Government ‘Shut Down’ Doesn’t Prevent Opening of $2 Billion NSA Spy Center

Well can we afford to pay our bills this month – answer if you are President Obama – no! Well we need to cut-back on the EPA and other essential services – but don’t cut funding to #NSA spy centre. The US President really needs to get his priorities right, oh he has! #AceDebtNews

Global Clarity

Paul Joseph Watson

October 1, 2013

The so-called “government shut down” and the furloughing of thousands of non-essential federal employees has not prevented the opening of a $2 billion dollar NSA spy center in Utah which will snoop on Americans’ private emails, Google searches and phone calls.

Image: NSA Spy Center, Utah.

As we highlighted yesterday, the shut down will only affect the tiny amount of services government provides that Americans actually like.

Rest assured, TSA grope downs, VIPR checkpoints, drone attacks, SWAT team raids, tax collection, torturing terrorists at Guantanamo Bay, arming jihadists in Syria and running guns to Mexican drug dealers will all continue unimpeded – as will NSA domestic spying.

Although the NSA itself refuses to confirm it, to all intents and purposes the agency’s mammoth new spy center in Bluffdale, Utah “may be open already,” according to the Denver Post.

“The facility is…

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The Open and Shut Case For Any Government Shut-down

In reality, key functions of the government will continue to operate as before even in the event of a “shut down”.

  • Federal air traffic controllers will continue to monitor take offs and landings;
  • The TSA will still be screening passengers in US airports;
  • The US military will stay on duty and many credit unions and banks will cover their Oct. 15 paychecks if they are delayed;
  • Embassies and consulates overseas will continue to provide services to American citizens;
  • The mail will continue to be delivered;
  • Federal courts will continue to operate;
  • The US Supreme Court will continue to operate as normal when it resumes on October 7;
  • Taxes will continue to be collected;
  • Sales taxes will continue to be collected
  • Garbage will continue to be collected;
  • Visa services for people traveling to the United States will continue to operate;
  • US passport applications will continue to be processed normally;
  • Green card applications will continue to be processed normally;
  • Social Security and Medicare benefits will continue to operate normally;
  • The vast majority of Homeland Security employees will stay on the job;
  • The vast majority of Coast Guard employees will stay on the job;
  • The vast majority of Border Patrol agents will stay on the job;
  • The vast majority of Secret Service personnel and other law enforcement agents and officers will stay on the job;
  • Schools will stay open;
  • The National Weather Service and the National Hurricane Center will continue to issue natural disaster warnings and track storms;
  • The Mars Rover will continue to explore the red planet and the International Space Station will continue to operate;
  • The District of Columbia passed a $144m contingency fund on Friday to ensure all its services would continue to operate normally;
  • Most services managed by the Department of Veterans Affairs will continue.

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New York, Oct 1 2013 9:00AM
Countries must ensure that older persons are able to fully participate in society and have their voices heard, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed today, noting they play a key part in the shaping of the post-2015 development agenda.

"There is broad recognition that population ageing presents both a significant opportunity and a challenge," Mr. Ban said in his message to mark the International Day of Older Persons.

"The opportunity is to benefit from the many contributions older persons make to society. The challenge is to act on this understanding now through the adoption of policies that promote social inclusion and intergenerational solidarity."

By 2050, 80 per cent of the world’s older people will live in developing countries and the population over 60 years old will be larger than the population under 15, according to the UN Population Fund (UNFPA).

With the 2015 deadline for achieving the eight anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) fast approaching, discussions to shape a vision for development beyond that date are intensifying.

"In this effort, we must address shifting demographics, especially the needs and concerns of the world’s increasing number of older persons," Mr. Ban said.

This year’s theme for the Day, ‘The future we want: what older persons are saying,’ has been chosen to draw attention to the efforts of older persons, civil society groups, UN organizations and Member States to place the issue of ageing on the international development agenda.

Mr. Ban underlined that older persons can help shape the post-2015 development agenda not just by contributing their wisdom, but also by voicing their current needs and concerns.

"[Older persons] are calling for a world where all have food, shelter, clean water and sanitation, and access to basic health services and education. I have included these messages in my vision for a transformative post-2015 development agenda, which is set out in my report, ‘A Life of Dignity for All’," Mr. Ban said.

"On this International Day of Older Persons, I call on countries and people to commit to removing barriers to older persons’ full participation in society while protecting their rights and dignity."
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