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BREAKING: NSA whistleblower Russ Tice says Obama spied on by NSA; Colin Powell's telecoms tracked by NSA satellite tech

///// UPDATE Friday 2pm Central: Tice got squelched by shady NBC lawyers at the last second according to

Today MSNBC aired an interview with Mr. Tice disclosing “some” of his revelations, thanks to the vigilant activists who tirelessly shared and disseminated Mr. Tice’s revelations and interview audio. Interestingly, at the last minute, MSNBC told Mr. Tice that they would NOT include his revelations on NSA’s targeting of Obama, elected officials, attorneys, judges and activists. Basically, they censored his entire testimony on these stunning allegations!
In a correspondence with Boiling Frogs Post immediately following his censored interview with MSNBC Mr. Tice stated: “When they were placing the ear-phone in my ear with less than ten minutes left till my air time, the producer in New York said that their lawyers were discussing the material, and at this time, they did not want me to mention anything about the NSA wiretaps against all the people and organizations that I mentioned. That is how it went down. I did say on the air that I know it is much worse and would like to talk about that some time.”
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The heat is on and the squirrels are getting squirrelly!!! /////


Been waiting to hear more material from Russ Tice, one of the earlier NSA whistleblowers. Fortunately one of our ol' underdogs & Sibel Edmonds got Tice to lay out a lot of new stuff. Tice was a major source for NSA revelations including the 2005 NY Times warrantless wiretapping story.

Named NSA targets by Tice include current Supreme Court Justice Alito, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Hillary Clinton, Rep. Henry Waxman, then-Sen. Evan Bayh, Sen. John McCain, Sen. Jay Rockefeller, then-US Rep. Kucinich. And of course President Obama.

Here is a quick clip: via very big on FiredogLake: BREAKING: NSA Whistleblower Russ Tice Alleges NSA Wiretapped Then-Sen. Candidate Barack Obama | MyFDL

In this bombshell episode of the Boiling Frogs Post Podcast Show NSA whistleblower Russ Tice joins us to go on record for the first time with new revelations and the names of official culprits involved in the NSA’s illegal practices. Mr. Tice explains in detail how the National Security Agency targets, sucks-in, stores and analyzes illegally obtained content from the masses in the United States. He contradicts officials and the mainstream media on the status of the NSA’s Utah facility, which is already operating and “On-Line.” He reveals the NSA as a Deep State that targets and wiretaps US political candidates for its own purposes. We discuss the latest controversies involving the NSA, PRISM, Edward Snowden, and the spins and lies that are being floated by the US mainstream and pseudo-alternative media. Do NOT miss this revelatory interview.

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DOWNLOAD HERE > - you may want to skip to about 50 minutes to catch the name dropping space spying going on.

bfp_podcast_version.gif"Here's the big one ... this was in summer of 2004, one of the papers that I held in my hand was to wiretap a bunch of numbers associated with a 40-something-year-old wannabe senator for Illinois," he said. "You wouldn't happen to know where that guy lives right now would you? It's a big white house in Washington, D.C. That's who they went after, and that's the president of the United States now."

There was a lot of specific references to space-based platforms - that is National Security Agency satellite technology - which was Tice's specialty to which he has now apparently turned The Blowtorch with excellent timing.

The story is getting out now. Bush-era whistleblower: Obama was NSA wiretap victim in 2004 | The Daily Caller. Huffpo did a quick post: Russ Tice, Bush-Era Whistleblower, Claims NSA Ordered Wiretap Of Barack Obama In 2004. Duly flagged on Cryptogon: Russ Tice on Boiling Frogs Podcast

Iran's press service flagged it: PressTV - NSA spied on Obama: Whistleblower

At the Guardian: Procedures used by NSA to target non-US persons: Exhibit A – full document | World news | && Revealed: the top secret rules that allow NSA to use US data without a warrant | World news |

Vast discretion vested in NSA analysts -- Glenn Greenwald

The vast amount of discretion vested in NSA analysts is also demonstrated by the training and briefings given to them by the agency. In one such briefing from an official with the NSA’s general counsel’s office – a top secret transcript of which was obtained by the Guardian, dated 2008 and then updated for 2013 – NSA analysts are told how much the new Fisa law diluted the prior standards and how much discretion they now have in deciding whose communications to intercept:

“The court gets to look at procedures for saying that there is a reasonable belief for saying that a target is outside of the United States. Once again – a major change from the targeting under Fisa. Under Fisa you had to have probable cause to believe that the target was a foreign power or agent of a foreign power. Here all you need is a reasonable belief that the target is outside of the United States …

“Now, all kinds of information can be used to this end. There’s a list in the targeting procedures: phone directories, finished foreign intelligence, NSA technical analysis of selectors, lead information. Now, you don’t have to check a box in every one of those categories. But you have to look at everything you’ve got and make a judgment. Looking at everything, do you have a reasonable belief that your target is outside the United States? So, cast your search wide. But don’t feel as though you have to have something in every category. In the end, what matters is, ‘Does all that add up to a reasonable belief that your target is outside the United States?’”

So vast is this discretion that NSA analysts even have the authority to surveil communications between their targets and their lawyers, and that information can be not just stored but also disseminated. NSA procedures do not ban such interception, but rather set forth procedures to be followed in the event that the NSA analyst believes they should be “disseminated”.

The decisions about who has their emails and telephone calls intercepted by the NSA is made by the NSA itself, not by the Fisa court, except where the NSA itself concludes the person is a US citizen and/or the communication is exclusively domestic. But even in such cases, the NSA often ends up intercepting those communications of Americans without individualized warrants, and all of this is left to the discretion of the NSA analysts with no real judicial oversight.

Also: FBI Admits That Obeying The Constitution Just Takes Too Much Time | Techdirt

And: Skype Provided Backdoor Access to the NSA Before Microsoft Takeover [NYT]

Plus: Straight Outta Government: GSA Mulls Deal With Rap Genius - (wat?)

And: Obama’s crackdown views leaks as aiding enemies of U.S. | McClatchy

Wowww… busy days people. It's amazing to see a suppressed narrative like the NSA domestic spying apparatus suddenly catch such traction in so many quarters!

The other heinous thing - well one other thing - is the secret TPP treaty. I'm glad reelected Rep. Alan Grayson is going to kick at it. First Congressman Allowed to Read Secret Treaty Says “This ... Hands The Sovereignty of Our Country Over to Corporate Interests” | Zero Hedge

The TPP is nicknamed “NAFTA on steroids.” Now that I’ve read it, I can see why. I can’t tell you what’s in the agreement, because the U.S. Trade Representative calls it classified. But I can tell you two things about it.

1) There is no national security purpose in keeping this text secret.

2) This agreement hands the sovereignty of our country over to corporate interests.

3) What they can’t afford to tell the American public is that [the rest of this sentence is classified].


It is ironic in a way that the government thinks it's alright to have a record of every single call that an American makes, but not alright for an American citizen to know what sovereign powers the government is negotiating away.


Having seen what I’ve seen, I would characterize this as a gross abrogation of American sovereignty. And I would further characterize it as a punch in the face to the middle class of America. I think that’s fair to say from what I’ve seen so far. But I’m not allowed to tell you why!

Also: Warren on Trans-Pacific Partnership: If people knew what was going on, they would stop it | The Raw Story

Alright leaving this here for now. Get tuned in and look around - the truth is out there! SAIC, Booz Allen Hamilton, the grip of your sorts on all our lives is in for its createst challenge yet. The infosec praetorians are overdue for a fall in their space-age egos!

FIRST POST: Obama is in Afghanistan!!!

I have made the internet's very goddamn first post about Obama arriving in Afghanistan today. AWESOME.

Here it is Breaking: Obama has arrived in Afghanistan! | The Agonist

We were about to call it a night, and had drifted past a CNN rerun of Bill Nye and Larry King rambling about UFOs. Suddenly this secret variant of CNN known as "CNN International" broke in, and unknown anchors announced Barack Obama has arrived in Afghanistan. They said their staff had only learned in the last 30 minutes - it is still not on Google News (although the Wapo called it "coming days").

With a little luck our guy from Registan can peer sideways at the spectacle there? First post?!
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A lot of people are saying angry things about Tim Russert now that he's no longer with us. I thought that was not appropriate on the day he expired, but as we look back it seems pretty clear that Russert was a committed defender of the establishment status quo, generally an uncritical promoter of the war, and never really accounted for the huge and systemic distortions within his own media purview that led to the deaths of thousands upon thousands. Perhaps he would have recanted some of the stuff later, but now he'll never have the chance.

I have to steal this one paragraph from Electric Politics, which is a fine site:

Electric Politics | An Irish Flack:

For in reality, Russert practiced evasion and obfuscation, replacing real news with pap. He was no teller of great truths, no champion of the powerless, no voice of conscience. To the contrary, he diligently enforced the status quo. Sure, he was a nice guy. And he had a gift for handicapping political races. But the agitation surrounding his passing marks less his admirable qualities than his failings: without his happy face the establishment media may now more easily be seen for the toxic parasites that they are. Their exaggerated grieving serves the grievers, not the man. It would be better to remember Tim Russert without memorializing the system.

******Another subject Russert would never dream of touching: Fun video of Ben Bernanke @ Bilderberg!

Bilderbergers Leave Confab To Initiate Fresh Ordersand Castrated U.S. Media Remains Obediently Silent On Bilderberg. Ouch - gendered language! Suspicion Surrounds Governor's Mansion Fire, why not! Secret Bilderberg Agenda To Microchip Americans Leaked and Iran Threatened After Gates Bilderberg Visit

Good times...******Some spy stuff: Spy Legal Reference Book from the government.
******Gore Vidal doubts McCain's story, and talks some smack! Questions For Gore Vidal - Literary Lion - Questions For Gore Vidal - Deborah Solomon - Interview -

And what about Mr. McCain? Disaster. Who started this rumor that he was a war hero? Where does that come from, aside from himself? About his suffering in the prison war camp?

Everyone knows he was a prisoner of war in North Vietnam. That’s what he tells us.

Why would you doubt him? He’s a graduate of Annapolis. I know a lot of the Annapolis breed. Remember, I’m West Point, where I was born. My father went there.

So what does that have to do with the U.S. Naval Academy down in Annapolis? The service universities keep track of each other, that’s all. They have views about each other. And they are very aware of social class and eventually money, since they usually marry it.

.....What do you think is your own best novel? I don’t answer questions like that. Ever. And you ought not to ask them.

Well, it was a great pleasure talking to you. I doubt that.


French Government decides to censor the Internet - The INQUIRER

Feds, Denver attempt to keep DNC security info secret - Colorado Independent - News you can't find anywhere else

MadCowMorningNews: CIA "Ghost" Planes Hidden in Cayman Isles Trusts? Hell yeah!

Cool t-shirt? be+cause clothing :: SHOOTING WAR T-SHIRT


I have been looking a bit @ The Memory Hole, although it seems like the site is not getting any fresh content lately. Consider: Justice Dept: 2006 Forfeiture and Money-Laundering Manuals, List of CIA Inspector General Investigations, FBI File: Edward Said, "Drugs, Law Enforcement and Foreign Policy," aka The Kerry Report Transcripts, Pfizer's Chemical/Biological Weapons Report and a compendium of some well-cited 9/11 stuff, if that's your thing.


Some type of coverup here: Smugglers Had Design For Advanced Warhead. This seems to involve the other nuclear smuggling network - i.e. the guys that Valerie Plame's team was after. Scooter Libby's secret friends, the people Sibel Edmonds was tracing, Turkish spies, Marc Grossman, and so forth...


Mainstream politics: Mr NeoCon End of History Fukuyama backs Obama for US presidency

Ron Paul's own convention coming to Minneapolis!

Op-Ed Columnist - Frank Rich - Do Angry Clinton Women Love McCain? - Op-Ed -

Satire: Ex-Nickelodeon Stars Relate Horrors Of Green Slime Syndrome | The Onion

YouTube - You Can't Do That On Television - Marketing 1 (of 3)


Good news from Supreme Court, which said that all these Guantanamo show trials are garbage! Emptywheel » Revenge of Article III

War Powers - Why This Court Keeps Rebuking This President -


Cryptome duly notes: Very naughty judge! Unfortunately, 9th Circuit Federal Judge Alex Kozinski (a Reagan appointee) put a bunch of hilarious files onto and never bothered to lock the front door. (Muckrakers on it.) Unfortunately, he is indeed the cool kind of judge who has gone to bat blocking dumb Internet filters, and stuff like that. Here's the directory listing: Judge Alex Kozinski Stuff Directory

Cryptome also has the latest suspicious bureaucracies emitted from Homeland Security: National Infrastructure Protection Plan Review

and the equally dubious Interactive Data To Improve Financial Reporting... items like this tend to come from the Federal Register, which is where the Executive Branch declares what random things its doing without any control from the Legislative Branch.

Cryptome even has an interesting thing about the Secret Service and how they keep their hands in a kind of upper position, which could come from the Crav Maga or Aikido martial arts schools.

****** notes! Iran Accusations Merit Skepticism - by Philip Giraldi. There's good stuff in here from the Intel side - how the news manipulations are sallying forth, etc.

The Cult of the Presidency - by Doug Bandow

Iraqis don't feel like getting colonized under a Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA): The Revolt of the Liberated- by Justin Raimondo

Daily Times - Leading News Resource of Pakistan - US missile strike kills one in S Waziristan

The blueprint for Forward Base America


News from Also i strongly recommend Kevin's other site,, which is all about life on the farm in New Zealand!

Bank in crisis as shares collapse | - Aussie investment bank about to shatter

The computer is acting a little wonky so I'll leave it at that. Have a good Father's Day, everyone!

Spooky business: private prisons, GOP convo, Ohio elections, false flag, NAFTA superhighway, Soros & Albanian drugs, oil speculators

Some links for all: Kind of casually tossed together. if you can find the thread, you get a cookie!

Spooky stuff from Michigan: Shuttered private prison could hold immigrants

Meanwhile the Ron Paul revolution continues! Minnesota Monitor:: Ron Paul confirms plan for "big rally" at RNC

In other states, Paul supporters collided with party establishments, a pattern continued here in Minnesota:

Hillary Clinton’s suicidal gamble with race poison | Andrew Sullivan. Smart stuff,

GOP State convention in Minnesota: i have to admit that i went looking around local GOP blgos on this

YouTube - Michael Brodkorb embraces fascism at GOP Convention

Republican view! MN GOP State Convention Wrap-Up: If had to describe the entire convention in one word, it would be "clusterf**k".

Ouch. In other states, it got messy too: Maine GOP 'blackballs' Ron Paul supporters, Hawaii Reporter: Hawaii Republican Convention Was Lowest Point in Party's Recent History, Idaho Republicans In Disarray, McCain gets slate as Paul's fans fume in Georgia,

Minnesota State Convention had the best possible outcome - Ron Paul Forums

Interesting to read Joe Repya's blog The Eagle's Nest Blog about Republican Disasters - "Get Over It?" and The Minnesota GOP is Hemorrhaging and Minnesota GOP - Delusional in Rochester?


Meanwhile, elsewhere....

Good to the last drip: Minneapolis to spend $180,000 to market its (wait for this) tap water | Twin Cities Daily Planet

Speculating in the oil market inflates prices! Oil price profiteering to be curbed at ICE Futures Europe and Nymex - Telegraph:

Two of the world’s largest energy exchanges have forced traders to deposit significantly more money when investing to curb volatility in energy markets and drive out speculators.

The exchanges and related clearing houses have found themselves at the centre of the growing storm over claims that speculators have been behind the recent rise in oil prices to record levels.

The New York Mercantile Exchange (Nymex) and ICE Futures Europe in London, the former International Petroleum Exchange, have now tripled “margin calls” for some contracts.

They hope the increased margin calls will reduce volatility and force out some of the more speculative players. vote fraud in Ohio 2004 elections explained! With a lot of sample chapters: Time for some webpage title attributes tho...

Meanwhile in Miami the Game continues! Miami News, 7 Fox Miami - 2 Miami officers charged in FBI corruption probe

The August Review - The Global Elite: Who are they? from an institute that studies... the global elite! Did they know that the Bilderberg Group is meeting about now??


Some more of that fun NAFTA superhighway stuff! Those bad kids on the Internet disagree with the good kids: Libs in Denial: NAU, NAFTA Superhighway, and the Coming Feudalism. Not saying that I buy what they're selling, exactly. But you gotta keep it all in consideration...


Raft of campaign bits: CNN- Jimmy Carter says unity ticket would be ‘worst mistake'

Will Obama Stand Up to the War Party?- by Justin Raimondo

Many Blacks Find Hope and Joy in an Unexpected Breakthrough - NYT

Tech/energy stuff: From One Rat to Another / How one man went from living the urban rat race to living like a desert rat

Slashdot: McAfee Picks the Most Dangerous TLDs and McCain Supports Warrantless Domestic Surveillance

teh lolz: The Knight Shift: WARGAMES and the Great Hacking Scare of 1983


Some stuff from huffpost: Soldiers Discuss Using "Drop Weapons" To Cover Up Killing Innocent Iraqi Civilians, King Abdullah II Ibn Al Hussein: The Future of the Middle East, James Zogby: Obama at AIPAC: Some Doubts Eased, Others Created, Jane Hamsher: Clinton To Obama: If You Don't Want Me, You're Gonna Have To Tell Me, Hilary Rosen: I Am Not a Bargaining Chip, I Am a Dem. Chez Pazienza: Hack Journalism.

Jerry and Joe Long: Clintons To Form Third Party - (satire)

Learn-more-about-Jack-Shepard! THe only fugitive in Italy trying to beat Norm Coleman!


Jesse Ventura tries his hand to offer False flag terrorism warning updates: TwinCities IMC: Ventura and Fetzer 9/11 Interview-- Special Bulletin , and earlier: MAYDAY ALERT! — Terror Drills Could Go Live! and earlier: US/BP Terror Drills -- Ron Paul's Texas City

The New Order: When reading is a crime | The Register. Oh dear.... don't go to Download A Book Get Arrested, Call For Terror Attacks - No Problem! and also Gingrich quips Bush should have allowed some 'reminder' attacks

Prisonplanet: Memo To Corporate Media: Anyone Can Dress Up As An Arab Terrorist & Fake An Al-Qaeda Tape: includes stuff about the dubious IntelCenter, which somehow is the only place that modern infowar terrorists send their videos anymore. (And for some reason, the official watermark stamps of IntelCenter and Al-qaeda's media "brand" appear to have the same video compression settings, which suggests that they were stamped on together... I think that "Adam Gadahn" is probably fake, and a lazy one at that.


As we have exhaustively documented, Intelcenter is an offshoot of IDEFENSE, which was staffed by a senior military psy-op intelligence officer Jim Melnick, who has worked directly for Donald Rumsfeld. The organization released the "laughing hijackers" tape and claimed it was an Al-Qaeda video, despite the fact that the footage was obtained by a "security agency" at a 2000 Bin Laden speech.

More: IntelCenter - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia and also Researcher's Analysis of al Qaeda Images Reveals Surprises -- UPDATED | Threat Level from Strongly recommended.

Nice. Any why not: Suppressed Oliver North Confrontation Video Footage Released

George Soros: Balkans cocaine trafficking sponsored by OSI-promoted local Albanian warlord types? Sure, who cares...

June 3, 2008 -- Soros' destabilization of the Balkans: Creating a haven for drug trafficking

George Soros, the multi-billionaire funder of progressive causes, has made no secret of his desire for drug legalization. The wish has made Soros a darling for not only progressives but libertarians as well. However, according to FBI sources, Soros' support for the destabilization of the Balkans, particularly the cause of Kosovo's independence, has enabled drug trafficking in the region to increase exponentially. FBI intercepts of Turkish and Albanian intercepts have shown collusion between certain Western "pro-democracy" non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the Kosovo drug trade.

Soros' Open Society Institute (OSI) and his stewardship of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty helped elevate, with the help of then-Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) leader Hashim Thaci from terrorist thug and drug and arms smuggler to Prime Minister of an independent Kosovo. Kosovo, along with Israel and Greek Cyprus, now plays host to organized criminal syndicates from around the world, particularly elements of the Russian-Israeli mafia and its affiliates.

Independent Kosovo now serves as an important hub for the distribution of heroin from Afghanistan and cocaine from Colombia (mostly via Guinea-Bissau in West Africa). Afghanistan and Colombia are both surrogates of the United States and examples of the marquis "democratization" pushed by OSI and Freedom House and the International Crisis Group, other contrivances funded by Soros. The Albanian government, also enmeshed in drug smuggling, provides important diplomatic and political cover for the Kosovo criminal syndicates.


John Zogby: The End of Boomerism as We Know It. Not a moment too soon.

Not recommended reading, except for people that want to get in trouble! Solving 9-11: THE FLORIDA CONNECTION Part 2: Olmert's Secret Visit and Israeli False Flag Operations in Florida By Christopher Bollyn . I definitely disagree with a lot of this guy's claims, however the "Israeli art student" 9/11 thing is definitely not fully explained. Much more carefully done research last year from a different Chris: Christopher Ketcham: What Did Israel Know in Advance of the 9/11 Attacks?

Neocon shell front shut down, still collecting big cash from government: Policy Forum Dead, Too?

Gen. William Odom, who gained notice by turning against the war in Iraq, expired at age 75. Sorry to hear: William Odom, RIP.

That's all for now - have a good one!

Obama will change Democrats; Updates on Pentagon anti-Internet plans; military analyst PSYOPS campaign media coverup in progress!

How will Obama change the structure of the Democratic Party: is it progressive or autocratic? Etc??! Matt Stoller: Obama's Consolidation of the Party - Politics on The Huffington Post and The Obama Squeeze | The Agonist.

Meanwhile over @ No Quarter they are pretty grumpy b/c they've been in the Hillary camp for a dang long time: I Call a Spade a Spade : NO QUARTER

PSYOPS update: here's your raw data: John Stauber: Pentagon Propaganda Documents Go Online: But Will the Media Ever Report on Them?

Eight thousand pages of documents related to the Pentagon's illegal propaganda campaign, known as the Pentagon military analyst program, are now online for the world to see, although in a format that makes it impossible to easily search them and therefore difficult to read and dissect. This trove includes the documents pried out of the Pentagon by David Barstow and used as the basis for his stunning investigation that appeared in the New York Times on April 20, 2008.

The Pentagon program, which clearly violated US law against covert government propaganda, embedded more than 75 retired military officers -- most of them with financial ties to war contractors -- into the TV networks as "message surrogates" for the Bush Administration. To date, every major commercial TV network has failed to report this story, covering up their complicity and keeping the existence of this scandal from their audiences.

News of the Pentagon's online posting of the documents came from Joe Trento of the National Security News Service, who notes that NSNS provided the New York Times "limited information about a military office early in the reporting process."

Here is the official Pentagon website with the 8,000 pages of documents, the most interesting and revealing of them previously secret and only available to the Pentagon and the New York Times:

More than two weeks after the New York Times reported on the Penatgon's military analyst program to sell controversial policies such as the invasion of Iraq, the broadcast television news outlets implicated in the program are hoping to tough out the scandal by refusing to report it. Recently Media Matters of America (MMA) reported that, according to a search of the Nexis database, "the three major broadcast networks -- ABC, CBS, and NBC -- have still not mentioned the report at all."

Keep running the airtight ship, guys!

Meanwhile, General Electric didn't have a dog in that media game, did they? Hmmm.... The Raw Story | Chris Matthews: MSNBC bosses were 'basically pro-war'

As previously noted on this website, the Pentagon has had an extensive agenda to manipulate mainstream media in order to promote the war, via PSYOPS strategies that make the American population a "strategic" target for brain spoofing. Controlling elite opinion and mass ideas has been the big picture, which is prety obvious. But actually reading all those strategic emails about how to spoof the news via 'military analysts' is another matter altogether.

This was reported in the New York Times and then obviously deleted from the A-story media agenda because it raises too many questions about news oversight and industry-wide management practices.

Meanwhile the paranoid thread digs parallel concerns: Pentagon Secretly Goes To War With The Internet with exciting new systems designed to help the powers that be do... something.

It is not a surprise: the Pentagon's ever-expanding system of total rationality would see the off-message resistance to the war agenda as a kind of distributed evil/terrorist network. Ensuring the primacy of war and top-down information control as the organizing principles of our 21st century society would be a primary goal. True? Probably, even if the various individual humans in the system can't actually see or understand this.

WIRED adds: What's Up with the Secret Cybersecurity Plans, Senators Ask DHS | Threat Level from

Why might citizens be worried about privacy and civil liberties? Consider that the whole initiative appears to have been launched after the Director of National Intelligence told the President Bush that a cyber attack might wreak as much economic havoc as 9/11 did.

Consider that the NSA, which currently protects classified networks, wants to expand into protecting all non-classified federal government networks. Consider that Congress is set to legalize the NSA's monitoring rooms in the nation's phone and internet infrastructure.

For its part, the FBI says it also needs access to the internet's backbone, while the Air Force is hyping its own efforts at cyber defense and offense. Meanwhile, THREAT LEVEL's sister blog Danger Room reports that DARPA is getting in on the hot cyber-action, with a project to make a fake internet to develop new cyber attacks and defenses.

It's been said many times that if the government knew what the internet was going to become when it grew up, they would had never let it out of the lab.

Now it seems the only question is whether the government will be able to turn the net into a controllable, monitorable and trackable pre-internet AOL-type service or whether the chaotic net will live on as just another frontier for the military-industrial complex to start an arm's race and rake in billions of government dollars.

Meanwhile the paranoia side also blames the schemes of the Bilberberg Group for the gas pump disaster. I'd say, well, this kind of thing wouldn't surprise me anymore. Goldman Sachs: Bilderberg Target Of $200 Dollar Oil Nears.

And why not some more stuff: Military and Homeland Security Dictate Who Lives And Who Dies In A Pandemic

Rational Annihilation. Of ideas, sick old people, whatever. The ominous specters continue, and blog posts go up apace....

RNC Organizer: Doing Public Relations for Burma and the Republican National Convention = Teh Awkward


God Damn... pigs!

Potbelly... pigs!

Punch-drunk... pigs!

Take money, money... pigs!

Loudmouth... pigs!

Wide load... pigs!

Let's make a deal...

--Aesop Rock , "Coffee" from the excellent new album "None Shall Pass"

A delicious press release arrives:

image001.jpg STATEMENT

For Immediate Release

Saturday, May 10, 2008


Matt Burns - 651-925-7208


SAINT PAUL, Minn. -- The 2008 Republican National Convention today accepted the resignation of convention coordinator Doug Goodyear. Mr. Goodyear issued the following statement on his resignation:

“Today I offered the convention my resignation so as not to become a distraction in this campaign. I continue to strongly support John McCain for president, and wish him the best of luck in this campaign.”



What ever could be the matter? Oh damn, their chief Convention Flack took a ton of cash to work promoting the Burmese junta in Washington.

Exactly like Duke's excellent work for Berzerkistan on Doonesbury:



I mean, exactly like Duke. $348,000 buys a lot of sleep, I bet.

Yeah, the chief RNC St. Paul organizer guy worked for that torture-insanity-what-the-hell Burmese military Dictatorship. Newsweek shook it loose!

McCain's Convention Chair Worked for Burma's Military Junta | Newsweek Periscope |

After John McCain nailed down the Republican nomination in March, his campaign began wrestling with a sensitive personnel issue: who would manage this summer's GOP convention in St. Paul, Minn.? The campaign recently tapped Doug Goodyear for the job, a veteran operative and Arizonan who was chosen for his "management experience and expertise," according to McCain press secretary Jill Hazelbaker. But some allies worry that Goodyear's selection could fuel perceptions that McCain—who has portrayed himself as a crusader against special interests—is surrounded by lobbyists. Goodyear is CEO of DCI Group, a consulting firm that earned $3 million last year lobbying for ExxonMobil, General Motors and other clients.

Potentially more problematic: the firm was paid $348,000 in 2002 to represent Burma's military junta, which had been strongly condemned by the State Department for its human-rights record and remains in power today. Justice Department lobbying records show DCI pushed to "begin a dialogue of political reconciliation" with the regime. It also led a PR campaign to burnish the junta's image, drafting releases praising Burma's efforts to curb the drug trade and denouncing "falsehoods" by the Bush administration that the regime engaged in rape and other abuses. "It was our only foreign representation, it was for a short tenure, and it was six years ago," Goodyear told NEWSWEEK, adding the junta's record in the current cyclone crisis is "reprehensible."

Another issue: DCI has been a pioneer in running "independent" expenditure campaigns by so–called 527 groups, precisely the kind of operations that McCain, in his battle for campaign-finance reform, has denounced. In 2004, the DCI Group led a pro-Bush 527 called Progress for America, which was later fined (along with several other 527s on both sides of the political divide) for violating federal election laws. Goodyear, however, says that DCI is "not in the 527 business anymore."

Ironically, Goodyear was chosen for the post after the McCain campaign nixed another candidate, Paul Manafort, who runs a lobbying firm with McCain's campaign manager, Rick Davis. The prospect of choosing Manafort created anxiety in the campaign because of his long history of representing controversial foreign clients, including Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos. More recently, he served as chief political consultant to Viktor Yanukovich, the former Ukrainian prime minister who has been widely criticized for alleged corruption and for his close ties to Russia's Vladimir Putin—a potential embarrassment for McCain, who in 2007 called Putin a "totalitarian dictator." "The Ukrainian stuff was viewed as too much," says one McCain strategist, who asked not to be identified discussing the matter. Manafort did not return calls for comment.

Then: Stumper : McCain Convention Manager Resigns After NEWSWEEK Reveals Burma Ties

Andrew Romano

Around noon today, the powers-that-be at NEWSWEEK posted "A Convention Quandary" on our website. In the story, investigative ace Michael Isikoff reported that the man chosen by John McCain's presidential campaign to run this summer's GOP convention--Arizonan Doug Goodyear--was causing some headaches within the ranks. The problem? Goodyear is CEO ofDCI Group, a consulting firm that earned $3 million last year lobbying for ExxonMobil, General Motors and other clients--not the most convenient association for a candidate who's already struggling to reconcile his reputation as an anti-special interests crusader with the sizable number of lobbyists on his senior staff. Further complicating matters: Isikoff's revelation that DCI was paid $348,000 in 2002 to represent Burma's military junta, leading "a PR campaign to burnish the junta's image, drafting releases praising Burma's efforts to curb the drug trade and denouncing 'falsehoods' by the Bush administration that the regime engaged in rape and other abuses." Ouch.

Apparently, Goodyear agreed.

Shortly after 5:00 p.m. this afternoon, the Republican National Convention announced that it had accepted Goodyear's resignation, setting a new land speed record for shortest time lapsed between the "story breaks" and "ax falls" phases of a political scandal. "Today I offered the convention my resignation so as not to become a distraction in this campaign," said Goodyear in written statement. "I continue to strongly support John McCain for president, and wish him the best of luck in this campaign." Asked later by the Politico whether Team McCain had given him the boot, Goodyear said no. "My decision," he added. "[It was] unambiguously the right thing to do."

Nice.... Say what you will, who could possibly be more evil than a public relations strategist for an evil, corrupt Asian dictatorship?!

City of St. Paul opens RNC park permit lottery process - for a few days!

Hey everyone, I caught some important news late Friday afternoon (And I've got a cold right now and nothin' better to do!).

The big news is that the City of St. Paul would take all applications for demonstrations and space in parks on March 3rd. Naturally the City put out the news very late on Friday to keep it off the news radar. There are only a few days to offer some kinds of finalized plans for the permitted use of public space during the Republican National Convention.
Since the process apparently involves a drawing/lottery, it may be a good idea for many groups of people (bands?) to enter into the lottery system and win space/time in a park.
There was a brief story about it in the Star Tribune:

Protesting at the RNC? Forms due March 3

St. Paul outlines its process for getting permits for demonstrations or large-group park space during the Republican National Convention.

By CHRIS HAVENS, Star Tribune

Last update: February 22, 2008 - 11:06 PM

Protesters, parkgoers and parade organizers, put March 3 on your calendar.

That's the day permit applications will be accepted for demonstrating or getting park space for groups of 25 or more during the Republican National Convention in St. Paul. Applications are available now.

The permits would cover the time between Aug. 30 and Sept. 4. The convention will be held Sept. 1-4 at the Xcel Energy Center. More than 45,000 delegates, members of the news media and protesters are expected.

"We hope to accommodate as many people as logistically possible," said Erin Dady, the city's marketing director and convention planner.

Demonstration applications are available at the city website or at the Police Community Services Office, 1169 Rice St. The office is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Some people want a protest area within sight and sound of the Xcel, and that space hasn't been determined yet, Dady said. "By no means will free speech be limited to one area," she said.

Applications will be reviewed by police and decisions made in a timely manner. More specific guidelines might be forthcoming, Dady said. Approvals could be delayed if more clarification or information is needed.

For more information on the city's rules regarding demonstration permits, go to

Applications to use space, pavilions and boat slips in the city's parks system for parties of 25 or more people are available at the city website and at the Parks and Recreation Permit Office, 1100 Hamline Av.

Parks permit applications will be accepted until 2 p.m. March 3, and a public lottery drawing will happen at 3 p.m. Applications received later will be handled on a first-come, first-serve basis.

A limited number of parks have been held for security reasons or convention activities.

Applications are online at


This was posted on the City of St. Paul website and I think matched the initial press release:

Applications for City Parks, Demonstration Permits during Republican National Convention Now Available

Permit applications to use space, pavilions, and boat slips in Saint Paul 's parks system for parties and gatherings of 25 or more people during the Republican National Convention Aug. 30 to Sept. 4 are now available online and from the Saint Paul Parks & Recreation Permit Office, 1100 Hamline Ave. North.

In addition, permit applications for demonstrations during the same period are also available online and through the Saint Paul Police Community Services Office, 1169 Rice Street .

A limited number of Parks have been held for security purposes and convention activities, but the vast majority of Saint Paul Parks are available for permits. The City of Saint Paul Division of Parks and Recreation manages over 160 parks and open spaces, the Como Park Zoo and Marjorie McNeely Conservatory, 41 recreation centers, a 9 hole and three 18 hole golf courses, over 100 miles of trails, indoor and outdoor pools, a public beach, sports and aquatics facilities, and wonderful rental facilities for public and private gatherings.

“Hosting the Republican National Convention gives us an incredible opportunity to showcase the city's world-class parks system to visitors from around the globe,” said Bob Bierscheid, director of Saint Paul Parks & Recreation. “Park space will be in high demand, and we want to make sure that everyone has equal opportunity to access our parks and enjoy themselves during this exciting event.”

Similar to the process in which the city awards permits for park use through a lottery at the beginning of the year, permits during the RNC convention period will be accepted up to 2 p.m. March 3 at the permit office.

A lottery drawing from permit applications will then follow at 3 p.m. The drawing is open to the public and will be broadcast through the city's cable channel soon after the drawing. The permit office will notify people of the status of their application by mail.

Based on park availability, permit applications received after March 3 will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Demonstration permit applications will be accepted starting March 3, at which time applications received through the mail also will be opened. Community Services Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Applications will be reviewed and decisions made in a timely manner. However, if there are more questions or clarification is needed, the application approval can be delayed until the information is gathered.

More information on the city's rules regarding demonstration permits can be found in the City Charter and Codes section on the city's Web site at . Reference Chapter 366A, which describes the procedures for applications as well as the rules, regulations, and fees.

“The City of Saint Paul is committed to accommodating as many people as logistically possible while ensuring a safe and enjoyable convention for residents and visitors,” said Erin Dady, Saint Paul marketing director. “Hosting a national event of this magnitude takes a lot of coordination from many city departments and outside groups. This permitting process facilitates the necessary planning for a successful event.”


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Links: Surly hacker kids bored of hassling Scientology? Superdelegates, New FBI+Corporate= Infraguard, Telecoms Get Immunity. Dumb Times eh?

Well finally the browser crashed, leaving only a tide of very important links in the History panel. These are:

The Telecoms are getting away with Immunity for Crimes. It's all some big-ass farce. Etc. Go to Free Press and sign up, petitions etc available against the newest transgressions.!!!

WiGLE - Wireless Geographic Logging Engine - Plotting WiFi on Maps - fantastic!!

Comics: Tom the Dancing Bug, The Normal Streak - Bagpipes on a Police Budget

When they Come For Ya: "Homegrown Terrorism" Bill ~ News and Opinion Round-Up - Six Hours A Week: Adventures of a Sudden Patriot

On the Microsoft front, run YOUR PATCHES to save YOUR COMPUTER Microsoft's Monthlies.

We had to take a moment for the hacker side and appreciate some quality stories: Linux Kernel 2.6.17 - vmsplice Local Root Exploit and who said there were no expl0its for linux? airpwn and better yet, how the 802.11 wireless internet hack first got run @ Defcon, the mythical hacker conference: Goatse at Defcon -- brought to you by airpwn. l0lz indeed. latest on Defcon: News from defcon 2008-01-31 23:09:36

SPORE MADNESS: If you haven't heard about Spore, which is essentially a combination of all awesome games EVER (from PacMan to PaxImperia, SimPetriDish to Civilization to galactic empires)... It's from the guy that invented SimCity. What more need you know? Spore (video game) - Wikipedia more here: Level Up : Exclusive: Will Wright Gives Level Up the Scoop On Why Spore Is Taking So Long to Get Right--And Why It Will Be Worth the Wait, Part I.

Meanwhile in mysteriously small places: 3D Crystal Grown On a DNA Lattice

Somewhere the hackers are looming, and holding seminars and also a very interesting RSS podcast feed: Black Hat : Black Hat Briefings and Training.

Trouble in Scientology: Jerry Connell Parody of Tom Cruise Scientology Video. Exclusive: The Cruise Indoctrination Video Scientology Tried To Suppress. - Tom Cruise Scientology Video Uncut

If you watch one video today: YouTube - Scientology's L. Ron Hubbard: Kooky Wacky Crazy Talk

Apparently a bunch of surly hacker kids are out to dismantle the Church of Scientology as it currently exists, with a kind of manifesto that was followed up by pretty serious thumpin' of the CoS websites. However I have not followed the story since then. I think maybe the kids got bored with it? YouTube: Message to Scientology

has been followed up with weird imitator videos. Frankly it could all be satire, but really I don't care. Jerry O'Connell and the hackers are basically on the same side. Scientology has a crazy corporate structure all over it, along with patently weird... alien stuff. Anyway there are also knockoff videos of weirdo bubble hacker children or something: VIDEO: War has just begun. Why not I guess? is it aesthetics or subversion? etc?

Which SuperDelegates are where???? 2008 Democratic Convention Watch: Do Superdelegates vote the same as their constituents? and Superdelegates who haven't endorsed and Superdelegate Endorsement List.

Obama seems to have the nomination tied up, but it's not over? It feels like it's over, I hope so... how do progressives get shafted by delegates? Alexander Cockburn and Jeffrey St. Clair: Lessons for Obama

Grumpiness among people: is Obama a cult of personality? what is charisma plus a political platform? a guy on stage? A Cult of Personality, The Revolution Returns: Obama and the Cult of Personality

Wow Microsoft is horrible: Microsoft sued over Windows Vista marketing and evidence of Wrong Doings: "Vista Capable" scheme was panned at Microsoft.

I am always impressed by the links @, top notch!

FBI's Infragard program is some kind of operational network, rapidly expanding in the corporate sector. It's apparent goal is to make a 'counter-terrorist' network out of all infrastructrure and big corporations or something. It is organized by FBI field offices, and could perhaps also be used to data mine the stuff held by the corporations. Or something??! Exclusive! The FBI Deputizes Business | The Progressive Magazine. More stuff about this is out there...

Judge: NYC can't use secret arguments in case of police surveillance of RNC protesters. Ahh the magic of Discovery.

...... I'm not sure what these links represented, but they are certainly interesting to some degree...

Final export of the Iowa Caucus video: CaucusTime! DeeZ MoineZ completed!!!

It took longer than expected, but the final version of the first short video from our Iowa Caucus trip is done and is getting spit outta the computer right now in Quicktime format.

It should appear right here once it is done:


The high quality quicktime video can be downloaded at this link by about 7:15 PM or so: (it may not be finished uploading until then, so wait!)

The gang and Ron Paul

Coming Soon: CaucusTime: DEEZ MOINEZ! The Video spectacular!

First we will release a teaser, then several fuller videos. Including The General Narrative, a Ron Paul special, and a Hillary special. Yea!

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