In the fall of 2008, the US Special Operations Command asked top US diplomats in Pakistan and Afghanistan for detailed information on refugee camps along the Afghanistan Pakistan border and a list of humanitarian aid organizations working in those camps. On October 6, the US ambassador to Pakistan, Anne Patterson, sent a cable marked "Confidential" to Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, the CIA, US Central Command and several US embassies saying that some of the requests, which came in the form of emails, "suggested that agencies intend to use the data for targeting purposes."
The first U.S. soldier court-martialed in the prosecution of 12 infantrymen accused of terrorizing unarmed Afghan civilians pleaded guilty on Wednesday to assault and other charges and agreed to testify against his co-defendants. Staff Sergeant Robert Stevens, 25, an Army medic from Portland, Oregon, admitted to opening fire on two Afghan farmers for no apparent reason. He and other troops were acting on orders from a squad leader during a patrol in March.
Europe is in the middle of its worst financial crisis for decades, and many are feeling the pain as people across the continent demonstrate against government cuts. As unemployment grows, public services are slashed and billions of Euros go to bailing out the banks, and the continent's hard pressed taxpayers are being asked to embrace austerity and contribute more.
Senator Joe Lieberman, the man behind legislation to give President Obama a kill switch for the Internet in the move towards a Chinese-style government controlled world wide web, now has the power to shut down websites with a mere phone call, as was underscored yesterday when Amazon axed Wikileaks from its servers after being pressured to do so by Lieberman’s Senate Homeland Security Committee. The revelation that Amazon had killed Wikileaks after the controversial whistle blower organization moved over its servers to Amazon’s cloud network came directly from Lieberman himself, stating that the, “Decision to cut off Wikileaks now is the right decision and should set the standard for other companies Wikileaks is using to distribute its illegally seized material.” The decision was made after Lieberman’s staffers called Amazon to pressure the company to axe Wikileaks. “Committee staff had seen news reports yesterday that Wikileaks was being hosted on Amazon’s servers,” reports TPM. “Staffers then, according to the spokeswoman, Leslie Phillips, called Amazon to ask about it, and left questions with a press secretary including, “Are there plans to take the site down?”
So-called “fiscal conservative” radio talk show host Todd Schnitt has posted a $50,000 reward for information leading to the capture of “WikiLeaks menace” Julian Assange. Schnitt, who hosts a radio show in Tampa, Florida, says Assange is a terrorist and an enemy combatant “who needs to be treated as such,” according to a wanted poster on Schnitt’s website. In other words, Schnitt believes Assange should be kidnapped, thrown in a CIA aircraft and flown to a dungeon in Eastern Europe or sent Camp Gitmo, and tortured for posting negligible government information. Meanwhile, other faux conservatives have called for murdering Assange. A few days ago Fox’s Bill O’Reilly said he’d like to see the globe-trotting WikiLeaks founder killed by a Hellfire missile fired from a CIA drone (see O’Reilly’s comments here). Watergate break-in criminal G. Gordon Liddy has also called for assassinating Assange. Liddy has compared Assange to the patsy handler and Pentagon dinner guest Anwar al-Awlaki. He wants Assange placed on the same kill list as al-Awlaki. A few months ago Barry Obama and crew signed off on a plan to kill the American-born cleric. In August, it was discovered that the Obama administration pressured Britain, Germany, Australia, and other allied Western governments to consider opening criminal investigations of Assange and to severely limit his travel across international borders.
US steps up alleged drone strikes saying Pakistan's not dealing with armed groups in North Waziristan. The US defence department says Pakistan is not acting swiftly enough against armed groups in the region, and officials say it is hurting US efforts to reverse the Taliban's momentum in the Afghan War.
Yemen cluster bomb A diplomatic cable released by WikiLeaks shows that the US military covered up the killing of dozens of civilians during a cruise missile strike in south Yemen in December 2009.
The United Nations and its corporate allies called for a global ban on incandescent light bulbs and kerosene lamps Wednesday at the COP16 global-warming summit in Cancun, claiming in a new study that “energy-efficient” lights would reduce the amount of carbon dioxide emissions. “Among the low hanging fruit in the climate change challenge, a switch to far more efficient lighting must rank as among the lowest,” said UN Environment Program (UNEP) chief Achim Steiner. “Efficient lighting systems is one path that is literally available at the flip of a policy switch.”
Brother Nathanael discusses the 'Food Safety Modernization Act S-510' and it's ramifications.
FRESNO — California regulators approved a pesticide Wednesday for use by fruit and vegetable growers despite heavy opposition from environmental and farmworker groups that cited its links to cancer. The state Department of Pesticide Regulation will register methyl iodide as a substitute for the pesticide methyl bromide, which is being phased out by international treaty because it depletes the protective ozone layer.
The campaign to buy silver and force JP Morgan into bankruptcy could work, because of the liabilities accrued by its short-selling. JP Morgan is sitting on what is estimated to be 3.3bn ounce short position in silver.' For decades, the world's banking system has been on a fiat currency standard that has led to banks that are "too big to fail". They have overreached their remit of providing loans and have leeched into the political system, using our money to change the political agenda in ways that boost bank management's compensation over the interests of their depositors.
A newcomer arriving into California’s San Joaquin Valley – the most lucrative and industrialized agricultural region in the United States – might think that the entire place is burning. On the horizon in all directions the brown hue of the air suggests a distant fire. As the traveler advances along, say, Highway 99, the fire appears to peel away, a deep stain floating off in the distance, as if forever clinging to the edges of the sky.
Psywar Video: How the powerful use propaganda to persuade YOU to support people, parties, plans and policies that are NOT in your best interests. This free online video from Metanoia Films exposes how the powerful American Kleptocracy stays in power by using “perception management”, public relations, propaganda and “the Big Lie” to persuade YOU to make purchases and support people, parties, plans and policies that are NOT in your best interests. The message parallels and is reinforced by that of Manufacturing Consent, a similar documentary you can watch free online at Hulu.com. ironboltbruce.com
Leaked memo shows Spanish prosecutor told US that Russia was "owned by organised crime". Gonzalez said that Russian intelligence and security services 'owned organised crime' Russia is a virtual "mafia state" whose political parties operate "hand in hand" with organised crime, according to a US cable revealed by WikiLeaks, the whistle-blowing website. In the memo, Jose Gonzalez, a senior Spanish prosecutor, told US officials that "he considers ... Russia to be a virtual 'mafia state'" where "one cannot differentiate between the activities of the government and organised crime groups".
The stuck pigs are squealing. To shift the onus from the US State Department, Hillary Clinton paints Wikileaks’ release of the “diplomatic cables” as an “attack on the international community.” To reveal truth is equivalent in the eyes of the US government to an attack on the world.
After listening to Glenn Beck read my blog post on his radio show last week, dismissing my point regarding progressive themes of the 1946 classic It's a Wonderful Life, I admit, I had a brief moment of self-doubt. Was it possible that I had gotten the movie entirely wrong? So, last night, I watched it again.
The Obama administration went to the mat to defend its predecessors from a torture prosecution in Spain last year, a leaked State Department cable shows.
Calling the revelations "jaw dropping," Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said today's disclosure by the Federal Reserve that it gave banks and other institutions an estimated $3.3 trillion in emergency loans and other assistance during the financial crisis "begins to lift the veil of secrecy at the Fed." The estimated $3.3 trillion in liquidity and more than $9 trillion in short-term loans and other financial arrangements dwarf the $700 billion Treasury Department bank bailout out signed into law under President George W. Bush.
IS FORMER NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR, BRZEZINSKI “NOT” TALKING ABOUT ISRAEL? This week, Judy Woodruff of PBS interviewed Zbigniew Brzezinski and Stephen Hadley, former national security advisers for presidents Carter and Bush. The subject of the interview was Wikileaks. Such interviews seldom reveal much, though Brzezinski is one of the most controversial figures of our times, tied to endless conspiracies and rumored to head many of the secret societies tasked with maintaining the New World Order. The interview is available in full at PBS. For the most part, Hadley offers little or nothing of substance, much as when he served as national security adviser to President George W. Bush. Brzezinski, however, is another beast entirely.
With one fifth of the world's oil and gas at stake, countries are struggling to control the once-frozen arctic. From her office in the frozen north, Delice Calcote has watched big powers vie for control over the Arctic with little concern for its original inhabitants. "This is our land," said Calcote, a liaison with the Alaska Inter-Tribal Council, an advocacy group representing the region's indigenous peoples. "We aren't happy with everyone trying to claim it."
Today, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski proposed a new rule that clarifies the FCC's legal authority to enforce net neutrality principles. This new authority would prohibit network owners — usually telecom companies like Comcast and Verizon — from discriminating against information by throttling, slowing or otherwise tampering with the transfer of any data. Sounds good, right?
The Austerity Hammer Starts to Fall on United States as Debt Consumes Europe Problem, Reaction, Solution: Derivatives, Crash, Too Big To Fail, Bailout, Nationalization, Budget Crisis, Privatization, Debt Slavery, Austerity, Evaporating Pensions, Central Banks, Big Government, World Government. It’s been quite a saga, but this economic crisis has been planned sabotage by design. The age of the Offshore Global Cartel is the age of economic warfare with the wealthy Western world. The 3rd World has largely already been brought to its knees. The remaining vestiges of national sovereignty must be eliminated and the middle class consumer society must be swept back to the feudal age by way of a tidal wave looting of living standards, cut wages & pensions, and the bread and circuses of cheap plastic goods and entertainment. The upper middle classes, the array of independent businesses, remaining lone giants and other true competition to the New World Order mafia economy system must be consolidated or dominated.
Running parallel over the last few months have been the endeavors of two disparate individuals, Fox News host Glenn Beck and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, the former espousing a pleasant faux reality for Americans and the latter confronting them with unpleasant truths. Not surprisingly, Beck appears to have had the better of the exchange with Americans rallying to the polls to elect a right-wing Republican majority in the House of Representatives and Assange coming under a withering assault for supposedly endangering U.S. security, as Lawrence Davidson argues in this essay:
France has reportedly passed a law to use the assets in its €36 billion national reserve pension fund to pay off welfare system debts, as Ireland tapped its own reserve pension fund to supplement an EU-IMF bailout. The assets of the French pension fund, the Fonds de réserve pour les retraites, have been moved into the agency in charge of refinancing the country’s social debt, Cades, Financial News reported.
Aid and human rights groups says there has been little improvement since Israel announced blockade would be "eased". For two-year old Nasma Abu Lasma, the Israeli announcement in June that the blockade on the Gaza Strip would be relaxed offered a ray of hope. Nasma was suffering from leukaemia, and the movement restrictions on Palestinians in Gaza that went along with the blockade meant that she had little hope of receiving the necessary permit to leave the beleaguered coastal strip for potentially life-saving treatment.
NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) -- Less than a month after the Kardashian Kard made its controversial debut, the reality show sisters terminated the glitzy prepaid debit card. The decision to dump the card comes after Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal wrote a letter Friday to the card's issuer, University National Bank, questioning the legality of the card's "pernicious and predatory fees."
The private central bank of the United States, the Federal Reserve, has begun purchasing $600 billion of long-term U.S. Treasury Bonds, essentially subsidising the federal deficit for the year. Many economists say the significance of this new role for the Federal Reserve cannot be overstated, especially because the agency is literally creating money at the stroke of a keyboard.
On Thanksgiving eve the English-language China Daily and People’s Daily Online reported that Russia and China have concluded an agreement to abandon the use of the US dollar in their bilateral trade and to use their own currencies in its place. The Russians and Chinese said that they had taken this step in order to insulate their economies from the risks that have undermined their confidence in the US dollar as world reserve currency.
WikileaksDoc: U.S. Tried to Stop Accountability Abroad We’re still reviewing the most recent mass of Wikileaks documents, but already they reveal improper government conduct: Bush administration officials pressured Germany not to prosecute CIA officers responsible for the kidnapping, extraordinary rendition and torture of German national Khaled El-Masri, an ACLU client. Mr. El-Masri was kidnapped from Macedonia in 2003, taken to a secret CIA-run prison in Afghanistan where he was held for several months and tortured before being released on a hillside in Albania.
Dr. Russell Blaylock M.D. is a retired neurosurgeon and author whose trailblazing research has tirelessly documented the fact that there is an epidemic of neurological disorders in the western world which are directly connected to toxins in our environment, and how this relates to the larger global eugenics program behind population reduction. In this fascinating interview, Blaylock reveals how depopulation programs forged by the Rockefeller foundation in association with the Nazis were the basis of modern day incarnations of eugenics like fluoride poisoning and vaccinations.
Both Google and its subsidiary company You Tube have banned Alex Jones and his websites, as attempts to curtail free speech widen.
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While most countries struggle economically, Brazil, Russia, India and China are booming. Although Bric started life as just a clever acronym dreamt up by a Goldman Sachs economist, it might be time to start getting accustomed to hearing about Bric in its fullest political expression. According to some, these four countries could - in around two decades - become the dominant powers in the world.
Pockets of poverty, like the sores of some malignant disease, are spreading across America, as its states and cities go broke and bankrupt. "Camden, New Jersey, stands as a warning of what huge pockets of America could turn into," The Nation magazine reports in its Nov. 22nd issue. In fact, it has already happened, it is happening all over, and there is no signal on the horizon that poverty and blight will not continue to spread. It is not that Americans are lazy and shiftless; rather, they are reeling from betrayal---for they have been betrayed both by their employers, who have shown not an ounce of loyalty to their work forces, and they have been betrayed by their Federal government, which has lied the nation into costly criminal wars.
North Korea places surface-to-surface missiles on launch pads as US and South Korea kick off joint military exercises. The United States and South Korea have begun joint military exercises in waters west of the Korean Peninsula. The exercises, which began on Sunday, came less than a week after North Korean shells rained down on the tiny island near the disputed maritime boundary and killed four people.
It is said that Spain is the country with the most land devoted to growing grapes. Although it is unclear when wines were first cultivated in Spain or who brought wine making techniques, it is likely that the Phoenicians were there about 3,000 years ago. It is believed that the first vines were grown on the southwest coast of Andalusia which would make that the starting point for vineyards. Initially the Phoenicians, a trading culture, founded a port they named Gadir (Cadiz) and then later moved inland and founded the city of Zera (Jerez.) Here they planted vines and the warm climate gave the grapes sweetness that allowed them to travel well. Travel they did, as wine became the most frequently traded product in North America and in the Mediterranean.
SCANNERS AREN'T LEGAL, NOT IN AMERICA ANYWAY, AIRPORT SCANNERS ARE, IN EVERY WAY, RACKETEERING Let’s begin with one fact. We are using expensive, dangerous and illegal scanners in our airports for one reason. A year ago, single “terrorist,” really a moronic dupe with a defective bomb in his crotch was escorted onto a plane for Detroit, no search, no passport, not even a ticket, placed on a plane by an airport security officer who is a former IDF “commando.”
Here is MY deficit-reduction plan. This plan does not reflect the views of anyone but myself -- and maybe half the population. Unlike deficit plans from the "serious people" in DC, this one doesn't annihilate the poor and gut Social Security and the middle class while passing even more of the benefits of our society up to a few at the top. 1) Restore pre-Reagan top tax rates. We didn't have massive deficits until we reduced the top tax rates.
Since there are now three conflicts in the greater Middle East; Afghanistan, Iraq, Israel/"Palestine" and maybe another Lebanese war in the offing, it might be a good idea to take a look at the cost of war.
For TV entertainment, we normally watch video tapes of Japanese TV sent to us by my wife's relatives living in Japan. We were just notified today from the relative in Japan who sends the box with the tapes that he couldn't send the box to the USA, but the Japanese postal clerk didn't know why when asked for the reason.
The World is at a dangerous crossroads. The US is seeking a pretext to wage war on North Korea. North Korea is said to constitute a threat to Global Security.
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