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Evidence of template based crimes

Evidence of template based crimes

I thought, a few years ago, when I wrote the posts that resulted in Revolution on the Ground, that the feds would come looking for me. After all, I argued that we had to find a way to put the feds out of a job, and people do not like to have their job security threatened. No evidence of a phone tap, no black cars with tinted windows sitting outside my house. This neglect is a disappointment. If…

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Aim of the 9/11 truth movement

Aim of the 9/11 truth movement

We have to consider for a few moments the stated aim of individuals in the 9/11 truth movement. When people challenge their evidence, their reasoning, their implied conclusions, their analytical methods, or other elements of their case, 9/11 skeptics say that they simply request a new, impartial investigation. It is a reasonable aim, and a modest one. In its modesty, it deflects the challenges…

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Origins of the 9/11 truth movement

Origins of the 9/11 truth movement

About a generation and a half elapsed between November 22, 1963, to September 11, 2001: thirty-seven years, nine months, and twenty days. If you were born the day Kennedy died, your children would be youngsters on 9/11, as I was on November 22, 1963. We let something terrible happen in 1963: criminals murdered our president, and we did not raise holy hell when they lied about what they had done.…

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Apr 8

Here’s an interesting sidelight of the developing crisis in Ukraine. Twice now I’ve…

Here’s an interesting sidelight of the developing crisis in Ukraine. Twice now I’ve heard in main mainstream press – the Wall Street Journaland NPR – reference to Vladimir Putin’s false flag attacks in Russia in 1999. He used them to gin up the second Chechen war, just as we used we used false flag attacks to gin up wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Putin’s recent activities don’t quite count as…

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Apr 5

Corruption and secrecy in software systems and foreign affairs

Corruption and secrecy in software systems and foreign affairs

As we think about the issue of truth and truth telling in the context of government secrecy, we encounter another interesting connection: that between transparency and security. We associate transparency or openness with trust. Secrecy, the opposite of transparency, is more complicated. Government agencies insist secrecy is essential to protect the American people from our nation’s enemies, yet…

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Apr 3

We might as well call NPR National Propaganda Radio, not National Public Radio. Have you noticed…

We might as well call NPR National Propaganda Radio, not National Public Radio. Have you noticed the nature of their coverage of the ACA lately, as we approached the March 31 enrollment deadline? First of all, it was one of their lead stories again and again, almost as if they had signed up be part of the White House’s propaganda machine. As we approached the deadline, they kept asking, will they…

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Apr 1

My country’s in ruins

My country’s in ruins

This post is not so easy to write. It’s about a subject that has troubled me for some time, but I haven’t thought about it in a productive way. The subject concerns the early promise of America, set against its more recent decline. I won’t be able to write much this evening, so let’s start with some lyrics from a Bruce Springsteen song, My City of Ruins:

There’s a blood red circle,
on the cold…

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Crime in high places

Crime in high places

What should we do if we observe a prison camp that imprisons innocent people? That question arose when the United States government rounded up Japanese American citizens after Pearl Harbor, and put them in camps for the entire war. Are the guards in those camps innocent? What about the people who planned the camps, who employed the guards and gave orders to all the people required to run the…

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How can the state execute you at the end of an interrogation?

How can the state execute you at the end of an interrogation?

Watch The Lives of Others. It is a film about the East German state security police. It shows, among other things, how they break people during interrogations. It shows the techniques they use to make people confess. These confessions are not so easy to obtain, since most of the transgressions they deal with are thought crimes. Once the security police decide you might be an enemy of the state,…

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What is the balance of authority between the president and the surveillance state?

What is the balance of authority between the president and the surveillance state?

Obama to propose ending NSA’s phone call sweep

My first reaction to this news item from the White House: how cynical can you get? When it comes to the political application of cosmetic communications, the president’s team cannot seem to help itself.

My second reaction: how stupid do they think we are?

My third reaction: maybe it’ll work this time.

FILE - This Thursday, June 6, 2013, file photo, shows a sign outside the National Security Administration (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md.

And then you think, my God, I am as stupid as…

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