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Conspiracy Fact: How The U.S. Government Covertly Invented A "Cuban Twitter" To Create Revolution

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Submitted by Michael Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

It appears the U.S. government is doing its best to ensure that nobody anywhere in any corner of planet earth will ever trust American technology again (or U.S. aid for that matter). This process of distrust first really got going with the Edward Snowden revelations, which demonstrated that essentially all major U.S. tech firms are mere wards of the state with little to no privacy protections, and absolutely zero backbone.

This story of the U.S. government covertly creating a “Cuban Twitter” called ZunZuneo in order to overthrow the regime there has enormous long-term ramifications on many, many levels, which I will address throughout this post.

From the AP via The Washington Post:

WASHINGTON — In July 2010, Joe McSpedon, a U.S. government official, flew to Barcelona to put the final touches on a secret plan to build a social media project aimed at undermining Cuba’s communist government.

 

McSpedon and his team of high-tech contractors had come in from Costa Rica and Nicaragua, Washington and Denver. Their mission: to launch a messaging network that could reach hundreds of thousands of Cubans. To hide the network from the Cuban government, they would set up a byzantine system of front companies using a Cayman Islands bank account, and recruit unsuspecting executives who would not be told of the company’s ties to the U.S. government.

 

McSpedon didn’t work for the CIA. This was a program paid for and run by the U.S. Agency for International Development, best known for overseeing billions of dollars in U.S. humanitarian aid.

Now we can pretty much guarantee that foreign nations will forever be skeptical of any U.S. “aid”. Great work morons.

Documents show the U.S. government planned to build a subscriber base through “non-controversial content”: news messages on soccer, music, and hurricane updates. Later when the network reached a critical mass of subscribers, perhaps hundreds of thousands, operators would introduce political content aimed at inspiring Cubans to organize “smart mobs” — mass gatherings called at a moment’s notice that might trigger a Cuban Spring, or, as one USAID document put it, “renegotiate the balance of power between the state and society.”

 

At its peak, the project drew in more than 40,000 Cubans to share news and exchange opinions. But its subscribers were never aware it was created by the U.S. government, or that American contractors were gathering their private data in the hope that it might be used for political purposes.

 

“There will be absolutely no mention of United States government involvement,” according to a 2010 memo from Mobile Accord, one of the project’s contractors. “This is absolutely crucial for the long-term success of the service and to ensure the success of the Mission.”

 

The program’s legality is unclear: U.S. law requires that any covert action by a federal agency must have a presidential authorization. Officials at USAID would not say who had approved the program or whether the White House was aware of it. McSpedon, the most senior official named in the documents obtained by the AP, is a mid-level manager who declined to comment.

“The program’s legality is unclear”, as if that matters!

But the ZunZuneo program muddies those claims, a sensitive issue for its mission to promote democracy and deliver aid to the world’s poor and vulnerable — which requires the trust of foreign governments.

 

The Associated Press obtained more than 1,000 pages of documents about the project’s development. The AP independently verified the project’s scope and details in the documents — such as federal contract numbers and names of job candidates — through publicly available databases, government sources and interviews with those directly involved in ZunZuneo.

 

“We should gradually increase the risk,” USAID proposed in a document. It advocated using “smart mobs” only in “critical/opportunistic situations and not at the detriment of our core platform-based network.”

 

USAID’s team of contractors and subcontractors built a companion Web site to its text service so Cubans could subscribe, give feedback and send their own text messages for free. They talked about how to make the Web site look like a real business. “Mock ad banners will give it the appearance of a commercial enterprise,” a proposal suggested.

 

McSpedon worked for USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI), a division that was created after the fall of the Soviet Union to promote U.S. interests in quickly changing political environments — without the usual red tape.

We have an “Office of Transition Initiatives“? Who knew…

In 2009, a report by congressional researchers warned that OTI’s work “often lends itself to political entanglements that may have diplomatic implications.” Staffers on oversight committees complained that USAID was running secret programs and would not provide details.

 

“We were told we couldn’t even be told in broad terms what was happening because ‘people will die,’” said Fulton Armstrong, who worked for the Senate Foreign Relations committee. Before that, he was the US intelligence community’s most senior analyst on Latin America, advising the Clinton White House.

How’s that for Congressional oversight. This phony “people will die” rationale seems to be the reason for all shady secret programs these days.

The money that Creative Associates spent on ZunZuneo was publicly earmarked for an unspecified project in Pakistan, government data show. But there is no indication of where the funds were actually spent.

 

Paula Cambronero, a researcher for Mobile Accord, began building a vast database about the Cuban subscribers, including gender, age, “receptiveness” and “political tendencies.” USAID believed the demographics on dissent could help it target its other Cuba programs and “maximize our possibilities to extend our reach.”

Of course, the NSA would never compile such data domestically, right?

Carlos Sanchez Almeida, a lawyer specializing in European data protection law, said it appeared that the U.S. program violated Spanish privacy laws because the ZunZuneo team had illegally gathered personal data from the phone list and sent unsolicited emails using a Spanish platform. “The illegal release of information is a crime, and using information to create a list of people by political affiliation is totally prohibited by Spanish law,” Almeida said. It would violate a U.S-European data protection agreement, he said.

 

“If it is discovered that the platform is, or ever was, backed by the United States government, not only do we risk the channel being shut down by Cubacel, but we risk the credibility of the platform as a source of reliable information, education, and empowerment in the eyes of the Cuban people,” Mobile Accord noted in a memo.

 

To cover their tracks, they decided to have a company based in the United Kingdom set up a corporation in Spain to run ZunZuneo. A separate company called MovilChat was created in the Cayman Islands, a well-known offshore tax haven, with an account at the island’s Bank of N.T. Butterfield & Son Ltd. to pay the bills.

 

A memo of the meeting in Barcelona says that the front companies would distance ZunZuneo from any U.S. ownership so that the “money trail will not trace back to America.”

 

Officials at USAID realized however, that they could not conceal their involvement forever — unless they left the stage. The predicament was summarized bluntly when Eberhard was in Washington for a strategy session in early February 2011, where his company noted the “inherent contradiction” of giving Cubans a platform for communications uninfluenced by their government that was in fact financed by the U.S. government and influenced by its agenda.

 

They turned to Jack Dorsey, a co-founder of Twitter, to seek funding for the project. Documents show Dorsey met with Suzanne Hall, a State Department officer who worked on social media projects, and others. Dorsey declined to comment.

This is not going to be good for Twitter’s reputation internationally, or Facebook for that matter…

By early 2011, Creative Associates grew exasperated with Mobile Accord’s failure to make ZunZuneo self-sustaining and independent of the U.S. government. The operation had run into an unsolvable problem. USAID was paying tens of thousands of dollars in text messaging fees to Cuba’s communist telecommunications monopoly routed through a secret bank account and front companies. It was not a situation that it could either afford or justify — and if exposed it would be embarrassing, or worse.

If you did this it’d probably be called money laundering and you’d be locked up in a cage forever. Such as what happened to Charlie Shrem.

Toward the middle of 2012, Cuban users began to complain that the service worked only sporadically. Then not at all.

 

ZunZuneo vanished as mysteriously as it appeared.

Call me crazy, but it might be better idea to end the embargo if we want to foster a “market economy” in Cuba. No, that would be way too enlightened and rational. Better to covertly attempt to spark a revolution that could spiral in impossible to know directions…

Meanwhile, we are encouraging people out in the streets in other countries, while brutally cracking down on domestic protests by labeling Occupy Wall Street demonstrators as “terrorists”.

At the end of the day, would it be so horrible if the U.S. government wanted to foster greater social media communication for Cubans? No, not at all. Unfortunately, that is not what it was doing. Rather, we attempted to covertly foster dissent with the expressed purpose of regime change. This will only encourage an arms race of this sort of activity from all governments against one another all over the world.

This revelation will serve to sow further distrust across the globe, both for American humanitarian intentions and American technology generally. Besides, don’t we have enough problems internally to focus on. Why do we seem to be allocating so many taxpayer resources abroad rather than here at home? As an American, that’s the most disturbing part in all of this to me.

Full article here.

 

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Thu, 04/03/2014 - 22:08 | 4623671 Soul Glow
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Viva la Rev!

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 22:10 | 4623675 THX 1178
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Mark Cuban explains HFT... Cuban Twitter... Sounds like someones PULLING ALL THE STRINGS MAAAAAAANNNNNNN

ITS A FRACTAL CONSPIRACY MAAAAANNNNN

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 22:16 | 4623689 knukles
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Propaganda propagates form the king's crier through the press and SW to ether-space.  Nothing to see here,  move along.  The camp entrance is right down there to your left.  Have a great reeducation!

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 22:21 | 4623700 SilverIsKing
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So I paid for this and I don't get an account?

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 22:26 | 4623711 Anusocracy
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I don't trust the US gov on any-fucking-thing.

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 22:44 | 4623739 zerozulu
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I wonder what will happen when the world started to create revolutions within US!

Whole Wild World VS USA

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 22:47 | 4623749 zerozulu
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Karma is a bitch.

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 22:54 | 4623755 i_call_you_my_base
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There is no karma. Assholes win every day. There is only justice.

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 23:04 | 4623775 Soul Glow
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If I were one of these assholes - from Jamie Dimon to George Bush - I would be scared to die and go to hell.  Of course these fuckers only believe in their skull and bones, and no life after death.  Fuckers.

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 23:08 | 4623780 Gaius Frakkin' ...
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Every week some “big revelation” comes out, and surer than Old Faithful, the sheep clamor to exclaim how astonishing, outrageous, egregious, etc., it seems. Their confidence finally “shaken”... only to be regained (presumably) sometime between this “revelation” and the next, and the whole process repeats itself. Will this madness ever end?

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 23:17 | 4623800 0b1knob
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Will ZunZuneo be overrun by bots and global warming / peak oil shills like ZeroHedge?

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 06:53 | 4624188 negative rates
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There is no Mr. Mcspeedon, maybe a McCoy or a McDonald. The article was good.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 07:40 | 4624238 clooney_art
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All these activities spying, detaining, torturing, subverting --- in foreign soil amounts to TERRORISM. And we wonder why "others" don't like us and take every opportunity to off us.

We need to start minding our god damn business.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 08:57 | 4624430 N2OJoe
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What a crock of shit. The more the USSA de-legitimizes itself, the better off we all become!

Foreigners will be wary of accepting foreing aid from us? Boo fucking hoo, don't take it then.

They will be wary of letting US companies set up in their countries? Boo fucking hoo, kick them out and kick the us gubbmint in the nuts in the process.

The whole fucking system is rotten to the core and the less legitimacy it has in the eyes of the world, the sooner it all comes crashing down to the Great Reset.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 10:36 | 4624483 Thought Processor
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Don't thinnk for a moment that all these social networks are not completely gamed by our Governments.

 

Many were completely rigged for the forment of unrest in countries like Libya, Syria, Egypt, Lebanon, Turkey, Ukraine........

 

This is now a major tool in the Psy-Op toolbox.  

 

One wonders how much they are using them inside the US now, though you can be assured that they are.

 

 

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 09:21 | 4624493 strannick
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America ruins he world to rule it, as Jim Willie says. Or as Vicki Nuland summed up Americas view of Others, Fuck Europe. I Bet she was sweet in High School.

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 23:22 | 4623813 Anusocracy
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"Will this madness ever end?"

Not until you remove a certain small section of brain tissue from almost every American's brain.

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 23:41 | 4623840 Aussie V
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I know many 'Yanks'. I have found them to be generally really good people. Smart, confident and incredibly patriotic. So patriotic that they are kind of comatose to any thing anti-American. It seems to trigger off something deep inside.

To think that they are somehow responsible is abhorrent to them.

To think that their Govt may be responsible is acceptable but, OK as long as it doesn't harm them.

This programming had to happen at a very early age to issue such a response and will take a hell of a lot to un program them!

If you're interested I wrote a piece on it here, www.for-the-fans.com (Obama Manhattan)

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 00:03 | 4623874 JR
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It's called political awareness class; nothing un-Soviet, er un-American, can be thought or expressed. Better known as the Obama/Hillary core corriculum.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 07:00 | 4624194 StychoKiller
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In the first grade, Comrade teacher announces the day's lesson in School Number
One: Marxist criticism and self-criticism.

"Ivan, please stand up and tell us what Marxist criticism and self-criticism
means,” she instructs.

The little boy stands up. “Comrade teacher, Marxist criticism is how we must
view my parents, who joined the reactionary counter-revolutionary forces who
sought to destroy our heroic workers' and peasants' state, and then fled to
the imperialist, capitalist west, to continue their intrigues against the
Socialist regime.”

“Excellent, Ivan. And what is your Marxist self-criticism?”

“I didn't go with them.”

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 00:04 | 4623875 knukles
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Bravo, mate!
Excellent article via link
I've bookmarked the site

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 06:04 | 4624162 RSloane
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I have as well. I plan to visit there regularly.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 07:28 | 4624223 Curiously_Crazy
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As have I. Great read. Interesting site.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 00:28 | 4623915 TN Jed
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There are many reasons for this but I think the biggest is lack of foreign travel and I'm not talking about airport to hotel travel.  I believe a paltry 10% or no more than 20% of Americans own a passport and the number who use it is of course even less.  My travels woke me up in a big way.  Not a single eureka moment but lessons were learned which only came full circle once I returned home.  I met a lot of fine people out there and Americans were very hard to find.  Humbling to suddenly be a minority in the world.

Granted, it's expensive and a long way to get out of western influence but man it's worth it.  To think as a high school kid I used to think travel was the biggest waste of money and now I think it's the best I've ever spent.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 03:30 | 4624047 lakecity55
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I was able to grow up partly overseas, so my outlook is different. I still travel but professionally.

I just told the wife yesterday everyone in the US should be sent to a 3rd world pit for a weekend. Maybe they would not take things for granted.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 07:45 | 4624241 bonderøven-farm ass
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Huxley's 'Savage Holiday' retreat?

 

The sheep are too medicated or too indiffrent to give a shit.  When the US population is reduced to 3rd world status it may just sink in....but they'll continue to wonder just how in the hell they got there; remaining none the wiser.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 05:25 | 4624143 mc225
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there's a lack of astral space travel too

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 00:56 | 4623939 El Vaquero
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So patriotic that they are kind of comatose to any thing anti-American. It seems to trigger off something deep inside.

To think that they are somehow responsible is abhorrent to them.

I think that is the best assessment than I have ever seen from somebody who isn't an American.  Hell, most Americans don't see it, because if they did, it would cause some sort of crisis.  I know it was pretty rough for me when the realization hit.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 12:05 | 4625095 Bananamerican
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Tell your amerikan kids the ways of the world, especially the nature of the would-be "leaders" of men

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 13:02 | 4625348 Zerozen
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It's interesting that this topic came up on ZH because I have a timely story to share:

I shit you not...2 days ago my boss was telling us (his employees) how proud he was of his 2 year old son, because his son had almost mastered the pledge of allegiance.

The kid is 2. Can't form anything other than simple sentences (if that), can't count...but can pledge an oath to a flag.

The brainwashing starts young. Patriotism, my ass. More like zombie-jingoism.

And of course there exists a growing blowback-type subculture in response to this...the self-hating American liberal.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 04:12 | 4624087 45Condor
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If I had the means with which to endorse your site to a wider public, I would jump to it. Unfortunately, I do not, but will try to incorporate it into my writing - which reaches a small audience over on Forex Factory; with the occasional book pushed out on Amazon.

I, too, have bookmarked your site. In no small part due to the Shame no longer exists video. The dialogue within that clip resonates so strongly. I also liked the Can You Believe This Shit? In particular, the 30-something response to a T-90 tank. So true…

Yours,

Damon Cockcroft

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 06:12 | 4624165 UselessEater
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Aussie V, I was just looking for that clip of the monkey with the AK-47, just this morning. LOL got the clip and your piece for a good read. Thanks.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 06:16 | 4624169 FredFlintstone
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Thanks from a yank. So we are not all "septic tanks"?

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 23:11 | 4623789 Buckaroo Banzai
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Look, I think our dopey Feds are completely out of control. But frankly it seems like destabilizing an indefensible and criminal regime that resides 90 miles offshore of Florida is actually within shouting distance of their legitimate job description.

So naturally they fuck it up.

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 23:36 | 4623830 Spastica Rex
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Ukraine is WAY farther away than that.

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 23:42 | 4623842 McMolotov
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Think of the annoying old hag down the street who's always sticking her nose into everyone else's business. Now imagine her with a military and an intelligence apparatus.

That's the fucking government of the United States.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 05:08 | 4624129 tonyw
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And they've been doing it for the last 100 years.

Read "Overthrow: America's Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq" by Stephen Kinzer to see how foreign governments and leaders both elected and unelected have been destabilised and overthrown.

Time to put our own house in order instead of lecturing the world, it's not like everything is perfect in the US.

 

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 06:54 | 4624189 negative rates
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And there will be hell to pay until it is. Real hell.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 03:25 | 4624044 lakecity55
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but it will be "surprise surprise" time then.

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 22:55 | 4623757 disabledvet
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Quite frankly i was disappointed by the term "ward of the State" in this article.
these are the best Warfighters we've got!

And they do it "gratis"!

Why we even have a military...let alone a military budget...is simply beyond me.
I'm sure The Skirmishers will get their "real computer simulation" soon enough.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 09:16 | 4624481 sessinpo
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Anusocracy          I don't trust the US gov on any-fucking-thing.

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Or on any non-fucking-thing too.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 08:37 | 4624350 Bangin7GramRocks
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"They" hate us for our freedoms. Yeah right! "They" have a thousand reasons to hate us. It's a fucking miracle that Americans tourists aren't pummeled to death daily around the world. The U.S. is the most hypocritical nation in the history of the world. Shameful!

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 00:04 | 4623877 Milestones
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Holy Mary Poppins, No wornder we are all broke!! This is some little backass kindergarden program--what the fook does the State Dept. spend??                        Milestones

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 23:41 | 4623832 LMAOLORI
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Important paragraph from the article

 

"The program's legality is unclear: U.S. law requires that any covert action by a federal agency must have a presidential authorization. Officials at USAID would not say who had approved the program or whether the White House was aware of it."

 

USAID is the same group we used to start trouble in the Ukraine

 

"Pando has confirmed that the American government – in the form of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) – played a major role in funding opposition groups prior to the revolution. Moreover, a large percentage of the rest of the funding to those same groups came from a US billionaire who has previously worked closely with US government agencies to further his own business interests."


 

 

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 01:08 | 4623895 mccvilb
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Caught In the Act aka Charlie India Alpha

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 03:23 | 4624042 lakecity55
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well gee, who could the mysterious billionairewhale be?

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 09:42 | 4624476 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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And almost every major tech IPO as of recent times those companies and heads are officially controlled by 'higher authority'. In a rigged system it is not their money they are just stewards to spend the rigged loot based upon pre-approved aims.

This is all part of the central control.... Push the liquidity into specific hands creating controlled oligarchs like Zuckerberg and control of key companies like facebook, twitter etc. Companies that should never have went public and shouldn't trade at the levels they do since they have no business plans that any sane person would agree would generate revenues to justify the money pumped into these things, stock price or trading volume.

There are no rags to riches, feel good, heart warming stories when you get into this realm unless they already have a way of keeping you in line. Anyone who wants to sit at that table on their own terms and without them controlling you has to fight their way in like a certain country some people think is controlled opposition.

A little lesson people need to understand in general if they want their country back and right to self determination through it.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 04:12 | 4624085 ilion
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All big empires ultimately fail. This will happen also to US. I hope I will live till that day.

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 22:14 | 4623680 Bindar Dundat
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I liked Mark , but now I love him.   Go after the Ukes next Mark!

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 22:14 | 4623681 fockuyu
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HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!

#YouStupidFuckers

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 23:49 | 4623857 813kml
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Next thing you know they're gonna say that SnapChat isn't on the up-and-up.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 00:12 | 4623893 seek
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Of course it is! How else would they supply TBTP with endless photos of naked 14 year olds?

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 22:14 | 4623682 Bunders
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And an American Twitter to do free opinion polls and trend research for the government. TED - Alessandro Acquisti: Why Privacy Matters.

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 22:40 | 4623727 knukles
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We kept getting calls from the Gallup organization over the last several days that we'd not answer so they kept calling.  As I was eating my Jello tonight, their name shows up again,  So, for the lack of anything other than seemed a good idea at the time, I answer.  And Voila!  A recording!  They ask if I want to speak Engrish (yes, with an "r" but with a Mexican accent...ah, diversity... if they had a lisp I'd assume even better for the physically impaired and potentially gay) which I do.  They tell me the questions won't take but 15 minutes.  Awesome!  Fuckin-'A says I to myself, what better do I have to do other than answer electronic questions for 15 minutes?  Fuck all ntohing but jerk off, or watch Tingles Mattews?  What the fuck?  15 minutes?  Of course I can fuck with somebody for 15 minutes!  So I put it on speaker and eat my Jello.  Question 1:  The upcoming elections (with a "r" and a Mexican accent..  I was wondering if I'd get redirected to the porn site a la Covered ObieDontGive2Shits) do I plan to vote, maybe vote, kinda vote, probably not vote or fuck you, press 1, 2, 3, 4, etc.
So I press "0" which is not an option.  So "she" the Mexican gal with the lisp, says something like "This shits not working," So we go back to the start.  This time when asked what language I want, I go with Spanish.  Do I speak Spanish?  Do I look like I speak Spanish?  Fuck no!  So they start with "Bonus Nachos" and off we go!  So I put some Mexican music on the radio to get me in the mood.  Pretty soon, there's a long pause which is when I figure I supposed to vote ... besides early and often.  Booyah! 
So I hit "0", which still is not an option.  So I hear the exact tome of voice remonstration in Espaniol that I heard in Eng"r"ish with a Mexican accent.  "This shits not working."  So we start over.  About 20 minutes and 2 bowls of Jello later, with whipped cream, by the way, and in case you're interested, it was Black Cherry with a can each of Very Cherry and Mandarin oranges...Yum!, they gave me a really mean 'Bzzzzzzzt" tone.  Kind like right before the Daleks start screaming in those electronic voices (but no Mexican accents) "Exterminate, exterminate"
So I'm offended that they didn't offer to speak to me in German, Icelandic or Arabic, Allah Ackbar motherfuckers!   That they were asking me if I was gonna vote without asking if I was registered or even a citizen, which constitutes racial, economic and intellectual and physical infrimaty discrimination.
Moral of the story:  Don't make fun of the handicapped, because they're liable to fuck with you.
I wish they'd call me back....

See, there are no Conspiracy Theories!
They're all fact!
Toaja so
And I was gonna tell the people from Gallup but they didn't ask me neither... well maybe in Mexican with a "r"... but that's all conspiracy shit that's not working, huh?

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 23:08 | 4623786 zorba THE GREEK
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Great story knuckles, and black cherry jello with whip

cream is a favorite of mine too, but I eat sugar free

jello though, have to watch the waistline you know.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 00:11 | 4623890 Milestones
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Bravo!! One of your better efforts. Ciao                               Milestones

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 08:27 | 4624310 Uncle Remus
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If you eat Jello, you are the resistance.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 09:51 | 4624613 inky
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Thanks knuckles first time ive smiled all day +1000 

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 22:15 | 4623686 Goldilocks
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OPUS DEI CUM PECUNIA ALIENUM EFFICEMUS
Doing God's work with other peoples money.

Seeing The Secret State: Six Landscapes [30c3]
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTVgPw7TR_k (49:05)

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 22:21 | 4623703 booboo
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"Shut it down, shred everything then shred the shredders, kill the dog and clean out the fridge and get the president of N.T. Butterfield & Son Ltd. on the horn and transfer the remaining funds to our people in Kabul we can use it to fund the heroine trade with the Govenor of New York"

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 23:55 | 4623863 caustixoid
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heroine trade?  like Wonder Woman for cash?  I might have to sell a few bars but I'll bite:  how much?

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 22:23 | 4623706 wagthetails
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Sadly, the more ridiculous we find the US gov, the more conspiracies theories that are proved, the more desensitized we are to it all. Us lambs have already been slaughter, we just haven't realized it yet.

Just think of all that humvee and body armor we could have provided the troops if most of the military budget wasn't spent on bullshit like this.

The fuckers claim we can't properly arm soldiers we foolishly send in to die, because they would rather protect these ops going on in every country around the world.

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 22:24 | 4623707 nmewn
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"...operators would introduce political content aimed at inspiring Cubans to organize “smart mobs”...

Wait, wut?

Izzz dat like "flash mobs"? ;-)

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 03:17 | 4624037 lakecity55
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flash mobs are not too intelligent.

With Cubans, you would need a new mob name.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 08:30 | 4624320 Uncle Remus
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BOHICA. Sounds kinda cubanny, in a cigarish sorta way.

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 22:25 | 4623709 Kirk2NCC1701
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Fu ck me, I posted this info YESTERDAY!

Not the first time someone "expanded" on my or other people's posts.

Might be time to write my own articles. ;-)

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 22:46 | 4623742 Downtoolong
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This story, is the most blow-my-mind revelation I’ve seen in the last month (seriously, that’s big compared to all the other shit that’s happened).It did appear on the MSM nightly news tonight, but, somehow it just seemed to go unnoticed between the 49th and 50th report of the Fort Hood shootings. 

Now we clearly see the willingness and the ability of our government to use social media as a weapon against unsuspecting citizens. And if they can do it to a bunch of Cubans, what makes anyone think they can’t do it to American Citizens who can’t get enough of Kim Kardashian and DWTS on Facebook, Yahoo, Twitter, and Google.

Notice I didn’t mention Zero Hedge because, fuck, we already know with absolute certainty they monitor us here.

Hi assholes.

 

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 22:56 | 4623761 i_call_you_my_base
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They do it because it's no different than they've always done. Whether it's on the street, paying scholars, or tweeting bullshit, it's all psyops and they've been doing it for a long time. It's actually not surprising.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 06:31 | 4624176 UselessEater
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yep, GetUp in Australia is another 'grass roots' op. Its everywhere. I fell for it at first, like most of the scam ops. Its taken me a while to get used to distrusting pretty much all 'grass root movements', but evidence keeps rolling in about the origins of the 'founders' and their revolving-door careers with the big foundations linked to TPTB.

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 22:58 | 4623764 disabledvet
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"social media" (how's that for an oxymoron) is actually only used for proper oversight of said "real deal." it's all really a double fake, triple blind, bazooka bluff...followed up smartly with a naysay and a boogley-boo.

Standard practice really...

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 02:49 | 4624026 underman
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Proud as hell to be on the ZH watch list. 

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 23:13 | 4623790 Spanky
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Ratcliffe: Further on you write about the realization of the Dulles-Jackson-Correa report's method of placing CIA agents throughout the government:

Many of these people have reached positions of great responsibility. I believe that the most powerful and certainly the most useful agent the CIA has ever had operates in just such a capacity within another branch of the Government, and he has been there for so long that few have any idea that he is a long-term career agent of the CIA. Through his most excellent and skillful services, more CIA operations have been enabled to take place than can be laid at the feet of any other, more "legitimate," agent.

This was the plan and the wisdom of the [Allen] Dulles idea from the beginning. On the basis of security he would place people in all areas of the Government, and then he would move them up and deeper into their cover jobs, until they began to take a very active part in the role of their own organizations. This is how the ST [Secret Team] was born. Today, the role of the CIA is performed by an ad hoc organization that is much greater in size, strength, and resources than the CIA has ever been visualized to be.[12]

The first question I have here would be how "on the basis of security," would Allen Dulles "place people in all other areas of the government"?

Prouty: When I was assigned to the Air Force Headquarters, in 1955, the Chief of Staff General Thomas D. White directed me to create an office "to provide the military support of the clandestine operations of the CIA" in accordance with the provisions of the National Security Council Directive #5412 of March 15, 1954, and to operate as the Pentagon "Focal Point Office for the CIA."

As Mr. Dulles told me later, "I do not want various people from my agency going into the Pentagon and dealing with different people there and therefore exposing the activities of the CIA to a large number of people, because obviously such a ring would then proliferate to others and if they wanted submarines, they would have to bring in some navy people and if they wanted helicopters, they would have to talk to some army people." He said, "I want a focal point. I want an office that's cleared to do what we have to have done; an office that knows us very, very well and then an office that has access to a system in the Pentagon. But the system will not be aware of what initiated the request -- they'll think it came from the Secretary of Defense. They won't realize it came from the Director of Central Intelligence."

The Dulles philosophy was to control the focal point area. This then led to the creation of focal point offices everywhere. As I established this "Tab-6" organization, as we called it, in every major staff area within the Air Force (because that was my jurisdiction at the time), I would "clear" people -- another focal point, you might say a sub-focal point -- a person I could go to who had been given, ahead of time, the authority to do whatever it was that he was authorized to do. We stressed this was only for "authorized" business -- he would have to be sure he had orders, either from my office or directly up to the Chief of Staff, and that we knew what we were doing for CIA.

This leads to another step, of what you might call "breeding". We had to work with various agencies of the government, not just the Defense Department. We had to have contact points in the State Department, in the FAA, in the Customs Service, in the Treasury, in the FBI and all around through the government -- up in the White House. Gradually we wove a network of people who understood the symbols and the code names and the activities we were doing, and how we handled money which was the most important part. Then we began to assign people there who, those agencies thought, were from the Defense Department. But they actually were people that we put there from the CIA.

This led to the creation of a system of powerful individuals -- people whose jobs were quite dominant in some of these other agencies. Especially after they'd been there two or three years, because we put them in there by talking to the top man, the cabinet officer or the head of the agency. We would say, "This man is being placed here so that he can facilitate covert activities and so that he can retain the secrecy that's required and he will keep you informed at all times." Well, in the over-all U.S. bureaucracy, the top people tend to move from one job to another faster than anybody else, not the career people who are there for a life-time. So the man we had explained the "Focal Point" structure to, perhaps a year-and-a-half earlier, would be transferred or leave the government. But our trained and fully cleared "Focal Point" man was still there. So after one or two cycles of this, that agency might not even know that employee was our man and not actually theirs because they would have no record of his special assignment, of what his origins were. They would think he was just another one of their own employees.

As a result, he became extremely effective. Because if we wanted something done -- I remember a very sensitive operation that I needed some information on, and I needed it from the FBI. I didn't go to the FBI. I went to this guy that we had planted, and he got it twice as fast and in a much better form than I would have gotten it from the FBI, even though I was at that time working for the office of the Secretary of Defense. We had no trouble working with the FBI. This process was just to facilitate it and conceal the CIA role. These people became very, very adept.

By the same token, people that were bona fide employees of CIA (agents), were assigned even into the office of the Secretary of Defense. We had certain people there who were CIA employees -- Ed Lansdale worked for CIA all his adult career. A person named Frank Hand worked there. But the people in the Pentagon thought they were ordinary military employees. They didn't realize they were CIA.

To give you an example: Colonel Lansdale was a full colonel in the Air Force -- that was his cover story. And he had been a full colonel for a few years. And the Air Force was promoting some men to general. The question came up, would Lansdale be eligible? I told Mr. Dulles personally, I said, "You can make Lansdale a general if you just write a letter to General Lemay, because you're going to pay the bills anyway and not the Air Force."

A few days later I got a call from General Lemay's office. He called me in and he had the list of men that the Air Force was promoting to general, and as I recall, it was 13 or 14 officers. General Lemay knew every one of them intimately except one. He said, "Prouty, I understood you know who this guy Lansdale is." He said, "I don't know who the hell he is. I'm not going to promote him to a general." And I said, "Well, don't you have a file on him?" He said, "Yes." He opened it up and the top letter was from Allen Dulles. I said, "He's a very important man for Allen Dulles." He said, "OK, I'll promote him." Just like that. That's a good way to get a promotion, you see. But that created a very important job within the structure of the office of the Secretary of Defense.

Frank Hand had been there for years in the same way. Frank was a civilian of outstanding ability. I always wrote that he was the most important agent that the agency had because he was operating daily and effectively as a member of the office of the Secretary of Defense. You can just imagine the things that a person in that capacity can do when his home base is really CIA. Although people rarely believe this when they first hear it, there are assignments like that in the White House; there are assignments like that in the State Department. For instance, it's hard to tell the difference, between Bill Bundy who was a long-time CIA employee and his brother McGeorge Bundy who was in the White House with Kennedy. The two brothers certainly are going to act side-by-side -- they have the same goals and the same intentions. There were many instances that duplicated like that.

It wasn't long -- I'd say by the end of the fifties or early sixties -- before we had spread through the government what I called a Secret Team, a group of people who really knew how to operate the CIA business through the boundless maze of the United States government.

http://www.ratical.org/ratville/JFK/USO/chp2_p1.html

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 01:40 | 4623977 mccvilb
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I'm picturing an office full of spies working for everyone but the agency they're assigned to, ie the NSA, CIA, CFR, IDF, Fibbies, etc. Must be a Chinese Fire Drill every time the effing phone rings. Oh yeah, I forgot. Phones are so passe.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 07:33 | 4624228 weburke
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castro is way high up on the totem pole, he pins awards on the chest of the head of knights of malta. try processing that.

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 23:21 | 4623810 Yes_Questions
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and people think their opinions don't matter.

 

Untold sums go straight to knowing and manipulating jus that thing, opinion.

 

but, nah, opinions are like assholes and the show goes on

 

Me, I have no opion to speak of.

 

NOTHING TO SEE HERE, FUCKERS!

 

oops

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 23:38 | 4623833 Milton Waddams
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I lit the match. It's burning...

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 23:44 | 4623847 813kml
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Too bad they shut it down, the obvious solution to the cost overruns would have been to take it IPO.  Not much shadier than the other recent pump and dumps.

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 23:45 | 4623848 naughtius maximus
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If the average age of a cuban car is any indication of their technological capability I doubt very many cubans even have a computer that could connect to the internet.

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 23:58 | 4623865 caustixoid
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USAID as a covert arm of US foreign policy?  it's been going on for 50 years.

Social media like Twitter used to foment revolution?  hello, Egypt?

That it's being reported by AP and WaPo only means they f*cked it up.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 03:07 | 4624033 lakecity55
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I have seen USAID do good stuffs around the world, but you could easily put in a spy disguised as another career person.  Russia does the same thing with salesmen and other career types like an engineer.

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 23:58 | 4623866 deerhunter
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in nature dead and rotting things eventually bloat and surface and bubble and stink something god awful.  The dying bloated corpse that is what is left of everything that was ever decent and good about America has floated to the surface.  It is bloated and rotting and bubbling.  We smell it,  we see it,  we drive by it,  we ignore it and pretend it will just go away.  See,  in nature there is a clean up crew,  from the skunks and possums to the buzzards and vultures and then the maggots and worms eventually.  The clean up crew is us.  We need to no longer look the other way and ignore the corruption and vice and degradation of our government and political elites.  Government employees at all levels need an attitude readjustment.  They need to pay for insurance premiums and retirement accounts and work until they are 67 to retire just like the rest of us.  Cops and firemen can work til they are 67 too and if they are too fat to fit behind the wheel of a cop car they should be fired.  And their shooting qualifying tests should be run in the local newspapers for the public to see.  We pay them and I want to see they are qualified to shoot their handguns.  In illinois it is illegal to screw with the firemens pension plans.   The state is 100 billion in the hole for their public service workers pensions.  Aw,,, F it,  I am done.  It is over,,   just turn out the lights and be honest and quit pretending it is business as usual because it hasn't been business as usual in over ten years.  Done ranting ,, sorry.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 03:37 | 4624055 Rock On Roger
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On a hot summer day the maggots get to the carcass first, no other scavengers will touch it.

 

I'm not sure how that analogy works...

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 04:38 | 4624110 SubjectivObject
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Not sure why the other scavengers will not eat maggots.

Birds generally go nuts for the larval forms, seems there s/would be a feeding frenzy.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 05:24 | 4624142 YHC-FTSE
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So, we eat the civil servants? I'm going to need a ton of ketchup and tabasco. 

Kidding aside, that was a great analogy.  Bloated carcases,  cancers, thieves, liars and murderers, - whatever you want to call them, one must remember that they are just people, much like us stuck in a system that feeds on the rest, and justifies its existence by being more oppressive and cruel with each passing day, which in turn incites dissent, that reinforces their oppression. It's a self perpetuating, self cannibalising system. Some of them love it, others are racked by guilt. We need a lot more of the latter, like Snowden if we're ever going to break the cycle, so target your anger at those who say they want whistleblowers dead, those who keep blaming outsiders,  those who want to gag "conspiracy theorists", and especially those who advocate the insanity of war. 

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 05:48 | 4624153 mc225
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'like snowden' -- cute

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 06:42 | 4624182 UselessEater
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Snow-Op

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 06:20 | 4624170 FredFlintstone
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Good rant, you should have kept going with it.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 00:08 | 4623884 seek
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At least the AP was able to find out the details about this.

We know that the US is doing the same domestically with contractors and sockpuppet accounts, but there's no way in hell short of another Snowden we're going to hear specifics about the DoD/CIA/who knows funding HB Gary and their likes to troll Zerohedge. God knows I'd love to see an internal white house memo telling them to make the economy look better and try to frame economics blogs as "fringe."

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 02:54 | 4624028 lakecity55
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funny you should mention that. i found a flyer under my wiper when i got back to my car at the post office. it was warning about 'rogue economic websites.' i did not think anything about it at the time.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 00:48 | 4623931 q99x2
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Zuckerber didn't invent that.

Seriously, The FEDs allow money to be poured into certain tech and others not.

Sourt of grew out of the Microsoft experiment when they handed off the OS to Bill Gates and then the funding. 

Wish my dad had been a eugenicist. or a NWO schmuck.

Unless the tech is sanctioned by the FEDs it goes NOWHERE. That's a fact Jack.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 01:05 | 4623949 caustixoid
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True dat.  USG is the biggest VC firm on earth.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 01:14 | 4623958 Max Cynical
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We're the worlds worst enemy...what a bunch of ass holes.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 01:29 | 4623972 laomei
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The funny part about this is that Cuba is doing just fine the way it is, yet to cater to a small segment of exiles in Florida they hype Cuba as some sort of terrorist nation... while in reality, the opposite is true.  The US has sponsored acts of terrorism in Cuba and provides safe harbor to the actors after the fact.  

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 02:12 | 4624005 james.connolly
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NSA takes control of MOZILLA

No shit today the FUDGE PACKERS CLUB aka OBAMA-CASS SUNSTEIN Chicago Bath-house Club, et-al, have forced the CEO of MOZILLA to resign for his un-willingness to engage in CIA/NSA anal sex of his users.

http://tech.firstpost.com/news-analysis/mozilla-ceo-resigns-furor-opposi...

>>>

This is better than the CIA/NSA planting child porn on your computer,... shit the next thing they'll do is tell us that Ron Paul is #5 on the ADL bad-guy list.

 

http://www.dailypaul.com/313562/ron-paul-called-one-of-americas-top-anti...

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 02:51 | 4624027 lakecity55
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So, noting that many upper level government operatives have 2 passports and two citizenships is anti-joo?

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 05:21 | 4624135 magpie
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One can only take note as impartial observer of the new business practices and transgender government ideology of the USA...not judge them.

I am absolutely certain that all other civil rights in that nation and the general accountability and independence of private enterprise as well as the transparency of institutions will remain respected.

(Insert something something snide about equality and despotism in America by Tocqueville etc)

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 09:59 | 4624677 inky
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@james.connolly

"NSA takes control of MOZILLA"

0h great...theres goes all the cool plugins.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 05:38 | 4624018 Latitude25
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This whole idea is totally laughable.  So the US is trying to start a revolution among the elites of Cuba?  They're the only ones who can afford cellular service.  ANY cell service is just too expensive for the VAST majority of Cubans.  It costs 2/3rds of a months average Cuban wage for 1 HOUR of internet use in a hotel anywhere in the country.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 02:47 | 4624025 lakecity55
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Hey, Fidel secretly sent Bath House here. Cuba's covered.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 03:26 | 4624043 El Vaquero
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This does indicate a few things.  One of those things is that our rabble rousing is only effective when there are already cracks showing up anyway.  MENA?  Food got expensive.  Ukraine?  Well, that's complex, but how about massive government corruption plus some of the population was Russian and some of it was Ukrainian.  Add in some bad economics and Holodomor.  Venezuela?  I have no fucking clue what our involvement was in there, but the were doing a good job of fucking themselves.  If we did instigate that, we were predators of opportunity.  Or perspective scavengers.  Argentina?  Yeah, I have no clue what the angle would have been, but again, they were already fucking themselves.  Were we involved in either of the last two?  I don't know.  I'm not sure if we needed to step in to destabilize them, as they were on the path of doing that to themselves.  Very little would surprise me with Venezuela and Argentina. 

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 03:31 | 4624049 GooseShtepping Moron
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I do not know what's more perplexing about this, the claim that the Obama administration is actually interested in fighting Communism or the fact that high ranking government officials truly believe all the neo-Darwininian nonsense about memes being the unit of cultural activity. Just infect the Cubans with the right memes and they'll revolt right on schedule. This seems to be a common theme so far in at least Ukraine and Egypt. Dump the agitprop over the web and you can play foreign populations like a fiddle.

Only it doesn't work.

Propoganda has a short half-life, just ask any former Soviet citizen. The harangue can depart from the experienced reality only for so long before people start making jokes about it.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 04:10 | 4624066 giZmo
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Heres a tip for the U.S. government something new you could try..

 

How about you stop - spying,lying,scheming,sneaking,killing,invading,thieving,deceiving bullying,controlling,etc etc....

Why not try something new like - being nice,helpfull,fair,kind,open,trust worthy,truthfull,etc etc....

Trust me on this one the world will respect you more & maybe getting things done will be alot easier than it is for you at the moment.

No one likes a villain,antagonist,enemy,baddie,bad guy,etc

But people do like & respect the good guy.

 

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 04:16 | 4624089 SubjectivObject
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“renegotiate the balance of power between the state and society.”

Great Idea!  Let's do it here!

 

 

 

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 08:23 | 4624149 falak pema
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Give an Oligarchical system enough rope and it will hang itself to its own noose; hoist itself on its own petard! 

The HFT scream fest, the Obammy Putin face-off, The NSa-Google/Yahoo peeping Tom scam fest, the Supreme/ Oligarchy lobby unlimited ceiling Crony handout fest, the Kerry/Bibi/ Palestinian peace charade fest, The QE/Zirp/FX/Libor/rotten apples Banktsta manipulation fest, now in its sixth year with no sign of reprieve for the destitute --- all point to Pax Americana's inability to solve the mounting heap of global problems it has bequeathed to the people of this world under its hegemonical and now openly dystopian rule. 

WHere the rule of torture and arm twisting, the Abu Ghraib/Gitmo legacy, that stains the MIC/security community; of which the CIA is primus inter pares; is openly admitted by its crony, baloney Congressional front men/women.

It  can no longer be hid under the magic carpet of "executive privilege" anymore..."Its worse, much worse than we thought!"--  Says lady Feinstein; the same uber-alles hegemonist who gave the NSA a tyranncal "blanc-seing" on spying as it was "in the superior interests of the USA !" (branding Snowden de facto as a lousy traitor).

With watchdogs like that who needs an electric chair in Huntsville to kill the psychopaths; they are sitting in Lincoln's chair! 

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 06:48 | 4624184 smacker
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Whatever the merits of the Cuban project, these revelations confirm that government will abide by the law only until it gets in their way. They then brush it aside and carry on regardless. That is when their actions become covert. And of course -- as if we needed further evidence -- Twitter & Facebook (and of course most of the other big IT corps: MS,Google,Yahoo et al) are well and truly in bed with big corporate government to the detriment of their own customers and society in general.

R.I.P. democratic accountability.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 06:57 | 4624190 kikk
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As a neutral observer I only see 2 problems in the world.

1. US foreign policy

2. A corrupt, greed driven financial system

And most times the 2 can't be seperated. I'm sure there are millions of decent honest hard working Americans but I'm equally sure not a single one of those will ever be in a position of power or influence.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 07:03 | 4624198 hot sauce technician
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When is dis IPOing?

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 07:22 | 4624212 AdvancingTime
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One of my biggest concerns about the NSA spying on Americans centered on how much was being spent, because if we are spending a lot of money on this consider it a big red flag. It recently came out thanks to information leaked by  Edward Snowden that the "black budget" last year was a massive 52 billion dollars.

The amount of money being spent for "secret" spy operations should send shivers down the back of those that have read about the totalitarian society of Oceania described in George Orwell's novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. In Orwell's novel, all citizens of Oceania are monitored by cameras and are fed fabricated news stories by the government. More on this subject in the article below.

http://brucewilds.blogspot.com/2013/09/are-we-creating-orwellian-society...

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 08:48 | 4624393 smacker
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If the plan to replace fiat paper money with electronic money happens (eventually imposed world-wide), that will be a huge step in the direction of Orwell's scenario.

Not only will it give big government a complete audit trail of everything you spend and where you spend it, but will also allow the IRS (UK HMRC) to cross-check to see if you're spending more than you declare on tax returns. Hiding your money or wealth will be impossible as all money will be held within the corporatist banking system and cannot be removed.

A number of laws passed over the last 20 years -- eg: anti-money laundering laws and also recent incidents by banks in refusing to handover cash to customers -- are clear evidence of this plan grinding ahead regardless.

On top of that, it could be made illegal for the purchase/sale of PMs to private individuals, so even that would not be a way around State-controlled electronic money.

The future is totalitarian. This will be achieved jackboot x jackboot, stomp x stomp. Dissent will not be allowed.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 08:10 | 4624277 esum
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more govenment masturbation.......... with your taxpayer dollar...... and exavtly what has come of all the fucking idiotic twitter nonsense??? not a fucking thing... you want ot take down cuba... open it to tourism and let the dolla flow... people will dump the castros like the plague that they are.... blue jeans, drugs and rock and roll will get those mofos out of the sugar cane fields and into the streets... then the mafia can reopen their casinos and "freedom" will have triumphed again... simultaneously ussa is heading for a nazi regime back at home... irony... the ussa agitaates people to stand up for freedom and then TURNS IS BACK... and lets chaos prevail... MAYBE THAT IS THE PLAN IN THE FIRST PLACE... NOT FREEDOM BUT CHAOS... ussa is now run by retards, liberals and liars.... who believes in that ???

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 08:10 | 4624278 Downtoolong
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Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, Google......

Is it Social Networking by the masses or Social Engineering by the Central Planners in power?

You have to see what goes on behind the curtain to make a fair and rational assessment of that. No wonder they're so unwilling to let you to do that; "It's proprietary information", "It would be a security risk","Terrorists could take control of the system and use it against us. You know, like uh, what happened in  Cuba".

  

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 08:29 | 4624317 layman_please
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Why do we seem to be allocating so many taxpayer resources abroad rather than here at home? "

what kind of question is that? it's not your government. US with all its agencies is a vehicle for the globalist's policy.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 08:49 | 4624400 shovelhead
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We all's gots to help them furriner folks get their minds right.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 11:13 | 4624910 falak pema
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Conspiracy fact as the bodies of old enemies of Oligarchy plays in Africa surface : 

Dag Hammarskjöld's plane may have been shot down, ambassador warned | World news | theguardian.com

 

Now all we need is for the CIA/NSA to open its files on : Patrice Lumumba, JFK, RFK, MLK, Olaf Palme and all those others all over the world.

The list would make the Guinness book of records in no time at all.

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 11:27 | 4624945 GIABO
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courtesey of Wayne Madsen,

 


The recent disclosure by the Associated Press that the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), a notorious nexus for contract fraud within the State Department, contracted out a project to develop a rival to Twitter in order to foment rebellion in Cuba has refocused attention on USAID's long history of acting as a contract vehicle for various CIA covert activities.

The setting up of the Cuban Twitter-like system, called ZunZuneo, was contracted to Creative Associates, Inc. (CAI), which conducted most of its out-of-Cuba operations in Costa Rica. The contract to CAI was awarded as part of the State Department's "Civil Society Support Program," the same program that has been used by the CIA to foment rebellions in Ukraine, Syria, Libya, Egypt, Iran, and other countries. 

Some 40,000 ZunZuneo users in Cuba mistakenly believed their messages were private, when, in fact, they were recorded by USAID, which likely turned them over to the National Security Agency (NSA) for analysis and database archival. 

CAI was not the only entity awarded USAID Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI) money to help foment dissension and rebellion in Cuba as part of USAID's "civil society program." Other recipients included the International Republican Institute (IRI), a branch of the Republican Party; the National Democratic Institute, a branch of the Democratic Party; the Pan American Development Foundation, on whose board of trustees are found lobbyists for Exxon Mobil, Chevron, Caterpillar, Greenberg Traurig, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Citibank, Unibank of Haiti, Educational Testing Service (ETS),and Occidental Petroleum; Loyola University of Chicago; Center for a Free Cuba (which was caught embezzling $570,000 from USAID in 2008); the neo-conservative non-profit Freedom House; the Christian evangelical group Echo Cuba; Cuba On-Line; the Miami-based Plantados Until Freedom and Democracy in Cuba; and Development Alternatives, Inc. (DAI)/Nathan Group.

ZunZuneo was created just after the December 2009 arrest in Cuba of DAI sub-contractor for USAID Alan Gross who was allegedly setting up satellite equipment and computer networks in Cuba to provide greater Internet access to Cuba's Jewish community. Cuba's Jewish community leaders denied any knowledge of the project or even knowing Gross, who was sentenced by Cuba to 15 years in prison for espionage. Gross's firm, JBDC, was subcontracted to DAI for the "civil society" work in Cuba.

In addition, USAID funding documents for the ZunZuneo (a Cuban slang word for a hummingbird's tweet) and other "civil society" projects state that USAID money went to "miscellaneous foreign contractors" and domestic contractors (undisclosed)" to support the Cuban initiatives. ZunZuneo was a pet project of then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who, according to AP, had her social media chief Suzanne Hall, contact Twitter founder Jack Dorsey to take over ZunZuneo. Dorsey has refused comment on the report.

DAI has a long history in supporting CIA operations. President Obama's mother, Ann Dunham Sutoro, worked for DAI in Java. DAI was also accused of supporting the April 2002 coup against Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. In 2005, right-wing Colombian President Alvaro Uribe stunned his audience by announcing that former Venezuelan military officers planned their coup against Chavez from Colombia. USAID and its contractors were heavily involved with anti-Chavez-activities in Colombia at the time of the 2002 coup.

CAI also used Mobile Accord, Inc. and a front company in the Cayman Islands called MovilChat possessing a bank account at Bank of N.T. Butterfield & Son Ltd. in Grand Cayman, as well as another "folding tent" firm based in the United Kingdom with a "subsidiary" in Barcelona, Spain to hide USAID as a funding source for ZunZuneo. Mobile Accord's web site states, "The heart of the Mobile Accord system is the proprietary high-volume EVO2 mobile platform that processes SMS, PSMS, and MMS. The EVO2 messaging system currently operates on four continents and is adaptable to any mobile network operator in the world. Mobile Accord uses our proprietary technology to offer one of the fastest, most reliable, and most secure messaging system available in the world."

The history of USAID is replete with examples of contractor companies and other front groups working for USAID but also doing the bidding of the CIA. WMR has reported on many such cases over the years:
  


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  • Obama's mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, worked on micro-financing projects for the USAID and Ford Foundation, both linked to the CIA, that helped prop up dictatorships in Indonesia and Pakistan. After Suharto seized power in 1965, USAID returned to Indonesia, with Stanley Ann Dunham Soetoro as one of its chief employees, to help Suharto create the New Order (Orde Baru) that would usher in decades of fascist and kleptocratic rule. Suharto established the Bureau of Logistics (BULOG) that steered USAID-provided rice and other food staples to Suharto's business cronies. Suharto also relied on a group of U.S. economists, including Obama's mother, to re-engineer Indonesia's socialist economy. The group was called the "Berkeley mafia" and it ensured that Indonesia was compliant with dictates of the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, and large Western commercial banks. It is a family history that Obama refuses to comment on and one that is certainly nothing to be proud of.

    While USAID was moving into Indonesia in 1965, USAID contractors flying for the CIA airline, Air America, were dropping off weapons and picking up drugs in Laos and dropping off the contraband in Thailand and South Vietnam.

  • USAID has long been involved in trying to oust the Castro government in Cuba, funneling money through the Cuban-American National Foundation, the Center for a Free Cuba, and even a German foundation, the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, an adjunct of Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Party.
  • In Haiti, USAID, acting at the behest of the CIA, funded political opposition to President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, ousted in CIA-backed coups in 1991 and 2004. After Aristide's return to power in 1994, USAID money used to oppose Aristide was funneled through a "Project Democracy." Today, USAID is providing dubious small and micro-financing loans to small businesses in Haiti.
  • Bolivian President Evo Morales tossed USAID out of his country, charging it with acting with the CIA to destabilize Bolivia and bring about a coup. To this day, USAID is providing hundreds of thousands of dollars in aid to groups trying to undermine Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega.
  • During his ten-year rule, Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori and his intelligence chief, Vladimiro Montesinos, thought to be a CIA asset, reportedly received USAID funds to put down the Shining Path and Tupac Amaru guerrilla movements.
  • Ijn 2009, the Pakistani press reported that USAID was bypassing the Pakistan ministries of Education and Information and providing direct educational assistance to Pakistani students. One USAID program in the Federally-Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of Pakistan resulted in some $45 million disappearing down a virtual black hole.
  • In the 1980s, when Stanley Ann Dunham and Barack Obama, Jr. spent time in Pakistan, USAID opened up a major office in Islamabad that distributed "non-lethal aid" to Afghan mujaheddin refugees in Pakistan, particularly in Peshawar. Some of the USAID assistance was also reportedly used to buy weapons for the Afghan mujaheddin but some of the weapons ended up in the hands of Pakistani Muslim radicals intent on ousting Pakistani dictator Muhammad Zia-ul Haq. Other USAID money ended up paying for expensive automobiles for leading Afghan mujaheddin commanders in Pakistan.
  • The June 18, 1998 Jakarta Post reported that USAID programs in Indonesia continued to be fronts for CIA activity. Specifically, the paper said two Indonesian NGOs, the Indonesian Environmental Forum and the Indonesian Biodiversity Foundation, were charged with accepting money from USAID but should have known that the aid did not come "free of charge" and was linked to the CIA.
  • In 2002, USAID in Palestine, where DAI is also active, demanded detailed personal information on all the members of NGOs that received American funding. The Palestinian press reported that the information, including personal political opinions of NGO members, was to be turned over to the CIA and eventually, Mossad, to apply pressure on the NGOs to comply with U.S. and Israeli policies.
  • For years, USAID operated in Manila from the J. Walter Thompson advertising agency building at the Ramon Magsaysay Center on Roxas Boulevard in the Malate district of the city. In 2000, the offices moved to the Makati district of the city but the building that housed USAID was always known to locals as the "CIA building." The building, owned by the Ramon Magsaysay Foundation, in honor of the Philippines President who died in a 1955 plane crash, was built in 1959 with a loan from the Rockefeller family. The Rockefellers also provided grants to the Magsaysay Foundation.
  • In 2004, USAID was charged by Philippines opposition parties of using CIA agents to "monitor" elections in the country. The deal to permit USAID observers was signed by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. The head of the Anakpawis Party, Crispin Beltran, told the  Philippine Daily Inquirer, "So much for independence when foreign intelligence agents can broker an official agreement with the Comelec (election commission) allowing them to interfere in the polls."
  • The CIA-linked Asia Foundation, which worked closely with the CIA-funded East-West Center at the University of Hawaii in Manoa, where Obama's mother met her second husband, General Suharto's colonel, Lolo Soetoro, was linked closely to USAID covert programs in Laos, Indonesia, the Philippines, South Vietnam, Thailand, Palau, Malaysia, and other Asian-Pacific nations. In Laos and Thailand, USAID officials provided counter-insurgency military training to Laotian and Thai special forces. In 1970, Dan Mitrione, a USAID official who was working for the CIA training Uruguyan special police on torture tactics, was kidnapped and killed by Tupamaro guerrillas.
  • The dubious International Criminal Investigative Training Assistance Program (ICITAP), a program with CIA fingerprints all over it, used anti-trafficking funds from the pedophile-plagued State Department, as well as USAID, to conduct training boondoggles in Albania, Kazakhstan, Senegal, Nigeria, Gabon, Gambia, Madagascar, Uganda, Tanzania, the Indonesian islands of Java and Sumatra, and Malaysia.
  • When Honduran President Manuel Zelaya raised the minimum wage in his country, the CIA and Southern Command arranged for a military coup to remove him. Obama decided to place the Southern Command, headquartered in the right-wing Latin American exilee rat's nest of Miami, to coordinate humanitarian relief in Haiti along with the head of USAID.
  • A favorite USAID contractor, Chemonics International, started in 1976 by conservative Republican Gerald Murphy, in part, because as he told The New York Times in 1993, 'I've always wanted a way to do two things: one, have my own C.I.A., and two, be helpful to people,' received $500,000 to support USAID field missions in Nepal.OTI and Soros' Open Society Institute (OSI) are also linked through a contract awarded to Chemonics in Nepal to provide for U.S.-funded propaganda to be broadcast on FM stations in Nepal. The Soros/USAID/Chemonics media blitz in Nepal is also funding Radio Kailash, targeting thr Humla district of Nepal and Nepal Chautari (a national live radio call-in show).
  • In 1988, USAID opened a huge compound in a suburb of San Jose, Costa Rica that many Costa Ricans charged was the CIA headquarters for the "parallel state" established by the CIA in Costa Rica to support the contra-led civil war in neighboring Nicaragua. USAID also pumped millions of dollars in loans, some at zero percent, to private banks in Costa Rica to undermine the state banking system.
  • In 1995, Representative Mel Reynolds (D-IL), who was convicted of having sex with an underage female campaign worker, was also revealed as working for U.S. intelligence in the 1980s, via employment with the U.S. Information Agency (USIA) and USAID in Africa, particularly in Sudan. Reynolds, an African-American, also spent time in Israel under USIA cover. Recently, Reynolds was arrested in Zimbabwe for allegedly making pornographic movies with underage performers. Reynolds was subsequently expelled from Zimbabwe.
  • Obama has continued USAID's involvement in CIA-directed programs in former Soviet states, including Georgia, Ukraine, and Kyrgyzstan. In so doing, USAID complements the destabilization efforts of George Soros and his network of NGOs. Soros  was a major financial backer of Obama's presidential campaign. In 1999, Croatian media reported that USAID was working through various NGOs, some connected to Soros, to oust the ailing Croatian President Franjo Tudjman. The paper Vjesnik charged that USAID, as well as the U.S. Information Service (USIS), were used as ''tampons between the American non-governmental agencies and American state bodies." The paper said the USAID program to aid Tudjman's opposition was run by the CIA and coordinated by the U.S. ambassador in Zagreb, William Montgomery.
  • In a 2008 Russian documentary film, "Technology of Modern Coup," Bermet Akayeva, the daughter of ousted Kyrgyz President Askar Akayev, ousted in the 2005 Tulip Revolution, stated, "USAID is very actively financed by the Soros Foundation, by the National Democratic Institute and some kind of training is carried out constantly. However, it is difficult to describe USAID as an NGO given that it is under the U.S. Department of State. They work very actively." Akayeva said there were rumors in Kyrgyzstan that the U.S.-backed coup plotters distributed narcotics to rioters who participated in the coup.
  • In the north Caucasus, NGOs supported by USAID, have been accused by Russian authorities of having links to Chechen terrorists.
  • In 2002, Eritrea expelled USAID from the country, accusing it of working with the CIA to overthrow the government and assisting Ethiopia, which had engaged in a border war with Eritrea.
  • In 2009, Susan Tsvangirai, the wife of Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, was killed in an automobile accident in which the Prime Minister was injured. The truck that struck their automobile was bought with USAID funds and bore a U.S. embassy license plate. USAID denied it had anything to do with the truck. Public Works Minister Theresa Mokone, a friend of Mrs. Tsvangirai, likened the crash to the mysterious auto accident that killed popular and incorruptible Tanzanian Prime Minister Edward Sokoine in 1984. Sokoine was the designated successor to President Julius Nyerere, who antagonized the CIA by his close ties with the Soviet Union and China. Sokoine created a number of enemies among the elite class when he ordered the assets of embezzlers and smugglers seized. USAID, at the time of Sokoine's possible assassination, was heavily-involved in Tanzania.
  • In Zaire, millions of dollars in USAID money was diverted by CIA-backed dictator Mobutu Sese Seko to amass his personal fortune making him one of the world's wealthiest leaders. Other USAID funds for Zaire were diverted to help the Angolan rebel forces of UNITA leader Jonas Savimbi, in violation of U.S. law prohibiting aid to Angolan rebel groups. The covert aid program to UNITA was started in 1976 by Gerald Ford's Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld. Similarly, during the Reagan administration, USAID money was funneled through the National Endowment for Democracy to the Nicaraguan contras, again in violation of a specific law prohibiting such assistance.
  • During the late 1970s and 80s, USAID-funded "researchers" established links with African liberation movements, particularly the African National Congress of South Africa and the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) of Zimbabwe. Actually, these programs were CIA activities using "leftist" academics to spy on the nationalist movements. The operations were concentrated in Harare, Zimbabwe and Cape Town, South Africa, and cities that had a large expatriate African student community, including London and Melbourne and Perth, Australia.
  • In 1998, USAID participated in a closed-door meeting between major oil companies and the CIA, National Security Council, and three State Department officials, Stuart Eisenstat, Thomas Pickering, and Susan Rice (now Obama's ambassador to the UN) . The topic was exploitation of Africa's oil resources and the senior executives of Exxon, Mobil, Chevron (where Condoleezza Rice was a board member), and Texaco were present along with Department of Energy and Petroleum Finance Corporation officials.
  • In 2000, the CIA and USAID worked jointly through a private military company, Military Professional Resources, Inc. (MPRI) to train the Nigerian army in tactics to combat secessionists in Nigeria's oil-rich Niger Delta region. The CIA also commissioned the services of a private business intelligence and risk firm, Evidence-Based Research (EBR) of Vienna, Virginia, which appears to be a very similar operation to the CIA front, Business International Corporation, for which Obama worked in 1984, to conduct an assessment of the tribal revolt in the Niger Delta region, referred to by the CIA as a "semi-riot zone." EBR was formed in 1987, a year after Business International was sold to the Economist Intelligence Unit in London.
  • In 1990, the one-time administrator of USAID under the Bush-Cheney administration, Roger Winter, met international weapons smuggler Viktor Bout, now imprisoned in the United States after being arrested in a February 2008 U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) sting operation in Thailand. The meeting coordinated arms smuggling activities that would mushroom into Bout's full-scale smuggling empire after the collapse of the Soviet Union at the end of 1991.
  • The U.S.-flagged container ship MV Global Patriot fired on an Egyptian barge vessel on March 24, 2008, in the Suez Canal near the entrance to the Mediterranean Sea. One Egyptian seaman, Mohammed Fouad, was killed and three others wounded on the Egyptian vessel that approached the Global Patriot to sell Egyptian products and cigarettes, a customary practice in the canal. The U.S. vessel was en route from Dubai with "used military equipment" and was stationary when approached by the Egyptian vending vessel. At first, the US Embassy in Cairo denied that anyone was killed in the incident.The Global Patriot is chartered by the Military Sealift Command from Global Container Lines of Garden City, New York. The firm operates in the Red Sea, including Sudan, East Africa, the Indian Ocean (including the Comoros -- where an African Union invasion of secessionist Anjouan has just occurred --and Seychelles, the Persian Gulf, and South Asia. Global Container Lines is a major contractor for USAID. The shipping line has been involved in shipments of "relief" supplies to Iraq and Afghanistan. One April 3, 2003, USAID "food" shipment to Iraq from Galveston, Texas, worth $500,000, is not recorded by USAID as a valid contract. The shipment was consigned to the MV Free Atlas.
  • Obama named as his director of USAID Rajiv Shah, as his overall coordinator for Haiti relief operations. Shah was sworn into office on January 8. Obama could not have made a worse choice. USAID, which is a cipher for the CIA, has largely been responsible for Haiti remaining the poorest nation in the western hemisphere. Shah's previous work for the dubious Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the World Health Organization, as well as his being a political hack for Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, who is imbued in corruption in Harrisburg, should not give the beleaguered people of Haiti any hope.
  • Custer Battles, Inc., a USAID contractor, was formed by former US Army Ranger Mike Battles and Scott Custer from a firm called Blue Sky. The firm soon became enmeshed in major contracting fraud in Iraq. Custer included former Lebanese Shia Amal official Mohammed Darwish, the owner of Cyprus-based Laru, Ltd., into the Custer Battles organization and decision making process. In January 2004, Darwish and Michel Mukattaf, a son-in-law of former Lebanese President Amin Gemayel and owner of a Lebanese currency exchange company, and Richard Jreisati, a former Lebanese military officer, were arrested by Lebanese authorities for attempting to smuggle a cache of 164 million in 25,000 Iraqi dinar notes into Lebanon from Baghdad Airport. Custer Battles had the Iraqi Currency Exchange (ICE) contract with the Coalition Provisional Authority and a major security contract for Baghdad Airport.
  • Former Eli Lilly chief Randall (Randy) Tobias, while  George W. Bush's Administrator of USAID, was exposed as a client of the Washington escort firm, Pamela Martin & Associates, run by Deborah Jeane Palfrey, the so-called "DC Madam."
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It would actually make for a good comedy bit.  But I just dont want my fucking taxes involved...

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