Aug 302010

They’re tightening the screws:

Department of Justice Lists Survivalists, Constitutionalists in Extremism Guide 

Public Intelligence

A recent Department of Justice guide for investigators of criminal and extremist groups lists “constitutionalists” and “survivalists” alongside organizations like Al-Qaeda and the Aryan Brotherhood.  The 120-page, “Law Enforcement Sensitive” guide to “Investigating Terrorism and Criminal Extremism ““ Terms and Concepts” describes itself as “a glossary designed primarily as a tool for criminal justice professionals to enhance their understanding of words relating to extremist terminology, phrases, activities, symbols, organizations, and selected names that they may encounter while conducting criminal investigations or prosecutions of members of extremist organizations.”

Constitutionalist, defined by Random House’s 2010 Dictionary as an “adherent or advocate of constitutionalism or of an existing constitution”, is described in the report as a “generic term for members of the “˜patriot’ movement”.  Survivalists are described in the document as fearing a “coming collapse of civilization” and are trying to prepare themselves for this collapse.  Such individuals are said to have “typically stockpiled food, water, and weapons, especially the latter, and instructed themselves on topics ranging from first aid to childbirth to edible plants”.

The guide defines the term “New World Order” as being “used by conspiracy theorists to refer to a global conspiracy designed to implement worldwide socialism”.  The Bilderberg Group, Trilateral Commission, and Council on Foreign Relations are described as organizations “targeted by right-wing extremists for conspiring to dominate the world”.  The guide also defines “One World Government” as the “concept that there will ultimately be a single governing body that will control the world”, adding that “some right-wing extremists fear this occurring, believing that white people will be in the minority, with Jewish people ultimately controlling the world”.

While the document’s introduction does state that “the fact that an entry appears in this publication does not imply a connection to illegal activity”, it goes on to say that the guide consists of “terms that may be germane to members of an extremist movement” or are “singularly employed by specific extremist groups”.  The obvious result of the inclusion of terms such as “Bilderberg Group” and “Trilateral Commission” in a report titled “Investigating Terrorism and Criminal Extremism” is that law enforcement officials unaware of these groups will tend to associate legitimate discussion as “extremist” speech.  This diminishes the credibility of any person attempting to rationally discuss such groups and fosters a perception that any discussion of such groups could be associated with a supposedly “extremist” ideology.

Examples of “Extremist” Terminology

To see the full list please visit the U.S. Department of Justice Terrorism and Criminal Extremism Terms 2005-2009.

Black Helicopters: Unmarked dark helicopters allegedly observed by many members of the “patriot” movement, who claim that the helicopters are part of some vast conspiracy, perhaps involving the United Nations or the “New World Order.” Various explanations have been offered for some of the sightings, but the term has since entered the popular vocabulary and is often used as a generic, sometimes satirical reference to conspiracy-related beliefs.

Bilderbergers (Bilderberg Group): Along with the Trilateral Commission and the Council on Foreign Relations, one of the three groups targeted by right-wing extremists for conspiring to dominate the world.

Collection (of Information): The identification, location, and recording/storage of unanalyzed information, typically from an original source and using both human and technological means, for input into the intelligence cycle to determine its usefulness in meeting a defined tactical or strategic intelligence goal.

Concentration Camps: Detention camps supposedly being built or already built by the United States government, according to conspiracy theorists.

Constitutionalists: A generic term for members of the “patriot” movement. It is now often used to refer to members of the sovereign citizen or common law court movement. Sometimes the word “constitutionist” is also used.

Council on Foreign Relations (CFR ): Along with the Bilderbergers and the Trilateral Commission, one of the three key groups that conspiracy theorists claim operate behind the scenes to control the world and to establish the “New World Order.”

Executive Orders: The formal means by which the President of the United States determines the conduct of business in the Executive Branch. Typically, such executive orders take two forms: (1) orders governing administrative or policy matters in Executive Branch agencies or (2) orders for which the authority is derived from congressional authorizations. The “patriot” movement, however, contends that executive orders are “presidential laws” that bypass Congress and subvert the Constitution.

Flag of Peace: The American flag preferred by the “patriot” movement; a red, white, and blue flag without any gold trim, braid, balls, tassels, eagles, fringe, or spear on the flag or pole. Patriots believe that any other American flag is a military flag that denotes military jurisdiction. Only under the “flag of peace” do U.S. citizens receive their constitutional rights and due process.

Globalization: This term generally refers to the denationalization of economies, markets, products, and populations brought about by ever faster travel, improved communications, and advances in technology.

Illuminati: An intellectual society and social club formed by a university professor, Adam Weishaupt (1748″“1811), in southern Germany in the 1770s in the spirit of the Enlightenment. It was suppressed by Bavarian authorities in the 1780s. Weishaupt spent the rest of his life writing about the Illuminati. People who believe Illuminati conspiracy theories believe the society never died away but lived on, run by people intent on controlling the world through devious means.

Information Warfare: Synonymous with cyberwarfare, information warfare is the offensive and defensive use of information and information systems to deny, exploit, corrupt, or destroy an adversary’s information, information-based processes, information systems, and computer-based networks while protecting one’s own. Such actions are designed to achieve advantages over military or business adversaries.

Jack-Booted Thug (JBT ): A law enforcement officer (especially federal) draped in combat fatigues or other military or paramilitary uniform, wearing a ski mask or similar headgear guaranteeing anonymity, wielding powerful military weapons, and utilizing other military vehicles and gear.

New World Order: A term used by conspiracy theorists to refer to a global conspiracy designed to implement worldwide socialism.

One-World Government: The concept that there will ultimately be a single governing body that will control the world. Some right-wing extremists fear this occurring, believing that white people will be in the minority, with Jewish people ultimately controlling the world.

Open Source Information or Intelligence: Individual data, records, reports, and assessments that may shed light on an investigatory target or event and do not require any legal process or any type of clandestine collection techniques for a law enforcement agency to obtain. Such information is obtained through means that meet copyright and commercial requirements of vendors, as well as being free of legal restrictions to access by anyone who seeks that information.

Patriot Movement: The “patriot” movement is a general term used by its members to describe the collective movements and individuals on the extreme right wing. In one form or another, this practice dates back many decades; in the 1930s, many on the far right referred to themselves as “superpatriots.” In the 1960s and 1970s, it was common to refer to the “Christian Patriot” movement, but this term is less common now than then. Among the types of individuals that can be found within the “patriot” movement are white supremacists, sovereign citizens, tax protesters, militia members, and sometimes antiabortion or anti-environmental groups.

Patriots for Profit: A term used to describe those individuals in the “patriot” movement who perpetrate scams and frauds against other people, usually fellow members of the movement. It also refers to people who attempt to make money by selling various products and “kits” to members of the movement. By far the most numerous of the “patriots for profit” are the people who cater to would-be tax protesters.

Pirate Radio: The operation of radio transmitters without a license from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Although some of the most notable pirate stations, such as Free Radio Berkeley, have been primarily left-wing in orientation, a large number of pirate stations adhere to right-wing or antigovernment philosophies.

Sovereign Citizen: A term used to describe adherents to a philosophy derived from the group Posse Comitatus that posits that there are two types of citizens: “Fourteenth Amendment Citizens,” who are subject to the laws and taxes of the federal and state governments, and sovereign citizens, who are subject only to “the common law.” Sovereign citizens claim that they have absolute mastery over all their property (including freedom from taxes, regulations, ordinances, or zoning restrictions), that they essentially do not have to pay taxes (aside from tariffs and a few other insignificant taxes), that they are not citizens of the United States but are “nonresident aliens” with respect to that “illegal corporation,” that the only court which has jurisdiction to try them for any matter is a common law court, and that they can never be arrested or tried for a crime or matter in which there is no complaining victim, as well as various other notions. Typical signs that someone is a sovereign citizen include the use of punctuation between their middle and last names (i.e., John Wayne; Doe); a refusal to have a social security card or any paper, license, or document related to automobile ownership or driving; a refusal to use zip codes; and the displaying on various items””from envelopes to paper money, to time cards, or to forms””of the phrase “UCC 1-207,” or variants thereof. Sovereign citizens are often also known as state citizens, freemen, preamble citizens, common law citizens, or other appellations.

Survivalists: The survivalist movement feared a coming collapse of civilization, generally as the result of nuclear war, and tried to prepare themselves to survive it. Survivalists typically stockpiled food, water, and weapons, especially the latter, and instructed themselves on topics ranging from first aid to childbirth to edible plants.

Tax-Protest Movement: A movement consisting of people who do not simply want to avoid paying taxes but generally claim they should not have to pay them. The right-wing movement started in the 1950s and 1960s and has concentrated on interpreting the Constitution, U.S. law, and the tax code, in particular, in such a way as to be able to claim that most people do not have to pay income taxes. The motivating force behind the right-wing tax-protest movement was to find loopholes, actual or manufactured, that would allow people to claim that they had no tax obligation.

Trilateral Commission: A group, along with the Bilderbergers and the Council on Foreign Relations, that is viewed by the “patriot” movement as being one of the major organizations seeking to implement the “New World Order.” Formed in 1973 by David Rockefeller and Zbigniew Brzezinski, the Trilateral Commission consists of slightly over 300 members from Europe, Japan, and North America (the three main democratic-industrial regions of the world, thus the term “trilateral”). Members include prominent figures in the media, politics, business, and academia. Conspiracy theorists claim it is a group of elitists determined to promote a one-world government.

Also see: The Death Of Cash? All Over The World Governments Are Banning Large Cash Transactions

Congress may sneak through Internet “˜kill switch’ in defense bill

Let’s see… freedom of thought, freedom of opinion, freedom of discussion, freedom of financial transactions, freedom of information — all under attack by the “freest country on Earth”.

Yeah, right.

Aug 282010

The Pakistan environmental collapse disaster is still growing, as flood waters continue to increase.  Already, over 20 million people have been displaced (22% of the country).  175,000 people left Thata literally overnight.

Imagine the United States with numbers like that.  A river of refugees.  Hard to believe, but the images coming out of Pakistan are too real.  The human tragedy is heart-breaking.

I’ve seen rampant speculation that divine justice is being meted out against Pakistan, but I doubt that. Environmental collapse will happen faster in low-lying areas that are unable to deal with a massive influx of water from the sky.  Pakistan’s notoriously poor flood control system didn’t help either.

But it does look, sound and even ‘feel’ Biblical.  Pakistan is facing a whole series of disasters now, as food, water run out, and disease and outbreaks of violence occur.

The Guardian has a pictorial slide show you can watch.

Aug 282010

Everybody should be pretty aware already of how serious the Mexican drug wars have become.  Over 28,000 people have already died, with uncounted number of injuries.

72 more bodies were found a couple of days ago, and now two car bombs have exploded with no injuries.  The investigator looking into the 72 massacre has now been killed, making Mexico and anything related to the drug war, one of the most dangerous places on earth.

There have been numerous kidnappings and ransoms, border incursions, threats to American landowners and ranchers, extortion and smuggling (drugs and human trafficking).

Mexico is in melt-down. The United States is expecting millions of Mexican climate refugees over the next decades, with as much as 10% of the population being forced to migrate.

Personally, I think this number is way, way too low, and does not account for the millions of illegal immigrants that are already swarming across the border.  I do not blame anybody for seeking a better life for themselves — I would personally do the same.  But this border war / invasion is going to bring with it a great many problems for the United States.

Environmental collapse is already affecting Mexico, causing economic hardship and unemployment.  Southern and agricultural States within the US are absorbing the influx of refugees, however, Arizona’s new immigration laws are causing a lot of States to take notice.

Hotly contested by civil libertarians and rights groups, the ethnic profiling of immigrants is far from being a settled issue.  This, plus the Mexican war now literally taking place on the US border will most likely cause a civil war in the Southern states.

I’ve no doubt that a totalitarian military response will happen (on both sides), eventually.  The body count is already high enough for justification, but corruption, ineptitude and bribery have kept a lot of this dangling on the table for years already. The Obama Administration is unwilling to do much — so far.  National Guard troops have been dispatched, whatever that means (532 Guards won’t be able to do much on thousands of miles of border).

The United States has long tolerated the porous southern border, probably for economic reasons.  I do not expect this to change much, but war could change a lot of things in a hurry.

Aug 282010

Cold Empties Bolivian Rivers of Fish

“Scientists who have visited the affected rivers say the event is the biggest ecological disaster Bolivia has known, and, as an example of a sudden climatic change wreaking havoc on wildlife, it is unprecedented in recorded history.”

Millions of fish dead, thousands of alligators, turtles and river dolphins.

“There’s just a huge number of dead fish,” says Michel J’gu, a researcher from the Institute for Developmental Research in Marseilles, France, who is currently working at the Noel Kempff Mercado Natural History Museum in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. “In the rivers near Santa Cruz there’s about 1,000 dead fish for every 100 metres of river.”

With such extreme climatic events potentially becoming more common due to climate change, scientists are hurrying to coordinate research into the impact, and how quickly the ecosystem is likely to recover.

You will be reading a lot more about climate collapse and the ecosystem.  The notion of “recovery” however, is wishful thinking. Like the American economy, the climate is tanking all over the world.  A new equilibrium will be found, but it won’t be like anything you recognized before.

Aug 242010

America is now using roving vehicles on our city streets with “full-body scan technology”:

Over 500 of these roving vehicles are already in operation.   Full-Body Scan Technology Deployed In Street Roving Vans

The narrator is gushing over with praise, however, not everyone thinks this is a good idea:

It’s no surprise that governments and vendors are very enthusiastic about [the vans], says Marc Rotenberg, executive director of EPIC. But from a privacy perspective, it’s one of the most intrusive technologies conceivable.

I told you it would get worse.  Watch the video a couple of times to identify this threat.  Couple of pointers: slow moving vehicle, side scan, must be fairly close, specifically looks for carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen.  It also appears that mirrors may actually block the scanning, but I can’t be sure without more research.  The image shown of trees also appeared to resist scanning — but I have no real idea at this time.

Nice to know that we’re being irradiated in our homes, vehicles and when walking down the street without our consent.  More “security” and less freedom all the time.

Aug 242010

It’s pretty clear now that Pakistan has been struck with a biblical-level apocalypse.  Refugee camps are overflowing, food is in severe short supply and thousands of people are being turned away from aid.

Pakistan Flood Survivors Refused Aid At Refugee Camps

Everyone remember what I said about being a refugee?  About how not to become one, and don’t make yourself one either? The Pakistan tragedy proves this point beyond a shadow of doubt.  You do not want to be a refugee.

This tragedy is going to get much worse.  Pakistan is now expecting serious disease epidemics.  It is my guess that this situation is going to get a lot worse before it can get better.  With an infrastructure and agriculture wiped out, the millions impacted will require a great deal of help.  Already the world is reeling under one environmental catastrophe after another, Pakistan will be severely impacted for a long time.

Painfully Slow Progress of Aid Effort

In Pictures:Pakistan’s Flood Crisis

Aug 242010

The world will run out of helium.  A non-renewable resource, it’s an irreplaceable gas used for many critical applications.

Liquid helium is critical for cooling cooling infrared detectors, nuclear reactors and the machinery of wind tunnels. The space industry uses it in sensitive satellite equipment and spacecraft, and Nasa uses helium in huge quantities to purge the potentially explosive fuel from its rockets.

In the form of its isotope helium-3, helium is also crucial for research into the next generation of clean, waste-free nuclear reactors powered by nuclear fusion, the nuclear reaction that powers the Sun.

Despite the critical role that the gas plays in the modern world, it is being depleted as an unprecedented rate and reserves could dwindle to virtually nothing within a generation, warns Nobel laureate Robert Richardson, professor of physics at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.  Why the world is running out of helium

We should start a list of the first natural resource to disappear forever.

Aug 242010

Link found from Desdemona, the weather in Indonesia (Jakarta) is beyond anything in human experience or memory:

Jakarta. Indonesia has been experiencing its most extreme weather conditions in recorded history, meteorologists warned on Wednesday as torrential rains continued to pound the capital.

All regions across the archipelago have been experiencing abnormal and often catastrophic weather, an official from the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) said.

“We have reached a super-extreme level of weather this year, the first time in our history, and this is much worse than what we experienced back in 1998, when the La Nina caused extreme weather in the country,” Edvin Aldrian warned. Super-Extreme Weather Is The Worst On Record

Several million people are presently affected. Believe it or not, this is their “dry season” too.  Current ocean temperatures are also way out of wack by a considerable amount.

Bad drainage systems are legendary there, a situation made worse by the extreme record-breaking weather.

Aug 232010

Don’t eat the fish, or the shrimp, or the oysters either.

Mississippi Shrimpers Refuse to Trawl

The goal was to prove to the public that their fishing grounds are contaminated with both oil and dispersants. Their method was simple ““ they tied an absorbent rag to a weighted hook, dropped it overboard for a short duration of time, then pulled it up to find the results. The rags were covered in a brown oily substance that the fishermen identified as a mix of BP’s crude oil and toxic dispersants.

IPS watched Miller and Stewart conduct eight tests in various places around Mississippi Sound. One of them was less than a quarter mile from the mouth of Pass Christian Harbor, and another was less than one mile from a public beach. Every single test found the absorbent rags stained with brown oil.

Gulf Of Mexico Still In Crisis

What the Center’s team saw was horrific. “Touring the Gulf of Mexico this week I’ve seen firsthand how oil is still killing wildlife and fouling beaches and marshes,” said Kierán Suckling, the Center’s executive director. “This crisis is far from over.”

On Grand Isle, the team found beaches covered in oil. Pools of liquid oil lie on the surface, and oil mixed with sand is hardened in mats along the water’s edge. Some beaches appear fine from a distance but are actually sitting atop massive amounts of oil, which bubbled to the surface when the team walked across the sand. Digging into the sand with rubber gloves, the Center’s team struck oil just six inches below the clean-looking surface.

Crabs and birds continue to be covered in oil as they cross the beaches or land in the marshes. Fish and sea turtles are forced to swim through oil on the surface and below the surface as they look for food.

In short, a full four months post-explosion, the Gulf of Mexico is still an oily mess despite rosy assertions by oil companies and the Obama administration two weeks ago that most of the oil is gone. The Center’s survey supports the conclusion of independent scientists, who announced findings on Monday that 80 percent of the oil is still present and continues to foul the beaches, waters, marshes and wildlife of the Gulf.

Outrage as UN exonerates Royal Dutch Shell for oil pollution in Nigeria

Crimes and coverup going back over 40 years.  A lesson for Gulf residents in the U.S., who will most certainly get screwed over by BP.  Oops, spoke too soon: BP Oil Leaks Victims Forced To Accept Final Financial Compensation

Anybody still think that Big Oil is helping anybody?  Or just serving their own private interests at the expense of everyone and everything else?

Gulf Claims No-Sue Ruling

Notice the foreign reporting on this, like many buried stories in the US media.  It time, it’ll show up here as outrage turns to riots. By then however, the dead bodies will start piling up.

Aug 232010

Twenty – five years and my life is still
Trying to get up that great big hill of hope
For a destination
And I realized quickly when I knew I should
That the world was made up of this brotherhood of man
For whatever that means
And so I cry sometimes
When I’m lying in bed
Just to get it all out
What’s in my head
And I am feeling a little peculiar
And so I wake in the morning
And I step outside
And I take a deep breath and I get real high
And I scream at the top of my lungs
What’s going on?
And I say, hey hey hey hey
I said hey, what’s going on?
Ooh, ooh ooh
And I try, oh my god do I try
I try all the time, in this institution
And I pray, oh my god do I pray
I pray every single day
For a revolution
And so I cry sometimes
When I’m lying in bed
Just to get it all out
What’s in my head
And I am feeling a little peculiar
And so I wake in the morning
And I step outside
And I take a deep breath and I get real high
And I scream at the top of my lungs
What’s going on?
And I say, hey hey hey hey
I said hey, what’s going on?
Twenty – five years and my life is still
Trying to get up that great big hill of hope
For a destination