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MONDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2014 Australia and New Zealand actions on press freedoms alarming – PFF

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Global support for investigative journalism in Australia and New Zealand is a welcome response to law changes and a police raid, says the Pacific Freedom Forum

“Particularly welcome is the call from the Freedom of the Press Foundation in the United States for worldwide fundraising for legal defence,” says PFF Chair Titi Gabi.

PFF is calling on Australia and New Zealand to urgently review law changes that restrict press freedom, and a police raid on the home of an investigative journalist.

“Media freedoms in the Pacific have long been supported by Australia and New Zealand,” says PFF Chair Titi Gabi.

“To now see actions against those freedoms by authorities in those countries is alarming,” she says.

PFF joins the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, an organisation representing 18,000 publications in 120 countries, along with other media freedom groups around the world in calling for the new Australian security laws to be revised.

“Journalism is not a crime,” says Gabi, a journalist based in Papua New Guinea.

“Australia cannot credibly condemn the jailing of Al-Jazeera journalists on security charges in Egypt while pursuing similar powers in its own country.”

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Ep. 57: Liberty and the American Experience (with Jim Powell)
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NWO and the United States: NSA, police state and increased surveillance (2)
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Ray McGovern “There is this Fourth Amendment thing”
Watch full episode of the Debate here: http://www.presstv.com/detail/2014/11/18/386455/debate-us-spiraling-spying/ The United States Department of Justice is spying on mobile phones through…

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A bill to end the National Security Agency's bulk collection of telephone records failed on a procedural vote in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday after senior Republicans said it would benefit enemies of the United States, including Islamic State militants.

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Nov 192014

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Washington (CNN) — Republican opponents of White House-backed legislation that would rein in NSA surveillance programs narrowly blocked the Senate from taking up the bill Tuesday after warning it could help terrorists escape detection.

On a tally of 58 to 42, a procedural vote failed to get the supermajority 60 votes it needed to advance.

Supporters of the USA Freedom Act, a rare mix of liberal Democrats and libertarian Republicans, hoped public outrage over the secret mass collection of phone and Internet records — revealed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden — would lead to passage of the reforms. But many opponents argued the changes would hamper the National Security Agency’s ability to track nimble and elusive terrorists.

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell led the charge against the bill, saying the new rules would prevent the United States from capturing the terrorists who killed Peter Kassig, a U.S. citizen doing aid work in Syria. Kassig was executed over the weekend.

“Many of these fighters are familiar with America’s intelligence capabilities, and many are savvy with communications. These are terrorists who know how to use encryption, and they how to change devices quickly,” he said. “This is the worst time to be tying our hands behind our backs.”

“It basically takes us back to a pre-9/11 lack of capacity to identify terrorists making telephone calls in the United States, said Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, the second-ranking Senate Republican. “I think that sort of unilateral disarmament would be bad for the country.”

McConnell also argued the measure should be debated and voted on in the new Congress next year, not by lawmakers in a lame duck session who are leaving Washington.

Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, the bill’s principal author, disputed the critics saying that while it puts checks on the NSA’s powerful capabilities, it “does so responsibly.”

“The bill contains key reforms to safeguard Americans’ privacy by prohibiting the indiscriminate collection of their data. It also provides for greater accountability and transparency of the government’s surveillance programs,” he said. “The bill also ensures that the intelligence community has the tools it needs to keep our country safe.”

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NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg criticized Russia Tuesday amid evidence of a very serious military buildup in eastern Ukraine and on the Russian side of the border. Stoltenberg pressed Russian leaders to withdraw their troops and weapons from the region and re-dedicate themselves to the peace process.

Russia has a choice. Russian can either be part of a peaceful negotiated solution or Russia can continue on a path of isolation, Stoltenberg said, according to Agence France-Presse. The international community calls on Russia to be part of the solution.

NATO claims to have seen an increase in Russian troops, artillery, anti-aircraft weaponry and tanks in eastern Ukraine, Reuters reports. The apparent escalation would violate the terms of a shaky cease-fire agreement in the region. Russia has denied that it sent troops into Ukraine or that it provides armed support to pro-Russian separatists in the war-torn nation.

“But we also see a military buildup on the Russian side of the border…This is a serious militarybuildup and we call onRussiato pull back its troops,” Stoltenberg said.

Stoltenbergs comments came one week after top NATO commander Gen. Philip Breedlove accused Russia of military aggression in and around Ukraine. Russian tanks, Russian artillery, Russian air defense systems and Russian combat troops of unknown intent were seen in the eastern European nation, he said.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu denied the charges on Nov. 12, stating that there was and is no evidence to support NATOs claims. Shortly thereafter, Shoigu announced that Russian long-range bomber patrols would extend as far as the Arctic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico.

The United States and the European Union each levied sanctions against Russian in response to its alleged military involvement in Ukraine. Putin decried the sanctions as illegal ahead of last weekends G-20 summit in Australia.

This contradicts international law, because sanctions can only be imposed within the framework of the United Nations and its Security Council, Putin said in an interview with Itar-Tass, a Russian state news agency. This is harmful, and of course is doing us some damage, but its harmful for them as well because, in essence, its undermining the entire system of economic relations.

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Nov 182014



Geoffrey Stone on the NSA
How can the United States government protect our national security and advance our foreign policy while also respecting our commitment to privacy and civil liberties? After the leaks by Chelsea…

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The price of bitcoin has dipped back below $400 following its remarkable surge last week.(IBTimes UK)

The price of bitcoin has dropped again slightly over the last 24 hours, making last week’s surge look increasingly like a spike.

Most other major cryptocurrencies have seen a similar decline, with litecoin, dogecoin, and namecoin all falling by between 2% and 3%.

The worst hit of the big players was darkcoin, which fell by around 12% since yesterday. The anonymity-focussed cryptocurrency now has a market cap of less than $12 million having risen to almost $15m last week.

The US Marshals Service (USMS) is to auction a further 50,000 bitcoins seized from Ross Ulbricht, the alleged creator of the Silk Road online black marketplace.

It follows a similar auction of 30,000 bitcoins in June, from an estimated pot of 140,000 bitcoins – worth around $54 million at today’s prices.

“On January 27, 2014, the United States District Court for the District of New York entered a Stipulation and Order for Interlocutory Sale of Bitcoins,” the USMS announced.

“In this order, both the United States and Ross William Ulbricht agreed that ‘the United States, in its sole discretion, may sell any portion or all of these bitcoins, on a date or dates and in a manner to be determined by the government.’”

The auction will take place on 4 December between 8am and 2pm EST, with any bidders required to register by midday on the 1 December.

Scotcoin, the unofficial national cryptocurrency of Scotland, has taken a major step forward in its development by migrating to the Counterparty.io solution.

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Illuminati History Part 1 of 9
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Former Australian PM Paul Keating 'Extending NATO is the Cause of Ukraine War'
Paul Keating in an Interview on Australian Government TV has stated that the west and especially the United States have made a stratgeic error in extending N…

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NWO and the United States: immigration will destroy religious freedom in the United States
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Hail to the Spirit of Liberty
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Do Americans have a right to privacy? At what point does national security take precedence over that right? Intelligence expert Amy Zegart discussed those issues and more with Michael Hayden, the former head of the National Security Agency. Hayden served as NSA director from 1999 to 2005, and was also CIA director for three years. Zegart is codirector of Stanfords Center for International Security and Cooperation, a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, and professor of political economy at Stanford Graduate School of Business (by courtesy), where she coteaches a course on political risk management with former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. The following are edited excerpts from their conversation:

The 215 program has to do with telephone metadata. So its not email traffic; its voice. And its not content, its fact of. What the agency gathers is who called whom, when, for how long. Its also within the technical definition of metadata to include locational data. But this program doesnt. Its consciously excluded. What youve got is a record of all phone calls made within the United States or between the United States and overseas thats given to the National Security Agency on a daily basis by the telecom providers.

Its not technically electronic surveillance. These are actually business records kept by the phone company in order to charge you for your phone usage. That data is then bent toward the National Security Agency, where its stored.

A key point about this is that it is unarguably domestic. Its your stuff. Its my stuff. And its put into this large database. Now, that in itself causes a lot of people concern because even with good intent, theres some nervousness about the government having that kind of information.

The NSA view is that, although that is kind of theoretically frightening, as a practical matter, one has to look at what happens to that data in order to make a coherent judgment about it.

That data is locked and inaccessible at NSA except under a very narrow set of circumstances. Number one, the number of people who are allowed to access that data is about two dozen. Actually, the right number is 22. And the way you access the data is through a number, almost always foreign, about which you have a reasonable, articulable suspicion that the foreign number is affiliated with terrorist groups.

A specific example so you raid a safe house in Yemen. And you go in with your Yemeni allies and you grab some people. And you grab whats called pocket litter, which is identifiable stuff inside their pockets.

It confirms that, yeah, these guys are who we thought they were. Theyre affiliated with AQAP Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula or some other group. And you discover a cellphone that youve never seen before. Now you have a reasonable, articulable suspicion that that cellphone is, in fact, affiliated with a terrorist.

What you then get to do and Im going to be a little cartoonish, here, but its kind of how it works. What you then get to do is walk up to that database, kind of yell through the transom, and say, Hey, anybody in here talk to this phone? And then if a number in the Bronx raises its hand and says, Yeah, I do every Thursday, NSA gets to say to the number in the Bronx, Well, then who do you talk to?

Thats the program. Theres no mining of the data, and theres no pattern development, no pattern recognition. It is: Did any of those phone events that were captured there relate to a phone that we have reason to believe is affiliated with al-Qaida?

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NATO Exercise Danube Express 14: UK, USA, Romania
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Unprotected Sex Without AIDS: Miracle Drug Means Freedom and Jealousy
Vocativ explores a preventative HIV drug called Truvada that could drastically control the spread of HIV and AIDS not just in the United States but worldwide. Experts are fervently debating…

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Nov 012014

The Founding Fathers of the United States believed that the rights of the people were granted by God and not by government. These basic God given rights were embodied in the United States Constitution and, the most basic of these rights, were set out in the First Amendment. Our most basic rights are the right of speech, the right of religion and the right of free assembly.

Over the past 25 years, there has been a war waged on religion and that war is being waged, primarily, against Christians and the Christian church. In the most recent attack, the elected officials in the city of Houston, Texas, violated the First Amendment rights of several Houston churches, pastors and congregations because these pastors, churches and congregations disagreed with a new Houston ordinance requiring that all restrooms in all businesses in the city of Houston be gender-neutral. Apparently, the Houston mayor and city council believe that pastors, churches and congregations can speak freely so long as they agree with the city council.

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NATO intercepted at least 19 Russian aircraft flying far outside Russia’s airspace today, worrying the organization’s officials.

“These sizable Russian flights represent an unusual level of air activity over European airspace,” NATO said in a statement released this afternoon.

The Russian fighter jets and bombers were seen flying in three different regions. The intercepts came a week after widespread reports that a Russian submarine may have been spotted off the coast of Sweden.

The North Sea and Atlantic Ocean had the largest fleet of Russian aircraft activity, with eight planes detected by NATO radar flying in formation from Russian airspace toward the Norwegian Sea and into international airspace this afternoon.

NATO allies, which continually watch over partner airspace, saw six of the planes turn back towards northern Russia after Norwegian Air Force F-16s intercepted the planes. The remaining two Russian planes, both Tu-95 Bear H bombers, continued to fly above the Norwegian coastline, prompting NATO planes stationed in the United Kingdom to track them.

The NATO statement reported that those two Russian bombers were en route back to their homeland.

“Scrambles and intercepts are standard procedure when an unknown aircraft approaches NATO airspace,” the NATO release said. “However, such flights pose a potential risk to civil aviation given that the Russian military often do not file flight plans, or use their on-board transponders.”

Four other Russian aircraft — two fighter jets and two bombers — were spotted flying over the Black Sea, prompting Turkish Air Force jets to scramble to track them.

There were at least seven other Russian planes intercepted over the Baltic Sea today, as well, though NATO would not indicate exactly how many. Baltic Air Policing Mission planes were sent into the air and the Russian aircraft headed back to their own airspace.

Russian officials have not yet reacted to the NATO report.

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BERLIN:More than 80 countries signed an agreement in Berlin on Wednesday (Oct 29) that could end banking secrecy in the global battle against tax evasion and fraud, even though critics pointed to shortcomings in the deal. Among the signatories were EU countries but also previously staunch proponents of banking secrecy such as Liechtenstein and tax havens like the Cayman or Virgin Islands.

The deal – known as the Multilateral Competent Authority Agreement – crowned two days of talks by the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes. The meeting was hosted by German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble.

Fifty-one countries signed one agreement to put in place an automatic exchange of information between the participating countries beginning in September 2017. The agreement designates the national authority in each country which will be responsible for collating the data and transferring it to the other countries. The aim is for every country to be kept fully informed about the offshore holdings of its citizens.

Around 30 other countries – including Austria and Switzerland, the Bahamas and the United Arab Emirates – pledged to join the agreement from 2018. “Banking secrecy, in its old form, is obsolete,” Schaeuble told the mass-circulation daily Bild in an interview. The danger of being caught is now “very high”, Schaeuble said.

The forum was set up under the auspices of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris, which estimates that “offshore tax evasion is a serious problem for jurisdictions all over the world”. Economist Gabriel Zucman, a specialist in fiscal fraud, has calculated that about 5.8 trillion (US$7.4 trillion) is stashed away in tax havens, depriving authorities all over the world of around 130 billion in revenue each year.

US ACT AGAINST EVASION

The international movement to end banking secrecy has gained new momentum recently with the enactment in the United States of its 2010 Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act or FATCA. FATCA obliges foreign banks to report to the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) on the offshore holdings of US clients in excess of 50,000.

The move prompted five European countries – Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Spain – to call for a generalised automatic exchange of information in 2011. Following months of talks, amid fierce resistance in countries such as Luxembourg and Austria where banks continue to uphold banking secrecy, the EU finally came up with an accord two weeks ago.

“The more countries sign up, the more difficult it will be for others to attract investment,” said the OECD’s director for tax policy and administration, Pascal Saint-Amans. However, a number of financial centres remained a “source of concern”, he said. Panama, for example, still had not set a concrete date for its exchange of information.

Saint-Amans said the OECD will compile a list of countries that do not automatically exchange information, a measure which could act as a disincentive for investment funds and international organisations looking to invest in those countries. But experts in fiscal fraud, such as Andres Knobel of Tax Justice Network, believe such a “blacklist” would prove a rather feeble deterrent.

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Imagine having to say goodbye to everything you have ever known and loved, including your family, friends and your country.

At this very moment, someone is wrestling with that gut-wrenching decision somewhere in the world.

It’s a choice between life and death.

When they decide to flee, the journey for some begins to Detroit, to a place appropriately called Freedom House.

“If you can imagine having to flee your country and the last touch you had was one of electrocution, one of brutality, the least I can do is greet somebody with a hug,” said Deb Drennan, the executive director at Freedom House.

Freedom House is a temporary shelter for people who are seeking asylum in the United States and Canada. Asylum-seekers live at Freedom House free of charge and receive assistance with the legal process.

Freedom House is located in an unassuming brick building in the 2600 block of W. Lafayette Boulevard in Detroit.

Dozens of people from countries all over the world live together as a family inside Freedom House.

Many of the residents have been persecuted because of their ethnicity, nationality, religion, politics or sexual orientation.Their physical scars only tell half of the horror of what they have endured in their native country. I was introduced to Freedom House last November and quickly became a volunteer. It began as a three to four hour a week commitment, but over the last several months it has turned into much more than that.

I spend most of my time at Freedom House with my language partner. He’s from a French-speaking country in West Africa.I can’t reveal my language partner’s name, show you a picture of him or go into detail about his story.It’s not because he did anything wrong; it’s to protect hisfamily who could be targeted in West Africa if his location is revealed on the internet.

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