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Monday, September 23, 2019

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Sunday, September 22, 2019

The Rising Power Of The "National Security" State

Deeply mindful that the United States is entering its 19th year of endless war, NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake wrote the letter below to supporters of the RootsAction Education Fund.

As you probably know, Tom has grim firsthand knowledge of how risky it can be to tell difficult truths about the “national security” state -- and how devastating it can be for the lives of whistleblowers even without ending up imprisoned.

“The good news is that I did face down many decades in prison and kept my precious freedoms and individual liberties,” he says, “but I paid an enormously high cost and price for doing so. The government listed 10 felony counts in the indictment they brought against me, because I disclosed government information to the press in the public interest.”

Tom adds: “What I experienced is symptomatic of the rising power of the national security state since 9/11 and its direct assault on freedom of speech (including speaking truth to and about power), association, thought, innovation, and privacy -- the very things that make us human beings and sustain society.

“This abuse of power is very much the practice of autocrats and authoritarian regimes preferring propaganda and Orwellian Newspeak instead of a free and independent press with the right of the people to know what their government is doing -- and especially when done behind the public’s back without their knowledge.”

We want to remind you that whether or not the rare whistleblowers at places like the National Security Agency go to prison, a key official goal is to drive them close to the poverty line for the rest of their lives, deprived of pensions and rendered unemployable for all but low-paid jobs.

If you click here to support Thomas Drake as an NSA whistleblower who continues to speak truth to -- and about -- power, you can make a tax-deductible contribution. Whatever you can afford would be deeply appreciated. Half of every dollar you donate will go directly to Tom, while the other half will support the Whistleblowers Public Education Campaign that he chairs.

Although Tom ultimately prevailed in court after a Kafkaesque ordeal that lasted years, the government completely wrecked his personal finances. (If you’re not familiar with his brave stand on behalf of the Fourth Amendment, please see the links under “Background” at the bottom of this email.)

If you can, please support Tom’s ongoing work with a tax-deductible donation.

And now…

     From Thomas Drake:

I began writing this note to you all on 9/11 this year, as we now enter the 19th year of the U.S.’s “global war on terror” and perpetual war -- triggered by that fateful day over 18 years ago now -- a day that will always remain a slow motion day for me, splitting my life in two.

9/11 is still a very personally and professionally difficult day for me, as I am acutely burdened by the “what if” of history and my first day on the job at the National Security Agency, and now knowing without any reservation or doubt that 9/11 was fully preventable.

On 9/11, the U.S. government utterly failed to provide for the common defense under the Constitution and did not keep almost 3,000 people out of harm’s way that tragic day.

So I spent most of the day this 11 September 2019 pensive and reflective, while also contemplating and dwelling on what that day brought and wrought.

After taking the oath to support and defend the Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic for the fourth time in my government career, I reported at zero dark thirty very early the morning of 9/11 to the #3 at the National Security Agency -- the Signals Intelligence Director -- as a newly hired senior executive.

But, for me now, and more than 18 still surreal years later, there was life before 9/11, and then I found myself after 9/11 defending the Constitution against my own government and National Security State exceptionalism first in secret and then in public.

The 9/11 attacks were indeed a horrific crime. But so too was our unconscionable global response to the failure to prevent the tragedy and horror of 9/11.

Many trillions of dollars to date have funded the U.S. global “war on terror” at enormous cost in human lives and suffering, with hundreds and hundreds of thousands of innocent lives wiped out, and many more millions displaced with lives ruined and desperate.

Enormously consequential strategic decisions were made in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, at the highest levels of the U.S. government (up to and including President Bush) in the deepest of state secrecy, including a torture regime and a mass surveillance program led by NSA.

In addition, the U.S. is also entering the 19th year of its longest conflict in history over in Afghanistan while continuing secret drone warfare and special dark ops around the world; at the same time, we should also not forget the disastrous horror of Iraq, Libya and all the militarism in its many shades of projection as the U.S.’s go to “might is right” foreign policy.

Right after 9/11, I was eyewitness to crimes against the Constitution committed by the U.S. government. I could not remain silent as silence meant complicity in the subversion of the Constitution and rights of people on a mass scale.

The U.S. government willfully violated that same Constitution as acts of commission under the banner of executive privilege and national security authority in a blatant ends-justify-any-and-all-means approach to turn the entire world into a battlefield as compensation to keep people “safe” again.

And so I became a whistleblower about the pre- and post-9/11 intelligence failures of NSA as well as the billions in massive fraud, waste and abuse, along with disclosing the NSA mass surveillance program launched in the greatest of secrecy without the consent of the people.

At the heart of national security are our precious rights and liberties, yet the government has sacrificed those rights and liberties on the altar of national security while hiding behind secrecy to justify its action.

What future do we want to keep?

It is up to us, We the People, to make the difference no matter how bleak or dim the horizon of the future appears -- in order to form a more perfect Union together -- as I still have hope -- the very hope that still lies at the bottom of Pandora’s Box after all the furies escape.

Will you all help me retrieve and sustain that hope as I continue to dedicate the rest of my life to the defense of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all people?

Thank you for all your support as we continue to bend that long and winding arc of history a little bit closer to justice, jumping up and down on it, while also protecting and preserving our inalienable rights for all in the face of dystopian drift, the rise of authoritarianism and autocracy in even democracies, and what I call democracide and privacide.

With appreciation,
Tom Drake


PS from the RootsAction Education Fund team:

Truth-telling can be inspirational. Another NSA whistleblower, Edward Snowden, has said: “If there hadn’t been a Thomas Drake, there couldn’t have been an Edward Snowden.”

Meanwhile, Tom Drake remains deeply in financial debt. Ironically, we are in his debt -- morally, politically and ethically. We owe him so much because he stood up for civil liberties and human decency.

Let’s continue to help repay that debt to Tom Drake, who exposed extreme mass surveillance by the NSA.

Living in what is supposed to be a democracy, we get vital information because of the courage of whistleblowers.

Tom Drake has no intention of going silent. He wants to keep writing, traveling and speaking out. But he needs our help.

Please make a tax-deductible contribution in support of his work.

Thank you!

Please share on Facebook and Twitter.

     >>  Daily Beast: “U.S. Intelligence Shuts Down Damning Report on Whistleblower Retaliation”
     >>  Freedom of the Press Foundation: “Beware of Trump Administration’s Coming Crackdown on Leaks -- and Journalism”
     >>  Thomas Drake and other whistleblowers at Cato Institute forum: “The NSA & the Road to 9/11: Lessons Learned & Unlearned”
     >>“Stop the Illegal Spying on Everyone”
     >>  Minneapolis Star Tribune: “Former NSA Executive Urges Public Vigilance Against Government Overreach”
     >>  “The Constitution and Conscience: NSA’s Thomas Drake”: Video of speech
     >>  The Washington Times: “Donald Trump on Edward Snowden: Kill the ‘Traitor’”
     >>  Jesselyn Radack, The New York Times: “Whistleblowers Deserve Protection Not Prison”
     >>  Jane Mayer, The New Yorker: Thomas Drake -- "The Secret Sharer"
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What happened? Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (pictured) was dealt a blow this week after his Likud Party failed to secure a majority in repeat elections. And despite declaring victory, rival Benny Gantz didn’t do much better. But while the two men jockey for an edge in coalition talks, it’s a third faction that perhaps deserves the most attention — not much-vaunted kingmaker Avigdor Lieberman, but Israel’s four-party Arab alliance. Smashing pre-election expectations, the so-called Joint List is now the third-largest grouping in parliament.
Why does it matter? With his group securing at least 13 spots in the 120-seat legislature, leader Ayman Odeh could become the man to watch. While the prospect of the Joint List signing onto a unity government seems unlikely — since Gantz also supports retaining Israeli settlements in the Palestinian Territories that are widely viewed, internationally, as illegal — there’s a chance Odeh could become Israel’s first Arab opposition leader. That’s still far from assured, but it’s part of a larger undeniable fact that’s likely to transform Israel’s socio-political landscape: Arabs are poised to wield more influence than ever before.


On the margins. Although comprising 20 percent of Israel’s 9 million-strong population, Arabs never had much of a voice. Especially under a Netanyahu-led government that’s prioritized security — and demonized Arabs, especially in the lead-up to this week’s vote — they’ve faced widespread discrimination. Sandwiched between Netanyahu’s pledge to annex parts of the West Bank and President Donald Trump’s own hard tack on the Palestinian Territories, they’ve also been painted as a pro-Palestinian fifth column. That, combined with scattered political parties, helped promote voter apathy; less than half the Arab electorate turned out to vote during elections in April. But pointing to Netanyahu’s anti-Arab incitement as votes were being counted, Odeh said: “There’s a limit.” That’s largely why turnout was up 11 percentage points.
New perks. As opposition leader, Odeh would enjoy privileges that, until recently, would’ve been unimaginable for an Israeli Arab. Besides receiving a state-funded bodyguard and access to security briefings, he’d hold monthly meetings with the prime minister — as well as earn the right to deliver a rebuttal after the leader addresses the Knesset. But not so fast, observers say: Other opposition parties have enough votes to prevent Odeh from becoming opposition leader, a scenario that seems more likely. Still, others believe this week’s results send a resonant message to young Arabs aspiring toward a political future: that they can have a meaningful voice in the legislature. That’s priceless during a time when Israel, hobbled by accusations of human rights violations and political corruption, is coming under increasing fire for its undemocratic tendencies.
Reaching out. To be sure, the Joint List still faces massive limitations. At its core, it’s still a predominantly non-Jewish alliance that supports what many of its Jewish counterparts don’t, such as evacuating settlements in the West Bank and creating a Palestinian state. That means it’s unlikely to gain mass appeal anytime soon. But with Arab political participation on the rise, that leaves both Bibi and Gantz — or any other future Israeli leader, for that matter —  in a curious quandary: Double-down on their appeals to right-leaning voters, or try to curry favor with the burgeoning Arab electorate? That the latter is even a possibility reflects how the election results could prove transformative for the future of Israeli politics.

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The U.S. government is once again trying to silence Edward Snowden — this time with a lawsuit arguing that he should have allowed the CIA and NSA to censor his new memoir before publication.

The book doesn’t contain any secrets that haven’t already been made public; the government simply doesn’t want more discussion and debate of the mass surveillance systems he revealed.

The good news is that the six-year attempt to silence Snowden has so far failed spectacularly, in no small part because of The Intercept’s coverage. Our team spent years combing through the Snowden archive, publishing over 100 stories and partnering with major news organizations, and we continue to fearlessly report on spying by governments and corporations across the globe.

This new lawsuit shows that the government remains determined to silence whistleblowers and journalists. As attacks on press freedom continue to mount, The Intercept increasingly depends on the financial support of our readers.
At The Intercept, we take pride in pursuing fierce, adversarial investigative journalism that holds the powerful accountable.

We know that a lot of people in power don’t like our journalism — and that’s a big part of what makes it so time-consuming and expensive. Because lives and livelihoods are at stake, we have to take legal, security, and technological precautions far beyond those of many other news organizations.

Over the last few months, the threats to our reporting have only grown. Our team here in Brazil has received death threats, and the president himself has publicly threatened to imprison me. Meanwhile, sources have recently told us that a team including ex-NSA operatives discussed hacking The Intercept’s computer systems on behalf of the government of the United Arab Emirates.

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Dear Reader:
I asked Tom Beck, founder of, to email me his thoughts about the incredible story of the Dollar Credit Squeeze, the Repo Operation by the FED. What he put together was so compelling and educational that I asked his permission to share it with you. Please read!
In September 2018, I bought 50 ounces of gold eagles at $1,200. The following week, gold hit $1,180 and I issued an exclusive alert in the newsletter, along with this REPORT, in which I called the bottom. I've never done that before, but the research was so accurate that it would have been a sin not to.
This alert went out one day before gold bottomed, and anyone who bought gold, silver, or my 4 MUST-OWN stocks has made a killing since then.
My premise back then was that the FED had hiked interest rates TOO FAST – no, not too high as some are suggesting, because the economy can function even with 3% or 4% on the Fed Funds Rate. But the speed at which they tightened caused such a dollar liquidity that I knew that this was the end, especially when Powell (who is CLUELESS) said that "we're a long way from neutral rates." To me, that's like a cab driver telling me to buy NASDAQ penny stocks in the Dot.Com days.
A couple of days ago, we saw this over-tightness in action; the FED has to pull a Repo Operation, which means that the system that greases our economy – the system that BROKE in 2008, the intra-day lending between banks – was about to snap.
Unlike in 2008, when there was over-leverage, today there's EXCESS CASH. In other words, a dollar shortage in the emerging markets while the institutions are cashed up is a new phenomenon.
It means that the FED is about to print currency – when the banks have healthy balance sheets and can do lending.
Trump has basically been calling for this type of scenario for over a year; the media deemed him nuts, but he was DEAD-ON. He was right.
Bottom line, it's September again and I'm calling it again. Gold will not spend much time at the $1,500 level. 
JPMorgan has just been accused of market rigging and if they're forced to cover the shorts, silver could hit $20/ounce in milliseconds.
Watch like a hawk the spread between the S&P 500's dividend yield and the 30-yr bond yield. There is no logic that the world would lend money to Washington until 2049, and get paid the same income as it would from buying stocks.
Two things are about to occur: 
  1. Stock market rally.
  2. Dollar peak.
Gold is going to $1,600 – Don’t get left behind!
Mac Slavo

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President Trump on Monday said it “looks” as if Iran is responsible for weekend attacks on Saudi Arabian oil facilities, but he stopped short of definitively blaming Tehran and said he is not “looking” for war.

“I’m not looking to get into [a] new conflict, but sometimes you have to,” he told reporters in the Oval Office. The president said he is not “concerned at all” about a potential war with Iran, adding that he’d “like to avoid it” while boasting the United States is well prepared for any scenario.

Trump’s comments differed from those of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who said on Saturday that Iran was behind the sophisticated attacks, not Yemen’s Houthi rebels, who initially claimed responsibility.

The president, suddenly faced with a new set of circumstances with Iran, said he will send his influential adviser Pompeo to Saudi Arabia to discuss next steps, a plan that appeared to open the door to international engagement before deciding what, if any, action to take. U.S. investigators arrived in Saudi Arabia to gather evidence.

World leaders are scheduled to meet next week in New York for the United Nations General Assembly, and the outcome of a Tuesday election in Israel remains uncertain for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who condemns Iran as a powerful enemy of Israel. Trump told reporters he had not pledged U.S. protection to ally Saudi Arabia. 

The Hill: Trump says he wants to avoid war with Iran.

Trump, who prior to the attacks said he was willing to negotiate without preconditions with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani about a new nuclear deal, is faced with suddenly more complicated terrain. He must decide how to respond to what U.S. officials on Sunday described as coordinated military strikes against Saudi petroleum facilities, which appeared from intelligence data to originate in Iran. Trump has said the United States is “locked and loaded,” but he has also stated his desire to avoid military conflict with Iran.

The Associated Press: Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, announced today “there will be no talks with the U.S. at any level,” according to Iran’s state TV. The remarks apparently are intended to end speculation about a possible U.S.-Iran meeting between the two countries’ presidents at the United Nations next week.

U.S. lawmakers who are worried about the potential for military conflict with Tehran are on high alert, warning Trump that he would need to seek congressional approval before ordering any military action (The Hill).

The New York Times: A Saudi government statement on Monday said, “Initial investigations have indicated that the weapons used in the attack were Iranian weapons.” But the Saudis stopped short of directly blaming Iran for the attack.

The New York Times: Who was behind the Saudi oil attack? What the evidence shows.

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A record-breaking day for the oil markets... Crude surges 15% on new fears of war... Why $75 – or even $100 – oil is now a possibility... What you need to know before you bet on even higher prices now...

Today, it was all about oil...

As you've probably heard by now, Saudi Arabia's oil-production facilities were attacked over the weekend. The coordinated strikes have reportedly disabled nearly 5.7 million barrels per day ("bpd") of oil production. That's more than half of the country's usual daily production... And it amounts to more than 5% of the world's daily output.
So, it's little surprise that crude-oil prices absolutely soared in response. As Bloomberg reported this morning...
Oil surged the most on record after a devastating attack on Saudi Arabia intensified concerns about growing instability in the world's most important crude-producing region...
Saudi Aramco faces weeks or months before most output from its giant Abqaiq crude-processing complex is restored, according to people familiar with matter...
For oil markets, it's the worst sudden supply disruption ever... [It] surpasses the loss of Kuwaiti and Iraqi petroleum output in August 1990, when Saddam Hussein invaded his neighbor. It also exceeds the loss of Iranian oil production in 1979 during the Islamic Revolution, according to the International Energy Agency.
Brent crude oil – the international benchmark for prices – jumped nearly 20% to $71.95 per barrel at the open this morning, its largest move in history. It closed the day up 14.6%... at just more than $69 per barrel.
Here in the U.S., West Texas Intermediate ("WTI") crude oil rose as much as 15% higher to $63.34 per barrel – its biggest one-day jump since December 2008 – before closing the day at $62.90.

This supply disruption could keep a 'bid' under prices in the near term...

Early reports suggest it could take several weeks – or even months – for Saudi Arabia to ramp production back up. According to Goldman Sachs analysts, if the disruption lasts for more than six weeks, tightening global supplies could push Brent crude to $75 per barrel – or roughly 9% higher than it closed at today.
However, the real worry is that this weekend's attacks could lead to further supply disruptions in the region. That's because the U.S. has now officially blamed these attacks on Iran. As the Wall Street Journal reported this afternoon...
American intelligence indicates Iran was the staging ground for a debilitating attack on Saudi Arabia's oil industry, people familiar with the discussions said Monday, as Washington and the kingdom weighed how to respond.
The assessment, which the U.S. hasn't shared publicly, comes as President Trump raised the prospect of a joint U.S.-Saudi retaliatory strike on Iran, a scenario that risks quickly broadening into a regional armed conflict.
As the report noted, this announcement followed a thinly veiled threat of retaliation from U.S. President Donald Trump himself. As Trump "tweeted" last night...
Saudi Arabia oil supply was attacked. There is reason to believe that we know the culprit, are locked and loaded depending on verification, but are waiting to hear from the Kingdom as to who they believe was the cause of this attack, and under what terms we would proceed!
Should a true armed conflict break out, we could easily see oil back above $100 or more.

Given these risks, you may be tempted to chase today's big move higher...

But before you "bet the farm" that oil continues to soar, there are a couple of important points to consider.
First, we'll remind you that Trump recently dismissed national security adviser John Bolton. Bolton has long advocated for a tougher stance on Iran, even suggesting the U.S. should wage a preemptive war to overthrow its government.
His ouster suggests the president may be in favor of a more diplomatic approach. And despite Trump's earlier comments, he is already talking down the likelihood of an immediate response. As financial news network CNBC reported this afternoon...
President Donald Trump said Monday he's in no rush to respond to a coordinated attack that hit Saudi Arabia's oil industry over the weekend...
"It's certainly looking that way at this point," Trump responded to a question on whether Iran was responsible for the attacks. "I don't want war with anybody but we are prepared more than anybody... We have a lot of options but we are not looking at options right now."

Second, despite the big move higher today, crude prices still remain 'rangebound'...

As you can see in the chart of WTI crude oil below, prices have moved in a range between $50 and $65 per barrel for most of the year...
This price action reflects the conflicting fundamental picture today...
On the one side, you have continued production cuts from the Saudi-led oil cartel OPEC – whose members have stuck to agreed-upon production quotas far longer than they have in the past – acting to push prices higher.
On the other side, you have the continued rise in U.S. shale-oil production – which has now surpassed 12 million barrels per day, making us the world's top oil producer – and a slowing global economy weighing them down.
Until this weekend, it looked like the latter was winning... Crude-oil prices appeared to be rolling over from a series of lower highs.

This weekend's attack could be a 'game-changer'...

If Saudi production is offline longer than expected – or if a larger conflict leads to even further supply disruptions – the supply-demand balance could shift in favor of higher prices.
But we'll also point out that despite today's huge move, oil was so far unable to break out of this recent trading range.
That could change... but until then, caution is warranted. If Saudi production ramps up sooner than feared – or tensions in the region de-escalate once again – crude oil could quickly give up today's gains.

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