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Alex Jones: Conspiracy Inc.

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It's good to be Alex Jones. Matt Drudge, the conservative Web entrepreneur and news aggregator, proved prophetic when he predicted that 2013 would be "the year of Alex Jones." The longtime conspiracy broadcaster is finally breaking into the mainstream consciousness after a buzzy interview with Piers Morgan and his Boston bombing conspiracy, and traffic to his websites has never been higher. The conspiracy business is booming.

And make no mistake, it is a business. That's not to say that Jones isn't a believer - there are easier ways to make money - but Jones has built a multi-platform new media empire in his Austin, Texas, Free Speech Systems LLC that reaches millions of believers and promises advertisers that it will "direct lucrative buyers to you from our daily audience of active enthusiasts." And all told, Jones is very likely raking in millions.

Jones didn't invent the business model, but he may have perfected it. He comes from a long line of what historian Robert Goldberg calls "conspiracy entrepreneurs" that stretches back through at least the early Red Scare, and up through the John Birch Society, the JFK assassination and the Roswell incident to the Jones school of the New World Order. But while others merely got by on the sale of their books and tapes and lectures to a niche audience, Jones has industrialized conspiracy for a mass audience.

Comment: See also: Alex Jones: The Pied Piper of Extremism Who Brands "Truth-Seeking" as Mental Illness

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Patriots beware! A march on Washington with loaded rifles is being organized this coming Fourth July by 'good soldier' Adam Kokesh

A gun activist is planning a massive march on D.C., with participants' rifles illegally slung over their shoulders


Libertarian activist and radio host Adam Kokesh is hoping to get 1,000 people to march on Washington on July 4 - armed with loaded rifles. The plan, launched with a Facebook group today, is to gather on the Virginia side of the Potomac, where gun laws are lax, and then march across the bridge with loaded rifles slung over their shoulders into the District, where openly carrying weapons is generally prohibited.

"This will be a non-violent event," the Facebook group warns, "unless the government chooses to make it violent." Already, over 200 people have said they'll attend the march. Here's the message:
On the morning of July 4, 2013, Independence Day, we will muster at the National Cemetery & at noon we will step off to march across the Memorial Bridge, down Independence Avenue, around the Capitol, the Supreme Court, & the White House, then peacefully return to Virginia across the Memorial Bridge. This is an act of civil disobedience, not a permitted event. We will march with rifles loaded & slung across our backs to put the government on notice that we will not be intimidated & cower in submission to tyranny. We are marching to mark the high water mark of government & to turn the tide. This will be a non-violent event, unless the government chooses to make it violent. Should we meet physical resistance, we will peacefully turn back, having shown that free people are not welcome in Washington, & returning with the resolve that the politicians, bureaucrats, & enforcers of the federal government will not be welcome in the land of the free.
Kokesh is a former Marine who was discharged in 2007 after violating the military's code against engaging in political activity while in uniform. Kokesh was highly active in the antiwar movement after serving in Iraq, participating in numerous protests and getting arrested on occasion.

Comment: Adam Charles Kokesh, an interesting character. He has his own Wikipedia page, where we read:
Kokesh was a corporal in the United States Marine Corps Reserve and is a veteran of the Iraq War. He is an outspoken opponent of the U.S. military intervention in Iraq and has received media attention related to anti-war protest activities. He is the son of Charles Kokesh, a Santa Fe venture capitalist, founder of a firm called Technology Funding, and owner of the Santa Fe Horse Park.

He brought home a pistol from Iraq in 2004 in violation of military rules, which prevented his return for a second Iraq tour.
In no time at all, he became a fairly high-profile media personality on the alternative news circuit, an outspoken anti-war activist, 9/11 Truther, Ron Paul supporter, etc, etc.

Remember PATCON

The following information is gleaned from the outstanding documentary about the 1995 Oklahoma City Bombing, A Noble Lie.

Short for 'PATRIOT CONSPIRACY' - Patcon was an undercover FBI operation launched around 1991. Modelled after COINTELPRO, which officially ended in 1971 (yeah right!), the idea was to infiltrate every militia group, every neo-nazi group, in fact - every single group that was in any way critical of the government - by placing a combination of paid informants and sheep-dipped agents inside all of these groups.

By the time this counter-insurgency program was active, they had sent young Tmothy McVeigh to Camp Grafton for explosives training in preparation for his role in the Oklahoma City Bombing. More than that, however, they created a 'terror cell' with other ATF and FBI informants and named it the Ayran Republican Army, members of which McVeigh hung around with in Elohim City in Oklahoma.

This is what McVeigh was doing during the few months for which there is 'no record' prior to the OKC bombing. Besides explosives training, this quiet, obedient soldier developed a 'legend' for himself so that by the time he resurfaced in Oklahoma, he is playing the role of 'raving anti-government activist'. In short, McVeigh was 'sheep-dipped'. He never 'left the army'. There are no discharge papers because he wasn't 'discharged'. He was selected for Special Ops. McVeigh was even accidentally filmed at Camp Grafton in North Dakota during this time.

Why he agreed to speedy execution remains somewhat mysterious for now, but the fact that he was visited repeatedly by notorious mind control hypnotist and CIA shrink Louis Jolyon West (of MK-Ultra and Sirhan Sirhan fame), coupled with his rigid obedience to the government he believed he was serving, meant that he was 'a good soldier' to the very end.

Just something to keep in mind.

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Masked gunmen storm meeting and begin shooting blanks in school emergency test they were not told about

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Teachers gathered for a meeting on April 26 were horrified when two masked men ambushed their meeting and began firing blanks. The 15 instructors at the Pine Eagle Charter School in Halfway, Oregon did not realize that it was an emergency drill and not a real attack.

After the terrifying test, school officials say they will train teachers to better respond to a surprise attack. Students were not present on school grounds when the drill occurred, as the children were home for an in-service day, The Oregonian reported.

Two men wearing masks and hooded sweatshirts stormed the meeting room and began firing. At first, the teachers didn't know what was happening and then they realized that the shooting was not drawing blood and thus was part of a test.

'I'll tell you, the whole situation was horrible,' elementary teacher Morgan Gover, 31, told the local paper.
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United States, Britain, Israel, South Korea and Japan have developed various types of fully or semi-autonomous weapons

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Report says killer robots, such as the Britian's Taranis aircraft, pictured, should 'not have power to destroy human life'
Killer robots that can attack targets without any human input 'should not have the power of life and death over human beings,' a new draft U.N. report says. The report for the U.N. Human Rights Commission this week has called for a worldwide moratorium on the use of killer robots until an international conference can develop rules for their use. According to the report, the United States, Britain, Israel, South Korea and Japan have developed various types of fully or semi-autonomous weapons.

The U.N. Human Rights Commission deals with legal and philosophical issues involved in giving robots lethal powers over humans, echoing countless science-fiction novels and films. Report author Christof Heyns, a South African professor of human rights law, focuses on a new generation of weapons that choose their targets and execute them.

He calls them 'lethal autonomous robotics,' or LARs for short, and says: 'Decisions over life and death in armed conflict may require compassion and intuition.
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Floridians encouraged to report neighbors who 'hate government'


Palm Beach County sheriff launches a new violence-prevention unit aimed at preventing tragedies like those in Newtown, Conn., and Aurora, Colo.

If you live in Florida and have a gripe with the government, you may want to think twice before speaking your mind. In an unprecedented move, Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw has been awarded $1 million for a new violence-prevention unit aimed at preventing tragedies like those in Newtown, Conn. and Aurora, Colo., reports The Palm Beach Post.
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Former GOP Presidential candidate Ron Paul slams Boston police response to blasts

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Ron Paul is a former Texas congressman and GOP presidential candidate
Former congressman Ron Paul was no fan of the police presence and manhunt tied to the Boston Marathon bombings.

The libertarian-thinking, former GOP presidential candidate slammed what he called the "military-style takeover" of Boston on April 19, the day Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick asked residents of Boston and its nearby suburbs to "shelter in place."

"The Boston bombing provided the opportunity for the government to turn what should have been a police investigation into a military-style occupation of an American city," Paul wrote on the website of Lew Rockwell, a libertarian writer. "This unprecedented move should frighten us as much or more than the attack itself."

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been charged in connection with the blasts that left three people dead and more than 260 injured. His older brother, Tamerlan, died in a firefight with police hours before Dzhokhar was tracked down.
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Former Black Panther Assata Shakur added to FBI's most wanted terrorist list

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The FBI added Assata Shakur to its Most Wanted Terrorist List today. In addition, the state of New Jersey announced it was adding $1 million to the FBI's $1 million reward for her capture. Shakur becomes the first woman ever to make the list and only the second domestic terrorist to be added to the list.

Assata Shakur, who was born Joanne Chesimard, was a member of the Black Panther Party and Black Liberation Army. She was convicted in the May 2, 1973 killing of a New Jersey police officer during a shoot-out that left one of her fellow activists dead. She was shot twice by police during the incident. In 1979, she managed to escape from jail. Shakur fled to Cuba where she received political asylum. She once wrote,
"I am a 20th century escaped slave. Because of government persecution, I was left with no other choice than to flee from the political repression, racism and violence that dominate the U.S. government's policy towards people of color."
Tune in Friday when we will cover these latest developments.

In 1998, Democracy Now! aired Shakur reading an open letter to Pope John Paul II during his trip to Cuba. She wrote the message after New Jersey state troopers sent the Pope a letter asking him to call for her extradition.
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559 Pounds of high explosives stolen from U.S. Forest Service bunker, Montana

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The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the U.S. Forest Service, and the Carbon County Sheriff's Office are asking for help from the public in gathering information about the theft of approximately 559 pounds of high explosives from a USFS explosives bunker located near Red Lodge.

A press release from the ATF says that in April 2013, someone used forced entry to get into an explosives storage facility owned and operated by the U. S. Forest Service, which is located about two miles south of Red Lodge.

Officials say that various emulsion-type explosives, explosive cast boosters and detonating cord were taken from the facility.
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John McCain: If we don't invade Syria, they'll hate us for not invading them

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On Sunday morning's Meet The Press, permanent cast member, Sen. John McCain, weighed in on the increasing tensions between Syria's strongman, Bashar al-Assad, and the international community over his alleged use of chemical weapons. McCain's recommendation? Invasion, of course. McCain's reasoning for starting yet another war in the Middle East is as specious as all of his other excuses justifications for prolonging our involvement in that region:
"David, we should not be...our actions should not be dictated by whether Bashar al-Assad used these chemical weapons or not, first of all. Sooner or later he mostly likely would, in order to maintain his hold on power but what has happened here is the President drew a red line about chemical weapons, thereby giving a green light to Bashar al-Assad to do anything short of that..."
Because the public is supposed to believe that McCain is very worried about the oil people of Syria.

He did try to bury the idea of boots on the ground by advocating smaller steps such as establishing a "no-fly" zone, using cruise missiles and drones to wipe out any grounded air power Assad has, and arming the rebels. Yet McCain lambasted Obama for his "incrementalism," suggesting that were the United States to engage in any of McCain's proscribed solutions, he would immediately move the goal post from "No boots on the ground" to "We're not doing enough."
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FBI Whistleblower Sibel Edmonds connects the Boston Bombings suspects with CIA backed terrorist operations in Chechnya

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According to Wikipedia:

Sibel Deniz Edmonds (born 1970) is an Iranian-American former FBI translator and founder of the National Security Whistleblowers Coalition (NSWBC). Edmonds gained public attention following her firing from her position as a language specialist at the FBI's Washington Field Office in March 2002, after she accused a colleague of covering up illicit activity involving foreign nationals, alleging serious acts of security breaches, cover-ups, and intentional blocking of intelligence which, she contended, presented a danger to the United States' security. Her later claims have gained her awards and fame as a whistleblower.

In March 2012, she published a memoir, titled Classified Woman - The Sibel Edmonds Story.

Edmonds testified before the 9/11 Commission, but her testimony was excluded from the official 567 page 9/11 Commission Report.
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