Berto Jongman: Detained in the U.S.: Filmmaker Laura Poitras Held, Questioned Some 40 Times at U.S. Airports

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Detained in the U.S.: Filmmaker Laura Poitras Held, Questioned Some 40 Times at U.S. Airports

The Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Laura Poitras discusses how she has been repeatedly detained and questioned by federal agents whenever she enters the United States. Poitras said the interrogations began after she began working on her documentary, “My Country, My Country,” about post-invasion Iraq. Her most recent film, “The Oath,” was about Yemen and Guantánamo and follows the lives of two past associates of Osama bin Laden. She estimates she has been detained approximately 40 times and has had her laptop, cellphone and personal belongings repeatedly searched. Tonight she is leading a surveillance teach-in at the Whitney Museum in New York City with our other guests, computer security researcher and government target Jacob Appelbaum and National Security Agency whistleblower William Binney. Poiras is currently at work on a film about post-9/11 America. This interview is part of a 5-part special on growing state surveillance.. Click here to see segment 1, 3, 4 and 5. [includes rush transcript]

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AMY GOODMAN: Our guests are William Binney, who was technical director of the NSA’s World Geopolitical and Military Analysis Reporting Group. He worked with the NSA for almost 40 years, National Security Agency. We’re also joined by Laura Poitras, the Oscar-nominated filmmaker, and Jacob Appelbaum, a computer security researcher.

You two have something in common with each other. You—every time you come into the United States by plane, you are stopped, you are searched, you are interrogated. Laura Poitras, tell us about your experience. Your latest one?

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Aug 20

Berto Jongman: Creating a Military-Industrial-Immigration Complex

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Creating a Military-Industrial-Immigration Complex

How to turn the US-Mexican border into a war zone [profitable for the few]

Todd Miller

al Jazeera, 3 August 2013

The first thing I did at the Border Security Expo in Phoenix this March was climb the brown “explosion-resistant” tower, 10 metres high and 3 metres wide, directly in the centre of the spacious room that holds this annual trade show. From a platform where, assumedly, a border guard would stand, you could take in the constellation of small booths offering the surveillance industry’s finest products, including a staggering multitude of ways to monitor, chase, capture, or even kill people, thanks to modernistic arrays of cameras and sensors, up-armored jeeps, the latest in guns, and even surveillance balloons.

Although at the time, headlines in the Southwest emphasised potential cuts to future border-security budgets thanks to Congress’s “sequester”, the vast Phoenix Convention Center hall – where the defence and security industries strut their stuff for law enforcement and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) – told quite a different story. Clearly, the expanding global industry of border security wasn’t about to go anywhere. It was as if the milling crowds of business people, government officials, and Border Patrol agents sensed that they were about to be truly in the money thanks to “immigration reform”, no matter what version of it did or didn’t pass Congress. And it looks like they were absolutely right.

All around me in that tower were poster-sized fiery photos demonstrating ways it could help thwart massive attacks and fireball-style explosions. A border like the one just over 161 kilometres away between the United States and Mexico, it seemed to say, was not so much a place that divided people in situations of unprecedented global inequality, but a site of constant war-like danger.

Below me were booths as far as the eye could see surrounded by Disneyesque fake desert shrubbery, barbed wire, sand bags, and desert camouflage. Throw in the products on display and you could almost believe that you were wandering through a militarised border zone with a Hollywood flair.

To an awed potential customer, a salesman in a suit and tie demonstrated a mini-drone that fits in your hand like a Frisbee. It seemed to catch the technological fetishism that makes Expo the extravaganza it is. Later I asked him what such a drone would be used for. “To see what’s over the next hill,” he replied.

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Aug 5

John Robb: The Implosion of the US National Security State

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John Robb

DATA Dystopia. The NSA Scandal and Beyond.

In the last couple of weeks, we’ve gotten confirmation that what we’ve been assuming is true:

The government is snooping on us.  They aren’t lightly snooping.  :

  • They are gathering data on EVERYONE (inside and outside the US) simultaneously.
  • Storing it in databases that will last forever, and
  • Mining that data in the hopes of proving that you are a criminal/terrorist.

What are they snooping on?

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Jun 16

SchwartzReport: National Security Machine Focused on US Public & Repressing Dissent

schwartz reportThis is one of the most important essays SR has ever published. Here, I believe you see the real reason for the creation of the security apparat. Terrorism is its second, but public, brief. Its real brief is to prepare for climate change. When you cut through what flows out of the Aegean Stable! s that is the Congress, you find that in the civil and military bureaucracies they are laying track for what they see coming.

This should definitely give you pause.

Pentagon Bracing for Public Dissent Over Climate and Energy Shocks
DR. NAFEEZ MOSADDEQ AHMED, Executive Director of the Institute for Policy Research & Development – The Guardian (U.K.)

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Jun 16

Owl: Are You One of the Eight Million in the US Government’s Priority One “Neutralization” Database?

Who?  Who?

Who? Who?

While the Ed Snowden story getting all the attention, another story came and went never got enough attention when it first came out, but perhaps this older story is more relevant now than when it first came out. It’s the story of “Main Corp,” which was first written by Christopher Ketchum of Radar Magazine. The roots of this program go back to the 1980′s. Ketchum wrote:

According to a senior government official who served with high-level security clearances in five administrations, “There exists a database of Americans, who, often for the slightest and most trivial reason, are considered unfriendly, and who, in a time of panic, might be incarcerated. The database can identify and locate perceived ‘enemies of the state’ almost instantaneously.” He and other sources tell Radar that the database is sometimes referred to by the code name Main Core. One knowledgeable source claims that 8 million Americans are now listed in Main Core as potentially suspect.

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Jun 12

Berto Jongman: (YouTube 1:04:07) Christian Film on Muslim Terrorist Camps in USA (Part 1) – Part 2 (9:29) Also

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35 Islmaic comunes across 22 states

Published on Dec 9, 2012

http://www.christianaction.org/

Scattered around the United States, unknown by most Americans, are dozens of Islamic terrorist-training compounds known as “Muslims of the Americas.” Under the leadership of a radical Pakistani cleric, Sheikh Mubarik Gilani, Muslims of the Americas has thousands of devoted followers who are being groomed for homegrown jihad.

In never-before-seen video footage, Christian Action Network exposes these dangerous terrorist compounds and reveals for the first time a secret training tape in which American Muslims are recruited to “join one of the most advanced training courses in Islamic military warfare”… right here in America.

Part 2:

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Jun 2

SchwartzReport: Plastic Guns Drive Home the Criminal Insanity of “The Western Way” of Security

schwartz reportIt is amazing how an inexpensive technological development can render irrelevant billions of dollars of investment. In this case the security apparatus of Homeland Security. When I did the original 3-D printing story about three years ago the printers cost $50,000. Just a few weeks ago, when these printers hit the news big time the printers were $8,000. In this story the printer used was $2,600. I predict, within a year 3-D printers that can print guns will be less than $1000. Clearly dealing with terrorism requires new strategies, a different approach than asking people to surrender their civil liberties, and billions spent on building a huge intrusive security apparat.  Click through to see the many pictures which will add to your understanding of what this issue involves.

How Mail On Sunday ‘Printed’ First Plastic Gun in UK Using a 3D Printer, Then Took It On Eurostar
SIMON MURPHY and RUSSELL MYERS – The Mail (U.K.)

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May 13

Berto Jongman: YouTube (11:24) Russia Today TV Nails DHS, FBI, and Boston Leaders — Federal, State, & Local Officials Impeachable + Boston Meta-RECAP

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Noteworthy for having pulled together the top US commentatros and clear proof including a major Boston leader slipping on TV and saying “actors” instead of “terrorists.”

Published on May 3, 2013

Triggers pulled on 4th, 2nd & 1st Amendments distracted by flag waving; clunky FBI propaganda; and unleash the War on Bathtubs. Seek truth from facts with former Marine Corps officer James Fetzer, editor of Storyleak Anthony Gucciardi, the Corbett Report’s James Corbett, Questioning the War on Terror author Kevin Barrett, Boston eyewitnesses, and Fmr. Rep. Ron Paul.

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May 3

DefDog: Self-Inflicted Terror – An Illustrated Essay About Boston, NATO, & the USA

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DefDog

For reflection — a number of well-sequenced photographs are included.  Concludes that only three people actually died across entire event, virtually all those injured were actors.

‘The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society.  Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an
invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of.’ — Edward Bernays, 1928, pg.1, Propaganda

Domestic Terror and Police-State

Zahir Ebrahim | Project Humanbeingsfirst.org

April 18, 2013 | Last updated April 28, 2013 01:32 am

Reflections of a tired activist

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Apr 28

Mini-Me: Boston Bombers Uncle On Feds Payroll, Tied To CIA — Director of the FBI Inattentive? + Meta-RECAP Update 1.1

Who?  Mini-Me?

Who? Mini-Me?

Huh?

Upodate 1.1

BOSTON FILE. American uncle of Tsarnaev brothers married daughter of a CIA boss

Boston Bombers Uncle On Feds Payroll, Tied To CIA

Boston Bombers’ Uncle Tied To CIA

An investigative report from Daniel Hopsicker reveals murky dealings that indicate a connection between Boston Bomber’s  Uncle Ruslan Tsanir and the CIA.

The report reveals that the bomber’s Uncle, made famous for his outspoken condemnation of his nephew’s which aired repeatedly on international news networks, is a well-connected oil executive who at one point worked for a Halliburton shell company used as a front to obtain oil contracts from the Kasakh State which is now involved in an investigation for laundering $6 billion.

Tsanir’s company was well known as being on the CIA’s payroll for reporting intelligence out of the country and further raising eyebrows is the fact the Tsnanir was also receiving money directly from USAID, a U.S. taxpayer foreign aid fund notoriously known for funding global CIA black operations which operate under the flag of various humanitarian and pro-democracy operations.

Tsanir’s connections became international news during a Swiss investigation in 2011 when his name popped up as one of several executives in a ring of offshore oil companies involved in money laundering for “international corruption”.

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Apr 24