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Project NOLA: An effort to place surveillance cameras in every church in America

Everyone wants to make their home secure and safe from a growing criminal element roaming the streets in search of potential victims.

God sees everything. So does the NSA.

After 9/11, our government told us that with safety came the possibility we would have to relinquish some of our civil liberties. At the time, we had no idea what that meant. Later came the body scanners at government agencies, airports and even the physical searches of our bodies which became an issue when TSA personnel started invading even our private body parts for “contraband.”

Traffic cameras are mounted on a growing number of intersections in order to identify vehicle violations. Add to that, the introduction of face-recognition software that will provide a positive ID whether you are caught walking, running or driving a car.

Well, it was bound to happen. No place, whether it be in our homes, place of work, or in shopping malls will we be out of sight from surveillance cameras that are there to supposedly keep us safe? Really? How illogical is that?

Now add to this scenario, the fact that a growing number of jurisdictions are placing cameras in places of worship. Yes, you heard me right. Below is an excerpt from an article in Activist Post.

Big Brother Installing Surveillance Cameras in Places of Worship

Forget the fact, that minsters, priests, rabbis, etc., are secretly spying on worshipers. Forget the fact that places of worship want their own police force. And, finally, forget the fact that places of worship are paying the government a $100 dollars a month to spy on families. Because, now, Big Brother has convinced places of worship to install surveillance cameras to spy on their followers.

Big Brother’s surveillance of religions would make the old NKVD blush with envy.

A recent article in The Advocate, warns that Project NOLA plans to install more than 100 surveillance cameras in places of worship.

Project NOLA, an independent, nonprofit crime camera network, has been seeking — and has begun to find — financial support for a plan that would place such cameras on more than 100 places of worship… (Source)Project NOLA’s first phase is to spend $1 million dollars on surveillance cameras in places of worship.

A key component of the partnership’s $1 million first phase is a plan to expand the nearly nine-year-old Project NOLA camera network.

Every place of worship to have surveillance cameras

Big Brother wants surveillance cameras in every place of worship.

Equipping every church in New Orleans with a surveillance camera is one of the goals of the NOLA Partnership for Public Safety and Peace. (Source)Just think about that for a moment, soon every place of worship will have surveillance cameras. Even Orwell’s book 1984 wasn’t that grim.  Who needs God’s all-seeing eye, when the police can do it for him in real-time

JS


Trump withdraws reappointment of popular special counsel who fights for whistle blowers

The following is a reprint from The Washington Post. While the Post is a biased “false news” propaganda tool, in my opinion, not all of its reporting is skewed. It depends on the reporter.

After reading this article and viewing the video you must agree that this Surveillance-Industrial complex must be dismantled, the federal government should be cut by 50%, and state and local rights upheld. At some point, an old house must be torn down and a new one erected. The wood is termite infected, the plumbing corroded, and the electrical system becomes a hazard. That house is the Congress, the Executive branch, and the Judicial systems of the United States.

JS

Reprint from The Washington Post
Trump withdraws reappointment nomination of popular whistleblower advocate, March 22, 2017

Truth tellers are especially important and potentially vulnerable in an administration afflicted with serial mendacity (lack of honesty).

An important refuge from management retaliation for federal truth tellers — a.k.a. whistleblowers — is the Office of Special Counsel (OSC), a small, understaffed independent agency that regularly challenges the biggest dudes on the block.

From left, Shirine Moazed and Elizabeth McMurray look on as special counsel Carolyn Lerner hands whistleblower James Parsons an honorary award in 2012. (Photo by Daniel C. Britt / The Washington Post)

But now, whistleblowers and their advocates are worried that the office’s vigilance under Carolyn Lerner could be endangered by President Trump’s notice to the Senate “withdrawing from further Senate consideration” her reappointment nomination.

This worry is fueled by the Trump administration’s early agency gag orders, as well as the stern White House rebuke of State Department workers who complained — on an approved, internal dissent channel — about Trump’s first immigration executive order left a chill.

The “new administration hasn’t demonstrated any tolerance for those who dissent against its actions,” said Tom Devine, legal counsel of the Government Accountability Project, which represents whistleblowers.

Regardless of administration, federal agencies have too often punished, not praised, whistleblowers. Careers have been ruined, workers have been banished, performance ratings have been fixed by vengeful managers who did not like employees exposing mismanagement.

When Lerner became special counsel in 2011, the office was mired in the muck of controversy surrounding the previous special counsel. Just as employee advocates cheered her predecessor’s departure, they, and bipartisan members of Congress are now hailing Lerner’s tenure and pushing for her retention.

Trump could still decide to nominate her, making her appointment his rather than an Obama administration’s holdover. The White House did not respond to questions about Lerner’s nomination.

Lerner is one of the few Obama administration appointees who gets as much praise from Republicans as she enjoys from Democrats. In fact, the member of Congress leading an effort to retain her is Republican Rep. Rod Blum of Iowa.

Along with three other House Whistleblower Protection Caucus co-chairs, Blum praised her in a letter to Senate leaders:

“Under Ms. Lerner’s leadership, OSC has increased both the number of claims it investigates and the number of cases resolved. OSC has won bipartisan praise for its work, including resolving multiple cases of retaliation against whistleblowers at the Veterans Administration, resulting in meaningful reforms meant to improve the care of our nation’s veterans. We believe Ms. Lerner has earned a second term.”

In addition to Blum, it was signed by Republican Rep. Mike Coffman (Colo.), and Democrat Reps. Kathleen Rice (N.Y.), and Jackie Speier (Calif.). Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (Md.), the top Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that deals with federal workforce issues, called Lerner “a model of effectiveness and independence.”

Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, supports Lerner’s renomination, saying: “Whistleblowers often face retribution for trying to tell the truth and make government better.  Protecting them is an important, non-partisan job that the Office of Special Counsel has done well under Carolyn Lerner’s leadership.”

As kind as the Capitol Hill praise is, it pales compared with passionate testimonials from whistleblowers Lerner assisted.

“She’s fearless,” said Robert MacLean, a Transportation Security Administration air marshal who took the first federal whistleblower case to the Supreme Court. He won and said the court’s decision was based largely on OSC’s findings that opposed the Obama administration’s defense of the agency.

“Her investigations are exhausting,” he added. “She doesn’t leave a rock unturned. Her investigations are very meticulous.”

Brandon Coleman, a Trump supporter, said withdrawing Lerner’s nomination “is a horrible move for someone who truly wants to ‘drain the swamp.’ The VA (Department of Veterans Affairs) tried to destroy my career and sent me home for 460 days for doing nothing wrong other than telling the truth that suicidal vets were escaping from the Phoenix VA hospital. If not for Ms. Lerner and the OSC, I would not have won my case, nor would I be a VA employee today.

Franz Gayl, a Marine Corps civilian who blew the whistle on the lack of protective equipment for combat vehicles, was succinct: “Carolyn Lerner is awesome.”

Added Devine: “She’ll be a tough act to follow. When she arrived, the office was a national disgrace. Now it has the most impressive track record in history.”

Yet, he also complained about an OSC approach that is sometimes “too cautious.” OSC, he said, should take a more aggressive approach to suing agencies on behalf of whistleblowers. Lawsuits, Devine argued, would encourage agencies to treat whistleblowers fairly and could set precedents strengthening whistleblower protection laws.

(Editor note: Another whistleblower that was vindicated by the Office of Special Counsel was James Parsons who was an Air Force embalmer who revealed the mishandling of body parts being readied for burial. He was fired for reporting this gross misconduct by senior officials.)

In America, whistleblowers are punished for telling the truth.

An OSC spokesman said Lerner was not available for an interview. During Senate testimony last year, she outlined OSC progress under her leadership, including a 38 percent increase, from 2014 to 2015, in favorable actions for employees and a 50 percent increase, from 2011 to 2015, in the number of cases received and resolved. Meanwhile, OSC’s cost to resolve cases is down 45 percent, leading to record productivity.

“This dramatic increase in filings indicates that whistleblowers believe they can make a difference by bringing a claim to OSC,” Lerner said.

Lerner’s statistics are impressive, but for MacLean, her work is personal.

“I’m kind of biased,” he said, “because she pretty much saved my life.”

 

Read more:

[Bipartisan Hill leaders warn White House on whistleblowers]

[GOP, Democrats blast TSA for withholding information]

[Trump’s conflicts of interest could conflict federal employees]

[Gingrich joins Trump’s war on media ‘mortal enemies’]

 


FBI spy planes with Stingray cell tower simulators and thermal cameras that can see through anything

The article below appeared in Mic Network, Inc (mic.com) last year; however the subject of the legality and consequently, the constitutionality of unwarranted surveillance without court approval is still at issue here.

Few people are aware that the FBI, as well as other law enforcement agencies, federal and local, are still using this form of surveillance which appears to be on the rise rather than diminishing.

It will be interesting to see if the Trump Administration will go the route of less randomized spying (NSA-style) or continue to sanction the use of this technology to spy on citizens who are not suspected of any wrong doing and just happen to be have their phone conversations overheard by cell-site simulators.

Thermal imaging camera

Cell-site simulators, also commonly known as IMSI catchers or Stingrays, are devices that masquerade as a legitimate cell phone tower, tricking phones nearby into connecting to the device in order to log the IMSI numbers of mobile phones in the area or capture the content of communications.

You need to keep in mind that terrorism is a government produced threat that used 9/11 (an inside job) and other false flags operations to create an atmosphere of fear to institute programs and technologies that monitor innocent Americans by the millions.

If you own a phone you are potentially subject to unwarranted spying by your own government agencies. But it does not stop there as technologies exist that allow intrusive views into your home via the use of thermal and infrared cameras that can are so sophisticated they can identify individuals.

“Stingray II” cell-site simulator will pick up you conversation and identify caller and recipient..

Again, secretive tyrannical governments 1) create the problem, i.e., terrorism, 2) measure the public’s response to the problem, that is.,the amount of fear and desire for security, and 3) provide the solution to the problem, i.e., the Patriot Act, loss of civil liberties (TSA and searching of travelers), random surveillance and spying, etc.

Unlike video cameras, which can transform beams of visible light into electronic images, infrared imaging devices can make electronic images out of emissions of heat (beams of “thermal radiation”), which are invisible.

Commercial cell tower

Unlike thermometers, which require direct physical contact, thermal-imaging devices such as infrared “cameras” can “see” and precisely measure differences in heat from a distance. It that way, infrared cameras are similar to video cameras, which are also long-range devices.

But unlike video cameras, thermal-imaging devices can see through or render transparent all kinds of impediments, obstructions and barriers: airborne precipitation (rain, snow, fog); darkness (heavy cloud cover, night, power blackouts); liquids (oil, coolants, large bodies of water); and even solid objects (containers, buildings, the surface of the earth itself).

Is There an FBI Plane Circling You Right Now? This Map Will Tell You
Jack Smith IV’s avatar image By Jack Smith IV
April 11, 2016

The idea of black helicopters and fixed-wing airplanes silently spying on us from above is the stuff of conspiracy theories.

But that paranoid vision contains a nugget of truth: There are, very probably, government planes with silencers on their mufflers, and they’re quietly circling many major cities in America.

Flight paths of FBI spy planes which are now over every major city in America The flight patterns of government surveillance aircraft over major cities — orange is FBI, blue is DHS. Source: Buzzfeed

In an investigation of flight patterns, aircraft registries and the open record of more than a dozen fake companies set up by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, BuzzFeed created an interactive map showing the secret overhead surveillance of government helicopters and planes in the last four and a half months of 2015.

BuzzFeed tracked almost a hundred FBI planes and a dozen helicopters, as well as nearly a hundred more from the Department of Homeland Security. Still, BuzzFeed has likely just scratched the surface of the true number of planes and aircraft used in surveillance measures, according to the report.
Is There an FBI Plane Circling You Right Now? This Map Will Tell You

The government’s explanations: The DHS says these surveillance maneuvers are specifically for border patrol, the illegal drug trade and human trafficking.

The FBI claims these helicopters and planes are chartered for specific, targeted investigations, as opposed to broad surveillance of the population. But some of the flight patterns show authorities circling mosques, or neighborhoods typically inhabited by certain minority groups, like Little Mogadishu in Minneapolis or Little Kabul in Fremont, California, the report found.

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Obama cries as he bids farewell to Eric Holder

Obama and Holder

Obama and Holder

Last Friday, February 27, 2015, Obama cried as he bid farewell to Attorney General Eric Holder his “friend” and loyal supporter.

He said, “Having good men in a position of power and authority, who are willing to fight for what is right, that is a rare thing, a powerful thing. That’s something that shapes our future in ways we don’t even understand, we don’t always imagine. It made me very proud.”

holder1Apparently what is right is prosecuting more whistle blowers than all previous attorney generals combined; the Fast and Furious scandal which allowed thousands of guns to be smuggled from the United States to the drug cartels in Mexico; for lying to Congress and withholding subpoenaed documents; for failing to prosecute the CEOs of any financial institution for illegal bank practices during the Great Recession of 2007-2008, calling them too big to fail; defending the NSA’s vacuuming up of all of our phone calls, and the mass surveillance of us on the Internet, invoking the doctrine of “State Secrets” to get away with it; and disproportionately hiring more Democrats than Republicans as U.S. Attorneys.

If I was a mafia boss, I would cry too if I lost my best consigliere.

JS


Freedom of the press is gone

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The video below depicts the recent Congressional testimony of Sharyl Attkisson, former CBS news reporter who was the subject of censorship and surveillance by the Obama administration.

For background into her story you may read my post, WHAT’S A COMPETENT JOURNALIST LIKE YOU DOING IN A PLACE LIKE WASHINGTON DC ?

obama-trojan-horse-rome-sad-hill-newsObama is a ruthless dictator that pretends to be a caring liberal Christian, but like all dictators, his actions speak louder than his words.

We are in grave danger and unless you wake up my friend you will soon regret you trusted or believed this enemy of American Democracy. He is a Trojan Horse waiting for you to fall asleep, a Manchurian Candidate that was prepared years ago, an assassin with a blood lust, and you elected him.

 

JS


“Citizen Four,” is a revealing documentary about how Edward Snowden decided to become a whistleblower

Laura Poitras is an internationally recognized fimaker and artist who has received the George Polk Award. Her documentary, "My Country, My Country" was nominated for an Academy Award

Laura Poitras is an internationally recognized filmaker and artist who has received the George Polk Award. Her documentary, “My Country, My Country” was nominated for an Academy Award

Citizen Four (Citizen Four was Snowden’s code/handle when he communicated with the media and others) is a shocking and amazing documentary, according to those who attended the screening.

It was produced by Glenn Greenwald, the former Guardian UK reporter; and Laura Poitras, an American film maker. It was screened at the Stockport Film Festival – it is a two-hour film which will be released by the Weinstein Company on October 24, 2014.

I have tried to research the handle Snowden used and which is the title of the film, “Citizen Four” without definitive success, after all who can break into the mind of an intelligence expert and whistleblower?

However, what I did find is close associations with reasons for beng a good citizen, i.e., high school curriculums, Boy Scout principles, and Constitutional core values. That pretty much says it all.

It makes sense he would use various seemingly unrelated sources, yet related sources, combined into two worda, “citizen + Four or ‘for’ “.

It does not paint the Obama administration in a very good light, as Snowden explains how the government has violated privacy rights on a massive scale, intentionally, or by direction, and without visible remorse or excuse. To say otherwise, would say we have an incompetant in the White House – one recruited because he was a sexuality deviant, eloquent, a non-intellectual and easily subject to blackmail .

The video starts out with Laura Poitras, an American film maker, and one the recipients of Snowden’ s earlier revelations, reading a communique received by her and sent by Snowden at the initial stages of this incredible saga of government secrecy, unjustified surveillance of the American public and, in effect, the world.

Read more at http://globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com/2014/10/snowden-film-citizen-four-reveals-how.html#5LUe4RW0MMMsQhDd.99

Here is a excerpt from that article:

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Lindsay Mills, Edward Snowden’s long time girlfriend, is staying with Snowden in Moscow. She is a professional dancer and model.

“It’s instructive to see his evolution from eyeglass wearing nerd to contact lenses and moussed up hair sporting hero of his own thriller. It’s all very Tom Cruise.

Even the beautiful girlfriend sets up housekeeping with him in Moscow.

Nevertheless as the details of the NSA’s programs are revealed Snowden says, “This isn’t science fiction. It’s really happening.” Global Economic Analysis.

Edward Snowden in his Moscow Apartment.

Edward Snowden in his Moscow Apartment.


Your local police and sheriff are using surveillance technologies to track you and facial recognition to identify you

thE0JV79KFIt is not just the NSA that has invaded your privacy, your local police and sheriff departments are jumping on the band wagon using databases and gadgets to track not only criminals but regular innocent bystanders.

Welcome to Orwell’s 1984 on steroids.

Isn’t it time to ask your city councils what they are doing?


NSA tracks innocent citizens, not terrorists, to what ends?

snowEdward Snowden was invited by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe to address the activities of NSA in Europe and worldwide. In this presentation he revealed NSA’s monitoring of general population behavior via computer web cams, cables and malware. The technology exists now to track an individual’s sexual habits, orientation, travel movements, donations made, with whom individuals share pictures of their children, even what websites an individual might visit and recorded and analyzed using algorithms designed for such purposes.

Much of the information is made available to law enforcement agencies at a national, state and local level as a means of enforcing laws within their areas of jurisdiction. It should be noted that these activities are as far removed from terrorist activities as the North Pole is from the Sahara Desert.

He emphasized the point that there currently exists no legal means to challenge mass surveillance, a point that was followed by a plea to all nations concerned with privacy to develop international standards to prevent the abuse of this technology. This is a global problem requiring global solutions.

The video is taken of a live stream so the imagery is poor but the audio is excellent.

JS

Published on Apr 9, 2014, YouTube.com
No legal means exist to challenge mass surveillance, said NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, testifying to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. A former NSA contractor, Snowden was speaking to the PACE session in Strasbourg via a video link-up from Moscow.


USA Freedom Act will not go far enough

This video goes into a discussion of proposed USA Freedom Act.  I agree with the gentleman that it is fool hardy to raise one’s hope that NSA and the Obama Administration will allow a bill of this nature to stop their plan to take away our Constitutional liberties.

The Great Beef Escape

Fool me once …

We are talking about individuals that even if caught with their hands in the cookie jar will continue to lie, steal and misrepresent their real purpose.  Look at George W. Bush and what happened after it was discovered that it was he that authorized the NSA’s surveillance of American citizens after 9/11.  Did it stop the surveillance?  No.  Did it result in the prosecution of Bush and his co-conspirators?   No.  Did it anger the people of the United States to take immediate action?  No.

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An animal whose purpose is to feed us.

Like cows, we continue to munch on our hay, content to know we are an invisible member of the masses who will not be affected by the screeching sounds coming from the adjacent slaughter house.  I for one plan to leave the pasture and find a valley where the owners cannot find me.  I will be the maverick that will survive, at least for a while.


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