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2016-03-23 Hour 1 James Corbett from Ernest Hancock on Vimeo.

James Corbett

The Corbett Report

Webpage: CorbettReport.Com

James comes on the show to discuss U.S./World  politics/foreign policy, World News Update, GOP POTUS Circus, comments on Obama's supreme court justice selection

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James's previous interviews on the Declare Your Independence with Ernest Hancock Radio Show:

https://www.freedomsphoenix.com/Guest-Page.htm?No=01092

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TOPICS DISCUSSED...

Latest Video:

OKC Judge Rewarded With Supreme Court Nomination - #NewWorldNextWeek

https://www.corbettreport.com/interview-1150-new-world-next-week-with-james-evan-pilato/

Welcome to New World Next Week — the video series from Corbett Report and Media Monarchy that covers some of the most important developments in open source intelligence news. In this week's episode:

Story #1: First Russian Jets Leave Syria After Putin's Withdrawal Order
http://nyti.ms/1U3hvh8
Syrian Kurds' Plan to Unite Threatens to Disrupt Peace Process
http://ti.me/1MnsOsi
Turkish Air Strikes in Northern Iraq kill 45 Kurdish Militants
http://reut.rs/251o1YS
Surprised by Russia's withdrawal from Syria, Israel gets assurances
http://bit.ly/22nWXko

Story #2: Merrick Garland Rewarded for OKC Coverup With SCOTUS Nomination
http://bit.ly/255w5bc
Flashback: How Bombing Case Helped Shape Career of a Potential Justice (Apr 2010)
http://nyti.ms/1QZEi9r
Garland Was 'Man to See' in Oklahoma City Bomb Inquiry
http://usat.ly/1Rlm19T
Flashback: Mistress of Disaster: Jamie Gorelick (Sep 2008)
http://bit.ly/1pMVqGG
Wikipedia: Merrick Garland
http://bit.ly/1QXFhac

Story #3: How Hellfire Missiles Hopped a Flight to Portland
http://bit.ly/1M9H1Ox
ATF Confirms 'Fast & Furious' Guns Tracked to El Chapo Hideout
http://bit.ly/1RP6BVL
US Wants Rocket Back After Sent to Havana By Mistake
http://bit.ly/1SUPwie
Flashback: 70 Punished In 'Accidental' Nuke Flight (Oct 2007)
http://bit.ly/1R4LOOk

#GoodNewsNextWeek – Bacteria Eats Plastic In Breakthrough New Discovery 
http://bit.ly/1RlUFQZ
DARK Act Defeated In Senate
http://bit.ly/1TPSKEx

#NewWorldNextWeek Headlines:
French Parents Face Lawsuits, Prison For Posting Pics Of Their Own Children Online
http://bit.ly/1VeqRWo
CSIS Have Used Special C-51 Police Powers Dozens of Times Already
http://bit.ly/1QZErd4

Visit http://NewWorldNextWeek.com to get previous episodes in various formats to download and share. Submit articles and links by using #NewWorldNextWeek. And as always, stay up-to-date by subscribing to the New World Next Week RSS feed or iTunes feed. Thank you.

Previous Episode: DoD Holds Contest to Hack the Pentagon!
http://bit.ly/22miqgY


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Guests: Ernest Hancock

Hour 2 - Freedom's Phoenix Headline News

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2016-03-23 Hour 2 Freedom's Phoenix Headline News from Ernest Hancock on Vimeo.

Freedom's Phoenix Headline News

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I Want to Believe This Surprised Baboon Gets What Magic Is:

It starts with a wan zoo baboon. She looks like I'd feel if I was pressed up against the glass of my enclosure, watching another species gawk at me. Which is to say, overwhelmingly sad and tired. Despondent. Suicidal even.

Thousands of kids have toddled up to this baboon to smack their sticky palms against the glass, level with her face. She'd move away from this spot, but it's the only real shade in the afternoon. She's made her peace with the tourist hordes out of necessity. She expects nothing, so she's never disappointed. She gives fewer fucks than any creature I've ever seen.

And then. Some jackball grandpa in a neon white cap shows her a card, and with a flourish, the card is gone. Wan Baboon loses it. Her eyebrows have leapt up before she can stop them, she is incredulous, and outraged. It's magic—and, you know, it's magic.

 
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The Mercenary Murder of LaVoy Finicum

http://lamecherry.blogspot.com/2016/03/the-mercenary-murder-of-lavoy-finicum.html

As another Lame Cherry exclusive in matter anti matter.

The following is a combined effort in the search for Truth, because Truth has been vanquished in America by the police state and the press, now all under political control of the conglomerate mafia cartel.

New evidence is constantly being leveraged out in the murder of LaVoy Finicum, and it begins in a tale as all tales are told, in follow the money.

The cartel did indeed murder LaVoy Finicum, and the leads in this point to a Jade Helm operation in how the conglomerates are now utilizing the United Nations inside of America to murder her Citizens and to confiscate their lands. Before any of you roll your eyes in Alex Jones overload of having heard all of this before, we have official documents in the Governor of Oregon's emails, in which an Oregon State Trooper states that Grant County Oregon with Sheriff Palmer is not a United Nations county, while Harney County is under United Nations control.

Where this all begins is the Hammond Ranch and other Western Ranchers coming under the terrorism of the BLM and US Fish and Wildlife, in criminalizing Americans and stealing their lands. It is what is under those lands which this is all about. I know some of you have heard about the uranium under those lands, which is being turned over to Russia in their share of the market, but something far more sinister is taking place in Oregon on the ground LaVoy Finicum's blood was spilled.
It ties into this blog's exclusive in matter anti matter, that American oil resources are being turned over from refinement to oil in North Dakota to the Saudi Muslims to manage. This sounds odd in not making any sense in turning American energy in uranium and oil over to foreigners, who are backed by image Obama and Hillary Clinton, in her foundation, but it begins to make more sense when you understand that under the greater part of Idaho and Oregon, on these siege lands, lays a far greater power source than North Dakota oil or Uranium, and that resource is Thorium.

There is said to be over 50 TRILLION DOLLARS in Thorium under those lands, and it is why the United Nations, the Obama regime, Hillary Clinton and the GOPliters like Paul Ryan and Ted Cruz are all arrayed against Donald Trump for President, because New World Order mogul, Bill Gates of Microsoft, who helped steal part of the Iowa elections for his man, Marco Rubio, has an investment energy firm named TerraPower, and they are in the process of creating a nuclear power plant based upon Thorium, because Thorium is unlike Uranium, in Thorium will burn down to a non radioactive ash.

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Reality" Edited in Real Time: New Tech Shows Why You Can't Trust Anything You See on the News

http://truthstreammedia.com/2016/03/21/reality-edited-in-real-time-new-tech-shows-why-you-cant-trust-anything-you-see-on-the-news/

Talk about wag the dog. I'm not even sure what to write for a description of the video you are about to watch.

stanford(Via Stanford University)

So-called "reality" can be edited in real-time.

It's the matrix.

The project is a joint effort in progress between Stanford, the Max Planck Institute for Informatics, and the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg. According to the project's abstract, via Stanford University:

We present a novel approach for real-time facial reenactment of a monocular target video sequence (e.g., Youtube video). The source sequence is also a monocular video stream, captured live with a commodity webcam. Our goal is to animate the facial expressions of the target video by a source actor and re-render the manipulated output video in a photo-realistic fashion. To this end, we first address the under-constrained problem of facial identity recovery from monocular video by non-rigid model-based bundling. At run time, we track facial expressions of both source and target video using a dense photometric consistency measure. Reenactment is then achieved by fast and efficient deformation transfer between source and target. The mouth interior that best matches the re-targeted expression is retrieved from the target sequence and warped to produce an accurate fit. Finally, we convincingly re-render the synthesized target face on top of the corresponding video stream such that it seamlessly blends with the real-world illumination.We demonstrate our method in a live setup, where Youtube videos are reenacted in real time.

(More info on this project via Stanford's website here.)

While it may not be "pixel-perfect" YET, Tech Crunch's response is the same thing on everyone's mind after watching the original video (which is well on its way to a million views even though it's only been up for three days):

Even in the relatively low-res clips we're shown, there's an uncanny valley effect of something being not quite right. But hot damn is it impressive (and, well, more than a little spooky) even in this early stage.

CLICK HERE for the rest of the story

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WITH MILLSTONES AROUND OUR NECKS

 · MAR 22ND, 2016

http://www.freemansperspective.com/with-millstones-around-our-necks/

Filters off. Today I rant.

Humanity has been progressing steadily over millennia. The terrorist empires of the ancient world are gone. Chattel slavery, a filthy curse upon our species since several thousand years BC, was obliterated in Europe a thousand years ago and remains in only a few barbaric corners. Humanity is healthier and better fed than ever in history, and by a huge margin. We have vast knowledge at our fingertips and technology that would have been considered magic not too long ago.

(People fixated on darkness will object to my itemization of humanity's progress, but everything I've written is indisputably true.)

My point is this, and if I could write it in giant, flaming letters, I would:

Humanity is ready to break out and fly.

"No, we're not!" scream a hundred objections. "War machines, surveillance, stupidity, terror, obedient sheeple, psychopaths in power!"

And yes, I understand. But fixating on evil gets us nowhere. We have to lift up our eyes, see the path before us, take the millstones off our necks, and move. And that means leaving our precious complaints behind.

If you'd prefer to stand in place and complain, that's your choice. I'll probably agree with most of your complaints, but I won't join in your chorus, because complaining doesn't move me forward. And I want to move forward. I'm sick of watching a big, rigged game in which the debased triumph and the good stand around moaning.

I'm done with it. I give no consent. I offer zero respect. I've turned my back to it.

Have you ever considered the attitudes of the first Christians, stuck inside the Roman Empire? "We are not of this world," they said. "We are strangers and pilgrims on Earth," they said. They believed all the kingdoms of the world were evil and acted accordingly… and they were not wrong.

The Nexus of Coercion

Is coercion the font of righteousness?

Is intimidation superior to reason?

Is permanent menace the source of health and prosperity?

Think carefully, because if you maintain that the state is good, necessary, or God ordained, you believe precisely these things. Why? Because the state, like it or not, is the nexus of coercion in this world.

I know you were taught that the state protected you from coercion, but that was simply a lie. A big, fat lie… as in "demonstrably false." (Not that reason has ever been much of a basis for idolizing the state.)

Rudolph Rummel documented 262 million "deaths by government" in the 20th century alone. Nothing else comes remotely close to that toll – not mass murderers, not petty thugs, not drug gangs, not all of them put together.

And where does the coercion in your life come from?

Does your neighbor demand that you hand over half your income or he'll lock you in a cage?

Does your electrician force you off the road, demand your documents and issue you fines?

Does the grocer forbid you from working without a hugely expensive certificate?

The conclusion here is obvious and simple: The state is the nexus of coercion upon Earth. It's easy to see that this is true; we've just been trained to look away.

And Coercion…

Coercion is a blight upon humanity. The theory of coercion being our savior – as in "we need a monopoly on coercion to save you from coercion" – is simply ludicrous. No mind that hadn't been preprogrammed to it would accept it.

It might be fair to say that medicine saves us. But did organized coercion create medicine? Did it teach us to grow food or build cars? Did it discover the laws of physics?

Of course not. Coercion takes, by manipulation, fraud, and force.

None of this is complex. Understanding it requires no genius. It's simple and obvious.

Our Path Forward

The path forward is almost equally obvious: a voluntary society, a society of consent.

And there is no reason not to reorganize ourselves into a society of consent. It would involve the usual human problems, of course, but they exist in coercive society in even greater measure. The real problem is that organized coercion forbids it.

We are violently prevented from experimenting with new ways of life. We are threatened with any number of punishments if we stray from the pattern that is dictated to us.

These monopolies of coercion always promise "freedom," but their "freedom" applies only if you stay inside their limits. If you want to live differently, you are to be hammered down.

That's why I call this a millstone. It forbids us from living any other way. It forbids adaptation. It forbids experiment. It forbids progress.

The worst part, however, is this: Organized coercion demands that we warp our minds and bludgeon our judgment, so we can praise it as the true and great savior of mankind.

So…

Our situation is this:

Humanity has been crawling into the future with millstones around their necks. The millstones are useless and debilitating, but they've been part of their lives so long that most people can't conceive of removing them. But if ever they do remove them, they'll be ready to fly.

Is organized coercion the only problem we face? Of course not. Our primary problems are internal… the kind that stop us from pulling the stones off our necks.

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If you've enjoyed Free-Man's Perspective or A Lodging of Wayfaring Men, you're going to love Paul Rosenberg's new novel, The Breaking Dawn.

It begins with an attack that crashes the investment markets, brings down economic systems, and divides the world. One part is dominated by mass surveillance and massive data systems: clean cities and empty minds… where everything is assured and everything is ordered. The other part is abandoned, without services, with limited communications, and shoved 50 years behind the times… but where human minds are left to find their own bearings.

You may never look at life the same way again.

Get it now at Amazon ($18.95) or on Kindle: ($5.99)

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TheBreakingDawn

Paul Rosenberg
www.freemansperspective.com


Hour 3

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Guests: Sibel Edmonds

Hour 3 -- Sibel Edmonds (Boiling Frogs Post; News Bud) on the Kickstarter campaign for NewsBud, a people-funded non-partisan online news source

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2016-03-23 Hour 3 Sibel Edmonds from Ernest Hancock on Vimeo.

Sibel Edmonds

Sibel Edmonds is editor and publisher of BFP Report, founder and president of the National Security Whistleblowers Coalition (NSWBC), and author of the acclaimed book Classified Woman: The Sibel Edmonds Story, and The Lone Gladio, a Political Spy Thriller. . She is the recipient of the 2006 PEN/Newman's Own First Amendment Award. Ms. Edmonds is a certified linguist, fluent in four languages, and has an MA in public policy from George Mason University and a BA in criminal justice and psychology from George Washington University.

Webpages:

 http://www.boilingfrogspost.com/

http://newsbud.com/

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/141490519/support-a-100-people-funded-nonpartisan-online-new

Tired of getting your news from sources funded by mega-corporations? Newsbud—100% people-funded media. Where media integrity matters.

CLICK HERE TO DONATE

About this project

The Problem 

These days, major media sources have too many ties with people and organizations that want to influence what's reported—think billionaire owners, mega-corporations, and big-money advertisers. Even our so-called public radio and TV are compromised by their dependency on funding from corporations, foundations, and government. And while there are thousands of excellent independent bloggers and citizen reporters out there, it's not easy to find and identify the "good ones" and keep up with them all.

Foundations That Fund Left Wing Media

Foundations That Fund Left Wing Media

The Solution 

For everyone who has been dreaming of a major independent media platform that's free from the compromises and partisan agendas that come with a reliance on corporate advertisers and a dependency on the ultra-rich, that dream is about to be a reality. Newsbud—Where Media Integrity Matters.

Newsbud will be a truly independent alternative because it will be one-hundred percent people funded. Plus, while it will share a similar spirit with the bloggers and citizen reporters, Newsbud will have the resources and staffing to make it an easily accessed center stage for high-quality, independent reporting.

Headed up by award-winning activistpublisher, and authorSibel Edmonds, in partnership with a network of seasoned and international producers, editors, and independent investigative journalists, Newsbud will offer original stories and investigative reports, video-podcast productions, editorials, and discussion forums.

The Details 

Newsbud will be a news and multimedia network unlike anything else online, in print, or on TV. It will offer all of the elements people expect from a large news organization and also utilize social media, a mobile app (news alerts, etc.), and other Internet platforms.

All Newsbud reports and multimedia productions will be entirely independent and nonpartisan and will be developed, written, produced, and vetted by our staff, who will be paid with funding from the public. 

Except for special forums and roundtable discussions, all Newsbud contents will be free to the public. For those who want access to all of the site's contents, the subscription fee will be $12 per year. A monthly payment option of $2 per month ($24 per year) will also be available.

Our objective is to have 50,000 subscribers by the end of year one. Assuming a $12 annual subscription, 50,000 subscribers equates to $550,000 (50,000 X $11 [annual subscription fee minus credit card processing fee]). We'd supplement that amount with two annual fundraising events. Our goal for the end of year two is to expand our subscriber base to 75,000. That would equate to $825,000, which would be enough to support Newsbud's annual operations. Every dollar we receive that exceeds our goal will go to funding further content, expanded program offerings, additional journalists, etc.

We will operate 24 X 7 and deliver: 

Headline news (updated hourly, weekdays, 5 days per week) 

Original investigative stories (2 to 3 per week)

Evening News (weekdays, 5 days per week)—a 30-minute news show covering significant news stories and one feature story every weekday evening 

Analysis videos (daily)—providing analysis and multiple perspectives on several of the day's stories 

Podcast shows (daily)—featuring in-depth discussions and analyses with expert guests 

Editorials and analyses (daily) 

Original editorial cartoons (2 to 3 per week, weekdays) 

Live chat with VIP guests (weekly) 

Discussion forums—24/7 monitored and managed public discussions and activism 

Roundtable political discussions (video, every Sunday) 

Book and film reviews 

And more 

Our Passion

For a society to be responsible and empowered, it must first be informed. News media, as our primary source of information, should be the number one force for transparency and accountability. But this can only happen when reporters and media sources aren't accountable to powerful people with vested interests in the stories being told.

For a decade and a half, Newsbud's founder, Sibel Edmonds, has been fighting for the public's right to know. From whistleblowing while working as an FBI interpreter and years of leading congressional investigations, to forming the first and only National Security Whistleblowers Coalition and establishing an independent online information forum, her life's mission has been to create an informed citizenry.

It's time to stand up for our right to be informed and to establish an empowering, publicly funded media network that is accountable only to its viewers and to the truth.

How You Can Help 

To launch what we believe will be the first truly independent and agenda-free major media network, we need to raise a minimum of $950,000 in under 60 days. To help accomplish this, you can pledge anything, from the cost of a cup of coffee to a $10,000 sponsorship. 

Your help will enable us to set-up and begin operation by September 15, 2016. Your pledges will fund the following: 

1. Web Development, IT & Recording Studio (hardware/software & furniture): $95K 

2. HQ Office, Travel Budget, Logistics & Services (insurance, payroll, tax): $135K 

3. Hire First-Tier Staff: a. Investigative journalists, analysts, producers & columnists (6 full time & 6 part time): $365K; b. Editors and technical, managerial & support staff (4 full time & 3 part time): $230K 

Estimated total for set-up and one year of operation: $825K 

After we are up and running, subscriber fees will enable us to continue operating year after year—even as we allow non-subscribers to view the bulk of our site's content for free. 

Our funding goal of $950K is the absolute minimum amount required to accomplish our objectives. We have slimmed down our start-up costs to one-hundredth of what online news networks typically spend, and we've done so without skimping on quality. Our journalists, producers, and columnists are world-class talents, known for their integrity, professionalism, knowledge, experience, and track record. We have already identified and enlisted our first-tier team members and have shared their bios below. If we exceed our funding goal, we'll be able to bring on additional journalists, producers, content, shows and more.

We'd love you to support our effort with a pledge. We also need your help to spread the word about Newsbud and activate others. Sharing on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, YouTube, and other networks will be critical to the success of our collective dream. 

Without you, we cannot build the independent news source that we the people deserve. We can only do that when we are 100% publicly funded, and that means we need you, your voice, and your commitment to our cause.

Who We Are

Meet our stellar team of internationally recognized journalists, producers, and analysts:

Sibel Edmonds, Founder & Editor-in-Chief

Sibel Edmonds is editor and publisher of BFP Report, founder and president of the National Security Whistleblowers Coalition (NSWBC), and author of the acclaimed books Classified Woman: The Sibel Edmonds Story, and The Lone Gladio, a political spy thriller. She is the recipient of the 2006 PEN/Newman's Own First Amendment Award. Ms. Edmonds is a certified linguist, fluent in four languages, and has an M.A. in public policy from George Mason University and a B.A. in criminal justice and psychology from George Washington University. 

Peter B. Collins, Sr. Producer (News Desk) is a San Francisco based radio producer and talk show host with over three decades of experience in the field. 

Bill Conroy, Sr. Editor & Investigative Journalist (National Coverage) is an investigative journalist with decades of experience and renown for his coverage of the Drug War. 

Pepe Escobar, Sr. Correspondent & Analyst (International Coverage) is an investigative journalist and geopolitical analyst with over 30 years of experience as a foreign correspondent. 

Paul Jamiol, Editorial Cartoonist has been cartooning for over 40 years and has won multiple state, regional, and national press association awards for his work. 

Professor Filip Kovacevic, Sr. Analyst (The Balkans & Russia) is a Montenegrin geopolitical author who currently teaches at the University of San Francisco. 

Guillermo Jimenez, Senior Producer & Author (Newsbud Podcast & Editorials) is a writer and podcast producer based in Austin, Texas with years of experience working as an editor, translator, and columnist at various publications. 

Pearse Redmond, Producer & Columnist is an independent researcher, podcast producer, and host of Porkins Policy Radio who hails from New York City. 

Tom Secker (Book & Film Reviews) is a researcher, writer, and producer based in North Yorkshire who specializes in the intelligence agencies. 

Christoph Germann, Sr. Analyst (Central Asia & Caucasus) is an independent analyst and researcher based in Germany. He has published numerous articles and runs a blog. 

Spiro Skouras, Sr. Producer (News Desk) is an independent producer and analyst, a co-host on Real Talk Live, and runs a popular YouTube channel. 

Katie Aguilera, Sr. Columnist & Researcher is an independent researcher, author, and activist who resides in Oregon and writes at the blog Seeking Redress

Christian Sorensen, Senior Researcher & Analyst (MIC Reports) is an independent writer and Arabic translator whose research focuses on U.S. weapon procurement and war profiteering. 

To learn more about out first-tier associates, check out their extended bios

Risks and challenges

By the end of our first year, we must hit our target of 50,000 subscribers to remain operational. We're confident that when we deliver the high-quality, wholly independent media outlet we've promised, readers and viewers will be satisfied and support us with their subscriptions.

CLICK HERE TO DONATE

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Other topics discussed...

Posts on BoilingFrogsPost.Com about the Malhuer Refuge/Oregon Standoff Situation:

Sheriff Richard Mack, Sibel Edmonds & Spiro Skouras on: Federal Tyranny, Political Persecution & the 'Real' Enemies

| February 21, 2016

How long before 'They' consider this video a 'Threat to National Security' & the Participants 'Domestic Terrorists'!

Obama Set to Settle Score against Oregon Sheriff Outspoken on the Second Amendment

| February 20, 2016

US Media Bury the Three-Year Long Grudge Held by the Feds against Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer In the latest development involving the Burns-OR Standoff case, the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training is asking the state Department of Justice to investigate Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer after receiving numerous complaints from the […]

View from the Trenches – from My Perspective — by Todd Macfarlane

February 4, 2016 

First Question: What is the Difference Between Occupy Malheur and a Rainbow Family Gathering?

Before turning to my piece about why it will be such a challenge for anyone involved in the Malheur Occupation to get a fair hearing in what I often refer to as the so-called justice system, there's something else I've got to get off my chest. Although I've been buried with pre-existing work, and now the aftermath of LaVoy Finicum's death, there is something I do have to get off my chest, and it has to do with the hypocrisy and discrimination involved in our Governments' approach to the Malheur Occupation.

To help put this discussion in context, back in April, 2015 I wrote a guest editorial for the Southern Utah Spectrum asking about the difference between how the BLM was treating Cliven Bundy's cattle, versus how they were treating and managing their own wild horses.  The piece suggested gross hypocrisy in federal policy and approach.

Has a Peaceful Protest over Government Over-reach Been Corrupted by Outside Influence in Burns, Oregon? - by Kate Aguilera - Jan 5, 2016

Questions & Potentially Serious Ramifications

On Saturday, January 2, 2015, a peaceful protest took place in Burns, Oregon. This protest had been planned for some time as an effort to bring attention to an ongoing legal case involving a local ranching family, the Hammonds.  Many people gathered, both from the Burns area, and from around the west, to march in support of Dwight and Steven Hammond, father and son, who have been ordered to return to prison for setting two fires on their own land.  Fires that subsequently spread to neighboring Bureau of Land Management property, leading to Dwight and Steve Hammond being prosecuted under the Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996.  People came to protest because they believe the Hammonds have already paid the penalty for those fires, and that the Federal government is over-stepping its authority by re-sentencing the men and requiring them to return to prison.  They came to protest the use of the Anti-terrorism law in the Hammond's case.  They came to protest because they fear the federal government is putting far too many restrictions on access to BLM land for ranchers and others who make use of federally held lands for profit.

The protest rally went as planned, peacefully and respectfully. Afterwards, there was a meeting at the county fairgrounds, where the situation had clearly changed.  It was announced that members of outside militia groups had driven to the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge headquarters, and occupied the buildings.  This outside group includes three sons of Cliven Bundy of Nevada, who made national news in April of 2014 for his own stand-off with the BLM over grazing rights in Nevada (1).  They appear to have come to Burns, Oregon, in support of the protests for the Hammond family, but after taking over the Malheur Refuge headquarters and setting up for a prolonged, armed stand-off, they have stated much more extensive reasons for their presence.  According to an Oregon Live article, they have said that they want ranchers "who have been kicked out of the area" to "come back and reclaim their land, and the wildlife refuge will be shut down forever and the federal government will relinquish such control."  (2)  Ammon and Ryan Bundy, Cliven Bundy's sons, have stated that "they are not looking to hurt anyone.  But they would not rule out violence if police tried to remove them." (3)  Ammon Bundy has also said, "we're planning on staying for years, absolutely.  This is not a decision we've made at the last minute."  They are calling their group "Citizens For Constitutional Freedom" as of today. (4)

STATEMENT FROM THE LAVOY FINICUM FAMILY 1-29-2016 by Spiro Skouras

To read the Finicum family's statement in full (PDF): Click Here

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Other articles about Malhuer Refuge situation:

Kate Brown presses top federal officials for 'swift' action against occupiers

http://www.oregonlive.com/oregon-standoff/2016/01/kate_brown_presses_top_federal.html

In a letter to the country's top law enforcement officials, Gov. Kate Brown pressed for "swift resolution" of the wildlife refuge occupation outside Burns.

Brown also wrote President Obama calling for action "without further delay."

The U.S. Justice Department and the White House did not respond to requests Thursday for comment.

The FBI released a statement Thursday afternoon, saying its response has been "deliberate and measured as we seek a peaceful resolution."

The governor spoke out publicly Wednesday on the need for an end to the takeover that started Jan. 2 and has disrupted life throughout Harney County. Armed protesters holding the headquarters compound of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge are staying put despite calls from the sheriff and community members to leave.

Brown said in one letter that she talked with FBI Director James Comey about the Oregon standoff. The FBI is in charge of investigating and ending the refuge takeover. In a letter to Comey and to Attorney General Loretta Lynch, the governor recounted how every day "tensions are increasing exponentially" in Harney County.

Document: Gov. Kate Brown's letter to attorney general, FBI director

"While it is easy to assume that an occupation in such a remote location does not threaten public safety and does not harm any victims, that perception is far from accurate," the governor wrote.

Adding to community tensions is that "the criminals on the refuge are allowed to travel on and off the premises with little fear of law enforcement contact or interaction," she said.

Oregon Standoff: Occupiers remove cameras

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Grant County sheriff says he was not told of FBI's plans

Glenn Palmer tells militia sites: 'I had no knowledge of anything'

http://www.ktvz.com/news/grant-county-sheriff-says-he-was-not-told-of-fbis-plans/37697912

JOHN DAY, Ore. -

Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer is defending himself on social media as allegations of him turning in the Bundy militia to the FBI continue to grow.

Sheriff Palmer agreed to hold a public meeting in John Day. Two vehicles of refuge occupiers were stopped by FBI agents and Oregon State Police in the late afternoon, and one, driven by Robert Lavoy Finicum, took off and crashed into a snow bank.

The FBI said he jumped out and was reaching toward his coat pocket, holding a 9mm handgun, when he was shot and killed.

Earlier, Finicum said members of the Grant County community were interested in Bundy's message.

A conversation between Palmer and a resident has been shared several times on Facebook. 

In the exchange, someone asked Palmer if he had been told earlier about the traffic stop. 

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3 ISIS Twitter accounts 'trace back to UK govt computers,' claim hackers

https://www.rt.com/uk/325994-isis-dwp-government-hackers/

At least three Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) supporters' social media accounts are run from IP addresses linked to the British government's Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), a group of hackers has claimed.

The group of teenage computer experts, known as 'VandaSec,' have unearthed details of internet protocol (IP) addresses used by three jihadists to access Twitter accounts used to carry out online recruitment.

The addresses were thought to be based in Saudi Arabia, but upon further inspection they linked back to the DWP's London offices, according to the Daily Mirror.

"Don't you think that's strange?" one of the hackers asked the Daily Mirror.

"We traced these accounts back to London, the home of the British intelligence services," they added.

This revelation has sparked speculation that someone inside the government is running IS-supporting accounts, or they were created by intelligence services to trap wannabe terrorists.

The evidence caused the Cabinet Office to admit to selling IP addresses to two Saudi firms earlier this year. An expert has suggested this is why the IP's are linked to the government.

Following the sale, the IP addresses were used by extremists to spread their message of hate on social media.

The DWP denied owning the IP addresses.

"The government owns millions of unused IP addresses which we are selling to get a good return for hardworking taxpayers," a Cabinet Office spokesperson said.

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