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Subject: Citizens’ Whistleblower Petition
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As many of you know, the House and Senate passed bills to restore protections for government employees who blow the whistle on waste, fraud, and abuse by veto-proof margins last year, but the houses have yet to agree on a final bill.  Now is the time to show negotiators, leadership, and other interested Members of Congress that it is a priority to pass a strong final bill before recess. Thank you to all the 200+ groups that have signed the Whistleblower Protection Act (WPA) sign-on letter! Now this action can be extended to you and your members, even if you did not join the group letter. Public Citizen, on behalf of the Make it SAFE Coalition and other whistleblower supporters, has launched an online Citizen’s Whistleblower Petition (and posted additional resources) at www.WhistleblowerAction.org.
 
If possible, please help us spread the word about the campaign- and add signatures to the petition- by posting it on you site and blog, and distributing it out to your listserv.  Public Citizen’s Action Alert is below.
 
Appreciatively,
 
Tom Devine,
 
Government Accountability Project
 
 
 
 

September 16, 2008

Dear Friends,

 


The Citizens’ Whistleblower Petition
Tell Congress to end the partisan politics and protect government employees who risk their livelihoods to protect us.

Sign Today!


In recent years we have experienced unprecedented secrecy and abuse of power in the federal government. Scientific research has been altered or suppressed, government contractors have wasted millions of taxpayer dollars, and national security documents have been falsified.  Witnesses to these breaches of the public trust cannot blow the whistle without fear of reprisals endangering their careers and their lives.

But we are close to ending the intimidation and retaliation against those who speak up on our behalf. 

You can help!  Add your name to our growing list of citizens standing up for those who stand up for us.  Tell Congress: make the government work for us!

Last year, both houses of Congress passed strong whistleblower protection bills.  But because they didn’t negotiate and pass a compromise between the two bills, the legislation still isn’t final.  Now there is renewed support for members of Congress to put aside partisan politics and finish the job for the American people by passing a strong compromise bill.

Government employees and federal contractors who blow the whistle on waste, fraud and abuse play a critical role in protecting us.  Yet, unbelievably, they have less protection than many corporate employees enjoy.  For this reason, too few government employees are willing to take the risk of blowing the whistle on wrongdoing.  Those who come forward often suffer as a result — and so do we as our tax dollars are wasted and our government is hijacked.

So far more than 200 public interest organizations have signed on to urge Congress to change the status quo – and now you can too.  Show your support for honesty and accountability! 

Go to www.WhistleblowerAction.org and Sign the Citizens’ Whistleblower Petition Today!

Thank you,

The Action Team

Public Citizen
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From Whistleblower Alert”

 

U.S. Legislation ‘Fails to Protect’ Corporate Whistleblowers

 

The U.S. federal law protecting corporate whistleblowers is failing to shield employees in the way that was intended, according to a non-profit group that is lobbying legislators for tougher rules.

The 2002 Sarbanes-Oxley Act, which contained new pro-whistleblower provisions when it was passed in the wake of the Enron and WorldCom scandals, “has helped few whistleblowers actually achieve justice,” according to the Government Accountability Project, an advocacy group that provides legal advice to whistleblowers.

“Access to jury trials has proved elusive, and other institutions . . . have engaged in systematic, hostile activism against the congressional mandate,” it says in a report.

Many cases against defendant companies have been dismissed on the grounds that employees who worked for a corporate subsidiary are not necessarily covered by the whistleblower provision, according to Richard Moberly, a University of Nebraska law professor. “The provision is supposed to be interpreted broadly but it is being interpreted very narrowly,” he says.

Tom Devine, legal director of the GAP, said this could have the effect of letting some foreign companies operating in the U.S. “off the hook”. “For any whistleblowers who want to challenge misconduct of foreign companies, the law is not even a paper tiger unless the specific retaliation can be traced to a parent corporation,” he said.

According to data from the Department of Labor, it has ruled in favor of whistleblowers 17 times in the 1,273 complaints filed from 2002 to the start of this month. Meanwhile, 841 cases were dismissed, 162 were withdrawn and 107 are pending. The data did not specify reasons for dismissals.

The claims come as the department, which enforces the law, prepares to rule on a complaint brought by a former UBS employee. Timothy Flynn claimed he was suspended in June as a financial adviser for the Swiss bank for co-operating with a Massachusetts investigation of UBS’s sales of auction-rate securities.

His attorney, Jason Archinaco, said that the department wanted him to show that the UBS subsidiary that employed Flynn was covered under the SarbanesOxley provision. He has submitted the brief and is awaiting a ruling.

“UBS did not raise the defense, and the agency’s request to have us address that issue appears to be highly unusual,” he said.

UBS declined to comment on the issue raised by the Department of Labor. But it said: “UBS has taken no improper actions against Flynn. He made the decision to resign of his own volition. UBS denies the allegations in his claim and plans to defend itself vigorously.”

The department said: “In our view, employees of a subsidiary of a publicly traded company are covered under Sarbox if the subsidiary and the publicly traded parent company are ‘integrated employers’, as that term has been applied in labor and employment cases.”

 

I have been watching very curiously the scrambling of people in the press lately due to attempts to intimidate and control what reporters are writing, and even their ability to protect their sources.  I have observed in one market, newspapers under siege from a particular defense contractor, when reporters from those papers have tried to do investigative reporting into the business practices and alleged criminal activities of said company.  Duck and cover appears to be the watchword of our media.  Much very disturbing is going on in our country now.  Stop and tally up the kinds of problems for a moment; it will amaze you.  Here is a thought-provoking article from Brasscheck TV. 

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Gfs,

 

The Nazis were ruthless and power mad.

 

The Nazis had a war machine loaded with

high tech weapons.

 

The Nazis had a highly effective internal propaganda

system.

 

No one talks about this last item because they imported

it directly from the United States.

 

===============================

 

Brasscheck TV: The war for your mind

 

Here’s a little history that few are aware of…

but if you know it, it explains much about

how we got to where we are today.

 

When the Rockefeller group was under

widespread popular attack in the early part

of the 20th century, they hired a man named

Ivy Lee to help them rehabilitate their public

image. He was very successful at his task.

 

The Rockefellers loaned Lee to the Nazis

to help them with their 1930s PR problems

in the US. While, it may be hard to believe

now, US press accounts of Hitler’s rise to

power in Germany were mostly positive.

 

Edward Bernays, a close colleague of Lee’s,

was another master of public manipulation.

 

One of Bernays’ biggest fans was none other

than Joseph Goebbels, the director of

internal propaganda for the Nazi government.

 

Goebbels was the man who “sold” the Germans

on the Nazis (much the way Roger Ailes has

sold the US on Bush-style (i.e. criminal)

Republicanism.

 

I recommend you read more, but if you want

to go straight to the video, it’s here:

 

http://clicks.aweber.com/y/ct/?l=DMIXC&m=1fnRWYvqUnEpNr&b=tozVV3Z_Sah7ukpDIFb48A

 

*** You can’t have a dictatorship with controlling

the news media, overly or covertly

 

It’s important to know that even as

Berlin was literally going up in

flames, the Nazis retained the support of

large portions of Germany society as

a result of Goebbels’ “genius.”

 

This feat, as one book title describes it,

was “the war that Hitler won.”

 

Edward Bernays bragged that his book

“The Crystalization of Public Opinion”

was prominently displayed in Goebbels

private office.

 

You may have heard of “Kristallnacht”

a multi-day orgy of street terror against

Jews in Germany that “crystalized”

public opinion that it had become socially

acceptable to target Jews in the streets,

in their stores and even in their homes.

 

Most historians state that the

“kristall” in “kristallnacht” refers

to the broken windows of Jewish owned

stores.

 

There is one problem with this universally

accepted version of events.

 

“Kristall” does not mean “glass” or

“store window” in German. It means

crystal.

 

What crystals were broken during “kristallnacht?”

 

Answer: None to speak of.

 

It is my contention that in fact

“Kristallnacht,” one of the notorious

acts of state terrorism in modern history,

was coined by Goebbels for the strategy

of “crystalizing” public opinion he learned from

his American mentor’s book by the same name.

 

Meet Edward Bernays, US PR man,

tutor to the Nazi propaganda machine,

and inspiration to Roger Ailes, creator

of Fox News, America’s modern day version

of Joseph Goebbels:

 

http://clicks.aweber.com/y/ct/?l=DMIXC&m=1fnRWYvqUnEpNr&b=tozVV3Z_Sah7ukpDIFb48A

 

- Brasscheck

 

P.S. You know you’re not going to learn this

stuff on TV or even at a fancy university.

 

If you think this kind of commentary is helpful

in understanding today’s world, please share

Brasscheck TV e-mails and videos with your

friends and colleagues.

 

That’s how we grow.

 

Thanks.

- Brasscheck

 

P.S. Please share Brasscheck TV e-mails and

videos with friends and colleagues.

 

That’s how we grow. Thanks.

 

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San Francisco, CA 94115

 

This was sent to me recently.  Please visit link to this organizations report on Secrecy.  They contend that in spite of everything that’s been in the news Government Control and Secrecy had continued to increase.  -GFS

 

REPORT FINDS EXPANDED GOVERNMENT SECRECY

We thought you may be interested in seeing our recent report, the 2008 Secrecy Report Card, since it seems to be in line with many of the issues you cover.  This is our fifth annual report tracking trends in public access to information.  This year’s expanded report is expanded to cover Mandatory Declassification Review numbers and progress under the Automatic Declassification Review process, and covers legislation in the 110th Congress that would increase openness and accountability.  The report also contains updated numbers on requests for National Security Letters, competitiveness of federal contracting, and use of the “state secrets” privilege.

 

Please take a look at our attached press release and the AP story about the report.  If you have any questions, contact either me or Patrice McDermott, Director of OpenTheGovernment.org (pmcdermott@openthegovernment.org).

 

Thanks,

 

Amy Fuller

OpenTheGovernment.org

www.openthegovernment.org

202-336-OPEN (6736)

 

I have a lot of people sending me things.  Most of the things they send are pretty interesting, some left, some right, some middle, and some out-in-space.  I appreciate reading them all (well, almost all).  Here are a couple having to do with reporting, information that is put out for the public in various venues and what is happening to reporters in the media, main stream and alternative.  Read; then stop and think.  –GFS

 

What’s a Word for the Opposite of Progress? Palin.

by: Cynthia Boaz, t r u t h o u t | Perspective


Cynthia Boaz asks if voters have been duped, once again, by the Rovian rhetoric machine. (Photo: Getty Images)

 

    Late last week, the first round of post-RNC convention polls showed that John McCain was the beneficiary of a generous 11-point bump in public approval. Most of this shift is attributable to previously undecided voters who’ve broken in McCain’s favor. The reason given by the vast majority as to what precipitated their decision: Palin. Amongst these voters, three subgroups emerged as overwhelmingly shifting to the McCain/Palin ticket over the Obama/Biden one in the past week: women, Catholics, and self-identified moderates. At first glance, these changes in opinion might seem unsurprising given the intensely populist tone that pervaded every convention speech from Monday through Thursday. But look below the surface, and these shifts seem positively surreal. Is it possible that voters have, once again, been duped by the Rovian rhetoric machine? Are we really as gullible as the GOP seems to think? Apparently so.

 

    Let’s start with women, most of whom we can reasonably presume are adherents of some form of feminism (which in the most general sense is simply the belief that rights and liberties should not be distributed on the basis of sex.) Many are disaffected Clinton supporters; many others have never – for one reason or another – felt completely at home in the Republican Party. Until now. Given that Palin’s positions on “women’s issues,” from reproductive rights to health care, are 180 degrees from the mainstream feminist base, one can only conclude that for many women, sharing a piece of anatomy is a more powerful source of solidarity than shared beliefs, values or principles. With all due respect to my fellow fairer-sex sisters, those of you for whom the idea of a woman in office is more exciting than good public policy are doing all of us a disservice. Palin, no matter how you slice it, will not represent us when it comes to the issues that feminists from every stripe and for every decade have worked to promote. And to add insult to injury, it could not be more obvious that Sarah Palin is being used by the men in her own party to galvanize disgruntled female voters. Is there anyone out there who could argue with a straight face that Palin would have been picked if she’d been a man? Despite the degrading nature of this strategy, to my astonishment (and apparent naiveté) the polls suggest that it is working. So I feel compelled to ask. Do we really want to legitimize the worst anti-feminist stereotypes about women as a group? People (not just women) who genuinely care about so-called women’s issues have simply no alternative but to vote against the McCain/Palin ticket. It really is as simple as that.

    The surge of Catholic support for McCain/Palin is less shocking, but equally disturbing. The obvious explanation for this support is Palin’s adamant opposition to abortion in all cases except when the life of the mother is at risk. But historically, Catholics, who tend to favor the Democratic Party, have never been single-issue voters, and the larger theme around which they have organized their ideological distribution is human rights. And on that question, there is no debate. Palin fails miserably. This is the woman who said that the war in Iraq was “a task from God.” Oh really, Governor? The Catholic faith preaches that it is only priests and saints who have a direct line to the will of God. So which of these is Sarah Palin? Catholicism is the source of liberation theology, whose adherents are some of the most dedicated social justice activists in the world. To grasp the magnitude of the gulf between the rhetoric of the very progressive Catholic human rights stance and the positions of Sarah Palin, I suggest watching the film “Romero” and then following it up with a screening of Palin’s convention speech. Then explain to me how Catholic support for Palin is rational. Seriously, someone please do that.

 

    Which brings us to self-identified moderates. Frankly, this one baffles me the most. There is nothing – repeat, nothing – about Sarah Palin that could be described as “moderate.” By adding her to the ticket, McCain the Maverick moved himself ten clicks to the right. In fact, it is not an exaggeration to say that Palin’s views on most issues tend towards extremist. So what is her appeal to moderates? It has to be the populist draw of her “small-town girl makes good” story. But while that storyline makes for a popular Hollywood blockbuster, it is hardly the basis for a real-life presidency. I understand that it’s verboten to bring up McCain’s age, but we have to get real. John McCain is 72-years-old and has a history of health problems. There is more than a miniscule chance that if he won the presidency, Sarah Palin would, at some point, be asked to replace him. This is a woman whose main foreign policy credentials (according to her own party) consist of living in a state that borders Russia. Setting aside what this does to McCain’s credibility on the question of judgment, it is utter madness to put Palin’s folksy appeal above our long-term security and wellbeing.

 

    I’ve had it with the GOP (Karl Rove, I’m talking to you) bringing down the state of discourse in this country. And I’m tired of it working. Voters are not the complete morons that the GOP takes them for – they’re just overworked and uninformed. But the recent polling results once again beg the question: Are we capable of doing better, or are we going to continue to live down to the GOP’s cynical expectations of us?

    In recent weeks, I have heard talk-radio incessantly repeating the mantra that in 2008, no matter who wins the presidential election, we will have “progressed” as a political culture. That logic is not only simplistic, it’s patently untrue. A McCain/Palin victory would be a clear step backward for all voters of conscience, and would likely be the final shameful cleavage in the ever-widening gap between the United States and the global community.

 

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From “America First Blog”

 

The First amendment is gone: Journalists were arrested at both the Republican and the Democratic National Conventions

http://targetfreedo m.typepad. .com/targetfreed om/2008/09/ first-amendment- is-gone-journali sts-arrested. html

Do you still think you live in a Constitutional Republic, allowing First amendment rightsfree speech, freedom of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble???

The United States Constitution

Amendment 1 – Freedom of Religion, Press, Expression.

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.

 

Tyranny is bi-partisan.

Journalist Producer Asa Eslocker was arrested outside the Brown Palace at the Democratic National Convention for taking pictures on public property:

http://targetfreedo m.typepad. com/targetfreedo m/2008/09/ journalist- producer- asa-eslocker- was-arrested. html

 

ABC Reporter Arrested While Trying to Take Pictures of Lobbyists and Donors Partying at Democratic Convention

 

http://jonathanturl ey.org/2008/ 08/28/abc- reporter- arrested- while-trying- to-take-pictures -of-lobbyists- and-donors- partying- at-democratic- convention/

 

Here is the actual video of the arrest of ABC reporter for taking pictures on public property:

http://www.youtube. com/watch? v=1QaIrut9rTc 

 

http://abcnews. go.com/Blotter/ Conventions/ story?id= 5668622&page=1

 

http://vodpod. com/watch/ 975406-denver- cops-arrest- abc-crew- outside-lobbyist -meeting? pod=nunoftheabov e 

 

You will notice that Journalist Producer Asa Eslocker was forced into the street by  police, AND THEN told that he is “impeding traffic”. Police can be heard telling the others, who are filming, to “Shut it off”. What happened to the pictures that Asa Eslocker was arrested for taking?

 

http://abcnews. go.com/Blotter/ Conventions/ Story?id= 5678763&page=1

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Journalists arrested at the Republican National Convention:

According to our constitution, what is “Unlawful assembly“??

Better WAKE UP! Rest assured… YOU will be next!

Please pass this to others who are uninformed. This is important.
List of journalists arrested at the Republican National Convention

 This list is still growing. Courtesy of freepress.net

Sharif Abdel Kouddous 

Democracy Now

Suspicion of felony riot and unlawful assembly

 

Nicole Salazar 

Democracy Now! 

Suspicion of felony riot

 

Amy Goodman 

Democracy Now! 

Obstruction of legal process/ interference w/ peace officer.

Matt Rourke 

Associated Press 

Gross misdemeanor riot charge

 

Edward Matthews 

U of KY (journalism student) 

Riot charge

 

Britney McIntosh 

U of KY (journalism student) 

Riot charge

 

Jim Winn 

U of KY (journalism advisor) 

Riot charge

 

Lambert Rochfort 

PepperSpray Productions 

Held without charge

 

Joe LaSac 

PepperSpray Productions 

Held without charge

 

Stephen Maturen 

Minnesota Daily 

Peppersprayed and ziptied – only held momentarily.

 

Jonathan Malat 

KARE 11 

“Unlawful assembly”??

 

Tom Aviles 

WCCO 

“Unlawful assembly”??

 

Amy Forliti 

Associated Press 

“Unlawful assembly”??

 

Jon Krawczynski 

Associated Press 

“Unlawful assembly”??

 

Dean Treftz 

U-Wire (national college wire service) 

“Unlawful assembly”??

 

Jeff Schorfheide 

Badger-Herald 

“Unlawful assembly”??

 

Matt Snyders 

U of IA / frm. reporter for Daily Iowan 

“Unlawful assembly”??

 

Christopher Patton 

Daily Iowan 

“Unlawful assembly”??

 

Rick Rowley 

Big Noise Films 

“Unlawful assembly”??

 

Jon Wise 

MyFox 

“Unlawful assembly”??

 

Alice Kathloff 

MyFox 

“Unlawful assembly”??

 

Art Hughes 

Public News Service 

“Unlawful assembly”??

 

Jerry Snook 

Westwood One 

“Unlawful assembly”??

 

Ben Garvin 

St. Paul Pioneer Press 

“Unlawful assembly”??

 

Jason Nicholas 

New York Post 

Unlawful assembly and obstructing the legal process

 

Wendy Binion 

Portland IndyMedia 

Felony conspiracy to riot

 

Geraldine Cahill 

The Real News 

“Unlawful assembly”??

 

Ania Smolenskaia 

The Real News 

“Unlawful assembly”??

 

Suzanne Hughes 

The Uptake 

“Unlawful assembly”??

 

Ted Johnson 

Variety 

“Unlawful assembly”??

 

Alice Kalthoff 

MyFoxdfw.com 

“Unlawful assembly”??

 

John P Wise 

MyFox 

“Unlawful assembly”??

 

Eileen Clancy 

I-Witness Video 

Unknown

 

Anita Braithwaite 

Glass Bead Video Collective 

Unknown

 

Olivia Katz 

Glass Bead Video Collective 

Unknown

 

Nick Brooks 

Downtown Express 

Unlawful assembly and interfering with legal process

 

Sam Stoker 

ASSC of Alt. Newsweeklies 

“Unlawful assembly”??

 

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Naomi Wolf Celebrated Author of “The End of America”

http://targetfreedo m.typepad. com/targetfreedo m/2008/09/ the-american- recipe-for- holocaust- –a-startling- video-by- naomi-wolf- author-of- the-end-of- america.html 

 

http://www.youtube. com:80/watch? v=RjALf12PAWc 

 

http://www.youtube. com:80/watch? v=i0LvtQAQ6sc 

 

See what Naomi Wolf said that it would mean when they started arresting journalists.

 

Freedom of speech – use it or lose it


When they took away the 4th Amendment,
we were quiet,
because we didn’t deal drugs.

When they took away the 6th Amendment,
we were quiet,
because we were innocent.

When they took away the 2nd Amendment,
we were quiet,
because we don’t own guns.

Now they have taking away the 1st Amendment,
and very soon,
if we continue to be quiet,
we will have no choice,
but to be continue to be quiet.

 

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The Olympics

Are Not Over for a

Federal Air Marshal Whistleblower


By Ingrid Drake

September 18, 2008

Former federal air marshal Robert MacLean has had to jump over a lot of hurdles to contest his 2006 termination for disclosing the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) Federal Air Marshals Service’s (FAMS) July 2003 plan to eliminate air marshal missions on nonstop, long distance flights for two months.  FAMS’s plan to cancel these missions was an attempt to save money on costs associated with air marshals having to sleep in hotel rooms after a long distance mission.

MacLean’s termination was sustained by a single charge: that his disclosure was Sensitive Security Information (SSI), an unclassified marking widely used by the TSA after the 9/11 attacks.

MacLean maintains that FAMS had originally sent out its plan in a text message to all nationwide air marshals’ non-secure mobile phones, instead of their encrypted PDAs, without SSI markings.  Soon thereafter, DHS issued a terrorist advisory about a possible hijacking.  Concerned about the security implications of FAMS’s plan to cut back on air marshal assignments for nonstop, long distance flights, MacLean went to his supervisors and the DHS Inspector General office.  But after his warnings fell on deaf ears, MacLean, who had 14 years of unblemished military and civilian federal service experience, made a disclosure to the media about FAMS’s plan.  TSA later designated the information MacLean disclosed as SSI.  (During this time, both the Congressional Research Service (CRS) and the Government Accountability Office (GAO) raised numerous inconsistencies and weaknesses with how TSA applied SSI).

MacLean immediately appealed his removal before the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB).  He argued that his 2003 disclosure was protected under the Whistleblower Protection Act (WPA), and that his disclosure could not be retroactively marked as Sensitive Security Information (SSI) over three years later.  But the government argued that the MSPB did not have the jurisdiction to rule if MacLean’s disclosure was SSI or not.

MacLean filed an appeal in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit and waited over two years for its ruling.  This week, the 9th Circuit denied MacLean’s petition, in which he had argued that TSA’s SSI order violated: (1) the TSA’s own regulations, (2) the Whistleblower Protection Act, (3) the Anti-Gag statute, (4) due process, and (5) the rule against retroactive administrative adjudication.  This was no big surprise, as MacLean and his attorneys knew that the “evidentiary standard” was extremely high for TSA’s retroactive SSI order to be rescinded.

“This is not over,” writes MacLean in an email to POGO.  MacLean will have to refile in the MSPB before October 15, 2008, and argue that disclosure of unclassified information labeling is protected under the Whistleblower Protection Act (WPA), as opposed to classified information labeled Top Secret, Secret, or Confidential.  It is important to note that the government cannot retroactively label classified information.

While the MSPB has an unbelievably awful record of ruling against whistleblowers, MacLean points out that his case may be different, given the sympathetic language in the 9th Circuit’s ruling:

MacLean may still contest his termination before the MSPB, where he may raise the Whistleblower Protection Act and contend that the lack of clarity of the TSA’s 2003 ‘sensitive security information” regulations is evidence MacLean disseminated the text message under a good faith belief the information did not qualify as “sensitive security information.

While Congress has taken some steps to limit the misuse of unclassified information markings such as SSI, POGO and other groups would like to see legislation that prohibits executive agencies like TSA from retroactively marking/labeling information with unclassified information designations such as SSI, Law Enforcement Sensitive (LES), or For Official Use Only (FOUO).

Having worked with MacLean for years, POGO understands what a loss it is for the public to have him no longer serve as a federal air marshal.  We would hate to see another loss at the MSPB for federal employees who speak out when they see fraud, waste, abuse, and negligence in the agencies funded to serve us.

See related articles:

The Las Vegas Sun

The San Francisco Chronicle

 

 

 

 

 

I have been watching very curiously the scrambling of people in the press lately due to attempts to intimidate and control what reporters are writing, and even their ability to protect their sources.  I have observed in one market, newspapers under siege from a particular defense contractor, when reporters from those papers have tried to do investigative reporting into the business practices and alleged criminal activities of said company.  Duck and cover appears to be the watchword of our media.  Much very disturbing is going on in our country now.  Stop and tally up the kinds of problems for a moment; it will amaze you.  Here is a thought-provoking article from Brasscheck TV. 

————————————————————————————————————————————————————–

Gfs,

 

The Nazis were ruthless and power mad.

 

The Nazis had a war machine loaded with

high tech weapons.

 

The Nazis had a highly effective internal propaganda

system.

 

No one talks about this last item because they imported

it directly from the United States.

 

===============================

 

Brasscheck TV: The war for your mind

 

Here’s a little history that few are aware of…

but if you know it, it explains much about

how we got to where we are today.

 

When the Rockefeller group was under

widespread popular attack in the early part

of the 20th century, they hired a man named

Ivy Lee to help them rehabilitate their public

image. He was very successful at his task.

 

The Rockefellers loaned Lee to the Nazis

to help them with their 1930s PR problems

in the US. While, it may be hard to believe

now, US press accounts of Hitler’s rise to

power in Germany were mostly positive.

 

Edward Bernays, a close colleague of Lee’s,

was another master of public manipulation.

 

One of Bernays’ biggest fans was none other

than Joseph Goebbels, the director of

internal propaganda for the Nazi government.

 

Goebbels was the man who “sold” the Germans

on the Nazis (much the way Roger Ailes has

sold the US on Bush-style (i.e. criminal)

Republicanism.

 

I recommend you read more, but if you want

to go straight to the video, it’s here:

 

http://clicks.aweber.com/y/ct/?l=DMIXC&m=1fnRWYvqUnEpNr&b=tozVV3Z_Sah7ukpDIFb48A

 

*** You can’t have a dictatorship with controlling

the news media, overly or covertly

 

It’s important to know that even as

Berlin was literally going up in

flames, the Nazis retained the support of

large portions of Germany society as

a result of Goebbels’ “genius.”

 

This feat, as one book title describes it,

was “the war that Hitler won.”

 

Edward Bernays bragged that his book

“The Crystalization of Public Opinion”

was prominently displayed in Goebbels

private office.

 

You may have heard of “Kristallnacht”

a multi-day orgy of street terror against

Jews in Germany that “crystalized”

public opinion that it had become socially

acceptable to target Jews in the streets,

in their stores and even in their homes.

 

Most historians state that the

“kristall” in “kristallnacht” refers

to the broken windows of Jewish owned

stores.

 

There is one problem with this universally

accepted version of events.

 

“Kristall” does not mean “glass” or

“store window” in German. It means

crystal.

 

What crystals were broken during “kristallnacht?”

 

Answer: None to speak of.

 

It is my contention that in fact

“Kristallnacht,” one of the notorious

acts of state terrorism in modern history,

was coined by Goebbels for the strategy

of “crystalizing” public opinion he learned from

his American mentor’s book by the same name.

 

Meet Edward Bernays, US PR man,

tutor to the Nazi propaganda machine,

and inspiration to Roger Ailes, creator

of Fox News, America’s modern day version

of Joseph Goebbels:

 

http://clicks.aweber.com/y/ct/?l=DMIXC&m=1fnRWYvqUnEpNr&b=tozVV3Z_Sah7ukpDIFb48A

 

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