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  • Another Tense Bundy-Like Showdown Over Federal Land Is Brewing — And This Time It’s In A ‘Blue’ State

    The federal government’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is once again sparking controversy – and it’s doing so on the one-year anniversary of the Bundy Ranch standoff.

  • 43 CFR Subpart 3809: Surface Managment

    3809.1: What are the purposes of this subpart?

    The purposes of this subpart are to:

    (a) Prevent unnecessary or undue degradation of public lands by operations authorized by the mining laws. Anyone intending to develop mineral resources on the public lands must prevent unnecessary or undue degradation of the land and reclaim disturbed areas. This subpart establishes procedures and standards to ensure that operators and mining claimants meet this responsibility; and

    (b) Provide for maximum possible coordination with appropriate State agencies to avoid duplication and to ensure that operators prevent unnecessary or undue degradation of public lands.

    § 3809.2   What is the scope of this subpart?

    (a) This subpart applies to all operations authorized by the mining laws on public lands where the mineral interest is reserved to the United States, including Stock Raising Homestead lands as provided in §3809.31(d) and (e). When public lands are sold or exchanged under 43 U.S.C. 682(b) (Small Tracts Act), 43 U.S.C. 869 (Recreation and Public Purposes Act), 43 U.S.C. 1713 (sales) or 43 U.S.C. 1716 (exchanges), minerals reserved to the United States continue to be removed from the operation of the mining laws unless a subsequent land-use planning decision expressly restores the land to mineral entry, and BLM publishes a notice to inform the public.    (d) This subpart does not apply to private land except as provided in paragraphs (a) and (c) of this section. For purposes of analysis under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, BLM may collect information about private land that is near to, or may be affected by, operations authorized under this subpart.

  • IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES. JULY 19, 1866That the mineral lands of the public domain, both surveyed and unsurveyed, are hereby declared to be free and open to exploration and occupation.

Endless War OF Terror Syndicate

  • CIA Director: War on Terror will never end  
    Central Intelligence Agency boss John Brennan took part in a question and answer session at Harvard last week. The most important thing to take away from the event is that the nation’s top intelligence official does not believe the war on terror will ever end.
  • Exclusive: Relatives of Boston Marathon Bomber Break Their Silence
    Stage Left: Throughout the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the 21-year-old who was convicted last week of bombing the Boston Marathon in 2013, his family resisted the urge to speak out publicly in his defense. Tsarnaev’s defense team had advised them not to grant interviews, they say, as it could risk his chances at trial. But when the jury issued its guilty verdict on April 8, convicting him on 17 counts that could each carry the death penalty, some of his relatives decided to go public with their outrage.  But two years after the bombing that killed three people and wounded hundreds near the race’s finish line on April 15, 2013, they still refuse to admit Tsarnaev’s guilt. From their homes in Chechnya and Dagestan, two predominantly Muslim regions of Russia, some of his family members have tried to convince Tsarnaev to fire his court-appointed lawyer, Judy Clarke, who has taken a surprising approach to his defense.
    In one of her first arguments before the jury after entering a not-guilty plea, Clarke said that her client is indeed responsible for the “senseless, horrific, misguided acts.” But in committing these crimes, she argued that he was acting under the direction of his older brother Tamerlan, who was killed in a shootout with authorities soon after the bombing.
    This line of defense has outraged many of Tsarnaev’s relatives, who have tried to convince him to dismiss Clarke and ask for a lawyer who will argue his innocence. “Why do we even need defense attorneys if they just tell the jury he is guilty?” his aunt asks. “What’s the point?”
  • US Government Targeted Second American Citizen for Assassination  

    A lead article in Monday’s New York Times describing a debate within the US government over whether to assassinate another American citizen brings into relief one basic fact: the United States is run by criminals.

    The Times article revealed the name of an American citizen who had been placed on the so-called “kill list” for drone assassination. Due to a number of contingencies, the life of Texas-born Mohanad Mahmoud Al Farekh was ultimately spared. He was captured in a raid in Pakistan last year and was taken to the United States to face trial in Brooklyn, New York.

Which Side IsUS On?

  • US, UK thank Russia for evacuation of their citizens from Yemen  
    The British Foreign Office, as well as the US Secretary of State, have thanked Moscow for the evacuation of their citizens from war-torn Yemen, as Russian planes and ships take hundreds of Russian and foreign nationals from the conflict zone.
    In a phone conversation with Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, US Secretary of State John Kerry “expressed gratitude for assistance in evacuation of American citizens” from Yemen, the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement on Monday.
    A spokesperson for the UK Foreign Office told RT on Monday that, “we can confirm that six British nationals left Yemen at the weekend on a Russian Navy vessel. We thank the Russian authorities for their assistance.”

Follow The Money

  • SOLD! Canadian Wheat Board no longer quite so Canadian“Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz announced that G3, a joint venture owned by two foreign corporations, Bunge and the Saudi investment company SALIC, is the beneficiary of CWB privatization. With this, the Conservative government has accomplished the biggest transfer of wealth away from farmers in the history of Canada,” said Jan Slomp, National Farmers Union (NFU) President.
    “The CWB’s physical assets, its commercial relationships, and its good name have all been given away. The ‘buyers’ of the CWB actually get to keep the $250 million pittance they are ‘paying’ for it. Bunge’s 2014 sales totalled $58 billion and multi-billion dollar SALIC is a subsidiary of the Saudi sovereign wealth fund, PIF.”

    “Where is the financial report or accountability? This is our money and taxpayer dollars,” said Ian Robson, NFU Board member from Manitoba. “The whole deal has been brokered in complete secrecy.”

    The federal government has refused to release the CWB’s complete financial statements after dismantling the single desk, and has tabled only the non-financial portion of its annual report. It commissioned an audit of the CWB’s assets in the lead-up to privatization, and has refused to release the results. The new G3 entity is private and thus will not publish financial statements.

    “Until August 1, 2012 farmers had full disclosure of the CWB’s financial position,” Robson continued. “The so-called marketing freedom and choice being offered today is a black box.”

  • Large Pile Of Cash Announces US Presidency Bid

    A LARGE stack of money has announced that it will make a run for the White House in 2016.

    The pile of cash, estimated to be around 1.2 billion US dollars, said yesterday at a special press conference in Washington DC that it would seek the presidency next year.

    “I’m running for the oval office,” the money told a packed conference room. “I will begin my campaign immediately and start touring the United States as early as next week”.

    Reports claim the centre of the large pile of money’s campaign pitch will be its “simple approach” to the election process: ‘scaling back on everything but the financial element behind a regular presidential campaign’.

    “Why waste time with people and merchandise that are basically just fronts for the real fuel behind a US presidential bid – money,” said a spokesperson for the legal tender. “Scaling back to the bare essentials is the way forward. Money talks so why not let it run for office?”

    It is believed the $1.2bn will also stress its attempt to become the first ever stack of cash to sit in the Oval Office.

Criminals Under Color

  • FBI overstated forensic hair matches in nearly all trials before 2000

    The Justice Department and FBI have formally acknowledged that nearly every examiner in an elite FBI forensic unit gave flawed testimony in almost all trials in which they offered evidence against criminal defendants over more than a two-decade period before 2000.
    Of 28 examiners with the FBI Laboratory’s microscopic hair comparison unit, 26 overstated forensic matches in ways that favored prosecutors in more than 95 percent of the 268 trials reviewed so far, according to the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) and the Innocence Project, which are assisting the government with the country’s largest post-conviction review of questioned forensic evidence.
    The cases include those of 32 defendants sentenced to death. Of those, 14 have been executed or died in prison, the groups said under an agreement with the government to release results after the review of the first 200 convictions.
    The admissions mark a watershed in one of the country’s largest forensic scandals, highlighting the failure of the nation’s courts for decades to keep bogus scientific information from juries, legal analysts said. The question now, they said, is how state authorities and the courts will respond to findings that confirm long-suspected problems with subjective, pattern-based forensic techniques — like hair and bite-mark comparisons — that have contributed to wrongful convictions in more than one-quarter of 329 DNA-exoneration cases since 1989.

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  • Want to Record The Cops? Know Your Rights 

    There are some very disturbing videos circulating the Internet right now, depicting the deaths of unarmed civilians at the hands of trained, armed men. Many of these videos even show individuals being shot in the back, or as they try to flee.

    These are videos of police officers in America killing unarmed black men like Oscar Grant and Eric Garner. And, as the most recent case shows, without these recordings, much of America might not have any idea exactly how much of a problem this is.

    Citizen videos of law enforcement encounters are more valuable than ever. And for those who are wondering—it is legal to record the police.

    The police don’t always seem aware of this. There have been incidents across the country of police telling people to stop filming, and sometimes seizing their camera or smartphone, or even arresting them, when they don’t comply.  That’s why, in addition to EFF Attorney Sophia Cope’s legal analysis highlighting some of the recent case law establishing the right to film police officers, we’re sharing some basic information cop watchers should know. [read more at link above]

  • City Code Enforcement Cites Utah Family’s Cardboard Fort As “Junk”, Orders Removal 

    Ogden resident Jeremy Trentelman and his wife, Dee, recently used leftover cardboard to build a play fort in their front yard for their children. According to Utah’s Standard-Examiner, Trentelman received a notification last Wednesday from Ogden’s code enforcement officer, which informed him that the play structure was not in compliance with Ogden’s city code prohibiting “junk or salvage material” from being kept on the property.

    Ogden’s city code regarding possession of “junk material” states that “It is unlawful for any owner, occupant, agent or lessee of real property within the city, to allow, cause or permit” junk or salvage material, litter, or abandoned or inoperable vehicles “to be in or upon any yard, garden, lawn, or outdoor premises of such property.” The notification stated that the Trentelman family must remove the fort within 15 days before facing a $125 fine and potential future legal action from the city.

    Trentelman disputed the city’s view that a cardboard fort equates accumulating junk. “It’s obvious it’s not junk. There is a slide over the side and child graffiti all over the boxes,” Trentelman told The Standard-Examiner. “It looks like a fort.”

  • Judge Orders EPA to Stop Clandestine Anti-Mining Collusion  

    Natural resource industry leaders nationwide shuddered in February 2011 when the Environmental Protection Agency announced its intent to veto the proposed copper, gold and molybdenum-rich Pebble Mine in southwestern Alaska – before the developer even had finished its preliminary design.

    Without warning, the EPA had nullified a half-dozen basic laws and seized power to itself without authority.

    The shock went viral: “If they can do it to Pebble, they can do it to us.”

    It was so stunning that Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana, then the top Republican on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, said, “It’s unprecedented—even for the EPA—to attempt to shut down a project before the developer has the opportunity to apply for a permit.”

    How could this happen in a nation of laws and due process?

    The appalling answer can be found in a 138-page briefing paper Pebble Limited Partners filed last year with its lawsuit against the EPA in the U.S. District Court of Alaska.

    The secret behind the EPA’s pre-emptive strike against Pebble Limited Partners was a three-pronged cabal–lavishly funded by left-leaning environmental groups–of environmentalist coalitions, anti-mining scientists and anti-mining assessment consultants who were secretly given illegal access to and power over EPA strategy and decision-making, according to the Pebble group’s brief. 

Technocratic SMART CONtrollers

  • Stockton Smart Meters Explode After Truck Causes Power Surge  

    A power surge left thousands without power in Stockton on Monday after smart meters on their homes exploded.

    The explosions started at around 8:30 a.m. after a truck crashed into a utility pole, causing a surge.

    When the customers in more than 5,000 homes get their power back on will depend on how badly damaged their meters are.

    Neighbors in the South Stockton area described it as a large pop, a bomb going off, and strong enough to shake a house.

  • Kaspersky claims to have found NSA’s ‘space station malware’ Kaspersky malware probers have uncovered a new ‘operating system’-like platform that was developed and used by the National Security Agency (NSA) in its Equation spying arsenal.
    The EquationDrug or Equestre platform is used to deploy 116 modules to target computers that can siphon data and spy on victims.
    “It’s important to note that EquationDrug is not just a trojan, but a full espionage platform, which includes a framework for conducting cyberespionage activities by deploying specific modules on the machines of selected victims,” Kaspersky researchers say in a report.
    “Other threat actors known to use such sophisticated platforms include Regin and Epic Turla.
    “The architecture of the whole framework resembles a mini-operating system with kernel-mode and user-mode components carefully interacting with each other via a custom message-passing interface.”

    The platform is part of the NSA’s possibly ongoing campaign to infect hard disk firmware. It replaces the older EquationLaser and is itself superseded by the GrayFish platform.

    Kaspersky says the newly-identified wares are as “sophisticated as a space station” thanks to the sheer number of included espionage tools.

  • Officials Upset Tech Companies Reluctant To Play Along With Administration’s ‘Information Sharing’ Charade 

    from the fooling-no-one dept

    The government’s on-again, off-again love affair with everything cyber is back on again. The CIA has just shifted its focus, abandoning its position as the free world’s foremost franchiser of clandestine torture sites and rebranding as the agency of choice for all things cyberwar-related.

    For years, legislators have been attempting to grant themselves permission to strong-arm tech companies into handing over all sorts of information to the government under the guise of cybersecurity. CISPA, CISA, etc. The acronyms come and go, but the focus is the same: information sharing.

    Of course, the promise of equitable sharing remains pure bull$hit. Tech companies know this and have been understandably resistant to the government’s advances. There are few, if any positives, to these proposed “agreements.” The government gets what it wants — lots and lots of data — and the companies get little more than red tape, additional restrictions and fleeing customers.

  • Obama just signed an executive order that lets the government seize suspected hackers’ money and stuff

    On Wednesday, President Obama issued an executive order which gives the government a dangerous new way to override our constitutional right to due process. Unfortunately, it wasn’t an April Fool’s joke.

    The order targets cyber criminals who operate overseas but have assets or money within U.S. jurisdiction, allowing the government to freeze suspected hackers’ resources in an effort to combat cyber attacks.

    While Obama argued that these “sanctions are meant to protect our national security, personal privacy and civil liberties” in a blog post accompanying the order, civil libertarians should be concerned for two big reasons.

    First, the order anticipates instant action, with no apparent reference to due process to determine little details like—oh, I don’t know—whether someone is actually guilty of the crime he’s been accused of committing.

    Here’s the relevant section from the order:

    For those persons whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order who might have a constitutional presence in the United States, I find that because of the ability to transfer funds or other assets instantaneously, prior notice to such persons of measures to be taken pursuant to this order would render those measures ineffectual. I therefore determine that for these measures to be effective in addressing the national emergency declared in this order, there need be no prior notice of a listing or determination made pursuant to section 1 of this order. (Emphasis added.)

    The second reason for concern is the way the order could allow the government to seize money from people who aren’t themselves accused of any cyber-crimes but have had dealings with those who are:

    The prohibitions in section 1 of this order include but are not limited to:

    (a) the making of any contribution or provision of funds, goods, or services by, to, or for the benefit of any person whose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant to this order; and

    (b) the receipt of any contribution or provision of funds, goods, or services from any such person.

    Did you catch that? If you sell or give anything to someone suspected of criminal hacking activity, or if they sell or give anything to you, the government can go after your stuff without due process, too.

    Looks like civil asset forfeiture has a new rival for the title of “biggest threat to private property most people have never heard of.”

  • Executive Order — “Blocking the Property of Certain Persons Engaging in Significant Malicious Cyber-Enabled Activities” By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.) (IEEPA), the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.) (NEA), section 212(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 (8 U.S.C. 1182(f)), and section 301 of title 3, United States Code,
  • The FBI’s Big Plan To Expand Its Hacking Powers  
    A judicial advisory panel Monday quietly approved a rule change that will broaden the FBI’s hacking authority despite fears raised by Google that the amended language represents a “monumental” constitutional concern.

    The Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Criminal Rules voted 11-1 to modify an arcane federal rule to allow judges more flexibility in how they approve search warrants for electronic data, according to a Justice Department spokesman.

    Known as Rule 41, the existing provision generally allows judges to approve search warrants only for material within the geographic bounds of their judicial district.

    But the rule change, as requested by the department, would allow judges to grant warrants for remote searches of computers located outside their district or when the location is unknown.

    The government has defended the maneuver as a necessary update of protocol intended to modernize criminal procedure to address the increasingly complex digital realities of the 21st century. The FBI wants the expanded authority, which would allow it to more easily infiltrate computer networks to install malicious tracking software. This way, investigators can better monitor suspected criminals who use technology to conceal their identity.

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    • The people know that they have created this farce and financed it with their own taxes (consent), but they would rather knuckle under than be the hypocrite.

      Factor VI – Cattle
      Those who will not use their brains are no better off than those who have no brains, and so this mindless school of jelly-fish, father, mother, son, and daughter, become useful beasts of burden or trainers of the same.

    • Mr. Rothschild’s Energy Discovery
      What Mr. Rothschild [2] had discovered was the basic principle of power, influence, and control over people as applied to economics. That principle is “when you assume the appearance of power, people soon give it to you.”

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