The ANC moans once again this
week that 'only 3% of SA farmland is black-owned' -- but their mathematics are
really incredibly out of whack, according to a large variety of records,
including those of Statistics SA and the country's own tax-base.
For instance, in 1994, South Africa had more than 85,000 taxpaying commercial
farmers, producing vast amounts of excess food for the entire southern African
region - the most important being maize and livestock. Yet only ten years later,
South Africa only had about 13,302 taxpaying commercial farmers left in the
Meanwhile South Africa's
rapidly-shrinking but valiant band of (criminal-besieged) commercial farmers
just keeps on ploughing and producing enough maize to feed everybody else --
without government subsidies, indeed without any kind of protection from
criminals or foreign competition; besieged by their own government and they now
only have use of no more than 5% of the ENTIRE land surface of the country.
Each year, some 4,8 million hectares need to be planted with maize crops in
South Africa to keep the country 's 48-million people adequately fed with their
favourite staple-food - maize.
So what has happened to those missing 69,700 commercial, mostly Afrikaner
farmers, their hundreds of thousands of workers -- and indeed what has happened
to their once so fertile, useful land since 1994?
According to the SA police service's crime statistics, at least 2,300 of the
'white' farmers were murdered in some 18,000 armed attacks against their
homesteads since 1992. So we know where they are at least. What we don't know is
what has happened to those other commercial, taxpaying farmers since 1994. And
what exactly has happened to their productive land? Did these Afrikaner farmers
perhaps get the message due to this ongoing murder-campaign targeting them and
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French muck: Is this the new penicillin?
MRSA is the scourge of the country's hospitals, but now
the discovery in France of a volcanic clay with miraculous healing properties
raises the prospect of a cure for it, and to other dangerous superbugs
Scientists have discovered a new
and highly effective weapon against deadly superbugs like the MRSA sweeping
through Britain's dirty hospital wards – green French muck.
The dramatic antibiotic success of agricur, a clay made
from ancient volcanic ash found near the Massif Central, marks it out as a
potential rival to penicillin, the wonder drug of the 20th century. In
experiments, the clay killed up to 99 per cent of superbug colonies within
24 hours. Control samples of MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus
aureus) grew 45-fold in the same period.
The clay has a similar effect on other deadly bacteria
tested, including salmonella, E. coli, and a flesh-eating disease called
buruli, a relative of leprosy which disfigures children across central and
western Africa. It has been classed as "an emerging public health threat" by
the World Health Organization (WHO).
MRSA is also a growing concern. Since the early 1990s,
deaths in the UK have risen sharply from fewer than 100 annually to more
than 1,600 in 2005. The Government recently announced new measures to deep
clean all hospital wards in an attempt to cut the number of infections.
Many other bacteria have also developed resistance to
medicine's arsenal of antibiotics, largely because patients stop using
prescribed drugs when they begin to feel better rather than finishing their
course of treatment, allowing the hardiest bugs to survive and spread. Some
bacteria are now resistant to a spectrum of drugs. As a result, the
developed world is starting to see the return of diseases, such as
tuberculosis, that had been all but wiped out a few decades ago.
Scientists have been searching for new antibiotics to
replace penicillin, methicillin and their relatives but until now have had
only limited success. Agricur's discovery could lead to a whole class of
antibiotics to which bugs such as MRSA have no resistance, according to
Dr Lynda Williams and Dr Shelley Haydel of Arizona State
University will present the results of their research on agricur and other
clays to the Geological Society of America's annual meeting in Denver
"We have found several antibacterial clays," said Dr
Williams, a mineralogist who is trying to work out the chemicals that make
them special. "We have multiple working hypotheses. Our primary hypothesis
is that the clay minerals transfer elements, not yet identified, to the
bacteria that impede their metabolic function.
"It is entirely possible that it is not one single element
that is toxic to the bacteria, but a combination of elements and chemical
conditions that attack the bacteria from different angles so as to overwhelm
their defence systems," she said.
Another possibility, less likely but potentially more
significant, is that the clays work through a physical rather than a
biochemical process. In that case, bacteria might never develop resistance.
Clay has long been used as a health treatment in spas, but
that is because it holds heat longer than water, and draws toxins out of the
skin. Clay is also sometimes eaten as a folk remedy for nausea. "It's
fascinating," said Dr Haydel, a microbiologist. "Here we are bridging
geology, microbiology, cell biology. A year ago, I'd look at the clay and
say, 'Well, that's dirt.'"
The effectiveness of the French green clays, which are
mostly made of minerals called smectite and illite, was first demonstrated
by Line Brunet de Courssou, a French doctor fighting buruli at clinics in
Ivory Coast and Guinea.
When she approached the WHO in 2002 with 50 case studies
showing how the flesh-eating disease had been halted by her clay poultices,
the organisation described her work as "impressive" but denied her funding
because of a lack of scientific evidence. After de Courssou's death, her
son, Thierry, went looking on the internet for scientists willing to test
agricur and found Dr Williams, who has specialised in the study of clay.
The New World Order and Education
this article is more specifically oriented towards Canada, we feel sure that it
will ring very true for anyone who has had any involvement with the education
system here in the UK, be that as a teacher, parent or student.
By Lech Biegalski – Online Journal
This article is
about negative changes in education that cannot be explained by any competent,
professional justification. Although reasons are being given to rationalize
them, a quick summary of these changes, shown in a larger political context, is
alarming. The fact that all of them started after the collapse of the Soviet
Union and all point in one direction indicates deliberate sabotage.
The ideological competition is over
World War did not end in 1945. It continued until the collapse of the Soviet
Union in 1991. The term "Cold War" referred not only to the arms race but also
to the ideological competition between communism and capitalism in which
political propaganda played a major role. In response to the Warsaw Pact, the
West created NATO. In response to the Workers' Rights, the West promoted Human
Rights. In response to communist social programs, the West established its own
social support networks.
Those who grew up on this continent may not understand my conclusions. While
living in Poland from 1950s till mid 1980s, I regularly listened to Polish
language broadcasts of Radio Free Europe and Voice of America. These propaganda
tubes, funded under the umbrella of the U.S. Congress, consistently painted a
picture of America as a paradise in which freedom, democracy, human rights, job
security, high standard of living and excellent social programs allowed people
to live with dignity. 'Happy American Families' was the most appealing theme.
On the other side of the Iron Curtain, communism was run by the "representatives
of the working class" and the working families were supposed to have it better
there. By investing in people, by creating higher standard of living and decent
social conditions in the West, western elites stirred an ideological conflict in
the Soviet Block and inspired revolts in Eastern Europe that contributed to the
collapse of communism.
In 1991, the Soviet Union collapsed, the West won the war, and the ideological
competition was over. "Restructuring" was implemented promptly and our
46-year-old magic carpet began to roll back. And so did job security, high
standard of living, decent social programs, full-time jobs, paid holidays, job
security, benefits, democracy and the focus on human rights and human dignity in
general. It seems that all the goodies we enjoyed in the 1970s and 1980s were
not given to us out of a genuine support for decent life of working families. It
seems that they were not "won" in a struggle between the workers and the
capitalists. Rather, they were temporarily used by the elites as weapons in the
ideological war between the West and the East. The war is now over and so is
"capitalism with human face."
... At the beginning of the 20th century, a new science was born in Europe. It
was allowed to grow for three decades before being classified and contained in
secret institutions. It was called "Historiosophy" or Philosophy of History. One
of the leading representatives of Historiosophy was Prof. Feliks Koneczny of the
University of Vilno.
Koneczny believed that civilizations were formed by people sharing common
priorities and common cultural values. He argued that historical changes have
always been enabled by dynamically changing values and priorities. ...
How important is culture? Nations that have been wiped off the map know that
preserving cultural values, when all other means of resistance fail, is the only
way to stay strong and united. People in Quebec have preserved their national
identity for hundreds of years. Poland has regained independence after 10
generations of foreign occupation. Culture is a backbone of a nation. This is
why the burning of libraries and pauperization of culture always accompany
occupation and assimilation efforts. Resistance and patriotism are proportional
to the degree of national and cultural identity.
I have a strong feeling that we are experiencing the same phenomena today. It is
better camouflaged but I can see many examples of a deliberate destruction of
traditional Western culture that is being sacrificed on the altar of the New
World Order. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, we witness an
unprecedented attack on nationalism, family, religion, education, human rights,
labour movement, and every institution promoting patriotism, critical thinking
and social solidarity. This also explains why "the system" supports
"multiculturalism", and other modern "trends" opposite to traditional customs
and values. The big push to derail the young generation into the virtual culture
and virtual world of computer and video games completes the picture. ...
Here is what transpired in public elementary schools in Ontario, after the
collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991:
1 The School Council system was empowered during Bob Ray and Dave Cooke's reign.
Officially intended to give parents more extensive decision-making powers, the
role of parents in School Councils was quickly derailed and limited to various
fund raising initiatives. These hidden "user fees" allowed the Ministry to cut
funds to schools under the umbrella of the "Social Contract" and the consequent
2 A high school dropout in Mike Harris's government became a minister of
education. By his own admission, John Snobelen tried to create conflict in
education. This conflict was then be used to justify changes that people would
otherwise oppose. In order to "fix" the alleged problems in education, the
government cut more funds and implemented a number of changes that had a
negative impact on the effectiveness of the teaching-learning process in the
classroom. The new curriculum, new evaluation and reporting, business-like
management and organization, commercialization, and bureaucratization, the
cutting of programs and Special Education services, additional responsibilities
and requirements downloaded on teachers, and many other "inventions" overloaded,
dehumanized, and pauperized the whole system. These changes continue to be
supported and new changes are being implemented under the consequent Liberal
provincial government of Dalton McGuinty. It seems that the policy does not
depend on which political party is in power.
3 The Industrial Arts program has been eliminated. As a result, students do not
learn how to use simple tools and machines anymore. This decreases independent
life skills and increases future dependence of the society on corporate services
and on the state.
4 The Family Studies program has been eliminated. Students do not learn basic
home-related skills, with the same results as above.
5 Special Education classes are being closed and Special Education services
limited. Only 12 years ago, we had many different Special Education services in
Ontario. There were self-contained classes for Slow Learners, for Trainable
Retarded (later renamed to Developmentally Delayed), services for students with
Learning Disabilities, classes for students with Behavioural problems,
self-contained classes for Gifted Learners, 1-on-1 assistance and in-class
support, scheduled replacement programs on withdrawal basis. Students with
special needs received programs and assistance at their level of abilities 100
percent of the time. Regular students had their programs and instruction 100
percent of the time. Gradually, Special Education services were "reorganized"
and students with special needs were moved to regular classes without any extra
In many cases, regular classroom teachers receive directions from Special
Education teachers on how to modify the program, the teaching strategies, and
the assessment techniques but the regular replacement programs and support by
the Special Education staff are no longer there. Teachers have to divide their
time between the regular students and the students with special needs. Since
this often means two (or more) different programs and two (or more) different
assessment/evaluation procedures, all students receive only half (or less) of
the teacher's time and attention. Teachers' ability to prepare good learning
materials for students is also reduced due to increased workload and reduced
6 Introduction of the "core" model forces teachers teach all subjects by grade
level rather than teaching by subject (specialization). In most European
countries, teaching by subject begins in grade 4. In Japan, specialization
starts in grade 2. It is understandable that primary children (K-3) benefit from
the stability and emotional comfort of being taught by one teacher. The same
explanation applied to Intermediate classes (7-8) is preposterous and proves
incompetence or deliberate sabotage of the system. Until now, I have not heard
one convincing reason why students in grade 7 or 8 could not benefit from
programs run by teachers specializing in their subject areas, by teachers who
understand better the subjects they teach and show special interest in them.
Drawing on strengths of individual teachers would also be a good preparation for
the transition to high school environment, in which teaching by subject and
working with different teachers are a norm.
It is clear, beyond any doubt, that teachers specializing in one or two subjects
have more time to prepare better programs, better materials for students, and
better assessment tools, especially if they teach the same subject for a few
consecutive years. It surely is more efficient than having to prepare six
different lessons in many subject areas every day. Teaching by subject also
allows teachers to improve their knowledge and skills by attending workshops and
taking courses in selected subject areas, and therefore, developing a better
understanding of the subjects taught. Due to insufficient time, such effective
professional development is not possible in all subject areas at once.
Every single year during my last four years of teaching, I was assigned a
different grade level and different subjects. Even though my specialty is
mathematics, geography, science and technology, and computers, this year I am
teaching English, history, geography, drama, and dance. As it is obvious that
this situation cannot benefit students, I wonder what is the priority here. Why
would the boards and the schools avoid using teachers' strengths? What sense
does it make? I know more similar cases and it really looks like a pattern when
you see it right across the city.
7 Increased workload and responsibilities assigned to the teachers under the new
differentiated model of instruction create a crisis practically impossible to
overcome. As a result of the core-oriented model and the elimination of regular
Special Education programs, regular classroom teachers have to prepare six
different lessons per day, each further multiplied by the number of
modifications necessary to meet the needs of special education students. This
also means multiple evaluation and assessment procedures.
In each class, students are expected to work in groups reflecting their levels
of achievement and individual programs need to be adjusted to these levels. As
one principal put it in his letter to parents, "Staff work diligently to
organize our classes to provide the best program for each child. It is important
to note that within each classroom there are students working at a variety of
grade levels in each subject area based on each student's individual strengths,
needs, and interests."
The hypocrisy of this otherwise attractive model originates in the fact that
teachers are not given any time to prepare all these wonderful programs on a
daily basis and this alone renders the model useless. Since the expectation is
unrealistic, the whole model will not work, providing further ammunition for
those who want to privatize the system.
The differentiated model of instruction also reduces the instructional time per
student. The teacher's time to teach a lesson, explain the tasks, and help
students do their work is now divided between two and often three different
groups of students. The differentiated model is sometimes being used to justify
a refusal to purchase full class sets of textbooks. Also, the formalized and
lengthy diagnostic testing used to update the achievement levels of all students
(called the DPR) further reduces the instructional time.
8 The elimination of Special Education behavioural classes dramatically reduced
the remaining instructional time. In the past, students with severe behavioural
problems were placed in self-contained classes at the ratio of up to 10 students
to one teacher, one assistant, and often one social worker. Many of these
students were on medication to help them stay on task and control their tempers.
Nowadays, students clearly displaying behavioural characteristics are placed in
regular classrooms of 20 to 30, with one teacher. Following the regular
placement, many parents conclude that their children do not need medication
anymore. Consequently, in some schools and in some classrooms, teachers spend 80
percent of their time on hopeless crowd control and the remaining 20 percent on
attempting to teach (which is not always possible.) Nobody seems to care about
the 80 percent of the students who want to learn. Nobody cares about the level
of stress in this unhealthy working environment.
Boards of Education and most principals are afraid to confront the parents and
to execute parental responsibility for children's behaviour and attitude. Due to
a lack of support by the system, teachers are paralyzed, as any intervention may
result in false accusations and disciplinary action against them. Nobody is
prepared to enforce the school rules effectively. During my teaching career, I
have personally experienced many variations of this situation, firsthand.
9 Computer labs and computer programs are being eliminated. Just a few years
ago, schools were running fund raising campaigns in the communities to purchase
computers for computer labs. Computer teachers and Computer lab programs were
widely advertised, as most future jobs would require computer skills. Then,
computer teachers were dropped and teacher librarians were used to supervise the
lab activities on a part-time basis. Recently, computer lab programs and
schedules are being eliminated all together. Classroom teachers, many of whom
are not computer experts, will randomly take their classes to the computer lab,
when needed. Progress is being achieved, progress in the New World Order, but
not in education.
10 School libraries and library programs are being reduced and, in some cases,
eliminated. The number of full-time teacher librarians is decreasing. The number
and quality of books in school libraries is decreasing. Some teachers privately
buy class sets of books at different reading levels for their students, but they
should not be expected to do so. This is not right.
11 Unprecedented and unheard of before, there is an insufficient number of
textbooks in schools. Last year, I taught Grade 8 science and technology at a
school that had 10 textbooks for four classes, divided between two different
teachers. One hundred-eight students went to high school "undereducated" because
our school's priority was to pay for a new computer lab and because new
textbooks were to be published soon. New textbooks were never published and the
computer lab program is being chopped across the board, as we speak. In my
present school, there is a shortage of geography and history textbooks, students
use atlases that still show the Soviet Union (16 years later), and teachers
don't have enough teaching manuals or blackline masters. When I was a student in
a small and poor country of communist Poland 50 years ago, a situation like that
was unthinkable. This is now and here, 21st century, Canada, New World Order.
12 Good old textbooks are being replaced with new and not-so-good textbooks.
While older textbooks included relevant information, logically organized and
competently presented, the newer textbooks are often confusing, include
disconnected pieces of information, ineffective methodology, and a lot of
colourful pictures. They look good, especially to parents who don't know any
better, but their quality and educational usefulness are unacceptable. It is
often difficult to argue this case, as teachers and administrators are not
required to specialize in specific subjects, and most of the younger educators
don't remember the old textbooks. Nevertheless, the difference between the old
and the new textbooks is noticeable and alarming.
Probably the best example of a sabotaged program is mathematics. The old
textbooks were well organized and the material was presented in a simple, easy
to understand way. New concepts and skills were logically derived from concepts
and skills learned earlier, each section included the explanation of the
concept, related definitions and formulas, algorithms and exercises to practice
skills, and problem solving assignments to apply new knowledge in real life
The new mathematics textbooks present material using the "reversed pyramid"
technique, where the complex problems are first introduced and then students are
expected to discover the underlying concepts and skills. Definitions and
formulas are usually missing, and so are exercises to practice basic skills.
New, unknown to parents, and unnecessarily complicated algorithms are being
taught. Information is not logically and sequentially organized, irrelevant or
less important information is presented while more important elements are
missing. Many examples are discussed but concepts and skills are not introduced
clearly. Material presented in such a way leads to incidental learning and to
learning by memorization of isolated skills instead of learning by
understanding. Material learned in such a way is quickly forgotten.
Only a small percentage of exceptionally talented students can actually benefit
from the modern, up-side-down textbooks, providing that extra help in learning
the concepts and practicing the skills is given.
I can understand why publishers, who compete with the old textbooks, develop
"different" approaches and "different" methodologies. However, different does
not mean better. It would be better, if publishers focused their efforts on a
sound understanding of the subject of mathematics instead. It would also be
better, if ministry officials, who order and select the textbooks for our
schools, were more competent. "
Actually, I don't believe that they are incompetent. Welcome to the New World
Order in education.
13 Increasing number of administrative duties and other bureaucratic
requirements, which result in less time available to teachers for preparation of
academic materials and lessons, and for evaluation of students' achievement.
Lech Biegalski is a former
"Solidarity" activist, currently living in Ontario, Canada. For nearly 30 years,
he has taught grade 7 and 8 classes in two different political systems
(communist and capitalist), and in three different school systems (private,
Catholic, and public). He has coached teams that placed 5th and 2nd in the
provincial finals of the Ontario Mathematics Olympics and initiated the annual
Intermediate Math Olympiad sponsored by the Hamilton-Wentworth District School
Board. He publishes the Canada Watch website, where this article first appeared,
and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Actor Martin Sheen questioned the official 9/11 story, as
well as the collapse of Building 7 and Larry Silverstein's "pull it" comment
during an anti-war march this past weekend in Los Angeles, saying that recent
revelations about the attacks had caused him to have doubts.
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eBay Removes ANY Criticism Of Israel On
From John Wade email@example.com
Ebay has numerous discussion boards that are
read by thousands of users every day.
In 2004, right after Yassar Arafat died,
someone started a thread on the eBay discussion board "Soapbox" that contained
the most vile hate speech I'd ever read directed towards Yassar Arafat and
Palestinians. The thread contained dozens of extremely hate filled derogatory
posts after being up for several weeks. It was obvious that many of the posts
were written by Jews. The "Ebay Moderation Team" which claims to be against
"hate speech" did nothing about it and didn't remove any posts even though I
complained about several of them using the "report" button.
Just the opposite is true when one complains
about Israel or zionists.
Last year, about one day after Israel
attacked Lebanon, I posted three essays on "Soapbox" that I wrote about the use
of weapons banned by all International War Treaties such as depleted uranium
bombs, cluster bombs and white phosphorous bombs and their use by Israel and the
U.S. Right away, my posts were removed by the "Ebay Moderation Team". They sent
me e-mails claiming the posts violated eBay rules and were hate speech and
profanity. I've posted links to essays by professional journalists such as Henry
Makow, Chris Bollyn and Wayne Madsen about problems with Israel and zionists and
those posts were removed by eBay claiming the links were hate speech, profanity
etc. Recently, I posted a link to a long scholarly article about the involvement
of the zionist Jews in the Russian Communist Revolution and that post was
removed with the claim by the "Ebay Moderation Team" that it violated eBay rules
and was hate speech etc. Here's the
It appears that eBay has a serious
double standard when it comes to Muslims and Jews. It's O.K. to put up lies and
hate speech about Muslims but don't ever tell the truth about Israel and zionist
Zimbabwe - Dignity And Freedom From Cathy Buckle
Dear Family and Friends,
The first real rain of the new season fell this week and it
came with a bang. In the distance the rolling rumble of thunder got louder as
the storm drew closer. The sky grew darker, the clouds dropped lower and then
the birds went quiet - a sure sign that it was about to start. The noise soon
built to tremendous levels and the flashes of lightning were instantly followed
by cracks of explosive, roaring thunder - the storm was directly overhead. A
strange orange, yellow cloud formed in the sky - a warning of ice for sure.
Two shirtless men who had been toiling for most of the day
down in the riverbed ran up to the road and raced for cover, using their buckets
as umbrellas. The pair have become a feature of the neighbourhood this summer.
They collect water from a pool they have dug in the almost dry riverbed that
runs through a nearby vlei. The water is murky and the buckets are edged with
mud but there is a continuous demand from urban neighbourhoods where water is
usually only available for a couple of hours a day, and some-days not at all.
The men fill buckets, decant them into twenty litre containers, load them onto a
hand cart and then sell them in the neighbourhoods to those most desperate.
Moments after the water gatherers had taken cover the rain
began, coming in thin slanting sheets at first but then overtaken by a rush of
hail stones. The pea sized white balls skipped off the roof and lay on the
ground giving a temporary white landscape which soon melted. When the hail
slowed the torrents of rain moved in - big drops pelting down, bringing relief
to the land and giving hope that always comes with a new season. Two inches
(50ml) of rain fell in the first hour, accompanied by brilliant streaks of white
fork lightning coursing through the sky, so close as to make your hair stand on
When it was over, seemingly from nowhere, came the summer
regulars: Sausage flies, Dragon flies, Chongololos, Flying ants and the big
black biting ants that give off a foul smell which we called Matabele Ants when
we were kids. From unknown places a myriad crickets, cicadas and frogs have
emerged to sing and screech and fill the air with the sound of Africa. The hard,
baked ground has come back to life instantly and there is a new, soft spring
underfoot. Almost overnight a flush of green has risen in the bush, on the
roadsides and across our gardens.
The barren, burnt landscape, ravaged by a devastating season
of bush fires, can breathe again - you can almost feel the relief. The wild
flowers that stood so starkly in the sand and ash have also taken on a new
fullness and more mellow colour and are a picture: dwarf red Combretums, Yellow
Heads, blue Thunbergia, exquisite orange Pimpernels and the Protea bushes are
covered in creamy white flowers.
Zimbabwe came back to life again this week, you can see it and
feel it and smell it. And now in our newly washed land we look to our leaders
and politicians to finally put an end to this time of pain and suffering and
turmoil. We are not a greedy, selfish and demanding nation, we want only food in
the fields, products in the shops and space to walk, talk and act with dignity
and freedom. We want our families that are living such hard and lonely lives in
the diaspora to come home; we want to start rebuilding our communities and
neighbourhoods and to have joy in our lives again. It is not too much to ask.
Perhaps this new season can be the start, the change we all so desperately want.
Until next week, thanks for reading,
Copyright cathy buckle www.cathybuckle.com My books: "African
Tears" and "Beyond Tears" are available in South Africa from: firstname.lastname@example.org
; and in the UK from: email@example.com
Fight Imperialism & Terrorism Will
Disappear The UN, National Sovereignty, And The Road
To World Peace
By Leland Lehrman
October 24th marked UN Day, and I was pleased to deliver these
remarks at the Albuquerque Chapter of the United Nations:
On the subject of how the United States is to work with the UN
in general, I will be very clear. The sovereignty of the United States of
America must be preserved, as well as some form of the nation-state system
worked out at the Treaty of Westphalia in 1648. For thousands of years, empires
have tried to create world government. Force has always been the method, tragedy
the result. From Rome to the British Empire and now under the aegis of the
Project for a New American Century, world domination has been the goal of those
for whom power is an end in itself, rather than the means to do good.
Furthermore, all world domination strategies employ
rosy-sounding propaganda to make it look like their plan will be a positive
development for the human race. Whether it be "Freedom and Democracy," or
"Liberty, Fraternity and Equality," no imperial agenda makes its case without a
clever appeal to humankind's deepest longings.
But imperialists never intend to actually deliver on the
promises they make, just ask the Iraqis how their freedom and democracy is
It is because of this practical understanding of the historic
intentions and methods of world government that we must be careful when
empowering any global governance structure. For all their problems, at least
nation states allow visions of national governance to compete freely in the
The modern implementation of supranational government began at
the Congress of Vienna in 1815, continued through World War I becoming the
League of Nations, then finally took shape as the UN after World War II. The
winners of World War II are the permanent members of the Security Council.
What's fair about that?
Those promoting these supranational executive bodies are often
wartime leaders of the nations they represent. The Rockefellers, who armed both
sides of the conflict in World War II, donated the land on which the United
Nations Building now sits. However beneficial the United Nations has been, is,
or will be, we cannot be blindly optimistic about any global governing body
whose sponsors are militant and imperialistic. Thus, the United States, while
working to end its own imperialism, must not surrender its sovereignty.
For all these reasons and more, as Senator, it would be my
policy that the United States should not regard the United Nations, and
particularly the Security Council, as having executive or legal authority. For
the same reasons, I cannot recommend a UN Rapid Reaction Force or that we join
the International Criminal Court. However, it would also be my policy to regard
the General Assembly, which includes all the nations of the world, as having a
great deal of moral authority.
This does not mean that I would not like to work with the
United Nations. As an organic agriculture and peace activist, I have examined
their work on the subject of food, farming, and refugees at some length. There
can be no doubt that much of their work and the intentions of member nations and
staff are good. But the policies that we must adopt in order to combat
terrorism, fight poverty, protect human rights and deal with infectious disease
will be the same regardless of our relationship with the United Nations. I
should add that it is more important how we work with the United Nations to end
imperialism, globalization and the rule of transnational corporations.
Terrorism and human rights abuses will end when imperialism
ends. Terror is used by the state as an instrument of foreign policy and
domestic control. Human rights abuses are a function of terror. Certainly there
are psychopaths within races, nations and religions, but they would be easily
controlled if not so often employed by state actors for geopolitical purposes.
Al Qaeda was created by the British and the US for the purpose of weakening the
Soviet Union. It continues to be useful to the United States and global
imperialists because it justifies the use of force anywhere in the world. Look
on a map, wherever you see a place where the global elite have identified
necessary resources or trade routes, you will find that Al Qaeda or something
similar is active. You will also find well-meaning activists urging UN
intervention, which will be followed by a corporate takeover and privatisation
of the natural resources of the target nation. From Afghanistan, to Iraq to the
Sudan, to Indonesia the pattern is the same. John Perkins, in his New York Times
Bestseller "Confessions of An Economic Hitman" explains some of the methodology
in painful detail.
Fighting poverty and infectious disease is best accomplished
by honoring indigenous survival systems and not attempting to supplant them
everywhere with the failing western agro-industrial society. Under the guise of
fighting poverty and disease, nations which have no need for western
civilization and cannot afford it, have sold their precious natural heritage for
a pittance. They are left with ecological devastation and an inadequate
techno-industrial support system for which they cannot pay. Organic agriculture,
holistic health and permaculture practises have been developed in the Western
World which could supplement indigenous survival systems. These practises would
be a far superior export for the US than weapons, ineffective or dangerous
vaccines, and genetically modified crops.
Rather than enlarging the Security Council, my policy as
Senator would be to dismantle it completely. The Security Council's role has
largely been to give international legitimacy to the imperialistic adventures of
its permanent members. It has been significantly incompetent to protect nations
such as Palestine from the hostile actions of the UN's favored nations. Its
track record on Palestine is abysmal, and there is no reason to believe it will
change. If there must be a Security Council, or an Executive Committee of the
UN, let it be elected by roll-call vote from amongst the members of the General
With respect to the role of the UN in Iraq, it should be to
oppose foreign policies of some of its members, and to provide international
In closing, I would like to recommend that all readers call to
support Congressman Dennis Kucinich's Resolution to Impeach Vice-President
Cheney, House Resolution 333. Given President Bush's recent comments regarding
World War III, I further urge all participants to call for his impeachment. We
also need Congressional Hearings into the recent flight of a nuclear armed B-52
to Barksdale AFB, the jumping ground for military flights to the Middle East.
Our Legislators in Washington have not protected us from this dangerous and
out-of-control Executive Branch and it is time to Fire Congress. If you are
interested in more information on my campaign and my platform, please visit
shocked astronomers on Oct. 24, 2007, with a spectacular eruption. In less than
24 hours, the 17th magnitude comet brightened by a factor of nearly a million
becoming a naked-eye object in the evening sky. Look for a golden 2.5th
magnitude fuzz-ball in the constellation Perseus after sunset.
experience, the public generally think that politicians are at best hypocrites
or simply a bunch of lying bastards.” - - - Jonathan
Lloyd (literary agent)
Expert Calls Biofuels 'Crime Against
UN expert, Jean Ziegler, has
called the use of crops to produce biofuels as a replacement for common petrol
"a crime against humanity" saying it would bring about starvation for millions.
Mr Ziegler said the mad dash
to convert foodstuff to fuel was a recipe for disaster and called for a five
year ban on the practice.
The IMF announced last week
that it had grave concerns over the issue, saying the rising grain prices seen in
the world's markets of late would have disastrous effects for the poor.
Japan to fingerprint all foreign
JAPAN is to fingerprint and photograph
foreigners entering the country from next month in an anti-terrorism policy that
is stirring anger among foreign residents and human rights activists.
Anyone considered to be a terrorist – or refusing to
co-operate – will be denied entry and deported.
"This will greatly contribute to preventing international
terrorist activities on our soil," Immigration Bureau official Naoto Nikai said
in a briefing on the system, which starts on November 20.The checks are similar
to the "US Visit" system introduced in the US after the attacks on September 11,
2001.But Japan, unlike the United States, will require resident foreigners as
well as visitors to be fingerprinted and photographed every time they re-enter
the country. "It certainly doesn't make people who've been here for 30 or 40
years feel like they're even human beings basically," said businessman Terrie
Lloyd, who has dual Australian and New Zealand citizenship and has been based in
Japan for 24 years. "There has not been a single incident of foreign terrorism
in Japan, and there have been plenty of Japanese terrorists," he said.
There are more than two million foreigners registered as
resident in Japan, of whom 40 per cent are classed as permanent residents. The
pictures and fingerprints obtained by immigration officials will be made
available to police and may be shared with foreign immigration authorities and
Diplomats and children under 16 are excluded from the new
requirement, as are "special" permanent residents of Korean and Chinese origin,
many of whom are descended from those brought to Japan as forced labour before
and during World War Two. Local government fingerprinting of foreign residents
when issuing registration cards, long a source of friction, was abolished in
Amnesty International is calling for the immigration plan to
be abandoned. "Making only foreigners provide this data is discriminatory," said
Sonoko Kawakami of Amnesty's Japan office. "They are saying 'terrorist equals
foreigner'. It's an exclusionary policy that could encourage xenophobia."
The new system is being introduced as Japan campaigns to
attract more tourists. More than 6.7m foreign visitors came to Japan in 2006,
government statistics show. Immigration officials say they are unsure how long
tourists can expect to wait in line for the checks to be made.
Britain is set to require non-European
foreign nationals to register biometric details when applying for visas from
Ten ways to thwart Big Brother
We've never been under such
intense scrutiny as we are today. So how do we evade the snoopers? Here, an
'off-grid' expert offers an insider's guide
We live in the most watched-over society in Europe. Exposure,
especially in The Observer, has done little to hold the state and private sector
in check. Phone records have become police records, as Henry Porter pointed out
in this paper last week, and CCTV camera records are now fed into the automatic
registration number computer. Credit and store-card records have become
marketing records and our email addresses are points of entry for all sorts of
crime and spam.
It's time to fight back using all the legal means at our
disposal. We need to duck under the radar of government surveillance,
credit-checking agencies, internet and mobile phone companies or the DVLA. I
have been learning how to keep the info-snoopers at bay. My research has led me
into a world of middle-aged hoodies, who cover up in shopping centres to avoid
the CCTV cameras; of young computer users who keep their names off spam lists
and out of reach of the megacorps; and people who live off-grid, out of sight of
the system and unplugged from the utility companies. So, here's is a survival
checklist for the information age.
1 Buy an untraceable mobile phone
Travel to a town you have never visited before, to an area
with no CCTV cameras and ask a homeless person to buy a pay-as-you-go mobile
phone for you. That way no shop will have your image on its CCTV. You will also
have an anonymous mobile.
In order to keep your anonymity, top it up in a shop with no
CCTV outside. Or dispense with the phone altogether and return to the humble
payphone, now the preserve of tourists and the super-poor. Even if you stick to
your traceable phone, leave it switched off whenever possible to avoid having
your movements tracked. Many phones are still traceable, so you need to take the
battery out to be certain. If you have a Bluetooth phone, keep the service
switched off because this is now being tested for advertising and other
2 Safeguard your email
If you use one of the free, web-based services like Gmail,
your communications are being stored to build up a picture of your interests.
Instead, you can use a service called Hushmail to send encrypted emails. Or work
out a private code with friends you want to communicate with.
You do not need an email address of your own. One hacker I
spoke to sends emails from cybercafes via The Observer website, using the
service which allows anyone to send any article to a friend. He embeds his
message into the covering note which goes with the article. Others with their
own computer use the free XeroBank browser (in preference to Explorer or Firefox),
which includes several privacy-enhancing add-ons and sends all data through a
network 'cloud' which hides most of the data you normally give away as you use a
computer, but at the cost of reduced speed (http://xerobank.com/xB_browser.html).
3 Safeguard your computer and your files
There is sophisticated software that deletes all traces of
your activities from your computer. Assuming you don't have access to this, it
is still worth remembering the data about you contained inside each file. Many
digital photos, for example, contain within them the serial number of the camera
that took them. Word documents contain the name of the author as well as traces
of previous drafts.
4 Be invisible to CCTV cameras
Steve is a middle-aged IT consultant who lives in a bungalow
on a smart private estate in south west London. He has never committed a
criminal act. When he goes to business meetings, he wears a suit and tie, but
when he walks around his local high street, he dons a hoodie. He does it on
'I don't disapprove of the technology in its rightful place,'
Steve told me, 'but we have an unregulated mess. It hasn't reduced crime in any
real sense - it's displaced it in some cases.' Media reports always say there
are 4.2 million CCTV cameras in the UK, but they have been using that figure for
the past two years. So it's a safe bet we have at least six million by now, and
there is no central register. You can use the Data Protection Act to request a
copy of your own image from any particular camera, but that is simply a way of
harassing CCTV owners, not safeguarding your identity.
5 Stay off spam mailing lists
Each time you submit your email address to register for a new
website, create a special address, either on a free webmail service or on your
own email server so you have control over it. Then, if the company later sells
your email address or loses it through poor security, you will know exactly who
to blame. And you will be able to close the account or block all email to that
particular address. Again, Hushmail is useful for this. You can set it up to
create these aliases for you.
6 Prevent supermarkets knowing your shopping habits
Swap your supermarket loyalty card with a friend or
acquaintance every few months, after having cashed in any points you have
accumulated (treat Oyster and other local transport cards the same way). You
lose no benefits and it prevents tracking of specific purchasing patterns (or
journeys) tied to your name and address. Use cash more often - save your credit
card for emergencies.
7 Avoid utility companies' marketing departments
Live off-grid, unplugged from the system with solar panels and
rainwater harvesting. There are tens of thousands of people living without mains
power, water or sewerage, in isolated cottages, behind hedgerows in caravans or
in groups of yurts in country fields. And this is not just a movement for tree
huggers and climate campers. Many live on boats in towns and cities, and if you
live in a flat or house, you can still unplug.
8 Keep your car off the automatic number recognition system
The simplest way is to leave the car at home and use a
bicycle. But if you must drive, don't go into a congestion zone at any time.
There are other legal ways to hide your registration number from the cameras -
swap the light above the rear numberplate for an infrared bulb and that will
flood the video-camera which operates at near infrared frequency.
9 Safeguard your NHS data
If you are born in this country, then your NHS records are
inescapable. But you can choose to store them with your GP to keep them off the
central computer, and this should reduce the chances of the medical records
being sold (legally) to drugs companies or (illegally) to private detectives or
being snooped on by the 300,000 'authorised users' of the system, without
affecting medical care. There is no need to worry about, for example, records of
your blood group not being available to medical staff after an accident -
doctors no longer rely on paper or computer records. The automated diagnostic
blood group tests are done by the ambulance crew on the way to hospital. You can
get a form letter to send to the NHS from
10 Shop outside the system
The website Freecycle (freecycle.org)
could provide many of your needs. It consists of hundreds of short announcements
from people trying to give away stuff they no longer need: beds, TVs, bookcases,
the whole of human life is there in return for the cost of picking it up from
the donor. There are local Freecycle groups all over the country (and the
world), each with their own local web address. Some people make a decent living
gathering things from Freecycle and selling them at car boot sales.
There are full-time scavengers living off food retrieved from
supermarket bins, because vast amounts of produce are simply thrown away on the
eve of their sell-by date.
Another way to avoid buying food is to barter for it. The car
park of the pub in the centre of Longframlington village in Northumberland has
been a barter centre for decades. On any Friday night between April and October,
locals arrive and flip down the backs of their 4x4s laden with the week's
produce, whether its chanterelles, venison, pheasant, line-caught salmon or the
latest crop of beetroots and lettuces. Technically, this innocent activity is
tax evasion. 'It's all very rustic and encourages a paper-free environment, but
this can underpin what can only amount to potential income tax, corporation tax
or VAT non-disclosure, or even fraud,' said accountant Julie Butler. But does
Alistair Darling really want to take another bash at the delicate fabric of the
It may seem almost comical to go to these lengths, but the
ways companies and the public sector can misuse data isn't a joke. We cannot
trust them to safeguard our data or use it ethically, so we must provide our own
WATERTOWN, New York - Iraq war veterans now
stationed at a base here in upstate New York say that morale among US soldiers
in the country is so poor, many are simply parking their Humvees and pretending
to be on patrol, a practice dubbed "search and avoid" missions.
Phil Aliff is an active duty soldier with the 10th Mountain Division stationed
at Fort Drum. He served nearly one year in Iraq from August 2005 to July 2006,
in the areas of Abu Ghraib and Fallujah, both west of Baghdad. "Morale was
incredibly low," said Aliff, adding that he joined the military because he was
raised in a poor family by a single mother and had few other prospects. "Most
men in my platoon in Iraq were just in from combat tours in Afghanistan."
According to Aliff, their mission was to help the Iraqi army "stand up" in the
Abu Ghraib area of western Baghdad, but in fact his platoon was doing all the
fighting without support from the Iraqis they were supposedly preparing to take
control of the security situation. "I never heard of an Iraqi unit that was able
to operate on their own," said Aliff, who is now a member of the group Iraq
Veterans Against the War (IVAW). "The only reason we were replaced by an Iraqi
army unit was for publicity."
Aliff said he participated in roughly 300 patrols. "We were hit by so many
roadside bombs we became incredibly demoralized, so we decided the only way we
wouldn't be blown up was to avoid driving around all the time.So we would go
find an open field and park, and call our base every hour to tell them we were
searching for weapons caches in the fields and doing weapons patrols and
everything was going fine," he said, adding, "All our enlisted people became
very disenchanted with our chain of command."
Aliff, who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), refused to return
to Iraq with his unit, which arrived in Kirkuk two weeks ago. "They've already
lost a guy, and they are now fostering the sectarian violence by arming the
Sunnis while supporting the Shi'ites politically ... classic divide and
conquer." Aliff told Inter Press Service (IPS) he is set to be discharged by the
military next month because they claim his PTSD "is untreatable by their
According to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the number of Iraq and
Afghanistan war veterans seeking treatment for PTSD increased nearly 70% in the
12 months ending on June 30. The nearly 50,000 VA-documented PTSD cases greatly
exceed the 30,000 military personnel that the Pentagon officially classifies as
wounded in both occupations. VA records show that mental health has become the
second-largest area of illness for which veterans of the ongoing occupations are
seeking treatment at VA hospitals and clinics. The total number of mental health
cases among war veterans increased by 58%; from 63,767 on June 30, 2006, to
100,580 on June 30, 2007, according to the VA.
Other active duty Iraq veterans tell similar stories of disobeying orders so as
not to be attacked so frequently.
"We'd go to the end of our patrol route and set up on top of a bridge and use it
as an over-watch position," Eli Wright, also an active duty soldier with the
10th Mountain Division, told IPS. "We would just sit with our binoculars and
observe rather than sweep. We'd call in radio checks every hour and say we were
doing sweeps." Wright added, "It was a common tactic, a lot of people did that.
We'd just hang out, listen to music, smoke cigarettes, and pretend." The
26-year-old medic complained that his unit did not have any armored Humvees
during his time in Iraq, where he was stationed in Ramadi, capital of the
volatile al-Anbar province.
"We put sandbags on the floors of our vehicles, which had canvas doors," said
Wright, who was in Iraq from September 2003 until September 2004. "By the end of
our tour, we were bolting any metal we could find to our Humvees. Everyone was
doing this, and we didn't get armored Humvees in country until after we left."
Other veterans, like 25-year-old Nathan Lewis, who was in Iraq for the invasion
of March 2003 until June of that year while serving in the 214th field artillery
brigade, complained of lack of training for what they were ordered to do, in
addition to not having armored Humvees for their travels. "We never got training
for a lot of the work we did," he explained. "We had a white phosphorous mortar
round that cooked off in the back of one of our trucks, because we loaded that
with some other ammo, and we weren't trained how to do it the right way."
The "search and avoid" missions appear to have been commonplace around much of
Iraq for years now.
Geoff Millard served nine years in the New York Army National Guard, and was in
Iraq from October 2004 until October 2005 working for a general at a Tactical
Operation Center. Millard, also a member of IVAW, said that part of his duties
included reporting "significant actions", or SIGACTS, which is how the US
military describes an attack on their forces. "We had units that never called in
SIGACTS," Millard, who monitored highly volatile areas like Baquba, Tikrit and
Samarra, told IPS. "When I was there two years ago, there were at least five
companies that never had SIGACTS. I think 'search and avoids' have been going on
there for a long time."
Millard told IPS "search and avoid" missions continue today across Iraq. "One of
my buddies is in Baghdad right now and we email all the time," he explained, "He
just told me that nearly each day they pull into a parking lot, drink soda and
shoot at the cans. They pay Iraqi kids to bring them things and spread the word
that they are not doing anything and to please just leave them alone."
Nigeria: I Agree With Dr Watson
Idang Alibi – All Africa.com
A few days ago, the Nobel Laureate, Dr James Watson, made a
remark that is now generating worldwide uproar, especially among the blacks. He
said what to me looks like a self-evident truth. He told The Sunday Times of
London in an interview that in his humble opinion, black people are less
intelligent than the White people.
Since then, some of us cannot hear anything else but the outrage of black people
who feel demeaned by what Watson has said. So many people have called the man
names. To be expected, some have said he is a racist. Some even wonder how a
"foolish" man like Watson could have won the Nobel Prize. Even white people who,
deep in their heart, agree with Watson want to be politically, correct so they
condemn the man.
Why are we blacks becoming so reactive, so sensitive to any remarks, no matter
how well-meaning, about our failure as a race? Why are we becoming like the Jews
who see every accusation as a manifestation of anti-Semitism? I do not know what
constitutes intelligence. I leave that to our so-called scholars. But I do know
that in terms of organising society for the benefit of the people living in it,
we blacks have not shown any intelligence in that direction at all. I am so
ashamed of this and sometimes feel that I ought to have belonged to another
Nigeria my dear country is a prime example of the inferiority of the black race
when compared to other races. Let somebody please tell me whether it is a
manifestation of intelligence if a people cannot organise a free, fair and
credible election to choose who will lead them. Is it intelligence that we
cannot provide simple pipe-borne water for the people? Our public school system
has virtually collapsed. Is that a sign of intelligence? Our roads are
impassable. In spite of the numerous sources that nature has made available to
us to tap for energy to run our industries and homes, we have no steady supply
of electricity. Yet electricity is the bedrock of industrialisation. When you
agree with the school of Watson, some say you are incorrect because all these
failures are a result of poor leadership. Why must it be us blacks who must
always suffer poor leadership? Is that not a manifestation of unintelligence?
In the name of international trade, bilateral co-operation, globalisation and
other subterfuges, the norm in the world today is for smart people to
appropriate the wealth of other people for themselves and their countries. But
more among the blacks than any other race, the practice is to steal from their
own country and salt away to other people's country. Is it intelligence that our
leaders steal billions of naira and hide in other people's country?
Anywhere in the world today where you have a concentration of black people among
other races, the poorest, the least educated, the least achieving, and the most
violent group among those races will be the blacks. When indices of
underdevelopment are given, black people and countries are sure to occupy the
bottom of the ladder. If we are intelligent, why do we not carry first when
statistics of development are given?
Look at the African continent. South Africa is the most developed country
because of the presence of whites there. This may be an uncomfortable truth for
many of us but it exists nevertheless. If the whites had been driven away after
independence, we would have seen a steady decline of that country.
In terms of natural endowment, Africa ought to be the richest of the continents
but see the mess we have made of the potential for greatness which God in his
infinite wisdom has bestowed upon us. We have proved totally incapable of
harnessing the abundant natural resources to become great. Today, there is a
renewed scramble for the wealth of Africa. China, our new "friend", does not
bother about the genocide against fellow blacks in the Sudan by the Arabs who
control the affairs of that country. They say they do not want to interfere in
the internal affairs of any country. All they want is the oil in Sudan to run
their industries. Yet, we blacks have not seen the Chinese action as an affront
to our sensitivities. Every race takes us for granted because we are so weak and
so foolish, if you permit me to say it.
I am really pained by our gross underachievement as a race. Instead of regarding
bitter truths expressed by the likes of Watson as a wake-up call for us to
engage in sober reflection, we take to the expression of woolly sentiment. For
me, this type of reaction is a further evidence of our unintelligence. A man of
intelligence recognises genuine criticism against him and takes steps to improve
himself in order to prove his critics wrong. But for us blacks, our reaction is
to abuse the man who expresses worries about our backwardness.
Other races are deeply worried about us because we are a problem to the world.
We suffer from the five Ds: disorderliness, debts, diseases, deaths and
disasters. Our disorderliness affects others or else they won't be too bothered
about us. Many are afraid because our diseases could infect them. Polio has been
eradicated all over the world yet it is still found in Nigeria here. When they
give us money to help us eradicate it, our thieving officials will embezzle the
money; the virus will spread and endanger the health of not only our people but
other people as well.
Out of a shared sense of humanity, some cannot bear to see how we die in
thousands almost every day from clearly preventable diseases and causes. For
years now, our people die extremely painful but perfectly preventable deaths
from buildings which collapse because they were poorly constructed. How can you
tell me we are as intelligent as others when we set traps for ourselves in the
name of houses and others do not do so? Some people are extremely frustrated
about us. If they have a way of avoiding us, they will be too glad to do so
because we are a problem.
As I write this, I do so with great pains in my heart because I know that God
has given intelligence in equal measure to all his children irrespective of the
colour of their skin. The problem with us black people is that we have refused
to use our intelligence to organise ourselves socially and politically.
It should worry us that we do not invent things. We do not go to the moon. Our
societies are not well-organised. We have the shortest lifespan of all the
races. Something must be wrong with us. Why are we not like others? Our scholars
will be quick to say that these are not the only ways of measuring intelligence.
They will quote other scholars to adumbrate their point, but the fact remains
that we are not showing intelligence. Others are showing it more than we're
doing. If they are not more intelligent than we are, let someone tell me how to
put it. God himself must be frustrated with his black children. They must be an
embarrassment to him. He has given us everything he has given to other of his
children; why are his black children not manifesting their own gift?
A few years ago, the whites used to contemptuously call the Japanese "little
Japs". Today, the Japanese and other Asians have pulled themselves up by the
bootstrap and have arrived. No one speaks of the Japanese or Asians with
contempt anymore. When people like Watson speak about us in unedifying terms, we
should take it as a challenge to prove them wrong by sitting down to plan how we
can become world-beaters.
If our political leaders are the reason for our backwardness, we should resolve
to get the kind of leaders who will be instrument for our rapid progress. I may
not know how intelligence is measured but my limited knowledge of intelligence
is that it can also be measured by the kind of leaders a people decide to have.
If, for instance, our professors preside over the massive rigging of elections,
it means that we do not have very intelligent professors. Such rigged elections
will no doubt produce unintelligent leaders. Such unintelligent leaders will do
stupid things which will prove that we are not as intelligent as other races. Do
I sound confusing or intelligent?
I am ready for some of our 'patriotic' intellectuals who will write and abuse me
for the 'outrage' I have expressed here but I stick to my guns: we lack
intelligence and as stated in the Bible, anyone who lacks intelligence should
cry unto God who is the custodian of wisdom to bestow some upon him. We should
go on our knees today and ask God why we do not appear as intelligent as our
other brothers. I am confident God will reveal to us what we must do, and
urgently too, to change our terribly unflattering circumstances
28 October 2007
“A nation can survive its fools and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive
treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known,
and he carries his banners openly against the city. But the traitor moves among
those within the gates freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys,
heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears no
traitor; he speaks in the accents familiar to his victims,and he wears
their face and their garments and he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in
the hearts of all men”. - - - Cicero, Speech to the Roman Senate
Furl the flag - Sarco The Sayan
As if his marital challenges were not enough cause for
concern, "Sarco the Sayan" has suddenly emerged as the most infamous accolade of
French President Nicolas Sarkozy. The influential French daily Le Figaro
last week revealed that the French leader once worked for -- and perhaps still
does, it hinted -- Israeli intelligence as a sayan (Hebrew for helper), one of
the thousands of Jewish citizens of countries other than Israel who cooperate
with the katsas (Mossad case-officers).
A letter dispatched to French police officials late last
winter -- long before the presidential election but somehow kept secret --
revealed that Sarkozy was recruited as an Israeli spy. The French police is
currently investigating documents concerning Sarkozy's alleged espionage
activities on behalf of Mossad, which Le Figaro claims dated as far back
as 1983. According to the author of the message, in 1978, Israeli prime minister
Menachem Begin ordered the infiltration of the French ruling Gaullist Party,
Union pour un Mouvement Populaire. Originally targeted were Patrick Balkany,
Patrick Devedjian and Pierre Lellouche. In 1983, they recruited the "young and
promising" Sarkozy, the "fourth man".
Ex-Mossad agent Victor Ostrovsky describes how sayanim function in By
Way Of Deception: The Making and Unmaking of a Mossad Officer. They are
usually reached through relatives in Israel. An Israeli with a relative in
France, for instance, might be asked to draft a letter saying the person bearing
the letter represents an organisation whose main goal is to help save Jewish
people in the Diaspora. Could the French relative help in any way? They perform
many different roles. A car sayan, for example, running a rental car agency,
could help the Mossad rent a car without having to complete the usual
documentation. An apartment sayan would find accommodation without
raising suspicions, a bank sayan could fund someone in the middle of the
night if needs be, a doctor sayan would treat a bullet wound without
reporting it to the police.
And, a political sayan ? It's rather obvious what this could mean. The
sayanim are a pool of people at the ready who will keep quiet about their
actions out of loyalty to "the cause", a non-risk recruitment system that draws
from the millions of Jewish people outside Israel.
Such talk sends chills down spines, especially Arab and Muslim ones. Indeed, the
revelation did not go unnoticed in Arab capitals or come as much of a surprise.
Paris can be a sunny place for shady people. When it comes to intelligence
gathering on behalf of Israel, a question mark is immediately raised on the
moral calibre of the person in question. But, how does this scandal influence
France's foreign and domestic politics?
It is of symbolic significance that Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was on a
state visit to France in the immediate aftermath of Le Figaro 's exposé
-- ostensibly to discuss Iran's nuclear agenda and the Palestinian question.
Proud and prickly France under its supposedly savvy new president hopes to play
a more prominent role in the perplexing world of Middle Eastern politics. On
Monday, Sarkozy flew to Morocco, the ancestral home of many of France's Jewry,
soon after his Mossad connection was made public. There is no clear evidence
that the revelation is to make France any more unpopular in the Arab world than
it already is, especially not in official circles.
On the domestic front, however, there are many conflicting considerations. The
Jews of France now display a touch of the vapours, in sharp contrast to the
conceited triumphalism with which they greeted his election: "we are persuaded
that the new president will continue eradicating anti-Israeli resistance," Sammy
Ghozlan, president of the Jewish Community of Paris pontificated soon after
Sarkozy's election. France is home to 500,000 Jews, mostly Sephardic Jews
originally from North Africa and Mediterranean countries.
Sarkozy's own maternal grandfather Aron Mallah, hailed from Salonika, Greece,
and is said to have exercised considerable influence on his grandson. Even
though raised as a Roman Catholic, "Sarkozy played a critical role in moving the
French government to do what is necessary to address the ill winds that threaten
the largest Jewish community in Western Europe," noted David Harris, the
executive director of the American Jewish Committee. Sarkozy, after all, was a
political product of the predominantly Jewish elite neighbourhood of Neuilly-sur-Seine,
where he long served as mayor.
France's Muslim minority was far from surprised by Le Figaro 's
revelations, even though some may have feigned disappointment. Others have been
more forthright. "France is not run by Frenchmen, but by lackeys of the Zionist
International who control the economy," lamented Radio Islam, of militant
Islamist tendencies. When Sarkozy was France's minister of interior and clamped
down hard on Muslim immigrants, calling mainly Muslim rioters "scum" in a
widely-publicised interview, they retaliated by calling him "Sarkozy, sale
juif [dirty Jew]". Obviously there is no love lost between the five
million-strong French Muslim community, the largest in Western Europe, and the
French president. He has grounds for concern. He assiduously courts the
Israelis. That much is known.
In the scientific annals of French politics there is a cautionary tale of
pantomime. French presidents are not always what they seem. There are, however,
two key observations concerning Sarkozy. One, is Sarkozy's intention of
implementing a "new social contract" between employers and employees, capital
and labour. This smacks of Thatcherism. His determination to force a "cultural
revolution" in the collective national psyche is a trifle farcical. And
unprincipled to boot. He recently introduced legislation -- in tandem with his
pension cuts, calling for genetic profiling of immigrants to ensure any
relatives intending to immigrate are linked genetically. The strategy appears to
be to soften the blow of the social security cuts by appealing to xenophobic
The state of race relations in France is an even more muddled picture than the
devastating caricatures by French-African comedian Dieudonne suggest. He is
notorious for playing the part of a Hassidic Jew who mimics the Nazi salute. Few
politicians blame their troubles on cynical comedians, though, and Sarkozy is no
exception. His fans point accusing fingers at the "irresponsible press".
The real magic starts when you power Sarkozy with his ex-model wife. She, after
all, played a part in the freeing of the Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian
medical doctor. She, too, is of Spanish-Jewish ancestry. But, that may be
nothing but an insignificant aside. France, generally, regarded their bust-up as
something of a bad joke. Unlike the Americans, the French do not take the
private lives of their presidents terribly seriously. There was the late
François Mitterrand, for example. Hardly anyone in all France raised an eyebrow
when it transpired that he had an illegitimate daughter. The French are more
concerned with the ideological orientation and political affiliation of their
president and are not in the least interested in their private affairs -- at
least not in any political sense.
The interesting twist, however, is that the contest between Cecilia and Nicolas
Sarkozy is a comic cross between a lover's tiff and the battle of the sexes. It
appears befuddled French voters are being forced to turn a blind eye to their
leaders' antics. Sarkozy's divorce follows hard on the heels of the separation
of France's first female presidential candidate Ségolène Royal, the "gazelle" of
French politics, from her lifelong lover François Hollande barely a month after
she lost the presidential race in May. Moreover, at the tender age of 19, Royal
sued her father for his refusal to divorce her mother and pay alimony and child
support. That was way back in 1972; barely a decade later she won the case
against her father. Ironically, Royal's own mentor the late French socialist
president Mitterrand was notorious for his extra-marital affairs, the most
conspicuous being his love affair with Anne Pingeot and subsequent disclosure
towards the end of his life that he fathered an illegitimate daughter Mazarine
And, what of the voters? The latest hazard facing the French president has been
his socio-economic policies. Sarkozy's showdown with the trade unions threatens
to turn into a deciding moment for France. Foreign policy, too, has come under
much scrutiny. France has become fanatically Atlanticist under the presidency of
Sarkozy. Although, unlike US President George W Bush, Sarkozy does not make much
noise about his own dubious religious convictions. The commonest criticism of
Sarkozy is that he is overly conscious of his religious heritage, a trait that
is not appreciated by the fanatically secular French political establishment.
France is culturally the most irreligious country in Europe, itself the most
secular and anti-religious of the world's continents.
For a politician acclaimed for his acumen, it is startling that Sarkozy has been
tripped up by events he should have seen coming. His sagacity obviously failed
him this week. Le Figaro let the cat out of the bag. And his wife, too, after
shopping with Lyudmila Putin, the Russian first lady, apparently decided that
she had had enough of being treated as "part of the furniture" and made their
rift very public.
France is now in the awkward position of having no first lady. The 49 year- old
former model, lawyer and political advisor is by no means media shy. "I gave
Nicolas 20 years of my life," she told the popular French magazine Elle
in a special feature which she asked for personally, despite the awkwardness of
its timing. She had long complained of being politically peripheralised.
Troubling as that interpretation is, it is in a way a consoling one for Sarkozy.
He is now free to handle his opponents without his maverick Cecilia breathing
down his neck or, on the contrary, disappearing at crucial moments.
Even with his personal life in tatters, Sarkozy is obliged to hoist the French
tricoleur high in the international arena. Which flag is it to be?
We thought that we would wind the clock-back about 6 months and see what was
happening in the world back in April and May 2007. So here are some re-prints of
articles from that time; as ever, giving the main-stream press subjects a fairly
wide berth. What has changed, what has improved, and what has worsened , , , , ,
we'll let you decide. . . . . .
20 Amazing Facts About Voting in the USA
by Angry Girl - A re-print from May
1. 80% of all votes in America are counted by
only two companies: Diebold and ES&S.
9. Diebold's new touch screen voting machines have no paper trail of
any votes. In other words, there is no way to verify that the data
coming out of the machine is the same as what was legitimately put
in by voters.
13. Jeff Dean was Senior Vice-President of Global Election Systems
when it was bought by Diebold. Even though he had been convicted of
23 counts of felony theft in the first degree, Jeff Dean was
retained as a consultant by Diebold and was largely responsible for
programming the optical scanning software now used in most of the
16. California banned the use of Diebold machines because the
security was so bad. Despite Diebold's claims that the audit logs
could not be hacked, a chimpanzee was able to do it! (See the movie
-- -- Something is wrong with the United States. I think most of us have
noticed it. There is a mortal rot in the country, made manifest by many little
rots that are hard to integrate mentally yet are, I think, somehow related. The
change is grave, accelerating, probably irreversible, and fascinating. Things
are not as they were.
The United States is the most hated country on the planet, followed by, to the
extent that there is a distinction, Israel. So far as I know, there are no other
contenders. You can say “Who cares?” as many will say, or “Screw’em if they
can’t take a joke,” or “I’d ratherh be feared than loved.” All very droll.
Still, it is an interesting datum. No country ever lives up to its own PR, but
there was a time when America was widely admired. Now, almost universally, it is
seen as a rogue state. And is.
This carries a price. The US consulate in Guadalajara is part fortress, part
prison, with barriers and cameras and bars and rentacops, and they take away a
woman’s lipstick if she is going to enter. Maybe a country that fears lipstick
needs to think. The French consulate around the corner is wide open, like all
others that I know of. The French, Chinese, Japanese and so on aren’t hated.
(1) The US government now lives in its own, strange, insulated world.
(2) The United States is the most militarily aggressive country on the planet,
followed closely by Israel. I am aware of no other contenders.
Some of this combativeness is obvious – attacking Iraq for no good reason,
occupying Afghanistan, threatening Syria and Iran, attacking Lebanon by proxy,
bombing Somalia, putting troops in the Philippines to hunt Moslems. The US is
also looking for trouble with Venezuela, threatening North Korea, moving to
“contain” China (Doesn’t a container need to be bigger than its contents?),
embargoing Cuba, pushing into Central Asia, increasing the military budget, and
pushing NATO ever closer to Russia. (How stupid can you get? Very. Stay tuned.)
And the Pentagon now has Africom, African Command. Africa is now America’s
(3) Powerful domestic hostilities grip the United States. Maybe you have to be
outside of it really to see it. I live in Mexico. You can go for…well, five
years and counting, without hearing angry talk about this or that group. In
America, women hate men and men are getting sick of American women. Blacks hate
whites hate Hispanics. “Affirmative action” engenders intense hostility that
doesn’t go away. It isn’t the normal friction found in any country. It is
serious antagonism quashed by federal force.
And the black-white-brown thing has very real potential for getting nasty. This
we don’t talk about.
(4) A curious state of fear prevails in America, but it is a governmental
creation, a calculated manipulative Disneyland. Perhaps soon we will have Terror
Recently I was in Washington. Everywhere there were the artificialities of fear.
The steel pop-up barriers in the roads, the stop’em-bombs steel poles on
sidewalks, the endless warnings to report suspicious behavior on loudspeakers in
the subway. The searches of everything, the metal-detecting doorways even on
buildings of county governments, of schools. (Schools, for Chrissakes. What is
wrong here?) And of course the confiscation of shampoo at the airport. This is
(5) The bullying of people entering the US. Any country has the right to
determine who enters. Fine. If you don’t want them to enter, don’t give them
visas. If you issue a visa, try to be courteous.
Violeta had a visa, issued by the consulate, both times when we went to the US.
Still she got bullied by the border Nazis. It was ugly. I am obviously not a
Mexican, but I get the same hostile questioning as to where I am going, why I
was in Mexico, and so on. It is none of their business where I go in my country.
Or shouldn’t be, but there are no limitations on governmental powers now. A
friend, married to a Mexicana, again with a visa, got separated from her, and
both got abusive questioning. She came out crying.
America was not like this. Now it is.
Compare this with the real world. I land in Beijing – evil commie Beijing,
right? Maybe twenty seconds to see whether my visa was valid, clonk of stamp,
thank you, no baggage search, into a taxi. Vi and I land in Paris, en route to
Italy. Glance at passport, yep, it’s a passport, no stamp, no nothing, on we go.
Italy didn’t even look at our passports. Grown-ups.
I am not ashamed of the United States. It is a hell of a country. Been there,
done that, loved it. In two weeks in DC with Violeta, although she is clearly
not American, she was everywhere, always, treated with perfect courtesy and
friendliness, whether on Cap Hill or Farmville, Virginia. Americans really are
good folk. The government isn’t. It’s the gravest problem we face, both
internationally and domestically.
(6) The Constitution really is going away, or has gone. It never did work as
well as it should have, but few things human ever do. Habeas corpus is dead,
right to an attorney, congressional right to declare war – it’s not even worth
listing the list. Joe iPod in the burbs doesn’t care because it doesn’t affect
him, yet. Git them Hay-rabs, ain’t no draft, plenty sushi. Urg.
(7) The increasing, detailed, intrusive regulation of life, the national desire
for control, control, control. Everything is the business of some form of
government. Want to paint your shutters? The condo association won’t let you.
Let dogs in your bar? Never. Decide who to sell your house to? Racial matter.
Own a dog? Shot card, pooper-scooper, leash, gotta be spayed, etc. Have a bar
for men only, women only, whites or blacks only? Here come the federal marshals.
What isn’t controlled by government is controlled by the crypto-vindictive mob
rule of political correctness. This wasn’t always in the American character.
Add the continuing presence of police in the schools, the arrest in handcuffs of
children of seven, the expulsions for drawing a picture of a soldier with a gun.
Something very twisted is going on.
How much of the public knows what is happening, or even knows that something is
happening? I don’t know. But I don’t think that it’s going to go away. In ten
years it will be an entirely different place with the same name. Almost is now.
Fred Reed is author of Nekkid in Austin: Drop Your Inner Child Down a Well
and the just-published A Brass Pole in Bangkok: A Thing I Aspire to Be. Visit
The Great Anglo-American Energy
A reprint of an article from May 2007
In far off countries, about which we know little, deals are
being struck that will bring exasperation and ever increasing degrees of
desperation to the "Anglo-American Military Industrial Complex's" aspirations of
controlling the world energy markets.
There are hot wars, and there are cold wars, both are going on
right now. The general public is largely oblivious to them both. The hot wars
are in Afghanistan and Iraq, these are waged for the very same reasons that the
cold ones are currently being fought out. The most obvious cold war currently
is the war against Iran, but a few degrees cooler than this is the war being
carried out against Russia.
The hot wars are allegedly being fought against Al-Qaeda and
'terror'. Some now question who and what Al-Qaeda is, and it's about time more
people did. A recent article published in the Canadian main stream media
carried the title 'The War on Terror is a Fraud'1. The same author
published another article a week later titled 'Scholars debate 9/11 findings'
2. The latter article questioned the very foundation of the 'War On
Terror', upon which the US Military Industrial Complex invaded Afghanistan and
Iraq. These two articles simply build on one published much earlier, by a
former UK government minister Michael Meacher, in The Guardian titled 'The War
on Terror is Bogus, UK Guardian'3.
Webster Tarpley is a best selling author, and researcher into
clandestine government agencies and their operations. In his book '9/11
Synthetic Terror: Made in USA', chapter 4 is provocatively titled 'AL QAEDA: THE
CIA'S ARAB LEGION' 4. Webster Tarpley has suggested that Al-Qaeda
should be renamed Al-CIA-Da, he was on the record recently saying 'Al-Qaeda was
created by Robert Gates, the current US secretary of defence'5.
What is being proposed?
The proposition is this: The current horrific genocidal wars
being inflicted on the population of Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as the
demonization of billions of Muslims post 9/11, isn't the result of a war
against Al-Qaeda/Al-CIA-Da. The war on terror is a front, 'terror' justifies
a battle against a mythical enemy who can never be defeated.
In reality the war on 'terror' is about the control over
substantial portions of the world's energy reserves for the next century. The
purpose of controlling energy supplies was deemed essential and has been
outlined by former US presidential advisors, and current top US administration
staff 6,7. To shift your current paradigm you must start with the
foundational events used to justify these wars, and at least question the
validity of the official accounts of 9/11 (New York, USA) and 7/7 (London,
England) atrocities 4,8,9,10,11,12. Without doing so, you risk
misunderstanding perhaps the greatest political false paradigm of all time. It
is the purpose of this article to pose the questions, and for you to use the
references given here to formulate your own opinion outside of the controlled
media, using as sources those research scholars who have no vested interests
We all know that Iraq has oil, but Afghanistan has gas,
oil and great pipeline prospects!
In 1989 the Soviet Union was defeated in Afghanistan, by the
Mujahideen which was entirely backed the CIA, and CIA client regimes of Saudi
Arabia and Pakistan. Two years later, the Soviet Union collapsed, so this was a
massive victory for the US Military Industrial complex. The major contributing
factors in the collapse of the Soviet Union were no doubt the defeat in
Afghanistan and the monumental costs of the war. Artificially low world oil
prices (helped in part by over production by CIA client states such as Saudi
Arabia, Kuwait) didn't help the Soviet Union's survival attempts. Russia houses
the worlds biggest gas reserves and second biggest (potentially the world's
biggest) oil reserves 13,14.
Using technology from the 1970s Soviet estimates placed
Afghanistan's proven and probable oil and condensate reserves at 95 million
barrels. At the same time they had estimated Afghanistan's proven and probable
natural gas reserves at up to 5 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) 15. The
CIA currently states that Afghanistan has no oil reserves 16. This
would seem completely inaccurate because Soviet geologists also identified 15
potential oil and gas fields in northern Afghanistan of which only 3 were
Importantly during the withdrawal of Soviet troops,
Afghanistan's natural gas fields were capped to prevent sabotage. Restoration of
gas production has been hampered by internal strife and the disruption of
traditional trading relationships following the dissolution of the Soviet Union
The Pipeline War.
Energy is the lifeblood of all modern economies and especially
the rapidly developing energy hungry giants which are China & India. Needless
to say that after the invasion of Afghanistan to liberate the country from 'Bin
Laden, the Taliban & Al-Qaeda' there was a pipeline contract, there is a massive
rebuilding effort in Afghanistan's Oil & Gas infrastructure. There is an effort
to link pipelines to surrounding gas rich countries in order to supply energy
hungry India, China and Pakistan18. The BBC in their article
('Afghanistan plans gas pipeline', dated 13th May 2002, & referenced here) fail
to mention that Hamid Karzai the interim Afghan leader at the time, and now
leader, was a former Unocal Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The pipeline is being
built and protected by the NATO soldiers who are fighting the CIA's imaginary
provocateured Arab Legion (also knows as Al-Qaeda).
The title of this article states that there has been a
miscalculation, and indeed that is true. The Military Industrial Complex, its
CIA and all the provocateured 'terrorist' threats can not stop a newly resurgent
The bear has been making its own calculations, possibly using
Chinese made computers and Indian software. What's worse the Russian program
will inevitably lead to serious software and maybe even hardware failure for the
Anglo-American Military Industrial Complex should the war in Iraq and
Afghanistan fail to secure the energy resources for which they have been fought
Have Oil & Gas, Can Deliver to China, India and Europe.
Putin has clinched a deal with former Soviet Republics
Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan that will send shock waves throughout the Washington
faction 19. This was greatly unexpected by the Washington/London
petro-oligarchy. The energy from these two countries is highly significant &
immediately profitable. It can be developed quickly and doesn't require a
Washington backed army to protect it, as is the case for Afghanistan or Iraq.
In one stroke Russia has outmanoeuvred the Anglo-American hegemony, they will
not be pleased. The near future oil and gas exports to China and India will
dwarf the energy requirements of Europe and the United States. If this energy
isn't purchased in Anglo-American controlled petro-dollars, this wealth to the
Anglo-American empire is lost, and the energy assets used to prop up the petro-dollar
is also lost. The BBC reported this deal as a 'Huge Blow', however the BBC
wasn't clear as to the exact reasons this deal was a 'Huge Blow', and so threat
the "EU" 20. In reality the Anglo-American oligarchy has been dealt a
massive blow. For its part the BBC is simply more and more unreliable, during
this 'war on terror/war of terror' it has become increasingly uncritical,
un-analytical and become a news agency reporting UK government propaganda,
Have no Oil or Gas, but we can 'Gas' all day long.
In an article titled 'Five ex-Soviet bloc leaders back oil
pipeline bypassing Russia' the media are keen to report that the heads of state,
from five former communist-bloc countries have said they wanted to diversify
their energy supplies and gave their backing to a planned oil pipeline bypassing
In actuality what was being demonstrated at this meeting was a
giant proxy conference. The five ex-communist countries obviously include the
CIA inspired revolutionary states Azerbaijan, Georgia, Lithuania, Ukraine and
Poland. On behalf of the Anglo-American military industrial complex, via its new
client states, this meeting reached agreement unsurprisingly and was a
However in Russia the news reported this meeting in a
different light, in an article titled 'Warsaw energy summit's bleak prospects'
22. Was this meeting and subsequent 'deal' without wheels, or alas,
the gas to drive the wheels? The Russian media seem to think so, describing
that the agreement has been a waste of time, because without Turkmen or Kazakh
oil and gas, the pipeline will never deliver the kind of capacity, not will it
have the desired longevity required by the 'five ex-communist bloc countries'.
From a strictly oil and gas perspective (because this is what
the current conflict is over); the jury is still out on whether the war on
terror in Afghanistan and Iraq will turn out to be a waste of time. The war on
terror's success will be measured in profit margins and dividend payments of
Exxon, BP, Chevron, Texaco, and Unocal etc, not in the number of votes cast in
Iraq or Afghanistan.
Johnson has been a law professor at the University of California at Berkeley for
more than 20 years. As an academic lawyer, one of Johnson's specialties is
"analyzing the logic of arguments and identifying the assumptions that lie
behind those arguments." A few years ago he began to suspect that Darwinism, far
from being an objective fact, was little more than a philosophical position
dressed up as science--and poor science at that. Wanting to see whether his
initial impression was correct, Johnson decided to take a closer look at the
arguments, evidence and assumptions underlying contemporary Darwinism. The
result of his investigation is Darwin on Trial, a controversial new book that
challenges not only Darwinism but the philosophical mindset that sustains it. When did you first become aware
that Darwinism was in trouble as a scientific theory? I had been vaguely aware that there
were problems, but I'd never had any intention of taking up the subject
seriously or in detail until the 1987-88 academic year, when I was a visiting
professor in London. Every day on the way to my office I happened to go by a
large bookstore devoted to science. I picked up one book after another and
became increasingly fascinated with the obvious difficulties in the Darwinist
case--difficulties that were being evaded by tricky rhetoric and emphatic
repetition. I then began delving into the professional literature, especially in
scientific journals such as Nature and Science. At every step, what I found was
a failure of the evidence to be in accord with the theory.
What was it that initially made
you suspect that Darwinism was more philosophy than hard science? It was the way my scientific
colleagues responded when I asked the hard questions. Instead of taking the
intellectual questions seriously and responding to them, they would answer with
all sorts of evasions and vague language, making it impossible to discuss the
real objections to Darwinism. This is the way people talk when they're trying
very hard not to understand something.
Another tip-off was the sharp
contrast I noticed between the extremely dogmatic tone that Darwinists use when
addressing the general public and the occasional frank acknowledgments, in
scientific circles, of serious problems with the theory. For example, I would
read Stephen Jay Gould telling the scientific world that Darwinism was
effectively dead as a theory. And then in the popular literature, I would read
Gould and other scientific writers saying that Darwinism was fundamentally
healthy, and that scientists had the remaining problems well under control.
There was a contradiction here, and it looked as though there was an effort to
keep the outside world from becoming aware of the serious intellectual
What are some of the intellectual
difficulties? Can you give an example? The most important is the fossil
problem, because this is a direct record of the history of life on earth. If
Darwinism were true, you would expect the fossil evidence to contain many
examples of Darwinian evolution. You would expect to see fossils that really
couldn't be understood except as transitions between one kind of organism and
another. You would also expect to see some of the common ancestors that gave
birth to different groups like fish and reptiles. You wouldn't expect to find
them in every case, of course. It's perfectly reasonable to say that a great
deal of the fossil evidence has been lost. But you would continually be finding
examples of things that fit well with the theory.
In reality, the fossil record is
something that Darwinists have had to explain away, because what it shows is the
sudden appearance of organisms that exhibit no trace of step-by-step development
from earlier forms. And it shows that once these organisms exist, they remain
fundamentally unchanged, despite the passage of millions of years-and despite
climatic and environmental changes that should have produced enormous Darwinian
evolution if the theory were true. In short, if evolution is the gradual,
step-by-step transformation of one kind of thing into another, the outstanding
feature of the fossil record is the absence of evidence for evolution.
But isn't it possible, as many
Darwinists say, that the fossil evidence is just too scanty to show evidence of
Darwinian evolution? The question is whether or not
Darwinism is a scientific theory that can be tested with scientific evidence. If
you assume that the theory is true, you can deal with conflicting evidence by
saying that the evidence has disappeared. But then the question arises, how do
you know it's true if it isn't recorded in the fossils? Where is the This
article is reprinted from an interview with Citizen Magazine, January 1992.
proof? It's not in genetics. And it's not in the molecular evidence, which shows
similarities between organisms but doesn't tell you how those similarities came
about. So the proof isn't anywhere, and it's illegitimate to approach the fossil
record with the conclusive assumption that the theory is true so that you can
read into the fossil record whatever you need to support the theory.
If Darwinism has been so
thoroughly disconfirmed, why do so many scientists say it's a fact? There are several factors that
explain this. One is that Darwinism is fundamentally a religious position, not a
scientific position. The project of Darwinism is to explain the world and all
its life forms in a way that excludes any role for a creator. And that project
is sacred to the scientific naturalist-to the person who denies that God can in
any way influence natural events.
It's also an unfortunate fact in the
history of science that scientists will stick to a theory which is untrue until
they get an acceptable alternative theory-which to a Darwinist means a strictly
naturalistic theory. So for them, the question is not whether Darwinism is true.
The question is whether there is a better theory that's philosophically
acceptable. Any suggestion that Darwinism is false, and that we should admit our
ignorance about the origin of complex life-forms, is simply unacceptable. In
their eyes, Darwinism is the best naturalistic theory, and therefore effectively
true. The argument that it's false can't even be heard.
Surely there are some skeptics in
the scientific world. What of them? Well, there are several, and we can
see what happened to them. You have paleontologist Colin Patterson, who's quoted
in my first chapter. He made a very bold statement, received a lot of vicious
criticism, and then pulled back. This is a typical pattern.
Another pattern is that of Stephen
Jay Gould, who said that Darwinism is effectively dead as a general theory-and
then realized that he had given a powerful weapon to the creationists, whose
existence cannot be tolerated. So now Gould says that he's really a good
Darwinist, and that all he really meant was that Darwinism could be improved by
developing a larger theory that included Darwinism. What we have here is
politics, not science. Darwinism is politically correct for the scientific
community, because it enables them to fight off any rivals for cultural
Darwinists often accuse
creationists of intolerance. But you're suggesting that the Darwinists are
intolerant? If you want to know what Darwinist
science is really like, read what the Darwinists say about the creationists,
because those things-regardless of whether they're true about the
creationists-are true about the Darwinists. I've found that people often say
things about their enemies that are true of themselves. And I think Darwinist
science has many of the defects that the Darwinists are so indignant about when
they describe the creationists.
Across the country, there has been a
growing trend toward teaching evolution as a fact-especially in California, your
own state. What does this say about science education in America? This is an attempt to establish a
religious position as orthodox throughout the educational establishment, and
thus throughout the society. It's gone very far. The position is what I call
"scientific naturalism." The scientific organizations, for example, tell us that
if we wish to maintain our country's economic status and cope with environmental
problems, we must give everyone a scientific outlook. But the "scientific
outlook" they have in mind is one which, by definition, excludes God from any
role in the world, from the Big Bang to the present. So this is fundamentally a
religious position-a fundamentalist position, if you like--and it's being taught
in the schools as a fact when it isn't even a good theory.
Why should Christians be concerned
about a scientific theory? Why does it matter? Well, not only Christians should care
about it. Everyone should. It is religion in the name of science, and that means
that it is misleading people about both religion and science.
Copyright 1997 Phillip E. Johnson.
All rights reserved. International copyright secured.
"The only foes that threaten America are the enemies
at home, and these are ignorance, superstition and incompetence." : - - - Elbert
Hubbard (American editor, publisher and writer, 1856-1915)
"One of the things that bothers me most is the growing belief in the country
that security is more important than freedom. It ain't.": - - - Lyn
Nofziger [Franklyn C. Nofziger] Press Secretary for President Reagan
How deceitful is
the BROWN Government? How about 350 tonnes worth
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Remember the 350 tonnes of Ultra High Explosive which
Mysteriously “Disappeared” at the start of the Iraq war?
Well it’s now turned up. Apparently it is being used on a
daily basis to make thousands of lethal roadside bombs, which are killing US and
British troops as well as Iraqi civilians too. The Government is now trying to
both cover up their total incompetence by failing to secure the High Explosives
and at the same time blame IRAN for the roadside bombs made by insurgents from
the 350 missing tonnes.
Check out this news broadcast from NPR news, which was made at
the time of Disappearance.
Are we now supposed to buy the story that IRAN needs to be
invaded to stop the car bombings in IRAQ? DUH Hello - does anyone suppose lives
would be saved by starting WW3 when it was our Government’s failure to secure
the Ultra High Explosives in the first place?
The only way to save lives is to bring our troops home.
Military top brass on the ground agree - there is little more the British army
can achieve and indeed we may in fact be making matters worse, not better,
because most of the violence is aimed at us.
Gordon Brown and the Labour Party promised the British people
at the last election that a referendum would be held before the introduction of
the European Union Constitution. Everyone agrees the EU "Reform Treaty" now
being proposed is simply the EU Constitution under a different name. So where's
Our British friends across the big pond, who have been
promised a vote regarding a new constitution leading to further merger with the
European Union, are once again asking, "Where’s the referendum?" The Campaign
for an Independent Britain is leading the demand for a referendum on the EU
Reform Treaty. The group will be holding a Pro Referendum Rally on Saturday,
A number of speakers will be there from different sides of the
political aisle, including Dr. Bob Spink, Conservative MP for Castle Point;
Nigel Farage, Leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party; Roger Helmer MEP,
Chairman of the Freedom Association; Neil Herron of the Metric Martyr Defence
Fund; and Councilor Steve Radford of the Liberal Party.
Viewing their web sites and literature certainly makes you
aware of the battle that is being waged for a country that has been duped into
relinquishing its sovereignty. Funny how we haven’t heard much about this
struggle in our own media! But of course, this is the same media that either
refuses to report on the prospect of the North American Union or downplays
anyone who questions them on it. Perhaps because of the lack of reporting on the
subject, frequently you’ll hear other folks claim: "Well, it can’t happen here,"
or: "There’s no way Congress would support it."
I realize how hard it is for busy Americans to take such
worries seriously. After all, we live in America, the Land of the Free! But it
is worth the effort to look across the ocean and see the attack on national
sovereignty that has been unfolding there for decades. As the Campaign for an
Independent Britain has shown in its literature and on its Websites, a nation’s
sovereignty can be taken away with or without voters support. The British
experience fighting the EU should at the very least teach us to be vigilant
about defending our Declaration of Independence, our Constitution, and our way
of life, no matter what side of the political spectrum you are on. It’s amazing
that we as Americans would vow to literally fight to the death to defend a
frontal assault on our country or its principles, but when the assault is done
on the sly and our rights are slowly being eroded away (even by our own
government), we either don’t recognize it or we turn a blind eye, and anyone who
would even suggest such a thing is considered hysterical or worse.
We have to get over such knee jerk reactions and start
evaluating issues and events in a more clear-eyed manner. Only by doing that can
we take the first step toward identifying threats to our sovereignty in order to
save and protect our free and independent nation. It is crucial that we begin to
do so soon, because it’s easier to defend something already established than it
is to bring something back after it was surrendered.
The efforts of the Campaign for an Independent Britain should
remind us of the importance of our vital, but fragile sovereignty.
Black South Africans are worse off under
Posted By: Jan
'Black South Africans are much worse off under ANC-rule than
they ever were during apartheid... ' - Naomi Klein in "The Shock Doctrine: The
Rise of Disaster Capitalism'...
After over a decade of ANC-rule under Thabo Mbeki, conditions for black people
in SA are today so much worse than they ever were under apartheid that black
communities all across the country's townships again have returned to the
streets to protest -- waging violence-driven campaigns, this time against their
own black regime. They are protesting against their dismal living conditions and
also the drastic lack of civil liberties being endured under the Mbeki-regime.
Far-left Canadian journalist Naomi Klein noted these shocking living conditions
of black South Africans under the Mbeki-regime -- describing them in her latest
book "The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism". Klein provides the
following list of how living conditions for SA blacks have gotten worse:
o Four-million people now live on less than $1 a day (doubled since apartheid);
o 48% of the people now are unemployed; it was 28% under apartheid;
o only 5,000 of 35-million+ black South Africans earn over $60,000 a year; the
ANC government has built 1.8 million (ramshackle, tiny) new homes while
two-million South Africans have lost theirs;
o Some 1-m blacks were evicted from farms by new black farmers;
o the shack dweller population grew by 50%,
o in 2006, one-quarter of the entire SA population lives in shacks without
running water or electricity.
o the TB/AIDS infection rate is soaring past 20% -- and the Mbeki government
denies the severity of the twin killer-epidemics;
o The average life expectancy for everyone is at 48 years; it hovered around 62
years during apartheid;
o 40% of all SA schools have no electricity;
o 25% of all the 46-million people in SA have no clean water
o 60% of all the people have inadequate sanitation; 40% have no telephones.
The president's warmongering
remarks on the Iranian threat suggest he is psychotic. Really.
Forget impeachment. -
Liberals, put it behind you. George W. Bush and Dick Cheney shouldn't be treated
like criminals who deserve punishment. They should be treated like psychotics
who need treatment.
, , , , MORE , , , , ,
The 1993 World Trade Center bombing, where the FBI had penetrated the cell which carried out
the 1993 world trade center bombing, but -- at the last minute -- canceled the
plan to have its FBI infiltrator substitute fake power for real explosives,
against the infiltrator's strong wishes, was carried out -- and
covered up -- on your watch.
How dare you?
As the commander in chief during two of the worst false flag attacks on American
soil, how dare you attempt to now try to cover up the crimes of 9/11?
9/11 may have been carried out on the watch of the neocon branch of the false
flag party, but it must have been planned years in advance, by both
the "left" and "right" faces of that
party. Indeed, the need for false flag attacks to justify military adventures in
the Middle East was openly hinted at while Clinton was
still in office by Jimmy Carter's neoliberal national security advisor.
26 October 2007
"Some explanations of a crime are not
explanations: they're part of the crime." - - - Olavo de
"19 terrorists in 6 weeks have been
able to command 300 million North Americans to do away with the entirety of
their civil liberties that took 700 years to advance from the Magna Carta
onward. The terrorists have already won the political and ideological war with
one terrorist act. It is mind-boggling that we are that weak as a society." - -
- Rocco Galati lawyer for the Canadian Islamic Congress October, 2001
"All you have to do is to tell
them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism
and exposing the country to danger." - - - Hermann Goering
Controlling the News
Editor’s note: We have always taken a highly dubious
view of the many stories of a conspiratorial nature that have sprung up after
the 9/11 attack. It is obvious that many are not based on facts nor logic but
the continuing flood of doubt certainly indicates that the American public is
generally disillusioned and has turned to theory to explain matters that to them
cannot be explained away. Some of this questioning is very much to the point and
it is very obvious that much has been put out as deliberate disinformation.
However, when we received the attached article, we read it through very
carefully, prepared to push the delete button but of all the various theories
and suppositions offered to date, it makes the most sense. And, unlike many
other suppositions and theories, it stands up will to the application of known,
provable facts. So in this issue, we will devote almost all the space to this
article and would certainly welcome reasoned responses. The Editor TBR News
Some three months ago, I assumed my duties at a national media chain.
Shortly after I arrived, a senior staff member, a woman of some age and great
determination, took ill with what was diagnosed as a form of cancer and she had
to take a protracted medical leave to have it treated. After she had been gone a
month, corporate became concerned because she was the one who received and
allotted stories on national security.
Her prognosis was guarded ,so my immediate superior, at the top of the food
chain, told me to look into her files and see if there was anything that might
be needed currently. She had four large filing cabinets in her office, all
locked. Before having them opened, I checked with the staff at her clinic and
explained our position.
Her oncologist told me that she might recover in time but would not be able to
return to work for at least six months. Later that night, we had a discreet
locksmith come into the building. I personally guided them past our security
people downstairs in the lobby. It took about five minutes to open all the locks
and they then left.
For the next three days, I personally waded through hundreds of files going back
to the Eisenhower presidency. Most of the material was interesting but little of
it was of any current use.
However, in one cabinet, there were stacks of what appeared, and later proved ,
to be copies sent to our staffer by Israeli sources, both from the Israeli
Embassy people in D.C. and from other sources in Israel. These were very
interesting (to say the very least) and many bore on the current situation in
the Middle East.
One file in particular was astonishing.
It was an Israeli post mortem analysis of the 9-11 attack, complied from their
inside sources in May of 2003, and one of the most remarkable historical
chronicles I have ever read.
That file in particular had a note with her name printed at the top that it was
never to be shown to anyone under any circumstances. Reading it through, I can
see why. I put all the other files back in place and made photo copies of some
of the more sensitive ones before doing so.
That’s the background. And here is the complete report.
You will note that there are a number of comments and explanations in italics.
Those are mine and are taken from reliable sources and duly noted.
Insofar as controlling the news is concerned, this is a prime, even classic,
example of that oeuvre. When you read it, you will understand why no media
outlet in the United States would ever dare address its contents.
“AN ANALYSIS OF THE TERRORIST ATTACKS ON AMERICAN TARGETS ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2001
WITH APPROPRIATE BACKGROUND INFORMATION
The Initial attack on the World Trade Center
On Friday, February 26, 1993, at approximately 12:18 PM, a huge car bomb
exploded in the Secret Service section of the underground garage of the World
Trade Center in New York. The blast killed five people and injured many more The
concrete ceiling over the Path subway station collapsed and the casualties were
killed by the debris. The blast destroyed three floors of reinforced concrete
and set off fires that sent dense clouds of smoke up into one of the two towers.
Power was interdicted and the lighting and elevator systems were not
Many thousands of office workers had to be evacuated . There was great chaos in
the building with occupants breaking windows to get air and filling the
stairwells with a panic stricken mass of fleeing people. This attack was the
work of a handful of amateur Muslims who were soon apprehended and tried. Four
of them, Nidal Ayvad, Mohammed Salameh, Amad Ajaj and Mahmud Aboulhalma were
tried and convicted of this act and in May of 1994 were sent to prison for life.
Their putative leader, one Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman, a New York area religious
leader, was also sentenced to life for his controlling role in the attack.
The issues of this bomb attack were quite simple. Muslim fundamentalists had
tried to destroy a major American financial institution. That they were amateurs
and very inept was beside the point. Other, better organized and funded groups
would note the disruption and panic and use it for future such attempts.
The Americans are not anywhere as competent in dealing with terrorists as we
are. We have been intimately involved with them since before 1948. As usual, the
American media made a large production of it for about a week and then it simply
The attitude of the Clinton administration was that they did not want to disturb
the American Muslim population and in the end, viewed the attack as an
aberration that was unlikely to be repeated. The terrorists were viewed as a
group of rank amateurs and the matter was not pursued. We have good rapport with
the Central Intelligence Agency and have many of our people employed there but
this is a domestic matter and these internal matters are addressed by the
Federal Bureau of Investigation which is not as friendly with us as other
agencies. They have been instructed to cooperate with our people on such things
but are very sparing in this cooperation. In summation, the Americans did not
learn from this attack and this will be dealt with later in this report.
Because of very lax, almost incompetent, enforcement of American immigration
laws, many Muslim terrorists go to America to conduct their plotting, secure in
the knowledge that unless they commit a crime, no one in authority will bother
with them. They are free to enter, overstay their short-term visas and go to
ground without fear of detection. Because many of these individuals and groups
are a distinct threat to us, we have sought and obtained permission from the
American authorities to send our counter intelligence people into their country
and keep these potential terrorists under close surveillance.
Part of the agreement permitting this is that we were to keep the FBI fully
appraised of anything we might find. They also agreed to supply us with
information. This was rarely fully forthcoming so we set up our own
surveillance, using telephonic systems we controlled. Also, we have been able to
track bank records without any difficulty and can immediately locate funds
coming into the United States from suspect foreign banks, known to act as
conduits for terrorist funding. Because the FBI is often not particularly
responsive or cooperative, we, in turn, only inform them of matters of common
interest when absolutely necessary.
Due to our investigations, we early on learned that known Muslim terrorists and
suspected terror cells were primarily located in Phoenix, Arizona, as well as in
both the Miami and Hollywood, Florida areas and once this had been ascertained,
these groups were kept under close local surveillance from December 2000 to
April 2001. The terrorists were watched daily and all telephone usage was
closely observed. They often used codes when talking both inside the United
States and overseas but these were fairly easily broken.
Activities of Mossad in US against terrorists
We were aware that several terrorist cells were operating in Germany, thanks to
cooperation with the German BND and another agency. In 1996 and 1997, we were
watching a number of suspected terrorists, specifically one Mohammed Atta and
his lieutenant, Marwan al=Shehi were located at 54 Maarienstrasse in Hamburg We
learned from telephone intercepts and one of our undercover people, a Yemeni ,
that the Muslims were planning to attack American naval units ported in Yemen.
This was the attack on the USS Cole on October 12, 2000.
Our informant said that the Hamburg people were talking about the idea of
launching a “massive and impressive” attack on American territory that would be
planned to achieve the maximum public relations effect. In 2000, we learned that
Atta and others had left Germany for the United States and that they were
specifically preparing to launch a spectacular terrorist attack somewhere inside
the United States. We had notified the FBI headquarters about this and then
learned from them that Atta and others were now resident in Hollywood, Florida.
We sent a team of Arab-speakers led by Hanan Serfati, into the area and they
were able to lease apartments had rented several dwellings near the corner of
701st St. and 21st St. in Hollywood, in direct proximity to the terrorist cell.
Initially, we kept them under constant surveillance and when they had left their
residence, conducted a break-in and planted listening devices. Also, one of our
people, speaking perfect Arabic, made personal contact with the Atta people. The
team leader himself kept a residence in proximity to the American Postal Service
office where it had been determined that they had a drop box. At this point,
we had kept both the FBI and the CIA fully informed of our actions and they,
in turn, were able to help us with mail covers and other information.
We observed that several of the terrorists began to take flight training.
Mohammed Atta and Marwan Alshehhi took jet flying lessons at Huffman Aviation, a
flight school in nearby Venice. Again, we notified the FBI and CIA of this
training because it indicated a probable aerial assault but neither agency
expressed any genuine interest in the information.
The Arab extremist plot that led to the attacks of September 11 was hatched
in Hamburg, Germany.
The main movers in this plot, Mohammed Atta, Ramzi bin al Shibh and Said Bahaji,
moved into an apartment at 54 Marienstrasse in the German port city. In 1999
these men, and others, went to an al Quaeda camp in Afghanistan for training
purposes. In 2000, they were back in Hamburg, boasting about planned attacks
against American targets. In the same year, a number of the Hamburg Arab
plotters went to the United States to attend flight training schools.
From this time onwards, until the date of the actual attacks, the Hamburg
terrorist cell was in constant telephonic and fax communication with their
members in America.
Shortly before the attacks, most of the Hamburg terrorists left Germany for
Afghanistan and Pakistan. [Source: New York Times, August 30, 2002]
Terrorist Plan revealed
Our undercover agent with the Atta group had proven to be of great value to them
by giving them information we supplied him. As they grew more confident of him,
they confided to him, and we had made tapes of these conversations, that they
planned to launch a massive aerial attack against targets inside the United
States. The USS Cole incident, they felt, had had very little impact on the
American public. It was then that an enlargement of the 1993 car bomb attack on
the World Trade Center in New York was put forward They developed the idea that
if they crashed their planes into both buildings, the results would be far more
dramatic than the initial attack. Later, our man also suggested a possible
attack on other targets in Washington. They discussed attacks on the White
House, the Capitol building and the Pentagon.
The number of terrorists available to fly commercial planes into targets was
limited by the number of men who were available and could be trained. It was
then decided to rule out the White House because it was such a small target and
concentrate on the Pentagon and the Capitol building. Once that had been
settled, the actual planning began in earnest. Our man kept us advised at all
times of the progress and we, in turn, immediately notified the Israeli Embassy
in Washington and our own agency, both in Tel Aviv and the United States.
Department of Justice (FBI) and CIA to White House in re coming attacks: The
As it appeared that there would be such attacks for a certainty., our Embassy
first of all contacted both the American Justice Department and the Central
Intelligence Agency and appraised them of the seriousness of the situation.
Eventually, the office of the Ambassador made contact with top aides of the Vice
It was felt at the time that Mr. Cheney would understand this matter and be able
to make a presentation to the President. In a number of substantive talks with
Mr. Cheney, it was mutually decided that the attacks should proceed. The reasons
agreed upon were that it would at once give the President the opportunity of
securing great domestic power with the legislature and the public. It would also
permit, and most important, that the U.S. could attack Saddam Hussein. He was
then one of our top enemies and had, in fact, bombarded us with missiles during
the Gulf War.
It was felt strongly that if Hussein were removed, the country invaded by
American troops and occupied, not only would the United States have secure
rights to the huge Iraqi oil reserves but could set up a
permanent military base in Iraq. This would act as a buffer for Israel and a
constant threat to other Arab states plus set up a vital block between Iran, who
has threatened Israel many times, and our state. Mr. Cheney, who has excellent
connections with the American oil business, was entirely in favor of this on
He then made a presentation, with our people present, to the President who at
once accepted all the aspects of it. The decision was made not to interdict the
attack in any way and allow it to happen as it would and to await the outcome.
Both the CIA and FBI were to be listened to but forbidden to act “until informed
to do so.”
Mr. Cheney remarked that he did not want an attack on the Pentagon to emasculate
its military leadership so he suggested that since a part of the building was
empty due to interior renovations, that our man with the Atta group inform them
that this empty side was where the important people worked.
When the subject of the air attack on the Capitol building, an enormous and
easily hit target, the President remarked that if the Congress was sitting at
the time of the attack, the death or injury of many of its members would not
only add to national outrage but also strengthen his powers as a President
during a wartime. There was at this point in time, no doubt that a subsequent
American military attack on Iraq with ground troops would be made as discussed
Influx of Foreign
Since well before the target date, a number of high-level warnings were received
by American governmental agencies concerning news of a pending terrorist attack.
Because, at the highest level, it was wished not to interfere with the
probability of such an attack, all such information was sent to either the Vice
President or the President himself. Of course, nothing was done in fact but
there were many worried conversations back and forth. The most persistent were
the Germans who had developed inside information and on a number of occasions
sent their finding on to the Americans. All were ignored.
In mid-August, 2001, President Vladimir Putin of
Russia made a report about possible Arab attacks against domestic American
On August 20, 2001, the French government made a similar report.
On August 24, 2001, the head of the Israeli Mossad reported the imminence
of an Arab attack against American targets and a similar report was made by the
same agency on September 7, 2001.
Domestically, the picture is not as clear but it is known that:
On June 26, 2001, the CIA informed the White House that they had
intercepted foreign intelligence traffic concerning possible al-Qaeda strikes in
America on July 4.
On July 1, 2001, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California) a member of the
Senate Intelligence Committee stated that her staff had advised her that there
was a “major probability of a terrorist incident within the next three months.”
On July 2, 2001, the FBI reported to the White House that al-Qaeda
terrorist attacks outside the United States were very possible and that domestic
attacks could not be discounted.
On July 5, 2001, the CIA informed the President that al-Qaeda attacks
against American targets were entirely possible during the summer of that year.
On July 28, 2001, authorities in Dubai arrested one Djamel Beghal who
revealed information about a planned al-Qaeda explosive attack on the U.S.
Embassy in Paris
On August 6, 2001, the CIA also presented a warning to the President,
explicitly concerned with terrorism inside the United States. The actual content
of this message has been the subject of considerable debate, with White House
officials understandably downplaying its significance.[Sources: Time May 27,
Mossad agrees to
provide special services to US in addition to updates on Atta people
After many discussions, it was determined that the American authorities could
not be seen to have had real knowledge and specific information on this attack.
It was also reasoned that for the attack to achieve its geo-political goals, the
targets would have to be destroyed. Of course they could not destroy the
Pentagon nor would this be wished. As stated above, the damage was to be in a
so-called “safe” area. Our man in Florida did give to the Atta people his
‘inside” information as to which part of the building to attack and thereby save
the lives of top military officials. Because the main public relations targets
were the two tall buildings, it was imperative that they be either badly damaged
or destroyed in full view of the cameras and the American public. Heavy loss of
life was expected but mention was made of an air accident previously in which an
American bomber got lost in the clouds and rammed into the Empire State
building. Damage to the building was not great. It was finally agreed that we
would supply certain technical assistance to absolutely insure the very visual
and dramatic damage.
The Americans would have no provable connection with this. To achieve this,
first a study of both buildings was made that showed they were very cheaply
erected and that it would be very possible to “assist” the terrorists in their
work. To do this, three teams of our people were selected with the idea that
they would leave the country right away and that no one would attempt to
interdict or block their exit.
The actual plan was to enter the big buildings at night
as maintenance people, to proceed to the part of the buildings most likely
to be struck. We knew approximately where this would happen but not certainly.
Then, entering the office spaces, quick access through the false ceilings
allowed the team to use locally-made
thermite bombs with magnetic attachments which would easily and quickly be
placed against a strategic number of the horizontal steel beams that held up
They were to be triggered by a specific rise in heat and were placed against
each bean at an angle so as to insure burring the beam through sufficiently to
materially weaken it. Our engineers calculated that first the plane would strike
the building and start big fires. The fires would weaken the beams and when the
heat had reached a certain point, the
thermite hidden up above the false ceilings would ignite and burn through
the beam. The weight of the building above would press down below and it was
then hoped that everything would crash down.
As we did not know just on what floor the plane would strike, these heat bombs
were placed, five to a floor, for five floors, up and down. These bombs were
small enough, and safe enough, to conceal in maintenance equipment. And, in the
event that the attacks were aborted for any reason, our people could easily
return to the buildings afterwards and retrieve the bombs without leaving a
thermite would certainly eat into the steel but would not explode and reveal
About three weeks prior to the actual attack, the special code words were
developed by Atta. In that case, the Pentagon was called ‘The Faculty of Fine
Arts”, the Capitol was termed “The Faculity of Law;” and the Trade
Building tower was termed, as "The Faculty of Town Planning." This, of
course was part of the cover story that Atta and his people were students,
following an educational career in America and used these for international
telephone calls to their superiors in Saudi Arabia.
As soon as the date was fixed for the attack, the White House warned very senior
American officials like the Attorney General and the Secretary of Defense and
his staff, not to fly on commercial aircraft because of “rumors of possible
hijackings” . No one outside of a very small circle was told the truth. And
because of the possibility that the White House might still be a target of
opportunity, the President went in early October, well before the projected
attack date, to Texas and then later went to Florida where he and his staff
remained in safety until after the attack was over.
July 26, 2001: Attorney General Ashcroft stops flying
commercial airlines due to a threat assessment but “neither the FBI nor the
Justice Department … would identify [to CBS] what the threat was, when it was
detected or who made it.”. [Source: CBS, 7/26/01] He later walks out of his
office rather than answer questions about this. [Source: Associated Press,
August 4-30, 2001: President Bush spends most of August 2001 at his
Crawford, Texas, ranch, nearly setting a record for the longest presidential
vacation. While it is billed a “working vacation,” ABC reports Bush is doing
“nothing much” aside from his regular daily intelligence briefings. [ABC 8/3/01;
Washington Post 8/7/01; Salon 8/29/01] One such unusually long briefing at the
start of his trip is a warning that bin Laden is planning to attack in the US,
but Bush spends the rest of that day fishing (see August 6, 2001). By the end of
his trip, Bush has spent 42 percent of his presidency at vacation spots or en
route. [Washington Post 8/7/01] At the time, a poll shows that 55 percent of
Americans say Bush is taking too much time off. [USA Today, 8/7/01] Vice
President Cheney also spends the entire month in a remote location in Wyoming.
[Jackson Hole News and Guide 8/15/01]
September 6-7, 2001: 4,744 put options (a speculation that the stock will
go down) are purchased on United Air Lines stock as opposed to only 396 call
options (speculation that the stock will go up). This is a dramatic and abnormal
increase in sales of put options. Many of the UAL puts are purchased through
Deutschebank/AB Brown, a firm managed until 1998 by the current Executive
Director of the CIA, A.B. "Buzzy" Krongard. [New York Times; Wall Street
September 10, 2001: 4,516 put options are purchased on American Airlines as
compared to 748 call options. [New York Times; Wall Street Journal.]
September 6-11, 2001: No other airlines show any similar trading patterns
to those experienced by UAL and American. The put option purchases on both
airlines were 600% above normal. This at a time when Reuters (September 10)
issues a business report stating "airline stocks may be poised to take off."
September 6-10, 2001: Highly abnormal levels of put options are purchased
in Merrill Lynch, Morgan Stanley, AXA Re (insurance) which owns 25% of American
Airlines, and Munich Re. All of these companies are directly impacted by the
September 11 attacks.
On September 10, 2001, the NSA intercepted two messages in Arabic. One
“Tomorrow is zero hour” and the second “The match begins tomorrow.” [Source: New
York Times, August 10, 2002] On June 19, 2002, CNN reported the contents of
these two National Security Agency intercepts. Other news outlets, including The
Washington Post, also reported on the intercepts. [Source: New York Times,
August 10, 2002]
September 10, 2001: Bush flew to Florida from Texas to visit with his
brother Governor Jeb Bush. Attorney General Ashcroft rejects a proposed $58
million increase in financing for the bureau's counter-terrorism programs. On
the same day, he sends a request for budget increases to the White House. It
covers 68 programs, but none of them relate to counter-terrorism. He also sends
a memorandum to his heads of departments, stating his seven priorities—none of
them relating to counter-terrorism. This is more than a little strange, since
Ashcroft stopped flying public airplanes in July due to terrorist threats (see
July 26, 2001) and he told a Senate committee in May that counter-terrorism was
his “highest priority.” [New York Times, 6/1/02, Guardian, 5/21/02]
The final attack varied very little from the last planning stage. One of the
hijacked planes, the one intended to hit the Capitol building, was crashed by
action of its passengers but the other three struck their targets as
anticipated. The flames, smoke and general confusion were indeed a public
spectacle, seen by all of America and the buildings, beams severed when the heat
reached a certain point, did collapse in great clouds. A third building was
tended to from the inside, not struck by an aircraft, and because great tanks of
fuel were ignited, burned until it collapsed some time later.
The carnage was not to believe and everyone involved in this felt is was a most
profitable operation. As we know, the President was acclaimed as a great leader
and he was then able to marshal national support into his attack on Iraq. The
military campaign, as foreseen, has proven to be quick and decisive, Hussein and
his henchmen were swept away and now the American military and civilian forces
are in complete control of Iraq. Iran has been put on notice and we expect a
large, permanent American military base in the area to act as a deterrent to any
future manifestation of Arab nationalism. All of our technicians, as opposed to
our intelligence people, were immediately evacuated and aside from several who
were temporarily detained by American authorities, eventually all were released
and returned safe home.
Now, we have moved from a defensive to an offensive posture and, with American
support and a large military presence, the ever-present fears of attacks have
been neutralized, hopefully for a very long time.”
A Really Inconvenient Truth
FarSight3 – Rumor Mill News
While we have seen the absurdity of Al Gore
winning the Nobel Peace Prize for making a propaganda movie about global warming
the greatest scientific scam, promoted by the NWO-front organization of the IPCC,
is unfolding in front of our noses:
Source (emphasis added):
CO2: The Greatest Scientific Scandal of Our Time
by Zbigniew Jaworowski, M.D., Ph.D., D.Sc.
We thus find ourselves in the situation that
the entire theory of man-made global warming—with its repercussions in
science, and its important consequences for politics and the global economy—is
based on ice core studies that provided a false picture of the
atmospheric CO2 levels. Meanwhile, more than 90,000 direct measurements of CO2
in the atmosphere, carried out in America, Asia, and Europe between 1812 and
1961, with excellent chemical methods (accuracy better than 3%), were
arbitrarily rejected. These measurements had been published in 175 technical
papers. For the past three decades, these well-known direct CO2 measurements,
recently compiled and analyzed by Ernst-Georg Beck (Beck 2006a, Beck 2006b, Beck
2007), were completely ignored by climatologists—and not because they
Indeed, these measurements were made by several Nobel Prize winners,
using the techniques that are standard textbook procedures in chemistry,
biochemistry, botany, hygiene, medicine, nutrition, and ecology.
The only reason for rejection was that these measurements did not fit the
hypothesis of anthropogenic climatic warming. I regard this as perhaps
the greatest scientific scandal of our time. From among this treasure of
excellent data (ranging up to 550 ppmv of measured CO2 levels), the founders of
the anthropogenic global warming hypothesis (Calendar 1949, Calendar 1958, and
Keeling 1986) selected only a tiny fraction of the data and doctored it,
to select out the low concentrations and reject the high values—all in order to
set a falsely low pre-industrial average CO2 concentration of 280 ppmv as
in globally averaged temperatures since the mid-20th century. This manipulation
has been discussed several times since the 1950s (Fonsel et al. 1956, Jaworowski
et al. 1992b, and Slocum 1955), and more recently and in-depth by Beck 2007...
OK, so we have been quiet on the 911 front lately, but this one caught our
eye as being a short (9mins approx) and to the point.
Twin Towers: Demolished For Effect
Collapse footage, witness testimony, and common sense all indicate that the Twin
Towers were deliberately demolished with explosives.
Note how no debunkers never address the oral histories of 503 first responders
which taken as a whole offer strong corroboration to the controlled demolition
As ever, this one will not go away until the questions are answered (which is
why we are reminding our readers yet again.)
To the organisers of the auction to raise money for Labour
Party funds, it probably seemed a good idea at the time.
Why not ask Cherie Blair to autograph a copy of the 750-page
document which saved her husband's political career and offer it as one of the
lots? A copy was organised, Mrs Blair duly signed it, and the special
souvenir edition of the Hutton report went for £400 at the event in London's
Mayfair last year, with various Labour luminaries in attendance.
In 2003 Dr David Kelly was
found dead in the woods. Caught in a political vortex, Dr Kelly had been forced
to appear before a televised government committee investigating whether he had
accused British government figures of planting in a dossier the questionable
claim that WMDs could be unleashed from Iraq in 45 minutes. The Hutton Inquiry
concluded that Dr Kelly took his own life. But did he? This blog takes a closer
, , ,
THE country which bought you
Benito Mussolini, the Catholic Church, the Roman Empire and other advocates of
free speech is trying to bring in some of the toughest Internet gagging laws
Ricardo Franco Levi,
undersecretary to the President of the Council, has written a law that requires
anyone with a blog or a website has to register it with Communications
Authority, produce certificates, pay a tax, even if they provide information
without any intention to make money.
If you must blog you must form
a publishing company and have a registered journalist on your board of directors
running things. The draft law has already been given the thumbs up by the
Council of Ministers and now faces Parliament before becoming law. With all the
hoops that the new law makes people jump through, it is going to take a very
dedicated bogger to want to set one up. As far as the government is concerned,
that is a good thing because people will stop saying nasty things about them on
The law will close down most
blogs and those which survive have to be so certain about what they are
publishing is true or else they go to jail. Until the law is approved by the
Italian parliament you can read more
Ed: - If you think that
this does not effect you, think again. You can be sure that other governments
with the EU and around the world will be watching the Italian’s progress very
carefully in order to roll-out their own versions, and thus stifle your
It had to happen sooner or later I guess – Al Qaeda
Responsible for the California Fires , , , , , , ,
"You know your country is dying
when you have to make a distinction between what is moral and ethical, and what
is legal." -- John De Armond
"It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong."- - - Voltaire
Foster child to be taken away
because Christian couple refuse to teach him about homosexuality
They are devoted foster parents with an unblemished record of
caring for almost 30 vulnerable children.
But Vincent and Pauline Matherick will this week have their
latest foster son taken away because they have refused to sign new sexual
equality regulations. To do so, they claim, would force them to promote
homosexuality and go against their Christian faith. The 11-year-old boy, who has
been in their care for two years, will be placed in a council hostel this week
and the Mathericks will no longer be given children to look after. The
devastated couple, who have three grown up children of their own, became foster
parents in 2001 and have since cared for 28 children at their home in Chard,
Earlier this year, Somerset County Council's social services
department asked them to sign a contract to implement Labour's new Sexual
Orientation Regulations, part of the Equality Act 2006, which make
discrimination on the grounds of sexuality illegal. Officials told the couple
that under the regulations they would be required to discuss same-sex
relationships with children as young as 11 and tell them that gay partnerships
were just as acceptable as heterosexual marriages. They could also be required
to take teenagers to gay association meetings.
When the Mathericks objected, they were told they would be
taken off the register of foster parents. The Mathericks have decided to resign
rather than face the humiliation of being expelled. Mr Matherick, a 65-year-old
retired travel agent and a primary school governor, said: "I simply could not
agree to do it because it is against my central beliefs.
"We have never discriminated against anybody but I cannot
preach the benefits of homosexuality when I believe it is against the word of
God." Mrs Matherick, 61, said they had asked if they could continue looking
after their foster son until he is found a permanent home, but officials refused
and he will be placed in a council hostel on Friday. She said: "He was very
upset to begin with. We are all very close, but he's a mature young man and he's
dealing with it."
The couple, who have six grandchildren and one greatgrandchild,
are both ministers at the nonconformist South Chard Christian Church. When they
first started fostering they took in young single mothers and their babies. More
recently they have been caring for children of primary school age. Mr Matherick
added: "It's terrible that we've been forced into this corner. It just should
not happen. There are not enough foster carers around anyway without these
rules. They were saying that we had to be prepared to talk about sexuality with
11-year-olds, which I don't think is appropriate anyway, but not only that, to
be prepared to explain how gay people date. They said we would even have to take
a teenager to gay association meetings. How can I do that when it's totally
against what I believe?"
Religious campaigners say the couple are the latest victims of
an equality drive which puts gay rights above religious beliefs. Christian,
Jewish and Muslim leaders have complained that the rules force them to overturn
The Mathericks are planning to fight their case in the courts
with the backing of the Lawyers' Christian Fellowship. The same organisation is
backing Christian magistrate Andrew McClintock who resigned from the family
courts in a row over gay adoption. He says he was forced to resign because he
was not allowed to opt out of cases where he might have to send a child to live
with gay parents. The Mathericks' case comes at a time when there is a chronic
shortage of foster parents, who work on a voluntary basis. An extra 8,000 are
needed to plug the gaps in the service.
Researchers have found that continually moving children from
home to home can have a devastating impact on their education and general
welfare. But a report last year revealed that the shortage of carers meant that
some children in care are being forced to move up to three times a year. David
Taylor, Somerset County Council's corporate director for children and young
people, said: "No decision has been made about the deregistration of Mr and Mrs
Matherick. The council is committed to promoting the interests of children and
young people and welcomes foster carers from all backgrounds and faiths."
Bush - Falsehoods Without
Even by the presidential standards, Bush’s recent speech on
torture policies was extraordinary.
“In this new war, the enemy conspires in secret — and often
the only source of information on what the terrorists are planning is the
terrorists themselves. So we established a program at the Central Intelligence
Agency to question key terrorist leaders and operatives captured in the war on
terror. This program has produced critical intelligence that has helped us stop
a number of attacks — including a plot to strike the U.S. Marine camp in
Djibouti, a planned attack on the U.S. consulate in Karachi, a plot to hijack a
passenger plane and fly it into Library Tower in Los Angeles, California, or a
plot to fly passenger planes into Heathrow Airport and buildings into downtown
“Despite the record of success, and despite the fact that our
professionals use lawful techniques, the CIA program has come under renewed
criticism in recent weeks. Those who oppose this vital tool in the war on terror
need to answer a simple question: Which of the attacks I have just described
would they prefer we had not stopped?”
Seriously? To question whether the United States government is
torturing people, outside the law and treaties to which they are a party, is
actually necessarily to “prefer” that terrorists execute successful attacks?
Also, you would of course have to ask, “Which of those attacks
was more than pure fantasy in the first place?
Meanwhile, Brown confirms to the world
that he is every bit Bush’s whipping boy as much as his predecessor
Prime Minister Gordon Brown said on Wednesday that he believed sanctions would
restrain Iran's nuclear ambitions, but he again refused to rule out military
Michael Meacher, a legislator (Labour MP) from Brown's own Party, had asked
whether the prime minister would give a commitment not to give military,
logistical or political support to any U.S. military action against Iran.
Brown declined to do so, stating: "I believe that we will have to step up our
sanctions over the next few weeks. I will rule nothing out, but I do tell him
that I believe that the diplomatic route and the sanctions are both having an
effect, and if stepped up can have an even bigger effect in the future."
'Blue card' will
bring extra 20m Asian and African workers to EU in next 20 years
Minister were challenged
yesterday over plans by Brussels that could leave Britain facing a fresh wave of
migrants from Africa and Asia.
The blue card scheme that
would let an extra 20million immigrants and their families from outside the EU
settle in any European country was described by the Tories as "a very worrying
development". Shadow Home Secretary David Davis called on Labour to "make clear
it will not hand over more control to Brussels" after the plans to give work
permits to skilled workers were unveiled by immigration commissioner Franco
The blue card, similar to the U.S. green card,
would entitle migrants with more than three years' work experience or a
university degree to work in a member state under "fast-track" immigration
reforms. Mr Frattini has
described the scheme as a global job advertising blitz to attract engineers,
doctors, nurses and IT workers from Asia, Africa and Latin America. Europe's
economy has skills gaps caused by a declining, ageing population, but the U.S.
is currently a far more attractive destination for many qualified workers.
Britain can opt out of the scheme initially because it is not bound by EU policy
on immigration and asylum. But blue card-holders would be allowed to enter the
UK by the "back door" because the scheme allows workers and their families to
move to a second EU country of their choice after two years. They can also apply
to stay permanently after five consecutive years in any EU state. Britain
already plans to introduce a points system based on salary and qualifications
which would allow skilled migrants to work here. Yet this could be rendered
useless because even if someone was rejected by Britain, they could be approved
by the blue card scheme.
Mr Davis said: "These
proposals mark a very worrying development. At a time when Labour has patently
failed to exert a proper level of control over immigration the last thing we
need is more meddling from Brussels. The level and impact of immigration from
outside the EU to the UK is different to other EU countries. This is precisely
the kind of policy that should be left to national governments and Labour must
make clear it will not hand over more control to Brussels."
Tory Euro MP Syed Kamall
said: "A one-size-fits-all immigration policy will fail to cater for the
individual needs of the local economy.
But the Home Office refused to
rule out the prospect of Britain taking blue card-holders within the next two
Does the Bionic Woman
By Henry Makow Ph.D.
The answer is no. After a car hit Jaime Sommers, surgeons replaced her uterus
with nanomachines called anthrocytes attached to stainless steel testicles. Ever
since she has been
kicking male butt. NBC's resurrection of this 1970's TV series about a
mutant is timely since Sommers' ordeal is a metaphor for what the Rockefeller
Foundation did to her unwary sisters. ("How
the Rockefellers Re-engineered Women")
As result, women are increasingly confused, lost and desperate. Nature designed
them to sacrifice for husband and children and to be cherished in return. But
elite social engineers taught them that devoting your life to your loved ones is
"oppression." They must be selfish, emulate men and have careers. The elite's
ultimate goal is to eliminate the nuclear family as a means of controlling
humanity, i.e. also the purpose of the "war of terror."
MONKEY SEE; MONKEY DO
People imitate what they see. The mass media is full of mutant female role
models and young women are succumbing to mind control.
"MTV had turned young women into 90-pound whores," a male friend in his late
twenties tells me. "Ten years ago, girls demanded you date them. Now at dances
strangers are rubbing their breasts against you and beckoning you like animals.
They laugh if you mention dating and marriage."
A Greek reader wrote: "Women here are either professional prostitutes or
'amateur prostitutes.' True feminine women are a rare gem. Most girls begin
their sexual life at 14 or earlier, and have children only after 30. They
complain about men but flee in terror from a decent man or make his life
Phillip, a British man living in Denmark writes: "Something is very rotten in
the State Of Denmark. They have one of the highest divorce rates in Europe. The
lowest marriage count. It's all a little like the film `Invasion Of The Body
Snatchers`. As if some alien entity has removed all the people and replaced
He describes Danish women as "scruffy men. They all have short `manly` haircuts.
Almost all wear small `goggly` spectacles. They dress ...`blue collar
masculine`. From Top to Toe, almost without exception. And they have the
attitudes to match, born out of years of social engineering in what must be the
most comprehensive `programming` module on earth, namely, the Danish Education
A Black reader in Washington DC is amazed at Philip's account: "It looks like
Denmark is the projects/ghetto for Europe (Chuck D’s lyric is perfect "What is a
project but another word for experiment?"). Phillip is living through the same
thing I see in the black communities that surround Washington DC. It is
downright eerie. I swear all you have to do is replace the names of the people
because the behavior is exactly the same. Androgyny and gender bending,
violence, single parenthood and lonely women in their 30-40s."
The Illuminati bankers who control the mass media and education systems are
programming women not to marry and have children.
Sexual attraction is a function of fertility. After age 35, it is a steep and
slippery slope for most, no matter what the media says. Women "of a certain age"
have a harder time finding mates. "Independent" women are liable to be alone for
more than half their lives.
A Toronto woman wrote to me: "Arrested development and too late" applies to me.
And many like me. I see them every day in the bus and subway. Sad, lonely and
unfulfilled. I might be a little bit better off because I love to read. Even
those women who have had successful careers teaching for instance, and can
afford everything they need materially, are restless and unhappy. Even suicidal.
There's truth in that song "You're nobody until somebody loves you." Life
doesn't seem worthwhile. Some of us get religion and that helps to some extent."
My Danish correspondent writes that on weekend evenings: "One is immediately
confronted by `manlike` predatory `females` mostly in their late 30's or early
40's, but some older. They occupy the clubs and bars. They are lonely, sad
creatures; many with extreme psychological problems caused by the identity
crisis that stalks this sad little land. Few are remotely feminine, almost none
would be described as attractive. They have bad attitudes, they dress badly and
they are an indictment on this society."
These women have found the religion of the New World Order: Feminism. They are
the modern-day Communist cadre, a mutant army, the new face of tyranny: This
phenomenon is widespread but particularly bad in Denmark:
"All but all Danish women look the same i.e. like `butch lesbians`. They are
everywhere. Not a business or public institution is free of them. It is all but
impossible to deal with a man these days. And a pretty woman is `persona non
grata`. The `Sisters` are everywhere, and definitely doing it for themselves.
Danish men have been relegated to the `minor leagues` in most careers. Schools,
Town halls, Hospitals, the Public Sector, Private Sector, you name it, the
`women` are everywhere.
Women are in command here. In politics, they are forcing through the NWO agenda
without I fear knowing what it is they are doing. In education, androgyny is the
name of the game as boys become more `girly` and girls become less so."
In an email, Humberto reflects the desperation of men: "Henry, I no longer want
to impregnate any woman. I do not want to have any daughters. I do not want to
breed any future Internet porn meat. I do not want to breed any whores on the
Don't give up! There are still good women out there. But men have to be men and
that means taking charge.
The biggest mistake men make is seeing a woman (sex and romance) as an end in
itself. Sex and romance are a chimera. No one is perfect and worthy of
adulation. Sex without love is merely a physical function like eating.
A woman is a means to an end: home, family, companionship, life skills,
emotional intimacy and security. Maybe children are loved unconditionally but
adults earn love by mutual support over time. Guys have got to demand more than
sex so women can rediscover themselves.
Henry Makow Ph.D. is the author of "Cruel Hoax: Feminism and the New World
Order." (www.cruelhoax.ca) His articles can be found at his web site
www.henrymakow.com He enjoys receiving comments, some of which he posts on
his site using first names only. firstname.lastname@example.org
24 October 2007
"The evil that is in the world always comes of
ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence, if they lack
understanding. On the whole, men are more good than bad; that, however, isn't
the real point. But they are more or less ignorant, and it is that we call vice
or virtue; the most incorrigible vice being that of an ignorance which fancies
it knows everything and therefore claims for itself the right to kill." - - -
Did GM Crops Create Antibiotic
Drug-Resistance In SA? By Adriana Stuijt
In 1999, when South Africa became one of the first countries
in the world to publicly introduce large-scale farming of genetically-
manipulated food crops, the country's 'Safe Food Coalition' spokesman Angus
Durran raised major concerns over the health issues surrounding genetically
engineered food - then a brand-new, untested technology. For several years
before that, South Africa was one of the testing-grounds for these Monsanto
crops and set up its own brand, SAGENE to market the GM-seeds in the rest of
"The types of genes and proteins introduced into high tech
food crops could have dangerous side-effects, as has been shown in a
well-documented case where a food allergen from Brazil nuts was transferred to
soybeans through gene splicing," he said. "There were concerns that bacteria in
the human gut may become resistant to antibiotics from marker genes in such
plants." His concerns were ignored and indeed laughed at by South African
government officials. Today, South Africa is listed sixth as the world's major
producers of genetically-manipulated crops - from huge plantings of corn, wheat
and soybeans to cotton -- yet the country still displays very few warnings to
this effect on its labelling of these products - which are also exported
extensively to the rest of southern Africa.
See recent article about the South African GM-crop programme:
Today, South African scientists also published a paper in
which they directly accused the World Health Organisation of "manufacturing" the
uniquely-South African killer strain of Extensively drug-resistant Tuberculosis
(XDR-TB) -- which is now killing many thousands of people in SA in a seemingly
unstoppable epidemic spreading rapidly throughout southern Africa. For the past
decade, these scientists had been tracking the South African TB- strain's
increasing drug-resistance and say that this is due because of the WHO's
distribution of new anti-TB drugs to SA without their first being tested for
My question is this: 'Is it a coincidence that the world's
biggest and deadliest epidemic of XDR-TB also occurs in the very same country to
first grow Monsanto's genetically-manipulated food crops and cottons on a large
scale since 1999?
“There have been many deliberately leaked stories about an attack on Iran but
this time, it looks like it will go ahead.
Both Bush and Cheney see that they are losing control, both personally and
ideologically. They see the feared Putin making friendly with Iran and warning
us not to attack. They see China and Iran, both perceived by Bush and Cheney as
our enemies, doing more and more business with Iraq. And yesterday, at a
televised press conference, Bush was attacked by reporters on camera. The
reporter for the once-supportive Washington Times said, right out in front of
the cameras, that Bush was now viewed as trivial. Bush stammered, glared and
then responded that he was not.
During this conference, he was very angry and spiteful towards the assembled
press and tossed hints that if the Russians and Iranians didn’t knuckle under,
World War III was certainly coming. Many have seen this PR fiasco so it is not a
Back at the White House, the staff knows that Putin’s growing involvement in
international politics, in addition to his control of huge amounts of badly
needed oil and gas has Bush, Cheney and their NeoCon controllers in a real and
very dangerous rage. Putin has, and is continuing, to bait Bush and the insecure
Bush is now being treated with contempt, his approval ratings heading rapidly to
single digits. And what will happen? From the pinnacle of earthly grandeur, Bush
sees himself being relegated to oblivion , and worse, in public. People like
Bush are incapable of accepting error so they always must have someone to blame
for their own failings. Putin is now the focus of this self-hating lust for
revenge, not the relatively harmless president of Iran. When Bush speaks in
public about World War III, it is becoming very well believed here that he meant
just that and threw that line off as a warning.
What do they plan to do, Bush and crazy Cheney?
Right now, they are thinking about attacking Russia!
Another possibility would be to assassinate Putin and yet a third, is to join
with a growingly terrified Israel and attack Iran.
Connections at the Pentagon have said the same thing recently. They went along
with Bush’s bluffing and leaks of imminent attacks on Iran but now, they tell
me, it looks as if Bush actually wants to attack Russia! This is pure nut stuff,
considering that Putin is far more of a man and far tougher than Bush and, not
to forget, Russia has a formidable arsenal of atomic weaponry and the ability to
deliver it when and where needed. The revival of the Cold War, such a pet
project of the crazy VP is not the fault of Putin or the Russians but solely the
child of Cheney who has his emotional and historical roots in the long-gone Cold
War. Given the contempt with which both of these miserable creatures are viewed
by their own military planners, massive leaks are certainly going to be
forthcoming and if it looks if this deadly duo is going ahead, the military
leaders will simply either resign en masse or send troops to the White House and
take both of them away in handcuffs to be put on trial.
Maybe Bush’s head will pop off when then hang him.
War is coming and a very nasty war it will be…unless these two are stopped once
and for all.” http://www.tbrnews.org/Archives/a2772.htm
Ewan McGregor angered by
Britain's 'insane' nanny state
Ewan McGregor said he is sick of Britain's "ludicrous nanny
state" rules, which he said might force him to quit the country, in an interview
to be published Tuesday.
Health and safety regulations were becoming "insane", the
36-year-old film star told the weekly Radio Times magazine.
The Scottish actor, who played the young Obi-Wan Kenobi in the
most recent Star Wars trilogy, blasted the rise of security cameras and London's
congestion charge, which forces drivers to pay to enter the city centre.
McGregor recently completed a 15,000-mile (24,000-kilometre) motorcycle
adventure, riding the length of Africa with best friend and fellow actor Charley
Boorman. "Our trip opened my eyes to how insane the rules are in Britain -- CCTV
cameras everywhere, congestion charge -- a ludicrous nanny state.
"If anything drives me out of the country it will be that --
not tax, I don't earn enough." When Daniel Craig was unveiled as the new James
Bond actor in October 2005, he was forced to wear a life jacket as he sped
through London on a boat up the River Thames. It was somewhat out of keeping for
the daredevil fictional British spy, in a press call stunt widely acknowledged
as having backfired. "It's not his fault. He's doing what he's told," McGregor
groaned. "Today, health and safety are out of control. In Africa, garage
attendants smoked as they filled the bikes. I took great pleasure in that."
McGregor has starred in "Trainspotting" (1996), "A Life Less
Ordinary" (1997), "Rogue Trader" (1999), "Moulin Rouge!", "Black Hawk Down"
(2001), and "Miss Potter" (2006). He made the first of three outings as Kenobi
in 1999 in "Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace". McGregor and Boorman rode
from John O'Groats, Britain's most northerly settlement, to Cape Agulhas, the
southern tip of South Africa, for a BBC television series.
The Scot said he was touched by the kindness offered to him in
Africa. "People are nice to us because we're travellers, and the most generous
and happiest are often those who have the least, whereas in Britain we're
devastatingly depressed, yet have so much," McGregor said.
Boorman added: "We never got fed up with each other, but
sometimes I couldn't stand the smell after a few days without a shower."
23 October 2007
"I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do
everything, but I can do something. And because I cannot do everything, I will
not refuse to do the something that I can do. What I can do, I should do. And
what I should do, by the grace of God, I will do." - - - Edward Everett
After many months of
anticipation, a release date has finally been announced for Loose Change Final
Cut, the pre-eminent 9/11 truth documentary. The film, which features all-new
material and interviews, will hit the web on November 11th and also be available
to order on DVD that same day.
The original Loose Change and
Loose Change 2nd Edition have been viewed at least 50 million times over the
Internet, making it one of the most watched movies in history, but the Final Cut
goes above and beyond, making it not simply the third in a trilogy but a
completely new film with oodles of unseen footage, commentary, interviews and
The film will first be
available online as a digital media download at PrisonPlanet.com, Infowars.com
and LooseChange911.com on November 11th, and orders will be taken for the DVD
that same day before being shipped out on November 26th.
Loose Change Final Cut will
feature new and exclusive interviews with firefighters, EMT's, first responders
and other officials who were all eyewitnesses to multiple secondary explosions
in the twin towers and around the ground zero area.
The release of Final Cut
will no doubt be met with a fresh offensive of Neo-Con attack propaganda and
attempted debunking, but with polls showing an increasing amount of people
having grave concerns about the official 9/11 story, its arrival will herald a
new leap forward for the 9/11 truth movement and signify the next step in
educating the world about what really happened on September 11, 2001.
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Weapons inspector David Kelly was the decent man apparently hounded to suicide
after exposing Tony Blair's lies on Iraq.
But the crusading MP Norman Baker felt sure there was something more to his
death - and gave up his front-bench role to investigate the case.
In the Mail he revealed extraordinary
evidence that he believes proves Kelly did not take his own life and was instead
murdered by Iraqi dissidents. Here, he reveals how the murder may have been
. . . MORE , , , ,
BOMBSHELL! French Police investigate Sarkozy's
background as Mossad agent
I have translated this French article as well as I could.
Its content is just unbelievable and I couldn't wait any longer for someone else
to translate it so that I could share it.
Ed:- Frankly, I don't know how it is that a MAJOR French
newspaper reports such news and it is not headlines all over the world...
Strange Accusations of a Cyber-raven
INTERNET The PJ (Police Judiciere)
investigates an electronic mail that was sent during the presidential election
to one hundred top responsible of the police force. The email affirms that
Sarkozy, like Balkany, Lellouche, Devedjian and Aeschlimann were connected to
Mossad. Did a dispensary want to destabilize Nicolas Sarkozy during the
presidential campaign? An inquiry entrusted to the Police Judiciere (Judiciary
Police) must establish this. At the end of March, 2007, in the 'last right' of
the election, all departmental managers of the Public Security, around one
hundred senior civil servants, were sent a strange electronic mail.
The future president was bluntly accused of having been recruited
in 1980s by Mossad, the Israeli secret service.
The sent text comes in the form of a
“synthesis “ of two pages. Its title is: « The infiltration of the Israeli
Mossad in the UMP. Nicolas Sarkozy: the fourth man. » Above, a pseudo-logo of
the "DGSE". « All this smells heavily of manipulation, with reek from the
extreme right », warns a senior executive in the ministry of the Interior.
According to the author of the email, in
1978 the government of Menahem Begin ordered the infiltration of the Gaullist
party to make a kind of partner of it for Israel. The operation was set up by
Rafael Eytan, an Israeli spy-master. « Three French citizens predisposed to
collaborate » would therefore have been targeted: Patrick Balkany, Patrick
Devedjian and Pierre Lellouche. Balkany is introduced as the leader of
In 1983, Patrick Balkany would have
recruited the "young and promising" Sarkozy, the « fourth man of the Mossad ».
The fifth recruit came to complete the implement in the 1990s: Manuel
Aeschlimann, deputy-mayor of Asnières (Hauts-de-Seines). The cyber-raven affirms
that this one is close to Sarkozy « and is in charge of establishing contacts
with Iranian representatives in France ». A proposition all the more perfidious
as his city of Asnières really receives a strong Iranian community.
Embarrassed, the police at the time must
have reported the contents of this strange email and the quality of its
addressees in high places. Immediately, an inquiry was carried out diligently
and entrusted to PJ. The policemen discovered that the message came from a
cybercoffee in Vald' Oise.
But the raven chose well the place from
where to blow the whistle in a trade where anonymity is the rule. He chose a
cybercafé where law does not impose to introduce papers to access computers and
there was no video surveillance. No footprint and no trace of DNA could be
exploited. The expertise of machines gave nothing. No more than the semantic
analysis of the text.
And the inquiry continues at the request of
the Office of Public Prosecutor. At the risk of giving in this affair an
importance which it did not deserve.
Nukes Over America - All A Stupid Mistake
....Sure it Was
By Dave Lindorff
The Air Force's Friday report on the August 29-30 nuclear
weapons incident which saw six armed cruise missiles flown across the
continental US in launch position on a B-52H bomber leaves all the big questions
unanswered, attempting to shuck the whole thing off as an "unacceptable
To be sure, Air Force Secretary Michael W. Wynne and Air Force
Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations Maj. Gen. Richard Newton, said that after a
six-week investigation, five officers, including Col. Bruce Emig, commander of
the Fifth Bomb Group at Minot AFB in North Dakota, where the flight originated,
have been relieved of duty, and 65 other Air Force personnel were also removed
from their duties, and both Barksdale and Minot were decertified for their
strategic nuclear responsibilities. But that's still pretty small beer for an
incident so serious it's never happened before in half a century of nuclear
There are, at this point, no court martials being
contemplated, and nobody's been discharged from the military.
Put simply, six 150-kiloton warheads were improperly attached
to six Advanced Cruise Missiles, all loaded onto a wing launch pod, and then
mounted on the wing of a B-52 H Stratofortress at Minot, along with six similar
missiles with dummy warheads, which were loaded onto a launch pod on the plane's
other wing, an all 12 were improperly and illegally flown across the country to
Barksdale AFB in Louisiana.
The Air Force, following its "investigation," is saying the
same thing it said before the investigation: it was all a big "mistake"-the
result of "widespread disregard for the rules" regarding handling of nuclear
A few guys at Minot "inexplicably" screwed up and loaded the
nukes and then there were a chain of mistakes because no one else treated the
nuclear-tipped missiles as if they were armed with nuclear weapons.
The trouble with this theory, or story line if you will, is
that while nobody at Minot, supposedly, noticed what was happening-even though
ground crew workers spent eight hours labouring to get the pod with the six
nuke-tipped missiles mounted on the plane's wing. This despite the warheads are
clearly visible and identifiable by the silver coating they exhibit when viewed
through a little window in each nosecone cover, and because there are red
coverings on the nuke nosecones-once the plane got to Barksdale, the ground crew
there, which had no reason on earth to suspect it was looking at nuclear
warheads, spotted them immediately upon going to the plane.
They had no reason to expect nukes because for 40 years it has
been illegal for the military to carry nuclear weapons on bombers over US
territory, and indeed since 1991, it has been illegal to even load nuclear
weapons on a plane, period, even for training purposes on the ground. (The
weapons went unnoticed for 10 hours in Barksdale, but that's because no
groundcrew visited the plane for that long, but when they did go to it, they
reportedly spotted the nukes right off the bat.)
How can it be that Air Force ground crew people at Barksdale
could spot the nukes in a flash while nobody at Minot-not the workers who
mounted the warheads on the missiles in the heavily guarded bunker, not the
guards who are supposed to guard those weapons with their lives and prevent any
unauthorized removal from the bunkers, not the ground crew that loaded them onto
the plane, and not the pilot and crew of the bomber, who are supposed to check
every missile before they take off-noticed they were nuclear warheads?
The Air Force, at a press conference announcing the results of
its investigation, didn't answer this question. It appears the reporters at the
session didn't ask it either.
Certainly the AP reporter didn't ask it, because if she had,
she would surely have included the Air Force's answer, or it's non-answer, in
Nobody, apparently, asked the Air Force either about six
mysterious violent deaths of Air Force personnel from Minot and Barksdale, and
from a mysterious Air Force Special Commando Group, all of which occurred in the
days and weeks immediately before, during and after the incident. Two of those
deaths-of the Special Commando Group officer and of a Minot weapons guard-were
In an article in the current issue of American Conservative
magazine, currently on newsstands, I report that incredibly, no federal
investigators from the Pentagon or the federal government even bothered to
contact the police investigators or medical examiners who investigated those six
deaths-an remarkable failure of due diligence, given the seriousness of this
One retired Navy officer who contacted me during my
investigation, who worked in electronic warfare, told me it would be simply
impossible for those weapons to have been moved out of the storage bunker. He
claims to know for a certainty that all nuclear weapons in the US arsenal are
equipped with high-tech tags ("like they have at WalMart and Kmart only better")
that would instantly trigger alarms when the weapons are moved, unless they were
So what we have is pretty clearly a cover-up here.
A cover-up of what though?
Here we're into speculation.
One thing we need to keep in mind is that Barksdale AFB, on
its website, advertises itself proudly as the base that prepares B-52s for duty
in the Middle East Theater.
Another thing we need to keep in mind is that Vice President
Dick Cheney is trying hard to gin up a war against Iran, against the better
judgment of top military leaders and Defense Secretary Robert Gates.
And a third thing to remember is that these particular six
warheads, called M80-1 warheads, are able to be adjusted to have a power of
anywhere from 150 kilotons down to just 5 kilotons-a so-called "tactical" size.
Perfect for a tactical strike on an Iranian nuclear processing
or research site, or for a "false flag" type attack that could be blamed on a
fledgling nuclear power.like Iran.
Of course, this is all speculation.
What we do know is that for 36 hours, six nuclear warheads
went missing. Nobody at the Pentagon in authority knew they were gone or where
they were. And when they were discovered, the initial Pentagon response was to
cover it all up. The only reason we know about this incident is that three Air
Force officers became whistle-blowers and contacted a reporter at Military
Times, a private newspaper trusted by and popular with the rank-and-file
And what we know is that this couldn't have been what the Air
Force, six weeks and one "investigation" late, is calling a "mistake."
22 October 2007
The Truth About "Diversity"
by Henry Makow Ph.D. – October 20, 2007
(This is a revised version of an article that first appeared
in June 2006.)
We are all affected by "Diversity" but few understand its true
Warning: It isn't pretty.
"Diversity" is a massive long-term behaviour modification program
that uses minorities to disinherit the majority. In English, "Diversity" means
acknowledging different races, religions and "sexual orientations." In New World
Order doublespeak, "Diversity" is a devious way to dilute and discriminate
against the white, heterosexual Christian majority in Europe, Canada and the US.
While it pretends to advocate equality, its real goal is to guilt mainly
heterosexual White males into yielding position and power. The object is to
prepare North America and Europe for inclusion in a "world government" run by
the central banking cartel based in London.
This private cartel's power is measured by the fact that virtually every major
corporation, educational institution and government agency provides "diversity
training" (i.e. political indoctrination) to its employees. Even though
studies show it has zero economic benefit, they spend eight billion dollars
a year on it. Toyota alone plans to spend that much in the next ten years.
Here is an example of the shaming of Whites that takes place in these sessions.
It is from the text, "Seeing Ourselves: Exploring Race Ethnicity and Culture"
(1999) by Carl James.
A participant, Greg tells the group:
"As for my race, I am white but I never really had to think about it before. I
don't feel that it ever affected the people with whom I associated or talked to.
My two best friends are Black and (Canadian) Indian. I was brought up in a
family that didn't believe in prejudice and I'm proud of that. If I don't like a
person, it is because of their personality, not their race or heritage."
Now you'd think that Greg would pass with flying colours.
You didn't consider the hidden agenda. The author, a Diversity trainer,
chastises Greg for assuming he is "the norm." Greg fails to acknowledge his
"race privilege," that "invisible package of unearned assets" that is the "white
colonial legacy." Whites like Greg deny "the ways in which they socially,
culturally and politically produce relations of domination." (p.44)
In other words, Whites naturally oppress other people. That sounds like a
vicious racism to me.
Can you see what's happening? These Diversity sessions lay guilt trips on
Whites, especially males, so they will yield power to compliant grateful
minorities who have not earned it. This is a scam. Anyone who objects to this
political agenda commits career suicide. That's political persecution.
I want to be clear that I think the human race is one family and God loves all
people equally. Like Greg, I believe people should be judged on their merit
alone, regardless of race, gender or sexual orientation.
I have no problem with "minorities" winning positions of power so long as they
do it fairly. I welcome the rich contribution immigrants make. I am an immigrant
But "Diversity" is not about fairness or enriching society. It promotes
minorities not for their own sake, but as a way to undermine and control the
It's ironic that the central banking clique should lay this guilt trip on Whites
when they are responsible for imperialism and wars past and present. They grew
even richer through the slave and opium trades, and they control organized crime
today through their agents.
The US population is more than 75% White and Christian. The plan is for Whites
to become a minority by 2050 or sooner. Whites are expected to stand by and
become guests on their own house.
When Whites are a minority, no one will champion their rights. There are two
million more females than males at US universities. Have you heard of any
affirmative action programs for males?
"Diversity" is practically unheard of in China, Japan, Israel, India and Latin
America. These countries are allowed to keep their racial character. But because
people of European origin have a sense of material, spiritual and political
entitlement, they are the hardest to absorb in the New World Order. They are the
targets of the "Diversity"
The central bankers use the tactic of "divide and conquer" to undermine the four
pillars of our identity: race, religion, nation and family.
First, they pretended to champion the workers to get rid of the Tsarist regime
in Russia. Then they pretended to champion women and homosexuals to undermine
heterosexual values and the family. Finally they are duping Whites to passively
accept discrimination and a greatly diminished status.
They use the same dog-eared play book. (Select one) Workers, Jews, Blacks,
homosexuals, women have been oppressed for centuries. Let the bankers put their
(select one) front men (or womyn) in power.
Malleable and conformist, the masses will usually adopt the norm. When evil
people set the norm, the masses will succumb to distorted and self-destructive
The banking cartel creates money using our national credit. As a result, society
has been subverted by an alien power with a satanic agenda. Our political and
kultural elites consist of traitors who, for example, allowed 9-11 to take place
and covered it up. We are subjected to a constant stream of lies from these
sanctimonious self-serving pawns.
In a poll taken Oct. 18, 2007, by the Toronto Globe and Mail, 63% answered "No"
to the question: "Do you think Canada's multiculturalism policies have been a
success?" The sample was roughly 11,000 and Globe readers tend to be liberals.
The founding peoples of the West have a right to maintain their national
character and see it flourish. Immigrants expect to integrate, while retaining
their heritage. They don't expect to be used to undermine the majority.
So, let's not fall into their "divide and conquer" trap by focusing our
indignation on minorities. They are manipulated as much as we. Let's focus on
the central bankers and their lackeys, in politics, education, business and the
I know this goes against the grain for some. Ask yourself where did you get your
attitudes. They were dinned into you by the media and education. We are being
manipulated and duped and it's time we awoke.
Let me remind you: the term "politically correct" originated in the Communist
Party of the USSR in the 1920's. It is not a coincidence that the term is part
of our lexicon today. The same bankers who controlled the USSR then, secretly
control the USA, Canada and Europe today.
Henry Makow Ph.D. is the author of "Cruel Hoax: Feminism and
the New World Order." (www.cruelhoax.ca) His articles can be found at his
web site www.henrymakow.com He enjoys receiving comments, some of which he
posts on his site using first names only. email@example.com
A Reader Comments
Thanks for your recent article on Diversity. I was just fired from a government
contract job for refusing to participate in the companies diversity training
program. I spent 12+ years in the same facility, received excellent annual
reviews every year and gaining the respect of my fellow employees. My immediate
manager, site manager and program manager all tried to convince the company not
to fire me, but to no avail. Anyone who stands against the diversity
indoctrination while employed by a major defence contractor is, as you said,
committing career suicide. When the corporate leaders don't care what their
managers say about keeping a good employee, it becomes obvious that they serve
the purpose of the central bankers.
Do you know what was interesting about the diversity training in my former
company? When the requirement to complete the training was received in our email
box, every male in my group griped and complained about it. They all hated it!
There is something inside of a man, deep in the gut, that is repulsed by all
this diversity training garbage. It is offensive and insulting to a man's
intelligence and honour to have to sit through some stupid training video that
acts like it is speaking to first graders.
I am a white, married male with strong Christian principles. I am also fortunate
to have a wife who supported my decision. She has told me many times how proud
she is that I was willing to loose my job with all the benefits for my
Zimbabwe - Operation Sunset From Cathy Buckle
Dear Family and Friends,
It's been just over a year since three zeroes were removed
from our currency. That move in August 2006 was called Operation Sunrise and
turned a million into a thousand dollars and a thousand into a single dollar.
Thirteen new notes were introduced. They weren't bank notes, still had expiry
dates on them and were called Bearer Cheques. Now, just fourteen months later
ten of those notes are as good as useless, two are useful for change but
actually buy nothing and one new, bigger denomination note has been introduced.
Zimbabwe stumbled distressingly through the money change a
year ago. Great armies of youths were disgorged onto our streets and they stood
at roadblocks demanding to see how much money we had on us. Cars, buses,
suitcases and handbags were searched and anyone found with more money than
stipulated by the Reserve Bank, had their money seized. On a lower level, people
with a million dollars in their bank or savings accounts, discovered that
overnight the zeroes had been removed and a million became a thousand. Those
lost zeroes are coming home to roost now as many investment centres are
announcing new minimum balances of a million dollars - anything less and the
accounts are being made dormant. Pensioners and others on fixed and minimum
incomes are losing their precious savings again.
Fourteen months down the line since the zero slashing and
Zimbabwe is back in that same ridiculous place again. The queues in the banks
are huge, the piles of money we have to carry around have reached satchel size
proportions, our regular bills are in millions and calculations run into
billions very rapidly. We've stopped using paper clips to hold notes together
and are back in rubber band land again. The prices of the few things still
available to buy are so large they we're all back to peering at price stickers
and counting the zeroes again. The money counting machines which temporarily
went into the storerooms are back out on the counter tops and whirring their way
through endless piles of almost worthless money.
Earlier in the week the official inflation rate was announced
to be 7892%. With virtually no food to buy in the shops, it's impossible to try
and understand just exactly how the food part of the inflation calculation is
made. However it's done, is a world away from what's happening on the ground.
When you've gone without a basic household product for three months or more, you
grab it when you see it and just hope you've got enough money to pay for it.
This week it was margarine. The last time this was openly on
sale it had been 100 thousand dollars On Monday a friend said she'd seen
margarine but it was 400 thousand dollars for a 500g pack. By Tuesday it was
gone. On Wednesday it was back, same brand, same size but the price had gone up
to 620 thousand dollars. By Friday there were only four or five packets left on
the shelf and the price had gone up again, this time to 720 thousand dollars.
It's virtually impossible to live like this and everywhere,
everyone longs for change. For most of us the politics, the secret talks, the
quiet diplomacy and the rumours about succession have left the suffering of the
ordinary people completely out of the equation.We are waiting, just waiting, for
Until next week, thanks for reading,
Copyright cathy buckle 20 October 2007. www.cathybuckle.com My
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Why I know weapons expert Dr David Kelly
Norman Baker –
For Tony Blair it was a glorious day. He was in the United States being feted by
the U.S. Congress and President Bush.
Their adulation was such that he was being offered the rare honour of a
Congressional Gold Medal.
Naturally enough, Bush and his administration were hugely grateful for Blair's
decision to join the United States in its invasion of Iraq.
That invasion was supposed to lead to the discovery and disposal of weapons of
mass destruction (WMD) and make the world a safer place.
But as Blair was lapping up the grateful plaudits from the U.S. Congress on July
17, 2003, the man who had done more than almost any other individual on earth to
contain the threat from WMD lay dead in the woods at Harrowdown Hill in
For Dr David Kelly, the UK's leading weapons inspector, there was to be no
adulation, no medal, no standing ovation.
His life ended in the cold, lonely wood where he was found the next morning, his
left wrist cut open, and three nearly-empty blister packs of painkillers in his
His death was, of course, sensational front-page news. Dr Kelly, unknown to
almost everybody at the beginning of that July, had in recent days barely been
absent from media headlines.
Much to his chagrin he had been thrust into the harsh glare of publicity,
accused of being the mole who expressed to the BBC deep concerns about the
Government's "sexing up" of its dossier on weapons of mass destruction.
For Blair - accused of misusing, exaggerating or even inventing intelligence in
order to justify the overthrow of Saddam Hussein - the stakes could not have
This was undoubtedly the greatest crisis of his premiership to date.
To add fuel to the flames, his director of communications, Alastair Campbell,
had launched an unprecedented and vitriolic attack on the BBC, questioning its
integrity and professionalism in the way it reported the story.
Suddenly finding himself under tremendous personal pressure, it seemed that Dr
Kelly had buckled and decided to commit suicide.
That, at least, was the official version of events, as decided by the Hutton
inquiry, set up by the Government with lightning speed within hours of Dr
Kelly's body being found.
The media, the political establishment, indeed almost everybody accepted Lord
Hutton's verdict. But the more I examined it, the more it became clear to me
that Hutton's judgment was faulty and suspect in virtually all important
I was not alone in these suspicions. Letters began to appear
in the press from leading medical specialists, in which they queried the suicide
The letters were well argued, raising profound and disturbing questions that
remain unanswered to this day.
Increasingly concerned, I decided to give up my post on the Liberal Democrat
front bench to look into Dr Kelly's death.
My investigations have since convinced me that it is nigh- on clinically
impossible for Dr Kelly to have died by his own hand and that both his
personality and the other circumstantial evidence strongly militate against
Given that his death was clearly not an accident, that leaves only one
alternative - that he must have been murdered.
This is not a conclusion I have come to lightly. I simply set out to examine the
facts, to test the evidence, and to follow the trail wherever it took me.
The account I give in this series may not be correct in all respects, but I
suggest that it is rather more credible than the verdict reached by Lord Hutton.
I certainly believe there are enough doubts, enough questions, enough of a smell
of stinking fish to justify re-opening this episode officially.
My investigations have been a journey into the unknown, and one that has taken
many peculiar turns. Perhaps the most sinister came soon after starting my
inquiries last year.
After writing a newspaper article outlining my early concerns, I found myself on
a train speeding towards Exeter to see a man who had agreed to meet me only on
condition of anonymity and after some rather circuitous arrangements.
These involved much complicated use of public telephone boxes to minimise the
chance that his contact with me could be traced.
Finally, we talked over a glass of wine in a rather nondescript club.
He told me that he had recently retired but had connections to both the police
and the security services, a claim which I subsequently verified through careful
Like me, he had many doubts about the true circumstances surrounding Dr Kelly's
death and he had begun making his own surreptitious inquiries around Southmoor,
the Oxfordshire village which was Dr Kelly's home.
Posing as a freelance journalist, he had attempted to contact the key policemen
involved in investigating the case. In this he was unsuccessful but within an
hour he received an unexpected return call.
The person on the other end of the line did not bother with formalities, but
instead cut to the quick. How would my contact welcome a full tax inspection of
his business, VAT, national insurance, the lot?
Life could be made very difficult, he was told. How did he fancy having no
Naturally, this prospect did not appeal, and there he left matters until, at a
wedding, he chanced upon an old friend whom he described to me initially as a
very senior civil servant, but later as a "spook" from MI6.
He told his friend of his interest in the Kelly affair and also of the
threatening phone call he had received.
His friend's reply was a serious one: he should be careful, particularly when
using his phone or his computer. Moreover, he should let the Kelly matter drop.
But my contact did not do so. Two weeks later he met his friend again, this time
in a pub, and pressed him on the matter.
His friend took him outside, and as they stood in the cool air, told him Dr
Kelly's death had been "a wet operation, a wet disposal".
He also warned him in very strong terms to leave the matter well alone. This
time he decided to heed the warning.
I asked my contact to explain what he understood by the terms his friend had
used. Essentially, it seems to refer to an assassination, perhaps carried out in
A few months later, I called my contact to check one or two points of his story.
He told me that three weeks after our meeting in Exeter, his house had been
broken into and his laptop - containing all his material on Kelly - had been
stolen. Other valuable goods, including a camera and an LCD television, had been
It was sobering to be given such a clear indication that Dr Kelly had been
murdered, but the scientist himself appears to have been fully aware that his
work made him a target for assassins.
British diplomat David Broucher told the Hutton inquiry that, some months before
Dr Kelly's death, he had asked him what would happen if Iraq were invaded.
Rather chillingly, Dr Kelly replied that he "would probably be found dead in the
At the inquiry, this was construed as meaning that he had already had suicidal
thoughts. That, of course, is patently absurd.
Nobody can seriously suggest that he was suicidal at the time the meeting took
place - yet Lord Hutton seems to have made his mind up about the way in which
Dr.Kelly died before the inquiry even began.
The result is a series of gaping, unresolved anomalies.
Crucially, in his report, Hutton declared that the principal cause of death was
bleeding from a self-inflicted knife wound on Dr Kelly's left wrist.
Yet Dr Nicholas Hunt, the pathologist who carried out the post-mortem
examination on Dr.Kelly, stated that he had cut only one blood vessel - the
Since the arteries in the wrist are of matchstick thickness, severing just one
of them does not lead to life-threatening blood loss, especially if it is cut
crossways, the method apparently adopted by Dr.Kelly, rather than along its
The artery simply retracts and stops bleeding.
As a scientist who would have known more about human anatomy than most, Dr.Kelly
was particularly unlikely to have targeted the ulnar artery. Buried deep in the
wrist, it can only be accessed through the extremely painful process of cutting
through nerves and tendons.
It is not common for those who commit suicide to wish to inflict significant
pain on themselves as part of the process.
In Dr Kelly's case, the unlikelihood is compounded by the suggestion that his
chosen instrument-was a blunt pruning knife.
This would only have increased the pain and would have failed to cut the artery
cleanly, thereby hastening the clotting process.
Statistics bear out the extremely low incidence of individuals dying by cutting
the ulnar artery, with only one recorded case in Britain during the entire year
of Dr Kelly's death.
Given that the average human body contains ten pints of blood, and that about
half of these must be lost before death ensues, we must also ask ourselves why
there were clear signs at the postmortem-that Dr Kelly had retained much of his
We cannot be sure exactly how much since, inexplicably, the pathologist's report
does not provide an estimate of the residual volume, but what he did record was
the appearance of "livor mortis" on Dr Kelly's body.
This purplish-red discolouration of the skin occurs when the heart is no longer
pumping and blood begins to settle in the lower part of the body. But if Dr
Kelly had bled to death, as we are led to believe, then significant livor mortis
would not have occurred. Put simply, there would not have been enough blood in
More significant still, while the effects of five pints of blood spurting from a
body could not easily be hidden, the members of the search party who found his
body did not even notice that Dr Kelly had apparently incised his wrist with a
Their arrival was followed by that of paramedics who pointedly referred to the
fact that there was remarkably little blood around the body.
If the idea that blood loss brought about Dr Kelly's death is flawed, still less
plausible is the suggestion that he chose an overdose to quicken his end.
Mai Pederson, a close friend of Dr Kelly's, has confirmed that he hated all
types of tablets and had an aversion even to swallowing a headache pill.
Yet we are told that he removed from his house three blister packs, each
containing ten of the co-proxamol painkillers which his wife Janice took for her
Each of these oval pills was about half an inch long. Since there was only one
tablet left, the implication is that he had swallowed 29 of them. If this is
right, we are being asked to believe that Dr Kelly indulged in a further
masochistic act in an attempt to take his life.
A further objection is that police evidence states there was a half-litre bottle
of Evian water by the body which had not been fully drunk.
Common sense tells us that quite a lot of water would be required to swallow 29
large tablets. It is frankly unlikely, with only a small bottle of water to
hand, that any would have been left undrunk.
Stranger still, tests revealed the presence of only the equivalent of a fifth of
one pill in Dr Kelly's stomach.
Even allowing for natural metabolising, this cannot easily be reconciled with
the idea that he swallowed 29 of them.
Forensic toxicologist Alexander Allan told the Hutton inquiry that although the
levels of co-proxamol in Dr Kelly's blood were higher than therapeutic levels,
they were less than a third of what would normally be found in a fatal overdose.
Furthermore, it is generally accepted that concentrations of a drug in the blood
can increase by as much as tenfold after death, leaving open the possibility
that he consumed only a thirtieth of the dose necessary to kill him.
As for Dr Kelly's state of mind, in the eyes of those who knew him well he was
the last person who might be expected to take his own life.
A recent convert to the Baha'i faith which expressly forbids suicide, he was a
strong character who had survived many difficult situations in the past.
Just a day before his 20th birthday in May 1964, his own mother had killed
herself with an overdose. Though this had naturally affected him deeply at the
time, there was nothing to suggest that it was on his mind at this point in his
His friend Mai Pederson recalled a conversation they once had about his mother's
death. Would he ever contemplate suicide himself, she asked. 'Good God no, I
couldn't ever imagine doing that," he is said to have replied. "I would never do
Later many people would conclude that the seeds of his suicide lay in his
uncomfortable appearance before MPs on the Foreign Affairs Committee on Tuesday,
July 15, just three days before his death.
Grilled for more than an hour during this televised hearing, he was clearly
under considerable pressure and yet one journalist recalled him smiling
By the time he gave evidence before the Intelligence and Security Committee the
following day, he was even managing to crack a joke or two.
His emotional state certainly did not appear to give any major cause for alarm
on the morning of the Thursday he disappeared.
His wife Janice later described him as "tired, subdued but not depressed" and
the e-mails he sent from his home during those hours suggested that his mood, if
anything, was upbeat.
"Many thanks for your thoughts," he wrote to one colleague. "It has been
difficult. Hopefully will all blow over by the end of the week and I can travel
to Baghdad and get on with the real work."
Indeed, so keen was Dr Kelly to get back to Iraq that he spoke to Wing Commander
John Clark at the Ministry of Defence about when he could return.
A trip was booked for him the following Friday and his diary, recovered by the
police, shows that the trip had been entered for that day. People about to kill
themselves do not generally first book an airline ticket for a flight they have
no intention of taking.
Since none of this fits the profile of a man about to commit suicide, we are
faced with an obvious question. If Dr Kelly did not kill himself, then who might
have been responsible for his death?
There are, it must be admitted, a number of possible suspects. In the course of
a long career in the shadowy world of arms control, Dr Kelly had made powerful
Back in 1991, for example, he was part of a team that exposed Russia's tests of
biological weapons for offensive purposes - a field in which they had invested
huge sums of money. This could easily have sparked a desire for revenge, if not
from the state itself then from individual Russians.
Dr Kelly also had intimate knowledge of biological weapons research in
apartheid-era South Africa that some might have preferred not to see the light
It has also been suggested that he had dealings with Mossad, the Israeli secret
service, about illegal bacterial weapon activity.
But it seems very unlikely that the anger of old foes would have simmered for
years and then exploded just as Dr Kelly emerged in the political spotlight in
Quite simply, it would qualify as an astonishing coincidence if the cause of his
death were not rooted in the furore over Iraq.
At this point, it has to be asked whether there were elements in the British
intelligence services, or indeed within 10 Downing Street itself, who would have
wanted Dr Kelly dead.
This is a possibility I have seriously considered. But it is difficult, frankly,
to think that anyone in the Government could have thought Dr.Kelly's death to be
in their interest, even were they morally prepared to bring it about.
After all, the death of Dr Kelly presented Tony Blair with his greatest
political challenge, and put the political focus firmly onto the whole Iraq
debacle, which cannot be where the Government would have wanted it.
The more I investigated this affair, the more I realised that people who had
worked with David Kelly suspected some kind of link with the Iraqis themselves.
Diplomat David Broucher told the Hutton inquiry that he interpreted Dr Kelly's
remark about being found "dead in the woods" to mean that "he was at risk of
being attacked by the Iraqis in some way".
Dr Kelly's friend Mai Pederson confirmed to the police that the scientist had
received death threats from supporters of Saddam Hussein, who regarded him as an
enemy on account of his past success at uncovering their weapons programmes.
This was something Dr Kelly privately acknowledged but refused to be cowed by,
in a very British, stiff upper lip kind of way.
The theory that he may have been murdered by elements loyal to Saddam is
supported by Dick Spertzel, America's most senior biological weapons inspector,
who worked closely with Dr Kelly in Iraq.
"A number of us were on an Iraqi hit list," he told me matter-of-factly. "I was
number three, and David was a couple behind that."
But Saddam loyalists are not the only Iraqis we need to consider. There are
others, too, with rather closer links to the West.
Much of the information about Saddam's supposed weapons of mass destruction, on
which Britain and America based their case for war, was provided by Iraqi
dissidents eager to see his overthrow.
This information was sensational and, as events turned out, wildly distorted and
in most regards plain false.
One of the central figures here was Ahmed Chalabi, leader of the so-called Iraqi
National Congress and the CIA's favourite Iraqi opposition politician.
A financier with a decidedly chequered past - he was found guilty of
embezzlement and forgery after $158 million disappeared from a bank he founded
in Jordan - Chalabi made no secret of his wish to drag the United States into
war with Saddam and was apparently prepared to say anything to achieve that end.
A key Iraqi informer codenamed "Curveball" - who claimed to have led a team
equipping mobile laboratories to produce biological weapons for Saddam, but was
later entirely discredited - is believed to have been the brother of one of
Chalabi's fingerprints can also be found on the now notorious claims by another
defector that Saddam had 20 or more secret sites where weapons of mass
destruction could be found. Subsequent searches showed this allegation to be
utterly without foundation.
Naturally, those like Dr Kelly who, by sticking to the facts, weakened the case
for invasion beforehand and discredited those who had exaggerated it afterwards,
were unhelpful to Chalabi and his colleagues. The last thing they wanted was the
sober truth to prevail.
Another important figure here is Iyad Allawi, leader of the Iraqi National
Accord, another organisation created to oppose Saddam. Before they parted ways,
he was Saddam's supporter and friend.
There are many who tell of Allawi's violent history. As a young man, he is
alleged to have been present at the torture of Iraqi communists who were hung
from the ceiling and beaten.
While living in London in the Seventies, he was allegedly the head of Iraq's
intelligence operation in Europe, informing on opponents of Saddam who will have
faced torture and death when they returned home.
Allawi went on to develop a fruitful relationship with MI6 and the CIA. After
the Iraq invasion, he was appointed Prime Minister in the country's interim
government - only to face allegations (which he strongly denied) that he had
personally shot seven insurgents in the head with a pistol at Baghdad's Al-Amariyah
"This is how we must deal with terrorists," Allawi is alleged to have told a
stunned audience of close to 30 onlookers. "We must destroy anyone who wants to
destroy the Iraqi people."
The new Prime Minister's actions are said to have prompted one U.S. official to
comment: "What a mess we're in - we got rid of one son of a bitch only to get
The Americans apparently referred to Allawi as "Saddam lite".
Before the Iraq invasion, Allawi's organisation - just like Ahmed Chalabi's -
was responsible for eye- catching but groundless intelligence exploited by
supporters of war.
In the case of Allawi's group, it was reports passed to MI6 in the spring and
summer of 2002, including the false claim that Saddam had weapons of mass
destruction which he could deploy at 45 minutes' notice.
This now infamous "45-minute claim" fed through to the dossier of intelligence
which was used as the justification for our involvement in the invasion of Iraq.
It was this dossier, and the 45-minute claim in particular, that David Kelly
challenged in his crucial interview with the BBC.
By doing so, did he sign his own death warrant?
FBI Loots Magician David Copperfield Of 2
Million Cash Based On Woman's Allegation Of Bahama Rape By Ken Adachi
Whether Copperfield is or isn't guilty of raping a woman in
the Bahamas is not the issue. The issue is the illegal and unconstitutional
behaviour of 12 FBI agents in seizing two million dollars from Copperfield's
property in Las Vegas. The FBI may or may not have obtained a search warrant to
search for "evidence" (of a rape?), which maybe could justify taking a computer
hard drive, but what possible justification is there for taking this man's
money, other than the "justification" that all fascists employ of Might makes
OK, it's routine for the police or FBI to seize cash from
people clearly involved in drug dealing, but how does that apply here? Surely,
Copperfield is a wealthy man and it's not at all uncommon for people of wealth
to keep large amounts of cash in their possession. So what? How does the
presence of 2 million in cash in Copperfield's building in Las Vegas somehow
hint at criminal possession? Why not take the paintings off the wall and Houdini
memorabilia as well? What is the difference between the behaviour of the German
Gestapo and SS when it removed the cash, paintings and silverware from the homes
of innocent Jewish owners in Europe and what the FBI did to David Copperfield?
The man is innocent until he's PROVEN guilty in court at a
trial with 12 jurors. This guy hasn't even been ACCUSED of anything! The FBI
supposedly launched an INVESTIGATION. Seizure by law enforcement of people's
property or financial assets merely based on someone's accusation or allegation
against them is illegal and unconstitutional in the extreme. When will legal,
academic, and constitutional scholars in this country SPEAK UP and denounce
these outrageous acts of criminal misconduct and launch lawsuits to end this
egregious maltreatment of American citizens?
"People who shut their eyes to reality simply invite
their own destruction, and anyone who insists on remaining in a state of
innocence long after that innocence is dead, turns himself into a monster.": -
- - James Baldwin - Fiction Writer, Essayist, Social Critic,
Great Britain RIP
At the end of the day, if it looks, smells, tastes, feels,
and sounds-like a dog, then the chances are, that is exactly what it is; no
if’s, and no but’s about it.
You can call it a 'treaty' or a 'constitution' or a
'bill'. The bottom line is that it all amounts to the same thing for all
practical purposes. And so it came to pass last night that we were finally sold
down the river by our spineless, lying bandit of a prime-minister, and we will
not be offered any sort of referendum on the issue (even a meaningless one).
Meanwhile, the “treaty” will create the post
of a “President Of Europe”. Anyone out there want to bet against Tony Blair’s
chances to be the first incumbent for that £200,000 per annum office. , , , , ,
, , , , Great Britain RIP
Iraq whistleblower Dr Kelly WAS murdered
to silence him, says MP
Fiona Barton – Daily Mail
Norman Baker believes Dr Kelly, who exposed the Government's "sexed-up" Iraq
dossier, was killed to stop him making further revelations about the lies that
took Britain to war.
He says the murderers may have been anti-Saddam Iraqis, and suggests the crime
was covered up by elements within the British establishment to prevent a
diplomatic crisis. The LibDem MP, who gave up his front bench post to carry out
his year-long investigation, makes his claims in a book serialised exclusively
in the Daily Mail today and next week. The official Hutton Inquiry into the
death of Dr Kelly ruled in 2004 that he slashed one of his wrists with a garden
knife and took an overdose after being "outed" as the mole who revealed the
flawed argument for invading Iraq.
But Norman Baker is convinced the scientist was murdered.
He says he was told by a secret informant that British police knew about the
plot but failed to act in time and that the death was later made to look like a
suicide to prevent political and diplomatic turmoil. The highly-respected MP's
personal quest to uncover the truth about Dr Kelly's death was prompted by deep
concerns over the circumstances surrounding the apparent suicide. He - and a
group of eminent doctors - were greatly troubled by the evidence presented to
Lord Hutton. They claimed medical evidence proved that the alleged method of
suicide - the cutting of the ulnar artery in the wrist and an overdose of co-proxamol
painkillers - could not have caused the scientist's death.
Mr Baker said: "The more I examined [Lord Hutton's verdict], the more it became
clear to me that Hutton's judgment was faulty and suspect in virtually all
His findings are today revealed in the first extract from his book The Strange
Death of David Kelly. In it, he claims:
• No fingerprints were found on the gardening knife allegedly used by the
scientist to cut one of his wrists;
• Only one other person in the whole of the British Isles committed suicide in
the same way as the scientist allegedly did in 2003;
• There was an astonishing lack of blood at the scene despite death being
officially recorded as due to a severed artery;
• The level of painkillers found in Dr Kelly's stomach was "less than a third"
of a normal fatal overdose.
The Lewes MP also suggests that the knife and packs of painkillers found beside
Dr Kelly's body were taken from his home in Southmoor, Oxfordshire, during a
police search after his death and later planted at the scene. He tells in his
book how he was contacted by "informants" during his "journey into the unknown".
One is alleged to have told him Dr Kelly's death had been "a wet operation, a
Mr Baker explains: "Essentially, it seems to refer to an assassination, perhaps
carried out in a hurry." Another secret contact told him that a group of
UK-based Iraqis had "named people who claimed involvement in Dr Kelly's death".
The informant was later the victim of "an horrific attack by an unknown
The MP, who has repeatedly called for the police to re-open the case, alleges
that the scientist had "powerful enemies" because of his work on biological
weapons. A colleague of Dr Kelly, Dick Spertzel, America's most senior
biological weapons inspector, confirmed to Mr Baker that the scientist was "on
an Iraqi hit list". Mr Baker alleges that opponents of Saddam Hussein feared Dr
Kelly would "discredit" them by revealing "misinformation" they had deliberately
planted to bolster the case for Britain and America's intervention in Iraq.
The MP claims Kelly's integrity might have "signed his own death warrant". The
book also alleges that British police "had got wind of a possible plan to
assassinate Dr Kelly but were too late to prevent his murder taking place". The
MP suggests that the police may have tried to make the killing appear to be a
suicide "in the interests of Queen and country" and to prevent any
destabilisation of the sensitive relationship between the Allies and Iraq. Mr
Baker adds: "It is all too easy to dismiss so-called conspiracy theories. But
history shows us that conspiracies do happen - and that suicide can be staged to
cover murderers' tracks.
"All the evidence leads me to believe that this is what happened in the case of
Smoking In Outdoor Areas
Not content with smoking-bans in enclosed public
City Council unanimously approved an ordinance onTuesday that makes
it illegal to smoke in outdoor public areas, ATM lines, parks, bus
stops, and municipal golf courses.
this mania for control of our habits going to end ???????
The CCTV sham: 8 out of 10 cameras don't
help police fight crime - and trap motorists instead
By JAMES SLACK
Closed-circuit TV cameras supposed to catch
violent thugs have been trained on roads instead - to trap and fine motorists
who stray into bus lanes.
A Home Office study of Britain's 4.2million
CCTV cameras also revealed they are not proving much help to the police in
collaring criminals. More than eight out of ten of the cameras - the UK has the
largest number in the world - do not provide satisfactory images for officers to
use. In many cases, a suspect can be recognised only if police already know who
they are. Also, very few cameras are positioned in a place that would tackle
terrorism, or spot reconnaissance missions by fanatics.
But, despite the lack of success, officials
are still considering the case for even more cameras. Councils, which run CCTV
control rooms, can choose where they target their cameras - even though, when
they were paid for, the intention was to cut street crime. Home Office officials
found they are being used to monitor bus lanes for motorists passing inside the
thick white lines painted on the road. Those caught can be served with a fine of
up to £100, sent to the home of the person registered as the car's keeper by the
DVLA. The report, compiled by the Home Office and Association of Chief
Constables, reveals: "In some cases the cameras' initial purpose has been
changed or they are required to perform a number of additional and conflicting
tasks. "Some existing cameras originally installed for detecting crime are now
being positioned to monitor a bus lane and record vehicle number plates.
"While the cameras are being used in this
way, it seems unlikely that they will be used proactively to patrol the area and
detect crime. Current installed cameras cannot perform these two functions at
the same time." Shadow Home Secretary David Davis said: "In yet another
extraordinary admission of incompetence we see that this Government has managed
to give people all the disadvantages of CCTV in terms of undermining civil
liberties but only provide minimal advantage in terms of public safety and crime
detection. "The countless victims of crime in this country will be stunned to
hear that, not only can they not get a police officer on the streets, but also
most of the CCTV footage that should help them get justice is less than
Paul Smith, founder of drivers' pressure
group SafeSpeed, said: "Drivers will be infuriated. We are seeing local
authorities with stretched budgets profiting from these cameras by fining
drivers. "They are often very minor offences with little to do with safety. This
is about raising revenues and nothing to do with combating crime." Phil Booth,
of the NO2ID civil liberties campaign, said: "This is both a farce and a
national scandal. The cameras are delivering no meaningful results for the
safety of the average citizen. It seems more like a snooper's charter to spy on
the motorist, while the criminal gets away with it."
Other damning findings of the report, the
National CCTV Strategy, include the fact that many cameras in public places such
as shopping centres and transport hubs are designed to "monitor crowds, slips,
trips and falls" rather than detect crime. Some police forces have failed to
keep pace with technological developments, leading to evidence being lost, and
some cameras are poorly maintained and "not fit for purpose".
The report added that CCTV played a crucial
role in the investigation into the July 7 suicide bombings, but went on: "The
majority of cameras have not been placed in positions which may be required for
the prevention and detection of serious and organised crime and
The authorities should consider placing
cameras to cover high-risk targets - such as major pieces of the national
infrastructure - rather than to combat low-level crime and disorder, the
20 October 2007
"The powerful have invoked God at their side in this
war, so that we will accept their power and our weakness as something that has
been established by divine plan. But there is no god behind this war other than
the god of money, nor any right other than the desire for death and destruction
, , , , ,". - - - Subcomandante Marcos - Source: No to war, 2/16/03
Police could not find any fingerprints on
Dr Kelly's 'suicide' knife
Andy Dolan – Daily Mail
Fresh doubts were raised over the suicide of Dr David Kelly after it emerged
that no fingerprints were found on the knife he supposedly used to kill himself.
The Hutton Inquiry into the death of the Ministry of Defence weapons expert
ruled that he slashed one of his wrists with a blunt garden knife and took an
overdose of pills.
But the campaigning Liberal Democrat MP Norman Baker has carried out his own
investigation after forensic experts questioned the official version of events.
He has called for the case to be re-opened after Thames Valley Police revealed
that no fingerprints were found on the knife. The Lewes MP made the discovery
after submitting a Freedom of Information request to the force. The lack of
fingerprints is especially strange as police records also revealed the germ
warfare expert was not wearing any gloves when he died – nor were any found at
the scene of his death. Mr Baker said: 'It is one of the things that makes me
think Dr Kelly was murdered.
'The angle you pick up a knife to kill yourself – there would be fingerprints.
Someone who wanted to kill himself wouldn't go to the lengths of wiping the
knife clean of fingerprints.
'And wearing gloves would seem very odd when you are about to cut your own
wrists. It is very strange.'
Mr Baker is also suspicious about the cut to Dr Kelly's wrist. It completely
severed a tiny blood vessel called the ulnar artery, which is deep in the wrist
and protected by nerves and tendons. It is highly unlikely anyone without a
blood-clotting defect would bleed to death from a single cut to this artery. It
would have required unusual force to cut through the tendons, particularly with
a blunt gardening knife, and it would have been very painful.
To ascertain just how unusual the injury was, Mr Baker asked the Office of
National Statistics how many people in the UK died in 2003 from a cut to the
ulnar artery. He was told that Dr Kelly was the only one. The scientist was
found dead in woodland near his home in Southmoor, Oxfordshire, in July 2003
after becoming trapped at the centre of a vicious war of words between the
Government and the BBC. His death came days after he was unmasked as the source
of a Today programme report alleging Labour had 'sexed up' a dossier outlining
the case for war in Iraq. The document had famously claimed that Saddam Hussein
could launch a nuclear or biological weapons strike on Britain within 45
Dr Kelly, a father of three, was grilled on TV by MPs on the Foreign Affairs
Select Committee. His widow, Janice, claimed her husband had been put under
'intolerable pressure'. But Lord Hutton exonerated the Government and ruled that
Dr Kelly's death was a suicide – leading to accusations that the inquiry had
been a whitewash. Independent doctors have pointed to discrepancies in the
post-mortem examination results. They say neither the cut to Dr Kelly's wrist
nor the drugs he took were enough to kill him. Friends and relatives said the
doctor had shown no suicidal tendencies, and had been looking forward to his
daughter's wedding. However, Mrs Kelly remains convinced that her husband killed
himself and refused to comment on the latest development.
Who Killed Dr. David Graham? Complaint
filed with DOJ
Jeff Ferrell – ksla.com
Who killed Shreveport dentist and 9/11 researcher David Graham? That's the
question at the heart of a complaint filed with the Inspector General's office
at the U.S. Justice Department. It comes a year after Graham's death that was
Up until his death in September 2006, Dr. Graham insisted someone poisoned him
two years earlier, likely with propylene glycol (anti-freeze) as he tried to
publish a book. That book claimed he met two 9/11 hijackers a year before
September 11th and feared the men intended to target Barksdale Air Force Base.
Shreveport attorney John Milkovich, a friend of Dr. Graham, explained, "he
documented in his book that he had reported them to the FBI some ten months
before 9/11 and of course that you know, the FBI, federal authorities never
detained these individuals, and that he had received a threat." Graham told
those close to him that threat came from a federal agent.
Milkovich is the man who gave the eulogy at Graham's funeral. He said that
there's no question about whether or not someone poisoned Dr. Graham. The
question has always been who did it. Milkovich continued, "I personally don't
know who poisoned him but I think that it's very important that the truth come
9/11 researcher Sander Hicks is the one who just filed a complaint with the
Inspector General's Office at the DOJ, asking for an investigation into Graham's
death because, among other reasons, those close to him still live in fear. Hicks
told us, "the family has been worried that there's going to be some kind of
Fear ran so high, said Hicks, that the family did not ask for an autopsy, even
after Dr. Graham's 27-months of paralysis and organ failures before his death at
a Shreveport nursing home. Hicks added, "If Dr. Graham can be taken out so
easily without an investigation from law enforcement you know, people are
The Department of Justice told Hicks to expect a reply within the next 6-months.
I spoke by phone with Special Agent in Charge Mike Kinder in the Shreveport FBI
office. He told me, there is no evidence those terror suspects, Nawaf Al-Hazi
and Fayez Banihammad, were ever in Shreveport and said Dr. Graham only mentioned
them after 9/11. Kinder also said the FBI did not investigate Graham's death
because there was no evidence of any connection between Graham's writings and
Establishment Media Finally Admits Ron
Paul Is Top Tier Candidate; Could Win Nomination
Ron Paul has mandate for equal time during Fox News
Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul has broken
through to the top tier of Republican candidates running for president. He knows
it, GOP voters know it, and as previously reported; media outlets are grudgingly
Ron Paul commented on the issue in a message to supporters,
“The blackout is ending; our campaign is starting to get mainstream media
attention, thanks to growing donations and volunteers.” Ron Paul continued in
his message to supporters:
“All over America, our support is wide and deep and growing,
and young people are joining like never before. After the Dearborn debate, I
went to the University of Michigan for a rally. 2,000 students turned out,
something that has happened to no other candidate this year.”
It is a remarkable fact that Ron Paul has consistently drawn
crowds all across the country that continuously seem to dwarf those of his
opponents. Given the scant media coverage Paul has received it is a testament
that his message is resonating.
The Republican Party appears to be recognizing that Ron Paul
has a chance of winning the nomination. Paul said to supporters:
“After all the aggressive wars, the assaults on our privacy
and civil liberties, the oppressive taxation, and the crazed spending and
deficits, I believe that many Republican voters are ready to return to our
roots. And the big boys feel it too.It is no coincidence that the Republican
National Committee invited me to a fundraising dinner involving only top-tier
Commenting on Alan Greenspan’s recent interview on the Fox
Business Channel Paul said:
” the reporter asked if we really needed a central bank.
Greenspan looked stunned, and then said that was a good question; he actually
talked about fiat money vs. a gold standard. Now, the ex-Fed chairman is not
about to endorse our sound monetary policy, but you know our Revolution is
working when such a question is asked in the mainstream media, and this powerful
man gives such an answer.”
He continued on about the crowd of 2000 at his campaign’s
Dearborn rally: “They cheered all our ideas, but especially our opposition to
the Federal Reserve, and our support for real money of gold and silver, as the
Constitution mandates, instead of prosperity-wrecking fiat money. American
politics hasn't seen anything like this in many decades. It is truly
revolutionary”. Ron Paul’s campaign does not appear to be willing to sit in the
background of the presidential race any longer and made that very clear
Wednesday during a press conference. Paul’s campaign pointed out that only four
candidates remain viable at this time in the Republican field.
Paul’s campaign highlighted that according to the financial
reports, the indication is that the only viable candidates where Rudy Giuliani,
Fred Thompson, and Ron Paul. Mitt Romney’s campaign is viable as long as he
continues to spend his personal wealth.
Ron Paul’s campaign may do many things in this election but it
has already made media polls irrelevant suggesting them to be an outdated
obsolete method of rating candidates. If the polls were accurate Dr. Paul should
not be in third place in the GOP money race.
The cable networks have been giving a disproportionate amount
of time in televised debates to what they believed to be the top tier of
candidates (Giuliani, Romney, Thompson, and McCain).
Expect a reshuffling of that order, replacing McCain with Paul
during the Fox News debate in Orlando Florida this Sunday, or viewers may see a
flashback to the famous Ronald Reagan line from a presidential debate, when he
said, “I’m paying for this microphone” but instead, Paul might say, “the
American people have paid for this microphone”.
Voice of the White House
“I spoke about the
administration’s rage at the activities of Russian president Putin recently
and here is more on the subject.
There was a discussion of Putin’s assumption of national control over the huge
Russian natural resources, to include natural gas and oil.
It is obvious to most of us here that Bush, who is quite stupid, thoroughly
misunderstood Putin and his methodology. Bush likes subservient people around
him, like the former British PM, Tony Blair, and he cannot stand, will not
tolerate and tries to punish anyone who dares to disagree with his narrow and
Putin, once head of Russian intelligence, is a very clever and competent person.
Unlike Bush who boasts, lies and blusters, Putin bides his time and then moves,
very quietly but very effectively.
The basic problem here is that our man, Boris Yeltsin, was cooperating in
converting Soviet Russia’s state-owned holdings to the private sector. A group
of street merchants, called the Oligarchy, easily got control of most of the
important Russian businesses and then tried to market some of these to western
interests, for large amounts of money.
When Yeltsin was forced to resign, Putin was put in charge of Russian policy and
he carefully began to dismantle the Oligarchy, bit by bit. American oil
interests, who had poured billions of dollars into new equipment for what they
assumed would soon be American-controlled oil fields, were horrified and enraged
when Putin kicked out the Oligarchs and took over their holdings.
Karl Marx once attributed wars to economic rather than political reasons and in
the present instance, Marx was right on. The United States is one of the largest
users of oil on the planet.
Once a major producer, this country has now become the largest importer of both
oil and natural gas. For a long time, the U.S. depended on Persian Gulf oil but
that has either been disrupted by invasion and sabotage as in Iraq or by a
growingly obvious depletion of the once-huge Saudi fields.
The output of the North Sea fields is mostly destined for the European market
and Bush and the CIA have so angered Venezuela’s Chavez that oil from that
source could dry up at any moment. Mexico’s Pemex production is also shrinking
and terrorist attacks on their pipelines has put this source into jeopardy.
The Bush people misread Putin and actually believed that he would voluntarily
step down from the Presidency of Russia in 2008. They have already selected
several people for high office in a new, U.S.-friendly régime. Our CIA had
cultivated, and paid, the drunken Yeltsin and with the dangerous Putin gone,
they hoped to do to Russia what they had done to the Ukraine.; get control of
its government and make it an American asset.
Putin has many enemies, mostly among the Oligarchs whom he has stripped of their
holdings and run out of the country. Naturally, these men, most of whom are
Jewish, fled to Israel with as much money as they could carry, and from there,
they plot to regain their power.
Chief of these is
Boris Berezovsky – Putin has his enemy abroad in Boris Berezovsky, a key
wheeler and dealer of the Yeltsin epoch. Berezovsky did not spare his political
and financial resources to make Putin President. Once firmly installed, though,
Putin made it clear that Berezovsky's resources were welcome, while Berezovsky
himself was not. All the ills and failures of the post-Soviet society are now
ascribed to Berezovsky and his fellow oligarchs, like Vladimir Gusinski, whose
Media-Most holding company was destroyed by the Kremlin, and who settled in
Spain, once Moscow's attempts to have him extradited failed. Berezovsky's
associates are either in prison-like Nikolai Glushkov, once Deputy General
Manager of Aeroflot _ or on the wanted list, like Badri Patarkatsishvili,
Berezovsky's right hand man. The embittered population, fleeced during the
reform decade, is receptive to the propaganda line of rallying around Putin
against the miscreant who has sold out their country.
19 October 2007
"The things that will destroy
America are prosperity-at-any-price, peace-at-any-price, safety-first instead of
duty-first, the love of soft living, and the get-rich-quick theory of life.": -
- - Theodore Roosevelt
TEHRAN -- A prestigious French
daily reported that an email sent to 100 high-ranking police officials claims
French President Nicholas Sarkozy is a former agent of the Israeli intelligence
Le Figaro added that the letter was sent to French police
officials late last winter and reiterated that Sarkozy was the fourth
high-ranking spy of Israel.
The letter titled "Infiltration of Mossad in France's ruling
center-right UMP party" insists that Sarkozy is a spy.
It also writes about widespread corruption in the UMP party.
The letter added that former Israeli prime minister, Menachem
Begin, in 1978 ordered the head of his intelligence services to make former
French Leader Charles De Gulle's one of Israel's associates.
In the late 1880s, trade journals in the electrical sciences
were predicting "free electricity" in the near future. Incredible discoveries
about the nature of electricity were becoming commonplace. Within 20 years,
there would be automobiles, airplanes, movies, recorded music, telephones,
radio, and practical cameras. For the first time in history, common people were
encouraged to envision a utopian future filled with abundant modern
transportation and communication, as well as jobs, housing and food for
everyone. So what happened? Where did the new energy breakthroughs go? Was this
excitement about free electricity all just wishful thinking that science
Current State of Technology. The
answer is NO. Spectacular new energy technologies were developed right along
with other breakthroughs. Since then,
multiple methods for producing vast amounts of energy at extremely low cost
have been developed. None of these technologies have made it to the open
consumer market, however. Why this is true will be discussed shortly. First,
here is a short list of new energy technologies. The common feature connecting
all of these discoveries is that they use a small amount of one form of energy
to control or release a large amount of a different kind of energy.
Radiant Energy. Nikola Tesla's
Magnifying Transmitter, T. Henry Moray's
Radiant Energy Device, Edwin Gray's
EMA Motor, and Paul Baumann's
Testatika Machine all run on Radiant Energy. This natural energy can perform
the same wonders as ordinary electricity at less than 1% of the cost. It does
not behave exactly like electricity, however, which has contributed to the
scientific community's misunderstanding of it. The Methernitha Community in
Switzerland currently has 5 or 6
working models of fuelless, self-running devices that tap this energy. [More]
Permanent Magnets. Dr. Tom
Bearden has two working models of a
permanent magnet powered electrical transformer. It uses a 6-watt electrical
input to control the path of a magnetic field coming out of a permanent magnet.
By channeling the magnetic field, first to one output coil and then a second
repeatedly and rapidly, the device can produce a 96-watt electrical output with
no moving parts.
Multiple inventors have working mechanisms that produce torque from
permanent magnets alone. [More]
Super-Efficient Electrolysis. Water can
be broken into hydrogen and oxygen using electricity. When water is hit with its
own molecular resonant frequency, it collapses into hydrogen and oxygen gas with
little electrical input. Hydrogen fuel can drive engines (like
in your car) for the cost of water. [More]
Cold Fusion. Though initial
claims were debunked, cold fusion is very real. Not only has excess heat
repeatedly documented, but also low energy atomic element transmutation has
been catalogued, involving dozens of different reactions! [More]
There are dozens of other systems. Many are viable and well
tested. But this short list is sufficient to make the point: new energy
technology is here. It offers the world pollution-free energy abundance for
everyone, everywhere. It is now possible to stop the production of "greenhouse
gases" and shut down the nuclear power plants. Transportation and production
costs for just about everything can drop dramatically. Yet all these wonderful
benefits that can make life on this planet so much easier and better for
everyone have been postponed for decades. Why? Whose purposes are served by this
Four Invisible Forces.
There are four forces that have worked together to create this situation. The
wealthiest families and their central banking institutions are the
first force. Their motivations are greed and the need to control almost
everything except themselves. Their plan is to eventually control all of the
resources of the world, and thereby control everyone's life through the
availability of all goods and services. An independent source of wealth (new
energy device) in the hands of every person in the world ruins their plans for
world domination. They don't want any competition. The weapons they have used to
enforce this include intimidation, "expert" debunkers, buying and shelving of
technology, and murder of inventors. They have also promoted the scientific
theory that states free energy is impossible (laws of thermodynamics).
The second force is national governments.
The problem here is related to the maintenance of national security. There is a
constant jockeying for position and influence in world affairs, and the
strongest party wins. In economics, it's the golden rule, which states: "The one
with the gold makes the rules." Unlimited energy on this planet will lead to an
inevitable reshuffling of the balance of power. Everybody will want it, and at
the same time, want to prevent everyone else from getting it. So, national
governments' motivations are self-preservation. Their weapons include preventing
the issuance of patents based on national security grounds, harassment of
inventors with criminal charges, tax audits, threats, phone taps, arson, theft,
and a host of other intimidations which make the business of building and
marketing a new energy machine practically impossible.
The third force consists of deluded inventors and con men.
On the periphery of the extraordinary scientific breakthroughs that constitute
real new energy technologies, lies a shadow world of unexplained anomalies,
marginal inventions and unscrupulous promoters. The first two forces have
constantly used the media to promote the worst examples of this group, to
distract the public's attention, and to discredit real breakthroughs by
associating them with the frauds. So, the third force is delusion and
dishonesty. The motivations are self-aggrandizement, greed, want of power over
others, and a false sense of self-importance. The weapons used are lying,
cheating, self-delusion and arrogance combined with bad science.
The fourth force operating to
postpone the public availability of new energy technology is all of the rest
of us. It may be easy to see how narrow and selfish the motivations of the
other forces are, but actually, these motivations are still very much alive in
each of us as well. Like the wealthiest families, don't we each secretly harbour
illusions of false superiority and want to control others instead of ourselves?
Also, wouldn't you sell out if the price were high enough? Or like the
governments, don't we each want to ensure our own survival? Or like the deluded
inventor, don't we trade a comfortable illusion once in a while for an
uncomfortable fact? Or don't we still fear the unknown, even if it promises a
All four forces are just different aspects of the same
process.There is really only one force preventing
the availability of new energy technology, and that is unspiritually motivated
behavior. New energy technology is an outward manifestation of divine
abundance. It is the engine of the economy of an enlightened society, where
people voluntarily behave in a respectful and civil manner toward each other.
Unspiritualized humans cannot be trusted with new energy. They will only do what
they have always done, which is to take merciless advantage of each other, or
kill each other and themselves in the process.
The Opportunity. What is new is
that you and I can communicate with each other now better than at any time in
the past. The Internet offers us, the fourth force, an opportunity to overcome
the combined efforts of the other forces preventing new energy technology from
spreading. What is starting to happen is that inventors are
publishing their work, instead of patenting it and keeping it secret. More
and more, people are "giving away" information on these technologies in books,
videos and websites. While there is still a great deal of useless information
about new energy on the Internet, the availability of good information is rising
All of us constitute the fourth force. If we stand up and
refuse to remain ignorant and action-less, we can change the course of history.
Only mass action can create the world we want. The other three forces will not
help us put a fuelless power plant in our homes. New energy technology will
change everything about the way we live, work and relate to each other. It
obsoletes greed and fear for survival. But like all exercises of spiritual
faith, we must first manifest generosity and trust in our own lives.
New energy technology is here. It has been here for decades.
Communications technology and the Internet have torn the veil of secrecy off of
this remarkable fact. People all over the world are starting to build new energy
devices. The bankers and governments don't want this to happen, but can't stop
it. Tremendous economic instabilities and wars will be used to distract people's
attention from the new energy movement. There will be essentially no major media
coverage of this aspect of what is going on.
Western society is in many ways spiralling toward
self-destruction due to the accumulated effects of greed and corruption. New
energy technologies cannot stop this trend. If, however, you have a new energy
device, you may be better positioned to support the transition that is underway.
The question is, who will ultimately control the emerging world government, the
first force, or the fourth force? Some who refuse to
fight will survive to see the dawn of the world of new energy. I challenge you
to be among the ones who try.
"I've got nothing to hide, so
electronic surveillance doesn't bother me. To the contrary, I'm delighted that
the Bush Administration is monitoring calls and electronic traffic on a massive
scale, because catching terrorists is far more important that worrying about the
government's listening to my phone calls, or reading my emails." So the argument
goes. It is a powerful one that has seduced too many people.
Millions of Americans buy this logic,
and in accepting it, believe they are doing the right thing for themselves,
their family, and their friends, neighbours, community and country. They are
sadly wrong. If you accept this argument, you have been badly fooled.
This contention is being bantered
about once again, so there is no better time than the present to set thinking
people straight. Bush and Cheney want to make permanent unchecked Executive
powers to electronically eavesdrop on anyone whom any President feels to be of
interest. In August, before the summer recess, Congress enacted the Protect
America Act, which provided only temporary approval for the expanding Executive
powers under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA). These temporary
powers expire in February 2008, so Congress is once again addressing the
The FISA Amendments: The
Administration Is Seeking Immunity for Miscreants
Because of the way electronic traffic
is directed from foreign countries through the United States, the FISA Court had
previously rejected requests to intercept certain foreign-person-
to-foreign-person communications in the United States. It was a technical
problem, arising from the fact that FISA was written before modern data routing
had been designed, and FISA thus needed fixing. On this, everyone agreed.
However, when the Bush Administration
asked for the necessary fix to FISA, it also requested much more, including
immunity under the existing laws for all the telecommunications companies that
have been assisting the government in its illegal warrantless surveillance.
Significantly, this practice - justified by reference to the "war on terror" -
apparently started well before 9/11 under the Bush Administration.
Ironically, in requesting this
immunity, the Bush White House has refused to disclose exactly what type of
activities Congress would be retroactively immunizing. Preliminary congressional
inquiry has revealed that a massive amount of electronic surveillance of
Americans has gone on under the Bush/Cheney Administration. For example, one of
the telecom giants, Verizon, reported that between January 2005 and September
2007 they provided information on 94,000 occasions. These numbers suggest that
Verizon was operating as merely another (and a secret) extension of the federal
Many of the companies appear to be
violating a number of federal criminal statutes - such as
18 U.S.C. 2511, which requires a warrant for such surveillance and
18 U.S.C. 2702, which prohibits any "entity providing an electronic
communication service to the public" from knowingly divulging "to any person or
entity the contents of a communication" without a court order.
Currently, the telecoms are not likely
to be particularly worried about being prosecuted by the very same government
that instructed them to violate the law, and is leading the way in doing so
But what about under the next
Administration? The five-year statute of limitations will make them potentially
criminally liable after Bush is gone - at least, unless the Bush Administration
gains for them retroactive and future immunity. In a new Administration, the
telecoms may be viewed not as cooperative patriots, but rather as criminal
Civil Liability Appears To Be
Driving the Immunity Request
Meanwhile, civil liability for these
companies is also a realistic prospect. For example, in a San Francisco federal
court, AT&T customers are seeking to protect their privacy with actions under
18 U.S.C. 2520, which provides a civil remedy and hefty damages -- ranging
up to $10,000 per day per violation. Since it is possible that, over five-plus
years, there have been tens upon tens of thousands of such violations, the, if
liable telecoms could be looking at hundreds upon hundreds of millions of
dollars of damages.
The Bush Administration clearly wants
to help its partners in crime; it also wants to avoid accountability for what it
has done and is still doing. If the civil litigation proceeds - and
one judge already ruled that the "state secrets" privilege does not prevent
the plaintiffs from going forward - the Bush Administration faces the risk of a
federal court's forcing it to disclose its unsavoury surveillance activities.
Privacy advocates are horrified at the
prospect of Congress's potentially protecting this activity through immunity
legislation. Yet, in sharp contrast, most people could care less. Indeed few
people seem to care about their loss of privacy, notwithstanding the fact that,
like an invisible pollutant to our air or water, it is increasingly eroding our
freedom. Unfortunately, it seems that the invasion of our privacy, like the
destruction of our atmosphere, may be tolerated until it is too late to fix it.
One of the leading causes of both
problems is ignorance. Privacy is a highly complex issue, so people easily
accept the claims of those who assert that, if you are not doing anything
illegal, you have nothing to be concerned about government surveillance, and if
you are, you have no right to privacy to break the law.
Understanding the Misunderstanding
For several years I have been reading
the work of George Washington University Law School Professor
Daniel J. Solove, who writes extensively about privacy in the context of
contemporary digital technology. The current apathy about government
surveillance brought to mind
his essay "'I've Got Nothing To Hide' And Other Misunderstandings of
Professor Solove's deconstruction of
the "I've got nothing to hide" position, and related justifications for
government surveillance, is the best brief analysis of this issue I have found.
These arguments are not easy to zap because, once they are on the table, they
can set the terms of the argument. As Solove explains, "the problem with the
nothing to hide argument is with its underlying assumption that privacy is about
hiding bad things." He warns, "Agreeing with this assumption concedes far too
much ground and leads to an unproductive discussion of information people would
likely want or not want to hide." Solove's bottom line is that this argument
"myopically views privacy as a form of concealment or secrecy."
In his work, Solove addresses the
reality that privacy problems differ: Not all are equal; some are more harmful
than others. Most importantly, he writes, "to understand privacy, we must
conceptualize it and its value more pluralistically." Through several years of
work, Solove has developed a more nuanced concept of privacy that rebuts the
idea that there is a "one-size-fits-all conception of privacy."
The concept of "privacy" encompasses
many ideas relating to the proper and improper use and abuse of information
about people within society. Privacy protects information not only because it
would cause others to think less of the person at issue, but also simply to give
us all breathing room: "Society involves a great deal of friction," Solove
writes, "and we are constantly clashing with each other. Part of what makes a
society a good place in which to live is the extent to which it allows people
freedom from the intrusiveness of others. A society without privacy protection
would be suffocation, and it might not be a place in which most would want to
Professor Solove's work - much of
which he makes available online - helps clarify thinking about privacy in its
fuller context, and helps explain what is wrong with reductive dismissals of
privacy using the mantra, "I've got nothing to hide." Before rushing to give the
Bush Administration more ways to invade our privacy, not to mention absolving
those who have confederated with him to engage in the most massive invasion of
America privacy ever, members of Congress should look at Solove's work. Too many
of them have no idea what privacy is all about, and grossly underestimate the
value of this complex and essential concept.
15 - 18 October 2007
More Government Bare-Faced Lies as
Families 'must pay an extra £2,600 a year tax'
The bottom-line from the recent headline-grabbing mini-budget
is that everyone’s taxes will rise, totally contrary to the detail and spirit of
what was actually announced. Don’t be fooled by these lying, thieving bandits,
it’s not even a ‘take with one hand and give-back with another budget’, it’s
outright lies all round.
Red Arrows Display Banned
from 2012 Olympics
A reader has passed this on to us.
IT'S A DISGRACE!!!!!!
The world-famous Red Arrows have been banned from
appearing at the 2012 London Olympics because they are deemed "too British".
Organisers of the event say that the Arrows
military background might be "offensive" to other countries taking part in the
The display team have performed at more than 4000
events worldwide, but the Department of Culture, Media and Sport have deemed the
display team "too militaristically British". Red Arrows pilots were said to be
"outraged", as they had hoped to put on a truly world class display for the
Games, something which had never been seen before.
Being axed from a British-based event for being
"too British" is an insult - the Arrows are a symbol of Britain.
The Red Arrows have been excellent ambassadors for British overseas trade, as
they display their British-built Hawk aircraft all over the world.
The Arrows performed a short flypast in 2005 when
the winning bid was announced, but their flypast at the Games was to have been
I don't know what the colour of sadness is, but this October
2007 I think it must be purple. The streets in our suburbs, towns and cities are
lined with Jacaranda trees and they are in full blossom, carpeting the roadsides
with soft purple flowers. The Bougainvilleas are covered in flowers too - mauve,
lilac and bright purple. It's hard to believe that with such tropical brilliance
all around us this hot October, there is such sadness too. For three months or
more everyone's been talking about the fact that there's no food in the shops
because the government ordered prices to be cut to below production costs. Most
of us have been so busy trying to find enough food to survive and support our
families that we haven't really been looking at how other businesses are coping
with absurdly low controlled prices. Well, to put it simply, they're not.
I took a walk around my home town this week and was shocked at
what I found. Two big clothes department stores have closed down in the last
month. These weren't little family shops but big outlets stocking clothes, shoes
and accessories for men, women and children. Their huge glass display windows
stretching for more than half a block along the pavement are completely empty.
Peering in, you can see nothing except vast expanses of grey concrete floor.
Carpets have been removed, naked wires hang from ceilings, light fittings have
gone, clothes racks are cleared, shelving has been taken off the walls and the
employees are all gone. Where are they now, I wondered and how are they
surviving. A great sadness welled up inside me; home is dying a slow and
I wandered into a bookshop which is all but empty and into two
clothes shops which have almost nothing left to sell. All tell the same story:
they cannot sell goods for less than they have paid for them. Shop owners look
gaunt, exhausted and desperate, they say they cannot sleep at night and that
their stomachs are in tight knots: they are watching their work and investments
of a life time just ebb away. I went into another shop which has been in the
town since the 1960's. Their doors are still open but its as good as pointless.
Three smartly dressed salesmen wearing name tags stood against
the wall talking to each other. There are perhaps fifty items left to sell in
this branch of a shop which has outlets all over the country. The teller sat
counting wads of dirty almost useless money - bank notes which have expiry dates
on them and which we've been warned may be changed at any time in the next few
days or weeks. I asked the teller if the shop was closing down. 'No,' he
replied, 'if we do then they (the government) will just take us over.' I asked
him how they could stay open and he just shook his head sadly. 'We are broken,'
he said; 'we are just waiting for whenever the last day comes.' I didn't know
what to say but then the man looked around to see if anyone was listening before
he said : 'It's political you know.'
That little phrase slammed me back in time instantly to the
day when the war veterans were shouting at me through the farm gate. Threatening
to shoot me, armed with a pistol, one had bragged that he could "drop me at ten,
twenty, even forty meters." This is my farm he had screamed at me, my house, my
fields, my cattle and then later, when the Police finally came, they said they
could do nothing because :"it was political."
I stared at the teller with his empty shop and filthy money
and his eyes were filled with despair. 'Where will I go,' he said; 'what will I
do?' I had no answers and could just say: I am so sorry, so very sorry. As I
left and the trees dripped their purple flowers at my feet the tears were in my
eyes. We are a nation traumatized, regardless of our age or sex, the colour of
our skin or our profession and yes, it is all political.
Until next time, thanks for reading,
Copyright cathy buckle 13 October 2007. www.cathybuckle.com My
books: "African Tears" and "Beyond Tears" are available in South Africa from:
email@example.com and in the UK from: firstname.lastname@example.org
Gore's climate theory savaged
ONE of the world's leading meteorologists has described the
theory that helped Al Gore win a share of the Nobel prize "ridiculous".
Dr William Gray, a pioneer in the science of seasonal
hurricane forecasts, spoke to a packed lecture hall at UNC Charlotte and said
humans are not responsible for the warming of the earth.
His visit, arranged through the meteorology program at UNCC,
came on the same day that Gore was honoured for his work in support of the link
between humans and global warming. "We're brainwashing our children," said Gray,
78, a longtime professor at Colorado State University. "They're going to the
Gore movie (An Inconvenient Truth) and being fed all this. It's ridiculous."
Gray, whose annual forecasts of the number of tropical storms and hurricanes are
widely publicised, said instead that a natural cycle of ocean water temperatures
- related to the amount of salt in ocean water - is responsible for the global
warming that he acknowledges has taken place.
However, he said, that same cycle means a period of global
cooling will begin soon and last for several years.
"We'll look back on all of this in 10 or 15 years and realise
how foolish it was," Gray said.
During his speech to a crowd of about 300 that included
meteorology students from several Carolinas universities and a host of
professional meteorologists, Gray also said those who have linked global warming
to the increased number of hurricanes in recent years are in error. He cited
statistics, showing there were 101 hurricanes from 1900-1949, in a period of
cooler global temperatures, compared to 83 from 1957-2006, when the earth
warmed. "The human impact on the atmosphere is simply too small to have a major
effect on global temperatures," Gray said.
He said his beliefs have made him an outsider in popular
"It bothers me that my fellow scientists are not speaking out
against something they know is wrong," he said. "But they also know that they'd
never get any grants if they spoke out. I don't care about grants."
Smear Campaign Against Ron Paul
Goes Into Overdrive Corporate media peddles
ridiculous conspiracy theories that Ron Paul's meteoric popularity is entirely
The smear campaign against Presidential candidate Ron Paul has
hit an all time high with the corporate media today ludicrously declaring that
the Congressman's immense worldwide popularity is all a huge con emanating from
Dr Paul's own office.
Headlined Republican Ron Paul in possible 'fake online
campaign', the article attempts to convince the reader that every aspect of
Ron Paul's popularity, from his you tube website, to his dominance of online
polls and debate polls has been totally faked by his own staff!
The astounding accusation reads:
A CANDIDATE for the US presidency is being buoyed by a massive
online campaign that may be a fake grassroots movement organised by party staff.
Head of Flinders University’s Department of American Studies
Don De Bats told NEWS.com.au that it “sounded like” an astroturfing campaign.
Astroturfing is the term used to describe a fake grassroots
campaign, where members of an organisation create the illusion that “ordinary
people” are behind the movement.
Note how the author of the article uses words such as
"possible" and "may" and sounded like" to cover the fact that its content is
total baloney from start to finish and could even be considered libelous.
From what I can make out (please correct me if I'm wrong
because this trash is almost incoherent) the author, Mark Schliebs, then makes a
pathetic rambling attempt to sell the notion that because popular youtube videos
of Ron Paul were uploaded by the same person with the username
RonPaul2008dotcom this means it is some sort of massive fake conspiracy???!
As blogger Darryl Mason points out in
this excellent rebuttal, "The RonPaul2008 channel is an election
channel, which every presidential wannabe who is seriously pursuing an online
audience also has, including Billary, Giuliani and Barack Obama. It's an online
campaign, so of course Ron Paul supporters or Ron Paul's own office is going to
post clips, just as the teams behind Giuliani, Billary and Obama are now also
Ron Paul's most popular clips on youtube have received tens of
thousands of views, where as figures for Rudy Giuliani's most popular clips are
in the low hundreds or even in the 90's. Ron Paul's youtube channel has been
viewed 4.5 million times by supporters, is youtube in on this mass conspiracy
too? Is youtube fixing its viewing figures for Ron Paul?
To add insult to injury Schliebs then throws in the "expert
analysis" of an American studies professor. Not a technological expert or an
experienced internet campaigner or someone within another successful grassroots
organisation, but a guy who lectures about Abe Lincoln to 17 year olds:
Professor De Bats said that for a relatively unknown candidate
like Dr Paul to have so much prominence online was suspicious.
“I would not put any credibility on those results,” Prof De
“I find it terrifically surprising and unlikely (that Dr Paul
would attract that level of response).”
I find it terrifically surprising that such awful journalism
can make it into umpteen nationally syndicated newspapers, but it still has.
The piece reads like Schliebs has been ordered to attack Ron
Paul and has just taken a wild stab in the dark with no foundation of evidence
or substance and then had the gall to find some unwitting person with the
letters "PhD" after their name to agree with him.
Similar claims denying reality have been made about Ron Paul's
dominance in polls after Republican debates. Despite the fact that most major
media organisations only allow one vote from each IP address or mobile phone,
for text messaging polls, corporate media outlets keep suggesting that their own
polls are being rigged and hijacked by Ron Paul spammers.
In a familiar move CNBC even
removed its own poll on Tuesday night just hours after the debate
had ended when they realized Ron Paul was winning by such a wide margin.
Today CNBC Managing Editor,
Allen Wastler, responded to demands for an explanation by clearly
stating that CNBC pulled the poll because Ron Paul was winning. Wastler then
also spouted the conspiracy theory that every poll is being rigged for Ron Paul
Now Paul is a fine gentleman with some substantial backing
and, by the way, was a dynamic presence throughout the debate , but I haven't
seen him pull those kind of numbers in any "legit" poll. Our poll was either
hacked or the target of a campaign. So we took the poll down.
The next day, our email basked was flooded with Ron Paul
support messages. And the computer logs showed the poll had been hit with
traffic from Ron Paul chat sites. I learned other Internet polls that night had
been hit in similar fashion. Congratulations. You folks are obviously
well-organized and feel strongly about your candidate and I can't help but
Some of you Ron Paul fans take issue with my decision to take
the poll down. Fine. When a well-organized and committed "few" can throw the
results of a system meant to reflect the sentiments of "the many," I get a
little worried. I'd take it down again.
What kind of twisted logic is this? Ron Paul has more fans and
is attracting more committed and organised supporters than any other candidate,
so it's not fair? We are talking about the lead up to a democratic election for
crying out loud, THAT'S THE POINT OF AN ELECTION, TO DETERMINE WHO IS THE MOST
Dear Mr Wastler, some Ron Paul detractors take issue with the
fact Ron Paul is trouncing the opposition. Fine. But when a well-organized and
committed "few" can throw the results of a system meant to reflect the
sentiments of "the many," I get a little worried.
If a huge mass of people vote for Ron Paul and don't vote for
Giuliani, too bad for Rudy, that does not mean the poll has been "hacked"! If
you don't show up to vote, your vote doesn't get counted my friend.
If a football teams scores more points than their rivals
because their players come out more committed and stronger, does it mean the
game was rigged?
Many Neo-Con blog sites now do not even include Ron Paul in
their polls anymore, pretending that he doesn't exist because too many people
are voting for him!
How ridiculous is this going to get? If Ron Paul won the
primaries and won the election would he then be stripped of the presidency
because too many people want him to be president?
And I guess every other facet of Ron Paul's campaign has been
rigged too. I guess the 5.1 million dollars he has raised is totally fake. I
guess the fact that Ron Paul is the only Republican who is gaining in campaign
funds is also fake. Ron Paul has won more straw polls than any other Republican
candidate, that's fake naturally. The sun that came up this morning, that's fake
Corporate media outlets and interests are clearly frightened
to death that the Congressman and his campaign of freedom and limited government
has quickly become a huge phenomenon and that there is now a very serious chance
for a Ron Paul candidacy.
Rape Story - Phillip D. Zelikow...911 Myth
Maker By Andrew
When you ask people to revisit the events of 9/11 and
reconsider what really happened, you enter the twilight zone of public mythology
where people don't want to rethink unhappy events and where you challenge their
personal egos. Did you know that for the same reason that 2/3 of the women raped
never report it, 2/3 of the victims of fraud never seek redress either? They
find themselves at odds with their own egos; they simply don't want to admit
that they have been so violated or duped. I believe that the story of Philip
Zelikow is important to help people beyond their own egos and see how America is
Most people have never heard of Philip D. Zelikow, but he is
best known as the executive director of the 9/11 Commission. He basically wrote
the 9/11 Commission Report. Immediately prior to Bush appointing him to head the
9/11 Commission, Zelikow was the executive director of the little known Aspen
Strategy Group whose members include Dick Cheney, Condoleeza Rica, and Paul
Wolfowitz. Although most people don't know anything about Zelikow, they
recognize Cheney, Rice and Wolfowitz as the Neoconservatives most responsible
for stampeding America into the current unfortunate conflicts in Afghanistan and
Zelikow's record gets really interesting when we consider that
he went on to write the 9/11 Commission Report. He earned a law degree from the
University of Houston Law School and a Ph. D. from Tufts University. He wrote
books too. He wrote a book on The Kennedy Tapes, and another on Why People Don't
Trust Government. One of his areas of expertise is PUBLIC MYTHOLOGY.
While at Harvard he actually wrote about the use, and misuse,
of history in policymaking. As he noted in his own words, "contemporary" history
is "defined functionally by those critical people and events that go into
forming the public's presumptions about its immediate past. The idea of 'public
presumption'," he explained, "is akin to [the] notion of 'public myth' but
without the negative implication sometimes invoked by the word 'myth.' Such
presumptions are beliefs (1) thought to be true (although not necessarily known
to be true with certainty), and (2) shared in common within the relevant
political community." So Zelikow, the guy who wrote The 9/11 Commission Report,
was an expert in how to misuse public trust and create PUBLIC MYTHS.
If 9/11 was nothing but a huge HOAX, you would naturally
expect that the event itself would have to be perfectly scripted.
In 1998, Zelikow actually wrote Catastrophic Terrorism about
imagining "the transformative event" three years before 9/11. Here are Zelikow's
1998 words; Readers should imagine the possibilities for themselves, because the
most serious constraint on current policy [nonaggression] is lack of
imagination. An act of catastrophic terrorism that killed thousands or tens of
thousands of people and/or disrupted the necessities of life for hundreds of
thousands, or even millions, would be a watershed event in America's history. It
could involve loss of life and property unprecedented for peacetime and
undermine Americans' fundamental sense of security within their own borders in a
manner akin to the 1949 Soviet atomic bomb test, or perhaps even worse.
Constitutional liberties would be challenged as the United States sought to
protect itself from further attacks by pressing against allowable limits in
surveillance of citizens, detention of suspects, and the use of deadly force.
More violence would follow, either as other terrorists seek to imitate this
great "success" or as the United States strikes out at those considered
responsible. Like Pearl Harbor, such an event would divide our past and future
into a "before" and "after." The effort and resources we devote to averting or
containing this threat now, in the "before" period, will seem woeful, even
pathetic, when compared to what will happen "after." Our leaders will be judged
negligent for not addressing catastrophic terrorism more urgently.
If we can get people to see that the guy who wrote The 9/11
Commission Report got his Ph.D. in PUBLIC MYTHS and actually had his hand in
scripting the 9/11 event itself in 1998, they might be more receptive to the
idea that the official story of 9/11 should be revisited.
The other problem is getting them to look again at an unhappy
event. Don't show them the unhappy pictures or the long videos of planes
crashing into the WTC Towers or of the Towers collapsing. Instead show them
short videos of what the first reporters said immediately after the explosions
at the Pentagon and at Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
On September 11, 2001, the immediate reports on the ground
told the truth. I think most people can see that it was later that the
myth-makers retold the myth the way Zelikow scripted it to be remembered. This
may be 2007, but when we consider the power of mythology the psychology of the
average man hasn't changed in 4000 years. And when everyone in the political
community believes the same myth, it becomes a parallel reality. With TV
reinforcing the 9/11 myth every single day, it has become stronger than any
belief system that I can remember, but we must explore ways to challenge it.
9 - 14 October 2007
"For the great majority of mankind are satisfied
with appearances, as though they were realities, and are often more influenced
by the things that seem than by those that are.": - - -Niccolo
Machiavelli - (1469-1527)
Five Days In
October Jim Kirwan
If there was ever any doubt that the United States is "safer"
now than we were before we attacked Iraq-then the jury and the government have
decided that the answer is "We're NOT!
When 911 happened there were a number of "war-games" in
progress, on the same day, at the same hour and with exactly the same targets as
those that were hit on 911. The same thing occurred in the case of the London
train bombings another terrorist training exercise was underway at the exact
same time with the exact same targets as the real thing. This will be the third
time that a major training exercise is being launched, but this one involves the
entire United States in something called "Vigilant Shield 08."
This supposedly will be a training exercise to use local and
state police and sheriffs in tandem with the military to "practice what was
learned from the military's response to Katrina." The troops and militarized
police did not get involved in saving people's lives they were completely
occupied with disarming the surviving public. If we are so much safer now than
we were before these certifiable nut jobs took over this government-then why do
we need to "practice living under Martial Law"? (1)
If we are safer now than we were before the Cheney-Bush Cabal
decided that they were going to take over the world then why do we need to ask
permission to fly between states inside the United States?
"Beginning in February 2008, U.S. Customs and Border
Protection (CBP) will implement their ¨Advance Passenger Information System
(APIS),¨ the gist of which is that you will need permission from the United
States Government to travel on any air or sea vessel that goes to, from or
through the U.S. The travel companies will not be able to issue a boarding pass
until you are cleared by DHS. This applies to ALL passengers, US citizens and
visitors alike. And how do you get said permission to travel? That's for your
government to know and (for) you to never find out." (2)
At least this one is still a ways from actual implementation,
but the point of this federal lockdown of the population is still all too clear.
If this were not the case, then why do they need to sneak things like this into
What this nation is about to attempt in Iran will be a war
crime of unlimited scope and outrageous destruction, for an untold number of
nations and peoples trying to just get on with their lives. Yet we are presented
with these pending attacks as if there is no alternative to their determined
plans for Global Control-as if this is akin to an act of god that cannot be
stopped, regardless of all the evidence against just such an action. If this
nation and the other corrupted governments had leaders with even a modicum of
military experience, they would all know that this course of action has failed
long before the first bombs or missiles are even launched. (3)
What will happen if the date of the attacks upon Iran just
happen to coincide exactly, with Operation Vigilant Shield? If we begin the
bombing raids and Iran retaliates: Then the cowards in their bunkers in DC and
elsewhere will then declare that America has secret terror cells here in the
USA, that must be found and disarmed-and fortunately 'we just happen to have the
troops and police in position to do just that'! And since the nation would by
then, for all intents and purposes already be under Martial Law, because all of
the facility to do this has already been entered into the record, in a number of
presidential Executive Orders especially written for this occasion: What could
the nation do to prevent any of this from actually happening?
If we wait patiently until October 15 to find out if this is
"real;" instead of just an exercise then the answer is obviously "Nothing"!
But if we probe into the planning and the execution as well as
into what will be sought during Operation Vigilant Shield-before October 15th,
then maybe something of substance could be able to deter whatever might be
This potential attack upon Iran is far more than just another
phase of our ongoing wars upon the Muslim world. This is pivotal and virtually
impossible to predict: which is exactly why it should never have even been
considered in the first place. Iran has an army that's three times the size of
the one we're still fighting in Iraq. Iran is not a lonely impoverished nation
without resources or international alliances. But most of all to begin such a
blatant and unwarranted attack upon so pivotal a nation-now-when we are losing
whatever remains of any credibility in our unilateral and illegal war upon Iraq;
would seem to an act of military and economic suicide. Yet no one inside the
Cheney-Bush Cabal seems to have even the most remote idea of when or how to use
military force: never mind the absolute need to consider all the ramifications
before unleashing our Frankenstein version of Blitzkrieg on yet another nation
that stands between us and what we are determined to steal for some overly
These people that believe they are "in-charge," actually know
nothing at all about military force, military tactics or the dangers of the
misuse of these very expensive weapons. That's how we managed to run up the
price tag in Iraq and Afghanistan to over a Trillion dollars, and still managed
to lose all the key aspects of this massive military failure. The numbers in
Vietnam and Iraq are almost parallel now, especially given the reality that
we've been virtually at war since 1991: Thanks to the No-Fly-Zones that operated
24-7 almost up to the day we announced Shock & Awe over Baghdad.
The Veteran's administration tracked the figures for the death
toll from 'both wars' and came up with a death toll of over 71,000 dead, from
all causes: That's a lot of dead people. Of course the cabal doesn't want this
kind of information even discussed: because it presents the full picture, given
all the deaths from combat related injuries, disease and exposure to toxic
poisons, as well as death in combat and after incident deaths from all sources.
This would give the current war an entirely different look and might go a long
way to explaining the Trillion dollars plus that it is currently costing us in
Vietnam involved 500,000 troops at the time when we had to
flee. In Iraq now we have over 400,000 if you count the mercenaries. If Iraq has
been going on since 1991-we've been at it for sixteen years now-with the
continued bombing of the infrastructure and the two- thirds of Saddam's
populations that suffered mightily, for all those years under UN sanctions. No
wonder Cheney-Bush wants these actions kept strictly separate!
Cheney has no authority to set a US agenda for war with Iran:
yet that is what he has continued to blatantly do-unchecked-by any other branch
in this so-called government. He won't stop until we are all looking at
Armageddon-and that has nothing to do with why any of these scheming thieves
should be in office in the first place.
Too many people here continue to say: "we don't have time to
read or to pay attention to the politics -- we don't have the time to spend on
the internet between jobs, kids, and everything else."
Which is like saying: "How dare you bomb my neighbourhood
today - I've got to get the kids to tennis lessons and then pick-up something
Or maybe when the storm troopers kick in your door you might
decide that since they didn't even knock - you should just ignore them?
There is a HUGE world out there that all of us have major responsibilities
for because of all that has been done in our names: In that world there is about
to be a devaluation of YOUR money, YOUR future and YOUR life. If you REFUSE to
pay attention to that world, then KNOW that your world has had time-bombs
carefully planted, in every facet of everything you care about (just like the
travel restrictions and the Real ID card). When these bombs go off you will have
nothing at all to say about your own demise, or YOUR death. If your petty
considerations TRUMP that - then you shall deserve everything you get - and all
of this will happen: Because you refused to Pay-Attention to what is happening
all around you now!
There are many people in the UK who
are unperturbed by the prospect of ID cards being introduced. After all, our
continental counterparts have been carrying ID cards for many years now. There
will, however, be one key difference with the UK system and that is the National
Identity Register. Other European ID cards have a limited national register and
safeguards in place to protect against the accumulation and centralisation of
information. In fact, Germany has constitutional limitations on the creation of
any national number for obvious historical reasons.
ID systems are an essential requirement in modern society. With vast amounts of
international travel and immigration comes a need to monitor the locations of
individuals at any given time. There are also other ID requirements when dealing
with government infrastructure such as the National Insurance number and the
collection of taxes. These systems are traditionally limited in scope and
relatively independent of each other.
The UK ID card system will be a radical expansion on previous ID systems and, as
many have warned, has the potential to permanently alter the relationship
between the citizen and the state.
“Because of the power it possesses over us, I believe the government will
gradually become less accountable and less responsive to the needs and wishes of
the people. Whereas once politicians were our servants, they will become our
masters and we their slaves.”
For many observers, it has become apparent that the UK ID project has no
clear boundaries, is open ended and destined for progressive ‘function creep’.
What may begin as system of identification will inevitably turn into a means by
which the state can look into many aspects of our private lives and will form
the basis of a greater nation-wide surveillance network.
"The creation of this detailed data trail of individuals' activities is
particularly worrying and cannot be viewed in isolation of other initiatives
which serve to build a detailed picture of people's lives, such as CCTV
surveillance (with automatic facial recognition), use of automatic number plate
recognition recording vehicle movements for law enforcement and congestion
charging, and the proposals to introduce satellite tracking of vehicles for road
Richard Thomas, The information Commissioner.
In the last several years the size, scope and nature of the proposed ID cards
has become increasingly apparent…
“From 2010, all passport applicants, even if they are simply renewing their
old one, will also have to apply for an identity card…Labour also wants all
first-time applicants for a British passport to travel to the same 69 centres
for interview, when they will be asked about things like previous addresses and
“The new applicants, half of whom will be aged 16 to 19, will be asked to
prove their identity by responding to a stock of about 200 possible questions on
their family and financial history.”
“The National Identity Register will allow police to add the entire adult
population of the UK to their suspect list, giving them the opportunity to check
fingerprints left at scenes of crime against those collected from ID card and
passport applicants, says Tony Blair. Nor are fingerprints in other EU countries
necessarily safe - the introduction of biometric technology, he adds, will
"improve the flow of information between countries on the identity of
“Banks and other businesses are to be sold access to personal information
stored on the Government's ID cards database...Now ministers are planning to
charge companies around 60p a time to check details held on the giant "big
brother" database. They hope for up to 770million "verifications" each
year...The Daily Mail has learned that a top firm of headhunters is already
working for the Government, seeking a consultancy expert to market the benefits
of the database to the private sector.”
“A police force will be set up to issue £1,000 fines to anyone who fails to
update their personal details on the Government's new database, it has emerged.
The unit, part of the Identity and Passport Service, is expected to send the
penalties by post, after snooping through computer records...Shadow Home
Secretary David Davis said: "This sinister force will be collecting money from
UK citizens to go straight into the Treasury. There is a real danger this will
be another stealth tax."
“Whitehall papers, which the Government has fought for two years to suppress,
disclose that Labour intended to force the public to sign up to the
programme...Former Liberal Democrat home affairs spokesman Mark Oaten, who
successfully fought to get the internal documents published, said: "They show
Ministers had no basis to claim the cards would combat benefit fraud, that from
the very beginning the cards were going to be compulsory and that Ministers were
consistently not telling the truth about their true intentions."
“Officials had hoped to base ID cards on a National Identity Register but
will instead use the Customer Information System run by the Department of Work
and Pensions. This holds the records of everyone with a NI number, sparking
concerns that HM Revenue & Customs could track a person's personal life through
their ID card, which must be produced whenever a proof of identity is
required...Gareth Crossman, policy director at Liberty, added: "The Government
sold us the ID card scheme under the guise of terror and crime protection, but
the reality is that it has the potential for massive, unanticipated state access
into our private lives." Damian Green, the Conservatives' shadow immigration
minister, said: "The public will be alarmed at this sinister Big Brother
What lies in store is a database system whereby the state essentially has a file
on every individual in the country.
The Identity Cards Act currently sets out fifty different types of
information to be held on each individual. However, the Act also allows the
amount of information to be increased in the future. It is not difficult to
imagine a situation where personal details ranging from mobile phone tracking to
health history are stored on one central system to be used by the government and
anyone willing to pay for the information.
ID cards and, more importantly, the centralised database is a system that would
allow all of the current surveillance and monitoring to be collected and pooled
for each and every individual. Is this really what anyone wants? Who really
stands to benefit from this system?
The Home Office is to have a range of unchecked executive power over many
aspects of the ID Card programme. They will be at liberty to enter and alter
information on a profile without informing the individual and will have no
obligation to ensure the accuracy of that information. The Home Secretary will
also have the power to take away an individuals’ ID Card without any appeals
"The Home Secretary may cancel or require surrender of an identity card,
without a right of appeal, at any time. Given that the object of the scheme is
that an ID card will be eventually required to exercise any ordinary civil
function, this amounts to granting the Home Secretary the power of civic life
The home secretary, Charles Clarke, is transforming Britain into a police
state, one of the country's former leading anti-terrorist police chiefs said
yesterday...Mr Churchill-Coleman told the Guardian: "I have a horrible feeling
that we are sinking into a police state, and that's not good for anybody. We
live in a democracy and we should police on those standards.
“My anxiety is that we don’t sleepwalk into a surveillance society.”
Richard Thomas, The information commissioner.
In a climate of fear and the ‘war on terror’, where our civil
liberties are under constant attack from those posturing to be ‘tough’ on
terrorism, we should remain vigilant and not allow an advanced system of
surveillance to be implemented under false pretence. As history has shown
privacy and civil liberties are easily taken away but much harder to regain once
WHO RUNS THE WORLD
AND WHY YOU NEED TO KNOW IMMEDIATELY, By
A review of The True
Story Of The Bilderberg Group, By Daniel Estulin
It is difficult to re-educate people who have been brought
up on nationalism to the idea of relinquishing part of their sovereignty to a
~Bilderberg Group founder, Prince Bernhard~
As a rhetorical question, can someone please explain to me
how it is that progressive liberals such as John Edwards and Hillary Clinton, as
well as do-gooder humanitarians with multiple social projects ongoing such as
the Rockefellers and every Royal House in Europe, can perennially attend
Bilderberg meetings apparently knowing that the final objective of this
despicable group of hoodlums is a fascist One World Empire?
~Daniel Estulin (P.318)~
Daniel Estulin is a Madrid-based
journalist and an investigative reporter who took on the daunting and dangerous
task of researching the Bildeberg Group, and who offers his findings in The True
Story Of The Bilderberg Group, recently published by
Trine Day. Equally intriguing as his harrowing tales of being followed and
nearly killed on a couple of occasions while working on the book, is the manner
in which Estulin connects the dots between the Bilderberg Group, world events,
notable politicians and corporate tycoons and the two other secretive monsters
of the ruling elite, the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and the Trilateral
Commission (TC). The project lasted fifteen years and was motivated by Estulin's
curiosity about how it is that the mainstream media has never covered in depth
the meetings of the Bilderberg Group whose combined wealth exceeds the combined
wealth of all U.S. citizens.
What Estulin's book makes clear is that the group, along with
the CFR and TC, has become a shadow government whose top priority is to erase
the sovereignty of all nation-states and supplant them with global corporate
control of their economies under the surveillance of "an electronic global
police state." (xv)
The author emphasizes that not all members of the group are
"bad" people, and he implies that membership is structured somewhat like
concentric circles in a target scheme with in inner core and various levels of
relationship between that core and the outer circles of membership. Almost every
famous player in politics and finance in the world is a member of one of the
three organizations mentioned above, and their political affiliations range from
liberal to conservative, for example, George W. Bush, George Soros, Gerald Ford,
George McGovern, Jimmy Carter. Of this private club, Estulin says:
This parallel world remains unseen in the daily struggles
of most of humanity, but, believe me, it is there: a cesspool of duplicity and
lies and double-speak and innuendo and blackmail and bribery. It is a surreal
world of double and triple agents, of changing loyalties, of professional
psychotic assassins, brainwashed black ops agents, soldiers of fortune and
mercenaries, whose primary sources of income are the dirtiest and most
despicable government-run subversive missions-the kind that can never be
This world, according to Estulin, is so perverse and evil that
"it has left an indelible mark on my soul". (16) How not? Because the Bilderberg
Group and its two other triplets, the CFR and the TC have set about to loot the
entire planet. Their members run the central banks of the world and are poised
to control discount rates, money-supply, interest rates, gold prices, and which
countries receive or do not receive loans. Membership is by invitation only,
many of the earliest members being handpicked, not from right-wing groups but
from among none other than the Fabian Socialists who ultimately supported global
Another chilling quote Estulin includes is from William
The Bilderbergers are searching for the age of
post-nationalism: when we won't have countries, but rather regions of the Earth
surrounded by Universal values. That is to say, a global economy; one World
government (selected rather than elected) and a universal religion. To assure
themselves of reaching these objectives, the Bilderbergers focus on a ‘greater
technical approach' and less awareness on behalf of the general public.
THE BILDERBERG BAPTISM OF BILL CLINTON
In 1991 Bill Clinton attended the Bilderberg Conference in
Baden-Baden where Estulin asserts that he was "anointed" to the U.S. presidency,
and shortly thereafter he took an unexpected, unannounced trip to Moscow. It
appears, says Estulin, that he was sent there to get his KGB student-era,
anti-Vietnam war files "buried" before he announced his candidacy for president
which happened some two-and-a-half months later. Today, Clinton is a member of
all three groups: Bilderberg, CFR, and TC. Hillary Clinton is a member of the
Estulin points out that "almost all of the presidential
candidates for both parties have belonged to at least one of these
organizations, many of the U.S. congressmen and senators, most major
policy-making positions, especially in the field of foreign relations, much of
the press, most of the leadership of the CIA, FBI, IRS, and many of the
remaining governmental organizations in Washington. CFR members occupy nearly
all White House cabinet positions."(80) When one considers that most prominent
members of mainstream media are also members of what Edith Kermit Roosevelt,
granddaughter of Theodore Roosevelt called "this legitimate Mafia", how can we
assert that Americans obtain their news from independent sources?
For example, The News Hour with Jim Leher is the cornerstone
of PBS's programming. Leher is a CFR member, and when one examines the funding
of the news hour by: Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) whose chairman Dwayne Andreas
was a member of the Trilateral Commission; Pepsico, whose CEO Indra
Krishnamurthy Nooyi is a Bilderberger and TC Executive Committee member; and
Smith Barney which is interlocked with Citigroup, a global financial services
company that is a member of the Bilderberg Group, the CFR, and the TC, what kind
of "news" should one expect from Leher's News Hour? Consider also that many of
the journalists on the News Hour: Paul Gigot, David Gergen, William Kristol, and
William Safire are members of one or more of the three groups. (153)
Likewise, when we consider the membership in one or more of
these groups of almost every American president since the inception of these
organizations, we can no longer pretend that any Democratic or Republican
presidential candidate offers the American people an alternative to ruling elite
In fact, Estulin's research reveals that "the Council on
Foreign Relations creates and delivers psycho-political operations by
manipulating people's reality through a ‘tactic of deception', placing Council
members on both sides of an issue. The deception is complete when the public is
led to believe that its own best interests are being served while the CFR policy
is being carried out."(117)
And what happens if the "anointed ones" become too autonomous?
One chapter in the book, "The Watergate Con-Game", answers that question. In it
Estulin suggests that Richard Nixon was set up by the Council on Foreign
Relations of which he was a member because of his insubordination and
unwillingness to submit to the shadow government. Presumably, Nixon's demise was
carefully crafted to demonstrate to subsequent Chief Executives the price they
would pay for disregarding the agenda of those who anointed them.
THAT WAS THEN, THIS IS NOW
In the book's final pages, Estulin's research waxes
increasingly relevant to the present moment in history. He asks: "Why would
David Rockefeller and other U.S. Trilateralists, Bilderbergers and the CFR
members want to dismantle the industrial might of the United States?" (184). He
then launches into a summary of the economic history of the twentieth century
and makes one of the most powerful statements of the entire book: "What we have
witnessed from this ‘cabal' is the gradual collapsing of the U.S. economy that
began in the 1980s." (187)
In case you haven't noticed, this "gradual collapse of the
U.S. economy" is no longer gradual, and what Estulin is asserting confirms a
great deal of the
assertions made by Catherine Austin Fitts that the current housing bubble
explosion/credit crunch/mortgage meltdown has its roots in the 1980s. James
Howard Kunstler has also written recently in his blog entitled "Shock
and Awe" that the great American yard sale has begun. In other words, as an
engineered economic meltdown drives hundreds of thousands and eventually
millions of businesses and individuals into bankruptcy, key players in the Big
Three ruling elite organizations can buy up the train wreck left behind for
pennies on the dollar-a brilliant fast-track strategy for owning the world.
In the final months of 2007 we are witnessing the stupendous
success of the Big Three's strategy for planetary economic hegemony as the
cacophony of their carefully engineered global economic cataclysm reverberates
across America and around the world. It was never about buyers who didn't read
the fine print when taking out liar loans. It was always about silver-tongued,
ruling elite politicians and central bankers, anointed by the shadow government,
who ultimately and skillfully stole and continue to steal governments from
people and replace them with transnational corporations.
No one could have said it better than David Rockefeller,
founder of the Trilateral Commission, a Bilderberg member and board member of
the Council On Foreign Relations in his Memoirs:
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.
If you want to know who really runs the world and the lengths
to which they will go to establish their globalist hegemony, you must read
Estulin's well-documented The True Story of The Bilderberg Group.
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Voice of the White House
Washington, D.C., September 30, 2007: “These days, the internet is host to an
enormous flood of rumours tarted-up as fact concerning the attacks on the
Pentagon and the WTC buildings. We know here that much of this is
government-sponsored disinformation grafted onto the ubiquitous idiot fringes of
our society that see sinister plots in potholes and hurricanes but there are two
aspects of this attack that simply are not part and parcel of the myths. The
most important one is one of pre-information on the part of our senior officials
and the second is the immense amount of money that was made, using prior
knowledge of this attack, by Israeli businessmen and, regrettably, by members of
our intelligence and government communities. It is known inside the Beltway that
the Bush people know, almost to the day, about the attack. They did nothing
about this, heightened no security, issued no alerts, because it suited their
Mideast expansionist policy to permit it to continue and give Bush popular
support for his long-planned plot to lay his hands on Iraqi oil. After all, the
Bush family made their money in oil and they are all connected with other oil
industry people. Cheney ran Halliburton that was a support industry for the oil
people and men like Cheney always keep their eyes open for a chance to make
money. The best example of making gold out of blood are the stock market
manipulations that took place just before the attack. This is a subject which
briefly surfaced in the media and then was ruthlessly shut down on orders from
the White House. In spreading disinformation for the purpose of self-protection,
it is not a good idea to let the public know certain matters that might result
in unpleasant conclusions.”
"Formerly no one was allowed to think freely; now it
is permitted, but no one is capable of it any more. Now people want to think
only what they are supposed to think, and this they consider freedom.": - - -
Oswald Spengler - (1880-1936) Source: The Decline of the West, 1926
The Rape Of Europe From the desk of Paul Belien
The German author Henryk M. Broder recently told the Dutch newspaper De
Volkskrant (12 October) that young Europeans who love freedom, better emigrate.
Europe as we know it will no longer exist 20 years from now. Whilst sitting on a
terrace in Berlin, Broder pointed to the other customers and the passers-by and
said melancholically: "We are watching the world of yesterday." Europe is
turning Muslim. As Broder is sixty years old he is not going to emigrate
himself. "I am too old," he said. However, he urged young people to get out and
"move to Australia or New Zealand. That is the only option they have if they
want to avoid the plagues that will turn the old continent uninhabitable."
Many Germans and Dutch, apparently, did not wait for Broder's
advice. The number of emigrants leaving the Netherlands and Germany has already
surpassed the number of immigrants moving in. One does not have to be prophetic
to predict, like Henryk Broder, that Europe is becoming Islamic. Just consider
the demographics. The number of Muslims in contemporary Europe is estimated to
be 50 million. It is expected to double in twenty years. By 2025, one third of
all European children will be born to Muslim families. Today Mohammed is already
the most popular name for new-born boys in Brussels, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and
other major European cities. Broder is convinced that the Europeans are not
willing to oppose islamization. "The dominant ethos," he toldDe Volkskrant, "is
perfectly voiced by the stupid blonde woman author with whom I recently debated.
She said that it is sometimes better to let yourself be raped than to risk
serious injuries while resisting. She said it is sometimes better to avoid
fighting than run the risk of death."
In a recent op-ed piece in the Brussels newspaper De Standaard
(23 October) the Dutch (gay and self-declared "humanist") author Oscar Van den
Boogaard refers to Broder's interview. Van den Boogaard says that to him coping
with the islamization of Europe is like "a process of mourning." He is
overwhelmed by a "feeling of sadness." "I am not a warrior," he says, "but who
is? I have never learned to fight for my freedom. I was only good at enjoying
it." As Tom Bethell wrote in this month's American Spectator: "Just at the most
basic level of demography the secular-humanist option is not working." But there
is more to it than the fact that non-religious people tend not to have as many
children as religious people, because many of them prefer to "enjoy" freedom
rather than renounce it for the sake of children. Secularists, it seems to me,
are also less keen on fighting. Since they do not believe in an afterlife, this
life is the only thing they have to lose. Hence they will rather accept
submission than fight. Like the German feminist Broder referred to, they prefer
to be raped than to resist. "If faith collapses, civilization goes with it,"
says Bethell. That is the real cause of the closing of civilization in Europe.
Islamization is simply the consequence. The very word Islam means "submission"
and the secularists have submitted already. Many Europeans have already become
Muslims, though they do not realize it or do not want to admit it.
Some of the people I meet in the U.S. are particularly worried
about the rise of anti-Semitism in Europe. They are correct when they fear that
anti-Semitism is also on the rise among non-immigrant Europeans. The latter hate
people with a fighting spirit. Contemporary anti-Semitism in Europe (at least
when coming from native Europeans) is related to anti-Americanism. People who
are not prepared to resist and are eager to submit, hate others who do not want
to submit and are prepared to fight. They hate them because they are afraid that
the latter will endanger their lives as well. In their view everyone must
This is why they have come to hate Israel and America so much,
and the small band of European "islamophobes" who dare to talk about what they
see happening around them. West Europeans have to choose between submission (islam)
or death. I fear, like Broder, that they have chosen submission just like in
former days when they preferred to be red rather than dead.
Hussein Al-alak, The Iraq Solidarity Campaign – via
The sorry state of affairs created under Labour, has demonstrated itself once
more, in an attack on public sector workers in the Fire Brigade, where a group
of four officers have been put through a "disciplinary", with two of them being
fined £1,000 each, for having shone a light on a group of men having sex in a
public park in Bristol.
Although the act of group sex in a public place is against British law, the men
participating in the act have apparently received no punishment from the "police
force" but the four firemen, who have a total of 26 years of active service,
were according to one paper "suspended for three months", whilst Fire Chiefs
conducted an investigation into allegations of "homophobia". The reasons for the
suspension and the investigation, was because the Terence Higgins Trust brought
to light a complaint, made by one of the men who had been caught having sex and
although the firemen have been "banned" from discussing the case, one of their
colleagues was brave enough to inform the media that the firemen "have been
treated as the criminals". Whilst two of the firemen were fined £1,000 each,
with the money being "donated" by Fire Chiefs to a Gay rights charity, another
fireman has been demoted with the fourth being given a "stern written warning"
and all of the firemen involved have been sent on a politically correct
But in a world far from the fantasies of Gordon
Browns Labour Party, it has also emerged that up to 300 members of the British
armed forces have not been paid for at least three months, due to problems which
have occurred since the Ministry of Defence installed the "£100 million pounds
Joint Personnel Administration system in April". Many of the soldiers involved,
have since missed mortgage and rent payments on properties back in England,
whilst being stationed in both Iraq and Afghanistan, with further outrage being
reported from within the Royal Marines, after the MOD failed to give a £3,000
pounds bonus, which was promised to them only last November. This has come just
weeks after a debate was held within Britain, over the attitude of the public
towards soldiers, with many establishment figures claiming that the public does
not appreciate "our boys" and the fact that many British troops are living in
substandard accommodation and are in receipt of little or no support when
leaving the armed forces.
Within the past few months, there have also been reports of the neglect that
troops are facing, when dealing with issues relating to Post Traumatic Stress
Disorder, compensation claims when injured in conflicts and the slamming
statement by General Mike Jackson, when he referred to the post invasion plans
within Iraq, as being "intellectually bankrupt".
The future of the United Kingdom needs to be debated, beyond the parliamentary
talk of a possible "snap general election" this autumn, with national issues
including the direction of British foreign policy, the needs of the elderly and
the fact that the Age Concern charity have published a report stating that a
staggering 58% of elderly people on low incomes and surveyed by the charity,
were not in full receipt of state benefit entitlements. The very fact that
British children are at a greater risk to drug abuse, alcoholism and Britain has
one of the highest rates of teenage pregnancies, needs to be made a higher
priority for the country as a whole, with attention being drawn to the fact,
that Labour introduced tuition fees to university and the fact that there is an
increasing number of young people leaving the British education system, without
the basic and the necessary skills needed to benefit them when entering the work
It is not good enough, to sit around debating the rights and wrongs of countries
such as Burma or Zimbabwe, Poverty in Africa, conflict in the Middle East and
throwing allegations of "dictatorships" emerging in Latin America, when clearly
the message at home is, those in glass houses should certainly not be throwing
Soon You'll Have To Ask Permission Before
You Fly By Mark Nestman
Last year, I wrote here that if
Uncle Sam gets its way, we'd all be on no-fly lists, unless the government gives
us permission to leave - or re-enter - the United States.
Now, the Transportation Safety
Administration (TSA) has proposed a similar system for travel on commercial
airlines WITHIN the United States. Both systems will come into effect Feb. 19,
2008. Under the TSA's "Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) initiative,"
you'll need to obtain permission from the U.S. government to travel on ANY
commercial airliner or ship that goes to or from the United States. You won't
receive your boarding pass until you are cleared by APIS. You'll also need
permission to travel through the United States (e.g., if you're changing planes
at a U.S. airport on a trip between two foreign countries). It doesn't matter if
you're a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. Everyone will need permission to
enter - or leave - the United States.
Then, on Aug. 23, 2007, the TSA
issued proposed regulations for its "Secure Flight" program. The TSA wants
commercial airlines to submit passenger information through a single DHS portal
for both the Secure Flight and APIS programs. This would result in one DHS
system responsible for watch list matching for all aviation passengers.
Naturally, the entire process - for both domestic and international travel -
will occur in total secrecy. If you're denied permission to travel, you won't be
able to appeal the decision to any court. Your only recourse will be through the
TSA bureaucracy. Essentially, you'll be reduced to pleading with the TSA to say
something like, "pretty please, give me a boarding pass."
What this amounts to is
essentially a reprise of the infamous "internal passport" system in effect in
the former Soviet Union. In 1933, Soviet dictator Josef Stalin introduced
"internal passports" that prohibited Soviet citizens from leaving their place of
residence without permission. Over time, the internal passport became the prime
instrument of Soviet oppression over its citizens. It's bad enough needing to
ask Uncle Sam for permission to leave the United States, and to re-enter it. But
an internal passport is a blueprint for totalitarianism.
The banks' chip and PIN regime – designed to cut
plastic card fraud – has backfired spectacularly, with a 26 per cent
increase in theft by criminal gangs.
Total card fraud in the first six months of this
year rose to £263.6million, while theft involving cloned cards
overseas leapt 126 per cent to £108.8million. While the new system
has marginally cut card crime within the UK, its introduction last
year made it easier for criminals to use fake cards in cash machines
abroad. This is because its widespread use has increased
opportunities to steal the four-digit PIN codes, and because
machines overseas do not have to read the unique microchip embedded
in the card. Criminal gangs use bugging devices on till terminals to
capture the magnetic stripe information on debit and credit cards,
plus the PIN codes. Cloned cards have been used in Pakistan, India,
Sri Lanka, the U.S., Spain, Canada, Sweden, Romania, Italy,
Argentina, Brazil, Malta, and Morrocco.
Most of the money has fuelled organised crime
empires involved in drugs, guns, illegal immigration and
prostitution. Some is believed to have been diverted to terrorist
groups. Professor Ross Anderson, from the Cambridge University
Computer Lab, said: 'The banks' claim that the chip and PIN system
is secure are completely bogus. It has not delivered the security
that was promised. It has simply led to a change in tactics.' He
believes the true scale of the fraud is much bigger than the banks
are admitting, because the figures do not cover cases where banks
have forced customers and retailers to carry the cost of theft.
plans wi-fi world-beater
is attempting to create
the world’s largest wi-fi network by
persuading millions of UK customers to turn
their home wireless “hubs” into public
could create blanket urban wi-fi coverage,
and allow the fixed-line operator to compete
at least partially with mobile phone
operators in offering internet services on
“It is a potentially
disruptive move. BT may see this as an
opportunity to get into the mobile market
through the back door,” said Ben Wood,
analyst at CCS Insight.
At present most people
mainly use wi-fi to connect their laptop
computers to the internet, without wires, in
their homes or offices.
“It won’t take over
overnight, but over time wi-fi will chip
away at the mobile network,” said Gavin
Patterson, BT’s managing director for
In exchange for opening up a
part of their network for public use, BT
broadband customers will get free access to
the network across the country, BT’s 2,000
existing public hotspots and to more than
190,000 hotspots operated around the world
by FON, the Spanish wireless start-up with
which BT has worked on the project.
About 3m customers who
have BT’s two most expensive broadband
packages will be eligible to join the wi-fi
network. About 2m of these already have BT’s
“Home Hub” wireless router, which will allow
them to share part of their broadband access
with the public.
BT security software would
keep separate the two parts of any such
Terror police lock down Soho
to smoke out 9lbs of chillis
Cooking ring bust wide
Police sealed off three streets in central London
on Monday as they investigated a suspected chemical terror
attack that turned out to be a Thai chef brewing up a
particularly pungent burnt chilli sauce.
The three hour lockdown in Soho saw a Hazardous
Area Response Team Unit and fire-fighters wearing breathing
apparatus engaging in a 24 style hunt for the
source of a cloud of acrid smoke, The Times
reports.However, instead of trapping a bunch of wild-eyed
ne'er-do-wells who hate us because we're free, cops instead
surrounded a huge cooking pot primed with 9lbs of smouldering
dried chillies at the Thai Cottage Restaurant.
Further analysis of the suspect substances,
together with intelligence gleaned from the chef brewing up the
fiery mixture, revealed they were in the process of being turned
into a batch of Nam Prik Pao. The potent mixture may well cause
burns and discomfort if abused, but is usually deployed with
nothing more lethal than a bowl of prawn crackers and a bottle
of cold beer.
A Scotland Yard spokesman told PA: "The street
was closed off for three hours while we were trying to discover
the source of the odour."
04 & 05 October 2007
"We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate
inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases,
while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest
periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force. " - - -
Ayn Rand in "The Nature of Government"
The prosecution's argument that "seven men plotted to bring
down the U.S. government by poisoning saltshakers and bombing landmark
buildings" in the trial of the "Liberty City Seven" underscores the ludicrous
pretence of the "war on terror" and the callous obedience with which the media
unquestionably report this farce.
Let's go over a brief refresher course on the details of the
alleged plot to blow up Chicago's Sears Tower.
Seven semi-retarded pot smoking wannabe gang member
rastafarians in a warehouse are approached by two FBI agents posing as Al-Qaeda
terrorists and promised $50,000 if they start talking about waging a "holy war"
in America. One of the plots the ringleader dreams up, in his infinite wisdom,
is to march to the White House, knock on the door, and announce "here I am." The
gang decide to go along with the agents in a bid to con them out of the money
before disappearing, at which point the announcement that a "plot to overthrow
the government" has been averted is saturated across the media as another
sterling reason why the war on terror is so necessary.
After the true capability of the retards becomes the butt of a
national joke (John Stewart labelled them "seven dipshits in a warehouse"), the
Feds have to admit that the plot was "aspirational rather than operational," and
posed no real threat because they had neither al Qaeda contacts nor means of
carrying out attacks," as
reported today by Reuters.
"Defence lawyers said the charges were "nonsense" scripted by
the government and orchestrated by paid FBI informants they called Conman No. 1
and Conman No. 2," the report continues. In almost every single major terror
bust or sting that we have covered, the individuals providing the rhetoric, the
means and money to actually foment and carry out a terrorist plot have been
government informants and provocateurs. Despite the fact that this whole facade
was completely contrived and nurtured by government agents, we are going to be
forced to endure yet another terror show trial where the lurid details of the
deadly plots will be obsessed upon by the media and doled out as fearmongering
to the public, absent the fact that they could never have come to fruition.
If there were real terrorists running around planning to cause
carnage, as we are constantly told by authorities, then why are the Feds
concentrating on trying to prod a bunch of breadline ghetto dropouts into doing
something violent? If there was a real "war on terror" taking place and the Bush
administration was our best defence against it, half of America would have
already been suitcase nuked.
The reality is that these terror busts are concocted out of
thin air purely for public consumption and scaremongering - to convince the
public that they should accept eviscerations on freedom in exchange for
government protection - and the real terrorists who carried out 9/11 are
feverishly plotting another false flag outrage to put the wheels in motion for a
military attack on Iran.
If you are a young Muslim American
and head off to the Middle East for a spell in a fundamentalist “madrassa,” or
religious school, Homeland Security will probably greet you at the airport when
you return. But if you are an American Jew and you join hundreds of teenagers
from Europe and Mexico for an eight-week training course run by the Israel
Defence Forces, you can post your picture wearing an Israeli army uniform and
holding an automatic weapon on MySpace.
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The UK Stop War Coalition planned to organize a rally next
week and ask for all troops in Iraq to be brought home immediately.
The coalition wants to march on Oct. 8 from Trafalgar Square
in London to the Parliament. The police say they have been instructed not to
allow the march to take place and to stop people within a mile of the
Parliament. The coalition plans to demonstrate before British Prime Minister
Gordon Brown delivers his long-awaited statement on Iraq. The Stop War Coalition
states that banning the rally threatens the democratic rights of people.
British newspaper the Sunday Telegraph claims that Members of
the US secretariat in the UN have been asked to "search for things that Iran has
done wrong", in order to justify military strikes against the country
Many observers claim the exercise is reminiscent of attempts
by Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld to build the case for war with Iraq and
expect it to boost support for an attack on Iran inside and outside the
Concern is also being expressed in the CIA and the Pentagon
that the US Administration exaggerated intelligence which was used as a basis
for an Israeli air attack on Syria last month.
Arrested For Reading The Constitution Only pro-war groups are
allowed freedom of speech in police state Amerika as cops kidnap people who
recite the very document they swore an oath to protect and uphold
Peaceful onlookers were
arrested by police for reading the Constitution while a pro-war group was
allowed full freedom of speech in Washington DC recently in another flagrant
example of how American cops are now the enforcers of a tyrannical police state.
Police are required to swear an
oath to uphold and defend the Constitution but this didn't stop them from
kidnapping members of the Code Pink group, who gathered on a nearby sidewalk to
calmly express their disagreement with a pro-war event taking place nearby by
reading the bill of rights.
The events echo similar
incidents across the pond in Britain,
where a woman was questioned by police and
entered into the anti-terror database for reading a mainstream newspaper that
had an anti-war headline.
Telecommunications company AT&T updated its terms of service
for its DSL customers recently with an interesting addition: the company will
now suspend the accounts of those who talk badly of it. The new line reads that
service may be suspended if a customer's comments "tends to damage the name or
reputation of AT&T, or its parents, affiliates and subsidiaries."
Customers may find the move somewhat troubling, especially
considering the telecom's involvement in the warrantless wiretapping scandal
that rocked the Bush administration in 2005. While the company tried to play
ownership over the personal information that customers provide to it. AT&T had
no immediate comment on the change to its policies.
Humour with a moral:- From Cougar
1967 – vs -
Scenario: Jack goes quail
hunting before school, pulls into school parking lot with shotgun in gun rack.
> 1967 - Vice principal comes over
to look at Jack's shotgun. He goes to his car and gets his shotgun to show Jack.
School goes into lock down, and FBI is called. Jack is hauled off to jail and
never sees his truck or gun again. Counsellors called in for traumatized
students and teachers.
Scenario: Johnny and Mark
get into a fistfight after school.
1967 – Crowd gathers. Mark wins. Johnny and Mark shake hands and end up best
friends. Nobody goes to jail; nobody is arrested; nobody is expelled.
> 2007 –
Police called. SWAT team arrives. Johnny and Mark are arrested and charged with
assault. Both are expelled even though Johnny started it.
Scenario: Jeffrey won't be
still in class, disrupts other students.
-Jeffrey sent to office and given a good paddling by the principal. He returns
to class, sits still, and does not disrupt class again.
2007 -Jeffrey is diagnosed with ADD and given huge doses of Ritalin. Becomes a
zombie. School gets extra money from state because Jeffrey has a learning
Scenario: Billy breaks a
window in his neighbour's car and his Dad gives him a whipping with his belt.
> 1967 -
Billy is more careful next time, grows up normally, goes to college, and becomes
a successful businessman.
> 2007 -
Billy's dad is arrested for child abuse. Billy is placed in foster care and
joins a gang. State psychologist tells Billy's sister that she remembers being
abused herself, and their dad goes to prison. Billy's mom has affair with
Scenario: Mark gets a
headache and takes some aspirin to school.
-Mark shares aspirin with principal out on the smoking dock.
> 2007 –
Police called. Mark is expelled from school for drug violations. Car is searched
for drugs and weapons.
Scenario: Pedro fails high
> 1967 -
Pedro goes to summer school, passes English, goes to college.
2007 - Pedro's cause is taken up by state. Newspaper articles appear nationally
explaining that teaching English as a requirement for graduation is racist. ACLU
files class action lawsuit against state school system and Pedro's English
teacher. English banned from core curriculum. Pedro is given a diploma anyway
but ends up mowing lawns for a living because he cannot speak English.
Scenario: Johnny takes apart
leftover firecrackers from 4th of July, puts them in a model airplane paint
bottle, blows up a red ant bed.
> 1967 –
> 2007 -
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Homeland Security, and FBI called.
Johnny is charged with domestic terrorism. The FBI investigates parents;
siblings are removed from home; computers confiscated. Johnny's dad goes on a
terror watch list and is never allowed to fly again.
Scenario: Johnny falls while
running during recess and scrapes his knee. He is found crying by his teacher,
Heather. Heather hugs him to comfort him.
> 1967 -
In a short time, Johnny feels better and goes on playing.
> 2007 -
Heather is accused of being a sexual predator and loses her job. She faces three
years in state prison. Johnny undergoes five years of therapy.
03 October 2007
"It is dangerous to be right when the government is
wrong."- - - Voltaire - (1694-1778)
Best Letter To The Editor On Illegal
A woman wrote the best 'Letter
to the Editor' in ages. She cuts to the quick and explains things better than
all the rubbish you hear on TV...
"Recently, large demonstrations
have taken place across the country protesting the fact that parliament is
finally addressing the issue of illegal immigration. Certain people are angry
that the UK might actually want to protect its own borders, might make it harder
to sneak into this country and, once here, make it harder (as an illegal
immigrant) to stay indefinitely.
Let me see if I correctly
understand the thinking behind these protests. Let's say I break into your
house. Then, when you discover me in your house and you demand that I leave. But
I say, 'I've made all the beds and washed the dishes and done the laundry and
swept the floors; I've done all the things you don't like to do. I'm
hard-working and honest (except for when I broke into your house).
According to the protesters,
not only must you let me stay, you must add me to your family's insurance plan,
educate my children, and provide other benefits to me and to my family (my
husband will do your yard work because he too is hard-working and honest, except
for that breaking-in part).
If you try to call the police
or force me out, I will call my friends who will picket your house carrying
signs that proclaim my illegal right to be there.
It's only fair, after all,
because you have a nicer house than I do, and I'm just trying to better myself.
I'm hard-working and honest, um, except for well, you know. And what a deal it
is for me!!
I live in your house,
contributing only a fraction of the cost of my keep, and there is nothing you
can do about it without being accused of selfishness, prejudice and being an
anti-housebreaker. Oh yes, and I want you to learn my language so you can
communicate with me. English is too hard for me to learn. You should also allow
me to vote - in my own language, since I live in your house."
Why can't people see how
ridiculous this is? Only in the UK."
(And The U.S. and every other
Caucasian country on the planet. No whites are trying to 'break into' non-white
Standing outside over yet another smoky fire late one
afternoon this week, a Go-Away bird chastised me from a nearby tree. I'm sure
this Grey Lourie is as fed up of me intruding into its territory as I am of
being there - trying to get a hot meal for supper. For five of the last six days
the electricity has gone off before 5 in the morning and only come back 16 or 17
hours later a little before midnight. "Go Away! Go Away!" the Grey Lourie called
out repeatedly as my eyes streamed from the smoke and I stirred my little pot.
My hair and clothes stink of smoke, fingers are yellow and sooty but this is
what we've all been reduced to in Zimbabwe. Our government don't talk about the
power cuts anymore and don't even try and feed us with lame excuses about how
the power is being used to irrigate non-existent crops. We all know it's not
true and the proof is there in the empty fields for all to see.
Something else our government aren't talking about anymore is
the nationwide non-availability of bread and the empty shops in all our towns
and cities. Everywhere you go people are struggling almost beyond description to
try and survive and yet the country's MP's, both from the ruling party and the
opposition, do nothing to put an end to this time of horror. I have lost count
of how many weeks this has been going on for but it must be around three months.
None of the basics needed for daily survival are available to buy. There is no
flour to bake with, no pasta, rice, lentils, dried beans or canned goods. People
everywhere are hungry, not for luxuries like biscuits or snack food but for the
staples that fill your stomach. When you ask people nowadays how they are
coping, mostly they say that they are not, they say they are hungry, tired and
have little energy. This is a national crisis almost beyond description and
people say they are alive only because of " the hand of God."
This week as Monks and then ordinary people in Burma took to
the streets in their thousands calling out 'Democracy, Democracy' in the face of
the police and soldiers, we can't help but wonder why something similar does not
happen here. The chant could be shorter and even simpler than in Burma and it
could just be: 'Food, food,' but without leadership it seems as elusive as ever.
I end with a story about a man who is epileptic and visited
the local government hospital for his regular check-up this week. It took four
hours before he was seen by a nurse who scribbled in his book that this was a
known case and that the hospital pharmacy should dispense his prescription of 90
phenobarb tablets at no charge - as they usually do. This major provincial
government hospital had no phenobarb however so the man went to the biggest and
busiest pharmacy in the town. They said the phenobarb would cost 1.2 million
dollars - this is ten times more than the man's government stipulated minimum
monthly wage. I offered to help and took the prescription to another pharmacy.
The exact same tablets cost 250 thousand dollars - nearly five times cheaper.
When I gave them to the man, his eyes shone with tears and he thanked me - 'I
thought I would have to die' he said.
What a way to live, and to die.
Until next week, thanks for reading,
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ZIMBABWE is to get a new
currency to replace its dollar in an effort to combat a soaring rate of
inflation, the central bank announced yesterday. The official rate was about
6,600 per cent in August, highlighting a meltdown that has shrunk the country's
economy and led to chronic shortages of food, fuel and foreign currency. So far,
it is not known what form the new currency will take, nor it's name, although
one observer (who prefers to remain nameless) has suggest "The Coffin". . . . .
. . .
Iraqis say Basra quieter
after British troop pullout
Aref Mohammed Reuters
Residents of Iraq's southern city of Basra have
begun strolling riverfront streets again after four years of fear, their city
much quieter since British troops withdrew from the grand Saddam Hussein-era
Political assassinations and sectarian violence continue, some city officials
say, but on a much smaller scale than at any time since British troops moved
into the city after the 2003 U.S.-led invasion. Mortar rounds, rockets and small
arms fire crashed almost daily into the palace, making life hazardous for
British and Iraqis alike in Iraq's second-largest city. To many Basrans the
withdrawal of the British a month ago removed a proven target. "The situation
these days is better. We were living in hell ... the area is calm since their
withdrawal," said housewife Khairiya Salman, who lives near the palace.
Civil servant Wisam Abdul Sada agreed. "We do not hear the sounds of explosions
which were shaking our houses and terrifying our women and children," he told
Reuters. Basra, in Iraq's Shi'ite south, has enormous strategic importance as
the hub for the country's vital oil exports that account for 90 percent of its
revenue and a centre of imports and exports throughout the Gulf. The volatile
city has witnessed its share of violence in a sectarian conflict and insurgency
that has killed tens of thousands of Iraqis since the 2003 invasion to topple
While the British were frequent targets -- 41 soldiers were killed this year,
the most since 2003 – Basra has also been the centre of a turf war between rival
Shi'ite groups. That fighting was mainly between the Mehdi Army militia loyal to
fiery anti-American cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, the Supreme Iraqi Islamic Council
whose armed Badr wing controls police in much of the south, and the smaller
Fadhila party. The three groups have been battling for political supremacy. The
violence, which has become part of the fabric of Basra life, has not completely
abated since about 500 British soldiers withdrew from the palace in the city
centre to the vast airbase on its outskirts in early September. Last week, a
suicide car bomber killed three people and wounded 20 in an attack on a police
station. Suicide car bombs are the hallmark of Sunni Islamist al Qaeda and are
rare in Basra, where most fighting is between rival Shi'ites.
Gunmen also killed a religious aide to revered Shi'ite cleric Grand Ayatollah
Ali al-Sistani a week earlier.
Even before those attacks some disagreed over
whether the city was now safer than anywhere else in the volatile south. Two
SIIC governors were assassinated in the southern provinces of Muthanna and
Diwaniya in August. Basra city councillor Munadhil al-Mayahi said security had
deteriorated over the past three months.
"Political assassinations have increased, armed robberies have increased,
kidnappings have increased," he said. "But this has nothing to do with the
British withdrawal. All that changed after the British troops left was that
bombardment of the palace stopped." Others described their departure from the
palace as "a wish come true. Their presence was annoying and provocative most of
the time," said Mehdi Obaid, a 39-year-old civil servant.
The pullout will lead to a planned reduction in British forces to about 5,000.
Britain has already handed over security command for three other southern
provinces to Iraqi forces. A recent quarterly Pentagon report said security in
southern Iraq had taken a "notable turn for the worse" in August, adding that
there could be an increase in intra-Shi'ite fighting, once centred in Basra,
across the south.
It had been feared the British withdrawal would trigger an upsurge in violence
in Basra. Merchant Faris Mohammed Ali described the British soldiers as a
"scarecrow". "Frankly I didn't want the British troops to withdraw, not because
I liked them but because I am afraid of the factions and their armed groups,
they are in a constant struggle which may burn the city one day," he said. But
for now Basra seems quieter and safer to some families who have started to come
out at night to stroll along the banks of the Shatt al-Arab river, something
that would have been unthinkable not long ago.
"A year or six months ago, we were afraid to go out to this place," Baidaa Razaq
told Reuters as she walked with her son.
"The occupiers used to come often to this place," she said referring to the
British troops who had been stationed in Basra city since the 2003 U.S.-led
02 October 2007
"If the world is a dangerous place to live, it is
not because of the people who are evil, but because of the good people who don’t
do anything about it” - - - Albert Einstein
- UK Government admits
to deadly spraying
U.K. government has admitted to spraying British public with deadly toxins -
If you have ever had any doubts about this particular subject, watch this 4
minute video and then read the full Guardian article. (we hope to publish the
links for the free DVD when available).
Big Brother Britain: Government
and councils to spy on ALL our phones
Officials from the top of Government to lowly council officers
will be given unprecedented powers to access details of every phone call in
Britain under laws coming into force today.
The new rules compel phone companies to retain information,
however private, about all landline and mobile calls, and make them available to
some 795 public bodies and quangos. The move, enacted by the personal decree of
Home Secretary Jacqui Smith, and without debate or the approval of parliament
will give a vast array of national and local government personnel (including the
police and security services), a right they have long demanded: to delve at will
into the phone records of British citizens and businesses.
These powers will also be handed to the tax authorities, 475
local councils, and a host of other organisations, including the Food Standards
Agency, the Department of Health, the Immigration Service, the Gaming Board and
the Charity Commission. The initiative, formulated in the wake of the Madrid and
London terrorist attacks of 2004 and 2005, was put forward as a vital tool in
the fight against terrorism. However, civil liberties campaigners say the new
powers amount to a 'free for all' for the State snooping on its citizens. And
they angrily questioned why the records were being made available to so many
organisations. Similar provisions are being brought in across Europe, but under
much tighter regulation. In Britain, say critics, private and sensitive
information will inevitably fall into the wrong hands.
Records will detail precisely what calls are made, their time
and duration, and the name and address of the registered user of the phone, and
their geographical location at the time. The files will even reveal where people
are when they made mobile phone calls and text messages. By knowing which mast
transmitted the signal, officials will be able to pinpoint the source of a call
to within a few feet. This can even be used to track someone's route if, for
example, they make a call from a moving car. By 2009 the Government plans to
extend the rules to cover internet use: the websites we have visited, the people
we have emailed and phone calls made over the net.
The huge number of organisations allowed to access this data
was attacked by Liberty, the civil liberties campaign group. Other organisations
allowed to see the data include the Royal Navy Regulating Branch, the Atomic
Energy Authority Constabulary, the Department of Trade and Industry, NHS Trusts,
ambulance and fire services, the Department of Transport and the Department for
A spokesman for Liberty said: 'Hundreds of bodies have been
given the power to look at this highly sensitive information. It is yet another
example of how greater and greater access is being given to information on our
movements with little debate and little public accountability. 'It is a free for
all. There is a lack of oversight of how and why public bodies are using these
records. There is no public record of what they are using this information for.'
Tony Bunyan, of civil liberties group Statewatch, said: 'The
retention of everyone's communications data is a momentous decision, one that
should not be slipped through Parliament without anyone noticing.'
Humour - from Andrew Ward
You Might Be A Part Of The Taliban If...
...You refine heroin for a living, but you
have a moral objection to beer.
...You own a $300 machine gun and $5,000
rocket launcher, but you can’t afford shoes.
...You have more wives than teeth.
...You think vests come in two styles:
bullet-proof and suicide.
...You've ever opened a can of falafel with a
...You used a Stinger missile given to you by
George Bush Sr. to shoot at a helicopter sent by George Bush Jr.
...You’ve ever had your camel repossessed.
...You can't think of anyone you HAVEN'T
declared Jihad against.
...You consider television dangerous, but
routinely carry ammunition in your robe.
...You’ve ever been asked, 'Does this burkah
make my arse look fat?'
...You think 'The Kite Runner' is the funniest
book you ever read.
...You’ve felt the urge to rub one out after
seeing a woman’s exposed ankle.
...You were amazed to discover that cell
phones have uses other than setting off roadside bombs.
...You’ve ever uttered the phrase, 'I love
what you’ve done with your cave.'
...You wipe your arse with your bare left
hand, but consider bacon 'unclean.'
01 October 2007
"Laws just or unjust may govern men's actions.
Tyrannies may restrain or regulate their words. The machinery of propaganda may
pack their minds with falsehood and deny them truth for many generations of
time. But the soul of man thus held in trance or frozen in a long night can be
awakened by a spark coming from God knows where and in a moment the whole
structure of lies and oppression is on trial for its life" - -
- Sir Winston Churchill
The Empire Is Over
By Charley Reese
Rockwell" --- - The
American government has come to resemble the characters in The Wizard of Oz. We
have the Cowardly Congress, a president without a brain, and a foreign-policy
establishment without a heart.
Our politicians are still trying to play the empire game long after the age of
empires has ended. Blinded by arrogance, they cannot see that with every passing
day, the world needs us less and less and hates us more and more. We are passing
through that phase when the grandeur of the empire exists only in the minds of
politicians who have insulated themselves from reality.
A friend of mine, a classical scholar, sometimes tells his students, "No one
woke up one morning in 476 A.D. and said, 'Gee, I'm in the Dark Ages.'" The
transition from the heyday of Roman power to a stage of barbarism was a gradual
process. We are in a process of change. No one is going to announce on TV that
the U.S. is no longer a superpower.
Nevertheless, the signs are there if you look for them. A nation that was able
to help crush the Axis powers in three and a half years hasn't won a war since
then. We have had four years of struggling with an insurgency in a small, poor
and broken country. Our economy is shaky under mountains of debt. Half of our
people make less than 42,000 inflated dollars a year.
Where we were once the arsenal of democracy, today there is hardly a major
weapons system that doesn't rely on imports of one kind or another. Much of the
industry that is left is foreign-owned. Japan, which once lay prostrate,
dominates the American car market. It is extremely difficult to find anything
today that is not made in China or some other cheap-labor country.
In the meantime, the cowardly Congress doesn't have the guts to tackle any of
the major problems confronting the American people. Our president continues to
embarrass us practically every time he opens his mouth in public. The
foreign-policy establishment is riddled with aging draft dodgers agitating for
more wars – against small countries, of course.
True, we still have lots of nuclear weapons, but do you think any American
president would want to get into a nuclear shooting match with China or Russia?
Look at how we reacted to two airplanes crashing into two office buildings. What
do you think we would do if San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco became
radioactive ruins with millions of casualties? We are not prepared mentally,
spiritually or materially to deal with a nuclear war.
We are like all empires in their final stages. We have grown soft. We like our
comforts. We don't wish to be inconvenienced. We like poor Mexicans to do our
stoop work and poor Americans to do our fighting, provided they do it far away
so we won't be disturbed by explosions and screams. We enjoy our decadence, and
there are always people in the media who can rationalize anything, no matter how
sick and revolting it is.
As for trying to understand the world, we are just too busy being amused and
following the adventures of Britney Spears and other celebrities. We like to let
the TV and the politicians do our thinking for us. It saves energy. They tell us
whom to hate.
The only way to avoid a bad end is to find some realists and put them in public
office. We need a brave Congress, not a pack of cowards. We desperately need a
president with a brain. We need to retire the warmongers in the foreign-policy
establishment. Otherwise, we will join the other third-rate countries, once
empires, on history's discard pile.
Charley Reese has been a journalist for 49 years.
Checkmate Pentagon: Air Force Refuses to
by WAYNE MADSEN - WMR
WMR has learned from U.S. and foreign intelligence sources
that the B-52 transporting six stealth AGM-129 Advanced Cruise Missiles, each
armed with a W-80-1 nuclear warhead, on August 30, were destined for the Middle
East via Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana. However, elements of the Air
Force, supported by U.S. intelligence agency personnel, successfully revealed
the ultimate destination of the nuclear weapons and the mission was aborted due
to internal opposition within the Air Force and U.S. Intelligence Community.
Yesterday, the Washington Post attempted to explain away the fact that America's
nuclear command and control system broke down in an unprecedented manner by
reporting that it was the result of "security failures at multiple levels." It
is now apparent that the command and control breakdown, reported as a BENT SPEAR
incident to the Secretary of Defense and White House, was not the result of a
command and control chain-of-command "failures" but the result of a revolt and
push back by various echelons within the Air Force and intelligence agencies
against a planned U.S. attack on Iran using nuclear and conventional weapons.
The Washington Post story on BENT SPEAR may have actually been an effort in
damage control by the Bush administration. WMR has been informed by a
knowledgeable source that one of the six nuclear-armed cruise missiles was, and
may still be, unaccounted for. In that case, the nuclear reporting incident
would have gone far beyond BENT SPEAR to a National Command Authority alert
known as EMPTY QUIVER, with the special classification of PINNACLE. Just as this
report was being prepared, Newsweek reported that Vice President Dick Cheney's
recently-departed Middle East adviser, David Wurmser, told a small group of
advisers some months ago that Cheney had considered asking Israel to launch a
missile attack on the Iranian nuclear site at Natanz. Cheney reasoned that after
an Iranian retaliatory strike, the United States would have ample reasons to
launch its own massive attack on Iran.
However, plans for Israel to attack Iran directly were altered to an Israeli
attack on a supposed Syrian-Iranian-North Korean nuclear installation in
northern Syria. WMR has learned that a U.S. attack on Iran using nuclear and
conventional weapons was scheduled to coincide with Israel's September 6 air
attack on a reputed Syrian nuclear facility in Dayr az-Zwar, near the village of
Tal Abyad, in northern Syria, near the Turkish border. Israel's attack, code
named OPERATION ORCHARD, was to provide a reason for the U.S. to strike Iran.
The neo-conservative propaganda onslaught was to cite the cooperation of the
George Bush's three remaining "Axis of Evil" states Syria, Iran, and North Korea
to justify a sustained Israeli attack on Syria and a massive U.S. military
attack on Iran.
WMR has learned from military sources on both sides of the Atlantic that there
was a definite connection between Israel's OPERATION ORCHARD and BENT SPEAR
involving the B-52 that flew the six nuclear-armed cruise missiles from Minot
Air Force Base in North Dakota to Barksdale. There is also a connection between
these two events as the Pentagon's highly-classified PROJECT CHECKMATE, a
compartmented U.S. Air Force program that has been working on an attack plan for
Iran since June 2007, around the same time that Cheney was working on the joint
Israeli-U.S. attack scenario on Iran.
PROJECT CHECKMATE, leaked in an article by military analyst Eric Margolis in the
Rupert Murdoch-owned newspaper, the Times of London, is a program that involves
over two dozen Air Force officers and is headed by Brig. Gen. Lawrence Stutzriem
and his chief civilian adviser, Dr. Lani Kass, a former Israeli military
intelligence officer who, astoundingly, is now involved in planning a joint
U.S.-Israeli massive military attack on Iran that involves a "decapitating" blow
on Iran by hitting between three to four thousand targets in the country.
Stutzriem and Kass report directly to the Air Force Chief of Staff, General
Michael Moseley, who has also been charged with preparing a report on the
B-52/nuclear weapons incident. Kass' area of speciality is cyber-warfare, which
includes ensuring "information blockades," such as that imposed by the Israeli
government on the Israeli media regarding the air attack on the alleged Syrian
British intelligence sources have reported that the Israeli attack on Syria was
a "true flag" attack originally designed to foreshadow a U.S. attack on Iran.
After the U.S. Air Force push back against transporting the six cruise
nuclear-armed AGM-129s to the Middle East, Israel went ahead with its attack on
Syria in order to help ratchet up tensions between Washington on one side and
Damascus, Tehran, and Pyongyang on the other. The other part of CHECKMATE's
brief is to ensure that a media "perception management" is waged against Syria,
Iran, and North Korea. This involves articles such as that which appeared with
Joby Warrick's and Walter Pincus' bylines in yesterdays Washington Post. The
article, titled "The Saga of a Bent Spear," quotes a number of seasoned Air
Force nuclear weapons experts as saying that such an incident is unprecedented
in the history of the Air Force. For example, Retired Air Force General Eugene
Habiger, the former chief of the U.S. Strategic Command, said he has been in the
"nuclear business" since 1966 and has never been aware of an incident "more
Command and control breakdowns involving U.S. nuclear weapons are unprecedented,
except for that fact that the U.S. military is now waging an internal war
against neo-cons who are embedded in the U.S. government and military chain of
command who are intent on using nuclear weapons in a pre-emptive war with Iran.
CHECKMATE and OPERATION ORCHARD would have provided the cover for a pre-emptive
U.S. and Israeli attack on Iran had it not been for BENT SPEAR involving the
In on the plan to launch a pre-emptive attack on Iran involving nuclear weapons
were, according to our sources, Cheney, National Security Adviser Stephen
Hadley; members of the CHECKMATE team at the Pentagon, who have close
connections to Israeli intelligence and pro-Israeli think tanks in Washington,
including the Hudson Institute; British Foreign Secretary David Miliband, a
political adviser to Tony Blair prior to becoming a Member of Parliament;
Israeli political leaders like Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Likud leader
Binyamin Netanyahu; and French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner, who did his
part last week to ratchet up tensions with Iran by suggesting that war with Iran
was a probability. Kouchner retracted his statement after the U.S. plans for
Iran were delayed.
Although the Air Force tried to keep the B-52 nuclear incident from the media,
anonymous Air Force personnel leaked the story to Military Times on September 5,
the day before the Israelis attacked the alleged nuclear installation in Syria
and the day planned for the simultaneous U.S. attack on Iran. The leaking of
classified information on U.S. nuclear weapons disposition or movement to the
media, is, itself, unprecedented. Air Force regulations require the sending of
classified BEELINE reports to higher Air Force authorities on the disclosure of
classified Air Force information to the media.
In another highly unusual move, Defense Secretary Robert Gates has asked an
outside inquiry board to look into BENT SPEAR, even before the Air Force has
completed its own investigation, a virtual vote of no confidence in the official
investigation being conducted by Major General Douglas Raaberg, chief of air and
space operations at the Air Combat Command. Gates asked former Air Force Chief
of Staff, retired General Larry Welch, to lead a Defense Science Board task
force that will also look into the BENT SPEAR incident. The official Air Force
investigation has reportedly been delayed for unknown reasons. Welch is
President and CEO of the Institute for Defense Analysis (IDA), a
federally-funded research contractor that operates three research centers,
including one for Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive
Office of the President and another for the National Security Agency.
One of the board members of IDA is Dr. Suzanne H. Woolsey of the Paladin Capital
Group and wife of former CIA director and arch-neocon James Woolsey. WMR has
learned that neither the upper echelons of the State Department nor the British
Foreign Office were privy to OPERATION ORCHARD, although Hadley briefed
President Bush on Israeli spy satellite intelligence that showed the Syrian
installation was a joint nuclear facility built with North Korean and Iranian
assistance. However, it is puzzling why Hadley would rely on Israeli imagery
intelligence (IMINT) from its OFEK (Horizon) 7 satellite when considering that
U.S. IMINT satellites have greater capabilities. The Air Force's "information
warfare" campaign against media reports on CHECKMATE and OPERATION ORCHARD also
affected international reporting of the recent International Atomic Energy
Agency (IAEA) resolution asking Israel to place its nuclear weapons program
under IAEA controls, similar to those that the United States wants imposed on
Iran and North Korea.
The resolution also called for a nuclear-free zone throughout the Middle East.
The IAEA's resolution, titled "Application of IAEA Safeguards in the Middle
East," was passed by the 144-member IAEA General Meeting on September 20 by a
vote of 53 to 2, with 47 abstentions. The only two countries to vote against
were Israel and the United States. However, the story carried from the IAEA
meeting in Vienna by Reuters, the Associated Press, and Agence France Press, was
that it was Arab and Islamic nations that voted for the resolution. This was yet
more perception management carried out by CHECKMATE, the White House, and their
allies in Europe and Israel with the connivance of the media. In fact, among the
53 nations that voted for the resolution were China, Russia, India, Ireland, and
Japan. The 47 abstentions were described as votes "against" the resolution even
though an abstention is neither a vote for nor against a measure. America's
close allies, including Britain, France, Australia, Canada, and Georgia, all
abstained. Suspiciously, the IAEA carried only a brief item on the resolution
concerning Israel's nuclear program and a roll call vote was not available
either at the IAEA's web site (www.iaea.org) or in the media.
The perception management campaign by the neocon operational cells in the Bush
administration, Israel and Europe was designed to keep a focus on Iran's nuclear
program, not on Israel's. Any international examination of Israel's nuclear
weapons program would likely bring up Israeli nuclear scientist Mordechai Vanunu,
a convert from Judaism to Christianity, who was kidnapped in Rome by a Mossad
"honey trap" named Cheryl Bentov (aka Cindy) and a Mossad team in 1986 and held
against his will in Israel ever since. Vanunu's knowledge of the Israeli nuclear
weapons program would focus on the country's own role in nuclear proliferation,
including its program to share nuclear weapons technology with apartheid South
Africa and Taiwan in the late 1970s and 1980s.
The role of Ronald Reagan's Director of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency
Ken Adelman in Israeli's nuclear proliferation during the time frame 1983-1987
would also come under scrutiny. Adelman, a member of the Reagan-Bush transition
State Department team from November 1980 to January 1981, voiced his
understanding for the nuclear weapons programs of Israel, South Africa, and
Taiwan in a June 28, 1981 New York Times article titled, "3 Nations Widening
Nuclear Contacts." The journalist who wrote the article was Judith Miller.
Adelman felt that the three countries wanted nuclear weapons because of their
ostracism from the West, the third world, and the hostility from the Communist
countries. Of course, today, the same argument can be used by Iran, North Korea,
and other "Axis of Evil" nations so designated by the neocons in the Bush
administration and other governments.
There are also news reports that suggest an intelligence relationship between
Israel and North Korea. On July 21, 2004, New Zealand's Dominion Post reported
that three Mossad agents were involved in espionage in New Zealand. Two of the
Mossad agents, Uriel Kelman and Elisha Cara (aka Kra), were arrested and
imprisoned by New Zealand police (an Israeli diplomat in Canberra, Amir Lati,
was expelled by Australia and New Zealand intelligence identified a fourth
Mossad agent involved in the New Zealand espionage operation in Singapore). The
third Mossad agent in New Zealand, Zev William Barkan (aka Lev Bruckenstein),
fled New Zealand -- for North Korea. New Zealand Foreign Minister Phil Goff
revealed that Barkan, a former Israeli Navy diver, had previously worked at the
Israeli embassy in Vienna, which is also the headquarters of the IAEA. He was
cited by the Sydney Morning Herald as trafficking in passports stolen from
foreign tourists in Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, and Cambodia. New Zealand's One
News reported that Barkan was in North Korea to help the nation build a wall to
keep its citizens from leaving.
The nuclear brinkmanship involving the United States and Israel and the
breakdown in America's command and control systems have every major capital
around the world wondering about the Bush administration's true intentions.
NOTE: WMR understands the risks to informed individuals in reporting the events
of August 29/30, to the present time, that concern the discord within the U.S.
Air Force, U.S. intelligence agencies, and other military services. Any source
with relevant information and who wishes to contact us anonymously may drop off
sealed correspondence at or send mail via the Postal Service to: Wayne Madsen,
c/o The Front Desk, National Press Club, 13th Floor, 529 14th St., NW,
Washington, DC, 20045."