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War Plan Red: America's Planned War on Britain
Washington Post | Peter Carlson | 12/30/05 older

It sounds like a joke but it's not. War Plan Red is real. It was drawn up and approved by the War Department in 1930, then updated in 1934 and 1935. It was declassified in 1974 and the word "SECRET" crossed out with a heavy pencil. Now it sits in a little gray box in the National Archives in College Park, available to anybody, even Canadian spies.

War Plan Red was actually designed for a war with England. In the late 1920s, American military strategists developed plans for a war with Japan (code name Orange), Germany (Black), Mexico (Green) and England (Red). The Americans imagined a conflict between the United States (Blue) and England over international trade ... Read more

Michael Hayden 'Drifting' Toward Calling Edward Snowden A 'Traitor'
HP | Elise Foley | 12/30/13

"Revolving Door" Michael Hayden, former director of the National Security Agency, who now works for the Chertoff Group, said Sunday that he used to describe leaker Edward Snowden as a "defector," but is now "drifting in the direction of perhaps more harsh language ... such as 'traitor.'"

"I think there's an English word that describes selling American secrets to another government, and I do think it's treason," Hayden said on CBS' "Face the Nation."

Snowden tore back the curtain on NSA programs that collect phone records en masse, among other things, and his revelations sparked outrage from those who feel the agency is going too far. ... Read more

Fear Pays: Chertoff, Ex-Security Officials Slammed For Cashing In On Government Experience
HP | Marcus Baram | 05/25/11

After last month's plot to send bombs from Yemen to the United States aboard a cargo plane, former U.S. Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff's whiskerless visage was ubiquitous on cable news. Solemnly warning that the nation needed stronger security procedures, Chertoff patiently repeated his talking points on ABC News's "World News Tonight", "Fox and Friends", CNBC's "Squawk Box" and Bloomberg TV.

Almost unmentioned in these appearances: Chertoff , and his company Chertoff Group, has a lot to gain financially if some of these measures are adopted. Between his private consulting firm, The Chertoff Group, and seats on the boards of giant defense and security firms, he sits at the heart of the giant security nexus created in the wake of 9/11, in effect creating a shadow homeland security agency. Chertoff launched his firm just days after President Barack Obama took office, eventually recruiting at least 11 top officials from the Department of Homeland Security, as well as former CIA director General Michael Hayden and other top military brass and security officials. ... Read more



DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, December 31 [13:28]
DN | Crackdown on Brotherhood, Opposition Grows as Egypt Joins Ranks of Most Dangerous for Journalists (12/31/13) [17:30]
*DN | WikiLeaks' Julian Assange Calls on Computer Hackers to Unite Against NSA Surveillance (12/31/13) [10:43]
DN | Looking Back: A Year of Struggles on Climate, Education & Marriage Equality Inspire Hope for 2014 (12/31/13) [16:39]
War Plan Red: America's Planned War on Britain
*War Plan Red: America's Planned War on Britain [45:03]
War Plan Red, an American strategy to make war on Great Britain. It was conceived in the late 1920s and developed throughout the next decade, including the idea to build air bases capable of bombing cities in the British dominion of Canada, where the US top brass intended the conflict to take place. The plan was officially withdrawn in 1939, with the outbreak of the Second World War, although it was not declassified until 1974.

Number of bullets Homeland Security (DHS) has bought

The Chertoff Group Website
"Revolving Door" Michael Hayden wants to protect the Internet from all those defectors, treasonist traitors, and hackers.
The Chertoff Group is a private consultancy company founded by former Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff. The company's site describes its activities as advising "corporate and government clients on security and risk management issues". The Group is based in Washington and has offices in New York, however, it does not openly publish the location of these offices on its website. The Chertoff Group's leadership team is mostly comprised of former high-level employees of the DHS, CIA, NSA, and FEMA.

  1. Co-founded by former Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff and Chad Sweet, former Director of Operations for the CIA
  2. Leadership team includes General Michael V. Hayden, former Director of the CIA and NSA, as well as Charles E. Allen, a former Assistant Director at the CIA and architect of DHS intelligence structure
  3. Advocates for the usage of body-scanners for airport security, while maintaining clients which include manufacturers of body-scanning systems
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Light Reading while in your Bunker

*U.S. Army Predator Drone Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Tactical Pocket Guide
PublicIntelligence.net | author | 2011

This pocket guide provides information used by battle staffs involved in planning, coordinating, synchronizing or executing actions that support the effective employment of unmanned aircraft systems (uas) on the battlefield.
Read more



U.S. Army Afghanistan Theater of Operations Evidence Collection Guide
PublicIntelligence.net | author | 2012

This Guide will assist Coalition Forces and Afghan units by providing practical means and methods to properly identify, collect, preserve, and provide evidence that will be recognized and accepted by the Afghan criminal justice system.
Read more

*ALEC - American Legislative Exchange Council
Through the corporate-funded American Legislative Exchange Council, global corporations and state politicians vote behind closed doors to try to rewrite state laws that govern your rights. These so-called "model bills" reach into almost every area of American life and often directly benefit huge corporations.

In ALEC's own words, corporations have "a VOICE and a VOTE" on specific changes to the law that are then proposed in your state.





Michigan Legislators with ALEC Ties
http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/Michigan_ALEC_Politicians

House of Representatives
  1. Rep. Gail Haines (R-43); Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force
  2. Rep. Eileen Kowall (R-44), paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2011
  3. Rep. Kenneth Kurtz (R-58), ALEC Health and Human Services Task Force
  4. Rep. Matthew Lori, (R-59), ALEC Health and Human Services Task Force
  5. Rep. Peter J. Lund (R-36); Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force and Public Safety and Elections Task Force
  6. Rep. Tom McMillin (R-45), sponsored 2011 HB 4050. Compare to ALEC's "Freedom of Choice in Health Care Act"
  7. Rep. Aric Nesbitt (R-66); State Chairman, Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force
  8. Rep. Amanda Price (R-89); Tax and Fiscal Policy Task Force
  9. Rep. Mike Shirkey (R-65), paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2011

Senate
  1. Sen. Darwin Booher (R-35), paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2005, 2007 and 2009 while a state representative
  2. Sen. Bruce Caswell (R-16), Health and Human Services Task Force
  3. Sen. Mike Green (R-31), State Chairman, paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2011
  4. Sen. Goeff Hansen (R-34), paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2005, 2007 and 2009 (twice) while a state representative, Commerce, Insurance and Economic Development Task Force member
  5. Sen. Dave Hildenbrand (R-29), paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2005, 2007 and 2009 while a state representative, and in 2011 while a state senator
  6. Sen. Mark Jansen (R-28)
  7. Sen. Rick Jones (R-24), paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2005 while a state representative, told Detroit News in August 2012 that he was no longer a member because "I thought (attending ALEC conferences) would be looked at by my constituents as a junket." See Legislators Who Have Cut Ties to ALEC for more.
  8. Sen. Mike Kowall (R-15), paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2009 while a state representative, and in 2011
  9. Sen. Arlan B. Meekhoff (R-30), paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2009 while a state representative
  10. Sen. John Moolenar (R-36), Member of ALEC's Public Safety and Elections Task Force[4]. Paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2005 and 2007 while a state representative
  11. Sen. Mike Nofs (R-19), paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2008 while a state representative
  12. Sen. David B. Robertson (R-26), paid ALEC membership dues with taxpayer funds in 2005
  13. Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker (R-20), former State Chairman[12]; Civil Justice Task Force


12.31.2013. 17:51

Monday December 30, 2013
News Articles

*Inside TAO: Documents Reveal Top NSA Hacking Unit
Der Spiegel | Staff | 12/30/13

The NSA's TAO hacking unit is considered to be the intelligence agency's top secret weapon. It maintains its own covert network, infiltrates computers around the world and even intercepts shipping deliveries to plant back doors in electronics ordered by those it is targeting.

In 2005, the agency took over a former Sony computer chip plant in the western part of the city. A brisk pace of construction commenced inside this enormous compound. The acquisition of the former chip factory at Sony Place was part of a massive expansion the agency began after the events of Sept. 11, 2001.

One of the two main buildings at the former plant has since housed a sophisticated NSA unit, one that has benefited the most from this expansion and has grown the fastest in recent years -- the Office of Tailored Access Operations, or TAO. This is the NSA's top operative unit -- something like a squad of plumbers that can be called in when normal access to a target is blocked.

According to internal NSA documents viewed by SPIEGEL, these on-call digital plumbers are involved in many sensitive operations conducted by American intelligence agencies. TAO's area of operations ranges from counterterrorism to cyber attacks to traditional espionage. The documents reveal just how diversified the tools at TAO's disposal have become -- and also how it exploits the technical weaknesses of the IT industry, from Microsoft to Cisco and Huawei, to carry out its discreet and efficient attacks. ... Read more

*NSA's Secret Toolbox: Unit Offers Spy Gadgets for Every Need
Der Spiegel | Staff | 12/30/13

The NSA has a secret unit that produces special equipment ranging from spyware for computers and cell phones to listening posts and USB sticks that work as bugging devices. Here are some excerpts from the intelligence agency's own catalog.

When agents with the NSA's Tailored Access Operations (TAO) division want to infiltrate a network or a computer, they turn to their technical experts. This particular unit of the United States intelligence service is known internally as ANT. The acronym presumably stands for Advanced Network Technology, because that's what the division produces -- tools for penetrating network equipment and monitoring mobile phones and computers. ANT's products help TAO agents infiltrate networks and divert or even modify data wherever the NSA's usual methods won't suffice. You can read more about the TAO division, its strengths and tricks in a SPIEGEL feature that was published in English on Sunday. ... Read more

*REVISIT | Who's Pulling the Strings?
Bill Moyers | staff | 10/11/13

A lot of press coverage has focused on the relatively small group of lawmakers, many of them tea party endorsed backbenchers, who pushed their leadership into shutting down the government in a desperate last-gasp effort to kill off Obamacare.

But how does that work? Why can a cabal of hard-right legislators tell their party's leadership what to do? Why doesn't the rest of the Republican caucus stop them? The answer is that in the wake of the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision a well-funded network of conservative groups has arisen that has the ability to make the lives of Republicans who seek compromise very, very difficult.

Legislators are hesitant to cross these enforcers, fearing primary challengers from the right, or grassroots tea party activists flooding their offices with angry calls. Here's a look at some of the key players behind the scenes (above) and some of the key lawmakers in front of the cameras (below). Roll over the heads to learn more about each player. Read more

*REVISIT | Is Your State Legislator a Member of ALEC?
Bill Moyers | Theresa Riley | 10/28/13

Many of the laws that affect us most directly -- from taxes to marriage equality to voter ID -- are made at the state level. The idea that change begins with the states is one of the founding principles of the American Legislative Exchange Council, or ALEC. In state houses around the country, hundreds of ALEC "model laws" are proposed or enacted that would, among other things, dilute collective bargaining rights, make it harder for some Americans to vote and limit corporate liability for harm caused to consumers. ... Read more
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Is Your State Legislator an ALEC Member?

*REVISIT | The Day That TV News Died
Bill Moyers | Chris Hedges | 03/25/13

I am not sure exactly when the death of television news took place. The descent was gradual -- a slide into the tawdry, the trivial and the inane, into the charade on cable news channels such as Fox and MSNBC in which hosts hold up corporate political puppets to laud or ridicule, and treat celebrity foibles as legitimate news. But if I had to pick a date when commercial television decided amassing corporate money and providing entertainment were its central mission, when it consciously chose to become a carnival act, it would probably be Feb. 25, 2003, when MSNBC took Phil Donahue off the air because of his opposition to the calls for war in Iraq. ... Read more



DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Monday, December 30 [13:04]
*DN | NSA, Orwellian or a Blunt Tool?: Conflicting Rulings on NSA Spying Set Up Likely Supreme Court Showdown (12/30/13) [12:30], Part 2 [27:24]
The German publication Der Spiegel has revealed new details about a secretive hacking unit inside the National Security Agency called the Office of Tailored Access Operations, or TAO. The unit was created in 1997 to hack into global communications traffic. Hackers inside the TAO have developed a way to break into computers running Microsoft Windows by gaining passive access to machines when users report program crashes to Microsoft. In addition, with help from the CIA and FBI, the NSA has the ability to intercept computers and other electronic accessories purchased online in order to secretly insert spyware and components that can provide backdoor access for the intelligence agencies. American Civil Liberties Union Deputy Legal Director Jameel Jaffer and journalist Glenn Greenwald join us to discuss the latest revelations, along with the future of Edward Snowden, who has recently offered to assist U.S. targets Germany and Brazil with their respective probes into NSA spying.
DN | Jobless Benefits Cut For 1.3 Million, Despite Highest Long-term Unemployment Since World War II (12/30/13) [6:14]
CBS Face-the-Nation | Whistleblower | NSA
*CBS Face the Nation | Whistleblower Edward Snowden defies labels (12/29/13) [47:44]
Former government contractor Edward Snowden, who has divulged significant information on the operations of the National Security Administration, continues to inspire anger from top government officials and admiration from advocates of transparency who say he has sparked necessary changes. And with two judges recently reaching conflicting conclusions on the legality of the NSA methods he revealed back in May, that debate is unlikely to end anytime soon.
Bill Moyers
*Bill Moyers | Thomas Cahill on the People's Pope (12/27/13) [17:27]
In just a few months, Pope Francis has proven to be one of the most outspoken pontiffs in recent history, especially when it comes to poverty and income inequality. In a message to be sent to world leaders marking the Roman Catholic Church's World Day of Peace on January 1, he criticized the "widening gap between those who have more and those who must be content with the crumbs."
60 Minutes
60 Minutes | Going to Extremes, "Birdmen" who soar off cliffs in wingsuits (12/29/13) [43:18]
"Birdmen" who soar off cliffs in wingsuits; filmmakers who use "spy-cams" to show wildlife up close; and, researchers who get in the water with man-eating Nile crocodiles. They're all on "60 Minutes Presents: Going to Extremes,"
Fukushima
Fukushima Daiichi - Nuclear GE Power Plant Whistleblower (12/28/13) [9:19]
War Plan Red: America's Planned War on Britain
*War Plan Red: America's Planned War on Britain [45:03]
War Plan Red, an American strategy to make war on Great Britain. It was conceived in the late 1920s and developed throughout the next decade, including the idea to build air bases capable of bombing cities in the British dominion of Canada, where the US top brass intended the conflict to take place. The plan was officially withdrawn in 1939, with the outbreak of the Second World War, although it was not declassified until 1974.
Movie Making
GRAVITY Extended Trailer (2013) [5:38]
'Gravity' Behind-the-Scenes Featurette Takes Audiences From Script to Screen (12/23/13) [5:47]
Discover Politics in Your State
Discover Politics in Your State
Prof. Antony Sutton & Prof. Carroll Quigley

*Financial Crisis | Economist | Bank | Central Banks | World Bank & BIS | Quants & HST
Financial Crisis
Meltdown (all 4 parts) (04/04/12) [2:49:15]
Simon Johnson | The Wall Street Takeover and the Next Financial Meltdown (05/05/11) [1:29:11]
Economist
BBC | Masters Of Money - Part 1 - John Keynes (2012) [59:06]
BBC | Masters Of Money - Part 2 - Friedrich Hayek (2012) [58:23]
BBC | Masters Of Money - Part 3 - Karl Marx (2012) [58:49]
Banks
Four Horseman of the Banking Cartel. They rule the World. (2013) [51:05]
BBC | The Fall of Lehman Brothers () [59:05]
BBC | The Love Of Money Episode 1/3 The Bank That Bust The World () [59:30]
BBC | The Love Of Money Episode 3/3 Back From The Brink () [59:27]
BBC | RBS - Inside The Bank That Ran Out Of Money () [58:58]
Central Banks - BIS
The International Banking Cartel [1:05:03]
Federal Reserve Bank and International Bankers Exposed [47:22]
Eight Families: Big Oil & Their Bankers (article)
Joan Veon | When Central Banks Rule the World [1:20:00]
Is the One-World Government Coming? - Joan Veon (06/20/11) [50:07]
Lots of Joan Veon's articles (good)
John Perkins - Economic Hit Man
John Perkins - Hit Men, Jackals, and the Truth about Global Corruption 2008 [43:07]
John Perkins "Confessions of an Economic Hitman"Extended Interview 2008 [1:08:38]
John Perkins - The Secret History of the American Empire 2008 [1:24:23]
World Bank
Stone | Karen Hudes Arrested at the World Bank for Whistleblowing (08/30/13) [4:22]
Project Camelot | Interview With Karen Hudes - World Bank Whistleblower (08/30/13) [1:56:21]
Karen Hudes: World Bank Whistleblower makes Startling Confession (10/17/13) [23:44]

John Pilger | IMF & World Bank are weapons of war () [21:21]
Quants | Code | HST
Quants: The Alchemists of Wall Street () [47:50]
The Wall Street Code () [50:30]
Masters of the Universe | Elites
Professor Antony Sutton
Antony Sutton | Socialism - A Tool of the Capitalist Elite [44:21]
Antony Sutton | Wall Street, Nazis & the Bolshevik Revolution [40:00]
Antony Sutton | The Best Enemies Money Can Buy [53:03]
Antony Sutton | The Jesuit Order of Skull and Bones [31:58]
Wall Street and the Bolshevik Revolution (book)
Wall Street and the Rise of Hitler by Antony C. Sutton (book)
Wall Street and the Bolshevik Revolution by Antony C. Sutton (book)
Professor Carroll Quigley
Carroll Quigley on Tragedy And Hope [59:01]
Carroll Quigley | Western Civilization, Part 1 [48:41], Part 2 [51:01], Part 3 [59:01], Part 4 [53:11], Part 5, Part 6 Part 7
Other
The Deal 2005 [1:47:45]

Nuclear Industry

National Security

Other Videos and Documentaries
Capitalist Imperialism
Noam Chomsky, American Imperialism [1:51:53]
War Plan Red: America's Planned War on Britain [45:03]
War Plan Red, an American strategy to make war on Great Britain. It was conceived in the late 1920s and developed throughout the next decade, including the idea to build air bases capable of bombing cities in the British dominion of Canada, where the US top brass intended the conflict to take place. The plan was officially withdrawn in 1939, with the outbreak of the Second World War, although it was not declassified until 1974.
Communist Imperialism
CIA Propaganda | Communist Imperialism_CIA Documentary on the History of Communism (1961) [34:28]
CIA Propaganda | The Bloody History of China - CIA Cold War Documentary on a Communist [1:17:54]
Mao Zedong and China's Cultural Revolution [45:44]
Mao's Great Famine: great leap foward, history of china [52:26]
"Karl Marx Was Right" [1:43:27]
Hiroshima
HC | Hiroshima [49:42]
Sikh - Operation Blue Star 1984
BBC | Sikh: Operation Blue Star 1984 [59:16]

12.30.2013. 14:13

Friday December 27, 2013
News Articles
Wealth and Income Inequality in America
*Wealth Inequality in America [6:25]
*Wealth Inequality in the World [3:51]

Military Sexual Assault Reports Jump By 50 Percent
HP | Lolita C. Baldor | 12/27/13

The number of reported sexual assaults across the military shot up by more than 50 percent this year, an increase that defense officials say may suggest that victims are becoming more willing to come forward after a tumultuous year of scandals that shined a spotlight on the crimes and put pressure on the military to take aggressive action. .... Read more

Pretty Cool
*Under the Antarctic Ice - Beauty of The Nature (04/22/13) [52:29]
DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Friday, December 27 [10:47]
*DN | NSA Whistleblower Kirk Wiebe Details Gov't Retaliation After Helping Expose "Gross Mismanagement" (12/19/13) [22:31]
*DN | Occupy Offshoot Urges Wall Street to Donate $91 Billion in Bonuses to Victims of Financial Crisis (12/27/13) [16:03]
DN | How Can the Philippines Recover From Typhoon Haiyan While Forced to Pay Off Ex-Dictator's Old Debt? (12/27/13) [11:02]
TRNN News
TRNN | Taksim Square, Turkey, Protesters Charged With Terrorism, Attempting Coup (12/27/13) [9:39]
Aljazeera Empire
*Aljazeera | NSA and the One Trillion Dollar scam (07/06/13) [47:45]
RT News
RT | Edward Snowden vindicated, NSA on the ropes? (12/19/13) [4:23]
*Military Budget
Department of Defense (DOD)

Can't Touch This
MotherJones | David Gibson | 12/24/13

Until Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) rode to the rescue this week, Pentagon brass and their allies had been issuing dire warnings about the nation's military readiness: The armed services were being decimated, they said, by sequestration--the automatic budget cuts that were set to trim $1 trillion from the Pentagon budget over the next decade. "It's one thing for the Pentagon to go on a diet. It's another for the Pentagon to wear a straitjacket while dieting," grumbled Rep. Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.). The message got through: The House overwhelmingly approved the Ryan-Murray plan just two days after it was introduced.

But now, the Pentagon has once more gotten a reprieve from the budget ax: Under Murray and Ryan's congressional budget deal, the Pentagon will get an additional $32 billion, or 4.4 percent, in 2014, leaving its base budget at a higher level than in 2005 and 2006. (The Department of Defense expects its total 2014 budget, including supplemental war funding, to be more than $600 billion.) ...
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Some Interesting Facts

  1. The Pentagon employs 3 million people, 800,000 more than Walmart.
  2. The Pentagon's 2012 budget was 47 percent bigger than Walmart's.
  3. Serving 9.6 million people, the Pentagon and Veterans Administration together constitute the nation's largest healthcare provider.
  4. 70 percent of the value of the federal government's $1.8 trillion in property, land, and equipment belongs to the Pentagon.
  5. Los Angeles could fit into the land managed by the Pentagon 93 times. The Army uses more than twice as much building space as all the offices in New York City.
  6. The Pentagon holds more than 80 percent of the federal government's inventories, including $6.8 billion of excess, obsolete, or unserviceable stuff.
  7. The Pentagon operates more than more than 170 golf courses worldwide.
Biggest Defense Boondoggle in History
  1. Rolling out the F-35 originally was expected to cost $233 billion, but now it's expected to cost nearly $400 billion. I have heard development costs closer to 1 trillion. The time needed to develop the plane has gone from 10 years to 18.
  2. Lockheed says the final cost per plane will be about $75 million. However, according to the Government Accountability Office, the actual cost has jumped to $137 million.
  3. It was initially estimated that it could cost another $1 trillion or more to keep the new F-35s flying for 30 years. Pentagon officials called this "unaffordable" -- and now say it will cost only $857 million. "This is no longer the trillion-dollar [aircraft]," boasts a Lockheed Martin executive.
  4. Planes started rolling off the assembly line before development and testing were finished, which could result in $8 billion worth of retrofits.
  5. A 2013 report by the Pentagon inspector general identified 719 problems with the F-35 program. Some of the issues with the first batch of planes delivered to the Marines:
  6. The F-35 program has 1,400 suppliers in 46 states. Lockheed Martin gave money to 425 members of Congress in 2012 and has spent $159 million on lobbying since 2000.
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From Eggs to Explosives: The Pentagon's Long Shopping List
MotherJones | Dave Gilson | 12/23/13

Running the massively big, most powerful military in the world requires a lot of stuff, from tanks to toilet paper. The Pentagon handed out $361 billion to contractors in 2012. Some of the items on its long shopping list: ...
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*Want to Cut Government Spending? Find the $8.5 Trillion the Pentagon Can't Account For
finance.yahoo.com | Lauren Lyster | 11/25/13

If you thought the botched rollout of Obamacare, the government shutdown, or the sequester represented Washington dysfunction at its worst, wait until you hear about the taxpayer waste at the Defense Department.

Special Enterprise Reporter Scot Paltrow unearthed the "high cost of the Pentagon's bad bookkeeping" in a Reuters investigation. It amounts to $8.5 trillion in taxpayer money doled out by Congress to the Pentagon since 1996 that has never been accounted for. The year 1996 was the first that the Pentagon should have been audited under a law requiring audits of all government departments. Oh, and by the way, the Pentagon is the only federal agency that has not complied with this law. ... Read more
*Find the $8.5 Trillion the Pentagon Can't Account For
TYT | Shocking Government Waste at The Defense Department (11/30/13) [7:11]

Black Budget

The Black Budget
Washington Post | author | date

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Inside the 2013 U.S. intelligence 'black budget'
Washington Post | author | date

The pages in this document appear in the summary of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence's multivolume FY 2013 Congressional Budget Justification -- the U.S. intelligence community's top-secret "black budget." It covers many of the high-profile agencies, such as the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency, as well as lesser-known programs, including those within the Treasury, State and Energy Departments. ... Read more

Secrets
BBC | WikiLeaks: The Secret Life of a Superpower (03/22/12) [59:28]
Discovery | Special Operations: America's Secret Soldiers (2002) [44:49]
Drones
PBS NOVA | Rise Of The Drones (11/17/13) [52:10]
Jeromy Schill
*Dirty Wars by Jeremy Scahill (full) (11/03/13) [1:26:22]
Department Homeland Security (DHS)

Department of Homeland Security: FY2013 Appropriations
magazine | author | 10/01/12

Net requested appropriations for major agencies within DHS were as follows:
  1. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) $10,345 million
  2. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) $5,332 million
  3. Transportation Security Administration (TSA), $5,130 million
  4. Coast Guard $8,352 million
  5. Secret Service $1,601 million
  6. National Protection and Programs Directorate $1,217 million
  7. Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) $4,528 million
  8. Science and Technology $831 million
  9. Domestic Nuclear Detection Office $328 million
Included as part of the President's overall budget request was a 0.5% pay raise for civilian federal employees.
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United States Secret Service (DSSS)
*NatGeo | Inside the U.S. Secret Service (03/07/13) [1:29:12]
George W. Bush requests the most taxpayer dollars of ex-presidents (article)
Ex-presidents' tab for 2012: $3.7 million (03/26/13) (article)

12.27.2013. 07:23

Thursday December 26, 2013
News Articles

McDonald's Takes Down Employee Help Site After Controversy
HP | Katie Little | 12/25/13

After yet another PR headache, McDonald's has taken down its employee resources website following what it deemed "unwarranted scrutiny and inappropriate commentary."   On Thursday, CNBC reported the McResource Line site included multiple posts bashing fast food, the industry that McDonald's has spent decades spreading throughout the world.

Several excerpts from the posts, which were created from a third-party vendor, warned against the negative effects of fast food, even going so far as labeling a cheeseburger and fries, core items on its menu, as an "unhealthy choice."   After news of these posts went viral, the fast-food giant told its vendor to remove the site, said Lisa McComb, a spokeswoman for McDonald's USA. The company will still offer employees help via phone. ... Read more

McDonald's employee site advises workers to avoid eating fast food (12/24/13) [1:10]
McDonald's: McBudgeting (07/12/13) [1:19]

What America Would Look Like If Libertarians Got Their Way
AlterNet | RJ Eskow | 12/25/13

But it seems even clearer that a "libertarian" in today's political environment is almost always someone who ascribes to certain core philosophies: He abhors government, hates taxation, and is hostile to collective action on behalf of the less fortunate. Name any prominent modern libertarian -- Ayn Rand ...

  1. What if you cut all benefits?
  2. Nothing but competition.
  3. Free-enterprise zones.
  4. The absolute rights of private ownership.
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DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Thursday, December 26 [9:12]
DN | Bread and Puppet Theater Founder Peter Schumann on 50 Years of Art and Resistance, Part 2 (12/26/13) [14:39], Part 2 [14:05], Part 3 [17:51]
TRNN News
TRNN | Bill Black: An international collaboration of investigative journalists has released the names of wealthy individuals stashing as much as three times the American GDP in tax havens () [13:12]
TRNN | Michael Hudson: Why do they call for governments to balance the budget by pushing the economy at large deeper into debt, while trying to save the banks from taking a loss () [14:30]
TYT News
TYT | Edward Snowden Declares Mission Accomplished (12/24/13) [10:04]
TYT | Pope's Approval Ratings - Why & How It Matters (12/24/13) [6:09]
TYT | Koch Bros Behind Arizona's Solar Power Fines (12/24/13) [6:00]
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Tuesday December 24, 2013
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Edward Snowden: 'Mission's Already Accomplished... I Already Won'
HP | author | 12/24/13

... Snowden told The Washington Post in an interview published online Monday night that he was satisfied because journalists have been able to tell the story of the government's collection of bulk Internet and phone records, an activity that has grown dramatically in the decade since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. ...

... "As soon as the journalists were able to work, everything that I had been trying to do was validated," Snowden told the Post. "Because, remember, I didn't want to change society. I wanted to give society a chance to determine if it should change itself." ... Read more

Retail Traffic Plunges By "Staggering" 21% In Week Before Christmas
ZeroHedge | author | 12/24/13

That it has been one of the most lacklustre shopping seasons in recent years has already been repeatedly covered, with average holiday spending expected to decline for the first time since the Great Financial Crisis of 2008, all this despite record promotions and an ever earlier start to Black Friday.

However, while the early start to shopping season has missed expectations, driven primarily by an unprecedented weakness in traditional bricks and mortar outlets, there was some hope that the last stretch into Christmas and the New Year would provide a much needed, last minute bump. Those hopes were dashed last night when Shopptertrack reported that retail traffic plummeted by an unprecedented 21% last week, and in-store sales decreased 3.1% from the year before, dashing retailers' hopes that the final stretch before Christmas would offset soft sales numbers earlier in the holiday shopping season. ... Read more

Study: Major Funders Of Climate Change Denial Identified
firedoglake.com | DSWright | 12/23/13

A study by Drexel University has identified the major sources of funding for climate change denial. Some of the names are all too familiar such as the Koch and Scaife families while some have done their best to remain obscure and have yet to get noticed.

  1. Donors Trust/Donors Capital Fund, $78.8 million, 14%
  2. Scaife Affiliated Foundations, $39.6 million, 7%
  3. The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, $29.5 million, 5%
  4. Koch Affiliated Foundations, $25.3 million, 5%
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TYT | Who Funds Climate Change Deniers? (12/23/13) [10:44]

John Beale's EPA
WSJ | author | 12/20/13

Last month we told you about John Beale, the Environmental Protection Agency employee who bilked taxpayers out of almost $900,000 by pretending to be a secret agent. Telling EPA colleagues that he was a CIA operative, Beale was paid for long absences while on imaginary missions for "Langley." Now there is a disturbing new question about John Beale that goes to the heart of the EPA's mission. What was he doing when he actually showed up for work?

In September, Beale pleaded guilty to theft of government property and agreed to pay $886,186 in restitution and to forfeit another $507,207. On Wednesday he was sentenced to 32 months in federal prison. ... Read more
TYT | A EPA Regulator's Astonishing Fraud (12/22/13) [6:56]

DemocracyNow Daily News
Democracy Now! U.S. and World News Headlines for Tuesday, December 24 [58:55]
TRNN News
TRNN | Gerald Epstein: Former Bank of Israel Chief Stanley Fischer will likely become the Vice Chairman of the Federal Reserve, but his record shows consistent catering to Wall Street rather than bringing the country to full employment (12/24/13) [5:16]
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TYT News
TYT | Terrorists Apologizing For Attack In Yemen (12/23/13) [6:00]
TYT | Who Funds Climate Change Deniers? (12/23/13) [10:44]
TYT | Unemployed Screwed By Politicians - The Storm Is Coming! (12/23/13) [2:22]
TYT | Do You Trust The Clergy? Most Don't (12/23/13) [3:58]
TYT | 'Terrorism Hoax' Charges For Anti-Fracking Protesters (12/22/13) [8:39]
TYT | A EPA Regulator's Astonishing Fraud (12/22/13) [6:56]
Jon Stewart - Daily Show
*Jon Stewart | Former E.P.A. official John Beale admits to lying about his C.I.A. ties, contracting malaria and serving in Vietnam (12/18/13) [5:00], Part 2 [5:50]
Hypersonic: The Warp Speed of Today
The X-51A Waverider is an unmanned scramjet-powered demonstration aircraft, capable of achieving hypersonic speeds five times the speed of sound. At that speed an aircraft could travel across the U.S. in under an hour.
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'Duck Dynasty' Dad Risks $500 Million With Gay-Sin Remark
Bloomberg | Christopher Palmeri | 12/24/13

Robertson, the 67-year-old head of a Louisiana family that makes duck-hunting gear, was suspended indefinitely last week by A&E Television Networks LLC after telling GQ magazine that homosexuals were akin to adulterers, the greedy, drunkards and swindlers and would not "inherit the kingdom of God." A&E is co-owned by Walt Disney Co. and Hearst Corp.

His comments and suspension put at risk a show that has exploded in popularity since it first began airing in March 2012. "Duck Dynasty" has generated $400 million in merchandise sales, according to Forbes magazine. The show has produced almost $80 million in advertising sales for A&E this year through September, according to Kantar Media, a more than fourfold increase from a year earlier. ... Read more


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