williambanzai7's picture

This week we are supposed to hear what kind of NSA pizza Obozo plans to deliver. Extra cheese anyone?


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ShakaZulu's picture

I'm not eating that.  I think he spit on my pizza...

The Heart's picture

Here's some Piazza for ya.:

Oh...piZZa...ahhhh...pepperoni and black olives please...ummmmm.

A story to not consider, but you really should.:



MeelionDollerBogus's picture

not to worry, b1tco1n haz tha invulnerabl3z, we can use it to bribe the warlords to turn the grid back on!
oh wait...

Fishhawk's picture

Tyler, you need a toggle to hide the Ransquawk/New Comments/Contact Info bar; it displays over the first content posted and cuts off 45% of the page view.  Very annoying. 



James's picture

Fishhawk, just left click twice on pic and problem is solved

The Wisp's picture

The Box Hides My Battering ram

Zero-risk bias's picture

Let me some identification.

Reaper's picture

Didn't order that.  Wrong house.  Take it next door to Obozo in the white house.   He feeds it to his wokie.

verbot's picture


There has to be some mossad agents and a full van of netflix investors hidden in the

williambanzai7's picture

They are hiding under the box

kwatinhu's picture

Clapper? Intelligence? Wow talk about Newspeak. When I heard him say the Muslim Brotherhood was a secular organization I almost did a spit take. Do these people really think we're this stupid? Are they REALLY this stupid? I'm not sure I really want to know anymore.

I was never of the Prepper persuasion but I'm starting to think stocking p on gold, lead, food and seed may be a wise plan. I've got 20 acres to protect and a long growing season here in NW Fla so I guess we'll be okay.

Dewey Cheatum Howe's picture

Seventy percent of America’s intelligence budget now flows to private contractors. Going by this year’s estimated budget of about $80 billion, that makes private intelligence a $56 billion-a-year industry.


In 2000, thanks in part to an advisory committee led by James R. Clapper Jr., now the director of national intelligence, the N.S.A. decided to shift away from its in-house development strategy and outsource on a huge scale. The N.S.A.’s headquarters began filling with contractors working for Booz Allen and hundreds of other companies.

In 2001 the N.S.A. even outsourced its I.T. infrastructure “to push more of our work to contractors,” as its director testified last week. Mr. Snowden was a systems administrator on the program. That’s how he knew about the highly classified programs he leaked.

But apart from the risk of leaking classified information, what’s wrong with the N.S.A. or any other agency’s outsourcing critical programs to the private sector? Are contractors really “not the issue,” as a former N.S.A. director, Michael V. Hayden, insisted on Sunday on NBC?

And if the N.S.A.’s mass surveillance programs are unlawful or unconstitutional, as many Americans (including myself) believe, does it make any difference whether the work is done by a government analyst or a private contractor?

It does. Here’s why. First, it is dangerous to have half a million people — the number of private contractors holding top-secret security clearances — peering into the lives of their fellow citizens. Contractors aren’t part of the chain of command at the N.S.A. or other agencies and aren’t subject to Congressional oversight. Officially, their only loyalty is to their company and its shareholders.

Second, with billions of dollars of government money sloshing around, and with contractors providing advice on how to spend it, conflicts of interest and corruption are inevitable. Contractors simply shouldn’t be in the business of managing large projects and providing procurement advice to intelligence agencies. Thomas A. Drake, one of the N.S.A. whistle-blowers who exposed the waste and fraud in the N.S.A.’s Trailblazer program — Mr. Hayden’s disastrous attempt to privatize the N.S.A.’s analysis of intercepted signals intelligence — estimates that the project cost taxpayers as much as $7 billion (it was canceled in 2006). Yet the contracts kept rolling in, and Mr. Hayden went on to head the C.I.A.

Third, we’ve allowed contractors to conduct our most secret and sensitive operations with virtually no oversight. This is true not only at the N.S.A. Contractors now work alongside the C.I.A. in covert operations (two of the Americans killed in Benghazi were C.I.A. contractors; we still don’t know who their employer was).


Winston of Oceania's picture

Of course without the contractors we would never had known what they are really up to, so I'm choosing the light of truth behind door number two. Really the last thing I need is some cluster fuck of a politician protecting me to death. 

Dewey Cheatum Howe's picture

No, William Martin and Bernon Mitchell (ELINT), William Binney. Then when we had something of an independent and uncompromised by special interest money congress Frank Church and his subcommittee on multinational corporations that uncovered the Lockheed bribery scandal which at the time was considered the Watergate of the corporate America.


Dewey Cheatum Howe's picture

Finally, there’s the revolving door — or what President Dwight D. Eisenhower called “undue influence.” With few regulations and no questions being asked on Capitol Hill, hundreds of former top N.S.A. and C.I.A. officials have migrated from government to the private sector and back again. The poster boy is Michael McConnell, who served as N.S.A. director during Bill Clinton’s first term, then went to Booz Allen for a 10-year stint, became director of national intelligence for George W. Bush from 2007 to 2009, and is back at Booz Allen today.

We have no way of knowing how people like Mr. McConnell formed their business relationships, and what agreements or compromises they might have made to get their private-sector jobs (and vice versa). They may be honorable men, but as recent history has shown us, there’s no reason to take them at their word. And the current one-year ban on lobbying for former officials does little to prevent conflicts of interest.


The sadly this is symptomatic of a bigger problem with feral gubbermint we see it with finance end in the SEC and other regulation agencies and other congressional representatives. The biggest poster boy for this problem is the Federal Reserve and they have monopoly status which should be illegal in the first place.

I think the problem in general is pretty well defined here, so then should the general solutions be well defined.

MeelionDollerBogus's picture
WHA? regumalations iz crooked? But the EPA promised corexit-laced water was safe! By not looking...
seems legit...

Fix It Again Timmy's picture

That dude looks sufficiently crazed to have him permanently locked up on looks alone.....

putaipan's picture

and he wants to be paid in btc.


(hey dubyaB ... another problem with the new coding-at least for me-is the first image is embeded behind the light blue ransquak/new comments/contact bar, and does not scroll out from underneath. it's usually ok but sometimes i want the full panoramic horror. as in this case- fuck that star trek wanna be!)

pupdog1's picture

A view of Clapper from our side of the peephole.

How's that for irony.

Congress generally hates being lied to, and the fact that this grotesque isn't now actually delivering pizzas shows us the true extent to which the fix is in.

stant's picture

rank amatures compared to little old babtist grandmas, who knows everything by intuition. but never caused loss of buisness in the billions by being tyrants. american companys will always be suspect thanks to them, cant unring a bell. they have brought shame on our nation. that sadly now most likely will fracture. ive made my peace with that

the grateful unemployed's picture

i wonder if the NSA spys on the fed board, and fed activities?

the grateful unemployed's picture

makes me wonder if we're entitled to that information through the freedom of information act?

john39's picture

no shit... who do you think is turning the US into a police state?  the people that own the FED.

Rock On Roger's picture

I've seen it with my own eyes.

Bears truly prefer to shit on the road.

Wish I had the photo...

new game's picture

whilst in the mountains in N.M. we stopped for a pleasant lunch with nature and an old pine tree started to crack loudly and fell to the ground with a thunderous crashing display of energy change.

yes is made noise...

what are the odds of witnessing such an event?

could one draw an analygy to the u.s. tree of debt?

enquiring minds wait for that rotting tree to crash down.

all was fine afterward (although it was fairly close to our location).

i saw it as an opportunity to gather the deadwood and roast some bakers over the glow.

or if you prefer, lamposts.

just sayen...

tip e. canoe's picture

how about hugelbeds and mushroom growing?

DYS's picture

For 1BTC, I will dress up as a bear....

new game's picture

how many reflections do two mirrors facing each other reflect?

move one a second and can you manipulate the image?

does it bend light?


Its_the_economy_stupid's picture

"i wonder if the NSA spys on the fed board, and fed activities?"


Now we know who is front running the fed by about 15 minutes. Somebody's gotta pay for all that surveilance.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Extra shredded fiat on mine please. Hold the anchovies and give them to that old fish Yellen.