Sunday, December 22, 2013

Spying Increase, Freedoms Decrease! Welcome to the 21st Century!

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Judge Rules That NSA Can Only Spy On Phone Records Of 6.7 Billion Non-Americans
Tim Worstall, Contributor
12/17/2013
http://www.forbes.com/sites/timworstall/2013/12/17/judge-rules-that-nsa-can-only-spy-on-phone-records-of-6-7-billion-non-americans/
As my colleagues Greg McNeal and Jennifer Granick have both noted, the NDA’s program to collect vast amounts of data from the phones of Americans has been ruled to be illegal. Illegal pending all of the usual stays, appeals and shouting matches that provide a living for lawyers of course.
As Greg says:
A Federal District Court Judge in the District of Columbia ruled in favor of plaintiffs seeking to enjoin the NSA’s bulk metadata collection program finding that their claim had a substantial likelihood of succeeding in showing that their Fourth Amendment rights were violated. However given the “significant national security interests at stake” and the “novelty of the constitutional issues” in the case, the judge stayed his order pending appeal.
As Jennifer says:
In the wake of today’s tremendously important ruling by the District Court for the District of Columbia that bulk collection of telephone metadata violates the Fourth Amendment, it is more important than ever that Congress end this misuse of section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act. However, Deputy Attorney General James Cole testified earlier this week before the Senate Judiciary Committee that the NSA might continue its bulk collection of nearly all domestic phone call records, even if the USA FREEDOM ACT passes into law.
And part of my job here at Forbes is to talk about the European end of things. And this ruling makes absolutely no dang difference whatsoever to whatever it is that the NSA does over here. Or indeed, one iota’s worth of difference to what the NSA does anywhere outside the US and to non-US citizens. This is a ruling that applies to you 300 million Americans and not to the 6.7 billion of the rest of us.
Not that this should really be a surprise of course. The constitutional protections in the Bill of Rights apply to American citizens and residents of that country. There’s no reason at all why they should apply to an Englishman 5,000 miles away. The NSA is entirely free, under American law at least, to tap my phone all it wants (and a very boring exercise it will find that to be).
Nevertheless, even as a foreigner, I welcome the court decision. On the same basis that when this story first broke those months ago I made the distinction between domestic and foreign spying. The very reason that you have the NSA is to keep tabs on the foreigners who are or might become the enemies of the US. That’s the whole point and purpose of having the agency. I did make the distinction that the NSA (or any other US governmental agency) spying upon US citizens was an abomination. For the government is, at heart, hired by us to keep an eye on them. In this case “us” are the US citizens paying for the NSA and the “them” includes me as a foreigner living in a foreign land. It doesn’t bother me at all that the NSA might be keeping tabs on me here (not that I think they care about me one way or the other) for the spies are not the same people as the government over the land that I am in. It’s that combination that is the thing really to be undesired: or at least I maintain that that’s the important thing.
Spying on foreigners is just fine, it’s what the spy agency is there for. Spying domestically is emphatically not. And you Americans, you luckily have that Fourth Amendment that might make that spying on you stop.
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NSA's Creative Interpretations Of Law Subvert Congress And The Rule Of Law
Jennifer Granick, Contributor
12/16/2013
In the wake of today’s tremendously important ruling by the District Court for the District of Columbia that bulk collection of telephone metadata violates the Fourth Amendment, it is more important than ever that Congress end this misuse of section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act. However, Deputy Attorney General James Cole testified earlier this week before the Senate Judiciary Committee that the NSA might continue its bulk collection of nearly all domestic phone call records, even if the USA FREEDOM ACT passes into law. That must have come as a real surprise to committee chairman Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and the dozens of USA FREEDOM Act’s bipartisan co-sponsors, all of whom agree that the core purpose of the bill is to end NSA dragnet collection of Americans’ communication data.
Cole noted the reform legislation wouldn’t necessarily inhibit the NSA’s surveillance capabilities because “it’s going to depend on how the court interprets any number of the provisions that are in [the legislation].” Comments like this betray a serious problem inside the Executive Branch. The Administration and the intelligence community believe they can do whatever they want, regardless of the laws Congress passes, so long they can convince one of the judges appointed to the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) to agree. This isn’t the rule of law. This is a coup d’etat.
Leahy’s proposed legislation would amend section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act to require the government to show the records it seeks are not only relevant but also material to an authorized investigation and that the target has some connection to terrorism or espionage before it can obtain those records. This latter requirement, the USA FREEDOM Act sponsors say, will “end bulk collection”.
Cole apparently disagrees. Responding to a question at yesterday’s hearing on the bill, Cole said, “Right now the interpretation of the word ‘relevant’ is a broad interpretation. Adding ‘pertinent to a foreign agent’ or ‘somebody in contact with a foreign agent’ could be another way of talking about relevance as it is right now. We’d have to see how broadly the court interprets that or how narrowly.” In other words, the FISA court might let us keep doing what we’re doing no matter what the law says and despite Congress’ intent .
All courts issue opinions about what the laws that legislatures pass mean. These opinions are called the “common law”. But common law interpretations of statutes are only legitimate if they are fair and reasonable interpretations.
The NSA has a great track record getting FISC judges to interpret even obviously narrow phrases in surprisingly broad ways. For example, Americans, including the Patriot Act’s main sponsor Representative Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and a co-sponsor of the USA Freedom Act, were shocked to learn last June that the NSA used Section 215 for bulk collection of phone data (and potentially other sensitive records). Sensenbrenner said, “[i]f Congress knew what the NSA had in mind in the future immediately after 9/11, the Patriot Act never would have passed, and I never would have supported it.”
The 2004 FISC opinion authorizing the NSA’s collection and use of Internet metadata under the pen register statute is another dismaying example of this phenomenon. In this opinion, Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly acknowledged that she was allowing an “exceptionally broad” and “novel” form of collection, but nevertheless deferred to “the fully considered judgment of the executive branch in assessing and responding to national security threats and in determining the potential significance of intelligence-related information.” This opinion—called “strange” and a “head-scratcher”—later served as precedent upon which FISA Judge Claire Eagan relied in her 2006 authorization of the bulk phone records collection.
Time and again, the FISC accepts the Administration’s shockingly flimsy arguments. As a set, the few public FISC opinions we’ve seen suggest that the Executive Branch—in cahoots with a few selected judges—has replaced legitimate public statutes with secret, illegitimate common law.
The rule of law is a basic democratic principle meaning that all members of a society—individuals, organizations, and government officials—must obey publicly disclosed legal codes and processes. If Cole is right that, try as it might, Congress cannot end bulk collection because the secret FISA court may defer to the NSA’s interpretation of the rules, there is no rule of law. The NSA is in charge, the FISA court process is just a fig leaf, and this is no longer a democracy. There’s been a coup d’etat.
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The National Security Agency: Spying for the Rockies
By Servando Gonzalez
November 8, 2013
NewsWithViews.com
http://www.newswithviews.com/Gonzalez/servando101.htm
The ongoing international scandal as the result of Edward Snowden's revelations that the NSA has been spying on some government leaders of America's allies seems to have taken most people by surprise. Some of the most naïve ones have expressed their scepticism: America spying on her allies? Impossible!
Just a perfunctory analysis of the U.S. espionage activities since the beginning of the past century, however, show that spying on friends, not on our enemies, has been the true goal of the U.S. intelligence services since the beginning of the past century. But, in order to understand this, we need to know that, contrary to common lore, the clowns in Washington D.C. are not the ones who govern this country. Actually, the true, invisible government of the U.S. is in Manhattan, and its visible head is the Council on Foreign Relations, a secretive organization of Wall Street bankers, oil magnates and CEOs of transnational corporations, particularly the Rockefellers.
The true, unofficial president of the United States during the past 60 years has been master puppeteer David Rockefeller. Wittingly or unwittingly, the guys that have lived in the White House have been his puppets. The ones who have failed or refused to follow his orders have been overthrown (Nixon) or terminated with extreme prejudice (JFK).
Now, if we accept that the Rockefellers have been for many years the true power behind the throne in this country, we should not be surprised by the ongoing spying scandal, because spying has always been a key activity of the Rockefellers.
The Rockies and Spying
Histories of the Standard Oil written by most authors, pro and con, show that John D. Rockefeller, the originator of the family empire, was a person of a deeply conspiratorial, scheming nature. U.S. Senator Robert Lafollette went a step further, and called him "The greatest criminal of the age."[1] John D. himself would later in his life discover that his father's primary occupation had been pitchman and con artist.[2] "Cut from the same mold as the legendary P. T. Barnum, he was far from chagrined by his secret life. In fact, he seemed to revel in his petty larcenies." [3]
Since its very creation, John D. Rockefeller's Standard Oil Company —which other oil producers used to call "a gang of thieves"[4]—, worked like an intelligence and espionage organization. It had created a cult of silence and deception and enforced a policy of total secrecy[5] It is known that some of the people who did business with John D. were forced to sign an oath of secrecy, promising to keep any deals strictly private.[6]
John D. Rockefeller pioneered the use of industrial espionage to advance his business interests[7] According to author Gary Allen, the "Rockefeller's industrial espionage system was by far the most elaborate, most sophisticated and most successful that had been established."[8]
According to some witnesses, Rockefeller recruited agents everywhere, among competitors, politicians and in the media. In its continuous effort to monopolize the oil industry by eliminating all competition, Standard employed spies who gathered information about foreign and American markets,[9] as well as analysts who evaluated the raw information and produced useful intelligence.[10]
In his book The Rockefeller Syndrome, Ferdinand Lundberg expanded on John D. Rockefeller's abilities for intelligence and espionage. According to Lundberg,"How, in a nutshell, cutting through volumes of apologetics, did the original Standard Oil operate? It operated in such a way as to be a model for any secret service operation such as the CIA or the GPU and KGB. Standard Oil had nothing to learn from them."[11]
The InquiryIn the fall of 1917, Colonel Edward Mandell House, a secret agent of the Rockefellers and other bankers, gathered about one hundred prominent men[12] to discuss the postwar world. Dubbing themselves "The Inquiry," they made plans for a peace settlement, which eventually evolved into Wilson's famous "Fourteen Points" he presented to Congress on January 8, 1918. 
Their plans advanced for the first time the idea of globalization, calling for the removal of "all economic barriers" between nations (now called "free trade"), equality of trade conditions, and the formation of "a general association of nations" —which materialized in the short-lived League of Nations and later in the CFR-controlled United Nations Organization.The Inquiry was the de facto first formally sanctioned civilian U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. Since its very creation The Inquiry was organized and acted like an intelligence agency. In the first place, it was divided in several study groups. Some of these groups studied different geographic areas and countries: Africa, Austria-Hungary, Balkans, Far East, Italy, Latin America, Pacific islands, Russia, Western Asia and Western Europe. Other groups were devoted to study Diplomatic History, Economics, International Law and Cartography.[13] This division was quite similar to the CIA's "desks."
Secondly, the Inquiry's activities were surrounded in secrecy[14] Even its bland, disingenuous name, "the Inquiry," was adopted to hide the true purpose of the organization.[15]
On November 1918, shortly before the armistice that would put an end to WWI, Colonel House sailed to Paris with a group of twenty Inquiry members and twenty military intelligence officers, now designated as the "Territorial, Economic and Military Intelligence Division." [16] Their mission was to spy on America's allies participating in the Paris Peace Conference.
The OIAAThe passion for intelligence, espionage and intrigue runs deep in the Rockefeller family, and Nelson and David proudly continued the tradition that began with their grandfather John D. Rockefeller. In 1938 Nelson Rockefeller was appointed to oversee a secret U.S. government ideological and economic warfare offensive south of the border. Called the Office of Inter-American Affairs, the innocuous name actually disguised the true job of the OIAA: spying on and waging psychological warfare against friendly Latin American peoples. Soon after it was created, a secret psychological warfare team was created at the OIAA.
The creation of the Office of Inter-American Affairs got strong support among politicians of both branches of the Rockefeller-controlled Repucratic Party. For many years they had been claiming for an agency to coordinate the U.S. defense activities in Latin America and to foster Latin American attitudes favorable to the conspirators' objectives, especially if its propaganda aspects were properly concealed, and good Nelson gave them what they had been craving for
The OSS
Most authors who attribute to President Roosevelt the creation of the Office of Special Services (OSS) miss a very important point: like most American presidents before and after him, Franklin D. Roosevelt was a puppet put in the White House and closely manipulated by the CFR puppeteers.[17] Prominent in this group of close advisors, who FDR euphemistically called his "brain trust," were Harry Dexter White, Harry Hopkins, George Marshall and Henry Morgenthau, Jr., all of them CFR secret agents. These were the men who "suggested" FDR to create the OSS. 
The man chosen to head the OSS was William J. Donovan, a Wall Street lawyer and trusted Rockefeller agent. Most of the senior OSS members —Allenn Dulles, Frank Wisner, William Colby, William Jackson, Gordon Gray, Tracy Barnes — were secret CFR agents with ties to Wall Street, and many of them had been part of The Inquiry.
The rose-colored story depicted in most books and movies about the OSS is highly deceiving. Its true purpose was not to care for the interests of the American people, but the interests of the Wall Street bankers, oil magnates, and owners of big corporations who had been doing good business arming the Nazi war machine. The true goal of the CFR conspirators was not to defeat their Nazi partners, but to save them after Germany's catastrophic collapse —a job they accomplished to a great extent thanks to the OSS. Donovan Dulles, and other OSS officers were instrumental in allowing Nazi criminals to escape to Argentina and eventually sneak into the U.S. through Operation Paperclip.
A secondary goal was to facilitate the Soviet army to take control over East Europe — an accord that had been secretly made with Stalin at Yallta. This would create the right climate to implement the coming Cold War they already had planned.
Contrary to the prevalent myth, the OSS was not an intelligence agency working for the benefit of the American public. Actually it was the conspirators' fifth column infiltrated into the U.S. armed forces to sabotage the efforts of true patriots like Patton[18] to destroy the Nazi German war machine and win the war as soon as possible to save the lives of American soldiers.
Spying at the UNThe Rockefellers have always used espionage as their main tool to advance their interests. For example, Stephen Schlesinger, a scholar with expertise in the field of cryptology, wrote an article in which he revealed some of the unethical espionage activities carried out by the CFR conspirators. According to Schlesinger, before and during the San Francisco Conference of 1945, which created the United Nations Organizations, CIA officers, working on behalf of their CFR masters, spied on the delegates, and intercepted their secret communications with their respective countries to know beforehand each country's negotiating positions. The knowledge of this private information allowed the CFR conspirators to have full control the Conference, to the point that the UN Charter adopted by the delegates was the one the conspirators had already written at the Harold Pratt House in New York.[19]
The U.S. delegation to the San Francisco Conference, where the creation of the United was discussed, included 47 CFR members, among them Adlai Stevenson, John Foster Dulles, Nelson Rockefeller, and Alger Hiss.
The CIA
On July 26, 1947, President Harry S. Truman signed into law the National Security Act establishing the National Security Council (NSC). It also created the Central Intelligence Agency as well as the Secretary of Defense, the Joints Chiefs of Staff and a separate Air Force branch of the military. This marked the official beginning of the Cold War, an artificial creation of the CFR conspirators.[20]
The National Security Act gave the National Security Council just advisory, not executive powers, much less gave the newly created CIA authority to carry on covert operations abroad. But, just a few months later, on December 1947, NSC directive 4-A made the Director of Central Intelligence responsible for psychological warfare.
Then, less than a year after it was created, the NSC pushed the envelope even further and illegally assumed executive powers. On June 18, 1948, the National Security Council produced NSC 10-2, a directive that superseded NSC 4-A and was kept secret from the American government and people for many long years. NSC 10-2 authorized the CIA to conduct not only psychological but also all types of covert operations.
Every once in a while some conspiracy theorist aficionado airs his suspicions that the CIA has fallen under the control of an evil, internal rogue cabal, that is using it to advance their own stingy monetary interests. This idea, however, is not new. It was mentioned long time ago, and further reinforced by Senator Frank Church, when, during the Congressional investigation he chaired to investigate the Agency's misbehavior, he called the CIA a "rogue elephant."[21]
But, unlike most conspiracy theories about September 11th, this one is totally false. There is no rogue faction controlling the CIA. Actually, since its very creation, the whole CIA has been a rogue organization that has nothing to do with the government of this country and has never worked for the people who foot the bill: the American taxpayers.
Furthermore, there is evidence that the National Security Council, like most of the aberrations created by the CFR conspirators, is a Rockefeller baby. On December 1955 Nelson Rockefeller decided to become the next president of the U.S. and resigned to his position as the President Eisenhower's Assistant of Foreign Policy and as head of the secret "Forty Committee" in charge of overseeing the CIA's covert operations.
Just after sending his resignation, he also sent a two-page memorandum to the President in which he expressed his conviction that the normal approach of the secretary of state in control of foreign policy was not adequate at a time when the U.S. had become a global power. His recommendations to fix what he saw as a problem are quite revealing: Nelson suggested replacing the different cabinet agencies of the government with a sort of super government secretly acting behind the backs of the American people, responsible to a single man, the president.[22] Obviously, Nelson's idea was to become America's first dictator.
Nelson never achieved his dream, but with the creation of the National Security Council, American presidents got dictatorial powers. The only difference with traditional dictators all around the world is that the American ones are puppets under CFR control.
The CIA has been one of the best tools used by the conspirators entrenched in the Council on Foreign Relations in their pursuit of a communo-fascist global government controlled by transnational corporations, which they call the New World Order. A simple analysis of the CIA's "failures" shows that they seamlessly match with the CFR's successes in national and international politics.
In the conduct of their nefarious businesses, the CFR conspirators have used not only their own information collection capabilities through their secret agents operating inside transnational corporations, Wall Street banks, and the State Department, but also the raw information[23] obtained through the gathering and collecting capabilities of the CIA, the NSA, and other U.S. intelligence agencies.
The bottom line is that none of the intelligence organizations allegedly working hard in secret to protect us from our foreign enemies (where were they on 9/11/2001?) have ever protected us from our even more dangerous domestic enemies. The reason for this is because all these agencies have been created by these domestic enemies themselves, and work hard to protect their interests, not the interests of the American people. Therefore, they would never betray their true secret masters. The current scandal regarding the NSA is further proof of this.
Now, Why did the NSA consistently and systematically spy on leaders of nations friendly to the United States? The reason for this is because the CFR conspirators see them as their competitors and, as John D, Rockefeller once said: "Competition is a sin." Why do they spy on law-abiding American citizens, particularly the ones who don't like the Rockefellers' New World Order and their anti-American agenda? Because, to the CFR conspirators, we are the true and only enemy.[24]
So, if you were surprised by the news of the NSA's spying on leaders of friendly countries, you are either too naïve or you have been reading the wrong history books.Footnotes:1. Peter Collier and David Horowitz, The Rockefellers: An American Dynasty (New York: Signet, 1976), p. 4.
2. Ibid., p. 8.
3. Ibid
4. Daniel Yergin, The Prize: The Epic Quest for Oil, Money, and Power (New York: Pocket Books, 1993), p. 43.
5. Ibid., pp. 43, 10.
6. See, Collier and Horowitz, op. cit., p. 23.
7. See, Myer Kutz, Rockefeller Power (New York: Pinnacle, 1974), p. 36.
8. Gary Allen, The Rockefeller File (Seal Beach, California: ’76 Press, 1976), p. 23.
9. Ida Tarbell, "The Standard Oil Company," in Earl Latham (ed.), John D. Rockefeller: Robber Baron or Industrial Statesman? (Boston: D.C. Heath and Company, 1949.), p. 33.
10. See, Appendix II, "The Evaluation of Information."
11. Ferdinand Lundberg, The Rockefeller Syndrome (New York: Zebra Books, 1976), pp. 134
12. Most of the men who joined The Iquiry belonged to American groups of the Rhodes’ Round Table groups, a secret society devoted to advance the British rule in the world.
13. Lawrence E. Gelfand, The Inquiry: American Preparations for Peace, 1917-1919 (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1963), pp., 340-342.
14. Ibid., pp. 44, 317.
15. Ibid., p. 41.
16. Cristopher Andrew, For the Presidents Eyes Only: Secret Intelligence and the American Presidency from Washington to Bush (New York: Haper Perennial, 1996), p. 60.
17. Information of FDR as a CFR puppet in Curtis D. Dall, My Exploited Father-in-law (Washington, D.C.:Action Associates, 1970), pp. 23-24, 92, 185.
18. On the role of Donovan and other OSS offficers in the assassination of General George S. Patton, see Servando Gonzalez, Psychological Warfare and the New World Order (Oakland, California: Spooks Books:, 2010), pp. 103-107.
19. For the full story see, Stephen Schlesinger, "Cryptanalysis for Peacetime: Codebreaking at the Birth and Structure of the United Nation," Cryptologia 19 (July 1995), pp. 217-235.
20. It is interesting to know that a few non-CFR- controlled Republicans in Congress opposed the legislation, which was promoted by liberal "progressive" Democrats, mostly because it gave too much power to the president. With the passage of time, however, they were co-opted, and now "conservative" Republicans are the strong supporters of the imperial presidency, particularly when there is a Republican in the White House. See, William Greider, Who Will Tell the People: The Betrayal of American Democracy (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1992), p. 365-366.
21. Ronald Kessler, Inside the CIA (New York: Pocket Books, 1992), p. 85.
22. Nelson's memorandum to Eisenhower in John Loftus and Mark Aaron, The Secret War Against the Jews: How Western Espionage Betrayed the Jewish People (New York: St. Martin's Press, 1994), p. 279.
23. Sometimes erroneously called "raw intelligence." But, by definition, intelligence is an elaborated product. There is nothing raw in it. Actually, the most accepted definition of intelligence is information (raw data) that has been evaluated and validated. Consequently, "raw information" is a contradiction in terms.
24. See, Kurt Nimmo, "Government May Stop Spying on World Leaders But Not You," Infowars.com, October 29, 2013,
© 2013 Servando Gonzalez - All Rights ReservedServando Gonzalez, is a Cuban-born American writer, historian, semiologist and intelligence analyst. He has written books, essays and articles on Latin American history, intelligence, espionage, and semiotics. Servando is the author of Historia herética de la revolución fidelista, Observando, The Secret Fidel Castro: Deconstructing the Symbol, The Nuclear Deception: Nikita Khrushchev and the Cuban Missile Crisis and La madre de todas las conspiraciones: Una novela de ideas subversivas, all available at Amazon.com.
He also hosted the documentaries Treason in America: The Council on Foreign Relations and Partners in Treason: The CFR-CIA-Castro Connection, produced by Xzault Media Group of San Leandro, California, both available at the author's Website.His book, Psychological Warfare and the New World Order: The Secret War Against the American People is available at Amazon.com. Or download a pdf copy of the book you can read on your computer, iPad, Nook, Kindle or any other tablet. His book, OBAMANIA: The New Puppet and His Masters, is available at Amazon.com. Servando's book (in Spanish) La CIA, Fidel Castro, el Bogotazo y el Nuevo Orden Mundial, appeared last year, and is available at Amazon.com and other bookstores online.
His most recent book, I Dare Call It treason: The Council on Foreign Relations and the Betrayal of the America, juste appeared and is available at Amazon.com and other bookstores online.
Website: www.servandogonzalez.org
E-Mail: comments@gmail.com
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Also See:
Whistleblower Edward Snowden - Is He For Real?
13 June 2013
and
Privacy to be Eliminated!
05 June 2013
http://arcticcompass.blogspot.ca/2013/06/privacy-of-world-citizens-wiped-out-by.html
and
Secrets of the CIA!
10 June 2012
http://arcticcompass.blogspot.ca/2012/06/secrets-of-cia.html
and
What's with Google?
11 March 2012
http://arcticcompass.blogspot.ca/2012/03/whats-with-google.html
and
WikiLeaks
02 December 2010
http://arcticcompass.blogspot.ca/2010/12/wikileaks.html
and
Big Brother is Watching!
0 September 2009
http://arcticcompass.blogspot.ca/2009/09/big-brother-is-watching.html
and
Is Orwell Dead? Big Brother Isn't!
(Part 1)
14 April 2007
and
Aldous Huxley and George Orwell
03 March 2009
http://arcticcompass.blogspot.ca/2009/03/aldous-huxley.html
and
I Spy with My Little Eye
15 March 2007
http://arcticcompass.blogspot.ca/2007/03/i-spy-with-my-little-eye.html
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