allow you freedom from our surveillance agencies

Do not expect Rand Paul to honestly allow you freedom from our surveillance agencies…that just ain’t going to happen…

Rand Paul: ‘We Can’t Live In Fear Of Our Own Intelligence Community’

08-04-2017  •  http://www.technocracy.news/index.php U.S. intelligence agencies are telling us not to worry about the FISA Amendments Act, a 2008 law that allows the NSA to tap into the communications of "non-U.S. persons" who are outside the U.S., even though this law sidesteps the Fourth Am

Back off …Jeff

image…Back off …Jeff … you are asking for more trouble than you can handle…

Sessions: DOJ Might Go After Press For National Security Leaks

08-04-2017  •  http://dailycaller.com Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Friday that the Department of Justice is considering subpoenaing journalists in order to determine who in the Trump administration is leaking classified information.

Sessions threatens to clamp down on First Amendment press freedoms: ‘It is not unlimited’

Do not be surprised as nature abhors a vacuum

…Do not be surprised as nature abhors a vacuum…

 

As the U.S. winds down its 16-year war in Afghanistan, Iran is moving in, spreading its influence by covertly helping the Taliban

Saturday, August 5, 2017 11:03 AM EDT

 

Iran aims to make sure that foreign forces leave Afghanistan eventually, and that any government that prevails will at least not threaten its interests, and at best be friendly or aligned with them.

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HELLO … BOOZE … BROADS … GAMLBING… NEVADA’S HOLY TRINITY

..HELLO … BOOZE … BROADS … GAMLBING… NEVADA’S HOLY TRINITY…

Surprised? Massive Weed ‘Shortage’ in Nevada Orchestrated by Big Alcohol

 

08-04-2017 • http://thefreethoughtproject.com  Las Vegas, NV – Ever since recreational cannabis was legalized for retail sale a few weeks ago, dispensaries have had difficulty maintaining their stock and say they will run out if the broken supply chain is not fixed.

"We didn’t know the demand would be this intense," Al Fasano, co-founder of Las Vegas ReLeaf, told the Los Angeles Times."All of a sudden you have like a thousand people at the door… We have to tell people we’re limited in our products."

TFTP spoke to a dispensary owner in Nevada who explained that there is plenty of cannabis to go around. However, thanks to the alcohol distributors — who aren’t distributing the cannabis — the dispensaries have no product.

With roughly 100 grow operations across the state of Nevada there is no lack of wholesale cannabis, however. The burgeoning retail pot shortage stems from state rules regarding who is allowed to transport marijuana from the growers to the retail outlets.

After recreational marijuana was overwhelmingly approved in a referendum, the state’s powerful alcohol lobby – fearing that legalized weed would cut into liquor sales – forced a stipulation on the ballot measure mandating that for the first 18 months of cannabis sales, only distributors of alcohol would be allowed to transport the product from grow facilities to retail dispensaries…..Read Full Story

 

Or just Gates and Bezo with their latest “big-boy-toy”…

Or just Gates and Bezo with their latest “big-boy-toy”…

This Mysterious Military Spy Plane Has Been Flying Circles Over Seattle For Days

08-04-2017 • BY TYLER ROGOWAY AND JOSEPH TREVITHICK  A very unique USAF surveillance aircraft has been flying highly defined circles over Seattle and its various suburbs for nine days now. Nobody at the DoD seems to know who the aircraft belongs to or what exactly it is doing flying so many missions over the Seattle area. But based on its visibly exotic configuration, and information collected by open source flight tracking websites, we can get a good idea of its capabilities and guess as to what it’s up to.

The aircraft, which goes by the callsign "SPUD21" and wears a nondescript flat gray paint job with the only visible markings being a USAF serial on its tail, is a CASA CN-235-300 transport aircraft that has been extensively modified for the surveillance mission. You can see more pictures of the aircraft here

 

Brings to mind the adage … You can lead a horse to water but you cannot make it drink…

…Brings to mind the adage … You can lead a horse to water but you cannot make it drink…

This Is Not A Coincidence: "These Events Are Perfectly Organized With Maximum Distraction"

08-04-2017 • shtfplan.com by Brandon Smith  ….The disaster has for all intents and purposes already happened. What we are witnessing is the aftermath as a forgone conclusion.

This is why whenever someone asks me as an economic and political analyst "when the collapse is going to happen," I have to shake my head in bewilderment. The "collapse" is here now. It is done. It is a historical fact. It’s just that not many people have the eyes to see it yet, primarily because they are hyper-focused on all the wrong things.

For many centuries now, elitists in power have understood the value of geopolitical distraction as a tool for controlling the masses. If you examine the underlying motivations behind the majority of wars between nations regardless of the era, you will in most cases discover that the power brokers on both sides tend to be rather friendly with each other. In fact, monarchies and oligarchies are historically notorious for fabricating diplomatic tensions and conflicts in order to force populations back under their control.  That is to say, wars and other man-made conflicts give the citizenry something to react to, instead of hunting down the establishment cabal like they should….Read Full Story

 

No one in our federal government wants you & me to connect the dots

…No one in our federal government wants you & me to connect the dots…

Convictions of Blackwater Killers Overturned

Convictions of Blackwater Killers Overturned  …by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)

When CIA operatives, US military personnel and hired gun mercenaries commit cold-blooded murder, it’s OK.

That’s the message from the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit – reversing the convictions of four Blackwater killers.

Nicholas Slatten alone was convicted of first-degree murder, the others (Paul Slough, Evan Liberty and Dustin Heard) found guilty on multiple voluntary manslaughter counts, attempted manslaughter and various weapons offenses.

Slatten was sentenced to life imprisonment. The others got 30-year terms. Re-sentencing was ordered.

All defendants were involved in the cold-blooded killing or injuring of 31 Iraqi civilians – the incident occurring on September 16, 2007 in Baghdad’s Nisour Square.

Without provocation, they opened fire on cars carrying families. They had little reason to think they’d be held accountable.

Washington grants so-called private military contractors (PMCs) blanket immunity. Paul Bremer’s Order 17 authorized it. Rare exceptions prove the rule.

Blackwater personnel shot recklessly at defenseless civilians, using automatic weapons and a grenade launcher, including from two hovering helicopters.

Pandemonium erupted. Everyone tried to flee. Vehicles tried making U-turns to escape. Dead and wounded were everywhere, the crime scene blood-drenched.

A daughter witnessing her mother lethally shot in the head said:

"They are killers. I swear to God, not one bullet was shot at them. Why did they shoot us?"

In October 2014, a federal district court in Washington convicted the four Blackwater operatives.

They wounded over a dozen other Iraqis besides 17 massacred in cold blood. At trial, defense lawyers outrageously claimed they fired in self-defense. Eye witnesses refuted them.

They murdered defenseless Iraqis in cold blood – thinking blanket immunity protected them. Nearly always it does.

An FBI agent earlier called the incident the "Lai massacre of Iraq." In sentencing, Judge Royce Lamberth said "(t)he overall wild thing that went on here just cannot be condoned by the court…You can’t just shoot first and seek justification later."

He rejected a defense motion for a lesser sentence, along with a prosecutorial motion to increase it. Defense lawyers argued for mercy.

Prosecutors said the men never showed remorse of accepted responsibility for their crime. They called the incident an unprovoked ambush and massacre of civilians.

Former federal prosecutor T. Patrick Martin called what happened "nothing short of an atrocity."

The Defendants were charged under the Military Extraterritorial Act. It covers overseas crimes of Defense Department civilian employees, military contractors and others involved in US war theaters.

Defense lawyers twisted reality, claiming the four mercenaries were in Iraq to provide diplomatic, not military, services.

Prosecutors argued that crimes committed "were so horrendous – the massacre and maiming of innocents so heinous – that they outweigh any factors that the defendants may argue for leniency."

It’s unclear if the Justice Department will seek retrials or end a year’s long process. US Attorney for the District of Columbia Channing Phillips he’s "reviewing the appeals court ruling and has no further comment at this time."