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By TLB Contributor: Ken LaRive

What we thought as children we may no longer see or even understand today. So too, the ideologies and convictions that men and countries once held sacred in history; philosophies and belief systems once revered as sincere and honorable, might someday fall to dust, and soon after forgotten. Without looking and studying our past revelations and failings, we will be doomed to repeat them.

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As we mature among the games of men we try to connect the past with the present and future. Taking pause we might ask the timeless question, “If we knew then what we know now, would the outcome have been any different?” Most likely, emphatically, it would.

Leni Riefenstahl was born in Berlin, Germany, in 1902, and died on Monday, the 8th of September 2003, in Poecking, Germany, just a few weeks after her 101st birthday.

She was blessed with a multitude of seemingly effortless and magical talents that sparked from her like a roman candle. Her charming and flamboyant wit, her wondrous creative visions and imaginings focused energy that would not be denied. She blossomed in everything she attempted to do. Her exuberance silenced every room she entered, and lines would form for days just to catch a glimpse of her arrival.

In that vivid flash of time nearly everyone in the free world knew her name. Long before Hitler’s 3rd Reich advanced into Europe and millions upon millions fell and suffered under their whim, Leni worked and created for the cause.

Her tragedy might seem moot today in retrospect of the horrible loss of humanity that coincided with her life. She was caught up in a machine that she helped grow by propaganda and party-line promotion. In that process, she broke new ground and mastered her art…

You will hear that she was a dancer, an actress, an artist, a photographer, a filmmaker, and a yes, a Nazi collaborator.

First discovered as a dancer, she was renowned throughout the country and choreographed her own solo dance recital she performed on both the German and European stage. As she grew into a beautiful woman she became the top actress of her time, staring in films that broke ground in a brand new artistic medium called “The Silver Screen.”

She was a natural, a quick study, and rapidly went from leading lady alongside the great Louis Tucker, to simultaneously work under the direction of the famous Arnold Fanck, who saw in her great directing promise.

In 1932 she became internationally famous as a woman producer, director, inventor of images, and also leading actress in her first feature film “The Blue Light”. It was an immediate success, and soon after “Triumph of the Will” was produced, her most controversial documentary about the Sixth Nazi Party Rally of 1934 Nuremberg.

She used her cinema-graphic genius to transform a murdering fascist’s regime into what appeared to be benign saviors. But who at the time could foretell the future, as Hitler received enthusiastic positive press around the world.

Though history is distorted about those times, where shock and pain have created predisposed taboo and history is written by the winner, some historians indicated that Hitler justified his future actions by blaming Germany’s financial failings on Jewish banker conspiracies, who, he contended, were controlling government.

In his book “Mein Kampf”, he outlines his hatred for those he felt stole from the Germans: businesses, money, and land. He thought that Germany was in the mess it was after World War One because the Government of that time let the Jews gain overwhelming power, and corruption was rampant and out of control.

He pointed out that European Jews were trying to turn Germany into a Jewish State, and that the German people would become, in essence, their slaves. As their economy floundered, the German people rallied to the cause. No one seemingly knew, not even the US, some say, of his contentions, or the drastic and radical steps he would take in the future.

Leni’s inventive timing and camera angles had never been seen before, and to this day is considered the greatest propaganda film-maker ever, setting the stage and influencing countless others throughout the world. This one singular work, “Triumph of the Will,” so early in her career, catapulted her to fame and fortune, but would haunt her to the day she died.

Her next film called “Olympia” has been rated as one of the best top-ten documentary films ever produced, and was the instant rave of America’s Hollywood and public, as much of what we see in our early cinema was copied from her original techniques. She artistically depicted, before Hitler’s decline in favoritism, the beauty and grace of Berlin’s 1936 Olympics German athletes as the superior Aryan race, artistically and psychologically compared to the ancient Greeks.

There should be no shame in being ambitious, especially when so talented. Her ability to create must have been a powerful force inside her, and though she never belonged to the Nazi party herself, she did know Hitler and his party leaders.

She must have been involved in some grand balls and extravaganzas, being so beautiful and able to promote the ideals of the party so vividly. Hitler’s Germany and Leni’s pictures were even displayed in our own National Geographic Magazine of that time.

With WWII at a close, Riefenstahl was put on the black list, as were many of our own artists here in America. What a blow that must have been for her! Loudly she defended herself, saying she was no Nazi Pawn, but her destruction was set.

She never quit trying to create, however, and continued the attempt to leave a luminous creative mark. She picked up the still camera and spent years photographing the North African Nubian tribes and rallied world acclaim in the productive effort and result. Her photographic book “Africa”, gave Leni Riefenstahl a new substance in both press and review; “Riefenstahl’s photographs preserves a mythic vision of the Eden before the Fall, a romantic lost world, captured in images as powerfully seductive as the artiest herself.”-V Magazine, Los Angeles.

At 71 Riefenstahl took up both scuba diving and underwater photography with the same verve, and her film-making has been called, “…pure dazzling.” One recent film called “Underwater Impressions,” shows the ocean world with a new glittering perspective, amazingly insightful and long-lasting.

But then, woven in her constant attempts to create, ghosts from the past continually followed and hounded her. Even the Gypsies, who she supposedly used for extras from a local prison camp, tried for years to sue her as responsible for their plight. She won these battles, but paid a great price in time and negative press.

To have so much talent, so much passion for the art, and so much standing in the way is pitiful to behold. Some have written that she never recanted; was never apologetic for her involvement, or admitted responsibility. Perhaps she thought she was morally justified, but her thoughts were obscured.

It might be speculated by a romantic that if she had been born in America she might have gone down in history as one of the best propaganda and documentary filmmakers of the genera, and after the war move from Silent to talkies unhampered. Of course those early propaganda and documentary films would be our own, and most likely she would now be considered a true American patriot.

Author’s note: Leni was caught up in the times of a world of flux and change. In some emphatic ways they were very similar to our own American plight today. Those who attempt to separate from the status quo in the present day by taking a stand for what they believe, like anti-war, anti-big government, anti-socialism and nationalism, are ridiculed, marginalized, ostracized, and humiliated. Surely we are accountable for what we do, but doesn’t that depend on whose side we give our allegiance, and who is in control and domination at the time?

Today, our liberal media under Government control instills taboo, lies and half truths, and disrespects those who might take an unpopular stand against their authority and agenda. It seems that taking a stand or not can have similar consequences in retrospect, and only with a crystal ball can we determine an outcome, and our accountability.

It is easy to look back with condescension for Leni today, but viewing the wide array of indicators we are grappling with, form an unaccountable Federal Reserve, International bankers, a ultra-liberal/nationalistic/socialistic mindset controlling our country, it seems that the same threats that overtook Germany is happening to America today.

There are many ways to control and dominate a country, and the same propaganda techniques created long ago can gain that powerful foothold without firing a shot. Losing liberty in increments, has seemingly gone unnoticed but for those who remember when collective voluntary servitude was in infancy. History repeats itself, and we should pay attention, and study it openly without fear. The more truth we demand, the clearer we can see ourselves, and our place in the future. As liberty diminishes, so too does truth.

We can indeed learn from Leni Rienfenstahl, if only to realize that element in her failed recognition, or misinterpretation for those she supported. But then, it must also be considered that she felt entirely justified, and consciously knew what her involvement might mean.

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By: Brandon Smith

It’s sad to say with such finality, but a universal fact of existence is that most of the people you meet in this life are fundamentally and functionally ignorant. Not necessarily stupid, but certainly ignorant. Ignorance comes not from a lack of intelligence, but from a denial of knowledge and truth. That is to say, ignorance takes hold when people decide to act as though they know and understand a thing, even if they do not. Ignorance prevails when a society or nation chooses to value the appearance of expertise, to value the theater of overconfidence, and to cheer for the bluster of morons rather than admit that they have unanswered questions on subjects they do not yet grasp. For nothing is worse for the self absorbed than to acknowledge that they do not know.

Entire nations have fallen throughout history because of this terrible weakness…

By extension, such ignorance is not just an inherent disease but also an easily exploitable disease. When we refuse to think critically and examine our surroundings thoroughly, we become like grazing gazelles oblivious to the predators encircling us in the tall grass. And, just as there are predatory individuals that hide amongst us, there are are also predatory oligarchs that camouflage themselves as benevolent politicos and financial professionals standing above us. Normal predators we fear, establishment predators we invite into our homes as protectors, saviors, and partners.

The disease of ignorance leaves us vulnerable to many other plagues, including literal plagues like the Ebola virus. When we take the establishment at its word concerning the threat of Ebola outbreak, we make ourselves vulnerable. When people assume that the worst could never happen to them, history shows us that it inevitably does.

The recent discovery of an Ebola infected patient in Dallas, Texas has led to reasonable concern from the general population, but mainstream media efforts along with CDC and White House spin have subdued any practical response by the citizenry. The constant droning voice of the establishment claims there is nothing to be worried about; that even if there was an outbreak in the U.S., it would be quickly squashed by highly prepared medical response teams.

First and foremost, the existence of just one Ebola infected person within America’s borders indicates a likelihood of others, or the possibility of others in the near future unless policies and procedures are changed. As far as I can tell, the government has no intention of introducing rational fail-safes such as requiring mandatory quarantine for those seeking to reenter the U.S. from known outbreak regions, shutting down unrestricted travel into the country from countries with Ebola, training hospitals properly in the identification of the disease, or committing mass resources to quelling Ebola in hot zones before it reaches our shores, at least not in time to make a difference.

Secondly, the establishment also has no intention of giving the general public accurate information as to the behavior and dangers of Ebola. Those I have spoken with in the medical field including some who work within major city hospitals have related to me that the CDC has not been honest in its assessment of the probability of outbreak. For example, the CDC is consistently reminding the public that Ebola is not an “airborn” disease, and this is technically true as far as the science indicates. However, they forget to mention that it is indeed a “droplet born” disease, meaning, it can travel through the air carried in an infected cough or sneeze. The tight quarters of an airplane make for a perfect petri dish, with droplets and particulates passing back and forth through the same space and oxygen for hours at a time. The spread of Ebola is nowhere near as containable as the CDC claims.

I have been told that most hospitals are completely unprepared to fend off an outbreak of a virus as destructive as Ebola. Little to no standardized training has taken place, and some facilities are only now putting together a list of emergency procedures. Human error within the chain of care also occurs often, as we saw in Dallas, Texas, and these errors can lead to greater infection in a hospital environment.

CDC and WHO efforts in countries like Liberia have been so ineffective and halfhearted it leads one to question why their budgets are in the billions of dollars? Where is all their capital and their resources going if not to bring an unprecedented hammer down on a clearly dangerous outbreak of Ebola? Why is the virus being allowed to flourish rather than being destroyed right where it started? Where has the full force of the CDC been for the past several months while death gestates in Africa?

The one legitimate function of government, any government, is to protect the right of the people to pursue their own life, liberty, and happiness. I think stopping the invasion of mortal viruses would fall into this category. The one job our government is MANDATED to do, and it refuses to do it. Why?

I have made the point many times in the past and I’ll make it here again; when a catastrophe takes place, or a crisis is imminent, ask yourself, who ultimately benefits? I believe that the lack of strong prevention response from our government, an inadequacy which is obvious to all of the health care workers I have talked with and to anyone who has the sense to do their own research, could be absolutely deliberate. I believe the spread of Ebola may be desired by certain power brokers, and here is why:

The Perfect Cover Event

I have been warning for quite some time that the banking establishment in particular is well aware that an economic collapse of incredible proportions is coming. In fact, they have done everything in their power to make one possible. This collapse, according to my research, is designed to clear the way through monetary carpet bombing for a new international Bretton Woods-style agreement which will plant the foundation of a truly global economic system centralized and controlled by a highly select few elites. Needless to say, the internationalists would prefer not to take the blame for such a calamity.

Regional or widespread war, terrorism, cyber attacks, etc, are all useful vehicles to conjure mass confusion, and can also be used as scapegoats for the eventual downfall of our economy. That said, a viral pandemic truly surpasses them all in effectiveness. All other tragedies could easily be tied to the first “domino” or “linchpin” (as Rand Corporation calls it) of Ebola transmission, but the strategy goes deeper than this…

An Act Of Nature

Even though most people are well aware of the fact that governments have been engineering biological weapons for decades, few people think political leadership would ever use them at all, let alone use them on the people they are tasked to protect. Even with the complacency and inaction of our government in terms of the response to Ebola, the general assumption by most of the American population will be that any viral outbreak is a product of nature, not of men.

Acts of nature are not things that the common man can easily rebel against. People rebel against governments and corrupt despots all the time, but not the plague. If a viral pandemic strikes, nearly everything a government does after the fact, no matter how corrupt or destructive, can be rationalized as necessary for the greater good of the greater number. If anyone does rebel, they will be labeled as pure evil, for they are now disrupting the government’s ability to stop the pandemic from spreading, and thus, are partly responsible for the mass deaths that follow.

During a viral outbreak, government becomes mother, father, nurse and protector. No matter how abusive they are, most people will still look to them for safety and guidance, primarily because they have no knowledge of disease. What they do not understand, they will fear, and fear always drives the ignorant into the arms of tyrants.  One should also take into consideration the fact that most globalists lean towards the ideology of eugenics and promote the concept of population reduction.  A pandemic would fulfill this desire nicely…

Rationalized Economic Collapse

Who would question the event of an economic collapse in the wake of an Ebola soaked nightmare? Who would want to buy or sell? Who would want to come in contact with strangers to generate a transaction? Who would even leave their house? Ebola treatment in first world nations has advantages of finance and a cleaner overall health environment, but what if economic downturn happens simultaneously? America could experience third world status very quickly, and with it, all the unsanitary conditions that result in an exponential Ebola death rate.

The treasury, labor department, and private Federal Reserve have gone to vast lengths to skew statistics and rig markets with trillions in fiat dollars. Despite historic numbers of Americans falling off unemployment rolls, imploding shipping and manufacturing statistics, and the U.S. teetering on the edge of global “de-dollarization”, a large portion of the citizenry has been led to believe that economic recovery is assured. What they do not understand is that fiscal implosion is unavoidable, and the whole bull market is a circus designed to distract.

Amidst even a moderate or controlled viral scenario, stocks and bonds will undoubtedly crash, a crash that was going to happen anyway. The international banks who created the mess get off blameless, while Ebola, an act of nature, becomes the ultimate scapegoat for every disaster that follows.

Rationalized Travel Restrictions

If you want to lock down the movement of a population to prevent the spread of dissenting groups or ideas, I can’t think of a better way than to claim it is to prevent the spread of a deadly virus. Our government and world health officials are approaching Ebola with an attitude of nonchalance right now, because prevention is NOT part of the plan. When Ebola strikes hard within our country, that is when they will finally decide that strict measures are needed. Suddenly, those borders that they could never secure before will become impassable for you and I. And traveling between states or perhaps even counties may be extraordinarily difficult. “Papers please…” will become the new mantra of petty authority.

Forced Health Measures

Do not be surprised if an Ebola vaccine of some kind suddenly appears on the market just as the situation begins to turn tragic. And, do not be surprised if said vaccine is a total sham that ends up making more people sick. Expect that forced vaccinations will take place, especially as a prerequisite for receiving treatment from CDC or FEMA hazmat facilities. Expect that these facilities will become nothing more than obscure prisons for the sick where people quietly die. Expect that every American will be required to be tested and screened, with biometric data carefully stored, beginning with airport travel (once the virus is already entrenched).  The options are endless for abuse in terms of totalitarian health laws when the public thinks they could end up bleeding from every orifice and dying of liver failure.

Rationalized Martial Law

Imagine if some Americans decide they don’t like being poked, prodded, tagged and bagged by the establishment. Imagine they decide to fight back, Ebola be damned. An already uphill battle becomes an epic struggle when a large percentage of the population thinks you are a monster that wants to hasten the spread of Ebola. Not that the ignorant count for much in the grand scheme of history, but waking at least some of them up in the future to the bigger threat (the globalists) is hard to do when all they can see is devilish microbes. Those who plan to combat the rise of the internationalists, as I plan to, should accept now the likelihood that the only people we will have on our side tomorrow are the people we have been able to wake up today. Martial law will be welcomed by the rest.

International Response

An international response is almost guaranteed during a major pandemic. Sovereignty will be tossed in the dirt. UN and WHO teams and perhaps even troops could accompany an aid package to the U.S. Think of the glorious propaganda, as globalists tell stories of how they “saved humanity” by surpassing the barbaric practices of national and individual sovereignty, defeated the Ebola virus (after millions of deaths, of course), and out of the ashes, the “phoenix” of global governance was born. If they succeed, imagine what the history books will say for the next several centuries.

What Do We Do?

There are no silver bullet solutions. There never have been and there never will be. People looking for them will be sorely disappointed and ill prepared after wasting so much time searching for an easy out. The only answer is for communities of people to take their own survival into their own hands and become as self sufficient as possible. This means that neighborhoods, towns, and counties will have to take precautions now to steel themselves for a pandemic event, instead of simply sitting on their hands and expecting government officials to save them.

The treatments for Ebola in most cases involve nothing more than the steady replacement of vital fluids, electrolytes and plasma until the patient’s body can build up an immunity to the virus. Those with stronger immune systems before contraction are more likely to survive and beat back the disease. Government care, for the most part, is NOT going to save many people either way. That is to say, your survival will depend on you and your immune system, not them. Communities that make efforts to prevent contact and that strengthen individual immunity will have a better chance of survival than going into any government run hazmat facility. Government is not needed, and will often end up being more of a threat than the virus itself. Groups I work closely with and talk with, many with their own doctors and nurses, are already setting prevention guidelines in motion.

If you can prove you don’t need the system to save you, their rationale for attempting to control you is weakened. The ignorant will still try to demonize us for our efforts, but self sufficiency is all we have in the face of this kind of storm. If we can lead by example with our own successful health standards while saving people where the establishment could not, perhaps we can turn the tide.

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BY TLB Contributor: Dave Hodges

Americans have been conditioned to lose the war for freedom through a set of psychological techniques designed to brainwash an entire nation and promote the belief that there could never be any such thing as a conspiracy theory. This all starts with controlling the mechanisms that dispense the “truth” about today’s world.

The Corporate Controlled Media

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Six, count them six corporations control 98% of the media. They virtually control everything you read, see and hear. These six corporations are intertwined with controlling forces of big oil, the military industrial complex, the Federal Reserve and Wall Street. They control who gets elected through campaign donations and more importantly, they have brainwashed an entire nation to accept serfdom at the hands of their corporate masters.

The corporate controlled media uses specific psychological techniques to control. This article is a brief example of how the nation is brainwashed to question the abject criminality coming out of Washington DC.

Behavior Modification Through Operant and Classical Conditioning

Russian physiologist, Ivan Pavlov, at the turn of the 20th century, conducted a set of experiments which became known as “Pavlov’s Dog”. In the experiment, Pavlov would repeatedly ring a bell when he presented food to a dog and the dog would salivate to the food only. Eventually, the dog associated the hearing of the bell with the food and Pavlov discovered that the dog was subsequently trained to salivate to merely the sound of the bell. This principle became known as Classical Conditioning.

Classical conditioning techniques, present in the corporate controlled media, can condition most members of the public to denigrate anything sounding like a “conspiracy theory”. For example, anyone who suggests that anyone in government would ever engage in a conspiracy is quickly marginalized. Try explaining the concept of fractional reserve banking and how the Federal Reserve banks can take in one dollar and then turn around and create, out of thin air, 10 more dollars to loan out. Or, explain the simple forensics of the JFK assassination which proves that Lee Harvey Oswald did not fire a shot, and what happens? You are quickly marginalized by those around who say something like, “I did not know you were one of these conspiracy theorists”.  Therefore, the mere use of the term “conspiracy theorist” becomes a programmed, automatically conditioned trigger to reject any notion of a verifiable conspiracy theory.

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There is a second set of principles that is being used by the mainstream media to reinforce the “fallacy” of any conspiracy theory and this is called Behavior modification it is a set of therapies / techniques and it is based on operant conditioning  which was first brought to light by B.F. Skinner. The main principle comprises changing environmental events that are related to a person’s behavior and beliefs. The best example of these techniques at work would be the old Nazi notion that if you tell a big enough lie, often enough, the people will begin to accept the lie as truth. Subsequently, these two techniques are used in conjunction to create a false paradigm to the American people.

The Normalcy Bias

Once the globalists have control of the media and they have utilized the principles of classical and operant conditioning, a normalcy bias sets in and pervades the belief systems of the American people. The people become so convinced that there cannot be conspiracies, that when events such Fast and Furious, Benghazi and the present Ebola crisis begin to come to light, the public has been conditioned to ignore anything which smacks of a conspiracy. What would have sent millions of Americans to the streets before the advent of TV, now rolls right over the heads of most Americans.

The Normalcy Bias condition is well known to psychologists and sociologists. It refers to a mental state of denial in which individuals enter into when facing a disaster or pending danger. Normalcy Bias leads people to underestimate and minimize both the possibility of a catastrophe actually happening, as well as its possible consequences to their health and safety.

The Normalcy Bias often results in situations where people fail to prepare for a likely and impending disaster. The Normalcy Bias leads people to believe that since something has never happened before, that it never will happen. Therefore, like an infant with a security blanket we cling to our habitual, repetitive, and normal way of life, despite overwhelming proof that serious danger lies ahead. The viewing of President Obama as a danger to the American people by not closing down air travel from West Africa never gets seen by most as the conspiracy that it absolutely entails.

The Normalcy Bias is part of human nature and, to some extent, we are all guilty of participating in it. Unfortunately, the Normalcy Bias inhibits our ability to cope with a disaster once it is underway. People with Normalcy Bias have difficulty reacting to something they have not experienced before. The Normalcy Bias also leads people to interpret warnings and to inaccurately reframe information in order to project an optimistic outcome which leads the person to infer a less serious situation. In short, it is kind of a pain-killing drug which numbs a person to an impending danger.

Do you suffer from Normalcy Bias? Could you become a victim of the “my people perish from a lack of knowledge?”  If you are being honest with yourself, and do not see a threat in the existing power structure, by not closing the airports to travelers from West Africa, then you do indeed suffer from Normalcy Bias.

Even when the evidence of a conspiracy is so massive, the globalists have a means to counter the real facts and this falls under the category of learned helplessness as discovered by Martin Seligman.

Learned Helplessness

“Learned helplessness” occurs when an animal is repeatedly subjected to an aversive stimulus that it cannot escape. Eventually, the animal will stop trying to avoid the stimulus and behave as if it is utterly helpless to change the situation. Even when opportunities to escape are presented, this learned helplessness will prevent any action

 

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Phase One

In the first phase of the learned helplessness experiment, Seligman placed a dog on an electrical grid, shocked the dog and noted that the dog would demonstrate the ability to escape the aversive stimulus.

Phase Two

In the second phase, the dog was barricaded on the grid and was unable to escape the painful shocks. Eventually the dog laid down and passively accepted the shock.

Phase Three

Seligman then removed the barricades and the dog could have easily escaped the shocks. However, the dog, conditioned by the prior set of events, simply laid down and accepted the shocks, without mounting any resistance whatsoever.

Learned Helplessness In America

This is how present day America has been conditioned to not act in the fact of absolute criminal behavior coming from the Obama administration. Today, we lay down in the face of the abject criminality of our government. We accept GMO’s, chemtrails, CPS sponsored child sex trafficking, the theft of our mortgages, the murder of dissidents, constant surveillance, unsafe medicines and foods, and the privatization of our most vital resources which are being priced out of our reach (e.g. water). We simply give up as a country in trying to change things because the system has been so unresponsive to the demands of the public, we have become conditioned to believe that our actions will not make any difference. So, when we are exposed to threat of a pandemic, resulting from government inaction related to the Ebola crisis, we don’t put up a fight because of the prior conditioning which gets us to believe that our actions do not matter.

We have the ability to fight back (phase one). We have done it before (e.g. Revolutionary War, Civil War). However, this was before the omnipresent MSM came on the scene.

We are conditioned by an apathetic Congress that our opinion does not matter (phase two). The media tells us we are the most free nation on the earth.  As a case in point, we honor our veterans and subsequently let the VA murder them. We are conditioned by these factors and the corporate controlled media that our actions can make no difference.

We sit primed today to accept everything our government does to us on behalf of their corporate controllers (phase three). The end result of our passivity is depopulation.

Conclusion

The only glimmer for hope, related to our present set of circumstances lies within a unified effort from within the truthful media and its followers. Otherwise, this country is largely comprised of people who will willing walk into the “showers” of your neighborhood FEMA death camp. How we can resist this relentless conditioning of humanity in Part three.

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CDC whistleblower: also a player in the vaccine-mercury-autism fraud

by Jon Rappoport

October 24, 2014

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Anyone who’s awake knows by now that William Thompson, CDC scientist and whistleblower, has admitted egregious fraud.

He and his colleagues, in a famous 2004 study, gave the MMR vaccine a free pass and pretended it had no connection to autism—when it did.

Here is another study on which Thompson was a co-author: “Thimerosal [mercury] exposure [from vaccines] in early life and neuropsychological outcomes 7-10 years later.” (J Pediatr Psychol, Jan-Feb 2012)

Obviously, this is a key piece of research, because a) mercury is known potent neurotoxin; b) parents of autistic children have been, for many years, telling anyone who would listen that their kids withdrew from the world after receiving a shot containing mercury; and c) the US government has been claiming, over and over, that mercury in vaccines has absolutely no connection to autism.

Here are three quotes from this 2012 mercury study:

“The authors used a public use data set to investigate associations between the receipt of thimerosal-containing vaccines and immune globulins [antibodies] early in life and neuropsychological outcomes assessed at 7-10 years.”

“There was a small, but statistically significant association between early thimerosal exposure and the presence of tics in boys.”

“This finding should be interpreted with caution due to limitations in the measurement of tics and the limited biological plausibility regarding a causal relationship.”

Tics? Yes, this is a recognized sign of neurological damage.

So the mercury study shows there IS, in fact, a connection between childhood vaccines and neurological damage.

The kicker, the disclaimer is found in the third quote, which is a transparent cover story.

“Limitations in the measurement of tics”? “Limited biological plausibility regarding a causal relationship”?

Think about it. The authors knew, in advance of doing the study, that their research would offer no way to actually measure the number, duration, or strength of the tics in young children.

Therefore, to use that “flaw” to discount the connection between tics and neurological damage was their backup plan all along.

“Hey, if we find a significant statistical connection between tics and brain damage in children, we’ll just say we couldn’t measure the tics—and that’ll muddy the conclusion.”

Likewise for “biological plausibility”. The authors also knew, before they started the study, that the exact, step-by-step, causal sequence by which mercury disables and damages various parts of the brain can be chewed on and argued, by “experts,” for the next hundred years—and never resolve “the causal connection” between mercury in vaccines and brain damage.

This is their trump card.

Therefore, their conclusion was a cover-up of the naked fact that they DID discover a significant association between mercury in vaccines and neurological damage.

That makes the study a fraud on its face.

Given whistleblower Thompson’s track record of cooking, twisting, and burying vital data in vaccine research, it also opens the door to a further investigation of this mercury study.

Were vital data omitted? Was the true picture of mercury-caused autism far worse than the authors admitted?

We do know that Thompson, in a recorded phone call with either Andrew Wakefield or Brian Hooker, stated that he would never give a vaccine containing mercury to a pregnant woman.

Thompson also stated that there was sufficient “biological plausibility” to assert that mercury in vaccines causes “autism-like features.”

Fraud, and more fraud.

Promoted to the hilt by the CDC, Ebola may be grabbing all the current headlines, but massive vaccine-research fraud at the CDC is sitting there—at the bottom of the house of cards.

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Jon Rappoport

The author of three explosive collections, THE MATRIX REVEALED, EXIT FROM THE MATRIX, and POWER OUTSIDE THE MATRIX, Jon was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. He maintains a consulting practice for private clients, the purpose of which is the expansion of personal creative power. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for 30 years, writing articles on politics, medicine, and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, Spin Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic, and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free emails at www.nomorefakenews.com

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The Light of truth

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By TLB Contributor: Ken LaRive

Several days ago I was surfing Face Book for something of pertinent interest, and found a simple question poised on a very popular site. I found a hundred comments from about twelve people who considered it with much passion. ‘Should Cursive be taught in school?”

I read each comment carefully, and all of them were emphatic, that yes, Cursive should be taught. But I noticed an underlining presumption there, and so, proposed something none seemed to have considered.

“Who, cares.” I said. “Why do we need a government curriculum to mandate the need to learn cursive? If you want to learn cursive, it is quite simple. Learn it. Open a book, take the time to practice it, and that skill now belongs to you. You don’t have to ask anyone for that.”

Jefferson’s founding principles…

One has to wonder how our founding fathers could come up with such a profound idea of Liberty, a country controlled by a “we the people,” a republic based on law, with a Constitution and Bill of Rights set in place to protect us from tyranny. Surely, they argued… and yet they came together for something they considered far bigger than their individual faiths, their suppositions and speculations based on their own specific world views, but all of it, in a nutshell, I propose here, came from a specific form of education. An education whose motivation comes from the joy of learning, and not by some powerful mandate of collectivism, a propagandized mindset, and a designed test to justify it.

A book was expensive in 1776, and rare for the common man, and if you wanted to read one most likely it was borrowed from a friend, or found in a rudimentary library. They would sit outside where there was light, in the cool shade of a tree perhaps, and read. It was long before government mandates on education, before cybercafe lies, and if you wanted to study after dark, one lit a candle. What was proposed in those early writings, was the formulation of a mindset, a specific and all-encompassing mindset based on philosophy… and so, when Jefferson wrote that his favorite Greek Philosopher was Epicurus, I wanted to know more. I didn’t need to ask Big Brother permission to study this. It was my idea, and my volition.

Epicurus, the Sage…

Just as our founders were men of their times, fleeing the oppression of Church-State European governments, and banker consortiums vying to be the last central bank standing, so too was Epicurus a man of his times…

The Trojan and Persian Wars still clanged in the minds of men, and fickle and sometimes horny Gods of War permeated the Athens mindset, the capital head of what was called the Delian League. This unity was born of conquest and war, trade and inspiration, and was an association of what was considered equal city-states that had joined together for mutual protection. Its treasury was kept on the rocky isle of Delos, protected behind walls and in deep vaults, guarded my military men. Sound a bit familiar?

But it was dangerous times, and out of fear, the treasury was moved to the Athenian Acropolis for safekeeping, and as these so called city states now contributed directly to Athens, an empire was born.

It grew, and with it schools of science, engineering, math and many educational institutions of art. And in the middle of what was called “Athens, the queen of Greece” the light of philosophy grew. And what was studied and learned there, has made its way into every hollowed hall of learning around the world.

There, in the cool of evening, as the shadows of gardens fell on marble columns and dazzling pools of Maxfield Parish blue, men in togas taught methods of thinking, methods that are so profound, its fundamental premise is now our standard.

Oh, to have a time machine. The grandfatherly Socrates who spoke to a paying audience of students about the justifications of philosopher Kings, where fascist dictators were chiseled from the flesh of tyranny by a surprised teacher who wanted to find truth.

Aristotle was there, speaking under a multicolored awning about a concept he had learned called common sense. In his attempt to but order in what he saw to be a chaotic world, he classified, categorized, grouped and sorted, and though some current teachers poke fun at the fact that he put alligators and trees in the same class because they were green, surely his way of thinking was far more complex, and misunderstood.

Ah, Plato. He talked about what some have come to think a metaphor, that everything that is real is found in a cave, and yet, his questions into what we now consider to be reality lingers in the offshoots of religious dogma, the psychology and psych of the human mind from conscience thought to the assimilation of learning. From his musings, the idea of a motivational attitude that can be both a curse and a blessing bent the minds of his listeners…. And this was a cornerstone of our founding father’s education… and though they read the Bible, most knew that to come together for a common cause, those differences must be put aside. And so, they called themselves Deists.

They also studied a mostly obscure philosopher, a humble man with a social philosophy so tolerant, his primary students were women… I give you Epicurus: “I have always wanted to be a philosopher, from my earliest days. I love the quiet contemplation of my own mind. Does that sound vain? Dear me, I hope not immoderately so. For I also love moderation above all else. One could say that virtue of faith or love is supreme in the universe, but each of these, when taken to the extremes, become perverse, and stability is lost, and that leads to madness.”

Epicurus was a Greek philosopher who lived from 341 BC to 270 BC. He is primarily known for the creation of a philosophical commune called the Garden in Athens. It was there, after years of trying, that he and his followers contemplated and lived their philosophy, and to this very day there is a sign on the gate that reads: ‘Stranger, here you will do well to tarry. Here our highest good is pleasure’.

Yes, the Epicureans were hedonists. Found between the folds of Amen Ra, Zoroastrianism, and the veritable flood of philosophical ideas in a world thought to be in control of a selfish, vengeful, all powerful hen-pecked Zeus.

They believed we shouldn’t try and follow the ‘will of God,’ as the Stoics professed, because, among other things, that divine will is not understood. Men put words in the mouths of Gods for their own power and control…. And it is our goal, each of us, in what might otherwise be considered a cold and cruel world where Gods seem indifferent to our welfare… That we are responsible to find a bit of happiness and joy, with a true reason for being to focus on the many pleasure we may find here on Earth, before we die. That is where truth lies, and the ultimate nature of men who seek it.

Atheists?

In his teachings, Epicurus believed that gods existed, but that they show little or no interest in the affairs of men, accept, perhaps, when men are used to fulfill their own godly happiness, mostly selfish in nature. Divine providence, as newly created philosophies taught, became institutionalized into a multitude of religions, but Epicurean taught what is called the atomistic view of the cosmos… He saw the universe to be a mass of swirling atoms, drifting chaotically, ‘riddled with nothingness.’ And it was up to each of us to assign not only meaning, but aspire to the acquisition of the ultimate fulfillment, pleasure in its many aspects. Pleasure, and the lack of pain…

Lucretius, a Epicurean poet, eloquently suggested that we are lucky to have a few atoms who swerve by our control, as with them we are able to acquire free will and consciousness. We can craft the lives we want, for the good and bad and right and wrong, and create happy lives, by our attitudes. And when we die, our consciousness stops, and these so called atoms will dissipate into the great celestial stew. Many future followers of Epicurus were atheists, because in the atomic universe of Epicurus the supreme power and influence of Gods over men were downplayed, with the remainder of the philosophy still intact.

Without a universal law, divine providence, or absolute cosmic jurisprudence, it is all up to us, as responsible individuals, to choose the kind of life we want to have and live, and seek the values that will empower it. He talked about human nature, and how some choices are not reasoned, but that we should attempt to pursue a life of pleasure over pain as much as possible, with our choices reflecting intelligence and rationality.

The veritable core of Epicurean Philosophy, as I see it, is like other Socratic traditions, where it is found that the cause of much of our human sufferings to be the acceptance of false, or flawed beliefs. Primarily, we accept as fact that what we have been taught to think, will ultimately and necessarily produce happiness. Found inside of our minds and hearts, by improper teachers and flawed principles, false notions have propagated, like status, power, lust, gluttony, sloth, luxury and such. We have been instilled with the thought that the acquiescence of these ideas and tangible assets are somehow tied to happiness… but it is evident by looking around that this can not possibly be true…. Epicurus teachings indicated that these external goods and the pursuit of them can bring us much misery, a life of dullness and pain, and ultimate insanity.

Before choosing a direction, said Epicurus, weigh and consider what pleasure you may acquire with the possibility of pain. It was a rudimentary form of individual responsibility he was referring to, as indicated in an illustrated explanation of the pleasures of drinking wine. One has to consider the pain of a hangover, sick bodies and damaged relationships… he taught… and so, we must try to restrict some desires, immediate gratification, for what might be more easily attained. This singular element of Epicurean Philosophy gave his followers austere lives, following a simple way of living, fundamental, moral and ethical, with a simple diet and few possessions, but in control of their own destiny, and considered free men, free thinkers…

Overview…

If your choices reflect a simple, uncomplicated life, you will be free of many of the aggravations that plague us all. Working to support a lifestyle, for instance, enslaves one to support it. When we sacrifice our lives with a boring, stressful, uninspired job to support some future possibility of happiness, the here and now is forfeit without any form of guarantee.

Contemporary teachers of this philosophy, as taught in my philosophy department, at times proposed that Epicureans were libertines, and I have challenged this idea…It seems that if left to pursue their lives, under a banner of liberty, like our American Constitution for instance, they would choose to live each precious moment given, without much thought for tomorrow, a tomorrow of uncertainty. And yet, what perfect patriot is the man who finds himself enslaved? The pain of slavery, to the Epicurean, would not be tolerated, and so yes, they might make a perfect Libertarian. .

Surly, Mr. Jefferson must have been drawn to Epicurus for an emphatic reason, and what I would give for an afternoon of questions on his porch in Monticello. I speculate that he was not drawn to it for its “slacker” nature, as some have suggested the Epicurean nature to be, but one who assigns value to ideals like love, passion, friendship, honor, and a way to free yourself from the bonds of negative emotions, by prioritizing your life.

Note: Special thanks to William Messner-Loebs and Sam Keith who explained it to me so eloquently. And please stay tuned for another noteworthy Philosopher, Marcus Aurelius…

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How our governments now talk about human beings.

By” George Monbiot

To blot people out of existence first you must blot them from your mind. Then you can persuade yourself that what you are doing is moral and necessary. Today, this isn’t difficult. Those who act without compassion can draw upon a system of thought and language whose purpose is to shield them – and blind us – to the consequences.

The contention by Lord Freud, a minister in the UK’s Department of Work and Pensions, that disabled people are “not worth the full wage”(1) isn’t the worst thing he’s alleged to have said.  I say “alleged” because what my ears tell me is contested by Hansard, the official parliamentary record. During a debate in the House of Lords, he appeared to describe the changing number of disabled people likely to receive the employment and support allowance as a “bulge of, effectively, stock”(2). After a furious response by the people he was talking about, this was transcribed by Hansard as “stopped”(3), rendering the sentence meaningless. I’ve listened to the word several times on the parliamentary video(4). Like others, I struggle to hear it as anything but stock.

If we’re right, he is not the only person at his department who uses this term. Its website describes disabled people entering the government’s work programme for between three and six months as “3/6Mth stock”(5,6). Perhaps this makes sense when you remember that they are a source of profit for the companies running the programme. The department’s delivery plan recommends using “credit reference agency data to cleanse the stock of fraud and error”(7). To cleanse the stock. Remember that.

Human beings – by which I mean those anthropoid creatures who do not receive social security – often live in families. But benefit claimants live in “benefit units”(8), defined by the government as “an adult plus their spouse (if applicable) plus any dependent children living in the household.” On the bright side, if you die while on a government work programme, you’ll be officially declared a “completer”(9). Which must be a relief.

A dehumanising system requires a dehumanising language. So familiar and pervasive has this language become that it has soaked almost unnoticed into our lives. Those who do have jobs are also described by the function they deliver to capital. These days they are widely known as human resources.

The living world is discussed in similar terms. Nature is “natural capital”. Ecological processes are ecosystem services, because their only purpose is to serve us. Hills, forests and rivers are described in government reports as green infrastructure(10). Wildlife and habitats are asset classes in an ecosystems market(11). Fish populations are invariably described as stocks, as if they exist only as moveable assets from which wealth can be extracted – like disabled recipients of social security. The linguistic downgrading of human life and the natural world fuses in a word a Norwegian health trust used to characterise the patients on its waiting list(12). Biomass.

Those who kill for a living employ similar terms. Israeli military commanders described the massacre of 2,100 Palestinians, most of whom were civilians (including 500 children), in Gaza this summer as “mowing the lawn”(13). It’s not original. Seeking to justify Barack Obama’s drone war in Pakistan (which has so far killed 2,300 people, only 4% of whom have since been named as members of Al Qaeda(14)), Obama’s counterterrorism adviser Bruce Riedel explained that “you’ve got to mow the lawn all the time. The minute you stop mowing, the grass is going to grow back.”(15) The director of the CIA, John Brennan, claimed that with “surgical precision”, his drones “eliminate the cancerous tumor called an al-Qaida terrorist while limiting damage to the tissue around it”(16). Those who operate the drones describe their victims as “bug splats”(17).

During its attack on the Iraqi city of Falluja in November 2004, the US army used white phosphorus to kill or maim people taking shelter in houses or trenches(18). White phosphorus is fat-soluble. Even small crumbs of it bore through living tissue on contact. It destroys mucous membranes, blinding people and ripping up their lungs. Its use as a weapon is banned by the Chemical Weapons Convention, as the US Army knows: one of its battle books observes that “it is against the law of land warfare to employ WP against personnel targets.”(19) (Personnel targets, by the way, are human beings). But never mind all that. The army has developed a technique it calls “shake ‘n’ bake”(20): flush people out with phosphorus, then kill them with high explosives. Shake ‘n’ bake is a product made by Kraft Foods for coating meat with breadcrumbs before cooking it.

Terms like these are designed to replace mental images of death and mutilation with images of something else. Others, such as collateral damage (dead or wounded civilians), kinetic activity (shooting and bombing), compounds (homes) and extraordinary rendition (kidnapping and torture by states), are intended to prevent the formation of any mental pictures at all. If you can’t see what is being discussed, you will struggle to grasp the implications. The clearest example is “neutralising”, which neutralises the act of killing its describes.

I doubt that many people could kill and wound if their language accurately represented what they were doing. It is notable that those who are most enthusiastic about waging war are the least able to describe what they are talking about, without resort to metaphor and euphemism. Few people have nightmares about squashing insects or mowing the lawn.

The media, instead of challenging public figures to say kill when they mean kill and people when they mean people, repeat these evasions. Uncontested, their sanitised, trivialised, belittling terms seep into our own mouths, until we are all talking about operatives or human capital or illegal aliens without stopping to consider how those words resonate and what they permit us not to see. I wouldn’t be surprised if there are buried, dehumanising metaphors in this article that I have failed to spot.

If we wish to reclaim public life from the small number of people who have captured it, we must also reclaim the language in which it is expressed. To know what we are talking about: this, in more than one sense, is the task of those who want a better world.

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References:

1. http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/oct/15/tory-message-disabled-lord-freud-minimum-wage

2. http://www.parliamentlive.tv/main/Player.aspx?meetingId=9328&player=silverlight

3. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld201011/ldhansrd/text/111108-gc0001.htm#11110875000146

4. At 17:44:20: http://www.parliamentlive.tv/main/Player.aspx?meetingId=9328

5. http://bit.ly/1nxGgCJ

6. http://bit.ly/10hnUf2

7. http://bit.ly/1t7FCOb

8. http://bit.ly/1ziWK73

9. http://bit.ly/1opki5G

10. http://randd.defra.gov.uk/Document.aspx?Document=PESFinalReport28September2011%28FINAL%29.pdf

11. http://www.defra.gov.uk/ecosystem-markets/files/EMTF-VNN-STUDY-FINAL-REPORT-REV1-14.06.12.pdf

12. http://www.nrk.no/hordaland/gjer-vanskeleg-uttrykk-forstaelege-1.10951646

13. http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/israelgaza-conflict-israels-mowing-of-gazas-lawn-is-an-unjust-war-9659364.html

14. http://www.thebureauinvestigates.com/namingthedead/only-4-of-drone-victims-in-pakistan-named-as-al-qaeda-members/?lang=en

15. http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2012-10-23/world/35500278_1_drone-campaign-obama-administration-matrix

16. http://www.wilsoncenter.org/event/the-efficacy-and-ethics-us-counterterrorism-strategy

17. http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/the-rise-of-the-killer-drones-how-america-goes-to-war-in-secret-20120416

18. http://www.monbiot.com/2005/11/22/a-war-crime-within-a-war-crime-within-a-war-crime/

19. Chapter 5, Section III. http://www.fas.org/man/dod-101/army/docs/st100-3/c5/5sect3.htm

20. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2004/apr/11/violence-subsides-for-marines-in-fallujah/3/?#article-copy

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Thanks to Ted Turner for making it clear what the globalists truly desire.

Thanks to Ted Turner for making it clear what the globalists truly desire.

By TLB Contributor: Dave Hodges

The Internet is filled with revelations of how the global elite want to depopulate humanity by 90%. Landmarks such as the Georgia Guidestones are at the top of the evidence list for proof of this agenda. There is an emerging body of evidence that the Georgia Guidestones are a correct representation of this idea.

Where ever you find a bold new initiative related to the plans of the global elite, you will find documentation arising from various think tank organizations in support of these goals. With regard to the coming forced subjugation of the American population to the “stack and pack” megacities, two important papers, the 3-D: Infrastructure for California’s Future and the National Academy of Public Administration’s Memos to National Leaders: Partnerships as Fiscal Policy, jump to the front of the line in espousing the megacities concept. On August 27, 2014, I exposed the megacities concept in revealing something called the America 2050 plan.

The enslavement of America  has taken center stage and it is indeed called “America 2050“. The plan for America 2050 is to herd Americans into 11 megacities consisting of six million people each totaling 66 million people. Under this plan, there are no provisions for any other population developments. After reporting in the August 27, 2014 article, I thought the target date for the implementation of the megacities plan would be the year 2050 as indicated in the title of the organization which is behind the planning of this concept (the article can read here).

316,000,000 million Americans will change to 66,000,000 megacity dwellers which equals

250,000,000 missing Americans!

Eleven Megacities will house 6 million Americans each in densely populated Agenda 21 settlements.

Eleven Megacities will house 6 million Americans each in densely populated Agenda 21 settlements.

It appears that the timetable for the implementation of the megacities concept and the 300 square foot stack and pack apartments is a lot closer that the year 2050.

If a front group for the CIA, Deagel, is correct, we are about a decade away from this hellish nightmare.

 

Year:  2013

Population:  316 million

Gross Domestic Product: $17 trillion

GDP per capita: $52,838

Budget: $5.8 trillion

Military Budget: $726 billion

Forecast 2025

Population: 69 million

Gross Domestic Product: $921 billion

GDP per capita: $13,328

Military Budget:  $8.0 billion

Please note the how the changes in U.S. population covering an 11 year period mirror what I wrote in the America 2050 article. The projected and dramatic downward shift in America’s population are nearly identical when one compares the America 2050 documents and the Deagel projections.
There is a another striking projection which should alarm every American. In 2013, the U.S. military budget was $726 billion dollars. However, the projected 2025 projected budget is only $8 billion dollars.  This clearly points to the fact that the CIA, through Deagel, is projecting that the United States is going to be militarily conquered within the next 10 years. The mere $8 billion dollar projected 2025 military budget speaks to a domestic martial law type of occupation force. With this kind of budget, the U.S. would not even be able to engage in regional conflicts.

Who Is Going to Win WW III?

 america destroyed

The Deagel documents clearly speak to who the winners and losers of the coming global conflict will be.  In the Deagel document, Russia,China, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Iran and India maintain their respective populations or increase their populations by the year. The United States and Britain undergo severe population reductions. 

Common sense dictates that in a global conflict, with its advanced weaponry, that the U.S. would be able to devastate the populations of the aforementioned countries. However, the Deagel projections do not indicate this. Therefore, the only thing that makes any sense would be that the U.S. will fall victim to being sold out by treasonous leadership, thus precipitating its demise. Does this statement bring anyone to mind?

The Method of America’s Demise

With everything I have uncovered over the past two years, I have concluded that America will be thrust into martial law prior to fighting in WW III.  I think it is possible to read between the lines of these reports and conclude that we are speaking about the use of nuclear weapons against the American people. Pathogens such as Ebola may push the U.S. into a state of martial law, but a pandemic will not be part of the final equation, for it were, then we would see sizable increases in the  death curve of the BRICS nations and we see just the opposite. Only the United States and its close allies are going to fall victim, at least in the near-term for depopulation.

I am in the process of receiving new information and will make this public once this is available.

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Commentary by: Brandon Smith

One of the most dangerous philosophical contentions even amongst liberty movement activists is the conundrum of government force and prevention during times of imminent pandemic. All of us at one time or another have had this debate. If a legitimate viral threat existed and threatened to infect and kill millions of Americans, is it then acceptable for the government to step in, remove civil liberties, enforce quarantines, and stop people from spreading the disease? After all, during a viral event, the decisions of each individual can truly have a positive or negative effect on the rest of society, right? One out of control (or “lone wolf”) citizen/terrorist could reignite a biological firestorm, so, should we not turn to government and forgo certain freedoms in order to achieve the greater good for the greater number?

If the government in question was a proven and honorable institution, then I would say pro-Medical Martial Law arguments might have a leg to stand on. However, this is not the case. In my view, medical martial law is absolutely unacceptable under ANY circumstances, including Ebola, in light of the fact that our current government will be the predominant cause of viral outbreak. That is to say, you DO NOT turn to the government for help when the government is the cause of the problem.

The recent rise of global Ebola is slowly bringing the issue of medical martial law to the forefront of our culture. Charles Krauthammer at The Washington Post recently argued in favor of possible restrictions on individual and Constitutional liberties in the face of a viral pandemic threat.

The CDC now argues that in the case of people who may be potential carriers, or even in the case of people who refuse to undergo screenings, it has the legal authority to dissolve all constitutional protections and essentially imprison (quarantine) an American citizen for as long as they see fit to do so.

The Obama Administration is now using militant terminology in reference to Ebola response, including the formation of “Ebola SWAT Teams” for quick reaction to potential outbreak areas.

In typical socialist fashion, the nurses union ‘National Nurses United’ has called for Barack Obama to use “executive authority” to take control of all Ebola response protocols in hospitals across the country. Yet another perpetuation of the myth that more government power is the solution.

And finally, the Department of Defense has been tasked to create a military controlled “quick-strike team” to deal with Ebola within U.S. borders. This team will be under the command of none other than Northcom, apparently trampling the Posse Comitatus Act and setting the stage for the rationalized use of military personnel against U.S. citizens under the guise of pandemic prevention.

It should be clear to anyone with half a brain that medical martial law is being quietly prepared, and that the threat of such measures is not a paranoid conspiracy, but a very real possibility. It should also be noted that such provisions are not only the products of the Obama Administration. It was George W. Bush who first created laws intersecting with the World Health Organization’s pandemic preparedness planning. These laws include the “overrule of existing legislation or (individual) human rights” in order to quell a viral outbreak, and were originally drafted around the potential of an influenza crisis.

It is this kind of executive overreach that has set precedence for states such as Connecticut to announce a tentative state of emergency with medical martial law restrictions.

I discussed in great detail why Ebola works in favor of establishment elites in my article ‘An Ebola Outbreak Would Be Advantageous For Globalists’.

Understand that bureaucrats will come to you with promises of offering a helping hand, hoping that you are afraid enough to accept, but their intentions will not be compassionate. Rather, their intent will be to assert as much dominance over the public as possible during the chaos, and to erase any conception the people may have had in the past that they have inalienable rights.

But going beyond the hidden motives of tyrants, I think it is important to point out that the Center for Disease Control and the federal government in general has already lost all credibility in dealing with Ebola, and therefore, it has lost any authority it may have had in administrating a future response.

Ebola has been officially known to the CDC for over thirty years. Why has the CDC refused for three decades to produce proper care guidelines for hospitals? Medical staff in the U.S. didn’t even receive guidelines when the outbreak in Western Africa was obviously progressing out of control.

Why did the CDC leave Thomas Duncan, the very first U.S. Ebola case, in the hands of the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, without proper procedures in place to prevent further infection, and without a CDC team present? The CDC has an annual budget of nearly $7 billion. Where is all of this money going if not to stamp out such threats as Ebola?

The argument presented by the White House, the CDC, and even the World Bank, has been that stopping direct or indirect travel from nations with an Ebola outbreak would be “impractical”, and that such travel bans would somehow “make matters worse”. They have yet to produce a logical explanation as to how this makes sense, but what if we did not need to institute a travel ban? The CDC, with it’s massive budget, could easily establish quarantine measures in infected countries. Anyone wishing to travel outside of these nations would be welcome to do so, as long as they voluntarily participate in quarantine procedures for a set number of days. No quarantine, no plane ticket. Where has the CDC response been in Western Africa?

Why not use minor and measured travel restriction in Africa today, instead of using unprecedented martial law in America tomorrow? It makes no sense, unless, of course, the plan is to allow Ebola to spread…

Why has the White House nominated Ron Klain, a man who knows absolutely NOTHING about Ebola or medical emergency strategies, as the new “Ebola Czar”?

Why has all discussion on Ebola prevention revolved around government measures rather than community measures?  Why has all talk centered on what the government will do AFTER an outbreak occurs, rather than on what can be done to prevent an outbreak in the first place?

The reality is that the federal government does not have any treatments for Ebola that are outside of the knowledge and capabilities of the average medically trained citizen. Meaning, the government and the CDC are NOT needed for a community to handle an Ebola outbreak, if that community is given proper guidelines and strategies in advance. Treatment for Ebola, at least in first world nations, consists primarily of regimented transfusions. These transfusions are a mixture of isotonic saline, electrolytes, and plasma, designed to keep the body supported until it’s immune system can build up a proper defense to the virus. Natural and homeopathic methods can also boost immune system functions making the body resistant to the virus before it is ever contracted. The most effective of all treatments appears to be the transfusion of blood from a recovering patient with anti-bodies into a newly sick patient. This is likely the reason for the quick recovery of infected doctors like Kent Brantly.

The CDC would never be able to coherently organize a large scale program of transfusion initiatives, even if it wanted to. Most hospitals around the country have no isolation wards able to handle even a minor Ebola outbreak. The hospitals that do have facilities are limited to less than a dozen beds. According to the medical workers I have spoken with, most hospitals require a minimum of around 50 health professionals to deal with a single Ebola patient.  In the event of an outbreak larger than a few people per state, the CDC and local hospitals are simply not equipped to react to the problem.  Blood transfusions from recovering donors would be few and far between, unless organized by local citizens working under their own directives.

Ironically, it was the Bush Administration’s own report in 2006 on the possibility of bird flu pandemic that admitted the government is completely unequipped to handle an outbreak of moderate size. The report stated that “all sources of external aid may be compromised during a pandemic,” and that “local communities will have to address the medical and non-medical effects of the pandemic with available resources.” Little has changed in the federal government’s pandemic preparations since the report was written.

This leaves individual communities to either prepare for the worst, or die off while waiting for the government to save them. Self isolation and self treatment are the only practical options.

The greatest danger to American citizens is, in fact, not the Ebola virus, but government reactions to the Ebola virus. Already, several medical outfits around the world are suddenly interested in producing an Ebola vaccination when no one seemed very interested before. This might sound like good news, until you learn the terrible history of modern vaccinations.

Pharmaceutical company Merck was caught red handed faking vaccine efficacy data. Merck’s Gardisil was found to contain DNA fragments of human papillomavirus.

Glaxosmithkline, a major vaccine producer, has been caught repeatedly attempting to bribe doctors and health professionals into promoting their products or outright lying about their effectiveness. Glaxo was caught producing rotavirus vaccinations tainted with a swine virus in 2010. Glaxo has been caught producing vaccines tainted with bacteria and endotoxins.

It is important to point out that Glaxo is also spearheading an Ebola vaccine initiative.

U.S. company Baxter produced a flu vaccination in Austria tainted with both avian flu and swine flu. The mixture just happened to be randomly tested on a group of ferrets by a lab in the Czech Republic. The test animals died. The exposure of this “mix up” was quietly swept under the rug by Baxter and the mainstream media, but reports indicate that if the vaccine had been used on the general population, a terrible pandemic would have erupted.

Beyond the fact that vaccinations have a tendency to cripple our natural immune system and infect patients with the very disease they are meant to prevent, none of these existing companies can be trusted to produce a vaccine that is safe even by traditional pharmaceutical standards (which are very low). If the CDC and the federal government trigger a medical martial law scenario, they will most likely include forced vaccination of the population to maintain “herd immunity”. The bottom line? The use of such vaccines will be a death sentence for many, a death more certain than the contraction of Ebola. In my opinion, Ebola vaccination should be avoided at all costs by the American populace.

I can think of no rationale for government involvement in the treatment of an Ebola outbreak. If it is not pure incompetence on their part that has exacerbated the threat, then even worse, it is a deliberate program of genocide. In either case, no military or CDC “strike teams” should be allowed free reign in our neighborhoods, towns, counties, or states. DHS and FEMA Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) are also a no go, given FEMA’s track record of dismal disaster response. They CANNOT be allowed to take control of our communities.

The only way for Americans to survive such an event is to cut out government entirely and establish their own medical strategies, as organizations like the Oath Keepers Community Preparedness Teams (CPT) are doing.

If someone wants to voluntarily go to the CDC or FEMA for assistance, then they should be allowed to take that risk. However, medical martial law over all of us in the name of the “greater good” should not be tolerated. The government has proven beyond a doubt that it is not qualified to handle a viral crisis scenario, let alone determine what the “greater good” actually is. I can’t speak for the whole of the Liberty Movement, but as for myself, if a group of hazmat suited thugs decides to chase me down with a syringe, I am relatively certain none of them will live through the encounter.

Will I be accused of aiding the spread of Ebola because of my non-compliance? Of course. Do I care? Not so much. Each individual American will have to make their own decision on this matter in due course. Is it better to conform and risk annihilation at the hands of an ignorant and/or corrupt government, or, to fight back and be labeled a bio-terrorist? With the clear lack of tangible government preventions for outbreak in the U.S., you’ll probably get your chance to find out soon enough.

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The Blaze is reporting that during President Barack Obama’s speech held in Maryland at a Democratic campaign rally, crowd members, almost exclusively of an audience made up Blacks headed for the exits as Obama began to speak. Reuters reported  that this act  “underscored his continuing unpopularity”.

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Most Democratic candidates have had the good sense to avoid Obama like he has Ebola. However, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, who’s running for governor, is not one of them.

As Obama spoke at the rally for Brown in Upper Marlboro, Maryland, near Washington, a “steady stream of people walked out of the auditorium,” Reuters reported. Obama was heckled as he attempted on behalf of Anthony Brown.

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More hecklers attacked the President. Race is not a significant issue when it comes to assessing the lethality of the Obama presidency when it comes to his administration.  Thank God that these Americans exercised their First Amendment right to voice their displeasure and fear of a President who is clearly every American’s most significant threat.  This is a case of Americans banding together and saying in unison, “Enough”!  From three thousand miles away, I lend my voice in support as should all Americans.

We desperately need to band together as Americans to stand up to the globalist tyranny being perpetrated against the American people by this administration. God bless these wonderful and brave people for their bravery and commitment to our ideals as Americans. Let this be a rallying cry. It might be too late but, by God, we can sure as hell try and follow the example of these people.

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As we sit here in our homes and bemoan the fact that Obama has imperiled the nation due to his mishandling of the Ebola crisis by not shutting down air travel from West Africa, we lose sight of the fact that Obama has been public enemy number one since the inception of his Presidency.

Many of us in the alternative media have long pointed out how this politically inept and inexperienced man has illegitimately occupied the White House.

Since Obama took office in January of 2009, America has been under the most serious and constant barrage of blitzkrieg attacks in her entire history. Not only was Obama grossly under qualified to be president based upon his experience, he was not eligible to even run for the highest office in the land.

The following article summarizes many of the documented issues I have raised, in only the past several weeks, about President Obama and his subsequent leadership failures.

In the spirit of Thomas Jefferson accusing King George of his crimes against the American colonists, I bring forth a summary of the same kinds of charges against King Obama. I would ask that if you agree with ANY of the following allegations, that you share your concerns with your friends and family and then draft a letter to your Congressman imploring him/her to draw up articles of impeachment against Obama for treason and sedition. Encourage your friends and family to do the same.With these kinds of events happening in places like Maryland, the worm has turned. We have a chance for a push back in the brief window left before these midterm elections.

Can America Name One Positive Thing That Obama Has Done for the American Middle Class?

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I think all of us would be hard-pressed to find an individual who could tell us with a straight face what Obama has done to help the American middle class. In fact, when we take a look at the Obama administration and its misguided policies, this administration has created a wide swath of destruction towards the American people reminiscent of what General Sherman did to the South in his now infamous “March to the Sea” during the Civil War.

The Military

Any discussion about the welfare of the nation must begin an end with an analysis of military strengths and weaknesses. Generally speaking, an athletic team is only as good and performs only as well, as the quality of coaches leading that team. The same can be said for the military. Along these lines, Obama has decimated the leadership of the military.

Since the beginning of 2013, he has fired 16 naval commanders and a much greater number of generals when it comes to the combined forces of the Marine Corps and the Army. Never before in the history of this country has a president so devastated a theater of war such as Obama has done, in Afghanistan, where he has removed commanders, one right after the other.

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Obama has replaced these commanders with less experienced subordinates, thus, tremendously weakening our military.

For the first time in American history, Obama has allowed Russian troops to train on American soil. And this “training” comes on the heels of when Russia threatened to nuke America if it dared to invade Iran. Based upon the Russian 2012 threat, America should be in a constant state of military readiness, not be training Russian soldiers who are self-declared enemies of the American people.

Even more incredibly, Obama has directed FEMA to engage in a bilateral agreement to train 15,000 Russian troops on American soil. This makes no absolutely no sense whatsoever. Why would a domestic emergency response agency be training with Russian combat soldiers? There can only be one answer; These troops are going to be needed for the enforcement of the upcoming martial law which will include participating in typical FEMA disaster activities such as food and water distribution, relocation to “housing centers”, etc. Based on this unwarranted agreement between FEMA and the Russians, many of us have concluded that Obama is going to use these troops to engage in gun confiscation and all the very bad things that could follow such an action.

At a time when America has been threatened with nuclear annihilation, Obama has gone so far as to remove the two leaders of our nuclear arsenal by using such ridiculous allegations as one of the men was using a counterfeit poker chip. If this president has time to consider what constitutes a counterfeit poker chip in a harmless poker game, he is spending too much time on the golf course and not enough time doing his job. What is more likely, is that this is a deliberate move to weaken the leadership of our nuclear arsenal leadership. As a result, our national security has been compromised and all Americans are less safe today than they were six years ago when Obama assumed the presidency?

These are the actions of a traitor.

Devastating Our Healthcare

The magic number for healthcare appears to be just under three, because just about three times our present cost is what most people, being forced to pay to convert to Obamacare. I pay just under $500 a month to insure my family. When I went online and used the Obamacare cost calculator, I discovered that I would be paying over $1300 a month for my family’s health care.

I remember listening to the Hannity radio show as he was interviewing LA attorney, Jennifer Hudson, who is four months pregnant. Hudson stated she was dropped from her health carrier and that Obamacare was going to cost her more than three to four times when she is presently paying.

Didn’t Obama say ” if you like your healthcare, and you like your doctor, you get to keep your healthcare and you get to keep your doctor under my health care.” Didn’t this Manchurian candidate also say ” a family of four is going to save an average of $2500 per year under my plan”.

There are so many lies tied up in Obama’s previous two statements, that it is difficult to know where to begin. Let’s just suffice it to say that at least 16 million Americans are going to be forced to convert to Obamacare and that doesn’t even begin to cover the number of private healthcare carriers who are going to dump their insured customers in order to save themselves the expense of providing an ever-expanding healthcare coverage under Obamacare rules and regulations. Further, most Americans who are converting to Obamacare are suffering from sticker shock. And for those who can’t afford the new premiums, well…, they will just have to go to jail under Obamacare regulations which requires each citizen to carry the federally mandated coverage.

Why isn’t the corporate-controlled mainstream media asking Obama why are over 1,300 of his preferred corporate campaign providers and their employees exempted from mandatory participation in Obamacare? Why isn’t the media asking Obama why he and Congress are not forced to use the very same “health product” that they have forced down the throats of American citizens? This is a clear case of rules for thee, but not for me. If the American people were fully aware of the duplicitous nature of Obamacare, there would be an erosion of confidence in government, even above and beyond the record levels of unhappiness we are witnessing today. When people lose respect for leaders and their policies, an air of civil disobedience rears its ugly head. This is why the corporate controlled media will never challenge the president on these issues. This is a communist takeover by stealth.

Attacks Upon Our Food and Water

I have previously documented how Obama is moving to control the food supply in the United States. The Obama forces have swat-teamed the Amish, raw milk producers and several private food producers, while leaving the large corporate farms alone.

After making 50 million Americans dependent upon food stamps, Obama is allowing Congress to make significant cuts among this vulnerable population group, with no transition period, and Obama could have prevented this action with an Executive Order. I am not in favor of the welfare state. However, as one cannot expect a heroin addict to quit the drug by going cold turkey, we cannot expect 50 million poor people to make this kind of adjustment with no transition period. I believe that this is a provocative strategy designed to get protesters in the streets where all resistance will be crushed and Obama’s Bolshevik revolution can continue unabated.

Under Obama’s leadership, the EPA is using their self-proclaimed power to control water. And when one controls the flow and usage of water, one also controls property rights as well as food production. The EPA has announced that they control all forms of water ranging from streams, lakes, rivers, oceans, standing water, well water and water of any variety regardless of the source. This is the underlying impetus which is providing the motivation for the two counties in northern California to withdraw from California.

The Deindustrialization of the United States

Since Obama has been elected president, he has been on a mission to impose the phony science of global warming which serves to justify his extreme control of all industry and personal usage of energy. Unable to get his cap and trade policies through the Congress, Obama has begun to implement his agenda through executive orders at the state and local level. Hence, we are starting to see some citizen push back in the previously mentioned California and Oregon situations.

From my research on the Gulf oil explosion, I learned that Obama was once a member of the Joyce Foundation along with Al Gore and Valerie Jarrett. Together, the three parties created the Chicago Climate Exchange which was designed to be a $10 trillion dollar venture to administrate all cap and trade within the United States. I believe that this why Obama was selected to be president by the bankers.

As I have documented in recent articles, if Obama has his way, we will be living in an 1880’s hellish nightmare reminiscent of the opening scene of the movie, The Hunger Games.

Economic Devastation

Under Obama, he has increased deficit spending by a factor of more than two, when his major campaign promise was to balance the budget. Even more disturbing, under Obama’s watch, the government is setting up to steal retirement accounts as I have documented that Treasury Secretary Jack Lew has begun to “borrow” from select federal retirement accounts.

More disturbing is the fact that Obama has done nothing about the mammoth derivatives debt, totaling at least one quadrillion dollars which is 16 times the value of the entire planet, and the interest continues to grow at an exponential rate. The derivatives debt plus the unfunded liabilities that, which totals $238 trillion, will absolutely crush the economic system of this country. This is by design.

Obama Has Outwardly Declared War Against the American People

Under Obama’s watch, the Department of Homeland Security has armed themselves with 2.2 billion rounds of ammunition and 2700 armored personnel carriers. Even such innocuous federal entities, such as the National Weather Service, are arming themselves to the teeth. Obama has expanded the TSA tyranny, which violates all Americans Fourth Amendment rights, to the streets, the bus depots and certain highways. The Obama administration has purchased hundreds of concrete, bulletproof checkpoints which will be placed on the nation’s highways.

In the recent government shutdown, Obama forbade pastors from administering to their Christian flock in the military. However no other religion, including Islam, received such a prohibition. Under Obama, the Department of Homeland Security has declared Bible-believing Christians to be domestic terrorists. And let’s not forget that the American people have been saddled with the two most virulent forms tyrannical legislation in our nations history, the NDAA, in which Americans can be abducted by the government off of the street with no due process of law. And of course, there is Executive Order 13603, in which the President can take control of all resources and conscript all Americans to perform any duty as he sees fit.

This is the stuff that martial law is made of.

Conclusion

These events only represent the very tip of the iceberg. Again I ask the question, “can anyone name one thing that Obama has done since taking office, which in some way benefit the American middle class?” And I have not even touched upon Fast and Furious, the Benghazi scandal, the IRS harassment of the Tea Party Scandal, the government spying on AP reporters scandal, the NSA scandal and the mysterious deaths of Michael Hastings and Andrew Breitbart. Most, if not all of these scandals, are worse than anything Richard Nixon did in relation to the Watergate scandal.

Hitler would be jealous regarding the overwhelming nature of Obama’s blitzkrieg attack upon average Americans. And before you write to me and tell me that Obama is merely a stooge, and I agree he is a stooge controlled by bankers, please realize that we have to fight this battle at the level that it is occurring. The situation is so dire, that most Americans don’t even know who’s responsible for the attacks upon their lifestyles and their pocketbooks. This was the motivation for this article.

America is in need of a game-changing event. Perhaps these brave people in Maryland have lit a fire. However such an event would require a collective action and the only medium of communication and ultimately collective resistance against this tyranny, will soon be gone because Obama and his minions are seeking to control the Internet. Obama needs to be impeached and he needs to be impeached right now.

I used to be foolish enough to believe that we could turn back this type of tyranny by collectively and effectively using the political tools at our disposal. However, I have come to realize that we are playing in a game that has absolutely no rules. There is absolutely no higher authority that the people can take their case to that hasn’t already been corrupted by the bankers who have successfully hijacked our government and control the executive branch. On my talk show, I employ a catch phrase which states “Freeing America one enslaved mind at a time”. It may no longer be possible to save America, but you can save yourself by properly adapting through proper preparation and by embracing your spirituality in which you can provide your soul with a degree of permanence that the American government can never provide for you.

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I ask you America, does this look and sound like a President that can save you, or even wants to save you from Ebola?

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DHS: A beast that is accelerating our nation’s transformation into a police state

Commentary by:John W Whitehead

“A standing military force, with an overgrown Executive will not long be safe companions to liberty.”—James Madison

“Here [in New Mexico], we are moving more toward a national police force. Homeland Security is involved with a lot of little things around town. Somebody in Washington needs to call a timeout.” —Dan Klein, retired Albuquerque Police Department sergeant

If the United States is a police state, then the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is its national police force, with all the brutality, ineptitude and corruption such a role implies. In fact, although the DHS’ governmental bureaucracy may at times appear to be inept and bungling, it is ruthlessly efficient when it comes to building what the Founders feared most—a standing army on American soil.

The third largest federal agency behind the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense, the DHS—with its 240,000 full-time workers, $61 billion budget and sub-agencies that include the Coast Guard, Customs and Border Protection, Secret Service, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)—has been aptly dubbed a “runaway train.”

In the 12 years since it was established to “prevent terrorist attacks within the United States,” the DHS has grown from a post-9/11 knee-jerk reaction to a leviathan with tentacles in every aspect of American life. With good reason, a bipartisan bill to provide greater oversight and accountability into the DHS’ purchasing process has been making its way through Congress.

A better plan would be to abolish the DHS altogether. In making the case for shutting down the de facto national police agency, analyst Charles Kenny offers the following six reasons: one, the agency lacks leadership; two, terrorism is far less of a threat than it is made out to be; three, the FBI has actually stopped more alleged terrorist attacks than DHS; four, the agency wastes exorbitant amounts of money with little to show for it; five, “An overweight DHS gets a free pass to infringe civil liberties without a shred of economic justification”; and six, the agency is just plain bloated.

To Kenny’s list, I will add the following: The menace of a national police force, a.k.a. a standing army, vested with so much power cannot be overstated, nor can its danger be ignored. Indeed, as the following list shows, just about every nefarious deed, tactic or thuggish policy advanced by the government today can be traced back to the DHS, its police state mindset, and the billions of dollars it distributes to police agencies in the form of grants.

Militarizing police and SWAT teams. The DHS routinely hands out six-figure grants to enable local municipalities to purchase military-style vehicles, as well as a veritable war chest of weaponry, ranging from tactical vests, bomb-disarming robots, assault weapons and combat uniforms. This rise in military equipment purchases funded by the DHS has, according to analysts Andrew Becker and G.W. Schulz, “paralleled an apparent increase in local SWAT teams.” The end result? An explosive growth in the use of SWAT teams for otherwise routine police matters, an increased tendency on the part of police to shoot first and ask questions later, and an overall mindset within police forces that they are at war—and the citizenry are the enemy combatants.

Spying on activists, dissidents and veterans. In 2009, DHS released three infamous reports on Rightwing and Leftwing “Extremism,” and another entitled Operation Vigilant Eagle, outlining a surveillance program targeting veterans. The reports collectively and broadly define extremists as individuals and groups “that are mainly antigovernment, rejecting federal authority in favor of state or local authority, or rejecting government authority entirely.” In 2013, it was revealed that DHS, the FBI, state and local law enforcement agencies, and the private sector were working together to conduct nationwide surveillance on protesters’ First Amendment activities.

Stockpiling ammunition.  DHS, along with other government agencies, has been stockpiling an alarming amount of ammunition in recent years, which only adds to the discomfort of those already leery of the government. As of 2013, DHS had 260 million rounds of ammo in stock, which averages out to between 1,300 to 1,600 rounds per officer. The US Army, in contrast, has roughly 350 rounds per soldier. DHS has since requisitioned more than 1.6 billion rounds of ammo, “enough,” concludes Forbes magazine, “to sustain a hot war for 20+ years.”

Distributing license plate readers. DHS has already distributed more than $50 million in grants to enable local police agencies to acquire license plate readers, which rely on mobile cameras to photograph and identify cars, match them against a national database, and track their movements. Relying on private contractors to maintain a license plate database allows the DHS and its affiliates to access millions of records without much in the way of oversight.

Contracting to build detention camps. In 2006, DHS awarded a $385 million contract to a Halliburton subsidiary to build detention centers on American soil. Although the government and Halliburton were not forthcoming about where or when these domestic detention centers would be built, they rationalized the need for them in case of “an emergency influx of immigrants, or to support the rapid development of new programs” in the event of other emergencies such as “natural disasters.” Viewed in conjunction with the NDAA provision allowing the military to arrest and indefinitely detain anyone, including American citizens, it would seem the building blocks are already in place for such an eventuality.

Tracking cell-phones with Stingray devices. Distributed to local police agencies as a result of grants from the DHS, these Stingray devices enable police to track individuals’ cell phones—and their owners—without a court warrant or court order. The amount of information conveyed by these devices about one’s activities, whereabouts and interactions is considerable. As one attorney explained: “Because we carry our cellphones with us virtually everywhere we go, stingrays can paint a precise picture of where we are and who we spend time with, including our location in a lover’s house, in a psychologist’s office or at a political protest.”

Carrying out military drills and lockdowns in American cities. Each year, DHS funds military-style training drills in cities across the country. These Urban Shield exercises, elaborately staged with their own set of professionally trained Crisis Actors playing the parts of shooters, bystanders and victims, fool law enforcement officials, students, teachers, bystanders and the media into thinking it’s a real crisis.

Using the TSA as an advance guard. The TSA now searches a variety of government and private databases, including things like car registrations and employment information, in order to track travelers’ before they ever get near an airport. Other information collected includes “tax identification number, past travel itineraries, property records, physical characteristics, and law enforcement or intelligence information.”

Conducting virtual strip searches with full-body scanners. Under the direction of the TSA, American travelers have been subjected to all manner of searches ranging from whole-body scanners and enhanced patdowns at airports to bag searches in train stations. In response to public outrage over what amounted to a virtual strip search, the TSA has begun replacing the scanners with equally costly yet less detailed models. The old scanners will be used by prisons for now.

Carrying out soft target checkpoints. VIPR task forces, comprised of federal air marshals, surface transportation security inspectors, transportation security officers, behavior detection officers and explosive detection canine teams have laid the groundwork for the government’s effort to secure so-called “soft” targets such as malls, stadiums, bridges, etc. Some security experts predict that checkpoints and screening stations will eventually be established at all soft targets, such as department stores, restaurants, and schools. DHS’ Operation Shield, a program which seeks to check up on security protocols around the country with unannounced visits, conducted a surprise security exercise at the Social Security Administration building in Leesburg, Fla., when they subjected people who went to pick up their checks to random ID checks by federal agents armed with semi-automatic weapons.

Directing government workers to spy on Americans.  Terrorism Liaison Officers are firefighters, police officers, and even corporate employees who have received training to spy on and report back to government entities on the day-to-day activities of their fellow citizens. These individuals are authorized to report “suspicious activity” which can include such innocuous activities as taking pictures with no apparent aesthetic value, making measurements and drawings, taking notes, conversing in code, espousing radical beliefs, and buying items in bulk.

Conducting widespread spying networks using fusion centers. Data collecting agencies spread throughout the country, aided by the National Security Agency, fusions centers—of which there are at least 78 scattered around the U.S.— constantly monitor our communications, collecting and cataloguing everything from our internet activity and web searches to text messages, phone calls and emails. This data is then fed to government agencies, which are now interconnected: the CIA to the FBI, the FBI to local police. Despite a budget estimated to be somewhere between $289 million and $1.4 billion, these fusion centers have proven to be exercises in incompetence, often producing irrelevant, useless or inappropriate intelligence, while spending millions of dollars on “flat-screen televisions, sport utility vehicles, hidden cameras and other gadgets.”

Carrying out Constitution-free border control searches. On orders from the DHS, the government’s efforts along the border have become little more than an exercise in police state power, ranging from aggressive checkpoints to the widespread use of drone technology, often used against American citizens traveling within the country. Border patrol operations occur within 100 miles of an international crossing, putting some 200 million Americans within the bounds of aggressive border patrol searches and seizures, as well as increasingly expansive drone surveillance. With 71 checkpoints found along the southwest border of the United States alone, suspicionless search and seizures on the border are rampant. Border patrol agents also search the personal electronic devices of people crossing the border without a warrant.

Funding city-wide surveillance cameras. As Charlie Savage reports for the Boston Globe, the DHS has funneled “millions of dollars to local governments nationwide for purchasing high-tech video camera networks, accelerating the rise of a ‘surveillance society’ in which the sense of freedom that stems from being anonymous in public will be lost.” These camera systems, installed on city streets, in parks and transit systems, operating in conjunction with sophisticated computer systems that boast intelligent video analytics, digital biometric identification, military-pedigree software for analyzing and predicting crime and facial recognition software, create a vast surveillance network that can target millions of innocent individuals.

Utilizing drones and other spybots. The DHS has been at the forefront of funding and deploying surveillance robots and drones for land, sea and air, including robots that resemble fish and tunnel-bots that can travel underground. Despite repeated concerns over the danger surveillance drones used domestically pose to Americans’ privacy rights, the DHS has continued to expand its fleet of Predator drones, which come equipped with video cameras, infrared cameras, heat sensors, and radar. DHS also loans its drones out to local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies for a variety of tasks, although the agency refuses to divulge any details as to how, why and in what capacity these drones are being used by police. Incredibly, the DHS has also been handing out millions of dollars in grants to local police agencies to “accelerate the adoption” of drones in their localities.

It’s not difficult to see why the DHS has been described as a “wasteful, growing, fear-mongering beast.” If it is a beast, however, it is a beast that is accelerating our nation’s transformation into a police state through its establishment of a standing army, a.k.a. national police force.

This, too, is nothing new. Historically, as I show in my book A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State, the establishment of a national police force has served as a fundamental and final building block for every totalitarian regime that has ever wreaked havoc on humanity, from Hitler’s all-too-real Nazi Germany to George Orwell’s fictional Oceania. Whether fictional or historical, however, the calling cards of these national police agencies remain the same: brutality, inhumanity, corruption, intolerance, rigidity, and bureaucracy—in other words, evil.

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John W. Whitehead is an attorney and author who has written, debated and practiced widely in the area of constitutional law and human rights. He is the president and spokesperson of the Rutherford Institute. Mr. Whitehead is the author of numerous books on a variety of legal and social issues, including A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Arkansas and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Arkansas School of Law, and served as an officer in the United States Army from 1969 to 1971.

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