The Israel Deception

Is the return of Israel in the 20th century truly a work of God, or is it a result of a cosmic chess move to deceive the elect by the adversary?

Monday, March 13, 2017

New report shows that Bitcoin is not a primary currency for terrorist funding and money laundering

As a modern day axiom likes to say, 'Don't steal, the government hates competition.'.  And this is exactly why both governments and central banks despise monetary forms and systems that are outside their control.

Bitcoin of course was created to be a completely de-centralized form of money through which governments and central banks could not destroy using their well oiled processes of monetary expansion, devaluation, and inflation.  And now that it has become an ever growing part of the mainstream, one of their new fears is that because they cannot control its price in the open markets, Bitcoin is acting in the aspect that gold used to by revealing how insolvent the dollar and other world currencies really are.

So if governments and central banks are unable to control, regulate, manipulate, or even co-opt the crypto-currency, this leaves one final arrow in their quiver to try to dissuade the masses from moving into it.  And that of course is propaganda.

Over the past few years governments have used their controlled mainstream press to try to label Bitcoin as the currency of drug dealers, money launderers, and of course, terrorist groups.  But a new report out on March 2 shows that in fact the use of Bitcoin in financing terrorism or in laundering money for illicit groups is nothing more than a canard.

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Ever since bitcoin started gaining popularity, claims have been made as to how this “anonymous” currency facilitates terrorist financing. That has always been a very disturbing claim, even though there was never any solid evidence to back up these claims by any means. In fact, this particular UK report goes to show how cryptocurrency is not used by terrorists, and most likely never will. 
It is evident government officials overreact when they are greeted with new and innovative technologies. Particularly when these innovations take place in the financial sector. Terrorist financing has been a thorn in the side of government officials for quite some time now, yet they are no step closer to finding out where the money is coming from. Blaming bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies for this issue is a logical conclusion, even though officials are incapable of providing this is happening. - The Merkel
Ironically over the past few years, it has been proven that it is more likely that highly regulated global banks participate in money laundering, illicit activities, and aiding in terrorist funding far more than any other type of alternative banking or currency mechanisms.  And there is even one report that suggests that the major Western banks would have gone insolvent if it weren't for their participation in laundering money for the drug cartels during the 2008 financial crisis.

The rise of Bitcoin has almost moved in tandem with the rise of populism and the growing rejection of fascist government controls and central bank monetary destruction.  And when you include the growing rebellion coming against the mainstream media, who are today seen as little more than a propaganda arm of each, the labeling of Bitcoin as a currency for criminals by governments no longer holds any water, and the facts are now coming out to prove it.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

As central banks lose control over inflation, and manipulation of metals slowly ends, what is the real price of gold and silver

In the late 1970's central banks lost control over inflation forcing New York Fed President Paul Volker to push for a boosting of interest rates beginning in 1978.  In fact, during a six month period in that year, rates were increased 2% to a level of 9%, only to find out that inflation still continued to climb.

A year later inflation was raging at a level of 13%, and following President Jimmy Carter's firing of several people in his cabinet, declining confidence in the dollar led to gold shooting up an unprecedented $300 an ounce in a short amount of time.

Gold of course would go on to reach a then historic high of around $850 per ounce until Volker, who would become the next Chairman of the Fed under President Ronald Reagan, took the ultimate step of raising rates from 9% to 20% between late 1979 and 1981.

The moral of this story is that once inflation gets away from central bankers, only a move of raising interest rates to extreme levels will have any chance of taming the inflation monster, but at a cost to the general economy, as well as the stock markets.

Fast forward to 2017...

On March 10 central bankers in Japan and Europe both hinted that they may now be forced to end their policies of ZIRP and could soon commence on monetary policies of raising rather than lowering interest rates because the inflation they have been masking for the past nine years has begun to rise precipitously similar to what occurred in the U.S. economy during the 1970's.  Added to this was what the market titled 'Bond King' Bill Gross said about the 10-year Treasury, that if it reaches and stays above 2.6% it will mean armageddon for almost everything.
Investors need to watch only one number in 2017 to figure out what returns are going to look like across the various markets, bond guru Bill Gross said Tuesday. 
Whether the 10-year Treasury yield crosses the 2.6 percent mark will be critical both to the bond market and to stock prices, the fund manager at Janus Capital wrote in his monthly report for clients. The yield was around 2.39 percent Tuesday morning. Higher yields reduce a bond's face value. 
"If 2.6 percent is broken on the upside ... a secular bear bond market has begun," Gross said. "Watch the 2.6 percent level. Much more important than Dow 20,000. Much more important than $60-a-barrel oil. Much more important than dollar/euro parity at 1.00. It is the key to interest rate levels and perhaps stock prices in 2017."
Gross said the 10-year yield has been in a downward trend line since 1987. If that channel is broken, look out. 
"Investment happiness and/or despair may lie ahead over the next 12 months depending on it," he said. - CNBC

This week will see at least two, if not three or more important financial, economic, and political events occur that will have tangible effects on interest rates, inflation, gold and silver, as well as the overall economy.  These include but are not limited to:  The debt ceiling vote, the Fed's FOMC meeting and announcement, and elections in the Netherlands which could bring another anti-euro and anti-EU candidate to a presidency.

All if this of course is almost meaningless in regards to the potential of inflation moving into a higher gear no matter what the central bank does monetarily, and the Congress does fiscally.  Because through our 100 year plus virtual fiat currency system, where the purchasing power of the dollar has lost over 97% of its value, what would the price of gold and silver be if that inflation completely disconnects from any chance of central bank or government control?

Earlier today on March 12, Matterhorn Capital Management head Egon Von Greyerz laid out a chart of what the actual price of gold and silver should be today using dollar terms if the cost of inflation had been, and was allowed to effect money and asset prices.  And in his charts going back 300 years of actual inflation (not reported or manipulated), then gold today would be around $14000 in 1980 dollars, and silver above $650.
The 300-year chart of gold adjusted for real inflation shows that gold is now at the bottom of the range. Even more interestingly, the $850 top in January 1980, adjusted for inflation, would be $14,463 today.
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The 300-year silver price chart, adjusted for real inflation confirms that the 1980 $50 top would be $669 today. - News.gold-eagle
300 year silver price

Many will say that these prices are absurd, and that central banks will always have the ability to control and manipulate gold and silver markets, as well as obfuscate the reporting of real inflation.  But all one has to do is look back to 2008 when they had to come hat in hand for a taxpayer bailout to save the entire global financial system, or in 1980 when it took extreme measures that are impossible for them to do today regarding interest rates because of how high the U.S. and global debt levels are, and you will see that if the scenario of out of control inflation is already set, then it is only a matter of time now before they lose control over all prices and assets, and gold and silver will very quickly spring back to their equilibrium true values that will not just leave the metals unaffordable, but damn well completely priceless.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Fed gold cycle number three: Severe pullback and selloffs before next rate hike on March 15

As we enter into the coming week of expected turmoil and potential extreme chaos in the economic and geo-political worlds, one asset appears to be following the same path it did just prior to Federal Reserve rate hikes that took place in December of both 2015 and 2016.

Leading up to the first rate hike in nearly a decade back in Dec. of 2015, the gold price was taken down under the expectation that higher interest rates would be an anathema for the precious metal.  And for a short time following the hike in rates, gold did indeed drop to a multi-year low of $1048 before subsequently skyrocketing to $1250, and later $1380 in 2016.

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Then following the 2016 Presidential elections in November we began to see this same cycle occur as expectations of a another interest rate hike by the Fed in December rise in probability.  And sure enough gold was taken down into the $1100's before moving back up near the beginning of 2017.

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And now in March of 2017 we stand on the cusp of another rate hike by the Fed, expected to occur from their meeting on March 15.  And like clockwork since the probability of an increase in interest rates shot up in late February, gold has been slowly declining for a month leading up to the decision.


Three cycles all occurring with the same price action for gold.  Which means that if the historic trends continue as they have for the two previous rate hikes in December of 2015 and 2016 respectively, we can expect the gold price to rebound within a couple of weeks after the March 15 decision.

Silicon Valley is expecting government to take care of unemployed as they replace millions of workers with robots

Technology, automation, and the elimination of jobs is nothing new, and has been around since the beginning of time.  However today the world is suddenly coming upon a threshold in which there are few natural horizons through which workers who lose their jobs to innovation can have something they can transition into.

Ie... when the automobile replaced the horse and buggy at the beginning of the 20th century, workers in that industry could retrain themselves to labor on the assembly lines of the new one.

But there are very few 'new industries' being created, with most of the automation being simply about replacing workers to do the same jobs that are currently available.  Drivers are being replaced by automated cars, fast food workers are being replaced with order kiosks and robot cooks, and 3-D printers are just now beginning to replace construction workers in the building of homes.

In fact, it is being estimated that by 2035, up to 75% of all current jobs could and will be replaced by robots or some other form of automation.  And without some completely new innovation that would require the use of human labor and intellect beyond what a robot could do itself, how will hundreds of millions if not billions of people sustain themselves without a viable means to earn a living?

Since Silicon Valley is one of the primary drivers behind this rush into automation, corporations like Alphabet (Google), Apple, and Tesla give little thought as to the plight of the average American, instead pushing for replacing these workers with cheaper foreign labor until robots, AI, and other technologies can eliminate them altogether.  And as a result there will one day soon be hundreds of millions of angry and restless workers with nothing to do, little purpose, and plenty of time to build up the momentum for civil unrest the likes of that no government has ever seen.

But of course the brains at these multi-national corporations have a solution to this problem... and it involves the government simply adding everyone to the welfare teat at a time when their coffers are completely insolvent.

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Silicon Valley will be watching closely. As job loss due to automation becomes more of a foregone conclusion, pressure is likely to build on the tech industry to help usher in policies that will address it. 
Elon Musk, who promised that all of Tesla's new vehicles will be capable of driving fully autonomously sometime this year, admitted recently that he thinks universal basic income will be necessary. Eliminating driving roles alone would wipe out 2 million jobs in the U.S., increasing unemployment by 6 percent. - INC
The saddest part for the average American is that most are ill prepared to do anything but accept a decline to their standard of living, and to suffer through the ultimate shame of being on the public dole for the rest of their lives.  The U.S. education system, which 40 years ago was in the top 5 in the industrialized world, is now languishing in the bottom 30 as many high school as well as college graduates can't function beyond an 8th grade level.  And as the future of jobs and entrepreneurialship moves onto the internet and away from the factory floor, few will have the skills or talents to seize upon these opportunities to try to build a life through the necessary paradigm shift which is in the creation of multiple streams of income.

For the most part, human labor has always been considered cheap and disposable, and those in power and who have reached the pinnacle of success rarely consider the plight of those who struggle to simply survive and wrest a decent living during their productive years.  And whether it is in the slaves and citizens forced to build the Egyptian pyramids or Great Wall of China, or those who were treated as criminals by the Rockefellers when they didn't work hard enough in the coal mines of Appalachia during the latter part of the 19th century, the destruction of the working class in favor of automation will only result in the destruction of a society no matter how much free money or 'basic incomes' a government deems to provide them.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Bitcoin price flash crashes as SEC rejects application for a Bitcoin ETF

In a move that should have seen holders of Bitcoin rejoice rather than panic, the SEC on March 10 rejected the Winklevoss twins application to create a Bitcoin ETF, which would have seriously harmed the crypto-currency by financializing it under Wall Street control.

Yet because Bitcoin has become the primary crypto-currency of choice, easily winning out over other digital forms such as Etherium, Dash, and Monero, its volatility is extraordinary since it has already become partially financialized via Bitcoin exchanges.

And thus when the news broke we saw the price in USD fall nearly $300 down to $978.


After much anticipation (and a spike to record highs earlier today), The SEC has decided to reject the Winklevoss application for a Bitcoin ETF. 
The SEC premise appears to be the unregulated natuire of the underlying: 
Based on the record before it, the Commission believes that the significant markets for bitcoin are unregulated. 
Therefore, as the Exchange has not entered into, and would currently be unable to enter into, the type of surveillance-sharing agreement that has been in place with respect to all previously approved commodity-trust ETPs—agreements that help address concerns about the potential for fraudulent or manipulative acts and practices in this market - the Commission does not find the proposed rule change to be consistent with the Exchange Act. - Zerohedge
The irony is that Bitcoin should have gone higher rather than flash crash because supporters of the crypto-currency desperately want to keep it out of the hands of Wall Street, banks, and government regulators.  However, when we look at how activities taken by the Chinese government last month could cause the same type of volatility to the price of Bitcoin as today's ruling did, the question needs to be asked if the digital money has not already been corrupted to the point in centralization that it no longer provides the wealth protection and security that were the platforms that made Bitcoin unique.

The Live Free or Die state of New Hampshire looking at passing bill to de-regulate Bitcoin

Out of all the states in the Union, New Hampshire has long been known as the Northern rebel to the Federalization of the country that came following the end of the Civil War.  And with a state of motto of 'Live free or die', pockets of capitalists and anarcho-capitalists have flourished in New Hampshire as the state's laissez-faire mindset has allowed for more economic freedom than most.

So perhaps it is not surprising that the locale that was one of the original 'primordial soups' around the world for Bitcoin expansion is now pushing through legislation that would completely de-regulate the crypto-currency, and in essence promote its use in banking, commerce, and peer-to-peer financial transactions.

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Graphic use courtesy of Coin Telegraph
HB 436 was introduced, drafted and proposed by Keith Ammon, Barbara Biggie and John Hunt, who are early adopters and supporters of Bitcoin. In fact, Keith Ammon introduced many people to Bitcoin as early as May 2011, when Bitcoin wasn’t legal. 
Hunt played an important role in getting the bill passed by the House of Representatives, as he brought the bill out of committee, defended it with Ammon and ultimately convinced the House to pass the bill. Ammon is particularly dedicated to passing the bill in the state of New Hampshire due to his involvement with the New Hampshire Liberty Alliance, a nonpartisan coalition formed to increase individual freedom. 
One of the main arguments presented by Hunt and Ammon when defending the bill was that if the US government doesn’t consider Bitcoin as legal tender, it shouldn’t fall under the regulatory guidance designed for money transmission services or products. The bill read: 
“‘Virtual currency’” means a digital representation of value that can be digitally traded and functions as a medium of exchange, a unit of account, or a store of value but does not have legal tender status as recognized by the United States government.” 
If the bill is passed by the Senate within 60 days, or two months, New Hampshire residents will be able to utilize Bitcoin without being subjected to tight money transmission regulations or policies. While it is still unclear if this would allow businesses to refrain from collecting user identity and data for KYC regulations and AML purposes, it will grant users in New Hampshire financial freedom and privacy. - Coin Telegraph

Thursday, March 9, 2017

With the gold to silver ratio over 70:1, exchanging gold for silver is an inexpensive way to start accumulating your stack

Contrary to much of the mainstream rhetoric given by brokers and mutual fund managers on how to grow your investments, one of the best and most inexpensive ways to accumulate wealth is by using the divergence between two precious metals to expand your assets.

Thanks to the U.S. government changing gold and silver from money to a commodity in 1971, the historic ratio of 10:1 or 15:1 has become broken due to the financialization of precious metals.  And it is through this mechanism that individuals can use the skewed ratio to their own advantage.

On March 9 the gold to silver ratio is now above 70:1, with the price of gold being approximately $1202 and the price of silver being around $17.18.  This means of course that it doesn't matter if gold is undervalued in relation to the dollar or other fiat currencies, but rather that silver is extremely undervalued in relation to gold.

24 hour gold silver ratio chart

So how does using the gold to silver ratio to your advantage work?  When the ratio is above 50:1 as it is now and has been several times over the past two decades, it is time to exchange a portion (large or small... it is all dependent upon your appetite) of your gold for silver.  And likewise when the ratio then starts to fall down from a high to one that is below 50:1, the opposite is in effect where you exchange your silver stack for gold.

Example:  5 ounces of gold minus a premium cost (average) of $2.29 for each silver ounce allows for an exchange of approximately 309 ounces.

Now let's look at the historic chart for the gold to silver ratio since 1971 and see how many nexus points allow for a profitable exchange of one metal for the other.


Over the course of the past 35 years, there have been at least eight different cycles in which it would be profitable to exchange gold for silver or vice-versa when the ratio's reversed from one level to its opposite.  (These are approximate estimates based on the above chart)

1973 - 1977   - Silver for gold when ratio went from 43:1 to 23:1
1977 - 1979   - Gold for silver when ratio went from 23:1 to 18:1
1979 - 1982   - Silver for gold when ratio went from 18:1 to 56:1
1982 - 1984   - Gold for silver when ratio went from 56:1 to 37:1
1984 - 1991   - Gold for silver when ratio went from 18:1 to 98:1
1991 - 1998   - Silver for gold when ratio went from 98:1 to 42:1
1998 - 2004   - Gold for silver when ratio went from 42:1 to 79:1
2004 - 2008   - Silver for gold when ratio went from 79:1 to 50:1
2008 - 2008   - Gold for silver when ratio went from 50:1 to 80:1
2008 - 2011   - Silver for gold when ratio went from 80:1 to 38:1
2011 - 2016/17   - Gold for gold silver when ratio when from 38:1 to today's 70:1

One would need to look back at the historic prices of both gold and silver to determined exactly the premium costs for each exchange, as well as the amounts of metal one would accumulate through each cycle.  But over the course of the past 35 years that original 5 ounces of gold would very likely have grown to 20-30 ounces or more, and your silver stack would be close to 2000 at the time of your most recent exchange here in 2017.

Russian bank follows Japan's lead in bypassing the dollar through connecting to China's CIPS system for interbank settlement

Last month, several Japanese banks took the unprecedented step in bypassing SWIFT and the dollar by connecting directly to China's CIPS platform for interbank settlement.  Now on March 9, Russia is following suit as one of their largest banks announced today that they are officially connecting to CIPS to conduct their own interback settlement with China that will no longer require intervention with the global reserve currency.

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Russia's VTB Bank has been successfully connected to Chinese-based Cross-Border Inter-Bank Payments System (CIPS), the bank said on Wednesday. 
"VTB has been linked up to the system via correspondent banks and has successfully completed test operations in late 2015. We are monitoring the development of the introduction of the next phase of the CIPS, which is supposed to increase the operational efficiency of transactions," VTB's press office said in a statement. - Sputnik News
China officially opened their CIPS messaging platform last October as a way to both expand internationalization of the RMB, and to allow for much easier processing between nations in their bi-lateral trade agenda.  And over time the cost savings for both sides of the trade equation will be significant since trade partners will no longer be required to pay currency swaps to SWIFT in their having to buy dollars to act as a medium of exchange.

As more and more nations find direct bi-lateral trade a better and more equitable way of conducting commerce between economies, the less need there will be for countries to have to buy dollars to function in antiquated trade models.  And at the leading edge of this is China, who through coalitions such as the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and Silk Road projects are steadily expanding the idea of direct trade, and in the natural currencies held by each respective partner.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

The CME Group's leaving the London Silver Fix could forecast the end of silver manipulation by end of the year

Last Friday night we published an article on the bombshell news that the CME Group (Chicago Mercantile Exchange) and Thomson-Reuters was leaving their position as the platform for facilitating the daily 'Silver fix' for the London Bullion Market Association (LBMA).  But what was left out of this was why the two entities would choose to leave this obligation with two years still remaining on their contract.

Now on March 7, more pieces of the puzzle may be coming out as metals analyst Bix Weir came up with some further documentation of an event that is to take place on Jan. 1, 2018 which involves new regulations from the European Union that will make it harder to rig financial markets, including that of Libor, Forex, and obviously precious metals.

The European Commission proposed a draft Regulation “on indices used as benchmarks in financial instruments and financial contracts”(Benchmarks Regulation) in September 2013 in the wake of the manipulation of various benchmarks. On 24 November 2015, the European Parliament and the Council reached a preliminary political agreement on a compromise text of the Benchmarks Regulation, an agreement that was confirmed on 9 December 2015 by the Permanent Representatives Committee of the Council of the European Union. The European Parliament voted and approved the text of the Benchmarks Regulation in its plenary session on 28 April 2016. The Council adopted the same text on 17 May 2016. The text of the Benchmarks Regulation was published in the European Official Journal on 29 June 2016, and entered into force the following day. It is entering into application on 1 January 2018. - ESMA
It is the use of 'benchmarks' rather than having the market itself establish prices for gold, silver, and other assets that has allowed central banks and their primary dealers to manipulate nearly every market, and made price discovery completely irrelevant when it comes to determining the true value of a given asset.

Whether the sudden exit by the CME Group and Thomson-Reuters from their contract with the LBMA is due to recognizing that the writing on the wall for the ending of the manipulation of silver is still to be seen, but with new potential crises coming onto the scene in both Europe and the U.S.'s financial systems, the possibility that the central banks will soon no longer be able to rig asset prices could come as soon as the start of next year.

Vault 7 Wikileaks revelations look like something straight out of a Jason Bourne movie

They say that the establishment uses Hollywood and other media platforms to drop hints on programs they are involved in, or things they want to slowly desensitize the public on to prepare them for the day when paradigm shifting events will be revealed.  And whether this is in regards to a dystopian future where there world is run by corporations rather than by sovereign governments (Tekken, Highlander 2), or where technology replaces human labor in many if not all facets of society (I, Robot), the fact is that much of what the future reveals for society has already been imagined or purposely pushed into the mainstream through the use of books, movies, and other media.

So when on March 7 Wikileaks unveiled its newest and perhaps most earth shattering data dump on the activities of the CIA, one could not be far off in believing they were watching a Jason Bourne movie coming to life through the information held in Vault 7.

Operation Treadstone through Operation Iron Hand

One of the revelations made in yesterday's Wikileaks data dumps was the fact that the CIA used their consulate in Frankfurt Germany as an operations center for cyber-hacking programs that quite possible even included renditions .

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In addition to its operations in Langley, Virginia the CIA also uses the U.S. consulate in Frankfurt as a covert base for its hackers covering Europe, the Middle East and Africa. CIA hackers operating out of the Frankfurt consulate ( "Center for Cyber Intelligence Europe" or CCIE) are given diplomatic ("black") passports and State Department cover. 
The instructions for incoming CIA hackers make Germany's counter-intelligence efforts appear inconsequential: "Breeze through German Customs because you have your cover-for-action story down pat, and all they did was stamp your passport" - Zerohedge

Renditions against civilians, including a journalist from the Guardian Newspaper

In the third installment of the Jason Bourne series, a journalist from The Guardian newspaper had stumbled upon the secret and illegal programs being done by the CIA in regards to Treadstone.  And through their massive data mining and surveillance of all communications in the UK and other places around the world, they pieced together who the reporter was, and subsequently ordered his death.

Now flashback four years ago to June 18, 2013 when Rolling Stones reporter was killed in a car accident when his vehicle suddenly and without warning accelerated to nearly 100 mph and where it appears someone had taken over control of his car's electronic system to have him killed while 'looking' like an accident.

And what was Michael Hastings investigating at the time of his sudden death?  The CIA's Director John Brennan.
A day after Hastings’ death, Robin Abcarian of the Los Angeles Times reported Hastings had been investigating CIA Director John Brennan at the time of his demise. Within hours, her colleague Brian Bennett contradicted her story claiming Hastings had been researching Florida socialite Jill Kelley instead. 
A few days later, LA Times reporter Andrew Blankstein debunked Bennett’s article and confirmed Hastings had been investigating CIA Director John Brennan at the time of his death. Although Bennett’s article is full of false information, the editorial staff has refused to make any corrections. 
Less than a year before Hastings’ death, Wikileaks posted a series of hacked emails taken from the private intelligence firm Strategic Forecasting (Stratfor), including an email stating, “Brennan is behind the witch hunts of investigative journalists.” - Free Thought Project
And of course now we now from the Wikileaks data from Vault 7 the CIA has perfected malware that is able to not only take control over a vehicle's electronic system, but that it allows the agency to commit assassinations without detection.
As of October 2014 the CIA was also looking at infecting the vehicle control systems used by modern cars and trucks. 
The purpose of such control is not specified, but it would permit the CIA to engage in nearly undetectable assassinations.
CIA breaking the law by spying on, and conducting operations against U.S. citizens on domestic soil

In nearly every Bourne movie the CIA at certain points was conducting operations not only on U.S. soil in violation of their charter, but also against U.S. citizens whom they determined to be a threat either to the United States itself, or to the secrecy of their illegal programs.  And in the third Bourne movie we find several U.S. citizens who had been summarily killed without due process.

In 2013 the liberal Washington Post expressed outrage after the revelation that the Justice Department had investigated the news gathering activities of a Fox News reporter as a potential crime in a probe of classified leaks.  The reporter, Fox News’ James Rosen and his family, were part of an investigation into government officials anonymously leaking information to journalists. Rosen was not charged. However, his movements and actions were tracked. 
* Also in 2013, members of the Associated Press were also a target of the surveillance.  The ultra liberal New Yorker even noted that “In moderate and liberal circles, at least, the phone-records scandal, partly because it involves the dear old A.P. and partly because it raises anew the specter of Big Brother, may well present the most serious threat to Obama’s reputation.” 
* Sharyl Attkisson reported her personal computer and CBS laptop were hacked in 2014. This occured after she began filing stories about Benghazi that were unflattering to the Obama administration.  A source who checked her laptop said the hacker used spyware “proprietary to a government agency,” according to an article in the New York Post. - The Black Sphere
Additionally, one has to wonder if the one or more CIA insiders who provided Wikileaks this treasure trove of information didn't represent in part the character of Jason Bourne, who grew a conscience after waking up from the programming he had endured in becoming a covert operative and trained assassin.

They say truth is stranger than fiction, but many times the idea of what eventually becomes fact was dreamed up somewhere in a plot line of a movie, or the storyline of a book.  And it is amazing how often bombshell revelations like this new one from Wikileaks can mirror something dreamed up in Hollywood or at Barnes and Noble, unless those books and films themselves were produced by the very individuals and agencies who would eventually be discovered to have done exactly what those movies implied.