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Terminator: [Eyes] of the Machines 
Sunday, September 30, 2007, 09:49 PM - News
Posted by Administrator
Telecommunications giant AT&T has recently updated its Legal Policy to say "AT&T may immediately terminate or suspend all or a portion of your Service ... for conduct that AT&T believes ... tends to damage the name or reputation of AT&T, or its parents, affiliates and subsidiaries."

Since termination of service "also constitutes termination ... of your license to use any Software," you could also assume the router and any hardware purchased upon installation to be useless. If that isn't enough money to waste, consider the startup cost of a new service, that is if you do not live in a neighborhood such as mine, which is monopolized by the company. Further, imagine if you spent 600 dollars on an iPhone, exclusively available on AT&T's wireless network, before AT&T decided to terminate your service.

As an AT&T customer, I am curious to know what qualifies as "conduct that tends to damage the name or repuation of AT&T." I personally believe it should be the constitutional defenition of slander. But, could speaking the truth be enough for them to terminate your service? Let's find out...

In January of 2006, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed a class-action lawsuit against AT&T, accusing the company of "violating the law and the privacy of its customers by collaborating with the National Security Agency (NSA) in its massive, illegal program to wiretap and data-mine Americans' communications."

"This configuration appears to have the capability to enable surveillance and analysis of internet content on a massive scale, including both overseas and purely domestic traffic," wrote J. Scott Marcus, a former CTO for GTE and a former adviser to the FCC. AT&T has 15 to 20 rooms around the country capable of monitoring nearly 10 percent of purely domestic internet traffic.

USA Today reported in May 2006 that the NSA was "secretly collecting the phone call records of tens of millions of Americans, using data provided by AT&T, Verizon and BellSouth."

One of USA Today's sources called it "the largest database ever assembled in the world," adding that the NSA's goal is "to create a database of every call ever made" within the United States.
The NSA program reaches into homes and businesses across the nation by amassing information about the calls of ordinary Americans — most of whom aren't suspected of any crime. This program does not involve the NSA listening to or recording conversations. But the spy agency is using the data to analyze calling patterns in an effort to detect terrorist activity, sources said in separate interviews.


USA Today reported that AT&T and the other companies were "working under contract with the NSA."

If AT&T's new termination policy is to quell criticism of its "Big Brother" program, then they could terminate services from Wired, USA Today, countless other mainstream media outlets, the EFF, and IndyTruth. But are these messengers damaging the reputation of AT&T, or is the company damaging its own reputation through its creepy surveillance? Perhaps, AT&T should read its own termination policy and terminate itself.

As always, surveillance programs will not scare me from speaking my mind. Company policies or even U.S. Law will not discourage me from exposing the truth. AT&T and the NSA are illegally spying on American citizens. No spokesman's claim will shroud the crime. No threats of "termination" will suppress the concerned public. Big government and big business will never fully succeed in databasing all human behavior. Liberty will prevail.

Submitted by Douglass.
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The Truth About Iran 
Tuesday, September 4, 2007, 07:37 PM - Foreign Policy, News
Posted by Administrator
A source within the neoconservative movement revealed last week that Vice President Cheney has planned a campaign to rally support for attacking Iran. Taking place during the week after Labor Day, the campaign would use the American Enterprise Institute, the Wall Street Journal, the Weekly Standard, Commentary, Fox and others to "assault on the airwaves" and "knock public sentiment into a position from which a war can be maintained." Cheney intends for his propaganda to bring support for a war up to 35-40% (apparently he does not need a majority). To counter Cheney's week of lies, we bring you the truth about Iran.

Like every single other nation in the world including the United States, Iran has crime, corruption, tyranny, religious fanaticism, basic rights which are not fully protected, and many policies which people disagree with. Two things that Iran does not have -- and the U.S. does -- are nuclear weapons and an aggressive foreign policy.

Iran is one of the fastest growing nations in the "third world." Growth requires energy. Plants grow from sunlight, animals from food. A nation uses electrical energy. For a highly developed nation, most of that comes from coal (50% in America, 80% in China). China is primarily using coal to develop, building two power plants a week. As a result, 6,000 Chinese miners died in 2004, and China's CO2 emissions rose by 9% last year.

According to a report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), more than 98% of primary energy in Iran is derived from oil and gas resources. Only a fraction of the nation's coal is exploitable, and at a very high cost. Solar and wind power are very expensive and far less productive, leaving the IAEA to conclude, the "nuclear option is the most competitive to fossil alternatives."

The IAEA was established by the United Nations to promote "safe, secure and peaceful nuclear technologies." The UN also created the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), which was signed by the United States, Iran, and over a hundred other countries. The NPT asserts "the inalienable right of all the Parties to the Treaty to develop research, production and use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes without discrimination."

Building nuclear power plants does not give a country nuclear weapons capability. In fact, production of weapons-grade nuclear material is a more expensive and complex process than enrichment for electrical energy. A country must either convert an existing nuclear facility or construct a small, dedicated facility to produce weapon-grade material. It is a lengthy process of converting large quantities of 3% material to small quantities of 90% material. It would be very difficult to complete this process without the detection of the IAEA.

Just last Tuesday, the IAEA reported "significant" cooperation from Iran with its nuclear probe. Tehran has slowed uranium enrichment, and are adhering to a "strict timetable" revealing the progress and intentions of the program. Rather than commend Iran's cooperation with the UN, the Bush administration plans to "ratchet up the pressure." Making a fool of himself, State Department spokesman Tom Casey urged Tehran to "serve the real needs of their people instead of trying to pursue a nuclear weapon." The State Department is apparently not capable of clicking on IAEA.Org and reading the UN documents which indicate that Iran needs electricity.

There is no proof of Iran developing nuclear weapons. Nearly all of the evidence suggests it is only peaceful nuclear energy within the limits of the NPT. On the side of the accusations are the speculations of UN officials who are not in the IAEA and therefore not experts on nuclear development, and members of the Bush administration, the people who lied about weapons of mass destruction -- including nuclear weapons -- to go to war with Iraq.

If the lies are not enough, let's examine the hypocrisy of the Bush administration's criticisms. In March of last year, President Bush signed a controversial deal with India, giving the country "access to U.S. civil nuclear technology." Sharing civil nuclear technology complies with the NPT, and is even encouraged by it, but President bush is sharing the technology with a country that has not signed the treaty. India has no legal obligation to obey the NPT.

Bush and many other U.S. politicians including most of the Republican and Democrat "top-tier" candidates for the 2008 presidential election refuse to take the nuclear option "off the table" for dealing with countries such as Iran.

The other significant piece of the Iran conflict is the Bush administration's claim that Iran supports terror and is a threat to the United States.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates said that "Iranian weapons are falling into the hands of anti-government Taliban fighters," and that the Irani government "likely" knows about it. He would not directly accuse the government, because it would be absurd. The Irani government has long disapproved of the Taliban's rule in Afghanistan, and a Shi'ite power would not want to arm a neighboring Sunni power.

This is where the Bush administration's hypocrisy is most troubling. ABC News reported in May that the Central Intelligence Agency "received secret presidential approval to mount a covert 'black' operation to destabilize the Iranian government." The CIA "supported and encouraged" Jundullah, a militant group "that has conducted deadly raids inside Iran." Based in Afghanistan, Jundullah primarily targets pro-U.S. rulers in Pakistan. It also works for al-Qaeda's media wing, the al-Sahab Foundation. Jundullah is allegedly headed by Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the al-Qaeda operational commander of the September 11th attacks.

To reiterate, President Bush authorizes a CIA operation supporting al-Qaeda terrorists who carried out 9/11.

While Iran is slowing its uranium enrichment, the Bush administration continues to condemn its nuclear program and make it out to be the weapons program that it is not. Iran is complying with the IAEA and the NPT, while the U.S. is violating the treaty by threatening Iran's "inalienable right," and sharing technology with a nation that has not signed the treaty. The hypocrisy of the situation is made even more disturbing by the President's direct support of al-Qaeda terrorists.

As Vice President Cheney floods the media with propaganda this week, look back to the truths revealed in this paper. Call Congress and let them know that they must not allow this administration to attack a sovereign nation. Inform everyone you know and care about that Iran does not have nuclear weapons, that Bush is the terrorist, and that Cheney's campaign is a pack of lies aimed at further death, destruction, and destabilization of the Middle East.

Submitted by Douglass. Posted with footnotes at IndyTruth.Org.
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Congress wants chaos in Iraq 
Monday, September 3, 2007, 02:14 PM - Foreign Policy, Opinion
Posted by Administrator
Representative Jon Porter (R-NV) returned from a visit to Iraq this week, reporting, "they said there would be genocide, gas prices in the U.S. would rise to eight or nine dollars a gallon, al-Qaida would continue its expansion, and Iran would take over that portion of the world if we leave."

Never mind that genocide is already taking place in Iraq, gas prices are already out of control, and Iran is a more stabilizing force in the region than the U.S. and its alleged allies Israel and Saudi Arabia. It seems that if we stay in Iraq, the same thing will happen that Porter claims will happen if we leave.

Iran has much to gain from the success of the Iraqi government. They are happy that the prime minister is Shi'ite (Hillary Clinton and the neo-cons hate that). Iran wants the nations on its borders to be more stable. They regularly meet with other leaders in the Middle East to work toward those goals. Iran has not attacked another country since well before the 1979 revolution, so there is little indication that they would make the same mistake we did and try to occupy Iraq with their military.

Iran is also quickly developing. That is why they are trying to develop nuclear energy (in full cooperation with the IAEA, as the neo-cons neglect to mention in their alarmist calls for war). If Iran progresses beyond third world status, they can help other nations in the region advance as well. I would much rather see Iran's money and resources spent on Iraq than ours. We are pushing ourselves into an economic crisis trying to pay for this war. Iraq's oil supply along with Iran's support should be sufficient to finance their redevelopment.

As this site previously reported, Iran needs nuclear development to grow any further. They have not undertaken any weapons-level enrichment, and are working well within the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. The globalists refuse to allow Iran's development, because they thrive on third world nations dependent on foreign aid. Sovereign nations with self-sufficient economies do not fit into their agenda for one world government and significant reduction of the world population.

The Bush administration, Congress, and the many organizations which influence them have absolutely no interest in a peaceful solution to the Iraq war or the Iran conflict. Their agenda is just the opposite. To carry out the globalists' sick and twisted scheme of order out of chaos, the United States will continue to occupy Iraq.

Submitted by Douglass.
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GOP slips up again 
Sunday, September 2, 2007, 03:25 AM - Activism, Elections
Posted by Administrator
Over the past 8 years, the Republican Party has shown complete disrespect for the democratic process, stuffing ballot boxes in every way possible to get members of their party elected. This month, they have demonstrated that even their own are not immune to their corruption.

At the Iowa Straw Poll, a member of the Mitt Romney campaign in Iowa was also responsible for running the polls, an admitted conflict of interest which the GOP allowed. After suspicious activity with the Diebold voting machines, Romney won by a landslide. He then joked to the media about "stuffing the ballot boxes."

Today at the Texas Straw Poll, a person promoting their candidate outside the venue observed problems with delegates entering the doors. Voting was to take place at 1:00 PM, and the tickets purchased and printed from the Internet said that the event began at 10:00 AM. Delegates who paid for tickets and traveled to the event were refused entry after 10:00 AM. Part of the conflict was videotaped and posted on YouTube.

The photographer reported that between 10:00 AM and 1:30 PM, about twelve delegates with tickets were refused entry every ten minutes. That would add up to 2,500 votes that may not have been counted.

The Republican Party has no respect for its members or for this country and its democratic spirit. The party is so concerned with keeping its exclusive tier of puppet candidates in power that it is sabotaging the campaigns of other candidates in its own party.

I have contacted the chairman of the Republican Party about these issues. I hope that you will do the same. You can find information on how to do that at http://www.gop.com/ContactUs/. When members of the party were trying to kick Ron Paul out of the debates, a barage of calls and emails to the National GOP, Michigan GOP and other state GOP's showed results, and Ron Paul continued to participate in GOP debates.

Similar action in response to the Iowa and Texas straw polls should demand any possible action that could repair the tainted results of those polls. If we do not take a stand here, we can expect another presidential election with two incompetent candidates dominated by corporations and special interest groups who do not represent the Constitution or the American people.
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American Hero Russo Passes 
Friday, August 24, 2007, 11:31 PM - Media, News
Posted by Administrator
A great American hero passed away today, and you sadly will not likely see him recognized in the national mainstream media. Aaron Russo was a great entertainer, bringing Led Zeppelin on their first American tour and promoting The Who, Janis Joplin, The Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane. He also worked with Bette Midler, Lionel Hampton, Manhattan Transfer, and others. He went on to become a Hollywood producer for movies like "The Rose", "Trading Places", and "Teachers". He has received Grammy, Tony, Emmy, and Golden Globe awards and produced gold and platinum records.

In 2004, he started working on a documentary film investigating the Internal Revenue Service. It started with proving that there is no law requiring an American citizen to pay a direct unapportioned Tax on their labor (the federal income tax). It went into the central banks' profit off America's debts. He finally discovered that it was part of a system placing virtually all the power in America into the hands of a few wealthy and evil men. His film is a grand awakening to the fascist police state overtaking our country.

After his rise to fame and fortune, Russo was in a position where he could have enjoyed the protection and pleasure of the elite. He instead produce a film that would expose them for their evil and awaken thousands and hopefully soon millions of Americans to the destruction of their Constitutional rights and their country. The film, "America: Freedom to Fascism" would appear in theaters around the country, before becoming a hit on DVD and Internet. It has inspired thousands of people to take a stand in defense of freedom.

Aaron Russo is an American patriot and one of the greatest heroes of our time. He will be missed by all who enjoyed the music and movies he produced, and by those fighting to restore the Constitution and bring liberty back to America. He died of cancer today at age 64.

Watch "America: Freedom to Fascism" free on Google video: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid ... ;plindex=0

Or buy the DVD at http://www.freedomtofascism.com
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