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Business Insider: CISPA “is absolutely ludicrous insanity. The minds behind this in Congress should be forced to resign, immediately — they are acting in the interests of weird lobbying groups and defense contractors.”

Total surveillance of the people is what Congress ultimately wants, so it is no surprise that this is apparently a top legislative priority for them — even at a time when 1 out of every 2 recent college graduates face unemployment. Even at a time when our total public debt is above $15 trillion.

How bad is CISPA in its current form? Here’s some analysis from Techdirt: “Up until this afternoon, the final vote on CISPA was supposed to be tomorrow. Then, abruptly, it was moved up today—and the House voted in favor of its passage with a vote of 248-168. But that’s not even the worst part. [...] Previously, CISPA allowed the government to use information for ‘cybersecurity’ or ‘national security’ purposes. Those purposes have not been limited or removed. Instead, three more valid uses have been added: investigation and prosecution of cybersecurity crime, protection of individuals, and protection of children. Cybersecurity crime is defined as any crime involving network disruption or hacking, plus any violation of the CFAA.”

Let me put this into perspective for you:

- If the government suspects you are a genuine “bad guy,” like a cyberterrorist, human trafficker, drug kingpin, etc… they can already seize all of this online activity information about you. It’s called obtaining a warrant. CISPA does away with that. It supercedes ALL existing federal privacy laws. As Techdirt’s Leigh Beadon put it, “Basically it says the 4th Amendment does not apply online, at all. Moreover, the government could do whatever it wants with the data as long as it can claim that someone was in danger of bodily harm, or that children were somehow threatened—again, notwithstanding absolutely any other law that would normally limit the government’s power.”

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/cispa-is-ridiculously

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America’s 1% never had it so good. Another 10% or so are OK. Most others face harder than ever hard times with no end of misery in sight. Expect no change post-November, no matter who’s elected president or controls Congress. Economist Paul Craig Roberts calls America’s economy “dead.”

What can’t go on forever, won’t. Progressive Radio News Hour guest Bob Chapman warned investors for years. It’s just a matter of time. Houses built on sand collapse. American and European economies are no exception. They’re sick and getting sicker.

Another Greek crisis approaches, Chapman warns, whether “via austerity, demonstrations, military coup,” or perhaps the worst of all three if public rage erupts in violence.

Ireland, Portugal, Belgium, Spain and italy are next. BRIC giants China, India and Brazil are weakening. Pyrrhic victories conceal core meltdown trouble. Are policy makers “dumb enough to believe that austerity, lower wages and higher taxes bring prosperity?” What’s happening in Europe and America looks “surreal.” Recovery’s an illusion.

Another dirty secret is that France, Britain, and other EU countries also show weakness. “These problems are going to go on and on and on,” says Chapman.

Economist David Rosenberg also warns of trouble. Disturbing signs are everywhere. In America alone, consumer spending stagnated. Core capex shipments are down. The trade deficit’s widening. Mortgage applications are falling. Mortgage refinancing activity collapsed. Gas prices are heading for $4 a gallon on their way perhaps to 5.

This is what Occupy Wall Street is fighting for.

Read more: http://www.veteranstoday.com/2012/03/31/papering

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Anonymous, Occupy Wall Street launch ‘Our Polls’ campaign against SOPA, PIPA, NDAA supporters in Congress

Anonymous and the Occupy Movement have joined forces to defeat congressional supporters of SOPA, PIPA, and NDAA this November.

Anonymous announced today a joint campaign with the Occupy Wall Street Movement called “Our Polls,” which targets members of Congress who supported a variety of bills these groups find particularly offensive. Namely: the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA), and the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The groups call on voters to remove all those who supported these bills from office on November 6, election day.

The primary message of the Our Polls effort is that Washington is corrupted by money, and that the politicians who were elected to represent us worry more about the thickness of their wallets than the lives of their constituents.

Read more: http://www.digitaltrends.com/social-media/anonymous

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Occupy Congress Protesters De-Arrest Fellow Protester


Occupy Wall Street protesters help save a fellow protestor that was about to get arrest by riot police.

Casually pepper spray everything cop: Lt. John Pike

Fox News Megyn Kelly on pepper spray: It's a food product essentially

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Petition to Have the President Veto the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)

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Please Sign The Petition To Have The President Veto The National Defense Authorization Act

The National Defense Authorization Act, which Occupy Wall Street is strongly against, allows American Citizens to be detained & held by the US Government/Military indefinitely, without judge, jury, or trial.  It also allocates an additional $650 billion in defense spending, that we don’t need to be spending or have in the first place.

This act has been passed by Congress and will be in front of Obama to sign into law shortly.  He has already stated that he has no intention to veto it.

Read more & sign the petition:
https://wwws.whitehouse.gov/petitions#!/petition/veto-national

Here is the section of the bill where it specifically mentions detaining citizens without trial:
NDAA Bill

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Senator Levin reveals: It was Obama who required the Indefinite Detainment Bill (NDAA) to INCLUDE ‘U.S. Citizens being held without rights’ as part of the wording!

We now know, for those that have been holding out in “hope” that Obama will veto the 1031 Indefinite Detainment Bill (NDAA) against holding U.S. Citizens indefinitely without rights to a trial or lawyer or charges… it was Obama who required the bill have the language ‘U.S. Citizens being held without rights’ included in the bill! This bill will pass if it goes in front of Obama for his signature.

Contact your State Representative:
http://writerep.house.gov/writerep/

In your correspondence with your Representative, please mention the following facts. Too many journalists are still confused on these points — please let them know too:

The bill passed by Congress absolutely DOES NOT exempt citizens
Section 1031 reads, “A covered person under this section” includes “any person who has committed a belligerent act”.

The Feinstein Amendment 1031(e) is dangerously misleading
Don’t be fooled! In the text of 1031(e), “Nothing in this section shall be construed…”, the only word that matters is “construed” — the Supreme Court are the only ones with the power to construe the law. The Feinstein Amendment 1031(e) permits citizens to be imprisoned without evidence or a trial forever, if the Supreme Court does not EXPLICITLY repeal 1031.

Confusingly, Obama previously threatened a veto for 1032, but NOT 1031
1032 does NOT concern imprisoning citizens without a trial. He has never suggested using a veto to stop Section 1031 citizen imprisonment. In fact, Section 1031 citizen imprisonment without trial was requested by the Obama administration. See the video proof here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PLiKvSz_wX8

UPDATE 12/15/11This looks like this is really going to pass…
White House issues statement saying it will not veto defense bill (NDAA)! Flood the whitehouse comment line 1-202-456-1111! Be proactive!
http://www.occupythegame.com/2011/12/15/white-house-issues

What is the National Defense Authorization act or NDAA?
Info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Defense_Authorization_Act

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Indefinite military detention for U.S. citizens now in the hands of a secretive conference committee

The House voted 406-17 to keep the NDAA (indefinite military detention bill) conference committee closed to the public.

If Congress does not pass a Department of Defense Authorization bill that Obama will sign by the end of the year, almost all of the U.S. military’s activities around the world would be jeopardized. At this point, the House and Senate have both passed their versions of the bill (H.R.1540 and S.1867), but they have disagreement on several provisions, including a provision opposed by the Obama Administration that would require the military to indefinitely detain terrorism suspects, including American citizens living in the U.S., without charge or trial.

With the House having voted 406-17 to “close” portions of the meetings and avoid public scrutiny, members from both chambers and both parties are meeting in a secretive conference committee to work on reconciling the differences between the House and Senate versions of the bill. On the military detention provision, their main task is going to be to find a solution that can pass both chambers (again) and not draw a veto from President Obama, who Occupy Wall Street do not back whatsoever.

Contrary to popular perception, the Obama Administration is not strongly opposed to the provisions in the bills that would authorize indefinite military detentions for U.S. citizens. Here’s what the Administration had to say in a Statement of Administrative Policy on the Senate bill…

Read more: http://www.opencongress.org/articles/view/2447-Indefinite

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Congress Holding Hearing On Whether Insider Trading By Congress Should Be Illegal

Congress Holding Hearing On Whether Insider Trading By Congress Should Be Illegal
Only in a Banana Republic would Congress be “forced” to hold hearings on whether to ban itself from illegal (for everyone else) insider trading. Which explains why below readers can watch precisely that, live from the house Committee on Financial Services.The legislation in question relates to bill H.R. 1148, the “Stop Trading on Congressional Knowledge Act.” We wonder how long until Congress manages to scuttle this latest effort to keep the playing field between the muppets and everyone else. After all, someone has to leak critical rating agency information (such as the FT’s break of a key S&P leak yesterday, or Nancy Pelosi knowing weeks in advance that Moody’s would not downgrade the US) to the media and/or trading entities.

Read more: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/live-hearing-whether-insider

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Tell Congress: Say NO to Indefinite Detention and Endless Worldwide War

Tell Congress: Say NO to Indefinite Detention and Endless Worldwide WarThe Senate has passed a version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that includes a dangerous provision authorizing the U.S. military to pick up and imprison civilians — including Americans — without charge or trial, anywhere in the world, including in your own backyard. The provisions were negotiated by a few senators — in secret — and without proper Congressional review. The House of Representatives earlier passed its own version of the NDAA that authorizes worldwide war, and worldwide indefinite detention, even within America itself. And now, the House and Senate are meeting in secret to write a final version and find a way to rush this outrageous affront to our constitutional rights to President Obama’s desk.

Tell your members of Congress to vote NO on the NDAA if it contains indefinite detention without charge or trial or new worldwide war powers. Time is critical because these secret negotiators hope to jam the bill through Congress within a week or two.

Sign the petition: https://secure.aclu.org/site/Advocacy?cmd=display

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