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A Dangerous Movie - The Franklin Scandal by Nick Bryant

The Franklin Scandal is the story of a nationwide pedophile ring that pandered children to a cabal of the rich and powerful. The ring's pimps were a pair of political powerbrokers who used Boys Town as a pedophiliac reservoir, had access to the highest levels of our government, and connections to the CIA.

A tragic tale that tears at your heart and rips your soul, The Franklin Scandal is the true story of a child-pandering network and the masking of its very existence through a massive cover-up orchestrated from the utmost pinnacle of power - using the CIA, FBI, Secret Service and a corrupt judicial process. This book shows how a major part of that cover-up was accomplished, how officers of the court suborned their duties ... and afterwards were given promotions: one is a sitting federal judge. For more visit here. Support author Nick Bryant and publishing house TrineDay and buy a copy of the book, fighting back with your wallet.

Eye 1

FBI to Launch Nationwide Facial Recognition Service

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The FBI by mid-January will activate a nationwide facial recognition service in select states that will allow local police to identify unknown subjects in photos, bureau officials told Nextgov.

The federal government is embarking on a multiyear, $1 billion dollar overhaul of the FBI's existing fingerprint database to more quickly and accurately identify suspects, partly through applying other biometric markers, such as iris scans and voice recordings.

Often law enforcement authorities will "have a photo of a person and for whatever reason they just don't know who it is [but they know] this is clearly the missing link to our case," said Nick Megna, a unit chief at the FBI's criminal justice information services division. The new facial recognition service can help provide that missing link by retrieving a list of mug shots ranked in order of similarity to the features of the subject in the photo.

Today, an agent would have to already know the name of an individual to pull up the suspect's mug shot from among the 10 million shots stored in the bureau's existing Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System. Using the new Next-Generation Identification system that is under development, law enforcement analysts will be able to upload a photo of an unknown person; choose a desired number of results from two to 50 mug shots; and, within 15 minutes, receive identified mugs to inspect for potential matches. Users typically will request 20 candidates, Megna said. The service does not provide a direct match.


Secret U.S. Memo Made Legal Case to Kill a Citizen

© European Pressphoto AgencyAnwar al-Awlaki, a militant cleric who was an American citizen, was killed in Yemen.
The Obama administration's secret legal memorandum that opened the door to the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki, the American-born radical Muslim cleric hiding in Yemen, found that it would be lawful only if it were not feasible to take him alive, according to people who have read the document.

The memo, written last year, followed months of extensive interagency deliberations and offers a glimpse into the legal debate that led to one of the most significant decisions made by President Obama - to move ahead with the killing of an American citizen without a trial.

The secret document provided the justification for acting despite an executive order banning assassinations, a federal law against murder, protections in the Bill of Rights and various strictures of the international laws of war, according to people familiar with the analysis. The memo, however, was narrowly drawn to the specifics of Mr. Awlaki's case and did not establish a broad new legal doctrine to permit the targeted killing of any Americans believed to pose a terrorist threat.

The Obama administration has refused to acknowledge or discuss its role in the drone strike that killed Mr. Awlaki last month and that technically remains a covert operation. The government has also resisted growing calls that it provide a detailed public explanation of why officials deemed it lawful to kill an American citizen, setting a precedent that scholars, rights activists and others say has raised concerns about the rule of law and civil liberties.

Bad Guys

Russia's Medvedev Echoes Stalin in Party Exhortation

© Konstantin Zavrazhin/Getty ImagesDmitry Medvedev
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev dipped into Soviet dictator Josef Stalin's lexicon to tell the ruling United Russia party on Saturday that it should not take success for granted in a December parliamentary election.

Medvedev, a critic of Stalin's deadly excesses, was trying to encourage United Russia to work hard to win seats in the State Duma, the lower parliament house, amid flagging popular support from Russians tired of its entrenched position.

"It is important for a party not to feel superior," Medvedev told United Russia activists in the southern city of Krasnodar. "As soon as one feels superior, you get what the classic called 'dizzy with success.'"

In an article titled "Dizzy with Success" in the Soviet Communist Party newspaper Pravda in 1930, Stalin criticized party officials for perceived errors in implementing his agricultural collectivization campaign.

Black Cat

In France, far right capitalises on euro crisis

Marine LePen, leader of the Front Nationale in France.
Amneville, a town in the Moselle region of northeastern France, does not look like a fault-line in the euro zone. The smell of grilled chicken wafts over the marketplace on a recent Saturday morning, the CD vendor plays German oom-pah music, and the sky behind the ochre clock tower is a steely blue.

Yet the single currency is a target for an unusual politician canvassing stallholders and shoppers in this town near the German border.

Fabien Engelmann, a 32-year old municipal plumber with tight-cropped hair, was an activist with France's leading trade union and a Trotskyist for many years. Later he joined the far-left "New Anticapitalist Party". This year he switched party again, but not on a leftist ticket.

He joined France's famed far-right National Front, and he was not the only one.

This year, five trade unionists have joined the minority party that made its name with the anti-immigrant rhetoric of its founder, Jean-Marie Le Pen. Since January, Le Pen's daughter Marine has been in charge of the party, and Engelmann says she is a magnet.

Eye 2

Israeli agents operate in Argentina

A strange episode took place this week in Buenos Aires. A huge radio tower that housed three FM stations collapsed on an area belonging to Argentina's Security Ministry for, still, uncertain reasons.

A local TV news channel, that is also the owner of two of those FM stations, broadcasted a video where two allegedly Israeli citizens were identified holding a cell phone conversation in Hebrew and talking about a clandestine antenna, which they refer to as "our antenna".

While these two men were allowed into the national government's facilities, the images show how an official vehicle of the government of Buenos Aires was turned back because the place had been sealed off.

Political analyst Adrian Salbuchi explains that the video allows assuming that Israeli intelligence agents are operating in this country.

Could this be then analyzed as a sign of controlling Zionist Interests in Argentina? According to Mr. Salbuchi, Israel organizations have enormous advantage in Argentine politics, media and lifestyles, which could have tracked back to the times of the founder of the Zionist movement, Theodor Herzl.

Arrow Down

Saleh keeps Yemenis guessing with talk of step-down

© Reuters/Yemen TV via Reuters TVYemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh delivers his speech on state television in this still image taken from video October 8, 2011.
Yemen's President Ali Abdullah Saleh suggested Saturday that within days he would step down, a promise he has made three times already this year, and analysts said it was yet another stalling tactic.

A government official said Saleh was merely indicating readiness to reach a deal to end months of unrest.

The wily leader, who came to power in 1978, is under pressure from international allies and an array of street activists, armed opponents and opposition parties to make good on promises to hand over power and end a crisis that has raised the spectre of a failed Arab state overrun by militants.

Confusion over Saleh's intent was familiar fare in a conflict that has dragged on since January when protesters first took to the streets to demand reform and an end to the grip on power that Saleh and his family have had for 33 years.

"I reject power and I will continue to reject it, and I will be leaving power in the coming days," Saleh said in a speech on state television.

Saleh has already pulled back three times from signing a Gulf Arab peace initiative that would seen him form an opposition-led cabinet and then hand power to his deputy before early parliamentary and presidential elections.


US: Department of Homeland Security Testing Minority Report-Like Pre-Crime Unit

FAST pre-crime unit is used to collect information such as gender, age, and ethnicity
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Someone call Tom Cruise, because "Minority Report" is taking a leap from fiction to reality -- except the real version, which is currently being tested by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, doesn't depend on human psychics called precogs, but rather a screening facility with set algorithms.

This new "pre-crime" detection facility was discovered via a June 2010 DHS document that was acquired by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC). The document states that information is currently collected and retained on "members of the public" as part of the pre-crime system, which is called Future Attribute Screening Technology (FAST).

FAST is made up of algorithms that use factors including gender, age, ethnicity, heart rate, body movements, occupation, voice pitch changes, body heat fluctuations and breathing patterns to identify clues as to whether the individual(s) will commit a crime in the future.

The idea behind FAST is to prevent crimes from happening before individuals even have a chance to commit them based on the factors listed above. It is able to do this through the use of sensors that collect audio recordings, video images and psychophysiological measurements.

Comment: While we are told "there are no plans for acquiring or deploying this type of technology at this time," you've got to wonder if the technology hasn't already been applied with earlier versions of similar technology to thousands of citizens in the US and abroad. With the Western world leading the rest of the world towards a technological cage, how much longer long can the psychopaths convince the normals that what they do to protect us is really so?

"None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Bad Guys

Über-Vultures: The Billionaires Who Would Pick Our US President

© Greg Palast and Bob GrossmanThe Koch Brothers, from "The Joker's Wild" deck of cards. Click here for all cards.

The untold story of the sources of the loot controlled by Paul "The Vulture" Singer, Ken Langone and the Kochs - and why they need to buy the White House

Greg Palast's investigative reports are broadcast by BBC Television's
Newsnight. His new book, Vultures' Picnic: a Tale of Oil, Sex, Radiation and Investigative Reporting will be released by Penguin USA on November 14.

Paul Singer likes to breakfast on decayed carcasses. What he chews down is sickening, but just as nausea-inducing are his new table mates: Ken Langone and the Koch Brothers, Charles and David.

Singer has called together the billionaire boys club for the purpose of picking our next president for us. The old fashioned way of choosing presidents - democracy and counting ballots and all that - has never been a favorite of this pack. I can tell you that from my investigations of each of these gentlemen for The Guardian. When the Statue of Liberty has nightmares, she dreams that these guys will combine to seize America via a cash-and-carry coup d'état.


Big-Brother: 650,000 first strike piracy warnings, 60 third strikes in France

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It's been a couple years since France passed its controversial "Hadopi" law in an effort to reduce online piracy and the agency has just released some fresh statistics about its efforts. According to Hadopi president Marie-Françoise Marais, the organization began sending first-strike notifications in October 2010 and by February 2011, some 471,000 Internet users received their initial warning for downloading illegal content.

As of early last month, that figure had grown to almost 650,000 users and it's reported that about 20,600 users received their second warning. At least 60 daring French residents have defied Hadopi's first two warnings and are now on their third strike. Marais didn't offer specific details about the third-strikers, but they could face up to a €1,500 fine and lose their Internet connection for as long as month should a judge oblige.