WASHINGTON POST COVERS UP SUPERDELEGATE’S HATRED FOR BERNIE SANDERS

DNC emails reveal depth of animosity

JULY 26, 2016

It looks like The Washington Post has not bothered to read the DNC emails.

On Monday, following the resignation of Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the newspaper declared “Donna Brazile is an obvious choice as interim chair of the Democratic National Committee.”

This is the same DNC apparatchik who said last May she would not get involved in the kerfuffle between the Sanders camp and the DNC over representation on the Democrat platform committee.

“I have no intention of touching this,” Brazile said in an email to Patrice Taylor, the Director of Party Affairs & Delegate Selection at the Democratic National Committee, and other DNC superdelegates.

“Why? Because I will cuss out the Sanders camp!”

Edward Snowden tweeted out the email.

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Despite Brazile’s obvious bias, The Washington Post held her up as a paragon of fairness:

For the DNC, there can be no more important quality in the interim chair than fairness — actual and perceived — after Wasserman Schultz resigned, following WikiLeaks’ release of hacked emails with evidence that party officials favored Hillary Clinton in her race against Sanders. While Wasserman Schultz was constantly accused by the Sanders campaign of harboring a pro-Clinton bias, Brazile, a regular presence on CNN during coverage of debates and state primaries, consistently provided impartial analysis.

Bizarrely, the Post insists Brazile remained neutral on Sanders until Clinton “won” the California primary. “Even then, she was highly complimentary,” the newspaper reported.

The scribes at the Post had ample time to research the leaked DNC emails and discover Brazile’s real attitude toward Bernie Sanders and his supporters.

Is it any wonder a growing number of Americans no longer believe the corporate media?

The Post and The New York Times continue to push skewered reportage favorable to the elite and its political class. The DNC leak demonstrates how the establishment media operates as a propaganda organ for the state, not only peddling misrepresentation, but outright lies.

Lies have deadly consequence, as millions of Iraqis discovered after The New York Times said Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, a lie that set the stage for a neocon invasion of the country.

Surveillance System Lets Cops Tap All Cameras…

BY BRIAN BARRETT

THE 30 MILLION or so surveillance cameras peering into nearly every corner of American life might freak you out a bit, but you could always tell yourself that no one can access them all. Until now.

Computer scientists have created a way of letting law enforcement tap any camera that isn’t password protected so they can determine where to send help or how to respond to a crime. “It’s a way to help people take advantage of information that’s out there,” says David Ebert, an electrical and computer engineer at Purdue University.

The system, which is just a proof of concept, alarms privacy advocates who worry that prudent surveillance could easily lead to government overreach, or worse, unauthorized use. It relies upon two tools developed independently at Purdue. The Visual Analytics Law Enforcement Toolkit superimposes the rate and location of crimes and the location of police surveillance cameras. CAM2 reveals the location and orientation of public network cameras, like the one outside your apartment. You could do the same thing with a search engine like Shodan, but CAM2 makes the job far easier, which is the scary part. Aggregating all these individual feeds makes it potentially much more invasive.

Purdue limits access to registered users, and the terms of service for CAM2 state “you agree not to use the platform to determine the identity of any specific individuals contained in any video or video stream.” A reasonable step to ensure privacy, but difficult to enforce (though the team promises the system will have strict security if it ever goes online).

“I can certainly see the utility for first responders,” says Dave Maass, an investigative researcher with digital rights group EFF. “But it does open up the potential for some unseemly surveillance.”

Beyond the specter of universal government surveillance lies the risk of someone hacking the system. To Maass, it brings to mind the TV show Person of Interest and its band of vigilantes who tap government cameras to predict and prevent crimes. This is not so far-fetched. Last year, the EFF discovered that anyone could access more than 100 “secure” automated license plate readers. “I think it becomes a very tempting target,” says Gautam Hans, policy counsel at the Center for Democracy & Technology. “Thinking about security issues is going to be a major concern.”

Granted, the system does not tap private feeds, nor does it peer into private spaces like someone’s home. But aggregating this data and mapping it against specific crimes or emergencies is troubling. Hans says there’s no way of knowing when someone violates the terms of service and targets an individual, and the patchwork of regulations governing how agencies can use such technology is no guarantee against government over-reach.

Still, Hans is pragmatic and realizes the Purdue researchers have a noble goal.  “At a certain level there’s only so much you can do to prevent the march of technology,” he says. “It’s not the best use of our time to rail against its existence. At a certain point we need to figure out how to use it effectively, or at least with extensive oversight.”

‘Made in USA’: 3 key signs that point to Washington’s hand in Brazil’s ‘coup’

https://www.rt.com/news/343390-brazil-rousseff-impeachment-us/

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As Brazil’s left-wing president, Dilma Rousseff, has been suspended from office to face trial for disregarding budget laws, details have emerged on key figures involved in what Rousseff supporters are calling a coup, hinting at a covert plot involving Washington.
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Following last week’s vote in the Brazilian Senate that led to the suspension of the country’s first female president, the left-wing politician herself noted that she “never imagined that it would be necessary to fight a coup in this country.”

READ MORE: Brazil’s Senate rejects house speaker’s move to annul impeachment process against Rousseff

While Latin America’s modern history is riddled with well-documented examples of US operations aimed at overthrowing regimes, some would argue the situation in Brazil is tied to a popular protest movement that has sprang up due to the corruption scandal and slumping economy. However, profiles of those at the center of current events offer clues as to why Washington’s hand might be at play.

1. From US informant to Brazil’s acting president

After it emerged that Rousseff’s old ally and former vice-president, Michel Temer, would succeed her as an interim head of the country, the murky details from his past have emerged on Wikileaks. The whistleblowing website said it has published proof Temer served as an embassy informant for Washington.

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Two cables dated January 11, 2006, and June 21, 2006, obtained by WikiLeaks reveal that Temer, a member of the centrist Brazilian Democratic Movement Party party (PMDB), briefed US diplomats on the political process in Brazil and his party’s aspirations to gain power at the time of 2006 elections, which were won by Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva from the Workers’ Party.

 

In addition to Temer’s lack of popularity, with his approval rating estimated at around 2 percent, the now-acting president was under investigation for violating election spending rules and faced an 8-year ban to run for any office, according to the Brazil-based US journalist and lawyer Glenn Greenwald.

While it might seem that makes Temer an unlikely candidate for Brazil’s highest office, Greenwald alleges that his appointment can serve perhaps not the nation’s, but perhaps some other party’s interests.

“He’s planning to appoint Goldman Sachs and IMF [International Monetary Fund] officials to run the economy and otherwise install a totally unrepresentative, neoliberal team,” Greenwald wrote in The Intercept.

2. Senate impeachment leader with suspiciously close ties to US

Senator Aloysio Nunes, of Temer’s Brazilian Democratic Movement, who led Rousseff’s impeachment in the Senate, came to Washington for a three-day visit just a day afterward to meet with US officials. Some of the people Nunes met with included members of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, lobbying firm Albright Stonebridge Group, chaired by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and a former US ambassador to Brazil, Thomas Shannon, among others, The Intercept reported.

READ MORE: ‘Brazil’s new all-white, all-male government shows what’s at stake’

Speaking to RT, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research Mark Weisbrot said that Shannon “has been involved in helping other coups in the region,” including in Honduras in 2009 and in Paraguay in 2012.

Nunes himself repeatedly spoke in favor of closer relations with the US in an attempt to remedy the espionage scandal between Brazil and the US.

3. ‘Coup-experienced’ US ambassador

Not only the former, but also the current US ambassador to Brazil, Liliana Ayalde, might also boast an experience of taking part in overthrowing foreign governments.

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Before she was sent to Brazil, Ayalde had served as an ambassador to Paraguay ahead of the 2012 coup, which saw the country’s president Fernando Armindo Lugo Méndez ousted from office through impeachment in a procedure similar to that of Rousseff’s.

“That ambassador acted with great force during the coup that happened in Paraguay and she is in Brazil, using the same discourse, arguing that there is a situation that will be resolved by Brazilian institutions,” said Carlos Eduardo Martins, a sociology professor at the University of Sao Paulo, as cited by teleSUR.

Meanwhile, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro says the question of who is pulling the strings behind Brazil’s impeachment is not rocket science

“I have no doubt that behind this coup is the label ‘made in USA,’” he said.

The aim of “powerful oligarchic, media and imperial forces” in the Brazilian political crisis was to get rid of “progressive forces, the popular revolutionary leaderships of the continent,” Maduro said.

He described the events in Brazil as “a grave threat for the future stability and peace of all the continent,” expressing concern that the next victim may be Venezuela.

Relations between the US and Rousseff’s cabinet were marred by the scandal that broke out due to the US National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden’s revelations in 2013 that showed that US intelligence was spying on Rousseff by intercepting her communications. The scandal resulted in a cooling of ties, with the Brazilian president cancelling her visit to the US in the wake of the revelations. In 2015, WikiLeaks revealed that the NSA was tapping the cell phones of 29 Brazilian top officials, including Rousseff herself.

READ MORE: Brazil senators vote to impeach President Rousseff for breaking budget laws

Obama To Start Tracking Federal Employees’ Social Media Postings…

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The Office of Personnel Management is preparing for a pilot program to automatically track public social media postings of people applying for security clearances.

OPM is conducting market research to find companies that can perform automated social media tracking and other types of Web crawling as part of the background investigation process, according to an April 8 request for informationposted online. Responses from interested companies are due by April 15.

OPM is looking for companies that can automatically browse “publicly available electronic information,” which includes information posted to news and media sites; Facebook, Twitter and other social media postings; blog postings; online court records, updates to photo and video-sharing sites; and information gleaned from online e-commerce sites, such as Amazon and eBay.

OPM is interested in companies that have fully automated capabilities — “with no human intervention,” according to the RFI — with the ability to search for information “in the parts of the World Wide Web whose contents are not indexed by standard search engines.”

Companies should also have a “robust identity matching algorithm” that won’t get tricked by similar names and return irrelevant results.

The pilot project tests the feasibility of obtaining social media tracking from commercial vendors and will be a joint effort between OPM, which is responsible for performing most federal employee background checks, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, according to an OPM spokesman.

Testing of the new tech will be conducted on a population of 400 investigations, the spokesman said, although there’s still no word on when the pilot project is set to get underway.

The new solicitation is the latest in a series of government initiatives to explore the use of social media in the background investigation process. Some of these efforts have been stymied by missed deadlines and unclear policy.

Pentagon and intelligence officials are leading an effort to establish “continuous evaluation” of clearance-holders using automated data checks to replace periodic reinvestigations that currently occur only once every five or 10 years.

Intelligence officials had planned to have a continuous evaluation capability in place for the most sensitive clearance holders by December 2014 but missed the deadline, according to progress updates posted on Performance.gov. Officials now plan to roll out the new program in phases, with at least 5 percent of top-secret clearance holders being continuously evaluated by March 2017. As of December, about 225,000 personnel undergo the automatic checks.

A public-records continuous evaluation project is also currently underway at the State Department, according to the Performance.gov update.

At a hearing in February, federal officials told lawmakers they were stillworking out the kinks in government policy for more widespread use of social media in the clearance process.

Last June, OPM awarded a sole source contract to California-based tech company Social Intelligence for a preliminary pilot program examining social media in the clearance process.

Under the terms of the contract, Social Intelligence, which has also participated in DOD social media pilots, was to provide 400 reports of publicly available online information over the following six to nine months.

The security clearance process has been rocked by controversy in recent years.

Last summer, OPM announced it had fallen victim to a massive data breach affecting millions of background investigation records. Even earlier, critics raised questions about OPM’s handling of background checks, pointing to potential missed red flags in the backgrounds of National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden and other so-called “insider threats.”

In January, the Obama administration announced plans to overhaul the process, establishing a new National Background Investigations Bureau and tasking the Defense Department with the responsibility for storing and securing sensitive files.

he Office of Personnel Management is preparing for a pilot program to automatically track public social media postings of people applying for security clearances.

OPM is conducting market research to find companies that can perform automated social media tracking and other types of Web crawling as part of the background investigation process, according to an April 8 request for informationposted online. Responses from interested companies are due by April 15.

OPM is looking for companies that can automatically browse “publicly available electronic information,” which includes information posted to news and media sites; Facebook, Twitter and other social media postings; blog postings; online court records, updates to photo and video-sharing sites; and information gleaned from online e-commerce sites, such as Amazon and eBay.

OPM is interested in companies that have fully automated capabilities — “with no human intervention,” according to the RFI — with the ability to search for information “in the parts of the World Wide Web whose contents are not indexed by standard search engines.”

Companies should also have a “robust identity matching algorithm” that won’t get tricked by similar names and return irrelevant results.

The pilot project tests the feasibility of obtaining social media tracking from commercial vendors and will be a joint effort between OPM, which is responsible for performing most federal employee background checks, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, according to an OPM spokesman.

Testing of the new tech will be conducted on a population of 400 investigations, the spokesman said, although there’s still no word on when the pilot project is set to get underway.

The new solicitation is the latest in a series of government initiatives to explore the use of social media in the background investigation process. Some of these efforts have been stymied by missed deadlines and unclear policy.

Pentagon and intelligence officials are leading an effort to establish “continuous evaluation” of clearance-holders using automated data checks to replace periodic reinvestigations that currently occur only once every five or 10 years.

Intelligence officials had planned to have a continuous evaluation capability in place for the most sensitive clearance holders by December 2014 but missed the deadline, according to progress updates posted on Performance.gov. Officials now plan to roll out the new program in phases, with at least 5 percent of top-secret clearance holders being continuously evaluated by March 2017. As of December, about 225,000 personnel undergo the automatic checks.

A public-records continuous evaluation project is also currently underway at the State Department, according to the Performance.gov update.

At a hearing in February, federal officials told lawmakers they were stillworking out the kinks in government policy for more widespread use of social media in the clearance process.

Last June, OPM awarded a sole source contract to California-based tech company Social Intelligence for a preliminary pilot program examining social media in the clearance process.

Under the terms of the contract, Social Intelligence, which has also participated in DOD social media pilots, was to provide 400 reports of publicly available online information over the following six to nine months.

The security clearance process has been rocked by controversy in recent years.

Last summer, OPM announced it had fallen victim to a massive data breach affecting millions of background investigation records. Even earlier, critics raised questions about OPM’s handling of background checks, pointing to potential missed red flags in the backgrounds of National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden and other so-called “insider threats.”

In January, the Obama administration announced plans to overhaul the process, establishing a new National Background Investigations Bureau and tasking the Defense Department with the responsibility for storing and securing sensitive files.

UBER ADMITS IT GAVE DATA ON 12 MILLION USERS TO U.S. GOVERNMENT

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Ride-sharing company admits to complying with roughly 85 percent of requests from law enforcement

Ride-sharing company Uber admitted Tuesday to giving data on more than 12 million of its users to multiple U.S. government agencies.

According to the company’s first-ever transparency report, both U.S. law enforcement and regulators were provided with information on millions of users between July and December 2015 alone.

“Like other companies, we receive requests from law enforcement agencies for info,” rmation about our riders and drivers during the course of a criminal investigation or other emergency the report states.

Requests from law enforcement agencies at both the state and federal level included information on everything from pickup and drop-off locations to the identity of specific drivers and passengers.

“These agencies may request information about trips, trip requests, pickup and dropoff areas, fares, vehicles, and drivers in their jurisdictions for a given time period,” the company said.

Uber admits to complying with roughly 85 percent of requests from law enforcement, many of which they claim surrounded cases involving fraud and stolen credit cards. Only 15.4 percent of requests were withdrawn or produced no data.

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None of the inquiries are believed to be related to national security since Uber did not receive “any requests issued under the provisions of national security statutes.”

Although its compliance rate was well over 80 percent, the company expressed concern over the amount and scope of requests by law enforcement.

“Of course regulators will always need some amount of data to be effective, just like law enforcement. But in many cases they send blanket requests without explaining why the information is needed, or how it will be used,” Uber wrote. “And while this kind of trip data doesn’t include personal information, it can reveal patterns of behavior—and is more than regulators need to do their jobs.”

“It’s why Uber frequently tries to narrow the scope of these demands, though our efforts are typically rebuffed.”

Other major tech companies including Google, Facebook and Twitter have also released similar reports in recent years to show users statistics on government requests.

SOROS-FUNDED JOURNALISTS REFUSE TO COVER PANAMA PAPERS

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International Consortium of Investigative Journalists to bury cache of hacked documents

Wayne Madsen – APRIL 6, 2016

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), which receives its funding from the CIA-connected U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Ford Foundation, as well as George Soros’s Open Society Foundations, has “shown its slip” by declaring that it will not make available the entire cache of hacked documents from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca public.

Instead, ICIJ maintains that it does not want to expose “sensitive information of innocent private individuals along with the public figures.”

We have heard this type of language before with massive leaks, including the classified National Security Agency documents leaked by Edward Snowden. In that case, EBay and PayPal billionaire Pierre Omidyar effectively “bought back” the NSA documents from advocacy journalist Glenn Greenwald for a $250 million bribe that funded Greenwald’s new journalistic contrivance “First Look.” After the deal, NSA documents released by Greenwald and his associates were redacted in the traditional style of NSA and U.S. Intelligence Community Freedom of Information Act censors.
In the case of ICIJ, it is clear that government financial regulators around the world will be entitled to access any of the over 4.8 million emails, 3 million database files, and 2.1 million PDFs contained in the ICIJ’s 2.4 terrabytes tranche of Mossack Fonseca documents. And it is very likely that since the documents were obtained by criminal hackers, governments will shy away from subpoenaing the documents but will use their connections with USAID, the CIA, Soros, and the Council on Foreign Relations-linked Ford Foundation to arrange for unofficial document access.

WikiLeaks also cut side deals when it obtained over 250,000 classified State Department cables. Working with the corporate media in the same style that ICIJ coordinated its release of Mossack Fonseca documents with over 100 corporate media outlets and some 400 journalists around the world, WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange worked with The New York Times and Le Figaro to ensure that the initial release of classified information was focused on Iran and, for example, not on Israel.
Ironically, WikiLeaks is now condemning ICIJ for not releasing all of the Mossack Fonseca documents in its possession. The scene is similar to two vagabonds who stumble over a suitcase full of money and fight each other for the lion’s share of the currency notes.
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SOROS AND FORD FOUNDATION BEHIND THE PANAMA PAPERS

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Financial elite hijack investigative journalism to attack Putin

Kurt Nimmo | Infowars.com – APRIL 5, 2016

The corporate media has seized upon the so-called Panama Papers linked to the law firm Mossack Fonseca to heap condemnation on Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“ICIJ [International Consortium of Investigative Journalists] and an international coalition of media outlets investigated the trove of papers, which allegedly reveal a clandestine network involving associates of Russian President Vladimir Putin, and business ties between a member of FIFA’s [Fédération Internationale de Football Association] ethics committee and men whom the United States has indicted for corruption,” CNN reports this morning.

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Putin is headlined in the emerging scandal, although he is not directly connected to the scheme to move billions of dollars into offshore tax havens. 12 current or former world leaders and 128 other politicians and public officials are directly implicated, but they play second fiddle to Putin in corporate media news stories.

The establishment has not bothered to investigate the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), the organization behind the leak. A trip to its web page reveals its support and funding sources: the Open Society Foundations (a George Soros outfit), the Ford Foundation and a host of other foundations. Soros’ anti-Russian obsession is well-known. Less well-known is the fact the Ford Foundation is connected to the CIA and has specialized in international cultural propaganda since the end of the Second World War.

Craig Murray points out that ICIJ is funded and organized by the Center for Public Integrity (CPI), a liberal “watchdog” group famous for portraying Patrick J. Buchanan as a white supremacy supporter during the 1996 presidential race. Murray notes CPI is funded by a raft of globalist interests, including the Ford Foundation, the Carnegie Endowment, the Rockefeller Family Fund and the Open Society Foundation.

“The corporate media—the Guardian and BBC in the UK—have exclusive access to the database which you and I cannot see. They are protecting themselves from even seeing western corporations’ sensitive information by only looking at those documents which are brought up by specific searches such as UN sanctions busters. Never forget the Guardian smashed its copies of the Snowden files on the instruction of MI6,” writes Murray.

ICIJ and CPI are attempting to hijack investigative journalism and trade on the notoriety of Edward Snowden and WikiLeaks to take down Putin and Pd, the embattled leader of Syria.

The Panama Papers expose offshore tax havens in Switzerland, the Bahamas, Grand Cayman, and Panama, but says nothing about a new arrangement legalized under FATCA, the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act.

The law “makes the parking of dirty US money abroad practically impossible. So where does that money go instead—it stays in the US,” writes Zero Hedge. “And, to top it off, there is one specific firm which is spearheading the conversion of the U.S. into Panama: Rothschild.”

The international bankster institution opened a trust company in Reno, Nevada. “It is now moving the fortunes of wealthy foreign clients out of offshore havens such as Bermuda, subject to the new international disclosure requirements, and into Rothschild-run trusts in Nevada, which are exempt,” Bloomberg reports. The United States “is effectively the biggest tax haven in the world,” boasted Andrew Penny of Rothschild. One of the world’s largest providers of offshore accounts, Trident Trust, opened an office in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

The financial elite will gladly sacrifice Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson, the prime minister of Iceland, and even the family of David Cameron, to get at Vladimir Putin.