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Blowing On Money To Tell If It Is Counterfeit

Trachman Let me get it straight (111 comments)

If a crafty person prints $20 bill on the printer, he is a criminal and a counterfeiter.

When central banks create money by simply changing the numbers in the computer, it is called quantitative easy.

Oh, wait. We are being told that cash is getting unpopular, and paying with electronic means is so hot right now.

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Tor Eyes Crowdfunding Campaign To Upgrade Its Hidden Services

Trachman People have short memory (106 comments)

These were US agencies that have funded creation of TOR; CIA and NSA, you name it.

Obviously, the decision has been made that if encryption and anonymity cannot be controlled, then it needs to be led, and there are many ways to stay on top:
a) controlled nodes b) code flaws

3 days ago
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Toyota Names Upcoming Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car

Trachman Hydrogen is a nice alternative (191 comments)

Toyota is currently considered as one of the best companies and great strategic planners. Pioneers too. I did follow the development of this innovation and it is worth saying that Toyota has invested billions of dollars into this project. The same way they have invested in gas-hybrid prototype currently known as Prius.

There will be Hydrogen energy skeptics, the same way there was a reasonable skepticism towards electric cars. Most of the skeptic comments coming from the opponents of electric cars are actually, valid. Such as electric cars are being charged with the coal burned electricity.

The key risk will be mentioned that Hydrogen is extremely volatile and combustive. BMW has developed hydrogen powered cars long time ago. Toyota has actually solved the issue by developing fuel cell. Fuel cell basically is a sponge of certain minerals which chemically absorbs hydrogen so that it is not that volatile.

I am taking a risk and predicting that in ten and fifteen years there will be marketed systems that will convert photovoltaic energy to hydrogen, which will be used to fill Hydrogen cars.

Do not listen too seriously to those who say that there will be no hydrogen refill stations. A decade ago there were not too many electricity recharge stations (though you could recharge your car home). I am sure Toyota has a plan in their sleeve to be in the hydrogen business.

While former criticism for current EV cars was valid, there will be valid complains for Hydrogen cars, let's not forget the key thing: competition is actually a good thing. Embrace it, because even if you are driving a gas car, hydrogen cars will keep the price of gas down due to lower oil demand. Win-win.

3 days ago
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Facebook Planning Office Version To Rival LinkedIn, Google

Trachman All tech companies move on each other (91 comments)

However I doubt that I would like my colleagues and Linkedin business contacts to know about my: racing hamster, gunpowder musket and jedi religion hobbies.

There is a reason people keep certain professional distance at work, distance about personal and private life.

As an employer I would like to know how many children, how many husbands my new prospective employee has, something that is not even an option at Linkedin.

3 days ago
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Canadian Police Recommend Ending Anonymity On the Internet

Trachman Too much red tape for police? (231 comments)

In order to get information on specific request, police now needs to submit requests, fill paperwork, get approvals. Too much red tape! Police also wants easy access to all the data.

When police does get data using "black channels", they need to waste time to find (or make up) some sort of flaws or errors so that to present that flaw as a reason why data was identified and collected to begin with. It is just damn too complicated. More importantly, even police officers need to go through dozens of all kind of certifications, because only certified specialists can handle the evidence.

For example, police officers have to go through period "trainings" to use radar and alcohol tester. Using computer will also need to be certified, because a good attorney can defend in court that the data was not handled by certified specialist.

Internet ID, fortified with fingerprinting, face and eye retina scan will surely make CRMP work easier and would reduce administrative burden, eh?

about two weeks ago
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Judge Says Public Has a Right To Know About FBI's Facial Recognition Database

Trachman Yes and No (79 comments)

Every time you leave an electronic imprint, such as the image of your face, tagged with your ID, it goes to the DATABASE.

People live with the understanding of intelligence gathering of the middle of last century. There has to be a building, it has to belong to some agency, the information is accumulated to the the files.

Everything is now gathered in DATABASES, accessible to all the thousands of agencies and is being analyzed and will be analyzed in the future to figure out relationships between elements of the database records.

about two weeks ago
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Florida-Based Magic Leap Builds Its Team With Bay Area Hires

Trachman Perhaps the answer is taxes (161 comments)

While Florida is not the most attractive and friendly place to do business, but it surely beats California, which has for several years been elected as the worst place to do business, in the same bucket with New York and New Jersey.

Florida has no income tax, climate is subtropical and, more importantly, Florida is giving additional tax incentives to move jobs to Florida.

My own employer has opened office in Tampa and relocated 250 jobs from NJ; that is probably only the beginning.

about two weeks ago
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Photon Pair Coupled in Glass Fiber

Trachman Re:Naive optimism in headline (91 comments)

Privacy is dead? At the minimum, photons can have their privacy.

Look at the topic the other way: the world that we know does rely on the privacy of quantum unpredictability, the idea that the photon spin cannot be snooped without altering it. The same world that you know without privacy in what quantum particles are doing would be behaving very differently, no need to explain if one has some familiarity with quantum mechanics.

about two weeks ago
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Incapacitating Chemical Agents: Coming Soon To Local Law Enforcement?

Trachman Gaseous Fentanyle (152 comments)

The mysterious gas is Fentanyle, in gaseus form, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F... .Fentanyle is 100 times more potent than morphine

This particular Fentanyle has been manufactured and supplied by one pharmaceutical manufacturer in Kaunas, Lithuania, albeit prior to 1991. There were investigative journalists who have covered this topic exhaustively, in details several years ago.

Fentanyle has been used in Nord Ost operation and it was not a success. Hundreds of hostages died from overdose and Russians do not like to bring this instance of heavy handed handling of situation.

about a month ago
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Google Rejects 58% of "Right To Be Forgotten" Requests

Trachman G00gle: Self appointed jury, judge and custodian (144 comments)

They can do this until they get another legal spank once again. Who is Google anyway to decide the "public interest"? Since when the public interest trumps the private interest and how and why Google self-appointed to be the judge and the jury to decide what is relevant or what is not?

about a month ago
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Core Secrets: NSA Saboteurs In China and Germany

Trachman Saboteurs? More like daily bread and butter (228 comments)

This is a classic way technical intelligence specialists operate. Lets analyze practical example: the target is a database. The potential attack vectors are following (but obviously not limited to): a)compromised hardware which allows to download data from the server b) compromised software which allows to download data from the server c) compromised specialist (s) which download the data d) intercepted communications,

Rule #1: any gathered data is verified by comparing it to independent source. Rule #2: the sources cannot know about each other. Only if these two rules are met the data can be considered as data which has passed basic verification. "Physical subversion", "blackmail", "infiltration" are day to day activities, the bread and butter, for all those agencies.

about a month ago
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Dealership Commentator: Tesla's Going To Win In Every State

Trachman Re:Spot on (156 comments)

Amazon is a middleman. But you have a choice. For example, if you do not like Amazon, you can go to Ebay, or Alibaba, or you can use internet to reach out the manufacturer of whatever is that you looking for.

about 2 months ago
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DEA Paid Amtrak Employee To Pilfer Passenger Lists

Trachman Amtrak informant is just one source (127 comments)

Amtrak is just a one source, of many. Intelligence agencies not only get the information, but also get this information via different channels to have redundancy and to verify those copies against each other. Sources do not know about each other. That is basic rule in operations against the enemy. To begin with, most likely Amtrak serves have been hacked by NSA long time ago and they have the information directly. In addition to that they have insiders, on the payroll, to get the same data as well as interpretations on the data. Call it "customer" support. There is the last avenue, "constitutional", is to go and get subpoenas or other boring methods. Such redundancy was needed to give impression that the public has "privacy". Spying was performed first and, later, when the case was built, "different" sources were shown. All for the appearance of "privacy". Greyhound buses, Urban transit, Amazon, Ebay, iTunes, Fedex, USPS, EZ pass,: everyone has a "file" recorded in relationship databases available for query.

about 3 months ago
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Chinese State Media Declares iPhone a Threat To National Security

Trachman Golden era for intelligence agencies wordwide (143 comments)

Imagine Chinese have the ability not only to track location of every phone, but also to activate at will. In the past intelligence operations took year to find important targets, establish contacts, recruiting and learning about inner working of organizations of interests. In order to spy now all you need is a telephone # or email. That being said, would you be comfortable if you knew that Chinese have a capacity to listen not only the phone calls but also to record conversations near the phone at any time. Perhaps there are many professions where it does not matter what the telephone holder is talking about, but there are plenty of professions that can have a profound impact to security: military, intelligence, scientific areas for example. The truth is people are conditioned to assume that it is ok if someone listens, but it is also truth that every government have state secrets and China is no exception.

about 4 months ago
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After NSA Spying Flap, Germany Asks CIA Station Chief to Depart

Trachman They are sending home the wrong man (219 comments)

I think that Germany is sending the wrong man home. If US has any specialists worth their salt, then their station chief will be the driver, security guard. A cook perhaps, or public relations officer. If you remember from recent Snowden's revelations, officers are given made up identities. That being said, what is wrong with these Germans? The last time we have checked, Germany is an occupied nation since WW2 , it has occupiers' army and some must have forgotten who is the boss.

about 4 months ago
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Buzz Aldrin Pressures Obama For New Space Exploration Initiative

Trachman It should be the other way around (78 comments)

Some politicians would benefit from returning from the moon to earth, and not thinking about traveling from earth to the space. There are many issues that are many times cheaper to resolve, and would improve the world, the real world, in a meaningful way. I am all for the space exploration and new technologies. All of such endeavors need to be financed with private voluntary contributions.

about 4 months ago
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TSA Prohibits Taking Discharged Electronic Devices Onto Planes

Trachman Can anyone guess when cavity searches will be norm (702 comments)

I wanted to guess when anal and vaginal searches will become new normal, standard procedure. Sorry for direct and not necessarily tasteful reference here. I am sure that bearded men, sitting in the caves, will spread the new gossip about devices in bod cavities and will watch in disbelief what people in US allow for TSA personnel to do on themselves.

about 4 months ago
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New Russian Law To Forbid Storing Russians' Data Outside the Country

Trachman Good first step (206 comments)

Hopefully more countries will follow to encourage data keeping in the origination country. Next step will be ensuring that data is not forwarded to other countries without permission.

about 4 months ago
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Can the NSA Really Track You Through Power Lines?

Trachman Information collection via power lines from PC's (109 comments)

Information collection via power lines has been developed a long time ago against hard to reach targets, such as, for example adversary's strategic forces (icbm), nuclear plants and warehouse, headquarters and other similar high value targets. Many times such objects are disconnected from internet (but have local computers) and if such targeted computers are using electricity, then they can be targeted. If you remember, a while ago, there was DSL internet delivered via power lines. Be sure that such internet delivered via power lines is one additional avenue, a tool, in NSA's toolbox. One of many

about 5 months ago
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Employees Staying Away From Internal Corporate Social Networks

Trachman Email is the new Fax (131 comments)

I have very successfully managed implementations of several transformations where amount of work has been reduced by approx 90-95% by moving several processess to social networks, Yammer to be specific. There are many areas in the corporate world that would benefit greatly from broader adoption of work and communications within social networks. When I will be managing my own business enterprise, which I hope will happen soon, there will be no email for everyone. My prediction is that in the corporate world of productivity, email will take the role very similiar to the one currently taken by the fax and I predict that it will take 15 to 20 years for that. If anyone is interested I would be happy to share some of the best experiences.

about 5 months ago

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Photon interaction has been created in the fiber

Trachman Trachman writes  |  about two weeks ago

Trachman (3499895) writes "Austrian scientists discovered a way to couple photon pairs. During the coupling for two identical photons, under analysis, a phase is changed in one and, using the magic of the world of quantum mechanics, the phase of other photon also changes. Scientists predict that this can advance quantum optics, quantum computations and, in the nearest future, secure fiber networks from NSA and other self appointed nosy rulers of the world.

The question to the community is following: Is there anyone who can explain in simple terms the essence of the discovery and associated potential practical applications."

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For those who have nothing to hide, there is something you can lose

Trachman Trachman writes  |  about 2 months ago

Trachman (3499895) writes "Everytime there is a discussion about pervasive surveillance there is an undertone injected to the discussion: if you have nothing to hide then one has nothing to fear. We have learned about DEA using NSA capabilities for the parallel construction of the case. Washington Post has article about those who had nothing to fear and paid dearly — http://www.washingtonpost.com/..."
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Popular Science Magazine: About the Cell towers

Trachman Trachman writes  |  about 3 months ago

Trachman (3499895) writes "Popular Science magazine has published an article about a network of cell towers that are owned not by telecommunication companies but by internal US agencies that are, well... gathering, data of US citizens. Many of them are built in US military bases. The revelation states that individual users are being tracked without court order or any warrant nor the knowledge of cell service providers and are built with the sole purpose of .... data gathering (spying, monitoring)."
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Verizon Rewards Customers for Their Data

Trachman Trachman writes  |  about 3 months ago

Trachman (3499895) writes "Communication companies saw valuable data and have finally figured out how to monetize. For a token compensation (not even a cash money) of "10,000" points people will be giving away another source of information about themselves.

Should we expect that ISP's will soon start offering one or two percent discount in exchange for giving away your internet searches."

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Magnetic Field of Earth Weakening a Sign Poles Are Flipping

Trachman Trachman writes  |  about 4 months ago

Trachman (3499895) writes "The magnetic field of Earth is weakening more rapidly than many scientists thought it would, a sign that Earth’s magnetic poles might flip within a few hundred years as opposed to thousands of years. Data collected from Swarm, the collective name for three European Space Agency (ESA) satellites, confirms that Earth’s magnetic field is weakening, something which has led to many past switches in Earth’s magnetic poles.Deep ocean core studies have confirmed, according to NASA, that the Earth’s magnetic poles reverse on a relatively frequent basis. They usually switch anywhere from 200,000 to 300,000 years. As it has been 700,000 years or so since a flip has taken place, Earth is overdue for one. The weakening magnetic field might be a sign that the switch will occur sooner, rather than later. Scientists, according to a report by LiveScience, had thought that Earth’s magnetic field was weakening by about five percent every hundred years. At that rate, they calculated that a flip in the Earth’s magnetic fields would not happen for around another 2,000 years. However, the new data from Swarm indicates that Earth’s magnetic field is actually currently weakening at a rate of five percent every decade instead of century. That rate is 10 times faster than the scientists had allowed for in their calculations about when the next flip would happen. That being said, we know that the Earth's magnetic field is primary protecting shield from cosmic particles and, consequently, is a primary factor to the Earth's temperature.

My Scoop is following: At the risk of being not popular here at Slashdot I dare to ask: can magnetic field changes and climate changes be connected and analyzed in concert?"

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Airport Security will not allow to have discharged electronic device. What's nex

Trachman Trachman writes  |  about 4 months ago

Trachman (3499895) writes "Latest news to the travelers flying into the US: you will discover that getting through security will become even more time-consuming and stressful. The US Transport Security Administration revealed on Sunday that enhanced security procedures on flights coming to the US now include not allowing uncharged cell phones and other devices onto planes.

Let's think about it. In the next decade some perverted heads will announce anal and vaginal devices as the next transportation threat. How far Americans are willing to go, how many liberties to lose for the sense of security."

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Raging hockey fans destroed an LAPD drone last night. How?

Trachman Trachman writes  |  about 5 months ago

Trachman (3499895) writes "Multiple videos have been posted online showing what uploaders described as hockey fans destroying a Los Angeles Police Department drone outside the Staples Center Friday night after the LA Kings won the NHLâ(TM)s Stanley Cup. Riot police were called in to break up what the LA Times described as a âoemeleeâ outside the arena following the Kingâ(TM)s victory over the New York Rangers. In one clip posted online, a drone can be seen hovering over the crowd of hockey fans before it was knocked out of the sky by people throwing shoes and clothing. The question: what was the antidrone weapon?"
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So what and how exactly "big brother" is monitoring at work

Trachman Trachman writes  |  about 8 months ago

Trachman (3499895) writes "Many of us working in corporations of medium and larger size are accustomed to periodic reminders that there is zero privacy on what employees do on their computers. There is a usual clause that incidental (infrequent) use is OK.

So what exactly is being monitored: I know that emails stay for ever, that we all know. Same with company provided chats and phone calls. I know that files on the servers monitor various "meta-data", such as when accessed, modified and deleted and keeps versions of data (every company can have different holding period).

To further narrow and scope the question, let's excluding those clear cut cases where someone is working after official warning, or complained (for whatever reason) to HR, or was specifically reported after complain.

Let's also scope out the work specific applications where the user activity is logged for audit and accountability purposes.

That leaves browser, P2P software (such as Skype), music listened over the work computer.

So the question is what are the common practices of reviewing the internet browsing and internet activities?

P.S. Once I worked within the audit team in top notch institution in, let's put it that way, not a very friendly environment and 100% of the calls were listened. My girlfriend called to tell me to share some very intimate news. I still blush when remember and realize that there were additional ears listening my telephone conversation."
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Karma is a bitch - Garbage disposed years ago is interfering with the search

Trachman Trachman writes  |  about 8 months ago

Trachman (3499895) writes ""Karma is a bitch" . That is a old and well worn cliche. But Malaysia airlines flight MH370 is a reincarnation and living proof of the principle. Garbage has been thrown away years ago, had it not been disposed into the ocean it, the Indian ocean, would have been much more pristine without distracting objects in the water and the plane would have been recovered and, who knows, maybe even rescued earlier."
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Obama to call for end to NSA's bulk phone data collection, version 2.0

Trachman Trachman writes  |  about 8 months ago

Trachman (3499895) writes "While we see the reports that current administration will have other than NSA organization collecting the phone, discussion completely leaves multiple other methods of data gathering in place (text messages, internet email, as well as phone data gathered by non-NSA agencies as well as "friendly" governments who are looking for "terrorists". In fact, NSA phone data gathering process has multiple redundant alternatives.

How about reaffirming people's rights to their privacy? Will it happen in our lifetime?"

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US intelligence officials to monitor federal employees with clearances

Trachman Trachman writes  |  about 8 months ago

Trachman (3499895) writes "We are going to the next level. The people who are entrusted with the state secrets will now have be officially under automated surveillance. Sounds fair? Except that all those with the clearances have been monitored in the past albeit in less organized way. For decades employees have been taught to snitch on each other by reporting "suspicious" behavior in any self respecting organization, private or state funded. So it does not appear to illogical, in fact, quite a reasonable justifications for 5 million or so of people with clearance to completely and officially lose their privacy, right? So who knows, perhaps in ten years when federal employee tracking will be "accepted social norm", there will be a new push (under whatever the issue of the day) called "entrusted citizen and taxpayer". In order to be deemed to be trusted citizen and taxpayer one will be subjected to the scrutiny currently extended to the federal security apparatus employees. The icing of the cake is the comment made by the program leaders : “The system only works well, if it has thoughtful, educated, careful human beings behind it” . I am happy to remind that this a less romantic quote of Soviet Cheka (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D0%A7%D0%9A), who have described themselves as patriots with flaming heart and cold mind."
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How Covert Agents Infiltrate the Internet to Manipulate, Deceive, and Destroy

Trachman Trachman writes  |  about 9 months ago

Trachman (3499895) writes "One of the many pressing and interesting stories that remains to be told from the Snowden archive is how western intelligence agencies are attempting to manipulate and control online discourse with extreme tactics of deception and reputation-destruction. It’s time to tell a chunk of that story, complete with the relevant documents.

Among the core self-identified purposes of (Joint Threat Research Intelligence Group) — JTRIG are two tactics: (1) to inject all sorts of false material onto the internet in order to destroy the reputation of its targets; and (2) to use social sciences and other techniques to manipulate online discourse and activism to generate outcomes it considers desirable.

Continued at:
https://firstlook.org/theinter..."

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TSA wants to count your bitcoins

Trachman Trachman writes  |  about 9 months ago

Trachman (3499895) writes "Here is the nice youtube podcast at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v... , where the passenger was detained because most likely TSA suspected him of the possession of physical Bitcoin coins.

Original 25 BTC coins are indeed worth approx $15,000 each now, and obviously TSA heard something about BTC, but they are clearly ill-informed about it.

If you carry a passport of the wrong nation, such as Cuba, Syria, Sudan, Algeria etc, you are then, automatically subjected for enhanced body search/pat down. It looks like there is a new "risk factor" — Bitcoin, even if it is a Bitcoin logo on your t-shirt or a Bitcoin pin.

We can only speculate on what will happen to the innocent passenger who will be the first one to bring a spent/used bitcoin: will TSA want check it?

What will happen if one prints out the bitcoin on paper and encrypts it? Will there be a requirement to report it?"

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Black hole in the layman's terms

Trachman Trachman writes  |  about 9 months ago

Trachman (3499895) writes "National Geographic in March 2014 edition has excellent article about black holes, authored by Michael Finkel. http://ngm.nationalgeographic.... . This is by far one of the best and clearest articles about the black holes, without confusing mathematical formulas or complicated concepts. One hypothesis is very logical " ... At the center of a black hole is a conundrum called a singularity". Article hypothesizes that singularity is a dimension-less point in space. "... Singularities are imagined to be extremely tiny. Beyond tiny: Enlarge a singularity a trillion trillion times, and the world’s most powerful microscope wouldn’t come close to seeing it. But something is there, at least in a mathematical sense. Something not just small but also unimaginably heavy. "

Nevertheless, black hole theories are full of contradictions (not that I am implying a lack of efforts to clarify them). For example, if photons do not have mass then how exactly mass-less photons are impacted by gravity and how come heavy objects bend light and why light cannot escape black holes?

Has anyone noticed any other logical dichotomies that beg for a clearer answer and that would, hopefully, will lead to new and ingenious experiments helping to understand the universe around us?"

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Nations Largest Cocaine Smuggler Revealed: The DEA

Trachman Trachman writes  |  about 10 months ago

Trachman (3499895) writes "An investigation conducted in Mexico found the American government allowed that country’s largest drug cartel, Sinaloa, to operate without fear of persecution, effectively making DEA the largest cocaine supplier in the USA, controlling 80% of the market. DEA/ATF working together have also supplied weapons to Sinaloa to reduce competition, as we remember from ATF gunwalking scandal http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ATF_gunwalking_scandal.

The business has been elevated to the next level when DEA has started working together with NSA to weed out competition by parallel construction of incriminating evidence http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parallel_construction."

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