggering...

Hillary Clinton and the Politics of Overcompensation

Likely Democratic party presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is a woman – and that seems to be a very large part of her...
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Video: Massive fire at China chemical plant: Insanely huge cloud of smoke covers Hubei...

A chemical plant in central China's Hubei Province caught fire . The local environmental department said that the air pollution is controlled at a...

From Albrecht to Monsanto: A System Not Run for the Public Good Can Never...

The following extract is from the 2011 lecture ‘Healthy Soils, Healthy People’ by Professor John Ikerd. The lecture discussed the legacy of renowned agronomist...

Ross Eisenbrey on Overtime Pay, Patty Lovera on Monsanto Protests

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Video: EU migrant deal at risk? Greek judges rule Turkey ‘unsafe’ for refugees

The EU-Turkey migrant deal has suffered a blow - after a Greek court set a precedent, by ruling against sending a Syrian asylum seeker...
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Video: Unsafe haven: Child sexual abuse scandal hits Turkish refugee camp praised by Merkel

Harrowing accounts by pre-teen victims of a rapist at Turkey's Nizip refugee camp paint a picture of systematic abuse at the site designed to...

Monsanto and the Poisoning of Europe

This week, a Standing Committee of plant scientists from 28 member states in Europe is likely to endorse the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA)...
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Video: NSA involved in Gitmo interrogations – new Snowden leak

The NSA participated in Guantanamo Bay interrogations, newly released leaks by whistleblower Edward Snowden show. A decade's worth of NSA newsletters ... Via Youtube

Conflict of interest? Members of UN panel on glyphosate have Monsanto ties

Two people on the UN panel that just ruled the herbicide glyphosate “unlikely” to cause cancer...

Spies over Baghdad: NSA newsletter reveals agency’s role in Iraq War

NSA intelligence played a key role in preparing the UN for the US invasion of Iraq and aiding the subsequent occupation, while senior agency...

Monsanto and the Poisoning of Europe: An Open letter to the EFSA Chief Attorney...

This week, a Standing Committee of plant scientists from 28 member states in Europe is likely to endorse the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA)...

Monsanto weedkiller relabeled by activists to expose alleged cancer-causing properties

Activists relabeled bottles of Monsanto weedkiller in hardware stores across Britain on Wednesday in a bid to raise concerns over the product’s health implications....

Pesticides, GMOs and Corporate Control: The Poster Child is Monsanto but Neil Young is...

Neil Young has a long history of activism. He is a co-founder of Farm Aid, which works to support small and family farmers in North...

The EPA’s Ties to Monsanto Could Be Disastrous for the US

It's time to end the revolving door between the private sector and government agencies like the EPA, because the American people deserve government regulators...

Future Options: From Militarism and Monsanto to Gandhi and Bhaskar Save  

US Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders recently tweeted: “It is no mystery why Monsanto fights against our right to know about GMOs in food –...

‘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...

Monsanto CEO Hugh Grant insists Roundup is safe, adamantly denies cancer link

Despite mounting evidence that the world's most widely used weedkiller is linked to a host of chronic illnesses, including cancer, Monsanto has no intention...

1/3 of Detroit elementary schools report unsafe lead, copper levels in water

Almost a third of elementary schools in Detroit, Michigan tested positive for unsafe levels of lead...
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Video: The Insane Censorship Of Vaccination Truths

In this video Luke Rudkowski goes to the premier of Vaxxed in NYC and interviews the main producer of the film Del Bigtree. The...

Hundreds of US schools test positive for unsafe lead levels in water

Flint, Michigan has become the epicenter of the lead water crisis in the United States, but...

Monsanto Takes Another Hit with UK Supermarket Pulling Their Herbicide

Strength in numbers proved to be a winning mantra for activists against Monsanto: a petition 90,000 signatures strong recently forced UK supermarket Waitrose to...
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Video: NSA Officer Scott Rickard: “Revolutions In Ukraine & Syria Funded By Zionists Like...

Please Support The Show – http://richieallen.co.uk/ https://www.facebook.com/therichieallenshow http://www.youtube.com/RichieAllenShowMedia Tune in at ... Via Youtube

Capitalism And Global Agribusiness: From Ford To Monsanto, It’s For Your Own Good

“We must… build our own local food systems that create new rural-urban links, based on truly agroecological food production... We cannot allow Agroecology to...
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Video: Leaked Report Reveals Unsanitary Conditions At UN Bases During Haitian Cholera Epidemic

The United States is actively discouraging countries from holding the UN accountable for bringing cholera to Haiti, says Brian Concannon, Executive Director of ... Via...

Holocaust files: Britain withheld compensation despite appalling survivor testimonies

Survivors of the Holocaust and former prisoners of war were subjected to fierce questioning by...

FBI agrees to help unlock iPhone in Arkansas homicide case

The FBI has agreed to help an Arkansas prosecutor crack an iPhone and an iPod belonging to teenagers accused of murder. This comes just...
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Video: INSANITY Frm Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld Still Has No Clue About WTC7

In this video Luke Rudkowski confronts the former secretary of defense Donald Rumsfeld who was on duty on 9/11. Rumsfeld recently made national headlines...
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Video: Think the NSA Can’t Hack an iPhone Without Apple’s Help? Think Again.

http://democracynow.org - We speak with Jeremy Scahill of The Intercept, which has obtained a secret, internal U.S. government catalog of dozens of cellphone ... Via...

NSA must end planned expansion of domestic spying, lawmakers say

Two members of the House Oversight Committee, a Democrat and a Republican, have asked the director...
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Video: Heated debate over Brexit in wake of Brussels attacks: M. Ansar vs. T....

Twin blasts went off at Brussels' Zaventem Airport and an explosion rocked the Maalbeek Metro station close to EU institutions on Tuesday morning. The...

Peacefully protesting pensioner arrested outside NSA spy base

Police arrested a 74-year-old peace activist who refused to leave a protest site outside an...

Cops caught on camera eating sweets after raiding medical marijuana dispensary will be charged

Police who were filmed passing around candy bars and joking about feeling “light headed” after raiding...

Secret Court Approves FBI's Classified Changes to NSA Database Access

The FBI has implemented new protocols that allegedly enhance privacy safeguards for Americans, when bureau agents search through the NSA's massive intelligence databases for information. It...

FBI and Access to NSA Data on Americans

Peter Van Buren Hear that hissing sound? That is the last gasps for air from the Bill of Rights. The Bill is one breath away...

NSA Chief Warns Black Energy Attack On U.S. Power Grid A “Matter Of When,...

On March 1, 2016, Admiral Michael S. Rogers, U.S. Navy, Commander, U.S. Cyber Command, Director, National Security Agency/Chief, Central Security Service, was a keynote...

A Bad Day for Monsanto and a Good Day for Public Health in Europe

Monsanto needs to be stopped, the health of the world literally depends on it. Aisha Dodwell A battle of corporate profit vs people’s needs has been...
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Video: ‘I’d move heaven & Earth to access Lavrov’s emails’ – ex- NSA,...

Privacy seems less and less attainable these days, as foreign spy agencies target top political figures. The former director of both the NSA and...

Monsanto’s War on Mother Nature

Joseph Sanders (RINF) - A perfect example of how insane the system actually is.. Monsanto Company is ranked number 52 among over 30 million US...

Video: MIT Professor Stephanie Seneff: “I Have Evidence That Monsanto’s Roundup Causing Cancer!”

Please Support The Show – http://richieallen.co.uk/ https://www.facebook.com/therichieallenshow http://www.youtube.com/RichieAllenShowMedia Tune in at ... Via Youtube
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Video: The Real Effects of a Transaction Tax

Robert Pollin details the tax on Wall Street that he proposed in the Inclusive Prosperity Act, which Bernie Sanders has adopted as the Robin...
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Video: Immigration, deaths & rapes: Katie Hopkins vs Mo Ansar

UK columnist Katie Hopkins and political commentator Mo Ansar engage in a war of words on RT, discussing whether the huge influx of migrants...

Or your money back: Monsanto execs return $4mn in bonuses after SEC settlement

Two Monsanto executives returned their lavish bonuses, amounting to nearly $4 million, after the agribusiness giant agreed to pay federal regulators $80 million as...
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Video: Kelly Slater Vote Nobody 2016, Investigate 9/11 and Screw Monsanto!!!

In this video Luke Rudkowski interviews professional surfing legend Kelly Slater in Oahu Hawaii. The two discuss the 2016 presidential elections, the truth ... source

The Sanders Sensation

When I crossed paths with a Democratic campaign consultant in Austin last March, I suggested he come to the local International Brotherhood of Electrical...

Washington Post’s Food Columnist Goes to Bat for Monsanto–Again

Washington Post food columnist Tamar Haspel on organic food: “It’s easy to make it look like people care a whole lot more than they...

West Coast US cities sue Monsanto over toxic chemicals

Genevieve Leigh Last week, Seattle, Washington became the latest addition to the list of cities filing lawsuits against multinational corporation Monsanto, joining San Diego, San...

New Documents Uncover Monsanto’s Secret Role in Illinois Professor Bruce Chassy’s Academics Review Website

The consumer group U.S. Right to Know today called for improved transparency and public disclosure of industry funding for and coordination with public university professors. Email...

Monsanto sues California agency over plans to list Roundup as cancer-causing chemical

Agrochemical giant Monsanto has taken a fight for its leading weed killer to court in California, seeking to prevent glyphosate, the main ingredient in...

Neocons Flack for Unsavory Saudis

Exclusive: Since Israel decided that Iran was its big enemy — and made Saudi Arabia its quiet ally — American neocons have fallen in...
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Video: Barbara Lee on What Was Left Unsaid in Obama’s State of the Union

In the premiere episode of The Real Capitol Hill, we sit down with Congresswoman Barbara Lee to get her thoughts on President Obama's legacy...

War criminal Tony Blair refuses to attend IRA-Libya compensation inquiry

Declining to answer additional questions at an inquiry into Libyan-backed IRA terror activities, former Prime Minister Tony Blair claims he has already given all...

Monsanto to face tribunal at The Hague for ‘ecocide’ against humanity and the planet

An international tribunal made up of some of the world's leading environmental and human rights groups, is set to hold the world's most evil...

Taiwan bans GMOs from school lunches… mandates GMO labeling nationwide… throws down gauntlet on...

Even as the fascist, corrupt U.S. government and its regulators (FDA and USDA) actively conspire with the biotech industry to poison Americans with genetically...

NSA Whistleblower Tells UK Parliament: “Snooper’s Charter” Is Deadly

'Britain should not go further down this road and risk making the same mistakes as my country did, or they will end up perpetuating...

Monsanto announces 1,000 job cuts after first-quarter losses

Agrotech giant Monsanto said that it will eliminate 1,000 jobs as part of a bid to cut costs in the wake of lower profits....
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Video: Keiser Report: ‘Bankism’, oil prices and US election insanity (E856 feat. Gerald Celente)

Check Keiser Report website for more: http://www.maxkeiser.com/ In this special New Year's Eve episode of the Keiser Report, Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert ... Via...

If a Close US Ally Backdoored Juniper, Would NSA Tell Congress?

You may have heard that Juniper Networks announced what amounts to a backdoor in its virtual private networks products. Here’s Kim Zetter’s accessible intro of...

NSA helped GCHQ spies hack Juniper firewalls — Snowden leak

British spies enlisted the help of the US National Security Agency (NSA) to learn how to hack firewalls made by top internet security provider...

Your Business Been Hacked? Thanks NSA!

It appears that the NSA (“or someone”) hacked into the code of a popular firewall and planted a password in there that would allow...

The Toxic Agriculture of Monsanto and Big Agribusiness vs Agroecology Rooted in Communities and...

  "We are being far too kind to industrialised agriculture. The private sector has endorsed it, but it has failed to feed the world, it...
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Video: “Loss and Damage”: U.S. Stymies Push for Compensation for Climate Devastation at U.N....

On Monday, the prime minister of Tuvalu, Enele Sopoaga, said world leaders must prevent the world from warming more than 1.5 degrees Celsius, or...

Monsanto in the Dock! Rolling Back the Destructive Influence of the Global Agribusiness Cartel

And now for the good news. As the rest of the world eats denutrified, poisoned 'food' and capitulates to the criminal cartel of US agribusiness,...

Video: Jim Fetzer On The Sensational New Book “Nobody Died At Sandy Hook”.

Please Support The Show — http://richieallen.co.uk/ http://www.JamesFetzer.BlogSpot.co.uk/ https://www.facebook.com/therichieallenshow ... Via Youtube

NSA documents reveal bulk email collection continues despite official claims

By Nick Barrickman A series of declassified National Security Agency (NSA) documents have revealed that the government’s program of bulk metadata collection of the population’s internet...
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Video: Prove GMOs have safety standards will pay $10mn – Scientist to Monsanto

One of the world's largest GMO producers has been challenged by an MIT graduate who claims there are absolutely no GMO safety assessment standards. Via...

Who Needs Gates And Monsanto? Confronting Hunger, Poverty and Climate Change: “Tremendous Success” of...

It is essential that we get off the chemical treadmill that the modern industrial urban-centric food and agriculture system is based on. It is...

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...

After selling out to Monsanto, National Geographic now purchased by Rupert Murdoch and hit...

The photographers and reporters for National Geographic are in a unique and very influential position to document and record the failures of...

$10mn dare: MIT grad challenges Monsanto over ‘nonexistent GMO safety standards’

One of the world’s largest GMO producers has been challenged by an MIT graduate who claims there are absolutely no GMO safety assessment standards....

European Agency Says Monsanto’s Flagship Product Is Not ‘Likely’ Carcinogenic Based on Flawed Science

With the European Union’s approval of glyphosate set to expire at the end of the year, the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) today announced...
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Video: Passengers say listen to pilots! Lufthansa cabin crew strike over retirement benefits enters...

Passengers say listen to pilots! Lufthansa cabin crew strike over retirement benefits enters 4th day Published on 10 Nov 2015 A strike by Lufthansa's...

Shaker Aamer should be denied Gitmo compensation — Tory MPs

Former Guantanamo detainee Shaker Aamer should not be given compensation for his 13-year imprisonment without charge by US authorities because he “freely chose” to...

Seeds of Corruption: “Unneeded, Unwanted and Unsafe,” the Case of Genetically Modified Mustard in...

In India, genetically modified (GM) mustard is edging closer to becoming the first officially approved GM food crop to be placed on the commercial...

Shouldn’t the U.S. Compensate Syria for Invading?

Eric Zuesse On Friday the 30th of October, U.S. President Barack Obama announced that he will send 50 U.S. Special Forces soldiers into Syrian territory, though...

Snowden: NSA, GCHQ Using Your Phone to Spy on Others (and You)

You are a tool of the state, according to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. The NSA in the U.S., and its equivalent in the UK, GCHQ,...
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Video: Lack of Water, Unsanitary Conditions Prompt Seniors to Protest at City Housing Project

Residents of Lakeview Towers tell TRNN's Eddie Conway the city has been negligent in maintaining aging complex. Via Youtube

Private NSA Army is Attacking YOU!

  Privatized NSA Army is Attacking YOU!   In the first part of this article series, the post 9/11 rise of a private NSA was detailed. Some started...

American Jihadi Starts Private NSA and Attacks America

Have you ever wanted to put somebody on a no-fly list because they were black, white, Christian, Muslim, liberal or conservative?  Maybe because they believed...

Monsanto cuts 12% of its workforce to save money amid profit drop

Falling commodity prices have sowed the seeds of destruction for 2,600 employees of agricultural giant Monsanto. The world’s top seed supplier is cutting 12...
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Video: “Einstein’s Definition of Insanity”: Father of Slain Reporter on GOP Candidates’ Gun Control...

Democracynow.org - As the United States experiences more than one mass shooting per day, the issue of gun regulation is emerging as a hot...

No Safe Harbor: How NSA Spying Undermined US Tech and Europeans’ Privacy

Danny O'Brien The spread of knowledge about the NSA's surveillance programs has shaken the trust of customers in U.S. Internet companies like Facebook, Google, and...
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Video: Insane storm crashes crane, blows off houses & cars: Strongest 180kmph Mujigae hits...

At least seven people have been killed after a typhoon with winds in excess of 180km/h battered the coast of south China. The storm...

Why is the University of Illinois Receiving $1 Million from Monsanto? 

Monsanto likes to say that those of us against GMOs don’t use ‘real’ science to support claims that genetically modified crops are unsafe, but...

SLEAZE: Monsanto shill PR firm Ketchum also ran Bush Administration propaganda for the Honduran...

A New York-based public relations firm that has been engaged in a number of controversies including conducting covert propaganda for the George W. Bush...

NSA to snoop on Iranian president at UN meeting: NBC News report

The US National Security Agency (NSA) is most likely to spy on Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and his delegation during the UN General Assembly...

Modi and Monsanto: A Wake Up Call For India

Immediately prior to Narendra Modi being elected India’s PM last year, there were calls from some quarters for him to usher in a Thatcherite-style...
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Video: Kansas City cop fires on fleeing vehicle as news copter records it from...

Story here. http://photographyisnotacrime.com/2015/09/kansas-city-cop-fires-at-fleeing-car-as-news-copter-records-from-above/ Via Youtube

Monsanto’s ‘Hand of God’: Planned Obsolescence of the Indian Farmer 

The mantra of global agribusiness companies is that they care about farmers. They also really care about humanity and want to help to feed...

1 dead after 8 people shot in Kansas City

At least one person has been killed and about eight people, many of whom are children, have reportedly been injured in a shooting and car...

Senate passes NSA reform measure

The National Security Agency lost its authority to collect the phone records of millions of Americans, thanks to a new reform measure Congress passed...

New Monsanto Spray Kills Bugs by Messing With Their Genes

In a fascinating long piece in MIT Technology Review, Antonio Regalado examines the genetically modified seed industry's latest blockbuster app in development–one that has...

U.S. Drops Bombs; EU Gets Refugees & Blame. This is insane.

Eric Zuesse, originally posted at strategic-culture.org Starting in 2011 in Libya, the United States dropped bombs on Libya in order to replace its pro-Russian dictator,...

EPA now trying to swindle Native Americans out of compensation after polluting their land...

The Obama administration, which regularly touts itself as a champion for minorities, is attempting to cheat thousands of Native Americans out of future compensation...

Watch Neil Young’s ‘Seeding Fear’ documentary exposing Monsanto’s attacks on family farmers who refuse...

Following the release of his latest album The Monsanto Years, Neil Young has released a short film documentary entitled Seeding Fear that tells one...

The Unsafe Child: Less Outdoor Play is Causing More Harm than Good

By Angela Hanscom The third grade classroom that was visiting our nature center for the day consisted of mostly boys—rowdy, loud and rambunctious boys. As...

Video: Meet Jim O’Kelly, Father And Grandfather, Fighting Vaccine Insanity For 40 Years!

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Video: US court rules in favor of NSA bulk snooping despite public opposition

Despite the opposition of the US public and lawmakers to NSA surveillance, the courts keep handing the Obama administration the license to snoop. A...
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Video: Gun insanity: Call To Ban Emojis

"Reasonable" gun control has lead to calls to ban digital firearms. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqzY0Nrriuw. Via Youtube

NYT calls out Coca-Cola’s harmful junk food science while ignoring Monsanto’s fraudulent GMO science

The New York Times recently published an in-depth article on one of its blogs exposing the Coca-Cola Company's efforts to promote flawed science downplaying...

Monsanto secretly gave legal defense money to GMO farmer who contaminated neighbor’s organic farm

Global biotech and agricultural giant Monsanto lent financial support to a West Australian farmer who was being sued by a neighbor over alleged cross-contamination...
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Video: ‘NSA put surveillance cone over Salt Lake City during 2002 Olympics without warrant’...

RT talks to Salt Lake City's former mayor Rocky Anderson, who takes on the NSA and George W. Bush — suing them for alleged...
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Video: Snowden Documents Reveal AT&T’s “Extreme Willingness to Help” NSA Domestic Spy Program

http://democracynow.org - Documents from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden have exposed how extensively the NSA relied on telecommunications giant ... Via Youtube
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Video: Meet the Whistleblower Who Exposed the Secret Room AT&T Used to Help the...

http://democracynow.org - As documents from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden expose how AT&T aided the NSA's vast spying operations, we speak to ... Via Youtube

Altered Genes, Twisted Truth: Monsanto’s Silence is Deafening 

In his book ‘Altered Genes,Twisted Truths’, US public interest attorney Steven Druker exposed the fraudulent practices and deceptions that led to the commercialisation of GM food...
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Video: Kansas Deputy Claims he was “Provoked” into Threatening Man with Camera who Asked...

Story here. http://photographyisnotacrime.com/2015/08/kansas-deputy-claims-he-was-provoked-into-threatening-man-with-camera-who-asked-question/ Via Youtube

China’s Cyberspying Is ‘on a Scale No One Imagined’—if You Pretend NSA Doesn’t Exist

Stories about cyberespionage—like the data theft at the US Office of Personal Management believed but not officially stated to have been carried out by...

NSA spied on Japanese PM Shinzo Abe: Wikileaks

The whistleblowers at WikiLeaks have published a trove of documents, that reveal a systematic mass surveillance program that the US National Security Agency (NSA)...

NSA pledges to eventually delete old bulk surveillance records. Oh sure, we can trust...

The National Security Agency will eventually delete the trove of millions of telephone records it controversially amassed under the Patriot Act, the Office of...

Hypnotic Trance in Delhi: Monsanto, GMOs and the Looting of India’s Agriculture

We are about to enter August. And that's a special month in India. Each year, on the 15th, the country commemorates the anniversary of independence...

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Szymany airport in Poland, allegedly used for covert prisoner transportation by the CIA in 2003 Poland.(AFP Photo / Piotr Placzkowski )

Warsaw has paid €230,000 to two former inmates of CIA "black site" prisons, which used to be on Poland's territory - a move that has raised questions in the country.

"Poland has fulfilled the ruling of the European Court of Human Rights," Deputy Foreign Minister Rafał Trzaskowski said on Thursday, RIA Novosti reports. He said that money had been sent to one victim's bank account. The other's share had been transferred to his court deposit, as he is under international sanctions.

The European Court of Human Rights ruled in July 2014 that Poland must pay compensation to the two terror suspects: Palestinian Abu Zubaydah and Saudi Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, who were held and tortured in CIA-run detention centers in Poland between 2002 and 2003. The court set this Saturday as the deadline for the payments.

The two men are now being held in America's Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba. They are to receive €100,000 each for psychological damage, plus Zubaydah is due an additional €30,000 in court expenses.

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Warsaw's decision to pay up raised questions in Poland. Opposition lawmaker Witold Waszczykowski, cited by AP, said: “I think we shouldn’t pay, we shouldn’t respect this judgment. This is a case not between us and them – it’s between them and the United States government.”

However, no US officials have been held accountable to date. The only other related ruling handed down by the European Court of Human Rights was to Macedonia. In 2012, it was ordered to pay €60,000 for the detention of a Lebanese-German, who was subjected to abuse by the CIA on trumped up terror suspicions.

Poland has been investigating allegations of secret CIA detention centers or "black sites" on its territory since 2008. In December 2014, Poland's former President Aleksander Kwaśniewski officially admitted that a secret CIA prison had existed at an airbase, where terror suspects were brought for torture and interrogation. He insisted, though, that Warsaw had no idea about the abuse happening at the site.

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by Stephen Lendman

On June 11, 2013, the ACLU challenged "the constitutionality of the National Security Agency's mass collection of Americans' phone records (ACLU v. Clapper)."

It argued that doing so violates Fourth and First Amendment rights, saying: 

"Because the NSA's aggregation of metadata constitutes an invasion of privacy and an unreasonable search, it is unconstitutional under the Fourth Amendment." 

"The call-tracking program also violates the First Amendment, because it vacuums up sensitive information about associational and expressive activity."

NSA claims authorization under the Patriot Act's Section 215 - the so-called "business records" provision.

It permits warrantless searches without probable cause. It violates fundamental First Amendment rights. It does so by mandating secrecy. 

It prohibits targeted subjects from telling others what's happening to them. It compromises free expression, assembly and association. 

It authorizes the FBI to investigate anyone based on what they say, write, or do with regard to groups they belong to or associate with.

It violates Fourth and Fifth Amendment protections by not telling targeted subjects their privacy was compromised. 

It subverts fundamental freedoms for contrived, exaggerated, or nonexistent security reasons.

At the time of its suit, the ACLU said "(w)hatever Section 215's 'relevance' requirement might allow, it does not permit the government to cast a seven-year dragnet sweeping up every phone call made or received by Americans."

The 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) authorized surveillance relating to "foreign intelligence information" between "foreign powers" and "agents of foreign powers." 

It restricts spying on US citizens and residents to those engaged in espionage in America and territory under US control. 

No longer. Today anything goes. America is a total surveillance society. Obama officials claim no authority can challenge them. Governing this way is called tyranny.

The US Second Circuit Court of Appeals agreed. It held Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act doesn't permit bulk collection of Americans' phone records. A three-judge panel ruled unanimously - overturning a lower court decision.

The Obama administration argued that the ACLU lacked "standing" to challenge NSA surveillance practices, and Congress "precluded" judicial review except by the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court most often only hearing government arguments.

The appeals court rejected this reasoning, saying:

"If the government is correct, it could use Section 215 to collect and store in bulk any other existing metadata available anywhere in the private sector, including metadata associated with financial records, medical records, and electronic communications (including e‐mail and social media information) relating to all Americans." 

"Such expansive development of government repositories of formerly private records would be an unprecedented contraction of the privacy expectations of all Americans."

ACLU staff attorney Alex Abdo called the ruling "a resounding victory for the rule of law."

"For years, the government secretly spied on millions of innocent Americans based on a shockingly broad interpretation of its authority." 

"The court rightly rejected the government’s theory that it may stockpile information on all of us in case that information proves useful in the future." 

"Mass surveillance does not make us any safer, and it is fundamentally incompatible with the privacy necessary in a free society."

ACLU deputy legal director/lead counsel in the case Jameel Jaffer explained:

"This ruling focuses on the phone-records program, but it has far broader significance, because the same defective legal theory that underlies this program underlies many of the government’s other mass-surveillance programs." 

"The ruling warrants a reconsideration of all of those programs, and it underscores once again the need for truly systemic reform."

Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) executive director Cindy Cohn called the ruling "a great and welcome decision and ought to make Congress pause to consider whether the small changes contained in the USA Freedom Act are enough."  

''The 2nd Circuit rejected on multiple grounds the government's radical reinterpretation of Section 215 that underpinned its secret shift to mass seizure and search of Americans' telephone records.''

“While the court did not reach the constitutional issues, it certainly noted the serious problems with blindly embracing the third-party doctrine - the claim that you lose all constitutional privacy protections whenever a third-party, like your phone company, has sensitive information about your actions."

EFF's legislative analyst Mark Jaycox added:

"Now that a court of appeal has rejected the government's arguments supporting its secret shift to mass surveillance, we look forward to other courts - including the Ninth Circuit in EFF's Smith v. Obama case - rejecting mass surveillance as well." 

"With the deadline to reauthorize section 215 looming, we also call on Congress to both expressly adopt the interpretation of the law given by the court and to take further steps to rein in the NSA and reform the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court."

One court victory doesn't mean overall triumph. The right-wing Supreme Court may have final say - or Congress able to legislatively circumvent High Court or other judicial rulings with no administration opposition by either party.

US governance serves powerful entrenched interests at the expense of popular ones. It's fundamentally anti-democratic, anti-freedom. 

Odds strongly favor no change in business as usual. Sacrificing precious liberties for greater security assures losing both.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at [email protected] 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

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Germany’s NBD restricts cooperation with NSA: Reports

Germany’s foreign intelligence agency has reportedly restricted intelligence cooperation with the US National Security Agency (NSA) amid a recent scandal over alleged joint spying by the two organizations against European officials.

According to German media reports, Bundesnachrichtendienst, commonly known by its acronym BND, started demanding that the NSA provide a justification for each online surveillance request this week.

Citing sources close to a German parliamentary inquiry into the allegations, national daily Süddeutsche Zeitung and other German media said the BND stopped sharing internet surveillance data with the American agency after it failed to provide the required explanation.

Such a rule had long been in place for phone and fax surveillance, which Berlin continues to share with the NSA.

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Konstantin von Notz, the German Green Party ombudsman in the parliamentary committee investigating revelations of NSA spying by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, welcomed the move, saying it was an acknowledgement that the operation was out of control.

“This is certainly a drastic step. It’s like pulling the emergency rip cord, because even in the year 2015, they’re still not able to control these search terms for internet traffic,” he said.

He also accused the government in Berlin of failing to protect German and European interests.

On April 30, a report surfaced that the BND had helped the NSA carry out “political espionage” on high-ranking French officials and the European Commission.

Merkel defiance

On Monday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel defended her country’s intelligence agency over its cooperation with the US to spy on EU countries and entities.

“In the face of international terrorism threats, they can only do this in cooperation with other intelligence agencies – and that includes first and foremost the NSA,” said Merkel during her first public comments on the spying scandal.

She said, however, that she would fully cooperate with a parliamentary investigation committee probing the accusations.

In 2013, Snowden blew the whistle on the agency, revealing that Washington had been conducting massive internet and phone data spying on “friendly countries and their leaders,” including Germany itself.

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The Second Circuit Court of Appeals said in a 97-page opinion Thursday that the laws used to justify the bulk data collection program “have never been interpreted to authorize anything approaching the breadth of the sweeping surveillance at issue here.”

The ruling by the three-judge panel in New York comes as Section 215 of the Patriot Act, which has been used as a basis for the NSA’s data collection, is due to expire next month and members of Congress are debating whether to renew the law, modify it, or let it die.

The court’s decision was in response to a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) arguing the data collection program violates privacy rights of Americans.

A lower court judge had ruled the program was constitutional and the ACLU appealed that ruling.

The appeals court, however, did not say whether the NSA’s program violates the privacy rights of Americans because it was never properly authorized by existing law.

The judges also did not order the bulk data collection to stop.

In June 2013, Edward Snowden, a former NSA contractor, began leaking classified intelligence documents showing the extent of the NSA’s spying activities.

According to the documents, the agency has been collecting phone records of millions of Americans as well as foreign nationals and political leaders around the world.

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However, on 20 March the World Health Organisation reached a decision that strikes at the heart of the company. The WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) said that glyphosate was "classified as probably carcinogenic to humans." This is just one step below the risk designation of "known carcinogen." 

Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide, which was primarily responsible $5.1 billion of Monsanto’s revenues in 2014.  But that’s not all. The herbicide is used to support Monsanto's Roundup Ready crops, which comprise the vast bulk of the balance of its revenue stream.

According to the US Department of Agriculture, herbicide-tolerant biotech plants were grown on virtually all (94%) soybean fields in the US last year and on 89% of all cornfields. Food & Water Watch found the volume of glyphosate applied to those crops increased almost 1,000% between 1996 and 2012, from 15 million pounds to 159 million pounds. The increase in usage has been accelerating in recent years.

Glyphosate has been detected in human bodies, food, water and in the air. Its use is strongly associated with various diseases (see this and this). 

Aaron Blair, a scientist emeritus at the National Cancer Institute who chaired the 17-member working group of the IARC that classified glyphosate as "probably" cancer-causing, says that the classification is appropriate based on current science. Blair also states that there have been hundreds of studies on glyphosate with concerns about the chemical growing over time and added that the IARC group gave particular consideration to two major studies out of Sweden, one out of Canada and at least three in the US.

He stressed that the group did not classify glyphosate as definitely causing cancer:

"We looked at, 'Is there evidence that glyphosate causes cancer?' and the answer is 'probably.' That is different than yes… It is different than smoking and lung cancer. We don't say smoking probably causes cancer. We say it does cause cancer. At one point we weren't sure, but now we are."

By the end of last week, Monsanto's shares had fallen by 2.9% on the back of the IARC’s decision.  

Unsurprisingly, Monsanto has wasted no time in trying to rubbish the WHO findings. The work of cancer specialists from 11 countries was speedily dismissed by Monsanto. In a press release, the company argued the findings are based on ‘junk’ science and cherry picking and are agenda driven. 

Philip Miller, Monsanto's vice-president of global regulatory affairs, said:

"We don't know how IARC could reach a conclusion that is such a dramatic departure from the conclusion reached by all regulatory agencies around the globe."

Miller implies that regulatory agencies used objective reason supported by credible science when sanctioning glyphosate. Nothing could be further from the truth. The sanctioning and testing of glyphosate for commercial was seriously corrupted (for example, see this,thisthis and this). Moreover, if Monsanto is going to accuse others of ‘junk’ science and ‘bias’, it has a serious credibility issue given that is has been a long-time leading exponent of  junk science and biased agendas

For instance, Sustainable Pulse has discovered documents from 1991 that show how the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was fully aware of glyphosate’s carcinogenic potential. In 1985, the carcinogenic potential of glyphosate was first considered by an EPA panel. This committee went on to classify glyphosate as a Class C Carcinogen with “suggestive evidence of carcinogenic potential.

This Class C classification was changed by the EPA six years later to a Class E category which suggests “evidence of non-carcinogenicity for humans.” Sustainable Pulse concludes that the US government is to blame for allowing glyphosate onto the commercial market because it wanted to push it as part of as global campaign to support the US biotech industry in its attempt to dominate global agriculture. In other words, the health of the public was put before the need to protect company profits and foreign policy aims.

We can now expect to see a massive propaganda campaign by Monsanto to deny the science of the IARC and a huge amount of pressure placed on the WHO to retract the study. We can expect to see the usual cheerleaders proclaiming the faith and mouthing the tired cliches about glyphosate's safety, regardless of mounting evidence that demonstrates its harmful health and environmental impacts. 

But who needs science when the cherry-picked type mixed with a good old dose pro-biotech ideology will suffice? Time to wheel out Patrick Moore again... or maybe not!

According to Dave Schubert, head of the cellular neurobiology laboratory at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California:

“There are a number of independent, published manuscripts that clearly indicate that glyphosate … can promote cancer and tumor growth. It should be banned.”

Monsanto has for many decades been covering up its toxic practices and poisonous chemicals and has shown no regard at all for human life (read The Complete History of Monsanto). Banning the commercial use of glyphosate (and GMOs) would be a first but significant step on curbing the corrosive impact of a company that has over the decades caused so much misery and suffering. 

However, as we cannot rely on governments or regulatory agencies to act in the public interest, ordinary people should act for themselves. See this by John Rappoport for advice on a practical strategy for activism directed at Monsanto. 



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RINF, The 4th Media, Countercurrents 12/2/2015, Global Research 13/2/2015, Counterpunch 27/2/2015

On Twitter this week, someone asked the question “Why do people doubt science?” Accompanying the tweet was a link to an article in National Geographic that implied people who are suspicious of vaccines, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), climate change, fluoridated water and various other phenomena are confused, adhere to conspiracy theories, are motivated by ideology or are misinformed as a result of access to the ‘University of Google.’ The remedy, according what is said in the article, is for us all to rely on scientific evidence pertaining to these issues and adopt a ‘scientific method’ of thought and analysis and put irrational thought processes to one side.

Who tweeted the question and posted the link? None other than Robert T Fraley, Monsanto’s Vice President and Chief Technology Officer.

Before addressing that question, it is worth mentioning that science is not the giver of ‘absolute truth’. That in itself should allow us to develop a healthy sceptism towards the discipline. The ‘truth' is a tricky thing to pin down. Scientific knowledge is built on shaky stilts that rest on shifting foundations. Science historian Thomas Kuhn wrote about the revolutionary paradigm shifts in scientific thought, whereby established theoretical perspectives can play the role of secular theology and serve as a barrier to the advancement of knowledge, until the weight of evidence and pressure from proponents of a new theoretical paradigm is overwhelming. Then, at least according to Kuhn, the old faith gives way and a new 'truth' changes.

Philosopher Paul Feyerabend argued that science is not an 'exact science'. The manufacture of scientific knowledge involves a process driven by various sociological, methodological and epistemological conflicts and compromises, both inside the laboratory and beyond. Writers in the field of the sociology of science have written much on this.


But the answer to the question “Why do people doubt science” is not because they have read Kuhn, Feyerabend or some sociology journal. Neither is it because a bunch of ‘irrational’ activists have scared them witless about GM crops or some other issue. It is because they can see how science is used, corrupted and manipulated by powerful corporations to serve their own ends. It is because they regard these large corporations as largely unaccountable and their activities and products not properly regulated by governments.

That’s why so many doubt science - or more precisely the science corporations fund and promote to support their interests.

US sociologist Robert Merton highlighted the underlying norms of science as involving research that is not warped by vested interests, adheres to the common ownership of scientific discoveries (intellectual property) to promote collective collaboration and subjects findings to organised, rigorous critical scrutiny within the scientific community. The concept of originality was added by later writers in order to fully encapsulate the ethos of science: scientific claims must contribute something new to existing discourse. Based on this brief analysis, secrecy, dogma and vested interest have no place.

This is of course a highly idealised version of what science is or should be because in reality careers, reputations, commercial interests and funding issues all serve to undermine these norms.

But if we really want to look at the role of secrecy, dogma and vested interest in full flow, we could take a look at in the sector to which Robert T Fraley belongs.

Last year, US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack called for “sound science” to underpin food trade between the US and the EU. However, he seems very selective in applying “sound science” to certain issues. Consumer rights groups in the US are pushing for the labelling of GMO foods, but Vilsack said that putting a label on a foodstuff containing a GM product “risks sending a wrong impression that this was a safety issue.”

Despite what Vilsack would have us believe, many scientific studies show that GMOs are indeed a big safety issue and what’s more are also having grave environmental, social and economic consequences (for example, see this and this).

By not wanting to respond to widespread consumer demands to know what they are eating and risk “sending a wrong impression,” Vislack is trying to prevent proper debate about issues that his corporate backers would find unpalatable: profits would collapse if consumers had the choice to reject the GMOs being fed to them. And ‘corporate backers’ must not be taken as a throwaway term here. Big agritech concerns have captured or at the very least seriously compromised key policy and regulatory bodies in the US (see this), Europe (see this), India (see this) and in fact on a global level (see here regarding control of the WTO).

If Robert T Fraley wants to understand why people doubt science, he should consider what Andy Stirling, Professor of Science and Technology Policy at Sussex University, says:

“The main reason some multinationals prefer GM technologies over the many alternatives is that GM offers more lucrative ways to control intellectual property and global supply chains. To sideline open discussion of these issues, related interests are now trying to deny the many uncertainties and suppress scientific diversity. This undermines democratic debate – and science itself.” (see here)

Coming from the GMO biotech industry, or its political mouthpieces, the term “sound science” rings extremely hollow. The industry carries out inadequate, short-term studies and conceals the data produced by its research under the guise of ‘commercial confidentiality’ (see this), while independent research highlights the very serious dangers of its products [see this and this). It has in the past also engaged in fakery in India (see this), bribery in Indonesia (see this ) and smears and intimidation against those who challenge its interests [see this), as well as the distortion and the censorship of science (see this  and this).

With its aim to modify organisms to create patents that will secure ever greater control over seeds, markets and the food supply, the widely held suspicion is that the GMO agritech sector is only concerned with a certain type of science: that which supports these aims. Because if science is held in such high regard by these corporations, why isn't Monsanto proud of its products? Why in the US doesn't it label foods containing GMOs and throw open its science to public scrutiny, instead of veiling it with secrecy, restricting independent research on its products or resorting to unsavoury tactics?

If science is held in such high regard by the GMO agritech sector, why in the US did policy makers release GM food onto the commercial market without proper long-term tests? The argument used to justify this is GM food is ‘substantially equivalent’ to ordinary food. But this is not based on scientific reason. Foreign genes are being inserted into organisms that studies show make them substantially non-equivalent (see this). Substantial equivalence is a trade strategy on behalf of the GM sector that neatly serves to remove its GMOs from the type of scrutiny usually applied to potentially toxic or harmful substances. The attempt to replace processed-based regulation of GMOs in Europe with product-based regulation would result in serving a similar purpose (see this).

The reason why no labelling or testing has taken place in the US is not due to ‘sound science’ having been applied but comes down to the power and political influence of the GMO biotech sector and because a sound scientific approach has not been applied.

The sector cannot win the scientific debate (although its PR likes to tell the world it has) so it resorts to co-opting key public bodies or individuals to propagate various falsehoods and deceptions (see this). Part of the deception is based on emotional blackmail: the world needs GMOs to feed the hungry, both now and in the future. This myth has been blown apart (see thisthis and this). In fact, in the second of those three links, the organisation GRAIN highlights that GM crops that have been planted thus far have actually contributed to food insecurity.

This is a harsh truth that the industry does not like to face.

People’s faith in science is being shaken on many levels, not least because big corporations have secured access to policy makers and governments and are increasingly funding research and setting research agendas.

“As Andrew Neighbour, former administrator at Washington University in St. Louis, who managed the university’s multiyear and multimillion dollar relationship with Monsanto, admits, "There’s no question that industry money comes with strings. It limits what you can do, when you can do it, who it has to be approved by”…  This raises the question: if Agribusiness giant Monsanto [in India] is funding the research, will Indian agricultural researchers pursue such lines of scientific inquiry as “How will this new rice or wheat variety impact the Indian farmer, or health of Indian public?” The reality is, Monsanto is funding the research not for the benefit of either Indian farmer or public, but for its profit. It is paying researchers to ask questions that it is most interested in having answered.” - 'Monsanto, a Contemporary East India Company, and Corporate Knowledge in India'.  

Ultimately, it is not science itself that people have doubts about but science that is pressed into the service of immensely powerful private corporations and regulatory bodies that are effectively co-opted and adopt a ‘don’t look, don’t find approach’ to studies and products (see thisthis  and this).

Or in the case of releasing GMOs onto the commercial market in the US, bypassing proper scientific procedures and engaging in doublespeak about ‘substantial equivalence’ then hypocritically calling for 'sound science' to inform debates.

The same corporate interests are moreover undermining the peer-review process itself and the ability of certain scientists to get published in journals - the benchmark of scientific credibility. In effect, powerful interests increasingly hold sway over funding, career progression as a scientist, journals and peer review (see this and this, which question the reliability of peer review in the area of GMOs).

Going back to the start of the piece, the question that should have been tweeted is: “Why do people doubt corporate-controlled or influenced science?” After that question, it would have been more revealing to have posted a link to this article here about the unscrupulous history of a certain company from St Louis. That history provides very good reason why so many doubt and challenge powerful corporations and the type of science they fund and promote (or attempt to suppress) and the type of world they seek to create (see this).

“Corporations as the dominant institution shaped by capitalist patriarchy thrive on eco-apartheid. They thrive on the Cartesian legacy of dualism which puts nature against humans. It defines nature as female and passively subjugated. Corporatocentrism is thus also androcentric – a patriarchal construction. The false universalism of man as conqueror and owner of the Earth has led to the technological hubris of geo-engineering, genetic engineering, and nuclear energy. It has led to the ethical outrage of owning life forms through patents, water through privatization, the air through carbon trading. It is leading to appropriation of the biodiversity that serves the poor.” Vandana Shiva


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