Thomas Quinn's first day at CE News

The Empire is Corporate (Op-Ed)

By Thomas Quinn, CE News

 

In 1757, when Great Britain seized control of India, the acquisition of that jewel of

the empire was driven not by Britain's government, but by a publicly traded corp-

orate proxy-the East India Company. Almost a century before, the crown granted

the company the right to autonomous acquisition of territory, to mint money,

command troops, make war, and exercise its own laws. A corporation was given

the authority of a government without the accountability of one, and the consequ-

ences of that decision created an uneasy balance of power that still simmers just

below the surface.

 

It was the East India Company's tea that the Sons of Liberty threw into the Boston

Harbor. To the colonies, the corporation was an unchecked strongarm of a tyran-

nical oppressor. State laws imposed many regulations: Corporations could not part-

icipate in the political process or buy stock in other corporations, and if they

violated laws the corporate charter was revoked.

 

The strict boundaries the Founding Fathers' applied to corporate structure contrast

starkly with modern regulations, largely thanks to economic uptick wrought by the

Civil War. Slow-paced government regulation enabled rapid manufacturing of wea-

pons, and in the chaos of war newfound profit allowed corporations to buy legisla-

tures, judges, and even presidents. Reconstruction of the south, a war hero in office

with no political experience, and a cabinet of unqualified relatives was the perfect

environment for corporate intervention.

 

This status quo was further entrenched in 1886, when a Supreme Court decision

gave corporations the right to freedom of speech and allowed them to endorse

political campaigns. By 1919, corporations employed more than 80 percent of the

workforce and produced most of America's wealth. Subsequent relaxation of ban-

king regulations contributed to the great depression ten years later. The war that

followed created 17 million new civilian jobs, increased industrial productivity by

96 percent, and doubled corporate profits after taxes. It was the most significant

economic boom since the Civil War.

 

The parallels in modern history are clear. 2010's Citizens United decision further

solidified corporate spending on federal elections; super PACs raised $828 million

for the 2012 election alone. Deregulations in the housing and banking markets made

by two different administrations led to one of the largest recessions in US

history. Modern wars, however, have not yielded the same economic windfalls. In-

deed, while corporate profits have become synonymous with economic health.

Data show that, since 2000, wages and salaries have diverged from corporate GDP,

staying even or trending downward as corporate profits skyrocketed.

 

The influence of corporations on government, while expressed dramatically in cur-

rent events, is far from new. The state of corporate overreach is not a failure of mod-

ern legislation but a natural outcome of centuries of Darwinian business, dictated

by the system itself. Power has consistently tipped, sometimes gradually and som-

etimes as a rushing tide, in favor of corporations. Deemed "too big to fail," they now

hold America hostage, dictating policy in pursuit of the bottom line. When will the

private sector replace the government entirely?

WHISTLEBLOWER SETH MARSHALL LEAKS

NSA DOCUMENTS BEFORE FLEEING TO MOSCOW

NSA Leak Exposes Widespread Corruption

By Steven Wallace, CE News

 

The so-called "Death to Secrets" leak to CE News of more than a million classified

files details not only a vast global web of surveillance activities made against gover-

nments, corporations, and private citizens, but also contains indications of possible

war crimes allegedly orchestrated by NSA director Dylan Grove, according to docu-

ments contained in the leak.

 

The NSA is authorized to track international and national terrorist activities by mon-

itoring, collecting, and processing data obtained through court ordered directives.

However, early implications of the leak suggest that some operatives inside the

agency routinely bypassed court authorizations and used administrative protocols

to pursue surveillance activities generally considered outside the boundaries of the

agency's legal guidelines.

 

Most disturbing are the implications of "Operation: Hand Unseen," which detail the

sale of narcotics and weapons for the funding of anti-terrorist hit squads. The White

House has not responded as to whether it was aware of such operations. The leak,

one of the largest known data breaches in US history, is now reportedly attributed

to former NSA analyst Seth Marshall, a 31-year-old contractor who worked for sev-

eral government security agencies and who has publicly taken credit.

 

"Operation: Hand Unseen was the last straw," Marshall claimed in a statement pub-

lished alongside the documents. "Although I often became distressed taking part

in reckless meta-data gathering and sifting operations, I persevered by focusing on

the potential good in revealing those who threaten us. Once I witnessed the indis-

criminate gross neglect and disregard of agency protocols in order to remain clan-

destine, and how it eventually led to wanton criminal behavior under the ruse of

keeping the nation safe, I had enough."

Director of NSA Dylan Grove Congressional Testimony

Can you enlighten us as to the nature of "Operation: Hand Unseen" and

your involvement in it?

 

 

It was a series of covert missions at my behest. I was both commanding

officer and team leader on all missions.

 

 

And who was it that sanctioned these missions? Can you implicate the

party or parties responsible?

 

 

I can. In 2002, you gentlemen came to me full of fear and doubt. You

threw words around like "any means necessary". Well, this is what "any

means necessary" looks like.

 

 

Are you implying that congress authorized racketeering, drug running,

and contract killing?

 

 

No, I am stating that I was given the green light to do what was neces-

sary for the safety of all Americans.

 

 

Your role as director of the NSA was to collect intelligence for other bran-

ches, and they would decide what missions to accept. Why did you

break protocol?

 

 

I simply could no longer sit idly by, observing, recording, and cataloging

atrocities.

 

NSA DIRECTOR DYLAN GROVE

SEQUESTERED UNTIL VERDICT IS MADE

DYLAN GROVE

FLEES COUNTRY AFTER GUILTY VERDICT

Clinton Elected First Woman President

By Brett Wyman, CE News

 

Hillary Rodham Clinton was elected the 45th president of the United States on

Tuesday, becoming the first woman to shatter the ultimate glass ceiling.

 

President-elect Clinton celebrated late into the night with her husband former Pre-

sident Bill Clinton and thousands of supporters in New York City. "Truth trumps fear,

and that is why we were victorious tonight," said President-elect Clinton.

 

Critics noted that the race was surprisingly close despite being tainted by Democr-

atic Party ugliness, a divisive primary from Sen. Bernie Sanders', and unscrupulous

corporate donors.

 

Undaunted by controversy, supporters chanted "love trumps hate" as came in indic- ating Clinton's narrow victories in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan.

 

"Only 100 years ago," said Clinton, "I wouldn't have had the right to vote, much less

attain the highest office in the United States. And tonight, I am your president-elect!"

 

Mr. Trump finally made a rambling and at times infuriated concession speech after

3 a.m. in which he blamed his loss on the fake news media, voter fraud by illegal

aliens, and surveillance by Obama's security state. Trump pledged to continue to

support the country on his own through these trying economic times, and wouldn't

rule out running again, though at 71 years of age that appears unlikely.

Dylan Grove seen in Shanghai

Whistleblower Seth Marshall

Killed Outside Moscow Apartment

By Jim Davidson, FIN News

 

Self-proclaimed "Death to Secrets" leaker Seth Marshall was found dead early this

morning outside his Moscow apartment, the victim of an apparent execution-style

murder. Russian police reported finding Marshall around 4 a.m. lying face down in

a large pool of blood with several close-range gunshot wounds to the back of

his head.

 

Whistleblower Killed (CONT.)

 

Russia and CIA officials refrain from calling the murder political, yet given the poli-

tical chaos that followed the "Death to Secrets" leaks, both agree it is reasonable to

suspect that it was either an explicit warning to leakers, served politically motivated

imperatives, or was simply an act of revenge.

 

Moscow police have begun an aggressive investigation, but insist they have no sus-

pects yet. "While we understand the mounting urgency to solve this crime," said

Moscow detective Sergei Smertikoff, "we will conduct a most meticulously thor-

ough investigation to ensure that if this is politically motivated, we will have a

strong case for taking it wherever it leads."

 

Marshall's historic "Death to Secrets" leak of US government surveillance data in

2014 revealed operations indicating that various government agencies far overste-

pped their legal authority. Shortly after the leak became public, NSA director Dylan

Grove was convicted for his role in illegal surveillance and counterintelligence act-

ivities leading to the deaths of several suspected terrorists. He is still at large today.

 

CIA sources suspected Marshall could be living in Moscow under an assumed

identity. The government, at the behest of President Obama, has been seeking

Marshall's arrest. The president has repeatedly stated that he is supportive of gove-

rnment whistleblowers; however, he insists that leakers do far more damage than

good, thus, the government had no choice but to seek Marshall's arrest for revealing

classified information.

 

Before going undercover, Marshall leaked more than one million government doc-

uments to the news outlet CE. Marshall may have retained many more documents

that were not released; in several clandestine Skype interviews he claimed to have

documents to serve as a "nuclear option" in the event of his death.

 

Media sources have yet to acknowledge receipt of anything from Marshall after

his death.

Dear Madam President:

 

I wanted to congratulate you on a well fought victory. Very few

people have reached the summit, and I hope the view from above

is what you've always truly wanted. Everyone sees the external ba-

ttle, but few see the real conflict, and this one was particularly nasty.

I want you to know that I was aware of your role in my attempted

incarceration, and I harbor no ill will. You're entrenched in a system

that rewards betrayal. I don't blame you for playing by the rules of

the game.

 

The only thing I can rely on in your broken system is self-interest,

and so I must resort to baser methods. Sometimes ethics take a

back seat to the greater good, and sometimes people, as well. I plu-

gged your leak for you, and I stole back your secrets. Consider it

encouragement to stay on the just path. You wield a heavy sword,

and you might be tempted to point it in my direction. I would imp-

lore you to stay your hand and not force mine.

 

Sincerely yours,

The Hand Unseen

WHISTLEBLOWER SETH MARSHALL LEAKS

NSA DOCUMENTS BEFORE FLEEING TO MOSCOW

Thomas Quinn's first day at CE News

The Empire is Corporate (Op-Ed)

By Thomas Quinn, CE News

 

In 1757, when Great Britain seized control of India, the acquisition of that

jewel of the empire was driven not by Britain's government, but by a pub-

licly traded corporate proxy-the East India Company. Almost a century

before, the crown granted the company the right to autonomous acquisi-

tion of territory, to mint money, command troops, make war, and exercise

its own laws. A corporation was given the authority of a government with-

out the accountability of one, and the consequences of that decision cre-

ated an uneasy balance of power that still simmers just below the surface.

 

It was the East India Company's tea that the Sons of Liberty threw into the

Boston Harbor. To the colonies, the corporation was an unchecked strong-

arm of a tyrannical oppressor. State laws imposed many regulations: Corp-

orations could not participate in the political process or buy stock in other

corporations, and if they violated laws the corporate charter was revoked.

 

The strict boundaries the Founding Fathers' applied to corporate structure

contrast starkly with modern regulations, largely thanks to the economic

uptick wrought by Civil War. Slow-paced government regulation enabled

rapid manufacturing of weapons, and in the chaos of war newfound profit

allowed corporations to buy legislatures, judges, and even presidents.

Reconstruction of the south, a war hero in office with no political experi-

ence, and a cabinet of unqualified relatives was the perfect environment

for corporate intervention.

 

This status quo was further entrenched in 1886, when a Supreme Court

decision gave corporations the right to freedom of speech and allowed

them to endorse political campaigns. By 1919, corporations employed more

than 80 percent of the workforce and produced most of America's wealth.

Subsequent relaxation of banking regulations contributed to the great

depression ten years later. The war that followed created 17 million new

civilian jobs, increased industrial productivity by 96 percent, and doubled

corporate profits after taxes. It was the most significant economic boom

since the Civil War.

 

The parallels in modern history are clear. 2010's Citizens United decision

further solidified corporate spending on federal elections; super PACs rai-

sed $828 million for the 2012 election alone. Deregulations in the housing

and banking markets made by two different administrations led to one of

the largest recessions in US history. Modern wars, however, have not yiel-

ded the same economic health. Data shows that, since 2000, wages and

salaries have diverged from corporate GDP, staying even or trending dow-

nward as corporate profits skyrocketed.

 

The influence of corporations on government, while expressed dramatically

in current events, is far from new. The state of corporate overreach is not a

failure of modern legislation but a natural outcome of centuries of Darw-

inian business, dictated by the system itself. Power has consistently tipped,

sometimes gradually and sometimes as a rushing tide, in favor of corpora-

tions. Deemed "too big to fail," they now hold America hostage, dictating

policy in pursuit of the bottom line. When will the private sector replace

the government entirely?

 

NSA Leak Exposes Widespread Corruption

By Steven Wallace, CE News

 

The so-called "Death to Secrets" leak to CE News of more than a million

classified files details not only a vast global web of surveillance activities

made against governments, corporations, and private citizens, but also

contains indications of possible war crimes allegedly orchestrated by NSA

director Dylan Grove, according to documents contained in the leak.

 

The NSA is authorized to track international and national terrorist activities

by monitoring, collecting, and processing data obtained through court or-

dered directives. However, early implications of the leak suggest that some

operatives inside the agency routinely bypassed court authorizations and

used administrative protocols to pursue surveillance activities generally

considered outside the boundaries of the agency's legal guidelines.

 

Most disturbing are the implications of "Operation: Hand Unseen," which

detail the sale of narcotics and weapons for the funding of anti-terrorist

hit squads. The White House has not responded as to whether it was aware

of such operations. The leak, one of the largest known data breaches in US

history, is now reportedly attributed to former NSA analyst Seth Marshall, a

31-year-old contractor who worked for several government security agen-

cies and who has publicly taken credit.

 

"Operation: Hand Unseen was the last straw," Marshall claimed in a state-

ment published alongside the documents. "Although I often became dis-

tressed taking part in reckless meta-data gathering and sifting operations,

I persevered by focusing on the potential good in revealing those who thr-

eaten us. Once I witnessed the indiscriminate gross neglect and disregard

of agency protocols in order to remain clandestine, and how it eventually

led to wanton criminal behavior under the ruse of keeping the nation safe,

I had enough."

 

Director of NSA Dylan Grove Congressional Testimony

Can you enlighten us as to the nature of "Operation: Hand

Unseen" and your involvement in it?

 

 

It was a series of covert missions at my behest. I was both

commanding officer and team leader on all missions.

 

 

And who was it that sanctioned these missions? Can you

implicate the party or parties responsible?

 

 

I can. In 2002, you gentlemen came to me full of fear and

doubt. You threw words around like "any means necessary".

Well, this is what "any means necessary" looks like.

 

 

Are you implying that congress authorized racketeering,

drug running, and contract killing?

 

 

No, I am stating that I was given the green light to do what

was necessary for the safety of all Americans.

 

 

Your role as director of the NSA was to collect intelligence

for other branches, and they would decide what missions to

accept. Why did you break protocol?

 

 

I simply could no longer sit idly by, observing, recording, and

cataloging atrocities.

Whistleblower Seth Marshall

Killed Outside Moscow Apartment

By Jim Davidson, FIN News

 

Self-proclaimed "Death to Secrets" leaker Seth Marshall was found dead

early this morning outside his Moscow apartment, the victim of an appa-

rent execution-style murder. Russian police reported finding Marshall

around 4 a.m. lying face down in a large pool of blood with several close-

range gunshot wounds to the back of his head.

 

Dylan Grove seen in Shanghai

Whistleblower Killed (CONT.)

 

Russia and CIA officials refrain from calling the murder political, yet given

the political chaos that followed the "Death to Secrets" leaks, both agree it

is reasonable to suspect that it was either an explicit warning to leakers,

served politically motivated imperatives, or was simply an act of revenge.

 

Moscow police have begun an aggressive investigation, but insist they have

no suspects yet. "While we understand the mounting urgency to solve this

crime," said Moscow detective Sergei Smertikoff, "we will conduct a most

meticulously thorough investigation to ensure that if this is politically mot-

ivated, we will have a strong case for taking it wherever it leads."

 

Marshall's historic "Death to Secrets" leak of US government surveillance

data in 2014 revealed operations indicating that various government ag-

encies far overstepped their legal authority. Shortly after the leak became

public, NSA director Dylan Grove was convicted for his role in illegal surv-

eillance and counterintelligence activities leading to the deaths of several

suspected terrorists. He is still at large today.

 

CIA sources suspected Marshall could be living in Moscow under an ass-

umed identity. The government, at the behest of President Obama, has

been seeking Marshall's arrest. The president has repeatedly stated that

he is supportive of government whistleblowers; however, he insists that

leakers do far more damage than good, thus, the government had no

choice but to seek Marshall's arrest for revealing classified information.

 

Before going undercover, Marshall leaked more than one million gover-

nment documents to the news outlet CE. Marshall may have retained

many more documents that were not released; in several clandestine

Skype interviews he claimed to have documents to serve as a "nuclear op-

tion" in the event of his death.

 

Media sources have yet to acknowledge receipt of anything from Marshall

after his death.

Clinton Elected First Woman President

By Brett Wyman, CE News

 

Hillary Rodham Clinton was elected the 45th president of the United States

on Tuesday, becoming the first woman to shatter the ultimate glass ceiling.

 

President-elect Clinton celebrated late into the night with her husband

former President Bill Clinton and thousands of supporters in New York City.

"Truth trumps fear, and that is why we were victorious tonight," said Pres-

ident-elect Clinton.

 

Critics noted that the race was surprisingly close despite being tainted by

Democratic Party ugliness, a divisive primary campaign from Sen. Bernie

Sanders', and unscrupulous corporate donors.

 

Undaunted by controversy, supporters chanted "love trumps hate" as resu-

lts came in indicating Clinton's narrow victories in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin,

and Michigan.

 

"Only 100 years ago," said Clinton, "I wouldn't have had the right to

vote, much less attain the highest office in the United States. And tonight,

I am your president-elect!"

 

Mr. Trump finally made a rambling and at times infuriated concession spe-

ech after 3 a.m. in which he blamed his loss on the fake news media, voter

fraud by illegal aliens, and surveillance by Obama's security state. Trump

pledged to continue to support the country on his own through these

trying economic times, and wouldn't rule out running again, though at 71

years of age that appears unlikely.

 

Dear Madam President:

 

I wanted to congratulate you on a well fought victory. Very

few people have reached the summit, and I hope the view

from above is what you've always truly wanted. Everyone

sees the external battle, but few see the real conflict, and

this one was particularly nasty. I want you to know that I

was aware of your role in my attempted incarceration, and I

harbor no ill will. You're entrenched in a system that

rewards betrayal. I don't blame you for playing by the rules

of the game.

 

The only thing I can rely on in your broken system is self-

interest, and so I must resort to baser methods. Sometimes

ethics take a back seat to the greater good, and sometimes

people, as well. I plugged your leak for you, and I stole back

your secrets. Consider it encouragement to stay on the just

path. You wield a heavy sword, and you might be tempted

to point it in my direction. I would implore you to stay your

hand and not force mine.

 

Sincerely yours,

The Hand Unseen

DYLAN GROVE

FLEES COUNTRY AFTER GUILTY VERDICT

NSA DIRECTOR DYLAN GROVE

SEQUESTERED UNTIL VERDICT IS MADE

NSA Leak Exposes Widespread Corruption

By Steven Wallace, CE News

 

The so-called "Death to Secrets" leak to CE News of more

than a million classified files details not only a vast global

web of surveillance activities made against governments,

corporations, and private citizens, but also contains indic-

ations of possible war crimes allegedly orchestrated by

NSA director Dylan Grove, according to documents cont-

ained in the leak.

 

The NSA is authorized to track international and national

terrorist activities by monitoring, collecting, and processing

data obtained through court ordered directives. However,

early implications of the leak suggest that some operatives

inside the agency routinely bypassed court authorizations

and used administrative protocols to pursue surveillance

activities generally considered outside the boundaries of

the agency's legal guidelines.

 

Most disturbing are the implications of "Operation: Hand

Unseen," which detail the sale of narcotics and weapons for the funding of anti-terrorist hit squads. The White House

has not responded as to whether it was aware of such op-

erations. The leak, one of the largest known data breaches

in US history, is now reportedly attributed to former NSA

analyst Seth Marshall, a 31-year-old contractor who worked

for several government security agencies and who has pu-

blicly taken credit.

 

"Operation: Hand Unseen was the last straw," Marshall cla-

imed in a statement published alongside the documents.

"Although I often became distressed taking part in reck-

less meta-data gathering and sifting operations, I persev-

ered by focusing on the potential good in revealing those

who threaten us. Once I witnessed the indiscriminate

gross neglect and disregard of agency protocols in order

to remain clandestine, and how it eventually led to wanton

criminal behavior under the ruse of keeping the nation

safe, I had enough."

 

The Empire is Corporate (Op-Ed)

By Thomas Quinn, CE News

 

In 1757, when Great Britain seized control of India, the

acquisition of that jewel of the empire was driven not by

Britain's government, but by a publicly traded corporate

proxy-the East India Company. Almost a century before,

the crown granted the company the right to autonomous

acquisition of territory, to mint money, command troops,

make war, and exercise its own laws. A corporation was

given the authority of a government without the accoun-

tability of one, and the consequences of that decision cre-

ated an uneasy balance of power that still simmers just

below the surface.

 

It was the East India Company's tea that the Sons of Lib-

erty threw into the Boston Harbor. To the colonies, the

corporation was an unchecked strongarm of a tyrannical

oppressor. State laws imposed many regulations: Corpor-

ations could not participate in the political process or buy

stock in other corporations, and if they violated laws the

corporate charter was revoked.

 

The strict boundaries the Founding Fathers' applied to

corporate structure contrast starkly with modern regula-

tions, largely thanks to the economic uptick wrought by

the Civil War. Slow-paced government regulation enabled

rapid manufacturing of weapons, and in the chaos of war

newfound profit allowed corporations to buy legislatures,

judges, and even presidents. Reconstruction of the south,

a war hero in office with no political experience, and a

cabinet of unqualified relatives was the perfect environ-

ment for corporate intervention.

 

This status quo was further entrenched in 1886, when a

Supreme Court decision gave corporations the right to

freedom of speech and allowed them to endorse political

campaigns. By 1919, corporations employed more than 80

percent of the workforce and produced most of America's

wealth. Subsequent relaxation of banking regulations con-

tributed to the great depression ten years later. The war

that followed created 17 million new civilian jobs, increa-

sed industrial productivity by 96 percent, and doubled

corporate profits after taxes. It was the most significant

economic boom since the Civil War.

 

The parallels in modern history are clear. 2010's Citizens

United decision further solidified corporate spending on

federal elections; super PACs raised $828 million for the

2012 election alone. Deregulations in the housing and ba-

nking markets made by two different administrations led

to one of the largest recessions in US history. Modern wars,

however, have not yielded the same economic health. Data

shows that, since 2000, wages and salaries have diverged

from corporate GDP, staying even or trending downward

as corporate profits skyrocketed.

Empire Corporate (CONT)

 

The influence of corporations on government, while expr-

essed dramatically in current events, is far from new. The

state corporate overreach is not a failure of modern legis-

lature but a natural outcome of centuries of Darwinian

business, dictated by the system itself. Power has consis-

tently tipped, sometimes gradually and sometimes as a

rushing tide, in favor of corporations. Deemed "too big to

fail," they now hold America hostage, dictating policy in

pursuit of the bottom line. When will the private sector

replace the government entirely?

Thomas Quinn's first day at CE News

Whistleblower Killed (CONT)

 

Moscow police have begun an aggressive investigation,

but insist they have no suspects yet. "While we understand

the mounting urgency to solve this crime," said Moscow

detective Sergei Smertikoff, "we will conduct a most met-

iculously thorough investigation to ensure that if this is

politically motivated, we will have a strong case for taking

it wherever it leads."

 

Marshall's historic "Death to Secrets" leak of US governm-

ent surveillance data in 2014 revealed operations indicating

that various government agencies for overstepped their

legal authority. Shortly after the leak became public, NSA

director Dylan Grove was convicted for his role in illegal

surveillance and counterintelligence activities leading to

the deaths of several suspected terrorists. He is still large

today.

 

CIA sources suspected Marshall could be living in Moscow

under an assumed identity. The government, at the behest

of President Obama, has been seeking Marshall's arrest.

The president has repeatedly stated that he is supportive

of government whistleblowers; however, he insists that

leakers do far more damage than good, thus, the gover-

nment had no choice but to seek Marshall's arrest for

revealing classified information.

 

Before going undercover, Marshall leaked more than one

million government documents to the news outlet CE.

Marshall may have retained many more documents that

were not released; in several clandestine Skype interviews

he claimed to have documents to serve as a "nuclear op-

tion" in the event of his death.

 

Media sources have yet to acknowledge receipt of anyth-

ing from Marshall after his death.

 

Director of NSA

Dylan Grove Congressional Testimony

Can you enlighten us as to the nature of "Operation:

Hand Unseen" and your involvement in it?

 

 

It was a series of covert missions at my behest. I was

both commanding officer and team leader on

all missions

 

 

And who was it that sanctioned these missions? Can

you implicate the party or parties responsible?

 

 

I can. In 2002, you gentlemen came to me full of fear

and doubt. You threw words around like "any means

necessary". Well, this is what "any means necessary"

looks like.

 

 

Are you implying that congress authorized racket-

eering, drug running, and contract killing?

 

 

No, I am stating that I was given the green light to

do what was necessary for the safety of Americans.

 

 

Your role as director of the NSA was to collect inte-

lligence for other branches, and they would decide

what missions to accept. Why did you break protocol?

 

 

I simply could no longer sit idly by, observing,

recording, and cataloging atrocities.

 

WHISTLEBLOWER SETH MARSHALL LEAKS

NSA DOCUMENTS BEFORE FLEEING TO MOSCOW

NSA DIRECTOR DYLAN GROVE

SEQUESTERED UNTIL VERDICT IS MADE

DYLAN GROVE

FLEES COUNTRY AFTER GUILTY VERDICT

Dylan Grove seen in Shanghai

Whistleblower Seth Marshall

Killed Outside Moscow Apartment

By Jim Davidson, FIN News

 

Self-proclaimed "Death to Secrets" leaker Seth Marshall

was found dead early this morning outside his Moscow

apartment execution-style murder. Russian police reported

finding Marshall around 4 a.m. lying face down in a large

pool of blood with several close-range gunshot wounds to

the back of his head.

 

Russia and CIA officials refrain from calling the murder

political, yet given the political chaos that followed the

"Death to Secrets" leaks, both agree it is reasonable to su-

spect that it was either an explicit warning to leakers,

served politically motivated imperatives, or was simply an

act of revenge.

 

Clinton Elected First Woman President

By Brett Wyman, CE News

 

Hillary Rodham Clinton was elected the 45th president of

the United States on Tuesday, becoming the first woman

to shatter the ultimate glass ceiling.

 

President-elect Clinton celebrated late into the night with

her husband former President Bill Clinton and thousands

of supporters in New York City. "Truth trumps fear, and

that is why we were victorious tonight," said President-

elect Clinton.

 

Critics noted that the race was surprisingly close despite

being tainted by Democratic Party ugliness, a divisive pri-

mary campaign from Sen. Bernie Sanders , and unscrup-

ulous corporate donors.

 

Undaunted by controversy, supporters chanted "love tru-

mps hate" as results came in indicating Clinton's narrow

victories in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan.

 

"Only 100 years ago," said Clinton, "I wouldn't have had

the right to vote, much less attain the highest office in the

United States. And tonight, I am your president-elect!"

 

Mr. Trump finally made a rambling and at times infuriated

concession speech after 3 a.m. in which he blamed his loss

on the fake news media, voter fraud by illegal aliens, and

surveillance by Obama's security state. Trump pledged to

continue to support the country on his own through these

trying economic times, and wouldn't rule out running ag-

ain, though at 71 years of age that appears unlikely.

 

Dear Madam President,

 

I wanted to congratulate you on a well fought

victory. Very few people have reached the sum-

mit, and I hope the view from above is what

you've always truly wanted. Everyone sees the

external battle, but few see the real conflict,

and this one was particularly nasty. I want you

to know that I was aware of your role in my

attempted incarceration, and I harbor no ill

will. You're entrenched in a system that rewards

betrayal. I don't blame you for playing by the

rules of the game.

 

The only thing I can rely on in your broken sy-

stem is self-interest, and so I must resort to

baser methods. Sometimes ethics take a back

seat to the greater good, and sometimes peo-

ple, as well. I plugged your leak for you, and I

stole back your secrets. Consider it encourag-

ement to stay on the just path. You wield a

heavy sword, and you might be tempted to

point it in my direction. I would implore you to

stay your hand and not force mine.

 

Sincerely yours,

The Hand Unseen

WHISTLEBLOWER SETH MARSHALL LEAKS NSA

DOCUMENTS BEFORE FLEEING TO MOSCOW

The empire is Corporate (Op-Ed)

By Thomas Quinn, CE News

Thomas Quinn's first day at CE news

In 1757, when Great Britain seized control of India, the acquisition

of that jewel of the empire was driven not by Britain's government,

but by a publicly traded corporate proxy-the East India Company.

Almost a century before, the crown granted the company the ri-

ght to autonomous acquisition of territory, to mint money, com-

mand troops, make war, and exercise its own laws. A corporation

was given the authority of a government without the accountabi-

lity of one, and the consequences of that decision created an

uneasy balance of power that still simmers just below the surface.

 

It was the East India Company's tea that the Sons of Liberty threw

into the Boston Harbor. To the colonies, the corporation was an

unchecked strongarm of a tyrannical oppressor. State laws impo-

sed many regulations: Corporations could not participate in the

political process or buy stock in other corporations, and if they

violated laws the corporate charter was revoked.

 

The strict boundaries the Founding Fathers' applied to corporate

structure contrast starkly with modern regulations, largely thanks

to the economic uptick wrought by the Civil War. Slow-paced

government regulation enabled rapid manufacturing of weapons,

and in the chaos of war newfound profit allowed corporations to

buy legislatures, judges, and even presidents. Reconstruction of

the south, a war hero in office with no political experience, and a

cabinet of unqualified relatives was the perfect environment for

corporate intervention.

 

The status quo was further entrenched in 1886, when a Supreme

Court decision gave corporations the right to freedom of speech

and allowed them to endorse political campaigns. By 1919, corpora-

tions employed more than 80 percent of the workforce and pro-

duced most of America's wealth. Subsequent relaxation of banking

regulations contributed to the great depression ten years later. The

war that followed created 17 million new civilian jobs, increased

industrial productivity by 96 percent, and doubled corporate

profits after taxes. It was the most significant economic boom since

the Civil War.

 

The parallels in modern history are clear. 2010's Citizens United

decision further solidified corporate spending on federal elections;

super PACs raised $828 million for the 2012 election alone. Dereg-

ulations in the housing and banking markets made by two different

 administrations led to one of the largest recessions in US history.

Modern wars, however, have not yielded the same economic health. Data show that since 2000, wages and salaries have diverged from corporate GDP, staying even or trending downward as corporate

profits skyrocketed.

 

The influence of corporations on government, while expressed dra-

matically in current events, is far from new. The state corporate

overreach is not a failure of modern legislation but a natural outc-

ome of centuries of Darwinian business, dictated by the system

itself. Power has consistently tipped, sometimes gradually and

sometimes as a rushing tide, in favor of corporations. Deemed "too

big to fail," they now hold America hostage, dictating policy in

pursuit of the bottom line. When will the private sector replace

the government entirely?

The so-called "Death to Secrets" leak to CE News of more than a

million classified files details not only a vast global web of surveill-

ance activities made against governments, corporations, and

private citizens, but also contains indications of possible war crimes

allegedly orchestrated by NSA director Dylan Grove, according to

documents contained in the leak.

 

The NSA is authorized to track international and national terrorist

activities by monitoring, collecting, and processing data obtained

through court ordered directives. However, early implications of the

leak suggest that some operatives inside the agency routinely by-

passed court authorizations and used administrative protocols to

pursue surveillance activities generally considered outside the

boundaries of the agency's legal guidelines.

 

Most disturbing are the implications of "Operation: Hand Unseen,"

which detail the sale of narcotics and weapons for the funding of

anti-terrorist hit squads. The White House has not responded as to

whether it was aware of such operations. The leak, one of the larg-

est known data breaches in US history, is now reportedly attributed

to former NSA analyst Seth Marshall, a 31-year-old contractor who

worked for several government security agencies and who has

publicly taken credit.

 

"Operation: Hand Unseen was the last straw," Marshall claimed in a

statement published alongside the documents. "Although I often

became distressed taking part in reckless meta-data gathering and

sifting operations, I persevered by focusing on the potential good in

revealing those who threaten us. Once I witnessed the indiscrim-

inate gross neglect and disregard of agency protocols in order to

remain clandestine, and how it eventually led to wanton criminal

behavior under the ruse of keeping the nation safe, I had enough."

NSA Leak Exposes Widespread Corruption

By Steven Wallace, CE News

Director of NSA

Dylan Grove Congressional Testimony

Can you enlighten us as to the nature of "Operation: Hand

Unseen" and your involvement in it?

It was a series of covert missions at my behest. I was both

commanding officer and team leader on all missions.

And who was it that sanctioned these missions? Can

you implicate the party or parties responsible?

Are you implying that congress authorized racketeering,

drug running, and contract killing?

Your role as director of the NSA was to collect intelligence

for other branches, and they would decide what missions

to accept. Why did you break protocol?

I can. In 2002, you gentlemen came to me full of fear and

doubt. You threw words around like "any means necessary".

Well, this is what "any means necessary" looks like.

No, I am stating that I was given the green light to do

what was necessary for the safety of all Americans.

I simply could no longer sit idly by, observing,

recording, and cataloging atrocities.

NSA DIRECTOR DYLAN GROVE

SEQUESTERED UNTIL VERDICT IS MADE

DYLAN GROVE FLEES COUNTRY

AFTER GUILTY VERDICT

Whistleblower Seth Marshall

Killed Outside Moscow Apartment

By Jim Davidson, FIN News

Self-proclaimed "Death to Secrets" leaker Seth Marshall was found

dead early this morning outside his Moscow apartment execution-

style murder. Russian police reported finding Marshall around 4 a.m.

lying face down in a large pool of blood with several close-range

gunshot wounds to the back of his head.

 

Russia and CIA officials refrain from calling the murder political, yet

given the political chaos that followed the "Death to Secrets" leaks,

both agree it is reasonable to suspect that it was either an explicit

warning to leakers, served politically motivated imperatives, or was

simply an act of revenge.

 

Moscow police have begun an aggressive investigation, but insist

they have no suspects yet, "While we understand the mounting ur-

gency to solve this crime," said Moscow detective Sergei Smirtikoff,

"we will conduct a most meticulously thorough investigation to

ensure that if this is politically motivated, we will have a strong case

for taking it wherever it leads."

 

Marshall's historic "Death to Secrets" leak of US government survei-

llance data in 2014 revealed operations indicating that various gov-

ernment agencies far overstepped their legal authority. Shortly after

the leak became public, NSA director Dylan Grove was convicted

for his role in illegal surveillance and counterintelligence activities

leading to the deaths of several suspects terrorists. He is still at

large today.

 

CIA sources suspected Marshall could be living in Moscow under an

assumed identity. The government, at the behest of President

Obama, has been seeking Marshall's arrest. The president has rep-

eatedly stated that he is supportive of government whistleblowers;

however, he insists that leakers do far more damage than good,

thus, the government had no choice but to seek Marshall's arrest for

revealing classified information.

 

Before going undercover, Marshall leaked more than one million

government documents to the news outlet CE. Marshall may have

retained many more documents that were not released; in several

clandestine Skype interviews he claimed to have documents to

serve as a "nuclear option" in the event of his death.

 

Media sources have yet to acknowledge receipt of anything from

Marshall after his death.

 

Dylan Grove seen in Shanghai

Clinton Elected First Woman President

By Brett Wyman, CE News

Hillary Rodham Clinton was elected the 45th president of the Un-

ited States on Tuesday, becoming the first woman to shatter the

ultimate glass ceiling.

 

President-elect Clinton celebrated late into the night with her

husband former President Bill Clinton and thousands of supporters

in New York City. "Truth trumps fear, and that is why we were vict-

orious tonight," said President-elect Clinton.

 

Critics noted that the race was surprisingly close despite being tain-

ted by Democratic Party ugliness, a divisive primary campaign from

Sen. Bernie Sanders, and unscrupulous corporate donors.

 

Undaunted by controversy, supporters chanted "love trumps hate"

as results came in indicating Clinton's narrow victories in Pennsylv-

ania, Wisconsin, and Michigan.

 

"Only 100 years ago," said Clinton, "I wouldn't have had the right to

vote, much less attain the highest office in the United States. And

tonight, I am your president-elect!"

 

Mr. Trump finally made a rambling and at times infuriated conce-

ssion speach after 3 a.m. in which he blamed his loss on the fake

news media, voter fraud by illegal aliens, and surveillance by

Obama's security state. Trump pledged to continue to support the

country on his own through these trying economic times, and

wouldn't rule out running again, though at 71 years of age that

appears unlikely.

Dear Madam President,

 

I wanted to congratulate you on a well fought victory. Very few

people have reached the summit, and I hope the view from above

is what you've always truly wanted. Everyone sees the external

battle, but few see the real conflict, and this one was particularly

nasty. I want you to know that I was aware of your role in my att-

empted incarceration, and I harbor no ill will. You're entrenched

in a system that rewards betrayal. I don't blame you for playing

by the rules of the game.

 

The only thing I can rely on in your broken system is self-interest,

and so I must resort to baser methods. Sometimes ethics take a

backseat to the greater good, and sometimes people, as well. I

plugged your leak for you, and I stole back your secrets. Consider

it encouragement to stay on the just path. You wield a heavy

sword, and you might be tempted to point it in my direction. I

would implore you to stay your hand and not force mine.

 

Sincerely yours,

The Hand Unseen

WHISTLEBLOWER SETH MARSHALL

LEAKS NSA DOCUMENTS BEFORE

FLEEING TO MOSCOW

In 1757, when Great Britain seized control of

India, the acquisition of that jewel of the em-

pire was driven not by Britain's government,

but by a publicly traded corporate proxy-the

East India Company. Almost a century before,

the crown granted the company the right to

autonomous acquisition of territory, to mint

money, command troops, make war, and ex-

ercise its own laws. A corporation was given

the authority of a government without the

accountability of one, and the consequences

of that decision created an uneasy balance

of power that still simmers just below the

surface.

 

It was the East India Company's tea that the

Sons of Liberty threw into the Boston Harbor.

To the colonies, the corporation was an un-

checked strongarm of a tyrannical oppressor.

State laws imposed many regulations: Corp-

orations could not participate in the political

process or buy stock in other corporations,

and if they violated laws the corporate

charter was revoked.

 

The strict boundaries the Founding Fathers'

applied to corporate structure contrast sta-

rkly with modern regulations, largely thanks

to the economic upttick wrought by the Civil

War. Slow-paced government regulation en-

bled rapid manufacturing of weapons, and in the chaos of war newfound profit allowed corporations to buy legislatures, judges, and

even presidents. Reconstruction of the south,

a war hero in office with no political experie-

nce, and a cabinet of unqualified relatives

was the perfect environment for corporate

intervention.

 

The status quo was further entrenched in

1886, when a Supreme Court decision gave

corporations the right to freedom of speech

and allowed them to endorse political cam- paigns. By 1919, corporations employed more than 80 percent of the workforce and produ- ced most of America's wealth. Subsequent

relaxation of banking regulations contributed

to the great depression ten years later. The

war that followed created 17 million new civ-

ilian jobs, increased industrial productivity by

96 percent, and doubled corporate profits

after taxes. It was the most significant econo-

mic boom since the Civil War.

 

The parallels in modern history are clear.

2010's Citizens United decision further solid-

ified corporate spending on federal elections,

super PACs raised $828 million for the 2012

election alone. Deregulations in the housing

and banking markets made by two different

administrations led to one of the largest rec-

essions in US history. Modern wars, however,

have not yielded the same economic health,

data show that since 2000, wages and salar-

ies have diverged from corporate GDP,

staying even or downward as corporate

profits skyrocketed.

 

The influence of corporations on government,

while expressed dramatically in current eve-

nts, is far from new. The state corporate over-

reach is not a failure of modern legislation

but a natural outcome of centuries of Darwi-

nian business, dictated by the system itself.

Power has consistently tipped, sometimes

gradually and sometimes as a rushing tide,

in favor of corporations. Deemed "too big to

fail," they now hold America hostage, dictat-

ing policy in pursuit of the bottom line. when

 will the private sector replace the governm-

 ent entirely?

 

The Empire is Corporate (Op-Ed)

By Thomas Quinn, CE News

Thomas Quinn's first day at CE news

NSA Leak Exposes Widespread Corruption

By Steven Wallace, CE News

The so-called "Death to Secrets" leak to CE

News of more than a million classified files

details not only a vast global web of surveill-

ance activities made against governments,

corporations, and private citizens, but also

contains indications of possible war crimes

allegedly orchestrated by NSA director Dylan

Grove, according to documents contained

in the leak.

 

The NSA is authorized to track international

and national terrorist activities by monitoring,

collecting, and processing data obtained

through court ordered directives. However,

early implications of the leak suggest that

some operatives inside the agency routinely

bypassed court authorizations and used ad-

ministrative protocols to pursue surveillance

activities generally considered outside the

boundaries of the agency's legal guidelines.

 

Most disturbing are the implications of "Ope-

ration: Hand Unseen," which detail the sale

of narcotics and weapons for the funding of

anti-terrorist hit-squads. The White House

has not responded as to whether it was awa-

re of such operations. The leak, one of the lar

gest known data breaches in US history, is

now reportedly attributed to former NSA an-

alyst Seth Marshall a 31-year-old contractor

who worked for several government security

agencies and who has publicly taken credit.

 

"Operation: Hand Unseen was the last straw,"

Marshall claimed in a statement published

alongside the documents. "Although I often

became distressed taking part in reckless

meta-data gathering and sifting operations. I

persevered by focusing on the potential good

in revealing those who threaten us. Once I

witnessed the indiscriminate gross neglect

and disregard of agency protocols in order to

remain clandestine, and how it eventually led

to wanton criminal behavior under the ruse

of keeping the nation safe, I had enough."

Director of NSA Dylan Grove Congressional Testimony

Can you enlighten us as to the nature of

"Operation: Hand Unseen" and your

involvement in it?

It was a series of covert missions at my

behest. I was both commanding officer and

team leader on all missions.

And who was it that sanctioned these

missions? Can you implicate the party or

parties responsible?

I can. In 2002, you gentlemen came to me full

of fear and doubt. You threw words around

like "any means necessary". Well, this is what

"any means necessary" looks like.

Are you implying that congress authorized

racketeering, drug running, and contract

killing?

No, I am stating that I was given the green

light to do what was necessary for the safety

of all Americans.

Your role as director of the NSA was to collect

intelligence for other branches, and they would

decide what missions to accept.

Why did you break protocol?

I simply could no longer sit idly by, observing,

recording, and cataloging atrocities.

NSA DIRECTOR

DYLAN GROVE SEQUESTERED

UNTIL VERDICT IS MADE

DYLAN GROVE

FLEES COUNTRY AFTER

GUILTY VERDICT

Self-proclaimed "Death to Secrets" leaker

Seth Marshall was found dead early this

morning outside his Moscow apartment exe-

cution-style murder. Russian police reported

finding Marshall around 4 a.m. lying face

down in a large pool of blood with several

close-range gunshot wounds to the back of

the head.

 

Russia and CIA officials refrain from calling the

murder political, yet given the political chaos

that followed the "Death to Secrets" leaks,

both agree it is reasonable to suspect that it

was either an explicit warning to leakers, ser-

ved politically motivated imperatives, or was

simply an act of revenge.

 

Moscow police have begun an aggressive inv-

estigation, but insist they have no suspects yet.

"While we understand the mounting urgency

to solve this crime," said Moscow detective

Sergei Smertikoff, "we will conduct a most

meticulously thorough investigation to ensure

that if this is politically motivated, we will have

a strong case for taking it wherever it leads."

 

Marshall's historic "Death to Secrets" leak of US

government surveillance data in 2014 revealed

operations far overstepped their legal autho-

rity. Shortly after the leak became public, NSA

director Dylan Grove was convicted for his role

in illegal surveillance and counterintelligence

activities leading to the deaths of several sus-

pected terrorists. He is still at large today.

 

CIA sources suspected Marshall could be

living in Moscow under an assumed identity.

The government, at the behest of President

Obama, has been seeking Marshall's arrest.

The president has repeatedly stated that he

is supportive of government whistleblowers;

however, he insists that leakers do far more

damage than good, thus, the government

had no choice but to seek Marshall's arrest

for revealing classified information.

 

Before going undercover, Marshall leaked

more than one million government docum-

ents to the news outlet CE. Marshall may have

retained many more documents that were not

released, in several clandestine Skype inter-

views he claimed to have documents to serve

as a "nuclear option" in the event of his death.

Media sources have yet to acknowledge rec-

eipt of anything from Marshall after his death.

 

Whistleblower Seth Marshall Killed Outside Moscow Apartment

By Jim Davidson, FIN News

Dylan Grove seen in Shanghai

Hillary Rodham Clinton was elected the 45th

president of the United States on Tuesday,

becoming the first woman to shatter the ul-

timate glass ceiling.

 

President-elect Clinton celebrated late into

the night with her husband former President

Bill Clinton and thousands of supporters in

New York City. "Truth trumps hate, and that is

why we were victorious tonight," said Presid-

ent-elect Clinton.

 

Critics noted that the race was surprisingly

close despite being tainted by Democratic

Party ugliness, a divisive primary campaign

from Sen. Bernie Sanders campaign, and

unscrupulous corporate donors.

 

Undaunted by controversy, supporters chan-

ted "love trumps hate, love trumps hate" from

the president-elects supporters as her victory

became apparent. The results came in indic-

ating Clinton's narrow victories in Pennsylva-

nia, Wisconsin, and Michigan.

 

"Only 100 years ago," said Clinton, "I would

n't have had the right to vote, much less att-

ain the highest office in the United States.

And tonight, I am your president-elect!"

 

Mr. Trump finally made a rambling and at

times infuriated concession speech after 3

a.m. in which he blamed his loss on the fake

news media, voter fraud by illegal aliens, and surveillance by Obama's security state. Trump

pledged to continue to support the country

on his own through these trying economic

times, and wouldn't rule out running again,

though at 71 years of age that appears

unlikely.

 

Clinton Elected First Woman President

By Brett Wyman, CE News

I wanted to congratulate you on a well fought

victory. Very few people have reached the

summit, and I hope the view from above is

what you've always truly wanted. Everyone

sees the external battle, but few see the real

conflict, and this one was particularly nasty. I

want you to know that I was aware of your

role in my attempted incarceration, and I ha-

rbor no ill will. You're entrenched in a system

that rewards betrayal. I don't blame you for

playing by the rules of the game.

 

The only thing I can rely on in your broken

system is self-interest, and so I must resort to

baser methods. Sometimes ethics take a

back seat to the greater good, and someti-

mes people, as well. I plugged your leak for

you, and I stole back your secrets. Consider it

encouragement to stay on the just path. You

wield a heavy sword, and you might be tem-

pted to point it in my direction. I would imp-

lore you to stay your hand and not force mine.

 

Sincerely yours,

The Hand Unseen