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REAL NEWS March 02

Posted by Xaniel777 on March 2, 2012

TODAY’S NEWS : March 02, 2012

 

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US Total War: ‘Martial law at home, hawks over Iran’

 

Uploaded by  on Mar 1, 2012

 

Controversial detentions could soon be commonplace in the U.S. – with the National Defense Authorisation Act coming into effect Thursday ( March 01 ).

The law, that many fear spells the end of American democracy, grants the government and the military unprecedented powers to detain US citizens indefinitely, without trial. All this is happening against the backdrop of ramped up anti-Iranian rhetoric from Washington. Film director Sean Stone, who recently made headlines for publicly embracing Islam, has told RT the timing is no coincidence.

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HR 347: How did another assault on our rights slip through without anybody noticing?

Veterans Today

From Veterans Today

 March 1st, 2012 

Congress passes bill severely curtailing civil liberties

             Confronting the Israel Lobby

by Alison Weir

H.R.347, the `Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011′ has just been passed.

This makes it a federal offense, with imprisonment of at least up to one year, for any “unauthorized” person to enter or remain in a building — or the grounds — where the Secret Service is present or where there is an “an event designated as a special event of national significance.”

In other words, it is now a felony to have a demonstration near presidential candidates or a visiting head of state such as Benjamin Netanyahu. In fact, it is a felony to even be on the grounds where they are temporarily visiting, say at a campaign stop – even if you don’t yet know that this has now become an off-limits area.

By the way among events that have been “designated as a special event of national significance” are the Super Bowl and the Democratic and Republican National Conventions.

The bill passed 388-to-3. Now it awaits Obama’s no doubt willing signature – just in time for the AIPAC convention, which starts this weekend.

I’m going to be on a panel on Saturday in conjunction with the Occupy AIPAC conference. The next day there will be protests against AIPAC buying our government — Obama and Romney are among those who will be pledging their allegiance to Israel.

If anyone strays too near the DC Convention Center, where this is being held, they will be subject to this new law if Obama has signed it by then. Perhaps this should be called the “Protect Netanyahu from Rae Abileah” bill.

The text of the bill is below. Below that is how our representatives voted.

For more discussion see: Goodbye, First Amendment: ‘Trespass Bill’ will make protest illegal

H.R.347 and this compendium of articles.

One Hundred Twelfth Congress of the United States of America

AT THE SECOND SESSION

Begun and held at the City of Washington on Tuesday,

the third day of January, two thousand and twelve

An Act

To correct and simplify the drafting of section 1752 (relating to restricted buildings or grounds) of title 18, United States Code.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the `Federal Restricted Buildings and Grounds Improvement Act of 2011′.

SEC. 2. RESTRICTED BUILDING OR GROUNDS.

Section 1752 of title 18, United States Code, is amended to read as follows:

-`Sec. 1752. Restricted building or grounds

`(a) Whoever–

`(1) knowingly enters or remains in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority to do so;
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(2) knowingly, and with intent to impede or disrupt the orderly conduct of Government business or official functions, engages in disorderly or disruptive conduct in, or within such proximity to, any restricted building or grounds when, or so that, such conduct, in fact, impedes or disrupts the orderly conduct of Government business or official functions;
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(3) knowingly, and with the intent to impede or disrupt the orderly conduct of Government business or official functions, obstructs or impedes ingress or egress to or from any restricted building or grounds; or
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(4) knowingly engages in any act of physical violence against any person or property in any restricted building or grounds;
or attempts or conspires to do so, shall be punished as provided in subsection (b).

`(b) The punishment for a violation of subsection (a) is–

`(1) a fine under this title or imprisonment for not more than 10 years, or both, if–
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(A) the person, during and in relation to the offense, uses or carries a deadly or dangerous weapon or firearm; or
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(B) the offense results in significant bodily injury as defined by section 2118(e)(3); and
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(2) a fine under this title or imprisonment for not more than one year, or both, in any other case.
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(c) In this section–
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(1) the term `restricted buildings or grounds’ means any posted, cordoned off, or otherwise restricted area–
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(A) of the White House or its grounds, or the Vice President’s official residence or its grounds;
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(B) of a building or grounds where the President or other person protected by the Secret Service is or will be temporarily visiting; or
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(C) of a building or grounds so restricted in conjunction with an event designated as a special event of national significance; and

(2) the term `other person protected by the Secret Service’ means any person whom the United States Secret Service is authorized to protect under section 3056 of this title or by Presidential memorandum, when such person has not declined such protection.’.

Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Vice President of the United States and

President of the Senate.


How our representatives voted:

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Bush Era Torture Architect Calls for Indefinite Detention of Americans

 

From The Intel Hub

The Intel Hub
March 1, 2012

Steven G. Bradbury, the former head of the Justice Departments legal council during the Bush era and a direct architect of the American torture program, has called for the indefinite detention of any American that the government claims is a terrorist.

Bradbury, speaking during a Senate hearing after Obama issued new NDAA guidelines that supposedly limits the use of indefinite detention against Americans, claimed that indefinite detention would help the government deal with homegrown terrorists and is absolutely necessary.

This open criminal who was a primary architect of the disgusting Bush torture program was called as an expert witness in Congress when in reality he is nothing short of a war criminal.

Paul Joseph Watson, writing for Infowars.com, noted his ties to torture:

In his position as OLC head, Bradbury is widely acknowledged as one of the primary architects of the Bush torture program, having provided legal opinions that justified the kind of abuse that came to light in the aftermath of the Abu Ghraib scandal, which included torture by hanging, beating prisoners to death, raping women, and sodomizing detainees with batons and phosphorescent tubes.

An article published on Raw Story also details Stevens disgusting history and quotes the ACLU in regards to how ridiculous it is that this man was called as an “expert witness.” (anti American criminal)

“It’s nothing short of chilling that the Senate Judiciary Committee would have as a witness one of the architects of the torture program,” American Civil Liberties Union legislative counsel Chris Anders told Raw Story on Tuesday. “This is a person who wrote several memos that provide legal justification for the torture program during the Bush administration, and wrote memos on how to try to circumvent legal protections that Congress had put in place to block the use of torture and abuse of detainees.

“For Congress to be relying on someone who has shown so little disregard for the law that he would say that it’s legally okay to waterboard people and use other torture tactics against them is remarkable. It’s remarkable and it’s wrong.”

The indefinite detention of American citizens under any circumstance is unconstitutional and anti American. Those who support these clear acts of tyranny must be held accountable for their actions in a court of law.

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The TSA Is Coming To A Highway Near You

 

From Poor Richard’s Blog

MARCH 1, 2012

By Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)

English: A TSA officer screens a piece of luggage.

      Image via Wikipedia

One of the great honors of my service to Tennessee is having the opportunity to represent Ft. Campbell which is home to the storied 101st Airborne, the 5th Special Forces Group and the Army’s 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment which piloted Navy Seal Team Six during the raid on Osama Bin Laden.

Each soldier who calls Ft. Campbell home has gone through some of the most intensive training on the planet which pushed their minds and bodies to their physical limits. In the end, those who make the cut have earned the right to be part of our United States military, are honored to wear its uniform, and are serving on the frontlines in the fight against global terrorism.

Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for our nation’s Transportation Security Officers (TSOs) who Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano contends are our nation’s last line of defense in fighting domestic terrorism.

Unlike “hell week” which faces potential Navy SEALs, becoming a TSO requires a basic level of classroom and on the job training. In many cases this rigorous training is less severe than the requirements of becoming a security guard in most states.

Believe it or not, only 7 years ago, TSOs went by a more deserving title, “airport security screeners.” At the time, their title and on the job appearance consisted of a white shirt and black pants. This was fitting because airport security screening is exactly what’s required of the position. However, this is no longer the case.

In the dead of night, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) administratively reclassified airport security screeners as Transportation Security Officers. The TSA then moved to administratively upgrade TSOs uniforms to resemble those of a federal law enforcement officer.

They further completed the makeover with metal law enforcement badges. Not surprisingly, government bureaucrats at the TSA left out one crucial component during the artificial makeover – actual federal law enforcement training as is required of Federal Air Marshalls.

While TSOs may have the appearance of a federal law enforcement officer they have neither the authority nor the power. If a passenger brings a loaded gun or an explosive device into an airport screening area there is nothing a TSO can do until the local police step in to save the day.

If TSOs are truly our nation’s last line of defense in stopping an act of terrorism, then the TSA should immediately end the practice of placing hiring notices for available TSO positions on pizza boxes and at discount gas stations as they have done in our nation’s capital.

Surely, this is not where our federal government is going to find our brightest and sharpest Americans committed to keeping our traveling public safe. I would contend that we can surely strive for a higher standard and may want to look first to our veterans returning home from the battlefield.

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USDA to Give Monsanto’s New GMO Crops Special ‘Speed Approval’

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{ XANIEL’S NOTE : BECAUSE OBVIOUSLY,  WE THE PEOPLE AREN’T DYING OFF FAST ENOUGH FOR THOSE BASTARD ELITIST ! } ~~ Xaniel777

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From Activist Post

Anthony Gucciardi
Activist Post

If you thought Monsanto’s lack of testing on their current GMO crops was bad before, prepare to now be blown away by the latest statement by the USDA.

Despite links to organ damage and mutated insects, the USDA says that it is changing the rules so that genetically modified seed companies like Monsanto will get ‘speedier regulatory reviews.

With the faster reviews, there will be even less time spent on evaluating the potential dangers. Why? Because Monsanto is losing sales with longer approval terms.

The changes are expected to take full effect in March when they’re published in the Federal Register. The USDA’s goal is to cut the approval time for GMO crops in half in order to speedily implement them into the global food supply. The current USDA process takes longer than they would like due to ‘public interest, legal challenges, and the challenges associated with the advent of national organic food standards‘ says USDA deputy administrator Michael Gregoire.

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, problems like public interest (activist groups attempting to bring the dangers of GMO crops to light), legal challenges (farmers suing Monsanto over genetic contamination), and national food standards are all getting in the way of their prime goal — to help Monsanto unleash their latest untested GMO creation. In fact, the concern is that Monsanto may be losing cash flow as nations like Brazil speed genetically modified seeds through laughable approval processes.

Steve Censky, chief executive officer of the American Soybean Association, states it quite plainly. This is a move to help Monsanto and other biotechnology giants squash competition and make profits. After all, who cares about public health?

‘It is a concern from a competition standpoint,’ Censky said in a telephone interview.

The same statements are re-iterated by analyst Jeff Windau in an interview with Bloomberg:

‘If you can reduce the approval time, you get sales that much faster,’ said Windau.

If you can reduce the approval time, as in the time it takes to determine if these food products are safe, then you can get sales much faster.

Is the USDA working for the United States consumer, or is it working for Monsanto?

Explore More:

  1. USDA Steps Back and Gives Monsanto More Power Over GMO Seeds

  2. Genetically Modified Salmon Approval Pushed by USDA with Nearly $500,000 Funding

  3. Going Against Nature: USDA Found to be Exterminating Bees, Crops, and Birds

  4. Monsanto’s GMO Crops Ravage US, USDA Ignores Dangers

  5. Monsanto GMO Sugarbeets to be Destroyed | Court Concludes USDA Illegally Approved Biotech Crop

  6. France Asks EU to Halt Monsanto GMO Corn Approval

This article first appeared at Natural Society, an excellent resource for health news and vaccine information.

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81% of Israelis Oppose Unilateral Strike on Iran

 

Posted on February 29, 2012 by WashingtonsBlog

 

Only 19% of Israelis Support a Unilateral Strike on Iran

Despite all of the warmongering hysteria, the overwhelming majority of all Israelis oppose a unilateral strike on Iran.

The Jerusalem Post reports:

Only 19 percent of Israelis support an attack against Iran without the backing of the United States, a new poll released on Wednesday found.

In the poll conducted by Shibley Telhami, Brookings Nonresident Senior Fellow and the Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland, 42% of respondents said they support a strike against Iran only if there is US support for the move. Nearly a third (32%) of those polled oppose an attack regardless of US support.

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The poll’s conductor Telhami concluded that “the Israeli public is neither enthusiastic about the prospect of war with Iran nor swayed by the seeming embrace of Israel by our presidential candidates.” He added: “They have to live with the consequences of war, and they appear to take the American assessment of these consequences seriously.”

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2 Years Later, Feds Still Tight Lipped On Goldman Sachs Investigation

 

Posted by  Blog- February 28, 2012

 

Two years later the Feds investigation into Goldman Sachs illegal Greek currency swaps activities has been swept under the rug no charges or findings released

In the typical fashion of our two tiered justice system, out beloved law enforcement officials have once against turned a blind eye to Wall Street’s criminal activities.

This time around the culprit is none other than Wall Street darling Goldman Sachs who was ousted in 2010 as being behind the cooking of Greece’s books to hide the nations insolvency – an event which is still sending shock-waves through the global economy today.

Two Year Reminder For The Fed: How Is That Investigation Into Goldman’s Greek Currency Swaps Going?

There are those who remember that back in February 2010, before the world realized just how broke Greece was, the public’s deplorably short attention span was briefly focused on none other than Goldman Sachs, which as so often happens, was at the heart of the scheme enabling Greece to skirt by Maastricht regulations and mask the fact that its debt and deficits were both far worse than represented publicly.

There are also some who remember that back in February 2010, it was none other than the Federal Reserve that tasked itself with uncovering whether Goldman did anything “illegal” by engaging in currency swaps to make the Greek economy appear rosier than it was: We are looking into a number of questions related to Goldman Sachs and other companies and their derivatives arrangements with Greece,” Bernanke said in testimony before the Senate Banking Committee…. 

Greece in 2001 borrowed billions, with the aid of Goldman Sachs in a deal hidden from public view because it was treated as a currency trade rather than a loan….

Goldman Sachs spokesman Michael DuVally declined to comment on the Fed’s probe. “As a matter of policy we don’t comment on legal or regulatory matters,” DuVally said. Goldman Sachs had defended the transactions in a statement posted on its Website Sunday.

The firm said they had a “minimal effect” on Greece’s overall fiscal situation.

Maybe, just maybe it is time, two years later, for the world to hear something, anythingfrom the Fed as to what its seemingly quite extensive investigation into Goldman’s has yielded.

And as a public service, just to help the Chairman, who very soon will have precisely 15 minutes to prove he can send record Brent prices down by 50% and prevent the European economy from imploding, here is a convenient reminder from the BBC, courtesy of its clip “How Goldman Sachs Helped Mask Greece’s Debt.”

You know – just in case someone forgot to hold the Fed accountable for its objective and sincere investigation into the firm, whose former chief economist now runs the New York Fed.

PS: has anyone heard about the whereabouts of friend Christoforos Sardelis recently? The same guy who allowed Greece to engage in the Goldman swaps? Because if one was curious, one would inquire if there were any cross currency swaps that involved Sardelis’ Swiss bank account circa 2001 and an offshore Cayman account controlled by a Goldman sub, circa the same time.

Source: ZeroHedge

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