Freedom & Transparency

Freedom is much more than choice of consumer goods, TV channel or political puppets. It is about the bigger issues that determine the type, diversity and direction of society, and how resources are divided. Modern democracy therefore does not automatically equate to freedom.

THE CHALLENGE

In frivolous things we have freedom; in important things we have none. As our freedoms are systematically taken away, our media compensates for this loss by focusing ever more on frivolities — celebrity, sport, political personalities, drama, social banality and sensationalism — so freedom levels appear to be maintained. But of course it is an illusion — the important freedoms have now been all but lost. more ->

Il Giardino in Cap-FerretEurope's Insane Ideas About Free Speech / July 2014
Next time you are in Cap-Ferret in the south-west of France, avoid at all costs the restaurant Il Giardino. When blogger Caroline Doudet wrote a negative blogpost about Il Giardino entitled, "The place to avoid in Cap-Ferret, Il Giardino" she was successfully sued by the restaurant owner (who admitted that the service may not have been the best) for €2,500 including costs because the review, which placed high in Google searches, was damaging their business. However, the restauranteur's plan appears to have backfired with Google Plus and Trip Adviser filling up with negative reviews. In the bigger picture, this is an indication where the EU is headed and why its scheming federalisation which limits free speech and its "right to be forgotten" legislation that censors history. Free speech in the EU will soon be only a memory as Europe edges every increasingly towards a totalitarian super-state.

UK Emergency Surveillance Bill / July 2014
The British Prime Minister is rushing through emergency legislation called the Data Retention and Investigation Powers Bill that means that phone companies have to keep records on all phone calls made and websites visited for at least a year. This was in response just to vague warnings by the US that the terror threat is increasing. In response to this, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden said that in times of peace this move "defies belief". He added, "I mean the NSA could have written this draft." This legislation was in response to the European Court of Justice (CJEU) stricking down UK's existing snooping laws because they breached EU privacy laws. The Open Rights Group commented: "Not only will the proposed legislation infringe our right to privacy, it will also set a dangerous precedent where the government simply re-legislates every time it disagrees with a decision by the CJEU."

The NSA and the 9/11 Deception / The Corbett Report - 26 Jan 2014
Another insightful report from James Corbett on the illegal NSA spying and wholesale data collection, and also the way mainstream media and government are trying to sidestep the real issues. However, the people are starting to fight back with campaigns like www.offnow.org.

One of the greatest fallacies that humans continue to fall for is that privacy can be given up for safety. But because safety is actually based on privacy, our efforts to be safe at the cost of privacy is entirely counterproductive. We sacrifice privacy at our peril. [more]

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Consent of the Governed: The Freeman Movement Defined - Feb 2013
This 3-hour documentary looks at human freedom and how our governments are working feverishly to erode civil liberty and impose a "New World Order" which is basically a slave-society which is controlled by a small elite who think they know what is best for all.

PRISM - US World Surveillance (Jun 2013)
If you use any of the following online services, you are unwittingly a victim to a massive US surveillance system that is monitoring and recording all your communications and all your online activity. This Surveillance system is called PRISM.

Microsoft (inc. Hotmail & Office etc.)
Yahoo!
Google (inc. Gmail & Drive etc.)
Facebook
Skype
Paltalk
YouTube
AOL
Apple

Stop using these services if at all possible and try to find alternative services that are owned by companies based outside the US, Canada and the UK. Other governments monitor as well, but not quite to this degree (unless you are in China).

Of course, these companies have vigorously denied involvement with government super-surveillance, but according to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, it is a federal crime for any participating company to publically acknowledge the existence of surveillance (source). So of course they would deny it!

The other thing that you must stop doing is using Google search engines which log every single one of your seaches. Try one of the following: Startpage.com and DuckDuckGo.com. And certainly don't be crazy enough to continue posting private information on Facebook!

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