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Keiser Report: CIA, NSA & economic espionage

Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert discuss economic espionage and, perhaps, sabotage by the NSA against the corporations and innovators of competitor nations. In the second half, Max interviews author, journalist and filmmaker, Greg Palast of GregPalast.com, about the Larry Summers' secret 'End Game' memo and the decriminalization of what were once financial crimes.

Comment: Max Keiser is pretty clear in this episode that the banking elite are psychopaths who do not care if millions die and that they are now ready to wage war on the American public. Greg Palast in the second half makes it clear that it is the banking cabal that chooses the president and not the other way around.

Arrow Down

Online security pioneer predicts grim future

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One of the creators of Secure Socket Layer (SSL) encryption believes that the future of Internet security will see everyday users getting the short end of the stick.

The United States' National Security Agency (NSA) has likely compromised SSL, one of the foremost methods of Internet encryption. In theory, this gives the organization access to everything from email records to online shopping history for almost all Americans, regardless of whether they are under any kind of governmental suspicion.

SSL is a common method of encrypting sensitive data online. Suppose you buy an item online. You enter your credit card information to pay, and the store receives your credit card information in order to charge you.

Protocols like SSL ensure that while the data is en route from you to the vendor, all of your information is encrypted and inaccessible to malicious third parties.

Although cracking SSL encryption is a relatively new advancement, Paul Kocher, president of Cryptography Research, Inc., and one of the minds behind SSL, says that collecting information is nothing new. He believes the NSA has been working for some time to collect as much data as possible from people who would ordinarily be above suspicion.

Light Saber

UNSC resolution on Syria won't be under Chapter 7 allowing use of force - Lavrov

Fabius and Lavrov in Moscow
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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, right, and his French counterpart Laurent Fabius have a meeting in the Russian Foreign Ministry's mansion
The resolution that the UN Security Council is to adopt in support of the plan to destroy Syria's chemical weapons won't refer to Chapter 7 of the UN Charter, regulating the use of military force on behalf of the council, Sergey Lavrov says.

The foreign minister explained Russia's position on the future document after meeting his French counterpart Laurent Fabius in Moscow.

The resolution, Lavrov stressed, is meant only to affirm the support of the UNSC to the roadmap for destruction of the chemical weapons stockpile, which will be penned by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

It will also outline measures which fall outside of the OPCW authority, particularly providing security for the organization's inspectors, who would oversee the process on the ground in Syria. But the resolution would not include any references to Chapter 7 of the UN Charter, which grants the Security Council a right to use military force to restore peace, Lavrov stressed.

"The resolution of the Security Council, which will approve the decision of the OPCW executive council, will not be over Chapter 7. We said it distinctly in Geneva and the document that we agreed on says no single word about it," Lavrov said.

Russia has brokered a deal under which the Syrian government agreed to scrap its chemical weapons arsenal to defuse tension that sparked after a sarin gas attack on August 21. The agreement, prepared by Russia and the US, put on hold American plans to use military force against Syria over the attack, which Washington blames on Damascus.

Penis Pump

Yes, we can: Obama waives anti-terrorism provisions to arm Syrian rebels

Syrian rebels
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The Obama administration waived provisions of a federal law which ban the supply of weapons and money to terrorists. The move is opening doors to supplying Syrian opposition with protection from chemical weapons.

The Arms Export Control Act (AECA) allows the US president to waive provisions in Sections 40 and 40A, which forbid providing munitions, credit and licenses to countries supporting acts of terrorism. But those prohibitions can be waived "if the President determines that the transaction is essential to the national security interests of the United States."

President Barrack Obama ordered such a waiver for supplying chemical weapons-related assistance to "select vetted members" of Syrian opposition forces, the administration announced on Monday.

The announcement came after a UN report, which confirmed that sarin gas was indeed used in Syria on August 21, but didn't point to either the Syrian army or the rebel forces as the culprits.

US ambassador to the UN Samantha Power said she was convinced that details of the report "make clear that only the regime could have carried out this large-scale chemical weapons attack."

But Power's counterpart from Russia Vitaly Churkin said the report has no "airtight proof or conclusions" pointing to the Assad government and that it allows "everyone to draw their own conclusions, hopefully professional and not affected by political pressure."

The US plan to provide chemical weapons-related assistance to Syrian opposition was in the works before the August attack a senior administration official said as cited by NBC News. Under the AEC rules, it will take at least 15 days before any of the materials can be officially shipped to Syria.

The Syrian opposition groups are increasingly dominated by radical Islamists, many of them foreign fighters who, the UN says, are involved in numerous crimes committed in Syria. According to estimates of defense consultancy IHS Jane's, more than a half of the forces fighting to topple President Bashar Assad government are jihadists. The US explicitly listed Al-Nusra Front, a powerful Al-Qaeda-linked part of the Syrian opposition, as a terrorist organization.

Comment: The US is doing everything it can to sabotage any peace process in Syria.

Eye 1

Psychopathic Propaganda: EU policy on climate change is right even if science was wrong, says commissioner

Regardless of whether or not scientists are wrong on global warming, the European Union is pursuing the correct energy policies even if they lead to higher prices, Europe's climate commissioner has said.

Europe's climate action commissioner Connie Hedegaard
Connie Hedegaard's comments come as the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is expected to admit that previous scientific predictions for global warming and the effects of carbon emissions have been proved to be inaccurate.

In an interview with the Telegraph, Europe's most senior climate change official argued that the current policies are the correct ones because a growing world population will put pressure on energy supplies regardless of the rate of global warming.

"I personally have a very pragmatic view.

"Say that 30 years from now, science came back and said, 'wow, we were mistaken then now we have some new information so we think it is something else'. In a world with nine billion people, even 10 billion at the middle of this century, where literally billions of global citizens will still have to get out of poverty and enter the consuming middle classes, don't you think that anyway it makes a lot of sense to get more energy and resource efficient," she said.

"Let's say that science, some decades from now, said 'we were wrong, it was not about climate', would it not in any case have been good to do many of things you have to do in order to combat climate change?."

Bad Guys

Who is Washington's protégé for Syria?

Ahmad al-Jarba
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Drug dealer Ahmad al-Jarba
Despite the breakthrough agreement on the Syrian peace process reached in Geneva between Russian and American Foreign Ministers, the US administration did not give up its plans to oust President Assad and is still supporting the militants in Syria. Speaking in Paris today after the talks with French, British, Turkish and Saudi counterparts, SS John Kerry has repeated that the Syrian leader "lost all legitimacy" and "will have to leave even if Syria will fully cooperate with the UN on its Chemical Weapons program". Sounds like Washington's claims are based on a realistic roadmap for transition of power in Damascus to some new secular political leaders. Problem is that after the dismissal of Ms. O'Bagy White House seemingly doesn't have any.

During Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Syria on September 3, John Kerry dropped only one name of a person he could wholeheartedly trust in Syrian chaos. He presented to the US Senators an opposition leader Ahmad al-Jarba without providing too much detail. Perhaps senators do not care much about State Department's protégé. But we do. So who is Mr. al-Jabra?
"Records reveal that official Riyadh handed over "the suspect Ahmad al-Jarba" to Damascus in 2008, on charges of drug trafficking, in accordance with an extradition agreement between Saudi and Syrian security services",
writes journalist Nasser Charara in the influential Lebanese newspaper Al Akhbar.

Heart - Black

Upping the ante: Turkey downs Syrian helicopter, claims it violated airspace

Syrian Army helicopter
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A destroyed Russian-made helicopter that belonged to the Syrian Army is seen at the Minnig Military Airport, after it was seized by rebels, August 11, 2013.
A Turkish F-16 jet has shot down a Syrian MI-17 attack helicopter, saying it made a 2 km incursion into its airspace and ignored warnings.

The Turkish military has released a statement saying that it first identified the Russian-built helicopter 26 nautical miles (48 km) away from its airspace, and radioed the pilots until it was within 5 nautical miles (9 km) of it.

Reacting to the incident, Syria has accused its neighbor of trying to escalate tensions along the border.

"The hasty response from the Turkish side, especially as the aircraft was on its way back and was not charged with any combat missions, is proof of the true intentions of Erdogan's government toward Syria, to increase tensions and escalate the situation on the border between the two countries," Syria's armed forces said in a statement reported by the state news agency SANA.

Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said the helicopter was shot down after it ventured up to 2 km into Turkey near the border town of Yayladagi.

"It was continuously warned by our air defence but as the violation continued, it fell on Syrian soil at 2:25 pm (1125 GMT), having been hit by missiles from our planes," Bulent Arinc said to reporters in Ankara.

The helicopter was shot down by a patrol of two US-made F-16s launched from the Kurecik Air Force Base, on the eastern side of Turkey, which shares a 900 km border with Syria.

Comment: Turkey is doing its best to destroy the diplomatic approach to resolving the crisis. They want war and it is not a coincidence that Davutoglu is in Paris, where the other war mongers have been meeting.

Update: One pilot who parachuted out of the helicopter was captured and executed by the US armed and supported mercenaries as the following Youtube video shows:


Not one top Wall Street executive has been convicted of criminal charges related to 2008 crisis


James 'Jamie' Dimon, chairman, president and chief executive officer of JPMorgan Chase & Co, and Lloyd C. Blankfein, chairman and chief executive officer of the Goldman Sachs Group Inc.

Will top bankers' behaviour ever land them in jail? Or are bad business decisions even a crime at all?

Five years on from the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers, the debate over how to hold senior bank bosses to account for failures is far from over, but legal sanctions for top executives remain a largely remote threat.

Even as laws evolve - in Britain, the government wants to criminalise recklessness in banking - a repeat of the global financial crisis and near-collapses of 2008 would not necessarily result in many more prosecutions today, lawyers say.

At issue is the difficulty in pinning the blame on any one person for risks and decisions taken throughout a firm - one of the main obstacles to building such cases so far.

"It's a case of the confused lines of responsibility and accountability," said Judith Seddon, director in law firm Clifford Chance's business crime and regulatory enforcement unit in London. "When you're pursuing an individual, if they've delegated responsibilities ... it's much more difficult in a big organisation."

Regulators the world over stepped up their scrutiny of banks and cracked down on financial crime in the wake of public anger over costly bailouts and subsequent scandals. But that has so far translated into relatively few attempts to bring charges against those in the highest echelons of banking.


Psychopathic U.S. politicians wonder if Obama was outfoxed on Syria chemical weapons

putin obama syria gassing
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There is no shortage of skeptics among the American political class regarding the tentative agreement between the United States and Russia to secure and destroy Syria's chemical weapons that was announced on Saturday.

While Obama has publicly defended the deal, some worry that the deal exposes American weakness while strengthening the hand of the Russians and Syrian President Bashar Assad in the middle of his country's raging civil war. Others warned that the agreement's success depends largely on the cooperation of Russian and Syrian authorities who have proven themselves anything but trustworthy.

Comment: The war whores were apparently looking forward to WW3 and are disappointed that their "fun and games" have been thwarted. Fortunately there are a few politicians with some common sense, or they are just trying to please their constituents who have been flooding their offices with calls to back off on attacking Syria.
Fox News Poll: 78% of Voters Oppose Sending Troops to Syria
Constituents inundating Congressmen to voice misgivings about attacking Syria - Elijah Cummings (D-Md): "99% of calls to my office are against the war"


Iran's Rouhani may meet Obama at UN, would be first meeting of two countries' leaders since 1979

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Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, left, meeting Russia's President Vladimir Putin at a summit in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, last week.
First meeting of US and Iranian leaders since 1979 revolution could open way to diplomatic end to Iranian nuclear standoff

An exchange of letters between Barack Obama and the Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, has set the stage for a possible meeting between the two men at the UN next week in what would be the first face-to-face encounter between a US and Iranian leader since Iran's 1979 revolution.

Britain's foreign secretary, William Hague, is also due to meet his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, at the UN general assembly meeting in New York, adding to guarded optimism that the June election of Rouhani, a Glasgow-educated moderate, and his appointment of a largely pragmatic cabinet, has opened the door to a diplomatic solution to the 11-year international standoff over Iran's nuclear programme.

Tehran took the Foreign Office by surprise, tweeting on Rouhani's English-language feed that the president would also be prepared to meet Hague, something the UK had not even requested.