Saturday, November 13, 2010

EU Referendum Law Dismissed by Skeptics

Ministers have published the EU Bill, which they promised will give a new legal guarantee that any transfer of British sovereignty to Brussels will be subject to a UK referendum.

The Bill promises that any major new EU treaty or any decision that would end Britain’s veto on areas like social and financial policy would be subject to a “referendum lock”.

However, the final decision on what triggers a referendum will rest with the Government, and opponents of EU integration said that ministers will still be able to refuse any popular vote.'


UK Parliament is Rotten to the Core

This culture of deception became a perfectly normal instrument of government under New Labour, and, in due course, I documented hundreds of examples in my book, The Rise of Political Lying. One of the worst cases was Tony Blair’s notorious dossier of September 2002 which made the case for the Iraq War. Had this document been an offer-for-sale prospectus, Blair’s fatal tendency to convert speculation into incontrovertible fact would have invited the attention of the fraud squad.

The toleration of deceit carried on for years after the Iraq invasion, reaching its culmination with last year’s expenses scandal, when this newspaper disclosed the appalling truth that the House of Commons itself was engaged in a gigantic conspiracy to steal from the British taxpayer. The scale of the fraud was so audacious that our leading politicians had no choice but to acknowledge that something had gone horribly wrong.

To his credit, David Cameron responded with a promise to restore trust in British politics. Six months have now passed – enough time to make a preliminary judgment on how the Prime Minister is carrying out this task. Sadly, the conclusion must be that little has changed.'


Speeding Fines Banned by German Judge

A judge is refusing to punish any more speeding drivers – because he says police use cameras to fill up empty municipal coffers.

Helmut Knoener, based in the British Army garrison town of Herford, Germany, has let off more than 40 drivers in a week.

He is issuing no more penalties until MPs look “at how and why speed cameras are used”.'


Eat a Bagel, Lose Your Baby

The ACLU of Pennsylvania recently filed a civil rights lawsuit on behalf of a couple whose newborn baby was kidnapped by Lawrence County Children and Youth Services (LCCYS) because her mother recklessly consumed an "everything" bagel from Dunkin' Donuts the day before the birth.

Jameson Hospital, where Isabella Rodriguez was born on April 27, has a policy of testing expectant mothers' urine for illegal drugs and reporting positive results to LCCYS, even without any additional evidence that the baby is in danger of neglect or abuse.

LCCYS, in turn, has a policy of seizing such babies from their homes based on nothing more than the test result. Unfortunately for Isabella's parents, Elizabeth Mort and Alex Rodriguez, Jameson sets the cutoff level for its opiate test so low that it can be triggered by poppy seeds, which is why two caseworkers and two Neshannock Township police officers visited their home the day after baby and mother returned from the hospital. LCCYS seized the three-day-old girl and put her in foster care for five days before conceding it had made a mistake.'


Revisiting American History - Financial Empire

Illuminati Vowed in 1969: 'Travel Will Be More Difficult'

In 1969, Rockefeller Insider Dr. Richard Day predicted the future in these terms:

" Travel ... would become very restricted. People would need permission to travel and they would need a good reason to travel. If you didn't have a good reason for your travel you would not be allowed to travel, and everyone would need ID... later on some sort of device would be developed to be implanted under the skin that would be coded specifically to identify the individual".'


Quantitative Easing Explained

The Hidden Hand that Shaped History

Has the course of History been directed by a small group of people with common interests? The paintings and pictures of the great men of the past centuries reveal a common thread which links them together. Is it a coincidence that many of them hid one of their hands when posing for a portrait? It seems unlikely. We’ll look at the Masonic origin of the “hidden hand” and the powerful men who used the sign in famous portraits.'


In Motion: The Plot To Destroy The United States

Plans are in motion for a “false flag” attack on America. Iran will be blamed, everyone knows that and Iran will be totally innocent. This is the last thing Iran would ever want. The most likely scenario is a nuclear attack. Two bombs are missing, bombs built by Israel in South Africa and lost long ago. These were supposedly Saddam’s bombs. Now we are told Iran has them. Israel has had them all along and the fear, they may be inside the United States already.

The Israeli game with these weapons is one of the worst kept secrets in the world and has already cost the deaths of many. It will take nothing short of the detonation of one of this Hiroshima sized Israeli nukes to push America into Israel’s war with Iran, much as hunting for these nukes which Israel informed President Bush were in Iraq, led “the decider” to making one of the many blunders of his career. Our next 9/11 will be nuclear.'


Kill JPMorgan With A Silver Bullet - Max Keiser Starts A Revolution Against The Silver Manipulator

Our Destiny: Digital Nomads in a Virtual Void

Britain is a surreal place to be living right now.

The infamous Ministry of Defense trend report for 2007-35 projects the British middle classes 'becoming revolutionary, taking on the role of Marx's proletariat.'

I should be seeing the start of the ferment.

Our living standards are being attacked: people are losing their jobs, there is fast inflation, taxes are increasing and every year hordes of young people leave university to few job opportunities.

And yet there is virtually no anger at all. The conversation between people is as trivial and inane as ever.'


The Fight to Save Social Security Begins

With national elections barely over, Republicans and Democrats unveiled their real political agenda, in the form of Obama's Deficit Reduction Commission. The bi-partisan commission has a nightmare vision for working people that, if implemented, will remold American society to mirror the current ruler of U.S. politics -- the corporations and wealthy.'


Students Protest, Israeli Soldiers Tear Gas Elementary School On Anniversary of Yasser Arafat’s Death

Soldiers tear gassed a girls elementary school in Beit Ommar this morning following a student demonstration commemorating the anniversary of Yasser Arafat’s death. Three hundred students ages 7 to 15 marched from the Beit Ommar il-Assasiyya boys school to the checkpoint at the entrance of the village waving Palestinian flags and chanting against the occupation. Several students gave speeches in memory of Yasser Arafat.

Soldiers responded by shooting teargas and sound bombs into Zaharet il-madayim, a Palestinian girls elementary school, and into the preschool next door. 30 girls ages 3 to 13 suffered tear gas inhalation. This morning marked the third time in the past two years that soldiers have shot tear gas into the school.'


If U.S. Won't Prosecute Bush, at Least 145 Other Countries Should

But if no action is taken against Bush in his home country, that opens the possibility of indictment in a third country.

A total of 145 other countries, including Canada, are signatories to the U.N. Convention Against Torture. And all signatories have committed to enforcing its provisions, even against offenders residing in other territories.

Therefore, with varying degrees of success, proceedings have been initiated in Spain and Belgium against foreign heads of state, notably the Chilean Pinochet. Water boarding is now considered a form of torture worldwide, and those responsible must be prosecuted.'


French Government Spying on Media Exposed

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has come under criticism for allegedly recruiting a surveillance unit to spy on journalists amid reports of government corruption.

The allegations first surfaced following a report in September by the daily newspaper Le Monde, in which the Central Directorate of Interior Intelligence (DCRI) -- the French equivalent of the CIA-- was accused of involvement in tracking down an anonymous source in the scandal linked to L'Oreal heiress Liliane Bettencourt's illegal donations to Sarkozy's 2007 presidential campaign, the Globe and Mail reported on Friday.

According to the report, the French president has allegedly set up and supervised a special unit of the secret service to tip off journalists, who launch reports or conduct any investigation into a string of affairs ranging from tax evasion to influence peddling to a conflict of interest involving Betencourt and Labor Minister Eric Woerth.'


Gaza-Bound Activists Detained in Greece

Greek commandos are holding a group of aid workers captive on board a relief ship that was supposed to deliver supplies to Gaza, reports say.

The Road to Hope charity, which organized the cargo delivery to Gaza, said the Maltese-registered vessel was in Greece with 10 aid workers -- seven Britons, two Irish and an Algerian -- on board as well as several Libyan police officers and a senior port official.

The Greek commandos boarded the Strofades IV late on Thursday as the ship approached Pireaus Harbor, the main port in Athens, and have allegedly taken the aid workers captive, Greek media reported on Friday.

The aid workers said the Greek commandos were treating them like terrorist suspects, media outlets reported.'


Council on Foreign Relations Confirms US Longer Stay in Afghanistan

US Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) has confirmed that American troops will remain in war-ravaged Afghanistan for at least four more years.

President of the CFR Leslie Gelb says the new date will be the focus of discussions between world leaders at the NATO summit in Lisbon later this month.

He described the new transition date as a devastating truth for Americans.'


Friday, November 12, 2010

Clegg – The Man who Betrayed us All

Two months before the general election, Nick Clegg warned there would be "riots" on the streets if the Conservatives introduced extreme cuts. Now they have begun – and Clegg himself is the chief cutter.

There was a whiplash moment this Wednesday. Inside the House of Commons, a pale-faced and barely coherent Clegg was championing the trebling of tuition fees at Prime Minister’s Question Time, despite the fact he promised before the election to “implacably oppose” this move because it would be “a disaster”.

Then, in a low rumble, the chants of the 50,000 betrayed students massed outside began to echo into the chamber. He began to stumble: “We have stuck to our ambition? our wider ambition?” (Laughter, jeers). “Our policy is more progressive?” (Hoots from all sides, including his own.) “The truth is before the election we didn’t know...” The chants got louder, and the excuses got more contorted.

Clegg is one of the great mysteries of British politics. Before the election, he told us “there isn't a serious economist in the world who agrees with the Conservatives... [that] we should pull the rug out from under the economy with immediate spending cuts.” Now he is one of the leading champions of doing exactly that. In just a few days after the election, he cleared a space in his swanky new ministerial offices and staged a bonfire of his principles.'


Warning of New Era of Surveillance State

Britain is heading for a new surveillance state of unmanned spy drones, GPS tracking of employees and profiling through social networking sites, the information watchdog has warned.'


Glenn Beck Says Government Will Stage False Flag Terror to Discredit Opposition

ALIPAC Issues Alert to Fight Pelosi's Push for Dream Act Amnesty

Americans for Legal Immigration PAC (ALIPAC) is issuing a national alert today in response to reports by Politico that Nancy Pelosi has asked Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) and Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.) to marshal Democratic members of Congress behind a push to pass the Dream Act Amnesty during the lame duck session.

ALIPAC has helped to defeat the Dream Act Amnesty legislation, dubbed the Nightmare Act, five times in the last five years because the legislation would reward millions of illegal aliens with amnesty, citizenship, and voting rights that would destabilize American politics and displace millions of American voters...

"Americans have suffered enough from the betrayal of politicians like Nancy Pelosi and their illegal alien allies," said William Gheen President of ALIPAC. "Millions of jobs stolen, billions of dollars of taxpayer resources stolen, billions of dollars of wages depressed, and tens of thousands of Americans killed by illegal immigration and our government's failure to enforce existing border and immigration laws. Now Pelosi and the Democrats and the traitors on the Republican side want to turn millions of illegals into voters. Not on our watch!"


Murdoch: A Fear Monger and a War Monger

Rupert Murdoch the warmonger encouraged George W. Bush’s maniacal killing spree in Iraq. He convinced Tony Blair to support Bush’s madness.

Murdoch the fear monger campaigns on two fronts: to instil holocaust fears in Jews and fear of retribution and guilt in critics of Israel.

Popular news commentator Keith Olbermann of MSNBC’s nightly programme Countdown once dubbed Australian-born American media magnate Rupert Murdoch “the worst person in the world".'


Matt Taibbi: Courts Helping Banks Screw Over Homeowners

This is the dirty secret of the rocket docket: The whole system is set up to enable lenders to commit fraud over and over again, until they figure out a way to reduce the stink enough so some judge like Soud can sign off on the scam. "If the court finds for the defendant, the plaintiffs just refile," says Parker, the local attorney. "The only way for the caseload to get reduced is to give it to the plaintiff. The entire process is designed with that result in mind".'


Bill in the Works To Make All Fraud of Banks Retrospectively Legal

After years of negative judicial decisions about the use of a straw-man on mortgages, MERS was about to lose its existence as well as its credibility. But now all of that is set to change as Wall Street money is pouring into the coffers of those who are receptive (i.e., almost everyone in Congress). The legislation is already being drafted under the interstate commerce clause to ratify MERS and everything it did retroactively.

It appears that the Obama administration is ready to pardon all the securitization deviants by signing this bill into law. This information is corroborated by several people who are in sensitive positions — persons who would be the first to know such proposals.'


While You Lose Your Homes, The US Government Spends Your Taxes to Arm Israel

U.S. weaponry, ammunition and war supplies stored in Israel will reach a record $1.2 billion by 2012 under legislation aimed at increasing operational readiness of U.S. forces and their allies in high-threat areas.

Under recently passed amendments to the Foreign Assistance Act governing U.S. War Reserves Stockpiles for Allies (WRSA), the value of U.S. weapons to be prepositioned in Israel will reach $1 billion in 2011, with another $200 million added in 2012, U.S. and Israeli sources say.

Once implemented, the amount of U.S.-owned and -controlled materiel available for Israel's emergency use will have jumped threefold from pre-2007 levels of some $400 million.'


Billionaire Launches Campaign to Slash Social Security

Why does a billionaire want to take away your Social Security benefits?

Peter Peterson is 84 years old. He’s old enough to relax and enjoy the fruits of the years he was well paid for managing other rich people’s money. Why is he spending his fortune to convince politicians they should ruin the average guy’s retirement?

Today Peterson announced the next facet in his long campaign to hack Social Security, including a joke Presidential candidate named Hugh Jidette (“huge debt”) and a website called Owe No. His aim is to convince Congress to raise the retirement age, cut Social Security’s cost-of-living increases—and raise the payroll taxes we pay for Social Security and Medicare.

It wouldn’t matter what one cranky octogenarian billionaire had to say if he weren’t putting $6 million into ads, funding “expert” commissions, and spreading lies designed to panic the populace. '


How the government-corporation coalition (fascists) are seeking to create a business monopoly that excludes the people

Newly Declassified Files: Israeli False Flag Attack on U.S. Motivated 1963 Senate Investigations

Fears of false flag and foreign funded covert operations designed to influence U.S. policy drove the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to launch exhaustive investigations and call for warranted enforcement of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). A newly declassified March 17, 1961 memo unsealed and released by the National Archives and Records Administration on October 21, 2010 outlined the Senate's rationale for investigating Israel lobbying groups and other foreign agents active across the United States.

"In recent years there has been an increasing number of incidents involving attempts by foreign governments, or their agents, to influence the conduct of American foreign policy by techniques outside normal diplomatic channels.....there have been occasions when representatives of other governments have been privately accused of engaging in covert activities within the United States and elsewhere, for the purpose of influencing United States Policy (the Lavon Affair)".'


The Codex, Fluoride, Auschwitz, Monsanto Connection

What do Codex Alimentarius with its official food standards, the fluoridation of our water and food supply, genocide at the Auschwitz concentration camp, and Monsanto, the company responsible for genetically altering the world’s food supply all have in common? Is there a connection that binds these seemingly diverse organizations together? Yes, there is. In fact, they are so inextricably bound that separating them is all but impossible.

Let’s start at the beginning with Auschwitz and connect the dots.'


Nation States are Dead: EU Chief Says the Belief That Countries can Stand Alone is a 'Lie and an Illusion'

The age of the nation state is over and the idea that countries can stand alone is an ‘illusion’ and a ‘lie’, the EU president believes.

In one of the most open proclamations of the goal of a European superstate since the heyday of Jacques Delors, Herman Van Rompuy went on to denounce Eurosceptism as the greatest threat to peace.

Tory backbenchers condemned the inflammatory comments in the speech made by Mr Van Rompuy to mark the 21st anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

They said it proved that David Cameron would have a battle on his hands if he is to prevent extra powers being handed to Brussels.'


Charles Lindbergh's - September 11, 1941 Des Moines Speech

84 Percent of Doctors Still Being Bribed by Drug Companies

The team at Harvard University and Massachusetts General Hospital did a national survey of 1,900 primary care doctors in 2009 about their contacts with drug companies.

They found 84 percent reported some type of relationship with drug companies, compared with 94 percent in 2004.

About two thirds accepted drug samples, 70 percent accepted food or beverages from drug companies and 14 percent accepted payment in exchange for their professional services, they reported in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

"We found a significant decline overall in the percentage of physicians who have relationships with industry," Eric Campbell of Massachusetts General, who led the study, said in a telephone interview.'


'Peace Envoy' / Former War Criminal Tony Blair : Glossing Over Remembrance Day

Given the still mounting death toll of the people of Iraq and Afghanistan and America, British and "coalition" youth, lives condemned by former President Bush and former Prime Minister Blair, on spurious claims at best and outright untruths at worst, it might be expected they would be spending some time on their knees in a place of sanctity and offering condolences to the bereaved.

Mr Bush's plans are unknown, but Mr Blair's are tastelessly bizarre. The man with streets and children named after him in Kosova, recipient of the Congressional Medal, Liberty Medal and other glittering honors, is to address a conference of manufacturers of toilets, toilet paper and cleaners, tampons, and vacuums, at the International Sanitary Suppliers Association (ISSA) in Orlando, Florida. He will rake in an estimated £50,000 for a forty five minute address.

Blair, of course, famously, reportedly, cleaned out No 10 Downing Street, when he left, of the gifts given him as Prime Minister. Anything over £140, is supposed to be property of the nation, but seemingly fine carpets, jewellery and all manner of collectables, moved with the Blairs.'


Afghanistan War: Bulldozing Through Kandahar

The U.S. military has destroyed hundreds of Afghan civilian homes, farm houses, walls, trees and plowed through fields and buildings using explosives and bulldozers in war-torn Zhari district, a practice that has begun to anger Afghan villagers.

The much anticipated third phase of the Kandahar campaign, called Operation Dragon Strike, has U.S. troops from the 2nd brigade, 101st Airborne Division pushing into a dangerous swath of once-Taliban dominated territory from Highway 1 to the Arghandab River.

But it has come at much material cost to the Afghans, who complain that the troops are destroying their property, leaving some homeless and blocking their irrigation canals —potentially derailing the all-important counterinsurgency strategy that aims to win the hearts and minds of regular Afghans.'


Haiti Cholera Death Toll Reaches 800

The death toll from Haiti's cholera outbreak has soared to 800 as the quake-hit country continues to fight its second major humanitarian crisis this year.

The number of fatalities has risen steadily since the beginning of the outbreak more than three weeks ago in the impoverished Caribbean nation.

The emergency in Haiti created by the cholera epidemic is worsening, according to Ezra Barzilay, an epidemiologist at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).'


Obama May Extend Tax Cuts for Rich

The Obama administration has signaled that a pending agreement could extend a Bush-era tax cut that benefits high-income Americans.

President Barack Obama's senior adviser David Axelrod said the agreement would be the only way to ensure that lower tax rates for middle-income Americans continue.

In an interview with the Huffington Post earlier this week, Axelrod emphasized that Obama did not want to “trade away security for the middle class.”

Separately, White House Spokesman Amy Brundage voiced concerns over the prospect of making the high-income tax cuts permanent, saying that Obama was trying to broker a deal with congressional leaders.'


'Wall Street Behind US Wars'

The Wall Street banks are behind the US government's policies, including decisions to go on war, a senior American journalist has told Press TV.

"The Wall Street banks have a controlling interest. They decide the way the country will be run, including waging wars," Stephen Lendman, writer and radio host from Chicago told Press TV in a Wednesday interview.

"One reason for waging wars is they are so profitable. Not just to the defense contractors, [but also] to the big banks, to technology companies, all companies that supply goods and services including private contractors that have every incentive to want America to be in war," he added.'


Thursday, November 11, 2010

We are all One Conciousness

The New Politics: Student Riot Marks End of Coalition's Era of Consensus

Student demonstrators brought violence to London's streets yesterday on a scale not seen since the poll tax riots of 20 years ago. The ferocity of the protest ended the high hopes of a new era of consensus politics, promised by David Cameron when he took office exactly six months ago.

It is expected to be the first of many angry demonstrations as the impact of the Government's cuts is felt. More than 50,000 people brought Westminster to a standstill with a peaceful march past Parliament to protest against the proposal to increase tuition fees to up to £9,000 a year.'


UK Government Pushing for Secrecy of 7/7 Evidence

The Home Secretary is trying to prevent secret evidence at the 7 July terror attack inquests from being heard in public.

Theresa May is seeking a judicial review of the coroner's ruling in favour of the bereaved families, who want to see the evidence and question the security service, MI5, about the intelligence gathered before the bombings on London's transport network in the summer of 2005.

Last week, Lady Justice Hallett rejected arguments by lawyers for MI5, who argued that she had powers to exclude victims' families from the hearing while she was examining the highly sensitive documents. She said the evidence could be edited to remove names of sources and other confidential information which might threaten national security. Yesterday, the Home Office said it would appeal against her decision. It said that while it welcomed the inquests, they did not mean "that we will put lives at risk and undermine our national security by not protecting sensitive material".'


Obama Backs Government-Wide Pay Raises

The number of federal workers earning $150,000 or more a year has soared tenfold in the past five years and doubled since President Obama took office, a USA TODAY analysis finds.

The fast-growing pay of federal employees has captured the attention of fiscally conservative Republicans who won control of the U.S. House of Representatives in last week's elections. Already, some lawmakers are planning to use the lame-duck session that starts Monday to challenge the president's plan to give a 1.4% across-the-board pay raise to 2.1 million federal workers.'


New Evidence Links BP to Health Crisis in the Gulf

"I've found there's still huge amounts of BP crude oil on the sediment soils, in the wetlands, on the vegetation, and in the tissue in the oysters, crabs and mussels."

The acute health impacts of these chemicals include severe headaches, nausea, respiratory problems, burning eyes and throat, earache and chest pains.

Subra, who is also a microbiologist and the recipient of a 1999 MacArthur Fellows "genius grant" for her environmental work, pointed out that coastal residents have already entered an early phase of long-term exposure, where they're experiencing chronic effects such as liver, kidney and central nervous system damage, decreased lung function and heart disease.

"A whole host of different kinds of cancers" can follow, she added, including cancer of the lungs, liver, kidneys and blood.'


Propaganda Alert: Experts say 'Mystery Missile' Neither Mystery nor Missile

Said John Pike, a defense and aerospace expert who runs "This thing is so obviously an airplane contrail, and yet apparently all the king's horses and all the king's men can't find someone to stand up and say it." He added, "I guess the president's out of town."

The object, Pike said, was moving too slowly to be a missile, adding: "There's a reason that they're called rockets".'


Revealed: Crippling 30-year Graduate Debt Trap Will See Parents Paying Instalments as Their Children go to University

Graduates on modest incomes face an effective tax rate of 45 per cent and crippling debts for most of their working lives, a Money Mail investigation has discovered.

Radical reforms to the level of tuition fees and the way loans are repaid will leave many in debt until their mid-50s - by which time they'll be wrestling with putting their own children through university.

Tuition fees are set to rise to as much as £9,000 a year while living costs can be up to £8,210 a year, according to the NatWest Student Living Survey.'


What Does Niagara Falls Have To Do With Vaccines?

Independence Criminalized: The Great Wall of Bureaucracy Comes to America

The purge of the farming class in various Communist dictatorships is well documented. The regimes in China (1958-62) and Russia into the Ukraine (1920-39), identified those who were independent of state control, and implemented a heavy-handed oppression designed to turn true productivity toward collectivist goals. These regimes are but a version of what is being proposed in modern America.'


Paul Craig Roberts: Phantom Jobs

If we cannot trust what the government tells us about weapons of mass destruction, terrorist events, and the reasons for its wars and bailouts, can we trust the government’s statement last Friday that the US economy gained 151,000 payroll jobs during October?

Apparently not. After examining the government’s report, statistician John Williams ( reported that the jobs were “phantom jobs” created by “concurrent seasonal factor adjustments.” In other words, the 151,000 jobs cannot be found in the unadjusted underlying data. The jobs were the product of seasonal adjustments concocted by the BLS.

As usual, the financial press did no investigation and simply reported the number handed to the media by the government.'


Meg McLain Singled out by the TSA, Cuffed to a Chair, Her Ticket Ripped Up

The TSA chose Meg McLain for special screening. They wanted her to go through the new porno-scanners. When she opted out, TSA agents raised an enormous ruckus. When she asked some question about what they planned to do to her, they flipped out. TSA agents yelled at her, handcuffed her to a chair, ripped up her ticket, called in 12 local Miami cops and finally escorted her out of the airport.'

Baghdad Attacks on Christians Prompt Archbishop's Call for Mass Exodus

Survivors of today's attacks have been contacting foreign embassies, saying that they will be killed if they remain in Iraq

The martyr in their midst was known all around the area. But in case anyone had missed it, a mourning sign had been posted outside Saad Adwar's house in the Baghdad suburb of Kampsar, revealing exactly where he lived.

It said simply that Adwar had been killed "by the hand of a spiteful and hateful enemy while he prayed to his holy God in Our Lady of Salvation church" nine days ago.

This morning, the terrorists who had killed 44 of Baghdad's Christians at their place of worship, came hunting them once more – this time in their homes.

They struck 10 times just after 7am in six different places in Baghdad, almost all of them Christian houses.'


US to Boost Military Aid to Israel

The United States has planned to expand its military aid to the Israeli regime over the next two years, adding smart bombs to the new supply list.

US Congress approved a boost of $400 million worth of additional military equipment for Tel Aviv last month, Israeli newspaper Ha'aretz reported on Thursday.

The fresh aid package will bring the value of American military equipment stockpiled in Israel to $1.2 billion by 2012.

The type of equipment stockpiled in Israel is determined through dialogue between the Israeli military and the US Army's European Command.'


Czech Government Slammed over Roma Kids

Human rights groups have lodged a complaint with the EU condemning the Czech government of segregating Roma children, by placing them in mentally disabled schools.

In a joint statement issued on Wednesday, the human rights groups accused the Czech government of failing to address the problem of healthy Roma children who are being admitted to mentally disabled schools, AP reported.

The Roma rights advocacy groups who filed the complaint included the Open Society Justice Initiative, European Roma Rights Center and the Greek Helsinki Monitor.

The statement further added Roma children face a similar kind of discrimination in Greece and Croatia, Slovakia, Serbia, Hungary, Bulgaria and Romania, and even Spain has "a serious level of segregation".'


'US to Stay in Afghanistan Until 2014'

A media report says that President Barack Obama's administration is moving away from a previous pledge to start withdrawing US troops from Afghanistan by July 2011.

Senior US officials have told McClatchy newspapers that the new policy will be made pubic soon during an upcoming conference of NATO countries in Lisbon.

The decision comes after US officials realized that conditions in the war-ravaged were unlikely to allow a speedy withdrawal.'


'Vatican Ordered Hit on Pope John Paul II'

The man responsible for an assassination attempted on the late Pope John Paul II has stated in a television interview that 'the Vatican government' had ordered the hit.

Mehmet Ali Agca, recently released after spending 30 years behind bars, stated on Turkish national television that, "The Vatican government decided on the Pope's assassination."

"They planned and organized it. The order to shoot the Pope was given by Vatican Secretary Cardinal Agostino Casaroli," he said.

Agca was arrested in 1981 after he shot the Pope in St. Peter's Square. At the time, he claimed that he had acted alone; later, however, Agca testified that he was paid by the Bulgarian secret service.'


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Former British Intelligence Chairman Defies Bush, says Waterboarding Didn’t Stop Terror Plots

A former British government minister who also led the House of Commons Intelligence Committee threw cold water on claims made by former President George W. Bush that waterboarding saved British lives.

The ex-minister, Kim Howells, all but accused Bush of lying in a radio interview. He said he wasn’t convinced that waterboarding produced intelligence that helped foil terror plots at Heathrow Airport and Canary Wharf, in London, though he agreed that the plots were real. Howells is currently a Labour MP and served as a foreign minister of state from 2005 to 2008.

“I don’t think there was any doubt there were real plots,” Howells told the BBC Radio 4 Today. “Where I doubt what President Bush has said is that this, what we regard as torture, actually produced information which was instrumental in preventing those plots coming to fruition. I’m not convinced of that.”

He also said, without qualification, that waterboarding was “torture,” and that Bush simply wanted to “justify what he did to the world".'


The REAL Cost of the Mid-Terms: How Politicians Spent $4.2 Billion on Ads - More Than Any Other Election in U.S. History

Politicians spent a staggering $4.2billion on campaign TV ads in the run-up to last week’s mid-term elections, it was claimed today.

The 1.48 million television spots were the most for any election in U.S. history – including the 2008 presidential campaign.

And some of the cities where candidates spent the most were in areas most blighted by the nation’s economic slump.'


US Black Debt Hole: 'We Want You Aall Bankrupt!'

Greenspan Admits To Rampant FRAUD & Illegal Activity In U.S. Banking System While On Jekyll Island Stage With Bernanke

German People in Unprecedented Rebellion Against Government

Like the Roman legions vanquished in the Teutoburger Wald in Lower Saxony in 9 AD, the 17,000 police officers that marched into the woods around the nuclear storage facility in Gorleben in northern Germany on Sunday morning looked invincible. Police personnel from France, Croatia and Poland had joined in the biggest security operation ever mounted against protestors against the a train carrying nuclear waste to a depot in an isolated part of Lower Saxony’s countryside. Helicopters, water canons and police vehicles, including an armoured surveillance truck, accompanied an endless column of anti-riot police mounted on horses and also marching down the railway tracks into the dense woods. Tens of thousands of anti riot police clattered along the tracks, their helmets and visors gleaming in the morning sun, and wearing body armour, leg guards and carrying batons.

But by Sunday night, those same police officers were begging the protestors for a respite.'


Ireland May Need IMF Bailout Says N.Y. Times - Says Scale of Debt is Massive

In a front page story on Monday "The New York Times" is reporting that Ireland’s debt woes have “stoked fear that it might even need to follow Greece and request a bailout from the European Union and the International Monetary Fund.”

Such a move could "do lasting damage to Ireland’s credit standing.” The Times says.

In a story entitled “Irish debt woes revive concern about Europe” the newspaper reports that the Irish bond market already in free fall plunged further after the government announced massive new spending cuts.'


Some Charity Fraud Could Go Unpunished as Budget is Cut

Significant fraud carried out in charities may go unpunished because of 27% government cuts to their regulator, the Charity Commission.

Its chief executive, Sam Younger, is considering a policy of ignoring some official reports of charity fraud.

This would be for cases up to a "quite high" threshold.

The government says it is confident the commission will respond to the challenging cuts. It wants charities to help provide more public services.'


Declassified: Massive Israeli Manipulation of US Media Exposed

Michael Jackson’s New Album Cover: Rife with Symbolism

Since Michael Jackson’s untimely death, we have observed some rather insidious “tributes” to him, which, once decoded, were in fact thinly veiled references to his ritual sacrifice. His memory has indeed been hijacked by those who, in my humble opinion, killed him. This fact becomes obvious when looking at his posthumous releases. His latest album cover is another striking proof.'


Big Pharma to Begin Microchipping Drugs

The age of pharmaceutical microchipping is now upon us. Novartis AG, one of the largest drug companies in the world, has announced a plan to begin embedding microchips in medications to create "smart pill" technology.

The microchip technology is being licensed from Proteus Biomedical of Redwood City, California. Once activated by stomach acid, the embedded microchip begins sensing its environment and broadcasting data to a receiver warn by the patient. This receiver is also a transmitter that can send the data over the internet to a doctor.'


Nuclear Winter: Nuclear War would be an Unprecedented Human Catastrophe

Except for fools and madmen, everyone knows that nuclear war would he an unprecedented human catastrophe. A more or less typical strategic warhead has a yield of 2 megatons, the explosive equivalent of 2 million tons of TNT. But 2 million tons of TNT is about the same as all the bombs exploded in World War II -- a single bomb with the explosive power of the entire Second World War but compressed into a few seconds of time and an area 30 or 40 miles across …

In a 2-megaton explosion over a fairly large city, buildings would be vaporized, people reduced to atoms and shadows, outlying structures blown down like matchsticks and raging fires ignited. And if the bomb were exploded on the ground, an enormous crater, like those that can be seen through a telescope on the surface of the Moon, would be all that remained where midtown once had been. There are now more than 50,000 nuclear weapons, more than 13,000 megatons of yield, deployed in the arsenals of the United States and the Soviet Union -- enough to obliterate a million Hiroshimas.'


Special Prosecutor Declines to File Criminal Charges Over Destruction of CIA Torture Tapes

Nearly three years after he was appointed to investigate the destruction of at least 92 interrogation videotapes, a dozen of which showed two high-value detainees being subjected to waterboarding and various other torture techniques by CIA interrogators, Special Prosecutor John Durham has determined that he does not have enough evidence to secure an indictment against anyone responsible for the purge.

Department of Justice (DOJ) spokesman Matthew Miller said in a statement Tuesday that Durham, a US Attorney from Connecticut, has "concluded that he will not pursue criminal charges for the destruction of interrogation videotapes".'


Presidential Commission Whitewashes BP Disaster

On Monday, the chief counsel of President Obama’s commission on the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico claimed his investigators found no evidence the oil giant sacrificed safety to save money before the April 20 explosion on the Deepwater Horizon. The blowout killed 11 workers and led to the worst environmental catastrophe is US history.

"To date, we have not seen a single instance where a human being made a conscious decision to favor dollars over safety," Fred Bartlit, general counsel for the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling, asserted on November 8. Monday was the first day of a hearing in Washington to present the commission’s preliminary findings.

Bartlit’s statements underscore the fact that the commission’s inquiry is a whitewash aimed at protecting the assets of BP and covering up for the Obama administration’s own complicity in the disaster. Should the company be found criminally negligent, it could face fines of $4,300 for every barrel of oil spilled into the Gulf. If the disaster is determined to be the result of an accident, the fine is three times less. The difference amounts to billions of dollars of savings for BP.'


War Over Monsanto Gets Ugly

A delegation of politicians and community activists gathered on August 7 in La Leonesa, a small farm town in Argentina, to hear Dr. Andres Carrasco speak about a study linking a popular herbicide to birth defects in Argentina's agricultural areas.

But the presentation never happened. A mob of about 100 people attacked the delegation before they could reach the local school where the talk was to be held.

Dr. Carrasco and a colleague locked themselves in a car as the mob yelled threats and beat on the vehicle for two hours. One delegate was hit in the spine and has since suffered lower-body paralysis. Another person was treated for blows to the head. A former provincial human rights official was hit in the face and knocked unconscious.

Witnesses said the angry crowd had ties to local officials and agribusiness bosses, and police made little effort to stop the violence, according to human rights group Amnesty International.'