War on Jesus

thought-provoking and powerful documentary film on the current and historical root causes of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Unlike any other film ever produced on the conflict — 'Occupation 101' presents a comprehensive analysis of the facts and hidden truths surrounding the never ending controversy and dispels many of its long-perceived myths and misconceptions

Archive for the month “January, 2013”

The Great IRS Hoax: Why We Don’t Owe Income Tax

http://famguardian1.org/Publications/GreatIRSHoax/GreatIRSHoax20100629s.pdf

“Ye Shall Know the Truth
and the Truth Shall Make You Free” John 8:32

Source: Famguardian

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How to Leave the Government Farm

Source: http://sedm.org/Forms/Procs/PathToFreedom.pdf

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A Crisis Veiled in Public Spectacle

A Crisis Veiled in Public Spectacle

Bill Bonner for The Daily Reckoning
2012-07-18 10:15:17
You can’t help but feel sorry for the bankers. Yesterday, one of them was so upset and humiliated he tended his resignation — at a Senate hearing.

One after another the bankers mount the scaffold. Goldman, JP Morgan, Barclays…and now HSBC. One loses money. Another rigs LIBOR rates.

One fiddles an entire nation’s books. And another helps terrorists, drug dealers and money launderers with their banking needs.

That last charge is the one leveled against HSBC yesterday, causing the bank’s chief of compliance to quit, on the spot. Here’s the accusation:

…using a global network of branches and a US affiliate to create a gateway into the American financial system that led to more than $30bn in suspect transactions linked to drugs, terrorism and business for sanctioned companies in Iran, North Korea and Burma.

This spectacle may be entertaining, but in our view, it is fundamentally meaningless.

Here’s what really happened:

The feds created a funny money, back in the early ’70s. Unlike the gold-backed dollar, this one was almost infinitely flexible. It would allow the financial system to create trillions-worth of new cash and credit, vastly expanding the amount of debt in the system…and greatly increasing the profits of the banking sector.

The financial industry — the dispenser of the need money — set to work, creating fancy new ways to move the new money around. Each time it closed a deal, it made a profit. Naturally, it was encouraged to find all manner of clever ways to make deals.

Then, when the credit bubble blew up in ’08-’09 many of these tricks of the trade didn’t look so clever. They looked sinister. Stupid. Or crooked.

“When the tide goes out,” says Warren Buffett, “you see who’s been swimming naked.”

It is not a pretty sight.

Billions of dollars were lent to people who shouldn’t have been allowed to borrow lunch money. And now, there are losses — trillions worth.

The real question — the only question of great significance since the blow-up — is: who will take the losses? Or, to put it another way: How will the system be cleaned up? Who will decide who wins and who loses?

Mr. Market or Mr. Politician?

Let investors and speculators take the losses…or put them on savers and taxpayers?

Who will lose? The rich? Or the rest?

We’ve given you our answer many times: let Mr. Market sort it out. He’s completely impartial. He’s honest. He’s fast. And he works cheap.

In a flash, back in September-December of ’08, he probably would have wiped up the floor with the bankers. In a real crash, few of the big banks would have remained standing. Investors and lenders who had put their money in them…and who had invested in the things their phony credits supported…would have lost trillions. The rich wouldn’t be so rich anymore. And we’d now be in some phase of real recovery with many new financial institutions.

But we’re not in a position to impose our will on the world. And the politicians are. So, they’ve decided to do it another way. Instead of allowing Mr. Market to do his work they make their own choices…generally trying to direct the losses towards groups of people who don’t make campaign contributions…and don’t know what is going on. That is, towards the masses…and the unborn…

The idea has been to kick the can as far down the road as possible…borrowing and printing trillions more dollars to prop up the financial system…while also parading a few bankers through the streets with nooses around their necks. The press insults them. The mob spits upon them. The public spectacle continues…

…and nothing really changes.

Regards,

Bill Bonner,
for The Daily Reckoning

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Ralph Nader Paranoia over U.S. Socialism driven by Corporate Propaganda “Fascism”

RT: Ralph Nader does not belong to either of the two parties ruling Congress. Nader believes that Theodore Dreiser put it very well many years ago, when he said that “the corporations are the government”. “Knowing they [corporations] can’t be out front because people don’t like a lot of these big corporations, they are ripped off by the banks and credit card companies, they camouflage and their camouflage is that they give the Tea Parties certain deceptive information and focus on certain politicians, and therefore they continue their work behind the scenes

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U.S. Spy Law Authorizes Mass Surveillance of European Citizens

Europeans, take note: The U.S. government has granted itself authority to secretly snoop on you.

That’s according to a new report produced for the European Parliament, which has warned that a U.S. spy law renewed late last year authorizes “purely political surveillance on foreigners’ data” if it is stored using U.S. cloud services like those provided by Google, Microsoft and Facebook.

Europeans were previously alarmed by the fact that the PATRIOT Act could be used to obtain data on citizens outside the United States. But this time the focus is a different law—the Foreign Intelligence and Surveillance Amendments Act—which poses a “much graver risk to EU data sovereignty than other laws hitherto considered by EU policy-makers,” according to the recently published report, Fighting Cyber Crime and Protecting Privacy in the Cloud, produced by the Centre for the Study of Conflicts, Liberty and Security.

The FISA Amendments Act was introduced in 2008, retroactively legalizing a controversial “warrantless wiretapping” program initiated following 9/11 by the Bush administration. Late last month, it was renewed through 2017. During that process, there was heated debate over how it may violate Americans’ privacy. But citizens in foreign jurisdictions have even greater cause for concern, says the report’s co-author, Caspar Bowden, who was formerly chief privacy adviser to Microsoft Europe.

According to Bowden, the 2008 FISA amendment created a power of “mass surveillance” specifically targeted at the data of non-U.S. persons located outside America, which applies to cloud computing. This means that U.S. companies with a presence in the EU can be compelled under a secret surveillance order, issued by a secret court, to hand over data on Europeans. Because non-American citizens outside the United States have been deemed by the court not to fall under the search and seizure protections of the Fourth Amendment, it opens the door to an unprecedented kind of snooping. “It’s like putting a mind control drug in the water supply, which only affects non-Americans,” says Bowden. The lack of attention European data protection authorities have paid to this provision has been “shocking,” Bowden adds. But with FISA’s renewal and the release of the report, that could be about to change.

Most countries’ spy agencies routinely monitor real-time communications like emails and phone calls of groups under suspicion on national security grounds. However, what makes FISA different is that it explicitly authorizes the targeting of real-time communications and dormant cloud data linked to “foreign-based political organizations”—not just suspected terrorists or foreign government agents. Bowden says FISA is effectively “a carte blanche for anything that furthers U.S. foreign policy interests” and legalizes the monitoring of European journalists, activists, and politicians who are engaged in any issue in which the United States has a stake. FISA, according to Bowden, expressly makes it lawful for the United States to do “continuous mass-surveillance of ordinary lawful democratic political activities,” and could even go as far as to force U.S. cloud providers like Google to provide a live “wiretap” of European users’ data.

U.S. officials, perhaps unsurprisingly, have continually rejected claims of mass snooping on Europeans. In a speech last year, William Kennard, U.S. ambassador to the European Union, addressed what he called the “fear of unlimited U.S. government access to data,” saying that all law enforcement and national security investigations in the United States are subject to legal and judicial constraints designed to protect individual privacy. It’s certainly questionable whether a U.S. court, even in secret, would be audacious enough to actually authorize mass spying on European journalists, even if it is a theoretical possibility. But in Europe, serious skepticism remains. Not satisfied with assurances from U.S. officials, Bowden and co.’s report calls for EU citizens to receive “prominent warnings” that their data could be vulnerable to U.S. political surveillance. The report also proposes that Europeans be granted equal protection in American courts.

Concerns on the issue of U.S. access to foreigners’ data have been simmering for several years—and could soon reach boiling point. Dutch politician Sophia in ‘t Veld, vice-chair of the European Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, is among a handful of European parliamentarians working to address the issue. The problem is a complex one, Veld tells me, because companies are required to comply with two conflicting jurisdictions, so new legislation won’t necessarily fix the situation. There’s also politics involved. “It’s very clear that the European Commission [the EU’s executive body] is turning a blind eye,” says Veld. “So are the national governments—partly because they don’t grasp the issue and partly because they are afraid to stand up to U.S. authority.”

Now, though, it seems inevitable that Europe’s policymakers will eventually have to face up to questions over U.S. snooping, no matter how controversial. The latest report uses words like “heavy-calibre mass surveillance fire-power aimed at the cloud”—the kind of language that can’t be brushed under the carpet for long.

Source: Ryan Gallagher @Slate.com

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Documentary on how the media lies to manipulate us

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