Thomas Andrews Drake (DOB: 22 April 1957 - Louisiana)former senior executive of the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA), a decorated United States Air Force and United States Navy veteran.
2010:Government alleged Drake 'mishandled' documents; one of the few such Espionage Act cases in U.S. history.
09 June 2011: All 10 original charges against him were dropped. Drake rejected several deals because he refused to "plea bargain with the truth" ... eventually pled to one misdemeanor count for exceeding authorized use of a computer.
WhistleBlower: Thomas Drake - "Snowden Saw What I Saw ..."
Thomas Drake, a whistle blowing predecessor of Snowden, published a written testimony in the Guardian News explaining how the information that Snowden is releasing is exactly what he saw during his time working at the NSA, and describes his involvement in "pre and post" 9/11 surveillance.
Unlike Snowden Drake took up his concerns with the unconstitutionality of the NSA spying in accordance with the Intelligence Community Whistleblower Protection Act.He addressed directly, the highest levels of the NSA and made confessions as a material witness for two 9/11 congressional investigations.
Thomas Drake claims that intelligence gathered from pre September 11th surveillance could have prevented the terror attacks that brought down three World Trade Center skyscrapers; IF the NSA would have just disclosed it with other agencies.
According to Drake; the NSA’s only goal is to gather as much INFO (on U.S. citizens) as they possibly can. Keeping the American people safe is not exactly on their radar.
Susan Lindauer: Warned (April 2001) of World Trade Center Attack on 9/11/2001. Says: whistleblowing thru Congress doesn't work ... 2nd (non Arab) American indicted under Patriot Act & imprisoned for one year without trial - Chief CIA asset covering Iraq & Libya at U.N. from 1995 thru 2003
Click On The Frog, then scroll down & hit play (19 June 2013 by Sibel Edmonds)
Latest: Witnesses present in surrounding area come forward; claim car exploded BEFORE going off road & hitting tree.
Michael Hastings, the war correspondent reporting from Afghanistan that led to the resignation of top U.S. army General Stanley McChrystal; after it revealed the military's criticisms of the Obama administration. Hastings quoted McChrystal and his aides mocking Obama administration officials, including Vice President Joe Biden, over their war policies.
Hastings, Most recently, he wrote about politics for the news website BuzzFeed
Most recently: Hastings onto a 'hot story" ... said was being investigated by FBI ... and was going "under the radar" & "on the run" for a while.
Hastings' e-mail was sent just before 1 p.m. on Monday, 15 hours before the deadly crash.
Breaking news photographer Scott Lane "happened" to be less than a mile from the scene of the crash, and shot video along with video from his car’s dashcam and what appeared to be Hastings’ Mercedes minutes before the crash, speeding through a red light.
Then, according to the video; more than 30 seconds pass after Hastings’ car goes by, and no other cars pass through the intersection. “There’s no cars that are following him,” Lane said. “He flies by and 10 seconds, 20 seconds, 30 seconds goes by… No cars are following him.”
Hastings won a 2010 George Polk Award for magazine reporting for his Rolling Stone cover story "The Runaway General."
At a Pentagon ceremony for his subsequent retirement in 2010, McChrystal made light of the episode in his farewell address. The four-star general warned his comrades in arms, "I have stories on all of you, photos of many, and I know a Rolling Stone reporter."
When he died, Hastings was a contributing editor at Rolling Stone, Hastings was also an author of books about the wars. "The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America's War in Afghanistan" was published late last year and details shocking exploits of the military overseas.
In 2010, with the publication of "I Lost My Love in Baghdad," Hastings told the story of being a young war correspondent whose girlfriend died in Iraq.
In the summer 2013 issue of Vermont Life magazine, Hastings was quoted telling an audience at the Burlington Book Festival that he doesn't believe in objectivity in journalism. & "What I try to do is be intellectually honest in my writing," he said.
Hastings' family moved to Vermont when he was 16, a state he told the magazine was his "spiritual home." According to the magazine, he lived in New York with his wife.
Another NSA WhistleBlower - William Binney, a 32-year veteran of the National Security Agency who helped design a top-secret program he says is broadly collecting Americans' personal data.
A recently discovered security hole in some Samsung Smart TVs; let hackers remotely turn on the TVs' built-in cameras & watch YOU ... without leaving any trace of it on the screen (Click Here For Article)
Shodan navigates the Internet's back channels. It's a kind of "dark" Google, looking for the servers, webcams, printers, routers and all the other stuff that is connected to and makes up the Internet (Click Here For Article)
"There are some ideas so wrong that only a very intelligent person could believe in them." ...George Orwell
Maxine Waters : 07 Feb 2013
Waters said, “I think some people are missing something here. The president has put in place an organization with the kind of database that no one has ever seen before in life.
“That’s going to be very, very powerful. That database will have information about everything on every individual on ways that it’s never been done before,” she continued.
“And whoever runs for president on the Democratic ticket has to deal with that. They’re going to go down with that database and the concerns of those people because they can’t get around it. And he’s [President Obama] been very smart. It’s very powerful what he’s leaving in place,” she said.
GEE WHIZ ... & "They" couldn't find the Boston Marathon Bombers either .... whatever the NSA/CIA/FBI, ARE doing with all that data ... apparently, Homeland Security ISN'T at the top of their list. "A top commander of a Nazi SS-led unit accused of burning villages filled with women and children lied to American immigration officials to get into the United States and has been living in Minnesota since shortly after World War II", according to evidence uncovered by The Associated Press. (Click On Image For Article)
"Somebody's Watching You" .....(Not the Boston Marathon Bombers, Not the Nazi Commanders, Not the Borders)"THEY" watchYOU: from the air, from cameras, from computers. Meanwhile, you help them, volunteering vast amounts of information about yourself thru the magnetic stripe on the back of your credit card, the SIM card in your phone, the sites you visit on the Internet...
All That Data Being Collected (in the name of terrorism) and the Billion Dollar Utah Central Data Collection Faciility exists For A Reason ... Question is; WHAT REASON?
Generally speaking, In a Surveillance State (or under such a regime); data collection is crucial for control of an overgrown & potentially "unruly" populace. It permits "troublemakers" & "political dissidents" to be weeded out & "dealt with" ... it permits the implementation of "targeted control" as "needed" or "required".
Combined with the existence of all those FEMA camps ... one might begin to wonder?
Note: The massive Data collecting actually began under the Clinton Administration & the auspices of Hillary Clinton.
CBS NEWS: Sharyl Attkisson (While Reporting on Operation Fast and Furious and Benghazi Attack) was hacked. Hacker used Attkisson’s accounts to extract data .. AND ... this Hacker then used sophisticated methods to remove all possible indications of unauthorized activity, and alter system times to cause further confusion. (Click Here For Article One)
NO IRS INVESTIGATION - FBI hasn’t contacted ANY tea party groups in their supposed (& apparently nonexistant) probe of IRS abuses (Click Here For Article)
HHS Touts a ‘Huge Year in Data Liberation’ With: ‘Health Datapalooza IV’
Government will soon be in possession of new datasets of personal information once the Affordable Care Act kicks in on January 1, 2014, and individuals are required to prove via the IRS that they have health insurance. (Click Here For Article)
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"Ahead of his time? (The Federal Reserve Act was signed into law on 23 Dec 1913)
As of 10 June 2013: at 10:16 p.m. EDT, sales of George Orwell's "1984" are up 126% on the Amazon's sales list. The sales rank is now at 71 - up from 161.
" To see what is in front of one's nose, needs a constant struggle " .... George Orwell (Maybe he saw what was in front of his nose ...can we?)
Some Quotes From "1984"
“In a time of deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”
“Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind. ”
“The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.”
“If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.”
"Even if you are a minority of one it does not make you wrong".-- “Perhaps a lunatic was simply a minority of one.”
“Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one's mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.”
“But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.”
“People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.”
“Until they became conscious they will never rebel, and until after they have rebelled they cannot become conscious.”
The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power, pure power.
The German Nazis and the Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their own motives. They pretended, perhaps they even believed, that they had seized power unwillingly and for a limited time, and that just around the corner there lay a paradise where human beings would be free and equal.
We are not like that. We know what no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of power is power.
Snowden picks Hong Kong Haven To Disclose His Identity & Motives...says he can never go home again ...
Web-based programs (even including Google's Gmail) will force people to buy into locked, proprietary systems that will cost more and more over time.
"Somebody is saying this is inevitable – and whenever you hear somebody saying that, it's very likely to be a set of businesses campaigning to make it true."
Eventually a mixture of privacy and ownership issues, with users potentially being locked out of their own files.
1984: A world of perpetual war, omnipresent government surveillance, and public mind control, dictated by a political system under the control of a privileged Inner Party elite that persecutes all individualism and independent thinking as "thoughtcrimes". Headed by Big Brother, through an intense cult of personality; Big Brother and "The Party" justify their rule in the name of a supposed "greater good".
The protagonist of the novel, Winston Smith, is a member of the Outer Party & is responsible for propaganda and historical revisionism (to re-write past newspaper articles so that the historical record always supports the current party line). Though good at his job; he secretly hates the Party and dreams of rebellion against Big Brother.
Exposing the Surveillance State
Edward Joseph Snowden DOB: 21 June 1983 Elizabeth City, North Carolina, United States
Snooping Concerns Emerge Over Congressional Blackberries Serviced By Verizon. "Senators and staff all use Verizon phones. So: the Executive Branch is now monitoring the meta-data of the Senate. This seems like a violation of the Speech and Debate Clause of the Constitution." "Through a blanket seizing of these communications, the NSA is permanently intercepting and storing privileged material. This rasies further constitutional issues regarding separation of powers." (Note: not to mention blackmail ...)
Data storage facility for the United States Intelligence Community that is designed to be a primary storage resource capable of storing data on the scale of yottabytes (1 yottabyte = 1 trillion terabytes, or 1 quadrillion gigabytes)