Category: While You Were Sleeping


Intriguing. An American jet from Utah has been spotted hanging out in…you guessed it…Iran. President Obama continues to argue that Iran is not “open for business” despite the United States and company loosening some of the sanctions against the country in the wake of supposed cooperation over nuclear disarmament. If this report, which has actually saw some light of day in the mainstream media, is true, then do you really believe we are being told the whole story? Do you really believe America has no business with Iran?

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EDITOR’S NOTE:  Our good friends at Victory Post shared these great articles with us documenting some interesting and new information regarding last year’s horrific Boston Marathon bombings.  We feel that this is particularly timely as the nation watches the Boston Marathon carry on a year later.  Make sure you stop by Victory Post for more great articles like this one, and we thank them for sharing it with our readers.

The Boston Police Department announced yesterday that an on-duty Police Officer named Dennis O. Simmonds, died after “suffering a medical emergency” at the Boston Police Academy on Thursday. Officer Simmonds was recently honored at the Boston Police Relief Association Awards Ceremony for “his bravery during the initial Watertown shoot-out following the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings.”

Family described Simmonds as a go-getter who loved his job

In a Boston Globe article, a law enforcement official who knew Simmonds, said he was a health nut and loved to do CrossFit, run road races, and play basketball, and that he was, “the picture of health.”

According to Boston police Sergeant Michael McCarthy, the “medical emergency” happened just after lunch, during in-service training at the Boston police academy in Hyde Park. He was taken to the hospital and died late Thursday night. No further explanation has been given as to how he died. He was only 28 years old.

McCarthy said that Simmonds had been in the shootout with the alleged Marathon bombers and had suffered a head injury from the blast of an explosive thrown at him.

For his bravery in the Watertown shootout, Simmonds received the department’s highest honor, the Schroeder Brothers Memorial Medal. Simmonds’ father said, “he was not one to brag about the award,” and that “he didn’t like to be in the spotlight, so he didn’t showboat it too much.”

But like it or not, that spotlight was about to get a lot brighter for Simmonds. My Fox Boston reports that, Simmonds, “was set to go to Washington, D.C. next month to be presented by President Obama himself with one of the country’s highest honors for police,” because of his “service during the Watertown shootout.”

According to My Fox Boston, “Simmonds happened to be in that area the night of the Watertown shootout and he and his partner exchanged gunfire with the suspects.”

BPD Superintendent In Chief William Gross states that, “he was one of the first people to respond and did engage the suspects, and he was wounded.”

Simmonds’ service seem to be missing from many accounts of the shootout, which have various versions, so it is unfortunate that he died before many people might have had a chance to learn what his role or experience was during that night.

The story of the shootout remains somewhat mysterious as the major news networks, quoting anonymous officials, reported drastically different versions of what happened. Not much had been heard from the officers themselves until MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell scored one of the only interviews with the members of the Watertown Police who claimed to be the first on the scene. Their account doesn’t mention Simmonds being, “one of the first people to respond,” in fact their account doesn’t mention Simmonds at all. O’Donnell does little to clear the events up, concerned instead with highlighting how heroic the officers were.

My Fox Boston’s Heather Hegedus reports, “it is another sad day for Boston’s heroes, this is the fourth time in just a couple of weeks that one of Boston’s first responders has died in an untimely manner.

Another officer who had taken part in the Boston Marathon bombing investigation, identified as Gregory Maloney, had just recently died in a motorcycle accident while traveling with a fellow officer. The cause of the crash is still being investigated.

 

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EDITOR’S NOTE:  Our good friends at Victory Post shared these great articles with us documenting some interesting and new information regarding last year’s horrific Boston Marathon bombings.  We feel that this is particularly timely as the nation watches the Boston Marathon carry on a year later.  Make sure you stop by Victory Post for more great articles like this one, and we thank them for sharing it with our readers.

 

One month before the Boston Marathon was attacked with improvised explosive devices (IEDs), the Massachusetts State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) hosted a Pre-Boston Marathon Tabletop Exercise. One of the exercise scenarios happened to be an IED explosion during the Marathon.

This “Lessons Learned” document from FEMA details several exercises that were viewed as helping to prepare for the attacks that took place during the Boston Marathon. It states that, “on March 14, 2013, the MA State Emergency Operations Center (SEOC) hosted the annual Pre-Boston Marathon Tabletop Exercise,” with a scenario, “focused on an IED explosion.”

Another “Lessons Learned” document from FEMA makes clear that the drill was for, “an IED incident during the marathon.”

This adds to several other examples of terrorism drills and exercises being planned and run during and around the time of the Boston Marathon.

Last year, a reliable eyewitness running the Marathon reported that there was a drill taking place during the event. Alastair Stevenson, the Cross Country Coach for the University of Mobile Alabama, had run numerous marathons but had never experienced the kind of security activities he saw going on at the Boston Marathon that day. Local15TV.com, an NBC affiliate from Mobile Alabama, interviewed the coach, who questioned whether there might have been some foreknowledge of the attack. Stevenson, told the local newscasters that, “they kept making announcements on the loud speaker that it was just a drill and there was nothing to worry about. It seemed like there was some sort of threat, but they kept telling us it was just a drill.”

The coach’s eyewitness account intensified concerns for many, that security officials had foreknowledge of the attacks and were not being honest with the public. The mainstream media virtually ignored this possibility and instead attacked those who dared to raise the issue. Numerous articles were written, mocking and deriding “conspiracy theorists” yet no major media wanted to talk to the coach from Alabama, whose story had helped spark the “theories.” The majority of the pieces written to debunk challenges to the official account just ignored the story completely.

Attempting to find out what other evidence existed of drills being run during the event, I spent several hours searching online and found statements from a Homeland Security analyst explaining that the Boston Marathon is secretly used to run disaster drills for training purposes. I posted an article on April 18th including the analyst’s statements, and other information I found, making clear that since at least 2007, emergency planners were holding disaster drills and terrorism exercises during the Boston Marathon without the knowledge of the participants or spectators.

In the article I included two presentations I dug up while searching government websites. Both are from the former Chief of Boston EMS, Richard Serino, who was appointed by Obama, as FEMA’s Deputy Administrator in 2009. The first presentation was dated from 2007 and mentioned the Boston Marathon being used in, “Planned Disasters” under the section, “Special Operations.”

 

The second presentation from 2008 titled, “Marathons – A Tale of Two Cities and the Running of a Planned Mass Casualty Event,” discusses using events like the Boston Marathon as “planned disasters” and recommends utilizing, “special events and drills as opportunities to plan and train together…” The focus of the drills is to build, “necessary actions and protocols into regular operations.”

The section titled, “Working with the Media,” states, “Their mission is to get a story. Building a longstanding relationship with journalists and reporters ensures that they get the right story and that they serve as a resource when needed.”

In the article, I highlight a quote from the former policy analyst stating, “Massachusetts is better prepared for a real disaster because every Patriot’s Day and Fourth of July is treated as a ‘disaster.’” He explains that organizers see these, “annual gatherings of hundreds of thousands of people” as perfect opportunities to, “evaluate new technologies” and “exercise disaster plans,” and that they are making the, “citizens of Greater Boston safer in case of a natural catastrophe or terrorist attack.”

Writing for EmergencyManagement.com, Lucien G. Canton suggests that the exercises being run during the Marathon were the reason there were so few fatalities in the attacks. He states that the, “Boston EMS, as a matter of policy, treats the Boston Marathon and other large events as a mass casualty event. That means that all the equipment, facilities and staff required to respond to a mass casualty event were fully deployed at the time of the attack.” He clarifies that, “this does not mean they were ‘on alert’ or ‘on standby’ but were actually in the field…”

While researching Boston terrorism drills immediately after the attacks, the Operation Urban Shield training program kept coming up. I noticed that Boston had just ran the Urban Shield exercises in November of 2012, and doubted that they would have one scheduled so soon afterwards. Trying to find out when the Urban Shield exercise was scheduled for 2013, I checked the Boston Urban Shield website, but it was taken down at the time, showing only blank screens. Alternative news website, Truthstream Media covered the connection between Urban Shield and the Marathon attacks, highlighting how close the training exercises in 2011 and 2012 were to the real events. But no information had been released yet about Urban Shield 2013.

A few months later Anthony Gucciardi turned up an article from the Boston Globe, which had acquired documents detailing plans for Urban Shield 2013. It turns out that, at the time of the bombing of the Marathon, officials in Boston were planning an exercise scenario that involved a domestic terrorist group that would plant backpacks full of explosives around Boston. The drills would require a massive collaboration of the very same law enforcement agencies using the same emergency response and investigation strategies that were required during the actual terror attacks.

Globe reporter Maria Cramer wrote, “before the training exercise was to take place, the city was hit with a real terrorist attack in frighteningly similar fashion.” The documents were given to the Boston Globe by an anonymous official who told them, “the real thing happened before we were able to execute.” The official chose to remain anonymous because the, “details of the planned exercise were confidential.”

The coincidences in the planning went further. The Globe reports that, “in the scenario, the terrorists would flee police in stolen cars…” and investigators, “would have to track down footage of the bombers caught by street surveillance cameras and the phones of ‘witnesses.’ “There were also false leads to keep investigators guessing,” the official told the Globe. Investigators in the drill, “would have to call on intelligence analysts to figure out which terrorist cell might be threatening the city.”

As amazing as the story was, I couldn’t find any other articles in the Boston Globe about it. No follow up, no statements from the groups running the program, no other coverage in the major media. There were plenty of articles attacking conspiracy theorists, and plenty of coverage of the most inane details of the attacks, but again they were silent on an issue that should have received a great deal of attention.

So how many IED drills were being run and planned around the race last year? And if these drills are so effective why aren’t the officials saying anything about them to the public? Was the Boston bombing a “dry-run disaster” that went live? Were the Tsarnaev brothers working as informants involved in a drill or as part of an FBI terror plot? As we approach the anniversary of the terrorist attacks on Boston we are still waiting for the authorities to come clean on all the exercises and drills concerning the Marathon, and we are still waiting for the mainstream media to ask some serious questions.

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Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and his family had been ranching cattle on an area of land for cumulatively 140 years when the Bureau of Land Management decided enough was enough.  The standoff between Bundy and the feds captured a lot of attention in the national media, but as is all too often the case, for all the wrong reasons.

Well put.

Well put.

On Saturday, the Bureau of Land Management announced that it was backing down because of increasing tensions.  They also went out of their way to make it sound like the people in Nevada protesting this overreach of federal authority were the ones taking it too far.  There were repeated stories of protesters with handguns and weapons threatening federal authorities.  Then, the good old BLM decided that it was just best for all parties if they got out of there and pursued this in the courts, you know, the way they should have from the beginning in a supposedly civil society.

Of course, if you accept that story, it sounds like the big bad government did the right thing and backed down to save lives and avoid another terrible Ruby Ridge/Waco-ish ending.  What you didn’t hear is how the BLM had snipers stationed all around the ranch.  They were the ones brandishing weapons.  Protesters didn’t bring weapons because they wanted to show the feds how tough they were.  They were afraid they were going to be attacked by their own government, and there is plenty of past history to make that a reasonable fear.  As usual, the mainstream media only painted one side of the story, making the feds look like bastions of humanity while the protesters are portrayed as gun-toting, uncivilized barbarians standing up for a rogue.

Did the government really stand down?  Don’t believe it for a second.  Right now, you can bet that there is a law enforcement component watching every move that Bundy makes.  They know when he takes a dump and when each of his cattle takes a dump. If anything, they are trying to create a sense of calm before they swoop in.  Something bad will happen to Bundy, and we at Common Sense Conspiracy sincerely hope that can be avoided.  However, it’s unlikely.  The federal government is not just going to let this go.  They are trying to play the peacekeeper card for now, but they are watching and waiting for the right moment.  But the right moment is more about politics than it is anything else.  Enter Harry Reid.

The BLM has been busy purging any trace of the fact that Senator Harry Reid of Nevada was actively trying to get the Bundy’s off of that land because he has big, big plans for it.  Harry Reid was formerly the senior advisor of the Bureau of Land Management in Nevada incidentally.  See, Harry was courting a Chinese firm that wanted to build a $5 billion solar power plant on this very land, and the only thing standing in his way from a very profitable feather in his cap is the Bundy ranch.  Of course, the fact that he doesn’t own the land and has no real claim to it is beside the point.  That doesn’t matter when you are any branch of the federal government.  So, Harry was the mover and shaker behind this whole standoff, but as you might imagine, as public opinion has soured on the matter, Harry doesn’t want to be anywhere near it.  Fortunately for us, people out there were able to get this information before it was purged out of existence.  So, there is concrete evidence that will forever connect Harry Reid to this whole incident, whatever terrible outcome still comes of it.

But you will never, ever hear any of that reported on the mainstream media.  Do you not think that a prominent Senator was petitioning a Chinese company to build a $5 billion solar power plant on this very land wouldn’t at least be a passing blurb in the news coverage?  They didn’t even mention it once.  They didn’t even mention Harry Reid.  But they mentioned those “barbarians” plenty.  Those “barbarians” are ordinary, hard-working Americans standing up for their rights against an increasingly overreaching and oppressive federal government.

That’s just not sexy news, though, is it?

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When you imagine someone deciding that they are going to take their own life rather than face another day, you probably don’t envision the wealthiest of the wealthy.  You probably envision someone with some money woes, some relationship woes, some family woes, some work woes.  You get the picture.  Since the year 2014 began just a few short months ago, 12 elite bankers have now committed suicide, some in fairly mysterious circumstances.  These are very wealthy and powerful individuals.  During one two week period it happened four times.  Let’s take a look at the list:

William Broeksmit, 58-year-old former senior executive at Deutsche Bank AG, was found dead in his home after an apparent suicide in South Kensington in central London, on January 26th. 

Karl Slym, 51 year old Tata Motors managing director Karl Slym, was found dead on the fourth floor of the Shangri-La hotel in Bangkok on January 27th. 

Gabriel Magee, a 39-year-old JP Morgan employee, died after falling from the roof of the JP Morgan European headquarters in London on January 27th. 

Mike Dueker, 50-year-old chief economist of a US investment bank was found dead close to the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in Washington State. 

Richard Talley, the 57 year old founder of American Title Services in Centennial, Colorado, was found dead earlier this month after apparently shooting himself with a nail gun. 

Tim Dickenson, a U.K.-based communications director at Swiss Re AG, also died last month, however the circumstances surrounding his death are still unknown. 

Ryan Henry Crane, a 37 year old executive at JP Morgan died in an alleged suicide just a few weeks ago. No details have been released about his death aside from this small obituary announcement at the Stamford Daily Voice. 

Li Junjie, 33-year-old banker in Hong Kong jumped from the JP Morgan HQ in Hong Kong this week. 

James Stuart Jr, Former National Bank of Commerce CEO, found dead in Scottsdale, Ariz., the morning of Feb. 19. A family spokesman did not say what caused the death 

Edmund (Eddie) Reilly, 47, a trader at Midtown’s Vertical Group, commited suicide by jumping in front of LIRR train 

Kenneth Bellando, 28, a trader at Levy Capital, formerly investment banking analyst at JPMorgan, jumped to his death from his 6th floor East Side apartment. 

12 – Jan Peter Schmittmann, 57, the former CEO of Dutch bank ABN Amro found dead at home near Amsterdam with wife and daughter.

This is not a coincidence.  There is no way that this many people in this social class would choose this fate in such a small amount of time.  Notice a couple of things.  Way too many of those names are left with either unknown circumstances around their deaths or having used very unusual means to commit the supposed act.  I mean, who jumps in front of a train to kill themselves?

What do these people know that is making them leave this Earth in a mass exodus?  Could it be another financial implosion?  Criminal investigations on the horizon?  All out war crashing the global economy?

They know something, clearly.  Of course, there is always option B.  It’s not hard to figure out where we’re going from here.

How many of these people can we believe actually committed suicide?  Are we witnessing a mass cleansing at the top of the banking industry by some group in the shadows?

You won’t hear about this in the mainstream media, at least not more than  a passing blurb.  No one is asking any questions.

So, Common Sense Conspiracy is.  What do you think is the reason behind this, and what does it mean for the rest of 2014?

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Yet another shooting situation at Fort Hood on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 has understandably caused a lot of interest in the previous massacre there and just how or why something like this could happen again.  While there are many theories out there regarding Fort Hood, this article wants to focus on a different way of looking at what has now happened twice at a United States military installation.

It could be said that what is happening at Fort Hood is a microcosm of what gun control lobbyists want to take to mainstream America.  One of the first things that most people think when they hear about a shooting like this on a military base is how could this have gone on for as long as it did in a place where one would expect that there were plenty of armed people that were well-trained in the use of their weapons?  Nidal Hasan’s rampage was only in one particular location, but the fatalities was remarkable as well as disturbing.  This latest incident actually took place in multiple buildings.  The suspect actually had to commute to his next shooting site.  So, Common Sense Conspiracy looked into the rumors and now we have the facts.

In response to the 2009 massacre and also because of an upswing in suicides by soldiers, Fort Hood decided to ban all private weapons on the base.  This means that the average soldier walking around Fort Hood is completely unarmed.  They made this rule to protect the general public of the base.  Basically, they believe that soldiers with guns is more of a liability than soldiers without guns.  For the record, this only includes private weapons.  Soldiers assigned to security details are armed.  So are law enforcement officers.  However, just like in civilian life, there are only a certain number of these and they can’t be everywhere at once.

The bottom line:  when someone wanted to walk onto the base with a gun and start shooting, none of these rules mattered.  The suspect did bring a private gun in, despite plenty of warnings posted everywhere that he was breaking the law by doing so.  He did not register his weapon as is required by the rules.  This shows on a small stage what gun control means to America.  The “good guys” will follow the law, but the “bad guys” will go right on with their program.  So, therefore, gun control will not stop the violence, and in fact, it may even make it worse.  The government isn’t stupid.  They know this.  It’s not that hard to figure out, especially with such an in-your-face example as what has now happened at Fort Hood not once but twice.  So, think about what it really means.  They are trying to push gun control, but they know for sure that it’s not going to stop the supposed reason for pushing it.  So why are they pushing it?  What is the real reason?

That’s the question, isn’t it?

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No doubt thousands of our readers probably have experienced or know of similar stories to this, but because this particular one has gone viral on Reddit and social media, we are going to use it as an example for our first good Obamacare rant of 2014.

Obviously, you can’t view the name and information for the subject, but a 20-year-old kid woke up with a terrible case of appendicitis.  He had to have emergency surgery.  The cost of the operation and hospital stay involved:  $55,000.  Luckily, he had insurance under his father’s health care plan.  This cut it down substantially, leaving the 20-year-old kid (who should be worrying about things like getting a date and tuition) with only a much more manageable $11,000+ bill.

Let that sink in.  He had insurance.  This is not a vagrant off the street.  This is not one of the multimillions of uninsured Americans we hear about as the mainstream media and politicians try to make us believe that Obama’s cherished Affordable Care Act is really making a difference.  This is a 20-year-old kid that had a very unexpected and serious issue through no fault of his own that is now stuck with a huge bill.  And this at a point in his life when his highest income potential is probably sacking groceries part-time or delivering pizzas.

Stories like this are very common in America, and there are several cases of people just out of their teens having to declare bankruptcy in the wake of huge medical bills.  Now, those that vehemently supported Obamacare are always talking about situations like that.  They talk about how people that don’t pay their bills drag down the system and cost everyone in the long run.  That’s one of the reasons that Obamacare is supposed to be so effective, because so many more people will have insurance.  But this is in the post-Obamacare era that this happened.  Once again, this is not an uninsured person.  This is a person with what many in America would consider a very normal, run-of-the-mill health care plan, and certainly one that would probably fall under the “bronze” category if you were at the woefully slow functioning Health Care Marketplace website.

Is Obamacare doing anything about one of health care’s biggest problems…the out-and-out gouging of sick Americans?  Nope.  Nada.  So, there will still be plenty of people waking up to bills like these all over the country even in the post-Obamacare era.  But at least they won’t owe the $55,000, right?

To use medical terminology, our supposed “health care reform” is treating the symptoms and not the disease.  Instead of delving into why an operation and short hospital stay costs half the price of a house (which most people take 30+ years to pay for), we are worried about getting more people bad coverage.  We are worried about making sure more people have a little bit of help in a totally corrupted mostly worthless system.  And we actually have let multiple political candidates run for the most powerful office in this nation (and quite possibly the world) on this platform.  Shame on us for accepting this as even a piecemeal solution.

What they have done is what they always do.  They have found a way to make more people reliant on the government for even more personal services while still keeping the well-lined pockets of lobbyists happy and open.  This is not change.  It certainly isn’t reform.  It’s more like the norm.

As this story went viral on social media, the really amazing thing about the feedback was that so many people internationally chimed in to share their stories.  In Australia, a man shared his story.  He had a very similar event…emergency appendectomy.  Cost to him out of pocket:  $0.  He never even got a bill.  He even had a check-up visit a few months later to evaluate his progress.  They have a national health care system…a real one, not the crooked sham that is Obamacare.  They do indeed pay more in taxes, but when something like this happens, they don’t have to worry about whether an emergency operation is going to cost them their car, homes, and belongings.

The story would be troubling enough, but the fact that we are being sold this lie that something is getting better or being done about it is easily the most frightening part.  And so many Americans really got behind this.  We wonder how many $11,000 bills for those that championed the Obamacare cause it will take before even the most furtive supporters have to question just what they have gotten behind?

If only he had the "Gold" package, eh?  Click the photo for a better view.

If only he had the “Gold” package, eh? Click the photo for a better view.

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