That’s because mass surveillance is meant to control the population
BY KIT DANIELS
The NSA failed to prevent two crossdressers from invading its headquarters despite the agency claiming its mass surveillance program helps thwart criminal activity.
Two men who were dressed as women tried to ram their SUV through a gate at the NSA headquarters in Ft. Meade, Md., on Monday, prompting security to kill one of the men and seriously injure the other.
“The FBI said … it was conducting an investigation with NSA police and other law enforcement agencies, and interviewing witnesses on the scene,” CNN reported.
Similarly, a former state correctional officer was charged with a string of shootings near the NSA headquarters earlier this month.
The NSA’s failure to anticipate these incidents at its own headquarters contradicts previous statements from officials claiming the NSA’s domestic surveillance would help stop such events from occurring.
In particular, former NSA Director Keith Alexander claimed the agency’s surveillance program foiled “50 potential terrorist events” and former FBI Director Robert Mueller claimed that if such dragnet surveillance had been in place before 9/11, it may have curtailed the attacks.
And the public is expected to believe all that despite the NSA’s failure to stop crossdressers from invading its headquarters.
That’s because the government is simply using the guise of “crime prevention” to hide its real intent behind mass surveillance: to control the population.
“The entire process that was adopted by the NSA and has been spread around the world through all the intelligence agencies is one of controlling and assembling information to be able to control the population, and not just in the United States but around the world,” former NSA official William Binney revealed, adding that bulk surveillance is destroying representative government in favor of authoritarianism. “In fact, we’re doing such a good job that the Russians and other we used to call totalitarian states are now adopting the procedures we implemented.”
“This basically tells you we’re on the wrong path.”
White House Correspondent
The U.S. economy produced $1 trillion less in 2014 than President Barack Obama promised in his February 2010 financial plan.
The missing $1 trillion adds up to $3,053 less for every American man, woman and child.
It highlights the huge gap between Obama’s promise that his progressive, big-government economic policies would jump-start the economy, and the hard reality of America’s complex society and economy.
The failure of Obama-economics was highlighted March 28, when the federal government admitted that the economy grew only 2.2 percent in 2014.
That’s a little more than half the inflation-adjusted growth of 3.9 percent predicted for 2014 by a Obama when he submitted his first economic plan to Congress in February 2010. The growth predictions are found at page 75.
Since 2009, the U.S. population has grown from 305 million to 321 million, including 11 million illegals.
But annual economic output has grown slowly, from $14.4 trillion in 2009, up to $17.7 trillion in the 12 months up March 2015, not counting inflation.
That combination of slower economic growth and faster population growth means the economy produced $17.7 trillion in value, or $55,140 for every one of the 321 million men, women and children, during 2014.
In contrast, Obama’s rose-colored 2010 plan predicted his policies would turbocharge the U.S. economy up to $18.68 trillion in 2014, or roughly $58,193 per person.
That’s a gap of $3,053 per person.
During the same period, inflation gradually raised the numbers by a total of 9.4 percent by 2015, effectively shaving almost 10 percent off Americans’ buying power.
The situation is actually worse than those numbers show, because nearly all economic growth since 2099 has gone to the top 1 percent. For example, must of the growth came as high company profits maximized Wall Street prices. But roughly 80 percent of Wall Street’s value is held by the wealthiest 20 percent of Americans.
That skew toward the wealthy has left nearly all Americans’ income at or below where they were when Obama was sworn into office.
The median, after-inflation household income in January 2015 was $54,332, which is 3.9 percent lower than January 2000, 15 years prior, according to a March 4 report by Sentier Research.
The median number is the mid-point in the income scale. Half of the people earned above the number, and half earned below that number.
Even as he doubles down on his high-regulation, high-immigration policies, Obama insists that his top priority is increasing wages.
“My number-one priority is to make sure that the American people’s wages and incomes are going up,” he said Feb. 6, 2015, at a speech at Ivy Tech Community College, in Indianapolis.
But he’s continuing to rapidly add immigrants to the nation’s flooded jobs marketplace.
Since 2009, roughly 9 million foreign workers have joined the economy, alongside 24 million young Americans. The nation’s workforce consists of 157 million Americans and prior immigrants, of whom 8.7 million were looking for jobs.
In February 2015, only 62.8 percent of the working-age population held a job or had tried to find a job during the last several weeks.
In November, Obama announced he would provide work permits and residency cards to 5 million illegal now living in the United States.
A Lugansk Region resident, whom Reuters cites as saying he saw evidence of a surface-to-air missile launched from rebel-held territory on the day MH17 was downed, told RT the news agency gave a false report of his interview.
As a part of a March report on the Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 tragedy Reuters talked to Pyotr Fedotov, a 58-year-old resident of the village Chervonniy Zhovten in the Lugansk Region of eastern Ukraine.
“When interviewed by Reuters, Fedotov, the witness who described the ‘wiggling’ rocket, at first said on camera that it was fired from territory held by the Ukrainian army. Later, off camera, he said it was launched from a nearby rebel area. Asked why he had originally said the opposite, he said it was because he was afraid of the rebels,” the news agency said.
RT contacted Fedotov and he said that Reuters correspondent Anton Zverev was “less than accurate” with his testimony.
“When we talked about the Boeing on camera, I explained everything as it was. The things that I allegedly said off-camera were just made up by the journalist. It’s all lies. Off-camera, we never discussed the Boeing,” Fedotov told RT.
He added that the Reuters journalist contacted him after taking the interview, but never showed him a draft of the article. Instead he was asking whether Fedotov had got into trouble for speaking to him.
“The journalist called me and asked if I was in trouble. I was really surprised. Why would I be in trouble if I told the truth? And then my friends told me in the article I was saying different things when the cameras were on and off. That’s when I understood why he was asking if I was in trouble,” the witness explained.
“So it’s mere fantasy from the journalist or maybe he was doing it for his own benefit,” he added.
RT’s request to Reuters for comments on the controversy and raw footage of Fedotov’s interview was not replied to as of publication of this article.
Reuters’ reporting was not based solely on Fedotov’s testimony. The agency cited three other eyewitnesses from the village, but only Fedotov was cited as pointing to either side of the conflict as firing the missile. The report emphasized that the eyewitness accounts didn’t conclusively prove that the rocket they saw was the one that downed Flight MH17.
Earlier in March, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov condemned the Reuters report of witnesses’ statements, saying it “looked like a stovepiping.” The top diplomat also then said that questions posed by Russia’s officials remained unanswered, saying there have been no promised images from American satellites or recordings of Ukrainian air traffic controllers’ communications with the plane.
The Malaysian Boeing 777 airliner was downed over eastern Ukraine on July 17 last year, killing 298 people on board. The incident became an instant controversy, with Ukraine and its Western backers accused rebel forces and Russia of being behind the downing.
An investigation into the incident is being conducted by the Netherlands, but the preliminary report released last year didn’t point even to a kind of weapon used in the downing of the aircraft, only that an outside force destroyed it mid-air.
Russia called not to jump to conclusions and made military radar data public which indicated the presence of Ukrainian surface-to-air batteries and warplanes in the area on the day of the Boeing shooting.
Earlier Ukrainian media falsely claimed that Dutch investigators concluded that MH17 had been shot down by the rebels with a Buk missile, citing a report in the Dutch media that outlined the popular theory, but didn’t claim it to be proven. Dutch prosecutors told RT at the time that the investigation had not been concluded.
Iran urges ‘flexibility’ is it seeks to force more concessions
BY: Adam Kredo
March 30, 2015 5:00 am
LAUSANNE, Switzerland—Iranian negotiators are becoming rigid and unmoving in their stance on a range of key nuclear issues in talks, according to multiple sources familiar with the negotiations who said Tehran is angling to elicit as many concessions as possible from the United States as the talks reach a critical stage ahead of the looming March 31 deadline.
Iran is pushing for major relief from economic sanctions and the ability to continue sensitive research and development on the nuclear and weapons fronts, according to sources quoted in the Iranian state-controlled press on Sunday.
The Iranian side is said to be digging in its heels over these issues as U.S. diplomats rush to finalize a tentative agreement ahead of a self-imposed March 31 deadline.
“Sanctions and research and development are the areas where Iran and the G5+1 still have differences,” one source close to the Iranian diplomatic team was quoted as telling Fars News on Sunday.
Western sources familiar with the U.S. stance confirmed the sticking points and told the Washington Free Beacon that the pressure from Iran is likely to force the Americans to offer more concessions on these fronts than have previously been on the table.
“The Iranians are again outplaying the Americans,” said one source in Europe familiar with the negotiations. “They know they’ll have to give up certain things eventually. So they’re digging in their heels on issues that mean everything and preparing to give ground on relatively minor issues—but not yet, and not until they see how much more the Americans are willing to give.”
Previous concessions by the United States appear to have motivated Iran to push harder on issues such as the possible military dimensions of its nuclear program, as well as continued work on advanced centrifuges and increased sanctions relief, according to a second American source apprised of the demands being set forth.
“Iran has successfully dragged the administration toward their positions to attain massive concessions, and, sensing that kind of weakness, they are seeking to press their advantage to gain further ground on critical points,” according to the source, who added that on the sanctions relief front, Iran is seeking a rollback “without dismantling anything.”
Javad Zarif, Iran’s foreign minister and chief negotiator, hinted at this position following a daylong round of intense talks with Western powers on Saturday.
“In negotiations, both sides must show flexibility. We have, and are ready to make a good deal for all,” Zarif tweeted. “We await our counterparts’ readiness.”
Observers on the ground also raised their eyebrows when a meeting between Zarif and representatives of world powers scheduled for Sunday afternoon did not occur. Following reports that Zarif would not appear, the meeting was nixed, according to U.S. officials.
Iranian diplomats have pushed back in harsh terms against reports that they may agree to ship Tehran’s stockpiles of enriched uranium to Russia. One member of the Iranian negotiating team who spoke to the state-controlled Fars news agency called these reports an attempt to “disrupt” the talks.
“Releasing such reports by the western media is in line with media hype to disrupt the trend of the negotiations which is, of course, a futile attempt,” the Iranian negotiator was quoted as telling Fars on Sunday.
Iranian attempts to change key U.S. demands about the scope and size of its nuclear program come after American diplomats offered a range of new concessions last week aimed at softening Tehran’s stance.
Those concessions included rolling back demands that Iran be forced to disclose the full range of its nuclear activities at the outset of a nuclear deal and allowing it to run nuclear centrifuges at a fortified underground facility that is immune from air attacks.
Iran is now pushing to scale down the time limits of any agreement, according to the Associated Press. Iran is seeking to be allowed to ramp up its nuclear program after a 10-year period.
“The Iranians have a 100 percent record of getting the Americans to accept their key positions on centrifuges, heavy water, and ballistic missiles,” said the Europe-based source. “They think the Americans want a deal more than they do. By all appearances, they’re right.”
Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Germany’s foreign minister, warned on Sunday that there could be “further crisis in these negotiations” in the coming days, according to Reuters.
Meanwhile, Secretary of State John Kerry, when asked about the prospects of reaching a deal during a stop in a Swiss chocolate shop, responded “inshallah,” which is Arabic for “God willing.”