Former Wheeling officer fired more than 20 rounds from assault rifle at court building and a nearby YWCA.

WVA Courthouse Shooting

A former city police fired more than 20 rounds into the federal building in Wheeling, W. Va., before he was shot and killed on Oct. 9, 2013.(Photo: Scott McCloskey, The Intelligencer/AP)

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44 Facts About The Death Of The Middle Class That Every American Should Know

Michael Snyder
Economic Collapse
July 31, 2013

What is America going to look like when the middle class is dead?  Once upon a time, the United States has the largest and most vibrant middle class in the history of the world.  When I was growing up, it seemed like almost everyone was “middle class” and it was very rare to hear of someone that was out of work.  Of course life wasn’t perfect, but most families owned a home, most families had more than one vehicle, and most families could afford nice vacations and save for retirement at the same time.  Sadly, things have dramatically changed in America since that time.  There just aren’t as many “middle class jobs” as there used to be.  In fact, just six years ago there were about six million more full-time jobs in our economy than there are right now.  Those jobs are being replaced by part-time jobs and temp jobs.  The number one employer in America today is Wal-Mart and the number two employer in America today is a temp agency (Kelly Services).  But you can’t support a family on those kinds of jobs.  We live at a time when incomes are going down but the cost of living just keeps going up.  As a result, the middle class in America is being absolutely shredded and the ranks of the poor are steadily growing.  The following are 44 facts about the death of the middle class that every American should know…

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Social Security Administration Now Hiring for Counterintelligence Operations

SSA possibly joining Dept. of Defense in efforts to downplay negative news.

Kit Daniels
July 31, 2013

Why does the Social Security Administration want to hire specialists in “counterintelligence operations” for supporting “homeland security?”

Source: Wikimedia Commons

Source: Wikimedia Commons

A recent job posting on USA Jobs shows two vacancies for the Intelligence Operations Specialist position at the SSA’s headquarters in Woodlawn, Maryland.

The job listing says that the position is responsible for “complex assignments” to establish and maintain the SSA’s “defensive counterintelligence operations, collaboration, intelligence and information sharing missions.”

Some of the Intelligence Operations Specialist duties include working with members of law enforcement and “resolving counterintelligence” that presents a “credible threat” to the SSA.

An additional responsibility involves monitoring “public sources of information” (such as the Internet, broadcast and print media) and “government systems” for “relevant threat information.”

The position, not to exceed two years in duration, appears to jointly serve:

– The Office of Deputy Commissioner, Budget, Finance and Management (DCBFM)
– The Office of Security and Emergency Preparedness (OSEP) and
– The Office of Emergency Preparedness (OEP)

A “top secret-sensitive, compartmented information” security clearance is required for the role.

It seems strange at first that the federal agency responsible for administering Social Security would have a job opening that sounds like a section out of a spy novel.

Counterintelligence refers to the efforts made by intelligence organizations to keep rivals from gathering intelligence against them.

The SSA, however, is not an intelligence organization, but rather is responsible for the largest social welfare program in the United States, which many consider to be worse than a Ponzi scheme.

People retiring today are the first generation of workers who have paid more into Social Security than they will ever receive, according to an Associated Press article.

This trend will continue as Social Security becomes untenable.

Could the SSA’s “defensive counterintelligence operations” mean efforts made by the agency to counter claims that Social Security is insolvent and millions of workers will never receive all the money they have paid into it over the years?

As we recently reported, the Department of Defense is trying to increase its public affairs efforts as it loses its ability to bury negative news due to the surge in popularity for alternative media outlets.

“When bad things happen, the American people should hear it from us, not as a scoop on the Drudge Report,” George Little, assistant to the secretary of defense for public affairs said during a webcast.

The coming collapse of Social Security is definitely a bad thing.

The SSA could be monitoring “public sources of information” for “credible threats” that may undermine its ability to downplay the collapse which will drastically decrease the standard of living for millions of Americans.

Like any other federal agency, the SSA wants strong “damage control” which would allow it to direct the narrative in its favor in order to escape accountability.

For this endeavor, an Intelligence Operations Specialist may be tasked with preventing SSA whistleblowers (termed “insider threats”) from exposing the agency’s lies to the public, as Edward Snowden did to the NSA.

Additionally, similar positions at other federal agencies may indicate some of the specifics involved in “information sharing missions which support homeland security,” as listed in the SSA’s job posting.

In an April 2009 speech on fusion centers given before the Committee of Homeland Security, Robert Riegle, a former director for the Department of Homeland Security, mentioned deploying 34 Intelligence Operations Specialists to serve as a “critical link” between the fusion centers and DHS.

“The deployment of DHS Intelligence Operations Specialists augments the analytical capabilities of the fusion centers,” he said. “We believe this contributes greatly to the goal of achieving the analytic depth and geographic breadth necessary to effectively identify, provide context to and share vital information gleaned by sworn law enforcement officers and other state and local officials during the course of their daily duties.”

“As fusion centers continue to mature, we expect to continue to grow the pool of analysts capable of connecting the dots and conducting information sharing and analysis in the manner intended by Congress.”

It isn’t a stretch to assume that that a SSA Intelligence Operations Specialist would also perform a similar function.

Earlier this month, we reported (via Rare) on the Federal Data Services Hub.

Developed for Obamacare by the Department of Health and Human Services, this data hub provides “electronic, near real-time access to federal data, as well as provide access to state and third party data sources,” according to the U.S. Government Accountability Office.

In short, the Federal Data Services Hub is a comprehensive database containing personal data on every American which is compiled and then shared between multiple federal agencies such as the DHS, TSA, IRS, FBI and so forth.

The SSA could use Intelligence Operations Specialists to compile Americans’ private data that the agency holds into the data hub for use by other federal entities.

Make no mistake, the increasing size of government strengthens the bonds between agencies across the entire federal level.

Similar to how the supranational European Union purged the national sovereignty of its member states, interdepartmental sharing of resources and data will cause the stark differences between federal entities to vanish.

Federal employees spy on co-workers, report behavior

‘Hammer this fact home … leaking is tantamount to aiding the enemies of the United States’


President Barack Obama speaks in San Jose, Calif., June 7, 2013. Speaking about the NSA collecting of phone records, the president said ‘Nobody is listening to your telephone calls,’ just numbers and duration.    EVAN VUCCI — Associated Press

(McClatchy News Service) Even before a former U.S. intelligence contractor exposed the secret collection of Americans’ phone records, the Obama administration was pressing a government-wide crackdown on security threats that requires federal employees to keep closer tabs on their co-workers and exhorts managers to punish those who fail to report their suspicions.

President Barack Obama’s unprecedented initiative, known as the Insider Threat Program, is sweeping in its reach. It has received scant public attention even though it extends beyond the U.S. national security bureaucracies to most federal departments and agencies nationwide, including the Peace Corps, the Social Security Administration and the Education and Agriculture departments. It emphasizes leaks of classified material, but catchall definitions of “insider threat” give agencies latitude to pursue and penalize a range of other conduct.

Government documents reviewed by McClatchy illustrate how some agencies are using that latitude to pursue unauthorized disclosures of any information, not just classified material. They also show how millions of federal employees and contractors must watch for “high-risk persons or behaviors” among co-workers and could face penalties, including criminal charges, for failing to report them. Leaks to the media are equated with espionage.

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