Friday, July 12, 2013

Statement by Edward Snowden to human rights groups at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport

Statement by Edward Snowden to human rights groups at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport
Friday July 12, 15:00 UTC

Edward Joseph Snowden delivered a statement to human rights organizations and individuals at Sheremetyevo airport at 5pm Moscow time today, Friday 12th July. The meeting lasted 45 minutes. The human rights organizations included Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch and were given the opportunity afterwards to ask Mr Snowden questions. The Human Rights Watch representative used this opportunity to tell Mr Snowden that on her way to the airport she had received a call from the US Ambassador to Russia, who asked her to relay to Mr Snowden that the US Government does not categorise Mr Snowden as a whistleblower and that he has broken United States law. This further proves the United States Government’s persecution of Mr Snowden and therefore that his right to seek and accept asylum should be upheld. Seated to the left of Mr. Snowden was Sarah Harrison, a legal advisor in this matter from WikiLeaks and to Mr. Snowden’s right, a translator.

Transcript of Edward Joseph Snowden statement, given at 5pm Moscow time on Friday 12th July 2013. (Transcript corrected to delivery)

Hello. My name is Ed Snowden. A little over one month ago, I had family, a home in paradise, and I lived in great comfort. I also had the capability without any warrant to search for, seize, and read your communications. Anyone’s communications at any time. That is the power to change people’s fates.

It is also a serious violation of the law. The 4th and 5th Amendments to the Constitution of my country, Article 12 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and numerous statutes and treaties forbid such systems of massive, pervasive surveillance. While the US Constitution marks these programs as illegal, my government argues that secret court rulings, which the world is not permitted to see, somehow legitimize an illegal affair. These rulings simply corrupt the most basic notion of justice – that it must be seen to be done. The immoral cannot be made moral through the use of secret law.

I believe in the principle declared at Nuremberg in 1945: "Individuals have international duties which transcend the national obligations of obedience. Therefore individual citizens have the duty to violate domestic laws to prevent crimes against peace and humanity from occurring."

Accordingly, I did what I believed right and began a campaign to correct this wrongdoing. I did not seek to enrich myself. I did not seek to sell US secrets. I did not partner with any foreign government to guarantee my safety. Instead, I took what I knew to the public, so what affects all of us can be discussed by all of us in the light of day, and I asked the world for justice.

That moral decision to tell the public about spying that affects all of us has been costly, but it was the right thing to do and I have no regrets.

Since that time, the government and intelligence services of the United States of America have attempted to make an example of me, a warning to all others who might speak out as I have. I have been made stateless and hounded for my act of political expression. The United States Government has placed me on no-fly lists. It demanded Hong Kong return me outside of the framework of its laws, in direct violation of the principle of non-refoulement – the Law of Nations. It has threatened with sanctions countries who would stand up for my human rights and the UN asylum system. It has even taken the unprecedented step of ordering military allies to ground a Latin American president’s plane in search for a political refugee. These dangerous escalations represent a threat not just to the dignity of Latin America, but to the basic rights shared by every person, every nation, to live free from persecution, and to seek and enjoy asylum.

Yet even in the face of this historically disproportionate aggression, countries around the world have offered support and asylum. These nations, including Russia, Venezuela, Bolivia, Nicaragua, and Ecuador have my gratitude and respect for being the first to stand against human rights violations carried out by the powerful rather than the powerless. By refusing to compromise their principles in the face of intimidation, they have earned the respect of the world. It is my intention to travel to each of these countries to extend my personal thanks to their people and leaders.

I announce today my formal acceptance of all offers of support or asylum I have been extended and all others that may be offered in the future. With, for example, the grant of asylum provided by Venezuela’s President Maduro, my asylee status is now formal, and no state has a basis by which to limit or interfere with my right to enjoy that asylum. As we have seen, however, some governments in Western European and North American states have demonstrated a willingness to act outside the law, and this behavior persists today. This unlawful threat makes it impossible for me to travel to Latin America and enjoy the asylum granted there in accordance with our shared rights.

This willingness by powerful states to act extra-legally represents a threat to all of us, and must not be allowed to succeed. Accordingly, I ask for your assistance in requesting guarantees of safe passage from the relevant nations in securing my travel to Latin America, as well as requesting asylum in Russia until such time as these states accede to law and my legal travel is permitted. I will be submitting my request to Russia today, and hope it will be accepted favorably.

If you have any questions, I will answer what I can.

Thank you.

More horrible fact checking by an American News outlet....

We knew the TV news in this country was pitiful, but this is a new low.... KTVU TV in San Francisco....

Mysterious radio bursts come from outside our galaxy

The Parkes radio telescope, where the
 observations were made.

Mysterious radio bursts come from outside our galaxy
A huge surge of power in just a few milliseconds and then, nothing.

by John Timmer - July 6 2013, 11:30am PDT

Astronomers using a radiotelescope to perform a survey of a broad patch of the sky have spotted a set of unusual events that last for just a handful of milliseconds. The events don't repeat and aren't accompanied by anything obvious at optical X-ray wavelengths. A careful examination of their properties, however, gives reason to believe that they are likely to occur at great distances from our galaxy, suggesting they are the product of cataclysmic occurrences. Based on the four events detected during their survey of a single patch of the sky, the astronomers suggest that thousands of them may be visible from Earth each day—provided we know where to look.

There's really not a lot to say about the Fast Radio Bursts (FRBs) themselves. Four were identified that differ largely in intensity; all of them lasted for less than five milliseconds. If the events were associated with bursts at high-energy wavelengths, then we have hardware in space that should have detected them. Although the radiotelescope used for the survey couldn't provide careful location information, there was nothing out of the ordinary in the area reported at optical wavelengths, either.

If the radio bursts were coming from within our galaxy, then a variety of situations could produce signals with that kind of energy. So, the authors tried to figure out where the bursts are coming from. To do that, they relied on the fact that radiowaves interact with the ionized interstellar gas in a way that alters their spectrum. The more gas they interact with, the larger the effect. Based on the properties of these FRBs, it appears they went through a lot of gas. But their locations indicate that they didn't travel through much of our galaxy's gas, which implies that they must also be affected by some combination of the source galaxy and the intergalactic medium.

If they're that far away, then they must be very energetic. "At cosmological distances, this indicates that they are more luminous than bursts from any known transient radio source," the authors noted, before concluding that this indicates "that the FRBs are likely cataclysmic in nature." But it can't be a rare cataclysm; based on the amount of sky surveyed and the frequency of the FRBs they detected, the authors estimated that as many as 104 might be visible across the entire sky.

So, what's the cataclysm? That's what's hard to explain. The typical radio bursts we've seen are either repetitive (like a pulsar) or accompanied by signs at other wavelengths. These are neither. One option the astronomers considered was a neutron star merger, but those mergers are expected to be very rare and wouldn't produce that much energy. The same problem faces an alternative explanation, which is that it could be the evaporation of a black hole—but it simply doesn't produce enough energy. A supernova with an orbiting neutron star might produce this sort of energy, but those aren't expected to be all that common.

So, for now, the source is a bit of a mystery. Which means astronomers will probably start devising ways to better pin down the locations of these events and do follow-ups with other hardware to try to see precisely where they originate and whether anything interesting is going on in the region. But, as an accompanying perspective notes, it took us decades to pin down the likely source of gamma-ray bursts, so it might not be wise to hope for a quick resolution to the mystery.

Science, 2013. DOI: 10.1126/science.1236789  (About DOIs).

Calling of the Clan

We are hearing lately of people “finding” each other via the internet.  We are calling them soul groups, soul families, clans or tribes.  It is not the term that is significant but the feeling.  We get a sense of each other through words and pictures, and we are drawn the familiar.  We notice that there is a knowing of this one or that one, a certain resonance.

This has been validated publicly with a few groups who’ve gathered now physically.  They describe it like returning home, meeting brothers and sisters and speak of marathon sessions of joy, passion and collaboration. 

These reunions are purposeful.  The work they came to do together is beginning.

I’d like to introduce someone here now and share his words.  If they speak to you, put “Ashuel” in the subject line and email me at or him at .  I will send it on. Please share his request on face book and elsewhere.

Many who’ve reached out to me describe a feeling of isolation.  Perhaps one of the reasons for this blog is to facilitate a gathering of individuals.  I believe that it is those of us who were here at the beginning who’ve come back now to insure things proceed as planned.

Wild canaries, doves, robins, crows, chickadees and cardinals surround me this morning.  They’ve been flying from tree to tree, seemingly searching for their own families.  They’ve just settled in and are now quietly chirping in a sort of synchronized melody. 

Perhaps in the reading of Ashuel’s words, which follow, you’ll recognize the song.  If so, go ahead and add your voice to the mix.  ~Sophia

I am unsure of why, but something must be initiated. 
  What follows is me following that impulse, pursuing a goal that I do not understand but must comply with. It has been asked of me. I have said yes, but have not as yet done it. 
  You see, Sophia and I are old old friends. Family. It's one of those things I know without knowing how I know. Something I told myself. Learned from within. I trust the things I learn from within. 
  Whenever I discuss anything with Sophia, the overriding overwhelming urge that frames my interactions with her is that 'the families are gathering'. I hear these words, but more importantly I feel the energy of it. That it is happening, or that it needs to happen. I don't know why it needs to happen. I don't know for what purpose or to what end. 
  I am working under the assumption that no harm can come from finding soul family, and I trust that if we allow it then wonderful things will grow from the endeavor. So, I am declaring that I am searching amongst you for our soul family. I do not mean small scale family. I mean clans. I mean nations. I see banners of different energy. If you know my banner, then you know me and I am calling you to gather.        

Who am I and how will you know? I am injecting my energy into every word you read. That is primarily how I want you to initially know. I dislike writing about myself, but I will attempt it. I am old. I will dispense with adjectives and superlatives about how old. I'm just old. I see the energy of souls as being different ages, but I place no value on age. I have a strong disdain for rank, hierarchy and governance. Yet what I know of myself is that I have a role of leadership to play. I have avoided it. I have hid from it. What I see are unique individuals. I do not see beings as having jobs or titles. We have unique special personalities and strengths and our role is simply being who we are. The functions we serve and tasks we accomplish are simply natural extensions of our individuality. 
  So when I say leadership, I do not mean or intend to lead anyone. It is just part of what I am. I see leadership perhaps simply as being someone who initiates what I am intending to begin by writing this. I am Ashuel. I am an incarnated Angel. I am Lion energy. I am a protector. A warrior. Destructive and violent. I am critical and forceful when my family is threatened.  You are not being threatened by anything anymore so it is time for me to be the other aspects of myself. I will fight in whatever capacity is required. What is required now is a coming together. We must find each other and I will fight for it with words and love.

If this hits you hard; If this feels important, then contact Sophia and she can give you my contact information. All I can tell you right now is that you are not alone. You shall not be isolated. I will connect you. 
  I just don't know exactly how or why it should happen. One of you will know that part.  I am not afraid of making mistakes. The only real mistake is allowing fear to prevent us from doing things. I have fought for you in the ways I know how to do. Now I will fight for you in a way I do not know how to do. Not knowing will not stop me from doing it.” 

Be Well, 

NSA Wire Taps and Telcom's Profit From It...

By American Kabuki

I saw this on the Wealth Channel on my cable TV today.  Wealth TV is a channel for the ultra-rich, it showcases homes and vacations most of us could never dream of having.  The TV network is based here in San Diego, and its news shows, with feeds from Reuters and AP are really pretty good by current American news standards.

The news segment says the average wiretap (which often run months or years in duration) is $50,000. Verizon receives 250,000 wire tap orders a year from the government, at an average of cost to the government of $50,000 per wire tap that comes out to $12,500,000,000 ($12.5 Billion) in wiretap income for Verizon alone....

You think the telecom companies are going to stand up for your privacy rights with that kind of income stream?

GAIA PORTAL: Simultaneous messaging is proceeding at this time…

Simultaneous messaging is proceeding at this time…
by √ČirePort

Simultaneous messaging is proceeding at all perceptible levels at this time in Hue-manity evolution. Master codes are being downloaded among numerous individual Hue-Beings at identical coordinates in the 'time' illusion domain. This is to allow next steps in the New Gaia Ascension Paradigm to proceed.

Those aligned with this Paradigm may feel a sense of multiplicity of pathways unfolding at the same moment. Yet this is simply a multiple D level unfoldment of the New Gaia Ascension Paradigm.

Worded explanations suffice not for this process, but those aligned with it will understand the Higher Purpose. And movement follows swiftly.

√ČirePort | July 12, 2013 at 05:21
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