Monday, August 19, 2019

The Internet Crackdown Begins: U.S. Senator Al Franken Wants Google, Facebook And Twitter To Censor Political Speech

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by Michael Snyder, End Of The American Dream:

Are the days of the free and open Internet numbered?  The Internet is certainly used for all sorts of horrible things, but it has also allowed ordinary people to communicate on a mass scale that would have been unimaginable decades ago.  In the old days, if you wanted to reach large audiences of people with your information you always had to go through corporate gatekeepers.  But today, anyone with an Internet connection can literally broadcast whatever they want to say to the whole world.  Personally, my wife and I have always been amazed at how many people we are able to touch all over the planet from our little home in the mountains.  Over the past seven years our websites have been viewed more than 100 million times, and we receive emails about our work from people all over the globe.

Unfortunately, major changes may soon be coming to the Internet.  The election of Donald Trump really angered the elite, and they are blaming the power of the Internet for his victory.  They insist that something must be done “for the good of democracy”.

For example, in an opinion piece for the Guardian, U.S. Senator Al Franken proposed that it is time for the U.S. government to step in because Google, Facebook and Twitter have failed to prevent the spread of propaganda, misinformation, and hate speech

As lawmakers grapple with the revelations regarding Russia’s manipulation of social media during the 2016 election, many are shocked to learn the outsized role that the major tech companies play in so many aspects of our lives. Not only do they guide what we see, read, and buy on a regular basis, but their dominance – specifically in the market of information – now requires that we consider their role in the integrity of our democracy.

Last week’s hearings demonstrated that these companies may not be up to the challenge that they’ve created for themselves. In some instances, it seems that they’ve failed to take commonsense precautions to prevent the spread of propaganda, misinformation, and hate speech.

Those are very ominous words.

So precisely what would constitute “propaganda”, “misinformation” or “hate speech”?

When you start regulating speech, you cross a very dangerous line.  There is a reason why our founders guaranteed us freedom of speech in the Bill of Rights, because if we don’t have the freedom to say what we want then what do we really have left?

During the presidential election, there was a lot of talk about Hillary Clinton’s health.  The mainstream media insisted that she was just fine, and they accused those of us in the alternative media that were questioning her health of engaging in “propaganda” and “misinformation”.  Well, it turns out that we now know that Clinton’s health was so bad that Donna Brazile was actually considering replacing her as the nominee, and so it was actually the mainstream media that was putting out “propaganda” and “misinformation”.

Any effort to institute some sort of “truth police” would take us significantly down the road to totalitarianism, but apparently that is what Franken wants.  In fact, he is openly suggesting that it is time for government regulators to step in

Instead of simply trusting the big tech companies to police how their services are being used and abused, Franken suggested that regulators need to step in. Lawmakers should take a closer look at the influence technology plays in the everyday lives of Americans by conducting “vigorous oversight in the form of investigations and hearings to fully understand current practices and the potential for harm,” the Minnesota senator said.

“I’m hopeful that recent events will encourage regulators, as well as a broader contingent of my colleagues — on both sides of the aisle — to give this issue the attention it deserves,” he said.

So once government regulators begin regulating speech on the Internet, where will it end?

Will everything that we do on the Internet have to be evaluated for “truthiness” before it is allowed to be posted?

And who decides what the “truth” actually is?

Read More @ EndOfTheAmericanDream.com

US Demands RT America’s Registration as Foreign Agent, May Arrest Its Accounts

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from Sputnik News:

The unprecedented demand comes amid increased pressure on the media outlet in the US in the wake of the so-called Russia probe.

RT America has announced that the US Department of Justice has demanded the broadcaster’s registration under FARA until Monday, November 13, with Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan calling the deadline “cannibalistic.”

According to RT America, “if the company does not comply, its head may be arrested, as well as all of the company’s accounts.”

The decision has been commented on by Senator Andrei Klimov, who has stated, “We will probably have to make some changes in legislation that will allow us to create for US media engaged in propaganda in Russia the same working conditions as those created by the US authorities for RT.”

Earlier in the day, RT Director General Alexei Nikolov said at a meeting of the Upper House’s commission on information policy that the broadcaster did not consider itself a foreign agent, adding such status could be extremely dangerous for RT employees and all those who interact with the TV channel.

Previously, RT was requested to register under the US Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) in September in an unprecedented move not applied to any other foreign media in the country, prompting Moscow to warn Washington of reciprocal measurestoward US outlets in Russia.

The demand comes just hours after Adam Schiff, the ranking member of the US House Intelligence Committee, said on Tuesday, that it was “a tough question” whether RT should be allowed to place advertisements, in a move described by Simonyan as one made “in the name of freedom of speech.”

Pressure on RT in US

RT, as well as Sputnik, have come under increased pressure in the US in the wake of the investigation into alleged Russian interference in the US presidential election, a claim repeatedly denied by the Kremlin as “groundless and absurd.”

Read More @ SputnikNews.com

“LIBERAL MEDIA SMEAR CAMPAIGN TO SAVE HILLARY CLINTON,” TOP MANAGEMENT AT CNN DIRECTED EMPLOYEES TO ATTACK DONNA BRAZILE

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by Alex Thomas, The Daily Sheeple:

Committed anti-Trump “news network” CNN directly told their employees to undermine and discredit former interim DNC chairwoman Donna Brazile after her explosive claims that Hillary Clinton effectively rigged the primary, according to a report by Fox News’ Tucker Carlson.

Carlson started off the bombshell segment by noting the interlocking connections that largely bind the national media and the establishment together.

“People say the media are liberal, and obviously they are but that’s not the whole story. More than anything the national media are part of the establishment, they went to the same schools, they share the same values, they are basically the same people,” Carlson rightfully noted. “If you want evidence of this, look no further than the controversy over Donna Brazile’s new book.”

Carlson then revealed that high-level sources had confirmed that CNN itself had issued a directive to their employees regarding Brazile and those employees then took to the airwaves to spew propaganda aimed at saving Hillary Clinton.

“According to highly informed sources we spoke to, highly informed, top management at CNN directed its employees to undermine Brazile’s credibility,” Carlson said.

“Anchors and producers were vocally offended by her attacks on their friends, the Clintons. If you’ve been watching that channel, you may have noticed CNN’s anchors suggesting that Donna Brazile cannot be trusted, precisely because she took part in efforts to break the primaries for Clinton,” he continued.

Carlson isn’t the only one to note the obvious and desperate attempt by many within the establishment to save Hillary Clinton after Brazile’s widely read Politico report.

An article by the openly left-wing reporter Glenn Greenwald highlighted this very fact, listing four different claims spread by the establishment media that were outright lies and or purposeful misdirections. It is important to note that these “journalists” often use Twitter to spread headlines they want to believe are true, regardless of what the actual article really says.

The design of Twitter, where many political journalists spend their time, is in large part responsible for this damage. Its space constraints mean that tweeted headlines or tiny summaries of reporting are often assumed to be true with no critical analysis of their accuracy and are easily spread.

Claims from journalists that people want to believe are shared like wildfire, while less popular subsequent corrections or nuanced debunking are easily ignored. Whatever one’s views are on the actual impact of Twitter Russian bots, surely the propensity of journalistic falsehoods to spread far and wide is at least as significant.

Just in the last week alone, there have been four major factually false claims that have gone viral because journalists on Twitter endorsed and spread them: three about the controversy involving Donna Brazile and the Democratic National Committee, and one about documents and emails published by WikiLeaks during the 2016 campaign. It’s well worth examining them, both to document what the actual truth is, as well as to understand how often and easily this online journalistic misleading occurs.

Greenwald then goes on to specifically list the establishment puppets who are spreading misinformation about Brazile and her claims. All in all, his piece is an important read, especially when you consider the reporting from Carlson above.

Read More @ TheDailySheeple.com

The Trump Administration is Holding an American Citizen Without Charge or Trial

by Derrick Broze, Activist Post:

Civil liberties advocates are worried about the fate of an American citizen accused of fighting for ISIS in Syria who has been held for almost two months in a secret Iraq prison without access to a lawyer.

The American Civil Liberties Union is fighting to represent an American man who has been accused of fighting alongside the Islamic State in Syria. The U.S military has been detaining the American citizen at a secret prison in Iraq without access to a lawyer or even releasing his name to the public. He has been labeled an “enemy combatant” by the Trump administration despite a lack of evidence to brings charges against the man.

The ACLU reports:

We went to court asking a judge to protect the citizen’s constitutional rights, including the right not to be imprisoned without charge and the right to challenge his detention in court. The Trump administration has told the court that it doesn’t have to respect these essential due process rights.

The Washington Post recently revealed that the man was captured in Syria on September 12. He reportedly surrendered to a rebel group in Syria before being give to the U.S. military. According to The Washington Post, as told by anonymous “officials familiar with the case,” the Justice Department does not believe they have enough evidence to bring charges against him. However, if the military does not charge him they will face legal challenges. The ACLU is attempting to lead the way, but the organization is facing heavy push-back from the military.

“A Defense Department spokesman, Air Force Maj. Ben Sakrisson, said last week that the government continues to withhold the detainee’s identity and circumstances because ‘it’s still an ongoing operation’”, the Post reports. “Asked to elaborate, he said, ‘there are still a number of U.S. agencies looking at the circumstances of how he came to be detained’ and what should happen to him now.”

The anonymous officials told the Post the man has been questioned by “an interagency interrogation team” and the FBI. The suspect apparently refused to answer questions and has requested a lawyer.

He was then read his Miranda rights, and he again refused to cooperate and repeated his demand for a lawyer, according to people familiar with the case. An additional complication emerged — web postings suggested he may have done some reporting in Syria as opposed to being a fighter, these people said. But U.S. officials are skeptical of the idea that he is a journalist, they said.

The man now stands in legal limbo. The U.S military seems lacking in evidence to charge him, and it is unlikely an Iraqi court would charge him. However, if he is returned to Iraq he will likely face torture and/or unfair trial. The Post notes that current U.S. law prohibits releasing a suspect to a country where they are likely to face torture.

 

The ACLU says the Pentagon and Department of Justice have ignored their requests for access to the U.S. citizen so they could advise him of his rights and offer him legal representation. The ACLU says they worry because the man “is facing grave threats to his liberty and possibly his life.” The Trump administration continues to oppose allowing anyone access to the man. As the ACLU notes, “even George W. Bush’s attorney general and former federal district court judge, Michael Mukasey, ruled that the government’s national security interests cannot override an American citizen’s right to a lawyer.”

The Trump administration is indeed taking a dangerous step towards the complete erosion of civil liberties and protections from violations. It has not been stated by the DOJ or the U.S. military, but it is possible that this man is being held under section 1021 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the annual military budget. Many of you may remember that the NDAA 2012 contained the controversial section 1021 and 1022, provisions which allowed indefinite detention of American citizens without a right to trial if they are suspected of terrorism.

President Obama signed the bill in late 2011, making a special note in his presidential signing statement. “Moreover, I want to clarify that my Administration will not authorize the indefinite military detention without trial of American citizens,” Obama wrote. Obama said his administration would interpret section 1021 as complying with the Constitution and other applicable law. However, the fear of many activists at the time was that another president might come along and decide to make use of this section 1021 to detain and imprison activists or journalists accused of “terrorism” or “extremism.” Perhaps, someone like Donald Trump?

Read More @ ActivistPost.com

THE HIGH SILVER OPEN INTEREST FORCES THE BANKERS TO INITIATE ANOTHER RAID TODAY

by Harvey Organ, Harvey Organ Blog:

GOLD DOWN $4.75 AND SILVER DOWN 27 CENTS/ITALY’S TARGET 2 IMBALANCE AT A RECORD 433 BILLION EUROS WHICH CAN NEVER BE REPAID/THE SAUDIS NOW FREEZE OVER 1200 BANK ACCOUNTS/USA CONSUMER REVOLVING DEBT CLIMBS NOW OVER 1 TRILLION DOLLARS; NON REVOLVING DEBT: STUDENT LOANS AT A RECORD 1.478 TRILLION DOLLARS AND AUTO LOANS: 1.112 TRILLION DOLLARS

GOLD: $1275.40  DOWN $4.75

Silver: $16.95 DOWN 27  cents

Closing access prices:

Gold $1275.40

silver: $16.95

SHANGHAI GOLD FIX:  FIRST FIX  10 15 PM EST  (2:15 SHANGHAI LOCAL TIME)

SECOND FIX:  2:15 AM EST  (6:15 SHANGHAI LOCAL TIME)

SHANGHAI FIRST GOLD FIX: $1293.86 DOLLARS PER OZ

NY PRICE OF GOLD AT EXACT SAME TIME:  $1279.85

PREMIUM FIRST FIX:  $14.01(premiums getting smaller)

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SECOND SHANGHAI GOLD FIX: $1285.00

NY GOLD PRICE AT THE EXACT SAME TIME: $1279.00

Premium of Shanghai 2nd fix/NY:$6.00 PREMIUMS GETTING smaller)

 

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LONDON FIRST GOLD FIX:  5:30 am est  $1276.35

NY PRICING AT THE EXACT SAME TIME: $1276.30

LONDON SECOND GOLD FIX  10 AM: $1275.60

NY PRICING AT THE EXACT SAME TIME. 1276.95 ??

For comex gold:

NOVEMBER/

NOTICES FILINGS TODAY FOR OCT CONTRACT MONTH: 110 NOTICE(S) FOR  11000  OZ.

TOTAL NOTICES SO FAR: 966  FOR 96,600 OZ  (3.004TONNES)

For silver:

NOVEMBER

 

 7 NOTICE(S) FILED TODAY FOR

 

35,000  OZ/

Total number of notices filed so far this month: 863 for 4,315,000 oz

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Bitcoin:  $7174 bid /$7199 offer up $244.00  (MORNING)

BITCOIN CLOSING;$7099 BID:7124. OFFER  down $124.00

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Let us have a look at the data for today

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In silver, the total open interest ROSE BY A HUGE  3562 contracts from 204 ,938 DOWN TO 208,500 WITH  YESTERDAY’S  TRADING IN WHICH SILVER ROSE BY A CONSIDERABLE  37 CENTS.  THE CROOKS NO DOUBT ARE PULLING THEIR HAIR AS THEY ARE STILL HAVING AN AWFUL TIME TRYING TO COVER THEIR MASSIVE SILVER SHORTS.  THEY TRY TO CONTINUE WITH THEIR TORMENT WITH NO APPRECIABLE FALL IN SILVER OI.YESTERDAY HUGE NUMBERS OF NEWBIE SPEC LONGS ENTERED THE SILVER ARENA TO WHICH OUR BANKERS DUTIFULLY SUPPLIED. 

RESULT: A HUGE SIZED RISE IN OI COMEX  WITH THE  CONSIDERABLE 37 CENT PRICE GAIN.  NEWBIE SPEC LONGS ENTERED THE ARENA AND THESE GUYS WERE DUTIFULLY SUPPLIED BY OUR CROOKED BANKERS.  THERE WAS NO SHORTCOVERING YESTERDAY.

 In ounces, the OI is still represented by just OVER 1 BILLION oz i.e.  1.042 BILLION TO BE EXACT or 149{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} of annual global silver production (ex Russia & ex China).

FOR THE NEW FRONT OCT MONTH/ THEY FILED: 7 NOTICE(S) FOR 35,000  OZ OF SILVER

In gold, the open interest ROSE BY A LARGER THAN EXPECTED 8303 CONTRACTS WITH THE GOOD SIZED RISE IN PRICE OF GOLD ($11.25) WITH YESTERDAY’S TRADING .  The new OI for the gold complex rests at 537,727. NEWBIE LONGS RE-ENTERED THE ARENA TO WHICH THE BANKERS DUTIFULLY SUPPLIED THE NECESSARY SHORT PAPER.. 

NO EFP’S WERE ISSUED FOR THE NOVEMBER CONTRACT MONTH.

Result: A GOOD SIZED  INCREASE IN OI WITH THE RISE IN PRICE IN GOLD ($11.25). WE HAD ZERO BANK SHORT COVERING AS ANY OF OUR NEWBIE LONGS RE-ENTERED THE GOLD COMEX AREA TO WHICH OUR BANKERS DUTIFULLY SUPPLIED THE NECESSARY SHORT PAPER.

we had: 110 notice(s) filed upon for 11,000  oz of gold.

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With respect to our two criminal funds, the GLD and the SLV:

GLD:

A huge change in gold inventory at the GLD/ a withdrawal of 1.48 tonnes

Inventory rests tonight: 844.27 tonnes.

SLV

TODAY WE HAD NO CHANGE IN SILVER INVENTORY AT THE SLV

INVENTORY RESTS AT 319.018 MILLION OZ

 

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First, here is an outline of what will be discussed tonight:

1. Today, we had the open interest in silver ROSE  BY A HUGE  3562 contracts from 204,938  UP TO 208,500 (AND now A LITTLE CLOSER TO THE NEW COMEX RECORD SET ON FRIDAY/APRIL 21/2017 AT 234,787) WITH THE CONSIDERABLE RISE IN SILVER PRICE (RISE OF 37 CENTS).  OUR BANKERS WERE AGAIN UNSUCCESSFUL IN THEIR ATTEMPT TO COVER MUCH OF THEIR SILVER SHORTS. NEWBIE LONGS IN SILVER RE-ENTERED THE ARENA TO WHICH THE BANKERS  DUTIFULLY SUPPLIED THE NECESSARY SHORT PAPER.

RESULT:  A GOOD SIZED INCREASE IN SILVER OI AT THE COMEX WITH THE 37 CENT RISE IN PRICE  (WITH RESPECT TO YESTERDAY’S TRADING). OUR BANKER FRIENDS WERE UNSUCCESSFUL IN THEIR ATTEMPT TO COVER ANY OF THEIR HUGE BURGEONING SILVER SHORTS . .NO EFP’S WERE ISSUED FOR THE UPCOMING NOVEMBER CONTRACT.  NEWBIE LONGS RE=ENTERED THE SILVER ARENA TO WHICH OUR BANKERS DUTIFULLY SUPPLIED THE NECESSARY SHORT PAPER.

(report Harvey)

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2.a) The Shanghai and London gold fix report

(Harvey)

 

2 b) Gold/silver trading overnight Europe, Goldcore

(Mark O’Byrne/zerohedge

and in NY:  Bloomberg

3. ASIAN AFFAIRS

i)Late MONDAY night/TUESDAY morning: Shanghai closed UP 25.40 points or .75{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} /Hang Sang CLOSED UP 397.54 pts or 1.39{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528} / The Nikkei closed UP 389.25 POINTS OR 1.73{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}/Australia’s all ordinaires CLOSED UP 1.00{5f621241b214ad2ec6cd4f506191303eb2f57539ef282de243c880c2b328a528}/Chinese yuan (ONSHORE) closed DOWN  at 6.635/Oil UP to 57.26 dollars per barrel for WTI and 63.99 for Brent. Stocks in Europe OPENED  RED  .  ONSHORE YUAN CLOSED DOWN AGAINST THE DOLLAR AT 6.638. OFFSHORE YUAN CLOSED STRONGER TO THE ONSHORE YUAN AT 6.635  //ONSHORE YUAN  WEAKER AGAINST THE DOLLAR/OFF SHORE WEAKER TO THE DOLLAR/. THE DOLLAR (INDEX) IS STRONGER AGAINST ALL MAJOR CURRENCIES. CHINA IS NOT VERY HAPPY TODAY.

Read More @ HarveyOrganBlog.com

It’s Been A Spectacularly Bad Month For Hillary Clinton: Here’s Why

by Elizabeth Vos, Disobedient Media:

t’s been an epically bad month for Hillary Clinton, with many of her closest supporters either heavily damaged in the public eye, or very publicly turning on the failed former Presidential candidate.

First it was the tidal wave of allegations against Hollywood’s Harvey Weinstein. Disobedient Media thoroughly reported Weinstein’s many ties to the Democratic Party establishment and the Clintons.

Then it was Kevin Spacey, another Clinton insider and Hollywood insider who Disobedient Media reported has been accused of sexually assaulting a number of men, including two who were adolescents at the time. One has accused Spacey of attempted rape when the actor was 14. Since Disobedient Media covered this story, it has emerged that Spacey was has been suspended from House Of Cards, after workers for the show alleged Spacey had sexually harassed crew members ‘routinely.’

President Bill Clinton, pictured with Spacey last October, has told the actor he loved ‘House of Cards.’ (@KEVINSPACEY VIA TWITTER

Disobedient Media also reported that Spacey was documented to have travelled with Bill Clinton and convicted sexual predator Jeffrey Epstein on the infamous ‘Lolita Express’ flights. Epstein was eventually jailed for soliciting girls as young as 14 for prostitution

In an even more bizarre twist, a hedge fund manager for mega wealthy banker George Soros was reported to have “lured women to a sex dungeon,” where multiple women claim he then raped and severely beat them.

The Daily Beast wrote: “Three Florida women, filing under pseudonyms, have accused 62-year-old Howard Rubin of leading an organized human-trafficking ring in which he allegedly employed women to lure models to his $8 million Manhattan Penthouse… he led them into a sex-dungeon where he subjected them to sexual assault, rape, false imprisonment, and beatings so severe they would lose consciousness and one had to undergo reconstructive surgery to repair her breasts.”

George Soros, for whom Rubin worked as a portfolio manager, was reported by the Wall Street Journal to have lost up to $1 billion “as a result of the stock-market rally spurred by Donald Trump’s surprise presidential election.” Soros was reported to have donated $9 million to pro-Clinton SuperPACs during the campaign season. Soros’ various charitable groups have additionally donated millions to the Clinton Foundation.

The revelations began with Hollywood, but did not end there. First there was bombshell news regarding Uranium One, indicating that Clinton’s former campaign Chief of Staff’s brother Tony Podesta is now under investigation by Robert Mueller. Press reports indicate that Tony Podesta left his lobbying firm The Podesta Group as a result of the ongoing investigation.

Additionally, it has been revealed that Clinton’s campaign was responsible for payments to Fusion GPS in order to produce the infamous dossier that accused Trump of bizarre sexual acts last year, which has been widely regarded as a hoax. The Hill reports that former FBI Director James Comey called the dossier “salacious and unverified” in testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Despite this, Reuters reports that the dossier was central to investigations by a special counsel and congressional committees into U.S. intelligence agency allegations that Russia tried to help Trump’s campaign. This raises serious questions regarding the origin of such investigations, given the fact that Clinton’s campaign sponsored the creation of the document.

The disastrous series of events for Hillary Clinton did not end there. Her former ally Donna Brazile stunned the public when she outright stated via Politico that the DNC had rigged the Democratic Primary last year against the candidacy of Bernie Sanders. Brazile stated: “Debbie was not a good manager. She hadn’t been very interested in controlling the party—she let Clinton’s headquarters in Brooklyn do as it desired… How much control Brooklyn had and for how long was still something I had been trying to uncover for the last few weeks. By September 7, the day I called Bernie, I had found my proof and it broke my heart. ”

Read More @ DisobedientMedia.com

 

 

Twitter Revises Terms Of Service, No Longer Believes In “Speaking Truth To Power”

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from ZeroHedge:

Having been caught in a crossfire over internet free speech and Russian conspiracy theories, Twitter has quietly made a significant change in its stated “Twitter Rules” terms of service.

Following several Congressional hearings meant to root out “Russian interference” by Twitter accounts, as well as an incident in which a disgruntled, now former employee, disabled Donald Trump’s twitter account for 11 minutes, it appears that Twitter no longer believes in “speaking truth to power.”

The change can be seen in Twitter’s TOS, in the “Abusive Behavior” section, which currently states that “We believe in freedom of expression and open dialogue, but that means little as an underlying philosophy if voices are silenced because people are afraid to speak up.”

This is a material change from what this section stated as recently as November 2, when the section read “We believe in freedom of expression and in speaking truth to power”…

… with believing in “speaking truth to power” replaced with “open dialogue.

The change took place just two days after November 1, when Twitter, along with Google and Facebook, were questioned by Congress in the ongoing witch-hunt, as dubbed by Donald Trump, for “Russian influence” that may have led to interference in the 2016 presidential election. As @Jack twitted at the time, the changes to Twitter’s rules were made as part of a November 3 attempt to “clarify” them.

In a statement, the company said that it wanted to make it clear that “context is crucial when evaluating abusive behavior and determining appropriate enforcement actions.”

In its testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee, Twitter unveiled that it used a vast array of tenuous criteria to define accounts as “Russia-linked,” and also admitted it had censored the hashtags #PodestaEmails and #DNCLeaks tweets during the 2016 US presidential election campaign in an effort to limit public exposure to leaked documents describing the Democratic National Committee’s efforts to boost Clinton as the Democratic Party’s  preferred candidate during the primaries, a process which was subsequently defined as rigged by none other than Elizabeth Warren following blockbuster claims by interim DNC chair Donna Brazile. Twitter Associate General Counsel Sean Edgett claimed many of those tweets were “automated” and hidden by anti-spam systems. He also admitted that less than 4 percent of them came from potential “Russian-linked” accounts.

Read More @ ZeroHedge.com

Declassified Docs Show CIA Poisoned Entire Town with LSD in Massive Mind-Control Experiment

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By Jay Syrmopoulos, The Free Thought Project:

The CIA intentionally dosed a French village with LSD as part of a top-secret mind control experiment according to documents released under FOIA.

For decades, after a French village was struck by mass insanity and hallucinations in 1951, it was widely believed that a local bakery’s flour had become contaminated by ergot, a poisonous fungus that occurs naturally on rye and causes hallucinations. However, a discovery by an investigative journalist doing research for a book about the incident uncovered damning evidence that the village’s food was intentionally contaminated with LSD as part of a secret CIA mind control experiment.

On August 16, 1951, numerous locals were suddenly stricken with horrifying hallucinations of fire, dragons, and snakes, with dozens being committed to asylums and hundreds left with varying degrees of madness. The incident was known locally as the mystery of Le Pain Maudit (Cursed Bread).

Time magazine wrote at the time: “Among the stricken, delirium rose: patients thrashed wildly on their beds, screaming that red flowers were blossoming from their bodies, that their heads had turned to molten lead.”

A local postman at the time, Leon Armunier, was doing his rounds in the town of Pont-Saint-Esprit when he was suddenly overcome by a feeling of nausea and wild hallucinations.

“It was terrible. I had the sensation of shrinking and shrinking, and the fire and the serpents coiling around my arms,” he told the BBC.

Armunier, now 87, fell off his bike and was taken to the hospital in Avignon.

He recalls being put in a straitjacket and sharing a room with three teenagers who had been chained to their beds to keep them under control.

“Some of my friends tried to get out of the window. They were thrashing wildly… screaming, and the sound of the metal beds and the jumping up and down… the noise was terrible.

“I’d prefer to die rather than go through that again,” Armunier said.

According to H.P. Albarelli Jr., who published a book about the experiment, the incident had nothing to do with ergot contaminated bread, and instead, was part of a top-secret mind control experiment conducted by the CIA.

Albarelli’s findings are based upon a CIA documents he uncovered while investigating the incident entitled:

“Re: Pont-Saint-Esprit and F.Olson Files. SO Span/France Operation file, inclusive Olson. Intel files. Hand carry to Belin – tell him to see to it that these are buried.”

The Telegraph reports:

Mr Albarelli came across CIA documents while investigating the suspicious suicide of Frank Olson, a biochemist working for the SOD who fell from a 13th floor window two years after the Cursed Bread incident. One note transcribes a conversation between a CIA agent and a Sandoz official who mentions the “secret of Pont-Saint-Esprit” and explains that it was not “at all” caused by mould but by diethylamide, the D in LSD.

Further research revealed that F. Olson, according to the BBC, was Frank Olson – a scientist that had spearheaded research into LSD for the CIA, while Belin was a reference to David Belin, who was executive director of the Rockefeller Commission created by the White House in 1975 to investigate abuses carried out worldwide by the CIA.

The Pont-Saint-Esprit and F. Olson Files, mentioned in the document, would show – if they had not been “buried” – that the CIA was experimenting on the townspeople, by dosing them with LSD, according to Albarelli.

Read More @ TheFreeThoughtProject.com

State Authorities Fine 5yo Girl for Selling Lemonade Without Business License

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by Matt Agorist, The Free Thought Project:

A five-year-old is getting a harsh dose of the police state after selling lemonade to buy a new bike and then getting a fine for not having a permit.

Porterville, CA — The state knows no empathy, logic, or reason and will enforce its most asinine decrees—even if it means targeting an innocent five-year-old girl’s lemonade stand. Without resistance, this encroachment upon our everyday activities is as inevitable as the tide.

In Porterville, California, a family is learning this harsh reality of the state after they were issued a citation from city hall for $59—the local fee for applying for a new license—plus a fine.

Autumn Thomasson proudly set up the stand outside her family’s home last June as a means of raising money to buy a bicycle. She sold lemonade, candy, and snacks and raised a whopping $82—enough to buy herself a new bike.

“It meant so much to know she earned her own money, that Mom and Dad didn’t need to go buy her. She got to bring her own wallet and buy it herself and pay at the cash register,” DeHaas told Fox26.

However, her entrepreneurial spirit was crushed this week after her mother received the threatening note of extortion in the mail.

“What kind of world do we live in where kids can’t do lemonade stand or any kind of stands for that matter without getting in trouble?!” Gabby Dehaas wrote of her daughter’s extortion over lemonade. “How are we suppose [sic] to show our kids to work hard for what they want and to expand their ideas/entrepreneurship if they need a license for every little thing! I just got fined for my daughter have a 3 hour lemonade a couple months ago, so she could know how to earn enough money, to know a value of a dollar! 
I’m not mad about the money for the fine I’m mad about the pettiness of the reasoning. These things are just straight wrong!”

The citation included a print out of Dehaas’ Facebook post advertising her daughter’s stand.

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Washington Stomps on Civil Liberty

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by Paul Craig Roberts, Paul Craig Roberts:

The insouciant American electorate is so inattentive that it routinely elects enemies of civil liberty to represent the public in Congress. Last Wednesday Rep. Adam Schiff (D, CA), Rep. Trey Gowdy ( R, SC), Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D, CA), Sen. Mark Warner (D, VA), Rep. Jackie Speier (D, CA), Sen. Tom Cotton (R , AR ), and Rep. Joaquin Castro (D, TX) tried to intimidate executives from Facebook, Twitter, and Google into blocking all digital dissent to the anti-Trump/Russian line taken by the DNC and military/secrurity complex and to serve as spy agencies for the CIA.

Two of the above—Gowdy and Cotton—are Republicans who have aligned themselves with the attack on Russia and Republican President Trump. What unites the members of the two parties is that they want a police state. Jackie Speier demands to know from Google why Google hasn’t “shut down RT on YouTube.” Joaquin Castro wants messages linked to Russia turned over to the US government. Trey Gowdy wants false statements blocked, which would mean that the entire print and TV media in the US would be shut down along with Congress, John Brennan, Robert Mueller, and James Comey. Gowdy does not know that the First Amendment guarantees free speech and leaves it up to the public to decide what is true and what is false.

You tell me. What kind of insouciant people are capable of electing representatives who do not respect the Bill of Rights? Is a country whose government does not respect its own Constitution a democracy? Is such a country an exceptional, indispensable country? Or is it a completely corrupt entity whose government no longer has the slightest allegience to the Bill of Rights and the US Constitution?

What is the quality of an electorate that sends those with a police state mentality to represent them in the government that has power over them? Are we witnessing the destruction of democracy by the electorate? Is the failure of the American people staring us in the face?

Are you amazed that it is the executives of Facebook, Twitter, and Google, and not the members of Congress who have sworn to uphold the Constitution of the United States, who point out to US Representatives and Senators that their demands for censorship and spying are unconstitutional?

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Antifa Rallies Planned in at Least 20 U.S. Cities — Won’t ‘Stop Until This Regime Driven from Power’

by Penny Starr, Breitbart:

The left-wing, Antifa Refuse Fascism group is planning rallies in at least 20 cities across the United States on Saturday to demand that the duly-elected President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence be “driven from power.”

In a full-page ad in the New York Times on Wednesday, the group advertised its event:

Nov 4 it begins — be there — join with the thousands who will gather in cities and towns across the country. A movement of protests that continue every day and night, growing until we become millions … determined not to stop until this is driven from power.

Newsweek reported on Thursday:

“Refuse fascism,” a nascent protest group with ties to a more explicitly left-wing radical group, “the revolutionary communist party,” doesn’t seem like a typical fit for the left-leaning pages of the paper known as The Gray Lady, but very little has been normal about the Trump era so far, according to organizers.

The regime is destroying the planet by ignoring climate change, they say, and they claim it is turning America into a fascist country through an unprecedented series of executive orders.

“What Trump and his administration are doing could pose an existential threat to humanity,” Andy Zee, a member of the advisory board for Refuse Fascism, told Newsweekin a phone interview.

“We’re in one of the most perilous moments in history right now,” Zee said.

Read More @ ZeroHedge,com

Washington Stomps on Civil Liberty

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by Paul Craig Roberts, Paul Craig Roberts:

The insouciant American electorate is so inattentive that it routinely elects enemies of civil liberty to represent the public in Congress. Last Wednesday Rep. Adam Schiff (D, CA), Rep. Trey Gowdy ( R, SC), Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D, CA), Sen. Mark Warner (D, VA), Rep. Jackie Speier (D, CA), Sen. Tom Cotton (R , AR ), and Rep. Joaquin Castro (D, TX) tried to intimidate executives from Facebook, Twitter, and Google into blocking all digital dissent to the anti-Trump/Russian line taken by the DNC and military/secrurity complex and to serve as spy agencies for the CIA.

Two of the above—Gowdy and Cotton—are Republicans who have aligned themselves with the attack on Russia and Republican President Trump. What unites the members of the two parties is that they want a police state. Jackie Speier demands to know from Google why Google hasn’t “shut down RT on YouTube.” Joaquin Castro wants messages linked to Russia turned over to the US government. Trey Gowdy wants false statements blocked, which would mean that the entire print and TV media in the US would be shut down along with Congress, John Brennan, Robert Mueller, and James Comey. Gowdy does not know that the First Amendment guarantees free speech and leaves it up to the public to decide what is true and what is false.

You tell me. What kind of insouciant people are capable of electing representatives who do not respect the Bill of Rights? Is a country whose government does not respect its own Constitution a democracy? Is such a country an exceptional, indispensable country? Or is it a completely corrupt entity whose government no longer has the slightest allegience to the Bill of Rights and the US Constitution?

What is the quality of an electorate that sends those with a police state mentality to represent them in the government that has power over them? Are we witnessing the destruction of democracy by the electorate? Is the failure of the American people staring us in the face?

Are you amazed that it is the executives of Facebook, Twitter, and Google, and not the members of Congress who have sworn to uphold the Constitution of the United States, who point out to US Representatives and Senators that their demands for censorship and spying are unconstitutional?

What is the liberal/progressive/left, which believes that good resides in government and evil in the private sector, to make of this?

Read More @ PaulCraigRoberts.org