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Thursday, November 1, 2012

A Ten Dollar Laser Pointer Will Heal Tissue Faster Than Any Medication

A very effective, yet suppressed treatment to alter cellular function is using light-emitting diodes or low-level lasers. This healing modality is available in most electronic stores for less than ten dollars, and it will work better than any medication to relieve pain, increase joint mobility, relax muscles and even heal wounds.

A 5mW 635nm key chain laser (above) available at many electronic stores has more than sufficient power to stimulate and initiate healing at the cellular level.

All light therapy is not the same; in fact, there are several different light therapy devices that produce totally different effects on the body -- utilizing many different actions. All of these different actions are created by different properties of light, power, and frequency.

Low Light Laser Therapy (LLLT)

LASERS (Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation) are intended to emit energy in the infrared spectrum to provide topical and deep heating for the purpose of elevating tissue temperature. The mechanism of action for infrared lasers and light units is thermal and mechanical, and healing comes about as a byproduct of the stimulation not as a direct mechanism of the therapy.

Low light laser therapy (LLLT) is effective in relieving short-term pain for rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, acute and chronic neck pain, tendinopathy, and possibly chronic joint disorders. The evidence for LLLT being useful in the treatment of low back pain, dentistry and wound healing is equivocal.

Lasers are very complex in their actions because they are designed to stimulate the physiology of the body through a mechanism called biomodulation or photobiomodulation.

These principles of light or energy medicine originated in the quantum physics of Einstein himself. He first introduced the concept of the LASER. He also stated that every living cell emits radiation called the “photon emission of living cells”, or what we commonly refer to as the aura.

Due to the low power density and the properties of the wavelength used, the true low level therapy lasers are only capable of delivering a physiological dose of therapy. One of the most important aspects of a physiological dose of therapy is that it is safe. It is safe no mater what the condition or pathology is, no matter what medications the patient is on, no matter what the patient may be allergic to, no matter what, a true LLLT unit will do no harm.

Better Than Medication

In fact, most studies show that LLLT can stimulate healing faster and more effectively than almost any medication either ingested or used topically. The reasons are primarily due to the inability of medications to affect the brain's Neuroplasticity in the treatment of chronic conditions. One of the most profound physiological effects of low level therapeutic lasers is the effect of Neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity represents the brain’s ability to reorganize itself by forming new neural connections throughout life. Neuroplasticity provides a way for nerve cells (neurons) in the brain to respond and compensate for injury and disease and adjust neuronal activity in response to a new situation or to changes in the environment.

Neuroplasticity represents a new rapidly evolving approach to healing. Given any trauma, realizing all traumas involve the central nervous system recognizing the trauma (consciously or subconsciously), quick response with active neuronal stimulation, could theoretically maintain, repair, retain most CNS functions (learning, memory, speech, emotional distress, movement, balance etc.). In simpler terms, theoretically the proper immediate use of LLLT therapy post trauma, especially brain trauma, could eliminate much of the neurological disabilities common in head trauma today.

Many studies have validated the incredible success of LLLT in wound healing, joint disorders, thyroid, bone repair and many other conditons.

Silva Junior A, Pinheiro A, Oliveira M et al. in the Journal of clinical laser medicine & surgery (2002) evaluated morphometrically the amount of newly formed bone after laser irradiation of surgical wounds created in the femur of rats. Computerised morphometry showed a significant difference between the areas of mineralised bone in laser and non-laser treated groups indicating that LLLT increased bone repair at early bone healing.

Pereira A, de Paula Eduardo C, Matson E et al in Lasers Surg Med. (2002) studied cell growth and procollagen synthesis of cultured fibroblasts by laser irradiation. They showed the treatment remarkably increased cell growth.

In Laser Med Surg Abstract issue 2002, Sanseverino N T M, Sanseverino C A M, Ribeiro M S et al. demonstrated that in people with temporomandibular disorders, and an evaluation of subjective pain assessment and measurement of the movements of the jaw, there was a significant improvement in the laser group only.

The Mechanism of Action For 635nm Light

Biological light receptors in living tissue, termed chromophores, have peak activation at wavelengths between 600nm and 720nm. The most commonly used wavelengths to activate these chromophores are from 630nm to 635nm. This is because even though different chromophores have peak activation somewhere between 600nm and 720nm, each chromophore can still be activated within a wider wavelength spectrum. 635nm falls within the wavelength spectrum of all biological chromophores in man and animals. This means there is no need to utilize multiple colors of lasers to activate the different chromophores in the body.

Once the light energy passes through the layers of skin and reaches the target area, it is absorbed and interacts with the light sensitive elements in the cell. This process can be compared to photosynthesis in plants - sunlight is absorbed by plants, which is then converted to usable energy so that the plant can grow.

When cells absorb light energy, it initiates a series of events in the cell that is theorized to eventually result in normalizing damaged or injured tissue, a reduction in pain, inflammation, edema and an overall reduction in healing time by increasing intracellular metabolism.

There are three specific and unique methods the 635nm wavelength lasers:

1. Within the cell, the signal is transduced and amplified by a photon acceptor (chromophore). When a chromophore first absorbs light, electronically excited states are stimulated, primary molecular processes are initiated which lead to measurable biological effects. These photobiological effects are mediated through a secondary biochemical reaction, photosignal transduction cascade, or intracellular signaling which amplifies the biological response.

2. The ionizing effects of LLLT allow photon acceptors to accept an electron. This turns on the oxidation-reduction cycle of the stimulated chromophores such as Cytochrome oxidase, hemoglobin, melanin, and serotonin. Changing the re-dox state of the chromophore changes the biological activity of that chromophore e.g., hemoglobin changes its oxygen carrying capacity. This has the potential to triple the oxygen carrying capacity of blood instantly.

3. When photon energy breaks a chemical bond, changes occur in the allosteric proteins in cell membranes (cell, mitochondrial, nuclear) and monovalent and divalent fluxes activate cell metabolism and intracellular enzymes directly. Direct activation of cell membranes alters ion fluxes, particularly calcium, across that membrane. Changes in intracellular calcium alter the concentrations of cyclic nucleotides, causing an increase in DNA, RNA, and protein synthesis, which stimulate mitosis and cellular proliferation.

Low Level Therapeutic Lasers (LLLT) can be recognized by the following characteristics:

  • In the product description the wavelength of the light will be in the visible red range, 630nm (for HeNe tube lasers) and 635nm (for semiconductor laser diodes).
  • In the product description the total power output will be less than 5mW per laser.
  • The housing that contains the lasers can be held at a comfortable distance from the wound or tissue being treated.
  • The therapy can be administered through natural fiber cloths so that the patient seldom has to disrobe.
  • Eye protection is not necessary for the patient or the doctor; although directing any LLLT unit at the eyes can be dangerous.
  • The proper treatment will be based on the frequency utilized and the Jules of energy are never mentioned.
  • Photobiomodulation and biological amplification is promoted, the word “penetration” will never be found.
  • Low power and no heat will be promoted, High power of any kind should not be seen.
  • 635nm energy is visible so you always know if the unit is on and where it is pointed.
  • The laser can have a pulse frequency setting and they will be documented as accurate and with a broad range. 

Big Brother and the Coming Drone Wars

Perhaps one day they’ll arrive over a neighborhood near you. Drones are becoming America’s weapon of choice. Domestically so far, they’re used only for eyes in the sky spying.

Big Brother wants to watch everyone all the time. Don’t bet against eyes not being weaponized one day to punish as well as spy. That’s how rogue states operate.

America is by far the worst and most dangerous. Waging war on humanity is policy. Imagine living in a country run by officials who think war is good.

The more the better. Permanent ones. Wage them while pretending it’s done for peace.

Few question why America is always at war somewhere. Scant attention is paid to the trillions of dollars spent at the expense of vital domestic needs gone begging.

Militarism is prioritized. Budgets are virtually open-ended. America’s duopoly assures it. Imagine policy makers deciding on which country they’ll ravage next.

It makes no difference whether Obama or Romney takes charge. Both major parties are in lockstep on all issues mattering most.

Corporate empowerment, serving America’s 1%, cracking down on resisters, and imperial dominance top their list. Hell hath no fury like an out-of-control hegemon. If analyzed on a couch, it would be called sociopathic or worse.

A Washington Post Special Report discussed America’s permanent war agenda. A previous article discussed Obama’s Disposition Matrix. It called it elevating Murder, Inc. to a higher level.

Anyone can be targeted anywhere in the world for any reason or none at all. Obama has final kill list authority. John Brennan is his counterterrorism maestro of murder. His “playbook” makes up rules as he writes them.

He designates kill targets. He calls it a strategy to persist ’till the end of time. Last August he said:

“What we’re trying to do right now is to have a set of standards, a set of criteria, and have a decision-making process that will govern our counterterrorism actions – we’re talking about direct action, lethal action – so that irrespective of the venue where they’re taking place, we have a high confidence that they’re being done for the right reasons in the right way.”

In other words, kill because we say so. No further explanation. No mention of rule of law principles. Right, of course, is might, whether or not legal, moral and ethical.

In his journey into the “Heart of Darkness,” Joseph Conrad wrote:

“one comes to hate those savages….hate them to the death….Exterminate all the brutes!” Kill orders target anyone challenging US hegemony. Targeted killing more than ever is US policy.

Washington Post writer Craig Whitlock explained more. On October 25, he headlined “Remote US base at core of secret operations,” saying:

“Around the clock, about 16 times a day, drones take off or land at” America’s Djibouti-based Camp Lemonnier. It’s “the combat hub for the Obama administration’s counterterrorism wars in the Horn of Africa and the Middle East.”

France’s Foreign Legion established Lemonnier. Post-9/11 it became a US Naval Expeditionary Base. It’s located at Djibouti’s International Airport.

It’s home to the Pentagon’s Africa Command (USAFRICOM) Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa (CJTF/HOA).

“Over the past two years, the U.S. military has clandestinely transformed it into the busiest Predator drone base outside the Afghan war zone….”

Extraordinary efforts are made to conceal its lawless mission. Decisions on who lives or dies are made secretly. Lemonnier’s commander knows. His job is execute kill orders.

“Virtually the entire 500-acre camp is dedicated to counterterrorism” killing. It’s the Pentagon’s first “permanent drone war base.” It won’t be the last. Perhaps many more are planned globally.

Drones, of course, operate out of many other US facilities. Regional ones include Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, and Seychelles-based installations.

Lemonnier so far is the only Pentagon installation of its kind. Secrecy shrouds its operations. Post journalists were denied permission to visit. After one showed up unannounced, commanding General Ralph Baker agreed to an off-base interview.

He wouldn’t comment on drone missions or other issues mattering most. The Post, however, obtained numerous unclassified military documents. They cover construction blueprints, drone accident reports, and internal planning memos.

They show how Djibouti-based drone wars escalated exponentially since early 2011. They also reveal ambitious future plans.

The Pentagon’s Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) plays a central role. It’s used for top-secret counterterrorism missions. Navy SEALs, Army Delta Force commandos, and other Special Ops forces are involved.

Operations known about include counterterrorism missions, surveillance, intelligence gathering, and hostage rescues.

About 300 Special Ops personnel plan, coordinate, and execute these and other missions. Others on base aren’t told what they do.

In September 2011, a Lemonnier-based drone killed Muslim cleric/US citizen Anwar Al Awlaki. He lived in Yemen. He committed no crime. He was assassinated for opposing US belligerency.

His murder and others put all anti-imperial opponents at risk. US citizenship protects no one. If outspoken enough, anyone may be next. Perhaps writers, authors, and media hosts will be targeted. Warrior states don’t tolerate truth-tellers.

Lemonnier is home to around 3,200 military, civilian and private contractor personnel. Most know little about highly classified counterterrorism work. The select 300 handle it. Their mandate also includes intelligence gathering. Killing, however, is prioritized.

Obama, Brennan, and other high-level officials decide on “disposition matrix” targets. They function as judge, jury and executioner. They hold the power of life and death in their hands.

Plans call for large-scale Lemonnier expansion. Operational forces will more than triple to around 1,100. Pentagon officials only say “a wide variety of regional security missions” are involved. “(S)ecurity considerations prevent us from commenting on specific(s).”

Lemonnier is America’s “centerpiece of an expanding constellation of half a dozen” African-based US drone and surveillance facilities. They’re also home to conventional attack aircraft. F-15E Strike Eagles fly regional combat missions.

Djibouti’s location is key. It’s situated between East Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. Somalia and Yemen can be reached in minutes. Djibouti’s port offers easy access to the Indian Ocean and Red Sea.

Deputy Assistant Secretary for Africa, Amanda Dory, said Lemonnier isn’t “an outpost in the middle of nowhere of marginal interest. This is a very important location in terms of US interest, in terms of navigation, when it comes to power projection.”

Three classified military operations include Copper Dune (CD), Jupiter Garret (JG) and Octave Shield (OS). CD conducts counterterrorism operations in Yemen. Africa command officials refused comment on JG and OS. Only their unclassified code names are known.

Air Force safety records provide information on aircraft accidents. In February, a Special Ops U-28 spy plane crashed. Four crew members died.

Since January 2011, information on five drone crashes is known. One involved a JSOC major identified only as “Frog.” He coordinated Predator missions. Nothing more is known.

Missions are so secret even ground crews aren’t told about destinations or targets. All they know is that drones depart. Most return hours later. Problems beset others. They likely crashed, split apart, or burned.

Lemonnier missions are controlled remotely from Creech and Cannon Air Force Bases in Nevada and New Mexico respectively. Operators use multiple keyboards and monitors.

Enemies are faceless and nameless. Killing can be controlled nearby or from half a world away. Each drone system includes multiple UAVs, a ground station, satellite link, and launch site maintenance crew.

Rotating ones are on standby 24-hours a day for missions on a moment’s notice. Predator drones sanitize killing on the cheap. Disturbing questions are unanswered. Secrecy, unaccountability, and lawlessness matter most.

So is the huge number of civilian casualties. Investigative work determined that only 2% of victims are high-level combatants. Ordinary people suffer most.

Official reports lie. Hard truths reveal what policy makers want suppressed. Murder, Inc. is ugly business anywhere for any reason. More than ever it’s official US policy.

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Predicting Protracted Hard Times

Force-fed austerity when stimulus is needed is madness. So is harming economies, communities, and ordinary people to save banks.

Chickens eventually come home to roost. We’ll know when they arrive. Perhaps it’ll be sooner than imagined.

Money power in private hands assures it. The Fed and other major central banks bear full responsibility for monetary madness.

The late Bob Chapman warned about easy money, market manipulation, reckless speculation, counterproductive fixes, and unsustainable debt causing today’s crisis.

He predicted an eventual house of cards collapse. Only its timing remained uncertain. He’s not around to see what won’t be pleasant when it arrives.

It’s too early to know for sure, but monetizing debt/excess money printing may have hit a wall. One economist suggests Bernanke can’t do much more in the mortgage market.

He’s harming banks more now than helping them. Net interest margins “face the mother of all squeezes.” The Fed’s beginning to lose influence.

Production is down. Hiring plans are weakening. Layoff announcements suggest many more to come. Main Street America has been in Depression since 2008. Reality for most people is dire. Things aren’t improving. They’re worsening.

On October 17, economist Paul Craig Roberts headlined “America RIP: Death of the Middle Class, Offshoring of American Jobs,” saying:

New millennium opportunity “disappeared. Middle class jobs are scarce. Indeed, jobs of any kind are” hard to get. Most are low wage, few or no benefit ones. Households need two or more to get by.

“The lack of jobs, especially high value-added, high productivity jobs, is the reason real median household income has declined and the distribution of income has worsened. Without rising real household income, there cannot be a consumer economy.”

Roberts repeated his earlier prediction that America is being third-worldized. A decade ago he expected it in 20 years. It might arrive sooner than he thought.

The combination of militarism and permanent wars, prioritizing imperial dominance, and shifting wealth mindlessly to corporate favorites and America’s 1% at the expense of people needs assures a future best lived elsewhere. “A country so poorly led can do nothing but decline.”

What about an entire continent cratering. Financial analyst Graham Summers explained what few of his peers will touch. European banking problems are huge.

The Eurozone’s largest banks are insolvent. On average, they’re leveraged 26 – 1. Lehman was at 30 – 1 when it collapsed.

European nations are bankrupt. Debt to GDP including unfunded liabilities is 875% for Greece, 549% for France, 418% for Germany, 364% for Italy, and 244% for Spain.

For the EU overall it’s 434%. For America it’s 400%. “(B)ankrupt banks (operate) in bankrupt countries,” says Graham. “The entire financial system is based on the assumption that European sovereign bonds are still risk free.”

“So you have bankrupt nations selling bonds to insolvent banks, which then” lever 26 – 1. It’s madness and ignored by mainstream observers.

Europe is doomed, believes Graham. It can’t “get out of this mess unless the entire union (grows) at over 10% for a decade.”

Now’s the time to prepare for trouble, he stresses. Central banks may have no magic bullets left. They’re scared to death but won’t admit it.

He adds that Spain is way beyond saving. Collapse is coming. The euro is doomed. The EU will eventually break up. Reality may arrive within a few months or less after America’s elections. It makes no difference who wins.

Neither party advocates growth stimulating policies. Bipartisan complicity assures worse times ahead. Why voters elect these scoundrels they’ll have to explain.

Other analysts also forecast impending market trouble. Some think 2008 will pale in comparison. The late Bob Chapman predicted it years ago. He said expect protracted/unprecedented hard times. Don’t bet against him being right.

What’s coming only time will tell. Hindsight provides the best insight. Advisor Perspectives Doug Short says prepare for up to a 51% financial market decline.

Profits are being squeezed for the first time in three years. Revenues are on a similar glide path. Perhaps they’re precursors of things to come.

Euro Pacific Capital’s Peter Schiff says what happened in 2008 “wasn’t the real crash.” The “real (one) is coming.”

Economist Robert Wiedemer warned about 2008. He’s alerting people now to expect worse.

Financial author Harry Dent expects up to a 60% market decline. “We have the greatest debt bubble in history. We will see a worldwide downturn. And when you are in this type of recessionary environment stocks should be trading at five to seven times earnings.”

Before the 2008 crash, hedge fund manager John Paulson made about $20 billion shorting the US housing market. Now he’s betting heavily against the euro.

Investor Jim Rogers warns about an impending “Financial Armageddon.” He expects it post-US elections. He’s extremely critical of monetary madness. The world is “drowning in too much debt,” he stresses.

The Fed, ECB and Bank of England bear most responsibility. They’ve abused their “license to print money.”

America’s $16 trillion debt comes to over $50,000 for every US citizen. “The solution to too much debt is not more debt. What would make me very excited is if a few people (in government) went bankrupt.”

Obama and Germany’s Merkel especially promote dangerous policies. They create an illusion of economic stability. In reality, they only buy time.

“Mrs. Merkle has an election next year. Mr. Obama has (one) in November. The Americans and the Germans – they want to do everything they can to hold the world up until after” electoral season ends.

“It’s going to be bad after the next election.” How bad remains to be seen. An influential economic team expects serious trouble. They discovered a “frightening pattern.” It looks catastrophic.

According to Money Map Press chief investment strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald, “What this pattern represents is a dangerous countdown clock that’s quickly approaching zero. The resulting chaos is going to crush Americans.”

Global economic trend forecaster Chris Martenson also suggests catastrophe, saying:

“We found an identical pattern in our debt, total credit market, and money supply that guarantees they’re going to fail,” he said. “This pattern is nearly the same as in any pyramid scheme, one that escalates exponentially fast before it collapses. Governments around the globe are chiefly responsible.”

“And what’s really disturbing about these findings is that the pattern isn’t limited to our economy. We found the same catastrophic pattern in our energy, food, and water systems as well.”

Everything could implode at the same time, he thinks. “Food, water, energy, money. Everything.”

He also worries about America’s debt level, saying:

“For 30 years – from the 1940s through the 1970s – our total credit market debt was moderate and entirely reasonable. But then in seven years, from 1970 to 1977, it quickly doubled.”

“And then it doubled again in seven more years. Then five years to double a third time. And then it doubled two more times after that.”

“Where we were sitting at a total credit market debt that was 158% larger than our GDP in the early 1940s….By 2011 that figure was 357%.” It’s now around 400% and rising.

Kent Moors is an energy expert. He advises world governments on energy-related matters. He also serves on two State Department energy task forces.

“Most frightening of all is how this exact same pattern keeps appearing in virtually every system critical to our society and way of life,” he said.

“It’s a pattern that’s hard to see unless you understand the way a catastrophe like this gains traction. At first, it’s almost impossible to perceive. Everything looks fine, just like in every pyramid scheme.”

“Yet the insidious growth of the virus keeps doubling in size, over and over again – in shorter and shorter periods of time – until it hits unsustainable levels. And it collapses the system.”

Most Americans are uneasy but don’t understand the true dangers they face. They never do until it hits them hard. For many it’s irreversible.

According to Fitz-Gerald:

“If our research is right, Americans will have to make some tough choices on how they’ll go about surviving when basic necessities become nearly unaffordable and the economy becomes dangerously unstable.”

“People need to begin to make preparations with their investments, retirement savings, and personal finances before it’s too late.”

Few do, and what works best isn’t easy for most people to fathom. Worst still is too few have much, if anything, to sustain them.

On October 28, Global Research published “37 Facts About How Cruel This Economy Has Been to Millions of Desperate American Families.”

It makes grim reading. Millions of households have few, if any, savings. The net worth of nearly one-third is “zero or less than zero.”

Poverty is rising exponentially. America’s middle class is disappearing. Over “41% of all working age Americans are not working.”

Labor force participation declined dramatically because jobs aren’t available. Once unemployed longer-term, workers become non-persons. They’re no longer counted in BLS employment surveys.

One-fourth of working Americans earns sub-poverty wages. America has the highest percentage of workers earning low pay than any other industrialized economy.

Costs are rising dramatically. Earnings haven’t kept pace. Total US consumer debt rose 1,700% since 1971. Student loan indebtedness exceeds a trillion dollars. Millions of Americans can’t afford to retire.

At the same time, homeless shelters and food banks can’t keep up. Demand is growing at a time Washington, states, cities, and smaller communities provide less and plan more cuts.

Bad as things are now, they’re getting worse. When public need keeps growing exponentially, government officials turn a blind eye. Where this ends, who knows. Expect much tougher times ahead.

Washington’s duopoly doesn’t care. Obama scorns human need. Romney matches him blow for blow. Both represent money controlled America. They serve its aristocracy.

It’s corrupt, unprincipled, and contemptuous of democratic values. It preys on ordinary people callously for personal gain. Corporate empowerment, wealth and privilege alone matter.

America under either party is no fit place to live in. Expect the worst of times ahead. Duopoly power plans it. 

On November 6, vote independent or stay home.


DHS Takeover: Newly Released DHS Manual Reveals Advanced Surveillance and Tactical Network

By JG Vibes and Alex Thomas

November 1, 2012

When the Department of Homeland Security was brought into existence the general population didn’t really know what to expect, they were never really told, and most of them didn’t care all that much to begin with.

The people who pointed out that this organization could be a threat to privacy and liberty were marginalized and ignored, and here we are, over a decade later, and homeland security has grown into one of the most powerful and complex intelligence agencies in the world.

Last month, Cryptome published a brochure that featured some commercial services that DHS offers to smaller government organizations as well private security and military firms.

These commercial services are referred to as “intelligence products” in the manual, and, looking through the full brochure, you can see the vast capabilities that the DHS has in terms of surveillance and paramilitary services.

Screen Shot from the DHS Intelligence Product Line Brochure
Independent media organization Public Intelligence went through the documents in detail and concluded that:   
  • “The brochure describes more than fifty intelligence product lines from seven DHS components including the U.S. Coast Guard, Customs and Border Protection and the Secret Service.
  • The classifications of the products range from unclassified to Top Secret with more than thirty product lines being produced with classified material.”

This brochure is not intended for the average person, rather, it is something that ends up on a high level bureaucrat’s desk.  Many of the products and services offered within are very poorly described because they require top-level clearance to even order.

Examples of the types of products the DHS is currently offering include Roll Call Releases, the DHS Office of Intelligence and Analysis Snapshot Series, and the Joint Intelligence Bulletin.

In their report, Public Intelligence also noted that the brochure includes things that many might not even know exist or know that they are components of homeland security.

  • The brochure describes dozens of intelligence products from parts of the government that you may not have known were components of DHS.
  • For example, the U.S. Coast Guard Intelligence Coordination Center produces thirteen separate intelligence product lines, some of which are released daily.  U.S. Customs and Border Protection and DHS OIA each produce twelve separate intelligence product lines.
  • The Transportation Security Administration and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services each produce an assortment of products, from colorful posters to “fast-paced” intelligence videos designed to inform stakeholders of “recent intelligence reporting, terrorism trends, and terrorist incidents.”

As you continue to read through the document ,you will find things like deportation, background checks, military services, spy services, surveillance, and other intelligence initiatives.

With these sorts of advanced tactics and services being offered to other organizations, one can only imagine what they are doing behind the scenes and off the record.  This brochure also shows us how many different government organizations are now tightly affiliated with DHS as well as the overall growth of homeland security during the last ten years.

When you couple the fact that homeland security has become so overreaching that they offer over 50 different intelligence “products”, including numerous intelligence reports that label everyday Americans as terrorists, with the fact that they have also ordered at least 1.5 billion rounds of ammunition, a clear picture emerges.

In the last few years, the Department of Homeland Security has went on a literal ammunition buying spree, purchasing over a billion and a half rounds of ammunition alongside other police state weapons such as armored checkpoints and high power sound cannons.

A report published on in July of this year documented the buildup and its connections to what DHS must believe is an impending civil war.

“This astonishing amount of purchased ammunition has led many to speculate and believe that homeland security is actively preparing for what they believe will be a bloody and extremely violent American uprising and or civil war.

When you couple this large-scale buildup of ammo with bulletproof checkpoints, law enforcement bulletins labeling everyday Americans as possible terrorists, and a series of videos that painted middle class Americans as the new Al Qaeda, you can clearly see that at least portions of DHS are planning for some sort of violent confrontation with the American people.”

Sadly, many Americans believe that the DHS is either completely good or simply not powerful enough to takeover the country.

Obviously both those claims are complete hogwash. An agency that was actually for the people would not be ordering over a billion rounds of ammo to be used inside the country or creating videos that portray everyday Americans as possible terrorists.

And, as highlighted above, homeland security has grown so huge that they now have intelligence brochures that include dozens of “products” to further push fear and propaganda onto state and local law enforcement.

We the people must continue to expose these tyrannical actions and purchases with the hope that the masses will finally take notice and demand change.

You can read the entire brochure here.

UN Calls For Worldwide Internet Surveillance and Data Retention in the Name of Fighting Terrorism

The manufactured threat of terrorism has once again been used to push what would otherwise be unthinkable. In this case, the United Nations is exploiting the irrational fear of terrorism to justify international internet surveillance.

In a new 148-page UN report released at a conference in Vienna entitled “The Use of the Internet for Terrorist Purposes” the UN claimed that the lack of an “internationally agreed framework for retention of data” is problematic along with open wireless internet networks in public places.

The UN claims that terrorists are utilizing social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to spread what they call “propaganda.” This perspective is somewhat similar to that presented by groups like the Homeland Security Policy Institute in claiming that a major threat is the “spread of the [terrorist] entity’s narrative.”

This notion is quite dangerous because the nature of this “propaganda” or “narrative” is never clearly outlined. Instead, the door is left open to call anything and everything that is different from the manufactured government account of various events “propaganda” or something which spreads the enemy’s “narrative.”

“Potential terrorists use advanced communications technology often involving the Internet to reach a worldwide audience with relative anonymity and at a low cost,” said Yury Fedotov, the executive director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

The report draws some apparently unwarranted conclusions, such as that “one of the major problems confronting all law enforcement agencies is the lack of an internationally agreed framework for retention of data held by ISPs.”

In other words, the UN thinks that one of the greatest problems facing the world in terms of fighting crime is a lack of internet surveillance.

Some countries already have data retention laws which mandate the retention of data for a certain period of time, regardless of any criminal activity.

While CNET notes, “Europe, but not the U.S. or most other nations, has enacted a mandatory data-retention law,” in reality the U.S does indeed retain huge amounts of data on Americans without any link to criminal or terrorist activity.

This is evidenced by the rules adopted by the National Counterterrorism Center which “allow private data on Americans to be held when there is no suspicion of them being tied to terrorism for a whopping five years.”

While it is true that there isn’t a mandatory data retention law as such, it does not mean that guidelines are not in place which mandate the retention of the private information of Americans without any probable cause whatsoever.

Then again, when our government is protected from having to answer for their warrantless surveillance programs, it can’t quite be characterized as surprising.

As CNET correctly points out, this UN report “echoes the U.S. Department of Justice’s lobbying efforts aimed at convincing Congress to require Internet service providers to keep track of their customers — in case police want to review those logs in the future.”

The details of this massive internet surveillance operation are nothing short of disturbing yet the UN’s report calls for even more extreme measures.

The report indicates that they want particular websites like instant messaging services, chatrooms, VoIP services like Skype, etc. to actually maintain detailed records of “communication over the Internet such as chat room postings.”

Even CNET points out that this actually goes far beyond the proposed U.S. legislation which only focuses on the actual providers of broadband and wireless internet services.

The UN’s report calls for “Requiring registration for the use of Wi-Fi networks or cybercafes could provide an important data source for criminal investigations.”

“There is some doubt about the utility of targeting such measures at Internet cafes only when other forms of public Internet access (e.g. airports, libraries and public Wi-Fi hotspots) offer criminals (including terrorists) the same access opportunities and are unregulated,” the report continues, indicating that they would want monitoring on all public internet access points.

The report also promotes the retention of location data which they claim “is also important when used by law enforcement to exclude suspects from crime scenes and to verify alibis.”

Location data requests are already disturbingly high and with the Obama administration claiming that the Constitution does not protect location data, this type of recommendation from the UN is worrisome.

Also consider the fact that scientists have demonstrated the ability to accurately predict future movements based on location data and new microchip technology can make ultra-precise location data even easier to obtain, making the prospect of retention of location data that much more troubling.

Oddly enough, the report even claims that video footage of terrorism and/or video games are also somehow dangerous.

“Video footage of violent acts of terrorism or video games developed by terrorist organizations that simulate acts of terrorism and encourage the user to engage in role-play, by acting the part of a virtual terrorist,” the report states.

The report also calls on “governments [to] provide a clear legal basis for the obligations placed on private sector parties, including [...] how the cost of providing such capabilities is to be met.”

In other words, the UN wants governments around the world to create laws which would clearly outline how companies will be forced to essentially conduct surveillance for the government and how they will pay for such measures.

Interestingly, the report was published in collaboration with the UN Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force. This group includes members like the International Monetary Fund, World Bank, World Health Organization and Interpol.

The report is nothing short of disturbing, especially when one realizes that the reason behind this effort is wholly and completely manufactured.

UPDATE: Read the full document here, courtesy of Public Intelligence.


Federal Court Approves Use of Hidden Surveillance Cameras on Private Property Without Warrants

A solar-powered wireless surveillance camera (Image credit: MicroPower Technologies, Inc.)
Yet again, a federal judge undermined the Constitution in a wholly disturbing fashion, this time by allowing police to install hidden surveillance cameras on private property without obtaining a search warrant.

This is especially troubling since the federal government has conducted more warrantless surveillance over the past two years than the entire previous decade. This court decision can only be expected to increase that already troubling number.

Let us not forget that the Obama administration has fought vigorously to hold on to their ability to conduct warrantless wiretapping while also claiming that cell phone location data is not protected by the Constitution and the Supreme Court recently refused to review a lawsuit challenging the warrantless surveillance program of the National Security Agency (NSA).

According to CNET, U.S. District Judge William Griesbach ruled “that it was reasonable for Drug Enforcement Administration agents to enter rural property without permission — and without a warrant — to install multiple “covert digital surveillance cameras” in hopes of uncovering evidence that 30 to 40 marijuana [plants] were being grown.”

Griesbach’s decision was actually based on a recommendation issued by U.S. Magistrate Judge William Callahan on October 9.

Callahan’s recommendation claimed that the DEA actually did not violate the Fourth Amendment by conducting warrantless surveillance.

“The Supreme Court has upheld the use of technology as a substitute for ordinary police surveillance,” wrote Callahan in his recommendation.

The case surrounds Manuel Mendoza and Marco Magana of Green Bay, Wis. Both Mendoza and Magana have been charged with federal drug crimes that carry potential fines of up to $10 million along with life in prison.

Steven Curran, a DEA agent, claimed he discovered over 1,000 marijuana plants on a 22-acre heavily wooded property owned by Magana. The defendants called on Callahan to throw out the video evidence collected by the DEA based on the fact that there were “No Trespassing” signs posted throughout the property along with a locked gate, thus making the evidence collected a violation of the Fourth Amendment.

Around four days after the DEA installed the surveillance cameras on Magana’s property without a warrant, a magistrate judge granted a warrant for surveillance. Mendoza and Magana’s attorneys rightfully pointed out that the surveillance took place long before the warrant was actually granted.

Callahan made his recommendation based on Oliver v. United States, a 1984 Supreme Court case in which the majority of justices ruled that “open fields” could indeed be searched without obtaining a warrant. They based this decision on their claim that open fields are not actually covered by the Fourth Amendment.

If the land is immediately surrounding a residence, on the other hand, it has greater privacy protections based on a legal concept known as curtilage.

“Placing a video camera in a location that allows law enforcement to record activities outside of a home and beyond protected curtilage does not violate the Fourth Amendment,” Department of Justice prosecutors James Santelle and William Lipscomb told Callahan.

“That one’s actions could be recorded on their own property, even if the property is not within the curtilage, is contrary to society’s concept of privacy,” argued Magana’s attorney Brett Reetz in a legal filing.

“The owner and his guest… had reason to believe that their activities on the property were not subject to video surveillance as it would constitute a violation of privacy,” Reetz added in last month’s legal filing.

Writing for CNET, Declan McCullagh paints a quite disturbing picture of where this precedent could lead.

“As digital sensors become cheaper and wireless connections become more powerful, the Justice Department’s argument would allow police to install cameras on private property without court oversight — subject only to budgetary limits and political pressure,” McCullagh writes.

The ugly reality is that legal precedents such as these serve to reinforce the constant erosion of our most essential rights. So long as judges continue to support the consistent undermining of our Constitutional rights, this disturbing trend will undoubtedly continue and will likely get significantly worse.


Hurricane Sandy - Before and After

NY Skyline Before and After
New Jersey Before and After
A Parking Garage in NY's Financial District Before (above) After (below)

The Plaza Shops Before (above) After (below)

Ocean City MD Fishing Pier Before (above) After (below)

Carey Tunnel NY Before (above) After (below)

Tony's Pier Restaurant City Island NY Before (above) After (below)

New York City’s Westside Highway, near the USS Intrepid Before (above) After (below)

The HMS Bounty, a replica of the historic ship.
As it appeared in “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest”: Before (above) and
As it sank off North Carolina’s Outer Banks: After (below)

Diet Soda with Aspartame, Made with Fluoridated Water is NOT Good.

This is an hilarious take on the dangers of Aspartame, as well as the Fluoride in your water, and all the other harmfuls we are subjected to.  Well done, and just in time; we needed a chuckling wake up call.

Ignorant, Abusive Cop Tases Diabetic Teen Suffering a Medical Emergency - Caught on Video

(NaturalNews) When they were first being introduced for public acceptance, as many readers will recall, tasers were billed as a law enforcement alternative to actually having to shoot threatening individuals with real firearms. Today; however, tasers are being abusively used by cops in all sorts of non-threatening situations, including recently against a diabetic teenager from Texas who crashed his vehicle during an unexpected hypoglycemic episode.

When 19-year-old Ricky Jones of Cleburne, Texas, collided with another vehicle while driving his car back on April 9, his blood sugar had been running exceptionally low, which put him into a state of extreme disorientation and confusion. Consequently, when a cop rolled up to question Jones following the accident, he was unable to give proper responses to the officer, who quickly became irritated at the young man.

As reported by CBS 11 News in Dallas, the ignorant cop proceeded to threaten the boy that if he did not get out of the car and produce a driver's license and registration forms, the officer would tase him, even though the boy was in no way threatening the officer. As caught on video, the cop immediately proceeded to tase the boy after threatening him, and dragged the boy out of his vehicle to tase him again.

Not long after, emergency crews arrived on the scene -- as a note, the cop should have known to call emergency crews himself from the very beginning -- and it was determined that the boy was diabetic, and had been suffering a serious medical emergency. After discovering the real reason for the boy's strange behavior, the cop can be heard callously saying, "I didn't know he was freakin' diabetic!"

Cops increasingly tasing non-threatening individuals who simply irritate them
Sadly, this recent incident in Texas is hardly an isolated one, as we have reported on numerous cases involving cops tasing non-threatening individuals over the past several years. These include the needless tasing of an eight-month pregnant woman back in June, as well as the tasing of another diabetic man who suffered a seizure back in 2008.

These and many other cases of abusive tasing are becoming the norm, as cops increasingly take the unauthorized liberty to tase individuals that they deem annoying, irritating, or simply non-compliant with their sometimes ridiculous and unlawful demands. In many cases, the individuals being tased are not a physical threat to the cops in any way, which is supposed to be the only legitimate reason why a cop should ever even use a taser in the first place.

UN has already declared tasers 'a form of torture that can kill'
To make matters worse, tasers are not merely innocuous stun devices that temporarily debilitate individuals -- in many cases, they can cause serious injury and even death. The United Nations (UN) Committee Against Torture actually declared back in 2007 that tasers are "a form of torture that can kill," a statement that is evidenced as true by the hundreds of people nationwide who have died in recent years as a result of being tased.

"Tasers are being normalized into everyday policing," wrote Paul Benedek for Green Left Weekly back in March. "They are not used in self defense, but to enforce compliance and even to torture police captives."

Cyclone Brings Heavy Rain, Displaces 150,000 in Southern India; 6 Dead in India, Sri Lanka

CHENNAI, India — A tropical storm weakened Thursday after slamming into southern India, bringing heavy rain and a storm surge and displacing 150,000 people. Six deaths have been reported in India and Sri Lanka.

Just before the storm made landfall Wednesday, an oil tanker with 37 crew ran aground off Chennai. One of its lifeboats capsized in the choppy waters, and one crewmember drowned, the Press Trust of India news agency reported.

On Thursday, two helicopters searched in the Bay of Bengal for the four missing crewmembers, said coast guard officer Gurdip Singh, adding that 32 crewmembers were rescued from the tanker.

Andhra Pradesh state said two people died there when their homes collapsed due to heavy rain Wednesday night in Nellore and Chittoor districts, and PTI reported another death in Tamil Nadu state, a 46-year old man who slipped into the rough sea from a pier and drowned. Sri Lanka reported two deaths earlier from the cyclone.

The cyclone had maximum winds of 75 kph (45 mph) after landfall but had weakened to a tropical depression. A storm surge of up to 1.5 meters (5 feet) was forecast to flood low-lying coastal areas, the India Meteorological Department said.

Power supply was disrupted to parts of Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu state, PTI said.

Heavy to very heavy rain expected, and fishermen were asked to stay at shore.

State authorities turned 282 schools into relief centers in Chennai and the city’s port halted cargo operations. Twenty-three ships were moved to safer areas.

About 150,000 people were moved to shelters in Nellore, district official B. Sridhar said.

In Sri Lanka, 4,627 people were displaced by flooding and 56 fled because of a landslide threat in the island’s central region. One woman died Tuesday after a tree branch fell on her while another person was killed in flooding, the nation’s Disaster Management Center said. Floods also damaged about 1,000 houses, it said.


Without Subway, New York is Desperate for a Ride

Passengers crowd onto a bus on First Avenue.
NEW YORK — At 8:07 a.m. Wednesday, Adam Spatz, 42, was standing in a crowd at 94th Street and Broadway on Manhattan’s West Side when a southbound M104 bus appeared on the horizon, a sight that made him and everyone around him step forward, his chin lifting with anticipation.

A few yards away, plastic police tape blocked the stairwell leading to New York’s subway system — dark, flooded and silent since Hurricane Sandy ravaged the city.

 But here came that M104 bus, inching south on Broadway through traffic, crossing 96th Street, and the people at the bus stop moved forward as it approached, until they saw that every available inch of window was occupied by faces, shoulders, hands and arms.

And there went that bus.

“Ain’t even gonna stop,” Spatz said. He shook his head and walked back to his apartment.

If the Empire State Building and Rockefeller Center and the Brooklyn Bridge are part of what defines New York’s majesty, the city’s 108-year-old subway system is part of what makes it function, more than 600 miles of tracks connecting Brooklyn to the Bronx and everything in between.

Anyone who wants to get anywhere — whether it’s Coney Island or Wall Street, Yankee Stadium or the Brooklyn House of Detention, grandma’s house or yoga class — rides the subway. Just last year, the system delivered 1.6 billion rides, an average of 5.3 million a day during the week, 3 million on Saturdays and 2.4 million on Sundays.

Waterlogged system

Hurricane Sandy halted all that, flooding the tubes between Manhattan and Brooklyn. Water rose to the ceiling at the South Ferry station at the southern end of Manhattan, across from the Statue of Liberty. And water poured into the station at 86th and Lexington. Even the stations that seemed dry, like the one at 96th and Broadway, were closed.

Limited subway service was to resume in a few pockets of the city Thursday, but on Wednesday, millions of New Yorkers had to find another way to get around.

And one of those ways was the M104 bus, which, like buses on dozens of other routes in the city, promised free rides to anyone who could climb aboard.

The crowd waiting at 94th Street and Broadway included John DeMeo, 53, an assets manager who struggled to remember the last time he took a bus, a ride that is considered inferior to walking by many an overly caffeinated New Yorker.

“Too slow,” he said. But today he needed to get to Midtown, about 50 blocks to the south, and another M104 approached.

He let that one go by because he didn’t want to push his way on. Another passed, also overstuffed.

The crowd around him thinned, then thickened with new arrivals, creating yet another ungainly formation.

Perhaps if there were a line, DeMeo thought. Maybe then he’d have a chance.

A line? Here in New York?

A Coach USA charter bus stopped. Through the window, dozens of vacant seats were visible. The door swung open.

DeMeo and the others around him stepped forward.

“Goldman Sachs! Goldman Sachs!” the driver shouted, apparently looking for investment bankers. A moment later, the door shut, and the driver took off.

At 9:13 a.m., more than an hour after arriving at the bus stop, DeMeo returned to his apartment.

Kate Rubin, 28, kept waiting, hands stuffed in the pockets of her blue coat.

Fourteen minutes later, she hadn’t moved.

An urban parade

A man in a sombrero walked by.

A man on a scooter rolled by.

Then a boy in a dinosaur costume.

“Oh, yeah,” Rubin said. “Halloween.”

A black car stopped. A woman leaned her head in, then turned and shouted, “I’m not paying $70 to get to Brooklyn!”

Rubin’s phone rang. “My e-mail isn’t even working,” she told the caller.

Taxi after taxi rolled by. Then one stopped. A seat was available. She slid in.

It was 9:56 a.m.

Six minutes later, here came another M104.

Sally Tondteaond, 65, tall and thin, had been waiting for one hour and 16 minutes.

She pushed her way on, her left hand gripping the metal rail on the left, shoes clinging to the bottom step, her face pressed into a woman’s corduroy coat.

The doors closed behind her, nudging her in the back.

“Ninety-second Street!” the driver announced.

“Guess I’ll be walking home,” said Janet Saines, 44, on her way to the office, standing on the second step, her nose almost touching the windshield, envisioning her return trip at the end of the day.

The woman standing next to her said: “I thought it would be easier if I got up early. But I didn’t get up.”

At 90th Street, a woman who had boarded two stops earlier squeezed through to get off. Her departing words: “Too hot!”

Eight New Yorkers were waiting to take her place.

At 86th Street, Irwin Gilbert, 55, offered his seat to Sally Tondteaond.

“The mayor made a big mistake when he allowed cars into the city,” Gilbert announced to no one in particular. “But I can’t say what they should do. I’m a nobody.”

To his right, a woman turned to another and said the bank for which she works had just announced thousands of layoffs.

Another woman said, “I’m leaving at 3 p.m. today, and I’m not doing this again.”

At 76th Street, a shaggy-haired man with a guitar on his lap talked into his phone.

“JFK International Airport,” he said.

“Phoenix, Arizona,” he said.

“5:35 p.m.,” he said.

“Oh my God,” he said.

Flight canceled, he had been told.

“Dear God.”

A stranger next to him, an older woman who said she was a psychoanalyst, offered consoling words. New York, she said, is as good a place as any to wait out a crisis.

“There’s so much to do,” she said.

Behind the wheel, the driver announced that the bus was arriving at 72nd Street, on the corner of which, Bob Bachner, 62, a housewares wholesaler, waited for a different line to take him to the East Side.

“Can you believe this?” he asked, a porkpie hat on his head, his eyes behind a pair of shades. New York was upside down, and here he was, waiting for the M5. He was sure one would arrive any time now.


EU’s Jobless Rate Hits New High of 11.6%

LONDON — Unemployment in the 17-country eurozone hit a record high of 11.6 per cent in September, official figures showed Wednesday, a sign the economy is deteriorating as governments struggle to get a grip on their three-year debt crisis.

The rate reported by Eurostat, the EU’s statistics office, was up from an upwardly revised 11.5 per cent in August. In total, 18.49 million people were out of work in the eurozone in September, up 146,000 from the previous month, the biggest increase in three months.

While the eurozone’s unemployment rate has been rising steadily for the past year as the economy struggled with a financial crisis and government spending cuts, the United States has seen its equivalent rate fall to 7.8 per cent. The latest U.S. figures are due this Friday.

With the eurozone economy fading, most economists think unemployment will keep increasing over the coming months and that the deteriorating economic picture will soon spook investors again after a brief hiatus.

“Financial markets have calmed somewhat, but we expect that the deteriorating economy will soon enough lead to more crisis headlines,” said Tim Ohlenburg, senior economist at the Centre for Economics and Business Research in London.

Five countries in the eurozone are already in recession — Greece, Spain, Italy, Portugal and Cyprus — and others are expected to join them soon.

The region as a whole is expected to be confirmed to be in recession when the first estimate of eurozone economic activity in the third quarter is published mid-November — a recession is officially confirmed after two consecutive quarters of negative growth.

“With surveys suggesting that firms are becoming more reluctant to hire, the eurozone unemployment rate looks set to rise further, placing more pressure on struggling households,” said Ben May, European economist at Capital Economics in London.

Recession and unemployment make it more difficult for the eurozone to deal with its debt problem — governments need to pay more benefits to the jobless and receive less tax revenue. That could push countries to take even more austerity measures, which in turn weighs on economic activity.

Once again, Spain held the ignominious position of having the highest unemployment rate in the eurozone, at 25.8 per cent. Greece may yet surpass that — its unemployment rate mushroomed to 25.1 per cent in July, the latest available figure, and is due to increase in the face of what many economists are calling an economic depression. The country is forecast to enter its sixth year of recession next year.

Both countries, which are at the heart of Europe’s three-year debt crisis, have youth unemployment above 50 per cent. That risks creating a lost generation of workers and is straining the countries’ social fabric. Extremist political groups in Greece and regional separatist parties in Spain have grown in popularity as the economy worsened.

Concern over the social impact of unemployment has also weakened governments and hobbled political decision-making.

In Greece, the three parties in the coalition government have tried for months to agree on an austerity package that is necessary for the release of bailout loans to prevent the country’s bankruptcy.

The lowest unemployment rate in the eurozone was Austria’s 4.4per cent. Germany, Europe’s biggest economy, has a jobless rate of only 5.4 per cent.