Monthly Archives: November 2015

Exploring The FBI’s “Consensual Monitoring” and the CIA’s “Concealed Monitoring”: One-Party Consent to Electronic Recordings and Non-Consensual Two-Way Radio Implant Communications?

Perhaps we can start by agreeing there is no such thing as Consensual Surveillance, for if there were, we would all be ticking boxes on Census-like forms offered to us by benevolent government entities keen to surveill us with our consent, saying Yes! You can surveill me, adding, defensively, as many of the unthinking among us do, After all, I have nothing to hide.

The FBI States It Engages in Consensual Monitoring

Still, the FBI is on record now as stating that it engages in Consensual Monitoring, in the case of the aerial surveillance of Baltimore in May during the protests succeeding Freddy Gray’s death in police custody, as documents obtained by ACLU reveal. This October 30, 2015 ACLU report has the story, and the FBI Evidence and Memo Logs referencing “Consensual Monitoring” in pdf form can be found linked at the end of that article.  These evidence logs, which are redacted in places, seem to be logging in Aerial Surveillance Videos, but in a few cases, log in “Other Electronic Surveillance” which is still item-described as “Aerial Surveillance,” and in one case, additionally, as “Consensual Monitoring–Non-Telephonic.”

What is Consensual Monitoring?

fbiBaltimore-1What can Consensual Monitoring possibly be? Is the FBI defining a form of monitoring and surveillance it engages in as Consensual, in hopes of “keeping it legal”? One clue they offer is that it’s “Other Electronic.” It’s not Aerial Video. It’s not Aerial Photography. Can it be Aerial Cyber Surveillance? (Why would they need to do that from the air, when it would be far more effective from the ground?) It’s Non-Telephonic. So it’s not Stingray, Dirtbox, cell-phone-tower-mimicking scooping-up of cellphone voice and text data. It’s Electronic, and it’s Consensual–so they say–and it’s not Video, Audio, Telephonic, Cyber-related.

From the ACLU article:

“FBI evidence logs reveal that at least half of the flights conducted video surveillance, and that the FBI retained copies of those videos in its files. Other flights conducted some type of “electronic surveillance,” but specific descriptions are redacted. This suggests that those flights were perhaps using more sensitive or powerful recording gear than just video cameras, though what kind we don’t know.

What we do know is that one of the aircraft, a Cessna propeller plane registered to an FBI front company, NG Research, had specialized surveillance camera equipment on board. FAA documentation shows that the FBI installed a Paravion Technology infrared camera mount and a FLIR Talon multi-sensor camera system on the exterior of the plane. The FLIR system includes a “thermal imager,” an optical camera, and a “laser illuminator” for recording at night. We did not receive documentation about the second plane observed circling over Baltimore, so we don’t know if it was carrying different gear.”

Regular FBI Surveillance Flights Over Cities and Rural Areas

A June 2015 article by the Associated Press revealed the fact of regular surveillance flights over cities by FBI planes, although again the nature of the surveillance was not clarified:

“Scores of low-flying planes circling American cities are part of a civilian air force operated by the FBI and obscured behind fictitious companies, The Associated Press has learned.

The AP traced at least 50 aircraft back to the FBI, and identified more than 100 flights in 11 states over a 30-day period since late April, orbiting both major cities and rural areas. At least 115 planes, including 90 Cessna aircraft, were mentioned in a federal budget document from 2009.

For decades, the planes have provided support to FBI surveillance operations on the ground. But now the aircraft are equipped with high-tech cameras, and in rare circumstances, technology capable of tracking thousands of cellphones, raising questions about how these surveillance flights affect Americans’ privacy.

“It’s important that federal law enforcement personnel have the tools they need to find and catch criminals,” said Charles Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. “But whenever an operation may also monitor the activities of Americans who are not the intended target, we must make darn sure that safeguards are in place to protect the civil liberties of innocent Americans.

The FBI says the planes are not equipped or used for bulk collection activities or mass surveillance. The surveillance equipment is used for ongoing investigations, the FBI says, generally without a judge’s approval.”

Also:

“One of the planes, photographed in flight last week (May/June 2015) by the AP in northern Virginia, bristled with unusual antennas under its fuselage and a camera on its left side.”

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The AP video report that accompanies a Blaze article on this same AP report identifies the spherical white protrusion with cable on the fuselage as a ball camera to provide sweeping panoramic views, but the other equipment is not identified.

“Evolving technology can record higher-quality video from long distances, even at night, and can capture certain identifying information from cellphones using a device known as a “cell-site simulator” — or Stingray, to use one of the product’s brand names. These can trick pinpointed cellphones into revealing identification numbers of subscribers, including those not suspected of a crime.

Officials say cellphone surveillance is rare, although the AP found in recent weeks FBI flights orbiting large, enclosed buildings for extended periods where aerial photography would be less effective than electronic signals collection. Those included above Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota.”

Currently Available Aerial Surveillance Technologies

On the subject of technology currently being used in Aerial Surveillance by Law Enforcement, and by Military PISR operations (Persistent Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance), see this slide show presentation from the company Persistent Surveillance Systems, linked in pdf and posted Jan 2014 at PublicIntelligence.net, which includes suggested policy statements on Persistent Surveillance for Law Enforcement, among other things.

The image below of the Surveillance Systems market size  is from this pdf. Also posted at Public Intelligence is the US Joint Command Handbook for Persistent Surveillance.

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The Washington Post ran an article on this subject in Feb 2014. Also see the video produced by the Center of Investigative Reporting and PBS demonstrating this system.

Essentially, what they say is that Wide Area Persistent Surveillance camera systems that are carried on planes offer panoramic views of large areas such as whole towns and cities, several miles (up to 25 miles in reports) in diameter, and the way they are used is to generate real-time video by having the planes circle interminably over defined areas, for about six hours at a time, combining the data obtained thereby with that from networked ground cameras, traffic cameras, gas station cameras, etc., to create a detailed picture in real-time of what anyone is doing, outside, on foot or in cars/vehicles. CIR and KQED’s video on surveillance below introduces this system and also touches on biometric intelligence, and other forms of surveillance.

State of Surveillance: Police, Privacy, and Technology

ACLU also discusses this issue, and elsewhere covers wide area surveillance (ARGUS-IS) from drones as it raises privacy concerns.

Persistent Surveillance Systems on Military Electronic Warfare Planes

Merely as reference, consider too the kind of wide-spectrum surveillance and data collection in process currently with Military Persistent Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance programs, which use continuously-generated data from planes, ground stations, and satellites, as illustrated in this Raytheon UK overview image, from a Dec 2014 AIN Online article (Raytheon UK Develops New ISR Solutions). Note especially SATCOM–how satellites are being used to network data from the ground, from aircraft, from mobile forces, and from “tactical” ground stations.

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Electronic Warfare aircraft, whose collection of ELINT, COMINT, SIGINT–Electronic Intelligence, Communications Intelligence, Signals Intelligence–is achieved through sophisticated radar systems, electronic jamming systems, and radio antennas, use various networked tools to engage in Persistent Aerial Surveillance.

The image below of an Electronic Warfare plane is from GlobalSecurity.org; while this aircraft looks obviously military and loaded with “pods” and antennae, Military news reports (and Defence company news and press releases) over the past couple years have pursued the creation of increasingly “intuitive” portable and streamlined EW collections/jamming packages that can be mounted more easily on smaller craft, including drones, as well be used in ground vehicles, fixed installations, and in backpacks for “foot soldiers” to carry. (See The Future of Army Electronic Warfare, Sep 2013.)

So, looking again at the FBI surveillance plane imaged above, one might just wonder if it’s possible this high-tech FBI surveillance aircraft is merely a smaller, streamlined version of the plane below, carrying compact Electronic Warfare collection/jamming systems for Persistent Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance.

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Electronic Warfare Includes “Signals Intelligence” Collection

Not to be forgotten is the fact that Electronic Warfare, which has been covered previously in this post here, includes electronic surveillance and remote electronic signals collection–by which is meant a variety of electronic signals, as this Army Concept Capability on Electronic Warfare for the Future Modular Force 2015-2024 document details, including remotely-culled information from computers and electronic communications. Electronic Attack, one of the three Army-Doctrine aspects of Electronic Warfare, seeks to use electromagnetic energy to attack personnel, as well as equipment, and Electronic Warfare Support  seeks out sources of intentionally and unintentionally radiated electromagnetic energy for threat recognition and targeting, as this overview image from the Army Concept Capability document illustrates.

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Widely-posted –although less-well-known–information from the ’90s on NSA Signals Intelligence reveals that SIGINT also includes information on human bioelectric fields and EMF thoughtwave forms (unintentionally radiated energy), as noted by John St.Clair Akwei in his lawsuit against the NSA (See especially the Section, NSA Signals Intelligence uses EMF Brain Stimulation for Remote Neural Monitoring (RNM) and Electronic Brain Link (EBL)).

Returning to Consensual Monitoring

It turns out the FBI has Department of Justice-specified Procedures for Consensual Monitoring.

See this Sep 2005 report: Chapter Six: Procedures for Lawful, Warrantless Monitoring of Verbal Communications (Consensual Monitoring)/FBI’s Compliance with the Attorney General’s Investigative Guidelines (Redacted) Special Report.

Opening information from this report:

“Consensual monitoring is the interception by an electronic device of any wire, oral, or electronic communication where one of the parties to the communication has given prior consent to the monitoring or recording. A warrant is not required to conduct consensual monitoring, and the party providing consent may be a government agent. See 18 U.S.C. § 2511, (2) (c) – (e) (2002).

The Attorney General Guidelines governing consensual monitoring cover only non-telephonic consensual monitoring.319 The types of monitorings addressed by these Guidelines include the use of body recorders and transmitting devices. To supplement the Guidelines, the FBI imposes detailed administrative and management controls on the use of both non-telephonic and telephonic consensual monitoring. MIOG II § 10-10.”

Further, the report goes on to specify that DOJ permission to monitor is required only in the case of “sensitive individuals” such as members of Congress, Governors, and other public officials, and duration of monitoring be permitted in those cases for only up to 90 days at a time. For all other parties–such as you and me–no permission is required other than a sign off from a Special Agent at the local FBI office, and duration of monitoring may be marked by said Special Agent as “for the duration of the investigation,” may be conducted by anyone, including possibly Government agents, and doesn’t need a warrant or DOJ approval.

Records are required to be maintained in all cases of consensual monitoring; the record to FOIA-request is: Form FD-759, captioned “Notification of SAC/ASAC Authority Granted for Use of Telephonic and/or Nontelephonic Consensual Monitoring Equipment in Criminal Matters Only.”

Is Consensual Monitoring Accomplished via 1), Recordings Unilaterally Consented-to by Hundreds of Thousands of Recipients of National Security Letters, & 2), Covertly Implanted RFID transponders?

Given this information, while it appears as if this kind of monitoring is being legitimately engaged in by the FBI purely in matters of criminal investigations, because there is much information online about abusive surveillance–fraudulent and wasteful investigations on non-terrorists and non-spies mis-characterized post-Patriot-Act as terrorists and spies–being conducted by DHS/FBI, including from ex-FBI insiders and whistleblowers (such as Mike Germain), and because thousands of individuals today in the US report covert assaults with Remote Neural Monitoring technologies involving Directed-Energy Weapons and Covert RFID implants, two other possibilities come to mind:

Consensual Monitoring One: The consensual monitoring being spoken of here is via recorders, such as apps on cell phones, or videorecorders/audiorecorders on cell phones, which belong to people who are “co-operating in an investigation” by the FBI, and who are being gagged from speaking about this to the individual under investigation by way of National Security Letters, hundreds of thousands of which, possibly now more than a million, have been handed out every year (See the Electronic Frontier Foundation‘s Module on NSLs);

and Consensual Monitoring Two; The “body recorders and transmitting devices” spoken of are biomems, RFID chips, MicroElectroMechanical devices, neurostimulators, and the like, covertly implanted in individuals, which do indeed function as “body recorders” and radio transmitter/receivers. Of course, this is scarcely Consensual communications, even if it is a two-way radio communication, since the implants themselves are non-consensual, but is an attempt being made here to pass off RFID transmissions as “Consensual Monitoring”?

The CIA’s Concealed Monitoring

This brings us to the CIA, and a June ACLU article by Staff Attorney Ashley Gorski, New Docs Raise Questions About CIA Spying Here At Home which revealed the recent FOIA-requested (by ACLU & Yale Law School’s Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic) release of several documents–eg., the CIA’s own internal regulations on spying in both foreign and domestic areas, titled AR 2-2, a CIA/FBI Memo of Understanding regarding foreign and domestic intelligence collection, and others, related to the CIA’s collection programs under Executive Order 12333.

It must be noted, these documents are continuously redacted, with blanks in place of particular Intelligence collection information marked “National Security Act.”

These documented regulations apparently govern the domestic activities of the CIA, in its human subject research programs, its domestic intelligence collection programs, its foreign intelligence collected-domestically programs, its domestic monitoring programs, and its co-ordination with the FBI in domestic electronic surveillance and monitoring.

This ACLU article, and all the documents it points to, in particular the document AR 2-2, which clearly notes that the CIA engages in human subject research and experimentation programs–an issue of profound concern at this site, deserve close reading and analysis, and will be examined further here, in a succeeding post (when redactions will be filled in, speculatively).  

What’s of particular note here to this analysis, from this ACLU article/finding is: The CIA works closely with the FBI on domestic intelligence collection and can ask the FBI to collect intelligence anytime on anyone it likes. Any recording consented to by one party is not considered electronic surveillance, it is possibly considered Concealed Monitoring, a term that Army Intelligence and the CIA are familiar with(this seems to be the same kind of surveillance the FBI discusses as Consensual Monitoring, where one party unilaterally consents to a recording involving two parties or more). The CIA gives itself permission to install “monitoring devices” whenever no warrant is required for law enforcement–a loophole created by other loopholes–but does not specify what these devices are. (RFID Implants/Bio-MEMs maybe?)

The ACLU article notes:

“In addition, Annex B explains that the CIA may “use a monitoring device within the United States under circumstances in which a warrant would not be required for law enforcement purposes if the CIA General Counsel concurs.”

But what qualifies as a “monitoring device”? And how exactly does monitoring differ from “electronic surveillance,” which the CIA is prohibited from doing domestically? We don’t know. In the newly released documents, the definition of “monitoring” (as distinct from “electronic surveillance”) is redacted.​”

Redacted Signals Intelligence Collection Information, Persistent Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance, One-Party Consent Labelled Consensual Monitoring, Warrantless FBI Monitoring with Transmitting Devices, Warrantless CIA Monitoring Devices Used Domestically, Redacted Definitions of Monitoring

Security and Intelligence analysts need to start connecting the dots here and planning strategies to force this information out into the open in order to seek accountability and exposure. All Americans deserve to know that our Intelligence agencies–in particular the FBI and CIA–are 1) actively collecting particular electronic signals information the nature of which is being kept redacted and classified–but which thousands of Americans experiencing covert-assault and covert-access with radar and Remote Neural Monitoring technologies, as well as researchers studying Mind-Hacking patents and technologies can identify as Human Bio-Resonance EMFs and Brain EMFs; 2) getting away with close monitoring and surveillance of Americans, domestically, and secretively, using National Security Letters as leverage to obtain one-party consent that is then labelled “consensual monitoring”; 3) self-permitting and installing covert non-consensual implants of radio transmitting/receiving devices in the bodies of Americans so as to engage in Remote Monitoring which is then rolled into “concealed monitoring.”

Further posts here will specifically examine CIA involvement in ongoing classified human subject research and experimentation programs, and the nature of the transmitting devices/monitoring devices–radio frequency implants– being self-authorized for CIA/FBI use in undisclosed Remote Monitoring programs.

For an inside look at one extraordinary instance of the documented CIA use of biomedical implants in Intelligence collection as a surveillance method, see David Larson’s 2009 testimony, lawsuit against the CIA, and report with photographs.

 

 

 

Take Back Your Power/Investigating the “Smart Grid”: Documentary on Smart Meters Offers Free Viewing Online

Thanks to Jean of Co-Creating Our Future on Planet Earth for pointing to this film.

This documentary–Take Back Your Power, winner of the 2013 Indie Festfrederickdouglass Annual Humanitarian Award, winner of the Leo Awards Best Feature Length Documentary 2014, winner of the Aware Guide’s Best Transformational Film of the Year, 2013--which opens with this powerful quote from Frederick Douglass, and an unvarnished moment of truth from the Maine Public Utilities Commission, reveals the being-shrouded truth about smart meters, the huge and detrimental amounts of EMF radiation (radio frequencies) they pulse into homes, the wide-ranging and intensive health hazards of this radiation, the billion- and million-dollar deals made between utility/energy/power companies and governments to install them, the “Smart Grid” which presents itself as consumer convenience and turns out to be both source of extreme consumer harm and yet another putative harbinger of Full-Spectrum Surveillance, courtesy the Dream of the Totalitarian State from the Dreamers of Even Greater Control Over Populations. 1 hr, 28 mins long, can be watched online at this link, available for free currently until December 1, 2015.

(A must-watch, if you want to understand how Technology is being used currently not for the greater good, but against it–Smart Meters are a Mass Control technology, one of many, currently being used against us.)

Getting informed is the first step; the next step as always is up to each one of us–please share this information widely, please consider what steps you yourself might take to inform others and to stop the smart-meter roll-outs in your neighborhood. More than ever, right now, while mayhem seems to reign politically, we each need to stand in our own truth, and find the courage to speak out, to act, to add our voices to the growing chorus speaking out today for humanity. I am personally convinced our various thoughts, words, and actions of courage will create the right energy to push back the tide of contrived violence currently rampant on the planet. 

Note from Josh Del Sol, the creator, on this film:

The TAKE BACK YOUR POWER Story

My investigation started out simply enough.

One of my good friends got sick suddenly and no one could figure out why. Then she realized that her electric company had installed a wireless electrical meter–a “smart” meter–at the same time she got ill.

I did a little digging and found that my friend wasn’t alone. I found thousands of stories from regular people who had similar stories.

I wanted to find out for myself if this was really happening. So, I grabbed a camera and travelled around the world.

What I found was mind-blowing.

I found a threat that starts at the highest levels of government, involves billions of taxpayer dollars, and benefits no one except the world’s largest energy companies.

A threat that involves…
Your privacy…
Your financial future…
Your health…
Your freedom…
… and so much more…

Scary, right?

That’s not even the half of it.

What’s so insidious about this new threat is how innocuous it seems on its face. Here’s how they sell it to us: A simple device, installed by professionals, designed to save you money, save energy, and eventually help save the world. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that?

If that’s what these so-called “smart” meters actually did, if all the promises were true, then anyone who cares about their families, their futures, and the future of the planet would be crazy not to get on the bandwagon.

The facts, though, are clear. That’s NOT what these “smart” meters actually do.

They are instead a full-fledged onslaught on your health, your privacy, your rights as a citizen, your wallet, and your freedom to make the best choices for you and the ones you love.

I made TAKE BACK YOUR POWER as a labor of love. The truth behind smart meters is something that affects A LOT of people at this moment and that will affect BILLIONS of us in the very near future. The US government alone has given over $11 billion to the nation’s largest power companies to roll the smart meter program out as quickly–and as silently–as possible.

This is information you need. This is truth everyone close to you must have. The clock is ticking. It’s time to get informed.

Above, I’ve made the full documentary available for free for a very limited time. Watch it. Share it. Send this link to everyone you know.

Our political ideologies don’t matter. Our personal belief system doesn’t matter. What matters is that we’re all in this together.

It’s time to take a stand. It’s time for us to take back our power.

Smart meters have been covered here previously, on the subject of smart meter fires, and covering Canadian activist Brian Thiessen‘s clear and informative talks and presentations.

Also: Take Back Your Power has a great Solutions Page where you can find out how to connect with local groups opposing smart meters, establish No-Consent with your utility, or get further information. Visit their site for news and video updates from around the world too.

This post, on WACCOBB.Net, Connecting Conscious Community, shows photos to help you identify if you have a smart meter or analog meter.

Notice of Non-Consent: A lawful strategy to deny consent to your utility to install a smart meter may also be found at this site, People for Safe Technologies.

Another great site for legal notice templates and letters and information is FreedomTaker.com.

 

Former Marine Corps and CIA Officer Robert D. Steele: What You Need to Know is I’m a Spy Saying Spying Doesn’t Work

“It’s costing you 1.2 billion dollars a week to produce the President’s daily brief, for a guy who can’t read.”

“We have a military-industrial complex today that profits from Secrecy and War, and it does not profit from efficiency and peace.”

“War is a racket, and the only reason it’s happening is because the American public is lethargic.”

This rather inspiring video (about 10 minutes long) posted on Youtube by Youtube user sonygvf is from 2010 and shows Robert D. Steele, a former CIA officer, who has also worked in the Marine Corps and in Counter Intelligence, speaking with passion on the issues facing the USA today–of a broken Constitution, a failed Federal Government, an unwieldy and intrusive Intelligence complex, complete failure of the media; and pointing out that we are in a historic moment right now, when bloggers and citizen journalists have a tremendous opportunity to focus on an issue and work with persistence to blog, expose, and bring it out into the open. He echoes my conviction that in the presence of a Failed Media–as we are currently–it’s up to us to speak out. Structured citizen journalism will hold the criminals accountable, and we must hold them accountable. We must speak out.

“Public intelligence and influence is about to take off. We are about to bury Rule by Secrecy. Civil affairs is the focal point. The Intelligence guys need to go back in their box.”

“If you bloggers self-organize, and attach yourselves like leeches to specific issues, corporations, organizations, challenges, whatever, you will be the Intelligence minutemen of this century. The power is in your hands.”

“I think we’re at a turning-point. I think we’re at the very beginning of a historic tidal shift in power, restoring the Constitution.”

Ralph Nader: Open Letter to Chairwoman Janet Yellen from the Savers of America

Re-posted from The Nader Page, with thanks. Ralph Nader, “full-time citizen,” in his own words, consumer advocate, government critic, analyst, activist, calls out the Federal Reserve.

Dear Chairwoman Janet Yellen:

We are a group of humble savers in traditional bank savings and money market accounts who are frustrated because, like millions of other Americans over the past six years, we are getting near zero interest . We want to know why the Federal Reserve, funded and heavily run by the banks, is keeping interest rates so low that we receive virtually no income for our hard-earned savings while the Fed lets the big banks borrow money for virtually no interest. It doesn’t seem fair to put the burden of your Federal Reserve’s monetary policies on the backs of those Americans who are the least positioned to demand fair play.

We follow the reporting on your tediously over-dramatic indecision as to when interest rates will be raised – and no one thinks that when you do, it will be any more than one quarter of one percent. We hear the Federal Reserve’s Board of Governors and the various regional board presidents regularly present their views of the proper inflation and unemployment rate, and on stock market expectations that influence their calculations for keeping interest rates near-zero. But we never hear any mention of us – the savers of trillions of dollars who have been forced to make do with having the banks and mutual funds essentially provide a lock-box for our money while they use it to make a profit for their firms and, in the case of the giant banks and large mutual funds, pay their executives exorbitant salaries..

We are tired of this melodrama that exploits so many people who used to rely on interest income to pay some of their essential bills. Think about the elderly among us who need to supplement their social security checks every month.

On October 27, the Wall Street Journal headlined the latest rumors of twists and turns inside the secretive Federal Reserve: “Fed Strives For Clear Signal on Rate Move: As 2016 approaches, the central bank hopes to better manage market expectations.”

What about the expectations of millions of American savers? It is unfortunately true that we are not organized; if we were, we would give you and the Congress the proper signals!

Please, don’t lecture us about the Fed not being “political.” When you are the captives of the financial industry, led by the too-big-to-fail banks, you are generically “political.” So political in fact that you have brazenly interpreted your legal authority as to become the de facto regulator of our economy, the de facto printer of money on a huge scale (“quantitative easing” is the euphemism for artificially boosting the stock market) and the leader of the Washington bailout machine crony capitalism when big business, especially a shaky Wall Street firm, indulges in manipulative, avaricious, speculative binges with our money.

When it comes to the Fed, Congress is mired in hypocrisy. The anti-regulation, de-regulation crowd on Capitol Hill shuts its mouth when it comes to the most powerful regulators of all – you and the Federal Reserve. Meanwhile, Congress goes along with the out-of-control, private government of the Fed—unaccountable to the national legislature. Moreover, your massive monetary injections scarcely led to any jobs on the ground, other than stock and bond processors.

So what do you advise us to do? Shop around? Forget it. The difference between banks, credit unions and mutual funds may be one-twentieth or one-tenth of one percent! That is, unless you want to tie up money, that you need regularly, in a longer term CD or Treasury. Even then interest rates are far less than they were ten years ago.

Maybe you’re saying that we should try the stock market to get higher returns. Some of us have been impelled to do that, but too many have lost their peace of mind and much money in the market.

The Fed’s near-zero interest rate policy isn’t helping younger people with student loans (now over 1.3 trillion dollars), whose interest rate ranges from six to nine percent. It doesn’t help millions of pay-day loan borrowers or victims of installment loan rackets – mostly the poor – whose interest rates, rolled over, can reach over 400 percent!

Chairwoman Yellen, I think you should sit down with your Nobel Prize winning husband, economist George Akerlof, who is known to be consumer-sensitive. Together, figure out what to do for tens of millions of Americans who, with more interest income, could stimulate the economy by spending toward the necessities of life.

For heaven’s sake, you’re a “liberal” from Berkeley! That is supposed to mean something other than to be indentured by the culture and jargon of the Federal Reserve. If you need further nudging on monetary and regulatory policies of the Fed, other than interest rate decisions, why not invite Berkeley Professor Robert Reich, one of your long-time friends and admirers, to lunch on your next trip home?

Start imagining what we, the savers, have to endure because of plutocratic, crony capitalism for which the Federal Reserve has long been a leading Tribune.

Can we expect your response?

Sincerely yours,

Savers of America

****

Also see The One Question Reporters Never Ask Candidates, at Ralph Nader’s blog.

Katherine Frisk/Veterans Today: Private Armies, Daesh, The CIA and the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement. . . Yes, it’s all about sovereignty, and Putin and many others understand this! ~J

Re-blogged, with thanks, to Jean Haines of Co-creating Our Future on Planet Earth, and Katherine Frisk, author of Jesus was a Palestinian, and columnist at Veterans Today. Thank you for this tremendously inspiring post.  (Full article at Veterans Today.)

Clear thinking and speaking on the TTP, the TTIP, and what they represent: not capitalism, not “free” markets or “free” trade, but corporate fascism, the razing of sovereignty, and the total destruction of nation-states, worldwide. 

Excerpt from toward end of article:By signing the TTIP agreements, Daesh and the CIA could sue the French government for loss of income should they attempt to put a stop to the ongoing terrorist war in Syria. Because, they are private corporations and these laws would cut into their oil profits.

President Putin asked this question during his speech at the UN:

Do you know what nation-state sovereignty is?

TPP-ISIS_OIL_20140911_isis_0I put it to you. Any country that signs either the TPP or the TTIP is not only kissing their nation-state sovereignty goodbye, but is opening the door for private, corporate armies who can sue any government should either their laws or their policies cut into their profits.

If France had signed the TTIP, the CIA and in turn Daesh and the companies and people on Putin’s list, would be able to sue them for any and all actions taken against Daesh in Syria because this would cut into their oil profits. AND, they would get away with it.

See: We are also tired of Raytheon Corporation and their love affair with ISIS and al Nusra.– Their continual supply of missiles to terrorist organizations is not an accident and the management of Raytheon needs to be held accountable and should be arrested, tried and convicted, not just in the US, but Iraq and Syria as well for “material support of terrorism.”

But, but they are getting gobs of cheap oil! And anyone who stops them or Daesh/ISIL, under the TTIP or TTP agreements can be sued for loss of profits!

I am not an American, however I am going to use poetic licence here:

My fellow Americans, have you completely, utterly and totally lost your frigging minds? This is NOT capitalism. This is CORPORATE FASCISM, a feudal system where you are the peasants on the plantation with no property rights, no legal representation and no say whatsoever in how your country is run. Your Constitution and Bill of Rights will count for nothing and not even be worth the paper it is written on!

 

Spin this concept out to its ultimate conclusion. Include NATO, CIA, NSA, HAARP, NASA, The Banks, Google, the Internet, Monsanto, Wall Mart, Big Pharma, with NO GOVERNMENT OVERSIGHT! And they get their own private armies and law courts that are secret and closed. A one world government yes, but one in which you have no part and certainly no congressman to speak for you.

Also keep in mind that no American will own their own property, this will be owned by the Corporations; run their own farm, this will be Corporate farming with patented genetically modified seeds and breeding; own their own business, all businesses will be owned by a handful of large corporations; and health care will be decided on your age and profitability.

If you are too old and your earning capacity and usefulness is no longer viable for any reason, age just being one, they will just let you die. This will be extended to patenting human DNA and you will have to get authorization to have children. All human DNA will be owned and controlled by these corporations.

They will no doubt also include micro chip ID passes where depending on where you fit in the grid, you will only be allowed to move between certain areas and in other areas you will be denied access. An Apartheid system. Because, you are corporate property. And as such you have no rights. Detention without trial will become the norm.

Time is running out. Take action:

STOP THE TPP!

Co-Creating Our Future on Planet Earth

By Katherine Frisk
November 22, 2015
SOURCE

My fellow Americans, have you completely, utterly and totally lost your frigging minds?

…by Katherine Frisk,

The scam of training "moderate rebels" continues

The scam of training “moderate rebels” continues

Daesh/ISL is a private army, with private funding and with no oversight from any government. Daesh has been making huge profits through oil stolen from Syria and transported to Turkey where it has been bought by Erodogan’s son. Who he is selling it to is still under debate.

On Monday 16th of November, President Putin presented the G20 with satellite and banking details of those countries and individuals who have been both supporting Daesh and buying illegal oil through Turkey. His disclosures at this meeting were not covered in any Main Stream Media Outlet.

Speculation has run rife as to who exactly is involved. In The Most Important Question About ISIS That Nobody Is AskingZero Hedge suggests the…

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Judge Anna von Reitz: An Open Letter to Sheriff Ward of Harney County Oregon- and to All County Sheriffs in America

Re-posted, with thanks, from PaulStramer.net. Once more, clear exposition from Judge Anna on histories lost and hidden, detailing what systems of law are currently extant in the USA, the power of Common Law, the nature of the fraud perpetrated on citizens, the nature of the American Bar Association and US District Courts, and the real role of Sheriffs, in Common Law. In reference to the Hammond case, which is covered further (among other sites online) at From the Trenches World Report. (Also see the Truth About US Govt. posts here.)

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Published Nov 22, 2015

Dear Sheriff Ward,

I am writing to you today to ascertain your office and position with respect to the Hammonds and the developing situation at the Bundy Ranch with respect to “Federal Officers”.

My name is Anna Maria Riezinger, also known as Anna von Reitz because my actual name is German and a mile long. I am an American Common Law Superior Court Judge in Alaska where operation of the Seventh Amendment Courts started up again in conjunction with the Common Law Grand Juries more than a year ago and I also serve as a Federal Postal District Court Judge for the Western Region.

As you can clearly see by reading the Seventh Amendment all matters pertaining to living people and their property must be addressed to Common Law Courts. How then, are the Hammonds being addressed by federal admiralty courts?

The answer lies in the past.

During the Civil War the normal court system owed the people in the South shut down and did not immediately reopen. Commanders in the military districts in ten states appointed civilian tribunals to function under “Special Admiralty”—– a euphemism. For the purposes of these military tribunals, people and property could be addressed in an arbitrary fashion without regard for the Law of the Land. This was very convenient for the administrators and very unfortunate for the people.

In 1866 the Supreme Court addressed the situation in Milligan Ex Parte and decided that so long as the American Common Law Courts were running there was no excuse for the use of any form of martial law. Be advised that the American Common Law Courts are up and running.

But both the military administrators and the judges and most particularly, the Bar Associations, had a taste of arbitrary power and the bit in their teeth back then— and a concerted effort to shut the Common Law Courts down began, so as to usurp their jurisdiction and “move the venue” of the local courts off the land and into the international jurisdiction of martial law and the sea, where power could be exerted against the people and their assets on the land in a comparatively arbitrary fashion.

By 1965 the rats had achieved their ends and almost all Common Law Courts in America were either shut down or functioning with only two offices— justice of the peace and notary publics.

This allowed the members of the Bar Associations to impose admiralty law on the people and to avoid the guarantees of The Constitution. The use of “Special Admiralty” in a courtroom is signified by the heavy gold fringe on the flag.

A word here about the Bar Associations and some facts about the ABA that deserve to be far more widely known, also some information about the current Court System that you probably don’t know:

The American Bar Association is an offshoot of the London Lawyer’s Guild, an avowed Communist organization. The American Bar Association and the IRS are both owned and operated by Northern Trust, Inc. They are private, foreign debt collection agencies, not units of government, not “professional associations”, and certainly not “non-profit organizations”. As an organization representing a foreign (British) government, the Bar Associations are only allowed to function here via a Treaty (the last one in 1947) that they have abundantly violated. Their members are required to present Foreign Agent Statements as part of their credentials in open court, which they hardly ever do.

As a result of their misdeeds and usurpations against the Law of the Land and the people and their violations of both their corporate charter and their Treaty, a commercial obligation lien of $279 trillion dollars has been assessed against the American Bar Association, the International Bar Association, and the “US DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE”—-which, it turns out, is just another private subcontractor performing “governmental services” and doing a criminally bad job of it.

The “US District Courts” are also private for-hire subcontractors that run all the related courts in their districts. Please see Title 28, Sections 80 to 131. All these “State” Courts and “County” Courts are being run as franchises of the “US District Court”—and they are all private corporate institutions having no public office or function at all, and being related to the actual state and county only insomuch as they are operating within the geographical boundaries of a state and a county. This can be readily proven by looking up the Dun and Bradstreet Numbers, CAGE numbers, and corporate filings of these organizations. And, as was recently demonstrated by the Lufkin Case in Texas, neither the “US District Court” nor its “State” and “County” affiliates have any authority to collect debts outside the ten square miles of the District of Columbia.

We should also clear up another misunderstanding. Back in 1864, the “United States Congress” acting as a Board of Directors for The United States of America, Inc., changed the meaning of several words by executive fiat, without telling the rest of us. For their purposes and from June 30, 1864 onward, the words “state” and “State” and “United States” are code for “District of Columbia Municipal Corporation”. Thus, instead of “US District Court” you should be reading “District of Columbia Municipal Corporation District Court” and the “Idaho State Supreme Court” for example, should be read as “Idaho District of Columbia Municipal Corporation Supreme Court”.

Are you beginning to feel as if you have landed in the Land of Oz?

Yes, all this means that until you make some important decisions, you aren’t working for the people of your county as an elected public peace officer. You are working as an employee of a federal corporation franchise in a private capacity. Your election is being “interpreted” as an election to an office in a private corporation. You are presently acting as a mall cop. You have no public office, no public bond, and no public oath. If you are like most members of the “law enforcement community” you are not even licensed or bonded or insured in a private capacity by your cheapskate employers. You are working for The Man, not the people.

And all this got off track 150 years ago.

So all those “federal agents” who are harassing the Hammonds and who are offering to arrest them and transport them to a private prison facility? They are private corporate employees of a franchise or subcontractor of the District of Columbia Municipal Corporation having no more authority than a floorwalker at JC PENNY, despite their pretensions otherwise. They are misinformed as to their authority and also misinformed regarding the identity of the Hammonds. These “federal agents” are literally foreign with respect to the Hammonds and have no jurisdiction related to them at all.

As part of the overall outrageous circumstance and fraud scheme the members of the American Bar Association have also contrived to change the citizenship of American State Citizens—- people born on the land of the Continental United States like the Hammonds have been “kidnapped on paper” and their civil records have been falsified— which is in violation of international law, the Law of War, and the United Nation’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which both the Federal United States and the British Government have signed.

An examination of the paperwork will reveal that virtually every single American State Citizen has been deemed a “foundling” and ward of the state, the unwanted child of an unwed mother—- almost 400 million of us, and not a Daddy to be found? This is the result of a systematic and repugnant scheme by international commercial banks and the ABA, and again, all serving to change the natural venue on the land to a court venue in the international jurisdiction of the sea.

The fact is that although human slavery has been outlawed worldwide since 1926, it is not against the law to enslave a corporation.

So what have the criminals among us contrived to do? To “redefine” living people as corporations—- specifically as foreign situs trusts doing business under names styled like this: John Quincy Adams, and ESTATE trusts operating under names styled like this: JOHN QUINCY ADAMS, and now, most recently, Puerto Rican public transmitting utilities styled like this: JOHN Q. ADAMS.

Look at the paperwork in your hands seemingly addressed to the Hammonds. Depending on the style used to write their names, you can tell whether the documents are addressed to foreign situs trusts owned and operated by the “State of Oregon, Inc.” , a Cestui Que Vie Estate Trust owned and operated by the “STATE OF OREGON, INC.” or a public transmitting utility owned and operated by “OREGON”—- a franchise of the UN Corporation.

Please bear in mind that these “legal fiction entities” were created without the Hammond’s knowledge or permission and they are completely, 100%, the responsibility of those who created them. If the HAMMONDS referenced are ESTATE trusts belonging to the “STATE OF OREGON” it is high time for someone who is responsible for the “STATE OF OREGON” to pay any debts related to the franchise without delay—-and without bothering the living people these franchises are named after.

It also behooves them to leave the living people and their property strictly alone and forego any pretense that the living Americans known as the Hammonds have knowingly or willingly agreed to act as Federal United States Citizens or have any agreed upon responsibility to act as “co-trustees” of the Public Charitable Trust, which they most likely don’t make use of and don’t even know that it exists.

Bottom line— these “courts” and their presentments and “orders” have nothing whatsoever to do with the Hammonds as living people, nor their actual physical property assets at all. They have to do with the mis-administration of public trusts and “legal persons” operated by private, mostly foreign-owned corporations which are attempting to entrap and enslave Americans and lay false claims against their property via probate fraud, identity theft, and coercion.

This is the kind of criminality and fraud we are dealing with, Sheriff Ward, and at the end of the day, the pedal hits the metal in your office.

The British Government contrived the means to “press gang” the “land assets”—living people and their property assets— of America into the jurisdiction of the sea during the Second World War. They enslaved us and our property assets under false pretenses and via the use of legal chicanery “for the war effort” — and after the war, they simply continued on with these abuses.

You have a choice.

You can continue to operate as a good little debt slave of the Queen acting on “automatic” and taking orders regardless of where those orders come from—– that is, you can act as a corporate mall cop in a private capacity and take your licks when the people catch up with you, or you can honor the truth—- that the people of your county elected you in Good Faith, with the understanding that you would enforce the guarantees of The Constitution owed to them and faithfully impose the land jurisdiction of the united States of America on any British agents who put a tentacle outside their actual jurisdiction.

As a Sheriff duly elected by the people of your county and operating the land jurisdiction owed to the Continental United States you have the authority to take your lawful Oath of Office, obtain a bond for your own security, and deputize as many men as you require to restrict the “federal agents” to their actual capacity. It is your duty to inform these foreign agents that the living people known as the Hammonds do not “reside” in any “federal territory” nor act in any capacity subject to the District of Columbia Municipal Corporation. You also have the right to collect Bounty from the Secretary of State and the US District Court under the terms of the 14th Amendment to cover any costs you incur as a result of having to deal with these improper demands and false claims made by their agents.

If these “federal agents” persist, you have the authority to address the “US District Court” responsible and request their removal from your county. If they still won’t behave and honor The Constitution and the actual limits of their own jurisdiction, you have the right and responsibility to arrest the whole kit and caboodle, just as you would arrest the keepers of a tavern operating outside the Public Law.

You also have the right and responsibility to inform the “US District Court” and their franchise affiliates operating the “State” and “County” Courts that the American Common Law Courts and Grand Juries are in operation again and any use of martial law including “Special Admiralty” is no longer excusable.

Acting as an elected Officer of the American Common Law Court indigenous to your county, along with the justices of the peace and the notary public, it is your duty to convene the Common Law Grand Jury chosen at random from among the landowners of your county to investigate crimes, including this one against the Hammonds, and to convene a Common Law Trial Jury if necessary before the Justice of the Peace, to decide any and all matters affecting the living people and actual property assets of the county on the land. If there is no one able and willing to serve as Justice of the Peace in your County, a Justice of the Peace may be appointed by any Federal Postal District Judge in your region. Contact me if you need help.

Please also know that as the Sheriff duly elected by the people of your county you have the authority and responsibility to demand the return of any American State Citizen being held in “federal custody” for a non-capital crime (murder or assault with a deadly weapon) within 72 hours of their arrest. So if the “federal agents” make the mistake of arresting the Hammonds under false pretenses and holding them in a private capacity, it is your right and role to present a Public Custody Order to the “US District” or other court responsible demanding that the Hammonds be released to your custody. You may then use your own discretion whether to keep them in custody or release them on parole pending final resolution of the jurisdictional complaint.

These are matters that affect millions of people and they must be addressed openly and with determination. The British Monarch has acted in Breach of Trust against the Americans, Canadians, Australians, and others. This criminality and the resulting surreptitious use of the American Bar Association members as licensed privateers operating on our shores is a serious international crime which is being addressed.

The misrepresentations of Americans as “foundlings” and “bastards” resulting in them being declared wards of the corporate “state” and further misrepresentations leading to them being declared “legally dead” are criminal acts of self-interested fraud carried out against us by avowed “allies” and “friends in perpetuity”– parties who are bound by the most solemn obligations of international trust and treaty, who have abused America and Americans for their own profit.

This same pattern of lying about us and making false claims against us and seeking to “re-venue” us to foreign jurisdictions has also been attempted against our federation of nation-states as a whole. Two weeks ago, international banks and governmental services corporations in their employ appeared before the UN Trust Committee—North America, and claimed that the States of America no longer exist. They claimed among other things that we no longer have a national currency in circulation. They claimed that all 400 million Americans had voluntarily accepted Federal United States Citizenship. They claimed that our country is “civilly dead” and “de-populated” and that there are no American State Citizens.

This was, of course, done behind our backs by people representing secondary creditors of defunct federal “governmental services corporations” claiming to be the beneficiaries and/or creditors of our estates.

It’s time to set the records straight and for us to act in our naked sovereign capacity.

A Declaration of Joint Sovereignty was issued by lawful heirs of the National Trust(s), together with Sovereign Letters Patent in behalf of the United Colonies of America, the united States of America, and the Native American Nations and delivered to the UN Trust Committee–North America and to the UN Security Council, the Pope, the Queen, Ban Ki Moon, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Bank of International Settlements.

The criminals responsible for this circumstance are being recognized for who and what they are and the die is cast. We are going to get down to the bottom of this fraud and misrepresentation once and for all.

If you wish to be called “Sheriff” of a county in America, you must now step up and earn the title and begin operating the land jurisdiction owed to the Continental United States. You are under moral and lawful obligation to protect the Hammonds against any “federal agent” and to fully inform those agents of the limitations of their jurisdiction while standing on our soil. If there is no American Common Law Court presently operating in your county, it is your duty to organize one without further delay. In most counties there are active Justices of the Peace who still perform private marriage ceremonies and public notaries are still active. You may draft your Grand Jury and if needed, Trial Juries, from among the landowners listed in the county land records. All actions of the actual County Court should be stamped in red and signed in black. All actions by admiralty courts —by whatever name they operate under—are stamped in blue.

Sincerely,

Judge Anna Maria Riezinger

Kris Anne Hall & A Young Intern: Remember the Opposite of Sovereign is Slave/You Were Born With the Right to Speak

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Sovereign of Elizabeth I (1583-1600)

“Sovereignty” is a word that’s being appropriated and demonized within the Security State, as Constitutional attorney, scholar, and public speaker Kris Anne Hall points out, and it is worth looking at what “Sovereign” really means.  A young intern with her organization, Elizabeth Manley, has written an intriguing letter which is posted on her website (linked below), and I highlight a small excerpt below from it, which calls on all of us to speak out against the abuses of our Government, when our Government is abusive–note, this is the voice of an 18-year-old. (Follows the note on Sovereignty.)  She calls on her own generation, but really she calls on all of us to “speak out against the evil, to stop letting our government define things for us.” Never has there been a more crucial moment in history for us to heed this insightful teenager’s advice–in the US, and in the world, as the 2015 Climate Summit approaches, we are standing on the brink of absolute totalitarianism, and this may well be the most defining moment for us All to speak out, to act, to avert this catastrophe for humanity.

Re-posted from Facebook and from Kris Anne Hall’s website (in excerpt), with thanks.

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krisannehallKris Anne Hall, Facebook, Nov 5, 2015

Today’s Point To Ponder:

It is interesting the way the application of the word “sovereign” is being altered. Changing the societal definition of words is a tool used by tyrants throughout history to enslave the people.

The federal government is attempting (quite successfully) to stigmatize the understanding of “sovereignty” when it comes to individuals and at the same time try to convince us that the federal government is itself “sovereign.”

Sovereign is defined as “autonomous, independent, self-governing; Supreme in power; possessing supreme dominion.” Are we to believe that these adjectives describe the federal government? Is the federal government autonomous, independent and self-governing? Is the federal government Supreme in power or possessing supreme dominion? Of course not! Let us be reminded:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal and endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights…that to secure these Rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just power from the consent of the governed…That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it…”

Now consider this:
“The Power not delegated to the United States by the Constitution…are reserved to the States respectively, or to the People.”

Power emanates from Rights. We did not delegate Rights to government we delegated power. Government has nothing that is not sourced from the people.

“What is true of every member of the society individually, is true of them all collectively, since the rights of the whole can be no more than the sum of the rights of individuals.” T. Jefferson

Government cannot exercise a power over you greater than YOU can exercise over your neighbor. Why? The source of all government power comes from the people and government cannot be greater than the individual source of its power.

“The supreme power is undoubtedly in the people, and it is a principle well established in my mind, that they reserve all powers not expressly delegated by them to those who govern; this is as true in forming a state as in forming a federal government.” Federal Farmer #16

The power of the People is one area where the Federalists and Anti-Federalists were in complete agreement. In Federalist #84, Hamilton is very clear that the fact that we have delegated power to the federal government does not in any way amount to a surrender of our Rights: “in strictness, the people surrender nothing, and as they retain every thing.” Hamilton even identifies The People as the ultimate source of control over the federal government, in Federalist #33:

“If the federal government should overpass the just bounds of its authority and make a tyrannical use of its powers, the people, whose creature it is, must appeal to the standard they have formed, and take such measures to redress the injury done to the Constitution as the exigency may suggest and prudence justify.”

Given these explanations, the only proper application of Sovereignty is to that of the People. We are in possession of sovereign power. We are the supreme political authority. We are the paramount control of the constitution and frame of government and its administration. We are the self-sufficient source of political power, from which all specific political powers are derived.

Government possesses NO autonomy and no power independent on its own. All government power is derived FROM the People, at the will of the People!

So then next time you hear someone vilifying the idea of Sovereignty, remember the opposite of Sovereign is Slave. Is that who we think we are? It is who the government wants us to be.

From Elizabeth Manley, Liberty First Intern:

I have big hopes for my peers.  We are the next generation of Americans! We cannot stand by and let our nation fall. Each person will answer to God for his/her decisions and actions to guard what God has blessed us with.

 “Please stand with me, let’s encourage each other on to bigger and better things! Let’s face the world as a strong generation and let’s not pass this evil on to our children.”

Mercy Otis Warren states: “We will stand today, or our children will fall tomorrow.”

You still have inalienable rights. You were born with the right to speak. What good does it do you if you never, ever use it?! Can we speak out against the evil, stop letting our government define things for us, and instead put government back in it’s rightful place?

– See more at: http://krisannehall.com/a-plea-from-the-future-of-liberty/#sthash.jiVT6krU.dpuf

 

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