The Empire of Darkness Series #37: Urgent Action Needed Now!
I cannot wait any longer to send this out to you. Big Bad U.S. and now Canada under Big Oil management, errr... under Stephen Harper's pro-Bush subservience are blocking - along with the emerging Big World Polluters like China and India - any chance of progress in Bali's negotiations for a new Climate change treaty. You'll find much about this disastrous situation in the Special feature below which opens with a most stirring and fitting inspirational text (The Glowing Man) that should help move us all to REAL concerted action on this issue - there are 2 petitions you should sign right away on this. And there is lots more in this aptly named compilation about the long dark shadow cast on the world by the demonic cabal's fiendish deeds to prop up their fast collapsing Empire of Darkness.
Much to ponder and much to act upon... if you can!
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The Glowing Man
By Brother Anthony
A rich carpet of autumn leaf lay upon the green grass of the park. Above me, a hazy sun tried valiantly to fight its way through the early mist of dawn's new awakening. It was one of those wonderful autumn mornings which begin with a sharp crispness in the air. The frost, gradually surrendering to the warmth of the rising sun and yet, steadfastly holding onto the grass where it lay in the shadows. I placed my newspaper upon a wet wooden bench and sat down, watching squirrels and birds alike, rummage for tit-bits in the dew laden grass. It looked like being a perfect autumn day.
As I sat, marveling at natures wonders around me, I noticed a tall man enter the park. I noticed him because not only was he very tall, but clothed in a long white gown with a hood pulled over his head, leaving his face hidden in shadow. He walked, no, not walked, that's the wrong word. He actually seemed to glide over the grass with a serenity and grace that left me feeling somewhat emotional and tearful. What happened next left me totally awestruck.
As he neared the trees, the leaves lying dead upon the ground began to rise, lifting themselves up from their final resting place and when level with the mans waist, began a slow rhythmic dance. The leaves swirled around the man, a ballet of unbelievable beauty and as they danced, they began to change colour, moving from the dying browns to living greens. It was so beautiful that known words could not even begin to describe the sheer elegance of the dance. As the man moved among and around the trees, the leaves behind him settled slowly back upon the ground and returned to their brown autumn colours, whilst others ahead of him rose into the air and began a new dance.
Birds left the branches of trees and flew to the man, resting upon his outstretched hands. Squirrels hastened down from the trees and scurried to the mans feet, looking up to him, not for a free handout of food, but with something far more gentle, almost a reverence. I thought the early sun was playing tricks with my eyes because the mans gown suddenly began to glow. His entire being was glowing and everything near him, birds, animals, leaves, all were glowing in a soft serene light. I suddenly realised that tears of absolute joy were streaming down my face, whilst at he same time, the realization that I was in the company of The Divine overpowered my emotions.
"You". Spoken with authority as the man spun around and pointed a long slender finger at me. I pointed a finger at myself with a "who me?" question on my face. "Yes, you. It is the month of October 2007, is it not so?" I replied that it was so. "I have come to tell you a truth. A truth that you must shout from the rooftops. If the governments of this planet do not step back from the destruction of its subtle infrastructure within five years, then in October five years hence, you will have passed the point of no return. Their will be no going back. No pleading for more time. It will be too late. I was flabbergasted, although not unduly surprised from what I have read about 'Global warming' etc. "What hap .." I had barely started the sentence when he spoke again, "I know your question and I will answer it thus. If man does not take many steps back from the his insatiable appetite for the planets resources, then a man and wife will be asked to build a wooden vessel, filling with one male and one female of all the animals and birds that they can find."
The enormity of these words left me feeling as cold as ice. I told him that I was but one man and although I wrote articles for a church magazine, I did not have the know how of reaching out to the governments of our world. "Tell those who would listen to you. I am at this very moment speaking to others with loving hearts all over the planet". I asked him why he could not do anything to stop the destruction of our planet, but he said that we were given free will and that would not be interfered with. I then asked him who he was and it is with tears in my eyes that I write his answer.
"I am day and I am night. I am the highest mountain and also a blade of grass. I am the seed in the apple and the peel of the orange. I am the bark of a dog and the hoot of an owl. I am everything and yet I am nothing. Your friends who read your words will know me when you say to them, He is the Light of the World." He then walked away, towards the rising sun, and my lasting memory of him will always be that he cast no shadow upon the ground .
Bless you all.
Note from Jean: I received this from long-time ERN subscriber Tony Budell (email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org) who mentioned that he received this amazing story during his "sleep state". You can find out more on him through his website at http://www.britishhumanitarianaid.co.uk/ and you may also review his 15 previous contributions to these compilations through http://tinyurl.com/36yuy
Date: 11 Dec 2007
Subject: Fwd: Climate treaty in peril
Dear fellow American,
I'm writing from Bali, Indonesia. It's hot here, it's humid--and it's infuriating. Our government is blocking progress at the all-important climate change negotiations here, even though it knows that the American people don't support its actions. Let's tell the world that the Bush administration doesn't represent us. Sign this petition now:
Most countries here at Bali are working urgently to craft a treaty capable of tackling the climate crisis. Everyone understands the stakes, and negotiators are working late--when I left the conference center at 10:30pm tonight, they were showing no signs of slowing. The key debate is whether developed countries should pledge to cut their climate change emissions by 25-40% by 2020--a step the scientists of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change say could avert worst ravages of global warming.
Nearly every country supports these cuts. But not the Bush administration. In a press conference yesterday, Bush's delegates here tried to raise doubts about the credibility of the IPCC scientists (who just shared the Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore). Bush's top negotiator called the proposed cuts in carbon emissions "totally unrealistic." And Bush's representatives have repeatedly denounced the Kyoto Protocol--even in the midst of the Kyoto Protocol's ten-year anniversary celebrations.
And they're doing it in our name.
Every few hours, the agreement here changes--one moment, the carbon cuts are in; the next moment, the cuts are out. Before the talks end this Friday, we can signal to the world that the American people are on their side--and encourage them to stand up to Bush's team by keeping the cuts in the treaty. Join me in signing this petition, and I'll make sure it reaches the key delegations here. It reads, in full:
Dear world: please ignore President Bush. He doesn't represent us.
Together, we can send the world a message--a message of hope, a message that change is coming, a message that the Bush administration's actions are out of step with the American people, and that Americans take our global responsibilities seriously even if our own government doesn't.
Most Americans, like most people everywhere, don't want catastrophic climate change.
Most Americans, like most people everywhere, want leaders to work together to forge a strong agreement that can ensure a livable planet for our children and grandchildren.
Most Americans don't have an official representative here. So let's represent ourselves. Please do sign this petition, and send it to your friends.
US Rejects Stiff 2020 Greenhouse Goals in Bali http://www.truthout.org/issues_06/121007EA.shtml
Emma Graham-Harrison of Reuters reports: "Washington rejected stiff 2020 targets for greenhouse gas cuts by rich nations at UN talks in Bali on Monday as part of a 'roadmap' to work out a new global pact to fight climate change by 2009."
Big Oil to Sign Iraq Deals Soon http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/121007C.shtml
Ben Lando, reporting for United Press International, writes, "Big Oil's big dreams are close to coming true as Iraq's Oil Ministry prepares deals for the country's largest oil fields."
The Widening Chasm on Energy http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/121107R.shtml
Truthout's environment editor, Kelpie Wilson, writes, "Last Thursday, the US House of Representatives passed, by a 235-181 vote, the Energy Independence and Security Act. On Friday, the same bill passed the Senate by 53 votes in favor to 42 opposed. Republicans then threatened to filibuster, raising the bar for passage to 60 votes. The Senate will work on revisions and is expected to bring a modified bill to the floor sometime this week, but giant corporations are working overtime to trash as much of the renewable energy substance as they can."
Gore Urges Bold Moves in Nobel Speech http://www.truthout.org/issues_06/121107EA.shtml
Reporting for The New York Times, Sarah Lyall says, "He has said it again and again, with increasing urgency, to anyone who will listen. And on Monday, former Vice President Al Gore used the occasion of his 2007 Nobel Peace Prize lecture ... to tell the world in powerful, stark language: Climate change is a 'real, rising, imminent and universal' threat to the future of the Earth."
Date: 11 Dec 2007
From: "Ricken Patel - Avaaz.org" (email@example.com)
Subject: Canada voted worst in the world?!
Right now, a major UN summit in Bali has just a few days left to hammer out an agreement on stopping catastrophic climate change. But instead of helping out, Canada is actually sabotaging the UN talks! On Saturday, experts gave us the global "fossil" award for being the worst country in the world on climate change.
There's still a few days left to save Canada's reputation -- and the climate -- but we need a massive democratic roar to remind our Prime Minister what Canada is all about, and stop him from blocking the world at Bali. Click below to sign the petition and we'll advertize the number of signatures we get in an ad campaign across Canada this week. Our goal is to get 25,000 people to sign in just 3 days before the ads run. Click below, then forward this email to all your friends and family right away:
Enough is enough. Prime Minister Harper's short-sighted, undemocratic and big oil-driven policy on climate change is damaging the world and destroying our image as a good country. We're supposed to be the nice guys, who try to do the right thing in the world.
The vast majority of Canadians are hopping mad on this issue -- we can win this. We just need to show Harper how serious we are that he change course. Sign up now and forward this email to everyone you know - we've got just 3 days to hit 25,000 signatures!
An already relentless melting of the Arctic greatly accelerated this summer, a warning sign that some scientists worry could mean global warming has passed an ominous tipping point. One even speculated that summer sea ice would be gone in five years.
Greenland's ice sheet melted nearly 19 billion tons more than the previous high mark, and the volume of Arctic sea ice at summer's end was half what it was just four years earlier, according to new NASA satellite data obtained by The Associated Press.
"The Arctic is screaming," said Mark Serreze, senior scientist at the government's snow and ice data center in Boulder, Colo.
Just last year, two top scientists surprised their colleagues by projecting that the Arctic sea ice was melting so rapidly that it could disappear entirely by the summer of 2040.
This week, after reviewing his own new data, NASA climate scientist Jay Zwally said: "At this rate, the Arctic Ocean could be nearly ice-free at the end of summer by 2012, much faster than previous predictions."
So scientists in recent days have been asking themselves these questions: Was the record melt seen all over the Arctic in 2007 a blip amid relentless and steady warming? Or has everything sped up to a new climate cycle that goes beyond the worst case scenarios presented by computer models?
"The Arctic is often cited as the canary in the coal mine for climate warming," said Zwally, who as a teenager hauled coal. "Now as a sign of climate warming, the canary has died. It is time to start getting out of the coal mines."
It is the burning of coal, oil and other fossil fuels that produces carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, responsible for man-made global warming. For the past several days, government diplomats have been debating in Bali, Indonesia, the outlines of a new climate treaty calling for tougher limits on these gases.
What happens in the Arctic has implications for the rest of the world. Faster melting there means eventual sea level rise and more immediate changes in winter weather because of less sea ice.
In the United States, a weakened Arctic blast moving south to collide with moist air from the Gulf of Mexico can mean less rain and snow in some areas, including the drought-stricken Southeast, said Michael MacCracken, a former federal climate scientist who now heads the nonprofit Climate Institute. Some regions, like Colorado, would likely get extra rain or snow.
More than 18 scientists told The AP that they were surprised by the level of ice melt this year.
"I don't pay much attention to one year ... but this year the change is so big, particularly in the Arctic sea ice, that you've got to stop and say, 'What is going on here?' You can't look away from what's happening here," said Waleed Abdalati, NASA's chief of cyrospheric sciences. "This is going to be a watershed year."
2007 shattered records for Arctic melt in the following ways:
552 billion tons of ice melted this summer from the Greenland ice sheet, according to preliminary satellite data to be released by NASA Wednesday. That's 15 percent more than the annual average summer melt, beating 2005's record.
A record amount of surface ice was lost over Greenland this year, 12 percent more than the previous worst year, 2005, according to data the University of Colorado released Monday. That's nearly quadruple the amount that melted just 15 years ago. It's an amount of water that could cover Washington, D.C., a half-mile deep, researchers calculated.
The surface area of summer sea ice floating in the Arctic Ocean this summer was nearly 23 percent below the previous record. The dwindling sea ice already has affected wildlife, with 6,000 walruses coming ashore in northwest Alaska in October for the first time in recorded history. Another first: the Northwest Passage was open to navigation.
Still to be released is NASA data showing the remaining Arctic sea ice to be unusually thin, another record. That makes it more likely to melt in future summers. Combining the shrinking area covered by sea ice with the new thinness of the remaining ice, scientists calculate that the overall volume of ice is half of 2004's total.
Alaska's frozen permafrost is warming, not quite thawing yet. But temperature measurements 66 feet deep in the frozen soil rose nearly four-tenths of a degree from 2006 to 2007, according to measurements from the University of Alaska. While that may not sound like much, "it's very significant," said University of Alaska professor Vladimir Romanovsky.
Greenland, in particular, is a significant bellwether. Most of its surface is covered by ice. If it completely melted something key scientists think would likely take centuries, not decades it could add more than 22 feet to the world's sea level.
However, for nearly the past 30 years, the data pattern of its ice sheet melt has zigzagged. A bad year, like 2005, would be followed by a couple of lesser years.
According to that pattern, 2007 shouldn't have been a major melt year, but it was, said Konrad Steffen, of the University of Colorado, which gathered the latest data.
"I'm quite concerned," he said. "Now I look at 2008. Will it be even warmer than the past year?"
Other new data, from a NASA satellite, measures ice volume. NASA geophysicist Scott Luthcke, reviewing it and other Greenland numbers, concluded: "We are quite likely entering a new regime."
Melting of sea ice and Greenland's ice sheets also alarms scientists because they become part of a troubling spiral.
White sea ice reflects about 80 percent of the sun's heat off Earth, NASA's Zwally said. When there is no sea ice, about 90 percent of the heat goes into the ocean which then warms everything else up. Warmer oceans then lead to more melting.
"That feedback is the key to why the models predict that the Arctic warming is going to be faster," Zwally said. "It's getting even worse than the models predicted."
NASA scientist James Hansen, the lone-wolf researcher often called the godfather of global warming, on Thursday will tell scientists and others at a meeting of researchers in San Francisco that in some ways Earth has hit one of his so-called tipping points, based on Greenland melt data.
"We have passed that and some other tipping points in the way that I will define them," Hansen said in an e-mail. "We have not passed a point of no return. We can still roll things back in time but it is going to require a quick turn in direction."
Last year, Cecilia Bitz at the University of Washington and Marika Holland at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Colorado startled their colleagues when they predicted an Arctic free of sea ice in just a few decades. Both say they are surprised by the dramatic melt of 2007.
Bitz, unlike others at NASA, believes that "next year we'll be back to normal, but we'll be seeing big anomalies again, occurring more frequently in the future." And that normal, she said, is still a "relentless decline" in ice.
OneClimate Virtual Bali Event http://www.oneclimate.net/virtualbali
This is a unique place for you to put your questions and thoughts to delegates at the Bali Climate Summit, live every day at 12:30 UTC/GMT.
"The Biggest Environmental Crime in History" http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/121107G.shtml
Cahal Milmo, reporting for The Independent, writes that BP, the multinational oil and gas producer, "is facing a head-on confrontation with the green lobby in the pristine forests of North America after Greenpeace pledged a direct action campaign against BP following its decision to reverse a long-standing policy and invest heavily in extracting so-called 'oil sands' that lie beneath the Canadian province of Alberta and form the world's second-largest proven oil reserves after Saudi Arabia."
Norway to Spend Billions on Preserving Rainforests http://www.truthout.org/issues_06/121007EB.shtml
According to Voice of America News, "Norway's prime minister has committed his country to spending more than $500 million a year to preserve the world's endangered rainforests."
Hybrid Sales up 82 Percent in One Year http://www.truthout.org/issues_06/121007EC.shtml
Green Car Congress says: "Reported sales of hybrids in the US in November rose 82 percent year-on-year to reach 33,233 total units, representing 2.8 percent of all light-duty vehicles sold during the month.
Who Pays for Carbon on "Made in China" Labels? http://www.truthout.org/issues_06/121107EB.shtml
Antoaneta Bezlova, Inter Press Service, reports: "Standing on the brink of a year when its capital hosts the much-proclaimed 'Green Olympics,' China is anxious to present a constructive presence at the United Nations climate change conference underway in Bali, Indonesia."
Keith Olbermann: "Neocon Job" PURE VITRIOL! OBERMANN IS FOAMING AT THE MOUTH - AND FOR GOOD REASONS! AN ALL-OUT ATTACK ON THE LIAR-IN-CHIEF WHO HAS "NO BUSINESS BEING PRESIDENT" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aI2sJuTZMps
Keith Olbermann on MSNBC Countdown comments about the president's "cataclysmic deception about Iran." -- "We have either a president who is too dishonest to restrain himself from invoking World War Three about Iran at least six weeks after he had to have known that the analogy would be fantastic, irresponsible hyperbole -- or we have a president too transcendently stupid not to have asked -- at what now appears to have been a series of opportunities to do so -- whether the fairy tales he either created or was fed, were still even remotely plausible. A pathological presidential liar, or an idiot-in-chief. It is the nightmare scenario of political science fiction: A critical juncture in our history and, contained in either answer, a president manifestly unfit to serve, and behind him in the vice presidency: an unapologetic war-monger who has long been seeing a world visible only to himself. After Ms Perino's announcement from the White House late last night, the timeline is inescapable and clear. In August the President was told by his hand-picked Major Domo of intelligence Mike McConnell, a flinty, high-strung-looking, worrying-warrior who will always see more clouds than silver linings, that what "everybody thought" about Iran might be, in essence, crap. ..." Full transcript at http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/120807Z.shtml
Waco the Big Lie - Part 1 of 3 (10 min) http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-134932350000876164&q
Linda Thompson is an Indianapolis based attorney who took it upon herself to gather all available ... all evidence of the WACO disaster. For the first time you are able to see film footage not shown on the news-casts. You will see that even what was shown on the nightly news was "doctored" to make you believe what the Government wanted you to believe, instead of the Truth. Recommended by Stephen Calkins (firstname.lastname@example.org) who wrote: "I did want to comment on a question raised by Ron Paul concerning Waco. He asked: "Did the Davidians kill themselves, (by settling the bales on fire with a lantern)? The answer to that is available online with live footage from the waco siege by the BATF: MASS MURDER AT WACO Thompson's documentary shows a flame-throwing Bradley tank shooting flames into the Branch Davidian building complex, (the actual cause of the fire, not as officially blamed on the people inside.) The building quickly caught fire, killing everyone inside. Exits can be seen being intentionally demolished by the tank, making escape by the people inside improbable. This is irrefutable video evidence of mass murder and treason by both William Clinton, and his Attorney General Janet Reno. This is the only surviving public footage of the siege."
A Vision (Check this new Public Online Forum for New Earth & New Community) http://newearthsummit.org/vision.php
A new fabric of human society, one purely intended to facilitate in every way possible an emerging new consciousness and spiritual evolution, is most needed. A New Earth is presenting itself to us now as one avenue in this regard. It is here now as well as enigmatically separate from what generally passes as a shared reality. Perhaps all that is needed is a shift in our consciousness and to begin living differently. Will we be its new population and partners in co-creation and stewardship?It asks of us to honor Creation in its consciousness, honor the Earth in its consciousness, and honor our Humanity as a unique experiment in creation. In so doing it beckons us, asking who are now willing and ready to consciously graduate ourselves to the next step in conscious, spiritual evolution? New Earth wants nothing of the old ways of power and control and self as primary. It asks us to leave all of our baggage at the doorway before leaving one world and entering into a pristine one.It marks the liberation of humanity. It is our awakening to our true nature and destiny.
OverStuffed by the Holidays?
Holiday shopping season is kicking into high gear. But do you ever wonder what happens to the stuff from holidays past? Find out in our new movie The Story of Stuff with Annie Leonard. The Story of Stuff, Free Range's biggest movie release of the year, will take you on a provocative tour of our consumer-driven culture - from resource extraction to iPod incineration - exposing the real costs of our use-it and lose-it approach to stuff. Check it out here: www.StoryofStuff.com - The movie is just the beginning of the story. Watch it, send it to friends, learn more on the interactive website, get involved in an organization and follow along on Annie Leonard's inspiring blog. Recommended by Jamara Gruber (email@example.com)
The Story of Stuff http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/120907E.shtml
"The Story of Stuff with Annie Leonard" is an engaging new short film that explains the "materials economy" in 20 fun-filled minutes. Produced by Free Range Studios, which developed "The Meatrix" - an animated short about factory farming that ranks among the cleverest uses of Internet technologies to deliver a politically progressive message - The Story of Stuff features Annie Leonard, amusing graphics, lots of humor, and a complicated analysis presented in an easy-to-understand conversational tone.
Led Zeppelin returns! (Dec 11) http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,,2225610,00.html
(...) Depending on whose estimate you believe, somewhere between 20 million and 200 million people attempted to avail themselves of tickets for this show: the 18,000 who succeeded are understandably not in the mood for anything more complicated than worship. (...) Their previous reunions have been brief and shambolic: a rotten set at Live Aid, an under-rehearsed appearance at a record label birthday party. Tonight, however, after a tentative, feedback-scarred opener of Good Times Bad Times, it's difficult to believe this is a band who have barely played together for the best part of three decades. They sound awesomely tight. CLIP
Nécessité d'un engagement collectif pour éviter le pire http://www.jeanouimet.info/
Pour les abonné-e-s francophones du Québec, le plus récent texte de mon ami Jean Ouimet qui lance un appel à la mobilisation générale pour que la survie de la planète devienne la priorité absolue.
Secret move to upgrade air base for Iran attack plans http://www.theherald.co.uk/news/foreign/display.var.1792035.0.0.php
The US is secretly upgrading special stealth bomber hangars on the British island protectorate of Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean in preparation for strikes on Iran's nuclear facilities, according to military sources.
Estimate of Iran changes, U.S. policy doesn't (Dec 4, 2007) WHO IS THE MOST DANGEROUS HERE? http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2007-12-03-us-iran_N.htm
WASHINGTON - A new intelligence estimate that reverses previous U.S. claims that Iran is developing nuclear weapons will not change the Bush administration's policy of tough sanctions and diplomacy."That was our policy and that's our policy going forward," said Stephen Hadley, the president's national security adviser. "We have the right strategy." Iran ceased its secret nuclear weapons program in 2003 and has not resumed work toward building nuclear arms, a National Intelligence Estimate released Monday says. The estimate reverses claims the intelligence community made two years ago that Iran appeared "determined to develop" a nuclear weapons program. The new estimate did not explain why the intelligence community did not know Iran had stopped its weapons program before the 2005 estimate was released. The estimate, reflecting the collective judgment of the nation's 16 intelligence agencies, also concludes that Tehran probably is "keeping open the option to develop nuclear weapons" by continuing to build missiles and pursue a civilian nuclear power program. Iran, intelligence analysts concluded, halted weapons development in response to international scrutiny and the threat of increased sanctions. U.S. officials are still trying to enlist more nations to bring sanctions against Iran. CLIP MORE ON THIS BELOW IN "Did Admiral Fallon Prevent WWIII?"
Why We Resist by Chris Hedges (Dec 10, 2007) http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/20071210_why_we_resist/
The refusal to pay my taxes if we go to war with Iran, and the portion of my taxes spent on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan if we do not cut off funding for these two conflicts, is not a means. It is an end. I do not know if my refusal, and the refusal of others, will be effective in halting these wars. All I know is that it is worth doing. The alternative, a complacency bred from cynicism and despair, is worse. Refusing to actively resist injustice and flagrant violations of international law, refusing to attempt to turn back the tide of American tyranny, is surrender. It is the death of hope.Acts of resistance are moral acts. They begin because people of conscience can no longer tolerate abuse and despotism. They are carried out not because they are effective but because they are right. Those who begin these acts are few in number and dismissed by the cynics who hide their fear behind their worldliness. Resistance is about affirming life in a world awash in death. It is the supreme act of faith, the highest form of spirituality. (...) We face a crisis. Our democratic institutions are being dismantled. We are headed for a state of perpetual war. We are paralyzed by fear. We will be stripped, if we do not resist, of our few remaining rights. To resist, while there is still time, is not only the highest form of spirituality but the highest form of patriotism. It is, if you care about what is worth protecting in this country, a moral imperative. There are hundreds of thousands who have died in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. This number would be dwarfed by a war with Iran, which could ignite a regional inferno in the Middle East. Not a lot is being asked of us. Compare our potential sacrifices with what is being inflicted on and demanded of those trapped in the violence in Iraq, Afghanistan and soon, perhaps, Iran. Courage, as Aristotle wrote, is the highest of human virtues because without it we are unlikely to practice any other virtue. Once we find courage we find freedom.
Waxman, Mukasey and Ten Million Missing Emails http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/120507J.shtml
Truthout's Matt Renner reports: "a government watchdog group now says that ten to twenty million White House emails which may contain information about the leak of Valerie Plame Wilson's covert CIA status, have been destroyed by the Bush administration. In a report from April, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) detailed a massive hole in the White House email records. The report, titled 'Without a Trace: The Missing White House Emails and the Violations of the Presidential Records Act,' accused the Bush administration of destroying 'more than 5 million' emails and failing to attempt to recover them."
This Is A Banana Republic (6 Dec 2007) http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2007/12/this-is-a-banan.html
What defines such a republic? How about an executive that ignores the rule of law, commits war-crimes and then destroys the actual evidence? Today's bombshell is that the CIA has done just that with respect to tapes made recording the torture of enemy combatants. Read the whole story. We live in a country where the government can detain indefinitely, torture in secret, and then secretly destroy the tapes of torture sessions to protect its own staff: The videotapes showed agency operatives in 2002 subjecting terror suspects - including Abu Zubaydah, the first detainee in CIA custody - to severe interrogation techniques. They were destroyed in part because officers were concerned that tapes documenting controversial interrogation methods could expose agency officials to greater risk of legal jeopardy, several officials said. The CIA said today that the decision to destroy the tapes had been made "within the CIA itself," and they were destroyed to protect the safety of undercover officers and because they no longer had intelligence value. The agency was headed at the time by Porter J. Goss. Through a spokeswoman, Goss declined this afternoon to comment on the destruction of the tapes. This was a deliberate act to destroy evidence of war-crimes and to protect war criminals from facing the rule of law. The Congress needs to find out who authorized the destruction of those tapes. I should add that this is not the first time that videotapes of alleged torture sessions have been "lost." The same happened in the case of Jose Padilla: (...) This administration commits war-crimes, hides the evidence from federal law officers and the 9/11 Commission and then destroys the evidence completely. Give that some time to sink in.
Enduring an Occupation for Oil http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/120507K.shtml
Ann Wright, for Truthout, writes: "Last week Iraq's Maliki government 'asked' President Bush for an 'enduring' strategic security relationship with the United States that will have 50,000 US military and probably 50,000-75,000 US contractors/mercenaries in Iraq for decades. Reportedly these 100,000-plus Americans will be primarily confined to the fourteen permanent bases built by the US. Their role, according to Bush's point person on Iraq, retired US Army Gen. Douglas Lute, will be to backstop, perhaps for the next 50 years, newly trained Iraqi military and police forces. Iraq's new strategic security relationship also contains an agreement for preferential treatment from the Iraqi government to American corporations."
The surge is a sideshow. Only total US pullout can succeed (December 7, 2007) http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/story/0,,2223702,00.html
When resistance leaders are given an assurance that the Iraq occupation will end completely, real negotiations can begin -- If the gladdest tidings of this pre-Christmas season have been the US intelligence community's brilliant move to undermine a Bush attack on Iran by revealing there is no Iranian nuclear weapons programme, the worst news concerns US policy on Iraq. And it is not just the US announcement of plans to get the Iraqi government to agree to permanent US military bases and an open-ended occupation, thereby confirming what most analysts had long assumed was the Republicans' intention.More alarming was the Democratic party's reaction and indeed that of the US media. The revelation produced no burst of headlines or commentaries, even though it rides roughshod over most Americans' wishes. A Pew Research poll two weeks ago found 54% wanted the troops home "as soon as possible". Yet the Democratic contenders for the presidency barely murmured. The passion for a clear timetable of an early US troop pullout that was raging in large sections of the Democratic party last spring, in the weeks after it regained control of the House and Senate, has fizzled out.Whatever effect Bush's "surge" of extra troops has had in Iraq, it has clearly worked in Washington. The Democrats are in retreat, and the Bush strategy of entrenching the Iraq occupation still further and handing the mess to his successor is proceeding virtually unopposed. CLIP
U.S-Instigated War Brings Mass Death to Somalia (December 2, 2007) http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=7513
"If the rulers of the United States were searching for a plan that would kill hundreds of thousands of Africans, they have found it."American foreign policy is the direct cause of the humanitarian crisis in Somalia - the worst in all of Africa, according to United Nations officials. That's why, until recent days, U.S. corporate media said little or nothing about the hundreds of thousands of Somalis - now numbering at least half a million - who face death by starvation and disease because of a war instigated and facilitated by Washington. The corporate press methodically avoid - and thereby, cover up - stories that contradict the mythical American narrative: that the U.S. means to do good in the world, and only does wrong by mistake. The horrific wrong inflicted on Somalia was absolutely premeditated, an integral aspect of American plans to bring the bogus "war on terror" to Africa, as a cover to dominate the continent and its wealth. Ever since the end of formal European colonialism in Africa, U.S. policy has been to spread chaos wherever Washington failed to impose rule by its own favored strongmen. When Muslim groups early last year subdued the warlords of Somalia - a nation that is 99 percent Muslim - a semblance of peace and at least some hope for the future took root. By all accounts, life was getting back to something like "normal" for a people that had known only brutal warfare since 1991. Such a peace was unacceptable to George Bush's crew, who whipped up an hysteria in the United States, claiming Al Qaida was establishing a base in Somalia, and urged the regime in neighboring Ethiopia, Somalia's historical rival, to attack last December. The U.S. worked hand in hand with the Ethiopian invaders at every level of the Ethiopian military, while U.S. jets relentlessly wreaked terror from the air. Once the Ethiopians had planted themselves and their puppet Somali "government" in the capital, Mogadishu, the Americans sent their other African proxies, the Ugandan military, to make up most of the puny African "peacekeeping" force in Somalia. The Somali resistance to the Ethiopian invasion consider the African peacekeepers in Mogadishu to be agents of the U.S. - and, regarding the Ugandans, they are right.If there were ever a formula for bloody and protracted war in Somalia, it is Ethiopian occupation, which is already unifying diverse elements of the Somali population in resistance. The war will also destabilize Ethiopia, which is more than a third Muslim and home to many peoples that oppose the dictatorial regime in Addis Ababa. If the rulers of the United States were searching for a plan that would kill hundreds of thousands of Africans, they have found it. This time, however, as in Iraq, Washington has created more chaos than it can handle.The United Nations found it necessary to arrange trips for American journalists to witness the carnage that the Americans have wrought in Somalia - the same Americans that claim to care so much for the people of Darfur, and who promise that the new U.S. Africa Command will bring peace to the continent.The Americans, like the Europeans before them, bring only the peace of the dead.
Pentagon Poised To Resume Open Air Weapons Testing (4 December 2007) VERY DANGEROUS!! http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0712/S00060.htm
Pentagon Appears Poised To Resume Open-Air Testing Of Biological Weapons But Says It Has Received No Presidential Directive To Break Moratorium - The Pentagon has denied President Bush issued a directive for it to resume open-air testing of chemical and biological warfare(CBW) agents that were halted by President Richard Nixon in 1969. Yet, the Pentagon's stated preparations make it appear it is poised to do just that. Spokesperson Chris Isleib did not respond to a request for comment on a passage from the Defense Department's annual report sent to Congress last April that suggests the Pentagon is gearing up to resume the tests.Resumption of open-air testing would reverse a long-standing moratorium adopted after a public outcry against them following accidents in the Sixties. The Pentagon's annual report apparently calls for both the developmental and operational "field testing of (CBW) full systems," not just simulations. (...) Biological warfare involves the use of living organisms for military purposes. Such weapons can be viral, bacterial, and fungal, among other forms, and can be spread over a large geographic terrain by wind, water, insect, animal, or human transmission, according to Jeremy Rifkin, author of "The Biotech Century"(Penguin). Boyle said the Federal government has been plowing money into upgrading Ft. Detrick, Md., and other CBW facilities where such pathogens are studied, developed, tested, and stored. By some estimates, the U.S. since 2002 has invested some $43 billion in hundreds of government, commercial, and university laboratories in the U.S. for the study of pathogens that might be used for biological warfare. According to Rutgers University molecular biologist Richard Ebright, more than 300 scientific institutions and 12,000 individuals have access to pathogens suitable for biowarfare and terrorism. Ebright found that the Number of National Institute of Health grants to research infectious diseases with biowarfare potential shot up from 33 in the 1995-2000 period to 497 by 2006. CLIP
America's War In Darfur (November 25, 2007) http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=7422
The Darfur region of Sudan possesses the third largest copper and the fourth largest uranium deposits on the planet, in addition to strategic location and significant oil resources of its own. Is the US-based "Save Darfur" movement snowing the US public on the fundamental nature of the conflict in Sudan? Are "Save Darfur" and the prevention of genocide the covers of convenience for the next round of US oil and resource wars on the African continent? "The humanitarian tragedy in Darfur revolves around natural resources Given current realities, no intervention in Darfur will proceed, and if it did it would fail." So opined the authors of the September 2006 OPED "Keeping Peacekeepers out of Darfur" [GN1](DHG, 9/15/06). Now, over a year later, the situation in Sudan is grimmer than ever, the Darfur conflict remains widely mischaracterized, and many of the predictions of that OPED have come true. Meanwhile, the "Save Darfur" advocates pressing military intervention in Darfur as a "humanitarian" gesture have escalated pressure in the face of mounting failures, including allegations that millions of "Save Darfur" dollars fundraised on a sympathy for victims platform have been misappropriated. CLIP
Chinese Secret Society Challenges Illuminati (June 29, 2007) http://www.savethemales.ca/002056.html
A Chinese secret society with 6 million members, including 1.8 million Asian gangsters and 100,000 professional assassins, have targeted Illuminati members if they proceed with world depopulation plans, according to Tokyo-based journalist Benjamin Fulford, 46.They contacted Fulford, a Canadian expat, after he warned that the Illuminati plan to reduce the Asian population to just 500 million by means of race-specific biological weapons."The Illuminati, with the exception of Japan, is very much a white man's game," Fulford says.The secret society confirmed Fulford's information and asked for advice. He provided them with a list of 10,000 people associated with the Illuminati, mainly members of the Bilderberg, CFR and Skull and Bones. Neo Cons are also high priority targets."I have promised that not a single person will die if they negotiate in good faith," Fulford says.Fulford is the former Asian Pacific bureau chief for Forbes magazine. He quit in disgust when Forbes refused to run a damaging story about one of its advertisers. Fulford has since written 15 books in Japanese. His most recent is a scathing dissection of the 9-11 Hoax.Fulford says Japan has been controlled in secret by the Illuminati through the use of murder and bribery. Underground sources tell him the Americans have murdered over 200 Japanese politicians and influential citizens since the end of WW2.Among the victims are former Prime Ministers Tanaka, Takeshita, Ohira and Obuchi. They were all murdered using a special drug that induces strokes. The Illuminati have been warned that the Chinese secret society will not tolerate any more murders. It has also extended its protection to truth seekers in the West. AN ANCIENT SOCIETYThe Chinese Secret Society is called the "The Green and the Red Societies," Fulford says. It "can be found in the history books. (...) "They approached me and asked if they could help after I made a speech in Tokyo describing the Bush regimes' use of race-specific biological weapons. For me it was like a ghost from the history books appearing right in front of me. At first I thought of silly things like having them play 911 truth videos in Chinatowns around the world. However, then I remembered the scene from the movie Kill Bill where Uma Thurman snatches out her opponent's eye. I soon realized these people could save the world by directly attacking the eye at the top of the pyramid on the one-dollar bill.""Think about it, the illuminati and their top servants have a total membership of about 10,000 whereas the Chinese group has over 6 million members. That is 600-to-one odds. Furthermore, the 6 million have the names and addresses of the 10,000 while the 10,000 do not know who or where the 6 million are." CLIP
Iran stops selling oil in U.S. dollars (12/08/07) http://uk.reuters.com/article/oilRpt/idUKDAH83366720071208
TEHRAN (Reuters Intl) - Iran has completely stopped selling any of its oil for U.S. dollars, an Iranian news agency reported on Saturday, citing the oil minister of the world's fourth-largest crude producer.The ISNA news agency did not give a direct quote from Oil Minister Gholamhossein Nozari. A senior oil official last month said "nearly all" of Iran's crude oil sales were now being paid for in non-U.S. currencies.For nearly two years, OPEC's second biggest producer has been reducing its exposure to the dollar, saying the weak U.S. currency is eroding its purchasing power.Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who often rails against the West, has called the U.S. currency a "worthless piece of paper." CLIP
SHOCKED INTO LINE - THE TASER AGENDA - By David Icke http://www.davidicke.com
The prime role of Taser technology is the same as the electric shocks that mice receive in laboratory behaviour-control experiments. The mice are shocked each time they try to enter certain channels and eventually they stop trying. The fear of being shocked is enough to control them and that's the real role of the Taser. The videos of people being Tasered, and the stories of those who die, are no problem for those in real authority. They want people to see this because it is saying ... 'Look what will happen to you if you don't obey'. An article I saw about the Taser XREP included this line from the writer: 'We'll behave ourselves, officer, but please, just point that thing somewhere else'. That's exactly the mentality that the Taser is designed to instil ... It shows how far we have come down the Orwellian road that the Taser.co.uk website can say that the Taser is a 'proven solution for stopping violence'. Hitting another human being with 50,000 volts of electricity is considered to be 'stopping violence'. Ahh, but you see the authorities are never violent, even when they are pepper-bombing cities. Only the people are violent. The authorities merely employ the 'use of force'.
The coming recession: Not an accident http://www.jamesclayfuller.com/2007/12/recession-not-accident.html
The downward slide triggered by belated recognition of the subprime mortgage fiasco has a long way to go - and it's going. Recession is certain, and, despite the entire chorus of economists, bankers and government officials to the contrary, a depression such as that of the 1930s is possible.
Forwarded by Ed Elkin (EdElkin@aol.com) on Dec 5, 2007s
Kucinich First, Edwards Second in PDA Straw Poll
Not surprisingly in a field of eight contenders, no candidate came close to gaining a majority of the total vote in PDA's recently completed presidential straw poll. But two candidates--Dennis Kucinich (41%) and John Edwards (26%)--combined for more than 2/3 of the total vote. Over 15,000 PDA activists voted in the presidential straw poll. Full results here.
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THE DAY BEFORE THIS AMAZING NEWS BROKE THROUGH IN THE MEDIA I KEPT FEELING WAVES OF TINGLING ENERGY THE WHOLE DAY AND GETTING A SENSE OF HEAVENLY JUBILATION!!! THE VICTORY OF LIGHT FORCES FEELS NOW MORE ASSURED THAN EVER!... IS ONE EVER HAD DOUBTS ABOUT IT ;-)
Date: 05 Dec 2007
From: Kathy Roberts (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Subject: Did Admiral Fallon Prevent WWIII?
Here's McGovern's observation: "My guess is that the Pentagon, and especially Adm. William Fallon, commander of our forces in the Middle East, succeeded in persuading [Director of National Intelligence] McConnell to go public. Several months ago, Fallon was reliably reported to have said, 'We are not going to do Iran on my watch.'"
Our government and its partner in crime, the MSM, cooperate and work against the interests of the American people. Our government, in all its branches and so-called representative bodies, ignores the will and wishes of the people. And as I have written in so many previous efforts, all it takes is for one high-level government official to tell it like it is and rein in the Cheney-Bush crime machine. Such a high-level government official has the ability TO MAKE THE NEWS, news and current events the MSM cannot sweep under the rug. Such an American patriot is Admiral William J. Fallon, Commander, U.S. Central Command. [CENTCOM].
Israel, Cheney & Bush - What Did They Know And When Did They Know It?
By Ted Lang
The latest U.S. National Intelligence Estimate assessing Iran's nuclear military capability was just released on Monday, December 3rd. The NIE clearly debunks the Cheney-Bush neocon regime's neocon-job desperately trying to convince the American people and the world that a neo-Nazi invasion of Iran must immediately be put on the table.
Ray McGovern's interpretation of this turnaround in events is amply expressed when he asserts: "For those who have doubts about miracles, a double one [has] occurred. An honest National Intelligence Estimate [NIE] on Iran's nuclear program has been issued, and its 'Key Judgments' were made public." Published on Antiwar.com on December 4th, and entitled "A Miracle: Honest Intel on Iran Nukes," the staggering magnitude of this turn of events, although clearly celebrated by McGovern, is nevertheless underplayed by even him.
But his lead-in does indeed somewhat emphasize this blessed NIE: "I do not know how often Vice President Dick Cheney visited CIA headquarters during the gestation period, but I am told he voiced his displeasure as soon as he saw the first sonogram/draft very early this year and is so displeased with what issued that he has refused to be the godfather. This time Cheney and his neocon colleagues were unable to abort the process. And after delivery to the press, this child is going to be very hard to explain - the more so because it is legitimate."
Most important in terms of meaningful focus is not only McGovern's revelation of yet another Cheney-CIA arm twisting exercise employed previously which resulted in "faulty" intelligence so successfully employed to get US into the Iraqi quagmire, but it has now been repeated and thereby reduced to an embarrassingly failed second attempt reaffirming the first effort of total fraud and deliberate deception. Talk about going to the well once too often!
Tony Karon, writing for TIME magazine's website and posted December 3rd entitled, "The Fallout from the Iran Nuclear Report," and carried on Rense.com as well, observes: "The latest U.S. National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) on Iran, which expresses the consensus of the 16 branches of the intelligence community, is sharply at odds with most of the candidates' (and the White House's) notion that Iran is rushing to build nuclear weapons, and even contradicts a 2005 NIE finding that Iran was working inexorably toward developing a bomb."
The information provided by McGovern citing yet another attempt by Cheney to involve US in yet another unjust, unnecessary and unconstitutional war is a monumental revelation in and of itself; but much more enlightening is the fact he points out that Cheney was aware of this impending NIE "very early this year." What this implies is that Cheney knew this adverse, truthful and factual intelligence was being gathered and established, yet we are to believe the other members of the Cheney-Bush regime didn't. Question: Did they or didn't they know of this impending NIE so opposed to the administration's foreign policy direction? It is more than likely that ALL in the administration knew about this coming NIE! Either they intended to squash and spike the report via the help of the MSM, or they figured Cheney's arm twisting would succeed in the same manner as it did with Iraq.
Here's McGovern's observation: "My guess is that the Pentagon, and especially Adm. William Fallon, commander of our forces in the Middle East, succeeded in persuading [Director of National Intelligence] McConnell to go public. Several months ago, Fallon was reliably reported to have said, 'We are not going to do Iran on my watch.'"
McGovern also points out that many US senior military officers have been "strongly opposed" to a war with Iran. How come Senator Hillary Clinton, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee didn't know about this? How come Senator Joe Biden, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, didn't know about this? How come Senator Christopher Dodd, a senior member of Biden's Foreign Relations Committee didn't know this? How come Senator Barack Obama, also a member of Biden's committee, didn't know this? How come Senator John "Madman" McCain, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, didn't know this?
Insofar as Hillary is concerned, hasn't she visited Israel more than any member of Congress? And hasn't Israeli intelligence been touted as so much more efficient than our own intelligence by our own American officials? How come Israel didn't know about these impending findings by "a consensus of 16 US intelligence agencies" being mulled over by them for almost the entire year of 2007? How could Hillary and her Israeli handlers have been so blind sighted?
And if this Cheney-Bush and Intelligence conflict, obviously morphing from early this year and culminating in Admiral Fallon and senior military leaders' strong opposition to an attack on Iran to preclude the possible risk of launching a full scale World War III to include Russia, China and Pakistan was brewing for most of this year, why didn't our elected Beltway representatives and senators pass this vital information on to the American people via NBC's "Meet the Press," or ABC's "This Week," or CBS' "Face the Nation?" Where was the "American" press on this? Where was the mainstream media, the MSM on this?
The answer is simple. Our government and its partner in crime, the MSM, cooperate and work against the interests of the American people. Our government, in all its branches and so-called representative bodies, ignores the will and wishes of the people. And as I have written in so many previous efforts, all it takes is for one high-level government official to tell it like it is and rein in the Cheney-Bush crime machine. Such a high-level government official has the ability TO MAKE THE NEWS, news and current events the MSM cannot sweep under the rug. Such an American patriot is Admiral William J. Fallon, Commander, U.S. Central Command [CENTCOM].
Fallon's leadership and integrity precluded Cheney-Bush from launching World War III via an invasion of Iran. Other dedicated and Constitution-loyal military leaders joined Fallon, and now, courage and integrity has been restored to our intelligence services. They will no linger "fit intelligence around policy," as was articulated by Tony Blair's government in the Downing Street memo suppressed by The New York Times and network and cable TV "news."
McGovern quotes the main points established by the latest NIE:
We judge that in fall 2003, Tehran halted its nuclear weapons program
We assess with moderate confidence Tehran has not restarted its nuclear weapons program as of mid-2007.
We do not have sufficient intelligence to judge confidently whether Tehran is willing to maintain the halt of its nuclear weapons program indefinitely
We judge with moderate confidence Iran probably would be technically capable of producing enough highly enriched uranium sometime during the 2010-2015 time frame.
We judge with high confidence that Iran will not be technically capable of producing and reprocessing enough plutonium for a weapon before about 2015.
Considering these points, and the fact that these have been mulled over for almost an entire year, what precisely was the urgency on the part of the Cheney-Bush regime to attack Iran from the air with nuclear weapons? If one were to recall the hand wringing and screams of those most concerned about Iran's impending huge and deployable nuclear arsenal, the chief source has been Israel and its lobby, AIPAC. And confirming and reacting to Israel's terror would be Dicktator Cheney, Amerika's true totalitarian ruler. And his lead would place Bush, Bolton and Negroponte right in line behind him.
But if Israel's intelligence is so astute, and so superior to ours, why were they so terrified of a non-existent threat? The answer is obvious: Iran is NOT a threat to US. It stands instead in the way of Israel's annexing the entire Middle East and having the US taxpayer spend trillions to construct oil pipelines through Iran and Iraq that can be controlled by Israel. In this way, Zionism will control the world's richest oil supplies.
With this impending NIE "on the table," is it hard to imagine that Nancy Pelosi was unaware of it and Israel's intentions? And who did she support? Did she support the American people, the taxpayer, and the American military, or did she support Israel, Cheney and Bush? And if Pelosi, by some astronomical stretch, can be assumed to not know of this impending and damaging NIE, can the same thing be said of Bush?
Think of Bush uttering, "We [French President Nicolas Sarkozy] talked about Iran and the desire to work jointly to convince the Iranian regime to give up their nuclear weapons ambitions, for the sake of peace," as quoted by Associated Press White House Correspondent, Terence Hunt in his December 3rd piece entitled, "Like Iraq, US intel on Iran faulty." Hunt continues: "More ominously, Bush told a news conference Oct. 17, 'I've told people that if you're interested in avoiding World War III, it seems like you ought to be interested in preventing them from having the knowledge necessary to make a nuclear weapon.'"
Hunt then cites former National Intelligence Director John Negroponte's testimony to Congress in January: "'Our assessment is that Tehran is determined to develop nuclear weapons,'" Think of the total absurdity of that more than ridiculous statement. How the hell would Negroponte, or for that matter ANYONE, be able to determine any other human beings intentions? And how do intentions, not acted out, prove wrongdoing or harm actually done? Shortly after that idiotic line of "reasoning," the draft of the current NIE began to take shape.
Hunt quotes Cheney-Bush's hired naysayer, National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley, who "said the president made comments like those 'because he was describing the threat as the intelligence community itself had been describing the threat both publicly and in their briefings to him.'" Hunt continues: "Intelligence officials advised Bush several months ago that they were reevaluating their assessments about Iran. They came to the White House last Wednesday and briefed him on their new findings." Really?! They told Bush "several months ago" that their assessments of Iran's nuclear capability were wrong, but only informed him officially "last Wednesday?" Well I guess in the view of Hunt and his AP, this lets Bush off the hook for the comments he made during the recent Sarkozy visit.
Hunt and the AP continue to apologize for Bush and cover his tail: "The intelligence flip-flop recalled the embarrassing reversal that Bush was forced to make on whether Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction. The conviction that Saddam Hussein had such weapons was one of the factors behind Bush's decision to invade Iraq. It has since been determined that Iraq did not have weapons of mass destruction." Can you believe this crap exemplifying Benjamin Franklin's American journalism???
Hunt needs to be instructed as to the fierce opposition that UN inspectors Hans Blix and Scott Ritter expressed before the Bush War against the innocent Iraqi people. Hunt needs training in the area covered by former Bush Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill who offered that Bush had targeted Saddam and Iran from the very first day he took office. Hunt needs to read and understand the Downing Street Memo and what it means to make intelligence fit policy. And if he demonstrates a grasp of theses simple examples of true fact and events, we just might be able to explain to him that burning white kerosene cannot melt structural steel in skyscrapers.
This evaluation and commentary by Hunt and the Associated Press is pure poppycock and sheer nonsense! It is their desperate attempt to cover for Cheney-Bush to misinform and disinform readers as to the precise nature of the American criminal regime's concocted and deliberately fraudulent intelligence as a pretext for an illegal, unjust, unwarranted and unconstitutional invasion of another nation. The intelligence used by Cheney-Bush was fraudulent and manufactured, not accidental, honest and "faulty."
And you can just bet that Bush will ignore this truthful, factual intelligence assessment with the same level of energy with which he embraced the intelligence and policy lies of weapons of mass destruction, regime change, bringing democracy, and allowing Iraqis to govern themselves.
Ted Lang is a political analyst and freelance writer.
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Antiwar Radio: Charles Goyette Interviews Ray McGovern (December 4th, 2007) http://www.antiwar.com/blog/2007/12/04/ray-mcgovern-8/
Former CIA analyst Ray McGovern discusses the CIA's new National Intelligence Estimate on Iran, his belief that Adm. Fallon probably convinced Adm. McConnell to release it after Cheney kept it from being put out for the last year, ElBaradei's reports that he'd found no "indication" that Iran, the value of the Charles Goyette show, the president's lowered threshold for war, Sen. Webb's bill reminding Bush that he has no authority to start a war and administration claims that Iran is behind the killing of U.S. troops in Iraq. Ray McGovern was a CIA analyst for 27 years - from the John F. Kennedy administration to that of George H. W. Bush. He is a co-founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity.
Bombed If You Do, Bombed If You Don't By Ron Paul http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article18870.htm
The latest National Intelligence Estimate has been greeted by a mixture of relief and alarm. As I have been saying all along, Iran indeed poses no quantifiable imminent nuclear threat to us or her neighbors. It is with much alarm, however, that we see the administration continue to ratchet up the war rhetoric as if nothing has changed. Indeed nothing has changed from the administration's perspective, as they have had this latest intelligence report for some time. Only this week has it been made known to the public. They want it both ways with Iran. On the one hand, they discredit the report entirely, despite it being one of the most comprehensive intelligence reports on the subject, with over 1,000 source notes in the document. On the other hand, when discrediting it fails, they claim that the timing of the abandonment of the weapons program, just as we were invading Iraq, means our pressure must have worked, so we must keep it up with a new round of even tougher sanctions. Russia and China are not buying this, apparently, and again we are finding ourselves on a lonely tenuous platform on the world stage. The truth is Iran is being asked to do the logically impossible feat of proving a negative. They are being presumed guilty until proven innocent because there is no evidence with which to indict them. There is still no evidence that Iran, a signatory of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, has ever violated the treaty's terms and the terms clearly state that Iran is allowed to pursue nuclear energy for peaceful, civilian energy needs. The United States cannot unilaterally change the terms of the treaty, and it is unfair and unwise diplomatically to impose sanctions for no legitimate reason. CLIP
Democrats Seeking Answers About Report on Iran http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/120507L.shtml
Roxana Tiron, of The Hill, reports: "Congressional Democrats are capitalizing on the latest intelligence estimate on Iran's nuclear weapons development to question President Bush's credibility amid an angry stalemate with the White House over funding government operations and the war in Iraq. While many Democrats said they remain cautious about the National Intelligence Estimate's (NIE) conclusion that Iran halted its nuclear weapons development program in 2003, several said that Congress should investigate the discrepancy between the Bush administration's recent doomsday rhetoric on Iran and the NIE's judgments." CLIP
Iran welcomes U.S. report, says atomic plans peaceful (Dec 4, 2007) http://tinyurl.com/yqw6e6
TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran welcomed a U.S. report on Tuesday contradicting assertions by the Bush administration that Tehran was intent on building an atomic bomb, and the Islamic Republic said it was becoming clear its plans were peaceful.The U.S. National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) released on Monday said Iran had halted its nuclear weapons program in 2003. Tehran says it has never had plans to build atomic bombs and only wants to generate electricity.The report could undermine U.S. efforts to convince other world powers to agree on a third package of U.N. sanctions against Iran for defying demands to halt uranium enrichment, a process that has both civilian and military applications. CLIP
IAEA: US Iran Report Matches UN Agency (December 4, 2007) http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,,-7126061,00.html
VIENNA, Austria (AP) - A new U.S. intelligence review that concludes Iran stopped developing a nuclear weapons program in 2003 is consistent with the U.N. atomic watchdog agency's own findings and "should help to defuse the current crisis,'' the organization's chief said Tuesday. "Although Iran still needs to clarify some important aspects of its past and present nuclear activities, the agency has no concrete evidence of an ongoing nuclear weapons program or undeclared nuclear facilities in Iran,'' International Atomic Energy Agency director-general Mohamed ElBaradei said in a statement. CLIP
Bush refuses to rule out Iran strike (Dec 4, 2007) http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1207/7173.html
President Bush refused to rule out a military strike against Iran Tuesday, though he confirmed the latest National Intelligence Estimate showed the Islamic state had halted a weapons program."Iran was dangerous, Iran is dangerous, and Iran will be dangerous if they have the knowledge to make a nuclear weapon," he said at the White House."What's to say they couldn't start another covert nuclear weapons program?" The president was speaking a day after the NIE assessment became public. It found that Iran had halted work on a covert nuclear weapons program four years ago - though an NIE two years ago said Iran was at work on such a program. Bush credited international pressure for the apparent halt of the program, and said it had to be maintained. He rebuffed reporters' suggestions that he and the U.S. had lost credibility on such matters because of the failure to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
Kucinich Calls For B-52 Nuke, New 911 Investigations By Leland Lehrman - US Senate Candidate, New Mexico (10-10-7) http://peaceinspace.blogs.com/911/2007/10/webster-tarpley.html
In 2003/4, I ran Dennis Kucinich's campaign for President in Santa Fe, NM. It was my first political effort since the long journey away from the Republican party into which I had been born. The effort had additional benefits: while planting Kucinch for President signs around Santa Fe, I met a former Captain in US Army Intelligence who was able to substantially add to my understanding of the 9/11 Inside Job. Very substantially. I have never seen the Congressman so morally energized and talented than he was at the standing room only Albuquerque town hall forum. But the real news coming from this event is that Congressman Kucinich, in public comments to me in my job as a newspaper editor, revealed that he supports both an investigation of the nuclear armed B-52 that flew from Minot to Barksdale as well as a full new 911 investigation.In 2004, Kucinich was wary of 9/11 inside job questions from his New Mexico campaign, saying he had no evidence to support such a thesis and acting worried that comments he made might be used against him later. Now, although he didn't describe the nature of his concern, he has made it clear that a full investigation of the events is necessary. Reports from activists during the past months have suggested that he was in favor of a "limited" new 911 investigation. I asked him point blank: "limited or full investigation." His answer: "full investigation." The body language was very clear that we need to get to the bottom of it. Prayers for Dennis are in order, and a contingent of Marine security specialists. The Congressman was equally forceful and certain on the question of the B-52 overflight. With both awareness of the news on the subject and the gravity of the situation, Kucinich immediately agreed that a Congressional investigation should be conducted. My followup question was, "How does one start such an investigation in Congress?" to which Dennis replied with his trademark straight-shooting: "I just did it." Adding to the seriousness of the situation, during his public speech, in front of cameras, news media and roughly 500 supporters, Kucinich stated publicly that were he to be elected, one of his first actions would be to turn over Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Gates, Rice et al to law enforcement for prosecution. Dennis wasn't kidding either, he prefaced this statement with a slow and deliberate announcement that he wanted his stance on the Administration's criminality to be public. The man is serious. After he was done answering my questions, we shook hands and looked straight at each other. He may be running for President, but Dennis is one of us.
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NIE Report - Strategic Setback For Globalist Warmongering? - Don't Count On It
By Joel Skousen
Editor - World Affairs Brief
This week's dramatic consensus analysis by all 16 US intelligence agencies claiming that Iran abandoned its nuclear weapons program in 2003 is not what it seems. The National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) has always been more of a political document to justify administration threat policies than honest intelligence analysis. This one has all the signs of serving multiple political purposes. First, its conclusions exonerating Iran may or may not be true (probably not). Second, this issue is outside the purview of at least half of the supposed 16 separate intelligence agencies, leading us to believe that there was enforced political unanimity rather than real consensus. In real life, the 16 agencies never fully agree on anything, and only the top 3 or 4 are consulted on major issues like this. Third, the leaking of information on source documents justifying these conclusions is never done in legitimate intelligence summaries unless the administration is trying hard to convince the public of something devious. Fourth, the current NIE is a total contradiction of the 2005 NIE. One or both, are therefore suspect. This week, I'll tell my readers what I think the globalists are up to by appearing to cut the rug out from under their own interventionist policies.
President Bush's reaction to this "new" intelligence bordered on an outright fib, bolstering my belief that this whole dramatic revelation is a carefully crafted deception. Bush told the world, "I was made aware of the NIE last week. In August, I think it was Mike McConnell [Director of National Intelligence] came in and said, 'we have some new information.' He didn't tell me what the information was; he did tell me it was going to take a while to analyze."
Nonsense. My reaction to that was identical to former CIA analyst Ray McGovern who said, "The notion that the head of National Intelligence whispered in Bush's ear 'I've got a surprise for you and it's really important, but I'm not going to tell you about it until we check it out' -- The whole thing is preposterous!" --especially when the DNI knows that Bush is making a fool of himself every week decrying Iran's nuclear program. He would at least have told him to hold off on the nuclear claims until we check this out. This story is a complete fabrication by Bush to both save face and obscure the months of devious planning that went into this new NIE.
The previous 2005 NIE which claimed Iran had an active nuclear weapons program was just as flawed as it relied on the discovery of a single laptop computer obtained from an Iranian engineer. The documents on the laptop described two programs, termed L-101 and L-102 which "appeared to be related to weapons work." --Clearly, a less than definitive statement on the evidence.
Contrast this with the current intelligence estimate which has been devastating to this administration's strident campaign to vilify Iran and build the case for military intervention--failing to do so, according to Bush, would "lead to World War III." Using military force on Iran, for now, is politically unjustifiable. That's the BIG change. Iran is trumpeting its vindication to the world--still denying that it ever had a weapons program, but the president's European allies are defying their own public opinion and calling for increased pressure on Iran. As Kaveh L Afrasiabi pointed out in Asia times, "instead of factoring in the sea-change caused by this report, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown have joined hands in a desperate show of unity, calling for staying the course and initiating new sanctions if Tehran continues to defy 'the will of the international community.'"
I believe Iran does have a nuclear weapons program, and I think the US knows it--despite the NIE's new claims. It would be stupid for Iran not to seek to have one. Iran knows it is being targeted by the globalists for military intervention and control. But, my objection to the administration's warmongering agenda is not because Iran is innocent of the charges, but because the intent of the globalists is an even greater evil. It is NOT to ensure our safety, Israel's safety or that of anyone else--the intent is to manage and create conflict that will eventually result in global war, out of which they can justify more global reorganization and control. If Iran is a threat it a limited one, and mostly concerns Israel which is fully capable of defending itself.
Israel, having built up a large media campaign against Iran still insists that Iran has an active nuclear weapons program, and if anyone knows, they do. They have the best spies in the world. This, in itself, is interesting because almost all of US intelligence in this area comes from Israeli sources within Iran. How could the US claim one thing and its primary source another? To bolster its case and counter the NIE, Israeli intends to brief the Joint Chief's Admiral Michael Mullen who will travel to Israel Sunday. He will be meeting with IDF Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Gabi Ashkenazi, and Defense Minister Ehud Barak.
According to the NY Times (the recipients of this convenient leak about the original sources), "American intelligence agencies reversed their view about the status of Iran's nuclear weapons program after they obtained notes last summer from the deliberations of Iranian military officials involved in the weapons development program." The key piece of disinformation here is that they only became aware "last summer." Even if they do have such intercepts the timing of the claim is nonsense. The NIE was already written by last summer, and supposedly suppressed by the administration for more than a year because it failed to support the Bush/Cheney attack plans for Iran. Thus the "new intercept notes" could not have appeared only last summer. It takes months to analyze new and contradictory intelligence, let alone explain how this sudden change gets enacted so quickly into an NIE that takes almost two years to prepare and vet through the various intelligence communities.
By the way, the 16 government entities with intelligence units mentioned in the NIE are: Air Force Intelligence, Army Intelligence, Central Intelligence Agency, Coast Guard Intelligence, Defense Intelligence Agency, Department of Energy (even I wasn't aware of this one), Department of Homeland Security, Department of State, Department of the Treasury, Drug Enforcement Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Marine Corps Intelligence, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, National Reconnaissance Office, National Security Agency, and Navy Intelligence.
According to Sanger and Myers in the NY Times, "The notes included conversations and deliberations in which some of the [Iranian] military officials complained bitterly about what they termed a decision by their superiors in late 2003 to shut down a complex engineering effort to design nuclear weapons, including a warhead that could fit atop Iranian missiles." This is hardly definitive evidence.
In any major "reversal" of intelligence assessments, the new intelligence would have to overcome the weight of all the prior intelligence that establishes claims to the contrary. That isn't done easily unless the previous intel was flimsy (which is close to the truth). A totally new direction can almost never be justified based on one or two intercepts of notes passed between Iranian officials-especially concerning a claim as easy to falsify as "frustration about shutting down a program." One of the most common tactics of deception (straight out of Counter-Intel 101) is to create one or more phony conversations or letters and allow them to be intercepted. Every nation does this. No honest intel officer is going to buy this kind of intercept, claiming "we are shutting down our nuclear program" as legitimate without a lot of corroboration--which, in this case is very difficult, if not impossible, to confirm.
The leaks to the NY Times even addressed this issue: "But they said that the Central Intelligence Agency and other agencies had organized a "red team" to determine if the new information might have been part of an elaborate disinformation campaign mounted by Iran to derail the effort to impose sanctions against it." Naturally, "In the end, American intelligence officials rejected that theory." They don't tell us why.
Despite all these anomalies, the media and public are all too willing to accept the new NIE as fact. It's what most people want to hear. After all, the Bush/Cheney justifications for attacking Iran were looked upon with almost universal suspicion, though repeated without question by the media. Only the most devoted lackeys of President Bush in the US Senate are calling for an investigation to challenge this new assessment.
What is telling is that president Bush still insists that Iran remains a threat. While touting the virtues of continued diplomacy, his rhetoric is just as antagonistic as before. The administration denies no error in judgment, and even went so far as to say the NIE bolstered their own opinions. On the day the NIE was finally released, National Security advisor Stephen J. Hadley gave this predictable interpretation:
"It confirms that we were right to be worried about Iran seeking to develop nuclear weapons.... It tells us that we have made progress in trying to ensure that this does not happen. But the intelligence also tells us that the risk of Iran acquiring a nuclear weapon remains a very serious problem... it concludes with 'moderate confidence' that the program had not restarted as of mid-2007."
That "moderate confidence" statement is all that is needed to give the impression of risk--enough to justify continued hostile demands toward Iran. That is the script Bush seems to be following--demanding that Iran "come clean" and reveal all about past programs. So, while the military option is temporarily off the table, the antagonization strategy continues in full force. Bush is demanding another round of economic and military sanctions against Iran.
Here's what the NIE really does:
1) It affirms in the public's eye that the Bush/Cheney team was right about Iran's weapons program (without having to rigorously justify this to the public). The writers knew that the public's eagerness to believe the weapons program had stopped would negate any further pressure to justify the former claim that Iran's nuclear weapons program actually existed in the first place. Slick.
2) It gives the Bush administration a reason to back down from the attack on Iran (for now).
3) It still guarantees an open-ended threat from Iran: i.e., "If they had a program once, they could have it again."
Matthew Rothschild wrote yesterday, "The risk of Bush attacking Iran is not yet over. When the National Intelligence Estimate on Iran came out earlier this week, a lot of people jumped to the conclusion that Cheney and the hardliners have lost, and so we can all breathe a sigh of relief. Well, I'm not exhaling at the moment--because I still believe Bush and Cheney are going to do the deed.
"First, let's examine what Bush said at his Tuesday press conference: 'Iran was dangerous, Iran is dangerous, and Iran will be dangerous if they have the knowledge necessary to make a nuclear weapon.' Note well that he didn't say Iran will be dangerous when it acquires such a weapon, but prior to that, when it acquires the knowledge to make one. That's a big difference, and it shortens the timetable laid out in the NIE, which doubted Iran would have such a weapon until 2015.
"Bush's new definition allows him to denounce Iran at almost any time on the nuclear issue. He reiterated that 'Iran needs to be taken seriously as a threat to peace,' adding: 'My opinion hasn't changed.' And he remained as macho as ever in boasting that he wouldn't allow Iran to acquire such a weapon while he's around. 'If Iran shows up with a nuclear weapon at some point in time, the world is going to say, what happened to them in 2007? How come they couldn't see the impending danger?' He added five more similar rhetorical questions, and concluded by saying: 'It's not going to happen on my watch.' He also said yet again that 'the best diplomacy' is when 'all options are on the table.'"
MY ANALYSIS: First, let me be very clear. The globalists have not repented of their ultimate intentions of antagonize the world sufficient to cause a massive nuclear retaliation against the country (by Russia and China). That's the real threat we need to be worried about--the next World War they are planning. They may well be postponing this Iran attack date to 2015 to form one of the actual trigger events, much as they have also been giving cover to North Korea's aggressive preparations all these years--because of NK's potential use as a trigger to start a war in the Far East. We will probably see the use of two trigger events, on both sides of the world at different times, as they did in WWII.
But clearly the Bush globalists were planning on attacking Iran now, and that has changed. They were unsuccessful at provoking Iran into a pre-emptive strike, and they had way too many people watching for a US-instigated provocation of Iran. This entire NIE process was done, in my opinion, including all the hype about the supposed infighting between "hawks and realists," merely to give the Bush administration an excuse to back out of the current attack plan--because they wanted to. The big question is WHY?
There are several possibilities, but here is what I think looms largest: While it is the globalists' plan to continue militarily intervention around the world (in the name of democracy and fighting terror) they can only continue this antagonization of the world if the American public remains stupid enough and compliant enough to believe in the phony excuses fed them by the media--by daily interviewing or parroting statements by government officials and neocon shills within the media. It's this latter part of the scheme--keeping the public believing in the intervention agenda--that is failing, and failing rapidly. American's fatigue with war, if not outright anti-war sentiment is growing. It is especially high about Iraq, despite recent claims of success. But, American tolerance for a broad-ranging attack on Iran is simply not there.
I believe the globalist neocons running the Bush administration saw that a perceived unjustified attack on Iran threatened to arouse a major rebellion among Americans that could potentially and radically alter who America would choose in the upcoming presidential primaries. The PTB see this period leading up to the primaries, as a period when their abilities to manipulate public opinion toward their favoured globalist candidates (Giuliani and Clinton) are most at risk of failure. An Iran attack would have exacerbated that risk.
First, the public wasn't buying the justifications. They'd had too much of that in Iraq. Second, increasingly, huge numbers of thinking men and women in the military were becoming critical of this warmongering agenda and actively expressing those opinions on the internet (and donating to Ron Paul's campaign). Even normally supportive yesman Generals in the various services were balking and there was a not-so-minor revolt brewing in the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Third, the surge in support of Ron Paul has them worried, even though they are still confident they can deny him the nomination. They fear that the one way to guarantee an even higher level of support for Paul is to attack Iran, which would have proved Ron Paul right: The price of oil would go shooting up toward $200 a barrel, the public deficit would become even more astronomical, and more hatred against America would result.
Economically, I also think the PTB are very worried. The economy is right on the edge of a major collapse despite appearances on the street. Certainly, higher fuel costs to consumers will continue to syphon off public buying power, as well.
There has been a run on Florida's state investment pool by participating municipalities, fearing that the state's investments in risky subprime mortgages and derivatives will soon become insolvent. That could easily happen in other states as well. Florida has halted further withdrawals from the pool to make sure they don't have to start liquidating investments that might have no real value--exposing how bad things really are.
The only thing keeping a cascade of investment, mortgage and bank failures from happening is the continued massive injection of liquidity by the fed into favoured banks and brokerage houses--countering downward market forces with options plays and more spending. They can't keep this up forever without exacerbating effects on the dollar. In fact, the dollar would be falling more than it is if it weren't for the fact that international holders of dollar reserves are afraid of unloading large blocks of dollars at any one time lest the remaining value of their reserves collapses. The big holders have little choice but to continue holding dollars and/or try to invest them in something of value priced in dollars. That's why the Saudis are buying large stakes in US companies. In short, I believe the PTB may have decided that the fragile state of economic affairs cannot tolerate another oil/war shock right now.
Nevertheless, the attack is merely postponed, not cancelled. It could be a short postponement trying to get past this presidential primary or they could wait for the ultimate war scenario, in the next decade. The specter of Iran's nuclear weapons program can be resurrected as quickly as the NIE put it to rest. Worse, no new NIE will have to justify Iran's weapon's culpability--which was already established by presumption in this latest edition. All they will have to claim is that the weapons program "has been restarted", or worse, that "Iran never did shut it down" Intel of this sort is easy to create when you have access to black operations worldwide.
There is another possibility. Israel could play the role of rebellious sibling and attack Iran on its own. This is still a very real possibility. Iran would then retaliate against both Israel and nearby US troops and the US could then enter the war "reluctantly" and avoid blame in the eyes of the American people. In any case, my analysis is that this is merely a tactical postponement, not a victory for the opposition nor a reason to drop our guard.
The recent disclosure that the latest National Intelligence Estimate concludes that Iran halted its nuclear weapon program several years ago, assuming Iran ever had such a program, has caused consternation among neoconservatives, right-wing Israeli government officials, and Bush regime ranks.
Members of the right-wing Israeli government have denounced the NIE finding as contrary to Israel's interests. Former Bush regime official John Bolton accused America's intelligence agencies with conspiring to discredit President Bush with politicized intelligence. According to Bolton, it is US intelligence agencies, not the neoconservatives, who have their "own agenda." President Bush has promised to continue his threats against Iran regardless of the NIE finding.
The NIE finding puts Bush on the spot by bringing US intelligence up to speed with the International Atomic Energy Agency, whose director has repeatedly reported, as he did on December 4, that "the agency has no concrete evidence of an ongoing nuclear weapons program or undeclared nuclear facilities in Iran."
Bush has been trying to work up an attack on Iran based on a non-existent nuclear weapon program. When asked how he could be threatening World War III with a nuclear-armed Iran when US intelligence (and the International Atomic Energy Agency) cannot find evidence of an Iranian nuclear weapons program, Bush said that "nobody told me" about the new finding.
Absurd say intelligence officials. The White House has known about the finding for six months while Dick Cheney tried to suppress the NIE finding. Neocon National Security Advisor Steve Hadley even lied to the press that the NIE finding was new and that's why Bush didn't know about it.
The unasked question is: What is the real reason the Bush Regime is so determined to attack Iran? We now know for certain that the reason has nothing whatsoever to do with Iranian nukes any more than the US invasion of Iraq had to do with Iraqi nukes. What is the real reason that is driving the Bush Regime to seek to overthrow with military invasions the only MIddle Eastern states that are not US puppets or dependents?
Until we have the answer to this question, we cannot know why the Bush regime wasted two administrations and $1 trillion at the minimum in order to kill and maim civilians in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Bush's insane wars have seen the US dollar plummet in value, the price of oil skyrocket, American's soft power destroyed, and the hardening of opposition to the US worldwide.
What has been gained by these extraordinary sacrifices?
How can the American people and their representatives in the two parties in Congress tolerate a criminal executive branch that uses lies and deceit to lead them into illegal wars for secret reasons?
Surely, no one believes that Bush invaded Iraq because Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, or that Bush and Cheney were working up an attack on Iran because the executive branch did not know of the intelligence findings of its own agencies.
The invasion of Afghanistan also remains unexplained. The Taliban are not Al Qaeda and had nothing to do with 9/11 even in the official version of that event. Bush clearly did not invade Afghanistan in order to capture Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda, who escaped scot free. The Bin Laden/Sept. 11 rationale for Bush's wars has completely disappeared.
Osama and 9/11 were never more than public excuses for a pre-determined agenda.
Why do the US media and the investigative committees of Congress have no interest whatsoever in finding the agenda behind Bush's wars?
How can Americans be a free people living under a rule of law when the president can commit the country to catastrophic wars on the basis of deception and escape all accountability?
And Bush has the chutzpah to call on Iran to "come clean" about its nuclear program or face diplomatic isolation. When is Bush going to "come clean" and tell us the real agenda behind his lies, deceptions, and wars?
Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury in the Reagan administration. He was Associate Editor of the Wall Street Journal editorial page and Contributing Editor of National Review. He is coauthor of The Tyranny of Good Intentions. He can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
War with Iran may be unavoidable: Israeli ambassador (Presstitute and war pimp alert!) http://snipurl.com/1v2j6
"At the current rate of progress Iran will reach the technical threshold for producing fissile material by 2009," he told the British newspaper. "This is a global threat and it requires a global response. It should be made clear that if Iran does not co-operate then military confrontation is inevitable. It is either co-operation or confrontation."
US, Israel collude against Iran http://snipurl.com/1v2j7
Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Michael Mullen met his Israeli counterpart Lieutenant General Gabi Ashkenazi and War Minister Ehud Barak in Tel Aviv on Monday, Israeli sources said.
Shas minister: Americans' attitude to report reminiscent of Auschwitz http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3480595,00.html
"The manner in which the Americans relate to the intelligence report on Iran is similar to the way in which they viewed those reports they received during the Holocaust on railways transporting hundreds of thousands of Jews to their death at Auschwitz,"
Ex-Italian President: Intel Agencies Know 9/11 An Inside Job (CIA-Mossad)
Man who set up Operation Gladio tells Italy's largest newspaper attacks were run by CIA, Mossad
Paul Joseph Watson
December 4, 2007
Former Italian President and the man who revealed the existence of Operation Gladio Francesco Cossiga has gone public on 9/11, telling Italy's most respected newspaper that the attacks were run by the CIA and Mossad and that this was common knowledge amongst global intelligence agencies.
Cossiga was elected President of the Italian Senate in July 1983 before winning a landslide 1985 election to become President of the country in 1985.
Cossiga gained respect from opposition parties as one of a rare breed - an honest politician - and led the country for seven years until April 1992.
Cossiga's tendency to be outspoken upset the Italian political establishment and he was forced to resign after revealing the existence of, and his part in setting up, Operation Gladio - a rogue intelligence network under NATO auspices that carried out bombings across Europe in the 60's, 70's and 80's. Gladio's specialty was to carry out what they coined "false flag operations," terror attacks that were blamed on their domestic and geopolitical opposition.
In March 2001, Gladio agent Vincenzo Vinciguerra stated, in sworn testimony, "You had to attack civilians, the people, women, children, innocent people, unknown people far removed from any political game. The reason was quite simple: to force ... the public to turn to the state to ask for greater security."
Cossiga's new revelations appeared last week in Italy's oldest and most widely read newspaper, Corriere della Sera. Below appears a rough translation.
"[Bin Laden supposedly confessed] to the Qaeda September [attack] to the two towers in New York [claiming to be] the author of the attack of the 11, while all the [intelligence services] of America and Europe ... now know well that the disastrous attack has been planned and realized from the CIA American and the Mossad with the aid of the Zionist world in order to put under accusation the Arabic Countries and in order to induce the western powers to take part ... in Iraq [and] Afghanistan."
Cossiga first expressed his doubts about 9/11 in 2001, and is quoted in Webster Tarpley's book as stating that "The mastermind of the attack must have been a "sophisticated mind, provided with ample means not only to recruit fanatic kamikazes, but also highly specialized personnel. I add one thing: it could not be accomplished without infiltrations in the radar and flight security personnel."
Coming from a widely respected former head of state, Cossiga's assertion that the 9/11 attacks were an inside job and that this is common knowledge amongst global intelligence agencies is highly unlikely to be mentioned by any establishment media outlets, because like the hundreds of other sober ex-government, military, air force professionals, allied to hundreds more professors and intellectuals - he can't be sidelined as a crackpot conspiracy theorist.
From: Kathy Roberts (email@example.com)
Subject: More Mutiny Against Bush? Real Numbers Released on Vets
Date: 11 Dec 2007
On the heels of the National Intelligence Estimate...
Department of Veteran's Affairs, in conjunction with the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has released the truth because they need the American People to know our military is literally, destroyed.
They cannot release these horrific numbers via the chain of command because they are under orders to conceal the truth at all costs, so they let slip a report which now cannot be "un-slipped."
Percentage of combat troops who filed Disability Claims 36%
Soldiers, by nature, typically don't complain. They don't want to be perceived (by idiots) as being weak, or complainers, or looking to get out of work/danger. In other words, the real impact of those who are disabled from the US invasions in Iraq, Afghanistan and other Nations, is not fully reflected in the official Veterans Affairs numbers.
Why are the government numbers of 3,777 as of 9-7-7 are so low? The answer is simple, the government does not want the 73,846 dead U.S. soldiers killed in the Gulf to date to be compared to the 55,000 U.S. soldiers killed in Vietnam, lest we all conclude Iraq = Vietnam.
What the government is doing is only counting the soldiers that die in action before they can get them into a helicopter or ambulance. Any soldier who is shot but they get into a helicopter before he dies is not counted.
73,846 dead U.S. soldiers for this scale operation using weapons of mass destruction is not high - we expect the great majority of U.S. soldiers who took part in the invasion of Iraq to die of uranium poisoning, which can take decades to kill.
More than 1,820 tons (3-million, 640 thousand pounds) of radio-active nuclear waste uranium were exploded into Iraq alone in the form of armor piercing rounds and bunker busters, representing the worlds worst man made ecological disaster ever. 64 kg of uranium were used in the Hiroshima bomb. The U.S. Iraq Nuclear Holocaust represents far more than fourteen thousand Hiroshima atomic bombs.
The nuclear waste the U.S. has exploded into the Middle East will continue killing for BILLIONS of years and can wipe out more than a third of life on earth. Gulf War Veterans who have ingested the uranium will continue to die off over a number of years.
From a victors perspective, above any major war in history, The Gulf War has taken the severest toll on soldiers.
So far, more than one million people have been slaughtered in the illegal invasion of Iraqi by the U.S.. This is genocide of the highest order.
Iraqi birth defects are up 600% - the same will apply to U.S. Veterans.
Statistics and evidence published by the government and mainstream media in no way reflect the extreme gravity of the situation.
Those working for the government and media must wake up and take responsibility for immediately reversing this U.S. Holocaust. Understanding who is manipulating all of us is critical for all of us.
For those of you who doubt the veracity of this story, who naively believe it can't be true because if it were true, you would have heard it from the government or from the main stream media, can see the proof yourselves directly from the United States Department of Veteran's Affairs web site -Source:
This story is 100% accurate. 100% true. 100% verifiable.
From the bottom of page 9:
1. The total number of service members ever identified by DoD with possible low-level chemical warfare agent exposure serving in units in the hazard areas at or near Khamisiyah, Iraq is 145,472 as of June 30, 2006.
In this report, VBA displayed compensation and pension statistics on 145,456 service members. VA and DoD have completed their fourth quarter 2006 review of service member records. However, there is a possibility of future changes, if needed, based on further review by DoD.
PEOPLE'S REACTIONS TO GOVERNMENT CENSORSHIP DEPEND ON THEIR VIEWS OF PRESIDENT BUSH http://researchnews.osu.edu/archive/censor.htm
COLUMBUS , Ohio How people respond to the U.S. government's attempts to censor some war-related images comes down to whether or not they are supporters of President Bush, a new study suggests.Researchers at Ohio State University surveyed 600 people and asked them if they were interested in viewing photos or videos of the caskets containing dead U.S. soldiers arriving in the United States from Iraq and Afghanistan . The catch was that, prior to being asked whether they wanted to view the images, half of the survey respondents were told about a U.S. government policy which prevents the widespread dissemination of such images through the media.One prominent psychological theory suggests that when people are told they can't see something, they want to see it even more.This is not at all what we found, said Andrew Hayes, an associate professor of communication at Ohio State University and one of the authors of the study.In general, Bush supporters expressed less interest in viewing these images than respondents who didn't support Bush in the 2004 election. However, how Bush supporters responded was affected by whether they were first told about the policy.Among Bush supporters first told about the policy, only 28 percent expressed some interest in viewing the images, after adjusting for the influence of such factors as the respondent's age, sex, and education. However, among Bush supporters who were not first told about the policy, 49 percent expressed some interest. So being told about the policy reduced rather than increased Bush supporters' interest in seeing the images, Hayes said.In contrast, 70 percent of people who didn't support Bush in the 2004 election expressed interest in seeing the images, regardless of whether or not they were told about the policy.In essence, the influence of information about the policy depended on their views of President Bush, Hayes said. When the president creates a policy, it can act as a form of persuasive message. As with any message, how a person reacts will depend on how they view the credibility of the source. CLIP
Kucinich: Iraq War Funding Deal Is Immoral http://www.afterdowningstreet.org/?q=node/29282
"It is immoral for Congress to make a deal to keep this war going. It is immoral to keep a war going that is based on lies. And it is immoral to make a deal to claim legislative victories unrelated to the war while at the same time spending money to keep the war going," Kucinich said.
CANADA: Call for a New Investigation into the Events of September 11, 2001
We are writing this letter to call your attention to evidence that has been gathered by many experts surrounding the horrific events of September 11, 2001 in the United States of America. There are countless numbers of citizens from all walks of life including hundreds of engineers, professors, architects, military officers, lawyers, law enforcement and government officials, entertainment and media professionals, 9/11 survivors and family members who have serious questions concerning the legitimacy of The 9/11 Commission Report. It is a severe injustice, not only to the thousands of victims of that event, but also to the hundreds of thousands of victims of subsequent wars in both Iraq and Afghanistan to ignore this evidence.
Dr. Steven E. Jones, Former Professor of Physics, of Brigham Young University, has written an extensive scientific analysis of the collapse of the World Trade Centre (WTC) Buildings 1, 2 and 7. Here is a summary of his evidence:
* WTC7 which was not hit by an airplane and had only a few small scattered fires collapsed rapidly and nearly-straight-down symmetrically into its own footprint on September 11, 2001.
* There were twenty-four huge steel support columns inside WTC 7 as well as huge trusses, arranged non-symmetrically, along with some fifty-seven perimeter columns.
* Evidence of squibs observed during the collapse of WTC7 going up the side of the building in rapid sequence provides further confirmation of explosives.
* In the history of architecture, there is no modern, steel-reinforced high-rise building that has ever collapsed because of an uncontrolled fire. The owner, Larry Silverstein, admitted that WTC7 was "pulled" which is an industry term for controlled demolition.
* The temperature required to melt steel is 1510° C while the maximum burning temperature of hydrocarbon fires is 825°C. (Note: Oxygen-starved diffuse flames burn far cooler as the dark smoke indicated, particularly in the South Tower, and are well below 800°C.)
* Evidence of molten steel was found in the basements of all three buildings, WTC 1, 2 (Twin Towers) and 7 which glowed red hot for weeks after the event.
* Numerous reports of multiple loud explosions in rapid sequence being heard in and near the WTC Twin Towers consistent with explosive demolition.
* Horizontal ejection of steel beams for hundreds of feet and the pulverization of concrete to flour-like powder observed in the collapses of the WTC Towers further indicate the use of explosives.
* Evidence of iron-rich microsheres found in the dust collected near ground zero shortly after 9/11 indicate steel reached temperatures much higher than the combustion temperature of jet fuel. (This, too, is consistent with planned demolition.)
* The speed of the collapses was at near free fall speed. This violates the law of conservation of momentum (one of the foundational laws of physics). There would have been substantial delay if the pancake theory were true.
* If the buildings collapsed due to the impact of the airplanes and the fires, as the pancake theory claims, the 47 massive core steel columns in the centre of the Twin Towers would still be standing.
* The WTC Twin Towers were built to withstand the impact of a large commercial aircraft even a Boeing 707 as reported by John Knapton, Professor of Structural Engineering at the University of Newcastle.
The official story of the Bush administration simply does not make sense as the foregoing scientific evidence clearly reveals. We are attaching an Appendix to our letter setting out further contradictions and evidence from Dr. David R. Griffin. This evidence suggests that 9/11 was a false flag operation. Based on this evidence, we are calling for a legally binding international criminal investigation into the events of September 11, 2001. Thousands of innocent civilians including 24 Canadians died in this tragic event. 9/11 was one of the most pivotal events in human history. The United States has launched an unending "War on Terror" which threatens the future of humanity. War is itself an act of terror.
There remain many unanswered questions but so far the evidence speaks for itself. The Bush administration used this tragic event to further its goals in the Middle East and Central Asia, namely, for control over its vast oil and natural gas reserves, the projection of American power and control over the region, profits for the military-industrial complex, and the forced inclusion of those nations into the global financial/economic system.
Consequences of 9/11
The current Conservative government and prior Liberal governments, using 9/11 and the war on terror, have engaged in an illegal war of aggression in Afghanistan in support of a government dominated by warlords and druglords. We are seeing the erosion of civil liberties in Canada, such as, our military's complicity in the use of torture; anti-terrorism laws; racial profiling; the use of Security Certificates which according to Amnesty International "falls dismally short of what would be required to meet minimal international and constitutional fair trial guarantees"; detention without trial; no-fly lists; militarization of the police forces; and government harassment of activists.
In violation of our sovereignty, the government is implementing regional integration under the Security and Prosperity Partnership agreement which was established in secret without the consent of the people. This agreement effectively gives control over every aspect of our society to an unelected and unaccountable supranational body. The Canadian and US Military have been integrated under NORTHCOM.
We are calling upon you to establish a citizen led international investigation into the events of 9/11 and an end to Canada's involvement with US war crimes. Canada needs to develop its own foreign, economic and social policies which promote co-operation, peace, and stability for the sake of our nation and the rest of the world.
A 2004 Zogby poll indicates that 63% of Canadians believe the US administration had advance knowledge of the strikes and did nothing about it. (http://www.zogby.com/search/ReadNews.dbm?ID=855) Let us assure you that most of the public knows the truth and are undergoing an awakening. When this awakening reaches its natural conclusion, we fully expect there to be trials at the International Criminal Court in the Hague after which many people will go to prison.
We expect you to respond to our letter in support of a new investigation. We are not asking you to take a position as to who did it or why, only to state that the official investigation was deficient and that you support a new investigation. This
is your opportunity to take a stand for justice and against Canada's involvement with US war crimes. The stakes are high and whether you know it or not you are standing at the crossroads of history.
We are sending an original of this letter to each leader of the four sitting parties, the Canadian Action Party, and the Green Party with a copy to each Member of Parliament. Enclosed with each original letter is a DVD entitled "9/11 Mysteries" which shows a detailed scientific analysis of the destruction of the WTC Twin Towers and Building 7.
We thank you in anticipation of your considered response.
Victoria 9/11 Truth
Forwarded by Phyllis (firstname.lastname@example.org) on Dec 10
Announcements and Updates from G. Edward Griffin - December 10, 2007
RON PAUL AND THE FEDERAL RESERVE
When my book on the Federal Reserve was first published in 1994, public concern over our money and banking system was almost non existent. The economy appeared to be robust, employment was high, and most people were enjoying the good life. The message of my book, however, was that we were living in a fool's paradise and that, unless the Federal Reserve's monetary policies were drastically altered, the day of reckoning would soon be upon our nation. I predicted that the economy would plummet, that the middle class would take the greatest hit, that the living standard for most people would go down, that our currency would be so weakened that it would be abandoned in favor of a regional currency and, eventually, a global currency, that this would further stifle what would be left of our economy, and that American sovereignty would be lost to regional and then global government.
That was an unwanted message, and it certainly went upstream against the popular wisdom that flowed from bankers and politicians, all of whom insisted that such a view was delusionary - all, that is, except one: Congressman Ron Paul. When my manuscript was completed and before it was even set in type, I sent a copy to him with the request that he write a brief statement that we could use on the book's cover. To my delight, he wrote this: "A superb analysis. Be prepared for one heck of a journey through time and mind."
This meant a great deal to me, because Ron Paul was, and is, one of the nation's top experts on money and banking. For years, he has served on the House Banking Committee and always can be counted on to ask the most probing questions of the Chairman of the Federal Reserve whenever he testifies before Congress.
In the years since then, the economy has slowly unwound and, unfortunately, all of my predictions are coming true. Public euphoria and apathy have given way to deep concern and a desperate search for solutions. Looking for solutions is a good sign, but the bad news is that few people will go to the trouble of understanding the true nature of the problem and will be easy prey for false solutions. They will not realize that the economic troubles we now face are caused by a bank monopoly over the issuance of fiat money. If they don't understand that, they will likely look to the same people who caused the problem in the first place to provide the solution - and the solution, of course, will be more of exactly the same policies that created the problem. In other words, an uninformed electorate will clamor for its own destruction.
This is the scenario that, until a few months ago, I thought was almost inevitable. But that was before the Ron Paul Revolution began to materialize. Now I believe there is a real possibility for a groundswell of awakening at the grass roots level, the likes of which has never before been seen in history. Hundreds of thousands of Americans spontaneously are joining together to champion the principle of limited government. At present, they are focused primarily on supporting our troops around the world by bringing them home and on restoring personal liberties that have been taken by so-called anti-terrorism laws. However, along the way, these same people are being drawn into discussion of related issues and rapidly are beginning to see the larger picture in which economic freedom is just as important as freedom of speech and the right to travel. In this groundswell, the Federal Reserve has lost its mystique, and the common man is beginning to see it for the fraud it really is. Miracle of miracles: the electorate is becoming informed!
How fortunate we are that this movement is centered on the presidential campaign of Ron Paul, because there are no other candidates out there who understand the Federal Reserve well enough to take it on and debate the issue with bankers and academics. He repeatedly has called for the abolition of the Fed, so we know from the get-go exactly where he stands. Where others may speak critically about the Fed to please voters and then do nothing to change it, Ron Paul has made it clear that he intends, not to appease the Creature, but to slay it. There is no other solution, and thank God for a man who has the political guts to say so. There is hope for America yet!
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