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Congressman Dennis Kucinich
Wed, 30 Jul 2008
Because of your vigilance and support for democracy, last Friday was a day of singular importance in Washington. The House Judiciary Committee met to discuss the Bush Administration's abuse of executive power and for the first time the case for Impeachment was discussed in front of a Congressional committee, in depth, at length and with authority.
Twenty members of the Judiciary Committee attended the six hour hearing, during which twelve witnesses, including myself and four members of Congress testified. In this hearing I called for the Impeachment of the President for misrepresenting a case for war.
This week I will present members of Congress with Impeachment petitions submitted by those of you who have signed the on-line impeachment form.
I need your help. In the next few days we must redouble our efforts to get more signatures on the online petition. I'm asking each of you to please contact at least ten of your friends to go to www.Kucinich.us now and sign the Impeachment petition that will be delivered by me. Wednesday night is the deadline.
Please send out an email to all your friends and family, post this link, http://kucinich.us to your blogs and make this effort count as this is the only petition that I will deliver.
Thank you so very much.
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It is obvious that there are good guys and bad guys in this world. Some of the bad guys masquerade as good guys. It is obvious that lies are trumpeted and that the truth is suppressed. In between the really good guys and the really bad guys are the rest of us, swaying from one side to the other, according to the voices in the wind and the voices in our ears and in our heads.
It is obvious that 9/11 was done by people other than the people it was blamed on. It is obvious who some of the players are that were responsible for 9/11. We have motive, means and opportunity. We don’t know who is behind the people who are behind the people that work the gears and levers that turn life into an angry fist; a rampaging appetite, a ghetto, a wasteland, a dumpsite for living in. I could name names and …far beyond what is circumstantial, they would be shown to be involved …but I don’t know who is behind them. Where does the blame go? Why is there such evil activity in this always possibly beautiful world?
We know that there are people who want to take what other people have and make it their own. In the process of doing so they will change names and deeds and move it through official law processes as if it were or there were official law processes; counterfeiting the genuine article and basically selling Yellow Fever sewn into Indian blankets with whiskey and rum and the keys to the kingdom to anyone with a nickel in their pocket and then they try to pocket the rest and get the nickel back again.
We see the pressing disorder of the world; the ravenous grasping for raw materials and spoils of war. We see one country set against another at the behest of corporations who want to make money out of the conflict and they let you become a stockholder in the murder of the world and everybody gets a piece of the pie. It might be so small you can’t even see it but it’s yours. Big slices of pie go to people who could not in many lifetimes consume even a little of what they throw away and many go hungry because that seems to be part of the enjoyment factor of those who have too much and you are not allowed to eat what they threw away.
Everyone is compelled to emulate this activity in order to get their own bigger share and people wind up eating each other and finally chewing off their own foot and all of the rest of themselves until they disappear, having eaten up everyone and themselves and now there’s nothing left but space and nothing to eat and no one left to eat it, possibly… I don’t know.
There is a right way to do things and a wrong way to do things and there are many variations of either on the way. Maybe it comes down to motive. Maybe it comes down to who and what you are. It should be clear to everyone that the best system is the one that works for everyone according to their needs and in reward for their efforts. Some will have more and some will have less. Some will want more and some could care less. I don’t want anything but to understand how to make our lives better and I don’t think I’m alone.
Something… somewhere… someone… is pushing to turn the world into a dirty ashtray. A great many people are helping by helping themselves to the idea that as long as your front yard is pretty it doesn’t matter what happens out back or in anyone else’s yard, or country, or mind or heart.
It’s obvious that galactic liners full of crap set sail every day for the needs of people who shop only to shop; an avocation. It’s obvious that television dials down your IQ the way you dial up the sound to shut out the voice of reason in your mind. It’s obvious that ‘snatch and grabs’, yoke-robbing, bait and switch, Badger, Murphy and three card monte games are the hallmark of the marketplace. It’s obvious that the same people that sell you the crap you don’t need also sell the weapons to the countries whose wars they arranged. It’s obvious that the people talking to you out of your TV set are part of the action.
The fact that you are not strapped down, facedown on a bed while an endless series of paying clients rape you for the amusement of people who also paid to watch is testimony to the fact that there must be another power that remains in your possession but which only a very few of you are using in your self-defense.
There is no excuse that can be given for what is happening in Palestine and elsewhere as a daily event. There is no excuse that can be given for Katrina or 9/11. The excuses given are poor excuses that shouldn’t work well enough to bilk a befuddled grandmother out of her Bingo money but apparently they do work. Someone had the nerve to write and tell me that they loved my work and the fact that I supported Jacque Fresco but that I did myself irreparable damage by saying 9/11 was an Inside Job and I should just stop talking about that because it was crazy to believe that our government would actually do something like that. I suspect that the last time this person got anywhere near the 9/11 story was the last time a Fox newscaster told them what to think on the matter.
The bad guys are the people who are telling you that more than you need is not enough. The bad guys are the marketers that want to do to the world’s food supply futures what they have done to the oil futures. The bad guys are the people who are doing all the bad things in person and by proxy every single day. You don’t need Steven Hawkings to tell you that these are the black holes in your universe or that they are so dark and materialistic that no light can escape.
If your head hurts because you are banging your head into the wall then the solution to ending your suffering is to stop banging your head against the wall. If your life is full of crap and your world is full of crap then maybe you should stop buying all that crap. If your leaders are lying sacks of shit then maybe you shouldn’t be buying those lying sacks of shit. If all it takes for you to lay down on that bed is for someone to whisper sweet nothings in your ear then you must be satisfied by sweet nothing. How can something be sweet if it is nothing?
(...) Three buildings don’t fall down exactly the same way on the same day in the same place when only two planes hit two buildings when no comparable buildings ever fell down from fires that burned hotter and longer anywhere at any time. And if that is the case then the cause of the thing to begin with is something other than what you have been told. If it is something other than what you have been told then you are being lied to. If that is the case then the people who are lying to you are the people who did it, or are employed by the people who did it …and that is why 9/11 is an inside job. Is this too difficult to understand?
I’m not going to change my tune, sooner or later you will pick up the beat.
9/11 was an Inside Job. a song.....
July 3, 2008
On 19 March 2008 Monsanto accepted their responsibility for the genetic contamination of Schmeiser’s canola fields in an out of court settlement between Percy Schmeiser and Monsanto.
Since Schmeiser could prove that he had never used Monsanto’s
genetically modified seeds nor the total-herbicide Roundup Ready going
with the Monsanto GM seeds, and that he had indeed no advantage from
the pollution and contamination of his harvest, he was acquitted of
Monsanto’s compensation demands.
In 2005 Schmeiser again found Monsanto GM Rap plants on his fields. He informed Monsanto and demanded that the company remove the plants. Monsanto confirmed to Schmeiser that the plants were Roundup-Ready raps and therefore property of Monsanto. Referring to the existing judgement that the owner of a plant is also liable for plant contamination damages, Schmeiser had the plants removed professionally and forwarded the removal cost invoice to Monsanto.
In earlier attempts to achieve an out of court settlement, Monsanto had not consented to paying the removal cost amounting to $660, so Schmeiser subsequently had sued the company. Monsanto would have paid for the contamination damage, but only under the condition that Schmeiser signed a “gag agreement”, i.e. he would agree not to talk about the damage case, which would have deprived him and/or his wife of the right for the remainder of their lives to ever speak about the case publicly or to ever again sue Monsanto for contaminating their harvest in future before any court. Schmeiser rejected. The demands raised by Monsanto were totally immoral.
The acceptance of responsibility by Monsanto as the owner of
patented Transgene for the contamination of neighbouring fields opens
the path for all farmers in the world to demand compensation by
Further information www.percy.schmeiser-on-tour.org, www.percyschmeiser.com
PARIS -- Russia is proposing a broad new security alliance, possibly including India and China, that would deal with problems such as terrorism and crime from Vladivostok, on Russia's eastern border, to Vancouver, the International Herald Tribune reported Sunday.
The proposal was floated in Brussels on Monday by Dmitri Rogozin, Russia's ambassador to NATO.
Comment: Maybe this is one reason why Canada needed a bit of a jolt. Can't have them socialist types up north cozying up to the Russkies!
Comment: The PTB must feel that Canada, under Stephen Harper, is not getting with the program quick enough. Time for a new scare.
Comment: So these "intelligence" guys are worried about all this dangerous information being disseminated on a "hardcore jihadist" website, yet they obligingly translate it and publish it even further afield.
What is wrong with this picture?
Make sure you check under the bed tonight. Osama may be hiding there.
For five years the Bush administration has played wack-a-mole
the American people as to why we are in Iraq, with a new justification
quickly spawning after the hollow core of the prior position was
exposed. WMD's was followed by fighting Al Qaeda and ultimately
bringing democracy to the Middle East. Last week the proverbial mole
may have met his maker and exposed the true reason over a million
Americans have been put in harm's way.
((Comment: And why American millionaires put them there.))
All this was laid bare this month as the Iraqi government went on the offensive in its call for U.S. withdrawal by 2010.
Far from embracing the desires of a sovereign Iraq, the White House instead feebly attempted to claim Prime Minister Maliki's statement was mistranslated, while the McCain camp argued that Iraqi's really want the U.S. to stay until 2020.
Apparently their view of a "free Iraq" is an Iraq that is free to do what we tell them to do.
The Iraqi demand for a deadline for withdrawal of U.S. troops comes in the context of ongoing negotiations with the U.S. over a Status of Forces (SoF) Agreement in which the White House is seeking to define its legacy through
(i) an indefinite occupation;
(ii) more than 50 permanent bases (including five mega-bases)
(iii) the unlimited ability to pursue the "war on terror" in Iraq (including ability to arrest Iraqis without consulting government);
(iv) control of Iraqi airspace below 29,000 feet;
(v) supervision of Iraq's defense, interior and national security ministries for ten years; and
(vi) immunity for U.S. forces and contractors.
In addition, the U.S. wants the right to unilaterally determine whether an act by another country (i.e., Iran) constitutes a "threat" to Iraq and respond as it deems fit in order to "protect" Iraq.
((Comment: All of which sounds about as far removed from withdrawal as you could get. In fact it sounds exactly like the consolidation of colonial power.))
The Iraqi's have rejected this invitation to be an American colony as "arrogant" and an affront to their sovereignty, but the White House is playing hardball and recently cost the Iraqi's $5 billion by blocking the transfer of certain Iraqi currency reserves out of the declining dollar.
From the start of the occupation, the Bush administration has shown little regard for Iraqi sovereignty and international legal prohibitions against making significant changes to the legal and political institutions of an occupied country. Instead, the administration pursued what, former World Bank chief economist Joseph Stiglitz characterized as "an even more radical form of shock therapy than pursued in the former Soviet world," as it completely reshaped Iraq's legal and economic regime to turn it into a Club Med for corporate interests.
The shock therapy was administered by Paul Bremer, who headed the Coalition Provisional Authority, through 100 separate Orders which suspended all tariffs and import fees (Order 12);
immunized foreign contractors (Order 17);
calls for the sale of 200 state owned enterprises through 40-year ownership licenses (Order 39);
allowed foreign corporations to fully own Iraqi businesses and remove profits tax free (Order 39);
cut corporate income taxes by two-thirds through a 15 percent flat tax (Order 49) and even restricts Iraqi farmers from using certain seeds without paying a license fee to seed suppliers such as Monsanto (Order 81).
The Bush administration also has ignored Congressional restrictions on the use of government funds "to exercise United States control over the oil infrastructure or oil resources of Iraq," as the State Department recently assisted the Big 5 oil companies in winning rights to develop some of Iraq's largest oilfields.
Soon they will join Halliburton and others who have made billions off the war while protected by our troops.
The current spat over the SoF Agreement once again raises the question of why we fought this war to begin with. After five years of war at a cost of approximately $539 billion, 90,000 Iraqi lives, over 35,000 American soldiers wounded or killed, we now know what we suspected all along -- that Operation Iraqi Freedom was never about liberating the people of Iraq but instead about liberating its assets for foreign exploitation. Naomi Klein was right four years ago when she described the Bush mission as "pillaging Iraq in pursuit of a neocon utopia."
That is why with or without the SoF Agreement, Bush's legacy is secure. The hollow echo of Operation Iraqi Freedom reminds us that while other presidents may have failed the American people in one way or another, no president has failed, deceived or betrayed the American people like George W. Bush.
Baghdad year zero:
Pillaging Iraq in pursuit of a neocon utopia
By Naomi Klein
Thu, 29 Jun 2006
(...)((Bremer's book, "My Year in Iraq," ))....
What Bremer did not mention in his book is a document - Coalition Provisional Authority Order Number 17 - that he signed on June 27, 2004, just one day before he scuttled out of there, that continues to set the ground rules for the American occupation of Iraq. It is not a "Status of Forces Agreement" (SOFA) like the ones we have with our NATO allies or Japan or other countries where U.S. forces might be based. Those have to be negotiated, and the talks are tough, because truly sovereign countries think sovereignty truly is important. They never like the idea that American soldiers who commit crimes on their territory are not subject to their laws.(...) Under Order 17, as long as they're working on U.S. government contracts and subcontracts they are immune to arrest and prosecution, taxes and duties imposed by Iraqi law. (I would invite readers to look at the text .) Implicitly and in fact, Order 17 has given these characters a license to kill.
But this isn't a marriage, and so far the U.S.-Iraqi relationship isn't even a real partnership. It still looks like, and is, an occupation by foreign powers, a quasi-colonial undertaking.
If there had been any doubt about that, just look at the uproar in Washington over Maliki's leaked plan for national reconciliation, which originally included a timetable for the withdrawal of foreign troops and an amnesty for Iraqi insurgents, implicitly including those who'd attacked Americans . The text that was issued, in the end, dropped both those proposals . Where the United States is concerned, of course, amnesty is a one-way street: Americans get it (and in advance through Order 17), Iraqis don't.(...)
What's needed, and now, is a new Status of Forces Agreement or similar treaty. Will it be difficult to conclude? Yes. But without it, the Iraqis will believe, and with reason, that American plans remain much as they were when Bremer issued his writ - and split. Unable to stay, unable to go, we'll try to leave the Iraqis behind to finish the war we started, if they can, but demand they follow our rules while they do it and work for our benefit in the process.
That just won't do. If the United States is ever going to get out of Iraq with any semblance of honor, it's going to have to have a relationship of equal respect with the people running the government there. It can no longer treat them as servants. (...)
|Order 17... comment||By Bedower|
...is abhorrent to any right-thinking person, but Order 81 - that Iraqi farmers can no longer 'sow and save' their own indigenous grains, but MUST buy and sow Monsanto GM grains - is a war crime.
That makes Paul Bremer a war criminal!
An American agreement puts a motley array of foreigners above the law in Iraq. It’s time to take away their license to kill—and to stop treating Maliki’s new government as a servant.
Iran, we are told, is not just a nation pursuing nuclear weapons, but is the largest state sponsor of terror in the world today.
Much of the information behind this is being promulgated by Israel, which has a vested interest in seeing Iran neutralized as a potential threat.
But Israel is joined by another source, even more puzzling in terms of its broad-based acceptance in the world of American journalism: the Mujahadeen-e Khalk, or MEK, an Iranian opposition group sworn to overthrow the theocracy in Tehran. The CIA today provides material support to the actions of the MEK inside Iran.
The recent spate of explosions in Iran, including a particularly devastating “accident” involving a military convoy transporting ammunition in downtown Tehran, appears to be linked to an MEK operation; its agents working inside munitions manufacturing plants deliberately are committing acts of sabotage which lead to such explosions. If CIA money and planning support are behind these actions, the agency’s backing constitutes nothing less than an act of war on the part of the United States against Iran.
The MEK traces its roots back to the CIA-orchestrated overthrow of the democratically elected Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadeg. Formed among students and intellectuals, the MEK emerged in the 1960s as a serious threat to the reign of Reza Shah Pahlevi. Facing brutal repression from the Shah’s secret police, the SAVAK, the MEK became expert at blending into Iranian society, forming a cellular organizational structure which made it virtually impossible to eradicate. The MEK membership also became adept at gaining access to positions of sensitivity and authority. When the Shah was overthrown in 1978, the MEK played a major role and for a while worked hand in glove with the Islamic Revolution in crafting a post-Shah Iran.
In 1979 the MEK had a central role in orchestrating the seizure of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, and holding 55 Americans hostage for 444 days.
However, relations between the MEK and the Islamic regime in Tehran soured, and after the MEK staged a bloody coup attempt in 1981, all ties were severed and the two sides engaged in a violent civil war. Revolutionary Guard members who were active at that time have acknowledged how difficult it was to fight the MEK. In the end, massive acts of arbitrary arrest, torture and executions were required to break the back of mainstream MEK activity in Iran, although even the Revolutionary Guard today admits the MEK remains active and is virtually impossible to completely eradicate.
It is this stubborn ability to survive and operate inside Iran, at a time when no other intelligence service can establish and maintain a meaningful agent network there, which makes the MEK such an asset to nations such as the United States and Israel.
The MEK is able to provide some useful intelligence; however, its overall value as an intelligence resource is negatively impacted by the fact that it is the sole source of human intelligence in Iran. As such, the group has taken to exaggerating and fabricating reports to serve its own political agenda. In this way, there is little to differentiate the MEK from another Middle Eastern expatriate opposition group, the Iraqi National Congress, or INC, which infamously supplied inaccurate intelligence to the United States and other governments and helped influence the U.S. decision to invade Iraq and overthrow Saddam Hussein.
Today, the MEK sees itself in a similar role, providing sole-sourced intelligence to the United States and Israel in an effort to facilitate American military operations against Iran and, eventually, to overthrow the Islamic regime in Tehran.
The current situation concerning the MEK would be laughable if it were not for the violent reality of that organization’s activities. Upon its arrival in Iraq in 1986, the group was placed under the control of Saddam Hussein’s Mukhabarat, or intelligence service. The MEK was a heavily militarized organization and in 1988 participated in division-size military operations against Iran.
The organization represents no state and can be found on the U.S. State Department’s list of terrorist organizations, yet since the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, the MEK has been under the protection of the U.S. military. Its fighters are even given “protected status” under the Geneva Conventions. The MEK says its members in Iraq are refugees, not terrorists. And yet one would be hard-pressed to find why the 1951 Geneva Convention on Refugees should confer refugee status on an active paramilitary organization that uses “refugee camps” inside Iraq as its bases.
The MEK is behind much of the intelligence being used by the International Atomic Energy Agency in building its case that Iran may be pursuing (or did in fact pursue in the past) a nuclear weapons program. The complexity of the MEK-CIA relationship was recently underscored by the agency’s acquisition of a laptop computer allegedly containing numerous secret documents pertaining to an Iranian nuclear weapons program. Much has been made about this computer and its contents. The United States has led the charge against Iran within international diplomatic circles, citing the laptop information as the primary source proving Iran’s ongoing involvement in clandestine nuclear weapons activity. Of course, the information on the computer, being derived from questionable sources (i.e., the MEK and the CIA, both sworn enemies of Iran) is controversial and its veracity is questioned by many, including me. (...)
This, in short, is what should be done with the IAEA's ongoing probe into allegations that Iran has pursued nuclear weapons. The evidence used by the IAEA is unable to withstand even the most rudimentary cross-examination. It is speculative at best, and most probably fabricated. Iran has done the right thing in refusing to legitimize this illegitimate source of information.
A key question that must be asked is why, then, does the IAEA continue to permit Olli Heinonen, the agency's Finnish deputy director for safeguards and the IAEA official responsible for the ongoing technical inspections in Iran, to wage his one-man campaign on behalf of the United States, Britain and (indirectly) Israel regarding allegations derived from sources of such questionable veracity (the MEK-supplied laptop computer)?
And yet, in Vienna, Heinonen's repeated transgressions are treated as a giant "non-event," the 800-pound gorilla in the room that everyone pretends isn't really there.
Heinonen has become the pro-war yin to the anti-confrontation yang of his boss, IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei. Every time ElBaradei releases the results of the IAEA probe of Iran, pointing out that the IAEA can find no evidence of any past or present nuclear weapons program, and that there is a full understanding of Iran's controversial centrifuge-based enrichment program, Heinonen throws a monkey wrench into the works.
(...) Heinonen's Finnish nationality serves as a flimsy cover for neutrality.../ which long ago disappeared. He is no longer serving in the role as unbiased inspector, but rather a front for the active pursuit of an American- and Israeli-inspired disinformation campaign designed to keep alive the flimsy allegations of a nonexistent Iranian nuclear weapons program in order to justify the continued warlike stance taken by the U.S. and Israel against Iran.(...)
The problem has never been, and will never be, Iran's enrichment program. The problem is American policy objectives of regime change in Iran, pushed by a combination of American desires for global hegemony and an activist Israeli agenda which seeks regional security, in perpetuity, through military and economic supremacy.
A major culprit in this entire sordid affair is the mainstream media.(...) The most recent fairy tale was one of "diplomacy," on the part of one William Burns, the No. 3 diplomat in the State Department.
Sending a relatively obscure official like Burns to "observe" a meeting between the European Union and Iran, with instructions not to interact, not to initiate, not to discuss, cannot under any circumstances be construed as diplomacy. Any student of diplomatic history could tell you this. And yet the esteemed editors and news producers used the term diplomacy, without challenge or clarification, to describe Burns' mission to Geneva on July 19.(...) Of course, the Geneva talks produced nothing. The United States had made sure Europe, through its foreign policy chief, Javier Solana, had no maneuvering room...//
Iran, predictably, refused to suspend its enrichment program, and rejected the Heinonen-led investigation into nuclear weaponization, refusing to cooperate further with the IAEA on that matter, noting that it fell outside the scope of the IAEA's mandate in Iran.(...) Having played the diplomacy card, Rice moved on with the real agenda: If Iran did not fully cooperate with the international community (i.e., suspend its enrichment program), then it would face a new round of economic sanctions and undisclosed punitive measures, both unilaterally on the part of the United States and Europe, as well as in the form of even broader sanctions from the United Nations Security Council (although it is doubtful that Russia and China would go along with such a plan). The issue of unilateral U.S. sanctions is most worrisome. Both the House of Representatives, through HR 362, and the Senate, through SR 580, are preparing legislation which would call for an air, ground and sea blockade of Iran.
Back in October 1962, President Kennedy, when considering the imposition of a naval blockade against Cuba in response to the presence of Soviet missiles in that nation, opined that "a blockade is a major military operation, too. It's an act of war." Which, of course, it is.
The false diplomacy waged by the White House in Geneva simply pre-empted any congressional call for a diplomatic outreach. Now the president can move on with the mission of facilitating a larger war with Iran by legitimizing yet another act of aggression. One day, in the not-so-distant future, Americans will awake to the reality that American military forces are engaged in a shooting war with Iran. Many will scratch their heads and wonder, "How did that happen?" The answer is simple: We all let it happen.(..)
Scott Ritter is a former U.N. weapons inspector and marine intelligence officer who has written extensively about Iran.
Around 9:30 on Friday night, a bicyclist pedaling down Seventh Avenue veered to the left, trying to avoid hitting a police officer who was in the middle of the street.
But the officer, Patrick Pogan, took a few quick steps toward the biker, Christopher Long, braced himself and drove his upper body into Mr. Long.
Officer Pogan, an all-star football player in high school, hit Mr. Long as if he were a halfback running along the sidelines, and sent him flying.
As of Tuesday evening, a videotape of the encounter had been viewed about 400,000 times on YouTube. "I can't explain why it happened," Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly said on Tuesday. "I have no understanding as to why that would happen."
((Comment: Hmm, a clue for Commissioner Kelly... Might it have something to do with psychopathic/authoritarian types attracted to the Police uniform as a way of exerting control over others? Who view anyone outside of their narrow world view of compliance and domination with hatred and disdain? Perhaps, maybe?))
But this episode was not just a powerful crash between one bicyclist and a police officer. It may turn out to be yet another head-on collision between false stories told by some police officers in criminal court cases and documentary evidence that directly contradicts them.
Over the weekend, though, the videotape, made by a tourist in Times Square with his family, fell into the hands of people involved with Critical Mass, the monthly bicycle rally that Mr. Long had been riding in.
The availability of cheap digital technology - video cameras, digital cameras, cellphone cameras - has ended a monopoly on the history of public gatherings that was limited to the official narratives, like the sworn documents created by police officers and prosecutors. The digital age has brought in free-range history.
The case of Christopher Long and Officer Pogan is shaping up as another example of an official narrative being directly challenged by videotape.
In a criminal court complaint, Officer Pogan wrote that Mr. Long deliberately attacked him with the bike - although the videotape shows Mr. Long veering away from Officer Pogan, who pursues him toward the curb.
The officer said he was knocked to the ground by Mr. Long. Throughout the tape, though, he remains on his feet, even after banging into Mr. Long.(...)
Hundreds of cases against people arrested during the 2004 Republican National Convention collapsed under an avalanche of videotaped evidence that either completely contradicted police accounts, or raised significant questions about their reliability. The videotapes were made by people involved in the protests, bystanders, tourists and police officers.
At the New York Public Library, a small group holding a banner against one of the stone lions was arrested and charged with blocking traffic in the middle of 42nd Street, although video showed they were on the steps, and nowhere near the street.(...)
Slate / Washington Post
Tue, 20 Apr 2004
Five years ago today, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold murdered their classmates and teachers at Columbine High School.(...)
The first conclusion is that the pair of supposed "Trench Coat Mafia outcasts" were taking revenge against the bullies who had made school miserable for them. The second conclusion is that the massacre was inexplicable: We can never understand what drove them to such horrific violence.
But the FBI and its team of psychiatrists and psychologists have reached an entirely different conclusion. They believe they know why Harris and Klebold killed, and their explanation is both more reassuring and more troubling than our misguided conclusions.
Three months after the massacre, the FBI convened a summit in Leesburg, Va., that included world-renowned mental health experts, including Michigan State University psychiatrist Dr. Frank Ochberg, as well as Supervisory Special Agent Dwayne Fuselier, the FBI's lead Columbine investigator and a clinical psychologist. Fuselier and Ochberg share their conclusions publicly here for the first time.
The first steps to understanding Columbine, they say, are to forget the popular narrative about the jocks, Goths, and Trenchcoat Mafia—click here to read more about Columbine's myths—and to abandon the core idea that Columbine was simply a school shooting. We can't understand why they did it until we understand what they were doing.
(...) The climax would be captured on live television. It wasn't just "fame" they were after—Agent Fuselier bristles at that trivializing term—they were gunning for devastating infamy on the historical scale of an Attila the Hun. Their vision was to create a nightmare so devastating and apocalyptic that the entire world would shudder at their power.(...)
Fuselier and Ochberg say that if you want to understand "the killers," quit asking what drove them.
Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold were radically different individuals, with vastly different motives and opposite mental conditions. Klebold is easier to comprehend, a more familiar type. He was hotheaded, but depressive and suicidal. He blamed himself for his problems.
Harris is the challenge. He was sweet-faced and well-spoken. Adults, and even some other kids, described him as "nice." But Harris was cold, calculating, and homicidal. "Klebold was hurting inside while Harris wanted to hurt people," Fuselier says. Harris was not merely a troubled kid, the psychiatrists say, he was a psychopath. (...)
Comment: Incredibly enough, it seems that psychopaths such as Harris may be the "unsuccessful" ones. For an example of where a "successful" psychopath may end up, we suggest looking no further than the White House.
Indeed they are all around us as this article shows ((Mortgage Market Musing )). Contempt for normal human beings can be detected in nearly every aspect of life these days, from the financial dealings of greedy banks, to the corraling of future food supplies by Monsanto.
(...)But keeping the new corporate image polished may be a tough task. For many years Monsanto produced two of the most toxic substances ever known –- polychlorinated biphenyls, known as PCBs, and dioxin. Several court proceedings regarding these substances remain unresolved.(...)
Meanwhile, the Nitro plant continued to produce herbicides, In the 1960’s it manufactured Agent Orange, the powerful herbicide used by the U.S. military to defoliate jungles during the Vietnam War, and which became the focus of lawsuits by veterans contending they had been harmed by exposure to the chemical. Agent Orange also created dioxin as a by-product. (...)
Who and What Is the
Monsanto Chemical Corporation?
Monsanto attempts to claim patent ownership of pigs
Genetically Modified Organisms – A Dangerous Experiment
Explaining Monsanto's Desire to Ban Current Milk Labeling
The future of food: Why GM crops threaten the sustainability of the human race (opinion)
http://www.solari.com/blog/?p=1232 ( Mortgage Market Musing ):
Let's say that I serve as the depository for a large government and I also own the central bank. I get my partners appointed to run the government's treasury and key funds on a regular basis so I can also control financial system policies and regulation that help me finance what I want to do and mess up my competitors. Even that is getting cumbersome so I am arranging to move most of the regulatory control over to my central bank because I can control all of it privately.
Frustrated with having to deal with democratic processes, I decide to move a significant amount of money out of the government between 1997 and 2001 for reinvestment abroad. I and my partners and our syndicates engineer a series of steps to bubble the economy so that when I move the money out the currency is high and because everyone was making money they did not notice that lots of capital was leaving. To ensure no one notices, I suppress the gold price which turns off the financial burglar alarm and shifts gold out of the government into my private control at below market prices.
Normally moving money out of a government in excess of the total taxes that year would be hard to do. However, I could use securities fraud. I could issue a lot more government securities and government agency (like mortgage agencies) securities than I recorded on the government books and sell them abroad. I would have to make sure not to publish audited financial statements as that would increase the liabilities of engaging in this kind of fraud. It would help a lot if I could pool mortgages and sell government agency securities to finance those mortgages in a process where the same mortgage could be sold many times into the same pool. Investors would not notice or care because the securities were government guaranteed.
I also engineer an internet and telecom stock bubble, and move trillions more out through that mechanism.
OK, so as I move the money out of the country at a high price because my currency is high, what do I invest? Well if places like Asia, Latin America and Russia experience economic crashes as a result of credit crunches that result as my cutting off credit, then their currencies will be low and they will welcome investment. Or if they don't welcome investment, I can make sure that the IMF and World Bank can strong arm. So I can buy in really really cheap. Meantime, these currencies rise as I move manufacturing and jobs into the places where I now have big investment positions. So my investments go up.
Well, back in the U.S. the bubble bursts, and the institutions like Fannie and Freddie that financed the housing bubble experience significant losses. Their stocks drop by a lot. That hits the pension funds, 401ks, IRAs and other savings of the people who have lost money on their homes. It's a double whammy.
A lot of them also lose their jobs. Triple whammy.(...)
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The Military Holds the Dollar Up.
Global treasuries and sovereign wealth funds, central banks and a variety of large institutions buy Treasury securities or hold dollars not because there is economic value behind them or because these financial assets are sound fiscally or in terms of credit. They buy them because if they don’t buy them, their current holdings will drop in value faster (that is given their current holdings, they are better off with a managed fall that a precipitous one) and because they are forced to — both in terms of trade agreements — and because they have a gun at their head. If they don’t buy, they and their population will be subject to a wide variety of demonstrations of physical and financial force that will result in loss of life.
Hence, demand for U.S. dollars and government and agency bonds continues even as value falls. The losses on these holdings represents a tax paid to the “Empire.” The fundamental system is as old as the hills. It is based on force. However, this tax is not paid through the income statements, it is paid through the balance sheet. Hence, national legislators do not have to pass bills to authorize their people paying the tax. There is no disclosure.
This global taxation system can be implemented and enforced through the back door without the average global citizen understanding what is happening. Rather, it is invisible to all but the most financially sophisticated people.
What the implementation of this system means is that the household drain I describe here and the community drain I describe here are happening globally. That is, the Slow Burn (described here ) is draining everyone globally, not just in the U.S.
A recent Gallup poll published in the Wall Street Journal on June 26, shows that the American institution most respected is the military — 45% of Americans surveyed had a great deal of confidence in the American military and 26% had quite a lot of confidence in them. This compares to 6% and 6% for Congress and 7% and 13% for big business. Also in line with understanding who and what puts bread on the table, the next most respected institution after the military is small business with scores of 28% and 32%.
Abraham Lincoln was right, “You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.”
|Wednesday, 30 July 2008|
David Icke interviewed for Israel website
Q: Can you tell us about your recent activities around the world (As it is mentioned in your site you tour a lot).
I have been gathering information, putting the puzzle-pieces together, since around 1990 and produced a stream of books that have helped people to see that the world is not like they thought it was - on so many fronts.
But the explosion of interest in my work really began after 9/11 and even more after the invasion of Iraq based on a blatant lie. I think part of it was the understanding that if the authorities will lie so obviously and outrageously about 'wepaons of mass destruction' to justify a war that has killed hundreds of thousands of civilians then what the hell else are they lying about?
As a result, there has been a massive worldwide increase in interest in what I am saying and this autumn I will be heading for Croatia, Romania, Italy and the United States to speak. Also, a DVD is coming out of a seven-hour presentation I did recently and that connections vast amounts of 'dots' so the picture can be seen.
I recently recorded a free three-hour presentation that got to the top of the Google Video charts for most-watched a few weeks ago and is still right up there last time I looked, and there is another free video on Google of a talk I did in 1996 which laid out the agenda to come that is happening now. I made this video available to show that what is happening in the world is not randomed, it is coldy calculated and planned far ahead.
People can see the two videos at this address: http://www.davidicke.com/content/view/14373/48/
Q: Is there any chance of seeing you in Israel ?
I would happilly speak in Israel, but I doubt if the authorities would allow it given what I say about the government and the shadow people who control it.
Q: What are your thoughts of the current state of global conspiracy – as of July 08 ?
It is moving forward very fast because the more power you centralize the more power you have to centralize even quicker. The Orwellian society of ever more viscious and detailed State control of the people is happening everywhere at the same time because it is centrally coordinated and planned by the shadow global network I have been long exposing.
This network operates like a transnational corporation in that it has a central headquarters, which is based, at least at operational level, in Europe, and it controls 'subsidiary companies' (secret society networks) in each country, including Israel.
These subsidiaries carry out in their country the centrally-dictated agenda for the centralization of power and control of the population in the same way that a corporation subsidiary carries out the corporate plan passded down from the headquarters. This is how they can change a long list of countries in the same way at the same time.
Q : “Big brother state – and the by-election” care to explain ?
A well-known politician in the UK, David Davis, the Home Affairs spokesman for the opposition (and next government) Conservative Party resigned his seat in the Houses of Parliament in protest at the gathering Big Brother State in Britain and stood in a by-election to be returned to Parliament on the issue of 'Stop Big Brother'.
When the major parties, including the governing Labour Party, decided not to stand against him I stood in the election for one reason only - to use that platform to make the point that David Davis was talking about a fraction of what Big Brother really was and the global nature of the agenda for human control.
Once I got close to the election I saw that the 'anti-Big Brother' claims of Mr. Davis were a sham and there were other reasons why he did what he did, some of which I explain in that free video.
As Israelis a lot of us (the ones with a clearer view of the brain wash militarist state we live in ) feel that we are always, somehow, a part of a bigger scheme and that we get a lot of attention from the worldwide media with no proportions at all to our nation's importance or population size.
For example, Bush's frequent visits and declaration of "eternal friendship and love between our nations" – let alone the foreign assistance he provides.
And the 60th anniversary party held in Jerusalem this year which was a festival for pompous declarations from world leaders.
Or even a better example – seeing our government succumb to stupid decisions made by Washington year after year since 1973.
Q: Do you have any thoughts or knowledge of Israel's roles in relation to the global conspiracy (if any).
Replace the word 'Israel' with 'Rothschild' and you will see why there is so much focus on Israel. The Rothschilds are a "Satanic" network, formerly called 'Bauer', and they funded both sides in the two world wars. They hide behind being 'Jewish' when they have utter contempt for the mass of Jewish people and use them for their own ends.
The Israeli government of whatever party is always the Rothschild government and it is the same in the United States where their agents are the Rockefeller family, among others. Therefore, the US and Israeli governments under whatever party are both Rothschild governments. Take that on board and so much that seems strange and unexplainable becomes understandable.
Israel is the personal fiefdom of the Rothschilds and the Israeli people are their serfs.
The Rothschilds wanted to cause upheavel and disharmony in the Middle East to serve their agenda for global control (in league with other elements of the global network, it's not just the Rothschilds by any means) and they have used the Israeli people and the State of Israel to do that.
It may be hard to believe, but the Rothschilds and the network of which they are a fundamental part, also control countries like Saudi Arabia and other 'Arab' countries and the mass of their peoples are manipulated just as the Israelis are in your country.
It's all a horrible game with the strings attached to both 'sides' held by the same people in the shadows. It's called divide and rule.
Q: I don’t mean to sound rude but since we are trying to get to the bottom of things, here goes – what would you say to those people who claim : "he is in it for the money" or you "provoke controversy only to sell books " ?
Such claims are made by uninformed idiots. Firstly, I gave up a well-paid career in television to do what I do and for around three years I earned virtually nothing. I lived off savings because I believed in what I was doing. Also, you don't take the scale of ridicule and abuse that I have taken 'for money'. There are much easier ways to earn it.
And because of the legal bills to stop attempts to hijack my books, I have not received a penny from the sale of any book or DVD worldwide for three years and I spent six months writing my latest book knowing that I would not get any money for it.
So you can see what nonsense those claims are about 'doing it for the money'. They come from monumental prats who wouldn't cross the road to do anything about what is daily taking control of every aspect of human life. Im would say they are pathetic, but that word does not even begin to suffice.
Q:What`s the point ? What can the average Schmuck do to save the world from the clutches of the global tyranny ?
Stop being the average 'Schmuck', for a start. We are programmed to see ourselves as impotent and powerless - it is part of the control. But it's not true IF we stop allowing race, religion, income bracket etc., to divide and rule us.
Remember that famous statement after the Second World War?
First they came for the Jews
and I did not speak out - because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for the communists
and I did not speak out - because I was not a communist.
Then they came for the trade unionists
and I did not speak out - because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for me -
and by then there was no one left to speak out for me.
That's the technique that tyranny always uses to pick off different sections of society while the others look the other way and think 'it's not my problem'. But eventually it does become their problem and by the time it does there is no-one left to help them.
This is what is happening with the conflicts between peoples, especially the Jews and the Arabs, and we need to stop playing the game that we are manipulated to play because this is not a conspiracy to enslave Jews, or Arabs, or blacks, or middle-class Americans. It is a conspiracy to enslave ALL of us and if we don't end the manufactured conflicts between us we will be divided and ruled into a Global Prison State. It is happening now, by the minute.
The 'space-suits' we call Jews, Arabs, Blacks or Whites are just expressions of the SAME consciousness. We are all ONE, but we allow ourselves to be divided and therefore ruled through the faultlines of race, culture, religion and income bracket.
We are cooperating with our own enslavement and how ironic it will be when the planned prison camps are filled with those who have spent years fighting each other. But that's where we are heading unless the human race grows up very fast.
--- wednesday 30.7.08, Sorcha Faal <email@example.com> wrote:
De: Sorcha Faal firstname.lastname@example.org
Objet: Winds Of War
Date: mercredi 30 Juillet 2008, 11 h 44
The winds of war and economic distress blowing across our world today
show no signs of abating. Even worse, those who had felt in the past
that they were immune to the many crises erupting are now starting to
see how their lives are being changed.
With this ‘new’ realization comes a question that many of them are
asking, “Why haven’t we heard about this before?”
The simple answer is because they weren’t told by those they believed
would be there for them to explain, in detail, what is happening now,
and what is going to happen in the future.
The reason for this being so is also simple to explain, the media
organizations are nothing more than the propaganda outlets for their
corporate and government masters, and they are determined to keep you as
ignorant and unaware as possible as to the true state of the world.
We here at WhatDoesItMean.Com are one of the few remaining websites
fighting against the tsunami of lies, distortions and outright
fabrications launched against you.
We do this for many reasons, with the main one being our belief that
with true, timely and accurate information you will be able to make the
most important decisions of your life base upon truth.
And in our efforts on your behalf, it must be understood that our
survival depends solely upon you, and as never before our continued
survival rests with your decision to either support us to keep the truth
of our world flowing to you…or, to put these words from your mind and
let us fail.
But, I want to honestly tell you that our failure will be yours also
because this is not a battle to be fought by individuals, this is one
that demands that all of us seeking truth and wisdom keep together.
As this month of July, 2008, comes to an end I have before the latest
report showing that our operating funds are only going to last a few
more days. My suggestion to the Sisters last year that we change to a
‘subscription only’ format was declined on the basis that we serve
everyone or no one at all.
This is a stark reality we must all deal with and, unfortunately, and
contrary to some people’s impressions, though these words will be read
by thousands, the numbers who will respond are barely enough for us to
survive on a month-to-month basis.
The reality is this, if everyone reading these words gave just $30.00,
today, our operating expenses would be met for an entire year.
This equals out to just 8 US pennies a day we ask for, and desperately
need, in exchange for the multiple tens of thousands of dollars we spend
on a yearly basis to provide you with the truth.
Is this really asking to much? Have the hearts and minds of so many
really turned that cold and jaded? I would like not to think so, and my
greatest hope is that you prove this wrong.
In this months appeal for your support from the Sisters, Sister Filicia
included the link to two short videos that in my opinion showed who and
what we really are as human beings instead of how we are portrayed by
the mass media.
I encourage you to watch one of them now to see what Sister Filicia
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