7 Mar 2013

Gulag USA: Anonymous 'spokesperson' to spend year in jail without trial

Barrett Brown
RT: The federal trial against alleged computer criminal Barrett Brown has been delayed by six months. Now the activist once called the “spokesperson” of the Anonymous hacker movement will wait in prison for one full year before being tried.
Brown, 31, was scheduled to stand trial later this month for a slew of charges that have handed down in three separate indictments filed by the government since last September. Per the request of his attorneys, however, legal proceedings have been pushed back for six months, delaying the trial until September 2013.
Doug Morris, a public defender appointed to serve as Brown’s defense counsel, asked for an extension in order to evaluate the evidence against his client, the Associate Press reports. US District Judge Sam Lindsay obliged on Wednesday this week.
The AP adds that Brown’s trial for one indictment is now slated for September 3, 2013, with trials for his second and third indictments scheduled to start on Sept. 23. Brown was arrested on Sept. 12 last year and has been in law enforcement custody for the nearly six months since.
The AP describes Brown as having Brown "once served as de facto spokesman for Anonymous, a shadowy movement that has gotten attention for cyberattacks," although he says he's never represented himself as such. Although Brown has aligned himself with the Anonymous movement on several occasions in the past and have spoken broadly on matters relating to the group, he wrote from prison last year, “I am not and never have been the spokesman for Anonymous, nor its ‘public face’ or, worse, ‘self-proclaimed’ ‘face’ or ‘spokesperson’ or ‘leader.’”

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White House admits it's not allowed to kill Americans with drones in US

RT: Two leading figures within the Obama administration now insist that the president of the United States does not have the authority to launch drone strikes on US soil.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) received a response from the Obama administration on Thursday afternoon after spending 13 hours demanding answers about the possible use of drones inside of the United States.
During a briefing Thursday afternoon, White House press secretary Jay Carney said, "The president has not and would not use drone strikes against American citizens on American soil.”
Mr. Carney also elected to read a statement penned by Attorney General Eric Holder earlier that day that had been sent to Sen. Paul. Mr. Holder’s entire statement, only 43 words, confirmed Mr. Carney’s remark.
“It has come to my attention that you have now asked an additional question: ‘Does the President have the authority to use a weaponized drone to kill an American not engaged in combat on American soil?’ The answer to that question is no,” wrote the attorney general.

'US lies on Iran N-program exposed'

Zionist Banned Press TV: An analyst says the former head of IAEA's confirmation of Iran's nuclear program as solely for peace exposes US sanctions used as a barbaric tool of war against Iran. In the background of this former IAEA chief Hans Blax has come out and said there is no evidence and has never been evidence that Iran is even interested in producing weapons of mass destruction. He said further that the threat of a nuclear Iran is "over-hyped". He confirmed that Iran has so far not at all violated the Nuclear Proliferation treaty and therefore no action can be justified against Iran in the form of sanctions

US Cities continue to get ‘tanks’ they don’t need in nationwide police militarization trend

By Madison Ruppert: Last month I reported on how Georgia law enforcement agencies have acquired a massive arsenal of military-grade vehicles and weapons through the Department of Defense. Unfortunately, it’s far from isolated.
Many law enforcement agencies acquire military equipment through the Pentagon’s 1033 program. Police have also acquired military robots through the DoD but they have other ways to get their hands on armored surveillance vehicles and armored personnel carriers as well.
Indeed, the Department of Homeland Security gave the city of Keene, New Hampshire, with a population of less than 25,000, $285,933 to buy an armored counter-attack vehicle called a BearCat, according to Radley Balko.
Keene has had a whopping three murders since 1999 according to City Data and according to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the city lied about the need for the tank-like vehicle built by Lenco Industries, Inc.
The ACLU points out that a Keene City Councilmember actually admitted that the city lied about their need for the BearCat to DHS.
“Our application talked about the danger of domestic terrorism, but that’s just something you put in the grant application to get the money,”

‘The Suffering Grasses’ documentary paints a twisted, myopic picture of Syrian conflict

By Madison Ruppert: The Suffering Grasses,” propaganda by Iara Lee, presents a woefully myopic and one-sided picture of the Syrian conflict, giving uninformed viewers a completely erroneous picture of what has gone on since 2011 and what is going on today.
Most recently, the Arab League has approved the open arming of Syrian rebels with the approval of the United States (though the US has helped funnel arms to rebels for quite a while now) and United Nations peacekeepers were taken hostage by Syrian rebels in Golan Heights.
The documentary was screened at California State University, Northridge on March 6 and was followed by a question and answer period featuring Syrian artist Fadia Afashe and actor Jihad Abdo.
During this question and answer period, the two avoided directly answering questions about the al-Nusra Front, or Jabhat al-Nusra, the prominent Syrian rebel group that was listed as a terrorist organization by the United States in 2012.

EU Secret ballot: They have no shame!

One of the most despicable features of the EU is its secrecy. Another despicable feature is the way the EU wastes our money. There is something about to happen that will combine this secrecy and waste. 
By UKIP Deputy Leader Paul Nuttall.
• The member states of the EU, racked by the financial crisis, have requested a cut in the EU budget. This is a welcome move. However it has angered the President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, who actually wants an increase in the budget to help pay for the champagne and caviar lifestyle he is accustomed to.

Schulz is a German Socialist and, even by the standards of career politicians, is a fanatical Europhile. In the upcoming European Parliament vote on the budget, Schulz has demanded a secret ballot, and he only needs 151 MEPs to back him for it to become a reality.
To give you some idea of how unusual this move is, this secret ballot procedure has only been used three times in the 34 years of the European Parliament's existence.

The European Parliament's archive service have already confirmed this (Request number 17044 and answer number 29576).

The reason is simple. Schulz thinks it is okay for career politicians to keep how they vote a secret from the people who pay for their salaries and expenses. To Schulz, the taxpayer, already at breaking point financially, should be squeezed even harder for even more money - and to add insult to injury, they should not be allowed to know which politicians are squeezing them.

Abby Martin with Max Keiser on Bitcoin, Hugo Chavez Myths, Latin American Socialism

Abby Martin talks to Max Keiser, host of the Keiser Report, about the global economy and the growing popularity of the decentralized digital currency known as the Bitcoin. Source

UK economy turning corner very soon... probably, PM to tell Nation


IS RELIEF AT HAND, f’nar f’nar?

camcalmThe Slog: The Prime Minister is to deliver a speech West Yorkshire this week, expressing cautious optimism that the country may be emerging from the economic crisis, because there are actually no signs of that at all, and he has to say something, otherwise under the existing Conservative Leadership Rules he will be stabbed to death without mercy. Here he talks live and in person about why he should be given just one more chance pretty please.
“Now look here everyone, there’s been a lot of idle gossip over the last few weeks about everyone in the Conservative Party apart from George and Ollie wanting to get rid of me and I would just like to put the minds of all those who think I’m doing a great job at rest, so don’t be concerned Mr & Mrs Jim Kit of 23 Glenn Close, I’m not going without a fight. There are all sorts of new initiatives in the pipeline, ready to go, up and about to be running and on the stocks waiting for the starter’s orders, so watch this space.
“Let’s be clear about this, we are going to go out there and jolly well give it our best shot in order to ensure that children with access to the internet give the marketing companies leading our export drive every last ounce of information they possibly can, and that the bankers giving so much of their money to the Treasury in taxes are not hampered by having their hard-earned bonuses capped. Throughout my life I have believed in equality, and the importance of everyone getting a leg up which is why I think it absolutely right that we are sending equipment and vehicles – but no weapons of course, none of that nonsense – to the Syrian rebels in order to equalise things when the evil forces of Basher Assad seem not to be giving in like we said they would, which is most unfortunate but only to be expected when dealing with those who plunge pitchforks into babies.

BitCoin Ponzi Scheme

TruthNeverTold: With Bitcoin up to $48 I think it is time to separate the hype from reality. This is a Part 1 of a two part series on the Bitcoin.
Listen to all. Follow none. Source

The #1 problem when owning gold

By Reporting from Sovereign Valley Farm, Chile
In official testimony before Congress in December 1912, just three months before his death, J.P. Morgan stated quite plainly:
“[Credit] is not the money itself. Money is gold, and nothing else.”
(the quote is almost Shakespearean in its unrhymed iambic pentameter…)
Of course, this testimony came only 253 days before H.R. 7837, better known as the Federal Reserve Act, was introduced on the floor of Congress.
The Federal Reserve Act went on to become law and pave the way for the perpetual fraud of fiat currency which underpins our modern financial system.
And if unbacked paper currency isn’t bad enough, we award dictatorial control of the money supply to a tiny handful of people, and then simply trust them to be good guys.
Between the four of them, Masaakai Shirakawa (Bank of Japan), Mario Draghi (European Central Bank), Mervyn King (Bank of England), and Benjamin Shalom Bernanke (US Federal Reserve) control an astounding $8.85 trillion.
And given the speed with which they are printing currency and expanding credit, it’s a number that’s only going to increase.
Morgan was right. Credit is not money. The word credit comes from the Latin ‘credere’, which means ‘to believe or trust.’
And when it comes to maintaining the purchasing power of their currencies, these guys have an absolutely stellar long-term track record, completely unblemished by success. In short, they have given us no reason to trust them.
Owning gold is the same as voting against this system, turning your paper currency into something that they cannot inflate or conjure out of thin air.
Yet there’s one problem.

30 Facts About The Coming Water Crisis That Will Change The Lives Of Every Person On The Planet

30 Facts About The Coming Water Crisis That Will Change The Lives Of Every Person On The PlanetBy Michael Snyder: The world is rapidly running out of clean water. Some of the largest lakes and rivers on the globe are being depleted at a very frightening pace, and many of the most important underground aquifers that we depend on to irrigate our crops will soon be gone. At this point, approximately 40 percent of the entire population of the planet has little or no access to clean water, and it is being projected that by 2025 two-thirds of humanity will live in "water-stressed" areas. But most Americans are not too concerned about all of this because they assume that North America has more fresh water than anyone else does. And actually they would be right about that, but the truth is that even North America is rapidly running out of water and it is going to change all of our lives. Today, the most important underground water source in America, the Ogallala Aquifer, is rapidly running dry. The most important lake in the western United States, Lake Mead, is rapidly running dry. The most important river in the western United States, the Colorado River, is rapidly running dry. Putting our heads in the sand and pretending that we are not on the verge of an absolutely horrific water crisis is not going to make it go away. Without water, you cannot grow crops, you cannot raise livestock and you cannot support modern cities. As this global water crisis gets worse, it is going to affect every single man, woman and child on the planet. I encourage you to keep reading and learn more.
The U.S. intelligence community understands what is happening. According to one shocking government report that was released last year, the global need for water will exceed the global supply of water by 40 percent by the year 2030...