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  • Echelon spy network revealed
    telephone call fax e mail or radio transmission can be listened to by powerful computers capable of voice recognition They home in on a long list of key words or patterns of messages They are looking for evidence of international crime like terrorism Open Oz The network is so secret that the British and American Governments refuse to admit that Echelon even exists But another ally Australia has decided not to be so coy The man who oversees Australia s security services Inspector General of Intelligence and Security Bill Blick has confirmed to the BBC that their Defence Signals Directorate DSD does form part of the network As you would expect there are a large amount of radio communications floating around in the atmosphere and agencies such as DSD collect those communications in the interests of their national security he said Asked if they are then passed on to countries like Britain and America he said They might be in certain circumstances But the system is so widespread all sorts of private communications often of a sensitive commercial nature are hoovered up and analysed Journalist Duncan Campbell has spent much of his life investigating Echelon In a report commissioned by the European Parliament he produced evidence that the NSA snooped on phone calls from a French firm bidding for a contract in Brazil They passed the information on to an American competitor which won the contract There s no safeguards no remedies he said There s nowhere you can go to say that they ve been snooping on your international communications Its a totally lawless world Breaking the silence Both Britain and America deny allegations like this though they refuse to comment further But one former US army intelligence officer has broken the code of silence Colonel Dan Smith told

    Original URL path: http://www.911omissionreport.com/echelon.html (2016-02-14)
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  • Visa and Mastercard pay out $7.25billion for ripping off retailers with card fees... but deal could mean YOU pay more
    Visa Chief Executive Officer Joseph Saunders said the settlement was in the best interest of all parties and did not expect the settlement to impact its current guidance Not everyone was pleased with the proposed settlement however One class plaintiff the National Association of Convenience Stores rejected the settlement in a statement on Friday from its president Tom Robinson who is also president of Robinson Oil Corp Not only does the proposed settlement fail to introduce competition and transparency it actually provides Visa and MasterCard with the tools to continue to shield swipe fees from market forces Robinson said The proposed considerations are a far cry from the 50billion in swipe fees paid each year by U S retailers he said The American Bankers Association a trade group whose members include the bank defendants said retailers not consumers stood to gain the most from the proposed settlement Big box retailers will likely seize this opportunity to ask Congress for even more handouts said ABA President Frank Keating in a statement referring to the Durbin amendment passed by Congress in 2010 limiting debit card swipe fees a move that banks say resulted in an 8billion windfall for retailers The legal process worked and should send a signal to Congress that it is wrong to pick winners and losers in a complex dispute between two industries the Electronic Payment Coalition which represents payment networks said in a statement The plaintiffs charged that Visa and MasterCard colluded directly and indirectly through the issuing banks to keep merchants from finding ways to mitigate credit card costs Plaintiffs in the case include supermarket chain Kroger Co pharmacy chain Rite Aid Corp and shoe retailer Payless ShoeSource as well as trade associations such as the National Association of Convenience Stores National Grocers Association and the American Booksellers Association The National Retail Federation a trade group representing retailers said that the test will be whether the injunctive relief is meaningful Unless it is the card market will stay broken and neither merchants nor their customers will achieve a long term benefit A number of banks that issue Visa and MasterCard cards including JP Morgan Chase Co were also named as defendants in the lawsuit along with Visa and MasterCard s payment networks A spokeswoman for Bank of America NA said it believed the terms of the settlement were fair JP Morgan declined to comment Citigroup Inc acknowledged its role in the deal and declined further comment A spokesman for Wells Fargo said the company was pleased to put the matter behind it An estimated 7 million retailers will be affected by the settlement according to lawyers for the plaintiffs Visa and MasterCard have been plagued by legal problems over their payment card policies for the last decade In 2003 the companies paid a combined 3billion to settle a lawsuit by stores over their honor all cards policies which tied acceptance of credit to debit cards The U S Department of Justice brought and settled a civil antitrust

    Original URL path: http://www.911omissionreport.com/visa_matercard_ripoff.html (2016-02-14)
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  • Revealed: why Gordon Brown sold Britain's gold at a knock-down price
    seemed almost as if the Treasury was trying to achieve the lowest price possible for the public s gold It was One of the most popular trading plays of the late 1990s was the carry trade particularly the gold carry trade In this a bank would borrow gold from another financial institution for a set period and pay a token sum relative to the overall value of that gold for the privilege Once control of the gold had been passed over the bank would then immediately sell it for its full market value The proceeds would be invested in an alternative product which was predicted to generate a better return over the period than gold which was enduring a spell of relative price stability even decline At the end of the allotted period the bank would sell its investment and use the proceeds to buy back the amount of gold it had originally borrowed This gold would be returned to the lender The borrowing bank would trouser the difference between the two prices This plan worked brilliantly when gold fell and the other asset for the bank at the heart of this case yen backed securities rose When the prices moved the other way the banks were in trouble This is what had happened on an enormous scale by early 1999 One globally significant US bank in particular is understood to have been heavily short on two tonnes of gold enough to call into question its solvency if redemption occurred at the prevailing price Goldman Sachs which is not understood to have been significantly short on gold itself is rumoured to have approached the Treasury to explain the situation through its then head of commodities Gavyn Davies later chairman of the BBC and married to Sue Nye who ran Brown

    Original URL path: http://www.911omissionreport.com/brown_gold.html (2016-02-14)
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  • Facebook Monitors Your Chats for Criminal Activity [REPORT]
    gap The scanning program is also smart it s taught to keep an eye out for certain phrases found in the previously obtained chat records from criminals including sexual predators If the scanning software flags a suspicious chat exchange it notifies Facebook security employees who can then determine if police should be notified Keeping most of the scanned chats out of the eyes of Facebook employees may help Facebook deflect criticism from privacy advocates but whether the scanned chats are deleted or stored permanently is yet unknown The new details about Facebook s monitoring system came from an interview which the company s Chief Security Officer Joe Sullivan gave to Reuters At least one alleged child predator has been brought to trial directly as a result of Facebook s chat scanning according to Reuters report When asked for a comment Facebook only repeated the remarks given by Sullivan to Reuters We ve never wanted to set up an environment where we have employees looking at private communications so it s really important that we use technology that has a very low false positive rate Facebook works with law enforcement where appropriate and to the extent required by law to ensure the safety of the people who use Facebook according to a page on its site We may disclose information pursuant to subpoenas court orders or other requests including criminal and civil matters if we have a good faith belief that the response is required by law This may include respecting requests from jurisdictions outside of the United States where we have a good faith belief that the response is required by law under the local laws in that jurisdiction apply to users from that jurisdiction and are consistent with generally accepted international standards We may also share information when we

    Original URL path: http://www.911omissionreport.com/facebook_monitors.html (2016-02-14)
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  • New Homeland Security Laser Scanner Reads People At Molecular Level
    gun powder on a person s clothes to illegal substances and it can all be done without a physical search It also could be used on multiple people at a time eliminating random searches at airports The laser based scanner is expected to be used in airports as soon as 2013 Gizmodo reports The scanner is called the Picosecond Programmable Laser The device works by blasting its target with lasers which vibrate molecules that are then read by the machine that determine what substances a person has been exposed to This could be Semtex explosives to the bacon and egg sandwich they had for breakfast that morning The inventor of this invasive technology is Genia Photonics Active since 2009 they hold 30 patents on laser technology designed for scanning In 2011 they formed a partnership with In Q Tel a company chartered by the CIA and Congress to build a bridge between the Agency and a new set of technology innovators Genia Photonics wouldn t be the only ones with similar technology as George Washington University developed something similar in 2008 according to Gizmodo The Russians also developed something akin to the Picosecond Programmable laser The creators of that scanner

    Original URL path: http://www.911omissionreport.com/molecular_laser.html (2016-02-14)
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  • Was Gold Manipulated Like Libor Rates?
    reflect the true value of money the same way interest rates do It is effectively an intervention in two ways one would be the fact that for central banks gold and silver going up doesn t make their currency look any good and secondly a number of the big commercial banks have very large short positions which they like to manage and make easy money from he said A formal

    Original URL path: http://www.911omissionreport.com/gold_manipulated.html (2016-02-14)
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  • Pfizer sued by retailers for generic Lipitor delay
    and entering arrangements with pharmacy benefit managers to force retailers to buy more Lipitor whose chemical name is atorvastatin calcium Because of defendants scheme to delay and suppress generic Lipitor competition in whole or in part plaintiffs have paid hundreds of millions of dollars more for atorvastatin calcium than they would have paid according to the complaint which seeks triple damages and other remedies The lawsuit was filed in federal court in Trenton New Jersey Pfizer denies the plaintiffs claims and will defend itself vigorously spokesman Christopher Loder said We are confident that Pfizer s procurement and enforcement of its Lipitor patents was at all times proper and lawful he added Ranbaxy did not immediately respond to requests for comment A lawyer for the plaintiffs also did not immediately respond to a request for comment The lawsuit resembles antitrust cases brought against Pfizer and Israel s Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd by the same plaintiffs and by CVS Caremark Corp and Rite Aid Corp over delays in generic versions of the antidepressant Effexor XR Pfizer and Teva have denied wrongdoing in those cases which were also filed in Trenton Lipitor sales in 2011 totaled 9 6 billion accounting for about one

    Original URL path: http://www.911omissionreport.com/lipitor.html (2016-02-14)
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  • GlaxoSmithKline fined $3bn after bribing doctors to increase drugs sales
    sea fishing rafting glass bottomed boat rides hot air balloon rides and on one trip a tour of the Bacardi rum distillery all paid for by GSK Air fares were also covered for doctors and spouses in most cases and speakers at the event were paid 2 500 each Before one event the compere said We have a wonderful and unforgettable night planned Without giving it all away I can tell you you ll be experiencing a taste of luxury Not everyone was impressed though One psychiatrist complained The style of the conference would have been suitable for a convention of cosmetics sales reps this is supposed to be a scientific meeting To me the music lights videos emcees are offputting and a distraction even demeaning GSK also published an article in a medical journal that mis stated the drug s safety for children despite the journal asking several times to change the wording Copies of the misleading article were given to sales representatives to pass on to doctors in the hope that it would secure more business Tickets to sports matches were exchanged for discussions about Paxil with one doctor writing Dinner and a Yankee game with family Talked about Paxil studies in children Despite knowing that three trials had failed to prove its effectiveness on children Glaxo published a report entitled Positioning Paxil in the adolescent depression market getting a headstart The second drug to be mis sold was Wellbutrin another antidepressant aimed only at adults The prosecution said the company paid 275 000 to Dr Drew Pinsky who hosted a popular radio show to promote the drug on his programme in particular for unapproved uses GSK claimed it could treat weight gain sexual dysfunction ADHD and bulimia Pinsky who had not declared his GSK income to listeners said Wellbutrin could give women 60 orgasms a night A study of 25 people using the drug for eight weeks was pushed by a PR firm hired by GSK generating headlines including Bigger than Viagra It sounds too good to be true a drug to help you stop smoking stay happy and lose weight and Now That is a Wonder Drug When a GSK funded doctor refused to remove safety concerns about the drug from an article he was writing GSK removed his funding The investigation also found that sales representatives set up Operation Hustle to promote the drug to doctors including trips to Jamaica Bermuda and one talk coinciding with the annual Boston Tall Ships flotilla Speakers were paid up to 2 500 for a one hour presentation up to three times a day earning far more than they did working in their surgeries One speaker Dr James Pradko was paid nearly 1 5m by GSK over three years to speak about the drug He also produced a DVD funded by the company which was claimed to be independent It was shown more than 900 times to doctors The hope was that doctors would be persuaded to prescribe the

    Original URL path: http://www.911omissionreport.com/glaxosmithkline.html (2016-02-14)
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