The Makings of a Police State- Part V

The New Scarlet Letters: ‘NC’

The Quest for Clearance

ClearFormIt was late spring 2007, and I had arrived right before sunset at Centerville’s new ‘in place’ for the 30 something techie crowd. I was supposed to meet two friends there, have a drink, and then head to the restaurant next door for an early dinner. As soon as I walked in I spotted both of them, and a third person, a man in his early thirties whom I’d never met before, I’ll call him ‘Joe,’ and headed towards their table. After brief introductions the trio resumed their conversation where they’d left off. The topic had to do with current hot jobs and the latest career trends in the area, which caters to the federal government…

I was listening only half-heartedly until one of my friends, a woman in her mid thirties who worked for a midsize travel agency, started talking about how she’d been waiting for the completion of the process to get her security clearance, and that she couldn’t wait to get ‘the darn thing,’ and with it her promotion and a 15% salary increase. Now that perked up my ears and grabbed my full attention. After all, I’d been intimately familiar with security clearances and related issues for several years and dealt with them extensively, working with hundreds of national security whistleblowers, and networking with attorneys. What I couldn’t understand was this:

Why in the world would a travel agent working in a private travel agency need or want to have a security clearance?!

So, I asked: ‘What do you need the clearance for?

And she responded: ‘The agency I work for has a contract with the federal government. We provide airline tickets, rental car and hotel reservations for some federal employees…’ 

I asked again: ‘So why do you need clearance to do that?

She said: ‘Well, the government agency requires that only those employees with security clearance handle their account, and since it is a fairly large account the travel agency I work for assigns several travel agents.

After a brief a pause it dawned on me, ‘Oh, I guess your account is with one of THOSE agencies…DOD, CIA… gotcha…

My friend interrupted: ‘No, actually it’s not. It’s the Department of Commerce. And it’s not even for their executive level people…just regular employees.

I kept asking myself why in the world the Commerce Department would require travel agents with security clearance to handle their good ole ordinary travel arrangements.

I guess I was thinking out loud because my friend tried to justify, well, at least her end of this deal: ‘The point is they pay much bigger bucks to my employer, and my employer pays those of us with clearance who handle this account 15% more in salary than the travel agents with no clearance who  have regular accounts…

I guess it made sense; perfectly. Government agencies don’t pay from their own pockets; they have at their disposal unlimited access to taxpayers’ dollars. So someone in The Department of Commerce apparently made this ridiculous rule – padded their civil servant status and importance – treated their inferiority complex from being placed much lower in the chain of civil servants (waaaayyy below the CIA, DIA, FBI…, ),and made it a requirement to have cleared travel agents handle their travel. As for the travel agency’s perspective: Hallelujah!!! They get a contract with the feds where they can pad their prices and never worry about having to give the best deal in terms of price/value. In fact pad it enough to pay 15% increased salaries to those on the fed account, and still have plenty of profit left.

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TSC Compliance & Disclosure on Banging

As I was processing the above information and reasoning, the man, Joe, straightened his shoulders, and if I’m not mistaken, kind of puffed up his chest…you know the body language I’m talking about; right?

He said: ‘I’ve got TSC; Top Secret Clearance. I’ve had it for almost a year now. My pay went up 25% the day I got it.

Since the other two were obviously familiar with his line of work I was the one with the first question: ‘So who do you service?

He put on the coolest and most aloof expression he could manage, which ended up being neither cool nor aloof: ‘I can’t talk about it. All I can tell you is that I’m a software programmer and we’ve got big contracts all right…

I decided not to press ‘who for or why’, and instead, try to find out how much he understood of the significance of having TSC as a private sector employee, both positive and negative.

Obviously he considered the 25% increase in salary as the major positive; well, obviously. And considering his body language and tone he appeared to regard his clearance status as something ‘cool,’ ‘important,’ and ‘ego-boosting.’ He was single, so maybe he thought it made him more of a chick magnet…So I decided to see if he perceived any downside to having a TSC.

I asked him bluntly: ‘There are bunch of things you end up giving up for TSC; some would even say ‘they get you by the …’ don’t you think?

Joe, already on his third drink, nodded: ‘Yeah.’ And then he said something I was neither expecting nor prepared for, ‘It complicates everything in the banging department.’

After a brief pause I recovered:’ How so?

Joe: ‘Well, basically, you have to report who you sleep with and all the details if the girl is not a citizen, or has an accent or something.’ He continued, ‘About 8 months ago I met this hot woman with a cute accent and we hit it off right away…stayed together that weekend…and that Monday I had to go and report the entire thing…’

I probed for more details: ‘You mean report in writing? – Orally?

Joe:’ Both! First, I had to fill out this form, and then I was called in to answer questions and give more details…

I interrupted him: ‘No kidding! They have a form for this??! What’s it called, ‘Banging Disclosure Form? BDF?

If he got my sarcasm he didn’t show it, instead he continued very seriously: ‘Just a standard form to fill out general information on foreign persons you come in close contact with, name, nationality, etc. But once in the office for follow up, then they ask you all these details ‘What was her full name?’ ‘What’s her nationality?’ ‘Where does she live?’ ‘How many times did you do it? Over how long?’…you know!’

I nodded understandingly, and he went on: ‘I mean you don’t ask for your new woman’s exact date of birth! How am I supposed to know? Go through her bag for ID while she’s in the bathroom?!…They ask me where she’s from and I can’t even remember; Greece? Lebanon?… Anyway, I’m done with foreign or foreign sounding women…’

This was getting a bit too much for me; trying not to laugh at the absurdity. The man could only come up with, could only think of, one downside and that had to do with ‘chicks.’ And obviously to him Greece and Lebanon were almost the same, either geographically or linguistically. I couldn’t detect in him even a minute trace of political or legal understanding. So, I didn’t bother bringing up issues like:

What happens when you decide to publicly oppose the current butchering of our civil liberties and speak up about it? Won’t they use your TSC and threaten its removal, thus your employment? Or maybe you’ll decide on your own against speaking out; thinking self-preservation. Because in 2005 I received many e-mails/letters from people who told me they wished they could sign a certain petition against constitutional abuses, but they feared for their clearance and job security, so they felt and believed they couldn’t.

What happens when you or your spouse or your partner joins a rally, albeit a peaceful protest, against war(s) or other human rights abuses committed in our name? Won’t they use that constitutionally and democratically sanctioned action against your ‘clearance,’ your job, thus, against you? Because just last month when I called a good friend, who also happens to be antiwar, to join me in an antiwar rally in DC, she was almost in tears and told me she couldn’t because her husband had a clearance, and that they feared her participation in a rally might jeopardize that clearance and their livelihood.

What happens when you witness a criminal or fraudulent act related to your work, and since a contractor to the feds, one with consequences to citizens and taxpayers, and you rightfully feel obligated to report or disclose it to the public? Won’t they come after you with criminal prosecution threats for violating your clearance? Because many whistleblowers have been through this exact experience, and been left with no employment and almost no course of action.

No, I couldn’t tell him all that and more. Even if I did, what would my lone voice accomplish toward raising this guy’s awareness, when the media, the government, and all their related tentacles are doing the exact opposite? He believed he was cleared, he believed he was one of the chosen ones, and unless one day, even if by chance, he faces the dark realities of his valuable rights being substituted for being ‘cleared or chosen’, he’ll hang on to these beliefs.

The Nation of Cleared & Not Cleared

ClearLeashBased on GAO’s July 2009 data, about 2.4 million persons currently hold security clearances for authorized access to classified information. And this figure, 2.4 million, does NOT even include some of those with clearances who work in areas of national intelligence.

In fiscal year 2008 the Office of Personnel Management and the Defense Department processed about 450,000 requests for confidential, secret and top-secret clearances. According to bits and pieces of data here and there, there are over three million federal employees who require security clearances for jobs. These jobs range from:

Routine computer system maintenance to sensitive analysis of spy satellite photos. All require at least a background check of personal and work history, foreign travel and finances. Top-secret clearance currently requires interviews with neighbors, references and current and former spouses.

Contractors pay a premium for workers with current clearances, often offering higher salaries and signing bonuses. That can cost an extra $10,000 to $40,000 per employee per year, all of which gets passed on to taxpayers, Davis says.

And here is an example of how having clearance is advertised and glamorized:

Job candidates with security clearances are hotter-than-ever commodities in the Washington area and elsewhere, due to higher demand, tighter security requirements and a wave of baby-boomer retirements, according to recruitment officials.

ClearanceJobs.com, based in Des Moines, Iowa, recently released a survey that found that those with security clearances earn an average 25 percent more than similarly skilled workers who lack them. That gap has been widening, too.

“It’s the hottest ticket in town,” Paul Villella, chief executive of the Reston-based recruitment firm HireStrategy, said of the security clearance. “It’s in many cases better than having an MBA.”

Security clearance has always been the weapon of choice for the federal government when it comes to covering up malfeasance or criminal deeds and dealing with and silencing whistleblowers. The paragraph below summarizes this weakness granted as a privilege and later used and exploited to threaten and silence:

The voices of some of government’s most conscientious and competent employees are routinely silenced by managers who threaten to revoke their security clearances. While most of those with clearance work in defense and intelligence roles, by no means is the problem confined to CIA, NSA, DHS, DOD and the FBI. Many employees at agencies like the Department of Agriculture also hold clearances. Many of those required to hold clearances have little if any real need for them. But, agency managers find security clearances a handy way to make an end run around laws that protect workers from discrimination, whistleblower retaliation, politicization, cronyism, and other abuses. Under the rules established by Executive Order, agencies can fire an employee with a clearance for virtually any reason. Employees who appeal a revocation or suspension have almost no due process protections – and even those are not guaranteed because there is no external review of the agency’s decision

 

Mark Klein, the AT&T whistleblower, has been emphasizing the importance of not having clearance in his ability to disclose NSA’s illegal wiretapping facilities being housed in, run through, and operated from AT&T facilities. I suggest you listen to our Podcast interview with Mr. Klein if you haven’t already. Here is a quote from Klein on why he decided to do the right thing and disclose the illegality that was/is being committed against Americans:

So I figured I’m it, because see, I don’t have a security clearance. They can’t do anything to me about that.

And here is some information on those with Top Secret Clearance at AT&T who felt bound and tied, and so remained silent against the constitutional abuses committed against their nation:

The former network technician said he knows at least three AT&T employees who have been working in the room since 2002. “It took them six months to get the top-security clearance for the guys,” the network technician said. “Although they work for AT&T, they’re actually doing a job for the government.” He said that each of them underwent extensive background checks before starting their jobs in the room. The vetting process included multiple polygraph tests, employment history reviews, and interviews with neighbors and school instructors, going as far back as elementary school.

Aid said that type of vetting is precisely the kind NSA personnel who receive top-secret SCI (Sensitive Compartmented Information) clearance go through. “Everybody who works at NSA has an SCI clearance,” said Aid

Another example of how security clearance provides the perfect weapon for threatening, silencing and firing the inconvenient voices:

In its lawsuit, the ACLU charges that the DOE took away El-Ganayni’s clearance to retaliate against him for publicly criticizing U.S. foreign policy and the FBI. The agency sought to cover up its retaliation against El-Ganayni, a foreign-born Muslim, for his constitutionally protected speech by invoking “national security.” As a result of the revocation, El-Ganayni was fired from his job.

“After eighteen years of dedicated service working to improve America’s national-defense capabilities, the U.S. government thanked Moniem El-Ganayni with a pink slip instead of a blue ribbon,” …”The Energy Department knows it cannot admit that it revoked Mr. El-Ganayni’s clearance because he has been an outspoken critic of the U.S. government’s treatment of Muslims here and abroad, so it is hiding behind ‘national security’ to avoid having to explain itself.

The Subservient States & Local Governments

The federal government has been using clearance as their weapon of choice for dissent killing. Considering the stellar performance of clearance as a mean to control why not cast it further? Why not go beyond direct employees, contract employees, and subcontract employees? Why not use this tool to rein in state and local governments, and make them even more subservient to big brother? After the September 11 Terrorist Attacks, that’s exactly what the Federal Government started doing:

FBI is doing background checks on elected officials around the country so the politicians can receive top-secret clearances for briefings on terrorism. While local law enforcement officials and politicians going through the process praise the FBI initiative, civil libertarians find it deeply disturbing. After 9/11, the FBI offered governors, mayors, and police chiefs the opportunity to gain access to classified information if they underwent a thorough vetting. The program is voluntary, and the FBI did not provide figures on how many local officials were participating.

And here is a well-reasoned argument from an expert in this area:

Being involved in street protests is a problem in FBI files, asserts professor David Price of St. Martins College, who has done extensive research and writing on the FBI, including reading the results of many background checks of deceased academics and politicians. He adds, I’m not sure what constitutionally protected means under the Patriot Act. We need to be very worried about this.

Price is also concerned about what will happen when a prominent politician fails to pass the background check. The FBI is notorious for leaks, he says. Price is concerned we are headed toward a political environment where the FBI determines who is fit for public office. He imagines incumbents will be asked on the campaign trail, Do you have a security clearance?

And this is an appropriate response from one politician who should be followed by the rest:

At least one former public official shares Prices concerns: ex-Seattle Mayor Paul Schell. We don’t turn in our privacy and freedom in exchange for our security, asserts Schell. He is astounded that the federal government would require a public official who has been thoroughly vetted by the electoral process to undergo an investigation before receiving important briefings. It’s another erosion of the relationship between the federal government and the people. Schell also bristles at the invasion of privacy, What the hell business is it of the FBIs?

Unfortunately Mayor Paul Schell is truly a rarity. Except for less than a handful of state and local politicians and authorities the Feds seem to have gotten what they aimed for: hook them all at once with clearance bait.

Casting Wider & Further Until…?

Besides its own employees, its contractors, and the states, the Feds have also been experimenting with another segment; attorneys, thus the Judicial Branch:

The U.S. government continues to delay security clearances for attorneys seeking to represent Khalid Sheikh Mohammed even as formal charges are announced against him and four other detainees today as part of the Bush administration’s military commission system.

David Nevin and Scott McKay, two attorneys from the ACLU’s John Adams Project who are interested in representing Mohammed, are still awaiting final security clearance from the Department of Defense to represent him. Nevin and McKay were granted security clearances for another terrorism-related case four and a half years ago and applied for clearances for this case in February.

In fact, the final parting words of FBI executive officers to me were: “You have no right to hire any attorney other than those cleared with us, due to classification and national security reasons.” And, they tried very hard to intimidate my attorneys, Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto, with repeated notifications saying they were required to have security clearance to represent me or hear my case. In this particular instance they failed; the attorneys didn’t fall for it. But then again, this is a rarity. In many cases involving national security whistleblowers, even if money is not an object, it is extremely hard, next to impossible, to obtain legal representation. Many attorneys get intimidated and readily give up when they see the ‘security clearance required’ flag waved before them by the Feds.

It is not really difficult to see the attraction, the lure, thus the significant increase in the number of applicants seeking to obtain clearance. Who would be willing to disregard a 25% or more increase in income? Only a few, if any. The heck with what a few civil libertarian experts and the members of the irate minority club say or warn about. How many politicians, state and local government authorities, would resist the perceived privilege to be let into the national security circle and the secrecy club? As we can see, not many; less than a handful.

So the question is where is this leading? There will be millions of government employees, more millions of private contractors’ employees and their subcontractor’s employees, and state and local government politicians, authorities, employees, and their contractors’ employees, and attorneys practicing in employment and government related arenas … all hooked with this requirement of ‘Security Clearance;’ then what? In fact why even bother with National ID Cards, since pretty soon you’ll end up with millions combed through, stamped and monitored as ‘Cleared,’ and the left-over marked simply as NC; ’Not Cleared.’

 I can see this system of national categorization of ‘Cleared’ and ‘Not Cleared‘ (‘C’ & ‘NC‘), leading to a certain degree of confusion,  being  mixed up with the ‘Chosen’ and the ‘Not Chosen.’ In a way the latter kind of applies too. Societies have always exhibited division lines along economic status, blood line, education, color, race…Maybe this will be the new divide: the separation of Cleared from Not Cleared, or to some the Chosen from the Not Chosen.

Now, how many of you would want to, are willing to, will choose to, be the wearer of the new and upcoming scarlet letters ‘NC’?

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  1. avatar Kingfisher says:

    Great post, thanks.

    “He said: ‘I’ve got TSC; Top Secret Clearance. I’ve had it for almost a year now. My pay went up 25% the day I got it.’”
    Psshhh…home boy doesn’t have TS/SCI.

    “Joe, already on his third drink, nodded: ‘Yeah.’ And then he said something I was neither expecting nor prepared for, ‘It complicates everything in the banging department.’”
    “close and continuing contact” = keeping a pair of slippers under your friends bed

    http://www.harpers.org/archive/2007/04/sb-sex-and-the-cia

  2. Dear Sibel. Thank you for this post. The slow steady seep into everyday of surveillance consciousness IS the police state. Thats how it works. It is almost bio-genetics. A kind of ethnic-cleansing by proxy. The requirement to report association with ‘other than’ ‘like kind’ is where this shadow crawls.Eugenics of soul. So that the pure breeds don’t cross pollinate and their underlings stay loyal. Did that start up in Boston somewhere,jekyll island, or maybe Plymouth rock? dosn’t really matter. the eyes of the elephant of war are everywhere. Even here in our little part of heaven.[QUOTE: Official papers obtained by the Star-Times show that, despite government claims that it was done for domestic reasons, the new New Zealand spying capabilities are part of a push by United States agencies to have standardised surveillance capabilities available for their use from governments worldwide.]They pay joe extra Money. They pay governments extra money. The status of being in the club, competing for position in an aggressive ‘market place’ is now total. So that any joe, sat dumb with every part the ugly american connotation a lollipop in his mouth, never did feel it. In fact, cannot ever see the situation because the whole color range is set against him being able to. His eyes only see the dots dancing . So he becomes the unwitting servant to the conspiracy. The War On Terror., “You are either with us, or you are with the terrorist”. False flag 911 was the pivot point, the molecular tip of the nardic interchange bush brought screeching into the world, laid on the plates of the global civilization as high amercian[sic] culture. The exemplar. to be forced down our throats on the waterboard of abrogated right, the condensed result of an infinite journey we are ALL participant in reduced to the grinning ape infront of his microphone telling me I am either with him, or I am a terrorist.

    like he would know.

  3. Sibel, great piece.
    On a side note I’m wondering if you’ve received
    some info I sent through your Contact page? I get an ‘Error’ message on that page and on the ‘Read More’ click through. Not sure if my ‘contacts’ have gotten through.

  4. Excellent article. I have two thoughts about this.

    First it only confirms how much of a fascist police state we have. This notion of secrecy and security clearance and so forth has no place in an open democratic society. We’ve long ago passed the the dark side. We only say we have a democracy with transparency and so forth. All empty words.

    And this brings me to the second point/question. Who in their right mind would work inside the national security state. Seeing what sort of intrusion this is to outside “sub contractors”… employees and how it encroaches on their personal rights I have always wondered how someone can actually enter this world and not know they are going inside of the “fascist” police state apparatus.

    I’ve wondered about Larry Johnson, Valerie Plame and even Ray McGovern who I would like to speak to personally. And then of course there is our heroine Sibel, who joined the FBI and became a whistle blower. That’s the good part… but pray tell what were you thinking when you joined the FBI?

    What did you think they did? Solve murders?

  5. I understand what your friend means re: protests. When the Patriot Act was almost passed, I heard about some local protests for this. I tried to find out more, but had a really hard time connecting with others. Then, I found out where it was.

    I went down, and tried to get some kind of coverage for it. Naturally, nothing. But also, many of these other protestors ended up calling me and expecting me to organize this at the last minute.

    I got there and there were literally six people at a corner with picket signs. In a ciy of 1.5 million, only seven people bothered to show up. I stood there for about half an hour and watched literally hundreds of people drive and walk by. Not one person stopped and came over.

    And I thought, do these people have any clue what this is about? Obviously not. Finally I just gave up and left.

    On my old My Space progressive blog, I kept track of my hits. I could literally go to their city and ISP. For a while I had a strong following around Langley, VA. (home of the CIA and various security firms). And I thought, either I have a lot of fans in the intelligence community. Or somebody thinks I’m very dangerous :) .

    If you do apply for a security clearance, it’s like jury selection (you must answer all questions)? Also, what if you then go into the private sector? How do you politely deal with this in the job interview? Or, is just saying “security clearance” really the magic ticket to gurantee you the next job?

    Just curious.

  6. @TrueOil:Thank you. I’ve received several notes from you; which one? Hard to recall- on any given day I receive 150-200 e-mails. But please don’t let that stop you from sharing…

    SanderO: No disagreement here:-) I took the position as a contract linguist and back then I was wayyyyy too naive; certain FBI fields were in line with my criminal psychology background…Anyway, I learned it the hard way;-) I’d try to talk any one out of committing the same huge mistake.

    @Remo: interesting and thought-provoking view,originally put. Now let’s shake our Kiwi friends up before it is way too late. As you know NZ is way too important for me and my plans!

    @KingFisher: Later I found out for sure: he does programming for a large firm under Langley contract…He dated my friend, and I am sure her information and details were submitted promptly (not a citizen by birth).

  7. Don’t get me started about security clearances. I had to undergo both a National Agency Check and an FBI Background Investigation to join the Personnel Reliability Program and the Nuclear Weapons Handling Team. What surprised me most was that nuclear weapins work only rated a “Secret” clearance while any comm work required “Top Secret Crypto” classificaton. Now, I haven’t had an active clearance in over 30 years. Twice in the past 20 years, I had to reapply for a BI to be cleared. The first time for Bay Area Teleport to maintain the McClellan AFB satellite earth station and encryption gear, the second time at Qwest when they were beginning their assocication with the NSA in LA back in 1998. In both instances, I was wrongfully terminated before I found the results of those investigations. It DOES make me wonder if I was terminated for other reasons so they wouldn’t have to tell me I didn’t pass.

    Just last week, I talked to a head hunter about splicing fiber in a foreign base location(read Gitmo) and the clearance was the major stumbling block. One supreme irony for me is that the REASON I got into telecomm work in the first place was to help people talk to each other instead of killing each other. The other supreme irony is that, over the past 40 years, it was always hippies and liberals like me who were blamed for ruining America when it was the John Walkers, the Aldrich Ames, in short the Republican lifers who were the ones who sold the Nation out to the highest bidder for filthy lucre. So, it really COULD be my lack of clearance and my rather public disgust with what John Le Carre’ called “The Secret World” that has prevented me from finding any gainful employment in telecomm.

    You are right, of course, that it just adds another layer to the economic and social class system we call “Democracy”. Also combine that the fascist convergence of governmant and corporate power in the form of Infraguard:

    http://www.infragard.net/

    and the corporate police state comes into clearer focus.

    So let’s look at the Big Picture. The preponderance of evidence links the dramatic rise of world population and food production to cheap fossil fuel energy. With energy resources passing Peak Oil thresholds and beginning to dwindle, those populations are becoming increasingly unsustainable. So, how does the Power Elite maintain their hegemony and control when 4 out of 5 people on the planet are going to have to die? How do they ensure a docile, compliant work force of drones to keep their system of control going? Now consider the fact that China and the petro-states control the bulk of world foreign exchange earnings and China just happens to have 1/5 of the world’s population. Who do YOU think will inherit the Earth?

  8. Oh, I forgot to mention Rep. Jane Harman on the Sunday talk shows recycling her “Homegrown Terror” meme. As the current depression continues to impact the very people they’ve relied on to implement their policies, how long before these gun-toting “Tea-baggers” start wising up and turning their guns on the government? Now you see the Radicalization and Home-Grown Terrorism Act for what it really is.

  9. @Ishmael:’The other supreme irony is that, over the past 40 years, it was always hippies and liberals like me who were blamed for ruining America when it was the John Walkers, the Aldrich Ames, in short the Republican lifers who were the ones who sold the Nation out to the highest bidder for filthy lucre.’ Well-said!

    As for Harman: That woman!!! I just finished an interview session with AntiWar Radio, and the last 10 minutes or so had to do with Harman…One of AIPAC’s largest $$$$ recipients…anyway, even seeing her name brings out this itch, rash, and irritation…

    Teabaggers: I think that label is also being applied too broadly. Now they are calling all Ron Paul supporters ‘teabaggers’…There are those racist/extrimist nut cases, but the media (including many alternatives) like to brush that paint, stick that label to all libertarian, independents…

  10. “Won’t they use your TSC and threaten its removal, thus your employment?”

    Not to mention the fact that they know who you’ve been banging, which could be used to make some lives very uncomfortable. (I imagine Rep Schakowski has a clearance, not that she would have filled out a form, but I digress.)

    Interesting post. I’ve never really thought about clearances in this way, though for the life of me, I can’t figure out why not. Must be cuz I don’t have one (but I know some who do). The gravy train is the carrot, and the threat of your livelihood is the stick. All in the effort of making you a good little corporatist cog.

    And now that I’ve registered in order to post this inane little comment, I’m sure I’m now on some kind of watch list, if I wasn’t already. ;-)

    p.s. Your little one is aDORable.

  11. @ Sibel

    Some many of us have been naive and believe that our government is the embodiment of our ethics and our values. So many us believed that out government would not lie, or that it would be accountable and seek justice and be transparent.

    Now we know our government lies, it is not transparent, it doesn’t hold itself accountable, and it doesn’t represent our values.

    Some of us have awoken to the fact that our government is not what we learned in school. We dont know what to do… our electoral process is worse than a phony election in a 3rd world nation.

    We don’t know what to do. The american dream has become our ever present nightmare.that we can’t wake up from.

  12. I promise to proof my comments in the future… please forgive me for my haste.

  13. One thing that makes sites like this so important is that we are also doing battle with the MSM. I haven’t heard a thing about the last grab at our liberties with the boxer bomber on X-mas. Mr. Haskell had a lot to say about the preboarding antics to get him on the plane.
    http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2009/12/flight_253_passenger_kurt_hask.html

    Hope the site allows address postings

    Latr

    [WORDPRESS HASHCASH] The poster sent us ’0 which is not a hashcash value.

  14. Ishmael

    I’m curious. How soon can we expect Part Two of the piece you wrote on the Minot/Barksdale situation?

  15. avatar Kingfisher says:

    “I promise to proof my comments in the future… please forgive me for my haste.”
    Some actual substance to your prattle would be nice too.

  16. avatar Kingfisher says:

    “So let’s look at the Big Picture. The preponderance of evidence links the dramatic rise of world population and food production to cheap fossil fuel energy.”
    Yeah, we are pushing the earth’s carrying capacity. I foresee some kind of plague emerging as corrective measure from a systems perspective.

    “With energy resources passing Peak Oil thresholds and beginning to dwindle, those populations are becoming increasingly unsustainable.”
    I am not sure we are at geological-PO yet; political-PO, maybe. A lot of the high oil cost is from speculators.

    “So, how does the Power Elite maintain their hegemony and control when 4 out of 5 people on the planet are going to have to die? How do they ensure a docile, compliant work force of drones to keep their system of control going?”
    Same as always: divide and rule.

    “Now consider the fact that China and the petro-states control the bulk of world foreign exchange earnings and China just happens to have 1/5 of the world’s population. Who do YOU think will inherit the Earth?”
    You are thinking in terms of states – don’t. We are witnessing the decline of the state. Tribes will again reclaim the earth.
    China will implode.

  17. For King…

    prattle prattle prattle

    Ad hominems are not pretty even from fish.

  18. avatar contextofnocontext says:

    RE: Peak Oil/Global Warming/Population Explosion
    In every case you see a pretty powerful push from the transnational organizations (though peak oil will, in my estimation, become a MSM issue only in a few years when the Global Warming BS dies down) to peddle these issues. Peak Oil has been propagated not just in the 70s as Ruppert asserts, but also in the 1930s when it was rightly declared a hoax. Artificial scarcity, scarcity economics, cartel behavior. Towards KF’s amusing “corrective measure from a systems perspective”: Crichton’s dead, brother. Press pause on ‘The Happening’ and check out the Bio/Chem Weapons programs various tribes and clans have been developing as corrective measures…from their System perspective.

    Relevant article for Police State V/TSC/SCI, GVT manipulation and this Artificial Scarcity avenue.

  19. The New York Times is nothing more than a propaganda organ of the oligarchs.

  20. avatar contextofnocontext says:

    @SanderO

    Which is why I linked to an article propagandizing the merger of the CIA and ‘Climate Researchers’, yes. You are correct. We can’t have anything mess up these lucrative Carbon Trading Markets after the Copenhagen quagmire.

  21. avatar Kingfisher says:

    Artificial scarcity, scarcity economics, cartel behavior.
    Yep, Ruppert (who has helped propagate the theory) and co. gave great cover for the hedgies to make hundreds of billions in gaming the oil markets in 2008.

    Crichton’s dead, brother.
    But Malthus lives on.

    “check out the Bio/Chem Weapons programs various tribes and clans have been developing as corrective measures…from their System perspective.”
    Rumor was Israel was brewing up some real nasty stuff purloined South Africa’s research in the 90’s. Problem was the Jews and Arabs were too genetically similar.

  22. avatar contextofnocontext says:

    @KF

    Hahaha, is that what they call irony? I guess we should ask either Malthus or Wouter Basson (sp?). Basson (South African Bio Weapons head) was working on a ‘vaccine’ for a ‘foreign government’ to immunize women against sperm.

  23. avatar Konstantin says:

    Security clearance is but one more tool a corrupt government uses to cover up it’s crimes and plunder it’s citizens. But is there any other kind of government other than corrupt? I don’t think the founders thought there was as they instituted the checks and balances in the Constitution.

    I still think the psychological personalities of most of the elected politicians would reveal a clinical diagnosis of what’s commonly known as “sociopaths” as I stated in a comment in another post:

    http://www.boilingfrogspost.com/2009/12/19/updates-weekly-round-up-for-december-19/#comment-3989

    I mean that seriously not in derision.

    This short essay entitled “The Anatomy of the State” explains the nature of government and the tools governments use to plunder it’s citizens very well:

    http://mises.org/books/anatomy_of_the_state.pdf

    I think it should be required reading in every high school.

  24. We’ve all talked about CIA drug money laundering, the Wall Street connections and more. Yet, do any Wall St. bankers have a security clearance? If they have a govt. contract, then someobody does. But I’m curious how high up these go?

    Imagine a Wall Street CEO who decides to be a whistleblower. No chance of that I know. But work with me, ok? It’s late and I’m tired :) .

  25. We want global health. It is a worthy challenge. No really, open caskets for everyone and all that jazz. The only information I need is the complete map of unimproved dumbass shit used to eat me alive.

  26. http://www.infragard.net/

    Why can’t honest citizens act responsibly and point to those in our midst that are hiding in the shadows? I don’t consider infragard the right venue, perhaps Boiling Frogs?

    Educating spooks. Are the main viewers of this site at Langley? Sibel, have you asked your website provider geeks to monitor hits? It is easy to do. If the main purpose of my comments and those such as Ishmael, who I highly respect, are to educate spooks, then perhaps we should take a different approach. Let’s assume that these techies monitoring our comments are low level patriots that want a secure job. Can we teach them to escape bondage before they become full fledged Nazis?

    For those uninformed about Climate Change a good starting point: There is information by the Union of Concerned Scientists exposing deliberate lying using the same people that brought us big tobacco. The head of the National Science Teachers Association was on the take, but forced to retract after faced with our efforts. In Oregon, where I used to live we had a happy ending. The state climatologist was a fundamental Christian and let that interfere with his science. Jane Lubchenko first suggested climate change as the cause of die-offs on the coast of Oregon nowhere near the mouth of rivers. George Taylor rebuked her, and me for reporting her research. Taylor got fired, and Jane is head of NOAA. If you want to realize the gravity of climate change and are insulated from reality, then I suggest you look at research by Peter D. Ward at the University of Washington. Ice core data and other methods clearly reveal we are facing not just a minor perturbation as the result of our anthropogenic efforts, but rather a 7th major extinction event much like the K-T or Jurassic as it is more commonly known.

  27. avatar 344thBrother says:

    Regarding the Police State here’s some information on ICE and their Secret Holding facilities in the USA. There are 186 black site detention centers here and ICE officers are actively shuttling detainees between them in order to deter lawyers, family etc. . from accessing them.

    http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.html?article_id=5b79c93000430975a6301aa1d7681f0d&from=rss

    ICE’s Secret Holding Pens

    El Diario NY, Editorial, Staff, Posted: Dec 22, 2009 Review it on NewsTrust

    “Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is disappearing immigrants. ICE must immediately end its dark practice of hiding people in off the radar facilities.

    Throughout the country, 186 subfield offices are used for shuttling immigrants. They operate as staging locations or holding areas for detainees, as an internal review commissioned by ICE describes, and are used for the vast majority of “book-ins.”

    The shocking problem, as a report by The Nation illuminates, is that these sites have not been made known to the public—they are unlisted. They are largely without any signage beyond some vague reference to “service processing.” The poor conditions in these holding sites include immigrants sitting in packed cells to not having basic necessities like sanitary napkins for female detainees.

    In one case last year, a mentally ill U.S. citizen was found homeless in Mexico months after disappearing into this network. Desperate family had fleeting traces of Mark Lyttle after he was transferred from a federal prison to an ICE subfield office. At subfield offices, the time and date of custody are recorded after the fact.

    The unmarked network makes it difficult, it not impossible, for family and lawyers to find and access detainees. This undermines any due process that is available to immigrants. With the subfield offices out of sight, they are also out of mind versus the visible and marked federal detention facilities that civil and human rights groups can monitor.

    The U.S. immigration detention system already has a reputation as an American gulag. The secret sites and lack of real time data add further evidence to the deplorable treatment of detainees. But it doesn’t stop there. Immigration agents are also allegedly playing loose and fast—from impersonating civilians and using other deceptive tactics to nab undocumented immigrants who have not committed crimes.

    That the unlisted offices resonate with military rendition is frightening for those who are detained and for those who care about the transparency that is core to a democracy.

    ICE must now be forthcoming and fully disclose and label the locations where detainees who have been silenced have not even had a chance to plea their case.

    …………………….
    God bless us every one
    Dave Short

  28. Great story Sibel and good information. As you explained “Joe” all I could picture was Barney Fife from Mayberry after three drinks. lol

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