The Obama Regime’s Criminal Syndicate


Nearly a decade after the crash of the U.S. Housing market, the Obama administration continues to pursue claims against large financial institutions accused of contributing to the crash. For instance, in the past three years the Department of Justice (DOJ) settled with JPMorgan Chase & CO. in November 2013, Citigroup Inc. in July 2014, and Bank of America in August in 2014. These settlements concerned allegations related to the issuance of residential mortgage backed securities, and collectively these three settlements alone have totaled $36.65 billion in payments from the banks to various federal, state, non-governmental organizations, and direct consumer relief.

In a report released on Thursday by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee detailing how the DOJ has essentially become a massive crime syndicate in the business of shaking down financial institutions, the report noted that the DOJ’s Housing settlements removed millions of dollars of third party…

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Now available: The American Republic – Time for Inhabitants to Reclaim

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Dear Americans:

You…along with most of us who are the lawful inhabitants of the Continental America, the official country with which most Americans identify, have been hoodwinked.  Yes…we have been deliberately deceived into believing  a narrative concocted by a clever band of criminals, mostly attorneys…working in collaboration with the British Crown, over at least the last 150 years.

As unbelievable as this may sound to many of you, please check it our for yourself.  Much of the details have been gathered, summarized and presented for your personal review, by Judge Anna von Reitz of Alaska.

Just to wet your appetite…see if the following series of events provides you with a hint as to how this was accomplished…and right under our own “trusting,” noses…  The Plan…The Plan!

If you are beginning to recognize the pattern of criminal abuse, which now that we have been made aware, most of us can see…

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February 1, 2013 — Answer to Lindsey Graham’s question to Chuck Hagel

Re Blogged from the Wayne Madsen Report

On January 31, Senate Armed Services Committee member Lindsey Graham (R-SC) asked former Senator Chuck Hagel at his confirmation hearing for Secretary of Defense the following question, “name one person, in your opinion, who’s intimidated by the Israel lobby in the United States Senate.”

Hagel responded, “I don’t know.”

Hagel knew the answer but was subjected to the worst interrogation tactics the “Senate Sanhedrin” or “SS” could muster up.

So, we will answer Graham’s question for Hagel.

Question: “Who’s intimidated by the Israel lobby in the United States Senate?”


Lamar Alexander
Kelly Ayotte
Tammy Baldwin
John Barrasso
Max Baucus
Mark Begich
Michael Bennet
Richard Blumenthal
Roy Blunt
John Boozman
Barbara Boxer
Sherrod Brown
Richard Burr
Maria Cantwell
Ben Cardin
Tom Carper
Saxby Chambliss
Daniel Coats
Tom Coburn
Thad Cochran
Susan Collins
Chris Coons
Bob Corker
John Cornyn
Mike Crapo
Ted Cruz
Joe Donnelly
Dick Durbin
Mike Enzi
Dianne Feinstein
Deb Fischer
Jeff Flake
Al Franken
Kirsten Gillibrand
Lindsey Graham
Chuck Grassley
Kay Hagan
Tom Harkin
Orrin Hatch
Martin Heinrich
Heidi Heitkamp
Dean Heller
Mazie Hirono
John Hoeven
James Inhofe
Johnny Isakson
Mike Johanns
Ron Johnson
Tim Johnson
Bob Casey Jr.
Tim Kaine
Angus King
Mark Kirk
Amy Klobuchar
Mary Landrieu
Frank Lautenberg
Patrick Leahy
Michael Lee
Carl Levin
Joe Manchin
John McCain
Claire McCaskill
Mitch McConnell
Bob Menendez
Jeff Merkley
Barbara Mikulski
Jerry Moran
Lisa Murkowski
Christopher Murphy
Patty Murray
Bill Nelson
Rand Paul
Robert Portman
Mark Pryor
Jack Reed
Harry Reid
Jim Risch
Pat Roberts
Jay Rockefeller
Marco Rubio
Bernie Sanders
Brian Schatz
Chuck Schumer
Tim Scott
Jeff Sessions
Jeanne Shaheen
Richard Shelby
Debbie Stabenow
Jon Tester
John Thune
Pat Toomey
Mark Udall
Tom Udall
David Vitter
Mark R. Warner
Elizabeth Warren
Sheldon Whitehouse
Roger Wicker
Ron Wyden

For starters, via Mossad, AIPAC has photos of “Miss Lindsey” inflagrante delicto with his coterie of “Gamecocks homecoming queens.” Even The State newspaper in Columbia is well aware of Miss Lindsey’s secret alternate life style but dares not publish the proof. What else does AIPAC have? DNA from “Diaper Dave” Vitter’s dirty Pampers, Bob Menendez underage prostitute photos from Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic, Mitch McConnell’s and James Inhofe’s very short military service “discharge” papers, and Johnny “Wet Start” McCain’s unredacted records from the USS Forrestal and the Hanoi Hilton. And that’s just for starters.

Public Notice: It is in your hands America; The Continental American Inhabitant!

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Assurances have been been given. The elements of the deception exposed.  The treason has been revealed…
And those inflicting harm are being given notice.

  • The authority of the Americans who inhabit the jurisdiction of the land—Continental America is recognized.
  • The invading pirates of the jurisdiction of the sea have been identified and noticed.
  • The right and the authority of American Nationals, peaceful inhabitants of the Continental States, to defend their homeland, their families, their natural rights and their property are being established.
  • Now begins the process of cleaning house.
  • Now begins the process of restoring the Republic!

It began with the following orders:

More information was released in the form of a court order.
NOTICE – PUBLIC ORDER – April 3, 2015

Now we have this update—with promises of more important releases within the next week

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March 7-8, 2017 — Trump may have an Ace up his sleeve on wiretapping charge

Reblogged from the WMR Report

Although it appears, at first glance, that President Trump’s charge that the Obama administration is without merit, the president may have an important and crucial ace up his sleeve. 

On March 4, 2017, Trump tweeted: “How low has President Obama gone to tapp [sic] my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy!” As is the usual case with Trump, his fingers type out words on his smart phone before he engages his brain. It would not have been Obama who ordered surveillance on Trump Organization phones in New York. The president cannot legally order such surveillance. The Federal Bureau of Investigation or the DNI would have asked the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), made up of U.S. federal judges, for a warrant to conduct such surveillance based on either a foreign intelligence angle regarding a “U.S. person” — thus involving the DNI — or a Title III criminal investigation wiretap order that would involve the FBI and Justice Department prosecutors. Such orders would have involved either Attorney General Loretta Lynch or Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.

The eavesdropping story that incurred Trump’s wrath was published by that wellspring of exaggerated stories, Breitbart News

The story was that in June 2016, the FBI/Department of Justice or the DNI
asked the FISC for a warrant to monitor the communications of Trump and officials of his Trump Organization and presidential campaign. According to Breitbart, that request was denied by the FISC, which has a record of generally approving all surveillance requests. In October 2016, so the story goes, a second, more narrowly-focused warrant is requested from the FISC to conduct surveillance of a dedicated network server at the Trump Tower that was only linked to two servers located at Alfa Bank, located in Moscow. The story about the FISC warrant requested on the Trump server comes solely from former British Tory MP Louise Mensch, a churlish columnist for Rupert Murdoch, whose two years in the British Parliament were highlighted by her membership on a media investigative committee where she defended Murdoch over the infamous phone-hacking scandal. 

At the height of the Greek financial crisis, Mensch tweeted: “Fuck you, Greece. Nasty things happening to nasty people.” Mensch insists that the word “Zionist” is an anti-Semitic code word for “Jew.” Mensch has opined that Theodor Herzl, a founder of the modern Zionist movement, was anti-Semitic because he used the word “Zionist.” In 2012, Mensch told the BBC, “I messed with my brain [taking hard drugs] . . . It’s had long-term mental health effects on me.” That is perhaps the only truthful thing Mensch, who is married to Metallica manager Peter Mensch, has ever said. Mensch and former Naval War College professor John Schindler form a Twitter pair. The duo constantly reference each others’ tweets, especially if they are bashing Russia, Trump, or anyone who criticizes Western intelligence agencies. Schindler was fired by the Naval War College for “sexting” a photo of his genitalia to a woman not his wife.

Mensch runs a disreputable web site called Heat Street. Although an avid Twitter user, Mensch called for Twitter and Facebook to be shut down in the UK during 2011 riots. Ironically, Mensch accused the social networking sites of spreading false rumors, something at which she excels, as seen in her baseless claims of electronic surveillance of Trump and his advisers in 2016. 

Although Mensch and Schindler are untrustworthy sources, there may be something to Trump’s allegations about electronic surveillance. On November 19, 2016, some three weeks after reports of Russian involvement with Russia had made their way to the U.S. Intelligence Community, courtesy of a controversial dossier compiled by former British MI-6 officer Christopher Steele, The Washington Post, reported that the director of the National Security Agency (NSA), the nation’s primary signals intelligence collection agency, visited Trump at Trump Tower in New York.

Rogers’s meeting with Trump was not authorized by Defense Secretary Ashton Carter or DNI Clapper, both of whom recommended to President Obama that Rogers be fired. Rogers’s meeting with Trump occurred on November 17.  The Post article stated: “The heads of the Pentagon and the nation’s intelligence community have recommended to President Obama that the director of the National Security Agency, Adm. Michael S. Rogers, be removed. Rogers was one of the names floated by the Trump transition team as a replacement for Clapper as DNI. The Post article continued: “In a move apparently unprecedented for a military officer, Rogers, without notifying superiors, traveled to New York to meet with Trump on Thursday [November 17] at Trump Tower. That caused consternation at senior levels of the administration, according to the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal personnel matters.”

It is quite possible that Trump was made aware by Rogers of an NSA contrivance, authorized by Clapper, normally used to circumvent both FISA and Title III requirements for judicial warrants. Had NSA been ordered to conduct surveillance of Trump Tower, using the excuse of a “training exercise,” applicable federal law could have been bypassed. WMR reported on such training exercises being used by NSA to conduct surveillance of phone calls between Secretary of State Colin Powell and New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson. In a conversation with WMR, Richardson confirmed that his phone was tapped by NSA while he was engaged in unofficial negotiations, approved by Powell, with North Korea.

The communications of U.S. persons identified in NSA training operations are to be “minimized,” or redacted, according to U.S. Signals Intelligence Directive 18 (USSID), the NSA’s “bible” on the legal conducting of operations pursuant to FISA, and its amplifying regulations. Data collected on U.S. persons after the training exercise is also to be destroyed. However, as seen by the surveillance of Powell and Richardson and as accurately portrayed in the fictional movie, “Enemy of State,” which was produced with input from a retired high-ranking NSA official, that is not always the case.

In August 2016, Booz Allen Hamilton contractor for NSA, Harold Martin III, was arrested after it was discovered he and another unnamed individual, also arrested, had compromised NSA’s sophisticated digital network surveillance capabilities and cyber-snooping tools, known as Tailored Access Operations (TAO), to a party that was not a foreign power. Martin and the other individual were in possession of TAO information called the “keys to the kingdom.” Rogers was NSA director at the time of the breach. There is a distinct possibility that Rogers briefed Trump on November 17 about the nature of TAO and how it may have been used to conduct surveillance of Trump Tower in the same manner it is used to monitor the communications and computers of the United Nations and foreign missions to the UN and consulates in Manhattan.

On February 16, 2017, CBS News reported that Trump screamed at Central Intelligence Agency director Mike Pompeo over reports that the intelligence community was withholding information from the commander-in-chief. There is a possibility that the CIA was involved in the TAO breach discovered in August that involved Martin and his unidentified colleague and that TAO was used to target Trump Tower, particularly after Trump secured the Republican Party presidential nomination in Cleveland at the end of July. Whatever is the case, relations between Trump and Pompeo are frayed. Rogers has remained at NSA and may be feeding Trump information on an unauthorized and illegal operation conducted by TAO in concert with CIA plants inside NSA or the joint NSA-CIA Special Collection Service in Beltsville, Maryland that conducts TAO surveillance in the field.

Trump is not an expert in U.S. intelligence capabilities or operations, so he may have only understood a small part of the story of the details that were relayed by Rogers in November of last year. If TAO “training exercise” were involved in eavesdropping Trump and his advisers and staff, it would, in fact, make Watergate look like a minor infraction by comparison. However, as president, Trump is empowered to declassify all or part of any such operation and provide it to the public.

Note: As we were going to press, it was revealed that the CIA maintains its own version of NSA’s TAO and U.S. Cyber Command, the Center for Cyber Intelligence (CCI). CCI includes the Remote Devices Branch’s UMBRAGE group. A party, as yet unknown, has revealed the existence of UMBRAGE, as well as other operations in the CIA, including the Embedded Devices Branch (EDB), Mobile Development Branch (MDB), Automated Implant Branch (AIB), Network Devices Branch (NDB), and Engineering Development Group (EDG). A huge tranche of some 8,761 highly-classified CIA documents describing the CIA’s hacking capabilities has just been released to WikiLeaks by an unknown source.

Our Donald January 14, 2019

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OUR DONALD January 14, 2019

by Dick Eastman

Electing a president to save us from evil is a two way street, he works for us and we support him. Talmudic organized crime and its captured minds are not going to go without putting up a hell of a fight and they still control money, lending, media, education, corporations, legislatures, and all trafficking in slaves, arms, drugs, Hollywood, communism, war, revolution, and mercenary-spring pillaging and forced migration. Donald Trump is not a womanizer and he is not a liar. Donald Trump in front of a large audience of his supporters is always honest — he does not deceive those people. That’s my confident conclusion about this man, this good man. He told us he saw not need to be at odds with Russia. He told us he would pull out of Syria and Afghanistan, that is, he would bring the troops…

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White House battles U.S. Intelligence Factions

Reblogged from the Wayne Madsen Report

The Obama White House is running a covert operation that is using authorized leaks of information through groups such as WikiLeaks and Anonymous to battle against other parts of the U.S. intelligence community that are resisting Obama efforts to engage in massive warfare in cyber-space, according to well-placed Pentagon insiders.

Using the assets of the U.S. Cyber Command, headed by General Keith Alexander and continuing warrantless wiretapping authorities carried over from the Bush administration, a covert group of White House conspirators working under the direction of White House Office of Information Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) chief Cass Sunstein and National Security Council adviser Samantha Power, Sunstein’s wife, cyber-hackers have gained access to various computer networks and released information damaging to White House enemies in the intelligence community. The most recent target of such activity was the private intelligence firm Stratfor, an Austin, Texas-based company that is close to Republicans and employs a number of former CIA and Military Intelligence personnel.

While the White House has actively engaged in indicting and punishing government whistleblowers who have contacted the media, the OIRA-led group has been responsible for leaking volumes of data to the media, using WikiLeaks and members of the hacker group Anonymous as go-betweens. Although the Justice Department is trying Army Private First Class Bradley Manning and is seeking the extradition of Australian WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange, the White House and State Department have admitted that none of the State Department cables, the highest classified as “Secret,” released through WikiLeaks were damaging to U.S. national security. However, Manning and Assange were unwitting pawns in high-stakes warfare between the Obama White House and its accomplices the U.S. intelligence community, including Alexander and CIA director David Petraeus.

U.S. government infiltration of activist groups

Two low-level operatives of the White House operation have already been identified as working as confidential informants for the FBI. Adrien Lamo helped to lure Manning into his web in order to provide the covert White House team with a “patsy” to ensure “plausible deniability” of White House involvement in the State Department cable release. And more recently, Hector Monsegur, aka “Sabu,” was identified as an FBI informant within the ranks of the hacker group LulzSec, which is linked to the hacking activities of Anonymous.

The entire covert White House operation is designed to advance cyber-space as a battleground in which to wage information warfare against various governments around the world with a view to undermining their credibility and causing them to fall as a result of U.S.-orchestrated street action and “themed” or “color” revolutions. It is known that there was resistance to such activities from career State Department foreign service officials, as well as current and retired CIA and Defense Intelligence agency personnel, some of whom work for Stratfor.

The leak of some 250,000 State Department cables and 5 million Stratfor e-mails by the covert White House group was engineered to undermine members of the Foreign Service and older and retired members of the U.S. intelligence community who oppose the use of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in actions that contributed to the ouster of regimes long-supported by the CIA and some senior U.S. diplomats, including those in Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, and Yemen.

U.S. government-sponsored campaigns of opinion-shaping and disinformation

The release by Invisible Children, an NGO with dubious motives, of the viral video about Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony and his long-time abuse of child soldiers, “Kony 2012,” on YouTube, an act encouraged by the Sunstein/Power husband-wife team, is seen by State Department Africanists as a way to inject the already war-weary Pentagon into internal African civil warfare to the benefit of U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) clients in the region, including Ugandan dictator Yoweri Museveni, Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga, and Rwandan dictator Paul Kagame.

However, the White House team was sloppy in not thoroughly checking the content of the Stratfor emails. The push-back against the White House hacking and disinformation team can be seen in two Stratfor e-mails that mentions the operations of one of the members of the Sunstein/Power team, off-and-on State Department official Jared Cohen of, one of the many organizations that are partly or fully funded by George Soros’s Open Society Institute (OSI). Cohen is now the director of Google Ideas.

In one email, dated February 11, 2011, Stratfor’s Fred Burton refers to Cohen as a “loose cannon” who is using his Google position to engage in “regime change” through a “scorched earth” policy. Burton suggests that Israel’s security agency Shabak pick Cohen up for an “interview” while entering Gaza after being involved in fomenting street protests in Tunisi8a and Egypt. The e-mail also says it was uncertain whether Cohen was acting on his own — “driving without a license” — or working on the “part of leftest [sic] fools inside the WH who are using him for their agendas.”

WMR has learned from Pentagon sources that Cohen was, in fact, acting on behalf of the Sunstein/Power group. In addition, we have learned that Cohen’s operation was supported by Sarah Sewall, the founder of the Mass Atrocity Response Operations (MARO) Project at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s Carr Center and a close adviser to Petraeus and Obama. Sewall was a member of the Obama Transition Team for national security and she served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Peacekeeping and Humanitarian Assistance in the Clinton administration. Along with Petraeus, Sewall wrote a foreword to the U.S. Army and Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Manual, released in 2007.

Along with Sunstein, Power, U.S. ambassador to the UN Susan Rice, U.S. ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul, and chief Obama policy adviser Valerie Jarrett, Sewall is part of the “brain trust” running the covert White House computer hacking and information warfare team. After successfully engineering the toppling of the Ben Ali, Mubarak, Qaddafi, and Saleh regimes in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and Yemen, respectively, the team is now concentrating on regime changes in Syria, Iran, Cuba, Venezuela, Myanmar, Sudan, Algeria, Russia, and China.

Conversely, the White House operation, using automatic “sock puppet” software among other tactics, is attempting to forestall the popular overthrow of unelected supranationally-installed austerity governments in Greece and Italy by spreading the meme that the Greek and Italian working class are lazy tax evaders who have been living off the public dole.

In a March 29, 2011, e-mail, Stratfor’s Sean Noonan wrote that Cohen was part of a State Department initiative in 2008 that saw the foundation of and that this was part of a program initiated during the Bush administration to engage in “public diplomacy” over the Internet. The email cites the 21st Century Diplomacy and Civil Society 2.0 programs as being part of this initiative and that one of the first operations of the State Department team was to organize a worldwide protest against the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in 2008. But where the Stratfor analysis was mistaken was its conclusion that Cohen’s had split with the U.S. government. If one defines the covert White House information operations team as separate from the U.S. government, Stratfor would be correct. However, the Sunstein/Power/Sewall/Rice/Jarrett/McFaul team has been officially sanctioned by President Obama, CIA director Petraeus, and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Even though Power referred to Mrs. Clinton as a “monster” during the 2008 presidential election campaign, this has not curbed Clinton’s enthusiasm for using the “soft power” of Facebook, Twitter, NGOs, and propagandized Al Jazeera, Voice of America, and other media to bring about regime change in targeted countries. The Noonan email states that Cohen and Movements.orgestablished cells across Cairo in support of the Egyptian April 6 Youth Movement.

The White House covert information warfare program also enjoys the support of International Criminal Court chief prosecutor Louis Moreno Ocampo who is ensuring that officials of the United States and its allies are not accused of war crimes in fomenting and stoking the flames of internal rebellions.

The Noonan email cites the role of two organizations funded by the CIA, used to mount and anti-government uprising in Serbia, and inspired by the Albert Einstein Institutions Gene Sharp, the architect of the current CIA blueprint for co-opted revolutions — the Center for Applied NonViolent Action and Strategies (CANVAS) and OTPOR! The role of the 2008 State Department-sponsored Alliance for Youth Summit in New York in backing the future April 6 Youth Movement in Egypt is also referenced. The email also states that Otpor! lost much of its steam after the 2003 assassination of Otpor’s favored leader, Serbian Prime Minister Zoran Dindic, in 2003. In a “not for publication” paragraph, the email states, “Serbia is exactly what we don’t want to see”—Otpor needed a political leader and was able to create that, but Dindic was assassinated in 2003 and the momentum of Otpor has not been maintained afterwards.”

The Noonan email also states that Myanmar and Cuba are targets for Movements.orgin organizing themed revolutions. The information corresponds to the information WMR received about the current priorities of the covert White House information operations group. founder Cohen
Email-ID 1113596
Date 2011-02-11 19:42:49
The dude is a loose canon.

GOOGLE is trying to stop his entry into Gaza now because the dude is
like scorched earth.

Its unclear to GOOGLE if he’s driving w/out a license, but GOOGLE
believes he’s on a specific mission of “regime change” on the part of
leftest fools inside the WH who are using him for their agendas.

I would hope the Shabak pick him up for “an interview”.

Re: [alpha] INSIGHT- US/
Email-ID 1140035
Date 2011-03-29 23:45:20

From: Sean Noonan
Date: Tue, 29 Mar 2011 16:17:19 -0500 (CDT)
To: Alpha List
ReplyTo: Alpha List
Subject: Re: [alpha] INSIGHT- US/
He is a co-founder and board member. So he oversees the show, but isn’t
doing day-to-day work.

On 3/29/11 4:12 PM, Bayless Parsley wrote:

So what is Cohen’s current ties with them?

On 3/29/11 4:04 PM, Reginald Thompson wrote:

SOURCE DESCRIPTION: Main organizer at
PUBLICATION: Some is not for publication. Rest is background
ITEM CREDIBILITY: [in terms of knowing what is doing,
they are A-1, but in terms of what the other groups are doing, source
is not great]

My Notes:

How got started: [This part is not for publication]
in 2008 it became apparent to the USG that they needed to do public
diplomacy over the Internet. So Jared Cohen was at DoS then and
played a major role in starting the organization. The main goal was
just spreading the good word about the US. Similar inititiaves have
come about in 21st Century Diplomacy and Civil Society 2.0, but has since split from the US government. A key turning
point in leading to its creates was seeing Oscar Morales organize a
Global Day of Protest against FARC in 2008. This is the first time
social networking was really used to organize a protest. [This part
is not for publication]

Three goals- Taking people wanting social change from the internet to
constructive activism by:
1. monopolizing on initial success (this generally means getting
popular on facebook)
2. Staying secure
3. Peer-to-peer training

Currently choosing “Unlikely Leaders” to be invited to the next Global
Summit. These are people that for example start a facebook activisit
group that becomes very popular and then suddenly are completely
unprepared–much like April 6 in Egypt. CANVAS will also be invited.
Source is familiar with them, but has not been through their

they are part of a network of NGOs ready to negotiate with Facebook
when activist accounts are deleted or hacked. wants a
sort of Facebook customer service to be created just to deal with
activism, since there are positives and negatives to allowing
anonymous accounts, and those will probably never be allowed anyway.

Movements.orgis engaging with these groups once they actually get
popular. This is the main criteria for their involvement, or inviting
them to their Summits.

Answer to the neutrality issue– “we are by no means trying to
overthrow governments.”Movements.orggoal is to develop civil society
and social movements.

[Not for Pub. And don’t let this get back to RS501, for now]
“Serbia is exactly what we don’t want to see”—Otpor needed a
political leader and was able to create that, but Dindic was assinated
in 2003 and the momentum of Otpor has not been maintained
afterwards. [Not for pub]

The Internet is helpful in bring people together, but the hard part is
keeping them together. The first real examples politically were the
color revolutions and now MENA. But the challenge has been keeping
the momentum going to keep these social movements alive. They were a
case study in the power of technology for short-term political change,
but that’s it.

Movements.orgwas communicating with someone at April 6 who said they
had established different cells across Cairo in case one group was
arrested. [not sure if we knew this]

Egyptians are now presented with two choices–1. to find a political
leader and take power or, 2. To create a sustainable social movement.
Source sees this as a dichotomy.

Manuel Castells is the only academic to have really examined the
internet in terms of social networks.

Agrees with S-weekly on Social media. The impetus for these
revolutions is there already, social media is just tapping into that.


First, to explain the thing about Serbia- the source is pretty set on
trying to create these long-term sustainable social movements that are
effective over various issues, rather than new political parties that
take power. The criticism of OTPOR is interesting, and is telling
about how would like to work.

I get the idea that this organization is actually farther behind then
we are–understaffed and inexperienced. I don’t mean this critically,
because really no one is that experienced in on line organization–they
are breaking new ground. They have a pretty good understanding of the
challenges presented by social media–and that is really what they are
focusing on, but don’t really have solutions yet. Their main response
to this is to develop this peer-to-peer training done through people
they designate as ambassadors to work with others in their own country
or region. So really what is doing right now is
creating a database of training materials and valuable networks for
groups to learn from each other–not doing direct training like

They are also doing everything after things get started–waiting for
these groups to get big, then trying to work with them. This means
they aren’t identifying countries or groups to start some shit in.
Though, I get the impression they would like to be more active in the more oppressive countries like Cuba and Myanmar. You can probably
see how the idealism bleeds through.