Fiery Auto Crash. Journalist Dead. Assassination?

The revelation that Rolling Stone journalist Michael Hastings was working on a story about the CIA before his death and had contacted a Wikileaks lawyer about being under investigation by the FBI hours before his car exploded into flames has bolstered increasingly valid claims that the 33-year-old was assassinated.

Hastings died early Tuesday morning in Hollywood when his car allegedly hit a tree at high speed. The Los Angeles Coroner’s office has not yet been able to officially identify the body as Hastings because it is so badly burned.

Skeptics of the official narrative have highlighted eyewitness accounts which state that Hastings’ Mercedes “exploded”.

Images of the vehicle appear to show more damage to the rear, around the area of the fuel tank, than the front, leading to speculation that a car bomb which ignited the fuel could have been responsible for the incident.

“No matter how you slice this particular pie, a Mercedes is not just going to explode into flames without a little assistance,” writes freelance journalist Jim Stone. “Car fires in new cars happen for three main reasons — running the engine out of oil, or running the engine out of coolant, or after an absolutely huge car mangling accident, having the hot side of the battery short out against the frame before it reaches the fuse panel. And for all 3 of those normal reasons, which account for virtually all car fires in modern cars, the fire would have started in the engine compartment, progressed slowly, and scorched the hell out of the paint before ever reaching the gas tank. That clean paint is the be all tell all, Michael Hastings was murdered, and the rest is detail.”

Stone also questions why a white sheet has been draped over the vehicle in the image below.

The questions surrounding the precise nature of the “accident” that killed Hastings are given more weight by the fact that the journalist had made enemies within both the FBI and the CIA.

“Michael Hastings contacted WikiLeaks lawyer Jennifer Robinson just a few hours before he died, saying that the FBI was investigating him,” the official Wikileaks Twitter account announced yesterday.

Hastings “had the Central Intelligence Agency in his sights” and was set to release an article exposing the agency, according to L.A. Weekly.

The Obama administration and the Justice Department have openly claimed the authority to assassinate American citizens anywhere in the world if they are deemed a national security threat. A number of American citizens have already been killed as a result of this policy. Is it really that crazy to suggest that Michael Hastings was merely the latest victim of this doctrine?

The New York Daily News highlights the fact that Hastings had received multiple death threats before his demise.

Following his role in bringing down Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, Hastings was told by a McChrystal staffer, “We’ll hunt you down and kill you if we don’t like what you write.”

“Whenever I’d been reporting around groups of dudes whose job it was to kill people, one of them would usually mention that they were going to kill me,” said Hastings.

Hastings was renowned for being “only interested in writing stories someone didn’t want him to write — often his subjects,” according to Buzzflash editor Ben Smith, adding, “He knew that there are certain truths that nobody has an interest in speaking, ones that will make you both your subjects and their enemies uncomfortable. They’re stories that don’t get told because nobody in power has much of an interest in telling them.”

The fact that Hastings had made a plethora of enemies as a result of his hard-hitting investigative journalism has prompted a deluge of online comment speculating that the writer’s “car crash” was no accident.

“Hastings’ wreck might make sense on the freeway, but I doubt he’d be dumb enough to go 100 mph on Highland. He’s not some dumb college kid,” said one commenter on a local news site.

“A warning to other journalists to not dig too deep,” another Reddit user wrote. “Stick with the party line if you want a long, happy life.”

Hastings had also recently written a piece of CIA operative Andrew Warren, who became paranoid that he was being followed, as well as the Rolling Stone piece published in March titled “Killer Drones,” talking about the austere measures of Obama’s drone policy.

As IBT notes, Hastings wrote in his book, “The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan,” that he received a death threat from a former McChrystal staff member.

“We’ll hunt you down and kill you if we don’t like what you write,” the staffer threatened, according to Hastings, who calmly responded: “Well, I get death threats like that about once a year, so no worries.”

Hastings went on to say: “I wasn’t disturbed by the claim. Whenever I’d been reporting around groups of dudes whose job it was to kill people, one of them would usually mention that they were going to kill me.”

If this was an isolated incident then there wouldn’t be so many questions swirling about Hastings’ death. However, he’s certainly not the first individual to go up against the military-industrial complex and wind up in a coffin.

Other journalists who have proven to be a thorn in the side of the establishment have met the same fate, from Andrew Breitbart who was about to release damaging pre-election information about Barack Obama before he collapsed and died in strange circumstances, to Gary Webb, the Pullitzer prize-winning author who exposed the CIA’s involvement in the drug trade and subsequently committed “suicide” after apparently shooting himself in the head – twice.

More recently, Ibragim Todashev, friend of accused Boston bomber Tamerlan Tsarnev, was shot in the head six times by the FBI, who initially claimed Todashev was armed but later had to admit this was a lie. Speculation has raged that Todashev was assassinated because he had knowledge about the Boston bombings which the feds didn’t want to see the light of public scrutiny.

Despite his actions, the murder of Christopher Dorner, who was burned to death by LAPD officers while hiding inside a cabin, shows that authorities will not hesitate to resort to such methods.

It’s virtually inevitable that the true cause of Michael Hastings death will never be known and that the mainstream media will demonize anyone who questions the official narrative as a conspiracy theorist. Meanwhile, journalists and others who pose a threat to the military-industrial complex will continue to die in bizarre “accidents” that stink of foul play.

In another disclosure from WikiLeaks, the group is claiming the late journalist Michael Hastings said he was under FBI investigation just before he died. Hastings was killed in an early morning car wreck Tuesday in Los Angeles. In a Twitter message on Wednesday, WikiLeaks said: “Michael Hastings contacted WikiLeaks lawyer Jennifer Robinson just a few hours before he died, saying that the FBI was investigating him.”

Remember the CIA torture photo scandal from Iraq? After that story broke, the CIA started their assassination program, now the chicken are coming home to roost. The CIA’s logic is mind boggling? It cannot figure out how to properly imprison people so it simply kills them. Does that controversial problem (torture) concern the CIA? No, it does not, they just up the war crimes (by murdering children). Yes, this all raises serious legal issues. But, if you can’t figure out how to handle prisoners professionally, I suppose the alternative is to kill them and the hell with intelligence? Sure, makes sense.

Now the CIA war machine that doesn’t care about the laws of war abroad has been unleashed here at home with the signing of the NDAA. In fact, one minute after the NDAA became law we saw Andrew Breitbart drop dead.  They say Savage, Alex Jones and many others who posit this was an assassination are engaging in baseless conspiracy theories. What do you think now? 

Despite FBI assertions to the contrary, journalist Michael Hastings was under investigation by the agency. In an email sent out hours before his death, Hastings said his “close friends and associates” were being harassed by the FBI and he was going to “go off the radar for a bit,” in other words into hiding. The Los Angeles Timesreported on the email on Friday.

Buzzfeed editor Ben Smith added that Hastings had told friends and family “he was concerned that he was under investigation” for his journalism.

Wikileaks also confirmed that Hastings was under investigation by the FBI.

The establishment media is attempting to portray theories about the journalist’s death as unfounded and irresponsible conspiracies. “Since Hastings’ death early Tuesday, wild conspiracy theories have bloomed on the Internet, implying that he was murdered by powerful forces wanting to silence him,” the San Francisco Chronicle reported on Thursday, insinuating that Wikileaks is attempting to exploit the journalist’s death.

During a Reddit interview last year, Hastings said the military had repeatedly investigated him. “The Pentagon has launched three investigations into stories I’ve done over the past 18 months under the pretense of finding the wrongdoing we were exposing. But the investigations were really about creating a Pentagon approved official document to criticize journalism they don’t like,” he said.

Hastings also talked about government attempts to control the internet. “On the one hand, we’re already bombarded with so much government propaganda, it might be hard to notice,” he wrote. “But I think we’d definitely see a more direct targeting of certain communities within the U.S. with propaganda that was produced overseas. I think what we’d also see is all sorts of disturbing online and internet initiatives produced by the government. The Pentagon is already trying to do this.”

Prior to his death, Hastings was working on a story about Jill Kelly, the military socialite who received email messages from Paula Broadwell, the biographer who had an affair with former general and CIA director David Petraeus. Kelly believes the FBI leaked her name to the media to discredit her.

Earlier this month, Buzzfeed posted a final article by Hastings, “Why Do Democrats Love to Spy On Americans.”

As we noted on Thursday, Hastings was renowned for being “only interested in writing stories someone didn’t want him to write — often his subjects,” according to Buzzflash editor Ben Smith. “He knew that there are certain truths that nobody has an interest in speaking, …stories that don’t get told because nobody in power has much of an interest in telling them.”

Unmasking the ESF (or IMF and WorldBank, who’s your daddy?)

Back in the Depression, the US Treasury Department got a mysterious office called the Exchange Stabilization Fund, which actually kickstarted the International Monetary Fund. It was funded initially with all the gold they jacked from the American public in the Gold Reserve Act of 1934, and has been used to fund CIA operations around the world. The case is made pretty clearly by Eric deCarbonnel (MarketSkeptics), who traces the history of the ESF  in his new video series [see below].

[According to Eric deCarbonnel] the US Government has taken over the world and the ESF has been its weapon of choice. He points out that the ESF has no oversight, and basically says it’s the place the CIA has kept the credit card rolling all these years. In short, the ESF is the slush fund for America’s most corrupt endeavors hidden from plain view with cloak of “National Security” as its cover.  

There is no doubt that great sins have been committed by the self-serving shadow government in the ESF and Federal Reserve to prop up the dollar system. Although, they may not seem themselves as evil they are certainly self-serving. They view it as their role to do everything necessary to ensure that the dollar remains the world reserve currency–and thus maintain the Anglo-American world Empire. If you are looking for who is responsible for the repugnant policies that so adversely effect developing countries, as described in John Perkins‘s book Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, look no further.

keynes_white_casEnter Harry Dexter White

The name is as deceptive as the individual. He was a son of Jewish immigrants, graduating from Harvard late in life, but brilliant in his intellect and determined that America would rule by the strength of the dollar and that Britain was finished as a world power.

The ESF, through then-Treasury Secretary Harry Dexter White, virtually created the modern money system, including the IMF and World Bank. White was the senior American official at the 1944 Bretton Woods conference, and reportedly dominated the conference and imposed his vision of post-war financial institutions. After the war, White was a major architect of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank.

In his new book on Bretton Woods – the financial system that underpinned the post-war world until the early 1970s – Benn Steil makes an interesting point. Apparently, Harry Dexter White, the chief American architect of the system, was actually a spy for Joseph Stalin’s Soviet Union.

In August 1948, White testified and defended his record to the House Un-American Activities Committee. Three days after testifying he died of a heart attack. Historians agree he passed secret state information to the Soviet Union during World War II.[1] 

But as Steil tells in The Battle of Bretton Woods: John Maynard Keynes, Harry Dexter White, and the Making of a New World Order, historians have also been clear about the truth “for at least 15 years now.” His bottom line is succinct: “White was arguably more important to Soviet intelligence than Alger Hiss, the U.S. State Department official who was the most famous spy of the early Cold War.”

Harry Dexter White legacy, the ESF.

In a nutshell, the ESF is a slush fund beyond Congressional oversight. It can be used to ‘get around’ most anything (i.e., it can skirt normal governmental procedures) and operates outside the law. There is no room for it in our democratic process. It is not subject to the normal checks-and-balances so carefully crafted by the Founding Fathers that have proven over time to be so essential for control within the federal government. The ESF is the antithesis of the American foundation of representative government because it subjects a free people to the false authority of unconstitutional governmental force.

After months of work, the video series on the Treasury’s Exchange Stabilization Fund is finally finished! Why you should watch these five videos: It is impossible to understand the world today without knowing what the ESF is and what it has been doing. Officially in charge of defending the dollar, the ESF is the government agency which controls the New York Fed, runs the CIA‘s black budget, and is the architect of the world’s monetary system (IMFWorld Bank, etc). ESF financing (through the OSS and then the CIA) built up the worldwide propaganda network which has so badly distorted history today (including erasing awareness of its existence from popular consciousness). It has been directly involved in virtually every major US fraud/scandal since its creation in 1934: the London gold pool, the Kennedy assassinations, Iran-Contra, CIA drug trafficking, HIV, and worse … ” – Market Skeptics

Here is a Daily-Bell article which gives an analysis of these videos:

Fearfully, the US Treasury’s Secret, 75-Year-Old Fund and Its Dark History Has Been Exposed?

Many of the problems of the modern world can be traced to the ESF, according to Mr. deCarbonnel. He proceeds to make the case for his argument in over an hour of insights and detail.

We have been reading and writing about the New World Order for decades but the information presented by deCarbonnel seems, in some ways, new to us. (That doesn’t mean it’s accurate, of course.) We would be remiss in not making the following point: According to Mr. deCarbonnel, he is also related to Frank Vanderlip, one of the founders of the US Federal Reserve system, so the series of videos can also be seen in some way, perhaps, as a defense of Vanderlip and private banking.

Anyway, let’s jump in. We will try to summarize Mr. deCarbonnel’s argument for those who don’t have the time or patience to sit through all five videos. Here are his arguments (buttressed, to be sure, by a plethora of historical sources) in approximate order in bullet points:

• The ESF was created WITHOUT OVERSIGHT by Congress in the 1930s to ensure support of the dollar. It has done a lousy job of what it was supposed to do, as the dollar has lost almost all its value.

• The ESF was put in the hands of the head of the US Treasury and the US Treasurer has absolute power to do what he wants with the fund.

• As a result, the ESF has acted as a giant slush fund that has funded the growth of the American Empire over the past century – against the will of both Congress and many bankers in private industry.

• The ESF also effectively runs the US Federal Reserve and tells the New York Fed what to do. It does this because it is responsible for stabilizing the dollar and implementing policies that are in the national interest.

• The ESF leaves few traces of its activities, as Congress mandated that it must conduct its affairs without oversight. Thus, dissembling is part of its mandate. Its bureaucracy lies as a matter of policy.

• The ESF was responsible for Project Mockingbird, apparently ongoing still today, and places many of America’s top journos under the control of the CIA. The publishing industry – with a special emphasis on books about politics and American foreign policy – is an especially large part of this false flag operation. Books are seen as a key to controlling the American intelligentsia. The Internet has partially broken the promotional chokehold of Mockingbird.

The ESF is legally MANDATED to lie, which is why even an audit of the Fed will not reveal the true nature of what has taken place in the US and the world in the past 100 years. The Fed and the ESF are symbiotic, but the ESF is in charge.

• In order to prop up the dollar, and to protect the interests of the US, the ESF has performed an enormous number of illegal tasks. It does so with maximum anonymity and without oversight of the rest of the executive branch or the Treasury itself.

• John F. Kennedy was ready to expose the ESF and its dark deeds and to create a new, non Bretton-Woods financial system, which is why he was murdered by a “magic bullet.” Later on, his brother was murdered for the same reason.

• The ESF, thus empowered, has continually and energetically bankrupted the US in order to save it.

• It has disposed of much if not all of the nation’s gold supply.

• It used its secret funds to first create the CIA and then to fund its cover operations, including destabilization ofdemocracies around the world.

• It has demanded enormous amounts of money printing from the Fed to prop up the US economy, the dollar and its illegal operations.

• It has coerced the Japanese, Chinese and others into buying dollars to mop up “inflation.” (Ed.: He means “price inflation” actually.)

• It has sanctioned and created drug addiction in the US to “dollarize” the rest of the world. It has done so by imposing money-laundering regulations on banks that force drug dealers to export, via smuggling, tens and hundreds of billions of physical dollars out of the US.

• It has created a sophisticated forgery apparatus to ensure that the dollars do not flow back into the US, creating inflation. These dollars are apparently being printing by the US Treasury at a loss, but are the same as regular dollars in almost all ways. As a result, foreigners are afraid to bring their dollars back into the US for fear they will be confiscated as counterfeit.

• Because there are so many drugs flowing into the US, especially heroin and cocaine, people are dying of drug use in record numbers. As a result of these deaths, the ESF created the fiction of AIDS. It is still the accepted explanation for the deaths of millions, but there is no explanation for why the “virus” is found equally in men and women, although the deaths have been predominantly gay men who, especially in the 1980s, were apparently aggressive abusers of powerful drugs that depress the immune system. African statistics showing AIDS deaths are merely made up and not to be trusted.

• In order to keep the supply of dollars flowing out of the US, and to continue to fund illicit activities, the ESF has been responsible for wars as well as for covert and illicit assassinations and destabilizations. It was, for instance, responsible for the war in Afghanistan. The Taliban had begun eradicating poppy fields and this could not be tolerated, as the supply of heroin worldwide was plunging. Today, the CIA and US military guard the Afghan poppy fields and heroin production is heading toward peak supply.

• ESF manipulations have resulted in global “blowback.” The dollar is in ruins. The ESF and its enablers are becoming unglued. Even Alan Greenspan has begun to admit the fraud that surrounds the ESF.

• As the ESF and the dollar itself has operated as a kind of Ponzi scheme and like all Ponzi schemes has fostered misinformation and disinformation. One of the most pervasive of these “tales” is that the world is run by an elite group of individuals intent on creating a New World Order. Even journalists who believe they are working for this group are being misled. The New World Order is nothing but a beard for the world’s real power, which is the ESF and its enablers and associates.

• In reality, those who are responsible for the Ponzi scheme, bankers and government officials alike, are culpable. Mr. deCarbonnel says that they have no idea of what is about to happen to them. Hundreds of millions who have been defrauded by the ESF Ponzi scheme and all its ramifications are likely to be merciless when it comes to light. Justice will winnow those involved with special vehemence.

OK. Having summarized these arguments (we tried to hit the highlights, though doubtless we have left out some points), we will try to anticipate the arguments of cynics as well (too many of whom congregate here, for some reason).

These cynics, especially if they have listened to Mr. deCarbonnel’s entire exegesis will make several points, the main point being that it is somehow a “limited hangout” in which a submerged “piece of the puzzle” has been presented as the mechanism for the Way the World Works.

The argument will be made that the REAL elites are preparing for a century’s worth of malfeasance to come to light and that exposes such as deCarbonnel’s provide a foretaste (perhaps a controllable one) of what will dominate the news over the coming months and years.

The main argument will be that by denying the existence of a New World Order, Mr. deCarbonnel is shifting the responsibility from where it belongs to the ESF. In other words, there is a coterie of what we call the Anglospherepower elite and it DOES make decisions. The ESF is merely another tool in an arsenal of weapons that have been employed to dominate the world.

Such cynics as we have described will claim that deCarbonnel’s expose is really another way of hiding what is actually taking place and of making sure the “finger of blame” gets pointed at a free-floating American evolutionary (bureaucratic) system and its enablers rather than at the REAL controllers residing historically in the City of Londonand elsewhere.

These cynics might also argue (full confession: we have in the past) that the footsteps of the French Revolution are echoing more and more loudly as such exposes as deCarbonnel presents continue to find their way to the popular media. It will be argued that the same thing happened in the 1930s during the Pecora Hearings where the modern regulatory state’s bureaucratic apparatus was falsely erected and Wall Street was made into a convenient scapegoat for corruption that went far higher.

Conclusion: Whatever one thinks of Mr. deCarbonnel’s point of view (we’re not endorsing it, merely presenting it), his perspective regarding the ESF is intriguing, and he seems to us a passionate financial journalist in the modern Western tradition. He states at one point that his expose – and others – could not have found their way to the public forum without the Internet, which Mockingbird still does not control. In providing this interesting group of videos to the general public via YouTube, deCarbonnel seems to be providing proof of his point of view.

CIA-connected SAIC Awarded Government “Cyber Security” Contract

The police state brain trust – connected at the hip to the CIA – has merged with Homeland Security. “Science Applications International Corp. is joining the roster of companies involved in a program to protect U.S. infrastructure against cyber threats,” the UPI reports today. “SAIC said it has signed a memorandum of agreement with Homeland Security on joining the initiative. Northrop Grumman announced its participation earlier this week and that it is starting the security accreditation process which is required for the Homeland Security program.”

“SAIC… is the invisible hand behind a huge portion of the national security state – the one sector of the government whose funds are limitless and whose continued growth is assured every time a politician utters the word ‘terrorism,’” Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele wrote for Vantiy Fairin 2007.

The shadowy intelligence contractor’s “past and present board members are a who’s who of vested military brass, high-level intelligence operatives and politicians,” writesPro Liberty. It shares a close relationship with the CIA and – along with Booz Hamilton and Lockheed Martin – dominates the private intelligence industry. Its largest customer is the NSA. SAIC’s relationship with the super-secret signals intelligence agency is described as symbiotic. It plays a key role in the war on terror and operates many of the Predator drones used in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.

During the reign of the Bush neocons under the aegis of a manufactured war on terror, SAIC – along with AT&T, Booz Allen Hamilton, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Verizon Communications, Northrop Grumman, L-3 Communications, CACI International and many others – fashioned the high-tech police state now going into place. It is estimated that “some 70% of the personnel employed by U.S. intelligence agencies are now private contractors holding top secret and above security clearances,”Tom Burghardt wrote in 2008.

SAIC’s expertise and its involvement in the Department of Homeland Security’s misnamed “cyber security” operation is particularly worrisome now that the Obama administration has authorized “a new government program involving the interception of communications on Internet service providers, including AT&T—one of the key players in the NSA warrantless wiretapping program,” theElectronic Frontier Foundation noted last month. The initiative eschews the Fourth Amendment and provides transnational telecoms with immunity from prosecution for crimes against the Constitution and the republic.

The secretive and largely covert high-tech surveillance state apparatus was never intended for the likes of Osama bin Laden. It was built for the American people who are considered the real enemies of the national security state. This fact was underscored by former NSA crypto-mathematician and whistleblower William Binney. In 2012, Binney said the high-tech surveillance state now going online is not about foreign terrorists. It is about Americans “who could be a threat to national security” as defined by a centralized federal government. “Even if they think they aren’t doing something wrong, if their position on something is against what the administration has, then they could easily become a target,” Binney warned.

In March, we quoted Richard Davis, the director of the Arkansas State Fusion Center, who said the fusion center in Little Rock does not waste its time surveilling al-Qaeda and other supposed foreign terror threats. “We focus [on] domestic terrorism and certain groups that are anti-government. We want to kind of take a look at that and receive that information.”

Exploiting the government ginned-up ruse of cyber security, the NSA constructed its Utah Data Center near Bluffdale. Reports suggest the facility will store 5 zettabytes of data, the equivalent storage capacity of over three hundred billion iPhone 5s. NSA General Keith Alexander assured the public “we don’t hold data on U.S. citizens” and that the NSA staff “take protecting your civil liberties and privacy as the most important thing that they do, and securing this nation,” ostensibly from phantom terrorists and rogue hackers who dominate the government’s incessant propaganda campaign.

In April, the Republican-controlled House approved the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA). The White House claims it will veto the bill “unless more protections for privacy and civil liberties are added,” Fox News reports today. This supposed reluctance by the Obama administration is a ruse, of course. It is nothing more than an effort to persuade Americans and Congress that the federal government is protecting the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. In fact, Obama has signed an executive order directing “government officials to set voluntary standards to reduce cybersecurity risk and offer incentives to private companies to adopt them.”

Now that SAIC and the defense industry are working hand-in-hand with Homeland Security and the Pentagon to spy on the American people, we can expect finishing touches to be put on the national security state’s surveillance grid. It will rival by leaps and bounds anything previously imagined or accomplished under COINTELPRO and concurrent illegal operations by the CIA (including Operation CHAOS) and military intelligence.

A technologically advanced Stasi apparatus is designed for 24/7 surveillance of political enemies opposed to a worldwide authoritarian super-state. Its purpose is to reduce resistance to zero and ferret out, persecute, disappear and eliminate enemies of the state.

The CIA Wants to Spy on You Through Your Electrical Appliances

The article below is one year old, but it is worth looking back at, re-reading, or sharing with a friend.


By Will Rahn | The Daily Caller – Fri, Mar 16, 2012

So-called “targets of interest” might soon have much more to worry about than having their phones tapped.’s national security blog, Danger Room, reported Thursday that the increased connectivity of everyday objects to the Internet has peaked the CIA’s interest for intelligence gathering purposes.

images8Speaking earlier this month at a summit for In-Q-Tel, the CIA’sventure capitalist firm, CIA Director David Petraeus talked about the ‘Internet of things’ — the connectedness of every day objects and devices to the Internet.

The emergence and rise of the “smart home” — a home in which all major devices are connected and automated through a central computer system — is one example of this. Household items connected to the Internet contain troves of data which could be accessed and monitored. Entertainment centers and appliances are just some of the items which could be tapped to surveil “targets of interest.”

Petraeus told the crowd the agency could use low-cost high-powered cloud computing to track ‘items of interest,’ “located, identified, monitored, and remotely controlled through technologies such as radio-frequency identification, sensor networks, tiny embedded servers, and energy harvesters.”

While the CIA has “a lot of legal restrictions against spying on American citizens,” reported Danger Room, the collection of “ambient geolocation data from devices is a grayer area, especially after the 2008 carve-outs to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.”

“Hardware manufacturers, it turns out, store a trove of geolocation data; and some legislators have grown alarmed at how easy it is for the government to track you through your phone or PlayStation,” reported Danger Room.


Plus, in related news:
NSA is Building the Country’s Biggest Spy Center

Global information surveillance grid being constructed;
willing Americans embrace gadgets used to spy on them

Steve Watson
March 16, 2012

CIA director David Petraeus has said that the rise of new “smart” gadgets means that Americans are effectively bugging their own homes, saving US spy agencies a job when it identifies any “persons of interest”.

Speaking at a summit for In-Q-Tel, the CIA’s technology investment operation, Petraeus made the comments when discussing new technologies which aim to add processors and web connections to previously ‘dumb’ home appliances such as fridges, ovens and lighting systems.

Wired reports the details via its Danger Room Blog:

“‘Transformational’ is an overused word, but I do believe it properly applies to these technologies,” Petraeus enthused, “particularly to their effect on clandestine tradecraft.”

“Items of interest will be located, identified, monitored, and remotely controlled through technologies such as radio-frequency identification, sensor networks, tiny embedded servers, and energy harvesters — all connected to the next-generation internet using abundant, low-cost, and high-power computing,” Petraeus said.

“the latter now going to cloud computing, in many areas greater and greater supercomputing, and, ultimately, heading to quantum computing.” the CIA head added. Petraeus also stated that such devices within the home “change our notions of secrecy”.

Petraeus’ comments come in the same week that one of the biggest microchip companies in the world, ARM, unveiled new processors that are designed to give practically every household appliance an internet connection, in order that they can be remote controlled and operate in tandem with applications.

ARM describes the concept as an “internet of things”.

Where will all the information from such devices be sent and analyzed? It can be no coincidence that the NSA is currently building a monolithic heavily fortified $2 billion facility deep in the Utah desert and surrounded by mountains. The facility is set to go fully live in September 2013.

“The Utah data center is the centerpiece of the Global Information Grid, a military project that will handle yottabytes of data, an amount so huge that there is no other data unit after it.” reports Gizmodo.

“This center—with every listening post, spy satellite and NSA datacenter connected to it, will make the NSA the most powerful spy agency in the world.”

Wired reports that the incoming data is being mined by plugging into telecommunications companies’ switches, essentially the same method the NSA infamously uses for warrantless wiretapping of domestic communications, as exposed six years ago.

Former intelligence analyst turned best selling author James Bamford, has penned a lengthy pieceon the NSA facility and warns “It is, in some measure, the realization of the ‘total information awareness’ program created during the first term of the Bush administration—an effort that was killed by Congress in 2003 after it caused an outcry over its potential for invading Americans’ privacy.”

9/11 Conspiracy Author & His 2 Kids Found Dead

Last night I watched an interview with investigative journalist and author Wayne Madsen to analyze the mysterious murder-suicide of “conspiracy theorist” author Phillip Marshall and his two children Alex and Macaila in their home in the “gated community of Forest Meadows”, California, east of Sacramento.

“Marshall had something that some people were willing to kill for. And they did.” ~Wayne Madsen

Marshall, a former airplane pilot, was a published author whose works included the 2003 novel “Lakefront Airport,”  – “False Flag 911: How Bush, Cheney and the Saudis Created the Post-911 World (08)” and The Big Bamboozle: 9/11 and the War on Terror, a 2012 publication in which he theorized it wasn’t al-Qaida but U.S. and Saudi government officials who orchestrated the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks on the United States.

Philip Marshall was found dead along with his two children in their Murphrys-area home in California. The Calaveras County Sheriff’s Office reported that both children as well as the family dog were shot once in the head with a handgun. Friends of Marshall’s kids, Alex 17 and Macaila 14, discovered the gruesome scene after showing up to check on them on Saturday after not having heard from them for numerous days. Marshall’s estranged wife and mother of the 2 kids was traveling abroad at the time of the shootings.

bbPhilip just completed what would become this last book, “The Big Bamboozle: 9/11 and the War on Terror.” A few years ago, while heavily involved with publishing what become his second book, Marshal wrote:

“After an exhaustive 10-year study of this lethal attack that used Boeing airliners filled with passengers and fellow crew members as guided missiles, I am 100 percent convinced that a covert team of Saudi intelligence agents was the source of logistical, financial and tactical resources that directed essential flight training to the 9/11 hijackers for 18 months before the attack. This conclusion was determined six years ago and all subsequent evidence has only served to confirm this conclusion.”

On March 1, two former U.S. senators, who headed separate 9/11 federal investigations, also raised the possibility of Saudi involvement in the attacks that killed 3,000 people and spurred the global War on Terror. In sworn statements that seem likely to reignite the debate, former senators Bob Graham and Bob Kerrey, who saw top-secret information on the Saudis’ activities, said they believe that the Saudi government played a direct role in the terrorist attacks.

“I am convinced that there was a direct line between at least some of the terrorists who carried out the Sept. 11 attacks and the government of Saudi Arabia,” former Senator Bob Graham said in an affidavit filed as part of a lawsuit brought against the Saudi government and dozens of institutions in the country by families of 9/11 victims and others. Graham headed a 2002 joint congressional inquiry into the attacks and has claimed he was muzzled into silence about his committee’s findings in 2002 by former Vice President Dick Cheney and other top members of the Bush intelligence community.

In his own sworn affidavit, Kerrey said “significant questions remain unanswered” about the role of Saudi institutions. “Evidence relating to the plausible involvement of possible Saudi government agents in the (9/11) attacks has never been fully pursued,” Kerrey said in a March 1, 2012, New York Times article.

The affidavits, which were filed Feb. 24, are part of a multi-billion-dollar lawsuit going through federal courts since 2002. An appellate court, reversing an earlier decision, said in November that foreign nations were not immune to lawsuits under certain terrorism claims, clearing the way for parts of the Saudi case to be reheard in U.S. District Court in Manhattan.

Last year, Marshall spoke on the national radio broadcast AM Coast to Coast. He said the entire 9/11 episode was “a political stunt to favor the American shadow government that is currently doing business as the U.S. intelligence community.”

911-bushDuring the editing and pre-marketing process of Marshall’s second book, he expressed some degree of paranoia because the nonfiction work accused the George W. Bush administration of being in cahoots with the Saudi intelligence community in training the hijackers who died in the planes used in the attacks.

“Think about this,” Marshall said last year in a written statement, “The official version about some ghost (Osama bin Laden) in some cave on the other side of the world defeating our entire military establishment on U.S. soil is absolutely preposterous.”

Marshall went on to say: “The true reason the attack was successful is because of an inside military stand-down and a coordinated training operation that prepared the hijackers to fly heavy commercial airliners. We have dozens of FBI documents to prove that this flight training was conducted California, Florida and Arizona in the 18 months leading up to the attack.”

The veteran pilot confided that he was concerned about his 10-year, independent 9/11 study and most recent book since they pointed to the Saudis and the Bush intelligence community as the executioners of the attack that defeated all U.S. military defenses on Sept. 11, 2001. Marshall said he knew his book might cause some people to take issue with him.

According to his Amazon author bio:

Philip Marshall, a veteran airline captain and former government “special activities” contract pilot, has authored three books on Top Secret America, a group presently conducting business as the United States Intelligence Community. Beginning with his role in the 1980s as a Learjet captain first as part of a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) sting on Pablo Escobar, and later in the covert arming of the Nicaraguan Contras, Marshall has studied and written 30-years worth of covert government special activities and the revolving door of Wall Street tricksters, media moguls, and their well funded politicians. Marshall is the leading aviation expert on theSeptember 11th attack, as well as a masterful storyteller.The Big Bamboozle(2012) is his second work to focus on the flight training and preparation of 9/11 hijackers’ after False Flag 911 was published in 2008. His first book, Lakefront Airport (2003) was a novel based on his experience as a government contract pilot during the Iran-Contra operation. Philip Marshall began his 20-year career as an airline pilot in 1985, flying first with Eastern Airlines and then with United. He holds captain ratings on the Boeing 727, 737, 747, 757 and 767. Born and raised in New Orleans, Marshall currently resides in California.

Here is one review of his book:

Anyone conducting his own inquiry into the events of 9/11 knows that the WTC buildings could not have fallen at the near-free-fall speed, that fire could not possible have created the pools of molten steel in the rubble. The laws of physics cannot be broken. However Marshal begins his book by stating that any alternative scenario beside the “official story” can easily be disproved. despite his credibility with the 9/11 truth movement being crippled at the beginning of the book, it actually does become a good read for the reader who can suspend judgement and not throw out the baby with the bath-water. Much of the text is about the authors participation in the importation of drugs and exportation of weapons (Iran/Contra), but it turns out that many of the same characters resurface in the training of “the hijackers.” These revelations are the strength of the book.