CIA admits hacking Senate computers

July 31, 2014 by  
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Blackmail / Extortion!

CIA Director John Brennan admitted that the agency did hack into the computers of Sen. Dianne Feinstein and other Senate staffers — an allegation he had denied in March.

In a search for Bush-era interrogation practices, computers were hacked in “a manner inconsistent with the common understanding” between the Senate and the agency, Mr. Brennan has concluded, agency spokesman Dean Boyd said Thursday, National Journal reported .

Mr. Brennan apologized to both Mrs. Feinstein, who heads the Senate Intelligence Committee, and the panel’s top Republican, Sen. Saxby Chambliss, for the actions of his officers, the Journal reported. The CIA’s reversal comes after a briefing on the inspector general’s findings.

The findings of the internal investigation have now been submitted to an accountability board led by retired Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh, the Journal reported.

Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), released a statement on the revelations Wednesday, saying “What’s needed now is a public apology from Director Brennan to staff and the committee, a full accounting of how this occurred and a commitment there will be no further attempts to undermine Congressional oversight of CIA activities.”

More at Washington Times

The Jack Blood Show – July 30 2014

July 30, 2014 by  
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Rand Paul Is going after Asset Forfeiture “laws”

July 30, 2014 by  
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This is a NATIONAL EPIDEMIC of Highway Robbery! 

Political Outcast 

We have written many times about “civil forfeiture” or “asset forfeiture” (see here,herehereetc). It involves the police taking your property. The idea is that you should lose what you have gained by crime. But the law works so that you don’t have to be convicted. If the cops grab it you have to prove that you should get it back.

According to Radley Balko in the Washington Post , “Rand Paul introduces bill to reform civil asset forfeiture.”

The law, called the Fifth Amendment Integrity Restoration (FAIR) Act, would require the government to prove its case in a court of law before it could seize assets.

The bill would also require states “to abide by state law when forfeiting seized property.” This is important. Currently, a number of state legislatures across the country have passed reform bills to rein in forfeiture abuses. The problem is that the federal government has a program known as “adoption” or “equitable sharing.” Under the program, a local police agency need only call up the Drug Enforcement Administration, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives or similar federal agency. That agency then “federalizes” the investigation, making it subject to federal law. The federal agency then initiates forfeiture proceedings under the laxer federal guidelines for forfeiture. The feds take a cut and then return the rest — as much as 80 percent — back to the local agency.

 The bill also mandates that all assets go to the general treasury rather than to the Attorney General’s Asset Forfeiture Fund. This should mean that Federal agencies will no longer have a personal incentive to grab property.

What really bothers me about this bill is that no one has done it before. Why not? We have had conservatives in Congress and even in the Senate before Ron Paul. We virtually owned the government from 2000 to 2006. Yet never before has any Republican offered such a basic law to restore civilization?

Why is that?

 

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How can you justify Civil Asset Forfeiture?

 

* My cash or possessions can be taken by The State upon mere SUSPICION that they were used in a crime

* I must then PROVE my innocence to regain my property — the exact OPPOSITE of “innocent unless proven guilty.”

 

This isn’t a rare event. It’s commonplace. Cops depend on it to fund their budgets and buy military equipment for their departments. This isn’t “law enforcement.” It’s organized crime.

 

In contrast, the 5th Amendment says…

 

“No person shall be… deprived of…  property, without due process of law.”

 

Eternal justice says…

 

“The accuser must prove the accused is guilty.”

 

Morality at even the toddler stage says…

 

“Don’t take what doesn’t belong to you.”

 

If you support this atrocity how can I EVER trust you to “govern” me?.

 

This is why I need you to support Sen. Rand Paul’s S.2644, the FAIR Act, which would…

 

* require CLEAR AND CONVINCING evidence that property was used in a crime

* require CLEAR AND CONVINCING evidence that the owner of the property was complicit to the use of their property in the commission of a crime

* end federal-state “partnerships” that reward asset seizures

* end the “profit motive” in federal law enforcement by having any forfeiture proceeds go to the Treasury instead of the Justice Department

 

Ohio Schools Arming Teachers

July 30, 2014 by  
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The debate rages about whether to train and arm teachers and school administrators or keep all guns off of school campuses. Whenever I’ve been in a discussion on this subject, I always ask the anti-gun person two questions:

1. What percentage of school shootings take place on gun free campuses?

The answer to the first question is easy – to the best of my knowledge all of the school shootings have taken place on gun free campuses. Why do you think Obama and other anti-gun politicians send their kids to a school with at least 11 armed guards? Think about it. These politicians speak out against arming and allowing school faculty to undergo proper training to allow them to be armed to protect YOUR kids while they send THEIR kids to schools with armed guards.

The answer to the second question should be a no brainer, but you would be surprised to see how many parents still say no to teachers being armed. They expect teachers to protect their kids but refuse to give them the means to do so.

However, a growing number of schools and teachers are taking the necessary steps to protect your kids. In Ohio, some teachers are spending their summer attending the Tactical Defense Institute  run by John Benner. So far over 300 people, including teachers, have completed the first level of training and are now licensed to carry concealed weapons.

They aren’t just being taught how to shoot a gun, but how to tactically shoot an intruder while moving and protecting their students. Benner told the local media:

“This is more about tactics than it is shooting. These people are training for one single event and that event hopefully will save lives,”

Tracy is a teacher from a northern Ohio school undergoing training at the Tactical Defense Institute. When asked why, she responded:

“I want to be the best that I can when it comes to protecting my kids, my personal children, my classroom children and this is where I come to do it.”

“I look at everything completely differently. Going into my house at night, going into my classroom, thinking through, ‘Hey what are my options?’ These are the tools I have, how am I going to use them to survive and go home so all my kids survive and go home.”

If politicians and school officials really want to protect their students from the dangers of a school shooting, the only real way to do it is to arm teachers and other faculty. Passing absurd laws about background checks, banning certain types of guns and magazines, etc. doesn’t do anything to stop someone determined to carry out their attack. For centuries, it has been known and proven time and again that the only good defense is a strong offense and in the case of protecting America’s students, that means arming those that are with the students on a daily basis.

Like Benner said, it took police 14 minutes to respond to Sandy Hook Elementary School. How many lives could have been saved if a number of the teachers and faculty had been armed? It’s possible that at least one of them could have taken Lanza down early on and saved the lives of some of the students and faculty that were gunned down. It’s also very likely had Lanza known the staff at Sandy Hook were armed and trained that he would not have attacked the school in the first place and the 20 kids and 6 staff would all still be alive.

I applaud the Ohio schools that are taking the steps to train and arm their teachers and faculty and strongly urge more schools to do likewise. Your kids are worth protecting, not leaving them to be defenseless targets.

Read more HERE

Proof – Lois Lerner hated “conservatives”

July 30, 2014 by  
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New emails uncovered by the House Ways and Means Committee indicate that former IRS employee Lois Lerner has a strong dislike of conservatives, and at one point called them “assholes” in an email exchange.

The committee released an email Lerner received in November 2012 complaining about the “whacko wing of the GOP.” The person wrote Lerner that there are “too many foreigners sucking the teat,” and that the “right wing radio shows are scary to listen to.”

Lerner replied, “Great. Maybe we are through if there are that many assholes.”

The other person then wrote, “And I’m talking about the hosts of the shows. The callers are rabid.”

Lerner replied, “So we don’t need to worry about alien terrorists. It’s our own crazies that will take us down.”

“Despite the serious investigation and evidence this Committee has undertaken into the IRS’s targeting of individuals for their beliefs, there is no indication that DOJ is taking this matter seriously,” Rep. Dave Camp, Michigan Republican and chairman of the committee, said in a letter to the department.

“In light of this new information, I hope DOJ will aggressively pursue this case and finally appoint a special counsel, so the full truth can be revealed and justice is served,” he wrote.

Mr. Camp argued that the newly discovered emails demonstrated Ms. Lerner’s “personal hostility toward conservatives,” who were targeted by the IRS office run by Ms. Lerner.

The new emails were not from the critical time period from 2009 to 2011, which the IRS claims were lost when Ms. Lerner’s computer crashed.

In one of the new emails, Ms. Lerner states: “So we don’t need to worry about alien teRrorists. (sic) It’s our own crazies that will take us down.”

The committee also turned over evidence that Ms. Lerner used her personal home computer for IRS business, including storing taxpayer information.


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An email from Feb. 22, 2012, shows an exchange between Ms. Lerner and an IRS IT professional regarding a “Virus on Home PC.” In the exchange, Ms. Lerner indicates that she kept work information on her home computer, some of which may have been lost.

She said her computer may have been “simply hacked because my password was too simple.”

The committee said the exchange further raised concerns that taxpayer information may have been leaked.

Ms. Lerner ran the division that gave unwarranted scrutiny into tea party groups’ applications for tax-exempt status. She retired from the agency last year while under scrutiny for her actions.

The House has since voted to hold her in contempt of Congress for refusing to testify under oath.

Her lawyer has said she did not break the law, but said she doesn’t trust the congressional investigation.

Read more: Washington Times

 

 

Jack Blood Show – July 29 2014

July 29, 2014 by  
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It Turns Out Hamas Did Not Kidnap and Killed the 3 Israeli Teens After All

July 29, 2014 by  
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Oops…. Of course we said this from the beginning. Israel no going with plan B … blame someone else. 

Via NY Mag

When the bodies of three Israeli teenagers, kidnapped in the West Bank, were found late last month, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did not mince words. “Hamas is responsible, and Hamas will pay,” he said, initiating a campaign that eventually escalated into the present conflict in the region.

But now, Israeli officials admit the kidnappings were not Hamas’s handiworkafter all. (Update: The comments from the Israeli spokesperson in question indicate that the group thought to be responsible, a “lone cell,” may not have been under direct orders from Hamas’s leadership, but was loosely affiliated with the group. The headline of this post has been changed to reflect that discrepancy. See below for more.)

BuzzFeed reporter Sheera Frenkel was among the first to suggest that it was unlikely that Hamas was behind the deaths of Gilad Shaar, Naftali Frenkel, and Eyal Yifrach. Citing Palestinian sources and experts in the field, Frenkel reported that kidnapping three Israeli teens would be afoolish move for Hamas. International experts told her it was likely the work of a local group, acting without concern for the repercussions:

[Gershon Baskin] pointed out that Hamas has earlier this month signed an agreement to form a unity government with Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, bridging, for the first time in seven years, the Palestinian leadership in the West Bank and Gaza.

“They will lose their reconciliation agreement with Abbas if they do take responsibility for [the kidnappings],” Baskin added.

Today, she may have been proven right:

Repeated inconsistencies in Israeli descriptions of the situation have sparked debate over whether Israel wanted to provoke Hamas into a confrontation. Israeli intelligence is also said to have known that the boys were dead shortly after they disappeared, but to have maintained public optimism about their safe return to beef up support from the Jewish diaspora. Writing for Al Jazeera, Musa al-Gharbi argued that Israel wasdeliberately provoking Hamas:

All the illegal and immoral actions related to Operation Brother’s Keeper were justified under the premise of finding and saving the missing teens whom the Israeli government knew to be dead — cynically exploiting the tragedy to whip up public outcry in order to provoke and then confront Hamas. This pattern of deception continues under the ongoing military offensive in Gaza. For example, last week in collaboration with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi and Abbas, in its efforts to alienate Hamas, Israel announced a bad-faith cease-fire proposal, which Hamas was not consulted on and never agreed to but whose violation supposedly justified Israel’s expansion and intensification of the military campaign into Gaza.

Despite continued negotiations, the violence shows no signs of letting up, and after Thursday night’s massive protests in the West Bank, there is still no ceasefire agreement. On Friday, it became clear that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s attempts to broker a seven-day truce were rejected by Israeli officials. Instead, Israel will apparently widen its ground operation in the Gaza Strip, despite international outcry about the civilian death toll. According to unnamed officials, the proposed truce was too generous to Hamas’s demands.

Hamas, meanwhile, still hasn’t weighed in on the agreement, whose details are being kept secret, but continued to launch rockets into Israel. International peace talks are set to resume in France this weekend, and we’re keeping our fingers crossed.

Updated, July 26, 11:44 a.m.: This claim was also reported by BBC’s Jon Donnison, who spoked to Israel Police Foreign Press Spokesman Micky Rosenfeld:

 

Update, July 28, 9:21 a.m.: Rosenfeld, the Israeli spokesperson, is seeking to clarify that while the lone cell did not receive direct orders from Hamas, it was still affiliated. “The kidnapping and murder of the teens was carried out by Hamas terrorists from the Hebron area,” he claimed in comments to The Daily Beast. “The security organizations are continuing to search for the murderers.”

But Donnison, the BBC journalist, is not backtracking from his earlier reporting

Read more At NY MAG

Intl. teams find ‘no violations’ by Russia along Ukrainian border

July 29, 2014 by  
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Intl. teams find ‘no violations’ by Russia along Ukrainian border  

27 July 2014 Inspectors who came to check the state of Russian troops along the Ukrainian borders have found no violations, Russia’s Ministry of Defense said. This came as a response to the US alleging 15,000 Russian troops have amassed in the area. “It has come to our attention that new allegations by top US officials as to the alleged amassing of Russian troops along the Ukrainian border have been voiced,” the statement by the Defense Ministry read, following allegations by the US Permanent Representative to NATO, Douglas Lute, and State Department spokeswoman, Marie Harf. “The last four months have witnessed 18 separate inspections along the Ukrainian border with the Russian Federation, all in line with the Vienna Open Skies Treaty and the Vienna agreement of 2011.”

US says Russia violated 1987 nuclear missile treaty, calls breach ‘a very serious matter’  

28 July 2014 In an escalation of tensions, the Obama administration accused Russia on Monday of conducting tests in violation of a 1987 nuclear missile treaty, calling the breach “a very serious matter” and going public with allegations that have simmered for some time. The treaty confrontation comes at a highly strained time between President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin over Russia’s [US and NATO] intervention in [the coup-installed regime in the] Ukraine and Putin’s grant of asylum to National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden. An administration official said Obama notified Putin of the U.S. determination in a letter Monday. [The US violates international treaties every minute of every hour of every day. The hypocrisy is just *breath-taking.* –LRP]

Pentagon looking at possible military options for Russia: US general  

26 July 2014 Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey says the Pentagon is looking at possible military responses to Russia’s [alleged] actions in Ukraine. He said his country is considering military options such as US military “basing, lines of communications, sea lanes” that “we haven’t had to look at for 20 years.” During his address at the Aspen Institute on Thursday night, he warned that Russian President Vladimir Putin “may actually light a fire” he cannot control.

 

Australian PM Abbott intention to send armed Police to Ukraine to recover MH17 Evidence, branded “Nuts”

July 29, 2014 by  
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Australian Defence Force personnel will be walking unprepared into a volatile situation at the MH17 crash site in Ukraine, a senior defence figure has warned.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s announcement of Australia’s intention to send 190 armed Australian Federal Police and an unknown number of ADF personnel to help recover bodies and evidence from the site has been met with incredulity in some parts of Europe, with one analyst branding it ”nuts”.

The senior defence figure, who did not wish to be named, said it was a poor idea for Australia.

”They can’t secure the site,” he said. ”It’s kilometres long and wide. They could escort Australian officials and provide close protection, but this is a civil task rather than a military task and it’s a terribly volatile area.

”We don’t have the language skills or knowledge of the area.

”For any military deployment, you have to look at a status of forces agreement with the government and, given the area the aircraft is in, I don’t think there is anyone to make that agreement with. What I’ve heard is the rebels don’t want more than 30 investigators there.”

Mr Abbott confirmed on Saturday that 230 Australian officials would be sent to help with the recovery. This, he said, would include a small number of defence personnel.

”That is our mission, to secure the remains, to assist the investigation and to obtain justice for the victims and their loved ones,” Mr Abbott said. ”It is, I stress, a humanitarian mission. Others can get involved if they wish in the politics of eastern Europe.”

Mr Abbott said that, despite the dangers, armed personnel are needed to secure the site.

”The last thing we want to do is to place anyone in danger,” he said. ”But we do want to bring our dead home. We want to do it as quickly as possible.

”It’s important that we do our best to secure the site and to recover remains as quickly as possible because every day the site remains unsecured, there is more interference and the remains are subject to the ravages of the European summer. So we do want to get this done as quickly as we humanly can and that’s why we’re exploring all options in the Ukraine now.”

Australian defence commentator Peter Dean, director of studies at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at the Australian National University, said the negotiation was key to the success of the operation.

”It really depends on the diplomacy undertaken around this,” Dr Dean said. ”If our government can make its intentions clear and be accepted on those grounds I think this [Mr Abbott’s goal] can be achieved.”

Dr Dean said Australia’s status as a non-NATO member would play in its favour and its geographical distance from Europe would also help.

”I think we see it through a different lens than the European commentators,” he said. ”We are not sending the army over there to take on the Russians or separatists. It’s not a European country interfering in another European country’s business. It’s a country from the outside that has experienced a significant loss of life of Australian people and permanent residents.

”The Prime Minister is wanting to send people to provide security. I don’t think Australia is necessarily mad for wanting to do that.”

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte told parliament in The Hague on Friday he was too concerned about possible ramifications to send troops to Ukraine.

Joerg Forbrig, senior program officer for central and eastern Europe at the Berlin bureau of the German Marshall Fund of the US, said of the Australian plan: ”They must be nuts. It’s a very dangerous proposal and will be seen as a provocation by the separatists and the Russians.”

The Netherlands is sending a separate mission of 40 unarmed military police to the site to help complete the forensic work and gather evidence, Mr Rutte said. Britain has sent one forensics specialist to Kiev and nine scientists are working in the Netherlands to help identify bodies and secure evidence.

Malaysia, Germany and Britain are the other three nations that are expected to contribute to the security force.

A British Foreign Office spokesman said Britain would ”offer logistical support and is keeping in close contact with the Australians and Dutch over how it can assist, though it won’t be putting be sending police or technicians to Ukraine”.

”We believe a UK armed presence in eastern Ukraine would not be appropriate,” the Foreign Office said in a statement. ”The UK stands ready to provide constructive support to the mission.”

The director of the European Centre for International Political Economy in Brussels, Fredrik Erixon, warned against sending armed teams into eastern Ukraine to search for victims.

”There’s nothing normal in east Ukraine right now,” Mr Erixon said. ”Small events can trigger very large reactions from the rebels and the Russian government.”

Karl-Heinz Kamp, the director of the Federal Academy for Security Policy in Berlin, said the Australian military was experienced and would not take risks.

Dmitry Gau, the spokesman for the pro-Russian rebels, would not comment on the Australian plans to carry firearms.
Read more: SMH 

National Guard Will Have Authority to Make Arrests

July 28, 2014 by  
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WESLACO – National Guard troops will have the authority to make arrests once they are deployed to the Rio Grande Valley.

Gov. Rick Perry announced last week he was sending up to 1,000 troops to help secure the border.

CHANNEL 5 NEWS on Monday asked the Texas military forces if the troops will make arrests. Officials responded with a short e-mail.

“As guardsmen, our troops can be activated with a law enforcement mission if directed by the governor to do so,” the statement said.

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