The NSA: “The Abyss From Which There Is No Return“ 8/25/2013
“The National Security Agency’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything: telephone conversations, telegrams, it doesn’t matter. There would be no place to hide. If a dictator ever took over, the N.S.A. could enable it to impose total tyranny, and there would be no way to fight back.”—Senator Frank Church (1975). Senator Frank Church (D-Ida.), who served as the chairman of the Select Committee on Intelligence that investigated the National Security Agency in the 1970s, understood only too well the dangers inherent in allowing the government to overstep its authority in the name of national security...
..However, because agencies such as the NSA operate with “black ops” (or secret) budgets, they are not accountable to Congress.
In his book Body of Secrets, the second installment of the most extensively researched inquiry into the NSA, author James Bamford describes the NSA as “a strange and invisible city unlike any on earth” that lies beyond a specially constructed and perpetually guarded exit ramp off the Baltimore-Washington Parkway. “It contains what is probably the largest body of secrets ever created.” ...
..The NSA’s website provides its own benchmarks:
Neither the number of employees nor the size of the Agency’s budget can be publicly disclosed. However, if the NSA/CSS were considered a corporation in terms of dollars spent, floor space occupied, and personnel employed, it would rank in the top 10 percent of the Fortune 500 companies.
In the wake of the most recent 'Twitter Files' release - which showed that the FBI infiltrated the social media giant, then primed its 'Trust & Safety' head to interpret things like the Hunter Biden release as foreign influence - CEO Elon Musk asked Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) whether he approved 'hidden state censorship in direct violation of the Constitution."
Why don't we have Senators like Frank Church any more? It seems that they are unelectable, doesn't it?
A few days ago I posted an interview of Tucker Carlson by Tulsi Gabbard, which lasted a little over an hour. Tucker related being told by a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee that the NSA monitored his emails, so they could not communicate like that.
Tucker related being told by Congressman Mike McCaul, "well, you're a Russian asset". When Tucker indignantly asked where McCaul got that impression, he was told that his "intelligence-briefer" had informed him of that. Carlson had quietly talked to some friends with connections (2017 or so) about seeing if it would be possible to interview Vladimir Putin. Fox News didn't know about this curiosity, but the NSA did, and interpreted it to Congressman McCaul as above.
We Americans are now living in the "abyss" which Senator Church described as a possibility, which we should strictly defend against. Former CIA head George H.W.Bush (who always said he did not recall where he was on November 22, 1963, but was reportedly in Dallas, Texas) was Vice President and President of the US for a total of 16 years after the Church Committee hearings. In 1975 Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld were already hard at work on "continuity of government" planning under "president" Gerald Ford.
The CIA was chastened by the Church Committee, but the lesson "the agency" learned was to prevent that from happening again.
Elon Musk has just presented a possible avenue for regime-change within the United States, while conforming to Constitutional Law, and not necessarily revealing how deeply captured, corrupted and traitorous "our" government has become since the assassination of John Kennedy (which would be nice to reveal).
"As (outgoing) Chair of House Intelligence, did you approve hidden state censorship in direct violation of the Constitution of the United States..Some have speculated that the speed at which Twitter reacted to the NY Post's Hunter Biden bombshell was the result of a "powerful Dem" reaching out to the FBI's operative, Elvis Chan... [Records to Matt Taibbi were screened by former FBI employee James Baker, before he was fired. Musk should have it all now.]
..Musk also advocated for a modern-day Church Commission, responding to a suggestion promoted by investor David Sacks.
"Hear, hear!!" Musk replied.
Henry Kissinger has always been a reliable representative for powerful American imperial interests, particularly Rockefeller interests. His interview last Friday was released as this article Saturday, and is available without a paywall. He seems to call for urgent negotiation, not waiting half a year, if the historical analogy is to be taken just as he presents it.
We have seen that elected representatives are pressured by the deep-state, and thwarted from any actions against deep-state interests, but where do the interests of the wealthy and powerful "owners" stand in this? Are they subordinated to the NSA, CIA and FBI, or is it the other way around? Everybody is employed somewhere and gets a paycheck from there, and nobody can expect to have secrets, even/especially if they work for the NSA, CIA or FBI, right? Henry Kissinger ,How to avoid another world war
The nations of Europe, insufficiently familiar with how technology had enhanced their respective military forces, proceeded to inflict unprecedented devastation on one another. In August 1916, after two years of war and millions in casualties, the principal combatants in the West (Britain, France and Germany) began to explore prospects for ending the carnage. In the East, rivals Austria and Russia had extended comparable feelers. Because no conceivable compromise could justify the sacrifices already incurred and because no one wanted to convey an impression of weakness, the various leaders hesitated to initiate a formal peace process. Hence they sought American mediation. Explorations by Colonel Edward House, President Woodrow Wilson’s personal emissary, revealed that a peace based on the modified status quo ante was within reach. However, Wilson, while willing and eventually eager to undertake mediation, delayed until after the presidential election in November. By then the British Somme offensive and the German Verdun offensive had added another two million casualties. [3 months time cost 2 million men and removed the opportunity for negotiated peace]
High tech American and NATO weapons are being used to attack inside Russia, and also the newly added oblasts. The US must be allowing this targeting. Four US-made AGM-88 HARM aircraft-fired anti-radar missiles have been shot down over Russia’s Belgorod Region, which shares a border with Ukraine, the Russian Defense Ministry reported on Monday.
It added that Russian air defenses in the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics and the Zaporozhye Region also intercepted six rockets fired by US-made HIMARS launchers.
One Killed in Ukrainian Shelling of Russia’s Belgorod Region
The region's governor said eight more people were wounded and a poultry farm was damaged
DONETSK, December 19. /TASS/. Ukrainian troops shelled the city of Donetsk on December 18 with the use of JROF-M rockets supplied to Ukraine from NATO countries, the mission of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) to the Joint Control and Coordination Center for issues related to Ukraine’s war crimes said on Monday...
..A massive rocket strike was delivered by Ukrainian troops on Donetsk on Sunday evening. Several rockets hit the Kalinin Hospital in Donetsk, Donbass’ largest clinic, damaging two of its buildings, including a children’s neurosurgery department. One of the rockets hit a hospital ward, killing one patient and wounding another one.
The JROF-M is a Slovak-made 122.4mm rocket that can be fired from any multiple rocket launcher of this caliber. It has a heavier warhead and a longer range than Soviet RS 9M22 and 9M28 rockets.
Veterans For Peace:
As soldiers who have resisted wars in Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq, we support war resisters on all sides, including conscientious objectors, draft resisters, deserters and all who refuse to participate in killing. We especially encourage U.S. military personnel to refuse to participate in training, arming, advising or otherwise engaging in this and other wars of empire. We furthermore call on the U.S. government to end all its wars and withdraw our troops from multiple countries around the world.
It is time to reverse course now. Drop the weapons. Embrace diplomacy and peace. For the sake of Ukraine. For the sake of Russia, Europe and the United States. For the sake of the all the peoples of the world. A holiday truce could be the first step toward peace.
Over 900 Faith Leaders in the US Demand Christmas Truce in Ukraine
Faith leaders invoke the legacy of the 1914 Christmas Truce during WWI, calling for peace and negotiations in Ukraine
Russia EU envoy conflict in Ukraine is part of West’s hybrid war on Russia
The envoy said Brussels now is trying "to take away from European capitals part of the sovereign powers in areas that don’t fall within the competence of the European Union."
He highlighted the fact that essentially, the EU institutions are trying to make the most important decisions by themselves, pushing aside national governments. That’s how Brussels is trying to exclude any unpredictability associated with the need to ensure consensus in the development of key decisions by the bloc's states, in particular, trade and political ones.
"During the acute phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, the EU supranational organizations have significantly expanded their powers in the field of healthcare, now the European Commission seeks to be at the forefront of efforts to overcome the energy crisis, seeking to be a coordinator for joint purchases of gas by member states from the spring of 2023," he said. "For us, the fundamental point is that the redistribution of powers is carried out not so much against the background of numerous crises, but under the pretext of the ‘Russian threat'."
The Russian diplomat said he believes that the question of how significant a role the European Union will play in the future world system will ultimately be decided by the regional community itself.
"Today, the entire system of international relations is undoubtedly undergoing a tectonic shift. And at some stage, when stabilization begins (and this will inevitably happen), we - and I am talking now not only about Russia, but about all sensible representatives of the international community, which is by no means limited to Europe or the West - will have a real chance to lay the foundations for a new, fairer world order based not on the ‘rules’ invented by one side, which can be rewritten in the course of the ‘game,’ but on the principles of genuine mutual respect and equality," Logvinov said.
For India, the reorientation of Russian economic diplomacy toward the Asian region presents huge business opportunities. Who would have thought nine months ago that Russia was going to be the largest supplier of oil to India, leapfrogging Iraq, Saudi Arabia and the US? According to Reuters, India purchased about 40% of all export volumes of Russian Urals grade oil transported by sea in November, when European countries accounted for 25%, Turkey 15% and China 5%.
Excerpted from an article about the Pakistani deep-state attempt to assassinate Imran Khan, which has important new details. Lots of history here.
The revelation doesn’t come as a surprise, though, because more than two decades before the declassification of the State Department documents, in the 1998 interview to The Counter Punch Magazine, former National Security Advisor to President Jimmy Carter, Zbigniew Brzezinski, confessed that the president signed the directive to provide secret aid to the Afghan jihadists in July 1979, whereas the Soviet Army invaded Afghanistan six months later in December 1979.
Here is a poignant excerpt from the interview. The interviewer puts the question: “And neither do you regret having supported the Islamic jihadists, having given arms and advice to future terrorists?” Brzezinski replies: “What is most important to the history of the world? The Taliban or the collapse of the Soviet Empire? Some stirred-up Muslims or the liberation of Central Europe and the end of the Cold War?”
Modi ignores West’s sanctions on Russia
Meryl Nass MD and Jane Orient MD, In Germany, putative vaccine-induced causes of sudden death tripled after vaccine rollout
A German panel debates the C19 response and 19% excess mortality
The injuries from the injections are permanent. It is shocking to see the complete lack of outrage on the focus on the number that 19% excess deaths means.
For 94 million Germans, around 1 million die every year. 19% excess means 190,000 more Germans died than expected. These were not C19 deaths.
Meryl Nass MD, Let's look at how COVID and the Flu compare to each other right now, and compare to past years
Hint: It's a mild flu year so far, yet there are more flu than COVID hospitalizations in the UK.
Jessica Rose Ph.D. Dr. Sanjay Verma: backed up by VAERS
Myocarditis -> scar tissue -> lower chamber ventricular arrhythmia, fibrillation and tachycardia
Jessica Rose Ph.D. gives the best explanation of all of the effects of lipid nanoparticles used to carry mRNA into human cells in Pfizer and Moderna "vaccine products" Effect of LNPs on RBCs to render them dysfunctional - is obvious
Seeking Peace (pictured coming up the stairs he built)