Autonomous Drones

 General, Tyranny  Comments Off
Jan 292012
 

From Global Guerillas: The Future of Warfare

It’s an autonomous aircraft/drone that has a full weapons bay (4,500 lbs).   Say that word again:  autonomous.   That’s the breakthrough feature.  This also means:

It can make its own “kill decision.”  Again and again and again.

Definitely ties in with the recent post, Domestic Use of Military Drones Well Underway in the United States

Hard to imagine “autonomous” robot drones being used to kill people (anywhere), but apparently, some people are not only imagining this, but doing their damnedest to see this as a reality.

Update: Here we learn that there are now over 7500 drones in operation (with more to come) — No Pilot, So Who’s Accountable?

 Posted by at 11:21 am
Jan 292012
 

From the Onion:

WASHINGTON—Saying there’s no way around it at this point, a coalition of scientists announced Thursday that one-third of the world population must die to prevent wide-scale depletion of the planet’s resources—and that humankind needs to figure out immediately how it wants to go about killing off more than 2 billion members of its species.

Representing multiple fields of study, including ecology, agriculture, biology, and economics, the researchers told reporters that facts are facts: Humanity has far exceeded its sustainable population size, so either one in three humans can choose how they want to die themselves, or there can be some sort of government-mandated liquidation program—but either way, people have to start dying.

And soon, the scientists confirmed.

Scientists: ‘Look, One-Third Of The Human Race Has To Die For Civilization To Be Sustainable, So How Do We Want To Do This?’

You’re suppose to know that this is satire, it’s from the Onion after all.

Satire is often used to reveal the true point.

“The longer we wait, the higher the number of people who will have to die, so we might as well just get it over with,” said Dr. Chelsea Klepper, head of agricultural studies at Purdue Univer­sity, and the leading proponent of a worldwide death day in which 2.3 billion people would kill themselves en masse at the exact same time. “At this point, it’s merely a question of coordination. If we can get the populations of New York City, Los Angeles, Beijing, India, Europe, and Latin America to voluntarily off themselves at 6 p.m. EST on June 1, we can kill the people that need to be killed and the planet can finally start renewing its resources.”

Thus far, humanity has been presented with a great variety of death options, among them, poisoning the world’s water supply with cadmium, picking one person per household to be killed in the privacy of his or her home, mass beheadings, and gathering 2.3 billion people all in one place and obliterating them with a single hydrogen bomb.

Sources confirmed that if a death solution is not in place by Mar. 31, the U.N., in the interest of preserving the human race, will mobilize its peacekeeping forces and gun down as many people as necessary.

 Posted by at 11:14 am
Jan 252012
 

From FAS Project on Government Secrecy, we learn that over 251 certificates of authorization for drones over U.S. airspace have already been approved in 2010:

The use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) within the United States is certain to increase in the years to come, as a new Army policy has recently made clear.  (“Army Foresees Expanded Use of Drones in U.S. Airspace,” Secrecy News, January 19.)  But in fact the use of unmanned aircraft or drones within U.S. airspace has already advanced to a degree that is not widely recognized.

As of 2010, the Federal Aviation Administration had already issued hundreds of “certificates of authorization” (COAs) for the domestic use of drones.

“Right now, today as we sit here, we have 251 certificates of authorization for unmanned aircraft, 140 of them are DOD related,” said Hank Krakowski of the FAA at an informative Senate hearing in September 2010.  “We have not rejected or denied any DOD COAs in 2010, and we keep moving forward.”

It’s now 2012, so how many drones are being used now over American skies? Or does it even matter, since these “decisions” are entirely outside of our control?

A recent article (December 2011) republished in Mother Earth News — The Secret Lives of Killer American Drones

What I find disturbing is “all of it”. Drones are mechanized, high-tech warfare, but they lack intelligence capabilities (ie., eyes on the ground).  Drone attacks have killed quite a few civilians now, but I do not know the exact number (hundreds for sure). You can read “The Year Of The Drone” which outlines a study (in Pakistan) depicting the number of dead.

Thus, the true non-militant fatality rate since 2004 according to our analysis is approximately 17 percent.

So 17% is an “acceptable” civilian loss it seems, since the drone program is not being reduced, but increased.  And you thought you were the 99%…. Which 17% of you are willing to die from terror above?

Deploying drones over American skies however, is very disturbing and could be used for all kinds of nefarious purposes, none of the good for any of us here in the Fatherland.

In Domestic drones: Coming soon over a home near you? we learn that drones are being considered “essential” to conduct surveillance of Americans. But there is scant real news of how often drones are actually being used. Which can only mean one thing: secrecy. If hundreds and hundreds of certificates of authorization have already been issued for American airspace since 2010 – what does this mean for early 2012?  Undoubtedly hundreds more.

Nobody is asking the basic simple question: Is America more at risk now then it was before (pre-drone)?  The answer is resoundingly “No”.  There have been no terorrist attacks, no suicide bombers, nothing to justify this. Will drones make American safer at home? Of course not. A drone cannot actually “do anything” other then watch (unless they start equipping these with bombs, which may yet happen). But the need to watch is not being questioned or stopped.

So why are drones being deployed all over America? In the march to fascism and totalitarianism, what can be done, will be done. Drones over American skies are but a small part of this fascist agenda.

How far away are we from “aerial attacks”, where bombs and missiles are used to attack targets on American soil? Nobody knows. But the capability is certainly there, with the million plus hours of aerial missions already being flown over foreign lands as clear demonstration.

Aerial attacks are nothing new by the way, and have been used to assassinate high-profile targets right here in the United States, usually by helicopter. So it is no exaggeration that such aerial attacks by drone could also start occurring here, and there is as of now, nothing to stop this.

Finally, the military role of surveillance Americans on American soil is a clear violation of Posse Comitatus.  But then as we know from countless examples, “lawful” and “legal” is pretty much meaningless these days.  But read this:

The Posse Comitatus Act has traditionally been viewed as a major barrier to the use of U.S. military forces in planning for homeland defense. In fact, many in uniform believe that the act precludes the use of U.S. military assets in domestic security operations in any but the most extraordinary situations. As is often the case, reality bears little resemblance to the myth for homeland defense planners. Through a gradual erosion of the act’s prohibitions over the past 20 years, posse comitatus today is more of a procedural formality than an actual impediment to the use of U.S. military forces in homeland defense.

The Myth Of Posse Comitatus

In summary, U.S. military flown drones over American skies, carrying weapons is already a foregone conclusion in my opinion. They’ve hammered down every obstacle, every barrier, every objection (or simply ignored them) and they’re going to do whatever the hell that they want. Keeping you ignorant and uninformed, operating in secrecy and under the dubious pretension of “lawful” and “legitimate” authority, drones will be a part of America’s future.

 Posted by at 1:17 pm

Civilization

 General, War  Comments Off
Jan 232012
 

A few articles worth reading: European Union agrees on Iran oil embargo.Iran ‘definitely’ closing Strait of Hormuz over EU oil embargo. The idiots are quite insistent about starting a major war. If this happens, it is expected to encompass the entire Middle East and quite probably, the rest of the world as country after country gets involved.

Both Russia and China have agreed to participate. Which means the Big Three will be at each others throats.

What fun this will be, as Amerika engages in another bloodletting contest.

I am so sick of this shit. This isn’t about freedom or “democracy” or nuclear weapons or anything other then oil, i.e, energy to keep our wheels moving. It’s ALWAYS about energy (or resources). Rather then address basic root causes like consumption, corporatization and unadulterated (and unpunished) GREED, Amerika absolutely insists upon bullying the rest of the world into doing its bidding.

Desdemona had a great article that fits right in: Apple Shows Us Why Manufacturing Will Never Return From China

Exploiting vast pools of very cheap labor, American companies and corporations have long been exporting manufacturing to China, where sweatshops and virtual slave labor “await” our profit margins. For the Chinese — who can blame them? What exactly would YOU do to feed your family in a overcrowded nation? How far would you stoop?  Pretty far, if the Chinese themselves are any example. Continue reading “Civilization” »

 Posted by at 11:08 am
Jan 192012
 

Worth watching: Acts Against Americans

I’ve seen that roped, gagged, blindfolded, handcuffed, hooded video segment before. But there is absolutely no reason that such treatment should have been used, or still being used. Just an example of what this country is willing to do to “suspects” (remember, none were convicted of anything when this was filmed).

But this is pretty minor considering how many other atrocities have occurred (and still occur).

The danger here, which should be perfectly obvious, is the treatment that we have engaged with “foreign combatants” can now be exercised upon anyone, including Americans. This means torture, imprisonment, kidnapping, rendition, even assassination, with the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA).

And now to add insult to ongoing and grievous injury — the loss of citizenship, the Enemy Expatriation Act promises to pull both of these “authorizations” together against, anyone, anywhere for any reason.

Exactly how bad is it going to get in this country?

Well, isn’t it already obvious?

 Posted by at 4:53 pm
Jan 172012
 

President Obama is being sued by Chris Hedges, Pulitzer Prize winner, over the National Defense Authorization Act:

“I suspect the real purpose of this bill is to thwart internal, domestic movements that threaten the corporate state,” says Hedges. “The definition of a terrorist is already so amorphous under the Patriot Act that there are probably a few million Americans who qualify to be investigated if not locked up.” When that piece of legislation is coupled with NDAA, the end result could be catastrophic.

Obama Sued Over Indefinite Detention and Torture of Americans Act

I agree with Hedges assessment. This Act intentions is intended to deal with the rising dissent of Americans. Basically, the government has decided that Americans are the true enemy and that anyone who dissents can be detained indefinitely, stripped of their citizenship and even tortured.

There’s more from Hedges here: Why I’m Suing Barack Obama

Fear is the psychological weapon of choice for totalitarian systems of power. Make the people afraid. Get them to surrender their rights in the name of national security. And then finish off the few who aren’t afraid enough. If this law is not revoked we will be no different from any sordid military dictatorship. Its implementation will be a huge leap forward for the corporate oligarchs who plan to continue to plunder the nation and use state and military security to cow the population into submission.

I’ve read the Act, you can find it here: Full Text

This is a despicable piece of legislation, but it does NOT say what many are claiming. One moron recently wrote to me that the Act authorizes food confiscation, which it most definitely does NOT say. I’m half a mind to write a satirical essay and post it here:

President Obama Begins Nationwide Food Confiscation Program – Americans Starve

Continue reading “Idiot Acts Enacted” »

 Posted by at 10:37 am

The Life You Live

 General  Comments Off
Jan 152012
 

Hey, what’s going on?

Time.

Always time.

Trickling through your fingers.

An ‘expense account’.

A finite but unknowable measure of your life.

An allotment of existence.

Given to all.

Spend it wisely.

What do you do with life?

With your life?

We live. We exist, we breathe, we sleep, we eat, we work. We play.

Probably one of the most important philosophical question of the ages, pondered upon by billions and billions down through the ages of mankind. We all stare as far down this path as we dare, questioning, seeking, wondering, buffeted about by the toil and angst of life itself, but still knowing that we have not actually found the answer.

Philosophy, religion and sociology attempt to answer this great question. Ancient wisdom and new age teachings try to impart guidance to govern our lives. We seek solace, definition and purpose in their answers.

Depending on whom you’ve listened to, including yourself, the ways and means by which you spend your allotment are the boundaries of your existence. These expenditures define your existence, making up your moment by moment existence, a tapestry of time. Of your time. Always trickling through your fingers.

But do they define you?

The expected (and required) daily toil of this very existence subtracts its unfair share from our allotment. To sustain our existence, we engage in unending toil all the days of our lives. Caught in a trap of our own doing, we all come to realize that something is deeply, deeply wrong with this existence we call life. Continue reading “The Life You Live” »

 Posted by at 1:41 am
Jan 082012
 

I recently received a suggesting that I reopen the comments on this blog. While this may seem like a good idea, I’m going to leave comments closed. Primarily because it will not be safe for you, the reader.

While posting / commenting on any blog, forum or website is your choice (where allowed), it is a very unsafe practice these days. Electronic information profiles are now being developed on every Internet user. Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, Google, Gmail, Hotmail, MSN, virtually all of them — are all being sifted, sorted and aggregated together to identify everyone (and every one you know). What you think, what you buy, what you own, your political views, religious affiliations, psychological profiles and much, much more.

Are you harboring terrorist tendencies, as revealed by your rants online? Or do you show a social connection, a “friends” list with someone else that does? Did you reveal why you really didn’t go to work that day? That tiny fender damage you told to your brother, did you know your insurance company is watching out for exactly this sort of thing? Didn’t get that job? Maybe it’s because of something you posted online, unbeknownst to you, was shared with your prospective employer.

Many of these comments that we make online may seem benign and harmless, but that is not how they are being analyzed. They are being assessed for hidden tendencies via words to do harm, to express anger, or resentment or non-cooperation / non-compliance. They’re your online deposition, and will be used against you, you just didn’t know it.

Moreover, they are being cataloged to identify those individuals, groups and networks that are nefarious, malicious, threatening, even violent. Yet these are only words, being written by millions daily through keyboards. And nobody is watching the watchers who are watching you, or making sure that they are not taking things out of context. Or watching to ensure that your words are not being used in ways which do not harm you, the author. You have no idea whatsoever who is doing this or really even why, or who they are sharing this data mining information with.

For many months I have been silently noting the very scary developments of online tracking activity. Every American is now a potential suspect and a potential threat. Doesn’t matter who or what you are, you are being watched. Each word you say is being cataloged for future reference and can be instantly “recovered”. Real-time assessments are also occurring, seeking to identify those individuals, friends and networks that may somehow, allegedly threaten the well-being of anyone.

The bogus “terror” card is the fall-back ploy foisted upon a still-gullible public. Their suspicious of everyone, including your grandmother and your three-year old child (another here).

There are nearly one million examples now of bogus “terrorists” claims or charges being directed against individuals, based upon nothing more then the fear-mongering phobias by an hyperactive government that is suspicious of everything (a clear sign of fascism). It is a situation that is wildly out of control, as virtually none of it needed, necessary or even desired for the common good of the people. The common good is not the reason why this is occurring.

Online posting, even writing a blog article, is fraught with danger. Anything you say can and will be used against you, even by your own intended audience. Anyone that writes anything and makes this public (or even semi-private, such as a so-called private “chat” or only for an authorized friends list) is risking anything said as being misconstrued. Don’t think for a moment that these private chat rooms are actually private either, they aren’t. The Department of Homeland Security, the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), and the National Security Agency (NSA) and many more similar entities can access this information whenever they want. The conversations you are having online, are all being stored without your consent or knowledge.

Google, Yahoo, MSN and even Swiss banks have all been easily pressured into giving up their data by an increasingly belligerent U.S. government. We’ve all heard the saying, “If you’ve got nothing to hide, you’ve got nothing to fear”, which is undeniably false and an illogical straw argument. It is the government that is creating fear and resentment. And it is the government which is invading the private lives of hundreds of millions of Americans. The duplicity of secretive and spying government notwithstanding, your rights to privacy is the same thing as being “secure in your person” and “papers” (4th Amendment).

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

The unreasonable search of chat rooms, forums, blogs, comments and online data is without warrant, and without probably cause continues unabated. Technically, it is illegal, but this has not stopped this activity, which is in fact increasing rather significantly.

Since writing this post years ago – the data on government spying has becoming extremely significant. The facts are now “in” – they are in fact spying on EVERYTHING, EVERYWHERE, WORLDWIDE. This is no longer of any doubt whatsoever as the revelations by Wikileaks and Snowden and many other whistleblowers have now revealed.

Updated: Homeland Security Monitoring Social Networks

We do not live in a country where legality rules anymore, so I will not even bother to engage this line of thinking. Rather, we living in a country that is quite willing to do anything it damned well pleases (war, torture, gulags, wiretapping and so much more) without any lawful authorization. Therefore, you the individual, if you are not aware of this duplicity, need to wise up and be smart about any communications you make (virtually anywhere). You are not protected by the 4th Amendment any more. You are only protected by what you don’t say or do.  And even this is not much protection at all, since fabrication of evidence to “prove” guilt or justify actions (usually over your dead body) is also very common, or as case histories show, the deliberate distortion and manipulation of something you might have said years ago.

Be smart and basically, shut up. Ignorant and oft-time belligerent people claim that they have “nothing to fear” and will mouth off some really stupid things. These are the actions of children, who think that the bully in the schoolyard won’t hear them or react to their rants. You might get away with this for a time, but not indefinitely, and then you will regret all the days you stayed stupid. The bully from yesteryear is still there, except now he’s got sound-wave weapons, assault rifles, drones, military hardware and gulags around the world, and the desire to use them all.

There are now thousands of dead Americans, virtually assassinated by their own government, who thought that they could stay safe and stay loud, saying whatever they wanted online, or through newspapers or radio. These actions did not go unnoticed, and they were well-remembered when direct actions against those individuals came due.

Our notions of “free speech” (1st Amendment) are based upon the perception that we can say whatever we want, without fear of retribution. However, this is simply untrue (i.e., witness the Occupy Wall Street protests and every “free speech zone”).

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

This Amendment says nothing at all about beating your head in with a club if you do exercise your supposed freedom of speech. Or having your door kicked down, your computer and papers stolen and being held on charges for inciting “hatred” or “terrorist activities” for something you are alleged to have said. We assume that this means we can say what we want, but that is not the case. Say what you want, even if there is no “law” against it, but risk the club by so doing. You still got your chance to exercise the freedom of speech while you got your head beat in.

American freedoms are declining rapidly. There are thousands of articles depicting this precipitous decline, here are but a recent few:

Drones Cleared For Domestic Use

Homeland Security Monitors Journalists

TSA Starts Searching Ground Transportation

CIA Won’t Reveal Involvement In OWS protests

Battlefield US: Pentagon Arms Police Departments with Free Heavy Weaponry

Facebook Tracking Across the Web

Social Media Tracking

How The CIA Uses Social Media To Track How People Feel

In a nondescript building in Virginia, analysts are tracking millions of tweets, blog posts, and Facebook updates from around the world.

I laugh when I read some inane comment about “American Freedoms” posted online. America is one of the most controlled countries and people in the entire world. Our illusions about our freedoms is directly connected to the remote-control sponge implanted behind your eyeballs. The media changes the channel at will and we never even notice the subliminal message.

We are already long-past the time when we can safely post what we really think, and deep down inside, even the most obtuse jerk knows it too. Which is why you will not read about what needs to be done, anywhere. We can’t even say it.

And it wouldn’t do any good anyway, even if we could post it. That’s the scary, ugly truth. The brainwashing is now so utterly complete and pervasive in the minds of millions and millions now, that they’d simply hate you for speaking the obvious. Look around! Anyone that actually has the nerve to fight back is swiftly demonized by the brainwashed masses. You don’t have the support of your fellow man, you have his hatred.

We think we’re fighting an insidious evil that has taken over our government and our corporations (true), but we tend to forget that this evil has now consumed most Americans too. Anyone who does not behave, act, think or believe like the rest is considered dangerous, even a domestic terrorist, by their fellow man.

We are only the fellow inhabitants in a country of supposedly “civilized” individuals, who will gladly and willingly support endless wars of terror, rivers of blood, torture, bombing, assassinations, drones, the killing of men, woman and children, the blind designation of “enemy combatants” without proof or charge, indefinite detentions, political corruption, Wall Street manipulation and so much more, and who will also hate you if you dare rock the boat. These adjectives describe not only “foreign enemies” and those declared by our government, they describe Americans.It is absolutely no wonder at all that they will hate you for your freedom of thought or expression. Dissent? Then you must be a trouble-maker.  Protest? Domestic terrorist.  If you see through the lies and the deception and infinite manipulation of the minds all around you, you are hated by the majority of your countrymen.

Their ignorant of course, often hiding behind their illusions of patriotism and a blood-soaked flag. They’ve fallen for the smoke-and-mirrors deception that distorts the truth into palatable sound-bytes and justifiable “actions”. The gleaming white teeth and coiffed hair displayed on the television hides the death-skull grimace and empty sockets of a soulless capitalism and the culture of death. Prostitution is not limited to the trade of money for sex, but to the whoring of oneself (principles, belief, morals, actions) for money. In this country, this practice hides under the cloaks of democracy and capitalism. We’re entirely justified, or so we think, no matter how many dead there may be, if we’re making money.

America is a “goner” in my opinion. A total loss as a bastion of freedom or liberty. I have believed this for years now because the trends towards fascism and totalitarianism are very clear. Nothing has reversed this course. It is actually too late to do that now. Historically speaking, the rise and fall of nations is a cyclic event, and we’re overdue:

A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been 200 years.

Great nations rise and fall. The people go from bondage to spiritual truth, to great courage, from courage to liberty, from liberty to abundance, from abundance to selfishness, from selfishness to complacency, from complacency to apathy, from apathy to dependence, from dependence back again to bondage. (history here)

Is this written in stone? Certainly not.  I applaud every effort to restore our freedom. But I hold no illusions about gaining any of it back in my lifetime. The trend is quite clear — we are going in exactly the opposite direction, full-tilt.  We’re definitely in that apathy-dependence-bondage stage. I’ve no optimism that this will change soon either.

You need to be smart and disempower those that are using things like the Internet to track you. This has failed – so shut up and be smart. Or you can ignore this (still free) advice altogether and blab away.

In any case, comments are still going to be left off. You may not like it, but it’s actually for your own good.

 Posted by at 1:06 pm