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STINKING C.I.A. CAULDRON EXPLODES IN THEIR FACES
BELTWAY STAGGERED BY EXPOSURE OF LINE-ITEM PROVISION AND THE $3.87 TRILLION CMKM/CMKX LAWSUIT AGAINST THE S.E.C. FOR ITS HUGE PHANTOM SHARE SCAM
• 28 December 2009:
• 07 January 2010:
• 09 January 2010:
• 09 January 2010:
• 11 January 2010:
MISPRISION OF FELONY: ....(...)
By Christopher Story FRSA, Editor and Publisher, International
Currency Review, World Reports Limited, London and New York. For
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• HOW TO READ THESE REPORTS
• THE LINE-ITEM PAYMENT AND THE $ REFUNDING
• SIGNIFICANT DEVELOPMENTS MONITORED ON 11TH AND 12TH JANUARY 2010
• WHAT THE REACTION TO OUR BULL’S-EYES HAS REVEALED
• THE LOUDER THE SCREAMS, THE DEEPER THE WOUND
(( about Casper :))
• WHAT THE CIA’S PONZI SORCERER HAS BEEN SAYING
• HAS HE CONVICTED HIMSELF BY PROTESTING TOO MUCH?
• HOW THE CIA SORCERER CAN MITIGATE TROUBLING DOUBTS
• OPERATION STILLPOINT RUN BY THE SAME GANG THAT RAPED RUSSIA
• THE PUBLIC SORCERER AND HIS APPRENTICES
• IS THE PUBLIC SORCERER ENGAGED IN DECEPTION AND FRAUD?
• SOLUTIONS TO THE U.S. PONZI VICTIMS’ PROBLEM
• MAKING AN INDIVIDUAL COMPLAINT TO THE S.E.C.
• REGULARISATION OF THE PONZI VICTIMS’ STATUS
• AN INADVERTENT SMEAR, AND ANOTHER THREAT (( fulford.. ))
• APPENDIX ONE: THE FULL TEXT OF THE S.E.C. INSPECTOR GENERAL’S INTERVIEW WITH MADOFF AT THE METROPOLITAN CORRECTIONAL CENTER IN LOWER MANHATTAN ON 17TH JUNE 2009.
•APPENDIX TWO: EXECUTIVE ORDER: 17th November 2009: ESTABLISHMENT OF THE FINANCIAL FRAUD ENFORCEMENT TASK FORCE
APPENDIX THREE: President Obama Establishes Interagency Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force: THE US JUSTICE DEPARTMENT’S PRESS RELEASE ...(...)
• At about 8:30 pm on Monday 11th January 2010 it was reported to us that a number of further brutal horizontalisations and ‘disappearances’ had occurred throughout the preceding weekend. It had also separately been reported to us earlier that evening by an intermediary with Chicago-linked connections that such liquidations had in fact been taking placed for the past three weeks or so (as essentially reported earlier by this service).
• At about 8:40 pm on Monday 11th January 2010 it was reported to us that a certain US financial party known to have been involved in certain dubious transactions involving the US Treasury seemed ‘very nervous’, in contrast to his normal behaviour. A day later, the same party was again described to us as appearing to be ‘very nervous’.
• At 4:30 pm UK time on Tuesday 12th January 2010, it was reported to us that on the preceding day ‘there was trouble in Paris, at Paribas’ (where the Bush Crime Family’s associates controlled some 3,000 accounts in the past).
• At 4:30 pm UK time on Tuesday 12th January 2010, it was reported to us that the Chinese Lien Holders and the British Monarchical Power Lien Holder foreclosed on the US Treasury, which implies also the Federal Reserve (as the two are joined at the hip through TARP and TALF). We were told that whereas the Lien was ‘attached’ on or around 6th December 2009, actual foreclosure took place on Monday 11th January.
• At about 9:15 pm UK time on Tuesday 12th January 2010, it was reported to us that the Federal Reserve ‘made a profit’ of between $45 billion and $49 billion which is being transferred to the US Treasury. The figures may be much larger. The transfer reflects the ongoing audits performed by the previously mentioned ‘men in suits’ at the Fed.
• At about 9:20 pm UK time on Tuesday 12th January 2010, it was reported to us by sources that computer media concerning the financial Settlements, containing banking codes and relevant data, were removed from the previously mentioned law firm on INTERPOL’s instructions, either at the weekend, or on Monday.
• At 10:45 pm on Tuesday 12th January 2010 it was reported to us on the basis of intelligence information sourced from Europe that certain irrevocable measures were taken in Europe at 9:00 am London time which we are not permitted to report, requiring the Settlements transfers to be completed as mandated and required, as of Friday 15th January 2010.
• At 10:50 pm on Tuesday 12th January 2010 it was reported to us that the so-called ‘Connecticut Trustee’, Sigué, was sequestered, having again been caught lying and deceiving. Other Bush Sr.-linked payee parties (Trustees) are thought also to have been sequestered but we have been unable to obtain further information.
• At 10:52 pm on Tuesday 12th January 2010 it was reported to us that the consequences of non-compliance with completion and closure of the Settlements payments by the end of this week may be dramatic. We have been advised what the consequences may be
but we choose at this juncture to refrain from revealing what we have been told.
It's too sensitive.
• At 1:05 am UK time on Wednesday 13th January 2010, it was reported to us that at 6:37 pm EST, the NBC Brian Williams Show had reported an earthquake measuring 7:0 on the Richter Scale at Port-au-Prince, Haiti. This location serves as a main junction box to undersea transmission cables from the United States mainly to Latin America and African destinations, although some cables go through Port-au-Prince to Europe, we understand.
This was an operation put together under criminal President Clinton, after CIA-instigated instability had resulted in the departure of the Haitian ruler du jour, enabling ‘peacemaker’ Jimmy Carter to be parachuted in to ‘patch things up’ – under cover of which operation the transmission cables and junction box system was installed for Latin American money transfers. It has long been reported to us, and we have publicised this information in our journal The Latin American Times, that Haiti is a key staging point for drug shipments, and represents an operation ‘handled’ by Al Gore.
• Florida-based sources informed us in the early morning of Wednesday 13th January 2010 that earthquakes have not, in their long experience, previously been reported from Haiti. Furthermore, such a strong earthquake would have been felt and registered in the United States itself. The initial impression following this report was that an induced earthquake centred on Port-au-Prince might have been intended to disrupt mandated Settlements payments this week. While discussing this matter with the Florida parties, the Editor’s line was disconnected.
•On further consideration, however, US sources advised the Editor at about 1:15 am UK time on Wednesday 13th January 2010 that it was rather more likely that if this was an induced ‘earthquake incident’, its purpose would have been to PREVENT the stealing and diversion of the Settlement transfers to corrupt recipient central banks and institutions in Latin America (and Africa, such as the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe).
In other words, the ‘incident’ was aimed at ensuring that the monies were not stolen and diverted while in transit through Haiti (which is what has been happening, and why this god-forsaken location was set up for the purpose).
• A US TV News programme aired on the evening of Tuesday 12th January 2010 suddenly revealed the existence of an airport having very long runways in Illinois called Mid America Airport located close to Scott Air Force Base, operative since 1997 (Clinton) which, to this day, receives precisely one flight a week – from Colombia. Maintaining this airport costs the local county $7.0 million per annum. Quite why the existence of this airport that handles just one flight a week – from drug-trafficking Colombia – was suddenly revealed at this juncture, was not yet clear to us as this report was being finalised. But we and others felt sure that the timing and substance of this exposure could not have been ‘accidental’.
....(...) As we have pointed out, all these Ponzi schemes form part of the immense criminal intelligence operation to ‘take down’ the United States which we exposed in our report dated 9th January 2010, codenamed ‘OPERATION STILLPOINT’. There are NO EXCEPTIONS.
• Therefore, in contributing to any of these Ponzi schemes (however labelled, whether they are called ‘humanitarian’, to make the underlying fraud look ‘acceptable’ for basic marketing purposes, or whatever), the contributors (investors) were aiding and abetting OPERATION STILLPOINT – a criminal subversion offensive directed from WITHIN THE CRIMINALISED U.S. STRUCTURES to ‘take down’ the United States: the dialectical parallel/‘opposite’ of the ‘takedown’ of the USSR.
OPERATION STILLPOINT RUN BY THE SAME GANG THAT RAPED RUSSIA
• For instance, we know for a fact that the OMEGA programs were/are linked to the US CIA criminal operative and ‘former’ MK-ULTRA chieftain, Richard B. Cheney, one of the very nastiest and most cynical of all the official perpetrators of scams against the American people and the United States....(...) // about Casper's packages://
Sources repeatedly inform us that such ‘packages’ as really did exist were in fact ransacked and their contents were stolen (monetised). We have checked this assertion repeatedly with different sources, and that is what we are told every time.... (...)http://www.worldreports.org/news/261_stinking_c.i.a._cauldron_explodes_in_their_faces
2010 STINKING C.I.A. CAULDRON EXPLODES IN THEIR
January 13, 2010 1:23 PM
The content of the packages has been changed on occasion for various reasons not least of which has been multiple events of tampering by the bad guys. Packs have been, at various times, at each of these locations multiple times; Regional Distribution Points, Treasury, Royal Bank of Canada, Homeland Security, B.of A. Charlotte, Ft Benning Georgia, Carlyle, The White House, etc..
The fight over the physical packages is important as their delivery triggers the next step which is announcements. As that tug-o-war continued there were always parallel problems which would have precluded delivery such as illegal movement and/or theft of funds, preparation of announcements, ongoing "entrapment stings" to learn exactly which individuals and institutions were blocking the big picture, serious struggles among world leaders, overcoming the Presidents insulation provided by Emergency and War Powers, Sabotage of the process by big banks worldwide and outside the U.S.
specifically Canada, France, Germany, Switzerland, England and more, serious and recurring legal battles at the World Court and the Supreme Court, bribery here, there and everywhere which had to be overcome,
new banking system in place and ready for announcements,
formal takedown of the Fed Res, take down of the Corporation of
U.S., and on and on and on I could type. It is all tied together,
comes down at the same time and has enemies around the world
fighting around the clock to protect the status quo and their
money and power positions therein. It was/is necessary to
overcome all aspects of these problems otherwise "they" would have used
the Patriot Act and their position as Dictators to arrest we recipients
or at the very least to seize the funds. It is even more complicated as
Sovereign Creditors vs. Sovereign Debtors are involved.
By then someone has shuffled the funds again, or another Trustee has been bribed, or a bank such as Paribas or Deutsche has sabotaged the download of funds. Then security codes get stolen or illegally used. And on and on it went for years. I am just scratching the surface here. It is being handled by the most powerful financial players in the world who are the only ones who can do so. Its been a long hard slog made far more difficult than anticipated due the "victory or death" position of those to be arrested, jailed and exposed.
Today the packs are again out for delivery and the problems again overcome and squashed but it's an hour by hour proposition and no one can guarantee they will arrive today as scheduled.This is the flipping of the world on its head and those who have "owned the world" for two hundred years via England then another hundred years through America (Fed Res) will do anything, even another 9-11, to avoid their loss and all its ramifications.I hope this helps you to understand not that I understand every single thing myself.
I realize this is not a complete answer but because the packs are enroute right now
I'm giving you the short
January 13, 2010 1:22 PM
and yes, WE ARE QUOTING HER LADYSHIP.
so we can pass it on to the dummies in
on the receiving end (this is not the first time).
And, your ladyship, you would just love my mother.
casper 1-11-09 - REPLACES #1 (( earlier))
Regarding Story's Sunday update specifically and his recent updates generally I would rather not have to spend the time commenting and to just continue to let him wallow in his own ignorance HOWEVER because he has now said that program participants are ponzi victims and have been "criminalized" themselves via their participation in the programs and are wittingly or unwittingly participants in his Operation Stillpoint Gobbledegook and are therefore assisting in a planned take down of the United States by BUSH and his allies
.... I find it necessary to respond for the
sake of everyone's understanding, peace of mind and sanity. Sometimes
it is necessary to confront ignorance and stupidity head on,even when
we have better things to do. Somethings can not be allowed to go
As Story's A Number One Primary Source STORY is a mouth piece
for Cottrell as he once was for Wanta and is at the mercy of Cottrell's
interpretations and mis-interpretations of matters such as those
His comments that program recipients are helping to overthrow their country are even more stupid. We, you and I, are helping to retrieve our Country from the Corporate Fascist Bastards who stole it, not the other way around. The same is true regarding his lack of knowledge of the years his QUEEN spent helping BUSH and GREENSPAN sabotage funding. There are no less than 50 casper updates archived at Fourwinds reporting the Queens sabotage efforts week after week, month after month just as we do today regards Obama and Bush Jr. before him.
Who does he think "knighted" these corrupt bastards at her castle in Scotland? And why? Because they were all in bed together for years before the rats began to eat each other. Those updates were not based on hearsay. More often than not we had "friends in the room". "WE" were talking directly to the QUEEN on her bedside telephone for years, met her at airports and meetings during her secret trips to the U.S. and had "friends" reporting her movements to us from Buckingham. REMEMBER? All you "Johnny Come Lately's" regularly showing your blind ignorance on various web-sites daily should, like STORY, go and read the facts as they unfolded at the time archived at Fourwinds.
And also remember please that WE were doing updates on these subjects several times weekly for program participants for years before they became public on Fourwinds. All this difficult and expensive work was triggered by the death of almost two dozen program participants known to casper personally and included the suicide of his best friend.
Nor does STORY seem to know squat about the new banking and monetary system, subjects he has avoided other than occasional references to the new Basle Regulations. Neither does he seem to know about or understand the suspension of the American Constitution via Roosevelt's Emergency Banking Executive Orders or anything at all about the Emergency and War Powers by which our Country is presently controlled by the Corporate Criminals in D.C. all of which is necessary to any serious analysis of the why and wherefore of unfolding events. He is not simply ignorant of these things, he is Willfully Ignorant.
One of our nations foremost experts on these subjects contacted him and attempted to enlighten him about these matters so critical to any understanding of the big picture. I refer to your friend "S" who is still in exile for exposing the truth on Fourwinds for all to see. STORY didn't want to hear it, he already knew everything there was to know. STORY calling the Criminals in D.C. arrogant is the pot calling the kettle black. My gosh, have you ever seen such arrogance? If anything should ever happen to him, god forbid, the medical examiner should first check to see if the cause of death was an exploding ego.
His recent update regarding the 1.3T to the intell boys is still another example of his misleading, incomplete and mis-interpreted intell. Attempts to steal or move money, in this instance by Hillary and her allies who work for Obama, is a never ending proposition (until recently). The money is always immediately recovered as it was in this case. That was a week ago. Have you seen any correction of his false conclusions in subsequent updates? Moreover, the methods used by the criminals to temporarily accomplish such acts have now been shut down permanently. Where is that news in Story's updates?
If WE made a HEADLINE ISSUE of it every time money was
moved or stolen there would have been hundreds of additional updates
but to him this rather common occurrence was a major headline or a new
chapter for his book if you like.
STORY has plenty of knitting needing to be done closer to home.
The world would benefit from such an effort.
Then came boredom followed by extreme boredom. Finally,
a recognition of his usual M.O. of stacking bricks on sand castles
regarding who and what Casper and associates are and his mental
confusion about the subject of "our business".
your self serving, Queen serving
mis-interpretations of "our business".
all casper reports:
Benjamin Fulford Jan. 12, 2010
As the financial swamp is drained more and more disinformation artists are exposed
As the Financial World War 3 approaches its climax, more and more players reveal their true intentions. Reading the various web sites with “inside” information has become very interesting recently because they are all starting to reveal their true colors.
We have Tom Henegan now openly cheerleading for Ambassador Wanta and downplaying his link with the discredited church of global warning.
Now Christopher Story has come out of the closet and revealed he is rooting for “a Line-Item payment in favor of Mr. Cottrell,” i.e. Michael Cottrell of Pennsylvania Investments. Then there are Casper and Poof working for funding for the “programs,” whatever those may be.
Then there is Alex Jones with his constant doom and gloom and his Bronfman connection. His ambition seems to be for power.
After that there is “Sorcha Faal” i.e. David Booth & friends who show support for Obama and pretend to be in the Kremlin instead of Naval Intelligence.
As for me, I am a spokesperson for the Black Dragon Society. We believe that finance is the process of deciding what humanity does in the future. We believe the planet faces an emergency situation that requires emergency action. Over a billion people are starving and we have already wiped out over 30% of all species on the planet and will soon wipe out more. Then we have the West as a slave society controlled by high level gangsters whose only interest seems to be endless warfare and the looting of the planet’s resources. We want to stop them from doing all that bad stuff and free the slaves too.
Our membership includes:
1. High level members of the Rothschild family who want to use some of their gold to pay off US external debts. They agree to help the planet so long as they can continue to live in their big castles and be surrounded by servants. We say OK, why not. They can mobilize much of the British Empire so let’s work with them.
2. The P2 Masonic Lodge in Italy. They control the Vatican and the Mafia and have also agreed to try to help save the planet. So long as they offer to help the poor, the hungry and the weak of this planet we say “good, let us see action now and not words.”
3. The Japanese secret government. This is a group of high level families and individuals who have secretly ruled Japan for at least a couple of thousand years and, although they distrust Westerners, they agree to help the planet. This group can activate a 100 million member sleeper network known around the world as local “martial arts societies.”
4. The Chinese communist party. They are determined that Asia will never submit to Western rule again but have also stated they have no wish to rule the West. They are working towards creating real-time, live internet-based democracy. They will probably succeed and the rest of us will have to come up with a meritocratic system that is at least as good or we will risk being left behind. We believe in becoming equal partners and friends with the Chinese so long as they agree to help end poverty, environmental destruction and war.
5. The Pentagon white hats and space command. These are the people with all those levels of security clearance above the President. They were so busy looking out at the universe they missed the hell on earth and are now trying to make amends. We say please release your high tech to the people of the world and set them free.
6. The average people of the planet earth. We believe that if you randomly went around to different parts of the planet and asked people if they would like to end war, poverty and environmental destruction, 99% would say “yes.”
The real problem lies in the details i.e. who gets to control the new money printing machine. We believe this right belongs to the people and their governments, not secretive private individuals. We think the new system will offer enough money that many competing plans can be carried out at once. If Mr. Wanta wansta build a high speed rail network in the US, well, why not. If Mr. Cottrell has some plans for the world other than becoming personally filthy rich, he should delineate them.
The Casper and program people also sound like they have wonderful, varied plans that should be financed. The bottom line is that the vast majority of humanity is living far below their potential because of poor financial leadership. The more people with good ideas and plans for the future who can be financed, the better. Remember, finance and economy is just about people deciding what to do with what they have.
Benjamin Fulford email@example.com
Fulford - As The Swamp Is Drained, The Phonies Are Exposed
As the Financial World War 3 approaches its climax, more and more players reveal their true intentions. ...(...) The more people with good ideas and plans for the future who can be financed, the better. Remember, finance and economy is just about people deciding what to do with what they have.
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"Harper’s Actual Agenda is to Dismantle Canada"
Global Research, January 12, 2010
There is, for good reason, a lot of enthusiasm across the country as the groundswell against Stephen Harper's cynical shuttering of Parliament continues to grow. The prime minister from hell has gotten away with so much — and the opposition is so weak that any indication of genuine public disgust at his continuing demonstration of contempt for democracy is a welcome sign. And everyone who cares about the country should be taking part in the new movement for democracy.
But we should also be careful that this issue does not totally distract us from Harper’s actual agenda which is still exactly as it has always been — to dismantle the Canada so painstakingly built by two generations of Canadians. In March, Harper will present his first “austerity” budget. It could prove to be more damaging than the proroguing of Parliament.
Harper is driven by a visceral hatred of what we once referred to as the welfare state. Most people in this world of information overload and 20 second sound bites have probably forgotten that Mr. Harper once ran the National Citizens Coalition (NCC), one of the most right-wing, libertarian organizations in the country — founded by an insurance broker determined to rid the country of Medicare.
In a speech to the NCC in 1994, Harper gave the Reform Party credit for the reverses in social programs being implemented by the Liberals: “(T)he Liberal government in Ottawa has announced… no new major social spending programs. Universality has been severely reduced. It is virtually dead as a concept in most areas of public policy. The family allowance program has been eliminated and unemployment insurance has been seriously cut back.”
Harper is surely the only Canadian prime minister to openly express scorn for his own country, as he did in the National Post on Dec. 8, 2000: “Canada appears content to become a second-tier socialistic country, boasting ever more loudly about its economy and social services to mask its second-rate status.”
Stephen Harper doesn’t seem to believe that there a separate, distinct Canadian nation. Asked in a 1997 CBC interview, “Is there a Canadian culture?” Harper replied: “Yes, in a very loose sense. It consists of regional cultures within Canada — regional cultures that cross borders with the US. We’re part of a worldwide Anglo-American culture. And there is a continental culture.”
In a speech to a right-wing American think tank, Harper ridiculed all Canadians: “I was asked to speak about Canadian politics… it’s legendary that if you’re like all Americans, you know almost nothing except about your own country. Which makes you probably knowledgeable about one more country than most Canadians.” The whole speech was full of such insults about his own country.
The next nail in Canada’s coffin
As we inch closer to budget day — it will come no matter what the outcome of the opposition to proroguing Parliament — there is almost nothing in the media, and virtually nothing yet from progressive groups, about what we can expect and what the alternatives are. There needs to be, because Harper and his war room strategists are definitely prepared. Indeed, they have already warned Canadians that this budget is the transition to a new era of austerity.
This coming budget was set in motion by Jim Flaherty’s 2007 budget which launched a five-year, $60 billion tax cut — largely for the wealthy and for corporations. He then gave up another $12 billion in revenue by knocking two points off the GST. That effectively created a structural deficit — that is, an assault on the tax base, which means we cannot avoid yearly deficits in the future, no matter what happens to the economy. This was confirmed last fall by Kevin Page, head of the Parliamentary Budget Office, who stated that in 2013-14, when the economy will have recovered, the deficit will still be $18.9 billion.
Flaherty had to know that his tax cuts would create a structural deficit — and indeed, it just the crisis he needs to justify the cuts in his upcoming budget. The financial crisis and stimulus spending postponed the day of reckoning — but it is now upon us. Flaherty has made it clear that he will not deal with the deficit through any tax increases, so look for massive layoffs of federal employees, the shutting down of government agencies and large cuts to others, a wage freeze, attacks to federal employees’ pensions and cuts across the board for government departments. We can expect the government’s Crown Assets Review to recommend the sale of billions in crown assets, further diminishing the financial status of the federal government.
The limits of elite support
It is gratifying to see such widespread opposition to Harper’s assault on Parliament and democracy — from almost every major political columnist, newspaper editorials, over a hundred political scientists, and constitutional experts — including a significant number of unusual suspects. It is a clear sign that Harper has overreached yet again — a character flaw that has saved the country from disaster more than once. Harper now sits at 33 percent in the latest Ekos poll, and if the movement continues to grow, Harper’s plan to force an election over his March budget will have to be put on hold. That might have the effect of postponing the worst cuts.
But the sudden support for democracy by parts of the Canadian elite will not extend to defending the legacy of public services, wealth redistribution and government intervention in the economy. Those are the things that are in Stephen Harper’s crosshairs, and progressives will have to fight the campaign to stop him on their own.
Murray Dobbin, now living in Powell River, BC, is one of Canada’s most popular progressive political commentators and analysts and has been a journalist, broadcaster, author and social activist for over forty years. He is a board member and research associate with the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, and former executive board member of the Council of Canadians. He is also a senior advisor to the Rideau Institute on International Affairs.
He has been a columnist for the Financial Post and Winnipeg Free Press, contributes guest editorials to the Globe and Mail and other Canadian dailies and now writes a bi-weekly column for the the on-line journals the Tyee and rabble.ca. He has also prepared several radio documentaries for CBC Radio’s Ideas series on subjects including taxes, human rights and the free-market reforms in New Zealand.
He has written five books, three of them critical profiles of Canadian politicians. His last book, “Paul Martin: CEO for Canada?” looked at Martin’s corporate approach to running the country. He was the first to publish books on Preston Manning and Kim Campbell. His 1998 book, “The Myth of the Good Corporate Citizen – Democracy under the rule of Big Business,” has been described as a citizens’ guide to globalization....(...)
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