CIA ‘black budget’ complicates Pentagon audit

Late last year, the Pentagon announced the launch of its first-ever audit. Since then, it has emerged that the Defense Department didn't properly account for more than $800 million in construction projects, and that the full audit, which Politico reports "may never even be possible" is projected to cost $367 million in itself. "I anticipate … Continue reading CIA ‘black budget’ complicates Pentagon audit

Financial tricks, but no motive, revealed in final Vegas shooting report

Ten months after the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history killed 58 people and injured more than 800 others, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) has closed its case on Stephen Paddock, the alleged lone gunman, despite failing to answer key questions about the Oct. 1, 2017 incident. Though certainly difficult to accept for … Continue reading Financial tricks, but no motive, revealed in final Vegas shooting report

Google plans censored search engine for China

Following in the footsteps of fellow tech giants such as Facebook and LinkedIn, Google now has ambitious plans to help the Chinese government in its draconian censorship efforts, the Intercept has reported this week. The company hopes "to launch a censored version of its search engine in China that will blacklist websites and search terms … Continue reading Google plans censored search engine for China

GCHQ broke the law for over a decade

A British surveillance oversight authority known as the Investigatory Powers Tribunal has ruled that Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), the U.K.'s equivalent of America's National Security Agency (NSA), has engaged in illegal activity for the past ten years and longer in accessing vast troves of data from telecommunications companies. The IPT said that "successive foreign secretaries … Continue reading GCHQ broke the law for over a decade

As experts urge caution, military pushes aggressive A.I. agenda

As autonomous weapons systems, sometimes called killer robots, move closer towards becoming a logistically feasible option for governments around the world, they are also generating increasing controversy. More than 2,400 researchers from 170 different organizations called this week for a worldwide ban on autonomous weapons. "Artificial intelligence (AI) is poised to play an increasing role … Continue reading As experts urge caution, military pushes aggressive A.I. agenda

DARPA wants soldiers’ minds controlling machines, and vice versa

It is no big secret that the U.S. military and its friends in private business want to wire their latest technology directly into the human brain. In late 2016, I wrote about the Defense Department using "electrical brain stimulators" to give its drone operators "minor brain zaps" to keep them awake, for instance. More recently, … Continue reading DARPA wants soldiers’ minds controlling machines, and vice versa

Bilderberg elite to convene in Turin

  It's that time of year again! June 7 to 10 marks the 66th annual Bilderberg Conference, the secretive meeting of North American and European politicians, royalty, and elite representatives from the worlds of finance, business, academia and media that's taking place this year in Turin, Italy. Topics of discussion at this year's conference include … Continue reading Bilderberg elite to convene in Turin

Fusion center ‘accidentally’ releases ‘remote mind control’ files

America's national security and intelligence apparatus is so massive, yet compartmentalized, that it often appears the U.S. government doesn't know what information it actually has in its possession, or what to do with it. This was dramatically demonstrated last week with the seemingly accidental release of documents on "remote mind control" in response to an … Continue reading Fusion center ‘accidentally’ releases ‘remote mind control’ files

Army develops face recognition that sees in the dark

    Face recognition technology, something that seemed like science fiction just a few years ago, is becoming an increasingly key component of America's mass surveillance network. Even as plans for high-tech mass-scale facial recognition systems in places like China raise privacy concerns, the U.S. government was reportedly looking to develop face recognition tech capable … Continue reading Army develops face recognition that sees in the dark

U.S. officials deny Syrian ‘presence patrols’

For some time, the U.S. military has been offering conflicting statements on its presence in Syria.  In October, for example, a general said the U.S. had 4,000 troops in the war-torn Middle Eastern country, or about eight times the official number of roughly 500, before correcting himself and giving that official figure. The Washington Post … Continue reading U.S. officials deny Syrian ‘presence patrols’