dimanche 8 avril 2012

Washington Elite Spending Your Taxpayer Dollars on Psychics

Washington Elite Spending Your Taxpayer Dollars on Psychics

Lisa Rein
Washington Post
April 8, 2012

At the start of his mind-reading act, Bob Garner asked a federal employee for the name of his dead dog. He asked someone else to recall a person close to them who had passed away. Then he shared some of the messages the deceased sent from the other side.

Each time, the self-described mentalist and “motivational speaker with a ‘WOW’ factor” was able to divine the truth. What he couldn’t predict was the outrage his $3,200, expenses-paid poolside gig would cause in Washington after his bill showed up on the General Services Administration’s $823,000 tab from a Las Vegas spending spree.

But what works in the corporate world does not necessarily fly in the federal government, where taxpayers, not shareholders, have to foot the bill.

Garner’s booking at the sumptuous M Resort Spa Casino off the Las Vegas Strip, where GSA flew him from California in October 2010, has become a head-scratching symbol of a major spending scandal.

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Militarization of Police in America: Trained by Mossad

Militarization of Police in America: Trained by Mossad

Press TV
April 8, 2012

US police forces train with Israel’s Mossad agents, treating peaceful American protesters like terrorists, an online columnist tells Press TV.

Experts say US police are increasing their use of excessive force against protesting students.

Earlier this week, US police used pepper spray and heavy-handed tactics against students in California’s Santa Monica College against their college’s tuition policies. A four-year-old girl is among the at least 30 victims.

Last November, students at a University of California campus were also pepper sprayed by police.

Press TV has conducted an interview with Allen Roland, online columnist, to further discuss the issue. The following is a transcription of the interview.

Press TV: Mr. Roland. What we’ve seen in the last past months is people and, in this particular case, students exercising their constitutional rights staging peaceful protests. Why then are we not seeing America going back on its own Constitution – the First Amendment I’m pointing to?

Roland: Let me just say that the Constitution is being shredded right before our eyes. What we’re seeing here is a militarization of the police force.

You do not realize but a lot of these police forces across the country have been trained by Mossad. They’re using the same techniques that Israel uses with the West Bank people and the Gaza people right here in the United States.

What do you mean? What I mean is this, is that these people are being treated more and more like what? -Terrorists.

The militarization of the police force is one of the most outrageous acts that is happening right now. According to the Constitution, that is illegal. But that has been shredded.

Right now the president has the opportunity to do this – to basically kill anyone without due process that’s been passed by Congress.

This is going to get worse before it gets better, as I’ve been saying for months, as we approach the election.

But also, don’t forget, students are carrying one of the most heavy debt loads of any country in the world in the United States. The average student loan is something like 32,000 dollars. And tuition is going up.

There’s a lot to be angry about, and the police are militarized so it can only get worse.

Press TV: As you said, the case will only get worse. If this trend happens to go on, in the foreseeable future how will this portray America’s international image as what it claims to be the standard bearer and the flag bearer in defending human rights?

Roland: That is totally laughable. We are no longer the standard bearer of human rights at all. And if the whole world is already looking at us with chagrined looks, but not shocked looks, because we already have the reputation of being a rogue nation and not living up to what we say.

The problem is our Constitution is being shredded before our eyes. You’re going to see more and more actions like this particularly in college campuses across the country. We saw it in UC Davis, we saw it back east, we saw it today in Santa Monica, and it will continue.

This is not a laughing matter. This is shocking! But it’s happening and it will happen in an increased level right up until the election.

What’s happening is also this, is that the police forces have been [fortified]. The Department of Homeland Security has just bought 450 million rounds of hollow bullets. These are bullets that are meant for human beings.

So what are they arming themselves for? They’re arming themselves for the people who are revolting against the administration and the establishment.

As I’ve said before on Press TV, eventually the will of the people will meet the will of the government or the establishment and that’s not going to be pretty.

vendredi 6 avril 2012

TSA Body Scanners Set To Be Exposed as “Giant Fraud”

Engineer who lifted the lid on $1 billion dollar body scanner program promises ‘epic’ revelations

Paul Joseph Watson
Friday, April 6, 2012

The Transportation Security Administration is set for yet another major embarrassment next week with Jon Corbett, the engineer who recently put the federal agency to shame by exposing the uselessness of its $1 billion dollar body scanner program, promising to release a new video of ‘epic’ proportions.

Corbett’s March 5th video, which has so far received almost 1.9 million views after going viral and appearing in hundreds of news stories, exposed how the TSA’s radiation firing body scanners can easily be fooled by securing an object inside an external pocket sewn on to an item of clothing.

The video shows Corbett carrying a metal case through the scanner, away from his body in his side pocket. Corbett explains that because metallic objects appear as black on the image the scanners produce, the machines do not pick up such objects if they are obscured by the background, which is also black.

The TSA’s response to the controversy was both glib and totally pathetic – the federal agency didn’t even try to deny the fact that Corbett had revealed the body scanner program to be completely useless for the purpose the TSA claims it was designed for.

However, the TSA did resort to threatening mainstream news reporters not to cover the story. The reporters cited a TSA spokeswoman called Sari Koshetz as the person attempting to intimidate them out of covering the issue. They say that Koshetz described Corbett as someone who “clearly has an agenda” that “should not be aided by the mainstream media”.

Following the interest generated by the story, Corbett attempted to obtain video footage of himself defeating the body scanners at Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport under the Freedom of Information Act, efforts that have so far been resisted.

  • A d v e r t i s e m e n t

Corbett is still engaged in a lawsuit against the TSA’s naked body scanners and its invasive pat down procedures.

Now Corbett has put out a teaser for a new TSA exposé set to be released early next week.

“I’ve been working on producing a new video, which will be on the same level of epicness as the last one in exposing the TSA — and especially the nude body scanner program — as the giant fraud that it is. I’m pleased to announce that my new video will be released early next week,” writes Corbett on his blog.

“No hints, but I promise you’ll like it. Unless, of course, you’re a TSA supporter, in which case… well, apologies in advance.”

The fact that the TSA is set to be embarrassed yet again is hardly a surprise, virtually every week we see a deluge of stories concerning the criminal behavior of the agency’s screeners, but the popularity and importance of Corbett’s previous revelation means we’re waiting on his next effort with baited breath.

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