August 2012

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EFF Lawsuit Seeks Details of NSA Email, Phone Surveillance

EFF Lawsuit Seeks Details of NSA Email, Phone Surveillance
By Grant Gross, IDG News

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has filed a lawsuit seeking details about U.S. National Security Agency surveillance of email and telephone calls, with the lawsuit raising concerns that the agency has illegally targeted U.S. citizens.

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The EFF Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, filed Thursday in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, alleges that the NSA has circumvented the legal protections for U.S. citizens in the FISA Amendments Act, a 2008 law that allowed the NSA to expand its surveillance efforts targeting foreign terrorism suspects. The law prohibits the NSA from intentionally targeting U.S. citizens, but the EFF pointed to a July letter in which a U.S. intelligence official told a senator the NSA has sometimes overstepped its limits.

On "at least one occasion," the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), which oversees the program, found the NSA's collection of information was "unreasonable" under the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, Kathleen Turner, director of legislation affairs for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, wrote in the letter. The Fourth Amendment protects U.S. citizens against unreasonable searches and seizures.

In addition, the government's implementation of the surveillance law "has sometimes circumvented the spirit of the law," Turner wrote, in response to an information request from Senator Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat.

In the lawsuit, the EFF asks for details of the spying operation. The digital rights group wants information on any written opinions or orders from FISC discussing illegal government surveillance, and any briefings to Congress about those violations.

The EFF believes the opinions of the FISC are law, "and the government can't classify and withhold the law from the American public," Mark Rumold, the EFF's open government legal fellow, said in an email.

PANDA's fight to end NDAA once and for all

PANDA's fight to end NDAA once and for all


"This measure has a chilling impact on First Amendment rights." said Federal District Judge Katherine Forrest.

Judge Forrest ruled May 16th, 2012 in her southern district in Manhattan to favor a group of writers and activists who sued President Barack Obama, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, and the Defense Department with clams that provisions inside of the National Defense Authorization Act that was signed into law Dec. 31, 2011 was blatantly unconstitutional. This preliminary injunction is considered a watershed moment in reversing decades of bipartisan assaults on civil liberties and the American Constitution.

The New York Times reporter, Christopher Hedges, and other plaintiffs, contend that the law allows for detention of citizens and permanent residents taken into custody in the U.S. on “suspicion of providing substantial support,” to people engaged in hostilities against the U.S., but that this contention could be too broadly interpreted. The NDAA views a terrorist to be anyone who might speak out against the government, are deemed to hold "extreme views," or exhibits what is judged to have "unusual actions" that catch the attention of others. The NDAA dissolved due process.

Video: NDAA Explained
At the Paul Fest a group of anti-NDAA supporters from People Against the NDAA (PANDA), an organization with over 70 chapters in 30 states, passed fliers to indicate the true scope of NDAA.

· You may be arrested and indefinitely detained at the discretion of the President, if he alone deems you a terrorist. The definition of the word 'terrorist' is at his discretion.

· Those accused would not have the right to legal representation, and cannot make contact with anyone, including an attorney of family member, and so due process is dissolved.

· The accused can be held indefinitely without being convicted of a crime.

· The accused no longer has the right to a trial by jury.

· The accused can be executed without a conviction of crime, and would be entirely in the hands of Federal authority.

The NDAA, in and of itself, violates over half of our Bill of Rights.

In the Heart of Darkness of 9/11

In the Heart of Darkness of 9/11
August 31st, 2012 Kommentare deaktiviert
Officially the air defense of the United States has completely failed on 9/11 – not once, not twice, but four times in a row, while a whole slew of war game exercises were taking place simultaneously during the time of the terror attacks. Furthermore, the Continuity of Government plans were activated that day – after two decades of preparation. Many essential questions related to the “mythical historical narrative” (Zbigniew Brzeziński) are still not investigated at all. An exclusive interview with German researcher Paul Schreyer.

By Lars Schall

Paul Schreyer was born 1977 in Ahrenshoop, Germany. He is a freelance journalist for the German magazines “Telepolis”, “Hintergrund” and “Ossietzky“, as well as author of the German written book “Inside 9/11″. Related to the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 he has published also this website in English and German:, and these videos: “Inside 9/11 – Who controlled the planes?”, “Inside 9/11 – Hijacking the air defense”, and “Inside 9/11 – Obstructing the investigation”.

Lars Schall: Mr. Schreyer, would you agree with me that the topic of the war games and the failure of the air defense on the morning of September 11, 2001 is the single most important issue related to the terror attacks of 9/11?

Paul Schreyer: That´s true. What we call 9/11 is essentially four planes being hijacked and crashed in a two hour period of time. Therefore, the complete failure of the air defense during these two hours should be investigated in much more depth and detail than it has been by the 9/11 Commission. And regarding the war games, yes, it´s at least quite strange that exactly on 9/11 a military exercise was taking place that included a virtual hijacking.

Actually it´s a bit more than simply strange, considering that the second big terror attack in the western hemisphere in the last decade, the 7/7 tube bombing in London 2005, was also happening precisely while an exercise testing a tube bombing was running. (1) To call this a coincidence one has to change the meaning of the word, I would say.

L.S.: Why have you developed an interest in 9/11 in general, and in the above mentioned topic in particular?

P.S.: 9/11 is still the biggest topic of our time. It started or accelerated major policy shifts in many countries. We still live under the influence of these policy shifts. That´s why you can´t act responsibly today as long as you don´t know what really happened on 9/11. We have to come clean with this history. It´s a simple matter of truthfulness.

And the issue of the air defense that morning is apparently a key to the whole thing. It should be obvious to everybody. The Pentagon was being hit about 90 minutes after the first hijacking started. And still the strongest military power in the world should not have been able to protect its own nerve center? That has to be explained.

L.S.: On the morning of 9/11 there were a whole slew of war game exercises going on. Can you tell us about one specifically, please – and that is “Vigilant Guardian“?

P.S.: “Vigilant Guardian” was a countrywide so called “transition to war” exercise taking place between August 20th and September 13th, 2001. But only between September 10th and 13th it was planned to run 24 hours a day. Right on the morning of 9/11 the scenario contained a hijacking. That´s why the first phone call about a real hijacking made officers in the air defense headquarter wonder. One even said: “Somebody started the exercise early. The hijack is not supposed to be for another hour.” It appears that the exercise somehow melted with reality.

Editorial: End NYPD's dubious spying on Muslims

Editorial: End NYPD's dubious spying on Muslims
Originally published: August 29, 2012 5:13 PM
Updated: August 29, 2012 6:22 PM

Photo credit: JASON DECROW | Police Commissioner Ray Kelly speaks to the press after a promotion ceremony at police headquarters in New York. (Aug. 4, 2012)
New Yorkers recently learned how many terrorism investigations have resulted from the controversial NYPD surveillance operation that included spying in neighborhoods where Muslims live, eavesdropping on their conversations and infiltrating mosques: zero. If the New York Police Department is going to engage in practices that potentially trample civil liberties, the information gathered should at least be useful in preventing terrorism.
The NYPD Demographics Unit has been monitoring Muslim communities in the city, on Long Island and elsewhere for years. But a June 28 deposition by NYPD Assistant Chief Thomas Galati, which was unsealed last week, provided the first official glimpse of the secretive operation. Galati was questioned in a lawsuit challenging the spying as a violation of a 1985 court-monitored agreement that set federal guidelines prohibiting the surveillance of political activity when there is no indication of unlawful activity.

9/11 Trial Could Be Stalled for Another 4 Years

Mark Hughes, New York Correspondent, The Telegraph | Aug. 22, 2012, 6:33 PM

The trial of the five men charged over the September 11 attacks on America will not be televised and may not begin for another four years, it has been disclosed.

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his four co-conspirators are due to be tried at Guantanamo Bay military base for the murders of 2,976 people in what has been dubbed the 'trial of the century'.

But yesterday both the prosecution and defence conceded that the trial will not be televised, unlike many high profile trials in America.

And the defence claimed that, while the hearings have begun, they do not expect that actual trial to start until 2016 – 15 years after the attacks which prompted the USA's war on terror and remain the worst terror atrocity in history.

Unlike in the UK, many US trials are broadcast on television and can be watched at home.

High profile cases such as the trial of OJ Simpson and that of Conrad Murray, the doctor accused of killing Michael Jackson, have been televised in America, as have many other US trials.

But yesterday the military prosecutor Brigadier General Mark Martins said that the trial of the 9/11 conspirators would not be broadcast on television, as per the current laws surrounding military commissions. He said: "The government position is that the rule works."

He said that a "fair and appropriate balance" would be to have the trial screened in selected military bases and courtrooms in the USA.

The Rot Runs Deep: The Federal Reserve is a Parasitic Wealth Transfer Machine

The Rot Runs Deep 1: The Federal Reserve Is a Parasitic Wealth Transfer Machine (August 27, 2012)

Submitted by Charles Hugh-Smith of OfTwoMinds blog,

The Federal Reserve is a wealth transfer machine, skimming wealth from the productive many and transferring it to the parasitic few.

Today I launch a series entitled "The Rot Runs Deep" that examines the moral and financial rot at the core of American finance, politics and culture. We have reached a unique junction of American history: the confluence of Big Lie propaganda, neofeudalism and the worship of false financial gods.

The Big Lie propaganda machine of corporate media and the Central State has perfected Orwell's nightmare vision of centralized media and a fascist centralized State which turn lies into self-serving "truth."

New "9/11 Free Fall" Radio Show Ignites Alternative Media by Eli Rika Tuesday, 28 August 2012

New "9/11 Free Fall" Radio Show Ignites Alternative Media
Written by Eli Rika
Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Supporters of AE911Truth have used a variety of methods to educate others about the explosive destruction of the WTC skyscrapers, including holding screenings of “9/11: Explosive Evidence – Experts Speak Out,” distributing educational materials and speaking at public events. Now, a new radio show, 9/11 Free Fall, is building on those efforts and has the potential to massively increase public awareness of this essential issue.

9/11 Free Fall, co-hosted by Andrew Steele and Bernie Suarez, debuted on June 15, 2012, and now airs every Thursday evening at 7 p.m. PST on No Lies Radio, an internet radio station that features a variety of voices in the alternative media. You can find the latest information on the show at and listen to podcasts of previous transmissions at its YouTube channel.

9/11: THE SENSIBLE DOUBT - Danish documentary about 9/11

9/11: THE SENSIBLE DOUBT - Danish documentary about 9/11

What happened September 11, 2001?
All over the world, people question the official story and explanation about the events that took place in USA more than 10 years ago. In this Danish documentary you will meet architect Jan Utzon, MP Benny Engelbrecht, professor Niels Harrit, airline captain Niels Studstrup, journalist Tommy Hansen and artist Jacob Fuglsang. They will talk about their doubt and skepticism and explain why they have come to feel and think this way.

U.S. officials checking copy of soon-to-be published book ‘No Easy Day,’ an ex-Navy SEAL’s account of raid that killed Osama bin


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The upcoming book 'No Easy Day.'
WASHINGTON - U.S. officials said Monday that they are reviewing a copy of a soon-to-be-published account of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, checking for leaks of classified information.

Pentagon spokesman George Little said Defense Department officials "received the manuscript and we are looking at it."

CIA spokesman Preston Golson would only say that "the CIA has a copy of the book."

The book, "No Easy Day," is scheduled for publication on Sept. 11.

The author, a former Navy SEAL who participated in the raid, did not submit the book for pre-publication review that is required by the military secrecy agreements officials say he signed.

Pentagon regulations stipulate that retired personnel, former employees and non-active duty members of the Reserves "shall use the DoD security review process to ensure that information they submit for public release does not compromise national security."

Pentagon officials say that if they determine the manuscript reveals classified information about the raid, the Pentagon would "defer to the Department of Justice."

If there is classified information in the book, the former SEAL could face criminal charges.