This Week in the World Affairs Brief:

ANOTHER DOMESTIC SURVEILLANCE SCANDAL EMERGES

The NSA isn’t the only out-of-control government agency expanding its surveillance dragnet Americans found out this week—the DEA is tracking everyone’s vehicular movements using license plate trackers all in the name of fighting drugs. Even local police are getting in on the license plate data as I will detail this week. Americans value their privacy only a little less than their freedom of movement without checkpoints and pass controls, but these and other freedoms are quickly eroding away as almost every government agency quietly usurps more power every year. Worse, none of this was authorized by Congress. The DEA did this on its own, even as it now claims that such programs were terminated. How can we trust anything government says anymore? We know better than to accept the government’s superficial excuses again. You can request a one-time free sample of the briefs by sending an email to editor@worldaffairsbrief.com.

Also:

  • New Push for a North American Union
  • Ukraine Trying to Lose the War with Russia
  • Major Coverup of RoundUp’s Residual Toxicity
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Islamic State operative confesses to receiving funding through US - report

posted by askousen - Friday, January 30 2015
... "The US has been condemning the IS activities but unfortunately has not been able to stop funding of these organizations, which is being routed through the US. The US had to dispel the impression that it is financing the group for its own interests and that is why it launched offensive against the organization in Iraq but not in Syria," a source said. However, it was not made clear where exactly the funds came from within the US. — RT

"Extreme" Levels of Roundup Detected in Food-Are You Eating This Toxic Contaminant?

posted by askousen - Friday, January 30 2015
... While nearly one billion pounds of glyphosate is doused on both conventional and GE crops worldwide each year, GE crops receive the heaviest amounts. It's important to realize that processed foods undoubtedly expose you to this toxic contamination, courtesy of the soy and vegetable oil used.2 Ditto for meats from animals raised in confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs), as soy is a staple of conventional livestock feed. As noted in the featured article by Rodale News:3 — Dr Mercola

USDA Claims Pesticide Residues in Food Is Safe-Here's Why They're Wrong

posted by askousen - Friday, January 30 2015
... Yet despite all the known risks, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) insists pesticide residues on food are no cause for concern. According to the agency's latest report, more than half of all foods tested last year had detectable levels of pesticide residues, but most, they claim, are within the "safe" range. However, there are a number of factors you need to be aware of before you swallow such assurances hook, line, and sinker... USDA Does Not Test for Glyphosate — Dr. Mercola

WSJ Report: "U.S. Spies on Millions of Cars" - Aligns With Our 2013/2014 Maryland MCAC Hub Research

posted by askousen - Friday, January 30 2015
...What made Mr. Filippidis's case all the more interesting is that Florida's CCW permit and registration records are not held in LEO databases; by statute they are kept inside the Florida Dept. of Agriculture database. However, we found out that Maryland, and any state who would so desire, would be able to use the EPIC and NCIC authorization process to assemble the data, regardless of who houses it, if they so desired: […] both Maryland and Florida [(850)245-6687] admit there is indeed a way for an authorized central LEO agency to gather, assign, and track CCW with identifying characteristics of the CCW holder (license, tag, name, registration id, etc) IF SUCH AN ENTERPRISE, OR AGENCY, WERE TO CONSTRUCT AN ADDITIONAL DATABASE SPECIFICALLY FOR THAT PURPOSE — The Conservative Treehouse

North Korea may be trying to restart nuclear reactor: U.S. think tank

posted by askousen - Friday, January 30 2015
North Korea may be trying to restart a nuclear reactor that can yield plutonium for atomic bombs, a U.S. security think tank said on Wednesday, citing new satellite imagery. An analysis issued by 38 North, a North Korea monitoring project at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, said it was too early to reach a definitive explanation for signs of activity at the Yongbyon reactor, including steam and indications that snow had melted on the reactor roof. — Reuters

Chinese Money Is Backing Putin's War

posted by askousen - Friday, January 30 2015
...Russian President Vladimir Putin is moving his boundaries to the west, deeper into Europe. In the south, in the Caucasus, the Russian Federation this month effectively absorbed South Ossetia, once a part of Georgia. Last November, Putin swallowed Georgia's Abkhazia. Less than a year ago, it annexed Crimea. — The Daily Beast

We're No. 12! Report: U.S. Not Among Top Nations for Economic Freedom

posted by askousen - Wednesday, January 28 2015
The United States does not rank among the Top 10 countries in the world for economic freedom, according to the Heritage Foundation's 2015 Index of Economic Freedom. Instead, the U..S. ranked only 12th--after Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand, Australia, Switzerland, Canada, Chile, Estonia, Ireland, Mauritius, and Denmark. Estonia was formerly a part of the Soviet Union. — CNS News

Govt tells agents to ID which immigrants not to deport

posted by askousen - Wednesday, January 28 2015
The Obama administration has ordered immigration agents to ask immigrants they encounter living in the country illegally whether they might qualify under President Barack Obama's plans to avoid deporting them, according to internal training materials obtained by The Associated Press. Agents also have been told to review government files to identify any jailed immigrants they might be able to release under the program. — AP

Afraid of the Disneyland measles outbreak? Don't be fooled by Mickey Mouse science

posted by askousen - Tuesday, January 27 2015
The Disneyland measles outbreak has America in a panic -- a fact that's totally out of proportion to reality given that so far only 644 people have even caught the measles across the country during the entire year of 2014 vs. the 100,000+ Americans who die every year from the side effects of prescription medications. (The Disneyland outbreak, at least count, was just 39 people.) Nevertheless, lots of parents are asking the question, "Should I get my children vaccinated against the measles?" I'm going to try to give you the most rational answer here regardless of whether you're pro-vaccine or opposed to vaccines on principle. But first, realize that the one-dimensional advice from the conventional media and health authorities is stupidly incomplete: "Everybody get vaccinated!" Can measles vaccines work to protect against measles? Absolutely they can in some people, but they are not without their own risks as you'll see below. Despite the way I have been deliberately mis-characterized by others, I am not opposed to the theory of immunization — Mike Adams/Natural News

Greece Chooses Anti-Austerity Party in Major Shift

posted by askousen - Tuesday, January 27 2015
Greece rejected the harsh economics of austerity on Sunday and sent a warning to the rest of Europe as the left-wing Syriza party won a decisive victory in national elections, positioning its tough-talking leader, Alexis Tsipras, to become the next prime minister. With almost 98 percent of the vote counted, Syriza had 36 percent, almost nine points more than the governing center-right New Democracy party of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, who conceded defeat. The only uncertainty was whether Syriza would muster a parliamentary majority on its own or have to form a coalition. — NY Times

Blizzard 2015 photos: NYC grocery stores cleaned out as Northeast prepares for snow storm

posted by askousen - Tuesday, January 27 2015
Grocery stores in New York City and around the Northeast are being overrun and cleaned out as customers brace for a "potentially historic" snow storm set to bury the region. Shoppers tweeted photos from checkout lines at stores throughout the Northeast using the hashtags #blizzardof2015 and #Snowmageddon2015: — Syracuse News

Photos Show China Military Buildup on Island Near Senkakus

posted by askousen - Tuesday, January 27 2015
Recent satellite photos of an island off the coast of China confirm Beijing's buildup of military forces within attack range of Japan's Senkaku islands. Construction of a helicopter base on Nanji Island was observed by a commercial spy satellite in October. The island is off the coast of Zhejiang province-some 186 miles northwest of the Senkakus, a group of resource-rich islets China calls the Diaoyu Islands. — Washington Free Beacon

1 in 3 on Disability Have Mental Disorder; 42.9% in D.C.

posted by askousen - Tuesday, January 27 2015
One in three, or 35.2 percent, of people getting federal disability insurance benefits have been diagnosed with a mental disorder, according to the latest data from the Social Security Administration (SSA). Washington, D.C., the seat of the federal government, ranked in the top-ten list of states where disabled beneficiaries were diagnosed with mental problems. — CNS News

Panicked super rich buying boltholes with private airstrips to escape if poor rise up

posted by askousen - Tuesday, January 27 2015
Super rich hedge fund managers are buying 'secret boltholes' where they can hideout in the event of civil uprising against growing inequality, it has been claimed. Nervous financiers from across the globe have begun purchasing landing strips, homes and land in areas such as New Zealand so they can flee should people rise up — UK Mirror

Phone Company 'Outraged' By Fraud, Abuse In 'Obamaphone' Program

posted by askousen - Tuesday, January 27 2015
...Although the Lifeline wireless program has been around since 2005 and started under President George W. Bush, it ballooned under President Obama and the phones are often referred to as Obamaphones. To qualify for one of the cellphone plans, you have to be low income - on food stamps, Medicaid, housing assistance or some other government program. But multiple times a CBS4 producer and reporter found phone agents in Denver circumventing strict government rules to ensure that only the truly needy get the free phones. Vendors, like Total Call, receive massive government subsidies to hand out the phones and the accompanying monthly plans. — CBS Local

CBO Still Refuses to Score Obamacare, Ignores 15 Tax Hikes in Healthcare Law

posted by askousen - Tuesday, January 27 2015
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) this week released their annual Budget and Economic Outlook which sets the budget baselines and estimates for the whole year. Buried in Appendix B of the report is CBO's attempt to provide an updated score of Obamacare. But that's not what they did. They only scored the "coverage provisions" of the law, ignoring some fifteen tax increases which are also a part of Obamacare and its cost to taxpayers. — Americans for Tax Reform

Border Surge Likely Again In 2015, Data Shows

posted by askousen - Tuesday, January 27 2015
The flow of Central American migrant families across the Texas border is continuing at almost the same level as a year ago, according to newly released federal data. In the last three months of 2014, 7,468 Central American migrants crossed in family units, down only 12 percent from the 8,511 migrants who crossed during the last three months of 2013, according to the federal data. — The Daily Caller

Zimbabwe's white farmers face threats of new evictions

posted by askousen - Tuesday, January 27 2015
Most of Zimbabwe's white farmers were stripped of their land in often violent evictions that started in 2000. Now the remaining white farmers are on edge because of threats of new evictions linked to the country's long-running political turmoil. Mandi Chimene, a newly appointed provincial governor for Manicaland province, said at a rally this past weekend that she had evicted white farmers from 12 farms in the Headlands district alone, claiming they were being protected by the former vice president's faction. Joice Mujuru was ousted from the ruling party congress in December after falling out of favor with the president and his wife. — ap

In major move, Mormon apostles call for statewide LGBT protections

posted by askousen - Tuesday, January 27 2015
Top leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Tuesday for passage of laws granting statewide protections against housing and employment discrimination for gay and lesbian Utahns - as long as those measures safeguard religious freedom. — Salt Lake Tribune

Alexander Litvinenko Inquiry: live

posted by askousen - Tuesday, January 27 2015
Alexander Litvinenko poisoned 'not once but twice', Inquiry hears - Thousands of lives put at risk by trail of radiation left across London - Vladmir Putin 'a common criminal dressed up as a head of state' - Litvinenko: the proof Russia was involved in his murder - Was Litvinenko murdered for investigating mobsters? - Graphic: timeline of events around Litvinenko's death - The key players in the Litvinenko Inquiry — Telegraph

Law Has Been Murdered

posted by askousen - Saturday, January 24 2015
...Kathy Kelly and Bonny Mahoney were sentenced to prison for stepping across the perimeters of Air Force bases in peaceful protests against murder-by-drone. There was no real reason for charges to be brought against them or for a judge to sentence them to prison except to continue to make it crystal clear that the US government tolerates no dissent. — Paul Craig Roberts/Prison Planet

The US Military's Stunning Conspiracy Theory Emerges From The Archives: "ISIS Leader Does Not Exist"

posted by askousen - Saturday, January 24 2015
Having noted that voter angst has been riled, propagandized, and fear-mongered to the point at which the most pressing priority for Congress is to 'fix' terrorism, it is perhaps not entirely surprising that we discover - deep down in the archives - that giving the public someone to 'hate' as opposed to something may have been an entire fiction. As The New York Times exposed in 2007, Abdullah Rashid al-Baghdadi, the titular head of the Islamic State, according to Brigadier General Kevin Bergner - the chief American military spokesman at the time - never existed (and was actually a fictional character whose audio-taped declarations were provided by an elderly actor named Abu Adullah al-Naima). — ZeroHedge

Russia's new peace proposal for Ukraine is 'occupation plan': U.S.

posted by askousen - Saturday, January 24 2015
Russian President Vladimir Putin's new peace proposal for Ukraine is little more than a blueprint for military occupation to secure territory seized by Moscow-backed rebels, the U.S. envoy to the United Nations said on Wednesday. "The plan would seek to legitimize territorial gains made by separatists in September as well as Russian personnel and equipment on the territory of Ukraine," U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power told the U.N. Security Council. — Reuters

Half of All Children Will Be Autistic by 2025, Warns Senior Research Scientist at MIT

posted by askousen - Friday, January 23 2015
...For over three decades, Stephanie Seneff, PhD, has researched biology and technology, over the years publishing over 170 scholarly peer-reviewed articles. In recent years she has concentrated on the relationship between nutrition and health, tackling such topics as Alzheimer's, autism, and cardiovascular diseases, as well as the impact of nutritional deficiencies and environmental toxins on human health. At a conference last Thursday, in a special panel discussion about GMOs, she took the audience by surprise when she declared, "At today's rate, by 2025, one in two children will be autistic." She noted that the side effects of autism closely mimic those of glyphosate toxicity, and presented data showing a remarkably consistent correlation between the use of Roundup on crops (and the creation of Roundup-ready GMO crop seeds) with rising rates of autism. Children with autism have biomarkers indicative of excessive glyphosate, including zinc and iron deficiency, low serum sulfate, seizures, and mitochondrial disorder. — Alliance for Natural Health

Another Presidential Candidate Has Been Chosen For Us

posted by askousen - Friday, January 23 2015
David S. from Wisconsin writes: "Note also that the coauthor of Gov. Walker's book, Unintimidated, is AEI scholar Mike Thiessen . . . a former speech writer for both Bush and Rumsfeld and author of the torture apologia, Courting Disaster: How the CIA Kept America Safe and How Barak Obama is Inviting the Next Attack. — Lew Rockwell

Questions raised about extent of doctoring of video showing Japanese hostages

posted by askousen - Friday, January 23 2015
The video of two Japanese hostages being held by the Islamic State group seems, like past IS videos, taken in an arid, desert setting. But suspicions are emerging that the message was not prepared outdoors at all. An expert in these videos said it was more likely completed in an indoor studio with a false backdrop made to appear that it was done outdoors. — Fox News

Euro plummets as ECB unleashes €60bn-a-month stimulus - live

posted by askousen - Friday, January 23 2015
• ECB to buy €60bn of private and public sector debt from March 2015 to September 2016 worth over €1 trillion • National central banks to assume 80pc credit risk • Euro plummets on news to 11-year low against the dollar • Danish central bank slashes rates for the second time in three days to maintain krone peg • It's Europe's last throw of the dice but will QE work? • Economics explainer: What is Quantitative Easing? — Telegraph

Sheldon Silver arrested, accused of taking millions in bribes

posted by askousen - Thursday, January 22 2015
Sheldon Silver, the longtime speaker of the New York state Assembly, was arrested Thursday morning on charges that he?? abused his position to pocket $4 million in bribes and kickbacks. Silver was hit with a five-count? criminal? complaint? brought by Manhattan US Attorney Preet Bharara?, which claims that his corruption dates back to 2000. — NY Post

DailyCaller Home Politics US Entertainment Sports Business Tech

posted by askousen - Thursday, January 22 2015
The new border bills drafted by Republican leaders require the actual removal of at least 66 miles of weak border fencing between laborers in Mexico and employers in the United States. The border bills also only require for the construction of 27 miles of effective double-layer fencing along the 2,000-mile border. — The Daily Caller

House immigration plan slammed, spends $10b and deports no illegals

posted by askousen - Thursday, January 22 2015
Critics including Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions are slamming a House GOP border security plan set for debate Wednesday, claiming it will spend $10 billion on new equipment and border security tricks, but not send one single illegal home. Sessions, the influential Center for Immigration Studies, and the head of the association of former Border Control agents all slammed the H.R. 399 being marked up in the House Homeland Security Committee today as unfocused on the No. 1 issue: U.S. sanctuary to illegals. — Washington Examiner