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Edward Snowden update, June 18, 2013, US government not able to cover this up by jailing or murdering me, Mainstream media ignores largest program of suspicion less surveillance in human history

Edward Snowden update, June 18, 2013, US government not able to cover this up by jailing or murdering me, Mainstream media ignores largest program of suspicion less surveillance in human history

“If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without bloodshed,
If you will not fight when your victory is sure and not too costly,
You may come to the moment when you will have to fight
with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival.”…Winston Churchill

“If I had my choice I would kill every reporter in the world but I am sure we would be getting reports from hell before breakfast.”… William Tecumseh Sherman

“And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed
–if all records told the same tale–then the lie passed into
history and became truth. “Who controls the past,” ran the
Party slogan, “controls the future: who controls the present
controls the past.”…George Orwell, “1984″

From the Canberra Times June 18, 2013.

“US government can’t stop the truth: Ed Snowden”

“NSA leaker Edward Snowden defended his disclosure of top-secret US spying programs in an online chat on Monday with The Guardian and attacked US officials for calling him a traitor.

“The US government is not going to be able to cover this up by jailing or murdering me,” he said. He added the government “immediately and predictably destroyed any possibility of a fair trial at home,” by labelling him a traitor, and indicated he would not return to the US voluntarily.

Congressional leaders have called Mr Snowden a traitor for revealing once-secret surveillance programs two weeks ago in the Guardian and The Washington Post. The National Security Agency programs collect records of millions of Americans’ telephone calls and Internet usage as a counterterror tool.

The disclosures revealed the scope of the collections, which surprised many Americans and have sparked debate about how much privacy the government can take away in the name of national security.

“It would be foolish to volunteer yourself to” possible arrest and criminal charges “if you can do more good outside of prison than in it,” he said.
Mr Snowden dismissed being called a traitor by former Vice President Dick Cheney, who made the allegations in an interview this week on Fox News Sunday. Mr Cheney was echoing the comments of both Democrats and Republican leadership on Capitol Hill, including Senate Intelligence committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein.

“Being called a traitor by Dick Cheney is the highest honour you can give an American, and the more panicked talk we hear from people like him, Feinstein … the better off we all are,” Mr Snowden said.”

“In answer to the question of whether he fled to Hong Kong because he was spying for China, Mr Snowden wrote, “Ask yourself: if I were a Chinese spy, why wouldn’t I have flown directly into Beijing? I could be living in a palace petting a phoenix by now.”
He added later, “I have had no contact with the Chinese government.”

Mr Snowden dismissed the US government’s claims that the NSA surveillance programs had helped thwart dozens of terrorist attacks in more than 20 countries, including the 2009 al-Qaeda plot by Afghan American Najibullah Zazi to blow up New York subways.

“Journalists should ask a specific question: … how many terrorist attacks were prevented SOLELY by information derived from this suspicionless surveillance that could not be gained via any other source? Then ask how many individual communications were ingested to acheive (sic) that, and ask yourself if it was worth it.””

“Mr Snowden explained his claim that from his desk, he could “wiretap” any phone call or email — a claim top intelligence officials have denied. “If an NSA, FBI, CIA, DIA, etc. analyst has access to query raw SIGINT (signals intelligence) databases, they can enter and get results for anything they want,” he wrote in the answer posted on the Guardian site. “Phone number, email, user id, cell phone handset id (IMEI), and so on — it’s all the same.”

The NSA did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment. But Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has said that the kind of data that can be accessed and who can access it is severely limited.”

“In one of his final replies, Mr Snowden attacked the “mainstream media” for its coverage, saying it “now seems far more interested in what I said when I was 17 or what my girlfriend looks like rather than, say, the largest program of suspicion-less surveillance in human history.”

Read more:

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/it-pro/security-it/us-government-cant-stop-the-truth-ed-snowden-20130618-2oexh.html#ixzz2WZAuqcXm

Thus far, I am inclined to believe Mr. Snowden.

DISCLOSE ACT, HR 5175, Friday vote, June 18, 2010, First Amendment Rights, Democracy is Strengthened by Casting Light on Spending in Elections (DISCLOSE) Act

I received the following in an email a few minutes ago with a request to “PLEASE email, fax, call and otherwise reach out to your House member to vote NO on this legislation.”

 “DISCLOSE ACT (HR 5175) is set for vote FRIDAY AM!!!”

The DISCLOSE Act
June 16, 2010
 
On the Citizens United decision: “This is a defeat for arrogant elitists who wanted to carve out free speech as a privilege for themselves and deny it to the rest of us; and for those who believed that speech had a dollar value and should be treated and regulated like currency, and not a freedom.  Today’s decision reaffirms that the Bill of Rights was written for every American and it will amplify the voice of average citizens who want their voices heard.”
 
– Wayne LaPierre, National Rifle Association, January 21, 2010
 
“The proposals in the ‘DISCLOSE Act’ (Democratic Incumbents Seeking to Contain Losses by Outlawing Speech in Elections) amount to nothing more than political posturing…This bill would create another bureaucratic layer of political speech regulation, which would punish small business owners and grassroots groups who lack the resources to comply with such onerous provisions.”
 
– Bradley Smith, Center for Competitive Politics Chairman and Former FEC Commissioner, 2000-2005
 
 
On April 29, 2010, Congressman Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) introduced H.R. 5175, the Democracy is Strengthened by Casting Light on Spending in Elections (DISCLOSE) Act.  The bill is a direct response to Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission – a First Amendment victory in which the Supreme Court overturned the prohibition on corporations and unions using treasury funds for independent expenditures supporting or opposing political candidates at any time of the year.  Simply put, the DISCLOSE Act will limit the political speech that was protected and encouraged by Citizens United. 
 
The DISCLOSE Act was marked up on Thursday, May 20, 2010, and may come to the floor later this week after rumors that the Democrats have reached an agreement with certain key groups.  This is not meant to be an extensive analysis – which will be provided in the Legislative Bulletin once the bill comes to the floor – but rather to highlight some of the most egregious provisions of the bill.
 
Partisan ploy to get Democrats elected to Congress.  The bill, “coincidentally” sponsored by the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee in charge of electing Democrats to Congress, re-writes campaign finance laws in favor of Democrats right before elections.  It was crafted behind closed doors with no input from Republican members of the House Administration Committee.  The bill was designed by Democrats to silence their political opponents.
 
Creates a special, narrow carve-out for specific organizations intended to sway votes toward passage of the bill.  The National Rifle Association (NRA), the Humane Society, and possibly a very small number of other groups, are reportedly covered in a last minute deal that creates an exemption from the financial disclosure requirements in the bill.  This carve out does nothing to protect the First Amendment rights of millions of Americans who want to engage in the political process but will instead be deterred by this bill. As stated in a Wall Street Journal editorial this morning, “Creating a special exception for the NRA, and thereby assuring the Democrats ‘good grades’ on Second Amendment rights, eases the way for the bill to be passed. A failing grade on First Amendment rights is somebody else’s problem.”  The exemption is intended to make it easier for a bad bill to get the votes it needs to pass.
 
Favors unions over corporations.  Current law already bans foreign nationals from contributing to elections. See the RSC Policy Paper on Citizens United for more details. DISCLOSE makes current law much more restrictive and bans independent expenditures on activity by American corporations with 20% or more foreign ownership.  However, similar restrictions are not included for unions with foreign members or non-citizen members.  As eight former Federal Election Commissioners stated in a recent Wall Street Journal article, “… Disclose does not ban foreign speech but speech by American citizen shareholders of U.S. companies that have some element of foreign ownership, even when those foreigners have no control over the decisions made by the Americans who run the company.”  Additionally, the new threshold for reporting ($600 in donations for independent expenditures) will have little effect on unions whose members’ annual dues average much lower than $600.  This would preclude unions from having to report.  The bill also prohibits independent expenditures or disbursing funds for electioneering communications by anyone with a government contract greater than $7 million.  (Originally, the threshold was $50,000, which was changed in mark-up.)  This does not apply to unions in collective bargaining agreements with the government.
 
Threatens organizations with lawsuits for non-compliance.  The bill becomes effective 30 days after enactment, giving the Federal Election Commission no time to craft regulations relating to the implementation of the bill, which will certainly be complicated, and not to mention expensive, to execute.  Organizations would have to operate without any guidance from the FEC and risk possible lawsuits.
 
Onerous disclosure and reporting requirements will deter citizen engagement.  The bill includes requirements that every incorporated entity engaged in independent campaign activity must list all donors of $600 or more with the Federal Election Commission (FEC).  The bill also requires CEOs of organizations to appear in the ads, and state their name and their organization two times.  Additionally, the top five funders of the organization must be listed in the ad (and top two for radio), and if there is a top “significant” funder, he or she must identify himself or herself, his or her title,  and state the name of the organization three times in the ad. These tedious and onerous requirements will have the effect of deterring organizations from getting involved in elections (and potentially take up most of the ad time). 
 
 
Citizens United was a triumph in defense of the First Amendment right to free speech and a reaffirmation of the rights of businesses, unions, and citizens’ associations to engage in political communications.  The DISCLOSE Act is the opposite, and the business community knows it.  This bill is an attack on the ability of non-party organizations to engage in the political realm during an election year. 
 
RSC Staff Contact: Natalie Farr, natalie.farr@mail.house.gov, (202) 226-0718

Arizona, Hillary Clinton, Blagojevich trial, Usurper in White House, National Park closed, Citizen Wells open thread, June 18, 2010

Well, they certainly have the diversions and chaos that they desired.

A snippet from the Blagojevich trial yesterday.

“In 2008, Ata’s testimony helped prosecutors secure the conviction of Blagojevich insider Antoin “Tony” Rezko. On Thursday, Ata covered much of the same ground.

He again told of a plot to get U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald fired, and of how Blagojevich discussed a state post with him while an envelope containing a $25,000 check Ata had written sat before the governor.

But his testimony was overshadowed by clashes between Adam and Zagel.

At one point, Adam was almost shouting at Ata over the connection he had drawn between his donations to Blagojevich and his position with the Illinois Finance Authority.

“It was not a job for money,” Adam exclaimed.

Zagel cut Adam off. “It’s a nice argument and feel free to make it in closing arguments,” Zagel said. “But it’s not a question.”

Lawyers often try to send messages to jurors with questions they know the witness will never be allowed to answer, and Adam plowed forward. He argued with Ata over details of a different state post that he thought he had landed, but did not. Ata insisted he had technically been given the job in exchange for campaign checks, and that the governor knew it.

“Did you have an office?” Adam asked after multiple objections. When the judge sustained yet another government objection, Adam had a look of astonishment.

“I know you look shocked, but the truth is I don’t think you are shocked,” Zagel said, making clear to everyone in the courtroom that he was aware of the gamesmanship unfolding in front of him.

One line of questioning by Adam led Zagel to send the jury out of the room. Ata, an emigrant from Jordan who worked at a chemical firm for 25 years, said he believed he was forced into early retirement after the FBI visited him at his workplace while investigating one of the Sept. 11, 2001, hijackers, Mohamed Atta.

Adam said he wasn’t trying to get too close to a sensitive topic. “Yes, you are; don’t do it,” Zagel said sternly before clearing the jury box and delivering another lecture.”

Read more:

http://www.chicagobreakingnews.com/2010/06/judge-defense-attorney-clash-at-blagojevich-trial.html

Speaking of Arizona, I side with the state of AZ and would be willing to travel there and stand side by side with them in whatever means is necessary to repel the intrusion of the Federal Government.

Once again the government is protecting criminals and going after decent citizens. Enough is enough.

Larry Sinclair, Press release, Obama drug use, November 1999, gay sex, National Press Club, Wednesday, June 18, 2008, NPC press release

Larry Sinclair will be presenting a news conference at the National Press Club, Wednesday, June 18, 2008. The location has been moved from the Lisagor room, which held 40 people to the Holeman Lounge, a larger venue. Mr. Sinclair and his attorney, Montgomery Sibley, have offered a press release. Here is the the Larry Sinclair on Obama press release:

  

 

 

National Press Club, Larry Sinclair, News Conference, Wednesday, June 18, 2008, NPC calendar, press.org

Larry Sinclair’s news conference is now listed on the National Press Club site, for Wednesday, June 18, 2008.

Go to the website and look at the June calendar:

http://www.press.org/                                     

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Event Name: Larry Sinclair on Obama 

 

Time: 3:00 PM 
Event Type: News Conference 
Sponsored by: Veritas Federal Media 
Event Location: Lisagor Room 
Details:
Larry reveals the truth about Democratic Presidential Candidate Barack Obama. 
Contact: Montgomery Sibley
866-855-4708
mbsibley@earthlink.net
  Outlook Reminder
   

Larry Sinclair press conference, National Press Club, confirmed, Obama allegations, Obama cocaine use, gay sex, NPC Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Larry Sinclair has confirmed reservations for a press conference at the National Press Club on Wednesday, June 18, 2008. The press conference will be from 2:30 PM to 5:00 PM in the Lisagor Room. 

I have been following the Larry Sinclair story for months and I have been in regular contact with Sinclair and a former Chicago restaurant owner/chef that heard persistent rumors from the gay community that Obama was on the down low. Sinclair’s story has gained in credibility each day as Obama’s credibility has plummeted.

Larry Sinclair has alleged that he and Obama used drugs on two occasions between November 3 and November 8, 1999. Sinclair has also alleged a gay sex encounter with Obama. Obama and Sinclair are both documented to be in Chicago during that time. Obama was absent from the Illinois Senate on November 4, 1999 and the senate did not reconvene until November 16, 1999. Obama was in Chicago at least by November 8, 1999 for a speaking engagement.

Larry Sinclair further alleges that Donald Young, the gay choir director at TUCC, Obama’s former church and the church of Jeremiah Wright, contacted him prior to Young’s murder. Sinclair has provided the Chicago Police with an affadavit.

Here is the announcement by Larry Sinclair:

National Press Club
529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor – Washington, DC 20045
202-662-7500

 

 
Wednesday, June 18, 2008

3:00 PM

Lisagor Room   

I am pleased to announce that the National Press Club has been confirmed for Wednesday, June 18, 2008 from 2:30 PM to 5:00 PM in the Lisagor Room.  I will be somewhat occupied for the rest of the day and part of tomorrow preparing the press release that will go out via a news-wire service as well as being distributed by the NPC .

To read more visit here:

http://larrysinclair0926.wordpress.com/2008/06/10/national-press-club-confirmed-its-official/#comment-32806

Larry Sinclair, National Press Club, Washington DC, June 18, 2008, allegations, Obama, November 1999, Obama cocaine use, gay sex

Larry Sinclair has announced that he will appear at the National Press Club in Washington DC on June 18, 2008. Larry Sinclair has alleged that he and Obama used drugs and engaged in gay sex in November 1999.

I have been researching Obama and following the Larry Sinclair story. Just last week Sinclair was in Washington, where he visited the DNC, spoke to many Democrats, was interviewed several times and told his story to many in the press as well as Hillary supporters. Sinclair even met Greata Von Sustern. Sinclair’s story is not an isolated event and did not occur in a vacuum. The Reverend James Manning has alleged that Obama and Jeremiah Wright are closet homosexuals and that he has solid proof. I am in regular contact with a former Chicago restaurant owner/chef that heard persistent rumors that Obama was on the down low. Obama has many documented ties to crime and corruption in Chicago and Illinois, including Tony Rezko, who was convicted on 16 of 24 counts of corruption. Obama has multiple ties to drug users and male friends that are part of the down low scene. Don’t forget, Obama is an admitted cocaine user.

Donald Young, the gay choir director at TUCC, Obama’s former church, and the church of Jeremiah Wright, was murdered in December 2007. Larry Sinclair alleges that Young contacted him shortly before he was murdered. Sinclair has presented phone numbers from his Donald Young encounter and has provided this information to the Chicago Police in the form of a signed, notorized affadavit, a legal document.

Here are exerpts from Larry Sinclair’s blog:

“We will be going back to DC  for a formal press conf  on June 18, 2008 at the National Press Club.  The arrangements are being made with the National Press Club for that date. (THE NECESSARY PAPERWORK AND FEE’S WITH THE NPC ARE BEING TAKEN CARE OF AND ONCE ALL IS PROCESSED AND APPROVED WE WILL BE LISTED ON THE NPC SCHEDULE.)

Until tomorrow let me say that I sincerely appreciate all of your support and that I AM NOT BACKING DOWN NOR MAKING ANY DEALS WITH THE OBAMA CAMP OR THE DNC.

The truth will prevail, and the DNC heads and many of the Democratic members of the House and Senate will have to decide if they are truly willing to risk their seats this November on forcing a fraud and a liar on the American Voter.”

Read more here:

http://larrysinclair0926.wordpress.com/2008/06/07/the-fight-goes-on/#comment-30217