"If you’re submitting budget proposals for a law enforcement agency, for an intelligence agency, you’re not going to submit the proposal that ‘We won the war on terror and everything’s great,’ cuz the first thing that’s gonna happen is your budget’s gonna be cut in half. You know, it’s my opposite of Jesse Jackson’s ‘Keep Hope Alive’—it’s ‘Keep Fear Alive.’ Keep it alive."
--Former FBI Assistant Director Thomas Fuentes
From Matthew Harwood's 2-5-15 article entitled "The Lone-Wolf Terror Trap: Why the Curse Will Be Worse Than the Disease":
"The shadow of a new threat seems to be darkening the national security landscape: the lone-wolf terrorist.
"'The lone wolf is the new nightmare,' wrote Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer recently, and the conservative pundit wasn’t alone in thinking so. 'I really see [lone wolves] as being a bigger threat than al-Qaeda, or the Islamic State, or the al-Qaeda franchises,' Scott Stewart, vice president of tactical analysis at the global intelligence and advisory firm Stratfor, told VICE News. Similarly, in the aftermath of the Paris terrorist attacks, appearing on 'Meet the Press,' Attorney General Eric Holder said, 'The thing that I think keeps me up most at night [is] this concern about the lone wolf who goes undetected.'
"You could multiply such statements many times over. There’s only one problem with the rising crescendo of alarm about lone wolves: most of it simply isn’t true. There’s nothing new about the 'threat' and the concept is notoriously unreliable, as well as selectively used. (These days, 'lone wolf' has largely become a stand-in for 'Islamic terrorist,' though the category itself is not bound to any specific ideological type.) Worst of all, its recent highlighting paves the way for the heightening of abusive and counterproductive police and national security practices, including the infiltration of minority and activist communities and elaborate sting operations that ensnare the vulnerable. In addition, the categorization of such solitary individuals as terrorists supposedly driven by ideology — left or right, secular or religious — often obscures multiple other factors that may actually cause them to engage in violence.
"Like all violent crime, individual terrorism represents a genuine risk, just an exceedingly rare and minimal one. It’s not the sort of thing that the government should be able to build whole new, intrusive surveillance programs on or use as an excuse for sending in agents to infiltrate communities. National programs now being set up to combat lone-wolf terrorism have a way of wildly exaggerating its prevalence and dangers — and in the end are only likely to exacerbate the problem. For Americans to concede more of their civil liberties in return for 'security' against lone wolves wouldn’t be a trade; it would be fraud."To read the entirety of Harwood's article, click HERE.
From a 2-21-15 Washington's Blog article entitled "Worst Spying in World History--Worse Than Any Dystopian Novel--Is Occurring RIGHT NOW":
To read the entirety of this article, click HERE.
From Andrew Curry's 1-14-15 Wired article entitled "No, the NSA Isn't Like the Stasi--And Comparing Them Is Treacherous":
To read the entirety of Rietman's article, click HERE.
From Julie Steinberg's 2-3-15 MarketWatch article "This Banker Was a Spy":
To read the entirety of Steinberg's article, click HERE.
From Jay Stanley and Bennett Stein's 1-16-15 ACLU.org article entitled "FOIA Documents Reveal Massive DEA Program to Record American's Whereabouts with License Plate Readers":
"The Drug Enforcement Administration has initiated a massive national license plate reader program with major civil liberties concerns but disclosed very few details, according to new DEA documents obtained by the ACLU through the Freedom of Information Act.
"The DEA is currently operating a National License Plate Recognition initiative that connects DEA license plate readers with those of other law enforcement agencies around the country. A Washington Post headline proclaimed in February 2014 that the Department of Homeland Security had cancelled its 'national license-plate tracking plan,' but all that was ended was one Immigrations and Customs Enforcement solicitation for proposals. In fact, a government-run national license plate tracking program already exists, housed within the DEA. (That’s in addition to the corporate license plate tracking database run by Vigilant Solutions, holding billions of records about our movements.) Since its inception in 2008, the DEA has provided limited information to the public on the program’s goals, capabilities and policies. Information has trickled out over the years, in testimony here or there. But far too little is still known about this program."
To read the entirety of Stanley and Stein's article, click HERE.
From Nathaniel Mott's 1-27-15 article entitled "The DEA Is Collecting Information About 'Millions' of Americans Without Public Oversight":
"A semi-secret surveillance program developed by the Drug Enforcement Administration is collecting location information about 'millions' of Americans through the use of a license plate-reading system to which state police departments also contribute data [...].
"The result is a national surveillance program with an unknown number of contributors offering up location data about millions of Americans; all to a database used by an untold number of police departments without any public oversight regarding their searches.
"That's a problem. Backchannel reported in December that police have used their access to license plate readers to stalk former colleagues, and IB Times revealed earlier this month that Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) used location data to smear a political rival."
To read the entirety of Mott's article, click HERE.
Act 7:From Lenore Skenazy's 1-14-15 Reason article entitled "Child Services Still Hounding Couple Who Let Their Kids Play Outside":
To read the entirety of Skenazy's article, click HERE.
From Pater Tenebrarum's 1-19-15 article entitled "It's Official: If You Question Authority, You Are Mentally Ill":
"This post is about an issue that is by now a bit dated (though the topic as such certainly isn’t), but we have only just become aware of it and it seemed to us worth rescuing it from the memory hole. In late 2013, the then newest issue of the American Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM for short) defined a new mental illness, the so-called 'oppositional defiant disorder' or ODD.
"As TheMindUnleashed.org informs us, the definition of this new mental illness essentially amounts to declaring any non-conformity and questioning of authority as a form of insanity. According to the manual, ODD is defined as:
[…] an “ongoing pattern of disobedient, hostile and defiant behavior,” symptoms include questioning authority, negativity, defiance, argumentativeness, and being easily annoyed.
"In short, as Natural News put it: According to US psychiatrists, only the sheeple are sane.
"Every time a new issue of the DSM appears, the number of mental disorders grows – and this growth is exponential. A century ago there were essentially 7 disorders, 80 years ago there were 59, 50 years ago there were 130, and by 2010 there were 374 (77 of which were 'found' in just seven years)."
Act 9:From Carole Cadwalladr's 11-9-15 Guardian article entitled "Berlin's Digital Exiles: Where Tech Activists Go to Escape the NSA":
"Germany has some of the strongest laws in the world when it comes to surveillance and privacy. It is illegal for the foreign security service, the BND, to spy on its own citizens. But, the NSA has had bases in Germany since 1945 and there are no laws that govern its behaviour. A parliamentary inquiry is now under way, to try and establish what the BND knew – the only one of its kind in the world, post-Snowden – but when I visit Hans-Christian Ströbele, the veteran Green MP who is leading the inquiry, in his office in the Bundestag he tells me: 'We think we will find good information about what the BND has been doing.' And the NSA? GCHQ? He shakes his head. 'Isn’t that a bit depressing?' I say. 'That we’re sitting here in the parliament of one of the greatest democracies on earth, with a constitution that had to be rebuilt from the ground up, and there is nothing, legislatively that you can do?'
"'It is,' he says.
"But then Hubertus Knabe tells me: 'The minister of the Stasi always said, "We have to answer the question, who is who?" Those were his words. That means, who thinks what? It used to be an obvious fundamental difference between a democratic state and a dictatorial one that you don’t investigate someone until they did a criminal act. Innocent people are not surveiled. And in this, the difference between how a democratic state acts and how a totalitarian one acts has diminished. And this is very, I don’t know the English word. Besorgniserregend? Hold on, I will look it up,' and he taps into his phone. 'Alarming! This is very alarming to me.'
"I’m about to leave when he tells me about a conference he held recently at the museum. 'And this man, a former prisoner, kept saying this very strange thing. It was very annoying at first. He kept saying, "I am your future". "I already experienced what will be your future." But he was very serious. He had emigrated to Paris. He really meant it.'"
To read the entirety of Cadwalladr's article, click HERE.
From a 9-23-13 Washington's Blog article entitled "The Government Is Spying on Us through Our Computers, Phones, Cars, Buses, Streetlights, at Airports And on The Street, Via Mobile Scanners And Drones, through Our Smart Meters, And in Many Other Ways":
To read the entirety of this article, click HERE.
To read the entirety of this article, click HERE.
From Gregory Ferenstein's 8-26-15 Forbes article entitled "Weaponized Drones for Law Enforcement Now Legal in North Dakota":