“I’ll Have the Edward Snowden Room, Please”


On a recent business trip, I happened to have a 12-hour layover in the Moscow Sheremetyevo Airport. Without a Russian Visa, I couldn’t leave the airport and was virtually confined to temporary international limbo.

I secured a room at the small Capsule Hotel located inside the airport in Terminal E. Sound familiar?

It was hard to find. The hotel’s modest entrance is hidden in an unobtrusive corner of the airport you can easily miss. It doesn’t look like a hotel. It looks like a door to an employee lounge. It’s located right across from a glass-enclosed area where stranded travelers, with rumpled blankets and pillows, sleep on a matted floor waiting for their next day flights.

I was lucky to get a room for the night at around $114 USD. I asked the late night receptionist on duty whether this facilityimg_3754 was the same “Capsule Hotel” Edward Snowden stayed at when the U.S. government revoked his passport while en route to Ecuador, leaving him stuck in the Russian airport without valid travel documents.

“Yes,” she admitted, having probably been asked the same question at least a thousand times. It was almost midnight, but I was suddenly curious to see where this national security risk had spent six long weeks.

“I’ll have the Edward Snowden room, please,” I said. She didn’t say a word. Didn’t even crack a smile. Just handed me my room key. I will never know if it was “The” room, but it was the smallest little prison-like cell I’ve ever stayed overnight in. I couldn’t fathom being stuck there for over a month not even able to wander the terminal.

img_3747This past week I saw the Oliver Stone movie “Snowden” where they showed his Moscow Airport room. Yep, definitely like mine. It brought back memories of not only my own brief stay, but all that has happened since 2013 as a result of this brave man’s act.

If you haven’t seen the Snowden movie, I strongly encourage you to see it. Snowden is not some low-level hacker as initially painted by President Obama. This is a man who had very high level security clearances, as well as a strong sense of moral and ethical values. He wanted to do what he felt was right for his country.

No matter what side you fall on regarding his actions, you have to admit that Snowden not only changed our world, but also how the entire intelligence community now works. That’s an incredible accomplishment.

Here’s a list of a few things which came out of Snowden’s NSA surveillance leaks:

  1. The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CIISPA), an “information sharing” bill was indefinitely shelved. The intelligence community protested the hold-up, but the reconsideration of this privacy-destroying legislation was probably the most positive effect Snowden has had in Congress. The bill, which was universally condemned by civil liberties advocates when it passed the House in 2012 and 2013, would have given the NSA even more access to Americans’ personal data – along with more immunity to the companies who would have free reign to hand over that data to the spy agency.
  2. There were two-dozen reform bills which were introduced by elected representatives, recommending broad changes to the structure and power of the NSA. Consequently, the House passed a bill that would stop bulk collection of phone metadata. U.S. District Federal Court Judge Richard Leon said the NSA phone surveillance program was “unconstitutional”.
  3. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper had to admit he lied to Congress after being asked, under oath, if the NSA collected data on millions, or hundreds of millions, of Americans. (You can watch his actual false testimony in the film “Snowden”.)
  4. The big tech companies started fighting for user privacy rights, adding encryption measures for email after the revelation that the NSA was accessing company servers via its PRISM program. Ordinary internet users suddenly became aware that their personal privacy was being violated and began fighting back.
  5. News organizations, including The Guardian, adopted SecureDrop, an open-source whistleblower submission system from the Freedom of the Press Foundation.
  6. British spy agencies MI5 and GCHQ had never faced a public hearing in front of Parliament until Snowden’s stories were leaked. It was the first ever open intelligence hearing.
  7. Privacy suddenly became a business model for many start-ups and governments. The United Nations started an investigation into NSA and GCHQ practices and German prosecutors announced the opening of a criminal inquiry into bulk spying on Germany’s citizens, as well as the tapping of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s cell phone.

And the list goes on…

In the wake of the Snowden film, several human rights organizations are now demanding that President Obama pardon Snowden. The controversy is over the U.S. government wanting to try Snowden as a spy under the Espionage Act of 1917 instead of under the Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989, which protects federal whistleblowers who report agency misconduct. If tried as spy, the deck would certainly be stacked against him.

The Washington Post editorial was widely criticized by other journalists after declaring Snowden should not be pardoned. This is especially ironic since the Post won a Pulitzer Prize on the reporting of the Snowden leaks. The House Intelligence Committee also urged no pardon be given, even though they admit Snowden’s leaks brought about positive reform. So is he a traitor or a patriot hero?

The Guardian newspaper fought back claiming there is no known evidence that Snowden provided any NSA documents to a “foreign adversary”. He left it to The Guardian’s security experts to choose what to publish or not.

“I didn’t want to change society. I wanted to give society a chance to determine if it should change itself.” — Edward Snowden

Snowden will always go down in history as a catalyst for global change. We all needed to be awakened to government acts against its own citizens. Truth and transparency is the ultimate goal for any nation. It’s the true litmus test for evolutionary growth or a nation’s path towards self-destruction.

” A system that is built on lies and fabrications cannot triumph forever.” – Friedrich Hegel

Personally, I say: “Thank you Edward Snowden for helping raise our consciousness to the Truth.”

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Dr. Kathy Forti is a clinical psychologist, inventor of the Trinfinity8 technology, and author of the book, Fractals of God: A Psychologist’s Near-Death Experience and Journeys Into the Mystical

New Answers for Strange Hum Heard Worldwide

montauknoisesFor three nights in a row I heard the Hum in my Santa Monica, California home. It always started after 10PM and would finally stop sometime around 5AM. Relentless and pulsing, devoid of any unusual pattern, it made it impossible to fall asleep, even for someone who rarely has a sleep problem.

When the Hum failed to stop after a reasonable amount of time, I got up and searched my home looking to see if it was coming from a refrigerator, electronic device, or possibly a malfunctioning smoke alarm, which was not the case.

I stepped outside and continued to hear it, yet slightly louder. I even walked down the block to check for car alarms. Nothing. I wondered why my neighbors weren’t also poking their heads out their windows trying to locate the source of the annoying Hum. Certainly, they had to be hearing it, too. The next day I found one other neighbor who admitted to hearing it. He told me he didn’t know what it was either, but it was driving him crazy.

When it happened the second night, around the same time, I put on my Sennheiser sound cancelling earphones. While it served to muffle the Hum, it didn’t totally get rid of it. My body still felt it. I was certain it wasn’t coming from inside my own head, or the earphones wouldn’t muffle it. I’ve never had any auditory conditions or tinnitus, so that was quickly ruled out. I didn’t have a clue what the source of  the Hum might be but, like my neighbor, it was driving me crazy as well.

By day two I got on the internet to see if others in the Santa Monica area had reported hearing the strange Hum. I was astounded to learn “The Hum” phenomenon has been experienced around the world and no one has been able to completely explain it either.

In 2012 someone even started The World Hum Map showing the greatest concentration of reported Hum incidents occurring inhummap1 the US and UK. Some speculated that the strange Hum was due to cellphone towers or high power radio frequency transmissions from the government’s HAARP (High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program), but these programs weren’t in existence when the Hum was first documented in the late 1960s.

The Hum was first reported by about 800 people living around Bristol, England. Bristol is near RAF Menwith Hill, a Royal Air Force spy station. It just so happens that in the 1960’s the National Security Agency (NSA) began the ECHELON Interception system, a worldwide surveillance program at RAF Menwith Hill. The NSA used the base to spy on foreign governments, which they were legally incapable of doing domestically on US soil.

It wasn’t until the late 1980s that the Hum first appeared in the United States near Taos, New Mexico. This area has been home to many covert military mind-control and psy-op programs (i.e. MKULTRA), some arising out of the weapons lab at Los Alamos.

Perhaps the Hum’s emergence near RAF Menwith Hill in the 1960s and Taos in the 1980s is merely coincidence. However, possessing a research background in sound frequencies, I instinctively knew when I first heard the Hum that it was a very low-frequency (VLF) radio wave (between 3 kHz and 30 kHz). The world’s military powers use massive land-based and airborne transmitters on these frequencies in order to communicate with submerged submarines. Radio waves at these frequencies can penetrate up to a solid inch of aluminum.

It also has not escaped my attention that Santa Monica is home to the SPERRY RAND Corporation—a security think-tank that has “conducted innumerable studies, often with world-changing results, involving technologies both military and civilian.” The Rand Corporation holds patents to very low-frequency wave generators and VLF transmitting antennas—probably to conduct those “military” studies. One only needs to Google the Rand Corp and VLF to easily find this information.

I know that sonic weaponry exists and has been used by the US and other countries to both excite and calm down individuals as well as for crowd control. The residual effect upon the nervous system is usually generalized anxiety. As one source reports: “These weapons produce both psychological and physical effects. They include highly directional devices which can transmit painful audible sound into an individual’s ear at great distances and infrasonic generators which can shoot acoustic projectiles hundreds of meters causing a blunt impact upon a target.”

Sonic weaponry affects everyone. Even if it’s inaudible, the body still feels it. While animals can more easily hear and react to low frequencies, they claim only two percent of the human population is able to hear them (lucky me), predominantly those between the ages of 55 – 70, as if old age is somehow responsible. My next door neighbor heard the Hum and he is 34. Unfortunately, I had no opportunity to poll my other neighbors to learn who did or did not hear the strange Hum. Just as I was getting ready to record it on the 4th night, it disappeared and thankfully has not been heard since.

It is certainly understandable how in 2010 Time Magazine listed The Hum as the 7th most annoying sound in the world and LiveScience featured it in their ‘Top 10 Unexplained Phenomenon.”  I’m reasonably sure covert forces are somehow complicit in The Hum phenomenom. The more important question is always “why”?


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Dr. Kathy Forti is a clinical psychologist, inventor of the Trinfinity8 technology, and author of the book, Fractals of God: A Psychologist’s Near-Death Experience and Journeys Into the Mystical