his increased secrecy of late leaves me unsettled

clip_image002…I find myself needing to say I pray Obama knows what the hell he is doing … I want to trust him … but… I freely admit I am unsure … his increased secrecy of late leaves me unsettled… how about you…???

Obama Just Signed off on a Shadowy New ‘Anti-Propaganda’ Center That Will Be Handed Over to Trump

Without meaningful debate, the provision was included in the 2017 defense bill.

By Sarah Lazare / AlterNet  …..December 30, 2016  ….The 2017 National Defense Authorization Act that was signed by President Obama on December 23 greenlights the creation of a new federal center ostensibly aimed at countering foreign “propaganda and disinformation.” Termed the Global Engagement Center, the body is granted broad and ill-defined powers to surveil the “populations most susceptible to propaganda,” compile reporting and social media messaging critical of the U.S. government and disseminate pro-American propaganda.

The head of the center will be appointed by the president, meaning that a Donald Trump nominee will likely sit at its helm.

The center was originally proposed in separate legislation introduced by U.S. senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) before being inserted into the NDAA. “The purpose of the Center shall be to lead, synchronize, and coordinate efforts of the Federal Government to recognize, understand, expose, and counter foreign state and non-state propaganda and disinformation efforts aimed at undermining United States national security interests,” the NDAA states.

The center is tasked with generating and disseminating “fact-based narratives,” a directive likely to unleash a torrent of pro-American propaganda, as demonstrated by other government agencies.

The center will also be tasked with monitoring and tracking “counterfactual narratives abroad that threaten the national security interests of the United States and United States allies and partner nations.” While the precise meaning of this language is unclear, such instructions could be interpreted as targeting information and communications critical of the U.S. government.

The surveillance powers granted to the center are sweeping. The body is instructed to, “Identify the countries and populations most susceptible to propaganda and disinformation based on information provided by appropriate interagency entities.” It is not immediately clear from the text how the government will determine which populations qualify for this escalated surveillance.

The center will also “collect and store examples in print, online, and social media, disinformation, misinformation, and propaganda directed at the United States and its allies and partners.” The language indicates that federal authorities will have a new mechanism for monitoring social media and reporting that is critical of the U.S. government.

Michael Macleod-Ball, chief of staff for the Washington Legislative Office of the ACLU, told AlterNet it is not yet clear how this language will be put into practice.

“We just saw that the Department of Homeland Security is now collecting social media identifiers for people applying for visa waivers, so the collection, retention and sharing of social media information is going to be a growth industry for the federal government,” he said. “We have big concerns with the retention of that information and how it might be shared across agencies.”

He added, “There are already a whole bunch of government agencies collecting information. Whether you’re talking about law enforcement or intelligence officials, having the government in the business of monitoring individual communications is very troubling to us.”

Overshadowed by the holidays, the provision passed with little debate or notice, despite its potentially broad implications. The measure will be handed over to the administration of Trump, who has previously called for a ban on Muslims entering the country, a database to track Muslims within the United States, the mass deportation of 11 million undocumented people, and the authorization of torture.

The NDAA also rubber-stamps a massive military budget of nearly $619 billion and places limits on transfers from the Guantánamo Bay detention center, meaning the prison will almost certainly remain open despite Obama’s pledges to shut it down.

Sarah Lazare is a staff writer for AlterNet. A former staff writer for Common Dreams, she coedited the book About Face: Military Resisters Turn Against War. Follow her on Twitter at @sarahlazare.

WOW… What an incredible way to start a new year … Thank You…

clip_image002…WOW… What an incredible way to start a new year … Thank You…

Veterans at Standing Rock shock tribe members, beg forgiveness for war crimes against tribal nations

 

By Jen Hayden    U.S. military veterans kneel before tribal members at Standing Rock

Jon Eagle Sr., Tribal Historic Preservation Officer at Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has reported something wholly unexpected happened at the Standing Rock Reservation today. The veterans gathered to join the Dakota Pipeline protest stunned the gathered tribal members when they took a knee and asked for forgiveness:

…EIGHTEEN… …Any significance for us…???

imageEIGHTEEN

Any significance for us…???

…In light of the outcome the election of 8 November 2016 produced auspicious these 18 men appear…

…In numerology essence of the number 18 has to do with humanitarianism, independence, and building something of lasting benefit.

…The underlying idea of the essence of the number 18 is the welfare of humanity….

…18 is tolerant and compassionate, mixing easily with others, including planning and executing projects, yet tends to do the actions of what it considers the most important either by itself or as the leader — at its own determination…

 

In China the number 18 is considered a very auspicious number. It is associated with someone who is going to have great success and prosper…

…In the Hebrew system of the numerical value of words, the Hebrew word for life (chai) has the value of 18. This makes 18 a favorable number as it indicates hopes of a long life….

…This number is often associated with the moon, the moon being a symbol of mystery and intuition…

…The tarot symbol of the card indicate that the material is trying to destroy the spiritual…

…View the bottom row and the last two on the right… WOW… what a contrast … then look up and Trump you see … And the CHANGE he promises to unleash…

…What part – – if any – – of 18 – – is permeated in Trump and with his scepter touch therein evoke…???

…Destruction of a world on the brink of humanitarian change or coalesce of this healing force…???

…That today in conjecture remains…

…”W” Bush gave us 911, Patriot Act, economic recession, increased militarism, War for corporate profit and delight, leaving office despised…

…”Obama”  upon his shoulders “WE” placed the “thankless” mantle and task to undue … as our first President of “color” … the unwise path both Bush Presidents took us down…

…Add every obstacle imaginable to thwart all action Obama tried in his path “WE” did place…

…To guarantee and tie Obama’s hands “WE” gifted him the Congress of …”NO”…

…A lesser man would have whined and given up Obama stayed the course leaves office with an economy on the mend … tragically with far too many Americans fighting wars for Corporate’s sport and profit  … And an American public  heartbreakingly divided as “trust” they know not where to find… ???

…And many blame Obama for this…???…He is the easy choice, the most visible and his “color” makes him the target of choice in an America where our President-Elect carries water for the KKK and their ilk…

…With baited breath the world awaits as 20 January approach and the bell s sound and 21 gun salute and the reins of power pass…

…President-Elect he is no more … Our President he now is…

…What will his first words be … uttered live or delivered in 140 Twittered characters … inclusive or catering to that KKK class where separateness dwells…

…Or will he exhibit statesmanship accept the reins with courtesy and extend his hand seeking wisdom and counsel from those wo have walked this path before…???

…That answer “WE” soon will have…???

 

1-1-2017 = 3

 

1-1-2017 = 3

….The number 3 suggest that as America enters this most auspicious year CHANGE is most assuredly what we’ll get so fasten your seat belt and hang on as it’s going to be quite a ride…

… The number 3 resonates with the energies of optimism and joy, inspiration and creativity, speech and communication, good taste, imagination and intelligence, sociability and society, friendliness, kindness and compassion…

… Number 3 also relates to art, humor, energy, growth, expansion and the principles of increase, spontaneity, broad-minded thinking, synthesis, triad, heaven-human-earth, past-present-future, thought-word-action, demonstrates love through creative imagination, comprehensive, fulfilment, encouragement, assistance, talent and skills, culture, wit, a love of fun and pleasure, freedom-seeking, adventure, exuberance, brilliance, free-form, being brave, non-confrontational, free-form, rhythm, passion, surprise, sensitivity, self-expression, affability, enthusiasm, youthfulness, enlivenment, psychic ability, manifesting and manifestation , frank, forceful, motivates others…

 

… On the other hand negatively, number THREE relates to indifference, a lack of stamina and concentration, a spectacular rise and fall, mania, mood swings…

 

…”WE” knew as 2016 unfolded — though we chose not to let it be known — that CHANGE was most assuredly in store…

 

…As America would either have the first WOMEN president – or – the first internet crafted CELEBRITY — either way history was going to be made…  

 

…Now we know … “The Donald” … from “you’re fired” in 19 days his hand on the control throttle will be…

…The attributes “3” resonate present a smorgasbord of treats as well as traits of sobering concern…

 

…Which will we see first and for how long … then what…???

 

…Hang on it’s going to be a quickly CHANGING ride… And what an experience it will be… The stories “WE” will have to tell … providing “WE” control “that” button … Think “WE” will…???

 

…Yup we’ll have to muster the guts … exercise restraint … think positively and constructively for the benefit of all mankind … Put aside petty meaningless differences like ethnicity, color, language, religion and consciously dwell on the “WE” all share this one biosphere and there is more than enough to go around…

 

…”WE” can make it happen … and “WE” will…

 

Might there be some American responsibility…???

image…It was American made General Electric Nuclear power generators which blew up … Might there be some American responsibility…???

 

Seaborne Fukushima Radiation Plume Hit West Coast, Corporate Media Reported It Dangerously

 

Shad Engkilterra, EnviroNews: Mainstream news media was caught with its pants down after repeating the false assertions of US and Canadian researchers, telling people not to worry about the recently detected low amounts of cesium 134 found in salmon, and that the levels were within "safe" or "accepted" thresholds for human health. ………Read the Article 

punish the woman then punish her child

clip_image002…Gross hypocrisy punish the woman then punish her child as “WE” really don’t give a good god damn whether her child lives a healthy prosperous life…

States Passed 60 New Abortion Restrictions in 2016

Read the Article at The Intercept

Spying & Snitching are they not one and the same…???

image…Spying & Snitching are they not one and the same…???

Former Employee Sues Google, Claims It Maintained an Internal Spy Network That Encouraged Workers to Snitch on Each Other

By Michael Arria, AlterNet……..Did Google illegally monitor its workers’ electronic devices?……… READ MORE»