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This is a “replacement post” for the original blog I placed here a couple of weeks ago. For some reason the original post seems to have disappeared entirely. I don’t know if I hit too close to home on this post, or maybe offended someone with my opinion – which is ok, because as I’ve said before, I’m not here to play nice, I’m here to speak plainly, present my observations and opinions of the state of things and rattle some cages in the process. Having said that, I am re-posting my original piece. And if the party who removed the original feels like removing anything else….I’m just going to put it right back up. So please read and if you feel as strongly as I do about the topic, please feel free to re-post it as well – “Spector”

“I Want My Country Back”

If you need to ask what I’m talking about then you don’t need to read any further, just close out of this article and go about your business as if there’s nothing wrong and every day is like wine and roses.  On the  other hand, if you look around and you actually see what’s going on and you have a sickly feeling in your gut 24/7 and you don’t know what to do or how to change things back to the way things used to be, and if you feel like others look at you like you have 3 heads when you express any of your true feelings on the state of things…then I hope you decide to stick around to read the rest of this post.
First I would just like to say that the contents of this post are a collection of my personal observations, opinions, and beliefs. This is in no way to be taken as a professional essay or statement of official policy. This is simply the voice of one CRYING in the wilderness for his fellow man to wake up out of our chemically induced waking sleep and to go to work to turn things around before we all end up in a plastic FEMA casket.
Approximately 30 years ago there was an unspoken war silently declared on the America of our Founding Fathers and the Constitution upon which it is based. This war was not declared by a specific foreign country or a specific religious group or political party. The war that was declared was not intended to be an “overnight victory”, this war was meant to be won by silence, intimidation and deceit over many long years. It was intended to be won by slowly and almost un-noticed in a way that we – the American people – wouldn’t even think that we are under attack. The war was to be so insidious that we wouldn’t see the damage being done to us…we would actually be made to think that the almost imperceptible changes taking place are really our own idea and that the wholesale abandonment of our most precious beliefs and traditions are actually our deepest desires erupting forth and crying out to the universe saying that “we hate the blessings and prosperity that the divinely inspired framework established according to the Great Plan of The Almighty Creator has granted to us, and we spit upon the impossible shackles of freedom and liberty purchased by the sweat, blood, and sacrifice of those honorable ancestors who heeded God’s direction and built this nation for our benefit!!!!” This war was engineered to make us our own worst enemy; that through the deliberate and long term drugging of our food, water, and air we would be eased into a state of such mental degradation and stupor that we would completely lose the ability for rational and independent thought. We and our children would not be EDUCTED but rather PROGRAMMED to believe a monotonous diatribe of anti-American, anti-God, anti-Liberty propaganda. In this programming, it was intended to cause those of us who would not be lulled into the singular “herd mentality” would be treated as the attacking enemy, by seeing the rational and clear-minded individuals who question the state of things as “mentally ill” or “paranoid” or as a “conspiracy nut”! The war would have us destroying ourselves from the inside by destroying the only ones who see clearly enough to raise an alarm.
This war was designed to turn the hearts and minds of our children by robbing them of a knowledge of their history and a working knowledge of how our Constitution and our Republic was intended to operate. This war would re-engineer our children’s brains by slowly destroying the authority of parents and the family in favor of authoritarian control of the family and its direction by the Federal Government. Once the family and its traditional beliefs had been destroyed, the children would be de-educated and be convinced that our nation was established by “Terrorists” and “Racists”. They would be indoctrinated to the principles of hate speech and thought crime… to turn against and turn in their families or anyone else to Federal authorities if their parents exercised any independent authority. Our children would have video games marketed to their specific demographic in order that their value system would be undermined by appeasing the children’s natural state of greed and self-servedness, this state would be amplified by video games (marketed as purely entertainment, and how can entertainment be a bad thing…right ?) which would be specifically engineered by the military intelligence community to cause specific light and frequency modulations to occur which would cause an addictive pattern of endocrines to be released by the developing brain of the child playing the game. This would cause the exact same long-term addiction as heroine or other narcotic chemicals. The mind of the child, broken down by the government “education” system, would be rebuilt to become lazy, aggressive, emotionally violent weapons only being kept under control by being diagnosed with ADHD-like conditions and medicated accordingly and in turn, waiting to be “activated” into murderous action when the power grid collapses and these children are thrown into unimaginable withdrawal when their video addictions are cut-off cold turkey.
The children would be re-engineered to become incredibly lazy, hating any form of personal responsibility, having no moral or ethical compass, and completely disconnected from what we have always known as “Reality”.
This war would have our nation stripping itself of its birthright, divesting itself of industry, its ability to feed its people, its ability to maintain its infrastructure, its means to back up its own currency and maintain trade with the rest of the world. Those guiding this war effort would cause such corruption to blossom within our levels of government that it would be able to infiltrate and influence every part of its operation to the extent that it would select certain families over decades, take their children, brainwash the children removing the minds and personalities they may have been born with, and through entitlements, rewards, and other mind control practices it would actually custom design these children into future presidents, senators, congressmen, business and community leaders. Why?? In order that through deception and misdirection those directing the war would have us cutting our own throats through legislation and the voting booth by having us believe that We the People actually control who is placed in offices of authority. By keeping us believing that WE are actually in control of our destiny, the enemy can make us walk into the slaughter while we are in complete denial that we are about to be killed, skinned, and carved up…AND they will have us doing it thinking nothing is wrong or out of place…AND EVERYTHING IS WINE AND ROSES!
Who is the enemy? Who are the ones manipulating, orchestrating and pulling the strings of this hellish, twisted monstrosity?? A considerably small number of very wealthy individuals and families who have come to the belief that through centuries of incestuous breeding practices and the highest levels of financial and social control, they have preserved elite and what some would consider “sacred” blood lines. These wealthy few have managed (through deception, intimidation, and distraction) to maintain control over such vast fortunes that, in spite of their small numbers, they have managed through the corruption of the law and business practices as well as in all levels of government in every single nation on Earth to infiltrate and influence every facet of our conscious experience of life; what we think is real and not real, possible and impossible, what is important, what should be forgotten, the things we control vs. the things which are beyond our grasp, what is reality and what is our imagination, are we truly free or forever nothing more than a slave race unaware of our chains.
The enemy controls Presidents, governments, industry, business, agriculture, artistic expression, communication, media, organized religion, the medical industry, big pharma, the internet, technological development, who succeeds and who is destined to fail, the international banking and financial industries, food production, ecological management and control, the militaries of every nation as well as the control of charitable organizations. How have these affluent groups managed to achieve such total and unbroken control of absolutely EVERYTHING? It is the result getting us to voluntarily abdicate our civic and political responsibility as a free people. To throw off the robes of liberty and freedom in favor of a never-before-seen level of sloth and personal pleasure and our addiction to creature comforts. We used to see ourselves as our brother’s keeper, we used to have a sense of the well-being of others and effect our actions have on the world around us. We have now come to a point where we have become so fixated on the gadgets, smart-phones, pads and computers, apps, texts, Facebook, social media, networking, and our never-ending instant gratification fixation – we have become completely cut-off from everything and everyone in the world around us. This is our greatest weakness…the gaping hole in our armor and the enemy has exploited this weakness at every turn. The enemy knows us better than we know ourselves because they have engineered and steered us to be this way. The only thing that will save us is ourselves – you, your wife, your husband, your son, your daughter, your Father, your Mother, your co-worker, your neighbor….getting the picture? There is no app that will save you. The politicians are NOT your friends and will not lift a finger to save you. No matter how many electronic diversions you accumulate, those toys will not bring you out of the bondage you have been kept in.
Does anyone remember sitting down to dinner with your families or cookouts with friends? Does anyone remember neighborhood block parties where you actually KNEW the people who lived around you and had some idea what they cared about? How about this – playing BOARD GAMES with your children instead of using the TV and the X Box or the PlayStation as a babysitter that trains your child to hone the instincts of a potential killer. Can’t you remember a time when children actually INVENTED games to play OUTSIDE??!! How about spending Sundays hanging out with the family after CHURCH??
Don’t you think it sad that the brief list of activities seems so out of place in the world that we are now existing in? Are you feeling at all nostalgic about the good things you remember from your younger years? If so, then sit down with someone – ANYONE in your life and TALK about this. It’s ok to be emotional. Be sad, be angry, be scared or confused but don’t be afraid to FEEL something about this and don’t just take the easy way out and tell yourself “It’s just the way things are” or “there’s nothing I can do”. Reading this post, you may just be one person. But if you give this post to someone else and then discuss it, you’re no longer alone. Changing the world may seem daunting, but whether you know it or not you have already started just by making the decision to read this post and think about what’s been written. Now all you need to do is begin to re-connect with your family and friends and make a decision as to what’s important to you and your family. Think about the America that you grew up in and how that makes you feel. Remember how things were different then than they are now – was it a better time, a safer feeling? Learn more about the Constitution and the Bill of Rights and TEACH your children…as a parent that IS YOUR IGHT AND RESPONSIBILITY. Remember the hopes and dreams you had in years gone by and do everything in your power to recapture them. Remember the summers and Christmases you grew up with, remember your children running through the sprinkler, the hope you had at your graduation, think about the stories your Grandparents told about the world they lived in and the sacrifices they made because they wanted a better world for you.
Those memories and those stories remind me of OUR AMERICA, the America that USED to be, and the America that CAN be again. That was MY AMERICA…and I want my America back!!

Respectfully yours,

Spector

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Good evening old friends, it’s been entirely too long since we’ve had the chance to talk.  I would like to sincerely apologize for my absence in these dire times.  I have been working with fellow patriots and brothers and sisters in arms – The Resistance United.  You have probably noticed many reblogs from that Word Press site.  In recent days I have been going through many personal struggles to keep some balance in my life.  I won’t go into any great detail on that right now suffice to say that fighting for what you believe in can take it’s toll on family and friends around you and you must be careful not to alienate them during the good fight.

What you are probably wondering is this;  “Is he going to be posting more news stories, or is he going to be speaking his mind?…I wonder if he’s going to play it safe?  Is he going to be controversial or is he going be politically correct?”

My friends,  what I will tell you is this…In light of of the descent our government has chosen to take from the light of freedom and liberty into the dark, stinking sewers of the totalitarian dictatorship that we now see emerging on every shore and within almost every sovereign state, I have returned to the Freedom Post because I’m PISSED OFF!   I am angry that the government that I given my loyalty to, that I have believed in, that my forefathers – members of my own family – have fought, sacrificed and bled for has willingly cast off the white robes of righteousness and humble service to the one true God of Israel who chose to shine his countenance upon our Founders and bless a path to take which would lead to unimaginable prosperity and peace, and in their place has chosen to cover itself in the rags, filth, and  feces of  self centered vanity, greed, lust, perversion, debauchery, idolatry, the murder of the unborn and all things sacred, the bane lust of self and ones own personal pleasure above the blessed fruit of future generations….the stinking ROT of the worship of our most base and vile urges.

I’m PISSED OFF because that no matter how horribly our sacred and God-given rights are blatantly trampled upon by this vile impersonation of  the true republic, a majority of our society are so self-deluded and blinded to what is really going on around us that they are nothing more than ass-kissing enablers for those who would engineer the daily and tragic slaughter of our great Republic.  Through their self denial and their devotion to all that is “trendy” and “politically correct” these SHEEPLE are only making the problem worse.

So, my friends…my battle plan is simple.  I am going to address the problems head-on,  no safety net, no kid gloves, no political correctness, and with an inferno of anger and honesty I am going to call out the wrong doers, expose those who support this Satanic, anti-christ, anti-liberty agenda without mincing words and without holding back.  In the process I expect to offend many, and have decided that if you feel offended at my words…it’s only because you needed it…and you’re probably on the wrong side anyway!

So tell your friends, reblog anything I post, spread the word that as long as big government allows the internet to remain up, yours truly – Spector – will be right here at The Freedom Post manning the watch towers and keeping the fires burning.  I hope you’ll join me in the fight because the good fight can be a lonely battle…but it’s one I REFUSE to give up on.

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As odd as it might seem, the topic of whether or not there is gold in Fort Knox is something that I have only recently become aware of as a student of “conspiracy”.  I know there are many fellow travelers who are aware of this topic and who have been studying it for a longer time,  but I decided to blog on this as it caught my attention in a big way…especially in consideration of our nations current financial crisis.

In the 1981 article from Boston Globe reporter – Bob Borino – it is written that in 1974 a significant amount of the gold reserves in Fort Knox was spirited away in the dead of night to undisclosed locations in New York and un-named foreign countries.

The reasons I found this extremely disturbing are that, in the first place, our nations financial security is more or less based on good faith in our government’s honest dealings since we abandoned the Gold Standard in 1971.  At that time the United States government basically made it illegal for citizens to hold minted gold currency as legal tender, in favor of the fiat paper currency still in use today.  If the gold which is supposed to be in place as a hard asset backing up our paper currency is truly no longer in Fort Knox, and in an even worse set of circumstances…no longer even in the possession of the United States…then we have no way to ever possibly repay any portion of our national debt, no way to maintain the perceived value of the dollar internationally, no way to avoid hyper-inflation, and eventually no way to maintain our trade status with the countries which currently supply our nation with food and other essentials…countries upon whom we are almost completely dependent.

Many conspiracy researchers are aware of the pending Globalist action of the intentional rapid devaluation of the American Dollar and the intentional collapse of the American economy.  Many of us are also aware of the pending resignation of Federal Reserve ChairmanBen Bernanke at the end of July or first part of August 2013.  We see the beginnings of a wholesale “dump” of the American dollar internationally and the end of the Dollar as the primary form of trade currency.   This turn of events is only going to get worse in the coming months.  Can you imagine a scenario in which our very government, in collusion with the Globalist agenda,  kick-starts the final assault on the Dollar after Bernanke leaves the Federal Reserve,  there is an engineered global panic reaction, a number of foreign countries to whom we owe debt demanding re-payment immediately only to find out that The United States has not had the gold to back up its own debt since the early 1970’s.  I will leave it to your own creative imagination to come up with what may happen from that point forward.

The truly, criminally ironic thing is that after the midnight theft of the gold reserves in 1974,  it coincided with the completion of the World Trade Center Towers in New York.  “What does this mean?”  is what you’re probably asking.  Well,  on September 11, 2001,  after the destruction of the World Trade Center Towers,  it was revealed by former Port Authority officers that the second largest gold supply in the United States was located in the sub-basement of WTC Tower #1 (some estimates say as much as $500 Billion worth).  There were reports from NYPD and Port Authority sources that describe an event prior to WTC Tower #1  collapse, a large number of dump trucks with an unknown payload was seen leaving the underground tunnel network which is beneath the Manhattan Business District.

When the rubble from 9/11 was removed, nothing was mentioned in any property insurance claims, or from any news agency of the missing gold supply.  None of it was recovered from the rubble of the towers.  It was not melted by the jet fuel (kerosene).  It was not vaporized by the collapse of the towers,  it was not seen or carried away by the people of New York.

I happen to believe that the gold which was smuggled out of Fort Knox in 1974 is the very same gold that went missing from WTC Tower #1 on September 11, 2001.  But please do not take my word for this…research the topic and decide for yourself.  Or, if the scenario I’ve presented makes absolutely NO sense, and you feel more comfortable sliding back into your security blanket of denial…then by all means, do so.  But, if this blog makes you think, and the conclusion you come to is similar to mine, then be angry, let your voice be heard.  Contact you elected representatives and demand answers, demand accountability.  Because in the early 1970’s a group of individuals within our own government and in big business STOLE your future,  your CHILDRENS future…and it’s time they answer for it!!!

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SD has discovered the manuscript of a 1981 article by The Globe which reported that 7,000 tons of gold bullion were removed from Fort Knox from $1973-74, and the only bullion that remained was from melted down gold coins & was of such poor quality (at least 10% copper) that it would not be accepted on the open market by any nation.

“300 truckloads of bullion were simply driven away.”

Full 1981 report by The Globe is below:

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Original article can be read at SilverDoctors.com

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Forget Paula Deen. There are far more dangerous bigots and poisonous haters spoiling the American landscape. They cook up violent rhetoric and murderous plots against our troops, our citizens and our allies 24/7. And they have direct access to the White House.

Earlier this week, the indefatigable Investigative Project on Terrorism blew the whistle on the Obama administration’s latest flirtation with Muslim jihad. Sheikh Abdullah bin Bayyah bragged on his website that he had met with Team Obama on June 13. IPT reported that bin Bayyah was invited by National Security Council official Gayle Smith “to learn from you and we need to be looking for new mechanisms to communicate with you and the Association of Muslim Scholars.”

Someone associated with bin Bayyah deleted his website reference to the meeting, but the Internet is forever. The White House has now ‘fessed up to the confab. According to Fox News, a senior official spun the troubling event as a discussion about “poverty, global health efforts and bin Bayyah’s own efforts to speak out against al-Qaida.”

Bin Bayyah’s moderate Muslim costume shouldn’t fool anyone. This sharia thug, who has worked with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to boost his progressive-friendly cred, lobbied the United Nations to outlaw all mockery and criticism of Allah. He raised money to benefit the terror group Hamas. He is a top lieutenant of Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader Yusuf Qaradawi, who exhorts followers to kill every last Jew; sanctioned suicide bombings and the killing of our soldiers; expressed support for executing apostates and stoning gays; and declared that the “U.S. is an enemy of Islam that has already declared war on Islam under the disguise of war on terrorism and provides Israel with unlimited support.”

As jihad watchdogs have reported, the administration has rolled out the red carpet for dozens of Muslim Brotherhood officers, flacks and sympathizers. IPT noted last year: “White House visitor logs show that top U.S. policy-makers are soliciting and receiving advice from people who, at best, view the war on terrorism as an unchecked war on Muslims. These persons’ perspectives and preferred policies handcuff law enforcement and weaken our resolve when it comes to confronting terrorism.”

No kidding. Another Qaradawi cheerleader, Hisham al-Talib, was welcomed last spring at the White House by Obama’s Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Four days later, White House officials welcomed a foreign delegation of the radical sharia-enforcing Muslim Brotherhood from Egypt. As I reported previously, al-Talib is an Iraqi-born Muslim identified by the FBI as a Muslim Brotherhood operative and a major contributor to the left-wing Center for Constitutional Rights, the group of jihadi-sympathizing lawyers who helped spring suspected Benghazi terror plotter Abu Sufian bin Qumu from Gitmo.

Al-Talib is also a founding member of the SAAR Foundation and the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT). FBI and Customs officials believe SAAR/SAFA laundered money for a plethora of violent Muslim terrorist groups, from Hamas and Hezbollah to al-Qaida and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad. Investigative journalist Patrick Poole reported recently that the Obama DOJ dropped planned prosecutions of IIIT leaders including al-Talib, despite being “targeted and repeatedly named in the 2003 U.S. Customs Service search warrant application by Customs Agent David Kane targeting the SAAR Foundation/SAFA Group terror finance network.”

IIIT was also a demonstrated unindicted co-conspirator in the feds’ Holy Land Foundation terror financing case and supported convicted terror aides Sami al-Arian and Abdul Rahman al-Amoudi. Al-Amoudi was the first president of the Islamic Society of Boston mosque, where Boston bomber jihad brothers, Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, used to worship.

We need a zero tolerance policy for jihadist infiltrators and coddlers in Washington. Let’s make the most transparent administration ever live up to the hype. I suggest the White House be required to raise the black flag of Islamic jihad at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue every time President Obama welcomes these treacherous visitors.

Even better: Let’s take a page from Kanye West and project the names of all the Ikhwan-linked goons who are allowed to darken the White House doorstep onto the side of the Old Executive Office Building for all to see — along with their most infamous hate videos and fatwas against Jews, infidels, gays, women and U.S. soldiers. No more play dates with Muslim jihad behind closed doors. Light ‘em up.

Original story at MichelleMalkin.com

Lt. Col. Potter has issued a ‘yellow alert’ for a potential June 26th to June 29th ‘false flag’ terrorist attack committed by members of the United States government. Colonel Potter refers to another video, which I have also embedded below his. Interestingly enough, Beforeitsnews has just gotten in the following story: Lt.Col Potter on the run Feds after him

Possible beginning of, or actual execution of, a false flag. Watch for large mobilizations by rail and convoy. Watch for mixing of law enforcement with military personnel. Foreign APCs arrived last week. Foreign troops have permanent station within the U.S. Fleet-sized C-17 mobilization already done. My guess is that the 26th date is the beginning of continued “frog boiling” but be cautious from the 26h for 72 hours. Unusual heavy helicopter activity nation-wide. LA reports military vehicles being stored near parks. 

Original story at BeforeItsNews.com

Last Friday, I wrote about the fragility of complex systems and how they can collapse. Currently, the most complex and fragile of our American systems is Obamacare. And it’s collapsing before it can even be implemented.

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Official photographic portrait of US President Barack Obama (born 4 August 1961; assumed office 20 January 2009) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I’m frequently asked if Obamacare can be repealed. I like to respond by saying, Obamacare is destroying itself. It’s so complex and byzantine that the government is struggling to implement the law.

The next big challenge on the calendar is the deadline to have health insurance exchanges operational by October 1, 2013. The full implementation of Obamacare is supposed to happen January 1, 2014. But how are the 45 million uninsured Americans supposed to sign up if there isn’t a place to sign up?

This week we heard from the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office (GAO). Their report on the exchanges was ugly. The health insurance exchanges being created by the federal government for more than 30 states will likely miss the October 1 deadline.

Houston, We Have a Problem

These health insurance exchanges are projected to provide health coverage for seven million people in 2014 and 22 million by 2016. But it’s becoming obvious Obama’s crown jewel policy achievement is shattered and in ruins.

According to the GAO, vital parts of the computer systems running the exchanges remain unfinished. This means the government has no way to know who’s even eligible for the federal subsidies. They have no system to monitor insurance plans for compliance with the mountains of new regulations.

Health insurance rates are doubling, tripling and even quadrupling. Any affordability in the Affordable Care Act was a mirage. In some cases, insurance companies are even suspending the sale of individual policies. Aetna has announced that it’s pulling the plug on California.

Worse yet, the existing healthcare system is also unraveling. The question is: Will Obamacare opponents be able to use this vulnerability to finally kill the beast?

A Lack of Courage

This much is obvious: Opponents of Obamacare don’t have much courage. If they did, Obamacare would already be gone. In order to push Obama hard enough to induce full repeal, they’ll have to go to the mat and shut down the government, much like Newt Gingrich did to Bill Clinton. Unfortunately, John Boehner is no Newt Gingrich. So I foresee a series of half-measures taking shape instead.

The House of Representatives may vote to repeal the individual mandate. The mandate is what makes the law unpopular with voters. But the House should also pass a bill proposed by Georgia Rep. Tom Price to cut off funding to enlarge the Internal Revenue Service. No IRS expansion, no enforcement of Obamacare. Americans never have liked the IRS. They like it even less under Obama’s aggressive tax collection policies.

Obama will never agree to a full repeal, but as the problems continue to mount, he could choose to come to the table and repeal the most onerous provisions of the law. Total repeal will have to wait until he’s out of office. He would veto any plan to fully repeal it.

The best plan of action is to not aid Obama and try to fix it piecemeal. Allow it to fail in full view so voters become committed to total repeal.  The current Obamacare system is unfixable and the sooner the problems come to light, the sooner all will see that the entire system is broken beyond repair.

Your eyes on the Hill,

Floyd Brown

Original story at Capitol Hill Daily

Daniel Somers was a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was part of Task Force Lightning, an intelligence unit. In 2004-2005, he was mainly assigned to a Tactical Human-Intelligence Team (THT) in Baghdad, Iraq, where he ran more than 400 combat missions as a machine gunner in the turret of a Humvee, interviewed countless Iraqis ranging from concerned citizens to community leaders and government officials, and interrogated dozens of insurgents and terrorist suspects. In 2006-2007, Daniel worked with Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) through his former unit in Mosul where he ran the Northern Iraq Intelligence Center. His official role was as a senior analyst for the Levant (Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Israel, and part of Turkey). Daniel suffered greatly from PTSD and had been diagnosed with traumatic brain injury and several other war-related conditions. On June 10, 2013, Daniel wrote the following letter to his family before taking his life. Daniel was 30 years old. His wife and family have given permission to publish it.

I am sorry that it has come to this.

The fact is, for as long as I can remember my motivation for getting up every day has been so that you would not have to bury me.  As things have continued to get worse, it has become clear that this alone is not a sufficient reason to carry on.  The fact is, I am not getting better, I am not going to get better, and I will most certainly deteriorate further as time goes on.  From a logical standpoint, it is better to simply end things quickly and let any repercussions from that play out in the short-term than to drag things out into the long-term.

You will perhaps be sad for a time, but over time you will forget and begin to carry on.  Far better that than to inflict my growing misery upon you for years and decades to come, dragging you down with me.  It is because I love you that I can not do this to you.  You will come to see that it is a far better thing as one day after another passes during which you do not have to worry about me or even give me a second thought.  You will find that your world is better without me in it.

I really have been trying to hang on, for more than a decade now.  Each day has been a testament to the extent to which I cared, suffering unspeakable horror as quietly as possible so that you could feel as though I was still here for you.  In truth, I was nothing more than a prop, filling space so that my absence would not be noted.  In truth, I have already been absent for a long, long time.

My body has become nothing but a cage, a source of pain and constant problems.  The illness I have has caused me pain that not even the strongest medicines could dull, and there is no cure.  All day, every day a screaming agony in every nerve ending in my body.  It is nothing short of torture.  My mind is a wasteland, filled with visions of incredible horror, unceasing depression, and crippling anxiety, even with all of the medications the doctors dare give.  Simple things that everyone else takes for granted are nearly impossible for me.  I can not laugh or cry.  I can barely leave the house.  I derive no pleasure from any activity.  Everything simply comes down to passing time until I can sleep again.  Now, to sleep forever seems to be the most merciful thing.

You must not blame yourself.  The simple truth is this:  During my first deployment, I was made to participate in things, the enormity of which is hard to describe.  War crimes, crimes against humanity.  Though I did not participate willingly, and made what I thought was my best effort to stop these events, there are some things that a person simply can not come back from.  I take some pride in that, actually, as to move on in life after being part of such a thing would be the mark of a sociopath in my mind.  These things go far beyond what most are even aware of.

To force me to do these things and then participate in the ensuing coverup is more than any government has the right to demand.  Then, the same government has turned around and abandoned me.  They offer no help, and actively block the pursuit of gaining outside help via their corrupt agents at the DEA.  Any blame rests with them.

Beyond that, there are the host of physical illnesses that have struck me down again and again, for which they also offer no help.  There might be some progress by now if they had not spent nearly twenty years denying the illness that I and so many others were exposed to.  Further complicating matters is the repeated and severe brain injuries to which I was subjected, which they also seem to be expending no effort into understanding.  What is known is that each of these should have been cause enough for immediate medical attention, which was not rendered.

Lastly, the DEA enters the picture again as they have now managed to create such a culture of fear in the medical community that doctors are too scared to even take the necessary steps to control the symptoms.  All under the guise of a completely manufactured “overprescribing epidemic,” which stands in stark relief to all of the legitimate research, which shows the opposite to be true.  Perhaps, with the right medication at the right doses, I could have bought a couple of decent years, but even that is too much to ask from a regime built upon the idea that suffering is noble and relief is just for the weak.

However, when the challenges facing a person are already so great that all but the weakest would give up, these extra factors are enough to push a person over the edge.

Is it any wonder then that the latest figures show 22 veterans killing themselves each day?  That is more veterans than children killed at Sandy Hook, every single day.  Where are the huge policy initiatives?  Why isn’t the president standing with those families at the state of the union?  Perhaps because we were not killed by a single lunatic, but rather by his own system of dehumanization, neglect, and indifference.

It leaves us to where all we have to look forward to is constant pain, misery, poverty, and dishonor.  I assure you that, when the numbers do finally drop, it will merely be because those who were pushed the farthest are all already dead.

And for what?  Bush’s religious lunacy?  Cheney’s ever growing fortune and that of his corporate friends?  Is this what we destroy lives for

Since then, I have tried everything to fill the void.  I tried to move into a position of greater power and influence to try and right some of the wrongs.  I deployed again, where I put a huge emphasis on saving lives.  The fact of the matter, though, is that any new lives saved do not replace those who were murdered.  It is an exercise in futility.

Then, I pursued replacing destruction with creation.  For a time this provided a distraction, but it could not last.  The fact is that any kind of ordinary life is an insult to those who died at my hand.  How can I possibly go around like everyone else while the widows and orphans I created continue to struggle?  If they could see me sitting here in suburbia, in my comfortable home working on some music project they would be outraged, and rightfully so.

I thought perhaps I could make some headway with this film project, maybe even directly appealing to those I had wronged and exposing a greater truth, but that is also now being taken away from me.  I fear that, just as with everything else that requires the involvement of people who can not understand by virtue of never having been there, it is going to fall apart as careers get in the way.

The last thought that has occurred to me is one of some kind of final mission.  It is true that I have found that I am capable of finding some kind of reprieve by doing things that are worthwhile on the scale of life and death.  While it is a nice thought to consider doing some good with my skills, experience, and killer instinct, the truth is that it isn’t realistic.  First, there are the logistics of financing and equipping my own operation, then there is the near certainty of a grisly death, international incidents, and being branded a terrorist in the media that would follow.  What is really stopping me, though, is that I simply am too sick to be effective in the field anymore.  That, too, has been taken from me.

Thus, I am left with basically nothing.  Too trapped in a war to be at peace, too damaged to be at war.  Abandoned by those who would take the easy route, and a liability to those who stick it out—and thus deserve better.  So you see, not only am I better off dead, but the world is better without me in it

This is what brought me to my actual final mission.  Not suicide, but a mercy killing.  I know how to kill, and I know how to do it so that there is no pain whatsoever.  It was quick, and I did not suffer.  And above all, now I am free.  I feel no more pain.  I have no more nightmares or flashbacks or hallucinations.  I am no longer constantly depressed or afraid or worried

I am free.

I ask that you be happy for me for that.  It is perhaps the best break I could have hoped for.  Please accept this and be glad for me.

Daniel Somers

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Original story published at Gawker.com

Who’s ready for another major shift in the IRS’ official story?  In recent days, Darrell Issa‘s Democratic counterpart on the House Oversight Committee, Elijah Cummings, has been telling anyone who will listen that Congress’ IRS “witch hunt” is over and resolved.  His absurd assertions — from which he’s edged away slightly — smack of desperation, especially considering that new developments continue to arise.  Why, here’s one just now, and it’s a biggie:

“The Internal Revenue Service‘s screening of groups seeking tax-exempt status was broader and lasted longer than has been previously disclosed, the new head of the agency said Monday. In a conference call with reporters, Danny Werfel said that after becoming acting IRS chief last month, he discovered wide-ranging and improper terms on lists screeners were still using to choose groups for careful examinations. He did not specify what terms were on the lists, but said he suspended the use of all such lists immediately. “There was a wide-ranging set of categories and cases that spanned a broad spectrum” on the lists, Werfel said. He added that his aides found those lists contained “inappropriate criteria that was in use.” Werfel’s comments suggest the IRS may have been targeting groups other than tea party and other conservative organizations for tough examinations to see if they qualify. The agency has been under fire since last month for targeting those groups. His comments also indicate that the use of inappropriate terms on such lists lasted longer than has been revealed previously. A report last month by a Treasury Department inspector general said agency officials abolished targeting of conservative groups with those lists in May 2012.”

It seems the Inspector General report missed the boat on the ongoing malfeasance detail.  This is the same report Cummings cites as sufficient oversight, which totally ignores the IG’s questionable timing in releasing its findings.   And just for good measure, Werfel serves up this verdict:

“We have not found evidence of intentional wrongdoing by anyone in the IRS or involvement in these matters by anyone outside the IRS,” he told reporters.”

In other words, no one else (read: within the administration) knew about our continued wrongful actions, which were also totally accidental.  ‘Innocent incompetence’ strikes again.  Let’s face it: Internal investigations often produce whitewashes, which is why you can color Issa very skeptical.  Under the best case scenario, the federal government is so vast and unaccountable that this major agency managed to carry on its high-profile inappropriate behavior in the midst of a massive media firestorm over those very actions.  Most Americans do not buy the IRS’ ineptitude defense, though they’re unlikely to dispute the government’s bloated incompetence.  The likelier explanation for all of this is malicious intent, coupled with ass-covering lies.  We’re not sure how far up the chain this corruption goes, but a plurality of Americans think the White House is responsible.  At the very least, high-ranking officials in Washington directed the targeting program, and members of the administration knew about it well before the 2012 elections.

Bloomberg reports that the just-disclosed “inappropriate terms” that were still being used as of a few weeks ago included “occupy,” “progressive” and “Israel.”  That last one won’t come as a great shock to those who’ve followed this matter closely, but the other two are noteworthy.  Was the IRS also targeting left-leaning groups, and if so, for how long?  Lefty groups have said publicly that they weren’t targeted, an apparent truth that was confirmed by both a former IRS commissioner under oath — as well as the Inspector General’s probe, which stated the following: “The criteria developed by the Determinations Unit gives the appearance that the IRS is not impartial in conducting its mission.”  So what’s going on here?  And how on earth were shady “BOLO” lists still being employed until last month?  I’ll leave you with Eliana Johnson’s WSJ piece taking Cummings to task for his politicized leaking and IRS excuse-making.  Our own Carol Platt Liebau has made similar points about the non-exculpatory transcripts Cummings released, the purpose of which were to provide political cover for his friends at the IRS and the administration.  Considered in a vacuum, the transcripts are interesting.  Given all other relevant evidence, they’re empty.  Parting thought: If it turns out that the IRS targeted some lefty groups (we need to see more evidence on that, plus a timeline), will Elijah Cummings keep pretending this investigation is essentially over?

Original article can be found at http://townhall.com/tipsheet/guybenson/2013/06/24/report-irs-targeting-was-broader-lasted-longer-than-previously-disclosed-n1626660

U.S. financial markets are exhibiting the classic behavior patterns of an
addict. Just a hint that the Fed may start slowing down the flow of the “juice”
was all that it took to cause the financial markets to throw an epic temper
tantrum on Wednesday.  In fact, one CNN article stated that the markets “freaked out” when Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke
suggested that the Fed would eventually start tapering the bond buying program
if the economy improves. And please note that Bernanke did not announce that the
money printing would actually slow down any time soon. He just said that it may
be “appropriate to moderate the pace of purchases later this year” if the
economy is looking good.

For now, the Fed is going to continue wildly
printing money and injecting it into the financial markets. So nothing has
actually changed yet.  But just the suggestion that this round of quantitative
easing would eventually end if the economy improves was enough to severely
rattle Wall Street on Wednesday.

U.S. financial markets have become
completely and totally addicted to easy money, and nobody is quite sure what is
going to happen when the Fed takes the “smack” away.  When that day comes, will
the largest bond bubble in the history of the world burst?
Will interest rates rise dramatically?  Will it throw the U.S. economy into
another deep recession?

Judging by what happened on
Wednesday, the end of Fed bond buying is not going to go well.  Just check out
the carnage that we witnessed…

-The Dow dropped by 206 points on Wednesday.

-The yield on 10 year U.S.
Treasuries shot up substantially, and it is now the highest that it has been since March 2012.

-On Wednesday we witnessed the
largest percentage rise in the yield on 5 year U.S. Treasury bonds ever.  It is now the highest that it has been in nearly two years.

-It was announced that mortgage
rates are the highest that they have been in more than a year.

-We also learned that the MBS
mortgage refinance applications index has fallen by 38 percent over the past six weeks.

If the markets react like this when the Fed doesn’t even do
anything
, what are they going to do when the Fed actually starts
cutting back the monetary injections?

Posted below is an excerpt from the
statement that the Fed released on Wednesday.  Please note that the Fed is saying
that the current quantitative easing program is going to continue at the same
pace for right now…

To support a stronger economic recovery and to help ensure that inflation, over time, is at the rate most consistent with its dual mandate, the Committee decided to continue purchasing additional agency mortgage-backed securities at a pace of $40 billion per month and longer-term Treasury securities at a pace of $45 billion per month. The Committee is maintaining its existing policy of reinvesting principal payments from its holdings of agency debt and agency mortgage-backed securities in agency mortgage-backed securities and of rolling over maturing Treasury securities at auction. Taken together, these actions should maintain downward pressure on longer-term interest rates, support mortgage markets, and help to make broader financial conditions more accommodative.

The Committee will closely monitor incoming information on economic and financial developments in coming months. The Committee will continue its purchases of Treasury and agency mortgage-backed securities, and employ its other policy tools as appropriate, until the outlook for the labor market has improved substantially in a context of price stability. The Committee is prepared to increase or reduce the pace of its purchases to maintain appropriate policy accommodation as the outlook for the labor market or inflation changes. In determining the size, pace, and composition of its asset purchases, the Committee will continue to take appropriate account of the likely efficacy and costs of such purchases as well as the extent of progress toward its economic objectives.

To support continued progress toward maximum employment and price stability, the Committee expects that a highly accommodative stance of monetary policy will remain appropriate for a considerable time after the asset purchase program ends and the economic recovery strengthens. In particular, the Committee decided to keep the target range for the federal funds rate at 0 to 1/4 percent and currently anticipates that this exceptionally low range for the federal funds rate will be appropriate at least as long as the unemployment rate remains above 6-1/2 percent, inflation between one and two years ahead is projected to be no more than a half percentage point above the Committee’s 2 percent longer-run goal, and longer-term inflation expectations continue to be well anchored. In determining how long to maintain a highly accommodative stance of monetary policy, the Committee will also consider other information, including additional measures of labor market conditions, indicators of inflation pressures and inflation expectations, and readings on financial developments. When the Committee decides to begin to remove policy accommodation, it will take a balanced approach consistent with its longer-run goals of maximum employment and inflation of 2 percent.

So why doesn’t the Federal Reserve just stop these emergency measures right
now?

After all, we are supposed to be in the midst of an “economic
recovery”, right?

What is Bernanke afraid of?

That is a question
that Rick Santelli of CNBC asked on Wednesday.  If you have not seen his epic rant yet, you should definitely check it out…

On days like this, it is easy to see who has the most influence over the U.S.
economy.  The financial world literally hangs on every word that comes out of
the mouth of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.  The same cannot be said
about Barack Obama or anyone else.

The central planners over at the
Federal Reserve are at the very heart of what is wrong with our economy and our
financial system.  If you doubt this, please see this article: “11 Reasons Why The Federal Reserve Should Be Abolished“.
Bernanke knows that the actions that the Fed has taken in recent years have
grossly distorted our financial system, and he is concerned about what is going
to happen when the Fed starts removing those emergency measures.

Unfortunately, we can’t send the U.S. financial system off to rehab at a clinic somewhere.  The entire world is going to watch as our financial markets go through withdrawal.
The Fed has purposely inflated a massive financial bubble, and now it is trying to figure out what to do about it.  Can the Fed fix this mess without it totally blowing up?
Unfortunately, most severe addictions never end well.  In a recent article, Charles Hugh Smith described the predicament that the Fed is currently facing quite eloquently…

One of the enduring analogies of the Federal Reserve’s quantitative easing (QE) program is that the stock market is now addicted to this constant injection of free money. The aptness of this analogy has never been more apparent than now, as the market plummets on the mere rumor that the Fed will cut back its monthly injection of financial smack. (The analogy typically refers to crack cocaine, due to the state of delusional euphoria QE induces in the stock market. But the zombified state of the heroin addict is arguably the more accurate analogy of the U.S. stock market.)

You know the key self-delusion of all addiction: “I can stop any time I want.” This eerily echoes the language of Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke, who routinely declares he can stop QE any time he chooses.

But Ben, the pusher of QE money, knows his addict–the stock market–will die if the smack is cut back too abruptly. Like all pushers, Ben has his own delusion: that he can actually control the addiction he has nurtured.

You’re dreaming, Ben–your pushing QE has backed you into a corner. The addict (the stock market) is now so dependent and fragile that the slightest decrease in QE smack will send it to the emergency room, and quite possibly the morgue.

We are rapidly approaching a turning point.  We have a massively inflated stock market bubble, a massively inflated bond bubble, and a financial system that is absolutely
addicted to easy money.

The Fed is desperately hoping that it can find a
way to engineer some sort of a soft landing.

The Fed is desperately
hoping to avoid a repeat of the financial crisis of 2008.

Federal Reserve
Chairman Ben Bernanke insists that he knows how to handle things this
time.
Do you believe him?

This article first appeared here at the American Dream.  Michael Snyder is a writer,
speaker and activist who writes and edits his own blogs The Economic Collapse Blog and Economic Collapse
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Original article can be read at ActivistPost.com

“If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear.” This is the mentality shared by a growing number of Americans who would allow government to run roughshod over their rights, rather than raise concern about the vast expansion of the Surveillance State in the past decade. To this cadre of citizens, government knows best as its leaders implore us to “trust them” while they pursue the “bad guys” on our behalf.

Were it that simple.

The admonition to “trust us” is more than a simple justification of government malfeasance. Big Government cheerleaders use it to “freedom-shame” their critics by setting up a straw-man argument that if one opposes surreptitious surveillance or illegal methods of law enforcement investigations, one obviously must be guilty of some crime they wish to hide. After all, how can you not “trust” Uncle Sam in this 21st Century? How can one be skeptical of a government so benevolent it has gone $17 trillion in debt caring for us?

The answer lies in our Constitution, as well as in the Federalist Papers that so eloquently explain our system of government. As noted in Federalist 51, written 225 years ago by James Madison, the “Father of the Constitution” (I paraphrase): “If men were angels, we would have no need of government, but men are not angels and we therefore institute government among men to protect us from the abuses in which government inevitably will engage if left to its own devices.”

Clearly, our Founding Fathers understood the fundamental nature of government: that, as an institution, government seeks power. They knew also that power, once obtained, tends to corrupt, hence the checks and balances built into in our constitutional republic.

Yet, in our post-9/11 world, the will to demand government operate within the law and the Constitution, and the courage to criticize it when it appears not to so operate, too often is trumped by fear. Fear in myriad permutations – fear of terrorist attacks, fear of crime, fear of accidents, fear of . . . you name it.

As Edmund Burke understood in 1757, “no passion so effectively robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear.” Unfortunately, government leaders today — as in 1776 when John Adams noted that “fear is the foundation of most governments” – understand this fact all too well.

Original article at TownHall.com