In the first half, renowned investigative journalist and author Mark Hertsgaard discussed his latest work on whistleblowers like former NSA workers Edward Snowden and Thomas Drake, who refused to back down in the face of increasingly ferocious official retaliation. Wanting to reveal the extent of NSA surveillance and mismanagement, ten years before Snowden, Drake tried to bring the information out through legal channels, and was arrested, charged with espionage, and his career and finances were destroyed. Hertsgaard named a new source, dubbed "the Third Man," John Crane, a former assistant inspector general of the Department of Defense, who confirmed how Pentagon officials repeatedly broke the law to persecute Tom Drake. Even after all he went through, 'I would not bargain with the truth,' Drake has stated.
Hertsgaard noted the strategic and ethical similarities between the whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg from the Nixon era, and Snowden. However, Ellsberg had to spend countless hours making xeroxes of documents at a copy shop, while Snowden was able to transfer materials quickly onto laptops and thumb drives. For people out there who are considering blowing the whistle, he suggested contacting the Government Accountability Project, a non-profit organization based in Washington, DC that can advise you on what your options are, how to go about whistleblowing, and ways to protect yourself.
In the latter half, co-founder of the Applied Precognition Project (APP), Marty Rosenblatt, talked about remote viewing with a focus on gleaning information from the future, to use in financial markets and sports betting, and as part of a consciousness paradigm shift. He defined remote viewing as "a gathering of information from distant places and distance in time, including the past and the future" by using capabilities of consciousness not currently accepted by our society. Precognition is indeed real and has been studied by various scientists, and is demonstrated in the quantum mechanics notion of non-locality-- instantly connecting distant places, he noted.
The primary focus of the APP is to apply remote viewing techniques to wagering in either sporting events or financial markets. By using events with a specific time frame, predictions can be easily tracked for hits and misses, Rosenblatt explained. The remote viewing task has to be very specific, he continued. The viewer is asked to describe and sketch the 'photo site' that will be seen tomorrow after the market closes, for instance, with the photo site being what your normal senses could pick up at the time the image was taken, such as a whale moving up or down (to represent the market or specific stock moving up or down). APP is hosting a conference in June in Las Vegas that will combine remote viewing with wagering.