By Ellen Brown
Web of Debt
The Stone that Brings Down Goliath?
Richmond and Eminent Domain
In a nearly $13 billion settlement with the US Justice Department in November 2013, JPMorganChase admitted that it, along with every other large US bank, had engaged in mortgage fraud as a routine business practice, sowing the seeds of the mortgage meltdown. JPMorgan and other megabanks have now been caught in over a dozen major frauds, including LIBOR-rigging and bid-rigging; yet no prominent banker has gone to jail. Meanwhile, nearly a quarter of all mortgages nationally remain underwater (meaning the balance owed exceeds the current value of the home), sapping homeowners’ budgets, the housing market and the economy. Since the banks, the courts and the federal government have failed to give adequate relief to homeowners, some cities are taking matters into their own hands.
By Prof Michel Chossudovsky
There is an ongoing and deliberate attempt by foreign powers to spearhead the destabilization of Ukraine including its state structure. There is a long history of colored revolutions in Ukraine going back to the 1990s.
The protest movement in Kiev bears a marked resemblance to the “Orange Revolution” of 2004 which was supported covertly by Washington. The 2004 “Orange Revolution” led to the ousting of the pro-Russian Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich, spearheading into power the Western proxy government of President Viktor Yushchenko and Prime Minister Julia Tymoshenko.
By Kevin Ryan
Last June, Glenn Greenwald at The Guardian revealed that Edward Snowden was the NSA insider behind “one of the most significant leaks in US political history.” Snowden explained his motivations through Greenwald by saying, “There are more important things than money…. harming people isn’t my goal. Transparency is.”
Such altruistic motivations were welcome news at the time but have come into question recently given that only a tiny fraction of the documents have been released nearly a year after Snowden started working with Greenwald. Perhaps more importantly, billionaire Pierre Omidyar is funding Greenwald’s slow release of those documents. It is worth noting that Omidyar’s Paypal Corporation has links to the NSA.
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By SPIEGEL Staff
The NSA’s TAO hacking unit is considered to be the intelligence agency’s top secret weapon. It maintains its own covert network, infiltrates computers around the world and even intercepts shipping deliveries to plant back doors in electronics ordered by those it is targeting.
By Sibel Edmonds
Podcast by Corbett Report
In this blockbuster no-holds-barred conversation, Sibel Edmonds, Guillermo Jimenez and James Corbett discuss Edmonds’ recent series of articles on Glenn Greenwald and his connection to billionaire Pierre Omidyar. We talk about the NSA/PayPal connection and Greenwald’s refusal to discuss this issue, and Edmonds reveals specific examples of publicly documented cases that Greenwald has been covering up for years: LISTEN HERE: http://www.corbettreport.com/mp4/bfpr02.mp4
Sibel’s Checkbook Journalism article:
The NSA Whistleblowing Case: Something is Awfully Rotten in the State of …?
Imagine a major government whistleblower who leaks his evidence and obtained documents to the highest bidders in the mainstream media and mega corporations. Does that sound awful, disgraceful and despicable? Okay. Now, imagine a pseudo journalist who obtains over 50,000 documents from a government whistleblower, and then takes some of this information and puts it out for bid, reserves a certain portion for a lucrative book deal, and saves the rest for a mega corporation that has a record of screwing whistleblowers. How does that sound? This is what I mean by the title of this commentary: Checkbook Journalism & Leaking to the Highest Bidders
Posted in 4th Estate, Military, MSM Shills, Privacy, Psy-Ops, Whistleblowers
Tagged Booz Allen Hamilton, ebay, greed, greenwald, leak ethics, NSA, paypal, Pierre Omidyar, snowden, the guardian, wikileaks
By Seymour M. Hersh
London Review of Books
Barack Obama did not tell the whole story this autumn when he tried to make the case that Bashar al-Assad was responsible for the chemical weapons attack near Damascus on 21 August. In some instances, he omitted important intelligence, and in others he presented assumptions as facts. Most significant, he failed to acknowledge something known to the US intelligence community: that the Syrian army is not the only party in the country’s civil war with access to sarin, the nerve agent that a UN study concluded – without assessing responsibility – had been used in the rocket attack.
By Alex Dunham
Spanish actor Antonio Banderas surprised CNN viewers when he criticized US President Barack Obama and suggested Europe and the US should apply the same economic policies as Venezuela’s late president Hugo Chávez.
During his talk with Spanish journalist Ana Pastor, Banderas was asked several questions about the current financial crisis and possible solutions to it.
The Malaga-born star pointed the finger of blame at “the markets, the lobbies, the big corporations” and suggested they didn’t have to take responsibility when countries and governments had problems.
“We’re not being governed by the people we voted for,” he told Pastor.
Nov. 23 UPDATE: Added a 10/2012 report from California:
KPTV Portland, Oregon
Nov. 20, 2013 Something in the sky Wednesday morning had people in the Portland metro area looking up and asking, “What is that?”
The Fox 12 newsroom received several photos of objects passing through the sky above Oregon shortly after 7 a.m. Wednesday.
One FOX 12 viewer wrote she noticed “a strange line in the sky” in Beaverton.
By a Jewish American
While we tend to shy away from what is disturbing, awareness through the following articles could be protective. The sources are primarily Jewish and the information can be checked.
False flags were used against the leaders of the Jewish community to terrify people so much, whole communities fled a country they loved. http://rehmat1.com/2013/11/13/why-jews-left-morocco/
But it gets worse. On arriving in Israel, the Morocco children and those of other North African Jews, were exposed to massive doses of radiation. https://ladinopresiozo.wordpress.com/2013/09/07/unicefs-role-in-sterilizing-and-killing-sephardic-children/
By A Private Citizen
Dear Jewish Community,
I am writing on a very serious issue, one that has been made almost taboo – the necessity of civilian ownership of weapons, a right protected by our Constitution.
To support this is almost taboo among liberal Jews. But in knowing this tabooed subject is central to what happened to us in Germany, we can see how Jewish Senators just betrayed us and our country.
They all broke their sworn oath to the Constitution.
Intro by Lloyd Brookes
An excellent, in-depth analysis of The Beatles’ work by the classical composer Howard Goodall.
By Will House
Salem News, May 2013
In order for the government to send drones against people they wish to spy on or to attack, they must have GPS-coordinates. Are the people of Boston aware that Lockheed Martin collected their census data?
President Obama authorized the use of drones domestically when he signed FAA Reauthorization Act. They can now be used domestically for a wide range of functions, both public and private, governmental and corporate. And quite definitely against “domestic terrorists.”
She’s at it again, one of my favorite alternative media researchers…
Nice that Mr. Drake recognized the alternative media… the last true free press.
By A Liberal Patriot
The material below is extremely critical to all of us. But an introduction might be valuable.
We can bring this country together if liberals recognize that those who have known this information for some time are typically conservatives, and often fundamentalists, but they have not been heard. The information is on their liberty and patriot sites, which liberals have been taught to link to nuts or dangerous groups.
By Cathy Burke
Obama promised that if you like your plan, you can keep it, period— “no matter what.”
Yet the NBC report said the government knew that wasn’t true, saying that buried in regulations from the July 2010 law was an estimate that because of normal turnover in the individual insurance market, “40 to 67 percent” of customers will not be able to keep their policy.
Barbara Honegger served under President Reagan as a high level domestic policy analyst, then moved to the Dept. of Justice. After leaving Washington, she became the Senior Military Affairs Journalist for the Naval Postgraduate School.
She asserts that the attack on the Pentagon on 9/11 was an inside job, which “has been proven.”
Described as “the definitive work” on the Pentagon self-attack on 9/11, the following 3-hour presentation was made in Seattle at the Town Hall on January 12, 2013, on what happened and what didn’t happen at the Pentagon on September 11, 2001.
By Kesha West
ABC News Australia
Geoscientists in Perth have discovered gold particles in the leaves, twigs and bark of eucalyptus trees, claiming a “eureka” moment which could revolutionise gold mining.
CSIRO researchers believe the trees, sitting on top of gold deposits buried deep underground, suck up the gold in their search for moisture during times of drought.