Archive for April, 2009

Will NorthCom take over in Swine Flu Outbreak?

April 30, 2009

“Do you get it yet?”

-F.F. 4/30/09

 

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The swine flu outbreak raises a lot of fears.

Here’s one you might not have thought of yet: The Pentagon may be taking over more and more of our civil society in this crisis.

Back in 2002, President Bush created NorthCom, the Pentagon’s Northern Command, which has jurisdiction over the United States.

And NorthCom has been running preparedness drills in the event of a flu pandemic for at least the past three years.

Making things more alarming, NorthCom got assigned its own fighting unit six months ago—the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team, which had spent much of the last five years battling things out in Iraq.

The assignment of that fighting unit alarmed the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). “This is a radical departure from separation of civilian law enforcement and military authority and could, quite possibly, represent a violation of law,” said Mike German, ACLU national security policy counsel.

Testifying in March, General Victor Renuart, head of NorthCom, said it would provide “assistance in support of civil authorities” during an epidemic. And, he added, “when requested and approved by the Secretary of Defense or directed by the President, federal military forces will contribute to federal support.” But he boasted: “USNorthCom does not wait for that call to action.”

He noted that NorthCom has prepared for a flu outbreak from Mexico. “Because Mexico is our neighbor and disasters do not respect national boundaries, we are focused on developing and improving procedures to respond to potentially catastrophic events such as pandemic influenza outbreak, mass exposure to dangerous chemicals and materials, and natural disasters,” he testified.

NorthCom also has a “private sector cell,” Renuart said in a talk to the Heritage Foundation on August 20, 2008. “We have great participation from industry and from other organizations around the country.”

One private sector group that has worked with the FBI and Homeland Security on pandemics is InfraGard. This is group of more than 30,000 businesspeople who have special access to confidential FBI information and may be assigned special—and lethal—duties in times of an emergency (See “The FBI Deputizes Business”).

An InfraGard chapter held a meeting at NYU Medical Center on February 21, 2007 on “Pandemic Preparedness Planning: the Case for Public-Private Collaboration”.

InfraGard also participated in a conference entitled “Surviving the Pandemic,” held in Madison, Wisconsin, October 12, 2006. That conference was co-sponsored by the Southeast Wisconsin Homeland Security Partnership, two centers at the University of Wisconsin, the Madison Area Technical College, Alliant Energy, and American Family Insurance.

InfraGard wants to be a player in pandemic response. “Utilization of their expertise will help local communities prepare for a possible pandemic event to ensure minimal disruption and quick recovery,” one InfraGard press release stated.

Whether and how InfraGard and NorthCom might be working together in this swine flu outbreak is unclear.

Similarly, it is unclear what actions NorthCom might take if an all-out pandemic ensues.

One last concern: George W. Bush bestowed upon the Presidency enormous powers, essentially to be in charge of every branch of government, as well as state and local and tribal governments and the private sector, in the event of a “catastrophic emergency.” (See National Security Presidential Directive 51)

We’re in a public health emergency now. It’s not “catastrophic” yet. But it appears to be up to the President—and the President only—to make that determination, according to the directive.

Congress needs to hold hearings on NorthCom, InfraGard, and National Security Presidential Directive 51.

We must insist on our rights, even in emergencies.

 

http://www.progressive.org/wx042909.html

April 30, 2009

Holy Shit. This Guy Is Our President.

April 30, 2009

If you take your head out of the sand you might realize what a nightmare  this guy really is (and worse than him) are the men holding the fishing line dancing him around. Keep thinking it’s some conspiracy.  Stop looking for answers from a false (fraud) prophet.  All the answers to all of the worlds problems lie within you. Ha, ha, right? NO. You just have to except the glory that lies within all of you and stop treating yourself second rate. The power lies within your minds and within our numbers. There is nothing in the world that can stop a mass movement of goodness. Stop being afraid. Smarten up. Toughen up. And speak up… you know, if you don’t want to live in a world that will completely destroy your human desire to be a free thinking, creative, beam of light. You’ve been taught your whole lives to live in fear and for some of you… thats all you know. You are your own God. Love yourself and lets get on with it. And lets get rid of the people who pose a threat to all of us. It could be so easy… soo easy.

-Fred Face 4/30/09

 

“During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act”. —George Orwell 

Flying Pigs, Tamiflu and Factory Farms

April 30, 2009

by F. William Engdahl

 

If we are to believe what our trusted international media report, the world is on the brink of a global pandemic outbreak of a new deadly strain of flu, H1N1 as it has been labelled, or more popularly, Swine Flu. As the story goes, the outbreak of the deadly flu was first discovered in Mexico. According to press reports, after several days, headlines reported as many as perhaps 150 deaths in Mexico were believed caused by this virulent people-killing pig virus that has spread to humans and now is allegedly being further spread from human to human. Cases were being reported hourly from Canada to Spain and beyond. The only thing wrong with this story is that it is largely based on lies, hype and coverup of possible real causes of Mexican deaths.

 

One website, revealingly named Swine Flu Vaccine, reports the alarming news, ‘One out of every five residents of Mexico’s most populous city wore masks to protect themselves against the virus as Mexico City seems to be the epicenter of the outbreak. As many as 103 deaths have been attributed to the swine flu so far with many more feared to be on the horizon. The health department of Mexico said an additional 1,614 reported cases have been documented.’ We are told that the H1N1 ‘shares genetic material from human, avian and swine influenza viruses.’1

 

Airports around the world have installed passenger temperature scans to identify anyone with above normal body temperature as possible suspect for swine flu. Travel to Mexico has collapsed. Sales of flu vaccines, above all Tamiflu from Roche Inc., have exploded in days. People have stopped buying pork fearing certain death. The World Health Organization has declared  a ‘a public health emergency of international concern,’ defined by them as ‘an occurrence or imminent threat of illness or health conditions caused by bioterrorism, epidemic or pandemic disease, or highly fatal infectious agents or toxins that pose serious risk to a significant number of people.’2

 

What are the symptoms of this purported Swine Flu? That’s not at all clear according to virologists and public health experts. They say Swine Flu symptoms are relatively general and nonspecific. ‘So many different things can cause these symptoms. it is a dilemma,’ says one doctor interviewed by CNN. ‘There is not a perfect test right now to let a doctor know that a person has the Swine Flu.’ It has been noted that most individuals with Swine Flu had an early on set of fever. Also it was common to see dizziness, body aches and vomiting in addition to the common sneezing, headache and other cold symptoms. These are symptoms so general as to say nothing.

 

The US Government’s Center for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta states on its official website, ‘Swine Influenza (swine flu) is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by type A influenza viruses that causes regular outbreaks in pigs. People do not normally get swine flu, but human infections can and do happen. Swine flu viruses have been reported to spread from person-to-person, but in the past, this transmission was limited and not sustained beyond three people.’ Nonetheless they add, ‘CDC has determined that this swine influenza A (H1N1) virus is contagious and is spreading from human to human. However, at this time, it is not known how easily the virus spreads between people.’3

 

How many media that have grabbed on the headline ‘suspected case of Swine Flu’ in recent days bother to double check with the local health authorities to ask some basic questions? For example, the number of confirmed cases of H1N1 and their location? The number of deaths confirmed to have resulted from H1N1? Dates of both? Number of suspected cases and of suspected deaths related to the Swine Flu disease?

 

Some known facts 

According to Biosurveillance, itself part of Veratect, a US Pentagon and Government-linked epidemic reporting center, on April 6, 2009 local health officials declared a health alert due to a respiratory disease outbreak in La Gloria, Perote Municipality, Veracruz State, Mexico. 

 

They reported, ‘Sources characterized the event as a ‘strange’ outbreak of acute respiratory infection, which led to bronchial pneumonia in some pediatric cases. According to a local resident, symptoms included fever, severe cough, and large amounts of phlegm. Health officials recorded 400 cases that sought medical treatment in the last week in La Gloria, which has a population of 3,000; officials indicated that 60% of the town’s population (approximately 1,800 cases) has been affected. No precise timeframe was provided, but sources reported that a local official had been seeking health assistance for the town since February.’ What they later say is ‘strange’ is not the form of the illness but the time of year as most  flu cases occur in Mexico in the period October to February.

 

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Wayne Madsen on Russia Today: Suspicions Over Origin of Virus

April 30, 2009

GOA-PVF: Specter Must Go

April 30, 2009

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Time For Arlen Specter To Go 
— GOA Supports Pro-gunner Pat Toomey 

Gun Owners of America Political Victory Fund E-Mail Alert 
8001 Forbes Pl Suite 102 
Springfield VA 22151 
(703) 321-8585 
http://www.goapvf.org 

Wednesday, April 29, 2009 

First, Senator Arlen Specter provided the instrumental Republican 
support to get anti-gun Attorney General Eric Holder confirmed by the 
Senate. 

Then, he singlehandedly pushed through the massive economic bailout, the 
so-called stimulus bill, which contained several provisions of concern 
to gun owners. 

So it comes as no surprise that liberal anti-gun Specter, who has no 
loyalty to the Constitution, also has no loyalty to the political party 
that elected him.  Specter announced this week that he will leave the 
Republican Party and run as a Democrat in 2010. 

Specter’s announcement comes only after poll after poll showed him 
trailing pro-gun conservative Pat Toomey in a Republican primary. 

Specter thinks that changing parties will improve his chances of winning 
next year. 

What he’s going to learn is that the voters of Pennsylvania are much 
more concerned about their Constitutional rights than they are with what 
political party a candidate belongs to. 

Every time Attorney General Eric Holder opens his mouth and talks about 
reinstating the Clinton gun ban, gun owners know they have Arlen Specter 
to thank. 

Back in early January, Sen. Specter said he had “grave 
concerns” about 
Eric Holder.  He made it sound like he was going to join other pro-gun 
Senators and oppose the Holder nomination. 

Specter was only putting on a show. 

After pretending to oppose Eric Holder, Sen. Specter provided the key 
support that brought the nomination to the floor of the Senate. 

Why the big switch? 

Simple.  When it looked like Specter was going to face a primary 
challenge from a real conservative, he talked tough and made it look 
like he was opposed to Holder.  Then for a while, it appeared that 
Specter would not have a serious challenge, so Specter flip-flopped and 
decided not to oppose Holder. 

With people like Specter in office, it’s no wonder our gun rights are in 
such jeopardy. 

At least gun owners have a clear choice in the next election.  Former 
Congressman Pat Toomey has again taken up the conservative, pro-gun 
mantle and will challenge the liberal incumbent. 

Visit http://www.toomeyforsenate.com/contribute to support Pat Toomey 
for Senate. 

Together, we can defeat the Senate’s most dangerous turncoat and replace 
him with a real Second Amendment defender. 

Specter was one of three Republicans whose vote was needed to pass the 
bailout.  When one of the other two Senators expressed reservations, 
good old Arlen Specter stepped in and brought that Senator “back in 
line.” 

Without Specter, there would be no $1 TRILLION bailout. 

Really, by the time debt services and other frills of the “socialism 
bill” are accounted for, the cost will be over $3 TRILLION! 

The debt foisted upon us by Arlen Specter will be passed on to 
succeeding generations, AND the bailout is being used as a tool of the 
anti-gun left. 

You see, the bailout bill contains provisions that can fund anti-gun 
activist organizations like ACORN and Moveon.org to the tune of hundreds 
of millions — even billions — of your taxpayer dollars. 

The bailout also contains provisions to require your doctor to 
retroactively put your confidential medical records in a government 
database.  Medical records have already been used to deny about 200,000 
military veterans their Second Amendment rights, and that situation will 
be made worse for all citizens thanks to the Specter bailout bill. 

Perhaps no single Senator is negatively affecting the future of this 
country more than Pennsylvania’s Arlen Specter. 

Please help Gun Owners of America make this Specter’s last term in 
office by supporting Pat Toomey for Senate at: 
http://www.toomeyforsenate.com/contribute 

Rep. Toomey challenged Specter in a primary in 2004 with the support of 
Gun Owners of America, and came just 1.7% short of winning. 

Specter’s bacon was pulled out of the fire only after the incumbent 
Senator, President Bush and even, unfortunately, some in the gun rights 
community campaigned on his behalf at the last minute. 

Well, Senator Specter has sold out the people of Pennsylvania and 
conservatives across the nation for the last time. 

At the same time we get rid of an enemy of gun rights, we can also help 
to elect an ardent supporter of the Second Amendment. 

Pat Toomey served in the U.S. House of Representatives for three terms, 
before honoring a self-imposed term limit and retiring in 2004. 

Rep. Toomey was “A” rated by Gun Owners of America during his 
time in 
Congress.  Even though he was supposedly “too conservative” for the 
eastern Pennsylvania district he represented, Toomey stood firm on his 
pro-Second Amendment principles. 

Unlike Arlen Specter, there was no waffling on the issues concerning 
your gun rights. 

Gun Owners of America knows from experience that when we’re in the 
trenches battling the anti-gunners over reinstating the semi-auto gun 
ban, closing down gun shows and funding liberal leftist organizations, 
Pat Toomey will be with us shoulder to shoulder. 

But first he has to defeat Specter, an anti-gun 
Republican-turned-Democrat with millions of dollars in the bank and lots 
of new liberal friends ready to give him more. 

Gun Owners of America calls on sportsmen and gun owners in Pennsylvania 
and across the country to stand with us to defeat Arlen Specter and to 
elect Pat Toomey to the U.S. Senate. 

Please make the most generous contribution possible to Pat Toomey for 
Senate at http://www.toomeyforsenate.com/contribute on the web. 

If you prefer to contribute by check, make your check payable to “Toomey 
for Senate” and mail to: PO Box 220, Orefield, PA 18069. 

Or, you can call the campaign at 484-809-7994 to contribute by phone. 

Pat Toomey stands 100% in favor of your gun rights.  Together, let’s 
stand with Pat Toomey in this crucial election. 

Sincerely, 

Tim Macy 
Vice Chairman

Hard Work Results in 100 Cosponsors for Auditing the Fed

April 30, 2009

April 30, 2009

Dear Friend of Liberty,

Two months after its introduction, HR 1207, Congressman Paul’s bill to Audit the Fed, now has 100 cosponsors!

Who could have imagined (even a few short months ago) that there would be this much congressional support this soon for transparency and accountability at the Federal Reserve?

Yesterday, Campaign for Liberty members all across the nation took action and delivered HR 1207 petitions to their representatives, both on Capitol Hill and in local district offices. We have received many great reports, and I encourage you to check them out this week on our National Blog and Recent Member Posts sections atwww.CampaignforLiberty.com.

I had the privilege to join with volunteers from all over the D.C. area (and also from several states away) for our Petition Push on Capitol Hill, and I am proud of not only the hours they put in during one of the hottest recent days in D.C., but also of the way they represented Dr. Paul and Campaign for Liberty while distributing tens of thousands of petitions.

Reaching 100 cosponsors for this bill is truly a remarkable achievement, and it would not have been possible without all of your hard work. We are only in the early stages of this battle, however, and there is still a lot more to be done. We will continue to push for more cosponsors as we work to get HR 1207 through the committee process as soon as possible and to the House floor for a vote.

The following photos are from our Capitol Hill Petition Push:

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(Several volunteers and Dr. Paul appear with four HR 1207 cosponsors. [Left to Right] Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, Rep. Glenn Thompson, Jr., Rep. Ron Paul, Rep. Rodney Alexander, and Rep. Tom Cole)

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(Volunteers came to C4L National Headquarters on Monday to help prepare the petitions.)

Click here to view the rest.

Thank you for your efforts. In a time when establishment politicians are desperate for answers, we have once again demonstrated what our message of freedom, peace, and prosperity can accomplish.

Together, we will finish this fight and restore transparency to our nation’s monetary system.

In Liberty,

John Tate

President, Campaign for Liberty

 

Obama Positioning For Backdoor Gun Control

April 29, 2009

By Chuck Baldwin
Published 04/29/09 

 

On his recent trip to Central America, President Barack Obama did more than cozy up to Marxist dictators; he also signed onto an international treaty that could, in effect, be used as backdoor gun control. It appears that Obama wants to use international treaties to do what congressional legislation is not able to do: further restrict the right of the American people to keep and bear arms. 

Obama is using the oft-disproved contention that “90% of the guns recovered in Mexico come from the United States” as the stated basis of his support for the international treaty he is promoting. The treaty is formally known as the Inter-American Convention Against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives and Other Related Materials (CIFTA) treaty. The Bill Clinton administration signed the treaty back in 1997, but the U.S. Senate has never ratified the treaty. Obama intends to change that. 

To date, 33 nations in the western hemisphere have signed the treaty. The U.S. is one of four nations that have yet to ratify it. According to one senior Obama administration official, passing the treaty is a “high priority” for the President. 

If ratified, the treaty would require the United States to adopt “strict licensing requirements, mark firearms when they are made and imported to make them easier to trace, and establish a process for sharing information between national law enforcement agencies investigating [gun] smuggling.” 

Senator John Kerry, chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee promises to “work for its [the CIFTA treaty’s] approval by the Senate.” 

Should the Senate ratify CIFTA, Americans who reload ammunition would be required to get a license from the government, and factory guns and ammunition would be priced almost out of existence due to governmental requirements to “mark” each one manufactured. Even the simple act of adding an after-market piece of equipment to a firearm, such as a scope or bipod, or reassembling a gun after cleaning it could fall into the category of “illicit manufacturing” of firearms and require government license and oversight. 

In addition, CIFTA would authorize the U.S. federal government (and open the door to international entities) to supervise and regulate virtually the entire American firearms industry. Making matters worse is the fact that, as a treaty, this Act does not have to be passed by both houses of Congress, nor is it subject to judicial oversight. All Obama needs to do in order to enact this unconstitutional and egregious form of gun control is convince a Democratic-controlled Senate to pass it. 

Obviously, the United Nations, from its very inception, has been one of the world’s most ardent gun control proponents. As anyone who has ever driven by the U.N. building in New York City knows, a huge statue of an American-made revolver with its barrel twisted in the shape of a pretzel greets every visitor. The CIFTA treaty is one of the U.N.’s pet projects in order to achieve this long-held ambition. 

Of course, Obama is a longtime liberal radical when it comes to the Second Amendment. As a senator, he voted against the Second Amendment at every opportunity. He has never seen a piece of gun control legislation that he did not support. And as I have said before in this column, gun control is high on the list of priorities for the newly elected President Barack Obama. 

For Obama to intimate that 90% of the firearms used by Mexican drug cartels come from the United States reveals either a truly dishonest and deceptive mind or a totally misinformed and naive one. Many studies have thoroughly debunked the 90% myth, including one by William La Jeunesse and Maxim Lott in a recent Fox News report. According to these researchers, the real number is closer to 17%. 

According to La Jeunesse and Lott, Mexican drug cartels, which control billions of dollars, obtain the overwhelming majority of their guns from the Black Market, Russian crime syndicates, South America, China, Guatemala, and even from the Mexican army. 

In fact, Mexico is a virtual arms bazaar: AK-47s from China; fragmentation grenades from South Korea; shoulder-fired rocket launchers from Spain, Israel and former Soviet bloc dealers; assault weapons from China; and explosives from Korea–just to name a few sources. 

In addition, according to Mexican Congressman Robert Badillo, more than 150,000 Mexican soldiers have deserted in just the last six years. The vast majority of them took their weapons with them, including the standard issue M-16 assault rifle made in Belgium. 

And please do not forget that corruption within the Mexican government is rampant. Many news sources have covered stories of how drug cartels bribe Mexican officials. An article in the New York Times last year reported, “One of Mexico’s most notorious drug cartels made huge cash payments to officials in the Mexican attorney general’s office in exchange for confidential information on anti-drug operations . . . the cartel might have had an informant inside the American embassy.” 

The Mexican drug cartels control a multi-billion dollar enterprise that has more than enough resources to obtain planeloads of weapons from all over the world. For Obama to assert that 90% of the Mexican drug cartels’ firearms come from the United States is a bald-faced lie! Again, either Obama is stupid and naive or he is deliberately lying to the American people in order to “sell” the CIFTA treaty to the U.S. Senate. I think we all know that Mr. Obama is anything but stupid and naive. 

Read more about the CIFTA treaty. 

In addition to the CIFTA treaty, liberal Chicago Democrat Congressman Bobby Rush has introduced H.R. 45 in the House of Representatives. This bill is anything but subtle. It is an in-your-face gun control bill that would make “Mr. Gun Control,” the late Senator Howard Metzenbaum, shout Hallelujah. 

H.R. 45 would require a federal license for all handguns and semiautomatics, including the ones you already possess. It would require handgun and semi-auto owners to be thumbprinted at a police station and sign a certificate that the gun will not be kept in a place where it could be used for the defense of the gun owner’s family. 

Read more about H.R. 45. 

In all likelihood, H.R. 45 is probably a long shot at passing both houses of Congress, albeit gun owners should never take any proposed gun control bill for granted. The CIFTA treaty, however, is much more dangerous due to its subtlety and subterfuge, the less cumbersome process of passage, and the fact that it makes U.S. gun owners subject to international gun control laws. 

All in all, freedom in America is on the Obama White House chopping block. And this much is certain: if the American people do not retain the right to keep and bear arms, every other freedom we hold dear will quickly disappear as well. Moreover, if we do retain the right to keep and bear arms, it will only be because enough of us — and our state and federal legislators–resist the tyrannical gun control machinations of Barack Obama. And that means defeating the CIFTA treaty and H.R. 45. 

Copyright © 2009 Chuck Baldwin

 

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Ron Paul Puts Swine Flu into Perspective

April 29, 2009

Nader

April 29, 2009

Good morning.

There are no more excuses for the Democrats. 
                    
The Democrats now admit that they control the procedure in Congress and can pass whatever health care reform they want.

Withou10 Excellent Reasons For National Health Caret one Republican vote.

And President Obama can sign it.

What should they do?

They should pass single payer.

Everybody in. Nobody out.

For prevention and treatment.

For free choice of doctors and hospitals.

No more premiums, deductibles, exclusions, co-pays, in-network, out-of-network rigamarole.

Health Care MeltdownNo more family medical bankruptcies.

No more pay or die. 

No more pay or become sicker.

Single payer is the only system that will work.

It’s the most efficient.

Single payer will cut out literally hundreds of billions in administrative fat, billing fraud and unconscionable profits.

These savings will be used instead to insure the 50 million uninsured and the millions more underinsured.

This will save lives. 

Starting with the more than 21,000 Americans who die every year from lack of health insurance.

According to recent polls, the majority of the American people want single payer.

So do the majority of doctors, nurses, and health economists.

So, what will the Democrat leadership do? 

They will keep single payer off the table. 

Because they fear the insurance industry and the pharmaceutical industry – and want their campaign money – more than they fear the American people.

Or as Speaker of the House Pelosi told reporters last week:

“Over and over again, we hear single payer, single payer, single payer. Well, it’s not going to be a single payer.”

Who is Nancy Pelosi speaking for? 

Not for the American people.

Not for those who will die or get sicker month after month.

How are we to respond?

Focus our collective creative energy on Congressional offices around the country — offices of all 435 members of the House and 100 members of the Senate.

That’s why we have set up Single Payer Action.

Less than two months old – and already Single Payer Action is making waves.

In front of Congressional offices from Martinsburg, West Virginia to Seattle, Washington.

On Capitol Hill, standing up to the corporate lobbyists and their lackeys in Congress.

And on the web, challenging the corporate controlled media to put single payer back on the table of public debate.

There is support in Congress for single payer.

Already, 76 House members support HR 676 – the single payer bill in the House.

But the Democratic leadership in Washington has taken single payer off the table. 


They meet regularly behind closed doors with insurance and drug industry lobbyists – to thwart single payer. 

Time to turn up the heat – and get the word out to the American people. 

(Just last week, I was at the University of Colorado in Boulder where I spoke to an enthusiastic audience. Topic: Single payer, full Medicare health insurance for all.)

We need your help now.

To send speakers to all four corners of this country.

To fund organizing drives at Congressional offices around the country.

To shake up the system for single payer.

Last week, many of you responded enthusiastically to a note from my colleague Jason Kafoury by donating $10,000 to Single Payer Action.

Thanks to you, we are a third of the way to our goal of $30,000 by May 14.

This week, we need to expand the base again

If you have not donated yet to Single Payer Action, 
please donate now whatever you can — $10, $25, $50, $100.  

And notice – if you donate $100 or more by May 14, 2009, we will send you two galvanizing books that concisely detail the case for single payer in America.   

  • Health Care Meltdown by Robert LeBow, MD, revised and updated by Dr. C. Rocky White – a Republican doctor so fed up with the needless suffering caused by the insurance industry that he has become a leading advocate for single payer..and

  • Ten Excellent Reasons for National Health Care, Edited by Mary O’Brien and Martha Livingston.

The goal: raise $30,000 by May 14th for Single Payer Action.

To make single payer a reality in America. 

Together, we can break the logjam in Congress – and deliver health care to all.

Let’s get it done.

Onward to single payer.

Ralph Nader

Ralph Nader

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April 29, 2009

Swine Flu Genes From Pigs Only, Not Humans or Birds

April 29, 2009

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  • 5:40 pm 
  • Wired.com

 

The deadly H1N1 influenza virus that’s fueling fears of a global pandemic appears to be a hybrid of two common pig flu strains, scientists who have studied the disease told Wired.com Tuesday. Earlier reports called it a combination of pig, human and avian influenza strains.

The findings may resolve some uncertainty about the nature of the virus, but much is still unknown about its origins and effects.

“This is what we call a reassortment between two currently circulating pig flu viruses,” said Andrew Rambaut, a University of Edinborough viral geneticist. “Why it’s emerged in humans is anyone’s guess. It hasn’t been seen before in pigs as far as I know.”

Rambaut analyzed the gene sequences of viral samples taken from two infected California children. The samples were collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and made available to researchers through an international database of flu genomes.

His conclusions were echoed by Eddie Holmes, a virus evolution specialist at the University of Pennsylvania, and Steven Salzberg, a University of Maryland bioinformaticist. Both have looked at the CDC-provided sequences. The CDC could not be reached for comment, but a document released to scientists and obtained by Wired.com affirms their analysis.

Researchers believe the samples from California represent the same viral strain as one that is believed to have killed as many as 150 of an estimated 1,600 hospitalized Mexicans, and caused hundreds more infections worldwide, including at least 64 in the United States. However, as samples from Mexico have not yet been sequenced, the similarity is not conclusive.

The two strains whose genes are found in the California samples belong to influenza families known generally as North American and Eurasian pig flu. The former was first described in the 1930s, and the latter in 1979. The Eurasian strain is generally found in Europe and Asia, rather than North America.

Neither of the strains have ever proven contagious in humans. One of the genes inherited from the Eurasian strain has reportedly never been seen in humans. It codes for the neuraminidase enzyme — the N1 in H1N1 — which controls the expansion of the virus from infected cells.

“The new neuraminidase gene that came in from Eurasian swine is one we’ve never before seen circulating in humans,” said Rambaut. “That’s one of the reasons it’s spreading rapidly. Very few people will have any immunity to this particular combination, which is what gives the concern that this will be a pandemic rather than just a normal seasonal flu outbreak. It remains to be seen how much and to what extent there is existing immunity.”

In medical terms, the genetic origins of the virus may not matter. Whether it come solely from pigs rather than a mix of pigs, birds and humans doesn’t change its immunological novelty.

However, understanding the origins could eventually help scientists determine how the virus evolved and where it originally emerged.

The earliest cases occurred in the town of La Gloria in the Mexican state of Veracruz, not far from a large and notoriously unsanitary hog farm operated by Granjas Carroll, a subsidiary of giant American food company Smithfield Foods.

Vercruz residents and some journalists have alleged that the virus could have evolved in the farm’s pigs, then passed into humans through water or insects tainted by infected waste. Many researchers, including the authors of a report issued last year by the Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production, have warned that unsanitary conditions at industrial hog farms could prove a breeding ground for new forms of influenza.

The World Health Organization has sent inspectors to the Granjas Carroll farm. The results of the investigation have not been announced. Smithfield issued a press release on Saturday stating that “it has found no clinical signs or symptoms of the presence of swine influenza in the company’s swine herd or its employees at its joint ventures in Mexico.” The company declined further comment, though CEO Larry Pope told USA Today that “(The term) swine flu is a misnomer.”

Rambaut, Holmes and Salzberg declined to speculate on whether the new H1N1 virus evolved on a hog farm or specifically in the Granjas Carroll facility.

However, it seems likely that pigs were the original host.

“That’s a logical conclusion,” said Salzberger. “It was probably two different pigs, or one who got co-infected from others. The two strains mixed, and now you have a brand-new strain.”

“Presumably somewhere there was a pig infected with both forms. We don’t know where or when. It could have been circulating in this form for a while,” said Rambaut.

What comes next is anyone’s guess.

“Influenza virus mutates remarkably rapidly so there is no doubt that the virus will mutate and evolve in humans,” said Holmes. “Quite what this evolution will result in is difficult to tell.”

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http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2009/04/swinefluupdate/

Those Who Cannot Remember the Past

April 29, 2009

 

A cartoon from an issue of the Chicago Tribune, circa 1934, during the Great Depression.

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

George Santayana, The Life of Reason, Volume 1, 1905

 

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http://www.infowars.com/those-who-cannot-remember-the-past/

 


Straight Talk – Weaponized Vaccines and Pandemic Protection

April 29, 2009

This eAlert posted at: http://www.healthfreedomusa.org/?p=2581
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Nano Silver
 
Engineered Pandemic 
Weaponized Vaccines 
New World Order 
Self-Quarantine & 14 Point Checklist
 
Anti-Virals, Herbal and Other Remedies

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When the Natural Solutions Foundation shared our analysis of the weaponization of the Avian Flu with you in 2008, we got thousands of emails asking us what to do to protect ourselves. What does Dr. Laibow use?.

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On to the Engineered Pandemic

The predicted, or perhaps I should say, “promised” pandemic may very well be upon us. This is, as sure as God made little green apples, a totally man-made event, with a totally man-made pathogen (disease-causing agent). The WHO, US Government and MMD (media of mass deception) have been ramping up, ramping up, ramping up. But there is no honest virologist in the world who can look you in the eye and say that this virus had any chance whatsoever of having self-assembled genes

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What will it get you? Vaccinated with a Weaponized Vaccine.

I have the reports of several Mexican doctors who tell us that their colleagues were vaccinated and died. Vaccinated with what, you may ask? Now that is a really good question…

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Can you Spell “New World Order”

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Man does not live by Nano Silver alone… other steps you can take…

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From Natural Solutions Foundation last year –

How to Self-Quarantine; Advice from a Public Health Professional:

http://www.healthfreedomusa.org/?p=752

The above article was exclusively published by Natural Solutions Foundation and includes expert opinions –

(1) Self-Quarantine Memo from a NBC Protection Expert 
(2) Fourteen Preparedness Points, and 
(3) Other Preparedness Steps

The following articles were provided by two readers. We pass it along without endorsement or commentary since the information is benign and might help support your immune system in reasonable ways.

Please note, we do not think this information will replace Nano Silver or other profound strategies, but it might help protect you and your loved ones. Nano Silver MIGHT be a magic bullet. These other strategies are not, but can be very helpful used together with a good diet free from contaminants and taken in enough quantity to have a substantial impact. Don’t be embarrassed about wearing a face mask… it may soon be the fashion rage!

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Folk Medicines and Herbs to use and avoid with Bird Flu
http://www.the-health-gazette.com/health-gazette-blog/alternative-medicine/natural-antivirals 

“Research suggests certain natural foods may be as effective against virus H5N1 as commercial antivirals.

(PRWEB) May 10, 2006 — A Biology teacher from Australia, named Stephen Jones, has done extensive research into the H5N1 virus and compiled a list of natural foods that are effective against it and listed others that are detrimental. The list may come as a surprise to many people since foods such as spirulina and echinacea are listed as detrimental… Other foods that create mucous in the respiratory tract, such as bananas, are also listed as detrimental due to the fact that the predominant breeding ground of the virus is the respiratory tract and another way in which a patient may suffer is due to the body’s over production of mucous in this area… 

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April 28, 2009

List of Dead Scientists? ? ?

April 28, 2009

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Flu Pandemic Hype: Another Pretext for World Government

April 28, 2009

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Kurt Nimmo
Infowar
April 27, 2009

 

During the Security and Prosperity Partnership (SPP) Summit in Montebello, Canada in 2005, the “three amigos” (Bush, Harper and Calderon) released “North American Plan for Avian and Pandemic Influenza,” described as a “collaborative North American approach that recognizes that controlling the spread of avian influenza or a novel strain of human influenza, with minimal economic disruption, is in the best interest of all three countries.” The plan outlines how “Canada, Mexico and the United States intend to work together to prepare for and manage avian and pandemic influenza.”

It was hardly a coincidence that at the same time the U.S. Northern Command, or NORTHCOM, created awebpage dedicated to avian flu and subsequently ran exercises in preparation for the possible use of U.S. military forces in a continental domestic emergency involving avian flu or pandemic influenza.

In 2006, NORTHCOM held an international exercise with more than 40 international, federal, and state agencies “designed to provoke discussion and determine what governmental actions, including military support, would be necessary in the event of an influenza pandemic in the United States.” In addition, NORTHCOM participated in a nationwide Joint Chiefs of Staff-directed exercise code-named Exercise Ardent Sentry 06 to rehearse cooperation between Department of Defense and local, state, federal agencies, and the Canadian government.

In 2005, then president Bush shifted U.S. policy on avian flu and pandemic influenza and placed the U.S. under international guidelines. “The policy shift was formalized Sept. 14, 2005, when Bush announced a new International Partnership on Avian and Pandemic Influenza to a High-Level Plenary Meeting of the U.N. General Assembly, in New York,” Jerome Corsi wrote in September, 2007. “The new International Partnership on Avian and Pandemic Influenza was designed to supersede an earlier November 2005 Homeland Security report that called for a U.S. national strategy that would be coordinated by the Departments of Homeland Security, Health and Agriculture.”

In other words, any U.S. response to an avian flu pandemic would be directed under WHO, WTO, U.N. and NAFTA directives. Congress and U.S. agencies would be cut out of the picture. “The U.N.-WHO-WTO-NAFTA plan advanced by SPP features a prominent role for the U.N. system influenza coordinator as a central international director in the case of a North American avian flu or pandemic influenza outbreak,” Corsi adds. 

Dr. David Nabarro, WHO executive director of sustainable development and health environments, was appointed the first U.N. system influenza coordinator. In 2005, Nabarro said during a press conference that his number one priority was to prepare for the H5N1 virus, known as the avian flu. Nabarro played into the global fear that an epidemic was inevitable.

“I’m not, at the moment at liberty to give you a prediction on numbers, but I just want to stress, that, let’s say, the range of deaths could be anything from 5 to 150 million,” said Nabarro. On March 8, 2006, during a U.N. press conference Nabarro predicted an outbreak of the H5N1 virus would “reach the Americas within the next six to 12 months.”

On Monday, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stoked the fear of a global flu pandemic. He said the Mexican flu outbreak is the “first test” of the “pandemic preparedness work undertaken by the international community over the past three years.” Ban Ki-moon said if “we are indeed facing a pandemic, we need to demonstrate global solidarity. In our interconnected world, no nation can deal with threats of such dimension on its own.”

For Ki-moon and the global elite, “global solidarity” in “our interconnected world” translates into yet another push for world government. Ki-moon’s dire warning falls on the heels of the G20 summit where plans were announced for implementing the creation of a new global currency to replace the U.S. dollar’s role as the world reserve currency. British Prime Minister Gordon Brown and others repeatedly called for “global governance” and a “New World Order.”

The current flu pandemic hype serves as punctuation mark between the G20 held in London and the upcoming one to be held in Italy in June. “The G20 summit has agreed to try to kick start stalled Doha trade liberalization talks at the next G8 meeting,” Reuters reported on April 2. So-called “trade liberalization” is code for the neoliberal plan to “privatize” public and private industries around the world, impose “flexibilization” of labor markets (create massive unemployment), “deregulate” consumer and financial markets, and foster foreign buyouts, layoffs, wage cuts, transient employment, higher prices, and potentially destabilizing capital flows.

As noted by the Eagle Forum in October, 2007, the SPP’s North American Plan for Avian and Pandemic Influenza “is not only about combating a flu epidemic but is far-reaching in seeking control over U.S. citizens and public policy during an epidemic.” The Plan would give authority to international bureaucrats “beyond the health sector to include a coordinated approach to critical infrastructure protection,” including “border and transportation issues.”

On April 26, Infowars covered the Department of Defense’s “Implementation Plan for Pandemic Influenza” that proposes nothing less than the militarization of health care, military augmentation of civilian law enforcement, and the mass vaccination of the population as directed by the government.

Ki-moon, the United Nations, and the globalists, with the participation of the globalist-dominated corporate media and the ruling elite in Mexico, are hyping the flu outbreak as a possible pandemic in order to sell us their scheme for world government.

It is an ongoing process.

 

http://www.infowars.com/flu-pandemic-hype-another-pretext-for-world-government/

Baxter To Develop Swine Flu Vaccine Despite Bird Flu Scandal

April 28, 2009

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Steve Watson
Infowars.net
Monday, April 27, 2009

 

A U.S. based pharmaceutical company that just weeks ago was involved in a scandal involving vaccines tainted with deadly avian flu virus has been chosen to head up efforts to produce a vaccine for the Mexican swine flu that has seemingly migrated into the U.S. and Europe.

Baxter confirmed over the weekend that it is working with the World Health Organization on a potential vaccine to curb the deadly swine flu virus that is blamed for scores of deaths in Mexico and has emerged as a threat in the U.S., reports the Chicago Tribune.

Baxter has previously worked with governments all over the globe to develop and produce vaccines to protect against infectious disease or potential threats from bioterrorism. After 9/11 Baxter helped supply stockpiles of a smallpox vaccine and in 2003 the company was contracted to develop a vaccine to combat the SARS virus. In 2006 the UK Government announced plans designed to inoculate every person in the country with Baxter’s vaccines in the event of a flu pandemic.

However, Baxter has a very recent and most disturbing connection to flu vaccines.

As reported by multiple sources last month, including the Times of India, vaccines contaminated with deadly live H5N1 avian flu virus were distributed to 18 countries last December by a lab at an Austrian branch of Baxter.

It was only by providence that the batch was first tested on ferrets in the Czech Republic, before being shipped out for injection into humans. The ferrets all died and the shocking discovery was made.

Czech newspapers immediately questionedwhether the events were part of a conspiracy to deliberately provoke a pandemic, following up on accusations already made by health officials in other countries.

Initially, Baxter attempted to stonewall questions by invoking “trade secrets” and refused to reveal how the vaccines were contaminated with H5N1. After increased pressure they then claimed that pure H5N1 batches were sent by accident.

Since the probability of mixing a live virus biological weapon with vaccine material by accident is virtually impossible, this leaves no other explanation than that the contamination was a deliberate attempt to weaponize the H5N1 virus to its most potent extreme and distribute it via conventional flu vaccines to the population who would then infect others to a devastating degree as the disease went airborne.

The fact that Baxter mixed the deadly H5N1 virus with a mix of H3N2 seasonal flu viruses is the smoking gun. The H5N1 virus on its own has killed hundreds of people, but it is less airborne and more restricted in the ease with which it can spread. However, when combined with seasonal flu viruses, which as everyone knows are super-airborne and easily spread, the effect is a potent, super-airbone, super deadly biological weapon.

Indeed, some have already suggested that the current scare could represent the use of such a weapon.

Now it has been announced that Baxter is seeking a sample of the potentially lethal never before seenform of swine/avian/human flu virus in order to assist the World Health Organization in developing a new vaccine, reaping billions in the process.

Why should Baxter be trusted, when they have already been proven to be at the very least criminally negligent, and at worst a prime suspect in attempting to carry off one of the most heinous crimes in the history of mankind?

The company has already put the safety of the entire human race at risk, and now, just a few weeks later, we’re expected to invest our confidence in them and take their shots with a smile and a still tongue?

As Mike Adams of Natural News has commented, “If you mail an envelope full of anthrax to your Senator, you get arrested as a terrorist. So why is Baxter — which mailed samples of a far more deadly viral strain to labs around the world — getting away with saying, essentially, ‘Oops?’”

WHO officials are reportedly still closely monitoring the investigation into Baxter’s contaminated flu vaccines, seemingly they are not too concerned. Perhaps we should be.

 

http://www.infowars.com/baxter-to-develop-swine-flu-vaccine-despite-bird-flu-scandal/

 

 

“SHUT UP – DO NOT ATTEMPT TO THINK” Jello Biafra

April 28, 2009

 

Jello Biafra On Obama

Monsanto Buys ‘Terminator’ Seeds Company

April 28, 2009

by F. William Engdahl

 

The United States Government has been financing research on a genetic engineering technology which, when commercialized, will give its owners the power to control the food seed of entire nations or regions. The Government has been working quietly on this technology since 1983. Now, the little-known company that has been working in this genetic research with the Government’s US Department of Agriculture– Delta & Pine Land– is about to become part of the world’s largest supplier of patented genetically-modified seeds (GMO), Monsanto Corporation of St. Louis, Missouri.

Relations between Monsanto, Delta & Pine Land and the USDA, on closer scrutiny, show the deep and dark side of the much-heralded genetic revolution in agriculture. It proves deep-held suspicions that the Gene Revolution is not about ‘solving the world hunger problem’ as its advocates claim. It’s about handing over control of the seeds for mankind’s basic food supply—rice, corn, soybeans, wheat, even fruit, vegetables and cotton—to privately owned corporations. Once the seeds and their use are patented and controlled by one or several private agribusiness multinationals, it will be they who can decide whether or not a particular customer—let’s say for argument, China or Brazil or India or Japan—whether they will or won’t get the patented seeds from Monsanto, or from one of its licensee GMO partners like Bayer Crop Sciences, Syngenta or DuPont’s Pioneer Hi-Bred International.

While most of us don’t bother to reflect on where the corn in the box of Kellogg’s Corn Flakes or the rice in a box of Uncle Ben’s Converted Rice come from, when we grab it from the supermarket shelf, they all must originate with seeds. Seeds can either be taken by a farmer from the previous season’ seeds, and planted to produce the next harvest. Or, seeds can be bought new each harvest season, from the companies which sell their seeds.

The advent of commercial GMO seeds in the early 1990’s allowed companies like Monsanto, DuPont or Dow Chemicals to go from supplying agriculture chemical herbicides like Roundup, to patenting genetically altered seeds for basic farm crops like corn, rice, soybeans or wheat. For almost a quarter century, since 1983, the US Government has quietly been working to perfect a genetically engineered technique whereby farmers would be forced to turn to their seed supplier each harvest to get new seeds. The seeds would only produce one harvest. After that the seeds from that harvest would commit ‘suicide’ and be unusable.

There has been much hue and cry, correctly so, that this process, patented ‘suicide’ seeds, officially termed GURTs (Genetic Use Restriction Technologies), is a threat to poor farmers in developing countries like India or Brazil, who traditionally save their own seeds for the next planting. In fact, GURTs, more popularly referred to as Terminator seeds for the brutal manner in which they kill off plant reproduction possibilities, is a threat to the food security as well of North America, Western Europe, Japan and anywhere Monsanto and its elite cartel of GMO agribusiness partners enters a market.

 

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Swine Flu in Mexico: The “New” Bird Flu

April 28, 2009

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Sherri Tenpenny, D.O.
DrTennyPenny
April 27, 2009

 

We knew this was coming. Even though the bird flu hype was removed years ago from the nightly news, planning for the global pandemic and the development of pandemic flu vaccines has continued with little notice. Our government has instructed FEMA, made checklists for Homeland Security, given action plans to State and local authorities. These plans include methods and drills for global inoculation with a vaccine that will no doubt have the same deadly consequences as the Swine Flu vaccine in 1976.

 

My book, FOWL!, published in 2006, foretold the events that are now happening in Mexico. Reported death rates are skyrocketing, from 20 to 60 to 86, in a matter of hours. More than 1,300 others have supposedly become ill with “suspected” cases of the infection and reports are coming in from various States and Canada of swine flu. There are no sources or references given with these numbers; we have to take the word of CNN. A short look back at plans that were put in place several years ago will confirm this is not a spontaneous eruption and the solution – global vaccination – has been in the works for quite some time.

History Repeating

Even though April 30, 1975 marked the end of the U.S. presence in Vietnam, young men across the country continued to sign up for the all-volunteer army. Just after the Christmas holiday in 1975, thousands of enthusiastic new army recruits reported to the barracks at Fort Dix, New Jersey, to begin basic training. However, by mid-January, many were complaining of flulike symptoms; a few had even been hospitalized.

One recruit reported to his drill instructor that he felt tired and weak. Given the option to rest, he opted instead to participate in a five-mile training march on a cold February night. Twenty-four hours later, on February 6, 1975, the 19-year-old Pvt. David Lewis of Ashley Falls, Massachusetts, was dead. Word arrived the following week from the CDC laboratory that his death was caused by an unusual influenza type A virus. Particularly worrisome was that four other samples taken from ill recruits at Fort Dix had also tested positive for influenza A virus—a type that had previously been detected only in pigs.

Within three weeks of Lewis’ death – the only person ever confirmed to have died from swine flu on the entire military base – researchers and public health officials converged in Washington to persuade members of Congress to implement a costly new program to vaccinate the country. A nationwide campaign, launched with the urgency of a five-alarm fire, was started by the CDC which ramped up the vaccine production with millions of government dollars allocated to develop of a novel vaccine for mass vaccination.

The same five-alarm fire is happening today. This morning, April 26, 2009, the federal government declared a public health emergency, as the number of cases of swine flu in the U.S. rises to a mere 20, announcing the arrival of the long-planned for and awaited pandemic.

Pharma Protected

In 1976, the Federal Insurance Company advised Merck that all liability, indemnity, and defense costs associated with claims arising from the new swine flu vaccine would not be covered by its insurance plan. Having absorbed the embarrassment and the economic losses caused by the polio vaccine in 1955, the pharmaceutical industry and their insurance providers were determined that would not happen again.

This time, there are no worries. Drug companies have completely covered their tracks, and when reports of adverse event and deaths from the new swine flu vaccine start to roll in, they will be smiling all the way to the bank.

 

Flu shots were added to the Vaccine Injury Compensation Table in 2003, meaning, if anyone is injured, a claim needs to be filed through the Federal Court of Claims and it will be years before it is adjudicated. And that is just the basic layer of protection. All the drug companies have to do is whisper that this may be a “terrorist attack” and they are home free.

Before he was voted out of office in 2006, then-senator Bill Frist (R-TN), a physician, drove through a bill that gave drug companies more immunity than any bill ever passed by Congress. The legislation, referred to as “Division-E” was tacked on to a Defense appropriations bill in the final minutes of the Congressional sessions before the Christmas recess. This bill provides at least four sweeping provisions:

1. Immunity from liability for all drugs, vaccines, or biological products deemed as a covered countermeasure against bioterrorism in the event of an outbreak of any kind. The proposal is not only limited to new drugs or vaccines developed under the umbrella of “bioterrorism” or “pandemic” protection. The proposal is so broad that it could include drugs like Tylenol, Advil…and would have applied to Vioxx.

2. Immunity for any product used for any public health emergency declared by the secretary of HHS. The authority to declare an emergency now rests completely in the hands of the secretary of HHS— an appointed, non-medical person who has no accountability to the general public. The president’s hand-picked person that is part of his inner circle will have the power to mandate vaccines and other medications given to the American people.

3. Immunity from accountability. No matter what a drug company do wrong in this arena, they are protected. Even if the company’s dirty facility created a batch of contaminated vaccines that resulted in death or injury to thousands of people, the drug company will not be held accountable.

4. Immunity from law suits. A person who suffers any type of loss will be prohibited from suing the drug companies. Vaccine manufacturers have immunity from almost everything, perhaps even murder. The bill provisions provide a mechanism for filing a lawsuit, but the language explicitly prevents frivolous suits by setting a standard for liability more rigid than any known standard of negligence.

In simple terms, if a claim is filed by a plaintiff it can only go forward if the injured party can prove that the company performed an act of “willful misconduct” resulting in an injury or a death. In other words, the injured party would have to prove the vaccine maker intentionally caused him harm.

Division-E goes even one step further. Unbelievably, even if a pharmaceutical company knowingly harms people, the company will be immune from legal prosecution unless the U.S. attorney general initiates “enforcement action” against the drug company in the name of the claimant. This means the U.S. government would have to go to bat for the injured party for the lawsuit to move forward, as unlikely as the current swine flu fiasco being an unplanned pandemic.

New Vaccines Ready to Roll Out

The swine flu outbreak is going to benefit one of the most prolific and successful venture capital firms in the United States: Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers. Share prices have already risen for two of eight public traded companies in the firm’s portfolio of Pandemic and Bio Defense investments. BioCryst, up more than 26 percent, to $2.21 per share, and Novavax, maker of viral vaccines, escalated 75 percent to $1.42 per share on the first announcement of the swine flu outbreak in Mexico.

Novavax uses genetic information and “recombinant, virus-like particle technology” to rapidly engineer a vaccine. Its technology has only been through Phase II clinical trials but might be released prematurely. Novavax’s CEO, Rahul Singhvi announced Friday, “There is an emergency authorization avenue that is available that would allow us to use the vaccine in an emergency without further testing.” The Division-E provisions would protect the company from all liability.

In the fine print of the Division-E legislation, (available for download at www.DrTenpenny.com so you can read it for yourself), there is a suggestion that a massive, bioterrorist vaccination program could be “voluntary.” Will the media make everyone aware of the one-line provision that potentially gives us the right to refuse?

Will government mandates override State exemption laws? The future is unclear but this has been suggested. Your personal rights in this area are growing very thin and activism has never been more important. A quote by U.S. Representative Ron Paul (R-TX) says it all: “When we give government the power to make medical decisions for us, we, in essence, accept that the state owns our bodies.”

Staying Healthy

Certainly, keeping yourself healthy and protected from all types of flu strains is a priority, now more than ever. Here are some suggestions:

Good hydration with alkaline water

If you don’t have access to an alkaline water machine, be sure to eat large amounts of alkalinizing, fresh vegetables and fruits such as broccoli, carrots, sprouts, avocados and berries. Here is a site with a great list: http://athma-pure.com/alkaline.aspx

Sleep

Get at least 8.5 hours per night, every night. Sleep is often overlooked at the key to health. This is simple to do and best of all, it is free.

Vitamin D

Much has been written on the importance of adequate vitamin D for resisting viral infections. Have your blood tested for 25-OH-vitamin D. Your doctor can order it or you can order it yourself through sites such as www.DirectLabs.com and www.LabSafe.com Your vitamin D level should be at least 50 ng/ml. It is safe to take at least 2000 IU of vitamin D3 per day. With summer coming, you can get your dose of D naturally from sunshine.

Vitamin C

Humans don’t store vitamin C and under stress, much more is required. Vitamin C is important for fighting viral infections. Take in at least 2000 mg/day for overall immune health.

Vitamin A

This vitamin is one of the best supporters you can have in your cabinet. Mycel A drops given in juice are easy to take for children and adults of all ages. By taking 5,000 IU/day for 5 days is safe for everyone and will give your immune system a protective boost against all types of viral infections.

While these suggestions are not meant to be all encompassing, these some simple solutions for you and your family.

 

 

http://www.infowars.com/swine-flu-in-mexico-the-new-bird-flu/

The Left, The Right, and the State

April 28, 2009

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By Lew Rockwell 
Published 04/27/09

 

In American political culture, and world political culture too, the divide concerns in what way the state’s power should be expanded. The left has a laundry list and the right does too. Both represent a grave threat to the only political position that is truly beneficial to the world and its inhabitants: liberty. What is the state? It is the group within society that claims for itself the exclusive right to rule everyone under a special set of laws that permit it to do to others what everyone else is rightly prohibited from doing, namely aggressing against person and property. 

Why would any society permit such a gang to enjoy an unchallenged legal privilege? Here is where ideology comes into play. The reality of the state is that it is a looting and killing machine. So why do so many people cheer for its expansion? Indeed, why do we tolerate its existence at all? The very idea of the state is so implausible on its face that the state must wear an ideological garb as means of compelling popular support. Ancient states had one or two: they would protect you from enemies and/or they were ordained by the gods. To greater and lesser extents, all modern states still employ these rationales, but the democratic state in the developed world is more complex. It uses a huge range of ideological rationales — parsed out between left and right — that reflect social and cultural priorities of niche groups, even when many of these rationales are contradictory.

The left wants the state to distribute wealth, to bring about equality, to rein in businesses, to give workers a boost, to provide for the poor, to protect the environment. I address many of these rationales in this book, with an eye toward particular topics in the news. 

The right, on the other hand, wants the state to punish evildoers, to boost the family, to subsidize upright ways of living, to create security against foreign enemies, to make the culture cohere, and to go to war to give ourselves a sense of national identity. I also address these rationales. 

So how are these competing interests resolved? They logroll and call it democracy. The left and right agree to let each other have their way, provided nothing is done to injure the interests of one or the other. The trick is to keep the balance. Who is in power is really about which way the log is rolling. And there you have the modern state in a nutshell. Although it has ancestors in such regimes as Lincoln’s and Wilson’s, the genesis of the modern state is in the interwar period, when the idea of the laissez-faire society fell into disrepute — the result of the mistaken view that the free market brought us economic depression. So we had the New Deal, which was a democratic hybrid of socialism and fascism. The old liberals were nearly extinct. 

The US then fought a war against the totalitarian state, allied to a totalitarian state, and the winner was leviathan itself. Our leviathan doesn’t always have a chief executive who struts around in a military costume, but he enjoys powers that Caesars of old would have envied. The total state today is more soothing and slick than it was in its interwar infancy, but it is no less opposed to the ideals advanced in these pages. How much further would the state have advanced had Mises and Rothbard and many others not dedicated their lives to freedom? We must become the intellectual dissidents of our time, rejecting the demands for statism that come from the left and right. And we must advance a positive program of liberty, which is as radical, fresh, and true as it ever was. 

 

http://www.campaignforliberty.com/article.php?view=34

 

4/24/09 Ron Paul on the Lew Rockwell Show: Secession, the Fed, and Tomorrow

 

Betrayal of the People By Wall Street, Banks, and Government

April 28, 2009

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Bob Chapman
The International Forecaster
April 27, 2009

 

This past January, before the new president was inaugurated, in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the US and China, a conference was held by the Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs and the Kissinger Institute on China. Former President Jimmy Carter, Henry Kissinger, Brent Snowcroft and Zbigniew Brzezinski led the US delegation.

 

Mr. Brzezinski proposed at that conference that a US-China G-2 be formed. He stated a long list of international problems that China could help the US find solutions for, such as the global financial crisis, climate change, North Korean and Iranian nuclear ambitions, tension in India and Pakistan and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Behind Zbig’s proposals are his perpetual efforts to act to the disadvantage of Russia, so that a western power base can be built in Eastern Europe and down into the Middle East and over into West Asia. This is really what Iraq and Afghanistan are all about. He cited China’s rapid growth of the past 20 years and reminded China that it would have taken years longer without the expansion of US-China trade relations. He said there should be interdependence, yet relations still were those of unending US provocation and hostility.

On the other hand Larry Summers, Mr. Obama’s top economic advisor and director of the White House National Economic Council, has proposed a multilateral approach to deal with multilateral global economic problems that would involve a new grouping larger than the Group of Seven richest nations with advanced economies. This, of course, is in opposition to Brzezinski’s approach.

It looks like Summers has the upper hand at the moment, even though Brzezinski brought Mr. Obama to his present position.

China faces 30 million unemployed workers and inflation that will soon be close to 20% again. Demonstrations are widespread and often lead to violence and death. China, like the US and UK is taking the easy way out for the moment, but in time they will suffer hyperinflation and eventually deflationary depression. That will lead to a major challenge of Chinese Communist leadership.

Among that 30 million unemployed are bright college graduates who have been unable to find work for a year and they will be joined by 7 million more in 2009. Government expects 8% GDP growth in 2008 and 2009, and we see 6% at best. That represents a time bomb of civil disorder for the government. That would only produce six million new jobs each year leaving 20 million unemployed rural migrant laborers out of work for two years at least.

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John Bolton Confronted about PNAC Race Specific Bioweapons, Bilderberg Membership & Sibel Edmonds – Philly 9/11 Truth

April 28, 2009

Article: Truth-squaded on PNAC bio-weapons, Bilderberg, and Sibel Edmonds January 29, 2008 John Bolton, speaking at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, was pummeled with a fury of tough questions from Philly 9/11 Truth. Being a director of the notorious Project for a New American Century and endorser of the anathematic document ‘Rebuilding America’s Defenses’, member Nick Carangi asked Bolton to address the use of “genotype” bio-weapons to which Bolton issued an assurance that the United States has no such ambitions. After the main forum, Philly 9/11 Truth continued to accost Bolton with hard issues. Bolton became belligerent toward Mark Peters as he was probed about his 2003 attendance at the Bilderberg Conference in Versaille, Paris. Peters informed Bolton that his activities were in violation of the Logan Act and prodded Bolton to give up information about the Bilderberg’s itinerary asking him “what goes on there.” Bolton became defensive saying, “Not a damn thing” and stated that more happens at another elite event (name of event is inaudible). Bolton was ushered away by secret service however caught mid step by another team of info-warriors. Much to the dismay of the next questioner, Bolton confirmed being aware of the Sibel Edmonds nuclear-secrets issue, but remarked that he was unsure as to its significance.

Alex Jones On Swine Flu

April 28, 2009

April 27, 2009

Swine Flu 1976 – Old Vaccines, New Lessons?

April 27, 2009

http://www.newfluwiki2.com/showDiary.do?diaryId=3126

What Piggies Started This???

April 27, 2009

Pig Flu… what “pigs” do they “really” come from? Just a question? We need to start asking more of them:

An especially poignant question when “power-freak” governments gain more power over it’s people… while doing what governments do best… killing it’s people. It is 1984.  

-F.F  4/26/09

http://www.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idUSTRE53O2WD20090425

http://www.newfluwiki2.com/showDiary.do?diaryId=3126

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Still-Think-They-re-Not-Tr-by-Mr-M-090305-202.html

Obama’s NHTSA Choice Favors Roadblocks, Random Pullovers

April 27, 2009

Obama’s like totally awesome.”  -F.F.

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By | Friday, April 24, 2009

President Obama’s pick to head the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration raises a few red flags. If confirmed by the Senate, Chuck Hurley, CEO of Mothers Against Drunk Driving, will drive motorists over the cliff with regulation.

The nation’s traffic-safety czar has broad powers to control the roads and road-going habits of Americans. Mr. Hurley has a history of pushing laws that harass millions of law-abiding citizens to ensnare a few lawbreakers. He supports returning the 55 mph speed limit to our highways as well as roadblocks and random pullovers to make sure drivers aren’t doing anything wrong. This methodology is based on a presumption of guilt – not innocence – of the average driver who is doing nothing wrong.

Mr. Hurley has promoted a mania of overregulation at MADD. Absent from his advocacies is the principle that a punishment should fit the crime, or that a crime even needs to be committed to incur a penalty. Under this influence, MADD has been lobbying to lower the allowable blood-alcohol content (BAC) for drivers to .04 – which means one glass of Pinot can land anyone behind bars. We do not condone drinking and driving, but the constant lowering of BAC limits has separated what is punishable from what is actually dangerous.

As a result of MADD-fueled binges for tougher laws, extreme drunken driving punishments – such as loss of driving privileges, jail time, fines and legal fees beyond $10,000 – often apply to individuals who were not drunk and in some cases were not even driving. Last month, the Connecticut Supreme Court unanimously upheld a driving-under-the-influence conviction against a man who was sleeping off his bender in his car even though the keys were not in the ignition. In 2005, the North Carolina Court of Appeals upheld a DUI sentence for a tipsy man riding a motorized skateboard. The Georgia State Police charged a woman with drunken driving for riding a horse.

Such absurd cases will continue to proliferate as long as the breathalyzer machine is the sole determinant of guilt rather than evidence of unsafe conduct. Machines are prone to error, and basing guilt on a digital reading leaves little room for the specific facts of an individual situation. The same reliance on machines can be seen in Mr. Hurley’s obsession with red-light and speed cameras. Mr. Hurley is a former board member of the National Campaign to Stop Red Light Running. The innocuous-sounding outfit frequently testifies at congressional hearings as if it were a nonprofit victim’s advocacy group. In reality, it is a well-heeled lobbying shop for big business.

The so-called National Campaign’s phone number – (202) 828-9100 – is answered by a receptionist at the public-relations firm Blakey and Agnew. Among that firm’s big-ticket clients are the traffic-camera companies Redflex Traffic Systems of Australia, Gastometer BV of the Netherlands and Lasercraft Inc. of Britain. These foreign corporations all seek to rewrite state laws to allow machines to issue traffic-camera tickets, thus reaping huge profits for the companies that operate them – including Redflex, Gastometer and Lasercraft.

The position of NHTSA chief requires an administrator of sound judgment, not a zealot beholden to special interests. Mr. Hurley’s associations and background raise the specter that he could use NHTSA regulations and safety grants to benefit his friends and coerce states into adopting his overbearing pet policies. Mr. Hurley should be offered one (but only one) for the road and sent on his way.

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April 27, 2009

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VoteRescue: House Hearing this MONDAY for Hand-Counted Paper Ballots!

April 27, 2009

To all our wonderful Texans for REAL Elections Coalition Partners:

VoteRescue’s bill for Hand-Counted Paper Ballots – HB 4653 – is finally getting a hearing before the House Elections Committee!
Please send this announcement to all your lists so we get a big turnout!  Thanks!

WHAT: TX House Elections Committee Hearing of HB 4653, the “TX Hand-Counted Paper Ballot Bill of 2009” (filed by Rep. Donna Howard)
WHEN: Monday, April 27, 2009, beginning at 2 PM
WHERE: Texas Capitol Extension, Hearing Room E2.028
WHO: ALL who want real election integrity – with citizen oversight of hand-counted paper ballots – are needed to come to the Capitol this Monday to show support for HB 4653!


For more information about HB 4653 and the hearing, go to www.VoteRescue.org (info on
homepage) and join our mailing list.

E-mail or call us if you have any questions!

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THANK YOU for YOUR SUPPORT of REAL ELECTIONS!

US declares public health emergency for swine flu

April 27, 2009

 

The Associated Press 
Sunday, April 26, 2009; 1:45 PM

 

 

WASHINGTON — The U.S. declared a public health emergency Sunday to deal with the emerging new swine flu, much like the government does to prepare for approaching hurricanes.

Officials reported 20 U.S. cases of swine flu in five states so far, with the latest in Ohio and New York. Unlike in Mexico where the same strain appears to be killing dozens of people, cases in the United State have been mild _ and U.S. health authorities can’t yet explain why.

“As we continue to look for cases, we are going to see a broader spectrum of disease,” predicted Dr. Richard Besser, acting chief of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “We’re going to see more severe disease in this country.”

At a White House news conference, Besser and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano sought to assure Americans that health officials are taking all appropriate steps to minimize the impact of the outbreak.

Top among those is declaring the public health emergency. As part of that, Napolitano said roughly 12 million doses of the drug Tamiflu will be moved from a federal stockpile to places where states can quickly get their share if they decide they need it. Priority will be given to the five states with known cases so far: California, Texas, New York, Ohio and Kansas.

 

Napolitano called the emergency declaration standard operating procedure _ one was declared recently for the inauguration and for flooding. She urged people to think of it as a “declaration of emergency preparedness.”

“Really that’s what we’re doing right now. We’re preparing in an environment where we really don’t know ultimately what the size of seriousness of this outbreak is going to be.”

 

 

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/04/26/AR2009042601194.html

On the Flu Bug and Those Disappearing Microbiologists

April 27, 2009

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Jolly Roger
April 26, 2009

 

 

If you sell crack, join a gang, or rob the mob you can expect to die a violent death, but if you listen to your mother, eat all the right foods, and study hard in college to become a microbiologist, you should expect to live to a ripe old age and die peacefully.

That being the case, a few eyebrows were raised when five microbiologists either disappeared or died mysteriously violent deaths in 2001. A short time later the number rose to 19, and then 29.

They were found stabbed to death in the trunks of cars, thrown off bridges, or they wrapped their cars around trees after their brake fluid disappeared. Once again, this is the stuff of Hollywood spy stories, and not the way you would expect a microbiologist to give up the ghost.

By 2005, we lost 40 micro-biologists in less than 4 years, all under suspicious circumstances, and during this time someone discovered that they were all working for the government, or government contractors, on projects related to bio-terrorism, flu pandemics, or anthrax. Obviously they weren’t trying to find a cure for anything, or there would be no need to silence them.

Then it was discovered that our government was involved in strange experiments that involve exhuming bodies of people that were killed by the 1918 Spanish flu, and genetically engineered flu viruses, all the while the media is preparing the public with stories of bird flu wiping out thousands of chickens (acid test?) and even a few people here and there.

People who are becoming accustomed to the practices and motives of our criminal government tried to warn you of an impending flu pandemic, but your TV training taught you to dismiss them all as “crazy conspiracy theorists,” and you naturally associated all their warnings with stories of Bigfoot and UFO abductions, just as you were trained to do.

 

The good folks of FEMA predicted a need for a few million plastic coffins, which are now spread out across the country, but despite this revelation, most of America still thinks their biggest concern is a toss up between the Super Bowl and American Idol.

Well it seems as if the crazy conspiracy theorists were right again, because the world-wide flu pandemic they were warning you about has been unleashed, and it will dominate the headlines until millions, if not billions of people are dead. It won’t be stopped because no one with the means to stop it wants to stop it.

Wash your hands often, pull your kids out of school, avoid crowds, if not people altogether, avoid alcohol or drugs that will weaken your resistance, and stay well-nourished.

Two of the goals here are to cull the population, and to encourage general mayhem and misery that only a World Government can save you from. You’ll be so worn out and tired of death and depression that you’ll offer little resistance to the new order. The economic collapse and World War three are part of the same plan, and it’s all been tried before. It’s the same crew behind this latest attempt, and it’s not difficult to see who’s behind it all, once again.

This flu pandemic that will soon cause people to drop like flies is no mutated bird flu. It’s a genetically engineered virus designed to kill as many people as possible. And after people do start dropping like flies, political dissidents will be accused of being flu carriers and no one will object to them being hauled away. Good luck. — Jolly Roger

Here’s an interesting link:
http://www.legitgov.org/flu_oddities_shortnews.html
if you start at the bottom of the page and work your way up you’ll see a nice collection of news articles that document the entire process of creating and testing a flu bug that will wipe out millions of people.
(or at least that part of the process that’s revealed to the public)

Thanks to Lori Price of legitgov.org for compiling these articles

 

 

 

http://www.infowars.com/on-the-flu-bug-and-those-disappearing-microbiologists/

April 26, 2009

Environment and Monopoly

April 26, 2009

By Jeffrey Braddock
Published 04/24/09 

 

In the wake of the environmental crisis, government intervention is the buzzword on most citizens lips. I shall show the concerned citizen that intervention leads not only toward inefficiency, but reduced benefit, and inevitably, a monopoly. 

I will begin with a definition of externalities. Recall that an externality is any cost or benefit of a transaction that affects parties not involved in a transaction. Thus, a restaurant sells food and the consumer eats, but the carbon dioxide emitted by the kitchen’s stove is not directly involved in the transaction, and thus an externality. Welfare economists use different methods to measure the benefits or costs in terms of “society’s welfare.” That these words are meaningless shall not be addressed here.[1] Example of intervention in an externality: The EPA decides the pollution emitted by factories must be reduced. The EPA may set a level for emissions, collect Pigovian taxes, or issue tradable pollution permits in order to meet these goals. There are other methods, but these three are extremely popular. 

Let us now alter the three EPA methods to read properly: “exclusive right to pollute to level X” (emissions standard), a “pollution trading oligopoly” (tradable pollution permits), or a “pollution tax” (Pigovian taxes). These impositions on firms lead toward the same end — monopoly. Why is this so? Practically any measure forced on employers results in higher costs of production and therefore a change in the conditions of competition.[2] Thus foreign producers can compete with US firms under more favorable conditions, both at home and abroad. Consider: if a firm cannot pollute above level X (without punitive taxes), or a pollution tax is leveled on the firm, it will either end production, lobby extensively to achieve a higher pollution standard, or relocate to a place where it can pollute without regard. The consequence is such that firms which can successfully lobby for exemptions will remain in country, while those that cannot will either move abroad or close down. The pollution problem appears settled — but that only hides the true state of affairs. Pollution has merely shifted abroad[3], while higher domestic prices and increased unemployment result from the monopoly. The accrued “social benefit” is eroded by the depressed standard of living, resulting in no change save a perceptible shift in public opinion toward protectionism.[4] 

Now, if the government is given exclusive right to create/distribute permits (or levy politically-expedient taxes with impunity), what would prevent the government from distributing (or rescinding) those permits (taxes) to (from) “essential industries”, “exclusive enterprises”, or “very important financial donors?” What are the implications of a transfer of wealth from the consumer and private industry (who bear the total cost of the excise) to the government? I leave these issues for you to consider. Finally, I offer a solution to the pollution issue. Allow private entrepreneurs to seek private financing, experiment, and then market “green”[5] technologies as cost-reducing measures. Many will fail — some will succeed. But there will be no monopolies. “Monopoly,” as Ludwig von Mises wrote, “is not inherent to the capitalist system or the result of unhampered capitalism, as most socialists would have us believe, but rather the result of government policies aiming at the reform of the market economy.”[6] 

[1] An extremely good account of the changes in language can be found in Hayek, F.A.’s The Road to Serfdom (1944), pg 106-119.
[2] Ludwig Von Mises, Omnipotent Government: The rise of the total state and total war. 1944 [3] Christopher L.Weber* and H. Scott Matthews. “Embodied Environmental Emissions in U.S. International Trade, 1997-2004.” Environmental Science Technology, 41 (2007), pg 4875-4881. 
[4]Literally, more government intervention to protect US jobs from foreign competition.
[5] I use this word for expediency, disregarding the didactical issues associated with its use.
[6] Ludwig Von Mises, Omnipotent Government: The rise of the total state and total war. 1944

 

http://www.campaignforliberty.com/article.php?view=52

G20 police blog boasts about a ‘good kicking’

April 26, 2009

 

“Are cops your friend? It’s getting to be more and more of a hard question to answer truthfully. It didn’t used to be. Police departments are being more and more federalized. It’s actually a very scary scenario. Read some history books on tyrannical governments and see how they were able to carry out their tyrannical way of law. Police departments across America & the UK are hiring more and more young psychopathic, jelly-brained, order-following, contol-freak, bullies to carry out orders from higher -ups that most sane cops would would whistle-blow their ass off.
-Fred Face 4/25/09
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A Scotland Yard officer boasted about “the unwashed getting a good kicking” at the G20 protests in a police blog entry posted a day after the death of Ian Tomlinson.

The Met said last night it was attempting to identify the author of the comments, which were left on the Policeman’s Blog site following the death of Mr Tomlinson, a newspaper vendor, on 1 April.

The latest inflammatory remarks from serving policemen over the treatment of G20 protesters surfaced after it emerged that PC Rob Ward, 27, had allegedly bragged on Facebook how he was going to “bash some long-haired hippies” at the G20 demonstrations. On Friday, Met commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson responded to rising anti-police sentiment following Mr Tomlinson’s death by announcing a new regime of “intrusive supervision” to root out rogue officers.

Meanwhile, the prospect of more Met officers facing criminal investigation for assaulting G20 protesters appears to be increasing, after lawyers revealed they had accumulated evidence indicating that more than 25 people may have sustained head injuries in the protests.

London law firm has collated material indicating that 14 protesters sustained wounds to the head caused directly by police violence. Another 15 cases are being examined in which people were punched or struck in the face by police riot shields or batons and suffered injury or trauma wounds.

At least 10 of the cases relate to injuries sustained by women, with one account involving two women who were “pinned together” and then hit repeatedly on their arms and heads with riot shields. A number also relate to instances where demonstrators claim that they were attacked after they fell to the ground.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission is investigating the alleged assault of Mr Tomlinson by an officer, who has been suspended and questioned on suspicion of manslaughter. A spokesman for theIPCC said yesterday that it would be ready to accept more cases for investigation where there is evidence of criminal assault.

Bindmans is also preparing to launch a legal challenge against the use of “kettling”, the police tactic used to pen in 5,000 people during the G20 protests and a strategy which led to protesters suffering asthma and panic attacks. John Halford, a partner in Bindmans, said that the firm had held talks with Climate Camp legal advisers on Friday to prepare to launch a judicial review against the containment of protesters.

Halford said that “kettling” is legally justifiable only when there is no alternative to address actual or imminent violence. He said: “There is much to suggest that ‘kettling’ was the first thing resorted to as a response to a peaceful demonstration that was considered a nuisance by the police. Worse, many protesters have reported unprovoked baton charges and other forms of intimidation while they were penned in. We plan to ensure all of this is examined by the courts.”

Tony Murphy of Bhatt Murphy solicitors also revealed that it was examining the possibility of launching a judicial review against police tactics during G20. He said: “We act for clients who were kettled, mass-arrested, blanket handcuffed and savagely attacked with riot gear, causing fractured limbs and lives. Our firm has been instructed to challenge this assault on protesters’ fundamental freedoms in the courts.”

Meanwhile, the partner of Blair Peach, the teacher who died after being hit by members of the Yard’s Special Patrol Group at a public demonstration 30 years ago last week, claims the disbanded unit continues to operate, albeit rebranded as the Territorial Support Group (TSG), which is at the centre of two IPCC investigations into Mr Tomlinson’s death.

Celia Stubbs’s comments – made after the death of Mr Tomlinson – come amid a growing clamour for an official report into Mr Peach’s death, which has come to be seen as a defining moment in the history of the policing of public demonstrations, now to be made public under the 30-year rule.

Campaigners say it is a “disgrace” that the report has been suppressed for three decades. Mr Tomlinson’s death has led to renewed interest in the publication of the report on Blair Peach, who was knocked unconscious during an anti-racism demonstration in Southall, London, and died the next day in hospital. Eleven witnesses said they had seen members of the SPG hit Mr Peach.

“We campaigned for the Special Patrol Group to be disbanded after Southall, but it now exists under a different name,” said Ms Stubbs.

 

 

http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2009/apr/26/g20-police-blog-assault

Operation Dark Winter

April 26, 2009

Media Monarchy
April 25, 2009

 

On June 22-23, 2001, just under 3 months before 9/11, the U.S. military held a senior-level war game at Andrews Air Force Base called Dark Winter. The scenario of this bio-terrorism drill was designed to simulate a smallpox attack in three states in which one of these states would be Pennsylvania.

As a part of this war game, scripted TV news clips were made to help make this drill as realistic as possible.

Dark Winter Pretext for TOPOFF/CCMRF/CBRNE Martial Law Drills

This exercise was made possible by grant funding from The McCormick Tribune Foundation and The Oklahoma City National Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism. On 22-23 June, 2001, the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Johns Hopkins Center for Civilian Biodefense Studies, the ANSER Institute for Homeland Security, and the Oklahoma City National Memorial Institute for the Prevention Terrorism, hosted a senior-level war game examining the national security, intergovernmental, and information challenges of a biological attack on the American homeland. With tensions rising in the Taiwan Straits, and a major crisis developing in Southwest Asia, a smallpox outbreak was confirmed by the CDC in Oklahoma City. During the thirteen days of the game, the disease spread to 25 states and 15 other countries. Fourteen participants and 60 observers witnessed terrorism/warfare in slow motion. Discussions, debates (some rather heated) and decisions focused on the public health response, lack of an adequate supply of smallpox vaccine, roles and missions of federal and state governments, civil liberties associated with quarantine and isolation, the role of DoD, and potential military responses to the anonymous attack. Additionally, a predictable 24/7 news cycle quickly developed that focused the nation and the world on the attack and response. Five representatives from the national press corps (including print and broadcast) participated in the game, including a lengthy press conference with the President. Several articles and reports will be produced in the coming weeks and months. Additionally, at least one Congressional hearing will be conducted to explore the lessons learned by the key participants. The first hearing is scheduled for the week of 22 July with the Subcommittee on National Security, Veterans Affairs and International Relations (Congressman Shays, Chairman).

http://www.veoh.com/browse/videos/category/educational_and_howto/watch/v18136085xyrjDdQA

Swine Flu Is Deadly Mix Of Never-Before-Seen Viruses

April 26, 2009

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Paul Joseph Watson
Infowars
April 25, 2009

 

 

Swine flu panic is spreading in Mexico and soldiers are patrolling the streets after it was confirmed that human to human transmission is occurring and that the virus is a brand new strain which is seemingly affecting young, healthy people the worst, and that the bug is a never-before-seen intercontinental mixture of human, avian and pig viruses from America, Europe and Asia.

Clues that the virus may be a synthetic creation are already manifesting.

According to reports, the virus is  a “never-before-seen form of the flu that combines pig, bird and human viruses” which consists of an intercontinental mix of viruses from North America, Europe and Asia.

“CDC officials detected a virus with a unique combination of gene segments that have not been seen in people or pigs before,” according to an Associated Press report.

“This strain of swine influenza that’s beencultured in a laboratoryis something that’s not been seen anywhere actually in the United States and the world, so this is actually a new strain of influenza that’s been identified,” said Dr. John Carlo, Dallas Co. Medical Director (video clip here).

Alarming reports are now filtering in about people catching the illness who have had no contact with pigs whatsoever. These include a man and his daughter in San Diego County, a 41-year-old woman in Imperial County and two teenagers in San Antonio, Texas. In fact, in all U.S. cases, the victims had no contact with any pigs.

Dr. Wilma Wooten, San Diego County’s public health officer, told KPBS “We have had person-to-person spread with the father and the daughter,” says Wooten, “And also with the two teenagers in Texas, they were in the same school. So that also indicates person-to-person transfer.”

“Dr. Wooten says it’s unclear how people were exposed to swine flu. She says none of the patients have had any contact with pigs,” according to the report.

Although the situation in the U.S. looks under control, panic is spreading in Mexico, where 800 cases of pneumonia in the capital alone are suspected to be related to the swine flu and the virus has hit young and healthy people, which is very rare with an flu outbreak. Despite the danger of a pandemic, the U.S. border with Mexico remains open.

“Mexico has shut schools and museums and canceled hundreds of public events in its sprawling, overcrowded capital of 20 million people to try to prevent further infections,” reports Reuters.

“My level of concern is significant,” said Dr. Martin Fenstersheib, the health officer for Santa Clara County. “We have a novel virus, a brand-new strain that’s spreading human to human, and we are also seeing a virulent strain in Mexico that seems to be related. We certainly have concerns for this escalating.”

 

The WHO insists that the outbreak has “pandemic potential” and has been stockpiling supplies of Tamiflu, known generically as oseltamivir, a pill that can both treat flu and prevent infection, according to officials.

As we previously highlighted, those that have a stake in the Tamiflu vaccine include top globalists and BIlderberg members like George Shultz, Lodewijk J.R. de Vink and former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.

Indeed, Rumsfeld himself played a key role in hyping an outbreak of swine flu back in the 1976 when he urged the entire country to get vaccinated. Many batches of the vaccine were contaminated, resulting in hundreds of sick people and 52 fatalities.

The fact that the properties of the strain are completely new, that the virus is spreading from people to people, and that the young and healthy are being hit worst, has disturbing parallels to the deadly 1918 pandemic that killed millions.

It is unclear as to why, if the virus is a brand new strain, that public health officials are so confident programs of mass vaccination, which are already being prepared, would necessarily be effective.

It certainly wouldn’t be the first time that deadly flu viruses have been concocted in labs and then dispatched with the intention of creating a pandemic.

When the story first broke last month, Czech newspapers questioned if the shocking discovery of vaccines contaminated with the deadly avian flu virus which were distributed to 18 countries by the American company Baxter were part of a conspiracy to provoke a pandemic.

Since the probability of mixing a live virus biological weapon with vaccine material by accident is virtually impossible, this leaves no other explanation than that the contamination was a deliberate attempt to weaponize the H5N1 virus to its most potent extreme and distribute it via conventional flu vaccines to the population who would then infect others to a devastating degree as the disease went airborne.

However, this is not the first time that vaccine companies have been caught distributing vaccines contaminated with deadly viruses.

In 2006 it was revealed that Bayer Corporation had discovered that their injection drug, which was used by hemophiliacs, was contaminated with the HIV virus. Internal documents prove that after they positively knew that the drug was contaminated, they took it off the U.S. market only to dump it on the European, Asian and Latin American markets, knowingly exposing thousands, most of them children, to the live HIV virus. Government officials in France went to prison for allowing the drug to be distributed. The documents show that the FDA colluded with Bayer to cover-up the scandal and allowed the deadly drug to be distributed globally. No Bayer executives ever faced arrest or prosecution in the United States.

In the UK, a 2007 outbreak of foot and mouth disease that put Britain on high alert has been originated from a government laboratory which is shared with an American pharmaceutical company, mirroring the deadly outbreak of 2001, which was also deliberately released.

As we reported yesterday, last time there was a significant outbreak of a new form of swine flu in the U.S. it originated at the army base at Fort Dix, New Jersey.

 

 

http://www.infowars.com/swine-flu-is-deadly-mix-of-never-before-seen-viruses/

Flu Kills The Torture Memos

April 26, 2009

 

“Awww.”

F.F.

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By Lori Price, www.legitgov.org 
26 April 2009

 

 

In a ‘Holy convenience, Batman!’ moment, a ‘unique’ flu virus (one likely concocted inUS Army labs) overtakes media coverage of revelations that the highest levels of the US government instructed the CIA (and private contractors) to torture terror suspects.

Scientists said the virus combines genetic material from pigs, birds and humans in a way researchers have not seen before. “We are very, very concerned,” World Health Organization spokesman Thomas Abraham said. “We have what appears to be a novel virus and it has spread from human to human,” he said. “It’s all hands on deck at the moment.”

Guess where the first swine flu outbreak occurred? That’s right, Fort Dix, New Jersey, in 1976. Also likely created in a US Army lab. Thirteen soldiers died, leading the US government to force a questionable vaccine on the population — backed by a legal liability escape clause mandated by and for the pharma-terrorists. Next, people started dying not from the flu — but from the *vaccine.*

Every major media outlet has reported the fact that US/UK bioterrorists have beenmanipulating the avian flu virus in university and Army labs. This new flu strain, one that ‘no one has ever seen,’ contains avian flu. Now, how does *that* happen?

CLG has been covering flu ‘oddities’ for eight years. See: Flu ‘Oddities’ and Flu ‘Oddities’ News Archives.

http://www.legitgov.org/flu_kills_torture_memos_260409.html

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April 26, 2009

Sweet Pickles Bus Is Great!

April 26, 2009

Monsanto Sues Germany to Force GMO Food

April 26, 2009

by amicus curiae 

www.opednews.com

 

Monsanto is now suing the German government (and, by that, the people) to force them to grow their GM Corn.  Monsanto files suit against Germany over GM ban:

MON810 maize is genetically engineered to produce Bacillus thuringiensis, which is toxic to the corn borer pest. Permitted in Europe since 1998 for animal feed, it is marketed as a way to save farmers money on insecticides and other pest controls.

However German agriculture minister Ilse Aigner claimed last week that she had “legitimate reasons” to believe the maize to be a danger to the environment – and believes the Environment Ministry to agree with the view. AlthoughMON810 has been permitted in Germany since 2005, she scrapped plans for 3,600 hectares (8,892 acres) to be planted in the eastern states for this summer’s harvest.

Now the biotech giant has hit back, according to a Reuters article, filing a lawsuit against the Germany government in the administrative court in Braunschweig, northern Germany.

 

The wire quotes a spokesperson for Monsanto as saying the ban is“arbitrary”. A clause in EU law does allow member states to impose such a ban, but Monsanto claims they can only do so once a plant has already been approved if new scientific evidence has come to light.

If the outcome of the lawsuit is in Monsanto’s favour, the cost to the German government has been estimated at between €6m and €7m….

France also invoked the clause on new scientific evidence that cast doubt over its safety last year…. 

Other countries to implement bans are Hungary and Austria. Last month European ministers voted – for the fourth time – against forcing these countries to lift their bans, despite EFSA’s view.

Makes trying to refuse those sprouts at dinner seem familiar? Several other intelligent EU countries have reservations and have refused to grow these products that are inefficient, low producing, chemically ruinous, fertilizer intensive, UN-tested for toxicological harm to humans, and dubious safety for animals.  This is a good indicator that not ALL the world has been fooled by Monsanto.

Some American growers are also moving away, after they have had land become so Roundup resistant they can no longer farm it!  See ‘Superweed’ explosion threatens Monsanto heartlands:
“‘Superweeds’ are plaguing high-tech Monstanto crops in southern US states, driving farmers to use more herbicides, return to conventional crops or even abandon their farms.”
I do hope that Germany can not only win, but by doing so, set a precedent the rest of the world to follow. JUST SAY NO!!  AND MEAN IT!The Concise Maquarie Dictionary defines Megalomania as:

1.  A form of mental alienation, marked by a delusion of greatness, wealth, etc.

2. A mania for big or great things.

I personally think a “form of mental alienation” is the correct term to sum up this news.  The level of hubris that must exist for a corporation to attempt to force us to grow anything we do not want to grow, or eat anything we think is unsafe.  Leave us to farm in peace without being harassed by GMO-contamination of our crops, animals, honey… whatever it is we produce.

This is a company forcing a government and a people to accept a product they do not want. Somebody certainly has a delusional issue, and it is NOT those who refuse to accept genetically altered food.

 

 An Aussie who is disgusted at chem farming,gm and synth foods and big pharma. I study soil biota, and work with bees,what i see is worrying.

 

http://www.opednews.com/articles/MEGALOMANIA-by-MONSANTO-by-amicus-curiae-090422-816.html

WHO Chief: Swine Flu Has “Pandemic Potential”

April 26, 2009

“Is this the first round of U.S. Government led bio-terrorism?”

F.F. 4/25/09

 

APTOPIX Mexico Swine Flu

 

MARK STEVENSON | April 25, 2009 02:01 PM EST | AP

 

 

MEXICO CITY — A new swine flu strain that has killed as many as 68 people and sickened more than 1,000 across Mexico has “pandemic potential,” the World Health Organization chief said Saturday, and it may be too late to contain the sudden outbreak.

The disease has already reached Texas and California, and with 24 new suspected cases reported Saturday in Mexico City alone, schools were closed and all public events suspended in the capital until further notice _ including more than 500 concerts and other gatherings in the metropolis of 20 million.

A hot line fielded 2,366 calls in its first hours from frightened city residents who suspected they might have the disease. Soldiers and health workers handed out masks at subway stops, and hospitals dealt with crowds of people seeking help.

The World Health Organization’s director-general, Margaret Chan, said the outbreak of the never-before-seen virus is a very serious situation and has “pandemic potential.” But she said it is still too early to tell if it would become a worldwide outbreak.

“The situation is evolving quickly,” Chan said in a telephone news conference in Geneva. “A new disease is by definition poorly understood.”

This virus is a mix of human, pig and bird strains that prompted WHO to meet Saturday to consider declaring an international public health emergency _ a step that could lead to travel advisories, trade restrictions and border closures. Spokesman Gregory Hartl said a decision would not be made Saturday.

Scientists have warned for years about the potential for a pandemic from viruses that mix genetic material from humans and animals. Another reason to worry is that authorities said the dead so far don’t include vulnerable infants and elderly. The Spanish flu pandemic, which killed at least 40 million people worldwide in 1918-19, also first struck otherwise healthy young adults.

This swine flu and regular flu can have similar symptoms _ mostly fever, cough and sore throat, though some of the U.S. victims who recovered also experienced vomiting and diarrhea. But unlike with regular flu, humans don’t have natural immunity to a virus that includes animal genes _ and new vaccines can take months to bring into use.

 

But experts at the WHO and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say the nature of this outbreak may make containment impossible. Already, more than 1,000 people have been infected in as many as 14 of Mexico’s 32 states, according to daily newspaper El Universal. Tests show 20 people have died of the swine flu, and 48 other deaths were probably due to the same strain.

The CDC and Canadian health officials were studying samples sent from Mexico, and airports around the world were screening passengers from Mexico for symptoms of the new flu strain, saying they may quarantine passengers.

But CDC officials dismissed the idea of trying that in the United States, and some expert said it’s too late to try to contain spread of the virus.

They noted there had been no direct contact between the cases in the San Diego and San Antonio areas, suggesting the virus had already spread from one geographic area through other undiagnosed people.

“Anything that would be about containing it right now would purely be a political move,” said Michael Osterholm, a University of Minnesota pandemic expert.

Mexican President Felipe Calderon said his government only discovered the nature of the virus late Thursday, with the help of international laboratories. “We are doing everything necessary,” he said in a brief statement.

But the government had said for days that its growing flu caseload was nothing unusual, so the sudden turnaround angered many who wonder if Mexico missed an opportunity to contain the outbreak.

“Why did it break out, where did it break out? What’s the magnitude of the problem?” pizzeria owner David Vasquez said while taking his family to a movie Friday night, despite warnings to stay out of theaters.

Across Mexico’s capital, residents reacted with fatalism and confusion, anger and mounting fear at the idea that their city may be ground zero for a global epidemic.

Authorities urged people to stay home if they feel sick and to avoid shaking hands or kissing people on the cheeks.

Outside Hospital Obregon in the capital’s middle-class Roma district, a tired Dr. Roberto Ortiz, 59, leaned against an ambulance and sipped coffee Saturday on a break from an unusually busy shift.

“The people are scared,” Ortiz said. “A person gets some flu symptoms or a child gets a fever and they think it is this swine flu and rush to the hospital.”

He said none of the cases so far at the hospital had turned out to be swine flu.

Jose Donasiano Rosales, 69, got nervous on the subway and decided to get out one stop early.

“I felt I couldn’t be there for even one more station,” Donasiano said as he set up a rack to sell newspapers on a busy thoroughfare. “We’re in danger of contagion. … I’m worried.”

The local Roman Catholic Church recommended that priests shorten Mass; place communion wafers in worshippers’ hands, instead of their mouths; and ask parishioners to avoid kissing or shaking hands during the rite of peace. The Archdiocese also said Catholics could fulfill their Mass obligation by radio.

One official said Mexico City may not be the epicenter of the outbreak _ and could be appearing to the brunt simply because it is home to the most sophisticated medical centers.

“The country’s best health care facilities are concentrated in the city,” said city Health Secretary Armando Ahued. “All the cases here get reported, that’s why the number is so high.”

The same virus also sickened at least eight people in Texas and California, though there have been no deaths north of the border, puzzling experts at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A “seed stock” genetically matched to the new swine flu virus has been created by the CDC, said Dr. Richard Besser, the agency’s acting director. If the government decides vaccine production is necessary, manufacturers would need that stock to get started.

The CDC says two flu drugs, Tamiflu and Relenza, seem effective against the new strain. Roche, the maker of Tamiflu, said the company is prepared to immediately deploy a stockpile of the drug if requested. Both drugs must be taken early, within a few days of the onset of symptoms, to be most effective.

Mexico’s Health Secretary Jose Angel Cordova said the country has enough Tamiflu to treat 1 million people _ only one in 20 people in greater Mexico City alone _ and that the medicine will be strictly controlled and handed out only by doctors.

At Mexico’s National Institute of Respiratory Illnesses, Adrian Anda waited to hear whether his 15-year-old daughter had the frightening new disease. She had been suffering a cough and fever for a week.

“If they say that it is, then we’ll suffer. Until then, we don’t want to think about it,” he said.

___

Associated Press Writers David Koop and Peter Orsi in Mexico City; Frank Jordans in Geneva; Mike Stobbe in Atlanta; Malcolm Ritter in New York; and Maria Cheng in London contributed to this report.

 

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/04/25/mexico-city-cancels-all-p_n_191373.html

Guilty of Being Poor

April 26, 2009

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Eric Ruder
Dissident Voice
April 25, 2009

 

The jailers of the 19th century — even in the pre-Civil War South — largely abandoned the practice of imprisoning people for falling into debt as counterproductive and ultimately barbaric. In the 1970s and ’80s, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed that incarcerating people who can’t pay fines because of poverty violates the U.S. Constitution.

Apparently, though, some states and county jails never got the memo. Welcome to the debtors’ prisons of the 21st century.

“Edwina Nowlin, a poor Michigan resident, was ordered to reimburse a juvenile detention center $104 a month for holding her 16-year-old son,” the New York Times wrote in an editorial.

“When she explained to the court that she could not afford to pay, Ms. Nowlin was sent to prison. The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, which helped get her out last week after she spent 28 days behind bars, says it is seeing more people being sent to jail because they cannot make various court-ordered payments. That is both barbaric and unconstitutional.”

The details of Nowlin’s case are even more alarming than the Times editorial suggests. Not only was Nowlin under orders to pay a fine stemming from someone else’s actions, but she had been laid off from work and lost her home at the time she was ordered to “reimburse” the county for her son’s detention.

Despite her inability to pay, she was held in contempt of court and ordered to serve a 30-day sentence. On March 6, three days after she was incarcerated, she was released for one day to work. She also picked up her paycheck, in the amount of $178.53. This, she thought, could be used to pay the $104, and she would be released from jail.

But when she got back to the jail, the sheriff told her to sign her check over to the county — to pay $120 for her own room and board, and $22 for a drug test and booking fee.

Even more absurd, Nowlin requested but was denied a court-appointed lawyer. So because she was too poor to afford a lawyer and denied her constitutional right to have the court provide one for her, she couldn’t fight the contempt charge that stemmed from her poverty. And her contempt conviction only added to her poverty, as the fines and fees she was obligated to pay now multiplied.

“Like many people in these desperate economic times, Ms. Nowlin was laid off from work, lost her home and is destitute,” said Michael Steinberg, legal director of the Michigan ACLU. “Jailing her because of her poverty is not only unconstitutional, it’s unconscionable and a shameful waste of resources. It is not a crime to be poor in this country, and the government must stop resurrecting debtor’s prisons from the dustbin of history.”

Michigan isn’t the only place where you can be imprisoned for the crime of involuntary poverty. The same Catch-22 ensnares poor defendants daily in courtrooms across the country.

In 2006, the Southern Center for Human Rights (SCHR) filed a suit on behalf of Ora Lee Hurley, who couldn’t get out of prison until she had enough money to pay a $705 fine. But she couldn’t pay the fine because she had to pay the Georgia Department of Corrections $600 a month for room and board, and spend $76 a month on public transportation, laundry and food.

She was released five days a week to work at the K&K Soul Food restaurant, where she earned $6.50 an hour, which netted her about $700 a month after taxes. Hurley was trapped in prison for eight months beyond her initial 120-day sentence until the Southern Center intervened. Over the course of her incarceration, she earned about $7,000, but she never had enough at one time to pay off her $705 fine.

“This is a situation where if this woman was able to write a check for the amount of the fine, she would be out of there,” Sarah Geraghty, a SCHR lawyer, told the Atlanta Journal Constitution while Hurley was still imprisoned. “And because she can’t, she’s still in custody. It’s as simple as that.”

Georgia also lets for-profit probation companies prey on people too poor to pay their traffic violations and court fees. According to a 2008 SCHR report entitled “Profiting from the poor”:

In courts around Georgia, people who are charged with misdemeanors and cannot pay their fines that day in court are placed on probation under the supervision of private, for-profit companies until they pay off their fines. On probation, they must pay these companies substantial monthly “supervision fees” that may double or triple the amount that a person of means would pay for the same offense.

For example, a person of means may pay $200 for a traffic ticket on the day of court and be done with it, while a person too poor to pay that day is placed on probation and ends up paying $500 or more for the same offense.

The privatization of misdemeanor probation has placed unprecedented law enforcement authority in the hands of for-profit companies that act essentially as collection agencies. These companies, focused on profit rather than public safety or rehabilitation, are not designed to supervise people or connect them to services and jobs. Rather, they charge exorbitant monthly fees and use the threat of imprisonment and a variety of bullying tactics to squeeze money out of the men and women under their supervision.

For too many poor people convicted of misdemeanors, our state is not living up to the constitutional promise of equal justice under law.

In Gulfport, Miss., the municipal court started a “fine collection task force” to crack down on people who owed fees for misdemeanors. According to the SCHR Web site:

The task force trolled through predominantly African American neighborhoods, rounding up people who had outstanding court fines. After arresting and jailing them, the City of Gulfport processed these people through a court proceeding at which no defense attorney was present or even offered.

Many people were jailed for months after hearings lasting just seconds. While the city collected money, it also packed the jail with hundreds of people who couldn’t pay, including people who were sick, physically disabled and/or limited by mental disabilities.

The disregard of the justice system for the rights of poor people to equal protection and due process is cause for outrage. But it shouldn’t come as a surprise in an era when the government spends billions bailing out banks while letting foreclosures and unemployment ruin the lives of working people.

We need to build a movement, like the working-class struggles of the 1930s, that can demand an end to the inhuman practice of incarcerating people for no other crime than finding themselves at the bottom of the social ladder.

 

http://dissidentvoice.org/2009/04/guilty-of-being-poor/

April 25, 2009

The IMF: Raping The World, One Poor Nation at a Time

April 25, 2009

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By Dana Gabriel – BlackListedNews.com

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has been described as one of the enforcers of globalization.  Nations who receive IMF assistance are often forced to surrender more sovereignty and further open up their borders to international banks and multinational corporations.  Much of their wealth is then sucked dry by foreign predators with its resources and population essentially becoming the collateral for such financial aid.  As a result of the global economic crisis, many more nations are having to turn to the IMF for help.  At the recent G-20 Summit in London, the IMF’s role was expanded and its powers enhanced.  There was little mention of its failed policies and its less then stellar record of effectively promoting development and democracy around the world.  While some talk of reform, the IMF continues to rape the world, one poor nation at a time.
 
The IMF, along with the World Bank were established as financial sister institutions with both originating out of the 1944 Bretton Woods Agreement.  They are part of the United Nations system.  The IMF was designed to help stabilize the post-World War II international financial system and is the framework for a central bank of issue.  It provides short term financial assistance to nations that qualify, but this is at a very high price.  These countries are placed in an economic straitjacket with the IMF and World Bank working in tandem, dictating large portions of public policy. 
 
Some IMF conditions that countries have been forced to comply with can only be described as harsh and undemocratic.  Often the devaluation of a nation’s currency has been a precondition for IMF assistance.  In order to qualify for IMF loans, some nations have also been forced to lower tariffs, restrict governmental subsidies and spending, balance budgets, as well as sell-off state institutions to foreign interests.  In some cases, the IMF has even prohibited wage increases as some countries have tried to do so, in order to compensate for a sharp rise in food prices and other commodities.  Environmental and labor rights have also taken a hit as a result of IMF policies.  Under the guise of helping economic distraught countries, the IMF is really bailing out foreign investors and multinational corporations.  They have further fueled chaos and instability in some of the poorest regions in the world.
 
At the recent G-20 Summit, leaders pledged to boost the IMF’s financial resources to $750 billion.  It will also assume a more central role in monitoring and regulating global markets, playing a key role in the design of a new financial system.  The IMF’s power to create money has been activated and they will be able to issue up to $250 billion of new Special Drawing Rights (SDRs).  Some countries are calling on SDRs to be used as a full reserve currency to challenge the dollar.  In a recent article that appeared in the New American , William F. Jasper writes, “If the IMF is empowered with global monetary and financial regulatory powers, along with the ability to issue a global currency and bonds, it will no longer have to ask its member states for funding.  Nor will the UN.  The IMF will be able to provide the UN with the revenues it needs to become an actual world government.”
 
The IMF and World Bank will be holding meetings in Washington on April 25 and 26.  On the agenda will be reform measures which could include changing some conditions attached to receiving emergency funds.  They will also discuss how best to distribute the extra money they have been allocated.  There is a sense that as part of IMF’s new role, it must also address the concerns of emerging economies who are suffering from the global recession.  The IMF recently approved a $47 billion line of credit to Mexico who became the first G-20 country to apply for such assistance and may not be the last.  There still exists a double standard which allows richer countries to use fiscal expansion in the face of recession while poorer nations are forced into stricter economic restraints.
 
The global elite envision a world without borders. They continue to push their agenda of global governance through the IMF, the World Bank, the United Nations, the WTO and trade deals such as NAFTA. It is our duty to resist the tyranny of globalization or face enslavement. In the end, national sovereignty must prevail—if we are to have any future.

 

 

http://www.blacklistednews.com/news-4020-0-5-5–.html

Obama Talks Credit Cards, Summers Nods Off

April 25, 2009

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Kurt Nimmo
Infowars
April 24, 2009

 

It’s just boring for Larry. All this talk of predatory credit card corporations and usury and soaking the middle class with endless fees. “As his boss spoke about creating a consumer-friendly credit card system Thursday morning, National Economic Council Chairman Lawrence Summers fell asleep,” writes Carol E. Lee for Politico.

It is said Congress is outraged by all of this. But not a word about the reason why Visa and Mastercard and the rest are doing this. Sure, it’s about good old fashion greed, but it also about a popular bankster trend: securitization. “From 2003 to 2007, seven of the largest issuers of credit cards packaged an increasing amount of card debt into securities and sold them to investors, just as banks did with mortgages,” reports USA Today. “Selling off credit card debt has given banks a powerful incentive to raise card fees and penalties, according to interviews with dozens of industry analysts, academics and investment specialists.”

In other words, if the banksters squeeze you and you default — especially as the economy heads down the tubes — no problem because they will “securitize” the bad loans the same way they do it with bad mortgages.

As a high muckamuck in the upper reaches of the Council on Foreign Relations, the World Bank, the Trilateral Commission, and the Bilderberg Group, Larry Summers has no interest in saving plebs from the predatory banksters. In fact, he is in place to facilitate the bankster fleecing of the commoners.

How to get the attention of Larry Summers? March the cops in and have him arrested for economic crimes against the people.

In 1999, as then Secretary of the Treasury, Larry Summers worked with the Clinton administration and Congress to repeal the Glass-Steagall Act so Citicorp could become Citigroup. Glass-Steagall Act was instituted during the Great Depression to prevent financial concerns from consolidating, that is to say allowing speculators to mix their toxic sludge in with commercial banking.

Larry Summers is one of the people most responsible for the failure of the banking system.

In addition, Summers helped Enron rip-off the people of California. In his book about Enron, Conspiracy of Fools, Kurt Eichenwald writes:

Even as blackouts shut down dialysis machines and traffic lights from Sacramento to San Diego, Summers and the Federal Reserve chairman, Alan Greenspan, decided to take a few moments to teach the California governor a lesson or two about free markets. In an emergency meeting the day after Christmas 2000, Summers and Greenspan, responding to the governor’s complaints about corporate tampering, lectured the governor that price manipulation was only possible because California had improperly regulated its markets. They urged the governor to take it easy on Enron and the other power companies because, in effect, being too critical of them might make them reluctant to do business in California. Summers and Greenspan pressured the governor to remove state caps on consumer rates.

So, that’s how you get Larry Summers to wake up — arrest him, slap him in handcuffs, and parade him around in an orange jumpsuit like a gang-banger headed for Rikers Island.

Make Larry Summers an example.

 

http://www.infowars.com/obama-talks-credit-cards-summers-nods-off/

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April 24, 2009

Biggest Lie Of 2009: Hillary Claims Obama Has Followed Words With Actions

April 23, 2009

Clinton Foreign Affairs

Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet.com
Thursday, April 23, 2009

 

 

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton must take the crown for uttering the biggest falsehood of the year so far, after she claimed that President Barack Obama has followed words with actions, when in reality his every major policy has mirrored or intensified the Bush agenda.

“I think the President’s actions in these last 100 days do match actions with words,” stated Clinton during a House Foreign Affairs Committee meeting yesterday, which is perhaps the most gargantuan lie of 2009 so far.

Clinton was responding to Ron Paul’s comments that the Obama administration should tread carefully in the nuclear-armed country of Pakistan.

As we documented at length earlier this week, on every single major issue that Obama promised he would work to bring “change,” the exact same policies forged by the Bush administration have been continued.

From the failure to prosecute top officials in government and intelligence who ordered torture, to the failure to withdraw U.S. troops “immediately” from Iraq, as Obama promised (his plan would leave tens of thousands in the country even after the “withdrawal”), to the staggering support and continuation for the Bush administration’s illegal warrantless wiretapping program – on every issue Obama has done the exact opposite of what he said he would before the election.

And in some cases he has even intensified the Bush agenda – with 30,000 extra troops being sent to Afghanistan and bombing raids on Pakistan being increased, while Hillary herself warmongers about Pakistan being a “mortal threat to the world.”

Meanwhile, Obama’s war chest demands came to a total of around $800 billion in war funds and subsidiary costs just to cover the rest of 2009, a bigger tab than George W. Bush ever got.

Does any of this sound like a move towards bringing the troops home and rolling back the American empire and police state, as Obama promised before he was elected? Is Obama really following words with actions or merely following orders from the same CFR and Bilderberg masters that Hillary Clinton answers to?

 

http://www.infowars.com/biggest-lie-of-2009-hillary-claims-obama-has-followed-words-with-actions/

April 23, 2009

Getting Closer To What Really Happened With The Economic Collapse…

April 23, 2009

” And how we can fix it with S O U N D money. Oh, ya & more proof that your boy Obama is a  F R A U D… for the few still clinging to that strange reality.”

F.F. 4/23/09

US: DHS Leftwing Extremists Likely to Increase Use of Cyber Attacks over the Coming Decade

April 23, 2009

http://wikileaks.org/leak/us-dhs-leftwing-extremist-cyber-threat.pdf

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Gardasil Death & Brain Damage: A National Tragedy

April 23, 2009

“You just love your government… don’t you? Keep groveling… deeper… and deeper… and deeper, you’ll find yourself right with em.”

F.F. 4/23/09

 

 

by Barbara Loe Fisher

The tragic story of Gardasil vaccine is one that is playing out real time in the homes of trusting parents, who thought they were doing the right thing to try to make their daughters “one less,” and in the 21st century cyberspace forum of public opinion as well as on television. On Feb. 6,CBS-TV Evening News released NVIC’s new report on Gardasil vaccine risks. (watch VIDEO here)

Today, NVIC launched a petition and issued a national press release calling on President Barack Obama, his Administration and Congress to investigate the fast track licensure and universal use recommendation of Gardasil in 2006 and the dismissal of more than 10,000 reports of Gardasil-related reactions, injuries and deaths to the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) as a “coincidence” by federal health officials.

NVIC’s latest Gardasil risk report comparing the number and severity of adverse events reported to the federal Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) through November 30, 2008, reveals that death and serious health problems such as stroke, blood clots, cardiac arrest, seizures, fainting, lupus and rechallenge cases are reported three to 30 times more frequently after Gardasil vaccination than after meningococcal (Menactra) vaccination. If the deaths and serious injuries being reported after Gardasil were only a “coincidence,” there would be little or no difference between the frequency and severity of vaccine-related adverse events between two vaccines if the vaccines were equally reactive and the number of doses were roughly the same.

Gardasil and Menactra vaccines were licensed within a year of each other and recommended by the CDC for universal use in 11-12 year olds. Although Menactra is given to boys and girls and has already been mandated in many states for high school and college entry, Gardasil is only given to girls and is not yet mandated. Menatra is given as one-dose series and, by February 25, 2008, the CDC reported that about 15.5 million doses of Menactra had been distributed in the U.S. Gardasil is given in a three dose series and the CDC reported that, by July 2008, about 16 million doses had been distributed in the U.S.

This means that about 15 million doses of Menactra were given to about 15 million boys and/or girls and about 16 million doses of Gardasil – if every girl got three doses – were given to about five million girls. It is individuals – not doses of vaccine – who collapse, convulse, become paralyzed, have heart attacks, develop lupus and other chronic health problems after being vaccinated. The fact that death and serious health problems are reported 3 to 30 times more frequently after Gardasil than after Menactra is highly significant and it is irresponsible for federal health officials and Merck to blow it off as unimportant.

What is sad is that the average junior high or high school student could do this VAERS analysis and come to the same conclusion. It does not take an M.D., Ph.D. or math genius to figure it out. In the hours before the CBS News report was broadcast, the best answer that Merck could come up with to address the differences between adverse events associated with Gardasil and Menactra was this:

“It’s important to remember that the proven benefit of GARDASIL is that it helps prevent cervical cancer caused by the two virus types responsible for most cases of cervical cancer. Nothing is more important to Merck than the safety of our products and we carefully monitor the safety of GARDASIL on a routine basis. Experts at the FDA and CDC also continue to review data and, as recently as four months ago, said “GARDASIL continues to be safe and effective, and its benefits continue to outweigh its risks.” NVIC is not a medical organization and has a long history of raising concerns about vaccines that are in direct conflict with the opinion of leading medical experts. We encourage consumers to get reliable information about the safety of vaccines from www.cdc.gov.”

No, it doesn’t take a doctor, health official or “medical organization” to do the math. What it takes is caring about every life – whether that life represents a baby, toddler, child, teenager, young adult, adult or senior citizen – because every life is important and nobody deserves to be written off by a drug company or government agency as an expendable casualty of public health policy.

Gabrielle, the 15 year old gymnast, honor roll student and cheerleader from Wichita, Kansas, who talks about how her health has been destroyed by Gardasil vaccine in the CBS report and in the NVIC video press release, spends most of her time at home or at doctors’ offices now. A few weeks ago, her school voted her Homecoming Princess. On Saturday, she tried to go to the Homecoming dance. As she was getting dressed, she collapsed with seizures and severe abdominal pain. The medication she has been taking to try to control the seizures she developed after Gardasil vaccination caused her to develop kidney stones. She was rushed to the emergency room and hospitalized.

In the past 27 years, the stories of death and brain damage that have been reported to the National Vaccine Information Center have never changed. Whether the vaccine victims are 15 months old or 15 years old, the stories are the same: a trusting parent took a bright, healthy child to a doctor for a routine vaccination and the child was never the same again.

Gardasil vaccine was inappropriately fast tracked and licensed by the FDA and recommended by the CDC with too little attention paid to the reports of brain and immune system dysfunction that developed after vaccination in pre-licensure clinical trials. That same cavalier attitude toward Gardasil-related deaths and serious health problems, which have been experienced by many girls and young women after licensure, is inexcusable.

Americans are losing trust in pharmaceutical companies making drugs and vaccines and in federal health agencies, whose responsibility is to ensure that drugs and vaccines licensed for public use are safe, effective and necessary. If those responsible for protecting our health are not going to step up to the plate and do their jobs, then it is up to the people to do it.

At www.NVIC.org you can sign the Investigate Gardasil Vaccine Risks Now! petition, read NVIC’s new report on Gardasil risks, and check out our new website that makes it easier to navigate and find information to prevent vaccine injuries and deaths.

In 2009, I have a sense of déjà vu, as the story of Gardasil vaccine plays out real time. There are striking parallels between how those operating the mass vaccination system reacted in the 1980’s to persistent reports that DPT vaccine was harming more children than originally assumed and the way they are reacting now to persistent reports that Gardasil is more reactive than it was originally assumed. Assumption of safety is no substitute for proof of safety. And turning away from human suffering in order to protect the status quo is not the way to run a government that needs the trust and support of the people.

In the 18th century, Queen Marie Antoinette looked down at a starving people pleading for bread to stay alive and said “Let them eat cake.” It is time for everyone in government, industry and medicine to take a different approach to persistent reports of vaccine injuries and deaths or risk metaphorically suffering the same fate that ended the monarchy in France. In the 21st century, today’s peasants don’t have pitchforks – they have laptops, desktops, smartphones and the internet.

 

http://vaccineawakening.blogspot.com/2009/02/gardasil-death-brain-damage-national.html

National Level Exercise 2009 (NLE 09)

April 23, 2009

 

“Fema… Northcom…. like giant turds falling into your drink. Come on people,  you need to open your eyes, straighten your backs, raise your voice, and scoop out the turds.”

F.F. 4/23/09

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National Level Exercise 2009 (NLE 09) is scheduled for July 27 through July 31, 2009. NLE 09 will be the first major exercise conducted by the United States government that will focus exclusively on terrorism prevention and protection, as opposed to incident response and recovery.

NLE 09 is designated as a Tier I National Level Exercise. Tier I exercises (formerly known as the Top Officials exercise series or TOPOFF) are conducted annually in accordance with the National Exercise Program (NEP), which serves as the nation’s overarching exercise program for planning, organizing, conducting and evaluating national level exercises. The NEP was established to provide the U.S. government, at all levels, exercise opportunities to prepare for catastrophic crises ranging from terrorism to natural disasters.

NLE 09 is a White House directed, Congressionally- mandated exercise that includes the participation of all appropriate federal department and agency senior officials, their deputies, staff and key operational elements.  In addition, broad regional participation of state, tribal, local, and private sector is anticipated.  This year the United States welcomes the participation of Australia, Canada, Mexico and the United Kingdom in NLE 09. 

EXERCISE FOCUS

NLE 09 will focus on intelligence and information sharing among intelligence and law enforcement communities, and between international, federal, regional, state, tribal, local and private sector participants.

The NLE 09 scenario will begin in the aftermath of a notional terrorist event outside of the United States, and exercise play will center on preventing subsequent efforts by the terrorists to enter the United States and carry out additional attacks. This scenario enables participating senior officials to focus on issues related to preventing terrorist events domestically and protecting U.S. critical infrastructure.

NLE 09 will allow terrorism prevention efforts to proceed to a logical end (successful or not), with no requirement for response or recovery activities. 

NLE 09 will be an operations-based exercise to include: activities taking place at command posts, emergency operation centers, intelligence centers and potential field locations to include federal headquarters facilities in the Washington D.C. area, and in federal, regional, state, tribal, local and private sector facilities in FEMA Region VI, which includes the states of Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

EXERCISE OBJECTIVES

Through a comprehensive evaluation process, the exercise will assess prevention and protection capabilities both nationally and regionally. Although NLE 09 is still in the planning stages, the exercise is currently designed to validate the following capabilities:

  • Intelligence/Information Sharing and Dissemination
  • Counter-Terrorism Investigation and Law Enforcement
  • Air, Border and Maritime Security
  • Critical Infrastructure Protection
  • Public and Private Sector Alert/Notification and Security Advisories
  • International Coordination

VALIDATING THE HOMELAND SECURITY SYSTEM

Exercises such as NLE 09 are an important component of national preparedness, helping to build an integrated federal, state, tribal, local and private sector capability to prevent terrorist attacks, and rapidly and effectively respond to, and recover from, any terrorist attack or major disaster that occurs.

The full-scale exercise offers agencies and jurisdictions a way to test their plans and skills in a real-time, realistic environment and to gain the in-depth knowledge that only experience can provide. Participants will exercise prevention and information sharing functions that are critical to preventing terrorist attacks. Lessons learned from the exercise will provide valuable insights to guide future planning for securing the nation against terrorist attacks, disasters, and other emergencies.

For more information about NLE 09, contact the FEMA News Desk: 202-646-4600.
 
FEMA leads and supports the nation in a risk-based, comprehensive emergency management system of preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation, to reduce the loss of life and property and protect the nation from all hazards including natural disasters, acts of terrorism and other man-made disasters.

 

 

http://www.fema.gov/media/fact_sheets/nle09.shtm

 

Fort Detrick disease samples may be missing

April 23, 2009

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Originally published April 22, 2009

By Justin M. Palk 
News-Post Staff 


Army criminal investigators are looking into the possibility that disease samples are missing from biolabs at Fort Detrick.

As first reported in today’s edition of The FrederickNews-Post by columnist Katherine Heerbrandt, the investigators are from the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division unit at Fort Meade.

Chad Jones, spokesman for Fort Meade, said CID is investigating the possibility of missing virus samples from the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases.

He said the only other detail he could provide is that the investigation is ongoing.

Fort Detrick does not have its own CID office, Jones said, which is why Fort Meade’s CID was brought in.

Jones said he could not comment on when the investigation started.

CID is responsible for investigating crimes where the Army is, or may be, a party of interest, according to the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command website.

USAMRIID is the Army’s top biodefense lab, where researchers study pathogens including Ebola, anthrax and plague.

In February, USAMRIID halted all its research into these and other diseases, known as “select agents” following the discovery of virus samples that weren’t listed in its inventory.

The institute’s commander, Col. John Skvorak, ordered research halted while workers conducted a complete inventory of the institute’s select agents.

That inventory is nearly completed, though the exact end date isn’t known yet, said Caree Vander Linden, USAMRIID spokeswoman.

Vander Linden said she didn’t know about the CID investigation and referred questions to the CID’s head public affairs office.

There is no indication whether the CID investigation is connected to USAMRIID’s re-inventorying of its select agent stocks.

http://www.fredericknewspost.com/sections/news/display.htm?StoryID=89293

April 22, 2009

Ron Paul on “American Morning”

April 22, 2009

Obama Campaign’s Multi-Million Dollar Propaganda Firm Deployed in Iraq to Advise on “New Media”

April 22, 2009

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By Jeremy ScahillAlterNet. Posted April 21, 2009.

With Iraq in ruins, Obama sends a politically connected firm, along with reps from AT&T, Google, and Twitter to build ‘smart power’ in Baghdad.

 

The U.S. State Department has announced it is sponsoring a “New Media Technology” delegation to Iraq to “explore new opportunities to support Iraqi government and non-government stakeholders in Iraq’s emerging new media industry.” Of all of the areas in Iraq in desperate need of attention, its “emerging new media industry” is not the one that pops to mind. Things like clean water, electricity, right of safe return for refugees and an end to the occupation seem more pressing than increasing Nouri al Maliki’s Twitter followers. But unfortunately, that’s how U.S. priorities in Iraq seem to work.

Anyway, the super star tech delegation, according to the State Department press release, includes “a mix of CEOs, Vice-Presidents and senior representatives” from “AT&T, Google, Twitter, Howcast, Meetup, You Tube and Automattic/Wordpress.”

But the final company listed as participating in the delegation begs for some sort of special review: Blue State Digital, a firm which boasts its services were “Critically important to President Obama’s victory” in the November election. Indeed, federal campaign spending records indicate that the Obama campaign paid the firm at least $2,864,138 in 2007-2008, including more than $700,000 on election day.

Blue State Digital (BSD) is a technology company founded by four former staffers from Howard Dean’s 2004 presidential campaign: Clay A. Johnson, Jascha Franklin-Hodge, Joe Rospars and Ben Self. BSD, in large part, specializes in building Democratic Party campaign websites and online fundraising mechanisms, including the creation of Barack Obama’s web presence for the 2008 presidential campaign and developing the my.barackobama.com concept. It has also worked for the Democratic National Committee, Bill Richardson for President, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, Senate Majority Leader Senator Harry Reid and Senator John Kerry, now chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The firm has also worked for billionaire George Soros. The BSD website features a quote from Sen. Ted Kennedy praising the firm’s work for him and prominently displays the Obama campaign as a test case. Blue State Digital describes the work it did for Obama as such:

Obama retained BSD to manage the online fundraising, constituency-building, issue advocacy, and peer-to-peer online networking aspects of his 2008 Presidential primary campaign. Critically important to President Obama’s victory in November 2008 was his campaign’s use of the BSD Online Tools Suite. The campaign utilized BSD’s tools to mobilize over 3 million individual donors to contribute over $500 million online, to motivate over 2 million social networking participants, and to create and promote more than 200,000 offline events across the country.

Press reports about BSD during the campaign indicated that the firm was likely to get contract work with the Obama White House. According to the State Department’s opaque description of the Iraq trip, Blue State Digital and the other firms:

will provide conceptual input as well as ideas on how new technologies can be used to build local capacity, foster greater transparency and accountability, build upon anti-corruption efforts, promote critical thinking in the classroom, scale-up civil society, and further empower local entities and individuals by providing the tools for network building. As Iraqis think about how to integrate new technology as a tool for smart power, we view this as an opportunity to invite the American technology industry to be part of this creative genesis.

During the trip the delegation will meet with representatives from the Government of Iraq, the public and private education sectors, Iraqi technology companies, and groups active in Iraqi civil society.

Let’s re-read one of the above lines: “As Iraqis think about how to integrate new technology as a tool for smart power, we view this as an opportunity to invite the American technology industry to be part of this creative genesis.” Putting aside that this sounds like some crap-ass Tom Cruise movie description or a brochure for some Scientology ceremony, the State Department description is so kooky and vague that one is left to guess what the end game is here. Presumably, it will eventually mean contracts for U.S. companies either with the U.S. government in Iraq or the Iraqi government.

Just because Blue State Digital was used by Obama and now is heading to Iraq where it could potentially make substantial money down the line as a contractor doesn’t mean there is necessarily any conflict outside of the normal way business is done in Washington. Similar concerns could be raised about the presence on the State Department delegation of (warrantless wiretap facilitator) AT&T, which was a major corporate sponsor of the Democratic National Convention in Denver last year. (AT&T has also worked with Blue State).

“We work with Democratic candidates,” Blue State says on itsFacebook Page, “We are partisan in the candidates we work with.” Fair enough. But imagine if the Bush White House deployed a firm in Iraq that was a major player in the Bush campaign fundraising machinery that was “partisan in the candidates” it worked with and its name was Red State Digital — it would surely be all over the blogosphere.

Oh, and here is one final, interesting tidbit from The Times of London:

Even Karl Rove, the Republican political adviser who masterminded George W. Bush’s two election wins is an admirer [of Blue State Digital], saying that the company does “good things for the wrong people”.

 

 

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Jeremy Scahill, an independent journalist who reports frequently for the national radio and TV program Democracy Now!, has spent extensive time reporting from Iraq and Yugoslavia. He is currently a Puffin Writing Fellow at The Nation Institute. Scahill is the author of Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army. His writing and reporting is available at RebelReports.com.

 

http://www.alternet.org/waroniraq/137603/obama_campaign%27s_multi-million_dollar_propaganda_firm_deployed_in_iraq_to_advise_on_%22new_media%22/?page=entire

Study: ‘Green’ Training Ammo Carries Cancer Risk

April 22, 2009

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By David Hambling EmailApril 20, 2009 | 8:59:00 AM

Wired.com

 

In the 1990’s the U.S. Army introduced a new set of “green” training ammunition designed to be less toxic and more environmentally friendly than the lead-filled rounds used before. But these new bullets may have left firing ranges contaminated and exposed soldiers to a new health hazard. Soon-to-be-released research suggests that a key element in the new ammo, once thought to be safe, may in fact be carcinogenic. The Army has stopped production of the bullets.

More than 90 million rounds of the “green” training ammunition has been used in the United States, since its introduction. It relies on a blend of tungsten and nylon, or tungsten and tin. That gives the bullets the same density and firing properties as the original, but without using lead. Tungsten was considered non-toxic. And it was thought to be “non-mobile,” unlikely to dissolve and travel, so it wouldn’t get into the groundwater.

But new research by University of Arizona Research Professor of Pediatrics Mark Witten points to a different conclusion: Tungsten may elevate the risk for cancer.

His study — to be presented later this month at the 2009 Experimental Biology Meeting in New Orleans — is sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The agency wanted to take a fresh look atleukemia clusters in Fallon, Nevada, and Sierra Vista, Arizona. Nearby tungsten mining appears to have raised tungsten levels in the towns.

In his research, Witten exposed mouse embryos to both airborne and waterborne tungsten, followed by a common respiratory virus. This was an attempt to replicate events preceding the Fallon leukemia cluster. Four of the six mouse pups showed abnormal leukocytes, a precursor to leukemia.

It’s a small sample size, to be sure. But Dr. Witten is in no doubt that tungsten is dangerous.

“I do believe that tungsten has deleterious health effects, and that further work is needed to understand and quantify the cancer risk,” he says.

Previous research has shown that embedded tungsten alloy shrapnel is carcinogenic. This is the first time, however, that the element has been implicated. Witten’s paper does not prove that tungsten is carcinogenic. But it certainly points to the need for further research.

The Army is concerned enough about possible risks that it has stopped making the tungsten ammo. “The U.S. Army developed a lead-free 5.56mm round during the mid 1990s with a tungsten-nylon alternate slug materiel. Environmental studies later determined that the tungsten-nylon combo had a possible environmental impact. The Army stopped production of its tungsten-nylon 5.56mm [rounds],” Tonya Townsell, a spokesperson for the Army’s Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center, tells Danger Room. “The residual inventory of 5.56mm Tungsten-Nylon rounds is still available for use in training at lead-restricted sites as it is deemed safer than lead.”

In the meantime, several facilities are cutting back their use of tungsten-based training ammo. The rounds are no longer used at Massachusetts Military Reservation after the governor issued a “cease and desist” order. Last September, the Army Ammunition Plant in Missouri reportedly sold 190,000 pounds of tungsten including “bullets in various stages of production” in what one commentator described as “a fire sale”.

There have been growing concerns about tungsten for some years. An October 2008 Issues Paper from the state and federal waste managers’ group says that the “original position of the scientific community with regard to fate and transport, analytical testing and toxicology” of tungsten has “drastically changed.”

The report further warns: “Over the past years, soil and groundwater samples collected at certain small arms ranges have demonstrated that tungsten is very mobile and soluble once it is released into the environment. In addition, limited yet important health studies have also revealed that tungsten may pose risks to humans and ecological receptors.”

The paper notes that many training sites are still using tungsten munitions. Given that airborne tungsten is a potential hazard, anyone using a firing range with the “green” ammunition may have been exposed to a cancer risk.

There are also other ways in which military tungsten gets into the environment. The only documented case of acute tungsten poisoning in medical literature comes from a French artilleryman who drank wine that had been poured down a gun barrel as part of an initiation ritual. The barrel was a new type incorporating tungsten alloy, and particles were picked up by the wine. The soldier suffered from seizures and kidney failure, but recovered after five months. (His comrades threw up the mixture before they could suffer toxic effects.)

Cleaning up the firing ranges and checking the possible health effects of the tungsten training rounds will be a big task. Dr. Witten, for one, has no doubt that the tungsten rounds should not be used until further work is carried out: “Maybe lead is not as dangerous as tungsten.”

But there’s also a bigger task ahead. As well as training rounds, tungsten is used in a huge variety of combat munitions from bombs to missiles to tank shells, and replacing these will be a huge challenge.

[Photo: Department of Defense]

 

http://blog.wired.com/defense/2009/04/toxic-tungsten.html

NLE 09: FEMA Takes Preparations for Martial Law to the Next Leve

April 22, 2009

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Kurt Nimmo
Infowars
April 21, 2009

 

FEMA is preparing to take its martial law exercises to the next level this July. According to a factsheetburied on the FEMA website, the agency will host National Level Exercise 2009 (NLE 09) on July 27 through July 31, 2009.

“NLE 09 will be the first major exercise conducted by the United States government that will focus exclusively on terrorism prevention and protection, as opposed to incident response and recovery,” the factsheet states. It is designated as a Tier I National Level Exercise, or TOPOFF, which are exercises conducted annually in accordance with the National Exercise Program (NEP), “which serves as the nation’s overarching exercise program for planning, organizing, conducting and evaluating national level exercises,” according to FEMA.

NLE 09 “will focus on intelligence and information sharing among intelligence and law enforcement communities, and between international, federal, regional, state, tribal, local and private sector participants” in the “aftermath of a notional terrorist event outside of the United States.” So-called “exercise play” will concentrate on “preventing subsequent efforts by the terrorists to enter the United States and carry out additional attacks.”

Such a large and coordinated exercise seems inappropriate, considering the fact there has not been a terrorist attack on the United States since September 11, 2001. In 2007, the neocon-connectedJamestown Foundation chalked this lack of threat up to “stepped-up counter-terrorist efforts after 9/11 and possibly the simple luck enjoyed by government authorities.”

As the Washington Post noted in 2005, the government has a poor record when it comes to apprehending and prosecuting terrorists within the United States. “Except for a small number of well-known cases — such as truck driver Iyman Faris, who sought to take down the Brooklyn Bridge — few of those arrested appear to have been involved in active plots inside the United States.”

In fact, as recently leaked Department of Homeland Security, FBI, and local law enforcement (in particular, the Missouri State Police) documents reveal, the real target is not al-Qaeda or Muslim terrorists, but rather “rightwing extremists” who support the Second Amendment and states’ rights and oppose abortion and open borders. The liberal corporate media has worked tirelessly with the government to demonize activists and supporters of these movements. It has orchestrated a disinformation campaign against the Tea Party movement and has attempted to link the alleged white supremacist cop killer Richard Poplawski to Alex Jones and others erroneously classified as “rightwing extremists.”

The FEMA factsheet states NLE 09 “will focus on intelligence and information sharing among intelligence and law enforcement communities, and between international, federal, regional, state, tribal, local and private sector participants.” In other words, the exercise will concentrate on surveillance and counter-intelligence targeted at “terrorists” (rightwing extremists) who will – according to the NLE scenario – carry out attacks following a vaguely defined international terrorist event. A FEMA bullet point underscores the need for “counter-terror investigation and law enforcement.” Local law enforcement, through relationships previously established by DHS, the FBI and the CIA, will be on the front lines of this surveillance effort.

The FBI in particular has experience in surveilling Americans. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, for instance, the FBI kept a list – dubbed the “ADEX” list – of over 100,000 persons to be rounded up as subversive. More recently, the Inspector General of the Justice Department reported that the Terrorist Screening Center (the FBI-administered organization that consolidates terrorist watch list information in the United States) had over 700,000 names in its database as of April 2007. The list was growing by an average of over 20,000 records per month, according to the ACLU. The list now totals well over a million entries.

Although not specifically mentioned in the FEMA factsheet, NLE 09 will also include exercises designed to round-up and intern suspected terrorists. Under REX 84 and other operations, FEMA, in association with 34 other federal civil departments and agencies, trained to detain large numbers of American citizens.

During Hurricane Katrina, FEMA performed a “dry-run” of this unconstitutional power in New Orleans, not only rounding up “refugees” and “relocating” them in camps, but also testing its ability to confiscate firearms from law-abiding citizens. Blackwater USA, a private mercenary outfit, participated in this illegal confiscation.

InfraGard, the FBI organized “public-private partnership” (classical fascism as defined by Mussolini), will participate in NLE 09, as they have in past TOPOFF exercises.

As Matthew Rothschild documented last March, there are more than 23,000 representatives of private industry working quietly with the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security. InfraGard “may be closer to a corporate TIPS program, turning private-sector corporations – some of which may be in a position to observe the activities of millions of individual customers – into surrogate eyes and ears for the FBI,” Rothschild explains, citing the ACLU. The FBI has given the private organization the ability to use lethal force against suspected “terrorists.”

FEMA’s National Level Exercise 2009 represents the next phase of preparations to implement martial law in America under the guise of fighting loosely defined terrorists. As the DHS, FBI, and MIAC reports indicate, the government now defines terrorists as “rightwing extremists” and indicates the threat is not from fanatics with beards in caves half way around the world, but from law-abiding Americans who are opposed to government policies.

The FEMA camps corporate media shill Glenn Beck insists do not exist but are documented to in fact exist around the country are not for Muslims, but the real threat to government – increasing numbers of Americans determined to return the nagtion to a constitutionally limited republic.

 

http://www.infowars.com/nle-09-fema-takes-preparations-for-martial-law-to-the-next-level/

Obama Pushing Treaty To Ban Reloading

April 22, 2009

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Obama Pushing Treaty To Ban Reloading 
— Even BB guns could be on the chopping block 

Gun Owners of America E-Mail Alert 
8001 Forbes Place, Suite 102, Springfield, VA 22151 
Phone: 703-321-8585 / FAX: 703-321-8408 
http://www.gunowners.org 

Tuesday, April 21, 2009 

Remember CANDIDATE Barack Obama?  The guy who “wasn’t going to take away 
our guns”? 

Well, guess what? 

Less than 100 days into his administration, he’s never met a gun he 
didn’t hate. 

A week ago, Obama went to Mexico, whined about the United States, and 
bemoaned (before the whole world) the fact that he didn’t have the 
political power to take away our semi-automatics.  Nevertheless, that 
didn’t keep him from pushing additional restrictions on American gun 
owners. 

It’s called the Inter-American Convention Against Illicit Manufacturing 
of and Trafficking in Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives, and Other 
Related Materials.  To be sure, this imponderable title masks a really 
nasty piece of work. 

First of all, when the treaty purports to ban the “illicit” 
manufacture 
of firearms, what does that mean? 

1. “Illicit manufacturing” of firearms is defined as 
“assembly of 
firearms [or] ammunition… without a license….” 

Hence, reloading ammunition — or putting together a lawful firearm from 
a kit — is clearly “illicit manufacturing.” 

Modifying a firearm in any way would surely be “illicit 
manufacturing.” 
And, while it would be a stretch, assembling a firearm after cleaning it 
could, in any plain reading of the words, come within the screwy 
definition of “illicit manufacturing.” 

2. “Firearm” has a similarly questionable definition. 

“[A]ny other weapon” is a “firearm,” according to 
the treaty — and the 
term “weapon” is nowhere defined. 

So, is a BB gun a “firearm”?  Probably. 

A toy gun?  Possibly. 

A pistol grip or firing pin?  Probably.  And who knows what else. 

If these provisions (and others) become the law of the land, the Obama 
administration could have a heyday in enforcing them.  Consider some of 
the other provisions in the treaty: 

* Banning Reloading.  In Article IV of the treaty, countries commit to 
adopting “necessary legislative or other measures” to criminalize 
illicit manufacturing and trafficking in firearms. 

Remember that “illicit manufacturing” includes reloading and 
modifying 
or assembling a firearm in any way.  This would mean that the Obama 
administration could promulgate regulations banning reloading on the 
basis of this treaty — just as it is currently circumventing Congress 
to write legislation taxing greenhouse gases. 

* Banning Gun Clubs.  Article IV goes on to state that the criminalized 
acts should include “association or conspiracy” in connection 
with said 
offenses — which is arguably a term broad enough to allow, by 
regulation, the criminalization of entire pro-gun organizations or gun 
clubs, based on the facilities which they provide their membership. 

* Extraditing US Gun Dealers. Article V requires each party to “adopt 
such measures as may be necessary to establish its jurisdiction over the 
offenses it has established in accordance with this Convention” under a 
variety of circumstances. 

We know that Mexico is blaming U.S. gun dealers for the fact that its 
streets are flowing with blood.  And we know it is possible for Mexico 
to define offenses “committed in its territory” in a very 
broad way. 
And we know that we have an extradition obligation under Article XIX of 
the proposed treaty.  So we know that Mexico could try to use the treaty 
to demand to extradition of American gun dealers. 

Under Article XXIX, if Mexico demands the extradition of a lawful 
American gun dealer, the U.S. would be required to resolve the dispute 
through “other means of peaceful settlement.” 

Does anyone want to risk twenty years in a sweltering Mexican jail on 
the proposition that the Obama administration would apply this provision 
in a pro-gun manner? 

* Microstamping.  Article VI requires “appropriate markings” on 
firearms.  And, it is not inconceivable that this provision could be 
used to require microstamping of firearms and/or ammunition — a 
requirement which is clearly intended to impose specifications which are 
not technologically possible or which are possible only at a 
prohibitively expensive cost. 

* Gun Registration.  Article XI requires the maintenance of any records, 
for a “reasonable time,” that the government determines to be 
necessary 
to trace firearms.  This provision would almost certainly repeal 
portions of McClure-Volkmer and could arguably be used to require a 
national registry or database. 

ACTION:  Write your Senators and urge them to oppose the Inter-American 
Convention Against Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, 
Ammunition, Explosives, and Other Related Materials. 

Please use the Gun Owners Legislative Action Center at 
http://www.gunowners.org/activism.htm to send your Senators the 
pre-written e-mail message below. 

—– Pre-written letter —– 

Dear Senator: 

I am urging you, in the strongest terms, to oppose the Inter-American 
Convention Against Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, 
Ammunition, Explosives, and Other Related Materials. 

This anti-gun treaty was written by international bureaucrats who are 
either stupid or virulently anti-gun — or both. 

This treaty could very well ban the ability to reload ammunition, to put 
new stocks on rifles lawfully owned by American citizens, and, possibly, 
even ban BB guns! 

There are too many problems with this treaty to mention them all in this 
letter.  The rest can be read on the website of Gun Owners of America 
at: 
http://www.gunowners.org/fs0901.htm 

Please do not tell me the treaty has not yet been abused in this way by 
the bevy of Third World countries which have signed it.  We do not 
expect the real ramifications of the treaty to become clear until the 
big prize — the U.S. — has stepped into the trap. 

For all of these reasons, I must insist that you oppose ratification of 
the treaty. 

Sincerely, 

(your name)

April 21, 2009

THE SHILL WORLD ORDER: PUSHERS OF THE FALSE LEFT-RIGHT PARADIGM

April 21, 2009

Monday, April 20. 2009

By Harold Gray 

JustGetThere | Outside the political boundaries that seek to control dissent against the unconstitutional apparatuses of government, lies a group of independent people who have been attacked under the Bush administration as communist terrorists, and under Obama’s as fascist racist. 

The people who propagate this fraud are millionaire media shills who push partisan propaganda to the benefit of the owners of both parties, the special interests, military industrial complex and banking oligarchy to name a few. This is extremely evident on the heels of the corporate media co-opting of the highly publicized Tea Party movement. The origins of this grassroots inspired event, consisted of people from different ethnic and political backgrounds, focused on the true monoliths of power and the architects behind it. Seeing past the deceptive false paradigm pushers of the right during the Bush years, true conservatives joined with libertarians, independents and democrats, to protest the private non-federal reserve system, oppressive taxing by the IRS that is used to pay for the interest of our debt, eroding civil liberties through draconian legislation and wars for empire that further fund the military industrial complex that Eisenhower warned us of

The presidential run of republican Congressman Ron Paul, presented a problem for the corporate media outlets who seek to pigeonhole issues based on political labels. The rejection of Bush’s policies could no longer be framed as partisan politics with the typical liberal talking points. Media shills had to actually look at the issues and determine why conservatives disagreed with his policies. This resulted in a true debate centered on the issues, instead of the usual posturing by the corporate gatekeepers.

The mass awakening occurring in the conservative movement had to be stopped, therefore these new brazen patriots had to be labeled as terrorists who hated America. This would be the media spin of the false right pushers on the alphabet news channels. During the Bush years, the left found common ground with the members of the growing liberty movement, but falsely believed that it was all about Bush. 

Now with the election of Obama, we see the friends that joined us under Bush, retreat to their liberal corner and take on the role the neo-cons did, in order to shield Obama from criticism. Therefore under Obama, government dissent equates to fascist extremist who hate blacks. This is the standard program that the corporate left uses in order to quell government dissent by hyping militia groups and racists. Just think back to all the subterfuge associated with groups on the right, who were against government corruption under Clinton. An unbiased look at the political environment back in the 90’s would show that they were not all extremist, and the events hyped up in the media had the fingerprints ofCOINTELPRO all over it. 

Just recently in Philadelphia, 2 undercover officers organized a KKK rally and they were the only ones who showed up. Several people showed up to protest these racist who were actually cops. The anti-racist activists smashed the car of the posing skinheads, after they antagonized the protesters. An excerpt of witness testimony to the court is below.

The lone defense witness, law student Sheila Maddali, who was present on July 23, 2007, said anti-racism groups showed up at Love Park a half-hour before the noontime Klan rally.

No KKK members ever showed, but the witnesses said the two undercover officers walked into the park dressed like skinheads.

One activist asked if the two were Klan members and Maddali said one replied, “So what if we are?”

She said others began heckling the officers, calling them fascists and asking, “So you like to lynch black people?”

“We can lynch whoever we want,” was the officer’s reply, Maddali said.

This type of operation can be used as a double-edged sword to infiltrate hate groups and identify activists. Another example of Fed operatives in action was displayed by right-wing talk show host Hal Turner. Apparently he was outed by hackers who found emails on his hard drive that showed correspondence to a FBI agent. This was reported by the Southern Poverty Law Center in this excerpt below.

On Jan. 1, (2008) unidentified hackers electronically confronted Turner in the forum of his website for “The Hal Turner Show.” After a heated exchange, they told Turner that they had successfully hacked into his server and found correspondence with an FBI agent who is apparently Turner’s handler. Then they posted an alleged July 7th E-mail to the agent in which Turner hands over a message from someone who sent in a death threat against Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wisc.). “Once again,” Turner writes to his handler, “my fierce rhetoric has served to flush out a possible crazy.” In what is allegedly a portion of another E-mail, Turner discusses the money he is paid.

On Thursday, as the E-mail exchange was heatedly discussed on a major neo-Nazi website, Turner suddenly announced he was quitting political work. “I hereby separate from the ‘pro-White’ movement,” he said, adding that he was ending his radio show immediately. “I will no longer involve myself in any aspect of it.”

These examples show the deceptive tactics that help manufacture political racial extremism in order to demonize, discredit, and distract from the true pillars of power that continue the agenda under both parties. As for the left, agents will typically infiltrate anti-war, environmentalists, or community outreach groups and push for acts of violence or property damage in order to vilify activists. 

With the Tea Parties already hijacked by the neo-cons through the right gatekeepers at Fox news, I knew there would be a high probability of chicanery at the Glen Beck sponsored event. I went to San Antonio to counter this takeover, by passing out DVD’s that expose the parallel political ideology that is used to divide us. The thousands in attendance were fired up about the economic situation the D.C. cabal and banksters have put us in, but sadly were still stuck within the narrow confines of the left-right paradigm. The opportunity to educate the public on the history of the Federal Reserve, IRS and important legislation that would take action against both, was lost with speakers instead talking about the history of the Alamo, religious scripture, or chanting USA!, USA!.

Towards the end of the event I spotted a sign piercing the crowd with the statement “Save White America”. Upon seeing this I had to investigate further in order to find out what his objective is for coming to this event with a sign like that. I had no issue with his 1st amendment right to express himself, my concern was that he was a plant that could be used by the media, to associate all the people at the Tea Party to racists. Since this was a large media spectacle promoted by Fox news, it was a perfect opportunity for someone to further propagate the false connection of racist right-wing extremism to the liberty movement, conservatives and anyone who speaks out against the current administration. You can watch video of this confrontation and read my account here. 

My assumption that the media would take signs like this out of context and then falsely label the movement was proved correct, by the recentMSNBC interview of Janeane Garofalo by Keith Olbermann. This is type of despicable, irresponsible behavior by the media is nothing new, and we need to be vigilant in exposing these provocateurs who are used as pawns, marginalizing our movement against tyranny. The realization of the true geopolitical paradigm of control is steadily growing, nullifying the predictive programming of the false left-right political spin by the media’s shill world order

Finally moving past the false paradigm will enable us to identify the people responsible for the controlled financial collapse, bring them to justice, and begin work on Constitutional based solutions that will return the government back to the people.

http://justgetthere.us/blog/archives/The-Shill-World-Order-Pushers-Of-The-False-Left-Right-Paradigm.html

Ron Paul on Secession

April 21, 2009

Gotta Love Nader!

April 21, 2009

RALPH WAS RIGHT

Last year, Ralph Nader ran for President.

I was Ralph’s national campaign coordinator.

During the campaign, Ralph called it as he saw it.

DC was a corporate prison.

The Democrats and Republicans were beholden to corporate America.

The corporate Obama we saw on the campaign trail in 2008 wouldn’t be much different just because he became President Obama and moved into the White House in 2009.

As usual, Ralph was right.

Exhibit A: Health insurance.

Today, fifty million Americans are uninsured.

According to the Institute of Medicine, 22,000 Americans die every year from a lack of health insurance.

Obama knows that a Canadian style single payer national health insurance system – everybody in, nobody out, free choice of doctors and hospitals – will bring these numbers down to zero.

Zero people are uninsured in Canada.

Zero people die every year in Canada due to lack of health insurance.

Yet, during the 2008 campaign, Obama took single payer off the table.

It’s still off the table in the corporate prison that is Washington, D.C.

This despite the fact that, according to the most recent polls, the majority of Americans, doctors, nurses, health economists and even small businesses want single payer.

Even a young Obama wanted single payer.

Before he became the politician that he is today.

Obama still knows what the answer is – single payer.

Yet he bows down before the ever powerful for-profit health and drug insurance industries.

That’s just the seedy reality inside the beltway today.

The burning question outside is:

What are we going to do about it?

And the answer is:

We are going to deliver single payer for the American people.

To get the job done, we have launched – Single Payer Action.

Over the past couple of months, Single Payer Action has been out for a test drive.

We’ve been kicking the tires.

And things are looking good.

Single Payer Action exposed PBS Frontline for deliberately tilting its documentary “Sick Across America” to reflect an insurance industry bias.

The one-hour documentary never once mentioned single payer.
Single Payer Action activists burned their insurance bills outside a meeting of the health insurance industry’s main lobbying group in Washington, D.C.

Single Payer Action blew open the story about how Obama tried to bar single payer advocates from the White House health care summit last month.

As a result of that reporting, Obama was forced to admit two single payer advocates inside the White House gates for the summit.

And in West Virginia last month, a group of Single Payer Action belly dancers drew widespread attention when they shook it up for single payer at the Martinsburg offices of Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV).

Last year, after the campaign, we wrote to you promising action on single payer.

Action time has arrived.

Now, we need your help.

We believe that together with one million Americans working for single payer we can get it done.

Single Payer Action will be organizing outside the beltway, in Congressional districts around the country.

But right now, we need to raise $30,000 to propel Single Payer Action to the next level.

We want to organize creative, dramatic actions at congressional offices in as many districts as possible in coming weeks.

And we need your help to make that happen.

So, please donate now whatever you can – $10, $25, $50, $100 – to Single Payer Action.

If you donate $100 or more by May 14, 2009, we will send you two galvanizing books that concisely detail the case for single payer in America. 

  • Health Care Meltdown by Robert LeBow, MD, revised and updated by Dr. C. Rocky White – a Republican doctor so fed up with the needless suffering caused by the insurance industry that he become a leading advocate for single payer.
  • Ten Excellent Reasons for National Health Care, Edited by Mary O’Brien and Martha Livingston

We’re looking to raise $30,000 by May 14th.

To make single payer a reality in America.

Let’s get it done.

Onward

Jason Kafoury

PS: This two book offer ends 11:59 p.m. May 14, 2009. So don’t miss out. Donate now.

And don’t forget to sign up at singlepayeraction.org.

We’re building one million strong for single payer.

Please share this e-mail with friends and relatives.

Urge them to sign up and donate at singlepayeraction.org.

April 20, 2009

Last Call for HR 1207 – Audit the Fed

April 20, 2009

By tmartin • April 17, 2009

 

Ron Paul’s legislation HR 1207, The Federal Reserve Transparency Act, is gaining support. HR 1207 has 55 co-sponsors and real potential to pass — BUT only if we educate and rally the people to support it and get our Congresspeople to put it to vote and pass it.

HR 1207 will open the Fed to transparency. We must not miss this opportunity.

It is now in the House Committee on Financial Services. This is THE MOST IMPORTANT STEP in this legislation! If it doesn’t get out of committee it will not come to a vote! There are 71 members on this committee and they are all listed below.

We need to let them know that we want them to allow full house consideration of HR 1207 so it can move forward; we need them to support this. Now is the time.

Call their offices, write to them, email them, etc. Let them know they need to support HR 1207. If you live in their district, let them know. Go to their office.

House Committee on Financial Services

Chairman Barney Frank, MA

Republican Members

Rep. Michele Bachmann, MN [co-sponsor]
Rep. Spencer Bachus, AL
Rep. J. Gresham Barrett, SC
Rep. Judy Biggert, IL
Rep. John Campbell, CA
Rep. Michael N. Castle, DE [co-sponsor]
Rep. Scott Garrett, NJ [co-sponsor]
Rep. Jim Gerlach, PA
Rep. Jeb Hensarling, TX
Rep. Lynn Jenkins, KS
Rep. Walter B. Jones , NC [co-sponsor]
Rep. Peter King, NY
Rep. Christopher Lee, NY
Rep. Leonard Lance, NJ 
Rep. Frank D. Lucas, OK
Rep. Donald A. Manzullo, IL
Rep. Kenny Marchant, TX [co-sponsor]
Rep. Thaddeus McCotter, MI [co-sponsor]
Rep. Kevin McCarthy, CA 
Rep. Patrick T. McHenry, NC
Rep. Gary G. Miller, CA
Rep. Randy Neugebauer, TX
Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, WV [co-sponsor]
Rep. Ron Paul, TX [sponsor]
Rep. Erik Paulsen, MN [co-sponsor]
Rep. Bill Posey, FL [co-sponsor]
Rep. Tom Price, GA [co-sponsor]
Rep. Adam Putnam, FL
Rep. Edward R. Royce, CA

Democratic Members

Rep. Gary L. Ackerman, NY
Rep. John Adler, NJ
Rep. Joe Baca, CA
Rep. Melissa L. Bean, IL
Rep. Michael E. Capuano, MA
Rep. Andre Carson, IN
Rep. Travis Childers, MS
Rep. William Lacy Clay, MO
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, MO
Rep. Joe Donnelly, IN
Rep. Steve Driehaus, OH
Rep. Keith Ellison, MN
Rep. Bill Foster, IL
Rep. Alan Grayson, FL [co-sponsor]
Rep. Al Green, TX
Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez, IL
Rep. Rubén Hinojosa, TX
Rep. Jim Himes, CT
Rep. Paul W. Hodes, NH
Rep. Paul E. Kanjorski, PA
Rep. Stephen F. Lynch, MA
Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy, OH
Rep. Ron Klein, FL
Rep. Suzanne Kosmas, FL
Rep. Dan Maffei, NY 
Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, NY
Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, NY
Rep. Gregory W. Meeks, NY
Rep. Brad Miller, NC
Rep. Walt Minnick, ID
Rep. Dennis Moore, KS
Rep. Gwen Moore, WI
Rep. Ed Perlmutter, CO
Rep. Gary Peters, MI
Rep. David Scott, GA
Rep. Brad Sherman, CA
Rep. Jackie Speier, CA
Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez, NY
Rep. Maxine Waters, CA
Rep. Melvin L. Watt, NC
Rep. Charles Wilson, OH

Help with this all important public outreach. NOW REALLY IS THE TIME!

via Daily Paul

 

http://www.ronpaul.com/2009-04-17/last-call-for-hr-1207-audit-the-fed/

Shed some light on the Fed: Support HR 1207

April 20, 2009

UN torture investigator: Obama has broken International law

April 20, 2009

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By Raw Story

Published: April 18, 2009
Updated 1 day ago

The United Nation’s top torture investigator has suggested it is illegal under International law for President Barack Obama to announce that the United States government has no intention of prosecuting low-level CIA officers who carried out torture sanctioned by the Bush Administration.

President Barack Obama’s release on Thursday of four Bush administration memos sanctioning torture has been widely praised. However, word that government will go so far as to offer a fully-paid legal defense for agents who applied torture techniques to terror war prisoners has triggered loud criticism.

“Like all other contracting states to the UN convention against torture, the US has committed to conduct criminal investigations of torture and to bring all persons to court against whom there is sound evidence,” Manfred Nowak, the UN’s Special Rapporteur on torture, told Austrian weekly paper Der Standard.

“They are party to the convention and the convention is very, very clear,” Nowak told the paper. “The fact that you carried out an order doesn’t relieve you of your responsibility.”

“In a brief telephone interview with The Associated Press, Manfred Nowak […] said the United States had committed itself under the U.N. Convention against Torture to make torture a crime and to prosecute those suspected of engaging in it,” reported the San Francisco Chronicle.

“Nowak, who said he would soon travel to Washington for meetings with officials, also called for a comprehensive independent investigation into the matter and added it was important to compensate the victims,” the paper continued.

“Nowak said he did not think the president would not go so far as to issue an amnesty law for CIA operatives. Therefore US courts could still try torture suspects,” reported Earth Times.

“President Obama deserves credit for rejecting arguments that official disclosure of these ‘enhanced’ interrogation techniques would set a dangerous precedent,” opined the LA Times on Saturday. “But he continues to hedge about whether the CIA might once again be freed from the standards of conduct imposed on interrogators for the military. Indignation over these shameful documents should convince the president that a double standard for interrogation is intolerable.”

http://rawstory.com/08/blog/2009/04/18/un-torture-investigator-obama-has-broken-international-law/

Obama Advisor Back Pedals On Geo-Engineering Announcement

April 20, 2009

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Steve Watson
Infowars.net
Friday, April 10, 2009

President Obama’s chief scientific adviser is back pedaling over comments he made in an interview regarding planetary geo-engineering.

As we reported earlier this week, John Holdren told Associated Press that the Obama administration has held discussions regarding the possibility of artificially altering the earth’s climate, with the justification of countering global warming.

According to the report, Holdren discussed methods of geo-engineering such as shooting pollution particles into the upper atmosphere to reflect the sun’s rays and other radical terraforming programs such as creating an “artificial volcano”.

“It’s got to be looked at,” Holdren was quoted as saying, “We don’t have the luxury of taking any approach off the table.” The AP also reported that Holdren said he has raised the concept in administration discussions.

However, since both the mainstream and alternative media picked up on Holdren’s comments and sent them viral, the former director of Harvard University’s Science, Technology and Public Policy Program has backtracked, saying that his comments were exaggerated and that the Obama administration IS NOT considering geo-engineering.

The New York Times reports that Holdren responded via email after the AP story was published:

“I said that the approaches that have been surfaced so far seem problematic in terms of both efficacy and side effects, but we have to look at the possibilities and understand them because if we get desperate enough it will be considered. I also made clear that this was my personal view, not Administration policy.

Asked whether I had mentioned geo-engineering in any White House discussions, though, I said that I had. This is NOT the same thing as saying the White House is giving serious consideration to geo-engineering – which it isn’t – and I am disappointed that the headline and the text of the article suggest otherwise.”

Perhaps Holdren, or his higher ups have become concerned at the level of media exposure that has been generated by his comments.

After all, such exposure could lead to further investigation of secret climate engineering programs that are already being conducted by government-affiliated universities, government agencies, and on a mass scale through chemtrail spraying.

As we reported today, the coverage generated by Holdren has given fresh impetus to concerns regarding the aerosolized-chemical spraying that is undoubtedly being carried out worldwide.

Of course, just like the “New World Order”, though this has been announced in hundreds of mainstream publications and by leading government figures, it remains a “conspiracy theory“.

Watch Alex Jones’ special on geo-engineering and his interview with chemtrail expert Rosalind Peterson:

 

http://www.prisonplanet.com/obama-advisor-back-pedals-on-geo-engineering-announcement.html

 

April 19, 2009

Rachel Maddow Compares Sovereignty Movement to Confederacy

April 19, 2009

“Holy Shit!… Holy Shit! What is going on here? I spend two days in the E.R. and I come home and these people have gone insane. Listen, I’m as liberal as you can get. I’m an artist and a musician and I think anyone should do whatever the fuck they want as long as they are not hurting anyone. That’s (kinda) what this Ron Paul “libertarian” movement is all about. More freedom for all people. We want government to stop meddling in all of our lives. The people I know in this “libertarian” movement are (obviously) more open minded and accepting to all races and sexual orientations than certain types of republicans but I find them to be much more (“smarter!!”) and opened minded than your typical liberal democrat.

I grew up in Boston, Massachusetts… the most goddam liberal democrat epicenter in the country. And I’m fuckin’proud of it. I’m everything you’ll find in a liberal democrat, except that I’m not stupid. Your suppose to evolve the older you get. Get it? The democratic party is as much a circus side-show business as the republican party. You’ve been indoctrinated your whole life on the idea that there are only two choices for a presidential canidate…………*BANG*………and here comes the “Libertarian, Ron Paul, 3rd Parties,” (whatever you want to label it), offering the American people more choice, more diversity. If Rachel Maddow has such a feverish case of white-liberal-guilt I wish she’d used that energy to vote for a real African-American presidential candidate like Cynthia McKinney.

It just goes to show you what a machine our media is for the pentagon. The Limbaugh’s, the Olbermann’s, the Beck’s, it’s a fucking charade to divide the American people. Get it? Did you notice how Olbermann swept in just at the hight of anti-Bushy. Good timing, huh? We all hate Bush. Thats no secret. But… but… let’s bring in the next talking head to adore our in-coming presidential king, Obama. Never in the history of this country was so much positive attention lavished on presidential candidate than Obama. Do you think the real powers that be didn’t have anything to do with that? Are you that fuckin’ naive and blinded by a mans race, liberal democrats? Just because a politician is black doesn’t mean he’s not like the rest of the fat fuckin’ white fat cats stuffing their faces in Washington. You’ve been played like suckers. Just ask this Boston rapper. Ya’all need to stop watching television. Especially, the news. It’s poisoning those sweet little brains of yours. I don’t mean to be condescending but it is really hard to watch this mind-fuck that is being carried out on Obama supporters.

I don’t support or like a guy like Rick Perry, nor do most Ron Paul/Libertarian people. But we sure as flying fuck support a sovereignty movement because our Federal Government is completely out of control. There are no more checks and balances, literally.  They were out of control with Bush & Cheney. And now they are out of control with Obama & Brzezinski. 

So, Rachel Maddow, a Sovereignty Movement would be good for all people, (I hate to use this word but she deserves it here), you dumb broad. It would be a step closer to freedom… away from our every growingly oppressive government… for all American people! Look into what it’s really about before you bring some race-card bullshit into it. She has obviously lost her coffee sippin’ Smith College brain. Or she’s just another agent. An agent for an agenda that does not want you to taste T R U E  F R E E D O M.  The true people in power are scared shitless of the (real) Libertarian movement gaining more momentum and they have basically declared war on it with this fake tea party/ Republicans are Libertarian’s/ weird race-card bullshit. Hey, if you wanna be a codependent to a President who is just as much a fraud as Bush, then stay in your little comfort zones. We’re working on really fixing the fuckin’ problem. 

Ron Paul kinda people have nothing to do with REPUBLICANS, period. Yes, we support the right to bear arms and it’s for all  citizens… white, black, asian, gay, etc. And yes, we support immigration laws, so that our legal ctizens, i.e.-hispanic, white, black, asian, etc), can be taken care of before “criminals” who violate the law by sneaking into this country do.

Look into Ron Paul’s Campaign For Liberty you won’t find any racists red-necks or any self-loathing white liberals… you’ll find some very smart people of all ages, races and sexual orientations that have a real plan for change! And it’s (fuckin’) for the better of all our beautifully diverse American citizens. 

Stop being played. 

-Fred Face  4/18/09

 

 

Kurt Nimmo
Infowars
April 18, 2009

 

Rachel Maddow, described as Keith Olbermann’s “political soul mate” and “a liberal in the purest, almost mineral sense of the word,” has characterized the states’ rights and sovereignty movement as a modern spin-off of the Confederacy, “except the states aren’t clinging to a slave-based economy.” She claims to be “weirded-out by the Civil War theme” of the Tea Party movement.

Maddow’s comments are part of MSNBC’s nasty campaign to portray the April 15 Tea Party demonstrations held around the country as racist and troglodytic.

Faux conservatives are fond of ranting about the “liberal bias” of MSNBC, owned by the monopolistic software titan Microsoft and NBC. NBC’s parent is General Electric, a multinational corporation that makes a lot of money in the “defense” business (this division generated $3,100,000,000 in 2003), not exactly the sort of business model liberals support.

It is interesting Maddow compares states’ rights advocates to Confederates and then links them to the immorality of slavery. It is rather ironic — if not entirely hypocritical — that this “liberal in the purest, almost mineral sense of the word” works for a corporation that manufactures engines for Black Hawk attack helicopters used in Iraq. Liberals are said to be viscerally opposed to the Iraq invasion and occupation.

In fact, MSNBC is used by our rulers to amplify the false right-left paradigm that serves as a big distraction and keeps the masses squabbling over meaningless issues. Important issues like states’ rights are minimized and excused in the most reprehensible manner (as an example, see the exchange between Keith Olbermann and the disgusting “comedienne” Janeane Garofalo).

Wall Street Journal columnist Thomas Frank is surprised how “mainstream extremism is,” an obvious attempt to link the Tea Party and sovereignty movement to the recently leaked “rightwing extremism” report produced by the Department of Homeland Security. Frank characterizes the “tea-baggers” as a “lunatic fringe” that has allowed itself to be exploited by Texas Gov. Rick Perry, the Republicans, and “that other network” (Fox News). 

Frank is right to a certain degree — the Tea Party movement, initially created by Libertarians, was co-opted by “mainstream” (establishment) Republicans and Glenn Beck “conservatives” for cynical political reasons. Rick Perry is a dyed-in-the-wool globalist minion groomed by the Bilderbergers and the CFR as a possible presidential selectee and has absolutely no plan to urge Texas secession.

It remains to be seen if Maddow and her guest realize the establishment Republicans are backing states’ rights in order to derail the movement and use it as a tool to attack the left side of the false right-left construct.

“The argument that the two parties should represent opposed ideals and policies, one, perhaps, of the Right and the other of the Left, is a foolish idea acceptable only to doctrinaire and academic thinkers. Instead, the two parties should be almost identical, so that the American people can throw the rascals out at any election without leading to any profound or extensive shifts in policy. Then it should be possible to replace it, every four years if necessary, by the other party, which will be none of these things but will still pursue, with new vigor, approximately the same basic policies,” wrote Dr. Carroll Quigley.

Republicans are merely preparing to “throw the rascals out” during the next election cycle so a new (or recycled) batch of CFR, Trilateral, and bankster operatives can be installed. The agenda will remaind absolutely the same.

Maddow and her guest are on par with “doctrinaire and academic thinkers” who accept the “foolish idea” that there is a difference between Democrats and Republicans. Maddow’s task is to sell this nonsense to liberals who apparently revel in the soft porn presented on MSNBC and CNN (where crude sexual imagery is employed to describe the Tea Party movement).

 

http://www.infowars.com/rachel-maddow-compares-sovereignty-movement-to-confederacy/

 

Dennis Kucinich: Where Is Osama bin Laden?

April 19, 2009

The Torture Memos, Obama and the Banality of Evil

April 19, 2009

posted by RICHARD KIM on 04/17/2009 @ 2:01pm

The Nation

 

Even as President Obama acted in the name of transparency and accountabilty in releasing the Bush administration’s OLC’s torture memos, he made assurances that the CIA agents who used the “enhanced interrogation techniques” meticulously detailed within would not be subject to criminal prosecution.Glenn Greenwald at SalonJeremy Scahill on his blog,David Bromwich at Huffington Post and Ta-Nehisi Coates at the Atlantic all have good takes on why Obama’s decision is wrong. I concur. However politically expedient, Obama’s nearly carte blanche absolution of torture was morally wrong, and his justification of it, from a professor of constitutional law, is intellectually dishonest.

Obama’s rationalizations were artfully made to the point of being obfuscatory, but they can be boiled down to three points:

1) The strategic issue of national security. “The men and women of our intelligence community serve courageously on the front lines of a dangerous world…We must protect their identities as vigilantly as they protect our security, and we must provide them with the confidence that they can do their jobs.”

2) The legal-ethical issue of obedience. The CIA agents were only carrying out “their duties relying in good faith upon legal advice from the Department of Justice.”

3) The political issue of national unity and progress. “This is a time for reflection, not retribution…at a time of great challenges and disturbing disunity, nothing will be gained by spending our time and energy laying blame for the past.”

The easiest to dismiss of these is the issue of national security. As Bromwich points out, the matter of protecting individual CIA agent’s identities is “a calculated distortion.” Any agent publicly named and prosecuted for torture would, of course, be removed from duty. Their identities no longer need to be protected as a matter of national security because they would no longer be in the business of national security.

As for the question of whether or not prosecutions would undermine intelligence agents’ “confidence that they can do their jobs,” I agree with Obama here. Prosecutions absolutely would undermine the CIA’s confidence, and that is a good thing. No public official, least of all intelligence agents who already operate under cover of secrecy, should be wholly confident of the legality and morality of their actions. To guarantee such confidence would be to guarantee absolute impunity. Indeed, this necessary lack of confidence is precisely why the OLC memos exist in the first place, because interrogators were seeking advice about the legality of certain interrogation techniques. So the question is not whether or not prosecution would undermine the CIA’s confidence, but rather a) how much so? and b) from what source is their confidence derived?

This brings us to the question of obedience. Obama’s argument here is gravely disturbing. He asserts, in essence, that because the OLC says it is right, it is–that CIA agents should have absolute confidence in anything and everything approved by the OLC and/or ordered by the executive branch. Besides the shades of Nixon and Bush II, there are two things wrong with this assertion. First is the sweeping authority given to the OLC to determine wholly, by interpretation and in secrecy, the legality of actions that were known then to have been violations of multiple international and national laws. If the OLC determined tomorrow that rape was an appropriate interrogation technique, should CIA agents behave with confidence that they are acting within legal and moral bounds? I have a hard time believing that Obama, or anyone in his administration, thinks so.

Then there is the matter of culpability and deference to authority. Even if every single national and international law approved of the interrogation techniques used by the CIA, would they be just? Hannah Arendt wrestles famously with a similar question in Eichmann in Jerusalem. Eichmann claimed, as a CIA agent on trial might, that he was merely doing his duty, that he “not only obeyed orders, he also obeyed the law.” Arendt, of course, found Eichmann both banal in his evil and culpable. Perhaps more to the point, she argued that the culpability of countless others (what others did or might have done) did not in any way mitigate Eichmann’s guilt.

The same is true in the case of torture (although needless to say on a vastly different scale and context). Of course, higher-ups who ordered and sanctioned torture should be prosecuted as well, including the authors of the OLC memos. But that does not mean that the actual interrogators should be let off the hook en masse. Whether or not CIA interrogators should have refused orders or should have known that such orders were legally or morally wrong is a matter to be determined in trial, a matter of justice. It is not a question that can be swept away by the claim that they were just doing their jobs, that they were just being obedient subjects.

Because in the final analysis, it is highly likely that the CIA agents were just doing their jobs. And that those jobs were, in fact, criminal in nature. This brings me to Obama’s last argument, that in essence we need to forget the past and move forward for the good of the country. The substitution here of the political necessity of unity for the constitutional and moral imperative of justice is Bushian to say the least. But perhaps what is most troubling is that our new President would calculatedly deploy his public goodwill to effect a kind of national amnesia in which actions he himself and his attorney general have called illegal and wrong are forgotten in the name of progress. Of course, I can see why he would do so, as a matter of political expediency. But political expediency is not justice.

Of Eichmann’s crimes, Arendt wrote, “they were and could only be committed under a criminal law by a criminal state.” That may also be the case with torture under the Bush administration. We owe it to ourselves to find out and that can not happen if we meekly follow Obama’s request to forgive and forget.

 

http://www.thenation.com/blogs/notion/427979/the_torture_memos_obama_and_the_banality_of_evil?rel=hp_picks

Risen: NSA tried to wiretap Congressman without warrant

April 19, 2009

“Wow, what chance does an average American citizen have?”

F.F. 4/17/09

 

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David Edwards and Joe Byrne
Published: Friday April 17, 2009

 

Broad legal limits set by Congress last year were exceeded in recent months by the National Security Agency, reported James Risen and Eric Lichtblau in Wednesday’sNew York Times

A segment on Keith Olbermann’sCountdown on Thursday featured Risen, who re-stated his claim that the NSA tried to tap the communications of a congressman, but were halted at the last moment from doing so. When Olbermann pressed Risen for more details about the congressman, Risen responded, “A very senior U.S. intelligence official with direct knowledge of this, a person I can‘t identify, gave us this information and unfortunately, we haven‘t been able to identify the congressman yet. But we do know that it occurred overseas and that the NSA had already begun to eavesdrop on someone else who was traveling with the congressman, and then wanted to go up and eavesdrop directly on the congressman, but was blocked at the last minute.” 

The article by Risen and Lichtblau detailed the problems associated with the high-tech surveillance system. “Intelligence officials said that the problems have grown out of changes enacted by Congress last July in the law that regulates the government’s wiretapping powers, and the challenges posed by enacting a new framework for collecting intelligence on suspected terrorists and spies.

“While N.S.A.’s operations in recent months have come under examination, new details are also emerging about earlier domestic surveillance activities, including the agency’s attempt to wiretap a congressman without court approval on an overseas trip, according to interviews with current and former intelligence officials.”

The changes in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) made by Congress last July had to do with granting immunity to corporations like AT&T who were supplying the data to the government and to extend the legal limit of warrantless wiretapping from 48 hours to a week. After a week, the NSA has to take their case to the FISA court for approval.

Olbermann asked Risen how big he thought the NSA wiretapping program has become. “We’re still trying to figure that out,” Risen responded. “What we do know is over the last few months there has been increasing concern both at the Justice Department and in congress over what appears to be just an inability of the NSA to stay within the legal limits that were established by the new FISA bill last summer. They’re collecting far more domestic e-mail and telephone traffic than they’re supposed to under the — even the very broad and relaxed regulations that were imposed last year. It makes it — it appears to be a problem of the inability of the NSA to distinguish between foreign and domestic communications. but the technical details, we’re still trying to determine.”

Risen closed the segment with a judgment of the Bush administration’s lack of control over the program. “President Bush and other members of his administration kept saying, ‘Trust us, we have very tight controls over this program.’ I think what this shows is that the controls are much more lax than they ever wanted to admit, and that the spying on Americans may have gone far beyond anything we realized before.”

This video is from MSNBC’s Countdown, broadcast Apr. 16, 2009.

 

http://rawstory.com/news/2008/Risen_NSA_tried_for_warrantless_wiretap_0417.html