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PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2015 7:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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If you own a website, TRAFFIC is your most important statistic....but now Google, the worlds largest search engine, has a plan to change your website ranking based on traffic and popularity. They plan to rank your website based on "accuracy" and "trustworthiness". That plan could destroy any website that doesn’t report a mainstream perspective that Google calls "accurate" and "trustworthy" ...like CNN for example. Instead of counting incoming links, the system would use Google’s Knowledge Vault to determine the accuracy of your website. Google will decide if your website is a quality Website.

There is plenty of disinformation on the internet and it may be "google agents" that are doing it to generate distrust of alternate media.

Allowing a search giant like GOOGLE to decide what is and isn’t true should have freedom loving people worried. Look at Google’s public positions on many controversial topics and you know who they will target.

GOOGLE TARGETS

Whether it's their position on man-made climate change, vaccinations, or immigration, Google has repeatedly exposed their position on many of today’s most important issues. The New Scientist reveals which “incorrect” articles would be targeted by Google:

"The internet is stuffed with garbage. Anti-vaccination websites make the front page of Google, and fact-free “news” stories spread like wildfire. Google has devised a fix – rank websites according to their truthfulness.

Google’s search engine currently uses the number of incoming links to a web page as a proxy for quality, determining where it appears in search results. So pages that many other sites link to are ranked higher. This system has brought us the search engine as we know it today, but the downside is that websites full of misinformation can rise up the rankings, if enough people link to them."

GOOGLE INSIDERS

Google has deep connections to the establishment, specifically the Obama Administration. On election night, Google’s Chairman AND member of Bilderberg, Eric Schmidt, was working for President Ob ama’s campaign office to get him reelected. A few years later, in September 2014, Megan J. Smith who worked nine years as VP of Business Development at Google was named the nations new Chief Technology Adviser to the President.

Kyle Smith of the New York Daily News has more:

Google employees contributed more to President Obama’s re-election than did employees of any other company except Microsoft. Google lobbyists met with Obama White House officials 230 times. By comparison, lobbyists from rival Comcast have been admitted to the inner sanctum a mere 20 or so times in the same period.

On Election Night [Schmidt] was in our boiler room in Chicago,” Obama lieutenant David Plouffe told Bloomberg News, in a story that revealed that for the campaign, Schmidt “helped recruit talent, choose technology and coach the campaign manager, Jim Messina, on the finer points of leading a large organization.

GOOGLE SPIES

Google has violated the law repeatedly to collect user data. Their illegal "wi-spy" program of collecting user data over home wi-fi hubs using its Street View cars has led to investigations and fines for violations of the law in countries around the world. Investigators were outraged when they reviewed the downloaded data and found Google had collected massive amounts of personal emails and data revealing everything from people's medical histories to their sexual preference to marital infidelity. (Google's defense that that it was all okay because they never looked at the illegally collected data is eerily similar to the NSA's).

Federal Trade Commission investigators found Google had secretly placed "cookies" to track the online activities of people using the Safari web browser, despite having publicly "told these users they would automatically be opted out of such tracking." Google paid a $22.5 million fine for this illegal data collection operation. We know for a fact that Google is giving corporate advertisers access to users based on the personal data they control -- and many of those advertisers are targeting individuals with the intent to sell them toxic products (Monsanto) and rip them off financially (unscrupulous investment and high interest loan companies).

TAGGING US LIKE CATTLE

Google and Facebook PRETEND TO BE defenders of user privacy, but when California tried to pass simple law this year to allow users to find out what data has been collected about them by online companies, those same companies mobilized and killed the bill dead in its tracks. (See Silicon Valley Stomps on Digital Disclosure Bill). Governments and private companies who finance politicians into power have more and more personal data on us. They are tagging us like cattle-- that's a fact of life in the digital age. People need to have greater knowledge of exactly what data governments and corporations have collected about them. We need tougher rules to make sure that the national security state can't abuse potential dissidents with that data and that predatory financial firms aren't assisted by companies like Google in preying on consumers.


I use Startpage search engine.

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PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2015 7:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Canadian Gov’t Says Free Speech is for Offending Muslims, Not To Criticize Israel

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(Glenn Greenwald) Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, January 8, 2015, on Charlie Hebdo shootings:

“When a trio of hooded men struck at some of our most cherished democratic principles, freedom of expression, freedom of the press, they assaulted democracy everywhere . . . They have declared war on anybody who does not think and act exactly as they wish they would think and act . . . . they have declared war on any country, like ourselves, that values freedom, openness and tolerance.”

CBC, today:

“Ottawa threatening hate charges against those who boycott Israel”

The Harper government is signaling its intention to use hate crime laws against Canadian advocacy groups that encourage boycotts of Israel. Such a move could target a range of civil society organizations, from the United Church of Canada and the Canadian Quakers to campus protest groups and labour unions. If carried out, it would be a remarkably aggressive tactic, and another measure of the Conservative government’s lockstep support for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. . . .

The government’s intention was made clear in a response to inquiries from CBC News about statements by federal ministers of a “zero tolerance” approach to groups participating in a loose coalition called Boycott, Divest and Sanction (BDS), which was begun in 2006 at the request of Palestinian non-governmental organizations.

Asked to explain what zero tolerance means, and what is being done to enforce it, a spokesperson for Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney replied, four days later, with a detailed list of Canada’s updated hate laws, noting that Canada has one of the most comprehensive sets of such laws “anywhere in the world.”

Has a #JeSuisBDS hashtag started trending yet on Twitter? Under the new Charlie Hebdo standard — it’s not enough to defend free speech; one must praise and even express the speech targeted with suppression — have all of the new found free speech crusaders begun organizing pro-Israel-boycott rallies in order to defy these suppression efforts? In a zillion years, could anyone imagine the popularity-craving officials who run PEN America bestowing one of their glamorous awards on advocates of the Israel-targeted Boycott/Divestment/Sanctions movement? The answer to all of those questions is and will remain “no,” because the Charlie Hebdo ritual (for most, not all) was about many agendas having nothing to do with the free expression banner under which it paraded.

In that regard, Stephen Harper is the perfect Poster Boy/Pin Cushion for how free expression is tribalistically manipulated and exploited in the West. When the views being suppressed are ones amenable to those in power (e.g., cartoons mocking Islam), free speech is venerated; attempts to suppress those kinds of ideas show that “they have declared war on any country, like ourselves, that values freedom, openness and tolerance.” We get to celebrate ourselves as superior and progressive and victimized, and how good that feels. But when ideas are advocated that upset those in power (e.g. speech by Muslims critical of Western nations and their allies), the very same people acquiesce to, or expressly endorse, full-scale suppression. Thus the Canadian Prime Minister can pompously parade around as some sort of Guardian of Enlightenment/Ideals only, three months later, to act like the classic tyrant.

All applications of hate speech laws are inherently tyrannical, dangerous and wrong, and it’s truly mystifying (and scary) that people convince themselves that their judgment is so unerring and their beliefs so sacrosanct that it should be illegal to question or dissent from them. But independent of that, what we see here again is the utter foolishness of endorsing such laws on pragmatic grounds: they will inevitably be used against not just the ideas you hate but the ones you like, and when that happens, if you cheered when such laws were used to suppress the ideas you hate, then you will have no valid ground to object.

UPDATE: Various Israel devotees such as David Frum spent the morning insisting the CBC story is false, and now the Canadian government has followed suit, issuing a statement denouncing it. Unfortunately for them, the full email exchange between the CBC reporter, Neil Macdonald, and a spokesman for the Public Safety Department can be read here, and it proves that the CBC story is 100% accurate.


More: Bill C-51 (Open Pandora's Box)

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It’s likely that much of this “expanded spying” is already taking place in Canada. Making it law protects the spying agencies from accusations and recriminations.

Here is how a law like C-51 will operate as time passes: every federal agency in Canada with a taste for meddling (in other words, every single bureaucratic agency) will horn in on the action, using the justification of “national security.” Every agency will hop on the bandwagon, because “national security” justifies their budgets and makes them seem more important. Concurrently, more citizens, activists, and groups will be labeled “potential threats.”

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PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2015 6:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Police forces are using technology to invade your home and track you down like a dog using devices initially designed for combat. The Range-R (radar), manufactured by L-3 Communications can see right inside your home and detect your movements. The Stingray acts like a cell phone tower and picks up the signal of your cell phone, laptop and tablet you use in your home and neighbourhood.

HOW TO DISABLE THE RANGE-RADAR INVADER
Though it "will penetrate most common building walls, ceilings or floor types -- including poured concrete, concrete block, brick, wood, stucco glass, adobe, dirt", The Range Radar which costs taxpayers $6000 to be spied on - does not work through metal. Moreover, if a wall is saturated with water, this also may reduce the device's effect. The device costs around $6,000.


STINGRAY

The stingray acts like a cell phone tower that picks up the signal of all cell phones, laptops and tablets being used in your home and neighbourhood. Once detected, the stingray helps law enforcement not only detect your location, but track all of your electronic phone calls and internet use, allowing them to monitor what you say and do.

The scary thing about this is that you have no idea if any law enforcement agencies in your area have illegally tapped into your phone calls and internet use. It’s even scarier to realize that they believe an agreement with a private company carries more authority than the United States Constitution and the Fourth Amendment that guarantees you from illegal search and seizure.

While the public was focused on the illegal spying on Americans by the NSA, guess what? The local, state and federal law enforcement agencies have been committing the same privacy violation crimes and most people have no idea it’s even happening.

HOW TO DISABLE THE STINGRAY INVADER
When police cannot get the data they need from mobile phone carriers, they start implementing some other measures in order to be able to know the locations of mobile phones or even listen to the phone calls.

Stingray is a cell phone tracking device developed by Harris Wireless Products Group. It costs taxpayers lots of money and its effectiveness is very high. The Stingray system is a clever and cunning mobile phone tracking device and probably funded by governmental organizations like NSA or other.

This system pretends that it is a cell phone tower, making mobile phones around believe it and connect to it without any suspicions. After that Stingray can track the location of any cell phone connected to it and even record the numbers which were dialed from those cell phones. Still it cannot record the content of the call itself, so you won't be wiretapped.

As long as this tracking device is using mobile phone frequencies for its work, you can prevent Stingray from tracking your cell phone and keep your location safe and private.


Related: Law Enforcement as a Revenue Stream

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 12, 2015 7:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Over 20 fake mobile phone towers found in UK
June 11, 2015 | Press TV


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More than 20 fake phone poles, which are said to be tools to spy on public communications, have been found in the United Kingdom, according to a new investigation.

The investigation was conducted by the UK-based Sky News, and its findings were released on Wednesday.

The poles, which were found in London, have on them tools known in the communications industry as International Mobile Subscriber Identity, also known as Stingrays.

It was the first time such espionage tools were detected in the country.

According to the investigation, the fake communication posts are actually intercepting phone calls and collecting all their data.

More: http://news.sky.com/story/1499258/fake-mobile-phone-towers-operating-in-the-uk


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Canadian Court Affirms Global Take-down Order to Google
Vera Ranieri | June 12, 2015 | EFF


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In a dangerous ruling yesterday, a Canadian appeals court upheld an order requiring Google to edit the Internet and effectively “disappear” websites selling a product that allegedly infringed trade secret rights. Google had challenged the order as an improper overreach: a Canadian court shouldn't be using its authority to make rules about what users in other countries can and cannot access. EFF filed a supporting brief, explaining that the order would have likely violated the U.S. Constitution—one of many reasons a foreign court shouldn’t presume to issue orders that will affect citizens far beyond its jurisdiction.

In the case, Equustek Solutions v. Morgan Jack, the plaintiff Equustek accused the defendant Morgan Jack of selling counterfeit routers. After getting an order requiring Morgan Jack to stop its activities, Equustek turned to Google, asking it to take down links to the websites. Google offered to remove particular pages that came up on searches on Google.ca, but Equustek wanted more. It wanted to have entire domains removed, and for Google to stop indexing or referencing the entirety of allegedly infringing websites on its search engines worldwide. The trial court ordered Google to do just that.

The appeals court’s decision to affirm that order sets a dangerous precedent. A Canadian court is free to issue orders controlling activity within its jurisdiction. But global orders requiring an intermediary to edit the Internet are something else entirely. Yesterday’s ruling, in a nutshell, lays the groundwork for nations with authoritarian restrictions on speech to also impose their own rules on the global Internet—even if those rules conflict with the laws of other nations. For example, as we explained in our brief, the trial court's injunction decision would likely not have survived in the U.S., where Google is based.

The case need not end here; Google can still appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada. We hope it does so. No single country should have veto power over Internet speech.

Decision: equustek_v._morgan_jack_-_appeal_decision.pdf

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 21, 2015 8:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

HOW UK ARMY AND POLICE WERE IRELAND'S COVERT TERRORISTS

Watch: http://www.rte.ie/player/ca/show/10431974/

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More: Disturbing book on Northern Ireland killings demands greater coverage

More: RUC commanders covered up killings by rogue officers, inquiry files allege

Book: Lethal Allies: British collusion in Ireland by Anne Cadwallader (Mercier Press)
Farmers, shopkeepers, publicans and businessmen were slaughtered in a bloody decade of bombings and shootings in the counties of Tyrone and Armagh in the 1970s. Four families each lost three relatives; in other cases, children were left orphaned after both parents were murdered. For years there were claims that loyalists were helped and guided by members of the RUC and Ulster Defence Regiment. But, until now, there was no proof. Drawing on 15 years of research, and using forensic and ballistic information never before published, this book includes official documents showing that the highest in the land knew of the collusion and names those whose fingers were on the trigger and who detonated the bombs. It draws on previously unpublished reports written by the PSNI's own Historical Enquiries Team. It also includes heartbreaking interviews with the bereaved families whose lives were shattered by this cold and calculated campaign. Book Reviews/Comments

This method of doing business is still around. I use American's - but we are all guilty! Jumping ahead to the now - what Americans rarely acknowledge is that many of their social problems are rooted in the rejection of critical thinking or, conversely, the glorification of the emotional and irrational. What else could explain the hyper-patriotism that has many accepting an outlandish notion that America is far superior to the rest of the world? Love of one’s country is fine (while you let traitors and fifth columnists run your country), but many Americans seem to honestly believe that their country both invented and perfected the idea of freedom, that the quality of life in the US far surpasses everywhere else in the world. But it doesn’t. International quality of life rankings place America at 17 (See: http://worldhappiness.report/news/2015/04/23/world-happiness-report-2015-ranks-happiest-countries/). America’s rates of murder and other violent crime dwarf most of the rest of the developed world, as does its incarceration rate, while its rates of education and scientific literacy are embarrassingly low. American schools, claiming to uphold “traditional values,” avoid fact-based sex education, and thus the US has the highest rates of teen pregnancy in the industrialized world. And those rates are notably highest where so-called “biblical values” are prominent. Go outside the Bible belt, and the rates generally trend downward. Americans have allowed their democracy to slip away, their culture overtaken by enormous corporations/banks that effectively control both the governmental apparatus and the media, thus shaping life around materialism and consumption. Indeed, these corporate/government/banking interests encourage anti-intellectualism, conditioning Americans (everyone) into conformity and passive acceptance of institutional dominance. They are the ones who stand to gain from the absurd levels of fear and nationalism that result in militaristic foreign policy and absurdly high levels of military spending.


See: https://www.nationalpriorities.org/campaigns/military-spending-united-states/

These corporate/government/banking interests are the ones who stand to gain from consumers who spend money they don’t have on goods and services they don’t need. They are the ones who want a public that is largely uninformed and distracted, thus allowing government policy to be crafted by corporate lawyers and lobbyists. They are the ones who stand to gain from a prison-industrial complex that generates the highest rates of incarceration in the developed world. They are the ones who stand to gain from unregulated securities markets.

Just think of the mindset behind the above headline or the ones behind this - OKC

An anti-intellectual society will have large swaths of people who are motivated by fear, susceptible to tribalism and simplistic explanations, incapable of emotional maturity, and prone to violent solutions. Sound familiar?

These corporate/government/banking interests are the creeps who make many of these shadowy operations happen!

What is that saying? Oh yeah, 'wake up!'

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 12, 2015 9:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thousands of Americans Have Been Illegally Detained in Chicago’s CIA-Style Detention Center
Carey Wedler | August 10, 2015 | Antimedia


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From 2004 to 2015, at least 3,500 people were detained at Homan Square. These records do not cover the full span of the facility’s tenure, as it has been open since 1995. According to the Guardian, a grossly disproportionate ratio of detainees were minorities, “many accused of low-level drug crimes, [and] faced with incriminating themselves before their arrests appeared in a booking system by which their families and attorneys might find them.”

The majority of arrests were for low-level drug crimes. As the Guardian details, there were 1,175 arrests for heroin, 526 for cannabis, 484 for cocaine, and 464 for “unspecified” drug charges. 244 arrests were made in relation to firearms while other arrests were for “minor infractions such as traffic violations, public urination and driving without a seatbelt.” Other charges ranged from drinking alcohol in public to murder. More than half of all Homan Square arrests occurred 2.5 miles or less from the facility. Of 3,621 arrest records provided to the Guardian, about 3,540 incurred charges (the newspaper notes that “[v]ast amounts of data documenting the full scope of detentions and interrogations at Homan Square remain undisclosed”).

Though blacks make up 33% of Chicago’s population, 82% of those detained at Homan Square were black. Of the 3,500 detained, only three were allowed official visits from attorneys, two of which were on the same day in 2013. The Guardian noted it was able to find eight other instances of lawyers entering the facilities, though four were to accompany clients turning themselves in.

Craig Futterman of the University of Chicago Law School observed that “In Chicago, the police do not provide people with attorneys at the police station at the times they most need them: when they’re subject to interrogation…That’s what the Miranda warning is all about: the right to counsel while interrogated by police.” Though police have said that “any individual who wishes to consult a lawyer will not be interrogated until they have an opportunity to do so,” the Guardian notes that this would mean 3,500 people waived their right to an attorney.

Former top Obama aide and current Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who presided over ⅔ of the arrests— 2,522 since he took office in 2011—has insisted that Chicago police “follow all the rules.” However, in addition to the lack of access to attorneys, first-hand accounts reveal a starkly different story.

In February, the Anti-Media reported on detainees held for marijuana, shackled to poles, and denied lawyers. Since the initial news broke that month, 118 arrests have been made. Charles Jones was arrested (for a second time) on March 17 after police officers broke in his door looking for a 5’8” man. Jones is 6’4”, but when officers—some masked— found a firearm in his air conditioning unit, they took him back to Homan Square. He was shackled to a pole in an “interrogation room” and his requests for a lawyer were denied over the course of six to eight hours (others claim to have had similar experiences while other allegations include sexual abuse, starvation, sensory deprivation, and beatings).

Jones suspects they conduct such arrests to extract information on drug dealers.

“The only reason you’re brought to Homan and Fillmore [the facility’s cross streets] is to extract information,” he said. “The police probably feel they need those covert operations because that’s the only way to get the intel they need instead of doing the good work – the hard work…It’s easy to just go grab someone, throw ’em somewhere – no food, no water, no access to the outside world, intimidating and threatening ’em.”

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 17, 2015 9:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

NSA Spying Relies on AT&T’s ‘Extreme Willingness to Help’
Julia Angwin and Jeff Larson | August 15, 2015 | ProPublica


The National Security Agency’s ability to capture Internet traffic on United States soil has been based on an extraordinary, decadeslong partnership with a single company: AT&T.

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The National Security Agency’s ability to spy on vast quantities of Internet traffic passing through the United States has relied on its extraordinary, decades-long partnership with a single company: the telecom giant AT&T.

While it has been long known that American telecommunications companies worked closely with the spy agency, newly disclosed NSA documents show that the relationship with AT&T has been considered unique and especially productive. One document described it as “highly collaborative,” while another lauded the company’s “extreme willingness to help.”

AT&T’s cooperation has involved a broad range of classified activities, according to the documents, which date from 2003 to 2013. AT&T has given the NSA access, through several methods covered under different legal rules, to billions of emails as they have flowed across its domestic networks. It provided technical assistance in carrying out a secret court order permitting the wiretapping of all Internet communications at the United Nations headquarters, a customer of AT&T.

The NSA’s top-secret budget in 2013 for the AT&T partnership was more than twice that of the next-largest such program, according to the documents. The company installed surveillance equipment in at least 17 of its Internet hubs on American soil, far more than its similarly sized competitor, Verizon. And its engineers were the first to try out new surveillance technologies invented by the eavesdropping agency.

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Walmart partnered with Lockheed Martin, FBI for employee surveillance
December 01, 2015 | SC Magazine


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Between 2012 and 2013, Walmart reportedly hired Lockheed Martin and later began working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to monitor its employees suspected of being involved in labor protests.

Walmart contracted Lockheed Martin in the fall of 2012 to canvass and analyze social media sites so that they can keep tabs on employees when it caught wind of news that an advocacy group might stage a protest on Black Friday, according to Bloomberg Businessweek.

More than 1,000 pages of e-mails, reports, playbooks, charts, and graphs, as well as testimony from its head of labor relations at the time detail the retail giant's efforts to conduct surveillance on its employees and members of the Organization United for Respect at Walmart (OUR Walmart), according to the report. The documents were obtained prior to a National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) hearing into OUR Walmart's allegations of retaliation against employees who joined protests, the report said.

While Lockheed Martin is one of the biggest defense contractors in the world it also operates a tool called LM Wisdom, which the company advertises as having the power to analyze content that could “incite organized movements, riots and sway political outcomes.” While there is no evidence that the tool was used, Bloomberg reported a single reference to it in the documents obtained in the form of a question asking a Walmart corporate employee if she had heard of it.

Walmart reportedly also used assistance from the contractor in April 2013 to monitor the movements of a “Ride for Respect” bus caravan organized by the protesters to arrive in Bentonville, Ark., the location of Walmart's corporate office, during a week long annual shareholder meeting.

Upon learning that members of the Occupy movement might join the protest, Walmart contacted the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Forces although the documents don't contain any details about the collaboration, according to the report.

SCMagazine attempted to contact Lockheed Martin and Walmart for comment however a Lockheed Martin spokesperson declined and Walmart has yet to respond.

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Meet the airborne version of the Stingray (A similar device (also known as IMSI Catcher, Cell-site Simulator or Digital Analyzer) used by American law enforcement agencies for tracking and intercepting cell phones is called StingRay, which is manufactured by the Harris Corp. Harris also provides related equipment under the nicknames AmberJack, KingFish, TriggerFish and LoggerHead):

DRTBOX and the DRT surveillance systems


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"DRT has developed a device that emulates a cellular base station to attract cell phones for a registration process even when they are not in use. During this registration process calls are not disrupted. All calls, including 911 calls, are released, including those made from the contraband cell phones. The DRT device identifies cell phones as “not of interest” or “of interest” (i.e., the contraband cell phones).

Cell phones not of interest, such as those belonging to prison personnel or commercial users in the area, are returned to their local network. Cell phones of interest are forced to transmit so that the DRT device can locate them by calculating a line of bearing.

In one mode of operation, the DRT device then returns the cell phone to its network, permitting it to send and receive calls. In another mode of operation designed for use by federal law enforcement entities, the cell phone can be locked onto the DRT device, preventing its contraband use."

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Meet Boundless Informant:

The NSA's Secret Tool for Tracking Global Surveillance Data

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The documents in question provide evidence of a data-mining tool with the Orwellian nickname of "Boundless Informant." The tool, according to a factsheet The Guardian obtained, "allows users to select a country on a map and view the metadata volume and select details about the collections against that country." It was designed, per one document, "to give NSA officials answers to questions like, 'What type of coverage do we have on country X' in 'near real-time by asking the SIGINT [signals intelligence] infrastructure.'"

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Top Level Telecommunications- Great website!

Here you can read about:
    - Signals Intelligence (SIGINT)
    - Communications Security (COMSEC)
    - Information Classification
    - Information about the equipment, from past and present, which enable civilian and military leaders to communicate as they f**k up the world

The main focus is on the United States and its National Security Agency (NSA), but attention is also paid to other countries and subjects.

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In most cases, political protestors are nonviolent and do everything they possibly can to avoid clashes with the police. Demonstrators are well aware that they are outmatched and are only assembling in groups and taking to the streets as a way of promoting their political ideas – this is the essence of free speech. This is an extremely powerful political freedom, which is why it is met with such hostility (spineless politicians using/forcing/coercing the police to do their dirty work) from the establishment. Almost every single time there is a public protest, the political authorities (paid by us) are unsympathetic and force their employees (paid by us) to use heavy force to discourage protests from taking place in the future. However, they don’t attack the mob with guns blazing because they know it will further expose their oppressive nature and add credibility to the revolutionary movement.

So agent provocateurs are used to instigate physical altercations between activists and police (paid by us). Agent Provocateurs are people that work for the authorities (paid by us), but pretend to be a part of an anti-establishment mob. While undercover, these agents commit acts of violence and vandalism to give the police a pretense to use force against the demonstrators. Once the agent smashes one window or throws one rock on behalf of the group they have infiltrated, the police are able to send in the cavalry and turn the demonstration into a war zone.

Undercover Cops Infiltrate Night Protest - Nine Arrests, One Protester Hospitalized, and Alleged Gun Drawn by Agent Provocateur/Undercover Police
Jonathan Caragay-Cook | December 19, 2015 | The Link


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At least four undercover police officers infiltrated a protest against austerity measures and state violence on Friday night in downtown Montreal, which resulted in around nine arrests, according to Montreal police.


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2016 will be labeled the "year of the terrorist," as ISIS attacks (even though ISIL is finished and the bloated Saudi leadership is coming to the end of their usefulness; Islamist's in charge of all that oil? Nice work US/NATO) expand to every corner of the U.S. and in numerous EU nations. This "fog of illegal war" is completely necessary to hide the actions of the most dangerous terrorists: international financiers and elites bent on morphing entire global political and financial structures into something more centralized and more sinister. Economic collapse is the greatest weapon at the disposal of globalists. National panic, riots, looting, starvation, magnified crime: All of these things result in mass die-offs and desperation. Desperation leads to calls for "strong leadership", and strong leadership usually results in totalitarianism. It might seem sensationalist to tie all of these possible outcomes to the Fed rate hike decision, but give it a little time. Those who make accusations of sensationalism and "fear mongering" today will be asserting tomorrow that such developments were "easily predictable."

A bank persuaded Twitter to delete my tweets

Jim Edwards | Dec. 22, 2015 | Business Insider


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I had an annoying surprise this weekend: an email from a bank telling me that Twitter had deleted two of my tweets for copyright violations. The email also contained a threat: If I continued to violate the bank's rights, my Twitter account would be deleted.

Needless to say, I deny the allegation. Quoting from or posting a brief segment of a research document is not a violation of copyright.

The bank, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, did not return multiple messages requesting comment. Twitter declined comment other than to point me to the company's copyright policy.

And while this is only two tweets, there is a principle at stake. Investment banks apparently have the power to censor journalists on Twitter, simply by asking.

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Epigenetic (re)programming of caste-specific behavior in the ant Camponotus floridanus
Science | 1 January 2016


Scientists reprogram the brains of ants to change their behaviour - and the technique could one day be used to control HUMANS
    :: Scientists used drugs to control the activity of the ants' genes
    :: They changed the behaviour of large workers to mimic small 'brainy' ants
    :: Findings could have implications for behavioural control in other 'animals'
    :: Same major epigenetic regulators are present in humans as well as ants

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INTRODUCTION

Eusocial insects, such as ants, live a communal lifestyle within colonies of close genetic relatives. Colony members are organized into castes defined by behavioral and, in some species, morphological traits. This caste system allows for colonial division of labor and is a key adaptation of eusocial insects. However, there is limited understanding of the molecular regulation of caste-specific behavior and the principles underlying division of labor. In the carpenter ant Camponotus floridanus, morphologically distinct worker castes called minors and majors exhibit unique patterns of histone posttranslational modifications, including lysine acetylation regulated by CBP [cyclic adenosine monophosphate response element–binding protein (CREB) binding protein], a conserved histone acetyltransferase (HAT).

RATIONALE

Because chromatin regulators such as CBP have been associated with caste-specific traits, we tested whether caste-specific behavioral states in eusocial insects are functionally regulated via epigenetic mechanisms. We assessed innate differences in foraging and scouting (by the lead forager), classic altruistic behaviors of eusocial systems, between minor and major worker castes in C. floridanus. We examined whether CBP and histone deacetylases (HDACs) functionally regulate caste-specific foraging and scouting behaviors. Further, we tested whether caste-specific behavioral states may be reprogrammed through epigenomic manipulations.

RESULTS

C. floridanus minors and majors exhibited innate differences in foraging and scouting behaviors, with minors performing the bulk of both activities. Treatments with small-molecule inhibitors of class I and II HDAC activity (HDACi) enhanced foraging and scouting. This gain of function was suppressed by treatment with a small-molecule HAT inhibitor of CBP (HATi). Transcriptome and chromatin analyses in the brains of minors treated with HATi and HDACi revealed changes in genes linked to regions of hyperacetylated histone H3 Lys27 (a lysine targeted by CBP) near CBP binding sites. Although untreated majors rarely foraged, suppression of histone deacetylation by injection of HDACi or small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) against the HDAC-encoding gene Rpd3 into young major brains was sufficient to induce and sustain minor-like foraging and scouting for up to 50 days. Strikingly, coinjection of CBP HATi suppressed HDACi-induced foraging and scouting in majors.

CONCLUSION

Caste-specific foraging and scouting behaviors are tightly linked to morphology and are likely regulated epigenetically by the balance between CBP-mediated acetylation and HDAC-mediated deacetylation of histones in the ant central brain. Thus, behavioral plasticity can be manipulated in the ant C. floridanus by pharmacological and genetic tools that target chromatin regulatory enzymes to stimulate, inhibit, and reprogram behavior. These findings reveal the epigenome as a likely substrate underlying caste-based division of labor in eusocial insects. Furthermore, in light of the conserved role of CBP in learning and memory in both invertebrates and mammals, these data suggest that CBP-mediated histone acetylation may similarly facilitate the complex social interactions found in vertebrate species.


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Threat-scoring software Beware. Fresno is one of the first departments in the nation to test the program. The software scours arrest records, property records, Deep Web searches, commercial databases, and social media postings. Beware scours billions of data points to develop rankings for citizens, and though few recoil at the thought of catching criminals and miscreants, the program provides particular cause for concern because of both its invasiveness and its fallibility. Perhaps even look at BFN postings as well.

As officers respond to calls, Beware automatically runs the address. The searches return the names of residents and scans them against a range of publicly available data to generate a color-coded threat level for each person or address: green, yellow or red. Indeed, calling the police is highly likely to put your entire family and your pets in mortal danger.

Exactly how Beware calculates threat scores is something that its maker, Intrado, considers a trade secret, so it is unclear how much weight is given to a misdemeanor, felony or threatening comment on Facebook. However, the program flags issues and provides a report to the user.

In promotional materials, Intrado writes that Beware could reveal that the resident of a particular address was a war veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, had criminal convictions for assault and had posted worrisome messages about his battle experiences on social media. The “big data” that has transformed marketing and other industries has now come to law enforcement.

The fact that only Intrado — not the police or the public — knows how Beware tallies its scores is disconcerting. The system might mistakenly increase someone’s threat level by misinterpreting innocuous activity on social media, like criticizing the police, and trigger a heavier response by officers.

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