Smile, Big Brother Is Watching You

Thousands of pages of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) documents released under the Freedom Of Information Act highlight that the military is extensively flying surveillance drones in non-restricted skies throughout the country.

The records, released by The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), reveal that three branches of the military are operating drones within civillian airspace. Those branches are the Air Force, the Marine Corps, and DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency).

According to EFF, the documents show that the Air Force is testing all manner of UAVs, from small hand launched drones all the way up to the Predator and Reaper drones, the kind that routinely conduct missile strikes in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Yemen.

EFF notes that the use of drones capable of extensive surveillance in public airspace is concerning, especially since recent reports have revealed that Air Force drone operators have been conducting practice spying missions by tracking civilian cars along highways adjacent to military bases.

In addition, a recently uncovered Air Force document also raised alarms over military use of spy drones in US skies. The document outlines how to circumvent privacy laws, and clears the way for the Pentagon to use drones to monitor the activities of Americans.

EFF notes that the latest FAA documents indicate that the Marine Corps is also flying drones in US skies, but that “it chose to redact so much of the text from its records that we still don’t know much about its programs.”

Perhaps most disturbingly, DARPA, according to the documents, is flying full sized Reaper drones in areas of Nevada, California and Utah that are able to use technology that can capture motion imagery of entire cities. The technology, known as “Gorgon Stare” uses an array of nine to twelve cameras attached to the drone to take concurrent footage from multiple different angles. …

Is it possible that the people who operate this program are unaware of its ultimate purpose?  Will it seem coincidental to them that the mechanisms of mass oppression and control are already in place when the economy “accidentally” implodes because our well-meaning government technocrats don’t quite know what they’re doing?  Will they realize which side they’re on before it’s too late?  Or will they already be committed to the dark side?

Success: The Collapse of American Jobs

There was a time in America when virtually anyone that wanted a job could go out and get one and the United States boasted the largest and most prosperous middle class in the history of the world.  Sadly, those days are long gone.  Back in 1969, 95 percent of all men between the ages of 25 and 54 had a job.  But now there are millions of Americans in their prime working years that cannot find a job.  Millions of others are working low wage jobs or part-time jobs because that is all they can get.  The other day I went to a large retail store and I got into a conversation with the lady who was checking me out.  She said that she had worked professional jobs all her life, and that she had taken this job to tide her over as she searched for a new job, but now she had been there for two years with no end in sight.  I felt really bad for her, because she was obviously a sharp lady with a lot of skills.  But this is the new reality.  Good paying manufacturing and professional jobs are being replaced by low paying service jobs.  We are transitioning from an economy with plenty of good jobs to an economy with plenty of bad jobs.  The next stage in our transition will be to an economy where it seems like there are no jobs for anyone.  We are witnessing the tragic downfall of the American worker, and it is heartbreaking.

No problem, the people that matter have already moved their operations to china.  After the shock doctrine really takes hold here, they’ll move back and scoop up everything for pennies on the dollar.

Michigan House passes bill blocking NDAA detention

A bill condemning detention provisions written into the National Defense Authorization Act and blocking any state cooperation with federal agents attempting to detain people in Michigan without due process unanimously passed the Michigan House Wednesday.

HB5768 declares, “no agency of this state, no political subdivision of this state, no employee of an agency of this state or a political subdivision of this state acting in his or her official capacity, and no member of the Michigan national guard on official state duty shall aid an agency of the armed forces of the United States in any investigation, prosecution, or detention of any person pursuant to section 1021 of the national defense authorization act…”

It passed 107-0. …

Real History: Roots of the US “War on Terrorism”: The Pathology of Empire

Covert Action Quarterly (formerly Covert Action Information Bulletin) was a lone voice of real history for many years before it closed down.  A kind of left-wing version of Infowars, years before Alex Jones came along.  This guy says it well:

During my Cold War days in US intelligence in Europe, we had a full set of a continually growing archive of CAQ within our SCIF library alongside Jane’s Defence and other notable publications we were to be aware of and use as source material, as well as to see who knew what or if someone was hot on the trail or uncovering an operation – the Perpetrators of State Crime, with whom I worked, loved to hate CAQ…

I find it comically ironic as an intelligence veteran to fight against the same apparatus now, pissing into their “eyes only” punchbowl of compartmentalized kool-aid drinking cubicle dwellers espousing “if you only knew what I knew…”, but from the other side of the fence and to have the privilege of having Lou as a friend in the same fight. …

Covert Action Quarterly was the best left-wing magazine I’ve ever read.  For years I sought it out at the news stand, often checking multiple  times trying not to miss an issue. (I can’t remember why I didn’t subscribe to it. Maybe I did at one time.) For more than a decade I’ve gone back to their sadly pathetic website, and only on the last visit did I find any material worth reading. CAQ, in my opinion, beat the  pants off The Nation — even when it was still worth reading. It beat the pants off of the early Mother Jones, back when it was actually  radical. It beat the pants off of Z Magazine, even in Z’s heyday. It even beat the pants off the print version of CounterPunch. I can’t think  of a single other magazine that so impressed me. …

This incisive and carefully researched article originally published by Covert Action Quarterly in 1999 sheds light with tremendous foresight on the historical evolution of the  US  led  “War on Terrorism” and the articulation of what has been described as “Global NATO”.

The online version of this article was first published by Global Research ten years ago in September 2002.

Michel Chossudovsky, December 5,  2012


Secretary of State Madeleine Albright referred to the August 1998 missile assaults against Sudan and Afghanistan (allegedly in retaliation for the U.S. embassy bombings in Africa two weeks earlier) as “unfortunately, the war of the future.” (1) In one sense, she was lamenting the likelihood of various Islamic forces retaliating against American civilian targets.

There is, as Albright understands, another side to these wars, more than guided missiles launched from a thousand miles away, with no danger to U.S. troops. American military strategy calls for “the use of overwhelming force to minimize United States casualties.”(2) But it is not that simple. Former CIA Director Robert Gates was more precise:

“[O]ur people and our Government must accept another reality: as potential official American targets are ‘hardened,’ terrorists will simply turn to non-official targets- businesses, schools, tourists and so on. We can perhaps channel the threat away from the United States Government, but not away from Americans.”(3)

What grand scheme, then, is in place, that may bring these “unfortunate” wars back home, against civilians? Recent U.S. strategy, to implement the administration’s self-appointed role as global policeman, is now defined by its evolving military unilateralism, at home and abroad. …

It’s hard to believe that well-meaning grownups could be so clueless as to participate in such a consumately corrupt business model of creating the very problems they claim to be  fighting.  Self-delusion is rampant in the national security state.  Eisenhower’s farewell speech fell on deaf ears, tragically.