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“The Threat From the Military and Secret Police”

Written by Jack D. Douglas, a retired professor of sociology from the University of California at San Diego

The Threat From the Military and Secret Police

Sacred Monarchs have been overthrown by military leaders throughout all 5,000 years of statism. Caesarism is ancient. Bonapartism is the modern version of Caesarism. We see it happening every day in the world’s media. The Egyptian Army and secret police just overthrew the first elected, democratic government in Egypt’s history. (I believe for many reasons the CIA is behind this and supplies the vital war materials and money and intelligence to the Egyptian Army, but the U.S. government is openly against the take-over in the Media.)

The vast secret police armies and their immense militias of former agents and contractors, about 5,000,000 of whom have secret clearance in the U.S., are far more dangerous to freedom and democracy and legitimate government than the professional military, especially when they have heavy weapons and Special Ops of their own, as the Gestapo, KBG, and CIA have had. Putin moved up to totalitarian power by combining power from the KGB, MVD, and Red Army. He pretends to be an “elected, constitutional” leader, but he is a modern Caesar Augustus, total ruler behind a front of republican government that is ultimately powerless. The Bushes did the same in the U.S.

The first real coup at the presidential level in the U.S. was the military-CIA coup during Iran-Contra. I think the military guys clearly took over and did what they wanted to do. Bush I, the CIA Director who decided to become Vice President and then President was almost certainly the point man running the coup, not Admiral Poindexter, et al. Reagan was out to lunch. The Special Prosecutor said in his book on it that he ran into Stone Walls in all directions–protecting Bush, the CIA, the Admirals and Captains, etc.

Patton and MacArthur were continually creating their own “orders.” General Eisenhower and the Dulles CIA brothers conspired to start WWIII–the Nuclear Cold War with Russia and ran assassination conspiracies around the world. They overthrew Iranian democracy and rulers and those in other nations. They murdered rulers from the Caribbean to Vietnam. JFK and his whole entourage kept finding the military were doing their own thing in the Cuban Missile Crisis and found it extremely difficult to stop them. The FBI-CIA were up to their necks in the JFK murder and worked closely with Oswald for years when he was a double agent.  J. Edgar ran his own secret police at the secret core of the FBI and no president could stop him. The military and CIA hid the truth about Vietnam and fed DOD and the White House vast reams of statistical lies in body counts, etc. Dereliction of duty became treason in fact. When the CIA-FBI destroyed Nixon with their Watergate Conspiracy, all run by CIA-FBI agents, Nixon finally surrendered power secretly to a General. Clinton, Bush I, and Barry Soetero have been military-secret police front men. The military got all the wars they wanted and lost them all. The CIA is doing whatever it wants.

I don’t know specifically what is happening in these on-going purges of the military, but it looks like the secret police are getting rid of the top people who might oppose their total power, like the heads of ONI who are their main  intelligence competitors [along with Army Intel., NRO, etc.], the top Generals, etc.

The military and secret police have been running things at the top in a loose, complex alliance for decades. Now they seem to be struggling for power in the usual ways used by totalitarians, using laws to purge enemies, etc. The same kind of political purge is going on in China now. It’s SOP.

If the military gives up and marches off to the prisons and old-age homes, the secret police will reign supreme. I think the military have been fighting back since the purge of the Generals and more and more of the Navy.

The Secret Police need heavy weapons and masses of boots on the ground. The CIA has developed its own Special Ops and murder squads. It’s likely some of the military Special Ops forces are working with the secret police, as the SS did in Germany (as Hitler planned they would do in such a conspiracy by the Wehrmacht General Staff) and special units of the military did in Russia around Moscow when there was any threat of Bonapartism, as they called military take overs, Bonaparte being the classic example. But many of the Special Ops seem angry at being run by the CIA, as in the SEALs attack in Pakistan.

I think the intelligent people know the System is going to totally implode. It imploded at the top after Lehman in one weekend when the whole top of U.S. finance went down. This time it will be a general meltdown of finance. They will impose martial law. They are testing it out in huge exercises like that at Boston. I think they are struggling for control of that total power to come. Barry is not even in the loop.

The standing, professional military are always loyal to reigning regimes, until the day they take over. Caesarism is hardly new. That’s why the Founders were desperately against a professional military force and would have died fighting secret police.



Jack D. Douglas [send him mail] is a retired professor of sociology from the University of California at San Diego. He has published widely on all major aspects of human beings, most notably The Myth of the Welfare State.

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Posted by NewAmericaNow at 8:20 AM originally Wednesday, November 20, 2013 

Reverse 911: a remembrance of thanks


Reverse 911


Pink sputum in the sink Bobby on the phone,

Police Rambling on.

Chest-filled gargle

Downhill drive;

Up-chuck down on the floor

Fumbling who? history, His story;

Tia in the Thomas

Don’t die-uresis

Ga-reeb-it, Duffy

Real Deel too

Rasheed-ly rushing (back off now)


Out like a light, back down the hall

torn calendar torment

frantic comfort, noetic certainty.

Ambulance driver stretched out

new world blurred;

vague, fuzzy, no-memory pharm:

no fright, no fear

altered state of conscious queer

loose lucidity, crystal clear

suspended animation

afloat in another dimension

surrealistic surrender

kith and kin confusion

awkward waiting and wondering

Scottish caduceus speaks for me

hours gone, days.


The line ‘tween human and divine was thinly drawn

hanging on a surgical thread;

(The gas-passer used methane, I stink.)

Though death hung in the air, it stayed afloat; blown away

The winds of Love had already filled the room.


The medical team had to sweep the field to discern intent.

Complexities were reduced to simplicities (breathe, move, progress).

Difficulties became more rigorous,

No matter which side of the bed-rail you were on.

Brothers and sisters in arms, blood and

Passion; pink violence sternally:

Porcinely placed pitter-patter

picked up the palpitating performance



Admitting how dead I was,

Feeling blank.


I knew I would be alright

Bardo’ed between here and There.

Standing between Heaven and Earth

Infinite and finite

Grounded, not suspended

Mobile, flowing, not static

I found myself in ex-stase.


My limbs kept involuntarily twitching

As if to question my immobility.


Near-death is a life-changing experience,

“Surrendering fully to being lost”

“Fallow in the cocooon between death and rebirth”

Infinity spinning, scrubbed and scrubbing angels

in the architecture.


Pondering pulchritude,

Labile emotional plasticity

I cried the tears of a child, emotions in a flood

Wondering if I was worthy of the divinity of others.


Amazingly Graceful Gabrielle

Visage lights up the room.

Phone brother mumble

put on your best face

chick-a-ticka , boom.


Bloated, heavy

You want me to what?!


Turnover team, canvas bag

4 AM weigh-in

Wipe, roll, wipe, dipe.


We were intimate with pain and challenge,

Fear danced with confidence,

Fondness ambulated with fascination,

Loss flirted with fondness and friendship,

Hearts were tied in knots:

Scintillating and fibrillating.


Supplication and neuro

plastic action



Ceilings are boring.


to me

what? Unnnhh






try again





pee in a pipe

take these, breathe, rollover, wipe;

drowning in forced air

fear and O-too:

open up, here it comes


trying to get jiggling jello

into jaws that can’t juggle, son

amused, amazed, aghast, amassed

more patient than the patient

teary-eyed gratitude, myst-ified attitude

prayers present, assured, pre-sent

coachee coaches coach, daughter quiet

caring, concerned, can’t quite fathom.


Nurses insistent; doctors on the floor

no inpHection pleas

ice chips for Christmas.


Arm moving, patient improving, rehab approving

hunger returns, thirsty,


Pascha-knit pleas:

keep on truckin’

come back to me.


On the road again.

9 different places in 12 months.


Awestruck enchanted with kinesthetics

The realities, the experience

The dramatis personae

Swimming in an ocean of new:

Synaptic flashbulbs testing

The rewiring of existence


Mystic incantation, CD-borne

I believed and found my way back

to the other side

and the beauty of a deeper grace

still and waiting in the silence.


Flowers, cards, best wishes from the gang

Professional golfers’ motivation:

you gotta will it to move

Third day liftoff, according to plan


Vibhuti, beauty, get well CD

Jerrry Garcia probing the moon

physiatry, psychiatry;

strokes of chopper blades

announcing brain hemorrhage teams;

sulphuric fog, reverse 911.


Feet in a twist: bar-coded wrist

go slow, don’t hurry, don’t fall;

take your time but get up and get out

be careful you’re doing great.


Dried apricot hair, Pam in the chair

pedicurative pampering

Supporting hands, guiding grace

Watch us when we bathe

rails-up cuddling neuropathic sleep

reve a deux in the arms of the angel

Feeling tired, the long day was over

roto-shaved game faces in the morning

tired, music, nap forenoon

Sensei of the legs, Leslie’s

dojo Duquesnish,

Findlay feet sing the blues:

The way of harmony in ambulation

It’s a long way there, keep on tryin’

success measured in yards and reps.

Limbs formed attachments to therapists,

stretching minds and sinews,

Weights wouldn’t wait:

Daughter-like Occupation,

hands lovingly pushed

making grilled cheese in the Cobbs salad kitchen.


Hillies in the Super Bowl

wheelchair quarter

back on the incline I could not walk

warm waves and winches

drown-proofing recalled again

learning to stand in the surf.


Personal certitude

attended by legerdemind, beauty, emotion

nursing staff, family, therapists

And the red-headed fix of fiery

Passion, incentive, hope:

Triple cocktail q.o.d.

Addictive iatrogeny

All gave birth to accomplishment and exultation.


Pre-discharge apps

lawyers and leases

wrestling mother and mattress:

snowy discharge.


Scurrilous forms of attack against personal sovereignty

I dedicated this trident of commentary, news and thought on our culture to those journalists and common citizens alike who dig a little deeper, put themselves at risk, and do the research to shine a light on the creatures who scurry into the dark corners but come out again and again under covert and occult means to do significant damage to people, one at a time, sometimes in bunches, thousands each year, untold numbers over the decades.

One of the deepest and most scurrilous forms of attack against personal sovereignty is the rape and/or sexual abuse of children.  Where it occurs on a solitary or rare basis, it is bad enough. Where it occurs on a widespread, calculated, organized basis, it is despicable enough not only to be a screachingly criminal underground but a branch of evil that can be named and which extends to the highest halls of political, social and cultural power.

Much of what follows [collected only within the last two weeks and representing only the latest appearance of this particularly traumatic iceberg] is the work of several small sets of people. There are archives of files gather in places,especially in Europe, not noted here.  Much of what follows is the work of the folks at and of Silvija Germek. These people have my utmost respect and admiration for their work in exposing these cretins. The more work we can all do, the more we can support those doing the lions’ share of that work, the more likely that we can stamp out this horribleness.

What you will see below may — no, strike that — should and will be deeply unsettling. If you have been a victim of this kind of thing, it may be deeply unsettling enough to “trigger” an emotion of some deep and possibly destructive nature. If you are a victim now, please find some may to reach out to someone for help, and may you be blessed with some peace and sanctuary.  If you know someone who is a perpetrator, you have an obligation — within the bounds of maintaining your own personal safety and sovereignty — to bring them to the attention of people who can do something about it.

But be careful; unfortunately the world is sometimes an ugly place.


Police have revealed 108 people were arrested in Canada, 76 in the U.S and 164 in countries from Spain to South Africa and Australia. Forty school teachers, nine doctors and nurses, and more than 30 people who volunteered with kids were among those taken into custody.

The list of suspects also includes nine clergymen, six police officers and three foster parents. Police said the children were ‘rescued from child exploitation’ but did not give more details.

Beaven-Desjardins said the investigation began with a Toronto man accused of running a company since 2005 that distributed child pornography videos to the tune of $4million in revenue, CTV News reported.

Police allege Brian Way, 42, instructed people around the world to create the videos of children ranging from 5 to 12 years of age, then distributed the videos via his company, Azov Films, to international customers.

The videos included naked boys from Germany, Romania and Ukraine, which it marketed as naturist movies and claimed were legal in Canada and the United States.

The head of the Toronto police sex crimes unit told the Toronto Star that the X-rated images displayed ‘horrific acts of sexual abuse — some of the worst (officers) have seen.’

Police said they executed a search warrant at Way’s company and home, seizing about 1,000 pieces of evidence: computers, servers, DVD burners, a video editing suite and hundreds of movies. 


Police in Canada say 348 people have been arrested and nearly 400 children rescued during a three-year investigation into child pornography. 


The follow-up:




















LONDON (AP) — Three women have been freed after spending 30 years held captive in a south London home, including one woman believed to have spent her entire life in domestic slavery, police announced Thursday.

London’s Metropolitan Police spoke about the rescues after two people — a man and a woman, both 67 — were arrested early Thursday on suspicion of forced labor and domestic servitude.

The arrests came as part of a slavery investigation launched after one of the captives contacted a charity in October to say she was being held against her will along with two others. The charity went to the police, the force said.

Those freed on Oct. 25 are a 69-year-old Malaysian woman, a 57-year-old Irish woman and a 30-year-old British woman, police said.

Kevin Hyland, head of the Metropolitan Police’s human trafficking unit, said the women are “highly traumatized” having had “no real exposure to the outside world” for the past 30 years.

“Trying to find out exactly what has happened over three decades will understandably take some time,” he said.

More here:


I learned the other day on a SVU episode that no contract can mask criminal activity, but perhaps the law is different in other worlds. 


pastedGraphic.pdfEconomic Times Google must DELETE Mosley’s FIVE-HOOKER ORGY. Now everyone will look …circa 5:15 PM UTC-5A French judge has told Google to devise a way to take down all links to nine images of former F1 boss Max Mosley at a sadomasochistic orgy.


[Reuters via Economic Times, natch …]


Running Behind

I’ve running behind lately, having invested vast gobs of my time and energy setting up these three new inter-linked blogs. I’m still learning the bells and whistles here, so things don’t look or work the way they should.  Give me a little time.

I’m an old newshound. I found my thrill in the mid-60’s when they turned me loose on the Big State U, fresh out of a graduating class in a public high school that had less students than sat in most of my college classes. Talk about lost…

My dad wanted me to be a doctor. There was a long line of them in my family genealogy and if you ran the last name through the AMA membership rolls (I did in 1982), you’ll turn up over 500 names. One of them invented an orthopaedic nail; another one was a world-class ob-gyn guy at the Mecca of medicine in Boston; he got me a very nice and interesting job organizing a series of televised continued medical education events for a national group of top-drawer pediatricians, and we put 15 shows “in the can” before they went belly-up.  (He also looked in as a personal and professional courtesy on my wife when she delivered our beloved first-born.) At a critical moment, management asked me to create something similar in orthopaedics, but that one never got off the runway. How cool was it that my office was in the same hospital of that birth, and across the street from the famous carving of “Ars longa; Vita brevis”. But I digressed….

Though I applied, I didn’t get into any of the top-drawer pre-med schools which my father thought it’d be nice if I could attend; I don’t think either of us had a clue how we’d ever pay for all that education. I guess there was a lot about me he didn’t know or understand, or perhaps he was simply working the old dream under which he himself had been raised.  If you were to examine the parallels in his life and mine, you’d be amused.

He was an investment banker and an expert in taxation and industrial development; I can’t balance my check book and let an accountant handle my taxes. We both dropped out of college; we both excelled at association management.

So when I got to Big State U and registered for pre-med, they said “no, try something else”, so I became an English major. My first collegiate level English teacher couldn’t hold a candle to the guy who’d marshaled me through two years of AP English in high school and nurtured my love of writing. I should have taken his advice and gone under his tutelage at the nearby state teacher’s college, but I thought I wanted to see the big wide world and took off for my “safety” school.

It was the 60’s… the fall of ’66, to be precise … and the only thought on any young man’s mind at that time was Vietnam. I’d already attended the funeral of one high school classmate fresh home from the jungle. I was in shape — running 5 miles every other day, riding a bike like my thighs were dual-carb pistons — and I thought an interesting thing to do would be to sign up for the volunteer ROTC unit that played in the woods. I also joined the freshman lacrosse team. And I went down to the student radio station to see what that was about.

Now, growing up in the deep rural woods of far western New England, the whole new scene of radio and rock-n-roll was very distant. The only really worthwhile radio station I could get – and I had to hide under my pillow in my bedroom with a tiny transistor radio — was WKBW out of Buffalo, NY, skipping in off the clouds amplitude modulation style, alternating clear and hissy and absent. You can do your own homework to see what was playing in that era. The Beatles had burst onto the scene two years earlier. And now here was a small-output radio station (it worked through the dorm wiring) that you could sign up to play with on your very own. I was hooked. You mean I can get a shift as a DJ if I play my cards right? I did, and I played a lot of whist and won more than three tricks as a wake-up voice to an audience of thousands.

But what really caught my attention was the small machine sitting in the foyer that clattered and rattled and occasionally rang a bell, or two, sometimes three or five. It spit out typed breaking news, and I’d left a community and a household for which CBS evening news — coming in out of Albany and off the top of the mountain over my left shoulder — was the only national and international window we had. I can still remember standing on the top of the hill above the orchard watching for Sputnik. But here I was in front of the teletype, and the college radio station — on the move toward having its own clear-channel FM license — had an opening for a newscaster. Was it like the first time a junkie puts the needle in his vein and squeezes the plunger?

Someone showed me the entry level ropes and, in two shakes of a lamb’s tale (baa baa black sheep, have you any wool?), I was the News Director.  At age 18. In the middle of the 60’s. With protests against Dow Chemical, and draft card burning, and much more.  (Did I mention that my room-mate was a member of SDS and a conscientious objector?) And I was doing 10-mile overnight forced marches carrying a live chicken on a pole as my dinner for some Captain fresh out of ‘nam, and going down to Fort Devens for some practice with an M-1 on weekends. One weekend we hiked up along an old riverbed near where Bill Cosby eventually bought his house and learned something about bridges.

Years later, with Julie Nixon crosstown at Smith and David Eisenhower downtown at Amherst, it was a year to write about. I wrote articles for the town weekly and edited most of the news for the radio station.

But here we are in the New Millennium….

And I’m behind the 8-ball in reading the news.

I haven’t a clue about the real deep understandings about this new Iran agreement except that Binjy Noddinyahoo is drunk with anger and hostility proclaiming that his nation won’t be held party to this agreement (or much of anything they don’t want to do, that’s the kind of “chosen by God” mentality they have).  They aren’t party to any international agreements on nuclear arms and they deny the obvious and proven while they dangle it over everyone’s heads and likely have used it in miniature or “battlefield”denominations, nor are they party to any civilized international agreement on biological warfare.  But they’ve demonstrated their international incivility time and again.

The real news of the day is the release or non-release of the report (or the facsimile of authoritarian investigation) about the Newtown incident (or was it a demonstrative play?). See below. Have you seen Sofia Smallstorm on this topic? She’s got a video of a presentation with slides she’s done, and she’s been interviewed by James Fetzer on this and other topics. See . The podcast is here: Her 92 minute presentation entitled Unraveling Sandy Hook in 2, 3, 4 and 5 Dimensions is here:

[Yes, I’ve watched it.]

So there are two topics I am not up to date on. And there’s lots more. I have been keeping a file folder on my desktop of news for the last two or three weeks which I’ll break down into articles and summaries; most of it you already know about.  Or maybe you don’t.

And I’ll start up a new fresh file and update it as often as I can; Thanksgiving approaches, with Christmas on its heels.

I am thankful, this Thanksgiving, that there is a small cadre of people who are active in watching and commenting on the goings-on.  There has been, for a long time. I was knowledgeable about the Gulf of Tonkin resolution thanks to one of them (I’d already told ROTC to go pound sand for the simple reason that I didn’t want to die but more importantly because I couldn’t live with myself if I killed someone), and I got an education from my college room-mate as well as the professors. Kenny (  spoke of them this way: “those that do what they do out of the love of communicating and trying to make a difference. A big hat tip to all of them.”  I am not worthy…

I did formally go ask the Dean of Pre-Med to reconsider my desire to be a doctor, and he just politely laughed me out of the office. He was right; my skills in science — in learning science — were not sharp. My “intelligences” lined up in different categories.

And I dropped English too.. I was hooked, so my degree came in Communications Studies (TV, radio and film theory and production)(alas, in the analog era, so I have to re-learn some things for this digital environment), with a minor in Political Science.

And now I’m just a blogger.


The New York Times Has Lessons For Others Making the Slow Transition To Digital

Posted by samzenpus on Monday November 25, 2013 @04:30PM

from the get-on-the-net dept.

mattydread23 writes

“You may not think your business has much in common with the New York Times, but the newspaper is a perfect example of how to maintain investment in a large but declining legacy business while simultaneously investing in new areas that will drive future growth. Surprisingly, 10% of the paper’s revenue now comes from digital subscriptions and other all-digital products (not including advertising).”

Read the 59 comments


This evening’s bit of wasted airtime was on Scott Pelley’s half-hour in which he told us about the green beret left at his gravesite 50 years ago.  File that under the continued fetishization of the victim, similar to the rapist/killer who strokes the hair of the corpse, snips a lock for his file, and says “you really were very pretty”.


On NECN Monday night, the show Broadside ( with Jim Braude (, Jim talked ( ) with Tom Gagen, former chief editorial writer of the Boston Globe, about this article:

File that one under “red herring” and applied Hegelian logic. 

“What’s needed here is an authoritative study, commissioned by the Patrick administration, but independent of state government. The investigation should determine whether the police need better training to minimize excessive gunfire; how the police can best provide reinforcements when officers are under threat; and whether command arrangements could be improved when officers from disparate agencies are rushed into a complex operation.”

Not a single mention of the NIMS Incident Management system or the numerous drills run to sharpen command and communications during high-stress incidents, not a single mention of the death (assassination at point blank range) of the brother in Orlando, or the case of this survivor now holed up incommunicado in a Federal psychiatric prison, nor of the weirdly oblique wedged-into-the-press conference comments by the hospital CEO at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital that night.

Jim Braude asks a lot of questions that appear that he wants some real answers, but let’s not be fooled.  Let’s watch to see how often he gets real answers.


Store Owner Installs Surveillance Cameras to Spy on Police

November 23rd, 2013  Via: Cnet:

A Miami convenience store owner is fed up with his employees and customers being allegedly harassed by police. So he installs surveillance video to get evidence against the local cops.

Posted in Florida, Police State, Resistance 

See  Surveillance and Sousveillance

asdfgh (In case you too like to play on the radio)


How television wrecked our politics 



It’s Not There (Snordster/Mike Rivero) (9:57) 



Truly vintage WINE laid down in SIXTEEN HUNDRED BC was ‘psychotropic’

Possibly accounting for concurrent technicolour dreamcoat fad

By Jasper Hamill, 22nd November 2013

The people of ancient Canaan were far more bibulous than anyone has previously suspected.

Boffins have dug up 3,700-year-old wine jugs from an ancient cellar in a large Canaanite city called Tel Kabri, which is not far from the vineyards of modern Israel.

The wine was flavoured with honey, mint, cinnamon bark, juniper berries and even mysterious “psychotropic resins”, which might explain why people in the biblical era spent so much time spouting prophesies and wearing technicolor dreamcoats.

The wine cellar is the oldest ever found in the near east and contained 40 jars of potent, sweet wine. Some fifty litres were stored in the basement, which was found beneath an ancient palace.

Sadly, the biblical booze leaked out a long time ago and all that’s left were traces of its ingredient and tell tale signs of tartaric and syringic acid, which are both key constituents of wine. The recipe is similar to “medicinal” wines enjoyed in Europe two millennia ago, although that familar old excuse for drinking is probably as old as civilisation itself.

“This is a hugely significant discovery. It’s a wine cellar that, to our knowledge, is largely unmatched in age and size,” said Eric Cline, chair of the Department of Classical and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations of at The George Washington University.

The consistency of the recipe impressed the boffins, for the wine was no Lambrini. It is likely that this was a top-end tipple, intended for consumption by people at the very apex of society.

“This wasn’t moonshine that someone was brewing in their basement, eyeballing the measurements,” said Andrew Koh, assistant professor of classical studies at Brandeis University, who was also on the dig.

“This wine’s recipe was strictly followed in each and every jar.”

The wine cellar was found near a banqueting hall where local leaders may have enjoyed a glass or five with their chums or visitors from foreign lands.

At the end of the dig, the team discovered two doors leading out of the wine cellar. They plan to explore these in 2015.

In another truly-vintage wine find of recent times, back in 2010 Finnish divers cracked open a bottle of champagne and a few beers they found at the bottom of the Baltic Sea. The 200 year old booze, which was the oldest ever found, tasted “fresh” with notes of “yeast, honey and … a hint of manure”. ® 


Stakeholder Analysis: The Power/Salience Cube 


“ Hi! Here’s a copy of my DD 214; I’ll have the meatloaf dinner with apple pie à la mode….”


It seems to me that if you ask a man––note that I never served, having been classified 1–Y during the Vietnam War era (1967) after getting my hips and knees racked in lacrosse practice and a brief voluntary stint in the BSSF,  an ROTC “wannabe a Green Beret?” unit…. [I didn’t, after training at Devens, the experience of having to beat up my best buddy with a pugil stick,  and of having my hands tied behind my back, my feet tied, my hands tied to my feet, and then thrown in the deep end of the swimming pool in the university gym, and of having seen another freshman made so gung ho that he dropped out of college, joined the Marines, and took apart a customer and a bar after he got back from Parris Island]— it seems to me that if you ask a man  to put his life on the line to protect the narco-terror trade in illicit drugs in the bankers’ wars, or you ask him to engage in mass terror and assassination campaigns — er, um, Phoenix pacification, those bankers owe him some form of Maslovian security.

What’s interesting is that the sign and the dinner are a short distance away from an outlets of the popular franchise chain of coffee shops owned by the Carlyle Group where they charge 80 cents for a single simple banana,

possibly in honor of the Dulles brothers 

and United Fruit


WalMart “offended” by criticism of its food drive for its own employees. Only in a viper capitalist society would a major corporation be offended that it asked its customers to donate food items to its underpaid employees. The entire corporate management of WalMart should be lined up against a brick wall and receive “firing squad” justice. That’ll give them something to be offended about.

[Found at Wayne Madsen Reports]


The new  Louis Vuitton TV commercial 

surely seems to be an advertisement for the new feudalism.


Neofeudalism: The Red Queen’s race and the real winners from Quantitative Easing: Celebrating the five year anniversary of redistributing wealth to the top.

The Federal Reserve is celebrating its 5 year anniversary of Quantitative Easing.  As the stock market reaches record highs, it is useful to examine the real winners from QE.  Luxury good purchases have done extremely well during this period as income inequality in the nation has reached levels last seen during the Gilded Age.  Yet for the average American worker, salaries are stagnant and wage growth is nearly non-existent.

posted by Rice Farmer @ 5:33 PM

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Permanent Link


Bad Enough That We Militarized Our Own Borders — Now the U.S. Is Doing It to the Rest of the World 



When intimidation, threats, attacks and murders go unpunished, resulting in a climate of injustice and insecurity for those exercising their right to free expression.


Straight from with thanks to the efforts of Helen Tansey:

In re: Jeremy Hammond (sentenced for hacking activities carried out during his involvement with Anonymous ): 


Art is dangerous to authorities

Nov 20  by Jon Rappoport


A Bill Nobody Noticed: The DNA Databank 


Did anyone else note that, on the day after a small fleet of tornadoes tore through the Midwest, the TV movie channel AMC  ran the Helen Hunt movie “Twister”? Here’s the movie’s trailer:


Saturday, 11/16/13, I took in a movie on TNT. 

I’ll get a copy of the DVD, it was that good.

Here is the trailer for the movie, and the Wikipedia and IMDB entries: 

“In the Stasi, we had a basic principle: ask enough questions and a man who is lying will eventually change his story. But the man who tells the truth cannot change his, however unlikely his story sounds.”






Bergen County mall targeted by dead shooter adopting “secret” security measures. The Westfield Garden Plaza Mall in Bergen County, like the Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, is owned by Westfield Group. Westfield Group is owned by Israeli-Australian shopping mall tycoon Frank Lowy. One thing that is common to all Westfield-owned malls is the presence of large contingents of Israeli skin care and other kiosks manned by young Israelis previously identified as intelligence agents by the U.S. Intelligence Community. If your shopping mall has the word “West” in its name, it is more than likely Israeli-owned. Caveat emptor. 


The drug Soma, obstacle golf, Feelie movies and Centrifugal Bumble-puppy were used in Huxley’s Brave New World to placate the masses. These have been supplanted by a enormous variety of political tranquilizers ranging from actual drugs to distractions such as video games and even substitute elections such as American Idol and Survivor. Never have Americans in their off-work hours had so many ways to avoid what is really going on. Never have so many Americans been deactivated in imagination, creativity and energy by drugs prescribed by medicine rather than by taking those of their own choice..- Sam Smith



“… For quite some time, I’ve realized that the social sciences are more interested in maintaining the status quo than getting at the root causes of the problems we face. For the most part, we are taught how to “react” and “manage” after the fact, not how to “prevent” and “ameliorate” in the first place. The most salient factors in many events and situations get swept under the rug.

Most of what I consider to be useful knowledge was gleaned from reading little known, out of print and hard to find books, listening to freaks and lunatics on the radio in the dead of night and interviewing people who were directly involved with events. I view the output of established media as a slurry of manure and toxic waste; a propaganda product that requires heavy analysis and context fitting in order to recover the 5%-10% of useful information contained within an obfuscated mess…..”

“…. For years, I’ve realized that discernment is much more important for producing actionable intelligence than a deluge of stories. We all have enough to read each day….”


Tesla Model S Has Bizarre ‘Vampire-Like’ Thirst For Electricity At Night

Posted by Unknown Lamer on Tuesday November 26, 2013 @12:04AM

from the bug-in-acpi-specification dept.

cartechboy writes

“The Tesla Model S, for all its technical and design wizardry, has a dirty little secret: Its a vampire. The car has an odd and substantial appetite for kilowatt-hours even when turned off and parked. This phenomenon has been dubbed the ‘vampire’ draw, and Tesla promised long ago to fix this issue with a software update. Well, a few software updates have come and gone since then, and the Model S is still a vampire sucking down energy when it’s shut down. While this is a concern for many Model S owners and would be owners, the larger question becomes: After nine months, and multiple software updates,why can’t Tesla fix this known issue? Tesla has recognized the issue and said a fix would come, yet the latest fix is only a tiny improvement — and the problem remains unsolved. Is Tesla stumped? Can the issue be fixed?”

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21 November 2013 Last updated at 14:19 ET

Gamma-ray burst brightest ever seen 


It’s really a holiday comet

Happy Thanksgiving

Music video:

Earth Wind and Fire – keep your head to the sky *HQ* (5:10)

High Crimes and Psychological Warfare

On Saturday, 23 November in in 2013,  at 1:37 AM (or approximately 12 hours into the new era [see one thought] after the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy), I sat with pen and paper at a cheap wooden Malaysian table I bought for 10 bucks at Walmart during “the year that I went south”  and scrawled the first draft of this blog entry.

I had taken 3 turns around the TV dial (that’s approximately 200 channels each time) because my old blog was dead and I hadn’t yet constructed this new one. I skipped past the panopoly, the deluge, the tsunami, the flood of propaganda, much of it repackaged footage of the original coverage with the same erroneous and misleading statements, some of it the old stuff born after the post-Warren commission criticisms and the two subsequent formal investigations, to say nothing of the rapid growth industry of investigative publications, books, DVDs and websites, some of which were clearly disinformation or a re-packaging of the old big lie.

I had read good chunks of Lance deHaven-Smith’s new book “Conspiracy Theory in America”.

I have owned and had read previously the Sage Publications special edition of the Journal of the American Behavioral Scientist with articles by him and Matthew Witt and others, and had communicated with the authors briefly. They coined the term “state crimes against democracy” .

[See one article here: ]

In his new book, deHaven-Smith quotes Ginna Husting and Martin Orr, professors at Boise State University:

“ If I call you a conspiracy theorist, it matters little whether you actually claim that conspiracy exists or whether you’re simply raised an issue that I would rather avoid that… I twist the machinery of interaction so that you, not I, are now called to account. In fact, I have done even more. By labeling you, I strategically exclude you from the sphere where public speech, debate and conflict occur.”

Those authors “go on to explain that the accusation of conspiracy theory discredits any explanations offered for specific social or historical events “regardless of the quality or quantity of evidence.” The label has this discrediting, end-of-argument effect because conspiracy theories have come to be seen as mere suspicions with no basis in fact, not as reasonable inferences from circumstances and evidence about matters of great importance.

In contrast, the SCAD construct does not refer to a type of allegation or suspicion; it refers to a special type of transgression: an attack from within on the political system’s organizing principles. For these extremely grave crimes, American founders used the term “high crime” and included in this category treason and “conspiracies against the people’s liberties.”

What caught my eye, among other things, was the appendix, a retyped copy of CIA Dispatch #1035-960, marked “PSYCH” and “Destroy when no longer needed”, “Re: Concerning Criticism of the Warren Report. It appears here: .

 ‘… From the day of President Kennedy’s assassination on, there has been speculation about the responsibility for his murder. Although this was stemmed for a time by the Warren Commission report, (which appeared at the end of September 1964), various writers have now had time to scan the Commission’s published report and documents for new pretexts for questioning, and there has been a new wave of books and articles criticizing the Commission’s findings. In most cases the critics have speculated as to the existence of some kind of conspiracy, and often they have implied that the Commission itself was involved. Presumably as a result of the increasing challenge to the Warren Commission’s report, a public opinion poll recently indicated that 46% of the American public did not think that Oswald acted alone, while more than half of those polled thought that the Commission had left some questions unresolved. Doubtless polls abroad would show similar, or possibly more adverse results…..”


Isn’t that an amusing read fifty years later, when polls document — if polls are valid — that 62% believe there was a broader plot (WaPo), and AP reports  that

“A 2003 Gallup poll found that 75 percent of Americans felt there was a conspiracy.  As the 50th anniversary of Kennedy’s death approaches, the number of Americans who believe Oswald acted alone is at its highest since the period three years after the Nov. 22, 1963, assassination, when 36 percent said one man was responsible.”

As USAToday  says:

“Some things will never die — and John F. Kennedy assassination conspiracy theories appear to be among them. Fifty years later, no less than 61% of Americans believe others besides Lee Harvey Oswald were involved in Kennedy’s murder, reports the Gallup Poll. This is the lowest percentage in nearly 50 years, Gallup notes, but remains a solid majority. The suspects are many: The Mob, the government (including the CIA), Cuba, and various political interests. Numerous investigations have failed to yield any determinative evidence that anyone besides Oswald killed Kennedy. But that message apparently has not penetrated with most Americans.”

But that CIA dispatch marked PSYCH (for psychological warfare against the American people) says “The members of the Warren Commission were naturally chosen for their integrity, experience and prominence.” Isn’t that a knee-slapper? And Kissinger was going to be the Chairman of the 9/11 Commission. Sitting on the Commission was Allen Dulles, and John McCloy, the former president of the World Bank, and former chairman of the Chase Manhattan Bank. McCloy had a long association with the Rockefeller family. According to Wikipedia : On December 6, 1963, he was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, with Special Distinction, by President Lyndon B. Johnson. He stated that any possible evidence of a conspiracy was “beyond the reach” of all of America’s investigatory agencies — principally the FBI and the CIA — as well as the Commission itself.

“Moreover, there seems to be an increasing tendency to hint that President Johnson himself, as the one person who might be said to have benefited, was in some way responsible for the assassination.” (wink, wink)

“[F]urther speculative discussion only plays into the hands of the opposition” said the original cognitive infiltration, but who is the opposition?  Well, it was the outside terror threat of that day, the Communists. [More on that later….]

“… the critics are (I) wedded to theories adopted before the evidence was in, (I) politically interested, (III) financially interested, (IV) hasty and inaccurate in their research, or (V) infatuated with their own theories….”

Pay no attention to the memos (from within the Department of Justice now public) before Kennedy was buried about hanging Oswald out to dry.

“… it is also much more difficult to answer as a whole, as one becomes lost in a morass of unrelated details”.  What was it that Salandria said?

“No significant new evidence has emerged which the Commission did not consider.”  [Yep, case closed.]

“Conspiracy on the large scale often suggested would be impossible to conceal in the United States….” except in the cases of the Manhattan Project, or without the use of compartmentalization spread across dozens of agencies, and circles within circles of secret societies. [Ius civle privatum ]

“A conspirator moreover would hardly choose a location for a shooting where so much depended on conditions beyond his control: the route, the speed of the cars, the moving target, [the presence of Secret Service men in the line of fire], the risk that the assassin would be discovered. A group of wealthy conspirators could have arranged much more secure conditions.”  What was it that Salandria said?

 In 1975 Salandria told Gaeton Fonzi: “I’m afraid we were misled. All the critics, myself included, were misled very early. I see that now. We spent too much time and effort microanalyzing the details of the assassination when all the time it was obvious, it was blatantly obvious that it was a conspiracy. Don’t you think that the men who killed Kennedy had the means to do it in the most sophisticated and subtle way? They chose not to. Instead, they picked the shooting gallery that was Dealey Plaza and did it in the most barbarous and openly arrogant manner. The cover story was transparent and designed not to hold, to fall apart at the slightest scrutiny. The forces that killed Kennedy wanted the message clear: ‘We are in control and no one – not the President, nor Congress, nor any elected official – no one can do anything about it.’ It was a message to the people that their Government was powerless.”

But then it suddenly occurred to me as I sat watching wave after wave of packaged lies, that the perps may have erred in their smugness this time around. One need only to study history in order to understand how things change over time and how eras and epochs often cycle or spiral back to show similarities.

In a high rich social media environment in which the contents of a file take only 7 to 10 seconds (or more where there is governmental interference) to transit to the other side of the globe, how long will it take for understanding to pass from people who were awake or awakened to politically corrupt and destructive shenanigans in the 1960s to those people whose awakening was jarred when they began to understand something about 9/11, Iran-Contra, Operation Gladio, or the NSA/NDAA/police state complex and its spate of domestic social engineering events?


“ … This has been a mass marketed re-affirmation of the lies of an official story. One of the most well planned and executed media psyops commemorating an ‘event’ ever. Mind control for the masses. I wouldn’t be surprised if we don’t see a ‘lone nut’ shooting fairly soon for reinforcement.

This social engineering doesn’t work on everyone. The psychology of conspiracy theories is a new growth industry paid for by those who actually fear the truth. It’s an attempt not just to marginalize but if needed to destroy a loosely defined movement who is tired of the crimes.

In a nation of lone gunmen, you are a suspect…if you can can think…if you question. Creating enemies, domestic and foreign, is an ongoing project but you know what? Their bullshit is fading, too many have caught on, too many are not amused by deception.”


When younger generations have had the opportunity (not being  alive in 1963 or otherwise steeped in the issues of Dealey Plaza, the Gulf of Tonkin affair, the assassinations of Martin Luther King Junior and the leading peaking-in-overwhelming-popularity Democratic candidate for the presidency, Robert Kennedy, and beyond) to have seen the deep cover-up of the Oswald affair in black-and-white newsreel footage, they can now better comprehend what has already been written about the parallels in modus operandi in both 1963 and on 9/11.

[See, for example, Peter Dale Scott here , and here and here, or Douglas Herman here]

Surveillance and Sousveillance




Edouard Sousveillant 

The ‘Catopticon’ allows everybody to communicate with everybody and removes surveyors from the watchtower. 

Revelations about the extent of the US government’s surveillance of digital media has triggered a range of reactions around the world. In the world outside the US, citizens and their governments are rightly furious that the National Security Agency is systematically monitoring communications on some of the world’s most widely used communications platforms. That the US apparently spies on its closest allies in EU offices merely adds insult to injury.

The reaction within the US to these revelations has been disappointingly subdued. Civil libertarians and advocates for free speech online are struggling to productively channel their anger and are planning a major protest in Washington DC on July 4. But more widespread responses include a nodding acceptance of any invasion of privacy in exchange for prevention of terrorist violence, and a cynical, world-weary insistence that no one should be surprised that all digital networks are monitored both by corporations and by governments.

As a frustrated advocate for unfettered online speech, I find myself looking for ways to help my fellow Americans understand the significance of pervasive online surveillance. Unlike in Germany, where memories of the Stasi trigger an instinctive resistance to being watched, surveillance in the US has often focused on marginal political groups, which allows many Americans to assume that surveillance doesn’t affect them personally. This search for ways to make surveillance more apparent has led me to the work of Dr. Steve Mann and his work on “sousveillance”.

Mann is a professor at the University of Toronto, and an innovator in the world of wearable computers. In 1981, as a student at MIT, he created the first generation of EyeTap, a head mounted camera that recorded what the wearer saw and presented a computer-enhanced view of the scene. More than thirty years before Google Glass, Mann began living life while wearing a camera, recording all that he encountered, an experience that’s given him some deep insights into watching and being watched.

Mann coined the term “sousveillance” – watching from below – as an alternative to “surveillance” – watching from above. In surveillance, powerful institutions control the behavior of individuals by watching them or threatening to watch them, as in Jeremy Bentham’s Panopticon. In sousveillance, individuals invert the paradigm by turning their cameras on institutions, promising to document and share misbehavior and malfeasance with a potentially global audience through digital networks.

One effect of sousveillance is to provoke conversations about what it means to be watched. Even when surveillance is visible, as in the CCTV cameras that loom over many of our city streets, most of us tend to ignore the unseen watchers who monitor us. But when someone points a camera at us – particularly a camera mounted on their eyeglasses – we react, often with anger or dismay. Mann, who wears his EyeTap permanently attached to his head, was assaulted in a McDonalds in Paris by employees who were upset that he was taking pictures and who sought to force him to remove the camera.

We may need similar provocations to trigger our reactions to online surveillance. “Creepy”, a program by Ioannis Kakavas, can track an individual’s movements on a map through her postings on social media services. While Creepy was intended as an activist project, commercial programs use similar techniques. A controversial iPhone application, Girls Around Me, mines data on Foursquare to alert men looking for dates to locations in their cities where many women have checked in. Angry reactions to these programs, as well as reports of bars preemptively banning patrons from wearing Google Glass suggest that Mann’s idea of making surveillance both personal and visible may be a first step in provoking a discussion about what types of watching are appropriate and inappropriate.

There’s a second aspect of sousveillance that’s worth exploring: the idea that individuals may be able to keep the powerful in check by documenting misbehavior. While this idea can seem hopelessly naïve when confronted with systems as massive and pervasive as PRISM, it’s worth exploring cases where watching from below has helped fight abuses of power. Morgan Tsvangirai’s appointment as prime minister of Zimbabwe in 2009 was a direct result of his party’s technique of photographing voting tallies at each polling station, enabling a parallel tabulation of votes. Confronted with evidence that Tsvangirai had beaten Mugabe in the first round, Mugabe’s government was unable to rig the election and was forced into a power-sharing agreement with Tsvangirai, the opposition leader.

More recently, activists in the Occupy Movement have used livestreaming of video as a technique to document their protests and police violence against protesters. Dozens of cameras captured footage of Lt. John Pike attacking seated protesters with pepper spray at a peaceful Occupy protest at UC Davis. The widely documented incident led to the UC Davis police chief and two officers being suspended and to Lt. Pike losing his job, and created one of the most powerful images of the power asymmetries the Occupy movement sought to confront.

Pervasive cameras can document the inner workings of institutions as well as abuses of power. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney suffered a major campaign setback when video showed him dismissing 47% of the American electorate as unlikely to vote for him because they “believe they are victims” and are dependent on government services. The video, secretly shot by Scott Prouty at a fundraising event, was posted online and widely distributed by Democratic activists, who saw the video as evidence that Romney was out of touch with the electorate.

Most recently, sousveillance has shown its power in documenting protest movements in Turkey and Brazil that were initially ignored by mainstream media. In Turkey, CNN famously showed a documentary about penguins rather than footage from Gezi Park, leading protesters to make signs that show penguins wearing gas masks, protesting both the government’s use of tear gas and the media’s silence about the protests. In the absence of broadcast media attention, the protesters used their own documentation to find audiences online, spreading protests from those in the park to those who witnessed online and began protests in their corners of the country.

The Obama administration seems unlikely to shift policy on online surveillance without widespread and sustained popular outcry. As activists seek to trigger that outcry, we may need to make surveillance far more visible so it can become far more controversial. 

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By now we are all familiar with the concept of ‘surveillance.’ In the Orwellian tyranny of the new normal, we are all gradually being made aware that we are living in a panoptic society where everything we do and say is being watched and recorded. So what is the answer to this constant surveillance? Why not use the surveillance technology to keep tabs on what the government is doing? Welcome to the world of sousveillance. Join us today on The Corbett Report as we explore this concept and the grassroots revolution in citizen media that it has made possible.


Wednesday, 07 November 2012 09:30

“Sousveillance”: When the Watched Become the Watchers

Written by  Joe Wolverton, II, J.D.

Seems that our coverage of the ever-widening and increasingly sophisticated web of surveillance being spun by state and federal agencies is only scratching the surface — literally.

Recently stories have been published regarding a subtler weapon being developed and deployed by private citizens determined to defend themselves from the government and its widening war against our constitutionally protected civil liberties.

Take for example the following report published by PetaPixel:

Here’s something crazy for you to think about: photography is often prevented these days because authorities can see the cameras being used, but what happens if/when the human eye can be used as a camera or if/when memories can be projected onto a screen? At that point, anything people can see and any location people can visit will be fair game for photographs, and society will simply have to adapt and live with it.

In an article written for Time magazine, author Steve Mann calls this form of wearable monitor “sousveillance.”

Says Mann, “Not only will authorities and shops be watching us and recording our comings and goings (surveillance as we know it today), but we will also be watching and recording them (sousveillance) through small wearable computers like Digital Eye Glass. This affects secrecy, not just privacy.”

He continues:

Whether this is the camera of a Peeping Tom, or a Peeping LEO (law enforcement officer), it elevates a previously inanimate object into something that has the capacity to “see.” This ought to raise far more important privacy concerns than a technology like Digital Eye Glass that merely provides sight to a living being where we already expect there to be sight.

Mann rightly reports that government does not have monopoly control of surveillance. Corporations actively record the video and audio of customers, some secretly, some openly. Although these establishments routinely disregard privacy concerns in pursuit of their surveillance policies — typically attributed to the need to protect safety — they aren’t as happy to have customers turn the camera’s eye on them.

Writes Mann:

Ironically, the very establishments that oppose wearable cameras are usually the places where lots of surveillance is used. Thus I coined the new word “McVeillance” to denote a highly mass-produced (“McDonaldized”) form of veillance, in the same way that a “McMansion” is a mass-produced mansion. McVeillance also implies a prohibition on individual veillance; for example, a prohibition on what we call “sousveillance”. The term “sousveillance” stems from the contrasting French words sur, meaning “above”, and sous, meaning “below”. So “surveillance” denotes the “eye-in-the-sky” watching from above, whereas “sousveillance” denotes bringing the camera or other means of observation down to human level, either physically (mounting cameras on people rather than on buildings), or hierarchically (ordinary people doing the watching, rather than higher authorities, large entities or architectures doing the watching).

Thus, McVeillance, for example, is the installation of a large number of security cameras in a restaurant while at the same time physically assaulting guests for using their own camera to photograph the menu.

There are those encouraging individuals to purposefully don these sousveillance devices in order to watch the watchers, be they corporate or government.

In a paper he co-authored in 2003, Mann suggested a scenario wherein the wearing of the sousveillance glasses could stop the expansion of the surveillance state:

These disparate observers are reacting to the pervasiveness of surveillance in contemporary western society (Stanley and Steinhardt 2003). Such surveillance is everywhere but often little observed. Organizations have tried to make technology mundane and invisible through its disappearance into the fabric of buildings, objects and bodies. The creation of pervasive ubiquitous technologies — such as smart floors, toilets, elevators, and light switches — means that intelligence gathering devices for ubiquitous surveillance are also becoming invisible (Mann and Niedzviecki 2001; Marx 1995; Lefebvre 1991). This re-placement of technologies and data conduits has brought new opportunities for observation, data collection, and sur/sousveillance, making public surveillance of private space increasingly ubiquitous.

All such activity has been surveillance: organizations observing people. One way to challenge and problematize both surveillance and acquiescence to it is to resituate these technologies of control on individuals, offering panoptic technologies to help them observe those in authority. We call this inverse panopticon “sousveillance” from the French words for “sous” (below) and “veiller” to watch.

An article published by FCW online describes the current state of the sousveillance movement:

As social media and mobile technologies continue to expand, government officials and employees increasingly may be targets of “sousveillance” — a French term for ‘bottom-up’ surveillance — carried out by ordinary citizens in the coming years, according to an Internet trend analyst.

“It is the ordinary watching the powerful,” Lee Rainie, director of the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project, said in a lecture sponsored by the Federal Web Managers Council interagency group on Dec. 13.

While the term sousveillance is not yet commonly used in the United States, the practice has become fairly prevalent here in recent years as more citizens carry and use video recording devices such as iPhones in public spaces and at public events. While bystander videotapes of law enforcement activities have been controversial on occasion, many forms of citizen videotaping of public officials’ activity are hailed by transparency advocates as a sign of increased engagement and transparency in society.

For agency leaders and other government figures, that means videos of their public speeches and appearances, along with tweets, comments on Facebook, blog posts and other public communications could be collected and displayed on social media websites in near real time, Rainie said.

An example is that Occupy Wall Street protesters and their supporters have made it a practice of video-recording police and public officials who interact with them and posting those videos online, Rainie said.

There is an argument to be made that the constant fear of surveillance is converting the United States (and the entire globe) into a wall-less prison. Every individual, regardless of criminal intent or activity, is being monitored by the government using technology not available to the general public, thus making us subjects of a state-run surveillance regime that is itself invisible and impenetrable.

Until now.

Mann and his co-authors explain:

Digital technology can build on personal computing to make individuals feel more self-empowered at home, in the community, at school and at work. Mobile, personal, and wearable computing devices allow people to take the personal computing revolution with them. Sousveilling individuals now can invert an organization’s gaze and watch the watchers by collecting data on them.

Perhaps providing personal spying apparatuses to the public is a solution to the scourge of constant government surveillance. Mann and others quoted in this piece believe that if the watched match the watchers in ubiquity of their viewers then maybe the multiplicity will mitigate the harm being done to our privacy and our psyches.

On the other hand, perhaps the invisible electronic walls keeping us as virtual prisoners in a global gulag will fall faster as we consistently demand adherence to constitutional principles of individual liberty on the part of those chosen to lead, particularly when these officials attempt to protect their power by monitoring the population for signs of dissent.


Saturday, November 02, 2013

Transparency Wins and Losses…

A slice: 

Not one of the politicians and so on who talk about restricting NSA access to information is telling you the truth — that it won’t happen.  It cannot happen.  The increasing power to surveil is intrinsic, propelled with the ponderous momentum of Moore’s Law.  All posturing aside, if the NSA is restricted, these powers will simply flow to some other, darker and harder to supervise corner.

It has happened before, countless times, but one example serves.  Did you ever hear of Total Information Awarenessor TIA?  If you haven’t, look it up.  If you dimly recall, then shame on you and all other pundits for not mentioning it, till now.  Way back around 2003, DARPA honcho Admiral John Poindexter was smacked down by the entire political caste for talking about doing exactly the sort of things we now see from the NSA. In ensuing outrage, his programs were dissolved, banished… only to pop back up again, as in a game of Whack-a-Mole, an inevitable outcome that not one statesman or scholar or pundit discusses, amid all the posturing and righteous dudgeon….

here are a few reasons to think twice before using LinkedIn’s new product App “Intro.”

Posted by David Brin at 9:22 AM


Sousveillance and Justice: A Panopticon in the Crowds

by davidbanks, Nov 9, 2011, at 10:15 am

We live in a cyborg society. Technology has infiltrated the most fundamental aspects of our lives: social organization, the body, even our self-concepts. This blog chronicles our new, augmented reality.

The first post I wrote for Cyborgology concluded that many of the dominant socio-technical systems in our world look and behave in a similar fashion. The entertainment industry, advanced military surveillance, search algorithms, and academic reference tools are swapping hardware and best practice in such a way that the carrying out of a military invasion, or the Super Bowl begins to look disturbingly similar…..

More at the link above


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Sousveillance: when the citizens watch back 


The Sousveillance Scenarios

Steve Mann, 2012 October 22 Presented to at:

“Identity, Privacy & Security by ReDesign”,

Monday 2012 October 22nd, 4pm to 5:30pm, (Steve Mann’s blog)


David Brin on the Path to Positive Sousveillance

By: David Brin and Ben Goertzel

An excerpt:

Brin himself tends not to view sousveillance as scary or disturbing, using the analogy of people sitting at different tables in a restaurant, who could eavesdrop on each others’ conversations, but choose not to. Even the nosy generally refrain, because the eavesdropper is likely to be caught doing so, and snooping is disdained.  He reckons that if sousveillance became a reality, new patterns of social tact would likely evolve, and society and psychology would self-organize into some new configuration, which would leave people significant privacy in practice, but would also contain the everpresent potential of active sousveillance as a deterrent to misdoings. This can be illustrated by extending the restaurant analogy; if universal sousveillance means that all peeping toms are always caught in the act, then such a society might wind up with more privacy than you’d expect.

Indeed, modest evidence for Brin’s optimistic perspective exists already, in the shifting attitudes of the younger generation toward privacy.  A significant percentage of young people seem not to care very much what others may know about them, openly putting all sorts of conventionally-considered-private information online.   And in line with Brin’s restaurant analogy, even though I could find out a lot of private information about a lot of people I know via their various online profiles, I very rarely bother to.  And the psychological makeup of the younger generation does seem to be subtly but significantly shifted, due to this limited “online sousveillance” that has arisen.  One may argue that society is slipping toward sousveillance bit by bit – implicitly and incrementally rather than in an explicitly discussed and deliberated way — as the Net comes to govern more and more of our lives, and personal information becomes more and more available online.


Fusing perspectives from politics, media studies and cultural studies, Sousveillance, Media and Strategic Political Communication offers insights into impacts on strategic political communication of the emergence of web-based participatory media (‘Web 2.0′) across the first decade of the 21st century. Countering the control engendered in strategic political communication, Steve Mann’s concepts of hierarchical sousveillance (politically motivated watching of the institutional watchers) and personal sousveillance (apolitical, human-centred life-sharing) is applied to Web 2.0. Focusing on interplays of user-generated and mainstream media about, and from, Iraq, detailed case studies explore different levels of control over strategic political communication during key moments, including the start of the 2003 Iraq war, the 2004 Abu Ghraib scandal, and Saddam Hussein’s execution in 2006. These are contextualized by overviews of political and media environments from 2001-09. Dr Bakir outlines broader implications of sousveillant web-based participatory media for strategic political communication, exploring issues of agenda-building, control, and the cycle of emergence, resistance and reincorporation of Web 2.0. Sousveillance cultures are explored, delineating issues of anonymity, semi-permanence, instanteneity resistance and social change.

Dr. Vian Bakir is Senior Lecturer in Journalism, in the School of Creative Studies & Media, at Bangor University, UK.


Torture, Intelligence and Sousveillance in the War on Terror

Agenda-Building Struggles

Also by Vian Bakir

Torture, Intelligence and Sousveillance in the War on Terror examines the communication battles of the Bush and Blair political administrations (and those of their successors in America and Britain) over their use of torture, first-hand or second-hand, to gain intelligence for the War on Terror.

Exploring key agenda-building drivers that exposed the torture-intelligence nexus and presenting detailed case studies of key media events from the UK and USA, this insightful volume exposes dominant political discourses on the torture-for-intelligence policy. Whether in the form of unauthorized leaks, official investigations, investigative journalism, real-time reporting, or Non-Governmental Organisation activity, this timely study evaluates various modes of resistance to governments’ attempts at strategic political communication, with particular attention to ‘sousveillance’: community-based recording from first-person perspectives.

A rigorous exposition of the power-knowledge relationships constituting the torture-intelligence nexus, which re-evaluates agenda-building models in the digital age and assesses the strength of the public sphere across the Third, Fourth and Fifth Estates, Torture, Intelligence and Sousveillance in the War on Terror will appeal to scholars across the social sciences with interests in media and communication, sociology and social theory, politics and political communication, international relations, and journalism.