Guest Post: "Who Are The Real Traitors?", by Jim Quinn

Wed, Jun 19, 2013 - 12:10pm

Please take the time to read this.

If you haven't yet, I humbly ask you to read my post from last week concerning the destruction of the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. You can do so by clicking here:

Earlier today, Jim Quinn sent me a link to his latest on the same subject. It goes into far greater detail and is much better written than mine so I asked him if I could make it a "guest post". He graciously obliged. Jim and I look forward to being bunkmates at Re-Education Camp 12-42D in North Dakota.

Who Are The Real Traitors, by Jim Quinn of

“I’m neither traitor nor hero. I’m an American.” – Edward Snowden

“If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.” - Samuel Adams

There are weeks that change the course of human history. There are weeks when people must choose sides. There are weeks that expose the real American traitors. There is no middle ground in this debate. You are either on the side of freedom, liberty, truth, transparency and the U.S. Constitution or you are on the side of mindless obedience, oppression, deception, corruption and tyranny. A courageous young Millennial named Edward Snowden has risked his life and his future to expose the illegal, surreptitious surveillance programs being conducted by the United States government in clear violation of the 4th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The NSA, with the full knowledge of Barack Obama and Congress, has been covertly collecting phone and internet records on millions of Americans with the full cooperation of Verizon and other mega media/data corporations. Our owners have been using the U.S. Constitution to wipe their asses. The 4th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is so unambiguous that any intelligent politician, bright journalist or fifth grader in Miss Sabatini’s history class could interpret its meaning and intention. Our founding fathers believed in truth, clarity and simplicity. The traitorous sociopaths in control of our government today believe in obfuscation, ambiguity and complexity.

Living Constitution?
Do you believe the mass collection of metadata information from millions of Americans with no probable cause is an unreasonable search as defined by the 4th Amendment? Do you believe the complete lockdown of one of the biggest metropolitan areas in the country and the door to door search by heavily armed government security thugs for one wounded teenager, without warrants or probable cause, was a violation of the 4th Amendment? Do you believe secretive governmental agencies have the right to partner with the biggest internet/communications/mass media corporations in the world to record your phone calls, read your emails, and monitor your internet communications under the bogus justification of the War on Terror (you are more likely to be struck by lightning twice than to be killed by a terrorist)? Do you believe that government agencies tasked with revenue collection can be used to create an enemies list based upon whether you donated to the Ron Paul campaign, believe in liberty, or belong to a Tea Party organization? Do you believe allowing minimum wage government drones to molest little old ladies, paraplegics and three year old children, while conducting full body scans on all airline passengers really makes you safer from phantom terrorists? Do you believe having 30,000 high tech surveillance drones that can see you picking your nose in your driveway from 25,000 feet are not a violation of your privacy rights?

Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

If you answered in the affirmative to any or all of the questions above you are either a government apparatchik, someone dependent upon the surveillance state for your paycheck, a victim of decades of mind control through corporate mass media propaganda, or one of the willfully ignorant masses. Of course the ignorant masses will not be reading these questions as they are focused on the inbred royal family saga, Kim Kardashian’s bastard child pregnancy, and the upcoming episodes of Honey Boo Boo, Teen Mom, I Didn’t Know I Was Pregnant, Duck Dynasty, Real Housewives of Idiocracy or paying $200 on their plastic debt accumulator to watch multi-millionaire freaks of nature play children’s games. Those who argue the U.S. Constitution is a living document open to interpretation by the interchangeable corporate fascist parties that control the reins of power at Versailles on the Potomac are nothing but apologists for the corrupt status quo. The American people are provided the illusion of choice by their owners, but the major policies are kept intact – never ending war, never ending currency debasement, and never ending screwing of the middle class.

The revelations by Millennial martyr, Edward Snowden, about the PRISM program and the fact that the NSA harvests data directly from the servers of Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Apple, Yahoo and other corporate co-conspirators came just days after disclosure that our Orwellian trained keepers had been shredding the 1st Amendment. The Obama administration has continuously flaunted the Bill of Rights when they interfere with their mission to create a centrally planned welfare/warfare state. Republicans don’t resist Obama’s efforts on Constitutional grounds, as they have no love for its constraints either. The seizure of AP reporter phone records in an effort to uncover leaks and to intimidate the free press, monitoring of reporter James Rosen using false information to obtain a warrant, and the computer hacking of lead Benghazi CBS reporter Cheryl Attkisson are clearly violations of the 1st Amendment.

There has been faux outrage among those in the establishment. It’s nothing but a game to entertain their rabid disciples. There is virtually no difference between the pretend parties who alternately operate as figurehead leadership in Washington D.C. Both parties cooperated to crush the peaceable assembly of young people exercising their right to petition the government about the blatant criminality of Wall Street bankers. The supposed Soros inspired OWS movement was subdued by Democratic mayors using their local military police hooligans, supported by the Federal surveillance state, in cooperation with the very same criminal Wall Street banks who had destroyed the worldwide financial system in their ransacking of the nation’s wealth through a well planned and executed control fraud.

The cheerleading of this disgusting display of fascist tactics by Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News and the likes of CNN, MSNBC, and Bloomberg News told me everything I needed to know. Those within the status quo will circle the wagons whenever there is a threat to their wealth, power and control. If you make it onto the establishment’s enemies list, the Constitution will not protect you. The only true free speech is being exercised on the internet, for now. The plutocracy of wealthy corporate elite and their captured puppet politicians are attempting to crush dissent and free speech by restricting access to anti-establishment websites, introducing legislation to control the internet and as we now know hacking into sites considered enemies of the state. The guarantee of 1st Amendment protection has increasingly becoming a quaint old fashion notion in this fascist state.

First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

The Constitution has been increasingly treated as an optional instructional manual by what passes for leadership in this country. An all-out assault has been waged on the 2nd Amendment by the control freaks who want to create a national gun registry so they know where to send their military assault teams when the time comes. Every assault on our liberties, rights and freedoms is done on behalf of the children. Sinclair Lewis once declared:

“When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.”

He was wrong. Fascism has come to America, wrapped in fiat currency, carrying a child as a prop, in the name of the War on Terrorism. Presidents have been flaunting their disdain for Article One, Section Eight of the Constitution since World War II. The Imperial American Empire has been militarily enforcing its hegemony over the world since the 1950’s without Congress ever declaring war, as required by the Constitution. Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, and now Syria are just the latest victims of our hypocritical interventionist state. Our predator drones roam the skies above foreign countries murdering suspected bad guys at the whim of PS3 trained gutless techno geeks sipping a decaf on their 9 to 5 shift. The corrupt spineless swine in Congress expose themselves as nothing more than bought off acolytes of the military industrial complex warned about by Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1961:

“This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence — economic, political, even spiritual — is felt in every city, every State house, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society. In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.”

The citizens of this country have failed to heed his warning. We have not been alert and to describe the narcissistic, delusional, math challenged, willfully ignorant sheep, bleating for their safety and security as knowledgeable is beyond laughable. Security and liberty have not prospered together. The arms dealers formed an unholy alliance with the Too Big To Trust Wall Street banks, their sugar daddy Federal Reserve, easily bought off feckless political class, and sociopathic government bureaucrats to create this corporate fascist welfare/warfare state that has subverted our liberty while obscenely enriching the .1% who have used their unwarranted influence in a traitorous manner. The disastrous consequences for the world continue to build like the dome of a volcano before it detonates and destroys everything in a fiery swath of lava.

New Boss Same As The Old Boss
“If people can’t trust not only the executive branch, but also don’t trust Congress and don’t trust federal judges to make sure that we’re abiding by the Constitution, due process and rule of law, then we’re going to have some problems here.” – Barack Obama
The nattering classes who dominate the boob tube spin the storylines of their corporate clients on a daily basis, but the uncovering of the deceitful activities of the ruling establishment by Edward Snowden have exposed the truth about who runs this country. Republicans, Democrats, neo-cons, ultra-liberals, Fox News, MSNBC, the New York Times, Bloomberg, the Wall Street Journal, military generals, and the government drones who monitor our phone calls, texts, emails and internet postings have all shown their true colors in the last week. They don’t care about truth, justice, or the American people. James Clapper lied during sworn testimony before Congress about spying on millions of Americans because he didn’t think he’d be caught. He was caught red handed. And no one is calling for his apprehension and imprisonment.

We are lied to, misled, misinformed, and inundated with falsehoods and propaganda on a daily basis by our leaders. The proof that we live in a plutocracy dominated by two corrupt political parties (with 250 millionaires in Congress), six Wall Street banks (JP Morgan, Bank of America, Citigroup, Wells Fargo, Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley), six mass media companies (Comcast, Google, Walt Disney, News Corp., Time Warner, Viacom), seven arm dealers (Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Northrup Grumman, General Dynamics, Raytheon, L-3 Communications, United Technologies), a few politically connected mega-corporations (Exxon, General Electric, Verizon, Microsoft, Wal-Mart, General Motors, Apple, Berkshire Hathaway, IBM), and a few hundred shadowy billionaires is how they have unequivocally declared that Edward Snowden is a filthy high school dropout traitor. He has revealed secrets about how the lords of the manor keep the serfs and peasants under surveillance. Here is a smattering of the vitriol spewed about this American patriot:

“America is now a less safe place. The world is a less safe place because of what Mr. Snowden unilaterally did. He deserves to be prosecuted. I hope they find him in the hole that he’s hiding in in Hong Kong and bring him home and try him.” – Karl Rove

“I hope we follow Mr. Snowden to the ends of the earth to bring him to justice.” – Sen. Lindsey Graham

“For this, some, including my colleague John Cassidy, are hailing him as a hero and a whistle-blower. He is neither. He is, rather, a grandiose narcissist who deserves to be in prison.” – Jeffrey Toobin – The New Yorker

“What he did was an act of treason.” – Sen. Diane Feinstein

“He’s a traitor.” – John Boehner, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives

“I think he should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. I consider him right now to be a defector.” – Rep. Peter King

“There is an obligation both moral, but also legal, I believe, against a reporter disclosing something which would so severely compromise national security.” – Rep. Peter King

“I can assure you, this is not about spying on the American people.” – Sen. Al Franken

“For me it is literally, not figuratively, literally, gut-wrenching to see this happen, because of the huge, grave damage it does to our intelligence capabilities.” – James Clapper (Perjurer), Director of National Intelligence

“We do not see a tradeoff between security and liberty.” – Keith Alexander – NSA Director

“The national security of the United States has been damaged as a result those leaks. The safety of the American people and the safety of people who reside in allied nations have been put at risk as a result of these leaks.” – Eric Holder, Attorney General (chief law enforcement officer) of the U.S.

“I think he’s a traitor. I’m suspicious because he went to China. That’s not a place where you would ordinarily want to go if you are interested in freedom, liberty and so forth. It raises questions whether or not he had that kind of connection before he did this.” – Dick Cheney – The Dark Lord - former Vice President of the United States

“And I hope that he is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.” – Sen. Mitch McConnell, U.S. Senate Minority Leader

“Now you’ve got this 29-year-old high school dropout whistleblower making foreign policy for our country, our security policy. It’s sad, Brian. We’ve made treason cool. Betraying your country is kind of a fashion statement. He wants to be the national security Kim Kardashian. He cites Bradley Manning as a hero. I mean, we need to get very, very serious about treason. And oh by the way, for treason — as in the case of Bradley Manning or Edwards Snowden — you bring back the death penalty.” – Fox and Friends

“Can intelligence operate effectively if every starry-eyed analyst feels entitled to be a self-appointed whistle-blower?” – Gary Rosen – The Wall Street Journal

“Edward Snowden should go to jail, as quickly and for as long as possible.” – John Yoo – The National Review.

“I think on three scores—that is leaking the Patriot Act section 215, FISA 702, and the president’s classified cyber operations’ directive—on the strength of leaking that, yes, that would be a prosecutable offense. I think that he should be prosecuted.” – Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Minority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives

“Who is a journalist is a question we need to ask ourselves. Is any blogger out there saying anything – do they deserve First Amendment protection? These are the issues of our times.” – Sen. Lindsey Graham

“This lens makes you more likely to share the distinct strands of libertarianism that are blossoming in this fragmenting age: the deep suspicion of authority, the strong belief that hierarchies and organizations are suspect, the fervent devotion to transparency, the assumption that individual preference should be supreme. You’re more likely to donate to the Ron Paul for president campaign, as Snowden did. But Big Brother is not the only danger facing the country. Another is the rising tide of distrust, the corrosive spread of cynicism, the fraying of the social fabric and the rise of people who are so individualistic in their outlook that they have no real understanding of how to knit others together and look after the common good.” – David Brooks

It seems the ruling oligarchs, their mouthpieces in the mainstream media (both conservative & liberal), Machiavellian politicians on both sides of the aisle, unscrupulous military commanders and deceitful government bureaucrats have all rallied to shield their existing perverted surveillance state. These people actually believe that what is best for their own personal interests is best for the citizens of this country. There is only one Party – the Establishment Party. The smear campaign against Edward Snowden began immediately. The vitriolic accusations, venomous scorn, malicious ridicule and pathetic attempts to discredit Edward Snowden for sacrificing everything on behalf of the country he loves has revealed more truth about how the real world operates than the thousands of articles written by supposed “conspiracy theorists” over the last decade. Anyone with their eyes open and mind not controlled by the regime know the real criminals in this tragedy. Leon Trotsky, who also participated in a brutal fascist surveillance state, put it best:

“The real criminals hide under the cloak of the accusers.”

In a country where those in power encourage and participate in the plundering of people’s bank accounts by billionaires, the largest financial control fraud in world history by the biggest Wall Street banks, treating every citizen as a suspect until proven otherwise under the auspices of the ironically named Patriot Act, creating an Orwellian surveillance state of cameras, drones and snitches, torturing suspected enemies, conducting military exercises in the skies above our cities, seizing reporters’ personal records, using government agencies to harass political opponents, listening to our phone calls with warrantless wiretaps, reading our emails and texts, brutally crushing peaceful protests, attempting to disarm us, locking down an entire city and kicking doors down while searching for a hapless wounded teenager, appropriating our DNA, detaining us without charges, assassinating suspected dissidents, regulating what we can eat, drink or smoke, passing 2,500 page corporate lobbyist written bills that no one has read, using laws to enhance the wealth of the .1%, creating a tax code designed to minimize the burden on the .1%, the feeding of economic information by the Fed and Federal government to connected crony banks minutes before the public so they can pre-program their HFT computers to profit at the expense of the muppets, conducting cyber-attacks on sovereign countries and then feigning outrage when the favor is returned, and militarily intervening around the world under the false guise of strategic interests, we are supposed to trust the establishment? As we descend further into tyranny, I don’t know which is sadder – the pure evil of these men or the apathy and complacent acquiescence of the willfully ignorant masses to the methods employed by their owners. The numerous laws passed by those in power are just more proof of how corrupt our society has become.

“The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.” – Tacitus

The threat of tyranny was still raw in 1975, after the Watergate cover-up, when Senator Frank Church warned about the National Security Agency:

“I know the capacity that is there to make tyranny total in America, and we must see to it that this agency and all agencies that possess this technology operate within the law and under proper supervision, so that we never cross over that abyss. That is the abyss from which there is no return.”

Again, we failed to heed his warning. We’ve crossed over the abyss and the vision of our future will be the boot of a DHS thug stomping on the face of an American citizen – forever.

True Ruling Power of Our Country
“When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.” – Thomas Jefferson

Whenever I would use the term oligarchs, ruling elite, powers that be, owners, .1%, or ruling class, it always sounded too conspiratorial. But after years of reading the writings of Edward Bernays, Aldous Huxley, George Orwell, Ron Paul, George Carlin and a number of other “crazy” bloggers, while witnessing with my own two eyes what is happening in this country, I’ve come to the conclusion that our country is run by an invisible government consisting of a small cadre of rich powerful men who manipulate, obfuscate, eliminate and fabricate in their insatiable greed for glory, riches, power and control. They thought they had perfected the art of propaganda:

“The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. …We are governed, our minds are molded, our tastes formed, our ideas suggested, largely by men we have never heard of. This is a logical result of the way in which our democratic society is organized. Vast numbers of human beings must cooperate in this manner if they are to live together as a smoothly functioning society. …In almost every act of our daily lives, whether in the sphere of politics or business, in our social conduct or our ethical thinking, we are dominated by the relatively small number of persons…who understand the mental processes and social patterns of the masses. It is they who pull the wires which control the public mind.” – Edward Bernays

The disclosure of the unholy alliance of corporations and the government to secretly spy on millions of Americans, while attempting to intimidate journalists and crush dissent from political opponents, is throwing the master plan of the ruling elite into disarray. The conspiracy of silence and denial is fraying at the edges as the truth continues to leak out:

“The contents of a phone call could be accessed simply based on an analyst deciding that. If the NSA wants to listen to the phone, an analyst’s decision is sufficient, without any other legal authorization required.” – Democrat Rep Jerrold Nadler

There have been a few lone voices in the wilderness warning about the rise of this corporate fascist surveillance one party state, but they have been scorned, ridiculed, marginalized and ignored. It seems the libertarian minded men and women of this country have been right all along.

“We’ve slipped away from a true republic. Now we’re slipping into a fascist system where it’s a combination of government, big business and authoritarian rule, and the suppression of the individual rights of each and every American citizen. When it comes to any significant differences on foreign policy, economic intervention, the Federal Reserve, a strong executive branch, a welfarism mixed with corporatism, both parties are very much alike. The major arguments in hotly contested presidential races are mostly for public consumption to convince the people they actually have a choice.” – Ron Paul

True liberty minded Americans and those who value freedom and the Constitution have rallied to the defense of a true patriot. “We the People” must reclaim this country from the unelected .1% who has conducted a silent coup while we were pre-occupied with our techno-narcissism and consumed by the urge to consume. We have an omnipotent outlaw government with concentrated overwhelming power. The out of control bureaucracy devouring treasure, the blood of our young, civil rights, and the Constitution will not yield of its own volition. When the government tyrants classify all of us as enemies of the state, it is time to dismantle the state and water the tree of liberty with some blood, if that is what is required.

“Perfect safety is not the purpose of government. What we want from government is to enforce the law to protect our liberties. The government does not need to know more about what we are doing. We need to know more about what the government is doing. We need to turn the cameras on the police and on the government, not the other way around. We should be thankful for writers like Glenn Greenwald, who broke last week’s story, for taking risks to let us know what the government is doing. There are calls for the persecution of Greenwald and the other whistle-blowers and reporters. They should be defended, as their work defends our freedom.” – Ron Paul

The country is being run like a mafia crime family. The Don and his lieutenants operate in secrecy, eliminating their opponents, buying off the press, bribing the police for protection, running the rackets, and collecting their tribute from those that want to do business with them. They go to war against the other families whenever they want to expand their turf. The country has been captured by an organized crime syndicate and it will require an Elliot Ness type character with many strident Constitutionalists to rid the land of these evil, lawless, egocentric men. One of those evil men slithered out of his lair onto the neo-con network – Fox News – to declare Edward Snowden a traitor and spy. Mr. Snowden responded to chicken-hawk Dick “Deferment” Cheney during another freedom of the press in a foreign country event:

“Further, it’s important to bear in mind I’m being called a traitor by men like former Vice President Dick Cheney. This is a man who gave us the warrantless wiretapping scheme as a kind of atrocity warm-up on the way to deceitfully engineering a conflict that has killed over 4,400 and maimed nearly 32,000 Americans, as well as leaving over 100,000 Iraqis dead. Being called a traitor by Dick Cheney is the highest honor you can give an American, and the more panicked talk we hear from people like him, Feinstein, and King, the better off we all are. If they had taught a class on how to be the kind of citizen Dick Cheney worries about, I would have finished high school.“

Who has done more to shred the Constitution and strip us of rights, liberties and freedoms in the last thirteen years – Cheney or Snowden?

This brings us to the question of our times. Who are the patriots and who are the traitors? Those in power have been using the Bernaysian propaganda technique of conscious and intelligent manipulation of the public mind by using the corporate media to convince the distracted ignorant masses that Edward Snowden has committed treason against his country and should be punished for his crime. Interestingly enough, treason is addressed in Article III Section 3 of the U.S. Constitution:

Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.

At the same time it would make sense to define the term patriot:

A person who vigorously supports their country and is prepared to defend it against enemies or detractors.

Does Edward Snowden fit the definition of a traitor as described in the Constitution? The shallow vacuous pundits in the corporate mainstream media complex blather on about treason while focusing their in-depth journalism on pictures of Snowden’s girlfriend from her Facebook page. This is what passes for journalism in America today. A man uncovers the largest spying conspiracy in human history and highly paid mouthpieces for the establishment focus on pole dancing. The last time I checked, Congress hadn’t declared war on anyone, so Snowden isn’t a traitor under that clause. He must be providing aid and comfort to our enemies. Who are the enemies today? They seem to change on a daily basis. I guess since we are considered potential enemies of the state, his revelations were giving the citizens of the United States aid and comfort.

On the other hand, a patriot is someone who vigorously supports their country and is prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice on its behalf against those who would damage or hurt that country. The government of the United States (President, Congress, Judiciary), in conjunction with their corporate, banking and media co-conspirators have knowingly and willingly subverted the Constitution of the United States and have therefore committed treasonous acts that have endangered the rights, freedoms and liberties of the people. A corrupt regime will use their thousands of laws to ensnare anyone in some violation of those laws. But at the end of the day a critical thinking individual knows right from wrong without being told by a government bureaucrat. Edward Snowden is a patriot of the highest order. His act of heroism, knowing he would be despised, attacked and hunted down by the American Thugocracy, is on par with the actions of our Founding Fathers who knew they would be hung if their Revolution failed. A true patriot must be ready to defend his country against a tyrannical government. Edward Snowden just dumped the tea into the Boston Harbor.

Edward Snowden is standing up to the autocratic powers that have seized control of our Constitutional Republic. Other patriots (Thomas Drake, William Binney, J. Kirk Wiebe, Bradley Manning, Julian Assange, Aaron Swartz, Daniel Ellsberg) have sacrificed their careers and lives to reveal the truth about government corruption and malfeasance. Ben Franklin pondered whether we could keep the Republic they had given us. He understood human nature and the likelihood that we as a people would become corrupted, vote for people who promised us the most, and would willingly sacrifice our independence, freedom, liberty and rights for the presumed safety and security of a despotic government:

“In these sentiments, sir, I agree to this Constitution with all its faults; if they are such; because I think a general government necessary for us, and there is no form of government but what may be a blessing to the people if well administered; and I believe, further, that this is likely to be well administered for a course of years, and can only end in despotism, as other forms have done before it, when the people shall become so corrupted as to need despotic government, being incapable of any other.”

Words of a Traitor?
“…I can’t in good conscience allow the US government to destroy privacy, internet freedom and basic liberties for people around the world with this massive surveillance machine they’re secretly building.” – Edward Snowden

The key terms are “good conscience” and “secretly”. Doing what is right does not mean doing what the authorities declare to be the law. Edward Snowden has a conscience. Barack Obama, Dick Cheney, James Clapper, John McCain, Diane Feinstein, Ben Bernanke, Jon Corzine, Jamie Dimon and the rest of the sociopathic criminal governing class have no conscience. Their souls are blackened with their crimes and misdeeds. In our Bizarro world, Nobel Peace Prize winners slaughter Muslim children indiscriminately with their squadrons of killer drones. Those in power are allowed to operate in the shadows, hiding anything that might incriminate them and secretly spying on millions of citizens without probable cause, while we the people have no right to privacy or freedom from surveillance in this plutocracy. We are all suspects in the eyes of the state and can be terminated at the whim of a government apparatchik:

“Because even if you’re not doing anything wrong you’re being watched and recorded. And the storage capability of these systems increases every year consistently by orders of magnitude … to where it’s getting to the point where you don’t have to have done anything wrong. You simply have to eventually fall under suspicion from somebody – even by a wrong call. And then they can use this system to go back in time and scrutinize every decision you’ve ever made, every friend you’ve ever discussed something with. And attack you on that basis to sort to derive suspicion from an innocent life and paint anyone in the context of a wrongdoer.” – Edward Snowden

Our greatest fear at this point in history is the continued apathy, ignorance, slothfulness, and delusional thinking of our narcissistic populace regarding the most important issue of our time – freedom or tyranny? Will enough people stand and fight the encroaching surveillance state and the evil men pulling the levers? Change will not happen through the ballots box, as the system is rigged and the democratic process has been subverted. It will require patriots taking to the streets and more people like Edward Snowden stepping forward to lead us back out of the abyss into which we have fallen. Time is growing short. Will we rise to the occasion or will we cower and wait until the satanic Eye of Sauron turns in our direction?

“The great fear that I have regarding the outcome for America of these disclosures is that nothing will change. [People] won’t be willing to take the risks necessary to stand up and fight to change things… And in the months ahead, the years ahead, it’s only going to get worse. [The NSA will] say that… because of the crisis, the dangers that we face in the world, some new and unpredicted threat, we need more authority, we need more power, and there will be nothing the people can do at that point to oppose it. And it will be turnkey tyranny.” – Edward Snowden

“I do not expect to see home again.” – Edward Snowden

Over the course of decades we have allowed ourselves to be corrupted by the love of material possessions, the lure of a debt based faux wealth, the money for nothing entitlement promises of dishonorable politicians, the evil of currency debasement, the effectiveness of mass media propaganda, and the belief that we could sacrifice freedom and liberty for promises of safety and security made by a cabal of powerful rich men. Power has been concentrated into the hands of the few, who operate in secrecy and despise the people. They don’t want transparency or open debate. Freedom of speech is nothing but a thorn in their side. They believe they are smarter than the serfs and have no morality when it comes to committing illegal acts and disregarding the Constitution. They are not acting in the public interest. Their abuse of power and looting of the national wealth have put us on a path towards a bloody revolution. This is not a time for conformity, obedience or submission. It’s time to stand up and expose the evil doers. It’s time to rally around those who care about this country. Who are the real traitors? You know the answer. What are you going to do about it?

“The issue boils down to this: do we care about freedom? Do we care about responsibility and accountability? Do we care that our government and media have been bought and paid for? Do we care that average Americans are being looted in order to subsidize the fattest of cats on Wall Street and in government? Do we care? When the chips are down, will we stand up and fight, even if it means standing up against every stripe of fashionable opinion in politics and the media? Times like these have a way of telling us what kind of a people we are, and what kind of country we shall be.” – Ron Paul

WARNING: The National Security Agency is likely recording and storing this communication as part of its unlawful spying programs on all Americans … and people worldwide. The people who created the NSA spying program say that this communication – and any responses – can and will be used against the American people at any time in the future should folks in government decide to go after us for political reasons. And private information in digital communications may be given to big companies by the government.

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Jun 19, 2013 - 12:13pm
Jun 19, 2013 - 12:14pm

Thanks for this post Turd!!!

Thank you for all you do.

Jun 19, 2013 - 12:14pm

Deutsche Bank Settles Los Angeles ‘Slumlord’ Lawsuit

By Edvard Pettersson - 2013-06-19T04:01:01Z

Deutsche Bank AG (DBK) reached a settlement with the city of Los Angeles to resolve a lawsuit claiming the bank acted like a “slumlord” and let foreclosed homes in low-income neighborhoods fall into disrepair.

The bank and the Los Angeles city attorney filed a joint notice of settlement June 17 in California state court. The two sides reached an agreement in principle and are in the process of completing the documentation, according to the filing.

Terms of the settlement of the two-year-old lawsuit, which also accused Deutsche Bank of illegally evicting tenants, weren’t disclosed in the filing.

Los Angeles sued the Frankfurt-based bank in May 2011, claiming Deutsche Bank had become one of the major “slumlords” in the city by buying more than 2,200 properties through foreclosure. California Superior Court Judge Elihu Berle at an April 8 hearing denied the bank’s request to dismiss the case.

City Attorney Carmen Trutanich had sought a court order for Deutsche Bank to clean up the properties and comply with the municipal code, a penalty of $2,500 a day for each violation of the code and restitution. The bank faced liabilities of “hundreds of millions of dollars,” the city attorney said in 2011.

The bank said when the lawsuit was filed that the city sued the wrong party. Loan servicers, not Deutsche Bank as trustee, were contractually responsible for maintaining the properties and for any actions taken with respect to tenants of the foreclosed properties, the bank said.

Duncan King, a spokesman for Deutsche Bank in New York, declined to comment on the settlement. Representatives of Trutanich didn’t immediately respond to calls and e-mails seeking comment.

The case is People v. Deutsche Bank National Trust Co., BC460878, Superior Court of California (Los Angeles).

Jun 19, 2013 - 12:17pm


It's all in the timing.

Jun 19, 2013 - 12:21pm
Jun 19, 2013 - 12:25pm

What does the price of gold mean to Iran?

This is a sub-plot that I haven't seen woven into the gold story yet

DeaconBenjamin leeson_was_framed
Jun 19, 2013 - 12:27pm

What does the price of gold mean to Iran?

Since their international transactions are in gold, with the international banning of the Rial, I would assume that the paper suppression of the gold price hurts their imports, and helps their exports.

Jun 19, 2013 - 12:29pm


Thanks Dog? Received my coins won in riff raffle

Only just got back online (thanks IT) after being excommunicated or summat ? dare not log out now ??

Anyway added those to my grand daughters "treasure chest" ha ha

Jun 19, 2013 - 12:29pm

Classic ZH tweet

They hate us for our 20 megapixel drones

Jun 19, 2013 - 12:37pm

Dollar Deterioration Sets

Dollar Deterioration Sets Stage for $5000 Gold | McAlvany Commentary
Dollar Deterioration Sets Stage for $5000 Gold | McAlvany Commentary
Jun 19, 2013 - 12:46pm


The very government that is violating the constitution calls Snowden a traitor! So far it is the only thing these dumb asses on both sides of the isle can agree upon. Never mind that a substantial portion of the very public that they were voted to represent them agrees with Snowden.

Save me a spot with a view at the FEMA camp.

Jun 19, 2013 - 12:52pm


Where is the moral center?

The entire country from government, business, military, clergy, judicial, police, etc. etc. etc;

Has lost it's moral center. What happened to the ideal of; "Do the right thing."? No matter how horrible the consequences become for you and your family, just 'do the right thing'.

Self sacrifice is very low on anyone's priority list these days. Unlike a "True Patriot" like Edward Snowden. He, among famous others throughout history, have shown the way. Courageous, brave people, who stand up for their beliefs and ideals, are the rare exception to the rule nowadays. The vast majority should hang our heads in shame.

NO EXCUSE. Sorry. NO EXCUSE. For NOT doing the right thing.

Jun 19, 2013 - 1:03pm

built in webcams and eye tracking software

Who knows?

"The eye tracking software is video-based, and any camera equipped with infrared nightvision can be used, such as a videocamera or a webcam. The cameras that have been tested with the system can be found in our forum. We encourage users and developers to test our software with their cameras and provide feedback so we can continue development."

Anybody know what the NSA might be able to see? Can they really hack my computer and look out my webcam and see me picking my nose instead of grading papers and answering student email on a Tuesday morning?

How long until they incorporate eye-tracking software and monitor which pages I read, note what ads and articles catch my eye? Will they be able to correlate the precise words I am reading on this blog as I chuckle, raise my eyebrows, or show disgust?

I wonder what's in it for Google & other corporate interests? Does the NSA share my profile so they can show me the right ads?

I am afraid they are just getting started with their surveillance technology. Check it out...

Gaze Tracker 2.0 Demo/Screencast
Jun 19, 2013 - 1:03pm

@ Spartacus Rex

Your cat post from the other day reminded me of another lost cat story. See link as to not make a sand box on Turd's Main Street.

Barth Vader
Jun 19, 2013 - 1:08pm

I hope you get your

I hope you get your constitution back soon, democratically. 1. Then you truly have the opportunity and potential to be the greatest country on earth (again). 2. Then i will truly consider moving to the USA.

Jun 19, 2013 - 1:10pm

@ tyberious Re; dollar

Dollar deterioration. Some damning evidence.

The four largest FOREX traders, no doubt being led by JPM, hold a bit over 80% of the entire short position in the US dollar index, traded on the I.C.E. Along with their criminally obtained large long position now in gold and their vastly improved (smaller) short position in silver, they are perfectly positioned to ring the cash register big time.

sierra skier
Jun 19, 2013 - 1:17pm

Fifth, cool.

Fifth, cool, or 4th (not sure with Turds post in there). Now to read Turds post. Thanks for all you do.

this article by Jim Quinn so says much of my beliefs for years if not a decade or more since I really began to awaken to the realities of our world. What a great read and excellent explanation of how those who control our country and world have us under their thumb.

Jun 19, 2013 - 1:18pm

What will Ben say?...

Did Dimon finally take the bait...or will the egghead ride in on his white horse with naked shorts?...We will soon see butterflies or locusts!!!...

Bag Of Gold
Jun 19, 2013 - 1:25pm
Green Lantern
Jun 19, 2013 - 1:26pm

We Were Told Many Times

In response to Jim Quinns post

I am rereading a book now that was published in 1967 by Adolph Berle who served in FDR's administration. This book could have been written today with some minor editorial changes dealing with the Emergence of a World Government, how their will be a huge shift in economic and political power and how the current policies of that day would lead to a collapse of our system.

I also recently was gifted a book written in the early 70's that told people to buy real estate, grow food and buy precious metals for the greatest depression man would see. Basically all describing the factors of currency debasement we see today.

I have yet another book published in the late 60's that mentions the dwindling supply of gold held by the United States, and how the national debt was out of control and if we didn't curb our welfare mentality, we would be a lost continent. He also talked about how the main stream media was sold out and that nobody in the media would question the nafarious acts of governments. Why? Because nobody will risk their financial security to tell the truth.

And then I just wrote something about an early financial advisor, free market analyst who was popular in the 70's until 2006 warning people of the effect of government tyranny.

And of course there was George Carlin who used humor to let people know that something was wrong.

It was around 2009, I was on another internet forum talking about political and economic realities to a group of uninitate individuals and I told them to begin buying gold and silver. I was accused of being a fear monger and my posts were deleted.

At some point, all the above individuals were probably labelled conspiracy theorists or loons. My guess is that the vast majority of Turdville didn't want to hear this stuff in the 70's or 80's. But people were talking about it how government was loosing their marbles. Nobody would listen during the bubble of the 90's. When prosperity is at your door step, who wants to hear about bullshit things like sold out media, liberty, covert government programs tapping into your phone.

Jim Quinn's post is righteous, on the money. But here we are in 2013 and all those authors for the last 40 years have been telling people to take some kind of action, even if it's small, toward preparing for something that would be inevitable. George Orwell is not the only writer that talked about what we are facing. Read Thoreau and Emerson.

All through the 90's and 200o's, I had a friend that would spout all this stuff to me about wire tapping and other forms of survellience as well as many other government initiatives that still make people roll their eye's. Chem Trails included.

My question is did anybody take them serious? When the World Trade Centers came crumbling down, I was with a guy from India who was one of our IT people. He turned to me and said, you know when there is a huge earthquake in India and a million people fall into a hole, American's don't bat an eyelash. They hear it on the news and they keep eating their pork chop. That day, I had to call a resort in Ireland and tell them we had to cancel our corporate outing because all corporate jets were grounded. As a matter of fact, we don't even know where they are and nobody can make it back home. The hotel said to me, well, we can't cancel it at this point and you owe us money. I asked them if they understood what just happened? apparently, not. Believe me I made a stink and I got all of our money back.

But the point is that people do NOT pay attention until they feel the pain. People do not wake up until it hits home. People do not want to read books that aren't optimistic about our future or be told that their financial survival depends on buying gold and silver. As a matter of fact, at Occupy Wall Street somebody said that Social Security is a Ponzi scheme that was broke. And one man yelled, it's a lie. It's a lie.

It's very simple. Human's do not want to be jarred out of their little shells to be told that something is wrong. They would rather let the cancer fester until the turmor is like a grapefruit before they address it. This is the human condition. Now, we must pay for our sleepiness. We didn't listen because we didn't want to hear it.

Everything Jim Quinn says is spot on. But it's always been true but now it's reached critical mass. So now each of us is left to defend our property and well-being the best way we can and use forums like this to educate each other. When the US Weather Center said that Hurricane Sandy was the storm of the decade, did people listen? NO! Are they gonna listen to Sinclair, Turd, Sprott, Quinn, me or you? NO. Maybe they wake up one by one but as a whole, they won't wake up until the sky falls. Welcome to the Kali Yuga (dark age). We've arrived.

Jun 19, 2013 - 1:33pm

Hard to believe

I am of the belief that Ed Snowden is a fraud. The state run media only broadcasts what they want you to see. Sure, I think the Feds are spying.

This guy went from a security guard to working in computer security for the CIA? Without any formal education? Without any related job experience? How did he even get an interview?

Enlisted for 4 months and out with broken legs? I broke 1 leg 2 weeks prior to end of service and they kept me in until I was fully healed - an extra 2.5 months. In 4 months span, he broke both if his legs in boot camp? , and then healed both legs. All in 4 months. I think he had at least 3 years remaining on his obligation... and they let him go because of broken legs? Doubtful...

I hereby nominate Snowden for best actor of the year.

Confirmation bias is hard at work here.

Problem. Reaction. Solution(TBD)

Jun 19, 2013 - 1:36pm

One Weeks Notice

Up to and including the 26th is in the final court order. What happens then? Does the website go dark? Will they emerge from the protection period as a functioning company? What happens to the pool accounts if they shut the doors?


Jun 19, 2013 - 1:38pm


where do you draw the line between treason and whistle blowing, tuff call.

ballyale TF
Jun 19, 2013 - 1:47pm

Turd. Please email me.

I can give you the addresses and many contacts of the people who run Community Access TV stations across the nation. This is a great way to get videos out to the masses and the really civic minded people. Many of them are starved for content.

In Massachusetts we created a law that imposes a 5% cable fee that goes directly to the Community Access TV stations. There are over 100 alone in MA. There primary duty is to cover local board meetings etc. The big cities of Boston and Worcester and Springfield hate it, since it exposes corruption and cronyism. They do everything in their power to divert these funds from the CATV stations to funds they can rob. The wealthy small towns love it, since, being already wealthy, they don't won't to be robbed at least without their complicit knowledge and approval. They know how it works for the uninformed poor cities.

Most CATV States on the East Coast get grants. That is, they have to beg funds in order to continue operations. Like PBS, whose funds have been gutted, they can no longer can be considered a driving force to reveal the corruption in America.

The CATV station are really a grass roots type of organization.

If we Turds can build up these grass roots organizations with videos, with funds from the Cable TV and the Satellite TV to add a 5% to their billing, which doesn't hurt them at all, when all do it, then you've developed a public awareness spectrum that has never been seen before.

It will effect elections ultimately and start cutting out the corruption that has invaded America.


ballyale TF
Jun 19, 2013 - 1:56pm
Green Lantern
Jun 19, 2013 - 1:57pm

Re: Who Are The Real Traitors

One mo' I want to give one more answer to the Jim Quinn's post before I shut the computer off and go about my business.

Who are the traitor's? The real traitor's? You really want the answer.

The vast majority of American Citizens who don't give a hoot about anybody but themselves.

All the citizen's of New York City that support the eradication of term limits in exchange for a mayor who is eradicating every civil liberty on the books. NOw, they are saying, ohhh, I never saw it.

All the people who voted for Obama just because of his race, or because they wanted something for free.

The other day I had to visit somebody in another neighborhood and was waiting for them in the playground on a busy, busy Sunday afternoon. There was garbage all over the place. I watched a woman in her car open her door, take her ice cream container and put it on the ground. Close the door and take off.

An old woman sat next to me. Started peeling her banana, ate it and threw the peel on the ground when she wasn't two feet away from a garbage. I turned to her in a stern voice and said, "YOU ARE GONNA JUST THROW YOUR FOOD ON THE GROUND" She didn't even turn to look at me. I said it again and pointed to the sign about litering. I made all the other people around me uncomfortable. They pretended to ignore me. A lady with a baby carriage starts yelling at me for telling an old lady off for just a banana peel. I told her look at this park. It's a pig styie. People don't give a shit about anyone else. Yes, the woman is old. But she isn't wise and is that the example you want to set for your children. Who is going to clean it up? who is going to pay for it an above all who wants to sit here with other people's trash?

These people don't care about freedom. They don't care about anybody else. I would have fined that old lady or put her in jail for one night to teach her a lesson. You are never too old to learn. No matter your age, you must earn respect. You mustn't defile private or public property.

Who are the real traitors? The citizens who don't care. Our government reflects the will of the people. And the people have lost their will.,


Howard Roark
Jun 19, 2013 - 1:57pm

Great Post Turd!

When I was reading - especially the comment from DCheney aka Dark Lord - about traitors and... something came to mind: when the Dark Lord was in office there was a leak (intended one) to identify a CIA agent and her husband. Can´t recall the names, but her name and family became public. Is that a patriotic action by Dark Lord logic???

These guys think the People don´t have memory? Or are stupid???

Damn them.


Jun 19, 2013 - 1:57pm

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monkry Zoltan
Jun 19, 2013 - 2:00pm


Imagine if they had to go under, which forced an auction of their inventory?

Most purchases I make is from them, as they're local for me, and have the cheapest prices even with the FX gouging they do. Cannot stand having to produce ID to purchase however, gives me the creeps.

Jun 19, 2013 - 2:02pm


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