Monthly Archives: February 2014

some names which historians of the near future may find to be significant:

As Western debt capitalism begins to collapse visibly, here are some names which historians of the near future may find to be significant:
Some fascinating reading will be in the small links below.

Tony John Abbott
Shinzo Abe
Richard Argentier
Richard Armitage
Giorgio Hugo Balestrieri
Jorge Mario Bergoglio (Pope Francis)
Joe Robinette Biden
Bandar bin Sultan
Anthony Charles Lynton (Tony) Blair
William Broeksmit
Giancarlo Bruno
David William Donald Cameron
Jean Cohen
Abraham Cooper
Ryan Henry Crane
Daniele Dal Bosco
Giuseppe Di Antonio
Marco Di Mauro
Mario Draghi
Michael Dueker
Timothy Geithner
Michael Green
Richard Nathan Haass
Stephen Joseph Harper
Tsugu Akihito Heisei
Jeremy Heywood
François Gérard Georges Nicolas Hollande
John Forbes Kerry
Ban Ki-moon
Heinz (Henry) Alfred Kissinger
Haruhiko Kuroda
Jacob Joseph Lew
Gabriel Magee
Vincenzo Mazzara
Angela Dorothea Merkel (Kasner)
Richard Bowman Myers
John David Podesta
Jay Rockefeller
James Meyer Sassoon
John Scarlett
Jang Song-thaek
George Soros
Janet Louise Yellen
Zhou Yongkang
Leo Zagami

More background here (03.12.10), here (27.06.11), here (15.10.12), here (29.10.12), here (11.12.12),  here (15.10.13), here (28.10.13), here (11.11.13), here (18.11.13), here (22.11.13), here (23.11.13), here (02.12.13), here (11.12.13), here (16.12.13), here (23.12.13), here (28.12.13), here (30.12.13), here (31.12.13), here (01.01.14), here (04.01.14), here (14.01.14), here (20.01.14), here (26.01.14), here (28.01.14), here (02.02.14), here (03.02.14), here (04.02.14), here (10.02.14), here (17.02.14) and here (17.02.14).



GAP Client Edward Snowden Speaks to German Press



Surveillance and Privacy: Edward Snowden’s interview on German TV
At the beginning of 2014, the American patriot and whistleblower, Edward Snowden, gave an interview to Hubert Seifel in Moscow. It was broadcast on the German public television channel ARD (Arbeitsgemeinschaft der öffentlich-rechtlichen Rundfunkanstalten der Bundesrepublik Deutschland). ARD is a consortium of public broadcasters in Germany, founded in 1950.

On Monday 3rd February 2014 a full transcript in English of that interview was released on the web. The text is as follows:

Q: Mr Snowden, did you sleep well the last couple of nights because I was reading that you asked for a kind of police protection? Are there any threats?

A: There are significant threats, but I sleep very well. There was an article that came out in an online outlet called BuzzFeed where they interviewed officials from the Pentagon, from the National Security Agency and they gave them anonymity to be able to say what they want and what they told the reporter was that they wanted to murder me. These individuals – and these are acting government officials – they said they would be happy, they would love to put a bullet in my head, to poison me as I was returning from the grocery store, and have me die in the shower.

Q: But fortunately you are still alive with us.

A: Right, but I’m still alive and I don’t lose sleep because I’ve done what I feel I needed to do. It was the right thing to do and I’m not going to be afraid.

Q: “The greatest fear I have”, and I quote you, “regarding the disclosures is nothing will change.” That was one of your greatest concerns at the time but in the meantime there is a vivid discussion about the situation with the NSA; not only in America but also in Germany and in Brazil and President Obama was forced to go public and to justify what the NSA was doing on legal grounds.

A: What we saw initially in response to the revelations was sort of a circling of the wagons of government around the National Security Agency. Instead of circling around the public and protecting their rights, the political class circled around the security state and protected their rights.

What’s interesting is though that was the initial response, since then we’ve seen a softening. We’ve seen the President acknowledge that when he first said “We’ve drawn the right balance. There are no abuses,” we’ve seen him and his officials admit that there have been abuses. There have been thousands of violations of the National Security Agency and other agencies and authorities every single year.

Q: Is the speech of Obama (recently) the beginning of a serious regulation?

A: It was clear from the President’s speech that he wanted to make minor changes to preserve authorities that we don’t need. The President created a review board from officials that were personal friends, from national security insiders, former Deputy of the CIA, people who had every incentive to be soft on these programs and to see them in the best possible light. But what they found was that these programs have no value. They’ve never stopped a terrorist attack in the United States and they have marginal utility at best for other things.

The only thing that the Section 215 phone metadata program, actually it’s a broader metadata program of bulk collection – bulk collection means mass surveillance – program was in stopping or detecting $8.500 wire transfer from a cab driver in California and it’s this kind of review where insiders go; we don’t need these programs. These programs don’t make us safe. They take a tremendous amount of resources to run and they offer us no value. They go “we can modify these.” The National Security Agency operates under the President’s executive authority alone. He can end or modify or direct a change of their policies at any time.

Q: For the first time President Obama did concede that the NSA collects and stores trillions of data.

A: Every time you pick up the phone, dial a number, write an email, make a purchase, travel on the bus carrying a cell phone, swipe a card somewhere, you leave a trace and the government has decided that it’s a good idea to collect it all. Everything. Even if you’ve never been suspected of any crime. Traditionally, the government would identify a suspect, they would go to a judge, they would say we suspect he’s committed this crime. They would get a warrant and then they would be able to use the totality of their powers in pursuit of the investigation. Nowadays, what we see is they want to apply the totality of their powers in advance – prior to an investigation.

Q: You started this debate. Edward Snowden is, in the meantime, a household name for the whistleblower in the age of the Internet. You were working until last summer for the NSA and during this time you secretly collected thousands of confidential documents. What was the decisive moment? Or was there a long period of time or something happening? Why did you do this?

A: I would say sort of the breaking point is seeing the Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, directly lie under oath to Congress. There’s no saving an intelligence community that believes it can lie to the public and the legislators who need to be able to trust it and regulate its actions. Seeing that really meant for me there was no going back. Beyond that, it was the creeping realization that no one else was going to do this. The public had a right to know about these programs.

The public had a right to know that which the government is doing in its name, and that which the government is doing against the public. But neither of these things we were allowed to discuss. Even the wider body of our elected representatives were prohibited from knowing or discussing these programs and that’s a dangerous thing. The only review we had was from a secret court, the FISA Court, which is a sort of rubber stamp authority

When you are on the inside and you go into work everyday and you sit down at the desk and you realize the power you have – you can wire tap the President of the United States, you can wire tap a Federal Judge – and if you do it carefully no one will ever know because the only way the NSA discovers abuses are from self-reporting.

Q: We’re not talking only of the NSA as far as this is concerned, there is a multilateral agreement for co-operation among the services and this alliance of intelligence operations is known as the Five Eyes. What agencies and countries belong to this alliance and what is its purpose?

A: The Five Eyes alliance is sort of an artifact of the post-World War II era where the Anglophone countries are the major powers banded together to sort of co-operate and share the costs of intelligence gathering infrastructure.

So we have the UK’s GCHQ, we have the US NSA, we have Canada’s C-Sec, we have the Australian Signals Intelligence Directorate, and we have New Zealand’s DSD. What the result of this was over decades and decades was a sort of a supra-national intelligence organization that doesn’t answer to the laws of its own countries.

Q: In many countries, as in America too, the agencies like the NSA are not allowed to spy within their own borders on their own people. So the Brits, for example, they can spy on everybody but the Brits, but the NSA can conduct surveillance in England. So in the very end they could exchange their data and they would be strictly following the law.

A: If you ask the governments about this directly they would deny it and point to policy agreements between the members of the Five Eyes saying that they won’t spy on each other’s citizens, but there are a couple of key points there. One is that the way they define spying is not the collection of data. The GCHQ is collecting an incredible amount of data on British Citizens just as the National Security Agency is gathering enormous amounts of data on US citizens. What they are saying is that they will not then target people within that data. They won’t look for UK citizens or British citizens.

In addition, the policy agreements between them that say British won’t target US citizens, US won’t target British citizens, are not legally binding. The actual memorandums of agreement state specifically on that that they are not intended to put legal restriction on any government. They are policy agreements that can be deviated from or broken at any time. So if they want to on a British citizen they can spy on a British citizen and then they can even share that data with the British government that is itself forbidden from spying on UK citizens.

So there is a sort of a trading dynamic there but it’s not, it’s not open. It’s more of a nudge and wink and beyond that the key is to remember the surveillance and the abuse doesn’t occur when people look at the data; it occurs when people gather the data in the first place.

Q: How narrow is the co-operation of the German Secret Service BND with the NSA and with the Five Eyes?

A: I would describe it as intimate. As a matter of fact, the first way I described it in our written interview was that the German Services and the US Services are in bed together. They not only share information, the reporting of results from intelligence, but they actually share the tools and the infrastructure; they work together against joint targets in services and there’s a lot of danger in this. One of the major programs that faces abuse in the National Security Agency is what’s called “XKeyscore.” It’s a front-end search engine that allows them to look through all of the records they collect worldwide every day.

Q: What could you do if you would sit so to speak in their place with this kind of instrument?

A: You could read anyone’s e-mail in the world. Anybody you’ve got an email address for, any website you can watch traffic to and from it. Any computer that an individual sits at you can watch it. Any laptop that you’re tracking you can follow it as it moves from place to place throughout the world. It’s a one-stop shop for access to the NSA’s information. And what’s more, you can tag individuals using “XKeyscore.”

Where let’s say I saw you once and I thought what you were doing was interesting or you just have access that’s interesting to me, let’s say you work at a major German corporation and I want access to that network. I can track your username on a website on a form somewhere. I can track your real name. I can track associations with your friends and I can build what’s called a fingerprint, which is network activity unique to you which means anywhere you go in the world, anywhere you try to sort of hide your online presence – hide your identity – the NSA can find you and anyone who’s allowed to use this, or who the NSA shares their software with, can do the same thing. Germany is one of the countries that has access to “XKeyscore.”

Q: This sounds rather frightening. The question is does the BND deliver data of Germans to the NSA?

A: Whether the BND does it directly or knowingly, the NSA gets German data.  Whether it’s provided, I can’t speak to until it’s been reported because it would be classified, and I prefer that journalists make the distinctions and the decisions about what is public interest and what should be published.

However, it’s no secret that every country in the world has the data of their citizens in the NSA. Millions and millions and millions of data connections from Germans going about their daily lives, talking on their cell phones, sending SMS messages, visiting websites, buying things online. All of this ends up at the NSA and it’s reasonable to suspect that the BND may be aware of it in some capacity. Now whether or not they actively provide the information, I should not say.

Q: The BND basically argues if we do this, we do this accidentally, actually, and our filter didn’t work.

A: Right. So the kind of things that they’re discussing there are two things: They’re talking about filtering of ingest, which means when the NSA puts a secret server in a German telecommunications provider, or they hack a German router, and they divert the traffic in a manner that lets them search through things, they’re saying “if I see what I think is a German talking to another German, I’ll drop it.” But how do you know?

You could say, “Well, these people are speaking the German language. This IP address seems to be from a German company to another German company.” But that’s not accurate and they wouldn’t dump all of that traffic because they’ll get people who are targets of interest who are actively in Germany using German communications.

So realistically, what’s happening is when they say there’s no spying on Germans, they don’t mean that German data isn’t being gathered. They don’t mean that records aren’t being taken or stolen. What they mean is that they’re not intentionally searching for German citizens. And that’s sort of a fingers-crossed-behind-the-back promise. It’s not reliable.

Q: What about other European countries like Norway and Sweden, for example, because we have a lot of, I think, underwater cables going through the Baltic Sea?

A: So this is sort of an expansion of the same idea. If the NSA isn’t collecting information on German citizens in Germany, are they as soon as it leaves German borders? And the answer is yes. Any single communication that transits the internet, the NSA may intercept at multiple points. They might see it in Germany, they might see it in Sweden, they might see it in Norway or Finland, they might see it in Britain, and they might see it in the United States. Any single one of these places that a German communication crosses, it’ll be ingested and added to the database.

Q: So let’s come to our southern European neighbours then. What about Italy? What about France? What about Spain?

A: It’s the same deal worldwide.

Q: Does the NSA spy on Siemens, on Mercedes, on other successful German companies, for example, to prevail, to have the advantage of knowing what is going on in a scientific and economic world?

A: I don’t want to pre-empt the editorial decisions of journalists, but what I will say is there’s no question that the US is engaged in economic spying.

If there’s information at Siemens that they think would be beneficial to the national interests – not the national security of the United States – they’ll go after that information and they’ll take it.

Q: There is this old saying “you do whatever you can do,” so the NSA is doing whatever is technically possible.

A: This is something that the President touched on last year where he said that just because we can do something, and this was in relation to tapping Angela Merkel’s phone, just because we can do something doesn’t mean that we should. And that’s exactly what’s happened. The technological capabilities that have been provided, because of sort of weak security standards in internet protocols and cellular communications networks, have meant that intelligence services can create systems that see everything.

Q: Nothing annoyed the German government more than the fact that the NSA tapped the private phone of the German Chancellor Merkel over the last 10 years. Obviously, suddenly this invisible surveillance was connected with a known face, and was not connected with a kind of watery shady terrorist background. Obama now promised to stop snooping on Merkel, which raises the question: did the NSA tape already previous governments in Germany – previous chancellors – and when did they do that and how long did they do this for?

A: This is a particularly difficult question for me to answer because there’s information that I very strongly believe is in the public interest. However, as I’ve said before, I prefer for journalists to make those decisions in advance, review the material themselves and decide whether or not the public value of this information outweighs the sort of reputational cost to the officials that ordered the surveillance.

What I can say is we know Angela Merkel was monitored by the National Security Agency. The question is how reasonable is it to assume that she is the only German official that was monitored? How reasonable is it to believe that she’s the only prominent German face who the National Security Agency was watching? I would suggest it seems unreasonable that if anyone was concerned about the intentions of German leadership that they would only watch Merkel and not her aides. Not other prominent officials. Not heads of ministries or even local government officials.

Q: How does a young man from Elizabeth City in North Carolina, 30 years old, get in such a position in such a sensitive area?

A: That’s a very difficult question to answer. In general, I would say it highlights the dangers of privatizing government functions. I worked previously as an actual staff officer, a government employee for the Central Intelligence Agency, but I’ve also served much more frequently as a contractor in a private capacity.

What that means is you have private for-profit companies doing inherently governmental work like targeted espionage, surveillance, compromising foreign systems. And anyone who has the skills who can convince a private company that they have the qualifications to do so, will be empowered by the government to do that and there’s very little oversight. There’s very little review.

Q: Have you been one of these classical computer kids sitting red-eyed during the night in the age of 12/15 and your father was knocking on your door and saying, “Switch off the light. It’s getting late now”? Did you get your computer skills from that side? When did you get your first computer?

A: Right. I definitely have had, shall we say, a deep informal education in computers and electronic technology. They’ve always been fascinating and interesting to me. The characterization of having your parents telling you to go to bed, I would say, is fair.

Q: If one looks to the little public data of your life, one discovers that you obviously wanted to join in May 2004 the Special Forces to fight in Iraq. What did motivate you at the time? You know, Special Forces, looking at you in the very moment, means grim fighting and it means probably killing. And did you ever get to Iraq?

A: No, I didn’t get to Iraq. One of the interesting things about the Special Forces is that they’re not actually intended for direct combat. They’re what’s referred to as a force multiplier. They’re inserted behind enemy lines. It’s a squad that has a number of different specialties in it, and they teach and enable the local population to resist or to support US forces in a way that allows the local population a chance to help determine their own destiny, and I felt that was an inherently noble thing at the time. In hindsight, some of the reasons that we went into Iraq were not well-founded and I think did a disservice to everyone involved.

Q: What happened to your adventure then? Did you stay long with them or what happened to you?

A: No, I broke my legs when I was in training and was discharged.

Q: So it was a short adventure in other words?

A: It was a short adventure.

Q: In 2007 the CIA stationed you with a diplomatic cover in Geneva in Switzerland. Why did you join the CIA by the way?

A: I don’t think I can actually answer that one.

Q: Okay, if it’s what you have been doing there forget it, but why did you join the CIA?

A: In many ways, I think it’s a continuation of trying to do everything I could to prosecute the public good in the most effective way, and it’s in-line with the rest of my government service where I tried to use my technical skills in the most difficult positions I could find in the world, and the CIA offered that.

Q: If we go back, Special Forces, CIA, NSA… it’s not actually in the description of a human rights activist, or somebody who becomes a whistleblower after this. What happened to you?

A: I think it tells a story, and that’s no matter how deeply an individual is embedded in the government, no matter how faithful to the government they are, no matter how strongly they believe in the causes of their government, as I did during the Iraq war, people can learn. People can discover the line between appropriate government behaviour and actual wrongdoing, and I think it became clear to me that that line had been crossed.

Q: You worked for the NSA through a private contractor with the name Booz Allen Hamilton, one of the big ones in the business. What is the advantage for the US Government or the CIA to work through a private contractor to outsource a central government function?

A: The contracting culture of the national security community in the United States is a complex topic. It’s driven by a number of interests, between primarily limiting the number of direct government employees, at the same time as keeping lobbying groups in Congress, typically from very well-funded businesses such as Booz Allen Hamilton.

The problem there is you end up in a situation where government policies are being influenced by private corporations who have interests that are completely divorced from the public good in mind. The result of that is what we saw at Booz Allen Hamilton, where you have private individuals who have access to what the government alleges were millions and millions of records that they could walk out the door with at any time with no accountability, no oversight, no auditing. The government didn’t even know they were gone.

Q: At the very end you ended up in Russia. Many of the intelligence communities suspect you made a deal, classified material for asylum here in Russia.

A: The Chief of the Task Force investigating me as recently as December said that their investigation had turned up no evidence or indications at all that I had any outside help or contact, or had made a deal of any kind to accomplish my mission. I worked alone. I didn’t need anybody’s help.

I don’t have any ties to foreign governments. I’m not a spy for Russia or China or any other country for that matter. If I am a traitor, who did I betray? I gave all of my information to the American public, to American journalists who are reporting on American issues. If they see that as treason, I think people really need to consider who do they think they’re working for? The public is supposed to be their boss, not their enemy. Beyond that, as far as my personal safety, I’ll never be fully safe until these systems have changed.

Q: After your revelations, none of the European countries really offered you asylum. Where did you apply in Europe for asylum?

A: I can’t remember the list of countries with any specificity because there were many of them, but France & Germany were definitely in there, as was the UK.  A number of European countries. All of whom, unfortunately, felt that doing the right thing was less important than supporting US political concerns.

Q: One reaction to the NSA snooping is, in the very moment, that countries like Germany are thinking to create national Internets in an attempt to force Internet companies to keep their data in their own country. Does this work?

A: It’s not gonna stop the NSA. Let’s put it that way. The NSA goes where the data is. If the NSA can pull text messages out of telecommunication networks in China, they can probably manage to get Facebook messages out of Germany. Ultimately, the solution to that is not to try to stick everything in a walled  garden, although that does raise the level of sophistication and complexity of taking the information. It’s also much better simply to secure the information internationally against everyone, rather than playing “let’s move the data”. Moving the data isn’t fixing the problem; securing the data is the problem.

Q: President Obama in the very moment obviously doesn’t care too much about the message of the leak. And together with the NSA, they do care very much more about catching the messenger in that context. Obama asked the Russian president several times to extradite you, but Putin did not. It looks that you will stay for the rest of your life, probably in Russia. How do you feel about Russia in that context and is there a solution to this problem?

A: I think it’s becoming increasingly clear that these leaks didn’t cause harm. In fact, they served the public good. Because of that, I think it will be very difficult to maintain sort of an ongoing campaign of persecution against someone who the public agrees serves the public interest.

Q: The New York Times wrote a very long comment and demanded clemency for you. The headline “Edward Snowden Whistleblower” and I quote from that: “The public learned in great detail how the agency has extended its mandate and abused its authority.” And the New York Times closes: “President Obama should tell his aides to begin finding a way to end Mr Snowden’s vilification and give him an incentive to return home.” Did you get a call, in-between, from the White House?

A: I’ve never received a call from the White House and I am not waiting by the phone. But I would welcome the opportunity to talk about how we can bring this to a conclusion that serves the interest of all parties. I think it’s clear there are times where what is lawful is distinct from what is rightful. There are times throughout history, and it doesn’t take long for either an American or a German to think about times in the history of their country, where the law provided the government to do things which were not right.

Q: President Obama obviously is, in the very moment, not quite convinced of that because he said that you are charged with three felonies and I quote: “If you, Edward Snowden, believe in what you did you should go back to America, appear before the court with a lawyer, and make your case.” Is this the solution?

A: It’s interesting because he mentions three felonies. What he doesn’t say is that the crimes that he has charged me with are crimes that don’t allow me to make my case. They don’t allow me to defend myself in an open court to the public and convince a jury that what I did was to their benefit.

The Espionage Act was never intended (it’s from 1918), it was never intended to prosecute journalistic sources: people who are informing the newspapers about information that’s of public interest. It was intended for people who are selling documents in secret to foreign governments, who are bombing bridges, who are sabotaging communications, not people who are serving the public good. So it’s, I would say, illustrative that the President would choose to say someone should face the music, when he knows the music is a show trial.

Source here (03.02.14).

Banker Suicides: The JPMorgan-CIA-NYPD connection



Exposing what lies beneath the bodies of dead bankers and what lies ahead for us

By Doug Hagmann Monday, February 17, 2014  His website:

I feel that this is one of the most important investigations I’ve ever done. If my findings are correct, each of us might soon experience a severe, if not crippling blow to our personal finances, the confiscation of any wealth some of us have been able to accumulate over our lifetimes, and the end of the financial world as we once knew it. The evidence to support my findings exists in the trail of dead bodies of financial executives across the globe and a missing Wall Street Journal Reporter who was working at the Dow Jones news room at the time of his disappearance.


If the bodies were dots on a piece of paper, connecting them results in a sinister picture being drawn that involves global criminal activity in the financial world the likes of which is almost without precedent. It should serve as a warning that we are at the precipice of something so big, it will shake the financial world as we know it to its core. It seems to illustrate the complicity of big banks and governments, the intelligence community, and the media.

Although the trail of mysterious and bizarre deaths detailed below begin in late January, 2014, there are others. Not only that, there will be more, according to sources within the financial world. Based on my findings, these are not mere random, tragic cases of suicide, but of the methodical silencing of individuals who had the ability to expose financial fraud at the highest levels, and the complicity of certain governmental agencies and individuals who are engaged in the greatest theft of wealth the world has ever seen.

It is often said that life imitates art. In the case of the dead financial executives, perhaps death imitates theater, or more specifically, the movie The International, which was coincidently released in U.S. theaters exactly five years ago today.

We are told by the media that the untimely deaths of these young men and men in their prime are either suicides or tragic accidents. We are told what to believe by the captured and controlled media, regardless of how unusual or unlikely the circumstances, or how implausible the explanation. Such are the hallmarks of high level criminality and the involvement of a certain U.S. intelligence agency intent on keeping the lid on money laundering on a global scale.


Not only that, there will be more, according to sources within the financial world. Based on my findings, these are not mere random, tragic cases of suicide, but of the methodical silencing of individuals who had the ability to expose financial fraud at the highest levels, and the complicity of certain governmental agencies and individuals who are engaged in the greatest theft of wealth the world has ever seen.

It is often said that life imitates art. In the case of the dead financial executives, perhaps death imitates theater, or more specifically, the movie The International, which was coincidently released in U.S. theaters exactly five years ago today.

We are told by the media that the untimely deaths of these young men and men in their prime are either suicides or tragic accidents. We are told what to believe by the captured and controlled media, regardless of how unusual or unlikely the circumstances, or how implausible the explanation. Such are the hallmarks of high level criminality and the involvement of a certain U.S. intelligence agency intent on keeping the lid on money laundering on a global scale.

Obviously, it is important that this topic is approached with the utmost respect for the families of those who died, that they be allowed to grieve for the loss of their loved ones in private. However, it is extremely important that the truth about what is happening in the global financial arena is not kept from us, as we will also be victims of a different nature.

The missing and the dead: a timeline

The following is provided as a chronological list of those who have gone missing or been found dead under mysterious circumstances. It is important to note that this list consists of names of the most recent incidents. There are more that extend back through 2012 and beyond.

January 11, 2014

MISSING: David Bird, 55, long-time reporter for the Wall Street Journal working at the Dow Jones news room, went for a walk on Saturday, January 11, 2014, near his New Jersey home and disappeared without a trace. Mr. Bird was a reporter of the oil and commodity markets which happened to be under investigation by the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations for price manipulation.

January 26, 2014

DECEASED: Tim Dickenson, a U.K.-based communications director at Swiss Re AG, was reportedly found dead under undisclosed circumstances.

DECEASED: William Broeksmit, 58, former senior manager for Deutsche Bank, was found hanging in his home from an apparent suicide. It is important to note that Deutsche Bank is under investigation for reportedly hiding $12 billion in losses during the financial crisis and for potentially rigging the foreign exchange markets. The allegations are similar to the claims the institution settled in 2013 over involvement in rigging the Libor interest rates.

January 27, 2014

DECEASED: Karl Slym, 51, Managing director of Tata Motors was found dead on the fourth floor of the Shangri-La hotel in Bangkok. Police said he “could” have committed suicide. He was staying on the 22nd floor with his wife, and was attending a board meeting in the Thai capital.

January 28, 2014

DECEASED: Gabriel Magee, 39, a JP Morgan employee, died after reportedly “falling” from the roof of its European headquarters in London in the Canary Wharf area. Magee was vice president at JPMorgan Chase & Co’s (JPM) London headquarters.

Gabriel Magee, a Vice President at JPMorgan in London, plunged to his death from the roof of the 33-story European headquarters of JPMorgan in Canary Wharf. Magee was involved in “Technical architecture oversight for planning, development, and operation of systems for fixed income securities and interest rate derivatives” based on his online Linkedin profile.

It’s important to note that JPMorgan, like Deutsche Bank, is under investigation for its potential involvement in rigging foreign exchange rates. JPMorgan is also reportedly under investigation by the same U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations for its alleged involvement in rigging the physical commodities markets in the U.S. and London.

Regarding the initial reports of his death, journalist Pam Martens of Wall Street on Parade astutely exposed the controlled, scripted details of the media accounts surrounding Magee’s death in an article written on February 9, 2014. Ms. Martens writes:

“According to numerous sources close to the investigation of Gabriel Magee’s death, almost nothing thus far reported about his death has been accurate. This appears to stem from an initial poorly worded press release issued by the Metropolitan Police in London which may have been a result of bad communications between it and JPMorgan or something more deliberate on someone’s part.” [Emphasis added].

Ms. Martens also notes:

No solid evidence exists currently to suggest that the death was a suicide. In fact, there is a strong piece of evidence pointing in the opposite direction. Magee had emailed his girlfriend, Veronica, on the evening of January 27 to say that he was about to leave the office and would see her shortly. [Emphasis added].

Based on information she developed, it appears likely that Magee did not meet his fate on the morning his body was discovered, but hours earlier. Considering the possibility that Magee might now have died in the manner publicized, Ms. Martens offers speculation and notes it as such:

If Magee became aware that incriminating emails, instant messages, or video teleconferences were not turned over in their entirety to Senate investigators or Justice Department prosecutors, that might be reason enough for his untimely death.

Looking at the death of Magee in the context of a larger conspiracy, it is difficult not to suspect foul play and media manipulation.

January 29, 2014

DECEASED: Mike Dueker, 50, who had worked for Russell Investment for five years, was found dead close to the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in Washington State. Dueker was reported missing on January 29, 2014. Police stated that he “could have” jumped over a fence and fallen 15 meters to his death, and are treating the case as a suicide.

Before joining Russell Investments, Dueker was an assistant vice president and research economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis from 1991 to 2008. There he served as an associate editor of the Journal of Business and Economic Statistics and was editor of Monetary Trends, a monthly publication of the St. Louis Federal Reserve.

In November 2013, the New York Times reported that Russell Investments was one of several investment companies that were under subpoena from New York State regulators investigating potential “pay-to-play” schemes involving New York pension funds.

February 3, 2014

DECEASED: Ryan Henry Crane, 37, was the Executive Director in JPMorgan’s Global Equities Group. Of particular relevance is that Crane oversaw all of the trade platforms and had close working ties with the now deceased Gabriel Magee of JPMorgan’s London desk. The ties between Mr. Crane and Mr. Magee are undeniable and outright troublesome. The cause of death has not yet been determined, pending the results of a toxicology report.

February 6, 2014

DECEASED: Richard Talley, 57, was the founder and CEO of American Title, a company he founded in 2001. Talley and his company were under investigation by state insurance regulators at the time of his death. He was found in the garage of his Colorado home by a family member who called authorities. Talley reportedly died from seven or eight “self-inflicted” wounds from a nail gun fired into his torso and head.

The enormity of the lie

One must look back far enough to understand the enormity of the lie and the criminality of bankers and governments alike. We must understand the legal restraints that were severed during the Clinton years and the congress that changed the rules regarding financial institutions. We must understand that the criminal acts were bold and bipartisan, and were designed to consolidate wealth through the destruction of the middle class. All of this is part of a much larger plan to establish a one world economy by “killing” the U.S. dollar and consequently, eradicating the middle class by a cabal of globalists that existed and continue to exist within all sectors of our government. The results will be crippling to not just the United States, but the entire Western world.

What began decades ago is now becoming more transparent under the Obama regime. Perhaps that’s the transparency Obama promised, for we’ve seen little else in terms of transparency with regard to the man known as Barack Hussein Obama. For those not locked into the captured corporate media, we’re starting to see the truth emerging. The truth is that we’ve been living under a giant Ponzi scheme and we, the American citizens, are the suckers. As illustrated by the list of dead bankers above, however, the power elite need a bit more time before the extent of their criminality is revealed. They need a bit more time to transfer the remaining wealth from middle-class America to their private coffers. Timing is everything, and a magic act only works when all props are in place before the illusion is performed. Only when their timing is right will the slumbering Americans realize the extent of the illusion by which they’ve been entranced, at which time they will be forced into submission to accept a financial reset that will ultimately subjugate them to a global economy. I contend that this is the reason for the recent spate of deaths, for those who met their tragic and untimely end had the ability to expose this nefarious agenda by what they knew or discovered, or what they would reveal under subpoena and the damage they could cause to the globalist financial agenda.

It is an insult to the public intellect that the media so readily pushes the official line that the deaths were all suicides given the unusual circumstances surrounding nearly all of those listed. This itself should be ringing alarm bells with anyone of reasonable sensibilities, or at least those who are paying the slightest bit of attention to the larger picture. The media is either complicit or completely inept. While incompetence is evident in many areas, even the most inept journalist or media company cannot possible deny what exists directly in front of them. They can only withhold the truth.

Connecting the dots

To understand what is taking place, I contacted a financial source who has accurately predicted many events that we are now seeing taking place, including the deaths of certain financial people, for an explanation. In fact, he actually predicted that we would see a “clean-up” of individuals who posed a serious threat to certain too-big-to-fail-or-jail banks and “banksters” a full week before the events began to unfold. Truth be told, I initially greeted his prediction with some skepticism, for such things don’t really happen in the real world, or so the obedient and well-managed media tells me.

V, The Guerrilla Economist” as he is known in the alternative media, has provided numerous insider alerts for Steve Quayle‘s website and has appeared as a regular guest on The Hagmann & Hagmann Report. He has an undeniable track record for accuracy, which has earned my respect. However, I thought that he had taken temporary leave of his senses when he twice suggested that there will be some house cleaning done of anyone posing a threat to the agenda of certain banks and the globalist agenda on our broadcasts of November 20, 2013, and again on January 10, 2014. In a separate venue, he described what was about to take place by using the analogy of the movie The International. Several dead bodies and a missing journalist later, that analogy has been proven accurate.

The fact is that we are seeing a clean-up where JPMorgan and Deutsche Bank seems to appear at the epicenter of it all. In January, JPMorgan admitted facilitating the Bernie Madoff Ponzi scheme by turning its head to his activities. Despite this admission, the U.S. Department of Justice under Eric Holder declined to send anyone to jail under a deferred prosecution agreement. Yet this is only the proverbial tip of the iceberg.

In March, 2013 the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations released a heavily redacted 307-page report detailing the financial irregularities surrounding the actions of JPMorgan and the deliberate withholding of critical financial information by JPMorgan. Prominent in the mix are the actions of Bruno Iksil, who earned the nickname the “London Whale,” for his “casino bets” of other’s money that caused billions of dollars in losses. Yet, no cooperation was provided by Dimon’s foot soldiers as they failed to testify or otherwise cooperate with Senate investigators.

Remember the damage control and the deliberate downplaying by Jamie Dimon, who maintained that there was nothing to see here with regard to the “London Whale” criminal activities? What was originally described as a loss of perhaps $2 billion ultimately turned into many more times that, yet the actual numbers are still hidden from the public. Such events occurred under the noses of numerous financial executives who had knowledge that went undisclosed.

As we fast forward to today and the current spate of mysterious deaths, we begin to see that many of those who died existed on the periphery of events in the criminal actions of the financial industry. Moreover, it is reasonable to conclude that they possessed knowledge that if disclosed, could have interrupted the magic act taking place for the awestruck audience, captivated by the carefully crafted words of Yellen, her predecessors and the operatives within government who’s duty it is to regulate whatever is left of our current financial system.

That regulation is now a thing of the past. What we have today is a system of facilitation and co-operation between the largest corporations and financial institutions and the U.S. and our intelligence agencies. We now have the “too-big-to-fails” operating with impunity as a result of an incestuous, if not outright unconstitutional relationship where the banks are acting as operational assets for the CIA, the NYPD, and other intelligence and police agencies.

The JPMorgan-CIA-NYPD connection

Perhaps one of the best kept secrets, at least from the majority of the American public, is the integration and overlap between the “too-big-to-fail-and-jail” banks and the most advanced system of surveillance in the U.S. Would it surprise you to learn that the very banks that brought the United States to the brink of financial collapse in 2008, who looted the American public and continue to engage in what most perceive as criminal behavior in the financial venue not only have ties to the CIA, but are actually partnered with the CIA and NYPD surveillance of all of lower Manhattan? That’s right, the big banks such as JPMorgan, Citigroup and others have their own desks and surveillance monitors at a facility known as the Lower Manhattan Security Coordination Center, located at 55 Broadway, deep in the center of New York’s financial district.

The big banks—the very banks that have been the focus of fraud and corruption investigations have their own system of cameras, more than 2,000 in number, and operate them in tandem with NYPD surveillance cameras at a center that was funded with taxpayer money. Every square inch of lower Manhattan is under surveillance 24/7, not just by NYPD, but by JP Morgan and other members of the so-called “one percent.” Carefully consider the implications of this pact.

JPMorgan Chase and others have had long and quite intimate ties with the CIA. Today, however, the line between the banks that control our financial present and future and police and intelligence agencies no longer exist. This relationship of mutual benefit permits the CIA to use the financial institutions to “handle the money” for their various global initiatives, while it provides the banks a stable of “professional assistants” to handle their “security,” whether such security issues arise in the U.S., London, or elsewhere. Highly trained and skilled CIA operatives now work within the system of interlocked financial institutions that have been at the epicenter of the most egregious crimes involving the theft from our bank accounts and retirement savings.

Please stop and consider this for a moment. The very banks and their top executives who have not only brought the U.S. to the brink of financial collapse and Martial Law, engaged or facilitated in various criminal actions that resulted in fines (but no jail time) for the perpetrators, are working hand-in-hand with the CIA. Not only that, they are working in tandem with the NYPD at their surveillance centers, watching and videotaping every move made by anyone—including potential whistleblowers within their vast purview. By the way, this is no ordinary surveillance or surveillance cameras. You won’t find these cameras on the shelves of your local spy shop. These cameras can focus on the footnotes of a book you might be reading, or the words written on a piece of paper being held by an unwitting person. They employ facial recognition and other advanced visual and data aggregation capabilities, and the extent of their technological abilities is increasing every day.

Additionally, the data is collected and maintained, and files are created of people and groups who are merely going about their daily lives. Equally important, files are created and maintained of problem children and groups, like the Occupy movement and others who lawfully exercise their constitutional rights to protest the actions of the one-percent. Consider this in the context of the Occupy Wall Street protests. where the protesters were not only under police surveillance, but surveillance by the banks and their corporate officers against whom they were protesting. And it was all done with the approval and assistance of the police, in this case the NYPD, and U.S. intelligence agencies.

Now consider the plight of a whistleblower who wants to expose criminality within the ranks of a too-big-to-fail. The institution who is engaged in purported criminality based on the findings of the whistleblower can observe the whistleblower’s every move. Where they go, who they meet and what they are carrying to such a meeting. They can be tracked to a residence, a business, or even to their psychiatrist’s office, place of ill repute, or the residence of some significant other outside of their marriage, all of which would be invaluable for blackmail.

Perhaps the potential whistleblower is clean and free from anything that might dissuade them from revealing what they know, their case could be turned over to the in-house security of former CIA agents for proper disposition. It makes the movie The Firm look like child’s play by comparison.

This is not some fanciful delusion. There is proof of this that exists. The New York Civil Liberties Union (NYCLU) has documented the increasingly extensive surveillance being conducted in lower Manhattan and throughout the city. They have verified that not only are our constitutional rights being violated every minute of every day, but the fruits of surveillance by police and corporate entities are shared between the police, the intelligence agencies and private financial institutions, without restraint on the distribution on such findings.

Are you engaged in a protesting against the criminality of the one-percent? Well, the one-percent are watching you, and they are literally seated right next to the police. Are you a journalist following up on possible “bankster” corruption by meeting a potential whistleblower? You better understand that the bankster target of your investigation is watching you, in real-time, with the complete approval and cooperation of the police. As documented by the NYCLU, you are likely now “on file,” and all data compiled is maintained and accessible not just to law enforcement, but to the very target of your investigation—in real time.

Such surveillance and integration between big banks, law enforcement and spy agencies is not just limited to lower Manhattan or even the United States. It is also most prevalent in London and other cities where international banking is conducted.

Real-time surveillance and the close working relationship between the “one-percenters,” police and the intelligence agencies gives the targets of criminal probes the ability to be pro-active when necessary. It’s all being done under the pretext of national security when it would appear that the real objective is to insulate the banksters from potential problems that exposure of their criminal actions might cause.

Oh, and don’t forget that it is us who are paying for this.

Perhaps we would be well advised to not only consider the capabilities of the surveillance apparatus that exists where the big banks and police are working at adjacent surveillance terminals at 55 Broadway and other locations, but the incestuous working relationship between the banks and the CIA when we read about banker suicides.

Do not expect to see any exclusive report on this in the corporate media, for they, as requested, have dutifully maintained their code of silence by not showing pictures of the brass name plates that identify the bankster terminals situated adjacent to the police terminals during photo shoots of this super-secret surveillance complex a few years ago. As detailed by the tenacious and indefatigable Pam Martens, journalist for Wall Street on Parade in this article, the captured media took a pass on revealing the whole truth about what’s really going on at 55 Broadway.

What has been revealed here is merely the tip of the iceberg. The tentacles of the corporate elite, facilitated and empowered by the CIA, the NYPD top brass, and other agencies have now covertly and effectively succeeded in invading everything you do. The fruits of this operation are being used to advance their global financial agenda and silence the opposition.

Knowing this, is it possible that the dead bodies that are increasing in number are the results of this joint surveillance operation? You will not find any answers in the mainstream media. The big banks have chosen to remain silent, even in the face of subpoenas, and have yet to face any legal consequences for their contempt. It’s not, however, merely contempt of congress or pseudo-investigative bodies. It’s their contempt of humanity, of you and me, and the victims that lie dead, leaving their families broken and wanting for the truth.

China Sold Second-Largest Amount Ever Of US Treasurys In December: And Guess Who Comes To The Rescue


Submitted by Tyler
on 02/18/2014 20:15 -0500

While we will have more to say about the disastrous December TIC data shortly, which was released early today, and which showed a dramatic plunge in foreign purchases of US securities in December – the month when the S&P soared to all time highs and when everyone was panicking about the 3% barrier in the 10 Year being breached and resulting in a selloff in Tsy paper – one thing stands out. The chart below shows holdings of Chinese Treasurys (pending revision of course, as the Treasury department is quite fond of ajdusting this data series with annual regularity): in a nutshell, Chinese Treasury holdings plunged by the most in two years, after China offloaded some $48 billion in paper, bringing its total to only $1268.9 billion, down from $1316.7 billion, and back to a level last seen in March 2013! 

This was the second largest dump by China in history with the sole exception of December 2011.

That this happened at a time when Chinese FX reserves soared to all time highs, and when China had gobs of spare cash lying around and not investing in US paper should be quite troubling to anyone who follows the nuanced game theory between the US and its largest external creditor, and the signals China sends to the world when it comes to its confidence in the US.

Yet what was truly surprising is that despite the plunge in Chinese holdings, and Japanese holdings which also dropped by $4 billion in December, is that total foreign holdings of US Treasurys increased in December, from $5716.9 billion to 5794.9 billion.

Why? Because of this country. Guess which one it is without looking at legend. 

That’s right: at a time when America’s two largest foreign creditors, China and Japan, went on a buyers strike, the entity that came to the US rescue was Belgium, which as most know is simply another name for… Europe: the continent that has just a modest amount of its own excess debt to worry about. One wonders what favors were (and are) being exchanged behind the scenes in order to preserve the semblance that “all is well”?

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Good one to memorize and pass it on

Thank you S.


A  young woman was about to finish her first year of college. Like so many others her age, she considered herself to be very liberal, and among other liberal ideals, she was very much in favor of higher taxes to support more
government programs, in other words; redistribution of wealth.

She was deeply ashamed that her father was a rather staunch conservative, a feeling she openly expressed. Based on the lectures that she had participated in, and the occasional chat with a professor, she felt that her father had for years harbored an evil, selfish desire to keep what he thought should be his.

One day she was challenging her father on his opposition to higher taxes on the rich and the need for more government programs.

The self-professed objectivity proclaimed by her professors had to be the truth and she indicated so to her father. He responded by asking how she was doing in school.

Taken aback, she answered rather haughtily that she had a 4.0 GPA, and let him know that it was tough to maintain, insisting that she was taking a very difficult course load and was constantly studying, which left her no time to go out and party like other people she knew. She didn’t even have time for a boyfriend, and didn’t really have many college friends because she spent all her time studying.

Her father listened and then asked, “How is your friend Audrey doing?”

She replied, “Audrey is barely getting by. All she takes are easy classes, she never studies and she barely has a 2.0 GPA. She is so popular on campus; college for her is a blast. She’s always invited to all the parties and lots of times she doesn’t even show up for classes because she’s too hung over.”

Her wise father asked his daughter, “Why don’t you go to the Dean’s office and ask him to deduct 1.0 off your GPA and give it to your friend who only has a 2.0. That way you will both have a 3.0 GPA and certainly that would
be a fair and equal distribution of GPA.”

The daughter, visibly shocked by her father’s suggestion, angrily fired back, “That’s a crazy idea, how would that be fair! I’ve worked really hard for my grades! I’ve invested a lot of time, and a lot of hard work! Audrey has done next to nothing toward her degree. She played while I worked my tail off!”

The father slowly smiled, winked and said gently,“Welcome to the conservative side of the fence.”

If you ever wondered what side of the fence you sit on, this is a great test!

If a conservative doesn’t like guns, he doesn’t buy one. If a liberal doesn’t like guns, he wants all guns outlawed.

If a conservative is a vegetarian, he doesn’t eat meat. If a liberal is a vegetarian,he wants all meat products banned for everyone.

If a conservative is down-and-out, he thinks about how to better his situation.A liberal wonders who is going to take care of him.

If a conservative doesn’t like a talk show host, he switches channels. Liberals demand that those they don’t like be shut down.

If a conservative is a non-believer, he doesn’t go to church. A liberal
non-believer wants any mention of God and Jesus silenced.

If a conservative decides he needs health care, he goes about shopping for it, or may choose a job that provides it. A liberal demands that the rest of us pay for his.

If a conservative reads this, he’ll forward it so his friends can have a good laugh. A liberal will delete it because he’s “offended.”
Well, I forwarded it to you!

Jack Lew Has a Sit Down with Wall Street Banksters, Lawyers and Money Managers

February 13, 2014
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Treasury Secretary Jack Lew was in New York City yesterday and held meeting with mostly assorted Wall Street banksters, lawyers and money managers.
EPJ has obtained the list of those who attended the two meetings:
1st Roudtable
Michael Akker, President & CEO, SBLI USA Mutual Life Insurance Company, Inc.
Joseph W. Armbrust, Partner, Sidley Austin LLP
Ian W. Bailey, Executive Vice President & General Manager, New York, Hill+Knowlton Strategies

William H. Berkman, Managing Partner, Associated Partners, LP
Michael W. Blair, Presiding Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
Marianne C. Brown, President & CEO, Omgeo, LLC
Michael A. Carpenter, Chief Executive Officer, Ally Financial Inc.
H. Rodgin Cohen, Senior Chairman, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
William Derrough, Co-Head of Restructuring, Moelis & Company Holdings LP
Blair W. Effron, Partner, Centerview Partners Holdings LLC
Peter L. Faber, Partner, McDermott Will & Emery LLP
Steven M. Goldman, Partner, Kramer, Levin, Naftalis & Frankel LLP
Steven Grauer, Chairman, Gold Art 18KT LLC
Gerald L. Hassell, Chairman & CEO, BNY Mellon
Leslie W. Himmel, Partner, Himmel & Meringoff Properties, Inc.
Stephen R. Howe, Jr., Americas Area Managing Partner, Ernst & Young LLP
Erik W. Kahn, Partner, Bryan Cave LLP
Anthony S. Kendall, Chairman & CEO, Mitchell & Titus, LLP
Terry Laughlin, Chief Risk Officer, Bank of America Corporation
Brian Leach, Head of Franchise Risk, Citigroup Inc.
Amir Lear, Chairman & CEO, Mutual of America Capital Management Corporation, Mutual of America Life  Insurance Company
Joseph M. Leccese, Chairman, Proskauer
Jeffrey E. Levine, Chairman, Levine Building
Tao Li, Managing Partner, Teng Yue Partners
Terry J. Lundgren, Chairman, President & CEO, Macy’s, Inc.
Howard W. Lutnick, Chairman & CEO, Cantor Fitzgerald L.P.
Peter L. Malkin, Chairman Emeritus, Empire State Realty Trust & Chairman, Malkin Holdings, LLC
Heidi Messer, Co-Founder & Chairman, Collective[i]
A. Wright Palmer, President, The Beekman Estate
Peter J. Powers, Chairman & CEO, Powers Global Strategies, LLC
James D. Robinson, III, Co-Founder & General Partner, RRE Ventures
Thomas Rogers, President & CEO, TiVo Inc.
Julio E. Rojas, Chief Executive Officer, Americas, Standard Chartered Bank
Michael I. Roth, Chairman & CEO, Interpublic Group
Steven Roth, Chairman & CEO, Vornado Realty Trust
William C. Rudin, Vice Chairman & CEO, Rudin Management Company, Inc.
Ashish B. Rughwani, Partner & Co-Founder, Dominus Capital, L.P.
Thomas A. Russo, Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Legal, Compliance, Regulatory   Affairs & Government Affairs, American International Group, Inc.
Stanley S. Shuman, Managing Director, Allen & Company LLC
Petra Slater, New York Market Leader, Aon Hewitt
Arthur P. Steinmetz, President, OppenheimerFunds, Inc.
William Sweet, Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher, & Flom LLP
James R. Wacht, President, Lee & Associates NYC
Charles Weinstein, Chief Executive Officer, EisnerAmper LLP
John Willinge, Chief Executive Officer, Alverstoke Group LLC Robert Wolf, Chief Executive Officer, 32 Advisors, LLC
Laila J. Worrell, New York Metro Managing Partner, Accenture
Deborah C. Wright, Chairman & CEO, Carver Bancorp Inc.
Kathryn S. Wylde, President & CEO, Partnership for New York City
2nd Roundtable Antonio Weiss,  Lazard
Brian Mathis, Pine Street
Carol Einiger, Post Rock Advisors
Eric Mindich, Eton Park
Jeff Aronson, Centerbridge Partners
Jim Tisch, Loews Corporation
John Paulson, Paulson & Co
Larry Fink, Blackrock
Mark Angelson,  RR Donnelley
Mark Gallogly, Centerbridge Partners
Mark Kingdon, Kingdon Capital
Matt Kabaker, Centerbridge Partners
Ralph Schlosstein, Evercore
Roger Altman, Evercore
Ruth Porat, Morgan Stanley
Steve Mandel, Lone Pine
Steve Rattner, Willett Advisors LLC
Tony James, Blackstone
Tracy Maitland, Advent Capital
Orin Kramer, Boston Provident

Finland No. 1, US sinks to 46th in global press freedom rankings

Who’da thunk it?

By                                  12 hours ago                             Yahoo News

The United States did not live up to the promise of the First Amendment last year, “far from it,” sinking to 46th in global press freedom rankings, a respected international nonprofit group said Wednesday.


The U.S. plummeted 13 slots to 46th overall “amid increased efforts to track down whistle-blowers and the sources of leaks,” Reporters Without Borders warned in an annual report.

“The trial and conviction of Private Bradley Manning and the pursuit of NSA analyst Edward Snowden were warnings to all those thinking of assisting in the disclosure of sensitive information that would clearly be in the public interest,” the organization said.

The group, known by its French initials, RSF, also cited the Department of Justice’s seizure of Associated Press telephone records and a court’s pressure on New York Times reporter James Risen to testify against a CIA staffer accused of leaking classified information.

“The whistle-blower is clearly the enemy in the U.S.,” Delphine Halgand, who heads the RSF outpost in Washington, told Yahoo News. “Eight whistle-blowers have been charged under the Obama administration, the highest number of any administration, of all other administrations combined.”

It’s “a clear strategy of the administration” to “avoid any other version than the official version on what the administration is doing,” Halgand said.

Overall, RSF said in its report, “countries that pride themselves on being democracies and respecting the rule of law have not set an example, far from it.”

“Freedom of information is too often sacrificed to an overly broad and abusive interpretation of national security needs, marking a disturbing retreat from democratic practices. Investigative journalism often suffers as a result,” the group said.

So who does a better job than the U.S. of protecting press freedoms?

Here, in order of rank, starting with No. 1 Finland: Finland, the Netherlands, Norway, Luxembourg, Andorra, Liechtenstein, Denmark, Iceland, New Zealand, Sweden, Estonia, Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Switzerland, Ireland, Jamaica, Canada, Poland, Slovakia, Costa Rica, Namibia, Belgium, Cape Verde, Cyprus, Uruguay, Ghana, Australia, Belize, Portugal, Suriname, Lithuania, Britain, Slovenia, Spain, Antigua and Barbuda, Latvia, El Salvador, France, Samoa, Botswana, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago, Papua New Guinea and Romania.

Italy was 49th. Israel was 96th. Afghanistan was 128th. Russia was 148th. China was 175th.

Who owns you?

Dear Andy,  

Who owns you? 
Are you anyone’s slave?
This is very important discussion 
by a very astute, bright young 
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SDR’s and the New Bretton Woods – Part Five


Our friend JC Collins is sharing more info, Thanks. 

February 12, 2014 Leave a comment

Pattern Recognition and Rent Seeking Limitations

By JC Collins


At first there was nothing but an absolute whiteness.  It was an endless emptiness of infinite possibility.  With a whisper there appeared a single black dot in the middle of the white vastness.  The dot was less than – but would become more.  The whisper echoed throughout the absolute and the dot smeared outward from both sides becoming a line.  The single line filled the void with purpose and direction.


The line eventually duplicated itself followed by the two opposing ends turning inwards and outwards until they touched each other forming a letter “L” shape.  The whisper sound returned but louder this time.  The “L” shape also duplicated itself with only one of the two turning itself opposite until all four ends of both shapes connected forming a square.

The square sat in the whiteness of the absolute.  It was both large and small at the same time.  An impossible translucence that was almost solid.

My first thought was one of curiosity as I studied the square.  Time was of no relevance so I do not know how long I stared at the shape before it also began to transition into something more than.  I watched as the square duplicated itself five times.  This made a total of six squares which floated in the absolute. All seemed to change size from small to large before finally positioning themselves into a conjoining shape.

The cube solidified in my mind’s eye as I began to differentiate patterns in the sound of the whisper.  Some patterns made me feel sad while others brought feelings of security and comfort.  As the whisper became a voice, and the voice a language, I felt the cube pull me into its center.  There in the center of the cube I waited and watched as other shapes and colors formed outside the cube.

One by one the cube pulled the other shapes into its confined vastness.  All the shapes of varying sizes and colors became a blur of motion.  The motion also took on patterns which I slowly began to recognize as things of importance.  The sensation of heaviness enveloped me.

There was hunger and tears.

Seeking out pleasure I roamed around in my heaviness, grabbing at objects, touching, smelling, and hearing distant sounds of satisfaction.  Always one object became another until there was a chorus of material piling up around me.  But always the pattern repeated.  Endless, back into the infinite possibility from which it came.

In my early years I knew on a deep level that the world was not as it was presented to me by others.  Giants walked around inside my world planting seeds from which truth would eventually blossom.  But the truth would never come.  The giants became smaller and smaller as I grew larger and larger.  And the truth seemed to be lost within the geometric shapes that made up the material world around me.

It would take many years for the truth to be extracted from the patterns. And at times the truth would hide itself within false truths and sink back into the patterns.  Many would waste valuable time and energy to pull forth false truths while the true truths lay embedded deep within the subconscious of our minds.  The greatest true truth of all is the infinite possibility of the absolute just before the black dot materialized.

Like the black dot, fiat currencies are a false truth.  Yet they are what we collectively gravitate towards in times of massive centralization.  History proves this pattern.  So what will it take for the world to back away from the fiat currency and transition to a more stable shape?

In the other parts to this series, we have discussed the 2010 Code of Reforms as agreed upon by the members of the International Monetary Fund.  Though the agreements were made, the United States Congress has yet to pass the supporting legislation required to restructure the Executive Board of the I.M.F.  The obvious reason for this is that once the reforms are passed and the board restructured the quotas for each country will change and the dollar will be stripped of its reserve currency status.

Congress knows this all too well and is pushing negotiations into dangerous territory as the world is threatened with currency collapse and sovereign debt defaults.  As such many countries have been developing workarounds to the dollar by way of currency swap agreements.

The intention is not to repeat what we have already stated in previous posts. A quick refresher on some of the information will help as a lead in to the additional information contained within this part.

In part one we were introduced to the 1913 Chinese Gold Reorganization Loan bonds.  A final payout on these bonds is indeed in the works and is one part of the overall 2010 Code of Reforms process.  Every time a deal was to be finalized with the bonds it corresponded to the debt ceiling debate and Code of Reforms within Congress.  They hopscotch each other onward until we find ourselves here today with no resolution on either.

It’s important to know that by China honoring the 1913 bonds, they will be able to access their full gold reserves, including the portion that was used to support the 1913 bonds.  This is the same gold the Chinese government after the communist revolution denied having.  They couldn’t now all of a sudden materialize said gold without explaining where it came from, or honoring the bonds which they supported.

With that being said, the bonds will not be honored at their full face value.  These bonds will be considered a part of the overall sovereign debt of China and will be integrated within the SDR composition of the renminbi and re-allocated as securities through the BRICS Development Bank.

Like any debt consolidation, all sovereign debt most be included.  The owners of the Chinese bonds will get their payout.  The payout itself, is based on a flat amount already set for the historical bonds.  This amount is specifically valued within the renminbi’s SDR composition.  The more bond holders that come forward will decrease the individual payout for each bond holder.  This is what has been agreed and implementation of the buyback program is simply waiting for the 2010 Code of Reforms to be passed through Congress.

Since most countries have sovereign debt and outstanding historical bonds, it stands to reason that other situations like the Chinese bonds will be handled in a similar fashion.

Another pattern that emerges as we study the history of reserves currencies is that with each reserve currency the centralization has become tighter and tighter.  The reserve status of the U.S. dollar has brought this centralization to a whole new level.  In simple terms the dollar has exported inflation to other countries.  But when we realise that inflation is in fact a mechanism for further centralization the more complete picture comes into focus.  Through increased centralization the countries of the world have sunk deeper into sovereign debts from which even more centralization will be offered as the solution.

The SDR solution, with a focus on further centralization, may have been the intended plan back in its inception.  Hard to imagine, but perhaps the collective mind of the rent seeking small elitist group of organized special interests has unknowingly pushed forward on this path.

The International Monetary Fund is riding fast and hard on getting these reforms passed through Congress. Even to the point where Christine Lagarde is calling a new multilateral economic system non-negotiable.  Sovereign debt restructuring is something the I.M.F. is taking extremely seriously.


Within America the Treasury is in favor of the reforms and is also putting pressure on Congress.  The important question to answer here is why is there a division between the Treasury and Congress on the 2010 Code of Reforms?  The Treasury is saying yes to the dollar losing its reserve currency status and Congress is saying no.  Make no mistake about it, the power the United States has experienced since 1944 and the Bretton Woods Agreements has come from the reserve status of the dollar.  After the reforms are passed and the Executive Board restructured, the U.S. will become a regular country like every other country in the world.

This of course will leave a huge void in the geopolitical world which will be filled by a consortium of foreign countries.  We can see the anticipation of this opportunity by measuring the military buildup in other regions of the world.  Especially in China.

But it’s not only geopolitical ramifications.  There are profound cultural consequences to America as its stature in world affairs is minimized to that of a regular participating country.  It’s a humble pie that perhaps some members of Congress, and other industrial and banking interests, are yet prepared to suffer.

Moving forward the potential threats posed by delaying the implementation of the SDR system are real and measurable.  The reforms could come too late for effective sovereign debt restructuring.  Or the debt restructuring, when finally implemented, could be insufficient to meet the expanding debt contracts under which the economies of the world toil.  Banks exposed to debtors could see the confiscation of their assets.  We are already seeing this as China has and will continue to purchase banks within the United States.

The rest of the world will not wait for Congress.  But it’s my prediction that Congress will in fact pass the 2010 Code of Reforms and allow for the restructuring of the I.M.F. Executive Board.  Its matter of timing, planned or unplanned. From the moment the reforms are implemented, the dollar will see multiple devaluations staged to coincide with a multi-staged restructuring of the debt.

It’s important to mention that with the passage of the reforms, the world will not see an overnight immediate response.  The new system will take time to fully integrate.  The Global Currency Reset will happen in levels as currencies are allowed to free float within the parameters as set forth by the SDR composition of each country.

As stated previously, this composition will include the following economic fundamentals:

  1. GDP – Self Explanatory
  2. Human Development – Research how China engineered a middle class to fill the empty cities they built over the last ten years.
  3. Ecological Sustainability – Programs through the United Nations make more sense now.
  4. Concentration and Diffusion of Assets – Investigate precious metal price manipulation.
  5. Income – Examples include the growing middle classes of not only China, but also Vietnam and other emerging economies.
  6. Demographics – Immigration and the mass movement of people are directly related to the planning of the new system.

The economic system as it stands today is out of balance and will be corrected by a supra-sovereign reserve currency by way of the SDR mechanism.  Between the time the reforms are implemented and the year 2018, the currencies of the world will slowly adjust and fluctuate as their true SDR composition weight settles out.

As another pattern of note, the Basel 3 regulations from the Bank for international Settlements are also set to be fully implemented by 2018.  They were originally scheduled to be completed by 2014 but also had to be pushed out because of the delays within Congress in regards to the I.M.F. Code of Reforms.  This is not a coincidence.

As we touched on in a previous post, the SDR compositions will be segmented into different regions.  Based on what I’ve learnt and what information is publically available, it is my best estimate that these regions are going to be as follows:

  1. Asia and Pacific Region
  2. Europe
  3. Lower Middle East and Northern Africa
  4. Upper Middle East and Central Asia
  5. Western Hemisphere
  6. Southern Africa
  7. South America

Right now the Ukraine is the hinge between Central Asia and Europe.  Syria is the hinge between the Upper and Lower Middle East.  The border area between both will become major trade zones with Lebanon regaining much of its past glory.

The hinge between the Western Hemisphere, comprising Canada, Mexico, and the U.S., along with some Central American countries, will find its hinge in the Nicaragua region as the Chinese funded alternative canal project takes form.  This new canal through the center of Nicaragua will include two international airports, one at each end, oil and gas pipelines, and a shipping lane almost ten times the length of the Panama Canal.  It will take eleven years to complete and is considered the largest construction project in the history of the world.


The SDR compositions themselves will be based on both macro and micro weights and measures.  The macro breakdown of each country’s currency composition will be as follows:

  1. 25% Production Commodities (such as oil, gas, rice, wheat, iron ore, etc…)
  2. 25% Foreign Reserves and Precious Metals
  3. 50% Fiat – Pegged to increase and/or decrease based on the fluctuating values of the above 2 factors.

How the SDR composition system is setup will in essence work as a form of self-limiting rent seeking for the purpose of economic balance between the small elite organized group and the larger worker disorganized group.  For a more detailed explanation of rent seeking and what is being proposed here, read the post “What Are Conspiracy Theories?”.

It was my intent to also discuss the cultural impact that the New Bretton Woods will have on the world.  But I have stretched this post out too long I’m afraid.

In parting, I’d like to close this essay off by saying that every manner of concept and design can be implemented into the world economy.  Like the black dot which limited the possibility in the white world of the absolute, all systems will invariably self-corrupt and begin anew the process of centralization or the movement towards decentralization, which is collapse.  The world has seen complete decentralization on all levels, both macro and micro, before in the era of the so called dark ages.  This came after the gradual collapse of the Roman Empire.  There was nothing organized and semi-centralized to take its place.  Though there were “pockets of prosperity” sprinkled throughout the world.

What I ultimately propose is a system of balance between micro decentralization and macro centralization.  The New Bretton Woods which I have been attempting to describe could be such a system.  It’s an opportunity for regions and economies of the world to earn a composition value through local energy expenditure and production while safe guarding a new method of energy storage from rent seeking groups.  It is my belief that the SDR composition system holds the potential for such energy storage and economic efficiency.  We can be more than.    – JC Collins

SDR’s and the New Bretton Woods – Part One

SDR’s and the New Bretton Woods – Part Two

SDR’s and the New Bretton Woods – Part Three

SDR’s and the New Bretton Woods – Part Four


Posted on February 10, 2014 by 14 Comments


Greetings, To All Of You!

The last two years have seen  information of a different character from ages past. Those who are in the trenches have come forward  to provide highly accurate pieces of information to be shared with those interested in reading it. This contrasts with information found in prior years that was from just about anyone and contained just about anything. All these years later we can look back and conclude that although many had their heart in the right place, there just was not a reliable way to cross check and verify the source. So, the information was just labeled as “from a source”.

This is certainly okay to come up with material for a blog, but leaves something to be desired in the accuracy department. Hence, for over a decade, we saw nothing come of the “updates” regarding the events germane to our discourse.

Well, as you have seen over the past several months, various analysts both inside and outside of the communication channels that GCR/WGS aficionados frequent, have seen converging news items pointing to the factual nature of a Global Currency Reset heading our way.  This was not the case, in terms of frequency of reporting, just six months ago. A few years ago, if you mentioned that we were going back to a metals backed US Dollar, you would have been called a psycho. As many of you know now, there is ample evidence from people with considerable credentials that it would be psycho to NOT believe it.

We are in a whole new ballgame now. We owe this to those who are working hard behind the scenes. It has nothing to do with me. I just wanted to make sure we had a conduit, no mater how slim, to someone with the truth, and could withstand scrutiny. Well, we have that with out WH contact, and I have done my best to see that the information in our Fact Check posts was accurate to a WH standard. It is the WHs who deserve your thanks for this. Don’t forget that.

Now, onto the business at hand.

The last 24 hours have been a frenzy. Out of that frenzy came this information, found at OneWorldofNations blog:

“Major moves on RV behind the scenes. Watch and see. It has now bypassed O for decisions. With or without him, it’s going forward. He still thinks he’s the real President? Lol. Well a Pig did fly.”

This information was confirmed by our generous WH contact as being true.

Now, contrast that with other blogs which posted the following in the last 24 hours:

“OBAMA finally signed off on the RV Sunday Evening at 6:00 pm in Reno Time. This signoff tardiness cancelled [sic]the announcements scheduled for Sunday.”

Well, I hope you can appreciate the difference here. One cannot sign off and be bypassed for that signature at the same time. If he signed off, then he obviously wasn’t bypassed. If he was bypassed, he wasn’t needed to sign off. Holy mackerel!  Imagine the power behind a process that can render a Presidential signature irrelevant when the whole world is about the change!

So, I leave it to you to decide which of the two scenarios probably played out. I wanted to show you a good example of what having the correct information can mean in forming an accurate picture of what is truly transpiring and just who is for the change, and who is not.

REMEMBER: Just cash in. Take the rate you see and run.

More to follow as needed.

Thank you all for your support. We are an all volunteer effort, and exist to make sure you have the most accurate, up to date information that we can bring, courtesy of your friendly neighborhood White Hat. 

For the first time in years I am feeling extremely optimistic about this world changing event. Even a very close friend of mine, whose son is a VP with a Deutsche Bank subsidiary, and is the equivalent of a human grumpy cat, admitted that there is talk of a “reset” in their office. He hated to admit it, but he did.

No word if he has jumped yet. 


More when needed.