It’s hard to know how much of the bad news consists of new problems, and how much is long standing trouble just now being revealed. In any case, the site itself is deteriorating- new leaks abound. The area around Unit 4, where the precarious operation of removing spent fuel rods from the damaged spent fuel pool, is so radioactive that lead plates have to be put on the ground to protect the workers. Unit 3 also has a spent fuel pool; it is so damaged that Tepco hasn’t even addressed the problem of removing the rods.
Spread of radiation within Japan is being acknowledged more and more- one physician recommends removing all children from Tokyo. Spread outside Japan is also worrisome- evidently the radioactive plume in the Pacific doesn’t disperse, but moves in a confined narrow band toward the West Coast of North America.
The third anniversary of the original disaster- 3/11/11- is coming up. Sign the petitions above, and look for an event near you at http://fukushimathirdanniversaryevents.blogspot.com/
Situation at the devastated nuclear power plant continues to deteriorate. TEPCO experts are still striving to contain radioactive water that has been trickling between the seams. It emerged earlier that the previous estimates were doctored to underplay the threat [...]
Our Sinister Dual State
On Thursday the former National Security Agency official and whistle-blower William E. Binney and I will debate Stewart A. Baker, a former general counsel for the NSA, P.J. Crowley, a former State Department spokesman, and the media pundit Jeffrey Toobin. The debate, at Oxford University, will center on whether Edward Snowden’s leaks helped or harmed the public good. The proposition asks: “Is Edward Snowden a Hero?” But, on a deeper level, the debate will revolve around our nation’s loss of liberty.
The government officials who, along with their courtiers in the press, castigate Snowden insist that congressional and judicial oversight, the right to privacy, the rule of law, freedom of the press and the right to express dissent remain inviolate. They use the old words and the old phrases, old laws and old constitutional guarantees to give our corporate totalitarianism a democratic veneer. They insist that the system works. They tell us we are still protected by the Fourth Amendment: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” Yet the promise of that sentence in the Bill of Rights is pitted against the fact that every telephone call we make, every email or text we send or receive, every website we visit and many of our travels are tracked, recorded and stored in government computers. The Fourth Amendment was written in 1789 in direct response to the arbitrary and unchecked search powers that the British had exercised through general warrants called writs of assistance, which played a significant part in fomenting the American Revolution. A technical system of surveillance designed to monitor those considered to be a danger to the state has, in the words of Binney, been “turned against you.”
We live in what the German political scientist Ernst Fraenkel called “the dual state.” Totalitarian states are always dual states. In the dual state civil liberties are abolished in the name of national security. The political sphere becomes a vacuum “as far as the law is concerned,” Fraenkel wrote. There is no legal check on power. Official bodies operate with impunity outside the law. In the dual state the government can convict citizens on secret evidence in secret courts. It can strip citizens of due process and detain, torture or assassinate them, serving as judge, jury and executioner. It rules according to its own arbitrary whims and prerogatives. The outward forms of democratic participation—voting, competing political parties, judicial oversight and legislation—are hollow, political stagecraft. Fraenkel called those who wield this unchecked power over the citizenry “the prerogative state.”
The masses in a totalitarian structure live in what Fraenkel termed “the normative state.” The normative state, he said, is defenseless against the abuses of the prerogative state. Citizens are subjected to draconian laws and regulations, as well as arbitrary searches and arrests. The police and internal security are omnipotent. The internal workings of power are secret. Free expression and opposition political activity are pushed to the fringes of society or shut down. Those who challenge the abuses of power by the prerogative state, those who, like Snowden, expose the crimes carried out by government, are made into criminals. Totalitarian states always invert the moral order. It is the wicked who rule. It is the just who are damned.
Snowden, we are told, could have reformed from the inside. He could have gone to his superiors or Congress or the courts. But Snowden had numerous examples—including the persecution of the whistle-blower Thomas Drake, who originally tried to go through so-called proper channels—to remind him that working within the system is fatal. He had watched as senior officials including Barack Obama lied to the public about internal surveillance. He knew that the president was dishonest when he assured Americans that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which meets in secret and hears only from the government, is “transparent.” He knew that the president’s statement that Congress was “overseeing the entire program” was false. He knew that everything Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told the press, the Congress and the public about the surveillance of Americans was a lie. And he knew that if this information was to be made available to the public he would have to do so through a few journalists whose integrity he could trust.
I was a plaintiff before the Supreme Court in Clapper v. Amnesty International, which challenged the FISA Amendments Act of 2008. This act authorizes surveillance without a showing, or probable cause, that a targeted person is an agent of a foreign power. The court dismissed our lawsuit because, it said, the idea that we were targets of surveillance was “based too much on speculation.” That Supreme Court ruling was then used by the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals to deny the credibility, or standing, of the other plaintiffs and me when it heard the Obama administration’s appeal of our successful challenge to Section 1021 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), a provision that permits the U.S. military to detain citizens in military facilities, strip them of due process and hold them indefinitely. The government, in both court cases, did not attempt to defend the surveillance and detention programs as constitutional. It said that I and the other plaintiffs had no right to bring the cases to court. And the courts agreed.
This deadly impasse, the tightening of the corporate totalitarian noose, would have continued if Snowden had not jolted the nation awake by disclosing the crimes of the prerogative state. Snowden’s revelations triggered, for the first time, a genuine public debate about mass surveillance. Since the disclosures, three judges have ruled on the NSA’s surveillance program, one defending it as legal and two accusing the NSA of violating the Constitution. A presidential panel has criticized the agency’s blanket surveillance and called for reform. Some members of Congress—although that body authorized the Patriot Act and its Section 215, which ostensibly permitted this wholesale surveillance of the public—have expressed dismay at the extent of the NSA’s activities and the weakness of its promised reforms. Maybe they are lying. Maybe they are not. Maybe reforms will produce improvements or maybe they will be merely cosmetic. But before Snowden we had nothing. Snowden’s revelations made us conscious. And as George Orwell wrote in his dystopian novel “1984”: “Until they become conscious they will never rebel. …”
“Now, we’re all familiar with Congress’ most dramatic oversight failure,” said Ben Wizner, the director of the American Civil Liberties Union Speech, Privacy & Technology Project and a legal adviser to Snowden, in a recent debate over Snowden with R. James Woolsey, a former director of the Central Intelligence Agency. “And this was in the notorious exchange between Sen. Ron Wyden and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. Wyden had asked, did the NSA collect any type of data on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans? Clapper’s answer was, ‘No, sir.’ Now, this brazen falsehood is most often described as Clapper’s lie to Congress, but that’s not what it was. Wyden knew that Clapper was lying. Only we didn’t know. And Congress lacked the courage to correct the record—allowed us to be deceived by the director of national intelligence.”
Societies that once had democratic traditions, or periods when openness was possible, are often seduced into totalitarian systems because those who rule continue to pay outward fealty to the ideals, practices and forms of the old systems. This was true when the Emperor Augustus dismantled the Roman Republic. It was true when Lenin and the Bolsheviks seized control of the autonomous soviets and ruthlessly centralized power. It was true following the collapse of the Weimar Republic and the rise of Nazi fascism. Thomas Paine described despotic government as a fungus growing out of a corrupt civil society. And this is what has happened to us.
No one who lives under constant surveillance, who is subject to detention anywhere at any time, whose conversations, messages, meetings, proclivities and habits are recorded, stored and analyzed, can be described as free. The relationship between the U.S. government and the U.S. citizen is now one of master and slave. Yet the prerogative state assures us that our rights are sacred, that it abides by the will of the people and the consent of the governed.
The defense of liberty, which Snowden exhibited when he cast his fortune, his safety and his life aside to inform the public of the forces arrayed against constitutional rights, entails grave risks in dual states. It demands personal sacrifice. Snowden has called us to this sacrifice. He has allowed us to see who we are and what we have become. He has given us a chance. He has also shown us the heavy cost of defiance. It is up to us to seize this chance and dismantle the prerogative state. This means removing from power those who stole our liberty and lied to us. It means refusing to naively trust in their promised reform—for reform will never come from those who are complicit in such crimes. It will come through Americans’ construction of mass movements and alternative centers of power that can mount sustained pressure. If we fail to sever these chains we will become, like many who did not rise up in time to save their civil societies, human chattel.
Guest post by Brave Newworld
People have asked me why I’m so passionate about Bitcoin. Ok then, here’s my response:
Ultimately, I believe Bitcoin is how we prevent a world war. The global economy is collapsing. That is by design. Fractional reserve banking ensures it. The current system of interest/usury within an inflationary fiat currency is fatally flawed. It guarantees that our debts can never be repaid. It went off the rails entirely in the 70s and we’ve been buying time ever since. We are currently watching countries like Greece, Cyprus and Ireland sink into despair and chaos under the weight of bailouts that never seem to reach the people. The Ukraine and Thailand are the latest to erupt. We are seeing price controls in Venezuela (they just put controls on car prices in addition to food) and bank holidays. China is building ghost cities just to keep their economy going. Reliance on food banks has reached ‘epidemic’ levels. People all over are losing their homes and have resorted to living in their cars or in tent cities.
The current monetary cycle is over and a new one is beginning. It’s not a new concept, and if people would just understand that, it would make the transition a whole lot easier for everyone. About the best explanation I’ve ever seen in regard to where we are today and why was put out by Mike Maloney in this video entitled “The Biggest Scam in the History of Mankind”
Bitcoin addresses some of the key issues and problems of the current system.
- It is deflationary as opposed to inflationary. That, by its design, eliminates the need for interest altogether. If a currency increases in value over time, recouping the principle is all that is needed. No taxation of future generations is required. It is a store of value and it eliminates the need for things like social security, which cannot and is not keeping up with inflation and is getting cut to the bone as we speak. It allows people to save for retirement with some kind of confidence. People are now entering retirement age and even those who planned carefully are realizing that the numbers that worked 10-20 years ago will no longer sustain them. Pensions are being liquidated in bankruptcy court and ever increasing costs are wiping them out completely. Therefore, jobs that would normally be turning over to younger people are not. People are literally being forced to work until they die.
- While it is anonymous in some ways, it is completely transparent in other ways. It is open source code so it is going to be very difficult for people to launder money or steal. The history of each coin is held within the blockchain. And it can be followed. It is anonymous until you try to cash it out or make a purchase that requires delivery to a place other than your computer. At that point, the user can be attached to the wallet.
- Ultimately, it will be the end of the criminal enterprise known as the Fed – the biggest ponzi scheme on planet Earth, and the megabanks that support it. While bitcoin is often described as a Ponzi scheme, it is actually the opposite of one. It requires absolutely no middleman. It is peer to peer. Exchanges do exist for the purpose of uniting buyers and sellers from around the world (and they do take a fee for this service), but many people opt to deal directly with one another through options like localbitcoins.com, where the buyer and seller agree on a price and then meet to complete the transaction. Again, eliminating the need for a bank or a central authority. There are already dire warnings and fear mongering coming out of the central banks all over as they are starting to get a whiff of their own demise. We got a glimpse of that from China this weekend when their central bank announced that financial institutions are not allowed to transact in the Bitcoin markets. People are still allowed to do as they like, but they were warned that they were on their own. That caused all of the hedge funds to have to liquidate immediately and the weak and shaky hands to sell into panic. That liquidation process allowed the coins to be dispersed to an even greater segment of the population. This will continue to happen again and again while we are in this early phase of adoption. Volatility is going to be the hallmark of Bitcoin for a while. And volatility is a sure sign of a free market.
- Governments and banks will find it virtually impossible to manipulate this market the way central banks have been manipulating the current markets. To control it, they will have to buy it up, which runs up the price, at which point, they can dump their holdings to create a crash. But unlike now in the derivatives markets, where naked shorting allows for crashes anytime they see fit (sometimes more than once a day), they can only do that once with bitcoin, then they have to buy it all up again. They are not that stupid. The higher they run up the price, the more people hear about it. And the more those people are trained to wait for the dumps, the more widely the currency will be dispersed and the harder it will become to buy it up the next time. Governments and their minions can take it from those that they consider criminals, but if they don’t have the private keys, good luck getting those coins out to liquidate. In this respect, they increase the price yet again by making fewer coins available.
- Bitcoin is global. It is not confined to borders. Through the exchanges, I can buy in just about any currency I want. One country decides to block transactions, just trade through another. The Chinese have already mastered this. They have realized that the coins are more expensive though some exchanges than others. So they’ve already figured out ways to buy where it’s cheaper and sell where it’s more expensive. Eventually, this will lead to an equalized price throughout the world. One could argue that this is the one world currency that the elite have been threatening us with for a long time now. I don’t know if I completely buy that. Especially when SDRs were still being discussed regularly even within the past few years. This is certainly a system that has been in the planning stages for years, if not a decade or more. But do I think it is completely evil? Absolutely not. It’s not that black and white. It is what we do with the bitcoin network that will determine if it is a good thing or a bad thing for humans. We can steer the ship anyway we choose.
- Third world countries have already discovered it. In Kenya, more people have access to smart phones than they do to food and clean water. Money can be sent directly to them while bypassing predatory institutions like Western Union. Want to help those in need? Send directly. There are no fees for micro-transactions. Bitcoin offers a global method of direct communication between individuals, in the universal language of mathematics. With a single wallet address, I could connect with a family in Somalia or Cyprus or anywhere and send a small piece of data through the payment system that could change someone’s life. I don’t need a non profit organization or some fake charity. I can help someone instantly and directly. That’s the world I want. No borders and no boundaries. And no criminal element stealing the funds from people it was meant to help. How many times have we seen that scenario play out?
- As if there were not enough benefits to this system, I love this video from Stefan Molyneux. Bitcoin can cut though a ridiculous amount of red tape and fees put in place for the sole purpose of fleecing people. It would put lots of lawyers and bankers out of work. I have a hard time feeling sad about that.
As far as I can see, although it may not be a perfect system, it sure as hell holds a lot more promise than the path we’re on right now. The greatest transfer of wealth in history is under way. And this time it’s going back to the people. Forget gold and silver backed currencies. The physical asset works beautifully locally as a means of exchange, but there isn’t enough to make a currency out of and it’s even more centralized and subject to manipulation by the elite. And forget trying to cross borders with it. The Cryptocurrencies are a way out of the mess. The Bitcoin itself may not be the one that sticks, but it is the one that will get the ball rolling.
People are no longer interested in government and corporate lunacy; it no longer serves or benefits them. They’ve had their pay checks ransacked by taxation, politicians no longer listen to their wishes (they simply do what they are told to do and vote how they are told to vote by their corporate donors), their pensions are being stolen as we speak, their 401ks and other retirement investments are being eaten away by a currencies that are being devalued at a pace unlike anything we’ve ever seen, they’ve lost their homes and their jobs by the millions, and now (here in the States) they are having a gun put to their heads and are being told that they must have healthcare that can cost as much per month as a rent or pay a fine (a tax). Enough is enough. When rules and laws and treaties are put in place by individuals and organizations that do not have to follow them, then the people have every right to rebel and demand something different.
To paraphrase the current dictator in chief – ‘If you like your current slave system, you may keep your current slave system’. Personally, I’m opting out. A new system is required. One that offers some much needed hope and change. The kind we were promised, not the kind we got.
Bitcoin doesn’t need to adapt to the opinions and wishes of world leaders and some stupid laws and regulations put on it arbitrarily by those in power solely for the purpose of making sure they stay in power. Governments and financial institutions are going to have to figure out how to adapt to Bitcoin, because it isn’t going away. The new model is here. It makes the old one obsolete.
This is our Buckminster Fuller moment. Let’s take the opportunity and create something amazing with it. The future is wide open. Let’s allow our minds to mirror that.
What the Mail online article below doesn’t (and would never) mention is that this man, a confessed Zionist spy and gun runner, produced several of the Hollywood films most noted for blatant predictive programming and revelation of the method.
Fight club (1999) is a prime example. Released two years before the infamous events of September 2001, the end sequence is never the less redolent with 9/11 imagery. As the final scene unfolds, we watch buildings in the financial district being brought straight down by demolition charges in a visual which is hauntingly familiar to a post 9/11 world. This scene is preceded by an extremely symbolic moment in which we see our protagonist experience the trauma of a self inflicted wound.
All this, rather appropriately, unfolds to the strains of the Pixies’ ‘Where is my mind’.
Brazil (1985) is another film that is riddled with references to our current post 9/11 world. In the future dystopia portrayed in the film, we see that terrorism is a daily occurrence, but that the State is obviously deceiving the public about who the perpetrators are. The seemingly random acts of terror have given the powers that be the convenient excuse they need to establish an oppressive Orwellian Police State. The implication clearly is that these are State sponsored false flag events.
La Confidential (1997) whilst on the surface a simple crime story is, in fact, ‘revelation of the method’. The story actually revolves around a conspiracy involving crooked cops who are working for their own ends within the system. The pivotal Nite Owl Coffee Shop multiple murders are conducted by LAPD officers and blamed upon organised crime in a scenario reminiscent of both the Italian Operation Gladio and the Arab scapegoats of 9/11.
There are others I could mention, but these will suffice. It is a known habit of the power elite that they love to broadcast their methods and intentions before they act. This is part of their occult belief system. Many of you who read this will not accept that basic premise and that is, of course, precisely what they count upon.
‘I got to be my country’s James Bond’
Hollywood producer tells how he spied for Israel and had access to bank accounts to pay for guns and helicopters
A big-shot Hollywood producer who for decades was working as an Israeli spy and arms dealer has defended his actions and said it was ‘exciting’ being his country’s ‘James Bond.’
Arnon Milchan, 68, who’s famous for smash hit movies including ‘Fight Club’ and ‘Pretty Woman,’ spoke openly for the first time about his espionage work in an Israeli TV special that aired Monday night.
The program reveals Milchan, at the special request of his friend Shimon Peres, who is now the country’s president’ set up and operated some 30 companies in 17 countries that helped Israel obtain parts and plans for its nuclear project in the 1980s. He brokered deals worth hundreds of millions of dollars, according to the show.
‘I did it for my country and I’m proud of it,’ Milchan said of his work for Israel’s now-defunct spy unit Bureau of Scientific Relations.
‘Do you know what it was like to be a 20-something guy whose country decided to let him be James Bond? Wow! The action! That was exciting.’
The film tycoon spoke to Israeli investigative journalist Ilana Dayan for the season premiere of her current affairs show, Uvda.
Milchan was born in 1944 in what was then Palestine but was a successful young businessman in the United States when Peres, then in the defense department, recruited him to help following the 1973 Yom Kippur War.
Milchan expected Biehl to cooperate because, ‘Anyone who lives in California is a star-f*****… They hear “star”…they come running,’ he said.
De Niro was asked if he knew what was going on at the time, and he said he did.
‘I did ask him once, we spoke about something, he told me that he was an Israeli and that he of course would do these things for his country.
‘I remember at some point, I had asked Arnon about that, being friends I was curious, but not in an accusatory way, I just wanted to know.
‘He gave me that answer and I accepted it,’ said De Niro.
This wasn’t the first time Milchan’s role in Israeli arms dealings and intelligence surfaced.
Two years ago, a book titled Confidential: The Life of Secret Agent Turned Hollywood Tycoon Arnon Milchan, was published by authors Meir Doron and Joseph Gelman.
The book alleged that Milchan was an operative for Israel’s Bureau of Scientific Relations, which gathered information for Israel’s alleged nuclear program.
The bureau was closed after Jonathan Pollard was arrested for spying on behalf of Israel in 1986.
Milchan is still making movies, and his company, New Regency films, is working on four films slated for release in 2013-14.
One of those is Noah, a Darren Aronofsky-directed take on the Biblical flood story starring Russell Crowe, Emma Watson and Anthony Hopkins.
A chilling, thrilling read.
“Some readers might believe that my public warnings are exaggerated, as a national condition is described with hyperbole. Not so, Cabo!! The American citizens have seen their home equity largely depleted, long regarded as their inflation hedge. Now they have none. The same citizens have seen their pension plans largely depleted, long depended upon for future retirement income. The same citizens have seen their Social Security Trust Fund ransacked, long depended upon for basic future financial support. The same citizens have been treated like criminals for association with Occupy Wall Street, the billyclub wielded by the FBI. The same citizens have been subjected to a long list of Executive Decrees, which gut their civil liberties and bill of rights, long regarded as the bastion of freedoms. The same citizens have been victimized by banker fraud, protected by the Too Big To Fail mantra. The same citizens have been exploited by the military industrial complex in predatory wars and narcotics vertically integrated business, their bodies mere cannon fodder, their coffins filled with heroin, the suicide rate extreme among soldiers due to stress and rape. The same citizens were recently exposed to false flag events in Syria, where the chemical weapon perpetrator is a US ally with home on the Persian Gulf. The same citizens are now exposed to chemtrail toxic atmospheric lacing and Pacific radiation, thus the air and water gradually unfit for habitation and nourishment. So conclude the exaggerations are perhaps on target. Beware the Warsaw Factor mixed with the Stockholm Syndrome, which will not be explained. Do the research. The safety valves are gold & silver ownership and a ticket off the USS Titanic. The golden lifeboats are in short supply. Actually they have been in short supply for two years, their shortage more acute with each passing month.” ~ Jim Willie