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No, the NSA Has NOT Stopped Spying On Americans’ Emails

The NSA announced Friday that they would stop the controversial program which sweeps up all emails and text messages which an American exchanges with someone overseas that makes reference to a real target of NSA surveillance. By way of background, if Russia’s Putin was an NSA target, and an American received an email from a Russian saying “I hate Putin”, then that American could be surveilled by the NSA. Washington’s Blog asked Bill Binney what he thought of the NSA’s announcement. Binney is the NSA executive who created the agency’s mass surveillance program for digital information, who served as the senior technical director within the agency, who managed six thousand NSA employees, the 36-year NSA veteran widely regarded as a “legend” within the agency and the NSA’s best-ever analyst and code-breaker, who mapped out the Soviet command-and-control structure before anyone else knew how, and so predicted Soviet invasions before they happened (“in the 1970s, he decrypted the Soviet Union’s command system, which provided the US and its allies with real-time surveillance of all Soviet troop movements and Russian atomic weapons”).  Binney is the real McCoy.  Binney has been interviewed by virtually all of the mainstream media, including CBS, ABC, CNN, New York Times, USA Today, Fox News, PBS and many others. Specifically, we asked Binney: Do you buy it?  Or do you think they’re just collecting under a...

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War Casualties in Afghanistan Hit All-Time High as Country Stands on Brink of Collapse

Share Tweet Email US army soldiers walk as a NATO helicopter flies overhead at coalition force Forward Operating Base (FOB) Connelly in the Khogyani district in the eastern province of Nangarhar / Getty Images BY: Adam Kredo Follow @Kredo0April 30, 2017 11:59 pm As America’s $117 billion war in Afghanistan enters its sixteenth year—making it the longest war in U.S. history—conflict casualties have hit an all-time high, calling into question the U.S. strategy in the country, where Taliban terrorists still control a third of the nation and corruption runs rampant. President Donald Trump will face tough decisions about how to proceed in Afghanistan, where rebuilding projects have repeatedly failed and been hindered by corruption among Afghan nationals and U.S. contractors. Military leaders have already begun calling for an increased U.S. troop presence in the country, which could anger Trump’s voting base. U.S. taxpayers paid $48 million in the last year alone to fund ammunition for Afghan security personnel, and have paid $32.3 billion total on governance and economic development as of March 2017. The United States has spent more than $11 billion so far on other weapons, communications, aircraft, and vehicles for the struggling Afghan forces. The cost to U.S. taxpayers is unlikely to diminish over the coming years, as Taliban forces continue to control a large number of key territories. Civilian casualties resulting from the war rose to 11,418...

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Silver Takes the Elevator Down, Report 30 April, 2017

Last week, we talked about the effect of the French election on the gold and silver markets, and noted: Of course, traders want to know how this will affect gold and silver. As we write this, we see that silver went down 30 cents before rallying back up to where it closed on Friday. Gold went down about $20, and then half way back up. At this point, we are not sure if the metals are supposed to go up because more printing. Or go down because the euro constrains France from printing. Or silver at least should go up because the economy is going to be better with France remaining in the Eurozone. Or go down because the ongoing malaise will only progress as it has been. Or some other logic… and the price gyrations this evening show that traders don’t agree either. It didn’t take too long. Here is what happened to silver this week. The graph below shows the price of silver in real money (i.e. gold). The Price of Silver in Real Money Silver has been falling for going on one year, but clearly since March 1. After one last hurrah at the end of March, it has been taking the elevator down. And by its fundamentals it should be quite a bit lower—0.0125. In any case, we are interested in watching what the fundamentals...

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