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Just how evil have the CIA, NSA, the FBI, military intelligence and other agencies become? Let's start with the fact that their heads, Clapper and Alexander, have lied to congress, with the protection of the President and the heads of the intelligence committees. 

As the anniversary of the JFK assassination approaches, more information is coming out. We have two great articles in Opednews.com today. 
President Kennedy's assassination was a coup d'etat (BOOK REVIEW)

Uncovering A Trove of Previously Secret JFK Data Through Decades of Successful FOIA Requests and Litigation 


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 I've gotten to know a number of JFK assassination researchers and experts. The gist of the message is that the CIA was involved in the killing. That shouldn't be surprising. The CIA has been involved in killing other presidents and other governments in other lands. It's not that big a stretch to imagine the CIA killing a president. . 

We know that the CIA collaborated with war criminal Dick Cheney to persuade Colin Powell to give his famous WMD speech to the United Nations in 2003. We know they have repeatedly helped dictators to take power by undermining democratically elected regimes throughout the world. Maybe we should call the CIA the Corporate Intelligence Agency. 

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We've learned from disclosures by whistleblowers-- American Hero whistleblowers-- that the intelligence community is out of control, violating our constitutional rights. Let me be clear. Violating our constitutional rights means they are breaking the law. The CIA, NSA and the rest of the intelligence orgs have their backs covered by people like senator Dianne Feinstein and president Obama-- people who have basically made these agencies unaccountable to the American people. 

The criminality and the abuses of the CIA and NSA should be investigated, as they were by the Church committee, decades ago. This should be a bi-partisan issue. It won't be surprising to see the Democrats who enable Obama's abuses,  his maintenance and expansion of Executive Powers expanded by Bush and Cheney, covering Obama's butt.  But there will be enough legislators, soon, so we should start seeing legislation. 

What kinds of legislation can we expect to see soon?

-restraining the NSA, putting tighter limits on their spying on the American public and the world, and on widely used websites like facebook, google and twitter. This should be a bi-partisan issue.

-Legislation further expanding the rights associated with FOIA requests-- rights by the people asking the questions. This should be a bi-partisan issue. 

-Open Government and transparency expansion-- this should be a bi-partisan issue. 

What Kinds of Government Responses can we expect to see soon?

-Obama is expanding the classification of government workers involved in security work-- so they are not allowed to engage in whistleblowing. Pretty soon, postal delivery workers will be given security classifications. 

-protection of the spy agencies by heads of congressional intelligence committees. These elected officials are profoundly, pathologically misguided in their defending NSA, CIA, etcetera, and literally misleading the public, telling us that they really know what these agencies are up to. They should be charging Clapper and Alexander with lying to congress, and prosecuting them. 


What can WE do?
I'm not a big believer in the potential for electoral politics to make a difference. But this is one issue that I think legislators could get on board with. So, let your congressperson and senator know you want them to 

-demand that the heads of the committees, who have allowed their committees to be lied to, be removed as committee heads and replaced with people committed to getting to the truth, and to charging and prosecuting people who lie to congress. 

-pass legislation restricting spying on Americans, restricting collecting massive amounts of data with a "collect it all" attitude.

-pass legislation requiring government agencies to post all their data and numbers and interactions with individuals and corporations on-line in uniformly accessible ways, to increase government openness and transparency

-pass legislation making it easier to get faster, less redacted, more complete Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, so agencies MUST respond and provide requested materials, and lower the number of years when classified materials  have their secrecy expire.

-pass legislation restricting use of secrecy classification, because abuse of classification is being abused and out of control

-Support for development of digital technologies that make access to open government better, easier, deeper.

-pass legislation honoring Edward Snowden and Bradley Manning as heroes who have served America nobly

There's no question that every nation needs intelligence agencies. But the USA's agencies have gone out of control. We need intel, but we need to be able to trust the agencies that dig it up. We don't have that now. Serious changes must be made. 





 

Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project. 

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