President Kennedy gave a speech at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel on April 27, 1961 before the American Newspaper Publishers Association:
"The very word 'secrecy' is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths and secret proceedings.
We decided long ago that the dangers of excessive and unwarranted concealment of pertinent facts far outweighed the dangers which are cited to justify it.
Even today, there is little value in opposing the threat of a closed society by imitating its arbitrary restrictions.
Even today, there is little value in insuring the survival of our nation if our traditions do not survive with it.
And there is very grave danger that an announced need for increased security will be seized upon those anxious to expand its meaning to the very limits of official censorship and concealment.
That I do not intend to permit to the extent that it is in my control. And no official of my Administration, whether his rank is high or low, civilian or military, should interpret my words here tonight as an excuse to censor the news, to stifle dissent, to cover up our mistakes, or to withhold from the press and the public the facts they deserve to know.
"For we are opposed around the world by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies on covert means for expanding its sphere of influence, on infiltration instead of invasion, on subversion instead of elections, on intimidation instead of free choice, on guerrillas by night instead of armies by day.
It is a system which has conscripted vast human and material resources into the building of a tightly knit, highly efficient machine that combines military, diplomatic, intelligence, economic, scientific and political operations.
Its preparations are concealed, not published. Its mistakes are buried not headlined. Its dissenters are silenced, not praised. No expenditure is questioned, no rumor is printed, no secret is revealed..."
50 Years Ago:
The Assassination of President John F. Kennedy
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In completing various client natal reports I have been working on for some time into the middle years of this decade, I have seen, through their eyes, the things they will see, not only in this decade, but also in the next.
The solar year of 2013 is waning, and as it gives way to the new solar year of 2014, we can expect stronger planetary configurations to form through the months ahead toward major planetary formations - a grand cardinal cross - of April and May 2014.
The planetary configurations of our present times brings to a close the outmoded ways of the late 20th century, here, in the early 21st century.
Over the last 50 years, the United States of America has been run by a thieving, ideological reactionary no-good, and murderous evil cabal.
A generation of vipers.
After the murder of an American president and other officials, including innocent witnesses, their five-decades in power is now coming to a certain end.
Let's hear Jesus Christ describe, in detail, what these murderers can expect; as they shuffle off this mortal coil and enter the next world - the real world - for their sure punishment:
"My Lord Jesus, a murderer who has never committed any sin but murdering, if he comes out of the body, what is his chastisement?
And when the sphere turns itself, she commands that it shall be cast into the outer darkness until the time when the darkness of the midst shall be upraised; then it, the soul, will be destroyed and dissolved.
~ Jesus Christ, the Pistis Sophia
The entire lying edifice is being shown for what it has been for the last 50 years.
World transits are forcing that to happen.
All the horrendous crimes against humanity, which have signified the five decades since the murder of an American president, and tens of thousands of other innocent people after Kennedy death, has nearly arrived at its fated time - 50 years later.
Let's explore those events further, as well as recent events that are connected, so that we can better understand why the world is in such a mess today.
50 Years Ago:
However, as Jesus Christ explained, not for long, and where these murderers are going, no one ever wants to even dream about, for Christ described the many regions of Hades, of Hell itself, as "exceedingly evil."
With rifle fire going off around his presidential limousine as it cruised in a motorcade in downtown Dallas, Texas, President Kennedy was first struck in the throat by rifle fire, along with Texas Governor John Connolly, also riding in the presidential limousine, himself shot and wounded.
As Connolly's wife attended to him, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy attended to her husband, the president.
The fatal shot that killed President Kennedy came from the weapon of the secret service, the driver of presidential limousine, agent William Greer.
It was Greer who fired the fatal shot with a top-secret gun, as he was driving the presidential limousine.
The bullet struck the president’s head, throwing his head back (not forward.) This was the shot that killed him. We shall see proof of that fact in the evidence further below.
By September, October and early November, there were a rat's nest of well-known people all part of the conspiracy.
Three people in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963, later reached the presidency, the first being Lyndon Johnson, the second, Richard Nixon and the third, George Herbert Walker Bush.
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This occurred just as Kennedy’s progressed Moon in Gemini had made a new moon conjunction to his natal Gemini Sun in his natal 8th House.
As history illuminated the role of the war hawks to push unnecessary and tragic wars in Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq, we should be deeply grateful that President Kennedy’s restraint prevented a nuclear conflagration that in the fall of 1962 seemed imminent.
Kennedy bargained for time and again and defused the nuclear threat.
President Kennedy’s secretary Evelyn Lincoln wrote in her 1968 book Kennedy and Johnson that November 19, 1963 had been “one of the most pleasant days” she could remember in the White House.
Kennedy’s schedule was light and he had spent long stretches of time in the rocking chair in her office, speaking pensively as he rocked. “You know, if I am reelected in ’64,” he said.
By 1963, Kennedy had become increasingly concerned that Johnson was unfit to assume the only vice-presidential duty that mattered: assuming the presidency.
He had made him chairman of the Presidential Commission on Equal Employment Opportunity only to have its members gripe that he showed little leadership.
In them she described her husband becoming increasingly worried about the prospect of a Johnson presidency, repeatedly telling her, “Oh, God, can you ever imagine what would happen to the country if Johnson was president?”
The events of post-World War II America was really about a war on young people.
The decades of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s is proof positive of the spiritual bankruptcy of the establishment of those decades.
All one has to do is to examine the history of those decades to see how spiritually empty those who formed the oligarchy and establishment.
They hated the young and in the process, those old people, some dead, others dying, head straight into perdition for the crimes and murders they have committed, as the passage of transits - of time itself - settles many scores.
This is Oliver Stone's version, explaining the conspiracy to kill President Kennedy in Stone's 1991 film 'JFK':
It was Greer who shot the president in the head. His partner, Roy Kellerman, is also complicit.
It seems that way because frames have been removed and blurred, but if you look at his hands in the earplug sequence, you can see that the right hand is on the bottom of the wheel, but the left is too far back, and its grip has a different orientation than if it had been on the wheel.
Jean Hill, the woman wearing the red coat as Kennedy’s car passed by saw the kill shot. She was immediately arrested in the chaos that followed and told to shut up.
She claimed that she was harassed by the FBI the rest of her life.
Greer clearly turns his head looking at the president and is easily seen raising the gun over his right shoulder and fires it.
On his amazing and easy arrival back in the United States with the help of the CIA, Oswald continued to pose as a left-wing activist.
Smith argues that Oswald was "taken over and run by renegade CIA agents who were dedicated to assassinating President Kennedy."
Tippit was supposed to take Oswald to Redbird Airport where he was to be flown to Cuba in order to implicate Fidel Castro in the assassination.
Secret Service Agent Abraham Bolden
Abraham Bolden had heard of a Chicago plot to kill the President and was anxious to tell what he knew.
Bolden was also critical of the personnel appointed to guard the President, claiming that they were "lax" in their duties.
Bolden's superior officers blocked his request.
Bolden was jailed for six years.
Spagnoli later confessed that he had lied about Bolden, at the request of Prosecutor Richard Sikes, he claimed.
In spite of this Bolden was still made to serve his full sentence.”
Note this very unusual telegram I dug up referring to the great injustice done to Abraham Bolden and his family and the peculiar words and terms used in the western union telegram below:
Bolden wrote a book detailing the harassment he took from his supervisors and many of the Caucasian secret service agents, as Bolden was the only African-American secret service agent at that time.
Bolden also stated - unequivocally - that Lee Harvey Oswald did not kill President Kennedy.
Over 100 + murders, 'suicides' & mysterious deaths - the strange fates of witnesses who saw President Kennedy killed, or knew secrets of the high-level conspiracy
by Penn Jones Jr.
[*Editor's Note: The victims' names are highlighted in bold.]
Five persons were present. George Senator and Attorney Tom Howard were present and having a drink in the apartment when two newsmen arrived.
The newsmen were Bill Hunter of the Long Beach California Press Telegram, and Jim Koethe of the Dallas Times Herald.
Attorney C.A. Droby of Dallas arranged the meeting for the two newsmen. Jim Martin, a close friend of George Senator's, was also present at the apartment meeting.
Martin grinned and said: "Oh, you're looking for a conspiracy."
Two policemen going off duty came into the press room, and one policeman shot Hunter through the heart at a range officially ruled to be "no more than three feet."
The policeman said he dropped his gun, and it fired as he picked it up, but the angle of the bullet caused him to change his story.
He finally said he was playing a game of 'quick draw' with his fellow officer. The other officer testified he had his back turned when the shooting took place.
"Within minutes of Ruby's execution of Oswald, before the eyes of millions watching television, at least two Dallas attorneys appeared to talk with him."
Lawyer Tom Howard was observed acting strangely to his friends two days before his death. Howard was taken to the hospital by a "friend" according to the newspapers.
No autopsy was performed.
Dallas Times Herald reporter Jim Koethe was killed by a karate chop to the throat just as he emerged from a shower in his apartment on September 21, 1964.
His murderer was not indicted.
There is no one in authority to ask the question, since the Warren Commission has made its final report, and The House Select Committee has closed its investigation.
Dorothy Kilgallen was another reporter who died strangely and suddenly after her involvement in the Kennedy assassination.
Miss Kilgallen is the only journalist who was granted a private interview with Jack Ruby after he killed Lee Harvey Oswald.
Judge Joe B. Brown granted the interview during the course of the Ruby trial in Dallas - to the intense anger of the hundreds of other news people present.
But Judge Brown bragged about the price paid.
Only that was not the real price Miss Kilgallen paid. She gave her life for the interview.
Miss Kilgallen stated that she was "going to break this case wide open."
She never did.
She died on November 8, 1965. Her autopsy report took eight days. She was 52 years old.
Then, just two days later Mrs. Earl T. Smith, a close friend of Miss Kilgallen's, died of undetermined causes.
Tom Howard, who died of a heart attack, was a good friend of District Attorney Henry Wade, although they often opposed each other in court.
Howard was close to Jack Ruby and other fringes of the Dallas underworld.
Nor was it unusual when Howard arrived at the jail shortly after Ruby shot Oswald, asking to see his old friend.
Howard was shown into a meeting room to see a bewildered Ruby who had not asked for a lawyer.
For the next two days - until Ruby's brother, Earl, soured on him, and had Howard relieved - he was Jack Ruby's chief attorney and public spokesman.
Howard took to the publicity with alacrity, called a press conference, wheeled and dealed.
He told newsmen the case was a "once-in-a-lifetime chance," and that "speaking as a private citizen," he thought Ruby deserved a Congressional medal.
He told the Houston Post that Ruby had been in the police station Friday night (November 22, 1963) with a gun.
Howard dickered with a national magazine for an Oswald murder story.
He got hold of a picture showing the President's brains flying out of the car, and tried to sell it to Life magazine.
Ruby's sister, Eva Grant, even accused Howard of leaking information to the DA. It was never quite clear whether Howard was working for Ruby or against him.
He was 48. The doctor, without benefit of an autopsy, said he had suffered a heart attack. Some reporters and friends of Howard's were not so certain. Some said he was "bumped off."
She testified before the Warren Commission that she saw Oswald come home around one o'clock, go to his room for three or four minutes and walk out zipping his light weight jacket.
A few minutes later, a mile away, officer J. D. Tippit was shot dead.
The Warren Commission let it go at that.
They visited her at all hours of the day and night. Earlene complained of being "worried to death" by the police.
She died on January 9, 1966 in Parkland Hospital (the same hospital where President Kennedy was taken).
Police said she suffered a heart attack in her home.
No autopsy was performed.
The FBI finally talked to him in January 1964.
The FBI interview report said, "... he was hesitant to definitely identify Oswald as the individual."
Then it added, "He advised he is of the opinion Oswald is the person."
He was closing up his used car lot for the night at the time. Nothing was stolen.
Later after consulting retired General Edwin Walker (the man Oswald allegedly shot at before he assassinated President Kennedy), he told the Warren Commission Counsel that Oswald was definitely the man he saw fleeing the Tippit murder scene.
Darrell Wayne Garner had called a relative bragging that he shot Reynolds.
But Garner had an alibi, Nancy Jane Mooney, alias Betty McDonald, who said Garner was in bed with her at the time he was supposed to have shot Reynolds.
Nancy Jane had worked at Jack Ruby's Carousel Club.
She was arrested for disturbing the peace. The girlfriend was not arrested.
Within hours after her arrest, Nancy Jane was dead.
Police reports said she hanged herself with her toreador pants.
But upon giving the Warren Commission a firm identification of Oswald as being the Tippit murder fugitive, he said, "I don't think they are going to bother me any more."
His wife, Wanda, once pushed cigarettes and drinks at Jack Ruby's club.
After the assassination, federal agents visited him repeatedly causing him to lose one job after another.
Killam was absorbed by the assassination, even obsessed.
Hours after the event, he came home, "white as a sheet."
Wanda said he stayed up all night watching the television accounts of the assassination. Later he bought all the papers and clipped the stories about Kennedy's death.
Federal agents hounded him in Tampa, Florida where he was working selling cars at his brother-in-law's car lot.
He lost his job.
He was found later on a sidewalk in front of a broken window. His jugular vein was cut.
He bled to death en route to the hospital.
What is clear is that SOMEBODY considered Hank Killam a very important guy.
He was one of the few who had the opportunity to talk alone with the accused killer of President Kennedy.
He testified that Oswald hailed him at the Dallas Greyhound bus station.
Whaley said he drove Oswald to the intersection of Beckley and Neches - half a block from the rooming house - and collected a dollar.
Later he identified Oswald as his fare in a questionable police line-up.
Whaley was killed in a head-on collision on a bridge over the Trinity River, December 18, 1965; his passenger was critically injured.
The 83 year old driver of the other car was also killed. Whaley had been with the City Transportation Company since 1936 and had a perfect driving record.
He was the first Dallas cabbie to be killed on duty since 1937.
When I went to interview the manager of the cab company about Whaley's death, he literally pushed me out of the office, "If you're smart, you won't be coming around here asking questions."
Benavides reported he was repeatedly threatened by the police who advised him not to talk about what he saw.
The case was marked "unsolved."
Two weeks later, J.W. Jackson was shot at his home. As the gunman escaped, a police car came around the block. It made no attempt to follow the speeding car with the gunman.
"Don't go around asking questions; that's our job."
Jackson and Benavides are both convinced that Eddy's murder was a case of mistaken identity and that Domingo Benavides, the Tippit witness was the intended victim.
Lee Bowers was one of the 65 witnesses who saw the President's assassination, and who thought shots were fired from the area of the Grassy Knoll.
(The Knoll is west of the Texas School Book Depository Building.)
But more than that, Bowers was in a unique position to observe some pretty strange behavior in the Knoll area before, and during the assassination.
Bowers, who was working as a tower-man for the Union Terminal Co., on November 22, 1963, was stationed in his 14 foot tower directly behind the Grassy Knoll.
He faced the scene of the assassination. He could see the railroad overpass to his right.
Directly in front of him was a parking lot and a wooden stockade fence, and a row of trees running along the top of the Grassy Knoll.
The Knoll sloped down to the spot on Elm Street where President Kennedy was killed.
Police had "cut off" traffic into the parking lot, Bowers said, "so that anyone moving around could actually be observed."
First, he saw three unfamiliar cars slowly cruising around the parking area in the 35 minutes before the assassination; the first two left after a few minutes.
The driver of the second car appeared to be talking into a "mic or telephone"; "he was holding something up to his mouth with one hand and he was driving with the other."
A third car with out-of-state license plates and mud up to the windows, probed all around the parking area.
Bowers last remembered seeing it about eight minutes before the shooting, pausing "just above the assassination site."
"One man, middle aged or slightly older, fairly heavy set, in a white shirt, fairly dark trousers.
Another man, younger, about mid-twenties, in either a plaid shirt or plaid coat or jacket."
Both were facing toward Elm and Houston in anticipation of the president's motorcade.
The two were the only strangers he remembered seeing. His description shows a remarkable similarity to Julia Ann Mercer's description of two unidentified men climbing the Knoll.
"The darker dressed man was too hard to distinguish from the trees."
At that moment, a motorcycle policeman left the Presidential motorcade and roared up the Grassy Knoll, straight to where the two mysterious gentlemen were standing.
Later, Bowers testified that the "commotion" that caught his eye may have been a "flash of light or smoke."
He was two miles south of Midlothian, Texas when his brand new company car veered from the road and hit a bridge abutment.
A farmer who saw it, said the car was going about 50 miles an hour, a slow speed for that road.
There was no autopsy and he was cremated.
A doctor from Midlothian who rode to Dallas in the ambulance with Bowers, noticed something peculiar about the victim.
"He was in some strange sort of shock... " the doctor said, "... A different kind of shock than an accident victim experiences. I can't explain it. I've never seen anything like it."
"They told him not to talk."
Both men saw the Tippit killer escape.
Russel was interviewed in January 1964, and signed a statement that the fleeing man was Oswald.
In July of 1965, Russell went to a party with a female friend.
He seemingly went out of his mind at the party and started telling everyone he was going to be killed.
He begged friends to hide him. Someone called the police.
When the policemen arrived, one of them hit Russell on the head with his pistol.
Russell was then taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead a few hours later: cause of death was listed as "heart failure."
Worrell had said that he saw a strange man run from the back door of the Texas School Book Depository shortly after the assassination of President Kennedy.
His mother said Oswald and Killam came to her home before the assassination and her son tried to talk Oswald and Killam out of being involved.
Dr. Mary Stults Sherman, age 51, was found stabbed and burned in her apartment in New Orleans. Dr. Sherman had been working on a cancer experiment with Ferrie.
Another Ferrie associate, Eladio Cerefine de Valle, 43, died on the same day as Ferrie.
His skull was split open and then he was then shot.
DeValle had used Ferrie as a pilot. DeValle had been identifying some men in a photo taken in New Orleans for Jim Garrison.
One of the men in the photo was Lee Harvey Oswald.
He had just interviewed Ferrie.
News reporters were not exempt either.
Two female reporters died strangely. Lisa Howard supposedly committed suicide. She knew a great deal about the "understanding" which was in the making after the Bay of Pigs, between President Kennedy and the Cubans.
Journalist Marguerite Higgins bluntly accused the American authorities of the November 2nd, 1963 killing of Premier Diem and his brother Nhu, just 20 days before Kennedy's murder. A few months after her accusation, Higgins died in a landmine explosion in Vietnam.
He also stated that, "A man named Ruby will kill Oswald tomorrow and in a few days a member of the Frank Sinatra family will be kidnapped just to take some of the attention away from the assassination."
The killings fell off in the early 1970s, then, in the wake of Watergate, and President Nixon's impeachment and forced resignation in 1974, the House of Representatives began new inquiries and hearings into the 1963 assassination of President Kennedy.
This was near Yukon, Oklahoma. He had been having radio shows on the assassination since 1973 and the response to his programs was overwhelming.
Lou's death was termed suicide, but the bullet ending his life entered behind his right temple and Lou was left handed. He joined Gary Underhill, William Pitzer and Joe Cooper whose "suicides" were all done with the "wrong hand" shots to the head.
Karyn Kupcinet, daughter of Irv Kupcinet, was trying to make a long distance call from Los Angeles.
According to reports, the operator heard Miss Kupcinet scream into the phone that President Kennedy was going to be killed.
Two days after the assassination, she was found murdered in her apartment. The case is unsolved.
She was 23.
Rose Cherami, 40, was an employee of Jack Ruby's club. She was riding with two men on a return trip from Florida carrying a load of narcotics.
She was thrown from the car when an argument began between her and one of the men.
She was hospitalized for injuries and drug withdrawal. She told authorities that President Kennedy was going to be killed in Dallas.
After her release from the hospital, she was a victim of a hit and run accident on September 4, 1965 near Big Sandy, Texas.
Robert L. Perrin was a gun runner for Jack Ruby. His wife, Nancy testified before the Warren Commission that Robert took a dose of arsenic in August 1962.
Guy Bannister was a private detective who was closely involved in the Jim Garrison trial.
Guy and his partner, Hugh Ward, died within a 10 day period as the Warren Commission was closing its hearings.
Bannister supposedly died of a heart attack, but witnesses said that he had a bullet hole in his body.
George deMohrenschildt was another man who was to give testimony but never made it.
DeMohrenschildt, in his final days, became suspicious of everyone around him, even his wife, who also had connections to the CIA like he did.
He was nearing a nervous breakdown some people thought.
He died of gun shot wounds. The verdict was suicide.
But deMohrenschildt was a member of the White Russian society and very wealthy.
He visited Lee Harvey Oswald and Marina Oswald when they lived on Neely Street.
Marina visited the deMohrenschildts when she and Lee Harvey Oswald were having some of their disagreements.
Cliff Carter, LBJ's aide who rode in the vice-President's follow up car in the motorcade in Dealey Plaza where President Kennedy was gunned down, was LBJ's top aide during his first administration.
Carter died of mysterious circumstances. It was said that he died of pneumonia and that no penicillin could be located in the entire city of Washington, D.C. in September 1971.
This was supposedly the cause of Carter's death.
Buddy Walthers, Deputy Sheriff, was at the kill sight of President Kennedy He picked up a bullet in a hunk of brain matter blown from the President's head.
Walthers never produced the bullet for evidence.
In a January 10th, 1969 shooting, Walthers was shot through the heart. In the shootout Walthers and his companion Deputy Alvin Maddox, were fired upon by Cherry, an escaped prisoner.
Walthers and Maddox were trying to capture Cherry when Walthers was shot through the heart. Walthers's widow received $10,000.00 for her husband dying in the line of duty.
Clay Shaw, age 60, died five years after he was charged by Jim Garrison for his involvement in the Kennedy assassination. Some reports have it that he had been ill for months after surgery for removing a blood clot. Other newspaper reports of his death stated he had cancer.
It was revealed that Shaw was a paid contact for the CIA.
A neighbor reported that an ambulance was seen pulling up to the Shaw home.
Then a body was carried in and an empty stretcher brought out.
A few hours later, Shaw was reportedly found dead in his home. He was given a quick embalming before a Coroner could be notified. It was then impossible to determine the cause of death.
Supposedly, it was his second try at suicide and a success.
Craig was a witness to the slaughter of President Kennedy.
Only Craig's story was different from the one the police told.
Before this, Craig had lost his job with the Dallas Police Department.
In 1961, he had been "Man of the Year." Because he would not change his story of the assassination, he was harassed and threatened, stabbed, shot at, and his wife left him.
Crawford was also a friend of Buell Wesley Frazier's, the neighbor who took Lee Harvey Oswald to work on that fatal morning of November 22, 1963.
Hale Boggs was the only member of the Warren Commission who disagreed with the conclusions. Hale Boggs did not follow Earl Warren and his disciples.
He totally disagreed.
Boggs was in a plane crash lost over the frozen state of Alaska, and was never seen again.
He died at Mercy Hospital on May 25, 1968. Newspaper reports were sketchy. It was said he suffered a heart attack.
Dr. Chetta was the coroner who served at the death of David Ferrie.
The death of Robert Kennedy, only shortly after Dr. King's death on June 5th, 1968, was a brazen act that gave notice to this entire nation that many things were wrong.
It became imperative, when Senator Robert Kennedy became a threat as a Presidential candidate, that he had to be killed.
There is evidence that two persons, a man, and a woman were with the accused killer of Bobby Kennedy, but authorities have found no trace of them.
Coroner Thomas Noguchi told the Grand Jury that the powder burns indicated the murder gun was fired not more than two to three inches from Robert Kennedy's right ear.
Eyewitnesses testified that Sirhan was never closer than four or five feet from Robert Kennedy
I have a complete list in my books. I have listed the most significant ones that occurred after the assassination.
The strange deaths after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, in my estimate, numbered over 100, but I am certain I know of only a fraction.
No one yet knows the exact number.
Remember, the assassination of President Kennedy and the murders of witnesses are crimes - conspiracy to murder and murder one."
Was Hosty merely an innocent messenger, or had he and possibly others in the Bureau been involved in a plot to set up Oswald as the patsy?
If F.B.I, employees had been part of the conspiracy, then that might explain why the Bureau had mysteriously failed to act on the warning sent over its telex system five days before the assassination and why no one responded to the letter of warning that Richard Case Nagell claimed to have sent to J. Edgar Hoover.
It also might explain why Oswald, who evidently did not get along with Hosty and may have sensed that he was being set up, had sent a telegram to the secretary of the Navy ten days before the assassination.
Oswald was born with a natal Mars in Aquarius, which clearly shows his close-mouthed intelligence background helped to assure not only success in the venture, but subsequent support from the government, which would not want to admit that the assassination originated in its own intelligence community.
If Oswald was on the government payroll as a confidential informant in Dallas and New Orleans, he might well have believed that his job was to penetrate subversive organizations, including Fair Play for Cuba and perhaps Guy Banister's apparatus, in order to report back to the F.B.I, about them.
Along the way, he was allowed to penetrate a marginal part of the assassination project, again with the idea that he was engaged in an officially sponsored effort to obtain information about it.
He may even have filed reports on the plot to kill the President with his contact agent, James Hosty.
When Oswald sensed that Hosty was not responsive, he may have gone over his head and telegraphed some kind of warning to the secretary of the Navy, who in turn may have informed the F.B.I.'s Washington headquarters, which then sent out its warning telex.”
Then, on July 15, 1967, NBC allowed New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison to respond to an NBC program that was highly critical of Garrison's pursuit of alleged Kennedy assassination conspirators in New Orleans:
Here's what Garrison had to say to a national television audience.
Lee Harvey Oswald, an innocent man who had turned 24 years old a month before being arrested for assassinating President Kennedy and a Dallas police officer said that he did not shoot or kill anyone and he was being used as a "patsy."
Oswald asked for legal help.
Oswald, who spoke to the media at a press conference at Dallas Police Headquarters, continued to claim that he did not kill anyone.
As Oswald was being transferred, and surrounded by dozens of top police commanders, detectives and officers, he was fatally shot by Jack Ruby in front of live television cameras.
Peter Dale Scott, who authored the 1993 book, ‘Deep Politics and the Death of JFK, wrote:
Southern racists were well organized in 1963, in response to federal orders for desegregation; and Milteer was an organizer for two racist parties, the National States Rights party and the Constitution party.
In addition he had attended an April 1963 meeting in New Orleans of the Congress of Freedom, Inc., which had been monitored by an informant for the Miami police.
A Miami detective's report of the Congress included the statement that "there was indicated the overthrow of the present government of the United States," including "the setting up of a criminal activity to assassinate particular persons."
In other words, the deep politics of racist intrigue had become intermingled, in the Congress as elsewhere, with the resentment within the armed forces against their civilian commander.
Perhaps the most important example in 1963 was that of General Edwin Walker, whom Oswald was accused of stalking and shooting at.
Forced to retire in 1962 for disseminating right-wing propaganda in the armed forces, Walker was subsequently arrested at the "Ole Miss" anti-desegregation riots.
Milteer also was adamant that he had not been "guessing" in his original prediction. In both of the relevant FBI reports from Miami, Somersett was described as "a source who had furnished reliable information in the past."
The authors, Mark North (Act of Treason) and George O'Toole (The Assassination Tapes) both believe that J. Edgar Hoover either knew of plans to kill Kennedy and did nothing to stop them, or he helped to organize the assassination.
The president and first lady enjoying a laugh.
In his book, Deep Politics and the Death of JFK (1993) Peter Dale Scott provides information that Hoover and the Federal Bureau of Investigation helped to cover-up the real identity of the people who assassinated John F. Kennedy.
Lifton was highly critical of the behaviour of William Greer, Roy Kellerman and Winston G. Lawson during the assassination.
Lifton also believes that after the assassination of Kennedy they hijacked his body in order to alter the corpse.
From the absence of protective military presence to a lack of coverage of open windows, to motorcycles out of position, to Secret Service agents failing to ride on the Presidential limousine, to the vehicles arranged in an improper sequence, to the utilization of an improper motorcade route, to the driver bringing the vehicle to a halt after bullets began to be fired, to the almost total lack of response by Secret Service agents.
To the driver washing out the back seat with a bucket and sponge at Parkland Hospital, to the car being dismantled and rebuilt (on LBJ's orders), to the driver giving false testimony to the Warren Commission, to the windshields being switched, to the autopsy photographs being taken into custody before they were developed."
As the nation marks a half-century since the assassination of President John. F Kennedy, cities nationwide - including Dallas, Texas, where he was murdered - have been holding events to mark the 50 year anniversary.
Let's explore these 'mutable middle years.'
2015, 2016, 2017
After the Grand Cardinal Cross year of 2014, there are the middle years of this decade that will require the serious attention of those who want to get through them unscathed.
The time-wasters out there who take valuable time away from people are doing absolutely no good, and frankly, those time-wasters are putting you and yours in danger, considering the planetary configurations ahead.
If you can concentrate, take notes and begin to prepare now, then you will be successful in your endeavors as well as be able to navigate the noisy and irrational middle years just ahead.
These coming years will be a serious challenge to those who have been moving sideways without progress.
By the time we are into late 2014 and early 2015 many should see signs of what I have forecasted.
Therefore, be keen and mark your calendars.
Presently, let's look at three transpersonal planets: Jupiter, Saturn and Neptune.
Jupiter is now in tropical Cancer, the northernmost Sign, while Saturn transits Scorpio and Neptune transits Pisces.
Jupiter will leave Cancer in July 2014 and enter Leo, while Saturn will continue to transit Scorpio.
In 2015-2016, Jupiter and Saturn will produce a world square in two of the Triplicities: one fixed and the other, mutable.
The fixed squares are bad enough, but the mutable squares are sure trouble.
They show serious problems for the economies of many nations with deeper recessions on the way – virtual depression - as well as major declines in societies.
The atmosphere by September 2015 changes dramatically with the motion of the outer planets.
So this post is a 'heads up' for those with attention spans longer than two minutes.
The major player here is Jupiter, as it is Jupiter's transit in Cancer, Leo, Virgo and then into Libra by 2017 that applies much of the pressure.
At the same time, knowledge of Jupiter's aspects allows one to prepare in advance, thus neutralizing the transits when they do arrive.
The Mutable Middle Years: 2015, 2016, 2017
Going into the second half of 2013, into 2014 and the first half of 2015, many people will hear from economists and politicians how the economies of their nations have improved.
For instance, British Chancellor George Osborne has claimed that critics of his economic policy have decisively lost the argument.
He says that the British economy has "turned a corner" and that a sustainable recovery is underway.
British Chancellor George Osborne
Though Osborne and those like him will insist that it is premature to consider any slowdown in deficit reduction in the light of better economic forecasts, those like him will also state that it is vital to stay the course that has been set.
Of course, what is happening in England, as well as in the rest of Europe, and the United States will be tied to parliamentary elections in 2014, as well as general elections in the UK in 2015 and the general election in the United States in 2016.
What is actually happening is that economists believe that England's economic growth that they say is now underway after the impact of commodity price shocks at the end of 2010 has worked its way through the economy.
They believe that the Euro-zone crisis that began in 2010 and which intensified over the summer of 2011 has finally wanted because of the European Central Bank's intervention in 2012.
They believe that that has removed the enormous risks which have been held back investment and dampened consumption.
Back in the real world, unemployment in the UK remains at 2.5 million - with one million of the unemployed non-baby boomers - all of them young people.
Millions of Brits exist on what are called 'zero- hour contracts,' while the UK slides closer to the bottom of the G-20 pay league.
So, it is not a wonder that many in Britain ask: "Who is this actually a recovery for?"
People say that they do not see any economic recovery.
What they do see are food banks everywhere, along with the record high youth unemployment. They also see frozen and/or cut public and private sector wages (except for the wealthiest) with above inflation increases on food, utilities, train travel, etc.
Meanwhile, in the United States:
The August 2013 jobs report pointed to weakness in the economy, even though payrolls rose 169,000 and the unemployment rate dipped to a 4 ½-year low of 7.3 percent, according to economist John Williams who runs the 'Shadow Government Statistics' electronic newsletter.
"Given recognized margins of error, ... neither of those statistics was meaningful by itself," Williams wrote.
"Yet, seriously deteriorating unemployment trends have solidified."
The drop in the unemployment rate didn't result from strong hiring, Williams notes, rather it stems from job seekers giving up and leaving the American workforce.
"The broad economic outlook has not changed, although the economic downside may be picking up a little more credibility with consensus forecasters," he states.
The labor force participation rate slumped to a 35-year low of 63.2 percent in August 2013.
"The nature of reported declines in the headline unemployment rate is symptomatic of an imploding economy," Williams said.
As for payrolls, they are still 1.9 million jobs shy of the pre-recession high, he explains. And payroll gains were revised downward for June and July 2013.
"Net of prior-period revisions, the monthly August gain would have been 95,000," Williams claims.
"The story from the August labor data is that the economy has not recovered, that it is not about to recover and that it is turning down anew."
Another economist left unimpressed by the employment data is Peter Morici, professor of international business at the University of Maryland.
The 169,000 payroll gain is "about half of what we would need under normal circumstances, and we're not even normal in circumstances," Morici says.
"A good deal of those jobs, about three-fourths, were part-time positions. Essentially employers are dividing up full-time jobs and creating multiple part-time jobs."
To prove this out, all we have to look at is the fact that 2013 is the fourth consecutive year where youth employment has been anchored on record lows.
This prompted experts to fear that an entire generation of young people are likely to be economically stunted with lower earnings and opportunities in years ahead.
The trend is all the more striking given that the official unemployment rate has steadily dropped - to 7.4 percent - in August 2013.
In 1999, slightly more than 52 percent of teens aged 16 to 19 had worked a summer job. By 2013, that figure had plunged to about 32.25 percent in June and July.
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"We have never had anything this low in our lives. This is a Great Depression for teens, and no time in history have we encountered anything like that," said Andrew Sum, director of the Center for Labor Market Studies at Northeastern University in Boston. "That's why it's such an important story."
Summer is traditionally the peak period of employment for teens because they are off from school. Summer jobs give them their first brush with employment and the responsibilities that come with it.
Falling teen employment, however, is just as striking in the 12-month numbers over the past decade.
The picture the depressing teen employment statistics show looks even worse when viewed by race.
Sum and colleagues did just that. They compared June & July 2000 and these same two months in 2013.
For instance, the year 2000, figures show that 61.28 percent of Caucasian teens aged 16 to 19 held a job - a number that fell to 39.25 percent in summer 2013.
For African-Americans, the number was already low in 2000 - with 33.91 percent of 16-to-19-year-olds holding a job. That was even worse in summer 2013 - falling to a low of 19.25%.
For Latinos, the percentage of employed teens fell from 40.31 percent in the two-month period of 2000 to 26.7 percent in June and July 2013.
One of the more surprising findings of Sum's research is that teens whose parents were wealthy were more likely to have a job than those whose parents had less income.
Some 46% of white male teens whose parents earned between $100,000 and $149,000 held a job in summer 2013 - compared with just 9.1 percent of black male teens whose family income was below $20,000 and 15.2 percent for Hispanic teen males with the same low family income.
That finding is important because research shows that teens who work do better in a wide range of social and economic indicators.
"Kids that get work experience when they are 17 or 18 end up graduating from college at a higher rate," said Michael Gritton, executive director of the Workforce Investment Board, which promotes job creation and teen employment in Louisville, Ky., and six surrounding counties.
"There are economic returns to those young people because they get a chance to work."
So, some mundane advice:
Get yourselves in order. Have your head no further from the planets and stars than your feet are from the ground.
Begin to save money and store other valuable resources that you will need during the middle years of the Twenty-Tens.
These preparations will serve you very well, and will also put you in a position to help others during the mutable middle years just ahead.
The general period I am talking about extends about 20 months – overall, from September 2015 to May 2017. It will feel longer than that too.
Now, the Lunar Nodes will enter the Virgo-Pisces axis on November 12, 2015 and will transit there until May 9, 2017.
So that nodal period is the one you should concentrate on as it begins during the late summer of 2015 and extends out to the spring of 2017.
Between now (September 2013) and September 2015, there are effectively two years before the Mutable Middle Years arrive.
These are irrational, strange, neurotic and difficult years.
Survival will be hard for people who did not prepare.
Beware those times as many people may not recover and then will have to face the coming decade of the 2020s greatly reduced in lifestyle.
Doing business during the mutable middle years will also be difficult to survive the economic and financial hardships - and that means very confusing times for society at large.
The psychological impacts on most people will require advanced preparation by those in the know of the ‘weather’ to come.
By September 2015, nearly seven years after the 2008 Economic Crisis, the world will have gone through the world emergency of spring 2014. That is the Grand Cardinal Cross which I have covered before.
Then, into the second half of 2014 and into the time that Jupiter transits Leo from July 2014 to August 2015.
Jupiter in Leo transits can be deceiving.
Ruled by the Sun, the sign of Leo shows that 2015 is warmer-than-normal year, also featuring extreme heat waves and dryness. There is also an Indian summer that year which extends into the autumn of 2015.
By 2015, the world will be in the second to last year of solar-forced global warming. By the end of the common year 2017, global cooling will officially begin.
The 'party-like' atmosphere of Jupiter in Leo, joined by Venus and Mars in Leo, sees a complacency that ends badly during the late summer of 2015, and from what I can see, leads straight into a deeper period of economic and social depression that lasts all of 2016.
By the summers of 2014 and 2015, Jupiter and Saturn see-saw in square aspects to one another, in the fixed signs of Leo and Scorpio.
This shows a diverse series of stand-offs worldwide, in many nations, between governments, public and private institutions and society in general.
The first of these are the near squares between Jupiter and Saturn occur in Oct./Nov. 2014 in the second decanate of Leo for Jupiter and Saturn's transit in the third decanate of Scorpio.
Coming out of the summer of 2014 in the northern hemisphere, post-Grand Cardinal Cross into the expected solar year of 2015, there is a sense of things looking better for some countries economically, but it is deceiving.
It's not the real thing.
By early December 2014, Jupiter stations retrograde at 22-Leo.
That degree is known in mundane astrology as one's own worst enemy, so there will be signs of the deep economic drop, but many people will party like there's no tomorrow and what they spend and splurge on they will come to deeply regret.
In late 2014, Saturn in Scorpio races ahead and by Dec. 23, 2014, enters tropical Sagittarius. Saturn will continue in Sagittarius in January and February 2015 then begins to slow down, and by March 14, 2015, will station retrograde at 4-degrees Sagittarius.
That span - December 2014 to March 2015 - show signs of the coming troubles of the mutable era I am writing about.
While Saturn retrogrades in Sagittarius (eventually to re-enter Scorpio by June 14-15, 2015) the planet Jupiter turns direct at 12-Leo in April 2015.
And, by the end of June 2015, Jupiter will be within eight degrees of re-establishing a fixed square to Saturn, which has returned to Scorpio - this time, not peregrine.
All these motions indicate that serious times are ahead for the middle years of this decade. It would be wise to make preparations early.
The mutable square of Jupiter in Virgo to Saturn in Sagittarius also unfavorably aspect Neptune, which is making a long transit in Pisces.
Jupiter in Virgo will oppose Neptune in Pisces twice:
April, May & June 2016
JUPITER OPPOSES NEPTUNE
The main feature of Jupiter’s opposition from Virgo to Neptune in Pisces is an atmosphere of distortions where practical discipline will be needed to maintain a grip on reality.
This mutable era shows escapist tendencies among people. There is drinking, drug abuse, daydreaming, and woolgathering.
There are delusions of grandeur and emotional co-dependency that will be seen widely in society.
The general overall period is from September 2015 through to June 2016. And remember that the transiting Lunar Nodes will be on the Virgo-Pisces axis as well.
This reinforces the effects of these planets in mutable signs.
The atmosphere is unfavorable. There are bizarre events, uncontrolled imaginations that can lead people off-course.
There’s all manner and forms of deception – from others and also those that are self-imposed.
Materialist class & false social status bullshit in the United States
You will notice during 2015 and 2016 that some people will express maudlin sentimentality as well as show misplaced sympathy.
Some will fall victim to unworthy appeals and/or sob stories for help. There are con artists about and those who work ‘get-rich-schemes’ that must be avoided at all costs.
There are also plenty of impractical religious idealism about.
During this time, as Jupiter transits Virgo near the North Lunar Node and Neptune transits Pisces near the South Lunar Node, there is an inflated sense of one’s cultural and spiritual importance running rampant in hard times.
This often can take place in the form of false humility and vicarious attempts to achieve ‘status’ through some spiritual teacher or involvement in groups and sects.
There is plenty of ‘undoing’ about during these middle years as the planets Jupiter, Saturn and Neptune transit in the mutable signs.
SATURN SQUARE NEPTUNE
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While Jupiter opposes Neptune, transiting Saturn in Sagittarius will square both Jupiter and Neptune.
This planetary square has long been associated with psychological problems and mental illness among society.
It really exacerbates the ongoing troubles in society.
Most of this will be as a result of the serious economic and generational transitional problems quite evident in world society by the middle years of the Twenty-Tens.
This will be seen in public as the atmosphere of Saturn in Sagittarius in square to Neptune in Pisces will feature some rather sorry sights in society of many countries.
Saturn is not at home in a fire sign like Sagittarius. The Saturnine influence in Sagittarius can produce self-righteous, harsh individuals with puritanical mindsets.
These kinds of people in society can become set in their philosophies and ideologies, thus leading to various forms of fanaticism. Losses from lawsuits in higher courts is also presaged.
There is a sustained period of professional confusion, misconceptions, neuroses, dangers from alcohol and drugs.
There is secret slander, hidden enemies, but most of all, a confusing and irrational atmosphere that tends to make the individuals his or her own worst enemy.
The people that many may have to deal will manifest irrational tendencies that are a feature of the kind of difficult atmosphere most evident in 2015-2016.
Irrational fears, phobias, and anxieties characterize this transit. There is often a desire to avoid practical responsibilities and work.
The psychological problems of one's family members or others with whom one must deal are likely to interfere with one's professional work performance and success.
Mental illness is also associated with Saturn square Neptune.
In the mutable signs of Sagittarius and Pisces what you will notice is that some individuals, or those whom they have to deal with, will manifest disturbing and irrational tendencies.
Drug abuse in the Ukraine
Drug abuse, depression, paranoia are common, as are negative emotional states.
The added problems of alcohol and drug abuse will be widespread. It really is a sad, confusing and deceptive era, amid economic depression and societal decline.
There will be some aggressive behaviors mixed in with the mental illness and irrational scenes in society.
The misuse of alcohol and drugs will have strong destabilizing effects on those who abuse them under this mutable square between Saturn and Neptune.
JUPITER SQUARE SATURN
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Meanwhile, the square between Jupiter in Virgo and Saturn in Sagittarius, by 2015 and 2016 will be mutable.
This, after the fixed square between both planets in Leo and Scorpio that took place, first in the autumn of 2014, then again, in July & August 2015.
Emerging out of the summer of 2015, the fixed Jupiter-Saturn square then translates to ‘mutable’ as Jupiter enters Virgo in August 2015, followed by Saturn in September 2015.
This is a bad sign for the middle years of 2015 & 2016.
Business will continue to get worse. Things are generally falling apart as the Obama administration goes into the last two years of its term.
The atmosphere is not conducive to positive business, economic and financial growth.
We've heard from British mundane astrologer Shane Ward on the serious austerity problems in the United Kingdom, which is suffering economically, socially and politically as much as the European continent.
In the United States, I have continued to write about the economy for years as has American mundane astrologer William Stickevers who warns about the impending effects of the financial crisis, the political incompetence and the economic collapse that is just ahead.
Under Jupiter squares to Saturn, what we have here is a sustained period of business, professional and domestic difficulties.
The problems of 2007-2008 has worsened and become more protracted during the mutable middle years in this cardinal crisis decade.
The tendency and atmosphere of these middle years will be one of vacillation between extremes of optimism and pessimism.
Generally, business timing is very poor, and it is not a good time to begin changes in business and professional affairs.
There are difficulties in getting support from official institutions that are already in decline by this time in 2015 and 2016.
I advise caution when it comes to business expansion in 2015 and 2016, as the mutable transits of these middle years show that the global economy has worsened from the previous corruption of banks, economists, politicians, Wall Street and government regulators.
Jupiter in Virgo square Saturn in Sagittarius, in these two mutable signs, also indicate that there will be a moral crisis in making cultural, ethical and religious decisions.
The breakdown and decline that has been evident since the decade of the 2000s has rapidly sped up by this time.
Over the longer-range of past world transits, American mundane astrologer Tony Dickey has noted the effects of the outer planets on civilizations.
These long-term cyclic motions of these transpersonal planets directly relate to the role that history plays in our present, as well as in our future.
Our current world transits, and those to come in the mutable middle years show me that those in positions of power have come to the end of their time.
However, during 2015 & 2016 the general tendency will be to neglect important responsibilities and/or to compromise principles for the sake of expediency.
We've seen this happen far too often in human history before.
As you can see, the mutable years of 2015, 2016 into 2017 will be difficult to say the least.
The irrationality of those years – again, generally extending from September 2015 to May 2017 will be hard for many people to survive.
Under the unfavorable influences of Jupiter, Saturn and Neptune in the mutable signs of Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces, you can make changes to adapt.
Jupiter in Virgo
Jupiter rules Pisces, where it is exalted. However, in the opposite sign of Virgo, Jupiter is considered to be in detriment and that is where Jupiter will be found in late 2015 and 2016.
In this mutable earth Sign, Jupiter will more than likely emerge with a more grounded but duller qualities to the social atmosphere.
So, the Intellectual thoughts are the natural antidote to the thought-elements that are given activity by Jupiter’s transits.
In Virgo, Jupiter's natural process in synthesizing large ideas and concepts becomes limited toward expanding on the smallest details and practical considerations.
This means taking pleasure in applying intelligence and care to the activities is the best method of converting them into a compound which will attract fortunate events.
Jupiter’s transit in Virgo from August 11, 2015 to Sept. 9, 2016 will work in the nature of Mercury.
Astrologer Curtis Manwaring once wrote about Jupiter in Virgo:
"According to medieval tradition, Jupiter is in detriment in this Sign. This means that Jupiter's propensity for expansion and prosperity is not well supported.
"This is because the lord of this place, Mercury, prefers to ‘travel light’ and is frugal with money and possessions. It is commonly said that people with this position have a tendency to make something out of nothing.
"This is due to Jupiter making more of the details provided by Mercury. Therefore these natives need to focus on maintaining a proper perspective and a valid set of priorities more than most.
"One could also argue that because Virgo belongs to the fall quadrant, that it is melancholic by nature with a propensity for dryness and cold. This is in conflict with Jupiter's warm and moist nature.”
I agree. These transits of Jupiter in Virgo should be prepared for well in advance to be able to apply them well, as during the transit itself, it is more difficult to get things started as one wants.
Although most of Jupiter’s transit in Virgo is squared by Saturn and opposed by Neptune, during these mutable middle years, Jupiter’s transit along with the North Lunar Node can offer protection for those who do think and plan ahead.
In Virgo, under the rulership of Mercury, this transit of Jupiter in Virgo can show that the power of the concrete mind can be enhanced, because Virgo is also a practical sign.
Jupiter in Virgo expresses a version of the spiritual saying, “The first shall be last and the last shall be first,” and that “the proud shall be humbled and the humble shall be lifted up.” Jupiter in Pisces means the same as well.
Jupiter’s transit in Virgo can deliver the mental facility to handle many details in a coordinated way as the mind, if practical, is able to think with ease of diverse things to understand how best they call can be made to work well together.
Adapting to a kind of administrative mind will help, but the squares from Saturn and the opposition from Neptune in the mutable middle years will make this a challenge for many people.
During late 2015 and all of 2016, the transit of Jupiter in Virgo indicates that growth and understanding can come from doing what must be done.
It also means refraining from attempting to do those things that are not glamorous in the least. Virgo is very much down to earth and means business.
Also, remember that for most people, money will be tight and many people will be in dire straights with Jupiter’s transit in Virgo square to Saturn and opposed to Neptune.
By 2016, the world's economy will be in much worse shape as many millions of people who have been unemployed for years may fall further into poverty.
Jupiter in Virgo will expand the need to force matters in business and commercial sectors and many will be preoccupied with doing just that.
But, the mutable square to Saturn in Sagittarius and opposition to Neptune in Pisces means that it will be a much tougher road to navigate.
So that means preparation - in advance - will be the key to survival and success.
Saturn in Sagittarius
By late November 2014, Saturn will leave its peregrine state in Scorpio.
Then, from December 2014 onward, Saturn will have ‘awakened’ from its wandering state through most of Scorpio in the years 2013 and most of 2014.
Saturn will briefly enter Sagittarius on Dec. 24, 2014, but by March 14, 2015, will turn retrograde and then re-enter tropical Scorpio on June 14, 2015.
Saturn will then station direct at 28-Scorpio on August 2, 2015 and by September 18, 2015 will re-enter Sagittarius for good.
Now, Saturn’s transit in Sagittarius (2015-2017) shows a trend of the thoughts of society to look upon the dark side of things.
People seek ‘safety’ and this is exactly what Saturn’s crystalline influence desires.
The planetary vibrations of Saturn, received by the thought-cells at the terminal of the world’s stellar mundane aerials, are heavy, morose and self-centered.
Saturn fashions the necessary order, the structures, forms and functions that often work to mitigate the chaotic factors inherent in the negotiations of group enterprises.
Associated with institutions representing the legal system, civil service, and all restraining/restricting forces in society, Saturn rules the procedures and guidelines.
It is also associated with the administration of justice Saturn and has affiliations with law enforcement as well as the regimentation of military life and discipline.
The attitude of a nation toward law, order, taboos, old practices, the old guard in politics, etc., are also associated with Saturn.
Saturn’s transit in Sagittarius lacks the kind of buoyancy and flexibility and imparts a feeling in society that causes people to attract ‘want,’ ‘responsibility’ and ‘loss.’
The Mundane Ninth House of Sagittarius governs long distance travel as well as national and international law. This includes shipping, international water routes, maritime law, space travel, religion, belief systems and philosophy.
To neutralize Saturn’s placement in the mutable sign of Sagittarius, the Power Thoughts of the Sun can be cultivated by holding thoughts of courage, determination and stamina.
Safeguarding one’s interests by means of positive action, rather than by negative fear, is necessary under afflictions by Saturn.
It is not wise to press into activity in the areas of life that are influenced by the unfavorable transit of Saturn in Sagittarius.
Rather, it will mean forcing oneself to experience lightheartedness during Saturn’s mutable pressing forward against Jupiter and Neptune.
This will require great fortitude, even with social slights and financial losses ongoing, to be able to mix with people, to dance, to sing, go to movies, to be merry and to take joy in the arts, sciences and music.
There is nothing better to drive away Saturn’s mutable blues than to add happy thought elements to the heavy and persistent Safety thoughts that Saturn brings to the atmosphere.
Neptune in Pisces
Neptune entered Pisces in February 2012 and will continue to transit here until January 2026.
The long transit of Neptune in Pisces calls for attention during the middle mutable years of the Twenty-Tens to creativity, but being practical and prudent at the same time.
This transit can be generally positive over the long 14-year transit of Neptune in Pisces but then again, there are also the negative influences of Neptune that should never be ignored.
The planet Neptune co-rules Pisces, along with Jupiter, so the positive benefits can be applied well in the arts and sciences, in music, film, in fiction writing and dramatic works of all genres.
An octave of Neptune, which is Venus, also shows that the thought-cells that relate to the feelings and affections, when brought into discordant aspect to planets like Jupiter and Saturn for instance, can give psychokinetic power that brings disappointing events into the life.
What works to counter this are the Safety Thoughts of Saturn, which provide a cold appraisal of any situation. Using reason to therefore ground Neptune does works.
However, during the middle mutable years, with Saturn square Neptune, this means that what should usually be rational has turned into the irrational. Many of you will see and experience this during 2015, 2016 and 2017.
Those born in the 1970s with natal Neptune in Sagittarius will experience the square of transiting Neptune in Pisces through to the mid-2020s.
Therefore, it is important to maintain a grounded and practical perspective mixed with enhanced creativity and proper use of imagination that Neptune brings to the global atmosphere.
Neptune’s transit can incite a shrinking sensitiveness in society and dreaminess that its vibrations by transit strongly encourages - especially its negative octave - which attracts discord by means of schemes perpetuated under foggy cover.
Though imaginary advantages under Neptune’s transit in Pisces appear to be attractive on the surface, what usually can result is loss.
Meanwhile, imaginary dangers tends to harass those who are afflicted.
This is especially true when planets like Jupiter and Saturn afflict Neptune by unfavorable aspect and this will occur on a wide scale during the middle years of 2015, 2016 and 2017.
So know that to be successful in the powerful mutable years just ahead, that it will be necessary to prepare in advance.
All of it can be done consciously. It will be imperative not to become caught up in the confusion and complacency of the times, especially in 2014 and the first half of 2015.
Again, one of the general themes will be irrationality, schemes, lots of irritating noise, and confusing fogged up situations. None of it is good for progress.
Preparation for the mutable middle years in this cardinal crisis decade requires thinking long-term as well.
This is because after the mutable middle years are over by May 2017, the path to the next decade of the Twenty-Twenties will either be made much easier, or will have become more complicated for many millions of people worldwide.
How you emerge out of the mutable middle years just ahead depends on you.
The Cardinal Crisis
U.S. Republicans Hit Rock Bottom
Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner
Theodore White, mundane Astrolog.Sci
During the 1930s and all through the 1940s in the United States, the Republican Party was basically a 'non-player in the events of those two decades.
It was not until the early 1950s that the GOP began to reassert itself and by then two major events: The Great Depression and the Second World War - have come and gone.
Mundane transits similar to those of the 1930s are now in play during the Twenty-Tens, particularly the Uranus-Pluto square.
And not only that, by synodic mundane cycles, both Mercury and Mars are also in play, like they were back in the 1930s.
Since the American General Election last year, when Mercury stationed retrograde on election day in November 2012, I saw this at play in transits.
That was that Mercury's direct motion was to happen after the general election which was won by Barack Obama, who began his second-term as U.S. President in what was widely seen as a landslide victory.
Mercury's transit and retrograde from Sagittarius back into Scorpio in the wake of the 2012 election played a role in the Mercury transit and retrograde of October and November 2013.
This, as the extremists in the Republican Party and their ideological money-backers, schemed for a way to continue not to accept the results of the general election.
Polls and surveys since the federal government was shutdown on October 1, 2013, by the GOP-led House, just as Obama's Affordable Healthcare Act law went into full operation show a disaster in the making for the Republicans.
Polls on the GOP from October 11-12 reflected that.
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Just a few highlights:
- By a 22-point margin, the public thinks the Republican Party is more to blame for the shutdown than President Obama. NBC's Mark Murray notes that that's "a wider margin of blame for the GOP than the party received during the poll during the last shutdown in 1995-96."
- Like Gallup, this poll shows the Republican Party at record levels of unpopularity. Only 24 percent have a favorable opinion of the GOP, and only 21 percent have a favorable opinion of the Tea Party. Both are "all-time lows in the history of the poll."
- The Democratic party, by contrast, has a 39 percent favorability rating. That's pretty much unchanged from recent months, and is in fact the precise same favorability number Democrats posted in May 2013.
- In September 2013, voters preferred a Democratic Congress to a Republican Congress by three points. By early October 2013, month, it was up to eight points.
Obama's approval rating nudged up by two percent.
That was similar finding to the Washington Post/ABC News poll, which found Obama's numbers slightly improved even as the GOP plummeted.
And the good news for Democrats was that 70 percent thought the same of the GOP.
- Despite the awful launch, what is called 'Obamacare' is becoming more popular with Americans.
- In September 2013, about 31 percent said it was a good idea and 44 percent said it was a bad idea. By early October, 38 percent said it was a good idea and 43 percent said it was a bad idea.
- Americans polled said by 63 percent that it'd be a huge problem for the government to not raise the debt ceiling. But by a four percent margin, the public is more concerned that increased spending will drive the nation further into debt than if the debt ceiling wasn't raised.
- The best news for the Republicans is that by a 43-40 margin, the public said that Obama should negotiate even before the government is reopened and the debt ceiling is lifted.
- 73 percent of the country thinks the government shutdown is "very serious" or "quite serious."
Only 9 percent think it's "not that serious."
Back in 1995 during the last government shutdown, only 57 percent thought the shutdown was "very" or "quite" serious, while 18 percent thought it was "not that serious."
- 14 percent of Americans said the the nation is on the right track; while 78 percent said the country is on the wrong track. That might be because Americans are highly pessimistic about the trajectory of the economy; as 42 percent say they believe the economy will get worse and 17 percent think it will get better.
Now, considering the astrological transits of the cardinal crisis decade, the irony in this entire mess is that Republicans brought all their political warfare arsenals to destroy Obama's presidency.
Consider these GOP sayings of the recent past:
"My number job is to make him a one-term president," grumbled Senator Mitch McConnell.
"That Obamacare will be his Waterloo moment," yelled former senator Jim DeMint.
"Hell NO, you can't!" screamed Speaker John Behoner.
And of course, in the middle of President Obama's State of the Union speech came, "You lie!" shirked Republican Joe Wilson.
The Business front is led by the Koch industries, the Heritage Action, Freedom Work, Cross Road GPS, under the guiding hand of bush's brain, while the air wave front is led by entertainment complex under the command of Rush Limbaugh of Talk Radio, the Fox News regiment led by Hanity, and Bilo, and finally the Tea Party brigades under Ted Cruz and Company.
The first major battle was the Affordable Healthcare Act.
The Republicans and the Tea Party members within the GOP lost that battle.
Then came 2012's debt ceiling debacle, followed by fiscal cliff.
The Supreme Court upheld the healthcare act in June 2012 and then the November 2012 general election saw Obama re-elected by landslide.
When nothing else as the base is worked to a frenzy the GOP pulled it's last trick, the climax of the war is now rest on shutdown of the federal government of the United States and flirt again with debt ceiling in an ironic twist is seriously burning the Republican party in public polls.
The man that the GOP so despise and so very desperately wanted to defeat shut down the federal government and risked defaulting on debt payments just to defeat him is actually destroying the GOP.
The GOP is its own mortal enemy, not Barack Obama.
The Cardinal Crisis
The Last Days of the GOP?
Could We Be Witnessing the Death Throes of the Republican Party?
By John Judis
I once wrote about lobbying, and this week I called some Republicans I used to talk to (and some that they recommended I talk to) about the effect the shutdown is having on the Republican Party in Washington.
The response I got was fear of Republican decline and loathing of the Tea Party:
One lobbyist and former Hill staffer lamented the “fall of the national party,” another the rise of “suburban revolutionaries,” and another of “people alienated from business, from everything.”
There is a growing fear among Washington Republicans that the party, which has lost two national elections in a row, is headed for history’s dustbin.
And I believe that they are right to worry.
The battle over the shutdown has highlighted the cracks and fissures within the party.
The party’s leadership has begun to lose control of its members in Congress.
A obviously worried and stressed out Speaker of the House John Boehner leaves a press conference during the October 2013 shutdown that was blamed by a majority of the American public on the GOP
The party’s base has become increasingly shrill and is almost as dissatisfied with the Republican leadership in Washington as it is with President Obama.
New conservative groups have echoed, and taken advantage of this sentiment by targeting Republicans identified with the leadership for defeat.
And a growing group of Republican politicians, who owe their election to these groups, has carried the battle into the halls of Congress.
That is spelling doom for the Republican coalition that has kept the party afloat for the last two decades.
American party coalitions are heterogeneous, but they endure as along as the different groups find more agreement with each other than with the opposition.
After Republicans won back the Congress in 1994, they developed a political strategy to hold their coalition together.
Many people contributed to the strategy including Newt Gingrich, Karl Rove, Paul Coverdell, Paul Weyrich, and Ralph Reed, but the chief architect was probably Grover Norquist, a political operative who, along with Rove and Reed, came of age in the early Reagan years.
The strategy was based on creating an alliance between business, which had sometimes divided its loyalties between Republicans and Democrats, and the array of social and economic interest groups that had begun backing Republicans.
In weekly meeting held on Wednesdays at the office of his Americans for Tax Reform, Norquist put forth the idea that business groups, led by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), but also including the specialized trade associations, should back socially conservative Republican candidates, while right-to-life or gun rights organizations should back tax cuts and deregulation.
What would bind the different parts together was a common opposition to raising taxes, which Norquist framed in a pledge he demanded that Republican candidates make.
Business could provide the money, and the single-issue and evangelical groups the grassroots energy to win elections.
The strategy worked reasonably well, especially in House races. The Chamber and NFIB became election-year arms of the Republican Party.
In Congress, a succession of leaders, including Gingrich, Dennis Hastert, Tom DeLay, and Roy Blunt, followed the strategy.
Gingrich initially overreached, and DeLay took ethical end-runs, but by the time John Boehner became Minority Leader in 2007, it had been refined.
Its economic approach consisted of promoting cuts in taxes, spending, and regulation.
Boehner, as lobbyists close to him explained to me, wanted to use the battle over continuing resolutions and the debt ceiling to achieve incremental changes on these fronts. He did not contemplate shutting down the government or allowing the government to default on its obligations.
But Boehner was forced to adopt the more extreme strategy.
Norquist blames Ted Cruz.
“Boehner had a strategy,” Norquist told me, “but Ted Cruz blew it up.”
Senator Ted Cruz
That is, however, giving Cruz too much credit (or blame) for the result.
Cruz did help convince House Republicans that if they linked passage of a continuing resolution to repealing Obamacare, he could get the votes in the Senate to follow suit.
But Cruz was following a script that had been developed earlier.
What has happened over the last two months, leading to the shutdown, and political paralysis in Washington, is the result of deeper factors that have put Norquist’s entire “center-right” strategy in jeopardy.
Since the late 1960s, America has seen the growth of what the late Donald Warren in a 1976 book, 'The Radical Center' called “middle American radicalism.”
It’s anti-establishment, anti-Washington, anti-big business and anti-labor; it’s pro-free market. It’s also prone to scapegoating immigrants and minorities.
It’s a species of right-wing populism.
It ebbed during the Reagan years, but began to emerge again under the patrician George H.W. Bush and found expression in support for Ross Perot and for Pat Buchanan with his “peasants with pitchforks.”
And it under-girded the Republican takeovers of Congress in 1994.
It ebbed during George W. Bush’s war on terror, but has re-emerged with a vengeance in the wake of the Great Recession, Obama’s election and expansion of government, and continuing economic stagnation.
In his column in The New York Times, Tom Edsall cited the extensive polling evidence for this rising anger.
According to a Pew survey in late September, anger against the government “is most palpable among conservative Republicans” and overlaps with Republicans who “support the Tea Party.”
But as with the Perot and Buchanan voters, these conservatives direct their anger equally at Republican and Democratic leaders.
According to another Pew survey, 65 percent of the Republicans vote in primaries “disapprove of Republican leaders in Congress.”
They see Republican leaders as being complicit in whatever they find wrong with Washington.
This anti-Washington sentiment, which is loosely identified with the “Tea Party,” has overshadowed and transformed grassroots Republicanism.
Republican leaders like DeLay were able to keep the evangelicals and other social conservatives in line by battling gay marriage or late-term abortions.
But, as I recounted three years ago, many of these social issue activists have been absorbed into the Tea Party’s anti-government, anti-establishment ethos.
In their current report on the GOP, based on focus groups, the Democracy Corps affirms this conclusion. Evangelicals, the report says, “think many Republicans have lost their way” and that the party leadership “has proved too willing to ‘cave’ to the Obama agenda.”
They identify with the Tea Party groups (even though they may disagree on social issues) because they see them “standing up and pushing back.”
During George H.W. Bush’s presidency, these kind of sentiments were directed at moderates like House Minority Leader Robert Michel or Senate Minority Leader Bob Dole, but they are now aimed at erstwhile conservatives like Mitch McConnell and Boehner.
The new grassroots Republicans are Warren’s middle American radicals.
They don’t necessarily have clear overall objectives.
They do want to blow up government - whether by eliminating the debt or repealing Obama’s Affordable Care Act.
As this Republican anti-establishment has surged, new groups have arisen in Washington to respond to it, while older groups have attempted to adapt and keep pace.
The Club for Growth, perhaps the best known of these, and the one with which I am the most familiar, actually dates back to the early ‘90s when several Wall Streeters created a club to fund promising candidates.
The Club’s initial agenda was to promote Jack Kemp-style growth policies, and their first big success was in getting Christy Whitman (a RINO if there ever was one!) elected governor of New Jersey on an anti-tax platform.
The current Club, under former Congressman Chris Chocola, expends much of its effort on backing conservative Republicans against other conservative Republicans whom it believes are too close to the Republican leadership in Washington.
The operative terms in the Club’s jargon are “outsiders” against the “establishment.”
In 2012, for instance, the Club poured over $700,000 into backing a little known dentist, Scott Keadle, against Richard Hudson.
The two men had very similar positions, but Keadle, Chocola explained to me, was “very much an outsider,” while Hudson had worked for a Republican House member and was backed by Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s PAC.
Other groups have followed a similar strategy of backing maverick conservatives against establishment conservatives.
They include 'FreedomWorks' and 'Americans for Prosperity,' both of which came out of the breakup of Citizens for a Sound Economy, and the Senate Conservatives Fund, which was founded by South Carolina Senator Jim DeMint in 2010 before he resigned to become head of the Heritage Foundation.
They are supplemented by blogs and web pages like Erick Erickson’s RedState and by policy groups like the Heritage Foundation’s Heritage Action.
Much of their money comes from multi-millionaires and billionaires who are not responsible to stockholders.
These include the Koch Brothers, who fund 'Americans for Prosperity,' and investors and hedge fund operators J.W. Childs, James Simons, and Robert Arnott, who are among the chief funders of the Club for Growth.
Most of these funders espouse an extreme libertarianism - the Koch brothers were early backers of the Cato Institute - but they also stand to benefit from the kind of drastic reduction in government regulations and taxes that the groups and their candidates advocate.
The groups are sometimes believed to be part of a single giant conspiracy led by the Koch brothers, but that is not the case.
The Koch brothers started 'Americans for Prosperity' after they became dissatisfied with Dick Armey’s FreedomWorks, and the two groups are now rivals.
The Kochs are also not major funders for the 'Club for Growth.' The groups themselves often back the same candidates and causes, but are sometimes at odds.
FreedomWorks has taken a harder line on the government shutdown than Americans for Prosperity, and the Senate Conservatives Fund is currently running ads in Arizona denouncing one of the Club for Growth’s favorite senators, Jeff Flake, for opposing the attempt to link the continuing resolution to the repeal of Obamacare.
What the groups share is an attempt to tap into the spirit of middle American radicalism.
They espouse a somewhat sanitized (less anti-big business and Wall Street) version of the Tea Party’s economic libertarianism.
They want to elect “champions of economic freedom” who are for “limited government.”
They scorn compromise and the Republicans who make the compromises. “I think the whole concept of compromise and bipartisanship is silly,” Chocola says.
Their ultimate goal, Chocola says, is to elect a “majority of true fiscal conservatives” who will transform the government - or in the meantime, gum up the works by making compromise difficult, if not impossible.
To date, the groups have had a mixed record in elections.
They screwed up in Nevada, Colorado, Delaware, Indiana, and Missouri by backing extreme Republicans in Senate primaries who lost winnable elections to Democrats.
But they helped elect Senators Toomey, Cruz, Rubio, Flake, and Paul and about 15 House members, including Arkansas Rep. Tom Cotton whom they are now backing in the Arkansas senate race.
These are still relatively small numbers, but in the peculiar American system, a few people can exert an inordinate amount of power. In the Senate, the Tea Party adherents can disrupt any attempts at compromise, as Senator Ted Cruz did recently.
In the House, they can threaten John Boehner’s job, because Boehner needs an absolute majority of House members to retain his speakership.
And numbers aside, the threat of a primary challenge (now converted into a verb “to primary”) hovers over the all Republican Senate and House members, most notably McConnell, and has forced Boehner and McConnell to follow dutifully the shutdown strategy of Cruz and his House allies.
John Boehner 'eyes' President Obama (again.)
Under pressure from grassroots radicals and the new outsider groups, the old Republican coalition is beginning to shatter.
The single-issue and evangelical groups have been superseded by right-wing populist groups, which are generally identified with the Tea Party, although there is no single Tea Party organization.
These groups can’t easily be co-opted by the party’s Washington leadership.
And the business groups in Washington, who funded the party over the last two decades, have grown disillusioned with a party that appears to be increasingly held hostage by its radical base and by outsider groups.
The newspapers are now filled with stories about business opposition to the shutdown strategy, and there are even hints of business groups backing challenges to Tea Party candidates.
“The business community has got to stand up and say we are not going to back the most self-described conservative candidate. We are going to back the candidates that are the most rational,” says John Feehery, a former aide to DeLay and Hastert who is now president of Quinn Gillespie & Associates, a Washington lobbying firm.
What Washington business lobbyists say on-the-record about the House Republicans and about Tea Party activists pales before what they are willing to say if their names aren't used.
One former Republican staffer says of the anti-establishment groups:
“They want to go in and fuck shit up."
"These non-corporate non-establishmentarian guys - that is exactly what they are doing. And the problem with that is obvious," he said.
"What happens after you fuck shit up?”
Other lobbyists I talked to cited John Calhoun, Dixiecrats and Richard Hofstadter’s essay on “The Paranoid Style in American Politics” to explain the rise of the populist right.
It’s the kind of reference you’d expect to read in a New Republic article, but not necessarily in a conversation with a business lobbyist.
One could argue, of course, that the Republican Party will re-adapt to its right wing base and eventually create a new majority of “true fiscal conservatives” who will disdain compromise.
But there is reason to believe that Chocola and the Club for Growth will never achieve their objective.
Rightwing populism, like its predecessor, Christian conservatism, is intense in its commitment, but ultimately limited in its appeal.
Tea Party Republicans and the outsider groups probably had their greatest impact when they were still emerging phenomena in the 2010 elections.
But, when the Republican Party becomes identified with the radical right, it will begin to lose ground even in districts that Republicans and polling experts now regard as safe.
That happened earlier with the Christian Coalition, which enjoyed immense influence within the Republican Party until the Republican Party began to be identified with it.
In Washington, today’s business lobbies may come to understand what the lobbies of the ‘50s grasped - that the Democratic Party is a small “c” conservative party that has sought to preserve and protect American capitalism by sanding off its rough edges.
Joe Echevarria, the chief executive of Deloitte, the accounting and consulting firm, recently told The New York Times, “I’m a Republican by definition and by registration, but the party seems to have split into two factions.”
Echevarria added that while the Democrats also had an extreme faction, it had no power in the party, while the Republican’s extreme faction did.
“The extreme right has 90 seats in the House,” he said. “Occupy Wall Street has no seats.”
That realization could lead business to resume splitting its contributions, which would spell trouble for the Republicans.
Republicans in Washington could repudiate their radical base and shun the groups that appeal to it.
That is roughly what people like Feehery are suggesting. But the question, then, is what would be the Republican base? How would Republicans win elections?
Are there enough rational Republicans to make up for the loss of the radical ones?
What is happening in the Republican Party today is reminiscent of what happened to the Democrats in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
At that time, the Democrats in Washington were faced by a grassroots revolt from the new left over the war in Vietnam and from the white South over the party’s support for civil rights.
It took the Democrats over two decades to do undo the damage - to create a party coalition that united the leadership in Washington with the base and that was capable of winning national elections.
The Republicans could be facing a similar split between their base and their Washington leadership, and it could cripple them not just in the 2014 and 2016 elections - but for decades to come.
Dryness, then drought, wildfires, then torrential rains and super storms, like the super typhoon that struck the Philippines in November 2013, have shown us clearly that we are in-between climate regimes - what I call 'extremes of weather.'
For instance, the heat waves that were felt in July 2013 in North America, also were felt in July and early August in Central Europe, which had warmer-than-usual temperatures for the second month after temperatures rose sharply after July's sweltering temperatures.
In western Europe, both Belgium and Germany experienced severe hot temperatures. In Brussels, Belgium's capital, temperatures reached 35 Celsius (95 F) in the shade.
"This is the highest temperature we have measured so far. It is beginning of August  if there are no more heatwaves it will remain as the highest temperature for this year," Pierre Gallet, weather analyst from the Belgian Royal Meteorological Institute, said.
Then, in Colorado, which faced hot temperatures, drought and wildfire, then heavy rains followed that led to widespread flooding along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains:
This will be followed by cold winds and record cold temperatures in Winter 2014 for the northern hemisphere as arctic air plunges south with the jet streams
Why, then, do scientists have such high levels of confidence in them?
Until that time, we will continue to see the 'extremes of weather' as we are in-between the old climate state of global warming and the approaching new climate state, global cooling.
You gotta be kidding.
The N.S.A. had been pushing for more than a decade to obtain the rule change allowing the analysis of Americans’ phone and e-mail data.
A new policy that year, detailed in “Defense Supplemental Procedures Governing Communications Metadata Analysis,” authorized by Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey, said that since the Supreme Court had ruled that metadata was not constitutionally protected, N.S.A. analysts could use such information “without regard to the nationality or location of the communicants,” according to an internal N.S.A. description of the policy.
After that decision, which was previously reported by The Guardian, the N.S.A. performed the social network graphing in a pilot project for 1 ½ years “to great benefit,” according to the 2011 memo.
It was put in place in November 2010 in “Sigint Management Directive 424” (sigint refers to signals intelligence).
That could include anything from ties to terrorism, weapons proliferation or international drug smuggling to spying on conversations of foreign politicians, business figures or activists.
The agency is required to obtain a warrant from the intelligence court to target a “U.S. person” - a citizen or legal resident - for actual eavesdropping.
It is a repository into which vast amounts of data flow daily from the agency’s fiber-optic cables, corporate partners and foreign computer networks that have been hacked.
An internal N.S.A. bulletin, for example, noted that in 2011 Mainway was taking in 700 million phone records per day.
In August 2011, it began receiving an additional 1.1 billion cellphone records daily from an unnamed American service provider under Section 702 of the 2008 FISA Amendments Act, which allows for the collection of the data of Americans if at least one end of the communication is believed to be foreign.
The budget document, disclosed by Mr. Snowden, shows that the agency is pouring money and manpower into creating a metadata repository capable of taking in 20 billion “record events” daily and making them available to N.S.A. analysts within 60 minutes.
The data is automatically computed to speed queries and discover new targets for surveillance.
A year earlier, an internal briefing paper from the N.S.A. Office of Legal Counsel showed that the agency was allowed to collect and retain raw traffic, which includes both metadata and content, about “U.S. persons” for up to five years online and for an additional 10 years offline for “historical searches.”
And those who have committed countless crimes believing that they were 'above the law' will ultimately be tried and convicted by it too.
Generation X documentary filmmaker, Laura Poitras, in Berlin, Germany.
How Laura Poitras Helped Edward Snowden Reveal Massive U.S. Government Spying Against... Well, Everyone
by Peter Maas
This past January, Generation Xer Laura Poitras received a curious e-mail from an anonymous stranger requesting her public encryption key.
For almost two years, Poitras had been working on a documentary about surveillance, and she occasionally received queries from strangers.
She replied to this one and sent her public key - allowing him or her to send an encrypted e-mail that only Poitras could open, with her private key - but she didn’t think much would come of it.
The stranger responded with instructions for creating an even more secure system to protect their exchanges.
Promising sensitive information, the stranger told Poitras to select long pass phrases that could withstand a brute-force attack by networked computers.
“Assume that your adversary is capable of a trillion guesses per second,” the stranger wrote.
She had heard of one of them - but not the others.
After describing each program, the stranger wrote some version of the phrase, “This I can prove.”
Seconds after she decrypted and read the e-mail, Poitras disconnected from the Internet and removed the message from her computer.
“I thought, O.K., if this is true, my life just changed,” she told me last month.
“It was staggering, what he claimed to know and be able to provide. I just knew that I had to change everything.”
Poitras remained wary of whoever it was she was communicating with.
She worried especially that a government agent might be trying to trick her into disclosing information about the people she interviewed for her documentary, including Julian Assange, the editor of WikiLeaks. “I called him out,” Poitras recalled.
“I said either you have this information and you are taking huge risks or you are trying to entrap me and the people I know, or you’re crazy.”
The answers were reassuring but not definitive.
Poitras did not know the stranger’s name, sex, age or employer (C.I.A.? N.S.A.? Pentagon?)
In early June 2013, she finally got the answers.
Along with her reporting partner, Glenn Greenwald, a former lawyer and a columnist for The Guardian, Poitras flew to Hong Kong and met the NSA contractor Edward J. Snowden, who gave them thousands of classified documents, setting off a major controversy over the extent and legality of government surveillance.
Poitras was right that, among other things, her life would never be the same.
Greenwald lives and works in a house surrounded by tropical foliage in a remote area of Rio de Janeiro. He shares the home with his Brazilian partner and their 10 dogs and one cat, and the place has the feel of a low-key fraternity that has been dropped down in the jungle.
"You feel you are empowered for the first time because there’s this mammoth system that you try and undermine and subvert and shine a light on - but you usually can’t make any headway, because you don’t have any instruments to do it - [and now] the instruments were suddenly in our lap.”
But I also knew from our back and forth that he was incredibly knowledgeable about computer systems, which put him younger in my mind.
So I was thinking like 40s, somebody who really grew up on computers, but who had to be at a higher level.”
“I wanted to test the consistency of his claims, and I just wanted all the information I could get, given how much I knew this was going to be affecting my credibility and everything else. We weren’t really able to establish a human bond until after that five or six hours was over.”
When someone consents to being filmed - even if the consent is indirectly gained when she turns on the camera - this is an act of trust that raises the emotional stakes of the moment.
"But we all knew what was at stake. The weight of the situation actually made it easier to focus on what was in the public interest rather than our own. I think we all knew there was no going back once she turned the camera on.”
"If you promise someone you’re going to protect them as a source and you know the government is monitoring you or seizing your laptop, you can’t actually physically do it.”
"This is scary, and people should be scared.
"A shadow and secret government has grown and grown, all in the name of national security and without the oversight or national debate that one would think a democracy would have. It’s not advocacy. We have documents that substantiate it.”
Poitras possesses a new skill set that is particularly vital - and far from the journalistic norm - in an era of pervasive government spying: she knows, as well as any computer-security expert, how to protect against surveillance.
"She had demonstrated the courage, personal experience and skill needed to handle what is probably the most dangerous assignment any journalist can be given - reporting on the secret misdeeds of the most powerful government in the world - making her an obvious choice.”
Greenwald said, half-jokingly, that if he was arrested, WikiLeaks would become the new traffic cop for publishing N.S.A. documents.
“I would just say: ‘O.K., let me introduce you to my friend Julian Assange, who’s going to take my place. Have fun dealing with him.’ ”
“Geo-location is the thing,” Poitras said. “I want to keep as much off the grid as I can. I’m not going to make it easy for them.
"If they want to follow me, they are going to have to do that. I am not going to ping into any G.P.S. My location matters to me. It matters to me in a new way that I didn’t feel before.”
“We’re not trying to keep it a secret, but piece the puzzle together. That’s a project that is going to take time.
Our intention is to release what’s in the public interest, but also to try to get a handle on what this world is, and then try to communicate that.”
“Our lives will never be the same,” Poitras said. “I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to live someplace and feel like I have my privacy. That might be just completely gone.”
"We dare not forget today that we are the heirs of that first revolution.
"Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans - born in this century - tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, proud of our ancient heritage - and unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of those human rights to which this Nation has always been committed, and to which we are committed today at home and around the world." - John F. Kennedy