Former CIA Officer and the US Government’s War against Whistleblowers

Dane Wigington introduces the author of this article:

A former CIA Officer and anti-terrorism expert, Kevin Shipp held several high level positions in the CIA. He was assigned as a protective agent for the Director of Central Intelligence, a counterintelligence investigator, a Counter Terrorism Center officer, and internal security investigator, supervisor of high risk protective operations and polygraph examiner. Mr. Shipp functioned as program manager for the Department of State, Diplomatic Security, Anti Terrorism Assistance global police training program. He is the recipient of two CIA Meritorious Unit Citations, three Exceptional Performance Awards and a Medallion for overseas operations.

Since leaving the CIA, Mr. Shipp authored the book From the Company of Shadowshas been a regular guest on The American Heroes Channel as an intelligence and terrorism expert, and has been the subject of numerous radio interviews and newspaper articles. His website can be found at

Silencing Whistleblowers

Why don’t more “whistleblowers” come out to expose illegal or unconstitutional secret government operations? If these activities are so illegal, why are people not coming forward to report them?

Over the last fifty years US government intelligence agencies have perfected a complex, sequential system to systematically silence or destroy any employee, including his or her family, who attempts to reveal illegal or unconstitutional activities conducted as part of secret government operations.

As a condition of employment, military and intelligence employees recruited for secret operations are required to sign a “secrecy agreement,” or “nondisclosure agreement,” before being given access to the position, which offers high pay and status in the organization. This agreement threatens civil and criminal penalties if the employee reveals ANY information regarding the program. Thinking the agreement will only be used for legal purposes and will get them the coveted job, all employees eagerly sign it.

This secrecy agreement was originally designed to protect legitimate classified information, to protect military personnel during wartime and protect legitimate national defense information and technology.

However, because of the binding power of the agreement, government agencies began using it as a powerful tool to silence federal employees who question the legality of certain government operations. It was the perfect tool to threaten, silence or jail any whistle blower who dared to challenge the secret operations of government.

Today, the secrecy agreement is routinely used as an efficient weapon to intimidate or silence employees. Annual refresher briefings are given to remind employees of the penalties for violating the agreement. These penalties include huge fines, termination, financial ruin and even prison – all of which mean the destruction of their lives and their families. Most will not reveal any wrongdoing, no matter how egregious, for fear of calculated, severe retribution…


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Crapshoot: The Gamble with Our Wastes

A hazardous mix of waste is flushed into the sewer every day. The billions of litres of water – combined with unknown quantities of chemicals, solvents, heavy metals, human waste and food – where does it all go? And what does it do to us? Filmed in Italy, India, Sweden, the United States and Canada, this bold documentary questions our fundamental attitudes to waste. Does our need to dispose of waste take precedence over public safety? What are the alternatives?

Crapshoot: The Gamble with Our Wastes by Jeff McKay, National Film Board of Canada

Secrets of the Federal Reserve: Currency Coup from Within

SOMEHOW THIS POST GOT MEMORY HOLED. Deleted, as if we never put it up. We didn’t even realize it until a reader brought it to our attention… (Thank you, Ben!)

The Federal Reserve remains the 800-pound gorilla. Its moves are of enormous consequence to the economy, and their interests are at odds with those of ordinary Americans.

If people who’ve been thrown out of work, out of their homes and into bankruptcy understood what had been done, and by whom, they would have overthrown it practically overnight.

This insightful video discusses how the New York Federal Reserve is a corporation, largely owned by the top 10 banks – including many international banks – and works to increase the wealth of its shareholders at the expense of everyone else:

The private control of this important central bank works through several channels, but centers around a handful of the top wealthy families in the ruling oligarchy – including the Rothschilds, Warburgs, Rockefellers, DuPonts and others. Direct ownership is bolstered through interlocking control between other Federal Reserve branches through board members and directors, as well as ties to family dynasty networks. The Federal Reserve is in turned steered by the agenda of the Bank of International Settlements, an institution which also has ties to ranking families of the banking houses.

Ron Paul: How the Fed Destroys Americans’ Standard of Living

“When the President signs this bill, the invisible government of the monetary power will be legalized….the worst legislative crime of the ages is perpetrated by this banking and currency bill.”
–Charles A. Lindbergh, Sr. 191, opponent of the Federal Reserve

“Whoever controls the volume of money in any country is absolute master of all industry and commerce.”
–Paul Warburg, drafter of the Federal Reserve Act

“Federal Reserve It is not federal, and it does not have any reserves.”
–G. Edward Griffin on the Federal Reserve System

“If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issuance of their currency, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all their property until their children will wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.”
–Thomas Jefferson was concise in his early warning to the American nation

“Permit me to issue and control the money of a nation and I care not who makes its laws.”
–Mayer Amschel Rothschild

There is much to say about unfair control by the Federal Reserve, but for now, here are some of the criticisms that call for action: …