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Vader

US: Obama will not veto National Defense Authorization Act

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The White House on Wednesday said it would not veto the controversial National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

President Barack Obama's spokesman Jay Carney said lawmakers who crafted a compromise version from rival Senate and House versions of the legislation had addressed his worries about proposed tough rules on detainees.

The legislation has been the subject of considerable criticism.

At one point the bill contained a provision that would have authorized the U.S. to use military force anywhere there were terrorism suspects, including within the U.S. itself. The American Civil Liberties Union described it as authorizing a "worldwide war without end."

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FBI: Carrier IQ Involved in "Law Enforcement" Activity

It's unclear whether Carrier IQ is on the giving or receiving end
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The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigations has come up with all sorts of creative ways to track U.S. citizens. From warrantless GPS planting, to subpoenas that force cellular service providers to track your phone using signal triangulation, there are plenty of ways the feds can track you these days with a lack warrants and accountability/judicial oversight.

It looks like the now infamous Carrier IQ may be added to the tracking tool bag.

Michael Morisy, founder of the investigative journalism blog MuckRock, filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the FBI, asking if they used Carrier IQ. The FBI issued a response refusing Mr. Morisy's request for information.

Comment: "..the potential for government mandated location tracking is certainly very feasible."

Oh no my friend, it's on. We've been tracked for some time. Cell phones have been able to be tracked since they came into production after the days of Digital/Analog phones. Have you been holding out, wishing the United States wasn't a police state? Since it's not constantly in your face, it's easy to doubt the Police State fact. Thus giving it doubt has allowed it (fascism, police state) to come into being, while people who trumpet the truth about the move to fascism are put down as looney, conspiracy theorists. All the while the conspiracy is played out in front of our eyes.


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'Razing Palestine Homes Doubled in 2011'

Israel has torn down twice as many Palestinian homes in 2011 as it did in 2010 in the occupied land to build Jewish settlements, human rights groups say.
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© Press TVA Palestinian man stands as Israeli forces destroy his house.

Twenty human rights groups, including UK-based Amnesty International and US-based Human Rights Watch, released a statement on Tuesday, warning of the escalation in Israeli settlement construction and Jewish settlers' violence against Palestinians, Reuters reported.

The rights organizations urged the Middle East Quartet group -- the US, UN, European Union (EU) and Russia -- to pressure Tel Aviv to "reverse its settlement policies and freeze all demolitions that violate international law."

"The Quartet should call ongoing settlement expansion and house demolitions what they are: violations of international humanitarian law that Israel should stop," said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch.

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Israeli Radicals Attack Army, Palestinians

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© The Associated PressIsrael Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Protesting Eviction Plan, Vigilante Groups Vandalize Military Base, Stone Cars; Government Criticized for Light Response

Vigilante groups associated with radical Israeli settlers mounted separate marauding assaults against Israeli army and Palestinian targets early Tuesday, an effort largely aimed at pressuring Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to cancel the evacuation of outpost settlements.

Within the span of a few hours late Monday and early Tuesday, detachments of far-right vigilantes infiltrated and vandalized an Israel Defense Forces base in the West Bank, squatted in a building in a no-man's land on the Jordanian border and pelted Palestinian cars with rocks.

The attacks targeted an IDF regional commander and left three Palestinians lightly wounded. But they were the broadest yet in two years of sporadic attacks mounted by radical settlers who believe in actively resisting government efforts to evacuate any Jewish presence in the biblical land of Israel.

Israel's government faces an order from the country's Supreme Court to evacuate at least one settler outpost built on Palestinian property by March.

Tuesday's violence was sponsored by fundamentalists known as "hilltop youth," according to an unnamed activist cited on the Jewish Voice, a website that promotes radical settlers' views.

Attention

US: Republicans Pocketed MF Global Money, Too

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© MinyanvilleHypocrisy watch.

Last month, we reported on how Republicans have seized on the MF Global scandal to score political points by putting out a press release calling for congressional Democrats to return campaign funds donated to them by ex-New Jersey governor and disgraced MF Global CEO John Corzine.

"Jon Corzine, Obama bundler, Obama Wall Street point man, golden parachute" was the title of one GOP press release. Roll Call also quotes a National Republican Congressional Committee official, Joanna Burgoes, as saying, "If you continue to keep this money in your campaign coffers, then you're endorsing the corruption attached to the person who gave you that money."

However, it perhaps was not the wisest move to call the Democrats out for receiving funds from Corzine and MF Global because, as it turns out, the Republican Party has also been a beneficiary of donations from the financial firm. According to Roll Call, many employees at MF Global and the lobbying firms that the defunct brokerage hired all have donated large sums of money to Republicans in the past.
MF Global employees as a whole have given out just under $385,000 in campaign contributions since 2005, according to the Sunlight Foundation, roughly a quarter of it to Republicans, including more than $5,000 to the NRCC. MF Global also has spent more than $2 million on lobbying since 2006, according to the CRP, retaining the Delta Strategy Group, Quinn Gillespie & Associates and the Rich Feuer Group to represent it.

Lobbyists at those firms have in turn doled out millions in campaign contributions over the last several years. In the 2010 election cycle, more than half of the $440,000 or so that Quinn Gillespie employees gave out went to Republican candidates. In this election cycle and the two previous ones, firm partners and associates gave $17,750 to the NRCC. More than half of the $104,600 that Rich Feuer Group employees gave out in the last election cycle went to Republicans.

Bad Guys

Could Robert F. Kennedy's Assassin Have Been 'Hypno-Programmed'?

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© Rob Wilson, ShutterstockA statue of Lady Justice holding scales.

This past March, 42 years into his life prison sentence for assassinating Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, Sirhan Sirhan stood in front of a parole board and repeated the same thing he had been saying at parole hearings for decades: that he had no memory of the shooting or his subsequent trial and confession of guilt. For the 14th time, his application was denied. Two weeks ago, Sirhan's attorneys filed the latest in a series of appeals that aim to get Sirhan back in front of a judge to correct what they call "an egregious miscarriage of justice."

Sirhan, they argued, had been hypnotized to carry out the crime.

In addition to presenting expert audio analysis indicating that there were two guns fired from different directions and a claim that a bullet from Kennedy's neck was switched out to match Sirhan's gun, the filings bolster a long-repeated conspiracy theory asserting that Sirhan was a victim of hypnosis, an unwitting shill whose Arab name made him an easy scapegoat and drew attention from the true architects of the assassination. According to the new pleadings, "[Sirhan] was an involuntary participant in the crimes being committed because he was subjected to sophisticated hypno-programing and memory implantation techniques which rendered him unable to consciously control his thoughts and actions at the time the crimes were being committed."

Anticipating the skeptical firewall that the phrase "hypno-programming" raises in many inquiring minds, the filings also maintain that, "The public has been shielded from the darker side of the practice. The average person is unaware that hypnosis can and is used to induct antisocial conduct in humans."

Eye 1

Hezbollah names CIA spies in Lebanon

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© AFP/Getty ImagesHezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah revealed in June that his group had identified at least two spies working for the CIA.
Militant group steps up campaign against US intelligence agency by revealing identities of 10 undercover officers in TV broadcast

Hezbollah has revealed the identities of CIA officers working undercover in Lebanon, a blow to agency operations in the region and the latest salvo in an escalating spy war.

The militant group made the names public in a broadcast on Friday night on a Lebanese television station, al-Manar. Using video animations, the station recreated meetings purported to take place between CIA officers and paid informants at Starbucks and Pizza Hut outlets. The officers met with informants at locations more than once, a procedure frowned upon because it risks exposure.

The disclosure comes after Hezbollah managed to partially unravel the agency's spy network in Lebanon after running a double agent against the CIA, former and current US intelligence officials said. They requested anonymity to discuss matters of intelligence.

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Iran 'indicts 15 spies for US and Israel'

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© MARYAM HASANZADEH/AFP/Getty ImagesIran regularly accuses the United States of seeking to undermine its regime through covert operations...because it does.
Iran has indicted 15 people on charges of spying for the United States and Israel, Tehran's chief prosecutor said on Tuesday, according to the Fars news agency.

"An indictment has been issued by the prosecutor's office against these 15 people," Jafari Dolatabi was quoted as saying.

"These people were spying for the United States and Israel," he said.

Dolatabi did not identify the suspects nor give any details of when they were arrested and under what circumstances.

Iranian officials have several times in the past announced the arrest of suspected spies for the United States, but provided little information to substantiate the detentions or allegations.

In May, Iran's intelligence ministry announced the arrest of 30 CIA "spies" conducting espionage and sabotage.

Arrow Down

Fed battling economic forces beyond its control

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© HorseyRemember: It's NOT worse than the 30's!
Four years and $1.8 trillion after the worst financial collapse since the 1930s, there appears to be little more the Federal Reserve can do to get the U.S. economy back on track. Rarely in the central bank's 99-year history has so much been so far beyond its control.

At their regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday, Federal Reserve policymakers made no changes in interest rates and held fire on buying more bonds to pump cash into the financial system. Beyond that, they were expected to devote much time at the meeting to an extensive discussion about changing the way the committee communicates its decision-making with the public.

Fed policy makers have gotten a bit of breathing room lately from data showing a gradual pickup in the U.S. economy. But that growth remains threatened by the financial crisis in Europe, the ongoing budget gridlock in Washington and a housing market that shows no sign of emerging from a deep recession.

After spending close to $2 trillion to put out the financial fires that swept through the U.S. banking system in 2008, Fed officials have watched their European counterparts fail to move decisively as fearful investors flee euro zone countries teetering on the brink of default. Despite calls to backstop Greece, Italy and Spain, the European Central Bank has responded tepidly to the crisis, arguing that those countries need to work harder to balance bloated budgets.

Comment: "Four years and $1.8 trillion after the worst financial collapse since the 1930s.." Just an FYI, but the current depression didn't end 4 years ago, is still ongoing, AND likely to get far worse for many. Maybe the writer lives in another world where the current depression, war mongering, economic collapse, fear, hunger, resource stealing.. somehow ended?


Vader

Grand Delusion: Resisting the Siren Song of Specialness

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The U.S. presidential campaign is now in full swing. (In truth, it never actually ends; the savage grasping and grappling among damaged souls seeking their brief season of domination and death-dealing goes on daily without respite.) In the months to come, we will be subjected to an ever-growing, ever-roaring flood of rhetoric about the unique, unquestionable, divinely ordained goodness of America. (And how the "other side" would destroy or demean this precious moral specialness.)

This rhetoric will come both from the radical, society-shaking extremists laughingly called "conservatives" in our fun-house political system, and from the reactionary defenders of elite wealth and murderous militarism laughingly known as "progressives." (And, of course, from the well-fed, milky mannered, comfortably numb burghers known as "centrists.")

All Americans are marinated in this mindset from birth, and it is reinforced in them, every day, by the most powerful and pervasive media machinery in history, by enormous societal pressure, and by the dead heavy weight of tradition. Even the most hardened cynics might feel the stirrings of atavastic response to these siren songs woven into the fabric of the American psyche.

In such cases, I recommend a reading of the following two articles. They will help remind you of the reality being cloaked by the psyche-stirring, button-pushing bullshit of the grasping wretches seeking power.