William W. Keller Ph.D. worked as a security analyst for the US Congress for ten years and has held the highest security clearances. In the first half, he spoke about the creation of the "Security Industrial Complex," an "internal security state-within-the-state" fueled by tech companies, private security firms, and the intelligence community, and how it's intruding on civil liberties to an unprecedented extent. This complex has really expanded post 9-11, he pointed out, and includes lesser known organizations such as the Bureau of Intelligence at the State Dept. and the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, as well as commercial companies like Google, Apple, AT&T, and Verizon, who've been very complicit in conducting surveillance on American citizens.
"The sheer size and the magnitude of the surveillance security state is really unprecedented," he continued, noting that some 1.5 million Americans have top security clearances. Given the small number of terrorist attacks in the US since 9-11, he believes the country is overspending and overreacting to such threats, and citizens' privacy and freedom have taken a hit because of it, as security is prioritized over liberty. To preserve our democracy, Keller suggested that the Security Industrial Complex should be ramped down to 2001 levels. "We're a lot smarter than we were (before 9-11)," he remarked, "but we don't need to be organizing large parts of our government around this. We don't need to be engaging in endless foreign wars to track down the last terrorist."
Research laser physicist William Arntz used proceeds from the sale of his software company to write, produce and co-direct the movie What the BLEEP do we know? He and modern day mystic, Deidre Hade, who has spent her life communicating with the unseen, discussed their journeys exploring the intersections of the spiritual and the physical, as well as their latest work on the role of surprise. Hade began to see energy at a very early age, but she never understood why until her mother, poet Katherine Blumer Hade, was diagnosed with advanced breast cancer when Deirdre was sixteen. Together, the two women began developing a method of energy work they coined Radiance Healing, which Deidre believes led her mother to live thirteen years longer than expected.
Arntz talked about how quantum values refer to a kind of instantaneity, in which states can suddenly change, such as when a person goes from being sick to healed. In their new book, "The (not so) Little Book of Surprises," Hade and Arntz deal with living in the moment, finding your center, and feeling and sensing the future that is coming-- a kind of clairvoyance or intuition that can inform good decision making. The book, which contains spiritual artwork by Endre Balogh, can be used kind of like an oracle or the I Ching, Arntz explained, with someone opening a random page, and getting a meditation for the day.
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