Ex-CIA Officer Claims that Open Source Revolution is About to Overthrow Global Oligarchy

I want to know what’s to stop this revolution from turning into a violent, destructive mess. Steele is characteristically optimistic. “I have struggled with this question. What I see happening is an end to national dictat and the emergence of bottom-up clarity, diversity, integrity, and sustainability. Individual towns across the USA are now nullifying federal and state regulations – for example gag laws on animal cruelty, blanket permissions for fracking. Those such as my colleague Parag Khanna that speak to a new era of city-states are correct in my view. Top down power has failed in a most spectacular manner, and bottom-up consensus power is emergent. ‘Not in my neighborhood’ is beginning to trump ‘Because I say so.’ The one unlimited resource we have on the planet is the human brain – the current strategy of 1% capitalism is failing because it is killing the Golden Goose at multiple levels. Unfortunately, the gap between those with money and power and those who actually know what they are talking about has grown catastrophic. The rich are surrounded by sycophants and pretenders whose continued employment demands that they not question the premises. As Larry Summers lectured Elizabeth Warren, ‘insiders do not criticize insiders.’”

– From the recent incredible Guardian article: The Open Source Revolution is Coming and it Will Conquer the 1% – ex CIA spy

This article that I am highlighting today is the most powerful and optimistic piece I have read in all of 2014. It also follows on perfectly from my post this past weekend, which I strongly suggest reading before continuing titled: Networks vs. Hierarchies: Which Will Win? Niall Furguson Weighs In.

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25 comments on “Ex-CIA Officer Claims that Open Source Revolution is About to Overthrow Global Oligarchy
  1. Flopot says:

    Fascinating stuff and two for the price of one. Sort of chimes with Luke’s prediction about that window of opportunity — remember, networks are fragile!

  2. jogador says:

    its kind of Darwinist, its the people from the Open Source scene that are adapting faster in the post-Internet surveillance civilization, sounds more like evolution then revolution, because its not the strongest or most intelligent that reach the top of the food chain, but the ones who adapt

  3. yawp says:

    This is fine but open source better have an answer to population control. The only real change can come from within the mind, everything else is just shifting forms around.

  4. Jayme says:

    Former spy tells all, keep blogging and exposing pursue Treason charges

  5. Jayme says:

    I don’t have time to read the networks link now but think that the most efficient system will operate somewhere in between absolute anarchy and absolute hierarchy. Hierarchy is very good for very stable (non-competitive) environments where efficiency can be optimized. Anarchy is very good for extremely dynamic environments where local events are too erratic. Networks that have high degrees of hierarchy are also subject to single point failures. ‘Flatter’ networks that distribute the load can be much more resilient to node losses. Depending on the environment, in between there is an optimal point. However, like all things, nothing is ideal.

    I still haven’t found a good reason not to use Kleiber’s law in setting up an initial connection to node ratio in establishing a hierarchy (like a brain mass to energy consumption ratio in order to estimate intelligence). Perhaps the law is only valid for biological organisms due to the ATP cycle but I see no reason to expect that isn’t a good starting point and that there is likely a similar if not identical value that applies to human networks. Max proposed a similar rule of thirds(?) about distribution between local to regional scales.

  6. Useless Eater says:

    This is an open source. Sites like this. If I see a good idea, I say so and then pass it on. Don’t give them a target. We can compartmentalize and infiltrate their systems in the same ways they have. They have created their systems and that makes them the perfect targets. Secrecy is the problem but it begins with the secret ballots which you all participate in. Judges are afraid of God’s Law. What we need is a system with no leaders and yet where there is a consensus of the path to follow. I will not follow a man or a woman, but I will follow a man’s or a woman’s ideas. A Super Spy’s accomplishments do not impress me, especially when he has trained our enemies to fight us. But, by the same token, I will take anyone at face value. I do not demand respect, I merely require it. Fight for the land you stand on, not the land you stand for. It is highly probable that you will never know who or what you are fighting for when serving in an army. It has been this way for millennia. Time to stop the lunacy.

  7. Jayme says:

    Personally, I think ‘sustainability’ and ‘equilibrium’ are bunk. Steele lists panarchy as the method which is essentially right but the way the UN and world bodies want to treat open evolving loop of panarchy is as a world built on Hegelian Dialectic where the open loop is closed and controlled by political human and social interests.

    “Future Earth”: Re-branding Agenda 21 for Environmental Control

    I like most of what Steele suggests but ‘routing out corruption’ sounds to me an awful like we’ve been there done that.

    Confirmed: Spanish King’s sister will go on trial

  8. StukaPilot says:

    contra Ferguson, bitcoin and gold/silver have fundamentally little in common. When the lights go out, no more bitcoin. But gold/silver will still be there, in your hand. Provided you have the means to defend it. With lead.

  9. Now you understand where Otis Day and the Knights came up with their famous lyric… “It makes you want to shout” when what seemed like such a good idea (open source governance) devolved into “Do you mind if we dance with your dates?”


  10. jischinger says:

    I like Steele – http://wp.me/p30mf-45q
    the video below is very inspiring

    I hope he starts the revolution or something

  11. Jayme says:

    I’m not convinced of his belief about climate but doesn’t appear disingenuous.

    How about open sourcing this? These are the jobs in the police state economy. The problem with success is that it requires control. I don’t see these kind of jobs as any different than body scanners in airports:

    DHS biometric program gets $250 million from Senate

    Or this being used at unwarranted check points, just because:

    US military acquires X-ray guns

    Texas Sheriffs Form Warrantless Checkpoints in Guadalupe River, Searching Witless Inner Tube Riders

  12. Jayme says:

    How would open source help this?

    Will Potter: The shocking move to criminalize nonviolent protest

    I think one of the things Steele has found is that people don’t behave as he expected. Government wants to govern, even if it is inept and not many are as well read as he is. Overall, this argues strongly for flat networks since extremely small advantages an individual has in being ‘better’ than others can quickly lead to the kinds of wealth and power segregation we see in the world today when the system is based on zero sum tit-for-tat profit, greed, and power tripping.

    Dueling Banjos Deliverance

  13. Bev says:

    Still need to read the articles referenced…

    But, scale is important. We need government to work at the level of reducing the current and future damage from Fukushima, WIPP, and the 400 additional aging nuclear power plants and, to address global warming. These two projects will take many generations of work. So, in order to have the money DEBT-Free to do these important works, you need a government, public debt-free money as proposed by The American Monetary Institute at http://www.monetary.org/ , see: Dennis Kucinich’s The NEED Act which all nations need to adopt, http://www.monetary.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/HR-2990.pdf .

    At the local scale, many things are doable. The following is one of my favorite open source ideas and sites. They intend to rebuild civilization…smartly.


    Machines: Global Village Construction Set

    The Global Village Construction Set (GVCS) is a modular, DIY, low-cost, high-performance platform that allows for the easy fabrication of the 50 different Industrial Machines that it takes to build a small, sustainable civilization with modern comforts. We’re developing open source industrial machines that can be made at a fraction of commercial costs, and sharing our designs online for free.

  14. Folks, of all the comment sections associated with reposting of the Guardian interview with me, this is the most intelligent and balanced, thank you for that.

    Love the Darwinst comment, yes, open source is more agile, more affordable, more interoperable, and therefore both more scalable and more sustainable.

    Population gets controlled through education, legitimacy, and individual choice, not mandate.

    Eliminating secrecy and corruption are the hardest part. I think that will happen and this was the key point to my Gnomedex and Hackers on Planet Earth presentations — we need to attach ourselves like limpet fish to individual products, personalities, corporations, and “out” every detail.

    As far as monetizing open source, I am not the expert everyone here is, but my going in position is that free cell phones and free access to the Internet will create wealth, and we can monetize the questions people ask and the aggregated information. Needs a pilot project.

    Happy to respond to any questions or do a follow-up here.

  15. @Robert – would love to have you appear as guest on Keiser Report . . . are you up for that? We have a studio in DC; I’ll email you.

  16. Jayme says:

    “Population gets controlled through education, legitimacy, and individual choice, not mandate.” – Robert

    I like that answer. A ‘free’ internet is necessary to education so that education isn’t simply indoctrination and training for compliance of state will but learning, discovery, and sharing.

    I love the model of ‘free software’ proposed by Richard Stallman and would like to see the idea behind Open Source move into a similar construct but there does appear to be a conflict between the use of the terms. His logical basis for his definition is pretty decent in my opinion. Briefly,

    A program is free software if the program’s users have the four essential freedoms:

    The freedom to run the program as you wish, for any purpose (freedom 0).
    The freedom to study how the program works, and change it so it does your computing as you wish (freedom 1). Access to the source code is a precondition for this.
    The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help your neighbor (freedom 2).
    The freedom to distribute copies of your modified versions to others (freedom 3). By doing this you can give the whole community a chance to benefit from your changes. Access to the source code is a precondition for this.

    He goes on to say

    Open Source?

    Another group has started using the term “open source” to mean something close (but not identical) to “free software”. We prefer the term “free software” because, once you have heard that it refers to freedom rather than price, it calls to mind freedom. The word “open” never refers to freedom.


    So there is a bit of conflict in these ideas that may meet some dissonance.

    Anyway Mr. Steele, I think the Open Source is supposed to mean ‘free’ in the way you use it but I’d hate to see the term be high jacked like ‘open source’ seems to have been in software. Perhaps a careful definition. I haven’t gone through your site thoroughly so don’t know if you have it posted but it may be something to keep in mind as the idea moves along(?) – fwiw.

    I only made it through about 4+ hours worth of your Q/A HOPE session so far. anyone interested …

    The Next HOPE (2010): Spy Improv on Steroids – Steele Uncensored – Anything Goes (1 of 4) [1h55m]

  17. Dippy says:

    The war on free thinking alternative and opposing opinions via media channels reclassifies youtube as potentially television/video on demand like and a number of channels located in the UK including UK Column have/are to be removed, the regulators also work for the shamestream media and are not independent as purported.
    leading to regular meetings with the BBC and this lot to decide what to censor,
    ‘In 2011 ATVOD wrote to several UK newspapers claiming that their websites came under its regulatory ambit despite the fact that the AVMSD expressly excluded electronic versions of newspapers and magazines from its scope’
    must have started getting to many viewers .

  18. Jayme says:

    Marcin Jakubowski: Open-sourced blueprints for civilization

  19. Jayme says:

    @Robert David STEELE

    Zeitgeist movement fails in my opinion because of its out of hand dismissal of religion. (I don’t care for religion myself.)

    Q: Where do you see religion in this open source world you envision?

  20. Jayme says:

    There are advantages to mixed structures that aren’t either/or. Homogenous and isotropic structures are generally uninteresting. The panarchical cycle would be much less devastating for a flatter society during times of transition because they would inherently have higher entropy. Movements would ‘evolve’ through a gradual evolution rather than by or revolution as mentioned by @jogador but the bottom line is that decreasing entropy requires energy input and the alternative suppressed energy Robert alludes to in the Guardian article would allow for greater order… but again, is this a good thing?

    Perhaps there is a partial role for some of the ideas of TVP but I’d hate to see a massive central computer dictating the economy as presented.

    The Venus Project – The Central Dome

    Most of these projects become utopian. I don’t think what Steele is suggesting is off the deep end and are generally ‘practical’ – imo.

    Flatter distributed organizations mean that differences of opinion aren’t as catastrophic for hierarchical social system should it fail. People tend to aggregate power and play king of the hill. It isn’t clear to me that this isn’t a consequent evil that accompanies the desire for good strong leadership. However, if these distributed systems actually become useful, most of these rigid power structures would simply have no basis. I like the idea that such political bodies would simply dissolve. The writing of the Icelandic constitution over the internet was an interesting experiment. More of these kinds of movements may eventually erase these arcane forms of rule.

    Why did The Venus Project part ways with The Zeitgeist Movement?

  21. Doug says:

    The Guardian article with Robert Steele and Niall Furguson’s piece are fantastic. I worry that most of the population doesn’t pay attention at this level and that the surveillance state and hierarchy will suppress and limit conduits of open sourcing and networks, delaying,and making worse, the eventual day of reckoning. Good to see this stuff widely distributed across numerous blogs.

  22. Bev says:

    Hi Jayme. Your reference to the TED Talks is exactly where I saw for the first time the open source civilization rebuild idea. The link I provided is an extension of that talk. I do think it is a wonderful project.

  23. Bev says:

    I had not thought about a public/government DEBT-free Money as being Open Source until now…but it fits the bill in terms of a FREE, Public Money for the Common Good (for survival itself to reduce the damage of Fukushima, WIPP and Global Warming), that will solve many urgent problems that other Bankers’ Debt-money cannot afford, much less attempt, and local scale efforts cannot accomplish.


    Historical experience has taught us what we need to do:

    1. Put the Federal Reserve System into the U.S. Treasury.

    2. Stop the banking system creating any part of the money supply.

    3. Create new money as needed by spending it on public infrastructure, including human infrastructure, e.g. education and health care.

    These 3 elements must all be done together, and are all in draft legislative form as the proposed American Monetary Act [In September 2011, Congressman Dennis Kucinich introduced the National Emergency Employment Defense (NEED) Act, HR 2990, into Congress. View details here http://www.monetary.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/HR-2990_KucinichVideos.pdf (this bill needs to be re-introduced in Congress this year)


    Read more at http://www.maxkeiser.com/2013/08/adventures-in-alternative-currency/#sgU4jcisLsyuKxB7.99

    The US and Japan, in addition to the rest of the world, need to adopt this.

    Professor Kaoru Yamaguchi’s Model of HR 2990

    Professor Yamaguchi (Berkeley, Doshisha Universities) shows that Kucinich’s HR 2990 NEED Act:

    (1) Provides the funding for infrastructure repair (which solves the unemployment crisis)

    (2) Pays off the national debt as it comes due

    (3) Does this without inflation! Click here ( http://www.monetary.org/modeling-the-american-monetary-act/2010/12 ) to watch a video of Professor Yamaguchi’s presentation to the 2010 AMI Conference. Wow!


    Please talk with Prof Yamaguchi, the American Monetary Institute, and Dennis Kucinich to see if this better monetary system fits the open source idea.

  24. Bev says:


    Could Dennis Kucinich’s NEED Act for a public, government DEBT-Free Money be considered open source?

    See: http://www.maxkeiser.com/2013/08/adventures-in-alternative-currency/#sgU4jcisLsyuKxB7.99

    1. Put the Federal Reserve System into the U.S. Treasury.

    2. Stop the banking system creating any part of the money supply.

    3. Create new money as needed by spending it on public infrastructure, including human infrastructure, e.g. education and health care.


    Professor Kaoru Yamaguchi’s Model of HR 2990

  25. Bev says:

    @ Robert, your statement:
    “Eliminating secrecy and corruption are the hardest part. I think that will happen and this was the key point to my Gnomedex and Hackers on Planet Earth presentations — we need to attach ourselves like limpet fish to individual products, personalities, corporations, and “out” every detail.”

    See article below as it may be, if true, the keystone.


    Worldwide Financial Criminal Network Revealed Part1

    (MDC-NYSE) Denver Headquarters of Organized Crime. Illegal Mortgage Backed Securities $100 Trillion, Bank Bailouts, Derivatives $5,000 Trillion and the theft of 12 million American’s Homes through illegal foreclosures.

    By Stew Webb

    Denver’s Organized Crime Boss Hogs Leonard Millman and Larry Mizel who run MDC a Financial Conglomerate of Organized Crime who are the Bankers behind the Illegal Mortgage Backed Securities Frauds that lead to the 2008 Bank Bailout which was set up by their partner in crime U.S. President George W Bush to loot the U.S. Treasury and hide their crimes. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and his Law partner Lanny Breuer maintained the cover up without any prosecutions of these horrendous crimes. Eric Holder and Lanny Breuer head of the Justice Department’s criminal division were partners for years at a Washington law firm that represented a Who’s Who of big banks and other companies at the center of foreclosure fraud. Breuer resigned last year from the Justice Department after a series on the Bank Frauds done by PBS Frontline.com.

    The firm, Covington & Burling, is one of Washington’s biggest law firms and represented Financial Fugitive and Scamster Marc Rich when U.S. President William Clinton gave Rich a Presidential Pardon before leaving office in 2000.

    The Justice Department hasn’t brought any criminal cases against big banks or other companies involved in Mortgage Frauds, Mortgage servicing, even though the evidence of criminal violations in foreclosure cases are overwhelming the only one who seems to being his job is the Kentucky Attorney General. The evidence, including records from federal and state courts and local Clerks’ offices around the country, shows widespread forgery, perjury, Obstruction of Justice and illegal foreclosures on the homes of over 12.5 million American’s.

    While Holder and Breuer were partners at Covington, the firm’s clients Included four of the largest U.S. banks, Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Citigroup, JP Morgan Chase. Servicers perform routine mortgage maintenance tasks, including filing foreclosures, on behalf of mortgage owners, usually groups of investors who bought mortgage-backed securities. Law firm Covington represented Freddie Mac, one of the nation’s biggest issuers of mortgage backed securities, in enforcement investigations by federal financial regulators. A particular concern by those who have been pressing for an investigation is Covington’s involvement with Virginia-based MERS Corp, also known as Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems Inc., also known as MERS, which runs a vast computerized registry of mortgages. Little known before the mortgage crisis hit, MERS, which stands for Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems, has been at the center of complaints about false or erroneous mortgage documents. MERS was created in 1993 by Larry Mizel to cover his back on Illegal Mortgage Frauds dating back to 1977.

    CIA Whistleblower Gene Chip Tatum told this reporter that in 1977 while working for DIA Defense Intelligence Agency under the direction of former CIA Director William Colby, Tatum’s direct boss that he and others were ordered to transport files from Don Holmes of Valley Savings and Loan in Lamar, Colorado to the Law Office of Norman Brownstein in Denver. This occurred 5 days per week and in these boxes that Gene Tatum and others transported to Brownstein these boxes contained nearly 150 illegally created Mortgages per week. Additional Collaboration from a CIA source stated that it began with the Sharpsville Savings and Loan in Texas in 1977 as a test to see if Leonard Millman and George HW Bush could get away with these Illegal Mortgages to bleed the (FDIC) Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., and Freddie MAC and Fannie May.

    But evidence in numerous state and federal court cases around the country has shown that MERS authorized thousands of bank employees to sign their names as MERS officials. The banks allegedly drew up fake mortgage assignments, making it appear falsely that they had standing to file foreclosures, and then had their own employees sign the documents as MERS “Vice Presidents” or “assistant secretaries. Covington in 2004 also wrote a crucial opinion letter commissioned by MERS, providing legal justification for its electronic registry. It isn’t known to what extent if any Covington has continued to represent the banks and other mortgage firms since Holder and Breuer left. There also is evidence of routine manufacturing of false mortgage assignments, documents that transfer ownership of mortgages between banks or to groups of investors. In foreclosure actions in courts mortgage assignments are required to show that a bank has the legal right to foreclose. John O’Brien Jr., register of deeds in Salem, Mass., announced that he had sent 31,897 allegedly fraudulent foreclosure-related documents to Holder. O’Brien said he asked for a criminal investigation of servicers and their law firms that had filed the documents because they “show a pattern of fraud,” forgery and false notarizations.

    Read also at http://www.maxkeiser.com/2014/06/the-most-destructive-presidencies-in-u-s-history-george-w-bush-and-barack-h-obama/#Xi8up6PTqfCgwFMy.99


    via: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2014/04/nader-impeach-obama-libertarians-progressives-must-unite.html

    Nader: Impeach Obama … Libertarians and Progressives Must Unite
Posted on April 29, 2014 by WashingtonsBlog 

    In comments: Impeach Bush and Obama both. Impeach all the way back to Gore whose election was stolen by the “supreme” court, media, and the Bushs.

    via comments @ http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2014/04/president-carter-bush-didnt-win-2000.html

    via: http://markcrispinmiller.com/2013/08/obama-didnt-prosecute-bushcheney-out-of-fear-hed-end-up-like-paul-wellstone/


    IMPEACHMENT OF U.S. PRESIDENT ALBERT GORE, Jr._REF: U.S. Supreme Ct_Case No. 00-949,

    Constitutional Grounds for the Impeachment and Fraud Upon the Supreme Court, et al…

    (Editor’s note: Only when America’s legally elected president, Al Gore, is returned to office and subjected to required impeachment proceedings, can constitutional authority in the United States be re-established. Toward that end, all actions of the Bush (43) presidency are to be declared “null and void,” all treaties abrogated, all executive actions declared unlawful and all actions including but not limited to the establishment of the United States as a criminal empire undone. The subsequent election of Barak Obama as president thus has no legal standing. Gordon Duff and Lee Wanta)

    Before the Supreme Court of the United States





    COMMENT of U.S. Supreme Court Reporter Jeffrey Toobin :

”To know Justice O’Connor as I am privileged to do is to know that the word ‘regret’ never passes her lips,” Toobin said. ” Did she regret her vote in Bush v. Gore? Did she regret the Bush presidency? You bet she did, and you bet she does.” 20apr13

    ”Maybe the court should have said, ‘we’re not going to take it, goodbye,”‘ O’Connor told the Chicago Tribune editorial board, in reference to the controversial Bush v. Gore 
decision resolving a dispute over the 2000 election in George W. Bush’s favor. “It turned out the election authorities in Florida hadn’t done a real job there and kind of messed it up. And probably the Supreme Court added to the problem at the end of the day.”

    Maybe it is simple. Could the following work? Justice O’Connor, please reverse your past decision. Let’s see what happens.



    Final Word On U.S. Law Isn’t: Supreme Court Keeps Editing

    New York Times
Posted: 05/24/2014 5:29 pm EDT Updated: 05/24/2014 5:59 pm EDT


WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has been quietly revising its decisions years after they were issued, altering the law of the land without public notice. The revisions include “truly substantive changes in factual statements and legal reasoning,” said Richard J. Lazarus, a law professor at Harvard and the author of a new study examining the phenomenon

    I like this idea because we could correct the illegal 2000 election, return all the public interest laws (Bill of Rights, Privacy rights, Human Rights against Torture, habius corpus, even the 500 year old Magna Carta) that Bush now even fearful Obama have overturned, finally try to turn around dangerous climate change, and get dangerous fukushima entombed as Al Gore is a scientifically based realist and so would act 
as he has done for years as this is his life’s-work. Dennis Kucinich’s life’s-work of HR 2990 The NEED Act would provide the funding for jobs to reduce dangers of Climate Change and Fukushima now and for the many generations it will take to address. Ralph Nader’s life’s-work prepares him to successfully increase corporate and government accountability to the public citizen and so stop Fascism. Those are the best people who should be made able to do their important life’s work for all our safety.

That would be so good for the common good. I love it.


    via: http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2014/04/president-carter-bush-didnt-win-2000.html

President Carter: Bush Didn’t Win in 2000
Posted on April 9, 2014 by WashingtonsBlog

    In comments: See statistician Richard Charnin’s work: http://richardcharnin.com/ Richard Charnin (Truth Is All)


    Election Fraud (1968-2012) Quantitative Analysis and True Vote Models In 2000, 

    Al Gore won the 540,000 recorded votes (48.4-47.9%). But the unadjusted state exit polls (58,000 respondents) indicated he won by 50.8-44.4%, a 6 million vote margin. There were nearly 6 million uncounted votes.The True Vote Model had him winning by 51.5-44.7%. But the Supreme Court awarded the election to Bush (271-267 EV). In Florida, 185,000 ballots were uncounted. The following states flipped from Gore in the exit poll to Bush in the recorded vote: AL AR AZ CO FL GA MO NC TN TX VA. Gore would have won the election if he captured just one of the states. Democracy died in this election.”


This means Al Gore won Florida and also Al Gore won that long list of additional states including Texas, which then were flipped/stolen by the right wing e-voting, scanning, tabulating owned machines, in addition to the “supreme court”.

    Justice O’Connor reverse your past decision.

    Read more at http://www.maxkeiser.com/2014/06/the-most-destructive-presidencies-in-u-s-history-george-w-bush-and-barack-h-obama/#mUb7z2BfhPMRKDIh.99

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