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anthrax files 2By Catherine J. Frompovich


If readers thought information a CDC whistleblower revealed in the movie VAXXED was disturbingly shocking, absolutely regrettable, and pure scientific fraud, what you are about to learn regarding the Anthrax vaccines given to U.S. military personnel, plus how the U.S. government and armed services top brass reacted regarding Anthrax-vaccine injuries, aka “Gulf War Syndrome,” and subsequently neglected vaccine-damaged service people ought to have everyone in this country, regardless of your stand on vaccinations—and especially the U.S. Congress—literally “up in arms” demanding ALL vaccinations be stopped as “crimes against humanity.”


Readers won’t believe the in-person testimonials they hear!  Furthermore, as mentioned in this Democracy Now 45 minute exposé “Direct Order”, even the Hitler regime didn’t do that to its military personnel!



https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=wDDMsvErsQw#t=5


We hear dramatic story after story of service personnel, who became dramatically ill after receiving a series of Anthrax vaccines prior being deployed to the Middle East starting in 1998.


Private Kamila Iwanowska refused to take the Anthrax vaccine and she was discharged.








There are over 600,000 men and women in the U.S. military with thousands ill, including many have died.  The military says it’s an “emotional ailment” even though the Anthrax vaccine was not approved by the FDA!  It’s been called a “misguided experiment.”


Len Schroeter, an attorney who prosecuted many Vietnam era Agent Orange cases, offers that the horrors of human experimentation are done to this day and are done largely by governments, including the United States.


Earl Staufer’s story of how he suffered every day for a year-and-a-half is totally upsetting!  Forty-some months [as of the interview] he complains of constant screaming sounds in his ears!


We learn that President Bill Clinton signed Presidential Executive Order 13139 that allows DoD to experiment on service personnel without their consent or knowledge, if deemed in the interest of national security.  Is that what’s going on with chemtrails now?


Thirty percent of those vaccinated in the military confirmed vaccine damage, aka Gulf War Syndrome.  Many military careers—especially pilots—ended due to Anthrax vaccine damage.   It was common knowledge in the services that vaccinees were getting harmed and sick after taking the Anthrax vaccine.


Frank Fischer, a Lt. Col. MD in the Air Force Reserve Medical Corps, is vaccine-damaged.  You cannot believe how he was treated by the dispensing physician, who gave him the shot and who refused to answer his questions regarding what she had given him!


Many of the Anthrax-vaccine-damaged-vaccinees symptoms remind me of the same health issues that young girls have experienced after receiving the HPV vaccines!


Rich Rovet, a male nurse and a U.S. Air Force member, finds the way vaccine-damaged service people were treated unconscionable; he testified before a congressional hearing.  He had doubts about the controversial vaccine—Anthrax—being given on the flu shot line concomitant with other vaccines!  How can you determine if a vaccine causes an illness or adverse reaction?


For maybe a half century, the people at Ft. Detrick and people at the CDC had been working with Anthrax, unbeknownst to anyone!  A secret initiative under a bioterrorism effort long before 9-11?  The Anthrax vaccines could not pass FDA inspection; they apparently were adulterated!  That bodes evil for the American public, according to Sammy R Young, retired Air Force Medical Service Corps Reserve Colonel.


Captain Jon Buck, U.S. Air Force emergency physician, did not want to receive the vaccine!  He refused several types of orders citing informed consent laws, which were not honored regarding Anthrax vaccines. He went through a court martial trial; found guilty and fined $21,000; reprimanded and sentenced to 60 days on base!  Nine-eleven happened and you have to hear what happened next.


At 27:23 on the timeline, you can see an Air Force jet spraying what looks like chemtrails. Whoa!


A Major was forced out of the Connecticut National Guard for refusing to take vaccines or mandate his men take them, so his commander formed an investigation ‘tiger’ team.  Thirteen Anthrax studies were produced since 1997 when during the first 30-37 years there were only 3 studies done!  Army did all the research; owns the patents; paid for the licensing studies; and the U.S. Army was the sole customer since 1970!


Damaged vaccinees were told in hospital that they had vaccine damage, but later told not so!


The vaccine program was suspended at Dover Air Force Base, and you must hear what happened with all the ‘big guns’ sent in to convince them that the Anthrax vaccine was ‘safe’ and nobody is sick from the vaccine!  There was no concern about the safety of the Anthrax vaccine and squalene was never in the vaccine.  So why do anti-squalene antibodies show up in vaccinees’ systems?   How come FDA found it in five vaccine lots?  Oh, the lies that accompany vaccines at all levels!  Listen for yourself.  Readers really have to hear what’s called “back pedaling” by a commanding officer!


Instead of being sprayed with a chemical this time, we are being injected with it.  What’s the difference?   Even the Nazis didn’t experiment on their own troops!


Protect the institution; don’t expose the truth—seems to be the MO at CDC, FDA, and the Armed Services.


There were 30 major violations in the manufacturing process by BioPort, the vaccine manufacturer, and it was shut down by FDA until 2002.  In January 2002, the Anthrax vaccine finally was FDA approved!  How come the armed services were giving it to service people in 1997?   Where’s Congressional oversight?  What’s the Veterans Administration doing for vaccine-injured military personnel?


This detailed exposé about an unapproved Anthrax vaccine apparently made with squalene that has caused thousands of service men and women to become vaccine-damaged must not be swept under any or all administrative carpets as a new classification, i.e., “Gulf War Syndrome,” but truly for what it is: vaccine damage.


Furthermore, there are two undeniable smoking guns that it’s Anthrax vaccine damage.  They are: 1) Kuwaitis, Israelis and Egyptians, who fought in the Gulf War, did not experience Gulf War Syndrome.  Furthermore, 2) none of those military personnel received an Anthrax vaccine, only U.S. personnel.  Is it a mere coincidence or is there a vaccine-damage correlation with causation variable involved?


Don’t our armed services personnel deserve better treatment than they have gotten and are getting regarding vaccine damage being pawned off as an “emotional disorder”?


Here’s a book readers may want to check out about that terrible vaccine tragedy, which happened to military personnel.   The book’s subtitle claims The Covert Government Experiment That’s Killing Our Soldiers–and Why GI’s Are Only the First Victims.”


vaccine aAvailable on Amazon


Between Gulf War Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and the HPV Gardasil Girls deaths and thousands of adverse events globally, vaccines need to be deep-sixed IF we want to have a functional military and the guarantee of future generations that are productive and procreating individuals.


Resources:


The Anthrax Vaccine Program: An Analysis of the CDC’s Recommendations for Vaccine Use, Meryl Nass, MD  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1447151/


Biological Warfare and Anthrax Vaccinehttp://www.nvic.org/vaccines-and-diseases/anthrax/specialreport.aspx


Anthraxhttp://www.thinktwice.com/anthrax.htm


GAO: Military anthrax shots caused many reactions, prompted some pilots to quithttp://www.cidrap.umn.edu/news-perspective/2002/11/gao-military-anthrax-shots-caused-many-reactions-prompted-some-pilots-quit


Catherine J Frompovich (website) is a retired natural nutritionist who earned advanced degrees in Nutrition and Holistic Health Sciences, Certification in Orthomolecular Theory and Practice plus Paralegal Studies. Her work has been published in national and airline magazines since the early 1980s. Catherine authored numerous books on health issues along with co-authoring papers and monographs with physicians, nurses, and holistic healthcare professionals. She has been a consumer healthcare researcher 35 years and counting.


Catherine’s latest book, published October 4, 2013, is Vaccination Voodoo, What YOU Don’t Know About Vaccines, available on Amazon.com.


Her 2012 book A Cancer Answer, Holistic BREAST Cancer Management, A Guide to Effective & Non-Toxic Treatments, is available on Amazon.com and as a Kindle eBook.


Two of Catherine’s more recent books on Amazon.com are Our Chemical Lives And The Hijacking Of Our DNA, A Probe Into What’s Probably Making Us Sick (2009) and Lord, How Can I Make It Through Grieving My Loss, An Inspirational Guide Through the Grieving Process (2008)


Catherine’s NEW book: Eat To Beat Disease, Foods Medicinal Qualities ©2016 Catherine J Frompovich coming in Summer 2016


   

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foliage-1157792_960_720By Brandon Turbeville


According to reports, a new study has confirmed what millions of marijuana smokers have known all along – that the worst side effect from marijuana is getting arrested.


Well, that and periodontal disease.


According to researchers at Duke University, and senior author of the study, Terrie Moffitt, “the only measures that seem to indicate any real serious health problem was periodontal disease.”


“Anything you smoke, heats up your gums and causes inflammation and inflammation is bad for your teeth,” she said.



Notably, however, the researchers were unable to find a link between adult use of marijuana and poor lung function, systemic inflammation, body mass index, blood pressure and metabolic health. Essentially, the study has shown that people who smoked marijuana for up to 20 years, were as healthy as people who didn’t smoke marijuana at all.








The same research team found in a previous study, however, that marijuana users were at a “higher risk of cognitive decline and decent into lower social and economic strata,” but the side effects end there since there doesn’t seem to be physical health issues related to marijuana use.


While it is common knowledge that cognitive decline can occur in some chronic users, the question of lower social and economic status undoubtedly needs to be addressed. This is because such classifications may result from decades of a police state drug war that confines even the most peaceful, unoffensive marijuana users to cages and a life of second-class citizenship, particularly when it comes to employment.


Simply from observing these studies and personal observation of the world around them, it is clear that the drug war is infinitely more dangerous to both marijuana users and non-users, than the plant could ever be.


This article (There Are Major Side Effects to Marijuana But It’s Not What You Think) can be republished under a Creative Commons license with attribution to Brandon Turbeville and Natural Blaze.com.


Brandon Turbeville – article archive here – is an author out of Florence, South Carolina. He is the author of six books, Codex Alimentarius — The End of Health Freedom, 7 Real Conspiracies,Five Sense SolutionsandDispatches From a Dissident, volume 1 and volume 2, The Road to Damascus: The Anglo-American Assault on Syria, and The Difference it Makes: 36 Reasons Why Hillary Clinton Should Never Be President. Turbeville has published over 600 articles dealing on a wide variety of subjects including health, economics, government corruption, and civil liberties. Brandon Turbeville’s podcast Truth on The Tracks can be found every Monday night 9 pm EST at UCYTV. He is available for radio and TV interviews. Please contact activistpost (at) gmail.com.


   

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hemp-plasticBy Claire Bernish


If you still don’t believe in the power of Internet-based activism, the incredible explosion of interest in hemp plastic — literally generated by a single meme — will convince you otherwise.


“Oil based plastics are destroying the environment,” the meme — originally posted to Facebook — states, asking, “Why not hemp plastics? They are both biodegradable and non-toxic.” Pictured at the top are marine animals tangled in plastic waste, while the bottom image shows a time-lapsed progression of a hemp plastic bottle in states of decay — complete in just 80 days.




Apparently, the meme’s message so impacted social media, well over 350,000 people shared it from its original place on End the Drug War — more than twice the total followers on that page. Other large Facebook pages also shared the meme, sometimes in an abbreviated format — and each of those pages garnered similar interest, resulting in thousands more shares.








But the true magic of spreading awareness — the foundation of all activism — could be seen on Google trends with a sudden astronomical spike in searches for “hemp plastic” beginning on the date the meme hit social media (top image). In just one dynamic image, a seed of awareness about a viable alternative to petroleum-based plastics found roots in the minds of hundreds of thousands — and with those roots, vast potential for change.


And that awareness couldn’t come too soon.


Plastic refuse so chokes the world’s oceans, a recent report predicts more of it will occupy space in the sea than fish, by as early as 2050. Every year, at least 8 million tons of discarded plastic winds up in the ocean. A full garbage truck’s worth of plastic is jettisoned into the ocean every minute. However, according to the report,



If no action is taken, this is expected to increase to two per minute by 2030 and four per minute by 2050 […]


In a business-as-usual scenario, the ocean is expected to contain 1 tonne of plastic for every 3 tonnes of fish by 2025, and by 2050, more plastics than fish (by weight).



At present, plastics account for around 6 percent of global oil consumption — the same rate as oil consumed by the entire planet’s aviation industry. However, by 2050, “If the current strong growth of plastics usage continues as expected, the plastics sector will account for 20% of total oil consumption.”


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Plastic waste in the oceans tragically ensnares or is consumed by wildlife in telling quantities. A September 2015 report by Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) in conjunction with Imperial College London found nearly 60 percent of all seabird species “have plastic in their gut” — but by 2050, that number could jump to 99 percent. Indeed,


The scientists estimate that 90 percent of all seabirds alive today have eaten plastic of some kind.


While plastic doesn’t biodegrade, exposure to sunlight causes it to break down into smaller pieces easily ingested by marine and aquatic animals. Further disintegration of larger fragments results in smaller particles known as micro-plastic, which can be ingested by a greater range of species, including those lower on the food chain. Any toxins absorbed by the micro-plastic thus make their way back up the food chain to be consumed by larger animals and humans.


Considering Americans throw out 2.5 million plastic bottles every, single hour, while recycling only 13 percent of plastic waste, it’s no wonder marine and other wildlife bear the brunt of our convenience. But simply increasing the rate at which we recycle plastic amounts to little more than a superficial fix — and the recycling industry has taken a serious hit with consistently dropping oil prices.


Though recycling might be somewhat romanticized as an altruistic venture by people who feel relegating plastic waste to a separate bin means acting responsibly, the fact remains, recycling is a business like any other. In order to function, revenue must cover costs — and right now, low oil prices have forced many to shutter operations.


Fortunately, exactly as the viral meme suggests, an alternative to petroleum-based plastic already exists in the dynamically versatile hemp plant.


“Industrial hemp is grown in abundance in many parts of the world and produces the strongest natural fiber known to man. Hemp as a raw material is one of the most useful plants on our planet with thousands of applications including a viable plastic material,” one of many sources touting the benefits of hemp plastic explains.


Hemp plastic is a bioplastic made using industrial hemp. There are many different types of hemp plastic; from standard plastics reinforced with hemp fibers, to a 100% hemp plastic made entirely from the hemp plant. Hemp plastic is recyclable and can be manufactured to be 100% biodegradable.


Plastic manufactured with hemp could drastically curtail the destruction of our oceans and the impact wrought by the manufacture and careless disposal of petroleum-based plastics over prior decades.


Hemp plastic could replace its toxic predecessor in every application imaginable — from phone chargers, lamps, and electrical sockets, to industrial construction components, railways, and toys. In 2014, LEGO executives even announced a plan to abandon toxic petroleum plastics in favor of an as-yet undetermined sustainable resin by 2030 — which sparked conjecture hemp plastic LEGO bricks could be on the horizon.


But before a major push for such sweeping changes to an ubiquitous industry, people must be made aware of the extent of the problem — and that the solution isn’t merely wishful thinking.


And sometimes, the path to implementing meaningful change begins with something as humble as a meme.


Claire Bernish writes for TheFreeThoughtProject.com, where this article first appeared.


   

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anthony_freda_spendingBy Amando Flavio


A new poll by the Associated Press (AP) news agency, in collaboration with the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago, has revealed that a staggering 70% of Americans are disturbed about the country’s presidential elections due in November.


Whereas AP is an international news organization, NORC is one of the largest independent social research organizations in the United States, established in 1941. It has conducted numerous social research projects involving opinion survey and other data collection, for government agencies, nonprofit agencies, and corporations, making it very credible independent research organization.


According to the details of the poll, seven in 10 people said they feel frustrated in the upcoming presidential election. Also, one-quarter of the respondents said they have hardly any confidence that their votes will be counted accurately. However, 56% respondents said they have confidence in the military.



s-2-45-e1464711412161According to the AP, the poll was conducted in mid-May, and is designed to be representative of the population of the United States. 1,060 adults participated in the poll.








The respondents were first selected randomly using address-based sampling methods, and later interviewed online or by phone, with the margin of sampling error for all respondents said to be plus or minus 4.1 percentage points.


According to the results of the poll we saw, 13% of the respondents said they are proud about the impending presidential election. 37% revealed they feel hopeful, and three out of 10 people said they are already bored with the election.


On the two-party political system which is dominating in the United States, 49% believe the system has many problems, 38% said the two way system is seriously broken, while only 13% think the system works smoothly.


s-3-42-e1464711394878The relevance of the overall political and governance system including the judiciary, the executive and the legislature were also tested in the poll. 38% said they do not have any trust in the overall political system. Only 10% said they have confidence in the system. Just 15% said they have a lot of confidence in the executive branch, while 50% have “some,” but 33% do not have any confidence.


Only four percent said they still have much faith in the Washington D.C.-based Congress, as opposed to 46%, who have hardly any trust left. A modest 24% have a lot of confidence in the Supreme Court, and 17% have hardly any.


On intra-party politics, as much as 55%, including majorities from the Democratic and Republican parties said they feel totally helpless about the ongoing primaries to elect the nominees for the presidential election in November.


s-4-29Eight percent of the respondents answered that they have confidence in the Republican Party, and 15% in the Democratic Party; but 29% of Democrats and 16% of Republicans revealed they do not have any confidence in their political parties.


This is not the first time a poll about the United States’ election has showed growing resentments about the political system of the country.


In April this year, a similar joint poll conducted by the Reuters news agency and the research agency Ipsos revealed that more than half of voters in the United States believe the system to pick their president is rigged. The poll also found that 51% of voters believe the primary system is rigged against certain candidates. Over 70% said they would prefer to pick their party’s presidential nominee with a direct vote, eliminating the use of the so-called delegates as intermediaries.


Surprisingly, the survey found that 27% of voters do not even understand how the primary process works, and a staggering 44% also do not understand why delegates are involved in the process to pick a nominee to become a candidate for the presidential election.


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tender-constitution-article-1-section-10-e1465155535469By Michael Boldin


On April 5, 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 6102 “forbidding the Hoarding of gold coin, gold bullion, and gold certificates within the continental United States.” The effect of the order was to criminalize the possession of monetary gold by any individual, partnership, association or corporation.


Two months later, on June 5, 1933, Congress passed House Joint Resolution (HJR) 192. It was passed to suspend the gold standard and do an end-run around the Constitution. Since then, no one in America has been able to “lawfully” require a debt to be paid in gold.


Under the Constitution, however, things are much different. In Article I, Section 10, it mandates that “No State shall…make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts.”



Full Text of HJR192:


To assure uniform value to the coins and currencies of the Unites States,


Whereas the holding of or dealing in gold affect public interest, and are therefore subject to proper regulation and restriction; and








Whereas the existing emergency has disclosed that provisions of obligations which purport to give the obligee a right to require payment in gold or a particular kind of coin or currency of the United States, or in an amount in money of the United States measured thereby, obstruct the power of the Congress to regulate the value of the money of the United States, and are inconsistent with the declared policy of the Congress to maintain at all times the equal power of every dollar, coined or issued by the United States, in the markets and in the payment of debts.


Now, therefore, be it Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, that



(a) every provision contained in or made with respect to any obligation which purports to give the obligee a right to require payments in gold or a particular kind of coin or currency, or in an amount in money of the United States measured thereby, is declared to be against public policy; and no such provision shall be contained in or made with respect to any obligation hereafter incurred. Every obligation, heretofore or hereafter incurred, whether or not any such provision is contained therein or made with respect thereto, shall be discharged upon payment, dollar for dollar, in any coin or currency which at time of payment is legal tender for public and private debts. Any such provision contained in any law authorizing obligations to be issued by or under authority of the United States, is hereby repealed, but the repeal of any such provision shall not invalidate any other provision or authority contained in such law.


(b) As used in this resolution, the term ‘obligation’ means any obligation (including every obligation of and to the United States, excepting currency) payable in money of the United States; and the term ‘coin or currency’ means coin or currency of the United States, including Federal Reserve notes and circulating notes of Federal Reserve banks and national banking associations.



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Sec. 2 The last sentence of paragraph (1) of subsection (b) of section 43 of the Act entitled ‘An Act to relieve the existing national economic emergency by increasing agricultural purchasing power, to raise revenue for extraordinary expenses incurred by reason of such emergency, to provide emergency relief with respect to agricultural indebtedness, to provide for the orderly liquidation of joint-stock land banks, and of other purposes;, approved May 12, 1933, is amended to read as follows:


“All coins and currencies of the United Stated (including Federal Reserve notes and circulating notes of the Federal Reserve banks and national banking associations) heretofore or hereafter coined or issued, shall be legal tender for all debts, public and private, public charges, taxes, duties, and dues, except that gold coins, when below the standard weight and limit of tolerance provided by law for the single piece, shall be legal tender only at valuation in proportion to their actual weight.’


Approved, June 5, 1933, 4:40 p.m. 31 U.S.C.A. 462, 463


Michael Boldin [send him email] is the founder of the Tenth Amendment Center, where this article first appeared. He was raised in Milwaukee, WI, and currently resides in Los Angeles, CA. Follow him on twitter – @michaelboldin, on LinkedIn, and on Facebook.
   

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secret-saudi-deaBy Justin Gardner


In April, we learned once again how subservient the U.S. is to the interests of Saudi Arabia when Obama poured his efforts into blocking a bill that would have allowed Saudi Arabia’s government to be held accountable for any role it played in the 9/11 attacks.


The drama centers on “the 28 pages” of a congressional investigative report into 9/11—which are still being kept from the public—that details the extent of foreign government support for Al-Qaeda. The pages could expose Saudi financial and logistical connections with the 9/11 hijackers.


The Wahhabist regime quickly responded by threatening to crash the dollar by liquidating their U.S. assets. Lawmakers quickly acquiesced with a last-minute amendment to the bill that allows for the U.S. attorney general and secretary of state to stop any pending legislation against the Saudis.



Families of 9/11 victims and all those who question the official 9/11 narrative were left stunned by this capitulation. A brutal Middle Eastern dictatorship obviously has much more influence over our government than the citizens. Saudi Arabia has great potential to hold the U.S. economy and government hostage through its purchase of Treasury holdings, but how did this special arrangement come to be?


Bloomberg has, for the first time ever, uncovered the amount of Saudi Arabia’s holdings, and the secret deal began 41 years ago to hide the kingdom’s influence over U.S. government actions.









The basic framework was strikingly simple. The U.S. would buy oil from Saudi Arabia and provide the kingdom military aid and equipment. In return, the Saudis would plow billions of their petrodollar revenue back into Treasuries and finance America’s spending.

It took several discreet follow-up meetings to iron out all the details, [former Deputy Treasury Secretary] Parsky said. But at the end of months of negotiations, there remained one small, yet crucial, catch: King Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud demanded the country’s Treasury purchases stay “strictly secret,” according to a diplomatic cable obtained by Bloomberg from the National Archives database.



Parsky was there during the Saudi talks that took place in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, in July 1974. He was assistant to Secretary William Simon, who was tasked by President Nixon to save America’s economy by making a deal with the kingdom and its newfound petrodollar wealth. The OPEC oil embargo, put in place in response to aiding Israel’s Yom Kippur war, was wreaking havoc on U.S. inflation and the stock market.


Simon, a former Wall St. bond trader and director of the Treasuries desk at Salomon Brothers, helped hatch a plan to finance America’s growing deficit. He “understood the appeal of U.S. government debt and how to sell the Saudis on the idea that America was the safest place to park their petrodollars.”


Saudi Arabia’s wealth was lusted after by several Western countries and Japan, but the U.S. managed to get the golden egg. However, King Faisal was worried that their money would be spent by the U.S. to further aid Israel’s military conquests, thus jeopardizing the kingdom’s rule.


         

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U.S. officials complied by “letting the Saudis in through the back door.”


In the first of many special arrangements, the U.S. allowed Saudi Arabia to bypass the normal competitive bidding process for buying Treasuries by creating “add-ons.” Those sales, which were excluded from the official auction totals, hid all traces of Saudi Arabia’s presence in the U.S. government debt market.


For 41 years Saudi Arabia’s U.S. debt ownership—instead of being listed individually like other countries—was obscured by grouping under a generic heading called “oil exporters,” which included nations such as Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates.


Treasury has taken pains over the decades to protect Saudi Arabia’s confidentiality, even as scrutiny of U.S. creditors has greatly increased. The International Investment and Trade in Services Survey Act of 1976 gave the agency plenty of cover, and continued even after the Government Accountability Office found in 1979 that there was “no statistical or legal basis” for using it.


The practice of “add-ons” routinely posed risks to the Treasury system, but preserving the special Saudi relationship took precedence.


Bloomberg’s FOIA request—granted after the Treasury Dept. concluded “that it was consistent with transparency and the law to disclose the data”—found that Saudi Arabia owns $117 billion in U.S. debt, which represents 20 percent of foreign reserves.


While the kingdom is one of America’s largest foreign creditors, this number is most likely a comical understatement. One former Treasury official says the actual debt holdings are double or more. Offshore financial centers allow the kingdom to mask other Treasury purchases.


More realistic estimations of Saudi’s debt holdings are up to $750 billion, meaning that Saudi divestment is a major threat to crash the dollar and other global markets. With the oil price crash there is pressure on the kingdom to liquidate assets, making their status as creditor a political weapon.


As such, it is no surprise that Obama and Congress would protect Saudi Arabia from any possibility of being exposed as a 9/11 conspirator. The U.S. government has a 41-year history of preserving this special relationship, and is now held hostage by the consequences of the deal.


This also explains why Saudi Arabia can go on bombing hospitals and civilian populations in countries like Yemen—acting as a proxy for U.S. “anti-terror” campaigns—with no repercussions. The Wahhabist kingdom is free to carry out its war, overtly and covertly, on the Shia countries of the Middle East.


Justin Gardner writes for TheFreeThoughtProject.com, where this article first appeared.


   

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waterBy Joshua Krause


As the Flint water crisis has shown us, sometimes the quality of America’s water infrastructure is not what you’d expect in a developed nation. However, the problems with our tap water are not just found in a few impoverished municipalities. In fact, dangerous chemicals and pathogens can be found in faucets all over America.


Case in point, the West Morgan-East Lawrence Water Authority in Alabama just advised 100,000 of their customers to stop using their tap water for drinking or cooking. According to the general manager of the Water Authority, who spoke at a press conference on Friday, “I recommend that all our customers do not drink our water, until we are able to bring the temporary system our engineer is designing online.” That includes water that has been boiled or cleaned with Brita-style filters, neither of which can remove the contaminants.



The chemicals in question are known as perfluorooctane sulfonate and perfluorooctanoic acid, which are known to cause cancer, thyroid damage, birth defects, and developmental problems in children. The chemicals are typically used in the manufacture of non-stick cookware, waterproof clothes, and carpet sealants.


It’s believed that they were discharged into the Tennessee River by companies like 3M, a claim which the vice president of the company says is overblown.


Although we support the work of the EPA and other regulators, we believe these advisory levels are overly conservative…We believe that PFOS and PFOA do not present health risks at levels they are typically found in the environment or in human blood.


In any case, the West Morgan-East Lawrence Water Authority has said that their advisory will remain in place until September. They’ve also admitted that they have no “means to provide bottled water for its customers in the interim.”


Joshua Krause is a reporter, writer and researcher at The Daily Sheeple. He was born and raised in the Bay Area and is a freelance writer and author. You can follow Joshua’s reports at Facebook or on his personal Twitter. Joshua’s website is Strange Danger.


   

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saudi-blacklisted-by-un-killing-childrenBy Claire Bernish


A child is killed in Yemen every four hours — but partly because 60 percent of those deaths in 2014, alone, were at the hands of the U.S.-supported, Saudi-led coalition, it has now been blacklisted by the United Nations.


U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon explained the constant bombardment of the country had taken a “devastating toll” on its civilian population — particularly on children who are maimed and killed by the hundreds, if not thousands.


In a statement after the release of the Annual Report on children in armed conflict, Ban noted a six-fold increase in the number of children killed in Yemen since 2014.


“Emerging and escalating crisis had a horrific impact on boys and girls,” the statement also noted. “Grave violations against children increased dramatically as a result of the escalating conflict.”



In support of the current, disputed Yemeni government — and to push back Iranian-backed Houthi rebels and their allies — Saudi Arabia launched its intensive military campaign in early 2015. Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, the United Arab Emirates, Sudan, Kuwait, Bahrain, and Qatar have since joined that coalition, which the U.S., though ostensibly not directly involved in fighting, supports through intelligence and other means — largely in the form of bombs.








But U.S. support comes with a heavy price — and has come under intense criticism from lawmakers — particularly after news in September the Saudi coalition bombed a Yemeni wedding, killing 135 innocent people. Suspicion the coalition could be committing war crimes and the thousands of civilian deaths could theoretically be backed by its new spot on a U.N. blacklist.


“As I read the conflict in Yemen,” said Sen. Christopher S. Murphy at a Congressional hearing earlier in 2016, “I have a hard time figuring out what the U.S. national security interests are.”


He added that “the result of the coalition campaign has been to kill a lot of civilians, has been to sow the seed of humanitarian crisis, and to create space for these groups — these are very extremists groups that we claim to be our priority in the region — to grow.”


Scrutiny over U.S. involvement in Yemen should now intensify with the blacklisting of the coalition. If, as Murphy suggested, no actual, valid defense of U.S. national security stands as reason for its support of the blacklisted coalition, perhaps no further assistance should be provided.


In an email to Foreign Policy in March, Sen. Patrick Leahy — who authored legislation barring the U.S. from providing security assistance to countries responsible for gross human rights abuses — raised similar concerns.


“The humanitarian crisis in Yemen has received too little attention, and it directly, or indirectly, implicates us. The reports of civilian casualties from Saudi air attacks in densely populated areas compel us to ask if these operations, supported by the United States, violate” the aforementioned law. Indeed, he continued, “there is the real possibility that [the air campaign] is making a bad situation worse.”


Ban also blacklisted Houthi rebel groups for the same civilian injuries and killings as the coalition.


“In Yemen, owing to the very large number of violations attributed to the two parties, the Houthis/Ansar Allah and the Saudi Arabia-led coalition are listed for killing and maiming and attacks on schools and hospitals,” the statement continued.


“In several situations of conflict, aerial operations contributed to creating complex environments in which large numbers of children were killed and maimed,” explained Leila Zerrougui, U.N. special representative for children in armed conflict. “State-allied armed groups and militia have also increasingly been used to fight in support of Government forces, in some cases recruiting and using children.”


Ban urged all U.N. member nations to adhere to international law by protecting civilians wherever armed conflict continues, adding, “It is unacceptable that the failure to do so has resulted in numerous violations of children’s rights.”


Claire Bernish writes for TheFreeThoughtProject.com, where this article first appeared.


   

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obama-bans-ar15-bulletsBy Joshua Krause


There’s one thing that all gun-grabbing politicians have in common. They are all quite adamant that they don’t want to take your guns. They’ll tell you over and over again that all they want is a few reasonable regulations. Every once in a blue moon they’ll let their guard down in front of an reporter, and reveal their true long-term intentions, but by and large they’re always trying to put a reassuring face on their gun grabbing agenda.


Obama, for instance, has consistently claimed throughout his presidency that all he wants is a few “reasonable” restrictions, and that all he intends to do is keep guns out of the hands of “bad guys.” Whenever he talks about it, however, you can read between the lines and find his ulterior motives.



At a recent Town Hall meeting, Obama was put on the spot by gun store owner, who asked him why he wants to restrict gun use for law-abiding citizens. The video has since gone viral among liberals who think that the president gave a stellar response. In reality, he merely showed us his true colors.



“First of all, the notion that I or Hillary or Democrats or whoever you want to choose are hell-bent on taking away folks’ guns is just not true,” he claims “And I don’t care how many times the NRA says it.” Obama then goes on to make the case for restricting gun ownership for people who find themselves on the no-fly list, and cites an example of someone who has been visiting ISIS websites but is still allowed to buy firearms.


So sir I just have to say respectfully, that there is a way for us to have common sense gun laws. There is a way for us to make sure that lawful responsible gun owners like yourself, are able to use them for sporting, hunting, protecting yourself. But the only way we’re going to do that is if we don’t have a situation in which anything that is proposed is viewed as some tyrannical destruction of the Second Amendment.








Unfortunately, his idea to restrict gun ownership for people on the no-fly list is exactly the kind of thing that could lead to the tyrannical destruction of the Second Amendment. In a perfect world it would be nice if we could keep guns away from terrorists, but restricting the gun rights of people who are on the no-fly list is anything but reasonable or “common sense.”

That’s because literally anyone can find themselves on the no-fly list. You don’t have to commit a crime and you don’t need to visit any suspicious websites. They can take away your right to travel freely without any due process whatsoever. At best, all the government needs to do is hear that you might have some sympathies for a terrorist organization, and you’ll be barred from being on a plane for life.


As Techdirt.com pointed out last year, more than a third of the people on the no-fly list have no known terrorist affiliations. If Obama’s plan were ever put in place, you could lose your right to bear arms over nothing more than a hunch or a rumor.



Leaks to the Intercept revealed that the “process” by which people are put on either the no fly list or the terrorist watch list basically involves hunches, and revelations from just a few months ago show that DHS still uses flim flam pseudo science to put people on the list based on hunches that the government laughably calls “predictive judgment,” but which experts have said has no scientific basis whatsoever.


If you want to understand how incredibly wrong this proposal is, you just need to replace “buy guns” with something else, like “the right to assemble” or “the right to use the internet.” It’s easy to say: “What could possibly be the argument for allowing a terrorist suspect to use the internet?” But then you remember that these aren’t actual suspects — they’re just people put on a list by law enforcement with no thorough process, let alone due process to defend themselves or to get off the list. And, of course, being a “suspect” doesn’t mean you’re guilty. Innocent until proven guilty used to actually mean something.



And let’s not forget, that our government has a very broad definition of “terrorist,” and has in the past claimed that conservatives, libertarians, veterans, and Christians should be watched closely for their supposed terrorist potential (i.e., the groups that are most likely to own firearms).


Sorry Obama, but you’re a gun grabber plain and simple. At best, perhaps, you’re ignorant of what your proposal could do to our rights, and at worse you’re lying to the American people. You know exactly what a “no-buy list” would lead to. Furthermore, the fact that more guns were sold during your administration than any other in history does not prove that you’re not trying to take our guns, it’s only proof that you’ve failed to take them. You can sugarcoat your anti-Second Amendment vision, and claim that you just want to make us all a little safer, but we know what your ideas would do to our rights.


Joshua Krause is a reporter, writer and researcher at The Daily Sheeple. He was born and raised in the Bay Area and is a freelance writer and author. You can follow Joshua’s reports at Facebook or on his personal Twitter. Joshua’s website is Strange Danger.


   

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us isisOp-Ed by Afraa Dagher


No reasonable person would deny the de facto role of the US in supporting the terrorists gangs in Syria. Since the very beginning of this proxy war against Syria, they were the crystallization of the West’s plan to achieve the destruction of Syria and its army, which, in turn, also helps the Zionist-Israeli plan regarding a new Middle East and a greater “Israel.”


The US depended on its regional allies like Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Turkey to destroy Syria by funding, training, smuggling of every kind of armed terrorist to the country.


The opposition recently revealed that a secret document has been signed between themselves and Qatar. In 2012, to get support, in exchange of overthrow president Assad, the Saudi kingdom funded the extremist Islamist terrorists in order to turn over power in Syria to those extremists!



Why doesn’t the US and Israel want Assad in as head of the Syrian government? Why do they prefer a caliphate and “moderate rebels”?


First, it should be remembered that these “rebels” vowed to destroy Syria and reduce the number of Syrian Soldiers.


Second, they never made any demands regarding the Israeli-occupied territories.


These terrorists would give more territory to Turkey.


They would allow the Qatari gas line to cross the Syrian lands!


And what did they achieve from their vows to the US?








Nothing but more sabotage of Syria and its people! Not only that, but they are now running private businesses under international protection due to their classification as a moderate opposition!


These businesses often manage the transfer of refugees from Turkey to Europe on board rickety boats, essentially human trafficking, but when the transit across the sea results in death, they blame the Syrian government. This is in addition to the trade in human organs back and forth between the terrorists, Turkey, and Israel! We should also mention the theft of Syrian archeology and the transfer of it to the West. Also, the drug smuggling operations and the smuggling of terrorists.


Lastly, we can’t forget how this war and the Western sanctions has destroyed the value of our currency too.


However, that was never a concern for the US!


Still, after more than five years of war against Syria, the West and its proxies have not achieved one goal. There is no transitional government. There is no division of Syrian land.


It was depressed for the US, the failure of its regional allies and local clients in changing the government, break the Syrian Army and divide the Syrian land!


For this reason, it is the time for the U.S. to run its media campaign, claiming that the US, alongside with its local allies, are liberating Raqqa, a Syrian province, which has fallen into the hands of ISIS. Of course, this city was conquered “rebels” earlier in this war but the “rebels,” for some reason the U.S. has never explained, simply gave it to ISIS.


The US jets, tanks and commandos have supported the same terrorist groups under the name of the Free Syrian Army as well as what they call the Syrian Democratic Forces SDF. But even to attach the label “Syrian” to any of these groups is disingenuous. There is nothing Syrian about them. The SDF is just another Free Syrian Army as it includes Canadians, Africans and Kurds, the latter being either extremists themselves or fighting for a separate state. I would ask, “Why has the YPG never coordinated with the Syrian Army, since the military represents the whole of Syria and not merely one race, sect, or group?”


In Western media, the purpose of supporting these groups was to defeat ISIS but what about the real purpose?


It is to gain political victories in the Geneva talks, to support the federalization of Syria, and to support the case of separation and to divide the people and the country!


How could anyone believe that the ones who invaded Syria on board enemy tanks would be the ones to liberate our land?


Any group that joined American troops in the north of Syria should never be trusted. This brings to our memory the traitors and idiots in Iraq who actually welcomed the U.S. “liberation.” Indeed, the plan of the United States is to give entire areas of Syria to racial groups, sects, or religious affiliations so that it can break a unified country currently in opposition to its agenda and subsequently gain greater influence of all the resulting “autonomous” regions.


Thus, to thwart this evil plan, we trust that the Syrian Arab Army and the Hezbollah resistance movement backed by their allies, are the only ones who could liberate this land. And the real Syrians who believe in the unity of Syria, whatever their race, sect, or ethnicity are the only ones who have the right to make decisions about Syria.


At the time the US and its agents use their money, which is tainted by Syrian blood, to divide Syria and impose the federalization on this country, for the advantage of a Zio-US project, the Syrian people, with their blessed army, have been paying in blood for the sovereignty and unity of their homeland.


Afraa Dagher is a political analyst currently residing in Syria. She has made numerous media appearances commenting on the current state of affairs inside Syria as well as the nature of the current crisis. She has appeared on RT, PRESS TV, and is a regular guest on Activist Post writer Brandon Turbeville’s Truth on the Tracks radio program. Her website is www.SyrianaAfrona.wordpress.com.


   

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11-yo-boy-shuts-down-speed-trapBy Matt Agorist


Nothing illustrates how the times are changing quite like an 11-year-old boy filming the police and shutting down a speed trap.


Mikey, an 11-year-old boy from New Hampshire made an awesome video this week showing him holding up a sign to warn motorists that there was a speed trap ahead. Within only a few minutes, this mini rights-flexing guru shuts down the officer and forces him to move on.


But holding the sign to warn motorists was only half of Mikey’s awesomeness. When the state trooper came back to intimidate the tike, Mikey held his own better than some adults would have done.


Without batting an eye, Mikey continued to film and refused to answer questions, thereby ending the stop before it even began. Below is that amazing video.




Matt Agorist is the co-founder of TheFreeThoughtProject.com, where this article first appeared. He is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world. Follow @MattAgorist.


   

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troops_suicidesBy Amando Flavio


A new report by the United States Department of Defense (DoD) has revealed that suicide death among troops on combat missions on foreign lands, is higher than actual combat death among troops. Actual combat death is death recorded during fighting ‘enemy’ troops. Suicide death is committed by the troops themselves, who take their own lives due to some factors.


The disturbing report is the DoD 2014 calendar year Suicide Event Report (DoDSER), which details the number of suicide attempts and deaths of United States service members. The report only focused on the 2014 calendar year.


According to the details, in all of 2014, a total of 55 United States troops, in both hostile and non-hostile situations, lost their lives in foreign occupations. On the other hand, the number of soldiers who killed themselves is nearly 5 times this number.



The DoDSER revealed that in 2014, there were 269 deaths by suicide among active component service members. This figure was slightly higher than the previous year. In 2013, 259 suicide deaths were recorded among troops on combat missions in abroad.


Since the 2014 report was made public, some observers have expressed grave concern about the increasing rise of suicide death among service members. Observers say that apart from even the active members taking their own lives, when they retire from the service, the situation worsens. This observation made by commentators is true, looking at the statistics below.


In a 2012 report put out by the Veterans Administration, it was estimated that up to 22 veterans a day, kill themselves. That is 8,000 lives a year; almost one per hour. For attempted suicides, the number skyrockets to 19,000 attempts, of which 8,000 result in ending their own lives.








Observers acknowledge that there are a number of factors contributing to this increasing rate of suicides, but they argue strongly that the major cause is the trauma from war. Due to the killings and the destruction of human lives involved in war, the consequence is huge. Some service members (both active and ex) experience nightmares, disturbing them to the point that they have no option than to take their own lives to put an end to the suffering. Many ex and current servicemen have told of some of these horrible experiences.


A honorably discharged veteran of the United States Marine Corps, Matt Agorist who has been very critical of wars waged by the United States on foreign lands, wrote on the Free Thought Project that service members are used and discarded by the few elites who sit in Washington DC, authorizing needless and useless wars for their own selfish gains.


“Our brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, and mothers and fathers are contracted by the state and used as cannon fodder for special interests and the expansion of imperialism. Those who refuse to join are enslaved into the ranks via conscription, and the rest of society calls those who fight this conscription, cowards. When the state is done with its pawns of empire, it disposes of them like spent military gear,” Agorist wrote.


From a holistic perspective, it’s clear that Mr Agorist’s assertion is the hard truth. The Department of Housing and Urban Development estimates that nearly 50,000 veterans are homeless on any given night. Another 140,000 are currently in jail, many of them for victimless crimes like drug possession. The statistics also shows that veterans are often the target of unjust attention from law enforcement.


It is even said that on multiple occasions, the Department of Homeland Security has referred to veterans as potential terrorists, noting that they pose a real threat to national security.


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tattoos-for-spyingBy Claire Bernish


If you have tattoos, law enforcement might be trying to decipher their meaning — and use the information for identification purposes. But, as with any government program with seemingly innocuous roots, the Tattoo Recognition Technology Challenge (Tatt-C) has potential to trigger repercussions beyond a simple invasion of your privacy.


As privacy watchdog Electronic Frontier Foundation reported, in 2104 and 2015, the FBI partnered with the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST — yes, that NIST, responsible for the hotly contended report on the World Trade Center and 9/11) to ramp up tattoo identification technology.


Biometrics companies and other researchers received a giant database of prisoner tattoos and “were asked to run five experiments to show how well their algorithms could match tattoos under various circumstances,” EFF explained.



Some tests involved matching different photos of the same person’s tattoo. Other experiments sought to match similar tattoos on different people based on their characteristics — such as a crucifix, Minnie Mouse, and Chinese calligraphy. These tests pose serious concerns for privacy, free expression, religious freedom, and the right of association.


While, in the past, tattoo identification has served such beneficial purposes as identifying murder victims and suspects or locating missing people, furthering the technology to include interpretation of tattoo symbols poses multiple inherent risks. That isn’t the only area for the technology to go horribly wrong, either.








As EFF pointed out, if someone refuses to produce ID or otherwise identify themselves to law enforcement, an officer could take a picture and using tattoo recognition, could be identified — pulling up the person’s prior arrest and other records. Though NIST offered the identification of a robbery suspect as an example of potential benefit the technology offers, anyone caught on camera, whether acting nefariously or not, could be subject to identification.


As with mass domestic surveillance, this creates a generalized ‘guilty before proven innocent’ atmosphere — and possibly another avenue to apply the DHS adage, ‘if you’re doing nothing wrong, you have nothing to fear.’ Those who value the natural human right to go about their business anonymously, however — which should encompass every human on the planet — will beg to differ.


Virtually every law enforcement agency in the U.S. now tracks our every move via cell phones, but facial recognition technology — and now tattoo identification tech — are making moot the need for a device to track people anywhere they go.


Three companies in the challenge reported 90 percent accuracy in their algorithms detecting tattoos. But MorphoTrak’s version detected a tattoo in an image with 96.3 percent accuracy — and could track the same tattoo through different images over time with a startling accuracy of 99.4 percent. But it only gets creepier from there.


MorphoTrak also managed to identify through matching, with 94.6 accuracy, tattoos where only a portion could be seen in a photo — where part was covered by clothing, or where the design had been embellished after the original picture.


Further methods for tattoo identification using, for example, an artist’s sketch derived from witness descriptions, which could then be run through a database, is also being developed.


Of paramount concern to privacy advocates are subjective interpretations of tattooed images, particularly as stigmatized and politicized as some symbols can be — especially with such technology in the hands of various government agencies. Imagine an individual’s political ideology or religion tattooed in symbols — whether or not the individual is a true enemy of the State, the ruling government would be free to interpret those symbols as it pleases.


Of course, this doesn’t even approach the idea of tattoos for the sake of irony or satire — or if someone gets a tattoo in the honest belief its symbol means something other than its traditional meaning — or, if the tattooed symbol simply appealed to someone for artistic or design reasons.


As EFF explained:



One of the most worrisome applications of tattoo recognition technology is its potential ability to reveal connections or shared beliefs among a population. For example, rather than matching a particular tattoo of a crucifix with an individual, police could run the image of a crucifix through a database to produce a long set of individuals with similar cross tattoos. This essentially means police would be able to create lists of people based on their religion, politics, or other affiliations as expressed by their tattoos.


This type of tattoo matching could sweep of fans of the same bands or members of the same labor union or military unit. This application has a high likelihood of generating false positives — matching someone whose tattoo may be visually similar, but not actually symbolically similar. That could result in people being improperly associated with groups, such as gangs, with which they have no actual affiliation.



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What a convenient way to pad the government’s notoriously inaccurate and highly-controversial terrorist watch list.


Recently, a report indicated the FBI intends to closely guard all information concerning its secretive biometrics database — and it’s safe to assume once tattoo recognition technology is fully developed, tattoos will also find a place in that accumulated list.


While this aspect of the technology might be a long way from reality, its development continues in earnest.


In the meantime, the privacy watchdog has launched a counter-campaign, because, as it states, “the research program is so fraught with problems that EFF believes the only solution is for the government to suspend the project immediately. At a minimum, scientists must stop using any tattoo images obtained coercively from prison and jail inmates and tattoos that contain personal information or religious or political symbolism.”


Claire Bernish writes for TheFreeThoughtProject.com, where this article first appeared.


   

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privacy-michigan-0603161By Shane Trejo


The Michigan House overwhelmingly approved a resolution Thursday that would give voters an opportunity to put “electronic data and communications” on the same level as “persons, houses, papers and possessions” in the state constitution. If ultimately passed, it would also set the foundation to help block a small but intrusive practical effect of federal spying within the state.


House Joint Resolution N (HJRN) was introduced by Rep. Jim Runestad (R-White Lake), along with 30 bipartisan co-sponsors, on Mar. 26. If approved, voters will have the opportunity to alter Article 1, Section 11 of the Michigan state constitution in the following manner (changes in italics added):



The person, houses, papers, and possessions, and electronic data and communications of every person shall be secure from unreasonable searches and seizures. No warrant to search any place or to seize any person or things or to access electronic data or communications shall issue without describing them, nor without probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation. The provisions of this section shall not be construed to bar from evidence in any criminal proceeding any narcotic drug, firearm, bomb, explosive or any other dangerous weapon, seized by a peace officer outside the curtilage of any dwelling house in this state.


HJRN was approved in the State House on Jun. 2, passing by a 107-1 vote. It previously passed the House Criminal Justice Committee by a unanimous 6-0 vote last year.


NATIONAL IMPLICATIONS


The language in HJRN is similar to Missouri Amendment 9, which passed last year with an overwhelming 75 percent of the vote. Michigan lawmakers hope to duplicate Missouri’s success with HJRN.









If Missouri voters approve Amendment 9, it will set the stage for similar initiatives in other states. Every state except Delaware can amend their state constitution through a legislatively referred referendum. Missouri offers a blueprint. We have the potential to blanket the country with constitutional provisions specifically extending privacy protection to electronic information and data. This would ensure state-level respect for privacy rights and address a practical effect of federal spying, regardless of how things play out in Congress or in federal courts.

The Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a nonprofit research and educational center based out of Midland, endorsed HJRN with the following statement released by the organization’s Executive Vice President Michael Reitz:



The right of individuals to be secure from unreasonable searches and seizures is fundamental, which is why it is enshrined in both the U.S. and Michigan constitutions. Constitutionally enshrined rights should not be eroded just because the march of progress makes them easier to infringe…


The resolution has wide bi-partisan support, and the Mackinac Center for Public Policy is happy to lend our voice in support of this effort.



FEDERAL PROGRAMS


While a state constitutional amendment only binds state agencies and not the federal government, the amendment will also set the foundation to help protect Michiganians from a practical effect of federal spying.


By including “access” to “electronic data and communications” under the same warrant requirements – describing them, probable cause, and supported by oath or affirmation – as “person, houses, papers, and possessions,” it makes such data gathered by federal agencies such as the NSA or FBI and shared with state and local law enforcement more likely to be inadmissible in state criminal proceedings. This protection will remain in place for Michiganians even if federal courts ultimately put the seal of approval on warrantless data collection by the NSA and other federal agencies.


That the NSA and other federal agencies pass illegally gathered information to state and local law enforcement isn’t mere speculation. We know for a fact it happens.


As revealed in a 2013 Reuters report, the secretive Special Operations Division (SOD) is “funneling information from intelligence intercepts, wiretaps, informants and a massive database of telephone records to authorities across the nation to help them launch criminal investigations of Americans.”


Documents obtained by Reuters show that these cases “rarely involve national security issues,” and that local law enforcement is directed by SOD to “conceal how such investigations truly begin.”


Reports in the Washington Post and USA Today last fall documented how “the FBI and most other investigative bodies in the federal government” are regularly using a mobile device known as a “stingray” or “hailstorm” to intercept and collect electronic data without a warrant. Local and state police “have access through sharing agreements.” This issue is especially pertinent for Michigan residents as it was revealed last year that Oakland County, MI is using a hailstorm device with absolutely no transparency and accountability from law enforcement.


The state of Michigan can’t stop the federal government from violating the Constitution and basic privacy rights, but HJRN would provide a mechanism to keep illegally-gathered data out of state courts. That is what makes HJRN such an important reform.


NEXT UP


Now that it passed the House, HJRN will move on to the Senate. It will first need to pass out of at least one committee before the full Senate can consider it. If it passes both Houses, it will bypass the Governor and go directly to the ballot for a vote in the November election.


Michigan residents are urged to contact their Senate and voice their support for HJRN. Find contact information at this link.


Shane Trejo writes for The Tenth Amendment Center, where this article first appeared.


   

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You-Are-Fired-Public-DomainBy Michael Snyder


This is exactly what we have been expecting to happen.  On Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the U.S. economy only added 38,000 jobs in May.  This was way below the 158,000 jobs that analysts were projecting, and it is also way below what is needed just to keep up with population growth.  In addition, the number of jobs created in April was revised down by 37,000 and the number of jobs created in March was revised down by 22,000.  This was the worst jobs report in almost six years, and the consensus on Wall Street is that it was an unmitigated disaster.


The funny thing is that the Obama administration says that the unemployment rate actually went down last month.  Almost every month since Obama has been in the White House, large numbers of Americans that have been unemployed for a very long time are shifted from the “unemployment” category to the “not in the labor force” category.  This has resulted in a steadily falling “unemployment rate” even though the percentage of the population that is actually working has not changed very much at all since the depths of the last recession.



The Bureau of Labor Statistics claims that the number of Americans “not in the labor force” increased by 664,000 from April to May.  If you believe that, I have a giant bridge on the west coast that I would like to sell you.  The labor force participation rate is now down to 62.6, and it is hovering just above a 38-year low.


When you add the number of working age Americans that are “officially unemployed” (7.4 million) to the number of working age Americans that are considered to be “not in the labor force” (an all-time record high of 94.7 million), you get a grand total of 102.1 million working age Americans that do not have a job right now.


This is not a game.








So far in 2016, three members of my own extended family have lost their jobs.


According to Challenger, Gray & Christmas, layoffs at major firms are running 24 percent higher up to this point in 2016 than they were during the same time period in 2015.


It was only a matter of time before those layoffs started showing up in the official employment numbers, and I fully expect that this trend will accelerate in the months ahead.


And here are some other brand new numbers for you to consider…



Since Barack Obama entered the White House, 14,179,000 Americans have “left the labor force” according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The quality of our jobs continues to deteriorate.  In May, 59,000 full-time jobs were lost, but 118,000 part-time jobs were gained.
Since September 2014, 207,000 mining jobs have been lost.
We just learned that U.S. factory orders have declined once again.  This marks the 18th month in a row that this has taken place, and we have never seen such an extended decline outside of a major recession.
JPMorgan’s “recession indicators” have just soared to the highest level that we have seen since the last recession.

         

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Needless to say, the financial community is pretty horrified by all of this news.  They were expecting a much better jobs report, and many of them are not hiding their disappointment.  Here is one example from the Wall Street Journal


This was an unqualified dud of a jobs report,” said Curt Long, chief economist at the National Association of Federal Credit Unions, noting “the unemployment rate fell, but for the wrong reason as labor force participation declined for the second consecutive month.”


And here is another example that comes from David Donabedian, the chief investment officer at Atlantic Trust Wealth Management…


We can’t find a positive nugget in today’s job report. If we were looking for signs of strength in this report, there is nothing to hang onto here.


But of course the mainstream media is doing their best to put a positive spin on these numbers.  For instance, CNN just published a laughable article entitled “America’s economy is stronger than weak jobs report.”


And the White House insists that this new employment report really isn’t that big of a deal…



The White House doesn’t get “too disappointed” over the number of unemployed and underemployed Americans.


“I’ve been reacting to jobs numbers here at the White House for more than seven years, and what is true today has been true in the past, which is, we don’t get too excited when jobs numbers are better than expected and we don’t get too disappointed when jobs numbers one-month are lower than expected,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told CNBC.



But of course the truth is that it is a really big deal.  We just received major confirmation that the U.S. economy has slipped into recession mode.


For months, I have been writing about how virtually every other indicator has been screaming that a new economic crisis had already begun.


But the employment numbers had remained fairly decent up until now.  Employment is typically considered to be a “lagging indicator,” which means that it isn’t one of the first places we would expect to see signs of a recession show up.  However, it is inevitable that the official unemployment numbers will reflect an economic downturn eventually, and that is what we are starting to see now.


What this means is that you probably have even less time to get prepared for what is ahead than you may have originally thought.


The U.S. economy has already entered the early chapters of the next great economic crisis, and most of the population is going to be caught totally off guard and will suffer tremendously.


If our leaders had made better decisions since the last crisis, things could have turned out differently.  But instead, they continued to conduct business as usual, and now we will reap what they have sown.


Michael Snyder is a writer, speaker and activist who writes and edits his own blogs The American Dream and Economic Collapse Blog. Follow him on Twitter here.


   

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