Posted: 14 Oct 2013 03:45 PM PDT
Activism – Travis McCrea: Back in September, I posted a cute GIF laden post which outlined my harassment by the US Border Patrol, where they have gone as far as accused the Pirate Party of being a terrorist movement.
A few days after that, I had travelled to Canada for the day and when I came back… there was no inspection at all. Not even an invasive question, they asked where I was coming from and what I did there… and allowed me to answer with vague but descriptive answers (went to TO, visited friends).
Yesterday, I was traveling with friends but took a separate car as to not subject them to the torment that I typically have to go through at the border. To my surprise and relief, as I crossed at the border crossing that I have most trouble with (there are 3 border crossings near me to choose from) they did not search my car, they did not ask me invasive questions, they asked the minimal amount of questions and let me answer with vague answers and off I went.
This wasn’t just a coincidence — this was because of you. I had travelled over 12 times across the border before that post, and every time I was stopped. Every person who shared that post with their friends, every person who gave me encouragement, and every person who sent a tweet to @CBPBuffalo helped them realize that I am not a terrorist, and having political beliefs is not wrong but rather a critical part to a thriving democracy.
We called their bluff, they threatened to call the FBI counter terrorism department and have them lock me up in a dark room while they grilled me with questions… I stood firm in my beliefs, knowing that I had the best team in the world on my side… and I did. They didn’t call the FBI, they removed my flag from the system, and I am now free to travel in and out of this country.
This wasn’t due to their loving nature, this was you. So thank you, and know that while we face an uphill battle for protecting our freedoms. Every once in a while we get little victories in our fight, this is certainly one of them and even though it might not have felt like you did much — your small (or large) effort combined with everyone else did just make a change.
Serving as an officer at several branches in the Royal Netherlands Army, Rob Sentse worked amongst others, as a coach, as an intelligence analyst, as a project officer implementing Field Human Intelligence in the RNLA and as a trainer in Leadership and Didactic skills. After a 38 year career he retired in September 2011. Right now he runs his own company in executive, personal and team coaching and as a trainer in communicative, social, leadership and didactic skills.(www.robsentse.nl)
In 2001 he worked in BiH (Bosnia and Herzegovina and Republika Srpska, RS) where he implemented a Bosnia wide project to bring into contact the several veteran unions with the local care attribution.
He built a social network consisting of the Minister of Health RS, mayors, psychiatrics, psychologists and Croat/Serb/Bosniac veterans’unions.
The Project had attention at BiH National television and other national media.
In 2006 Rob Sentse was deployed to the Canadian lead Regional Command HQ in Kandahar as J2PLANS.
In 2008 he served as G2X for Taskforce Urzugan in Tarin Kowt.
In 2010 Rob worked as a Military Observer for UNMIS in Sudan.
More to read at: http://nl.linkedin.com/in/robsentse
In 1997 he earned his Bachelor degree of Social Works at the Eindhoven University of Applied Sciences. Rob graduated with his project about prevention programs against bullying, (sexual) intimidation, blackmail and other types of violence, for Dutch scholars aging 12-18. The project had attention in national newspapers and on national television and was implemented at several Dutch schools.
Rob is a Netherlands Intelligence Studies Association (NISA) participant. Website: www.nisa-intelligence.nl
As an author of several articles about leadership and didactic skills, terrorism, political and economical relations, his articles were published in several (military) magazines and newspapers. www.scribd.com/amniat
AF bandwidth dead right now. Three items to be posted soon.
Preston James, PhD
Veterans Today, 10 October 2013
One of the USG’s greatest betrayals and a true blight upon America is the USG’s stubborn refusal to “come clean officially” and tell the truth about leaving thousands of US Soldiers behind in Russia at the end of WW2, in North Korea at the end of the Korean war, and in North Vietnam at the end of the Vietnam war.
The amount of lying, deceit and murder required to keep this BIG LIE and treason secret is astounding and beyond the imagination of most normal Americans.
Afghanistan: Comment: NightWatch has completed one of its occasional reviews of the level of violence in Afghanistan. Reportig from Afghan government sources since March 2013 shows that the major policy initiatives and resource commitments by of the Allied countries have made little lasting impact on the overall progression of the conflict.What is worse is that the withdrawal of well-equipped forces has created a false-positive echo that suggests security is improving because there are fewer non-Afghan casualties. Afghan reports indicate the fight got worse in September.
A table of monthly security incidents follows.
Sterling Seagrave: Benjamin Fulford Comments on Trillions of dollars’ worth of bonds now in the possession of the White Dragon Society
Thanks Jill for passing this over…..I will comment throughout. This is exactly where I got my feet wet and where the real power of the world resides and that is with the true owners of these instruments. All governments are loaned these and of course there is a history on that alone.
Last week, representatives of Asian groups asked the White Dragon Society to help them cash trillions of dollars’ worth of historical bonds issued by the Federal Reserve Board. The WDS agreed on the condition the funds be partly used to finance a massive campaign to end poverty, war and environmental destruction. For example, here is a picture of one of a set of 60 boxes each containing $125 billion worth of bonds:
If the Federal Reserve Board and the BIS refuse to cash these historical bonds, then the relentless campaign against them will continue. This campaign has so far removed from power Pope Maledict, J. Rockefeller, Queen Beatrix of Holland, 26 top Pentagon generals, the CIA head Petraeus, Hillary Clinton, the King of Saudi Arabia and many others. Last week, in a major cabal defeat, Sabbatean mafia stooge Julia Gillard was removed from the Prime Minister’s office of Australia. Next will be anybody else who stands in the way of efforts to save the planet including Ben Bernanke and Barak Obama.
• Secret deal places no legal limits on use of data by Israelis
• Only official US government communications protected
• Agency insists it complies with rules governing privacy
• Read the NSA and Israel’s ‘memorandum of understanding’
Complete story (Glenn Greenwald, The Guardian) below the line.
Posted: 29 Aug 2013 03:57 PM PDT
The article on ComputerWeekly.com titled Big Data Journalism Exposes Offshore Tax Dodgers reports on the findings of Offshore Leaks, the result of the work of an international group of journalists. The fascinating story of offshore tax evasion by over 100,000 owners and founders of companies and trusts begins in Australia with a hard drive containing 260 GB of corporate files and unfiltered (and unorganized) personal emails. The article explains,
“Processing and publishing the leaked data brought to the US from Australia took over 18 months to bring to fruition, and is still continuing. As the largest ever big data project tackled by journalists, the investigation faced technical problems and errors from the start, took blind alleys, and encountered problems in collaboration, as well as pioneering effective new methods…
The first wave of reporting of Offshore Leaks stories began in the UK’s Guardian in November 2012, followed by a global relaunch in April 2013.
The G8 summit in Lough Erne, Northern Ireland this year will address the issue raised by the stories. David Cameron even requested that offshore company records be published. It was not until Australian company Nuix offered the journalists its text retrieval software that the unstructured data began to give relevant tips. Without such analytics software the project may have gone nowhere.
Chelsea Kerwin, September 03, 2013
This story appears in the September 2, 2013 issue of Forbes.
Palantir lives the realities of its customers: the NSA, the FBI and the CIA–an early investor through its In-Q-Tel venture fund–along with an alphabet soup of other U.S. counterterrorism and military agencies. In the last five years Palantir has become the go-to company for mining massive data sets for intelligence and law enforcement applications, with a slick software interface and coders who parachute into clients’ headquarters to customize its programs. Palantir turns messy swamps of information into intuitively visualized maps, histograms and link charts. Give its so-called “forward-deployed engineers” a few days to crawl, tag and integrate every scrap of a customer’s data, and Palantir can elucidate problems as disparate as terrorism, disaster response and human trafficking.
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That mission turned out to be vastly more difficult than any of the founders had imagined. PayPal had started with perfectly structured and organized information for its fraud analysis. Intelligence customers, by contrast, had mismatched collections of e-mails, recordings and spreadsheets.
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And now Palantir is emerging from the shadow world of spies and special ops to take corporate America by storm. The same tools that can predict ambushes in Iraq are helping pharmaceutical firms analyze drug data. According to a former JPMorgan Chase staffer, they’ve saved the firm hundreds of millions of dollars by addressing issues from cyberfraud to distressed mortgages. A Palantir user at a bank can, in seconds, see connections between a Nigerian Internet protocol address, a proxy server somewhere within the U.S. and payments flowing out from a hijacked home equity line of credit, just as military customers piece together fingerprints on artillery shell fragments, location data, anonymous tips and social media to track down Afghani bombmakers.
This is the best explanation of what carbon energy interests are trying to do that I have read. Because they don’t properly acknowledge climate change, they do not see that it is going to soon be obvious to even the meanest intelligence that we cannot go forward with carbon. But the damage… President Obama’s failure to effectively act in a compassionate and life-affirming way on this issue is one of the reasons I find him so disappointing.
The Third Carbon Age
MICHAEL T. KLARE – Reader Supported News
I constantly tell you that water is destiny. This is what I mean. If all the dams proposed are built the countries of Asia will collectively destroy their environment in a major way; a self-inflicted wound that may take generations to repair. And this report is mostly about surface water.
This same madness can be seen in Fracking, which deals with sub-surface water. Pure underground aquifers are the national equivalent of an inheritance received from a relative one never knew. Polluting them so that a small number of people and corporations can get even richer than they already are is neither compassionate nor life-affirming. It is evil.
Click through to see the graphic, which is very helpful.
China and India ‘Water Grab’ Dams Put Ecology of Himalayas in Danger
JOHN VIDAL – The Observer (U.K.)