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After London riots: Internets attention turns to Pentagon's CONPLAN 3502 - domestic military riot control & martial law style enforcement grabs attention all over Internets! Hope yet for NSSE & secret military planning awareness :)

Earlier :) Nov 20 2010: TC Indymedia Exclusive: Secret 'Trigger' & blueprint for emergency domestic military crackdown plan revealed | HongPong.com

Moar Recently: Reacting to London riots - A Little Truth about America's situation Emerged! Marc Ambinder (marcambinder) on Twitter

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A few lateral notes about the military's secret plans for civil unrest in America...

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Here's an interesting twist in the last few days — quite an awesome one! In response to the London riots, the Atlantic's Marc Ambinder tweeted about how the US military would apply USNORTHCOM CONPLAN 3501 & 3502 to suppress any insurrection in the United States. It drew a flurry of tweets including Michelle Norris from NPR -- all curious about this CONPLAN situation.

Atlantic's John Hudson did a followup post expanding on the CONPLAN 3501 & 3502 military contingency plans The U.S. Military's Plan for London-Like Riots - Global - The Atlantic Wire. As always, it's nice to get indirectly referred to as a "conspiracy theorist" adjacent to the very documentation that ya dug up and posted to internets -- not sourced of course :-D

From there further writings appeared including Russia Today , the UK Daily Mail & a piece on Infowars by Kurt Nimmo. Memorable passage:)

More information can be found here. IndyMedia provided extrensive coverage, not that the New York Times or the Washington Post noticed. The establishment press was uniformly silent.

Indeed WaPo & NYT aren't too concerned but at least I got someone's attention. Also a nice writeup from FederalJack / TheIntelHub crew: Martial Law: Corporate Media Hints At Military Plans To Take On The American People During Domestic Civil Unrest

These posts in turn got re-posted all over the Internets, from NWO/martial law to prepper and other activist fora. Interesting threads or mere stubs, the word's getting around about this major element of the military's overall plan - as well as the basis for the 2012 NSSEs including G8/NATO in Chicago and the 2012 RNC & DNC.

This all spawned from the 2008 Republican National Convention & its shady NORTHCOM dimension. I wrote the story back in November laying out all the new details on the CONPLAN situation which I found on a US Army Corps of Engineers webserver. At the time it got picked up by a few forums, some excellent sites including cryptome.org, but it didn't really hit a wide audience. Perhaps that was good, since the US Army Corps left the files up all through December.

As for the disappearing files I noticed in all this since November. They only finally locked down that USACE file server after that ghastly spike in news about the Mass Die-Offs around January 2011 went down. People on forums suggested that the National Level Exercise 2011 New Madrid Seismic Zone earthquake test operation could be linked to the die-offs (as in a worsening fault line would give off toxic gas killing birds in Missouri &etc). Then the files disappeared from public access at those URLS....

Obviously the other major trend has been increasing unrest around the world as food prices spiral and the debt slavery/austerity budget agenda absorbs all political power. Entire nations' sovereign debt problems are now destabilizing, as the US has remained relatively quiet in most respects.

With the increasing systemic instability – and the political class' abject failure to regulate and de-escalate the enormous financial criminal systems and the assorted chaos in areas like real estate & the war on drugs, high-frequency trading, fraudulent securitization – the expectation of bigger backstops has been increasing... so it's important everyone finds out!

How much longer till the National Guard is called out?In such circumstances it's far better for everyone caught in the middle to have a general handle on the CONPLAN type background information. I really hoped that sharing the info would serve as an advance warning – a Paul Revere kind of message.

Now many many more people know about CONPLAN 3502. Makes me happy :) Just for kicks I am posting a huge list. Most of it's crossposts, but there are a few lively forum threads and really all of these sites appear to be "keeping tabs" in their own unique ways. Even if I would not agree with all of their content (even maniacs like the Klan noticed the story :-[ ), I hope all these people can respect I helped finally alert them to the keystone chunks of the most alarming layers in the scheme. Even people with detestable political views deserve to know about this kind of secret planning for military control!

That's some Real America going on right there.... that's how we roll :-D

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Also briefly - something about CONPLAN 5029 for North Korea Collapse / Emergency US coordination with China leaked out??? CONPLAN 5029 cedes controt to U.S. and China in N.Korean emergency : North Korea : Home - from a collectively owned Korean newspaper?? Interesting peeps at the Hankyoreh .

Also interesting from 2006 - CONPLAN 8022 - Daily Times - Leading News Resource of Pakistan - ‘US had designs on Iran before Iraq invasion’

Running a quick google search for "CONPLAN" filtered to the last week or so (Aug 15 to Aug 8) turns up dozens of posts & crossposts.

America’s response to London riots — RT <- Russia Today!

With civil unrest spreading into the western world, the US is readying what to do should mass riots break out state-side.

What exactly is the official plan of action should the government need to step in and squash demonstrators? Send the military after minorities.

Marc Ambinder, a White House correspondent at The National Journal, writes that the armed forces have plans should widespread riots infiltrate America.

“If what happened in London ever happened in the US, the military has plans – CONPLAN 3501 and 3502 – to suppress the insurrection,” writes Ambinder. The instructions contained with the CONPLAN guidelines are believed to be initiatives that the US can enact during times of domestic disturbances.

According to GlobalSecurity.org, CONPLAN 3502 is what the military can put into play if state and local authorities are subjected to mass rioting. They say that the instructions in CONPLAN 3502 outline that "Tasks performed by military forces may include joint patrolling with law enforcement officers; securing key buildings, memorials, intersections and bridges; and acting as a quick reaction force."

LONDON RIOTS: How US would deal with UK riots - send in the Army | Mail Online <- the Daily Mail used the image from the presentation I posted in November :-D

How The U.S. will deal With U.K. Style Riots « slow33

American Preppers Network • View topic - "CONPLAN 3501 AND 3502"

Is CONPLAN 3501 and 3502 part of demand destruction? - Yahoo! Answers

How long before we see CONPLAN installed in the US? - Yahoo! Answers

WHAT THE HECK IS CONPLAN 3501 and 3502????" - SodaHead

U.S. Plan for London Like Riots - Use of Military - CONPLAN 2502 | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED

CONPLAN 3501 and 3502 -US Plans In Case of Mass Social Unrest/Riots - Anonymous has sort-of noticed oh good

Screen shot 2011-08-15 at 4.37.16 AM.png America’s response to London riots - Inteltoday RT repost

IS THE UNCONSTITUTIONALITY AND HORROR OF MARTIAL LAW COMING..NO WAY..HIAL MARY..! - TCUnation - commentary "SATAN IS A LIAR...!"

U.S. Plan for London Like Riots – Use of Military – CONPLAN 2502 | Dprogram.net

Sherrie Questioning All: U.S. Plan for London Like Riots - Use of Military - CONPLAN 2502

America’s response to London riots « Evil of indifference

Corporate Media Puzzled by U.S. Martial Law Plans in Wake of Brit Riots | The Line in the Sand

A link to USARNORTH conplan 3501: martial law in case of "emergency" in order to so called " defend - 12160

Martial Law in America – Conplan 3502 Exposed – NORTHCOM FEMA RNC G20 Civil Disturbance | law- article directory

CONPLAN « Full Metal Cynic < - Angry monkey :)

New World Order – One world government - The U.S. Military’s Plan for London-Like Riots

Martial Law in America: No Longer Just a Possibility!( Videos)

U.S. Plan for London Like Riots - Use of Military - CONPLAN 2502 : Truth is Contagious

The U.S. Military’s Plan for London-Like Riots | War On You: Breaking Alternative News

The U.S. Military’s Plan for London-Like Riots | people for freedom

The U.S. Military’s Plan for London-Like Riots | Set You Free News

Big Education Ape: The U.S. Military's Plan for London-Like Riots - Global - The Atlantic Wire

The New World Order Update: Corporate Media Puzzled by U.S. Martial Law Plans in Wake of Brit Riots

Posted earlier in May with my video -- SO AWESOME. I AM Buddy, The BUDDHA From Mississippi ™: Martial Law in America - Conplan 3502 Exposed - NORTHCOM FEMA RNC G20 Civil Disturbance <- these guys had a truly head-turning piece of political art -- oh Man What a LOL :-D via here. Complete w mean Blackwater black helicopter

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Project Wake-Up Call: CONPLAN 3501/3502 < - zesty site :)

The U.S. Military’s Plan for London-Like Riots | Truth Is Scary <- JFK / crop circles / pyramids - notes on the multiverse

Corporate Media Puzzled by U.S. Martial Law Plans in Wake of Brit Riots | PEOPLEUNLIKEUS

America’s response to London riots | Before It's News

The U.S. Military's Plan for London-Like Riots, page 1 - AboveTopSecret forum

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The U.S. Military’s Plan for London-Like Riots « CRISISBOOM - mm silver

The U.S. Military's Plan for London-Like Riots | Pacific Rim Trading International - related to above? drupalized :)

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US Martial Law Plans | Before It's News

U.S. MARTIAL LAW PLANS IN THE WAKE OF U.K. RIOTS « EPHEMERIS 360° – IMPERIAL TWILIGHT

The U.S. Military's Plan for London-Like Riots (The Unhived Mind III) My favorite response presented by the official voice of TheUnhivedMind (the definitive forum for the deets vs weird Knights of Malta / Vatican intrigues!) [alt link]

Here you go folks they're telling you they're ready to bring in Martial Law in the U.S. very quickly once the riots are kicked off by The Worshipful Company of Fuellers and The Worshipful Company of Security Professionals over there through the Central Intelligence Agency, British Secret Intelligence Service and the Senior Executive Service. In the U.S. its not the police preparing the U.K. style riots, its the MILITARY, smell the coffee folks. All under The Pentagon controlled by the Fuellers.

This pertains to the interesting British Livery Company system of control for the City of London which goes back centuries before MI-5 and MI-6.

infinite unknown: The US Military’s Plan for London-Like Riots: "It almost appears they want us to revolt so they can impose martial law. The injustice I see everywhere makes it difficult for me to remember this is America. All our civil rights are gone. Habeas Corpus, a right of man for well over 800 years is gone."

How U.S. would deal with UK-style riots - qwstnevrythg.com

The U.S. Military’s Plan for London-Like Riots « The Daily Attack - what is this site??

The U.S. Military's Plan for London-Like Riots - USA Hitman Forum - auto linked: The Army's Bold Plan to Turn Soldiers Into Telepaths :-D

The U.S./Canadian Military's Plan for London-Like Riots - the Canadian NORTHCOM dimension catches notice!

NewAmericaNow: The U.S. Military's Plan for London-Like Riots

The U.S. Military's Plan for London-Like Riots | Con Games

Corporate Media Puzzled by U.S. Martial Law Plans in Wake of Brit Riots | FirinneMedia.Com

The U.S. Military's Plan for London-Like Riots - Lunatic outpost chatty thread

U.S. Plan for London like Riots - Malaysia forum thoughtful LOLcat response heh

worship2_dees-jpg.jpegMartial Law: Corporate Media Hints At Military Plans To Take On The American People During Domestic Civil Unrest | Truth Frequency News - you have got to dig that clip art they threw in :-D the sp00ky eyes :-D

Martial Law: Corporate Media Hints At Military Plans - Survivalist Forum - they are interested! Quite interested!

The U.S. Military’s Plan for London-Like Riots | Old-Thinker News

ALIPAC Forums-viewtopic-The U.S. Military’s Plan for London-Like Riots

**Urgent** Corporate Media Puzzled by U.S. Martial Law Plans in Wake of Brit Riots - The Apricity Forum: Cultural & Ethnic European Preservation <- um that is a pretty sketchy sounding forum :(

The Kick Them All Out Project - Corporate Media Puzzled by U.S. Martial Law Plans in Wake of Brit Riots

operation Garden plot « The Burning Platform

America’s response to London riots | End the Lie - Independent News

The U.S. Military’s Plan for London-Like Riots - 12160

mOole - Развлекательный блого-новостной портал - the Russians are advised of the CONPLAN! They posted my image :)

Revealed: How U.S. would deal with UK-style riots... by sending the Army to areas with 'large numbers of minority groups' -- Puppet Masters -- Sott.net

MARTIAL LAW « EPHEMERIS 360° – IMPERIAL TWILIGHT

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US Military Plans for London-Like Riots - UNSKKKK Forum - Oh great the klan X-(

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CriticalUnity.org | Corporate Media Puzzled by U.S. Martial Law Plans in Wake of Brit Riots

Action is my duty, Reward is not my concern - The U.S. Military's Plan for London-Like Riots (The Atlantic)

Media Reveals Military Martial Law Plans To Deal With American Civic Unrest - alexanderhiggins blog

Command Structure - crossposts emerge!

Lucianne.com News Forum - Thread - frickin Lucianne Goldberg's forum!

Will New Madrid Earthquake Happen Soon? - Topix

The American white people are more concerned about mistreating the Black once-slave of America than America is concerned with any nation on earth that is attacking her out-lying posts.(The U.S. Military’s Plan for London-Like Riots) – This weblog is for sounding DIVINE TRUTH in the ears of the dead! - I think this is a Nation of Islam blog.

Revealed: How U.S. would deal with UK-style riots… by sending the Army to areas with ‘large numbers of minority groups’ | - fonky site with crop circles & weirdNews

The U.S. Military’s Plan for London-Like Riots | Brian Brown's Official Website

RBN radio : Corporate Media Puzzled by U.S. Martial Law Plans in Wake of Brit Riots | Republic Broadcasting Network

Operation Garden Plot, Insurrection and CONPLAN 3502 – Hayden’s Note on Katrina Attached - Truth is Treason:

It is my belief that Operation Garden Plot and Noble Eagle-like activation was witnessed in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. I was a police officer there at the time and it fulfilled the plan to a T. Joint patrols with civil authorities, checkpoints for major arteries in and out of the city, soldiers and Humvees stationed at major intersections and bridges, assistance in imposing an unlawful curfew against all citizens, gun confiscation, and even business checks. These “patrols” involved the use of thermal image cameras mounted on the Humvees, looking for warm bodies moving through the darkness and debris, riding with various SWAT teams and responding to gun fights, looting and even conducting traffic stops and simple drug enforcement.

Conplan 3502 Exposed - SECRET US PLANS FOR DOMESTIC MILITARY CRACKDOWN

Secret Plans for Domestic Military Crackdown Published by Mistake - earlier thread - really funny from threepercenters

http://www.noonehastodietomorrow.com/agenda/policestate/2973-2973

Finally one other thing Civilian Law Enforcement – Military Cooperation (CLEMCC) - the International Association of Chiefs of Police is a nasty little trade association run from and funded by the heart of the military industrial complex in Virginia - they appear constantly as a major Pusher in matters like this. My friend Kaye at Axxiom for Liberty is constantly bumping into IACP stuff.

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also: http://www.benzinga.com/11/08/1853121/operation-garden-plot-insurrection...

weird mirror / mill? http://dailyme.com/story/2011081100004236/operation-garden-plot-insurrec...

also creepy stuff like this seems to be remixing it all together - a spewky tale of foreign troops and FEMA camp roundups. Military Insider Reveals Martial Law Plans ► Martial Law and FEMA Camps ► Part 1 - YouTube "because American soldiers are not going to take Americans to concentration camps".... hmmm. also *ALERT* FEMA NLE 2011 The Destruction of America Explained - YouTube etc.

Anyway we will leave it there for now -- as for Martial Law -- I warned you guys OK?!

Pawlenty promotes Mossad plane crash/bombing operations vs Iran scientists & trashing internets with Stuxnet offensive computer operations

UPDATE Sunday Aug14: LOLSo long and thanks for all the mullet. Theory: TPaw was not supposed to brag about Mossad ops at the debate - lol his campaign is Over Like Clover in an Iowa pasture. Why not? :-D


Our former Governor Tim Pawlenty plays for the ruthless neo-Cheneyite role in a future Republican presidency by touting the covertly staged plane crashes of Russian scientists & also Stuxnet industrial machinery hacking (SCADA and industrial control hacking).

As usual the embrace of criminal thuggery goes over well with the great unwashed.

Pawlenty's embrace & promotion of this criminal stuff, Mossad covert ops in particular, won't really do him much good as he tips the hand too readily. Maybe it's some weird way of putting some nasty intelligence cadre on notice.

This also immediately reminded me of poor Senator Paul Wellstone, who like GOP voting-IT guru Mike Connell and others since, suffered an abrupt sketchy plane crash which put an end to their political & legal meddling.

It reminds me that Cheney ordered Pawlenty to run for governor in the 2002 cycle while the already-weak-looking Norm Coleman was placed into the race against Wellstone.

It's so heartening to see a new generation of fine professional conservative leaders using covert ops to kill people taking shape. Also more evidence that the entire electoral political system has been subsumed into the intelligence industry. Jesse Ventura surprised the CIA, Pawlenty pushes the outward side of an assassination campaign. Hard times, friends.

Russia & China not buying BIS Fractional Reserve Gold currency scheme pushed by the Ben Bernank; FBI ALF informant developing Firefox 4 security, reminds OpenBSD FBI Backdoor

A bit of Xmas cheer pushin back against LA school district police brutality: How a Google Engineer (and Reddit) Got a Teenager Out of Jail for Christmas

Fiddlesticks: It's Over: Jason Rosenbaum: BREAKING: FCC breaks Obama's promise, allows corporate censorship online with fake Net Neutrality

Previously: Heads Up to Quigley's Apex: Bank of International Settlements (Former Nazi Bank) developing Gold/SDR global fractional reserve currency with IMF, Federal Reserve | HongPong.com

And this schematic:

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Now: The JP Morgue Whistleblowers Are Back | zero hedge

Promptly after those two cuddly bears explained how the JP Morgue is manipulating the silver market, and the xtranormal video went viral, forcing the FT to release an indemnification that "according to sources" JPM had covered a major portion of its silver short (only to subsequently end up with 90% control of other metals markets), here they are back, explaining in Part 2 of the series just what the next steps in the unwind of the biggest metal manipulation scheme will look like. The kicker: a JPM insider has told one of the bears that there is no commercial silver left, "it's all smoke and mirrors, and the CFTC can do nothing about it other than pray." Other topical items explained: silver backwardation, that there are two commissioners at the CFTC on the JP Morgue's payroll, the BIS' fractional gold system and the usage of side pockets for sovereign gold, and pretty much everything that ties the loose odds and ends in the PM manipulation story.

Nice Work, Xtranormal bears!

Other interesting recent items: Gulf current oilfail etc: Why Is It So Cold? Should the Big Freeze Alter Our Approach to Climate Change? - washingtonblog

Oh dear: This Time Is Different | zero hedge

Nifty Charting 2010, Part 0: The Biggest Winners And Losers From The "New Normal", And The 6 Main Strange Attractors | zero hedge

Also: Charting 2010, Part 3: Fraudclosure, Halted Traffic, An America Divided: A World Stuck In Its Tracks | zero hedge

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Time to bug out? Simon Black On Why Cuba, That Bastion Of Communism, May Just Be The Ideal Home For Future Expats | zero hedge

This looks funny: PsychoNews: All the PsychoNews thats fit to print TM

BOAsucks! Bank of America Buying Abusive Domain Names - Slashdot

Arlen Specter: Screw You Guys, I'm Going Home: From Specter, a blunt goodbye to the Senate

NORAD: How we track Santa

Critical: With 15 Minutes Of Fame Rapidly Approaching Their End, Assange Nets $1.5 Million Book Deal | zero hedge. Gigacrime indifference: Bank Of America, Wikileaks And Eric Holder - What The U.S. Attorney General Doesn't Want You To Know - Home - The Daily Bail

Unstable! Europe Opens With A Mini Flash Crash | zero hedge

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Total PIN security fail not covered up by Cambridge.

The bankers also fret that “future research, which may potentially be more damaging, may also be published in this level of detail”. Indeed. Omar is one of my coauthors on a new Chip-and-PIN paper that’s been accepted for Financial Cryptography 2011. So here is our Christmas present to the bankers: it means you all have to come to this conference to hear what we have to say!

Thanks Cambridge Computer Lab: Cambridge Refuses To Cave To Banker Demands To Censor Paper Which Exposes Card PIN Hack | zero hedge. Coverup Demand from criminal banker syndicate trade association. PDF RE: A Merry Christmas to all Bankers

Objective bank collapse continues but social enslavement to the problem remains unknown: Bailed-Out Banks Slip Toward Failure - WSJ.com

Ontology: Guest Post: Positively Wrong: Positivism, That Is | zero hedge.

Radioactive Geopolitik: The CIA was feeding nuclear bits to AQ Khan network and it's been amusing to see the dance as this truth is avoided. The Swiss Tinner family has finally gotten all tangled up. Swiss Judge Seeks Atomic Secrets Trial for C.I.A. Moles - NYTimes.com

Cryptogon notes: Sacramento-Area Pilot Punished By Feds for YouTube Video. Stunning surprise that ground crews duck security. Who do you think is going to courier these drugz around for the military industrial complex?

KLA Drugs and whatnots: On a related note from GlobalResearch.ca, Tom Burghardt rounds it out: Kosovo: Europe's Mafia State. Hub of the EU-NATO Drug Trail. In Portugal: Drug decriminalization pays off in Portugal as US weighs its options | Raw Story.

Bob Barr Sedition Act: Former GOP congressman predicts new Sedition Act | Raw Story

Kewl lookin vid on consumerism: Pyramids of Waste (2010) on Vimeo

Interesting? NewRepub is sketch but Why Wikileaks Will Kill Big Business And Big Government | The New Republic

New Banksy items. Also Terry Gilliam is coming up with something wonderful: FILM: Terry Gilliam Presents Steampunk Puppets of Yesteryear’s Tomorrow in ’1884′

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Nifty: Portugal's drug policy pays off; US eyes lessons

Super Weak: The worsening journalistic disgrace at Wired - Glenn Greenwald - Salon.com. Anarchy? Hm. Frost/Assange: An Exchange on Anarchy | MyFDL

Screen shot 2010-12-23 at 2.17.08 AM.pngFBI Informant working at Firefox: Speaking of Anarchy, some sketchy pattern going on where perhaps the FBI is inserting or promoting flipped informants into Open Source technology projects. Namely one informant, a Firefox security programmer named Justin Samuel, sent a militant animal rights activist, Peter Young, to jail via yet another nasty Grand Jury project. Young: A.L.F. Snitch Resurfaces In Video: The FBI-Mozilla Connection - Infoshop News. As is so often the case, Samuel was an avid participant in shutting down fur farms but then flipped for Feds.

It is not unreasonable to speculate this may be more than a coincidence. The FBI would have an interest in placing its prized “ecoterrorist” assets in privileged positions of root-level access into our digital lives – after they’ve burned all bridges in our real ones. Animal Liberation Front informants in the computer security field: Coincidence, or strategically placed “men on the inside”?

This is the video, a bit spooky: Welcome to Firefox4. For a tighter internet experience there is a GNU fork of Mozilla/ Firefox called GNUzilla and IceCat - GNU Project - Free Software Foundation.

OpenBSD Scheme?! This is on the heels of the confusing OpenBSD FBI backdoor story involving VPN sniffing or something, speculated to be like strategically weak keys or whatever. may be important: OpenBSD Founder Believes FBI Built IPsec Backdoor -- Internet Security -- InformationWeek. More: Hacker News | Theo de Raadt summarizes the OpenBSD IPSec "backdoor" situation. Also OpenBSD FBI backdoors probably planned admits founder, but unlikely to have survived - SlashGear. More Details Emerge Regarding OpenBSD FBI Backdoors. Earlier: Report of FBI back door roils OpenBSD community | Privacy Inc. - CNET News

PAX: Sketchy organization wants all guns phoned / turned in, with ads on nearby bus shelter. Headquartered on Wall Street as that must be an efficient use of funds?? PAX / Real Solutions to Gun Violence. The board is full of Wall Street, retail and PR people, not exactly the 'typical' victims of gun violence. No moar pitchforks for the peasants?

SanFran abuses homeless: Police State: "Lefty" San Francisco Can Throw People in Jail For Sitting on a Sidewalk | Economy | AlterNet

EU BureauCreep: Now Brussels wants to merge Whitehall into a European civil service. Can we stop this power grab? – Telegraph Blogs

Grim DHS plan for total control and 'domestic extremism': Earlier in 2010, Homeland Security Begins with Hometown Security ... LA Community Policing. The weird thing is the linked PDF which sez that people from various outfits from the horrible Frances Townsend hustling homeland security dollaz at Baker Botts, and Jeff Moss, Director of Black Hat, were involved. Domestic Extremism Local Police PlanDHS Working Group Recommendations. Community Oriented Policing (COPS) type programs are emerging in recent months as a new hawt topic related to globalist police state schemes, the big ol UN Agenda 21 reengineering of local government, etc etc. and this particular link is a helpful crossover example. And none of these people have to disclose authoritarian/financial conflicts in their work product. (h.t Axxiom) You could just have flickering ceiling lights - Ceiling lights relay Internet data | TG Daily

A Year Later: Hat Tip for Kurt Haskell, Christmas Bomb Falseflag Whistleblower: This guy pretty much singlehandedly exposed that the 2009 Christmas Day bomber who was let onto the plane by some well-dressed intelligence agent handler, which really helped a lot to expose how it works. A followup note after this thang went down: Lori's Liberal Realm: Christmas Day One Year Later-The Underwear Bomber-Case Closed

Whistleblower Fail: Bill to empower whistleblowers fails to pass Senate. No way to deal with illegal government operations or coverups without "leaking" to outsiders or risking your job, because the internal master "proper channels" are hosed. Also: The Hornet's Nest Kicked Back - A Review of Susan Lindauer's Extreme Prejudice | The Agonist

Comedy is the new journalism?? Hm. Jon Stewart’s Advocacy Role in 9/11 Bill Passage - NYTimes.com

Minnesota Criminal Intelligence info: I have been working on this but not posted enough: SF 2725. 1970s Panopticon: The National Security Agency and Fourth Amendment Rights. Hey Walter Mondale was involved in this here Church/Tower Committee too!

Minnesota's new Congressman - FEC Reporting Fail in Obvious Metals Industry Conflict / Shadiness: MN Progressive Project:: Why Did Cravaack Hide Ties To Mining And Metals Industry? His brother is the Director of the Metals Service Center Institute. Nice work to figure that out before the election... oh wait it fell to Shelly Mategko / @keewatinrose. This is pretty intentional deception rising towards fraud on FEC donor filings. Quite shady by Minnesota standards. And this man controls the North Shore now?!

Kaplan Criminal Scam: A lot of the time media corporations launch shady side lines of business which their rivals don't want to pick at, in fear of pyhrric victories & tit-for-tat corporate feuding, terrible for the media cartel. Washington Post Company's main disgusting business is Kaplan which swindles thousands of dollars by spoofing enrollments etc. At Kaplan University, 'Guerrilla Registration' Leaves Students Deep In Debt

Carl Sagan + Reptilians = The Dragons of Eden - Wikipedia

21st Century Dickensian British Tyranny, Tearing Apart a Family Youtube Moment: Every time you wonder why we split from UK, things like this crystallize it: YouTube - DISTURBING VIDEO OF UK POLICE TAKING 13 YEAR OLD CHILD FROM FATHER BY FORCE. www.crookreport.co.uk. Poor kid screamin he wants to stay with his dad. And at Christmas. More fun UK news from crook report.

Don't miss: iotacons.

A couple more: Hm: Obama Isn’t Spineless, He’s Conservative - Infoshop News. Amy Goodman & Gabor Maté, this is insightful stuff and important to getting Trauma Based Behavior Modification too: Trauma: How We've Created a Nation Addicted to Shopping, Work, Drugs and Sex | World | AlterNet

Oklahoma City Bombing Falseflag action: » OKC Bombing – Top 10 Questions_. Nice lookin documentary called A Noble Lie is coming up to finally lay out the OKC deal. YouTube - A Noble Lie - Trailer #1. Likely to include materials related to stuff I posted earlier. Go for it OKC truthCrew! 2010 Oklahoma City Bombing Conspiracy Notes for April 19; Eric Holder's Trentadue Mission; SPLC Cutout @ Elohim City; CIA, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency roles | HongPong.com

Alright that's enough stuff for now. Happy holidays everyone!

Infowars & Elite Deviance from Archbishop Romero to Wikileaks: "The corruption of the press is part of our sad reality, and it reveals the complicity of the oligarchy"

“There is nothing concealed that will not be revealed, nothing hidden that will not be made known. Everything you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight; what you have whispered in locked rooms will be proclaimed from the rooftops.”

– Luke 12:2-3 - (WikiLuke?)


Teh Latest from Teh Rooftops => Cable Viewer DEC9 edition!


Things gettin hairy for the plutocratz in merry ol England - some shout "Off with their heads!"

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"I thought it was mad of them to head up Regent Street, because there were thousands of protesters at the top of the street, and the car was heading straight into them" - Protesters Attack Car Carrying Prince Charles - NYT

A lot of people have tipped their hands lately. Like an ocean pulling back to reveal slimy critters on the rocks, the Wikileaks diplomatic cables revealed how closely linked the top international political echelons (and for that matter, grubby royals like the Houses of Saud and Windsor) are with their chums in the press. ('chum' as leftover fish guts, mostly).

The indispensable & indefatigable Mr Greenwald has The crux of the WikiLeaks debate and myriads of other fun posts and argumentations about Wikileaks laying bare our beloved elite deviant masters. My favorite analysis came from Andrew Gavin Marshall on good ol GlobalResearch.ca: Wikileaks and the Worldwide Information War. The most baller has been Guardian; shadiest = NYTimes: After 12 days of WikiLeaks cables, the world looks on US with new eyes .

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We all got a lot of lulz from Operation Payback and the Anonymous scheme, but after about the 2nd or 3rd day it seems like people realized that this so-called 'cyberwar' or 'infowar' could inspire the cybergoons and Epic Porktarians to obtain moar countless billions of freshly misprinted Dollaz from The Ben Bernank to wreck the whole Internets and make like 1000 Powerpoint slides that would convince ignorant baby boomers to shut down Twitter and every remaining Web Forum forevar. MOAR: Wikileaks: Anonymous stops dropping DDoS bombs, starts dropping science - Boing Boing.

Interesting week!

Fortunately it looks like the Anon squad has wrapped their collective head around this problem reasonably quickly and so it was pro-offered earlier on Thursday that a much sounder long-term strategy of nitpicking, diplomatic cable copyings and propagation would be better than carrying on the Festivities of blocking faceless corporate blobs like Visa et al.

Pushing out the cables, more so than DDoS lulz, truly makes the powerful sweat: punishing the random people who have to use Paypal.com because electronic payments is entirely 'collateral damage'. As we now learn, payment processors are a nasty little power cartel indeed, with State Department diplomatic fixers even trying to maintain their man-in-the-middle ripoff monopolies in places like Russia.

Best quote, and the only good use of "cyber" I've seen in years: Guardian - Bryce Lowry said: "Assange is a cyber bushranger: a renegade taunter of authority and inspiration to many who marvel at his daring to challenge the status quo."

Federal Reserve GigaCoverup Revealed but Who Cares: It's too bad the Wiki news distracted from the amazing pile of insanity at the Federal Reserve, who apparently loaned out a hizzity-gajillion dollars on the ol American Taxpayer Credit Card to sleazy and dumb-as-rocks European Bankers. It was hard as hell for Ron Paul and Alan Grayson to pry this dirty laundry out of the hub of the Great Criminal Banker Syndicate and the damn Wikileaks buzz lets the media toss the whole story in the bin. MOAR: Are The Federal Reserve’s Crimes Too Big To Comprehend? - BlackListed News

Operational Bandwidth of the Media: A dominant factor here. You don't quite get it if you haven't worked a bit in the field. No journalist has any time. So perfectly obvious stories (not "Conspiracies©") never get any coverage. This is the dominant reality at the MN State Capitol for example. Once the media has seemed disinterested, then the participants feel free to carry on in a more 'conspiratorial' way - with only the nitpickers and lolcats remaining to blow the secrecy away.

For powerful reasons (i.e. faux objectivity) that aren't obvious, journalists need to work within certain ready made narrative forms to comply with capital-J Journalism requirements. But everyone has been laid off. And advertisers don't want downer nitpicky shit next to their happy images. This means there is no 'bandwidth' or wide array of parallel journalistic operations available to run continuously. The net only has a few threads to catch what's passing by.

It seems like there are only like 30 paid working fulltime journalists in America who have a big mainstream platform to nosh on the most basics, and of these, like 10 of them are actually any fun, or have any sense of daring. So it's impossible for these 10 to 30 cool cats to do the heavy lifting and come up with catchy hooks for the editors. In the NY Times, you're left with nothing left but catchy hooks - any meat is of course below Paragraph 12.

And thus, the tide of garbage has kept piling, and piling and piling, to the point we are vaulting headfirst towards a degenerate & bankrupt Banana Republic stage. The strong tonic of GigaLeaks is certainly one of few remaining battering rams...

I've become trapped in loosely tossed-around metaphors & Better Wind this Up...

LinkBits: Latest WikiLeaks US embassy cables: live updates | News | guardian.co.uk

The Romero quote comes from Daniel Ellsberg's press release. Pentagon Papers' Daniel Ellsberg And Other Ex-Intelligence Officers "See Plusses In WikiLeaks" Disclosures | zero hedge

RONPAUL - stickin to his principles re Wikileaks! YouTube - Lying is Not Patriotic - Secrets Released Raise Questions in the House by Congressman Ron Paul.

Sibel makes a list of fun elements for items from Wikileaks Santa expectable from Turkey's always amusing Deep State - Sibel Edmonds' Boiling Frogs Post.

Cautionary: kind of a Meh argument but really, they shouldn't be able to force commercial providers to do this bullshit without a court order, no more of this ugly & thuggish executive branch hustling garbage: The Anonymous group is taking aim at the wrong target | Technology | guardian.co.uk. Clay Shirky: Wikileaks and the Long Haul « Clay Shirky.

Assange made a deal w Israel? Rebuttal to Article Alleging that Wikileaks CEO "Made a Deal with Israel" Over Cables : Indybay and the earlier rather damning WikiLeaks 'struck a deal with Israel' over diplomatic cables leaks : Indybay. We'll have to see if the Rachel Corrie, 2006 Lebanon war etc actually turn up.

Stuff about India & Pak: Wikileaks Leak About India, Israel And Afghanistan | PakNationalists.com | Home Of Pakistani Nationalists Online

Intel searching for wikileaks in Herndon Virginia! lulz fX5Ay.jpg (1016×1744)

COP16 - Indy crew is making Awesome videos in Cancún Mexico at the COP16 Conference. Check ems here. YouTube COP16. The capitalization of all forests is currently attempted, shady people including the Walmart CEO are involved in some repellent neocapitalist greenwashing scheme/scam called REDD REDD+: Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation.

NYT: Liberal Jews as not 'real' Jews - J Street shunned by donors etc. A sad scenario here - Jewish kids with decent values learning to check their liberalism at the door of Zionism, as the columnist puts it. The 'Real Jew' Debate - NYTimes.com

Tabs on Walmart & etc - The Walmart Homeland Security Industrial Complex is a sickening beast, and when various hammers fall, Walmart's distribution network is ready for any unspeakable horrors or other modes of replacing once vibrant & reasonably self-sustaining communities with hordes of cornsyrup addled debt slaves.... Well the Homeland Security videoscreen thing is really a new height for Doom.

Some poor bastard posted this on youtube (hat tip Gary Franchi aka Camp Fema film guy) "I worked in Mal-Wart loss prevention,went to a regional meeting and was told that the Co. has more personal data on Americans than all US miltiary intel,CIA,FBI and NSA combined,additionally they were responsible for collecting 50cents of every retail dollar spent in the US.This is an evil corp.and we will see true corporatism(Fascism) begin with them."

True enough. YouTube - Everyone Is a Suspect at Walmart - DHS

Raw Milk fascists - Joint Milk Terrorism Task Force what? A few details aboot: Search warrant served on raw milk in Minnetonka | Grand Forks Herald

I have worked on this subject a bit but don't have enough of the picture determined. I know for a fact the lawyers at the Department of Agriculture are totally confused about hazy wording of actual MN Statutes in question, but that never stops the G-Men when they've got momentum.

MN Department of Agriculture is party to a full blown Joint Terrorism Milk Task Force type jalopy spanning California to Pennsylvania, the hardcore fascist grain - erm texture - of food control freak-ism. Like with Walmart, the feds are pathologically incapable of culturing diverse commercial environments, with the only alternative as topdown elite controlled monocultures and the ruthless pillaging of all smaller & independent units.

The FDA and USDA are infested with a fatally obsolete & flawed ideology best thought of as "The War on Bacteria" which like the Wars on Drugs and Terror, are totally insane, unwinnable and Designed To Fail Expensively and Profitably For Someone, Including The Usual Suspects.

They believe that sterilized 'dead' food is the only safe type, and fermentations, cultures, etc., have to all be annihilated. The only winners are gigantic agricultural processing corporations that eat their competition through price fixing, and since everyone hates their bland, toxic products and wants alternatives, the next step is the ruthless elimination, defamation & terrorizing of these alternatives.

On the other hand I can't speak to the quality of the Hartmann's unpasteurized raw milk, but it is Hartmann's Constitutional Right in Minnesota to sell products of his home or garden with no license required. Period.

The MN Department of Health is keeping the hell away from this one. It is coordinated by friends of the Esoteric Milk Price Fixing Racket which is controlled from Chicago by an Arbitrary Block of Cheese - the rather apocalyptically lethal FDA, which kills more Americans than terrorism, sharks & bee stings combined, is behind all of this.

This is a huge story really, a tip of an iceberg, and certainly related to the "Die Hippie Farmer Scum" S510 bill of Doom.

MoarScams: RINO's Stock Price Plunges Into Muddy Waters As Research Report Claims Stock Is Scam | zero hedge

How Sen. Dodd empowered Fed to assume AIG's toxic assets | McClatchy

End This Fed » New Deal 2.0 - nifty article from Alan Grayson's aide who really helped tee up some epic Youtubeable coverup moments. A nice article.

Are The Federal Reserve’s Crimes Too Big To Comprehend? - BlackListed News

Treasury Bond Volatility Hits Highest Since Flash Crash, First European Bankruptcy | zero hedge

Bid Bullion Releases 171,500 Ounces Of Silver "Max Keisers" In Ongoing Campaign To Destroy JPMorgan | zero hedge

Mike Krieger Explains Why Silver Bullets Are The Only Defense Against Modern Financial Vampires | zero hedge

lol SilverKeiser.com | Official Site Launch on Saturday, December 11 2010 | 9 am Pacific

Car Containing Prince Charles And Camilla Attacked In London By Angry Protesters | zero hedge

Video: Imminent economic collapse HyperInflation etc from the hilarious ShadowStats guy: SqueezePlay : December 8, 2010 : Inflation and Hyper-Inflation Coming [12-08-10 5:20 PM]

Janet Tavakoli Explains How Banks Converted US Housing Into "Fraud As A Business Model" | zero hedge

THe BaNZai7 2011 CaLenDaR iS HeRe | zero hedge

La Vida Locavore:: Large Group of Pissed Off Activists Send Letter to Gates Foundation

MuzzleWatch » Inconceivable! The US mainstream media on Israel back in 1952.

PRISONERS ON STRIKE: Something with some damn dignity met with the usual goon operations: GA Inmates Stage One Day Peaceful Prison Strike, Authorities React With Violence | Corrente

Let me share this press release:

Press Release - BIGGEST PRISONER STRIKE IN U.S. HISTORY

Thousands of Georgia Prisoners to Stage Peaceful Protest

December 8, 2010 - Atlanta, Georgia

Contacts: Elaine Brown, 404-542-1211, sistaelaine@gmail.com;Valerie Porter, 229-931-5348, lashan123@att.net; Faye Sanders, 478-550-7046, reshelias@yahoo.com

Tomorrow morning, December 9, 2010, thousands of Georgia prisoners will refuse to work, stop all other activities and remain in their cells in a peaceful, one-day protest for their human rights. The December 9 Strike is projected to be the biggest prisoner protest in the history of the United States.

These thousands of men, from Baldwin, Hancock, Hays, Macon, Smith and Telfair State Prisons, among others, state they are striking to press the Georgia Department of Corrections (?DOC?) to stop treating them like animals and slaves and institute programs that address their basic human rights. They have set forth the following demands:

· A LIVING WAGE FOR WORK: In violation of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution prohibiting slavery and involuntary servitude, the DOC demands prisoners work for free.

· EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES: For the great majority of prisoners, the DOC denies all opportunities for education beyond the GED, despite the benefit to both prisoners and society.

· DECENT HEALTH CARE: In violation of the 8th Amendment prohibition against cruel and unusual punishments, the DOC denies adequate medical care to prisoners, charges excessive fees for the most minimal care and is responsible for extraordinary pain and suffering.

· AN END TO CRUEL AND UNUSUAL PUNISHMENTS: In further violation of the 8th Amendment, the DOC is responsible for cruel prisoner punishments for minor infractions of rules.

· DECENT LIVING CONDITIONS: Georgia prisoners are confined in over-crowded, substandard conditions, with little heat in winter and oppressive heat in summer.

· NUTRITIONAL MEALS: Vegetables and fruit are in short supply in DOC facilities while starches and fatty foods are plentiful.

· VOCATIONAL AND SELF-IMPROVEMENT OPPORTUNITIES: The DOC has stripped its facilities of all opportunities for skills training, self-improvement and proper exercise.

· ACCESS TO FAMILIES: The DOC has disconnected thousands of prisoners from their families by imposing excessive telephone charges and innumerable barriers to visitation.

· JUST PAROLE DECISIONS: The Parole Board capriciously and regularly denies parole to the majority of prisoners despite evidence of eligibility.

Prisoner leaders issued the following call: 'No more slavery. Injustice in one place is injustice to all. Inform your family to support our cause. Lock down for liberty!'

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Bravo, Prisoners, Bravo! Some of us, more than others, have that direct view of the growing Prison Planet.

California rolls out heat cannon torture weapon Active Denial System, "When space age death rays are outlawed only outlaws will have space age death rays"

Oh Shit!!!

Let's explain how the mass torture weapon deployment rollout program works in the global scientific dictatorship. First the weapons are used on brown people in the field by the military, then on military prisoners, then on domestic prisoners. Then on protesters, then on random people. This is all part of a psychological conditioning process, intended in part to induce traumatic conditions in protesters & others. The good news is that when they bring this microwave cannon to the 2012 Democratic & Republican conventions, it can be defeated by tinfoil.

Here was the 60 Minutes segment earlier - *surprise* now it's in prisons. Your insane federal grant programs at work.

Pentagon Tests High-Frequency Ray-Gun On Mock Anti-War Protesters @ Yahoo! Video

L.A. jail tests 'intolerable heat' beam on brawling inmates – This Just In - CNN.com Blogs. Great comment that "When space age death rays are outlawed only outlaws will have space age death rays" on this thread. Also something like a microwave generator w. battery pack could probably work at close ranges.

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Officials at a Los Angeles County jail plan to test out an invisible heat-beam weapon originally developed by the military as a way to subdue brawling inmates by making them feel "intolerable heat."

The technology, called an Assault Intervention Device, is a non lethal-weapon developed by Raytheon Company. It originally was scaled down for use at the jail.

The device "emits a focused beam of wave energy that travels at the speed of light and produces an intolerable heating sensation that causes targeted individuals to flee. The sensation immediately ceases when the targeted individual moves away from the beam," according to Raytheon's website.

Deputies have tested the device, which is controlled by a jail officer using a joystick.

"We believe that technology can help solve problems facing the corrections community, including addressing issues of inmate violence," Sheriff Lee Baca said during a news conference. "The Assault Intervention Device appears uniquely suited to address some of the more difficult inmate violence issues without the drawbacks of tools currently available to us."

"This device will allow us to quickly intervene without having to enter the area and without incapacitating or injuring either combatant," Baca added.

Officials say they hope the device can help quell inmate assaults and reduce prison violence. Its use will be monitored by the U.S. Department of Justice's National Institute of Justice and Pennsylvania State University.

The device was installed and is being tested at Pitchess Detention Center at the L.A. County jail in Castaic, California.

That jail was the site of a 200-inmate brawl this weekend in which inmates threw rocks and debris at officers, who were attempting to stop them from entering a restricted area, according to CNN affiliate KTLA.

KTLA reported the brawl lasted for an hour before tear gas and non-lethal weapons were used. CNN is awaiting comment on whether the new Assault Intervention Device was employed during the brawl.

Raytheon Company: Features: Active Denial System //

Active Denial is a revolutionary non-lethal protection system that employs millimeter wave technology to repel individuals without causing injury. The system provides a zone of protection that saves lives, protects assets and minimizes collateral damage. Active Denial emits a focused beam of wave energy that travels at the speed of light and produces an intolerable heating sensation that causes targeted individuals to flee. The sensation immediately ceases when the targeted individual moves away from the beam.

Raytheon has produced and delivered three Active Denial Systems to the U.S. Air Force customer. Raytheon has also built one Silent Guardian™ system that is roughly 1/3 the size and power of the other Active Denial Systems.

Active Denial and Silent Guardian are part of a family of Directed Energy solutions produced by Raytheon. Those solutions include the Vigilant Eagle Airport Protection System, Laser Area Defense System and Direct Infrared Counter Measure Systems.

Active Denial System - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: The Active Denial System (ADS) is a less-lethal, directed-energy weapon developed by the U.S. military.[1]It is a strong millimeter-wave transmitter primarily used for crowd control (the "goodbye effect"[2]). Some ADS such as HPEM ADS are also used to disable vehicles.[3] Informally, the weapon is also called heat ray.[4] Raytheon is currently marketing a reduced-range version of this technology.[5] The ADS was deployed in 2010 with the United States military in Afghanistan, but was withdrawn without seeing combat.

Pentagon nixes ray gun weapon in Iraq - Democratic Underground // Battlefield Laser Weapons Are Becoming A Reality For Pentagon Planners! - Science and Technology -Research, computers, social science, chemistry, biology, astronomy, physics, mathematics, AI - Page 2 - City-Data Forum//

Augh to hell with this...

Barclays Bank: The design of criminal banking operations costs some nickles

Meanwhile - Banks Financing Mexico Gangs Admitted in Wells Fargo Deal - Bloomberg....

Crossposted - Barclays Bank Forfeits $298 Million for Aiding Rogue Nations

18 August 2010

Court filings: http://cryptome.org/0002/barclays/usa-v-barclays.htm

Barclays Bank Forfeits $298 Million for Aiding Rogue Nations

http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2010/August/10-crm-933.html

Department of Justice

Office of Public Affairs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Barclays Bank PLC Agrees to Forfeit $298 Million in Connection with Violations of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act and the Trading with the Enemy Act

WASHINGTON – Barclays Bank PLC, a United Kingdom corporation headquartered in London, has agreed to forfeit $298 million to the United States and to the New York County District Attorney’s Office in connection with violations of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA) and the Trading with the Enemy Act (TWEA), announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Criminal Division and District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr., of the New York County District Attorney’s Office. The violations relate to transactions Barclays illegally conducted on behalf of customers from Cuba, Iran, Sudan and other countries sanctioned in programs administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).

A criminal information was filed Aug. 16, 2010, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia charging Barclays with one count of violating the IEEPA and one count of violating the TWEA. Barclays waived indictment, agreed to the filing of the information, and has accepted and acknowledged responsibility for its criminal conduct. Barclays agreed to forfeit the funds as part of the deferred prosecution agreements reached with the Department of Justice and the New York County District Attorney’s Office. The deferred prosecution agreement was approved today by U.S. District Court Judge Emmet G. Sullivan.

"Banks like Barclays will not be permitted to disregard sanctions put in place by the U.S. government," said Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Criminal Division. "Not just once, but numerous times over more than a decade, Barclays stripped vital information out of payment messages that would have alerted U.S. financial institutions about the true origins of the funds.  This serious conduct has now resulted in a serious sanction – forfeiture of $298 million, a public admission of its illegal acts, and the implementation of stringent compliance measures. As I’ve said repeatedly, when corporations self-disclose their criminal wrongdoing to us, as Barclays did, they will not get a pass, but we will take their disclosure, cooperation and remedial efforts into consideration."

"Criminal activity of the type we found at Barclays does more than deceive our financial institutions, it threatens the security of our country," said District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. "The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office has been a leader in these investigations, and I am committed to continuing our work with federal law enforcement agencies in this arena."

"Barclays implemented practices designed to evade U.S. sanctions for the benefit of sanctioned countries and persons," said OFAC Director Adam J. Szubin. "The substantial economic benefit to sanctioned parties and the systemic nature of the apparent violations could have resulted in a much more onerous OFAC fine had Barclays not voluntarily self-disclosed and had it not cooperated with OFAC throughout the investigation. This is the first settlement of this magnitude where OFAC determined that all of the apparent violations were voluntarily self-disclosed by the bank."

Under IEEPA and TWEA, it is a crime to willfully violate, or attempt to violate, any regulation issued under the act, including those related to Cuba, Iran, Libya, Sudan and Burma. The IEEPA and TWEA regulations are administered by OFAC.

According to court documents, from as early as the mid-1990s until September 2006, Barclays knowingly and willfully moved or permitted to be moved hundreds of millions of dollars through the U.S. financial system on behalf of banks from Cuba, Iran, Libya, Sudan and Burma, and persons listed as parties or jurisdictions sanctioned by OFAC in violation of U.S. economic sanctions.

According to court documents, Barclays followed instructions, principally from banks in Cuba, Iran, Libya, Sudan and Burma, not to mention their names in U.S. dollar payment messages sent to Barclays’ branch in New York and to other financial institutions located in the United States. Barclays routed U.S. dollar payments through an internal Barclays account to hide the payments’ connection to OFAC-sanctioned entities and amended and reformatted the U.S dollar payment messages to remove information identifying the sanctioned entities. Barclays also deliberately used a less transparent method of payment messages, known as cover payments, as another way of hiding the sanctioned entities identifying information.

Big Brother GPS tracking nets Epic Dissent from 9th Circuit Chief Judge - 1984 Here At Last!

There is something creepy and un-American about such clandestine and underhanded behavior. To those of us who have lived under a totalitarian regime, there is an eerie feeling of déjà vu. This case, if any, deserves the comprehensive, mature and diverse consideration that an en banc panel can provide. We are taking a giant leap into the unknown, and the consequences for ourselves and our children may be dire and irreversible. Some day, soon, we may wake up and find we're living in Oceania.
--Kozinski Chief LOLcat of the 9th Circuit

Via Chief Judge of 9th Circuit: “1984 here at last,” especially for poor. | Dailycensored.com -

So frequently these authoritarians schemes get one greenlight after another. This dissent nails down a wide variety of problems, from GPS spying to the distinct pattern of only appointing rich people with rich friends to the judiciary. This is a really nice dissent from Chief Judge Kozinski, who is regarded apparently as a bomb-throwing libertarian.

I'll post it in full, because we gotta pay some respect when one of these cats actually earns his paycheck.

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VIA Laws, Life, and Legal Matters - Court Cases and Legal Information at Leagle.com - All Federal and State Appeals Court Cases in One Search

See also: Judges Divided Over Growing GPS Surveillance - NYTimes.com

U.S. v. PINEDA-MORENO

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, Plaintiff-Appellee,
v.
JUAN PINEDA-MORENO, Defendant-Appellant.

No. 08-30385.

United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.

Filed August 12, 2010.

Before: Diarmuid F. O'Scannlain and N. Randy Smith, Circuit Judges, and Charles R. Wolle, Senior District Judge.[1 ]

Order; Dissent by Chief Judge Kozinski, Dissent by Judge Reinhardt.

The petition for rehearing en banc is DENIED.

ORDER

Judges O'Scannlain and N.R. Smith have voted to deny the petition for rehearing en banc, and Judge Wolle has so recommended.

The full court was advised of the petition for rehearing en banc. A judge requested a vote on whether to rehear the matter en banc, and the matter failed to receive a majority of the votes of the nonrecused active judges in favor of en banc consideration. Fed. R. App. P. 35.

Chief Judge KOZINSKI, with whom Judges REINHARDT, WARDLAW, PAEZ and BERZON join, dissenting from the denial of rehearing en banc:

Having previously decimated the protections the Fourth Amendment accords to the home itself, United States v.Lemus, 596 F.3d 512 (9th Cir. 2010) (Kozinski, C.J., dissenting from the denial of rehearing en banc); United Statesv. Black, 482 F.3d 1044 (9th Cir. 2007) (Kozinski, J., dissenting from the denial of rehearing en banc), our court now proceeds to dismantle the zone of privacy we enjoy in the home's curtilage and in public. The needs of law enforcement, to which my colleagues seem inclined to refuse nothing, are quickly making personal privacy a distant memory. 1984 may have come a bit later than predicted, but it's here at last.

The facts are disturbingly simple: Police snuck onto Pineda-Moreno's property in the dead of night and attached a GPS tracking device to the underside of his car. The device continuously recorded the car's location, allowing police to monitor all of Pineda-Moreno's movements without the need for visual surveillance. The panel holds that none of this implicates the Fourth Amendment, even though the government concedes that the car was in the curtilage of Pineda-Moreno's home at the time the police attached the tracking device. The panel twice errs in very significant and dangerous ways.

1. The opinion assumes that Pineda-Moreno's driveway was part of his home's curtilage, yet concludes that Pineda-Moreno had no reasonable expectation of privacy there. Curtilage is a quaint word most people are not familiar with; even among judges and lawyers, the word is seldom well understood. Yet, it stands for a very important concept because it rounds out the constitutional protections accorded an individual when he is at home.

Curtilage comes to us by way of Middle English and traces its roots to the Old French courtillage, roughly meaning court or little yard. In modern times it has come to mean those portions of a homeowner's property so closely associated with the home as to be considered part of it. The walkway leading from the street to the house is probably part of the curtilage, and the stairs from the walkway to the porch almost certainly are, as is the porch where grandma sits and rocks most afternoons and watches strangers pass by. The attached garage on the side of the house is part of the curtilage, and so is the detached shed where dad keeps his shop equipment and mom her gardening tools—so long as it's not too far from the house itself. The front lawn is part of the curtilage, and the driveway and the backyard—if it's not too big, and is properly separated from the open fields beyond the house.

Whether some portion of property—the porch, the stairs, the shed, the yard, the chicken coop—is part of the curtilage is sometimes a disputed question. But once it is determined that something is part of the curtilage, it's entitled to precisely the same Fourth Amendment protections as the home itself. How do we know? Because the Supreme Court has said so repeatedly.

In Oliver v. United States, the Court said as follows:

[O]nly the curtilage . . . warrants the Fourth Amendment protections that attach to the home. At common law, the curtilage is the area to which extends the intimate activity associated with the "sanctity of a man's home and the privacies of life," and therefore has been considered part of home itself for Fourth Amendment purposes. Thus, courts have extended Fourth Amendment protection to the curtilage.

466 U.S. 170, 180 (1984) (quoting Boyd v. United States, 116 U.S. 616, 630 (1886)) (emphasis added). Three years later, the Court reiterated the same view in United States v. Dunn, 480 U.S. 294, 300 (1987):

[In Oliver] we recognized that the Fourth Amendment protects the curtilage of a house and that the extent of the curtilage is determined by factors that bear upon whether an individual reasonably may expect that the area in question should be treated as the home itself.

(Emphasis added). See also Dow Chemical Co. v. United States, 476 U.S. 227, 231 (1986) (citing Oliver, 466 U.S. at 170). There's no disputing that the Court considers the curtilage to stand on the same footing as the home itself for purposes of the Fourth Amendment.

While it can be unclear whether a particular portion of the homeowner's property is part of the curtilage, there's no doubt here because the government concedes that Pineda-Moreno's driveway is a part of his curtilage, and the panel expressly assumes that it is. United States v. Pineda-Moreno, 591 F.3d 1212, 1214-15 (9th Cir. 2010). Having made that assumption, Oliver and Dunn require the panel to "treat[ ] [it] as the home itself." Dunn, 480 U.S. at 300. Instead, the panel holds that Pineda-Moreno was required to separately establish a reasonable expectation of privacy in the curtilage. That— according to Oliver and Dunn—is like requiring the homeowner to establish a reasonable expectation of privacy in his bedroom. We are often reminded that we must follow Supreme Court precedent, see, e.g., Winn v. Ariz. Christian Sch. Tuition Org., 586 F.3d 649, 658-59 (9th Cir. 2009) (O'Scannlain, J., dissenting from denial of rehearing en banc), but the panel here forgets this advice.

The panel does cite California v. Ciraolo, 476 U.S. 207 (1986), but that case undermines its position. Ciraolo held that a homeowner has no reasonable expectation of visual privacy in his property as to activities that might be seen from a low-flying airplane. The activity there in question— cultivation of marijuana—took place in the homeowner's yard, so the Court could have limited its discussion to the curtilage. Instead, Ciraolo quoted a passage from Katz v.United States, 389 US. 347, 361 (1967), to the effect that "a man's home is, for most purposes, a place where he expects privacy, but objects, activities, or statements that he exposes to the `plain view' of outsiders are not `protected' because no intention to keep them to himself has been exhibited." Ciraolo, 476 U.S. at 215 (quoting Katz,389 U.S. at 361). This passage applies equally to a person's yard as his porch and his bedroom window: If what you do in your home is visible to the public, you have no reasonable expectation that it will remain private. Ciraolo citesOliver and follows its analysis by treating the curtilage and the home as exactly the same for Fourth Amendment purposes.

The panel's rationale for concluding that Pineda-Moreno had no reasonable expectation of privacy is even more worrisome than its disregard of Supreme Court precedent: According to the panel, Pineda-Moreno's driveway was open to the public in that strangers wishing to reach the door of his trailer "to deliver the newspaper or to visit someone would have to go through the driveway to get to the house." Pineda-Moreno, 591 F.3d at 1215. But there are many parts of a person's property that are accessible to strangers for limited purposes: the mailman is entitled to open the gate and deposit mail in the front door slot; the gas man may come into the yard, go into the basement or look under the house to read the meter; the gardener goes all over the property, climbs trees, opens sheds, turns on the sprinkler and taps into the electrical outlets; the pool man, the cable guy, the telephone repair man, the garbage collector, the newspaper delivery boy (we should be so lucky) come onto the property to deliver their wares, perform maintenance or make repairs. This doesn't mean that we invite neighbors to use the pool, strangers to camp out on the lawn or police to snoop in the garage. See United States v. Hedrick, 922 F.2d 396, 400, 402 (7th Cir. 1991) (Cudahy, J., dissenting).

The panel authorizes police to do not only what invited strangers could, but also uninvited children—in this case crawl under the car to retrieve a ball and tinker with the undercarriage. But there's no limit to what neighborhood kids will do, given half a chance: They'll jump the fence, crawl under the porch, pick fruit from the trees, set fire to the cat and micturate on the azaleas. To say that the police may do on your property what urchins might do spells the end of Fourth Amendment protections for most people's curtilage.

The very rich will still be able to protect their privacy with the aid of electric gates, tall fences, security booths, remote cameras, motion sensors and roving patrols, but the vast majority of the 60 million people living in the Ninth Circuit will see their privacy materially diminished by the panel's ruling. Open driveways, unenclosed porches, basement doors left unlocked, back doors left ajar, yard gates left unlatched, garage doors that don't quite close, ladders propped up under an open window will all be considered invitations for police to sneak in on the theory that a neighborhood child might, in which case, the homeowner "would have no grounds to complain." Id.

There's been much talk about diversity on the bench, but there's one kind of diversity that doesn't exist: No truly poor people are appointed as federal judges, or as state judges for that matter. Judges, regardless of race, ethnicity or sex, are selected from the class of people who don't live in trailers or urban ghettos. The everyday problems of people who live in poverty are not close to our hearts and minds because that's not how we and our friends live. Yet poor people are entitled to privacy, even if they can't afford all the gadgets of the wealthy for ensuring it. Whatever else one may say about Pineda-Moreno, it's perfectly clear that he did not expect— and certainly did not consent—to have strangers prowl his property in the middle of the night and attach electronic tracking devices to the underside of his car. No one does.

When you glide your BMW into your underground garage or behind an electric gate, you don't need to worry that somebody might attach a tracking device to it while you sleep. But the Constitution doesn't prefer the rich over the poor; the man who parks his car next to his trailer is entitled to the same privacy and peace of mind as the man whose urban fortress is guarded by the Bel Air Patrol. The panel's breezy opinion is troubling on a number of grounds, not least among them its unselfconscious cultural elitism.

2. After concluding that entering onto Pineda-Moreno's property and attaching a tracking device to his car required no warrant, probable cause, founded suspicion or by-your-leave from the homeowner, the panel holds that downloading the data from the GPS device, which gave police the precise locus of all of Pineda-Moreno's movements, also was not a search, and so police can do it to anybody, anytime they feel like it. Contra United Statesv. Maynard, No. 08-3030, slip op. at 19 (D.C. Cir. Aug. 6, 2010). Our panel relies on United States v. Knotts, 460 U.S. 276 (1983), a case from the early 1980s, which involved very different technology.

The Knotts Court refers to the device used there as a "beeper" and describes it as "a radio transmitter, usually battery operated, which emits periodic signals that can be picked up by a radio receiver." Id. at 277. The beeper helped police follow a vehicle by emitting a signal that got stronger the closer the police were to it. The Court considered the beeper to be an aid to following a vehicle through traffic: "The governmental surveillance conducted by means of the beeper in this case amounted principally to the following of an automobile on public streets and highways." Id. at 281. Individuals traveling on streets and highways can be seen by the public, so they have no reasonable expectation that they won't be followed. The beeper helped the police follow the suspect more effectively—the way binoculars enhance the ability to see what is otherwise visible. But the beeper could perform no tracking on its own, nor could it record its location. If no one was close enough to pick up the signal, it was lost forever.

The electronic tracking devices used by the police in this case have little in common with the primitive devices inKnotts. One of the devices here used GPS satellites to pinpoint the car's location on a continuing basis—much like the electronic maps that are now popular in cars. The other type of device was, essentially, a cell phone that tracked the car's movements by its proximity to particular cell towers.

Beepers could help police keep vehicles in view when following them, or find them when they lost sight of them, but they still required at least one officer—and usually many more—to follow the suspect. The modern devices used in Pineda-Moreno's case can record the car's movements without human intervention—quietly, invisibly, with uncanny precision. A small law enforcement team can deploy a dozen, a hundred, a thousand such devices and keep track of their various movements by computer, with far less effort than was previously needed to follow a single vehicle. The devices create a permanent electronic record that can be compared, contrasted and coordinated to deduce all manner of private information about individuals. By holding that this kind of surveillance doesn't impair an individual's reasonable expectation of privacy, the panel hands the government the power to track the movements of every one of us, every day of our lives.

The Supreme Court has recognized that advances in "police technology [can] erode the privacy guaranteed by the Fourth Amendment." Kyllo v. United States, 533 U.S. 27, 34 (2001). To guard against this, courts "must take the long view, from the original meaning of the Fourth Amendment forward." Id. at 40. Kyllo followed a line of cases going back to United States v. Karo, 468 U.S. 705 (1984), Katz, 389 U.S. at 353, and Silverman v. United States,365 U.S. 505, 512 (1961), which stemmed the erosion of personal privacy wrought by technological advances.

In Kyllo, the Court held that use of a thermal imager to detect the heat emanating from defendant's home was a search for purposes of the Fourth Amendment because the then-new technology enabled police to detect what was going on inside the home—activities the homeowner was entitled to consider private. Any other conclusion, the Court noted, "would leave the homeowner at the mercy of advancing technology—including imaging technology that could discern all human activity in the home." Kyllo, 533 U.S. at 35-36 (citing Karo, 468 U.S. at 705). "While the technology used in the present case was relatively crude," the Court continued, "the rule we adopt must take account of more sophisticated systems that are already in use or in development." Id. at 36. In determining whether the tracking devices used in PinedaMoreno's case violate the Fourth Amendment's guarantee of personal privacy, we may not shut our eyes to the fact that they are just advance ripples to a tidal wave of technological assaults on our privacy.

If you have a cell phone in your pocket, then the government can watch you. Michael Isikoff, The Snitch in Your Pocket, Newsweek, Mar. 1, 2010, available at http:// www.newsweek.com/id/233916. At the government's request, the phone company will send out a signal to any cell phone connected to its network, and give the police its location. Last year, law enforcement agents pinged users of just one service provider—Sprint—over eight million times. SeeChristopher Soghoian, 8 Million Reasons for Real Surveillance Oversight, Slight Paranoia (Dec. 1, 2009) http://paranoia/dubfire. net/2009/12/8-million-reasons-for-real-surveillance.html. The volume of requests grew so large that the 110-member electronic surveillance team couldn't keep up, so Sprint automated the process by developing a web interface that gives agents direct access to users' location data. Id. Other cell phone service providers are not as forthcoming about this practice, so we can only guess how many millions of their customers get pinged by the police every year. See Justin Scheck, Stalkers Exploit Cellphone GPS, Wall St. J., Aug. 5, 2010, at A1, A14 (identifying AT&T and Verizon as providing "law-enforcement[ ] easy access to such data").

Use LoJack or OnStar? Someone's watching you too. E.g., OnStar Stolen Vehicle Assistance, http://www.onstar.com/ us_english/jsp/plans/sva.jsp (last visited July 17, 2010). And it's not just live tracking anymore. Private companies are starting to save location information to build databases that allow for hyper-targeted advertising. E.g., Andrew Heining, What's So Bad About the Google Street View Data Flap?, Christian Sci. Monitor, May 15, 2010, available at http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/2010/0515/What-s-sobad-about-the-Google-Str.... Companies are amassing huge, ready-made databases of where we've all been. If, as the panel holds, we have no privacy interest in where we go, then the government can mine these databases without a warrant, indeed without any suspicion whatsoever.

By tracking and recording the movements of millions of individuals the government can use computers to detect patterns and develop suspicions. It can also learn a great deal about us because where we go says much about who we are. Are Winston and Julia's cell phones together near a hotel a bit too often? Was Syme's OnStar near an STD clinic? Were Jones, Aaronson and Rutherford at that protest outside the White House? The FBI need no longer deploy agents to infiltrate groups it considers subversive; it can figure out where the groups hold meetings and ask the phone company for a list of cell phones near those locations.

The panel holds that the government can obtain this information without implicating the Fourth Amendment because an individual has no reasonable expectation of privacy in his movements through public spaces where he might be observed by an actual or hypothetical observer. But that's quite a leap from what the Supreme Court actually held inKnotts, which is that you have no expectation of privacy as against police who are conducting visual surveillance, albeit "augmenting the sensory faculties bestowed upon them at birth with such enhancements as science and technology afford[s] them." 460 U.S. at 282.

You can preserve your anonymity from prying eyes, even in public, by traveling at night, through heavy traffic, in crowds, by using a circuitous route, disguising your appearance, passing in and out of buildings and being careful not to be followed. But there's no hiding from the all-seeing network of GPS satellites that hover overhead, which never sleep, never blink, never get confused and never lose attention. Nor is there respite from the dense network of cell towers that honeycomb the inhabited United States. Acting together these two technologies alone can provide law enforcement with a swift, efficient, silent, invisible and cheap way of tracking the movements of virtually anyone and everyone they choose. See, e.g., GPS Mini Tracker with Cell Phone Assist Tracker, http://www.spyville.com/passive-gps.html (last visited July 17, 2010). Most targets won't know they need to disguise their movements or turn off their cell phones because they'll have no reason to suspect that Big Brother is watching them.

The Supreme Court in Knotts expressly left open whether "twenty-four hour surveillance of any citizen of this country" by means of "dragnet-type law enforcement practices" violates the Fourth Amendment's guarantee of personal privacy. 460 U.S. at 283-84. When requests for cell phone location information have become so numerous that the telephone company must develop a self-service website so that law enforcement agents can retrieve user data from the comfort of their desks, we can safely say that "such dragnet-type law enforcement practices" are already in use. This is precisely the wrong time for a court covering one-fifth of the country's population to say that the Fourth Amendment has no role to play in mediating the voracious appetites of law enforcement. But see Maynard, slip op. at 19.

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I don't think that most people in the United States would agree with the panel that someone who leaves his car parked in his driveway outside the door of his home invites people to crawl under it and attach a device that will track the vehicle's every movement and transmit that information to total strangers. There is something creepy and un-American about such clandestine and underhanded behavior. To those of us who have lived under a totalitarian regime, there is an eerie feeling of déjà vu. This case, if any, deserves the comprehensive, mature and diverse consideration that an en banc panel can provide. We are taking a giant leap into the unknown, and the consequences for ourselves and our children may be dire and irreversible. Some day, soon, we may wake up and find we're living in Oceania.

REINHARDT, Circuit Judge, dissenting from the denial of rehearing en banc:

I concur in Chief Judge Kozinski's dissent.

I have served on this court for nearly three decades. I regret that over that time the courts have gradually but deliberately reduced the protections of the Fourth Amendment to the point at which it scarcely resembles the robust guarantor of our constitutional rights we knew when I joined the bench. See Fisher v. City of San Jose, 558 F.3d 1069, 1089 (9th Cir. 2009) (en banc) (Reinhardt, J., dissenting); United States v. Ankeny, 502 F.3d 829, 841 (9th Cir. 2007) (Reinhardt, J., dissenting); United States v. Crapser, 472 F.3d 1141, 1149 (9th Cir. 2007) (Reinhardt, J., dissenting); United States v. Gourde, 440 F.3d 1065, 1074 (9th Cir. 2006) (en banc) (Reinhardt, J., dissenting);United States v. Kincade, 379 F.3d 813, 842 (9th Cir. 2004) (en banc) (Reinhardt, J., dissenting); United States v. Hudson, 100 F.3d 1409, 1421 (9th Cir. 1996) (Reinhardt, J., dissenting); Acton v. Vernonia Sch. Dist. 47J, 66 F.3d 217, 218 (9th Cir. 1995) (Reinhardt, J., dissenting); United States v. Barona, 56 F.3d 1087, 1098 (9th Cir. 1995) (Reinhardt, J., dissenting); United States v. Kelley, 953 F.2d 562, 566 (9th Cir. 1992) (Reinhardt, J., dissenting);United States v. Alvarez, 899 F.2d 833, 840 (9th Cir. 1990) (Reinhardt, J., dissenting); United States v. Flores, 679 F.2d 173, 178 (9th Cir. 1982) (Reinhardt, J., dissenting).

These decisions have curtailed the "right of the people to be secure . . . against unreasonable searches and seizures" not only in our homes and surrounding curtilage, but also in our vehicles, computers, telephones, and bodies — all the way down to our bodily fluids and DNA.

Today's decision is but one more step down the gloomy path the current Judiciary has chosen to follow with regard to the liberties protected by the Fourth Amendment. Sadly, I predict that there will be many more such decisions to come.

I dissent.

UN crime chief Costa says it again: banks bailed out by now "laundered" drug money

There was a quip about this a while ago, now it is more established. Posted in full cause it's a big deal.... via Agonist .

These people are criminals!

Drug money saved banks in global crisis, claims UN advisor

Drugs and crime chief says $352bn in criminal proceeds was effectively laundered by financial institutions

Drugs money worth billions of dollars kept the financial system afloat at the height of the global crisis, the United Nations' drugs and crime tsar has told the Observer.

Antonio Maria Costa, head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, said he has seen evidence that the proceeds of organised crime were "the only liquid investment capital" available to some banks on the brink of collapse last year. He said that a majority of the $352bn (£216bn) of drugs profits was absorbed into the economic system as a result.

This will raise questions about crime's influence on the economic system at times of crisis. It will also prompt further examination of the banking sector as world leaders, including Barack Obama and Gordon Brown, call for new International Monetary Fund regulations. Speaking from his office in Vienna, Costa said evidence that illegal money was being absorbed into the financial system was first drawn to his attention by intelligence agencies and prosecutors around 18 months ago. "In many instances, the money from drugs was the only liquid investment capital. In the second half of 2008, liquidity was the banking system's main problem and hence liquid capital became an important factor," he said.

Some of the evidence put before his office indicated that gang money was used to save some banks from collapse when lending seized up, he said.

"Inter-bank loans were funded by money that originated from the drugs trade and other illegal activities... There were signs that some banks were rescued that way." Costa declined to identify countries or banks that may have received any drugs money, saying that would be inappropriate because his office is supposed to address the problem, not apportion blame. But he said the money is now a part of the official system and had been effectively laundered.

"That was the moment [last year] when the system was basically paralysed because of the unwillingness of banks to lend money to one another. The progressive liquidisation to the system and the progressive improvement by some banks of their share values [has meant that] the problem [of illegal money] has become much less serious than it was," he said.

The IMF estimated that large US and European banks lost more than $1tn on toxic assets and from bad loans from January 2007 to September 2009 and more than 200 mortgage lenders went bankrupt. Many major institutions either failed, were acquired under duress, or were subject to government takeover.

Gangs are now believed to make most of their profits from the drugs trade and are estimated to be worth £352bn, the UN says. They have traditionally kept proceeds in cash or moved it offshore to hide it from the authorities. It is understood that evidence that drug money has flowed into banks came from officials in Britain, Switzerland, Italy and the US.

British bankers would want to see any evidence that Costa has to back his claims. A British Bankers' Association spokesman said: "We have not been party to any regulatory dialogue that would support a theory of this kind. There was clearly a lack of liquidity in the system and to a large degree this was filled by the intervention of central banks."

*****

Thanks Costa!!

The Vortex or authoritarian Singularity

Sorry there have been some tech glitches precluding me from posting more lately. But also a lot of neat things in the works :-)
In response to The Agonist thread on 8 Thoughts on 2040:

Among the Kurzweil set there is a lot of happy talk about a Singularity describing a point where the rate of change itself accelerates to an asymptote, i.e. reaches infinity as technical advances multiply upon one another, and this is characterized as a radical shift in subjective consciousness that's a clean break from the past way of experiencing time. This is usually lauded as a benign experience because it's assumed it would solve material scarcity.

However there is also the 'rise of the machines' scenario as the Terminator movies visualize, where autonomous networks overtake all human decisionmaking ability and take over the nukes.
The level of corruption and the way it all works and what it's really all about becomes unbelievable to most people. It's about the Great Abyss. Picture a canyon, a deep abyss, surrounded by high walls. And in that Abyss whirls a continuous maelstrom of fraud and corruption. At the very bottom is the Great Vortex, known as the Vortex of the Way Everything Works and What It's Really All About.
You don't want to look too deep into the Vortex. It's dangerous. Look at all the people who have looked too deeply and the consequences. The only way you survive the Vortex is to become part of it. Everyone who has attempted to expose the Vortex hasn't fared very well. But conversely, that's The Way It's Supposed To Be. That's the way everything works. It is an interlocking system of corruption and fraud that transcends and goes through all governments. It is in fact a common link that all governments share."

--Al Martin, "The Conspirators: Secrets of an Iran Contra Insider"

If you show up sometimes you can perceive the Vortex pretty directly, or at least the outlying psychological principles bringing into view. Wherever you see the Constitution displaced by power spectacles in this country, the emotional grid of the Vortex is pretty obvious -- the G20 and the RNC like this.

Today at the city courthouse I saw a huge rush of people for the Public Defender income qualification forms. Those offices have already been slashed, while the federal government prints off money to buy LRAD sonic weapons and tattoo shop FBI notices.

When the complete system to 'estimate pre-crime' through pervasive data collection, social network and behavioral modeling, is completed, or approaches completion, the nature of decisionmaking would change but only in an authoritarian direction, as control over the future sinks into the control of the Vortex. That is not a required outcome, but its current incarnation (or meme cloud) claims to be the inevitable one.

AS James Bamford alludes to with the NSA's exhaustive interest in collecting all dimensions of material reality (and reshaping its future) they are building a tower of Babel - a big one outside San Antonio by all accounts. But they can't read it, it is all a mess. The control grid's clarity fails because it can't really understand the ontology. These killer databases don't understand Iraqi nationalism -- so on its own premise it has already lost.
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