CIA controls mass media like the NY Times, Time Magazine and much more

Alsop is one of more than 400 American journalists who in the past twenty‑five years have secretly carried out assignments for the Central Intelligence Agency, according to documents on file at CIA headquarters. Some of these journalists’ relationships with the Agency were tacit; some were explicit.There was cooperation, accommodation and overlap. Journalists provided a full range of clandestine services—from simple intelligence gathering to serving as go‑betweens with spies in Communist countries. Reporters shared their notebooks with the CIA. Editors shared their staffs. Some of the journalists were Pulitzer Prize winners, distinguished reporters who considered themselves ambassadors without‑portfolio for their country. Most were less exalted: foreign correspondents who found that their association with the Agency helped their work; stringers and freelancers who were as interested in the derring‑do of the spy business as in filing articles; and, the smallest category, full‑time CIA employees masquerading as journalists abroad. In many instances, […] Read More

Texas Cops Tell Protesters That Socks With Pictures of Guns Constitute ‘Trespassing’ On State Capitol

It makes little-to-no sense at all, but in Austin, Texas, cops recently told gun rights activists that merely having socks that have a picture of a gun on them is enough to charge them with “trespassing.” Murdoch Pizgatti and Jason Orsek, the founders of Come and Take It Texas, were denied access to capitol grounds by cops who threatened them with criminal trespassing charges for “carrying” mere “pictures” of guns on their hips. The pictures were printed on socks. The purpose was clearly to make a point and a statement. But that statement is covered by the First Amendment, not the Second. The police at the State Capitol had little respect for protected speech, or the socks – for that matter – which were really just a form of “protest sign. The protesters had arrived in order to testify on two gun bills, SB 11 and SB17. But as […] Read More

Noam Chomsky: “The World That We’re Creating For Our Grandchildren Is Grim”

Renowned linguist and well-respected political commentator, Noam Chomsky, was interviewed by journalist David Barsamian for Jacobin. In the fascinating and thought-provoking conversation the two touch on the origins of ISIS, America’s relationship with Israel, among other foreign policy topics. Below are a few choice selections from the interview, which can (and should) be read in full at Jacobin. When asked about the origins of ISIS Chomsky explained how sectarian conflict derived from the Iraq war: “There’s an interesting interview that just appeared a couple of days ago with Graham Fuller, a former CIA officer, one of the leading intelligence and mainstream analysts of the Middle East. The title is “The United States Created ISIS.” This is one of the conspiracy theories, the thousands of them that go around the Middle East. But this is another source: this is right at the heart of the US establishment. He hastens to point out that […] Read More

US helped Israel with H-bomb – 1980s report declassified

Conceding to a federal lawsuit, the US government agreed to release a 1987 Defense Department report detailing US assistance to Israel in its development of a hydrogen bomb, which skirted international standards. The 386-page report, “Critical Technology Assessment in Israel and NATO Nations,” likens top Israeli nuclear facilities to the Los Alamos and Oak Ridge National Laboratories that were key in the development of US nuclear weaponry. Israelis are “developing the kind of codes which will enable them to make hydrogen bombs. That is, codes which detail fission and fusion processes on a microscopic and macroscopic level,” said the report, the release of which comes before Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s March 3 speech in front of the US Congress in which he will oppose any deal that allows Iran’s legal nuclear program to persist. “I am struck by the degree of cooperation on specialized war making devices between […] Read More

For Decades, Chicago Police Used City Jails as Torture Chambers

Victims who were tortured into giving false confessions are now asking the city for reparations. Meet American torture victim Darrell Cannon. On the morning of Nov. 2, 1983, Cannon, then 32 years old, was tortured while in the custody of the Chicago Police Department. Officers escorted him from his Southside home at 7:30am and took him to a local precinct where they shocked him in the testicles and the mouth with an electric cattle prod and struck his knees with a baton, trying to force him to confess to a murder he didn’t commit. Cannon gave a false confession around 2pm that afternoon. He spent the next 24 years in prison until he was exonerated and released in 2007. While serving his sentence, Cannon sued for damages in connection with the torture; he was awarded the paltry sum of $3,000 and left with $1,247 after costs and legal fees were deducted. […] Read More

How a GOP Rep Is Delaying Safety Improvements for “Bomb Trains”

California Rep Jeff Denham slows the review of deadly cargo to a halt. “I just want to make sure that we are all singing the same tune that we have a very safe industry and we want to work together on improving that industry.” Those were the words of Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA), chairman of the House Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials on February 3rd at a hearing titled “How the Changing Energy Markets Will Affect U.S. Transportation.” He was directing this advice to Greg Saxton, chief engineer for rail tank car manufacturer Greenbrier. Denham obviously had a bone to pick with Saxton because prior to the hearing the Modesto Bee, a newspaper in Denham’s home district, ran an editorial making a strong case that the existing tank cars used to transport crude oil are unsafe. The editorial, “Delays on safer rail cars are unacceptable,” didn’t mince words. It was clear […] Read More

One Connecticut Public School Student Was Restrained Over 700 Times in One Year

A new state report found that Connecticut schools pin down and restrain a ‘staggering’ number of kids. Connecticut public schools are far too quick to restrain or isolate unruly children against their will, leaving hundreds with injuries and many others with unmet educational needs, a state report released last week found. The report cited “significant concern” that schools are overusing restraints and so-called seclusion, particularly on kids with emotional or intellectual disabilities. Over the past three years, Connecticut has recorded more than 90,000 instances of restraint and seclusion in public schools and more than 1,300 injuries – at least two dozen of them serious. The report found one child was restrained more than 700 times over the course of a year. “The numbers are staggering,” Mickey Kramer, the Associate Child Advocate for Connecticut and one of the authors of the report, told ProPublica. “We realize that this is a […] Read More

6 Craziest Right-Wing Judges in America

Roy Moore is only one of the worst judges out there. Wacky congressman and eccentric state legislators may get most of the Internet ink for the outlandish things they say and do, but judges hold just as much power over the laws of the land, and some of them can out-crazy their colleagues in the legislative chamber. Whether it’s dabbling in birtherism, dreaming up ultra-cruel punishment methods, or simply making good on years of extreme anti-abortion activism, here are the worst uses of the judicial branch out there. 1. Roy Moore: Where to begin with Roy Moore? Arguably the most infamous right-wing jurist in the country, former and current Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore came into prominence during his fight over the Ten Commandments monument he wanted to display in the state Supreme Court. Moore got his start by invoking Christianity in his courtroom and defying higher court orders, so […] Read More

Apollo: In the Event of Disaster

Numerous allegations and claims have been made about the famous 1969 flight to the Moon of NASA’s Apollo 11. They include that the astronauts saw UFOs on the way to the Moon, that alien spacecraft were seen and filmed on the surface of the Moon, and that the whole event was nothing but a well-orchestrated hoax. And the conspiratorial list goes on and on. But, there’s yet another issue that directly concerns the Moon landings and that was quietly planned for way back in 1969. This one, however, is very different to all of the above matters, but is certainly no less intriguing… There is one particular aspect of the Apollo missions to the Moon that was shrouded in deep secrecy for decades. It is an aspect of the project that offers much support for the notion that the astronauts really did set foot on the surface of the Moon, which I, […] Read More

The World’s Email Encryption Software Relies on One Guy, Who is Going Broke

Via Julia Angwin at ProPublica: Update, Feb. 5, 2015, 8:10 p.m.: After this article appeared, Werner Koch informed us that last week he was awarded a one-time grant of $60,000 from Linux Foundation’s Core Infrastructure Initiative. Werner told us he only received permission to disclose it after our article published. Meanwhile, since our story was posted, donations flooded Werner’s website donation page and he reached his funding goal of $137,000. In addition, Facebook and the online payment processor Stripe each pledged to donate $50,000 a year to Koch’s project. The man who built the free email encryption software used by whistleblower Edward Snowden, as well as hundreds of thousands of journalists, dissidents and security-minded people around the world, is running out of money to keep his project alive. Werner Koch wrote the software, known as Gnu Privacy Guard, in 1997, and since then has been almost single-handedly keeping it alive […] Read More

Robots Fight Fires, Run Hotels and Get Religion

Robots have been everywhere in the news this past week so let’s get right to the stories. At the Naval Future Force Science & Technology Expo in Washington, D.C., the Shipboard Autonomous Firefighting Robot (SAFFiR) made its debut. Still in testing, SAFFiR is designed to combat fires in the closed quarters of submarines and ship interiors with some pretty sophisticated technology, according to Navy scientist Tom McKenna. We can identify the fire and locate its extent. We can measure the temperature field with thermal imaging and extract [a sense of where] flame is from that. We can also sense flames that are outside the visual field by reflections … orient itself to the fire … autonomously handle the hose, operate the hose, aim the hose and suppress the fire. The Huis Ten Bosch in Nagasaki, Japan, unveiled plans for the Henn-na Hotel that will be partially staffed by robots […] Read More

The Lie We Live

By Spencer Cathcart Exposing the truth about our corrupt world and what humanity has become. This is a short documentary film I made and wrote questioning our freedom, the education system, corporations, money, the American capitalist system, the US government, world collapse, the environment, climate change, genetically modified food, and our treatment of animals. Related articles 1971: Bill Withers Consciousness Science Techniques Kept Hidden EU under pressure to allow GM food imports from US and Canada The INTERNATIONAL ANTI-POSITRON CONSPIRACY PAGE The Year in Sustainable Food: Much Progress, and More Work to Be Done Kodak’s Nazi Connections

Another Example of How The Government Tries to Usurp Parental Rights

Lizzie Bennett Activist Post I live on an island, a small island. Islands are surrounded by the ocean. This may sound obvious, but it will become apparent why I have included that fact. The school my daughter attends is just over a mile from the house. Twice a year the school has flood evacuation practice, this is just like fire evacuation practice but the children are told the danger is water, not flames. This also sounds obvious but bear with me. My child is ten years old and a very aware, sound and sensible ten years old. So, she comes home a while ago and tells me they have had flood evacuation practice. Great, with the sea so close to the playground I get that, a good storm could cover the 300 yards between the school and the ocean quite easily. Building on it, while it’s fresh in her […] Read More