George W. Bush White House’s ‘Skull and Bones’ files due out

One of America’s most prestigious and storied secret societies, Yale University’s Skull and Bones, may be a little less secret if archivists at President George W. Bush’s presidential library in Dallas get their way.

More than 1,000 pages of letters, memos, a draft speech and other materials relating to Skull and Bones are set for release in July, unless Bush or President Barack Obama move to block the disclosure, according to the National Archives.

“Included is correspondence from individuals, organizations, and children to President George W. Bush, Laura Bush, Andrew Card, and Karl Rove; routine memoranda regarding government awards and promotions; and draft correspondence from the White House with background material,” the National Archives said in an official notice to attorneys for Bush and Obama.

The notice from the National Archives, which oversees the White House records stored at the Bush Library, says the records were requested under the Freedom of Information Act. The notice doesn’t specify who asked for the files, but other records consulted by POLITICO indicate it was Robert Gaylon Ross Sr., the author of several books alleging broad-based conspiracies by elites in America and around the globe.

One of Ross’ works, “Who’s Who of the Elite,” is a frequently-updated directory identifying purported members of groups often at the heart of various conspiracy theories, including the Bilderbergs, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Trilateral Commission and Skull and Bones.

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You Don’t See This Often: Simultaneous FBI, DHS, and DoD Cyber Espionage Alerts

Multiple arms of the US government issued warnings this week to private companies and contractors about a prolonged cyber espionage campaign which has centered around the theft of sensitive business information, according to documents obtained by Motherboard.

The hackers have been in some systems for over a year before being detected and have deployed a wide range of different types of malware, using infrastructure originating from China, according to an FBI document.

“The FBI has obtained information regarding multiple malicious cyber actor groups that have compromised sensitive business information from US commercial and government networks through cyber espionage,” reads a May 2 FBI alert from the agency’s cyber division. In what is potentially a sign of how serious the attacks are, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a related Joint Analysis Report, and the Defense Security Service (DSS), which is part of the Department of Defense (DoD), distributed its own Cyber Alert.

“For all three to do anything coordinated is usually interesting,” Robert M. Lee, a former US Air Force cyber warfare operations officer and founder and CEO of Dragos Security, told Motherboard in a Twitter message. However, Lee said this sort of coordination all depends on the subject matter and what prompted the agencies to publish together, which is not immediately clear. The DSS did not respond to a request for comment on this point.

“The reports provide validated malicious domains associated with command and control functions of customized malicious software or that have been identified hosting malicious files,” reads the DSS alert, also obtained by Motherboard. Continue reading

Daniel Berrigan, a Leader of Peaceful Opposition to Vietnam War, Inspired a Generation of Activists

DANIEL BERRIGAN was many things – Jesuit priest, poet, teacher, fine cook, good listener, radical thinker, antiwar activist, pacifist. And, for his opposition to the Vietnam war, he was considered an enemy of both state and church.

Of everything he wrote, including more than forty books, these words stand out as the most memorable and most emblematic of his life: “Our apologies, good friends, for the fracture of good order, the burning of paper instead of children, the angering of the orderlies in the front of the charnel house. We could not, so help us God, do otherwise . . . How many must die before our voices are heard, how many must be tortured, dislocated, starved, maddened . . . When, at what point, will you say no to this war?”

That is what Berrigan said in May, 1968 as he and his brother, the late Philip Berrigan, and seven other activists, most of them nuns and priests, burned draft files they had just removed from the draft board in Catonsville, Maryland, and waited for police to arrive to arrest them. These words appear in Berrigan’s most famous writing, The Trial of the Catonsville Nine, a play based on the transcript of the trial. It has been staged throughout the world.

When Berrigan’s sister-in-law, Elizabeth McAllister, read those words at his funeral mass today, the more than 1,000 people in attendance at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Greenwich Village responded with a thunderous and sustained standing ovation. They had come from near and far to say farewell. For many of them, these words he spoke at Catonsville had moved them into civil disobedience and resistance many years ago.

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Panama Papers Source Wants Whistleblower Immunity to Aid Law Enforcement

The anonymous source responsible for leaking the vast document trove known as the Panama Papers said in a manifesto published on Friday that she or he “would be willing to cooperate with law enforcement” to ensure the prosecution of wrongdoing revealed by the paper trail — but only once “governments codify legal protections for whistleblowers into law.”

The source wrote that the leaked files on offshore business dealings and shell companies organized by Mossack Fonseca, a law firm based in Panama, revealed “the scandal of what is legal and allowed.”

But the source, who took the name “John Doe,” argued that since “the law firm, its founders, and employees actually did knowingly violate myriad laws worldwide, repeatedly,” the wrongdoers there should now be prosecuted.

Doe added that prosecutors require access to the original documents, noting that media outlets “have rightly stated that they will not provide them to law enforcement agencies. I, however, would be willing to cooperate with law enforcement to the extent that I am able.” Continue reading

Diversity and Development: Critical Contexts that Shape Our Lives and Relationships

Master the basics of human growth and development with DIVERSITY AND DEVELOPMENT! Providing a brief overview of developmental theories, this counseling text discusses topics such as women and men’s development, identity development, gay and lesbian issues, sexuality, trauma and abuse, chronic illness, gifted and talented individuals, grief and loss, family… Continue reading

New Dawn 156 (May-June 2016)

Technetronic Enslavement: Life Inside the Matrix of Control by Patrick Henningsen; Control 101: Creating Consensus Reality by Patrick Henningsen; Marc Star speaks to British author David Icke about our Hunger Games society, Transhumanism, the Phantom Self, & more; Converging Prophecy: Will 2017 be the Year Hell Breaks Loose? by Warren Aston; Who are the Controllers? by Mees Baaijen; The Conquest of Time: Can We Penetrate the Veil of the Future? by Nicholas Corrin; The Cocaine Mummies Revisited by Brett Lothian; Typhon Rising: The Magical Legacy of Kenneth Grant by Matthew Levi Stevens: The Strange Identity of Jesus Christ by Richard Smoley Continue reading