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British Historian Says Hitler Escaped Nazi Germany

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Did Hitler die? Or did he escape? British historian, Gerrard Williams, maintains that there’s been a large cover-up and that Hitler actually escaped Germany.

PTI via First Post:

Gerrard Williams claims that official records confirming the deaths of Hitler and his wife Eva Braun are seriously flawed as the Russians’ failed to announce they had found the body of the infamous dictator.

“I believe that in April 1945 the real Hitler along with Eva Braun were spirited out of the bunker where they escaped. They did not die, we were lied to, we’re still being lied to,” said Williams, a journalist, author and historian.

“It is supported by eyewitnesses who actually never saw anybody get shot. They never see the Fuhrer and Eva go into his private quarters in the bunker. They see bodies coming out but nobody ever see Hitler and Eva dead,” Williams said.

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FBI Behind Mysterious Surveillance Flights Over US Cities

AP via Yahoo News reports on the FBI’s latest domestic spying technique:

The FBI is operating a small air force with scores of low-flying planes across the country carrying video and, at times, cellphone surveillance technology — all hidden behind fictitious companies that are fronts for the government, The Associated Press has learned.

The planes’ surveillance equipment is generally used without a judge’s approval, and the FBI said the flights are used for specific, ongoing investigations. In a recent 30-day period, the agency flew above more than 30 cities in 11 states across the country, an AP review found.

Aerial surveillance represents a changing frontier for law enforcement, providing what the government maintains is an important tool in criminal, terrorism or intelligence probes. But the program raises questions about whether there should be updated policies protecting civil liberties as new technologies pose intrusive opportunities for government spying.

U.S. law enforcement officials confirmed for the first time the wide-scale use of the aircraft, which the AP traced to at least 13 fake companies, such as FVX Research, KQM Aviation, NBR Aviation and PXW Services.

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Even The FBI Had Privacy Concerns on License Plate Readers

Wired reports on the ACLU’s document request showing that the FBI paused for thought on whether or not the use of license plate readers might violate Americans’ privacy rights. Whatever reservations their lawyers may have had, the bosses at the Bureau clearly ignored them, as evidenced by the fact that the readers are very much in use:

Law enforcement’s use of automated license plate readers has drawn increasing controversy in recent years amid concerns that the devices pose a threat to privacy. Now, internal documents show that the FBI, based on a recommendation from its own lawyers, was told to stop buying the devices for a time in 2012.

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Photo: dickelbers (CC)

 

The documents, obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union through a public records request, show the FBI’s own Office of General Counsel was grappling with concerns about the agency’s use of the technology and the apparent lack of a cohesive government policy to protect the civil liberties of citizens whose vehicles are photographed by the readers.

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FBI Director Says ‘Hundreds, Maybe Thousands’ of Americans Under Influence of Islamic State

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James Comey, Director of the FBI.


Islamic State is definitely the FBI’s new bogeyman. USA Today reports on Director James Comey’s comments:

In a dramatic assessment of the domestic threat posed by the Islamic State, FBI Director James Comey said Thursday there are “hundreds, maybe thousands” of people across the country who are receiving recruitment overtures from the terrorist group or directives to attack the U.S.

Comey said the Islamic State, also known as ISIL, is leveraging social media in unprecedented ways through Twitter and other platforms, directing messages to the smartphones of “disturbed people” who could be pushed to launch assaults on U.S. targets.

“It’s like the devil sitting on their shoulders, saying ‘kill, kill, kill,”’ Comey said in a meeting with reporters.

The FBI director’s comments come in the midst of a federal investigation into a foiled attack in Garland, Texas, involving two ISIL sympathizers, one of whom, Elton Simpson, was long known to federal authorities.

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A Self-Styled Abolitionist’s Orwellian Assault on Sex Workers

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Self-styled abolitionist Ryan Dalton’s new tech startup, Rescue Forensics, wants to change the way the police fight human trafficking sex work by dredging up that old spectre The Satanic Panic under a new guise: Human Trafficking Hysteria.

The reality is that Rescue Forensics preys on sex workers — by selling their online activity to Law Enforcement Agencies.

A Vice’s Melissa Gira Grant reports:

Big data” and “sex trafficking.” That it took so long for someone to combine these buzz terms into one money-making venture is just one of several mysteries surrounding Rescue Forensics, a new startup.

The “big” in the Memphis-based company? Rescue Forensics claims it “archives massive quantities of data from classified advertisement sites specializing in commercial sex ads.” It gathers a lot of text, and even more nude and semi-nude photos. Then it turns all that over to the cops.

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FBI Won’t Release Occupy Houston Assassination Plot Records

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Image: Jared Rodriguez / Truthout (CC BY-SA-NC 2.0)

Dylan Baddour writes at the Houston Chronicle:

Details of a plot to kill Occupy Houston leaders won’t be released after a federal court upheld the FBI’s claim that the documents are legally exempted from the Freedom of Information Act.

The FBI argued information was withheld, including 12 of 17 relevant pages, to protect the identity of confidential sources who were “members of organized violent groups,” according to Courthouse News Service.

A heavily-redacted FBI document first revealed a Houston plot “to gather intelligence against the leaders of the protest groups and obtain photographs, then kill the leadership via suppressed sniper rifles.”

However the plotter’s identity is redacted.

Ryan Shapiro, a graduate student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and historian, filed several requests for documents pertaining to the Houston plot in 2013. In response, the FBI said they had no such relevant records, so Shapiro sued, accusing the bureau of an inadequate search.

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Decalcifying Your Pineal Gland W/ Dr. Dennis McKenna

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Disinfonauts!

On this edition of the Gabriel D. Roberts podcast, Gabriel interviews Dr. Dennis McKenna and asks the questions you’ve been wanting answers to! Was Terence McKenna a CIA/FBI operative? Can you de-gunk your pineal gland? Was Terence afraid of taking Mushrooms after an existential crisis? What is the state of psychedelic research now? These questions and more will be answered in this motherland of a podcast.

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Don’t Believe the FBI’s Most Recent Hate Crime Statistics

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Lauren Kirchner writes at Pacific Standard:

Crimes targeting black and transgender Americans persist, but they are under-reported and under-recorded.

Jackson, Mississippi, saw the long-awaited end to one particularly notorious case, as the last of 10 white defendants pleaded guilty to his part in the random assaults of several black men, as well as one murder, in a series of racially motivated hate crimes in 2011. Meanwhile, authorities in Colorado Springs, Colorado, began an investigation into the bombing of the NAACP local office there. No one was hurt in that explosion, and motives and suspects are still elusive, but the FBI is exploring the possibility that it, too, was a racially motivated “bias attack,” or hate crime.According to the FBI’s most recent annual hate crime statistics released last month, about half were motivated by racial bias. Racial-bias crimes far outnumbered crimes motivated by bias against the victim’s sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, disability status, gender, or gender identity.

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Take it and Like it: Corporate America and the Manipulation of Public Opinion

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Brad Clinesmith (CC BY-SA 2.0)

The Absurd Illusions of a Shining City on a Hill by Mark Weiser at Dissident Voice:

The average natural born citizen in any country is continuously indoctrinated into the national culture starting about the time they begin understanding the meaning of words. There’s one country in particular where reality is staring the public in the face, but the truth has been grossly distorted for decades by government, and mass media, bias and propaganda. If the citizens would suddenly see the truth, instead of what they’ve been conditioned to believe, they would find themselves in a strange and bizarre foreign land that’s contrary in many ways to their personal beliefs regarding home. For those who experience this sudden revelation, as soon as the truth is realized, it’s likely to provoke a profound and immediate sense of disbelief. Like emergency room personnel making insensitive jokes, laughter at some point becomes a self-defense mechanism for offsetting continuous parades of the absurd realities and outright horrors.

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