Judiciary Committee Approves Resolution
Holding Rove In Contempt Of Congress

July 30, 2008
The House Judiciary Committee has voted 20-14 to approve a contempt of Congress resolution against former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove for his failure to appear after a Congressional subpoena. Voting along party lines Wednesday morning, the committee said Rove broke the law by failing to appear at a July 10 hearing on allegations of White House influence over the Justice Department, including whether Rove encouraged prosecutions against Democrats. "Today's vote was an important statement by this Committee that no person - not even Karl Rove - is above the law." Judiciary Chairman John Conyers said in a news release. "This week's Inspector General report on the pervasive politicization of the Department of Justice particularly underscores the urgent need for Mr. Rove to testify before Congress. Any suggestion that the matters for which Mr. Rove was subpoenaed are not important, or that no Administration misconduct has been revealed, is just inconsistent with the facts. Our investigation has revealed Mr. Rove to be a key figure in the firings of US Attorneys, and the questions about his role in the Siegelman case only continue to mount." Some activists, though, thought contempt was not a harsh enough rebuke to a Bush administration that has consistently flouted its obligation to comply with Congressional subpoenas.   Full Story

The New York Times: Making Nuclear
Extermination Respectable

July 30, 2008
What does the publication by the New York Times of an article, which calls for the nuclear incineration of 70 million Iranians and the contamination of the better part of a billion people in the Middle East, Asia and Europe, tell us about US politics and culture? For it is the NYT, which informs the 'educated classes' in the US, its Sunday supplements, literary and editorial pages and which serves as the 'moral conscience' of important sectors of the cultural, economic and political elite. The New York Times provides a certain respectability to mass murder, which Morris' views otherwise would not possess if say, they were published in the neo-conservative weeklies or monthlies. The fact that the NYT considers the prospect of an Israeli mass extermination of millions of Iranians part of the policy debate in the Middle East reveals the degree to which Zionofascism has infected the 'higher' cultural and journalist circles of the United States. Truth to say, this is the logical outgrowth of the Times public endorsement of Israel 's economic blockade to starve 1.4 million Palestinians in Gaza ; the Times' cover-up of Israeli-Zionist-AIPAC influence in launching the US invasion of Iraq leading to over one million murdered Iraqi citizens.   Full Story

Senate Republicans Block Effort
To Aid Paralyzed Vets

July 30, 2008
Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) has done it again. The Christopher and Dana Reeve Act, named for the actor who was made famous by his portrayal of superman and later became a champion of the disabled, along with his late wife (pictured at right), is part of a broad package created by Democrats which lumps together 36 bills. It would have allocated $25 million for research on spinal cord injuries, rehabilitation and measures to improve the quality of life for paralyzed Americans. The effort is backed by the Paralyzed Veterans of America, which claims 19,000 members. Some 200,000 Americans suffer spinal cord-related injuries. "We have a war with many veterans who suffer some from spinal cord injuries or paralysis," said Lee Page, associate advocacy director for Paralyzed Veterans for America told the Navy Times Tuesday. The overall bill, dubbed the Advancing America's Priorities Act, was blocked by a 50-42 vote, short of the 60 votes need to overcome a filibuster. It was created in an effort to draw attention to Sen. Tom Coburn, a stalwart crusader for tightening the pursestrings of government.   Full Story

Is The Surge Working? No, But The
Propaganda Touting It Sure Is

July 30, 2008
Barack Obama is getting plenty of flak for not acknowledging that he was wrong about the "surge," i.e. the wisdom of escalating a war we should never have started in the first place - and this is being compared to John McCain's stubborn refusal to admit that we need to get out (although it appears McCain isn't against timetables anymore …). In any case, the whole question of the "surge" is really just another one of those exercises in irrelevance that the American media use to fill the vast void of the cable news universe. As Obama points out, anyone could have predicted that the sudden infusion of large numbers of American troops would reduce violence, albeit temporarily. So where does that leave us?   Full Story

The Military-Industrial Complex:
It's Much Later Than You Think

July 30, 2008
Most Americans have a rough idea what the term "military-industrial complex" means when they come across it in a newspaper or hear a politician mention it. President Dwight D. Eisenhower introduced the idea to the public in his farewell address of January 17, 1961. "Our military organization today bears little relation to that known by any of my predecessors in peacetime," he said, "or indeed by the fighting men of World War II and Korea... We have been compelled to create a permanent armaments industry of vast proportions... We must not fail to comprehend its grave implications... We must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex." Although Eisenhower's reference to the military-industrial complex is, by now, well-known, his warning against its "unwarranted influence" has, I believe, largely been ignored. Since 1961, there has been too little serious study of, or discussion of, the origins of the military-industrial complex, how it has changed over time, how governmental secrecy has hidden it from oversight by members of Congress or attentive citizens, and how it degrades our Constitutional structure of checks and balances.   Full Story
Eisenhower On The Military Industrial Complex

Vietnam: American Holocaust (History Repeating?)

Steve Heller: Live On "Vote Rescue" This Friday

Impeachment Hearing This Friday: Call The Media And Demand They Cover The Judiciary Hearing!

Do You Really Support The Troops?

The Big Bailout: America As
A Full-Spectrum Kleptocracy

July 29, 2008
Its name somewhat anachronistically means "assembly of old men." George Washington famously - and, it must now be admitted, with excessive optimism - characterized it as an institutional saucer intended to cool legislation passed in the intemperate heat of the moment. Its members demand, with entirely unwarranted self-approval, to be called, collectively, the World's Greatest Deliberative Body. Sober observers understand it to be the most corrupt legislative assembly in human history. To those characterizations of the United States Senate we must now add another, perhaps the final one: Gravedigger of the republic. With the Senate's passage of the Fannie Mae/Freddie Mac bailout last Saturday (July 26), the United States of America has now become the world's first full-service kleptocracy, a form of government described earlier in this space as a government of, by, and for the robbers.   Full Story

Hitler's Greenbacks

July 29, 2008
When Hitler came to power, the country was completely, hopelessly broke. The Treaty of Versailles had imposed crushing reparations payments on the German people, who were expected to reimburse the costs of the war for all participants - costs totaling three times the value of all the property in the country.. People were living in hovels and starving. Nothing quite like it had ever happened before - the total destruction of the national currency, wiping out people's savings, their businesses, and the economy generally. Making matters worse, at the end of the decade global depression hit. Germany had no choice but to succumb to debt slavery to international lenders. Or so it seemed. Hitler and the National Socialists, who came to power in 1933, thwarted the international banking cartel by issuing their own money. In this they took their cue from Abraham Lincoln, who funded the American Civil War with government-issued paper money called "Greenbacks." Hitler began his national credit program by devising a plan of public works. Projects earmarked for funding included flood control, repair of public buildings and private residences, and construction of new buildings, roads, bridges, canals, and port facilities. The projected cost of the various programs was fixed at one billion units of the national currency.   Full Story

'Extreme Makeover' House Faces Foreclosure

July 29, 2008
More than 1,800 people showed up to help ABC's "Extreme Makeover" team demolish a family's decrepit home and replace it with a sparkling, four-bedroom mini-mansion in 2005. Three years later, the reality TV show's most ambitious project at the time has become the latest victim of the foreclosure crisis. After the Harper family used the two-storey home as collateral for a $450,000 loan, it's set to go to auction on the steps of the Clayton County Courthouse Aug. 5. The couple did not return phone calls Monday, but told WSB-TV they received the loan for a construction business that failed. ABC said in a statement that it advises each family to consult a financial planner after they get their new home. "Ultimately, financial matters are personal, and we work to respect the privacy of the families," the network said.   Full Story

Bribery Rules On Afghan Roads

July 29, 2008
On a hot summer afternoon in the chaotic border town of Torkham in eastern Afghanistan, Mohammad Younas is counting the money he needs to bribe local customs officials. Torkham, in Nangarhar province, is one of the busiest crossing points between Afghanistan and Pakistan. Every day, hundreds of trucks and cars, laden with passengers and goods, pass through. The 35-year-old Afghan truck driver is carrying 15 tons of tomatoes he picked up in the Pakistani city of Peshawar. However, before driving towards the city of Jalalabad Younas has to wait an hour to get to the front of the queue. One Afghan customs official checks his papers and gives him the green light, but then asks Younas to wait until his papers are "cleared". After a few minutes of waiting, Younas pulls out 5,000 Afghanis ($108). "You see this bribe? If I don't pay now, they will make me wait here for hours. The tomatoes will be spoiled in this hot weather." nYounas has agreed to let me ride in his truck so I can see for myself the trials and tribulations faced by the average Afghan transporter.   Full Story

Dennis Kucinich Introducing Articles Of Impeachment At House Judiciary Hearing

The Limits of Executive Power: Vincent Bugliosi

Hearing on Limits of Executive Power: Bruce Fein

The Most Impeachable President In History

Rep. Baldwin: Impeachment Hearings Necessary!

Angry Cindy Sheehan Exits Judiciary Hearing

Congressman Kucinich's Impeachment
Resolution, the Parallel to Nixon

July 28, 2008
Before I found myself wrestling with a nasty summer cold/flu bug, I had planned to travel to Washington to testify before the House Judiciary Committee, which is holding a hearing today on "Executive Power and Its Constitutional Limitations." While this was not billed as an impeachment hearing, it was my understanding that I would follow the testimony of Congressman Dennis Kucinich of Ohio, who introduced a new impeachment resolution on July 10. The resolution states that President Bush "deceived Congress with fabricated threats of Iraq Weapons of Mass Destruction to fraudulently obtain support for an authorization for the use of force against Iraq and [he] used that fraudulently obtained authorization" to proceed to war in Iraq. Given the fact that Bush will be out of office in less than six months, it is not likely that the Kucinich resolution will receive the consideration it deserves. This is unfortunate. It has been clear to me since 2004, when I wrote Worse Than Watergate: The Secret Presidency of George W. Bush, in which I analyzed the basis for the very charge that Kucinich has now leveled, that Bush's actions with regard to Congress - in essence, telling Congress and the American people a deadly lie involving the nation's blood and treasure - constituted, without question, a "high crime" and impeachable behavior.   Full Story

US National Debt Limit Raised Ahead
Of Budget Busting Bailout Legislation

July 28, 2008
With President Bush no longer threatening a veto, the subprime mortgage and Fannie and Freddie "bailout" bill is now sailing through Congress. In anticipation of its enactment, Congress had the foresight to raise the national debt limit to $10.6 trillion. Who says that politicians don't plan ahead? Once signed into law, the budget busting legislation will hand the Administration a blank check to prop up the ailing home lenders. The ultimate cost is anybody's guess. I believe that the price tag will be higher than just about anyone imagines. Paulson's Bazooka will be locked and loaded with enough fire power to blow what's left of our economy into the dustbin of history. Though the government and Wall Street assure us that these bold moves will save the housing market, and the economy as a whole, from collapse, the reality is that the solution is far worse than the problem. As painful as the failure of Freddie and Fannie would have been, bailing them out will hurt even more. In other words, it's not the disease that will kill us but the cure. Ironically, while government is rightly criticizing mortgage lenders for ditching lending standards during the boom (well after the horses had left the barn) the new law will actually encourage lenders to be even more reckless then before. By taking all of the risks out of mortgage lending (provided of course that the loans are conforming), the government is telling lenders not to worry about the loans they make, because if borrowers do not repay, the government will.   Full Story

Ex-Insurgents Want More Money, Or Else

July 28, 2008
The Iraqi officer leading a U.S.-financed anti-jihadist group is in no mood for small talk -- either the military gives him more money or he will pack his bags and rejoin the ranks of al-Qaeda. "I'll go back to al-Qaeda if you stop backing the Sahwa (Awakening) groups," Col. Satar tells U.S. Lt. Matthew McKernon, as he tries to secure more funding for his men to help battle the anti-U.S. insurgents. Most members of the Awakening groups are Sunni Arab former insurgents who themselves fought American troops under the al-Qaeda banner after the fall of the regime of executed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. Some, like Satar, had served in Saddam's army before joining Al-Qaeda. Others were members of criminal gangs before deciding to fight the insurgents, with the backing of the U.S. military. They earn around 300 dollars a month and their presence at checkpoints and on patrol has become an essential component of the U.S.-led coalition's strategy to restore order in the war-wracked country.   Full Story

Pandemic, Or Something Better

July 25, 2008
"Depopulation should be the highest priority of foreign policy towards the third world, because the US economy will require large and increasing amounts of minerals from abroad, especially from less developed countries"....Henry Kissinger In the third season of the Fox TV show "Torture On Parade" (otherwise known as "24") Jack Bauer ( Not to be confused with Mayer Amschel Bauer - Patriarch of the Rothschild clan) played by Keifer Sutherland, comes back from deep cover and performing a CTU sting operation. In the op, Bauer "accidentally" gives Fort Detrick WMD's to terrorists in the form of a deadly biological strain.   Full Story

Exposing Bush's Historic Abuse Of Power

July 25, 2008
The last several years have brought a parade of dark revelations about the George W. Bush administration, from the manipulation of intelligence to torture to extrajudicial spying inside the United States. But there are growing indications that these known abuses of power may only be the tip of the iceberg. Now, in the twilight of the Bush presidency, a movement is stirring in Washington for a sweeping new inquiry into White House malfeasance that would be modeled after the famous Church Committee congressional investigation of the 1970s. While reporting on domestic surveillance under Bush, Salon obtained a detailed memo proposing such an inquiry, and spoke with several sources involved in recent discussions around it on Capitol Hill. The memo was written by a former senior member of the original Church Committee; the discussions have included aides to top House Democrats, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Judiciary Committee chairman John Conyers, and until now have not been disclosed publicly. Salon has also uncovered further indications of far-reaching and possibly illegal surveillance conducted by the National Security Agency inside the United States under President Bush. That includes the alleged use of a top-secret, sophisticated database system for monitoring people considered to be a threat to national security. It also includes signs of the NSA's working closely with other U.S. government agencies to track financial transactions domestically as well as globally.   Full Story

Group Claims 100,000 Signatures In
'Send Rove To Jail' Campaign

July 25, 2008
That's the name of the website now claiming to have over 101,000 signatures in their campaign to urge the House Judiciary Committee to cite former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove for contempt. Rove failed to testify after being subpoenaed by the Judiciary Committee to provide information regarding the selective prosecution of former Alabama Democratic Governor Don Siegelman. RAW STORY's reporting on Siegelman's case, along with that of CBS' 60 Minutes, sparked a national outcry that resulted in Siegelman being let out of jail pending appeal. "We call on the the House Judiciary Committee to cite Rove with contempt for failing to comply with a Congressional subpoena," the petition at the website reads. "Since Rove regards the law with such contempt, it's high time the law and Congress hold him in contempt as well. We demand the [Committee] let Rove know he can't decide which subpoenas he obeys and which he ignores." Both the Committee and House Democrats have subpoenaed numerous Bush Administration officials. Some have failed to show up, while others, like former Attorney General John Ashcroft, repeatedly declined to answer, citing their own forgetfulness.   Full Story

Why No Trial By Jury At Gitmo?

July 25, 2008
Seven years after the Bush administration declared its "war on terrorism," the first trial of an accused terrorist is now underway at Guantanamo Bay. The Gitmo trial involves the new-fangled "judicial" system that the president and the Pentagon put into place after 9/11, without even the semblance of seeking a constitutional amendment. Keep in mind that this is their model of what an ideal judicial system is all about. The first and foremost thing that one will notice about the Gitmo system is the group of people who are deciding the guilt or innocence of the accused, especially compared to the group of people doing the same thing in the federal judicial system our ancestors brought into existence with the Constitution. In the judicial system that the Bill of Rights guarantees, the accused has the right to have regular people in the community, chosen at random, to decide his guilt or innocence.   Full Story

Super Losses, Super Layoffs, Super Bailouts

July 24, 2008
Financial sector statements dont add up, FDIC reserves pounded hard from IndyMac debacle, bailouts will soon come at the expense of the consumer, bond market watch, realities of a debtor nation, financial institutions given protection from shorting. So far this week we saw Wachovia get socked for an $8.86 billion loss with a layoff announcement of 10,750 employees, while Washington Mutual got hammered for a $3.3 billion loss and increased its beleaguered loan-loss reserves by $3.74 billion to $8.46 billion as it announced expense cuts and asset sales. This is nothing. This is just the beginning. This is just window dressing to protect incumbents. Together with the science fiction and fantasy we got last week from the banking sector, these latest financial statements from the banking sector should receive a Nebula Award from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. Gene Roddenberry could not have dreamt up financial statements that were more phantasmagoric.   Full Story

Obama On The Brink

July 24, 2008
Barack Obama is betraying his promise of change and is in danger of becoming just another political hack. Yes, just like former maverick John McCain, who has refashioned himself as a mindless rubber stamp for the most inane policies of the miserably failed Bush administration. Both candidates are embracing, rather than challenging, the fundamental irrationality of Bush's "war on terror," which substitutes hysteria for rational analysis in appraising the dangers the country faces. Terrorism is a social pathology that needs to be excised with the surgical precision of detective work, inspired by a high level of international cooperation, the very opposite of the unilateral war metaphor that recruits new generations of terrorists in the wake of the massive armies we dispatch. At a time when we desperately need a president to remind us we have nothing to fear but fear itself, we are increasingly being treated to a presidential campaign driven by fear. Both candidates supported the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which has everything to do with violating the basic freedoms of our citizens and nothing to do with making them safer.   Full Story

Quotes From The Great Depression

July 24, 2008
September 1929 "There is no cause to worry. The high tide of prosperity will continue." - Andrew W. Mellon, Secretary of the Treasury.
October 14, 1929 "Secretary Lamont and officials of the Commerce Department today denied rumors that a severe depression in business and industrial activity was impending, which had been based on a mistaken interpretation of a review of industrial and credit conditions issued earlier in the day by the Federal Reserve Board." - New York Times December 5, 1929 "The Government's business is in sound condition." - Andrew W. Mellon, Secretary of the Treasury December 28, 1929 "Maintenance of a general high level of business in the United States during December was reviewed today by Robert P. Lamont, Secretary of Commerce, as an indication that American industry had reached a point where a break in New York stock prices does not necessarily mean a national depression." - Associated Press dispatch. January 13, 1930 "Reports to the Department of Commerce indicate that business is in a satisfactory condition, Secretary Lamont said today." - News item.   Full Story

UK 'Spying' Requests Exceed 500,000

July 24, 2008
More than 500,000 official "spying" requests for private communications data such as telephone records were made last year, a report says. Police, security services and other public bodies made requests for billing details and other information. Interception of Communications Commissioner Sir Paul Kennedy said 1,707 of these had been from councils. A separate report criticises local authorities for using powers to target minor offences such as fly-tipping. Itemised bills. Figures show public bodies made 519,260 requests to "communications providers" such as phone and internet firms for information in 2007. Under available powers, they can see details such as itemised phone bills and website records. But they are not allowed to monitor conversations. The total number of requests for last year - amounting to more than 1,400 a day - compared with an average of fewer than 350,000 a year in the previous two years. In his report, Sir Paul said he believed "local authorities could make much more use of communications data as a powerful tool to investigate crime".    Full Story

The TSA Is Undoubtedly A Terrorist Organization

July 23, 2008
The Transportation Security Administration continues to show the American people that they are one of the most evil terrorist organizations on the face of the planet. This diabolical terrorist group claims that they are keeping people safe from non-existent threats by continually violating the Fourth Amendment rights of airline passengers. Body scanners are being deployed in airports that reveal the naked bodies of airline passengers and now there are additional complaints of Nazi TSA agents conducting x-rated searches and assaulting airline passengers without any sort of just cause. There simply is no need for this terrorist organization to exist. In fact, the TSA along with the Department of Homeland Security should be abolished immediately. They serve no useful purpose and they don't provide any sort of meaningful security function. Instead, these organizations serve the purposes of terrorizing and enslaving the American people as they help facilitate the continued agenda of the elite's plan for the implementation of a planetary control grid. All of these people who work for the TSA shouldn't have jobs, and they should be forced to make their way to the unemployment lines. This is because engaging in terrorist acts against the American people is not a legitimate form of employment.   Full Story

Nanotechnology In Food And
Packaging Accepted By Consumers

July 22, 2008
Consumers accept nanotechnology in nutrition for packaging and, to a lesser extent, even the food itself. This is according to a study from ETH Zurich's Institute for Environmental Decisions (IED). In recent years, nanotechnology has joined gene and information technology in becoming a pinnacle of hope for research and industry. The fields of materials science, electronics, environmental and medicine are all looking to particles, most of which are smaller than 100 nanometers, effectively an 800th of a hair's breadth, for all kinds innovation. The latest uses for nanotechnology include food products and their packaging. Modifiable lasagna What sounds like pure science fiction today may soon find its way onto our supermarket shelves: precooked lasagna, for example, where you can modify the color, taste and proportion of various nutrients by adjusting the heating period in the microwave. These kinds of products are called "individually modifiable foods" as they can be adjusted to suit individual requirements thanks to nanoparticles. Other potential uses for nanotechnology rest in the packaging, which increases the shelf life of the food and indicates when its content matter expires. Nanoparticles, however, are considered as highly reactive and it is not yet clear whether under certain conditions they can get the better of protective mechanisms and have a toxic impact on the body.   Full Story

Confident Iraqi Leaders Undermining Bush Policies

July 22, 2008
Confusion over Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's seeming endorsement of Barack Obama's troop withdrawal plan is part of Iraq's strategy to play U.S. politics for the best deal possible over America's military mission. The goal isn't necessarily to push out the Americans quickly, but instead to give Iraqis a major voice in how long U.S. troops stay and what they will do while there. It also is designed to refurbish the credentials of al-Maliki, who owes his political survival to the support of President George W. Bush. Now, an increasingly confident Iraqi government seems to be undermining long-standing White House policies on Iraq. On Saturday, Germany's Der Spiegel magazine released an interview quoting al-Maliki as saying U.S. troops should leave Iraq "as soon as possible" and that Obama's proposed 16-month time line to remove combat troops was "the right time frame for a withdrawal." With Obama, the presumptive Democratic nominee, due to visit Iraq soon, al-Maliki spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh was quick to discredit the report, saying the prime minister's remarks were "not conveyed accurately." An al-Maliki adviser, Sadiq al-Rikabi, insisted the Iraqi government doesn't intend to be "part of the electoral campaign in the United States."   Full Story

Russia May Aim Nukes At Europe

July 22, 2008
RUSSIA is considering aiming nuclear weapons at western Europe for the first time since the end of the Cold War, according to senior defence sources in Moscow. The move is in response to US plans to put anti-missile bases in eastern Europe for a defence shield against missiles from Iran and other countries. The plans under discussion include the deployment of ballistic missiles to Kaliningrad, a Russian enclave between Lithuania and Poland. Kaliningrad has been nuclear-free since the US and Russia agreed to scale back their nuclear arsenals at the end of the Cold War. A Russian parliamentary committee visited 10 days ago to examine how a new generation of nuclear missiles could be based there. Any such deployment would significantly escalate the tensions between Moscow and Washington. US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice signed an agreement in Prague this month to build a radar station in the Czech Republic. The station is an important part of the US anti-missile shield, which Washington says will defend Europe and the US against attacks from rogue states such as Iran and North Korea. Another deal, for Poland to host a base for 10 anti-missile interceptor rockets on its border with Russia, is expected to be concluded this year. Moscow is opposed to the shield, saying it is part of an aggressive US military expansion up to its border.   Full Story

Radio Host Angers Parents Of Autistic Children

July 22, 2008
Radio talk show host Michael Savage, who described 99 percent of children with autism as brats, said Monday he was trying to "boldly awaken" parents to his view that many people are being wrongly diagnosed. Some parents of autistic children have called for Savage's firing after he described autism as a racket last week. "In 99 percent of the cases, it's a brat who hasn't been told to cut the act out," Savage said on his radio program last Wednesday. Savage offered no apology in a message posted Monday on his Web site. He said greedy doctors and drug companies were creating a "national panic" by overdiagnosing autism, a mental disorder that inhibits a person's ability to communicate. On his radio show last week, he said: "What do you mean they scream and they're silent? They don't have a father around to tell them, `Don't act like a moron. You'll get nowhere in life. Stop acting like a putz. Straighten up. Act like a man. Don't sit there crying and screaming, you idiot." The government estimates about 1 in 150 children have some form of autism. But many experts believe these unsociable behaviors were just about as common 30 or 40 years ago and that the increase is mostly caused by a surge in special education services and a corresponding shift in diagnoses.   Full Story

World Exclusive!
The Last Nail In the Coffin Of The 911 Myth
Mohamed Atta In Oklahoma City September 2001

July 21, 2008
For almost a year and a half I have been in the loop on a most fantastic story involving the Herculean investigative reporting of Chris Emery, Holland Van den Nieuwenhof and crew from www.okcbombing.net. As hard as it was, I kept quiet and off the record, as the team investigated an angle of the 911 terrorist attack of 2001 which had Mohamed Atta (pictured right) and five of his alleged hijackers in Oklahoma City just days before 911, drunk, boisterous and brawling… Not a Koran, or prayer rug in site. Last week - July 2008, they had reached the end of their investigation, and impenetrable walls of resistance prohibited them from going any further. Last Friday July 19th 2008 the Emery team decided to go public on my syndicated radio show, DEADLINE LIVE w/ Jack Blood. The result of which has sent shockwaves throughout the 911 truth community. For the safety of all involved, the witnesses wish to remain anonymous until such time they can be guaranteed protection. All of the witnesses have given signed affidavits to Chris Emery. Documentation of the facts and evidence has been tucked away in safe houses in the USA and Canada. The evidence will later be released to Network Media, and the proper authorities. The story started as the team was continuing their exhaustive research into the OKC Bombings of 1995. Almost accidentally they ran into witness after witness wanting to report that they had seen Atta and five 911 hijackers in Oklahoma City September 6th - 8th 2001.   Full Story And Interview Video

The Global Economy Is At The
Point Of Maximum Danger

July 22, 2008
It feels like the summer of 1931. The world's two biggest financial institutions have had a heart attack. The global currency system is breaking down. The policy doctrines that got us into this mess are bankrupt. No world leader seems able to discern the problem, let alone forge a solution. The International Monetary Fund has abdicated into schizophrenia. It has upgraded its 2008 world forecast from 3.7pc to 4.1pc growth, whilst warning of a "chance of a global recession". Plainly, the IMF cannot or will not offer any useful insights. Its "mean-reversion" model misses the entire point of this crisis, which is that central banks have pushed debt to fatal levels by holding interest too low for a generation, and now the chickens have come home to roost. IndyMac will deplete a tenth of the $53bn reserve of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. The FDIC has some 90 "troubled" lenders on watch. IndyMac was not one of them.
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The Crisis Is Upon Us By Ron Paul

July 21, 2008
I have, for the past 35 years, expressed my grave concern for the future of America. The course we have taken over the past century has threatened our liberties, security and prosperity. In spite of these long-held concerns, I have days - growing more frequent all the time - when I'm convinced the time is now upon us that some Big Events are about to occur. These fast-approaching events will not go unnoticed. They will affect all of us. They will not be limited to just some areas of our country. The world economy and political system will share in the chaos about to be unleashed. Though the world has long suffered from the senselessness of wars that should have been avoided, my greatest fear is that the course on which we find ourselves will bring even greater conflict and economic suffering to the innocent people of the world - unless we quickly change our ways.   Full Story

Irish 'No' Vote Architect Plans Europe-Wide 'Referendum' On Lisbon Treaty

July 21, 2008
The man who delivered an historic "No" vote in Ireland against the EU's Lisbon Treaty has revealed far-reaching plans to give voters throughout Europe a peoples' referendum on the handover of power to Brussels. Declan Ganley is planning to field more than 400 candidates in next June's European Parliament elections, in the 26 countries - including Britain - where voters have had no direct say on the treaty. The energy and rhetoric of Mr Ganley, a multimillionaire businessman, was widely credited with persuading the Irish to reject the treaty, even though every leading Irish political party apart from Sinn Fein was urging voters to say "Yes". Now he wants to give British voters a chance to deliver a bloody nose to both the Brussels establishment and to Gordon Brown, whose party first promised and then refused a referendum in Britain.   Full Story

As Wars Lengthen, Toll On Military Families Mounts

July 21, 2008
Far from the combat zones, the strains and separations of no-end-in-sight wars are taking an ever-growing toll on military families despite the armed services' earnest efforts to help. Divorce lawyers see it in the breakup of youthful marriages as long, multiple deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan fuel alienation and mistrust. Domestic violence experts see it in the scuffles that often precede a soldier's departure or sour a briefly joyous homecoming. Teresa Moss, a counselor at Fort Campbell's Lincoln Elementary School, hears it in the voices of deployed soldiers' children as they meet in groups to share accounts of nightmares, bedwetting and heartache. "They listen to each other. They hear that they aren't the only ones not able to sleep, having their teachers yell at them," Moss said. Even for Army spouses with solid marriages, the repeated separations are an ordeal.   Full Story

Will Bush Play "Get-Out-Of-Jail-Free" Card?

July 20, 2008
I just listened to Vincent Bugliosi talking to Bobby Kennedy about his plan to prosecute Bush for murder. It sounds like Bugliosi has an airtight case. If Bush leaves 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue next January, there should be a squad car waiting to pick him up. Even if he somehow dodges the murder rap, sooner or later Bush will face dozens of charges of war crimes, kidnapping, torture, electoral fraud, maybe even high treason against the Constitution of the United States of America. Bush is a good bet to be our first ex-president to spend the rest of his life behind bars. I say IF Bush leaves office next January because...well, he'd have to be crazy to step down. Bush only has one card left to play: The get-out-of-jail-free card. Set off a nuclear or biological weapon on American soil. Blame the usual suspects, "Muslim terrorists," and link them to Pakistan or Iran. Attack Pakistan or Iran, invoke Presidential Directive 51, suspend the Constitution, declare martial law, intern dissidents and Muslims in FEMA camps, seize control of the other branches of government, and suspend the elections "until order has been restored." A high-risk move? Sure. But cornered rats sometimes make high-risk moves.   Full Story

Missing Fron The NY Times: The Deaths Of Children

July 20, 2008
The front page of New York Times this week featured a story on the Israeli-Lebanese exchange of prisoners. The headline tells us that Israeli wounds have been reopened; the accompanying pictures depict a startlingly child-like Lebanese assassin in police custody and two adorable Israeli children, the victims of a cross-border raid; the opening two paragraphs are devoted to the pain of Israeli family tragedies, nearly thirty years ago and now. But there is something missing from this emotional story of endangered children and their families- namely the context in which these tragedies occur. There is no mention here of the Israeli occupation of Palestine, the source of the struggle. We are not shown that far more Palestinian than Israeli children live in daily danger: lacking medical treatment in Gaza, on the verge of malnutrition, caught up in brutality at check points or simply walking home from school.   Full Story

Are 400,000 Terrorists Trying
To Attack The United States?

July 20, 2008
After having begun a series of investigative stories criticizing the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in May 2008, CNN reporter Drew Griffin reports being placed with more than a million other names on TSA's swollen terrorism watch list. Although TSA insists Griffin's name is not on the list and pooh-poohs any possibility of retaliation for Griffin's negative reporting, the reporter has been hassled by various airlines on 11 flights since May. The airlines insist that Griffin's name is on the list. Congress has asked TSA to look into the tribulations of this prominent passenger. In a recent op-ed in the Washington Post, probably responding to the controversy over Griffin, Leonard Boyle, the director of the Terrorist Screening Center, defended the watch list, claiming that because terrorists have multiple aliases, the names on the list boiled down to only about 400,000 actual people. If there are 400,000 terrorists lying in wait to attack the United States, we are all in trouble. But wait a minute. There has been no major terrorist attack on U.S. soil since 9/11 - almost seven years ago. Where are all these nefarious evildoers? Boyle says 95 percent of these people are not American citizens or legal residents and the vast majority aren't even in the United States.
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Iran's Ahmadinejad, Russia's Medvedev
Talk On Nuclear Issue

July 20, 2008
The presidents of Iran and Russia have expressed hope for a diplomatic solution to the nuclear crisis on the eve of key talks aiming to break the deadlock, media reported on Saturday. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev held their first telephone talks late on Friday, a day before the talks Saturday in Geneva, Iranian state media and the Kremlin said. "In the Geneva negotiations... we can examine ways to make decisions in different fields and help resolve the existing issues," the website of Iranian state television quoted Ahmadinejad as saying. He also expressed satisfaction over the current state of ties between Tehran and Moscow, which has substantial economic interests in the Islamic republic, state television said. The Kremlin, meanwhile, quoted Medvedev as urging Iran "to cooperate fully with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to clarify questions remaining about the Iranian nuclear programme." "The Russian president reiterated his firm position on resolving the situation surrounding Iran's nuclear programme only by political and diplomatic means," it added. Medvedev told Ahmadinejad he hoped for a "substantive and constructive dialogue" in Geneva on Saturday, it said. Russia is one of the six world powers that last month gave Iran a proposal offering it full negotiations on a range of incentives if it suspends sensitive uranium enrichment operations.   Full Story

Ashcroft: 'Not Hard' To Reject Interrogation Memos

July 18, 2008
Former Attorney General John Ashcroft on Thursday disavowed the now-defunct legal reasoning used to justify harshly questioning terrorism suspects, but dug in his heels to defend White House officials who pressured him while he was hospitalized four years ago to approve terror surveillance programs. For a House Judiciary Committee hearing focused on a somber subject - whether methods used to interrogate al-Qaida plotters amount to torture - the four hours of testimony included moments of humor and repeated problems pronouncing the names of terror suspects. At one point, Ashcroft said he was so moved by the give-and-take with Bush administration colleagues he was near "standing up and singing the national anthem." At the heart of the hearing was whether U.S. interrogators acted legally in using harsh tactics on captured terror suspects - including waterboarding - in the years immediately after 9/11. Waterboarding involves strapping a person down and pouring water over his or her cloth-covered face to create the sensation of drowning. Critics call it torture. Both memos were written, in part, by former Deputy Assistant Attorney General John Yoo. Ashcroft agreed to withdraw both memos a few years later after his advisers said they were concerned that the legal reasoning behind them overstepped the limits of executive authority.   Full Story

Calling All New York City Residents
And Supporters Of Truth And Justice!

July 18, 2008
There is widespread awareness that the events of 9/11 were never adequately investigated, and that our government has sidestepped accountability on all fronts. As a result, there is growing public desire for a more thorough re-examination of what occurred. Now there is a grassroots action which is designed to obtain an honest, independent investigation of 9/11 by placing an initiative on the ballot of the Nov. 6th, 2008 general election allowing registered New York City voters to create a new Commission. YOU can help achieve the goal of passing this important referendum by becoming a part of a historic campaign called the NYC 911 Ballot Initiative. If you are a New York City resident you can sign our petition, volunteer to help, and donate, all in the cause of placing the issue of a new investigation of 9/11 on the NYC ballot. We suggest reading the Instructions first, then downloading the petition which is on the same page.   Full Story

You Owe $455,000

July 18, 2008
If you opened your credit card statement and it said that you owe $455,000, you would be quite concerned, right? If you got a letter from the IRS saying you owe $455,000, you'd be upset, right? Well, I'm sorry to tell you, but you really do owe $455,000. According to the Government Accounting Office, each American household owes $455,000. This is your share of the $53 trillion in long-term liabilities held by the U.S. If you owed $455,000, you might very well have to file for bankruptcy, unless you had some rich uncle who could bail you out. But if your uncle had bailed you out numerous times in the past - and if you had consistently broke your promises to re-pay him - he'd probably cut you off. The U.S. owes $53,000,000,000, and our rich lenders - China, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, etc. - are getting very tired of bailing us out. As Merrill Lynch recently pointed out, our "rich uncles" are seriously considering turning off the spigot on the U.S., to stop throwing good money after bad. The U.S. is already insolvent, but our government is hiding that fact from the average American.   Full Story

Expert: Rove Executive Privilege
Claim Won't Stand Up In Court

July 18, 2008
In the waning days of George W. Bush's presidency, it seems that every week brings a new showdown with Congress over the president's refusal to let his aides testify in the investigation of the US Attorney firing scandal. MSNBC host Dan Abrams discussed the latest subpoena showdowns involving former Bush aide Karl Rove and Attorney General Michael Mukasey Wednesday night. Rove ignored a subpoena to testify a a House Judiciary subcommittee hearing, and Mukasey is refusing an Oversight Committee subpoena to hand over transcripts of the FBI's interview with Vice President Dick Cheney during its Valerie Plame investigation. So far neither committee has voted to hold the officials in contempt of Congress. New York University law professor Michael Waldman told Abrams Congress' threats were becoming "hard to believe" and he worried about the extent to which Congress was willing to recognize Bush's claims of executive privilege. Abrams qualified the restrictions as "no one is allowed to testify if they work for the president." "It's much wider than previous administrations have claimed, even than Nixon claimed," Waldman said. "And the fact of the matter is I think something like that will not stand up in court."   Full Story

Parasitic Bankers Achieve The End Of
Capitalism And The Sacking Of America

July 17, 2008
Communism was a public relations gift to the bankers. By diverting the dialogue to "controlled versus free markets" it obscured the bankers' real intent-to insert debt into every aspect of free markets. The bankers' overwhelming success however would destroy both the bankers and the free markets on which they preyed. Parasitoidism is the relationship between a host and parasite where the host is ultimately killed by the parasite. This is what is happening to the US . Once the most powerful and productive economy in the world, the US , indebted by bankers and government spending beyond its ability to repay, is headed towards sovereign bankruptcy. The recent request by US Treasury Secretary-and more importantly former Chairman and CEO of investment bank Goldman Sachs- Henry Paulson to bail out Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac with US taxpayer dollars is but another indication of this destructive and parasitic relationship between bankers, government and the economy.   Full Story

Bush Claims Executive Privilege
To Block Testimony On CIA Leak

July 17, 2008
President Bush has asserted executive privilege to prevent Attorney General Michael Mukasey from having to comply with a House panel subpoena for material on the leak of CIA operative Valerie Plame's identity. A House committee chairman, meanwhile, held off on a contempt citation of Mukasey - who had requested the privilege claim - but only as a courtesy to lawmakers not present. Rep. Henry Waxman, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, rejected Mukasey's suggestion that Vice President Dick Cheney's FBI interview on the CIA leak should be protected by the privilege claim - and therefore not turned over to the panel. "We'll act in the reasonable and appropriate period of time," Waxman, D-Calif., said. But he made clear that he thinks Mukasey has earned a contempt citation and that he'd schedule a vote on the matter soon. "This unfounded assertion of executive privilege does not protect a principle; it protects a person," Waxman said. "If the vice president did nothing wrong, what is there to hide?" The assertion of the privilege is not about hiding anything but rather protecting the separation of powers as well as the integrity of future Justice Department investigations of the White House, Mukasey wrote to Bush in a letter dated Tuesday. Several of the subpoenaed reports, he wrote, summarize conversations between Bush and advisers - are direct presidential communications protected by the privilege.   Full Story

Blame The USA's Energy Disaster, Including
The Collapsing US Auto Industry On Congress

July 17, 2008
The USA is in danger because of cowardly, horrendously bad judgment that decades of congressional legislators have engaged in. Their failure has led to an out of control national debt, skyrocketing gasoline prices and the collapsing of the USA Automobile industry. I'm not talking about just this 110th Dem Congress. I'm talking about decades of congresses that have all failed to do their jobs protecting America. Yes. When it comes to energy use, we're talking about protecting America. And I call what we are going through now a disaster. First, we are facing a situation where one of our few remaining massive industries - automobile manufacturing - is in dire danger. This danger is partly their fault but also, substantially the fault of legislators. Of course, lobbyists for the automobile companies went to legislators and pushed for them to relent on requirements for more fuel-efficient cars. And of course, the legislators gave them what they wanted. The current congress recently raised the cafe standards to what amounts to a joke, it's so insignificant, with such abysmally low long-term goals.
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Confusion at IndyMac Fuels Customers' Anger

July 17, 2008
Depositors of failed IndyMac Bank endured long waits in the summer heat for a second day Tuesday, with crowds becoming irate at several branches and customers with large accounts complaining of serious problems in getting their money. Banking experts said the chaotic scenes risked touching off runs on other banks unless federal regulators quickly cashed out insured accounts and gave depositors accurate information about their funds. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. took over Pasadena-based IndyMac late Friday and has assured depositors that accounts with $100,000 held in a single name or $250,000 in a retirement account are safe. But many customers have said that when they checked their balances online, tens of thousands of dollars appeared to be missing. And when they went to branches in search of answers, they encountered lines hundreds of people deep and unhelpful staff members. On Tuesday, reports of unruly crowds brought police to branches in Encino and Northridge, although there were no arrests or injuries.   Full Story

Financial Tsunami: The Next Big Wave Is Breaking
Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac And US Mortgage Debt

July 16, 2008
The announcement by US Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson together with Federal Reserve chief Bernanke, that the US Government will bailout the two largest guarantors of housing mortgage debt-the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac-far from calming financial markets, has confirmed what we have said repeatedly in this space: The Financial Tsunami which began in August 2007 in the relatively small "sub-prime" high risk US mortgage securitization market, far from being over, is only gathering momentum. As with the Tsunami which devastated Asia in wave after terrifying wave in December 2004, the financial Tsunami we are witnessing is a low-amplitude, long-wave phenomenon of trillions of dollars of financial securities being unwound, defaulted on, dumped on the market. But the scale of the latest wave to hit, the collapse of confidence in the two Government-Sponsored Entities, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, is a harbinger of worse to come in what will be the most devastating financial and economic catastrophe in United States history. The impact will be felt globally.   Full Story

How Guantanamo Pushes Inmates To The Edge

July 16, 2008
An unprecedented glimpse into the harsh conditions at Guantanamo Bay has emerged via a grainy video of a weeping Canadian teenager undergoing interrogation after he had been tortured by sleep deprivation for three weeks. The longest portion of video, an eight-minute segment, shows a sobbing Omar Khadr, just past his 16th birthday, burying his head in his hands and moaning "help me, help me" as Canadian intelligence agents look on. Over the course of a three-day interrogation Mr Khadr denied any association with al-Qa'ida and showed the agents wounds that he suffered on the battlefield from which he almost died. The footage, taken by a camera hidden behind a ventilation shaft, and obtained under court order by Mr Khadr's Canadian lawyers, is the first video of a Guantanamo interrogation to become public.   Full Story

US Troops Poised To Cross Afghan
Border For Raid On Bases

July 16, 2008
US troops in Afghanistan massed close to the border yesterday for a possible attack on al-Qaeda and Taleban bases in the lawless North Waziristan tribal belt in Pakistan. Reports from the area said that hundreds of Nato troops were airlifted across the mountains from the village of Lowara Mandi, which has been an important base for cross-border attacks in Afghanistan. Heavy artillery and armoured vehicles were also being moved into position. The deployment followed a claim by the Afghan Government on Monday that the Pakistani Army and its spy agency had become "the world's biggest producers of terrorism and extremism". The Pakistani Foreign Ministry accused Kabul of creating an "artificial crisis to satisfy short-term political expediencies". An influential Pakistani army official said there were strong indications that the US was ready to launch bombing raids against suspected al-Qaeda and Taleban camps inside Pakistan. The official said that any unilateral American military action could have serious repercussions and create difficulties for Pakistani counter-terrorism efforts.   Full Story

A Phony Crisis and a Real One,
On The Path To War With Iran

July 16, 2008
Every day the war drums beat, the mullahs get richer and we get poorer. Which raises the question. Was this mini-missile crisis cooked up by the mullahs to rip off Uncle Sam? For by week's end it appeared the Americans had been had, big-time. Saturday's New York Times reported that that photo of the four Iranian missiles fired in salvo had been doctored. One rocket appears twice in the same photo. The large missile, on inspection, was not the new Shahab-3b, which has a range of 1,200 miles, but a Shahab-3a, with a range of 900 miles. It is no longer in production. The missiles fired with the Shahab-3a turned out to be Scuds, a short-range missile that is no threat to Israel. The second day's firing turns out to have been of a single anti-ship missile. Iranian TV showed one firing from three angles, making it appear as though three missiles had been fired in succession. "The bottom line is that the Iranians are tweaking our noses," said Charles Vick, an expert on Iran's missile forces. Under Secretary of State William J. Burns then splashed cold water on Iran's alleged crash program to acquire nuclear weapons.   Full Story

Pakistan Fears Over US Air Raids

July 15, 2008
US air strikes in Pakistan's troubled tribal belt are "seriously undermining" public support for the government, a senior official has told the BBC. North West Frontier Province governor Owais Ghani said such actions could make it impossible for the government to keep struggling against militancy. The US is frustrated with what they see as insufficient efforts by Islamabad to fight militants on the Afghan border. That has fuelled Pakistani concerns of increased US intervention. Mr Ghani said that he would be "deeply concerned" about any increase in unilateral US airstrikes in tribal areas. "This has a great backlash in the public sentiment, public opinion," he said. "It seriously undermines the much needed backing of the population. "Therefore it is very, very undesirable, and if it continues I think the pressure is already building up. If that goes beyond a certain point and people react, no government, political or military, will be able to continue. So I think that it's very important they understand the implications."
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Committee Says Fuzzy Memories Hurt Tillman Probe

July 15, 2008
A "striking lack of recollection" by White House and military officials prevented congressional investigators from determining who was responsible for misinformation spread after the friendly fire death of Army Ranger Pat Tillman, a House committee said Monday. Although military investigators determined within days that the onetime NFL player was killed by his own troops in Afghanistan following an enemy ambush, five weeks passed before the circumstances of his death were made public. During that time, the Army claimed Tillman was killed by enemy fire. Rep. Henry Waxman, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, said in April 2007 that his goal was to discern the genesis of the misinformation. "Was it the result of incompetence, miscommunication or a deliberate strategy?" he said. The panel acknowledged Monday it had fallen short of this goal. The committee received a flurry of White House e-mails sent as the Bush administration responded to Tillman's death, but no documents about friendly fire. The committee interviewed several top White House officials about the case, but "not a single one could recall when he learned about the fratricide or what he did in response," it said in its 48-page report.   Full Story

After IndyMac's failure, Which Bank Could Be Next?

July 15, 2008
The bank executives who promised months ago that the worst of the financial crisis had passed are looking less and less credible to investors. And that could pose a problem as the industry releases what are expected to be dismal second-quarter earnings over the next few weeks. Certainly, not all banks are going the way of IndyMac Corp., which was seized by the government on Friday. In fact, analysts expect several banks to come out on top as the industry consolidates in the coming years. But for now, investors aren't taking any chances. After IndyMac was seized -- the seventh bank to fail since the credit crisis began last summer, and the second-largest bank to fail in the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.'s 75-year history -- stocks in nearly all the nation's banks were clobbered Monday as the market bet that there will be more failures. Stocks that were hit the hardest Monday included First Horizon National Corp., which operates in the Southern United States; Zions Bancorp, located in Utah and Idaho; and Washington Mutual Inc., the nation's largest savings and loan. Stocks of bigger banks such as Wachovia Corp., Citigroup Inc., Bank of America Corp., and Wells Fargo & Co., also tumbled.   Full Story

12 Babies Die During Vaccine Trials In Argentina

July 15, 2008
At least 12 babies who were part of a clinical study to test the effectiveness of a vaccine against pneumonia have died over the past year in Argentina, the local press reported Thursday. The study was sponsored by global drug giant GlaxoSmithKline and uses children from poor families, who are "pressured and forced into signing consent forms," the Argentine Federation of Health Professionals, or Fesprosa, said. "This occurs without any type of state control" and "does not comply with minimum ethical requirements," Fesprosa said. The vaccine trial is still ongoing despite the denunciations, and those in charge of the study were cited by the Critica newspaper as saying that the procedures are being carried out in a lawful manner. Colombian and Panama were also chosen by GSK as staging grounds for trials of the vaccine against the pneumococcal bacteria. According to pediatrician Ana Maria Marchese, who works at the children's hospital in the provincial capital where the studies are being conducted, "because they can't experiment in Europe or the United States, they come to do it in third-world countries."   Full Story

Bush Must Not Let Israel Have Blank
Check For War By Patrick Buchanan

July 14, 2008
After the assassination of the archduke in Sarajevo on June 28, 1914, Austria got from Kaiser Wilhelm a "blank cheque" to punish Serbia. Germany would follow whatever course its ally chose to take. Austria chose war on Serbia. And World War I resulted. March 31, 1939, Britain gave a blank check to Poland in its dispute with Germany over Danzig, a town of 350,000 Germans. Should war come, Britain would fight on Poland's side. Poland refused to negotiate, Adolf Hitler attacked and Britain declared war. After six years, the British Empire collapsed. Germany was burned to ashes. Poland entered the slave quarters of Joseph Stalin's empire. Lesson: No great power should ever give to a small ally or client state a blank check to drag it into war. This raises the question: Has President Bush given Israel a blank check? A year ago, Israel attacked and smashed a suspected nuclear reactor site in Syria. In April, Israel held a five-day civil defense drill. In June, Israel sent 100 F-15s and F-16s, with refueling tankers, toward Greece in a simulated attack. The planes flew 1,450 kilometers, the distance to Iran's uranium enrichment facility at Natanz.   Full Story

Red Cross finds Bush Administration
Guilty Of War Crimes

July 14, 2008
In a secret report last year, the Red Cross found evidence of the CIA using torture on prisoners that would make the Bush administration guilty of war crimes, The New York Times reported Friday. The Red Cross determined the culpability of the Bush administration after interviewing prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, according to the article. Prisoner Abu Zubaydahwho said he had been waterboarded, "slammed against the walls" and confined in boxes "so small he said he had to double up his limbs in the fetal position." The information comes from a new book written by Jane Meyer, who has frequently published articles concerning counter-terrorism in The New Yorker. The book is titled "The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned Into a War on American Ideals," and will be released next week. Mayer cited "sources familiar with the report" to explain the confidential document as a warning "that the abuse constituted war crimes, placing the highest officials in the U.S. government in jeopardy of being prosecuted." The report was submitted to CIA last year and concluded that American interrogation methods are "categorically" torture that violates both domestic and international law, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow reported Friday.   Full Story

Bush Homeland Security Aide Caught On Tape
Offering Access For Donations To Bush Library

July 14, 2008
The Sunday Times reports Stephen Payne, a Bush pioneer and a political appointee to the Homeland Security Advisory Council, was caught on tape offering access to key members of the Bush administration inner circle in exchange for "six-figure donations to the private library being set up to commemorate Bush's presidency." In an undercover video, Payne is seen promising to arrange a meeting for an exiled leader of Krygystan with Dick Cheney or Condoleezza Rice. (Not President Bush because "he doesn't meet with a lot of former Presidents these days," Payne says. "I don't think he meets with hardly anyone.") All it will take for him to arrange this high-level meeting, says Payne, is "a couple hundred thousand dollars, or something like that": PAYNE: The exact budget I will come up with. But it will be somewhere between $600,000 and $750,000, with about a third of it going directly to the Bush library. 200, 250, something like that. That's gonna be a show of "we're interested, we're your friends, we're still friends."   Full Story

The Murder Trial Of George W. Bush?

July 14, 2008
There are those who say that President George W. Bush should be impeached for intentionally overstating the case for war with Iraq and misleading the American public and Congress about the threat of WMD as well as Saddam Hussein's alleged role in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Since then, there have been administration insiders like Richard Clarke and Scott McClellan who've written books confirming these long-held suspicions, providing meticulously detailed accounts of how the Busheviks, as early as January 2001, began their mission to manipulate, misrepresent and manufacture evidence in order to justify an invasion. And then there are those like former criminal prosecutor and best-selling author Vincent Bugliosi who believe mere impeachment is not enough. According to his website, his new book "The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder. Bugliosi, most famous for prosecuting Charles Manson for the 1969 Tate-LaBianca murders.   Full Story

The 9/11 Chronicles: Part One, Truth Rising

President George W. Bush Backs
Israeli Plan For Strike On Iran

July 13, 2008
President George W Bush has told the Israeli government that he may be prepared to approve a future military strike on Iranian nuclear facilities if negotiations with Tehran break down, according to a senior Pentagon official. Despite the opposition of his own generals and widespread scepticism that America is ready to risk the military, political and economic consequences of an airborne strike on Iran, the president has given an "amber light" to an Israeli plan to attack Iran's main nuclear sites with long-range bombing sorties, the official told The Sunday Times. "Amber means get on with your preparations, stand by for immediate attack and tell us when you're ready," the official said. But the Israelis have also been told that they can expect no help from American forces and will not be able to use US military bases in Iraq for logistical support.   Full Story

Beware Bush's Preemptive Strike On Torture

July 13, 2008
New revelations of the U.S. government's systematic use of torture in the "global war on terror," including communist Chinese "brainwashing" methods from the 1950s, have brought renewed calls from lawmakers and human rights advocates for the prosecution of senior Bush administration officials. While the legal and political obstacles to such prosecutions are steep, those implicated will not want to leave the enjoyment of their retirement years to the mercy of the federal judiciary. So don't be surprised if some time before Inauguration Day 2009, President George W. Bush issues a blanket presidential pardon to ensure that those who organized and implemented brutal interrogation techniques such as "waterboarding" (a terrifying simulated drowning) are never hauled before the courts. A pardon would prevent future administrations from ever prosecuting those responsible for torture and other mistreatment at Guantanamo Bay and secret CIA detention facilities elsewhere overseas. The president may well want to protect loyalists who designed or oversaw his most secretive tactics in the war on terror, and behind closed doors he may be under some pressure to do so. If in the end Bush pardons the stewards of his interrogation policies it would be a final act of injustice by a president whose legacy includes running roughshod over fundamental freedoms and undermining America's ability to promote human rights abroad.   Full Story

Blocking Medical Care in Gaza

July 13, 2008
At least 30 other patients seeking urgent medical help were denied passage by Shin Bet because they refused to act as informers. In the past, most collaborators worked from within Fatah, and when they were chased from Gaza last June, it was a blow to Israeli intelligence. Yassir Abu Aayya, 37, suffering from heart troubles, told TIME he was turned back after refusing to reveal the whereabouts of his militant brother. "They told me I should go back and die in Gaza," he says. If these accounts are true, say human rights activists, the withholding of medical care for non-medical reasons is a form of torture. "This violates all conventions against torture," says Miri Weingarten, spokeswoman for the Tel Aviv-based Physicians for Human Rights. Israeli authorities deny carrying out such practices at Erez and dismiss them as Palestinian propaganda. Last November, the Physicians for Human Rights petitioned the Israeli High Court to rule on Shin Bet's "coercion" of Palestinians seeking medical care, but in January the court closed the file without a ruling. "What we're seeing is that the High Court is willing to intervene less and less in security cases," says Weingarten, who explained that was why the court had refused to rule on their petition. Shin Bet refused to comment on the case.   Full Story

Military Fires Public Affairs Official For
Refusing To Limit Press At Funerals

July 12, 2008
The Department of Defense has attempted for years to manipulate popular opinion towards the war in Iraq by limiting press coverage of military funerals. When Gina Gray, a media specialist with a long history of working with the military, became public affairs director at Arlington National Cemetery earlier this year, she found that officials there had started hampering media coverage even in cases where the families gave permission. When she tried to uphold the existing regulations, she was harassed by her supervisor, demoted, and then fired. Gray appeared on MSNBC's Verdict with David Shuster on Thursday for her first live interview, along with her attorney, Mark Zaid, who has a history of involvement in high-profile cases involving government secrecy.
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The Russian-Israeli Mafia: Off
Limits To FBI, US Intelligence

July 12, 2008
The same cancer that bankrupted the Soviet Union and the early Russian Federation, namely the Russian-Israeli Mafia -- the global organized crime syndicate that uses Israeli government protection and passports to cover their illegal worldwide activities -- has so thoroughly permeated the American political and business system that the FBI and U.S. intelligence agencies are virtually powerless to bring the major perpetrators to justice. Across the United States, FBI agents have been hamstrung by the Justice and Homeland Security Departments, led by two individuals, Michael Mukasey and Michael Chertoff, whose close links to the Russian-Israeli Mafia in New York and New Jersey have seen case after case involving Russian-Israeli mobsters going un-investigated and virtually ignored. In fact, the National Security Agency (NSA), FBI, and the military intelligence services have seen their ranks of Russian linguists slashed by the Bush administration. In most cases, Russian-Israeli mobsters use their native Russian language in their telephone conversations and email communications.   Full Story

Federal Judge Ruling: George W. Bush Is A Felon

July 12, 2008
Chief Judge Vaughn Walker of the US District Court in California has ruled that President George W. Bush is a felon. The ruling stems from the case of Al-Harmain Islamic Foundation Inc. v Bush, a case which will now be remembered as making it official that Bush's program of 'warrantless spying' is illegal. Judge Walker held that the president lacks the authority to disregard the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA -- which means Bush's warrantless electronic surveillance program was illegal. Whether Bush will ultimately be held accountable for violating federal law with the program remains unclear. Bush administration lawyers have fought vigorously -- at times using brazen, logic-defying tactics -- to prevent that from happening. The court battle will continue to play out as Congress continues to battle over recasting FISA and possibly granting immunity to telecom companies involved in the illegal surveillance.   Full Story

Israel's New Warplane To Spy On Iran

July 11, 2008
Israel says it will reveal a military aircraft capable of spying on Iran in reaction to Tehran's recent military exercise in the Persian Gulf. Israel Aerospace Industries plans an in-house exhibit Thursday of its Eitam airplane, which is said to be equipped with advanced intelligence-gathering systems, AP reported. The plane, first unveiled a year ago, is supposed to provide the Israeli Air Force with long-range capabilities. Israel says the Eitam is an essential operational tool that would be utilized to create aerial pictures while at the same time serving as a warning system for incoming aerial threats. On Wednesday, Iran conducted a military exercise dubbed The Great Prophet III in which it test fired long and medium-range missiles. The military maneuver was in response to threats from Israel that it would attack Iran's nuclear sites if Tehran does not stop uranium enrichment. Iran says Wednesday's exercise was aimed exclusively at defending its soil, and stressed that its military might would not be used against other countries in the region.   Full Story

US Outbreak Of Salmonella Spreads

July 11, 2008
More than 1,000 people in more than 40 US states are now confirmed to have become ill with salmonella since April, officials say. The US health authorities suspect the bacteria to be present in some raw tomatoes, chilli peppers and the coriander used in salsa. The outbreak is deemed to be the worst one of a food-borne illness in the US for more than a decade. Two people are said to have died, and 200 people have been taken to hospital. There have also been several cases in Canada. Investigators say they think there are several sources for the outbreak as many of those ill say they did not eat hot peppers or foods like salsa that contain them, Dr Robert Tauxe, food safety chief at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "We are quite sure that neither tomatoes nor jalapenos explain the entire outbreak at this point... We're presuming that both of them have caused illness," he told the Associated Press.   Full Story

Seymour Hersh: US Training Jondollah
And MEK For Bombing Preparation

July 11, 2008
In an interview with NPR on his latest New Yorker Article, titled 'Preparing the battlefield', the renowned investigative journalist Seymour Hersh reveals more striking details of his findings on the aim of the $400 million budgeted US covert operations inside Iran. He provides valuable information on US military preparations to strike the country, on the total expansion of the Bush Administration's executive power, about the US recognition of Iran's overall positive role in Iraq and on the US support for the anti-Iran terrorist organisations Jondollah, PJAK and MEK. Hersh explains that the aim of the US covert operations inside Iran is to create a pretext for attack with the goal of regime change. "The strategic thinking behind this covert operation is to provoke enough trouble and chaos so that the Iranian government makes the mistake of taking aggressive action which will give the impression of a country in acute turmoil", he said. "Then you have what the White House calls the 'casus belli', a reason to attack the country. That is the thinking and it is very crazy."   Full Story

Senate Bows To Bush, Approves Surveillance Bill

July 10, 2008
Bowing to President Bush's demands, the Senate approved and sent the White House a bill Wednesday to overhaul bitterly disputed rules on secret government eavesdropping and shield telecommunications companies from lawsuits complaining they helped the U.S. spy on Americans. The relatively one-sided vote, 69-28, came only after a lengthy and heated debate that pitted privacy and civil liberties concerns against the desire to prevent terrorist attacks. It ended almost a year of wrangling over surveillance rules and the president's warrantless wiretapping program that was initiated after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The House passed the same bill last month, and Bush said he would sign it soon. Opponents assailed the eavesdropping program, asserting that it imperiled citizens' rights of privacy from government intrusion. But Bush said the legislation protects those rights as well as Americans' security. The White House had threatened to veto the bill unless it immunized companies such as AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. against wiretapping lawsuits.   Full Story

U.S. Aircraft Carrier Moves
Into Position For Afghanistan

July 10, 2008
The aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln has moved from the Persian Gulf into the Gulf of Oman so its warplanes can fly missions over Afghanistan, where attacks have been rising, the U.S. military said Tuesday. The carrier was ordered to move so it could conduct potential airstrikes over Afghanistan by flying over Pakistani airspace. If it had remained inside the Persian Gulf, that would not have been possible since U.S. planes do not fly through Iranian air corridors. The carrier, which arrived Monday, is equipped with F/A-18s and an array of precision weapons. "This puts it in a position where it has ability to strike far inland," a U.S. defense official said. President Bush last week acknowledged that June was a difficult month for American and allied troops in Afghanistan, saying a higher death toll there was because troops are taking the fight to Taliban militants.   Full Story

Halliburton Charged With Selling
Nuclear Technologies To Iran

July 10, 2008
According to journalist Jason Leopold, sources at former Cheney company Halliburton allege that, as recently as January of 2005, Halliburton sold key components for a nuclear reactor to an Iranian oil development company. Leopold says his Halliburton sources have intimate knowledge of the business dealings of both Halliburton and Oriental Oil Kish, one of Iran's largest private oil companies. Additionally, throughout 2004 and 2005, Halliburton worked closely with Cyrus Nasseri, the vice chairman of the board of directors of Iran-based Oriental Oil Kish, to develop oil projects in Iran. Nasseri is also a key member of Iran's nuclear development team. Nasseri was interrogated by Iranian authorities in late July 2005 for allegedly providing Halliburton with Iran's nuclear secrets. Iranian government officials charged Nasseri with accepting as much as $1 million in bribes from Halliburton for this information.   Full Story

Japanese Americans Worried About Patriot Act

July 10, 2008
Many of the Japanese Americans who gathered Saturday to remember the internment of 120,000 family members during World War II expressed concern about what they see as an erosion of civil liberties since the Sept. 11 attacks. During a town hall discussion on the Patriot Act at a weekend conference organized by the Japanese American National Museum, San Francisco lawyer Dale Minami told the audience they shouldn't think denying people access to lawyers or a right to a trial is something can't hurt regular law-abiding people. "It did happen to you. It did happen to you in 1942," said Minami, who worked on a landmark case that led to the exoneration of Japanese American who refused to report to an internment camp. Fred Korematsu's conviction for violating the internment order in 1942, along with the overall internment policy, had been upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1944. Many in the audience of approximately 100 people nodded at points made by Minami and fellow panelist Noel Saleh, a civil liberties and immigration lawyer. Some people in the audience and the meeting's moderator, retired California State University, Long Beach professor Lloyd Inui, wore the names of the camps where they lived on ribbons below their name tags.   Full Story

Want Some Torture With Your Peanuts?

July 8, 2008
Just when you thought you've heard it all...A senior government official with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has expressed great interest in a so-called safety bracelet that would serve as a stun device, similar to that of a police Taser. According to this promotional video found at the Lamperd Less Lethal website, the bracelet would be worn by all airline passengers. This bracelet would: Take the place of an airline boarding pass. Contain personal information about the traveler. Be able to monitor the whereabouts of each passenger and his/her luggage. Shock the wearer on command, completely immobilizing him/her for several minutes. The Electronic ID Bracelet, as it's referred to as, would be worn by every traveler "until they disembark the flight at their destination." Yes, you read that correctly. Every airline passenger would be tracked by a government-funded GPS, containing personal, private and confidential information, and that it would shock the customer worse than an electronic dog collar if he/she got out of line?   Full Story

Situation In Pakistan Spinning Out Of Control

July 8, 2008
The use of suicide bombings has allowed religiously radical forces to reach beyond their NWFP strongholds and strike with impunity at the core of Pakistan, including urban centres, and as it is, things are spinning out of control, according to a commentary released on Monday by Stratfor. The Texas-based news intelligence service notes that along with the rapidly deteriorating security situation, political instability has only grown after the elections, which failed to quell the political unrest that severely weakened not only President Pervez Musharraf's hold on power but also that of the army. Civil-military hybrid: "Musharraf's regime has been replaced by a civil-military hybrid which lacks the willingness and/or the ability to take on the threat posed by extremism and militancy. The fact is that the civilian government and the country's military establishment appear to be losing control of the situation," the analysis maintains.   Full Story

UK's Neo-Con Brown Now Blames
US For The Food Price Rises

July 8, 2008
The current UK prime minister, is totally ignoring the leaked Internal World Bank study which said that it is biofuels that is causing the food crisis. The reason for the food price rises is the out of control speculators pilling into Crude Oil, which has a DIRECT knock-on effect on the price of corn (as seen if you chart the "market" price, as quoted on the future exchanges, of Crude Oil versus corn). The British government mouth piece, called the BBC, of-course doesn't mention any of these other reasons for the food prise rises, and is therefore just following the government supplied story uncritically. Furthermore, the BBC doesn't mention that in times of threatened nuclear war, and with concerns regarding the reliability of food supplies (including driver strikes), people stock piling of food is natural AND LOGICAL, and if that means some of the food is eventually wasted (e.g. spoilage), then that is a logical cost to pay. Another issue the BBC doesn't mention is that when inflation is running wild around the world, then stockpiling of food could be a profitable place to place your savings (returning a better return than placing money in a bank which had lent too much money to people who can never pay it back).   Full Story

The Perfect Storm From Hell

July 7, 2008
As the global bankers' plan to bring down the American and world's economy continues (so that they can acquire as much of our wealth as possible at 'fire sale' prices ~ an old strategy), the world is facing another much worse danger. A regional war in the Middle East that will involve global strategic weapons of mass destruction with deaths in the hundreds of millions in North America, Europe, the Middle East and globally. I have served as a consultant to three very high tech aerospace firms. My specialty is conceptualizing advanced warfare especially as it relates to new cutting edge advanced weapon systems. What I see unfolding with a war on Iran is the most frightening set of circumstances I have ever seen; and I have been involved in advanced theoretical weaponry strategy and design for over 20 years. The rise of the Likud/neo-cons, with Benjamin Netanyahu as the unholy high priest, has been a disaster for Israel, America, the Middle East, and the world at large. The smartest thing that Israel ever did was to use American money to buy off Jordan and Egypt and make peace with them.
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McCain's YouTube Problem Is A Nightmare!

New War Brewing: U.S., Israel Take Dangerous Steps

July 7, 2008
The U.S., Israel and Iran are playing a very dangerous game of chicken that soon could result in a new Mideast war. U.S. intelligence has concluded that Iran is not working on nuclear weapons. But the Bush administration and Israel, recently joined by France, are issuing increasingly loud threats of military action to frighten Iran into halting its nuclear enrichment program. Iran insists its nuclear program is entirely for civilian use. Tehran is alternating between conciliatory statements and threats to retaliate against any attack by inflicting economic chaos on the global economy. Europe fears the economic damage a war against Iran would bring far more than Iran's nuclear program. Senior Israeli officials are openly threatening to attack Iran's nuclear installations before President George W. Bush's term expires. Early, this month Israel staged a large, U.S.-approved exercise using F-15s and F-16s to rehearse an attack over 900 miles - precisely the distance to Iran's nuclear facilities.   Full Story

Congressman Subpoenaed For 9/11 Trial

July 7, 2008
Attorneys for al Qaeda conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui have subpoenaed Pennsylvania Congressman Curt Weldon to testify at a trial that will determine whether Moussaoui should be executed. The defense is seeking Weldon's testimony to try and show that the government knew more about the September 11, 2001, attacks than Moussaoui did. It's a key point the jury will be asked to address at the death penalty trial that begins next week with jury selection. Weldon, a Republican, received the subpoena last week. It seeks testimony about issues related to Able Danger, a secret pre-9/11 intelligence operation conducted by the Department of Defense.   Full Story

WTPRN In The News: Arrest Leads To Rainbow Riot

July 5, 2008
U.S. Forest Service officers pointed weapons at children and fired rubber bullets and pepper spray balls at Rainbow Family members while making arrests Thursday evening, according to witnesses. "They were so violent, like dogs," Robert Parker told reporter Deborah Stevens of the libertarian-oriented, Round Rock, Texas-based We the People Radio Network [www.wtprn.com] after the incident. "People yelled at them, 'You're shooting children,'" Parker said during an interview on the network's "Rule of Law Show." About 7,000 people have arrived at the gathering near Big Sandy in the Wind River Mountains for the annual Gathering of the Tribes, a seven-day event of fellowship, partying including illicit drug use, praying, and living on the land. They camp on Forest Service land around the country every year, but the Rainbow family's nonhierarchical methods -- no one can speak for the Rainbows, much less sign a land use permit -- often have stymied their relationships.   Full Story

Rainbow Family Attacked With Pepper
Spray And Rubber Bullets By FEDS

July 5, 2008
Rainbow Family have been gathering every 4th of July since 1972. The unofficial Rainbow Family Web Site is found here: http://www.welcomehome.org The forest service bought 700 tasers and told them before hand they will use them!! Witinesses say there are military style men there marching in formations of four. All cars are being searched on the way in. Many are being cited for minor vehicle equipment infractions and tickets being levied. Video of the scene is going to be put out. Sources: July 3rd Radio Showhttp://mp3.wtprn.com/Kelton08.html. The court was scheduled to hear some 70 cases Tuesday. Officials say the court will handle cases involving misdemeanor offenses of U.S. Forest Service regulations, such as traffic violations and minor drug possession.   Full Story

Why The Iraq War Is Destroying The US Economy

July 4, 2008
The cost of Bush's war on Iraq war has surpassed one trillion dollars but there is no evidence of it benefiting the US economy. It is time to drive a stake through the heart of the malicious lie that wars are good for the economy. Only the Military/Industrial complex benefits from war and what is good for the MIC is NOT good for the country. The MIC is a drag on the economy, an economic black hole into which is drained the economic and creative resources of the nation. War itself is a Faustian bargain. The hour of midnight is approaching. The economic benefits of building a tank are temporary. Once built, the tank is a drag, requiring more to upkeep than war booty can justify. It returns absolutely nothing for the investment. In the end, only the military contractors building the tank or maintaining it have benefited and they will have done so at taxpayer expense. On a larger scale, the Pentagon is an economic black hole, having sucked the life blood from the US economy.   Full Story

Judge Orders YouTube To Give
All User Histories To Viacom

July 4, 2008
Google will have to turn over every record of every video watched by YouTube users, including users' names and IP addresses, to Viacom, which is suing Google for allowing clips of its copyright videos to appear on YouTube, a judge ruled Wednesday. Viacom wants the data to prove that infringing material is more popular than user-created videos, which could be used to increase Google's liability if it is found guilty of contributory infringement. Viacom filed suit against Google in March 2007, seeking more than $1 billion in damages for allowing users to upload clips of Viacom's copyright material. Google argues that the law provides a safe harbor for online services so long as they comply with copyright takedown requests. Although Google argued that turning over the data would invade its users' privacy, the judge's ruling (.pdf) described that argument as "speculative" and ordered Google to turn over the logs on a set of four tera-byte hard drives.   Full Story

Secret Report: Biofuel Caused Food Crisis

July 4, 2008
Biofuels have forced global food prices up by 75% - far more than previously estimated - according to a confidential World Bank report obtained by the Guardian. The damning unpublished assessment is based on the most detailed analysis of the crisis so far, carried out by an internationally-respected economist at global financial body. The figure emphatically contradicts the US government's claims that plant-derived fuels contribute less than 3% to food-price rises. It will add to pressure on governments in Washington and across Europe, which have turned to plant-derived fuels to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and reduce their dependence on imported oil. Senior development sources believe the report, completed in April, has not been published to avoid embarrassing President George Bush.   Full Story

Something Big Is Going On

July 3, 2008
The following statement is written by Congressman Paul about the pending financial disaster. He will introduce this statement as a special order and insert it into the Congressional Record next week. Fortunately, we have the opportunity to debut it first on the Campaign for Liberty blog. It reads as follows: I have, for the past 35 years, expressed my grave concern for the future of America. The course we have taken over the past century has threatened our liberties, security and prosperity. In spite of these long-held concerns, I have days-growing more frequent all the time-when I'm convinced the time is now upon us that some Big Events are about to occur. These fast-approaching events will not go unnoticed. They will affect all of us. They will not be limited to just some areas of our country. The world economy and political system will share in the chaos about to be unleashed.   Full Story

Study Finds Long Benefit In Illegal Mushroom Drug

July 2, 2008
In 2002, at a Johns Hopkins University laboratory, a business consultant named Dede Osborn took a psychedelic drug as part of a research project. She felt like she was taking off. She saw colors. Then it felt like her heart was ripping open. But she called the experience joyful as well as painful, and says that it has helped her to this day. "I feel more centered in who I am and what I'm doing," said Osborn, now 66, of Providence, R.I. "I don't seem to have those self-doubts like I used to have. I feel much more grounded (and feel that) we are all connected." Scientists reported Tuesday that when they surveyed volunteers 14 months after they took the drug, most said they were still feeling and behaving better because of the experience. Two-thirds of them also said the drug had produced one of the five most spiritually significant experiences they'd ever had.   Full Story

Barclays Warns Of A Financial Storm As
Federal Reserve's Credibility Crumbles

July 2, 2008
Barclays Capital has advised clients to batten down the hatches for a worldwide financial storm, warning that the US Federal Reserve has allowed the inflation genie out of the bottle and let its credibility fall "below zero". "We're in a nasty environment," said Tim Bond, the bank's chief equity strategist. "There is an inflation shock underway. This is going to be very negative for financial assets. We are going into tortoise mood and are retreating into our shell. Investors will do well if they can preserve their wealth." Barclays Capital said in its closely-watched Global Outlook that US headline inflation would hit 5.5pc by August and the Fed will have to raise interest rates six times by the end of next year to prevent a wage-spiral. If it hesitates, the bond markets will take matters into their own hands. "This is the first test for central banks in 30 years and they have fluffed it. They have zero credibility, and the Fed is negative if that's possible. It has lost all credibility," said Mr Bond.   Full Story
The Great Panic Of 2008

US Agrees To Scrap Immunity
For Security Guards In Iraq

July 2, 2008
The Iraqi foreign minister said on Tuesday that Washington has agreed to scrap immunity for foreign security guards in Iraq, moving the two countries closer to signing a long-term security pact. "The immunity for private security guards has been removed. The US has agreed on it," Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari told AFP after briefing Iraqi MPs on the controversial US-Iraq security pact which is being negotiated. The US embassy spokeswoman in Baghdad, Mirembe Nantongo, declined to comment. "We do not comment on the contents of ongoing negotiations," she said. The lifting of immunity for foreign private security contractors has been a longstanding demand from Iraqi lawmakers in the deal that would govern a long-term military arrangement between Baghdad and Washington. Without immunity foreign security contractors can be prosecuted for crimes under Iraqi law. Foreign security workers have since the 2003 US-led invasion operated virtually outside the law, neither subject to the Iraq legal system nor to US military tribunals, a right which infuriates Iraqis.   Full Story

U.S. Admiral Urges Caution On Iran

July 3, 2008
America's top military officer has said opening up a new front in the Middle East through a strike on Iran would be "extremely stressful" for US forces. Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was commenting on the likelihood of US or Israeli military action over Iran's nuclear programme. Tensions have risen amid reports Israel could be planning a possible strike against Iran's nuclear facilities. Iran denies its nuclear programme is anything other than peaceful. The BBC's Justin Webb in Washington says it has been clear for some time that Adm Mullen does not want to attack Iran. But his latest remarks suggest he is fighting hard behind the scenes for both the US and Israel to think carefully about the consequences of an attack before considering mounting it, he says.   Full Story

Bush Fulfills His Grandfather's Dream

June 30, 2008
It's remarkably common for a grandson to take up his grandfather's major project. This occurred to me when I read recently of Thor Heyerdahl's grandson taking up his mission to cross the Pacific on a raft. But what really struck me was the BBC story aired on July 23rd, 2007, documenting President George W. Bush's grandfather's involvement in a 1933 plot to overthrow the U.S. government and install a fascist dictatorship. I knew the story, but had not considered the possibility that the grandson was trying to accomplish what his grandfather had failed to achieve. Prescott Sheldon Bush (1895 to 1972) attended Yale University and joined the secret society known as Skull and Bones. Prescott is widely reported to have stolen the skull of Native American leader Geronimo. As far as I know, this has not actually been confirmed. In fact, Prescott seems to have had a habit of making things up. He sent letters home from World War I claiming he'd received medals for heroism. After the letters were printed in newspapers, he had to retract his claims.   Full Story

Report Shows Lawmakers Heavily Invested In War

June 30, 2008
A new study by a nonpartisan research group shows that lawmakers' stock holdings in various companies doing business with the Defense Department totals more than $196 million, earning the congress critters millions in profits individually since the start of the war in Iraq. The Washington-based Center for Responsive Politics says that 2006 financial disclosure statements suggest that members' holdings could pose a conflict of interest as they decide the fate of Iraq war spending. Several members who earned the most from defense contractors have plum committee or leadership assignments, including Democratic Sen. John Kerry, independent Sen. Joseph Lieberman and House Republican Whip Roy Blunt. The study found that more Republicans than Democrats hold stock in defense companies, but that the Democrats who are invested had significantly more money at stake. In 2006, for example, Democrats held at least $3.7 million in military-related investments, compared to Republican investments of $577,500.   Full Story

Ecstasy Is the Key to Treating PTSD

June 30, 2008
Prior to Ecstasy (MDMA) being declared illegal, it was in common use among psychotherapists as a means to allow patients to look at themselves and their past with some degree of objectivity. Sadly, we live with a government that compensates for its own trafficking in illegal drugs by over-reaction to competing drugs, which includes some that are actually beneficial. At last the incurably traumatized may be seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. And controversially, the key to taming their demons is the 'killer' drug Ecstasy. Some doctors believe MDMA could be the key to solving previously untreatable deep-rooted traumas. For a hard core of PTSD cases, no amount of antidepressants or psychotherapy can rid them of the horror of systematic abuse or a bad near-death experience, and the slightest reminder triggers vivid flashbacks.   Full Story

Gore Vidal: "The US Is Not A Republic Anymore"

June 30, 2008
Press TV: We hear that Michael Mukasey is going to become the latest of the President's Attorney-Generals to be subpoenaed, this time over his conversations with Bush and Cheney - does this show that Congress is serious about calling the executive to account? Gore Vidal: No, Congress has never been more cowardly, nor more corrupt. All Bush has do is to make sure certain amounts of money go in the direction of certain important congressmen and that's end of any serious investigation. After all, one of the bravest members of Congress is Denis Kucinich who brought the article of impeachment in to the well of the House of Representatives. The House of Representatives must then try the president, and then after that it goes to the Senate for judgment. However, none of these things will happen because there's nobody there except for Mr. Kucinich who has the courage to take on a sitting president who is kind of a Mafioso.   Full Story

Preparing The Battlefield By Seymour Hersh

July 2, 2008
Late last year, Congress agreed to a request from President Bush to fund a major escalation of covert operations against Iran, according to current and former military, intelligence, and congressional sources. These operations, for which the President sought up to four hundred million dollars, were described in a Presidential Finding signed by Bush, and are designed to destabilize the country's religious leadership. The covert activities involve support of the minority Ahwazi Arab and Baluchi groups and other dissident organizations. They also include gathering intelligence about Iran's suspected nuclear-weapons program. Clandestine operations against Iran are not new. United States Special Operations Forces have been conducting cross-border operations from southern Iraq, with Presidential authorization, since last year. These have included seizing members of Al Quds, the commando arm of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, and taking them to Iraq for interrogation, and the pursuit of "high-value targets" in the President's war on terror, who may be captured or killed. But the scale and the scope of the operations in Iran, which involve the Central Intelligence Agency and the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), have now been significantly expanded, according to the current and former officials. Many of these activities are not specified in the new Finding, and some congressional leaders have had serious questions about their nature.   Full Story
Provoking Iran Into War


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