Thanks to Parsifal that posted this on one of our BRIDGES. I have seen the two Videos also today on YouTube but short after I posted them, Parsifal's post was coming up and it is much better to share it that way. On YouTube such Videos sometimes "disappear" very fast. SiNeh~
50 States Tender Their Resignation From The United States Corporation parts 1 and 2
a usually well informed source has made me aware of this information and consider it correct - Parsifal
message: Imagine one day, you turn on the news and see that 50 states’ governors have met in Las Vegas and after they were done playing with the hookers, they got down to business and put their grievances with the federal government on the table, deciding that it would be best, based on all the complaints, to just drop out of the federal system, effectively firing the federal government, wiping out all laws and executive orders and doing away with Congress! That’s what this video is all about!
How will we behave now? Today is Wednesday June 19, 2013 and the count is 3,367 views This video was getting 1,000 views per day or 250 every 6 hours When you do a search on Google’s Advanced Search Engine for this phrase: "50 States Tender Their Resignation From The United States Corporation" you get About 462 results (0.25 seconds) So, many web sites are picking this video series up and yet, nobody is watching it? I doubt that this is true! Something is fishy! You would expect at least one person to see one of the videos with that root title every 6 hours and so one would think that the count would be much higher Why only 69 views over the past 7 hours? Someone is manipulating the showings of this video to stop the idea from catching on, but secession is inevitable, because this is a very popular idea. Just look at the thumbs up and compare it with the number of thumbs down. Most people want to fire the federal government, clear out Congress and end all federal control over the states...
50 States Tender Their Resignation From The United States Corporation 2 Grievances 1-17 Now, we get into the grievances and there are 200 of them! Will this remain interesting, until I can deliver all of them? Probably not, but I will do what I can and quit, when it feels right!
That NSA Has Been Eavesdropping on
Ordinary People and Politicians Has Been
Public Knowledge Since at Least 1998
Congress has just voted to kill a measure to reign-in domestic spying, despite outcries from all over the place, including the White House.
One wonders how many members of Congress were blackmailed into voting that way?
Before there was PRISM, there was ThinThread and before that, there was ECHELON.
There is nothing that Edward Snowden has revealed that has not been public knowledge since at least 1998, if not earlier.
ECHELON has been active since at least the mid-'70s, according to Former NSA employee, Margaret Newsham, who claims that she worked on the configuration and installation of software that makes up the ECHELON system while employed at Lockheed Martin, for whom she worked from 1974 to 1984 in Sunnyvale, California, US, and in Menwith Hill, England, UK.
Although she enjoyed the work and was proud of her programming prowess, she says she is not pleased with herself for participating in spying on ordinary people, politicians, interest groups and private companies, which is what she did for 10 years. She was ultimately fired by Lockheed when she refused to work on a particular project in 1984, which she believed was was illegal, unconstitutional and ultimately harmful to the US Government.
(See detailed, jaw-dropping 1999 interviews, below).
ECHELON WAS MY BABY
November 17, 1999
Ekstra Bladet meets former Echelon spy. In spite of illness and angst, she now reveals how illegal political surveillance was carried out.
by Bo Elkjær and Kenan Seeberg. Photos: Martin Lepee
LAS VEGAS (Ekstra Bladet): “Even though I felt bad about what we were doing, I was very pleased with the professional part of my job. I don’t mean to brag, but I was very good at what I did, and I actually felt like Echelon was my baby.”
Ekstra Bladet meets Margaret Newsham in her home in a sleepy Las Vegas suburb. For obvious reasons we are omitting the name of the town where Margaret Newsham is trying to lead a normal life. She has never mentioned her past to her neighbors.
A past in which Margaret Newsham has been in close contact with the very core of the most secretive world of all worlds. Margaret Newsham helped build the electronic surveillance system known as Echelon.
Today she has broken off connection with the world of espionage and lives in constant fear that ‘certain elements’ in the NSA or CIA will try to silence her. As a result, she sleeps with a loaded pistol under her mattress, and her best friend is Mr. Gunther - a 120-pound German shepherd that was trained to be a guard and attack dog by a good friend in the Nevada State Police.
She sent the dog to a ‘babysitter’ before we arrived, since “he doesn’t let strangers come in to my house,” she says with a faint smile.
Only once before has Newsham told anybody about her work as an Echelon spy: during closed, top-secret hearings held by the US Congress in 1988. Today, Margaret breaks eleven years of silence by telling the press for the very first time about her work for the most extensive espionage network in the world. Margaret Newsham decided to talk with Ekstra Bladet even though her doctor advised her not to meet with us. “Since I have high blood pressure, my doctor thinks it’s risky for me to talk with you, but it’s a chance I’m willing to take.”
Newsham has gone through hell ever since she was fired from her job at Lockheed Martin where she designed programs for Echelon’s global surveillance network. When asked to work on a project in 1984, she refused because she believed it could harm the US government. Shortly after, Echelon’s wirepullers in the National Security Agency (NSA) made sure that she was fired by Lockheed Martin. Immediately afterward, she sued her former employer for wrongful dismissal and contacted the internal security commission, DCAA, which arranged the closed hearings.
“Ever since, I have felt like I was under so much pressure that it has had a fatal influence on my health,” says Margaret Newsham, who up to now has survived a seizure which left her totally paralyzed. All she had left was her sense of hearing when she was admitted to the hospital.
“I could hear the doctor pronouncing my death sentence, while my husband and three children stood by my side. The only thing that kept me going was the thought that if I died, I would lose my case. That thought was what brought me back to life.”
After regaining her mobility, Newsham suffered a cardiac arrest, and two years ago she underwent surgery for a malignant tumor. Today, she dryly states that she is living on borrowed time, which perhaps explains why she chooses to stand forward at this time.
SPYING ON POLITICIANS
“To me, there are only two issues at stake here: right or wrong. And the longer I worked on the clandestine surveillance projects, the more I could see that they were not only illegal, but also unconstitutional.”
Margaret Newsham is not pleased with herself for participating in spying on ordinary people, politicians, interest groups and private companies, which is exactly what she did for 10 years, from 1974 to 1984. Both the satellites and the computer programs were developed at Lockheed’s headquarters in Sunnyvale California, and in 1977, she was stationed at the largest listening post in the world at Menwith Hill, England.
“On the day at Menwith Hill when I realized in earnest how utterly wrong it was, I was sitting with one of the many “translators”. He was an expert in languages like Russian, Chinese and Japanese. Suddenly he asked me if I wanted to listen in on a conversation taking place in the US at an office in the US Senate Building. Then I clearly heard a southern American dialect I thought I had heard before.”
“Who is that?” I asked the translator who told me that it was Republican senator Strom Thurmond. ‘Oh my gosh!’ I thought. We’re not only spying on other countries, but also on our own citizens. That’s when I realized in earnest that what we were doing had nothing to do with national security interests of the US.”
KNOWLEDGE IS POWER
In all its complicated simplicity, the American intelligence agency, NSA, together with intelligence agencies in England, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, has established a system of satellites and computer systems that can monitor by and large all electronic communication in the world: phone conversations, e-mails, telexes and telefaxes. A number of other countries are affiliated as third or fourth party participants, including Denmark.
The fundamental concept of the system is to get access to all important political movements in hostile and allied countries alike and to keep an eye on all important economic movements. Knowledge is power, and the NSA knows it. Furthermore, NSA’s spies function as the only primary authority to supervise who receives what information and what it is used for.
“Even then, Echelon was very big and sophisticated. As early as 1979 we could track a specific person and zoom in on his phone conversation while he was communicating. Since our satellites could in 1984 film a postage stamp lying on the ground, it is almost impossible to imagine how all-encompassing the system must be today.”
ECHELON WAS NSA’S IDEA
Who came up with the name Echelon?
“The NSA. Lockheed Martin’s alphanumeric code was P415."
What did you actually do?
“Unfortunately, I can’t tell you all my duties. I am still bound by professional secrecy, and I would hate to go to prison or get involved in any trouble, if you know what I mean. In general, I can tell you that I was responsible for compiling the various systems and programs, configuring the whole thing and making it operational on main frames [large computers, ed.].”
Which part of the system is named Echelon?
“The computer network itself. The software programs are known as SILKWORTH and SIRE, and one of the most important surveillance satellites is named VORTEX. It intercepts things like phone conversations.”
APPROVED BY THE CIA
You worked as an agent for the NSA, but were employed by a private company?
“Yes, it is almost impossible to tell the difference between NSA agents and civilians employed by Lockheed Martin, Ford and IBM. The borderlines are very vague. I had one of the highest security classifications which required the approval of the CIA, the NSA, the Navy and the Air Force. The approval included both a lie detector test, and an expanded personal history test in which my family and acquaintances were discretely checked by the security agency.”
The sky darkens over the cascading neon lights of Las Vegas when Margaret Newsham tells of countless infringements of security regulations and about her colleague who suffered brain damage when she partipated in the development of the Stealth bomber. Though Margaret Newsham is totally exhausted, she also seems relieved.
“This is the first time I have ever told anyone some of the things I told you today. But now I want to get Mr. Gunther soon so I feel safe again. She measures her blood pressure and looks very alarmed.
“I had better go to the doctor tomorrow morning, so maybe we should meet later on in the day.”
When she returns with Mr. Gunther an hour later, the dog inspects every room before Margaret goes in. The last thing she does before falling asleep on her king size bed is to check her pistol to make sure it is still loaded.
Lockheed Martin is the largest supplier of munitions to the US military services and to their intelligence agencies, the NSA and the CIA. During the eighties, Lockheed Martin took over LORAL Space Systems and Ford Aerospace which also deliver monitoring equipment to the espionage agencies. Margaret Newsham worked for the NSA through her employment at Ford and Lockheed from 1974 to 1984. In 1977 and 1978, Newsham was stationed at the largest listening post in the world at Menwith Hill, England. She received on-the-job training at NSA headquarters at Fort George Meade in Maryland, USA.
Ekstra Bladet has Margaret Newsham’s stationing orders from the US Department of Defense. She possessed the high security classification TOP SECRET CRYPTO.
According to information found by Ekstra Bladet in the Pentagon’s databases, the NSA had 38,613 employees in 1995. This figure does not include the many employees at private companies who work for the NSA.
Ekstra Bladet has documented the existence of Echelon in a long series of articles over the last months.
Denmark is affiliated with the Echelon network as a third party, and the most important Danish listening post is located at Aflandshage on the island of Amager.
Copyright 1999 - Ekstra Bladet - Denmark
INTERVIEW Pt. II:
I SOLD MY LIFE TO BIG BROTHER
by Ekstra Bladet, Bo Elkjaer & Kenan Seeberg
November 18, 1999
"Denmark's ministers can believe whatever they want to. I know Echelon exists, because I helped make the system." For the second day running, former Echelon spy Margaret Newsham tells about the 'Black World' of espionage - and the fatal consequences it is had on her life. Half of her espionage colleagues are dead today.
"The surveillance was incredibly target-oriented. We were capable of singling out an individual or organization and monitoring all electronic communication - real time - and all the time. The person was monitored without ever having a chance to discover it, and most of the information was sent with lightening speed to another station using the enormous digital capacity at our command. Everything took place without a search warrant."
Was all the information forwarded to NSA headquarters at Fort George Meade in Maryland?
"Not all of it, but quite a lot."
Does the system use programs that are capable of virtually scouring the airwaves based on certain categories and trigger words?
"That's one of the ways it functions, yes. It's like an Internet search engine. By restricting your search to specific numbers, persons or terms, you get results that are all related to whatever you enter.
BREACH OF SECURITY
Ekstra Bladet meets the former surveillance spy, Margaret Newsham, in her home just outside Las Vegas. By talking to Ekstra Bladet, she chooses to break her silence and tell us as much as she considers to be reasonably safe. Because Newsham is still subject to the omertà of the intelligence services. According to this stringent code of silence, she is not allowed to reveal anything about her espionage activities for the NSA.
"But it is hard for me to live with the fact that I sold my life and my freedom of speech to the largest intelligence service of the US government." On the whole, it is difficult for Margaret Newsham to lead a normal life, even though she wants to do that most of all. In 1984, she was dismissed by Lockheed Martin, which built espionage equipment for NSA. Ultimately, she refused to work on a project which she felt was a security risk. She was 'terminated' as they called it - and she sued them for wrongful dismissal.
BILLION DOLLAR SWINDLERS
"I experienced security breaches almost every day both at Lockheed's headquarters in Sunnyvale, California and at Menwith Hill, England. Sometimes it was utterly absurd. At a barbecue party held by colleagues from the department responsible for developing the 'invisible' Stealth bomber, the barbecue kettle was made of the same material that made the bomber invisible to hostile radar systems. Another time, somebody had coffee mugs made and all of them were covered with prints of highly classified Echelon stations. But they were also involved in actual swindling. Lockheed Martin undercut other companies to get NSA project contracts, after which they illegally transferred money and manpower to meet the contract. Since they could swindle others for hundreds of millions of dollars, they were capable of anything. That made them very deceitful, and in my eyes, they jeopardized the security of the United States Government."
Was the US Government informed about the clandestine projects?
"No. That's why we called them 'Black Programs". The government didn't really know what was happening or what the many billions were actually being used for. And I felt very loyal both to the government and to the American Constitution, which was constantly being infringed. The world of espionage was also called 'The Black World' because most of the operations were carried out in secrecy, beyond any control."
Since her dismissal, Margaret Newsham has been under heavy pressure, because her case against Lockheed Martin could mean that an open court case would shed light on the NSA's 'black projects'. Among other things, the case deals with swindling for more than 10 billion DKK (ca. 1.4 billion USD), and for the time being, her lawyer has provided her with legal assistance that is the equivalent of 140 million DKK (ca. 20 million USD).
The case has had a fatal effect on her health. Since '84 she has had a seizure that left her totally paralyzed, survived a cardiac arrest, and on top of everything else is suffering from cancer. Today, she lives on borrowed time and suffers from high blood pressure.
"It didn't help any when my husband asked for a divorce after I had survived my cardiac arrest. He is chief of security at Lockheed Martin and has also been under a lot of pressure. He was grossly harassed because of his affiliation with me," Newsham says.
She lives alone now and has struggled to maintain contact with her three children and six grandchildren. Today, she lives in a quiet Las Vegas suburb. Not even her neighbors know about her past.
"NSA's activities have not only affected me, but also my former espionage colleagues at Lockheed. Nearly half of the people I worked with on clandestine projects are either dead or mortally ill today. For example, my former boss on the Echelon project, Robert Looper, died prematurely of heart failure, and Kay Nickerson, who worked on developing the Stealth bomber, died of brain damage."
But how could half of your former colleagues die prematurely?
"I don't know how to explain it, but at one point we discovered that Lockheed's headquarters in Sunnyvale are built on top of a highly radioactive dumping ground."
What did they die of?
"Heart failure, cancer, inexplicable seizures and brain damage. Even I am going to die of cancer before my time. But I have my lawyers, my doctor and my children and grandchildren to support me. They are the people I am fond of."
What gives you the courage to continue?
"The fact that the NSA, CIA and NRO (National Reconnaissance Organization) are carrying on illegal espionage against the rest of the world. They say they are doing it to catch drug criminals, gunrunners and the like. But that doesn't give them the right to do what they're doing. They are constantly breaking the law."
ECHELON IN DENMARK
In Denmark, leading politicians and ministers deny any knowledge of Echelon beyond what they read in the newspapers.
"Now they can read about me then. I am living proof of Echelon's existence. I configured and ran a lot of Echelon's programs." Margaret Newsham shows us the order that stationed her at Menwith Hill, the specifications for some Echelon programs and other internal documents. We found discarded computer remnants at the Aflandshage Listening Post in Denmark designated "VAX RED". Does that mean anything to you?
"Yes, as a matter of fact it means two things. You see, I worked on VAX computers myself, and they were used on the Echelon project.
"The color RED probably refers to the classification level. Because the security system is based on the fact that only very few people have an overall picture of everything that goes on. Therefore, some employees have red tags, some purple, some blue and so on. That means that they are only allowed to work with certain parts of the projects, i.e. the ones that are classified under the same color. As a result, very few employees have a complete picture of what is really going on. Since my tag had all the colors, I had a good overview. I was also the one who made the back-up files."
BIG BROTHER CONTROLS US
Can you understand how some people find it hard to believe that a system like this really exists?
"Yes, but it is real. We are spying on our own citizens and the rest of the world - even our European allies. If I say 'Amnesty' or 'Margaret Newsham', it is intercepted, analyzed, coordinated, forwarded and registered - if it is of interest to the intelligence agencies. I spoke with a radiologist recently, who had done exactly the same thing I had, only ten years later, in 1991, under 'Operation Desert Storm'. If only I could tell you everything, then you would understand that Echelon is so big, it's immensity almost defies comprehension." Margaret Newsham does not regret that she has been a pariah in the US intelligence community since her break with the NSA in 1984. A break that cost her her husband, her job and her health.
Is there anything you would you have done differently?
"Not for a second. It is important for the truth to come out. I don't believe we should put up with being controlled by 'Big Brother' in the future. But we put up with it now."
For ten years, Newsham worked for the US munitions and computer firms Signal Science, Ford Aerospace and Lockheed Martin. They had contracts for the development and upgrading of Echelon satellites and computers which the companies designed for the intelligence agency NSA. The NSA cooperates closely with the CIA and NRO (National Reconnaissance Organization). For two years, Newsham shared the responsibility for the day-to-day functioning of Echelon's computer network at Menwith Hill, England.
In classified documents, which are in the possession of Ekstra Bladet, Menwith Hill is referred to as 'the largest station in the service'.
Denmark participates on a third-party basis in UKUSA, an electronic surveillance agreement.
After White House Outcry, House Kills Measure
to Revoke NSA’s Domestic Spying Authority
July 25, 2013
The US House of Representatives voted on Wednesday to reject an attempt to reign in domestic spying by the National Security Agency following a storm of lobbying by the White House against the measure.
In a 205-217 vote the House defeated an amendment introduced by Rep. Justin Amash (R-Michigan) which would have prevented the NSA from collecting the phone data of individuals not currently under investigation.
Amash aimed to challenge the NSA’s program of widespread collection of phone records, specifically information known as 'metadata,' the details of which were revealed by The Guardian in June.
That newspaper was able to acquire and publish a copy of a top-secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court opinion which required the mobile carrier Verizon to provide the NSA with the phone numbers of both parties involved in calls, along with the time and duration of the calls as well as calling card numbers used, and the International Mobile Subscriber Identity (IMSI) number for mobile carriers.
Since that information was revealed, officials have both confirmed the authenticity of the leak and justified its actions, as well as suggested that many more telecom companies are involved.
Surveillance of phone communications was itself eclipsed by revelations then made by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who blew the whistle on an unimagined level of online surveillance being conducted by the intelligence agency in conjunction with a long list of major American companies, including Yahoo, Microsoft, Google and Facebook.
According to various experts on the matter, including analysis provided by Wired Magazine, the NSA’s indiscriminate collection of such data would thereby allow the government to build a massive database to map connections and relationships between callers.
The defeated amendment would have ended the statutory authority of the newly revealed spy program, as part of the $600 billion Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2014.
“The government collects the phone records without suspicion of every single American of the United States,” said Amash during floor debate on the measure.
On Monday, both the White House and lawmakers who support the NSA’s domestic spying programs launched a major lobbying effort against Amash’s measure after it was granted a vote.
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper released a statement on Wednesday against the amendment, saying it risked “dismantling an important intelligence tool.”
The day prior, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney had issued a statement announcing the White House’s opposition to the amendment.
“We oppose the current effort in the House to hastily dismantle one of our intelligence community’s counterterrorism tools,” Carney said.
Democratic Representatives John Conyers and Zoe Lofgren had sent a letter to colleagues Wednesday urging them to support Amash’s amendment.
“Congress did not intend for Section 215 of the Patriot Act to allow the bulk collection of information about all Americans,” wrote the two. “This amendment would not prohibit the government from spying on terrorists under Section 215, or from collecting information in bulk about American under other legal provisions.”
The authority for the NSA’s spying programs are based on a provision of the PATRIOT Act, known as section 215, which allows the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to authorize broad warrants for phone records deemed “relevant,” but not necessarily connected to terrorists.
Pete Ashdown, the founder and CEO of Xmission, an Internet service provider that has denied NSA surveillance requests, told RT that the only way to avoid government monitoring is for an Internet user to encrypt their activity and hope their provider complies.
“I want to hope something good is coming out of Washington,” he said. “There are many in Congress who are calling Edward Snowden a traitor and criminal when in fact I think it’s the people in the NSA who are criminals for not following the Constitution and have perjured themselves in front on Congress. These are people we cannot trust and its time we audit them or shut them down. I don’t envision the wholesale surveillance of Americans they’re doing as part of my America.”
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Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg, who has regularly been criticized over his website’s privacy settings, has had the tables turned on him in a documentary about online privacy.
When the social network’s founder was approached by a film crew outside his California home, he asked not to be filmed, but unbeknown to him the filmmaker continued to record their encounter using a camera hidden in his glasses.
The encounter was part of Cullen Hoback’s documentary Terms and Conditions May Apply, which examines internet privacy.
Privacy settings: Mark Zuckerberg asked not to be filmed when the documentary crew questioned him outside his home
‘Do you still think privacy is dead? What are your real thoughts on privacy?’ director Mr Hoback asked Mr Zuckerberg outside his home.
In the clip Mr Zuckerberg, 29, asked: ‘Are you guys recording?’ Will you please not?’ before relaxing after seeing that the main camera had been switched off, according to the Huffington Post.
After believing that he was no longer being filmed, Mr Zuckerberg suggested that the film crew got in contact with his company’s public relations department.
Mr Hoback, whose recently released documentary has been well received in the wake of the NSA scandal and revelations that the government had collected information on millions of Americans, said he had wanted Mr Zuckerberg to experience privacy infringement.
‘I just wanted him to say, “Look, I don’t want you to record me”, and I wanted to say, “Look, I don’t want you to record us”.’ Mr Hoback said.
Mr Zuckerberg has changed Facebook’s terms and conditions on several occasions. Most recently, the network began rolling out its Graph Search, making it even easier for people to find information and photos of the site.
Denied access: Leigh Van Bryan, left, was denied entry to the U.S. because of a tweet he sent
Timing: Cullen Hoback’s documentary has been well received in the wake of the NSA scandal
The new service has been labelled a privacy nightmare by Slate, which warned that ‘likes’ from several years ago could now be easily viewed by others.
Mr Zuckerberg has also been criticized in the past after he referred to web users as ‘dumb f***s’ for trusting him with their information, in an instant-message conversation when he was 19, the Huffington Post reported.
However, Facebook remains the largest social network in the world, with more than 1 billion users each month.
Terms and Conditions May Apply official trailer
In Terms and Conditions, Mr Hoback examined the agreements web users have been asked to sign up to by social network sites and other online services, and looked at who was sharing and collecting the information.
The film includes interviews with people who found themselves in trouble with the law after posting comments on Twitter that were taken out of context by authorities.
In one case, tourist Leigh Van Bryan was held by passport control at Los Angeles airport and then refused entry to the U.S. in January 2012 because of a tweet he sent three weeks early to a friend that said: ‘Free this week for a gossip/prep before I go and destroy America?’
Privacy act: Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook has faced criticism over its privacy settings
‘I think the craziest thing about this whole experience is that I didn’t realize I was making a horror film,’ Mr Hoback told the Daily Telegraph, adding that it would take the typical internet user about 180 hours to read all of the terms and conditions for their favorite websites.
In the film, a MIT professor of social studies claimed that the world had woken up to privacy concerns about four years too late, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Mr Hoback told the paper: ‘I think the primary question needs to be not even do the systems work – but is this a mass infringement on civil liberties?’
The film opened July 12 and is being shown in various U.S. cinemas.