In a world in which everything is controlled by computers; binary code rules communications, energy, food and water. In such reality, what is a hacker? Are they all criminals looking to steal and to harm – or do some of them do it for just a thrill, for adventure in this digital world? We ask one such cyber-adventurer, a hacker who was once on the FBI’s most-wanted list and now works to protect companies from hacking. Kevin Mitnick is on Sophie&Co.
Archive for March 2015
Whilst I’m on the subject of important books (thanks, Nods), in this interview, Abby Martin speaks with NYU media studies professor, Mark Crispin Miller, about five historical books that have been actively suppressed and hidden from the American public. The books are:
The Phoenix Program – Douglas Valentine
The Lords of Creation – Frederick Lewis Allen
Blowback – Christopher Simpson
Underground to Palestine – I.F.Stone
Hidden History of the Korean War – I.F.Stone
DuPont Dynasty, Behind the Nylon Curtain – Gerard Colby
In the above interview, Mark indicates there are more books to come and, true to his word, more have been added. Exciting work.
The Phoenix Program, for example, discusses a project during the Vietnam War, which looks to be the trial run for the War on Terror, the development of the DHS and the transformation of the US domestic police into a domestic military force that we see today, a rollout not just in the United States but globally.
These words from Jane Goodall, who wrote the forward to Altered Genes, Twisted Truth – How the Venture to Genetically Engineer Our Food Has Subverted Science, Corrupted Government, and Systematically Deceived the Public:
In her own words, Altered Genes, Twisted Truth is “without doubt one of the most important books of the last 50 years.”
She goes on to reveal the stunning truth about the outright corruption, fraud and disinformation that now characterizes the biotech industry and the collusion of the FDA:
Altered Genes, Twisted Truth is the most chilling thing I’ve ever read. It’s about the huge conspiracy by the big companies who do genetic modification to keep the public from knowing the truth, to subvert the course of justice.
[GMOs are a] shocking corruption of the life forms of the planet.
…the huge conspiracy by the big companies who do genetic modification to keep the public from knowing the truth, to subvert the course of justice.
…the general public and government decision makers have been hoodwinked by the clever and methodical twisting of the facts and the propagation of many myths.
…a number of respected scientific institutions, as well as many eminent scientists, were complicit in this relentless spreading of disinformation.
Steven Druker is a hero. He deserves at least a Nobel Prize.
…the commercialization of GE foods occurred through the unbelievably poor judgment — if not downright corruption — of the US Food and Drug Administration (the FDA)… it apparently ignored (and covered up) the concerns of its own scientists and then violated a federal statute and its own regulations by permitting GE foods to be marketed without any testing whatsoever.
The evidence further shows how the agency assured consumers that GE foods are just as safe as naturally produced ones — and that their safety has been confirmed by solid scientific evidence — despite the fact it knew that no such evidence existed.
…it was this fraud that truly enabled the GE food venture to take off. And he asserts that the fraud continues to deceive the public and Congress, despite the fact that the lawsuit he initiated thoroughly exposed it.
…the mainstream media have been highly selective in what they report — and have consistently failed to convey information that would cause concern about these engineered products. Moreover, Druker demonstrates that the policies imposed by the media magnates have been, in his words, ‘not merely selective, but suppressive.’
…he relates several dramatic incidents in which journalists who tried to bring unsettling facts to light had their stories altered or totally quashed by higher level executives.
…it appears that such publications are downright deceptive, not only portraying genetic engineering in a misleading manner, but even misrepresenting some basic features of biology.
…even if these products did not entail higher risks, it’s doubtful they could significantly reduce malnutrition or solve any major problems of agriculture.
It will take persistent public action to derail this monster, including making informed buying choices.