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Pentagon launching ‘solar spy balloons’ over midwest, documents reveal

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The United States military intends to test a number of surveillance balloons over six states. The future deployment of these high-altitude surveillance balloons was revealed in a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) document filing.

The balloons will not be piloted and will run on solar power. South Dakota will serve as the official launch spots for the balloons, with navigational radiuses of 250 miles. If you live in Wisconsin, Iowa, or even Missouri, you could be under experimental surveillance in the near future. The balloons will reach altitudes of over 60,000 feet, far beyond any human eye detectable ranges. The balloons will be used to “provide a persistent surveillance system to locate and deter narcotics trafficking and homeland security threats.”

The balloons will be equipped with cutting edge technologies, such as powerful radars that can track cars and trucks. Weather won’t discourage the success of the spy balloons missions, either, as they are equipped to endure most types of weather activities.

Of course, it is difficult to ignore the full potential of such high-altitude spy devices. In an article found in The Guardian, Arthur Holland Michel, the co-director of the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College in New York, said, “What this new technology proposes is to watch everything at once. Sometimes it’s referred to as ‘combat TiVo’ because when an event happens somewhere in the surveilled area, you can potentially rewind the tape to see exactly what occurred, and rewind even further to see who was involved and where they came from.”

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Minnesota Legislature Bans Warrantless Cellphone Tracking

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ST. PAUL, Min., – May 14, 2014. A bipartisan bill that bans Minnesota law enforcement from obtaining cellphone location tracking information without a warrant passed final hurdles in the state House and Senate today. The House vote was 130-0 and the Senate vote was 63-1.

SF2466 was introduced by Sen. Brandon Petersen (R-Andover) and cosponsored by two democrat and two republican senators. It reads, in part:

A government entity may not obtain the location information of an electronic device without a court order. A court order granting access to location information must be issued only if the government entity shows that there is probable cause the person who possesses an electronic device is committing, has committed, or is about to commit a crime.

SF2466 would not only protect people in Minnesota from warrantless data gathering by state and local law enforcement, it will also end some practical effects of unconstitutional data gathering by the federal government.

NSA collects, stores, and analyzes data on countless millions of people without a warrant, and without even the mere suspicion of criminal activity. The NSA tracks the physical location of people through their cellphones. In late 2013, the Washington Post reported that NSA is “gathering nearly 5 billion records a day on the whereabouts of cellphones around the world.” This includes location data on “tens of millions” of Americans each year – without a warrant. More

Neo-cons Not Aware of Any Impeachable Offenses.

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Today I watched with anticipation the Judiciary Committee hearings on whether or not there was sufficient evidence, or any evidence at all, that the Bush Administration was corrupt, had abused its power and had mislead the American people regarding the war with Iraq, illegal spying and wiretapping of American citizens and if it had corrupted the Department of Justice.  Several other issues were touched upon but of course everyone was limited to five minutes to state their case which had the immediate and desired affect of limiting any attempts to actually expose the full scope of criminal activity by this corrupt and shameful administration. 

 

Of particular interest to me were the statements by ranking committee member Rep. Lamar Smith of the 21st District of Texas.

 

According to Representative Smith, not only did he not believe that the Bush Administration and its cohorts in crime had committed any crimes worthy of investigation, he felt the hearings themselves were shameful and a waste of time.  Apparently Mr. Smith has either been in a coma for the last seven years, or is blissfully ignorant not only of what has transpired during this time but the affect these years have had not only on our civil liberties but also what it has cost us as a nation in blood and tears. 

 

Mr. Smith seemed not at all impressed with the facts that more than a million Iraqi’s have been slaughtered in this war for oil and greed, along with 4,127 American military men and women and that these deaths and this carnage was brought about by the lies of the worst president and administration we have ever had to endure as a nation.  Mr. Smith indicated that the president had committed no impeachable offenses.  That this supposed representative of a Texas district could make such statements with a straight face was a shock to the senses of anyone who had paid any attention at all to the illegal activities and actions of this administration since 2001.

 

Two panels were seated during this inquiry, and on the second was a gentleman named Jeremy Rabkin.  Mr. Rabkin is a professor of law at George Mason University although how this man managed to obtain such employment must be a mystery.  Professor Rabkin was brought in as a witness apparently to bolster the neo-con position that it’s only a crime if a non global elitist does it.  What a pitiful example of the neo-con mindset this man is. 

 

In what I can only describe as one of the most overly animated, gesticulating, face contorting diatribes I have ever witnessed, Professor Rabkin loudly proclaimed that the mood of the people in the room was “demented”.  (I found it to be quite passive and docile until he himself began raging.) It would seem, according to the professor, that anyone in the room or out of the room who believed that impeachable offenses had been committed were deranged.

 

While this neo-con buffoon did everything but physically jump on the desk and twist his body into the shape of a pretzel he presented not one shred of legal expertise to support his contention that there was no offense.  Far from coming off as a legal expert on Constitutional law, or any law at all for that matter, the professor seemed more to be auditioning for the Gong Show.  Mr. Rabkin’s appearance must have been more for distraction than for substance.  It was distracting and also quite uncomfortable to watch.

 

So, has the president committed any impeachable offenses?  Let me count the ways!  Illegal spying and wiretapping, data mining on US citizens,  manipulating intelligence to attack Iraq,  launching a pre-emptive war of aggression,  kidnapping and disappearing of foreign nationals,  secret prisons, torture,  signing statements directing departments and agencies not to abide by the law,  claiming powers not delegated to the  executive,  issuing executive orders contrary to constitutional law,  declaring himself above the common law,  illegal imprisonment, holding prisoners without charges, the intentional genocide of the Iraqi people for the benefit and gain of multinational oil cartels, corruption of the Department of Justice,  attempting to launch yet another war of aggression by provoking Iran,  entering into the Security & Prosperity Partnership intended to dissolve our sovereign nation,  failing to secure our southern border from illegal invasion,  and mounting an unmitigated War OF Terror against the American people.  This is the short list.

 

So what do you think, Mr. Smith?  Mr. Rabkin?  Can you look at this short list of offenses and still claim that nothing here is indicative of impeachable offenses? 

 

These two gentlemen were surely not the only ones on the committee or panels who feigned indignation at the mere thought that anyone might want to hold this administration accountable, but they are the two who stood out, especially Mr. Rabkin whose head I thought was surely going to explode at one point if it didn’t break away from his body totally and spin across the room.   

 

This may come as a shock to these gentlemen, but the American public has come to its own conclusions about this administration and its activities, and it was no thanks to either of you or people like you. It is after viewing such things as this hearing today, that I find myself wondering how Mr. Smith and Mr. Rabkin have continued to hold any position at all as both seem to be either clueless or so dedicated to the dead elephant in the room, the herd passed by them unnoticed

 

And the elephant is dead for all intents and purposes.  Yet, as today showed us, there are still those who believe that the neo-con tactics of distortion, manipulation, stonewalling, ranting and over-acting are still clung to by a few who refuse to admit the American people have tired of these antics, are no longer amused by them, and no longer sucked in by them.   

 

Today also exposed one other thing; there is still a number of people willing to forfeit our country, our Constitution, our lives, rather than defend and protect the Constitution of the United States and our laws, as long as there is some benefit for them in doing so, whether hidden or overt.  For these individuals, party affiliation, political pandering and inclusion in what can only be described as an anti-American movement is far more important than preserving our nation and protecting not only our government, but its people as well, from a cabal dedicated to seeing it destroyed. 

 

Whether congress moves to impeach this criminal administration or not, the majority of people in the United States have.  We didn’t have to call in cartoon professors, or put dummy politicians on a committee…..we figured it out for ourselves.  And, if ordinary people can look at the actions of this administration, and admit that they were duped into a war on behalf of oil cartels; if they can find evidence on their own that a massive deception and fraud was perpetrated on the American people that has cost so many lives; if they can comprehend and realize that everything we hold dear is being stripped away from us……why can’t congress? 

 

It seems a strange thing to me that ordinary citizens are willing to speak up and speak out about the travesties of this administration, that they can see the need to bring to accountability those who have so terribly abused their offices for reasons other than the over used “national security” excuse and yet our elected representatives are either unwilling or intentionally obstructing any efforts to act in defense of our country.

 

The neo-con, anti-American faction of the Republican Party has yet to realize that the dead elephant in the room, is them.  The only thing missing in today’s circus sideshow put on by the neo-cons was the lack of some raging Evangelical, born-again, God is putting a word of knowledge in my heart right now, rock star preacher. This was most likely just an oversight. After all, the clowns were there. 

 

©2008 Marti Oakley

 

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Hoyer Tries to Sneak in Immunity for Tele-coms and Illegal Wiretaps

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Wiretapping: Impeachment Not Immunity

House “Majority” Leader Steny Hoyer doesn’t understand the meaning of NO.

On March 14, we won a huge victory when the House voted 213-197 for a bill to strengthen FISA without providing immunity for Bush and the telcos who illegally spied on millions of Americans without a warrant. Thanks to your lobbying efforts – including over 58,000 petitions! – just six Bush Democrats voted for immunity.

Even Steny Hoyer voted against immunity. But Hoyer kept conspiring with Bush to sneak immunity through Congress when no one was watching. And on Friday, Hoyer quietly announced a new bill to provide retroactive immunity for past warrantless wiretapping and allow new wiretapping for six more years.

So it’s time for us to tell Congress once again that we will not tolerate warrantless wiretapping by George Bush or any other President, and we demand full accountability for George Bush through impeachment. Our last wiretapping petition sent over 58,000 emails to Congress – let’s see if we can double that number to over 100,000.

Wiretapping: Impeachment Not Immunity – Sign the Petition
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Discuss this with Democrats.com members here:
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whether you are a Democrat or not…..sign this petition to stop Steny Hoyer, A Bush Demcrat, from giving retro-active immunity to Bush and the Telecoms for illegal wiretapping.  Demand impeachment!

We’ve lost our collective minds

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We are eight months or so away from the “08” election and I’m already sick of the whole mess.  The YouTube debates were worthless; the questions screened so thorougly that nothing of any consequence was asked.  The state by state primaries and caucuses are pointless because not one promise that is made, not one plan for the future will ever materialize by the eventual and pre-selected winner. 

Questions that should have been asked (and probably were but cut out).

Not one question about the intent to merge the US, Canada and Mexico. 

No one asked if the working groups would be abolished that are facilitating the Security & Prosperity Partnership and the construction of the NAFTA highway that will cut through the country. 

No questions about the data mining being done by various intelligence agencies or the loss of any kind of personal privacy under the guise of “national security”.

No one asked why chemtrails are reported all over the country that result in high numbers of individuals appearing in emergency rooms with sudden respiratory ailments, or why the content of water in the affected area’s suddenly contains high levels of heavy metals, and other toxins.

No one brought up the use of depleted uranium on our troops, or indigenous populations that have resulted in multiple illnesses and a high level of birth deformities.  No one mentioned the fact that DU has a life span of 300,000 years and that where it is used the land is now contaminated.

REAL ID was carefully avoided.  The fact that Homeland Security is strictly prohibited in its charter from ever establishing a form of national ID was never mentioned.

Secure Flight, a program designed to accustom US citizens to the idea of having to “present their papers” in order to travel inside the US went unnoticed. 

So many real questions that need answers were never allowed to be asked.  Which leaves me wondering just what is going to change with this election.  In all likelyhood…..nothing.

I can’t vote for Hillary because she is Bush with a brain…..making her a real danger to the country.

I can’t vote for McCain because he is promising another 100 years of war and a continuation of Bush policies. (I don’t think he is in his right mind anyway)

I can’t vote for Obama.  That is directly a result of his support for a UN based global tax and his intention to end the ownership of small arms and weapons.  Meaning he wants to get rid of the 2nd Amendment.  Even as a liberal, I can’t support that.

I can’t vote for Huckabee because I think if I hear one more fearless leader claiming that God is speaking to him directly, I will implode.

I would like to vote for Ron Paul, but the GOP will never let him on the ticket. 

Wouldn’t you just one time, like to attend a debate where you could actually get up and ask the questions you really have?  Without being pre-screened or shut out?  Can you imagine how different this whole election cycle would be if just this once we were actually able to access the candidates with real questions?  It’s never going to happen.

We have lost our minds.  We have allowed ourselves to accept the controlled speeches, the lack of real questioning, the abscence of actual debate to substitute for substantive, informed dialogue. 

Why anyone is excited or charged up about the coming election is beyond me.  Our election system is rife with voter fraud, corruption and vote tampering.  The winner has already been chosen, we just won’t know who it is until the “08” fraud is perpetrated.  The worst part of that is that there are those out there who will be jumping up and down thinking that they actually won something.

Marti Oakley

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