In an open letter to President Obama and Congress, eight of the most prominent U.S. tech companies have demanded that strict new limits be put on government surveillance, citing revelations made earlier this summer, when stories based Edward Snowden’s leaked documents began running in The Guardian. “The balance in many countries has tipped too far in favor of the state and away from the rights of the individual,” they argue, “rights that are enshrined in our Constitution. This undermines the freedoms we all cherish. It’s time for a change.”
From the ashes of the dissolved Office of Strategic Services, in 1947 the CIA was born. Shrouded in secrecy, the agency has operated within the shadows for 66 years. Only a few CIA officers, such as Richard Helms, William Colby and John Brennan, have risen to the coveted position of Director of Central Intelligence.
But this isn’t their story. These are the crimes and confessions of the analysts, contractors, interrogators and officers of the CIA. From political assassinations to state-sponsored torture, this is the CIA’s story in their own words.
What exactly is jury nullification?
Simply put, when a law is unjust, it’s the duty of the citizen juror to acquit the case. It was with this idea that the Founding Fathers gave us the right to trial by jury. President Thomas Jefferson stated, “I consider trial by jury as the only anchor yet imagined by man by which a government can be held to the principles of its constitution.”
On October 8th 2013, President Obama nominated Janet Yellen to become the new chair-woman of the Federal Reserve and last Thursday November 21st 2013, the Senate banking committee voted in favor of the nomination.
A fellow Keynesian economist, Yellen, who served as President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, will replace the infamous “Helicopter Ben” Bernanke as the new face of the Fed. Recent remarks by Yellen suggest we will see a continuation of the Fed’s current monetary policy – more “quantitative easing“.
As Obama announced Janet Yellen as his fed chair selection, he stated, “She had sounded the alarm bell early about the housing market bubble and excesses in the financial markets before the recession. She calls it like she sees it.” Contrary to Obama’s claim, Austrian school economist Peter Schiff reveals this statement to be a lie.
Over the course of human history, the concept of money has gradually evolved.
From bartering to currency, people have sought convenient methods for conducting economic transactions.
The Continental Congress printed paper money called the Continental, an early American currency that was circulated in an effort to fund the American Revolution. By the end of the war, the Continental had rapidly depreciated until it was practically worthless.
In 1836, President Andrew Jackson dismantled the Second Bank of the United States. He abolished the central bank because the country was economically enslaved by foreign interests with concentrated financial control within a single institution owned by a very small group of affluent families.
Mourning the recent death of his father, Abdulrahman decided to return home after the roads had cleared. Encouraged by his cousins to join an outdoor barbeque on the evening of October 14, 2011, Abdulrahman suddenly heard drones piercing the sky moments before the Unmanned Aerial Vehicles executed him. Methodical in application, the UAVs indiscriminately butchered everyone within his vicinity.
Abdulrahman al-Aulaqi was born in Denver, Colorado. Before his government sanctioned his death, he loved hip-hop music and talking with his friends on Facebook. He had been living with his grandparents in Yemen when he ran off in search of his estranged father, Anwar al-Aulaqi, commonly misspelled as “al-Awlaki”.