Andrew Napolitano: Federal Judge Finally Acknowledges NSA is “Almost Orwellian”

“Almost
Orwellian”—that’s the description a federal judge gave earlier this
week to the massive spying by the National Security Agency (NSA) on
virtually all 380 million cellphones in the United States. Andrew
Napolitano explains why this is the first meaningful and
jurisdictionally grounded judicial review of the NSA cellphone
spying program.

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Andrew Napolitano: Federal Judge Finally Acknowledges NSA is "Almost Orwellian"

“Almost
Orwellian”—that’s the description a federal judge gave earlier this
week to the massive spying by the National Security Agency (NSA) on
virtually all 380 million cellphones in the United States. Andrew
Napolitano explains why this is the first meaningful and
jurisdictionally grounded judicial review of the NSA cellphone
spying program.

View this article.

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Is the U.S. Government Changing the Amount In People’s Financial Accounts with Its Offensive Cyber Capabilities?

Background:

Hidden in the report which the White House panel on NSA released today is a stunning implication:  that the U.S. government has been using its massive offensive cyber capabilities to change the amounts held in financial accounts and otherwise manipulating financial systems.

Specifically, the panel’s report states (page 221):

(1) Governments should not use surveillance to steal industry secrets to advantage their domestic industry;

 

(2) Governments should not use their offensive cyber capabilities to change the amounts held in financial accounts or otherwise manipulate the financial systems ….

The government certainly massively manipulates the economy and financial system.

There are already numerous examples of offensive cyber actions by the NSA:

As spying expert Trevor Timm from the Electronic Frontier Foundation Tweeted  (and Glenn Greenwald – who has seen the Snowden documents – re-tweeted):

Does this NSA report recommendation imply that NSA is conducting offensive cyber attacks against financial systems?

Remember, the NSA is tapping into and spying on the biggest financial payments systems such as VISA and Swift.

Top financial experts say that the NSA and other intelligence agencies are using information gained from spying to profit from this inside information. And the NSA wants to ramp up its spying on Wall Street … to “protect” it.

Whose money, exactly, is the NSA “protecting” … and how are they protecting it?

What about the money of people that the U.S. government considers undesirables?


    



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NSA Official: “I Have Some ‘Reforms’ For The First Amendment”

Submitted by Michael Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

Here’s an article by Daniel Drezner, a professor of international politics at Tufts University and a contributing editor to Foreign Policy. He recently spent a day at the NSA’s headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland. As you might expect, some interesting tidbits came from the mouths of some of these control-freak statists. One truly unenlightened official seemed to hold the press in particular disregard and stated: “I have some reforms for the First Amendment.”  I’m quite certain he has some reforms in mind for the 4th Amendment as well…

Once again I ask, if they hold the U.S. Constitution and civil rights in such disdain; what exactly are they protecting us from?

From Foreign Policy:

For an organization that is so efficient at amassing data intended to be kept secret, the National Security Agency seemed surprisingly clumsy in accepting data that was volunteered to them. I’d emailed the bits and pieces of my personal data necessary to be cleared for access to the agency’s headquarters in Fort Meade a week before the scheduled visit, with zero response. As it turns out, an NSA server has crashed, they told me, creating havoc with some email accounts. This sort of hiccup humanizes the agency, though it also raises questions about their vulnerability.

 

The NSA’s biggest strategic communications problem, however, is that they’ve been so walled off from the American body politic that they have no idea when they’re saying things that sound tone-deaf. Like expats returning from a long overseas tour, NSA staffers don’t quite comprehend how much perceptions of the agency have changed. The NSA stresses in its mission statement and corporate culture that it “protects privacy rights.” Indeed, there were faded banners proclaiming that goal in our briefing room. Of course, NSAers see this as protecting Americans from foreign cyber-intrusions. In a post-Snowden era, however, it’s impossible to read that statement without suppressing a laugh.

 

The NSA’s attitude toward the press is, well, disturbing. There were repeated complaints about the ways in which recent reportage of the NSA was warped or lacking context. To be fair, this kind of griping is a staple of officials across the entire federal government. Some of the NSA folks went further, however. One official accused some media outlets of “intentionally misleading the American people,” which is a pretty serious accusation. This official also hoped that the Obama administration would crack down on these reporters, saying, “I have some reforms for the First Amendment.” I honestly do not know whether that last statement was a joke or not. Either way, it’s not funny.

If that’s what they are willing to say when a professor is around, just imagine what they say behind closed doors…

Full article here.


    



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NSA Official: "I Have Some 'Reforms' For The First Amendment"

Submitted by Michael Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

Here’s an article by Daniel Drezner, a professor of international politics at Tufts University and a contributing editor to Foreign Policy. He recently spent a day at the NSA’s headquarters in Fort Meade, Maryland. As you might expect, some interesting tidbits came from the mouths of some of these control-freak statists. One truly unenlightened official seemed to hold the press in particular disregard and stated: “I have some reforms for the First Amendment.”  I’m quite certain he has some reforms in mind for the 4th Amendment as well…

Once again I ask, if they hold the U.S. Constitution and civil rights in such disdain; what exactly are they protecting us from?

From Foreign Policy:

For an organization that is so efficient at amassing data intended to be kept secret, the National Security Agency seemed surprisingly clumsy in accepting data that was volunteered to them. I’d emailed the bits and pieces of my personal data necessary to be cleared for access to the agency’s headquarters in Fort Meade a week before the scheduled visit, with zero response. As it turns out, an NSA server has crashed, they told me, creating havoc with some email accounts. This sort of hiccup humanizes the agency, though it also raises questions about their vulnerability.

 

The NSA’s biggest strategic communications problem, however, is that they’ve been so walled off from the American body politic that they have no idea when they’re saying things that sound tone-deaf. Like expats returning from a long overseas tour, NSA staffers don’t quite comprehend how much perceptions of the agency have changed. The NSA stresses in its mission statement and corporate culture that it “protects privacy rights.” Indeed, there were faded banners proclaiming that goal in our briefing room. Of course, NSAers see this as protecting Americans from foreign cyber-intrusions. In a post-Snowden era, however, it’s impossible to read that statement without suppressing a laugh.

 

The NSA’s attitude toward the press is, well, disturbing. There were repeated complaints about the ways in which recent reportage of the NSA was warped or lacking context. To be fair, this kind of griping is a staple of officials across the entire federal government. Some of the NSA folks went further, however. One official accused some media outlets of “intentionally misleading the American people,” which is a pretty serious accusation. This official also hoped that the Obama administration would crack down on these reporters, saying, “I have some reforms for the First Amendment.” I honestly do not know whether that last statement was a joke or not. Either way, it’s not funny.

If that’s what they are willing to say when a professor is around, just imagine what they say behind closed doors…

Full article here.


    



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On Bernanke’s Legacy

Ben Bernanke is concerned about his legacy.

 

Any why not? After all, he’s all but destroyed capitalism to benefit the largest banks in the financial system.

 

Capitalism means failure if you screw up. But under Bernanke’s watch, “capitalism” meant giving trillions in taxpayer money to those who screwed up.

 

It also meant a massive drop in median incomes, diminishing purchasing power for every American, increasing costs of living, inflation abroad leading to bloody revolutions, and funneling US funds overseas to bankrupt European entities.

 

The man and his policies, in a nutshell, have been a disaster for the world. We would all have been better off if he’d never left Princeton but had simply remained in the classroom where he’d simply corrupt young minds, rather than bet the US Dollar and the republic on his misguided theories.

 

So how did those theories work out?

 

Under Bernanke’s watch…

 

·      The US has never experienced 3% GDP growth.

·      The labor participation rate has fallen to levels not seen since the ‘70s.

·      Inflation-adjusted median incomes have fallen 7%.

·      The US’s debt load has risen from $8.4 trillion to over $16 trillion.

·      The Fed’s balance sheet has increased from $800 billion to over $4 trillion (larger than the economies of Brazil, France and even Germany).

·      Food prices have hit record highs fomenting revolutions in the Middle East and untold suffering around the globe.

·      The Fed has funneled trillions of Dollars into both US banks and European banks.

·      The Fed has allowed fraud, insider trading, and corruption.

 

And so on.

 

So now, Bernanke is trying to begin polishing his legacy by tapering $10 billion a month. Somehow this is supposed to show us that he can make decisions other than leaving a paperweight on the printing press (the Fed has engaged in money printing in over 90% of months since the Crisis hit in 2008).

 

We all know how this will eventually end… with the system Crashing down yet again, thanks to his creating the largest bubble in history: that of the bond market today. But by that point it will be someone else’s mess to clean up and we the taxpayers will be the ones who pick up the tab, whether it’s through more bailouts, bail-ins, or a Dollar collapse.

For actionable market insights on how to play bull runs and bear corrections, swing by:

 

http://phoenixcapitalmarketing.com/special-reports.html

 

Best Regards

 

Phoenix Capital Research

 

 

 

 

 


    



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On Bernanke's Legacy

Ben Bernanke is concerned about his legacy.

 

Any why not? After all, he’s all but destroyed capitalism to benefit the largest banks in the financial system.

 

Capitalism means failure if you screw up. But under Bernanke’s watch, “capitalism” meant giving trillions in taxpayer money to those who screwed up.

 

It also meant a massive drop in median incomes, diminishing purchasing power for every American, increasing costs of living, inflation abroad leading to bloody revolutions, and funneling US funds overseas to bankrupt European entities.

 

The man and his policies, in a nutshell, have been a disaster for the world. We would all have been better off if he’d never left Princeton but had simply remained in the classroom where he’d simply corrupt young minds, rather than bet the US Dollar and the republic on his misguided theories.

 

So how did those theories work out?

 

Under Bernanke’s watch…

 

·      The US has never experienced 3% GDP growth.

·      The labor participation rate has fallen to levels not seen since the ‘70s.

·      Inflation-adjusted median incomes have fallen 7%.

·      The US’s debt load has risen from $8.4 trillion to over $16 trillion.

·      The Fed’s balance sheet has increased from $800 billion to over $4 trillion (larger than the economies of Brazil, France and even Germany).

·      Food prices have hit record highs fomenting revolutions in the Middle East and untold suffering around the globe.

·      The Fed has funneled trillions of Dollars into both US banks and European banks.

·      The Fed has allowed fraud, insider trading, and corruption.

 

And so on.

 

So now, Bernanke is trying to begin polishing his legacy by tapering $10 billion a month. Somehow this is supposed to show us that he can make decisions other than leaving a paperweight on the printing press (the Fed has engaged in money printing in over 90% of months since the Crisis hit in 2008).

 

We all know how this will eventually end… with the system Crashing down yet again, thanks to his creating the largest bubble in history: that of the bond market today. But by that point it will be someone else’s mess to clean up and we the taxpayers will be the ones who pick up the tab, whether it’s through more bailouts, bail-ins, or a Dollar collapse.

For actionable market insights on how to play bull runs and bear corrections, swing by:

 

http://phoenixcapitalmarketing.com/special-reports.html

 

Best Regards

 

Phoenix Capital Research

 

 

 

 

 


    



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Video: Negative Divergences

Negative divergences are popping up on key price charts. Negative divergences occur when prices move higher but the indicators, which are used to measure that price action, move lower. Our research shows that negative divergence bars tend to signify slowing upside price momentum, and often the highs and lows of the negative divergence price bar will serve as a range for prices going forward. Isolated negative divergences do not necessarily indicate a market top, but negative divergences are often seen at market tops. However, a clustering of negative divergence bars is a sign of an intermediate term market top, and this is a consistent finding across asset classes and through time.

Video of the Week

 To view the graphs used in this video see below.

Graphs

Figure 1. NASDAQ Composite/ weekly

nasdaq.comp

Figure 2. $TNX.X/ weekly

tnx.x

Figure 3. TIP/ weekly

tip

 

Graphs

Figure 4. Russell 2000/ weekly

r2000

Figure 5. DJIA/ weekly

indu

Figure 6. NASDAQ100/ weekly

ndx


    



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