Friday, August 30, 2013

25 quotes about Syria every American should see

[Original article by Michael Snyder, with intro and links, here: 25 Quotes About The Coming War With Syria That Every American Should See]

If the American people are going to stop this war, they need to do it now. The following are 25 quotes about the coming war with Syria that every American should see...

1. Barack Obama, during an interview with Charlie Savage on December 20, 2007: "The President does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation."

2. Joe Biden, during a television interview in 2007: "The president has no constitutional authority ... to take this nation to war ... unless we're attacked or unless there is proof we are about to be attacked. And if he does, if he does, I would move to impeach him."

3. U.S. Representative Ted Poe: "Mr. President, you must call Congress back from recess immediately to take a vote on a military strike on Syria. Assad may have crossed a red line but that does not give you the authority to redline the Constitution."

4. U.S. Representative Kurt Schrader: "I see no convincing evidence that this is an imminent threat to the United States of America."

5. U.S. Representative Barbara Lee: "While we understand that as commander-in-chief you have a constitutional obligation to protect our national interests from direct attack, Congress has the constitutional obligation and power to approve military force, even if the United States or its direct interests (such as its embassies) have not been attacked or threatened with an attack."

6. The New York Times: "American officials said Wednesday there was no 'smoking gun' that directly links President Bashar al-Assad to the attack, and they tried to lower expectations about the public intelligence presentation."

7. U.S. Senator Rand Paul: "The war in Syria has no clear national security connection to the United States and victory by either side will not necessarily bring in to power people friendly to the United States."

8. U.S. Senator Tim Kaine: "I definitely believe there needs to be a vote."

9. Donald Rumsfeld: "There really hasn’t been any indication from the administration as to what our national interest is with respect to this particular situation."

10. Robert Fisk: "If Barack Obama decides to attack the Syrian regime, he has ensured – for the very first time in history – that the United States will be on the same side as al-Qa’ida."

11. Former congressman Dennis Kucinich: "So what, we’re about to become al-Qaeda’s air force now?"

12. Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem: "We have two options: either to surrender, or to defend ourselves with the means at our disposal. The second choice is the best: we will defend ourselves."

13. A Syrian Army officer: "We have more than 8,000 suicide martyrs within the Syrian army, ready to carry out martyrdom operations at any moment to stop the Americans and the British. I myself am ready to blow myself up against US aircraft carriers to stop them attacking Syria and its people."

14. Khalaf Muftah, a senior Ba'ath Party official: "We have strategic weapons and we’re capable of responding."

15. An anonymous senior Hezbollah source: "A large-scale Western strike on Syria will plunge Lebanon virtually and immediately into the inferno of a war with Israel."

16. Ali Larjiani, the speaker of the Iranian parliament: "...the country which has been destroyed by the terrorists during the past two years will not sustain so much damage as the warmongers will receive in this war."

17. Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei: "Starting this fire will be like a spark in a large store of gunpowder, with unclear and unspecified outcomes and consequences"

18. General Mohammad Ali Jafari, chief of Iran's Revolutionary Guards: (an attack on Syria) "means the immediate destruction of Israel."

19. Israeli President Shimon Peres: "Israel is not and has not been involved in the civil war in Syria, but if they try to hurt us, we will respond with full force."

20. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: "We are not part of the civil war in Syria, but if we identify any attempt whatsoever to harm us, we will respond and we will respond in strength."

21. The Jerusalem Post: "The lines between Hezbollah and the Syrian regime are so blurred that Israel will hold Damascus responsible if Hezbollah bombards Israel in the coming days, Israeli officials indicated on Wednesday."

22. Ron Paul: "The danger of escalation with Russia is very high"

23. Pat Buchanan: "The sole beneficiary of this apparent use of poison gas against civilians in rebel-held territory appears to be the rebels, who have long sought to have us come in and fight their war."

24. Retired U.S. General James Mattis: "We have no moral obligation to do the impossible and harm our children’s future because we think we just have to do something."

25. Syrian refugee Um Ahmad: "Isn't it enough, all the violence and fighting that we already have in the country, now America wants to bomb us, too?"

Thursday, August 29, 2013

ReThink 911 - A New Campaign for 9/11 Truth (video)

ReThink 911 - A New Campaign for 9/11 Truth

Published on Aug 26, 2013

As we approach the 12th anniversary of September 11, 2001, a coalition of organizations has started a new global PR campaign to raise awareness of 9/11 truth. Combining an international advertising campaign with a national opinion poll and congressional outreach, hopes to change opinions and build momentum for a new investigation into 9/11. Find out more in this week's GRTV Feature Interview with Richard Gage of

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Wilkerson: Chemical Weapons Use in Syria Could Be Israeli False Flag (video)

Col. Wilkerson is a former chief of staff to United States Secretary of State Colin Powell. Wilkerson has criticized many aspects of the Iraq War, including his own preparation of Powell's presentation to the UN.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Assad's "attack on his own people." FAKE, FAKE, FAKE!!!

Just read this post from aangirfan: 'USA ORGANISED GAS PLOT IN SYRIA'

I pretty much knew this whole thing was fake when I saw CNN's Arwa Damon reporting on it. She loves exploiting children as an excuse for a new invasion.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Dr. Masaru Emoto Water Blessing at Lake Pontchartrain

It might be argued that this video belongs on my other blog, "the Lighter Side of Jody" but not enough people go there, and the Mainstream Media is NOT telling you how bad the world's water situation is.

But we don't have to sit back helplessly! Research Dr. Emoto's scientific experiments demonstrating the physical effect of human intentions on water. There is a visible difference between blessed water and water that has not been blessed. Right now fish all over the world are inexplicably dying. If there's anything we can do about it, I want to share it. So here's another esoteric video from someone who believes:

Monday, August 19, 2013

Gitmo: The most expensive prison in the world

2.7 million dollars per year, per detainee. Why bother playing Powerball? Become an enemy combatant and enjoy your luxury stay at the finest torture center American taxpayers can afford.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Cynthia Papermaster: day 63 of her hunger strike in solidarity w/Gitmo prisoners

Cynthia Papermaster is a friend of mine. We've carried a lot of signs and stuffed a lot of envelopes together. She may be the most stubborn person I know, and believe me, that's saying something! Fortunately for humanity, she directs that stubbornness into fighting evil things. When Bush was in office, she was *the* go-to woman for getting him impeached. She must have sent thousands of letters to help war protesters in Canada. Now she's on day 63 of a 300-calorie a day fast. I'm posting a picture of her on her 32rd day of her fast, and a picture that looks like the woman I remember. People with that kind of dedication don't come around everyday. Please visit her website and help her cause.

Berkeley woman on day 47 of fast for Guantánamo

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Deadly clashes in Egypt

I don't get enough time on the Internet to fully understand recent events anymore, so I don't know what to make of this, but I can tell you: the mainstream media is seriously downplaying the deadly coup in Cairo, and that usually means there's American-backed death squads involved. All I can say is that according to AP on Twitter, the latest news is that:

--VP ElBaradei resigns
--Police seize control of second pro-Morsi camp
--Health Ministry: Death toll at 149

Scott Creighton of American Everyman has been following events closely. I'll try to keep up with the situation, but something tells me there's going to be a lot of rumors and disinfo floating around this complex issue.

Monday, August 12, 2013


[Here is a wonderful essay from Michael Rivero at]

You don't need me to tell you how bad things are.

You already know.

You already know that the wealth of American workers is being stripped away to prop up a failed private central banking system that issues the public currency as a loan at interest, by design creating more debt than money with which to pay that debt, to trap and enslave you.

You already know your children are dying in wars of conquest intended to force that same failed system of national economics onto other nations.

You already know the US Government has abandoned even the pretense of complying with the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

You already know that the United States has become a nation few want their children to have to live in.

You know all this!

The question is, what will you do about it?

It is up to you, you know.

The reality is that there are no heroes to step forward to save the situation. That is a fantasy purveyed by film and TV to lull you into the false belief that if you sit quietly at home and do nothing to challenge the rulers, that someone else will fix the problems that curse your lives.

You know that is a lie.

Superman is a comic book, the Lone Ranger a radio show, Batman does what he does only on the silver screen, government and banking will never correct the corruptions which have made them rich and powerful, the CIA is not the swell bunch of Joes portrayed in the Tom Clancy books, and the imaginary playmate in the sky is not going to alter the nature of the world in exchange for the small change you toss into the collection plates, no matter how much you grovel before that child molester in the funny looking robes.

You know that.

If there is to be a better world, for you and your children, you must make it happen. And only you can do it.

If you want truthful government, you must make public the government's lies.

If you want honest banking, you must withdraw your business from dishonest financial institutions.

If you want accurate and fair media, you must ignore the tellers of lies and support the tellers of facts.

If you want peace, you must openly oppose war.

If you want an end to corruption, you must unite together against the corrupters.

If you want a nation that is not controlled by a foreign government, then you must remove that foreign government's enablers.

If you want a public currency that is a public utility, you must issue that currency and refuse to use the currency designed to enslave you with debt.

If you want honest elections, then you must destroy the means by which elections are rigged, and drive from power all those who stole their offices.

If you are tired of working as hard as you can, only to be forced to live with less so the wealthy can have more, you must change things.

If you are tired of living under fascism, then you must do something about it.

If you are disgusted with what this nation has become, then you must make a difference.

Above all, you must allow yourself to be openly angry to what has been done to you, what is being done to your children, and what is being done to your nation, because this is your nation. And ultimate responsibility for the future of the nation rests with you.

Only you.

If you want a better world, you must make it happen.

You know that.

Friday, August 9, 2013

First, they came for the Muslims ...

and though I'm not a Muslim I spoke out because I knew they'd then be coming for the Constitutionalists, and I am a Constitutionalist, in that I'm a strong advocate of the Bill of Rights, including the 2nd Amendment. And it turns out I was right, because the latest propoganda is re-fashioning the alleged "Boston Bombers" into right-wing conspiracy theorists:

"Now, instead of radical Islam, we are told Tamerlan was a student of 'far-right wing literature' and was a defender of the Second Amendment while at the same time agreeing with Hitler...'Tsarnaev also had a marked-up copy of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, a long-discredited tract penned in Russia at the beginning of the 20th century,' Alan Cullison writes for WSJ." -- Kurt Nimmo

So, I guess the next twist in this ever-changing narrative is that gun-defending anti-Zionists are behind the Boston bombings. I'm a bit concerned about this latest development, as you might imagine.

Boston Globe: Tsarnaev friend tells of beliefs in conspiracies

Thursday, August 8, 2013

ReThink911 reaches goal

[Saw this on]

Dear Friends and Supporters of ReThink911,

We did it!

Yesterday, the ReThink911 campaign reached its fundraising goal of $225,000. Thanks to you, eleven cities and countless millions throughout the world will come to learn about the freefall destruction of World Trade Center Building 7 this September. Your commitment, generosity, and faith in our vision are what have brought us to this point. On behalf of everyone at Architects & Engineers for 9/11 Truth and all of the ReThink911 coalition members, I want you to know that we are eternally grateful for the very generous support that you have shown.

Our fundraising this past week was so successful that in just five days we were able to raise the final $25,000 we needed—and then some! The additional $2,300 we raised up through yesterday will now be used as the seed money for the next all-important piece of our September efforts: a new Public Opinion Poll to be officially released in the week leading up to September 11th.

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Monday, August 5, 2013

Maddow: Something's Very Rotten w/ FBI Tsarnaev-Todashev Boston Bombing-Linked "Investigation"

I'm posting this because I know my mother likes Rachel Maddow and will believe *her*, at least, when it comes to questioning the official story.

So, the FBI goes to question an unarmed man in his own home, and that man ends up with 7 bullets in him, including one through the top back part of his head. Why ...? The Feds are doing an internal investigation, but the leaked explanations keep changing. Delta airlines refused to fly Todashev's body home. Now we hear that Florida refuses to investigate the shooting.

Yeah, as Rachel said, you'd think this would be a bigger story.

Ibragim Todashev and his wife

Saturday, August 3, 2013

The FBI can remotely activate the microphones for phones running Google's Android software to record conversations (worldwide)

[In case you didn't know this already. If you want your conversations to be truly private, avoid computers, cellphones, and modern cars. Oh, and to be safe I'd stay away from new televisions as well ... :(]

FBI Taps Hacker Tactics to Spy on Suspects By JENNIFER VALENTINO-DEVRIES and DANNY YADRON of the Wall Street Journal

Law-enforcement officials in the U.S. are expanding the use of tools routinely used by computer hackers to gather information on suspects, bringing the criminal wiretap into the cyber age.

Federal agencies have largely kept quiet about these capabilities, but court documents and interviews with people involved in the programs provide new details about the hacking tools, including spyware delivered to computers and phones through email or Web links—techniques more commonly associated with attacks by criminals.

People familiar with the Federal Bureau of Investigation's programs say that the use of hacking tools under court orders has grown as agents seek to keep up with suspects who use new communications technology, including some types of online chat and encryption tools. The use of such communications, which can't be wiretapped like a phone, is called "going dark" among law enforcement.

A spokeswoman for the FBI declined to comment.

The FBI develops some hacking tools internally and purchases others from the private sector. With such technology, the bureau can remotely activate the microphones in phones running Google Inc.'s Android software to record conversations, one former U.S. official said. It can do the same to microphones in laptops without the user knowing, the person said. Google declined to comment.

The bureau typically uses hacking in cases involving organized crime, child pornography or counterterrorism, a former U.S. official said. It is loath to use these tools when investigating hackers, out of fear the suspect will discover and publicize the technique, the person said.

The FBI has been developing hacking tools for more than a decade, but rarely discloses its techniques publicly in legal cases.

Earlier this year, a federal warrant application in a Texas identity-theft case sought to use software to extract files and covertly take photos using a computer's camera, according to court documents. The judge denied the application, saying, among other things, that he wanted more information on how data collected from the computer would be minimized to remove information on innocent people.

Since at least 2005, the FBI has been using "web bugs" that can gather a computer's Internet address, lists of programs running and other data, according to documents disclosed in 2011. The FBI used that type of tool in 2007 to trace a person who was eventually convicted of emailing bomb threats in Washington state, for example.

The FBI "hires people who have hacking skill, and they purchase tools that are capable of doing these things," said a former official in the agency's cyber division. The tools are used when other surveillance methods won't work: "When you do, it's because you don't have any other choice," the official said.

Surveillance technologies are coming under increased scrutiny after disclosures about data collection by the National Security Agency. The NSA gathers bulk data on millions of Americans, but former U.S. officials say law-enforcement hacking is targeted at very specific cases and used sparingly.

Still, civil-liberties advocates say there should be clear legal guidelines to ensure hacking tools aren't misused. "People should understand that local cops are going to be hacking into surveillance targets," said Christopher Soghoian, principal technologist at the American Civil Liberties Union. "We should have a debate about that."

Mr. Soghoian, who is presenting on the topic Friday at the DefCon hacking conference in Las Vegas, said information about the practice is slipping out as a small industry has emerged to sell hacking tools to law enforcement. He has found posts and resumes on social networks in which people discuss their work at private companies helping the FBI with surveillance.

A search warrant would be required to get content such as files from a suspect's computer, said Mark Eckenwiler, a senior counsel at Perkins Coie LLP who until December was the Justice Department's primary authority on federal criminal surveillance law. Continuing surveillance would necessitate an even stricter standard, the kind used to grant wiretaps.

But if the software gathers only communications-routing "metadata"—like Internet protocol addresses or the "to" and "from" lines in emails—a court order under a lower standard might suffice if the program is delivered remotely, such as through an Internet link, he said. That is because nobody is physically touching the suspect's property, he added.

An official at the Justice Department said it determines what legal authority to seek for such surveillance "on a case-by-case basis." But the official added that the department's approach is exemplified by the 2007 Washington bomb-threat case, in which the government sought a warrant even though no agents touched the computer and the spyware gathered only metadata.

In 2001, the FBI faced criticism from civil-liberties advocates for declining to disclose how it installed a program to record the keystrokes on the computer of mobster Nicodemo Scarfo Jr. to capture a password he was using to encrypt a document. He was eventually convicted.

A group at the FBI called the Remote Operations Unit takes a leading role in the bureau's hacking efforts, according to former officials.

Officers often install surveillance tools on computers remotely, using a document or link that loads software when the person clicks or views it. In some cases, the government has secretly gained physical access to suspects' machines and installed malicious software using a thumb drive, a former U.S. official said.

The bureau has controls to ensure only "relevant data" are scooped up, the person said. A screening team goes through all of the data pulled from the hack to determine what is relevant, then hands off that material to the case team and stops working on the case.

The FBI employs a number of hackers who write custom surveillance software, and also buys software from the private sector, former U.S. officials said.

Italian company HackingTeam SRL opened a sales office in Annapolis, Md., more than a year ago to target North and South America. HackingTeam provides software that can extract information from phones and computers and send it back to a monitoring system. The company declined to disclose its clients or say whether any are in the U.S.

U.K.-based Gamma International offers computer exploits, which take advantage of holes in software to deliver spying tools, according to people familiar with the company. Gamma has marketed "0 day exploits"—meaning that the software maker doesn't yet know about the security hole—for software including Microsoft Corp.'s Internet Explorer, those people said. Gamma, which has marketed its products in the U.S., didn't respond to requests for comment, nor did Microsoft.