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  •  Please feel free to use some of THIS... (20+ / 0-)

    ...if you wish to update your post...I think you'll find this info quite interesting!

    ...yesterday was a banner day as far as “assaults on democratic government” are concerned.

    As both myself and others within the community have noted and formally cited, we live in a society where too-big-to-fail (TBTF) banks such as HSBC, Wachovia and Standard Chartered may launder, literally, many hundreds of billions (if not trillions) of dollars on behalf of Al Qaeda, Hezbollah and South American drug cartels knowing they’ll receive the financial equivalent of a wrist-slap and a get-out-of-jail-free card from the U.S. DoJ if they're caught doing same. Meanwhile, the Department of Homeland Security is providing security personnel for public appearances by folks such as JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon, and, armaments along with related support for off-duty DHS and local law enforcement as they protect the Koch brothers.

    More “transparently,” our surveillance state just spent the better part of Tuesday lying to our face—and the mainstream media, along with the blogosphere in tow, parroted those lies throughout the land—as the grand masters of the military-intelligence/industrial complex propaganda (as noted in THIS LINK to a post from Wired, last night) attempted to spin the story of Basaaly Saeed Moalin,  a San Diego cab driver “…who was convicted in February of providing material support for a terrorist organization. Moalin raised money (a "whopping" $23,800--when compared to HSBC, Wachovia and Standard Chartered actions, seriously?) for the Somali militia group al Shabaab, which the State Department declared a foreign terrorist organization in 2008.”

    Also, from Wired’s excellent exposé on NSA propaganda last night (and there are other instances of documented spin in this piece, so I strongly encourage folks to read this), the case of Sabirhan Hasanoff, who “...supposedly plotted to blow up the New York Stock Exchange.”

    Justice Department Fought to Conceal NSA’s Role in Terror Case From Defense Lawyers
    By Kevin Poulsen
    Wired Magazine
    06.18.13   7:16PM

    …Hasanoff has pleaded guilty to providing material support to terrorists. But the government’s own sentencing memorandum shows that the defendants called off a proposed plot on their own, without any involvement from federal authorities, and over a year before being arrested.

    “There was no plot,” says Dratel. [Diarist’s Note: “Dratel” is Josh Dratel, Hasanoff’s lawyer, one of the leading lawyers in the U.S. when it comes to defending those “labelled” as terrorists by our government, these days.] “There was one guy was asked to check out a tourist site downtown. It was a year and a half before they arrested Hasanoff. So if they thought it was really a plot, what were they doing letting him run around?”

    The sentencing memorandum in that case, dated May 31, confirms Dratel’s statements. “Hasanoff relayed that the New York Stock Exchange was surrounded by approximately four streets that were blocked off from vehicular traffic and that someone would have to walk to the building. The Doctor [an undisclosed high-ranking al-Qaida operative] revealed that, although the information provided by Hasanoff could be used by someone who wanted to do an operation, he was not satisfied with the report, and he accordingly disposed of it.”

    “This casts suspicion on everything they say about these programs, and the efficacy of these programs,” says Dratel. “Their notion of transparency is so tired. They have to stop lying to everybody…”

    These are a few of the major terrorist events—based upon the past 24-hour news cycle--that our omniscient surveillance state’s eavesdropping “prevented.”...

    "I always thought if you worked hard enough and tried hard enough, things would work out. I was wrong." --Katharine Graham

    by bobswern on Wed Jun 19, 2013 at 11:25:16 AM PDT

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