Have nothing to do with the [evil] things that people do, things that belong to the darkness. Instead, bring them out to the light... [For] when all things are brought out into the light, then their true nature is clearly revealed...

-Ephesians 5:11-13

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The Lamestream Media Misleads on Assault Rifles

John C. Goodman: The Truth About Guns

What disqualified a weapon (when the short-lived assault weapons ban was in effect) was looking like a military weapon. The offensive features included plastic stocks, extended ammunition clips, collapsible butt-stocks, and other decorative devices that made them look like, but not operate as, a fully functional assault rifle. (my emphases)

Semi automatic rifle FN FS2000

Semi automatic rifle FN FS2000 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

My thanks to John Goodman for explaining this. Gun manufacturers like to sell guns just like Dodge likes to sell pickup trucks. They find that the more “masculine” they make them look, the more people buy them. That’s why the term “Dodge Ram” with a husky voice-over on their TV ads is so deliberate. They’re selling the dream, not the reality.

And so is the media. If enough people can be deceived into thinking that anyone can go into a store and buy a fully automatic, 600-rounds-per-minute true military assault rifle without raising an eyebrow, then that becomes “their” reality. And the demand for further restrictions is the natural, if misguided and misinformed, result.

To make it even clearer, Goodman quotes Steve Chapman:

Assault [rifles] are functionally indistinguishable from ordinary semiautomatic hunting rifles. They don’t fire more rapidly, they don’t deliver more lethal rounds, and they don’t spray bullets. They only look like military arms.

The misleading is deliberate in my opinion. The media wants us to think machine guns can be bought down at the local hardware store without difficulty. But that not only isn’t true, it hasn’t been true in this country for 80 years.

But some 250,000 machine guns are owned by Americans: those who have gone to the trouble, and the expense, of obtaining a special government permit. Question: how many of those machine guns have actually been involved in a crime over the past 80 years? NONE! Not one! But to hear the media tell it…well, you get the idea.

There’s more to this excellent article. I hope you read it. This will confirm that the MSM is not on our side.

How Did Chavis Carter Do That?

The Raw Story: Arkansas police claim man shot himself in head despite handcuffs

A Mississippi mother is accusing police in Jonesboro, Arkansas of killing her son after he was found shot in the head with his hands cuffed behind his back in a squad car.

Just how did he manage that? Chavis Carter was a passenger in a pickup truck that was stopped by police and following a search “some marijuana” was found on him. The police arrested him, searched him again, handcuffed him, and put him in the back seat of the cruiser.

The police sergeant said that Carter had been “handcuffed behind his back and double locked, and searched.” On the way to the station the sergeant heard “a loud thump with a metallic sound” and when he stopped the cruiser he found Carter in a “sitting position, slumped forward, with his head in his lap.” There was a small caliber handgun sitting next to him on the seat.

The sergeant concluded that somehow Carter had shot himself in the head, but his mother isn’t buying it: “I think they killed him, my son wasn’t suicidal,” she explained to WREG, adding that police told her he was shot in his right temple, even though her son was left handed.

“I just want to know what really happened,” Teresa Carter said. “That’s all I want to know.”

Let’s see what’s wrong with this narrative. According to the story by David Edwards, writing at Rawstory.com, Carter was found with “some marijuana” on his person. How much isn’t specified. How much to constitute a crime isn’t specified. How the police found it isn’t specified. Did Carter consent to the search? It wasn’t specified.

Carter was searched, twice, and nothing was found. Where did the gun come from? Was it in the back seat from a previous arrest earlier that day? If he had it on his person, how come the officer didn’t find it?

How does an individual who is left-handed shoot himself in the right temple, while handcuffed, behind his back? The article doesn’t say.

The officer was placed on “administrative leave” pending “further investigation.” Right.

Maybe the ACLU will find this case interesting enough to take on.

Aurora Shooting: Questions Still Remain

Tad Cronn says, “There are conspiracy theories, and there are conspiracy theories,” concerning the Aurora shooting that took place in Aurora, Colorado, last Friday night. “But some conspiracy theories have just enough meat on them to make you go ‘hmm.’”

Writing at Godfather Politics, Cronn reviewed the key questions still being raised about James Holmes’ rampage, including the “exquisite” timing of the incident. It could have something to do with the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty that is being debated in New York this week. Cronn is impressed with the coincidence of the Aurora attack and suggests similarities to the Fast and Furious operation that put U.S. weapons into the hands of Central American drug cartels. Says Cronn,

There is powerful evidence to suggest that the real plan [for Fast and Furious] was to have drug runners wreak havoc here at home with our guns, as they have, and [then] use that “discovery” as leverage for further gun controls.

The same theory applies to using Aurora as leverage to pass the U.N. treaty.

Cronn also raised a number of other issues without answers, including Holmes’ demeanor following the incident when he gave up to the police without a struggle and then warned them that he had booby-trapped his apartment. Holmes was a penurious student, without the obvious means to

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Government Could Have Done Worse than Aurora Massacre

A Forbes article says there’s a real threat of U.S. ratification of the UN arms treaty under now-increased pressure to “do something” after the Aurora massacre.

This presents a formidable threat, especially if we consider the lesson taught in R. J. Rummel‘s revealing work, Death by Government: Far worse than any carnage inflicted by a lone shooter is done when the government itself has unlimited power over its people.

As to whether James Holmes is indeed a “lone shooter,” an analysis of the Aurora, Colorado, gunman in the so-called “Batman Massacre,” prepared by Mike Adams of naturalnews.com concludes that Holmes might have had some help.

According to Adams, the behavior of Holmes “just doesn’t add up.” Writes Adams: 

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James Holmes: Front Man for CIA False Flag Op?

Mike Adams: Colorado Batman shooting shows obvious signs of being staged

More and more, this shooting is looking like a deliberate plot staged by the government itself much like Operation Fast and Furious pulled off by the ATF which helped smuggle tens of thousands of guns into Mexico for the purpose of causing “gun violence” in the USA, then blaming the Second Amendment for it.

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James Holmes (Photo credit: seatonsnet)

One of my first thoughts, expressed in my initial posting here on Friday morning, was the possibility of a link between the Aurora shooting and the UN treaty in New York. I wrote it, but I was skeptical, thinking it was a bit of a reach.

I don’t think so now, after reading Mike Adams’ article which explores in detail the possibility of the shooting being a false flag event.

He notes:

His behavior doesn’t add up

His behavior already reveals stark inconsistencies that question the mainstream explanation of events. For example, he opened fire on innocent people but then calmly surrendered to police without resistance. This is not consistent with the idea of “killing everyone.”

Furthermore, he then admitted to police that his apartment was booby-trapped with explosives. If you were really an evil-minded Joker trying to kill people (including cops), why would you warn them about the booby trap in advance? It doesn’t add up.

“Holmes was taken into custody shortly after the shooting, police said, adding he didn’t resist when he was arrested,” reports a local CBS news affiliate.

“After his arrest, Holmes told police about ‘possible explosives in his residence,’ Oates said. When police searched his apartment, they discovered it was booby-trapped and evacuated surrounding buildings, police said. Oates said bomb technicians are determining how to disarm flammable or explosive material in the third-floor apartment. He said police could be there some time.”

None of this checks out. If you’re a killer bent on causing mayhem, why tell the police about your surprise bomb waiting for them back at your apartment?

Adams thinks it’s the FBI. I think the CIA is the more likely culprit:

This is not your run-of-the-mill crime of passion. It was a carefully planned, heavily funded and technically advanced attack. Who might be behind all this? The FBI, of course, which has a long history of setting up and staging similar attacks, then stopping them right before they happen. See four documented stories on these facts:

http://www.naturalnews.com/035849_domestic_terror_plots_FBI.html
http://www.naturalnews.com/034325_FBI_entrapment_terror_plots.html
http://www.naturalnews.com/033751_FBI_terrorism.html
http://www.naturalnews.com/035757_FBI_terror_plots_false_flag.htm

The one party not mentioned by Adams is the BATFE, which is run by an avid anti-gunner appointed by Obama. But that doesn’t matter. The real emphasis is on generating sufficient anti-gun fervor to force the UN Arms Control Act into and get it passed by the Senate.

Even Forbes.com wrote about this quite extensively, warning readers about the coming gun confiscation effort related to the UN treaty. The story was authored by Larry Bell and says the UN treaty could “override our national sovereignty, and in the process, provide license for the federal government to assert preemptive powers over state regulatory powers guaranteed by the Tenth Amendment in addition to our Second Amendment rights.”

In other words, this has all the signs of Fast & Furious, Episode II. I wouldn’t be surprised to discover someone in Washington was behind it all. After all, there’s no quicker way to disarm a nation and take total control over the population than to stage violence, blame it on firearms, then call for leaders to “do something!” Such calls inevitably end up resulting in gun confiscation, and it’s never too long after that before government genocide really kicks in like we saw with Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot, Mao and other tyrants.

Here’s the big difference. More than 100 million Americans already own guns. Those poor souls under Stalin, et al, were unarmed.

Stay tuned to see if this false flag conjecture gets legs.

Theater Shooting: Where Were the Armed Citizens?

The Washington Times: Police: 14 dead in Colorado theater shooting

AURORA, Colo. — A gunman opened fire early Friday at a suburban Denver movie theater, leaving 14 people dead and at least 50 others injured, Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates said.

Photo by: Karl Gehring (Associated Press/The Denver Post)

There are precious few details in this story although they will likely come to light later on today. For now, we know that the attacker acted alone. He acted deliberately. He knew that there would be big crowds in the theater at 12:30 in the morning. He knew most of them would be young. He had a rifle and at least one handgun. And he had lots of ammunition.

He also had the time to shoot and kill or injure more than 50 people.

Aside for the horror and anger and frustration that I immediately felt, I had a couple of other reactions. One, the press is going to have a field day with this. Watch and see. Second, they will play their “anti-gun” tunes until we’re deaf. Thirdly, expect the Brady gun control freaks to jump on this. Fourth, there’s a chance Obama might get involved, saying something like “Yup, we need that treaty from the UN to be signed into law, to keep this from happening again.” Maybe that’s a stretch. But the O-man wants our guns, that’s certain.

What I want to know is: how did this criminal have the time to shoot 50 people? It takes time to commit a crime of this dimension. Especially when the first few went down and others started screaming and heading for the exits. He had to have time to shoot, reload, shoot, and reload again.

Where were the security guards? Nothing said about that. How long did it take for police to arrive? Nothing said about that.

But also: where were those responsible citizens who have their concealed handgun permits? Where there none in the theater? None nearby?

One of the strongest cases for the Second Amendment is that when responsible people carry, crime goes down. The statistical evidence on that is overwhelming and goes back many years.

And so: where were they? Did the theater prohibit gun owners from exercising their rights by posting those little “no guns allowed” signs around? Nothing was said about that. If so, those little “no guns allowed” signs make it safe for a shooter to shoot and kill or injure 50 people because he knew there would be no resistance, no one returning fire. Those little “no guns allowed” signs make a theater, or anyplace else posting such signs, a gun-free zone, just what a criminal likes to see.

Good questions. I hope we find some good answers after the dust has settled and the anti-gun propagandists have had their say.

Obama Credited with Gun Industry Boom

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According to the National Shooting Sports Federation (NSSF), the trade association that represents nearly 7,000 manufacturers, distributors, firearms retailers, and others involved in the gun industry, the economic impact of that industry has grown by 66 percent since the start of the Great Recession. In 2008 the total impact (direct and indirect) was $19 billion. Last year it exceeded $31 billion. Jobs and taxes it generated also jumped a similar amount. Jobs directly connected with the industry increased from 75,000 to nearly 100,000 last year, while federal, state, and excise taxes (which support wildlife conservation) increased from $3.1 billion to $5 billion.

So strong has been demand for firearms that Sturm, Ruger & Company saw a 50 percent increase in sales for the first quarter of 2012 over a year ago, forcing the company to stop accepting orders from March until May in order to catch up. Smith & Wesson said last month that they had a firearms-order backlog of almost $500 million, up an astonishing 135 percent from the same period a year ago.

This coincided with the FBI’s report that 16 million background checks (considered a proxy for gun purchases) took place through its National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NCIS) in 2011, up by more than 11 percent from 2010. The NSSF reported that its members requested 1.2 million background checks in March of this year, up by 20 percent from a year ago and the 22nd straight monthly increase.

At the same time, reported levels of violent crime continue to

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The DoJ Wants to Track Your Smartphone Without a Warrant

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In its relentless never-ending quest for more power to track and follow American citizens through their smartphones, the Department of Justice (DoJ) requested last week that Congress give them easier access to location data stored by cellphone service providers.

Jason Weinstein, a deputy assistant attorney general in the Department of Justice’s criminal division, argued that requiring a search warrant to gain such access would “cripple” his department’s efforts to investigate crime and criminals. Said Weinstein,

There is really no fairness and no justice when the law applies differently to different people depending on which courthouse you’re sitting in.

For that reason alone, we think Congress should clarify the legal standard.

In other words, because the laws protecting privacy vary somewhat depending upon where an individual citizen lives, Congress should come along and override them all and provide a federal, looser standard, all in the name of security.

The increasing sophistication of cellphone and communications technology in general allows service providers to track virtually every movement of an individual, day or night, at home or work, in a bar or on a golf course. Malte Spitz, a German politician and privacy advocate, obtained his own

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Three Recent Carjackings: Variations on a Theme

Carjacking suspect crash on I5

When two elderly sisters were attacked by a thug with a knife in an attempted carjacking in Madison, New Jersey, on Monday, they were lucky things didn’t go awry.

The ladies, who wished to remain anonymous, aged 93 and 94, had parked in the lot outside of a CVS Pharmacy and went inside to pick up some prescriptions. They left their car unlocked, which allowed a local thug, Sergio Fernando Solorzano-Vasquez, to climb into the back and wait for the sisters to return. When they returned he attacked them with a knife.

The thug got a surprise when the older sister, in the driver’s seat, reached around and struck the assailant with her right arm while the younger sister jumped out of the car and started screaming. The thug made the right decision and ran from the car and the scene but not before three surveillance cameras got him on film. He was quickly arrested and taken into custody.

The sisters were lucky, and plucky. They were in what Jeff Cooper taught was “condition white,” oblivious to any dangers that might be nearby and therefore unprepared for the attack. For years Cooper trained thousands to avoid condition white as potential miscreants, like Vasquez, are trained to look for people existing “in their own world” and therefore vulnerable to a surprise attack.

But the sisters had something going for them which, in this case, protected them from serious or even fatal injury: the determination not to

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Boom and Bust in Stockton, California

A view of Stockton's city center and waterfront.

When Ann Johnston, Mayor of Stockton, California, informed the city council in March that Stockton was about to go bankrupt, making it the largest municipal bankruptcy in history, it took her six hours to explain why. The primary reason was overborrowing, overspending, and thinking that the good times would go on forever. They didn’t.

Between 1998 and 2005 prices of real estate in Stockton, about 75 miles from Sacramento, tripled. For a time Stockton was attractive as a lower-cost bedroom community alternative to Sacramento as home buyers were priced out of that market. Revenues from builder fees and sales and property taxes soared, and then-Mayor Gary Podesto took advantage. First was a luxury downtown sports arena anchored by a Sheraton hotel followed by the redevelopment of the waterfront into a marina and riverwalk. Then came the inevitable expansion of government and generous pensions, including “Lamborghini” benefits for city workers: if someone worked for the city for one month he (and his spouse) became eligible for retiree healthcare benefits for life. To house its burgeoning payroll, the city purchased a high-rise municipal office building at the top of the market for $35 million.

All that has changed. The office building is now vacant, homes in the high-end Weston Ranch development that sold for $450,000 are now listed for sale at $100,000 with few buyers. Unemployment is at 16 percent, and crime has soared. Forbes ranks Stockton as one of the three worst cities to live in in the country.

Johnston told the council that they couldn’t make the interest payment on their indebtedness, that the city’s deficit is approaching

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NBC’s Altered Zimmerman Tape Exposes Agenda

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Following the exposure of NBC’s edited conversation between George Zimmerman and a police dispatcher prior to the shooting of Trayvon Martin, NBC announced its investigation into the matter. NBC told the Washington Post on Saturday, “We have launched an internal investigation into the editorial process surrounding this particular story.”

On March 17 NBC anchor Ron Allen ran a segment on the Today show that included an edited version of Zimmerman’s conversation just prior to the shooting of Martin:

Zimmerman: This guy looks like he’s up to no good…. He looks black.

Dispatcher: Did you see what he was wearing?

Zimmerman: Yeah, a dark hoodie.

On Thursday Sean Hannity interviewed Brent Bozell from the Media Research Center on his Fox News Media Mash and played the edited and the original unedited versions of the conversation. Here is the unedited version:

Zimmerman: This guy looks like he’s up to no good. Or he’s on drugs or something. It’s raining and he’s just walking around, looking about.

Dispatcher: OK, and this guy—is he black, white or Hispanic?

Zimmerman: He looks black.

After playing both segments, Hannity asked Bozell for his comments:

Hannity: What about NBC News?

Bozell: NBC News…they are despicable in this. I want to say it again. They outright advanced a falsehood on national television. They outright told a deliberate lie on national television.

Members of the mainstream media appeared to be caught in the middle, trying to justify the alteration but wanting to distance themselves from NBC. For instance, Erik Wemplewriting for the Washington Post, called NBC’s editing “ham-handed” instead of deliberate manipulation but admitted that

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Thousands of Criminal Attacks Thwarted by Armed Citizens

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According to the authors of Cato Institute’s recently released study on how often guns are used by citizens to prevent crime, “tens of thousands of crimes are prevented each year by ordinary citizens with guns.” In a study of more than 5,000 news reports over an eight-year period, Clayton Cramer and David Burnett showed that the mere presence of an armed citizen thwarts many crimes, even beyond those that are reported by the police and subsequently printed in the newspaper.

Questions the study was designed to answer were, “When ordinary Americans use guns in self-defense, what is the nature of that use? How frequently do these events occur and what are the consequences?”

Of the 5,000 incidents reported between October 2003 and November 2011, 488 involved home burglaries along with another 1,227 incidents where intruders fled when confronted by armed inhabitants. Another 34 concerned pizza delivery drivers defending themselves, along with 172 animal attacks. Concerns about an attacker taking a gun away from an armed victim were proven invalid, with 227 incidents reported where the intended victim disarmed his attacker, while just 11 attackers disarmed his victim. Twenty-five rapes were avoided by armed victims. Two hundred and one attacks were neutralized by armed senior citizens (over age 65, according to the authors).

The study also put into perspective the number of accidental shootings that were reported to the papers in that eight-year period. Although the Centers for Disease Control reported 535 accidental shootings in 2006, the authors found only

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Market Economy Now a Game of Russian Roulette

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Four of MF Global’s former clients have made public their experiences with the failed financial derivatives broker, each of them losing their money and two of them their businesses as a result of MF Global’s bankruptcy.

One, a commodity trading advisor who wishes to remain anonymous, described her experience when she first learned that MF Global was in trouble:

At first, as I heard, I was quite relaxed because I thought we’ve been through this a number of times in the industry. Usually the client has the opportunity to move [her] accounts—it just gets moved. [But] I knew on Monday something was fishy when they turned off my terminal…. Later in the day when [my] funds were frozen—that had never happened before. And then I knew that we were in trouble, because things were not happening in the way they were supposed to happen…. This was unprecedented.

Not only did she lose $100,000 of her own money, she lost her business as well, with three of her major European clients telling her that they never

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Competing Currencies Would Expand Freedom, Limit Government

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One of the expert witnesses testifying before Ron Paul’s Domestic Monetary Policy and Technology Subcommittee on Tuesday was Dr. Lawrence H. White, professor of Economics at George Mason University. His testimony reinforced the case for Paul’s bill, HR 1098, the “Free Competition in Currency Act of 2011” by outlining its benefits in introducing freedom of choice into the realm of currencies.

White compared competition in currencies to competition in package delivery services among Federal Express, United Parcel Service, and the U.S. Postal Service. That competition has lowered

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Physician Sentenced to 20 Years for Medicare Fraud

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The case brought by the Department of Justice against Dr. Rene de los Rios of Miami, Florida, succeeded not only in sending the physician to jail for 20 years for systematically defrauding Medicare, but also in exposing the dark underside of the entire Medicare system itself. The sentence meted out by U.S. District Judge Joan Lenard was the second most severe sentence handed out to any doctor in South Florida, known as the “epicenter” of Medicare fraud. The dubious honor of the most severe sentence is held by

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What’s Wrong with Insider Trading? Ask Raj Rajaratnam

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When Raj Rajaratnam, founder of Galleon Management, was convicted on all 14 counts of insider trading earlier this month, it made the phones ring in lawyers’ offices all across the country. Rajaratnam was only one of 47 people charged but he was by far the biggest fish caught in the net set by United States attorney for Manhattan, Preet Bharara. It took Bharara’s office 9 months of wire-tapping Rajaratnam’s phone, and 18 months of additional investigative work to get the convictions, and Bharara was ecstatic: “The message today is clear–there are rules and there are laws, and they apply to everyone, no matter who you are or how much money you have.”

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In America, an “Honor Killing” Is Still Murder

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When One News Now broke the story that the Arizona Muslim father charged in the “honor killing” of his daughter had been convicted of second-degree murder, it was because no one else was following the story. Given the nature of the heinous crime, it would seem that the major news media would give it some coverage—but as of this writing, not a single mention of the conviction could be found.

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President Grover Cleveland: the Democrat Who Vetoed 300 Bills

U.S. President Grover Cleveland.

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Prior to serving two non-consecutive terms as President of the United States (#22 from 1885-1889 and #24 from 1893-1897), Grover Cleveland’s reputation for “obstinate honesty” actually served him well in politics.

In the early 1880s the political machine in Buffalo, New York, was a finely-honed mechanism of organized looting by both Republicans and Democrats. In 1881, however, the Democrats sought to gain significant advantage over their Republican partners in crime by

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Honor Killings, a Liberal Media Blindspot

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When Iraqi immigrant Faleh Almaleki ran down and killed his daughter Noor, using his Jeep Grand Cherokee as a weapon, the mainstream media (with the exception of Fox News) ignored it entirely.

Noor’s mother and brother admitted that she was killed for being too Westernized, wearing jewelry and jeans, posting pictures of friends on her Facebook page, watching videos, and drinking Mocha Joes from Burger King — in other words, for being an American girl.

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Top Secret America: Expensive, Chaotic and Dangerous

Headquarters of the NSA at Fort Meade, Maryland.

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Last July the Washington Post published a three-part story on “the huge security buildup in the United States after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.” This week, the Post published “Monitoring America,” the fourth installment of its “Top Secret America” series, describing security efforts at the local level.

After two years of research, hundreds of interviews, and thousands of hours poring over documents, the Washington Post investigation was unable to determine anything for sure—except, of course, that the security system is massive:

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Many of the articles on Light from the Right first appeared on either The New American or the McAlvany Intelligence Advisor.