Obama’s New SEC ‘Sheriff.’ No Conflict of Interest When it Comes to Shielding Wall Street’s Pin Striped Mafia

Via: ICH


By Tom Burghardt

March 31, 2013 “Information Clearing House” – One indelible sign of state capture by pirate corporations and the financial jackals holding sway on Wall Street and the City of London is the ease with which former “regulators” slip into plum positions with the firms whom they supposedly “regulated” as “public servants.”

While the drone kill-crazy Obama regime has done yeoman’s work cementing in place extra-constitutional policies first enacted by the Bush gang–only to exceed Bushist depredations by a whole order of magnitude–kool-aid sipping “progressives” and troglodytic “conservatives” have given the president a free pass when it comes to policing the financial criminals who blew up the world economy.

But when it comes to US spy agencies probing and sweeping up your financial information, well, the sky’s the limit!

As Reuters reported last week, the administration “is drawing up plans” to give securocrats “full access to a massive database that contains financial data on American citizens and others who bank in the country, according to a Treasury Department document.”

That Treasury plan would give secret state apparatchiks, including those ensconced at CIA, NSA and the Pentagon free reign to rummage through the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network’s (FinCEN) massive database of “suspicious activity reports” routinely filed by “banks, securities dealers, casinos and money and wire transfer agencies.” The FBI and DHS already have full access to that database under the Orwellian USA Patriot Act.

Under the proposal, FinCen data will be linked “with a computer network used by US defense and law enforcement agencies to share classified information called the Joint Worldwide Intelligence Communications System,” according to Reuters.

And since requirements for filing SARs are “so strict,” banks often “over-report,” this “raises the possibility that the financial details of ordinary citizens could wind up in the hands of spy agencies,” where it will live in perpetuity, “criminal evidence, ready for use in a trial,” as Cryptohippie famously warned.

Got that? While Wall Street drug banks are handled with care because of the “collateral consequences” that might result from a criminal referral for laundering billions of narco-dollars, the average citizen’s financial data will be fair game.

Which brings us back to Obama’s anemic regulatory regime and the “sheriffs” eager to do the bankster’s bidding.

Read more: here

Scum sucking pigs….
-Moose

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David Stockman: We’ve Been Lied To, Robbed, And Misled

Via: PeakProsperity

And we’re still at risk of it happening all over again

by Adam Taggart
Saturday, March 30, 2013, 12:42 PM

Then, when the Fed’s fire hoses started spraying an elephant soup of liquidity injections in every direction and its balance sheet grew by $1.3 trillion in just thirteen weeks compared to $850 billion during its first ninety-four years, I became convinced that the Fed was flying by the seat of its pants, making it up as it went along. It was evident that its aim was to stop the hissy fit on Wall Street and that the thread of a Great Depression 2.0 was just a cover story for a panicked spree of money printing that exceeded any other episode in recorded human history.
-David Stockman, The Great Deformation

David Stockman, former director of the OMB under President Reagan, former US Representative, and veteran financier is an insider’s insider. Few people understand the ways in which both Washington DC and Wall Street work and intersect better than he does.

In his upcoming book, The Great Deformation: The Corruption of Capitalism in America, Stockman lays out how we have devolved from a free market economy into a managed one that operates for the benefit of a privileged few. And when trouble arises, these few are bailed out at the expense of the public good.

By manipulating the price of money through sustained and historically low interest rates, Greenspan and Bernanke created an era of asset mis-pricing that inevitably would need to correct. And when market forces attempted to do so in 2008, Paulson et al hoodwinked the world into believing the repercussions would be so calamitous for all that the institutions responsible for the bad actions that instigated the problem needed to be rescued — in full — at all costs.

Read more: here

Some truth spoken….good read…
-Moose

How Cyprus Exposed The Fundamental Flaw Of Fractional Reserve Banking

Via: ZeroHedge

Submitted by Tyler Durden on 03/31/2013 18:03 -0400

In the past week much has been written about the emerging distinction between the Cypriot Euro and the currency of the Eurozone proper, even though the two are (or were) identical. The argument goes that all €’s are equal, but those that are found elsewhere than on the doomed island in the eastern Mediterranean are more equal than the Cypriot euros, or something along those lines. This of course, while superficially right, is woefully inaccurate as it misses the core of the problem, which is a distinction between electronic currency and hard, tangible banknotes. Which is why the capital controls imposed in Cyprus do little to limit the distribution and dissemination of electronic payments within the confines of the island (when it comes to payments leaving the island to other jurisdictions it is a different matter entirely), and are focused exclusively at limiting the procurement and allowance of paper banknotes in the hands of Cypriots (hence the limits on ATM and bank branch withdrawals, as well as the hard limit on currency exiting the island).

In other words, what the Cyprus fiasco should have taught those lucky enough to be in a net equity position vis-a-vis wealth (i.e., have cash savings greater than debts) is that suddenly a €100 banknote is worth far more than €100 in the bank, especially if the €100 is over the insured €100,000 limit, and especially in a time of ZIRP when said €100 collects no interest but is certainly an impairable liability if and when the bank goes tits up.

Said otherwise, there is now a very distinct premium to the value of hard cash over electronic cash.

And while this is true for Euros, it is just as true for US Dollars, Mexican Pesos, Iranial Rials and all other currencies in a fiat regime.

Which brings us to the crux of the issue, namely fractional reserve banking, or a system in which one currency unit in hard fiat currency can be redeposited with the bank that created it (as a reminder in a fiat system currency is created at the commercial bank level: as the Fed itself has made quite clear, “The actual process of money creation takes place primarily in banks”) to be lent out and re-re-deposited an (un)limited number of times, until there is a literal pyramid of liabilities and obligations lying on top of every dollar, euro, or whatever other currency, is in circulation. The issue is that the bulk of such obligations are electronic, and in its purest form, a bank run such as that seen in Cyprus, and preempted with the imposition of the first capital controls in the history of the Eurozone, seeks to convert electronic deposits into hard currency.

Alas, as the very name “fractional reserve banking” implies, there is a very big problem with this, and is why every bank run ultimately would end in absolute disaster and the collapse of a fiat regime, hyperinflation, and systemic bank and sovereign defaults, war, and other unpleasantries, if not halted while in process.

Read more: here

Banksters!
-Moose

Cypriot Banks in Politician Loan Scandal

Via: Enet English

A list of Cypriot politicians who reportedly had millions in loans to Cypriot banks forgiven is published in Greece

Friday 29 March 2013 

There is already anger on the island that loans with the Bank of Cyprus, Laiki Bank and Hellenic Bank often running into the hundreds of thousands – and, in one case, millions of euros – have allegedly been wiped out.

The list, reported in Friday’s Ethnos newspaper and which has been handed to the Cypriot parliament’s ethics committee, includes the names of politicians from Cyprus’ biggest parties (excluding the socialist EDEK and the Greens).

Questions are being asked as to why banks at which – in the case of Bank of Cyprus and Laiki – deposits of above €100,000 face a levy of an estimated 40% apparently forgave the loans of politicians and other senior figures in the country’s public administration.

According to information acquired by Enet.gr, the list was originally leaked by the Cypriot parliament to a member of the European Parliament, and subsequently to journalists in America, before arriving in Greek hands.

Read more: here

Thank goodness that can’t happen here..Our politicians are way too honest for that…
-Moose

Do Not Use Safety Deposit Boxes

Via: DinarVets

Posted 30 January 2011 – 08:54 AM

U.S DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY HAS TOLD BANKS – IN WRITING – IT MAY INSPECT SAFE DEPOSIT BOXES WITHOUT WARRANT AND SEIZE ANY GOLD, SILVER, GUNS OR OTHER VALUABLES IT FINDS INSIDE THOSE BOXES!

According to in-house memos now circulating, the DHS has issued orders to banks across America which announce to them that “under the Patriot Act” the DHS has the absolute right to seize, without any warrant whatsoever, any and all customer bank accounts, to make “periodic and unannounced” visits to any bank to open and inspect the contents of “selected safe deposit boxes.”

Further, the DHS “shall, at the discretion of the agent supervising the search, remove, photograph or seize as evidence” any of the following items “bar gold, gold coins, firearms of any kind unless manufactured prior to 1878, documents such as passports or foreign bank account records, pornography or any material that, in the opinion of the agent, shall be deemed of to be of a contraband nature.”

DHS memos also state that banks are informed that any bank employee, on any level, that releases “improper” “classified DHS Security information” to any member of the public, to include the customers whose boxes have been clandestinely opened and inspected and “any other party, to include members of the media” and further “that the posting of any such information on the internet will be grounds for the immediate termination of the said employee or employees and their prosecution under the Patriot Act.” Safety deposit box holders and depositors are not given advanced notice when failed banks shut their doors.

Read more: here

Just had to bring this up…
Seems more pertinent now after Cyprus and all…
-Moose

Letter to the Editor: Don’t Let Corporate Masters Destroy UT

Via: Independent Collegian

By Zachary I. Rasey
Published: Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Our University is in financial trouble and Supreme Commander Scarborough’s nefarious plan to save us from a financial crash is egregious for students. The provost’s budget, which I painstakingly drudged through, labels students as “customers” who need to be “marketable outputs” to the economy. Scarborough, along with Lord Jacobs, has colluded with Wall Street to write the report. In the budget power point, Moody’s Investment Services is quoted several times. That is, our Supreme Commander has used the advice from the very blood sucking corporation that contributed to the financial collapse of 2008 causing a global recession.

I do not have retrograde amnesia. I haven’t forget how our parents lost their mortgages and their retirements — have you forgotten? What will our Lord and masters do to our education and our higher educational system?

If a large, powerful corporation is allowed to inflict the business model view of higher education upon our institution, we will have a dystopic vision on the purpose of education that is skewed toward the advancement of the production of cheap laborers who are incapable of thinking abstractly. Student’s stamped-out, watered-down degrees will be nothing more than technical training for the workforce — not for a more just, equal, collective, peaceful society. After all, higher education’s purpose is: social mobility for the lower economic class, self-awareness, meta-cognition, and creating free-willed citizens capable of the abstract thought processes and reasoning that is required to be an active participant in Democracy and in society.

Now, “Imagine 2017” when the privatizing of our University will continue to keep the poor from reaching higher consciousness and create robotic technocrats incapable of functioning properly in community with other human beings. This will bankrupt us further foisting upon us (the taxpayer or the students) the bill as the administrators abscond with our money and create further inequities. The humanities and arts will be lost in a way that slowly squeezes them out of higher education completely. Combining the traditional liberal arts studies by first integrating them with other more “employment oriented” classes is just a strategy to eliminate them entirely.

Read more: here

But how will corporations get the right product?
-Moose

Health and Human Services Secretary Doesn’t Understand What Insurance Is

Via: The Daily Beast

Kathleen Sebelius thinks insurance isn’t really insurance unless it covers routine expenses. This is exactly backwards.

by Megan McArdle Mar 27, 2013

How can insurance make everyone better off?

After all, the insurance company has to make money. That has to mean that the expected value of the claims they pay out is lower than the expected value of the premiums their customers pay in. In some sense, then, the expected value of your insurance premium is negative.

But insurance does make everyone better off, because it covers very large costs that most people would have trouble paying. Even most really good savers would have a hard time replacing the value of their house, or paying off a $250,000 judgement for an auto accident. The expected value of those incidencts is very, very negative–more than just the value of the cash, you have to factor in the horror of being homeless or bankrupt. When you factor in the homelessness, the bankruptcy, and so forth, the slighly negative expected financial value is more than outweighed by the positive value of being protected against personal catastrophe. Not to mention the peace of mind one gets from not having to worry about homelessness, etc.

This is the magic of risk pooling. But notice that it’s the catastrophe which makes insurance a good deal. You wouldn’t get much value from buying “grocery insurance”. At best, you’d be paying an extra administrative fee to route your routine expenses through an insurer, rather than paying them directly. At worst, you’ll end up with bills skyrocketing as all sorts of perverse incentives appear. After all, if the insurer is paying all your grocery claims, why not load up on filet mignon instead of ground turkey?

But insurers try very hard never to sell insurance for less than the cost of your expected claims. If you expect to buy $10,000 worth of groceries next year, it will not charge you less than that for a “grocery policy”. And if we all drive up the costs of grocery insurance by consuming more, the insurer can do one of two things: raise everyone’s “insurance premiums” to cover a filet mignon budget, or create a list of “approved groceries” that it will cover, and start hassling anyone who tries to file an excessively expensive claim.

Sound familiar?

Read more: here

A rigged game! A scam I say!
-Moose

Nuclear Reactor Design Chosen – Not Because It Was Safe – But Because It Worked On Navy Submarines

Via: WashingtonsBlog

Posted on June 20, 2011

Virtually all of the nuclear reactors in the U.S. are of the same archaic design as those at Fukushima (Indeed, MSNBC notes that there are 23 U.S. reactors which are more or less identical to those at Fukushima.)

Called “light-water reactors”, this design was not chosen for safety reasons. Rather, it was chosen because it worked in Navy submarines.

Specifically, as the Atlantic reported in March:

In the early years of atomic power, as recounted by Alvin Weinberg, head of Oak Ridge National Laboratory in his book The First Nuclear Era, there was intense competition to come up with the cheapest, safest, best nuclear reactor design.

Every variable in building an immensely complex industrial plant was up for grabs: the nature of the radioactive fuel and other substances that form the reactor’s core, the safety systems, the containment buildings, the construction substances, and everything else that might go into building an immensely complex industrial plant. The light water reactor became the technological victor, but no one is quite sure whether that was a good idea.

Few of these alternatives were seriously investigated after light water reactors were selected for Navy submarines by Admiral Hyman Rickover. Once light water reactors gained government backing and the many advantages that conferred, other designs could not break into the market, even though commercial nuclear power wouldn’t explode for years after Rickover’s decision. “There were lots and lots of ideas floating around, and they essentially lost when light water came to dominate,” University of Strasbourg professor Robin Cowan told the Boston Globe in an excellent article on “technological lock-in” in the nuclear industry.

As it turned out, there were real political and corporate imperatives to commercialize nuclear power with whatever designs were already to hand. It was geopolitically useful for the United States to show they could offer civilian nuclear facilities to its allies and the companies who built the plants (mainly GE and Westinghouse) did not want to lose the competitive advantage they’d gained as the contractors on the Manhattan Project.

Those companies stood to make much more money on nuclear plants than traditional fossil fuel-based plants, and they had less competitors. The invention and use of the atomic bomb weighed heavily on the minds of nuclear scientists. Widespread nuclear power was about the only thing that could redeem their role in the creation of the first weapon with which it was possible to destroy life on earth. In other words, the most powerful interest groups surrounding the nuclear question all wanted to settle on a power plant design and start building.
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President Lyndon Johnson and his administration sent the message that we were going to use nuclear power, and it would be largely through the reactor designs that already existed, regardless of whether they had the best safety characteristics that could be imagined. [Nixon also fired the main government scientist developing safer types of reactors, because he was focused on safety instead of sticking with Nixon’s favored reactors.] We learned in later years that boiling water reactors like Fukushima are subject to certain types of failure under very unusual circumstances, but we probably would have discovered such problems if we’d explored the technical designs for longer before trying to start building large numbers of nuclear plants.

Read more: here

It figures….
-Moose

Here’s Why You Hate Your Cable Company

Via: All Things D

March 30, 2013 at 4:00 am PT

Hate your cable TV (or satellite TV, or telco TV) company? Here’s why — and why it’s not going to change anytime soon — explained in 98 concise seconds.

Hard to believe no one has done this before, but kudos to Extremely Decent Films for nailing it.

Warning: If your workplace or home isn’t cool with some well-placed profanity, then this video isn’t safe for your workplace or home.

Read more: here

Google Maps a Japanese Nuclear Ghost Town

Via: The Atlantic

Mar 28, 2013

Two years after the the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11, 2011, and the following tsunami and nuclear disaster, a large area around the failed Fukushima nuclear plant is still considered an exclusion zone. Namie, a small city just north of the nuclear power plant, was evacuated shortly after the quake, and its 21,000 townspeople have been unable to return since, leaving it a ghost town.

At the invitation of local officials, Google recently deployed its camera-equipped vehicles to Namie to create a street view map of the deserted town so residents can see their abandoned homes, and the world can witness the remains of the disaster. On Google’s Map blog, Namie’s Mayor Tamotsu Baba said, “Ever since the March disaster, the rest of the world has been moving forward, and many places in Japan have started recovering. But in Namie-machi time stands still… Those of us in the older generation feel that we received this town from our forebears, and we feel great pain that we cannot pass it down to our children.”

I’ve collected some of the scenes captured by the Google Maps crew below, a glimpse into an otherworldly landscape a few kilometers north of the Fukushima nuclear plant. [33 photos]

Read more: here

Scary….
-Moose

Obama’s Crackdown on Whistleblowers

Via: The Nation

Tim Shorrock
March 26, 2013

In the annals of national security, the Obama administration will long be remembered for its unprecedented crackdown on whistleblowers. Since 2009, it has employed the World War I–era Espionage Act a record six times to prosecute government officials suspected of leaking classified information. The latest example is John Kiriakou, a former CIA officer serving a thirty-month term in federal prison for publicly identifying an intelligence operative involved in torture. It’s a pattern: the whistleblowers are punished, sometimes severely, while the perpetrators of the crimes they expose remain free.

The hypocrisy is best illustrated in the case of four whistleblowers from the National Security Agency: Thomas Drake, William Binney, J. Kirk Wiebe and Edward Loomis. Falsely accused of leaking in 2007, they have endured years of legal harassment for exposing the waste and fraud behind a multibillion-dollar contract for a system called Trailblazer, which was supposed to “revolutionize” the way the NSA produced signals intelligence (SIGINT) in the digital age. Instead, it was canceled in 2006 and remains one of the worst failures in US intelligence history. But the money spent on this privatization scheme, like so much at the NSA, remains a state secret.

The story goes back to 2002, when three of the whistleblowers—Loomis, Wiebe and Binney—asked the Pentagon to investigate the NSA for wasting “millions and millions of dollars” on Trailblazer, which had been chosen as the agency’s flagship system for analyzing intercepted communications over a smaller and cheaper in-house program known as ThinThread. That program was invented by Loomis, one of the NSA’s top software engineers, and Binney, a legendary crypto-scientist, both of whom began working for the NSA during the Vietnam War. But despite ThinThread’s proven capacity to collect actionable intelligence, agency director Gen. Michael Hayden vetoed the idea of deploying the system in August 2001, just three weeks before 9/11.

Read more: here

No comment….biting lip….
-Moose

Tracing the CIA Underwear Bomb Leak Back to the White House

Via: The Atlantic Wire

Adam Martin May 18, 2012

The Associated Press gets credit for actually breaking the recent “underwear bomber” news, but the information that the plot was an inside job by an intelligence operative actually appears to have come accidentally from a White House attempt at damage control.

What makes Reuters’ Mark Hosenball’s story’s fascinating is how it so clearly shows the fine line intelligence and law enforcement agencies have to walk when they deal with the press. It can’t be easy showing they’re doing their job while assuring people they’re safe while not revealing sensitive information. In this case, while explaining why the public had no cause to worry, an insider apparently tipped his hand.

You know those expert commentators who once held high-level counter-terrorism jobs and now work as talking heads for news shows? Well, they’re called “experts” because they get access to people like current counter-terrorism adviser John Brennan, who held a conference call to brief some of them on the plot earlier this month. And while explaining why they shouldn’t tell people the United States was in danger from a would-be bomber, Brennan apparently let the secret slip, reports’ Hosenball:

According to five people familiar with the call, Brennan stressed that the plot was never a threat to the U.S. public or air safety because Washington had “inside control” over it.

Brennan’s comment appears unintentionally to have helped lead to disclosure of the secret at the heart of a joint U.S.-British-Saudi undercover counter-terrorism operation.

Read more: here

It pays to remind oneself….
-Moose

Stunning Facts About How the Banking System Really Works … And How It Is Destroying America

Via: Washingtons Blog

Posted on March 27, 2013

Reclaiming the Founding Fathers’ Vision of Prosperity

To understand the core problem in America today, we have to look back to the very founding of our country.

The Founding Fathers fought for liberty and justice. But they also fought for a sound economy and freedom from the tyranny of big banks:

“[It was] the poverty caused by the bad influence of the English bankers on the Parliament which has caused in the colonies hatred of the English and . . . the Revolutionary War.”
– Benjamin Franklin

“There are two ways to conquer and enslave a nation. One is by the sword. The other is by debt.”
– John Adams

“All the perplexities, confusion and distress in America arise, not from defects in their Constitution or Confederation, not from want of honor or virtue, so much as from the downright ignorance of the nature of coin, credit and circulation.”
– John Adams

“If the American people ever allow the banks to control issuance of their currency, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that grow up around them will deprive the people of all property until their children will wake up homeless on the continent their fathers occupied”.

— Thomas Jefferson

“I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies…The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the Government, to whom it properly belongs.”

– Thomas Jefferson

“The Founding Fathers of this great land had no difficulty whatsoever understanding the agenda of bankers, and they frequently referred to them and their kind as, quote, ‘friends of paper money. They hated the Bank of England, in particular, and felt that even were we successful in winning our independence from England and King George, we could never truly be a nation of freemen, unless we had an honest money system. ”

-Peter Kershaw, author of the 1994 booklet “Economic Solutions”

Indeed, everyone knows that the American colonists revolted largely because of taxation without representation and related forms of oppression by the British. See this and this. But – according to Benjamin Franklin and others in the thick of the action – a little-known factor was actually the main reason for the revolution.

Read more: here

Was the Iraq War About Grabbing Oil … Or Keeping It Off the Market?

Via: ZeroHedge

Submitted by George Washington on 03/30/2013

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, 4-Star General (and CENTCOM commander with responsibility for Iraq) John Abizaid, Fed boss Alan Greenspan, President George W. Bush, Senator John McCain, Sarah Palin, Bush speechwriter David Frum, key war architect John Bolton, and a high-level National Security Council officer all say that the Iraq war was about oil.

Documents from Britain show the same thing.

But apologists for the Iraq war said this can’t be true, because American companies didn’t really end up with that much Iraqi oil.

BBC and Guardian investigative reporter Greg Palast – a New York Times bestselling author – thinks he knows why. Palast is famous for obtaining original source documents from whistleblowers which tell the real story.

Palast argues today that source documents he obtained through cloak-and-dagger methods prove that the war was actually focused on keeping Saddam’s oil off of the market … so as to keep oil prices high: 

Read more: here

No way…Our leaders wouldn’t allow this.. I mean, come on, there must be laws against it….
-Moose

Risk – It’s Not Just A Board Game

Via: ZeroHedge

Submitted by Tyler Durden on 03/30/2013

“The world is a very risky place right now for an investor,” is the cautious manner in which Grant Williams (of Things That Make You Go Hhmm infamy) begins this excellent presentation, even though he notes that “the general perception is that there is very little risk,” as all markets from equities to bonds (and even risk itself) are priced as though 2007/8 never happened. It appears, Williams notes, given the market’s perceptions that, “all the problems are behind us.” He chides, “Nothing could be further from the truth.” Williams focuses on the corruption of traditional price signals by Central Banks’ ZIRP (and LSAP) policies, financial repression, and the possibility that the gold leasing market is about to fall apart – because one of these days, someone is going to ask for their gold back and be told they can’t have it.

“By definition, risk-takers often fail. So do morons. In practice it’s difficult to sort them out.”

Scott Adams – The Dilbert Principle

See more: here

It’s long but worth it….
-Moose

First Daughters’ Spring Break Part II: Sun Valley

Via: American Thinker

March 30, 2013
Jeannie DeAngelis

Outrageous as it may seem to some, rather than respond appropriately to the criticism and back off from the extravagant vacations, Michelle and Barry chose instead to thumb their noses at America by flying Sasha and Malia from the Atlantis in the Bahamas to Sun Valley, Idaho to top off Easter week with a little skiing.

For those who are shocked, here’s the bottom line: Nothing anyone does or says is going to change who these people are. It is now crystal clear that no amount of public disapproval or disparagement will deter them from spending our money to wantonly indulge themselves as often as they please. After all, in their minds, they’re worth it.

What is also clearly obvious is that if by chance there’s an uptick in criticism of the first family’s endless excesses, their response will be an even more defiant display of conspicuous consumption while the liberal media does their part by accusing critics of racism.

In less than a week, spring break has transported two little girls to the sun and surf of the Bahamas and then scooped them up and ferried them to the cold, powdery Idaho snow! Ah, life is good.

Would somebody please refresh my memory? Didn’t Obama just blame the cancellation of White House tours on Secret Service furloughs? Then, after making schoolchildren cry, he managed to rustle up a kiddie security detail to stand around in Atlantis in swim trunks and then trail Sasha and Malia down the bunny slope in Sun Valley.

And wasn’t it just a few weeks ago that these girls and their mother shut down Aspen, Colorado? How many otherwise-furloughed Secret Service personnel were assigned to that little excursion? Apparently, Mrs. Obama, and to a lesser extent her husband, must fancy themselves full-fledged ‘celebrities.’ After all, “Sun Valley is known to be a getaway for celebrity.” The irony is that it’s America that needs to get away from the Obamas.

Nonetheless, thanks to another blank check compliments of the American taxpayer, “The Sun Valley Ski Patrol confirm[ed] the girls were enjoying the wonders of the mountain.” To rub the already appalled public’s noses in it even more, allegedly while in Sun Valley Sasha and Malia are bunking at Thunder Spring, which boasts being “A premier resort community for the select few.”

Read more: here

Cyber Nuclear Hokum

Via: Sandia

Sandia was doing cyber before the term cyberspace existed. Today cybersecurity is a daunting national security problem, and we’re applying decades of expertise to the task. As the most networked nation on earth, the United States is extremely vulnerable. To keep systems safe and foil attacks, we develop protective technologies, conduct threat assessments, and analyze government, military, and civilian computer networks.

Read more: here

Unbelievable…Let’s create the threat, and then create a revenue stream out of it..This is pure evil!
People, I know you need a job, but stop helping this!
-Moose

POLICY CONCERNING RIVER CITY PROCEDURES

Via: Cryptome

UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS
15TH MARINE EXPEDITIONARY UNIT
BOX 555365
CAMP PENDLETON, CALIFORNIA 92055-5365
Canc: Aug 2013
MEUBul 2023
13 Aug 12
MARINE EXPEDITIONARY UNIT BULLETIN 2023
From: Commanding Officer
To: Distribution List
Subj: POLICY CONCERNING RIVER CITY PROCEDURES
Ref: (a) (C//NF) USS PELELIU (LHA-5) Instruction C3430.2
(b) NAVY Wide OPTASK IO, 151731Z May 06
Encl: (1) RIVER CITY Access List
(2) RIVER CITY Access Modification Request

1. Purpose. To provide procedural guidance for controlling outgoing
communications and network paths for 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU)
from the USS PELELIU (LHA-5) for the purpose of operations security (OPSEC)
and force protection.

2. Background. RIVER CITY conditions are used as a countermeasure to
prevent the release of sensitive information – Essential Elements of Friendly
Information (EEFI) — by controlling outgoing communications and network paths
from the ship while allowing users to perform mission essential duties (not
administrative or personal use).

a. RIVER CITY is not to be confused with Information Operation Condition
(INFOCON), which is an all service Computer Network Defense (CND) posture
that reduces incoming traffic during military operations and/or threats to
the computer network.

b. EEFI are those elements of information that are particularly
vulnerable to adversary exploitation, and requires protection.

c. RIVER CITY conditions should be employed prior to setting certain
force protection conditions, commencing sensitive mission planning, and/or
operations that could be compromised by an inadvertent communications or
information release.

d. Instances where RIVER CITY may be required include, but are not
limited to: special operations support, strait transits, offensive strikes,
response to casualties, high-tempo operations, or when web browsing is
adversely affecting the command’s operational mission. Additionally, RIVER
CITY will be set in response to serious events, or as the Information Warfare
Commander (IWC), deems necessary to control transmitted information by phone
or electronic mail.

Read more: here 

Translation… Shutting down all external communications!
-Moose

Obama’s Cyber Nuke Dream, Petraeus’ Love Child: Plus Message for US Congressman Hunter

Via: Cryptome


by John Stanton 

“Cyber Warfare, Cyber Security and massive Cyber Attacks are alarmist and vastly overrated. Look at what is going on in Cyprus. What could trigger a run on the banks in the United States? Something as simple as shutting down all the ATM’s for three days. The resulting panic and long bank lines could irrevocably shake confidence in banks and financial institutions, as Americans find out the significance of all the paperwork they signed when they established their banks accounts, fed by direct deposits. Since many in the country know what the country was like before personal computers and the Internet, they’ll do fine. Those people who have exchanged their hearts and brains for computer chips manufactured in Vietnam, and are tethered to Smart Phones and the Cloud, are due for a very rude awakening. You’ve heard of sleeper agents and moles haven’t you? I wonder how many sleeper programs are in the millions of computer chips that are now in every single facet of our lives.”

“The US Army Secretary [McHugh] states that the program converted to DA Civilian and military positions.

That was true up till a year ago but now the program is back to being filled by contractors. Why is that?

Likely due to having so many legal problems getting rid of people – good and bad. If the separate commands want a social science capability they can build their own team like CENTCOM did. They can provide the funding and the oversight. So many less issues that way and quite the savings! Though I agree with the intent of McHugh’s letter – to save an HTS type capability, I disagree with the saving the HTS program. McHugh sites ‘commanders’ assessments’ as reason to save the program. I doubt these assessments or at least their true value.

The House Armed Services Committee should have one of their educated staffers send a request to the team’s in theater requesting them to send in the products they have provided their current units for the last six months. A review of such products would show that a majority of such are just regurgitation’s of other products and lack any real operationally relevant info that was used in the day-to-day business of the units. The reason is very few, if any, HTS members have left their forward operating bases in the last 6-12 months to do what the program was designed to do. And now that US forces are handing over battle space to their Afghan partners, HTS work is for the most part limited to data-mining the internet and creating what the commanders ask for to support their desired course of action.”

And they rave about the performances on New York City’s Broadway? 

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Deep State: Cut Throats of Secretkeepers

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Raise the Black Flag, Commence Cutting Throats of Secretkeepers, March 30, 2013

By John Young “Cryptome” (New York, NY)

This review is from: Deep State: Inside the Government Secrecy Industry (Kindle Edition)

The least protected, most Wall Street billboarded, secret is that war is immensely profitable to those shrewd enough to avoid the carnage while being generously rewarded by wartime picking of citizen wallets, aided by ridiculously paid safe-at-home shills celebrating valor and sacrifice (market boom, Zero Dark Thirty ilk, ex-SEAL chest-beaters).

The open-dirty-secret secrecy industry exposed in Deep State is as rouged as war harlotry, as venal as political campaigns, as crass as high-brass military coins, as formulaicly vulgar as thanking troops for service, as duplicitous as veterans’ filthy hospitals and always delayed, cropped and denied benefits.
Top leaders lust for secretly sharing means and methods to exploit the bottom, so gather to swap kisses with PR whores in Aspen, Bilderberg and Davos. They serve on secrecy-slathered advisory boards of governments, rotate through government offices, eroticize military contracting officers with promises of future triple-dipping benefits.

Read Deep State to be informed, galvanized and bold-heartened to raise the black flag, commence cutting throats of secretkeepers. 

Very good read!
-Moose