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Monsanto’s Website Hacked After 2 Million March
The Monsanto corporate website was hacked on May 29, 2013, just days after more than 2 million people marched against the organization around the world, and despite an almost complete media blackout. Anonymous, a group of internet hackers calling themselves ‘hacktivists’, was able to temporarily shut down the site as an act of outright revolt against Monsanto’s illegal and predatory practices of planting poison GMO crops even despite the public’s desperate attempts to stop them.
A statement released by Anonymous relates:
“Monsanto is facing the wrath of activists because they are altering the nature of our food supply without a concern about long term effects on human health, because they are creating a monopoly on the supply of seeds for farmers, and, because of increasing evidence of long term environmental damages.”
This same hacktivist has previously hacked into Monsanto’s website before, and also the public relations companies associated with them. In December of 2012, the hackers infiltrated the PR firm known as The Biving Group due to “15+ years of running marketing campaigns and helping some of the most corrupt corporations on the planet, as well as several governmental agencies, cover up their dirt.” Going by information released by Anonymous, Bivings Group shut down all of their servers and liquidated their assets after the infiltration.
Will activists take on increasingly desperate attempts to shut down corporations like Monsanto as the global spread of GMO seed endangers our food supply? As Monsanto seems to slide like a slippery eel through government institutions that are supposed to protect the people from health hazards like GMO, including the Senate, Congress, FDA, and our completely mute presidential office, perhaps the public is getting anxious as the GMO monopoly continues to grow in India and the US, as in other countries, despite rampant activism to stop them.
Ron Paul Would Like to See Glenn Jacobs (aka Wrestler “Kane”) Enter the GOP Senate Race in Tennessee0
Posted by Judy Morris
Ron Paul Would Like to See Glenn Jacobs (aka Wrestler “Kane”) Enter the GOP Senate Race in Tennessee
Received this statement today from former Ron Paul 2012 campaign staffer Matt Collins, who is interested in seeing Glenn Jacobs–who is also the wrestler known as “Kane”–enter the GOP Senate primary from Tennessee next year (where he’d be up against incumbent Lamar Alexander).
Background on Collins, in his own words:
I served on Ron Paul’s 2012 Presidential Campaign as his New Media Manager, and also as a strategic political operative in Minnesota. I am currently working with the Campaign for Liberty to fight the national Internet sales tax mandate.
His statement about Jacobs potential candidacy and Ron Paul:
As an activist for the cause in Nashville in 2009 I helped launch Rand Paul’s Campaign for US Senate. Rand called me in Feb of that year and wanted my help to get him elected. I am hoping we can do the same for Glenn Jacobs against Senator Lamar Alexander in 2014.
Former Congressman Ron Paul and I have emailed back and forth on this topic quite a bit and he has told me repeatedly “keep telling Glenn we need him to do it. It’s important, he’s exactly the kind of candidate we need.” When Dr. Paul spoke at the Knoxville GOP dinner in April I arranged a private 30-minute meeting with Dr. Paul and Glenn in which the potential candidacy for Senate was discussed.
Although Glenn has been hesitant to jump in the race, thus far, some tea party leaders in Tennessee have already voiced private support for Glenn against Senator Alexander.
Read the rest at Reason.com, here.
Senators Wyden And Udall Say They’ve Seen No Evidence That NSA Surveillance Stopped Dozens Of Terrorist0
By Judy Morris
Senators Wyden And Udall Say They’ve Seen No Evidence That NSA Surveillance Stopped Dozens Of Terrorist Attacks
During a cybersecurity hearing yesterday in the Senate, NSA boss General Keith Alexander was asked a bunch of questions about the NSA surveillance scandal. At one point, he claimed that he didn’t have an exact number of cases in which the dragnet of information collected had stopped terrorist activity, but that it was “dozens” and that he would provide more info in a classified session (held today). However, Senators Ron Wyden and Mark Udall — both on the Senate Intelligence Committee, and both paying close attention to these issues — have put out a statement today saying that they’ve seen no evidence of this and they’d like General Alexander to clarify.
“We have not yet seen any evidence showing that the NSA’s dragnet collection of Americans’ phone records has produced any uniquely valuable intelligence. Gen. Alexander’s testimony yesterday suggested that the NSA’s bulk phone records collection program helped thwart ‘dozens’ of terrorist attacks, but all of the plots that he mentioned appear to have been identified using other collection methods. The public deserves a clear explanation,” Udall and Wyden said. “We look forward to reviewing the analysis that the general has promised to provide showing how the intelligence community arrived at these numbers. In our view, a key measure of the effectiveness of the bulk collection program will be whether it provided any intelligence that couldn’t be obtained through other methods.”
There’s a big distinction in there that many defenders of the program — both politicians and press — keep glossing over. The question is not whether the data itself was ever used in terrorist investigations, but whether or not this particular dragnet program was necessary to obtain that information. Law enforcement has had legal means of getting specific information for decades without having to resort to collecting all information to sift through later.
Tech Dirt link, here.
Posted by Judy Morris
The Senate Farm Bill Is 80% Food Stamps
By Ali Papademetriou
Rand Paul Pushing Lawsuit Against NSA for Spying on Americans
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, son of former liberty loving Congressman Ron Paul has already made a public statement regarding the National Security Agency (NSA) spying on millions of Americans’ phone records and emails and now he’s going as far as requesting citizens join him in a lawsuit against the agency.
On Sunday the Kentucky Senator told “Fox News Sunday” that he would be seeking the help of those angered over their Fourth Amendment being violated to follow his lead in a class-action lawsuit. “I’m going to be asking all the Internet providers and all of the phone companies: Ask your customers to join in a class-action lawsuit,” explained Paul.
He went on to detail, “If we get 10 million Americans saying we don’t want our phone records looked at, then maybe someone will wake up and something will change in Washington.”
Written by Adam Dick
US Government Spying: Constructing a ‘Turnkey Totalitarian State’?
The Washington Post reports that the ranking minority member of the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence seems not too concerned about the United States government collecting information about our phone conversations:
Sen. Saxby Chambliss (Ga.), the top Republican on the Intelligence Committee, said, “This is nothing particularly new…. Every member of the United States Senate has been advised of this.”
He added: “It is simply what we call metadata that is never utilized by any government agency” unless an agency goes to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court judges for further review of the information.
Using section 215 of the PATRIOT Act federal government agencies can require companies to hand over this and other personal information without the government establishing reasonable grounds, much less the constitutionally required probably cause, that the people whose information is sought are engaged in criminal activity.
When section 215 came up for re-authorization in 2011, Sens. Ron Wyden and Mark Udall, also members of the Senate Intelligence Committee with access to classified briefings on the US government’s use and interpretation of section 215 powers, warned that Americans would be concerned about the powers being exercised and promoted unsuccessful efforts to limit the exercise of these powers. Declan McCullagh detailed the senators’ concerns and legislative efforts.
Further, Sen. Chambliss’s suggestion that the FISA court will protect us from government snooping provides little comfort. That court ordered Verizon to hand over millions of individuals’ personal phone records. Indeed, the US Department of Justice reported to Congress that in 2012 the FISA court did not deny any of 1,789 applications for monitoring electronic communications.
National Security Agency whistleblower William Binney reminds us in the Washington Times that US government snooping on the “metadata” and content of vast amounts of email and phone calls has been ongoing for over a decade. For more explanation from Binney about the secret US government spying on our private lives check out James Bamford’s investigative report from last year in Wired that also goes into the details of the multi-year, billions-upon-billions of dollars build-up of facilities, technology, and manpower to spy on our activities on an unprecedented scale. The US government’s snooping has reached the point that Binney gives the following warning in Bamford’s article:
Sitting in a restaurant not far from NSA headquarters, the place where he spent nearly 40 years of his life, Binney held his thumb and forefinger close together. “We are, like, that far from a turnkey totalitarian state,” he says.
Written by Adam Dick
The Government Accountability Office tells Whispers it is now investigating large ammunition purchases made by the Department of Homeland Security. Chuck Young, a spokesman for GAO, says the investigation of the purchases is “just getting underway.”
The congressional investigative agency is jumping into the fray just as legislation was introduced in both the Senate and the House to restrict the purchase of ammo by some government agencies (except the Department of Defense). The AMMO Act, introduced Friday, would prevent agencies from buying more ammunition if “stockpiles” are greater than what they were in previous administrations.
Donelle Harder, a spokeswoman for Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., who introduced the legislation in the Senate, tells Whispers the bill would also require GAO to share the findings of its report on DHS purchases with Congress.
Officials at DHS have denied to both Whispers and lawmakers that it is stockpiling ammunition. The Associated Press reported in February that DHS wanted to buy more than 1.6 billion rounds of ammunition, but DHS officials testified last week it was only planning to buy up to 750 million.
A special report video interview updating the recent UN Arms Treaty.
Posted by NextNewsNetwork
Headline news covering topics regarding the CIA confirmation hearing of Brennan, drone actions, the lose of Canadian citizenship and much more.
Gary Franchi from NextNewsNetwork interviews Jim Babka from DownSizeDC.com. Topics discussed include proposed bills, Congress and Senate actions, the influences behind the decisions we see out of DC along with the need to fix the two party system to open up future elections.