This Week in the World Affairs Brief:

OBAMAS EXECUTIVE AMNESTY

Obama has given de facto amnesty to millions of illegal aliens, a patently illegal and unconstitutional action and none of the officials in charge of our constitutional checks and balances have the will to stop it. This is proof that the Constitution is essentially dead. Senate Democrats have the votes to block any impeachment attempt now and liberal Republicans will stop it even when the GOP has the majority in the Senate next year. This week, Ill discuss why none of the other tactics available to Republicans will work and why the GOP leadership is likely to sabotage the entire showdown as they have in the past. Ill also take you through the murky provisions of this amnesty to demonstrate why it wont be limited to the claimed 5 million illegals. You can request a one-time free sample of the briefs by sending an email to editor@worldaffairsbrief.com.

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Was Grand Jury in Ferguson Case Led To Their Decision By Prosecutor?

posted by askousen - Wednesday, November 26 2014
Legal experts are questioning why the grand jury that decided to not indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson took a number of unusual steps. From hearing first-hand testimony from Wilson himself to using potentially leading terminology to perhaps downplay the significance of the officer's actions, many things make the proceedings different from most. — Ben Swann

Ben Swann: The Problem of Policing for Profit in Out-of-Touch Municipalities

posted by askousen - Wednesday, November 26 2014
...When visiting Ferguson two weeks ago, Swann found that the people were not able to identify with the police officers in their community, due to the fact that the majority of the officers do not live in Ferguson. — Ben Swann

Federal Judges: Mass Surveillance Does Not Cause Harm

posted by askousen - Wednesday, November 26 2014
In June 2008 a three-judge panel for the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review told lawyers for Yahoo that they did not believe secret government orders for email and other digital communications caused the company or its customers any harm. The Officer of the Director of National Intelligence has declassified transcripts of the hearing which took place in Providence, Rhode Island. Yahoo was attempting to oppose a growing number of requests to let the government monitor users' emails and other communications. The tech company eventually lost the appeal and the US government continued to monitor the incoming data. — Ben Swann

World on brink of oil price war as Opec set to keep pumping

posted by askousen - Wednesday, November 26 2014
... His remarks were interpreted by the market as a signal that the cartel would keep its production ceiling at 30m barrels per day (bpd), which sent the price of crude lower. Brent crude - a global benchmark comprised of a blend of high-quality oil from 15 North Sea fields - fell 1.3pc to $77.30 per barrel after Mr Naimi's comments, before recovering to trade flat at $78.29 by late afternoon. Brent crude has fallen 30pc since June. — Telegraph

Iraq Military's Corruption Means Weapons Aid Doesn't Go That Far

posted by askousen - Tuesday, November 25 2014
...But the billions of dollars in aid they have to send to Iraq to build that military up again isn't going to go nearly so far as you'd figure, because of the massive amount of corruption in the Iraqi military. "If each soldier is supposed to get 100 bullets, he will only get 50, and the officer will take and sell the rest," noted Col. Shaaban al-Obeidi. "I told the Americans, don't give any weapons through the army - not even one piece – because corruption is everywhere, and you will not see any of it. Our people will steal it." — Antiwar.com

Fires, chaos erupt in Ferguson after grand jury doesn't indict in Michael Brown case

posted by askousen - Tuesday, November 25 2014
...Unlike a jury in a criminal case, which convicts someone if jurors are convinced of guilt "beyond a reasonable doubt," a grand jury decides whether there is "probable cause" to charge someone with a crime, based on testimony and evidence presented. In Missouri, grand jurors don't have to be unanimous to indict, as long as nine of the 12 agree on a charge. The grand jury could have issued an indictment on any of these four charges: First-degree murder, second-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter and involuntary manslaughter. It also could have added a charge of armed criminal action, authorities said. — CNN

'Regin' malware comes from western intelligence agency, say experts

posted by askousen - Tuesday, November 25 2014
...Only a handful of countries are thought capable of creating something as complex as Regin. If China and Russia are ruled out, that would leave the US, UK or Israel as the most likely candidates. "here are no other countries I can think of," said F-Secure researcher Sean Sullivan, when the Guardian put this suggestion to him. Candid Wueest, threat researcher at Symantec, which published a report on Regin over the weekend, said that the suggestion that a western state was behind the attacks was "probable", adding "your assumptions are plausible". — The Guardian

Filling the Blanks in Snowden's 'Citizenfour'

posted by askousen - Tuesday, November 25 2014
To grasp the full story of Citizenfour, the documentary on Edward Snowden’s decision to expose NSA spying, you must go back four decades to see how the reality slowly dawned on Americans that their privacy and freedoms were at risk, writes James DiEugenio. — Consortium News

Regin: The super-spyware the security industry has been silent about

posted by askousen - Tuesday, November 25 2014
A public autopsy of sophisticated intelligence-gathering spyware Regin is causing waves today in the computer security world. But here's a question no one's answering: given this super-malware first popped up in 2008, why has everyone in the antivirus industry kept quiet about it until now? Has it really taken them years to reverse engineer it? On Sunday, Symantec published a detailed dissection of the Regin malware, and it looks to be one of the most advanced pieces of spyware code yet found....It appears to target people working in telecommunications, including internet backbone providers and cellular networks, plus the energy sector – where Yahoo! Messenger is apparently popular. All in all, it seems to be the handiwork of an intelligence agency rather than a run-of-the-mill malware writer, infosec bods have concluded. — UK Register

In Ferguson grand jury probe, credible evidence supported cop, prosecutor says

posted by askousen - Tuesday, November 25 2014
...The decision, released shortly after 9 p.m. Eastern time Monday by county prosecutor Robert McCulloch, touched off a new wave of protests in the St. Louis area community of Ferguson, where the shooting of the black youth by a white police officer on Aug. 9 brought simmering racial tensions into the open. The grand jury weighed voluminous evidence, Mr. McCulloch said, and came to the conclusion that there was no "probable cause" to charge Officer Wilson with murder, or with voluntary or involuntary manslaughter. Police under Missouri law may use deadly force if they "reasonably believe" themselves or others to be in imminent danger. — CSM

Robotic Submarine Finds Antarctic Ice Is Thicker than We Thought

posted by askousen - Tuesday, November 25 2014
...The data that SeaBED collects is extremely accurate as its readings are not confounded by layers of snow-in some spots during its most recent survey, the SeaBED found ice sheets up to 56 feet thicker than previously believed. But its findings are very limited in scope, having been compared to the view through a microscope. As such SeaBED's data is being used to supplement existing airborne, satellite, and core data to help provide researchers a more complete understanding of Antarctica's ice. — Gizmodo

China defies U.S. call to stop island project in South China Sea

posted by askousen - Tuesday, November 25 2014
China on Monday hit back at "irresponsible remarks" from the United States which has called on Beijing to stop a land reclamation project in the disputed South China Sea that could be large enough to accommodate an airstrip. — Reuters

Homeschool Parents Tasered, Sprayed, Handcuffed-as Kids Watch

posted by askousen - Monday, November 24 2014
On November 14, 2014, Home School Legal Defense Association filed a federal civil-rights lawsuit against Chief Sheriff's Deputy David Glidden and Sheriff Darren White of the sheriff's department of Nodaway County, Missouri. The suit charges Glidden and White with unlawfully forcing their way into the home of HSLDA members Laura and Jason Hagan on September 30, 2011, in violation of their Fourth Amendment rights. — HSLDA - Home School Legal Defense Association

Rally to shut off Water to Utah NSA Facility

posted by askousen - Monday, November 24 2014
In July 2013, TAC began the process of formulating a plan to NullifyNSA surveillance. We developed model legislation, provided papers and reports on the legal basis, and even covered how another state - Nevada - had successfully shut off water to a federal agency - and stopped it. Yesterday, a bill in Utah to shut off water to the NSA data center there was given a public hearing. The committee room was "packed" - and committee members received "tons of emails" in support, according to the sponsor, Marc Roberts. And, in the last 24 hours - mainstream media is covering this all over the web. Washington Post, AP, ABC News and Washington Times. — Tenth Amendment Center

Monsanto settles farmer lawsuits over experimental GMO wheat

posted by askousen - Monday, November 24 2014
Monsanto Co said on Wednesday it reached a settlement with U.S. wheat farmers who sued the seed company over market disruption after unapproved genetically engineered wheat was discovered growing without oversight in Oregon. Monsanto's "Roundup Ready" wheat, which was never approved by U.S. regulators and which the company said it stopped testing a decade ago, was found growing in an Oregon farmer's field in 2013. The company had said all the experimental grain was destroyed or stored away. South Korea and Japan temporarily halted purchases of U.S. wheat after the announcement on fears the unapproved wheat, engineered to withstand Roundup herbicide, might have contaminated U.S. wheat supplies. — Reuters

Arizona sheriff sues Obama over immigration moves

posted by askousen - Monday, November 24 2014
An Arizona sheriff who has often clashed with the federal government over the enforcement of immigration laws has filed a lawsuit to stop new policies announced by President Barack Obama.The suit filed Thursday in federal court in Washington on behalf of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio contends Obama acted outside his constitutional authority by not going through Congress. It asks the court to block the changes that include making an estimated 5 million immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally eligible for work permits and for protection from deportation. — Yahoo News

Oops! Administration erred on health law sign-ups

posted by askousen - Monday, November 24 2014
The Obama administration acknowledged Thursday it has been over-reporting the number of people signed up under the health care law, a discrepancy that congressional Republicans seeking to repeal the program say they uncovered....Administration spokesman Aaron Albright said that the overcount involved about 400,000 people. Those consumers have separate dental coverage in addition to a medical plan, and were double-counted by mistake, said Albright. They had purchased both the medical and dental plans through HealthCare.gov and state insurance markets created under the law. — Yahoo News

U.S. plans to arm Iraq's Sunni tribesmen with AK-47s, RPGs, mortars

posted by askousen - Monday, November 24 2014
The United States plans to buy arms for Sunni tribesmen in Iraq including AK-47s, rocket-propelled grenades and mortar rounds to help bolster the battle against Islamic State militants in Anbar province, according to a Pentagon document prepared for Congress. The plan to spend $24.1 million represents a small fraction of the larger, $1.6 billion spending request to Congress focusing on training and arming Iraqi and Kurdish forces. — Reuters

China building South China Sea island big enough for airstrip

posted by askousen - Monday, November 24 2014
Satellite images show China is building an island on a reef in the disputed Spratly Islands large enough to accommodate what could be its first offshore airstrip in the South China Sea, a leading defense publication said on Friday. — Yahoo News

Chinese state media give profs a chilling warning

posted by askousen - Saturday, November 22 2014
Over two weeks, the Communist Party-run Liaoning Daily newspaper sent reporters to sit in on dozens of university lectures all over the country looking for what the paper said were professors "being scornful of China." — Yahoo News

Ukraine Admits Its Gold Is Gone: "There Is Almost No Gold Left In The Central Bank Vault"

posted by askousen - Saturday, November 22 2014
Back in March, at a time when the IMF reported that Ukraine's official gold holdings as of the end of February, so just as the State Department-facilitated coup against former president Victor Yanukovich was concluding, amounted to 42.3 tonnes or 8% of reserves..we reported of a strange incident that took place just after the Ukraine presidential coup, namely that according to at least one source, "in a mysterious operation under the cover of night, Ukraine's gold reserves were promptly loaded onboard an unmarked plane, which subsequently took the gold to the US." — ZeroHedge

Obama's amnesty: Your guide to the gimmicks

posted by askousen - Saturday, November 22 2014
...The plan trotted out by Mr. Obama on Thursday night doesn't change the gimmicks used for years to promote "comprehensive immigration reform": * Securing the border first. (Disregard the massive influx this year.) * Prioritizing criminals. (Ignore the 36,000 released by immigration officials last year, including almost 200 convicted killers, also the 167,000 criminals still awaiting deportation.) * Requiring background checks. (Mostly perfunctory and backlogged and proven to overlook offenders.) * Paying back taxes. (Actually applies only to those previously sent an IRS audit bill. Nobody else has to catch up.) * Paying fines and fees. (The DACA program says fees cannot be "waived," but then grants "exemptions" from fees instead.) * Learning English. (In practice, filled with loopholes.)Going to the back of the line. (Actually, there's no line involved.) — Washington Times

Caesar Obama

posted by askousen - Friday, November 21 2014
...Thus does our constitutional law professor-president "faithfully execute" the laws of the United States he has twice swore to uphold? Our rogue president has crossed an historic line, and so has the republic. Future presidents will cite the "Obama precedent" when they declare they will henceforth not enforce this or that law, because of a prior commitment to some noisy constituency. We have just taken a monumental step away from republicanism toward Caesarism. For this is rule by diktat, the rejection of which sparked the American Revolution. — Patrick Buchanan/WND

Questions for Loretta Lynch's Senate confirmation hearings

posted by askousen - Friday, November 21 2014
Within hours of realizing that his party lost control of the U.S. Senate last week, President Obama nominated Loretta Lynch, the chief federal prosecutor in Brooklyn, N.Y., and an outstanding and apolitical professional, to be the next attorney general. The current attorney general, Eric Holder Jr., announced his resignation last month. Ms. Lynch is sure to be confirmed by either the current Democrat-controlled Senate this fall or by the newly constituted Republican-controlled Senate early next year - and she should be. But the process of confirming her should capture the interest of all Americans concerned about the loss of personal freedoms in our present-day Orwellian world, in which the Obama administration has killed innocent Americans, spied on trillions of conversations and emails without probable cause, and declined to enforce laws with which it disagrees. Republican senators have a duty to ask her probing questions. — Andrew Napolitano/Washington Times

Plumbing the Depths of NSA's Spying

posted by askousen - Friday, November 21 2014
The complexity of the National Security Agency's spying programs has made some of its ex-technical experts the most dangerous critics since they are among the few who understand the potential totalitarian risks involved, as ex-NSA analyst William Binney showed in an interview with journalist Lars Schall. — Consortium News

Why the US Postal Service Turned Spy

posted by askousen - Friday, November 21 2014
...Even if the feds don't open your mail, they can track it without a warrant. A postal "mail cover" provides police and investigative agencies with a written record of all data appearing on the exterior envelope or packaging of any class of mail you receive. The Postal Service doesn't open correspondence to create a mail cover. Therefore, Fourth Amendment limitations on search and seizure don't apply. No warrant is required. But mail covers seem pretty tame, thanks to a new program called the Mail Isolation Control and Tracking (MICT) program. The Postal Service now photographs the exterior of every piece of paper mail that is processed in the United States – about 160 billion pieces in 2012. — Nestmann.com

Obama immigration action 'slap in the face,' top GOP lawmakers say

posted by askousen - Thursday, November 20 2014
...Judiciary Committee Chairman Robert W. Goodlatte and Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul sent the president the letter to register their objections and pleading with him to work with them instead on legislation. "Let's secure the border, enforce our immigration laws in the interior of the United States, and build a broad consensus for immigration reform," the two said. "Otherwise, as the chairmen of the committees with oversight over border security and our nation's immigration laws, we will be forced to use the tools afforded to Congress by the Constitution to stop your administration from successfully carrying out your plan." — Washington Times

This Obama Speech Will Be Selectively Televised

posted by askousen - Thursday, November 20 2014
Normally a sitting president wants the widest possible audience for any televised speech he makes. But not Barack Obama when it comes to immigration and his version of amnesty. According to the Washington Post, Obama did not make the customary request for broadcast time for his speech tonight from the major networks. So ABC, NBC, CBS, and Fox won't be airing it. But Obama has timed his address to come at the start of the second hour of the Latin Grammys, an immensely popular award show on Univision, which was watched by 10 million people last year. Univision, whose Spanish-language programmers have long been friendly collaborators with the White House on its propaganda efforts, will delay the second half of the awards show so it can air Obama's 15-minute speech and then switch back to the music. — National Review

Immigrants wait, hope, plan for Obama order

posted by askousen - Thursday, November 20 2014
Immigrants in the country illegally already are flooding attorneys' offices with calls to see if they can qualify under President Barack Obama's yet-to-be-announced plan to shield as many as 5 million immigrants from deportation. — Yahoo

Coincidence? Obama to Announce Executive Amnesty on National Revolution Day in Mexico

posted by askousen - Thursday, November 20 2014
The Mexican Revolution, began on November 20, 1910, and continued for a decade. The United States, Mexico's northern neighbor, was significantly affected by the human dislocation that resulted: if someone did not want to fight, the only alternative was to leave the country-and over 890,000 Mexicans did just that by legally emigrating during the second decade of the 20th century. — The Gateway Pundit