The Coming Economic Collapse And The Next Great Depression

The Coming Economic Collapse And The Next Great Depression
The forgotten man painting by McNaughton (click image for video) I believe this image best exemplifies where we stand today, pun intended.

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Friday, February 28, 2014

Money Changers Behind The Betrayal of "US" - United Sovereigns

Sept 2006 by Cassidy, Why We Fight (Revisited) Why We Fight was a Hollywood film promoting America's participation in World War II. It was sheer propaganda. Actually, the American people have been at war since the nation was born, and the price of that America is now mortgaged to the hilt, a foreign corporation (FED) owns our banking system, and a foreign government (China) owns a majority of home mortgages as collateral on trade deficits. Thanks to the banksters, the U.S. is technically bankrupt and in grave danger. We were warned! "Money Changers have used every form of abuse, intrigue, deceit, and violent means possible to maintain their control over governments by controlling money and its issuance." - James Madison, 4th U.S. President, and Chief Architect of the Constitution "Let me issue and control a nation's money and I care not who writes its laws." - Mayer Amschel Rothschild "Whoever controls the money, controls the flow of wealth." - Fr. Charles Coughlin "The spirit of war has been procured by money lenders." - Thomas Jefferson "War was[is] largely a matter of money." - Bernard Baruch "War is a racket." -- Major General Smedley Butler George Washington called them "our greatest enemy"; Benjamin Franklin called them "vampires" and "Asiatics" (a race of Khazars from Asia); Thomas Jefferson,"false citizens"; James Madison, "money changers" and Andrew Jackson, "Ye, breed of vipers". The Founders wisely placed the Constitutional power to "coin Money and regulate the Value thereof" in Congress, the same as "common Defense" and "the general Welfare of the United States". But the Rothschilds overrode the Constitution in both 1791 and 1913. It's all about fiat money founded in debt to the world bankers. Benjamin Franklin said the American Revolution was not about taxes but about money, "We issue our own money called Colonial Scrip. In creating our own paper money, we control its purchasing power and have no interest to pay to anyone." At the urging of the English bankers in 1764, the British Currency Act banned the colonial script as legal tender in favor of the debt ridden English pound and the colonies plunged from prosperity into a depression which caused the Revolution. In 1770 Rothschild became agent, and acted for, for one of the richest men in Europe, Prince William of Hanau. He schemed to create a monopoly of European bankers and financiers who would dominate European and American banking and finance. In the American Revolution he supplied Hessian troops for Britain to use against America. After the Revolution, the Treaty of Paris of 1783 in Article 4 provided that all debts of both sides be paid in English sterling (a Rothschild money stratagem). In 1791, the First Bank of the United States was founded by a Rothschild agent, Alexander Hamilton, emulating the founding of the Bank of England a century before by William Patterson, agent of the Sepphardic bankers of Amsterdam. They created money at interest, vast government war debt and fractional reserves (bank loans based on little security). In just a few years, British national debt soared tenfold. Rothschild through Hamilton had installed the same banking system in America. France followed in 1808 and Britain in 1810. Mayer died in 1812. Mayer founded the Rothschild Dynasty of sucessive generations of male heirs which carried on the Rothschild agenda, described in the Protocols to the Learned Members of the Elders of Zion (world rule through endless debt and continuous war). Today the Dynasty is an invisible colossus of incalculable wealth and power (the "string theory" of modern politics and economics), boasting, We have taken hold of the ends of the springs which move their social mechanism. We have got our hands into the administration of the law, into the conduct of elections, into the press, into liberty of the person, but principally into education and training as being the cornerstones of a free existence (cf. Protocols). In 1811, Rothschild warned that, if his Bank's charter was not renewed, war would follow and the War of 1812 followed the lapse of the charter. So the Second Bank of the United States was founded in 1816. It's charter was allowed to expire in 1836. A few years before, Nicholas Biddle warned that "widespread suffering and monetary contraction" would force Congress to re-charter the Bank. And a great depression followed in 1837. But President Jackson had "killed the Bank". Unacceptable! An attempt on his life was made in 1835 and the assassin confessed that he was hired by "powerful people in Europe". In the decades that followed America began to expand and develop with its immense natural resources and its cheap and industrious immigrant labor, despite repeated panics and depressions every decade caused by the bankers. A great and powerful nation had appeared on the horizon and Rothschild did not "issue and control" its money. Unacceptable! Booming America would be brought to its knees. The causes of the Civil War fill the libraries: slavery, tariffs, foreign trade, declining Southern influence, Northern capitalism vs Southern agrarianism, federalization of the West, and federal subsidies and preferential land grants to the Rothschild financed railroads. Buried in the verbiage are "banking interests". The wealth of the South was being siphoned off by Northern banks. Jefferson said it a half century before, Whenever Northern and Southern prejudices have come into conflict, the latter have been sacrificed and the former soothed; the owners of the debt are in the South and the holders of it in the North. The South thought the Union was a Confederacy, a voluntary union of sovereign states. Madison called it a "great Confederacy". Preservation of "states rights" had occupied months of the Constitutional Convention. The first American constitution was called The Articles of Confederation, nullification and secession had been reserved by the South for over a half century. Why was the South held in the Union by force? Had the South seceded, their debt to Northern banks would have been canceled and the siphoning of its wealth ended. But the South was crushed, leaving America to the Northern banks and Rothschild financed industrialists (Robber Barons). According to Otto Bismark, I know of absolute certainty that the division of the United States into two federations of equal power was decided long before the Civil War by the high financial powers of Europe. These bankers were afraid that the United States would upset the capitalist domination of Europe over the world. To help finance the Civil War (bank interest was exorbitant), Lincoln issued Treasury money called Greenbacks. The bankers forced him to abandon Greenbacks during the war but Greenbacks were very popular and debt free and Lincoln intended to return to them after the war. Unacceptable! A relative said that Booth was not killed in any fire but lived out his life comfortably in Europe. Few know that, as the British troops assembled in Canada, the Czar sent a Russian fleet into New York to warn the bankers. In 1868 Rothschild promised "financial ruin to those who might advocate the payment of U.S Bonds in Greenbacks" (debt paid off with debt free money). In the aftermath of the Civil War, while the American people agonized, the Northern banks contracted the money supply again and again and depressions and panics followed every decade for the rest of the century. As Biddle had indicated, monetary contractions and credit fluctuations were caused by the bankers acting in concert. The bankers withdraw to safe harbors, then money and credit are withdrawn from the society and the economy shrivels, home owners, small business and employment usually bear the burden. Afterwards, the bankers acquire valuable properties at foreclosure prices. It is banker's Capitalism. In early 1881 President Garfield said, "Whoever controls the money in any country is absolute master of all industry and commerce". He would change it. Unacceptable!In July he was assassinated. By 1900 it was estimated that Rothschild secretly controlled half the wealth and resources of earth through the international banking system, financial and industrial monopolies, rich corporations and many powerful agents, fronts and factions. And this was before all the wars of the 20th century. As President Wilson said, Some of the biggest men in the United Statesare afraid of something. They know there is a power somewhere so organized, so subtle, so watchful, so interlocked, so complete, so pervasive, that they had better not speak above their breath when they speak in condemnation of it. In 1907 there was "the usual" financial panic, paving the way for "monetary reform" and the re-installation of the Rothschild Bank, now called the Federal Reserve System. Through blackmail of President Wilson the Rothschild agent, Paul Warburg (like Hamilton), with the assistance of Brandeis, Untermeyer and Baruch, passed the Federal Reserve Act on Christmas Eve when opposing Congressmen had gone home, assured that the Act would not be passed. Rothschild now issued and controlled America's money by duping Congress! And American money and credit were marshalled to finance the long planned World War I. America was drawn into World War I by the Balfour Declaration, authored by Rothschild and Supreme Court Justice Brandeis; 160,000 young Americans were murdered in just a few months by the Father of Zionism in America. They also died to protect the bankers' war loans to England. And Zionism became a global power. The Crash of '29 and the Great Depression of the '30's were both caused by the Federal Reserve, as was the Asian Crisis. Then as now, vast wealth is suddenly withdrawn from a financial market, causing a panic and collapse. The Great Depression was produced by the contraction of money and credit with the "widespread suffering" predicted by Biddle a century before. Many of US still remember the impoverishment and suffering of so many millions in our childhood. The manipulation of gold, money and credit to cause crashes, panics, and depressions are spelled out in the Protocols. The purpose is to destroy competitive wealth and to transfer immense wealth and property to the bankers at foreclosure prices, over and over, siphoning off the wealth of a society. Capitalism functions best in an open economy, free of any governmental restraint or regulation with minimal taxation, maximizing profits. World War II did not begin in 1938. It was declared in 1933 by Samuel Untermeyer in New York on behalf of World Zionism against Germany and President Roosevelt began to secretly mobilize America against Germany in 1934. The depredations of World Zionism after World War I had devastated Germany. Under German National Socialism, money was based on economic output instead of the bankers' debt money together with governmental regulation of industry and finance (like Franklin's colonial script and Lincoln's Greenbacks). An economic miracle followed, World Zionism and World Capitalism had been "upset" in the heart of Europe. Most unacceptable! Hitler and Germany had to be utterly crushed and demonized and Naziism condemned forever. There is far more evidence of UFO's or Sasquatch than any "Holocaust". No wonder any discussion or investigation of it must be banned and criminalized, it vanishes in the light of day. Nevertheless, it is embedded in the psyche of America like an article of faith by constant Zionist repetiton and conditioning. Franklin Roosevelt was the darling of the bankers. His first act was to give the Federal Reserve a multi-billion windfall, nationalizing American gold and then increasing its dollar value. His New Deal spared the rich and ballooned bankers' debt; admirers admit he saved Capitalism. He allied with England against Germany and provoked Japan into attacking Pearl Harbor when he had promised to spare "our boys" from war. His boys were generals, safe in Washington. When Adm. Kimmel sent a defensive fleet to the exact area where the Japanese fleet arrived a week later, he was ordered to stand down and "clear the seas". And hundreds of thousands of American boys died, once again to protect the bankers' war loans. In 1948 Zionists bribed Harry Truman with $2 millions to approve the State of Israel. In 1963 President Kennedy began to issue Treasury money backed by silver. In the 19th century, Rothschild tried to eliminate any monetary value for silver so that the world would depend on Rothschild's monopoly of gold (cf. Protocols). Kennedy was also going to end the war in Vietnam and reduce war debt (with Treasury dollars? cf. Rothschild's 1868 threat). He planned a number of other steps (close the CIA, deny armaments to Israel, etc.) which would hinder World Zionism. Unacceptable! Like Garfield, he was murdered a few months later. All silver was removed from American coinage the next year and all Treasury money replaced with Federal Reserve Notes. It was the bankers' mandated Currency Act of 1764 once again, enforced by assassination. Lyndon Johnson was a fraud (Tonkin Gulf), a monstrous war criminal (Vietnam) and another Rothschild "panama" (cf. Protocols). And tens of thousands more young Americans died. Let US never forget the USS Liberty! In 1978 China was re-opened to the West by a Rothschild gofer (and 9/11 beneficiary?). In 1983 the Bank of China became a central bank (like the Western central banks), issuing the money of China, and in 1987 the Bank of China recalled the former money of China (renminbi), replacing it with Bank of China money. Since then Washington and the bankers have pressured China to conform to the global monetary system maintained by the West under the Federal Reserve's Bank for International Settlements. In return, Washington transferred hundreds of billions worth of American capital, technology, plant and equipment and employment to China. By the 1980's the Savings Banks and Savings & Loans had grown enormously because they were carefully regulated and provided services that the big banks would not; e.g., small savings accounts and home mortgages. The bankers could not permit so much competitive wealth to remain in the hands of independent bankers under government supervision. A scheme was devised to acquire the assets of the S&L's at discount prices with the usual tax benefits and $500 billion in liabilities willed to our grandchildren. Also, for decades, American gold reserves have been rifled by the Federal Reserve and the Treasury under leases, presumably to be paid for when the dollar has collapsed. FDR once said, "Nothing of importance happens by chance, it is always carefully planned and carried out." (Moosejaw was a conspiracy nut?) In the 1990's two wars were commenced against Iraq for its vast oil fields for Rothschild's monopoly of world petroleum and to enforce the requirement that all global energy be paid in dollars (cf. the 1783 Treaty of Paris). Once more the demonization process began against an Iraqi president who was installed by Washington like the Shah of Iran and many others, for so long as they obeyed Washington. In 1953 Washington ousted a popularly elected President Mossadegh because he nationalized Irani oil for his people rather than for Rothschild's monopoly. (Like President Chavez in Venezuela today.) Recently Rothschild claimed secret ownership of half of all Russian oil. And finally, on September 11, 2001, Pearl Harbor was restaged (one as phony as the other). It could mark the beginning of a world war against another Rothschild enemy, Islam and its petroleum, using the "guns of America". On the internet, the official story of this terrible day is patently a tissue of lies. It was the greatest insurance "killing" in history; purchased and over-insured a few months earlier, another "stand down" for defense forces, all witnesses silenced, all evidence sequestered, and a controlled commission to mislead the public. The media monopoly, television and Hollywood created a national hysteria with constant melodrama and psychological conditioning, putting the American people into a deep submissive shock so that war powers could be put into the hands of a slavish monkey on the chain of World Zionism (thanks to a lawless Supreme Court). We abide the murderous slaughter of an innocent people under the tiresome hypocrisy of "Freedom and Democracy" by butchering them and stealing their resources. Let US focus on Silverstein's Bldg. No. 7 instead of his Towers. The Truth is buried here not in the latest Hollywood and media merchandising and profiteering of this terrible tragedy. The official film from the Defense Department ( clearly shows the front of a missile-like object headed for the Pentagon (as admitted by Rumsfeld), and then a great explosion. It is not a 757 which could not possibly fly at this height. So Washington is lying and so is the media, television and Hollywood. Also the Frenchmen's film of the North Tower in slow motion shows a suspicious brilliant flash just as or before the plane hits the building. When this identical film was shown on Nova in Why the Towers Fell, sponsored by Washington, the brilliant flash was deleted. So Washington is lying again and so is the media monopoly, television and Hollywood. All political terrorism is caused and sheltered by those who would benefit from the atrocities. The perpetrators are obvious, "false flag" operations are their specialty and they rule Washington. What is meant by the "guns of America" in the Protocols. Since 1916 the American people have been forced by Washington to participate in war after war against a majority of the people on earth, imposing on them the "Freedom and Democracy" of World Zionism and World Capitalism and causing millions of American casualties as well as the death of tens of millions of innocent civilians and children with no benefit whatsoever to the American people. The veterans of one war are forgotten while their sons march off to the next and on and on. Government after government is overturned by US, elections undermined, leaders assassinated, revolts and civil unrest fomented, causing the death of millions more civilians and children. An evil arsenal has been built which together with all the wars, has bankrupt US with little of it for our "common Defense". The wealth of America has been siphoned off by World Zionism and World Capitalism. World Zionism and World Capitalism are the sides of a single coin, on the front is an image of Rothschild and on the reverse a Red Shield. We are constantly assured that we are a free people. And so we are--about as free as Pavlov's dogs. The most powerful force in America is the mass media: movies, television, national newspapers and magazines, and book publishing and retailing. World Zionism owns and controls every bit of it and filters everything through a pro-Zionist and pro-Capitalist screen (neocons aka ZioNazis aka Ptotocols propaganda). It conditions the mind of America for their myths and lies. It keeps Zionist interests in the forefront of American consciousness. It determines political, social and moral values. It can destroy any official, even the president (Nixon) or a senator (Hart); independent candidates are eliminated (Romney or Perot). The spirit of the American people has been undermined through constant broadcasts of fear and terrorism and made submissive to Washington. And Washington is ruled by ruthless and fanatical traitors. The Geneva Convention is abrogated. Their armies perpetrate even more horrific "war crimes" than were prosecuted at Nuremburg. Their loyalty is not to the American Constitution or to the American people but to an alien power. Their brutal massacre of the children at Waco is a continuing warning that the American people must at all times genuflect to World Zionism. As Benjamin Freedman said, "Zionists rule these United the absolute monarch of this country." We must stand up to Washington and demand that it: Upgrade core Constitutional freedoms as will update our horse-and-buggy representation systems with mass-to-mass TeLeComm; Close the Federal Reserve and restore its debt and responsibilities to Congress and the Treasury; Wage war only for "the common Defense of the United States"; Guarantee full employment for all citizens, channeling public funds into upgraded social institutions as models for global benefit, not endless war for global empire; Dismantle the arsenal of Monopoly Capitalism and World Zionism and eliminate poverty in America; For individuals with income in excess of five million -- the 1/2 percent who have more than 99.5% of the rest -- Impose an annual tax of 50%; Ban the separate taxation of wages (tax income per the 16th Amendment); Prohibit all taxation of subsistence incomes, wages and necessaries; Eliminate election rigging via corporate money and programmable machines; Establish term limits for all public officials including judges; the greater the power, the shorter the term; Acknowledgments: The Money Masters by Still & Carmack Secrets of the Federal Reserve by Eustace Mullins Benjamin Freedman, a true American [Google for yourself!] ~~~~~~~~~ "I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies . . . If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, [Federal Reserve Bank -CR], first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around [the banks] . . . will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered . . . The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs." -Thomas Jefferson, 3rd U.S. President, 1801-1809

Here Is The FT's Gold Price Manipulation Article That Was Removed

Two days ago the FT released a clear, informative and fact-based article, titled simply enough "Gold price rigging fears put investors on alert" in which author Madison Marriage, citing a report by the Fideres consultancy, revealed that global gold prices may have been manipulated on 50 per cent of occasions between January 2010 and December 2013. To those who hve been following the price action of gold in the past four years, gold manipulation is not only not surprising, but accepted and widely appreciated (because like the Chinese those who buy gold would rather do so at artificially low rather than artificially high fiat prices) and at this point, after every other product has been exposed to be blatantly and maliciously manipulated by the banking estate, it is taken for granted that the central banks' primary fiat alternative, and biggest threat to the monetary status quo, has not avoided a comparable fate. What is surprising is that where the FT article once was, readers can now find only this: And since we can only assume the article has been lost to FT readers due to some server glitch, and not due to post-editorial consorship or certainly an angry phone call from the Bank of England or some comparable institution, we are happy to recreate it in its entirety. Just in case someone is curious why gold price rigging fears should put investors on alert. Gold price rigging fears put investors on alert By Madison Marriage Global gold prices may have been manipulated on 50 per cent of occasions between January 2010 and December 2013, according to analysis by Fideres, a consultancy. The findings come amid a probe by German and UK regulators into alleged manipulation of the gold price, which is set twice a day by Deutsche Bank, HSBC, Barclays, Bank of Nova Scotia and Société Générale in a process known as the "London gold fixing". Fideres' research found the gold price frequently climbs (or falls) once a twice-daily conference call between the five banks begins, peaks (or troughs) almost exactly as the call ends and then experiences a sharp reversal, a pattern it alleged may be evidence of "collusive behaviour". "[This] is indicative of panel banks pushing the gold price upwards on the basis of a strategy that was likely predetermined before the start of the call in order to benefit their existing positions or pending orders," Fideres concluded. "The behaviour of the gold price is very suspicious in 50 per cent of cases. This is not something you would expect to see if you take into account normal market factors," said Alberto Thomas, a partner at Fideres. Alasdair Macleod, head of research at GoldMoney, a dealer in physical gold, added: "When the banks fix the price, the advantage they have is that they know what orders they have in the pocket. There is a possibility that they are gaming the system." Pension funds, hedge funds, commodity trading advisers and futures traders are most likely to have suffered losses as a result, according to Mr Thomas, who said that many of these groups were "definitely ready" to file lawsuits. Daniel Brockett, a partner at law firm Quinn Emanuel, also said he had spoken to several investors concerned about potential losses. "It is fair to say that economic work suggests there are certain days when [the five banks] are not only tipping their clients off, but also colluding with one another," he said. Matt Johnson, head of distribution at ETF Securities, one of the largest providers of exchange traded products, said that if gold price collusion is proven, "investors in products with an expiry price based around the fixing could have been badly impacted". Gregory Asciolla, a partner at Labaton Sucharow, a US law firm, added: "There are certainly good reasons for investors to be concerned. They are paying close attention to this and if the investigations go somewhere, it would not surprise me if there were lawsuits filed around the world." All five banks declined to comment on the findings, which come amid growing regulatory scrutiny of gold and precious metal benchmarks. BaFin, the German regulator, has launched an investigation into gold-price manipulation and demanded documents from Deutsche Bank. The bank last month decided to end its role in gold and silver pricing. The UK's Financial Conduct Authority is also examining how the price of gold and other precious metals is set as part of a wider probe into benchmark manipulation following findings of wrongdoing with respect to Libor and similar allegations with respect to the foreign exchange market. The US Commodity Futures Trading Commission has reportedly held private meetings to discuss gold manipulation, but declined to confirm or deny that an investigation was ongoing.

The Conspiracy Theory Is True: Agents Infiltrate Websites Intending To "Manipulate, Deceive, And Destroy Reputations"

In the annals of internet conspiracy theories, none is more pervasive than the one speculating paid government plants infiltrate websites, social network sites, and comment sections with an intent to sow discord, troll, and generally manipulate, deceive and destroy reputations. Guess what: it was all true. And this time we have a pretty slideshow of formerly confidential data prepared by the UK NSA equivalent, the GCHQ, to confirm it, and Edward Snowden to thank for disclosing it. The messenger in this case is Glenn Greenwald, who has released the data in an article in his new website,, which he summarizes as follows: "by publishing these stories one by one, our NBC reporting highlighted some of the key, discrete revelations: the monitoring of YouTube and Blogger, the targeting of Anonymous with the very same DDoS attacks they accuse “hacktivists” of using, the use of “honey traps” (luring people into compromising situations using sex) and destructive viruses. But, here, I want to focus and elaborate on the overarching point revealed by all of these documents: namely, that these agencies are attempting to control, infiltrate, manipulate, and warp online discourse, and in doing so, are compromising the integrity of the internet itself." Call it Stasi for "Generation Internet." Greenwald's latest revelation focuses on GCHQ’s previously secret unit, the JTRIG (Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group). Among the core self-identified purposes of JTRIG are two tactics: (1) to inject all sorts of false material onto the internet in order to destroy the reputation of its targets; and (2) to use social sciences and other techniques to manipulate online discourse and activism to generate outcomes it considers desirable. To see how extremist these programs are, just consider the tactics they boast of using to achieve those ends: “false flag operations” (posting material to the internet and falsely attributing it to someone else), fake victim blog posts (pretending to be a victim of the individual whose reputation they want to destroy), and posting “negative information” on various forums. Here is one illustrative list of tactics from the latest GCHQ document we’re publishing today: Other tactics aimed at individuals are listed here, under the revealing title “discredit a target”: Then there are the tactics used to destroy companies the agency targets: Critically, the “targets” for this deceit and reputation-destruction extend far beyond the customary roster of normal spycraft: hostile nations and their leaders, military agencies, and intelligence services. In fact, the discussion of many of these techniques occurs in the context of using them in lieu of “traditional law enforcement” against people suspected (but not charged or convicted) of ordinary crimes or, more broadly still, “hacktivism”, meaning those who use online protest activity for political ends. The title page of one of these documents reflects the agency’s own awareness that it is “pushing the boundaries” by using “cyber offensive” techniques against people who have nothing to do with terrorism or national security threats, and indeed, centrally involves law enforcement agents who investigate ordinary crimes: Greenwald's punchline is disturbing, and is sure to make paradnoid conspiracy theorists crawl even deeper into their holes for one simple reason: all of their worst fears were true all along. No matter your views on Anonymous, “hacktivists” or garden-variety criminals, it is not difficult to see how dangerous it is to have secret government agencies being able to target any individuals they want – who have never been charged with, let alone convicted of, any crimes – with these sorts of online, deception-based tactics of reputation destruction and disruption. The broader point is that, far beyond hacktivists, these surveillance agencies have vested themselves with the power to deliberately ruin people’s reputations and disrupt their online political activity even though they’ve been charged with no crimes, and even though their actions have no conceivable connection to terrorism or even national security threats. As Anonymous expert Gabriella Coleman of McGill University told me, “targeting Anonymous and hacktivists amounts to targeting citizens for expressing their political beliefs, resulting in the stifling of legitimate dissent.” Pointing to this study she published, Professor Coleman vehemently contested the assertion that “there is anything terrorist/violent in their actions.” At this point Greenwald takes a detour into a well-known topic: Cass Sunstein. Who is Cass Sunstein? Recall: "Obama Picks Cass Sunstein (America’s Goebbels?) To Serve On NSA Oversight Panel." Government plans to monitor and influence internet communications, and covertly infiltrate online communities in order to sow dissension and disseminate false information, have long been the source of speculation. Harvard Law Professor Cass Sunstein, a close Obama adviser and the White House’s former head of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, wrote a controversial paper in 2008 proposing that the US government employ teams of covert agents and pseudo-”independent” advocates to “cognitively infiltrate” online groups and websites, as well as other activist groups. Sunstein also proposed sending covert agents into “chat rooms, online social networks, or even real-space groups” which spread what he views as false and damaging “conspiracy theories” about the government. Ironically, the very same Sunstein was recently named by Obama to serve as a member of the NSA review panel created by the White House, one that – while disputing key NSA claims – proceeded to propose many cosmetic reforms to the agency’s powers (most of which were ignored by the President who appointed them). But while until now there was speculation that Sunstein's policies had been implemented, there was no proof. That is no longer the case: ... these GCHQ documents are the first to prove that a major western government is using some of the most controversial techniques to disseminate deception online and harm the reputations of targets. Under the tactics they use, the state is deliberately spreading lies on the internet about whichever individuals it targets, including the use of what GCHQ itself calls “false flag operations” and emails to people’s families and friends. Who would possibly trust a government to exercise these powers at all, let alone do so in secret, with virtually no oversight, and outside of any cognizable legal framework? What is perhaps most disturbing is the level of detail these modern day Stasi agents engage in, paradoxically proposing social subversion without realizing they themselves would be susceptible to just that. And all it would take is one whistleblower with a conscience: Under the title “Online Covert Action”, the document details a variety of means to engage in “influence and info ops” as well as “disruption and computer net attack”, while dissecting how human being can be manipulated using “leaders”, “trust, “obedience” and “compliance”: The documents lay out theories of how humans interact with one another, particularly online, and then attempt to identify ways to influence the outcomes – or “game” it: Greenwald's conclusion is spot on: These agencies’ refusal to “comment on intelligence matters” – meaning: talk at all about anything and everything they do – is precisely why whistleblowing is so urgent, the journalism that supports it so clearly in the public interest, and the increasingly unhinged attacks by these agencies so easy to understand. Claims that government agencies are infiltrating online communities and engaging in “false flag operations” to discredit targets are often dismissed as conspiracy theories, but these documents leave no doubt they are doing precisely that. Whatever else is true, no government should be able to engage in these tactics: what justification is there for having government agencies target people – who have been charged with no crime – for reputation-destruction, infiltrate online political communities, and develop techniques for manipulating online discourse? But to allow those actions with no public knowledge or accountability is particularly unjustifiable. So the next time you run into someone in a chat room or a message board who sounds just a little too much like a paid government subversive... it may not be just the paranoia speaking. For the full details "why not", read the formerly confidential slideshow below.