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WASHINGTON, Oct. 27 (UPI) — The U.S. and NATO congratulated Ukraine for holding successful parliamentary elections on Sunday.

According to a preliminary assessment released by the OSCE’s International Election Observatory Mission, the elections “were transparent and assessed positively overall.”

The OSCE, U.S., and NATO recognized that unrest in Ukraine’s eastern region and the illegal annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea Peninsula by Russia had impacted the ability of all Ukrainians to participate in Sunday’s election.

“Despite a challenging security environment in certain regions, millions of Ukrainians turned out across the country to cast their ballots in an orderly and peaceful manner,” President Barack Obama remarked Monday.

Secretary of State John Kerry applauded Kiev for its voter outreach to embattled areas, notably in Crimea, Donetsk and Luhansk.

“Their hard work to provide for alternate voting arrangements, including for internally displaced persons, was a particularly laudable effort to overcome actions by Russian authorities occupying Crimea and Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine to prevent voters from exercising their democratic rights.”

Obama included a message intended for Moscow in his congratulatory statement:

“I call on Russia to ensure that its proxies in eastern Ukraine allow voters in the parts of Donetsk and Luhansk subject to the Special Status Law to choose their representatives in legitimate local elections on December 7, in keeping with the agreement that Russia and separatist representatives signed in Minsk, Belarus, on September 5, 2014.”

NATO Secretary Genera Jens Stoltenberg applauded Ukrainians for embracing “an ambitious reform agenda and a European path. I welcome their determination to further promote an inclusive political process based on democratic values and respect for human rights, minorities and the rule of law.”

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s bloc was the clear winner in Sunday’s election, followed by Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk’s People’s Front. Both parties are pro-European and support further Ukranian integration with the European Union.

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WASHINGTON While Congress mulls how to curtail the NSA’s collection of Americans’ telephone records, impatient civil liberties groups are looking to legal challenges already underway in the courts to limit government surveillance powers.

Three appeals courts are hearing lawsuits against the bulk phone records program, creating the potential for an eventual Supreme Court review. Judges in lower courts, meanwhile, are grappling with the admissibility in terror prosecutions of evidence gained through the NSA’s warrantless surveillance.

Advocates say the flurry of activity, which follows revelations last year by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden of once-secret intelligence collection programs, show how a post-9/11 surveillance debate once primarily hashed out among lawmakers in secret is being increasingly aired in open court not only in New York and Washington but in places like Idaho and Colorado.

“The thing that is different about the debate right now is that the courts are much more of a factor in it,” said Jameel Jaffer, deputy legal director at the American Civil Liberties Union. Before the Snowden disclosures, he said, courts were generally relegated to the sidelines of the discussion. Now, judges are poised to make major decisions on at least some of the matters in coming months.

Though it’s unclear whether the Supreme Court will weigh in, the cases are proceeding at a time when the justices appear increasingly comfortable taking up digital privacy matters including GPS tracking of cars and police searches of cellphones.

The cases “come at a critical turning point for the Supreme Court when it comes to expectations of privacy and digital information,” said American University law professor Stephen Vladeck.

Revelations that the government was collecting bulk phone records of millions of Americans who were not suspected of crimes forced a rethinking of the practice, and President Barack Obama has called for it to end.

Since then, the House has passed legislation that civil libertarians say did not go far enough. In the Senate, Vermont Democrat Patrick Leahy, the Judiciary Committee chairman, is seeking a vote on a stricter measure to ban bulk collection, which has bipartisan backing and support from the White House.

As Congress considers the matter, the federal judiciary has produced divided opinions that are winding through appeals.

The New York-based 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals recently heard arguments in an appeal of a judge’s opinion that had upheld the program’s legality. The D.C. appeals court hears arguments next week after a judge there found that the program is probably unconstitutional. Anna Smith, a nurse in Idaho who contends the program is unconstitutional and that bulk record collection violates her privacy rights, will soon have her appeal heard by the appeals court in the 9th Circuit.

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KABUL, Afghanistan The international military coalition said Sunday it would continue to provide air support to Afghan forces after the scheduled end of combat operations in December, even as it shuttered a major regional command in the violent Helmand province.

Maj. Paul Greenberg, a spokesman for NATO’s International Security Assistance Force, said in a statement to Stars and Stripes that cooperation with the Afghan police and military after the transition to Afghan control “will include continued aviation support” by the coalition.

The framework for the continued air support was laid out in a recent agreement between Afghanistan and NATO, said Afghan Defense Ministry spokesman Gen. Zahir Azimi.

“According to our new agreement, the NATO air forces will support Afghan security forces until the Afghan air force is sufficient,” he told Stripes in a phone interview. He said the current goal is to have the Afghan air force fully operational by 2016.

That news came as the United Kingdom essentially ended its combat mission in Afghanistan by handing over control of Camp Bastion to the Afghan forces in Helmand. Neighboring Camp Leatherneck was also formally transferred, signaling that the mission for U.S. Marines in the province is also nearing its end.

The planned American drawdown announced by President Barack Obama calls for about 9,800 U.S. troops to remain in Afghanistan next year for a “noncombat train, advise, and assist mission.” Other NATO partners have pledged to send about 2,000 troops. It is not clear whether coalition air forces will be counted in those numbers.

Continuing violence in the country has led the Afghan government to retain a massive national security force and to seek additional support from NATO.

There has been much speculation about the exact nature of future international military backing. Now ISAF says combat aviation forces may be part of that support.

While he said the past two years have seen “exponential growth of the Afghan Air Force and the ability of the ANSF to operate independently,” Greenberg said military support will continue.

“Upon the request of the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF), the International Security Assistance Force has provided robust aviation support to the ANSF throughout Helmand Province in the form of close air support and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft,” he said in the statement to Stripes. “This support has been provided consistently over the past two years. Upon request of the ANSF, NATO will continue to provide aviation support to Afghan forces during Resolute Support.”

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Earlier this week, the federal governments National Science Foundation, an entity created to encourage the study of science — encouragement that it achieves by awarding grants to scholars and universities — announced that it had awarded a grant to study what people say about themselves and others in social media.

The NSF dubbed the project Truthy, a reference to comedian Stephen Colberts invention and hilarious use of the word truthiness.

The reference to Colbert is cute, and he is a very funny guy, but when the feds get into the business of monitoring speech, it is surely no joke; it is a nightmare. It is part of the Obama administrations persistent efforts to monitor communication and scrutinize the expressions of opinions it hates and fears.

We already know the National Security Agency has the digital versions of all telephone conversations and emails sent to, from or within the U.S. since 2005. Edward Snowden’s revelations of all this are credible and substantiated, and the governments denials are weak and unavailing — so weak and unavailing that many NSA agents disbelieve them.

But the governments unbridled passion to monitor us has become insatiable. Just two months ago, the Federal Communications Commission, which licenses broadcasters, threatened to place federal agents in cable television newsrooms so they can see how stories are generated and produced. The FCC doesnt even regulate cable, yet it threatened to enhance its own authority by monitoring cable companies from the inside.

Whats going on here?

Whats going on here, and has been going on since President Obama took office in January 2009, is a government with little or no fidelity to basic constitutional norms. There is no defense under the Constitution to any aspect of the government’s — federal, state, regional, local or hybrid; or any entity owned or controlled by any government; or any entity that exercises the governments coercive powers or spends or receives its money — monitoring the expressive behavior of anyone in the U.S., not in a newsroom, on social media or anywhere else.

The NSFs stated purpose of the Truthy squad is to look for errors in speech, particularly errors that fuel hatred or political extremes. This monitoring — this so-called search for error — is totalitarian and directly contradicts well-grounded Supreme Court jurisprudence, for several reasons.

First, for the government to gather information — public or private — on any person, the Constitution requires that the government have articulable suspicion about that person. Articulable suspicion is a mature and objective reason to believe that the person has engaged in criminal behavior. Without that level of articulable belief, the government is powerless to scrutinize anyone for any reason.

The articulable suspicion threshold is vital to assure that people in America have the presumption of liberty and are free to choose their behavior unimpeded or threatened by the government. The feds cannot cast a net into the marketplace of ideas and challenge what it brings in. Were they able to do so, the constitutional protections for free expression and the primacy of liberty would be meaningless.

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A definitive ranking of conspiracy theories…or is that just what they want you to think?

20) Pitbull and Shakira are involved with the disappearance of MH370.

19) Obama did ____. (Benghazi, Ebola, 9/11, etc. etc. etc.)

18) The moon landing was faked.

17) Anything that comes out of Jenny McCarthy’s mouth.

16) GMO panic.

15) The internet is full of paid government shills.

14) FEMA reeducation camps.

13) The National Weather Service can create thunderstorms using energy pulses emitted from Doppler weather radar.

12) The military uses H.A.A.R.P. to control the weather.

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The Faroe Islands, part of the Kingdom of Denmark, wont observe European Union sanctions the country says make no economic sense as its fish farmers predict a surge in exports to Russia.

I have a responsibility to my people and I dont believe in boycotts, Home Rule Prime Minister Kaj Leo Holm Johannesen said yesterday in a phone interview. They always end up hurting the wrong people.

The north Atlantic archipelago, settled by Norse Vikings, has stayed outside the European Union and, unlike non-EU member Norway, has ignored the sanctions against Russia. That means it hasnt been hit by President Vladimir Putins retaliatory trade ban. Bakkafrost P/F (BAKKA), based in the Faroese town of Glyvrar, predicted last month the development will more than triple its fish exports to Russia.

Criticism from abroad has been very muted, 50-year-old Johannesen said. Ive explained the situation to Brussels, to Danish lawmakers and to the Obama administration when I traveled to Washington and New York recently.

Danish Foreign Minister Martin Lidegaard said he doesnt want to be the umpire in this matter, in a brief interview today. Its no crime not to be a member of the EU nor is it a crime not to be the subject of a boycott. On the other hand, its clear that the EU expects that others dont take advantage of the situation to capture market from countries impacted by the boycott.

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Russia, which accounts for about 7 percent of global Atlantic salmon demand, imposed its food ban on countries backing sanctions at the beginning of August. The standoff has left the Faroes, which supply about 4 percent of world output, in a unique position to provide Russians with fresh salmon.

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The organizers did everything they could to ensure a peaceful conference. The two-day event in Berlin hosted by the German Federal Academy for Security Policy – with DW as a media partner – sounded inconspicuous enough. Titled: “Europe’s stability – Germany’s security,” it dealt with the fallout of the financial crisis for European security.

Panelists discussed the ramifications of the financial crisis for political decision making, how to deal with a resurgent Russia as well as the challenges posed by the rapid rise in refugees fleeing to Europe in the wake of events in Syria and Iraq.

Transatlantic relations and US foreign policy cropped up only once in a while on the sidelines of a predominantly European-focused debate. The NSA scandal wasn’t brought up at all – that is, until the very last panel of the gathering, where it gave the conference a bitter aftertaste.

Financial crisis – a chance for the betterment of Europe?

Taking a page from Winston Churchill’s playbook – “never let a good crisis go to waste” – panelists were asked to debate how the financial crisis could be reconfigured as a chance for the betterment of European integration and the transatlantic alliance.

The panelists, James D. Melville, the US’ deputy ambassador to Germany, Roderich Kiesewetter, a member of the Bundestag’s Committee on Foreign Affairs for the CDU, and Gregor Gysi, the parliamentary leader of the Left Party in the Bundestag, understandably struggled to find a common thread connecting the financial crisis with the improvement of transatlantic ties and the deepening of the European project.

Gysi asked why the US wouldn’t sign a no-spy Agreement with Berlin

As a result, each panelist focused on a certain point. Gysi repeatedly lamented the failure of the UN Security Council to fulfill its role as the world’s decisive political body. As a consequence, he suggested the US, China and Russia should be locked up in a single room and be forced to stay in there until they had solved the world’s problems.

Kiesewetter and Melville’s comments were more realistic. Kiesewetter urged that with all the debate about a larger international role for Germany and calls to beef up the country’s military forces, Germany must first define its strategic interests and have a public debate about the issue.

Melville reiterated two truisms often stated by the Obama administration. One: that not even the United States can solve the world’s problems alone; and two: that in global politics, Germany punches below its weight, with Washington supporting a stronger role for Berlin on the international stage.

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maynard writes: Investigative Journalist James Bamford knows a thing or two more than most about the National Security Agency. Across his more than three-decade long career digging muck out of exactly those places U.S. government intelligence agencies preferred he wouldn’t tread, he’s published five books and over eighty press reports. At times, this made for some tense confrontations with intelligence officials from an organization once so secret even few members of Congress knew of its existence.

For the last several years public focus on the NSA has been on Bush and Obama era reports of illicit domestic spying. From allegations of warrantless wiretapping reported by James Risen in 2005 to secret documents released to journalists at The Guardian by Edward Snowden a year ago. And smack in the middle, Bamford’s 2012 revelation of the existence of a huge, exabyte-capable data storage facility then under construction in Bluffdale, Utah.

Given all this attention on recent events, it might come as a surprise to some that almost forty years ago Senator Frank Church convened a congressional committee to investigate reports of unlawful activities by U.S. intelligence agencies, including illegal domestic wiretapping by the NSA. At the time, Church brought an oversight magnifying glass over what was then half-jokingly referred to as “No Such Agency.” And then, like today, James Bamford was in the thick of it, with a Snowden-like cloak-and-dagger game of spy-vs-journalist. It all began by giving testimony before the Church Committee. Writing yesterday in The Intercept, Bamford tells his firsthand historical account of what led him to testify as a direct witness to NSA’s wiretapping of domestic communications decades ago and then details the events that led to the publication of his first book The Puzzle Palace back in 1982. Read on for more.Bamford writes:

…during the summer of 1975, as reports began leaking out from the Church Committee, I was surprised to learn that the NSA was claiming that it had shut down all of its questionable operations a year and a half earlier. Surprised because I knew the eavesdropping on Americans had continued at least into the prior fall, and may have still been going on. After thinking for a day or so about the potential consequences of blowing the whistle on the NSAI was still in the Naval Reserve, still attending drills one weekend a month, and still sworn to secrecy with an active NSA clearanceI nevertheless decided to call the Church Committee.

But he didn’t stop at the witness stand. Afterward, he continued researching the matter for a book. And the further he dug, the more waves he made. Until someone slipped him a then recently declassified copy of a 1976 Justice Department memo [PDF] detailing a criminal investigation into illicit domestic spying by the NSA. But when agency officials discovered he had that document they took extraordinary measures attempting to get it back. They threatened to prosecute under the 1917 Espionage Act and retroactively reclassified the memo to squelch its contents.

Fearing someone might break into his home and steal the manuscript, Bamford arranged to transport and secure a copy outside of U.S. jurisdiction with a colleague at the Sunday Times of London. It was only upon the 1982 publication of Puzzle Palace that the agency dropped their pursuit of Bamford and his document as a lost cause. That’s at least one stark difference between then and today when it comes to whistleblowers back then, they merely threatened espionage charges.

Yogi Berra famously once said, “It’s like Deja Vu all over again.” And though the Yankees’ star wasn’t speaking of illicit domestic wiretaps by the national security state, given a comparison of recent revelations to those detailed by Bamford decades earlier the quote certainly fits. In telling his story of how he published details about the last NSA Merry-Go-Round with warrantless wiretapping, Bamford shows us that our recent troubles of lawless surveillance aren’t so unique. It’s deja-vu all over again. But if deja vu is like a waking dream, this seems more a recurring nightmare for a body-politic lured to snoring slumber by a siren-song of political passivity.

That old Justice Department memo isn’t likely to wake the public from their slumber. But within its pages is a stark warning we all should have heeded. As Bamford notes in that Intercept story, the report’s conclusion that NSA lawlessness stems straight from the birth of the agency suggests a constitutional conflict systemic and intentional.

…the NSA’s top-secret “charter” issued by the Executive Branch, exempts the agency from legal restraints placed on the rest of the government. “Orders, directives, policies, or recommendations of any authority of the Executive branch relating to the collection … of intelligence,” the charter reads, “shall not be applicable to Communications Intelligence activities, unless specifically so stated.” This so-called “birth certificate,” the Justice Department report concluded, meant the NSA did not have to follow any restrictions placed on electronic surveillance “unless it was expressly directed to do so.” In short, the report asked, how can you prosecute an agency that is above the law?

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WASHINGTON: National Security Advisor Ajit Doval has met US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel and discussed a range of issues, including the strategic Indo-US partnership and future areas of bilateral security cooperation.

“In their discussion they emphasised US-India common security interests, their commitment to the strategic partnership and future areas of security cooperation,” Pentagon Press Secretary, Rear Admiral John Kirby, said after the meeting yesterday.

Hagel and Doval also discussed recent developments in Afghanistan and the need to continue to cooperate on security and development in the region.

“Secretary Hagel conveyed that the prime minister’s visit had been a great success and has laid the foundation for deepening cooperation between the two countries,” Kirby said.

Doval who had arrived in the US along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi last week, has extended his stay in the country by two days, to meet top leaders of the Obama administration.

In their talks on Tuesday, Modi and US President Barack Obama committed themselves to joint and concerted efforts to dismantle all safe havens for terror and disrupt all financial and tactical support to al-Qaeda, Lashkar-e-Toiba, Jaish-e-Mohammad, the Haqqani network and the D-company, a reference to the network of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim believed to be living in Pakistan under official patronage.

Doval will meet Secretary of State John Kerry today and is also expected to meet top brass of the American intelligence agencies and his counterpart in the Obama administration, Susan Rice.

He is expected to discuss subjects like the emerging threats in West Asia in the form of the dreaded Islamic State militant group and its implications for South Asia including India.

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The United States military is studying digital currencies like bitcoin to learn if they can be traced and to figure out how they are used by America’s adversaries around the world.

CNBC has learned that the global policy counsel of the Bitcoin Foundation flew to Florida to meet with officials from U.S. Special Operations Command for a daylong discussion Monday on the role of so-called cryptocurrenciesof which bitcoin is the best knownin illicit finance.

The first-of-its-kind discussion came just as U.S. warplanes began flying missions over Syria in President Barack Obama’s effort to check the advance of the Islamic terror network ISIS. A key priority for the U.S. military is stopping the flow of money to ISIS fighters and blocking the network’s ability to process profits from kidnapping, extortion and illicit oil sales.

The military’s interest in virtual currency is part of an overall effort by special operations forces to understand how their enemies finance themselves, and what intelligence special operators can glean by following the illicit money.

“We’re trying to do our best to understand the true scope of the threat that we are dealing with.”

“We’re trying to do our best to understand the true scope of the threat that we are dealing with,” said a defense official who attended the meeting. “We have to fully understand all of the components and functions of the adversary across the globenot just in Syria and Iraqand the manner in which those adversaries raise, hide and move money.”

Defense officials said ISIS is part of a global dark network on the Internet that is involved in the use of virtual currencyalthough ISIS itself is “principally funded through means other than virtual currency.”

The invitation-only event, called simply the “Virtual Currency Workshop,” was held at an office building in downtown Tampa near MacDill Air Force Base where Special Operations Command is based, and it included a meet-and-greet cocktail party at the Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina on Sunday evening.

It was organized by a little-known but highly influential group called Business Executives for National Security, which facilitates connections between American business leaders and the U.S. military.

The group’s members include a who’s who of America’s corporate and financial elite, according to its website, including Jeff Bezos of Amazon, former AIG CEO Hank Greenberg and David Koch of Koch Industries.

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WASHINGTON (AP) Fighting to improve their brand, leading Republicans rallied behind religious liberty at a Friday gathering of evangelical conservatives, rebuking an unpopular President Barack Obama while skirting divisive social issues.

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U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks at the fourth annual Texas Tribune Festival held at the University of Texas at Austin in Austin, Texas, on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Rodolfo Gonzalez)(The Associated Press)

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) speaks at the California GOP convention on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014, in Los Angeles. Paul has sought a broader audience this year as he has aggressively traveled the country ahead of a potential presidential bid in 2016. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)(The Associated Press)

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. speaks at the 2014 Values Voter Summit in Washington, Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. Prospective Republican presidential candidates are expected to promote religious liberty at home and abroad at a gathering of evangelical conservatives, rebuking an unpopular President Barack Obama while skirting divisive social issues that have tripped up the GOP. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)(The Associated Press)

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas speaks at the 2014 Values Voter Summit in Washington, Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. Prospective Republican presidential candidates are expected to promote religious liberty at home and abroad at a gathering of evangelical conservatives, rebuking an unpopular President Barack Obama while skirting divisive social issues that have tripped up the GOP. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)(The Associated Press)

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. speaks at the 2014 Values Voter Summit in Washington, Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. Prospective Republican presidential candidates are expected to promote religious liberty at home and abroad at a gathering of evangelical conservatives, rebuking an unpopular President Barack Obama while skirting divisive social issues that have tripped up the GOP. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)(The Associated Press)

WASHINGTON Prospective Republican presidential candidates are expected to promote “religious liberty” at home and abroad at a gathering of religious conservatives, rebuking an unpopular President Barack Obama while skirting divisive social issues that have tripped up the GOP.

The annual Voters Value Summit opens Friday in Washington with speeches from several potential presidential candidates, including Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. The speaking program features ambitious Republicans with positions on social issues across the spectrum from the libertarian-leaning Paul, who favors less emphasis on abortion and gay marriage, to Huckabee, a former Southern Baptist pastor whose conservative social values define his brand.

But evangelical organizers of the event largely expect participants to unite around what they call Obama’s attack on religious liberty, according to Tony Perkins, president of the host organization, the Family Research Council. Perkins cited an Obama administration rule that compels health insurers to cover female contraception in addition to a foreign policy he says doesn’t do enough to protect Christian values around the world.

“Without religious freedom we lose the ability to even address those other issues,” Perkins said of social issues, declaring that “a fundamental shift” is underway toward religious freedom but that evangelical voters would not forget conservative values such as traditional marriage come Election Day.

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Singer says: ‘If the Illuminati exist, I want to be invited’

Rumours that Perry is a member of the supposedly all-powerful cult began following her performance of Dark Horse at the Grammys in January. News site Infowars claimed: Illuminati priestess conducts witchcraft ceremony in front of the entire world.

Responding to the rumours, Perry told Rolling Stone: If the Illuminati exist, I would like to be invited. I see all that shit and Im like: Come on, let me in! I want to be in the club.

Perry admitted she had no idea what the Illuminati actually stand for or who they are, adding: It sounds crazy. Weird people on the internet that have nothing to do find, like, strange triangles in your hand motions. I guess youve made it when they think youre in the Illuminati. But I believe in aliens, so if people want to believe in Illuminati, great.

The Illuminati is supposedly a powerful group of individuals who want to establish a new world order, with members from political, entertainment and religious circles conspiring to control the world. Other celebrities who have been rumoured online as members include Jay-Z, Beyonce, Kanye West and Madonna.

Perry performed at The White House this week (July 31), where she was hailed by President Barack Obama as: One of my favourite people I love Katy Perry, she is a wonderful person. Stevie Wonder and former tennis player Andy Roddick were among the guests.

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