Are You Resolute Enough In Your Beliefs To Stand Against
Tyranny? The Many Think They Have It,
But Only A Few Know They Do
NewsFocus, by Tim Watts -
With all of the
signs of a police state descending upon the US, few people have
ever stopped to think about what they would do if the government
gets out of hand and becomes tyrannical and dictatorial. How
many would openly stand in defiance of a corrupt government that
oppresses its people?
Do you really have what it takes
to make a stand against the criminal cabal behind the new world
How deep is your belief that
freedom is every person's right?
How convicted and passionate are
you in defending your beliefs?
I want you to look at the
following photo of a German man, at the height of Nazi power,
openly standing in defiance of Hitler. His name is August
Landmesser. He originally supported the Nazi party, but once he
saw where it was going, he stood in defiance of it. How many
people have the courage of August Landmesser?
When push comes to shove, do you
seriously believe that you have the fortitude to stand with
greater principles against a greater power?
The criminals who control our
government have enacted much legislation to now do far more than
Hitler ever dreamed about. The Patriot Act, the NDAA, the SIP
and HR 658 all threaten your liberty and freedom. Our rights
have been legislated away. Our freedom is rapidly vanishing.
What are you going to do about it?
Again, how many reading this will
have the courage of August Landmesser?
Americans need to think long and
hard on this one. And from the look of things, they'd better do
A 1936 photo of German
August Landmesser refusing to perform the Nazi salute.
(And make sure you check out the two
weasels behind Landmesser. Don't ever be like them.)
We’d prefer to
invite you to a quieter place, Fellow Reckoner…somewhere we
could talk in private. A
speakeasy, perhaps. Somewhere off the radar. Alas, that’s
becoming increasingly difficult.
In fact, according to
recruitment propaganda handed out by the FBI and the
Department of Justice to Internet cafe owners across the
country, a person may be considered “suspicious” if they “are
overly concerned about privacy” or if he/she “attempts to shield
the screen from view of others.”
Other “Potential Indicators of Terrorist
Activities Related to Internet Café,” according to this
particular flyer, include, “paying with cash,” traveling an
“illogical distance to use [the] Internet Café,” acting
“nervous” or exhibiting “suspicious behavior inconsistent with
What constitutes an “illogical distance,” we
wonder? Two miles? Five? Twenty? What about visiting a cafe
while on vacation? Is that an “illogical distance” from a
person’s home? Come to think of it, what does an “illogical
distance” even mean? Negative three miles? Minus six miles?
Moreover, how would one even know the distance a person traveled
to email grandma or fill out online job applications? Should we
be spying on them?
Terrorism is the act of instilling fear in order to change a
society. A solid case can be made that the real terrorists
changing our society are Federal government agencies,
overzealous in their encouragement of paranoid and terrified
citizens to do their job for them. If the Feds cannot do their
jobs, as they did prior to 9/11, then we as taxpayers need to
find someone else who can. They operate with our money.
Don't forget that. They are using our tax dollars to
instill fear among the populace, and making us all terrorist
suspects for the most asinine of reasons.
One example... if you suspect someone of being
a terrorist, you are encouraged to follow them, no matter how
unfounded your reasoning is, or that proposed by the FBI. Now,
if the person you are following sees you and tries to run or get
away from you, that is supposedly even more reason why they
could be a terrorist.
Do you see a problem here?
So what if the person being followed is
innocent, and considers their pursuer to be a terrorist?
Wouldn't it be normal for them to become worried and try to get
away from someone stalking them?
Again, terrorism is the act of instilling fear
within a populace with the intent to change their society. So
ask yourself, who has done the better job of fomenting fear, our
elected officials and government agencies, or mythical boogeyman
conjured up by these aforementioned officials?
For the record, the US has done more to create
terrorism by invading foreign countries for no reason at all,
murdering and raping their citizens, all for the patently bogus
bullshit War On
Terror. It's time for people to realize who the real
terrorists truly are.
Is A False Flag Attack Being
Hatched To Attack Iran?
On The Growing US Police State
Joe Joseph and Tim Watts discuss the police state
that is taking hold in America.
Horrified with the way the US government uses the Patriot Act
against its own people, two senators have been trying to make
these practices public for years. Tired of being ignored,
they're now taking their fight against secret programs to
Two US senators wrote the attorney general of
the United States this week, urging the federal government to
give the American public evidence explaining how the Patriot Act
has been interpreted since signed into law in 2001.
In a joint letter to Attorney General Eric
Holder sent Thursday, Senators Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) and Mark
Udall (D-Colorado) plead with the government to provide the
American people with the facts behind what the Patriot Act can
let America’s top investigators do. The lawmakers, who have
rallied for disclosure of these details for more than two years,
say citizens would be “stunned” to learn what the
government believes it can get away with under the law. ... (Read
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned the
U.S. and Israel against an attack on Iran, cautioning that such
a move would mean “a very serious mistake”. Russia warned the
U.S. because Russian intelligence knows that the CIA is
finalizing preparations for multiple false flag attacks against
the United States. The CIA is reportedly going to use SA-7
shoulder-fired, low-altitude surface-to-air missiles (SAMs),
that the CIA smuggled out of Libya and into the United States,
against both civilian and U.S. government aircraft. Russian
intelligence indicates that the United States government has
authorized Israel to launch an attack against Iran immediately
following multiple false flag SAM attacks in the U.S.
Unbeknownst to Barack Hussein Obama is that the CIA will be
targeting him. ... (Read
This is a disturbing story. God help us if this were to happen. With the Federal Reserve on
the run from Congress and the Occupy Wall Street protests, and a
Ron Paul presidential run gaining steam, the crooked cabal
behind the scenes could very well be formulating options to hold
onto its power.
Two Constitutions In
The United States The 1st Version Was Suspended In Favor Of A
Vatican Corporation In 1871 PressCore.ca - 092911
Pope meeting with the board of directors of The
Since 1871 the United
States president and the United States Congress has been playing
politics under a different set of rules and policies. The
American people do not know that there are two Constitutions in
the United States. The first penned by the leaders of the newly
independent states of the United States in 1776. On July 4,
1776, the people claimed their independence from
Britain and Democracy was born. And for 95 years the United
States people were free and independent. That freedom ended in
1871 when the original “Constitution for the united states for
America” was changed to the “THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED
STATES OF AMERICA”.
The Congress realized that the country was in
dire financial straits, so they made a financial deal with the
devil – international bankers — (in those days, the Rothschilds
of London ) thereby incurring a DEBT to said bankers. The
conniving international bankers were not about to lend the
floundering nation any money without some serious stipulations.
So, they devised a way of taking back control of the United
States and thus, the Act of 1871 was passed. With no
constitutional authority to do so, Congress created a separate
form of government for the District of Columbia. ... (Read
In October of 2009 China received
a shipment of gold bars from the United States Department of the
Treasury Bullion Depository in Fort Knox. The gold is regularly
exchanged between countries to pay debts and to settle the
balance of trade. Most gold is exchanged and stored in vaults
under the supervision of a special organization based in London,
the London Bullion Market Association (or LBMA). When the
shipment was received, the Chinese government ordered special
tests be performed to guarantee the purity and weight of the
gold bars as China is the largest foreign holder of
US Treasury securities. Chinese officials were shocked to
learn that the bars were fake.
The gold shipment contained a tungsten core with a thin coating
of real gold. These tested gold bars originated in the US
and had been stored in Fort Knox for years.
The Chinese government quickly
launched an investigation and issued a statement that implicated
the US government in the scheme. The gold shipment serial
numbers revealed that these fake bars were made by the Federal
Reserve bankers during the Clinton administration. It was
during the Bill and Hillary Clinton presidency that the bankers
of the Federal Reserve manufactured between 1.3 and 1.5 million
400 oz tungsten blanks. 640,000 of these tungsten blanks were
gold plated and were shipped to Ft. Knox where they remain there
to this day. ... (Read
School Sucks: The
So much truth in such a short video.
School Sucks: Pronoun Magic [Tips
For Aspiring Politicians/Criminals]
This will give you a lot to think about. Please do.
Armed with a search warrant,
Nelson County Sheriff Kelly Janke went looking for six missing
cows on the Brossart family farm in the early evening of June
23. Three men brandishing rifles chased him off, he said.
Janke knew the gunmen could be anywhere on the 3,000-acre spread
in eastern North Dakota. Fearful of an armed standoff, he called
in reinforcements from the state Highway Patrol, a regional SWAT
team, a bomb squad, ambulances and deputy sheriffs from three
He also called in a Predator B drone.
As the unmanned aircraft circled 2 miles overhead the next
morning, sophisticated sensors under the nose helped pinpoint
the three suspects and showed they were unarmed. Police rushed
in and made the first known arrests of U.S. citizens with help
from a Predator, the spy drone that has helped revolutionize
But that was just the start. Local police say they have used two
unarmed Predators based at Grand Forks Air Force Base to fly at
least two dozen surveillance flights since June. The
FBI and Drug Enforcement Administration have used Predators
for other domestic investigations, officials said.
"We don't use [drones] on every call out," said Bill Macki, head
of the police SWAT team in Grand Forks. "If we have something in
town like an apartment complex, we don't call them." ... (Read
NewsFocus: This sets an ugly
precedent with a direct violation of the Posse Comitatus Act.
The military is expressly prohibited from involvement in US
domestic police action. Like they couldn't have sent up a police
OKLAHOMA CITY – Ten years after 9/11 and 16 years after the
Oklahoma City bombing, it appears the federal government continues to view some
Americans who embrace their First Amendment rights – press and speech, primarily
– as a danger to the State, and as a result they are listing certain
investigative websites as extremist and a terroristic threat to the “homeland.”
One, labeled as “extremist” and therefore a threat to the
U.S. Government, includes a well-known site, once operated by a truth-seeking
Oklahoma state legislator, working to expose anomalies related to the 1995
Oklahoma City bombing – OKCbombing.net. A link to the document can be seen
This shocking designation is indeed troubling, particularly
to the local documentary film production company
Free Mind Films, which is also releasing
an explosive documentary about the Oklahoma City bombing, A Noble Lie. (Read
Harvard Law School
professor Laurence Tribe is one of the top constitutional
experts in the country, and wrote one of the main treatises on
the subject. Tribe
wrote a letter to Congress last week stating that SOPA (the
Stop Online Piracy Act) is unconstitutional.
Laurence Tribe, a constitutional law expert at
Harvard Law School, argues [SOPA] violates the First Amendment
in a memo sent to members of Congress on Thursday.
The bill would empower the Justice Department
and copyright holders to demand that search engines, Internet
providers and payment processors cut ties with websites
“dedicated” to copyright infringement.
the bill amounts
to illegal “prior restraint” because it would suppress speech
without a judicial hearing.
the law’s definition of a rogue website is unconstitutionally
vague, Tribe writes.
“Conceivably, an entire website containing
tens of thousands of pages could be targeted if only a single
page were accused of infringement,” Tribe writes. “Such an
approach would create severe practical problems for sites with
substantial user-generated content, such as Facebook, Twitter,
and YouTube, and for blogs that allow users to post videos,
photos, and other materials.” ... (Read
As part of his ongoing
investigation into U.S. nuclear safety since the Fukushima
meltdowns, today Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) … released a
blockbuster new report that details how
four Commissioners at the
Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) colluded to prevent and
then delay the work of the NRC Near-Term Task Force on
Fukushima, the entity tasked with making recommendations for
improvement to NRC regulations and processes after the
Fukushima meltdowns …. (Read
Verizon Wireless was forced to apologise on Monday for sending
out a mass text message warning to thousands of people warning
of a 'civil emergency' and an 'extreme threat to life.'
The text urging people to 'take shelter before 1.24pm' was sent
out at 12.26pm on Monday to cell phone users in the New Jersey
counties of Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris and Ocean.
It led to scores of worried residents calling their local police
departments, NJ.com reports. ... (Read
NewsFocus: Many people called 9/11 saying they were not
sure how to act. In that case, consider it test successful.
This reporter suspects that this is exactly what those behind
the test wanted to hear, as the gauging of their new fear toy
was the real test.
The process of establishing an American Empire during and after
World War II was not – as has been postulated (by those who even
admit there is such a thing as an ‘American Empire’) – an
‘accident’ of history, something America seemingly stumbled into
as a result of its unhindered economic growth and
military-political position as arbiter of world peace and
A vast literature has developed in the academic realm and policy
circles – particularly within Political Science and the think
tank community, respectively – which postulates a notion of
‘American empire’ or ‘American hegemony’ as accidental,
incidental, benevolent, reluctant, and desirable. ... (Read
internal U.S. Department of Homeland Security document indicates
that a controversial program designed to predict whether a
person will commit a crime is already being tested on some
members of the public voluntarily, CNET has learned.
If this sounds a bit like the Tom
Cruise movie called "Minority
Report," or the CBS drama "Person
of Interest," it is. But where "Minority Report" author
Dick enlisted psychics to predict crimes, DHS is betting on
algorithms: it's building a "prototype screening facility" that
it hopes will use factors such as ethnicity, gender, breathing,
and heart rate to "detect cues indicative of mal-intent."
"If it were deployed against the
public, it would be very problematic," says
Ginger McCall, open government counsel at EPIC, a nonprofit
group in Washington, D.C.
It's unclear why the June 2010
DHS document (PDF)
specified that information is currently collected or retained on
members of "the public" as part of FAST, and a department
representative declined to answer questions that CNET posed two
days ago. ... (Read
psychopathsthat rules the former USA has developed a new tool to detect
and neutralize non-psychopaths who threaten their power. That,
at least, is the implication of a recently-uncovered Department
of Homeland Security document revealing the existence of Future
Attribute Screening Technology (FAST) - a "pre-crime" detection
unit not unlike the one dystopian novelist Philip K. Dick
dreamed up for "Minority Report," which inspired the Tom Cruise
film. And by way of homage to another great dystopian writer,
George Orwell, FAST will red-flag individuals harboring what the
ruling psychopaths call "malintent." ... (Read
Working On "Minority Report" Pre-Crime System This new "pre-crime" detection facility was discovered via a
June 2010 DHS document that was acquired by the Electronic
Privacy Information Center (EPIC). The document states that
information is currently collected and retained on "members of
the public" as part of the pre-crime system, which is called
Future Attribute Screening Technology (FAST).
Jesse Ventura Denied Jury Trial
In TSA Lawsuit
The government won't allow a jury trial because they know they
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needs to know about 9/11
The Message of the Occupy Protests
is 'End the Federal Reserve' The Concerted Attempts
By Some To Neuter The 'End The Fed' Movement NewsFocus Op/Ed, by Tim Watts -
In case you've been sleeping under a rock
lately, a protest movement has been sweeping the country,
labeled as the "Occupy Movement." Like its Middle East Arab
Spring counterparts, this is a people's movement against
tyrannical oppression, only this time the enemy is big money.
The masses are fed up with Wall
Street and how they recklessly tanked the economy. People are
pissed off that they're losing their homes, their jobs, their
pensions, and yet the criminals who perpetrated this fraud are
the ones getting protected with bailout money. No one on Wall
Street has been held responsible for this collapse. Not one
person has been indicted or convicted. Wall Street has destroyed
twenty percent of our national net worth. The Federal Reserve
bankers have been 100 percent culpable in all of it.
The Media Needs To Be Held Accountable Silence Over 9/11 Should Warrant
'Accessory' Charges NewsFocus Op/Ed, by Tim Watts - 110211
It's been ten years now since the attacks of 9/11. The truth
movement has made many inroads, most specifically borne out in a
York Times poll that showed 81% of Americans feel the U.S. government is hiding
the real truth when it comes to 9/11.
Telling the truth 16%
Hiding something 53%
Mostly lying 28%
Not sure 3%"
With numbers that large, it's quite frustrating for those
participating in the 9/11 truth movement to not yet have any arrests or indictments
of government officials.
So what is the hold up to reaching the critical mass of
That's a very simple answer. In two words, "the
media." ... (Read More)
The study's assumptions have attracted some criticism, but complex systems
analysts contacted by
New Scientist say it is a unique effort to untangle
control in the global economy. Pushing the analysis further, they say, could
help to identify ways of making global capitalism more stable.
The idea that a few bankers control a large chunk of the global economy might
not seem like news to New York's
Occupy Wall Street movement and protesters elsewhere (see
photo). But the study, by a trio of complex systems theorists at the Swiss
Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, is the first to go beyond ideology to
empirically identify such a network of power. It combines the mathematics long
used to model natural systems with comprehensive corporate data to map ownership
among the world's transnational corporations (TNCs). ... (Read
“There is no longer any doubt
as to whether the [Bush] administration has committed war
crimes. The only question is whether those who ordered the use
of torture will be held to account.”
-Major General Antonio Taguba
Former Secretary of Defense Donald
Rumsfeld has been
stripped of legal immunity for acts of torture against US
citizens authorized while he was in office.
The 7th Circuit made the ruling in
the case of two American contractors who were tortured by the
US military in Iraq after uncovering a smuggling ring within
an Iraqi security company. The company was under contract to
the Department of Defense. The company was assisting Iraqi
insurgent groups in the “mass acquisition” of American
weapons. The ruling comes as Rumsfeld begins his book tour
with a visit to Boston on
Monday, September 26, and as new, uncensored photos of Abu
Ghraib spark fresh outrage across Internet. Awareness is
growing that Bush-era crimes went far beyond mere
waterboarding. ... (Read
This has to go to the top... Not only Rumsfeld, but Bush and
Cheney as well. That whole wretched regime. Republican or
Democrat, it doesn't matter. If they are guilty of these
crimes, then they should taste some of the same punishment
that they sanctioned. It's time we purge our government of
filth like this. If Obama, Biden and Holder refuse to have
these rat bastards put away for life, then they should be held
guilty as accomplices to rape, torture and murder.
Where is your soul America? Put
down the @#%* TV remote and be angry about this. Demand
Dick Cheney, it has been said,
fears that "somebody will Pinochet him."
This extraordinary grammatical
twist of the word Pinochet cannot be found in Cheney's
recently published memoirs. It was used in several television
interviews by Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, the former chief of
staff to Colin Powell, to suggest that George W. Bush's vice
president dreads the possibility that he, like Gen. Augusto
Pinochet, Chile's late dictator, will be put on trial for
crimes against humanity in a foreign land. ... (Read
Click here to learn more on how we are deceived
by a complicit, sold out media.
Why Don't We Know The
Truth? Because Corp Media Is Biased Don't Believe It?
Here's The Proof! Conflict of Interest Media Links To The CFR
NewsFocus, by Tim Watts -
Oftentimes in life when real
truth presents itself to the unknowing, or those who have been
misled, the first response is, "Well, if that was really true it
would be on the nightly news."
Well folks, the painful truth is, our
corporate owned, billionaire-run media is not telling you the
truth. To be painfully blunt, they don't want you to know.
After 25 years of media experience, this
reporter can state matter of factly that our media is in bed
with the "powers that be." One glaring example,
all of our major network news
anchors are members of the
Council on Foreign Relations. This is something which
is expressly taboo
in honest journalism, yet the relationship is a provable fact. Here is the undeniable truth,
with the hyperlinks...
There are indeed more media members, but by now I certainly hope
you get the point.
In broadcast school and journalism we were taught two basic
1) Seek out and follow the truth, because it is the story.
2) Do not become involved in entangling alliances that prevent
you from adhering to rule number one.
would key members of our corporate media become members in a
group that exists, at the minimum, to affect foreign policy, and
at the extreme, to manipulate it for the new world order?
This is a clear-cut conflict of interest,
plain and simple. If you don't get that, you need to. You need
to understand that our media is clearly in bed with an arguably
nefarious organization that has a history of meddling in foreign
affairs. The role of the news media is to be a watchdog, to
investigate groups such as this, not be in league with it as
part of its membership. This is egregious conduct and these
members should be ashamed of their affiliation, not proud of it.
So if the CFR takes a position against Iraq,
Egypt or Libya, how do you truly expect the news media to report
the real truth with an unbiased look at the facts?
Our media is controlled, and has been ever
since the early 1900s. Don't believe that? Read the official
volume 54, dated February 9, 1917.
Congressman Oscar Calloway noted it for all the world to see,
but if you don't look for it, don't expect our media to tell you
If all of
this is indeed news to you, then more than likely you
know nothing about the CIA's efforts to infiltrate the media
through Operation Mockingbird, in order to control our
news system and to spread media disinformation in the U.S.
The point of
this article is, do not trust the corporate owned media!
this highlights the absurdity of the gullible response, "Well, if it was really true it would be on the nightly
Such a naive observation couldn't be further
from the truth.
The real truth is very seldom ever on the
nightly news, especially when it comes to the "powers that
be." Once in a great while we have had exceptions to the
rule, but sadly enough, because of concentrated corporate media
ownership, along with biased media affiliations, such as with
the CFR, the exceptions are becoming fewer and farther between.
'Conspiracy Theory With Jesse Ventura' For 3rd Season Ex-Governor Is Back On The Air And
On The Prowl
NewsFocus, by Tim Watts - 101111
of the hit TruTV show 'Conspiracy Theory With Jesse Ventura'
will be heartened to know that the show has been given renewed
life with a third season. The show was thought to be cancelled
after a 2011 season that saw some of Ventura's programs pulled
due to sensitive content, IE: touching a nerve with the
powers that be. Programs on FEMA detention camps and the JFK
assassination apparently raised the eyebrows and perspiration
level for some who perhaps thought the show was hitting too
close to home and revealing too much. Some episodes were pulled
from the TruTV website, yet still exist on the internet through
YouTube and other online video services. (CTJV)
Ventura has added some new faces to the show
for the 2012 season, with Sean Stone, the son of Oliver Stone,
and his own son, Tyrel Ventura, the latter previously a producer
for the program. No scheduling dates have been set as of this
Once again Social Security is being touted as
an “entitlement” program by those in Congress who never have to
worry about Social Security. Why? Because they leave office with
a golden parachute paid by the US taxpayer. Quite the retirement
plan for THEM, but not for us. Perhaps if they had to worry
about their retirement as most Americans do, they would have a
If you recall, when the Social Security Act
came about and as you can see from the picture, we were told
this would never be used for identification! What a joke.
Everyone asks for your social security number when you go to
apply for jobs, credit or make a purchase. They told us the same
lie when they issued us driver’s licenses. (Read
A new filing in the King Lincoln Bronzeville v.
Blackwell case includes a copy of the Ohio Secretary of State
election production system configuration that was in use in
Ohio's 2004 presidential election when there was a sudden and
unexpected shift in votes for George W. Bush.
The filing also includes the revealing deposition of the late
Michael Connell. Connell served as the IT guru for the Bush
family and Karl Rove. Connell ran the private IT firm GovTech
that created the controversial system that transferred Ohio's
vote count late on election night 2004 to a partisan Republican
server site in Chattanooga, Tennessee owned by SmarTech. That is
when the vote shift happened, not predicted by the exit polls,
that led to Bush's unexpected victory. Connell died a month and
a half after giving this deposition in a suspicious small plane
crash. ... (Read
NewsFocus Op/Ed: We knew it all along,
but now there is conclusive proof. Where is the lying corporate
media on this one? How about it ABC, CBS, and NBC? Have you got
the guts or the integrity to "sack up" on this one? Highly
doubtful when all the major anchors are shills for the CFR and
the Bilderberg Group.
America had better take notice of this. As for
the allegedly "fair & balanced" FOX News, don't even hold your
breath on this one. Roger Ailes is as dirty on the Bush stolen
elections as anyone. He should be in prison with Bush I and II
and Cheney as well.
a people to be free, they must first be honest with themselves,
their government, and the world at large. History is filled
with stories of free nations that fell under the spell cast by
their governments who exploited the threat of terror.
In fact, numerous presidents in American history already have
used various specific threats to sidestep their Constitutional
restraints. Today we are entering a nebulous world where our
"enemy" cannot be defined, has no particular allegiance to one
country, and is able to adopt new leaders at will. Rather than
encourage a sense of resilience and independence in its
citizens, America has chosen to amplify the terror threat in
order to concentrate power in the hands of the State. The very
first signpost on this historically familiar road to tyranny is
an atmosphere of hate, suspicion, and vindictiveness. It
first begins as an outwardly directed aggression and then rather
abruptly turns inward upon itself. ... (Read More...)
Is This The "Change" That We Were Promised? The International Bank Cartel Is Moving
Fast On Their New World Order NewsFocus - Op-Ed by Tim Watts - 042011
Events are rapidly changing in the world around
us. Those that pay attention are seeing clear signs of a fervent push to bring
about the final pieces for the long planned and much feared New World Order. Only those
that are still
locked within "The Matrix" of a controlled media are without a clue. Those that
still get their news and information from the corporate controlled media have no idea what is
actually taking place, right in front of them. It's time for the overly
entertained lemmings of America to put down the remote control and step away
from their Dancing With The Stars and American Idol shows, and pay attention now,
before it's too late.
Is It Democracy On The Rise, Or Is This A Global
Have you ever questioned why all of a sudden that democracy is
on the rise in the Middle East? At least, that's what has been sold to us
regarding the faux
protests that have been orchestrated by outside factions.
During the Egyptian protests, while the western media did its best to propagate
the big lie about the source of the unrest, Al Jazeera was running interviews of
protestors, both anti and pro Mubarek, who all said that the uprising was
initiated by outside sources. The U.S. media failed to run those comments, even
though every major news organization gets a feed from Al Jazeera. They knew
about the claims. They just didn't want to run them because it went against the
grain of the official story. (Read
The United States has been in a declared state of
emergency from September 2001, to the present.
On September 11, 2001, the government declared a state
of emergency. That declared state of emergency was
put in writing on 9/14/2001:
"A national emergency exists by reason of the
terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center, New York, New York, and the
Pentagon, and the continuing and immediate threat of further attacks on
the United States.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the
United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me as
President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, I
hereby declare that the national emergency has existed since September
11, 2001 . . . ."
That declared state of emergency has continued in full
force and effect from 9/11 to the present. ... (Read
A political-economic oligarchy has taken over the
United States of America. This oligarchy has institutionalized a body of
law that protects businesses at the expense of not only the common
people but the nation itself.
CNN interviewed a person recently who was seriously burned when his
vehicle burst into flames because a plastic brake-fluid reservoir
ruptured. Having sued Chrysler, he was now concerned that its bankruptcy
filing would enable Chrysler to avoid paying any damages. A CNN legal
expert called this highly likely, since the main goal of reorganization
in bankruptcy is preserving the company’s viability and that those
creditors who could contribute most to attaining that goal would be
compensated first while those involved in civil suits against the
company would be placed lowest on the creditor list since compensating
them would lessen the chances of the company’s surviving. This rational
clearly implies that the preservation of companies is more important
than the preservation of people. Of course, similar cases have been
reported before. The claims of workers for unpaid wages have often been
dismissed as have their contracts for benefits.
is an essential difference between a business that lends money or
delivers products or services to another company and the employees who
work for it. Business is an activity that supposedly involves risk.
Employment is not. Neither is unknowingly buying a defective product.
Workers and consumers do not extend credit to the companies they work
for or buy products from. They are not in any normal sense of the word
“creditors.” Yet that distinction is erased in bankruptcy proceedings
which preserve companies at the public’s expense. ... (Read
The People's Oath Our Rights Have Been Oppressed By The Ultra-Wealthy
For Long Enough
NewsFocus.org - Op/Ed - 041511
"We the people" reserve the right to do unto those
that have afflicted us.
To the central bankers, the ultra wealthy, and the
multinational corporations... we reserve the right to do unto them and
their families as they have done to us.
To our corrupt politicians and leaders, we recognize no
laws that you have made in secret against us. Any such laws made against
the people shall be considered as treason by "we the people," and
thus considered null.
We refuse to recognize any government of tyranny, for it
is an unlawful affair.
"We the people" recognize ourselves to be the only
authorized form of legitimate government, a legal authority given to us
by our forefathers, and guaranteed through the U.S. Constitution and its
Bill of Rights.
Don't tread on us and we won't tread on you.
What The Heck Is Going On In Greenbrier Arkansas? Tiny Area Receives Concentrated Amount of Earthquakes
NewsFocus, by Tim Watts - 031811
Update: Weekend provides two more quakes in Greenbrier.
Arkansas papers report fracking as the cause, but fail to ask the bigger
questions. Greenbrier is not the only fracking site in America. Secondly, who is
allowed to deep drill without a USGS survey? Third, if indeed fracking is
responsible, and this does cause calamity for the New Madrid area, who will
be held responsible? More to come soon...
NewsFocus has been tracking world earthquake data since early
last week, long before the Honshu, Japan 9.1 quake. Using computer
software with near real-time data from USGS, it has been possible to track and
trend the earthquake data, while denoting location, depth and strength. The
frequency of quakes within specific regions has been most notable and appears as
indicator of tectonic hot spots. ... (Read
White House Wants New Copyright Law Crackdown
BlacklistedNews.com - 031611
The White House today proposed sweeping revisions to U.S. copyright law,
including making "illegal streaming" of audio or video a federal felony
and allowing FBI agents to wiretap suspected infringers. ...
NewsFocus: Make no
mistake about it, the U.S. government has done more to protect corporate
intellectual copyrights than they have to protect our own personal,
private property rights. The
impetus of this proposal is questionable. Many feel the new laws are a
backdoor attempt to censure those publishing alternative media. NewsFocus does not condone the stealing of legitimate commercial media,
however, as with the Patriot Act (and every other heinous law written
since 9/11) much will be written between the lines on this one.
An effort is underway to stop aggregate news sites,
such as this one. There is no copyright infringement involved in this
site, nor many others. All stories published are, for all intents and
purposes, news advertisements which take you directly to the site
hosting the story. True aggregate news sites are actually helping to
send viewers and readers to those sites. They are not stealing
content. This is a huge story to pay attention to. There could be
many adverse repercussions from this. More to come.
Why Do America’s Police Need
America’s most in-demand police vehicle is a ten-officer
16,000-pound armored tank that takes bullets like Superman and drives 80
mph. The federal government buys dozens each year for local police
departments. Do America’s local police need tanks?
Federal authorities are seeing an
increase in the number of foreclosed and unoccupied homes in metro
Atlanta being seized by members of an anti-government group.
"I'm not sure I can connect
it with the economy, but we've seen a surge of these in the last year,
in particular," Stephen Emmett, special agent in the Atlanta field
office of the FBI, said Saturday. Emmet said federal and local
authorities increasingly are running into confrontations with members of
a sect known as "sovereign citizens."
The group believes banks
can't own land or property and that any home owned by a bank --
including the thousands of foreclosed properties throughout Georgia --
are theirs for the taking. ... (Read
The fact that the FBI has the temerity and gall to wrongly label these
people as "domestic terrorists" is absolutely shameful. More to come on
US Supreme Court Rules Against Corporate
AFP - Mar 1, 2011
WASHINGTON — The US Supreme Court Monday ruled that corporations do not
enjoy the same rights to privacy as individuals, rejecting claims by
AT&T that it should not have to disclose the contents of embarrassing
documents. In a unanimous 8-0 decision,
SCOTUS: Corporations Have NO 'Personal Privacy' (It's
RawStory.com - 030211
The Supreme Court of the United States ruled Tuesday that AT&T and other
corporations do not have personal privacy rights under the Freedom of
Information Act (FOIA).
The Freedom of Information Act requires federal agencies to make
documents publicly available upon request, but contains an exemption for
documents that "constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy."
Claiming they were a "corporation citizen," AT&T tried to use the
personal privacy exemption to prevent the disclosure of federal
government documents about the company.
Why Do America’s Police Need
America’s most in-demand police vehicle is a ten-officer
16,000-pound armored tank that takes bullets like Superman and drives 80
mph. The federal government buys dozens each year for local police
departments. Do America’s local police need tanks?
MADISON, Wisconsin (Reuters) - Thousands of union
supporters protested Gov. Scott Walker's budget proposals on Saturday at
the state capital, a day after the state's chief executive followed
through on his threat to issue layoff warning notices to unions
representing state workers.
Joining the crowd
was liberal filmmaker Michael Moore, who praised the protesters gathered
in the battle over union bargaining rights as joining the history of the
American labor movement. ... (Read
Supporters of Good Government Painted As
'Anti-Government' Our Constitutional Right To Reform Our
Government Is Being Whitewashed
NewsFocus, by Tim Watts - 030311
It would appear that the corporate media machine, along
with many inside the U.S. Government, are doing their best to paint
legitimate protesters and advocates for good government as an
"anti-government" faction. (see link)
This bogus charge is not true in the least, and is
patently disingenuous, if not just a bald-faced lie.
It's not just conservatives who are mad at Obama.
A great many progressives have been howling about the "third term of
Bush." No, this is not about "anti-government," this is about upset
Americans and a government that has turned against the middle and lower
class, in favor of corporations and the elite upper class.
"We the people" have the inalienable right
to overthrow bad government. It is written into the second paragraph
Declaration of Independence, twice, in two spots! It is a
right of the people. Check it out for yourself and know your rights.
Americans protesting against their government are
exercising the lawful, legal right bestowed upon them in
keeping control over the elected servants who serve us in
"our" government. We have everyright to be
critical of our elected officials and to protest any time we feel
like it. Period. End of discussion.
Don't be fooled by the media lie. When you see false
charges such as this in the media, call them on it. Make them aware that
we know better and that they are the ones in the wrong. And it might be
nice to remind them that anyone that attempts to neuter or take our
rights away without a vote of "we the people," will be held
guilty of treason by the people.
Don't be intimidated from defending your legal
Constitutional rights, and don't be afraid to call your government out
when the weasels who worked their way into office are working against
us, for the benefit of themselves and their rich campaign donors.
The U.S. Government is our government.
It's time we take it back, legally, according to our legal
Constitutional right to do so.
Don't let anyone tell you differently. Any politician
or government official that tries to say differently is merely a remnant
of a bad
government trying desperately to save itself.
There is no such thing as "anti-government" when
you're trying to reform a bad government. Especially when you have
the expressed legal right to do so.
second year in a row, more American soldiers—both enlisted men and
women and veterans—committed suicide than were killed in the wars in
Iraq and Afghanistan. Excluding accidents and illness, 462 soldiers
died in combat, while 468 committed suicide. A difference of six isn't
vast by any means, but the symbolism is significant and troubling. In
2009, there were 381 suicides by military personnel, a number that
also exceeded the number of combat deaths. ...
NewsFocus: This should be a national
outrage! If you miss the staggering implications of this, you need a
morality check. The US Government should be spending vast amounts of its
three-quarters of a trillion dollars in annual defense spending,
applying some of it to understanding what they're doing to our soldiers,
our countrymen... decent men and woman valiantly serving our country. A Congressional effort to lead on this issue is imperative.
In all the horrors and disgust of war, the suicide issue is truly a very
sad, disturbing, and alarming tragedy that we need to address as a
Army recruiting stand-down ordered
Army Times, by
Michelle Tan - Staff writer -
Posted : Thursday Jan 29, 2009 10:45:21 EST
Army Secretary Pete Geren has ordered a stand-down of
the Army’s entire recruiting force and a review of almost every aspect of
the job is underway in the wake of a wide-ranging investigation of four
suicides in the Houston Recruiting Battalion. ...
Today, hundreds of thousands of people comprising a
Main Street Movement — a coalition of students, the retired, union
workers, public employees, and other middle class Americans — are in the
streets, demonstrating against brutal cuts to public services and
crackdowns on organized labor being pushed by conservative politicians.
These lawmakers that are
attacking collective bargaining and cutting necessary services like
college tuition aid and
health benefits for public workers claim that they have no choice
but than to take these actions because both state and federal
governments are in debt.
But it wasn’t teachers, fire fighters, policemen, and college students
that caused the economic recession that has devastated government
it was Wall Street. And as middle class workers are being asked to
sacrifice, the rich continue to rig the system, dodging taxes and
avoiding paying their fair share.
A Timeless Classic That Still Holds
George Carlin's 'The Rulers of the World'
Leave it to a comedian to hit it right on the head. Pay attention
Sometimes the hypocrisy
is just overwhelming. So, it probably shouldn’t surprise us that
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would deliver a speech hailing the
peaceful protests that changed Egypt while 71-year-old Ray McGovern was
roughed up and dragged away for standing quietly in protest of her
support for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“So this is America,” said McGovern as he was hustled
from the room by two security guards. “This is America.”
What You've Been Missing: Exposing The Noble Lie
Time To Shoot The Messenger?
(So-To-Speak) The Circus That Has Surrounded The
Wikileaks Scandal; Questions Linger NewsFocus, by Tim Watts - 020511
Even though I felt it necessary to write an early piece
asking for people not to dismiss the Wikileaks information out of hand
without looking first, I did leave a serious caveat as to what would
eventually be released by the website, leaving the veracity of the
organization to the actual data divulged; the old "proof is in the
pudding" cliché. Many of my close friends know that I have had
reservations about Assange for some time now. I voiced my concerns
openly from the start, even while asking for patience. I too was most
hopeful that Wikileaks would be something good, but sadly, at this
point, I must now say that I can no longer view Julian Assange with any
tangible optimism. I have returned to my basic gut instinct, that this
is a Trojan horse intelligence operation, originated to cover the sins
of bad government. ... (Read More)
Nearly 11 Percent of US Houses
Are Empty! CNBC, by Diana Olick - 013111 I usually find the quarterly homeowner vacancy and
homeownership report from Census pretty lackluster, but the latest one
released this morning was anything but.
America's home ownership rate, after holding steady for a while, took a
pretty big plunge in Q4, from 66.9 percent to 66.5 percent. That's down
from the 2004 peak of 69.2 percent and the lowest level since 1998.
Homeownership is falling at an alarming pace, despite
the fact that home prices have fallen, affordability is much improved
and inventories of new and existing homes are still running quite high.
Jesse Ventura never shied away from a battle during his one term as
Minnesota's chief executive.
Now, as a "television performer," as he describes
himself in a new lawsuit, the former pro-wrestler is trying to launch a
legal smackdown against the agencies that are supposed to protect the
In a complaint filed Monday morning in the U.S.
District Court for Minnesota, Ventura is suing the U.S. Department of
Homeland Security (DHS) and its secretary, Janet Napolitano, as well as
the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and its administrator,
Ventura accuses the agencies of violating his "basic
rights to privacy and dignity, and his right to be free from
unreasonable searches and seizures," after he received a pat-down by a
TSA agent at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport in November
2010. ... (Read
NewsFocus: Go get
'em Governor! A great candidate for President in 2012. :o)
The School of the Americas (The School of Assassins) One of The Worst Evils Ever Concocted By The United States
NewsFocus.org - 013011
Arguably one of the greater evils this country has ever authored.
If you aren't aware of the
School of the Americas, please be enlightened
with the following links. If you're mad about this, or that you didn't
know this, please channel that energy to help shut down this horrific US
institution. Write your Congressional representatives and demand action.
This is not only a national embarrassment, but a world tragedy
responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocent people.
And that is a very conservative estimate. Those afflicted since its
inception in 1946, could number in the millions.
The School of The Americas: Training For Oppression
We routinely had Latin American
students at the School of the Americas (SOA) who were known human rights
abusers, and it didn't make any difference to us. -Major Joseph Blair (retired), former SOA
World War II was the "good war". After that conflict,
most Americans believed that US intentions in the world were noble --
the US was the punisher of aggression and a warrior for freedom. This
image was for generations of Americans the measure by which they judged
their country in world affairs. The war in Vietnam ended the illusion
that America was always on the "right side". Today, America's image as a
defender of democracy and justice has been further eroded by the School
of the Americas (SOA), which trains Latin American and Caribbean
military officers and soldiers to subvert democracy and kill hope in
their own countries.
Founded by the United States in 1946, the SOA was initially located in
Panama, but in 1984 it was kicked out under the terms of the Panama
Canal Treaty and moved to the army base at Fort Benning, Georgia.
Then-President of Panama Jorge Illueca called it "the biggest base for
de-stabilization in Latin America," and a major Panamanian newspaper
dubbed it, "The School of Assassins."... (Read
50 Years Ago Today: 'Beware The
Military Industrial Complex' Eisenhower's Farewell Address And His Warning To
The Nation, That Came True NewsFocus.org, by Tim Watts - 011711
This year, the date January 17th is Martin Luther King Day, but
it also is coincidentally the 50th anniversary of President Eisenhower's famous
farewell address to the nation, a warning on the encroaching danger of the
military industrial complex. His speech is landmark not only for its grave
content, but also the fact that it came from a President who was a five-star
General and military lifer, until his political career. For someone of that
position to issue such a dire warning is notable and has not been lost on
historians, but some would now have us believe that Eisenhower didn't mean what
we previously heard him to say.
Interestingly enough, in today's world of "Military
Gone Wild," we now have a concerted effort to
redefine or recant the previously understood meaning of Eisenhower's
words, somehow claiming half a century later that his warning was not at
all what he meant to say or imply. I suppose when they have an annual
budget of $700-billion plus, the military industrial complex can even
spin the warning against them.
This conjunction of an immense military
establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American
experience. The total influence -- economic, political, even spiritual
-- is felt in every city, every State house, every office of the Federal
government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet
we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil,
resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of
In the councils of government, we must guard against the
acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the
military industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced
power exists and will persist.
We must never let the weight of this combination endanger
our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only
an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge
industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and
goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together. -President Dwight
I've always found it interesting to watch Eisenhower's eyes
during that speech, as they occasionally darted left and right, away from the
camera, as if he was watching for someone to come out of the wings. He looked
nervous. God only knows the concern that may have been going through his
mind at the time. He was ratting out a powerful new industry, and some very
powerful people as well. You would never hear such a speech from a sitting US
Whichever way you view his address, one thing is certain, Ike
was right on the money with his warning, but with a military defense industry
budget at three-quarters of a trillion dollars annually, and growing, who
knows... 50 years from now they may have everyone brainwashed to actually
believe that what Ike meant to say was that it was all good.
Ike was absolutely right. After a decade of war in
Afghanistan, and an unprovoked invasion and war on Iraq, his warning still rings
true to this very day, "Beware the military industrial complex."
The US by itself accounts for roughly half of military
spending worldwide. How much better if some of that money would be used to
improve the country's education and infrastructure, or provide health care for
all, or increase foreign aid, rather than on protecting America from threats
that geography alone renders illusory.
Vitriol And Violence
Los Angeles Times
- 011011 If there's a political lesson to be learned from
Saturday's shooting deaths in Tucson, it's eluding the partisans on both wings.
On the left, many see the attempted assassination of Democratic Rep. Gabrielle
Giffords as the logical result of overheated ...
This is a disturbing story from many aspects. The tragedy itself is
overwhelming, but the ramifications could be a monumental threat to American
rights. First off, many have taken note of the assailant's demeanor after the
shooting. He was described as "a man with a blank expression
on his face."
Joe Zamudio, told CNN, "He was going to keep
shooting. It was not over. His expression was blank. Callous almost."
This is typical of a "Manchurian candidate,"
someone programmed to carry out a specific task, such as assassination. This has
been the case for many killings and political assassinations since the CIA days
of MKULTRA, most recently the Ft. Hood shooting. (Sgt. 1st Class
Miguel Valdivia told investigators that the
gunman had "a blank expression on his face, almost like
he was not there.")
Another interesting note, much like the Oklahoma
City bombing, a second person has been identified on surveillance videos as a
possible accomplice. This has caused some to question a conspiracy for
purpose, not the random irrational shooting we're being led to believe. Much
like the unsolved anthrax attacks where Democratic members of Congress were
specifically targeted, and then they fearfully panicked and signed the
Constitution challenging Patriot Act (without even reading it)... we could now
see another knee-jerk reaction, such as restrictive new gun control laws, as
politicians once again fear for themselves. Many feel the disarming of America
would leave us vulnerable to an increasingly oppressive and tyrannical
Read the Constitution anyway you like, our
forefathers intended for the citizenry to be able to protect ourselves from a
corrupt oppressive government. Criminals will always have access to guns.
Restricting law abiding citizens their access to a firearm defense only serves
to make them vulnerable as victims. While we are deeply saddened over the
senseless Arizona killings, we hope that saner minds will prevail when it comes
to curtailing legal gun ownership in America.
MSNBC host Rachel Maddow tows the party line on the
"interpretation" of the second amendment.
I am in mourning. It feels as though I've been betrayed by a
longtime acquaintance. It's a hollow feeling when someone you
used to trust implicitly does an "about face" and suddenly says
something completely contrary to your normal expectations of
that person. A progressive icon whom I have admired for
many years said, in one extremely
ignorant moment, something so egregiously wrong that it has
now dashed the previous high esteem that I once held for her. I'm referring to
MSNBC host Rachel Maddow, previously of Air America fame, which
is where I stumbled across her years ago. Maddow is smart and
politically savvy. She earned a political science
doctorate from Oxford University, as a Rhodes Scholar, as well
as a bachelor’s
degree in public policy from
Stanford University. Again, she is extremely bright, well educated and very
articulate, which is the foundation for my concern.
This image, caught off the coast of California, clearly resembles
a missile contrail.
Although the U.S. Defense Department and
North American Aerospace Defense
Command have speculated publicly that the unidentified contrail of a
projectile soaring into the skies off the California coast – and
recorded by a KCBS television crew – came from a jet and posed no
security threat to the U.S., several experts are raising provocative and
disturbing questions about the
government's official response...
Missile Launch Off Southern California Coast
Many experts agree, this was a missile. Likely fired to
make a point.
Those who make peaceful
revolution impossible will make violent
-John F. Kennedy 1961
Wal-Mart Teams Up With Homeland
Security Department Unprecedented Government Public Intrusion 'Right Out of
Movies." NewsFocus.org, Op/Ed - 120741
Wal-Mart has announced a partnership with Homeland Security for
in-store messaging. (Photoshop sign)
The Wal-Mart Corporation and United States Homeland
teaming up to
message shoppers. New overhead TV monitors will flash signs,
such as, "If you see something suspicious, say something."
First off, let me just say, "Well, duh!!" This is
pretty basic McGruff the Crime Dog101.
Secondly, in light of the previous comment, since
when have we needed a government presence in our public shopping mart
instructing us with direct messaging? Many are quickly making parallels with
Hollywood police state movies, such as "Blade Runner," or "Minority
Report." Americans don't want our government watching our every
move and telling us how to behave, especially when it's the government that is arguably perceived as the
worst role model for decent, moral behavior. It's the "we the people's" job to tell
government how to act, for the people.
This new revelation, coupled with the already
existing outrage over the intrusion of TSA airport screenings, is not sitting well
with the public, which is very much upset over the loss of personal rights and a
growing police state. In a nutshell, the new DHS Wal-Mart messaging is just plain creepy and is only going to
stir up more fear and unrest among Americans. Where does it possibly
go from here?
Public turmoil and government suspicion are not
what we need at this point to make this country whole again. We need honest,
open government, and ALL of our rights back. Otherwise, our own government is
the one throwing in the towel on the US Constitution, not the American people. The
can't defend our rights, so just get rid of them? Is that it?
Our government leaders are the persons that
failed us. They failed us,miserably,
on 9/11, but not one single official was admonished or ever punished for
their disastrous failures, yet we, the American people, have born the brunt
of their failure by the loss of our Constitutional rights, through the Patriot
Act and the Military Commissions Act. They failed us, yet we're paying for it. Does
that really make sense to you?
And now we have Homeland Security and Janet
Napolitano staring us in the face while shopping at Wal-Mart now. How
comforting. "Everyday low prices and Big Bother too!"
Damnit America, wake up! We're supposed to run the show,
not the corrupt politicians.
This is not our version of America. Terrorists
did not steal our American way of life, our heavily bribed politicians did that.
We want our country back, like it was before 9/11. Don't believe the feeble lie
that that isn't possible. Terrorism
does not mean that we lose our rights just because our elected and appointed
officials failed badly at protecting us, or because they are incompetent in performing the jobs which we pay them to do
Wake up folks. We knew how to do security before
9/11, without the Patriot Act or Military Commissions Act. We've never
had a day in US history where so many government agencies and institutions had
so many lapses in judgment, screw-ups, or failed protocol. And somehow, we've
never had another since. I doubt that DHS is the new key to accomplishing what
we could already do before 9/11, dependable security. Don't let the
actions, or inactions, of a few who failed us on September 11th, force the rest
of us to pay for their mistakes by giving up our Constitutional rights
And now what are the American people to think,
with Homeland Security in their favorite shopping mart? (And soon to be hotels,
motels and malls, etc.)
One thing does come to mind, to paraphrase the fictitious Howard Beale from
the 1976 movie 'Network,' "We're mad as hell and we're not going to take it
Pass it on.
Alex Jones Weighs In With
Some Interesting Thoughts
Where does it stop? First it's Wal-Mart messaging, then what?
There was a black-out and a white-out
Thursday and Friday as over a hundred US veterans opposed to US wars in
Afghanistan and elsewhere around the world, and their civilian supporters,
chained and tied themselves to the White House fence during an early snowstorm
to say enough is enough.
Washington Police arrested 135 of the protesters, in what is
being called the largest mass detention in recent years. Among those arrested
were Ray McGovern, a former CIA analyst who used to provide the president's
daily briefings, Daniel Ellsberg, who released the government's Pentagon Papers
during the Nixon administration, and Chris Hedges, former war correspondent for
the New York Times.
No major US news media reported on the demonstration or the
arrests. ... (Read
Enchanted Financial Forest
Another Fiore home run.
Are TSA Airport
Screenings Getting 'Out of Hand?' Homeland Security Receives Thousands
of Complaints After New Procedures NewsFocus, by Tim Watts - 121710
What were we doing wrong? Ever since
9/11 we have stepped up security in all public venues, including airport
security. Arguably one of the biggest transitions for Americans has been the
increased security at airports. So far, even though it has been a huge
inconvenience for most, we've been getting by, with no major disasters.
So why then the sudden shift to the heavy handed Nazi Gestapo tactics adopted
Since that time our Constitutional rights
have taken yet
another blow with the new TSA forced personal searches. The way it stands now,
you are given two choices: 1) Submit to a revealing full body x-ray scan,
complete with cumulative radiation exposure health risks, or 2) an extremely intrusive
personal grope and grab that makes nothing off limits as far
as genital fumbling and fondling goes.
So what kind of choice is that?
"Would you like us to hang you or shoot you?"
How about getting to say,
What we're being presented with,
against our wishes, is not a "choice," per se. It's an assault on
American Constitutional rights. Plain and simple.
Again, where were we failing in our
airport security since 9/11 that we needed to ratchet up the police state
tactics like this? Oh sure, we had a failed shoe bomber and a guy who lit
his crotch on fire, but nothing we couldn't handle. Certainly nothing to warrant
the loss of freedom and our quality of life.
The new scanners at issue are now
reported to be incapable of detecting bombs within body cavities anyway, so why
are we using them? It's already been proven that they truly don't make us safe.
Oh, yeah... that's right, former DHS
Michael Chertoff went out of his way to
into the system before he left Homeland Security, profiting directly off the
machines as a result of his representation of the company making the scanners.
Americans need to quit believing the
false premise that giving up our rights gives us a better quality of life. So
far all we've seen is government power grow over the people, with checks and
balances thrown out the window in the interest of "national security."
Meanwhile, many former high level US officials are now directly involved in
private corporations which are immorally profiting from the "War on Terror,"
causing many to wonder and publicly ask questions as to the impetus and
integrity of US efforts.
Contact your Congressional
representatives, including your state and local representatives. Tell them
enough is enough. We want our rights back, along with the freedom they were
meant to protect.
Scientists: Nude Airport Scanners May Be Dangerous
InformationClearinghouse.info, - 112210
"No exposure to X-ray is considered beneficial. We know X-rays are
hazardous, but we have a situation at the airports where people are so
eager to fly that they will risk their lives in this manner," he said.
Body Scanner Makers Doubled Lobbying Cash Over 5 Years
InformationClearinghouse.info, byDiana Sweet Multimillion dollar government contracts don't just happen. Ask
the companies with the big government contracts to supply Body-scanning
machines to U.S. airports how much more they had to spend on lobbying on
the Hill. ...
The Airport Scanner
MotherJones.com - 010410
Former Homeland Security chief Michael
Chertoff told the Washington ... groped by
airport screeners, the
scanners might sound pretty good.
So the trillion-dollar question is, what's it all for?!
We have been forced into giving up many
of our most precious Constitutional rights, and yet they still cannot guarantee our safety.
Excuse me for asking, but...don't you
think that's a pretty piss poor trade-off for Americans?
I would rather take my Constitutional guarantee
of liberty and freedom back, any day, over a government's
false guarantee for a security that is impossible to achieve.
And so... with the aforementioned thought in
mind, let us make a declaration:
"We the people" demand an
immediate Homeland Security terrorismrefund.
Please give us back all of our rights and the Constitution that we paid
We have been fooled into attempting to
purchase something which only has value for those who have rights to
protect. Without personal rights, what is there to protect, other than
corporations and the state? A life under oppression is not worth
If we have no rights, then what fear do we
have to protect against? What is it that we fear losing? What "value"
do we still hold precious that we wish to fight for? Are we so content
with the mere existence to just breathe that we're willing to forsake
Many Americans haven't truly considered the
entangling ramifications of bowing down to accept "Big Brother." What
could possibly be attractive about adapting to life under a fascist
state, with the middle and lower classes rolled into one, to live merely
as an "economic component" whose basic driving purpose in life is
to facilitate a corporate culture through labor and consumption?
That's a pretty poor excuse for the country
that our forefathers originally envisioned. They fought hard and gave
their lives in order to give us a Republic with a Constitution that
guaranteed our inalienable rights as individuals. They would surely not
approve of trading rights for liberty, for it was Benjamin Franklin
himself who once said, "Those who would trade liberty for
security deserve neither."
Wake up folks! We've been swindled into a
deal with the devil, and it's not paying off for "we the people."
Surely many of you see this by now.
Just like the very first "Homeland Security"
under Adolph Hitler, we sorely wish that the new Homeland Security would
also go away, for it is not an institution conducive to any society
wishing to base itself upon freedom, liberty, and human rights.
That used to be the American way of
life, but is sadly no more. An overwhelming number of Americans would
like to have that life back right about now. Not to be trite, but just
because we're alive does not mean we have a life. Existing under
oppression does not qualify as a quality of life.
It's time for America to say good riddance
to the Patriot Act and Homeland Security, and say hello to an America we
used to know instead, with the Constitution and the Bill of Rights as
the foundation of government.
We were able to defend the nation and
support our Constitutional rights before 9/11. Who was it that
said we could no longer do that after 9/11? Oh yeah, George Bush,
"There will be no going back to the era before September 11th, 2001."
What kind of leader says that to a stricken
nation in a moment of crisis? What ever happened to defending our
American way of life?
Why would we roll over and give up our
rights now, after 9/11? What the hell kind of sense does that
make? That sounds like surrender and capitulation to this author,
something which Bush should be morally ashamed of for dictating such an
irrational, insensitive decree during a time of national crisis and
We have historically fought wars to
protect our freedom, so why on God's green earth would we ever just
give up our freedom so that we can allegedly fight a
"terror" war? That's what we were told by the Bush-Cheney
administration, to actually give up some of our hallowed Constitutional
rights, just so we could better fight the "evil-doers."
Hellooooo? Does anyone recognize the utter
insanity in such an illogical and quite asinine concept?
Bush told us, "They hate us for our
Freedoms." So then, giving in to the terrorists and getting rid of
our freedoms is the best way to win the War on Terror? Really? Does that
honestly make any sense, to just give up on freedom because Bush and
Cheney said the terrorists hate it?
We were able to exist quite freely and still
fight terror very successfully before9/11.
There is certainly no viable reason to suggest that we still
cannot do this after 9/11. Don't listen to crooked
politicians who lie and try to tell us that we can no longer do that,
"unless we give up some of our Constitutional rights." That is absolutely
just flat out pure bullshit, plain and simple, and we should all know better than
We've clearly defended our freedoms before, under some of the
worst conditions, with the Constitution intact, and we will do it again.
It's time for the American people to stand
up to our elected officials. "We the people" still have some
power, but if we don't stand up now, that will eventually be gone too, along with
Habeas Corpus and many other already stolen Constitutional rights.
Fight terrorism by standing up to the real
powers that stole our rights and freedom. Call your elected officials
and tell them that enough is enough with this ethereal, bogus "War on
Terror." We want our country and our Constitution back, and we want it
Without our precious Bill of Rights, we
essentially have nothing left to really fight for, which pretty much
makes the battle a worthless fight, unless of course the real reason
you're in it in the first place is for nothing more than profit and
Think about it.
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physical interaction, without the commitment...
Towards A North American Security Perimeter
Global Research, by Dana Gabriel - 121110
are numerous reports circulating that Canada and the U.S. are secretly
negotiating a security and trade deal which could be signed as early as January
2011. The proposed agreement would establish a security perimeter as a means to
better secure North America and stimulate trade. The Security and Prosperity
Partnership (SPP), along with other U.S.-Canada initiatives have allowed the two
countries to incrementally move towards creating a common security perimeter.
The idea of a Canada-U.S. security perimeter is not new. Various bilateral
actions over the last number of years have further laid the groundwork for this
concept to become a reality. ...
NewsFocus: Despite what some think about Lou Dobbs or
Glenn Beck, they have been the only mainstream media to cover the deal signed
between the US, Canada and Mexico, during the Bush-Cheney administration, The
North American Union. The Amero has already been proposed as a single currency
between the three countries.
tragic attacks of September 11, 2001 have resulted in almost ten years
of perpetual war. September 11, 2001 was the first drum beats, or the opening
salvos, of a much wider conflict. The deployment of U.S. and NATO troops
in Afghanistan has secured a bridgehead into the Eurasian Heartland, which
is geographically positioned on or near the borders of Iran, China, India,
Pakistan, Russia, and the former Soviet republics of Central Asia.
Was Afghanistan the starting battle of a
global war? The invasion of Afghanistan can be compared to the landing of the
Western Allies, specifically the Americans, in North Africa as a bridgehead into
Italy and Europe. At the same time NATO has been pushing from Europe towards the
Eurasian Heartland, like the landing of the invading forces of the Western
Allies in France.
Was September 11th, 2001 the start of the Third World War?
Historically speaking, it should be noted that distinctions between times of war
and peace are not always clear-cut and conflicts do not always correspond to the
dates set and standardized by historians. War was not even declared in the cases
of many past conflicts, such as in the early 1700s when Augustus II of
Saxony-Poland invaded Livonia or when Frederick IV of Denmark invaded Holstein-Gottorp. Also,
in the cases of many conflicts, attempts were always made to cloak or hide
the nature of the conflict as being a war or an act of aggression. The Romans
and other imperial powers regularly engaged in this type of conduct. ...
Goldman Sachs Reports 'Perfect' Quarter Goldman Sachs reports net gains on every day of first quarter
but admits that its legal woes are likely to mount Guardian.co.uk, by Andrew Clark
051010 Despite its legal woes, the Wall
Goldman Sachs bolstered its reputation as a money-making machine by
producing a "perfect" first quarter of 2010 with a net gain from its trading
floor on every single day, a feat it has never achieved before. ...
Goldman Sachs and Other
Banks Report “Perfect” First Quarters
Bailout Leaches Suck Taxpayer Money And Profit Big While
DemocracyNow - 051310
The New York Times reports the nation’s largest
banks managed to make money from trading every single day during the first
three months of the year. Bank of America, Citigroup, Goldman Sachs and
JPMorgan Chase all finished with what is known as a perfect quarter—they went
without losing money on a single day. The Times reported perfect
trading quarters on Wall Street are about as rare as perfect games in Major
League Baseball. ...
Zero days of
trading losses?Record profits? I guess when you're sucking the taxpayer tit for
billions in white-collar socialism, how can you lose? If you're not
outraged by this, then you're dead. Companies that scammed the system and helped
tip us into economic disaster get rewarded with no slap on the wrist from a
gutless Congress and a sold-out administration full of Wall Street insiders.
(Not just Obama, but the crooked Bush administration too.)
At least one government has the
stones to do the right thing and put its bankers in prison where they belong. (See
Iceland) It's time for "we the people" to join together and demand justice.
The left and the right need to meet in the middle and hold our elected weasels
accountable for their incompetence in handling this disaster, but also flag them
for their recalcitrance towards their boss, us!
The Real Cost of War In Iraq:
Are Gasoline And The War Connected?
Another Way Films production, titled "One Minute."
From producer Dutch Merrick, one of the brightest, most talented
people in Hollywood. Mr. Merrick is not only well read, but extremely astute
politically. He produced this short film to highlight the real reasons for the
war in Iraq and to express its true cost. You can view more of Mr. Merrick's
videos on his
YouTube website. His company web address is
to Dutch for this very well produced film.
"There is nothing that confirms that any groups have been found involved in this
for certain," one U.S. official told McClatchy. "It's a lot of speculation at
Four U.S. intelligence and counterterrorism officials and two other U.S.
officials with knowledge of the case spoke only on the condition of anonymity
because they weren't authorized to discuss classified intelligence or the
ongoing investigation publicly.
Pieces still missing in NYC car bomb plot puzzle The Associated Press -
Colleen Long - 051110
NEW YORK - The Pakistani-American who police say admitted to igniting a failed
car bomb in busy Times Square has made no court appearance since his arrest
early this week and, though he is cooperating, authorities remain unsure he was
acting alone. ...
Times Square Bomb Suspect 'Said' To Implicate Himself
Washington Post -
Spencer S. Hsu,
Jerry Markon - 050410
The suspect in a failed attempt to detonate a car bomb in Times Square
admitted his role in the plot and told investigators he had received
training in bomb-making in his native Pakistan, ...
NewsFocus: And Now...
WHAT THE U.S.
MEDIA WON'T BRING UP IN THE NY BOMB CASE: Before You Get Worked Up About Pakistani
Terrorists, Here Are Three Reasons Why Anyone From Pakistan Might
Possibly Want Retribution Against The US:
(What's The Old Saying?...You Reap What You Sow.)
NewsFocus: The CIA is the
worst evil ever unleashed on mankind. They have fomented terrorism against
Americans through their illegal aggression against foreign governments. They
toppled a democratically elected leader in Iran and installed the Shah, who in
turn persecuted and murdered hundreds, if not thousands of innocent Iranians
during his long reign of terror. (Oh you say, so that's why the Iranians
took US people hostage for 444 days.) The CIA is also responsible for propping
more dictators in this world, all for U.S. interests and immoral corporate
profits. Take your pick,
Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi,
Saddam Hussein, etc, etc, etc. We could go on and on, but all you have to
do is look. The CIA has certainly left a long bloody trail to follow. And thank
you Prescott Bush, an integral figure in the creation of the OSS, the
predecessor to the CIA, which his own son George HW Bush later became the head
of. Former President Truman eventually came to regret the creation of
this most nefarious organization. To understand the current state of terrorism
in this world, you have to understand the history of the CIA.
"I never would have agreed to the formulation of the Central
Intelligence Agency back in '47, if I had known it would become the American
-- Harry S Truman (1961)
As the saying goes, there are indeed "two sides to every
story." The American people, sadly enough, know only one story, the U.S.
bullshit that we've all been spoon-fed by our complicit, bought-and-paid for
corporate media. We are the most overly entertained
society in the history of mankind, by design. Americans are far too
trusting of their media and their government. Many would beg to differ, but
history seems to suggest otherwise. (9/11 anyone?)
Signs Off With Last Broadcast America And The World Lose A Great Journalist With Moyers'
Retirement NewsFocus - by Tim Watts - 050210
media has lost an icon of journalistic integrity with the retirement of Bill
Moyers. Always willing to tell it like it is, even when it rubbed corporate
sponsors the wrong way, Moyers' affable style was easy to get comfortable with,
but his integrity to honest journalism was probably the character trait that
will define his broadcast legacy the most. Sadly, you don't get honest news like that from the
major networks anymore. Moyers refused to be a corporate shill and for that he is head
and shoulders above the current dollar-a-holler news whores who will read anything off a
teleprompter for a buck.
Moyers was probably the first mainstream
journalist to publicly tell all about the powers that be, with his
revealing 1987 PBS broadcast report on "The
Secret Government." Unlike so many of his peers, Bill was passionate
about reporting the truth. He was ever observant, and oh so vigilant when it
came to ferreting out the real facts of a story.
During his sign off,
he left us parting words of wisdom on the state of our union, and he was, as
always, spot on the money. "Plutocracy and democracy don't mix," said
Moyers. Wise words indeed. Something you won't get from today's corporate media.
He also said not to worry
about him leaving, because
someone else will surely pick up the baton and carry on for him. While this
editor may not hold the same optimism, I certainly hope and pray that he is right. Jon
Stewart and Amy Goodman, you're all we've got left now.
the honorable and noble Bill Moyers,
thank you very much for your service sir. You will be greatly missed, and much more so than
even Cronkite, because unlike Cronkite and so many other tainted journalists
before and after you, we have never seen your name associated with "Operation
Mockingbird," and for that we thank you.
Have a wonderful retirement Bill. You deserve it.
Bill Moyers: Plutocracy And Democracy Do Not Mix
Bill Moyers leaves a powerful message for us all on his last
Placing your political party ahead of your country is treason.
We are not Republicans
and Democrats, we are Americans first.
The I-Q Corridor Plan For Regional Economic Power From Minneapolis To
BurghDiaspora - 040108
But today, individual states aren't big enough or
rich enough to compete on a global scale. A shift in thinking toward a more
regional approach is crucial, agrees Tom Still, president of the Wisconsin
The council has coined the "I-Q Corridor" a 400-mile swath from Chicago to
Minneapolis running through Milwaukee and Madison. That region taken as a whole
has the economic strength to be a force in a world economy, Still says.
"It may seem like a long way from Chicago to the Twin Cities but it's a shorter
drive or flight than what separates San Diego from Silicon Valley," he said.
Lawsuits Expected Over Ariz. Illegal Immigrant Law The Associated Press -
Jonathan J. Cooper - 042710
PHOENIX — The debate over Arizona's new illegal immigrant law will likely
move from protest lines and talk shows to the courtroom, where a judge could
be asked to decide whether the state can enforce laws that until now had
been the federal ...
The myopic Governor signed the bill, then denied there would be racial
profiling. So these officers aren't pulling over Hispanics due to their skin
color? Seriously Governor? Then for what reason are they pulling them over? The
kicker is, the Governor says she doesn't know what an illegal immigrant looks
like! Is she ignorant, stupid, or just a huge liar? So what are we doing
about illegal white aliens in this country? The outcry isn't about
defending the rights of illegal aliens. It is all about protecting the
inalienable rights of American citizens. The "show your papers" approach
is going to affect legitimate citizens for certain. There is no way around
that. This is simply a horribly bad approach towards addressing the immigration
Note: Like the health care
debate, this is an extremely volatile issue that once again polarizes the
country, keeping Americans from looking at the bigger, more nefarious issues
that need scrutinizing... IE: Bush/Cheney war crimes, the Wall Street fraud that
has threatened not only the US, but entire world economies, the role of the
Federal Reserve in the economic collapse, the behind-the-scenes push by global
elites for a new world order, not to forget the investigation of military grade
thermate explosives residue found in the World Trade Center debris, as well as
the inept and incomplete anthrax investigation of a military grade toxin that
was traced to U.S. military labs at Fort Detrick, and then immediately dropped
like a hot rock by the FBI. Just sayin'...
NewsFocus: This is disturbing on many
counts. Those involved in 9/11 and 7/7 research realize that the US and British
governments were both having terror disaster drills where the exact scenario
they were preparing for strangely happened on the day of their actual exercise.
Any good mathematician will tell you the odds of that happening are
astronomical. So please excuse us if we have the slightest trepidation when
our government is preparing for a nuclear attack exercise on domestic soil. This
is the one event that would allow them to declare martial law, scaring the
masses into submission once again and thus ending any possible new 9/11
Defense Spending Is Much Greater than You Think: One Trillion Dollars
IntelDaily.com, by Robert Higgs - 042210
When President Obama presented his budget recently for fiscal year 2011, he
proposed that the Pentagon’s outlays be increased by about 4.5 percent beyond
its estimated outlays in fiscal 2010, to a total of almost $719 billion.
Although many Americans regard this enormous sum as excessive, few appreciate
that the total amount of all defense-related spending greatly exceeds the amount
budgeted for the Department of Defense. ...
Pentagon looks to revive Nazi space-bomber plan Pocket 'Antipodes raid' hyper-smart missiles sought TheRegister.co.uk,
Lewis Page - 042210
The US military appears to have temporarily given up on exotic
scramjet powered hyper-plane and -missile notions for the purpose of suddenly
blowing things up at short notice anywhere in the world. Rather, Pentagon
boffins are now re-examining a plan once considered by the Nazis for the purpose
of bombing America....
For more than a century, ideological extremists at either end
of the political spectrum have seized upon well-publicized incidents to attack
the Rockefeller family for the inordinate influence they claim we wield over
American political and economic institutions. Some even believe we are part of a
secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States,
characterizing my family and me as 'internationalists' and of conspiring with
others around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic
structure - one world, if you will. If that's the charge, I stand guilty, and I
am proud of it. --David Rockefeller, Memoirs, 2002
George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld covered up that hundreds of
innocent men were sent to the Guantánamo Bay prison camp because they feared
that releasing them would harm the push for war in Iraq and the broader War on
Terror, according to a new document obtained by The Times.
The accusations were made by Lawrence Wilkerson,
a top aide to Colin Powell, the former Republican Secretary of State, in a
signed declaration to support a lawsuit filed by a Guantánamo detainee. It is
the first time that such allegations have been made by a senior member of the
Bush Administration. ...
Ramsey Clark chosen to head commission to investigate Bush
911Blogger.com - 040810
On April 3, at a meeting of over 150 lawyers,
legal scholars and human rights campaigners, Ramsey Clark, founder of Indict
Bush Now, was chosen to be the chairperson of an international campaign to
investigate war crimes committed by officials from the Bush administration.
Representatives at the meeting held in Beirut,
Lebanon, came from all over the world. The campaign will investigate the lies,
deceit and manipulation leading up to the Iraq war; the conduct of the war
itself against an essentially defenseless country; and the horrors of the
Lawyers and judges in several countries are
Ramsey Clark emphasized that it is the imperative
responsibility of the American people to relentlessly pursue this investigation,
and to seek prosecution and indictment inside of the United States. ...
The US military has warned that surplus oil
production capacity could disappear within two years and there could be serious
shortages by 2015 with a significant economic and political impact.
The energy crisis outlined in a Joint Operating
Environment report from the US Joint Forces Command, comes as the price of
petrol in Britain reaches record levels and the cost of crude is predicted to
soon top $100 a barrel.
"By 2012, surplus oil production capacity
could entirely disappear, and as early as 2015, the shortfall in output could
reach nearly 10 million barrels per day," says the report, which has a foreword
by a senior commander, General James N Mattis.
There was a time when the pen was mightier than the sword. That was a time when
people believed in truth and regarded truth as an independent power and not as
an auxiliary for government, class, race, ideological, personal, or financial
U.S. District Court Chief
Judge Vaughn R. Walker
that the government had violated the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA)
and that the National Security Agency’s warrantless spying program was illegal.
Carl Boggs: The Crime of Empire Rogue Superpower and World Domination
InformationClearinghouse.info, by Ludwig Watzal
The U. S. power elites believe in national exceptionalism”, they view the
country as a benevolent or benign hegemon working for democracy, human
rights, and peace”. The elite – politicians, media, academia, and think tanks -
presents U. S. policy as pragmatic, non-ideological, furthering liberal
democracy, freedom, equality, and citizen participation. ...
Court Backs Comcast Over FCC on 'Net Neutrality' Wall Street Journal -
Amy Schatz - 040710
It orders the company to change its policies but doesn't fine
Comcast. Sept: Comcast appeals, saying the FCC's net-neutrality principles
aren't enforceable. ...
No free man shall ever be de-barred the use of arms. The
strongest reason for the people to retain their right to keep and bear arms is
as a last resort to protect themselves against tyranny in government. -Thomas
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- Four men accused of trying
to bomb synagogues and shoot down planes in New York last spring did little more
than go along with a fake plot proposed, directed and funded by the federal
government, defense lawyers claim in asking the court to dismiss the case.
A federal informant chose the targets, offered
payment, provided maps and bought the only real weapon involved, a handgun, the
attorneys said in a dismissal motion filed this week in federal court.
They alleged the defendants were not inclined
toward any crime until the informant began recruiting them.
"The government well knew that their case had
been a government-inspired creation from day one and that the defendants had not
been independently seeking weapons or targets," the motion said. ...
New York Times reported on Emad Salem, an undercover agent who testified
that the FBI knew about the attack beforehand and told him they would thwart it
by substituting a harmless powder for the explosives. However, an FBI supervisor
called off this plan, and the bombing was not stopped.[New York Times, 10/28/93]
President Barack Obama probably would veto
legislation authorizing the next budget for U.S. intelligence agencies if it
calls for a new investigation into the 2001 anthrax attacks, an administration
official said. ...
Anthrax Case Closed: FBI Says Scientist Was Anthrax Killer
AP News, by Devlin
Barrett and Pete Yost, Associated Press Writers
Fri Feb 19, 2010
WASHINGTON – The
FBI sought to close the book on its long, frustrating hunt for the killer
behind the 2001 anthrax letters Friday, formally ending its investigation and
concluding a mentally unhinged scientist was responsible for killing five people
and unnerving Americans nationwide.
After years of false leads, no arrests and public criticism, the FBI and
Justice Department said.
Rep Holt Introduces Independent Investigation
of Anthrax Bill
It's about time we had an independent look. Let's see how far we get with this.
Apparently the rest of America is smarter than the FBI
because virtually nobody is buying this crock for an explanation, except
possibly FOX News viewers. Remember, the
House was coincidentally
antidote for anthrax, Cipro, for one month prior to the anthrax attacks.
That in itself is very suspicious of foreknowledge. On the heels of 9/11, this
event was the catalyst for the heinous Patriot Act and still needs a thorough
investigation. There are FBI field agents who know better, but politics at the
top have handcuffed our best investigators. This was officially the second
horrific attack during the Bush-Cheney administration.
Kucinich & Nader Talk About
Health Care On Democracy Now Never A Shortage
For The Truth When These Two Show Up For A Discussion
NewsFocus.org - 032010
Congressman Dennis Kucinich and perennial presidential candidate Ralph Nader with Amy Goodman on
discussing the state of the current health care bill and the mounting pressure
from Washington to get it passed. Watch the show below.
Following recent analyses confirming
income inequality in the United States has reached record levels, noted tax
David Cay Johnston summed up
the new data, "The incomes of the top 400 American households soared to a
new record high in dollars and as a share of all income in 2007, while the
income tax rates they paid fell to a record low. The numbers tell the tale of
widening chasm between the rich and everyone else:
In 2007 the top 400 taxpayers had an average
income of $344.8 million, up 31 percent from their average $263.3 million income
in 2006, according to figures in a report that the IRS posted to its Web site
without announcement that were discovered February 16...
Adjusted for inflation to 2009 dollars,
the top 400 enjoyed a 27 percent increase in their income, or nine times the
rate of increase for the bottom 90 percent...Since 1992, the bottom 90 percent
of Americans have seen their incomes rise by 13 percent in 2009 dollars,
compared with an increase of 399 percent for the top 400. ... (Read
Obama seeks record $708 billion in defense budget
Reuters.com President Barack Obama on Monday asked Congress to approve a record
$708 billion in defense spending for fiscal year 2011, including a 3.4 percent
increase in the Pentagon's base budget and $159 billion to fund U.S. military
missions in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Pentagon’s Black Budget Tops $56 Billion
Last year, that budget grew to more than $50 billion – ”the largest-ever sum,”
according to Aviation Week’s Bill Sweetman, a longtime black-budget seer. A few
more billion were added for wartime operations, for a total of $54 billion. This
year’total would be $2 billion higher, a 3.7 percent increase.
NewFocus: We're really digging that
"Change you can believe in."
Every Occupation Fuels an Insurgency
Afghanistan, Jobs and Health Care, All big issues in America. And one man with
strong opinions on all of them is U.S. Congressman Dennis Kucinich.
Here's the bottom line to today's 5-4 ruling: giant corporations can spend
as much as they please on elections to advance their agendas. The right-wing
Roberts court ruled that Exxon has the same free speech rights as you and
me. In other words, Exxon is a person too. ... (Read
Five members of the Supreme Court declared that a “corporation”
is a person, not a “regular person” but one above all natural laws, subject to
no God, no moral code but one with unlimited power over our lives, a power
awarded by judges who seem themselves as grand inquisitors in an meant to hunt
down all heretics who fail to serve their god, the god of money.
SCOTUS: America For Sale To Highest Bidder CrooksandLiars.com, by Susie Madrak Thursday Jan 21,
I remember arguing with Democratic strategists about the
Alito and Roberts nominations to the Supreme Court. I said instead of
focusing on abortion rights, a divisive issue, we should sound the alarm
about their strongly pro-corporatist rulings. But hey, what do I
And now, the predictable results. I can't tell you how depressed I am
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Supreme Court has ruled that
corporations may spend freely to support or
oppose candidates for president and Congress, easing decades-old
limits on their participation in federal campaigns.
By a 5-4 vote, the court on Thursday
overturned a 20-year-old ruling that said
corporations can be prohibited from using money from their general
treasuries to pay for their own campaign ads. The decision, which almost
certainly will also allow labor unions to participate more freely in
campaigns, threatens similar limits imposed by 24 states.
Corporate Personhood Should Be Banned, Once and For All
Ralph Nader - 012510 This corporatist, anti-voter decision is so
extreme that it should galvanize a grassroots effort to enact a Constitutional
Amendment to once and for all end corporate personhood and curtail the corrosive
impact of big money on politics.Continue
Democracy in America Is a Useful Fiction
Chris Hedges - 012510
Corporate forces, long before the Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United v.
Federal Election Commission, carried out a coup d'état in slow motion. The coup
is over. We lost.
InformationClearinghouse.info, byPaul A. Moore -
012410 The US government has been hollowed out during the rise to absolute power of
the corporations. Elections have become an elaborate "reality show" that plays
out on corporate television for viewers entertainment.
Two lawmakers introduced a bill this week aimed at
adding an amendment to the US Constitution, which would allow Congress and the
states to regulate political expenditures by corporations.
The amendment bill is in response to a recent
landmark Supreme Court ruling, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission,
which struck down several longstanding prohibitions on corporate political
contributions, saying legislative measures to control such spending infringed
upon corporate First Amendment free speech rights.
Please see this report by Truthout's Kyle Berlin about a similar bill
introduced in the House earlier this week.
Washington DC - Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT)
announced today that he will be introducing a constitutional amendment in the
coming days to reverse the Supreme Court’s recent decision in Citizens United v.
Federal Election Commission. The decision overturned 100 years of precedents to
come to the unjustified conclusion that corporations deserve the same free
speech protections as individual Americans.
“Money is not speech,” said Dodd. “Corporations
are not people. And in the wake of one of the most radical decisions in the
Supreme Court’s history of campaign finance jurisprudence, a constitutional
amendment is necessary to fully restore the trust and voice of the American
people. If corporations – foreign as well as domestic – are allowed even greater
and more direct influence over our elections, our democracy as we know it will
cease to exist. I won’t stand for that. I urge my colleagues, and the American
people, to join me in defense of democracy by supporting this amendment and
other interim steps to mitigate the damage done by this decision.”
In the wake of last week's sweeping 5-4 Supreme
Court ruling, which struck down several longstanding prohibitions on corporate
political contributions, Democratic lawmakers are proposing legislation to
counter some of its effects.
Perhaps the most politically promising proposal
is the Fair Elections Now Act, a bill introduced which aims to blend small-donor
fundraising with public funding as a means of reducing the pressure of
fundraising from large contributors.
The Mystery Bush Billboard
Minnesota Public Radio, by
Bob Collins - February 8, 2010
It was late at night and I wasn't sure I'd seen the
billboard correctly as I whizzed past it on I-35 in Wyoming last week on the way
back from Wrenshall. But an e-mailer confirms I saw what I thought I saw. ...
Isn't Cheney from Wyoming? Hmmmm.... ;o)
The investigation of the 2001 anthrax attacks ended as far as the public knew on
July 29, 2008, with the death of Bruce Ivins, a senior biodefense researcher at
the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) in
Fort Detrick, Md. The cause of death was an overdose of the painkiller Tylenol.
No autopsy was performed, and there was no suicide note.
Less than a week after his apparent suicide, the
FBI declared Ivins to have been the sole perpetrator of the 2001 Anthrax
attacks, and the person who mailed deadly anthrax spores to NBC, the New York
Post, and Sens. Tom Daschle and Patrick Leahy. These attacks killed five people,
closed down a Senate office building, caused a national panic, and nearly
paralyzed the postal system. ...
Americans are mad as hell...
Fictional newscaster Howard Beal tries to wake the masses in "Network."
What does it take to stir the people to stand up and say no more?
Get the real story on who runs the media that we
trust to protect our democracy. Learn how just half a dozen men hold control of
our media programming and why that's a bad thing for democracy. A mere six
individuals (CEOs) decide which stories you get to see and which stories you
don't get to see. Once you realize the truth about our misguided notion of
integrity in broadcasting and the news, you will see how easy it is to deceive a
populace. You could convince them of literally anything. Even into giving up
their rights. View the NewsFocus page on The Media
for all you need to know.
Jan. 7 (Bloomberg) -- The Federal Reserve Bank of New York, then led by
Timothy Geithner, told American International
Group Inc. to withhold details from the public about the bailed-out insurer’s
payments to banks during the depths of the financial crisis, e-mails
between the company and its regulator show. ...
Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell described a super-state called Oceania, whose
language of war inverted lies that “passed into history and became truth. ‘Who
controls the past’, ran the Party slogan, ‘controls the future: who controls the
present controls the past’.”
Barack Obama is the leader of a contemporary
Oceania. In two speeches at the close of the decade, the Nobel Peace Prize
winner affirmed that peace was no longer peace, but rather a permanent war that
“extends well beyond Afghanistan and Pakistan” to “disorderly regions and
diffuse enemies”. He called this “global security” and invited our gratitude. To
the people of Afghanistan, which America has invaded and occupied, he said
wittily: “We have no interest in occupying your country.”
In Oceania, truth and lies are indivisible.
According to Obama, the American attack on Afghanistan in 2001 was authorized by
the United Nations Security Council. There was no UN authority. He said the “the
world” supported the invasion in the wake of 9/11 when, in truth, all but three
of 37 countries surveyed by Gallup expressed overwhelming opposition. He said
that America invaded Afghanistan “only after the Taliban refused to turn over
[Osama] bin Laden”. In 2001, the Taliban tried three times to hand over bin
Laden for trial, reported Pakistan’s military regime, and were ignored. Even
Obama’s mystification of 9/11 as justification for his war is false. More than
two months before the Twin Towers were attacked, the Pakistani foreign minister,
Niaz Naik, was told by the Bush administration that an American military assault
would take place by mid-October. The Taliban regime in Kabul, which the Clinton
administration had secretly supported, was no longer regarded as “stable” enough
to ensure America’s control over oil and gas pipelines to the Caspian Sea. It
had to go. ... (Read
This is all about the grand New World Order. "We the People" are
being dragged to a new system of government, without our vote, without your
consent. Don't believe it? Start looking on your own and quit believing the
corporate media. Ever hear of the Bilderbergers?
It's time you start to learn. This new world structure of a global government is
presented as a way to end all war, but it is all about monopolies and the uber-rich
becoming more wealthy and more powerful. What constitutional checks and balances
will be built into this new system to protect human rights? Who will protect us
from the corporations that are already abusing us? What safeguards
will stop another Hitler from usurping and taking over the globalist New World
Order? Where is our guarantee of a better way of life? Call your elected
representatives and tell them that this is treason and "We the People" do not
American Gulag Obama to Indefinitely Imprison Detainees Without
By Glenn Greenwald -
012410 The administration is claiming the power to imprison whomever it
wants without charges whenever it believes that -- even in the face of the
horrendously broad "material support for terrorism" laws the Congress has
enacted -- it cannot prove in any tribunal that the individual has actually
done anything wrong. Continue
There is a time when the operation of
the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can't
take part; you can't even passively take part, and you've got to put your
bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the
apparatus, and you've got to make it stop. And you've got to indicate to the
people who run it, to the people who own it, that unless you're free, the
machine will be prevented from working at all! -Mario Savio Dec 2, 1964
Saving America: The Necessary Steps To Reclaim Our Democracy "We the people" Need To Insist Upon Restoring The Vision Of
Our Forefathers NewsFocus - 122609
Election Reform - Get rid of Political Action Committees
(PACs) and corporate donations.
Media Reform Break up media monopolies and encourage
diversity of news and opinion.
Take over the Federal Reserve Return
power to print money to U.S. Government.
Balance the Courts We should not lean left or right, but
strike a fair balance in our courts.
Tax Reform Make the rich pay their share accordingly, as we
do, with no more loopholes.
PATRIOT Act Reform Re-establish the Constitution & Bill
of Rights for "We the People."
If we don't act soon, it may be too late to reclaim the
country we once knew. Those that have all the power are counting on you to be
complacent, unmotivated and ignorant.
Admits There Is No Authority Above The Federal Reserve
If they truly have nothing to hide, audit the Federal Reserve, now!
There is no greater form of
patriotism than questioning your government.
'Privacy'? Turns Out Airport Scanners Can Store, Send Images
Susie Madrak Tuesday Jan 12, 2010 5:00pm
Imagine that! First of all, who can believe that they'd
lie to us about just how much they can see with these airport scanners?
(That was irony, folks.) And not only that, they have the capability to take,
say, celebrity scans and email them to the National Enquirer. Who'd a thunk it?
Airport Body Scanning Raises Radiation Exposure, Committee
Bloomberg.com, by Jonathan
Tirone - 010510
Air passengers should be made aware of the health risks of airport body
screenings and governments must explain any decision to expose the public to
higher levels of cancer-causing radiation, an inter-agency report said. ...
A Risk Is A Risk. Do You Want To Be One Of The Ten To
Tens deaths per year is ten too many! Do families get the right
PR Effort Underway To Convince Us To
Accept Body Scans TV News Anchors Are Sucked Into The Official VNR Press
NewsFocus, by Tim Watts - 011810
The next invasion of privacy and a new threat for the people is full body x-ray
scans. With former Homeland Security head Michael Chertoff using his Washington
DC connections to push the new technology under the guise of national security,
even though he and his machine producing client will become filthy rich from
profit, is it any wonder the push is on to get us to accept this next Orwellian
step towards control?
First things first... x-rays are harmful to human beings.
We've known that for years now. Case closed.
Secondly, don't believe everything that comes from a news
anchor's mouth when it comes to introducing new technology. In almost every
case, the information comes from the producer of said technology, and
they will say only that which helps them sell the product and make them money.
The PR marketing effort for the body scanners is that it is only "like a dental x-ray," something
we've all had, but we don't all get the same number of dental x-rays. Some go to
the dentist more than others. Conversely, many people fly more than others also.
The tactic with the dental x-ray analogy is to make it seem like
an everyday common occurrence, but
Time Magazine, a dental x-ray delivers 5r
and 10r is said to be damaging.
Most people just don't get dental x-rays as often as some people fly
in our jet-set world. What about the risk to those who fly a lot? And what about
the frequent flyer that now needs a dental or chest x-ray? How has the frequent
airport scanning made them more vulnerable to cancer, or to that next fatal
x-ray dose from their physician or dentist?
You can't keep taking 5r on every
business and vacation flight and not harbor legitimate health concerns over
continued x-ray scanning. The
medical community takes this seriously
enough. We need to find safer technology and not rush into something that will
be harmful to frequent flyers.
Whether they admit it or not, x-rays, in any dose, are
never a good thing for humans.
Given the dangerous nature of x-rays, one would think that those
who claim to have our safety in mind would be moving the population away
from exposure to harmful x-rays, rather than increasing exposure and the
subsequent risk of cancer, or even sterility and infertility, as a direct result
of repeated exposure.
And scanners are not perfect either. They can't tell if the heels
on a pair of shoes are powerful molded explosives, so there are always going to
be security weaknesses in the system.
It seems the best way to minimize terrorism would perhaps be not
to meddle in their country's foreign affairs. Perhaps if we maintained our
corporate interests here at home we would be better off in the world as a
One thing we don't need is to be pushed into a quick decision on
x-ray scanners that we will one day regret. The news reporters in the video
piece above did no fact checking. They simply accepted a corporate PR
fabrication (VNR) that might help better sell this dangerous technology to the
people. This was irresponsible journalism. There was no effort made to check for
information on radiation levels, nor any other tangible consumer safety
concerns. They were there to sell body scanners.
Don't take anything from TV talking heads that fail to thoroughly
explore the other side of the issue and then attempt to sell you the hype. It's
time that we slowed down and took a better look at security, rather than doing a
"Patriot Act knee-jerk reaction" and quickly accepting something bad
before we thoroughly check it out or find a better way.
Pentagon now spending more for war than all 50 States combined spend to run the
IntelDaily.com - 122509
The U.S. spends more for war annually than all state governments combined
spend for the health, education, welfare, and safety of 308 million Americans.
Joseph Henchman, director of state projects for the Tax Foundation of
Washington, D.C., says the states collected a total of $781 billion in taxes
in 2008. For a rough comparison, according to Wikipedia data, the total budget
for what the Pentagon calls "defense" in fiscal year 2010 will be at least
$880 billion and could possibly top $1 trillion. That's more than all the
state governments collect. ...
War On Terror: War Expenditures
World’s Sole Military Superpower’s 2 Million-Troop, $1
InformationClearinghouse.info - 122109 After allotting
over a trillion dollars for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq alone and packing
off more than two million of its citizens to the two nations, the U.S. military
establishment and peace prize president have already laid the groundwork for yet
more wars. Boeing, Raytheon and General Electric won’t be kept waiting. ...
The War Trap
InformationClearinghouse.info, by Ernest Partridge
- 121809 It appears that Einstein was right: everything
has changed except our modes of thinking, and thus, as he warned, "we drift
toward unparalleled catastrophe."
President Eisenhower Tried To Warn Us All
For a former 5-Star General To Make These Comments Is Startling.
Can the Human Race Outgrow War?
InformationClearinghouse.info, by James Carroll
The fantasy that Pentagon spending might be checked was obliterated by last
week’s other news - the Supreme Court decision to allow unlimited corporate
funding of political campaign ads. Defense contractors will spend billions
reinforcing the natural law of war.
The very word "secrecy" is repugnant in a free
and open society; and we are as a people inherently and
historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths and to
secret proceedings. We decided long ago that the dangers of
excessive and unwarranted concealment of pertinent facts far
outweighed the dangers which are cited to justify it. Even
today, there is little value in opposing the threat of a closed
society by imitating its arbitrary restrictions. Even today,
there is little value in insuring the survival of our nation if
our traditions do not survive with it. And there is very grave
danger that an announced need for increased security will be
seized upon by those anxious to expand its meaning to the very
limits of official censorship and concealment.
--President John F. Kennedy 4/27/61
US General: UAE's air force could take out Iran's
Speaking at a conference in Bahrain organized by the International Institute for
Strategic Studies, the American general said, "The Emirati Air Force itself
could take out the entire Iranian Air Force, I believe, given that it's got ...
somewhere around 70 Block 60 F-16 fighters, which are better than the US F-16
US military suicides reach new high
WSWS.org, by By James
The number of serving American military personnel who took their
lives in 2009 has already exceeded last year’s record. These suicides are first
of all tragic. Secondly, they indicate the immense psychological harm that the
neo-colonial wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have inflicted on members of the armed
U.S. in Afghanistan : 1979-2009
TheRagBlog.Blogspot.com - 122709 The pain and suffering of the
peoples of Afghanistan has a long history before and since the United States
intervened in their political lives in 1979. Many outside powers share
responsibility for their plight. But today’s situation directly relates to the
covert war the United States encouraged and funded from the summer of 1979
amendment becomes law
Stephen C. Webster -122109
the unexplained objections of 30 Republican Senators, an anti-rape amendment
authored by Senator Al Franken (D-MN) became law Monday with President Obama's
signature on the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 2010.
The provision was sparked by the
gang-rape of a 19-year-old Kellogg, Brown & Root employee by her coworkers in
Iraq. After returning to the United States, Jamie Leigh Jones found she couldn't
sue the company because of a clause in her employment contract.
Franken's amendment to the Defense
Appropriations Act prohibits companies from using employment contracts to bar
litigation over sexual assault or discrimination.
When the Senate took up Franken's
measure, 30 Republicans voted against it. None
cared to explain why, with some suggesting it's simply not the government's
business to rewrite employment contracts. ...
Social Security Administration Sends Letters Explaining
No COLA Reason Given Is No Rise In Cost of Living. (Say What!? Seriously?)
NewsFocus.org, by Tim Watts 121109
The Social Security Administration has sent letters out to Americans explaining
why there will be no cost of living. According to SSA there was "no rise in
the cost of living during the past year," although many of those needing
their social security to exist upon would beg to differ on that SSA assessment.
With many goods rising in price during the economic downturn, many are asking
exactly where SSA is getting their figures from.
The explanation given by SSA reads as follows...
By law, Social Security benefits increase automatically to
keep pace with inflation. When there is a period of no inflation, the law does
not permit an increase in benefits, Based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI)
published by the Department of Labor, there was no rise in the cost of living
during the past year, so your benefit will remain the same in 2010. The CPI
is the federal government's official measure used to calculate cost-of-living
Far be it from the government to bail-out social security,
helping those who need it most, instead of the rich Wall Street tycoons and
mega-wealthy bankers who caused this economic disaster.
Many of those relying on their social security find the excuse
from SSA to be highly disingenuous and insulting. A more honest approach might
have been to simply admit that the government is strapped for money after the
bail-outs to the rich, rather than attempting to say that the cost of essential
goods has not risen.
The American people do know better. We get the greed thing. Slap in the face well taken.
What makes all of this worse, our formerly esteemed Congress took
their 2009 cost of living increase and is now said to be planning on their 2010
increase as well. WTF?
American Fascism By political definition the US is now fascist, not a
The definition of “fascism” has some academic variance, but is
essentially collusion among corporatocracy, authoritarian government, and
controlled media and education. This “leadership” is only possible with a
nationalistic public accepting policies of war, empire, and limited civil and
Are As Blind To US Fascism As Nazi-Era Germans
Examiner.com, by Carl Herman 121209
Psychological research demonstrates that large-scale dramatic
change can escape attention when the change is unsuspected, unannounced, and
agents causing the change act as if nothing is different.
of this cognitive study are “change blindness” and “inattentional blindness.”
When we include consideration of “cognitive dissonance,” the rejection of facts
when they conflict with important beliefs, we can approach an explanation of how
educated citizens could accept fascism when it was unsuspected, unannounced, and
the responsible agents fraudulently represented the new government as no
different from the old. Cognitive dissonance would deter many people to accept
the new reality, even when the facts were clear.
The definition of “fascism” has some academic variance, but is
essentially collusion among corporatocracy, authoritarian government, and
controlled media and education. This “leadership” is only possible with a
nationalistic public accepting policies of war, empire, and limited civil and
political rights. ... (Read
Are Americans a Broken People? Why We've Stopped Fighting Back Against the Forces of
Bruce E. Levine A psychologist asks: Have consumerism, suburbanization
and a malevolent corporate-government partnership so beaten us down that we no
longer have the will to save ourselves?
'Class war is over, working people lost'
Sahil Kapur - Thursday,
December 17th, 2009 -- 3:05 pm WASHINGTON -- Reflecting on the growing divide
between Wall Street and Main Street, Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) on Wednesday
offered a powerful critique on the state of the economy in an open committee
Reston, VA - North Dakota and Montana have an estimated 3.0 to 4.3 billion
barrels of undiscovered, technically recoverable oil in an area known as the
A U.S. Geological Survey assessment, released April 10, shows a 25-fold
increase in the amount of oil that can be recovered compared to the agency's
1995 estimate of 151 million barrels of oil. ...
Salon Radio: Patriot Act and FISA reforms
Salon.com, by Glenn Greenwald 100109
When Congress enacted the Patriot Act in the wake of the 9/11
attacks, it provided for a four-year expiration date for some of the more
controversial provisions. In 2005, when it was time for Congress to decide if
those should be extended, the Bush administration insisted that none of those
powers had been abused yet (like everything) they were critical to fighting
Terrorism. As a result, the
Congress thus overwhelmingly voted to extend them for four more years,
though this time they required the issuance of a report from
the Inspector General of the Justice Depratment to determine if there had, in
fact, been any abuses. Unsurprisingly, the IG's Report that issued in
documented extreme abuse at the FBI with many of those powers. Moreover, it was
recently revealed that, far more often than not, federal law enforcement
agencies use these powers (including the pernicious "sneak and peek" searches)
in cases having nothing whatsoever to do with Terrorism. ... (Read
-- The 2010 Pentagon budget means "every man,
woman and child in the United States will spend more than $2,700
on (defense) programs and agencies next year," reports the Cato
Institute. "By way of comparison, the average Japanese spends
less than $330; the average German about $520; China's per
capita spending is less than $100."
Pentagon budget) dwarfs the combined defense budgets of U.S.
allies and potential U.S. enemies alike," reports Hearst
KUCINICH: AMERICA 'IN FIGHT OF ITS LIFE'... AT HOME Congressman Says Prolonging Afghan war a
‘threat to our national security’
Far from being a necessary part of the US's
national security strategy, the Afghanistan war is actually a
threat to it, says Ohio congressman Dennis Kucinich.
In a statement released two days after
President Barack Obama announced a 30,000-troop surge for the
war effort and a July, 2011, beginning for troop withdrawal,
Kucinich argued that extending the war would destabilize the
United States at home. ...
“The war is a threat to our national security.
We’ll spend over $100 billion next year to bomb a nation of poor
people while we reenergize the Taliban, destabilize Pakistan,
deplete our army and put more of our soldiers’ lives on the
line. Meanwhile, back here in the USA, 15 million people are out
of work. People are losing their jobs, their health care, their
savings, their investments, and their retirement security. $13
trillion in bailouts for Wall Street, trillions for war; when
are we going to start taking care of things here at home?” ...
Hersh: Military waging war with White House "They think he’s weak and the wrong color. Yes,
there’s racism in the Pentagon."
Durham Herald Sun -
Neil Offen - Oct 13, 2009
The army is also “in a war against the White House — and they
feel they have [President] Obama boxed in,” Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter
Seymour Hersh told ...
Earlier this year, blurry pictures were released by the French magazine Air & Cosmos of a previously
unknown stealth drone taken at Kandahar in Afghanistan. The photos, snapped in
2007, prompted a wave of speculation about the classified aircraft. That
grew even more intense this week, when a blog belonging to the French
newspaper Libération released an even better
photograph. But while
the new picture may answers some questions, it also creates a heap of new
mysteries. Chief among them: Why use such a fancy, stealthy aircraft in
Afghanistan? The Taliban have neither the radar to spot the plane, nor the
weaponry to shoot it down.
Michael MooreTakes on Obama's
December 3rd, 2009
'Obama's Vietnam'; "We have been in this war for twice as long now as the
U.S. was in World War II, twice as long as World War II. We defeated Hitler and
Tojo and Mussolini in half the time it's taken us to find Osama bin Laden." –
Michael Moore on Larry King Live
Kucinich: Afghans want
to be saved from us, not by us
Muriel Kane - Wednesday,
December 2nd, 2009
“The people of Afghanistan don’t want to be saved by us,"
Kucinich continued. "They want to be saved from us. Our presence and our
Predator drones kill countless innocents, creating more US enemies and
destabilizing Pakistan." ...
Obama's War Is He Taking Ownership Or Just Cleaning Up A
Huge Bush Mess?
InformationClearinghouse.info, By Jim Hightower
Obama has been taken over by the military industrial hawks and national security
theorists who play war games with other people's lives and money.
Taliban Did Not Refuse to Hand Over Bin Laden
InformationClearinghouse.info, by Ralph Lopez
120409 Obama slipped past a real doozy Tuesday night when he said the Taliban
refused to hand over bin Laden. It just ain't so. They tried three times to open
negotiations for this, but Bush refused each time. He wanted to bomb people so
bad it hurt.
America's Regression InformationClearinghouse.info,
By Glenn Greenwald Torture is one of the most universal taboos in the civilized world.
The treaty championed by Ronald Reagan declares that "no exceptional
circumstances" can justify it, and requires that every state criminalize it and
prosecute those who authorize or engage in it.
At a covert forward operating base run by the US Joint
Special Operations Command (JSOC) in the Pakistani port city
of Karachi, members of an elite division of Blackwater are at
the center of a secret program in which they plan
targeted assassinations of suspected Taliban and Al Qaeda
operatives, "snatch and grabs" of high-value targets and other
sensitive action inside and outside Pakistan, an
investigation by The Nation has found. The Blackwater
operatives also assist in gathering intelligence and
help run a secret US military drone bombing campaign that runs
parallel to the well-documented CIA predator strikes,
according to a well-placed source within the US military
I think I need to bang my head against a wall now:
The nation's economic crisis has catapulted the number of
Americans who lack enough food to the highest level since the
government has been keeping track, according to a new federal
report, which shows that
nearly 50 million people --
including almost one child in four -- struggled last year to
get enough to eat.
For all its brutality, the Taliban rebellion is mainly a
localized, nationalist effort to expel foreigners --
one reason Gen. McChrystal hopes to be able to pacify them, as
his mentor Gen. David Petraeus bought off Iraqi insurgents.
With winter approaching, Taliban fighters will soon be forced
into semi-hibernation. Any U.S. buildup will take at least a
year to complete.
They're selling us endless war the way they sell
cellphones and Viagra.
The question is: How much is President Obama buying?
Military Industrial Complex
Eisenhower knew better than anyone.
Pickens: US 'Entitled' To Iraq Oil Oil baron tells Congress US
entitled to Iraqi oil because of war
Reuters India, by Tom Doggett
- Thu Oct 22, 2009
Oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens told Congress on Wednesday
that U.S. energy companies are "entitled" to some of Iraq's crude because of the
large number of American troops that lost their lives fighting in the country
and the U.S. taxpayer money spent in Iraq. ...
This is what is wrong with the rich conservative view of the world. We
attack their country, without provocation, destroying their
infrastructure while killing over a million and yet some ignorant arrogant
multi-billionaire thinks we are now owed their natural resources. This is
galling that any human would conceive of such immoral unstable thinking. This is
why other countries hate the US. Too often we go to war for "US interests."
What ever happened to doing the right thing for our fellow man?
Obama Plants Monsanto And CropLife Officials In Key
find a job in my White House,” President Obama assured us upon inauguration.
And yet he just nominated to two key posts “Big Ag” industry power brokers, who
come straight from the chemical pesticide and biotechnology sectors. While they
may not be registered as lobbyists, both men come from organizations
representing powerful agribusiness interests, which every year spend millions of
dollars in lobbying to advance their companies’ chemical and transgenic
Saving Face in Afghanistan
InformationClearinghouse.info, by Ron Paul - October
We overthrew the Taliban government in 2001 with less than 10,000 American
troops. Why does it now seem that the more troops we send, the worse things get?
If the Soviets bankrupted themselves in Afghanistan with troop levels of 100,000
and were eventually forced to leave in humiliating defeat, why are we determined
to follow their example?
So it’s good that the White House
has signaled its willingness to narrow the expansive snooping powers granted the
federal government in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. ...
Senator Russ Feingold Has Questions On Misuse of the
The only Senator wise enough to vote no on the Patriot Act
NewsFocus: Most have never ever read this voluminous bill, yet they
naively and readily say that we need it because it's called the "Patriot"
Act. They ask, "How could that be a bad thing if it has patriot in it?"
(They've no doubt never read the No Child Left Behind Act, or The
Clear Skies Act; laws that do the opposite of what they imply.) We have always had the proper laws in place to deal
with terrorism and crime. To say that we haven't is a bald faced lie. What we've
never had though before the Patriot Act was a bill that usurped our
Constitutional rights. We don't need the Patriot Act. Research on your own and
learn. Be forewarned though, you will have to put down the TV remote to do this.
Watch the video:Unconstitutional
The Price of Liberty Santa Maria Times -
Sep 23, 2009
Some members of Congress, mostly Democrats, want to rename the
Patriot Act. The new law would be called the Justice Act — but a change of name
is not enough ...
Congress Had No Time to Read the USA PATRIOT Act
03/02/09 @ 2:03 pm
It is hard to determine how long the final version of the USA
PATRIOT Act was available prior to its consideration. By all measures, it was
not available to the public and was barely made available to members of
Congress. As one of the primary examples of bills that were rushed through
Congress, there was little chance that the PATRIOT Act wouldn’t be a major
Read the Bill case study. (NewsFocus:
The vote was perpetrated this way by design. Face folks, Congress was
Obama Administration Uncertain On Patriot Act Removal Talking Transparency Isn't the Same as
Seeing It Through 'Continuities between the Obama and
Bush administration overwhelm the differences' Washington Post -
Dana Milbank - Sep 24,
President Obama campaigned on a promise to restore transparency
to government. But now the time has come to renew the USA Patriot Act,
Does your boss want you dead? 'Dead
peasants' insurance pays your employer a secret, tax-free windfall when you die.
Insurers have sold millions of policies to companies such as Dow Chemical.
MSN Money, by
Weston 100209 Right now, your company could
have a life insurance policy on you that you know nothing about. When you die --
perhaps years after you leave your employer -- the tax-free proceeds from this
policy wouldnt go to your family. The money would go to the company.
Is Your Employer Betting On Your Death?
A revelation from Michael Moore's new film.
How the Feds Imprison the Innocent
InformationClearinghouse.info, by Paul Craig
Roberts For two decades I have been attempting to make Americans aware that the
danger to their liberty comes not from foreign adversaries, terrorists, or
criminals, but from prosecutors, who have destroyed law as a shield of the
innocent and turned law into a weapon against the innocent.
Who Are ‘The Deciders’?
InformationClearinghouse.info, by David
Sirota Avoiding another Vietnam, requires a figurehead government—one that
delegates all military decision-making power to generals and effectively strips
it from elected civilians who will supposedly be too “politically motivated”
(read: influenced by voters).
Telco Spy Immunity Up for Grabs Wired News -
David Kravets - Sep 24,
A secret court, known as the FISA court, may grant roving
wiretaps without saying who is the target. Generally, the authorities must
assert that the target ...
How Bush’s Court May Undo Democracy The Ghost of Bush: How Dubya’s court can undo democracy
ArtVoice.com, By Michael I. Niman,
The key to American politics is that you’ve always
got to watch for the action behind the distraction. The distractions right now
is the healthcare debate, and the economy, and the war, and the other war, and
the other wars, environmental collapse, and so on. All salient stories with lots
of enticing, media-ready vignettes—you know, heart-wrenching narratives, images
of things blowing up, stranded polar bears floating out to sea on melting ice,
that sort of stuff.
Lost somewhere on the back burner of
our consciousness are the yawn-factor stories, like the endless deliberations of
the US Supreme Court, which seem to move slower than even pre-season baseball
games or rush-hour traffic. Make no mistake about it, however. The Supreme Court
is the ticking time bomb Dubya left in the executive bedroom. And it’s about to
http://artvoice.com/issues/v8n38/the_ghost_of_bush Corporations Lawsuit: Campaign Contributions
Corporations aren't people Concord Monitor -
Charles F. Weed - Sep 17, 2009
We may soon be confronting the consequences of a Supreme Court decision in a
case heard last week. Citizens United vs. the Federal Election Commission may
Is America Hooked on War?
However much it might seem that most of us are peaceably watching our TV sets or
computer screens or iPhones, we Americans are also -- always -- marching as to
war. We may not all bother to attend the church of our new religion, but we all
tithe. We all partake. In this sense, we live peaceably in a state of war. Continue
It's All About Oil, Stupid!
Rik Tresa's Blog - SEPTEMBER 19, 2009
2:02PM So they said the war in
Vietnam was to stop the Commie's march across the Asia Peninsula. Now after
58,159 dead, 2,000 missing, 303,635 wounded, no telling how many fucked up
in the head and many still dying from Agent Orange induced cancer, (my
friend Billy C. being a victim).. all these years later we find out it was
really to control the oil the United States knew that was laying there just
off shore waiting for some Texas wild cat to tap. 600 million barrels to be
Then Kuwait.. They said it was to stop Saddam from taking over a country
that was our, "friend." But of course, unless you are blind as well as
stupid, it was to keep control of all that oil, 104 billion barrels to be
exact of that, the US exports $59.97 billion. We are also major trading
partners, go figure. (Source:
Next came Bush's war with Iraq. First we were told that Saddam was involved
with the fucks that took down the world trade center, (although personally I
believe the fucks behind that little operation was Bush and Cheney them
selves and no one else.) Then when the 911 link was debunked, Bush said, "He
tried to kill my dad!" So 9 years later, 4,662 US personnel dead, 31,494
wounded and who knows how many fucked up in the head and we all know by now,
(again unless you are blind and stupid.. or a Republican) all for the love
of oil. 118 billion barrels a day to be exact, 1,600 oil wells. (Source:
Which brings us to Afghanistan. What is in Afghanistan that the US wants?
DoJ Official Blows Cover Off PATRIOT Act
InformationClearinghouse.info, By Ryan Grim092409 In the debate over the PATRIOT Act, the Bush White House insisted it
needed the authority to search people's homes without their permission or
knowledge so that terrorists wouldn't be tipped off that they're under
investigation. Now that the authority is law, how has the Department of Justice
used the new power? To go after drug dealers.
CIA Torturers Running Scared
For the CIA supervisors and operatives responsible for torture, the chickens are
coming home to roost; that is, if President Barack Obama and Attorney General
Eric Holder mean it when they say no one is above the law – and if they don’t
fall victim to brazen intimidation.
Rockefeller & Company - CEO allegedly
kills self NY investment manager found dead in Mass
BOSTON — Massachusetts investigators say James S. McDonald,
president and chief executive of investment management firm Rockefeller &
Co., has died of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound. A spokesman for
the Bristol district attorney's office says the 56-year-old McDonald was
found in his vehicle at about 3 p.m. Sunday behind a car dealership in
Pfizer To Pay Record $2.3B Penalty For Drug Promos Repeat offender Pfizer paying record $2.3B settlement for
illegal drug promotions
Finance.Yahoo.com, By Devlin Barrett, Associated Press Writer -
September 2, 2009
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal prosecutors hit Pfizer Inc. with a
record-breaking $2.3 billion in fines Wednesday and called the world's largest
drugmaker a repeating corporate cheat for illegal drug promotions that plied
doctors with free golf, massages, and resort junkets. ...
NewsFocus: would this fine have happened under Bush -Cheney? Not.
spirits have always encountered violent
opposition from mediocre minds
Ridge's publisher is pushing
details from his book in advance of its release.
Notable among them: Tom Ridge, the first head of the 9/11-inspired
Department of Homeland Security, wasn't keen on writing a tell-all. But in The
Test of Our Times: America Under Siege...and How We Can Be Safe Again, out
September 1, Ridge says he wants to shake "public complacency" over security.
Ex-DHS chief links politics to terror alerts
The Associated Press, 082009 WASHINGTON — Former Homeland Security
Secretary Tom Ridge claims in a new book that he was pressured by other members
of President George W. Bush's Cabinet to raise the nation's terror alert level
just before the 2004 presidential election. ...
I don't get to use the word "heroic" very often. Van
Heerden is heroic. The Deputy Director of the Louisiana State University
Hurricane Center, it was van Heerden who told me, on camera, something so
horrible, so frightening, that, if it weren't for his international
stature, it would have been hard to believe:
"By midnight on Monday the White House knew. Monday
night I was at the state Emergency Operations Center and nobody was aware
that the levees had breached. Nobody."
On the night of August 29, 2005, van Heerden was shut in
at the state emergency center in Baton Rouge, providing technical advice
to the rescue effort. As Hurricane Katrina came ashore, van Heerden and
the State Police there were high-fiving it: Katrina missed the city of New
Orleans, turning east.
What they did not know was that the levees had cracked.
For crucial hours, the White House knew, but withheld the information that
the levees of New Orleans had broken and that the city was about to drown.
Bush's boys did not notify the State of the flood to come which would have
allowed police to launch an emergency hunt for the thousands that remained
stranded. ... (Read
Big Easy To Big Empty - Pt 1
Big Easy To Big Empty - Pt 2
Prisoners of Katrina (BBC video
59:02) In the aftermath of
Hurricane Katrina, while thousands fled New Orleans, the city's prisoners
were trapped. Fresh eye-witness accounts reveal what really happened to
those left behind ...
What The Far Right Has To Say About Katrina And New Orleans
Neal Boortz, Rush Limbaugh, Michael Savage, Bill O'Reilly...
What's The Difference? Hate Speech is hate speech.
Concentration Of Wealth For The Rich Is The Greatest On Record Thank You George W. Bush For Not Taxing The Top 1% Of
The Rich RawStory.com , by Daniel Tencer - 081609
The wealthiest 10 percent of Americans now have a
larger share of total income than they ever have in records going back
nearly a century — an even larger amount than during the Roaring Twenties,
the last time the US saw such similar disparities in wealth.
In recent years, the fact that differences between rich and
poor are the greatest they’ve been since the Great Depression has become a
popular talking point among liberal-leaning economists. ...
The Widening Gap In America's Two Tiered Society
By Emily Spence
If the U.S. populace somehow imagines that its members are viewed any
differently than any other populations across the world that are used to produce
maximal profits for the top economic class, there's a rude awakening in store
ahead. Further, most legislators simply do not care whether middle and lower
class interests are or aren't well served as long as they, themselves, can
somehow make out well in the times ahead.
NewsFocus: Okay, so does the GOP have a direct line connection with
terrorists, or are they the ones making the threat here? Do you really think
that Al Qaeda would hate seeing Bush get in more trouble? Seriously?
This is nothing more than business as
usual for thefar-right, scare tactics and fear.
Michael Moore's New Movie On Capitalism And The
This will be his biggest hit of all, showing the rich getting richer.
UPDATE! Path-Breaking UBS Whistleblower Rewarded With Jail Sentence
National Whistleblowers Center Concerned That The Treatment of Mr. Birkenfeld
Will Discourage Future Whistleblowers
(Washington, D.C.) Today whistleblower Bradley C. Birkenfeld was
sentenced to 3 years and 4 months in prison for assisting a client at UBS to
evade taxes. Mr. Birkenfeld on his own initiative blew the whistle on UBS,
Switzerland's largest bank. His disclosure and cooperation with U.S.
authorities provided inside information into the bank's conduct and began the
dismantling of the historic secrecy of Swiss banks. In fact by blowing the
whistle, Mr. Birkenfeld's disclosure directly led to a ground-breaking legal
settlement in which UBS agreed to pay $780 million in fines and UBS and the
Swiss Government have agreed to turn over the names of thousands of Americans
suspected of tax evasion. ...
UBS Probe Spurs Rich Americans Into Confessions New York Times Blogs -
Jul 30, 2009
Wealthy taxpayers are singing a chorus of mea culpas to the
Internal Revenue Service amid a desire to come clean about past tax evasion as
the government ...
Majority in US Oppose Both Wars Elected Officials And 'Powers That Be' Are Against The
Wishes Of The People By The Associated Press 072409 A majority of Americans oppose both
the war in Afghanistan and the war in Iraq, though the war in Afghanistan is a
little more popular.
The power of irrational fear in the US is
extraordinary. It ranks up there with the Israel Lobby, the military/security
complex, and the financial gangsters. Indeed, fear might be the most powerful
force in America.
Americans are at ease with their country’s
aggression against Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan, which has resulted in a
million dead Muslim civilians and several million refugees, because the US
government has filled Americans with fear of terrorists. “We have to kill them
over there before they come over here.”
Fearful of American citizens, the US
government is building concentration camps, apparently all over the country.
According to news reports, a $385 million US government contract was given by
the Bush/Cheney Regime to Cheney’s company, Halliburton, to build “detention
centers” in the US. The corporate media never explained for whom the detention
centers are intended.
Most Americans dismiss such reports. “It
can’t happen here.” However, In northeastern Florida not far from Tallahassee,
I have seen what might be one of these camps. There is a building inside a huge
open area fenced with razor wire. There is no one there and no signs. The
facility appears new and unused and does not look like an abandoned prisoner
What is it for?
Who spent all that money for what? ... (Read
hires Wall Street talent Times Online -
Dominic Rushe - Jul 11,
2009 THE CIA is taking advantage of the financial meltdown to
recruit a new generation of financially literate spies with a series of job ads
targeting Wall ...
Torture Inc. Americas Brutal Prisons In Case You Missed It: Must Watch TV!
InformationClearinghouse.info, Video Report By
Savaged by dogs, Electrocuted With Cattle Prods, Burned By Toxic Chemicals,
Does such barbaric abuse inside U.S. jails explain the horrors that were
committed in Iraq?
The Truth Alone Will Not Set You Free
By Chris Hedges - June 29, 2009
The ability of the corporate state to pacify the country by
extending credit and providing cheap manufactured goods to the masses is gone.
The pernicious idea that democracy lies in the choice between competing brands
and the freedom to accumulate vast sums of personal wealth at the expense of
others has collapsed. The conflation of freedom with the free market has been
exposed as a sham. The travails of the poor are rapidly becoming the travails of
the middle class, especially as unemployment insurance runs out and people get a
taste of Bill Clinton’s draconian welfare reform. And class warfare, once buried
under the happy illusion that we were all going to enter an age of prosperity
with unfettered capitalism, is returning with a vengeance. ...
Billionaire Club In Bid To Curb Overpopulation America's Richest Meet To Discuss 'Disastrous'
Environmental, Social And Industrial Threat
In Short, How Will They Maintain The Good Life That They Already Have
Times Online (UK), John Harlow, Los
Angeles Some of America’s leading billionaires have met
secretly to consider how their wealth could be used to slow the growth of the
world’s population and speed up improvements in health and education. The
philanthropists who attended a summit convened on the initiative of Bill Gates,
the Microsoft co-founder, discussed joining forces to overcome political and
religious obstacles to change. Why all the secrecy? “They wanted to speak rich
to rich without worrying anything they said would end up in the newspapers,
painting them as an alternative world government,” ....
Billionaire: Elite Want Two-Thirds Of The “Dumb People” Wiped Off The Planet Does This Include All The
Dumb Rich People Too? Wealth Has Never Been A Replacement For IQ PrisonPlanet.com
| By Paul Joseph Watson | May 27, 2009 Billionaire entrepreneur
Kevin Trudeau, who has been constantly harassed and sued by the FTC for
promoting alternative health treatments, told The Alex Jones Show yesterday that
elitists and Bilderberg members who he had personally conversed with spoke of
their desire to see “two thirds of the dumb people” wiped off the planet. ...
Sage Advice From The Movie 'Network'
You've Got To Get Active When Let Down By The System
Bush-Era Officials Could Be Prosecuted U.S. News & World Report -
President Obama signaled Tuesday that he has changed his
stance on the prosecution of Bush Administration aides over the possible
torture of terrorism ...
Obama Stands Nuremberg On Its Head
TruthDig, By Mike Farrell, Apr 20, 2009
Responding to reporters Tuesday, the president walked back
from his “torture is a thing of the past” policy. While the administration
still doesn’t want to hassle the good Germans who carried out torture, or
even the superiors who ordered it, Obama said the Justice Department may go
after the Bush lawyers who tried to legalize such abuses.
Olbermann Comments On Lack of Obama
Spine for Prosecution
There is a time when the operation of
the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can't
take part; you can't even passively take part, and you've got to put your
bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the
apparatus, and you've got to make it stop. And you've got to indicate to the
people who run it, to the people who own it, that unless you're free, the
machine will be prevented from working at all! -Mario Savio Dec 2, 1964
Excerpt From A 1964 Speech By
Mario Savio Is Still Very Viable Today
Most Americans don't want a new world order of greed for the uber-rich
All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is
that good men do nothing. -
OBAMA RELEASES HIDDEN REAGAN AND HW BUSH RECORDS
Ed Note: These records include George HW Bush.
The National Archive says that more than 250,000+ pages of presidential
records will be made public at the Reagan library in Simi Valley, CA and the
George HW Bush library in Houston, Texas. These records were strangely
enough still pending with the George W. Bush Administration as of January
20, 2009. It only took President Obama less than two months to clear these
records (see executive order 13849). Now maybe we can see more on HW and the
Iran-Contra treason scandal. That's a large part of what W was hiding from
Cheney's records won't be coming soon to Bush library at SMU Recalcitrant Dick Says He Can Do What He Wants With His
Records (We'll see) Dallas Morning News, By
LAURA ISENSEE- Apr 6, 2009
WASHINGTON – While former President George W. Bush's records
have gone to Texas, Dick Cheney's are staying here,
The Party of Division: The Right
Wing Disgust For Gay People The Party That Claims To Reflect 'Christian
You have to ask yourself, what would Jesus say? What would
Gandhi say? What would mother Theresa say? How does this truly threaten
heterosexual marriage? The GOP says, "but it will be taught to our kids in
school." These must be the same parents with latch-key children who take no
responsibility for the upbringing and education of their own kids. When will
the right take responsibility for the education of their own offspring?
The Right-Wing Against Gays (WWJD?)
Leave it to Stephen Colbert to tell it like it is.
Kucinich Wants House To
Investigate Assassination Claims Cleveland Congressman Wants Cheney And
Bush Investigated The Plain Dealer - cleveland.com - 031609
Dennis Kucinich wants the House Oversight and Government
Reform Committee to investigate allegations by investigative reporter
Seymour Hersh that the White House operated an 'executive assassination
ring' during the presidency of George W. Bush. ...
Most US Voters Blame Bush, Not Obama For Economic Crisis Reuters - 3
WASHINGTON - US President Barack Obama benefits
from a broadly held perception that others bear the bulk of responsibility
for state of the US economy, according to a Washington Post/ABC News poll
published on Tuesday. ...
What Americans Think And What
The GOP Wants Us To Think
Either the GOP is just stupid, or they're lying for party first and America second.
Time, By Donald L. Barlett and James B.
How would you like to pay only a quarter of the real estate
taxes you owe on your home? And buy everything for the next 10 years without
spending a single penny in sales tax? Keep a chunk of your paycheck free of
income taxes? Have the city in which you live lend you money at rates
cheaper than any bank charges? Then have the same city install free water
and sewer lines to your house, offer you a perpetual discount on utility
bills--and top it all off by landscaping your front yard at no charge? ...
Leahy Bails on 'Truth Commission' Plan U.S. government seems paralyzed at the prospect of
holding ex-President George W. Bush and other senior officials
accountable Consortium News - By
April 1, 2009
Those of you following the George W. Bush prosecution
trail will be interested to know that Patrick Leahy’s “truth
commission” is a no-go. I was in a meeting with Leahy and four
other Vermonters on Monday when he broke the news to us. ...
What A Dick!
Conduct Unbecoming MiamiHerald.com - Mar
Leave it to former Vice President Dick Cheney to throw custom and
protocol to the winds to engage in partisan sniping with the new administration
so soon ...
Cheney says Obama endangers US Seattle Post Intelligencer - Mar
Asked Sunday on CNN if he thinks President Obama "has made Americans less safe,"
former Vice President Dick Cheney said: "I do." Looking slimmer and relaxed
Expose on Dick Cheney
Dick Cheney Above The Law?
Dick Cheney, please go away Detroit Free Press - Mar
17, 2009 What part of "former vice
president" doesn't Dick Cheney understand? And why can't he
comprehend that after eight disastrous years, Americans really
Cheney Link To Halliburton
Cheney Admits His CFR Secret
The person who knows better, yet keeps it to their self,
is no better than the ignorant or deceptive among us.
With Limbaugh, O'Reilly, Hannity and Beck is there
really a liberal media bias?
Examiner.com, by Jon Rapoport - April 4th, 2009
Rush Limbaugh’s robust ratings and the immense success of FOX
News’s Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck should finally end the out
of touch belief that liberals dominate the media message of this
country. The growth of conservative media, combined with the rapid decline
of the daily newspaper, has definitively changed the media landscape ....
Gang of villagers chase away Google car
CNN - updated 8:58 a.m. EDT, Fri April 3, 2009 Google's ambitious plan
to offer a 3-D street level view of communities across three continents hit
a snag when angry residents of a UK village blocked the search engine's
camera car from photographing their homes.
Fearing the appearance of their well appointed properties on the Web site
would attract criminals scouting for burglary targets, villagers in
Broughton, north of London, summoned the police after spotting the car. ...
Diebold admits all versions delete ballots Startling admission made
during public hearing in CA to consider decertification of the company's
voting and tabulation software
Brad Blog, 031709 Admits systemic
audit log failure, same system used for over a decade. Even the audit log system
on current versions of Premier Election Solutions' (formerly
Diebold's) electronic voting and tabulating systems --- used in some 34
states across the nation --- fail to record the wholesale deletion of
ballots. Even when ballots are deleted on the same day as an election.
That's the shocking admission heard today from Justin Bales, Premier's
Western Region manager, at a State of California public hearing on the
possible decertification of Diebold/Premier's tabulator system ...
Most electronic voting systems can be hacked
Congressman: Culprits Of Financial Collapse Should Be
Arrested Not treated as saviors and given
more power to “fix” the problem that they created PrisonPlanet.com, By Paul Joseph Watson - March 12, 2009
Congressman Ron Paul says that the people responsible for the economic crisis
should not be hailed as saviors and given more power to fix the problem that
they created, but arrested and criminally prosecuted. Paul told the Alex Jones
Show that the only way the private Federal Reserve could be brought under
control would come as a result of a mass uprising, noting that there is a lot
more awareness in Washington about the Fed’s contribution to the economic
The Congressman has two
bills before Congress, one to abolish the Fed altogether and another to audit
the organization. “Today they’re protected, they’re in total secrecy and
they’re protected by the law - if 1207 is passed we have an audit and they have
to answer the questions and I figure, if we ever get that far and get the
exposure and get the transparency that we need then people will wake up and
realize, why do we have them at all,” said Paul.
Congresswoman introduces bill to ban use of global
currency Bachmann bill would ban global currency
Eric Zimmermann 033009
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) has
introduced legislation that would "bar the dollar from being replace
by any foreign currency." A statement from Bachmann's website:
“Yesterday, during a Financial Services Committee hearing, I asked
Secretary Geithner if he would denounce efforts to move towards a global
currency and he answered unequivocally that he would," said Bachmann.
"And President Obama gave the nation the same assurances. But just a day
later, Secretary Geithner has left the option on the table. I want to
know which it is. The American people deserve to know."
On Monday, Geithner and Bernanke both rejected the idea of a global
currency in Congressional testimony. But in remarks to the Council on
Foreign Relations yesterday,
Geithner indicated he was open to the idea.
Bohemian Grove Guest List: George HW Bush Included See The List For A Record of Republicans
And Democrats That Are Involved
JustGetThere.US - 031409
Activists from truthaction.org have obtained the
official guest list for
Bohemian Grove's 2008
midsummer encampment along with a map of the ...
THE RETURN OF HOOVERVILLES TO AMERICA Car And Tent Cities Are
Springing Up Daily Across The US, Now Called Bushvilles
SanFranciscoSentinel.com - BY
THEA CHROMAN, Feb 28,
San Francisco’s per capita homeless rate has long
been the highest in the country. But in the past year, it shot
up 40 percent, ...
Inside a Tent City
Big money is trying hard kill this, so that must mean it's
actually good for us.
Should CEOs Start Sharing The
Billions? Albert Lea Tribune - Mar
When you think the American worker could not possibly be beaten
down any further, corporate America conspires with the
Republican Party to crush the Free Choice Act (Card Check). One
wonders how they can keep a straight face in their “concern”
that the Free Choice Act deprives workers of their right to a
Congress Goes After SEC On Madoff Scandal
Lawmakers Sink Teeth Into the SEC
By Frank Ahrens Washington Post, United
States - Feb 4, 2009
Lawmakers gave officials from the Securities and Exchange Commission a
severe tongue-lashing yesterday over investment fund manager Bernard ...
SEC Official Ripped By Congress On Madoff
Hard to believe the SEC could not come up with a simple straight answer.
Whistleblower blasts SEC over Madoff scandal
USA Today - 10 hours ago
A frustrated whistle blower is ripping into the Securities
and Exchange Commission in testimony before a House panel investigating the
Bernie Madoff ...
Madoff whistleblower blasts SEC
CNNMoney.com - 7 hours ago
A fraud investigator told Congress that he'd warned the
agency about Madoff's Ponzi scheme years ago. But his efforts went nowhere.
Madoff Scheme Overlooked By SEC Since
This scandal could have clearly been averted.
Lawmaker says SEC hindering House's Madoff probe
The Associated Press - 7
hours ago 020409
WASHINGTON (AP) — A key House lawmaker is telling top
Securities and Exchange Commission officials that the agency is failing to
cooperate with a committee ...
Plan To Rebuild The Twin Towers New Twin Towers? It may not be too late.
Nicole Gelinas, 6 July 2008
Since al-Qaida demolished the World Trade Center nearly seven
years ago, New York’s naked emperors—Governors George Pataki and Eliot
Spitzer and architect Daniel Libeskind—have viewed an historic rebuilding
challenge as an opportunity to invent a square wheel and then deny for years
that it can’t roll.
Whistleblower: NSA Spied On Everyone David Edwards
and Muriel Kane
Published: Wednesday January 21, 2009
Former National Security Agency analyst Russell Tice, who
helped expose the NSA's warrantless wiretapping in December 2005, has now
come forward with even more startling allegations. Tice told MSNBC's Keith
Olbermann on Wednesday that the programs that spied on Americans were not
only much broader than previously acknowledged but specifically targeted
NSA Whistleblower Says Bush-Cheney Spied On Everyone
This is only the first whistleblower to come forth. Just wait, there will be
Sex Slave Trade With US Business
Participation Is Money The Only Thing Corporate
America Has Gone Perverse
Patricia O'Meara, Insight
Magazine January 14th, 2002 Middle-aged
men having sex with 12- to 15-year-olds was too much for Ben
Johnston, a hulking 6-foot-5-inch Texan, and more than a year ago he blew
the whistle on his employer, DynCorp, a U.S. contracting company doing
business in Bosnia. ...
Our Broken Government - A Center for Public Integrity Investigation
by Josh Israel January 7, 2009
As America approaches a historic transfer of power, it is
becoming ever-clearer what a daunting set of tasks awaits the new
administration. When Barack Obama takes the oath of office at noon on
January 20 he will inherit an economy collapsing before our eyes and a pair
of ongoing wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. But he will also inherit a federal
government whose machinery should bear an "out of order” sign. ...
Obama Pledges Public Works on a Vast Scale
New York Times -
29 minutes ago
By PETER BAKER and
JOHN M. BRODER WASHINGTON - President-elect Barack Obama committed Saturday
to the largest public works construction program since the creation of the
interstate highway system a half-century ago as he seeks to put together a
plan to ...
Bush tries to rewrite war history
Sunday, December 14, 2008
President Bush is trying mightily to rewrite the history of the Iraq war
before his administration leaves power. He and members of his national
security brain trust, including Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, would
like to dispel the narrative that they misled the country into war. Instead,
both Bush and Rice are trying to characterize the White House as the
unwitting recipient of faulty intelligence.
The Pentagon is Muscling in Everywhere It's time to stop the mission creep.
By Thomas A. Schweich We no longer have a civilian-led
government. It is hard for a lifelong Republican and son of a
retired Air Force colonel to say this, but the most unnerving
legacy of the Bush administration is the encroachment of the
Department of Defense into a striking number of aspects of
civilian government. Our Constitution is at risk.
Key Witness In Rove Probes Killed
Center for Research
on Globalization, Canada
by Michael Carmichael Mike Connell's untimely
death will haunt Karl Rove and the Republican Party. As the key
witness in investigations into election fraud ...
George Bush Aide Dies In Plane Crash
Kingdom - 122208
Mystery surrounds the death of a Republican
pollster, recently compelled to give evidence about alleged
election fraud in the 2004 election in Ohio, ...
Cheney Says He Okayed Possible War Crimes David Edwards
and Muriel Kane,
Published: Wednesday December
Constitutional law professor Jonathan Turley believes that not only did Vice
President Dick Cheney "unambiguously" confess to a war crime during an ABC
interview on Monday, but the US' future....
During an interview with ABC News on Monday evening,
Cheney had said "I supported it," referring to the practice known as "waterboarding,"
a form of simulated drowning.
"I was aware of the program, certainly, and involved in helping get the
process cleared, as the agency in effect came in and wanted to know what
they could and couldn't do," Cheney said. "And they talked to me, as well as
others, to explain what they wanted to do. And I supported it." (Read
Rumsfeld, Ashcroft and other top Bush officials could soon
face legal jeopardy.
By Jonathan Tepperman
The United States, like many countries, has a
bad habit of committing wartime excesses and an even worse record of
accounting for them afterward. But a remarkable string of recent events
suggests that may finally be changing—and that top Bush administration
officials could soon face legal jeopardy for prisoner abuse committed under
their watch in the war on terror. ...
Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) Calls for
Independent Counsel to Investigate Cheney and Rumsfeld for Violating Torture
Democracy Now! December
Democratic Congressman Jerrold Nadler of New York has
urged Attorney General Michael Mukasey to appoint an independent counsel to
investigate Vice President Dick Cheney, former Secretary of Defense Donald
Rumsfeld, and other senior Bush administration officials for violations of
the law relating to the torture of prisoners in US custody. Nadler is the
chair of the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and
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Cheney Defends His Tenure, Adminstration's Actions
Post - 6 hours ago
By Dan Eggen Vice
President Cheney offered an unabashed defense of the Bush administration's
claims of broad executive powers today, mocking criticism from Vice
President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr.
Secret of the Lusitanian Arms find challenges Allied claims it was solely a
passenger ship By Sam Greenhill Her sinking with the loss of almost 1,200 lives caused such outrage
that it propelled the U.S. into the First World War. But now divers have
revealed a dark secret about the cargo carried by the Lusitania on its final
journey in May 1915.
Three years after the
New York Times first revealed the Bush administration's program of
illegal domestic surveillance by the NSA, whistleblower Thomas Tamm has
acknowledged his role in making public the President's lawbreaking. In its
Newsweek details how the former Justice Department official came to
discover the White House's violations of the FISA law and reluctantly
decided to turn to the Times. (
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Pearl Harbor: The Facts Behind the Fiction
The New American - Dec 4,
On Sunday, December 7, 1941, Japan launched a sneak attack
on the US Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor, shattering the peace of a beautiful
Hawaiian morning and ...
Bush: ‘I Was Unprepared
for War’ (The war President? Really?)
New York Times, United
States - 2 hours ago
By Kate Phillips In what might be considered one of the first
exit interviews, President Bush told ABC News’s Charles Gibson
that during the eight years of
Obama's plans for probing
Nov 12, 2008
The Obama plan, first revealed by
Salon in August, would emphasize fact-finding
investigation over prosecution. It is gaining currency
in Washington as ...
Obama’s First Problem is US War
The president-elect has to take a stand on Bush’s dark
By Andrew Sullivan
There is, in the end, a simple and sobering truth: these
people have to be brought to justice if the rule of law
is to survive in America. In his constitutional soul,
Obama knows this.
Texas DA Reveals Evidence In Cheney
Thursday November 27, 2008
Hopes Media Won't Let
District Attorney Juan Angel Guerra spoke to two Texas
television stations Wednesday night regarding his
investigation of injustice within the prison systems
which led to the indictment...
Prosecutor who had Cheney indicted
yells at judge
The Associated Press -
Nov 21, 2008
(AP) — A county prosecutor who brought indictments this week
against Vice President Dick Cheney and others pounded his fist
and shouted ...