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'Crowdsource' This: Citizen Journalists Needed to Expose #OccupyWallStreet
Big Journalism
by P.J. Salvatore
October 14, 2011

In keeping with the new media notion of crowdsourcing-enthusiastically embraced by the MSM when trawling through Sarah Palin's emails-Big Government will be providing readers later today with links to a document drop consisting of 1000's of emails.

The email archive, created by a private cyber security researcher, appears to contain messages shared by the left's anarcho-socialist activists during the strategic and daily tactical planning of the "Occupy Wall Street" and broader "Occupy" campaign this fall. Big Government received a tip about the existence of the archive, and we were able to contact the individual who compiled and posted it.

'Cyber Pearl Harbor'
F-Secure Weblog
by Mikko
October 18, 2012

US Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has warned that the United States faces a possible 'Cyber Pearl Harbor' attack by foreign computer hackers.

Is the risk level really so high? In order to estimate the risk of an attack, you have to understand your enemy. There are various players behind the online attacks, with completely different motives and with different techniques. If you want to effectively defend against attacks, you have to be able to estimate who is most likely going to attack you, and why.

'Dark ages of spying': Kim Dotcom lashes out at NZealand surveillance bill - RT News
rt.com
July 3, 2013

Tensions between Kim Dotcom and Prime Minister John Key were raised as the pair sparred at a parliamentary committee hearing on the government's proposed surveillance law, with Dotcom voicing his opposition to the controversial legislation.

The New Zealand government has proposed a change in the law to allow the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCJB) to provide support to the New Zealand Police, Defense Force and the Security Intelligence Service. Dotcom was voicing his opposition to the law and was the star of the show on the second day of hearings of the secretive Security and Intelligence Committee. "We should avoid blindly following the US into the dark ages of spying. In the end, the GCSB is just a subsidiary of the (US) National Security Agency and the US government calls all the shots," he told the committee.

'Deleted' Facebook photos still not deleted: a followup
arstechnica.com
October 12, 2010

Facebook may be making strides in some areas of privacy, but the company is still struggling when it comes to deleting user photos-or not deleting them, as the case may be...

'Did We Just Kill A Kid?' - Six Words That Ended A US Drone Pilot's Career
businessinsider.com
by Robert Johnson
December 17, 2012

A troubling look into drone warfare.

The New Mexico desert gets blistering hot, but inside the small windowless container where Brandon Bryant worked as a drone operator for the U.S. Air Force it stays a cool 63 degrees all year long. Sixty-three finger numbing degrees and Bryant describes sitting with a group of other pilots looking at more than a dozen computer monitors. The crew are directing drones over Afghanistan 6,250 miles away and the screens jump with a two to five second delay, as infrared video sent from the UAVs whips through the air to New Mexico. When the order to fire on a target arrives, Bryant paints the roof of a hut with the laser that will guide in a Hellfire missile fired by the pilot beside him. "These moments are like in slow motion," he says to Abé.

'End the War on Coal Act' Comes To House Floor For Vote
CNS News
by Stacy Washington
September 20, 2012

Four previously passed House bills aimed at limiting excessive regulation affecting the coal industry have remained stalled in the Senate. This prompted the House to include them in legislation crafted by the 112th Congress scheduled for a vote on Friday.

The vote will be on a new bill entitled "End the War on Coal Act of 2012" H.R. 3409, which is comprised of the following five pieces of legislation: The first of these is H.R. 910, the Energy Tax Prevention Act, passed in April 2011. It would prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act. Essentially, this bill clamps down on unnecessary actions and regulations enacted to address climate change.

'Extraterrestrials Are Working With US Government' Claims Air Force Veteran and Nuclear Physicist
collective-evolution.com
by Joe Martino
June 30, 2013

Dr. Charles Hall, a United States Air Force veteran and nuclear physicist shares his experience with extraterrestrial beings he came into contact with at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada in the 1960's.

Given the quantity of evidence now available in the public domain , stories and testimonies from individuals with verified educational and military backgrounds deserve to be heard without ridicule, and an open mind. What type of evidence am I talking about? I provide a very brief summary in the paragraphs below from a previous article I wrote. Keep in mind that this is a very minuscule amount of a large array of evidence that supports the UFO/extraterrestrial reality. Maybe this will inspire those interested to further their research, which can sometimes be overwhelming!

'Fast and Furious' ATF Official Granted Paid Leave to Take 6-Figure Job at JP Morgan
CNS News
by Susan Jones
August 23, 2012

The long-awaited inspector general's report on the Justice Department's botched gun-running scheme is finished, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said on Wednesday.

But along with that news comes more questions: Issa and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) are demanding to know why a top ATF official involved in Operation Fast and Furious remains on paid leave from ATF -- while simultaneously drawing a six-figure salary from J.P. Morgan, a major investment bank. In a letter to the acting head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Issa and Grassley asked why the Justice Department would approve such a special arrangement for Bill McMahon.

'Fast And Furious' Linked To Holder
The Real Revo
by Jim22
June 20, 2011

Congressman Daryl Issa has been conducting a Congressional investigation of the BATFE's Operation Fast And Furious. His committee has produced their first report.

Yesterday's New York Post had an article that also referred to the Issa report and claimed that Attorney General Eric Holder is involved in the coverup. The administration is preparing to fire Kenneth Melson, the acting head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives...

'Fast and Furious' Linked to Immunity Deal Between U.S. and Sinaloa Cartel, Trafficking Defendant Alleges in Court Papers
CNS News
by Edwin Mora
December 29, 2011

A Mexican drug trafficker awaiting trial in a Chicago federal court claims that the notorious Sinaloa cartel received weapons from "Operation Fast and Furious" under an alleged immunity agreement that the U.S. government made with cartel leaders, in exchange for information on rival gangs. The defendant in a trafficking case before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Vicente Jesus Zambada-Niebla, also claims the immunity deal allowed the criminal cartel to "continue to smuggle tons of illicit drugs" into the United States.

     

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