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…but I repeat myself: Obamacare Could be Heading to the Supreme Court (Again)

Posted by Xaniel777 on August 13, 2015

SOURCE: cnsnews.com

[XANIEL’S NOTE: This story explains in better detail, the rant I had in my last update. See story below this one.~~Xaniel777]

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By Andrew Kloster | August 13, 2015 | 4:52 PM EDT

This past week, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, over the vigorous dissent of four judges on that court, denied rehearing en banc (legalese for an entire court rather than just a panel of three judges) in the case of Sissel v. United States Department of Health and Human Services.

Sissel is a case against Obamacare led by the Pacific Legal Foundation, arguing that Obamacare is invalid because it violated the Origination Clause.

Now, the challengers have ninety days to file a writ of certiorari (an appeal) before the U.S. Supreme Court.

This important case deals with the Origination Clause of the Constitution— which reads:

All Bills for raising Revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with Amendments as on other Bills.

The Founders included this clause primarily to balance out the unique powers the Senate wields, and to ensure that the power of drawing revenue from the people by taxing them would be initiated by the branch that was closest to them (remember, at that time the Senate was elected by state legislatures, not by popular vote) and whose members would have to stand for re-election every two years.

In the first major Obamacare decision, NFIB v. Sibelius, the Court upheld the law as a tax—something that surprised many people.

But if it’s a tax, shouldn’t the bill have originated in the House?

As it happens, Obamacare “originated” in the House in only a very formalistic sense.

H.R. 3590, the bill that became Obamacare, was originally titled “Service Members Home Ownership Tax Act of 2009” and had nothing to do with health care.

But to secure passage of Obamacare, the Senate decided to take this bill, which had passed the House, and gut it entirely, replacing the entire text of that bill with the Obamacare title and text and keeping only the bill number.

After it passed the Senate, the House then approved the new Senate-drafted bill through a reconciliation bill.

The House made no changes to the text, which, because of the Senate’s obscure procedural rules, meant that when the bill went back to the Senate, it was not subject to a filibuster.

This was significant because, in the interim, Sen. Ted Kennedy, D-Mass., had died and been replaced by Scott Brown, R-Mass., thereby depriving the Democrats of the 60 votes they would need to defeat an otherwise inevitable Republican filibuster.

And thus was Obamacare born.

The problem is that this doesn’t look like the bill “originated” in the House in any meaningful way.

It was as though the Senate bulldozed a house and erected an entirely new structure, but said it was the same house because it had the same address.

And so Pacific Legal Foundation has sued.

Recently, they lost their challenge before a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

When this happens, plaintiffs have a chance to get the entire circuit to reassess the question.

But just last week, the D.C. Circuit, unsurprisingly, declined to rehear the case en banc.

Why unsurprisingly?

Because it takes a majority on the court to revisit a case and you might recall that then-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., invoked the “nuclear option” to get more Obama appointees on the D.C. Circuit.

All three of the judges rammed through by Reid voted to deny rehearing en banc last week: more importantly, Judge Nina Pillard took the rare step of penning a supporting statement for denial of rehearing.

Her interesting statement was joined by the other two judges on the original panel including Judge Robert Wilkins, who was also one of the judges confirmed as part of Senator Reid’s court packing plan.

The decision is fundamentally flawed.

Some, including Justice Antonin Scalia in his concurring opinion in U.S. v. Munoz-Flores, have argued that the Origination Clause is a mere formalism and that, so long as a bill attests to having originated in the House, federal courts should not undertake an independent investigation to determine whether that billactually originated in the House.

This formalist reading is one reason James Madison opposed putting the Origination Clause in the Constitution.

The statement by Pillard, however, goes much further.

The Supreme Court, Pillard argues, has defined the Origination Clause as a “purposive” clause.

In other words, the original three-judge panel contends that since the main purpose of Obamacare was to expand health insurance coverage, rather to raise revenue for the general treasury—well, then the law is not a bill to raise revenue (even if, as the Supreme Court stated in its NFIB decision, the legislation has the potential to raise “considerable revenue”).

Under this precedent, the Senate could originate any tax bill, so long as some federal court was willing to hold that the “purpose” of the bill wasn’t primarily to raise tax revenue, but to do something else.

If that is the case, so much for the protections provided by the Origination Clause.

We will have to wait to see if the Supreme Court will hear this case.

At this point, however, after two trips to the Supreme Court already, the Court might be too invested in Obamacare to seriously consider taking a third case and ruling based upon the law.

As Scalia stated in his dissent in King v. Burwell, the second major Obamacare case:

“[T]his Court’s two decisions on the Act will surely be remembered through the years. The somersaults of statutory interpretation they have performed (“penalty” means tax … “established by the State” means not established by the State) will be cited by liti­gants endlessly, to the confusion of honest jurisprudence. And the cases will publish forever the discouraging truth that the Supreme Court of the United States favors some laws over others, and is prepared to do whatever it takes to uphold and assist its favorites.”

Andrew R. Kloster is a legal fellow in the Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at The Heritage Foundation, focusing on civil rights, the role of the federal courts and other constitutional issues.

cnsnews Editor’s Note: This piece was originally published by The Heritage Foundation.

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HEY STUPID: What Part of Shall Not Be Infringed Do You Not Understand?

Posted by Xaniel777 on December 18, 2014

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Posted by TheSurvivalGuy on December 13, 2014

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The UN’s Arms Trade Treaty which covers everything from small arms to battle tanks, combat aircraft and warships – will enter into force on 24 December 2014, Christmas Eve. This treaty has not been ratified by our Congress but has the support of our Secretary of State, John Kerry who signed it and our President, who without expressly mentioning the treaty, said in a speech at the UN in September that all nations “must meet our responsibility to observe and enforce international norms.” The problem with that statement and this treaty is that we the people aren’t in control of what those ‘international norms’ are and as we have seen time and time again, those international norms might be detrimental to our country.

Many preppers and 2nd Amendment proponents believe that the Arms Trade Treaty will first lead to registration of all firearms and when that happens, historically the next step is confiscation through some means. Technically, no treaty can be put into action in the United States unless it has been ratified by a 2/3 majority of the senate. This fact is what most people cite when they are trying to refute any legitimate concerns about the UN Arms Trade Treaty or any other treaty’s potential effect on our country. This sounds well and good and serves to placate some, but for this fail-safe to have any weight you would first need to have a government that followed the letter of the constitution and additionally, that government would need to follow the wishes of the citizens they are representing.

Our government has proven time and time again that following the constitution is simply not something they feel they have to do when it stands in their way. For example, the senate has never voted on the Kyoto Protocol but that hasn’t stopped the EPA from enacting rules complying with the main goals of that treaty. Coal plants are being shut down left and right while the US and China recently agreed to let China keep growing their output of carbon emissions (with coal power plants) until 2030. There are many examples of policies that are enacted that fall well outside the bounds of Constitutional limits on power but that doesn’t stop our representatives does it? On any issue there is more brainpower spent on finding ways around the Constitution than actually following it with the seeming goal of every single facet of law being finally decided by the Supreme Court. It’s as if in our society, the rules we decided long ago to set for ourselves are only as good as the interpretations of people today and if every single thing can be challenged (and in some cases changed), we don’t really have a Constitution at all. What we have is a framework for legal arguments that only establishes a baseline which can be over ruled completely by a simple majority of ideology on the bench.

 mass grave of victims Choeung Ek Memorial - The site of a former orchard and mass grave of victims of the Khmer Rouge - killed between 1975 and 1979 -

As for a government that listens to their constituents, that long gone relic of thought is promised by every single person running for office. “I feel your pain” The truth of the matter is that in this day and age, every politician is a benefactor of the same special interests. There are no democrat and republican sides whenever both are receiving money from the same companies. The elected politicians, by overwhelming majority do not care what you say or want because they don’t answer to you. Their actions directly contradict election results, polls and public outcry. The 2014 mid-term elections recently held should have sent a very strong signal to the leadership of both parties that the country wasn’t on-board with the policies of the current administration and the direction of affairs with the Congress, however;  Obamacare and Amnesty both remain intact without so much as a whimper from our newly elected majority who promised for years to repeal it as soon as they were ‘in power’. To add insult to injury, the Republicans just released a 1 trillion budget proposal just over 24 hours before a procedural vote on it knowing that nobody would have time to read it. Same tricks but a different face is behind the podium. Why should we expect anything different from what we have been seeing?

Do you really feel that there is anything ‘your party’ is going to do to stop elements of this treaty from being implemented if it is in their best interests?

What’s so wrong with simply registering all guns?

What’s the harm in simply registering you say? It makes sense that government would want to know who has guns, so they can ensure that bad people don’t have them. You can’t argue with that logic can you? Well yes I can try. Registration will only be done by law-abiding people. The criminals they will try to get you to believe this registration would stop would never turn themselves or their guns in. If that were true, why wouldn’t criminals be lining up a police offices every day because we do have laws already, don’t we? How is this not obvious to everyone? I maintain that it is obvious to the people who are pushing for any restriction and by that I am referring to registration,  of our 2ndamendment rights.

Do guns kill people? Yes they do, but deaths by guns are a small fraction of the total deaths in the US each year. If you want to know who really kills people you have to look at governments historically.

Turkish official teasing starved Armenian children by showing bread during the Armenian Genocide, 1915

Yes, you read that right. Governments are responsible for more deaths of their citizens in the 20thcentury than any other unnatural cause. It is called Democide and is been documented by R. J. Rummel, formerly of the University of Hawaii Political Science Department. He writes:

Most probably near 170,000,000 people have been murdered in cold-blood by governments, well over three-quarters by absolutist regimes. The most such killing was done by the Soviet Union (near 62,000,000 people), the communist government of China is second (near 35,000,000), followed by Nazi Germany (almost 21,000,000), and Nationalist China (some 10,000,000). Lesser megamurderers include WWII Japan, Khmer Rouge Cambodia, WWI Turkey, communist Vietnam, post-WWII Poland, Pakistan, and communist Yugoslavia. The most intense democide was carried out by the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, where they killed over 30 percent of their subjects in less than four years.

The best predictor of this killing is regime power. The more arbitrary power a regime has, the less democratic it is, and the more likely it will kill its subjects or foreigners. The conclusion is that power kills, absolute power kills absolutely.

But we live in a democracy in the United States and we elect our representatives. We have a rule of law and nothing like the atrocities you mention above would ever happen here. Really? I certainly hope not and so it is with much interest that I have and will be keeping track of what goes on after December 24th and into the future on this topic.

But Mr. Rummel’s statement has weight in historical precedence and is alarming when looked at from the context of where we are as a country today. One could argue that our regime has an increasingly disturbing amount of ‘arbitrary power’. That is power that they have assumed that is outside of the Constitution and the really fun part is they keep giving themselves more of it every day. Some of this power was enacted by law of course, but it is power nonetheless and it never decreases, it only becomes more vast. From the Patriot Act, to NSA Spying, to treaties with foreign nations, harassment of political parties, to illegal searches, illegal detainment without cause, to killing people without a trial and just yesterday they passed a bill which grants the government and law enforcement “unlimited access to the communications of every American”.  How much power is that?

What does this mean to preppers?

Our second amendment was written expressly to give we the people a means to protect ourselves from a tyrannical government. This wasn’t about ‘letting us have’ weapons for hunting or shooting clay pigeons. The second amendment says that our right to bear arms ‘shall not be infringed’. It doesn’t say what type of arms meaning that you can assume they only meant musket loaders. It was intentionally open and only spoke to our rights, not the specifics of the weapons.

The Supreme Court even stated in the Heller decision that the second amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects an individual’s right to own firearms for traditionally lawful purposes, such asself-defense within the home. Even with that they left some ambiguity by allowing certain restrictions to gun ownership. This argument over who can have guns and what limits authority should put on gun ownership is not going away even with this ruling and it seems that challenges to the amendment could happen one day in that ongoing process we have called the courts. I can see that on the horizon again as new actions are taken in an effort to limit the ability American’s have of defending themselves because that is what it is all about. The UN and other anti-gun voices do not believe you have a right to self-defense. So you have to ask yourself why a bunch of representatives from countries that do not recognize the fundamental right to possess weapons are so keen to take ours. They prefer to give that power solely to the State which takes me back to Democide.

Following the public announcement of the establishment of the Lodz ghetto on February 8, 1940, Jews were expelled from all other parts of the city and moved into the ghetto area. 164,000 Jews were imprisoned in the ghetto when the Germans sealed it off on April 30, 1940.

Why would we willingly give away our rights to self-defense when time after time it has been shown to be the ones we have the most to fear from are the very ones telling us we don’t need guns?

I have written before about the phrase “From my cold dead hands” and I haven’t changed my opinion. I do not say that phrase lightly, but I wonder if there will be a decision we face in our future that could have far-reaching impacts on the security of our lives. Each of us should carefully consider the larger picture of events that are happening in our world. We may not get the disaster you are expecting, that would necessitate throwing on our bug out bags and living under a tarp. We may face a different enemy who will come to us with a message of “common sense reforms” and wrap this all in a promise of “keeping everyone safe”. Take that with a grain of salt and remember the words of Alexander Solzhenitsyn in the Gulag Archipelago. Gulag was his literary-historical record of the vast system of prisons and labor camps that came into being shortly after the Bolsheviks seized power in Russia in 1917 and underwent an enormous expansion during the rule of Stalin from 1924 to 1953. It is a fascinating read and warning to those who can see the echos of history in our country and around the world today.

“During an arrest, you think since you are not guilty, how can they arrest you? Why should you run away? And how can you resist right then? After all, you’ll only make your situation worse; you will make it more difficult for them to sort out the mistake.

And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say goodbye to his family?

Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand?

The Organs would very quickly have suffered a shortage of officers and transport and, notwithstanding all of Stalin’s thirst, the cursed machine would have ground to a halt! We did not love freedom enough. Every man always has handy a dozen glib little reasons why he is right not to sacrifice himself.”

For what it’s worth, I do not believe that we will most likely see bands of armed soldiers rounding up whole cities as they did during the Soviet Union days Solzhenitsyn lived through. I do think we will need to make a choice and I think we should be guarded even more so about how far we let things slip away from us. The arbitrary power that keeps building, if left unchecked would be the same as not resisting in Solzhenitsyn’s days. If you don’t put up a fight, you might not like what happens to you.

We say “What part of Shall Not Be Infringed Do You Not Understand” as a way of challenging anyone who believes that guns and firearms only belong in the hands of the military or police. It is an in-your-face type of confrontation that we employ to convey the frustration and absurdity of the issue in our minds. Perhaps that message should be one that we ask ourselves? Maybe we are the ones who need to remember “Shall Not Be Infringed” more so than the people who want to excuse away that right. Maybe the lessons of history and the rights we have shouldn’t be used as an argument with people who will never be persuaded. Perhaps, the message is one we need to take to heart and live out to the expectations of those brave men who recorded this phrase for us. We are the only ones who need to remember this right and by that same token, we are the only ones who can lose it willingly.

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REAL NEWS Nov.02 2012

Posted by Xaniel777 on November 1, 2012

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CIA sources: Obama ordered military not to help Ambassador Stevens in Benghazi

OBAMA ORDERED MILITARY STAND DOWN IN BENGHAZI

President Barack Obama returns to the West Wing of the White House before the arrival of Hurricane Sandy October 29, 2012 in Washington, DC.

From examiner.com

OCTOBER 31, 2012 – BY: MARV DUMON

According to blog site beforeitsnews.com, CIA sources have confirmed that President Barack Obama ordered military and intelligence assets not to defend or rescue ambassador Christopher Stevens as the American consulate and CIA annex in Benghazi were being attacked by terrorists last month.

Reports are also surfacing that claim White House officials, including the president, was fed real-time video footage from two aerial drones while the seven-hour long attack was underway.

On Tuesday, talk show host Glenn Beck predicted Obama will eventually get impeached over his handling of the Libya attacks, an incident that resulted in the deaths of four Americans including ambassador Stevens. (YouTube Video)

The blog site is advancing the theory that Stevens was sent to Libya in an attempt to recover weapons from Al Qaeda.

This information is not confirmed and is considered a mere rumor circulating the internet.

Last week, Fox News reported that requests for help by Americans on the ground were denied several times.

However, it seems former Navy SEAL Tyrone Woods, who was killed in Benghazi, had laser sights attached to his gun which could have directed bombs from Air Force jets or from armed drones toward hostile forces.

Woods died nearly six hours after the attack began. Obama has maintained that he ordered security help for the trapped Americans as soon as he learned of the attack.

On Tuesday, Sean Hannity of Fox News suggested that the audio tapes during the Benghazi attacks are damning. (YouTube Video)

Nearly six weeks after the attack, it appears that the FBI continues to classify video and audio footage from the American compound as “top secret”.

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Cancer patient illegally evicted from home at gunpoint

 

 

From examiner.com

OCTOBER 31, 2012 – BY: GREGORY PATIN

Thanks to the friendly people at Wells Fargo and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD), a 37-year-old woman in a wheelchair who suffers from a rare, malignant and metastatic form of breast cancer was illegally evicted from her home at gunpoint.

Niko Black, a Native American Mescalero Apache, told the OC Weekly:

View slideshow: Niko Black, a cancer patient evicted from her home at gunpoint thanks to Wells Fargo.

I’m in my bed and I see them storming my property, [so] I crawl to my wheelchair.

They break down my door. I’m sitting there in my wheelchair.

I’m about 100 pounds of shriveled-up cancer and a threat to no one.

Sergeant Bob Sima puts a gun to my face, finger on the trigger, no safety and walks around me.

There’s no reason, except for to threaten my life, for an intimidation factor, to put a gun to my head.

Niko had legally declared bankruptcy and had been fighting Wells Fargo in a civil suit against eviction.

She had owned her home for almost 20 years and had lived there since she was a child.

She never even had a mortgage with Wells Fargo, and has entered into a civil suit around the fraud they have perpetrated against her, fraud that goes back many years.

Niko Black

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After she filed bankruptcy, the court sided with Niko and put a stay on Wells Fargo’s eviction.

Despite this, officers from the OCSD along with Wells Fargo employees harassed her on several occasions.

“Wells Fargo filed a motion about an inch thick all the reasons why they should be allowed to evict me,” Black said about the court order. “The federal judge denied them and stated very clearly they are not to. The bank illegally acquired an unlawful detainer, an eviction, without due process. They did it with fraudulent paperwork.”

Niko says that paperwork was signed by forgery with obvious misspellings of her name and filed a civil lawsuit.

That is consistent with the claims of a $43 trillion class action lawsuit against Wells Fargo and 1807 other defendants.

Her intransigence, she believes, is the reason why she’s been subjected to this entire ordeal.

So Niko refused to open her door for police on October 10, on which was taped a copy of a court order  obtained from Federal Bankruptcy Judge Theodore C. Albert in late August that she firmly believes should have prevented the OCSD from carrying out the eviction.

The deputies acted anyway on behalf of the county council and Wells Fargo.

Finally, officers broke into her home and forcibly evicted her at gunpoint.

With neighbors lining up outside watching, Black’s health began to worsen.

“I needed my medication, I couldn’t breathe and I was having a seizure,” she told the OC Weekly.

Niko said that deputies were unresponsive to concerns about her condition and one officer even remarked that she “looked good” to him.

An ambulance finally arrived at her friend’s behest and took her to a hospital.

Following the events of October 10, Judge Albert has ordered Wells Fargo and county officials to appear in court on November 13 to explain why they should not be held in contempt for violating the stay and be made to pay punitive damages.

Meanwhile, law enforcement is furiously spinning their side of the story.

On October 22, Sgt. Sima used a local radio talk show to state that it is standard protocol to have weapons drawn in the clearing of a house, but that no guns were pointed at Black’s head, claiming that deputies were following instructions from the county council.

Just “following instructions” (or orders).

That one was heard at the Nuremberg trials where former SS officials from Germany were tried for war crimes.

These events are yet another example of how the US is turning into a police state that serves banks and corporations, not the American people, which is one of the 14 defining characteristics of fascism.

While law enforcement agencies, city officials and Wells Fargo will have to explain their actions in court, Niko’s health is deteriorating.

“Because I have a very aggressive form of cancer, every appointment, every day is crucial,” she says. “I’m a person with a lower immune system. That’s why all my nursing care, my physical therapy, my medical equipment, everything is setup for home care. This violates the Americans with Disabilities Act.”

A social worker as well as the head of the hospital that she was taken to have both written in support of Niko being immediately returned to her home for medical care.

Attorney Stephen R. Golden has agreed to represent Niko pro bono.

“All I want to do is go home,” Black says. “All I want to do is save my life.”

One of Niko’s best friends, Linda Rife of Tustin, CA, has started on online petition in support of her plight.

The petition, directed at John Stumpf, the CEO of Wells Fargo, reads: “Wells Fargo: Don’t break the law – leave cancer patients alone.” You can sign it here. 

Updates are posted on a Facebook page created for Niko.

Updates: Nov.1, 5:30 PM. According to David Cruz at KTLK AM 1150, the lawyers from the Stephen Golden Law Firm were able to get Wells Fargo to let Niko back into her home to retrieve her belongings and the medical devices needed for her treatment.

The governor’s office has now gotten involved to investigate how something like this can happen in the state of California, and Wells Fargo has now been served with an order to show up to court and explain to the judge why they defied his orders.

Niko Black is a singer/songwriter and you can listen to some of her music here.

Sources:

Orange County Weekly

Madison Independent Examiner

Indymedia.org

Change.org

Facebook – On Attack 4 Niko Black

The David Cruz Show – KTLK AM 1150

My Space – Niko Black

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President Obama Has Turned Journalists into Criminals

 

 

From Amber Lyon Live

October 16, 2012 – Amber Lyon

If by “change” President Obama meant criminalizing journalism in the United States, then he’s succeeded.

Why should you care? 

The investigative journalism that Obama has silenced could have exposed more corruption in the U.S. government, military, banking industry; corruption that has caused anguish to numerous Americans. 

The reports that will never be heard, read, or seen on TV may have led to positive change.

The Obama administration is suffocating investigative journalism at an alarming rate through the abuse of the Espionage Act of 1917, an act more prone to be used to protect government secrecy than national security.

 Before Obama, the act had been used only three times total since 1917. 

The current administration has used it six times to go after whistleblowers and the journalists who protect and reveal their information.

President Obama was bold enough to use the Espionage Act to  subpoena New York Times journalist James Risen in an attempt to force him to ‘give up’ information on a CIA whistleblower. 

Risen accused the administration of trying to silence journalists and refused to acquiesce stating,

“Can you have a democracy without aggressive investigative journalism? I don’t believe you can, and that’s why I’m fighting.”

Risen predicted Obama’s attack against him would have an unprecedented chilling effect on mainstream investigative journalism in the US.  He was right.

I was on the brunt end of the Obama-generated censorship while employed at CNN as an investigative correspondent.

On at least a weekly basis, and to my constant frustration, my superiors and CNN’s lawyers were quick to remind me that we need to be extra careful because “President Obama has gone after more journalists and whistleblowers than any president in history”.  

The leash around my neck began to tighten.

Whether I was allowed to embark on future stories or even interview sensitive sources for potential investigations, eventually became an ‘Obama subpoena risk assessment’ and potential court cost calculation, rather than a pure evaluation of the report’s contribution to public good or our journalistic duty to cover the story.

Some of my most crucial investigations were killed before they started because they were too high a risk of an Obama subpoena.

One boss told me quote “we know how the FBI feels about your source, if we have information the FBI will want we become a target”.

David Carr of The New York Times noted Obama’s war on journalism may have more to do with secrecy than national security and is harming press freedom in the U.S.:

As journalists we vow never to reveal our confidential sources, so to this administration we are criminals.

 It’s time President Obama focused his time hunting down the real law breakers rather than attacking the messengers.

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For more information please check out these articles:

Huffington Post: Obama’s War on Journalism 

NY Times: Blurred Line Between Espionage and Truth

Salon.com : Obama Targets Journalists 

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Government Think Tank Calls For Infiltrating Conspiracy Websites

 

 

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From 12160.info

Posted by Sweettina2 on November 1, 2012

Furious that state involvement in major terror attacks is being exposed to a wider audience than ever before via the Internet, a UK think tank closely affiliated with the Downing Street has called for authorities to infiltrate conspiracy websites in an effort to “increase trust in the government”.

“A Demos report published today, The Power of Unreason, argues that secrecy surrounding the investigation of events such as the 9/11 New York attacks and the 7/7 bombings in London merely adds weight to unsubstantiated claims that they were “inside jobs,” reports the London Independent.

In other words, the fact that the overwhelming amount of evidence indicates that both 7/7 and 9/11 were “inside jobs” of one form or another, and that huge numbers of people are now aware of this via the increasing influence of the Internet, is hampering efforts to commit more acts of terror, therefore the government needs to change its strategy.

In the report, Demos, “Recommends the Government fight back by infiltrating internet sites to dispute these theories.”

One of the tools Demos already employs to “fight back” against conspiracy theories is by labeling anyone who challenges the government’s official story as an extremist or a terrorist recruiter.

The strategy mirrors that advocated by White House information czar Cass Sunstein, who in a 2008 white paper similarly called for conspiracy websites to be infiltrated and undermined in order to dilute their influence.

In the same report, Sunstein also called for taxing conspiracy theories (any viewpoint that differs with the official version) and outright banning free speech that the authorities disapproved of.

What Demos and Sunstein are essentially calling for is classic “provocateur” style infiltration, updated for the 21st century, that came to the fore during the Cointelpro years, an FBI program from 1956-1971 that was focused around disrupting, marginalizing and neutralizing political dissidents, often using illegal methods.

The fact that governments on both sides of the pond have been caught over and over again habitually lying about everything under the sun, allied to a compliant corporate media that has aided authorities in covering up their misdeeds, has prompted a complete collapse in trust from the people, an effect that is now seriously hampering the state’s efforts to enlist implied consent, with millions of people rebelling against the system through civil disobedience and non-compliance in a myriad of different ways.

That’s why Demos, a mouthpiece for the British authorities, is desperate to infiltrate “conspiracy websites,” ie groups of people who broadcast the truth, in order to “increase trust” in a government that has lost all credibility.

Surveillance

As we have documented, governments all over the world, most notably the U.S. and Israel, already employ teams of agents whose sole job revolves around infiltrating and subverting websites that publish the truth about government corruption and atrocities.

Demos is a front for the insidious Common Purpose network, a group that Lt Cdr Brian Gerrish has exposed as playing a fundamental role in the advancement of Britain’s role in the new world order.

Julia Middleton, Chief Executive of Common Purpose, sits on Demos’ advisory council.

Demos was founded in 1993 by marxists Martin Jacques and Geoff Mulgan, and was seen as being closely affiliated with Tony Blair’s Labour government. Mulgan went on to work inside Downing Street in 1997.

Current British Prime Minister David Cameron also works closely with Demos and has given speeches at the group’s events.

Demos has routinely acted as a platform for elitists who wish to drastically alter society, eliminate freedoms, and sacrifice British sovereignty in pursuit of global government.

On August 9, 2006, British Home Secretary Dr John Reid, another former marxist, gave a speech at a Demos conference stating that Britons “may have to modify their notion of freedom”, claiming that freedom is “misused and abused by terrorists.”

Demos is partnered with numerous other globalist organizations from government and industry, including IBM, The Carnegie United Kingdom Trust, and Shell International.

The organization’s logo includes an all-seeing eye within its design.

Although the group poses as an independent think tank, Demos is little more than a public relations firm for the British government and security services.

Its efforts to demonize conspiracy theories in order to “increase trust in the government” is a transparent ploy to do the bidding of its masters, by demonizing anyone who challenges a corrupt, lying state and its nefarious activities as an extremist and a potential domestic terrorist – contributing to the chilling process which seeks to crush free speech on the Internet.

Dollar Crash

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Paul Joseph Watson is the editor and writer for Prison Planet.com. He is the author of Order Out Of Chaos.

Watson is also a fill-in host for The Alex Jones Show.

Watson has been interviewed by many publications and radio shows, including Vanity Fair and Coast to Coast AM, America’s most listened to late night talk show.

More here:  http://www.theultimateconspiracyguide.com/government-think-tank-cal…

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Hack the vote: Russian election chief rips US elections, voting machines

 

 

From RT News

October 31, 2012

Vladimir Churov, Head of the Russian Central Election Commission. (RIA Novosti/Aleksey Nikolskyi)

Vladimir Churov, Head of the Russian Central Election Commission. (RIA Novosti/Aleksey Nikolskyi)

Russia’s Central Election Commission chief has ranked the American electoral system among the “worst in the world.”

One of the main problems with the US electoral system is the lack of transparency, Vladimir Churov argues in an article published in Wednesday’s issue of Rossiyskaya Gazeta.

According to US law, international observers from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) are only granted access to polling stations in a handful of US states, including in Missouri, South Dakota, North Dakota, New Mexico, and the District of Columbia.

In the other states, US Governors have the final say over the question of allowing international observers to monitor the election process.

According to Churov, however, the dark side of the American election process is that “OSCE monitors have been barred from entering polling stations even in the states where they may do so under US law.”

This lack of transparency opens the door to numerous possibilities for corruption and manipulation of the system, he added.

Churov then discussed a perennial problem with American elections: electronic voting machines that do not provide voters with a receipt for their vote, and which are highly vulnerable to manipulation.

“American voting machines have not been designed to provide any documentary evidence of citizen participation in the electoral process,” the Russian observer noted. “Moreover, operators [of the machinery] are technically capable of adding or dropping votes in favor of one candidate or another, leaving behind no evidence of violations.”

In October’s issue of Harper’s Magazine, Victoria Collier shows that with the advent of modern technology, “a brave new world of election rigging emerged,” which emerged with the “mass adoption of computerized voting technology and the outsourcing of our elections to a handful of corporations that operate in the shadows, with little oversight or accountability.”

Collier called the “privatization of our elections…one of the most dangerous and least understood crisis in the history of American democracy.”

Meanwhile, another study demonstrated that a person armed with about 10 bucks and a limited knowledge of technology could hack the vote.

“Voting machines used by as many as a quarter of American voters heading to the polls in 2012 can be hacked with just $10.50 in parts and an eighth grade science education, according to computer science and security experts at the Vulnerability Assessment Team at Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois,” reported Salon.

The analysts showed that the “newly developed hack” could manipulate voting results while leaving “absolutely no trace” of the crime behind.

Computer specialists can easily break into the system and cook the results, Churov said, adding that the owners of the Diebold voting machines have openly stated in the past their support of the Republican Party.

In the run-up to the 2004 presidential election between George W. Bush and John Kerry, Diebold CEO Walden O’Dell wrote that he was “committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the president.”

The outcome of the election, which showed John Kerry enjoying an insurmountable lead in exit polls, suggests that O’Dell was not exaggerating his support.

According to Collier, “In one Ohio precinct, exit polls indicated that Kerry should have received 67 per cent of the vote, but the certified tally gave him only 38 per cent. The odds of such an unexpected outcome occurring only as a result of sampling error are 1 in 867,205,553.”

To quote Lou Harris, the father of political polling: “Ohio was as dirty an election as America has ever seen.”

Churov then criticized the US polling process, which may lift candidates into office without full popular support.

“It is generally believed that the American people will elect their president on November 6. In fact, the president – an individual bestowed with enormous powers – will be elected by the so-called Electoral College.

The president will be elected by the 280 electors, not by all American citizens,” the head of Russia’s Central Election Commission noted.

One can only talk about the American people’s right to elect their president with reservations, while the average American citizen’s right to become president is completely out of the question,” he said.

Unfortunately for the American voter, international observance of the US election process, which seems seriously vulnerable to manipulation, is not enough to guarantee democratic standards, Churov concluded. 

On November 6, US voters head to the polls to decide the winner of the presidential contest, which pits the incumbent President Barack Obama against the Republican challenger Mitt Romney.

Robert Bridge, RT

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1500%-too-Jewish Supreme Court: “US belongs to Israel”

They still call it the US Supreme Court.

Posted by poorrichard’s blog

Veterans Today

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But like Congress, the White House, the media, organized crime, and big banking, the Supreme Court is just another Israeli-occupied Bantustan.

Absolute Jewish-Zionist domination of American political life was confirmed last Friday, when the Supreme Court quashed the appeal of the Holy Land Five.

The Five now face life imprisonment for trying to feed children starved by the Israeli genocide of Palestine.

None of the imprisoned humanitarian heroes was ever charged with complicity in any act of violence.

Their crime was feeding starving children, no more and no less.

The prosecutors claimed that Hamas, the biggest charitable organization and since 2006 the democratically-elected government of Gaza, was involved in feeding the starving children.

Therefore, anybody who tries to feed the starving children of Gaza is a “terrorist.”

But how could anyone feed starving children anywhere without at least the tacit assistance of the government of the place the starving children lived, and the charities on the ground there?

The prosecutors, to prove that “Hamas-linked charities” in Gaza were involved in feeding the children, brought in “anonymous Israeli intelligence sources” to “testify.”

Since when was anonymous testimony allowed in US courtrooms?!

Much less by agents of a hostile foreign power that has repeatedly attacked the United States – a foreign power whose intelligence service lives and dies by the motto, “By way of deception thou shalt do war.”

A more blatant act of complete subservience to Israel, a more direct statement that the American government no longer exists, could hardly be imagined.

And now the Israeli is sending Americans a message: “Don’t f@!* with our genocide!”

I used to think people who are stockpiling weapons for the coming uprising against ZOG, the Zionist Occupation Government, were a tad extreme.

Mea culpa.
Looks like maybe they have a point.

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ALAN HART: Obama Has Signalled His Coming Complete Surrender to Zionism and Its Lobby

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Posted by Xaniel777 on June 30, 2012

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We the People are the Ultimate Check and Balance

 

From the Trenches

Posted on June 30, 2012 by Henry Shivley


The outrage over the new unconstitutional health care tax, which is to be collected by the IRS and paid to the health insurance conglomerates, is reaching a fevered pitch, as over half of the American people are saying they will refuse to pay the tax.

Many believe that the first American Revolution came to be as the people refused a 3% import tax imposed upon them by the King of England. 

The reality is it was much more as outlined in our Declaration of Independence.

  • Military Courts of Admiralty, wherein the people were arbitrarily persecuted and had no rights.

  • The confiscation of private property by the King’s soldiers without any due process of law.

  • The persecution of American nationals for speaking out against tyranny.

  • The appointment of regional governors, taking away any notion of representativegovernment for the people.

  • And a thousand other abuses.

The draconian taxation without representation was just the straw that broke the camel’s back. 

This is why, before the Constitution could be accepted by the people, our Bill of Rights had to be affirmed as absolute and unalienable.

You see, our Bill of Rights directly addressed the abuses outlined in our Declaration of Independence. 

Our Bill of Rights was inserted to insure that our newly formed government could never obtain power that would allow any abuse of the people by that government.

Now when we look around us we see:

  • Military Courts of Admiralty, wherein the people were arbitrarily persecuted and have no rights.

  • The confiscation of private property by the corporate government’s agents without any due process of law.

  • The persecution of American nationals for speaking out against tyranny.

  • The appointment of regional governors, taking away any notion of representativegovernment for the people.

  • And a thousand other abuses.

And now there is the final attempt to take over, a tax levied upon us by a foreign entity, corporations.

The abuses and the Bill of Rights cannot coexist. 

If you have one you cannot have the other. 

The abuses are occurring and are omnipresent, thus the Bill of Rights no longer exists within the law we are being governed under. 

If we wish the abuse to stop we must reassert our Bill of Rights.

Anyone who believes that the agents of the Queen of England are going to throw away all they have gained any quicker or easier than her great, great, great… grandpa did is delusional. 

The Tories have weaseled their way back in and we are going to have to eject them again. 

Only this time, we cannot allow the death and dying to be visited only upon our land and our people. 

For their treachery this time, we must make them pay the full measure.

Nobody can say they aren’t asking for it.  I say after we have whipped the Queen’s men out of our country, we invade Great Britain and rid the world of this diabolical monarchy once and for all. 

Once the institution is destroyed, we simply bring our forces home and leave the British people a copy of our Constitution and a declaration of our intent to coexist on this planet with all other nations in a state of peace.

Until the people of the world rid it of the misery makers, we are only going to know peace in small measures and for limited spans of time. 

I believe the people of the world have reached the point wherein kings and queens and royal bloodlines have become an undeniable affront to human dignity. 

What say ye?

God bless this Republic, death to the international corporate mafia, we shall prevail.

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A Constitutional Right not Exercised is Surrendered

 

From the Trenches

Posted on June 30, 2012 by Henry Shivley


The 9th Amendment to the United States Constitution states: “The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.” 

 The 9thAmendment, like all the other Articles of our Bill of Rights, is absolute in its intent.

Our founding fathers knew that the international elite would attempt to capture the United States and its riches and the only way to guard against a takeover was through the individual. 

As we have seen, once our constitutionally guaranteed rights are theoretically removed from the equation through the Patriot Act, Section 1021 and 1022 of the NDAA, HR 347 Trespass Legislation, and the Emergency Resources Executive Order, there is a rush to total control over we the people and our resources which is accelerating to light speed.

It has to be said that the corporate socialist coup, in theory, has been affirmed as absolute via the Supreme Court Health Care decision, which in essence is government declaring the corporations’ right to levy taxes upon we the people. 

In other words, the corporations are the government.

Our founding fathers knew that if the smallest intrusions upon our individual rights and freedoms were allowed, the process of whittling them away would not stop until they were all gone. 

This is why our rights are described as inalienable, that is without exception.

Take our 2nd Amendment right. 

It says, “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”  It does not say “except as the government sees fit to regulate.”

The 1968 Gun Control Act was a blatant violation of our 2nd Amendment, yet it was allowed. 

And who allowed it? 

Well, the government in the first part, as it wrestled power from the people and then we the people in the second part, through our failure to exercise the 2nd Amendment in order to protect it.

Our 4th Amendment states, 

“The right of the people to be secure in their persons,houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”  It does not say “except as the government sees fit to regulate.”

Through the Patriot Act, the 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th Amendments have been completely eliminated and an affirmation of this elimination is Section 1021 and 1022 of the NDAA.

These are not theories, these are facts, which brings us back to the 9th Amendment, which says, 

“The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.” 

Our rights have never been a thing our government grants us and as the government does not grant our rights, it cannot take them away. 

The fact is, in order for our rights to cease to exist, each and every one of us, as individuals, must surrender them. 

So I ask each and every one of you, what is it to be? 

Will you surrender your rights or will you enforce them through the exercise thereof?

God bless the Republic, death to the international corporate mafia, we shall prevail.

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The Power To Tax Is the Power To Destroy

 

From Lew Rockwell

by Peter Schiff – June 30, 2012

Recently by Peter Schiff: Trickle Up Economics

The Supreme Court decision is devastating for the economy and individual liberty. Apart from creating an all powerful federal government, changing substantially what it means to be an American, the law will send health care costs soaring, further undermining our economy. It will destroy jobs, impoverish millions, and lead to much higher inflation and lower living standards.

It will give Romney a club to use against Obama during the election. Obama will have a lot of explaining to do as he strongly stated during the debate to pass the bill that the individual mandate is not a tax. The Supreme Court just said it was.

In his majority opinion Justice Roberts specifically said the government does not have the authority, under the Commerce Clause, to compel Americans to buy a product. He then said it has unlimited power to tax people who do not buy products the government wants them to buy. This is a distinction without a difference. Based on this ruling, here are examples of what the government can now do:

Tax you for going to church. Tax you for not going to church. Tax you for protesting. Tax you for not protesting. Tax you for expressing a controversial opinion. Tax you for joining or not joining a particular organization. Tax you for writing something controversial. Tax you for speaking or writing critically of government. Basically, there is nothing the government can’t do, so long as it does it as a tax.


June 30, 2012

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Peter Schiff is president of Euro Pacific Capital and author of The Little Book of Bull Moves in Bear Markets and Crash Proof: How to Profit from the Coming Economic Collapse.

His latest book is The Real Crash: America’s Coming Bankruptcy, How to Save Yourself and Your Country.

Copyright © 2012 Euro Pacific Capital

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Reality Check: If Healthcare Law Is A Tax Is It Now Invalid?

 

Published on Jun 28, 2012 by 

Ben Swann

Ben Swann Reality Check breaks down the Affordable Care Act ruling by the Supreme Court and looks at why the determination that the law is a tax, may make it invalid.

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DeMint: ‘Obamacare’ Still Unconstitutional — States Should Refuse To Implement It

From The Liberty Crier

June 29, 2012

Jim DeMint

By 

Today, U.S. Senator DeMint (R-South Carolina) made the following statement:

“The Supreme Court may have failed to stop this government takeover of health care, but the American people will not.

Since the day this law was rammed through Congress, the American people have demanded repeal, and today’s ruling doesn’t make Obamacare any less dangerous to our nation’s health.

Freedom-loving Americans are disappointed, but we cannot be discouraged.

The President’s health care law must be fully repealed as all of its promises have proven false.

We were told it was not a tax hike, but this ruling confirms it is an unprecedented and enormous tax on the poor and middle class Americans.

President Obama needs to explain why he is enacting this middle class tax hike over the objections of the American people during the worst economic recovery since the Great Depression.

We were told it would lower health costs, but health care premiums are exploding.

We were told that Americans could keep their personal health plans, but millions will now lose it.

We were told it would improve our economy, but it is now the largest obstacle to employers hiring new workers.

This government takeover of health care remains as destructive, unsustainable, and unconstitutional as it was the day it was passed, unread, by a since-fired congressional majority.

Now as then, our first step toward real health care reform and economic renewal remains Obamacare’s full repeal, down to the last letter and punctuation mark.

I urge every governor to stop implementing the health care exchanges that would help implement the harmful effects of this misguided law. Americans have loudly rejected this federal takeover of health care, and governors should join with the people and reject its implementation.

The President’s health care law will not reform anything, but is already undermining what does still work in America’s health care system.

We cannot build a free market health care system on this flawed structure of centralized government control, we must repeal all of it and start over with commonsense solutions that make health care more affordable and accessible for every American.

We can allow Americans to purchase lower cost plans from other states, support state high-risk pools to cover those with pre-existing conditions, medical-malpractice reform to end frivolous lawsuits, and tax equity so Americans who don’t get their health insurance from an employer are not penalized.

Today’s decision, however unfortunate, nonetheless represents an opportunity to all Americans, to claim their right to create a health care system of, for, and by the people, not government or special interests.

The American people now have the chance and Congress has the responsibility to fully repeal this Washington takeover and reform health care ourselves, together, around the principles of individual liberty, not government mandates.”

“The same freedom that made America strong and prosperous will make us healthier, too, so long as politicians remember that the health care system is supposed to serve our people, and not the other way around.”

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Post image for DeMint: ‘Obamacare’ Still Unconstitutional — States Should Refuse To Implement ItJim DeMint is the junior United States Senator from South Carolina.

He is author of Now or Never: Saving America from Economic Collapse and The Great American Awakening: Two Years that Changed America, Washington, and Me and others.

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  5. NAPOLITANO: Can Obama rewrite federal law?

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The Supreme Court isn’t the LAST step of opposition…the Declaration of Independence is

 

From America 20xy

ETERNAL VIGILANCE IS THE PRICE OF FREEDOM

POSTED BY ATS – JUNE 28, 2012

By Andrew Steele

John Roberts– who was appointed by the son of the man who once proudly heralded the coming of the New World Order on the floor of Congress–

made a ‘surprising’ run to the left on Thursday,

ruling in favor of Obamacare’s insurance mandate, forcing Americans to buy the same insurance they couldn’t afford to begin with and using the power of government to give insurance companies more customers while pretending to punish them.

Claiming that the mandate is a tax, despite the fact that Obama once said that it wasn’t, the federal government is forcing Americans to buy a product before voluntarily participating in an activity,

drawing a big X over the rest of the U.S. Constitution, and upholding a limitless definition of Congress’s taxing power as the standard by which it can do whatever it wants.

Unlike the income tax or auto insurance, which theoretically a person can avoid by not working and not driving, the health insurance mandate is a tax that a citizen pays simply for being alive.

For years America has been divided on this issue, with one side touting Obamacare as an exercise of “democracy” and the majority on the other side rejecting it as “socialism” (which pure democracy leads to).

In reality the healthcare law is corporatism on steroids, with insurance companies eager to “enroll America” within days of the law’s passing.

After the ruling on Thursday, “Bilderberg Party” co-candidate Mitt Romney made a bland political statement that essentially said nothing,

and several public figures who were in favor of the law, seeking to put the issue to rest,

claimed the issue has been settled now that is has gone to nation’s highest court, overlooking the last steps of action justified by the federal government’s violation of the 10th Amendment,

and outlined by the Declaration of Independence–

which states the right of free people to abolish (or secede from) governments that overstep their bounds.

While many claim this last action could never happen in America– given the nature of certain citizens who only embrace ‘rebellion’ when it’s endorsed by some faction of the establishment using them to water down revolutionary inclinations or unknowingly advocate for what the establishment wants–

it is an option that still exists, nonetheless, and stands as the true final step of resistance.

Such an action, if taken, would need to be proclaimed by state governments in order to have the most teeth.

Minus the assistance of state governments, citizens are entitled to practice noncompliance with unconstitutional laws,

provided that they are acts of noncompliance, not offensive violence,

and that any violent acts that result are those of the federal government showing its hand and cracking down on the rights of its citizens while it pretends to stand for freedom to the rest of the world.

Secession should certainly be the final resort.

If a state were to lead the charge, a declaration of secession would have to be the last step behind a reassertion of its 10th Amendment rights and its own declaration on noncompliance with the law through nullification.

This would put the ball back in the federal government’s court, with the state essentially stating to it, “ok, make me”,

and forcing the federal government give the first shove, if it had to come to that (which it doesn’t need to).

Last year, when the state of Texas considered a law that would have prevented TSA agents from groping innocent passengers,

the federal government threatened to ban any flight to and from the state…the modern day equivalent of blockading Boston Harbor.

Unfortunately Texas backed down, robbing America of what could have been a showdown that would have forced the White House to either show its true face,

solidly establishing it as an enemy of its people and an occupying force, or once again wear the leash that our founding fathers made for it.

The Supreme Court shamefully shielding the blatantly unconstitutional insurance mandate should be seen as one of the last breaths gasped by canary in the coal mine by anyone still in doubt that our constitution is being rendered null and void by the big money interests seeking to control the world,

and the puppet officials who serve them.

The last political solution between chaos or surrender lies within state governments and within individuals in these states who are resolved in their decision to stand their ground and not comply.

For anyone to believe that sending establishment Republicans to Congress and rallying behind Mitt Romney in the next presidential (s)election is going reverse the outcome of the Supreme Court’s ruling is naive at best,

and intellectually negligent for anyone who knows that both major political parties are really just two sides of the same coin.

Resistance needs to be grassroots, not a controlled opposition that results in the reaffirmation of the status quo.

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Time for regime change in the USA

 

From PressTV

June 29, 2012

With breath-taking arrogance, the USA is opposing the presence of Iran at the discussions about Syria in Geneva.

Turkey – now openly playing the sectarian card and deliberately causing a Phantom jet to fly in fast and low in order to provoke a reaction and so involve NATO – can be present.

The USA – supplying arms to al-Qaeda; organizing Salafists, Wahhabists and death squads; broadcasting lying propaganda – can be present. Russia and China can be present.

But not Iran. 

Yet Iran has political, religious and cultural links with the Alawite (Shia sect) government of Syria.

Iran is the one country – not the USA, not Russia, not China, not Turkey, Saudi Arabia or Qatar – which can have frank talks with Syria.

Iran is the one country which Syria can trust as understanding its situation.

And Iran is the only country which can give hope of avoiding a civil war bloodbath, at the very least, or a probable decade-long regional war. 

But Iran is not to be at Geneva because the USA, riddled with bigotry and an example of Ancient Greek hubris if there ever was one, hates any country which wants to be independent.

It particularly hates Iran.

Indeed, so extreme is the hatred that anything (including war) can be done to achieve regime change in Tehran.

It is therefore no surprise that, at all times, the USA quickly side-lines democracy and justice if there is any likelihood that Iran might be involved in the solution.

And just to spell out the point, in Syria, the USA is co-operating with Saudi Arabia – a vicious, totalitarian tyranny supplying guns and money – and with Qatar – an anti-democratic country, supplying guns and money. 

Furthermore, bent on regime change in Syria, the USA is comprehensively ignoring the Kofi Annan Peace Plan just as the referendum and election held by Syria are also being ignored.

When the USA wants regime change, anything goes – particularly the torturing and slaughter of Shia women and children which, by twisting the facts to their opposite, are blamed on the government when they were really the work of the American-backed Wahhabi and NATO death squads who, when not killing, like to ransack Christian churches. 

Nor is Iran banned only from a solution for Syria. It is also banned from the solution for Afghanistan.

Iran is next to Afghanistan. It has linguistic, religious, cultural and trading links with Afghanistan.

If ever there was a country which can talk to all parties in Afghanistan, it is Iran.

However, the USA – full of self-important haughtiness and the major cause of the problem – determines that Iran can never be part of the solution and, by doing so, condemns Afghanistan to many more years of misery.

Yet the world is turning: change is afoot and Russia, wanting Iran to be at Geneva, is one of the countries which is not only sensing the change but is actively doing something about it.

Right the way round the globe countries are quietly banding together.

They can do so because they are directly experiencing a decline in the economic and political power of the USA.

On top of which the USA’s moral authority went out of the window long ago so countries are quietly plotting a new course for themselves – one which involves breaking free from Western hegemony.

Thus the Shanghai Co-operation Organisation brings together Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and others, with India, Pakistan and Iran as observer members.

China and Japan have decided to trade in their own currencies and not the dollar – there’s a sign of the times!

And in South America a number of countries are beginning to band together to run their own international bank (the Banco del Sud) thus causing the diminution of American financial and political influence. 

Indeed, the amazing thing is that the USA is completely failing to see what is going on.

It was completely caught off balance by the Arab Spring so perhaps it is not surprising that it does not understand that it is hated more than it knows; that its traditional mixture of bullying, bribery and attack are not quite as impressive as it thinks; and that, in short, others are fed up with a short-sighted arrogance and even more short-sighted stupidity which is always prepared to go to war (even if that means that the USA is now virtually bankrupt because of its military spending).

All in all, it’s time for all sensible people and all sensible countries (there’s quite a lot of them) to consciously question any assertion by the USA that this or that regime is at fault and needs to be overthrown.

Instead all sensible people and countries should start to say that the world is fed up with war-mongering as well as angry at the Wall Street machinations which are destroying the world economy. 

Then the way will be opened for impressing on the American people what the situation really requires – regime change in the USA. 

RS/JR

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Declaration of Independence from a War Economy

 

From War Is A Crime .org

formerly AfterDowningStreet

Posted by davidswanson 

By Mark Haim, Mid-Missouri Peaceworks

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for a people to dissolve the political and economic bands which have connected them with an industry and a bureaucracy that have held sway over their lives, and to assume an equal station among the peoples of the earth, living free from permanent war in an equal station to people of other nations as the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men and women are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness living in a state of peace. —

That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Humanity, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

Prudence, indeed, will dictate that patterns of Governance long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed.

But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under an intolerable War Economy, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such improper Governance, and to provide new Guards for their future security.

Such has been the patient sufferance of the people of these United States during seven long decades under a Permanent War Economy; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Governance.

The history of recent decades is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of a highly militarized state functioning as a Tyranny over the citizens of these United States as well as to others in many nations around the world.

To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

They have spent exorbitant sums on wars and munitions, undermining our security by leaving programs to care for our people and environment wanting.

They have hollowed out our cities, left our schools crying for funding, allowed our infrastructure to decay, and generally disregarded important governmental functions critical to the security of our nation.

They have even failed to adequately provide for the care of our veterans, so many of whom are suffering from injuries and psychological trauma as a result of their deployments.

They have incurred unnecessary and odious debt, in order to fund the Military-Industrial Complex, cumulatively adding up to trillions of dollars, which will burden our progeny for decades to come, with no benefit to our populace.

They have engaged repeatedly in illegal, aggressive war-making and foreign interventions that have had nothing to do with defending our nation.

Our government has entered into a state of war repeatedly, without the constitutionally mandated declaration of war.

They have repeatedly flouted international law that requires that military force be used only defensively or when authorized by the United Nations Security Council.

This law, established under a treaty signed by our President and ratified by our Senate, is, under our Constitution, the highest law of the land.

They have repeatedly violated the Nuremberg Principles which hold that aggressive war-making is a Crime Against Peace, and, as such, is the highest form of war crime.

They have sent our young men and women off repeatedly to fight in these wars, leading to millions of casualties, including deaths, injuries, chemical poisoning and psychological traumatization of our military personnel.

They have caused the death, injury, poisoning and traumatization of millions of people in the nations where our government has intervened, doing harm to these people and creating enemies in the process, thus undermining our security.

They have overthrown, or participated in the overthrow of, democratically elected governments in many countries including Iran, Guatemala, Greece, Chile and Haiti, imposing, in the process, brutal, repressive regimes.

They have supported, armed and trained the militaries of, and generally aided numerous unpopular and repressive governments.

Our government and military have thus allied themselves with ruling elites and made our nation an enemy to the majority of the people of these countries in the process.

They have created, armed, trained and operated proxy armies to conduct aggressive war-making on behalf of the interests of large trans-national corporations and their allies.

This has been done in places like Nicaragua, Angola, Afghanistan, Cuba and many other nations.

They have used the geopolitical power generated through military intervention and force, combined with the economic leverage of the international banking and monetary system, to impose unfair trade regimes on the Global South.

In the process, they have hurt not only the people of the developing world, but also American workers millions of whom have lost jobs to outsourcing.

They have repeatedly used Napalm, White Phosphorus and other incendiary weapons in Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Iraq and other countries, causing horrific pain and suffering to combatants and civilians alike.

They have illegally conducted drone warfare, repeatedly attacking, killing and maiming people, including non-combatants, in countries such as Somalia, Yemen and Pakistan, without legal or moral authority to do so.

They have created and maintained vast arsenals of weapons of mass destruction that threaten humanity’s survival.

They’ve even used nuclear weapons, at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, resulting in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of civilians.

To this day, they refuse to abide by the provisions of the 1968 Non-Proliferation Treaty, which require the mutual elimination of such weapons.

They have produced enormous inventories of long-lived, carcinogenic radioactive waste without any plan as to how to isolate these wastes from the environment for the required hundreds of thousands of years.

They have dispersed dangerous radionuclides into the atmosphere through nearly two decades of above ground nuclear weapons testing, contaminating military personnel and civilians alike.

And they have poisoned underground aquifers through predicable leakage of these long-lived wastes.

They have used Depleted Uranium weapons in Yugoslavia, Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere leading to the chemical and radiological contamination of combatants, including our own troops, civilians, residential areas, farmland and water supplies.

They have, through the creation of a Permanent War Economy, moved our nation in a direction dramatically at odds with the intention of our founders.

More than two centuries ago, President George Washington warned us of the dangers of large standing armies and permanent military alliances. Over the past seven decades, we have ignored this advice, and have paid dearly.

The Permanent War Economy has enriched the few and impoverished the majority.

It has contributed to the skewing of income and lead to a dangerous concentration of wealth, power and political influence in the hands of a few.

We have seen not just war on other nations, but War on the Environment as well, with corporate powers plundering our seas, ravaging our coasts, destroying our environment and laying waste to the natural resources that belong to us all, and future generations.

In every stage of the growth of the War Economy We and our predecessors have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms.

We have written letters, made phone calls, met with our Representatives and Senators, held peaceful vigils and demonstrations of all sorts: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury.

The Military-Industrial Complex has seen fit to continue its abuses unabated.

Their actions make clear that they are unfit to be rulers of a free people.

We, therefore, speaking for the peace loving people of our nation and appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name of the good People of this Nation, solemnly publish and declare,

That these United States are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent of the control and influence of the War Economy;

that we are Absolved from all Allegiance to the Military-Industrial Complex, and that all political connection between the people of this Nation and the perpetrators of the War Economy is and ought to be totally dissolved;

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

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 A LITTLE LOCAL NEWS : Another story for our Police Abuse and Corruption Files – 

NHP Troopers Sue Department Over K-9 Program

 

From 8News Now – Las Vegas

By Nicole Benson, Online News Editor – email

LAS VEGAS — A group of Nevada Highway Patrol troopers and a retired police sergeant have filed a racketeering complaint against the NHP (Nevada Highway Patrol) and Las Vegas Metro Police in U.S. District Court.

The complaint alleges that after then-Gov. Jim Gibbons approved a K-9 program to target drug runners on Nevada’s highways, Nevada Highway Patrol Commander Chris Perry intentionally undermined the program.

The complaint alleges that the drug-sniffing dogs used by troopers in the program were intentionally being trained to operate as so-called trick ponies, or dogs that provide officers false alerts for the presence of drugs.

The dogs were being trained to alert their handlers by cues, instead of by picking up a drug’s scent by sniffing, the complaint said. When a dog gives a false alert, this resulted in illegal searches and seizures, including money and property, the complaint said.

Read the Complain Filed By NHP Troopers

The 103-page complaint alleges that Perry, along with others, used the K-9s to undermine the program to systematically conduct illegal searches and seizures for financial benefit.

The complaint also alleges the defendants, which also includes the state’s Public Safety Department and individuals in NHP and Metro, were involved in a Federal RICO conspiracy, also known as the Federal Racketeer Influence and Corrupt Organizations Act.

NHP, Metro and the state have not returned calls from 8 News NOW for comment.

Allegations also include corruption, abuse of office and official cover ups.

 

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Mainstream media, medical journals pushing ADHD drugs for six-year-olds

 

From NaturalNews

Friday, June 29, 2012

by: Ethan A. Huff, staff writer

adhd

(NaturalNews) There is a fresh agenda afoot to begin diagnosing children as young as six years of age with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and drugging them with dangerous medications like Ritalin (methylphenidate), Adderall (dextroamphetamine and amphetamine), and Prozac (fluoxetine).

And the mainstream media seems to be working lockstep with medical journals to create the illusion that doing this is vital for childhood health and development.

A recent study published in the journal Pediatrics, and promoted by ABC News, for instance, suggests that the earlier a child is diagnosed with ADHD, the more likely he or she is to get better grades in school.

Waiting too long to get diagnosed, in other words, can cause children with ADHD to have more educational troubles, say the authors.

Based on data collected from 12,000 Icelandic children who began taking ADHD medication between fourth and seventh grades, researchers from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York determined that children who began taking ADHD medications in fourth grade experienced an overall drop in their math scores of 0.3 percent, compared to a nine percent drop among children who began taking ADHD medication around sixth or seventh grade.

All the children in the study, however, experienced some decrease in academic performance.

But those who began getting drugged the earliest had slightly less of a decrease, which led study authors to the wild conclusion that children need to be diagnosed with ADHD and drugged as early as possible to improve their overall condition.

ADHD drugs are dangerous, addictive, and highly unnecessary

This “get ’em while they’re young” approach is a great tactic for the pharmaceutical industry to maintain both record-level profits and a steady stream of fresh customers.

But the effects of these drugs on the children taking them, millions of whom do not even have ADHD, will be disastrous.

Amphetamines like those found in the popular ADHD drug Adderall, for instance, are highly addictive and potentially very destructive.

Heart attack, stroke, elevated blood pressure, and even sudden death are among the extreme side effects associated with Adderall (http://www.naturalnews.com/029584_Adderall_side_effects.html).

And both Prozac and Ritalin can cause children to incur depression, anxiety, and tendencies towards killing others or themselves.

The very legitimacy of ADHD as a disease has also been called into question by many who see its “symptoms” as nothing more than natural variations in human personality and behavior.

Particularly, over-diagnosed are young boys, whose high energy levels are often conveniently labeled as ADHD in order to forcibly conform them into the government education system.

Oftentimes, legitimate behavioral and developmental problems in children are a result of environmental and dietary toxins.

Processed sugars like high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), artificial flavorings and colorings, preservatives, and other unhealthy foods can provoke behavior problems, as can vaccines.

Many parents who have restructured their ADHD-diagnosed child’s diet have witnessed an incredible, natural reversal of symptoms commonly associated with ADHD.

Sources for this article include:

http://abcnews.go.com

http://www.naturalnews.com/026459_drug_child_children.html

Articles Related to This Article:

• While scientists clash over the dangers of ADHD drugs, the U.S. government does nothing to protect children

• The ADHD Scam and the Mass Drugging of Schoolchildren (Transcript)

• Neurologist Dr. Fred Baughman talks about the fraud of ADHD and the poisoning of U.S. children

• Treat ADHD with Hypnosis

• Hypnosis Offers Benefits in the Treatment of ADHD 

• Dr. Mary Ann Block teaches alternatives to mainstream ADHD treatments for children and adults

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Socialist Unity at the Top Fails to Divide the American People

 

From the Trenches

Posted on June 29, 2012 by Henry Shivley


Since the beginning of the 2012 Campaign for the presidential election, the mainstream propaganda machine has spared no effort in their attempt to divide we the people, using every method proven effective over the past fifty years. 

They have tried to turn us against one another through race, gender, religion, and our beliefs in reference to social issues like abortion and gay rights.

The culmination for the attempt to divide has been put forth via the unconstitutional and treasonous Supreme Court ruling on health care, which in reality is an implementation of corporate socialism, wherein the health care industry has acquired the illusion of the authority to directly tax we the American people. 

The mainstream propagandists are moving forward in stating there is now a clear difference between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama and that there is now a clear divide among we the people.

Not so. 

The socialists that support this treasonous act are and have been socialists all along the way. 

And like it or not, their numbers have been diminishing right down the line, as many Americans have been discovering that they have unknowingly beensupporting socialism, in simply not realizing the treason national and soviet socialism represent.

Many have found their way back to our Constitution and are enraged in finding out that they have been deceived by the two major parties, which have turned out to be one party working to bring down our Republic, destroy our Constitution, and bring us into the new world order devoid of our freedoms, liberty, and sovereignty.

The attempts by the elitist owned media to sell the idea of American collectivism through socialism as a fait accompli began to witness failure when the May Day Protests were boycotted by all but the hardcore socialists. 

Their numbers were pathetic and the contempt for them by the rest of us shined.

And on and on as the socialists, both national (neo-con Republiscums) and soviet (Demorats), have been forced to reveal themselves through their actions. 

Now we have had the ultimate affirmation as the neo-con national socialist Chief Justice Roberts joined with his soviet socialists brethren and sisteren, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, in affirming the fact that conservatism and liberalism, hence the false left-right paradigm, have all along been nothing more than ploys to divide we the people and have us force socialism upon one another from two different angles.

Now they think they have us divided with no choice other than Leon Trotsky/Romney and a Cheka police state to inflict the tyranny or Joseph Stalin/Obama and a KGB police state to inflict the tyranny.

No sale. 

We reject socialism as the collectivism it represents nullifies the individual freedoms and liberties contained in our Bill of Rights. 

It is treasonous and this is an insurgency. 

We the people, using our overwhelming numbers and the fact that we are armed to the teeth will reinstate our Republic under our Constitution and drive every member of the socialist insurgency into the sea. 

They have done their worst and still we stand united.

They will now attempt to convince us that there is no way we can defeat the great UN army, just like their predecessors tried to convince our founding fathers they could not defeat the greatest army on the planet at the time, the British. 

In the end we will decimate them, as we are fighting for our land, upon our land, just as our forefathers did.

There is no doubt that we are going to have to destroy foreign armies from without, and this we will do. 

But when it comes to the traitors from within, we must levy upon them such a vicious and brutal punishment as to deter any future notions of insurgency within the United States for at least a hundred years.

God bless the Republic, death to the international corporate mafia, we shall prevail.

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Supreme Court Decision Facilitates Austerity Measures

 

From the Trenches

Posted on June 29, 2012 by Henry Shivley


In economics, austerity refers to a policy of deficit-cutting by lowering spending often via a reduction in the amount of benefits and public services provided. 

Austerity measures are being instituted in the European socialist countries as a trade off for bailouts to finance further debt. 

As indicated, austerity is socialist term, as socialist countries rely on a system that depends on government control of every aspect of existence.

Since the theft of the $32 trillion from the American people by the international corporate mafia banksters, the socialist insurgents within our government have been mumbling the word “austerity” and looking to see how we react. 

$32 trillion has been borrowed in our grandchildren’s names and given to the international banksters around the world and, as this is a money scam, those who got the money were the ones we borrowed themoney from.

Now they want to enact austerity measures upon the American people to collect, with interest, the money we borrowed from them to give to them.

We’ve all been noticing the volatility in the stock market. 

This is because we had reached the point to where we were either going to accept the establishment of a social democracy in the place of our constitutional Republic or the austerity could not be implemented as you need socialism to have austerity.

With the treasonous Supreme Court’s affirmation of the replacement of our constitutional Republic with a democratic socialist one world state, the door has been opened to implement the socialist austerity measures. 

And the stock market is soaring.

The propagandists are trying to convince us that the rich elite do not like this new tax. 

Bull. 

This is the austerity and as all the money that will be taken from the poor and middle class will be going directly to the corporations, to pretend that the corporations are adverse to the operation is ludicrous.

Cut through all the crap and look at the reality. 

The poor and middle class are about to get a lot poorer and the filthy rich are about to get a lot filthy richer.

God bless the Republic, death to the international corporate mafia, we shall prevail.

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Expect IRS thugs armed with shotguns knocking at your door 

OBAMA CARE APPROVED – IRS To Force Americans To Buy Health Insurance

360 Degrees Of Alternative Daily News

             From WorldOrderNews

                June 28, 2012


In a victory for President Obama, and a travesty for the Middle Class, the Supreme Court upheld Obama’s health care mandate empowers the IRS to begin to regulate Americans’ health care by 2014.

Expect IRS thugs armed with shotguns knocking at your door to fine you $695 per person (or $2,085 per household) for failure to purchase health insurance, if you fail to pay the outrageous fine,expect to be sued by the IRS. 

The revised health care law has removed the penalty of $250,000 and imprisonment of up to five years.

This historical Supreme Court ruling allows the federal government to force citizens to enter a contract with private corporations to buy health insurance.

This is happening just days before 4th of July, when America won its Independence from British tyranny, and now we face the same tyranny today.

By 2014 all Americans will have to submit or face being fined and sued by the IRS.

The American people are already struggling financially with record unemployment, inflation, and trillions of dollars in national debt, by the time health insurance becomes mandatory the middle class will be financially bankrupt.

This is the reason why the military and police are preparing martial law in U.S. streets, because people will revolt against the system that has turned us into financial slaves.

They are conditioning Americans right now with military and police checkpointsspeed traps, using Army drones to spy on us,  rolling out the tanks, and putting military goons on residential streets to prepare us for what is to come in the near future.

The Bilderberg Group discussed in Spain about wanting to level America into a 3rd world impoverished nation, where we’re all poor under World Government Dictatorship.

Soon the American standard of living will drop significantly, services will be cut, taxes will increase until we become so poor that we are unable to fight, resistance will be futile.

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Big Banks Have Become Mafia-Style Criminal Enterprises

 

From Washington’s Blog

Posted on June 29, 2012 by WashingtonsBlog

Banks Conspire to Fleece the Public

Two stories this week prove once again that the big banks are literally criminal enterprises.

Initially, all of the big banks have engaged in Mafia-style “bid-rigging” of municipal bonds, to bilk money from every city in the nation … to the collective tune of tens billions of dollars.

And Barclays and other large banks – including Citigroup, HSBC, J.P. Morgan Chase, LloydsUBS, Royal Bank of Scotland – manipulated the world’s primary interest rate (Libor) which virtually every adjustable-rate investment globally is pegged to.

And see this. That means they manipulated a good chunk of the world economy.

 Other recent stories also show criminal fraud as well. For example, the big banks have been cheating homeowners … especially veterans.

And as Max Keiser explains, banking giants Mellon and State Street shaved money off of virtually every pension transaction they handled over the course of decades, stealing collectively billions of dollars from pensions worldwide:

 (Details hereherehereherehereherehereherehereherehere.)

 Indeed, the entire business model of the big banks is fraud. See this, thisthisthisthis and this.

Fraud caused the 1930s Depression and the current financial crisis.

 Regulators Have Become “Cops On the Take”

There’s no recovery because the government made it official policy not to prosecute fraud (and see this,thisthis, and this).

Unfortunately, the cop is on the take … and the government’s only actions are to cover up the fraud and to leave the people holding the bag.

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War for the Weekend?

 

From Urban Survival

By George Ure – June 29, 2012

THE main thing to keep your eyes on over the next few days – while most people will be distracted by either the just-issued Supreme Corps decision – is the chance of global/regional nuclear war in  the middle east, perhaps as early as this weekend. 

Let me assemble some of the pieces for you. 

 First, there’s the  tension over Syria which has continued to escalate going into talks in Geneva because president Assad has rejected any possibility of a Western-dictated solution for his country.  

The US/Europe has a nasty habit lately of kicking out uncooperative dictators which sometimes works (Libya, at least so far) but sometimes fails miserably (Egypt).

 There has been considerable consternation by the Russians about how the West is trying to put forward what the MSM would have you believe is a more “democratic” form of leadership, since we see in the failing conservative wet-dream of an Arab Spring that the reality is that when Arab Spring runs out, the hard-liners in favor of theocratic government, such as the recent victory by the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, roll into power.

 I won’t say the US State Department is wrong, or that a fish rots from its head. 

I will simply point out that Russia has lined up behind Syria’s Assad as an ally.

 Now, click over to the US Navy site and note that eight US aircraft carriers have hurriedly left port and are now standing off US shores

Why my this be of interest? 

Although I don’t have any more facts that what’s in the media report, it is entirely possible that following an attack on Iran by Israel, and/or Western intervention is Syria, that tensions could escalate and they might  include reprisal terrorist attacks on targets of opportunity inside the US by sleeper cells, or agents who have walked in via the still porous Mexican border, kept that way by neutering the good efforts of Border Patrol.

 Likewise, president Obama’s trip today to look at fire damage from the blaze near Colorado Springs will bear close scrutiny. 

Should the president elect to stay in Colorado for the weekend – on the pretext of campaigning there since it is a critical swing state, there may be more to this than meets the eye.

 That certain small country on the southeast coast of the Mediterranean has been unusually quiet, given the gravity of events in Syria, and reports on the web that Saudi forces have been raised to their highest possible alert levels in the past few days is another telltale of tensions building. 

 Israel has noted, in press reports like this one, that Iran’s view of US action is taken as merely empty threats.

 Our consulting war gamer notes in part another item to watch is new “super-virus” Flame:

 One must make a number of assumptions to believe the contents of this link, chief among them being that the US would openly release the complete Flame code into the wild, allowing peer competitors (e.g. China and Russia) to effortlessly assimilate and deploy this ground breaking cyber weapon.  

Deception is surely at play. 

 We are in Wonderland, and all is not really what it seems.

My bet is the actual ‘complete’ code will eventually hold more than one world economic and/or military entity hostage. 

After all, Information = power.  Control the information and you own all the power.   

Change you can believe in, just not the kind of change you might have expected.”

 It’s important to watch Iran, since they are firmly behind the Syria regime of Assad, giving him prominent coverage, like this report, on the Iranian government’s English-language web site.

 Iran is also, BTW giving prominent play this morning to the killing of the governor of Jowzjan province in Afghanistan, presumably by Taliban.

 Does this portend a war over the weekend. 

No, of course not! 

 Except, of course, unless it happens. 

And in that case, ships are dispersed to sea, the president is inland near a mountain that could be safe from all but a direct hit, and oh yeah what about all those helicopters Russia is selling to Syria?

 The MSM reports are ramping up their anti-Assad message. 170 killed in one day goes one report. 

 Around here, an UrbanSurvival reader is reminded that 110 people a day die in traffic accidents in the US but that doesn’t splash around like this stuff halfway around the world. 

And somehow, the 1,581 people who will die today of cancer in the US doesn’t get as much traction, either.

[…]  I get all kinds of interesting “heads up!” stuff through here.  Take this email, for instance:

 “I have relatives in TX who learned something at a beauty parlor (!).

The dock workers have decided to go on strike in Sept, and it is expected that no goods will enter the country.

We were being told this so we could stock up in advance. I do not know what this means for the ports of San Diego, NoCal, or Portland.

In a really really strange coincidence, policeman have been calling in to talk shows stating that they are practicing for “an event” in September or October.

My guess is that we’ll become Greece, esp since today it has come to light that JP Morgan’s loss in derivatives was not 2 Billion, but nine billion.

I also saw a headline that the Swiss citizens are stocking up on cash today (they are not in the Euro).

Makes one wonder, doesnt it? 

 Speaking of JPM, my consigliore called this week to gloat, saying something like:

 “Remember on the financial bad news when I said you can take the first number out and multiply it times 3 to 5 to come up with reality?”

 Uh…yeah, something like that.  Next?

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‘Jim’, a Police Officer Warns of an “Event” in October, 2012

 

Published on Jun 26, 2012 by 

 ***NOTE*** This call was uploaded for the sole purpose of placing it in this story on SGTreport:

Watching the Clock: Will a Total Economic Collapse Occur in September-October?
http://sgtreport.com/2012/06/watching-the-clock-is-the-total-economic-collaps...

This call is from the Sunday, June 24th broadcast of the Alex Jones radio show.

Jones announced that he only wanted to take calls from members of the military or police.

A man identifying himself as a police officer named ‘Jim’ called in to report some startling information. 

“We have been told that in October we need to be prepared for an event that will require us to use air and ground support, in conjunction with the military here.”

During the call Jim comes across as passionate, sincere and very shaken by the information he tries to share.

After the commercial break, Jim gets choked up as he tries to convey his appreciation for what Alex Jones has tried to do in terms of waking people up in the effort to save the Republic from the clutches of the forces seeking to destroy it.

Now, nearly in tears, Jim concludes by saying “This country’s dead Alex. It’s gone” before unexpectedly hanging up.

 ALSO SEE THIS :

Army Admits Troops on The Streets Are Illegal

Published on Jun 28, 2012 by 

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Clash of the Presidents: Carter vs. Obama

 

From the Trenches

Posted on June 26, 2012 by Admin

All Voices – by Herbert Dyer, Jr.  

On June 24, 2012, former President Jimmy Carter penned an op-ed piece in The New York Times which lambasted the Obama Administration’s human rights record.

Without naming the President directly, it is clear that Mr. Carter is upset with Mr. Obama.

Under Obama, Carter argues, America has completely abandoned its role as a leader, if not the leader of human rights enforcement throughout the world.

On the contrary, the U.S. may now be ranked high among the most serious violators of human rights, both abroad and at home.

Carter’s main concerns are with America’s actions overseas, and are, broadly, twofold:

  • The escalation of unmanned drone attacks in the Middle East and the Horn of Africa; and

  • Obama’s continuing failure to close Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp.

Drones. 

President Carter reveals that pursuant to American military (and thus Administration) policy, any man killed in a drone attack anywhere overseas is declared an “enemy terrorist” after the fact.

All women and children killed in such attacks are, as always, the unfortunate but inevitable result of “collateral damage.”

President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan has demanded that the drone attacks cease inside his country.

The Obama Administration has ignored him. Likewise, drone attacks have been stepped up in non-combat zones in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia, killing untold hundreds, perhaps thousands, of innocent people.

Guantanamo Bay. President Obama has reneged on any number of solemnly, earnestly made promises during his 2008 campaign.

But the failure to follow through on his pledge to close the Cuban prison camp known as “Gitmo” has rankled many of his staunchest supporters to the point of not just disillusionment but disgust as well.

As one of the President’s very high profile supporters, President Carter’s critique of Obama’s Gitmo policy is particularly stinging.

Carter points out that only half of the 169 remaining prisoners there have any hope of ever being released.

He says that some of these men have been tortured in extremis via waterboarding over 100 times, threatened with snarling dogs, power tools, and “threats of sexual assault against their mothers.”

Further, it is almost a foregone conclusion that those who are brought to trial before “military tribunals,” where normal rules of evidence and procedure do not apply, will be given decades-long or life sentences to be served right there in Guantanamo Bay Detention Center.

Carter’s Domestic Issues.

 President Carter also objects to Obama’s support for legislation that allows for the assassination of American citizens and/or their indeterminate “detention” should he, and he alone, determine that they represent a “threat” to “national security.”

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 under Obama has been hollowed out and now allows for virtually unlimited snooping by the government on American citizens’electronic communications devices without judicial warrant.

Finally, the President’s tacit embrace of state laws which allow arrest, detention and prosecution of citizens because of their appearance, national background, or “suspicious” behavior is also decried by Mr. Carter.

November, 2012. 

President Jimmy Carter’s clash with President Obama is not a good omen for the President’s re-election prospects.

There is no doubt whatever that President Carter is a man of principle, and would not and does not levy these charges against President Obama lightly.

He, Carter, is certainly aware that his words may have a detrimental effect on the President’s ultimate vote totals, and, indeed, could contribute to his loss in November.

Thus, he is also surely aware that his criticism may provide more fodder for the right wing media’s propaganda machine.

So, why did he do it?

President Carter called President Obama on the carpet because wrong is just wrong.

And the truth must be told no matter whom it hurts….or when it hurts, or how bad it hurts.

Those who still support the President, must allow the scales covering their eyes to fall away and face the obvious truth.

The President has been acting as would any ordinary, power hungry warmonger.

(George W. Bush comes readily to mind. In fact, most of the President’s bad behavior here is merely enhancement of Bush’s original so-called “doctrines”).

There is little time left for Obama to redeem himself, though.

As a gesture of good faith, however, I suggest that, at the very least, President Obama begin by returning his Nobel Peace Prize.

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UK Report finds Israel breaches International Law

 

Scoop - Independent News

From Scoop

by Julie Webb-Pullman

June 27, 2012

A group of nine British lawyers lawyers from the fields of human rights, crime and child welfare released the Children in Military Custody report on Tuesday, concluding that Israel is in breach of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, and the Fourth Geneva Convention in its treatment of Palestinian children.

The Report compared Israeli domestic law as it applies to Israeli children, and Israeli military law as it applies to Palestinian children, and found significant differences.

 “What is important is that, whatever the offence charged, an Israeli child and a Palestinian child should from start to finish be treated by the Israeli justice system, whether civilian or military in form, according to the same principles and procedures,” the Report states.

Practices criticised in the report included discrimination, failure to observe the child’s best interests, premature resort to detention, confining children with adult prisoners, delayed access to lawyers, and the use of shackles.

The group also considered that other practices they were informed of, if proven, would constitute cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.

The Report contains a litany of abuses of Palestinian children at every stage of the process, from arrest through interrogation, bail hearings and plea bargains, trial, sentencing, detention and complaints.

One section (Section 36, of the 120 in the Report) describing only the detention process, states:

“…those who have been identified as offenders or suspects are arrested by soldiers, usually in nighttime raids on their homes are blindfolded, and, with their wrists painfully bound behind them, are then transported to interrogation centres, sometimes face-down on the floor of military vehicles.

The majority are verbally and / or physically abused and, without being informed of their right to silence or the right to see a lawyer, are sometimes held in solitary confinement, pressured to inculpate themselves and others, and are often made to sign statements which they cannot read because they are written in Hebrew.

Interrogations are not, save on rare occasions, audio-visually recorded, and those tapes that do exist are almost impossible to obtain by defence lawyers representing the children.”

The details of these detentions, as well as the remand and jail conditions, make horrifying reading.

The project was funded by the United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and the reporting group was comprised by The Rt Hon Sir Stephen Sedley, The Rt Hon the Baroness Patricia Scotland of Asthal QC, Frances Oldham QC, Marianna Hildyard QC, Judy Khan QC, Jayne Harrill, Jude Lanchin, Greg Davies and Marc Mason.

The stature of the reporting group, and the fact that “a substantial and balanced body of relevant information was collated” from key parties, including Israeli Government departments and the military, Israeli and Palestinian NGOs, UN agencies, former Israeli soldiers and Palestinian children, gives some hope that international pressure will be brought upon Israel to end these illegal and inhumane practices.

Whether Israel bows to the pressure, and observes international law, is quite another matter.

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Bullets in the brain, shrapnel in the spine: the terrible injuries suffered by children of Gaza

 

From The Ugly Truth

An injured Palestinian boy - Bullets in the brain, shrapnel in the spine: the terrible injuries suffered by children of Gaza

Doctors at a hospital near Gaza are almost overwhelmed by the number of Palestinian children needing treatment for bullet wounds to their heads.

telegraph.co.uk
 

On just one day last week staff at the El-Arish hospital in Sinai were called to perform sophisticated CAT brain scans on a nine-year-old, two 10-year-olds and a 14-year-old – each of whom had a bullet still lodged in their brain, after coming under fire during the Israeli ground assault on Gaza.

Dr Ahmed Yahia, the head of the trauma team, broke the news to the grandmother of Anas, aged nine, that the girl was not expected to live.

“Anas was deeply comatose when she came in, and she remains deeply comatose,” said Dr Yahia. “The bullet has damaged a big part of her brain. It came in, hit the skull wall and then changed direction downwards. I’ve seen a lot of gun injuries and the damage here is so extensive I think it may be fatal.”

Dr Yahia, a professor of neurosurgery who has worked in both the United States and Britain, believes that the bullet was shot from close range. “If it changes course inside the brain it has high velocity and its penetrative force is also high,” he said.

“I can’t precisely decide whether these children are being shot at as a target, but in some cases the bullet comes from the front of the head and goes towards the back, so I think the gun has been directly pointed at the child.”

As Israel prepared for a possible ceasefire yesterday its officials continued to deny that its soldiers had deliberately targeted civilians, blaming Hamas fighters for sheltering in the houses of ordinary Gazans and using them as human shields.

But there is no disputing the scale of the suffering in Gaza, or its heavy impact on the young.

The United Nations has counted 346 Palestinian children killed since the Israeli assault began, while Hamas, the radical Islamic movement that Israel has been trying to dislodge, says there are 410 children among the 1,201 Palestinian dead.

An even larger number of children have been wounded – 1,630, according to Hamas – and a disturbing number of them have suffered serious injuries to the head.

Hundreds of victims of Israel’s three-week campaign in Gaza have been transferred across the Egyptian border at Rafah for urgent treatment. They are seen first at El-Arish, nearly 40 miles from the border.

For patients who are often on ventilators it is a hazardous journey across a war zone.

One of the medical team leaders at the hospital, Dr Ayman Abd al-Hadi, said that this was the worst conflict he had experienced.

“We’ve had one child with two bullets in the head and nowhere else,” he said. “We think that this shows something.”

He praised the medical teams in Gaza for managing to save so many lives despite a shortage of staff, supplies and equipment.

“But only a very small percentage of children can survive bullet wounds to the head,” he said. “If we see three children here who have survived bullet wounds to the head, there are probably 97 still in Gaza who have not.”

Doctors at the small but well equipped hospital do not attempt to remove the bullets, but perform a full assessment and attempt to stabilise their patients – most of whom are unconscious – before sending them to hospitals in Cairo, and in some cases abroad, for more complex treatment.

Of those who survive, few are likely to recover fully.

Most child victims of such injuries are likely to be paralysed for life.

Other children have different but horrific injuries – like Samer, not yet three years old, who lay playing with an inflated surgeon’s glove as her Egyptian doctor tried to distract her from the suffering he was about to inflict upon her as he inserted a drip containing painkillers into her hand.

After she was shot in the back outside her Gaza home, it took three hours for medical help to reach the captivatingly pretty child.

Her uncle, Hassan Abedrabo, said that Samer was hit by an Israeli bullet which damaged her spinal cord and has left her paralysed.

Her two sisters, aged two and six, were shot dead in the same close-range attack as they tried to escape from tanks bombarding their home in Jabaliya, north of Gaza City.

The girls’ mother was hit twice but survived; Mr Abedrabo said that their grandmother, waving a white flag at the front of the terrified family procession, lost an arm to another bullet.

Samer has now been transferred to a Belgian hospital but the Egyptian doctors who treated her in El-Arish believe she will never walk again.

If she is too young to grasp what her future now holds, Samer thinks she knows what happened to her.

“The Jewish shot me,” she said in Arabic. “And they killed my little sister.”

Mr Abedrabo, Samer’s uncle, insisted that there were no Hamas fighters in their home when Israeli tanks opened fire last week.

He is a supporter of Hamas’s bitter political rivals Fatah, led by the Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas.

“The tanks opened fire on the fourth storey,” said Mr Abedrabo, as he watched over his niece in hospital.

About 30 people were sheltering on the ground floor as the tanks began pounding the third floor; then the second; then the first.

“The house began to shake and we were terrified,” he said. “The women and children were screaming as they thought the house was going to collapse.

“I speak Hebrew so I shouted to the Israelis. The officer said, ‘Come out’ so the women went first, waving a white flag. They opened fire from just 15 metres away. How could they not tell they were children? They could see them.”

Three hours later, when a cousin arrived with Palestinian doctors, eight people remained in the house.

At that point, Mr Abedrabo said, missiles fired by Israeli F16 jets destroyed what was left of the building, killing those still inside.

The hospital’s psychiatrists, who see every patient, were particularly concerned about a 13-year-old boy who lay trapped, terribly wounded by shrapnel, for three days beneath the rubble of his home.

Other family members lay dead around him, and he saw dogs begin to gnaw their bodies.

As international pressure grew on both sides to agree a ceasefire last week, there was little sign within Israel of public opinion turning against the campaign.

In a controversial move, the country’s Association for Civil Rights launched a protest over the plight of Palestinian children by taking out a full-page, obituary-style advertisement in the daily newspaper Haaretz.

It lamented the deaths of children of various ages and featured the word “Stop” in bright red letters.

“There is little desire to address the price the civilian population in Gaza is paying,” said Nirit Moskovitz, a spokesman for the group.

“Israeli society needs to be reminded that actual people and innocent children are getting hurt.Children are everyone’s soft spot and therefore we chose to focus on them.”

The doctors in El-Arish cannot independently verify the accounts given by Gazan victims.

But nothing they have seen discredits claims by civilians that they have been deliberately targeted.

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44 Senators Tell Obama To Do Israel’s Bidding

 

My Catbird Seat

From MY CATBIRD SEAT

 June 23, 2012


by James Wall

War, as Gemeral Sherman once said, is hell. It is also widely perceived to be a failure of diplomacy.

Which would explain why it is that when war-promoting lobbyists want to generate congressional enthusiasm for the next war, all short-term congressional memories must be wiped out.

Wiped out, that is, with the efficiency of that “cricket clicker” used by Agents Kay and Jay, played by Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith (shown here), in the Men in Black film series.

In the films, one click aimed at a targeted subject erases all recent memory; the clicker also works amazingly well in US elections.

Which is one explanation of why after yet another click-call from AIPAC, 44 US senators found that they no longer remembered what happened the last time the neocons took us to war against a Middle East nation, a war that has thus far cost 4,000 American military dead at a cost of more than $800 billion.

That war further secured Israel’s role as the tail that wags the dog of the US government in all matters pertaining to the Middle East.

Thus it was that with no apparent memory of the last time this nation went to war, 44 US senators dutifully sent a letter to President Obama, telling him what the US must do after the inevitable failure of last week’s round of negotiations with Iran.

These 44 senators forgot about the terrible reviews of the 2003 Shock and Awe production. They just know Shock and Awe: The Sequel, will be a success.

Their June 15 foreign policy letter is reproduced here, complete with signatures.

The signees include 25 Democrats and 19 Republicans. These senators represent AIPAC’s honor roll of loyalists.

Democrats: Menendez NJ; Schumer NY; Cardin MD; Blumenthal; CT Lieberman I-CT; Wyden OR; Lautenberg NJ; Pryor IL; Casey PA; Gillbrand NY; Brown; Stabenow MI; Klobuchar MN; Merkele OR; Coons DE; Nelson NE; Bennet CO; Inouye HI; Mikulski MD; Tester MT; Hagan NC; Nelson FL; Warner VA; Levin MI; Beegich AK. (25)

Republicans: Blunt MO; Collins ME; Isakson GA; Ayotte NH; Risch ID; Vitter LA; Moran KS; Coryn TX; Boman AR; Sessions AL; Scott Brown MA; Crapo ID; Hoeven ND; Coats IN; Murkowski AK; Toomey PA’ Lee UT; Portman OH; Heller NV (19)

The P5+1 negotiators (representatives of the five members of the UN security council plus Germany) delivered an ultimatum to Tehran in the Moscow talks, demandng that Iran agree to three demands, all of which the P5+1 negotiators knew would be non-starters for Iran.

The demands:

One, close the Fordow facility, Iran’s major nuclear development underground project..

Two, freeze enrichment above 5%, a figure far below weapons-grade enrichment. (19.5% is a more reasonable enrichment, a figure still below weapons grade.)

Three, ship all uranium enriched above 5% out of the country

Viewing the negotiations from outside the actual negotiation circle, Israel smugly holds tight to its own nuclear arsenal developed in faux secrecy with the help of western powers.

In his web site, Informed Comment, Juan Cole wrote this week that strong evidence has emerged demonstrating how Israel employed the threat that it would use  nuclear weapons against Iraq if the US did not act on its own in 2003.

Cole reports on the newly serialized memoirs of Alastair Campbell, who in 2002, was then British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s communications director.

Cole writes that, according to Campbell,  in conversations with President George W. Bush in late 2002, Israeli’s then Prime Minister Ariel Sharon “threatened to nuke Baghdad if Saddam Hussein hit Israel with rockets again.”

It is an astonishing threat. The Iraqi SCUDs that hit Israel during the Gulf War of 1991 were primitive and hardly the sort of threat to Israel that would trigger a nuclear response among sane people.

It is also clear that the threat was intended to force George W. Bush to act aggressively against Saddam.

Cole speculates that the current Israeli Prime Minister, Binyamin Netanyahu might very well be behind the scenes, once again pushing the US toward an attack on Iran. He adds:

I have long wondered why western leaders pay so much attention to Netanyahu, the leader of a small country of 7.5 million with a gross domestic product only a little bigger than that of Portugal.

Is it because, behind closed doors, they still talk the way Sharon did?

Does Israel regularly use its nuclear warheads to blackmail the US and the West more generally?

Good question, which leads to a second question: If Israel is using its stockpile of nuclear warheads as blackmail, who is to blame?

The US and the West are to blame.

We enabled and supported Israel’s nuclear arms program during a period when the US and the West were engaged in a Cold War with the Soviet Union.

This short-term solution was short-sighted.

It was a solution that turned Israel into a nuclear military entity that can no longer be controlled by the US and the West.

In an earlier, more innocent time, we assumed Israel could be trusted to act responsibly with the weapons we helped them develop.

Israel was, we believed then, the “only democracy” in the region, right?

That was then, this is now.

And now we must deal with a nuclear armed Israeli government falling increasingly under the control of the West Bank settler movement with its dangerous ethnic exceptionalism and its Masada-complex.

Uri Avnery describes the settler-dominated government under which he, a longtime Zionist loyalist turned radical leftist, must live out his final years.

He is not pleased:

The whole raison d’être of the settlements is to drive the Arabs out of the country and turn the whole land of Canaan into a Jewish state.

In the meantime their shock troops carry out pogroms against their Arab “neighbors” and burn their mosques.

These fundamentalists now have a huge influence on our government’s policy, and their impact is growing.

With close ties to Iran and a vote on the U.N. Security Council, Russia could play a key role in the coming months in determining whether Israel decides to attack Iran..

Here is just a recent example of that impact: Amy Teibel, who writes for the Associated Press from Jerusalem, reports that Russia president Vladimir Putin(shown here) will visit Israel next week,( Which he did do, as this is an older story) where “the steely Russian president [is] widely viewed as coddling the Iranians”.

Yacov Livne, head of the Russia desk at the Israeli Foreign Ministry, offered this threat to Putin in advance of his visit:

“The message they (the Russians) will receive is that Israel can’t tolerate a nuclear Iran. Of course we prefer a diplomatic solution, but we will use all means to protect Israel’s survival.”

President Obama must now cope with a nuclear-armed Israeli government which has the absolutist backing of 44 AIPAC-guided senators who collectively ignored the old political adage that “foreign policy stops at  the water’s edge“.

The senators sent an Israel-First letter to the president, which concludes with this stern demand:

If the sessions in Moscow produce no substantive agreement, we urge you to reevaluate the utility of further talks at this time and instead focus on significantly increasing the pressure on the Iranian government through sanctions and making clear that a credible military option exists.

As you have rightly noted, ‘the window for diplomacy is closing.

Iran’s leaders must realize that you mean precisely that. 

Did these 44 elected government office-holders meet in solemn assembly in a Senate conference room and reflect prayerfully on what should follow the negotiations on what Iran must do to avoid further economic punishment and a possible military attack?

Did they seriously reflect on the overwhelming evidence that Iran is not an immediate threat to emerge as a nuclear arms power? Evidence like this:

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper confirmed in a Senate hearing – following the release of the classified National Intelligence Estimate in 2011 – that he has a “high level of confidence” that Iran “has not made a decision as of this point to restart its nuclear weapons program.

Mohamed ElBaradei – who spent more than a decade as the director of the IAEA, [the International Atomic Energy Agency]

– said that he had not “seen a shred of evidence” that Iran was pursuing the bomb.

Six former ambassadors to Iran within the last decade say that there is no evidence that Iran is building nuclear weapons, and that Iran is complying with international law.

Former AIPAC staffer turned progressive blogger, MJ Rosenberg, knows a great deal about AIPAC pressure on Congress.

He concludes:

The letter is pure AIPAC/Netanyahu. One, it offers the other party nothing except (2) negotiations themselves which are viewed as a concession to the other side.

The offer is designed to be rejected. Why would Iran give up something for nothing?

The letter is also an AIPAC device for scoring senators in an election year.

Those who sign will be rewarded or left alone.

Those who don’t will hear from AIPAC and its friends. Not a pretty possibility.

This is foreign policy making at its worst, not policy at all but pure special interest politics designed by a lobby to advance Binyamin Netanyahu’s interests and agenda.

Ugly stuff. But not surprising.  Just appalling.

Wait, there is more. Not to be outdone in the Iran-bashing, lust for war department, the US House of Representatives affirmed its own resolution of support for an aggressive position on Iran.

The final vote was 401-11.

For those of you who only consider Republicans to be warmongers: 166 of 190 Democrats voted in support, including some of its ostensibly most progressive members, such as Barney Frank and Rush Holt.

The language used [in the resolution] bodes terribly for the United States’ already disastrous and destructive foreign policy.

The House affirms not merely that Iran will not be allowed to manufacture nuclear weapons, but that it will not be permitted the capability of said manufacturing.

Seeking to create a high standard for the negotiators to follow prior to the Moscow meeting between Iran and the P5+1, negotiators the Britain’s Guardian newspaper offered this guidance:

All sides need to be courageous enough to recognize a fair exchange is a central tenet of dialogue.

Between ordinary people and governments alike, reciprocity can be expressed in many shapes; among them, in the form of mutual respect.

In the context of Iran’s dialogue with the P5+1, this means considering the concerns of all sides as equal and being willing to give at least as much as one takes.

A lofty admonition, to be sure, but not one that the majorities of both houses of the US Congress nor the  P5+1 negotiators, want to embrace.

How will this White House respond?

Will Shock and Awe: The Sequel, open soon in the homes of American parents and tax payers near you?

You already know the answer if Mitt Romney is elected president.

If Barack Obama is reelected in November, what can we expect in a second term?

Well, so far, even in the midst of an election campaign, Obama has resisted AIPAC’s pressure to sanction a Shock and Awe: The Sequel.

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Jim Wall

About the author: Jim Wall – View all posts by 

James M. Wall is currently a Contributing Editor of The Christian Century magazine, based in Chicago, Illinois.

From 1972 through 1999, he was editor and publisher of the Christian Century magazine.

He has made more than 20 trips to that region as a journalist, during which he covered such events as Anwar Sadat’s 1977 trip to Jerusalem, and the 2006 Palestinian legislative election.

He has interviewed, and written about, journalists, religious leaders, political leaders and private citizens in the region.

Jim served for two years on active duty in the US Air Force, and three additional years in the USAF (inactive) reserve.

His website: Wall Writings

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Where are all the dead bodies from swine flu?

CDC’s new estimates of half a million dead prove too comedic to ignore

 

From NaturalNews

CDC

June 27, 2012
by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com (See all articles…)

 (NaturalNews) Until a couple of days ago, the CDC had claimed that the swine flu pandemic of 2009 killed roughly 18,500 people. That’s been the “official” number for the last three years.

But suddenly, in a burst of revisionist inspiration, the CDC has retroactive altered medical history and announced that as many as half a million people may have died from swine flu after all! (http://ca.news.yahoo.com/swine-flu-likely-claimed-quarter-million-liv…)

And yet, somehow, we all missed those 500,000 dead bodies in 2009, which would have overflowed from the morgues, filled local gymnasiums and been found dropping dead across our streets.

If 500,000+ people died from swine flu, modern cities would have been littered with dead bodies like something from a war scene.

After all, the entire Vietnam War killed roughly 50,000 Americans, and the CDC is claiming swine flu killed ten times as many people.

So where is the war zone?

Where are all the bodies?

I don’t recall any pictures in the news of bodies stacking up anywhere.

No reports of morgues overflowing with dead people. No mass graves. No footage from the TV news showing the horrors of stacked body bags. 

None of that ever happened!

Half a million people died but somehow nobody noticed

Apparently the CDC’s position is that 500,000+ people died and somehow no one noticed, if you can believe that.

Yep, while we were all watching Dancing With the Stars, hundreds of thousands of our brothers and sisters were dropping dead on the streets around the world, and then they somehow just vanished into thin air and haven’t been heard from since. (Insert Twilight Zone music here…)

Thank goodness the CDC has finally found them all!

Thanks to the agency’s “computer modeling” — a euphemism for the less technical term “making sh!t up” — all those 500,000+ deaths have finally been accounted for!

But where are the bodies, then?

Any cop knows that if you think you have a murder, you need a body.

No body means no murder… probably just a missing person instead.

So where are the CDC’s bodies?

The only rational conclusion is that the CDC is hiding all the bodies! 

That’s why we haven’t seen them.

Yes, they’ve dispatched teams of literal body snatchers to whisk away all the dead swine flu bodies before we would notice anything.

Check the nursing homes… are your parents still there?

Maybe they got snatched by the CDC and you just never noticed…

Bodies for the zombie apocalypse?

So somewhere deep in the CDC’s basement, alongside the thawed autism brains and level-4 bioweapons they’ve been feverishly working on releasing soon in a Chicago bus station, there’s a gruesome collection of hundreds of thousands of bodies of swine flu victims.

You might wonder, then, for what purpose they are keeping a few hundred thousand bodies on ice.

The answer should be obvious: The CDC is going to re-animate all those bodies and send them back onto the streets during the next zombie apocalypse that the CDC has already warned us about! (http://www.naturalnews.com/032454_zombie_apocalypse_CDC.html)

According to the CDC’s own words posted on May 16th, 2011 — and no, I’m seriously not making this up:

Where do zombies come from and why do they love eating brains so much?

…Zombies would take over entire countries, roaming city streets eating anything living that got in their way.

The proliferation of this idea has led many people to wonder – How do I prepare for a zombie apocalypse? (http://blogs.cdc.gov/publichealthmatters/2011/05/preparedness-101-zom…)

So now it’s all becoming clear.

The CDC is hoarding swine flu bodies (which we somehow never noticed were missing), and it’s going to re-animate them using Frankenvaccines, then unleash them onto the streets of America as the much-anticipated zombie apocalypse.

Ah, now it all makes sense.

I’m glad there’s a rational explanation behind it all, because for a minute there I thought the CDC was just fabricating numbers out of thin air in order to push more vaccines.

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