The Makings of a Police State-Part IV

Secret reports, Secret budgets, Secret operations, Secret courts … A Secret Government!

 
The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them. -- Patrick Henry

As stated by Patrick Henry with conviction and passion, a democratic government will not last if its operations and policies are not visible to its public. The foundation of our democratic republic is supposed to be based on an open and accountable government. Transparency is what enables accountability.

TopSecFor several decades post 1945, under the guise of the Cold War, with the creation of the Central Intelligence Agency and an aggressive foreign policy based on overt and covert intervention abroad, the seeds of excessive secrecy were planted, aggressively nurtured, and taken to heights not imaginable in our founding fathers’ vision of transparent and accountable government. Although the Watergate Scandal brought a short-lived wave of awakening, and to a certain degree defiance, by getting Americans to question the extent of and the real need for governmental secrecy, the subsequent political movements were eventually halted with no real action ever taken, thanks to a Congress unwilling to truly exercise its oversight authority over the intelligence community.

With the September 11 Terrorist Attacks the establishment had all it needed to take government secrecy to new heights where neither the Constitution nor the separation of powers would matter or be applicable. These new heights could never be reached in a functioning and live democracy, nor could they be sustained and flourish without a home marked by all the characteristics of a police state. Those new heights were indeed reached, and they surely have been not only sustained, but actually increased; notch by notch. Waving the national security flag nonstop, reminding us on a daily basis of some vague boogiemen terrorists who may be hiding under our beds, drilling the words terror-terrorists-terrorism every hour, did the magic; thanks to the US Media.

Let’s examine some of these new heights of secrecy we’ve reached and appear to have accepted:

The Cost

For the fiscal year 2005, based on an official report released by the National Archives, the total security classification cost estimates for Government was $7.7 billion. This figure represents costs provided by 41 executive branch agencies, including the Department of Defense. But it does not include the cost estimates of the CIA, which is classified by the agency. Here is the breakdown:

Personnel Security = $1.15 Billion
Physical Security = $1 Billion
Information Security = $4 Billion

Information Technology = $3.6 Billion
Classification Management =
$310 Million
Declassification
= $57 Million

Professional Education and Training = $219 Million
Security Management and Planning = $1.2 Billion
Unique = $6.6 Million

Total= $7.7 Billion

Based on the consensus among the knowledgeable this was truly a new height for government secrecy spun out of control. But wait, this new record height was short-lived! It climbed much higher very quickly. Here is the major new height for 2007 secrecy as reported by the US Information Security Oversight Office:

The U.S. Information Security

Oversight Office recorded an all-time-high record in the cost of implementing the national security classification system.

The annual report, released Thursday, representing the classification and declassification activity throughout the executive branch, said the cost of national security classifications totaled $9.91 billion in 2007. The total cost was a 4.6 percent increase over 2006 and became the highest total recorded in ISOO's history.

That’s right. In two years the cost of our government’s classification and its secrecy increased from $7.7 Billion to $9.91 Billion. And, as with the 2005 cost this too does not include the CIA and other classified operations and entities we don’t know about. Just keep in mind all those rendition, detention and torture operations we’ve been engaged in around the globe.

The Trend

The following is a snap shot of a few items in the Secrecy Report Card for 2008 issued by Open the Government:

18% of DOD FY 2008 Acquisition Budget, equaling to more than $31 Billion, is classified.

Our Secret FISA Court issued 2,371 secret orders in 2007.

Over 25% of our Federal Government’s Contracts, equaling to $114 billion, were granted with no competition whatsoever.

Over 64% of the 7,067 meetings of Federal Advisory Committees on scientific technical areas were completely closed to the public.

What does this tell us? Secret Budgets, Secret Courts & Secret Orders, Secret Meetings, no-competition & no-oversight contracts paid by taxpayers’ dollars…

Secret Budgets, Secret Expenditures

What does it mean when we keep hearing secret budget for this agency, secret budget for that acquisition, secret budget for this and that operation? Take this example:

The Defense Department will spend $35.8 billion on secret technologies in 2010, according to a new report from the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments.

“Restrictions placed on access to classified programs have meant that DoD and Congress typically exercise less oversight over classified programs than unclassified ones,” the report notes. That can result in big losses, when programs go awry.

Take the hush-hush Future Imagery Architecture program, meant to “develop the next generation of spy satellites for the National Reconnaissance Office.” “The electro-optical satellite component of the program was canceled in 2005 due to significant cost overruns and technical issues,” CSBA recalls, “resulting in what was reported as a $4 billion loss for the government.”

We’ve seen many examples like this; CIA, NSA, DOD, FBI…Here is another ludicrous example:

Growing by leaps and bounds, the Pentagon’s secretive Information Operations budget keeps tripping over some basic information — like how much it costs.

Just months ago, the Defense Department said it needed $988 million to help win hearts and minds in the new fiscal year beginning Oct. 1. When the House cut this by half in July, top-level officials landed on Capitol Hill, pleading their case but also making a startling admission: Their budget needs for 2010 are actually $626.2 million — more than one-third less than first estimated.

DollarsI know for some reason when it comes to our government expenditures the zeros attached to these dollar amounts don’t register with many. In this case we are talking about nearly $1 billion, and here is the dollar amount with zeros - $1,000,000,000. This is not an amount printed specifically and specially for our government to dispose of as it pleases, as it wishes, with secrecy, thus with immunity and no oversight. These dollars are your money, my money; our tax dollars. Think of these zeros spent with no accountability when you are thinking of your kids’ college funds, your medical bills, your ever-shrinking retirement funds…Then, tell me whether it sits okay with you to see our government spend your hard-earned dollars in secrecy, without your consent, and not to your benefit.

So what does the branch entrusted with oversight and accountability do when it comes to these secret budgets & expenditures? Nothing, really; after all it is shielded by secrecy and classification, and as long as they have a share of this pie, who gives a damn about the public interest?! A good example of this surfaced (unfortunately it quickly disappeared from the media radar) during the Representative Randy Cunningham Scandal. If you don’t remember the details you are not alone; Jennifer Aniston’s story and Brittany’s personal saga didn’t leave much room for major corruption scandals like this. You can read a snapshot of the case here, which describes the congressional corruption side of the story. The following excerpts from the same article have to do with the secrecy aspect of this issue, in 2005, when the Pentagon secret budget was around $22 billion:

The Pentagon's classified budget for buying goods and services has increased by nearly 48% since 9/11 -- from $18.2 billion in fiscal 2002 to $26.9 billion this year -- according to figures compiled by the non-partisan Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments.

The budget has long been a repository for spending that members of Congress want to shield.

"We had a classified annex to our bill, and we would hide all sorts of things in there," says Jim Currie, who worked as a Democratic staff member at the Senate Intelligence Committee until 1991 and now teaches at the National Defense University. "In theory, any member of Congress could find out about it, but in reality no one ever came in and checked. ... It's a beautiful way to hide something."

Harold Relyea, who studies government secrecy at the Congressional Research Service, says even if lawmakers had the time to study classified programs, most are not inclined to question the pet projects of their colleagues. And within the defense industry, "there is a coziness that sometimes builds up. You are familiar with the company and their people, it's easy to go back to them" for more work. "It's a new phase of what we used to call the military-industrial complex."

Neither Congress nor the executive branch regularly produces reports on oversight of classified spending. None has been made during the buildup after the 2001 terrorist attacks. Without such investigations, it's impossible to know whether, or to what extent, the classified "black budget" is being abused.

The details of these secret aka black budgets are revealed to only a very few select Congressional committee members, and sometimes not even to them. Billions of dollars go to defense companies like the infamous Blackwater (Xe), billions into illegal and immoral operations involving extraordinary renditions, torture and assassinations, billions get lost in secret planes destined to some secret countries for some secret objective, billions are lost due to mismanagement and bad accounting practices…This is our money, and this is supposed to be our government, but the former doesn’t matter while the latter no longer holds true. That part is no longer a secret.

Secret Courts, Secret Hearings

This is a topic I can write about and talk about in detail. Those of you familiar with my case and the invocation of the draconian State Secrets Privilege know this already. Those of you who are not, here are a few excerpts from only one of many unconstitutional secrecy practices I had to endure for almost six years:

A federal court in Washington yesterday took the rare step of closing an entire oral argument to the public in the case of a former FBI translator who says she was fired for complaining about security breaches. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit announced that today's 30-minute argument in the case of Sibel Edmonds, a Middle Eastern language specialist fired in 2002, will be conducted behind closed doors. The court gave no reason for its decision.

The Washington Post and 12 other media organizations also filed an emergency motion urging the court to open the arguments. The Justice Department declined to comment. It has urged dismissal of Edmonds's case and contends that the litigation could lead to disclosure of classified information. But the court decided to close today's hearing without a request from the government.

CourtThis was one of many similar actions by our government to cover up criminal acts and illegal operations using their regularly-employed secrecy card. This was not a case related to some terrorist, or, intelligence gathering method, or, anything that in any way would warrant protection of information. All they (the Federal Government) had to do: tell the courts, the judges, that they deemed everything about me and my case classified. That’s it. Period. No supporting documents, no witnesses, no explanation. They could just say so, and get what they wanted from the other branch which theoretically exists for the purpose of checks and balances; the purpose and the separation that was once upon a time but it isn’t any longer.

This same secrecy card, invocation of state secrets privilege, classification, has been used to shield the government, prevent oversight, and prohibit even the chance of government accountability in case after case: NSA’s illegal domestic wiretapping, torture, government whistleblowers, Inspector General investigations and findings…

Let’s go back to our Secret Court with Secret Orders: Our Secret FISA Court issued 2,371 secret orders in 2007. If you are wondering how the Feds get their federal judges to go along with their unjustified, unwarranted, and in some cases unconstitutional secrecy requests, this may answer it for you to a certain extent: Secrecy Compliance by Judges with a Secret Past. What do I mean by that? Okay, here is a real example, with a real case:

The case involves Judge Reggie Walton who was promoted to the FISA-Secret Court towards the end of the Bush Administration. He is a judge with a really questionable background, who was handpicked by Bush Senior to work in the Drug Czar’s office (I guess you have a pretty good idea of the real qualifications needed for heading that office!). However, you and I, the American Public, are not allowed to know this judge’s deep dark history, despite his record of many questionable rulings. Judge Reggie Walton’s real past and his real finances are secret:

What do two of the biggest national-security news stories of the century — the Valerie Plame leak scandal and the legal case of FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds — have in common? They both are being presided over by the same federal judge in the District of Colombia, Reggie Walton, a Bush appointee to the federal court and a man who appears to have a few well-kept secrets of his own.

All federal judges are required under ethics rules to file what is known as “financial disclosure reports.” The disclosure statement filed by Walton, which was obtained through the dogged efforts of a conservative watchdog group called Judicial Watch, is curious in what it does not reveal. Remember, this judge is arguably handling two of the most sensitive and potentially far-reaching challenges to the free press and the public’s right to know of our times.

So Judge Walton seems to be in a critical role in serving as the point man in the federal judicial system for two explosive cases — the Edmonds civil case and Libby’s criminal case — both of which have vast implications for the White House and for the country in general. So shouldn’t we know who’s buttering Walton’s bread in terms of financial backing? Why have ethics rules mandating such disclosures, if the information is not disclosed in cases, such as these, where the stakes are so high?

Well, it seems, at least according to the only document that Judicial Watch could shake loose in its public-records quest, that Walton doesn’t think so. His financial disclosure statement, the one released for public inspection through Judicial Watch, is completely redacted, every line of it. Take a look here for yourself.

Now, ask yourself, why would that be, and what might lurk in the shadows of Judge Walton’s fiscal closet? If there nothing to hide, then there is nothing to lose by shedding some light on the retractions, is there?

This appears to be one way for the federal government to overcome the burden of the Constitution and separation of powers: Hand select and appoint federal judges with secret pasts and secret financials, and in fact promote them to the secret courts where these thousands of secret orders take place every year.

Secret Investigations, Secret Reports, Secret Documents

So what happens when once in a blue moon you get a little bit of congressional pressure and or media coverage, thus forcing the government to investigate itself? That’s right, the body called the Office of Inspector General, OIG, is just that. It is used when the government is pressured to provide somewhat of an explanation, answer, on cases and scandals that have garnered some level of public attention/scrutiny. One of the offices of the government, with employees who are answerable to the government and paid by the government, is given the task to investigate that same government.

You would think with that much leverage and control the government would not give a hoot about the resulting report card prepared and issued by its own humble servants. You would be wrong. Even then, the government, without having to justify or prove anything, can declare the findings, the report, secret and classified. Let’s get this straight: The purpose, in the first place, for having an IG investigation and report, is to inform the people and their congressional representatives. Yet, that same government can then declare the report, or any portion of that report, secret and classified.

Actually, seeing an IG report that has been redacted by government bosses will put this in perspective. After three years of foot-dragging, due to a certain degree of public pressure and initial congressional requests, the Justice Department’s Inspector General finally issued a report on my case. Here is what the original report looks like: here.  Who decides what gets to be redacted? Of course - the mighty government. What are the reasons, what is the justification? No one knows; they are all secret. Why are these reasons secret? You have no right to know, because the reasons themselves are secret to start with. You think I’m joking? I kid you not. After the above redacted report I fought for another two years in courts to find the answers to these same questions. We ended up with one answer; one word: Secret.

The recent developments on the release of torture pictures is another good example:

Specifically, the coalition’s letter requests that President Obama direct the Department of Defense to comply with court orders mandating disclosure of photos documenting detainee abuse, rather than exercise an authority recently granted by Congress to keep them secret. It also “explain[s] why transparency and robust accountability are a strategic national security imperative, and…expose[s] the self-interest of voices counseling against accountability.”

How about a desperate Congress begging the right to information they are entitled to get in the first place?

Anticipating that the debate over reauthorization of the USA PATRIOT Act will soon come to the Senate floor, Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) and Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) on Tuesday asked Attorney General Eric Holder to declassify key information about how the law’s “business records provision” has been used. They last sent a classified letter in June asking for the same thing, but claim they’ve received no response.

Section 215 of the Patriot Act, known as the “business records provision,” relaxed the previous standard the government had to meet to obtain personal information from banks, hospitals, libraries, retail stores and other institutions. Previously, the government had to show that it had evidence that the person whose records it sought was a terrorist or spy. With passage of the Patriot Act, that standard was lowered to permit the government to collect any records it considered “relevant to an investigation.”

Wyden, Feingold and Durbin have been arguing that the relevance standard is far too broad and violates the privacy rights of ordinary law-abiding Americans. But they also claim that the government is withholding key information from Congress that would allow lawmakers to make an informed judgment about the issue. Although it’s not clear exactly what information they’re talking about, since even a description of the information is classified, it would seem to be information about how the government has used the business records provision, and what evidence it has obtained by its use.

Doesn’t this sound pathetic? We the people, through our representatives, the supposed-to-be masters of our nation, begging the supposed-to-be civil servants for information on how and based on what guidelines our government operates?

As for any indication of changes for the good in this area of excessive secrecy with impunity, there seems to be none. In fact, our new President of changes is intending to take it even further, to ludicrous levels. Here is one recent outrageous and Kafkaesque move by the Obama administration (Pay special attention to the sadly funny title!):

Federal workshop on openness closed to the public

The Obama administration is conducting a workshop on government openness for federal employees behind closed doors Monday, a private training session for freedom-of-information officials to learn about a new U.S. office that settle disputes between the bureaucracy and the public.

The decision to preclude the public and the media from attending Monday's openness workshop left advocates scratching their heads, given President Barack Obama's campaign promise to make his administration the most transparent ever.

"If they're getting marching orders, why shouldn't the public be there?" said Jeff Stachewicz, founder of Washington-based FOIA Group Inc., which files hundreds of requests every month across the government on behalf of companies, law firms and news organizations.

I can go on and fill page after page with facts, cases, and examples of our government’s current and worsening state when it comes to transparency, thus to its degree of accountability to we the people. However, I think you get the picture and the picture is crystal clear. Therefore I expect many of you feel the outrage building up, and the desire to bring about real changes bubbling inside you. Because if these points don’t sound outrageous and if they don’t make the state of our liberties look dire and pathetic, then we are all in deep trouble. If we accept secret budgets, if we say ‘okay’ to secret courts, if we shrug off secret hearings and reports, if we unquestioningly pay for secret operations, if we assume indifference to a government operating and hidden in pure secrecy…then we deserve to be a nation of liberty-less servants serving the masters in a secret government, and live in denial of having become inhabitants of a true police state.
 

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  1. contextofnocontext says:

    Excellent compilation and analysis. Regarding the last few articles linked, is there any effort currently to have Horn, Lok Lau and Celio Castillo on the Boiling Frogs show. Narco News says Horn is pretty reluctant to speak out, but if there was ever a time to get his full story on record, now seems to be it.

    From last I heard, Celio Castillo (mentioned directly by Sandalio Gonzalez in podcast #4) is having MAJOR problems with the Federal Gvt continually trying to destroy his life. Yet another whistleblower graciously thanked for his patriotism.

    More in this line: Aside from the obvious synthesis of the revelations you’ve offered regarding surveillance of GVT employees by State Dept/CIA/NSA higher-ups in order to either corrupt them or take them out of commission, I wonder if you have a theory on the Jane Harmon angle. It seems to me, in a hall of mirrors kind of way, that the NY Times Risen and Lichtblau were, whether they knew it or not, running interference for a much more explosive release of the Surveillance State information, and that their sources must have known this – so why, after keeping the Klein-SF Office story down for so long, did the NSA feel it necessary to have Harmon try to call the NY Times and keep the story out of the paper?

    I know it would be speculation, but is this just another example of further corrupting someone with ‘leaks’ to completely legitimize the NY Times and the ‘importance’ of the initial revelations? To further let the Israelis know they’re ‘OUR’ client state, etc?

    Once again, excellent and well-reasoned work. Thanks.

  2. “Well, in all my years I ain’t never heard, seen nor smelled an issue that was so dangerous it couldn’t be talked about. Hell yeah! I’m for debating anything. Rhode Island says yea!”…Stephen Hopkins, “1776”

    I thought this article, published over the weekend on Alternet, to be relevant to the discussion:

    http://www.alternet.org/story/144529/are_americans_a_broken_people_why_we%27ve_stopped_fighting_back_against_the_forces_of_oppression

    If you look at the efforts over the last 30 years since the passage of California’s Proposition 13 to, effectively, gut the public education system in this country, you can see a corollary to the growth of both government secrecy and public apathy. Real Republican Democracy REQUIRES a FREE AND INFORMED citizenry. Thanks to the increase in public ignorance, with assistance from our Kabuki Main Stream Media, the vast majority of Americans are neither these days. So the question then becomes,

    How do we rectify these shortcomings?

    One way is by doing what we do here. Spotlight the orphan news stories not being covered and attempt to disseminate them to a wider audience/readership. I was thinking one way me might accomplish this, besides our regular briefs, would be to have each of our contributors take a couple of these stories and spotlight them:

    http://www.projectcensored.org/top-stories/category/y-2009/

    Another way might be to start appearing at FCC Licensure hearings for local TV Affiliates and attempt to have their FCC Broadcast licenses revoked for not “serving the Public Interest”, something required by the FCC to hold those broadcast licenses.

  3. @Ishmael,

    Good points. Yet I disgaree re: trying to revoke station licenses.

    The FCC is made up of a chairman and three other commissioners. Even though the Democrats control it, they maintain the previous Chairman’s policies:

    De-regulation (thanks to Clinton)
    The power of a few megamedia corporations controlling what we see, read and hear.

    If you did try to contest their license, it really comes down to who has more time, money, and better attorneys. Despite ad revenues being done and massive cuts happening in media, these firms will still fight you.

    Their mantra: if you don’t like it, turn it off. Stop reading it. Yet, how many people who complain about what the MSM puts out are willing to do that? In my experience, very few.

    They’re using that apathy as a weapon against the public. If you did complain about something, many times the FCC response is, it’s “free speech.” (It’s not worth wasting our time on).

    Instead of putting your effort into that, beat them at their own game. Use other avenues (ex. this site) to get the message out that they won’t touch.

  4. Here’s another question: what is “The Turning Point” that will finally push millions to act? Most say it has to be something that personally affects them. Yet, that’s already happening. Therefore, why the inaction?

  5. @ T The problem is that most people don’t really feel the effects or don’t understand what exactly is causing certain things they may not like. For instance, I’ve told multiple friends of mine on multiple occasions about things like the abuses of National Security Letters, illegal wiretapping, the new NSA mega-centers, abuses of states secrets privilege, cover-ups of torture, CIA coups, the arms we delivered to Israel illegally for the Gaza massacre, the CIA working with bin Laden, etc., etc. Most of them just wanted me to shut up. They’d politely listen and then change the subject to something more fun. I can’t even get them motivated to care about healthcare reform which arguably has a more direct effect. I think most people in the US still basically trust their government and are therefore complacent. They know there’s corruption but they think even if they don’t get exactly what they want from government it, at least, won’t be that bad and they’ll live with it. Better that than actually having to bother about reading up on politics and other boring stuff. One of my friends did express some interest, but he said he felt helpless and didn’t think there was anything he could do about any of it. I guess that’s another factor. Nobody in the last couple of generations has seen any real effect come from popular political action, so they don’t really believe it can do anything or that they can do anything, except vote.

  6. Bill Bergman says:

    Way cool Patrick Henry quote, and great job more generally, Sibel.

    A few multifaceted, many-tentacled issues here, and not just your own case. But as a simple generalization, the People’s right to know trumps the state ‘secret privilege.’

    In theory, the law serves as a check on tyranny. But in the case of the SSP and related issues, we’ve had a cruel test to the theory. The law itself has become a tool of tyranny, at least so far. That doesn’t have to last. Nor will it.

  7. Hey, Sibel, I’d like to know what you think about Ralph Nader. I haven’t seen his name written once by you.

    I want to know whether or not you have asked Mr. Nader to appear here. If you have not, I will take that as a sign that my efforts are probably best directed elsewhere.

    Please let me know.

    Thanks!

  8. (continued)… The respect I have for Ms. Edmonds comes from the fact that I TRUST her.

  9. Sibel, secrecy is nothing new. Some people act like it just happened yesterday or that we’ve been avoiding war crimes prosecutions for a few years.

    Oh no, reality is quite the opposite from that.

    SECRECY has been the code word for Government ever since 1913, and in fact, ever since 1680 when they started the creation of a Fiat Currency system.

    Back then, the first Federal Reserve was so corrupt the people literally overthrew it and abolished the Judiciary for quite some time. Later, Andrew Jackson stepped in so enraged at their vile dealings he dismantled the country’s central bank.

    Problem was and still is, another “Fiat Currency” system arose in its place only more decrepit and corrupt than ever this time.
    http://www.apfn.org/apfn/reserve.htm

    Indeed, Thomas Jefferson would be rolling in his grave at the mess we have made of this once decent country.

    There is only one reason to conclude that the Federal Reserve, and by extension all its interalia agencies like the FBI, NSA etc. desires total secrecy: What they are engaged in is TREASON by fiat, the destruction and intentional devaluation of the nation’s currency.

    Now although all these alphabet soup agencies were set up by the Federal Reserve, in practice the Federal Reserve is a private “cartel” not part of the US Government. It’s not even as Federal as “Federal Express” if you want the honest truth.

    Through the ages it has consistently grown hideously corrupt, by secrecy and greed, and seeking to exert more control over world affairs than it should ever be allowed.
    http://www.helium.com/items/1282000-the-us-federal-reserve-and-money-supply-as-one-of-the-main-causes-of-the-great

    Finally, the excuse for all of this purely fascist behavior is “Federal Reserve Inc.” has to main liquidty of its assets. If the people all knew the banks the Fed owns are engaged in massive drug running like the British inquest suggests, the populous would react with outrageous anger.

    In order to “stabilize” the economy, the Fed’s mafia engages in black book operations and launders large amounts of illegal heroine, opium, and crystal meth through the organized criminal world that includes politicians and bureaucrats.

    This in a nutshell, allows them to pay off their slaves with “funny money” that does not actually hold any worth – thus with counterfeit currency they can continue to expand conquest for Israel, bomb Bosnia, re-arm the revolutionaries of Russia, buy billions of dollars worth of toys for Boeing, and build million dollar estates for a job well done!

    Of essentially managing the world’s currency through outright fraud, while the people go on living normal lives suspecting that all the Federal Reserve does is monitor the economy.

    So in essence, a criminal syndicate will produce a criminal government. When Congress relinquished nearly all power to the Central Bank Industry Inc., THEY relinquished our freedom and sovereignty for good.

    These traitors were not who we have here today, but thin skinned opportunists FAR worse in character, whom willingly went along with what is clearly a very large scam.

    All the little peons from Bush, to Clinton to Sinclair came roaring out of the same corrupt fabric that the Federal Reserve operates under. We would never have seen these people, if the Fed did not usher them in.

    Therefore to understand the security of the free state, and why it is absolutely mandatory the FBI etc. forget this large hoax and arrest all the perpetrators of this theft you have to look back no further than the first revolutionary war.

    The “Prison Industrial Complex INC.” wants to lock up patriots and people to keep its fat checkbook running full steam, so why don’t they start by doing our will and locking up all the “patriotic” bankers & political slaves that put us into this mess in the first place.

    Those guys would fill all their prisons for twenty years to come, and we would never have to fight any further massive drug scandals either putting a lot of honest law enforcement back to work again & putting the crooks behind bars. After all, they can not beat the populous. Might as well wake up and join them!

    The filling clinking doors that shut like an orchestra, would make any warden or FBI agent light up with glee as all the global bankers who attempt to enslave mankind are put into PRISON right where they always belonged.

  10. Konstantin says:

    One common theme I noticed is that the police state requires alot of money. Take away the government’s, and banker’s, power to create money by fiat (out of thin air back by nothing) and you take away much or maybe all of their power.

    “In questions of power, let us hear no more of trust in men, but rather bind them down from mischief with the chains of the Constitution”
    – Thomas Jefferson

  11. Konstantin says:

    typo *(out of thin air backed by nothing)

  12. This is a very good article. All this secrecy is meant to cover illegal and unethical behavior.

    Since this would be intolerable in a society which claims to be a nation of laws, rather than allow the illegality to be public it is shrouded in secrecy.

    9/11 was a pivot point where secrecy was ramped up with the excuse that it was in our national and personal security interests for the government to back away from rights and operate with more secrecy.

    The event itself is clouded by secrecy but there is ample evidence that it was a false flag operation with at the very minimum government cover up. The worst case scenario is the event was state terrorism by elements within our own DOD, MIC and intel services. And sadly, the more one examines the event, the more it appears to involve complicity of the FBI and CIA including all sorts of disinformation.

    We must remove the secrecy which is hiding what happened on that day from the American public. That secrecy is protecting the real planners and perpetrators of that event.

    Just think… Since we are constantly being lied to, about virtually every policy initiative of our government, ESPECIALLY as it relates to national security, wars and so forth… why would 9/11 be different?

    Why would the 9/11 story be accurate and honest? How much of it can we trust as being accurate? How much of the evidence is made up from whole cloth? How much of the news reported was disinformation and propaganda or planted news items? Once an idea becomes a hot item it is spread virally by the vast echo chamber of the MSM which pounds the public over and over again until they simply do not even think to question the “news item”.

    9/11 was a staged attack and a managed media event to provide cover for the criminals who did it. it was the shock doctrine and it was so numbing that most of the population can not even think rationally about what they were told and it’s become a “belief” not a truth based on fact.

    We have lost control of our nation, our government, which is supposed to represent the people. It does not. All major policies are orchestrated without the knowledge, participation or consent of the governered. And at best our representatives are self serving sell outs who are complicit in the staging of the illusion of democracy.

    There is no need for so much secrecy in an open democratic accountable society. The conclusion is that we have a controlled anti democratic, corporatocracy which uses the MIC for its purpose of wealth creation and power for a small elite.

    We are a fascist society masquerading as a democracy – hence the secrecy.

  13. Thanks Sibel. I appreciate the detail in your reports. I have found a few people such as a retired judge that I turned on to your site. As for my comments, I try to keep them short, especially where I lack expertise. A retired librarian visited us and I mentioned the NSL letters. She said they had one FBI request and were told by their supervisor to just follow their directions. Our local library was clueless even though it is a university town. It seems then that these policies to steal our freedom are being put in place, tested, and then awaiting the moment. For instance, I mentioned in an earlier post, about two football stadiums in Oregon being funded by Homeland Security in part to create lockdown facilities for large crowds. Another question is directed at the geeks. They love hacking and playing computer games or being anarchists, but what happens when they begin to really seek how we are controlled. Will a site such as this reach the under thirty crowd?

  14. Here’s another aspect of the NSL’s. Can they be used also for financial records? If that’s true, then imagine if you have a portfolio and the govt. thinks you have “terrorist connections.”

    Your account(s) are seized. Your companies can’t tell anyone what’s happening. You have no idea why your accounts have been blocked. How long will they be blocked? Meanwhile (in this global economic meltdown), if some emergenchy happens, you have no way to make a redemption.

    When these letters started, I called some mutual fund companies to see if they knew about any of this. The responses ranged from no to who the hell’s got time to deal with THAT? And I thought, this could potentially affect many of your major clients. How could you possibly not take the time to do this? If your largest client had their account(s) seized, you’d do something about it. Lately though I’ve been running into this reaction re: NSL’s, TSA regulations and other areas.

  15. Here’s another example that maybe Canada isn’t that far behind the States in “national security matters”?:

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/british-columbia/amy-goodmans-border-woes-has-us-in-a-tizzy/article1386450/

  16. camusrebel says:

    I have to agree with SanderO. We can take our country and our planet back if we stop ignoring the elephant in the room. 9/11 truth is our last chance. The vast dumbed downed too busy to care about the beast that is devouring us masses will snap out of their induced slumber when we make it clear.

    No more secrecy. No more Republocrats. Prison for all the guilty and the gallows for the leaders. A new beginning. An Article V convention. We “alter or abolish” this crap. It is not rocket science. There is no other way. The real perps are betting we are too afraid to face the dragon they have let loose. I say we slay it. Sorry Sibel, I know you get tired of hearing it, but nothing else will make a damn bit of difference. 9/11 truth is the answer. Do we have the courage? Can we imagine a world where corporations are subservient to the common person or non-existent? Where the CIA is an open book or non-existent? Where propaganda is a historic relic? Where capitalism itself is no longer god like? Yes. We can and we must.

  17. camusrebel says:

    A good place to start is the ’93 WTC attack. Let’s make every American aware that the FBI was proven in open court to have been behind that bombing. It is an undisputed fact. Why would they have done such a thing? The phony “war on terror” was already being created. If we connect the dots our numbers will grow until even the famous joe six-pack will demand both major parties be outlawed, nationalize the oil, the banks, close wall street….take back our government. The tree huggers and the tea baggers will unite. Even Blackwater/whatever they call themselves now will be powerless when the people no longer allow themselves to be artificially divided. A pipe dream? Only if we let fear continue to blind us to THE TRUTH.

  18. “A good place to start is the ‘93 WTC attack. Let’s make every American aware that the FBI was proven in open court to have been behind that bombing. It is an undisputed fact.”
    Let’s start by providing some evidence or documentation to this claim of yours.

  19. Here’s some interesting proof on Oklahoma City:

    http://www.apfn.org/apfn/okc_coverup.htm

    However, what you all need to realize and get others to realize is….

    We have had one OKC after another since the beginning, all emanating from the decadent and evil Federal Reserve which controls every person through total secrecy.

    They do it right through our currency, it’s been low brow and vile…and it’s been in front of every one of you since day one.
    http://www.endthefed.us

    http://www.apfn.org/apfn/reserve.htm

    Listen, those who have just started waking up and listen loud and clear…

    There is NEVER any 9-11 investigation, it will never be allowed nor will Israel be allowed to go to trial with the traitors who did it…including the christain zionists, because the central bankers will never allow anything to be greenlighted. Ever. (Emphasis added)

    There will NEVER be any justice for the Oklahoma City Bombing. The past is the past, and everyone has to give it up and see where it all began.

    There will NEVER be war crimes prosecutions for these traitors, since they are above all laws and even if we forced them to trial another gaggle even worse would rise in their place…

    All of this is fact, and not theoretical. There is one silver lining, though. This has been going on for centuries since “Central Bank Inc.” was created.

    If we can get the message to be completely mainstream, so that the POPULOUS concentrates on the Federal Reserve…..we can expose the whole rotten system. When the system is dragged out in the sunlight, every other cover-up will fall like dominoes. Even if we never put them on war crimes charges, we can put their political “massage therapists” in the Senate, Presidency, and Treasury on trial for War Crimes instead!

    Without a Federal Reserve government of tyranny, currency & by extension man could not any longer be controlled. Thus we could have freedom….if the banking system is dismantled. Emphasis added.

  20. Here’s some interesting proof on Oklahoma City:

    http://www.apfn.org/apfn/okc_coverup.htm

    However, what you all need to realize and get others to realize is….

    We have had one OKC after another since the beginning, all emanating from the decadent and evil Federal Reserve which controls every person through total secrecy.

    They do it right through our currency, it’s been low brow and vile…and it’s been in front of every one of you since day one.

    http://www.apfn.org/apfn/reserve.htm

    Listen, those who have just started waking up and listen loud and clear…

    There is NEVER any 9-11 investigation, it will never be allowed nor will Israel be allowed to go to trial with the traitors who did it…including the christain zionists, because the central bankers will never allow anything to be greenlighted. Ever. (Emphasis added)

    There will NEVER be any justice for the Oklahoma City Bombing. The past is the past, and everyone has to give it up and see where it all began.

    There will NEVER be war crimes prosecutions for these traitors, since they are above all laws and even if we forced them to trial another gaggle even worse would rise in their place…

    All of this is fact, and not theoretical. There is one silver lining, though. This has been going on for centuries since “Central Bank Inc.” was created.

    If we can get the message to be completely mainstream, so that the POPULOUS concentrates on the Federal Reserve…..we can expose the whole rotten system. When the system is dragged out in the sunlight, every other cover-up will fall like dominoes. Even if we never put them on war crimes charges, we can put their political “massage therapists” in the Senate, Presidency, and Treasury on trial for War Crimes instead!

    Without a Federal Reserve government of tyranny, currency & by extension man could not any longer be controlled. Thus we could have freedom….if the banking system is dismantled. Emphasis added.

  21. camusrebel says:

    Ahhh….my old friend kingfisher. Any bites yet? I found out, you can too! Unless you are chickenshit. There is this brand new invention, it’s called “Google”. The informant who taped his “handlers” I believe was named Saleem or some such. The organization in question is spelled, F…..B…..I.

    Happy hunting…or fishing. Weren’t you ever curious why soooo many decent agents trying to do their jobs were thwarted, told to cease and desist when they got too close to busting “terrorists”. No? Too busy selling artwork? Gotta go teach the future, peace.

  22. camusrebel says:

    So, I get home spectin’ to see the fish man trying to “bait” me…but no……crickets……….

    When I mentioned nationalizing oil, banks, etc. I meant to include the network television stations. The task ahead of us is enormous. Completely destroying and creating new paradigms is yeoman’s work. No idiots need apply. So, we must use the people’s airwaves for EDUCATION ONLY. You want mindless drivel, buy cable. Our airwaves will no longer be given over to corporations so they can churn out brainwashed shoppers. Explain what an Article V convention is. Every night, all 4 networks, how to be a functioning citizen in a Democracy. Maybe the trials and hangings of the old gaurd Repubs and Dems. Of course elections will be over entire weekends, no computewrs any where near a polling place. Get over thinking it is impossible. It is not. Human beings continue to evolve. We can make this small rock hurtling through space a paradise for every living thing. Your great, great, great, great, great, great, great grandchildren are begging you…..grab this last chance, please…

    9/11 TRUTH

  23. camusrebel says:

    Sibel, can you briefly explain why the truth is not priority number one here?

    You say you want a revolutionnnnnnnnnnnnn well-el ya know,

    Better free yer mind instead

  24. “Better free yer mind instead”

    camusrebel, I like you I really do but you have to understand reality.

    It teaches in the Torah and Talmud that Jews can do no wrong, therefore they are above all of us and can not do supreme evil.

    Jewish law states this.

    Jewish people along with their Christain sock puppets did the 9-11 attacks on behalf of Israel.

    Nobody dare prosecute someone Jewish for a war crime, they are chosen and above man according to their very bible!

    To do such a thing, means being smitten down by G-d according to their very bible the Talmud. So people are very afraid of holding the Israeli war criminals accountable, afraid of what power they command, as modern day Israelis are like the anti-christ Ishmael spoke of.

    In another scripture, we learned that Nephi saw what Lamen and Lemuel were doing and he rebuked them – and they repented for a time, but Lamen and Lemuel became possessed of Satan and furious with their creator – thus they came up with the idea to kill all the Nephites and other Jews who were not as pure as they.

    They were supremely vile war criminals, both there and in the book of Joshua in the Bible. But they got no judgment except from God.

    There are EVIL Jews, mark my words meaning those who say they are Jews but are of the synagogue of satan. They include christains among their brethren. These vicious criminals are Zionists, and they are above our laws.

    That is why Bush Senior bows like a child to Baphomet who is another of ancient Babylonian Judaism’s most strange gods. They worship it, they are above man because only blue blood level Jews are actual men.

    The rest are animals according to the Talmud. Maybe of course, this is the crop that is just purely evil as most Jews despise this depravity.

  25. camusrebel says:

    Well, Onevoice, it’s good to be liked but your assumption I do not understand reality is unfounded. If you would like a great exposition on my views about the Zionist cancer ravishing our species and palnetary body please peruse the comments to an article here from Dec. 1 titled, “One Sided Usage of Hate Terminology”. In short, I do not take the events in the Bible to be much more than fantasy. I no longer believe in Santa Claus either. But I am quite certain the Holocaust was a hoax. Bezelbub or Johosephat or whoever is not our problem. Concentrate on Mossad, the Likudniks, the Marc Grossmans, Larry Franklins, Dougie Feiths, Skeletor’s Mom, Rahmbo’s Dad and, of course, the “5 dancing Israeli’s” seen filming and celebrating as the towers were blown to hell. Concerned citizens called the cops. Their Urban Systems moving van was pulled over, evidence of explosives were found. This is reality, not some ancient comic book.

    “God said to Abraham, ‘Kill Me a son”
    Abe said, ‘Man, you must be puttin’ me on”

    Of course the Fed is a large part of our problem and is inherently intertwined w/the Zionist scourge. As our economy tanks further the move by Paul, Kucinich etc. to audit will come to pass…..leadind to its eradication. peace

  26. So,OV, would love to reciprocate in the liking, I just have one more hurdle. I truly believe one should never say never.

  27. One problem the 911 truth movement faces is centered around who the conspirators really are. Clearly a whole bunch of people participated in 911. The conventional theory, which makes sense on the face, is that disgruntled Moslems angry at the USA the cause of their misery conspired to attack the USA loed by a charismatic leader OBL. That makes sense, whether it was possible for OBL and his henchmen to pull it off or not.

    But let’s say there was another group who saw that the result of such an attack could benefit THEIR interests. In fact the concept of global terrorism could be “good for business”, especially if you were no in harm’s way in that war. From this perspective OBL and his band could be exploited and helped along, even doing the on the ground stuff since martyrdom is believed to be holy for moslems. Very convenient.

    This cooperation scenario works for several “special interests” such as:

    MIC
    media industrial complex
    financial industrial which funds and profits from militarism
    intel community – more stuff to spook over
    politicians mostly on the right who advocate defense etc.
    Israel/Zionists as the US became engaged and took up the fight against her enemies (note that Iran, Iraq, Syria etc are not US enemies or threats to the US, but they are to Israel

    And it could conceivable be part of some hidden groups agenda for world domination… one step in the New World Order, the Illunminati… if such a group exists AND can reach down into the places required to make such events unfold. That would mean that they can pull strings in the intel community, the media, the MIC and so forth. This would suggest that if such a group exists they would have to have executive authority in the power pillars and institutions of our society – generals, heads of state, perhaps, high level operatives in the intel community, and banking and industry.

    Could such a group exist and have an agenda? Could they have actual policy initiatives? Could they use existing government and business institutions to execute their scheme?

    The 911 suggests that the 19 Hijackers is at best the tip of the iceberg, perhaps even patsies, and the real conspiracy is much more sinister as hinted above. That is harder to conceive, harder to sell, and harder to uncover. And this is largely why people won’t go there. It’s a huge leap.

    But it is possible that 911 wasn’t a LIHOP and all sorts of special interest groups woke up the next morning and said… WOW we can capitalize on this! How sad, but how fortunate this is – let’s milk it for all it’s worth. We got caught but now we can take the gloves off.

    Since it looks like it was more than the 19 hijackers and I am personally convinced of that, I can’t rule out how extensive and how sinister the conspiracy was/is. I simply cannot tell.

    The evidence that needs to be looked at is how explosives were placed in those buildings, for they were exploded. Who arranged it and who planned it. If it did involve nano thermites and hi tech explosives, where did they come from? Could secrets have been stolen from gov labs? Or could explosives be stolen from gov arsenals? By whom? How?

    The nano thermite evidence is very disturbing if what the chemists are saying about this material is accurate. That needs to be very closely scrutinized.

    We simply don’t know what happened on 911 except that we were lied to about it. We do know what happened after and as a result of 911. And that’s what makes it important to understand 911.

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