Reagan Aides and the[read online for free] [alt] by Alfonso Chardy, Miami Herald, July 5, 1987.SecretGovernment
Some of President Reagan’s top advisers have
operated a virtual parallel government outside the traditional Cabinet
departments and agencies for almost the day Reagan took office, congressional
investigators and administration officials have concluded.
There appears to have been no formal directive for the
advisers’ activities, which knowledgeable sources described as a
operated…with its own army, air force, diplomatic agents, intelligence
operative and appropriations capacity…
[A] secret contingency plan…called for suspension
of the Constitution, turning control of the United States over to FEMA,
appointment of military commanders to run state and local governments and
declaration of martial law during a national crisis.
“The plan did not define national crisis…
With Release of[read/watch online for free] by Democracy Now, June 27, 2007.Family Jewels,CIA Acknowledges Years of Assassination Plots, Coerced Drug Tests and Domestic Spying
The CIA has released its so-called
jewels—nearly 700 pages of documents detailing some if its most
infamous and illegal operations dating back to the 1950s. These include
assassination plots against foreign leaders, drugs tests on unwitting
citizens, wiretapping of U.S. journalists, spying on activists, opening mail,
break-ins at the homes of ex-CIA employees and more.
Actually, until the Central Intelligence Agency, America
had never had a peacetime intelligence organization. And it was created in the
aftermath of World War II. And one of the things about World War II was the
very sinister and scary idea of having Gestapo, having a secret police with
those kinds of powers monitoring over a citizenry. So when the issue of
creating a peacetime intelligence organization was posed, one of the points of
discussion was this question of what kind of police powers the agency would
have. And the congressional and senatorial figures who were central in passing
this legislation that created the CIA were squarely against the agency having
any kind of a police function, so that when the charter of the Central
Intelligence Agency was written into the National Security Act of 1947, it
explicitly gave the agency no police powers, and it implicitly prohibited the
agency from carrying out activities inside the United States.
First-class mail is sacrosanct under US legal
provisions. Therefore, it was illegal to open this mail in the first place.
They [the CIA] would open the mail and photograph the letters, before
resealing the envelopes and sending them on their way. So they actually had
files of American citizens’ mail to and from whoever it was they had
decided that they would collect on.
You know, we’re having the military do the
surveillance. We’re having the NSA collect everybody’s phone
calls. So we’ve taken it away from these guys [the CIA] that are by law
not supposed to be doing American stuff. We’ve shifted the playing
field, if you like.
Exposing Bush’s Historic Abuse of Power[read online for free] by Tim Shorrock, Salon, July 23, 2008.
According to several former U.S. government officials
with extensive knowledge of intelligence operations, Main Core in its current
incarnation apparently contains a vast amount of personal data on Americans,
including NSA intercepts of bank and credit card transactions and the results
of surveillance efforts by the FBI, the CIA and other agencies. One former
intelligence official described Main Core as
an emergency internal security
database system designed for use by the military in the event of a
national catastrophe, a suspension of the Constitution or the imposition of
The Justice Department officials who objected to the
legal basis for the surveillance program—former Deputy Attorney General
James B. Comey and Jack Goldsmith, the former head of the Office of Legal
Counsel—testified before Congress last year about the 2004 showdown with
the White House. Although they refused to discuss the highly classified
details behind their concerns, the New York Times later reported that they
were objecting to a program that
involved computer searches through massive
electronic databases containing
records of the phone calls and e-mail
messages of millions of Americans.
Dan Murphy, a former military advisor to Elliot
Richardson who later served under President George H.W. Bush as deputy
director of the CIA. Murphy, who died shortly after his meeting with Hamilton,
did not specifically mention Main Core. But he informed Hamilton that the
NSA's use of PROMIS involved something
so seriously wrong that money alone
cannot cure the problem, Hamilton told me.
An article in Radar magazine in May, citing three
unnamed former government officials, reported that
8 million Americans are
now listed in Main Core as potentially suspect and, in the event of a
could be subject to everything from heightened
surveillance and tracking to direct questioning and even
Main Core may be the contemporary incarnation of a
government watch list system that was part of a highly classified
Continuity of Government program created by the Reagan administration
to keep the U.S. government functioning in the event of a nuclear attack.
Under a 1982 presidential directive, the outbreak of war could trigger the
proclamation of martial law nationwide, giving the military the authority to
use its domestic database to round up citizens and residents considered to be
threats to national security. The emergency measures for domestic security
were to be carried out by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and
Top Secret America: A Hidden World, Growing Beyond Control[read online for free] by Dana Priest and William M. Arkin, Washington Post, July 19, 2010.
Some 1,271 government organizations and 1,931 private
companies work on programs related to counterterrorism, homeland security and
intelligence in about 10,000 locations across the United States.
“An estimated 854,000 people…hold top-secret security clearances.
In the Department of Defense, where more than two-thirds
of the intelligence programs reside, only a handful of senior officials -
called Super Users - have the ability to even know about all the department's
Every day, collection systems at the National Security
Agency intercept and store 1.7 billion e-mails, phone calls and other types of
Many of the newest buildings are not just utilitarian
offices but also edifices
on the order of the pyramids, in the words of
one senior military intelligence officer.
Command centers, internal television networks, video
walls, armored SUVs and personal security guards have also become the bling of
You can't find a four-star general without a security
detail, said one three-star general…
If he has
one, then I have to have one. It's become a status symbol.
At its best, analysis melds cultural understanding with
snippets of conversations, coded dialogue, anonymous tips, even scraps of
Contract analysts are often straight out of
In a secure office in Washington, a senior intelligence
officer was dealing with his own frustration. Seated at his computer, he began
scrolling through some of the classified information he is expected to read
every day: CIA World Intelligence Review, WIRe-CIA, Spot Intelligence Report,
Daily Intelligence Summary, Weekly Intelligence Forecast, Weekly Warning
Forecast, IC Terrorist Threat Assessments, NCTC Terrorism Dispatch, NCTC
Top Secret America: National Security Inc.[read online for free] by Dana Priest and William M. Arkin, Washington Post, July 20, 2010.
To ensure that the country's most sensitive duties are
carried out only by people loyal above all to the nation's interest, federal
rules say contractors may not perform what are called
functions. But they do, all the time and in every intelligence and
counterterrorism agency, according to a two-year investigation by The
The Post's estimate of 265,000 contractors doing
top-secret work…includes 1,931 companies that perform work at the
top-secret level. … Most are thriving even as the rest of the United
States struggles with bankruptcies, unemployment and foreclosures.
The privatization of national security work has been
made possible by a nine-year
gusher of money, as Gates recently
described national security spending…
It's about how many studies you can orchestrate, how
many people you can fly all over the place. Everybody's just on a spending
spree. We don't need all these people doing all this stuff.
The investigation focused on top-secret work because the
amount classified at the secret level is too large to accurately track.
A 2008 study published by the Office of the Director of
National Intelligence found that contractors made up 29 percent of the
workforce in the intelligence agencies but cost the equivalent of 49 percent
of their personnel budgets.
Such coziness worries other officials who believe
the…defense-intelligence-corporate relationship has become, as one
senior military intelligence officer described it, a
self-licking ice cream
Another official…described it as
breathing organism impossible to control or curtail.
How much money has
been involved is just mind-boggling…
Top Secret America: The Secrets Next Door[read online for free] by Dana Priest and William M. Arkin, Washington Post, July 21, 2010.
The brick warehouse is not just a warehouse. Drive
through the gate and around back, and there, hidden away, is someone's
personal security detail: a fleet of black SUVs that have been armored up to
withstand explosions and gunfire.
Beyond all those obstacles loom huge buildings with row
after row of opaque, blast-resistant windows, and behind those are an
estimated 30,000 people, many of them reading, listening to and analyzing an
endless flood of intercepted conversations 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
“From the road, it's impossible to tell how large the NSA has become, even though its buildings occupy 6.3 million square feet - about the size of the Pentagon - and are surrounded by 112 acres of parking spaces. As massive as that might seem, documents indicate that the NSA is only going to get bigger: 10,000 more workers over the next 15 years; $2 billion to pay for just the first phase of expansion; an overall increase in size that will bring its building space throughout the Fort Meade cluster to nearly 14 million square feet.
Inside the locations are employees who must submit to
strict, intrusive rules. They take lie-detector tests routinely, sign
nondisclosure forms… They are coached on how to deal with nosy
neighbors and curious friends. Some are trained to assume false
The schools…are adopting a curriculum this fall
that will teach students as young as 10 what kind of lifestyle it takes to get
a security clearance and what kind of behavior would disqualify them.
Loudoun County, ranked as the wealthiest county in the
country, helps supply the workforce of the nearby National Reconnaissance
Office headquarters… Fairfax County, the second-wealthiest, is home to
the NRO, the CIA and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
… And Howard County, ranked third, is home to 8,000 NSA employees.
[T]he NSA…now ingests 1.7 billion pieces of
intercepted communications every 24 hours: e-mails, bulletin board postings,
instant messages, IP addresses, phone numbers, telephone calls and cellphone
Burns, a businesswoman in the Fort Meade cluster, is
having a drink one night after work and gesturing toward some men standing in
another part of the bar.
I can spot them, she says. The suit. The haircut. The
They have a haunted look, like they're afraid someone is going to
ask them something about themselves.
“Undercover agents come in here, too, she whispers, to watch the same people,
to make sure no one is saying too much.
Scientists at the Defense Academy for Credibility
Assessment (DACA) are using a thermal-imaging camera to measure changes in
facial temperature, which can help determine whether a person is lying. Some
data suggests that a person who is lying may register a temperature increase
near the inside corner of the eye. The scientists hope to use such cameras for
security screenings at airports, train stations, border crossings, stadiums or
Scientists at Draper Laboratories are using an ocular
scanner, a thermal camera, a laser and a
fidget meter to try to
correlate physiological data with a subject's emotional and mental states.
Working with the Department of Homeland Security, Draper scientists are using
the instruments to collect data on heart rate, pulse, body temperature, pupil
dilation, and eye and foot movement. The goal is to be able to compile
physiological data to identify people who intend to commit a crime, such as
Top Secret America: Monitoring America[read online for free] by Dana Priest and William M. Arkin, Washington Post, December 20, 2010.
The DHS has given $31 billion in grants since 2003 to
state and local governments for homeland security… At least four other
federal departments also contribute to local efforts. But the bulk of the
spending every year comes from state and local budgets that are too
disparately recorded to aggregate into an overall total.
Napolitano has taken her
See Something, Say
Something campaign far beyond the traffic signs that ask drivers coming
into the nation's capital for
Terror Tips and to
“She recently enlisted the help of Wal-Mart, Amtrak, major sports leagues, hotel chains and metro riders.
On a recent night in Memphis, a patrol car rolled slowly
through a parking lot in a run-down section of town. The military-grade
infrared camera on its hood moved robotically from left to right, snapping
digital images of one license plate after another and analyzing each almost
“Suddenly, a red light flashed on the car's screen along with the word
Hand-held, wireless fingerprint scanners were carried by
U.S. troops during the insurgency in Iraq to register residents of entire
neighborhoods. L-1 Identity Solutions is selling the same type of equipment to
police departments to check motorists' identities.
“In Arizona, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Facial Recognition Unit, using a type of equipment prevalent in war zones, records 9,000 biometric digital mug shots a month.
The special operations units deployed overseas to kill
the al-Qaeda leadership drove technological advances that are now expanding in
use across the United States. On the front lines, those advances allowed the
rapid fusing of biometric identification, captured computer records and
cellphone numbers so troops could launch the next surprise raid.
“Here at home, it's the DHS that is enamored with collecting photos, video images and other personal information about U.S. residents…
This information would help the crime intelligence
analysts…figure out what neighborhoods to swarm with officers and
There are 96 million sets of fingerprints in Clarksburg,
a volume that government officials view not as daunting but as an
At the same time that the FBI is expanding its West
Virginia database, it is building a vast repository… This one stores
the profiles of tens of thousands of Americans and legal residents who are not
accused of any crime. What they have done is appear to be acting suspiciously
to a town sheriff, a traffic cop or even a neighbor.
The effectiveness of this database depends, in fact, on
collecting the identities of people who are not known criminals or terrorists
- and on being able to quickly compile in-depth profiles of them.
State intelligence analysts and FBI investigators use
the reports to determine whether a person is buying fertilizer…to plant
tomatoes; whether she is…studying for a metallurgy test…
Or, as most often happens, it could make no specific
determination, which would mean that Suspicious Activity Report N03821 would
sit in limbo for as long as five years, during which time many other pieces of
information about the man photographing a boat on a Sunday morning could be
added to his file: employment, financial and residential histories; multiple
phone numbers; audio files;…and anything else in government or
that adds value…
As of December, there were 161,948 suspicious activity
files… Some 890 state and local agencies have sent in 7,197 reports so
“Of those, 103 have become full investigations… There have been no convictions…
In Virginia, the state's fusion center published a
terrorism threat assessment in 2009 naming historically black colleges as
potential hubs for terrorism.
“From 2005 to 2007, the Maryland State Police went even further, infiltrating and labeling as terrorists local groups devoted to human rights, antiwar causes and bike lanes.
“And in Pennsylvania this year, a local contractor hired to write intelligence bulletins filled them with information about lawful meetings as varied as Pennsylvania Tea Party Patriots Coalition gatherings, antiwar protests and an event at which environmental activists dressed up as Santa Claus…
Is the Pentagon Spying on Americans?: Secret Database Obtained by NBC News Tracks[read/watch online for free] by Lisa Myers et al., NBC News, December 14, 2005.SuspiciousDomestic Groups
A year ago, at a Quaker Meeting House in Lake Worth,
Fla., a small group of activists met to plan a protest of military recruiting
at local high schools.
A secret 400-page Defense Department document obtained
by NBC News lists the Lake Worth meeting as a
threat and one of more
suspicious incidents across the country over a recent
The DOD database obtained by NBC News includes nearly
four dozen anti-war meetings or protests, including some that have taken place
far from any military installation, post or recruitment center.
The documents tell me that military intelligence is
back conducting investigations and maintaining records on civilian political
activity. The military made promises that it would not do this
Two years ago, the Defense Department directed a little
known agency, Counterintelligence Field Activity, or CIFA, to establish and
maintain a domestic law enforcement database that includes information
related to potential terrorist threats directed against the Department of
Defense. Then-Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz also established
a new reporting mechanism known as a TALON or Threat and Local Observation
Notice report. TALONs now provide
non-validated domestic threat
information from military units throughout the United States that are
collected and retained in a CIFA database. The reports include details on
potential surveillance of military bases, stolen vehicles, bomb threats and
planned anti-war protests. In the program’s first year, the agency
received more than 5,000 TALON reports.
One of the CIFA-funded database projects being developed
by Northrop Grumman and dubbed
Person Search, is designed
comprehensive information about people of interest. It will include the
ability to search government as well as commercial databases. Another project,
The Insider Threat Initiative, intends to
develop systems able to
detect, mitigate and investigate insider threats, as well as the ability
identify and document normal and abnormal activities and
according to the Computer Sciences Corp. contract. A
separate CIFA contract with a small Virginia-based defense contractor seeks to
to track and monitor activities of suspect
Bert Tussing, director of Homeland Defense and Security
Issues at the U.S. Army War College and a former Marine, says
there is very
little that could justify the collection of domestic intelligence by the
Unites States military. If we start going down this slippery slope it would be
too easy to go back to a place we never want to see again…
Supreme Court Upholds U.S. Policy of Secret Arrests & Detentions[read/watch online for free] by Democracy Now, January 13, 2004.
The Supreme Court on Monday let stand a federal court
ruling that allows for the government to secretly arrest and detain people
inside the United States.
The justice department rounded up 1,000 people because
they were Arabs or Muslims, and arrested them in secret. Jailed them without
charges. Kept them incommunicado and now we discovered as we suspected and
feared all along that they were beaten up when they were in prison.
A few of them were citizens. … Usually the
Justice Department calls a press conference and says—or Ashcroft does
and says, oh, we have arrested so and so. And here’s what we are
charging him with or not charging him with, and here’s the evidence
against him. Only in the instance of these people have they said, oh, we
cannot tell you anything about them. And what we know now—which we
gathered from a piece of information here or there, and through the inspector
general at the Justice Department is that they had nothing on them. …
The government never put in an affidavit saying that there were links between
these individuals and terrorism. Even though the justice—even though the
Attorney General in his public speeches gives that impression over an over
The Undiscovered Malcolm X: Stunning New Info on the Assassination, His Plans to Unite the Civil Rights and Black Nationalist Movements & the 3[read/watch online for free] by Democracy Now, February 21, 2005.MissingChapters from His Autobiography
Those three chapters really represent a kind of
political testament that are outlined by Malcolm X, and to make a long story
short, they’re in a safe of a Detroit attorney by the name of Greg Reed.
… Since that time, no historian, or at least I suppose I’m the
exception, very few people have actually had a chance to see the raw material
that was going to comprise these three chapters. The missing political
testament that should have been in the autobiography, but isn’t.
I think that Malcolm was envisioning, even while he was
in the Nation of Islam, a black nationalist progressive strategy toward
uniting black people across ideological, class lines, denominational religious
lines, Christians, as well as Muslims, to build a strong movement for justice
and for empowerment. And I think that that is what frightened the FBI, and
that is what frightened the CIA. That is what they had to stop, and if one
thinks about it, those listeners and our viewers who know the history of
COINTELPRO, the counter intelligence program of the FBI that occurred in the
1960s and 70s, that in 1965 or 6, that J. Edgar Hoover wrote an infamous memo
called the Black Messiah Memo. He said,
We must stop the rise of a black
messiah. That was the concern that the FBI had more than anything
else… So, Malcolm had a clear vision and an understanding that we
were—that he was a part of a broad freedom struggle. As his vision
became more internationalist and pan-African, as he began, especially in 1964,
after seeing the example of anti-colonial revolutions abroad and began to
articulate and incorporate a socialist analysis economically into his program,
he clearly became a threat to the US state.
The first group, obviously, is the NYPD, the New York
Police Department. They had their own red squad, which was called BOSS, the
Bureau of Special Services. They had managed to infiltrate Malcolm’s
organization and the nation of Islam. And, of course, the FBI. There were over
40,000 pages of FBI documents of which only about half are currently available
to scholars and researchers. … So that—I believe that the FBI
clearly was concerned, wanted to monitor and disrupt Malcolm wherever
possible. Gene Roberts, one of Malcolm’s chiefs of security, was an NYPD
undercover cop. He later went on to bigger things by being a disruptive force
inside of the Black Panther Party.
We know from Talmadge Hayer, one of the men who carried
out the assassination, who was shot by Reuben X as he tried to flee the
Audubon after shooting Malcolm X, we know that Hayer confessed years later to
his Imam in prison that there had been a walk-through a week prior to February
21st at the Audubon Ballroom.
The NYPD was ubiquitous. They were always around
Malcolm. Whenever Malcolm spoke, there would be one or two dozen cops all over
the place. On this day, the cops were nowhere to be seen.
[W]e later learned from unredacted FBI files…that
there were at least, according to the district attorney, at least three
undercover cops who were at the ballroom that day. We know one of their
names… Gene Roberts, who was depicted giving mouth to mouth
resuscitation to Malcolm…was an undercover cop, but who were the
others? Two of the three men, who were imprisoned, Norman Butler and Robert
15x Johnson, convicted and given life sentences, I’m absolutely
convinced were innocent. The real murderers of Malcolm X have not been caught
The Evil Revealed in the Bohemian Grove[read online for free] by Bret Alan Hughes, MostCrucial.Info, July 15, 2009.
Can you imagine the media circus that would occur if a
few thousand of the nation’s top government officials (including
Presidents), media executives, and business leaders from the most powerful
sectors of our society met together for days on end and attended a ceremony
where they ritualistically sacrificed and burned an effigy of a human child?
That would be the media circus to end all media circuses. You would think!
“Well, in fact, that meeting happens every year—and has for over a hundred years. But have you even heard a peep about it from the mainstream media? I know I haven’t. Given the perception of a free press in the United States, you’d think that it would be absolutely impossible for such meetings to take place. That they do is quite a telling statement about the mainstream media.
“Every midsummer in northern California, the people who essentially run the nation meet in the Bohemian Grove. What these people did there was a big mystery, until July 15th, 2000. That’s when Alex Jones secretly infiltrated and videotaped their most sacred ceremony—the Cremation of Care—in his groundbreaking expose: Dark Secrets: Inside Bohemian Grove.
“From analyzing this ceremony, here’s essentially what these people—who, in status and in function, are definitely different from the rest of us—believe:
Our God is Nature, and we see other people as Nature’s enemy. Hence, we view care for them as malevolent, dangerous, and hellish. Our joy comes from striving to become perfectly compassionless sociopaths, so we can best distract, blind, and sacrifice other people for Nature.
Alex Jones reported in an recent interview,pull up on YouTube the clip of the High Priest and when they practiced the mock burning of the child—that horrible scream. And then the media said, ‘Well, Alex, you snuck in. It was just a play.’ But I was there with the old men in the audience: they were getting off on it and in a type of religious rapture.
What Really Happened in Florida?[read/watch online for free] by Greg Palast, BBC News, February, 16, 2001.
This is Database Technologies. This is the company that
the state of Florida hired to remove the names of people who committed serious
crimes from the voter lists. I have obtained a document marked
and trade secret. It says the company was paid millions of dollars to make
telephone calls to verify they got the right names - but they didn't. There is
nothing in the state of Florida files that says they made these telephone
calls. So the question remains, why did the Republican leaders of this state
pay millions for a list that stopped thousands of innocent Democrats from
voting? The first list from DBT included 8,000 names from Texas supplied by
George Bush's state officials. They said they were all felons, serious
criminals barred from voting. As it turns out, almost none were. Local
officials raised a ruckus and DBT issued a new list naming 58,000 felons. But
the one county which went through the whole expensive process of checking the
new list name by name found it was still 95% wrong.
Altogether, it looks like this cost the Democrats about
22,000 votes in Florida, which George Bush won by only 537 votes.
…Palm Beach voting machines misread 27,000
ballots. Jeb Bush's Secretary of State, Katharine Harris, stopped them
counting these votes by hand. She did the same to Gadstone, one of Florida's
blackest, poorest and most Democrat counties, where machines failed to count
one in eight ballots. Again Harris stopped the hand count.
Harris was a busy woman. In charge of Florida's vote
count and co-chair of Bush's presidential campaign.
Harvey Wasserman on New Ohio Voting Report:[read/watch online for free] by Democracy Now, December 17, 2007.The 2004 Election Was Stolen… Finally We Have Irrefutable Confirmation
Ohio’s top election official, Secretary of State
Jennifer Brunner, announced Friday that the voting systems that decided the
2004 election in Ohio were rife with
critical security failures.
Any—basically what she says was, you could have
manipulated the 2004 election results with a Blackberry. You know, the Conyers
report basically said all you had to do was drive by with a Wi-Fi. And she
comes up and says there are very simple ways the 2004 election could have been
flipped just like that.
We are guaranteed certain that John Kerry won Ohio in
2004. The election—the exit polls showed him winning. There was a flip
of 6.7% in the exit polls from the official vote count. You know, my favorite,
in Youngstown and in Franklin County in Columbus, in the inner city, people
went in, and they hit touch-screen machines, and they pushed
Bush lit up. How do you invent that? How do you make that up? We had
votes that were taken away in a county in southeastern Ohio. They proclaimed a
Homeland Security alert. Nobody knows where this came from. The FBI, the
Homeland Security agency, they never called a Homeland Security alert, but
suddenly—They locked down. They kept out the media. Suddenly the ballots
“And most importantly—and this, Jennifer Brunner did not discuss—I am party to a lawsuit. We filed a civil rights lawsuit. We won. The federal election law says the ballots were supposed—had to be protected, under federal law. We got an overlapping decision from a federal judge to preserve, for our civil rights suit, the preservation of these ballots. Fifty-six of eighty-eight counties in Ohio destroyed their election ballots, destroyed all their election records, or most of them, making a pure recount impossible. This is in direct violation of a federal court injunction and standing federal law. So far, nobody has been prosecuted. What kind of country are we living in?